Month: October 2015

REPORT: CARLISLE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Despite leading 2-0 away at Carlisle United Town returned to Somerset empty handed after a 3-2 defeat.

Two goals in the first eight minutes from Ryan Bird and Harry Cornick shocked the home side, but a goal just before the break from Michael Raynes gave the home side hope going into the interval.

A second half header from Macauley Gillesphey leveled the scores before Raynes scored his second and Carlisle’s third to break Town’s hearts.

Manager Paul Sturrock was struck another injury blow before the game with midfielder Marc Laird missing the trip with a hamstring injury picked up in training.

Wes Fogden replaced the Scot in the centre of midfield in the only change from last week’s 3-2 defeat to Cambridge United.

With just four minutes on the clock the Glovers should have opened the scoring when Harry Cornick broke free of the Carlisle defence only to be denied by a fine save by Gillespie.

From the resulting corner Town did open their account when Bird nodded home his 7th goal of the season from a Dickson corner from the right.

Moments later Town doubled their advantage when Cornick found himself in plenty of room in the Carlisle area to coolly finish past a helpless Gillespie, much to the delight of the travelling Town fans.

On 12 minutes Yeovil could have scored their third of the afternoon. Cornick’s surging run saw the Bournemouth man release Dickson on the left. The head of Thomas met the winger’s cross, but his header went just wide of the post with Gillespie rooted to the spot.

Just after the half hour mark the home side pulled a goal back. Good play build up play from their own 18 yard box saw the men in blue get a corner on their left.

Mark Ellis headed the corner back across the goal line onto the head of Raynes, who couldn’t miss from one yard out.

In the 37th minute Town were dealt another injury blow when Nathan Smith was forced off with a injury. Matty Dolan replaced the left back and the change meant Dickson reverted to left back with Dolan playing as a left-winger.

At the start of the second period and the game flowing from end-to-end the home side equalised.

A shot at the back post was well blocked by Connor Roberts but from the resulting corner taken by Gilliead’s corner was headed home at the back post by substitute Gillesphey.

Town suffered another injury when Sokolik limped off after an hour with what appeared to a hip injury with Shaun Jeffers replacing him. The resulting change saw goal scorer Bird moved to centre back.

On 75 minutes to home side took the lead for the first time in the fixture when Krysiak palmed away a shot, but the ball fell kindly to defender Raynes who made no mistake in slamming the ball home from eight yards.

Despite Town throwing men forward in the dying minutes they couldn’t find an equaliser and returned home empty handed.

Match Report : 31/10/2015

Despite leading 2-0 away at Carlisle United Town returned to Somerset empty handed after a 3-2 defeat.

Two goals in the first eight minutes from Ryan Bird and Harry Cornick shocked the home side, but a goal just before the break from Michael Raynes gave the home side hope going into the interval.

A second half header from Macauley Gillesphey leveled the scores before Raynes scored his second and Carlisle’s third to break Town’s hearts.

Manager Paul Sturrock was struck another injury blow before the game with midfielder Marc Laird missing the trip with a hamstring injury picked up in training.

Wes Fogden replaced the Scot in the centre of midfield in the only change from last week’s 3-2 defeat to Cambridge United.

With just four minutes on the clock the Glovers should have opened the scoring when Harry Cornick broke free of the Carlisle defence only to be denied by a fine save by Gillespie.

From the resulting corner Town did open their account when Bird nodded home his 7th goal of the season from a Dickson corner from the right.

Moments later Town doubled their advantage when Cornick found himself in plenty of room in the Carlisle area to coolly finish past a helpless Gillespie, much to the delight of the travelling Town fans.

On 12 minutes Yeovil could have scored their third of the afternoon. Cornick’s surging run saw the Bournemouth man release Dickson on the left. The head of Thomas met the winger’s cross, but his header went just wide of the post with Gillespie rooted to the spot.

Just after the half hour mark the home side pulled a goal back. Good play build up play from their own 18 yard box saw the men in blue get a corner on their left.

Mark Ellis headed the corner back across the goal line onto the head of Raynes, who couldn’t miss from one yard out.

In the 37th minute Town were dealt another injury blow when Nathan Smith was forced off with a injury. Matty Dolan replaced the left back and the change meant Dickson reverted to left back with Dolan playing as a left-winger.

At the start of the second period and the game flowing from end-to-end the home side equalised.

A shot at the back post was well blocked by Connor Roberts but from the resulting corner taken by Gilliead’s corner was headed home at the back post by substitute Gillesphey.

Town suffered another injury when Sokolik limped off after an hour with what appeared to a hip injury with Shaun Jeffers replacing him. The resulting change saw goal scorer Bird moved to centre back.

On 75 minutes to home side took the lead for the first time in the fixture when Krysiak palmed away a shot, but the ball fell kindly to defender Raynes who made no mistake in slamming the ball home from eight yards.

Despite Town throwing men forward in the dying minutes they couldn’t find an equaliser and returned home empty handed.

YEOVIL TOWN HALLOWEEN XI

Here at YTFC.net we love Halloween and have come up with a Glovers side that are sure to produce as many ghouls and goals!

Goalkeeper

Asmir BegoWITCH

Defenders

Kevin AmankwAARRGHH

T
erry SHIVERTON

ADAMS FAMILY Lockwood

Danny SPIDERS WEBB

WITCH Brundle
                                                                                                      

Midfielders

Nick CRITTERSden

Paul CEMETERRY

Kevin GHOUL

Attackers

Barrington BelGRAVEYARD

Gozie UgWOOOO

Did we miss any out? Let us know on Twitter with the hashtag #YTFC or on Facebook.

Why not swap the chocolate and sweets for a Glovers ticket in the kids trick or treat bucket..?

Click HERE to buy tickets for the games in November.

PREVIEW: CARLISLE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday with the small matter of a 750 mile round trip to Carlisle United for a 3pm kick off.

Yeovil fans are facing 12 hours of travelling this weekend and are hoping that countless motorway miles are worth it as Paul Sturrock’s side look to turn around a poor run of form.

Last week, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Cambridge United was Yeovil’s third defeat on the spin and a hammer blow to the team’s confidence.

The U’s had gone 3-0 up with barely half an hour on the clock  but a spirited second half performance saw Ryan Bird and Josh Sheehan pull goals back to show the fight that had been needed from the start.

Prior to Saturday, defeats at the hands of Mansfield and Notts County had seen Glovers’ heads drop, but the final 45 minutes on Saturday is hoped to have given the side enough to build on for this week.

The injury news is still, pretty much, as negative as always with Sturrock revealing that Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey has returned to the London club for surgery and will be out for a long time.

He also mentioned that two players limped out of training on Wednesday and even a trialist only lasted 12 minutes before pulling up hurt.

In better news, Wes Fogden is back and available with the longer term absentees, all hoping to edge closer to a return sooner rather than later.

Jordan Gibbons has departed the club since the last fixture, his injury was serious enough that he decided to take time away from the game to recover.

As for Carlisle, they are also trying to find their consistency following a 1-1 draw with Wycombe and a 3-2 defeat to Northampton.

Their last win came back on the 17th when another side from the South West – Exeter – had to make the long journey back with a 1-0 defeat.

The Blues currently lie in 9th place and a win on Saturday could see them jump into the play offs, but they’ll be going into the game without midfielder Luke Joyce who was sent off last Saturday.

Prior to their game on Saturday they had added striker Hallam Hope from Bury on a loan deal and he could make his home debut this week.

Two sides that are looking to go into the cup games in the FA Cup and JPT with three points in the bag meet this Saturday and whilst there may be many miles and quite a lot of league places between the two – anything can happen.

The next home game at Huish Park is on the 14th November when Stevenage come to town – click HERE to buy tickets for that game now.

Last time we met

During the 2012/13 season the two sides played a couple of very exciting games that saw a 3-3 draw being played out at Brunton Park and a 3-1 Blues win down at Huish Park.

In the first game of that season, Mark Beck – now of Yeovil – scored twice in a 3-1 win for Carlisle. Reuben Reid got a consolation shortly before Joe Garner put the game beyond all doubt deep into the second half.

In the reverse fixture Yeovil were 3-1 up with 89 minutes on the clock but failed to seal the win.

Kevin Dawson, Paddy Madden and James Hayter had all scored in front of the 150 or so travelling fans, but Lee Miller and a Luke Ayling own goal meant the spoils were shared.

The Glovers haven’t record a win over the Cumbrians since 2011 when goals from Jon Obika and Dean Bowditch completed a double over their opponents after a 1-0 win (Obika again) secured a win at Huish Park.

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are available both from the Huish Park ticket office right now, but also on the day from the stadium.

Glovers fans are to note that ticket prices are subject to a sizeable price rise on match day, so if you know you’re making the trip, try and purchase before travelling.

Call 01935 847888 for more details.

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.

AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS FOR CUP FIXTURES


The Green and White Supporters Club have released their travel details for the two away cup ties against Maidstone United and Gillingham.

Details for the trips are as follows:

Maidstone United
Sunday 8th November 2015.

Huish Park – 8:00am

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Gillingham
Tuesday 10th November 2015.

Huish Park – 2:00pm

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

To book your seat with The Green and Whites send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. You can also email Paul at paulhadlow@outlook.com. If you want to book via phone, please call after 6pm.

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME IS CONTINUING TO BE JUST THAT

Well, what a week it has been in football. From Capital One Cup shocks to the long awaited FA Cup draw – the beautiful game is continuing to be just that.

But first of all, I must discuss Saturday as we endured another disappointment at Huish Park. What was most frustrating was that we played very well in the second half and the lads show they have some quality.

Going 3-0 down at home inside 35 minutes is too huge a mountain to climb, even though we did probably deserve to equalise.

Our slow starts are costing us and that is something that needs to be addressed. However, I thought Connor Roberts had an outstanding afternoon and the passion he showed for a loan player was just what we need.

Ryan Bird was on target again – I just hope soon that his goals become winners and help us on our way up the table.

As for the FA Cup draw, we travel to National League South side Maidstone United a week on Sunday.

Football on a Sunday is not ideal but the revenue the club will get from being featured as part of Final Score feature on the BBC is certainly welcome.

It should be a great atmosphere heading to a non-league club and hopefully we can avoid a potential banana skin – we all know what the Cup can do!

Didcot Town, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, will face off against Exeter City in the stand out tie.

They play in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West and will get a lot of much needed exposure and financial rewards for the tie being broadcast on TV.

This is what the Cup is all about and Exeter will know better than anyone that it is not going to be easy to get through to the next round.

Who remembers this?

Brilliant! Those players will never forget the day they beat a Football League side.

Premier League clubs also found it difficult during their Capital One Cup ties over the last few days. Every football league side left has progressed to the quarter finals which is an unbelievable achievement.

Sheffield Wednesday saw off Arsenal 3-0 and although it was a slightly weakened team, I did read an interesting article yesterday about the match. It said that, with the resources and money that the Gunners have, they should easily have beaten a Championship team and credit should be given to Wednesday for their performance.

Middlesbrough saw off Manchester United at Old Trafford thanks to a penalty shoot-out following a 0-0 draw.

 A lot was made about how three Englishman missed from the spot for United but shoot-outs really are just one of those things.

United were under pressure to win that whereas Boro would have been praised either way. The Championship side are having a great season and playing some great football so I was not surprised to see them keep a clean sheet against Louis Van Gaal’s men.

Hull were also triumphant thanks to spot kicks and beating in-form Leicester City is no mean feat. They may have kept Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy on the bench but he was introduced late on and the Foxes are certainly not a one man team!

As for Yeovil, we face one of the longest trips of the season up at Carlisle on Saturday. Thank goodness it is a weekend match but it still a long way for fans to travel so well done to all of you making the mammoth journey!

We must go and believe that we can pick up three points and get our season on track. That is the only way our fortunes will turn. But from every supporter of YTFC I have a little request or advice for the lads – come out of the dressing room straight away and we will easily win a game of football!

Until next week…

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – PADDY MADDEN

The Glovers travel to Carlisle United this coming Saturday for a Halloween fixture and we take a look at a player who has represented both sides and certainly knows where the ghoul… sorry, goal, is!

(That might not be the last Halloween joke I squeeze into this article… how many can you spot?)

Today we look at arguably one of the best strikers to grace the Huish Park pitch in the Football League era, but Paddy Madden didn’t quite make the same impact at Carlisle, his first team on this side of the Irish Sea.

Of course, Madden’s goal for Yeovil in the League One play-off final was both a fantastic trick and one heck of a treat for the Glovers fans, the ability to wrap the outside of his right boot around the ball was something special to get the finest day in Yeovil’s history off to the best possible start.

Madden started his career in his homeland of Ireland, initially he played with Bohemians and was already finding a way of scoring goals at every level, scoring for Bohemians’ reserves to alert clubs to his ability.

He would join Shelbourne on loan in 2009, just a few months after making his Bohs debut in late 2008.

His spell with The Reds would see a return of eight goals from little over a dozen games and that even included a goal against Bohemians – his own employers – in a cup game.

Upon his return to Bohemians he would make more of an impression on the first team scoring his first goal shortly after, as the 2010 season ticket around, Madden was scoring for fun and goblin  up chances created time and time again.

During June of 2010, he scored nine goals in just five matches and was rightly named player of the month.

The 2011 transfer window would bring Madden to England when Carlisle United came in for him and according to local papers in the north had to fend off interest from Celtic and others with much more pulling power.

Madden signed a two-and-a-half year deal on Deadline Day in January and his English adventure was underway.

He played for Carlisle for almost two years in total, but only made seven league starts for the Cumbrians and only scored two goals.

However, he did make a 20 minute appearance, from the bench, in the 2011 Johnstones Paint Trophy final where Carlisle beat Brentford.

Ironically, his first goal for Carlisle came against Yeovil, in a dramatic 3-2 win for the Blues in February 2012.

In October of the same year, Madden joined Yeovil on loan for a three month spell as Gary Johnson looked to bolster his attacking options.

A relative unknown to many Glovers fans, but they were to know all there is to know about him very shortly.

On his debut for Yeovil, at home to Colchester, Madden scored twice to match his entire tally at Carlisle in just half an hour.

The first, a screamer of a volley and another where he ghosted past the defence to slot home.

He had made an impact and went on a run of scoring against Tranmere, Shrewbury and Stevenage to really get the Glovers moving.

His final game of the loan spell saw another brace, this time against Leyton Orient, before it was announced that he had signed a permanent deal at Huish Park.

His next game came 12 days later and it brought another brace against Sheffield United.

Those two games would kick start of run scoring in eight consecutive games, notching eleven times in that stint.

He was haunting opposition defenders and the team was flying higher than a witch on a broomstick.

The rest of this campaign is on a constant loop in the minds of Glovers fans, but there were more goals, including one against Carlisle.

In total, he would score 24 league goals to end up as top scorer in the division and that alerted the Republic of Ireland manager.

Giovanni Trappatoni called Madden into the senior side and he would make a 20 minute appearance for his country against Wales in August 2013.

His play off heroics for Yeovil had seen the Glovers promoted to the highest point they’ve ever been and Paddy was set for a season in the Championship.

However, a combination of injury and loss of form saw his chances limited and in November of 2013 he was put on the transfer list.

With January fast approaching he signed a deal with Scunthorpe United in League Two, a deal was agreed and a six-figure fee was paid.

Madden was back in the goals almost immediately and had five more to his name before the season had finished.

He would play a part in their promotion campaign before become the first outfield player in 16 years to start every game of the season for Scunthorpe in their League One campaign the following year.

In those 55 games he scored 17 goals and ended with another club’s golden boot and even more end of season awards.

Paddy Madden has been voted in the greatest Yeovil Town side of the Football League era and retains his admiration for both his former employers.

Those two sides meet this Saturday and tickets are available for Yeovil fans on the day.

Madden scored many a goal at Huish Park and Paul Sturrock’s men need your support to help the goals and the points start flowing, click HERE to buy tickets for all The Glovers’ home games.

UNDER 18’S TO FACE FOREST GREEN ROVERS IN FA YOUTH CUP

Yeovil Town under 18’s are set to play Forest Green Rovers in the FA Youth Cup First Round.

Forest Green overcame Hungerford Town 1-0 last night thanks to a first half goal from Joe Stokes.

It was the second meeting between the two clubs after the first game was abandoned with just six minutes left on the clock because of a serious injury.

The first round tie will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 3rd November with kick off being 7pm.

Admission prices are as follows:
Adults: £4

Juniors/Concessions/16-21: £2

FA CUP CLASH WITH MAIDSTONE UNITED MOVED TO SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER


Town’s FA Cup first round tie away at Maidstone United will now take place on Sunday 8th November.

The game will kick off at 2pm and will feature on BBC Final Score along with seven other round one ties. The BBC will show all the goals and action as it happens.

Tickets for the clash will go on sale on Friday 30th October at 9am to season ticket holders (One per season ticket).

Season ticket holders will have until 7pm (kick off time for the FA Youth Cup) on Tuesday 3rd November to claim their ticket.

Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 4th November at 9am.

Town have been allocated 400 tickets for the cup tie, which include 320 terrace tickets and 80 seating tickets.

Prices for the tie are as follows:

Terrace

Adults – £12

Senior Citizens/Students – £9

Aged 11-15 – £5

Under 11 – £1

Seated

Adults – £14

Senior Citizens/Students – £11

Aged 11-15 – £7

Under 11 – £3

The Huish Park Ticket Office will close at 4pm on Friday.

TICKET DETAILS FOR MAIDSTONE UNITED CUP CLASH


Yeovil Town’s FA Cup first round tie away at Maidstone United will be all-ticket.

Town have been allocated 400 tickets for the cup tie, which include 320 terrace tickets and 80 seating tickets.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders first once a date between the two clubs has been confirmed.

Currently BBC and BT Sport are considering which of the ties to screen live or as part of an interactive Football Focus.

Prices for the tie are as follows:

Terrace

Adults – £12

Senior Citizens/Students – £9

Aged 11-15 – £5

Under 11 – £1

Seated

Adults – £14

Senior Citizens/Students – £11

Aged 11-15 – £7

Under 11 – £3

STEPHEN ARTHURWORREY OUT FOR LONGER THAN EXPECTED

Paul Sturrock has today revealed that on loan defender Stephen Arthurworrey has returned to Fulham for treatment on his knee injury.

The defender picked up his knee injury in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Coventry City and was forced off early in the defeat to Mansfield Town days later.

Manager Sturrock said: "He went back to Fulham and had an x-ray and there is knee damage of some sort,

"Fulham have explained that he is going to need an operation and that obviously puts him out of contention here for a while.

"It’s a massive blow."

ACADEMY HOST FAMILIES WANTED


Yeovil Town Football Club are looking for Academy Host Families. Be part of Yeovil Town Football Club and earn money by hosting an Academy player.

The role of a ‘host family; is hugely important in underpinning the scholarship programme and aiding the development of young players, helping them strive to obtain a professional playing contract.

WHAT SHOULD YOU PROVIDE?

• A suitable environment for players to relax and socialize during their stay

• A reasonable amount of privacy – it is acknowledged that the host have the right to clean and inspect

• Adequate toilet, bathing and showering facilities

• A bed with regular change of linen

• Breakfast and evening meals appropriate to young professional athletes, suggestions are available from the club

• The washing of scholars essentials clothes i.e. underwear and light clothing such as t-shirts. (Host familes are not expected to wash heavy items such as jeans unless they are caring for a scholar seven days a week. Training kit wil be washed by the football club)

WHAT YOU GET IN RETURN

• A hugely rewarding experience providing a caring ‘home from home’ for our young players

• An opportunity to be involved with your local Football Academy

If you are interested in becoming a host family and would like more details then please email Kelly Roberts at kroberts@ytfc.net

Please include a daytime telephone number and Kelly will be in touch as soon as possible,

GLOVERS CHAIRMAN REPLIES TO THE CRITICS

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has issued a reply to supporters who were critical on Saturday during the first half against Cambridge United as The Glovers went three goals behind.
 

Fry said: “I understand how disappointed the supporters must be feeling after the last two relegation seasons. They pay their money and they want entertaining football and above all they want to see their team win.   

"But these are the facts:

1. The club has had to endure a crippling injury crisis the like of which the manager has never had to contend with in all his life in football.

2. All clubs in the Football League have to work within the new Salary Cap Management Protocol rules which stipulate that clubs can only spend 55% of their football turnover, and with gate revenue continuing to fall, there is little or no scope to bring in better players. 

3. Due to the transfer window rules, there are restrictions in bringing new players to Huish Park until the start of next year. Then one will have to go out, before another one can be brought in.

4. After rebuilding the playing squad following our relegation from League One, sacking the Football Manager at this stage of the season would be a backward step, however, it is time to seriously look at our player recruitment system and coaching methods.

“Paul Sturrock has huge experience having managed in the Premier League in England and Scotland, the Championship, League One and Two and he has several promotions on his CV not to mention over 500 games in Scotland, several international caps and two World Cup Finals to his name. 

“When he joined the club he had to sign almost a complete new squad of players which involved terminating fixed term contracts and negotiating new ones.

“To hit the jackpot with all the new players would have been extremely lucky.

“Having signed those players the team needed time to gel. And then the injuries started to take their toll.

“This club has recently enjoyed unbridled success including a Wembley play-off final and promotion to the Championship.

“The club’s board of directors are one of the most conscientious around, and all give their time and expertise for free, and that includes myself.

“But in football success can never be guaranteed and when the tides turn it needs hard work and dedication to bring about change.

“That is what is happening right now, so I say to all of those loyal, but disappointed Glovers supporters this is a time for cool heads and a not for knee jerk reactions.

“Everybody at the club from the office staff, through to the manager, players and board of directors has to work that little bit harder to turn things around, which I am certain will happen.

"Whether a quick turnaround of events can be achieved remains to be seen and with tough away trips to Carlisle in the League, Gillingham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Maidstone United in the FA Cup, all our nerves will be stretched to the limit.

"But there is some light at the end of the tunnel with injured players set to return soon and an encouraging second half display against Cambridge that almost turned things around last Saturday.

"With over a third of the season already gone things need to change quickly."

TICKETS: CARLISLE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Carlisle United on Saturday 31st October remain on sale from Huish Park.

Prices for the trip are as follows:

Adult – £19

Senior (65+) – £16

Young Person (18-22) – £13

Junior (11-17) – £10

Child (10 & under) – £7

Child (Under 6) – Free

Family tickets are also available with Juniors being aged 11-17 years old.

1 Adult and 1 Junior – £27.00

1 Adult and 2 Juniors – £35.00

1 Senior and 1 Junior – £24.00

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

PRIVATE MEMBER WINNERS FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

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

 

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

 

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

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

10 x £100 Winners for September 2015

51 – Michael Hayward – Yeovil, Somerset

76 – Mrs S Lee – Marston Magna, Somerset

180 – Mr J Cook – Bridport, Dorset

22 – Mr  R Higgins – Castle Cary, Somerset

50 – Mr D J Gould – Torquay, Devon

30 – A M Smith – North Cadbury, Somerset

123 – Mr J Attwood – Stoke St Gregory, Somerset

102 – Mr T Cregan – Long Sutton, Somerset

39 – Mr A G Smith – South Petherton, Somerset

62 – Mr P Anderson – Weymouth, Dorset

4 x £250 Winners for September 2015

2 – Vern Edmunds – Dorchester, Dorset

26 – Mr H Ridgwell – Yeovil, Somerset

170 – Mr D Simms – Yeovil, Somerset

83 – Mr  S Masters – Yeovil, Somerset

BALL NUMBERS FOR TONIGHT’S FA CUP DRAW

Yeovil Town will be ball number 47 in tonight’s FA Cup First Round draw.

The Glovers will see who they face in the first round of the competition from 7.00pm on BBC Two.

First round ties will be played on the weekend of 7th November 2015.

The ball numbers of every team in the irst round draw are below.

1 Accrington Stanley

2 AFC Wimbledon

3 Barnet

4 Barnsley

5 Blackpool

6 Bradford City

7 Bristol Rovers

8 Burton Albion

9 Bury

10 Cambridge United

11 Carlisle United

12 Chesterfield

13 Colchester United

14 Coventry City

15 Crawley Town

16 Crewe Alexandra

17 Dagenham & Redbridge

18 Doncaster Rovers

19 Exeter City

20 Fleetwood Town

21 Gillingham

22 Hartlepool United

23 Leyton Orient

24 Luton Town

25 Mansfield Town

26 Millwall

27 Morecambe

28 Newport County

29 Northampton Town

30 Notts County

31 Oldham Athletic

32 Oxford United

33 Peterborough United

34 Plymouth Argyle

35 Port Vale

36 Portsmouth

37 Rochdale

38 Scunthorpe United

39 Sheffield United

40 Shrewsbury Town

41 Southend United

42 Stevenage

43 Swindon Town

44 Walsall

45 Wigan Athletic

46 Wycombe Wanderers

47 Yeovil Town
48 York City

49 Worcester City

50 AFC Fylde

51 Gainsborough Trinity

52 Northwich Victoria or Chorley

53 Grimsby Town

54 Barwell or AFC Rushden & Diamonds

55 Salford City

56 FC United of Manchester

57 Stalybridge Celtic or North Ferriby United

58 FC Halifax Town or Guiseley

59 Tranmere Rovers or Lincoln City

60 Stourbridge

61 Macclesfield Town

62 Brackley Town

63 Altrincham

64 Whitehawk

65 Maidenhead United

66 Basingstoke Town

67 Grays Athletic or Welling United

68 Boreham Wood

69 Wealdstone

70 Didcot Town

71 Dover Athletic

72 Chesham United

73 Staines Town

74 Aldershot Town

75 Eastleigh

76 Forest Green Rovers

77 Braintree Town

78 Havant & Waterlooville or Cheltenham Town

79 Maidstone United

80 St Albans City

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Yeovil Town made it seven league games without a win when they lost by three goals to two against Cambridge United this afternoon.

An awful first 35 minutes saw the Glovers go three goals down to a Dean Gaffney double and a third from Luke Berry. Ryan Bird pulled a goal back on the half time whistle but despite adding a second through Josh Sheehan, the equaliser wouldn’t come and Yeovil remain rooted in 23rd spot, above only Dagenham & Redbridge.

After Tuesday night’s late, late defeat to Mansfield, Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made two changes to his starting eleven. Striker George Thomas, brought in this morning from Coventry City on a months loan went straight into the starting line up at the expense of Shaun Jeffers. The other change saw Alex Lacey come into the back four for Stephen Arthurworrey who missed out with a knee injury.

The Glovers worst nightmare arrived only two minutes forty seconds into the match. The influential Harrison Dunk played a long ball in from the left flank at was headed back across goal for Rory Gaffney to lash home past a helpless Artur Krysiak.

Thomas on his debut showed some nice touches early on but the play passed him by a lot as Cambridge remained on the offensive in a one sided first half. Jeff Hughes, formerly of Bristol Rovers, cottoned on to a clearance but his shot from 25 yards took two bounces before reaching Krysiak in the Yeovil goal.

On 25 minutes, the U’s doubled their lead, again from a cross followed by a header. This time. Ryan Donaldson swung in a corner and after a bout of head tennis, the ball fell again to Gaffney who fired home his second of the afternoon.

To their credit though, Yeovil almost replied four minutes later, Ryan Bird taking advantage of a mix up between two United defenders to thump a shot against the base of the post. Jakub Sokolik then glanced a Ryan Dickson corner inches over.

The respite was temporary though as Cambridge scored a third on 34 minutes. Dunk put a ball across from the left flank and Luke Berry smashed home from outside the box to make it 3-0.

With two minutes of the first half remaining, Yeovil grabbed a lifeline. Sokolik played a glorious diagonal ball through to Bird and the striker controlled before finishing with aplomb into the corner for his sixth goal of the campaign.

The second half started with Yeovil much brighter and for the first fifteen minutes, it was all Yeovil. Dickson tested visiting keeper Sam Beasant with a rasping shot that was parried back to Dickson but he couldn’t control his follow up. Connor Roberts then set up Harry Cornick but the on loan Bournemouth attacker’s shot was turned round the post by Beasant. From the corner, a header was cleared away by Dunk off the line before Thomas’s header was brilliantly tipped over for another flag kick by the keeper.

After Marc Laird had volleyed way over, Yeovil’s comeback took another step forward with twelve minutes remaining. Dickson swung in a corner, Sokolik flicked on and Josh Sheehan, unmarked at the back stick, sidefooted carefully home to make it 2-3.

Try as they might, the vital third goal would not come and to be fair, the home side had few real chances late on to score. Jordan Slew for Cambridge wasted a golden chance with five minutes to go, delaying his shot and ending up being tackled, Liam Hughes shanking his follow up shot well wide.

Match Report : 24/10/2015

Yeovil Town made it seven league games without a win when they lost by three goals to two against Cambridge United this afternoon.

An awful first 35 minutes saw the Glovers go three goals down to a Dean Gaffney double and a third from Luke Berry. Ryan Bird pulled a goal back on the half time whistle but despite adding a second through Josh Sheehan, the equaliser wouldn’t come and Yeovil remain rooted in 23rd spot, above only Dagenham & Redbridge.

After Tuesday night’s late, late defeat to Mansfield, Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock made two changes to his starting eleven. Striker George Thomas, brought in this morning from Coventry City on a months loan went straight into the starting line up at the expense of Shaun Jeffers. The other change saw Alex Lacey come into the back four for Stephen Arthurworrey who missed out with a knee injury.

The Glovers worst nightmare arrived only two minutes forty seconds into the match. The influential Harrison Dunk played a long ball in from the left flank at was headed back across goal for Rory Gaffney to lash home past a helpless Artur Krysiak.

Thomas on his debut showed some nice touches early on but the play passed him by a lot as Cambridge remained on the offensive in a one sided first half. Jeff Hughes, formerly of Bristol Rovers, cottoned on to a clearance but his shot from 25 yards took two bounces before reaching Krysiak in the Yeovil goal.

On 25 minutes, the U’s doubled their lead, again from a cross followed by a header. This time. Ryan Donaldson swung in a corner and after a bout of head tennis, the ball fell again to Gaffney who fired home his second of the afternoon.

To their credit though, Yeovil almost replied four minutes later, Ryan Bird taking advantage of a mix up between two United defenders to thump a shot against the base of the post. Jakub Sokolik then glanced a Ryan Dickson corner inches over.

The respite was temporary though as Cambridge scored a third on 34 minutes. Dunk put a ball across from the left flank and Luke Berry smashed home from outside the box to make it 3-0.

With two minutes of the first half remaining, Yeovil grabbed a lifeline. Sokolik played a glorious diagonal ball through to Bird and the striker controlled before finishing with aplomb into the corner for his sixth goal of the campaign.

The second half started with Yeovil much brighter and for the first fifteen minutes, it was all Yeovil. Dickson tested visiting keeper Sam Beasant with a rasping shot that was parried back to Dickson but he couldn’t control his follow up. Connor Roberts then set up Harry Cornick but the on loan Bournemouth attacker’s shot was turned round the post by Beasant. From the corner, a header was cleared away by Dunk off the line before Thomas’s header was brilliantly tipped over for another flag kick by the keeper.

After Marc Laird had volleyed way over, Yeovil’s comeback took another step forward with twelve minutes remaining. Dickson swung in a corner, Sokolik flicked on and Josh Sheehan, unmarked at the back stick, sidefooted carefully home to make it 2-3.

Try as they might, the vital third goal would not come and to be fair, the home side had few real chances late on to score. Jordan Slew for Cambridge wasted a golden chance with five minutes to go, delaying his shot and ending up being tackled, Liam Hughes shanking his follow up shot well wide.

GEORGE THOMAS SIGNS ON LOAN FROM COVENTRY CITY

Yeovil Town have today completed the loan signing of George Thomas.

George has joined Town on a months loan from League One side Coventry City.

The striker, who has represented Wales at Under 17 and Under 19 level was handed a first team squad number in October 2013.

George will wear squad number 16 during his stay at Huish Park and will make his debut in today’s fixture with Cambridge United.

JAMIE BURROWS DEPARTS HUISH PARK BY MUTUAL CONSENT

Yeovil Town can confirm that Jamie Burrows has left the club by mutual consent.

The striker has struggled with injury since he signed from Rangers in the summer and requested to have his contract ended at Huish Park.

The 20-year-old has departed Huish Park after making two substitute appearances for the Glovers.

The club would like to wish Jamie all the best for the future.

GAFFER TO SIGN BOOK IN CLUB SHOP

Manager Paul Sturrock will be in the club shop tomorrow between 12pm and 12:30pm to sign copies of his new book.

The book, which has been co-authored by Paul and former Chief Sports Writer of the Plymouth Herald Bill Richards is available to purchase from the Huish Park club shop.

A 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."

On Saturday (24th Oct) the club shop will also have a special offer of 20% off all replica shirts.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when Cambridge United come to Huish Park for a 3pm kick off.

Paul Sturrock’s men are hoping to banish the result from Tuesday night against Mansfield where, despite a good rear guard action, they conceded an agonising 99th minute winner.

Reggie Lambe’s header deep into stoppage time meant that the Stags went home with all three points in a game where a point had looked a certainty for the hosts.

Another home game has rolled around quickly and will represent the perfect opportunity for the team to get back to winning ways.

Cambridge United are the visiting side and they have been a little bit hit and miss themselves.

The U’s are lying in 16th place, on 17 points, eight ahead of their Somerset-based opponents on Saturday.

However, Cambridge’s away form isn’t quite up to the standard of their home form and they have won just once on the road, they have however drawn four.

Despite having one of the most feared attacks in the division with the likes of Barry Corr and Robbie Simpson, they have been conceding goals at the other which has led to their inconsistencies.

In an effort to stop the leaking at the other end, Richard Money has added Alie Sesay from Leicester City on loan.

Their inability to call on former-Yeovil goalkeeper Chris Dunn due to a groin injury hasn’t helped, they have been calling on their second choice stopper Sam Beasant to fill the number 1 spot.

Cambridge have already been in the South-West this week, they played away at Exeter City on Tuesday and the game ended in a similar way to the Yeovil game, a single, late Tom Nichols goal was all that separated the sides.

Both team’s managers have said this week they would like to add another player to the squad and, so long as they’re registered by lunchtime today any new addition could be involved in the game tomorrow.

Yeovil’s form has not been what they would have liked over the first 14 games of this season, but on-the-pitch inconsistency can be helped by off-the-pitch stability, that starts with you, the Glovers faithful in the stands.

These two sides played out fantastic FA Cup ties against Manchester United last season and it could take another performance of that standard to get the season going again.

All the ticket information is below, come along to Huish Park this Saturday and support the team.

Last time we met

Like Mansfield Town on Tuesday, these two sides haven’t crossed since 2005 when goals from Terry Skiverton and Phil Jevons scored a goal each in a 2-1 win.

Interestingly, Yeovil and Cambridge have met four times in the Football League and the Glovers have come out on top in each one.

The reverse fixture of the 04/05 season saw the Glovers travel to Cambridge and not only come back with three points but with five goals in the bag too.

Jevo, again was on target, but this time, Darren Way, Lee Johnson and Andrejs Stolcers got in on the act too.

Before that, we find not one, but two 4-1 wins from the 2003/04 season,; eight goals, seven different scorers including Colin Miles, Adam Stansfield and Gavin Williams.

All of that means that in four meetings there have been a whopping 21 goals!

Tickets

Tickets for this Saturday’s game are available in three main ways – CLICK HERE – and take yourself to the YTFC online ticket purchase facility to buy in advance.

Or you can call the team in the office on 01935847888, if you prefer a more face-to-face transaction, come on down and see one of the team, say hello, have a chat, pop into the shop and check out the goodies before getting your ticket from the team in the hatch.

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.

ACADEMY HOST FAMILIES WANTED


Yeovil Town Football Club are looking for Academy Host Families. Be part of Yeovil Town Football Club and earn money by hosting an Academy player.

The role of a ‘host family; is hugely important in underpinning the scholarship programme and aiding the development of young players, helping them strive to obtain a professional playing contract.

WHAT SHOULD YOU PROVIDE?

• A suitable environment for players to relax and socialize during their stay

• A reasonable amount of privacy – it is acknowledged that the host have the right to clean and inspect

• Adequate toilet, bathing and showering facilities

• A bed with regular change of linen

• Breakfast and evening meals appropriate to young professional athletes, suggestions are available from the club

• The washing of scholars essentials clothes i.e. underwear and light clothing such as t-shirts. (Host familes are not expected to wash heavy items such as jeans unless they are caring for a scholar seven days a week. Training kit wil be washed by the football club)

WHAT YOU GET IN RETURN

• A hugely rewarding experience providing a caring ‘home from home’ for our young players

• An opportunity to be involved with your local Football Academy

If you are interested in becoming a host family and would like more details then please email Kelly Roberts at kroberts@ytfc.net

Please include a daytime telephone number and Kelly will be in touch as soon as possible,

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – CURTIS HAYNES-BROWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this Saturday when the Glovers host Cambridge United, as part of the build up to the fixture we look at a player to have represented both sides.


They say that a powerful throw in is equivalent to a corner in terms of attacking threat and the defender we’re profiling today was known to launch a ball as far as Rory Delap could during his time at Stoke City.

Plucked from Non-League, Curtis Haynes-Brown would play a season at both Yeovil and Cambridge causing problems for defences with his long throws and for those who print the shirts trying to get all those letters on.

Curtis started on the books of Colchester United as a youngster and played a regular part of their youth teams right up until 2008 when he was released.

During his time there, Ipswich Town had offered him a trial but he left the U’s heading into non-league.

Initially with AFC Sudbury – the side that Yeovil signed Craig Calver from in 2010 – he played two seasons before leaving them and climbing up the Isthmian League ladder to Lowestoft.

It was here he really started to sign, playing both in the centre of defence and in either full back position. His time there was short but it did include a trip to the division’s play off final.

Lowestoft would lose out to Tonbridge Angels in the decider as they fell just short of a place in the Conference South.

It was in the summer of 2011 that clubs from the Football League were starting to show interest, initially Crewe had taken a look and then Yeovil came in for the defender.

Despite his manager’s best attempts to keep Haynes Brown, the defender put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Huish Park shortly before the start of the 2011/12 season.

The Glovers, never normally part with cash for a player, but so convinced was Terry Skiverton on the player’s ability, a fee was paid to Lowestoft Town for Haynes Brown.

His two years with Yeovil would prove to be a bit hit and miss, he made his debut in August and only played 12 more times during that first campaign.

More often than not he went as an unused substitute, but did hit the headlines went sent off against Sheffield United for a second yellow card in just his fourth match for the Glovers – which also happened to be his first match at Huish Park.

A year after signing for Yeovil, Haynes Brown would go on loan to Wimbledon to try and regain his match sharpness, but injury prevented him holding down a regular spot and he was restricted to just a handful of games.

After two months away, he returned to Yeovil but would only make a two minute cameo in the FA Cup defeat to Preston before heading back out on loan.

This time, he would go on loan to the team we face today, Cambridge.

Cambridge were in the Conference and had another Glovers loan favourite Jed Steer in their side when Hayne Brown joined.

Initially the deal would keep Haynes Brown at Cambridge from December through to January, he would play four times over the busy Christmas period and as the new year signalled the opening of the transfer window Haynes Brown penned a permanent deal at the Abbey Stadium.

He played over a dozen more times over the remainder of the season, as Cambridge finished in 14th place.

At the end of the year, there were changes at Cambridge and Haynes Brown was released – he would return to Lowestoft where he and his manager were quoted as saying he had unfinished business at the Crown Meadow ground.

During his second spell there, he would get that play-off victory he had missed out on first time around and was once again alerting clubs from higher divisions.

At the start of the 2015/16 season, as the Lowestoft deal was drawing to a close, he was offered a new deal but turned it down in favour of a move to Macclesfield Town in the National League.

However, in a pre-season friendly against a local side, Haynes Brown ruptured a ligament in his Achilles and had been ruled out for the entire season before it had even begun.

Haynes Brown should be linking up with former Glover Efe Sodje in the heart of defence, but instead is reduced to watching from the side lines.

It has been an eventful career for a man who is only 26 years old and has the chance to return to action with his new club when rehab has been concluded.

Two of the sides that gave him a taste of the Football League, Yeovil and Cambridge meet at Huish Park this Saturday and you can be there to support the Glovers.

Click HERE to buy tickets for the game.

ON THE BALL FOR MEN’S HEALTH

Movember 2015 will kick off early this year on Saturday 31 October when Mitre and The Football League will again back the campaign by using a special ‘Mo’ branded Delta Hyperseam Fluo ball in the thirty six matches that take place that day.  

Movember and the Football League are asking all clubs to auction these unique match balls signed by their respective first team squads at a subsequent home game during the month to raise vital funds for the men’s health organisation’s cause areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Last year, Movember raised over £50,000 through the Football League community and expects many clubs to once again take up the challenge of growing a mo or committing to MOVE to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

Even though the Movember Foundation will always be all about the moustache, there is now more than one way to champion men’s health next month. MOVE is a new initiative encouraging Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to get physically active and make a commitment to improve their health while raising funds. The challenge is to MOVE every day of Movember – 30 MOVEs in 30 days. How you MOVE each day is up to you. Whether it’s a workout one day, walking 30 minutes to work the next, a game of ping pong or an epic bike ride, no MOVE is too big or small.

As Mo Bros unite and clean shave on the 1st of the month, they become walking, talking billboards helping to generate awareness and raise vital funds as they wear Movember’s hairy ribbon, the moustache for 30 days.  

The good news is that moving on a regular basis can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It’s also one of the best ways to stay mentally healthy and one of the best treatments for mild to moderate depression. 

“This Movember, we want Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to think about mind, body and mo by challenging each other to grow or MOVE for 30 days.” says Sarah Coghlan, UK country director for Movember. “Being active is one of the best things you can do for your health, so the addition of MOVE makes it even easier to do something fun that’s good for you and men’s health. Just sign up at Movember.com.”

The Movember Foundation spans the globe across 21 countries. Since inception, a global army of over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have grown or supported the growth of a moustache. To date more than £400 million has been raised globally and over 1000 men’s health projects have been funded.

Men and women sign up at Movember.com to grow, give or MOVE for the 30 days of Movember.

YOUTH TO PLAY FA YOUTH CUP TIE AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town have been handed a home tie against with Forest Green Rovers or Hungerford Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.
Town were due to find out their opponents for the first round on Tuesday evening, but the third qualifying round tie was abandoned due to a serious injury to a Forest Green player with Hungerford leading 1-0.
Once the game has been played and Town find out their opponents the first round tie will take part at Huish Park on Tuesday 3rd November with a 7.00pm kick off.
Ticket details will appear on ytfc.net shortly.

NINTH MINUTE INJURY TIME GOAL BROKE OUR HEARTS

Well, I don’t really know where to start YTFC fans and I have left this late to write due to the overriding emotions after Tuesday night’s defeat.

Mansfield broke all green and white hearts in the ninth minute of stoppage time (you can’t help but think that would only happen to Yeovil) but unfortunately our hearts have been on the verge of breaking for two and a half years now.

Since our relegation from the Championship, we have been on a downward spiral and it is getting harder and harder to take.

I think our problems lie deeper than the 11 on the pitch and as a club we need to pull together as things must change.

After 13 years away from non-league, which in itself is a remarkable achievement, we have been to the dizzy heights of the second tier and hosted enviable ties in the FA Cup. This is something that becomes a lot harder out of the football league.

I have nothing but respect for non-league and I work at a paper where we celebrate the great sides in the divisions and the remarkable achievements.

However, we are Yeovil Town Football Club. We are an established football league side and that is how it must remain.

On Tuesday, our crowd dipped to under 3,000 for the second time and for me that is hard to take. This great football club deserves all the support in the world and to see it dwindling is soul destroying.

We were a club that made the headlines for the right reasons. We never gave up. We were down to nine men at Sheffield Wednesday and Reading and still salvaged points and that was not even that long ago.

That was the club that we were – the one that people said: “How did they do that?”

We need that mentality again – because WHEN we stay up this season people will say just that as many will regard us as dead and buried. We have had a shambolic start to the season and as many of you may have seen on Twitter I believe that excuses will no longer do.

Losing your concentration in the ninth minute of added time is unacceptable and I am sure the lads know that and feel gutted. But now it is time for them, the backroom staff and the board to stand up and be counted and make that change.

We can say all we want about injuries and luck but you make your own luck in this game and those injured players are not returning anytime soon.

Therefore, we must get the results together without them and make sure that two other teams slip out of the football league this season.

Our fans have been phenomenal through all the hardship this season – travelling to Notts County, York and Accrington in numbers despite the poor run.

That is what will save this club from the predicament it is currently in – but the supporters now need a little help and I am sure that everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club will be working tirelessly to make it happen.

Without sounding like a broken record, I must say how lucky I think we are to have a player like Artur Krysiak in goal. After a nasty collision our Polish stopper played on and went on to have six stitches in his head. This is exactly the mentality that every player must have now – never say die!

So this may not have been my weekly view on football but it is my view on my beloved Yeovil Town.

I am making the 300 mile round trip on Saturday to watch us against Cambridge because it is in my blood to. Not only is this a huge test of our character, it is a huge test with how the lads can deal with pressure.

I would argue it is a must win, even at this early stage. This is not because of the points but because of the hardship the fans have been through this season and what a difference a win can make.

I know it is hard to muster up the heart to watch Yeovil Town sometimes but I urge you please to get down to Huish Park and support your club. They need you and those players need us – no matter what else is going. We MUST stay up.

See you there! Keep smiling – the good times WILL be back. 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V MANSFIELD TOWN

A goal in the 100th minute from Reggie Lambe snatched all three points for Mansfield in a scrappy encounter against Yeovil at Huish Park tonight.

The Bermudan’s header came right at the end of a lengthy period of stoppage time due to a head injury to Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak and was a bitter pill to swallow for a Yeovil side that had battled but often came up short on quality. The defeat, combined with a win for Newport at Wycombe and a point for Dagenham & Redbridge at York means the Glovers sit level with the Welsh side on goal difference alone.

Manager Paul Sturrock made two changes to the side that lost to Notts County at the weekend. Midfielders Wes Fogden and Matt Dolan dropped to the bench with Marc Laird and striker Shaun Jeffers replacing them, e latter going up top with Ryan Bird as the Scot reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

Mansfield themselves, although sitting pretty in fourth place, had problems of their own with the heart of their defence ripped out after Saturday’s loss at home to Bristol Rovers. Krystian Pearce and Nicky Hunt were serving bans from dismissals in that game and Malvind Benning’s crucial element injury ruled him out long term as well.

It was a defender that came closest to opening the scoring on eleven minutes when Mitch Rose, brother of Tottenham star Danny, looped a cross in that nearly drifted in at the far post. Yeovil replied quickly with BIrd firing a fierce shot just over the crossbar from Harry Cornick’s pass.

Blair Adams, signed on loan from Notts County today, earned himself a place in ref Charles Breakspear’s notebook with a late challenge on Connor Roberts on eighteen minutes. A minute later, Yeovil had the clearest chance of the game yo take the lead but Jeffers header was off target from a superb cross by Roberts.

The game couldn’t get going with constant stoppages for fouls and the quality of the game suffered as a result. Marc Laird and Jeffers were off target wi right footed efforts as the half closed.

As the second half opened, Krysiak bravely blocked Lambe’s effort from point blank range with his chest as Mansfield, who made three substitutions in the first fifteen minutes after the break, started to get on top. One of the replacements, Chris Clements had a decent effort that was deflected for a corner and Roberts cleared another one off the line as the Stags seemed certain to take the lead before the Welshmen’s intervention.

On seventy minutes came the incident that was to later prove decisive. Artur Krysiak sustained a nasty looking head injury which required lengthy treatment from Physio Mike Micciche and a shirt change too. Late on, Lambe burst through the Yeovil defence but fired wide before the late drama that sent Yeovil to a cruel late defeat.

Rose found some space down the right flank and crossed from near the corner flag; his cross found the unmarked Lambe in the box and he glanced home past Krysiak to send the 105 Mansfield fans into ecstasy. The time on the clock read 99 minutes 45 seconds and just a minute later, ref Breakspear called time on what was a bad night for Sturrocks Glovers.

Match Report : 20/10/2015

A goal in the 100th minute from Reggie Lambe snatched all three points for Mansfield in a scrappy encounter against Yeovil at Huish Park tonight.

The Bermudan’s header came right at the end of a lengthy period of stoppage time due to a head injury to Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak and was a bitter pill to swallow for a Yeovil side that had battled but often came up short on quality. The defeat, combined with a win for Newport at Wycombe and a point for Dagenham & Redbridge at York means the Glovers sit level with the Welsh side on goal difference alone.

Manager Paul Sturrock made two changes to the side that lost to Notts County at the weekend. Midfielders Wes Fogden and Matt Dolan dropped to the bench with Marc Laird and striker Shaun Jeffers replacing them, e latter going up top with Ryan Bird as the Scot reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

Mansfield themselves, although sitting pretty in fourth place, had problems of their own with the heart of their defence ripped out after Saturday’s loss at home to Bristol Rovers. Krystian Pearce and Nicky Hunt were serving bans from dismissals in that game and Malvind Benning’s crucial element injury ruled him out long term as well.

It was a defender that came closest to opening the scoring on eleven minutes when Mitch Rose, brother of Tottenham star Danny, looped a cross in that nearly drifted in at the far post. Yeovil replied quickly with BIrd firing a fierce shot just over the crossbar from Harry Cornick’s pass.

Blair Adams, signed on loan from Notts County today, earned himself a place in ref Charles Breakspear’s notebook with a late challenge on Connor Roberts on eighteen minutes. A minute later, Yeovil had the clearest chance of the game yo take the lead but Jeffers header was off target from a superb cross by Roberts.

The game couldn’t get going with constant stoppages for fouls and the quality of the game suffered as a result. Marc Laird and Jeffers were off target wi right footed efforts as the half closed.

As the second half opened, Krysiak bravely blocked Lambe’s effort from point blank range with his chest as Mansfield, who made three substitutions in the first fifteen minutes after the break, started to get on top. One of the replacements, Chris Clements had a decent effort that was deflected for a corner and Roberts cleared another one off the line as the Stags seemed certain to take the lead before the Welshmen’s intervention.

On seventy minutes came the incident that was to later prove decisive. Artur Krysiak sustained a nasty looking head injury which required lengthy treatment from Physio Mike Micciche and a shirt change too. Late on, Lambe burst through the Yeovil defence but fired wide before the late drama that sent Yeovil to a cruel late defeat.

Rose found some space down the right flank and crossed from near the corner flag; his cross found the unmarked Lambe in the box and he glanced home past Krysiak to send the 105 Mansfield fans into ecstasy. The time on the clock read 99 minutes 45 seconds and just a minute later, ref Breakspear called time on what was a bad night for Sturrocks Glovers.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V MANSFIELD TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action tonight when the Glovers host Mansfield Town at Huish Park in a 7:45pm kick off.

Yeovil are looking to bounce back from defeat at the weekend, a defeat that had ended a three match unbeaten streak.

Notts County were the beneficiaries of some lacklustre defending on Saturday, something which manager Paul Sturrock has promised will be the centre of attention in the build up to this game.

The promising performances against Portsmouth, Coventry and Dagenham are still fresh in the memory of the squad and it’s hoped that the same resilience can return to the side this midweek.

At the other end, Ryan Bird has stated he hopes to add to his goal tally while Shaun Jeffers stated publically this week that he is buzzing with anticipation of his first goal – Tuesday would a good a time as any to get off the mark!

Sturrock has made his intentions clear with regards to his squad recently, with a loan space freed up in the squad; he would like to add a new face to the fray. It is not known if that new face will be added in time for Tuesday night.

In his post-match interview on Saturday (Click HERE to view on YouTube) Sturrock confirmed that he had told some of his squad that their time at Yeovil was over and that none of the injured contingent are likely to be ready for this game.

That leaves him with somewhere in the region of 17 or 18 players to pick from and he has suggested that he may make changes to refresh the look of the first eleven.

As for the visiting Mansfield Town side, they are flying high in the league with a place in a play-offs safely in bag for now.

Sitting in 4th spot, they lie just one win outside of the automatic promotion spots and a full 13 points ahead of the Glovers.

However, on Saturday they lost out at home to Bristol Rovers going down 2-1 thanks to a last gasp winner from the Gas.

The game saw two Mansfield Town players sent off, Nicky Hunt and Krystian Pearce will both be missing from the Stags’ defence as they both begin suspensions.

Before that, Mansfield have been on a run of three straight wins, beating Newport, Dagenham Stevenage showing that their form against sides in and among the bottom six isn’t to be sniffed at.

Back on home soil, Paul Sturrock will be hoping for some bouncebackability from his squad as Yeovil look to get out of the scrap near the bottom.

You can be there to support Sturrock as his side, check out the section below for all the ticket information and get yourself to Huish Park this coming Tuesday night.

Last time we met

The two sides last crossed paths in the league back in 2005, when both sides recorded a convincing win at home over the other.

At Huish Park, Yeovil came out on top in a seven-goal thriller. Five Glovers goals, from Arron Davies, Michael Rose, Phil Jevons and Darren Way (2) claimed all three points in a decisive and clinical performance.

However, in the reverse fixture at Field Mill, it was the Stags who did the damage with a 4-1 win of their own.

In the season before that, a Terry Skiverton goal secured a point at home while a single Kirk Jackson goal was enough to take the win in the away game.

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are available right up until kick off in all the usual ways.

CLICK HERE – to use the online ticket purchase facility, call the ticket office on 01935 847888 or pop down in person and see one of our friendly staff.

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.

WINNING KIT FOR 2016/17 REVEALED

Following an incredible response to our online poll to select Town’s new home kit for the 2016/17 season we are delighted to announce the result.

Fans from all over the world voted on the three different kits made available with votes coming in from as far away as Vietnam, Australia and Cerne Abbas.

The winning kit chosen by the fans is kit number three (pictured below) which received 43% of the votes with Kit one receiving 27% and kit two receiving 30%.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: "We were delighted with the response we had to the kit vote. As a club we are glad to offer the fans the chance to choose which kit they would like The Glovers to wear next season."

Thank you to everyone who voted.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – GARY ROBERTS

Yeovil Town host Mansfield Town this coming Tuesday night and we take a look at a midfielder who has represented both sides.

There are actually relatively few connections between the two sides but we have found a midfielder who spent time at both Huish Park and Field Mill.

Gary Roberts began his career in the much championed Crewe youth development system, as a product of Dario Gradi’s successful youth team he soon became a regular in the first team as the club tried to survive in the Championship.

The Alex failed in that mission, but Roberts was rewarded with a new three-year deal.

During that season in League One, Roberts would play an integral role his appearances produced just three goals however… one of them, against Yeovil.

As the seasons went by, Roberts maintained a high level of consistent performances in a side noted for their excellent disciplinary record.

It wasn’t until the 2007/08 season where the yellow cards crept in on a regular basis for Roberts and the first team opportunities started to dwindle away.

Cardiff City had a six-figure bid knocked back during the summer and he returned to Crewe at the start of the 2008/09 season hoping to return to the starting line up.

Instead, once it became clear he could leave, Russell Slade jumped at the chance to sign him for Yeovil Town.

Initially, on loan – Roberts linked up with the Glovers and his all action style in the heart of midfield soon warmed him to fans.

The temporary deal became permanent when the January transfer window opened, it would be Roberts’ solitary season in Somerset when after being sent off against Cheltenham in April, he wouldn’t return.

He left the club that summer and admitted himself into the Sporting Chance clinic to help with alcohol and gambling issues off the field.

Roberts spent spells on trial with a couple of clubs before he was offered a deal by League Two side Rotherham under Ronnie Moore.

Sadly, as the 2010 season came to an end, he would once again find himself without a club, Rotherham had allowed him to join Port Vale and severed all ties with him.

Roberts admitted that Vale manager Micky Adams was his ‘last chance saloon’ and he responded in kind.

Adams and his new Vale team mates were supportive of him and he earned a contract extension when his initial one had expired.

As 2011 became 2012, with his first team chances limited at Vale Park, he was trying to secure a deal to Tuesday’s opponents Mansfield Town.

His contract was terminated by the Stoke side and he penned an 18-month deal at Field Mill in the Conference.

He helped guide Mansfield into the play offs but they would fall short against York City in the semi-finals, the next season would see injury cut his stay short, with a loan deal coming from an unlikely source.

He moved to Maltese side Floriana for a loan stint and would return to England to find that his contract with the Stags was not being renewed.

He returned to Malta, via a spell in the Welsh Premier League, but in the summer of 2015 he was once again without a club in England.

It was here he would find himself signing for his current club, Whitton Albion in the Northern Premier Leagues.

Roberts was a youngster with bags of talent and a number of England caps at youth level who probably never played at the level his ability deserved, his off the field issues came back to haunt him time and time again and that probably cost him dear.

Two of his former sides meet this coming Tuesday at Huish Park, Yeovil Town host Mansfield Town.

Click HERE to buy tickets.

For details on the work done by the Sporting Chance clinic – click HERE

REPORT: NOTTS COUNTY V YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers three game unbeaten run came to an end after a 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane.

Two quick fire second half goals from Stanly Aborah and Izale McLeod secured the three points for Notts County.

Town gaffer Paul Sturrock made two changes from the side that started the 2-2 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge a week earlier.

Josh Sheehan who played missed two games because of his international duties with Wales under-21’s was recalled in the place of Jake Howells, who had returned to Luton after a months loan. Jakub Sokolik was also recalled to start at centre back alongside Stephen Arhturworrey. Marc Laird dropped to the bench with Town starting with a 4-4-1-1 formation.

After a quiet opening period it was Town who had the first real chance to open the scoring. Just after the twenty minute mark the loose ball fell to Dolan 20 yards from goal. The former Hartlepool man let fly with a first time left footed volley, which went just wide of Carroll’s post.

At the other end the hosts thought they had opened the scoring when McLeod latched onto a pass from Aborah to chip the ball over Krysiak, only to see his effort rebound off the post for Arthurworrey to clear.

With five minutes of the first half remaining County midfielder Liam Noble stung the palms of Krysiak with a venomous strike from 30 yards, which the Polish shot stopper did well to palm away from any danger.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side took the lead. Neat footwork on the edge of the area by Adorah saw him upended on the edge of the area. The midfielder dusted himself down to curl the free-kick at goal, with the wall jumping the ball took a huge deflection to wrong foot Krysiak and give the home side the lead.

On the hour mark the home side doubled their advantage when McLeod beat the offside trap to latch onto a Campbell through ball to slam the ball past Krysiak into the Town net.

 

In the last five minutes Town nearly pulled a goal back when Harry Cornick’s cross just evaded the out stretched foot of substitute Iffy Allen at the back post.

Match Report : 17/10/2015

The Glovers three game unbeaten run came to an end after a 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane.

Two quick fire second half goals from Stanly Aborah and Izale McLeod secured the three points for Notts County.

Town gaffer Paul Sturrock made two changes from the side that started the 2-2 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge a week earlier.

Josh Sheehan who played missed two games because of his international duties with Wales under-21’s was recalled in the place of Jake Howells, who had returned to Luton after a months loan. Jakub Sokolik was also recalled to start at centre back alongside Stephen Arhturworrey. Marc Laird dropped to the bench with Town starting with a 4-4-1-1 formation.

After a quiet opening period it was Town who had the first real chance to open the scoring. Just after the twenty minute mark the loose ball fell to Dolan 20 yards from goal. The former Hartlepool man let fly with a first time left footed volley, which went just wide of Carroll’s post.

At the other end the hosts thought they had opened the scoring when McLeod latched onto a pass from Aborah to chip the ball over Krysiak, only to see his effort rebound off the post for Arthurworrey to clear.

With five minutes of the first half remaining County midfielder Liam Noble stung the palms of Krysiak with a venomous strike from 30 yards, which the Polish shot stopper did well to palm away from any danger.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side took the lead. Neat footwork on the edge of the area by Adorah saw him upended on the edge of the area. The midfielder dusted himself down to curl the free-kick at goal, with the wall jumping the ball took a huge deflection to wrong foot Krysiak and give the home side the lead.

On the hour mark the home side doubled their advantage when McLeod beat the offside trap to latch onto a Campbell through ball to slam the ball past Krysiak into the Town net.

 

In the last five minutes Town nearly pulled a goal back when Harry Cornick’s cross just evaded the out stretched foot of substitute Iffy Allen at the back post.

DATE SET FOR JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY TIE WITH GILLINGHAM


Town’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy fixture away at Gillingham will take place on Tuesday 10th November.

The tie against the League One outfit will kick off at a different time of 7:15pm.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults – £12

Seniors and under 18’s – £6

under 12’s – £1

More information on when tickets will be on sale will be made available on ytfc.net soon.

STILL TIME TO VOTE ON NEXT SEASON’S HOME KIT

Town fans have until Monday at 5pm to vote for the kit they wish to see the Glovers playing in next season.

Official kit suppliers Sondico have produced three options for fans to choose from and the three options can be viewed below.

Voting will close at 5pm on Monday 19th October and the winning shirt will be announced on ytfc.net shortly after.

To vote for your favourite shirt click here.

STILL TIME TO VOTE ON NEXT SEASON’S HOME KIT

Town fans have until Monday at 5pm to vote for the kit they wish to see the Glovers playing in next season.

Official kit suppliers Sondico have produced three options for fans to choose from and the three options can be viewed below.

Voting will close at 5pm on Monday 19th October and the winning shirt will be announced on ytfc.net shortly after.

To vote for your favourite shirt click here.

PREVIEW: NOTTS COUNTY V YEOVIL TOWN

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

Paul Sturrock’s side have been on a run of three straight draws as the side becomes harder and harder to beat.

However, on the flip side, there hasn’t been a win for the side since a Football League Trophy win over Barnet in early September.

Since we’ve turned the calendars to October, the Glovers have gone to Portsmouth and come away with a 0-0 draw, the same score line was on the cards in the JPT against League One high flyers Coventry – a game Yeovil won on penalties – and a second half comeback secured a point from 2-0 down at home to Dagenham and Redbridge.

The ideal response would be to turn these positive results and performances into wins.

Three points for the away side has the potential to lift Yeovil up to 18th in the table, within just two points of Notts County.

County lie in 16th place on 14 points and like Yeovil haven’t tasted a win in a while.

They last played on Sunday, 24 hours later than Yeovil, when they lost 2-0 to Plymouth Argyle live on Sky Sports.

A Reuben Reid double was the difference between the two sides.

Before that, County were given a thrashing by Sheffield United in the Johnstones Paint Trophy and were on the wrong side of 3-1 score line when they travelled to Leyton Orient the weekend before.

In terms of team news, Yeovil are happy to be able to call upon Josh Sheehan once more after he missed two games away on international duty with the Welsh Under 21 squad.

However, Jake Howells, the midfielder from Luton Town will not be available for selection, his temporary deal came to an end this week and he has returned to Luton.

Connor Roberts’ deal also came to an end, but he has extended his deal as one of the Glovers more consistent performers this season.

The injury news at Huish Park is that there are hopes that some of the injured contingent could be available soon, with Jack Compton hoping to return and take the place vacated by Howells.

Elsewhere there are ever increasing chances of seeing Omar Sowunmi and Alex Lacey in the match day squad, but no players will be rushed back before they are ready.

For County, they have been adding to their squad recently with the loan additions of Alan Sheehan (no relation to ours…) from Bradford City and Jack Barmby from Leicester City.

They have not ruled out adding more names to their list with goals hard to come by and with a couple players one yellow card away from suspension a loan deal or two could be on the cards for Ricardo Moniz’ side.

They have a wealth of experience in the likes of Roy Carroll, Alan Smith and former Glovers loanee Scott Loach which will present its own challenges playing against a relatively inexperienced Yeovil side.

Yeovil will be trying to build on three positive results against a side struggling for form this Saturday.

Tickets are available right up until kick off for travelling supporters whilst anyone not travelling to Nottingham can buy tickets for upcoming fixtures at Huish Park by clicking HERE.

Last time we met

Both these sides dropped out of League One last season so the two teams have met quite recently.

The last time they crossed paths, was at Huish Park in April of this year, with both sides fighting for survival, they played out a 1-1 draw.

Sam Foley’s free kick was inadvertently turned into his own goal by a County defender early on before Garry Thompson saved a point late on.

The last time the sides played at Meadow Lane, Yeovil came out on top in a 2-1 win.

Jordan Clarke was on loan from Coventry at the time and it was the defender’s brace that secured a win.

In fact, Yeovil haven’t lost to County in any of the last four meetings, a good form guide, we hope, going into Saturday’s game.

Kit

Town will be wearing their away kit for the fixture. In doing so they will be supporting the ‘Wear it Yellow’ campaign. to find out more about the campaign click here.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are available on the day and can be purchased at a rate of £24 for adults, with seniors and under 21s admitted for £15.

Junior tickets are priced at £8.

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.

YEOVIL TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB JOIN IN LOCAL HOSPICE CAMPAIGN

Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to be supporting their local Somerset Hospice, by “Wearing Yellow” (away strip) for St. Margaret’s, in our away match against Notts County on Saturday 17th October.

St Margaret’s Hospice, which cares for the whole of Somerset and has hospices in Yeovil and Taunton, launched their “Wear it Yellow” fundraising initiative in October. The Hospice is asking organisations and individuals to wear something yellow for a day of their choosing throughout October. In return, participants are asked to donate £1 to St Margaret’s by texting WITY01 £1 to 70070.

Head of Media, James Healey was quick to take up the challenge and suggested that the whole Yeovil team should get involved. The players which include, Captain Ryan Dickson, Matt Dolan, Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and Ryan Bird, are all eager to join in to support the Hospice.

Dickson who began his career in Plymouth and has recently returned to the South West on a 2 year contract with Yeovil Town said “St Margaret’s is a Somerset charity close to many hearts. I am willing to bet that there are many fans out there who have had some experience of their care and compassion.”

Claire Hart, Corporate fundraiser at St Margaret’s said, “It’s fantastic to have our local football team involved in supporting our fundraising in this way. We care for people with any life-limiting illness- not just cancer, supporting families and carers as well as patients.

"We need to raise £7.5m from our community to deliver our care and last year we cared for 3,200 people. 1 in 3 people in Somerset will need our support in their lifetime, so “Wear it Yellow” is a fun way of raising money and awareness of the hospice. All money raised helps St. Margaret’s to continue to make each day count”

For more information about the campaign please click here.

A GAME OF TWO HALVES


Hi everyone. Well another week and another eventful Saturday at Huish Park – one thing is for sure we are never boring!

The famous cliché – “a game of two halves” – pretty much sums up Yeovil Town this season. For some reason we like to only play for 45 minutes at the moment.

I don’t think anyone will disagree that the first half against fellow strugglers Dagenham and Redbridge was appalling. We were completely dominated and I was wondering why Dagenham held their position in the league. They passed the ball well and got a lot of crosses in the box. We could not deal with them and they deservedly took a 2-0 lead in to the break.

However, whatever Paul Sturrock said (or shouted) at half-time worked a treat. Introducing Sokolik and Jeffers was a master stroke.

We battled well and got our rewards. It is not very often that a player gets man of the match having been on the field for just one half but Jakub was outstanding. Not only did he sure up the defence, he was also at the heart of the attacking play. Everything started with him at centre back and he was not afraid to push forward but never got caught out.

It was great to be back at Huish Park on Saturday but the boos at half-time were a bit upsetting. I know it is tough but we must remember that it is a young side out there. Last season was the most difficult, I think, as a Yeovil Town fan in a long time but this season the squad cares about the result and looks to put things right.

We have come from 2-0 down three times now. I know we still lost at Exeter but not many sides have that sort of belief and determination. Get behind the lads and the results will no doubt follow!

As for the rest of the football world, it was just League One and League Two that were in action but it was also non-league day.

Take a look at this goal from a mere 75 yards. Scott Davies tried his luck for Wealdstone and this was the result. Brilliant!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t24Z1gE4JSk&feature=share

Davies also spent four games on loan at Huish Park so it is easy to see where he learnt all his skills.

In League One, all eyes are this week on Doncaster Rovers who are yet to appoint a new manager, despite sacking Paul Dickov over a month ago.

Donny have suffered of late and it just goes to show how much relegation affects a club. Having slipped out of the Championship alongside us they have been disappointing and now hover just above the relegation zone.

In fact, they only rose out of the bottom four this weekend and they didn’t even play!

Many names have been mentioned including Danny Wilson, Darren Ferguson and Lee Clarke. They all have a lot of experience at this level and Doncaster need some stability to avoid joining us in League Two.

I always feel an affiliation with them as we followed each other from the Conference to the Championship so I hope the new manager does well. It is a great club that never forgets its roots.

As for us, we head to Notts County on Saturday in what will be another tough test for the lads. Connor Roberts has extended his loan spell and having impressed so far this season that will be a huge boost.

Notts are just five points ahead of us so a win could be huge. It shows how tight this league is and if you put a run of results together, the dynamic of the season can completely change.

If we can put together a 90 minute performance then we should be well on the way.

Safe trip to all the ever loyal YTFC fans and let’s hope for an important three points and that we stretch our unbeaten run to four matches.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – LUKE RODGERS

During the 2008/09 season, Yeovil Town were struggling at the wrong end of League One and struggling to find the back of the net.

Midway through the season, Paul Warne wasn’t quite firing and Gavin Tomlin had barely found the back of the net so Yeovil Town negotiated a deal to spend money on a striker it was hoped would get them scoring.

With the budget tight, spending money was a rare commodity and the man who warranted such extravagance was Luke Rodgers.

Initially on the books of Shrewsbury Town, he would go on to play for the Shrews over 150 times across the first five seasons of his career.

This included a prolific season during the 2001/02 campaign, he wielded 22 goals from 41 starts – it would have been more if it hadn’t been for a couple of suspensions thanks to red cards against Scunthorpe and Southend.

The following season was bitter sweet, Rodgers was part of the Shrewsbury side that beat Everton in the FA Cup but it did see his side relegated.

Now in non-league, Shrewbury’s hot shot front man was attracting interest, rumoured bids from Hull City, Southampton and Crewe were all knocked back – all of them in excess of £250,000.

It proved to be a worthwhile decision, Shrewsbury bounced back via the Conference Play Offs the following year.

The fan’s favourite did eventually move on in 2005 to Crewe Alexandra.

However, despite a six figure fee being paid, he found first team chances hard to come by and he requested a move to a team able to use him on a regular basis.

This is where Port Vale came in, they paid a small fee to acquire his services and yet, after just three games he suffered a bad injury.

On his return, his career with Vale didn’t start off on the best footing, he played in the FA Cup defeat to Southern League side Chasetown. To make it worse, he missed not one, but two penalties.

However, he did go on to score 16 times in 45 league starts before the Glovers came in for him.

Initially on a loan deal, Rodgers moved to Somerset and quickly established himself as a breath of a fresh air with his energetic and effort filled performances.

He scored a couple of times during his loan spell including the opening goal of the famous 2-2 draw with Hereford United.

The scorer of the second – and vital equaliser – was of course, Chris Weale.

Manager Terry Skiverton decided at the end of the 2009 season that Rodgers time was up and he released him.

It was now that Notts County swooped in, despite interest from a number of other League One and Two clubs.

Eighteen months with County would see him promoted out of League Two but his next move would project him and his careers in ways few people could have seen coming.

He was scouted by former Notts County Hans Backe for the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2010, but a work permit problem kept him grounded, but as the calendar ticked around to 2011 the move was back on.

He headed to the States where he would partner a certain Theirry Henry up front for the Red Bulls.

His partnership with the Arsenal and Barcelona legend was blossoming and while Henry was getting the headlines, he was being suitably aided by Rodgers.

He only played in 23 games in the MLS season, scoring nine goals in the process, but that would have been a lot more had his visa not expired.

Instead of returning to England, he headed to Norway with FC Lillestrom, scoring on his debut.

But, that spell wouldn’t last long either, he returned to the Football League with Portsmouth shortly after.

In November 2012, once his one month deals at Portsmouth had run their course, he returned to Shrewsbury Town – things were different this time and he found himself missing out more often than not.

One final jaunt abroad came up, this time in Sweden with Hammarby – no sooner had that deal gone through he was back in England with Forest Green Rovers.

That deal wasn’t a long one either, leaving them in December 2014, just 9 months after signing for them.

This was the last time he was contracted to a club, we’ve found a trial game for Mansfield but after that, no evidence that he is currently with a club.

Rodgers was an all action striker who knew how to put a shift in for the cause, there’s lots of those currently at YTFC and they need your support when the Glovers travel to Notts County this coming Saturday and beyond.

Click HERE to buy tickets for all the Glovers upcoming home games.

LUGGY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE CLUB SHOP

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

The club is now stocking the book in the club shop and will be holding a signing session before a home game at Huish Park.

The book, which has been co-authored by Paul and former Chief Sports Writer of the Plymouth Herald Bill Richards is available to purchase from the Huish Park club shop.

A 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 call the club shop on 01935 847877.

TICKETS AND HOSPITALITY: NOTTS COUNTY V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Notts County on Saturday 17th October are now on sale.

Prices for the trip to Meadow Lane are as follows:

Adults – £24

Senior (60+) – £15

18-21 – £15

U18 – £6

To book your tickets visit the Huish Park ticket office or call 01935 847888

You can also enjoy hospitality at Notts County.

CONNOR ROBERTS EXTENDS HIS STAY AT HUISH PARK

Defender Connor Roberts has extended his loan spell at Huish Park from Swansea City for a further month.

The 20-year-old made his debut for Town in the opening game of the season away at Exeter City and has since made 15 appearances for the club.

The loan extension will see the Welshman remain at Huish Park until mid-November.

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

Yeovil Town produced a memorable if unexpected comeback to come from two goals down to grab a vital point against fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon.

In a shocking first half, the Daggers went two ahead through a Kane Ferdinand header and a sweet drive from Frankie Raymond right on the interval. But after making a double switch at half time, the Glovers scored twice in eight minutes through Ryan Bird and Jakub Sokolik to move up one place to 21st in the League Two table.

For the first time in the campaign, manager Paul Sturrock had the "luxury" of naming an unchanged eleven after two much improved results this week. After drawing with Portsmouth and beating Coventry City in the JPT, he elected to start with Harry Cornick playing alongside Ryan Bird up front in a 4-4-2 line up.

Yeovil actually started the brighter of the two sides and should have taken the lead on five minutes. Jake Howells swung in a good corner but Marc Laird failed to get a decent contact and flicked his header wide. He was made to pay dearly for the miss when the visitors took the lead on eighteen minutes. A ball into the box wasn’t dealt with adequately and was only cleared to Ashley Chambers outside the box. His first shot cannoned off the upright back to him and his second effort fell to Kane Ferdinand who headed home past Artur Krysiak.

Chambers was looking lively up front and his strike partner, 40-year-old Jamie Cureton, couldn’t be ignored either. The former Bristol Rovers front man escaped the clutches of Stephen Arthurworrey but sent his volley wide of Krysiaks goal. Krysiak’s oppo, Liam O’Brien, was called into action for the first time to save from Connor Roberts left foot shot on 33 minutes though it might well have gone wide.

With the half time kettle boiling, Daggers then doubled their lead in spectacular style. Again, it followed a scramble in the box and this time, the ball found Frankie Raymond who finished with a lovely left footed drive from twenty yards. Raymond then had the final word of the first period testing Krysiak with a long range free kick.

At the break, Sturrock withdrew Matt Dolan and Howells to replace them with Jakub Sokolik and Shaun Jeffers. The Czech defender slotted into centre half, releasing Nathan Smith to go to left back and captain Ryan Dickson to move into left midfield. Jeffers then joined Bird up front as a new duo.

Cornick went close early on when a cross found him in the six yard box but the on loan Bournemouth stacker looked like he wasn’t expecting the ball to reach him and the cross rebounded off his shins and into the keepers arms.

Even with 25 minutes to go, it looked inevitable that the home side would be slipping to a fourth home defeat in six league games when a goal came from nowhere. Connor Roberts crossed in and Ryan Bird headed home, the ball going across the line in slow motion.

Yeovil were inspired by the goal and Jeffers header went close as did a Ryan Dickson cross that deflected off Nyron Nosworthys leg and behind for a corner. But the Glovers weren’t denied for long and from the corner, keeper Liam O’Brien punched the ball against the back of Jakub Sokolik and it rebounded back into the net, rolling apologetically over the line.

Within three minutes, Yeovil almost snatched an incredible winner when Dickson crossed in and Jeffers headed just wide and it was the final chance in a game that Dagenham will be cursing they didn’t win. Jake Mulraney had a half chance late on but pulled his shot wide so the spoils were shared in this bottom three battle.

Match Report : 10/10/2015

Yeovil Town produced a memorable if unexpected comeback to come from two goals down to grab a vital point against fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon.

In a shocking first half, the Daggers went two ahead through a Kane Ferdinand header and a sweet drive from Frankie Raymond right on the interval. But after making a double switch at half time, the Glovers scored twice in eight minutes through Ryan Bird and Jakub Sokolik to move up one place to 21st in the League Two table.

For the first time in the campaign, manager Paul Sturrock had the "luxury" of naming an unchanged eleven after two much improved results this week. After drawing with Portsmouth and beating Coventry City in the JPT, he elected to start with Harry Cornick playing alongside Ryan Bird up front in a 4-4-2 line up.

Yeovil actually started the brighter of the two sides and should have taken the lead on five minutes. Jake Howells swung in a good corner but Marc Laird failed to get a decent contact and flicked his header wide. He was made to pay dearly for the miss when the visitors took the lead on eighteen minutes. A ball into the box wasn’t dealt with adequately and was only cleared to Ashley Chambers outside the box. His first shot cannoned off the upright back to him and his second effort fell to Kane Ferdinand who headed home past Artur Krysiak.

Chambers was looking lively up front and his strike partner, 40-year-old Jamie Cureton, couldn’t be ignored either. The former Bristol Rovers front man escaped the clutches of Stephen Arthurworrey but sent his volley wide of Krysiaks goal. Krysiak’s oppo, Liam O’Brien, was called into action for the first time to save from Connor Roberts left foot shot on 33 minutes though it might well have gone wide.

With the half time kettle boiling, Daggers then doubled their lead in spectacular style. Again, it followed a scramble in the box and this time, the ball found Frankie Raymond who finished with a lovely left footed drive from twenty yards. Raymond then had the final word of the first period testing Krysiak with a long range free kick.

At the break, Sturrock withdrew Matt Dolan and Howells to replace them with Jakub Sokolik and Shaun Jeffers. The Czech defender slotted into centre half, releasing Nathan Smith to go to left back and captain Ryan Dickson to move into left midfield. Jeffers then joined Bird up front as a new duo.

Cornick went close early on when a cross found him in the six yard box but the on loan Bournemouth stacker looked like he wasn’t expecting the ball to reach him and the cross rebounded off his shins and into the keepers arms.

Even with 25 minutes to go, it looked inevitable that the home side would be slipping to a fourth home defeat in six league games when a goal came from nowhere. Connor Roberts crossed in and Ryan Bird headed home, the ball going across the line in slow motion.

Yeovil were inspired by the goal and Jeffers header went close as did a Ryan Dickson cross that deflected off Nyron Nosworthys leg and behind for a corner. But the Glovers weren’t denied for long and from the corner, keeper Liam O’Brien punched the ball against the back of Jakub Sokolik and it rebounded back into the net, rolling apologetically over the line.

Within three minutes, Yeovil almost snatched an incredible winner when Dickson crossed in and Jeffers headed just wide and it was the final chance in a game that Dagenham will be cursing they didn’t win. Jake Mulraney had a half chance late on but pulled his shot wide so the spoils were shared in this bottom three battle.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers host Dagenham and Redbridge.

The game at Huish Park kicks off at 3pm.

Yeovil are hoping to build on a couple of positive results after gaining draws against high flying Portsmouth and Coventry City in midweek.

The defensive performance at Fratton Park last Saturday was backed up with another clean sheet against a play-off chasing League One side and those shut outs are a fantastic foundation to build upon this week.

To make the 0-0 draw against Coventry even better, the penalty shootout that follows in the JPT was won by Yeovil who scored all four of their spot kicks and Artur Krysiak saved two to secure a Southern Quarter Final place.

Ryan Dickson, Marc Laird, Jake Howells and Ryan Bird all converted from 12 yards, just to get that feeling of hitting the back of the net back in the system.

Laird and Dickson, just back from injury put another 90 minutes in their legs in a match where the gaffer decided against using any substitutions.

However, it wouldn’t be a Glovers preview without mentioning a few injury concerns and Paul Sturrock is sweating on the fitness of most of his back line.

Stephen Arthurworrey got through the whole game on Tuesday but could be struggling, Jakub Sokolik was missing altogether and Alex Lacey isn’t quite yet ready to return.

All of this means, with Omar Sowunmi becoming a striker (and playing up front!), there might not be a single central defender to call upon.

Nathan Smith has been deployed in the centre and Ryan Bird is no stranger back there despite his status as the top scorer in the side, one or maybe both, may be needed to fill in.

Elsewhere on the injury front, each game that goes by presents players an extra day or two to continue rehab and we could hopefully see a few more returning to contention soon.

As for the Daggers, they too are coming into the game off the back of a JPT win, albeit 24 hours after Yeovil.

Drawn away at Stevenage in the 2nd round, Dagenham gained a creditable 2-1 win thanks to goals from Ashley Chambers and the evergreen Jamie Cureton.

Chambers has scored three games in his last two games after notching a brace in their seven goal thriller with Mansfield last weekend.

That 4-3 result went the way of Mansfield Town despite the Daggers being in front as the clock ticked around to 80 minutes.

Dagenham have been active in the transfer market this week adding two new faces to their squad, former Arsenal player Justin Hoyte has joined on non-contract terms and they’ve been knocking on QPR’s door for the loan signing of midfielder Jake Mulraney.

Both are expected to be involved this weekend.

A reminder that Welsh Under 21 international Josh Sheehan is still away for the Glovers and will return for next week’s game against Notts County.

Wayne Burnett brings his squad to Huish Park with both sides straddling the relegation zone, Yeovil just above the line and the Daggers just below it.

Whilst it is probably far too early to be concerned about the league position but putting a three point gap between yourself and the bottom two can only do positive things for the side.

A win for either side would see them leap up to a place as high as 18th – Sturrock’s men could really do with your support this Saturday.

CLICK HERE to head to the online ticket purchase facility or come down and pay on the day to get behind the green and white army.

Last time we met

The last time the two sides met was back during the 2010/11 season, neither result went the way of the Glovers.

Down at Victoria Road, Oli Johnson scored the only Glovers goal in a 2-1 defeat, it was a late Jon Nurse goal that had sealed the points despite Yeovil’s best efforts to firstly level the game, but try and go and win it.

Back at Huish Park, the result was even worse, the Glovers were once again only able to score a single goal in a defeat – this time, 3-1.

Andy Williams had equalised on the stroke of half time, but a trio of goals from Will Antwi, Abu Agogo and Medy Elito sealed the points for the travelling Daggers.

Prior to that, the only meetings were in non-league, with the final one in the Conference being a heavy Glovers win.

Kevin Gall and a Kirk Jackson hat trick settled the game in a 4-0 win during the Conference winning season.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are, as ever, available in three different ways.

In person – come down to Huish Park today or tomorrow and see one of the ticket office staff.

Call our team – give the ticket office a call on 01935 847888 and speak to a member of staff who’ll take you through the process.

Online – CLICK HERE – and use the online ticket purchase facility, you can collect pre-ordered tickets on the 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.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – SAM WILLIAMS

Ahead of this weekend’s match between Yeovil Town and Dagenham and Redbridge we take a look at a striker who has played for both clubs.

Originally on the books of Aston Villa, Sam Williams would spend a few seasons at both Huish Park and Victoria Park at the back end of his career and made an impact at both.

The London born front man was originally on the books of Charlton as a youth, before developing further in the Aston Villa system.

Initially he had been deployed as a defender and holding midfielder but due to injuries in the Villa reserves found himself getting pushed further and further up field.

He never made a first team appearance for the Villains, but embarked on a number of loan deals across his spell in the Midlands.

Firstly, a spell at Wrexham, wielded his first goals, before Brighton and Hove Albion came calling in 2006.

As each loan deal came to an end he returned to Villa Park hoping to make his first team debut, but a life in the reserves was as good as it was ever going to get.

More loan deals in 2008 followed, he spent time at Colchester, Walsall and Brentford before being let go from Villa in the summer of 2009 and found himself on trial at Huish Park that summer.

He joined on a two year deal and would go onto play 70 times in the league, 51 from the start.

However, his style of play found himself used as more of a battering ram than potent goal scorer.

In total, he would only score 6 goals in the green and white of Yeovil Town, the number of yellow cards he accumulated was actually higher – 11.

When his contract ended in the summer of 2011, he would head to this Saturday’s opponents, Dagenham.

His new club wasn’t quite confirmed straight away – he returned to his very first club Charlton on trial but he returned to Victoria Park to sign a contract in August.

He played another 45 times across two seasons, ironically, his most prolific season in front of goal was actually his last.

He scored eight times during the 2012/13 season before budgetary restraints forced the Daggers hand into releasing him.

During the research for this article, it’s hard to find out what happened to him after being released, a couple of trials came and went at league clubs but he has not signed for anyone in the football pyramid – not that I can find anyway.

His finest day in a Glovers shirt may well have been, ironically, in defence.

He came on during the Glovers heroic 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday that saw both Adam Virgo and Luke Ayling sent off by Trevor Kettle.

Williams came on to replace Oli Johnson into the second half, but instead of slotting in up front, joined a makeshift defence that included Andy Williams and Paul Wotton.

His last two clubs meet this coming Saturday at Huish Park and you can be there to support the team.

Click HERE to be taken to the online ticket purchase facility or give the team a call on 01935 847888.

PICKING THE MOST EXPERIENCED PLAYERS WAS THE RIGHT DECISION

Well, well, well, who doesn’t love a penalty shoot-out to put you in the quarter-finals of a cup?


Actually I HATE penalties-and not just penalty shoot-outs – I hate all penalties!

But Tuesday night was a fantastic performance from Yeovil Town, particularly in the second half and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.

As you may have seen Paul Sturrock is not a fan of spot-kicks either and decided to go watch the television – I love that.

Even when we get a penalty in a match I struggle to watch and on Tuesday, with all the new players, I wasn’t sure who was good at taking a penalty and who wasn’t but evidently I had nothing to worry about!

I can’t really write this blog without mentioning the man who was man of the match on the night and match winner – Artur Krysiak.

Is anyone noticing a pattern? I think he is firmly a fans favourite (and by that I mean my new favourite – sorry Joe!)

He has been a revelation in my opinion and his two penalty saves were a joy to watch.

But Artur may, quite rightly, take the headlines but those saves would not have mattered without four perfectly taken penalties.

Jake Howells, Marc Laird, Ryan Dickson and Ryan Bird all took spot-kicks that were un-saveable. Picking the most experienced players was the right decision and we have booked a place in the quarter finals – just four matches away from Wembley.

In other stand-out performances, our League Two friends up at York City pulled off a great win against Doncaster seeing off the League One side 2-0.

Morecambe travelled to high-flying Bury in the division above and secured a 1-0 win ensuring they took their place in the next round.

Bristol Rovers saw off in-form Wycombe 2-0 and Oxford United continued their impressive start to the season by beating Swindon 2-0 at The Kassam Stadium.

It is nice to see the lower division pulling off some great results and it should make for an interesting cup draw on Saturday.

As for this weekend, there is no Premier League or Championship action for us to get our teeth in but that does not mean it is short of football.

We take on Dagenham and Redbridge at Huish Park, in what is an early relegation battle and it is Non-League day!

If for any reason you cannot get to the home of football, look out for your local team and if they are involved in an FA Cup match – I can tell you it is a great atmosphere and well worth a watch for some local talent.

But I would urge you all to get down to Huish Park this weekend if you can. It is a huge game for Sturrock and the boys and with ten lads out injured, they need all the support they can get.

Having our skipper back has made a real difference and he has added some much needed experience to the squad.

So please PACK THE PARKP and let’s continue our mini-run. Three clean sheets in a row would be just what the doctor ordered and the least Artur deserves!

BABY AND TODDLER KITS REDUCED IN CLUB SHOP

The club shop at Huish Park will be selling baby and toddler replica Yeovil Town kits at a reduced rate this weekend.

On Friday (9th Oct) and Saturday (10th Oct) the mini kits will be available to buy with 20% off!

The offer is available in store and via the telephone – 01935 847877.

TICKETS: CARLISLE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Carlisle United on Saturday 31st October are now on sale from Huish Park.

Prices for the trip are as follows:

Adult – £19

Senior (65+) – £16

Young Person (18-22) – £13

Junior (11-17) – £10

Child (10 & under) – £7

Child (Under 6) – Free

Family tickets are also available with Juniors being aged 11-17 years old.

1 Adult and 1 Junior – £27.00

1 Adult and 2 Juniors – £35.00

1 Senior and 1 Junior – £24.00

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

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V COVENTRY CITY

Yeovil Town progressed into the area quarter finals after a dramatic penalty shootout victory over high flying Coventry City tonight.

Artur Krysiak was the Glovers hero, turning in several good saves during the goalless ninety minutes before producing two brilliant spot kick saves to deny Lateef Elford-Alliyu and Sky Blues captain Sam Ricketts and send Yeovil into Saturday’s draw.

With the injured players gradually returning to the first team squad, manager Paul Sturrock made just two changes to his starting lineup. They were both forced too with Josh Sheehan away on Welsh international duty and Jakub Sokolik failing to recover from the dead leg he suffered in Saturday’s draw at Portsmouth. Marc Laird and Jake Howells came into the eleven in their place.

The first half was short ons goalmouth action and what there was came at the Yeovil end as Artur Krysiak was called on to save his side more than once. After experienced striker Marcus Tudgay had failed to hit the target from a tight angle, the Polish keeper parried a shot from Jacob Murphy and then denied Jim O’Brien whose shot bounced awkwardly in front of him. In between times, John Flecks thunderbolt  rippled the side netting.

Yeovil didn’t have a clear chance in the first half and were grateful again to Krysiak who parried another Tudgay shot then followed up saving a Murphy shot that was deflected off a defender.

The second half started in a similar fashion though as the clock ticked on, the game opened up with both teams keen to finish the duel before the lottery of penalties. Yeovils finishing was awry to start with Ryan Dickson mis hitting a shot and Matt Dolan blazing over the bar. Ryan Bird almost nipped in and intercepted a poor Coventry back pass but rookie keeper Reice Charles-Cook got to the ball just in time.

Krysiak then saved from sub George Thomas, Tudgay finding the side netting with his follow up and O’Brien shooting over as well. Connor Robertts looked certain to score but couldn’t get his shot past Charles-Cook and Bird missed a golden chance with a header from Howells corner that missed at the near post. It was a much better second half performance from Sturrock’s men and though Coventry had more chances late on, there were some wild shots from Thomas, Tudgay and Murphy that were of poor quality.

The shout began with Tudgay and Dickson exchanging successful penalties but Krysiaks first top save came from Lateef Elford-Alliyu. Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Mark Laird all netted for Yeovil before the hero of the night, Krysiak, saved the best till last, brilliantly flying off to the left to Palm away Sam Ricketts spot kick.

So Yeovil progress to the quarter finals at the expense of League One high flyers Coventry City, hoping that the confidence from a much better display can be carried on into their league programme.

Match Report : 06/10/2015

Yeovil Town progressed into the area quarter finals after a dramatic penalty shootout victory over high flying Coventry City tonight.

Artur Krysiak was the Glovers hero, turning in several good saves during the goalless ninety minutes before producing two brilliant spot kick saves to deny Lateef Elford-Alliyu and Sky Blues captain Sam Ricketts and send Yeovil into Saturday’s draw.

With the injured players gradually returning to the first team squad, manager Paul Sturrock made just two changes to his starting lineup. They were both forced too with Josh Sheehan away on Welsh international duty and Jakub Sokolik failing to recover from the dead leg he suffered in Saturday’s draw at Portsmouth. Marc Laird and Jake Howells came into the eleven in their place.

The first half was short ons goalmouth action and what there was came at the Yeovil end as Artur Krysiak was called on to save his side more than once. After experienced striker Marcus Tudgay had failed to hit the target from a tight angle, the Polish keeper parried a shot from Jacob Murphy and then denied Jim O’Brien whose shot bounced awkwardly in front of him. In between times, John Flecks thunderbolt  rippled the side netting.

Yeovil didn’t have a clear chance in the first half and were grateful again to Krysiak who parried another Tudgay shot then followed up saving a Murphy shot that was deflected off a defender.

The second half started in a similar fashion though as the clock ticked on, the game opened up with both teams keen to finish the duel before the lottery of penalties. Yeovils finishing was awry to start with Ryan Dickson mis hitting a shot and Matt Dolan blazing over the bar. Ryan Bird almost nipped in and intercepted a poor Coventry back pass but rookie keeper Reice Charles-Cook got to the ball just in time.

Krysiak then saved from sub George Thomas, Tudgay finding the side netting with his follow up and O’Brien shooting over as well. Connor Robertts looked certain to score but couldn’t get his shot past Charles-Cook and Bird missed a golden chance with a header from Howells corner that missed at the near post. It was a much better second half performance from Sturrock’s men and though Coventry had more chances late on, there were some wild shots from Thomas, Tudgay and Murphy that were of poor quality.

The shout began with Tudgay and Dickson exchanging successful penalties but Krysiaks first top save came from Lateef Elford-Alliyu. Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Mark Laird all netted for Yeovil before the hero of the night, Krysiak, saved the best till last, brilliantly flying off to the left to Palm away Sam Ricketts spot kick.

So Yeovil progress to the quarter finals at the expense of League One high flyers Coventry City, hoping that the confidence from a much better display can be carried on into their league programme.

TICKETS: NOTTS COUNTY V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Notts County on Saturday 17th October are now on sale.

Prices for the trip to Meadow Lane are as follows:

Adults – £24

Senior (60+) – £15

18-21 – £15

U18 – £6

To book your tickets visit the Huish Park ticket office or call 01935 847888

HARRY CORNICK EXTENDS HIS LOAN SPELL AT HUISH PARK

Midfielder Harry Cornick has extended his loan at Huish Park from AFC Bournemouth for a further month, subject to Football League paperwork.

The 20-year-old made his debut for the Glovers in the opening game of the season at Exeter City where he scored after coming on as a half time substitute.

Since joining the Glovers Harry has made 13 appearances and scored three goals including the stunning strike at Crawley Town. To view the video click here.

The loan extension will see Harry remain at Huish Park until early November.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V COVENTRY CITY

Yeovil Town are back in action this coming Tuesday night with a home tie in the Johnstones Paint Trophy second round.

The Glovers host Coventry City at Huish Park with a 7:45pm kick off. Buy tickets for the game by calling 01935 847888 or online by clicking here.

Yeovil will be hoping to build on the well-earned draw they dug out at Portsmouth on Saturday.

A clean sheet at Fratton Park is not a regular occurrence for the visiting sides, so Yeovil’s shut out was certainly welcoming.

Paul Sturrock’s men had chances of their own to steal all three points, but Ryan Bird and Stephen Arthurworrey were unable to take their chances created from set pieces.

The game was a double positive for Sturrock as he could welcome back three of his injured contingent.

Ryan Dickson surprised everyone – including himself – by playing 90 minutes, Marc Laird came off the bench to make his long awaited return and Alex Lacey was back on the bench.

With Tuesday’s game not having the pressure of three vital league points hovering over it, it is hoped that these three, plus maybe one or two more, could get vital match fitness and edge the club closer to a fully healthy squad.

That said, Dickson stated post-match that the JPT was an excellent opportunity for Yeovil and himself to return to Wembley, showing that everyone at the club is taking the game seriously and any changes to the team will be done with nothing short of victory on their minds.

As for the Glovers’ League One opposition, Coventry City come into the game after hammering Shrewbury 3-0 at the weekend.

A couple of goals from Adam Armstrong and a Marc Antoine Fortune penalty sealed the points.

However, it hasn’t been going all the Sky Blues’ way of late, they were beaten by Bury and Scunthorpe during September and have been alternating between wins and losses for the last month.

The team news from Yeovil is that there may be changes – one of those will be enforced with Josh Sheehan away on international duty with the Welsh Under 21 squad.

Jakub Sokolik went off on Saturday with a dead leg, it is not known just yet if he’ll be available, but as we all know the central defender is hard as nails and played with a broken hand earlier in the season.

As for Coventry, they have also been struck by international call ups.

Hot shot striker Adam Armstrong, along with two other loanees Bryn Morris and Ryan Kent have all been selected to represent England for their respective age groups.

The Welsh Under 19s squads also includes two of Tony Mowbray’s options with George Thomas and Cian Harries, however these two could be available from the training camp.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Lee Burge missed the weekend game through illness while James Maddison and Jordan Willis could also be missing through injury.

Reduced price entry is available for all supporters this Tuesday night with tickets for adults set at just £10 with concessions available for a £5 and juniors admitted for just a single pound!

Come along to Huish Park and cheer on the Glovers to victory and the next round of the JPT

Last time we met

Coventry have been in League One for a number of seasons now and as a result, the Glovers crossed paths with them last season.

In the two league meetings, Yeovil earned a draw at Huish Park but coming unstuck at the Ricoh losing 2-1.

The 0-0 draw in Somerset in January was a tale of two penalties – one given, and one not.

Jed Steer pushed Gary Madine’s spot kick away whilst AJ Leitch Smith had some very credible calls for his own spot kick turned down.

The game saw Stephen Arthurworrey and Steer put in brilliant defensive performances.

Kieffer Moore was filling in at the heart of central defence and impressed in his part time position.

Earlier in the season, Reda Johnson and Simeon Jackson scored the goals that secured three points for the Sky Blues, Sam Foley had scored an equaliser in between goals but it wasn’t enough.

The last time Yeovil won against Coventry was back during the promotion season of 2012/13, Paddy Madden’s solitary goal was all that was needed to continue an impressive run of victories.

Tickets

Admission is set at the reduced JPT prices which means adults are allowed in for just £10, with concessions at just a fiver!

Junior tickets are just £1.

Tickets for the game are available in all the usual ways.

CLICK HERE to use the online ticket purchase facility – you’ll need to pick up your ticket on the day.

Or of course, call us on 01935 847888 – one of our team will be more than happy to help you.

If you’d rather wait until match day – no worries, come on down at any point on Tuesday and someone will be there to assist you.

Commentary and Social Media

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

BBC Radio 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 – LEON BEST

When Yeovil Town made their first foray into the League One play offs back in 2007, it was in no small part thanks to a man who wasn’t even involved in the end of season shake up.

Leon Best played just over a dozen times for the Huish Park outfit but scored ten vital goals as Yeovil cemented their place in the upper echelons of League One.

Best began his career in the developmental system of Notts County and soon impressed the scouts of Premier League side Southampton to the point that he signed a trainee deal and was involved in and around the first team at 17 years old.

His debut for the Saints fell on his 18th birthday – against Newcastle United – a side he would later go on to play for.

As a product of the Saints youth set up, he was part of their FA Youth Cup final side of 2005 and would go out on loan to QPR before the end of the 2004/05 season.

The following year, another loan deal was deemed the best way to progress Best’s talent, Sheffield Wednesday was the destination for his first stint away, however, a foot injury cut that short.

Once recovered, he would return to Hillsborough for a second spell at the end of the January transfer window.

By the time the 2006/07 season rolled around, he had played a bit part role at Southampton and would head out on loan once more, firstly at Bournemouth for 93 days and then, in November to Yeovil Town.

He joined the Somerset side along with Martin Cranie and they would both go on to help the Glovers’ promotion ambitions.

Best’s time in Yeovil would last from November through to February and he had quite a record’ just 15 games would be all that was needed to score 10 times.

This included vital goals against Gillingham, Brighton and his former loan side Bournemouth.

In an odd twist, he played in both Yeovil v Bournemouth fixtures during the season – one for each side.

His goals fired Yeovil up into the play off picture and he would return to Southampton and help them secure their own end of season showdown.

He played in 11 games once he went back to his parent club, scoring the winner against Norwich late on in campaign and yet miss out on Wembley with either of his clubs.

He had already left Yeovil by the time they had made Wembley and Southampton fell at the semi-final stage to Derby County.

Leon Best took the first Saints spot kick, but his penalty sailed wide as the Rams headed to the final.

At the end of that season, he would finally leave the south coast headed for Coventry – Tuesday night’s opponents.

He would spend three years with the Sky Blues and was making his £650,000 fee seem like a bargain as he scored goals on a regular basis.

Even after a facial injury meant wearing a protective mask, he continued to score as Coventry looked to get out of the Championship.

His time there was a success, even if he spent a bit too much of his time there on the side line through injury.

He won the Championship Player of the Month award for September 2009 and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland.

All this lead to Newcastle United forking out a seven-figure sum for the striker, but his time was once again chequered with injury.

His first league goals would come in January 2011, a hat trick versus West Ham.

More success in front of goal followed as did another big money move, this time upwards of £3 million pounds was paid by Blackburn Rovers for his services.

Another big price tag and another big injury, six more months on the side lines with a cruciate injury followed.

He would get back to fitness and back in the goals this time out on loan with Sheffield Wednesday.

More spells with Derby and last season, Brighton and Hove Albion followed, but at the end of the campaign he was released by Blackburn.

This past summer, he spent time on trial with QPR among others, but as yet doesn’t have a club.

Someone should alert Paul Sturrock to his availability, his ratio at Huish Park was nothing to be sniffed at, but Yeovil’s opponents on Tuesday, Coventry have been linked with a Leon Best return for a few years.

Either way, the two sides meet this coming Tuesday, you can be there – click HERE for the online ticket purchase facility.

THREE REASONS TO COME AND WATCH THE JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY TIE

Yeovil Town host Coventry City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this coming Tuesday night and you can be at Huish Park to cheer on the Glovers.

We have found three great reasons to come along to support the team and of course, they fit nicely into the acronym, JPT.

J is for Juniors.

Juniors – those under the age of 16 – are going to be admitted to the game for just £1!

100 tiny little pennies, enough to buy just four chocolate freddos, will see your junior admitted into any stand of Huish Park.

For the rest of the age groups, admission has also been reduced.

Adult tickets are just £10 while people who fall into the Senior or Young Person categories will be let in for just a fiver.

P is for Physiotherapy.

The injury list at Huish Park has been an increasing worry over the start of the season, but Tuesday night’s fixture could be the perfect time to reintroduce some of the injured party back into the first team.

The likes of Marc Laird, Alex Lacey, Omar Sowunmi, Ryan Dickson, Jack Compton and Jordan Gibbons have all been missing from squads recently but could be aiming to return to the starting line up for this fixture.

Some others like Wes Fogden and Shaun Jeffers have been involved a couple of times and could well be lacking match fitness; Tuesday’s game could be a great way of testing their fitness as well as pitting their wits against a League One side.

Paul Sturrock could finally get a chance to pick from the majority of his squad – and you wouldn’t want to miss that.

T is for Trophy.

This is where the actual acronym comes in handy.

Yeovil Town are into the second round of the Johnstones Paint Trophy and your support could see them take a step closer to Wembley.

Having come close in past (that last minute winner for Leyton Orient in 2012 still stings), the momentum and positive atmosphere that a cup run can create is something Paul Sturrock and his men will be looking to encourage.

Remember to keep your ticket stubs from the fixture, they could put you ahead of the rest should a big tie or dare we say it… a Wembley final… ever come around.

Yeovil Town host Coventry City and these two clubs have great cup pedigree, your support is needed to help the Glovers through to the next round.

Call now on 01935 847888, come down to Huish Park in person, or go online HERE to secure your ticket.

REPORT: PORTSMOUTH V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the trip to Fratton Park to take on high flying Portsmouth and returned to Somerset with a hard fought point.

Manager Paul Sturrock welcomed back captain Ryan Dickson, who replaced Jake Howells on the left wing. Mark Beck, Jordan Gibbons and Max Melanson missed out with Marc Laid and Alex Lacey returning to the bench for the Glovers.

After a quiet opening twenty minutes where the home side enjoyed the majority of possession, Town began to find their feet and had the first chance of the game.

Josh Sheehan swung a corner from the Town right onto the head of Ryan Bird, but the striker’s goal bound header was well saved by the Portsmouth shot stopper Aaron McCarey.

Seconds later the Glovers should have opened the scoring when another Sheehan set piece was swung into the box. This time his cross found the head of Arthurworrey, but his header went wide of the target.

At the start of the second half the home side made their first substitute with Gareth Evans being replaved by striker Jayden Stockley. The change meant a change of formation with the home side reverting to a traditional 4-4-2.

On the hour mark the home side had a great chance to open the scoring, but substitute Stockley missed Tubbs’ cross altogether and Town managed to clear their lines.

The substitute had another good opportunity just moments later but his header at goal fell into the hands of Krysiak.

On 65 minutes Town were dealt what appeared to be another blow when defender Jakub Sokolik was forced off to be replaced by Howells. The change meant that Nathan Smith moved to centre back with Dickson moving to left back and Howells operating on the left wing.

With just over ten minutes remaining Sturrock introduced the returning Laird for Cornick.

In the last ten minutes the home side started to pile on the pressure but Town were holding firm. Two corners in quick succession saw Town clear away but on the second phase the ball fell to Doyle about 30 yards from goal – the Portsmouth captain’s shot was heading for the bottom corner if it wasn’t for a smart save from Krysiak.

Despite the home side throwing everything at the Glovers in the four minutes of added on time the back four held firm to secure a point.

Match Report : 03/10/2015

Town made the trip to Fratton Park to take on high flying Portsmouth and returned to Somerset with a hard fought point.

Manager Paul Sturrock welcomed back captain Ryan Dickson, who replaced Jake Howells on the left wing. Mark Beck, Jordan Gibbons and Max Melanson missed out with Marc Laid and Alex Lacey returning to the bench for the Glovers.

After a quiet opening twenty minutes where the home side enjoyed the majority of possession, Town began to find their feet and had the first chance of the game.

Josh Sheehan swung a corner from the Town right onto the head of Ryan Bird, but the striker’s goal bound header was well saved by the Portsmouth shot stopper Aaron McCarey.

Seconds later the Glovers should have opened the scoring when another Sheehan set piece was swung into the box. This time his cross found the head of Arthurworrey, but his header went wide of the target.

At the start of the second half the home side made their first substitute with Gareth Evans being replaved by striker Jayden Stockley. The change meant a change of formation with the home side reverting to a traditional 4-4-2.

On the hour mark the home side had a great chance to open the scoring, but substitute Stockley missed Tubbs’ cross altogether and Town managed to clear their lines.

The substitute had another good opportunity just moments later but his header at goal fell into the hands of Krysiak.

On 65 minutes Town were dealt what appeared to be another blow when defender Jakub Sokolik was forced off to be replaced by Howells. The change meant that Nathan Smith moved to centre back with Dickson moving to left back and Howells operating on the left wing.

With just over ten minutes remaining Sturrock introduced the returning Laird for Cornick.

In the last ten minutes the home side started to pile on the pressure but Town were holding firm. Two corners in quick succession saw Town clear away but on the second phase the ball fell to Doyle about 30 yards from goal – the Portsmouth captain’s shot was heading for the bottom corner if it wasn’t for a smart save from Krysiak.

Despite the home side throwing everything at the Glovers in the four minutes of added on time the back four held firm to secure a point.

THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE REVEALS AVERAGE TICKET PRICES

For the first time, The Football League has revealed the average price paid per paying spectator at matches across its competition.

An analysis of the Official Gate Statements submitted by clubs to The Football League during the 2014/15 season has revealed that the average admission price paid was £14.08 per supporter.

 

In the Championship the average admission price paid was £15.65, while in League 1 and League 2 it was £11.72 and was £11.58, respectively.

 

Club Gate Statements reveal that clubs generated a combined gate revenue of more than £213m last season and sold more than 15.1m tickets.  In addition to, and not included in, the above figures were a further 1.3m free admissions, with the overwhelming majority being young fans that were given the opportunity to experience live football for the first time.

 

The figures include the admission costs paid by season ticket holders, non-season ticket holders, supporters in corporate hospitality areas and away fans.  It includes those paying adult and concessionary prices.

 

The Football League’s Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “These figures show that, on the whole, Football League clubs continue to offer value for money to their supporters.

 

“Ticket pricing will always be an emotive subject and any debate about whether fans are getting a good deal clearly has to take account of what fans are paying across the board rather than purely focusing on selected prices that they could be asked to pay in certain circumstances.

 

"Clubs offer a wide variety of ticket prices with the best value being offered to those home fans that commit to purchasing a season ticket or benefitting from a ticket promotion. As a result, season ticket holders now make up a greater proportion of crowds and account for 10 million of the 16 million plus admissions to Football League matches every season.

 

"The inevitable consequence of offering such good value to these fans at one end of the spectrum is that those fans at the other end, such as those paying on the day for a single match, will be asked to pay more.”

#PEDALFROMPARIS ORGANISERS REVEAL AMAZING AMOUNT RAISED

At the end of last season the YTFC Get Pedalling 2015 cycling team embarked on their #pedalfromparis cycle ride.

Following on from the hugely successful rides of the past two years, YTFC Get Pedalling returned for its third year with the aim to raise more than last years total of £51,000. This year the challenge for the cyclists was to cycle the daunting 386km from Paris to Yeovil.

All sponsorship money has now been paid and counted and we are thrilled to announce the total raised is a staggering £63,000!

The three chosen charities, who will receive an amazing £21,000 each from the mammoth effort by the 103 cyclists are the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, Cyclists Fighting Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis.

Cyclist and one of the #pedalfromparis organisers Ben Tupman said: "Wow! This is what can be done by great people giving their time and effort for causes close to their hearts.

"In the last three years over 100 people have chosen to take part in Get Pedalling. Many hadn’t ridden bikes since childhood. Not only have they been part of raising over £110,000 for charity, they’ve made a positive change in their lives.

"There are so many people that deserve thanks. The riders, from the 16 that rode from Crewe to the 103 that rode from Paris. Our sponsors, particularly Dave Jones (Jones Building Group) who not only were main sponsors for the last two years but also brought us Group 5 and epitomised the spirit of Get Pedalling.

"Martin Wills who mapped out routes from Middlesbrough and Paris. Events Crew who supported us safely through every ride and Ridlers Coaches who transported us to our start point for three years.

"Most importantly though Marilyn Cottle will forever be a hero! The hours, emails, organisation and effort that Marilyn has given to Get Pedalling is incredible and we are all incredibly grateful for her efforts. Get Pedalling is a true testament to Achieve By Unity.

"It’s been a blast and we are all very sad to end this amazing experience. Well done Pedallers, we did it!"

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – GUY WHITTINGHAM

Yeovil Town and Portsmouth meet this coming Saturday and we profile a man who is considered a legend on the south coast but who began his career at the Huish.

Guy Whittingham only spent one season with Yeovil Town but in earning the nickname ‘Corporal Punishment’ during his stay here gives you the kind of idea what impression he made.

Whittingham joined Yeovil in 1988 and played a full season scoring 19 goals, he’s often regarded as one of the most talented individuals to play for the club.

He joined Yeovil after a stint in the British Army; he was living locally to Portsmouth and playing just down the road in Waterlooville.

The Glovers finished in the top half of the Conference during Whittingham’s stint in Somerset and had hoped to progress with him scoring the goals to fire them up the league.

However, his home town club of Portsmouth had other ideas and snapped him up during the off season.

He was quickly settling in at Fratton Park and would go on to spend a total of three spells with Pompey.

In his initial spell, which lasted over three years, he played well over 150 times.

During his final season at Fratton Park he would break the Pompey scoring record notching an incredible 42 times during the 1992/93 campaign.

That would alert Premier League side Aston Villa who took him to the midlands.

Villa would not be the only Premier League side he would play for when he signed for Sheffield Wednesday in the middle of the 1990’s.

During another successful stint, he would actually return to Portsmouth on loan, dropping two tiers to help save the club from relegation with seven goals in a 10-game spell.

As the millennium came to an end, Whittingham was coming towards the end of his career and his five-year spell at Wednesday was scattered with loan stints at Wolves and Watford.

There was only one natural place for Whittingham to go once he left Hillsborough, Portsmouth came calling again, but his appearences were limited despite being back on the south coast for two more seasons.

Loans once again came in handy with Peterborough and Oxford coming along before he eventually signed for Wycombe which would be his final professional side in 2001.

He would be part of the famous Wanderers side that made it to the FA Cup Semi Final in 2002, ten years after losing at the same stage of the competition with Pompey.

A leader on the pitch, it was only natural that coaching would follow his career, he became player-manager of Newport (Isle of White) in 2005 and it wasn’t long before … yep, you guessed it… Portsmouth came knocking.

Initially he joined as a first team coach but when the opportunity came to take over as Caretaker Manager he took it with both hands.

That Caretaker position became permanent in 2012 and he helped oversee the club’s transition through to a sound financial position.

In late 2013, he would be relieved of his position when it was announced that Crawley’s Richie Barker was being lined up for the job at Fratton Park.

In an ironic twist, with Barker heading south, Whittingham actually went on to take a coaching role with Barker’s old club, Crawley.

He would spend just shy of six months with the Red Devils before leaving just before the end of the 2013/14 season.

That would be his last role with a club but his coaching days haven’t ended, he was announce as an FA Coach Mentor and Educator in August 2014.

He is a legend on the south coast and was inducted into the Pompey Hall of Fame in 2009.

Added to that, he is considered one of the most gifted players to wear the green and white.

His two former employees meet this coming Saturday and you can be there by buying your tickets from the ticket booth situated at the away end.

PREVIEW: PORTSMOUTH V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday with a trip to high flying Portsmouth.

The game at Fratton Park is a 3pm kick off and tickets for the away end are available right up until kick off.

Both sides are looking to react to midweek defeats, Yeovil travelled to Accrington and came away on the wrong side of a 2-1 loss, while Pompey fell at home to Exeter by the same score line.

It leaves both sides third, albeit at opposite ends of the table; Portsmouth lie only behind Wycombe and Plymouth at the top with only Dagenham and Newport keeping Yeovil off the bottom at the other end.

A win for the home side could see them return to the top while Yeovil could rise four places with a vital three points.

The hosts were on a decent run of form prior to Tuesday’s loss; they were unbeaten in the League and had only lost in the JPT… again at the hands of Exeter City

Five wins and four draws have gained the south coast side 19 points and they’ll be looking to add to that against Yeovil this week.

As for Yeovil, results have gone against them against both Accrington and Hartlepool in the past week and despite some encouraging individual performances and passages of play Yeovil are not getting the points on the board.

On Wednesday, a young Yeovil side also progressed through the first round of the Somerset Premier Cup, this is significant as the youngest members of the Glovers squad, Max Melanson and Ollie Bassett were both involed. Bassett scored on the night, doing his chances of remaining in and around the first team no harm.

Against Hartlepool, Ryan Bird found the scoresheet for the fourth time while it was returning loanee Josh Sheehan who found the net for his first professional goal.

Sheehan’s return was announced shortly before last weekend’s fixture; however the Portsmouth game will be his last for Yeovil for a while.

Sheehan has been called up to the Wales Under 21 squad and will miss the Coventry and Dagenham games that follow this weekend’s fixture.

However, team news is starting to look a bit better; Shaun Jeffers was back in action this past Tuesday after suspension and Wes Fogden started for the first time since breaking his hand against York.

There are returns for Marc Laird, Omar Sowunmi, Ryan Dickson and Jack Compton on the horizon too.

It is thought that a couple of these could find their way into the reckoning this Saturday or possibly in the JPT the following Tuesday night.

The other members of the injury list edge closer to returns but putting dates on their come backs isn’t quite possible just yet.

Portsmouth’s real injury concerns surrounded their goalkeeper with both Paul Jones and Brian Murphy suffering injuries – even third choice ‘keeper Michael Poke cut his loan with Eastleigh short due to injury.

They dipped into the loan market to secure Aaron McCarey on an emergency loan deal.

They can call on their captain again after Michael Doyle served a one match ban and returned to the bench on Tuesday – he could be considered for a return to the starting XI this coming Saturday.

Other than that, Portsmouth are pretty much at full strength for the game.

Yeovil are travelling the 100 miles east hoping to return with three points and a clean bill of health.

You can be there at Fratton Park by purchasing tickets on the day from the away fans’ ticket booth.

Last time we met

The two sides last crossed paths in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season and  it was a game that saw the League Two side overcome the League One side 3-1.

Jed Wallace scored twice and Craig Westcarr added a third before Nathan Ralph scored a consolation late on.

Only two of the starting eleven that night for Yeovil is still at the club (Chris Weale and Nathan Smith) while just four of the entire squad are still on the Glovers pay roll.

Prior to that, Yeovil and Portsmouth met during the 2012/13 season which eventually saw the Glovers promoted out of League One.

In each fixture, the away side won, with the Glovers getting the three points at Fratton Park thanks to goals from Dom Blizzard and Byron Webster.

A similar result this Saturday would go down just fine with the travelling support.

Tickets

Tickets for the game are available up until 12pm on Friday 2nd October from the Glovers ticket office, after that, you’ll have to wait until match day and purchase your tickets from the ticket booth at the away end.

They’re priced at £20 for adults with a drop in price for concessions and juniors under the age of 17.

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.

PROUD TO BE A YEOVIL TOWN FAN

Hey everyone. I hope you have all had a good week and that the 84 of you who made the mammoth journey to Accrington have just about recovered and work wasn’t too much of a struggle yesterday!

I am so proud to be a Yeovil Town fan for so many reasons but our fan base is one of main ones. We have been through such a tough time yet the great support never wavers – even if it is a 500 mile round-trip on a cold Tuesday evening.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted but it was nice to see Josh Sheehan get off the mark and in style! We seem to be scoring some great goals recently but not getting the results they warrant.  

However, we finally have some good news regarding injuries, with Ryan Dickson, Marc Laird, Alex Lacey, Omar Sowumni and Jack Compton all edging back to fitness. Hopefully by Saturday or Tuesday, we should have a healthier squad. Stick with it Yeovil fans!

In other news, the Women’s Super League 2 promotion places were decided on Sunday and unfortunately our amazing ladies were pipped to the post.

Doncaster Belles edged past London Bees 2-1, while Reading Women beat Watford Ladies 3-1. It was Yeovil’s 1-0 loss to Oxford that guaranteed the Royals a spot in WSL 1 but that disappointment was almost forgotten after our skipper Natalie Haigh suffered a horrific injury.

After she went down with a head injury, play was halted and there was 23 minutes of added time at the end of the match! It is just something about Yeovil and injuries at the moment.

I have had the pleasure of chatting to Natalie and she is the most motivated and genuine person who loves her team more than anything.

She assures me she is getting there and that all the messages have been getting here through.

It is always awful to see an injury of that kind and it really does put the game in to perspective. Get well soon Nat!

With the women’s game on a continual rise, there is much to be excited about for next season. I think everyone would agree that Reading and Doncaster were the best teams in WSL 2 but Yeovil were not far behind and next season we could make even more history.

Bristol Academy have suffered relegation to WSL 2 from the top flight following a 6-1 thrashing by Manchester City. This means there is a tasty local derby to look forward to next season.

Sheffield ladies will also be a new addition to the league, having won the Women’s Premier League Play-Off.

But there are still two matches to go to secure third place for The Glovers. Yeovil travel to Aston Villa this Sunday before welcoming Durham to Sherborne on the 18th October.

 

Make sure you get down and support the ladies- they deserve it after what has been an incredible season.

As for the men’s side, we have an extremely tricky trip to Portsmouth up next. They were finally beaten on Tuesday by Exeter and it was great to see former Glover Arron Davies on the scoresheet.

It shows they are beatable and so many people will have already written us off. If we could come back to Huish Park with at least a point I think we would all be very happy.

I am sure we will take a huge following and it will be a great atmosphere.

Let’s hope our captain fantastic can finally lead us out, or at least get some game time, and help pull off a season changing result.

 

Safe journey and keep the faith and those loud voices working hard at Pompey!