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31 October 2018 : Cambridge Confirmed As FA Youth Cup Opponents
Yeovil Town Under-18s will face Cambridge United in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup. Their opposition was confirmed this evening, as the First Round match between the U's and AFC Sunbury saw the home side come out as victors by a 2-1 scoreline. Cambridge's goals were scored by Ben Worman and Sam Bennett, with Sunbury gaining a late penalty as consolation.

The two sides are due to meet in the Second Round by Saturday 17th November at the latest. Past policy has been to play home FA Youth Cup ties on the main stadium pitch at Huish Park, during a midweek slot. There is also a Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie that needs to be squeezed in around that time - we're still awaiting a date for that match.

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Full Draw Details.

Link: 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw.


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31 October 2018 : Darren Way's BBC Radio 5Live Interview
On Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Radio 5Live, in the lead-up to the Carlisle United match. The BBC's programme was hosted by Jonathan Overend, with contributions from Mark Clemmit, and they discussed both the club's long trip to Cumbria as well as the club's form and the management of the squad. There's a lot of statistics offered within the interview, including claims that players could be leaving in January. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To BBC Radio 5Live About The Trip To Carlisle United.


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30 October 2018 : Behind Closed Doors Friendly Against Bristol City Takes Place
Yeovil Town played a behind closed doors friendly against Bristol City this morning. From a Glovers point of view, little is known about the fixture at present, with the exception of what this site reported on Saturday, detailing that Francois Zoko and James Bailey were due to make their comebacks from knee injuries that both had sustained. The assumption was the Glovers team would also include a few squad players that have been struggling for game time in recent matches.

At present we don't know whether those two senior players got onto the pitch. However, Bristol City's club website has confirmed that the match was played, and that it lasted a full 90 minutes, with City midfielder Hakeeb Adelakun and striker Mo Eisa completing the full duration of the game, after they were deemed to have recovered from their own injury problems. The Bristol Evening Post indicates that Eisa picked up his injury in an identical friendly arranged between the two clubs four weeks ago - a game that wasn't mentioned at the Huish Park end at the time. City boss Lee Johnson said of his own players' involvement:

"It was good to see Hakeeb and Mo get a run out and last the full duration. Today was Mo's second outing, after featuring for the Under-23s a couple of weeks ago, while this was Hakeeb's first involvement in any match action since his injury. I thought they both put in a good shift."

Bristol City did not reveal any scoreline or scorers from the game. If we can get any Yeovil-relevant information on the match, we'll provide an update.


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30 October 2018 : Tom James Talks About The Carlisle Win And His Late Goal
Following Saturday's 1-0 away win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town full-back Tom James spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Tom talks about his winning goal and the overall performance of the team. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Tom James Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Win Against Carlisle United.


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29 October 2018 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Full Draw Details
Yeovil Town Under-18s have been given a home draw in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup. The reward for defeating Newport County on Friday evening at Spytty Park, is a match that will see them pitched against the winners of the Cambridge United versus AFC Sudbury First Round tie, which is yet to be completed. That tie is due to be played on Wednesday 31st October at 7.00p.m., and will be settled on the night, meaning that there should be certainty on that by around 9.30p.m. at the latest.

This is the final stage of the competition before clubs from the Premier League and Championship enter at the Third Round proper stage. The draw for the Second Round reads as follows:

1 Lincoln City v South Shields or Macclesfield Town
2 North Shields or Bury v Fleetwood Town or Carlisle United
3 Scunthorpe United or AFC Telford United v Blackpool or Guiseley
4 Grimsby Town or Mansfield Town v Chester or Barnsley
5 FC Halifax Town or Sunderland v Altrincham or Oldham Athletic
6 Tranmere Rovers or Accrington Stanley v Notts County
7 Doncaster Rovers or Rochdale v Long Eaton United or Milton Keynes Dons
8 Port Vale or Kidderminster Harriers v Rugby Borough or Sutton Coldfield Town
9 Salford City or Bradford City v Crewe Alexandra
10 Cogenhoe United or Grantham Town v Coventry City
11 Yeovil Town v Cambridge United or AFC Sudbury
12 Charlton Athletic or Whitehawk v Leyton Orient or Southend United
13 Aldershot Town or Clevedon Town v Lewes or Sutton United
14 Hullbridge Sports or Peterborough United v Luton Town
15 Hemel Hempstead Town or Oxford United v Peterborough Sports or Barnet
16 Stevenage or Colchester United v Exeter City or Plymouth Argyle
17 Northampton Town or King’s Lynn Town v Swindon Town or Moneyfields
18 Maidenhead United or Dulwich Hamlet v Torquay United or Totton & Eling
19 Worthing or Cray Wanderers v Portsmouth
20 Forest Green Rovers or Cheltenham Town v Gillingham
21 Wingate & Finchley or Kings Langley v Phoenix Sports or Andover Town

All ties are scheduled to be played by Saturday 17th November. Past policy has been to play home FA Youth Cup ties on the main stadium pitch at Huish Park, during a midweek slot. Sometime around the same period, there's a strong chance the same team will be selected to play in the club's Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie against Shepton Mallet.

Link: 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw.


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29 October 2018 : GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Morecambe. The match takes place at the Globe Arena on Saturday 3rd November 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Morecambe : Saturday 3rd November 2018.
Huish Park: 6.45a.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 Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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29 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Carlisle United Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Carlisle United kicked off at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the selection of Rhys Browne and Omari Patrick and the decision to make Carl Dickinson captain. 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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28 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 0-1 win against Carlisle United at Brunton 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 Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 October 2018 : Video : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town YouTube Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-base match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Carlisle United these are now available online. The two minutes worth of footage includes the goal from Tom James along with an array of saves from Chelsea loan goalkeeper Nathan Baxter that kept the Glovers in the game. They also show chances for Alex Fisher, Tom James and Wes McDonald along with two Rhys Browne efforts that were left off the Sky Sports highlights. Watch via the clip below.




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28 October 2018 : Glovers Keeper Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Nathan Baxter has been nominated for a place in the League Two Team Of The Week. The selection, compiled by The League Paper, recognises the Chelsea loanee for his performance in Saturday's 1-0 win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, which saw the Glovers record a 96th minute winning goal through Tom James. Baxter pulled off five or six crucial saves during the match to keep the game goalless, before James stepped up with the ultra-late winner.

The line-up also includes two former Yeovil Town players in the eleven, with Corey Whelan currently at Crewe Alexandra, whilst Liam Shephard is on the books of Forest Green Rovers. The team, plus manager, reads as follows:

Nathan Baxter (Yeovil Town)
Steve Seddon (Stevenage), Corey Whelan (Crewe Alexandra), Frankie Kent (Colchester United), Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers)
Jermaine McGlashan (Swindon Town), John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town), Jordan Houghton (Milton Keynes Dons), Antoine Semenyo (Newport County)
Tom Pope (Port Vale), James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers)

Manager: Mickey Mellon (Tranmere Rovers).


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28 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle United Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his verdict on the win, and reveals the fitness status of Francois Zoko and James Bailey. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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27 October 2018 : Bailey And Zoko To Make Comebacks In Private Training Ground Friendly
Yeovil Town will use an empty midweek period to set up a behind closed doors friendly match against Bristol City. Both Darren Way and City boss Lee Johnson confirmed the match in their post-match interviews today, and the good news is that long term injury victims Francois Zoko and James Bailey are expected to play a part.

The match will take place on Tuesday - the venue hasn't been mentioned but is most likely to be Bristol City's training ground, given that was the venue that was used when the two clubs met in pre-season for a similar exercise. The news that midfielder James Bailey will feature comes out of the blue - he suffered a knee injury on Boxing Day against Cheltenham Town in December 2017. At the time it was expected to keep him out for just two or three months, but the 30 year old wasn't seen again during the 2017-18 season, and over the summer he posted on social media that he had an operation on his knee. As such he's now been out for over ten months, but it would appear the end to those problems could be in sight.

For striker Francois Zoko, his recovery from a knee injury sustained in August 2018, during the final minute of the League Two match against Mansfield Town would appear to be more on track. At the time, he was expected to be out for eight-to-twelve weeks. This is now Week No.10 putting him right in the middle of that initial prognosis, and suggesting that he might be in line for a proper recovery in the next couple of weeks.

With no first team match until next Saturday's game at Morecambe, Way confirmed that the game will take place on Tuesday, and hinted that Wes McDonald would also be able to use it to allow his own recovery from injury to continue:

"We've got Wes McDonald that is back now, and we've got a whole week to work on the training ground. We're going to have a behind closed door game against Bristol City, which will be good for James Bailey and Francois Zoko."

Other players that Way might choose to field, would include goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, who hasn't played competitive football this season, along with Gabriel Rogers, Enes Mahmutovic, Korrey Henry and Alefe Santos who have tended to be starved of game time despite being available for the majority of games this season. Academy players would fill other vacant positions.

City boss Lee Johnson also confirmed the match would be taking place, and expected players such as midfielder Hakeeb Adelakun, striker Mo Eisa and defender Nathan Baker to play in that match.


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27 October 2018 : Video : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Carlisle United, these are now available online. There is two-and-a-quarter minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows a first half Alex Fisher attempt to chip the ball past the keeper. They also show a second half chance for Wes McDonald, before the second half deflected free kick from Tom James ultimately wins the game. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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27 October 2018 : Carlisle 0 Yeovil 1 : James Free Kick Provides Late Late Drama In Cumbria
A 96th minute Tom James free kick stole all three points for Yeovil Town at Brunton Park this afternoon. The match against Carlisle United looked to be heading for a goalless draw, with the Glovers struggling to test home keeper Adam Collin, whilst several crucial saves from Nathan Baxter at the other end kept them in the game. With the final kick of the game, James struck a free kick that deflected off a Carlisle defender to give his team three points they might not have expected, lifting them into 12th place in the League Two table, and breaking their run of matches without a win.

The Glovers went into the match making two tactical changes to the line-up, with both involving the wingers. Jake Gray and Yoann Arquin dropped to the bench, whilst Rhys Browne and Omari Patrick got the nod in the wide positions. Otherwise it was the same eighteen players that were selected compared to the midweek match against Crewe Alexandra.

The first half opened up with an early incident proving to be significant. Alex Pattison suffered a head injury that saw play stopped for four minutes even before the game had got properly going. He continued with a bandage around his head, after lengthy treatment even after he had been led from the field. As such the game took a while to get properly going but when it did, it was end to end. Macauley Gillesphey's 25 yard drive was superbly tipped over by Nathan Baxter for a corner.

At the other end, Rhys Browne cut inside, finding his shot deflected out for a corner. Minutes later Browne again was the man in space, getting a shot just over the bar from inside the box, after he'd made a run through the Carlisle defence. The end-to-end nature of the match was emphasised when Nathan Baxter was kept busy once again, after Carlisle's Michael Jones also found the midfield very open, running through the cente and firing off a shot that Baxter palmed away for a corner.

Alex Pattison had been continuing, but half an hour into the match, and without any apparent contact, he went down again with likely concussion or dizzyness, and it was obvious he needed to come off, with Jake Gray the man that replaced him in the centre. But that wasn't the only delay in the game - linesman Barry Cropp was the next person in the stadium to decide that he couldn't continue because of injury, meaning another delay as he swapped positions with Fourth Official Graeme Fyvie.

Substitute Jake Gray had to be alert when he cleared a Gary Liddle effort off his own goalline, from a Michael Jones corner, but the couple of delays in the match meant that the game had dried up a little in terms of chances. Alex Fisher tried to lob keeper Adam Collin, and whilst the attempt was good, the keeper managed to palm the ball away before a defender cleared. The half ended with a spot of Carlisle pressure with shots being blocked well by defenders, but it was easy to see why Carlisle had suffered poor form leading into this match, having not scored at Brunton Park for seven-and-a-half hours - a statistic that was to creep above eight by the end of the game.

The second period opened with Ashley Nadesan being the latest Carlisle player to test Nathan Baxter's ability to push balls around the post for corners. Carlisle began to take more control of the game during the second period, een if Kelvin Etuhu's direction on goal from a Regan Slater pass was found wanting significantly. The game gradually began to get lost in a flurry of second half substitutions, and another delay as Alex Fisher went down with another head injury - fortunately one that he decided he was capable of continuing from.

Wes McDonald finally made his entry back onto the pitch following an eleven game gap, with a hamstring injury having put him out for two months. That saw a tactical switch as Rhys Browne moved out onto the right-flank to allow McDonald his favoured side. But Carlisle had their own substitutes who could influence the game, with Liam McCarron almost scoring with his first touch, as he cut in from the right wing, only to find that man Nathan Baxter in the way of his deflected shot.

Carlisle entered five minutes of injury time seemingly being the side most likely to break through, even if 0-0 looked the more likely outcome. Macaulay Gillesphey saw another shot saved by Nathan Baxter, before the Chelsea loanee turned another Michael Jones drive for a corner. From these set pieces, matters were a bit frantic defensively as Yeovil had to defend in numbers.

Then came the sucker punch. Having finally cleared their lines from a succession of corners, Wes McDonald drove forward and won his side a free kick on the angle. With 96 minutes played, and five minutes of injury time signalled, this was undoubtedly the last action of the game. Tom James stepped up to take the free kick on the angle. A cross looked the more likely option but when he blasted it, the ball took a deflection off a Carlisle defender and into the back of the net, for a last gasp 0-1 victory, and to send 125 Yeovil fans into delerium for the ultimate away day smash'n'grab. That goal lifted them up to 12th in the table, and ended the winless run - if you're going to do a 330 mile journey, that is the way to end your day.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Carlisle United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom James (0-1, 90 mins)

Carlisle United:
30 Adam Collin
21 Kelvin Etuhu 4 Gary Liddle 5 Anthony Gerrard 12 Macaulay Gillesphey
18 Jack Sowerby 8 Michael Jones 15 Regan Slater 17 Jerry Yates
16 Adam Campbell
23 Ashley Nadesan

Substitutes:
2 Gary Miller 3 Danny Grainger 10 Jamie Devitt (60 mins for Adam Campbell) 11 George Glendon 14 Richard Bennett (72 mins for Jerry Yates) 27 Liam McCarron (81 mins for Regan Slater) 29 Louis Gray

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Omari Patrick 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt) 17. Alex Pattison 7. Rhys Browne
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 10. Jake Gray (29 mins for Alex Pattison) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 21. Wes McDonald (66 mins for Omari Patrick) 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Carlisle United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 12; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Helen Byrne (Liverpool) and Barry Cropp (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Graeme Fyvie (Tyne and Wear).

Attendance: 3,928 (with 125 Yeovil Town supporters)


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27 October 2018 : Way Believes Glovers Are Back To Their Best After Late Carlisle Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed that his side were back to their best at times, after they managed an ultra-late win at Carlisle United on Saturday afternoon. The 1-0 victory broke a run of eight matches without a victory, having last won on September 15th at Newport County when they recorded their biggest victory since reaching the Football League. Since then it has been sticky going, with a run of draws and defeats - ended today by a 96th minute goal at Brunton Park.

Way told BBC Somerset after the match that he had not been panicking during that run of form, and described the result as a fantastic win, in his post-match assessment:

"It's been an amazing finish. I said to the players, it's going to get harder before it's going to get easier. The effort that was shown, and the application, and I thought at times we were back to our best. I've got to be honest, I've not really been panicking. I know people have been making a bit of noise on the outside, but they're the same individuals that normally get a little bit restless when you go on the results that we've had. We've only lost four games all season, so I don't know why they try to get too excited because I've got a young group, and I've got young players. If you looked at how young we were today, that was a fantastic win."

The winning goal came from Tom James, who put in an angled free kick that took a deflection off a Carlisle defender before it ended up in the back of the net in the 96th minute of the match - ultimately the final action of the game, with five minutes of injury time having originally been signalled. Way said that he had been raising concerns with his management team about their conversion rate on free kicks, and had agreed to personally chip into the players' kitty, going forward. He hoped his contribution would produce more goals:

"We've spent a lot of time on set plays. We've been talking amongst the staff, saying that's an area we need to improve on, and we feel that will get us certainly where we want to be, if we change those stats. It was uncomfortable conversations, and fair play to Terry and myself, as I've had to put in a little bit of money in for the players' kitty, so that every time they score from a set play, the manager is going to donate some money towards them. So I think they should end up scoring more."


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27 October 2018 : Carlisle 0 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
A 96th minute Tom James free kick stole all three points for Yeovil Town at Brunton Park this afternoon. The match against Carlisle United looked to be heading for a goalless draw, with the Glovers struggling to test home keeper Adam Collin, whilst several crucial saves from Nathan Baxter at the other end kept them in the game. With the final kick of the game, James struck a free kick that deflected off a Carlisle defender to give his team three points they might not have expected, lifting them into 12th place in the League Two table, and breaking their run of matches without a win.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Carlisle United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom James (0-1, 90 mins)

Carlisle United:
30 Adam Collin
21 Kelvin Etuhu 4 Gary Liddle 5 Anthony Gerrard 12 Macaulay Gillesphey
18 Jack Sowerby 8 Michael Jones 15 Regan Slater 17 Jerry Yates
16 Adam Campbell
23 Ashley Nadesan

Substitutes:
2 Gary Miller 3 Danny Grainger 10 Jamie Devitt (60 mins for Adam Campbell) 11 George Glendon 14 Richard Bennett (72 mins for Jerry Yates) 27 Liam McCarron (81 mins for Regan Slater) 29 Louis Gray

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Omari Patrick 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt) 17. Alex Pattison 7. Rhys Browne
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 10. Jake Gray (29 mins for Alex Pattison) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 21. Wes McDonald (66 mins for Omari Patrick) 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Carlisle United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 12; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Helen Byrne (Liverpool) and Barry Cropp (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Graeme Fyvie (Tyne and Wear).

Attendance: 3,928 (with 125 Yeovil Town supporters)


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27 October 2018 : Team News For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. The match sees the Glovers named two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Tuesday's match against Crewe Alexandra. Midfielder Jake Gray drops to the bench with Rhys Browne replacing him. The other change sees Yoann Arquin dropped with Omari Patrick starting.

The Glovers have three long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Winger Jordan Green has a hamstring injury. Gary Warren sits out with a groin problem.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
8. Omari Patrick 20. Sessi D'Almeida 17. Alex Pattison 7. Rhys Browne
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 10. Jake Gray 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 21. Wes McDonald 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos


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27 October 2018 : Academy Side Defeat Exiles In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town Under-18s won their way through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup on Friday night in South Wales. They beat Newport County Under-18s 2-1 at Spytty Park, in a match watched by 200 spectators. The Academy side took the lead during the first half through Archie Sturdy, but were pegged back before the break by an equaliser from the home side. The tie was won during the second period when Sam Wright headed home from a corner, ensuring that they progressed in the competition through to the next stage.

Final Score: Newport County U18s 1 Yeovil Town U18s 2.

Scorers: Archie Sturdy (0-1), Sam Wright (1-2)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
12. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Lewis Dix 3. Daniel Ojo 4. Sam Wright 5. Declan Rose 6. Tai Fleming 7. Archie Sturdy 8. Tyrique Clarke 9. Devon Arnold 10. Daniel Neild 11. George Calverley

Substitutes:
1. Harley Wilkinson 13. Tom Hayes 14. Kelvin Lichowe 15. Harry Haughton 16. Anele Ncube


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27 October 2018 : Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 27th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Brunton Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire).

He was promoted to the National League at the start of the 2016-17 season, and spent two years at that level before getting a quick promotion to the Football League in the summer of 2018. He is a PE Teacher from Sheffield. Obviously with him being brand new to refereeing at this level, we've only had him once for a Yeovil Town match as a man in the middle. So far he's taken charge of 14 matches since his promotion to this level, with a very reasonable looking 25 yellow cards and one red card.

His one game involving Yeovil was the August 2018 game against Grimsby Town which ended in a 1-0 victory for the Glovers. We can't recall any significant controversy about the game, with just one booking for each side during the match.

Mr Bramall will be assisted by Helen Byrne (Liverpool) and Barry Cropp (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Graeme Fyvie (Tyne and Wear).

Link: August 2018 : Grimsby Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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26 October 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Carlisle United Away Game
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's League Two match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset about the trip. Darren gives his views on the club's form, the fitness of players, the preparations for a long trip, the opposition, and his opinion on the season so far. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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26 October 2018 : Way Wanting To Give More Stability With New Contract Offers
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he wants to tie up the future of many of his current first team squad, in order to bring more 'stability' to the club. The season is less than three months old, but with winter and summer transfer windows always being significant, Way says his current crop of players have got a bit more momentum, and so he wants to see certain players tied up on new deals.

Two of the more obvious cases in point are winger Wes McDonald and striker Yoann Arquin, who were only given six month deals when they signed for the club during the summer. However, the majority of the squad that were part of the 2017-18 season side, along with a few others such as Korrey Henry were given single year deals at Huish Park. Whilst Way doesn't indicate who he is referring to, he told BBC Somerset that he is keen to get those outstanding situations resolved:

"What we've got to do I feel, as a manager, is we've got to get stability as soon as possible. I think we've got a lot of players out of contract this year. We've got a lot of players that are out of contract when the window opens up. I just feel we've created a little bit more momentum and we need to give the players a little bit more stability."

On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town welcomed back Wes McDonald onto the teamsheet, and he should hopefully be on the team bus that travelled up to Carlisle United today, in preparation for tomorrow's game. Way was asked what the winger's status was, given he didn't take to the field against Crewe Alexandra and he explained that although McDonald wasn't fit enough to play that night, he saw it as part of his rehabilitation back into the side:

"I've got Wes McDonald again who is closer now. People would say why are you not bringing him on, but between myself and the physio, I think that it's great that he can spend that time like Gary Warren did, and use that as almost a session and be part of the team, and be on the bench, because they're a good pair of eyes and ears to have around the dressing room as well. So Wes is a lot closer."

Way was also asked about his side's other injury issues, with Jordan Green (hamstring) and Gary Warren (groin) having been recent casualties. Although he appeared to stop short of saying that either player would be involved this weekend at Brunton Park, he did explain that neither player's more recent problems appeared to be major:

"We've got Alefe Santos who came on as substitute who is now back. Jordan Green had a scan and it's not as bad as what we first feared. So he should be back ASAP. Unfortunately we still don't know what the extent of Gary Warren is, but from speaking to the physios, again it's not a bad one. So with both of those two players, that are main assets for our team should be back soon."

At present, there's no word on striker Francois Zoko, whose August 2018 knee injury was due to take "eight to twelve weeks" to heal, which at the time was due to pitch him as being available somewhere around the end of October or early November. Defender Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and midfielder James Bailey (knee) are known to be longer term injury victims.


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26 October 2018 : Date Set And Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie against Stockport County are now on sale. The match will take place on Saturday 10th November 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on General Sale to all supporters, with Season Ticket holders having their usual seat/space in the ground reserved until Monday 5th November. After that point they will be released to General Sale.

Prices for the match will be as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Seniors: £10.00; Young Persons: £8.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

Season ticket holders can also purchase their reserved ticket directly online by logging into their online account using their username and password.

All sections of the ground will be open and tickets are available to purchase online or through ticket office as usual.

Note for this game the Ticket Office is trialling selling away tickets to visiting supporters online, therefore the Radio Cabs stand and Blocks PP and P are available on the online ticketing map. These areas are marked in Red and have 'Visiting Supporters' over them, and therefore should ONLY be purchased by Stockport County supporters.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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26 October 2018 : 2018-19 FA Cup First Round Live Games And Highlights Packages Chosen
The Football Association have announced their list of televised ties for the 2018-19 First Round of the FA Cup. There is one tie selected by the BBC, whilst three more will be screened by BT Sport, with one match on each day across the four days between November 9th and 12th. All four ties feature smaller home teams against larger away sides, including Portsmouth and Sunderland, with the obvious hope of trying to capture a giantkilling live on television.

The fixtures that have been selected are as follows:

Friday 9th November 2018 : Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon (7.55p.m. kick-off). Live on BBC Two
Saturday 10th November 2018 : Maidenhead United v Portsmouth (12.30p.m. kick-off). Live on BT Sport 1
Sunday 11th November 2018 : Port Vale v Sunderland (2.30p.m. kick-off). Live on BT Sport 1
Monday 12th November 2018 : Hampton and Richmond Borough v Oldham Athletic (7.45p.m. kick-off). Live on BT Sport 1

In addition, there are a number of matches that have been selected for either extended highlights, or for Sunday BBC Final Score coverage. These are as follows:

Saturday 10th November 2018
Metropolitan Police v Newport County (3.00p.m.) : BBC Extended Highlights

Sunday 11th November 2018
Mansfield Town v Charlton Athletic (12.45p.m.) : Overseas Broadcast
Chorley v Doncaster Rovers (12.45p.m.) : BBC Extended Highlights
Guiseley v Cambridge United (12.45p.m.) : BBC Extended Highlights
Hitchin Town v Solihull Moors (12.45p.m.) : BBC Final Score
Alfreton Town v Fleetwood Town (12.45p.m.) : BBC Final Score
Barnet v Bristol Rovers (12.45p.m.) : BBC Final Score
Weston Super Mare v Wrexham (12.45p.m.) : BBC Final Score
Shrewsbury Town v Salford City (12.45p.m.) : BBC Final Score

The FA's live broadcast fee is £75,000 per club. The broadcast fee for extended highlights on a Saturday is £6,750 per club while the fee for extended highlights, overseas broadcast and live single camera footage on a Sunday is £12,500 per club. This applies to both home and away clubs, irrespective of the result. Each winning club will pick up £36,000 from The FA Prize Fund.

The selection of all of the televised ties should now guarantee that Yeovil Town's match against Stockport County will be played on Saturday 10th November 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

Link: 2018-19 FA Cup First Round Draw.


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26 October 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make their longest journey of the 2018-19 season. The 676 mile round trip to Carlisle United sees the club head to Brunton Park for a League Two match, and the Ciderspace guide has been updated with that in mind. Find yourself ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide and various statistics via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

The East Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators
The East Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators.
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25 October 2018 : FA Youth Cup Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Newport County have confirmed the venue and admission prices for Friday night's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Yeovil Town. The two Under-18s sides will meet on Friday 26th October 2018, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off, and Spytty Park is definitely the chosen venue. Newport will be opening the stadium at 5.30p.m. on the night.

Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £3.00; Concessions: £1.00.

The match will be settled on the night of the game, with extra time and penalties used to settle the tie, if necessary. Tickets can be purchased on the night direct from the ground.

Spytty Park is also known as Newport Stadium, home of Welsh Football League Division Three side Newport City. You'll find it in Lliswerry, Newport (Postcode NP19 4PT). Head off the M4 at Junction 24, then take the A48 southbound. Carry on the A48 as it curves towards the south side of the city centre. After the retail park with Marks and Spencer, Tesco and KFC, head over one more roundabout, and then turn left into Reevesland Industrial Estate as you see the Toolstation building. Take the next left and this will take you into Newport Stadium's car park.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.


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25 October 2018 : Smith Snapped Up By Daggers
Former Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has found himself a new club. He has signed for National League side Dagenham and Redbridge for the remainder of the 2018-19 season, having had a ten year career in the Football League, that also included a spell with Chesterfield, ultimately making 295 appearances for the Glovers, with his Spireites period giving him 371 in total.

He will be working under former Gillingham, Bradford City, Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage manager Peter Taylor, whose previous sides would have come up against Smith on numerous occasions. Whilst the former Jamaican international is likely to be a little rusty, having not played since he left Huish Park in May 2018, Taylor recognises that he has got himself a good professional player:

"Nathan is 31 years of age and has played a lot of football at Yeovil and Chesterfield, he is an excellent professional and we knew that he was available. He has not played a lot of football recently and that is where I have got to be a little bit careful on whether he starts a match, or how long he plays in a match. I believe that he is going to be a very good player for us when he is fully fit. Nathan is match fit now, it is just a question of how long he can last in a game. At 31 years old he has great experience and knowledge; his voice will be terrific around the place and that is exactly what we need."

Smith spent much of the 2018-19 pre-season period at Broadhall Way, Stevenage, even playing in a number of their July friendlies. However, the understanding was that he was predominantly there to keep himself fit, and he departed just before their season proper began. He'll join a Dagenham side that are currently struggling badly in 22nd place in the National League main division, and five points off safety. The very best of luck to him at Victoria Road.


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25 October 2018 : Limited Pie And A Pint Offer For Carlisle United Game
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Carlisle United this weekend, may have an opportunity to take advantage of a pie and a pint when they get to Brunton Park. The match takes place on Saturday 27th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off in Cumbria, and represents the club's longest journey of the season.

During past seasons, it's become a bit of a trend for the club to give away old shirts to fans at northern outposts, whilst more recently Carlisle has for the last two seasons become the venue for supporters visiting to be given vouchers that can be used to purchase a pie and a pint (or a soft drink) when they reach the ground.

There is a catch to this - last season the club made available 50 vouchers for distribution, and with 91 fans making the trip this meant that only just over a half of those travelling were rewarded with a voucher, with supplies running out long before kick-off. With 96 fans travelling on the previous season, expectations would be that similar numbers would travel for Saturday's game. The club have stated that 50 vouchers will be made available for the 2018-19 season, meaning that it's unlikely that there will be enough to satisfy all fans.

The vouchers will be carried by the GWSC on their coach to the ground, meaning that if you're travelling with them you ought to be safe in getting one. For those who travel independently, any remaining vouchers will be left at the Away Bar from 1.30p.m. on a first come, first served basis.


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25 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Crewe Alexandra Home Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the return of Sessi D'Almeida and explains why Gary Warren wasn't on the teamsheet. He also gives his opinion on Shaun Donnellan's recent form, and what Wes McDonald brings to his side. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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24 October 2018 : Date Set For FA Youth Cup First Round Trip
The Football Association have confirmed a date for Yeovil Town's First Round tie against Newport County in the FA Youth Cup. The match will take place in South Wales on Friday 26th October 2018, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. At present Newport haven't announced the venue, but when the two clubs met during the 2016-17 season, in the Second Round of the same competition, the match was played at Spytty Park.

Spytty Park is also known as Newport Stadium, and is the ground that Newport used to play at prior to their move to Rodney Parade. It's situated at Lliswerry, Newport NP19 4PT and is also used by Welsh Football League Division Three side Newport City. Newport County have continued to use its training facilities and as a base for their youth team despite their main stadium move in 2012.

Hopefully Newport County will confirm the venue before the day of the game! Newport County Under-18s are familiar opposition, given that they play in the same division as Yeovil Town. At present the young Exiles are bottom of the division, with just one point from six games, whilst the Glovers lie in third place in the table, with a 0-0 draw against Plymouth Argyle, and a 0-1 home defeat against divisional leaders Oxford United having dented their hopes of winning the league title slightly.

The FA Youth Cup match will be settled on the night of the match, with extra time and penalties if required.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.


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24 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw 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 gives his view on the match, the fitness of Wes McDonald and Gary Warren and the availability of Stuart Nelson. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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24 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra these are now available online. The two minutes worth of YouTube footage includes the goal from Alex Fisher but also gives you a Yoann Arquin effort that is deflected wide, an Alex Fisher diving header and an Olufela Olomola effort from the first half, along with a second half effort that went across the face of the box. There's also the late free kick from Tom James. Watch via the clip below.




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24 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
If you watched Tuesday's 1-1 draw 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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23 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra, these are now available online. There is a minute-and-a-quarter's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the goal from Alex Fisher, along with a second half effort from Olufela Olomola, plus Crewe's goal from Jordan Bowery.

We'll post lengthier highlights of the game at lunchtime on Wednesday.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Highlights.


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23 October 2018 : Yeovil 1 Crewe 1 : Glovers Continue Run As Home Draw Specialists
Yeovil Town picked up their sixth draw out of eight League Two home matches on Tuesday night, as they shared the points with Crewe Alexandra. The 1-1 draw saw the visitors take the lead as Jordan Bowery followed up his own parried shot to tuck in the rebound. But the Alex only held the advantage for eleven minutes as Alex Fisher notched his sixth goal of the season, finishing a Tom James cross into the box that was knocked on by Yoann Arquin. Despite both sides having a flurry of chances throughout the game, that was the way it stayed, leaving Yeovil still stuck in 14th place in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Sessi D'Almeida's return from a one match suspension and international duty allowed him to slot into the centre of midfield. Rhys Browne was the unlucky man to make way, with Jake Gray moving into a wide role. The other change was one of misfortune. Gary Warren's much lauded return to the side on Saturday lasted one game, with a groin injury putting him out straight away, meaning that Shaun Donnellan was recalled. On the bench, Wes McDonald returned after a ten game absence, with a hamstring strain finally explaining his two month gap in getting onto the teamsheet. In the opposition line-up, Corey Whelan came up against the club he was on loan for last season.

Yeovil got the best of the early chances, with Alex Pattison's cross into the box comfortably stopped by Ben Garrett. Then a Yoann Arquin effort took a deflection for a corner, after he had been set up by Carl Dickinson. Alex Fisher then set Pattison up on goal, but the shot cleared the crossbar. At this stage, it was only Yeovil that was creating the chances in the game.

It was frustrating then, that Crewe proved to be rather more clinical by scoring with their first real chance. Shaun Miller gave himself room in the attacking third, and then put through Jordan Bowery, whose initial shot on goal was saved by Nathan Baxter, but only to a point where Bowery was able to seize on the loose ball and convert the rebound before anyone else could get a sniff. 0-1 down.

The Glovers responded well to that set-back, and were inches away when Tom James volleyed a ball across the six yard box, with his power of cross probably being the reason why Alex Fisher couldn't quite get on the ball at the far post. Fisher then went closer as Ben Garrett had to make a save from his flying header. The Glovers striker did get in third time lucky though, midway through the first half, after James put a high ball into the Crewe box, Yoann Arquin tried to get control of it, and when the ball broke lose, Fisher was able to fire into the bottom corner for the equalising goal at 1-1.

Crewe didn't create quite as much as Yeovil in the first half, but the opportunities that they did manage had possibly more quality. Two minutes before the break, they nearly retook the lead, when Charlie Kirk's cross into the box seemed destined for Jordan Bowery, but Carl Dickinson got his body in the way with a superb block, immediately remonstrating with his fellow defenders for not having dealt with the incoming danger. It ensured the teams went in level at the break.

Like the first half, Yeovil opened the second having the upper hand. Alex Fisher received the ball from Jake Gray but couldn't get a good contact, and watched as it went just wide. Then Olufela Olomola forced Ben Garrett into another good save. Gradually though, chances began to dry up for Yeovil, and it was Crewe that began to get the upper hand. Shaun Miller had numerous chances to score, putting the ball wide after Callum Ainley had put him through, and then missing the target as Harry Pickering dissected the Yeovil defence, with the shot went into the side netting.

Corey Whelan had a shot blocked for a corner, which led to Charlie Kirk clearing the crossbar from that set piece. As Crewe took the upper hand, Shaun Miller missed another opportunity as he headed wide from a Harry Pickering cross from the left flank. Yeovil tried a series of tactical changes, with Rhys Browne replacing Jake Gray, whilst there was a rare sighting of Omari Patrick as a striker after he replaced Olufela Olomola up front. But that did little for Yeovil's creativity which had dried up somewhat during the second period.

As the game closed out, Alex Fisher was brought off, appearing to be struggling with an ankle problem, and with no strikers left on the bench, Alefe Santos came on, meaning the Glovers played out with a 4-3-3 formation, with Yoann Arquin taking the central role, flanked by Omari Patrick and Rhys Browne.

Still Crewe threatened through Corey Whelan and Ryan Wintle efforts, and it was only when the game hit the 90 minute mark that Yeovil briefly looked like they might snatch something. Omari Patrick had a shot from 20 yards saved, whilst right at the death, an ultra-ambitious Tom James free kick from 40 yards out saw Ben Garrett have to clutch it at the second attempt. In a rather open game though, 1-1 was an accurate reflection of a balanced game, and one that leaves Yeovil without a win in their last eight matches, with their lower mid-table position of 14th becoming a little entrenched over the last few weeks.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 1.

Scorers: Jordan Bowery (0-1, 14 mins), Alex Fisher (1-1, 25 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt) 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 7. Rhys Browne (56 mins for Jake Gray) 8. Omari Patrick (71 mins for Olufela Olomola) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 21. Wes McDonald 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos (82 mins for Alex Fisher)

Crewe Alexandra:
1 Ben Garratt
30 Corey Whelan 5 George Ray 2 Perry Ng 3 Harry Pickering
11 Callum Ainley 15 Ryan Wintle 8 James Jones 20 Charlie Kirk
9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
6 Michael Raynes 7 Chris Porter (70 mins for Jordan Bowery) 13 Dave Richards 14 Alex Nicholls (88 mins for Shaun Miller) 21 Oliver Finney 29 Nicky Hunt 33 Kevin O'Connor

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 16 mins)

Crewe Alexandra Bookings: Perry Ng (handball, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,397 (with 108 Crewe Alexandra supporters).


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23 October 2018 : Darren Way Says Players Need To Show More Bravery To Get Wins
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his players weren't brave enough in the way that they attacked the ball during the 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra. The Glovers had to settle for their sixth home draw in eight League Two matches on Tuesday night, as Alex Fisher cancelled out Jordan Bowery's opening goal.

In a match that was open, and at times too open, both sides could have won the match, with Yeovil having the better of the first period, whilst Crewe's best chances came during the second period. But neither side could take all three points, leaving Way's side now eight matches without a win, including seven in the league. Way told BBC Somerset that bravery and leadership was what was needed, but admitted that towards the end, Crewe's own number of chances meant that he was happy to take a point in the game:

"We got an open game. I felt our players in certain situations perhaps weren't brave enough, certainly in the second half. They had some chances, and we had some chances, like the one in the first half that just flashes past the post. I think overall we're disappointed because if this team wants to push in the top six, then we have to be doing more than that. I just feel as individuals, perhaps there's a little bit of lack of leadership. I don't feel that we're playing the same as we were at the start of the season. Whether that's due to bravery, whether that's due to change with DJ (Diallang Jaiyesimi) or Gary Warren at the back, or Omar Sowunmi. But I think overall I was happy with a point towards the end there."

With Yeovil finishing the evening in 14th place in the table, they are struggling to maintain the ambitions that Way set at the tail end of last season of a top seven finish. The Glovers boss admitted his side weren't hitting the performance levels that they had been earlier in the season, and he claimed that there was much more to come from his side in the future:

"The only way they're going to do it, is to keep showing for the ball, keep making sprints and then eventually if you keep doing that, you'll get opportunities, and you'll end up being 1-0 and you'll win a game. But there's such a fine line between winning and losing at this level, which is why all of the teams below are finding it difficult to win. But I feel there is much more to come from this team. I don't want the players and the football club just to be average."


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23 October 2018 : Yeovil 1 Crewe 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town picked up their sixth draw out of eight League Two home matches on Tuesday night, as they shared the points with Crewe Alexandra. The 1-1 draw saw the visitors take the lead as Jordan Bowery followed up his own parried shot to tuck in the rebound. But the Alex only held the advantage for eleven minutes as Alex Fisher notched his sixth goal of the season, finishing a Tom James cross into the box that was knocked on by Yoann Arquin. Despite both sides having a flurry of chances throughout the game, that was the way it stayed, leaving Yeovil still stuck in 14th place in the table.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 1.

Scorers: Jordan Bowery (0-1, 14 mins), Alex Fisher (1-1, 25 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt) 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 7. Rhys Browne (56 mins for Jake Gray) 8. Omari Patrick (71 mins for Olufela Olomola) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 21. Wes McDonald 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos (82 mins for Alex Fisher)

Crewe Alexandra:
1 Ben Garratt
30 Corey Whelan 5 George Ray 2 Perry Ng 3 Harry Pickering
11 Callum Ainley 15 Ryan Wintle 8 James Jones 20 Charlie Kirk
9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
6 Michael Raynes 7 Chris Porter (70 mins for Jordan Bowery) 13 Dave Richards 14 Alex Nicholls (88 mins for Shaun Miller) 21 Oliver Finney 29 Nicky Hunt 33 Kevin O'Connor

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 16 mins)

Crewe Alexandra Bookings: Perry Ng (handball, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,397 (with 108 Crewe Alexandra supporters).


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23 October 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday evening's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers named two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers.

Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida served a one match suspension on Saturday, but is now available and he takes the place of Rhys Browne in midfield, with Jake Gray moving into a wide position as a result. Saturday's captain Gary Warren has dropped out of the side after just one game back - his place is taken by Shaun Donnellan, due to Warren sustaining a groin injury that requires a scan. On the bench Wes McDonald makes a return, having been missing for the last ten fixtures.

The Glovers have three long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Winger Jordan Green has a hamstring injury. Gary Warren sits out again with a groin problem.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt) 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 7. Rhys Browne 8. Omari Patrick 15. Gabriel Rogers, 21. Wes McDonald 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Crewe Alexandra:
1 Ben Garratt
30 Corey Whelan 5 George Ray 2 Perry Ng 3 Harry Pickering
11 Callum Ainley 15 Ryan Wintle 8 James Jones 20 Charlie Kirk
9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
6 Michael Raynes 7 Chris Porter 13 Dave Richards 14 Alex Nicholls 21 Oliver Finney 29 Nicky Hunt 33 Kevin O'Connor


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23 October 2018 : Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons : Man Of The Match Result
During the latter half of September, Yeovil Town played out a League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park. The end result was a 1-1 draw, with the Glovers being indebted to Olufela Olomola, who struck an 88th minute equalising goal that for a good period of the closing stages of the game appeared to be slipping away from them after Kieran Agard's opener.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Carl Dickinson and midfielder Sessi D'Almeida tie in third place, whilst Jordan Green came in as runner up, with his run providing the assist for Olomola's goal. The Poll winner by a small margin was goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, which might give a clue as to the overall balance of the game.

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

1. Nathan Baxter 164 (14)
2. Jordan Green 148 (9)
3. Sessi D'Almeida 50 (2)
3. Carl Dickinson 50 (2)
5. Olufela Olomola 42 (2)
6. Omar Sowunmi 32 (1)
7. Yoann Arquin 10 (0)
7. Alex Fisher 10 (0)
7. Alex Pattison 10 (0)
10. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
10. Shaun Donnellan 6 (0)
12. Tom James 4 (0)
14. Rhys Browne 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.33
Performance : 5.13
Entertainment : 5.53
VOTES RECEIVED : 30


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23 October 2018 : Limited Rail Services For The Crewe Alexandra Game
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Tuesday night's match against Crewe Alexandra using rail services, should note that there is strike action affecting the route between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo. Between Tuesday 23rd October and Saturday 27th October there will be a revised timetable for South Western Railways (formerly South West Trains).

Current expectations are that there will be three trains every two hours between Salisbury and London Waterloo. A service will run every two hours between London Waterloo and Yeovil Junction. There will be no railway service west of Yeovil Junction at all.

There will be a bus replacement service between Yeovil Junction and Exeter. This will take in Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne, Axminster, Honiton, Exeter Central, Exeter St Davids. It will run once every two hours - hopefully to coincide with the above truncated train service.

If you're taking any other route, we'd suggest you visit the main South Western Railways page covering the industrial action.


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23 October 2018 : 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 Tuesday 23rd October 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He had been a regular at Huish Park, but during earlier years he was largely appearing for friendly fixtures, or as an assistant referee or fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been a referee at Conference level, whilst performing an assistant's role in the Football League. During the four years that have passed, he's been involved in two highly controversial and talked about games - more about those two shortly.

Mr Johnson is 41 years old and born in Bristol. He lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.

Where things get more controversial are with the Boxing Day meeting against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. It was an unusual decision to allow him to take charge of a local derby game in the city of his birth, where his employment is currently in Bristol BS5, and where his former employers are the major media organisation reporting on that club, in an environment where there is clearly going to be a lot of passion and support for that club, and where he will have rubbed shoulders with their supporters on a daily basis. He presumably isn't a City supporter, but the choice of an official with such obvious links to the Bristol media made him an unusual choice.

During the match he awarded Bristol City two penalties - the first was soft, whilst the second came about after he'd belatedly changed his mind over a free kick given Yeovil's way that caught our players out of position as a direct result of his u-turn. He also turned down our own penalty appeal. Overall, City were the better side, and deserved their win in terms of the pattern of play, but manager Gary Johnson was not best pleased saying after the match: "I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties" - his view was that for the second penalty his defender had won the ball. Overall the referee's performance was poor, and you wondered what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.

We crossed swords again in August 2015 for the 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. There he had a much quieter game, with the home side thoroughly deserving their victory. He did give us one moment of amusement - he went for a little bit too much showmanship in trying to book Connor Roberts for a foul, and in his hurry to brandish a yellow card, it flew out of his hand. Oxford's Danny Hylton had a calmer approach to things, and picked up the card, showing it to Roberts on behalf of the referee. A minor point, but sometimes referees forget that they are not meant to be a part of the performance.

He was present for the March 2016 League Two match against Carlisle United. There we thought the match official was in a very lenient low-key mood, choosing not to intervene on a few occasions when he could have - notably when Carlisle's Martin Smith was booked for kicking the ball away, got a last warning for a further foul, and then fouled again. Somehow he stayed on the pitch. Despite this apparently favourable outcome for Carlisle personnel, their manager Keith Curle wasn't happy after the match, accusing Johnson of being biased - words that we're surprised the FA didn't take an interest in. He complained that Johnson's geographical roots were influencing his decision-making - a bit surprising given that Mr Curle, as a Bristolian himself, should know that someone from Bristol isn't going to willingly hand our favours to someone from Yeovil!

Mr Johnson took charge of three 2016-17 fixtures. The first was the August 2016 EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Portsmouth. With that being a seven goal thriller, there wasn't room enough in the 4-3 win for us to get too agitated about referees. There was one late moment where his decision-making did become key, when he denied Pompey what would have been an 8th goal in the match and a late equaliser, with the visitors appealing that Amine Linganzi had bundled the ball over the line. In fairness to the referee, that was probably one for his assistant to decide - the answer was 'no' and Yeovil got the win.

The other two 2016-17 fixtures were League Two games. The first was the December 2016 fixture against Barnet. There he had a fairly quiet match, and our downfall was more down to our inability to finish in front of goal, with Barnet executing a classic smash'n'grab with their only shot on target of the entire match. He then turned up for the January 2017 home match against Plymouth Argyle. We thought he was rather fussy overall during our 2-1 win, with four bookings in the last seven minutes. However, even we conceded that timewasting in the final minute by Artur Krysiak came across as a little comical.

Mr Johnson made two visits to Huish Park during the 2017-18 season. One was very low key, with an EFL Trophy match against Chelsea Under-21s passing off without incident. The same can't be said of the January 2018 match against Chesterfield. Everything centred around a chain of events in the 90th minute. Glovers winger Otis Khan had his shirt pulled, and stopped play, expecting a foul. The Spireites broke from that move, with Kristian Dennis scoring what would be the winning goal in a 1-2 defeat. Khan rushed up field, and appeared to barge into the match referee in the aftermath - he was given a red card, with the suspension ruling him out of the FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

What happened next turned into a bit of a soap opera. After the match, manager Darren Way blasted the match official for the dismissal saying "I've seen the incident myself, and with Otis and the way he reacted, it was clear really. One man ... has almost shattered his (Otis Khan's) dreams", which tended not to separate out Mr Johnson's error on the shirt tug from the actual reason for the red card which was indefensible. Yeovil surprised almost everyone by appealing against the decision, but the FA Appeals Panel decided it was frivolous and slapped an extra match ban on top. A few months later, the FA published written reasons for their extra match ban, explaining that the club's video did not show the incident under appeal and thus they saw the club's appeal as an 'abuse of process'. It was hard to disagree with this - whilst Johnson's failure to spot a shirt tug was a mistake, Khan's actions were also a mistake, and two wrongs don't make a right. The decision to appeal was a further mistake on the club's behalf.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Barnet 1.

Link: January 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.

Link: October 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Chelsea Under-21s 1 (Yeovil win 5-3 on penalties).

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 1 Chesterfield 2.


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22 October 2018 : FA Cup First Round Full Draw : Glovers Given National League North Opponents
Yeovil Town have been given a home/away draw in the First Round of the 2018-19 FA Cup. The Glovers will be facing National League North side Stockport County at Huish Park after the balls were drawn out live on BBC Two this evening. The draw was made at Hitchin Town FC, with Dennis Wise and Dion Dublin pulling the balls out.

The draw for the First Round is as follows:

Harringey Borough vs AFC Wimbledon
Maidstone United vs Macclesfield Town
Ebbsfleet United vs Cheltenham Town
Hampton and Richmond vs Oldham Athletic
Swindon Town vs York City
Mansfield Town vs Charlton Athletic
Torquay United vs Woking
Scunthorpe United vs Burton Albion
Port Vale vs Sunderland
Aldershot Town vs Bradford City
Grimsby Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Chorley vs Doncaster Rovers
Alfreton Town vs Fleetwood Town
Bromley vs Peterborough United
Southport vs Boreham Wood or Dagenham and Redbridge
Plymouth Argyle vs Stevenage
Chesterfield vs Billericay Town or Taunton Town
Lincoln City vs Northampton Town
Barnet vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
Bury vs Dover Athletic
Gillingham vs Hartlepool United
Oxford United vs Forest Green Rovers
Tranmere Rovers vs Hemel Hempstead or Oxford City
Accrington Stanley vs Colchester United
Barnsley vs Notts County
Shrewsbury Town vs Salford City
Metropolitan Police vs Newport County
Walsall vs Coventry City
Rochdale vs Gateshead
Hitchin Town or Leatherhead vs Solihull Moors
Sutton United vs Slough Town
Guiseley vs Cambridge United
Exeter City vs Blackpool
Luton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Morecambe vs Warrington Town or FC Halifax Town
Crewe Alexandra vs Carlisle United
Southend United vs Crawley Town
Chippenham Town or Maidenhead Town vs Portsmouth
Weston-super-Mare vs Harrogate Town or Wrexham

All ties are due to be played over the weekend of 9th-12th November, with a number of ties selected for live transmission by the BBC and BT Sport, along with others selected for rolling live coverage on the BBC's Final Score programme. Winning clubs will receive £36,000 from the FA's Prize Fund, which has been doubled for the 2018-19 season.

Link: 2018-19 FA Cup Prize Fund Payments Increased.

Link: 2018-19 Season Key Competition Dates.


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22 October 2018 : Road Closure South Of Huish Park For Crewe Alexandra Game
Yeovil Town supporters attending Tuesday night's League Two game against Crewe Alexandra should take note that overnight roadworks south of the ground may affect their route home after the game. As a continuation of Somerset County Council's road developments under the Western Corridor scheme, there will be closures between now and Christmas, based on three separate phases. All closures will take place overnight, meaning that they should only affect midweek Glovers matches, and even then only at the end of matches.

Road closures will be in place between 8.00p.m. and 6.00a.m. each night. The first phase, which affects the Crewe game, will see the A3088 closed between the Westlands Roundabout (as Bunford Lane curves to go past the airfield) and Lysander Road Roundabout (at the junction with Watercombe Lane). The road will be closed both ways. This won't affect people trying to head towards the Cartgate Link Roundabout and the A303, but will affect those trying to get onto the A30 for West Coker, and also those heading towards the A37 down to Dorchester. The recommended diversion route involves going via Preston Road, and then approaching Lysander Road from the east side.

The exact stretch of road that is closed will change over the course of time. Somerset County Council have issued the following plan, which is subject to change, if work is completed ahead or behind the planned schedule:

Phase 1 : (Red Section) 15 October to 2 November (8pm to 6am): A3088 Western Relief Road closed between Westlands Roundabout and Lysander Road Roundabout

Phase 2 : (Blue Section) 5 November to 23 November (8pm to 6am): Bunford Lane closed between Westlands Roundabout and Bluebell Roundabout.

Phase 3 : (Green Section) 26 November to 14 December (8pm to 6am): A3088 Lysander Road closed between Lysander Road Roundabout and Laburnum Way.


Three phases of overnight roadworks south of Yeovil Town's Huish Park affecting evening games
Three phases of overnight roadworks south of Yeovil Town's Huish Park affecting evening games.



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22 October 2018 : Bevis Mugabi Talks About The Tranmere Rovers Draw
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Bevis gives his views on the overall team performance, his Man of the Match award, the influence of Gary Warren, and his hopes of further Uganda honours. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Bevis Mugabi Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Tranmere Rovers.


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21 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Tranmere Rovers Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Tranmere Rovers 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 gave his views on the captaincy of Gary Warren, the return of Stuart Nelson to the bench, and why Jordan Green wasn't on the teamsheet on the weekend. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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21 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his verdict on the home draw, Tranmere's tactics and his side's problems in breaking teams down. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game.


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21 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch two minutes worth of highlights, from Saturday's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers, these are now available online. The footage includes a first half header from Alex Fisher that was turned over the bar, along with a Tom James free kick that went wide. The second half sees another Fisher effort that went wide, an Olufela Olomola shot that went over the bar, a second James free kick that was turned over and a Carl Dickinson free kick that went over the bar. Watch via the clip below.




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21 October 2018 : FA Cup First Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers
Monday evening will see the draw for the First Round of the 2018-19 FA Cup take place. This is the point at which the 48 clubs from League One and League Two join the competition, including Yeovil Town. The draw will take place live on BBC Two, in a programme that will be hosted by Mark Chapman. The coverage starts at 7.00p.m. with the draw usually starting a little after 7.10p.m.

The ball numbers for the draw have been set. For this round there is no regionalisation and no seeding, meaning that you can draw anyone across the eighty balls. As is almost always the case, thanks to alphabetical order, Yeovil Town take Ball No.48. If you hear the club drawn out against a team between 1 and 47, then the Glovers have got another Football League side. Anything from 49 to 80 means they are playing a non-league side.

There are still two local sides left in the competition. Weston-super-Mare are definitely through, after knocking out Bath City today, whilst Taunton Town have got a replay against Billericay Town to contend with, that will take place at Wordsworth Drive. There's still an opportunity for Yeovil to be matched up against some of their opponents from recent years, with Solihull Moors and Maidstone United both getting through. However, with no regionalisation or seeding, there's just as much of a chance of Gateshead, Hartlepool United or York City being matched.

The numbers for the draw are as follows:

Football League Sides:
1 Accrington Stanley 2. AFC Wimbledon 3. Barnsley 4. Blackool 5. Bradford City 6. Bristol Rovers 7. Burton Albion 8. Bury 9. Cambridge United 10. Carlisle United 11. Charlton Athletic 12. Cheltenham Town 13. Colchester United 14. Coventry City 15. Crawley Town 16. Crewe Alexandra 17. Doncaster Rovers 18. Exeter City 19. Fleetwood Town 20. Forest Green Rovers 21. Gillingham 22. Grimsby Town 23. Lincoln City 24. Luton Town 25. Macclesfield Town 26. Mansfield Town 27. Milton Keynes Dons 28. Morecambe 29. Newport County 30. Northampton Town 31. Notts County 32. Oldham Athletic 33. Oxford United 34. Peterborough United 35. Plymouth Argyle 36. Port Vale 37. Portsmouth 38. Rochdale 39. Scunthorpe United 40. Shrewsbury Town 41. Southend United 42. Stevenage 43. Sunderland 44. Swindon Town 45. Tranmere Rovers 46. Walsall 47. Wycombe Wanderers 48. Yeovil Town.

Non-League Sides:
49. Guiseley 50. Warrington Town or FC Halifax Town 51. Chorley 53. Hartlepool United 54. Southport 55. York City 56. Harrogate Town or Wrexham 57. Gateshead 58. Stockport County 59. Salford City 60. Solihull Moors 61. Alfreton Town 62. Woking 63. Hitchin Town or Leatherhead 64. Chippenham Town or Maidenhead United 65. Slough Town 66. Hemel Hempstead or Oxford City 67. Weston-super-Mare 68. Boreham Wood or Dagenham and Redbridge 69. Metropolitan Police 70. Bromley 71. Aldershot Town 72. Torquay United 73. Billericay Town or Taunton Town 74. Hampton and Richmond Borough 75. Sutton United 76. Ebbsfleet United 77. Maidstone United 78. Haringey Borough 79. Barnet 80. Dover Athletic.

All ties are due to be played over the weekend of 9th-12th November, with a number of ties selected for live transmission by the BBC and BT Sport, along with others selected for rolling live coverage on the BBC's Final Score programme. Winning clubs will receive £36,000 from the FA's Prize Fund, which has been doubled for the 2018-19 season.

Link: 2018-19 FA Cup Prize Fund Payments Increased.

Link: 2018-19 Season Key Competition Dates.


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20 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers, these are now available online. There is just 45 seconds worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows second half chances for Yoann Arquin and Tom James along with a couple of Tranmere efforts. Watch the clip via the link below.

We'll post lengthier highlights of the game at lunchtime tomorrow.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Highlights.


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20 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
If you watched Saturday's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers 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 Tranmere Rovers.


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20 October 2018 : Darren Way Says Players Left Frustrated By Tranmere Tactics
Yeovil Town manager Darren WayTranmere Rovers tactics at Huish Park today, after they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Wirral side. The match was one of few chances, as Yeovil had to settle for their fifth draw in seven home matches so far this season, with the opposition doing a good job of restricting the pace of Way's side.

The Glovers boss felt that some of Tranmere's methods of dealing with his team's counter-attacking should have resulted in some yellow cards being brought out, and said that if referee Chris Sarginson had done so early on, that would have changed the perspective of the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Way said that sort of thing left his players frustrated:

"I feel the players are a little frustrated, just because teams are delaying our counter-attacks with a number of fouls. I felt that one or two of them should have been bookings in the first half. That changes the game. We talked about numbers behind the ball. They played one up front, a little bit like Exeter, and at times it's very difficult to break down. It's always very difficult, because you feel you're in, and there's big big open spaces, but the next thing is that it is slowed down. They came here for a point, and they had that chance (from James Norwood) at the end. That's what they have done to teams. They're well organised and they're off the back of a promotion, so their players have got a good belief, and they stick together. It's not going to be easy, and you never get through a football season unscathed. We've had one or two injuries that we've had to deal with, but I think that's a massive progression today."

When central defender Gary Warren had to be substituted at Newport County, the Glovers had kept clean sheets in five consecutive League Two matches, with an EFL Trophy game making it six in a row. During the six matches that have followed, they've conceded fourteen goals. Now with Warren back in the side today, they've gone back to keeping a clean sheet. That pattern was not lost on Darren Way:

"I thought the speed of play was a little bit slower than what I wanted it to be. Having said that, I can't fault the players. They played with passion, they played with heart and energy. As I said, with Gary Warren in the team, we've kept a clean sheet, so we can build on that as a positive and a big big positive. I've told the players to make sure that we keep believing. If I get eleven players, seven subs, my staff and all of the supporters to keep believing, and we pick up a result on Tuesday, it will be a good result."


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20 October 2018 : Yeovil 0 Tranmere 0 : Attacking Play Cancelled Out By Both Sides
Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers battled out a 0-0 draw at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon in a match of few chances. The best of the Glovers efforts came from a couple of Tom James free kicks, and a Yoann Arquin effort that he put wide from close range. The majority of Tranmere's efforts came during the first period, with the second half disintegrating into fouls and free kicks as neither side managed to take control of the game - a result that sees Yeovil go up one place to 14th, whilst Tranmere stay in the play-off spots.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the team that took to the field against Bristol Rovers ten days ago. The first saw Gary Warren's return to the side, following his hamstring injury against Newport and that meant that Shaun Donnellan sat out as a substitute. Whilst Warren had recovered from his hamstring problem, Jordan Green had developed his own during training this week and he dropped off the teamsheet, with Yoann Arquin recalled to the starting line-up.

The opening period was one of few chances, with Connor Jennings firing well wide early on for the visitors. Yeovil's were a little less wayward, but glancing headers from Alex Fisher and Gary Warren were fairly easy for Scott Davies to deal with. The Glovers also saw a Tom James free kick go wide from 30 yards out. Tranmere's other efforts tended to be blocked out by defenders, rather than goalkeeper, with Oliver Banks and James Norwood getting themselves into dangerous positions but without Nathan Baxter getting busy.

The flow of the match wasn't helped by an injury to Steve McNulty that took too long to sort out, whilst James Norwood got involved in lengthy arguments with referee Chris Sarginson over his decision not to award him a free kick, ultimately leading to Norwood ending up in the referee's book. There was a tetchy feel to the match on the back of those non-decisions, with the match official letting them go on too many occasions.

Yeovil started the second half with an apparent message to up the tempo of the game. That seemed to work for a ten minute period, even if it was James Norwood who gained the first chance, as he volleyed a Jon Smith cross wide from inside the box. At the other end, Yeovil put more pressure on the Tranmere box, but only had an Olufela Olomola shot over the bar to show for that.

Both sides rang the changes - Yeovil's first one saw them bring on Omari Patrick, with the Bradford City loanee being put onto the right wing, whilst Yoann Arquin went up front, as Alex Fisher was withdrawn. Arquin had his side's best chance of the game midway through the second half, as a Carl Dickinson free kick to the back post saw him connect from close range, but again the ball went wide of the post, with Scott Davies having a very quiet afternoon overall.

If anything, the closing stages of the match disintegrated further. Once again, the quality of the officiating didn't help in this, with a Tom James foul on Paul Mullin resulting in a lengthy session of Tranmere players crowding out the referee, who produced a caution for James, and then appeared to also single out Carl Dickinson for the same, for something which had happened during the aftermath. The stop-start nature of that led to six minutes of injury time, but it was six minutes in which neither side looked likely to win the match - a late effort from James Norwood being as close as it came. Yeovil end the day one place higher in 14th place, but are still struggling to turn those home draws into the victories they will need if they are to push back into the top half of the table.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 4. Gary Warren (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin 10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 7. Rhys Browne
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 8. Omari Patrick (67 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry (90 mins for Rhys Browne) 27. Shaun Donnellan 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Tranmere Rovers:
1 Scott Davies
14 Jake Caprice 5 Steve McNulty 4 Ritchie Sutton 6 Emmanuel Monthe
28 Oliver Banks 12 Luke McCullough 22 Harvey Gilmour
18 Jon Smith 10 James Norwood 11 Connor Jennings

Substitutes:
8 Jay Harris (90 mins for Luke McCullough) 9 Paul Mullin (61 mins for Harvey Gilmour) 16 Mark Ellis 17 Dylan Mottley-Henry 23 Shamal George 29 Larnell Cole (65 mins for Jon Smith)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 84 mins), Carl Dickinson (off the ball incident, 87 mins)

Tranmere Rovers Bookings: James Norwood (dissent, 38 mins), Ritchie Sutton (foul, 59 mins), Oliver Banks (foul, 82 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 9; Fouls: 6.

Tranmere Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Samuel Ogles (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 3,007 (with 387 Tranmere Rovers supporters).


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20 October 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers named two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to the EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers. The big news is that Gary Warren is back from the hamstring injury he sustained against Newport County, and he captains the side, displacing Shaun Donnellan, who drops to the bench. Jordan Green picked up a hamstring injury in training this week and so doesn't make the squad, with Yoann Arquin replacing him.

There's one significant change to the bench, with Stuart Nelson appearing for the first time this season, since a calf injury put him out during the July friendlies. Striker Korrey Henry has completed his loan with Poole Town, with the Dolphins unable to agree an extension to that deal, and he is also on the bench. Alefe Santos is also fit and available.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.

Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) has suffered a season-ending injury and so will not be back at Huish Park. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida has picked up five Football League competition bookings and so serves a one match suspension today.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 4. Gary Warren (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 8. Omari Patrick 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry 27. Shaun Donnellan 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Tranmere Rovers:
1 Scott Davies
14 Jake Caprice 5 Steve McNulty 4 Ritchie Sutton 6 Emmanuel Monthe
28 Oliver Banks 12 Luke McCullough 22 Harvey Gilmour
18 Jon Smith 10 James Norwood 11 Connor Jennings

Substitutes:
8 Jay Harris 9 Paul Mullin 16 Mark Ellis 17 Dylan Mottley-Henry 23 Shamal George 29 Larnell Cole


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20 October 2018 : Jaiyesimi Goes Under The Knife
Yeovil Town loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi has had an operation on his knee this week. The Norwich City winger/striker was seriously injured during the 1-1 draw against Milton Keynes Dons last month, and the prognosis has been an anterior cruciate ligament injury that is expected to keep him out for the whole of the 2018-19 season. The Glovers had agreed a full season loan deal with the Canaries, but it seems highly unlikely that we will see him back at Huish Park during the remainder of his deal.

Although there was a slight delay following the September 25th injury, caused by a poor tackle by Milton Keynes midfielder Alex Gilbey, DJ has now gone under the knife, and on Wednesday tweeted that he had come out the other side. The majority of ACL injuries have a six to nine month recovery time in place, thus meaning that the 2019-20 pre-season period is going to be Jaiyesimi's realistic target for a return to kicking a football.

Diallang Jaiyesimi gives the thumbs up after he has a knee operation earlier this week
Diallang Jaiyesimi gives the thumbs up after he has a knee operation earlier this week.



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20 October 2018 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town : Man Of The Match Result
In the middle of September, Yeovil Town played a League Two home match against Swindon Town at Huish Park. The end result was a bit of a nasty jolt, as a team that had won 6-0 away from home during the previous weekend were humbled 0-3 at home by their Wiltshire opponents. All three goals were netted during the second half, as the Glovers fell away after the break.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Alex Fisher and central midfielder Sessi D'Almeida impress for the club. However, the majority of voters went for Jordan Green as their Man of the Match, with his major contribution being the winning of a second half penalty, that unfortunately was not converted.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM results shown below:

1. Jordan Green 100 (8)
2. Sessi D'Almeida 84 (6)
3. Alex Fisher 42 (2)
4. Nathan Baxter 28 (1)
5. Alex Pattison 26 (1)
6. Yoann Arquin 22 (1)
7. Enes Mahmutovic 18 (0)
8. Carl Dickinson 14 (0)
9. Bevis Mugabi 12 (0)
10. Omar Sowunmi 10 (1)
11. Diallang Jaiyesimi 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.9
Performance : 4.4
Entertainment : 5.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 20


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20 October 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Tranmere Rovers Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town getting back into League Two action, with the first visit of Tranmere Rovers since the 2012-13 season. The Glovers Trust will be at this match, and will have a stand in place at Huish Park in the lead-up to kick-off. The stand is operated from a gazebo situated on the Main Stand side of the stadium, close to the Ticket Office.

As well as providing membership subscriptions and renewals, they're happy to take feedback and questions about the recent AGM. Details of their whereabouts on the day are as follows:

Match: Tranmere Rovers (H)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1.30p.m. to 2.45p.m.

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

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

Other points of note:
The Trust will be sharing the Gazebo with representatives form BIBIC, a charity working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. As well as promoting their charity tomorrow, BIBIC are running a Footballathon at Huish Park on Friday the 26th of October where anyone can put forward a football team to play in back to back 30 minute sessions on the astroturf pitch between 12pm and 12am. Head to BIBIC's website for more information, by clicking here.

The Trust are not operating out of the Arrow this weekend as recent weeks have not seen the volume of people that were visiting the establishment last year, making it difficult to run the 50/50 draw. We will monitor developments and review again ahead of the next Saturday home match (FA Cup First Round or Lincoln City).

The Trust remains in urgent need of a Secretary. Anyone who is able to assist or would like further information should email Stuart Burrell (chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk).


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19 October 2018 : One Day Sale For Huish Park Club Shop
The Huish Park Club Shop will have a special offer in force for Saturday's League Two match against Tranmere Rovers. Fans visiting the store before and after the game will be able to get a 20 percent discount on most normally priced goods on the day.

The only restrictions are that items that are already reduced for sale cannot be used as part of the offer. In addition, the offer cannot be applied on top of any other offer. It is open to supporters visiting the store in person on Saturday, and will not be available online. The discount will not apply to any other outlets around the stadium.


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19 October 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Tranmere Rovers Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives an update on his squad's injury situation, his views on the club having four players out on international duty, and how he wants his team to rediscover their identity, after six games without a win. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 October 2018 : Former Director Calls For Glovers Trust Membership Base To Grow
Former Yeovil Town director Andy Rossiter has given his support to the Glovers Trust as part of their 2018 Annual General Meeting. The Trust's Board provided a review of the last twelve months at a meeting at Johnson Park, with one of the key topics being discussed of how to boost membership over the coming years.

Although Mr Rossiter didn't attend Wednesday night's meeting, he did provide a statement for them to use at the AGM. He was part of a Consortium that attempted to purchase the club around December 2017, and still holds an interest in doing so, should current owner Norman Hayward wish to sell his interest in the club. Having worked with the current Board of Directors up until August 2018, Andy feels that Yeovil Town supporters should sign up to the Trust, and that if they can get a larger membership base, then they would be able to influence the direction of the current club Board:

"My group thinks that it is a good thing for all fans if they joined the Glovers Trust, even if they already belong to another fans group. I consider that the Glovers Trust will have a part to play in a takeover, should we achieve it in the future. If as we hope, we are eventually successful in our endeavours to purchase Yeovil Town FC, we will look to the Trust as a first point of contact to understand the fans' future requirements. In the meantime I feel that the only way the Trust could influence the existing Board is with a much larger membership base of around 1,500 members. As such it is important that fans recognise the value of having a Trust in place and support it's future growth."

Fans that want to take out an Annual membership of the Glovers Trust can do so by heading to this page on their website. If you want to know more information about the Trust, drop an email to communications@glovers-trust.co.uk or visit them at The Arrow or Huish Park before most weekend home matches.


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19 October 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He had a greater impact on the game in his third 2016-17 visit. For the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town, he had to make a fifth minute decision that could have changed the course of the game, when Kevin Dawson's lobbed shot was obviously handled by goalkeeper Scott Shearer outside his box. Whilst many were expecting a red card, for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Mr Sarginson raised only a yellow. It looked a very dodgy decision - unfortunately the video camera showed the lob from the wrong angle, meaning we couldn't be certain the ball was travelling towards goal when it was handled. But not too surprisingly manager Darren Way wasn't happy with the decision, saying after the game:

"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things."

For the 2017-18 season, Mr Sarginson took charge of the August 2017 home match against Accrington Stanley. That one was a quiet one from his point of view, but he had far more impact on the October 2017 Stevenage game that followed. It was a good job we were 3-0 up by the time he dismissed Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko in separate incidents, whilst also red carding Kevin Toner in the aftermath of the Olomola situation. After the game, manager Darren Way was critical of Sarginson, claiming that he'd got the Olomola decision 'wrong' and also suggesting that the official should have blown up long before the Glovers striker and Stevenage's Joe Martin got in a spot of WWE on the floor:

"I thought on the first sending off, he should have given a foul earlier. He just let that happen. Unfortunately when you get sendings off, a lot of them happen on the touchline, just because there are numbers here. I think it was one of those situations where he's got in a tussle, the referee decides not to blow the whistle, and it goes on, and then before you know it you've got two players on the ground and everyone running at them. But I think if you give that (foul) a little bit earlier, you don't see those scenes. I was more disappointed that you had a lot of staff, certainly from an officials point of view, as you had the fourth official, you had the linesman and you had the referee, and they still got it wrong."

Yeovil appealed against the Olomola red card, but were unsuccessful with that. In all honesty, having slowed the video down, we couldn't see an awful lot wrong with the two Glovers dismissals, and were rather surprised when Way chose to appeal. If the match official got anything wrong, it was that he could have easily produced more reds out of the melee that resulted. The incident itself took a long time to resolve, with Toner's dismissal happening two or three minutes after Olomola's, and so felt a bit dragged out, but of the one that Way was specifically complaining about, there appeared to be a back-kick into Martin's stomach.

Our most recent meeting involving Mr Sarginson came at Whaddon Road, where Yeovil Town beat Cheltenham Town by a 2-0 scoreline. Whilst we won the match, we did find his performance on the day to be very erratic. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he was playing a cunning advantage when Jordan Green was brought down inside the penalty box, given that two seconds later Omar Sowunmi scored the opening goal, but he didn't look like a referee that was considering blowing up. He also denied Cheltenham their own penalty decision when Kevin Dawson appeared to be brought down, with bad positioning from the official appearing to contribute to him not being able to give it. However, there wasn't a lot he could do about some of Cheltenham's ill-discipline late on in the game, where the home side picked up a few late bookings due to petulance.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Samuel Ogles (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Michael Webb (Surrey).

Link: December 2017 : Cheltenham Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2017 : Yeovil Town 3 Stevenage 0.

Link: August 2017 : Yeovil Town 3 Accrington Stanley 2.

Link: February 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Portsmouth 0.

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

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.

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

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

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

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

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

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

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


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18 October 2018 : Way Expecting To Welcome One Or Two Back For Tranmere Visit
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he expects to welcome back a number of players to the first team squad for Saturday's League Two fixture against Tranmere Rovers. A side benefit of the club's international break has been that it has effectively given a fortnight extra for some of the club's injured players to get themselves into contention. Just over two weeks ago, Way projected that four of his players would be available for selection once the team returned to the league schedule, and whilst he does not reveal whether that projection is still on track, almost certainly one of those players will be centre-back Gary Warren, who sat as an unused substitute in the last two fixtures.

Way felt that having played seven fixtures in three-and-a-half weeks since the last international weekend, that some of his players had not dealt with the pace and intensity of that period. He told BBC Somerset that he hoped that the additional squad players would provide a relief for some of those players:

"We've got a few back, so relieving certainly for the whole squad really. The demands have been quite tough on Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday. That's football for you, and it's nice to have a few players back again. I feel I've got one or two players back that drive expectations, and I think that is very important. We had it, and there were some players that have handled the Saturday, Tuesday games programme well, and some I feel could have done better."

The Glovers go into Saturday's match against the fifth-placed Wirral club on a run of six matches without a victory. Way added that it was important that his team recreated the identity that they had in their earlier fixtures and imposed themselves upon the opposition:

"We're just looking forward to getting out on the pitch again. We've had good time spent out on the training ground. Players have been driven this week, to make sure that we get wins again. I thought our performance was good against Bristol Rovers, but unfortunately we didn't take our chances. There's one or two games that we've been disappointed with, with the Swindon game being one. We've taken a lot. We understand what teams are doing now. They're coming back and sitting behind the ball, and breaking on us, on the counterattack. It's up to us to make sure that we break through that. We've got to make sure we get back to being about us. We've got to have an identity about us, and it's got to be about the way that we play and how we affect the opposition."

Yeovil will have to play out Saturday's match against Tranmere without Benin international Sessi D'Almeida. Although he is believed to have returned from Africa, where he's been on duty for his country, scoring in midweek against Algeria, he is due to serve a one match ban due to picking up his fifth Football League booking of the 2018-19 season.

In terms of the players Way believes are due to return for the club, Gary Warren's availability should be confirmed on the weekend. The others are likely to be winger Wes McDonald and midfielder Alefe Santos, whose injuries were never made public by the club, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is known to have resumed training following a thigh injury sustained in pre-season. Striker Francois Zoko (knee) was due to return around the end of October or start of November, whilst Omar Sowunmi (ankle) isn't expected to be back until the end of the year. The whereabouts of midfielder James Bailey is less clear, but there is no suggestion that he is on his way back from the knee injury he sustained last Boxing Day.


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18 October 2018 : Wing Given Extended Boro Contract After First Team Breakthrough
Former Yeovil Town loanee Lewis Wing has been given an extended long term contract with his parent club. Championship side Middlesbrough have given the 23 year old midfielder a deal that runs until the summer of 2022 - just under a four year deal. Wing has broken into Boro's first team during the 2018-19 season, having made five appearances, and one Checkatrade Under-21 appearance, giving him seven first team appearances overall, along with two Checkatrade games.

Wing had joined the club from non-league side Shildon in the summer of 2017, and so has only had just over a year in the professional game, which included his 22 game spell at Huish Park during the second half of the 2017-18 season that saw him play in every match that he was eligible to feature. Although first team appearances at the Riverside Stadium have dropped off slightly in the past few weeks, manager Tony Pulis has been impressed enough to give Wing a new deal at the club. The player himself sees it as a dream come true:

"It is my dream, and it's coming true at the moment. It's been a mad year, and I'm happy to put pen to paper and get on with things. I think I've got a lot to improve on still, but at the start of the season I couldn’t have asked for much more. I think the gaffer likes how hungry I am and I give my all in everything I do. Hopefully I can keep on building on that, digging away and nail down a place in the First Team."


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18 October 2018 : GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Carlisle United. The match takes place at the Brunton Park on Saturday 27th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Carlisle United : Saturday 27th October 2018.
Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £34.00; Member Concessions: £32.00
Adult Non-Members: £36.00; Non-Member Concessions: £34.00

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 Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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17 October 2018 : Plans To Sell Wembley Stadium Withdrawn By Jaguars Owner
The Football Association have announced that the sale of Wembley Stadium has been called off. They have indicated that the decision to call off the sale had been made by Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan, who also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars. His plan had been to set up the stadium as a home to the NFL side, but he has decided to withdraw his offer in recognition that the issue was becoming 'divisive' within the English football game.

On the one hand, the projection had been that the Football Association would net a huge windfall from the sale that would be distributed to clubs, and invested in grassroots footballing facilities. However, there were concerns that England football matches, and associated club competition finals matches might come under jeopardy if the dates of those matches had clashed with any NFL commitments or commercial ventures made by Khan. There was also concern at the concept of the national stadium being owned by a party outside the association football structures.

The FA's Board had given the deal clearance for it to be put before the FA Council last week, and although the Council agreed for it to be put to a full vote, the hints were that meeting was rather more vocal in their opposition to the deal. As such, the October 24th full vote of all 127 Council members was expected to be a tight one, with suggestions there were more members against the deal than in favour. It seems that Mr Khan had got the hint that his plans would be rejected, and so he has decided to withdraw his offer, rather than set himself up for a fall. He explained:

"Unfortunately, given where we are today, I've concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favoured by the FA chairman to sell Wembley Stadium. Until a time when it is evident there is an unmistakable directive from the FA to explore and close a sale, I am respectfully withdrawing my offer to purchase Wembley Stadium."

A statement this afternoon has been issued by the FA, confirming the withdraw of Mr Khan's offer. The last few months has seen plenty of column inches and debate concerning the state of community and academy facilities around the country, and the need for new investment, which supporters of the sale had stressed needed to take priority if the sale had gone through. The FA acknowledge that there has been an increased awareness of that shortfall during the discussion over the sale:

"Wembley Stadium is an iconic venue that is revered around world and it will continue to thrive under the ownership and direction of The FA. There has been much deliberation on both sides of this debate and it has undoubtedly raised awareness of the issue that community football facilities in England need significant investment. We would like to thank the football stakeholders, Government, FA Board and Council members for their collaborative approach throughout this process. We will continue to work together to identify new and innovative ways of investing in community football facilities in the future."

Yeovil Town had appeared to be supportive of the sale, believing that it would provide the club with better facilities, whilst national media reports suggested that the Football League had used Yeovil Town's plans to enhance their stadium and facilities as part of their submission to the FA, detailing where clubs were in need of additional investment. That would all appear to be off the table for the foreseeable future.


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17 October 2018 : Video : Sessi D'Almeida's Match-Winning International Goal
For those who want to see Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida score his first ever international goal, this can be viewed below. The 22 year old former Blackpool and Barnsley player won his fourth cap for his country Benin on Tuesday afternoon, and he scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Algeria at the Stade de l'Amitié in Cotonou.

The goal was scored in the 16th minute of the game, and bore more than a passing resemblance to one that he scored for Yeovil Town against Stevenage earlier this season, as he made a late run into the box from a wide ball cut-back. The footage also shows the red card issued to Stéphane Sessegnon, who had set up the winning goal, but appears to have got into an argument with the match referee.




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17 October 2018 : Donnellan And Ireland Bow Out On Final Qualifier With Defeat
Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan played a full 90 minutes on Tuesday night, although ended up on the losing side as Qualifying Group leaders Germany won 2-0 in Heidenheim. The match was Shaun's eighth appearance for Republic of Ireland Under-21s and is likely to be his last, with the Irish finishing the Group stages in third place, which means they will not be going to Italy in 2019. Donnellan had missed Ireland's defeat in Israel on Friday due to a one-match suspension, with the Irish FA stating that he was not in attendance at the Israel game, having flown directly from England to Germany on the Saturday, to meet up with the squad for their second fixture of the international break.

Germany had already guaranteed their qualification for the tournament on Thursday when they beat Norway, meaning that it was a much-changed German side from the one that had thrashed Ireland 6-0 in Dublin earlier this year. Despite that, they got themselves two first half goals through Jani Serra and Levin Oztunali to go 2-0 up. Ireland improved during the second period, and managed to stop the avalanche of the game in Dublin, but could not create goals at the other end. As such they finished third in the Qualifying Group stage, and so bow out of the tournament.

The match in Heidenheim should be Shaun's final bow for Ireland's Under-21s side. He celebrated his 22nd birthday on the day of the game, and so he will not be eligible for any future tournaments at this level. At present the Under-21s have not got any visible fixtures arranged, however it would seem likely that Head Coach Noel King will now look to the future and begin blending in new players ahead of the next major tournament. As such, Shaun's international duties are now over, unless he can force himself into his country's senior side.

Final Score: Germany Under-21s 2 Republic of Ireland Under-21s 0.

Scorers: Janni Serra (1-0, 32 mins), Levin Oztunali (2-0, 39 mins)

Republic of Ireland U21s:
Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest); Cory Whelan (Crewe Alexandraw), Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale), Danny Kane (AFC Flyde); Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic); Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Jamie McGrath (Dundalk), Jordan Shipley (Coventry City); Ronan Hale (Derry City).

Substitutes Used: Jimmy Dunne (Hearts) (64 mins for Danny Kane), Reece Greco-Cox (Crawley Town) (75 mins for Ronan Hale).


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16 October 2018 : AGM For Glovers Trust Taking Place Tomorrow
Tomorrow evening will see the Glovers Trust hold their Annual General Meeting. The event will take place on Wednesday 17th October at Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Johnson Park, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 3DX, starting at 8.15p.m.

The AGM will see the new Trust Board members for the 2018-19 season officially unveiled, following nominations that were made earlier in the year. The current Board members will also be providing an update on Trust activities that have taken place over the last year, as well as taking questions from the floor. If any members have questions but can't get to the meeting, then you can email communications@glovers-trust.co.uk in advance.

Their aim is to stream the event via their Facebook page, although that will be down to the perils of technology! We'll post a link to the live stream on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as they are live.


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16 October 2018 : D'Almeida Scores Winner In AFCON Qualifying Shock Win
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida scored the winning goal for Benin in their AFCON Qualifying Group match this afternoon. They beat Algeria by a 1-0 scoreline, to keep matters tight at the top of their group, with the Algeria keeping themselves on top via their superior goal difference. With both countries having played each other twice, the fate of the group will now lie with which of the pair can get the best results in their remaining games against Gambia and Togo, who realistically need to win at least one of their remaining games to stand a chance of qualification.

TV footage showing the pass that Stéphane Sessegnon made to set up the goal for Sessi D'Almeida as he ran into the box
TV footage showing the pass that Stéphane Sessegnon made to set up the goal for Sessi D'Almeida as he ran into the box.


The winning goal came sixteen minutes into the match, when former Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion winger Stéphane Sessegnon provided a right-wing ball across the box that met an oncoming Sessi D'Almeida who hit the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards out, with a first time strike into the bottom left hand corner. Benin had to survive 35 minutes with just ten men after Sessegnon was red carded, with reports that this was for bad language. Despite this, Benin held on for their first ever victory over Algeria in ten matches, having lost seven out of their nine previous meetings.

Sessi D'Almeida runs off celebrating his winning goal against Algeria
Sessi D'Almeida runs off celebrating his winning goal against Algeria.


The result leaves both sides on seven points in their qualifying group, with two more matches left to play. Benin are due to travel to Gambia on November 17th 2018 - the same day as Yeovil Town's currently scheduled League Two match against Lincoln City. The group will finish on March 22nd 2019 when Benin play home to Togo. The finals are due to take place between June 15th and July 13th 2019 in Cameroon. The top two teams in each group will qualify, with the best four third-placed teams across the groups also qualifying.

This was Sessi's fourth cap for his country, having gained his third on Friday night when he came on as an 80th minute substitute in the away match against Algeria. His previous two caps came whilst he was on the books of French side Bordeaux.

Final Score: Benin 1 Algeria 0.

Scorer: Sessi D'Almedia (1-0, 16 mins)

Benin: (Starting XI)
Fabien Farnolle – Seidou Barazé, Emmanuel Imorou, Oliver Verdon, Khaled Adénon - Sessi D'Almeida , Jordan Adeoti – Mickaël Poté, Jodel Dossou, Stéphane Sessegnon - Steve Mounié

Full time at the Stade de l'Amitié in Cotonou
Full time at the Stade de l'Amitié in Cotonou.



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16 October 2018 : Mahmutovic Sits Out Luxembourg Victory
Yeovil Town loanee Enes Mahmutovic sat out his country's UEFA Nations League match against San Marino on Monday. The Middlesbrough defender was named in the squad for the match at Stade Josy Barthel in his home country, but did not get onto the pitch as they won 3-0, with goals from David Turpel, Daniel Sinani and Vincent Thill. With Belarus drawing at home against Moldova that result has allowed Luxembourg to retake top spot in Group D2.

Luxembourg's next international fixtures are a home match against Belarus on Thursday 15th November, followed by a Sunday trip to Moldova on 18th November. Although Enes has only managed to get onto the pitch in one of his country's last four internationals, he has been consistently called up each time, which would tend to point to him being part of that squad. Like Rhys Browne, who has a game against Martinique during that period, these fixtures would clash with the League Two home game against Lincoln City, which is currently scheduled for Saturday 17th November.

Final Score: Luxembourg 3 San Marino 0.

Scorers: David Turpel (4 mins, 1-0), Daniel Sinani (65 mins, 2-0), Vincent Thill (73 mins, 3-0).

Luxembourg:
12 Ralph Schon 18 Laurent Jans 2 Maxime Chanot 6 Chris Philipps 19 Mathias Jänisch 10 Vincent Thill 8 Christopher Martins Pereira 16 Leandro Barreiro Martins 15 Olivier Thill 14 Daniel Sinani 20 David Turpel

Substitutes:
1 Anthony Moris 3 Enes Mahmutovic 5 Florian Bohnert (69 mins for Laurent Jans) 9 Daniel Alves Da Mota (67 mins for Leandro Barreiro Martins) 11 Gerson Rodrigues 13 Dirk Carlson 21 Maurice Deville (76 mins for David Turpel) 22 Aurélien Joachim 23 Tim Kips


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15 October 2018 : League Two Weekend Round-Up As Glovers Stay Fifteenth
On a blank weekend for Glovers fans, Yeovil Town ended the weekend just as they started it; in fifteenth place in the League Two table. As it happened, they knew even before Friday's and Saturday's matches took place, that the worst that could happen was that they would drop a place, and with 16th placed Port Vale facing League leaders Lincoln City, that was a tough challenge for them.

That proved to be the case on the day, when the Imps thrashed Vale by a 6-2 scoreline on their own patch. With six different goalscorers on the day (one of them was Leon Legge putting into his own net), the division's leaders maintained their four point gap at the top of the division, and with them also having the best goal difference and the second best goalscoring record, they are setting a hefty pace, having dropped points in only three games so far this season. Former Glover Ben Whitfield bagged a goal for Port Vale, but given it was in the 94th minute, it can be assumed he didn't celebrate it too much.

The weekend saw the top six clubs in the division all win their matches, with seventh placed Stevenage being the only club in the promotion and play-off positions to suffer a loss - they were up against Newport County who maintained their third place slot. This was not a game to arrive or leave early, or to pop to the tea bars around half time. Former Glover Matthew Dolan opened the scoring in the first minute for Newport, whilst Antoine Semenyo got the winner in the 98th minute. Even Stevenage's equaliser from Luther Wildin came in first half injury time. Stevenage drop one place to seventh, meaning that there is a five point gap between the play-off spots and Yeovil Town.

The theme of the top clubs all picking up wins continued with Exeter City's 2-0 victory over Swindon Town keeping them in second place and on a run of seven games without defeat, just ahead of Newport on goal difference. Milton Keynes Dons are also in strong form, as part of a run of five matches without defeat, and the man in form is Chuks Aneke who has scored in four consecutive games - he got the winner in a 1-0 victory over 23rd placed Cambridge United.

Just below Milton Keynes are Tranmere Rovers, who managed a 1-0 victory over basement side Macclesfield Town on Friday night. Whilst that pushed the Wirral side into fifth place, it left Macclesfield on the edge of an unwanted Football League record. The Silkmen have not won a Football League match since December 2011, which ended with their 2011-12 relegation from the League, and when added to their current start to the 2018-19 season, this means that they have gone 36 matches without a win. That matches Derby County's record that was set between September 2007 and August 2008, meaning that if Macclesfield fail to win their next game, they will take the record from the Rams.

In sixth place stand Colchester United, who beat Crawley Town by a 3-1 scoreline. Their front three of Sammie Szmodics, Frank Nouble and Luke Norris did the damage, whilst the visitors managed to shoot themselves in the foot when former Glover Bondz N'Gala managed to get himself sent off during second half injury time for kicking out at Norris. He'll get a three match ban for that.

Forest Green Rovers were the one team that started the day in the top seven to find themselves below the dotted line. The 97th minute goal scored by former Glover Andy Williams for Northampton Town was notable in that it gave their Gloucestershire opponents their first League defeat of the season. Earlier in the game, things had looked good for them when Reuben Reid (yep, another former Glover) had opened the scoring for Forest Green just before half time. But two second half goals helped push a struggling Northampton side away from the relegation zone.

Another side with a habit of hovering just above the bottom two places is Morecambe. They also pushed themselves up a couple of places, thanks to a 0-2 away win at Carlisle United. Former Glover (again!) AJ Leitch-Smith opened the scoring in that game. Finally, Crewe Alexandra grabbed a 1-1 draw at Gresty Road to slow down Bury's attempts to break into the top seven places.

The overall pattern of recent results in League Two has been the teams at the top to start pulling away from the pack, whilst many of the slow starting sides, such as Notts County (who didn't play on the weekend) have gradually started to get their act together, meaning that the lower end of mid-table where Yeovil Town occupy, has started to bunch up. The six game form table shows Lincoln, Exeter, Tranmere, Milton Keynes and Notts County as the in-form teams, whilst if that form table is extended to eight matches, then Bury and Colchester also feature well.

With the exception of the slow-starting Magpies and the Shakers who are just outside the top seven, all of those clubs are in automatic or play-off positions, which suggests that anyone that wants to join them will need to pick up an accelerating pace. That can be measured by Yeovil Town's own situation - whilst the Glovers are still only five points behind the play-offs, and with a game in hand, Saturday meant they moved eleven points behind the automatic positions. Exactly one month ago, they had been two points off the automatics and with a game in hand - a nine point shift over the four weeks that have followed.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.


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15 October 2018 : Glovers Given Home Tie In Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers will face Toolstation Western Premier League Club Shepton Mallet in a match that is scheduled to be played at Huish Park. The tie comes after the Glovers won 4-0 against Bishop Sutton last Tuesday, thanks to a hat-trick from Devon Arnold.

The full draw reads as follows:

Welton Rovers vs Bath City
Cheddar vs Frome Town
Yeovil Town vs Shepton Mallet
Wincanton Town vs Taunton Town
Clevedon Town vs Bridgwater Town
Portishead Town vs Chard Town
Radstock Town vs Paulton Rovers
Hengrove Athletic vs Weston-super-Mare

All ties will be played during the week commencing November 12th, with Tuesday 13th November the most likely date. The Glovers first team have not got a midweek fixture during that period, with the tie expected to take place around three days after the FA Cup First Round date. As such, there shouldn't be the scheduling problem that the First Round created, with both the First Team and the Academy team that took the responsibility of the County Cup fixture, playing concurrently. However, we'd still expect this to be an Academy-led fixture on the night.


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14 October 2018 : Browne Gets Full Game In CONCACAF Group Thrashing
Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne played a full 90 minutes late on Friday night, as his country thrashed the Bahamas by a 6-0 scoreline. In a match played at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Antigua and Barbuda were in control throughout, with Ebbsfleet United's Myles Weston grabbing a hat-trick, which included two penalties.

This was a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match, with Antigua having lost their first match - at that time Browne was out with a hamstring injury and so played no part in the defeat against Belize. It's the only match that Browne will play during the international break, but they will be playing a third CONCACAF match on Monday 19th November against Martinique, two days after Yeovil Town's currently scheduled home match against Lincoln City.

Final Score: Bahamas 0 Antigua and Barbuda 6.

Scorers: Myles Weston (0-1, 12 mins), Peter Byers (0-2, 15 mins), Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (0-3, 39 mins), Myles Weston (0-4, 43 mins), Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (0-5, 68 mins), Myles Weston (0-6, 77 mins)

Antigua and Barbuda:
Molvin James, Courtney Wildin, Joele Jacob, Rhys Browne, Myles Weston, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, Quinton Griffith, Karanja Mack, Novelle Francis, Peter Byers, Joshua Parker

Substitutes:
8. Junior Benjamin (53 mins for Novelle Francis), 5. Mervyn Hazlewood (79 mins for Myles Weston), 22. Javorn Stevens (83 mins for Peter Byers), 17. Mahlon Romeo, 20. Prince Walter.


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13 October 2018 : D'Almeida Gains Third Cap In Algeria Defeat
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida gained his third international cap on Friday night, three years after his first appearance for his country. The 22 year old had been called up by Benin and unlike his September trip, he managed to briefly get onto the pitch in their 2-0 defeat against Algeria for his first cap since he was on the books of his home town Bordeaux.

By the time D'Almedia got onto the pitch in the 80th minute, his country were 2-0 down in the game, and so he had little opportunity to change the outcome. The Group D qualifier at the Blida Stadium. Midway through the first half, Ramy Bensebaini opened the scoring, whilst a defensive error allowed Baghdad Bounedjah to double the lead.

The result has allowed Algeria the opportunity to move three points clear at the top of the AFCON Group D Qualification table. However, there will be an immediate opportunity for Benin to close that gap, as the two sides meet again on Tuesday at the Stade de l'Amitié in Cotonou, with Benin taking home advantage.

Final Score: Algeria 2 Benin 0.

Benin: (3-4-3)
Fabien Farnolle; Olivier Verdon, Salomon Junior, Khaled Adenon; Emmanuel Imorou, Seidou Barazé,Jordan Adéoti, Stéphane Sessegnon (Capt); David Djigla, Jodel Dossou, Steve Mounié.

Substitutes Used:
Mickaël Poté (75 mins for Salomon Junior), Sessi D'Almeida (80 mins for Seidou Barazé)


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13 October 2018 : Mahmutovic Gets Game Time In Belarus Defeat
Yeovil Town loanee Enes Mahmutovic made his ninth international appearance for his country on Friday night. The Middlesbrough defender was part of a Luxembourg squad that was playing Belarus in the Dinamo Stadion in Minsk, as part of the UEFA Nations League. He ended up on the losing side, with the home team winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Anton Saroka, scored in the 43rd minute.

Enes played no part in the goal, as he was only introduced onto the pitch as a half time substitute, a couple of minutes after Belarus took the lead. This was Luxembourg's first defeat in the Nations League, but a significant one as it allowed Belarus the chance to leapfrog them on the night, with them finishing a point above the visitors, in top place in Group D2.

The Glovers loanee has one more match to play, with Luxembourg staging a home match against San Marino on Monday night. After that match, he will return to South Somerset.

Final Score: Belarus 1 Luxembourg 0.

Luxembourg:
1 Anthony Moris 18 Laurent Jans 2 Maxime Chanot 4 Kevin Malget 13 Dirk Carlson 15 Olivier Thill 8 Christopher Martins Pereira 6 Chris Philipps 20 David Turpel 14 Daniel Sinani 22 Aurélien Joachim

Substitutes:
3 Enes Mahmutovic (46 mins for Kevin Malget) 5 Florian Bohnert 7 Lars Gerson 9 Daniel Alves Da Mota (72 mins for David Turpel) 10 Vincent Thill 11 Gerson Rodrigues (57 mins for Olivier Thill) 12 Ralph Schon 16 Leandro Barreiro Martins 17 Mario Mutsch 19 Mathias Jänisch 21 Maurice Deville 23 Tim Kips


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12 October 2018 : Top Two Meet In Youth Alliance League Match On Saturday
Yeovil Town supporters looking for a match on Saturday, in the wake of their postponed League Two fixture against Cheltenham Town, can still support a Glovers team. The club's Under-18s side are involved in a top-two clash against Oxford United in a match that will be played on the Top Pitch at Huish Park.

Admission is free of charge, with the match kicking off at 11.00a.m. on the main pitch. At present, Yeovil Town have risen back to the top of the division, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Newport County a fortnight ago, which saw Neville Nzembela and Archie Sturdy being followed up by last weekend's 1-1 draw against Exeter City where Nzembela netted again. That put them above Oxford by a single point, although Saturday's visitors have two games in hand that mathematically give them the advantage. If Yeovil were to beat them though, that give give a different perspective to the table.

All fans are welcome to attend, and support a team that has so far lost only one League fixture, and on Tuesday night beat Western League opposition in the form of Bishop Sutton, knocking their first team out of the Somerset Premier Cup by a 4-0 scoreline.

South West Youth Alliance League Table
South West Youth Alliance League Table as of October 12th 2018.



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12 October 2018 : Dolphins Boss Believes Henry Loan Is At An End
Yeovil Town striker Korrey Henry would appear to have had his loan spell with Poole Town ended. The 18 year old was on a month's deal with the Southern League Premier Division South side but that period has now ended. Dolphins manager Tom Killick has previous stated that although he would like to be able to extend those arrangements, the current state of play is that he has been unable to do so.

During Korrey's stay at Tatnam Farm. he scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Farnborough Town. His playing time was restricted to just three matches, due to Poole's involvement in three FA Cup matches during the month, with Killick stating that he had not been given permission by the Glovers to field the striker in that competition, doubtless to stop him becoming cup-tied when Yeovil enter at the First Round Proper stage in November.

Killick explained that he had spoken to Yeovil Town ahead of Poole's Saturday home game against Taunton Town, but his understanding was that he wasn't going to get permission for that deal to be extended:

"The month is up now unfortunately. When we spoke to Yeovil, they weren't sure they were going to be in a position to let him out at this stage."

Although it might be advantageous to allow Korrey's loan spell to continue in South Dorset, the Glovers have been hit by a number of recent injuries, that has meant that they have sometimes had to field two Academy players on the substitutes' bench in recent League Two fixtures. It would therefore seem likely that Poole's inability to extend the current terms lies with concerns over the lack of available depth in the current squad, although manager Darren Way said recently that he would have four players back for the Tranmere Rovers game, one of which is known to be Gary Warren, who has sat on the bench as an unused substitute in the last two fixtures.


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12 October 2018 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw Gives Glovers An Exiles Trip
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been given an away draw in the First Round of the 2018-19 FA Youth Cup draw. The tie is a familiar one in that it has pitched them against Newport County in a match that will be played at Rodney Parade. The Exiles' youth side play in the same division as the Glovers, with the most recent match between the pair seeing Yeovil winning 2-0 in South Wales on September 29th.

The full draw for the First Round, which sees all EFL clubs enter the competition, reads as follows:

1 North Shields or AFC Fylde v Bury
2 Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
3 Fleetwood Town v Carlisle United
4 Morecambe v Crewe Alexandra
5 Blackpool v Guiseley or Ossett United
6 Tranmere Rovers v Accrington Stanley
7 FC Halifax Town v Sunderland or Litherland Remyca
8 Hyde United or Salford City v Bradford City
9 Hartlepool United or Chester v Barnsley
10 Tadcaster Albion or Altrincham v Oldham Athletic
11 South Shields or Chorley v Macclesfield Town
12 Scunthorpe United v AFC Telford United or Rugby Town
13 Rugby Borough or Solihull Moors v Matlock Town or Sutton Coldfield Town
14 Shrewsbury Town v Lincoln City
15 Cogenhoe United or Aylestone Park v Grantham Town or Halesowen Town
16 Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town
17 Long Eaton United or Hereford v Milton Keynes Dons
18 Port Vale v Kidderminster Harriers or Chesterfield
19 Walsall v Notts County
20 Burton Albion v Coventry City
21 Stevenage v Colchester United
22 Peterborough Sports v Barnet or Bishops Stortford or Walsham Le Willows
23 Cambridge United v AFC Sudbury or Wroxham
24 AFC Rushden or Diamonds v Southend United or Leyton Orient
25 Luton Town v Brentwood Town or Saffron Walden Town
26 Hullbridge Sports or Aveley v Peterborough United
27 Northampton Town v King’s Lynn Town or Dereham Town
28 Carshalton Athletic or Worthing v Cray Wanderers or Raynes Park Vale
29 Ascot United or Wingate & Finchley v Kings Langley or Tring Athletic
30 Phoenix Sports v Welwyn Garden City or Andover Town or Hampton and Richmond Borough
31 Croydon or Lewes v Bognor Regis Town or Sutton United
32 Charlton Athletic v Metropolitan Police or Whitehawk
33 Reading City v Oxford United or Hemel Hempstead Town
34 AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
35 Leverstock Green v Dartford or Dulwich Hamlet or Maidenhead United
36 Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle
37 Newport County v Yeovil Town
38 Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers
39 Forest Green Rovers v Cheltenham Town
40 Cirencester Town or Aldershot Town v Clevedon Town or Brockenhurst
41 Torquay United or Yate Town v Didcot Town or Totton & Eling
42 Swindon Town v Team Solent or Moneyfields

As yet, a date for this tie has not been set. However, all matches are due to be fulfilled by Saturday 3rd November 2018. They usually take place at each club's main stadium (although a few clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have special dispensation) with the majority of clubs picking a midweek evening to stage the ties.

Last season saw Yeovil Town make an early exit in the competition, losing at home to Exeter City, although they have had recent success, getting as far as the Fourth Round during the 2016-17 season before bowing out to Broxbourne Borough. That year had seen them manage a significant shock result as they beat EPPP Category One side West Bromwich Albion - an outcome that saw the Baggies make a move for Glovers striker Callum Morton in the aftermath of that tie.


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12 October 2018 : Browne Hoping For Club Boost From Antigua Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne is hoping that his switch to international football this weekend will boost his own club football performances for this season. The 22 year old has been called up by Antigua and Barbuda, having already gained eight caps at that level, and will be hoping to get onto the pitch in a CONCACAF Nations League match that takes place at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in the Bahamas.

So far, Rhys has had a disruptive 2018-19 season, after getting injured in the club's final major pre-season friendly against Corby Town - a hamstring problem that meant he was absent from the field of play until September 22nd. So far he's only managed to make two starts, with four substitute appearances and has not got through 90 minutes. Browne told BBC Somerset that he hopes that getting in an extra game in whilst his teammates are having a rest, will help him catch up:

"I'll be getting an extra game in, and I think I need it because I've missed so much of the season already through being out through injury. It will be good to get an extra game in and get a step up to where the boys are at the moment. I'm just trying to get back to where I was. Obviously it didn't come overnight in getting there, so I know it's not going to happen overnight again. It's a slow process."

Browne has flown to the Bahamas where he will play in a stadium that has promised free admission to the local public and any visiting away supporters. He is hopeful that it will be a different experience for him, compared to a Football League match:

"Very exciting. It's a different experience, and a different kind of football. So it's very exciting and I can't wait to get out there. We're playing against Bermuda in the Gold Cup on Friday evening. It's quite close to Antigua, so there will be quite a few vuvuzelas going off. It will be quite big."

Tonight's match in the Bahamas kicks off at 6.00p.m. local time, which should be 11.00p.m. UK time.

Link: Browne International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Donnellan International Call-Up Confirmed.


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11 October 2018 : Donnellan Delayed International Departure Explained
When Yeovil Town centre-back Shaun Donnellan turned out on Tuesday night for the Glovers against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, it came as a mini-surprise. The 21 year old had been listed on the Republic of Ireland's squad list that has travelled out to Israel and will head on to Germany over the weekend for a second fixture early next week. With the Irish scheduled to play their first fixture in the Akko Municipal Stadium in Israel at 3.00p.m. UK time on Thursday, the obvious question was why he was at the Memorial Stadium playing 90 minutes on Tuesday night.

The answer is now more obvious - Donnellan was suspended for the Thursday afternoon match in Israel and so was never going to take to the field. Presumably he has therefore only joined the Republic of Ireland squad as a spectator for today's squad, and will play a more relevant part when his country turns out at the Albstadion in Heidenheim next Tuesday, when he will be eligible to play.

For the record, Ireland lost their match 3-1, with Gavriel Kanichowsky, Yarden Mordehai Cohen and Jonathan Cohen scoring for the home side, whilst Ronan Hale provided some brief joy for Ireland as he equalised in the 63rd minute. The result means that Ireland cannot qualify for the Italian 2019 Finals tournament. Although they could still finish as runners up if they were to provide a shock against Germany on Tuesday, they cannot catch Tuesday's hosts, whilst there are five other teams in runners-up positions at present that have points tallies that exceed anything the Irish could get for the four places left open for the best-performing second-placed teams. As such Tuesday night's match will become a game for pride. Germany need a win to guarantee finishing top of the group, although a draw will pretty much guarantee that by virtue of their vastly superior goal difference.


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11 October 2018 : Jaiyesimi Injury Confirmed As Season-Ending Problem
Yeovil Town's on loan winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi has been diagnosed with a season-ending injury. The Norwich City player has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and will require an operation and lengthy rehabiliation that means he will not play again during the 2018-19 season. He was injured by a poor tackle during the September 2018 midweek match against Milton Keynes Dons and was stretchered off, and has since returned to Carrow Road.

Overall DJ made eleven appearances for the club, scoring two goals. We wish him all the best in his recovery, and will look forward to monitoring his progress during the 2019-20 campaign.

Link: Diallang Jaiyesimi : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 October 2018 : Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Morecambe's Globe Arena are now available. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Aged 18-22 and Students (with ID): £15.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-11s: FREE*.

Under-11s are only free if they are obtained at the same time as an Adult ticket - one adult, one child. Otherwise you pay the Under-18s rate.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay £17.00 or relevant lower age category.

We will be housed in the Peter McGuigan Stand, blocks A and B, with unreserved seating. This is Morecambe's main stand and runs along the side of the pitch. The overall capacity of this stand is 2,173 - we get two out of the five blocks, so around 40 percent of the capacity.

There are no price changes on the day of the game, but you will have to pay cash only on the turnstile.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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11 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Bristol Rovers Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match kicked off at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on Jake Gray's inclusion, the addition of three Academy players and the age of his squad, and the challenge of Bristol Rovers. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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10 October 2018 : Academy Side Get County Cup Progression Through Arnold Hat-Trick
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable victory in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup on Tuesday night. With the first team squad travelling to play Bristol Rovers on the same evening, the team that travelled to Bishop Sutton for the County Cup competition was wholly based around the Academy's Under-18s side.

On top of that, with Gabriel Rogers, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke and Daniel Ojo forming part of the first team squad, the team that headed to Lakeview was somewhat stretched. Despite that, they were still able to progress to the Second Round against Western League Division One opposition, winning the tie 4-0 after being a goal up at half time.

There was a hat-trick for First Year Scholar Devon Arnold on the night, with the other goal being scored by a player from the club's associated Elite Player Development Programme - at present we don't know their name.

The Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup is yet to be drawn, but with most ties played during this week, we'd expect that to take place within the next week.


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10 October 2018 : Video : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those that want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat in the EFL Trophy against Bristol Rovers, these are now available online. There are two minutes worth of YouTube-based highlights, which includes Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman's goals that mathematically eliminated the Glovers from the competition. Watch the clip below.




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10 October 2018 : Browne International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne has been called up for his country, as part of the coming international break. The 22 year old has been named by manager Fernando Abraham for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Bahamas. That game will take place on Friday 12th October 2018, with a 6.00p.m. (local time) kick-off at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in the Bahamas.

The squad selected for the match is as follows:

Antigua and Barbuda:
Molvin James (Tryum), Joshua Parker (Gillingham), Prince Walter (Grenades), Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (Newport County), Murphy Parker, Mervyn Hazelwood (Tryum), Mahlon Romeo (Millwall), Novelle Francis (Empire), Courtney Wildin (Nantwich), Brandon Emanuel (Five Islands), Joele Jacobs (Swetes), Junior Benjamin (Ottos Rangers), Karanja Mack (Parham), Peter Byers (SAP), Quinton Griffith, Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town), Myles Weston (Ebbsfleet United), Javorn Stevens (Greenbay Hoppers).

Browne missed the call-up for his national side in September, due to the hamstring injury he sustained in pre-season that has so far limited him to six appearances, with only one start in League Two fixtures. He started his second match during Tuesday night's match at Bristol Rovers, but after clocking up a booking and a final warning, he was substituted at half time.

Rhys is the fourth Yeovil Town player to receive an international call-up for the coming weekend's collection of matches. Sessi D'Almeida (Benin), Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) and Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland Under-21s) will all spend time away from Somerset over the coming week.

Link: D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Donnellan International Call-Up Confirmed.


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10 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, and his side's mathematical exit from the competition can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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10 October 2018 : Sowunmi Facing Lengthy Spell On The Sidelines
Yeovil Town captain Omar Sowunmi has been ruled out for the remainder of 2018, after scans showed up the severity of his ankle injury. The centre-back was injured during the League Two home fixture against Milton Keynes Dons, and has now seen the specialist that oversaw his operation during the 2016-17 season when he suffered a similar injury.

Sowunmi has now been ruled out for between 10 to 12 weeks, which at best would see him missing until around New Year's Day, but possibly into January 2019. He's so far played in 10 games this season, with 78 appearances, scoring five goals as part of his 3.5 seasons with the club.


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10 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, 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.

NOTE: Voting is extended to those physically at the Memorial Stadium, as well as anyone who watched the match via an online streaming platform.

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


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9 October 2018 : Way Cites Lapsed Concentration Levels For Rovers Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that lapsed concentration levels in their defending cost them during their EFL Trophy defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. They mathematically exited the competition after two Group Stage fixtures, due to a 2-0 defeat that saw Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman score second half goals to put the game out of sight.

Way was concerned that one of the goals that his team conceded was fairly similar to a goal that Exeter City scored on Saturday, and he was disappointed with that. He felt that his centre-backs needed to be more disciplined with their marking inside the box when situations like that developed during games:

"We felt that one ball flipped down the side a little bit like Exeter. We were disappointed with our defending in the box. As a team we know with the numbers that we've had out tonight and the quality that they've got and the depth that they've got, we didn't have it. But I also know what I'm managing, and it's unfortunate that I'm managing a very very young group. We came up against a good Bristol Rovers team and we really created a good number of chances, and we had the best chances. Unfortunately we had lapsed concentration, and they've gone 1-0 up. I thought in the last 15 minutes, one or two players under pressure find it very difficult. I've got two centre-halves now where it's important that I have to man-manage the situation, because I still think they're good players. They're going to make mistakes, but with the last two games it's key to make sure you've got disciplined marking inside the box."

Aside from the defending, Way also said that a couple of the key chances that fell to striker Alex Fisher should have been taken. The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle player ended up in two great scoring positions, in each half, but was unable to convert them, with Rovers keeper Jack Bonham putting in a solid performance. The Glovers boss felt that Fisher should have been able to find a gap past the keeper with those efforts on goal:

"Not close enough. If we'd taken our chances - with Alex Fisher it probably fell to our best in-form striker, as far as the top goalscorer is concerned. He was a little bit disappointed that we didn't get that goal. Alex will be disappointed that he's not put the ball in the back of the net, just because it's clear and it's a one-v-one with the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper is not that big. So anything to the side of him, he would have struggled to get. Alex is frustrated."


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9 October 2018 : Rovers 2 Yeovil 0 : Second Half Double Confirms Glovers Exit From Trophy
Yeovil Town went out of the EFL Trophy at the Group Stage of the competition on Tuesday night, as Bristol Rovers secured their own route into the knock-out stages. The 2-0 defeat came via two second half goals, with Alex Jakubiak smashing a shot into the top right hand corner, before Alex Rodman sealed the result via a deflected shot that guaranteed Rovers and Exeter City will proceed to the next stage. The Glovers had their own chances, with Alex Fisher twice denied in one-v-ones, but will now play out their final match against West Ham United Under-21s as a dead rubber fixture.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up as they selected their strongest available eleven for this fringe competition. Sessi D'Almeida was on international duty with Benin, and that meant that Rhys Browne came in as the single change, with Jake Gray moving into a central position, to allow Browne to go wide. In the Rovers side, Ed Upson came up against his old club, with former trialist James Clarke in the centre of their defence.

Early chances in the match largely fell to the home side, with Alex Rodman's shot being saved by Nathan Baxter onto the post, for the game's first effort. That was quickly followed up by Alex Jakubiak firing wide of the post, and then over the crossbar, before he finally found the target, putting a drive across the face of goal that Baxter got down to save. Chances continued to fall to the Gas, with Ed Upson doing one of his typical shots from distance, whilst Liam Sercombe tried the same - both went wide of the target.

If Yeovil had been quiet in terms of clearcut chances, the one that they did get during the first period was a big one. Ed Upson's misplaced pass across the edge of his box was intercepted by Alex Fisher. But Jack Bonham anticipated the problem quickly and got down to block the shot on goal. Aside from that chance, the other Yeovil-related issue was that Rhys Browne had been booked for a challenge early in the match, and he finished the first period by landing on a final warning for a second poor challenge, meaning one more foul and he'd be off.

No surprise then, that there was a half time substitution with Browne going off and Omari Patrick getting 45 minutes to make his mark. As per the end to the first half, Alex Fisher got into a great position, as his run in behind the back four caught Rovers out. But again Jack Bonham blocked the ball, for the second big chance of the match.

That was to be costly, as five minutes into the half Bristol Rovers took the lead. Kyle Bennett received a throughball from Sam Matthews, and Bennett's pullback found Alex Jakubiak, who fired into the top right hand corner via the near post for a 1-0 lead. Bennett then went close as a buoyant Rovers took control of proceedings with the 25 yard shot just clearing the crossbar.

Yeovil still had their chances, but it wasn't Alex Fisher's night. The one time that Jack Bonham looked less than rock solid, by misjudging a cross, Fisher was there to head towards goal, but found Ed Upson getting in the way on the goal line. Yeovil continued to have efforts on goal but without big conviction - Jordan Green fired well over the bar from a Fisher cross, when he should have tested the keeper. Then Olufela Olomola and Omari Patrick allowed Bonham to make fairly comfortable saves as time began to run out.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, and the Glovers put on Yoann Arquin to replace Alex Fisher, it was Carl Dickinson who took over the captaincy. At that stage, Yeovil might have considered going for broke, but it never quite happened, as Rovers got their second crucial goal with six minutes remaining. Alex Rodman cut in from the wing, and fired off a shot that appeared to take a large deflection on its way into the back of the net. 2-0 down now, and there was no way back from that.

Aside from a late Yoann Arquin attempt, Yeovil couldn't muster anything of note to threaten the scoreline, and so mathematically exit the EFL Trophy at the earliest possible stage. If Fisher's chances had gone in, things might have looked a bit different, but once Rovers got the lead, they began to control things. A ten day break begins now, and with the exception of the FA Cup in November, there is one very clear target now - concentrate on the league.

Link: 2018-19 EFL Trophy Southern Group D Latest Table.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Alex Jakubiak (50 mins, 1-0), Alex Rodman (84 mins, 2-0)

Bristol Rovers:
13 Jack Bonham
2 Daniel Leadbitter 15 James Clarke 16 Tom Broadbent 28 Michael Kelly
26 Sam Matthews 6 Ed Upson 7 Liam Sercombe 33 Alex Rodman
23 Kyle Bennett 17 Alex Jakubiak

Substitutes:
10 Tom Nichols (76 mins for Kyle Bennett) 21 Adam Smith 27 Rollin Menayese 30 Alfie Kilgour 32 Luke Russe (86 mins for Sam Matthews) 40 Cameron Ebbutt 43 Deon Moore (88 mins for Alex Jakubiak)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison, 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher (Capt) 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 8. Omari Patrick (46 mins for Rhys Browne) 15. Gabriel Rogers (87 mins for Jordan Green), 18. Yoann Arquin (74 mins for Alex Fisher) 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 26. Daniel Ojo

Bristol Rovers Bookings: Daniel Leadbitter (foul, 37 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Rhys Browne (foul, 13 mins)

Bristol Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 10; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Rob Jones (Cheshire). Assistants: John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Billy Smallwood (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 1,179 (with 125 Yeovil Town supporters)


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9 October 2018 : EFL Trophy Southern Group D Updated Table With Glovers Eliminated
Yeovil Town headed out of the EFL Trophy tonight, despite having only played two of their three Group Stage matches. Their 2-0 defeat at the Memorial Stadium guarantees that opponents Bristol Rovers qualify along with Exeter City. Meanwhile Yeovil Town's home match against West Ham United Under-21s will effectively become a mid-season friendly match, with both sides guaranteed to be leaving the competition after that final match.

Rovers got their goals tonight in the second half, with Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman putting the Gas through to the knockout stages, and lifting them to the top of their Group table.

The current Group Stage table looks as follows:

Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1Bristol Rovers 2 2 0 0 4 0 6 +4
2Exeter City 2 1 1 0 2 0 5 +2
3Yeovil Town 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 -2
4West Ham U21s 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 -4


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9 October 2018 : Team News For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. The match sees the Glovers named one change to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Saturday's match against Exeter City. Winger Rhys Browne replaces Sessi D'Almeida who is on international duty. That makes for a midfield reshuffle, with Jake Gray moved into a central role. There's a mini-surprise as Shaun Donnellan starts, despite Republic of Ireland Under-21s having called him up for two matches in the coming week.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Midfielder Alefe Santos has said via his Twitter timeline that he is injured, but with no disclosure on the nature of that problem. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match - as yet there's no prognosis on his injury, but he was spotted on Saturday on crutches and with his ankle in a protective boot. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) is back at Carrow Road due to a knee injury. Striker Korrey Henry is on loan with Poole Town.

In addition to the injured absentees, there are also players on international duty. That means that Sessi D'Almeida (Benin) and Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) don't make the squad tonight. This is the only match they should miss in terms of their overseas trips, with Saturday's trip to Cheltenham Town already called off.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison, 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 8. Omari Patrick 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 26. Daniel Ojo

Bristol Rovers:
13 Jack Bonham
2 Daniel Leadbitter 15 James Clarke 16 Tom Broadbent 28 Michael Kelly
26 Sam Matthews 6 Ed Upson 7 Liam Sercombe
23 Kyle Bennett 17 Alex Jakubiak 33 Alex Rodman

Substitutes:
10 Tom Nichols 21 Adam Smith 27 Rollin Menayese 30 Alfie Kilgour 32 Luke Russe 40 Cameron Ebbutt 43 Deon Moore


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9 October 2018 : Football Association Confirm D'Almeida Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed that Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida will serve a one match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards. The 22 year old was cautioned for an incident in the 90th minute against Exeter City, after an Alex Pattison foul caused a flare-up between the two sides.

Sessi's caution means that he is the first Yeovil Town player to pass through the bookings threshold for the 2018-19 season. Because the EFL Trophy disciplinary rules run independently of Football League matches, his suspension will not be served as part of the Bristol Rovers game, but will instead be a one match suspension against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 20th October.

The 2018-19 season has seen a subtle change to the disciplinary rules, that would have been noticed in the last few weeks. Sessi's booking on Saturday was his sixth in all competitions for the 2018-19 season, and so under last season's rules he would have served his suspension much earlier, after his fifth caution.

For the current season, the Football Association have split disciplinary issues into competition-specific suspension rules, in the same way that the EFL Trophy carries its own independent rules. Because one of Sessi's six bookings came in the League Cup First Round tie against Aston Villa, that does not count towards his League tally. Thus in terms of the general five, ten and fifteen suspension thresholds, the revised rules for EFL clubs are as follows:

a) Five EFL Competition Cautions means a one match ban. This ban is waived once the player's club has played 19 league fixtures
b) Ten EFL Competition Cautions means a two match ban. This ban is waived once the player's club has played 37 league fixtures
c) Fifteen EFL Competition Cautions means a three match ban. This ban is waived once the player's club has played 46 league fixtures (and thus doesn't cover the play-offs)

The Football Association indicate that players competing in the League Cup and FA Cup will incur competition-specific suspensions for yellow card accumulation, after a player has received two yellow cards, but that this will be subject to the competition rules. This is already the case for the Football League Trophy.

It should be noted that the Football Association have not changed the rules on Red Card suspensions, meaning that if a player is sent off then (with the exception of the EFL Trophy) existing rules will continue to apply.

In theory, Sessi would be allowed to play in Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage tie against Bristol Rovers. However, along with Shaun Donnellan and Enes Mahmutovic, he is on international duty, meaning that he is not expected to be at the Memorial Stadium tonight.


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9 October 2018 : Rovers Trip Sees Glovers Needing Points To Stay In EFL Trophy
Tuesday evening sees Yeovil Town play their second EFL Trophy Group Stage match of the 2018-19 season. They will travel to the Memorial Stadium, where they will take on League One side Bristol Rovers as their single away tie at this stage of the competition.

The match could end up finalising some of the positions in Southern Group D, with the possibility that the two teams that progress to the knockout stage, and the two teams that get knocked out sorted by 9.30p.m. tonight.

The current Group Stage table looks as follows:

Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1Exeter City 2 1 1 0 2 0 5 +2
2Bristol Rovers 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 +2
3Yeovil Town 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
4West Ham U21s 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 -4

The current standings mean that Yeovil Town cannot afford to lose against Bristol Rovers. If they do, then Rovers and Exeter City are guaranteed to qualify, and Yeovil's final Group Stage match against West Ham United Under-21s would become a dead rubber game. West Ham are already out of the competition, regardless of how the final matches progress.

If Yeovil Town draw against Bristol Rovers within the 90 minute period, but then lose the penalty shoot-out, then they would remain in the competition, but would need to beat West Ham Under-21s in the final match, and hope that the final match between Exeter and Bristol Rovers produced a positive result for one side within the 90 minutes. If the Exeter vs Rovers game ended in a draw, then Yeovil Town would be out, regardless of the West Ham result. Yeovil would also need to overturn a two goal difference in that final game. They would not be able to overhaul Exeter City.

If Yeovil Town draw against Bristol Rovers within the 90 minute period, but then win the penalty shoot-out, then they would be just a point behind Rovers. At this stage, they could overhaul both sides, meaning that a win against West Ham Under-21s would give them a chance, but they would still have to wait for the outcome of the other group game.

If Yeovil Town beat Bristol Rovers, then they would be able to guarantee progression from the Group Stages with a win over West Ham Under-21s.

With the exception of the last scenario, the Glovers may complete their third Group Stage match against West Ham Under-21s, not knowing their fate. This is because their final Group Stage match takes place on November 6th, but the Exeter City vs Bristol Rovers tie is not scheduled to take place until a week later, giving those sides an obvious tactical advantage if they can qualify based on a specific result.

If the final Group Stage tables get complicated, with teams finishing level on points, then positions will be finalised by the following hierarchy of rules:

1. Goal Difference
2. Higher number of goals scored in the Group Matches
3. Number of wins (after normal time i.e. not the result of any drawn match followed by penalties)
4. The record against each other in the Group Match, taking into account in order of precedence, points gained, goal difference, higher number of goals scored.
5. If all of the above fails to produce an order of precedence, then clubs will take part in the drawing of lots. It's not clear how that draw will take place if it involves a club that is not playing when the final game is completed.


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9 October 2018 : Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage match between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 9th October 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Memorial Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been used for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years. His selection for such local derbies and significant matches suggests he's doing what the Football League want of him, yet as fans we haven't always agreed with that - one particular away match at Swansea City (mentioned later) gave him a bit of a reputation.

Because he sits on the 'Select Group 2' list of officials, our meetings have thinned out, with his list of matches mainly concentrated around Championship games. The last time we met was for the March 2018 match against Exeter City in a League Two match at St James Park that ended in a 0-0 draw. For a local derby it was a surprisingly low-key game, and Mr Stroud was part of that, with him staying out of any big decisions.

We had him for the 2015-16 EFL Trophy match against Oxford United - a match that saw us go out of the tournament by a 3-2 scoreline. We were a little fortunate in that match that Mr Stroud decided to call Jakub Sokolik's tackle on Chris Maguire during the second half to be a legal one. Maguire thought otherwise - there was a strong risk of a red card if he had, which meant that one went our way.

During the 2012-13 season we had him three times - two for competitive games, and once for a friendly match. The most recent of those was the 0-2 home defeat against Swindon Town. Matches against our Wiltshire semi-local rivals are often tetchy affairs, but we felt that the nine bookings handed out by Mr Stroud were excessive and almost seemed to be ramping up the temperature of the game, rather than cooling it down.

The other competitive match was the 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road in September 2012. There he was relatively quiet ... either that or our own awfulness overshadowed anything that an official might throw at us. The Western Gazette notes that he "had very little to do in a well-tempered, largely one-sided affair." He was also the referee for the pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle that saw Nick Chadwick sent off - on that occasion the correct decision, although for the purposes of pre-season preparation for the two clubs, it might have been more helpful if Mr Stroud had forced Argyle to make a substitution, rather than leave one side with ten men.

The August 2011 match against Sheffield United at Huish Park though saw him run true to form - eight yellow cards raised across a stop-start afternoon, completed by a second half injury time red card to Curtis Haynes-Brown when many officials might have shown a bit of common sense and realised that the final whistle was about to blow. The Western Gazette's view of his performance gives a similar tone: "Unfortunately the referee's performance overshadowed displays from two teams keen to get the ball down and impress ... (Keith Stroud) ensured the game failed to flow. Arguably the weakest (refereeing) display Yeovil have witnessed so far this season."

His preceding match involving the Glovers were thankfully a bit more low key. There was the November 2010 local derby defeat against AFC Bournemouth, where we had plenty more things to grumble about on the pitch than the men in black. Mr Stroud booked four players that night, but we doubt that anyone will remember anything other than Josh McQuoid and company ripping through the Glovers back line for one of the more one-sided games of football viewed, and probably the low-point of that season.

Before that was 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway, so had little or no effect upon the final scoreline. One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

Then came a Friday night against Swansea City in November 2005. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case. He's been an official that likes to be noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Billy Smallwood (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Link: March 2018 : Exeter City 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2015 : Oxford United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2.

Link: September 2012 : Leyton Orient 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Link: November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.


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8 October 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town step out on their second EFL Trophy Group Stage game. A trip to Bristol Rovers awaits, and the Ciderspace guide to the Memorial Stadium, the surrounding area, ticketing, travel, parking and a pub guide along with various past meetings and statistics can all be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

South Stand - half of this is used for seating away supporters
South Stand - half of this is used for seating away supporters.
Photo © 2015-18 Ciderspace



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8 October 2018 : Alex Fisher Talks About The Exeter City Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher talked about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex gives his views on his fifth goal of the season, the importance of Scunthorpe United loanee Olufela Olomola in the side, and his thoughts on Tuesday night's trip to Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Alex Fisher Speaks To The BBC About The 2-2 Draw With Exeter City.


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8 October 2018 : Yates Leaves Silkmen With Zero Percent Win Ratio
League Two side Macclesfield Town have sacked their first team manager Mark Yates. The former Cheltenham Town and Crawley Town boss had only been appointed in June 2018, but heads out of Moss Rose without a single win to his name, and with the Silkmen bottom of the Football League. They currently lie on four points and are already five points from safety.

Yates had been given a three year contract, and was appointed as a successor to John Askey, who jumped ship immediately following Macclesfield's promotion to the Football League, after League One side Shrewsbury Town came calling for his services. That clearly led to some unwanted disruption to their return to the Football League, and a Macclesfield statement recognised that Yates also had some injury issues to contend with. However, they felt the time had come for change:

"Mark was brought in to the club during the summer and despite a plethora of injuries to deal with, as well as an enormous amount of bad luck on occasions, fought gallantly in a bid to lift our league position to where we all want it to be. We would like to thank Mark for his services to the club and wish him the very best of luck in his future career."

Assistant Managers Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth have been given the Caretaker Manager roles until further notice, with Macclesfield having not made any indication of how quickly they intend to appoint a successor. Yates' final game in charge was Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Notts County, who had also been in the relegation zone up until recently. His final record reads that he was in charge for just 16 games, with zero wins, seven draws and nine defeats.


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8 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Exeter City Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on why his defence have been making mistakes, his decision to retain Alex Fisher in the side, and why Yoann Arquin lost his place. He also explains the fitness levels of Gary Warren. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 October 2018 : Lakeview Visit For County Cup Tie This Week
Tuesday night sees Yeovil Town enter the Somerset Premier Cup at the First Round stage. The Glovers were drawn against Western League Division One side Bishop Sutton during the draw made in July and the tie will take place at their Lakeview Ground on Tuesday 9th October, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. The address for the ground is:

Address: Bishop Sutton FC, Lakeview, Wick Road, Bishop Sutton BS39 5XN.

You'll find the ground is just off the A368, close to Chew Valley Lake (hence the name!) - use the Butchers Arms as a landmark in the village and you should find a side road that leads you to the ground at the rear of the pub.

With this fixture taking place at the same time (give or take fifteen minutes) as the club's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, this will undoubtedly be a game undertaken by the club's Under-18s side.

Note that there is a competition rule change in place for the 2018-19 season. With the exception of the Final, extra time has been scrapped for all ties where the scores are level after 90 minutes. At that stage, the tie will go directly to a Penalty Shoot-Out.

The other major rule change to the competition for the 2018-19 season has already been triggered. Holders Weston-super-Mare received a first round bye thanks to their status as 2017-18 winners. The full draw is linked below.

Yeovil Town's record in this competition has not been a good once since they entered the Football League. They last won the trophy in the 2004-05 season - all of their preceding 22 occasions that they won the trophy (and its predecessor known as the Somerset Professional Cup) came as a non-league side.

Link: 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw.


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7 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Two Minute Match Highlights
For those who want to see the YouTube-based highlights of Saturday afternoon's match, these are now available online. As well as the four goals scored in the 2-2 draw, which includes strikes from Jordan Green and Alex Fisher, the two minutes worth of footage also includes a Fisher effort that went over the bar during the first half. Watch the clip below.




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6 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his verdict on the game, his thoughts on his side's defending, and a brief look forward to Tuesday night's EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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6 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Exeter City, these are now available online. There is just under two minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the two goals scored by Jayden Stockley as well as Yeovil's Jordan Green and Alex Fisher.

The footage also includes a first half volley from Alex Fisher, and a second half Fisher header that went over the bar as the pick of Yeovil's other chances on the day. Watch the clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Highlights.


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6 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
If you watched Saturday's 2-2 draw against Exeter City 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 Exeter City.


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6 October 2018 : Darren Way Praises Second Half Forward Momentum And Motion In Grecians Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he was pleased with his side's second half forward momentum against Exeter City, even if the Glovers had to settle for just a point against Exeter City. The 2-2 draw came about in during a game that saw the pendulum swing both ways, with Jayden Stockley scoring the first and last goals of the afternoon for the visitors.

Having had a first half where they had struggled to create clear-cut chances, the Glovers came out of the traps at full speed during the early period of the second half, and equalised through Jordan Green before Alex Fisher's fifth goal of the season gave them a 2-1 advantage. Way admitted that a defensive mistake during the first half had given Exeter the edge, but he was impressed by what he saw during the second half:

"Very disappointed (not to win). But I have to say, it's the team that normally makes the fewest mistakes. I felt for the first 15 minutes, we got into the final third, were very very aggressive and got on the front foot. Then we made a mistake, which we have done in previous games, and we find ourselves 1-0 down. Then all of a sudden there were one or two misplaced passes and we came in, and we made sure we regrouped and we started again. I thought in the second half they couldn't have started any better. We played with pace, power, forward momentum, forward motion. Our attacking threat is very very strong. We found ourselves 2-1 up and they were well-worked goals - very well-worked goals - and we were causing them all sorts of problems."

Way felt that Exeter's route back into the match came when they changed formations and introduced striker Jonathan Forte, who was signed by the Devon side over the summer of 2018, by new boss Matt Taylor. However, the Glovers boss felt that former manager Paul Tisdale's influence over the club he left for Milton Keynes Dons over the summer was still there to be seen:

"We were unfortunate not to go three (3-1) and then they brought on Jonathan Forte, and I think that's really the difference. I talk about Exeter City, and that's probably 14 years worth of Paul Tisdale's work, with the energy that they've got and the experience that they've got, and I'm looking at a 19 year old in goal for us. So that is a great effort. I said to the players that unfortunately if you are not at your game in League Two, they'll eat you up and spit you out, and they didn't do that to our players today."


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6 October 2018 : Yeovil 2 Exeter 2 : Stockley Stops Glovers Second Half Comeback
Yeovil Town picked up a point in an end-to-end 2-2 draw at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon against Exeter City. The match was a typical West Country encounter, with both sides having chances to take all three points - the visitors took the lead when Jayden Stockley headed home a ninth minute cross. Yeovil had struggled to create first half chances, but early in the second half Jordan Green equalised as he finished an Olufela Olomola cross. It was another assist for Olomola 13 minutes later, as he allowed Alex Fisher a close range finish to put Yeovil ahead on the hour mark. But Exeter's crosses were dangerous throughout, and Jayden Stockley headed home his second goal of the day with 15 minutes left, to provide an entertaining but frustrating end to the match, and to leave Yeovil still in 15th place.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up for Exeter's second visit of the season. Jake Gray was brought in for Yoann Arquin, with the midfielder initially occupying a wide left position in a 4-4-2. The other major news was the return of Gary Warren to the bench after his hamstring injury, but otherwise things were as you were. Aaron Martin and Nicky Law were in the Grecians starting line-up as former players making a return to Huish Park.

After a frenetic opening ten minutes, full of fierce tackles, typical of a local derby, Exeter got themselves an early lead through a bit of defensive indecision. Hiram Boateng was given far too much space in midfield during the first half and it was his ball into the box that floated in towards the six yard line. Bevis Mugabi challenged, but Jayden Stockley rose with more authority to head home past Nathan Baxter, who might wonder if he should have punched the ball away himself before it was headed home. 0-1 down.

Dean Moxey's turn inside the box forced Nathan Baxter to save, as Exeter imposed themselves on the game. Yeovil had the odd chance, but in the main they went nowhere near home keeper Christy Pym - Tom James shot wide from an Alex Fisher knockdown, and then an Alex Pattison header went comfortably wide of the target. James might have scored a superb free kick at Colchester on Tuesday night, but the least said about his free kick attempt midway through the first half, the better. Fisher put over the bar from distance, with his shot not getting as much dip on it as he would have liked. Their only shot on target was a fairly tame Fisher effort after Olufela Olomola set him up. They weren't out of it, but Exeter's approach play was superior, with the goal emphasising the key problem of how to stop crosses going in towards Stockley during the match.

Half time didn't see any obvious tactical changes, but it did bring an immediate change to the pattern of the match, as Yeovil equalised within three minutes of the restart. A poor back header by Luke Croll was intercepted by Olufela Olomola, and it was his driving run into the box that saw the ball squared to Jordan Green. He fired home for his third goal of the season, and a 1-1 equaliser.

That put Yeovil's tails up, and Croll had to provide better defensive work to stop Alex Fisher getting room to get a shot off, five minutes later as he tried to give himself room to shoot. But Croll wasn't having a good afternoon, and he was involved in the move on the hour mark, as he was undone by Olufela Olomola did him for pace as the Scunthorpe loanee ran towards goal. He squared the ball to Alex Fisher who got himself a two yard tap-in for his fifth goal of the season, and to put Yeovil 2-1 up.

Exeter's response was to immediately change their formation, taking off their holding midfielder Jordan Tillson and bringing on striker Jonathan Forte as they switched from a 4-3-3/4-5-1 approach to a standard 4-4-2. Yeovil continued to control the play, with Alex Fisher heading over the bar, and that made Exeter's equaliser, fifteen minutes from time a little frustrating. Once again it was the crossing into the box that caused the danger - Dean Moxey was the provider - and once again it was Jayden Stockley's aerial strength that saw him head home for a 2-2 equaliser.

Both sides tried for victory in the closing stages - Matt Jay came on for Exeter, whilst Rhys Browne replaced Jake Gray. During second half injury time came the only aggressive bit on the game, with Alex Pattison's fierce tackle earning him a booking, which caused a lot of pushing and shoving, with Sessi D'Almeida coming out with a yellow for himself on the back of that melee. Hiram Boateng came close to winning it in the 96th minute, when his shot span off Bevis Mugabi and out for a corner, but a point each was a fair outcome across the 90 minutes, keeping Yeovil in 15th place, with them now taking a break for two weeks in terms of League Two activity as part of an international break.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 2.

Scorers: Jayden Stockley (0-1, 9 mins), Jordan Green (1-1, 48 mins), Alex Fisher (2-1, 61 mins), Jayden Stockley (2-2, 75 mins)

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

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 7. Rhys Browne (81 mins for Jake Gray) 8. Omari Patrick (90 mins for Jordan Green) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Exeter City:
1. Christy Pym
2. Pierce Sweeney 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jordan Tillson 7. Lee Martin 8. Nicky Law 11. Jayden Stockley 21. Dean Moxey 23. Luke Croll 25. Jake Taylor (Capt) 44. Hiram Boateng

Substitutes:
4. Dara O'Shea 10. Lee Holmes (70 mins for Lee Martin) 13. James Hamon 14. Jonathan Forte (62 mins for Jordan Tillson) 17. Matt Jay (76 mins for Nicky Law) 19. Tristan Abrahams 24. Chiedozie Ogbene

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Pattison (90 mins, foul), Sessi D'Almeida (90 mins, off the ball incident).

Exeter City Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Manchester). Assistants: Ben Cobb (Dorset) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,223 (with 1,328 Exeter City supporters).


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6 October 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Tuesday's match against Colchester United. Midfielder Jake Gray comes in for Yoann Arquin, suggesting that Gray will be used in a wide-right position today.

Defender Gary Warren has recovered from his hamstring hamstring problem and sits on the bench. That means Academy player Tyrique Spencer-Clarke drops off the teamsheet.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Midfielder Alefe Santos has said via his Twitter timeline that he is injured, but with no disclosure on the nature of that problem. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match - as yet there's no prognosis on his injury. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) is back at Carrow Road due to a knee injury. Striker Korrey Henry is on loan with Poole Town.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 7. Rhys Browne 8. Omari Patrick 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Exeter City:
1. Christy Pym
2. Pierce Sweeney 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jordan Tillson 7. Lee Martin 8. Nicky Law 11. Jayden Stockley 21. Dean Moxey 23. Luke Croll 25. Jake Taylor (Capt) 44. Hiram Boateng

Substitutes:
4. Dara O'Shea 10. Lee Holmes 13. James Hamon 14. Jonathan Forte 17. Matt Jay 19. Tristan Abrahams 24. Chiedozie Ogbene


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6 October 2018 : Glovers Trust Presence For Today's Exeter City Game
The Glovers Trust have clarified that they will unfortunately not have a formal presence at Huish Park or The Arrow today. Due to other commitments by Board members surrounding today's match against Exeter City, they'll not be able to man their usual positions before the game.

Normal service will resume for the October 20th match against Tranmere Rovers. They'll also be available for their AGM, which will take place on Wednesday the 17th of October, at Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Johnson Park, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 3DX, starting at 8:15p.m.

If you have any requests, or need further information before those two dates, contact chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk for information.


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6 October 2018 : Donnellan International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town central defender Shaun Donnellan has been included in his country's Under-21 national squad for a pair of matches taking place next week. Manager Noel King has selected 20 players for a squad that will travel to both Israel and Germany in UEFA Under-21 Qualifying Group matches that will decide which teams go through to main finals tournament in Italy during 2019.

As has been the case for most matches during the last couple of years, Donnellan has been selected alongside Liverpool defender Corey Whelan, who is currently on loan with Crewe Alexandra, but was at Huish Park during the second half of last season.

The squad for the matches are as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United, loan Macclesfield Town), Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest).

Defenders:
Danny Kane (Cork City, loan AFC Flyde), Corey Whelan (Liverpool, loan Crewe Alexandra), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City, loan Mansfield Town), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale), Jimmy Dunne (Burnley, loan Hearts), Sean McLaughlin (Cork City), Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town).

Midfielders:
Josh Cullen (West Ham United, loan Charlton Athletic), Harry Charsley (Everton), Ryan Manning (QPR, loan Rotherham), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Jordan Shipley (Coventry City), Jamie McGrath (Dundalk).

Attackers:
Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town), Ronan Hale ( Birmingham City, loan Derry City), Joe Quigley (Maidstone United), Jake Mulraney (Hearts), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Ireland's first fixture is against Israel, taking place on Thursday 11th October at the Akko Municipal, Akko at 17:00hrs local time. They then move to Germany, where they will play on Tuesday 16th October, with a 18:15hrs local time kick-off at the Albstadion, Heidenheim. Ireland need strong results in both matches, and in particular for the Germany match if they are to qualify for the 2019 finals. They currently lie five points behind Germany and only the top side in each group is guaranteed to qualify. If Ireland cannot catch Germany, then they will need to be one of the best four runners ups across the Qualifying Groups, but are currently behind Norway on goal difference, in third place.

Shaun's involvement means that he will be absent for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 9th October. He should be available for the League Two home match against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 20th October. This is in line with Sessi D'Almeida and Enes Mahmutovic who will be on international duty with Benin and Luxembourg respectively.

Link: D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed.


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5 October 2018 : Rail Disruption For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town and Exeter City supporters heading to Saturday's League Two match at Huish Park by train, should note that there will be significant service disruption on the railways during the day. There is a reduced service on all South Western Railway services (formerly South-West Trains) throughout Saturday 6th October due to an RMT Strike. On some routes there will not be any rail service or bus replacement service.

For most Yeovil and Exeter supporters, they'll be using the Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo line that passes through Yeovil Junction. For this line, it is being run as two separate shuttle services as follows:

1. London Waterloo to Salisbury - Rail Service with one train per hour
2. Salisbury to Yeovil Junction - Rail Service with one train every two hours

There will be no trains running between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St Davids at all. There will be Bus Replacement Services running along three different routes, with two of those passing through Yeovil. They are set to run once every two hours. These are as follows:

1. Salisbury, Yeovil Pen Mill, Honiton, Exeter Central, Exeter St Davids
2. Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne, Axminster, Honiton, Exeter Central, Exeter St Davids

There is a timetable detailing both services and how they interlink if you need to use them both. Download it by clicking here. If you're coming in from another route, you'll need to work out your plans by heading here.


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5 October 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Exeter City Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset journalist Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on his side's recent run of defeats and what he is doing to resolve that, his thoughts on former Grecians' boss Paul Tisdale's legacy, and the fitness of Gary Warren and the injury to Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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5 October 2018 : Loan Watch : Henry Goal Helps Dolphins Progress In Cup
Yeovil Town striker Korrey Henry had another successful match during midweek, as he scored again for Poole Town. The former West Ham United Academy player was given a full 90 minutes and a penalty shoot-out against Dorchester Town in a Southern League Cup First Round tie at the Avenue Stadium on Tuesday night, and his contribution was significant in helping the Dolphins progress.

Henry scored his fourth goal in three appearances for Poole during the second half when he took advantage of an Olly Balmer through ball, and slotted the ball past the Magpies keeper to cancel out Tom Blair's first half opener. That saw the match end in a 1-1 draw, meaning that the cup tie went to a penalty shoot-out. At that point, Henry was also influential, scoring Poole's third penalty to put them 3-2 up before two saves from young Dolphins keeper Ben Rolleston won them the shoot-out by a 4-2 scoreline.

The 18 year old will be given the weekend off, with Poole boss Tom Killick confirming after the match that Henry has been denied permission to play in their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round at Horsham. He had already missed their Second Qualifying Round tie against Cinderford Town, suggesting that the Glovers are at present being cautious about his availability in the competition when they join it at the First Round stage in November. As a result he'll next play in a Southern League home match against Taunton Town on October 13th, which comes close to the end of his first month's loan agreement. Killick has said that he would like to extend arrangements, but is awaiting the views of Yeovil Town at present.

Full Time: Dorchester Town 1 Poole Town 1. (Poole Town win 4-2 on penalties).

Scorers: Tom Blair (1-0), Korrey Henry (1-1).

Poole Town:
1. Ben Rolleston 2. Jack Dickson 3. Sam Griffin 4. Mark Jamieson 5. Quassi Waters 6. Franklyn Clarke (captain) 7. Oli Lowes 8. Steve Devlin (captain) 9. Korrey Henry 10. Olly Balmer 11. Adam Grange

Substitutes:
GK. Richardson 3. Jake Smeeton 12. Patrick McKay (for Quassi Waters) 13. Charlie Turner (for Oli Lowes) 14. Sam Herrington (for Steve Devlin)

Attendance: 227.


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5 October 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town against Exeter City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 6th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ollie Yates (Staffordshire).

We've had him once before, which was the opening day of the 2016-17 season, when we beat Notts County by a 2-0 scoreline. He had a quiet unobtrusive game, taking the attitude of letting the game flow throughout, and not making any big decisions. That went in our favour when County's Matt Tootle appeared to be tripped in the penalty box during the second period. Play on was the verdict, on a day when he got through the entire day without a booking.

That was his first ever match in the Football League, after his promotion into the League during the summer of 2016. He'd been given a fasttrack promotion, having spent just the 2015-16 season at National League level. He has been a Football League assistant referee since 2009, and his final match at National League level was to act as Fourth Official in the Play-Off Final between Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers. Since that Notts County match we've not seen him - a large break from refereeing between October 2016 and March 2018 explains that absence. During the 2018-19 season he's been back full time, and has done eight matches, with 23 yellow cards raised - he's yet to dismiss a player during that time.

Mr Yates will be assisted by Christopher Husband (Worcestershire) and Grant Taylor (Warwickshire). The Fourth Official will be Steven Plane (Worcestershire).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0.


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5 October 2018 : Warren Expected To Return To The Teamsheet
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is confident that centre-back Gary Warren's name will be on the teamsheet for Saturday's match against Exeter City. As well as giving his views on the injury to Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi, the Glovers boss says he is ready to welcome back his influential 34 year old back into the fold, although hinted earlier in the week that this might only be as a benchwarmer for the game.

Speaking on Thursday, Way seemed much more confident that he would be able to call on Warren, who was last seen in the September 15th 6-0 win over Newport County, but limped off towards the end of that match with a hamstring injury. Having gone six matches in all competitions without conceding a goal, since then the club have conceded 10 goals in four matches, giving a strong indication of his influence on the pitch. Way says that just having him around the place will be beneficial:

"Gary Warren, I'm hoping fingers crossed, will be back for Saturday. We're not sure in what capacity. So that is important to have his eyes and ears about the place, because he is a good leader. He leads by example, and I feel he's got a very good prescence. There's no reasons for him not to be involved on Saturday."

One player who definitely won't be involved on Saturday, or for the foreseeable future. He was stretchered off during the 1-1 draw against Milton Keynes and has since returned to Carrow Road for extended treatment on a knee injury. Although the Glovers have not divulged how long the 20 year old will be out for, all the vibes are that this will be a long term injury. Way praised the player's contribution whilst he was with the club:

"Our first thoughts are that it's not good news, and that's all we can say until we get a clinical assessment. He's had scans, but I think it's important that we let the professionals do their work and give that assessment. For me it's an emotional blow. I built a great relationship with him. I thought his behaviour was spot on. I thought his performances were top class. There's no doubt in my mind that he brought something different that I've never seen at Yeovil before. The level of skill and the ability that the player had. But to lose him in the manner that we did, that for me is frustrating. As I've said, I've got an emotional attachment with that player, and I'm absolutely gutted."


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4 October 2018 : Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town loanee Enes Mahmutovic has been included in the squad for Luxembourg's pair of UEFA League Of Nations matches taking place next week. The Middlesbrough defender is named in his country's squad that will travel to Belarus on Friday 12th October, and then play a home match against San Marino on Monday 15th October.

Head Coach Luc Holtz has selected the same squad that won matches against Moldova and San Marino in September. These are as follows:

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

Defenders:
Laurent Jans (FC Metz), Kevin Malget (F91), Mathias Jänisch (FCD03), Enes Mahmutovic (Yeovil Town), Dirk Carlson (Grasshopper Zurich), Chris Philipps (Legia Varsovie), Maxime Chanot (New York City), Christopher Martins Perreira (Estac)

Midfielders:
Vincent Thill (FC Pau), Leandro Barreiro (FSV Mainz), Danel Sinani (F91), Lars Gerson (IFK Norrköping), Mario Mutsch (Progrès), Oliver Thill (FC Oufa), Florian Bohnert (Pirmasens)

Strikers:
David Turpel (F91 Dudelange), Gerson Rodrigues (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daniel Da Mota (RFCU), Aurelien Joachim (Excelsior Virton), Maurice Deville (Mannheim)

The expectation is that Enes will miss Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers on October 9th at the Memorial Stadium. However, he should be back in England in plenty of time for the October 20th League Two match against Tranmere Rovers. During the two September 2018 matches that Luxembourg played, Enes was an unused substitute on both occasions.


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4 October 2018 : D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida has been confirmed as selected in the Benin national squad that will play in two internationals next week. They are set to play two AFCON 2019 Qualifying Group matches against Algeria, with the first of those taking place on Friday 12th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off (UK Time) at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida, Algeria. That will then be followed up with a return fixture on Tuesday 16th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off (UK Time) at the Stade de l'Amitié, in Cotonou, Benin.

Both teams are currently tied at the top of their group, with Algeria having the superior goals scored record, so this fixture will go a long way towards deciding who qualifies from Group D. Sessi has been named in a squad of 22 players selected by Head Coach Michel Dussuyer, who will be expected to meet initially in France on Monday 8th October.

The full squad reads as follows:

Goalkeepers:
1 Fabien Farnolle (Malatyaspor - Turkey), 2 Saturnin Allagbe (Chamois Niortais - France)

Defenders:
3 Seïdou Baraze (Moulins Yzeure Foo - France) 4 Khaled Adenon (Amiens - France) 5 Moïse Adilehou (Levadiakos - Greece) 6 Charms Deen Chaona (Stade Gabésien - Tunisia) 7 Emmanuel Imorou (SM Caen - France) 8 David Kiki (Stade Brestois - France) 9 Junior Salomon (Plateau United - Nigeria) 10 Olivier Verdon (Sochaux - France)

Midfielders:
11 Jordan Adeoti (Auxerre - France) 12 David Djigla (Chamois Niortais - France) 13 Jean Marie Guera (Enyimba - Nigeria) 14 Sessi D'Almeida (Yeovil Town - England) 15 Seibou Mama (SC Toulon - France) 16 Stéphane Sessegnon (Gençlerbirligi - Turkey)

Forwards:
17 Jacques Bessan (Stade Tunisien - Tunisia) 18 Marcellin Koukpo (CS Hammam - Tunisia) 19 Steve Mounie (Huddersfield - England) 20 Jodel Dossou (FC Vaduz - Liechtenstein) 21 Mickaël Pote (Adana Demirspor - Turkey) 22 Désiré Segbe Azankpo (FK Senica - Slovakia)

On the last occasion Sessi was called up for his country, Sessi was left as an unused substitute. However, with two matches in five days, there should be a higher chance of him getting onto the pitch. With the call-up commencing next Monday, he will be absent for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers, but will not miss a League Two match, as the trip to Cheltenham Town has been postponed.


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4 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Colchester United Away Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Colchester United kicked off at the Community Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the recent form of Alex Fisher, the inclusion of Bevis Mugabi, and also explains the current injury status of Gary Warren and Omar Sowunmi along with expectations of how many players will return after the international break. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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3 October 2018 : GWSC Travel For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers. The match takes place at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 9th October 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Bristol Rovers : Tuesday 9th October 2018.
Huish Park: 4.45p.m.
Adult Members: £13.00; Member Concessions: £11.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £13.00

NOTE: This is a provisional upper cap on prices for this tie. The charge may be lowered if they can guarantee filling their coach. Hence please place bookings as soon as possible if you are going.

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 Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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3 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, 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.

NOTE: Voting is extended to those physically at the Community Stadium, as well as anyone who watched the match via an online streaming platform.

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


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3 October 2018 : Video : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Match Highlights
For those who want to watch lengthier match highlights of Yeovil Town's 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, these are now available online. Two minutes worth of YouTube based footage shows you the four goals, including an ultra-late free kick from Tom James. There's not a lot else in the way of Yeovil Town attacking footage, with all other major opportunities on goal coming from the home side. Watch the clip below.




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3 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Colchester United Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, 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 can be read via the link below.

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


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3 October 2018 : Video : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of Yeovil Town's League Two match with Colchester United from Tuesday night, these are now available online. With around 75 seconds worth of coverage, Sky Sports are just giving you the four goals scored in Colchester's 3-1 win, thus showing Tom Eastman's first half effort before Frank Nouble's brace in the second period. Right at the end, you can see Tom James get a consolation goal for the Glovers. Watch the clip below.

Link: Sky Sports : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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2 October 2018 : Colchester 3 Yeovil 1 : Nouble Double Sinks Glovers Again
Yeovil Town went down to a 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium on Tuesday night. In what was a comfortable win for the Essex side, they took the lead midway through the first half when Tom Eastman fired home a loose ball from a corner kick that Yeovil failed to clear. Frank Nouble doubled Colchester's lead on the hour mark with a 25 yard strike, and the same player wrapped up the points with his second of the match with six minutes remaining as he fired in off the underside of the bar. Glovers defender Tom James scored a free kick with the final kick of the match, but that was definitively a consolation goal on a night where his side dropped down to 15th place in the table, having picked up one point out of their last four matches.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up compared to the trip to Crawley Town. Bevis Mugabi replaced Enes Mahmutovic as a centre-back. Meanwhile both wingers were displaced, with Jake Gray and Rhys Browne dropping to the bench. Yoann Arquin took the left flank, whilst Jordan Green went deeper to take the right flank. That allowed Alex Fisher to come in as a front line striker. In the Colchester side, Rene Gilmartin sat on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper.

Colchester started on the front foot, by forcing a couple of early corners, one of which resulted from Sammie Szmodics forcing Nathan Baxter down low to his left to push the ball around the post. Ryan Jackson was then set up by Luke Norris, with a similar outcome as Baxter's goalkeeping kept the scoreline blank, but ensured that the home side had the pressure. All Yeovil had to show for their efforts were two Olufela Olomola efforts - one a tame shot into the home keeper's arms, and another that was dragged well wide.

The home side deservedly took the lead from one of their many corners, 25 minutes into the game. Courtney Senior's set piece was headed onwards by Harry Pell, and as Yeovil failed to clear their lines, Tom Eastman picked up the loose ball and shot into the back of the net inside the crowded penalty box for a 1-0 lead.

Colchester continued to hold the cards, with Luke Norris keeping Nathan Baxter's hands warm with a well driven shot. Then Harry Pell fired wide for the Essex side. Yeovil had tried to build things up patiently with their passing following the goal, but couldn't really deliver a killer through ball against a Colchester side that were keeping themselves well organised at the back. Instead at the other end, they could have grabbed a second, with a Shaun Donnellan backpass just before the break letting in Luke Norris. As the striker tried to toe-poke the ball past Baxter, the keeper got enough on it to slow the ball down, and Bevis Mugabi cleared off the line to keep the score down to one goal at the break.

Yeovil had struggled to get in behind the Colchester back line throughout the first half, so it was pleasing to see the second period opening up with Jordan Green breaking down the flank and getting himself room enough to put in Alex Fisher. But the shot at the near post went wide of the target, and it was to be a bit of a false dawn, with normality resumed after that with the home side getting back on the front foot. Yeovil's cause wasn't helped by Carl Dickinson getting booked for bringing down Courtney Senior who was on a dominant run, and then a minute later fouling the same player again, which put him on a last warning from referee Craig Hicks.

On the hour mark, Colchester increased their lead, thanks to Frank Nouble. The former Newport County player gave himself room to unleash a dipping 25 yard shot that flew into the back of the net for a crucial 2-0 lead, and again one that on the balance of play was hard to argue with. Yeovil responded by introducing Jake Gray as a substitute, with Alex Fisher's withdrawl seeing Yoann Arquin go up front, with Gray playing an unusual left-wing slot.

With that change not having the desired effect, Omari Patrick was introduced just nine minutes later, with Arquin getting just nine minutes as a striker before making way. That was the signal to change formations, with 4-3-3 being adopted for the final 20 minutes, as Jordan Green and Patrick played as wide forwards, with Olufela Olomola operating in the centre. Apart from an Olomola shot that went well wide, nothing much changed, with even Colchester doing little to attack themselves. That meant that Rhys Browne came on for the final ten minutes for Sessi D'Almeida, with Carl Dickinson assuming the captaincy.

With six minutes remaining, Colchester briefly increased their tempo and that was good enough for them to extend their lead to 3-0. Shortly after Sammie Szmodics had forced Nathan Baxter into yet another save, Luke Norris put a fierce shot just over the bar from a corner. But another defensive error was to prove costly, as Shaun Donnellan lost possession to Szmodics, and when he squared the ball to Frank Nouble, he was able to fire in off the underside of the bar for the home side's third of the night.

Deep into second half injury time, Yeovil Town got themselves a consolation goal. Having never looked as though they were going to score in open play, Tom Eastman's foul on Olufela Olomola allowed the Glovers a rare set piece. Tom James stepped up to take it, and he rifled a 20 yard free kick into the back of the net, via the top left corner. Too little too late though, as kick-off was barely allowed to take place before the final whistle blew, and Yeovil Town had to reflect on a night in which they had been firmly second best, and had slipped down to 15th in the League Two table, albeit still only three points off the play-off positions. They might for the first time this season though need to be aware that the bottom two spots are now only seven points away. They need to pick things back up as soon as possible.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Eastman (1-0, 25 mins), Frank Nouble (2-0, 59 mins), Frank Nouble (3-0, 84 mins), Tom James (3-1, 90 mins)

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 18 Tom Eastman 5 Luke Prosser 22 Kane Vincent-Young
4 Tom Lapslie 8 Harry Pell
7 Courtney Senior 10 Sammie Szmodics 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris

Substitutes:
11 Brennan Dickenson (81 mins for Courtney Senior) 14 Brandon Comley 16 Diaz Wright (88 mins for Tom Lapslie) 19 Mikael Mandron (89 mins for Luke Norris) 25 Rene Gilmartin (GK) 35 Ollie Kensdale 39 Aaron Collins

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 8. Omari Patrick (69 mins for Yoann Arquin) 7. Rhys Browne (79 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray (60 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Colchester United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Carl Dickinson (foul, 52 mins)

Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey). Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Graham Kane (East Sussex).

Attendance: 2,435 (with 93 Yeovil Town supporters)


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2 October 2018 : Way Believes Players Are Not Strong Enough To Recover From Conceding Goals
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he felt that his side needed to be strong enough to cope with going a goal down in a match, to be able to recover their recent lost form. The Glovers lost 3-1 against Colchester United on Tuesday night in what was a comfortable victory for the Essex side, with them dominating both halves of football at the Community Stadium to keep their own hopes of promotion from League Two running strong.

For Yeovil, it was their third defeat in four matches, and the third time they had conceded three goals in a match - a far cry from the preceding period that had seen them keep five clean sheets in a row in League Two. Way said after the game that his players had not been disciplined enough from set pieces, but there was also that perception that when they went behind in the game, that they lost their will to battle back from that deficit - a similar tale to defeats against Swindon Town and Crawley Town over the last ten days:

"It was a disappointing result. I felt that for the first goal from the set play, we've just talked to the players in there now, and we just feel there's been a little lack of discipline in the marking. We talked about them (Colchester), and I think they're 50 percent set plays, and I feel that goals change games. There's one thing that I've noticed, that the group of players that we've got at the moment when we go a goal down, are not strong enough to be able to come back from that. It's disappointing, it's frustrating, but I feel we're missing one or two players and we need them back."

Way himself targetted a top seven position towards the end of last season, and recently even referenced the players' ambition to get into the automatic promotion slots. But he denied that not achieving that this season would be a failure, and made reference to his side's injury list, which saw eight players unavailable for selection, including centre-back Gary Warren, whose absence through a hamstring strain has coincided with the Glovers' loss of form. Way admitted that Colchester's win was a comfortable one, but said there were mitigating circumstances:

"It was (too comfortable) but I have to say I'm looking at it, and at the same time I'm understanding that this is a difficult period with eight players out. I look at Colchester, and I know that one or two have mentioned that if we don't get promoted this year, then it's been a failure. It's absolutely ridiculous, because we're in a situation where if you talk about budgets and the players that they've had, we've got a very young team tonight. I don't want to put too much pressure on the players, but having said that, we've got to make sure that our ambitions and our hopes are high. But it's difficult because it's been a tough run."

Way has indicated that Gary Warren has a chance of making the substitutes bench for Saturday's game against Exeter City, with the underlying implication that a starting position would come too soon. He is hoping that up to four of his injured eight players will be available to him after the international break, when the club are due to play Tranmere Rovers on October 20th, although doesn't hint at who the other three players might be.


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2 October 2018 : Colchester 3 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium on Tuesday night. In what was a comfortable win for the Essex side, they took the lead midway through the first half when Tom Eastman fired home a loose ball from a corner kick that Yeovil failed to clear. Frank Nouble doubled Colchester's lead on the hour mark with a 25 yard strike, and the same player wrapped up the points with his second of the match with six minutes remaining as he fired in off the underside of the bar. Glovers defender Tom James scored a free kick with the final kick of the match, but that was definitively a consolation goal on a night where his side dropped down to 15th place in the table, having picked up one point out of their last four matches.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Eastman (1-0, 25 mins), Frank Nouble (2-0, 59 mins), Frank Nouble (3-0, 84 mins), Tom James (3-1, 90 mins)

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 18 Tom Eastman 5 Luke Prosser 22 Kane Vincent-Young
4 Tom Lapslie 8 Harry Pell
7 Courtney Senior 10 Sammie Szmodics 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris

Substitutes:
11 Brennan Dickenson (81 mins for Courtney Senior) 14 Brandon Comley 16 Diaz Wright (88 mins for Tom Lapslie) 19 Mikael Mandron (89 mins for Luke Norris) 25 Rene Gilmartin (GK) 35 Ollie Kensdale 39 Aaron Collins

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 8. Omari Patrick (69 mins for Yoann Arquin) 7. Rhys Browne (79 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray (60 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Colchester United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Carl Dickinson (foul, 52 mins)

Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey). Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Graham Kane (East Sussex).

Attendance: 2,435 (with 93 Yeovil Town supporters)


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2 October 2018 : Team News For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday night's League Two match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. The match sees the Glovers name three changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Saturday's match against Crawley Town. At the back, Bevis Mugabi comes in for Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic. There's a change on both wings, with Yoann Arquin coming in for Jake Gray, whilst Jordan Green drops deep to fill a position left vacant by Rhys Browne. That allows Alex Fisher a chance to come in as a front line striker.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Defender Gary Warren has a hamstring problem. Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Midfielder Alefe Santos has said via his Twitter timeline that he is injured, but with no disclosure on the nature of that problem. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match - as yet there's no prognosis on his injury. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) has returned to Carrow Road for treatment on his injury. Striker Korrey Henry is on loan with Poole Town.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 8. Omari Patrick 7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 18 Tom Eastman 5 Luke Prosser 22 Kane Vincent-Young
4 Tom Lapslie 8 Harry Pell
7 Courtney Senior 10 Sammie Szmodics 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris

Substitutes:
11 Brennan Dickenson 14 Brandon Comley 16 Diaz Wright 19 Mikael Mandron 25 Rene Gilmartin (GK) 35 Ollie Kensdale 39 Aaron Collins


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2 October 2018 : Colchester Facing Defensive Headache For Glovers Visit
Tuesday night's opponents Colchester United will go into tonight's League Two match against Yeovil Town, with their own team selection headaches to contend with. Like Saturday's opponents Crawley Town, who only had one fit and available centre-back in Bondz N'Gala, the Essex side are facing a similar problem in that club captain Luke Prosser is the last man standing in that same position for the game.

Colchester are expected to be missing Frankie Kent who picked up an ankle injury in their home match against Bury on Saturday, whilst Tom Eastman suffered a head injury in the same match. Expectations from the Essex press are that they might go to three at the back, using Kane Vincent-Young and Ryan Jackson as part of a central trio, with the two full-backs playing a more central role. Their other alternative is to give 18 year old Ollie Kensdale his debut, having trained with them during pre-season. Whoever is selected, Prosser will undoubtedly be their guiding light and he told the East Anglian Daily Times that he felt there were options that he could work withL

"We are all raring to go. We have got to adapt to all the injuries. Hopefully one or two might recover, but if not then we will adapt – that's what a squad is for. I'm 30 years old and I have plenty of experience, so I will give advice to whoever is alongside me, whether it be Kane (Vincent-Young) or Ryan (Jackson). We also have young boys coming through, like Ollie Kensdale, who trains with us day in, day out, and who had a good pre-season. So we have back-up, although the gaffer (John McGreal) will have a headache or two I'm sure."

Colchester's other headache is that their leading goalscorer Luke Norris is also a doubt for this fixture. This morning he was nominated for the League Two Player of the Month award, having scored seven goals so far this season. But he is an extreme doubt for the Tuesday night match. Boss John McGreal doesn't rate his chances of playing:

"Luke's ankle does not look too good. He carried on, but his ankle doesn't look too good at the moment, so we will have to wait and see. I think the fans appreciated how we came back strongly in the game, and Luke again got in the right areas, to either get in shots or win us a penalty. We will have to see the extent of the injuries."

Yeovil Town have their own issues for tonight's match at the Community Stadium. As well as the list of players who missed Saturday's match at Crawley Town, they also have a doubt over Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison, who came off during the first half of that match with an unspecified injury. The implication is that none of those who missed the Crawley game will be ready to return, whilst there is no prognosis on Pattison's problem at present.


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2 October 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Running Out Of Steam At Crawley
Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Crawley Town saw Yeovil Town drop some of the standards that they'd shown earlier in the 2018-19 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry takes a look at what went on at the Broadfield Stadium, analyses the good and the bad, along with the wider picture of why the last three fixtures might not have hit those dizzy heights. Read that blog via the link below and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the blog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Running Out Of Steam At Crawley.


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2 October 2018 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Is Postponed
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road has been postponed. The match was due to be played on Saturday 13th October, but has been called off due to international call-ups within the Glovers ranks.

The club do not state which players have been called up for that weekend, but the most likely scenario is that midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, centre-back Shaun Donnellan and centre-back Enes Mahmutovic will have had their September call-ups for the latest round of fixtures. It is highly likely that whichever players have been called up will also miss the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers, although that game is still set to go ahead.

The trip to Cheltenham Town will now move to a midweek slot, with the actual date yet to be defined. Any tickets purchased for the October 13th match will remain valid, or can be refunded via the Huish Park Ticket Office if you cannot make any rearranged date.


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2 October 2018 : Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Match officials for the League Two match between Colchester United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd October 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Community Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Craig Hicks (Surrey).

He is a fairly new referee at Football League level, having been promoted in the summer of 2017. He began refereeing in Surrey local games in 2001, before progressing up through the ranks. He was given the 2016 Surrey County Cup Final between Merstham and Godalming Town, and then a year later he bowed out on his National League duties by taking charge of a 2017 Play-Off Semi-Final between Aldershot and Tranmere Rovers.

He's seen two Yeovil Town fixtures so far. The first was the September 2017 League Two game against Morecambe. That match ended up in a 2-2 draw, with the Lancashire side coming from two goals down to equalise. His one Glovers booking was against Artur Krysiak for timewasting, which we felt was justified - although windy conditions were against him in the second period, we thought he was taking a bit too much time to prepare his goal kicks, and Mr Hicks agreed.

He then turned up for our FA Cup First Round match against Southend United at Huish Park. On this occasion the official's decisions went firmly in our favour. He awarded us a decisive 29th minute penalty when Sam Surridge was tripped inside the box, which was converted by Otis Khan for a 1-0 victory. Whilst the Essex side didn't have too many complaints about that, they were rather more riled by the decision to rule out an 'equaliser' five minutes before the end of the match, when a ball into the box deflected off Rhys Browne and landed in the back of the net, with the match official deciding that Artur Krysiak had been impeded. Southend boss Phil Brown later stated that he'd had a letter from the FA confirming that the goal shouldn't have been ruled out - not that he could do anything about that by that stage.

So far Mr Hicks has been given 10 matches this season, where he's booked 39 players and sent off two. Last season saw him get through 124 bookings and six red cards across 38 matches, so he's certainly not a light-touch referee. That said, the six yellows he gave out across the two fixtures he was at Huish Park for didn't feel excessive at the time.

Mr Hicks will be assisted by Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be Graham Kane (East Sussex).

Link: September 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 2.

Link: November 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.


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1 October 2018 : Curle Provides Quickfire Replacement At Sixfields
League Two side Northampton Town have wasted little time in appointing a successor to Dean Austin, who was sacked on Sunday night. They have appointed former Carlisle United boss Keith Curle less than 24 hours after Austin's dismissal, with the Bristolian given a deal until the summer of 2020. Despite the lack of preparation time, he will take charge of the Cobblers for their League Two match against Bury at Sixfields on Tuesday night, all of which tends to point to them having lined Curle up in parallel with Austin's removal.

Curle, who has also managed Torquay United, Chester City and Notts County, left Carlisle at the end of last season, having made the unusual decision to tell their Board of Directors that he would be leaving at the end of the 2017-18 season when his contract run out, rather than seek new terms with the Cumbrians. The 54 year old has brought in Colin West as his assistant boss, who filled a similar role at Carlisle and Notts County. As a result Andy Todd has joined Austin in leaving Sixfields. Northampton Chairman Kelvin Thomas suggested that their appointment was based on the position that they were in, having slid down from League One at the end of last season, and now being dangerously close to the bottom two places in the division below:

"In the position we are in we think we needed a manager with a lot of experience of League 2 and Keith has that. He has managed around 400 games at this level and we think he is exactly who we need right now. He took over at Carlisle United in similar circumstances and did an excellent job, not only steering them out of trouble but developing a squad that was able to challenge for promotion in the following seasons. He is respected for the job he did at Carlisle United and we believe he will give us strong leadership and he won't be shy to ruffle feathers to get results."


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1 October 2018 : Rutter Teams Up With Jones After Leaving Huish Park Academy
Former Yeovil Town defender, first team manager and Head Of Academy Coaching Steve Rutter is back in football, following his exit from Huish Park. The 55 year old has been unveiled as Luton Town's first team assistant manager, reporting directly to another former Glover in Nathan Jones. The two men have never directly worked together at club level, although have had a couple of near misses over the years.

Rutter has revealed that he has been aware of Jones and his footballing career all the way back to the early 1990s when he was Yeovil Town's first team manager. At that time, Jones was a teenager playing for Merthyr Tydfil, and Rutter tried to sign him at Conference level, a few years before Jones got his professional move to Luton Town as a player.

The two parties then met again, whilst Rutter was working for the Football Association and UEFA as a coach educator, taking managers and coaches through their UEFA Pro and A Licences. At that time, Jones was taking his own coaching badges, meaning that Rutter became one of his mentors through his time with Yeovil Town, Brighton and Hove Albion and Luton Town.

When Jones became Luton Town's first team manager in January 2016, the pair spoke again, with Rutter coming close to becoming his assistant manager when he first arrived at Kenilworth Road. That move wasn't followed through on, with Paul Hart being appointed in May 2016 as Jones's No.2, but with Hart joining Notts County as their Technical Director earlier this season, that has led to a vacancy, meaning that Rutter got another phone call.

Jones explained that his decision to go for Paul Hart two-and-a-half years ago came down to Hart's level of experience in lower league football, allowing him to act as a guide for the then inexperienced Jones. Now with 150 matches behind him, and a promotion into League One, Jones believed that he needed a different kind of coach, and so was happy to take Rutter on at the second attempt:

"I spoke to Steve when I first came here and if I couldn't have got Paul Hart, then Steve would have got the job. As it was, I had a fantastic relationship with Paul and that's why I went for him. I wanted a very good coach, and Steve is a fantastic coach from his FA background. And I wanted a real good football person who knows our environment. He knows me and is someone I can trust, someone who will lighten the load of myself and Joaquin in a coaching sense, and in the office. It's a very good appointment. One I thought long and hard about but one that, if I'm honest, for the calibre of what I knew about Steve, it was an easy decision."

Rutter, who managed Yeovil Town between 1991 and 1993, before returning for two spells at Huish Park recently as the club's Head of Youth Coaching, left the Glovers over the summer as one of a number of changes at the club's Academy, with a club statement implying that his contract had expired without being renewed. He gave his views on having worked with Jones within an FA and UEFA coaching environment:

"It's probably easy to say now, but he was always somebody who was very attentive, really hard-working around his courses and you could see it really meant something to him – he did it with a bit of passion. I like that, that's what draws you to people really. They have got the same work ethic as you, the same sort of mentality and he worked very hard, like a lot of lads who get through their coaching badges, and he has taken his time to build his career as a coach and a manager. I am from Northampton originally so Luton are one of the clubs that was close to me. I watched them when I was younger and it's a traditional football club. It's a good place to work."


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1 October 2018 : Jaiyesimi Injury Sees Carrow Road Return For Treatment
Yeovil Town's on loan winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi has returned to his parent club, following his knee injury. At present, it's still not known how long he'll be out for, with the club having not given a firm prognosis on the problems he sustained during the League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons, but it appears to be serious enough for him to return to Norwich City for his treatment to be undertaken.

Jaiyesimi has had an MRI scan, without any detail behind what that has uncovered being revealed. However, after seeing a specialist on Monday, the decision to let the Carrow Road medical team take over his recovery process would suggest that they do not expect him to return to action for the coming weeks. For the time being, the club will operate with five loan players on their books, thus giving Bradford City striker Omari Patrick more of a look-in than he's had in recent weeks.

The club have yet to divulge the seriousness of Omar Sowunmi's ankle injury, with the centre-back going off during the same match.


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1 October 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town make the trip to the Community Stadium in Essex. For those travelling, the Ciderspace guide to Colchester United has been updated to reflect this year's fixture. The usual diet of directions, parking, ticketing and pub info can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Community Stadium-East
East Stand - the usual facilities for our more recent visits
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1 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Crawley Town Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town kicked off at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why Alex Fisher and Yoann Arquin were dropped to the bench, along with the introduction of Jake Gray and Rhys Browne along with Enes Mahmutovic. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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