Month: January 2014

PREVIEW: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Sunday and it’s yet another away day in the midlands and a trip to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

It’s the fourth away trip in a row for the Glovers, following visits to Birmingham, Derby and Southampton.

The game is taking place 24 hours after the rest of the Championship sides due to Forest’s involvement in the live Thursday night game against Watford.

It was quite a game for the viewers too, Watford found themselves with a 2-0 lead only to see it taken away as the hosts scored four goals in the second half to claim all the points.

I guess you could say that the events of that game mirrored the Glovers’ last outing in Derby.

Another 2-0 away lead, this time in the Glovers favour, was eroded away by an impressive Rams side who ended up prevailing 3-2.

At the time of writing, there was still time to go in the January transfer window and both clubs haven’t ruled anything out with regards to final moves.

Forest have already strengthened their defensive options, signing Southampton full back Danny Fox on loan. French defender Kevin Gomis has also signed on loan from Nice. The third potential debutant that Yeovil could be up against is Algerian attacker Rafik Djebbour.

All in all, it leaves Forest with options if they want to make some changes ahead of the fixture.

Former Glover Chris Cohen won’t be able to face his old employers as suffered a serious knee injury either in the season that will see him miss the rest of the season.

Henri Lansbury will also be missing as he serves the final game of a three match ban.

Yeovil manager, Gary Johnson will have to make at least one change to his starting eleven as Ishamel Miller won’t be available to face his parent club. That could mean a return to action for James Hayter who missed out at Derby.

When the two sides met earlier in the season in October, Yeovil Town won a thrilling encounter at Huish Park 3-1.

A Brace of goals from Ed Upson preceded Byron Webster’s third to secure the points before half time.

The result took Yeovil off the bottom of the table and put Forest’s position in play-off spots at risk.

The situation is very much similar this time around, Forest lie in fifth and Yeovil are currently propping up the pack in 24th.

It would be wrong of any article about Yeovil and Nottingham Forest to avoid the previous fixtures between the sides and here at YTFC.net we won’t let you down.

The sides met famously a number of times in League One; the Reds will want to remember the 3-2 win in 2008 which secured their promotion back to the Championship.

However, the green and white faithful will probably have the events of the 18th May 2007 etched onto their memories for ever.

The echoes of “2-0 down, 5-4 up, Arron Davies wrapped it up…” rattled around the City Ground that night (and numerous more since) as Yeovil booked their first trip to Wembley Stadium for the 2007 League One Play-Off Final.

The travelling faithful will be hoping for more jubilant scenes on the side of the River Trent on Sunday and if you’re making the trip tickets are available for the away end.

If you’re unable to face the M5 again, then rest assured that Glovers Player will have full commentary and all the post-match interviews and highlights will be available on YouTube shortly after.

The Glovers will be back at home for six out of seven games after this Sunday’s fixture and Gary Johnson has called for the atmosphere to match that of the end of last season.

To book your place for the big run of games you can call the ticket office on 01935 847888 or by using the online purchasing system on ytfc.net

Famous Fans – Who might you bump into waiting for a hotdog?
Aussie Cricket Tormenter, Stuart Broad. People Puncher, Carl Froch. Ball Putter, Lee Westwood. As well as actors Su Pollard and Jason Statham and possibly most bizarrely, Brazilian Football Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari declared his love for Forest after their European cup run under Brian Clough.

A Foot in Both Camps – Who have represented both sides?
Ishmael Miller, Arron Davies, Chris Cohen, Simon Gillett, Colin Addison, Steve Collis… and I guess Alan Wright did score for Yeovil, technically.

ED UPSON DEPARTS FOR MILLWALL

Yeovil Town have agreed an undisclosed fee with Millwall for the transfer of Ed Upson.

The 24-year-old midfielder travelled to London this afternoon to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical and has signed a two and a half year deal.

Ed joined the Glovers in 2010 from Ipswich Town and made a total of 149 appearances scoring 17 goals for the green and whites.

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes Ed all the best with his future career.

LAWRENCE JOINS FROM MANCHESTER UNITED

Yeovil Town have signed Manchester United forward Tom Lawrence on a three month youth loan.

Tom hails from Wrexham and is a talented player who likes to play just off the main striker.

He has been at United since he was eight, progressing through the age-groups in the Reds’ Academy and being part of the 2011 FA Youth Cup-winning squad.

In December Tom joined Carlisle United on loan where he scored three goals in six appearances before returning to Old Trafford.

Commenting on the new arrival manager Gary Johnson said: “I am very pleased to be able to bring Tom into our squad from Manchester United. He’s a player that can play either side wide or as a regular number 10.

 

“Tom has got tremendous potential and has shown that at League One level with Carlisle and Manchester United have given us the opportunity to bring him on further in the Championship.”

JONES OUT ON LOAN

Yeovil Town have agreed to loan defender Joey Jones to Skrill Premier side Woking for one month.

Joey joined the Glovers in the Summer after his release from Leicester City.

LEEDS UNITED TICKET UPDATE

Tickets are selling fast for Yeovil Town’s home SkyBet Championship against Leeds United (8th February).

There are only a limited number of seats remaining in both the AgustaWestland Stand and Screwfix Community Stand.

All tickets are onsale to home fans only and proof of previous attendance maybe required.

 

There will be no tickets onsale on the day of the game.

To order your tickets call 01935 847888 or visit the ticket office at Huish Park.

“WE NEED END OF SEASON ATMOSPHERE”

At today’s press call Manager Gary Johnson commented on how the remaining home fixtures against the teams around Yeovil in the league are vital towards securing Championship status.

The Gaffer said: "The remaining home games are absolutely crucial. The earlier we can get the wins that we require and get closer to the teams that are just outside relegation zone the better."

He continued "We need last years end of season atmosphere, because the remaining games are as important to this football club as the play off semi final and final last season.

"Staying in this league is vital for this football club. It is vital we stay here to gain another years experience also to get the Football League money back into the club.

"We have worked very hard over ten years to get here, now we need an unbelievable football club effort on and off the pitch for our remaining home games."

To view the video click here.

NEW WIGAN ATHLETIC DATE SET

Town’s SkyBet Championship game away at Wigan Athletic has now been rearranged.

The original game was scheduled for Saturday 15th February but has now been moved due to Wigan playing Cardiff City in the FA Cup.

The fixture will now take place on Tuesday 18th March with kick off being 7.45pm.  

AN EVENING WITH JIM DAVIDSON

Jim Davidson, OBE is an English comedian and television host. His highest profile roles came on the television when he hosted Big Break and The Generation Game. He is also a very successful stand-up comedian and has recently won Channel Five’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Including a three course dinner, raffle and auction.

To be held in the Alec Stock Lounge on Thursday 13th March 2014.

Dinner: 7:30pm

Dress: Lounge Suits

Tickets: £50 per person – £360 table of eight

To purchase tickets or for more information please call Dave Linney on 01935 847872.

#HERECOMETHEGIRLS

With less than a fortnight until their big debut performance on the pitch at Huish Park Stadium, the Yeovil Town FC Girlband are ‘looking and sounding sensational’.

The Glovers caused a stir back in November, when they announced that they were collaborating with a music industry company to produce an all singing, all dancing girlband, who would act as new age cheerleaders for the Somerset team. The controversial project has evoked strong and divided opinions amongst the Yeovil Town FC fanbase, but despite this, officials from both Huish Park Stadium and The Famous Company insist that the scheme is to increase revenue and exposure for the club, as well as raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, at no financial cost to Yeovil Town.

Auditions were held in early December, and despite a low numbered turn out, Project Manager Polly Maclennan insisted ‘we are looking for quality not quantity – and we are very impressed by the standard who have attended this evening’.

The charity single has been recorded, and will be released on iTunes during early Spring. The four beautiful singer / dancers have had complete style transformations, and are set to have their identities, band name and track revealed on Thursday 6th February.

Until then, we have been provided with a teaser shot of the Yeovil Town Girlband – they are looking pretty phenomenal from here!

REPORT: DERBY COUNTY V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the long journey to Derby and returned to Huish Park empty handed after the hosts came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 with the final goal coming after the 93rd minute.

The Glovers went into the game making one change with Kieffer Moore replacing James Hayter to partner Ishmael Miller up front.

The first twenty minutes belonged to the hosts with Bamford and Martin going close for the Rams.

In the 21st minute the home side created their best chance of the first period when Dawkins jinked his way into the Yeovil area to toe poke the ball at goal. Luckily for the Glovers the ball bounced back off the foot of the post and into the arms of birthday boy Marek Stech.

Just one minute later the Glovers created their first chance when Ishmael Miller picked the ball up on the edge of area, only for his left footed strike to go narrowly wide of the upright.

The Glovers took the lead after 25 minutes when Everton loanee Lundstram picked the ball up midway into the Derby half and ran at the defence. He cut back onto his right foot and unleashed a shot from 25 yards, which fizzed past the diving Grant to nestle into the bottom corner.

With the home side crying for a free kick just outside the Yeovil area and the referee waving away their pleas the Glovers mounted a counter attack.

The ball found its way to Miller who out paced and out muscled Richard Keogh to get into the penalty area. The Nottingham Forest loanee made no mistake in drilling past Grant from a really tight angle to send the away following into wild celebrations.

Derby made a half time substitute with John Eustace being replaced by Jamie Ward and the substitute seemed to lift the home side. And the Rams pulled a goal back after just five minutes of the second half.

After a goal mouth scramble the ball fell to Dawkins, who crossed into the six yard box onto the diving head of Bamford inside the six yard box.

At the other end Joel Grant turned his way neatly past two defenders only to see the other Grant on the pitch deny him with a fine save at his near post.

Derby had their keeper Grant to thank for keeping the score line at 2-1. A Luke Ayling cross was headed towards his own goal by Wisdom and with the ball looking like it had looped over Grant, the shot stopper somehow managed to tip the ball over the bar.

Goalscorer Bamford was the next Derby player to go close for the Rams. The on loan Chelsea man controlled the ball on the corner of the area, steadied himself and curled the ball around Stech, but luckily for the Glovers the ball came off the foot of the post and away to safety.

With the home side boosted by their early goal and with the crowd behind them should have equalised after 65 minutes. Left back Forsyth found himself one-on-one with Stech but somehow managed to put his effort over the bar.

The Glovers held firm until the 87th minute when Bryson drew the scores level with a shot from the edge of the Town area.

With four minutes signaled by the fourth official Town conceded a late free kick on the edge of the area. The kick was swung in and Martin got his head to flick the ball past Stech to complete the comeback.

Match Report : 28/01/2014

Town made the long journey to Derby and returned to Huish Park empty handed after the hosts came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 with the final goal coming after the 93rd minute.

The Glovers went into the game making one change with Kieffer Moore replacing James Hayter to partner Ishmael Miller up front.

The first twenty minutes belonged to the hosts with Bamford and Martin going close for the Rams.

In the 21st minute the home side created their best chance of the first period when Dawkins jinked his way into the Yeovil area to toe poke the ball at goal. Luckily for the Glovers the ball bounced back off the foot of the post and into the arms of birthday boy Marek Stech.

Just one minute later the Glovers created their first chance when Ishmael Miller picked the ball up on the edge of area, only for his left footed strike to go narrowly wide of the upright.

The Glovers took the lead after 25 minutes when Everton loanee Lundstram picked the ball up midway into the Derby half and ran at the defence. He cut back onto his right foot and unleashed a shot from 25 yards, which fizzed past the diving Grant to nestle into the bottom corner.

With the home side crying for a free kick just outside the Yeovil area and the referee waving away their pleas the Glovers mounted a counter attack.

The ball found its way to Miller who out paced and out muscled Richard Keogh to get into the penalty area. The Nottingham Forest loanee made no mistake in drilling past Grant from a really tight angle to send the away following into wild celebrations.

Derby made a half time substitute with John Eustace being replaced by Jamie Ward and the substitute seemed to lift the home side. And the Rams pulled a goal back after just five minutes of the second half.

After a goal mouth scramble the ball fell to Dawkins, who crossed into the six yard box onto the diving head of Bamford inside the six yard box.

At the other end Joel Grant turned his way neatly past two defenders only to see the other Grant on the pitch deny him with a fine save at his near post.

Derby had their keeper Grant to thank for keeping the score line at 2-1. A Luke Ayling cross was headed towards his own goal by Wisdom and with the ball looking like it had looped over Grant, the shot stopper somehow managed to tip the ball over the bar.

Goalscorer Bamford was the next Derby player to go close for the Rams. The on loan Chelsea man controlled the ball on the corner of the area, steadied himself and curled the ball around Stech, but luckily for the Glovers the ball came off the foot of the post and away to safety.

With the home side boosted by their early goal and with the crowd behind them should have equalised after 65 minutes. Left back Forsyth found himself one-on-one with Stech but somehow managed to put his effort over the bar.

The Glovers held firm until the 87th minute when Bryson drew the scores level with a shot from the edge of the Town area.

With four minutes signaled by the fourth official Town conceded a late free kick on the edge of the area. The kick was swung in and Martin got his head to flick the ball past Stech to complete the comeback.

PREVIEW: DERBY COUNTY

Yeovil Town are back in league action this Tuesday and it’s another away day with a visit to the iPro Stadium and Derby County next up in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Glovers are looking to continue their spirited performance in the FA Cup against Southampton and turn it into league points.

Over 3000 fans followed the Glovers to St Mary’s on Saturday and they would have seen enough in the performance to believe that league survival can be achieved despite the 2-0 loss.

Earlier in the season, Derby County visited Huish Park and a much changed Glovers side succumbed to a 3-0 defeat.

Wayne Hennessey, Michael N’Goo, Alan Tate, Dan Seaborne, Paddy Madden and Andy Williams all featured in the loss, none of them are even with the club for the return fixture.

It’s not just Tuesday’s visitors that have made changes, Derby too have made one pretty big switch. Nigel Clough has since vacated the manager’s office and he has been replaced by former England gaffer, Steve McClaren.

Since McClaren’s appointment, the Rams have pushed up the league and cemented their place in the play-off positions.

Back in August, Chris Martin was the main threat for the Rams and he currently sits on 15 goals for the season, but there is a new kid in town.

Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea has scored twice in three appearances. Bamford scored a hatful for MK Dons earlier in the season and has shown early signs of stepping up to the Championship.

Derby’s more immediate form hasn’t been quite so smooth; the faced Blackburn on Saturday drawing 1-1, prior to that a 1-0 win over Brighton was their only win in January.

They exited the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea and were beaten by both Leicester and Wigan.

Yeovil have actually notched up two victories so far this month, a 4-0 drubbing of Leyton Orient and a very impressive 2-0 win over Birmingham.

Yeovil have had to take on the busy set of fixtures with a worrying amount of injuries in the squad.

Sam Hoskins, Liam Davis and Nathan Ralph all missed the Southampton game and are set for more time on the side lines, Jamie McAllister returned to left back following injury and will be hoping the quick turnaround won’t cause him any problems.

Whilst up front, Ishmael Miller’s return will keep Kieffer Moore and James Hayter on their toes as the recent goal scorers battle with the Nottingham Forest loanee for a place in the starting eleven.

It’s the third out of four consecutive away days for Yeovil and tickets are available on the gate for supporters who don’t mind clocking up the miles.

 However, Glovers Player and all the usual social networks will have the game covered from all the usual angles for those who cannot make it.

If you are missing your football fix at Huish Park, tickets for Leeds (Sat Feb 8th), Millwall (Tues Feb 11th) and all the other home fixtures for the season are available from the ticket office or YTFC.net

A reminder that due to Wigan’s continued participation in the FA Cup, the fixture with Yeovil on Feb 15th will need to be rearranged.

A foot in both camps – who have played for both clubs?

Lee Johnson, Lee Morris, Alex Prijovic, Michael McIndoe, David Webb.

Famous Fans – who will you bump into in line for a hotdog?

Naill from One Direction, Team GB swimmers Ross Davenport and Rebecca Adlington, Actor Robert Lindsay and Blur’s Graham Coxon and MP Geoff Hoon.

‘MEN UNITED’ CELEBRITY SQUAD ‘MANS UP’

The Football League is backing a major new campaign by its Official Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK.

‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ a punchy and unashamedly masculine campaign using the language of sport to engage the nation’s men, is the brainchild of Britain’s foremost male health charity, Prostate Cancer UK.

In his role of Men United ‘Team Manager’ comedian Bill Bailey fronts the campaign, launched last week at The Football League’s offices in London.  Bailey’s team of celebrities that have signed up for Men United include football pundit Mark Bright, rugby legend Will Carling, Homeland star Damian Lewis, Game of Thrones hard man Charles Dance and Sir Michael Parkinson – plus many more of Britain’s most iconic figures.

The campaign kicked off on Saturday with a national television message, filmed at the home of Millwall FC, which debuted to millions of viewers during football coverage on ITV1 on Saturday when AFC Bournemouth hosted Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round.

To view the advert see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yXCNKGiXoQ.

“We need men to sign for the team in their thousands. Clubs, pubs, individuals – let’s get everyone on the team. It’s easy – just search Men United online and you’re in! We’re determined to make this as massive for blokes as the breast cancer campaign has been for women," said Bill, whose own father-in-law is one of the 250,000 men in the UK living with the disease.

Top names from sport, the arts and industry – many with personal stories of the destruction inflicted by the disease on a man’s life – have already signed for Men United and now join ‘gaffer’ Bailey in urging the nation’s men to sign up to fight the apathy and neglect surrounding one of the UK’s biggest man killers.

Ex-Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday striker, and regular BBC football pundit Bright, is among the first recruits, stating: “I’m urging all men to sign up to Men United – we should all know the risk we face. As a black man my risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is much higher than a white man’s of the same age – it’ll hit one in four black men. That’s quite a penalty. So come on guys, this is a team we all need to be in and the fight against prostate cancer is one we need to win.”

Former England rugby captain Carling is also at the forefront of the campaign and said: “I’ve played in some big matches in my rugby career and faced some fearsome opponents but prostate cancer is a challenge like no other. That’s why I was delighted to become part of Men United. This movement of men aims to raise awareness and start the ball rolling in kicking this killer disease in to touch. 250,000 men in the UK are suffering from prostate cancer – that’s enough to fill Twickenham more than three times.  We all need to stand together to combat this threat. We can win this.

“I know how devastating cancer can be,” he added. “I lost my Mum to this terrible disease. So I’m proud to be an ambassador for Men United and work with Prostate Cancer UK, an organisation that works tirelessly to get this hugely important subject on the agenda, not to mention raising vital funds for the research that will make change. So please join me and sign up to Men United – so we can make men’s health a priority.”

Each year almost as many men are diagnosed with prostate cancer as women are diagnosed with breast cancer. But research into prostate cancer is badly underfunded, leaving tests and treatments trailing behind other common cancers. And the quality and availability of treatment can vary across the UK.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, is leading the charge to challenge injustice around the disease. He said: “A man in the UK dies each hour from prostate cancer and another is diagnosed every fifteen minutes, yet in one year, England spent seven times more money on burning over-prescribed medicines than it did on prostate cancer research. That’s obscene and our men deserve better.

“Here, prostate cancer survival rates are below the European average, here research into the disease lags a decade behind that for other cancers, and quality of care depends on where you live. It’s a scandal and we are not going to accept it. Men United is a powerful way for men, and the women in their lives, to mobilise against this common enemy. By signing up, you have a place and a voice in a growing movement that’s taking action for men’s health.”

To sign for Men United got to www.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited <http://po.st/FldGWH>

REPORT: SOUTHAMPTON V YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers exited the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage to Premier League side Southampton thanks to a goal in each half from Goly Do Prado and substitute Sam Gallagher.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to his starting eleven with Ishmael Miller and Jamie McAllister starting.

The hosts were the first team to test either of the keepers with Jay Rodriguez forcing Marek Stech into a diving stop.

On 18 minutes the former Burnley man thought he had opened the scoring for the Saints but the Glovers had the woodwork to thank when his strong header rebounded off the cross bar and away to safety.

Southampton took the lead when a corner from the left was swung into the penalty area where Shane Duffy was adjudged to have handled in the area. Referee Phil Dowd had no hesitation in putting his whistle to his lips to award the home side a penalty. Guly do Prado made no mistake from 12 yards in sending Stech the wrong way.

With just over five minutes of the first have remaining the hosts had keeper Davis to thank for keeping the score at 1-0. Good link up on the left between Grant and Ralls get space in the area for the latter to cross to James Hayter, but the strikers effort hit Davis and he gathered comfortably at the second time of asking.

The Glovers started the second half brightly and nearly equalised when Luke Ayling picked up a loose ball just outside the area. The right back jinked his way past two defenders to fire a left footed effort at goal. Just as he thought he had scored his second goal of the season, keeper Davis dived across goal to tip his goal bound shot wide.

On the hour Town keeper Stech was again called into action this time the big shot stopper got down well to his left to deny substitute Sam Gallagher’s long-range effort.

On the 70th minute the home side doubled their advantage when Gallagher drifted past the Town defence to coolly slot past Stech from ten yards.

In the dying minutes Stech denied the home side a third goal with a superb one handed save to deny substitute Steven Davis.

Match Report : 25/01/2014

The Glovers exited the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage to Premier League side Southampton thanks to a goal in each half from Goly Do Prado and substitute Sam Gallagher.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to his starting eleven with Ishmael Miller and Jamie McAllister starting.

The hosts were the first team to test either of the keepers with Jay Rodriguez forcing Marek Stech into a diving stop.

On 18 minutes the former Burnley man thought he had opened the scoring for the Saints but the Glovers had the woodwork to thank when his strong header rebounded off the cross bar and away to safety.

Southampton took the lead when a corner from the left was swung into the penalty area where Shane Duffy was adjudged to have handled in the area. Referee Phil Dowd had no hesitation in putting his whistle to his lips to award the home side a penalty. Guly do Prado made no mistake from 12 yards in sending Stech the wrong way.

With just over five minutes of the first have remaining the hosts had keeper Davis to thank for keeping the score at 1-0. Good link up on the left between Grant and Ralls get space in the area for the latter to cross to James Hayter, but the strikers effort hit Davis and he gathered comfortably at the second time of asking.

The Glovers started the second half brightly and nearly equalised when Luke Ayling picked up a loose ball just outside the area. The right back jinked his way past two defenders to fire a left footed effort at goal. Just as he thought he had scored his second goal of the season, keeper Davis dived across goal to tip his goal bound shot wide.

On the hour Town keeper Stech was again called into action this time the big shot stopper got down well to his left to deny substitute Sam Gallagher’s long-range effort.

On the 70th minute the home side doubled their advantage when Gallagher drifted past the Town defence to coolly slot past Stech from ten yards.

In the dying minutes Stech denied the home side a third goal with a superb one handed save to deny substitute Steven Davis.

PREVIEW: SOUTHAMPTON

Yeovil Town are counting down the hours to their next fixture as FA Cup fever hits Huish Park.

The Glovers make the short journey to face Premier League Southampton on Saturday with a strong contingent of fans following them on the hunt for a cup upset.

Spirits are high at Yeovil and despite an increasing injury list the ranks have actually received a boost ahead of the game.

Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller has returned for a second loan spell and has been granted permission to play in the cup by Manager, Billy Davies.

Miller has already spent a short spell with the Glovers scoring against Charlton, Watford and Huddersfield.

However, the physio room at Huish Park has been somewhat busier of late especially with left sided defenders.

Firstly, Liam Davis is set for a further few weeks out with injury and natural replacement, Skipper Jamie McCallister has also been struggling with a rib problem.

Manager Gary Johnson thought he had fixed the issue with a short term loan in the shape of Leicester City full back Zoumana Bakayogo.

Unfortunately, he suffered a ligament injury on debut and returned the midlands club for treatment.

Matteo Lanzoni was the man to fill the final defensive position in the weekend win over Birmingham, but he too will be in the stands this week due to being cup tied.

That leaves Johnson with limited options, but the likes of Luke Ayling, Joe Edwards and even Joe Ralls have all played left back in their careers.

At the other end of the pitch and a couple players have found their scoring boots.

James Hayter scored both for Yeovil in the 2-0 win last time out and Sam Foley netting twice in a midweek friendly.

This is all in addition to Keiffer Moore’s first 90minutes in a Yeovil shirt and Ishmael Miller’s return.

Southampton have some well documented issues on and off the field going into the game; Chairman Nicola Cortese resigned which led to speculation over Manager, Maurico Pochettino’s future.

Added to that, star striker Dani Osvaldo has been suspended by the club following an internal issue.

By the time we add ankle injuries to both Gaston Rameriez and Dejan Loveren, that cup upset dream inches ever closer.

You could be forgiven for thinking that high flying Southampton and little old Yeovil wouldn’t have crossed paths all that much but you’d be wrong.

During the Saints’ stint in League One the sides met on a number of times and not once did the Glovers come out on top.

The results included a particularly damning 3-0 defeat at St Mary’s.

The hosts had a front four of. Lee Barnard, Rickie Lambert, Adam Llalana and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain. Not a bad selection.

It’s not all bad news though, in 2011 the sides drew 2-2 in a pre-season friendly. Andy Williams and Paul Wotton doing the scoring for the Glovers.

Wotton is one of many players to have crossed the divide between the two sides, much like current Yeovil attacker Sam Hoskins.

Sadly, it looks like Hoskins will not have the chance to face his former employer, he’s still recovering from injury.

Over 3100 Glovers fans are going to be packing out the away end and no doubt thousands others will be tuned in to Glovers Player to make sure they don’t miss a moment of the action.

With a place in the 5th round of the cup at stake, you can be sure that the social networks will be a buzz with all the pre and post match reaction too.

With the large number of Glovers fans travelling to the game, please allow extra time to get to the ground.

The draw for the next round of the cup will be made on Sunday afternoon at around 5.30pm.

Famous fans.

Coldplay drummer Will Champion and singer Craig David.

A Foot In both camps.

Sam Hoskins, Dan Seaborne, Paul Wotton, Arron Davis, Leon Best, Adrian Caceres, Martin Cranie, Paul Tisdale and Leroy Whale.

ISHMAEL RETURNS TO HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Ishmael Miller has joined on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Ishmael will stay with the Glovers until the end of the season and will wear the number 27 shirt for the duration of his loan.

The former Manchester City and West Brom striker first joined Town on 28th November making his debut two days later, scoring in the 3-0 victory over Watford.

The deal is subject to Football League clearance.

SAFE STANDING: YTFC TO VOTE YES

At the summer Football League AGM the majority of clubs passed a resolution charging the league’s executive to explore the steps necessary for a safe standing trial to be run. 
Following research by the Football League, including a visit to Germany to examine the rail seat method used in Bundesliga, the League has now sent a detailed paper to the 72 Football League clubs, seeking a response to the four questions below.
1. Should the Football League approach the minister for sport to request that the ‘all-seater’ stadia requirement for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation?
2. Should the Football League approach the Sports Ground Safety Authority to request that rail seating products be licensed in Football League grounds?
3. Should clubs be permitted to accommodate supporters in rail seating in the Championship?
4. Should clubs be permitted to revert from seating to standing accommodation in League One and League Two following relegation from the Championship?
Yeovil Town Football Club has voted yes to all four questions.
The FSF have again set up a short survey, which representatives would be grateful if supporters could answer. More details can be found here

LEAD THE TEAM OUT ON A MATCHDAY

Fans from Yeovil Town are being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to lead out The Glovers and represent ‘Men United’ at the forthcoming match v Sheffield Wednesday on 8th March thanks to Prostate Cancer UK – the Official Charity Partner of The Football League.

Sign up to represent Men United.

 

The partnership between Prostate Cancer UK and The Football League aims to reach over 16 million fans across the terraces, raising awareness of the disease which affects 1 in 8 men sometime in their life and kills over 10,000 men a year.

The lucky football fan will not only have the honour of leading their team out onto hallowed turf before kick-off, the winner will also represent ‘Men United’ in the fight against prostate cancer by putting aside their local football rivalries. This season for the first time ever, a new super team featuring football managers, players, behind the scenes football staff and fans join arms as ‘Men United’ to tackle prostate cancer  head on by encouraging men everywhere to wise up to the disease and take action.

To sign for Men United, to win the chance to lead out Yeovil Town at Huish Park and to register for the match day collection visit our sign up page here. Terms and conditions apply.

MAIN CAR PARK OPEN SATURDAY

Supporters travelling with the Green and Whites Supporters Club and Away Travel Club on Saturday for the FA Cup Fourth round clash with Southampton.

The main car park (Screwfix Stand) will be open for fans to park their vehicles. Numbers of fans travelling are high so organisers are advising fans to arrive 15 minutes before their set departure time.

If you no longer require your coach place please advice Paul Hadlow from the Green and Whites or Mark Kelly from the Away Travel Club.

GLOVERS DRAW 2-2 WITH ARGYLE

Yeovil Town this afternoon (Tuesday 21st) drew 2-2 with a Plymouth Argyle XI.

Sam Foley opened the scoring after 25 minutes when he headed home a Nana cross at the front post.

The visitors pulled a goal back just after the half time interval with a headed goal.

Foley got his second of the game with a tidy finish from just inside the box after good work on the right from Kevin Dawson.

Argyle leveled again late on with another headed goal from a corner.

Yeovil Town: Dunn, Morgan, Dawson, Nana, Foley, Upson, Jones, Lanzoni, A Trialist, B Trialist, C Trialist.

BAKAYOGO INJURY AGONY

Yeovil Town Football Club are distressed to report that Leicester City full back Zoumana Bakayogo has had to return to his parent club after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during the game against Birmingham City.

Bakayogo appeared to catch his studs in the turf with no other player near him and was replaced by Jamie McAllister who minutes later was himself replaced by Matteo Lanzoni.

The set back was the latest in a series of injuries to loan players since the start of this season including Sam Johnston, Fraser Fyvie, Andy Williams and Liam Fontaine.

Speaking about the injury manager Gary Johnson said:"Zoumana said he just felt his knee crumble under him. It was innocuous – he just turned and he felt it.

"Jamie McAllister couldn’t catch his breath, so I couldn’t wait for him to have ten minutes on the side to catch his breath. We trust Lanzoni, and when he came on, I thought he did very well in coming on as right-back and Luke did very well in adjusting as a left-back. So maybe we found our left-back!

"We brought in Zoumana Bakayogo for Liam Davis, who we left at home because he was injured. So there’s maybe another little left-back hunt again in the next week or so."

NO FURTHER SAINTS TICKETS AVAILABLE

The club can now confirm that there will be no further allocation of tickets for the Southampton fixture on Saturday 25th January.

Town sold their 3,100 tickets quickly but unfortunately will not receive a further allocation.

REPORT: BIRMINGHAM CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

On a cold, wet and blustery afternoon Town returned to Somerset with all three points in their pockets.

Two James Hayter goals in seven first half minutes gave the Glovers a well deserved victory against Lee Clark’s men.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to his started eleven with new loanee Zoumana Bakayogo and Kieffer Moore replacing Liam Davis and Kevin Dawson.

After a quiet opening period the game sprung to life when the Glovers took a 12th minute lead.

A Hayden Mullins under hit back pass was pounced upon by Hayter and with just Randolph to beat the striker made no mistake in lofting the ball over the advancing shot stopper and into the empty net.

Minutes later the Birmingham number one was again called into action. This time Randolph parried a strong Joe Ralls left footed effort into the path of Kieffer Moore. The former Dorchester man hit a first time shot but Randolph was quick to his feet to deny the big striker.

In the 19th minute the Glovers doubled their lead thanks to that man Hayter. A ball over the top evaded the Blues back line and found Moore. The Town number 13 held the ball up beautifully before laying to Ralls, whose sweet left footed cross found the diving head of Hayter six yards out.

At the other end Lee Novak hit the bar with a header before Stech was called into action to deny Paul Caddis with a fine diving save.

The Glovers were dealt a blow when debutant Bakayogo had to leave the field with an injury. The Leicester man fell to the ground with no one around him and had to be helped from the field by the two physios.

Just before the break the Glovers could have made it 3-0. Moore broke away but seemed to have been fouled just as he was about to shoot, but referee Graham waved away the claims. From the rebound Grant, Ralls and Hayter were all denied by last ditch defending.

The second half kicked off with the rain hammering down and the away following of 680 in fine voice. With under ten minutes of the second period played Town were had to make another substitute due to injury. Skipper Jamie McAllister had to be replaced by Matteo Lanzoni after the Scot picked an injury.

With just over 20 minutes to play Stech pulled off a wonderful one handed save to deny Burke. With the goal at his mercy it looked like Burke had pulled a goal back, but the Town’s number one had other ideas and pulled off what has to be one of the saves of the season.

Match Report : 18/01/2014

On a cold, wet and blustery afternoon Town returned to Somerset with all three points in their pockets.

Two James Hayter goals in seven first half minutes gave the Glovers a well deserved victory against Lee Clark’s men.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to his started eleven with new loanee Zoumana Bakayogo and Kieffer Moore replacing Liam Davis and Kevin Dawson.

After a quiet opening period the game sprung to life when the Glovers took a 12th minute lead.

A Hayden Mullins under hit back pass was pounced upon by Hayter and with just Randolph to beat the striker made no mistake in lofting the ball over the advancing shot stopper and into the empty net.

Minutes later the Birmingham number one was again called into action. This time Randolph parried a strong Joe Ralls left footed effort into the path of Kieffer Moore. The former Dorchester man hit a first time shot but Randolph was quick to his feet to deny the big striker.

In the 19th minute the Glovers doubled their lead thanks to that man Hayter. A ball over the top evaded the Blues back line and found Moore. The Town number 13 held the ball up beautifully before laying to Ralls, whose sweet left footed cross found the diving head of Hayter six yards out.

At the other end Lee Novak hit the bar with a header before Stech was called into action to deny Paul Caddis with a fine diving save.

The Glovers were dealt a blow when debutant Bakayogo had to leave the field with an injury. The Leicester man fell to the ground with no one around him and had to be helped from the field by the two physios.

Just before the break the Glovers could have made it 3-0. Moore broke away but seemed to have been fouled just as he was about to shoot, but referee Graham waved away the claims. From the rebound Grant, Ralls and Hayter were all denied by last ditch defending.

The second half kicked off with the rain hammering down and the away following of 680 in fine voice. With under ten minutes of the second period played Town were had to make another substitute due to injury. Skipper Jamie McAllister had to be replaced by Matteo Lanzoni after the Scot picked an injury.

With just over 20 minutes to play Stech pulled off a wonderful one handed save to deny Burke. With the goal at his mercy it looked like Burke had pulled a goal back, but the Town’s number one had other ideas and pulled off what has to be one of the saves of the season.

BAKAYOGO JOINS THE GLOVERS

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the loan signing of Zoumana Bakayogo on an initial one month deal from Leicester City.

Manager Gary Johnson has moved quick to sign the former Tranmere Rovers defender after he received the news that Liam Davis has been sidelined for up to six weeks with a broken toe.

Ivorian Zoumana joined The Foxes on a two-year contract following a four-year spell with League One side Tranmere Rovers.

Born in Paris in 1986, Bakayogo began his career as a youngster with Paris Saint Germain, before moving to London in 2006 to join Millwall. He spent two and a half years at The Den and made 22 appearances for the south-east London club.

He joined Tranmere in July 2009 and immediately established himself in the first team, making 34 appearances in his debut season. He would go on to play nearly 150 games for Rovers, including 52 in his final season, in which he also weighed in with five goals.

TICKETS FOR SAINTS TIE SOLD OUT

Tickets for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Southampton are now sold out.

Town were allocated just over 3,000 tickets and these have now been snapped up by Glovers fans.

The club are currently trying to get a further allocation from Southampton. News on this will be posted on ytfc.net soon.

MORE CLASSIC MATCHES ON YOUTUBE

Fans can now relive two classic matches on the club’s YouTube Channel.

You can now watch extended highlights of the FA Cup Third round tie against Arsenal in 1993.

Why not enjoy watching the build up, the full 90 minutes and the celebrations from the FA Trophy victory at Villa Park.

 

LAST DAY FIXTURE KICK OFF TIME

The Football League have confirmed that all Championship fixtures on the final day of the season, Saturday 3rd May 2014, will kick-off at 12.15pm.

As per previous seasons, Sky Sports will select their live broadcast fixtures following results on the penultimate weekend.

PREVIEW: BIRMINGHAM CITY

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet Championship action this Saturday as the Glovers make the trip up the M5 to face Lee Clark’s Birmingham City.

The Blues and the Glovers have already met twice this season and they have certainly not been quiet affairs, but more of that later.

The Glovers are heading to the midlands joint bottom of the table and only above Barnsley on goal difference, while Birmingham won’t exactly be sitting easy in 17th place.

The Blues sit eight points above the relegation zone, but a result in the Glovers’ favour this weekend will have them looking nervously over their shoulders.

It’s no secret that Yeovil are on the look out for extra squad members for the rest of their championship survival campaign but for now, Gary Johnson takes his squad into battle without any additions.

Dan Seaborne’s loan deal with Coventry was switched to a permanent deal in midweek, so his time at Huish Park has come to an end.

Birmingham have had a few ins and outs already this month, free agent Brian Howard has been signed on a short term deal while former Glovers’ hero Dan Burn has returned to Fulham to be part of their first team squad.

Elsewhere, Darren Ambrose has also left St Andrews, signing for Greek side, Apollon Smyrni.

The Blue have also got a couple of injury issues ahead of Saturday’s game, Peter Lovenkrands and Tom Adeyemi will both miss out for sure as will joint top scorer, Kyle Bartley.

Lee Novak also has a hip problem but should be ok to feature in the squad.

For Yeovil, the injury list is significantly shorter, Sam Hoskins has been missing recently and long term absentee Nathan Ralph are going to be out once more.

One area where Yeovil may have a slight upper hand is in the fitness department, Yeovil have had a whole week to recover and prepare for the fixture while Birmingham had to negotiate a tricky FA Cup replay against Bristol Rovers.

It was easy enough in the end for the Blues who won 3-0 on the night to progress to the fourth round.

Their league form hasn’t been such plain sailing, however, they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Brighton last time out in the league and prior to that was a series of three draws in four games.

Yeovil’s form doesn’t make for pretty reading, four defeats in a row in the league with only the drubbing of Leyton Orient in the cup providing the silver lining.

If there is a positive to take, it’s the return of goal scoring form of James Hayter and the two goals in two games from Keiffer Moore, who will be hoping for a place in the starting 11 on Saturday.

As mentioned earlier the two sides have met twice already this season, both at Huish Park.

The Blues were the first visitors to Huish Park as a Championship venue this season and a Dan Seaborne own goal was all the separated the sides, despite Dan Burn’s efforts to claim the winning goal as his own.

The teams met again in the Capital One Cup and it all got very feisty.

The final score reads 3-3, with Yeovil losing out on penalties, but the stories go far beyond that.

Luke Ayling scored his first ever Yeovil goal during the extra 30 minutes, but the main story was surrounding Birmingham’s third and final equaliser.

Birmingham were incensed by Byron Webster’s 90 minute strike which they believed should have been returned to them after the ball was put out of play for a Birmingham injury.

After no physio came on, Yeovil decided that there was no need to return the ball, instead playing on.

Following, much deliberation Gary Johnson ordered Yeovil to allow Birmingham to walk the ball in to an empty net to force the game to penalties.

In the end, Hoskins, Ed Upson and Jamie McAlister all missed their spot kicks and Yeovil exited the cup.

We can only hope for none of that kind of shenanigans this time around, league points are at stake and both sides will want the spoils from this encounter.

Tickets are available on the day at the ground, but for those not making the trip, Glovers Player will have the coverage and all the post-match reaction will be available on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

Tickets for the FA Cup game at Southampton are also on general sale as of today (Friday) and supporters are advised not to hang about, as over 1600 have already gone to season ticket holders.

Famous Fans.
Mike Skinner (Singer, The Streets), Jasper Carrott (Comedian) and Snoop Dogg was pictured in a Birmingham City shirt in 2011!

A foot in both camps.
Andros Townsend has spent time on loan with both sides, Howard Forinton, Darren Purse, Jerry Gill as well as a certain Dan Burn.

NEW WATFORD DATE SET

Town’s Sky Bet Championship match against Watford has been rearranged and will now be played on Tuesday 18th February with kick off being 7.45pm.

Despite all the efforts of the grounds team the original fixture which was due to take place on New Year’s Day and in front of the Sky cameras was postponed due to the heavy rain.

Fans with tickets from the original date will be able to use their tickets for this fixture.

If fans are unable to attend then tickets maybe exchanged for a future league game at Huish Park.

TICKET UPDATE FOR SAINTS CLASH

Tickets for the FA Cup fourth round tie with Southampton are currently above the 1,500 mark.
 

Season ticket holders are allowed to purchase two tickets per season ticket and have until 5pm tomorrow  (Thursday 16th January) to do so.

 

Tickets will then go on general sale 9am Friday 17th January.

 

All sales will cease on Friday 24th January at 12pm for reconciliation purposes.

Prices are as follows:

 

Adults – £20

Concessions – £15 (over 65 and age 17 – 21)

Under 17 – £10

Under 11 – £5

With £2 increase on the day if there are any tickets available. It is advisable to book in advance of the game due to demand.

The ticket office will be selling tickets to season ticket holders on Saturday (v Burnley) but supporters are advised to be mindful of the match day queue and those purchasing tickets for the game on Saturday will be given priority. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 01935 847888 and maybe collected from the ticket collection point on Saturday.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Fans wishing to book travel can do so by calling Paul Hadlow at the Green and White Supporters Club on 07736 044570 after 6pm or by email on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

Prices are as follows:

Departs Huish Park 10:15am

Adult Members – £15. Member Concessions – £13.00

Adult Non-Members – £17.00. Non-Member Concessions – £15.00

The Away Travel Club will also be running travel to Southampton.

The coaches will be departing the away end at 10am and the cost will be £15.

To book your place call Mark Kelly on 07939618275.

WIGAN ATHLETIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets for the Glovers trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday 15th February (3pm) are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adults – £15.00

Over 65 – £10.00

16-21 years – £10.00

Ambulant Disabled – £10.00

Under 16 – £5.00

Town fans will be situated in the North Stand and all tickets will be unreserved seating.

There will be parking available at a cost of £5 per car. The car park will be car park number one and is situated on Stadium Way.

To book your tickets call 01935 847888.

MITRE GOAL OF THE YEAR

The Football League have launched the search to find the Mitre Goal of the Year for 2013 and we are asking for your help in deciding which of our goals from the last 12 months should be put forward as our nomination.

The club can nominate one goal from any Football League competition in the 2013 calendar year, to include goals scored in the Sky Bet Football League, the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

We want fans to help us decide our club nomination by emailing your choice to jhealey@ytfc.net or, alternatively, you can register your vote using the hashtags #YTFCGOS and #FLawards on Twitter.

The closing date for your votes will be Friday 17 January at 12pm. Once we have have winning goal we will announce this through our social media channels the nominated goal will then be entered in the Mitre Goal of the Year category at the Football League Awards 2014. 

A judging panel will review the goals with the top ten being shown on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM on 9th February.  Fans will be given the opportunity to vote for goals to make the final shortlist of five, with the overall winner being decided at the glittering Awards ceremony at The Brewery, London on Sunday 16th March 2014.

Past winners of the Mitre Goal of the Year have been Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest – 2012), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City – 2011), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic – 2010), Nicky Maynard (Bristol City – 2009), Sylvain-Ebanks Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers – 2008), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United – 2007), Joe Ledley (Cardiff City – 2006) and Stefan Oakes (Notts County – 2005).

To find out more about The Football League Awards please visit www.FLAwards.com.

AN EVENING WITH JIM DAVIDSON

Jim Davidson, OBE is an English comedian and television host. His highest profile roles came on the television when he hosted Big Break and The Generation Game. He is also a very successful stand-up comedian and has recently appeared on Channel Five’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Including a three course dinner, raffle and auction.

To be held in the Alec Stock Lounge on Thursday 13th March 2014.

Dinner: 7:30pm

Dress: Lounge Suits

Tickets: £50 per person – £360 table of eight

To purchase tickets or for more information please call Dave Linney on 01935 847872.

SEABORNE JOINS COVENTRY CITY

Defender Dan Seaborne has left Huish Park and signed a 18 month contract with Sky Bet League One side Coventry City.

26-year-old Dan joined Yeovil during the summer and made ten appearances for the Glovers during his stay.

GLOVERS PROVE A HIT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Yeovil Town have beat off competition from a host of big names from the football, cricket and rugby world to finish in the Top 20 of the first Sports Social Media Index.

The index was produced by PR and social media agency Umpf with partners William Hill. It is a benchmark of social media success among professional British sports teams, ending in a league table of 148 sports teams based on their use of social media.

The table was compiled by measuring the performance of each team based not just on an algorithm, but research from a team of nine people who looked at social networks, as well as a panel of four judges who presided over the results.

The results put the Glovers joint fifth in the Championship table with a score of 58.8%, beating the likes of Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest.

In the overall league table of all 148 teams, Town’s use of social media also received recognition – beating the likes various Premier League clubs to a place in the top 20.

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For the full report click here.

DERBY COUNTY TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets for Town’s trip to Derby County on Tuesday 28th January (7.45pm) are now on sale from Huish Park.

Ticket are prices as follows:

Adults – £20

Senior – £14

U18’s – £11

 

Prices increase on the day by £3 for adults and £2 for Seniors and Juniors.

 

Wheelchair and Ambulant disabled are charged relevant age bracket with a free carer.

 

Concessions may be asked for ID on the turnstile and if they don’t have any they will be upgraded to an adults and charged accordingly.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BURNLEY

A goal apiece from hotshot striking duo Sam Vokes and Danny Ings ensured Burnley retained second spot in the Championship table with a 2-1 win over Yeovil Town at Huish Park this afternoon.

Kieffer Moore pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining but despite a late stirring finale, Gary Johnson’s side suffered their eighth home League defeat of the season.

Johnson opted to make just one change to the side that demolished Leyton Orient in the FA Cup last weekend with Joe Ralls coming in for Sam Foley on the right flank, having signed a loan deal until the end of the season. But it was their Lancashire visitors who started as they meant to go on, playing at a higher tempo than their hosts and controlling the game in the first half hour.

Ings scared the home fans with an acrobatic volley that just flew over the bar early on but the 1,700 Clarets didn’t have long to wait to cheer as Ings pounced with a beauty for his 16th strike of the season. Luke Ayling lost the ball thirty yards from goal and with no sign of anyone closing Ings down, he advanced and let fly from outside the box with a peach of a strike that found the top corner of Marek Stech’s net.

It took Yeovil half an hour to create a chance worthy of the name and it was Shane Duffy, up from the back, who had it but his mishit shot was blocked for a corner. Ings and winger Keith Treacy were off target with their efforts and Vokes headed straight at Stech as the half closed.

Yeovil came out for the second half with much more purpose and John Lundstram’s volley from 25 yards whistled two yards wide of the far post. But the Clarets, hot on the heels of league leaders Leicester City who won last night, weren’t in the mood to let their lead slip and Stech got down well to save from Treacy’s free kick.

Scott Arfield shot low which Stech held comfortably then set up Vokes for a flicked chance that rebounded off the near post. The woodwork was then struck for a second time in two minutes but at the other end, when Joel Grant’s shot skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Kevin Dawson was replaced by Kieffer Moore on the hour with Grant switching to the right flank and Moore hoping to offer more of a goal threat.

And there was a goal within two minutes but it was a Claret goal, this time from Vokes. Duffy was dispossessed thirty five yards out and Dean Marney pulled the ball across goal for Vokes to turn into an empty net.

Stech then saved from Vokes again before Ralls sidefooted just wide of the angle of post and crossbar for the home side. Yeovil continued to look for a way back into the game with Burnley keeper Tom Heaton tipped over a Ralls header from Joe Edwards’ cross.

Vokes missed another chance to wrap the game up when he headed wide from Marney’s cross and Moore headed a deep cross on to the roof of Heaton’s net as the game opened up.

But the striker wasn’t to be denied a minute later. After tricking his way down the left flank with some great play, he pulled the ball back on to his right foot and sent in a teasing right foot cross that eluded everyone in the penalty box and crept in at the far post.

Ed Upson, who came on for James Hayter with seventeen minutes left, tried his luck with a spectacular volley on 84 minutes but it flew wide, the last real chance despite home keeper Stech coming up for a corner and a free kick in stoppage time and nearly connecting on both occasions.

Match Report : 11/01/2014

A goal apiece from hotshot striking duo Sam Vokes and Danny Ings ensured Burnley retained second spot in the Championship table with a 2-1 win over Yeovil Town at Huish Park this afternoon.

Kieffer Moore pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining but despite a late stirring finale, Gary Johnson’s side suffered their eighth home League defeat of the season.

Johnson opted to make just one change to the side that demolished Leyton Orient in the FA Cup last weekend with Joe Ralls coming in for Sam Foley on the right flank, having signed a loan deal until the end of the season. But it was their Lancashire visitors who started as they meant to go on, playing at a higher tempo than their hosts and controlling the game in the first half hour.

Ings scared the home fans with an acrobatic volley that just flew over the bar early on but the 1,700 Clarets didn’t have long to wait to cheer as Ings pounced with a beauty for his 16th strike of the season. Luke Ayling lost the ball thirty yards from goal and with no sign of anyone closing Ings down, he advanced and let fly from outside the box with a peach of a strike that found the top corner of Marek Stech’s net.

It took Yeovil half an hour to create a chance worthy of the name and it was Shane Duffy, up from the back, who had it but his mishit shot was blocked for a corner. Ings and winger Keith Treacy were off target with their efforts and Vokes headed straight at Stech as the half closed.

Yeovil came out for the second half with much more purpose and John Lundstram’s volley from 25 yards whistled two yards wide of the far post. But the Clarets, hot on the heels of league leaders Leicester City who won last night, weren’t in the mood to let their lead slip and Stech got down well to save from Treacy’s free kick.

Scott Arfield shot low which Stech held comfortably then set up Vokes for a flicked chance that rebounded off the near post. The woodwork was then struck for a second time in two minutes but at the other end, when Joel Grant’s shot skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Kevin Dawson was replaced by Kieffer Moore on the hour with Grant switching to the right flank and Moore hoping to offer more of a goal threat.

And there was a goal within two minutes but it was a Claret goal, this time from Vokes. Duffy was dispossessed thirty five yards out and Dean Marney pulled the ball across goal for Vokes to turn into an empty net.

Stech then saved from Vokes again before Ralls sidefooted just wide of the angle of post and crossbar for the home side. Yeovil continued to look for a way back into the game with Burnley keeper Tom Heaton tipped over a Ralls header from Joe Edwards’ cross.

Vokes missed another chance to wrap the game up when he headed wide from Marney’s cross and Moore headed a deep cross on to the roof of Heaton’s net as the game opened up.

But the striker wasn’t to be denied a minute later. After tricking his way down the left flank with some great play, he pulled the ball back on to his right foot and sent in a teasing right foot cross that eluded everyone in the penalty box and crept in at the far post.

Ed Upson, who came on for James Hayter with seventeen minutes left, tried his luck with a spectacular volley on 84 minutes but it flew wide, the last real chance despite home keeper Stech coming up for a corner and a free kick in stoppage time and nearly connecting on both occasions.

JOE RALLS SIGNS NEW LOAN DEAL

Yeovil Town can confirm that Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls has extended his stay with the Glovers until the end of the season.

Joe first joined the club in August on a loan until January and has made 18 appearances scoring one goal.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "I am very pleased to have secured the services of Joe until the end of the season. He will be a big part of our campaign."

NEW MILLWALL DATE SET

Town’s Sky Bet Championship match against Millwall will now take place on Tuesday 11th February with a 7:45pm kick off.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday 25th January but has been rearranged because of the Glovers FA Cup fourth round tie against Southampton.

Fans are also reminded that the game against Nottingham Forest has moved dates. The game will now take place on Sunday 2nd February 2014.

PREVIEW: BURNLEY


Yeovil Town will be back in Sky Bet Championship action this Saturday as high flying Burnley are in town.

The game comes at the right time for the Glovers as attention shifts from the transfer window to the football pitch.

Following last weekend’s thumping FA Cup win over League One’s Leyton Orient the players have been in high spirits and will be hoping to take that feeling and turn it into three valuable points in the Championship survival race.

Burnley were one of the early season pace setters in the division and can boast one of the hottest striking partnerships in the country, Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have fired the clarets to second in the table four points off top spot.

As if having two strikers already into double figures for the season wasn’t enough, Sean Dyche’s men have just secured a deal to sign Ashley Barnes from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Just as Burnley strengthened their attacking options, Yeovil were letting one go.

Paddy Madden has joined Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee.

Where Yeovil have been boosted is in defence, it’s hoped that Byron Webster should be back to 100% fitness ahead of the game, but if not it may give new signing Matteo Lanzoni a chance to make his debut.

Of course, whatever the result on Saturday Yeovil will still remain in the bottom three, but a win could put them within a single point of both MIllwall and Sheffield Wednesday depending on their results.

Looking back at the weekend’s fixtures and it won’t just be the four goals scored by Yeovil that will please the fans and players, but also the clean sheet.

Yeovil haven’t kept one in the league since defeating Blackpool back on December 3rd and had conceded 12 goals in five games since then.

Burnley also know how to find the back of the net and did so three times against Premier League Southampton in their third round tie, but that wasn’t enough to see them through as England internationals Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert scored for the Saints in a 4-3 win.

Prior to that it was business as usual, Saturday’s visitors won 3-2 on New Year’s Day against Huddersfield.

But it’s not all been one way traffic, Burnley lost to Middlesbrough and drew with Wigan, Leicester and Watford in December.

When the two sides met earlier in the season up at Turf Moor it resulted in a 2-0 Clarets win, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

It was only the third game of the season and Yeovil had already gone through three goalkeepers.

Marek Stech had been injured the week before, Gareth Stewart had stepped in, but in the build up to the Burnley game, loan replacement Wayne Hennessey was injured on international duty so a very quick call saw Sam Johnstone brought in from Manchester United.

That’s not all, Johnstone, broke his fingers in the warm up at Turf Moor, he battled through the game but failed to make another appearance for the Glovers.

He joins Kelly Youga on a very short list of players to have represented Yeovil Town without ever playing at Huish Park.

As for the game, Yeovil more than matched Burnley for an hour before a Keith Treacy cross was fortunate to go straight in.

By the time Sam Vokes had added a second, the game was over.

Gary Johnson has said in the build up to the game that despite Burnley’s position in the table and all their firepower, the Glovers have one big advantage – the fans and the atmosphere that can be created.

Burnley are bringing a near full allocation down to Somerset and Yeovil fans are asked to reply in their numbers.

As ever tickets for the game are available right up until kick off, either on line, on the phone or in person on match days.

The weather seems have eased off slightly after giving most of Somerset a battering, but supporters are still advised to make sure their route to Huish Park is accessible and they leave in plenty of time.

If you’re unable to make the game, you can catch it in full on Glovers Player and all the reaction will be on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Sky Bet Championship survival on the cards this weekend, don’t miss it.

A foot in both camps – Who have played for both teams?
Dean Bowditch, Wes Fletcher, Gerry Gow, Gifton Noel Williams, Cameron Stewart,

Famous Fans – who will you bump into getting a hotdog?
Jimmy Anderson, HRH Prince Charles, Alistair Campbell and the actor behind Chesney Brown in Coronation Street… however the Character “Will” from the Inbetweeners was quoted in the movie as saying “I always say I like football, but not Burnley”, he’ll be with us in the home terrace!

MADDEN DEPARTS HUISH PARK


Striker Paddy Madden has left Huish Park to join Sky Bet League Two side Scunthorpe United.

The 23-year-old has signed at two-and-a-half-year contract with the Iron and joins for an undisclosed fee.

 

Madden joined the Glovers in October 2012 on loan from Carlisle United before making his move to Somerset permanent in January 2013.

During his spell with the club Paddy made 44 appearances, scoring a total of 23 goals, including the memorable opening goal at Wembley in the League One Play Off Final against Brentford.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "I am as disappointed as anyone else that things haven’t worked out this season for Paddy for whatever reason. These things happen in football and we all move on.

"I would like to thank Paddy for his service to our football club and we all wish him well for the future."

FOREST TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets for Town’s trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday 2nd February (3pm kick off) are now on sale from Huish Park.

Fans will be situated in the Bridgford Stand Lower Tier and prices will be as follows:

Adults – £26.00

Seniors – £18.00 – aged 65 and over

Under 18s – £14.00

Under 12s – £7.00

 

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled charged at the above rates and carer is free of charge if the disabled supporters is in receipt of higher rate of disability living allowance.

 

Nottingham Forest recommend that children be of primary school age.  Babies in arms and children in buggies will not be admitted.

 

Coach parking – Coaches should arrive no later than one hour before kick off. Coaches will be charged £20 per coach.

TICKET NEWS FOR SAINTS TIE

Tickets for the FA Cup fourth round tie with Southampton will go on sale to Season Ticket holders on Friday 10th January at 9am.
 

Season ticket holders will be allowed to purchase two tickets per season ticket and have until 5pm on Thursday 16th January to do so.

 

Tickets will then go on general sale 9am Friday 17th January.

 

All sales will cease on Friday 24th January at 12pm for reconciliation purposes.

Prices are as follows:

 

Adults – £20

Concessions – £15 (over 65 and age 17 – 21)

Under 17 – £10

Under 11 – £5

With £2 increase on the day if there are any tickets available. It is advisable to book in advance of the game due to demand.

The ticket office will be selling tickets to season ticket holders on Saturday (v Burnley) but supporters are advised to be mindful of the match day queue and those purchasing tickets for the game on Saturday will be given priority. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 01935 847888 and maybe collected from the ticket collection point on Saturday.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Fans wishing to book travel can do so by calling Paul Hadlow at the Green and White Supporters Club on 07736 044570 after 6pm or by email on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

Prices are as follows:

Departs Huish Park 10:15am

Adult Members – £15. Member Concessions – £13.00

Adult Non-Members – £17.00. Non-Member Concessions – £15.00

The Away Travel Club will also be running travel to Southampton.

The coaches will be departing the away end at 10am and the cost will be £15.

To book your place call Mark Kelly on 07939618275.

SAINTS DATE CONFIRMED

The date and kick-off time for Town’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Southampton has been confirmed.

The Glovers will travel to St Mary’s on Saturday 25th January with kick off scheduled for 3pm.

Tickets details for the tie will be announced soon on ytfc.net.

The SkyBet Championship fixture against Millwall will now be played at a later date. The new date will be confirmed here ytfc.net.

TRAFFIC WARNING FOR FANS

Fans are warned that the traffic lights along Thorne Lane will be in action on Saturday for the game against Burnley.

The club would like to urge fans to add time to their usual journey to and from Huish Park.

CLUB THANKS VOLUNTEERS

Yeovil Town would like to thank the band of volunteers that helped move the water and covers off the Huish Park pitch on Saturday morning.

The rain in the build up to the fixture against Leyton Orient was persistent, but with the help of the volunteers the referee passed the Huish Park surface fit for action.

The club would like to officially thank the volunteers for all their hard work in helping get the match on.

GLOVERS TO VISIT THE SAINTS

Yeovil Town have been drawn away to Premier League side Southampton in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

The fourth round fixture comes after the Glovers beat Leyton Orient 4-0 at Huish Park in the third round.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "It is a absolutely fantastic draw for our club. Southampton are a great club and probably the biggest in our region. I don’t think we could wish for a better draw. It will be a great game and one that our players and fans will look forward to."

The tie will take place over the weekend of 25th/26th January with a kick off time to be confirmed.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V LEYTON ORIENT

Yeovil Town cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over League One Leyton Orient this afternoon.

A double from James Hayter and further strikes from Joel Grant and a first ever goal from striker Kieffer Moore ensured a safe passage into the last 32 for the first time since 2005.

It was a comfortable victory for the Glovers over former manager Russell Slade whose side was robbed of several first choice players. But Yeovil were better in every department and could have scored more as they set up the chance for a big fourth round tie in tomorrow’s draw.

Town manager Gary Johnson made four changes to the side that were thumped 5-1 at Huddersfield last weekend. Ishmael Miller and Liam Fontaine both returned to their respective parent clubs while Ed Upson and Jamie McAllister dropped to the bench. In their place came Sam Foley for his first start since August plus John Lundstram, Shane Duffy and Byron Webster.

As both sides got used to a surface that was surprisingly good considering the amount of rain in the last few days, Yeovil took the lead on eleven minutes. Luke Ayling’s right footed free kick was headed goalwards by Duffy and James Hayter turned in from close range.

In a move identical to the goal, Yeovil almost added a second on 21 minutes but Duffy shot wide from a good position. It was mainly Yeovil pressing in a first half that lacked real clear chances but offered half chances to Hayter again who shot wide when found by Webster and Ayling who flicked a near post volley wide.

Foley almost scored a bizarre second just before half time when O’s keeper Jake Larkins clearance rebounded off Foley as he charged down the clearance but the ball rolled wide.

Within quarter of an hour of the restart, Yeovil had scored twice more to give the visitors a mountain to climb. After Yohann Lasimant had brushed the side netting with an opportunist effort,

Yeovil doubled their advantage on 49 minutes. On the counter attack, Liam Davis broke down the left and crossed for Joel Grant. The striker stretched to reach the ball but guided it into the net.

After Upson had replaced Webster straight after the goal, Johnson reshuffled his side with Ayling taking up the centre back berth alongside Duffy, Joe Edwards dropping to right back and Upson inserted into central midfield.

Despite the change in personnel, it was still Yeovil looking the better side and they went three up on the hour mark. Kevin Dawson’s cross from the right was met perfectly by Hayter who flicked a perfect downward header into the corner of the net.

O’s on loan signing Jamie Ness curled a shot wide but it was a rare foray and Marek Stech won’t have many games that quiet this season. He did save one shot from O’s sub Shaquile Coulthirst with his feet with eight minutes left.

The final goal came in the final minute and it was a popular one with the home fans. Kieffer Moore had replaced Hayter late on and when he was through one-on-one with keeper Larkins, the striker calmly sidefooted home and was immediately surrounded by all nine other outfield players in a warming show of team celebration.

The final whistle sounded three minutes later and Yeovil had made it to the fourth round and the chance of a plum tie against a Premier League giant.

Match Report : 04/01/2014

Yeovil Town cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over League One Leyton Orient this afternoon.

A double from James Hayter and further strikes from Joel Grant and a first ever goal from striker Kieffer Moore ensured a safe passage into the last 32 for the first time since 2005.

It was a comfortable victory for the Glovers over former manager Russell Slade whose side was robbed of several first choice players. But Yeovil were better in every department and could have scored more as they set up the chance for a big fourth round tie in tomorrow’s draw.

Town manager Gary Johnson made four changes to the side that were thumped 5-1 at Huddersfield last weekend. Ishmael Miller and Liam Fontaine both returned to their respective parent clubs while Ed Upson and Jamie McAllister dropped to the bench. In their place came Sam Foley for his first start since August plus John Lundstram, Shane Duffy and Byron Webster.

As both sides got used to a surface that was surprisingly good considering the amount of rain in the last few days, Yeovil took the lead on eleven minutes. Luke Ayling’s right footed free kick was headed goalwards by Duffy and James Hayter turned in from close range.

In a move identical to the goal, Yeovil almost added a second on 21 minutes but Duffy shot wide from a good position. It was mainly Yeovil pressing in a first half that lacked real clear chances but offered half chances to Hayter again who shot wide when found by Webster and Ayling who flicked a near post volley wide.

Foley almost scored a bizarre second just before half time when O’s keeper Jake Larkins clearance rebounded off Foley as he charged down the clearance but the ball rolled wide.

Within quarter of an hour of the restart, Yeovil had scored twice more to give the visitors a mountain to climb. After Yohann Lasimant had brushed the side netting with an opportunist effort,

Yeovil doubled their advantage on 49 minutes. On the counter attack, Liam Davis broke down the left and crossed for Joel Grant. The striker stretched to reach the ball but guided it into the net.

After Upson had replaced Webster straight after the goal, Johnson reshuffled his side with Ayling taking up the centre back berth alongside Duffy, Joe Edwards dropping to right back and Upson inserted into central midfield.

Despite the change in personnel, it was still Yeovil looking the better side and they went three up on the hour mark. Kevin Dawson’s cross from the right was met perfectly by Hayter who flicked a perfect downward header into the corner of the net.

O’s on loan signing Jamie Ness curled a shot wide but it was a rare foray and Marek Stech won’t have many games that quiet this season. He did save one shot from O’s sub Shaquile Coulthirst with his feet with eight minutes left.

The final goal came in the final minute and it was a popular one with the home fans. Kieffer Moore had replaced Hayter late on and when he was through one-on-one with keeper Larkins, the striker calmly sidefooted home and was immediately surrounded by all nine other outfield players in a warming show of team celebration.

The final whistle sounded three minutes later and Yeovil had made it to the fourth round and the chance of a plum tie against a Premier League giant.

REFEREE HAPPY WITH SURFACE

The Huish Park pitch has passed a midday pitch inspection.


Referee Mr Langford inspected the Huish Park pitch at midday and at that time was happy with the playing surface.

Tickets are available from the Huish Park ticket office or by calling 01935 847888.

PREVIEW: LEYTON ORIENT

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Yeovil Town are back in action this weekend, but it’s not league points that the Glovers are after, it’s progression in the cup.

The FA Cup hold many, many great memories for Yeovil fans and this Saturday’s home game against Leyton Orient could be the first step to another one.

The 3rd round tie takes place at Huish Park with a 3pm kick off.

However, it’s not just the League One Londoners that the Glovers take on, but Mother Nature is also in the ground staff’s sights.

The Glovers lost their Boxing Day fixture against Watford to the weather, the pitch and surrounding areas unable to take the sheer amount of water, despite the ground staff’s best efforts.

At the time of writing, the pitch is looking good for the game, but supporters are advised to continue to check ytfc.net for information regarding the fixture and their local TV and Radio for updates on travel in and around the area.

It wasn’t just the Glovers who got an extra day off on Boxing Day, but Orient too saw their game against Bristol City called off.

In a funny twist, the four teams involved in those two fixtures swap opponents for the FA Cup, as Bristol City take on Watford. Meaning nobody got an unfair advantage of the extra rest day.

Back to Huish Park and with January’s transfer window up and running there is some updates to the home side’s squad.

Firstly, Liam Fontaine has returned to Bristol City following his loan spell so wont be available, but the Glovers have strengthened their defence by signing Matteo Lanzoni on an 18 months deal.

However, he won’t be involved either due to his participation in an earlier round with his former club Oldham Athletic.

So, it’s a good job that both Everton loanees Shane Duffy and John Lundstram have been given permission to play in the cup, both men signed loan deals for the rest of the season this week.

Further forward and Joe Ralls and Ishmael Miller’s deals have also expired at Huish Park, the news on those two is that, there is no news. Gary Johnson confirming he was waiting on telephone calls from Cardiff and Nottingham Forest respectfully.

News from the injury list is also more positive, the postponment of the Watford game has given Marek Stech, Byron Webster and Ed Upson time extra time to get themselves fit for the action again. It’s hoped that all of them will stand a chance of being involved.

The visitors are also sweating on the fitness of key players; strikers David Mooney and Shaun Batt have both been ruled out while first choice ‘keeper Jamie Jones is also unable to make the squad.

Mooney’s absence will be of great comfort to Yeovil, not only his he scoring with regular frequency but it was his last minute goal that knocked the Glovers out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season.

That was the last time the two sides met, as over 700 fans travelled to the Matchroom Stadium for the JPT cup tie.

In the league fixtures it was a win each during last season; Sam Foley scored the consolation in a 4-1 defeat away from home, but a Paddy Madden brace and James Hayter confirmed a 3-0 home win over Russell Slade’s men.

Prior to last season, the Glovers have gone on a run of 2 draws and 2 wins against the Orient, one of those wins was a memorable 5-1 victory, Shaun MacDonald with a hat-trick.

Of course, Saturday’s fixture will match the two managers to take Yeovil to a play-off final, Russell Slade saw his Glovers team defeated by Blackpool in 2007, while Gary Johnson went one better last summer defeating Brentford 2-1.

Slade spent two and a half years ay Huish Park securing the League One manager of the year title in the play-off final year.

This is Yeovil’s first venture into the 3rd round of the cup since 2005. A 3-0 thrashing of Rotherham set up a fourth round tie at Charlton that time.

Of course the season prior, the Glovers hosted former European Cup winners Liverpool to Huish Park, most of us are still seething over Harry Kewell’s dive over Hugo Rodrigues to win a penalty that day!

As for tomorrow, tickets are available on the day as normal, but for those coming down from London the away terrace has been shut due to lack of sales so all away fans will be in the seating section.

So, come along to Huish Park tomorrow as the Glovers look to set another FA Cup run going and revenge that last gasp JPT loss from last season in the process.

If you can’t make it however, stay tuned to Glovers Player, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube (and if you’re lucky a vine and instagram or two) from the official accounts as the cup fever returns to Somerset.

Famous Orient Fans.

Most of the Lloyd-Webber family, especially Julian and Andrew. Comedian Bob Mills and you’d imagine most of the cast of ‘TOWIE’…

A foot in both camps.

Russell Slade, Simon Church, Aaron Brown, 1949 FA Cup hero Les Blizzard, Ryan Dickson, Terrell Forbes, Jerry Gill, Wayne Gray, Paul Terry, Andros Townsend and Marek Stech played two games on loan at Orient before joining the Glovers.

MAREK MAKES CUP COMPARISON

The FA Cup is the oldest and arguably most famous club competition in world football, but how does it compare to domestic cup competitions in Europe?

Yeovil’s Czech stopper Marek Stech, who grew up and began his career in the Czech Reublic, compares the two cup competitions ahead of the Glovers’ FA Cup Third Round clash with Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Whilst league success remains the priority for football clubs across the land the FA Cup winners will collect a cool £1.8m in prize money as well as qualifying for European competition, something Stech highlights as a major difference.

“It’s a bit different because over here you have the FA Cup and Carling Cup whereas in the Czech Republic you only have the Czech Cup and the league so they take it a bit differently back home – most teams focus on the league because there are two or three places for Champions League qualification, so that’s the priority.

“The Czech Cup is the same as the FA Cup in that you have teams from the Conference and lower leagues so it is interesting when a team from the third league in the Czech Republic goes to the final.

“It’s not taken as seriously as over here though where it’s massive for all of the fans; to win it would be unbelievable and you qualify for the Europa League, so it’s better and more serious,” said the 23-year-old.

Giant killings, a major part of Yeovil’s history, are a frequent occurrence in the FA Cup with the Glovers famously beating Sunderland in 1949 and Premier League outfits succumbing to lower league opposition on a frequent basis.

Despite similar ‘cupsets’ occurring in the Czech Cup, Stech believes the differing quality of the two football pyramids makes a difference.

He said: “Underdogs winning happens back home but not as much as it does over here because you can’t compare the Czech league to the Premier League and all the other leagues over here.

“In the Czech Republic if you’re Sparta Prague – who I used to play for – you can get lower league teams which is similar to Oldham v Liverpool for example so you can get those ties but they’re not as interesting.”

The Glovers come into the match following three straight defeats in the SkyBet Championship, but former West Ham United keeper Stech believes league form is discounted coming into FA Cup fixtures.

“It’s a different competition so it’s not the same as the league. Obviously you prepare the same but it has got a different feeling because you can achieve something – even with the JPT last season we almost got to Wembley so it’s a different feeling. The FA Cup is massive so we would like to get to the next round.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re on top or at the bottom, it’s not about points. You want to get to the next round and you can always get a bigger team which could be televised and people could say ‘look at Yeovil doing well in the cup’ so it’s very interesting for us as players and for the club too.”

However, a carefree attitude can’t be wholly adopted: “You don’t have to worry too much but if you don’t worry at all you won’t make it to the next round. You have to prepare right to go through and I know I said it’s not about points and you don’t have to worry but you want to get through to the next round.”

Despite arriving in English football in 2006 Stech is still without a win in the FA Cup, but hopes tomorrow’s clash with The O’s will bring a first win and a mouth-watering Fourth Round tie.

“It would be great to beat Leyton Orient and get through to the next round and get a massive Premier League club which would be a massive experience for all the lads and the club as well.

“I have played three or four games in the FA Cup and I don’t think I’ve ever got through to the next round! Last season we played against Preston North End and lost and then when I was at West Ham I played a few times and I think lost there too so it would be nice to get to the next round obviously.

“It would be nice to get any Premier League club away from home in the big stadiums. For us as players it’s exciting because if you go through to the next round you can test yourself against better teams so hopefully we do well.”

The Glovers entertain Leyton Orient at Huish Park tomorrow in the FA Cup Third Round with tickets available on the day for the 3pm kick off.

GET YOUR DIGITAL PROGRAMME

If so, then try downloading Green&White – the official matchday programme of Yeovil Town FC – on your new device via the Matchday Digital App.

The Matchday Digital iPad App allows you to view ‘Green&White’ anytime, anywhere. No matter where you are in the world, whether sitting on a train, a beach or in your living room, you can now have the same turn-page experience that you would have in the stadium.

The Matchday Digital App ensures you always keep up to date with Yeovil Town and never miss out on any programmes. You can make one-off purchases or take out a ‘Season Pass’ so you are subscribed for the whole season.

If you can’t make the game, simply download the programme on Matchday Digital and be part of the game.  The digital programme comes with all the content you would have in the printed edition but with added features including:

* Programmes available to fans anytime, anywhere

* Download back copies from past games

* Programmes will be made available for purchase worldwide from either 2pm for Saturday matches or 6.45pm for midweek matches

* Easy to use curl or slide  ‘turn page’ technology

* Keyword search taking you straight to a particular player or feature

* Pinch screen feature to zoom into articles or images

* Add articles to facebook or twitter via the social media feature

* The Matchday Digital App is free to download on to your iPad/iPhone

Glovers supporters can download an individual issue at £2.49 or take out a ‘Season Pass’ for £49.99.

Download the Matchday Digital App by typing ‘Matchday Digital’ into the iTunes App store on your iPad. For more info on Matchday Digital please visit www.matchdaydigital.co.uk/yeoviltown.

PITCH LOOKING GOOD

With tomorrow’s F.A.Cup 3rd. Round tie against Leyton Orient on everybody’s mind, the big question being asked is how is the pitch looking following Wednesday’s postponment of the Watford match.

Well, as things stand at the moment, the pitch is fine and the groundstaff are in the process of covering it again following a night of good drying wind with minimal rain.

More rain is forecast for tonight but the club are confident at this stage there will not be another postponement tomorrow.

We will keep all supporters up to date here on www.ytfc.net should the situation change at any time during the day but confidence is high for tomorrow’s match.

“I’M READY TO GO” – LANZONI

New Yeovil Town signing Matteo Lanzoni is delighted to have signed for the Glovers, after agreeing an 18-month contract at Huish Park.

The 25-year-old Italian made 15 appearances for Oldham scoring twice in a four-month spell at Boundary Park but turned down the opportunity to remain in Greater Manchester, before opting for Championship football with Yeovil.

Lanzoni said: “I’m happy to have signed for Yeovil and I can’t wait to play for the shirt and for this team.

“It is my dream – my dream is to one day play in the Premier League but I am happy to be here and I hope to be here for a long time.”

The former Italy Under-19 international began his career at Serie A outfit Sampdoria and plied his trade in Italy until August 2013, where he then signed for Oldham.

Lanzoni, who will wear the number 18 shirt, admits the English game is different to that in his native Italy.

He said: “The English game is a different type of football to Italian football. It is much faster, more contact and sometimes more long ball whereas in Italy it is more tactical and possession based but this is a great opportunity for me.

“The first training session was a hard, strong session but the manager is a good, strong guy and the team are a good bunch of guys so I think we can have a good season.”

Whilst Lanzoni is unable to play against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday the central defender – who can play at right-back – is fit and raring to go.

“I’m ready to go – I will give my maximum for the team and for the supporters. I have to impress the manager; I am ready and have to make sure when the occasion comes that I am still ready.

“I am fit and well, but I can’t play on Saturday because I played for Oldham in the FA Cup earlier this season but I will continue to train and will be able to play next week against Burnley.”

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club welcomes Matteo to Huish Park and hopes he has a successful spell with the Glovers.

LANZONI JOINS GLOVERS

The Glovers have signed former Oldham Atheltic defender Matteo Lanzoni subject to Football League paperwork.

The 25-year-old defender is a former Italy under-19 international and has agreed an 18 month deal with the club.

Lanzoni recently left Oldham after turning down a new contract with the Greater Manchester club. In his spell with the Latics Matteo made 15 appearances, scoring two goals.

Manager Gary Johnson is delighted to add Lanzoni to the Glovers squad: “I have seen him a few times when I have watched Oldham this season, and I was impressed by him.

“He is a typical Italian defender who can play anywhere across the back four, and he’s introduced himself to the lads this morning in training by knocking a few about; he’s competitive.

“In January it’s hard to sign players as opposed to loans, but we are delighted to have signed Matteo on a permanent deal.”

On his move to Huish Park, Matteo said: “I am delighted to sign for Yeovil Town. It is a great opportunity for me to play Championship football and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

WATFORD GAME POSTPONED

Despite the tremendous efforts the game against Watford has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date will be announced in due course on and tickets for the original match will remain valid.

LUNDSTRAM EXTENDS HIS STAY

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce that John Lundstram has agreed to remain on loan at Huish Park from Everton until the end of the season.
 

The 19-year-old has made six appearances for the Glovers since joining on loan at the end of November, scoring once in the 1-0 win over Blackpool.

Lundstram joins fellow Toffees loanee Shane Duffy in remaining in Somerset for the remainder of the season, as the pair look to gain valuable first team experience.

GROUNDSTAFF STILL WORKING ON PITCH

Strenuous efforts to clear water from the Huish Park pitch and surroundings areas is going on in an attempt to keep the pitch playable for tonight’s SkyBet Championship match against Watford.

Grounds staff are using Waterhog machines to keep the water away from the joints in the covers before they are removed around three o’clock.

As things stand at the moment (12.45pm) the game is definitely on but Wellie Boots would appear to be the order of the day.

We will make sure supporters will be kept up to date via this web site and our twitter feed (@ytfcofficial) with regular updates but we would reiterate that wet weather clothing is definitely a must for the match.

PITCH STILL UNDER COVERS

At the time of writing (10.30am) the covers are still on the pitch at Huish Park. The covers will remain on the pitch until as late as possible.

The ground staff are working hard to remove the water from the covers and the surrounding areas of Huish Park.

If you are attending this evening’s match then please think about the weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and footwear.