Month: October 2014

FULHAM CENTRE BACK ARRIVES ON LOAN

Yeovil Town have signed Fulham centre back Stephen Arthurworrey on loan until January 31st 2015.

Twenty year old Stephen has been at Fulham since the age of ten with the Fulham Academy and joined Tranmere Rovers on loan in January 2014 where he stayed until the end of the season.

He made his Football League debut in a 1-1 with Wolves at Prenton Park. Six foot four Stephen was born in Hackney in London.

Everybody at Huish Park wish Stephen a successful spell with the club.

 

 

JED STEER RETURNS TO HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town have signed Aston Villa keeper Jed Steer on loan until 31st. January 2015.

Jed is no stranger to Huish Park having made 14 appearances for The Glovers during a loan spell in 2011.

Jed started his career at Norwich City Academy when only nine years old but only made two first team appearances for the Canaries, both in the F.A.Cup.

Jed signed for Aston Villa in July 2013 and has so far made three appearances for Villa two in the Capital One Cup  and one in the F.A.Cup.

Apart from his loan spell at Huish Park Jed has had loan spells with Cambridge United and Doncaster Rovers.

Jed has been capped by England at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 level.

Born in Norwich, twenty two year old Jed stands at 6’2” tall and makes a commanding presence between the sticks.

Everybody at Huish Park wish Jed another successful spell at Huish Park.

BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

it’s that time of the week again, time to stop scoffing your kids’ trick or treat sweets, put down the firework instructions and have a think about which football teams are going to make the accumulator this weekend.

Ben’s Bets has come up with a usual treble which could be worth looking into.

Starting as always in the Championship and my first thought was going to be back against Leeds, who sit rock bottom of the form table, but with a manager in place who the players actually want to perform for, don’t be surprised if Cardiff get a shock.

So, we look elsewhere and my selection comes from Saturday’s live evening kick off.

Bournemouth host Brighton and while the home side are sitting pretty in the play offs, the away side are looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.

The Cherries are in stonking form both in the league and cup, they dumped Premier League West Brom out of the Capital One Cup despite resting 10 from the weekend.

Their last league outing saw them put no further than eight past Birmingham and they’ve also won their last three at home.

As for Albion, they haven’t won away in their last five, can’t stop drawing and they lost in midweek in their cup match.

This might not be another 8-0, but I can see Bournemouth getting a few again in a comfortable home win.

Bournemouth to beat Brighton at 19/20

League One now and this week is full of difficult fixtures to try and predict, teams in good runs of form meet each other – Bristol City and Oldham for example, while in Yeovil and Chesterfield match, both have forgotten the sweet taste of victory in a while.

So, we’ve had to do a little digging and I’m throwing in Fleetwood Town.

At home to Gillingham this might not jump out as a banker but the stats speak for themselves.

The Gills lie 23rd in the form table, six without a win away from home, six without a win anywhere for that matter.

Fleetwood have won their last two on home soil and drew the four previous to that, their away form is shocking so home comforts have really been important this season.

So, I’ll put Fleetwood in to each three points closer to the play offs.

Gillingham could be bottom if other results go against them.

Fleetwood to beat Gillingham at 7/10

Finally then, into League Two and York City have been on a horrible run of form of late.

They, like Gillingham in the league above, lie 23rd in the form table and just cannot seem to buy a win.

They’ve only taken all three points once this season; they’ve drawn nine times already.

They face a Cheltenham side comfortably in mid table, but who have only lost once at home.

Cheltenham have beaten Cambridge and Northampton recently and look to have turned a corner following their slump in form back in September.

York need to get their season going and fast, but I just don’t see it happening this weekend.

It’ll be close, but at 6/4 Cheltenham represent value and so I’ll take a scrappy last minute winner for the home side here.

Cheltenham to beat York at 6/4

Combined these all pay out at over 7.5/1 – that means a fiver return £41.44.

YTFC Special.

Games involving Yeovil and Chesterfield have already seen a combined total of 75 goals this season, so I’m expecting goals galore.

Over 2.5 goals at 5/6 is a certainty, but that doesn’t represent value.

Combine that with a Yeovil win (we’re always positive at YTFC.net) and suddenly it’s 6/1!

Yeovil to win with over 2.5 goals in the match – 6/1

Need I say any more?

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GARY LOOKS TO GET CONFIDENCE BACK

Despite Saturday’s opponents Chesterfield being winless in the last five matches, Gary Johnson has stressed the importance of Town changing their own fortunes.

The Glovers are without a win in their last six outings in League One, and addressing Yeovil’s form is more important than capitalising on the Spireites, according to Johnson.

“It’s about what you’re doing at the moment,” said Johnson. “You’ve got to know what your opposition’s strengths and weaknesses are as we always say, but it’s about us getting confidence back and getting our running back and basically that will to win that has got to be there.

“When you’ve lost a few games it’s a little bit harder to get it back so the next win for both clubs is vital for the next month or so because it’s wins that give you that confidence.”

Impressive performances have been few and far between for Yeovil, and the Town boss is looking for consistency if they are to resurrect their season.

“You’ve got to make sure you don’t go somewhere and not perform, because every team in this league is capable of beating you if you’re not performing but on the reverse of that, if you are performing – as we’ve show when we’ve performed – any team can beat any other team on their day, so it’s just getting that consistency.

“Players are at this level sometimes because of that inconsistency, sometimes because they’re young, inexperienced or not quite fit enough because you’re squad is not big enough where you can leave someone out to work hard for a couple of weeks.

“If we’ve got players coming back from injury we have to play them in the team generally, and quite often they don’t have that match sharpness. I’m looking forward to the day where we have a settled team where we get a couple of results and we can pick that team who can get stronger and more aware of each other because we haven’t had that yet. That’s not an excuse, by the way, that’s just the way it is.”

To watch the full interview with Gary click here.

JAKUB SOKOLIK JOINS SOUTHEND UNITED ON LOAN

Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik has joined League Two side Southend United on a initial one month loan.

The former Liverpool man has once again teamed up with The Shrimpers after making ten appearances for the Essex club last season.

Since joining The Glovers in the summmer the 21-year-old has made 11 appearances.

JORDAN LOOKING TO BE A LEADER

New loan signing Jordan Clarke is looking to enter the fray immediately and make himself known as a leader.

The 22-year-old arrived on loan from League One rivals Coventry on Wednesday and despite his relatively young age, hopes to demonstrate his experience.

“I think I’ve made around 140 appearances for Coventry and most of them were in the Championship as well so I do feel older than I am which I’m not sure is a good thing! But I feel experienced enough to come into a side that I’m not used to and be a leader as such.

"I want my time at Yeovil to be consistent and to defend well. I want to help the team win games and be seen as a leader because I’m very vocal on the pitch. During my time here I’d like to get us up to the highest position possible.”

Having enjoyed two full days of training with his new team mates, Clarke is enjoying his time in Somerset and hopes for a change in fortune for Town on the pitch on Saturday.

“It’s been really good, all the lads have welcomed me and I’ve trained for two full days now and it’s very good. The gaffer is good, all the staff have welcomed me as well and I’m staying with a couple of the boys at the moment, so I’m just getting used to it but I’m enjoying it so far.

"With both teams’ form Saturday can go one way or the other so hopefully it will go our way. We’re due a win, and so are they, so we’ve got to go out there with the right attitude and take the shackles off and play freely.”

To watch the full interview with Jordan click here.

PREVIEW: CHESTERFIELD V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet action this Saturday and it’s a trip to north Derbyshire with an away day at Chesterfield.

Chesterfield are currently sat in mid table in League One, in 11th place with 19 points to their name.

A seven point gap has opened up between the Spireites and the play-off spots with just six points separating them with Yeovil down in 22nd place.

The two sides have both been on poor runs of forms recently and so both will be hoping to turn things around and get their season off and running heading into the busy festive period.

Chesterfield have lost four of their last five with only a draw at home to Oldham to speak of in that run of games.

Defeats to Bristol City, Colchester, Walsall and Swindon have meant that they have dropped down the table steadily of the course of October.

However, the Swindon defeat this past Tuesday was the club’s second home defeat all season and their record at the Proact Stadium should not be underestimated.

Yeovil’s form needs little introduction to Glovers fans. Sitting 24th in the form table tells its own story.

The last six games have earned just one point for Gary Johnson’s men and a goal difference of -12 in that spell is worse than any other side in the division.

But it shouldn’t be forgotten that Yeovil have actually won more games on the road than at Huish Park this season with impressive victories over Bradford and Walsall already in the bag from their away days.

With Chesterfield playing in midweek due to previous postponements they will have had much less time to prepare for this weekend’s fixture.

It’s hoped that in terms of fitness and rest and recuperation the Yeovil squad will have the edge with their recovery and planning for this game starting way back on Sunday.

In terms of team news, Chesterfield are reporting that talismanic midfielder Gary Roberts is likely to miss out to allow injury full chance to recover.

However, they have signed Huddersfield midfielder Oscar Gobern on loan for a month, he will be the man most likely to fill the void left by Roberts.

At Huish Park, it’s a case of one out and one with a loan swap deal agreed with Coventry City this week.

Defender Aaron Martin has gone to the Sky Blues, where he has been on loan once before, while in the other direction is another defender, Jordan Clarke.

Clarke is 22 and capable of playing just about anywhere across the back four and joins on loan until the beginning of January.

Yeovil are also welcoming back Sam Hoskins from loan at Barnet. Hoskins scored a couple goals for the Conference league leaders during his short stint at the Hive.

He will be hoping to be involved in an attacking force struggling to find the net recently.

Whether or not Gary Johnson has changes in mind following defeat to Rochdale only he will know but one decision he will need to keep in mind surrounds the recovery of Nathan Ralph.

Ralph was replaced by Sam Foley in the first half last weekend and it remains to be seen if he has come back following that knock.

Yeovil have a pretty good record against Chesterfield and going back over the years, the Glovers have only lost once in their competitive history.

That loss was way back when the sides met for the first time back in 2005.

Since then, three wins and two draws firmly put the Glovers in the driving seat for the head to head form.

The sides last met during the 2011/12 season and the games saw a combined total of nine goals, a 2-2 draw at the Proact stadium and a 3-2 Yeovil win at Huish Park.

Late goals from Nathan Jones and Marcus Stewart are the headlines from meetings prior to that season and Arron Davies took home the match ball from a 3-0 win back in 2006.

The form between the two sides is in Yeovil’s favour, the away days have been more successful than home games this season and Chesterfield are starting to wobble.

These three combined should hopefully make Glovers fans hopeful of a positive result on Saturday and you can still make sure you are there as tickets are available right now and on the day.

If you are buying on the day, note that Chesterfield are operating a cash only service at a ticket office situated at the away end of the ground.

If another day pounding the motorway isn’t quite for you, never fear, the Glovers Player service will have you covered with full match commentary and rest assured that the highlights and post-match reaction will be on YouTube as soon as they become available.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that tickets for all the upcoming home fixtures, including the England v Scotland Under 16 international in November are now on sale from all the usual outlets including online by clicking HERE.

Chesterfield

Famous Fans: Jo Guest (Model), Robert Wilson (Football Presenter), John Lukic (Goalkeeper – Arsenal)

A Foot in Both Camps: Craig Davies, Terrell Forbes, Jonathan Grounds, Daniel Johnson, Lee Johnson, Adam Rooney as well as current Yeovil left back, Nathan Smith.

Did you know: Chesterfield is most known for its crooked spire that twists 45 degrees and leans over 9 feet from its centre.

YEOVIL TOWN HIT JOHNSTONE’S PAINT POT CHALLENGE TRAIL

Yeovil have become the latest club to put their skills to the test by taking on the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.

Gary Johnson’s outfit took on the unique test of accuracy on the Astroturf in windy conditions at their Huish Park stadium.

Ten players from the Yeovil squad attempted to chip the ball from the angle of the 18-yard box into a giant inflatable paint pot on the middle of the six yard line.

The players and staff were joined for the challenge by supporter Matt Taylor, who won the ‘11th man’ competition, run in conjunction with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Ten points are awarded for a successful chip-in, with one point accumulated each time the paint pot is struck.

To view the video, please click here.

Ryan Inniss, Nathan Ralph, Nathan Smith and James Hayter all struck the paint pot for Yeovil, but a maximum 10 point haul proved elusive.

Yeovil’s total of four points was not enough to challenge the leaders Barnsley, who amassed an impressive 26.

Yeovil boss Johnson said: “We were delighted to take part in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge. It’s a tough challenge but a very fun one and the players who took part enjoyed it.

“It didn’t quite happen for us but we were certainly pleased to participate.”

Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “It’s not easy getting a ball into the paint pot and Yeovil came very close on a few occasions.

“We thank them for participating and look forward to continuing to take the challenge to training grounds around the country as the excitement of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy continues.”

For all the latest information regarding the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge, please visit http://www.johnstonespainttrophy.com/competitions/paint-pot-challenge/

FA CUP FIRST ROUND TICKET INFORMATION

Yeovil Town have confirmed that the FA Cup first round clash with Crawley Town will take place on Saturday 8th November.

Tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park ticket office, on ytfc.net and via telephone (01935) 847888.

Ticket prices have been set for £15 for adults, £10 for seniors and 16-21 and £5 for under 16.

Season ticket holders have until 5pm on Thursday 6th November.

TICKETS: NOTTS COUNTY AWAY

Yeovil Town travel to Meadow Lane on Saturday 22nd November to face Notts County and tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Tickets are priced at £24 for adults, £15 for 60 and over, £15 for aged 16-21 and £6 for under 16s.

Wheelchair and disabled pay as above age band and free carer if on higher to medium rate of DLA. There are limited number of parking spaces available for disabled supporters. Only available if purchased in advance by calling 0115 9529000.

Town fans are advised that The Southbank Bar situated on Trent Bridge offers pre-match food at a discounted rate on production of a valid match ticket.

MITRE AND THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TEAM UP TO HELP KICK OFF MOVEMBER

November sees the debut of the new Mitre Delta V12S Fluo football which will be used across the Sky Bet Football League from this weekend through until March. 

In a first for The Football League, on Saturday the new fluorescent yellow balls will also feature the iconic Movember “Mo” to celebrate the start of the Movember charity campaign. 

Each year, Movember challenges men to grow moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness and funds for beneficiaries including The Football League’s Official Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK.

The new Mitre Delta V12S Fluo football will be provided to all 72 Football League clubs for their first matches of Movember and will feature in the 34 Sky Bet Football League matches that kick-off on Saturday including Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth vs Brighton & Hove Albion, both broadcast live on Sky Sports. 

Carl Davies, Managing Director of Mitre, comments: “We are pleased to have this unique opportunity to promote Movember with The Football League. We hope the ‘Mo’ featuring on our new Mitre Delta V12S match ball will raise awareness amongst the football community of this important charity and encourage both players and fans to take part.”

JC, Movember Co-Founder said: “We are delighted to have the support of the Football League, Mitre and all 72 Football League clubs to help kick-off Movember. Placing a Mo on the official match ball will help raise awareness of men’s health both on the pitch and in the stands as well as inspire football fans all over the country to sign up and grow a moustache this Movember.”

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey adds: “This is another excellent example of Football League partners coming together to help promote a fantastic cause.  The arrival of the Fluo balls is a staging post in the Football League season. It is great to be able to mark the first weekend of the new footballs and the start of Movember in this way.”

The Mitre Delta V12S Fluo is a hi-visibility version of the Delta V12S, the most advanced FIFA approved quality match ball ever made. The football will be used in Sky Bet Football League matches from November until the end of February thanks to its high visibility in darker conditions; the fluorescent colour has also been proven to increase player reaction time.

The ball retains Mitre’s unique 12 panel construction keeping the ball stable at over 70mph whilst offering enhanced aerodynamics, optimising the speed and accuracy of a shot.

To sign up and take part in Movember visit, www.movember.com/uk/register/

For more information on the Mitre Delta V12S Fluo football visit: www.mitre.com

HOSPITALITY BOX AVAILABLE FOR VICTORY SHIELD FIXTURE

Why not enjoy the England v Scotland Victory Shield match at Huish Park in style by booking a hospitality box.

Offering a great view of all the action and a private setting to host guests, a box at Huish Park is one of the best ways to enjoy the match.

For just £250 + VAT you can enjoy:

 

· Exclusive Use of an Executive Suite

· Reserved seating just outside of the suite

· Cold buffet

· Reserved Car Parking

· Complimentary Match Programmes

· Complimentary Team Sheets

· Hostess drinks service (Payable on the day)

For more details contact Dave Linney – dlinney@ytfc.net or call 01935 847872.

JORDAN CLARKE JOINS TOWN AS AARON MARTIN DEPARTS ON LOAN

Yeovil Town have signed defender Jordan Clarke on loan from Coventry until January.

The 22-year-old graduated through the Sky Blues’ academy and made his debut on the opening day of the 2008-09 season, and has since gone on to make 144 appearances for the club.

Able to play in a number of positions across the back, Clarke arrives at Huish Park until the New Year, in a bid to boost the Glovers’ defensive options.

Whilst the pacey right-back arrives in Somerset, central defender Aaron Martin has departed the club, joining Coventry on loan.

Martin, who arrived in the summer from Birmingham City, has made 14 appearances for Yeovil scoring three times.

However, with the recent arrivals of Ryan Inniss and Clarke, the 25-year-old has joined Steven Pressley’s side until January.

THE LADS NEED OUR SUPPORT

Ever since Saturday, I have been thinking about how tough this beginning part of my blog will be to write.

I am hopefully known as one of the most positive Yeovil Town fans, but Saturday’s performance against Rochdale was really tough to watch.

We really did not get going and our response to going behind was not what I would expect from us! We usually fight a lot more, but it just was not happening and I felt disappointed that we gave Rochdale the three points so easily.

If there was any doubt before it is now extremely clear that we are in a tough relegation battle. We have been here many times and every time we have turned it around. We have to believe that this season will be no different.

There may be some personnel changes, as we look to strengthen our squad, but rest assured those lads need our support.

I am sure Saturday’s lacklustre display was a one off and the battle will commence against Chesterfield this weekend. I just want to mention both Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson who I thought were outstanding on Saturday, their work rate was phenomenal and I was proud that they pulled on a green and white shirt, long may they continue to wear it.

On a happier note and moving on to all things football around the country…I went to watch MK Dons vs Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup last night. It was not the most exciting game, but two late goals from United sealed a win for them when the Dons had looked comfortable when 1-0 up.

Football can be so cruel, but when the Blades introduced Jose Baxter to the field, the game changed, as the number 11 was influential and controlled the midfield allowing them to create chances, which they had struggled to do all evening.

Liverpool also came from behind to beat Swansea City, with Mario Balotelli scoring his first goal for the club. Did anyone see his tweet? Just a simple “Finally”, brilliant.

 

After all the stick he gets it is nice to see he has a sense of humour. Maybe this will get him up and running in the league now? As for last weekend there were some incredible results! Manchester City lost 2-1 to West Ham, whilst Birmingham City got absolutely hammered at home to Bournemouth 8-0 (see, it can always be worse YTFC fans.)

Chelsea still look unstoppable to me and Manchester United will be pleased that they gained a point at home to the leaders. Drogba is playing really well following his return to the club and with so many injuries in the squad he really is stepping up. I am still convinced they could stay unbeaten all season; I may have to put some money on it.

Goal of the Week

Another tough decision to make, but I have chosen one from League One this week! Bristol City are flying at the moment and they managed to keep their unbeaten record intact as they drew 2 – 2 with Barnsley. I am not choosing Luke Ayling’s goal, but there is an opportunity to watch the clinical finisher’s header. Aaron Wilbraham rescued a point with a great finish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69WO07ExdG0

Congratulations to Luke as well, it didn’t take him as long to open his account at City, but THAT finish against Birmingham City will always be in his and our hearts.

So, next up we travel to Chesterfield for another tough game in League One! They all look tough on paper now we are down the bottom, but it is all about the performance on the day and it is amazing what one win can do in football! So, once again I am my positive green and white self willing the boys on to three points and to get out of this predicament.

Keep believing everyone, no matter how hard it can be sometimes, we are Yeovil True through and through whether we’re up or down!

Until next week

Shez

*The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of Yeovil Town FC.

WATCH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL AT HUISH PARK FOR JUST 50P!

Fancy watching the stars of the future? You can watch England’s final match in this season Sky Sports Victory Shield, against Scotland at Huish Park for just 50p!

The Young Lions begin their campaign with away trips to Wales and Northern Ireland before hosting the Auld Enemy in Somerset.

England’s last Victory Shield match to be played at Yeovil was in 2009 when Nathan Redmond and Tyler Blackett helped their country beat Wales 1-0.

Huish Park hosted an England U18s game against Holland in 2007. Daniel Sturridge was the star of the show, scoring twice in a 4-1 win in front of a crowd of over 8,000.

England played their first schoolboy international at Walsall’s old Fellows Park ground in 1907, beating Wales 3-1. Four years later the first match with Scotland was played at St James’ Park, Newcastle, and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former U16s internationals include Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Jack Butland and Jonjo Shelvey.

Tickets are priced £3 for adults, £1 concessions and can be purchased by calling 01935 847888 or e-mailing ticketoffice@ytfc.net.

Group bookings – If group is of 15 or more tickets are priced at 50p per person but have to be booked in advance. To download a group booking form click here.

To download a Charter Standard form please click here

SUNDAY CARVERY FOR TWO AT HUISH PARK FOR JUST £15

The regular Sunday carvery at Huish Park has just got a lot better!

On Sunday’s two people can enjoy the delightful feast for just £15!

To book your seat call the Conference Centre on 01935 423662 Ext 222. You do not have to book in advance but if you are planning a group visit it is advised to book a table.

TOWN DRAWN AT HOME TO CRAWLEY TOWN

Yeovil Town have been drawn to play Crawley Town at home in the FA Cup First Round.

The draw was made on BBC Two by three-time FA Cup winner Phil Neville and Derbyshire FA’s Coach of the Year Tammy Snape.

Manager Gary Johnson said after the draw "It is always nice to get a home tie in the FA Cup."

The tie will be played over the weekend of 8th November.

GLOVERS HIT BACK AT “UNFAIR” SURVEY

Yeovil Town Football Club have dismissed as unfair, unrealistic, and totally misleading, a survey which allegedly shows  that fans at Huish Park pay more than supporters at other clubs including Real Madrid.

“To compare Yeovil Town with Real Madrid is ludicrous,” said director Ron Budden, who has responsibility for some of the pricing issues at the Somerset club.

“The Spaniards have capacity for 81,000 fans at the Bernabeu and a reported annual turnover of 604 million euros.  We have a stadium capacity of 9,000.

“They are one of the world’s richest clubs so, of course, they can afford to set their ticket prices accordingly. Clubs like Real Madrid do not rely on gate money to the extent that we do.

“At Yeovil Town we are continually looking at the best deals we can offer our committed fans. We also look for innovative ways to boost our gates – hoping new fans will come again – such as free admission last season for the Barnsley fixture for under 21’s, and kids for a quid. But, of course, we cannot make these sort of offers on a regular basis.

“We have discounts for booking tickets on-line, and this year we have sold 2,569 season tickets. During the last season we were in League One we sold just 1,975 season tickets so we are clearly doing something right.

“And buying a season ticket equates to eleven free admissions.

“We do all we can to give our fans a good deal, and we are particularly keen to nurture the fans of the future.

“Our season ticket for youngsters under the age of sixteen is just £39 and £16 of that goes to support our Junior Glovers section which is flourishing.

“It must be remembered that we are a business, and for the club to survive we have to set prices that will ensure that survival and also give our dedicated fans a good deal, and a good day out.”

Booking on-line up to 11pm the night before a match earns a discount of £5 with a transaction fee of £2.50.  But if a fan books, say, four consecutive matches there is only one transaction charge.

Another way to save money is to buy a ticket during the week in person at Huish Park, saving £2.

TOWN NUMBER 47 IN FA CUP DRAW

Tonight sees Yeovil Town enter the hat for the First Round of the FA Cup.

Three-time FA Cup winner Phil Neville and Derbyshire FA’s Coach of the Year Tammy Snape will be conducting the draw. Yeovil have been allocated ball number 47.

The draw will take place live on BBC 2 at 7pm.

The full list of numbers can be seen below:

1 Accrington Stanley

2 AFC Wimbledon

3 Barnsley

4 Bradford City

5 Bristol City

6 Burton Albion

7 Bury

8 Cambridge United

9 Carlisle United

10 Cheltenham Town

11 Chesterfield

12 Colchester United

13 Coventry City

14 Crawley Town

15 Crewe Alexandra

16 Dagenham & Redbridge

17 Doncaster Rovers

18 Exeter City

19 Fleetwood Town

20 Gillingham

21 Hartlepool United

22 Leyton Orient

23 Luton Town

24 Mansfield Town

25 Milton Keynes Dons

26 Morecambe

27 Newport County

28 Northampton Town

29 Notts County

30 Oldham Athletic

31 Oxford United

32 Peterborough United

33 Plymouth Argyle

34 Port Vale

35 Portsmouth

36 Preston North End

37 Rochdale

38 Scunthorpe United

39 Sheffield United

40 Shrewsbury Town

41 Southend United

42 Stevenage

43 Swindon Town

44 Tranmere Rovers

45 Walsall

46 Wycombe Wanderers

47 Yeovil Town
48 York City

49 Spennymoor Town Or AFC Telford United

50 AFC Fylde

51 Grimsby Town

52 Norton United Or Shildon

53 Warrington Town

54 Alfreton Town Or Lincoln City

55 Macclesfield Town Or Wrexham

56 Chorley Or FC Halifax Town

57 Altrincham

58 Blyth Spartans

59 Chester

60 Gateshead

61 Tamworth Or Southport

62 Bristol Rovers

63 East Thurrock United

64 Forest Green Rovers

65 Dartford

66 Maidstone United

67 Gosport Borough

68 Weston Super Mare

69 Eastbourne Borough Or Dover Athletic

70 Weymouth Or Braintree Town

71 Worcester City

72 Canvey Island Or Havant & Waterlooville

73 Concord Rangers

74 Basingstoke Town Or Harrow Borough

75 Aldershot Town

76 Eastleigh

77 Bromley

78 Chelmsford City Or Barnet

79 Nuneaton Town Or Hemel Hempstead Town

80 Woking

Ties to be played on 8 and 9 November 2014

SIGN UP FOR MOVEMBER!

Movember is reaching out to the football community to grow a moustache for men’s health and clubs at all levels around the UK from the park to the Premier League are backing the campaign. 

 

Locally grown moustaches were once a common occurrence on football pitches up and down the country. A team without a moustachioed talisman was a rarity and many were born and bred in their hometown.

 

Movember aims to celebrate those golden times and relish the sight of real men with real moustaches gracing the pitches of the UK once more.  Players and supporters can still be heroes on and off the pitch through the power of their upper lips and locally grown moustaches. Man-made and changing the face of men’s health.  Made in Movember and making a real difference to men’s lives. Now.

 

Movember has raised £345m for men’s health over the last ten years and has been responsible for over 850 initiatives concerned with prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

 

In the UK, through collaboration with our health partners Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research, coupled with direct funding from the Movember foundation, Movember are committed to accelerating outcomes in key areas of men’s health and this year, for the first time, is also raising funds for men’s mental health in the UK.

 

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V ROCHDALE

Yeovil Town slipped to their worst home defeat of the season as they crashed by three goals to nil against Rochdale.

An Ian Henderson double, one in each half, and a Jack O’Connell header saw Rochdale grab a deserved win against a Yeovil side that rarely threatened the visitors goal.

Dale move up to 8th place in the League One table while Yeovil remain rooted in the bottom four, leaving them with only one win from eight home league games this season.

Following Tuesday night’s defeat at Sheffield United, manager Gary Johnson opted for two changes down the right flank for today’s clash. Defender Seth Twumasi and midfielder Joel Grant were omitted, Grant from the eighteen altogether, and replaced by Jakub Sokolik and Kevin Dawson.

The Glovers had the first chance of the match when Dawson, playing against his brother Stephen in the Rochdale line up, volleyed a cross straight at Dale keeper Conrad Logan. If the chance going begging wasn’t enough, the visitors opened the scoring a minute later. Michael Rose, a former Glover of course, swung in a left footed corner and Jack O’Connell met it perfectly with a bullet header that flew into the opposite corner.

Dale had their tails up and pressed for a second, forcing four corners in a row, Ian Henderson seeing his header well saved by Town keeper Artur Krysiak from one of them.

But the reprieve was temporary as soon after, Dale doubled their advantage. Rose was again involved, his throw in returned to him by Henderson before crossing into the box. Ryan Inniss’ header only reached Henderson who gleefully lashed the ball into the corner.

Jordy Hiwula, looking for his first senior goal, volleyed over when the ball wouldn’t quite come down for him and Liam Davis fired way over but the majority of possession and chances were at the other end. Krysiak tipped over brilliantly from Henderson’s curler from the edge of the box.

Matt Done, who looked lively up front all game, just couldn’t stretch far enough to get any real contact on a Stephen Dawson cross, firing way over from two yards out. And when both Rhys Bennett and Dawson again went close, it looked like a third was inevitable.

Hiwula went really close with a header that Logan had to acrobatically clear as the last chance of a poor first half.

The second half opened in similar fashion, despite Ajay Leitch-Smith coming on for Sokolik and Kevin Dawson regressing to right back. Krysiak again denied Henderson before falling on to a shot from Bennett that lacked power.

On 52 minutes, the third and final goal arrived. Done sprang the offside trap down the right flank and crossed for an unmarked Henderson at the back post to head home his seventh goal of the season.

He nearly made it eight on the hour but the assistant referee’s flag saved Yeovil. Dawson fed Allen who maybe should have shot but instead squared to Henderson who tucked the ball home, from an offside position. Still 3-0 but getting no better for Yeovil.

Nathan Smith came on for James Hayter halfway through the second half, slotting into left back with Sam Foley pushing up top. Krysiak then saved from a Michael Rose free kick before the Glovers finally created two opportunities. A Liam Davis volley was blocked by a Dale defender and a Hiwula left foot effort flew wide.

But it was all too little too late and although Foley looked bright with a jinking run and chip that at least tested Logan, Yeovil’s defeat had been confirmed way before the final whistle came from ref Pat Miller.  

Match Report : 25/10/2014

Yeovil Town slipped to their worst home defeat of the season as they crashed by three goals to nil against Rochdale.

An Ian Henderson double, one in each half, and a Jack O’Connell header saw Rochdale grab a deserved win against a Yeovil side that rarely threatened the visitors goal.

Dale move up to 8th place in the League One table while Yeovil remain rooted in the bottom four, leaving them with only one win from eight home league games this season.

Following Tuesday night’s defeat at Sheffield United, manager Gary Johnson opted for two changes down the right flank for today’s clash. Defender Seth Twumasi and midfielder Joel Grant were omitted, Grant from the eighteen altogether, and replaced by Jakub Sokolik and Kevin Dawson.

The Glovers had the first chance of the match when Dawson, playing against his brother Stephen in the Rochdale line up, volleyed a cross straight at Dale keeper Conrad Logan. If the chance going begging wasn’t enough, the visitors opened the scoring a minute later. Michael Rose, a former Glover of course, swung in a left footed corner and Jack O’Connell met it perfectly with a bullet header that flew into the opposite corner.

Dale had their tails up and pressed for a second, forcing four corners in a row, Ian Henderson seeing his header well saved by Town keeper Artur Krysiak from one of them.

But the reprieve was temporary as soon after, Dale doubled their advantage. Rose was again involved, his throw in returned to him by Henderson before crossing into the box. Ryan Inniss’ header only reached Henderson who gleefully lashed the ball into the corner.

Jordy Hiwula, looking for his first senior goal, volleyed over when the ball wouldn’t quite come down for him and Liam Davis fired way over but the majority of possession and chances were at the other end. Krysiak tipped over brilliantly from Henderson’s curler from the edge of the box.

Matt Done, who looked lively up front all game, just couldn’t stretch far enough to get any real contact on a Stephen Dawson cross, firing way over from two yards out. And when both Rhys Bennett and Dawson again went close, it looked like a third was inevitable.

Hiwula went really close with a header that Logan had to acrobatically clear as the last chance of a poor first half.

The second half opened in similar fashion, despite Ajay Leitch-Smith coming on for Sokolik and Kevin Dawson regressing to right back. Krysiak again denied Henderson before falling on to a shot from Bennett that lacked power.

On 52 minutes, the third and final goal arrived. Done sprang the offside trap down the right flank and crossed for an unmarked Henderson at the back post to head home his seventh goal of the season.

He nearly made it eight on the hour but the assistant referee’s flag saved Yeovil. Dawson fed Allen who maybe should have shot but instead squared to Henderson who tucked the ball home, from an offside position. Still 3-0 but getting no better for Yeovil.

Nathan Smith came on for James Hayter halfway through the second half, slotting into left back with Sam Foley pushing up top. Krysiak then saved from a Michael Rose free kick before the Glovers finally created two opportunities. A Liam Davis volley was blocked by a Dale defender and a Hiwula left foot effort flew wide.

But it was all too little too late and although Foley looked bright with a jinking run and chip that at least tested Logan, Yeovil’s defeat had been confirmed way before the final whistle came from ref Pat Miller.  

BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER

Another Saturday has rolled around and we’re still reeling off last weekend’s winning tips so here we go again with another Ben’s Bets.

Firstly, if you don’t already have an account, you can sign up to Sky Bet by clicking HERE.

This may come as no surprise that we are going for a home favourite, but when Derby host Wigan the form table, the league table and the betting odds are in agreement, this match will figure on most accumulators this Saturday.

Odds may be short, but I think a good, solid home win is just what we need.

Derby are unbeaten in six home games, have won five of the last six regardless of destination and haven’t conceded a goal for well over 600 minutes of action.

Oh, and they’ve just signed England goalkeeper Jack Butland, just for good measure.

Wigan haven’t scored in three of their last four, haven’t won in their last six on the road and lie just above the relegation zone.

This is only going one way, it’s a heavy home win.

Derby to beat Wigan at 8/11.

Into League One and well, I’m starting to sound a bit like a broken record, but it’s tough to back against Bristol City these days – and that’s not easy to say as a Yeovil fan!

City travel to Barnsley and are still favourites, but not at odds that suggest we leave them alone.

The Robins are Even money, not bad considering the stats.

Top of the table, six points clear of anyone else and a +15 goal difference suggest they are one of the sides to fear in this division, but most impressively, they are still unbeaten in the league.

Their opponents, Barnsley sit in the middle of the bottom half with a negative goal difference and form stats that don’t add up.

Losing at home is never a good thing and Barnsley have done just that in four out of their last six home ties, including last time out against Notts County.

With all of these stats seemingly suggesting an away win, I’m surprised to see Evens on offer and they go straight into the treble.

Bristol City to beat Barnsley at EVENS.

Finally in League Two and I’m staying with a side in the South West.

Plymouth Argyle face Cheltenham Town and I think the Pilgrim’s home form is too good to turn down despite the quality of their opponents.

Plymouth, with former Glover Reuben Reid up front have only lost once on home soil this season and have scored 10 goals in the process.

The greens have won their last three on home soil and face a side who may have won on the road last week, don’t travel all that well.

Cheltenham have lost in Shrewsbury, Tranmere and Luton this season and I’m hoping to have found the value in the League Two betting.

Plymouth to beat Cheltenham at 13/10

Combined, these odds come together at just shy of 7/1.

A £5 treble returns £39.73.

YTFC SPECIAL.

The last time Yeovil and Rochdale met, the game ended in a 3-1 Yeovil win.

The first time Yeovil and Rochdale met, the game ended in a 3-1 Yeovil win.

Why stray from the obvious then?

Yeovil to win 3-1 is 22/1.

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Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

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RYAN ENJOYING THE OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS PURELY ON FOOTBALL


On loan defender Ryan Inniss has settled straight into life in Somerset and believes Yeovil are only “half a yard” from building momentum in League One.

The Crystal Palace central defender arrived a little over a week ago and completed both games against Swindon and Sheffield United, and admits the players are demanding more from each other.

“Rochdale are doing okay, I’m keeping my eye on the league, but for us it will be another scalp and I feel we are one of the bigger and better teams in the league and we’ve just hit a patch. We’re going to start again on Saturday and pick ourselves up.

“I’m a big believer in momentum in football. You see teams go on runs and it could go down to a saved penalty or scoring a penalty and I think we’re just half a yard away from it at the moment.

“Once we start finding a few goals, we’re defending okay at the moment, but I think as a group we can give that little bit more and that’s what we’re drilling in to each other, and we’re going to demand a lot more from each other and give the fans what they deserve.”

The 19-year-old Londoner is enjoying the opportunity to focus purely on football in the South West, and already feels part of the squad at Huish Park.

“I felt alright straight away, the lads welcomed me and the gaffer is great and obviously Terry and Darren have been great but I think once you perform and do okay the lads welcome you even more because they realise you are part of the group.

“But I think in terms of commitment if you give 100% commitment the lads will know you’re there to fight the cause because we are in a difficult position. But there was no trouble getting to know the lads, it’s a tight knit group and they’re all a good bunch of lads.

“It’s quite funny actually because my mate Mitch Brundle used to be here and he said to me ‘you might find yourself not bored as such but struggling to find things to do’ but for me on the pitch I’m quite loud and outgoing but I enjoy the quiet things.

“I’ve just moved in 20 minutes away and I enjoy cooking for myself and I’m in with Jordy Hiwula at the moment so it’s nice and chilled out so I can keep my head on the football.”

GARY HOPING FOR A TEAM PERFORMANCE AGAINST ROCHDALE

On the back of the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Tuesday, manager Gary Johnson hopes his side can take the game to Rochdale on Saturday at Huish Park.

Whilst the Glovers have struggled away from home, Town have produced their best performances in front of the home faithful, and Johnson hopes for more of the same this weekend.

“On Tuesday, Sheffield United had a lot of the play and we can’t let teams have that amount of play against us, especially on their home patch. We have to get in their faces and make sure they don’t get more than four or five passes in any one combination.

“That’s what we’ve got to do, and when we’re playing well that’s what we do well. But it’s going to be annoying if we keep having to win the ball back because we keep giving it away. We have got to spend a little bit more time on the ball once we win it back, because we work hard to win it and then when we do we have to keep it and have an end product.”

Last time out at Huish Park James Hayter’s strike helped Yeovil share the spoils with high-flying Swindon, and the Glovers manager is hoping for a team performance on Saturday, laying importance on the first goal.

“We’ve got to get eight, nine or all eleven people putting in the game which is their best game, that’s what we’ve got to try and achieve, and then you’ve got to make sure that you don’t make the key mistakes that cost you.

“Unfortunately, on Tuesday we didn’t get the first goal and it would be nice, like we did against Swindon, where we got the first goal and played decent – although they got the goal at the end – but the opposition then have to score two to beat you.

“The boys are decent lads, nobody is not trying or not playing well for any other reason than it’s just the nature of the game and the nature of some of the personalities. Some of them have got to be a little bit stronger for longer over a period of time.”

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V ROCHDALE

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as the Glovers host Rochdale at Huish Park.

Yeovil slipped back into the bottom four in midweek after a 2-0 defeat away at Sheffield United, whilst a result like that should carry no shame, the ramifications of the result – and others around the Glovers in the table meant they dropped down a couple of places and below the dreaded dotted line.

Rochdale, however have readjusted to life in League One with slightly more success and find themselves in eighth place, three points behind the play off positions.

‘Dale are probably one of the league’s form sides at the moment picking up 13 points from their last six games.

That run includes beating Swindon away, Coventry at home and putting four past Walsall.

Of course, we all know the slight dip in form the Glovers are currently going through, defeat at Sheffield was preceded by defeats to Port Vale and MK Dons with just a draw with Swindon for comfort.

However, the 2-0 loss to MK Dons was actually the Glovers’ only home defeat in the last six at Huish Park.

The 1-1 draw with Swindon had the performance if not the right result and the number of players available for selection following injury is ever increasing.

Yeovil named the same starting line-up on Tuesday as they had gone with the Saturday before, but impressive substitute performances from Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley in Sheffield may have given the manager food for thought ahead of the weekend.

James Berrett didn’t make the trip to South Yorkshire with a slight injury and Kieffer Moore has been resting up following a recurrence of his hamstring problems.

 

Both of those names cannot, however, be ruled out from a return to the match day squad this weekend.

The duo of Sam Hoskins and Calvin Brooks remain out on loan at Barnet and Weymouth respectively.

 

For ‘Dale, there are a couple of players we can expect to be missing; Peter Vicenti sustained an unnamed injury in midweek and is now a doubt while full back Tom Kennedy re-joined Bury on loan this week ahead of a permanent switch in January.

Vicenti could be a big miss, the striker has already notched six goals this season, one behind top scorer Matt Done.

When you think of the Yeovil v Rochdale games, the first meeting between the sides will always be a special game for Glovers fans as it was the first Yeovil game in the football league.

Kevin Gall ran ‘Dale ragged at Spotland back in 2003 and with Lee Johnson scoring a third Yeovil’s Football League journey was off to a flyer.

If you’re sat thinking to yourself how much you’d love to relive one of the most special days in Yeovil’s recent history, fear not…

Head over to the Yeovil Town YouTube channel or click HERE for a link directly to the highlights from that game.

Of course, the two sides have met more recently than that, the last meeting was in 2012, and a 3-1 Yeovil win.

Goals from Johnathan Franks, Richard Hinds and Michael Woods sealed the points. In fact, the record for the two sides in the eight meetings probably favours the home side, Yeovil have won four, drawn two and lost just the two matches when these two clubs meet.

A good omen then and if you think Yeovil can carry on that good form against this opposition you can still get your tickets for the game.

Go to the ticket buying facility on YTFC.net and save a few quid by buying in advance of match day or give the ticket office a call or come down and see the club either today (Friday) or on match day itself, but do allow time for queues.

If you’re unable to make the game on Saturday, Glovers Player will have the whole 90 minutes of commentary with all the reaction available on YouTube as quickly as possible after the game.

Looking further ahead, don’t forget that tickets for all the upcoming home fixtures are now available online at YTFC.net and the England v Scotland U16 game in November can be viewed at Huish Park for as little as 50p (groups of more than 15), contact the ticket office by phone or in person for full details.

Rochdale

Famous Fans
Comedian, Tommy Cannon and singer Lisa Stansfield.

A foot in both camps
Kevin Amankwaah, Andy Bishop, Steve Collis, Ritchie Jones, Glenn Poole and Andrew Tutte,

Did you know?
Rochdale have been in the news this week as they have been given a set of heat lamps to help their pitch grow by local police.

The lamps were seized in raids on cannabis farms in the area and now aid the ground staff at Spotland.

Our Away Fans Guide can be found by clicking here.

NEW CALENDAR AVAILABLE NOW

Looking for the ideal stocking filler for the Yeovil Town fan in your family?

The new Yeovil Town calendar is now on sale from the club shop and online.

Priced at just £7.50 it is an ideal stocking filler.

To buy your calendar visit the online store by clicking here.

GET PEDALLING REVEAL HUGE AMOUNT RAISED FOR CHARITIES

At this evening’s YTFC Get Pedalling 2015 launch evening the grand total raised during the last ride was announced.

The aim was to raise £10,000 for each charity but the cyclists have smashed that target by raising £51,000! This means that St Margaret’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer UK and YTCST will each receive an incredible £17,000!

Get Pedalling committee member and one of the ride organisers Ben Tupman said: "When we set our target back in September 2013 the aim was to be able to raise £10,000 for each of these worthy charities.

"To be able to announce that we have raised £17,000 for each is truly humbling. The work that each of our 64 cyclists put in to, not only survive a gruelling trip, but raise such a phenomenal amount along with the efforts of the committee, sponsors and support team just goes to show the true spirit of Achieve By Unity.

"I am honoured to have been part of such an incredible event and hope that in 2015 we can achieve great things once again”

For more information about next year’s ride please visit the YTFC Get Pedalling by clicking here.

YEOVIL TOWN V ROCHDALE HOSPITALITY AVAILABLE FOR JUST £25!

This Saturday Town will host Rochdale at Huish Park.

For just £25* fans can soak up the pre-match atmosphere in the Glovers Restaurant and enjoy a three course carvery overlooking the pitch.

Each guest receives a complimentary matchday programme, access the bar at half time and join us back in the restaurant after the game to mix with the players.

To book your place call 01935 847888.

*Only available with a valid match/season ticket.

SUNDAY CARVERY FOR TWO AT HUISH PARK FOR JUST £15

The regular Sunday carvery at Huish Park has just got a lot better!

On Sunday’s two people can enjoy the delightful feast for just £15!

To book your seat call the Conference Centre on 01935 423662 Ext 222. You do not have to book in advance but if you are planning a group visit it is advised to book a table.

WATCH ENGLAND V SCOTLAND FOR JUST 50P!

England U16s final match in this season’s Sky Sports Victory Shield, against holders Scotland, will take place at Huish Park, home to Yeovil Town.

The Young Lions begin their campaign with away trips to Wales and Northern Ireland before hosting the Auld Enemy in Somerset.

England’s last Victory Shield match to be played at Yeovil was in 2009 when Nathan Redmond and Tyler Blackett helped their country beat Wales 1-0.

Huish Park hosted an England U18s game against Holland in 2007. Daniel Sturridge was the star of the show, scoring twice in a 4-1 win in front of a crowd of over 8,000.

England played their first schoolboy international at Walsall’s old Fellows Park ground in 1907, beating Wales 3-1. Four years later the first match with Scotland was played at St James’ Park, Newcastle, and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former U16s internationals include Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Jack Butland and Jonjo Shelvey.

Tickets are priced £3 for adults, £1 concessions and can be purchased by calling 01935 847888 or e-mailing ticketoffice@ytfc.net.

Group bookings – If group is of 15 or more tickets are priced at 50p per person but have to be booked in advance. To download a group booking form click here.

To download a Charter Standard form please click here

THE SUPPORT WE HAVE IS PHENOMENAL

Hey everyone! I want to start off this blog by saying how much respect I have for every single YTFC fan that made the long trip to Sheffield United last night.

For a Tuesday night, the support we have is phenomenal. I really wish I could have made the match but unfortunately it just was not feasible.

However, my dad and sister went to the match and I got a detailed match report after the game. One of the first things they said was “Joe played really well”, I cannot imagine why that was relevant.

It sounded like once again we matched them in terms of play but just could not grab that crucial goal and made some errors having missed chances.

I feel for the lads after what was such a good overall performance on Saturday. I thought we actually did enough to secure the three points, but of course a certain Andy Williams was on hand to secure a point for Swindon.

We may be under that dreaded dotted line but our performances are improving. However, it has made Saturday’s game against Rochdale MASSIVE.

Another atmosphere at Huish Park like last week will definitely spur the lads on, I loved the crowd getting behind the team and appreciating the football we had witnessed even though we didn’t manage to win the game.

 

As for the Premier League, it has been another brilliant week with some unbelievable results. Southampton hammering Sunderland 8-0 has to be the highlight, despite losing so many players the Saints are marching on like nothing has happened…amazing.

The Liverpool and QPR game was just as exciting! The Champions League side managed to scrape a 3-2 win at Loftus Road.

I felt so sorry for QPR, just as they had got back in to it, Liverpool broke away and poor old former Yeovil player Steven Caulker was credited with the winner.

I felt like I was watching Yeovil Town last year, heartbreaking! One of my hunches this campaign is that Chelsea could very well finish the whole season unbeaten. Last night they thrashed Slovenian Champions Maribor 6-0.

They have an enviable squad and even without the prolific Diego Costa they scored six goals, they seem invincible! What’s the betting that they get beat by Manchester United at the weekend now?

Goal of The Week

There were so many goals to choose from this week, but Monday nights 2-2 draw between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United was a match filled with special finishes. I had to choose just one and for me it had to be the opener. Stephane Sessegnon sent the West Brom crowd wild with this quality goal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvqyTnUmyfs

So, it is back to Huish Park on Saturday and these tough times are the ones where the lads need us the most and we can match anyone on our own patch, as we showed last week! It is a huge game where we really need three points, so let’s all do our part and get behind the green and whites.

See you there…until next week!

Shez

COME ALONG TO THE #PEDALFROMPARIS LAUNCH NIGHT

Yeovil Town fans are invited to attend the Official Launch night of the YTFC Get Pedalling 2015 #PedalfromParis cycle ride.
The event starts at 7pm at Huish Park and the night will give full information on the ride, the support team and the charities it supports and why. 
After last years success in raising funds for three charities this year will see the 100 cyclists raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Cyclist Fighting Cancer & Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.
The cycle ride will be the last in the trilogy organised by the current committee and all are hoping they go out with a blast as they take Yeovil Town into Europe!
A £50 deposit will be required on the night to secure your place.

REPORT: SHEFFIELD UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers made the long trip to Sheffield and returned to Somerset empty handed after a 2-0 defeat to Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United.

A first half goal from Marc McNulty and a second half strike from Jamie Murphy secured the three points for the men in red and white.

Manager Gary Johnson selected the same starting eleven that drew with Swindon Town three days earlier.

Town started brightly with early shots from Liam Davis and James Hayter forcing corners.

Despite the bright start by the Glovers they found themselves a goal down after 14 minutes. Krysiak parried Reed’s shot from just inside the area but McNulty was on hand to score from close range.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining keeper Krysiak was called into action. Scougall intercepted a weak back pass from Inniss, but Town’s shot stopper was quick off his line to save well with his feet.

At half time Town made their first substitute with Joel Grant being replaced by Kevin Dawson.

With just over twenty minutes remaining the home side doubled their lead.

17-year-old Louis Reed picked up the loose ball in midfield and sent Murphy through on goal. With just Krysiak to beat the United man made no mistake in slotting past the Town keeper.

Town made their two remaining substitutes in the second half with Sam Foley and Nathan Smith replacing James Hayter and Nathan Ralph. Despite the fresh legs Town failed to test Howard in the United goal.

Match Report : 21/10/2014

The Glovers made the long trip to Sheffield and returned to Somerset empty handed after a 2-0 defeat to Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United.

A first half goal from Marc McNulty and a second half strike from Jamie Murphy secured the three points for the men in red and white.

Manager Gary Johnson selected the same starting eleven that drew with Swindon Town three days earlier.

Town started brightly with early shots from Liam Davis and James Hayter forcing corners.

Despite the bright start by the Glovers they found themselves a goal down after 14 minutes. Krysiak parried Reed’s shot from just inside the area but McNulty was on hand to score from close range.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining keeper Krysiak was called into action. Scougall intercepted a weak back pass from Inniss, but Town’s shot stopper was quick off his line to save well with his feet.

At half time Town made their first substitute with Joel Grant being replaced by Kevin Dawson.

With just over twenty minutes remaining the home side doubled their lead.

17-year-old Louis Reed picked up the loose ball in midfield and sent Murphy through on goal. With just Krysiak to beat the United man made no mistake in slotting past the Town keeper.

Town made their two remaining substitutes in the second half with Sam Foley and Nathan Smith replacing James Hayter and Nathan Ralph. Despite the fresh legs Town failed to test Howard in the United goal.

PREVIEW: SHEFFIELD UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Tuesday night as the Glovers head to Yorkshire to face Sheffield United.

The Glovers are hoping to build some momentum from Saturday’s performance and find a first win in four games.

Yeovil drew 1-1 with Swindon at Huish Park at the weekend with the result not doing the performance justice. View Highlights on YouTube by clicking HERE.

It was a welcome boost for the confidence as three defeats in a row prior to the game had seen Yeovil find themselves inside the bottom four for the first time this season.

After a point was added to the tally Yeovil have jumped a little and find themselves in 19th place on 13 points.

That is seven points and crucially 12 places behind Tuesday’s opponents.

The Blades are one place outside of the play-off spots following their win over 10 man Bradford on Saturday.

That game was live on Sky on Saturday evening so the Yeovil management will have had chance to watch the game live after the Swindon fixture came to a conclusion.

It was a 2-0 win for Nigel Clough’s men, with two second half goals from Bob Harris and Marc McNulty put a plucky Bradford side away after the dismissal of the Bantam’s captain.

Prior to the weekend, United have failed to win a league game in October but have found themselves progressing nicely in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and League Cup.A draw against Leyton Orient and defeat to Chesterfield has seen the South Yorkshire side fail to nail down a place in the top six.

The news surrounding Brammal Lane has mainly surrounded off the field matters this past week, but in terms of team news, they have two players who have extended loan deals away from Sheffield with Andy Butler at Walsall and Diego de Girolamo at York on temporary deals ruling them out of the fixture on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Jay McEveley was forced off early in the first half of the Bradford game with a shoulder injury and James Wallace was left out with a calf problem.

For Yeovil, there was a new look to the defence on Saturday as Ryan Inniss, on loan from Crystal Palace, slotted in the side along with the returning Ben Nugent.

With Seth Nana Twumasi on one side and Liam Davis on the other and Artur Krysiak making his comeback the whole defencive five was different to the Port Vale defeat the week before.

James Hayter was the Glovers’ scorer on Saturday notching his second of the season as strike partner Jordy Hiwula gets ever closer to getting off the mark.

When the names of Sheffield United and Yeovil come together it’s only natural to think back to the last time these teams were in the same division.

The teams met four times during the 2012/13 season, twice in the league and twice in the play-offs.

Each side won two of the games; firstly in September 2012 Neil Collins scored the only goal at Huish Park in a 1-0 Blades win.

It seems only fair then that we should return the favour at Brammall Lane, Paddy Madden at the double as Yeovil blitzed away the opposition in a 2-0 win.

When the play-offs drew the two sides together, a 1-0 Sheffield United win in the first leg would lead to quite probably the best ever Yeovil game at Huish Park.

Kevin Dawson scored early on to tie the scores before an 80 minute barrage of Glovers attacks followed. Paddy Madden and Sam Foley both saw opportunities come and go before Ed Upson sent Huish Park into raptures.

His late, late header was the final act in an astonishing game – it sent Yeovil to Wembley and ultimately to the Championship.

Prior to that incredible season it’s also worth noting that Gary Johnson’s second reign as Yeovil manager started in Sheffield, a 4-0 Blades win just 48 hours after his appointment was the learning curve he used to mould his team.

Tickets for the fixture this coming Tuesday are currently available from Huish Park – at the time of writing, Yeovil are waiting on confirmation that tickets will be available on the day.

If you are not making the journey to South Yorkshire make sure you have Glovers Player on and catch up with highlights and post-match reaction on the club’s YouTube channel.

For those of you looking for the next chance to see the Glovers in action closer to home, Rochdale are the visitors this Saturday 25th October, with Fleetwood (15th November), Preston (29th November) and Colchester (20th December) all coming up for before Christmas.

Save time and money by purchasing in advance by using the online ticketing system at YTFC.net

Famous Fans: Sean Bean.

A Foot in Both Camps: Craig Alcock, Lee Morris, Marcus Williams and Colin Addison played for the Blades before starting his managerial career.

Did you know: Sheffield is the home of the oldest football club in the world, however it is neither United or Wednesday but Sheffield FC who formed in

1857.

BEN’S BETS – TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

First thing first, we had not one, but two winners this past Saturday!

We tipped a Middlesbrough, Preston and Wycombe treble that paid 9/1 and then suggested that Andy Williams was a value price at 7/4 to score in the Yeovil v Swindon game.

So we’re under pressure to find back to back winners this midweek.

With a whole card of fixtures in the SkyBet football league this Tuesday, click HERE to sign up for an account and in doing so support the Glovers and hopefully make yourself a few quid.

Starting in the Championship and we are starting with a flash back to Saturday.

We backed Middlesbrough to beat Brighton and got it spot on, and so once more, we are taking on Sami Hyypia’s Brighton side by backing Huddersfield.

Huddersfield are unbeaten in four games and have won their last two on home soil with new manager Chris Powell adding some much needed reinvigoration to the Yorkshire side.

As for Brighton, defeat to ‘Boro on Saturday was just the latest in a long line of disappointments and their away form is actual worse than their home form.

They’ve drawn two and lost two on the road and this is a match of two sides heading in very different directions.

Huddersfield to beat Brighton at 8/5

In League One, I’m not going to look any further than the top of the table side taking the rest of the division by storm.

Bristol City are flying, second in the form table (top of the actual table) and still without a defeat all season they are the team for everyone to aspire to.

At home, their form is scary. Played six, won five, drawn one, scoring 13 in the process.

They face Bradford City who haven’t had it their own way recently.

They lost against Sheffield United on Saturday evening and the extremely quick turnaround may have a negative effect.

They also had their captain Stephen Darby sent off, so he will be missing for Tuesday’s game.

That was their second defeat on the spin and with a journey to the form side on the horizon, I think it might be a while longer before they get back to winning ways.

Bristol City to beat Bradford at 8/13

Finally into League Two and we’re now looking at backing probably the in-form side in the country.

Luton Town have won their last five league games, no defeat in seven and that run of form has come with the added bonus of a +7 goal difference from the last six games.

They host Dagenham and Redbridge who succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Newport at the weekend and have been very much hit and miss in their performance.

Their six game form guide goes; Loss, Draw, Win, Loss, Win, Loss. That kind of inconsistency is the type of form sides like Luton are punishing.

Luton are into a great habit of winning and with home fans right behind them I can only see a home win.

Luton to beat Dagenham and Redbridge at 7/10

This all means we have a treble a little more conservative than we are used to but still with combined odds of over 6/1.

A £5 treble returns £35.70.

As ever, this is just a suggested stake and you back to a level that suits you.

YTFC SPECIAL

The last time Yeovil and Sheffield United met it was quite an extraordinary match in the Play Off semi-final of 2013.

The key to the Glovers success that day was the way that they started the match and the same could apply this Tuesday night.

So there are two bets that jump out at me.

Yeovil to score the first goal is available at 13/8 but that could be at any time, so we’re going to back an early strike.

It’s 3/1 that the first goal comes in the first ten minutes – this is value for Yeovil who are out to get the points that performances have deserved and United who will have a point to prove against the side that dumped them out of another play off campaign.

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V SWINDON TOWN

Yeovil Town and ten man Swindon Town played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Huish Park this afternoon.

The Glovers took the lead in the first half through James Hayter but former Yeovil star Andy Williams levelled before his team mate Nathan Thompson earned a second yellow as the Robins played out the last thirteen minutes a man short.

It was a terrific game for the neutral but a point will fall short of what both managers hoped for before the start. The visitors had the momentum with the leveller but the dismissal set the game up for a fascinating final few minutes.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson rang the changes big style from last week’s 4-1 debacle at Port Vale. No fewer than eight alterations to his starting line up including a whole new back five, one of which was new centre half on loan from Crystal Palace, Ryan Inniss. Swindon had two ex-Glovers in the squad with

Jon Obika up front to start with and Andy Williams on the bench.  From the opening exchanges, Swindon’s insistence on playing the ball out from the back using the keeper and the centre backs in a 3-5-2 formation was admirable. However one felt they were always prone to a player making a mistake though at times, keeper Wes Foderingham struggled with his kicks against the wind.

Jordy Hiwula delayed his shot on five minutes and saw it blocked by a defender and Swindon’s Jordan Turnbull was left kicking himself when he headed a Nathan Byrne free kick wide of the goal.

Joe Edwards then tested the Swindon keeper with a back post header but the rest of the half was marred by some baffling decisions from the official, Scott Mathieson. James Hayter was yellow carded for a slightly late challenge but was then scythed down by Jordan Turnbull without penalty. Then, straight afterwards, Iraqi midfield general Yaser Kasim clashed with Hayter behind the referee’s back, escaping any punishment.

Hayter got his revenge in the best possible way by opening the scoring on 34 minutes. He broke the offside trap, pulled in the defenders before squaring to Hiwula. The Manchester City loanee pulled the ball back to Hayter who fired past three defenders.

Hiwula then almost grabbed a second with a shot that Foderingham parried but it was the final chance of an up and down first period.

At half time, Swindon manager Mark Cooper brought on Andy Williams for Jon Obika, playing the ex Yeovil attacker as part of a front two with Michael Smith.

And his influence was apparent straight away  when he latched on to a long kick from Foderingham, cut inside across the box but sliced his shot wide of the near post.

Williams then set up Byrne but he pulled his shot wide and the same player repeated the feat again after Massimo Luongo had fed him. Swindon were enjoying the better of the second period but Hiwula fired a warning shot across Swindon’s bows when he shot into the side netting.

Simon Gillett then forced Foderingham into an excellent full length diving save at the expense of a corner from which Ryan Inniss was denied twice from headers. Ben Gladwin, on for Amari Bell then fired well wide from thirty yards.

The reprieve was temporary though as Swindon were on par minutes later. Jack Stephens burst down the right found Andy Williams and the striker swept the ball into the far corner of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

This set up the game for a final frantic twenty minutes in which either side could have grabbed a winner. But before any more chances could accrue, Swindon were down to ten men when Nathan Thompson got a second yellow card after tangling with Hiwula. The exact nature of the second yellow was unclear.

Byrne had one final chance but sent his shot at Artur Krysiak who then followed up by saving from Smith in the final minutes.

Match Report : 18/10/2014

Yeovil Town and ten man Swindon Town played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Huish Park this afternoon.

The Glovers took the lead in the first half through James Hayter but former Yeovil star Andy Williams levelled before his team mate Nathan Thompson earned a second yellow as the Robins played out the last thirteen minutes a man short.

It was a terrific game for the neutral but a point will fall short of what both managers hoped for before the start. The visitors had the momentum with the leveller but the dismissal set the game up for a fascinating final few minutes.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson rang the changes big style from last week’s 4-1 debacle at Port Vale. No fewer than eight alterations to his starting line up including a whole new back five, one of which was new centre half on loan from Crystal Palace, Ryan Inniss. Swindon had two ex-Glovers in the squad with

Jon Obika up front to start with and Andy Williams on the bench.  From the opening exchanges, Swindon’s insistence on playing the ball out from the back using the keeper and the centre backs in a 3-5-2 formation was admirable. However one felt they were always prone to a player making a mistake though at times, keeper Wes Foderingham struggled with his kicks against the wind.

Jordy Hiwula delayed his shot on five minutes and saw it blocked by a defender and Swindon’s Jordan Turnbull was left kicking himself when he headed a Nathan Byrne free kick wide of the goal.

Joe Edwards then tested the Swindon keeper with a back post header but the rest of the half was marred by some baffling decisions from the official, Scott Mathieson. James Hayter was yellow carded for a slightly late challenge but was then scythed down by Jordan Turnbull without penalty. Then, straight afterwards, Iraqi midfield general Yaser Kasim clashed with Hayter behind the referee’s back, escaping any punishment.

Hayter got his revenge in the best possible way by opening the scoring on 34 minutes. He broke the offside trap, pulled in the defenders before squaring to Hiwula. The Manchester City loanee pulled the ball back to Hayter who fired past three defenders.

Hiwula then almost grabbed a second with a shot that Foderingham parried but it was the final chance of an up and down first period.

At half time, Swindon manager Mark Cooper brought on Andy Williams for Jon Obika, playing the ex Yeovil attacker as part of a front two with Michael Smith.

And his influence was apparent straight away  when he latched on to a long kick from Foderingham, cut inside across the box but sliced his shot wide of the near post.

Williams then set up Byrne but he pulled his shot wide and the same player repeated the feat again after Massimo Luongo had fed him. Swindon were enjoying the better of the second period but Hiwula fired a warning shot across Swindon’s bows when he shot into the side netting.

Simon Gillett then forced Foderingham into an excellent full length diving save at the expense of a corner from which Ryan Inniss was denied twice from headers. Ben Gladwin, on for Amari Bell then fired well wide from thirty yards.

The reprieve was temporary though as Swindon were on par minutes later. Jack Stephens burst down the right found Andy Williams and the striker swept the ball into the far corner of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

This set up the game for a final frantic twenty minutes in which either side could have grabbed a winner. But before any more chances could accrue, Swindon were down to ten men when Nathan Thompson got a second yellow card after tangling with Hiwula. The exact nature of the second yellow was unclear.

Byrne had one final chance but sent his shot at Artur Krysiak who then followed up by saving from Smith in the final minutes.

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Sizes range from 1-2 years old through to Youth Extra Large costing Just £25

These will be available from Saturday 18th October.

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BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER

The SkyBet Football League is back to a full compliment of fixtures this coming Saturday, so, Ben’s Bets is back to a trio of selections rather than last week’s double.
 

The shock Hartlepool win at Exeter is proof, if proof were needed that anything can happen in football, but I guess that’s all part of the fun.

If you haven’t done so already, sign up to SkyBet by clicking HERE.

We start in the Championship and I’m kicking off with Middlesbrough, who make the journey to the south coast to face Brighton.

Teams, like Hartlepool last week are clearly not put off by long journey’s as they were before, so this is one purely down to form.

‘Boro are sitting nicely in 5th place in the table and have won three of their last five, drawing the other two. They travel well this season, too, an away win percentage of 60% is only bettered by top of the table Norwich.

On the flip side, Brighton have struggled of late to find that killer instinct.

A run of four draws on the bounce could go either way, but facing a side of the Teesider’s quality might be too much to handle.

Albion have won just once on home soil this season and with ‘Boro in a winning habit I think the price on an away win is cracking value.

Middlesbrough to beat Brighton at 2/1

Secondly, in League One, I’m throwing in a home favourite in Preston North End.

They’re at home to Port Vale and I think they’ll get all three points.

North End have won three on the spin, are one of only three teams not to lose at home this season and have already scored 12 goals on their own turf this campaign.

Meanwhile, Vale may have had a convincing win last weekend, but that may well be down to a poor showing from their opposition rather than their ability to cut teams open.

Tom Pope is in scoring form so I wouldn’t put it past Vale scoring, but a side like Preston with all their resources and a mean home record should notch two or three of their own.

Preston to beat Port Vale at 4/6

Finally in League Two and I’m putting in top of the table Wycombe for their home match against Wimbledon.

Not the most imaginative ‘tip’ you may ever have heard but I still think there is value here.

Firstly, Wimbledon are no push overs and find themselves in 10th, but Wycombe are top for a reason.

Their +9 goal difference is the best in the league and they’ve only lost once all season.

Wimbledon have indifferent form on the road; winning two, drawing two and losing two.

It’s a tight division and Wycombe could start their bid to climb away from others in and around them after Burton and Bury both lost games recently.

Wycombe are the form side of the top three and that’s good enough for me.

Wycombe to beat Wimbledon at Evens.

Three selections in the bag and two home favourites might suggest we’ve found an accumulator with no value, but a £5 treble still returns exactly £50 that’s combined odds of 9/1.

Not bad at all, as always, if you’d rather bet an amount more suited to your comfort level, then feel free.

Yeovil Special.

A returning former Glover set to spoil the day for Yeovil or will a new defender and two returning from suspension mean Yeovil will turn their fortunes around.

Which side do you fall on?

If you’re a negative so and so, Andy Williams can be backed to score against his former employees at any time at 7/4.

But we’re far more confident here at YTFC.net and we’re tempted by the ‘Yeovil to keep a clean sheet’ market.

 

A new defender in the bag this week as Ryan Inniss joins from Crystal Palace and a return from suspension for both Ben Nugent and Seth Twumasi should make the Glovers far more formidable at the back.

 

With either Chris Weale or Artur Krysiak returning in goal, a clean sheet would go a long way for the confidence of the Yeovil players and supporters against a high flying Swindon side.

 

So, the Yeovil special bet is for a green and white clean sheet, available at 3/1.

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TOWN SIGN RYAN INNISS ON LOAN FROM CRYSTAL PALACE

Yeovil Town can confirm the signing of 19-year-old Ryan Inniss from Premier League side Crystal Palace.

Defender Ryan has signed for the Glovers on a youth loan and will be available for this weekend’s game against Swindon Town.

The 6ft 5in defender joined Crystal Palace as a 14-year-old and has spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town, Luton Town and most recently Gillingham. Ryan has represented England at both under16 and under17 level.

YOUR CHANCE TO REPRESENT TOWN IN JOHNSTONE’S PAINT POT CHALLENGE

Supporters of Yeovil Town will be given a unique opportunity to join the club’s players for a footballing challenge – thanks to Johnstone’s Paint.

The popular Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge – run in conjunction with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – is returning for an exciting third season, with Sky Bet League 1 outfit Yeovil the fourth club to take part.

Although Yeovil’s interest in the 2014-15 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ended early, the Huish Park club will put their skills to the test in the Paint Pot Challenge on Thursday, October 23.

And one lucky Yeovil fan will have the opportunity to join the 10 players and management staff selected for the challenge as the club’s ‘11th man’ for the ultimate test of accuracy.

To enter the competition, please click HERE before noon on Monday October 20.

The Paint Pot Challenge sees entrants try to chip the ball from the angle of the penalty area into a giant inflatable paint pot placed on the six yard line.

A successful chip in is worth 10 points while one point is accumulated each time the paint pot is hit.

Oxford United and Fleetwood Town have been the Paint Pot Challenge victors over the last two seasons, and Yeovil will be joined by nine other clubs attempting to emulate the previous champions in 2014-15.

The successful club will claim Johnstone’s Paint products to use on a re-decoration project on one of their facilities. Portsmouth currently lead the way on 15 points.

Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, said: “The Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge has enjoyed a successful two seasons and we are delighted to welcome it back for 2014-15.

“It’s a big hit with players and supporters alike and the 11th man competition is a fantastic chance for one lucky supporter to join the players at the end of the training session and not only represent their club but test themselves against the professionals.

“We would like to thank Yeovil for taking part in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.”

More than 75,000 fans have watched clubs take on the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge over the last two seasons on the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy’s official YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/OfficialJPT.

To keep up to date with Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge news and action from 2014-15 and to review past challenges, head to www.johnstonespainttrophy.com/competitions/paint-pot-challenge/2014-15/

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v SWINDON TOWN

Yeovil Town are back at Huish Park this coming Saturday as Swindon are next up in Sky Bet League One with a 3pm kick off.

The Glovers haven’t been on the best of form recently and following defeat last weekend dropped into the League One relegation zone on goal difference.

However, they are one of five teams all sat on 12 points, those from Colchester in 17th to Yeovil in 21st are only separated by the number of goals scored and conceded.

Opponents, Swindon are in much better position, currently sat in 3rd place in the league table, they are seven points behind the league leader’s Bristol City with two games in hand.

The reason for those extra fixtures in the backlog is due to the postponement of fixtures during international weeks.

Last week, while others in League One were still playing Swindon had the weekend off while Massimo Luongo, Brad Smith and Yaser Kasim responded to their international call-ups. Their last fixture was way back on Tuesday 7th, a midweek JPT tie against Plymouth.

Swindon lost that fixture 3-2, but their previous form makes for much more positive reading; wins over Leyton Orient, Barnsley, Newport (JPT), Sheffield United and Bradford have made September a profitable month for the Robins. What’s more, they are unbeaten in the league since mid-August and a 1-0 loss to Crawley Town.

Yeovil’s form doesn’t make for pretty reading if you’re a Glovers fan.

Three defeats on the spin against Crawley, MK Dons and Port Vale have sent the side plummeting from the relative safety of mid-table and into the bottom four.

Of course, it’s very early days and form is temporary of course and with Swindon bringing a number of former Glovers’ favourites with them in the match day squad, there could be no better time to get back on track.

Andy Williams is a regular starter in the squad and spent a short time on loan with the Glovers last season in the Championship before serious injury cut that deal short. Elsewhere, Jon Obika is also a Swindon player these days but may well be missing from Saturday’s squad.

He was forced off last month with a shoulder problem and despite avoiding the need for surgery will be out of action for the rest of October.

Other team news from Swindon is the probable return for goalkeeper Wes Fodringham, he sat out the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game and will more than likely regain his league place. The Robins have also loaned out striker George Barker to Tranmere.

For Yeovil, either Chris Weale or Artur Krysiak will return in goal as Jake Kean has returned to Blackburn.

Kieffer Moore made his return from injury against Port Vale as a first half substitute but was soon struggling again and tweeted a suggestion that his injury may have returned.

Both Seth Nana Twumasi and Ben Nugent are once available for selection following suspension adding strength in depth to the defensive line up.

Swindon and Yeovil have crossed paths many, many times in the past and the Robins proved a thorn in the side during the Glovers’ promotion season with Swindon getting six points.

At the Country Ground, James Hayter scored a consolation goal in a 4-1 loss while the Sky cameras were in attendance at Huish Park for a 2-0 Swindon win.

In total, since 2005, the sides have met 12 times in the league, six going the way of Swindon, four the way of Yeovil and just the two draws.

For those looking for an omen, the last time Yeovil beat Swindon at Huish Park was thanks to a Jon Obika goal back in 2009.

Tickets for the game this Saturday are available right now from all the usual outlets; you can save money when buying in advance and online by using the ticket purchasing system on YTFC.net.

There are, as always, tickets available direct from the ticket office, either by calling or by coming down on the day.

If you are using the ticket purchasing system online, tickets for all the upcoming home games are now available to buy in advance.

For those who cannot make it to Yeovil you can keep up to date with the goings on via Glovers Player with full commentary and with highlights and interviews on YouTube within a couple days you will have every angle covered with YTFC.

Famous Fans: Melinda Messenger.

A Foot in Both Camps: Kevin Amankwaah, Lee Cox, Rory Fallon, Giuliano Grazioli, Owain Tudur Jones, Ryan Mason, Steve Mildenhall, Jon Obika, Dean Parrett, Jamie Pitman, Howard Pritchard, Adam Rooney, Michael Rose, Jon Sheffield and Andy Williams.

Did you know: Swindon is more famous for its roundabouts than Milton Keynes. With the famous ‘Magic Roundabout’ having five mini roundabouts surrounding one big one.

Swindon Town fans can download our handy guide to Huish Park by clicking the picture below.

SUNDAY CARVERY FOR TWO AT HUISH PARK FOR JUST £15

The regular Sunday carvery at Huish Park has just got a lot better!

From next Sunday (19th Oct) two people can enjoy the delightful feast for just £15!

To book your seat call the Conference Centre on 01935 423662 Ext 222. You do not have to book in advance but if you are planning a group visit it is advised to book a table.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE

Hey everyone! I am hoping I can cheer all you gloomy Yeovil Town fans up this week as let’s face it, it has been a tough one.

Despite my best motivational efforts last week, Joe Edwards did not score and we put on our worst performance of the season up at Port Vale. It has been really tough losing many key players and adjusting to life back in League 1.

We are not alone though, both Doncaster and Barnsley have not started how they would have hoped; expectation does not always equal results.

Every team goes through a tough period and I am confident that we will see this through. Sometimes it can be hard to comprehend when you witness a very poor performance such as Saturday’s, but then you have to look at the big picture.

We dominated a very good Peterborough side, were unlucky to lose at Coventry and have picked up good wins at both Walsall and Bradford. It can affect your whole week and I am sure we have all had a moan at work, but we must pick ourselves up, just as the boys and the coaches have to, and we go again Saturday.

I urge all supporters to get themselves down to Huish Park on Saturday because a big crowd and noisy support can really spur on the team for a much needed three points.

In other news, another international break is coming to an end and in terms of results England could not be much happier. Three wins in qualifying, eight goals scored and none conceded.

How proud were you all when Andros Townsend scored that beauty for England? He learnt to strike a ball like that with us and he is really making a name for himself and will be wearing an England shirt for a long time.

It is nice when club and country come together and I thought the overall performance against San Marino was dominant. Some will argue it should have been, but you can only beat what is put in front of you.

It may have been an indifferent performance against Estonia but a wins a win. Wayne Rooney is constantly under scrutiny at the moment, but I have to admit I respect how he is handling the pressure and his commitment on the pitch is there for all to see.

He may have missed a few chances, but us as YTFC fans know about that and he did clinch the winning goal, it has to beg the question: what would we do without him?

 

Raheem Sterling has also been in the headlines this week after he was rested from the starting 11 on Sunday and Roy Hodgson claimed he was “tired.” It is a tough one, because the opportunity to play for your country should not be passed up, but at the same time was he thinking of the team and not want to play if he wasn’t feeling 100%? I wonder what the YTFC squad think of it…maybe I will just have to ask Joe Edwards.

He has played through the pain barrier this season and I am sure would not dream of telling Gary he was too tired. However, I still think he is one of our most exciting prospects for the National team and I would always have him in my match day squad, sub or not.

 

Goal of the week

This week’s goal of the week comes from a former Yeovil Town loanee and took place in League 1. Colchester secured an important win at home to Fleetwood, having gone a goal behind, thanks to two goal hero Gavin Massey. Both finishes are quality, but the winning goal is worthy of winning any football match. Well done Gavin.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9gnjYjMZ8M

I cannot wait to get back to Huish Park on Saturday despite our league position.

It will be interesting to see who starts in goal as Jake Kean has returned to Blackburn Rovers following his loan spell. I’d like to thank Jake for all his efforts and wish him luck for the rest of the campaign.

We will also welcome back familiar faces Andy Williams and Jon Obika with Swindon on Saturday. Obika may be injured but I am sure he will be looking forward to coming back to the club that started his success. As for Andy, I am glad to see him back playing following his nasty injury with us last season, let’s just hope it is not too happy a return for him.

We do not have the best record against Swindon in recent years, but records are made to be broken. They are going well in the league, but on our day we can beat anyone! So get behind the lads and let’s finish this relegation battle before it really begins.

COYG  – ACHIEVE BY UNITY – #YTFC

Until next week!

Shez@Sheridan24_ytfc

“STAY CALM!” SAYS CHAIRMAN

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has reiterated the need to stay calm in the light of recent results, including at Port Vale on Saturday.

Mr.Fry commented: “Three defeats are not what we as a club want to see, but it hardly constitutes a crisis. In my opinion Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way are without doubt amongst the best coaching and management team in this league.

“Gary has already stated that after ten games he will review where we are and he is reviewing his whole strategy from coaching methods, injuries and personnel right now.

“ I firmly believe he will get the team back to winning ways very soon.

“Every football fan wants their team to be winning and I know Yeovil supporters are no different. But we need their total support at this time because theirs are the voices that are always heard first.

“Successful football is always about confidence and right now the confidence in the players has dipped somewhat, but confidence can reappear just as quickly with a good win against Swindon.

 

“What is needed now is patience to allow the manager and his coaching team to get that confidence back into the squad.

“It will come back, of that I am sure, but let’s try and all stick together and generate some positive atmosphere at Huish Park on Saturday.”

Yeovil Town take on high flying Swindon on Saturday in front of what is expected to be a big crowd. Tickets are still available from the Yeovil Town Ticket Office on 01935 847888 or on line at www.ytfc.net.

JAKE KEAN RETURNS TO BLACKBURN ROVERS

Jake Kean has today returned to parent club Blackburn Rovers on completion of his one-month loan at Huish Park.

Following discussions between the two clubs it has been decided that Jake will return to Ewood Park to try to retain a first team position at the Championship club.

Goalkeeper Jake joined Town on the 15th September and made five appearances for the Glovers.

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Yeovil Town’s official YouTube channel is available for all Yeovil fans to catch up on all the latest action from Huish Park as well as relive some of the club’s finest moments.

By going to www.youtube.com/ytfcofficial you can join the growing number of supporters supporting the club online.

As an added bonus, the more views the official videos get, the more the club are rewarded with a small ‘pay-per-view’ bonus once a video hits a certain number of hits.


 

Currently, the club has over 1600 subscribers, meaning you get all the updates as they come through and have an easy shortcut link once you’ve signed up for your own account.

 

Now you’re up and running, you can browse through a whole range on interviews with players past and present as well as the latest highlights and post-match reaction from the club’ latest games.

Click HERE for Gary Johnson’s reaction to the defeat at Port Vale.

Click HERE for the highlights from the game including Aaron Martin’s third goal of the season.

With some videos already exceeding tens of thousands of views, Yeovil Town have some of the most popular videos in League One and the whole of the Football League.

 

Some of the most popular clips include Gary Johnson training the ball boys in wake of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard’s altercation with a Swansea ball boy a few years ago, as well as highlights from the Championship games away at Wigan and the home win over Blackpool.

In total, over 650,000 clips have been viewed on the official channel.

Click HERE to head behind the scenes with the club with ‘Tunnel Cam’ in action ahead the Campionship match against QPR.

 

 

Click HERE to relive the scenes from the Wembley dressing room as Manager Gary Johnson got a soaking from Byron Webster and Sam Foley.


 

Going even further back you can visit some of the classic YTFC matches, click HERE to relive the entire 2002 FA Trophy Final win at Villa Park.

 

Of course, it’s not all football, we have some fun down at Huish Park, check out when Dirty Dancing got a YTFC makeover HERE

or see what happens when Darren Way and Terry Skiverton show off in front of the camera HERE.

 

Once the fooling around has stopped, you can then relive some of the most memorable goals in Yeovil’s history.

Remember when Luke Ayling finally scored? Watch it HERE.

Remember the first Yeovil goal in the Championship away at Millwall? Watch it HERE.

What about the time the goal scorer was the Goalkeeper?

Watch Chris Weale’s memorable header by clicking HERE.

 

So get logged on now, but be careful, with dozens of cracking videos to view you could lose hours and hours from your day watching some amazing clips from Huish Park.

Remember, www.youtube.com/ytfcofficial is the ONLY place to catch all the official highlights, many of which with extended versions complete with BBC Somerset commentary and it’s the only version of the highlights to be of financial benefit to the club.

You’ll be able to get all the pre-match press conferences ahead of this weekend’s fixture in full as well as so much more over the rest of the season.

You can find Yeovil Town on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too, so there is no excuse to miss all the latest news and updates from Huish Park.

STEVE COOPER APPOINTED AS ENGLAND U16 HEAD COACH

Ahead of England Under 16s fixture against Scotland at Huish Park The Football Association has appointed Steve Cooper as the new England U16s National Head Coach.

 

Cooper, 34, will report into England Under-21s Head Coach Gareth Southgate and The FA’s Director of Elite Development Dan Ashworth, after taking up the role with immediate effect.

 

The U16s start their Victory Shield campaign with two away games against Wales and Northern Ireland before playing host to Scotland at Yeovil Town’s Huish Park on Thursday 20 November.

 

Cooper joined The FA from Liverpool’s academy, assuming the post of FA Youth Coach Educator (FAYCE) in 2013. 

 

Until this month, Cooper was one of 18 FA Youth Coach Educators working in club academies across the country, helping support the Elite Player Performance Plan develop the next generation of young players.

 

In 2007, he became one of the youngest coaches to achieve a UEFA Pro-license qualification aged 27.

 

Speaking about his appointment, Cooper said: “I am very proud and privileged to have been offered the role of U16 Head Coach in what I think is a really exciting time for youth development football in this country.

 

“I’ve been fortunate to work within The FA for a year now, working with all the professional clubs as a youth coach educator. This is something I really believe in and I hope to help evolve in the future.

 

“The FAYCE is a really important programme within youth football and has given me an insight into all the good things that The FA is doing and all the good intentions that are being made towards developing elite footballers.

 

“I’m really honoured and excited to get the role but this is not about me, my priority is to provide the best opportunity to the best young players in the country to maximise their development and progression.

 

“At this age group we have to be conscious of the players age and it is still very much at looking at the players and their future potential and their performance levels. We want to create the right environment for the players to develop by playing exciting attractive football that fits into the future of England’s philosophy.

 

“I will be working very closely with all the national coaches, building on all the good things that is happening under Dan Micciche at U15s level and getting them prepared for when they work with John Peacock in the U17s setup.

 

“Getting the players ready for the future is the aim and preparing them for the next levels of their careers, eventually with the ending view which is producing players for the senior team.”

 

Gareth Southgate added: "Steve joins our National Coaches having impressed us all with his work as an FAYCE over the past year.

 

"He has a clear understanding of elite young players and an elite environment from his time at Liverpool working with the likes of Raheem Sterling, John Flanagan and Andre Wisdom.

 

"He has also benefitted from working with the Spanish influence that was present in Liverpool’s youth set up at that time.

 

"Steve matches our values and philosophy but also brings new ideas and an impressive attention to detail. We look forward to working with him as a group of National Coaches."

 

Cooper started his playing career at Wrexham, playing as a professional for two years from 1998, before moving into coaching in 2001.

 

He became Wrexham’s head of youth and youth team coach in 2006, then joined Liverpool in 2008

 

He spent five years at the Anfield club, serving as head coach at for players aged 6-11 and later 12-16, before taking the post of Academy Manager in 2011.

 

Tickets for Cooper’s first home match in charge of England U16s against Scotland, on Thursday 20 November, kick-off 7.30pm at Yeovil Town’s Huish Park are on sale now, priced at £3 adults and £1 for children or OAPs.

 

Contact 01935 847888 or email ticketoffice@ytfc.net <mailto:ticketoffice@ytfc.net>  to get yours.

SUNDAY CARVERY FOR TWO AT HUISH PARK FOR JUST £15

The regular Sunday carvery at Huish Park has just got a lot better!

From next Sunday (19th Oct) two people can enjoy the delightful feast for just £15!

To book your seat call the Conference Centre on 01935 423662 Ext 222. You do not have to book in advance but if you are planning a group visit it is advised to book a table.

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL COMES TO HUISH PARK

Sky Sports Victory Shield

England U16s v Scotland U16s

Thursday 20 November KO 8pm

Tickets available from 01935 847888 or email ticketoffice@ytfc.net

England U16s final match in this season’s Sky Sports Victory Shield, against holders Scotland, will take place at Huish Park, home to Yeovil Town.

The Young Lions begin their campaign with away trips to Wales and Northern Ireland before hosting the Auld Enemy in Somerset.

 

England’s last Victory Shield match to be played at Yeovil was in 2009 when Nathan Redmond and Tyler Blackett helped their country beat Wales 1-0.

 

Huish Park hosted an England U18s game against Holland in 2007. Daniel Sturridge was the star of the show, scoring twice in a 4-1 win in front of a crowd of over 8,000.

The main purpose of the Victory Shield is to give a broad range of players a taste of international football.

England played their first schoolboy international at Walsall’s old Fellows Park ground in 1907, beating Wales 3-1. Four years later the first match with Scotland was played at St James’ Park, Newcastle, and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former U16 internationals include Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Jack Butland and Jonjo Shelvey.

 

Tickets are priced at £3 adults and £1 children/oap.

Group bookings – If group is of 15 or more tickets are priced at 50p per person but have to be booked in advance. 

ENGLAND V SCOTLAND MEDIA REQUESTS

Victory Shield

England v Scotland

at Huish Park, Yeovil

Thursday 20th. November Kick off 8.00 pm

 

All enquiries for media accreditation for the above match will be handled by Yeovil Town Football Club.

 

All enquiries should be addressed to:

media@ytfc.net
01935 847873 – Adrian Hopper Head of Media

or by post to Media Department, Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8YF

SWINDON TOWN HOSPITALITY AVAILABLE FOR JUST £25!

On Saturday 18th October Town face inform Swindon Town at Huish Park.

For just £25* fans can soak up the pre-match atmosphere in the Glovers Restaurant and enjoy a three course meal overlooking the pitch.

Each guest receives a complimentary matchday programme, access the bar at half time and join us back in the restaurant after the game to mix with the players.

To book your place call 01935 847888.

*Only available with a valid match/season ticket.

REPORT: PORT VALE V YEOVIL TOWN

Town travelled to The Potteries and suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Port Vale.
Two first half goals from Tom Pope and a second half goals from Chris Lines and Colin Daniel secured the points for the men in white, despite a late goal from Aaron Martin.
Yeovil made four changes with Sam Foley, Jakub Sokolik, Ajay Leitch-Smith and Brendan Moloney starting in the place of Seth Nana Twumasi, James Hayter, Nathan Ralph and Ben Nugent.
Town started brightly and almost opening the scoring on six minutes. A neat pass from Gillett set up the on rushing Edwards. The skipper let fly with his left foot, only to see his effort deflect off the post and away for a goal kick.
Despite the bright start from the Glovers the home side took the lead after nineteen minutes. A deep cross from Mark Marshall was nodded home at the back post by Pope.
Vale could have doubled their lead just moments later when Williamson raced onto a through ball but Kean was quick off his line to clear. His clearance fell to the feet of goal scorer Pope. The big striker saw Kean off his line and chipped towards goal, but his effort went just wide of the upright.
Town found themselves 2-0 down just before the half hour mark when a Vale corner went all the way across the six-yard line to the feet of Pope, who made no mistake in slotting home from close range.
Within two minutes of the second half starting Town found themselves 3-0 down. A quick break from the hosts on the left wing saw Marshall square for Pope, but the goalscorer saw his shot blocked by Smith, but with the left-back on the floor the ball landed at the feet of Lines, who made no mistake in tapping home from six yards.
Town got on the score sheet with five minutes to go when Martin swept home a Kevin Dawson cross from 10 yards.
In the dying minutes substitute Colin Daniel had the chance to make it 4-1 but his shot went high over bar.
The striker did get his name on the score sheet moments later when he raced clear to slot the ball under Kean to make the score 4-1.

Match Report : 11/10/2014

Town travelled to The Potteries and suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Port Vale.
Two first half goals from Tom Pope and a second half goals from Chris Lines and Colin Daniel secured the points for the men in white, despite a late goal from Aaron Martin.
Yeovil made four changes with Sam Foley, Jakub Sokolik, Ajay Leitch-Smith and Brendan Moloney starting in the place of Seth Nana Twumasi, James Hayter, Nathan Ralph and Ben Nugent.
Town started brightly and almost opening the scoring on six minutes. A neat pass from Gillett set up the on rushing Edwards. The skipper let fly with his left foot, only to see his effort deflect off the post and away for a goal kick.
Despite the bright start from the Glovers the home side took the lead after nineteen minutes. A deep cross from Mark Marshall was nodded home at the back post by Pope.
Vale could have doubled their lead just moments later when Williamson raced onto a through ball but Kean was quick off his line to clear. His clearance fell to the feet of goal scorer Pope. The big striker saw Kean off his line and chipped towards goal, but his effort went just wide of the upright.
Town found themselves 2-0 down just before the half hour mark when a Vale corner went all the way across the six-yard line to the feet of Pope, who made no mistake in slotting home from close range.
Within two minutes of the second half starting Town found themselves 3-0 down. A quick break from the hosts on the left wing saw Marshall square for Pope, but the goalscorer saw his shot blocked by Smith, but with the left-back on the floor the ball landed at the feet of Lines, who made no mistake in tapping home from six yards.
Town got on the score sheet with five minutes to go when Martin swept home a Kevin Dawson cross from 10 yards.
In the dying minutes substitute Colin Daniel had the chance to make it 4-1 but his shot went high over bar.
The striker did get his name on the score sheet moments later when he raced clear to slot the ball under Kean to make the score 4-1.

BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER

With the Championship players either relaxing on a week off or representing their country the focus turns to SkyBet League One and Two for Ben’s Bets.

With just two picks, one from each league, I hope to have still found some value for a double.

Firstly, in League One, it would be easy to back Bristol City or Swindon who are both unbeaten in forever, scoring goals for fun and not conceding.

However, City are no value and Swindon don’t even play this Saturday so I’ve found some value elsewhere.

We are going to take on a side who slump in the relegation zone and are the only side in the League without a home win this season.

Colchester United host Fleetwood and the seasiders are a huge price to get an away win.

Fleetwood haven’t had a great time of it on the road recently, only winning two of their last five on their travels, but they did win last time out and perform well against sides in the bottom half of the table, beating Port Vale 1-0 on their last league outing.

Take into account too, that Fleetwood didn’t have a midweek game in the JPT and Colchester were taken all the way to penalties (and lost) to Gillingham this past Tuesday night.

In terms of scouting preparation and rested legs the play-off challengers Fleetwood have the edge.

That make the 2/1 on offer from SkyBet too big to ignore.

Fleetwood to beat Colchester @ 2/1

In League Two, we are backing a South-West based side who sit 5th in the form table.

Imagine being Hartlepool United; rock bottom of the football league, no win in five games, just five goals scored all season, 17 conceded, no manager and dumped out of the JPT in midweek to Sheffield United.

If you could hand pick your next game it would probably not be an away day at Exeter.

A 688 round mile trip, probably ten hours on a coach to face a side who have lost just once in their last six – winning four of those along the way. Oh, and the last time they played at St James’ Park, they beat top of the table Bury.

So, when I saw this fixture I was expecting odds far too short to even consider backing, to my surprise, SkyBet are offering EVEN money. That’s far too big and something we have to put in.

Exeter to beat Hartlepool at Evens.

Combining those two will still pay 5/1, so a fiver will get you a nice £30. Of course, if you’d rather bet less, feel free, a couple quid still gets you enough for a takeaway and a pint.

YTFC SPECIAL

I think we all agree the last couple games haven’t quite gone to plan for Yeovil of late, but one bright spark was the introduction of Jordy Hiwula.

His bright and energetic performance has thrust his straight in among the favourite to score first.

He’s 6/1 to score first, 10/1 for a brace and 50/1 for a treble, but the value lies in the ‘Wincast’ bet.

Hiwula to score at any time in a Yeovil win is 100/30, a little over 3/1.

Yeovil have already won two impressive games on the road and Port Vale are there for the taking so this bet is for the positive supporters out there who think that the tide is about to turn and the Man City loanee will spark the revival of fortunes.

Yeovil Town and SkyBet promote responsible gambling for over 18s.

Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

For information on responsible gambling visit www.gambleaware.co.uk

SWINDON TOWN HOSPITALITY AVAILABLE FOR JUST £25!

On Saturday 18th October Town face inform Swindon Town at Huish Park.

For just £25* fans can soak up the pre-match atmosphere in the Glovers Restaurant and enjoy a three course meal overlooking the pitch.

Each guest receives a complimentary matchday programme, access the bar at half time and join us back in the restaurant after the game to mix with the players.

To book your place call 01935 847888.

*Only available with a valid match/season ticket.

PREVIEW: PORT VALE V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this Saturday as the Glovers travel to Port Vale.

The big wigs of the Premier League and Championship may well be taking a week off for internationals, but here in the third tier, we plough through the fixture list like nothing else matters.

Port Vale currently find themselves slumped in the relegation zone in 22nd place with just nine points to their name.

However, Yeovil have dropped a few places themselves and are looking over their shoulders at those below them, 19th place in the league and only 12 points isn’t quite what the green and white faithful had in mind going into winter.

What the travelling fans will have to hold on to is that the Yeovil away form is much better than their home and at the Stoke-based side, Vale, they also fair better on the road.

Yeovil’s away games have yielded two wins from five (Walsall and Bradford) while Port Vale have notched up just the one victory on home soil all season.

Both sides last picked up a league win two matches ago; Yeovil securing that huge win over Peterborough at Huish Park while Vale beat Barnsley back on September 20th.

Since then, defeats to Crawley and MK Dons have put the Glovers in the current position. Vale too have lost one and drawn one, but more significantly they have also crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this past Tuesday.

The Valiants travelled to Preston and lost out 3-2 despite Tom Pope scoring a brace for the travelling side. In terms of team news, Port Vale will be without Jordan Slew, the striker was sent off in a defeat to Fleetwood and thus sits out the second of a three game ban.

He’ll be sat on the naughty step in the stands alongside Yeovil defender Ben Nugent. Nugent also saw red, this time for two bookable offenses against MK Dons, being a two-yellow sending off he only had to miss one match and will be back for next week’s home game against Swindon.

Elsewhere, Jack Price has played his final game for Yeovil Town and will need replacing in the match day squad and Joel Grant will have travelled to and from Japan before kick off on Saturday as part of the Jamaican national side.

Two games in 48 hours, including a flight back from the far east might be asking a bit much for the winger. More positive news will be the introduction of Jordy Hiwula, the young striker made an exciting debut at the weekend and despite missing two golden opportunities to net his first Yeovil goal he was often in the right place at the right time and will be hoping to get off the mark this weekend.

The two absentees could see Brendan Moloney and Liam Davis make their way back into the gaffer’s reckoning for selection, but it’s yet to be determined if Kieffer Moore is fit to make the squad once more.

The two sides haven’t met since 2008 when the two sides played out a 2-2 draw. Gary Dempsey and Andy Kirk scoring for the Glovers.

Prior to that, Justin Cocherane netted in a 1-0 win at Huish Park and the sides have exchanged victories in each of the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons.

Could it be a form point that Yeovil have beaten Vale in three of the six competitive meetings, however they have all come at Huish Park. So, both side will want to be away from the drop zone as soon as possible, three points on Saturday could do so much for both sides and you can still be there, tickets available on the day for those travelling up to Vale Park.

A reminder for those making the journey that prices increase significantly on the day.

If you’re not hopping up the M5 then rest assured that Glovers Player will have the full 90 minutes of commentary for you and the post-match reaction will be available, along with highlights, just as soon as the media team’s computer will upload them.

Looking ahead, it’s never too early to get your tickets booked for future games and it’s Swindon up next at Huish Park on Saturday October 18th.

Tickets for ALL of the upcoming fixtures are available on the YTFC.net ticket purchasing section of the website. So whether you’re just nice and organised, out to save a few quid or looking to purchase an early Christmas present use that for all your ticketing needs.

Famous Fans: Robbie Williams.

A Foot in Both Camps: Abdulai Bell Baggie, Dom Blizzard, Craig Davies, Kevin Gall, Wayne Gray, Colin Miles, George O’Callaghan, Gareth Owen, Craig Rocastle, Luke Rodgers, Darren Purse and Gavin Tomlin.

Did you know: They are based in Burslem, Staffordshire, one of six towns that make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent making them one of the few teams not named after a place.

THE GAME WAS EDGY WITH TACKLES FLYING IN

Hey everyone, hope you have all had a good week.

I can’t believe it is already time for another Shez She – Talks, how is it October already?

Unfortunately, it has not been the best week to be a Yeovil Town fan after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to MK Dons.

I have had a lot of stick over the week, but I am just waiting for the last game of the season where we will put things right against them. The game was very edgy and there were lots of tackles flying in and I think we were unlucky to be the only side that ended the game with 10 men.

Ben Nugent has been brilliant for us so far this season, so he will be a big loss. Incidents like that change games and I think sometimes you have to put the 90 minutes behind you and start again.

Hopefully that is what the boys and the gaffer have done all this week ready for Saturday’s big game at Port Vale.

As for the rest of the football world, last night saw the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy continue. There were some great games, particularly at Stadium:MK. Our last opponents went down 3-2 to Wimbledon and due to the massive rivalry the two have Wimbledon fans will remember that victory for a very long time.

Plymouth Argyle have had a good start in League 2 and sit just outside the play-offs and they continued this form against Swindon Town. Town are looking very strong in League 1 so it was an impressive win. Argyle raced in to a 3-0 lead before the break before fighting off Swindon who scored two goals late on. They managed to hold on and take their place in the next round.

As for the Premier League, it was once again a great spectacle. Manchester United propelled themselves in to the top four for the first time in a year with a 2-1 victory over a disappointing Everton.  

The two top Championship teams from last season met at the King Power Stadium in the top flight on Saturday and I am sure no one anticipated it to be such a good game.

Burnley secured an extremely important point away from home in stoppage time. The entertaining 2-2 draw means that Leicester are still unbeaten at home this season and are sitting pretty in 9th. What a great start from last year’s Championship winners.

Burnley look set to struggle but a late equaliser will give them some hope and they will be enjoying their time in the top flight. They remind me of Little Old Yeovil in the Championship…who remembers the celebrations when we equalised in the last minute against Wigan? No one can take those memories away from us football fans.

Goal of the week
It was once again very difficult  to choose just one goal but I am really enjoying watching Angel Di Maria play in the Premier League this season and he proved his worth with this brilliant finish! No one can write off Manchester United just yet.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mxzTUmVZa8

Next up is a trip to Port Vale for the Glovers. With Vale struggling in the League too, three points is a must as we look to pull away from danger. Our amazing away support will no doubt spur the lads on.

You heard it here first; I am backing my favourite Joe Edwards to score this weekend. He last slotted home in a crucial win over Watford last season and this seems just as important, he picks his moments well.

Let’s cheer the lads on to three points and Captain Fantastic with the winner.

 

Have a good week everyone. ACHIEVE BY UNITY!

ENGLAND V SCOTLAND MEDIA REQUESTS

Victory Shield

England v Scotland

at Huish Park, Yeovil

Thursday 20th. November Kick off 8.00 pm

 

All enquiries for media accreditation for the above match will be handled by Yeovil Town Football Club.

 

All enquiries should be addressed to:

media@ytfc.net
01935 847873 – Adrian Hopper Head of Media

or by post to Media Department, Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8YF

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V MK DONS

Two second half goals from Will Grigg and Daniel Powell were enough to give Milton Keynes Dons all three points against ten man Yeovil at Huish Park today.

Grigg’s opener on 68 minutes came three minutes after Glovers defender Ben Nugent was sent off after receiving a second yellow. Nugent had already been harshly booked after a handball in the first half and after his dismissal, the Dons pressed home their numerical advantage with Powell slotting home with six minutes left.

Yeovil drop to nineteenth position in the League One table with their visitors remaining in fourth spot.

After last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Crawley, boss Gary Johnson rang the changes making four alterations to his starting lineup. Out went the injured Kieffer Moore along with Joel Grant and Jack Price from midfield and defender Jakub Sokolik. In their place came new Manchester City loan youngster Jordy Hiwula up front with central midfielders James Berrett and Simon Gillett and Ben Nugent in central defence.

The first half was a mediocre watch with both sides struggling to cope with a swirly wind and chances were at a minimum. Daniel Powell was in the thick of the action, blazing over after a good run and then becoming the first of nine players booked by card-happy ref Carl Berry for clattering into Joe Edwards.

Yeovil livened up halfway through the half and had two clear chances to open the scoring. James Hayter fired just wide after finding himself in space outside the box and the veteran striker then set up Hiwula who nodded narrowly wide back across the keeper.

And that was really it before the break in terms of action. Nugent was booked on 44 minutes for handball when it looked more like he’d been fouled by Grigg but Ben Reeves free kick curled wide of the far post.

The second half started far more brightly with both sides creating a pair of chances apiece in the first five minutes. Yeovil broke through Gillett who fed Hiwula but the striker shot way over the crossbar and after Gillett’s next effort was blocked, Hayter’s follow up was brilliantly saved by David Martin, the big keeper stretching out a foot to deny the Yeovil forward.

Back came the Dons and Grigg’s shot skimmed the top of the bar but ref Berry ruled that Jake Kean had tipped it over. From the resulting corner, Benik Afobe’s bicycle kick went over too.

On 65 minutes, the game changed for the worse for the hosts and ultimately cost them the match. Nugent, already booked in the first half, brought down Grigg in full flow and the official had no alternative to show a second yellow and subsequent red. The first yellow was costly, the second was correct.

Three minutes later, the deadlock was broken when Grigg raced on to a through ball, controlled and fired low into the corner for his sixth goal in eleven games.

The game then entered a niggly phase with seemingly every challenge from either side ending in a piffling yellow card from the official; Powell and Randall (MK Dons) and Ralph & Hiwula for the home side all having their names taken by the referee.

With six minutes left of normal time, the killer second goal arrived when Daniel Powell broke down the left channel, opened his body out and side footed clinically into the corner of the net. It was a little cruel on the Yeovil side that had battled well but failed to take their chances.

Six minutes of stoppage time could offer nothing more than a Hiwula effort that was saved by Martin and Yeovil’s brief improved home form had ended in abrupt fashion. 

Match Report : 04/10/2014

Two second half goals from Will Grigg and Daniel Powell were enough to give Milton Keynes Dons all three points against ten man Yeovil at Huish Park today.

Grigg’s opener on 68 minutes came three minutes after Glovers defender Ben Nugent was sent off after receiving a second yellow. Nugent had already been harshly booked after a handball in the first half and after his dismissal, the Dons pressed home their numerical advantage with Powell slotting home with six minutes left.

Yeovil drop to nineteenth position in the League One table with their visitors remaining in fourth spot.

After last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Crawley, boss Gary Johnson rang the changes making four alterations to his starting lineup. Out went the injured Kieffer Moore along with Joel Grant and Jack Price from midfield and defender Jakub Sokolik. In their place came new Manchester City loan youngster Jordy Hiwula up front with central midfielders James Berrett and Simon Gillett and Ben Nugent in central defence.

The first half was a mediocre watch with both sides struggling to cope with a swirly wind and chances were at a minimum. Daniel Powell was in the thick of the action, blazing over after a good run and then becoming the first of nine players booked by card-happy ref Carl Berry for clattering into Joe Edwards.

Yeovil livened up halfway through the half and had two clear chances to open the scoring. James Hayter fired just wide after finding himself in space outside the box and the veteran striker then set up Hiwula who nodded narrowly wide back across the keeper.

And that was really it before the break in terms of action. Nugent was booked on 44 minutes for handball when it looked more like he’d been fouled by Grigg but Ben Reeves free kick curled wide of the far post.

The second half started far more brightly with both sides creating a pair of chances apiece in the first five minutes. Yeovil broke through Gillett who fed Hiwula but the striker shot way over the crossbar and after Gillett’s next effort was blocked, Hayter’s follow up was brilliantly saved by David Martin, the big keeper stretching out a foot to deny the Yeovil forward.

Back came the Dons and Grigg’s shot skimmed the top of the bar but ref Berry ruled that Jake Kean had tipped it over. From the resulting corner, Benik Afobe’s bicycle kick went over too.

On 65 minutes, the game changed for the worse for the hosts and ultimately cost them the match. Nugent, already booked in the first half, brought down Grigg in full flow and the official had no alternative to show a second yellow and subsequent red. The first yellow was costly, the second was correct.

Three minutes later, the deadlock was broken when Grigg raced on to a through ball, controlled and fired low into the corner for his sixth goal in eleven games.

The game then entered a niggly phase with seemingly every challenge from either side ending in a piffling yellow card from the official; Powell and Randall (MK Dons) and Ralph & Hiwula for the home side all having their names taken by the referee.

With six minutes left of normal time, the killer second goal arrived when Daniel Powell broke down the left channel, opened his body out and side footed clinically into the corner of the net. It was a little cruel on the Yeovil side that had battled well but failed to take their chances.

Six minutes of stoppage time could offer nothing more than a Hiwula effort that was saved by Martin and Yeovil’s brief improved home form had ended in abrupt fashion. 

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL COMES TO HUISH PARK

Sky Sports Victory Shield

England U16s v Scotland U16s

Thursday 20 November KO 8pm

Tickets available from 01935 847888 or email ticketoffice@ytfc.net

England U16s final match in this season’s Sky Sports Victory Shield, against holders Scotland, will take place at Huish Park, home to Yeovil Town.

The Young Lions begin their campaign with away trips to Wales and Northern Ireland before hosting the Auld Enemy in Somerset.

 

England’s last Victory Shield match to be played at Yeovil was in 2009 when Nathan Redmond and Tyler Blackett helped their country beat Wales 1-0.

 

Huish Park hosted an England U18s game against Holland in 2007. Daniel Sturridge was the star of the show, scoring twice in a 4-1 win in front of a crowd of over 8,000.

The main purpose of the Victory Shield is to give a broad range of players a taste of international football.

England played their first schoolboy international at Walsall’s old Fellows Park ground in 1907, beating Wales 3-1. Four years later the first match with Scotland was played at St James’ Park, Newcastle, and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former U16 internationals include Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Jack Butland and Jonjo Shelvey.

 

Tickets are priced at £3 adults and £1 children/oap.

Group bookings – If group is of 15 or more tickets are priced at 50p per person but have to be booked in advance. 

GARY JOHNSON LOOKS AHEAD TO MK DONS FIXTURE


Manager Gary Johnson believes his side have to be at their best when they face MK Dons at Huish Park on Saturday if they are to get back to winning ways.

Defeat at Crawley last weekend ended a two-game unbeaten run after a draw and win against Crewe and Peterborough respectively.

Johnson, who believes The Dons are ready for the “next level”, is hoping for a second successive home victory.

“They’re a very, very capable side; Karl Robinson has had a few years to put this squad together and him and the chairman have done some good business. They have round pegs in round holes and we know that we have always got to play our best game to compete with them.

“They’ve got that bit of quality that is the next level, the hardest thing is getting there and hopefully teams like us are seeing them as good teams and you’ve got to make sure that you’re up for it. If we are up for it we will give them a very good game and it should be a very exciting game because Milton Keynes don’t go anywhere and shut up shop they come out to play.”

Consistency has been lacking from Yeovil’s campaign so far this season, and Johnson is hoping to correct the unwanted trait and bridge the gap back into the top six.

“In two or three games that we’ve been in we’ve been inconsistent. We have to be more consistent in our philosophy, in our play and in our tactics and more so in our individual performances. That’s what it takes to get back to the Championship, individuals finding their game on a regular basis.

“We’re four points away from being up near the top; Milton Keynes have probably been one of the best teams this season but if we get a result we’ll be within a point of them, so it is very tight still because there are a lot of teams beating other teams. It’s only Bristol City who have got the big number of points so there’s everything to play for.”

Wolves loanee will feature for the last time on Saturday before returning to Molineux, whilst Town will be boosted by the return to fitness of midfield pair Simon Gillett and James Berrett.

“With Jack Price he has done fantastic for us but his month was always going to be until Simon Gillett and James Berrett came back, so this will be his last game with us and that was the agreement with Wolves as well because they have other plans for him.

“Simon Gillett will definitely be involved in some capacity on Saturday and so will James Berrett. They’re both completely over their injuries so that’s a good thing because both of them at the start of the season I had high hopes for, but unfortunately they both got pretty long term injuries.”

JORDY HIWULA LOOKING FORWARD TO TESTING HIMSELF

New signing Jordi Hiwula is raring to make his debut on Saturday after joining on loan from English champions Manchester City until January.

The 20-year-old, who scored in City’s 4-3 win over Liverpool at Under 21 level last week, joined up with the squad on Thursday and cited Yeovil’s philosophy as a main reason behind his move south.

“I watched Yeovil play a few times last season and I’ve seen what the manager wants to do and I think I can help, so I thought it was a good opportunity for me to come down here.

“I know it’s a physical league and a lot of teams like to play balls over the top but there are a few times they are trying to play football as well, which Yeovil are doing. They try and play football and that’s what attracted me to coming here as well.”

Three months in Somerset will be Hiwula’s first loan spell away from the Etihad, and the youngster is relishing the opportunity and hopes to get off the mark on Saturday when Town face MK Dons at Huish Park.

“It’s my first loan move, so I think it will be a good one as well to get away from home and experience living away, which should be good.

“I think Saturday is a good test for me and the team as well. I’ve seen how everyone has trained and everyone is looking sharp and ready for Saturday. I want Saturday to come as quick as possible and get out on the pitch and try and score a goal.”

After meeting with the squad and management, Hiwula already admits he wouldn’t be adverse to the idea of remaining in Somerset for longer, should the circumstances fit.

“I think three months for the start is good because I can show what I can do and progress from there.

“If everything goes well and the manager still wants me then I would be open to carrying on here.”

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V MK DONS

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this Saturday as the Glovers host high flying MK Dons.

The Glovers entertain the recently formed side with a 3:00pm kick off and will be hoping to channel the recent home results to get past the disappointment of last week.

Last weekend a 2-0 away defeat at Crawley was a disappointment and after beating one promotion candidate, Peterborough, on their last home outing will be hoping for another strong home performance.

Yeovil have only lost once at home in the league this season and that was way back on the opening day of the season.

As for MK Dons, they too are looking to bounce back from defeat, they lost in a top-of-table-clash against Bristol City.

It was a five goal thriller and despite City coming through as 3-2 winners, former Glover Dean Bowditch got on the scoresheet along side this season’s star man, Benik Afobe.

Afobe is now into double figures already this season and as the leading marksman of the league’s top scorer he will be considered a real threat.

MK Dons have already scored 23 in the league this season, a figure which includes putting six past Crewe and five past Barnsley.

When you add on the four they scored against Manchester United in the League Cup we can be sure they know where the goal is. In fact, the Dons’ 0-0 draw with Coventry in August was the only time they have failed to find the net.

On a more positive note for the Glovers, two of three defeats that the Dons have suffered have come away from home.

Those defeats have come against Bristol City on Saturday as well as two sides that Yeovil have already conquered, Bradford and Peterborough.

More positivity comes in the way of the team news at Huish Park.  James Berrett and James Hayter made surprising returns to the squad on Saturday following lengthy spells on the side lines with injury.

Simon Gillett is the remaining key injury concern and it’s hoped he’ll be available sooner rather than later even if this Saturday comes around too quickly.

Elsewhere, the Glovers have Calvin Brooks out on loan at Weymouth while Sam Hoskins continues his positive start to his temporary stay with Conference leaders Barnet.

Unfortunately, Ben Nugent did miss Saturday’s loss with an injury and Keiffer Moore was forced off in the first half with a hamstring problem, both are hoping to be back to full fitness and available on Saturday.

For the Dons, they have a new player in their squad, Carl Baker has joined following his departure from Coventry.

Previous meetings have followed a rather strange pattern with each side gaining a victory before letting the other return the favour.

As with most of League One opposition, Yeovil didn’t play MK Dons last season but the season before saw a Paddy Madden double secure the points at Huish Park, that was after a 1-0 Dons win at Stadium MK.

The season before saw the same pattern continue; Gavin Williams scored in a 1-0 win away, while the reverse score line gave the Dons the points at Huish Park.

The exchange of wins goes right back to a 1-0 win for Yeovil at Huish Park back in 2010 – Shaun MacDonald scoring the only goal.

If the pattern continues this Saturday, the game will end with a Dons win, but of course, these patterns are set to be broken and history books ripped up if Gary Johnson and his men have any say over it.

You can still get your place at Huish Park for the game in all the usual ways, visit the ground and ticket office is person, call the ticket hotline and of course use the online ticketing system on YTFC.net

As ever, check out YouTube now for the pre-match press conferences, the highlights will be available on Sunday and stay up to date by following @YTFC on twitter.

MK DONS
Famous Fans: Jim Marshall (the man behind Marshall amplifiers), June Whitfield

A Foot in Both Camps: Angelo Balanta, Dom Blizzard, Dean Bowditch, Keanu Marsh Brown, Michael McIndoe, Bondz N’Gala and the man with more loan spells that pretty much anyone, Andros Townsend.

Did you know: Milton Keynes has at least 40 million trees?

FOOTBALL REMEMBERS WEEK

Football is to commemorate the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War – the 1914 Christmas Truce football match – with a week of remembrance activity in December 2014.

‘Football Remembers Week’ will take place from 6-14 December. A collaboration between the Premier League, The FA, the Football League and the British Council, its aim is to engage football fans about what took place on Christmas Day 1914 in Flanders, Belgium.

Among the activities taking place in Football Remembers Week are:

•    A Moment in History
For the matches that take place in the Barclays Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship and the FA Cup Second Round from December 6-8, all 22 players who start the match will pose together in a group photograph as a mark of respect to those that played in the 1914 Christmas Truce match. The pictures will be uploaded to a special website.

Fans, teams and schools will be asked to upload their pre-match pictures to the same site via social media over the course of Football Remembers Week. Any match of any size can be uploaded, from school to Sunday league fixtures, five-a-side matches to kickabouts in the back garden.

The site shall act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War, and will be preserved for future generations.

•    Christmas Truce Memorial unveil
The UK’s first memorial to the Christmas Truce will officially unveiled.

The newly commissioned memorial, designed by a ten year-old Newcastle schoolboy as part of nationwide competition (see below), will reside permanently at National

Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
•    Christmas Truce International Tournament in Ypres

The Premier League has held this annual tournament in Ypres, the home of the Christmas Truce, for U12 footballers since 2011. 

This will be the first Christmas Truce International Tournament to be played on a new 3G pitch that the Premier League has gifted to the city of Ypres.

Ten teams will play in the tournament: two each from the Premier League, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Belgium Pro League, and one each from Scotland and Austria

To commemorate the sacrifices made by soldiers from around the world there will be a community tournament made up of players for Premier League Kicks projects at home and around the world.

An educational and culture programme accompanies the tournament as the players visit the site of the original Christmas truce site, Commonwealth and German war graves, preserved trenches and lay wreaths at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.


•    UK Parliamentary Reception

To raise the profile of Football Remembers among Parliamentarians, Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central and a former Major in the British Army, is hosting a reception at the House of Commons.

Football Remembers kicked off in May 2014 when the four partners launched a Football Remembers education pack that was sent to more than 30,000 schools across the UK. It includes resources to help children learn about the Truce – including eye-witness accounts, photos, drawings and letters from soldiers some of which have never been published before. 

A key element of the Football Remembers education pack was a competition for schools and football academies to design a permanent Christmas Truce memorial for the National Memorial Arboretum.  The competition was judged by HRH The Duke of Cambridge – President of The FA – and Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott.

The winning design was drawn by 10 year-old Spencer Turner from Farne Primary in Newcastle. The school is in the shadow of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. Spencer was told by Newcastle United players Steven Taylor and Adam Armstrong that his design had won at special school assembly on Thursday 2 October.

Theo Walcott said: “I was truly honoured to be part of the Christmas Truce Memorial schools competition with HRH Duke of Cambridge.  The standard of entry was incredibly high and I enjoyed looking at the designs and even seeing one from my old school too!  Huge congratulations to Spencer whose design was very impressive and brings to life this moment of peace through football in wartime.” 

An Exhibition of the 33 shortlisted entries is currently on display at St George’s Park, having originally been shown at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Other Football Remembers activity taking place between now and the end of 2014 includes:

•    Christmas Truce Tournament qualifying competition, 14-16 November – U12 teams from all 20 PL clubs will come to Ypres in a qualifying competition for Christmas Truce International Tournament. This tournament is usually held in England, but for the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce all the teams are heading to Flanders for a weekend of education and elite football. The two teams that reach the final will represent the Premier League in the December tournament.

•    Football Remembers poster design competition with the National Football Museum – Young people are invited to create posters telling the stories of footballers who fought in the First World War and send them to the National Football Museum in Manchester https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/football-remembers/find-a-footballer

•    International fixtures – England footballers will also be supporting the Football Remembers project during their international get-together in November ahead of the men’s fixture with Scotland on 18 November and the women’s historic Wembley match against Germany on 23 November.

•    The FA and the Army FA – are working on joint activity involving their counterparts in Europe.

JORDY HIWULA SIGNS ON LOAN FROM MANCHESTER CITY

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan signing of Jordy Hiwula from Premier League Champions Manchester City.

Highly rated Hiwula has signed for the Glovers on a deal until January 5th 2015.

The 20-year-old joined up with Gary Johnson’s men at training this morning after playing and scoring in City’s Barclays u21 Premier League win over Liverpool last Thursday. (Highlights from the game and Jordy’s goal can been viewed by clicking here)

Manager Gary Johnson said: "I am very pleased to have secured the services of Jordy until January. He is a quick striker, that has scored goals regularly for City, hopefully he will show everyone what he is about and score some goals for us."

To view Jordy’s first interview visit our YouTube Channel by clicking here.

Jordy will wear squad number 25 during his stay in Somerset.

Below are some links to videos of Jordy in action for Manchester City.

Amazing Hiwula volley v Blackburn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjUkYaCWiAs
One to Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htgTU5Amue8
What’s In A Name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N13LCa1vM_0
Hiwula’s magnificent seven: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puvVMEdqBGI
Hiwula hat-trick v Gorica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVxnGeaN7jg

OUR SMALL SQUAD WILL SHOW OTHERS THE POTENTIAL WE HAVE

Hi everyone. Can you believe we are already ten games in to the new season? It is flying by and although we did not get the result we wanted at Crawley, who ever knew Yeovil Town to do things the easy way? That would be boring.

We have suffered due to inconsistency this season and I think if we can just put a run together our small squad will show the other teams in League One the potential we have.

In other news, Russell Slade is set to become the new Cardiff City manager. Cardiff are a huge club who will ultimately be expecting a return to the Premier League in the not so distant future, so it will be a huge challenge for the former Glovers manager. I wish him all the luck in the world and hope that the Bluebirds give him some time to make his mark on the Championship.

The second tier has really surprised me this season as there are already some teams that are gelling extremely well and some who are not fulfilling their potential. Fulham finally got 3 points at Birmingham City on Saturday but have much work to do if their season is to ignite, such a huge club will not want to join the Alumni of League One including Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Wolves.

In terms of the team to watch, I have been very impressed with how Brentford have adapted to life in the Championship. Their home form will be key to their success this year and after defeating a resurgent Leeds United side on Saturday they lie in 12th place.

They were unlucky to not get a point at Watford last night and I am backing them for a very successful season! Although we did manage to seal all three points at Vicarage Road last season and how amazing was that game? I am digressing but I cannot help but look back with such pride at our Championship season.

As for League One, Crewe Alexandra look in a lot of trouble as they fell to a 3 nil defeat at home to Notts County last night. Already five points adrift, it is going to be tough season ahead and we all know how that feels.

Amazingly, we lie in 16th place and are so far the most successful relegated team from the Championship. Barnsley lie precariously in the bottom four, whilst Doncaster sit in 18th place just one point behind Yeovil. It just goes to show what a crazy game it is and how difficult League One is this season.

Goal of the week

This week has seen many sensational strikes and I struggled to pick just one goal! However, after much deliberation it had to be Southampton’s Graziano Pelle’s scintillating finish against QPR. Early contender for goal of the season I think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DCnx4G-rao

Up next for the Glovers is a visit from high flying MK Dons. This match always means a lot to me as I live close to Milton Keynes so I like to make sure I have the bragging rights back home.

Safe to say, if we lose I will not hear the end of it. So the boys need to bounce back so up here in MK I can show off about how fantastic my boys are, even more so than usual.

Have a great week and here’s to a second home win in a row.