Month: September 2015

YOUNG GLOVERS PROGRESS TO SPC SECOND ROUND

Yeovil Town progressed through to the second round of the Somerset Premier Cup after a 3-2 win over Paulton Rovers.

Town fielded their under 18’s team to take on Richard Fey’s men at Paulton.

The Glovers fell behind just before the half hour mark when Jordan Ricketts tapped home from close range.

Just before the half time interval Town scored twice to go into the break leading 2-1.

The first goal came when Paul Akinuli received a smart through ball from Ollie Bassett to cooly slot home past Ben John in the Paulton goal.

Two minutes later Town took the lead when Jack Ball latched onto a poor back pass to run clear of the defenders to place the ball into the corner of the net.

On the hour mark the youngsters made it 3-1 when Akinuli broke away from the Paulton back four to unselfishly square the ball to Bassett, who made no mistake from 18 yards.

The home side pulled a goal back with just over 10 minutes remaining when Ross Staley had the simple task of tapping into the empty net from a Ricketts cross.

Despite the late goal, the young glovers held firm to secure their place in the second round.

TICKETS: PORTSMOUTH V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Saturday’s trip to face Portsmouth are still on sale from the Huish Park ticket office.

Tickets will remain on sale at Huish Park until midday on Friday, October 2nd.

Tickets will be available to buy on the day at Portsmouth from a ticket booth situated by the away turnstiles 19-22 (North East corner) – this will be Cash Only.

Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 01935 847888.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £20

Aged 61+ and Aged 17-22 and Adult Ambulant Disabled – £15

Unaccompanied under 17’s – £10

Junior Ambulant Disabled – £5

Under 17 tickets purchased at the same time as a adult or senior ticket will be charged £5.

THE BIGGEST RIDE IN FOOTBALL JUST GOT BIGGER

The biggest ride in football just got bigger

Join Yeovil Town and represent the Glovers in Europe in 2016

Hold on to your helmets, because the biggest ride in football is about to get bigger for Prostate Cancer UK’s annual football fundraiser.

Dust off those bikes, squeeze into some unflattering lycra and get your helmet on to represent Town and Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United in Europe on 3-5 June 2016 for a 145 mile cycle ride in conjunction with The Football League.

Formerly known as the London to Amsterdam – 2016’s challenge is getting a makeover. In an exciting new development, the charity ride will consist of two start locations to become the all-inclusive Football to Amsterdam.

London or Yorkshire?

In 2016, there are two start locations:

• Set off from Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Stadium – home of the Tykes since 1888.

• Or kick off from the iconic Olympic Park in East London.

Last year’s event was a sell out with more than 250 riders – including former international trio Terry Butcher, Matt Holland and Luther Blissett, together with Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.

Yorkshireman Grayson is making no promises, but there’s strong suspicion that he’ll be back in the saddle:

He said: “I think it’s brilliant that the ride will cater for football teams both in the north and the south. It will make it easier for northerners like us to get our bikes over to the start point – although I hear the northern leg’s terrain is much hillier!”

In 2015, the collective Men United squad raised a whopping £350,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, an amount which will go a long way in helping men who are affected by the disease and crucially pave the way for new research and treatments.

Sign up now

Registration fee is £149. Each rider will pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship  to help fight back against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK.

Secure your place now

If you’re still not convinced this is going to be the trip of a lifetime, then check out last year’s ride to get a flavour of the adventure by clicking here.

TOWN TO FACE PAULTON ROVERS IN SOMERSET PREMIER CUP

Yeovil Town will tonight (Wednesday, September 30) face Paulton Rovers in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup.

The match will kick off at 7:30pm at Paulton’s home ground – Winterfield Road. The postcode for your sat nav is BS39 7RF.

Entrance prices for the cup tie are as follows:

Adults: £7

Concessions: £5

Under 16’s: Free if accompanied by a paying adult.

REPORT: ACCRINGTON STANLEY V YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers made the long trip to Accrington Stanley and returned empty handed after a 2-1 defeat to John Coleman’s side.

A first half strike from Josh Windass  was cancelled out by a superb strike from Josh Sheehan before a second half goal from Matt Crooks sealed the points for Stanley.

Town made one change from the weekend’s defeat to Hartlepool United. Youngster Ollie Bassett dropped to the bench and was replaced by Wes Fogden.

The one change saw Josh Sheehan move forward to support Ryan Bird with Fogden playing the sitting midfielder role.

The home side started much the brighter of the two sides and deservedly opened the scoring after eight minutes.

A smart through ball from Billy Kee found the run of fellow striker Windass, who made no mistake in confidently slotting home past the advancing Krysiak.

Town’s first chance fell to Jake Howells after 22 minutes, but his over-head effort went harmlessly wide of the Stanley goal.

At the other end, Windass was causing the Town back line some problems with his intelligent off the ball runs.

His clever run after 30 minutes almost resulted in another home goal. A through ball found the striker from McConville, but thankfully Windass’ chipped shot went wide of Krysiak and Town managed to clear.

Moments later the home side had another opportunity when Adam Buxton’s cross was headed narrowly over the crossbar by Piero Mingoi.

A little against the run of play Town pulled level when on loan midfielder Josh Sheehan opened his account for the season.

The Welshman ran at the Stanley defence and unleashed a shot from 20 yards to nestle in the bottom corner, leaving keeper Mooney with no chance.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side made it 2-1 with a superb goal. Good movement from Windass and Kee saw the former chest the ball down into the path of Crooks, whose first time shot from the edge of the area left Krysiak with no chance.

Paul Sturrock made his first sub of the match on 76 minutes when he introduced the returning Shaun Jeffers for Jake Howells.

With five minutes remaining and Town pressing for a equaliser, the home side broke away quickly, but Buxton’s shot was bundled behind by a back tracking Nathan Smith.

Match Report : 29/09/2015

The Glovers made the long trip to Accrington Stanley and returned empty handed after a 2-1 defeat to John Coleman’s side.

A first half strike from Josh Windass  was cancelled out by a superb strike from Josh Sheehan before a second half goal from Matt Crooks sealed the points for Stanley.

Town made one change from the weekend’s defeat to Hartlepool United. Youngster Ollie Bassett dropped to the bench and was replaced by Wes Fogden.

The one change saw Josh Sheehan move forward to support Ryan Bird with Fogden playing the sitting midfielder role.

The home side started much the brighter of the two sides and deservedly opened the scoring after eight minutes.

A smart through ball from Billy Kee found the run of fellow striker Windass, who made no mistake in confidently slotting home past the advancing Krysiak.

Town’s first chance fell to Jake Howells after 22 minutes, but his over-head effort went harmlessly wide of the Stanley goal.

At the other end, Windass was causing the Town back line some problems with his intelligent off the ball runs.

His clever run after 30 minutes almost resulted in another home goal. A through ball found the striker from McConville, but thankfully Windass’ chipped shot went wide of Krysiak and Town managed to clear.

Moments later the home side had another opportunity when Adam Buxton’s cross was headed narrowly over the crossbar by Piero Mingoi.

A little against the run of play Town pulled level when on loan midfielder Josh Sheehan opened his account for the season.

The Welshman ran at the Stanley defence and unleashed a shot from 20 yards to nestle in the bottom corner, leaving keeper Mooney with no chance.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side made it 2-1 with a superb goal. Good movement from Windass and Kee saw the former chest the ball down into the path of Crooks, whose first time shot from the edge of the area left Krysiak with no chance.

Paul Sturrock made his first sub of the match on 76 minutes when he introduced the returning Shaun Jeffers for Jake Howells.

With five minutes remaining and Town pressing for a equaliser, the home side broke away quickly, but Buxton’s shot was bundled behind by a back tracking Nathan Smith.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – ANTHONY BARRY – ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Yeovil Town make the long journey to Accrington Stanley tonight and we take a look at a former Glover who is a current part of the Stanley squad for a third spell.

Anthony Barry will forever be in the hearts of Glovers fans as part of the first ever Yeovil squad to walk out at Wembley during the 2007 play off campaign.

The Liverpool born midfielder was initially part of the Everton youth system but didn’t make an impact on the first team before he was released by the Toffees in 2004.

He would move on to Coventry and became a mainstay of their reserve side, once again the first team opportunity never came along and the chance to move on came along once more in the summer of 2005.

It was at this point that Barry would move on from the Sky Blues and onto his first spell at the Crown Ground when Accrington snapped him up on a two year deal.

Then in the Conference, the midfielder was suddenly a key player in the first team, he played 26 times during the first half of the 2005/06 season.

Accrington would go on to win promotion back to the Football League that season, but Barry wouldn’t be there to see it through.

Russell Slade had been scouting the scouser and when the January transfer window opened Yeovil Town paid an undisclosed fee for Barry’s services.

In a midfield with the likes of Chris Cohen, Arron Davies and JP Kalala, Anthony Barry was employed as the workhorse, picking the ball up from the defence and making sure the play makers ahead of him got it quickly and in the right areas.

During Barry’s second season at Huish Park, the Glovers would go on to make their Wembley bow. However the chase for promotion would be unsuccessful, Blackpool beating Slade’s side 2-0 at Wembley.

Those of you who have the DVD of this occasion can fast forward to an interview with Anthony Barry in the media zone after the game. Barry was clearly struggling with emotion after falling at the final hurdle.

Barry stayed with Yeovil in League One and played a total of 75 times across three seasons for the Glovers, still the most number of games he has played for one club in his career.

Upon leaving Huish Park in 2008 he would sign for Chester City but as that club descended into liquidation he would leave after just one season.

He moved to Wrexham but chose to move on before making his debut and he would sign with Fleetwood.

Fleetwood were a non-league club with big ambitions when he joined them and an established League Two side by the time he left a couple of seasons later.

He played more than 60 times for the side on the Blackpool coast before heading back to the south west with another big spending side, Forest Green Rovers.

He signed a three year deal but would only see through two of those years.

Forest Green were aiming to replicate the model set by Fleetwood and Barry was a key part of that effort in the first year.

By the time the 2014/15 season had begun Barry was finding his opportunities limited and an opportunity to go on loan to Accrington Stanley came along.

He re-joined the club for a second spell, actually moving back up into the Football League in the process.

The loan spell was extended until the end of the season before the second spell became a third one this past summer.

Instead of a loan deal, Barry signed a permanent deal and has been a regular member of the match day squad despite only playing a handful of times.

Images of Anthony Barry celebrating among the side at Nottingham Forest in 2007 will live long in the memory of Glovers fans, we just hope similar scenes will not be repeated this evening.

PREVIEW: ACCRINGTON STANLEY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Tuesday when the Glovers make the long trip to Accrington Stanley with a 7:45 kick off.

Paul Sturrock’s side are struggling to find some consistent form after following up an impressive win over Crawley with a tough loss to Hartlepool Unite this past Saturday.

Ryan Bird had scored for the Glovers – his fourth league goal of the season – but Pools had hit back for the win.

The result put the form figures for September a little bit all over the place, two wins two losses and a draw.

A winning result this coming Tuesday would finish the month off on a positive note going into a very busy September.

As for the hosts, Accrington are in flying form – only Portsmouth have won more points over the past eight games.

They currently lie 5th in the table following a convincing 3-0 win over Crawley on Saturday.

Stanley are unbeaten in the league since mid-August beating the likes of Bristol Rovers, Exeter and Mansfield as well as going to Portsmouth and Notts County and coming away with a point.

Their danger man this season has been Josh Windass, the influential front man has five goals already this campaign but he also has assists to his name for many more of his colleague’s goals as well.

Being the son of Hull City legend Dean has not affected the striker who seems destined to follow in his father’s footsteps in the game.

The injury news from Stanley is that defender Tom Davies missed out at the weekend with a knee injury while Dean Winnard was forced off after just 25 minutes of the game leaving the team slightly light in defensive cover.

There are two familiar faces in the Accrington squad for Yeovil fans, Anthony Barry was on the bench this past weekend and could make an appearance against the club he represented at Wembley in 2007.

Secondly, Adam Morgan, the former Liverpool striker, has joined Stanley but has only played three times this season, twice from the bench in the league as well as starting in the JPT.

For Yeovil, the team news is starting to look a little bit more positive.

Josh Wakefield has returned to Bournemouth to free up a space in the squad for a new loanee. That was filled almost immediately with a return for Swansea midfielder Josh Sheehan who spent the second half of last season on loan at Huish Park.

Elsewhere, striker Shaun Jeffers has served his three match ban and is now available for selection, it is also hoped that there could be place in the squad for one of the injured party.

Saturday looks like a more likely target for some of the team to return but never say never for this coming Tuesday.

Ollie Bassett and Max Melanson could once again feature in the squad as the two members of the under 18 side are used to add depth to the team sheet.

Paul Sturrock’s men head into the busy month of October with light at the end of the injury tunnel, you can support the team away at the Wham Stadium this Tuesday.

The next home game is the second round JPT game on Tuesday 6th October vs Coventry – tickets for that game can be purchased HERE.

Last time we met

Despite the two sides being in different divisions last season, they actually met twice.

The 2nd round of the FA Cup drew the two sides together with the first tie taking place up at the Wham Stadium.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw with loanee Jordan Clarke scoring the Glovers goal.

Tom Aldred scored in the second half to force a replay 10 days later at Huish Park.

In between games the draw for the third round was made and gave the clubs the motivation in the form of a home game against Manchester United for the winner.

On a cold Tuesday night at Huish Park, a scrappy game looked set to go the entire distance before two moments of quality from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore put the game beyond the travelling side.

Yeovil went on to face United and pushed the Premier League giants far into the second half of the game.

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are available to all supporters at the away end turnstiles on the day.

They are just £20 for adults with admission for concessions £15.

If you are under 17 (and can prove it) you can get in for just a tenner whilst under 12s are let in for just £5.

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.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Yeovil Town’s brief unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Huish Park this afternoon as an 82nd minute from sub Brad Walker condemned them to a 2-1 loss.

Scott Fenwick had flicked Pools ahead on the half hour but the visitors lead lasted only five minutes as Ryan Bird netted his fourth of the campaign. But Walker’s goal, coming just two minutes after his introduction, saw the Glovers fail to continue their recent upturn and drop back into 21st place in the League Two table.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock sprang a surprise on his team sheet with the news that Josh Sheehan had re-signed for the club on a three month loan deal. The Swansea youngster went straight into the starting eleven with 17-year-old Ollie Bassett retaining his spot up front alongside Ryan Bird. Sheehan replaced Josh Wakefield, another loanee, who has returned to parent club AFC Bournemouth.

The first half hour was devoid of real clear cut chances as play was mainly in the midfield, punctuated by several misplaced long balls and although Yeovil tried playing through the thirds, there wasn’t much for either striker to feed on. The nearest either side came to scoring was a Sheehan effort that whistled a foot or two over the crossbar from Connor Roberts’ cross.

On 31 minutes, the opener came and it had an element of farce about it. Pools left back Jake Carroll swung in a free kick that seemed to go through everyone and end up bouncing into the net at the far post. Scott Fenwick wheeled away in celebration, later acknowledging he had the final touch.

The lead was all too brief for Ronnie Moore’s men though as the Glovers responded almost immediately. Nathan Smith was the architect with a brilliant piece of control that saw him escape his marker and find Jake Howells just inside the box. His cross was converted at the far post by Ryan Bird.

Sheehan then went close to putting Yeovil 2-1 up before half time with a rights foot shot that almost flew into the top corner and Billy Paynter had Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak scrambling right on the break with a left foot effort that rolled wide.

The second half begun in controversy with Jakub Sokolik going off for treatment for a nose bleed but although ready, being refused permission to come on to the pitch for more than a minute. It took until the ball next went out of play for the official, Fred Graham, to allow the defender to resume playing.

Pools defender Scott Harrison looped a header over the bar but Yeovil were more threatening after the interval with Howells and a Matt Dolan free kick going close to giving Yeovil the lead. And they came even closer on 68 minutes when a superb flick on from Ollie Bassett found Howells but his right foot rasping shot found the side netting,

The winner came on 82 minutes and as with Hartlepool’s equaliser, there was an element of fortune in it. The ball was played from one side of the field to the other where it found Pools sub Kudus Oyenuga; his shot seemed mishit but found sub Brad Walker and he thumped the ball home gleefully to grab all three points.

Match Report : 26/09/2015

Yeovil Town’s brief unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Huish Park this afternoon as an 82nd minute from sub Brad Walker condemned them to a 2-1 loss.

Scott Fenwick had flicked Pools ahead on the half hour but the visitors lead lasted only five minutes as Ryan Bird netted his fourth of the campaign. But Walker’s goal, coming just two minutes after his introduction, saw the Glovers fail to continue their recent upturn and drop back into 21st place in the League Two table.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock sprang a surprise on his team sheet with the news that Josh Sheehan had re-signed for the club on a three month loan deal. The Swansea youngster went straight into the starting eleven with 17-year-old Ollie Bassett retaining his spot up front alongside Ryan Bird. Sheehan replaced Josh Wakefield, another loanee, who has returned to parent club AFC Bournemouth.

The first half hour was devoid of real clear cut chances as play was mainly in the midfield, punctuated by several misplaced long balls and although Yeovil tried playing through the thirds, there wasn’t much for either striker to feed on. The nearest either side came to scoring was a Sheehan effort that whistled a foot or two over the crossbar from Connor Roberts’ cross.

On 31 minutes, the opener came and it had an element of farce about it. Pools left back Jake Carroll swung in a free kick that seemed to go through everyone and end up bouncing into the net at the far post. Scott Fenwick wheeled away in celebration, later acknowledging he had the final touch.

The lead was all too brief for Ronnie Moore’s men though as the Glovers responded almost immediately. Nathan Smith was the architect with a brilliant piece of control that saw him escape his marker and find Jake Howells just inside the box. His cross was converted at the far post by Ryan Bird.

Sheehan then went close to putting Yeovil 2-1 up before half time with a rights foot shot that almost flew into the top corner and Billy Paynter had Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak scrambling right on the break with a left foot effort that rolled wide.

The second half begun in controversy with Jakub Sokolik going off for treatment for a nose bleed but although ready, being refused permission to come on to the pitch for more than a minute. It took until the ball next went out of play for the official, Fred Graham, to allow the defender to resume playing.

Pools defender Scott Harrison looped a header over the bar but Yeovil were more threatening after the interval with Howells and a Matt Dolan free kick going close to giving Yeovil the lead. And they came even closer on 68 minutes when a superb flick on from Ollie Bassett found Howells but his right foot rasping shot found the side netting,

The winner came on 82 minutes and as with Hartlepool’s equaliser, there was an element of fortune in it. The ball was played from one side of the field to the other where it found Pools sub Kudus Oyenuga; his shot seemed mishit but found sub Brad Walker and he thumped the ball home gleefully to grab all three points.

JOSH SHEEHAN JOINS TOWN ON LOAN FROM SWANSEA CITY

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the loan signing of Josh Sheehan.

Josh has penned a deal to stay at Huish Park until late December.

The midfielder is a familiar face at Huish Park after spending the end of last season on loan, where he made 13 appearances.

Josh goes straight into Paul Sturrock’s starting eleven today to face Hartlepool United and will wear the number 30 during his stay.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday as they host Hartlepool United at Huish Park with a 3pm kick off.

The Glovers are looking to build upon their win last weekend, beating Crawley Town away to secure just their second league win of the campaign.

Harry Cornick scored a wonder goal (no, it really was, watch it on YouTube by clicking HERE) to secure the three points and there was a record breaking appearance for 17 year old Ollie Bassett who became Yeovil’s youngest ever Football League player.

As for Saturday’s visitors, Hartlepool hosted Cambridge last week and played out a 0-0 draw. It was a game where Pools were probably on top for the most of it, but former Glovers ‘keeper Chris Dunn was in inspired form for the U’s.

Prior to that, Hartlepool were putting the miles in once more as they travelled to Exeter where they lost 1-0 thanks to a single Christian Ribeiro goal deep in the second half stoppage time.

The Yeovil injury problems that have plagued the start of the campaign at Huish Park shows no immediate signs of easing, some of the players that have been missing are edging closer to fitness and some may be fit enough to involved in the team’s warm up or even make up numbers on the substitutes bench, but the upcoming fixtures with Accrington and Portsmouth are more likely to see the return of players.

Another note on returning players is that striker Shaun Jeffers serves the last of his three match ban this Saturday meaning he will be available on Tuesday night.

At the time of writing, there is no word on whether or not the two youngsters Ollie Bassett or Max Melanson will be involved in the match day squad once more.

As for Hartlepool, they have this week extended the loan deal of Scunthorpe defender Andrew Boyce for another month.

Pools will be bringing with them a former Glover in the form of Michael Woods. Woods joined Yeovil on a short term deal in 2012 and played a handful of times before injury curtailed his stay.

In Yeovil’s camp there is just the one former Hartlepool player however midfielder Jack Compton is likely to be missing through injury.

Hartlepool are travelling the length and breadth of the country at the moment and a trip down to Somerset will be another long journey for the Victoria Park outfit.

Paul Sturrock and the side near your support to help build on last week’s victory, come along to Huish Park this Saturday and get behind the team. See below for all the ticket details.

Last time we met

The sides last met during the Glovers’ 2012/13 promotion season in League One.

Most recently, in early March of 2013, the two sides played out a battling 0-0 draw, a Paddy Madden shot hitting the crossbar might well have been the only real talking point of a fairly bland game.

Earlier in the same campaign, a second scrappy game saw Yeovil come out on top thanks to a single Joe Edwards goal.

Edwards playing in a much more advanced midfield role was on target in the 7th minute.

In fact, three out of the last four meetings have all been settled by a single goal, only one of those has gone the way of Saturday’s visitors.

In 2011, Bondz N’Gala scored a winning goal to send 55 travelling fans into raptures.

Tickets

As always, there are three quick and easy ways to make sure you’re at the game this Saturday.

Firstly, CLICK HERE and use the online ticket purchase facility.

Or of course, call the ticket office on 01935 847888, finally you can come down in person either today before 5pm or anytime from 9am 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.

JOSH WAKEFIELD RETURNS TO AFC BOURNEMOUTH


Midfielder Josh Wakefield has returned to AFC Bournemouth after his loan spell ended last weekend.

Josh joined the Glovers ahead of the trip to York City where he made he debut in the 1-0 defeat.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: "Josh has returned to Bournemouth. He did very well for us but his loan period wouldn’t have taken us up to the windows so we had to think about something else."

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – SCOTT FLINDERS – HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Finding a list of players to have represented a pair of clubs separated by a mere 335 miles is actually more difficult that you might imagine; there are a few loans to have crossed both paths and of course current Glovers’ star Jack Compton.

However, for this week’s ‘Foot in Both Camps’ we’re delving back into the long list of loan Goalkeepers to play at Huish Park with Scott Flinders.

Flinders only played nine times for Yeovil during the 2007/08 season and racked up 250 more for Pools.

Starting his career at Barnsley, Flinders started off as back up to Ross Turnbull and then Nick Colgan and found his chances limited.

The young ‘keeper found himself involved in the England Under 20s side at the time and also in a peculiar fixture between a Football League XI and a side made up of youngsters from Serie B in Italy.

He was picked to represent the English divisions alongside the likes of Ashley Young, David Nugent and Wes Morgan.

Despite playing no more than a dozen times during the 2005/06 season he was scouted by the likes of Chelsea and Wigan.

In the end, a deal was agreed with Crystal Palace, a six figure sum changed hands in a deal that could have seen Palace pay up to £1million pounds if Flinders triggered all the add ons included in the deal.

At Selhurst Park, Flinders traded the starting spot with the jogging bottom-wearing Hungarian Gabor Kiraly. But when the international keeper had settled in as number one, Flinders was again looking for first team football elsewhere.

Initially, he was loaned to Gillingham as cover for their injured ‘keeper, the same applied when he went to Palace’s rivals at Brighton as cover for a dozen games.

It was a similar story when Russell Slade came looking for a replacement for Steve Mildenhall.

Mildy had come off at half time of the previous fixture and Craig Alcock had to fill in.

Flinders was drafted in and kept a clean sheet on debut as Terry Skiverton scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Northampton Town.

A string of fine performances over the next month saw the deal extended, Flinders was playing well in a side not winning matches.

He only played in three wins for the Glovers and only kept two clean sheets but put in commendable performances against Bournemouth, Millwall and this weekend’s opponents Hartlepool.

When he was recalled to Palace pending a long term switch to Blackpool he was replaced at Huish Park by a certain Asmir Begovic.

Two more loan spells would come and go before he found his calling at Hartlepool United.

He joined the Victoria Park side on a free transfer in the summer of 2009.

After settling in as the first choice ‘keeper, he would play every minute of every game in his first season and picked up a Player of the Month award.

However, it was at the back end of the 2010/11 season where he would hit the headlines.

In the 94th minute of the final home game of the season, Flinders went up for a last minute corner.

He would meet the inswinging delivery with a powerful header to secure a dramatic point.

Obviously, Yeovil themselves are not too unfamiliar with a goal scoring goalkeeper…

As the games as seasons went by, Flinders loyalty to Hartlepool was tested by scouts from higher division clubs but he remained in the North East picking up a host of awards at the end of season party in 2013.

He broke records at Victoria Park with the most appearances and clean sheets by a goal keeper as well as signing new contract after new contract to keep him there until the summer of 2015.

In a surprise move, it would at this point he would depart Hartlepool for his current employers, York City.

Hartlepool fans will only sing the praises of their longest serving ‘keeper and Yeovil fans got chance to see what Flinders thinks of them when he took time to applaud the travelling Glovers fans that made the trip to York earlier this season.

A legend for one but respected by both, Flinders’ two former sides meet on Saturday at Huish Park and you can be there for game by purchasing your tickets right now.

Click HERE to use the online ticket office, or give the team a call on 01935 847888.

The only other thing left to do is compare the goal scoring efforts of Flinders and the Glovers own Chris Weale.

Click here to see Flinders goal…

Click here to see Weale’s goal…

Let us know on Twitter @YTFC which is your favourite.

THE WEEK IS ALWAYS BETTER AFTER A WIN!

Hi everyone. Well isn’t the week a whole lot better when there are three points in the bag?

What a great win that was Saturday and I am not sure a better goal could have sealed it.

Come on, admit it, how many people have watched Harry Cornick’s sublime finish over and over ? I for one have watched it countless times. It was just brilliant. Watch the video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOgLNPjWV9I

I would also like to congratulate Ollie Bassett who made his first team debut at just 17 years old and as a result became our youngest player ever in the Football League. It made me feel very old reading all the fun facts about the year he was born but I am sure he will have a long future in the game and we will see a lot more of him.

The injury crisis really has not settled but the boys ground out an important 1-0 win at Crawley and that should give the whole squad a boost.

If we can keep this mini run going then as soon as we have the rest of the lads back, we should be in a comfortable position in the league.

As for the rest of the football world, it was quite a weekend in League Two with some unexpected results.

Exeter slipped to defeat at Accrington, while in form Morecambe were humbled 4-2 at home to Northampton.

Luton finally managed to win at home, beating Mansfield 1-0, and Barnet came from behind to beat Stevenage.

League Two is so tight and one win propels you up the league so this should give us a lot of confidence ahead of our next few matches.

With four teams on 10 points and six teams on 13 points, there really is little in it and a few results on the bounce and you can be right up there.

Here are a few fixtures to watch out for this weekend:

Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth

Two sides who are hopeful of a positive season but have enjoyed contrasting starts. Rovers have been on a disappointing run of form after a strong start but battled back to secure a last minute point against high-flying Plymouth. But Portsmouth have looked the real deal this season and are yet to be beaten. Could Rovers deal them with their first blow? I wouldn’t be surprised if they did as I was very impressed with them both against us and in the TV game against Oxford not long ago.

Northampton v Leyton Orient

Orient have had a brilliant start to the season-sitting pretty at the top of the league and Northampton are knocking on the door of the play-offs. On the back of an impressive win for Northampton, there may be little between them. I am backing former Glover Sam Hoskins to be on target for The Cobblers.

Yeovil v Hartlepool

Well of course this is the stand-out match of the whole weekend! Having completed the great escape last season, Pools sit comfortably in mid-table. However, they have not won in five games and have lost some early form. A goalless draw with Cambridge on Saturday signalled progress but they will looking to get three points on the board as they head to Huish Park. As we all know it has been a tough season for us so far but things are looking up. I am going for a 2-1 home win with Ryan Bird and Harry Cornick on target.

Let’s hope for another weekend full of smiley Yeovil Town faces as we return to Huish Park.

Next time I write, we will have played two more matches with a long trip to Accrington on Tuesday. Any fans that make that trip should at the very least get three points so good luck to the boys in the next two matches and to the green and white supporters!

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Tickets for this weekend’s fixture with Hartlepool United remain on sale.

The Glovers welcome Ronnie Moore and his Monkey Hangers to Huish Park on Saturday on the back of a 1-0 win away at Crawley Town.

To book your tickets call the ticket office now on 01935 847888 or click here to buy online.

MEET THE MANAGER EVENING THIS THURSDAY

Yeovil Town have rescheduled the meet the manager evening that was due to take place in August.

To make the event more accessible for fans the club has decided to arrange two separate evenings – both starting at 6:30pm.

The question and answer sessions will now take place on Thursday 24th September and Thursday 1st October in the Legends Lounge at Huish Park.

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

The evening will also give fans the perfect opportunity to ask any questions to Planning Agent David Bell on the new planning proposal.

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

REPORT: CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the trip along the A303 and the national car park (M25) to Crawley Town to take on the Red Devils, who joined The Glovers in League Two after being relegated last term and returned to Huish Park with their first three away points of the season.

A wonder strike in the 28th minute from Harry Cornick secured the three points for Paul Sturrock’s men.

Manager Sturrock gave a debut to academy player Ollie Bassett and at the age of just 17, six months and 13 days he became the youngest player to play for Yeovil Town in the Football League.

The former youngest player to play for Yeovil in the football league was Steven Caulker, who was aged 6432 days old when played for Town against Tranmere Rovers – young Ollie beats the record by just 26 days.

Sturrock was forced to sit the stands to watch the match after being dismissed in the recent home match against Morecambe.

After a bright start by both teams it was the home side who had the first chance of the game when Darren Barnard connected to a deep cross, only to put his effort wide.

With 13 minutes on the clock a ball over the top from Jakub Sokolik was somehow sliced by Crawley defender Jon Ashton into the path of Ryan Bird, but the strikers effort went wide of Woodman’s goal.

Three minutes later the home side had keeper Woodman to thank for keeping the score at 0-0. Cornick latched onto a poor header back from Ashton, and with just Woodman to beat the on loan Bournemouth man’s effort was saved by the feet of the shot stopper to save Ashton’s blushes.

Just before the half hour mark Town took the lead thanks to an unstoppable shot from Cornick. The loanee picked up a pass from Dolan, he then cut in from the left wing to unleash a shot that left Woodman with no chance as it nestled into the top corner of the net.

One minute into the second half and the home side should have leveled the scores. A free kick on the right was swung in by Rooney and found its way to Bradley at the back post, but somehow the big defender put his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

On the hour mark Bradley again went close for the home side when his bullet header cannoned back off the cross bar after a pin-point corner from Rooney.

Seconds later debutant Bassett found himself in room just inside the Crawley area, but the youngster scuffed his shot and the home side managed to clear away any danger.

With 83 minutes on the clock Cornick robbed Ashton on the half way to run clear of the Crawley back line, but with Scales covering well the goalscorer could only fire his shot at Woodman.

Match Report : 19/09/2015

Town made the trip along the A303 and the national car park (M25) to Crawley Town to take on the Red Devils, who joined The Glovers in League Two after being relegated last term and returned to Huish Park with their first three away points of the season.

A wonder strike in the 28th minute from Harry Cornick secured the three points for Paul Sturrock’s men.

Manager Sturrock gave a debut to academy player Ollie Bassett and at the age of just 17, six months and 13 days he became the youngest player to play for Yeovil Town in the Football League.

The former youngest player to play for Yeovil in the football league was Steven Caulker, who was aged 6432 days old when played for Town against Tranmere Rovers – young Ollie beats the record by just 26 days.

Sturrock was forced to sit the stands to watch the match after being dismissed in the recent home match against Morecambe.

After a bright start by both teams it was the home side who had the first chance of the game when Darren Barnard connected to a deep cross, only to put his effort wide.

With 13 minutes on the clock a ball over the top from Jakub Sokolik was somehow sliced by Crawley defender Jon Ashton into the path of Ryan Bird, but the strikers effort went wide of Woodman’s goal.

Three minutes later the home side had keeper Woodman to thank for keeping the score at 0-0. Cornick latched onto a poor header back from Ashton, and with just Woodman to beat the on loan Bournemouth man’s effort was saved by the feet of the shot stopper to save Ashton’s blushes.

Just before the half hour mark Town took the lead thanks to an unstoppable shot from Cornick. The loanee picked up a pass from Dolan, he then cut in from the left wing to unleash a shot that left Woodman with no chance as it nestled into the top corner of the net.

One minute into the second half and the home side should have leveled the scores. A free kick on the right was swung in by Rooney and found its way to Bradley at the back post, but somehow the big defender put his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

On the hour mark Bradley again went close for the home side when his bullet header cannoned back off the cross bar after a pin-point corner from Rooney.

Seconds later debutant Bassett found himself in room just inside the Crawley area, but the youngster scuffed his shot and the home side managed to clear away any danger.

With 83 minutes on the clock Cornick robbed Ashton on the half way to run clear of the Crawley back line, but with Scales covering well the goalscorer could only fire his shot at Woodman.

INTRODUCING OUR YOUNGEST STARTER IN THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The team news for today’s game against Crawley Town has reached us here at YTFC.net and you may have noticed a new name on the team sheet.

Youngster Ollie Bassett makes his debut today and we take a look at the Yeovil Town record breaker.

Ollie was born on the 6th March 1998 and that will make him the youngest player to ever represent the Glovers in the Football League.

His appearance at just 6406 days old will break the previous record held by Steven Caulker who was older by just 26 days.

Despite being just 17 years, 6 months and 13 days old, Bassett has been thrust into the action by Manager Paul Sturrock after impressing in the youth system.

The young attacking midfielder, originally born in Leicestershire, isn’t old enough to drink alcohol, vote or even have a bet on himself scoring today.

Reports that should he win man of the match, he’ll be presented with a bottle of cola and a packet of sweets are, as yet, unconfirmed.

Bassett has been handed the number 28 shirt and will be taking his place in the in the Town line up due to an injury crisis that has ruled out no fewer than six players capable of playing in the middle of the park.

Kevin Dawson, Simon Gillett, Marc Laird, Wes Fodgen, Jack Compton and Alex Lacey have all taken on roles in the centre of the park but have been ruled out this week.

We wish Ollie all the best with his debut. His record breaking appearance could remain unbroken for some time yet.

Now… a few facts to really make you feel old from the day Ollie Bassett was born, March 6th 1998.

Number One in the charts.

Madonna – Frozen.

This song had just knocked Brimful of Asha, by Cornershop off the top of the chart… you’ll be singing that one in your head all day.

The top five was made up of “When the lights go out” by 5ive, “Doctor Jones” by Aqua and Natalie Imbruglia’s “Big Mistake”.

Movies

The Big Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman hit the box offices on this day.

Whilst in the same month, “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “Wild Things” with Kevin Bacon also saw people flocking to the cinema.

Yeovil Town

The day after Ollie was born; Yeovil hosted Morecambe in the Vauxhaull Conference and unfortunately lost 3-2.

Goals from Sam Winston and Owen Pickard were not enough for the victory in a side that included such icons as Tony Pennock, Ben Smith and Warren Patmore.

Football

It was FA Cup quarter final weekend for the big boys in the Premier League; Newcastle United beat Barnsley 3-1 with Temuri Ketsbaia opening the goal scoring.

Don Goodman scored the only goal as Wolves beat Leeds while Coventry v Sheffield United and Arsenal v West Ham needed replays to resolve their ties.

PREVIEW: CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers travel to Crawley Town for a 3pm kick off.

With both sides dropping out of League One last season they are both struggling to adapt to life in League Two and both find themselves nearer the bottom of the league than the top.

Yeovil, as we know, have has some scratchy form of late, decent results against Luton and Barnet have been somewhat overshadowed by an incredible injury list which has led to inconsistent performances and negative results.

However, last week’s 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon was a shining light for the team who battled through losing two more players through injury and playing with at least two more team members with fitness issues to secure a valuable point.

Jakub Sokolik played through a broken wrist – no, really – to help his team while Jordan Gibbons made a cameo appearance despite being injured himself.

Yeovil welcomed back Josh Wakefield from injury however, as well as giving a debut to loanee Jake Howells.

Howells, a midfielder borrowed from Luton, played very well despite knowing his new team mates for less than 24 hours.

A Ryan Bird goal got the game off to a flying start but the Dons managed to secure an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.

Alex Lacey and Omar Sowunmi provide the negative news from the game however with Lacey going off in the warm up with an injury that flared up from a few games ago while Omar was on the receiving end of a fairly industrial tackle that will rule him out for three or four weeks.

To finish off the weekly injury news bulletin we can bring you the news that whilst we may not see many returning faces for the Crawley game, the games against Hartlepool and Accrington could see the return of a few more members of the squad.

Crawley Town come into this Saturday’s game in 19th place just a couple of points better off than Yeovil.

They are coming off the back of a thrashing at the hands of Mansfield Town last week.

Crawley were reduced to 10 men in the second half but most of the damage had already been done.

Gwion Edwards will miss Saturday’s game as a result of the red card with Manager Mark Yates saying after the game he was disappointed with a performance as poor as he’d ever seen during his time in charge.

The injury news from Crawley surrounds a former Glovers player; Matt Harrold was forced off the first half of the game on Saturday and is expected to miss out this week with a hamstring problem.

However, they do have another former Yeovil player in their ranks; Lewis Young was part of the promotion squad in 2013 and is now a key member of the Red Devils team.

Neither team could name a full bench last weekend, so two sides stretched to capacity will try and kick start their season with a vital three points.

A win for either team will put them within touching distance of the top half and be able to put the early season wobbles behind them.

Last time we met

Yeovil Town and Crawley met three times in total last season, twice in an ultimately disappointing season for both sides and once again in the FA Cup.

The most recent meeting, in February, saw Yeovil come through as 2-1 winners.

Gozie Ugwu and AJ Leitch Smith scored two second half goals to secure a comeback win from behind.

Izale McCleod had given the Red Devils the lead in the first half, but Yeovil still managed to gain all three points in Terry Skiverton’s first game in charge of his second stint at the helm.

Yeovil also beat Crawley 1-0 in the FA Cup last season; a single Jordy Hiwula goal put the club on the road to facing Manchester United.

Tickets

Crawley Town have two different categories of ticket for the travelling Yeovil fan. Glovers supporters can choose either a seated or terrace view and all tickets can be paid for on the day.

Adults can pay cash at the turnstile, but concessions will be required to use the Ticket Office near the main entrance.

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 – BEN SMITH – CRAWLEY TOWN

It’s been quite a story for a former promising Arsenal youngster who went on to a career in teaching and eventually that of an autobiographical author – via Yeovil and Crawley as we profile Ben Smith for our ‘Foot in Both Camps’ feature.

‘Smudger’ began with the youth system at Highbury and played an integral part of their youth team alongside the likes of Paola Vernazza and Jason Crowe who, like Ben, would go onto to have a successful football career.

Smith, a box-to-box midfielder would move onto Reading for his first taste of the first team environment.

Despite playing just once in the senior side – away at Manchester City – he gained valuable experience and his next move would bring him to Huish Park.

In the summer of 1998 he moved to Somerset where he would find himself for the next four years.

Across his spell at Huish Park he would go onto play nearly 150 times.

His role in midfield ensured he played a vital role in the number of years that the Glovers tried to get out of the Conference under managers Colin Addison and David Webb.

Vital goals and performances just about any supporter would appreciate have ensured that his time at Yeovil will live long in the memory of those who saw him play.

Despite injuries and even being transfer listed at one point, his level of play never dropped and his final tally of games probably didn’t reflect his importance to the side and the foundations he and his squad members lay for the following years.

His time at Yeovil is documented in full in his new book – Journeyman. It tells tales of his contract negotiations, his injuries and his time spent as Terry Skiverton’s landlord.

Following Yeovil, he went to Southend to play under David Webb again before joining Hereford United where he achieved cult hero status with success over two years and over 50 games.

Shrewsbury and Weymouth followed before returning to Edgar Street for a second spell where he cemented his place in the club’s history.

He would captain the side on many occasions as well as lead them to promotion from League Two.

It was after that second spell at Hereford that Crawley came in for the midfield man.

Steve Evans snapped up Smith on an initial one year deal, but that was soon turned into a second year after a campaign that saw Smith not only top the appearance charts but also second on their list of goal scorers.

More time at Crawley was on the cards, but when a couple of loan spells back into non-league saw Smith edged out of the first team picture at Broadfield Stadium.

During the final few years of his career in the football league, Smith had been doing a degree in business management and despite part time offers and short term deals he had a back-up plan.

His autobiography, released earlier this year, details how a venture in to teaching went badly and getting away from the game was harder and harder to come to terms with.

Smith turned to pen and paper and penned his book – Journeyman – an autobiographical tale of a lower league footballer.

From being released to playing on one of the grandest stages of all – Old Trafford.

All of this and much, much more can be found by clicking HERE to be taken to the amazon purchase page for Smith’s book.

Two of his former employees – and two of the sides with most of the anecdotes in the book – clash this Saturday.

Tickets for anyone travelling to the game are available on the day and Paul Sturrock’s men need all the support they can get both on the road and at home – click HERE to buy tickets for all Yeovil’s upcoming home games.

INJURY WITCH STRIKES ONCE AGAIN

So we are now seven games into the season – SEVEN?! When did that happen?

What a start it has been to this Football League season but I just wish that we had more to cheer about.

However, we did get a valuable point on Saturday against a strong Wimbledon side.

I say it is a point gained because the injury witch once again cast an evil spell over Huish Park. This time she hit Alex Lacey, Omar Sowumni and, to shake things up a little bit, the referee!

If it wasn’t so heart breaking it would be almost laughable – we have had 13 players injured just seven games in – you couldn’t write it!

But unfortunately, I have to write it and along with that fact I will say that we are now out of the bottom two and hopefully that will be where we stay.

I thought our first half performance against Wimbledon was strong and we finally looked like a home team and Ryan Bird flew in again to head home. He works very hard on the pitch and it is nice to finally have a striker in form.

Speaking of strikers, even our makeshift forward, Omar Sowumni, is improving every match and he was causing the Dons defence all sorts of problems before he was stretchered off.

It looked like a nasty tackle and equally a really nasty injury but thankfully Paul Sturrock’s “project” will be available in three weeks instead of three months as feared.

So all in all I think a point was fair and with a number of injured lads looking to return to training imminently – and who is excited about the roar Kev will get when he makes his comeback?!- The only way is up!

Sturrock has done remarkably well with what he has got and new loan signing Jake Howells looked a class act and gave us some much needed width and creativity.

I am not sure how Luton have let him go but I am not complaining!

As for the rest of the football world I thought I would take a look at how some ex-YTFC players are doing this season at a range of different levels. I am always very proud to see the talent we have had here go on to bigger things.

Asmir Begovic – Many frowned upon his move to Chelsea as he looked destined for an extensive spell on the bench. However, Begovic has become the champions number one but not in the best of circumstances. No one likes to see a player suffer with injury but Courtois is facing three months on the side lines with a knee injury. But our former loanee has now played Champions League football and I cannot say I am that surprised. I will always remember a cold Tuesday night in Huddersfield when Asmir Begovic’s heroics single handily gave us a point away from home. I could not feel my feet but I could feel how important that 0-0 draw was!

Paddy Madden – Not that this young man needs an introduction but the 25-year-old striker, who made all our dreams come true by firing us to the Championship, has been continuing to hit the back of the net for Scunthorpe United. With five goals already this campaign-can he re-claim the League One golden boot as he did in 2013? I would suggest he can. Scunny have inconsistency to blame for their lacklustre start. However, with Paddy banging the goals in, they will no doubt propel themselves up the table and improve on their disappointing campaign last season.

Gozie Ugwu – Our joint top scorer from last season has joined Wycombe Wanderers and made his first start on Saturday. He was unable to score on his debut but the striker has joined a very strong League Two side and we know better than any club that when he gets a chance he more often than not he takes it. I would like to see Gozie do well as he always worked extremely hard in a Yeovil shirt-let’s just hope he is not on form against us!

Lee Morris – “IT’S LEEEEEEE MORRRRRRISSSS FOR YEOVIL!” Who could forget that iconic commentary as the “former Derby man” put us ahead on aggregate for the first time in the Play-Off semi-final against Nottingham Forest. Well, Lee was part of a joint management team at Evo-Stik Northern Premier side Loughborough Dynamo but has left his position as he is focusing on his role at Derby County. Lee was always a fantastic reader of the game so it is not surprising that he has turned to coaching. I hope Lee progresses and who knows maybe we will face him in the dugout next season.

As for Yeovil Town, we now face a tricky (well they are all tricky aren’t they?) away trip to Crawley Town as two relegated sides meet again.

Each of us won our home fixtures last season so let’s hope we can capitalise on their 4-1 drubbing last time out and inflict another defeat on them.

It will not be easy as Crawley Town are always strong and physical so we will need to be at our best. But when we have a warrior who plays at centre back with a broken wrist-who says we aren’t strong too?! Jakub was outstanding on Saturday and I hope he continues that – pain or no pain!

Keep smiling and cheer on those boys as I unfortunately cannot make the match!

Come on you GREEEEEENS!

THE BIGGEST RIDE IN FOOTBALL JUST GOT BIGGER

The biggest ride in football just got bigger

Join Yeovil Town and represent the Glovers in Europe in 2016

Hold on to your helmets, because the biggest ride in football is about to get bigger for Prostate Cancer UK’s annual football fundraiser.

Dust off those bikes, squeeze into some unflattering lycra and get your helmet on to represent Town and Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United in Europe on 3-5 June 2016 for a 145 mile cycle ride in conjunction with The Football League.

Formerly known as the London to Amsterdam – 2016’s challenge is getting a makeover. In an exciting new development, the charity ride will consist of two start locations to become the all-inclusive Football to Amsterdam.

London or Yorkshire?

In 2016, there are two start locations:

• Set off from Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Stadium – home of the Tykes since 1888.

• Or kick off from the iconic Olympic Park in East London.

Last year’s event was a sell out with more than 250 riders – including former international trio Terry Butcher, Matt Holland and Luther Blissett, together with Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.

Yorkshireman Grayson is making no promises, but there’s strong suspicion that he’ll be back in the saddle:

He said: “I think it’s brilliant that the ride will cater for football teams both in the north and the south. It will make it easier for northerners like us to get our bikes over to the start point – although I hear the northern leg’s terrain is much hillier!”

In 2015, the collective Men United squad raised a whopping £350,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, an amount which will go a long way in helping men who are affected by the disease and crucially pave the way for new research and treatments.

Sign up now

Registration fee is £149. Each rider will pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship  to help fight back against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK.

Secure your place now

If you’re still not convinced this is going to be the trip of a lifetime, then check out last year’s ride to get a flavour of the adventure by clicking here.

PAUL STURROCK RELEASES HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Town manager Paul Sturrock has today released his autobiography – Luggy: The Autobiography of Paul Sturrock.

The book, which has been co-authored by Paul and former Chief Sports Writer of the Plymouth Herald Bill Richards is available to purchase via amazon.co.uk and can be found by clicking here.

The Amazon review of the book says: "Paul Sturrock is widely admired as a manager, having turned around football clubs’ fortunes both in England and his native Scotland. As a player he represented his beloved Dundee United and Scotland, and later managed the Tangerines after leading St Johnstone into the SPL. Moving south, he led Plymouth Argyle from bottom place in the basement division to the Championship within four seasons. Sturrock’s uncompromising managerial style didn’t fit with Southampton’s players or owners; however Saints’ loss was Sheffield Wednesday’s gain, and promotion was again won to the Championship against all odds. Having stabilised Swindon Town, he returned to Plymouth for a sad swansong dominated by the club entering administration and Sturrock’s own revelation that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A return to management with Southend United saw him guide them to a Wembley final, but left the club before getting the chance to lead his team out onto the hallowed turf. Now at the helm of Yeovil Town Paul’s warts-and-all autobiography will both touch and inspire fans at all his clubs, and supporters of the beautiful game everywhere."

To order your copy click here.

TICKETS FOR COVENTRY CITY CLASH NOW ON SALE

Town’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round tie against Coventry City will be played on Tuesday 6th October, kick off 7:45pm.

Prices for the tie against the Sky Blues are as follows:

Adults – £10

Senior Citizens – £5

Young Persons – £5

Disabled – £5

Carers – Free of charge

Juniors Under 16 – £1

TICKETS: CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Crawley are on sale from the Huish Park ticket office.

Seated (East Stand):

Adults – £20

Aged 65 and over and Aged 18-21 – £16

Under 18 – £10

Under 16 – £8

Under 11 – £6

Standing (North Terrace):

Adults – £16

Aged 65 and over and aged 18-21 – £12

Under 18 – £10

Under 16 – £8

Under 11 – £6

There is also Family Tickets available for the game. These are as follows:

Seated family ticket (2x adults + 2x U 16) – £44

Seated family ticket (1x adult + 1x U 16) – £23

Standing family ticket (2x adults + 2x U 16 – £38

Standing family ticket (1x adult + 1x U 16) – £20

A cash turnstile will be open on the day.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting the ticket office at Huish Park.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V AFC WIMBLEDON

Yeovil picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon but for the second week running, they let a lead slip. Going ahead through Ryan Bird’s 25th minute header, the Glovers held on till twelve minutes from time when Adebayo Akinfenwa nodded an equaliser.

Of more concern would be the loss of two more players to injury with Alex Lacey limping out of the pre match warm up and Omar Sowunmi being stretchered off after a cynical late challenge from Dons defender Will Nightingale. The result lifts Yeovil up out of the relegation zone into 22nd place.

Manager Paul Sturrock had to do his usual juggling act with the resources left after another injury hit period. Initially, he made three changes bringing in new loan signing from Luton, Jake Howells, along with Josh Wakefield and Ryan Bird; Jordan Gibbons dropping to the bench, Shaun Jeffers missing through the first match of his three game ban and Jack Compton out injured. But Alex Lacey then strained his groin in the warm up so Jakub Sokolik deputised from his spot on the bench.

Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak, later named man of the match, pulled off two impressive stops early on saving from Jake Reeves and Tom Elliott’s shots. Ref Lee Swabey, on his first visit to Huish Park, almost robbed Yeovil of a spectacular opener when Howells hit a beauty against the post from 25 yards, the official blowing up to give the Glovers a free kick without playing the advantage.

Matt Dolan’s free kick was easily held by Dons keeper James Shea who also watched as Bird drove over from Sowunmi’s lay off. But on 25 minutes came the opener. Connor Roberts long throw was flicked backwards by the giant Sowunmi and Ryan Bird stooped to head home from a close range for his third goal in eight games this season.  

Krysiak then saved from Andy Barcham before referee Swabey strained a muscle and was replaced by assistant referee Adam Hopkins, Yeovil’s injury jinx now extending to the officials, it seemed. As the half closed, Reeves went close to levelling with a superb attempt that came off the post.

The second half had no sooner started than it was halted following a nasty challenge on Sowunmi by centre back Will Nightingale. The defender come striker had impressed in the first half but was caught very late by the defender as he played in Howells, sub ref Hopkins adjudging it to be a yellow card offence. Mark Beck came on in Sowunmi’s place.

On 57 minutes, Dons hit the woodwork for a second time when Paul Robinson’s header cannoned off the face of the crossbar from George Francomb’s corner and after a fizzing four man move involving some quick close passing, Reeves badly sliced his shot wide of the near post.

Francomb’s deliveries were of high quality and after he had fired a free kick narrowly wide, he set up the Dons leveller. His corner from the left flank was headed in by Adebayo Akinfenwa who struck for the second time this season.

The final ten minutes, plus seven minutes of stoppage time for Sowunmi’s injury, were spent with the game opening up but Dons enjoying the better chances. Sub Adebayo Azeez fired over and Dannie Bullman saw his low shot saved well by Krysiak. In time added on, Azeez missed a golden chance to settle the game by pulling his shot wide but it would have been harsh on a Yeovil side down on luck and who deserved a point at least for honest toil. 

Match Report : 12/09/2015

Yeovil picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon but for the second week running, they let a lead slip. Going ahead through Ryan Bird’s 25th minute header, the Glovers held on till twelve minutes from time when Adebayo Akinfenwa nodded an equaliser.

Of more concern would be the loss of two more players to injury with Alex Lacey limping out of the pre match warm up and Omar Sowunmi being stretchered off after a cynical late challenge from Dons defender Will Nightingale. The result lifts Yeovil up out of the relegation zone into 22nd place.

Manager Paul Sturrock had to do his usual juggling act with the resources left after another injury hit period. Initially, he made three changes bringing in new loan signing from Luton, Jake Howells, along with Josh Wakefield and Ryan Bird; Jordan Gibbons dropping to the bench, Shaun Jeffers missing through the first match of his three game ban and Jack Compton out injured. But Alex Lacey then strained his groin in the warm up so Jakub Sokolik deputised from his spot on the bench.

Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak, later named man of the match, pulled off two impressive stops early on saving from Jake Reeves and Tom Elliott’s shots. Ref Lee Swabey, on his first visit to Huish Park, almost robbed Yeovil of a spectacular opener when Howells hit a beauty against the post from 25 yards, the official blowing up to give the Glovers a free kick without playing the advantage.

Matt Dolan’s free kick was easily held by Dons keeper James Shea who also watched as Bird drove over from Sowunmi’s lay off. But on 25 minutes came the opener. Connor Roberts long throw was flicked backwards by the giant Sowunmi and Ryan Bird stooped to head home from a close range for his third goal in eight games this season.  

Krysiak then saved from Andy Barcham before referee Swabey strained a muscle and was replaced by assistant referee Adam Hopkins, Yeovil’s injury jinx now extending to the officials, it seemed. As the half closed, Reeves went close to levelling with a superb attempt that came off the post.

The second half had no sooner started than it was halted following a nasty challenge on Sowunmi by centre back Will Nightingale. The defender come striker had impressed in the first half but was caught very late by the defender as he played in Howells, sub ref Hopkins adjudging it to be a yellow card offence. Mark Beck came on in Sowunmi’s place.

On 57 minutes, Dons hit the woodwork for a second time when Paul Robinson’s header cannoned off the face of the crossbar from George Francomb’s corner and after a fizzing four man move involving some quick close passing, Reeves badly sliced his shot wide of the near post.

Francomb’s deliveries were of high quality and after he had fired a free kick narrowly wide, he set up the Dons leveller. His corner from the left flank was headed in by Adebayo Akinfenwa who struck for the second time this season.

The final ten minutes, plus seven minutes of stoppage time for Sowunmi’s injury, were spent with the game opening up but Dons enjoying the better chances. Sub Adebayo Azeez fired over and Dannie Bullman saw his low shot saved well by Krysiak. In time added on, Azeez missed a golden chance to settle the game by pulling his shot wide but it would have been harsh on a Yeovil side down on luck and who deserved a point at least for honest toil. 

JAKE HOWELLS JOINS GLOVERS ON LOAN

Yeovil Town have signed Jake Howells on loan from Luton Town.

Midfielder Jake has joined the Glovers on a months loan and will be eligible to play in tomorrow’s fixture AFC Wimbledon.

The 24-year-old has made over 250 appearances for the Hatters since he joined their youth ranks from Watford in 2008.

Jake has five caps for Wales Under 21’s with four caps coming during the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification campaign.

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V AFC WIMBLEDON

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers host AFC Wimbledon with a 3pm kick off.

Tickets are available right up until kick off and Paul Sturrock is urging the good people of Somerset to come out in force.

Yeovil are going through a run of mixed form with defeat last week against Morecambe, following on from a 1-0 win over Barnet.

The last five games have followed a win-loss pattern which of course means that if it continues in that vein Yeovil will win this Saturday.

It wouldn’t be a Yeovil preview if we didn’t talk injuries.

What do you want first, the good news or the bad news?

Ok, bad news first. Jack Compton has been ruled out for four weeks, a minor muscle injury has proved to be a little bit more serious and needs proper recovery time.

He of course joins an ever increasing list of absentees, which this week also includes Shaun Jeffers.

Jeffers is fit and raring to go… but following his sending off on Saturday is out for three games through suspension.

It’s about time we had some good news, which is handy as both Jakub Sokolik and Josh Wakefield are both undergoing fitness tests this Friday to see if they can take their place in the squad on Saturday.

It won’t be enough to fill the bench again but Manager Paul Sturrock has promised that one of the youth team players to impress in training may get a chance to sit with the other substitutes.

Sturrock also revealed that two of the injured clan could well be back and available for the Hartlepool fixture on September 26th.

Onto even better news, Harry Cornick and Connor Roberts have extended their stays with Somerset for another month.

Combine that with the recent images on social media of the two longest term absentees, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett back running for the first time in many months and there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel.

As for our opponents, Wimbledon have been a little bit hit and miss themselves; they currently sit in 13th place with eight points to their name.

They drew last time out, a 1-1 tie with Mansfield. Before that they crashed out of the JPT losing to Plymouth and before that came a win over Exeter.

The Dons have their own suspension to deal with; Lyle Taylor came on against Mansfield in the second half and was sent off a mere 25 minutes later.

Wimbledon, like Yeovil, attempted to appeal the decision but both managers were left frustrated with negative responses.

The other bit of key team news is that winger Andy Barcham returns to the squad following a spell out with a hamstring problem.

Defender Karleigh Osbourne could also return after missing much of last week’s training.

Sturrock has admitted Yeovil will be scratching and clawing through the next couple of games, but the Glovers squad have no desire to try and come away with anything less than three points.

Every person through the turnstiles helps both in a financial sense, but more importantly in terms of support for the team.

You can be there in all the usual ways, click HERE for the online ticket purchase facility.

Last time we met

This part is a little bit complicated.

Firstly, Yeovil Town and AFC Wimbledon have never met, but this is not the first meeting between the sides… do you follow?

Under the current team name, the two sides have not crossed paths with the Dons having only recently joined the Football League

Yeovil and Wimbledon – the original Dons – have crossed paths before, but not since the turn of the Millennium and not competitively since 1977.

There was a friendly between the two in 1999, a match which Yeovil lost 4-2.

Jason Eaton and Adrian Foster scored Yeovil’s goals that day, but the Dons had their big guns out, John Hartson, Robbie Earle and Carl Cort all making their mark in the fixture.

Before that, another friendly in the early 90’s is all we can find since a Southern League match way back in the 1970’s!

Tickets

Tickets for this, as with every home game, are available in three different ways.

Come down and see us at Huish Park in person and speak to a member of the ticket office team. Call us on 01935 847888 to reserve your seats or click HERE and use the online ticket purchase facility.

It’s is quick and easy to make sure you’re at Huish Park this Saturday for the big game.

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 – JOHN SULLIVAN – WIMBLEDON

With Yeovil Town playing AFC Wimbledon this coming Saturday we take our regular look at a player who has donned the famous colours of both sides in the “Foot in Both Camps” feature.

The game on Saturday takes place at Huish Park with a 3pm kick off – click HERE to buy tickets via the online ticket purchase system.

There won’t be many times during this feature that we profile a player who only ever played on loan for either side or who has played a grand total of 28 times for the sides combined.

But this time we will make an exception for a Goalkeeper with a fascinating story and a brilliant post-football career.

Goalkeeper John Sullivan was probably one of the most underrated loan goalkeepers to don the gloves for Yeovil Town when he joined Terry Skiverton’s men in 2010.

Initially on the books of Brighton and Hove Albion, Sullivan made a dozen or so appearances on the south coast before switching to League One side Millwall.

He would only make the one start for his new side – a JPT game during his first year, but he would make the squad virtually every week during their promotion campaign on 2009/10. He was on the bench at Wembley as they won the play off final vs Swindon.

It was from the Londoners that Yeovil took Sullivan on loan the following year.

He was on trial at Huish Park over the summer of 2010 and played in the Darren Way benefit match which saw Skivo’s side overcome a Man U side led by Ole Gunnar Solskaer.

It was off the back of his performance in the showpiece pre-season fixture than persuaded Skiverton to sign him on for an initial month.

He joined thanks to his connections with Nathan Jones, Ben Roberts and Adam Virgo; three former Brighton men who were at Yeovil Town at the time.

He would start the season as number one playing for the Glovers a total of 17 times after his initial loan spell was extended through until early January.

A niggly injury meant Yeovil were forced into bringing in Stephen Henderson and as a result Sullivan returned to Millwall.

It was later that season that Charlton came in for him, initially on loan, then on a permanent deal.

Over the next two season’s Sullivan was behind Somerset boy Ben Hamer in the pecking order making a few appearances in the cup competitions.

He did however win himself a League One promotion medal with the Addicks in 2012.

More loan spells beckoned, firstly at Colchester and then at Saturday’s opponents AFC Wimbledon.

Wimbledon were struggling at the wrong end of League Two and were forced into bringing in reinforcements when Neil Sullivan (no relation) was recalled back to Doncaster.

He would make 11 appearances as Wimbledon beat all the odds to survive.

Sullivan was on the winning side five times including a very dramatic final day survival.

This image of Sullivan unable to watch as Jack Midson scored the decisive penalty portrayed the drama and tension of the day perfectly.

His performances with the Dons earned him a chance to be Number 1 at a club he was contracted to for arguably the first time when he joined Portsmouth.

Despite this, a couple of errors led to him being dropped at another loan spell, this time at Cambridge in the Conference came along.

It was here at Cambridge where Sullivan’s background would come to the forefront.

He revealed to the Portsmouth News newspaper that he had been struggling with depression and had even locked himself in a Cambridge kit room for an hour and a half after one performance.

His Pompey contract was ripped up at his request and was ready to announce his retirement at just 26 years old.

A fascinating interview – the honesty of which is seen far too rarely in today’s game – depicted his struggles with injury, loss of form and bouncing back from mistakes.

With his football career seemingly over – Sullivan tried once more with Whitehawk FC but his new life had already been calling… in Vegas.

Sullivan was a regular visitor to the States and has turned what used to be a holiday vacation into his life and is now flying high working in real estate in the city of dreams… Las Vegas.

He has two promotion medals in the bag, as well as playing for both Yeovil and AFC Wimbledon in a couple of iconic matches over the last few years but that is a world away from the life he now leads.

A fascinating story of a goalkeeper who probably never played the number of games his ability deserved.

His health is now as good as ever and working the big money housing market of Nevada sure isn’t a bad way to live… but I do wonder if he’s ever watched that Jack Midson penalty.

Yeovil Town host AFC Wimbledon this coming Saturday. Call for tickets now on 01935847888 or click HERE to buy now.

To read Sullivan’s retirement interview in full – Click HERE

For more information on depression right here in Somerset visit http://www.southsomersetmind.co.uk/

JACK COMPTON SET FOR SPELL ON SIDELINES


Yeovil Town have been dealt another injury blow with the news that Jack Compton is set for a spell on the sidelines.

Midfielder Jack has received the news that he will spend up to four weeks in the treatment room after tearing a calf muscle in the game with Morecambe on Saturday.

Physio Mike Micciche said: "Jack faces up to a month on the sidelines, it will be three weeks before he can train properly. He will have some underlying weakness in his calf, so we  will have to work hard to make sure it is strong enough and healed properly before he starts training again."

SHAUN JEFFERS APPEAL REJECTED


Town’s appeal for the wrongful dismissal of Shaun Jeffers in Saturday’s fixture with Morecambe has been unsuccessful.

The striker was dismissed for serious foul play in the 27th minute by referee Nick Kinseley.

Shaun will now face a three-match suspension.

NOTHING GOES FOR YOU WHEN YOU’RE NEAR THE BOTTOM

Hello everyone. Another week has passed and unfortunately, in that time, another disappointment for YTFC fans. After what was a perfect start at Huish Park, the match turned on his head and Shaun Jeffers red card played a huge part in the eventual result. The 4-2 score line was extremely flattering to Morecambe and having watched the highlights repeatedly, I do think the sending off was extremely harsh and there was no malice in the challenge.

But, as they say, nothing goes for you when you are down the bottom and with another injury to Jack Compton I think we can safely say that luck has not been on our side this season.

However, fans are understandably frustrated and I think we need to act and act fast. To have just 13 players available in the fourth tier of English football is something that just cannot happen.

We need to do all we can to push on and get some help where we can. It is extremely tough being a Yeovil fan at the moment and I can imagine Dawson, Dickson, Gillett and all the other frustrated injured players are feeling the same.

Hopefully in the next few weeks our fortunes will change when our strong starting 11 can finally play together.

In other news, there were some great games in League One and League Two as the Championship and Premier League took a break for the internationals.

Leyton Orient proved themselves to be human as they succumbed to their first defeat of the season at Exeter.

The Grecians romped to victory, putting four past the league leaders. I was impressed by Exeter when we made the short trip in August. They are a very well organised team and play a solid passing game. It may have come as a surprise that Paul Tisdale praised his sides defence but the side has played a lot of football together and their understanding is second to none.

The defeat left Orient shell shocked and propelled Exeter into the play-off places.

Luton Town finally got their first three points of the season and did so in style. Their visit to Cambridge was a feisty local derby and Luke Guttridge hit this beauty to help the Hatters win in the league for the first time this campaign.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFN9KREtLUk

I could watch that over and over again-what a strike!

Losing in the play-offs can often leave a post-season hangover but Wycombe Wanderers have continued their good form from last season and sit pretty in second in the table.

The Chairboys continued their unbeaten start at home to Hartlepool and Michael Herriman scored twice, either side of a Carl Magnay reply, to seal their fourth victory in six games.

With one of the smallest squads in the league, Gareth Ainsworth is continuing to impress at the helm with another promotion bid looking likely already.

As for Yeovil Town, our whole club has a very important weekend ahead. Not only do we host AFC Wimbledon on Saturday in desperate need of a result, our lady counterparts also grace Huish Park as they host Everton in a crucial game in the WSL2.

It is third vs fourth and victory would pile the pressure on Doncaster Belles and Reading ladies at the top of the table. The last time the ladies played at the home of Somerset football, they ground out an important win against Millwall and let’s hope they can do the same on Sunday.

So, not only do I urge you to pack the park for Sturrock and the boys – I also urge you to get back down to Huish Park on Sunday. Not only do the boys need the support to get back on track and up the table but the ladies also need you to cheer them on!

They could make history and if you have not had the pleasure of watching some of the fantastic football Jamie Sherwood and his team play-I can assure you that you are in for a treat.

So spend the weekend down at my favourite place and imagine how thrilled the whole club would be if bumper crowds could enjoy six points on the board.

We are one club with two teams and together we can achieve anything.

Enjoy your week everyone and until next time…keep believing!

MEET THE MANAGER EVENING THIS THURSDAY

Yeovil Town have rescheduled the meet the manager evening that was due to take place in August.

To make the event more accessible for fans the club has decided to arrange two separate evenings – both starting at 6:30pm.

The question and answer sessions will now take place on Thursday 24th September and Thursday 1st October in the Legends Lounge at Huish Park.

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

The evening will also give fans the perfect opportunity to ask any questions to Planning Agent David Bell on the new planning proposal.

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

HARRY CORNICK EXTENDS LOAN SPELL FROM AFC BOURNEMOUTH


Town can confirm that Harry Cornick’s loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth has been extended for another month.

The 20-year-old has made eight appearances for the Glovers since joining at the beginning of August.

He has scored twice for Yeovil against Morecambe and with his first touch in a green and white shirt against Exeter City in the first game of the season.

TICKETS: ACCRINGTON STANLEY V YEOVIL TOWN

Admission prices for Town’s trip to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday 29th September have been set.

There are no advance tickets for the fixture and admission is cash only at the turnstiles.

Admission prices are:

Adults – £20

Concessions – £15 + mature students with ID

U17’s – £10

U12’s – £5

Once fans have entered the stadium they can choose whether to sit or stand.

 

Those disabled who require a carer will need to visit the ticket office to have their proof of disability checked and they will pay at the ticket office and tickets issued to enter the ground. 

 

CONNOR ROBERTS EXTENDS HIS STAY AT HUISH PARK


Swansea City’s Connor Roberts has extended his loan spell at Huish Park.

The defender has penned a deal to extend his stay by a further month.

Since joining The Glovers on the morning of the opening game of the season against Exeter City he has made eight appearances.

CLUB ASKING FANS TO DONATE OLD SHIRTS


Yeovil Town are calling on football fans to help play their part in donating any old kit, which will be sent to the refugees fleeing into Europe.

The club has started the process by donating numerous items of kit from previous seasons.

Any shirts/kit donated will be packaged up and sent to Calaid (www.calaid.co.uk)

If you have any unwanted shirts tucked away in a drawer or in the loft that are no longer of use please send them to James Healey, Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8YF.

LADIES DEFEAT DURHAM TO SET UP EXCITING MATCH AT HUISH PARK

Match winner Natasha Knapman insists Yeovil’s FA WSL2 promotion push is well and truly alive and kicking after her goal saw off the challenge of Durham at New Ferens Park.

The striker grabbed the only goal of the game just before half-time, expertly lifting the ball over the onrushing Helen Alderson in the Durham goal.

It proved enough to stretch Yeovil’s unbeaten league run to five games and Knapman admits the third-placed Lady Glovers have Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading firmly in their sights.

"The three points were massive,” she said. “We’re still third in the league, so we’ve got to keep the pressure on the top two, Donnie and Reading.

“We came here wanting three points and nothing else and we would’ve been really disappointed to leave with anything other than that.

“They didn’t make it easy for us at all, but we too made it difficult. We weren’t very clinical in front of goal. We created a lot of chances, but didn’t take as many as we could have.

“However, we managed to get the win and that’s all that matters, as well as what I think was a good solid performance.”

After twice missing headed chances Knapman raced on to Natalie Haigh’s through ball to put Yeovil ahead on 43 minutes.

While Durham struggled to trouble their visitor’s goal at the other end Stephanie Williams volleyed onto the bar from 40 yards just after the hour mark.

Knapman and Bow Jackson both missed from close range for Yeovil in the final ten minutes, before a stoppage time strike from Alys Hinchcliffe was saved well by Alderson.

Next up for Yeovil Town Ladies is Everton Ladies on Sunday at Huish Park. Buy tickets by clicking here.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V MORECAMBE

Yeovil Town lost their fifth league game out of six as they let a two goal lead slip to lose 4-2 at home to Morecambe this afternoon.

Harry Cornick gave Yeovil the dream start with the lead on 59 seconds but Shaun Jeffers then saw red for a challenge on Aaron McGowan. Amazingly, Yeovil doubled their lead straight after through an Omar Sowunmi header but then manager Paul Sturrock also saw red for disputing Jeffers’ dismissal, sent to the stands by ref Nick Kinseley.

The Shrimps comeback started on the hour through sub Aaron Wildig to set nerves jangling and when Andrew Fleming equalised, it looked inevitable that the visitors would go on to win and eventually did. Goals late on from the other two subs, Lee Molyneux and Kevin Ellison sealed e game.

Unsurprisingly given the lack of luck with injuries, , The Yeovil boss was unable to name an unchanged line up after Tuesday’s Johnstone Paint Trophy win over Barnet. Josh Wakefield suffered a knock in the 1-0 victory and was replaced by Jordan Gibbons. Such was the lack of bodies that Yeovil could name only four subs on the bench!

The Glovers couldn’t have wished for a better start. Shaun Jeffers controlled in the right channel and found Jack Compton; the winger then crossed to Harry Cornick who side footed into an empty net at the back post.

Morecambe then controlled the next period of the game without really testing Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak, the Pole easily holding on to chances from Tom Barkhuizen and Alan Goodall and watching Shaun Miller’s sliced shot go wide.

Morecambe left back Laurence Wilson could count himself very lucky not to receive a card of some colour after kicking out at Connor Roberts as he shepherded the ball out for a throw in and it looked even more of a lucky escape when Yeovil were reduced to ten men on 27 minutes. Jeffers and Aaron McGowan clashed in midfield but with three visiting players chasing the ref demanding a card be shown, ref Nick Kinseley obliged, issuing his third red card in six games and maintaining his incredible record of a red card almost every two games.

Just two minutes later through and it was Yeovil who doubled their lead. Nathan Smith sent in a cross and Omar Sowunmi looped a header back over Barry Roche into the far corner. But in the aftermath of the goal, manager Paul Sturrock was dismissed after having words with the fourth official.

The remainder of the half saw Morecambe continue to dominate but referee Kinesley still taking centre stage by giving yellows to Jamie Devitt and McGowan for tackles as bad as the one that had seen Jeffers red carded.

At half time, Shrimps boss Jim Bentley took McGowan off to prevent him from being sent off and replaced him with Lee Molyneux. The ex Crewe player looked really lively in the opening quarter of the second half, blazing way over with his first effort, wide with a free kick then hitting one from 25 yards that forced Krysiak to save.

It was a warning sign that Morecambe would make their pressure count and after Andrew Fleming had missed a sitter, they pulled a goal back on 63 minutes courtesy of a bicycle kick from Aaron Wildig that flew into the top corner. And seven minutes later, it was 2-2 when the influential Molyneux released left back Wilson and his cross was slid into the net by Fleming in a carbon copy of Yeovils first goal.

Ryan Edwards did superbly to stop Harry Cornick from regaining the lead for Yeovil when he had dispossessed the keeper and shot on goal, Edwards heading his shot off the line. It was resembling attack v defence by this time in the match and although Yeovil sub Ryan Bird headed a Gibbons cross wide, it was a rare chance. Then with six minutes left, the goal that stuck a knife into Yeovils hopes of getting anything from the game. From a Yeovil corner, Morecambe counter attacked at pace and Molyneux rifled home after the ball had been played across to him from the centre of the box.   

The third Morecambe sub, experienced Kevin Ellison, had come on with fifteen minutes left and after he had seen one diving header rebound off the post, it was second time lucky when he scored the fourth, another header from Krysiak’s parry of a Molyneux shot.

So the taste of defeat for the Glovers after two wins from the last three games but the Yeovil fans in the crowd of 3,024 will be wondering what would have happened if the game had stayed eleven v eleven or even ten v ten.

Match Report : 05/09/2015

Yeovil Town lost their fifth league game out of six as they let a two goal lead slip to lose 4-2 at home to Morecambe this afternoon.

Harry Cornick gave Yeovil the dream start with the lead on 59 seconds but Shaun Jeffers then saw red for a challenge on Aaron McGowan. Amazingly, Yeovil doubled their lead straight after through an Omar Sowunmi header but then manager Paul Sturrock also saw red for disputing Jeffers’ dismissal, sent to the stands by ref Nick Kinseley.

The Shrimps comeback started on the hour through sub Aaron Wildig to set nerves jangling and when Andrew Fleming equalised, it looked inevitable that the visitors would go on to win and eventually did. Goals late on from the other two subs, Lee Molyneux and Kevin Ellison sealed e game.

Unsurprisingly given the lack of luck with injuries, , The Yeovil boss was unable to name an unchanged line up after Tuesday’s Johnstone Paint Trophy win over Barnet. Josh Wakefield suffered a knock in the 1-0 victory and was replaced by Jordan Gibbons. Such was the lack of bodies that Yeovil could name only four subs on the bench!

The Glovers couldn’t have wished for a better start. Shaun Jeffers controlled in the right channel and found Jack Compton; the winger then crossed to Harry Cornick who side footed into an empty net at the back post.

Morecambe then controlled the next period of the game without really testing Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak, the Pole easily holding on to chances from Tom Barkhuizen and Alan Goodall and watching Shaun Miller’s sliced shot go wide.

Morecambe left back Laurence Wilson could count himself very lucky not to receive a card of some colour after kicking out at Connor Roberts as he shepherded the ball out for a throw in and it looked even more of a lucky escape when Yeovil were reduced to ten men on 27 minutes. Jeffers and Aaron McGowan clashed in midfield but with three visiting players chasing the ref demanding a card be shown, ref Nick Kinseley obliged, issuing his third red card in six games and maintaining his incredible record of a red card almost every two games.

Just two minutes later through and it was Yeovil who doubled their lead. Nathan Smith sent in a cross and Omar Sowunmi looped a header back over Barry Roche into the far corner. But in the aftermath of the goal, manager Paul Sturrock was dismissed after having words with the fourth official.

The remainder of the half saw Morecambe continue to dominate but referee Kinesley still taking centre stage by giving yellows to Jamie Devitt and McGowan for tackles as bad as the one that had seen Jeffers red carded.

At half time, Shrimps boss Jim Bentley took McGowan off to prevent him from being sent off and replaced him with Lee Molyneux. The ex Crewe player looked really lively in the opening quarter of the second half, blazing way over with his first effort, wide with a free kick then hitting one from 25 yards that forced Krysiak to save.

It was a warning sign that Morecambe would make their pressure count and after Andrew Fleming had missed a sitter, they pulled a goal back on 63 minutes courtesy of a bicycle kick from Aaron Wildig that flew into the top corner. And seven minutes later, it was 2-2 when the influential Molyneux released left back Wilson and his cross was slid into the net by Fleming in a carbon copy of Yeovils first goal.

Ryan Edwards did superbly to stop Harry Cornick from regaining the lead for Yeovil when he had dispossessed the keeper and shot on goal, Edwards heading his shot off the line. It was resembling attack v defence by this time in the match and although Yeovil sub Ryan Bird headed a Gibbons cross wide, it was a rare chance. Then with six minutes left, the goal that stuck a knife into Yeovils hopes of getting anything from the game. From a Yeovil corner, Morecambe counter attacked at pace and Molyneux rifled home after the ball had been played across to him from the centre of the box.   

The third Morecambe sub, experienced Kevin Ellison, had come on with fifteen minutes left and after he had seen one diving header rebound off the post, it was second time lucky when he scored the fourth, another header from Krysiak’s parry of a Molyneux shot.

So the taste of defeat for the Glovers after two wins from the last three games but the Yeovil fans in the crowd of 3,024 will be wondering what would have happened if the game had stayed eleven v eleven or even ten v ten.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V MORECAMBE

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when Morecambe visit Huish Park for a 3pm kick off.

The Glovers tasted victory for the second time this season when they beat Barnet in Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round match.

Yeovil won 1-0 on the night with the winning goal coming from the mixed up clearance of a Barnet defender.

A win is a win however it comes; the statistics show that Yeovil picked up the win despite failing to register a shot on target.

It wouldn’t be a Yeovil fixture without an injury report and of course we have to report on more work for the physio at Huish Park.

The increasing injury list makes for stark reading as loanee Josh Wakefield has been all but ruled out of Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. 

Wakefield hobbled off in midweek, but at least he made the game, unlike defender Jakub Sokolik who missed out altogether. Sokolik played against Oxford with a cast protecting a fractured wrist but he saw a specialist in midweek and is rated as touch and go for Saturday.

So, to do the injury roll call, we have the following players ruled out of Saturday; Ben Tozer, Marc Laird, Ryan Dickson, Simon Gillett, Kevin Dawson and Wes Fogden.

Also, Jamie Burrows has been missing from the last two squads and David Norris has left the club as part of his Non-Contract terms. Norris would have had to either become a permanent addition or leave the club before the 6pm deadline on Tuesday. If he had remained registered to Yeovil and then decided to move on, he couldn’t have been registered with another club until January.

All of this leaves Paul Sturrock with no more than 15 fit players to choose from for the game. The loan window doesn’t open in time to add any more to that number so it will be a list of who is fit and able to play.

As for the visiting side, manager Jim Bentley wasn’t particularly active during the end of the transfer window, but he did swoop for a Manchester United goalkeeper… no, not that one.

Kieran O’Hara has joined on a month youth loan, he has been drafted in due to injury to Tony Thompson. Morecambe’s form has been relatively good, they currently lie in 10th place in the league and, like Yeovil, progressed through to the next round of the JPT.

The Shrimps beat high flying Walsall 2-0 in midweek, that results has come off the back of a win against Notts County and a 3-3 draw with Portsmouth. The travelling side have got two players back from suspension after three game bans.

Kevin Ellison and Ryan Edwards have missed the last three fixtures after an incident in the game vs Wycombe was reviewed and deemed worthy of a violent conduct charge. With those two back in contention Yeovil will be up against a side at near full capacity.

But that won’t put off an injury ravaged Glovers side who will have been buoyed by a clean sheet and a positive result.

You can be there to give the remaining lads a boost of support this Saturday – click HERE to buy your tickets using the online purchase facility.

Last time we met

The last time Yeovil and Morecambe crossed paths was back in Conference days, so this will be the first time the sides have met in the Football League.

The FA Trophy 4th Round match was the setting for the last meeting way back in 2003, that game ended in a 2-1 win for the Glovers.

Terry Skiverton and Kirk Jackson scoring the goals to send the home side through. 

The side that day included Chris Weale and Darren Way as well as goal scorer Skiverton – all three now on the coaching staff at Huish Park.

The Glovers’ record vs Morecambe is actually very good, the last four meetings have all ended in Yeovil’s favour. In fact, it has been ten matches since Morecambe came out on top in the head to head.

The previous nine have seen six Yeovil wins and three draws.

Tickets

Tickets for all home games are available in advance through all the usual channels.

You can buy online through YTFC.net by clicking HERE. On the day of the game, bring your identification and the card you used to pay with to the ticket office and pick up your tickets.

Call the ticket office on 01935 847888 and speak to an operator who will sort out everything for you, or of course come down in person during right up until kick off.

Sponsors

Yeovil Town would like to thank their sponsors for the upcoming game. Contact Dave Linney at the club for all the sponsorship options.

Match Sponsor: Knights Deliveries

Ball Sponsor: Ivan Rendall & Co

Programme Sponsor: Radio Cabs

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 – PHIL JEVONS – MORECAMBE

When Yeovil Town put together the “10” book to commemorate the decade that the Glovers spent in the Football League, there was a ‘team of the decade’ to put together the best green and white eleven of that era.

Some names, like Skiverton, Way and Williams picked themselves, but the striker department was one of the most competitive.

Leon Best, Marcus Stewart and Paddy Madden were all heavily backed in the voting, but one man stood above the lot.

So, officially the best Yeovil Town striker of the last decade is the subject of today’s foot in both camps.

Phil Jevons is a name synonymous with Yeovil Town success and let’s face it you’d want nobody else taking a penalty kick if your life depended on it.

Jevo took 32% of the vote (as well as being named the third best Glovers player ever by the Western Gazette earlier this season) and it isn’t hard to see why.

The front man was lethal in front of goal and his 84 appearances in Yeovil colours returned a whopping 42 goals.

The Liverpool-born striker began his career in the Everton youth system and has Premier League Reserve League winners medal from his time with the Toffees.

He would make a handful of appearances for the blue half of Merseyside including a number of Premier League games before leaving to join Grimsby Town.

From the coastal side he would join Yeovil in 2004, he would fire the goals that would ultimately win League Two for the Glovers.

29 league goals was his final tally for the season, a number which would win him the golden boot.

Another successful campaign in League One would follow as would another top scorer title for Jevons.

16 goals in total would seem him out score any other Glovers player by six goals and secure League One status as well as his place in Yeovil folklore.

He would depart Huish Park that summer heading up to Bristol City along with Chris Weale and manager Gary Johnson.

His career would continue on a similar path at City, Huddersfield and a loan spell at Bury, wherever he went, goals would surely follow.

It was in 2009 that he would come across Morecambe for the first time, initially as a loan but then in the summer a permanent deal.

19 goals in 44 games would fire the Shrimps to the League Two play offs in his first campaign. He would go on to play over 100 times for the side and was part of the side that transitioned from Christie Park to the Globe Arena.

He gave Sol Campbell a torrid time during a game against Notts County proving he could still give some of the most experienced defenders a tough time but was eventually released in 2012.

He would go on to play for Hyde and Stockport until as recently as 2014.

In true Jevons fashion he scored twice on his final appearance against Harrogate Town and was given a guard of honour by both clubs on entering the field.

Universally liked by all his clubs Jevons made his mark on professional football at just about every level. He’s now back where it all began and is helping the academy as one of the coaches.

Probably never more popular than during his times at Huish Park and the Globe Arena it might be one for Jevo to firmly sit on the fence this weekend.

But you don’t have to, you can get behind the Glovers by being at Huish Park for the first fixture between the sides in over a decade.

Click HERE to buy your tickets now!

STILL TIME TO GET YOUR MORECAMBE TICKET

There is still time to secure your seat seat for this weekend’s fixture with Morecambe at Huish Park.

The Glovers welcome Jim Bentley’s side after defeating Barnet 1-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last time out.

To book your tickets call the ticket office on 01935 847888 or click here to buy online.

JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY QUIZ ANSWERS

Here on YTFC.net we began the build up to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round game against Barnet with a Glovers-themed JPT Quiz.

Below are the answers to the ten questions, if you haven’t had chance to have a go yet and don’t want the spoilers, click HERE to see the questions.

For those who have already had a go, scroll down to find out how many you got right.

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?

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

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?

Bristol Rovers, Torquay and Wycombe
c)
b) Portsmouth, Crawley and Newport

  a) Swindon, Plymouth and Exeter

QUESTION THREE

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

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

c) Sam Walker and Jon Obika.
b) Gareth Stewart and Jonathan Franks

 Jed Steer and Gavin Massey.a)

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?

Gavin Williams and Darren Way
c)
b) Adam Lockwood and Lee Johnson

a) Terry Skiverton and Adam Stansfield

QUESTION FIVE

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

c) Plymouth Argyle
b) Bristol City

Exeter Citya)

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?

c) Carl Alford and Chris Giles

b) Kim Grant and Carl Alford

Chris Giles and Kim Granta)

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?

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

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.

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

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?

Lloyd Owusu
c)
b) Marcus Stewart

a) Paul Warne

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.

c) Jake Edwards.
b) Nick Crittenden

Gavin Williamsa)

OUR FAVOURITE PLACE DESERVES TO BE A FORTRESS

Hello again everyone. Can you believe we are already a month into the season? I certainly can’t and it has already been a rollercoaster being a Yeovil Town fan. We don’t like to make things easy and this new division has been anything but.

Paul Sturrock made an emotive statement after the disappointment of the performance at Oxford. It was extremely frustrating as we should have been high on confidence after our impressive win against Luton. However, we actually looked scared of committing to tackles and were pushed off the ball far too easily.

Our manager is giving everything to turn this around and we have shown moments of brilliance that leave me a lot less concerned than this time last season.

It was nice to see us get a second successive home win under our belts. I know it was not a classic and a comical own goal ultimately sealed the win but we finally defended well throughout and Artur Krysiak finally got a well-deserved clean sheet.

I am already excited for our trip to Wembley – nothing like planning ahead eh?!

In other football news, transfer deadline day may not have lived up to the hype but the top four tiers of English football are not disappointing.

Chelsea continued their stuttering start to the season with a rare home defeat in Jose Mourinho’s 100th home game in charge. Stamford Bridge was left stunned by an ever improving Crystal Palace.

Radamel Falcao’s first goal for his new club was not enough to see off Palace who secured a deserved three points with goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward.

In the Championship, Wolves left it late to secure a 2- 1 win against in form Charlton. Adam Le Fondre struck on 85 minutes to seal a first home win and abruptly halted the Addicks unbeaten start to the season.

League One also boasted entertaining matches including a battle between Colchester United and Scunthorpe United and two former Glovers.

Joe Edwards only managed 46 minutes for the home side but former striker Paddy Madden continued his good start to the campaign scoring his fourth goal of the season to put the Iron in cruise control. But Colchester battled back and secured a hard-earned draw. However, they are still on the lookout for those elusive first three points.

The fourth tier has also started well with Leyton Orient setting the pace at the top. They maintained their 100% record, in the league, against Bristol Rovers who have also had a brilliant start. A comfortable 2-0 win for the O’s showed the rest of the league that they are very much on course to make an immediate return to League One.

Villain of the week

I thought this weeks “villain” had to be whoever was in charge of the paperwork for David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The deal dramatically collapsed on deadline day due to a malfunction from one, or both, of the clubs. Both have denied any lack of organisation and it is difficult to know exactly what went wrong.

However, Manchester United fans will be delighted that their world class stopper remains at Old Trafford.

Whether he will return to the starting 11 after the international break is still up for debate but a goalkeeper of his calibre should not be left on the bench!

Hero of the week

Stephen O’Donnell slotted home a last minute winner against in form Leyton Orient in the JPT on Tuesday.

The Hatters have been on the wrong end of 90th minute goals three times already this season so the win must have felt all the sweeter.

It was Orient’s first defeat of the campaign, whereas Luton continue remarkable cup form but are yet to emulate it in the league.

So, next up we host Morecambe at Huish Park. No doubt this will be a hard task but having won the last two games on our own patch, there is no reason why we cannot be optimistic.

We have now kept our first clean sheet and I am sure Artur will not want anyone to get past him anytime soon.

So let’s get behind the boys and the gaffer and enjoy another successful home match.

Our favourite place deserves to be a fortress.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNET

A comedy own goal from Barnet defender Bira Dembele settled this forgettable Johnstone’s Paint Trophy encounter at Huish Park tonight.

Dembele sliced a Harry Cornick cross into his own net on 38 minutes to give the Glovers a lead but in truth neither side forced the opposing keeper into much work. Aaron McLean hit the crossbar in the first half but despite the game being more open late on, chances were at a premium but most importantly Yeovil make the second round draw and taste victory for the second time this season.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made two changes to the team that were well beaten at Oxford United on Saturday. Jakub Sokolik dropped out of the sixteen completely and Ryan Bird took a bench spot with Shaun Jeffers coming in up front to play alongside the unlikely figure of Omar Sowunmi.

Artur Krysiak was the first of the keepers called into action when he had to get down smartly to deny Aaron McLean’s near post effort. Bees boss Martin Allen was then forced into an early change when Elliott Johnson limped off and was replaced by Sam Muggleton.

McLean then came inches away from giving the visitors the lead on 17 minutes. The former Hull City striker smashed a free kick from fully 35 yards but it glanced off the top of the crossbar with Krysiak beaten. Bira Dembele then came close with a header that dropped on to the roof of the net before Bees captain Curtis Weston turned and shot way over.

On 38 minutes, the moment of farce that decided the game. Harry Cornick swung in a right foot in swinging cross that seemed to elude everyone and end up in the net but on closer examination, Barnet centre half Dembele got an awful connection to the cross and diverted the ball past keeper Jamie Stephens.

The half closed with McLean pulling a shot wide from a long Muggleton throw. In fact, Barnet’s best hope of an equaliser lay with the prodigious rows of Muggleton who was reaching the penalty area from near the halfway line and the tactic was well used in the second period.

As the game progressed, it got more open but scrappier too with both sides giving away possession way too often. Ref Tim Robinson booked four players in a quarter of an hour, none of which were nasty fouls, more cynical than anything but it summed up the nature of the match.

One bright spark of life came through Jeffers who showed a clean pair of heels to his marking defender but fired way over from a tight angle. Glovers sub Jordan Gibbons looked lively and threatening and almost grabbed a late second with a bicycle kick that flew wide.

That was the final chance of a poor game but no matter, it’s Paul Sturrock’s Yeovil team that will be in Saturday’s second round draw.

Match Report : 01/09/2015

A comedy own goal from Barnet defender Bira Dembele settled this forgettable Johnstone’s Paint Trophy encounter at Huish Park tonight.

Dembele sliced a Harry Cornick cross into his own net on 38 minutes to give the Glovers a lead but in truth neither side forced the opposing keeper into much work. Aaron McLean hit the crossbar in the first half but despite the game being more open late on, chances were at a premium but most importantly Yeovil make the second round draw and taste victory for the second time this season.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made two changes to the team that were well beaten at Oxford United on Saturday. Jakub Sokolik dropped out of the sixteen completely and Ryan Bird took a bench spot with Shaun Jeffers coming in up front to play alongside the unlikely figure of Omar Sowunmi.

Artur Krysiak was the first of the keepers called into action when he had to get down smartly to deny Aaron McLean’s near post effort. Bees boss Martin Allen was then forced into an early change when Elliott Johnson limped off and was replaced by Sam Muggleton.

McLean then came inches away from giving the visitors the lead on 17 minutes. The former Hull City striker smashed a free kick from fully 35 yards but it glanced off the top of the crossbar with Krysiak beaten. Bira Dembele then came close with a header that dropped on to the roof of the net before Bees captain Curtis Weston turned and shot way over.

On 38 minutes, the moment of farce that decided the game. Harry Cornick swung in a right foot in swinging cross that seemed to elude everyone and end up in the net but on closer examination, Barnet centre half Dembele got an awful connection to the cross and diverted the ball past keeper Jamie Stephens.

The half closed with McLean pulling a shot wide from a long Muggleton throw. In fact, Barnet’s best hope of an equaliser lay with the prodigious rows of Muggleton who was reaching the penalty area from near the halfway line and the tactic was well used in the second period.

As the game progressed, it got more open but scrappier too with both sides giving away possession way too often. Ref Tim Robinson booked four players in a quarter of an hour, none of which were nasty fouls, more cynical than anything but it summed up the nature of the match.

One bright spark of life came through Jeffers who showed a clean pair of heels to his marking defender but fired way over from a tight angle. Glovers sub Jordan Gibbons looked lively and threatening and almost grabbed a late second with a bicycle kick that flew wide.

That was the final chance of a poor game but no matter, it’s Paul Sturrock’s Yeovil team that will be in Saturday’s second round draw.

HUISH PARK TO HOST LADIES FIXTURE AGAINST EVERTON

Yeovil Town Ladies next home match will be played at Huish Park, when they take on former Women’s Super League one side and fellow promotion chasing team Everton Ladies on Sunday 13th September.

Off the back of a successful event in July which saw 722 fans watch the Lady Glovers beat Millwall Lionesses one nil, Huish Park will now play host to the Blue Girls who currently sit in fourth place and just three points behind Yeovil Town Ladies, with two games in hand.

With promotion still on for Yeovil Town Ladies, the squad will be focussed firstly on their away trip to Durham this weekend. Jamie Sherwood’s team will then be hoping for another bumper crowd in a game which could decide promotion hopes for both of the teams on display.

Everton who share and play their home games with Liverpool at the Select Stadium in Widnes, were relegated from Women’s Super League one last season, but have a host of young internationals in their squad. And it was due to England International call ups, as to the reason why the scheduled game against the Lady Glovers in July was originally postponed by the Blue Girls.

The game which kicks off at 2.00pm will also play host to a 2 course pre-match carvery costing £9.50, with tickets kept the same at £4.00 adults and £2.50 concessions.

Matchday tickets and pre-match carvery can be purchased by clicking here.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNET

Yeovil Town are back in action tonight in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy when they host Barnet, at Huish Park, with a 7:45 kick off.

The Glovers are looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Oxford on Saturday – a game with importance to the club yet without the pressure of three vital league points at stake might by just what the team needs.

Manager Paul Sturrock took to YTFC.net this weekend to explain his feelings on the start of the season and in a heartfelt open letter asked for your support in the upcoming games as he moulds a depleted squad and helps them develop in League Two.

You can read the letter by clicking HERE.

Saturday’s loss to Oxford halted what had seemed to be a turning of the ship, Yeovil had notched their first win of the season a week prior, coming from 2-0 to beat Luton 3-2 and had been showing signs of recovery both on the pitch and in the physio’s room.

It is no secret that injuries have played their part in the Glovers’ stuttering start to the season and it has been revealed that Jakub Sokolik has suffered a hand injury but will hope to continue playing with bandaging.

Wes Fodgen, Ben Tozer, Marc Laird, Ryan Dickson, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett, arguably six of the starting 11 Sturrock would hope to use, are all still out of action. There is light at the end of the tunnel for Dawson however as he started running this week and even managed some very light ball work although a return to action is still a fair way off.

As for Barnet, they lie just one place above Yeovil in the League Two table and have had a similar record through the season so far. They drew 0-0 with big spending Cambridge at the weekend but that has come off the back of a couple defeats.

The Bees lost to Wolves in the Capital One Cup as well as Bristol Rovers the weekend before.

Their only League win came against Northampton Town but they also overcame League One Millwall in the Capital One Cup first round.

Manager Martin Allen has strengthened his attacking options by signing former Peterborough and Bradford striker Aaron McClean while it could be Paul Sturrock giving a former Barnet player a chance vs his old club.

Iffy Allen was signed from the Bees during the summer and could play against his old employers on Tuesday night.

One familiar face in the Barnet line-up will be Bondz Ngala, the central defender spent the 2011/12 season with Yeovil scoring twice in just over 30 appearances.

Tuesday night under the lights at Huish Park is always a great atmosphere, why not come along and get behind Sturrock and the team. Tickets are available at a reduced rate for the game, why not bring a friend or family member and treat them to an evening at the football.

Sturrock and the lads need everyone pulling together, a run in the JPT could be just what the gaffer ordered.

Last time we met

The two sides last crossed paths in competitive action during the FA Cup of 2003/04. Yeovil beat Barnet on their way to meeting Liverpool in the later rounds.

The game, at Huish Park, was played in front of nearly 6000 people and saw Yeovil thrash their opponents 5-1. Gavin Williams, Colin Miles, Jake Edwards and Nick Crittenden all taking their share of the goal scoring spoils.

The last league meeting came the season before with the results not quite going in Yeovil’s favour. A 0-0 draw at home and a 2-1 defeat down at what was then, Underhill.

That 0-0 draw is however, the only time the sides have played out a game with fewer than three goals in since the turn of the millennium. There’s another 2-1 Barnet win and a 3-2 home win from the campaign before… so on that form, we should expect goals galore on Tuesday.

Tickets

Tickets for the game are available through all the usual channels and are available for much cheaper than normal.

Call in advance on 01935 84788, come down to Huish Park at any time right up until kick off on match day, or order online by clicking HERE and picking up your tickets from the ticket office on the day.

Adult tickets are just £10, concessions admission is only a five and kids under 16s can get in for just £1.

One extra evening out at the football before they all return to school couldn’t be much cheaper.

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.

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNET

Yeovil Town will host Barnet tonight (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

To buy your tickets call 01935 847888 or click here to buy online.

CLUB RESPONDS TO LACK OF SUPPORT FROM TOWN COUNCIL

ytfc.net caught up with Chairman (John Fry) and Planning Agent (David Bell) about why they view the lack of support from the Town Council as disappointing and frustrating rather than the end of the road.

David explained that he had dropped in on the Town Council meeting and sat in the public gallery to observe. At one point the Council Chairman asked if anyone was there to represent the club and David said that he had not come with the intention of making a presentation but was willing to answer any questions.

When asked why this meeting needed to take place when the planning application has been submitted to South Somerset District Council David responded “The idea of the democratic consultation between SSDC and YTC is to gauge what the town councillors think about the application at this local level. In effect, the Town Council is, theoretically, speaking on behalf of interested parties from the town centre only rather than the wider district or regional level. To be fair, the Council Chairman did also explain to the Councillors that they were being asked to comment as a consultee and reminded them that South Somerset District Council is the planning authority and determining authority for the application.”

David went on to explain that the main points debated and concerns raised by the Town Council could be summarised from his notes as “the plans differed little to the previous application, don’t need more retail out of town, more traffic on to the Western Avenue/Thorne Lane junction and concerns over the 80 bed hotel.”

David added that one councillor did say that he was “all in favour of seeing improvements to the club and that frankly for the supporters it is long overdue”. The councillor went on to comment that he supported the upgrading of the sporting facilities but felt the application was too much. However, he did not explain how such facilities would be funded.

In reaction to these comments and concerns David (as the Agent who is overseeing the application on behalf of the club) responds:

· “the plans differed little to the previous application” – it is obvious by just comparing the previous application and current application plans and reports that this is a very different application. Not only in style and justification but also in content, vision and need.

· “don’t need more retail out of town” – what Yeovil needs, in my opinion, is to be a viable town full of life and vitality at all locations. I agree with the individual town councillor that not everyone wants or needs to go into the town centre every day. In reality, the town of Yeovil should be about more than just the small area and interests of the Yeovil designated town centre area defined by a line drawn on a map. That councillor put his head above the parapet and did say that he thought some services in the north-west part of town would be useful. His reward was to be berated by another councillor. This is an “enabling application” and, as explained in the submitted reports, the planning principle is upheld in the High Court, by the Planning Inspectorate and some very forward thinking local authorities. This is explained in length in the reports and is the chance for South Somerset to shine.

· “More traffic on to the Western Avenue/Thorne Lane junction” – The SSDC Planning Officer attending the meeting did a thorough, professional job on the night and did remind the councillors that the documents submitted with the planning application considered traffic in detail. The club has put forward a solution for the Thorne Lane junction based upon the very successful traffic management experiments carried out at the Manchester United cup match in January. We are trying to help the locals argue for a change in the local authority stance and, as explained in the reports, there is an obvious and logical solution to the current weekday peak period congestion. The answer, clearly, is not to put even more give-ways in the way of the very dominant major flows as is currently proposed by others. Perhaps drivers and passengers in the regular non-football related queues may have a view on this.

 

· “Concerns over the 80 bed hotel” – the club put on a public consultation in the form of an exhibition and web site in January of this year. One of the changes put forward after that consultation was that the hotel be increased from 60 to 80 rooms. Many people, including local residents, could see the links between the club needing player accommodation, opportunities for sporting related packages, the need for accommodation and the money that this type of facility brings into the area.

John Fry said: “Having his offer to answer questions that may arise accepted, David tells me that he was not put on the spot on the night on any matters and the strategic and financial value of the football club to the community seems to be underestimated by many.”

David reiterated comments made in recent months that “The survival of the club depends upon revenue and other investment. Without the new facilities and the proposed short term capital and longer term revenue, the club is very unlikely to remain in the current format”. By way of only a few examples he quoted the vulnerability of the academy, the loss without replacement of the marquee, inability to help the development of the successful ladies football team, the holiday courses for hundreds of youngsters and also even the neatly cut short grass open spaces. Of these he said “Even the nature of the open spaces would change. Grass cutting on outer areas is an expense for the club rather than an income. A vision of the future without turning around the income looks bleak. Long grass off the pitch would not be the main problem – the club could live with that – but the devastating impact of severe cuts on the match day experience and all the additional benefits in favour of a core business based expenditure will hit the town and district hard.”

John commented: “Put bluntly, our aspirations are for League One then Championship football with a stadium that is self-financing and providing the match day experience that our loyal fans deserve. To do this the stadium complex must be used more than two or three times a month. These matters also contribute to the local economy and a new, purpose built hall available to our supporters and the wider community for social and leisure would contribute to the feel good factor”.

David added: “This is more than just about Brympton or western Yeovil. People across the district and beyond have an interest in the success of the club, town, district and regional facilities. Some are now asking why we are not all working together. Interestingly, I heard by chance the other day that some people don’t want football supporters in the town centre! I’m not aware of any local fan problems other than the congestion and parking. Matters which we are trying to help with as part of this application. Times have changed since the 80’s and it is sad when our and other club supporters, have their hard earned cash turned away”.

David, in rounding off his views about the lack of support from the Town Council, commented “It is clear and frustrating that the questions raised could have been answered not just by the Planning Officer or myself but, simply, by the content of the documents and plans submitted with the application. My view, and advice accepted by the club directors, is that we press on with our programme of consultation and discussions”.