Month: August 2015

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – GIULIANO GRAZIOLI – BARNET

Yeovil Town host Barnet in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this coming Tuesday night at Huish Park.

Tickets for the game are reduced for all categories with Adults set at just £10, concessions admitted for just £5 and under 16s can come in for just £1.

You can buy tickets right up until kick off on the evening, or by clicking HERE to buy in advance.

We are taking a look at a player today who is seen as a bit of a legend at Barnet but who has also got one of the most astonishing goal ratios we’ve ever seen in the green and white of Yeovil Town.

Giuliano Grazioli is a name that rings bells with FA Cup fans everywhere for the time he secured Stevenage Borough a draw at Newcastle in the 1998 fourth round.

But before he secured his place on BBC FA Cup montages for the foreseeable future the London-born striker has made a name for himself on the terraces of Huish Park.

He joined Yeovil, on loan, from Peterborough United in 1995; he made just 13 appearances in the green and white, but scored an incredible 16 times.

He scored on his debut against Worthing, then twice against Molesey, twice more against Purfleet and another against Dulwich Hamlet. Not a bad first month at your new club.

He wasn’t done there though; braces against Hayes, Hendon, Bishops Stortford and Hitchin followed with another goal vs Worthing just for good measure.

He would end up the club’s second top scorer behind Warren Patmore for that season, all within barely two and a half months.

Grazioli returned to Peterborough and spent more time on loan eventually at Stevenage where his FA Cup heroics would thrust him into the national limelight.

He signed for Swindon and then Bristol Rovers before Barnet snapped him up as part of the deal that saw Junior Agogo … go… in the other direction.

He would score the goals that would catapult the Bees back into the Football League.

During the 2004/05 season his goals would win Barnet the league top scoring in the division with over 30 goals in all competitions.

His Barnet spell was easily the longest of his career, making nearly 150 appearances across five years. Only injury prevented him playing many, many more.

He left Barnet in 2008 and would end up at Braintree and then Dover before calling time on a career that had lasted 15 years.

Grazioli moved into coaching and scouting and helped Barnet survive relegation in 2011 in the positive on Caretaker Manager.

He took it down to the final day and stayed up with a 1-0 win against Port Vale.

His time with Barnet was such a success that they have even named a bar after him at the Hive Stadium.

“Graziolis” was opened by the man himself in March this year. Going on his form with Yeovil, I highly doubt he had just one celebratory drink, he always scores in twos!

It is the Grazioli derby this Tuesday night and we’re backing the loan spell with the incredible scoring ratio over longevity and legend status and you can too by coming along to support the green and whites.

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YEOVIL TOWN JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY QUIZ

Yeovil Town embark on their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign this coming Tuesday evening when the Glovers host Barnet with a 7:45 kick off.

You can purchase tickets from as little as £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Under 16s will be admitted for just a single £1.

You can buy tickets for the game in person, over the phone by calling 01935 847888 (ticket office closed on bank holiday Monday) or by clicking HERE and using the online ticket purchase facility.

In the build up to the game, we’re testing your knowledge of Yeovil’s recent JPT campaigns, how many of these 10 questions can you get right?

Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for the answers and why not compare scores with your mates at the game tomorrow night?

QUESTION ONE

Last season’s JPT campaign ended with a first round exit to Portsmouth. Who scored the Glovers’ consolation goal in the 3-1 defeat?

a) Aaron Martin   b) Nathan Ralph    c) Sam Hoskins

QUESTION TWO

In 2012/13, Yeovil progressed to the southern semi-finals losing out to Leyton Orient in an agonising 1-0 defeat in front of over 700 travelling fans. Which three teams had the Glovers overcome in the competition to get that far?

a) Swindon, Plymouth and Exeter b) Portsmouth, Crawley and Newport c) Bristol Rovers, Torquay and Wycombe

QUESTION THREE

Complete the two missing players from the starting eleven that came very close to upsetting Bournemouth in the second round of the 2011/12 competition.

1._________, 4. Bondz N’Gala, 5. Paul Huntington, 14. Max Ehmer, 15. Kerrea Gilbert, 16. Oli Johnson, 17. Alan O’Brien, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. _________, 23. Billy Gibson

a) Jed Steer and Gavin Massey b) Gareth Stewart and Jonathan Franks c) Sam Walker and Jon Obika.

QUESTION FOUR

In 2003, Yeovil were taken all the way to penalties in round two by Colchester United. The U’s won 4-2 on spot kicks, which two Yeovil legends missed from 12 yards out?

a) Terry Skiverton and Adam Stansfield b) Adam Lockwood and Lee Johnson c) Gavin Williams and Darren Way

QUESTION FIVE

In 2010, Sam Williams was sent off in the first round clash between Yeovil and which other South-West side?

a) Exeter City b) Bristol City c) Plymouth Argyle

QUESTION SIX

Yeovil caused a huge shock in 2001 by beating Queens Park Rangers 3-0 in the first round of the LDV Vans Trophy. The Glovers were a conference turning over a Division Two side.

Which two Yeovil front men scored on that day, in front of nearly 3000 fans at Huish Park?

a) Chris Giles and Kim Grant b) Kim Grant and Carl Alford c) Carl Alford and Chris Giles

QUESTION SEVEN

Which current Yeovil player scored the decisive penalty to knock Yeovil out of the 2008/09 competition whilst he was on the books of Brentford?

a) Ryan Bird b) Ryan Dickson c) Simon Gillett

QUESTION EIGHT

Yeovil beat Bournemouth 2-0 in round one of the 2008/09 competition; name the goalkeeper who played against the Glovers that night… he would go on to represent Yeovil later in his career.

a) Marek Stech b) Gareth Stewart c) John Sullivan

 

QUESTION NINE

Yeovil beat Shrewsbury 1-0 in Round One of the 2007/08 competition, before progressing on penalties vs Hereford in Round Two. Who scored the winning goal in the first round as well as a crucial spot kick in the second?

a) Paul Warne b) Marcus Stewart c) Lloyd Owusu

QUESTION TEN

Yeovil host Barnet in the first round of this season’s competition on Tuesday night. The last time the two sides met they played out a six goal thriller in the second round of the 2003/04 FA Cup.

Yeovil won 5-1, there four scorers for the Glovers that night; Colin Pluck got things started, but which of the other three scored a brace.

a) Gavin Williams b) Nick Crittenden c) Jake Edwards.

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available over the phone by calling 01935 847888 or by clicking HERE and using the online ticket purchase facility.

A MESSAGE TO FANS FROM PAUL STURROCK

Having received many letters and emails from frustrated fans, I think its time to give an update and my opinion on our bad start to this season.
 

As I have said in the past, fans are the important ingredient to all football clubs. Nearly 500 fans travelled to Oxford after being buoyed by our performance against Luton Town the week before, only to be exasperated by the result and performance.

 

When I arrived home last night, I decided to view several of the games we have played this year. It didn’t take long to unmask the key problem; that being the individual mistakes by our young and inexperienced players and the inconsistency of our all round performance.

 

I then realised the key ingredient causing these problems was the lack of hardened professionals down the backbone of the team. I then studied most playing squads in our league and found that rebuilding squads this season at most League 2 clubs was done having a large amount of hardened pros from the season before. This meant they were strengthening their squad and not rebuilding from scratch.

 

I have worked tirelessly to bring a mix of youth and experience to our club. But rules and regulations have hindered our recruitment by only being allowed 55% of our turnover to be used. I think you can appreciate that our turnover lies in the bottom half of the turnover graph.

 

Having picked my targets for an experienced defender and forward, many of the candidates I had chosen were gobbled up by the offer of bigger wages. This has forced me to sign players with potential in those positions.

 

I must put my hand up here and take the blame for wanting my cake and eat it; wanting to have a larger squad with both types of players where instead a smaller squad with more experienced players might have been the better formula.

 

I believe the injury situation has kicked this club in the teeth. If we had Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson, Ben Tozer, Ryan Dickson and Wes Fogden available from the start, we would have as good a midfield as any in the league.

 

These players are three weeks away before being able to train. That is not playing, just building up their fitness. We have Jack Compton needing to play but is not 100% match fit and from the Oxford game we have Jakub Sokolik fracturing a bone in his wrist.

 

As a manager knowing that there is a competent team if we had all players fit is so frustrating. We must keep trying to improve the young bucks, who are going to be needed to play until the squad is healthy.

 

I plead with our fan base who are going to be frustrated to back them, they need you!

 

I have made mistakes in my selection, style of play and recruitment, but I can assure you I am totally committed to improving this club and I am appealing to you all to keep with us, we need you all!

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REPORT: OXFORD UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers finished August with a 2-0 defeat away at Oxford United. A goal in each half from Danny Hylton and Callum O’Dowda secured the three points for the men in yellow.

Town made one change from the starting eleven that defeated Luton a week earlier, with two-goal hero Ryan Bird replacing Shaun Jeffers to lead the front line.

Omar Sowumni and Jamie Burrows dropped off the bench with slight injuries with Jordan Gibbons returning to the bench.

The home side started brightly with Hylton stinging the palms of Krysiak with a long distance effort.

With six minutes on the clock United nearly opened the scoring. Hylton met Baldock’s ball into the box, but his shot was well saved by the diving Krysiak. With two players waiting for the rebound, Town managed to get players on the line and with Roofe shooting, Arthurworrey cleared away for the first corner of the match.

With the home side enjoying the majority of the opening 15 minutes it came as no surprise that they opened the scoring.

A cross from the Oxford right from O’Dowda was inch perfect onto the head of Hylton, who made no mistake in heading home past Roberts on the Town goal line.

Town made their first sub of the game just after the half hour mark when David Norris replaced Alex Lacey.

Ten minutes into the second period the home side thought they had doubled their lead. Roofe turned and twisted his way free inside the area to strike at goal, only for Krysiak to save well diving to his left.

With Town chasing a equaliser manager Paul Sturrock introduced his two final substitutes with Mark Beck and Shaun Jeffers replacing Jack Compton and Ryan Bird.

On 75 minutes the home side doubled their lead. A surging run into the box from the impressive Hylton saw his shot deflected into the path in O’Dowda, who made no mistake in slotting home from close range.

With ten minutes left on the clock Town had a chance to pull a goal back, but Jeffers’ header went just wide of the upright.

In the dying seconds Town had Krysiak to thank for keeping the score at 2-0 after he saved well with his feet to deny substitute Patrick Hoban.

Match Report : 29/08/2015

The Glovers finished August with a 2-0 defeat away at Oxford United. A goal in each half from Danny Hylton and Callum O’Dowda secured the three points for the men in yellow.

Town made one change from the starting eleven that defeated Luton a week earlier, with two-goal hero Ryan Bird replacing Shaun Jeffers to lead the front line.

Omar Sowumni and Jamie Burrows dropped off the bench with slight injuries with Jordan Gibbons returning to the bench.

The home side started brightly with Hylton stinging the palms of Krysiak with a long distance effort.

With six minutes on the clock United nearly opened the scoring. Hylton met Baldock’s ball into the box, but his shot was well saved by the diving Krysiak. With two players waiting for the rebound, Town managed to get players on the line and with Roofe shooting, Arthurworrey cleared away for the first corner of the match.

With the home side enjoying the majority of the opening 15 minutes it came as no surprise that they opened the scoring.

A cross from the Oxford right from O’Dowda was inch perfect onto the head of Hylton, who made no mistake in heading home past Roberts on the Town goal line.

Town made their first sub of the game just after the half hour mark when David Norris replaced Alex Lacey.

Ten minutes into the second period the home side thought they had doubled their lead. Roofe turned and twisted his way free inside the area to strike at goal, only for Krysiak to save well diving to his left.

With Town chasing a equaliser manager Paul Sturrock introduced his two final substitutes with Mark Beck and Shaun Jeffers replacing Jack Compton and Ryan Bird.

On 75 minutes the home side doubled their lead. A surging run into the box from the impressive Hylton saw his shot deflected into the path in O’Dowda, who made no mistake in slotting home from close range.

With ten minutes left on the clock Town had a chance to pull a goal back, but Jeffers’ header went just wide of the upright.

In the dying seconds Town had Krysiak to thank for keeping the score at 2-0 after he saved well with his feet to deny substitute Patrick Hoban.

PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers travel to face Oxford United with a 3pm kick off.

Paul Sturrock would have been delighted to get his first win of the season last Saturday and having a full week to prepare and recuperate will have done him and his squad the world of good.

Previously, a rigorous Saturday-Tuesday combination had tested an already threadbare squad to the maximum.

The win over Luton Town last weekend has hopefully sparked the season into full swing as Yeovil came from 2-0 down to win the match 3-2.

Stephen Arthurworrey not only scored the first of the comeback goals but made advancing runs to set up the other two strikes.

Ryan Bird was the grateful recipient of those assists and even referred to Arthurworrey as “Xavi” on social media.

Bird had come off the bench to make his match winning contribution and so will be hoping to start this weekend.

The injury news at Yeovil is still a concern, Wes Fogden is still missing with badly broken fingers and the long term absentees of Ben Tozer, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett are set for more time away from the pitch.

However, Marc Laird are edging closer to regaining fitness but we can safely suggest Saturday will come around too quickly.

Previously injured pair of Omar Sowunmi and Jack Compton have both been in squads recently with Compton’s performance on Saturday reminding everyone what kind of a squad Yeovil have when fully fit.

The on loan trio of Josh Wakefield, Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick look set to keep their places in the side despite the addition of midfielder David Norris on Non Contract terms.

Norris was on the bench at the weekend but didn’t come on to make his debut in green and white.

As for Oxford, they didn’t have the luxury of a free midweek due to their continued involvement in the Capital One Cup, they fell just short of taking Sheffield Wednesday to extra time falling 1-0 to a second half Atdhe Nuhiu goal.

Their league form has seen them pick up three draws and win so far this season, leaving them in 9th place going into the game on Saturday.

They have drawn games with Crawley, Luton and Mansfield and taken three points from another of the relegated sides, Notts County.

Keemar Roofe is the man to be watched for the U’s, not only did he score the “best goal of his career” to dump Brentford out of the Capital One cup, but he has also notched three more goals this term.

Boss Michael Appleton will have a former Glovers loanee at his disposal this weekend, John Lundstram has signed for the U’s on a permanent deal this summer.

Lundstram played for Yeovil in the Championship when he joined on loan along with then Everton team mate Shane Duffy.

Yeovil are off and running in League Two this season and Saturday’s game will be another test of just how much the side have come together in recent weeks.

The next chance to see Sturrock’s men is this coming Tuesday as the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy sees Yeovil take on Barnet at Huish Park CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

 

Last time we met


These two sides haven’t met in a competitive fixture since an FA Cup first round game back in 2009.

Jack Midson would score the only goal of the game to secure the U’s place in the second round, lobbing a delightful finish over the stranded Richard Martin in goal.

The Glovers included on loan trio of Jon Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker in their startling line up that day.

The last league clash was just over 10 years ago in January 2005, the game ended in a similar result, a 2-1 victory for Oxford. Scott Guyett the man on target for Yeovil by way of a consolation.

The last time Yeovil won was in that same season, but back at Huish Park in early September 2004.

What a result it was too, a 6-1 Glovers thrashing was handed out with Andres Stolcers getting two, Kevin Gall finding the net all surrounding a Phil Jevons hat trick.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are available from the Oxford United North Ticket office on the day of the fixture, supporters are reminded that it is a CASH ONLY transaction for tickets bought on match day.

Commentary and Social Media

Commentary for all of Yeovil Town’s matches can be heard through the online club service Glovers Player, you can sign up for this by clicking HERE!

BBC Radio will also have full match commentary of the Green and White’s matches, stay tuned to your local station for all the details.

Stay tuned to all things Yeovil Town through the club’s social media outlets.

YTFC can be found on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and even SNAPCHAT just search for @YTFC or click on the links provided. Use the Hashtag #YTFC across all platforms to make sure you connect with other Glovers fans the world over.

CHAIRMAN AND AGENT TO TAKE QUESTIONS IN MARQUEE

Before the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Barnet on Tuesday, Chairman John Fry and Planning Agent David Bell will be in the supporters marquee to answer questions on the new planning application.

The pair will be available to chat with supporters in the marquee from 6:30pm.

Further Q&A sessions are being planned and will announced on ytfc.net when they are due to take place.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – DAVE LINNEY – OXFORD UNITED

Have you ever wondered who exactly talks you through your pre-match entertainment at Huish Park?

In the build up to this weekend’s fixture with Oxford United we take a look at the man who has a much bigger involvement with Yeovil Town that just reading out the team sheets.

Dave Linney is the voice of YTFC on a match day, but he had a pretty decent playing career of his own, not just representing the green and white army in Somerset, but also the yellow and blue army of Oxford United.

Dave Linney was born in Birmingham in 1961, he was spotted playing county level football in the midlands and had plenty of professional football options as he was growing up.

He noted in an interview with the Western Gazette in 2013 that he had offers from Coventry, West Brom and Wolves, but as he was “born and bred Birmingham” he couldn’t turn down a chance to join his boyhood club.

Coming from a family of blues fans he was over the moon sign apprentice forms with Jim Smith at St Andrews and learned his craft before spending a couple years as a pro.

A stalwart in the developmental system there, he would play mostly for the reserves and youth sides but did make one appearance for the full side, against Stoke City, in 1982.

It would be his only game in the big time, he would find himself released and heading to join Saturday’s opponents, Oxford United.

In signing with Oxford, he also resigned with Jim Smith, the man who had given him a chance at the Blues.

The following season he would play 40 times for Oxford, 38 of those would see him complete the full 90 minutes.

It was after a couple of injuries that he found himself on the move again, this time to Yeovil Town on a part time deal. He would play football and help out behind the scenes at the same time.

Linney took on a role in the commercial department, some 30 years later he is now in charge of that entire operation on a daily basis.

If you want your child to be a mascot, you call Dave, if you want your company’s logo to adorn the green and white shirt… Dave’s your man.

His career on the pitch included a childhood dream to play for the club he supports and a successful stint with Oxford under an esteemed manager like Jim Smith, but when the football stops, to build a successful affiliation with another side of the game takes some doing and Dave has done just that here at Huish Park.

The interview in the Western Gazette noted Linney’s excitement at the league clashes with his first club Birmingham and on Saturday he gets chance to complete the set with a visit to the Kassam Stadium.

If you want to contact Dave regarding any commercial aspect of the club you can do by calling 01935 847872 or dropping him an email on dlinney@ytfc.net.

Tickets for the fixture against Oxford will be available for fans travelling on the day or if you want to think further ahead click HERE to purchase tickets for the upcoming home games in September.

 

 

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNET

Yeovil Town will host Barnet on Tuesday 1st September in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round.

The club will only be opening the Tamburino Stand and the Thatchers Gold Terrace for this fixture.

The fixture will kick off at 7:45pm and ticket prices are as follows and are now on sale from Huish Park.

Adults – £10

Senior Citizens – £5

Young Persons – £5

Disabled – £5

Carers – Free of charge

Juniors Under 16 – £1

HAPPY TO BE PROVED WRONG

Well, well, well YTFC fans – have you all calmed down after Saturday’s match?

I think I am going to have to admit that I was wrong during the match and if I had a hat – I would eat it. After 30 minutes, on Saturday, I was extremely negative and thought the performance was disappointing from the lads. I felt that the two goals were avoidable, as good as Mackail-Smith’s finish was, and it just seemed like the same old story at Huish Park.

 

However, the boys proved me wrong in that second half and it was one of the best performances I have seen in a very long time. We completely turned the game on its head and played Luton off the pitch. 

Harry Cornick utilised the wing incredibly and Ryan Bird was a super sub with two great striker’s finishes. We really took flight and deserved the three points. Sorry – I just had to use a “bird” pun just once! 

Let’s hope we are now off the mark and can get an equally good result at Oxford. It was so good to see the team spirit and the “never say die” attitude – something that I think we can all agree was missing last season. 

As for the rest of the football world, AFC Bournemouth secured their first win in the Premier League. The Cherries scored four goals at West Ham United and came out on top in a 3-4 thriller. There is no doubt that this is an incredible feat but I do fear for them defensively. 

Often promoted sides spend big money on strikers and forget about the defence. A good goalkeeper and impressive back four can win you plenty of points in the season and I think Watford have been solid so far this season. 

Two clean sheets in the top flight is something to be proud of and I think they may just push on throughout the rest of the campaign. Let’s hope they can get that elusive first win soon!

Hero of the Week – Petr Cech

Arsenal have endured a tough start to the season but on Monday night they had their new goalkeeper to thank after a poor performance at home to Liverpool. The Gunners looked sloppy in possession and despite a better second half, Giroud should have done better up top and Mesut Ozil continued to disappoint in midfield. 

However, Cech kept Liverpool at bay with two world class saves as he pushed Coutinho’s shot on to the post and saved well from Benteke. Liverpool’s number nine looked a threat throughout the 90 minutes. It was one of the best 0-0 matches I have seen and with all the chances the score line was quite unbelievable.

Villain of the week – John Terry 

John Terry was “Mr Consistent” last season for the champions but he almost cost his team after being sent off at West Brom on Sunday. He was clearly the last man as the home side burst forward and Chelsea’s frailties at the back reared their ugly head once again. However, they are champions for a reason and held on for a crucial 3-2 win. James Morrison scored two great goals to get the Baggies back in the game but will rue his missed penalty that switched the momentum early on. 

Tony Pulis is a great manager and I am sure their fortunes will turn soon. As for Chelsea, they will have to improve to keep up with Man City, who already look like serious title contenders. 

So, next up Yeovil Town travel to Oxford City. I live about an hour away from the ground so am glad to finally have a short trip. I was also very glad to have the bragging rights against all my Luton Town fan friends so thank you boys for that.

I hope to see you all on Saturday and I have a feeling that brilliant result will kick start our season.

Achieve By Unity and let’s get that away end rocking just as Huish Park was on Saturday!

COME ON YOU GREENS!

MASCOT PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE

With the season now in full swing, we have availability for Yeovil Town mascots aged between 2-15. 
This is a very popular package for a youngster to enjoy behind the scenes activities on a match day and ultimately lead The Glovers out on the pitch.
Mascot packages offer a fantastic match day experience where young fans get to meet their Yeovil Town hero’s and walk out on the pitch at Huish Park.
The package would make a perfect birthday or Christmas present.
The package includes:
• Ticket for the game
• Your photo and details in the match day programme and details read out over the PA system
• Meet the players and management in the changing rooms
• A replica Yeovil Town matchball that the players will sign
• Pre-match warm up prior to kick off
• Lead out the Yeovil Town team onto the pitch
• Shake hands with the opposition team players
• Join the captains and officials for a photo
To book your mascot package for just £60 please call Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net. 

MARQUEE BACK TO NORMAL SERVICE

Yeovil Town would like to apologise to fans who couldn’t use the marquee on Saturday.

A major cooling failure in the cellar caused the temperature of the beer to rise, making all the pumps unusable.

A engineer was called and visited the site to replace the faulty thermostats.

The marquee will back to normal service for the next home game.

We apologise for any inconvenience this caused to our fans.

TICKETS: OXFORD UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Oxford United are now on sale from the ticket office at Huish Park or by calling 01935 847888.

Prices for the trip are as follows:

Adults – £20

Seniors – (Over 62) – £13

Student with valid NUS card – £13

Under 18 – £13

Under 13 – £15

Under 7 – FREE

Disabled/Wheelchair – Pay relevant price

Carer – Free

Tickets can be purchased on the day can be purchased through the North Ticket Office adjacent to the Away turnstiles – these sales are CASH ONLY.

 

There is free car parking for 2000 vehicles on first come first served basis therefore it is recommended supporters try to arrive as early as possible. 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V LUTON TOWN

A stunning comeback inspired by the introduction of second half sub Ryan Bird saw Yeovil Town earn a fantastic 3-2 win over Luton Town at a stormy Huish Park this afternoon.

Craig Mackail-Smith’s stunning dipping volley gave the Hatters an early lead and when Paul Benson tapped home on 17 minutes, it seemed that Yeovil were heading for a fourth successive league defeat. But Stephen Arthurworrey pulled a goal back before the break and Bird, introduced on the hour, took just three minutes to equalise before smashing home a sensational winner with eighteen minutes remaining to give the Glovers their first points of the new season.

Manager Paul Sturrock made three changes to the side that lost 1-0 at York City on Tuesday night. Wes Fogden’s broken finger ruled him out so Matt Dolan’s return from suspension was particularly timely. Up front, the twin strike force of Ryan Bird and Mark Beck dropped to the sidelines with Jack Compton moving into midfield and Shaun Jeffers coming in up top.

Yeovil’s last home game was decided by a late winner but against John Still’s men, it was an early strike that hit them. And what a strike too as prolific forward Craig Mackail-Smith let the ball bounce before hitting the perfect dipping shot over Artur Krysiak and into the net.

Ryan Hall’s volley was deflected away for a corner on seventeen minutes but the relief was only short lived as after the corner was partially cleared, the ball was played back in for an unmarked Paul Benson to tap home. Two very different goals from two experienced strikers with over 300 goals in their lockers.

Yeovil gradually started to gain a foothold in the game with Matt Dolan testing Hatters keeper Mark Tyler twice and Jeffers also shooting at the former Yeovil loan keeper. Mackail-Smith, Luke Wilkinson and Danny Green also went close as the game opened up and shortly after, on 37 minutes, Yeovil handed themselves a lifeline. Connor Roberts found time and space for the cross from the right wing and Stephen Arthurworrey headed home.   

Before half time, the Glovers could even have grabbed the leveller but Alex Lacey headed wide against his old club and Dolan’s left foot thunderbolt was tipped behind for a corner.

With Hatters captain Steve McNulty withdrawn at half time to save him from a red card after a final warning from ref Simon Hooper, the momentum was definitely with the home side. Yet it took a superb save from Krysiak to preserve the 3-1 score line as he flung himself full length to keep out Benson’s effort.

At 2-1 down with thirty minutes left, Yeovil made a change that went a long way to change the match. Jeffers was withdrawn to bring on Ryan Bird and the striker took just three minutes to level the score line. Harry Cornick found Stephen Arthurworrey and his ball in found Ryan Bird who slid home his first goal in Yeovil colours.

Jakub Sokolik fired high and wide on seventy minutes but the comeback was completed two minutes later with Bird’s second and Yeovil’s third. Arthurworrey made a barnstorming run down the right flank; his attempted pass through found Bird via a ricochet and the striker thumped home an unstoppable drive into the corner. Credit should also be given to ref Simon Hooper who allowed Yeovil the advantage when Arthurworrey was fouled in the build up.

 

As the weather turned from sultry sun to stormy showers, the game became more stretched but lacking in any more clear chances. Luton came close in the 89th minute when Scott Griffiths cross shot bounced off the top of the crossbar with Krysiak back pedalling. But a late Luton goal would have been harsh in a Yeovil side that had fought tooth and nail to get back into a game they were seemingly out of.

Match Report : 22/08/2015

A stunning comeback inspired by the introduction of second half sub Ryan Bird saw Yeovil Town earn a fantastic 3-2 win over Luton Town at a stormy Huish Park this afternoon.

Craig Mackail-Smith’s stunning dipping volley gave the Hatters an early lead and when Paul Benson tapped home on 17 minutes, it seemed that Yeovil were heading for a fourth successive league defeat. But Stephen Arthurworrey pulled a goal back before the break and Bird, introduced on the hour, took just three minutes to equalise before smashing home a sensational winner with eighteen minutes remaining to give the Glovers their first points of the new season.

Manager Paul Sturrock made three changes to the side that lost 1-0 at York City on Tuesday night. Wes Fogden’s broken finger ruled him out so Matt Dolan’s return from suspension was particularly timely. Up front, the twin strike force of Ryan Bird and Mark Beck dropped to the sidelines with Jack Compton moving into midfield and Shaun Jeffers coming in up top.

Yeovil’s last home game was decided by a late winner but against John Still’s men, it was an early strike that hit them. And what a strike too as prolific forward Craig Mackail-Smith let the ball bounce before hitting the perfect dipping shot over Artur Krysiak and into the net.

Ryan Hall’s volley was deflected away for a corner on seventeen minutes but the relief was only short lived as after the corner was partially cleared, the ball was played back in for an unmarked Paul Benson to tap home. Two very different goals from two experienced strikers with over 300 goals in their lockers.

Yeovil gradually started to gain a foothold in the game with Matt Dolan testing Hatters keeper Mark Tyler twice and Jeffers also shooting at the former Yeovil loan keeper. Mackail-Smith, Luke Wilkinson and Danny Green also went close as the game opened up and shortly after, on 37 minutes, Yeovil handed themselves a lifeline. Connor Roberts found time and space for the cross from the right wing and Stephen Arthurworrey headed home.   

Before half time, the Glovers could even have grabbed the leveller but Alex Lacey headed wide against his old club and Dolan’s left foot thunderbolt was tipped behind for a corner.

With Hatters captain Steve McNulty withdrawn at half time to save him from a red card after a final warning from ref Simon Hooper, the momentum was definitely with the home side. Yet it took a superb save from Krysiak to preserve the 3-1 score line as he flung himself full length to keep out Benson’s effort.

At 2-1 down with thirty minutes left, Yeovil made a change that went a long way to change the match. Jeffers was withdrawn to bring on Ryan Bird and the striker took just three minutes to level the score line. Harry Cornick found Stephen Arthurworrey and his ball in found Ryan Bird who slid home his first goal in Yeovil colours.

Jakub Sokolik fired high and wide on seventy minutes but the comeback was completed two minutes later with Bird’s second and Yeovil’s third. Arthurworrey made a barnstorming run down the right flank; his attempted pass through found Bird via a ricochet and the striker thumped home an unstoppable drive into the corner. Credit should also be given to ref Simon Hooper who allowed Yeovil the advantage when Arthurworrey was fouled in the build up.

 

As the weather turned from sultry sun to stormy showers, the game became more stretched but lacking in any more clear chances. Luton came close in the 89th minute when Scott Griffiths cross shot bounced off the top of the crossbar with Krysiak back pedalling. But a late Luton goal would have been harsh in a Yeovil side that had fought tooth and nail to get back into a game they were seemingly out of.

MOST TESTING MONTH – PAUL STURROCK


Manager Paul Sturrock believes August will be the most testing month for Town this season, with injuries blighting the squad.


The Glovers are currently without nine first team players, coinciding with a difficult start to the campaign which has seen Yeovil yet to earn a point.

Despite Sturrock being without almost 50% of his squad, the Town boss isn’t using it as an excuse for his side’s form.

"Every experienced player seems to be going down with something at the moment. But we can’t keep going on about it, because then my reasoning gets turned into excuses and I’m not prepared to go down that road.

"We have injuries but we’ll still put 11 out. We just need to get on the move and get some points on the board.”

Yeovil have another two games in August before moving into September, but Sturrock believes it can only get easier for the Green and Whites.

"It’s so exasperating being a manager at this time.

"Fans can quite easily say he’s moaning about injuries again, but I’ve never had anything like this before. To have nine experienced players out at one point is galling.

"We’ve been playing a striker in central midfield and we’re still trying to fit round pegs into square holes.

"August has caught us out. The hardest month we’re going to play this season is the first one."

Sturrock and his squad welcome Luton to Huish Park on Saturday, with tickets for the fixture available right up until kick off by calling the ticket office on 01935 847888, or by clicking HERE.

JONATHAN MORRIS – 10 JULY 1995 – 16 AUGUST 2015

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club would like to pass on their sympathies to the family of Jonathan Morris who was tragically killed in a car crash on the A303 last Sunday.

Jonathan, below, worked as a steward at Huish Park. He joined The Formative Group as a student on a course in January 2015 and passed his course with flying colours and showed true potential to be an assessor and trainer for future learners on courses.

He then passed his Door Supervisor Course and his Level 3 in Spectator Safety and successfully applied for his SIA licence, which he was so proud of obtaining.

Jonathan was employed full time as a trainer and an assessor in April 2015.

He was a larger than life character in more ways than one; his sense of humour and willingness to succeed made him a pleasure to work with.

Jonathan was an ever present working as either a steward, support team, assessor or supervisor.

He made friends with everyone that he came into contact with and he very quickly became an asset to The Formative Group and every site and venue.  He completed a majority of his work and training at Yeovil Town and he assisted with the training of other stewards at the club.

Jonathan’s last job was working as a member of the Support Team for the Bristol Rovers fixture last Saturday and his last conversation was about how much he loved his job and could not wait to do more.

DAVID NORRIS JOINS ON NON-CONTRACT TERMS

Yeovil Town have completed the signing of David Norris on non-contract terms.
Midfielder Norris joined up with the Glovers this morning and will be eligible for tomorrow’s fixture against Luton Town, subject to football league paperwork.
Manager Paul Sturrock said: "With the current injury list we have here at Huish Park, I thought it was essential to bring in an experienced player. David is a quality midfielder who will add valuable experience to our depleted squad."

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V LUTON TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this Saturday as they host Luton Town at Huish Park.

The fixtures have come thick and fast at the start of the season with the Saturday-Tuesday combo continuing right through from the opening day.

Paul Sturrock’s men have played four fixtures losing them all, a close encounter at Exeter City which saw the Glovers come from 2-0 down to 2-2.

Then, a cup match against a highly experienced QPR side followed before two unlucky 1-0 defeats.

Bristol Rovers snatched a last gasp winner to seal the points last Saturday before the midweek trip to York ended in similar fashion when former Yeovil player James Berrett hit home a deflected shot to separate the sides.

Luton are currently sat in 18th place in the division and, like Yeovil, are winless in the league this season. They have drawn twice however – a 1-1 tie against Accrington and a 2-2 draw versus Oxford.

Their only success this season has come in the Capital One Cup, a shock win over Bristol City in which Jack Marrison scored twice.

In midweek, like Yeovil they went down 1-0, however John Still’s side came a cropper at home, to Bristol Rovers.

Luton Town have brought in a couple of high profile attacking names this summer with former Celtic man Paddy McCourt and ex-Peterborough front man Craig Mackail Smith joining the ranks.

Yeovil have a new man too, Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefiled was introduced to his new teammates hours before kick-off on Tuesday and played 90 minutes for his loan club shortly after.

Wakefield was brought in due to an increasing shortage of midfielders at Yeovil, however there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Jack Compton and Omar Sowumni have finally made their league debuts for the Glovers coming off the bench on Tuesday. Both of those started the season on the injury list but are now back in contention.

Midfielder Matt Dolan missed out on Tuesday through suspension, but his one-game ban is now over and he is back for this Saturday’s game.

Tuesday was also the first time this season Yeovil have been able to name a full bench with Jordan Gibbons also making his return to the squad following an early season knock.

It is hoped that the remaining injuries to Mark Laird and Ryan Dickson will edge closer to being healed and they can return to the squad too.

The fixture will also see Glovers’ defender Alex Lacey face the club he left this summer. Lacey joined Yeovil from Luton and has been a mainstay in the heart of defence this term.

So come along to Huish Park this weekend to see if Yeovil can kick start this season as players return to the squad and Sturrock finally gets the chance to work with the players he signed up this summer.

Last time we met

Yeovil and Luton have only met three times in competitive action; once in a Carling Cup match in 2003. A game that ended 4-1 to the Hatters.

The two league fixtures in the 2007/08 season saw just the one goal between them; a 0-0 draw at Huish Park was followed by a 1-0 Luton win back at Kenilworth Road.

So, in three meetings between the sides, Yeovil have scored just once – that goal… an own goal.

Yeovil then will be hoping that at the very least, someone in green and white finds the net.

Tickets

As always, tickets for the fixture are available right up until kick off.

Buying in advance is the cheapest and easiest way to secure your place – call now on 01935 847888, or click HERE and buy online.

Sponsors

Yeovil Town would like to thank their main sponsors for Saturday’s fixtures.

Match Sponsors – In memory of John Ashley

Ball Sponsors – Vaper Trails Yeovil Ltd

Programme Sponsors – Sondico

Commentary and Social Media

Commentary for all of Yeovil Town’s matches can be heard through the online club service Glovers Player, you can sign up for this by clicking HERE!

BBC Radio will also have full match commentary of the Green and White’s matches, stay tuned to your local station for all the details.

Stay tuned to all things Yeovil Town through the club’s social media outlets.

YTFC can be found on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and even SNAPCHAT just search for @YTFC or click on the links provided. Use the Hashtag #YTFC across all platforms to make sure you connect with other Glovers fans the world over.

EXTENDED CONSULTATION ROLL OUT BEGINS

Following on from the very well attended public consultations in January and the planning application recently submitted to South Somerset District Council, the club has now started the extended consultation. 
The outline planning application is for proposed uses and access but does not include the detail and exact look of the buildings or the internals.  Instead, it focuses on the much needed proposed change of use of some of the stadium complex land and gives some illustrations of what the new facilities may look like at the northern stand.
In order to go to the next step as soon as possible we need an outline planning consent and to talk to stakeholders including fans, investors and the community. 
The latter process has started with a meeting with Vice Presidents before the Bristol Rovers game at Huish Park. 
The VPs were able to talk to the Club Chairman, John Fry, and our Planning Application Agent and Season Ticket Holder, David Bell, about a range of matters and concerns which varied from financial aspects such as the future viability of the football club to much needed facilities for fans. 
David was able to bring VPs up to speed with matters such as covenants, proposed facilities, shorter term capital injection proposals and how that may be spent along with longer term revenue proposals.  He indicated that there is a lot of commercial interest in the proposals – not just in the retail but also the proposed clinic and the hotel where it would also be possible for the club to have an interest in matters such as ticket packages.
Afterwards, David commented "there was a wealth of experience in the room, not just in football but in other walks of life, and we are keen to keep the contact and debate going.  It is important that fans of all ages have opportunities to help shape and safeguard the future of the club."
Further Q&A sessions are being planned and will announced on ytfc.net when they are due to take place.

WES FOGDEN SET FOR SPELL ON SIDELINES

Wes Fogden is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering multiple hand injuries at York City.

The midfielder is expected to have surgery on a double fracture tomorrow (Friday) after a collision during the fixture on Tuesday evening.

Physio Mike Micciche said: "Wes is due to have surgery on his double fracture tomorrow morning. It appeared on Tuesday that he had dislocated his knuckle. However, once the joint was relocated it was clear that there was also a fracture to his finger."

Micciche went on to mention that the player was keen to remain playing in Tuesday’s game – "Wes was eager to continue despite being in serious pain. He asked for his fingers to be strapped together and stated that he could seek hospital attention after the game."

The Physio told ytfc.net that after a long journey home from York their priority was to seek medical assistance for Fogden: "On return to Yeovil at 5am, Wes and I visited Yeovil District Hospital where he received lots of Entonox (pain relief), three x-rays and numerous attempts to realign the main fracture."

Unfortunately, it may be several weeks until Fogden can rejoin training but Mike remains positive he’ll return in the near future saying, "The realigning of the finger didn’t work so now it has been decided that the only way to fix the unstable fracture is to have a surgical procedure, which will involve wiring the finger together. The healing process could take up to eight weeks, but we hope to reintroduce Wes back into contact training after four weeks."

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MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT V LUTON TOWN

The Glovers entertain John Still and his Luton Town side on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Referee Simon Hooper will take charge of the fixture at Huish Park.

Mr Hooper lat game in charge was Ipswich Town’s 2-0 victory over Burnley on Tuesday evening.

Hooper was last in charge at Huish Park last February for the 2-2 draw with Gillingham, where he issued six yellow cards.

So far this season the man in the middle has been charge of four games and issued five yellow cards.

He will be ably assisted by Mark Howes and Christopher Wade with the fourth official being Justin Amey.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – KIM GRANT – LUTON TOWN

If you were to name the attacking force that won Yeovil Town the 2002 FA Trophy you would of course name the goal scorers from the final at Villa Park, Carl Alford and Adam Stansfield.

But there was a third prong to that attack, a man who didn’t even make the bench on final day – Kim Grant.

Grant has played for both Luton and Yeovil over his long, illustrious career.

The Ghanaian began his football career with Charlton where he made quite an impact and clocked up way over 100 appearances for the Addicks.

When he left in 1996, he would join Saturday’s visitors Luton Town in a deal worth somewhere in the region of £250,000.

Nearly 50 games and a handful of goals for Luton followed in a spell that lasted over a year.

Grant’s career path between Luton and Yeovil takes in five sides in three countries.

He moved to Millwall in a transfer with another six-figure fee attached, before a short loan stint at Notts County, he then headed to the Belgian Premier League to play for KFC Lommel before a very brief spell in Portugal with FC Marco.

England would come calling again soon enough however when Scunthorpe United brought him back into the Football League system.

Just five appearances for the Iron followed before Yeovil took their chance to sign the front man.

It was during his spell at Yeovil where he would win the FA Trophy scoring the first goal in the First Leg of the semi-final win over Burton Albion.

A year later, he was part of the side who won promotion to the Division Three for the first time in the club’s history.

He was never the most regular member of the squad at Huish Park and having made more appearances from the bench than from the start during that second season he was back on his travels.

Portugal came calling again before a season in Malaysia and a term in the Japanese 2nd Division.

He never actually got to play for the J2 League Side Shonan Bellmare instead deciding on a return to England with Gravesend and Northfleet.

Four games for Wimbledon came next before he jetted off to Singapore splitting his time between two sides.

Grant was capped seven times for his country before embarking on a career on the other side of the game.

He was initially a coach before starting his own side, FC Takoradi.

He remains the owner of the side and runs the academy alongside it as well.

Takoradi play in the Ghanaian Division Two and have had another former Glovers, Abdoulai Demba on their staff roster.

The journey of Kim Grant may have taken him from Luton to Yeovil via much of the world, but your journey on Saturday is likely to be much easier.

You can buy tickets for the fixture by clicking HERE and using the online ticket purchase facility. Tickets are available right up until kick off and it you support will be needed to help kick start the season as Paul Sturrock looks to get the 2015/16 season up and running.

THE FIXTURE LIST HAS NOT BEEN KIND

Hey everyone. Here we are again and the rollercoaster ride of supporting Yeovil Town is moving fast.

First and foremost, I want to say how much respect I have for the fans who made the long trip up to York City on Tuesday night.

The fixtures have not been kind and I think it is really unfair and it is the fans who suffer. Carlisle United made the trip to Plymouth and saw their side lose 4-1. We fared little better with a third league defeat in a row, losing 1-0. However, no one can deny that the fans did the club proud and I am sure the performances will match the commitment soon.

We really have had a tough couple of seasons and unfortunately I feel like our losing mentality has not quite shifted yet.

So, I wanted to take this opportunity to try and assure you that the good times WILL return.

We have lost each league game by a single goal and that shows the fine margins that exist in this league. I have to say, and it pains me to say this, I thought Bristol Rovers were a very impressive side and are a team to watch this year.

I like to think we can learn from them. They have played together for 18 months and it really showed. We, on the other hand, have 18 new players and are struggling to gel – not to mention dealing with the unprecedented amount of injuries at this early stage.

League Two is looking like a very tough league and it will also take time to adjust to that. It is physical, direct and there are a number of talented players playing for each team. I have been keeping a close eye on the other sides and so I thought I would share with you my “villain” and “hero” of the week.

Villain of the week

Jason Taylor – Northampton

Barnet picked up their first win of the season, on Tuesday night, as they saw off Northampton by two goals to nil.

But the game changed when Jason Taylor fouled the prolific John Akinde and saw red for the offence. Akinde made no mistake from the spot, before adding a second in the final minute.

Northampton had enjoyed a perfect start to the season but a poor second half cost them this time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB2o-UT0YdU

Hero of the week

Artur Krysiak – Yeovil Town

So, as a frequent tweeter, I am getting the feeling that Yeovil Town fans are not that happy at the moment. We may be missing those elusive first points but our number 1 has been doing us very proud lately.

When that 88th minute goal went in on Saturday, my first thought was for Krysiak and how he did not deserve to concede. His performance was outstanding and I hope his confidence continues to improve – remember YTFC fans a top goalkeeper wins you 10 – 15 points a season, so have no fear – Krysiak is here.

Artur told me, on Twitter, he had not watched his great performance yet – so here are the highlights just for him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EIjD3pSJAo

Next up, we face my local team – Luton Town. I live ten minutes from the Hatters ground and so have many friends who are fans and so I MUST have the bragging rights. They have suffered a poor start to the season too and so will also be looking for those first three points. They have done some shrewd business in the summer with Craig Mackail-Smith being the stand out signing.

We will have to be at our best to beat them and I really hope the Huish Park faithful will get behind the boys as we go again.

I know it is tough at the moment but we must stay with the club, the management and the players. We still have 43 games to go and countless important players still to return from injury.

Keep believing and see you all on Saturday!

MANAGER HAPPY WITH ATTITUDE OF PLAYERS DESPITE DEFEAT

Manager Paul Sturrock believes Town will start to climb up SkyBet League Two once the substantial injury list begins to subside.

The Glovers currently have eight players on the sidelines, whilst midfielder Matt Dolan missed Tuesday’s game against York through suspension.

Town are yet to win this season having lost narrowly in their opening three games to Exeter, Bristol Rovers and York.

However, Sturrock is adamant the current fortunes will change once he has a full squad to choose from.

"The club has been on a spiral downwards because of a losing mentality, but that 20 minutes after we lost the goal proved to me that when we’re healthy and there’s competition for places, we’ll start climbing this league.

"Football has a crazy way of kicking you in the teeth when you’re down and lady luck has turned her bottom on us at the minute, but I hope soon she’ll turn round and give us a smile.

"It’s been a very hard month and we’ve got to bite and scratch to get out way through it and we’ve got to soldier on."

The Glovers boss saw signs of improvement from Saturday’s defeat to the Gas, whilst admitting his side need more guile in front of goal.

"The performance was better. There was very little in the game and it was a deflected goal that settled it.

"I was very pleased with the attitude of the players. They didn’t let their heads go down when they lost the goal they lifted them and that’s what I’m happy about.

"The defenders are working hard but we’ve got to be more positive when we’re going forward. We’re very young and naive, but there’s signs.

"I’m despondent, disappointed and gutted, but we’ve got to take some hope to sort it out."

REPORT: YORK CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

After the near 300-mile trip to York City, Yeovil Town left Bootham Crescent empty handed after James Berrett’s deflected shot just after the hour secured the points for the home team.

Manager Paul Sturrock made one change from the starting eleven that lost to local rivals Bristol Rovers at the weekend. Matt Dolan missed the long trip through suspension and was replaced by new loan signing Josh Wakefield, who joined the club on Tuesday morning from AFC Bournemouth.

Despite it being August, the game started in light drizzle and with both teams struggle to get possession of the ball the home side had the first chance after five minutes when former Glover James Berrett fired at goal from 30 yards, but his effort went narrowly over the crossbar.

Town’s first effort came just before the twenty-minute mark when Harry Cornick’s run and shot was deflected wide by centre back Zubar.

On 40 minutes Town had Krysiak to thank for keeping the scores level. The Polish shot stopper pulled off a remarkable point black save to deny Zubar and York a certain goal.

Just two minutes later Krysiak was called into action again. This time the man in black dived low to his left to tip York captain Penn’s long-range effort wide of the upright.

Five minutes into the second half Town nearly opened the scoring after Cornick wriggled free in the box. But the loanee’s shot deflected into the grateful hands of Flinders.

Just after the hour mark the home side took the lead. Former Glover Berrett’s deflected shot from just inside the area left Krysiak no chance in the Town goal.

Despite the late push at the York goal, Town failed to really test Flinders between the sticks.

Match Report : 18/08/2015

After the near 300-mile trip to York City, Yeovil Town left Bootham Crescent empty handed after James Berrett’s deflected shot just after the hour secured the points for the home team.

Manager Paul Sturrock made one change from the starting eleven that lost to local rivals Bristol Rovers at the weekend. Matt Dolan missed the long trip through suspension and was replaced by new loan signing Josh Wakefield, who joined the club on Tuesday morning from AFC Bournemouth.

Despite it being August, the game started in light drizzle and with both teams struggle to get possession of the ball the home side had the first chance after five minutes when former Glover James Berrett fired at goal from 30 yards, but his effort went narrowly over the crossbar.

Town’s first effort came just before the twenty-minute mark when Harry Cornick’s run and shot was deflected wide by centre back Zubar.

On 40 minutes Town had Krysiak to thank for keeping the scores level. The Polish shot stopper pulled off a remarkable point black save to deny Zubar and York a certain goal.

Just two minutes later Krysiak was called into action again. This time the man in black dived low to his left to tip York captain Penn’s long-range effort wide of the upright.

Five minutes into the second half Town nearly opened the scoring after Cornick wriggled free in the box. But the loanee’s shot deflected into the grateful hands of Flinders.

Just after the hour mark the home side took the lead. Former Glover Berrett’s deflected shot from just inside the area left Krysiak no chance in the Town goal.

Despite the late push at the York goal, Town failed to really test Flinders between the sticks.

JOSH WAKEFIELD JOINS THE GLOVERS FROM AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Yeovil Town have signed midfielder Josh Wakefield on loan from AFC Bournemouth.

The 21-year-old has penned a one-month deal at Huish Park and goes straight into the starting eleven to face York City tonight.

Josh has been at AFC Bournemouth since the age of 12 and signed professional terms with the Cherries in the summer of 2010.

He has spent time on loan at Wimborne Town, Hamworthy United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Dorchester Town, Welling Unted and Torquay United.

Josh will wear the number 25 during his stay at Huish Park.

TICKETS: OXFORD UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Oxford United are now on sale from the ticket office at Huish Park or by calling 01935 847888.

Prices for the trip are as follows:

Adults – £20

Seniors – (Over 62) – £13

Student with valid NUS card – £13

Under 18 – £13

Under 13 – £15

Under 7 – FREE

Disabled/Wheelchair – Pay relevant price

Carer – Free

Tickets can be purchased on the day can be purchased through the North Ticket Office adjacent to the Away turnstiles – these sales are CASH ONLY.

 

There is free car parking for 2000 vehicles on first come first served basis therefore it is recommended supporters try to arrive as early as possibl

PREVIEW: YORK CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action on Tuesday night as they take on York City away.

It’s a mere 573 mile round trip from Huish Park to Bootham Cresent and back for the hardy souls taking on the away trip.

Yeovil Town go into the game with somewhat of an injury crisis, no fewer than eight players are ruled out via the physio’s room and one other – Matt Dolan, is suspended.

From the back, Ben Tozer, Omar Sowunmi, Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson, Ryan Dickson, Simon Gillett, Jordan Gibbons, and Jack Compton have all been missing for large parts of the season with Compton’s return to the bench on Saturday a light at the end of the injury-prone tunnel.

As mentioned, Dolan will also miss this away trip due to being suspended. He saw yellow twice – and red once – on Saturday.

Manager Paul Sturrock commented that the dismissal was naïve of one of the Glovers’ key stars and best performers of the first two games.

What this leaves is a distinct lack of central midfielders – Wes Fogden is the only recognised central player with Ryan Bird filling in for the majority of the second half against Bristol Rovers.

Connor Roberts has experience in the middle of the park as does Alex Lacey but both of them are preferred in a relatively settled defensive line.

The game on Saturday may have seen Yeovil stretched to the limit, but solid performances from Artur Krysiak and Jakub Sokolik meant it took Rovers 85 minutes to break the Glovers down and score the only goal of the entire match.

The spirited defensive performance that came without fruition in terms of a result has mirrored Yeovil’s start to the season with defeats at Exeter and QPR in the cup going the same way.

As for Tuesday’s opponents, York have had a similarly shaky start to the season and are one of four sides – along with Yeovil – remaining in League Two with 0 points to their name.

On the opening day, Russ Wilcox’s side were comprehensively beaten by Wycombe before losing out to their own last minute goal drama on Saturday against Hartlepool.

They do however have cup success in the bag this season, a 2-2 draw again Bradford saw the match go all the way to penalties with the home side progressing.

On the score sheet that day was former Glover James Berrett, Berrett left Yeovil this summer sealing a free transfer to York.

The other former Yeovil player likely to feature is one-time loanee Scott Flinders, the goalkeeper signed from Hartlepool during the off season.

Paul Sturrock hasn’t ruled out getting in some reinforcements but with a quick turnaround between games, any new additions would have to be carefully considered within the budget and so expecting a new face for this game might be out of the question.

The Tuesday night trip to York will be a test of two sides trying to kick start their season with Yeovil hoping the game will provide them with no further concerns in the ever busying physiotherapy department.

Last time we met

Yeovil and York have only met twice in competitive league action – during the 2003/04 season. Both the home and away fixtures ended in wins for the Glovers.

The home leg went first and saw Yeovil come through as 3-0 winners; Kirk Jackson, Colin Miles and Adam Stansfield all on the scoresheet in the emphatic win.

Back up in North Yorkshire as the season drew to a close, Yeovil were thankful to Paul Terry and Andy Lindegaard for a couple of second half goals to claim the double over the Minstermen.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture can be purchased right up until kick off at the ground with prices set at £18 for adults and concessions at £12.

The York City ticket department have reminded Yeovil fans that it will be a cash-only turnstile on the night.

Commentary and Social Media

Commentary for all of Yeovil Town’s matches can be heard through the online club service Glovers Player, you can sign up for this by clicking HERE!

BBC Radio will also have full match commentary of the Green and White’s matches, stay tuned to your local station for all the details.

Stay tuned to all things Yeovil Town through the club’s social media outlets.

YTFC can be found on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and even SNAPCHAT just search for @YTFC or click on the links provided. Use the Hashtag #YTFC across all platforms to make sure you connect with other Glovers fans the world over.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – BYRON WEBSTER – YORK CITY

It doesn’t take long upon visiting Huish Park to see images of the Wembley victory in 2013 hanging all around the stadium, inside and out.

Whether it is Paddy Madden’s right foot wonder goal or the trophy being held aloft by any number of green and white heroes, memories from that day and the season as a whole come flooding back.

One man who was central to that side was the man who we focus on for today’s "foot in both camps’.

A Yorkshireman by birth but with a football story that has taken in much of England and even the far flung divisions of the Czech Republic.

Byron Webster began his career initially in Leeds United’s youth system but after a couple years switched to York City where he would make his first team bow.

 

Webster’s debut for the Minstermen came in 2004 at the age of just 17, two years before turning professional with the same side.

His first and only goal for York came later that same season in a game against Stevenage Borough.

His time at Bootham Cresent – or the Kit Kat Cresent as it was for most of his time there – spanned three years. He only made a little over 20 appearances for the club and eventually left in February 2007.

His stay at York may have been a short one in the first team, but they will forever remain the club that gave him his chance at professional football.

His career remained local signing for non-league sides in Yorkshire including Harrogate and Whitby before an unusual opportunity arose.

FK Banik Most is probably not a football club many people will be familiar with, however Webster was offered a chance to go to the top tier of Czech football and play against the relative giants of Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzen. He was lured to the less-than-glamorous surroundings of the Gambrinus Liga by an agent while on holiday in the more-than-glamourous setting on Mexico and recalled at how he travelled to meet his new team with ‘nothing to lose’ after falling out of love with the game.

Two years into his time in the Czech Republic he returned but not before he’d picked up some of the local lingo – a trait which helped him when communicating with Marek Stech during the promotion campaign.

He was courted by SPL and Championship clubs in England and settled on Doncaster where he would spend a solitary year before heading to Northampton.

It was there he caught the eye of Gary Johnson who brought him to Huish Park.

For two seasons he was a lynch pin of the Glovers back line leading the troops both as a central figure and as vice-captain for much of his stay.

 

His first campaign, the successful 2012/13 season, Webster was a near ever present and the Webster-Burn central defensive partnership kept some very high profile attacking threats at bay.

53 appearances in the first season had earned him, and his employers, a crack at the Championship.

Ultimately, trying to stay in the second tier proved too much of an uphill task. Despite that, Webster would return to Yeovil a year later this time on loan from Millwall to try and guide the Glovers away from the bottom of League One – again, with the captain’s armband and his on-the-field leadership quoted as being his main asset.

Webster is back in League One with Millwall these days and under new management has cemented himself as a key member of the side with promotion ambitions themselves this season.

His face is one of those plastered all around Huish Park for his role in 2013, but his talismanic campaign could not have been possible if York hadn’t given him a chance in the first place.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN LADIES V ASTON VILLA LADIES

Yeovil Town made it two wins out of three in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup, thanks to second-half strikes from super sub Nicola Cousins and Annie Heatherson.

The Lady Glovers made a promising start against Aston Villa as Heatherson headed a Helen Bleazard free-kick wide inside the opening minute.

Yeovil continued to dominate the proceedings and broke the deadlock on 17 minutes when Alys Hinchcliffe latched onto a through ball from Shauna Cossens before rounding Villa keeper Caitlin Leach and firing home.

In the 25th minute, Jodi Cornwall tested Leach with a powerful long range strike that the Villa keeper turned onto the bar before gathering at the second attempt.

The visitors equalised four minutes later though when Olivia Fergusson cut through the Yeovil defence before slotting past Yeovil keeper Charlotte Haynes.

On the stroke of half-time, Hinchcliffe raced through on goal before her eventual effort was turned behind for a corner by Leach.

Six minutes after the re-start, Fergusson threatened again for the visitors, but Yeovil keeper Haynes raced off her line to clear the danger.

In the 70th minute, substitute Sarah Wiltshire attempted to lob Leach from 35-yards, but her effort narrowly cleared the cross bar.

The Lady Glovers regained the lead on 76 minutes when Cousins headed home a corner from Bleazard and in the 90th minute Heatherson scored Yeovil’s third to add gloss to their win.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Sammy Quayle, Ebony Dover (Ellie Curson 82), Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston; Natalie Haigh; Alys Hinchcliffe (Sarah Wiltshire 62), Emily Donovan, Shauna Cossens, Jodi Cornwall (Nicola Cousins 62); Annie Heatherson

Subs not used: Stephanie Williams, Stacey Pearson, Natasha Knapman, Alice Evans

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Aston Villa Ladies: Caitlin Leach, Hayley Crackle, Elisha N’Dow, Lauren Haynes, Hannah George (Maddy Cusack 39); Abbeyleigh Stringer (Alicia Robinson 71), Sherry McCue, Georgie Griffiths (Lucy Porter 77); Bethan Merrick, Olivia Fergusson, Katie Wilkinson

Subs not used: Amy West, Jess Myers, Laura Cooper, Mollie Rouse

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Referee: Alistair Francis

Attendance: 284

Yeovil Town Ladies face Aston Villa Ladies again next Sunday (2.00pm KO), but this time in the FA Women’s Super League, hoping for 3 points to chase down Reading Women and Doncaster Rovers Belles. Buy your tickets here.

AWAY TRAVEL CLUB DONATE CAMERA TO THE ACADEMY

The Away Travel Club has made a donation to the new Academy set up at Huish Park.

The club has handed over a brand new video camera to the academy for them to record their games and for the coaches to analyse the games.

Academy manager Geoff Harrop said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to the Away Travel Club for their donation of the camera. It will be a great help to for the players to look back at their performances."

Mark Kelly from the Away Travel Club said: "As a group we are always pleased to help out with donations to the club. I spoke with Dave Byrne recently and he said they would like a new camera to record . We are happy to oblige and donate one."

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BRISTOL ROVERS

A stunning strike from Ellis Harrison with three minutes left gave Bristol Rovers a 1-0 victory in the West Country derby at Huish Park this afternoon.

Harrison’s shot into the top corner gave the Gasheads their first win of the season and condemned ten man Yeovil to their third successive defeat. The Glovers had been reduced to ten men on 64 minutes with the dismissal of Matt Dolan following a second booking but in truth, Rovers deserved all three points and would have won by more had it not been for a brilliant goalkeeping performance from Artur Krysiak. The Pole saved Yeovil on five or six occasions, including a save from Harrison late on that was the pick of the bunch.

Following Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss to QPR in the Capital One Cup, Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made three changes to the side that lined up at 3pm. Marc Laird’s hamstring injury ruled him out while both Shaun Jeffers and Iffy Allen dropped to the bench. They were replaced by Wes Fogden, Ryan Bird and Mark Beck, the latter two forming a new duo up front.

The first half saw Rovers dominate possession and have the bulk of the chances as a result. The first of Krysiak’s string of fine saves came on 17 minutes when Ellis Harrison’s left foot shot was pushed away full length by the keeper. The next save was even better as he denied James Clarke’s long range pile driver on twenty minutes.

Alex Lacey headed Matt Dolan’s corner over on the half hour but it was a rare chance for a Glovers team and normal service resumed shortly after when Krysiak tipped a Chris Lines free kick over his bar. From the corner Tom Parkes headed wide as Rovers threatened to attack at will.

As the half closed, Clarke again went close from distance, Harrison fired a shot over the bar and Krysiak turned a Matty Taylor effort for a corner. From the flag kick, Lines swung in an excellent delivery that nearly crept over the line before being cleared.

As at the QPR game on Tuesday, Yeovil improved somewhat after the interval and new Rovers keeper Aaron Chapman saved superbly from Dolan’s shot. He then almost faltered a minute later when Mark Beck almost closed down a short back pass but the clearance rebounded off the big striker and away to safety.

On 64 minutes, Dolan was dismissed for a second yellow, tripping Danny Leadbitter on the flank. His first booking was soft but frustrating, standing in front of a free kick to prevalent it being taken. The indiscretion could have caused Yeovil problems but to be truthful,mother Glovers were struggling anyway.

Shaun Jeffers replaced the quiet Harry Cornick on 63 minutes and the sub provided more successful hold up play and even created a half chance for himself before pulling his left foot shot well wide of goal.  But the majority of the action was taking place at the other end as Rovers pressed home their man advantage by stretching play across the pitch and also playing the long diagonal balls to good effect.

Parkes headed over from a Lines corner and as Gas manager Darrell Clarke introduced two fresh attackers in Cristian Montano and Jeffery Monakana , there was an increased likelihood of a decisive single goal settling the derby. The Glovers had fair warning of the power of Harrison when the young forward swivelled and shot, Krysiak producing his best save to push it over.

On 87 minutes, the winner finally came. The ball came in from the right and found Harrison who slammed the ball high into the net to secure all three points in front of the 2,038 travelling Rovers fans.

Match Report : 15/08/2015

A stunning strike from Ellis Harrison with three minutes left gave Bristol Rovers a 1-0 victory in the West Country derby at Huish Park this afternoon.

Harrison’s shot into the top corner gave the Gasheads their first win of the season and condemned ten man Yeovil to their third successive defeat. The Glovers had been reduced to ten men on 64 minutes with the dismissal of Matt Dolan following a second booking but in truth, Rovers deserved all three points and would have won by more had it not been for a brilliant goalkeeping performance from Artur Krysiak. The Pole saved Yeovil on five or six occasions, including a save from Harrison late on that was the pick of the bunch.

Following Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss to QPR in the Capital One Cup, Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made three changes to the side that lined up at 3pm. Marc Laird’s hamstring injury ruled him out while both Shaun Jeffers and Iffy Allen dropped to the bench. They were replaced by Wes Fogden, Ryan Bird and Mark Beck, the latter two forming a new duo up front.

The first half saw Rovers dominate possession and have the bulk of the chances as a result. The first of Krysiak’s string of fine saves came on 17 minutes when Ellis Harrison’s left foot shot was pushed away full length by the keeper. The next save was even better as he denied James Clarke’s long range pile driver on twenty minutes.

Alex Lacey headed Matt Dolan’s corner over on the half hour but it was a rare chance for a Glovers team and normal service resumed shortly after when Krysiak tipped a Chris Lines free kick over his bar. From the corner Tom Parkes headed wide as Rovers threatened to attack at will.

As the half closed, Clarke again went close from distance, Harrison fired a shot over the bar and Krysiak turned a Matty Taylor effort for a corner. From the flag kick, Lines swung in an excellent delivery that nearly crept over the line before being cleared.

As at the QPR game on Tuesday, Yeovil improved somewhat after the interval and new Rovers keeper Aaron Chapman saved superbly from Dolan’s shot. He then almost faltered a minute later when Mark Beck almost closed down a short back pass but the clearance rebounded off the big striker and away to safety.

On 64 minutes, Dolan was dismissed for a second yellow, tripping Danny Leadbitter on the flank. His first booking was soft but frustrating, standing in front of a free kick to prevalent it being taken. The indiscretion could have caused Yeovil problems but to be truthful,mother Glovers were struggling anyway.

Shaun Jeffers replaced the quiet Harry Cornick on 63 minutes and the sub provided more successful hold up play and even created a half chance for himself before pulling his left foot shot well wide of goal.  But the majority of the action was taking place at the other end as Rovers pressed home their man advantage by stretching play across the pitch and also playing the long diagonal balls to good effect.

Parkes headed over from a Lines corner and as Gas manager Darrell Clarke introduced two fresh attackers in Cristian Montano and Jeffery Monakana , there was an increased likelihood of a decisive single goal settling the derby. The Glovers had fair warning of the power of Harrison when the young forward swivelled and shot, Krysiak producing his best save to push it over.

On 87 minutes, the winner finally came. The ball came in from the right and found Harrison who slammed the ball high into the net to secure all three points in front of the 2,038 travelling Rovers fans.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V BRISTOL ROVERS

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League 2 action this coming Saturday and it’s the second local derby in a row for the Glovers as they welcome Bristol Rovers to Huish Park.

Both sides are looking for their first win of the season, Yeovil narrowly lost out on the opening day down at Exeter, coming from behind to claw back to a 2-2 position but conceded late on.

In the first round of the Capital One Cup, QPR came to Somerset and despite making a number of changes were still able to field a number of international stars and big name players, the gulf was too big and the R’s won 3-0 despite a spirited performance from a stretched Glovers squad.

As for Rovers, they began their first season back in the Football League with two defeats. They fell to a late goal from their former star, John Joe O’Toole as they lost to Northampton on the opening day of the campaign.

Their cup run was also halted at the first hurdle despite them giving Birmingham City a bit of a scare.

All three goals in the 2-1 win were scored in a 10-minute period during the second half. The Blues took the lead but were pegged back by Ellis Harrison only for the visitors from the Championship to go back up the other end and retake the lead.

Paul Sturrock has used his squad to the full over the past couple of fixtures with a number of injuries already causing problems at Huish Park.

Ben Tozer, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett are all on the recovery path but might yet be missing for a little bit while the likes of Omar Sowunmi, Jack Compton and Jordan Gibbons are closer to returning.

Marc Laird hobbled off against QPR and looks like being an absentee for a while as does captain Ryan Dickson with hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

Sturrock has said that his bench might not only be thin, but may be lacking any defensive cover at all with only attackers available in reserve.

Bristol Rovers will be bringing back two former Glovers in their squad with goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and Tom Parkes in defence having representing Yeovil. However Mildy was a Glovers for a lot longer than one time loanee Parkes.

They also boast a fully-fledged, current international in Jake Gosling who is regularly called up for the Gibraltar national side.

The opening of the season was met with the licking of lips from Yeovil fans, but with one local derby going the way of the opposition and a giant killing in the cup thwarted by a class side with Premier League pedigree there will be thousands in the home end that will be hoping for a turnaround in result for the second derby match within a week.

The marquee will only be open to home fans for the match and there will be no booze bars behind the terraces.

There will be a matchday collection for Parkinson’s UK.

Last time we met

With the geography of these two sides being so close to one another it comes as no surprise that the two have met on many, many occasions.

However, with Bristol Rovers dropping out of the league while Yeovil were ascending to the Championship, they haven’t actually crossed in a league match since 2011.

A friendly in 2014 ended in a 2-0 Yeovil win after Ajay Leitch Smith scored twice and there has been Johnstones Paint Trophy fixture in 2012, which also ended in a Glovers win after Ed Upson and Sam Foley did the damage.

The last league meeting did however end in a Rovers victory, a single Gavin Williams goal – wearing the blue and white, not green and white – secured the win late on.

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are available right up until kick off, but with extra numbers expected to attend we ask that anyone purchasing or collecting on match day arrive in plenty of time.

If you want to reserve your place before the event, click HERE to buy online or call the ticket office on 01935 847888 and speak to an operator.

Sponsors

Yeovil Town are very grateful to the sponsors of the forthcoming match.

Match Sponsor – Western Gazette

Ball Sponsor – In memory of Norman Burfield

Programme Sponsor – BBC Somerset

Commentary and Social Media

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A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – STEVE MILDENHALL – BRISTOL ROVERS

Yeovil Town can name some fantastic names among the list of goalkeepers to tend the net at Huish Park over recent years.

These include Welsh international Wayne Hennessey, Alex McCarthy of QPR and Asmir Begovic, who now plies his trade with the Champions of England, Chelsea, to name just three.

But during the first successful League One campaign of the Russell Slade era one man often skips under the radar when Glovers fans discuss the best glovesmen to represent the club.

Steve Mildenhall joined Yeovil from Grimsby in the summer of 2006 just after he, along with another former Yeovil player JP Kalala and gaffer Russell Slade moved from the coast to Somerset.

The 2006/07 season caught many Yeovil fans off guard as not only did Yeovil qualify for the play offs, but made it all the way to the final losing out to Blackpool in the Wembley showpiece.

Fans will always remember the semi-final win over Nottingham Forest, specifically what is referred to as ‘that night in Nottingham’ when a 2-0 win for the Reds at Huish Park was dramatically overturned with a 5-2 score line on the night.

Mildenhall was key to that season’ success playing no fewer than 52 times that season keeping 17 clean sheets in the process.

Having an ‘ever present’ in goal was vital to the success of the small squad, with a regular spine in front of him and a defence with the likes of Nathan Jones and Terry Skiverton guarding the front line he was always bound for success.

That season’s headlines were of course dominated by Marcus Stewart and Leon Best, but it was Mildenhall who was named BBC South West Footballer of the Year that summer.

Yeovil as a team were awarded the ‘Sporting Moment’ award from BBC Points West.

In total, Mildenhall played 85 times for Yeovil before departing for Southend in 2008.

It would five more years before Mildy would find his way to the Memorial Ground.

In May 2013, as Yeovil were reaching Wembley for a second time, Mildenhall signed a two-year deal with Rovers after a successful loan spell the season prior.

He is still a mainstay of the Rovers side, playing over 30 times in their successful promotion back to the Football League last summer.

But, the headlines were this time all about Mildy, he played in the Wembley final against his former club, Grimsby but only for the final minute of extra time.

In a stunt that replicated Louis Van Gaal in the World Cup, Bristol Rovers’ Manager Darrell Clarke replaced the starting ‘keeper was hauled off in favour of Mildenhall for the penalty kicks.

Mildenhall got his hands to two of the spot kicks and his side prevailed through not only winning promotion but also the right to face local rivals Yeovil this season.

Steve is one of the most reliable men to wear the gloves for either side and he has certainly been involved in some fascinating matches and campaigns. He will be welcomed back to Huish Park this Saturday as a returning hero.

You can be there this Saturday, not just for Mildy’s return but also for the renewal of one of the South West’s oldest rivalries.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE or by calling 01935 847888 and speaking to a member of the ticket office staff.

In the build up to the York game next Tuesday we’ll profile a central defender who began his career in North Yorkshire and became a hero in South Somerset.

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNET

Yeovil Town will host Barnet on Tuesday 1st September in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round.

Tickets are now on sale to season ticket holders only to allow them priority on the ‘best’ choice of seats available as their seat is not reserved. Season ticket holders have until Thursday 20th August to choose their seat.

The club will only be opening the Tamburino Stand and the Thatchers Gold Terrace for this fixture.

The fixture will kick off at 7:45pm and ticket prices are as follows and are now on sale from Huish Park.

Adults – £10

Senior Citizens – £5

Young Persons – £5

Disabled – £5

Carers – Free of charge

Juniors Under 16 – £1

TONIGHT’S Q&A EVENING TO BE RE-ARRANGED

Due to the number of interested supporters wanting to be involved but not available for the Q and A tonight, the club has contacted supporters and cancelled the Q&A session in favour of meeting supporters in the Legends Lounge at a later date.

At the new session Paul Sturrock, John Fry will take questions from the audience about the new season.

Planning Agent David Bell will also be in attendance to answer any questions regarding the planning application.

 

We apologise to those booked for tonight but think the new arrangements will be more convenient for most supporters.

FOOTBALL IS BACK!

Thank goodness for that! Football is back and it is back with a vengeance. What a great day Saturday was even though we did not get the result we had hoped for. I thought we were much improved in the second half and there was a lot to build on. It was not a bad way for 20 – year – old Harry Cornick to make his debut! It was a great finish for his first goal for the club and showed huge composure with it being his first touch.

It was a scorching hot day at St James’s Park and the whole day was a fitting tribute to Adam Stansfield who we all remember so fondly!

The Exeter fans and Yeovil fans were both brilliant and I even got some banter as I walked back to the car. A group of lads started chanting “Shez Shez what’s the score?!” I guess I asked for that one having my nickname on the back of my shirt!

As for last night, QPR looked like a very good side, as you would expect, and I think we just made a few too many mistakes against them. We just have to draw a line under that match and go again against opposition closer to our standard.

The opening weekend was as brilliant as anticipated and was not without the shocks we know and love in each of the four divisions. Here are what I think were the biggest shocks from each league:

Premier League

Arsenal 0 West Ham 2

Arsenal have been hotly tipped to finally mount a realistic title challenge this year after two consecutive FA Cups and the signing of Petr Cech. So, it was somewhat ironic that the two goals that West Ham scored were the result of poor defending and poor goalkeeping. The Hammers put on an impressive performance and really showed their London rivals how to defend. It was also a first Premier League start for 16 – year – old Reece Oxford. The young prospect boasted a 95% pass accuracy and Mezut Ozil struggled to break free from him. What a day for the teenager – but Arsenal need to address their defensive issues if they are to challenge this year.

Championship

Rotherham 1 MK Dons 4

Fresh from automatic promotion on the last day of last season, MK Dons got their Championship campaign off to a flying start with an emphatic win at the New York Stadium. Former Glover, Dean Bowditch, was in on the scoring action but Rotherham’s defending left a lot to be desired. They will need to improve quickly if they are to escape the dreaded “second season syndrome.” Both sides are expected to be battling at the bottom of the table but for now they sit at completely opposite ends. Of course, this is likely to all change next week.

League One

Gillingham 4 Sheffield United 0

After their capitulation in the play – offs last season, the appointment of Nigel Adkins was one with the hopes of promotion as they prepare for their fifth consecutive season in the third tier. There is no doubt they are under achieving but the new campaign got off to a disastrous start with Gillingham scoring after just eight minutes. The Gills finished last season in 12th place and were battling for a play – off spot. If they continue to play like this, they may well be in with a chance this year.

League Two
Bristol Rovers 0 Northampton 1

Probably the least shocking result but a great one for Northampton all the same. Newly promoted Conference teams are very often a force to be reckoned with in League Two and Bristol Rovers will have high expectations for the new campaign. Northampton have comeback stronger from the brink of relegation and former Glover Sam Hoskins was a substitute for the Cobblers and will be looking to score a few goals this season. Let’s just hope it is not against us!

Speaking of Rovers, they are our next challenge at Huish Park. It was great to be back there Tuesday night and the atmosphere should be brilliant with a big crowd for the local derby.

What a fixture that would be to get our first three points of the season – see you all then and get behind the green and whites!

Until next week.

Shez

OPEN Q&A SESSION AT HUISH PARK


Yeovil Town will be hosting an open question and answer session with Chairman John Fry, Planning Agent David Bell and Manager Paul Sturrock.

The event will take place in the Legends Lounge at Huish Park on Thursday 13th August. The doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

Tickets are free from the Huish Park ticket office, but fans wishing to attend will need to have a ticket as numbers are limited to 100.

The evening will include some short presentations on the the new planning proposal followed by a question and session with manager Paul Sturrock.

Tickets can be obtained by calling 01935 847888 or tickets can picked up from the Ticket Office.

PRIVATE MEMBER WINNERS FOR JULY 2015

Yeovil Town Football Club are continually striving for further commercial success and are looking for new members to join the Yeovil Town Private Members Club Scheme, which pays out £1000 of prize money each month – 10 x £100 winners, 5 x £200 winners, 4 x £250 winners or 2 x £500 winners.

 

Schemes such as the Private Members contribute greatly to the financial stability of this historic club, hopefully with a view to reaching greater heights.

 

The scheme is run each month and subscription is £10 per month and payable by standing order, cash or a cheque.

For more information on the above please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net

4 x £250 Winners for July 2015

35 – Mrs B Thomas – Mere, Wilts

94 – D Baker – Wincanton, Somerset

119 – I’s & J’s – Pulham, Somerset

106 – A Foster – Yeovil

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Yeovil Town exited the Capital One Cup at the first round stage after Queens Park Rangers completed a comfortable 3-0 win at Huish Park tonight.

First half goals from Sebastian Polter and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas gave the R’s a two goal advantage at half time and a third from Nedum Onuoha on 55 minutes sealed the game. The Glovers improved in the second half and Stephen Arthurworrey hit the crossbar with a header but the game at times was all too easy for the Londoners who were in the Premier League a few short months ago.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made four changes to the side that lost 3-2 at Exeter City on Saturday. Chris Weale, Wes Fogden and Mark Beck all dropped to the bench while Ryan Dickson didn’t make the sixteen man squad at all. Instead, the manager opted for Artur Krysiak, Iffy Allen, Jakub Sokolik and Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick.

The first ten minutes were all about the visitors keeping the ball comfortably and Yeovil struggling for possession. Yet it was the home side that had the first chance when Allen curled a shot well wide of the target. But it was only four minutes on when the R’s took the lead. Arthurworrey was caught a little flat footed and Sebastian Polter muscled past him and shot left footed, the ball taking a deflection and looping over Krysiak.

Three minutes later and it was 2-0 thanks to some great work on the right from Cole Kpekawa. A smart piece of skill earned him a few yards of space to get in a cross that flashed across the box and was finished well at the far stick by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Most of QPR’s first half chances came from Matt Phillips corners with Nedum Onuoha heading well wide and Matt Dolan clearing another header from Polter off the line.  Emmanuel-Thomas spurned an opportunity to kill the game with a left foot shot that was well wide of goal and Oscar

Gobern’s effort was equally off target as the half closed.

Yeovil started the second half much brighter and former England keeper Rob Green was called on to make a brilliant save four minutes in from a Dolan thunderbolt. From the ensuing corner, Arthurworrey headed onto the crossbar, the ball bouncing twice before landing on the roof of the net.

Just as Yeovil seemed to be harbouring hopes of a comeback , the killer third goal arrived from an unlikely source. From another Phillips corner, the ball bounced around following a mishit shot by Gobern and Onuoha pounced to lash in from ten yards out.

Marc Laird limped off on the hour with a hamstring injury with Jamie Burrows coming on. Michael Doughty and Gobern were both close and Emmanuel-Thomas tested Krysiak with a swerving shot that the Pole did well to parry.

Rangers used all three of their subs as the game wore on and the final of them, Junior Hoilett, came closest to adding a fourth with a rasping shot that whistled over the bar. After Yeovil sub Mark Beck headed wide from a Connor Roberts cross, man of the match Nathan Smith almost grabbed a late consolation with a superb effort that Green tipped away at full stretch for a corner.        

Match Report : 11/08/2015

Yeovil Town exited the Capital One Cup at the first round stage after Queens Park Rangers completed a comfortable 3-0 win at Huish Park tonight.

First half goals from Sebastian Polter and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas gave the R’s a two goal advantage at half time and a third from Nedum Onuoha on 55 minutes sealed the game. The Glovers improved in the second half and Stephen Arthurworrey hit the crossbar with a header but the game at times was all too easy for the Londoners who were in the Premier League a few short months ago.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made four changes to the side that lost 3-2 at Exeter City on Saturday. Chris Weale, Wes Fogden and Mark Beck all dropped to the bench while Ryan Dickson didn’t make the sixteen man squad at all. Instead, the manager opted for Artur Krysiak, Iffy Allen, Jakub Sokolik and Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick.

The first ten minutes were all about the visitors keeping the ball comfortably and Yeovil struggling for possession. Yet it was the home side that had the first chance when Allen curled a shot well wide of the target. But it was only four minutes on when the R’s took the lead. Arthurworrey was caught a little flat footed and Sebastian Polter muscled past him and shot left footed, the ball taking a deflection and looping over Krysiak.

Three minutes later and it was 2-0 thanks to some great work on the right from Cole Kpekawa. A smart piece of skill earned him a few yards of space to get in a cross that flashed across the box and was finished well at the far stick by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Most of QPR’s first half chances came from Matt Phillips corners with Nedum Onuoha heading well wide and Matt Dolan clearing another header from Polter off the line.  Emmanuel-Thomas spurned an opportunity to kill the game with a left foot shot that was well wide of goal and Oscar

Gobern’s effort was equally off target as the half closed.

Yeovil started the second half much brighter and former England keeper Rob Green was called on to make a brilliant save four minutes in from a Dolan thunderbolt. From the ensuing corner, Arthurworrey headed onto the crossbar, the ball bouncing twice before landing on the roof of the net.

Just as Yeovil seemed to be harbouring hopes of a comeback , the killer third goal arrived from an unlikely source. From another Phillips corner, the ball bounced around following a mishit shot by Gobern and Onuoha pounced to lash in from ten yards out.

Marc Laird limped off on the hour with a hamstring injury with Jamie Burrows coming on. Michael Doughty and Gobern were both close and Emmanuel-Thomas tested Krysiak with a swerving shot that the Pole did well to parry.

Rangers used all three of their subs as the game wore on and the final of them, Junior Hoilett, came closest to adding a fourth with a rasping shot that whistled over the bar. After Yeovil sub Mark Beck headed wide from a Connor Roberts cross, man of the match Nathan Smith almost grabbed a late consolation with a superb effort that Green tipped away at full stretch for a corner.        

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Yeovil Town make their competitive debut at Huish Park for the 2015/16 season this coming Tuesday when the Glovers host Queens Park Rangers in the Capital One Cup.

Both teams kicked off their league campaigns at the weekend and both sides suffered defeats to local rivals.

Yeovil travelled to Exeter and lost out 3-2. Paul Sturrock’s men had clawed their way back from 2-0 down to be in prime position at 2-2.

New loan striker Harry Cornick and Matthew Dolan scored the goals that looked to secure at least a point before Will Hoskins gave the Grecians their lead that would prove ultimately the winning difference.

As for QPR, Chris Ramsay took his side to Charlton Athletic but came a cropper losing 2-0 despite created the same number of chances as their hosts.

Morgan Fox and Tony Watt scored past Rob Green to secure the points.

QPR will travel to Somerset with a question mark over their star striker Charlie Austin. Austin has been attracting a lot of interest from Premier League clubs over the summer and QPR could want to avoid cup-tying the marksmen.

As we know, Yeovil have a few injury concerns and could only name six substitutes at the weekend.

Ben Tozer, Jordan Gibbons, Omar Sowunmi, Jack Compton, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett are all missing from the squad and there may be opportunity for others who missed on Saturday to play a part.

Gibbons in particularly disappointed to be missing out on this fixture, he left QPR this summer in the search for first team action and hoped that Yeovil would offer him that. Not only has a pre-season injury prevented him from starting the season  in the team but also from playing against the side he spent such a lot of time at.

Last time we met

The two clubs met during the Glovers’ solitary season in the Championship, Rangers came out on top on both occasions. At Huish Park, a single, controversial penalty was the only difference between the sides but in the reverse fixture there was a gulf in class.

In March 2014, at Loftus Road, a Ravel Morrison brace and a single Bobby Zamora strike gave the R’s a 3-0 win.

The match saw the Glovers field impressive loanee Tom Lawrence and actually started well, but a couple of saves from former England ‘keeper Rob Green kept the score at 0-0.

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture will be available in all the usual ways, click HERE to buy online and collect from the ground on match day.

Call 01935 847888 and speak to an operator who will be able to arrange for payment to be taken and the tickets to be left for collection.

Come down to Huish Park in person either today, the ticket office staff will happily help you.

Commentary and Social Media

Commentary for all of Yeovil Town’s matches can be heard through the online club service Glovers Player, you can sign up for this by clicking HERE!

BBC Radio Somerset will also have full match commentary of the Green and White’s matches, stay tuned to your local station for all the details.

Stay tuned to all things Yeovil Town through the club’s social media outlets.

YTFC can be found on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and even SNAPCHAT just search for @YTFC or click on the links provided. Use the Hashtag #YTFC across all platforms to make sure you connect with other Glovers fans the world over.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT LOANEE CONNOR ROBERTS

Saturday not only brought the start of the football season for Yeovil fans, but also gave us another new signing when Connor Roberts joined the Glovers for their fixture with Exeter City.

Here are FIVE THINGS you need to know about the borrowed youngster.

1) Connor Richard Jones Roberts is a 19- year old product of the Swansea youth system who has joined Yeovil on an initial one month loan deal.

2) In an odd turn of events, Roberts has already played at Huish Park this season, he was the captain of the Swansea XI side that travelled down for a pre-season friendly. He impressed both fans and the coaching staff alike.

3) Roberts played in that friendly and on Saturday deployed at Right Back, however, throughout the Swansea youth set up he was used predominantly in midfield.

4) Roberts signed his professional contract at Swansea during the summer of 2014, he has been a regular for the development squad ever since.

5) In a profile for the 2012/13 season, Roberts listed his favourite food as Macaroni Cheese or Spaghetti Bolognese – good job he’s joined a club with fantastic links to a local Italian restaurant!

Roberts is in at Yeovil Town with injuries to first choice full backs leaving Paul Sturrock light on numbers in that area.

He’ll be back in the squad for the visit of QPR in the Capital One Cup this coming midweek, you can get your tickets for that game and the upcoming visit of Bristol Rovers by clicking HERE.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW RECRUIT HARRY CORNICK

On the eve of the 2015/16 season Paul Sturrock revealed the loan signing of Harry Cornick from AFC Bournemouth.

Here’s FIVE THINGS you need to know about the borrowed star from the Premier League new boys.

1) Harry Charles Frederick Cornick is a 20-year-old attacker from the Bournemouth development system.

2) Cornick is equally capable across the midfield as up front and has utilised his talents in both roles for the Cherries’ reserve side. Sturrock’s plans for the youngster are however clouded in mystery claiming that we’ll “just have to wait and see” what it is in store for the new man.

3) Cornick began his career at Dorset side Christchurch. They are currently participating in the Wessex League – Division One, alongside such sides as Alton Town, Fleet Spurs and footballing giants, East Cowes Victoria Athletic.

4) Whilst with ‘The Priory’ Cornick reached two finals at the end of the 2011/12 season., winning one and losing the other. That summer he impressed in a trial which saw him sign for Bournemouth.

5) Cornick replaced Junior Stanislas during the FA Cup Third Round tie against Rotherham in January 2015 for his first team debut.

Harry Cornick will be in the Yeovil squad on Tuesday night and for the next month at least, so click HERE and secure your ticket to the upcoming fixtures and welcome Harry to Huish Park.

VACANCY AT YEOVIL TOWN COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust (YTCST) is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the Community Trust team.

Role: Community Football Coach

Vacancy: 20 Hours (Office & School based)  Please note: The successful applicant will also be required to work evenings/weekends with these hours being paid at our Level 2 coaching rate.

Salary: £8,320 per annum (excludes pay for additional evening/weekend hours)

Contract type: Part Time which includes a four month probationary period

Main Purpose of the Role is to:
To deliver high quality community coaching for all ages throughout Somerset and Dorset. Whilst delivering for YTCST you will enable individuals to develop their abilities to their potential and enjoy physical activity which will encourage them to sustain activity levels. Coaches will also promote positive healthy lifestyle choices and deliver educational messages through the median of football through coaching.

The successful applicant will need to be able to demonstrate both in their application and at interview their ability to deliver effectively. They will also be required to work most evenings and weekends. Our Interviews will include both formal questions and practical delivery.

To be short listed you must be able in your application, to demonstrate that you can meet the essential criteria of the role.

* Working within partnership and multi-agency programmes and a proven track record of successful project implementation and administration

* Activity planning, project management and session management.

* A proven track record of working with external partners.

* A proven ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.

* Examples of self-motivation and the ability to work on own initiative.

* Excellent communication skills including written, telephone and interpersonal skills.

* Proven planning and organisational skills and experience of working within diverse communities.

Are you eligible:
To be eligible for shortlisting a candidate must have an FA Level 2 in Coaching Football qualification, which includes up to date Safeguarding and Emergency Aid.  It is also requirement that a short listed candidate will have the FA Youth Module 1 certification.  All short listed candidates must have a full UK driving licence and eligible to commence employment on the 7th September 2015.

How to apply:
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 17th August 2015. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Sbradley@ytfc.net <mailto:Sbradley@ytfc.net> . The interviews will take place in two stages; stage 1 will be a practical assessment week commencing 17th August 2015. Those shortlisted to Stage 2 will then be invited for a final interview on week commencing 24th August 2015.

 

As this role involves direct access to young persons under the age of eighteen, within the context of the job or any subsequently related activities or responsibilities, the successful candidate will undergo a thorough screening process, which will include a Criminal Records Check, to ensure their suitability for the role. Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

HUISH PARK STADIUM – PROPOSED LAYOUT

Yeovil Town expect the planning application drawings and reports to be available in the public domain this week but here is a preview of the proposed layout.

Chairman John Fry and planning application agent David Bell are about to embark on further consultation with stakeholders including fans and investors. This is an important period on and off the field.

To view the proposed layout click here. (Big file size. We advise to download when connected to wifi)

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – ALEC STOCK – QPR

Yeovil Town and QPR meet at Huish Park this coming Tuesday in the Capital One Cup First Round and in this edition of ‘A Foot in both camps’ we take a look at a former manager of the two sides Alec Stock.

Tuesday’s game is proving popular with the supporters and ticket sales have been good, you can still book your place at Huish Park by clicking HERE and buying your ticket in advance, online.

Alec Stock was a Somerset born boy with a big footballing future ahead of him, the quiet sleepy town of Peasedown St John would give the country a man who would manage Yeovil to their greatest cup giant killing as well as going on to become QPR’s greatest ever manager as well.

Stock played for QPR in the late 1930’s but when he returned to the game after the Second World War, it was back in his native county with Yeovil Town.

A role as player-manager gave him the chance to continue playing whilst honing his management skills. He played a vital part in the famous 1949 FA Cup run which helped put Yeovil on the map.

It was not enough to stand on the side lines and bark instructions, he played in every round and scored the opening goal in the win over Sunderland in the 4th round.

That game has been touted as arguably the greatest FA Cup giant killing of all time, with Sunderland’s ‘bank of England’ side boasting the best names in the country and a host of international standard players.

What’s more, it was at the Huish he developed his switch to the formation we know today as 4-4-2.

Some texts claim that Stock himself actually invented the formation but that isn’t quite confirmed.

The stories to come out of that era include one where he promised to sack anyone that ducked out of defending a last minute free kick or that Stock himself would lead the signing and skittles on team celebrations.

Stock would leave Yeovil later that year bound for Leyton Orient before AS Roma in Italy came calling.

He headed back to these shores in 1959 where he would embark on nine years of success at the R’s.

Aside from back to back promotions guiding the team from Division 3 to Division 1 he masterminded the club’s unprecedented success in the League Cup.

Rangers, a third division side at the time not only made the final but won the trophy coming from behind to beat First Division West Brom in the final.

His near decade at Loftus Road may never be surpassed and the League Cup remains their only silverware from domestic knock out competition.

Stock would manage Luton, Fulham and Bournemouth before retiring and later releasing an autobiography called: A little thing called pride.

On returning home to Somerset, Stock remained close to his local club and was honoured at the recent QPR v Yeovil fixture with an entire day dedicated in his name.

Alec Stock passed away in April 2001 and will forever live long in the history books and the memories of both clubs.

Queens Park Rangers visit again this Tuesday in the first round of the Capital One Cup, you can secure your tickets for the game by clicking HERE.

Stay tuned to YTFC.net as we preview the big cup match and focus on a goalkeeper that has connections with both Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town before the weekend’s derby game.

CLUB SHOP CLOSED TODAY

The club shop at Huish Park will be closed today for a clean up operation after a major water leak over the weekend

We will hopefully to be back to normal opening hours on Tuesday.

REPORT: EXETER CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Despite coming from two goals down, Town returned home empty handed after a 3-2 defeat to Exeter City.

Manager Paul Sturrock named nine of his summer recruits in the starting eleven with Chris Weale getting the nod in goal ahead of former Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak.

Connor Roberts who joined the Glovers just before the team sheets were handed in started at right-back with Shaun Jeffers and Mark Beck leading the line for the Glovers.

Backed by a following of just under 1,300 Town started the game brightly and forced the first corner of the match after just two minutes. Mark Beck met Dolan’s corner at the back post. His header was met on the turn by skipper Ryan Dickson, but his effort was bundled away by the Exeter defence.

Just before the ten-minute mark the home side could and should have opened the scoring when Nichols’ fluffed his shot from close range, when he had the goal at his mercy.

On 30 minutes the home side did take the lead when referee Gavin Ward awarded a penalty after Nichols was fouled by Roberts in the area.

Nichols dusted himself down to confidently send Weale the wrong way to make the score 1-0.

Ten minutes later the Grecians made it 2-0 when Wheeler latched on to a smart pass by David Noble to beat the on rushing Weale to the ball and toe poke home from just inside the area.

At half time Town made one change with Harry Cornick replacing Wes Fogden.

Town pulled a goal back within just one minute of the second half starting. A long throw on the left into the box by Nathan Smith was met by Beck, who flicked the ball into the path of Cornick. The substitute turned in the area to fire home, much to the delight of the 1,247 travelling fans.

The Glovers drew level just after the hour mark when Dolan scored from the penalty spot.

Dickson’s jinking run on the right saw him get into the Exeter box only to be fouled for a certain penalty.

Town were forced into a change with 20 minutes to go when Alex Lacey had to be replaced by Jakub Sokolik because of a injury.

The home side retook the lead with just under 10 minutes to play when substitute Hoskins beat the offside trap to chip the ball over Weale into the empty net to secure the three points for the home side.

Match Report : 08/08/2015

Despite coming from two goals down, Town returned home empty handed after a 3-2 defeat to Exeter City.

Manager Paul Sturrock named nine of his summer recruits in the starting eleven with Chris Weale getting the nod in goal ahead of former Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak.

Connor Roberts who joined the Glovers just before the team sheets were handed in started at right-back with Shaun Jeffers and Mark Beck leading the line for the Glovers.

Backed by a following of just under 1,300 Town started the game brightly and forced the first corner of the match after just two minutes. Mark Beck met Dolan’s corner at the back post. His header was met on the turn by skipper Ryan Dickson, but his effort was bundled away by the Exeter defence.

Just before the ten-minute mark the home side could and should have opened the scoring when Nichols’ fluffed his shot from close range, when he had the goal at his mercy.

On 30 minutes the home side did take the lead when referee Gavin Ward awarded a penalty after Nichols was fouled by Roberts in the area.

Nichols dusted himself down to confidently send Weale the wrong way to make the score 1-0.

Ten minutes later the Grecians made it 2-0 when Wheeler latched on to a smart pass by David Noble to beat the on rushing Weale to the ball and toe poke home from just inside the area.

At half time Town made one change with Harry Cornick replacing Wes Fogden.

Town pulled a goal back within just one minute of the second half starting. A long throw on the left into the box by Nathan Smith was met by Beck, who flicked the ball into the path of Cornick. The substitute turned in the area to fire home, much to the delight of the 1,247 travelling fans.

The Glovers drew level just after the hour mark when Dolan scored from the penalty spot.

Dickson’s jinking run on the right saw him get into the Exeter box only to be fouled for a certain penalty.

Town were forced into a change with 20 minutes to go when Alex Lacey had to be replaced by Jakub Sokolik because of a injury.

The home side retook the lead with just under 10 minutes to play when substitute Hoskins beat the offside trap to chip the ball over Weale into the empty net to secure the three points for the home side.

CONNOR ROBERTS SIGNS ON LOAN

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the loan signing of Connor Roberts.

Connor has joined the Glovers on a one-month loan deal.

He goes straight into the squad to face Exeter City this afternoon at St James’ Park.

PREVIEW: EXETER CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town kick off their Sky Bet League Two campaign away at local rivals Exeter City on Saturday with a 3pm kick off.

The game falls just two days short of the five-year anniversary of former Glover and Grecian, Adam Stansfield’s passing.

This occasion will be marked by both sets of supporters with a minutes applause in both the 7th and 9th minutes to honour his shirt numbers at the respective clubs. Furthermore the two supporters teams will play each other on Saturday morning to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

On the pitch, Paul Sturrock has moulded a squad ready to take on League Two, no fewer than 17 players have departed with 15 more coming in through the ever revolving door at Huish Park.

One constant will be in the goalkeeping department, Artur Krysiak and Chris Weale will fight it out throughout the season for the starting spot.

Other familiar faces will also be returning to Somerset for a second stint; Stephen Arthurworrey has rejoined on loan from Fulham, Matty Dolan – a Wembley 2013 hero – has signed a permanent contract and Captain Ryan Dickson is back in green and white following a loan spell a few years ago.

Sturrock is pretty new to the club unlike his compatriot in the opposite dug out, Paul Tisdale.

 

The flat cap wearing gaffer is now the longest serving football league manager currently in a job having been employed in the top job back in June 2006.

Like Sturrock, Tisdale has been busy over the summer; five have left including Liam Sercombe and Graham Cummins who have joined Oxford and St Johnstone respectively.

Unlike Yeovil, Exeter do have a new man between the sticks after Bobby Olejnik signed from Torquay United.

Other additions like Lee Holmes from Preston and Will Hoskins from Oxford have given hope of a promising season down in Devon.

 

It’s pretty tough to talk about each team’s form going into the first game of the season but Yeovil have got a win over Championship Bristol City under their belts during pre-season as well as positive results at Torquay and Truro.

Exeter on the other hand have played a few more friendlies, including two in Scotland but have only won against local sides back home, a 2-1 victory over Weston Super Mare and a 3-1 win over Bodmin.

Pre-season results shouldn’t be taken as the most concrete of form guides, but those are the facts.

Both sides have reported players with knocks and niggles throughout pre-season, but with sides not risking players and keeping their physio rooms locked from prying eyes it is tough to know who is in and who is out, but Kevin Dawson has yet to feature this pre-season and Simon Gillett is still a while away from pulling on a Yeovil shirt once more.

Last time we met

The two teams have met countless times over recent years in all forms of competition, however, not competitively have they played since the 2011/12 season.

The two games that season came either side of new year and resulted in two score draws, 1-1 at St James’ Park and 2-2 back in Somerset.

 

Andy Williams was on target for the Glovers in Exeter while it was the midfield due of Ed Upson and Dom Blizzard who netted down in Devon.

Interestingly, in goal for the Grecians on both those occasions was none other than Artur Krysiak.

Since that meeting, the sides have played two friendly games, once in 2012 which saw yet another draw and once in 2013 which Yeovil win 2-1.

Tickets

At the time of writing, (Tuesday 4th), there are still tickets available for purchase either on the phone or in person at Huish Park, the advice however is not to delay as numbers are dwindling fast as the Glovers faithful show their excellent support right from the off this season.

Call the ticket office NOW if you want the latest information on availability on 01935 847888.

Commentary and Social Media

Commentary for all of Yeovil Town’s matches can be heard through the online club service Glovers Player, you can sign up for this by clicking HERE!

BBC Radio will also have full match commentary of the Green and White’s matches, stay tuned to your local station for all the details.

Stay tuned to all things Yeovil Town through the club’s social media outlets.

YTFC can be found on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and even SNAPCHAT just search for @YTFC or click on the links provided. Use the Hashtag #YTFC across all platforms to make sure you connect with other Glovers fans the world over.

As with last season, check out the club’s official YouTube Channel HERE for news, interviews from the post-match press conference and highlights and goals 24 hours after the game.

Betting

The Football League’s primary sponsors have priced the game up with Exeter available at 11/8, Yeovil at 19/10 and the draw available at 11/5. Sky Bet have a whole host of markets available for the match and here at YTFC.net we like the look of Yeovil To Win By Exactly One Goal available at 7/2. Click HERE to log in or sign up today.

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FAN’S VIEW: ANDREW FOOT WRITES FOR YTFC.NET


It seems a long time now since the final whistle blew at Stadium:Mk back on May, 3rd and home fans celebrated on the pitch as a long time relegated Yeovil Town side slumped off after yet another defeat.

Although in reality only three short months ago, a lot has changed at Huish Park since that day and as we prepare to kick off our season at Exeter this weekend, things feel very different in our part of Somerset. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not getting carried away and thinking we are going to have some sort of miraculous turn around but even in these early days there is a sense that a corner may have been turned.

That began back when Paul Sturrock was made manager and his necessary if brutal culling of our relegation squad forced us to breathe fresh air in to the green and white changing rooms. The job of rebuilding such a voluntarily depleted squad was always going to be huge but it is one Sturrock has done intelligently and patiently.

As is often the way, panic set in amongst some supporters when he didn’t bring in a raft of new races in the opening weeks of the summer, but his cleverly arranged trialist matches were a signal of positive intent.

When the signings did start coming in through the door, they were largely impressive too. Jack Compton and Wes Fogdens signings – amongst others – went to prove that we still had enough pulling power to bring in players with first team experience in the Football League, while Shaun Jeffers and Omar Sowumni highlight the managers faith in ambitious youth.

With the season now almost upon us, we have no fewer than 15 new signings ready to pull on the shirt, all from varying backgrounds and footballing educations; but one key question remains unanswered. Can they work together as a squad to stop a two year long slide which has seen the club drop from the dreamland of The Championship to the cold, hard reality of the Football Leagues basement division? Part of the intrigue and unpredictability of a new season is that nobody really knows. On paper, the squad looks good.

We have experience, stability and competition in goal while we have three or four centre backs to choose from, all with plenty of League Two knowhow. The full back positions are covered, potentially, by the new captain (Ryan Dickson) and his vice-captain (Nathan Smith) and there is cover should injuries or suspensions kick in as the season progresses.

Current injuries aside, we have a wealth of options in midfield and the managers’ toughest job in the early stages of the season may be to decide who earns the right to make a place across the middle their own. While we have less options up front, we have some interesting possible combinations and the blend of pace and height Sturrock has brought in should, in theory, suit his style of football perfectly.

That’s the problem, though. It should, in theory, be a decent enough squad to at least consolidate at this level; but we all know this game isn’t about theory. This time last season I was fairly happy with the squad then-manager Gary Johnson had put together. There was experience, some ability and most importantly, I thought, there was a solid core of our own players which meant we would no longer be reliant on loans.

I wasn’t expecting us to pull up any trees particularly, but I believed we’d finish comfortably in the top half, with an outside chance of pushing for the play-offs if we really hit form. The reality was, of course, much starker. Defeat in our opening three matches proved to be a sign of things to come as we went down without so much as a whimper.

I think that is why this season people are a little bit more wary about judging this squad before a ball has been kicked. You can have all the promising signs and new signings you want in pre-season but if they don’t work hard and function as a team, you’re in trouble.

Where last season we probably felt we could out play a lot of sides, many will be more eager to see us out fight the opposition this time. This new squad, in a new division, doesn’t need to play expansive attacking football to win us over. It doesn’t need to do anything too complex. It just needs to play with the passion the supporters expect, and make us feel, as we make our way out of the ground at 5pm on a Saturday afternoon, like they’ve given us everything.

If we feel as though they’ve been through the same emotions as we have, and given all they’ve got then we will be in a far better position than we were throughout almost the entirety of last season.

Heart and passion only get you so far, of course, and we also need someone to stick the ball in the back of the net, but it’s all about finding a starting point. Players showing heart and fight will get the fans on side and once belief and confidence begins to run around the club, that can extend on to the pitch.

If that changes what became not only a losing mentality but a losing habit from the past two seasons then it will have to be counted as a major positive. If that in turn allows us to consolidate and start to grow on the pitch, then in my view the season can be marked down as a success. It may take some time, and require an at times testing degree of patience, but Paul Sturrock has breathed some fresh life in to the club, and in to the changing rooms.

Now it is time for his players – new and old – to spread that throughout the club.

HARRY CORNICK JOINS THE GLOVERS ON LOAN


Yeovil Town have today signed Harry Cornick on loan from AFC Bournemouth.

20-year-old Harry has penned a one-month loan deal at Huish Park, subject to football league paperwork.

Cornick started his career at Christchurch before joining The Cherries in 2013.

Since joining Bournemouth he has spent time on loan at Welling, Aldershot and Havent & Waterlooville.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: "We are very pleased to secure the services of Harry for a month, we have been chasing him for a while now.

"He is an exciting talent who works the lines. He has two strings to his bow as he can play on the wing or as a centre forward."

When asked where he sees Harry playing the manager replied: "You will have to wait and see!"

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – ADAM STANSFIELD – EXETER CITY

This season, as part of the big match build up at YTFC.net we will be profiling a player that has represented both Yeovil and their upcoming opponents in this feature “A foot in both camps”.

That’s a minimum of 49 fixtures across four competitions  so we’ll take regular trips down memory lane and dig up a few blasts from the past as the excitement builds for each match.

For the first game of the season, Yeovil Town travel to Exeter City in a local derby  – tickets for Yeovil fans are fast running out call the ticket office now on 01935 847888 to confirm availability.

With the date of Saturday’s fixture proving poignant for both clubs there was only really one man we could use to kick off this article.

The late, great, Adam Stansfield.

Adam Stansfield is seen as a legend on the terraces of both Huish Park and St James’ Park and following the striker’s untimely death on 10th August 2010, both clubs and their fans have time and time again made the effort to remember the front man for all the good he has done for football in the south west.

Stansfield started his career in Collumpton, Devon and joined Elmore before he got his big move to the Football League.

It was in 2001 that non-league Yeovil were making moves in the conference when Stansfield was snapped up by Gary Johnson following a Yeovil Town reserve fixture vs Elmore.

Scoring 16 goals in his first campaign, cumulating in the winning goal in the 2002 FA Trophy Final at Villa Park had cemented his name in Glovers’ folklore forever more.

His hard working attitude and the feeling that he was a local lad living the professional football dream rubbed off on all around him and despite missing the entire 2002/03 title winning season with a broken leg he returned to score six goals in a successful Division Three campaign.

He would leave Yeovil for Hereford where promotion to the Football League would be achieved for a second time, before in June 2006 he remained in the Conference with Exeter City.

He would play nearly 150 times for the Grecians scoring 37 league goals during that spell, including, most notably, against Yeovil in 2010. True to his character and respect for his former club, his celebration was almost one of apology, rather than ecstasy.

In April 2010, the news has been released that Adam was suffering from bowel cancer and that it needed both surgery and treatment.

Sadly, in August 2010, despite positive results from the surgery and his appearance at training with his teammates that summer, Adam passed away.

Since then his family, friends and supporters have been working together to form the Adam Stansfield Foundation. A charity set up in his memory to not only raise awareness of bowel related cancers but support local football clubs offering equipment, sponsorship and guidance to junior sides in the south west.

Adam will be remembered in the upcoming fixture this Saturday with two minutes of applause, one in the 7th minute and one in the 9th minute to honour the shirt numbers he wore at the respective clubs.

Beyond that, if any supporter wishes to visit www.adamstansfieldfoundation.com you can learn more about the fan’s favourite as well as donate to the causes or apply for funding if your club would benefit from the legacy of Adam’s game.

An emotional start to this ‘Foot in both camps’ feature, but hopefully a worthwhile one.

We’ll be previewing the QPR League Cup match this weekend and talking about a manager who is credited by some for coming up with the 442 system as well as the Glovers’ greatest ever cup run.

Tickets for the Exeter City match are currently on sale from the Huish Park ticket office, but the advice is to call before 4pm on Friday as no tickets will be on sale on the day.

The QPR tickets are available for home supporters by clicking HERE or by calling 01935 847888.

TOWN SUPPORTERS TO CONTEST ADAM STANSFIELD MEMORIAL TROPHY


On Saturday, Yeovil Town supporters will take on Exeter City supporters to contest the annual Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy.

The match will take place at Topsham on Saturday with kick off being 11am where the Adam Stansfield Foundation will be on site raising money for the charity.

The match this year will mark the fifth anniversary of popular striker Adam’s death. Last year the Town beat the Exeter supporters 2-1 to win the trophy.

Stansfield is remembered fondly at Huish Park for his exploits wearing the number 7 shirt – and at Exeter City, the number 9 shirt is still retired in his honour after his untimely death during his time at St James Park.

The address for the match is: Topsham Town FC, Coronation Field, Topsham Road, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0LT.

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN


Hi everyone. It is now just 3 days to go until the season starts!

I have been counting down for quite a while now and I really cannot wait to see the boys in action.

This season is crucial for us as a club. The last two years have been tough and we have been used to losing.

Paul Sturrock is a man who is not used to losing and I am sure he will get the lads up for the new campaign.

I am sat here reading The Guardian and they have tipped us for a top three finish. At this stage of the season there are so many different opinions about which club will finish where and I have read that we are going to be relegated, promoted and finish in mid – table.

We know better than most that predictions mean nothing and it is all about how the squad perform every Saturday.

So, this week I thought I would look at a club in each division that I think could be the shock of the season.

Premier League

Norwich City

Having spent a year away from the Promised Land, Norwich City bounced back to the Premier League in style with a fantastic second half of the season. The Canaries have added to their squad including 23 – year – old winger, Robbie Brady, who joins from Hull. His Premier League experience and youth could make him the perfect fit for the newly promoted side. They have strengthened in the middle, also adding Youssof Mulumbu to their side following his release from West Brom. With Cameron Jerome edging closer to fitness, Norwich may just have enough to impress and learn from their last stint in the top flight.

Championship

Charlton Athletic

The Addicks may have left all their business until relatively late but they have assembled a squad capable of competing at the top level. Midfielder Jordan Cousins has committed to a further four years with the club, at 21- years – old , could have easily moved on. Charlton have recruited a number of international players including Zakarya Bergdich who has played 17 times for Morocco and spent last season in Spain. Ahmed Kashi has also made a move to the Valley and the midfielder is an Algerian international who joins from French Club Metz. After a tough few seasons for the club, this could be the year they push on.

League One

Scunthorpe United

The Iron had a campaign of inconsistency last season, flirting with both relegation and the play – off places. A poor run of form meant that towards the end of the season they were cautiously looking over their shoulder. However, this season they should be aiming for higher than their mediocre 16th place finish. Glovers fans will be no stranger to a couple of their players. Paddy Madden will need no introduction and he will be looking to better his 16 goal tally. Kevin Dawson’s brother Stephen has also joined the Iron and their loan signing Luke Williams has made a permanent move, adding to their front line. Watch out for a potential play – off story!

League Two

Barnet

Barnet are fresh from an impressive season in the conference and will be hoping they can replicate some of that form in the football league. John Akinde scored an impressive 32 goals in the national league last season and he will be a force to be reckoned with. Experienced defender Michael Nelson has also joined the club on a one year deal and has made 600 League Two appearances and could be a key player in the side. Clubs are known to do well following promotion from the Conference and Barnet could continue their party this season.

With our trip to Exeter just days away, I must mention Adam Stansfield. With the anniversary of his tragic death just days after his two former sides meet again, I like to think he had something to do with it.

It is going to be an emotional day as we join together to celebrate his life and his achievements in both an Exeter and Yeovil shirt. He was taken from us far too early and I hope we do him justice by putting on a real performance. No doubt Adam would want a draw between his two former sides but he would be extremely proud of how well the fans join together.

Rest in peace Adam. We will never forget you.

See you all on Saturday and let’s hope we can get the season off to a winning start.

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V SWANSEA CITY U21S

Yeovil Town completed their preseason schedule with an impressive 3-2 win over the Swansea under-21 side at Huish Park tonight.

After going a goal behind to a Henry Jones strike on ten minutes, Yeovil levelled through Alex Lacey before further goals from subs Ryan Bird and Brandon Beresford sealed the win for Yeovil. Alex Samuel’s stoppage time goal for the Swans was a mere consolation. The victory ensured Yeovil go into Saturday’s League Two opener at Exeter City in good heart winning their last two friendlies.

There were few surprises in Paul Sturrock’s starting line up but on the bench, he included four trialists in Sonny Black, Shaun Keith, Brandon Beresford and the best known of the quartet, former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams. For their part, Swansea included the former loan pair of Stephen Kingsley and Josh Sheehan in their starting eleven, just months after the duo left Huish Park.

In a complete contrast to the previous pre-season outing at Huish Park against Bristol City, the first half had a decidedly open nature about it. By the time the Welsh youngsters had taken the lead on ten minutes, Yeovil could have been at least one goal up. Alex Lacey’s header from Marc Laird’s free kick went over, Jamie Burrows had an effort saved by keeper Josh Vickers who then parried a twenty yarder from Wes Fogden.

That lead for Swansea was given to them by Henry Jones, an impressive figure in the under-21 side. Owain Jones played a low driven pass to his namesake and he controlled before finishing well right footed. It took Yeovil just eight minutes to equalise. Having already given fair warning in the second minute, it was the same combination of a Laird free kick and a Lacey header that saw the Glovers level matters.

Two minutes later and Vickers in the Swansea goal produced his third good save of the night when Matt Dolan’s set piece found Shaun Jeffers, his header bringing the best out of the Swans keeper. Both Henry and Owain Jones tried their luck with shots before the game settled down a bit with fewer clear cut chances.

Henry Jones then came close to scoring a second but pulled one shot wide and failed to get any real contact on the other.

At half time, Paul Sturrock made four changes including giving an early opportunity to both Beresford and Myrie-Williams in midfield. And two of the subs went close early on with Ryan Bird bringing another great stop from Vickers and Beresford’s shot then flicked off Bird and just over the bar.

Yeovil then took the lead through that man Bird on 70 minutes. Jakub Sokolik received the ball from Artur Krysiak and hit a firm pass through into the right channel; Bird then controlled and hit a sweet right foot finish into the far corner.

The Swans immediately looked a step livelier and almost grabbed an equaliser on 77 minutes when Josh Sheehan curled a lovely effort towards the top corner but saw Krysiak tip the ball over for a corner.

Myrie-Williams had a late chance for Yeovil but his left foot effort didn’t trouble Vickers. But the icing on the cake came with three minutes left after a corner was cleared as far as Brandon Beresford who hammered home a left footed drive that was too hot for Vickers to handle.

Yeovil: Weale, Sokolik, Smith, Dolan, Lacey, Arthurworrey, Laird, Fogden, Beck, Jeffers, Burrows

Subs: Krysiak for Weale 45 min, Bird for Beck 45 min, Beresford for Arthurworrey 45 min, Myrie-Williams for Burrows 45 min, Black for Laird 58 min, Keith for Dolan 64 min

SQUAD NUMBERS FINALISED AHEAD OF SEASON OPENER


A list of squad numbers the players will be wearing has been submitted to the Football League ahead of the season opener against Exeter City.

1 Artur Krysiak    

2 Ben Tozer

3 Nathan Smith

4 Matt Dolan

5 Stephen Arthurworrey (loan from Fulham)

6 Jakub Sokolik

7 Kevin Dawson

8 Marc Laird    

9 Ryan Bird

10 Shaun Jeffers

11 Ryan Dickson

12 Chris Weale    

14 Jack Compton

15 Jordan Gibbons 

16 Jamie Burrows                   

17 Omar Sowunmi

18 Simon Gillett

19 Iffy Allen

20 Wes Fogden

21 Alex Lacey

22 Mark Beck

For details of sponsorship packages this season, including player sponsorship, please contact Dave Linney on dlinney@ytfc.net or by calling 01935 847872.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE PAPER RETURNS THIS WEEKEND

The Football League Paper returns for another exciting season on Sunday 9th August.

 

Featuring Yeovil Town, the 48-page full-colour newspaper, which aims to provide the Football League with more coverage than the national press (given their focus on Premier League coverage), is packed with comprehensive match reports, interviews, star columns, previews and of course, breaking news.

 

Don’t forget to follow the newspaper on twitter: @theleaguepaper or on facebook.

 

To view a free sample copy of the Football League Paper, click here.

STADIUM COMPLEX PLANNING APPLICATION

Plans to enable development on and off the pitch at Huish Park Stadium complex and to provide wide ranging community use facilities have been submitted to Planners at South Somerset District Council on behalf of Yeovil Town Football Club and Yeovil Town Holdings Limited.

The move follows extensive, well-attended public consultation earlier this year.  The club’s planning application agent, David Bell, said “Discussions with local residents, businesses and football supporters have enabled modifications to be included in some parts of the plans. The focus is still very much on improving the spectator experience on and off the field and minimising any impact on the local area.”

Chairman John Fry said: “Many positive actions have been taken in the run up to the start of the new season. This is an absolutely vital part of our strategy to take the club forward.  We feel that the new application is a big step forward and is of enormous importance to the town, district and club. It is crucial that we guarantee the longer-term financial future and stability of the Club. This application proposes valuable amenities for both the football club and the community.  We are now in a position to push forward with our ambition to go up the leagues and we are interested to hear and discuss the views of all stakeholders including residents, fans and interested investors.”

David added: “The planning application has been submitted but we expect the formal validation process to take another week or so. We have been discussing matters with the Council since the public consultation and I am impressed with the professional attitude demonstrated. It is a complex application and is a bit different to the usual application style.  It is too early to expect a detailed, formal response from the Council Officers but we will make information available whenever possible.”

AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS

The Green & White Supporters Club will be running their usual away travel service this season.

Below are the details for the first games this season.

To book your space on the coach please contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. Please only call after 6.00p.m. Or email Paul on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

The Away Travel Club will also be running transport to the fixture away at Exeter City on Saturday 8th August. There will be a stop off at Topsham Town FC for a few drinks before the match.

The bus will be departing from the away end of the football club at 11.00am and the price will be £10 per person. To book your space please call Sara on 07939608338.

Green and White Away Travel

Saturday 8th August

Exeter City

Departs Huish Park at 11:30am

Members: £11 – Concessions £11

Non-Members: £13 – Concessions £13

Tuesday 18th August

York City

Departs Huish Park at 11:30am

Members: £31 – Concessions: £29

Non-Members: £33 – Concessions: £31

Saturday 29th August

Oxford United

Departs Huish Park at 11:00am

Members: £21 – Concessions: £19

Non-Members: £23 – Concessions: £21

Saturday 19th September

Crawley Town

Departs Huish Park at 8:45am

Members: £22 – Concessions: £24

Non-Members: £20 – Concessions: £22

Tuesday 19th September

Accrington Stanley

Departs Huish Park at Midday

Members: £31 – Concessions: £29

Non-Members: £33 – Concessions: £31

BEN’S BETS – YEOVIL TOWN SPECIALS

The 2015/16 SkyBet Football League season is just around the corner and the principal sponsors have a whole host of exciting betting opportunities that we can look at for the entire season.

In this series of ‘Ben’s Bets’ we will take an in depth look at each division, in order and throw up a few markets that might be of value in the Ante Post category.

SkyBet have a promotion on at the moment where new customers can earn a FREE football shirt of their choice – of course, you’ll pick the nice new Yeovil one – but click HERE to sign up for SkyBet and take advantage of that brilliant introductory offer.

Yeovil Town Specials

Over the past four days, we here at YTFC.net have been looking at the betting markets for the entire Football League with the help of SkyBet, today we look at the specific bets available for Glovers fans to take advantage of.

Starting positively and Yeovil Town can be backed at 20/1 to win the league, with SkyBet reporting that Paul Sturrock’s men have been backed to the point where they have shortened the odds already this pre-season.

Other companies can still be seen to be offering odds of 33/1 for a Glovers title parade in May.

Of course, with four promotion positions available it’s not just the top spot that will see an immediate return to League One. You can bet on the Glovers to get promoted, however that may happen, at odds of 5/1 with the League’s principal sponsors.

The end of season lottery that is the play-offs means that even finishing 7th gives you a chance at glory in League Two and there’s a market for that too; Yeovil are 9/2 (Boylesports) to make the end of season shake up and 18/1 to win the Wembley showpiece back with SkyBet.

So, where does my allegiance lie with betting on the success of Yeovil town? I like the 9/2 on making the play-offs, but why stop there? It’s 7/1 on Yeovil gaining automatic promotion by finishing in the top three. Paul Sturrock’s positive attitude to signings and obvious supporter excitement allows me a few loyalty pounds on that particular bet.

Now, I know not everyone is as positive as I am and back-to-back relegations is hardly what you’d consider good form heading into the 2015/16 campaign.

So we’ll do this bit quickly – Yeovil are an alarmingly short 9/1 to get relegated into non-league and an unprecedented triple relegation.

Elsewhere it’s 5/6 on Sturrock’s side finishing in the top half, (10/11 top half finish) which would be a little less pessimistic than betting on another league drop.

In the individual market of Top Goal scorer SkyBet list three players from the Green and Whites in their market; Ryan Bird, Shaun Jeffers and Jamie Burrows.

Burrows, who signed from Rangers is available at 100/1, as is Jeffers with Bird at 50/1, of the trio, Bird is clearly more established and his experience in League Two should not be underestimated. Odds of 50/1 in a side that are being considered at doing well is not to be sniffed at.

I’ll be having a small each way bet on Ryan Bird being the top scorer in League Two at 50/1.

With just three strikers named on the list, we’ll be keeping an eye out for other names added as and when additional fire power is brought in to YTFC.

Finally, we have a chance to look at some of the more specific markets and those who read yesterday’s League Two round up, you’ll know that I consider Yeovil has having a great chance of being the highest finishing relegated side at 7/2.

Straying from SkyBet for just a second, you can bet on Yeovil being the ‘Top Southern Club’ at 10/1 with William Hill. That would involve finishing higher than Portsmouth, Oxford, Rovers, Cambridge, Plymouth and Exeter.

Fly over to the people at BetVictor and you can pit Yeovil against Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol Rovers in the ‘Top Southwest Club’ market. Odds are 11/4 that the Glovers top that mini league.

But here’s my top tip for the ‘Special’ section at SkyBet, you can bet on Yeovil winning their first three league games at 22/1.

A trio of wins against Exeter, Bristol Rovers and York should not be out of the question and those odds are just too good to turn down.

There we have it, a complete round of the betting offerings with my selections in bold and underlined.

I’ll be cheering on Yeovil with a couple of bets making the success of Paul Sturrock’s side all the better for me and my wallet… hopefully!

Yeovil Town Football Club and SkyBet promote responsible gambling for over 18s only. Please Bet Responsibly – only bet to levels you can afford and are comfortable with. Odds suggested are correct at time of writing and subject to change. Visit www.gambleaware.co.uk for the facts and help with problem gambling.

TICKETS: EXETER CITY V YEOVIL TOWN ON GENERAL SALE

Tickets for Town’s first game of the season at Exeter City are now available on general sale.

Tickets are prices as follows:

General sale will be restricted to two tickets per person.

 

Adult and senior prices rise by £1 on the day.

To buy your tickets call the ticket office on 01935 847888.