Month: January 2016

REPORT: AFC WIMBLEDON V YEOVIL TOWN

Jack Compton scored his first professional hat-trick in a 3-2 win over in form AFC Wimbledon.

Town had to come back from twice from being a goal behind to secure all three points on a cold but sunny afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

Town manager Darren Way kept the same starting eleven that beat Crawley Town seven days earlier. The only change came on the bench with Harry Cornick replacing Ryan Bird, who was struck down with illness.

After a pretty low key start the home side took the lead after. Following some neat passing the ball fell to debutant Fitzpatrick 20-yards from goal and his strike from just outside the area left keeper Krysiak with no chance.

The lead lasted only four minutes before Town levelled and what a goal from Town it was. A superb through ball from loanee Liam Walsh set up the run of Jack Compton perfectly. The former Hartlepool man made no mistake in slotting the ball under Shea, much to the delight of the travelling faithful.

On 18 minutes Town nearly took the lead when a Walsh corner from the Yeovil left was headed against his own bar by Jon Meades, whilst under pressure from Jakub Sokolik.

Despite Town having the majority of the play since they equalised the home side regained the lead after 30 minutes. A through ball was picked up by Elliott, who controlled well and smashed the ball home into the top corner, leaving Krysiak with no chance.

This time the home side’s lead lasted only five minutes and it was Compton who scored again. A free kick on the right wing looked to be set up for a perfect crossing opportunity, but Compton had other ideas as his cross/shot sailed over the backtracking Shea and into the top corner.

Town started the second half brightly with shots from Compton and Walsh stinging the palms of Shea in the AFC Wimbledon goal.

Way made his first change of the match just before the hour mark when he replaced Shaun Jeffers with Kevin Dawson.

Town deservedly took the lead after substitute Dawson’s run was ended in the box by defender Kennedy. Up stepped Compton to confidently smash the ball home to give the lead for the first time in the match and to score his first professional hat-trick.

With just under ten minutes remaining Town made their second sub with Simon Gillett replacing the very impressive Liam Walsh. The introduction of Gillett ended more than a year on the sidelines for the midfielder.

Despite the two set backs of going behind twice Town battled back to secure a battling win against a inform AFC Wimbledon side.

Match Report : 30/01/2016

Jack Compton scored his first professional hat-trick in a 3-2 win over in form AFC Wimbledon.

Town had to come back from twice from being a goal behind to secure all three points on a cold but sunny afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

Town manager Darren Way kept the same starting eleven that beat Crawley Town seven days earlier. The only change came on the bench with Harry Cornick replacing Ryan Bird, who was struck down with illness.

After a pretty low key start the home side took the lead after. Following some neat passing the ball fell to debutant Fitzpatrick 20-yards from goal and his strike from just outside the area left keeper Krysiak with no chance.

The lead lasted only four minutes before Town levelled and what a goal from Town it was. A superb through ball from loanee Liam Walsh set up the run of Jack Compton perfectly. The former Hartlepool man made no mistake in slotting the ball under Shea, much to the delight of the travelling faithful.

On 18 minutes Town nearly took the lead when a Walsh corner from the Yeovil left was headed against his own bar by Jon Meades, whilst under pressure from Jakub Sokolik.

Despite Town having the majority of the play since they equalised the home side regained the lead after 30 minutes. A through ball was picked up by Elliott, who controlled well and smashed the ball home into the top corner, leaving Krysiak with no chance.

This time the home side’s lead lasted only five minutes and it was Compton who scored again. A free kick on the right wing looked to be set up for a perfect crossing opportunity, but Compton had other ideas as his cross/shot sailed over the backtracking Shea and into the top corner.

Town started the second half brightly with shots from Compton and Walsh stinging the palms of Shea in the AFC Wimbledon goal.

Way made his first change of the match just before the hour mark when he replaced Shaun Jeffers with Kevin Dawson.

Town deservedly took the lead after substitute Dawson’s run was ended in the box by defender Kennedy. Up stepped Compton to confidently smash the ball home to give the lead for the first time in the match and to score his first professional hat-trick.

With just under ten minutes remaining Town made their second sub with Simon Gillett replacing the very impressive Liam Walsh. The introduction of Gillett ended more than a year on the sidelines for the midfielder.

Despite the two set backs of going behind twice Town battled back to secure a battling win against a inform AFC Wimbledon side.

PREVIEW: AFC WIMBLEDON V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday with a trip to face AFC Wimbledon with a 3pm kick off.

The Glovers are riding high on confidence following a positive win last weekend that not only put three points on the board but also takes them out of the relegation zone for the first time in a number of weeks.

The 2-1 win over Crawley Town came thanks to a couple of strikes from second half substitutes.

Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell both came on to make the ultimate impact and score vital goals.

Crawley did get one back late on but it was enough to prevent the Glovers getting the win.

This week, Campbell extended his stay at Huish Park for another month, a move that manager Darren Way called a ‘no brainer’.

With one striker staying, one other one has departed, Mark Beck joined Wrexham on loan for the rest of the season.

Way has stated that hi main concern remains the heart of his defence with Darren Ward still unlikely to be available through injury and Alex Lacey serving the second of a three match ban.

Nathan Smith deputised against Crawley, he will be once again be tasked with keeping the opposition strike force quiet.

Three more points won’t project Yeovil up the table any further but it will be enough to put them within one point of a number of other sides including Newport and Hartlpeool.

Wimbledon on the other hand have other ambitions in mind.

Their position of 8th in just outside the play off spots means that three points could be a positive step for them in the pursuit of promotion.

Their form is one of a side that mean business, four wins in a row have boosted their chances of a spot in the end of season shake up.

They have this week added Connor Smith on a deal after the midfielder left Stevenage by mutual consent.

Both sides have admitted that they are on the hunt for additional bodies before the end of the transfer window, any new faces for this game will have to be registered 24 hours before kick off.

Their statistics are impressive after wins against Notts County, Mansfield and Cambridge during January put the Dons down as one of the most inform sides in the country and getting a result against them wont be easy.

But with their tails up, Darren Way and his side will be going to the Kingsmeadow full of confidence.

Tickets for away fans are available right up until kick off and with all sides around Yeovil – apart from Dagenham – in action the side need all the support they can get.

Last time we met

The two sides met for the first time earlier in this campaign, Ryan Bird scored the only Yeovil goal in a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.

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

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

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

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

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are available on the day and no ticket is more than £20 with the concessions allowing Over 65s, Students and Under 18s admission at reduced rates.

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.

JOIN THE GLOVERS AT THE ANNUAL GOLF DAY

The annual Glovers Golf Day will place on Monday 11th April 2016 at Sherborne Golf Club.

Included in the enjoyable day is coffee and bacon roll on arrival followed by 18 holes of golf on the superb course at Sherborne.

The day, sponsored by Thatchers will be concluded with a two course meal followed by an auction and raffle and the customary presentation ceremony.

Join us and show off your golfing skills on the delightful Dorset course and try your luck at winning a prize in the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions.

If you would like to enter a team in this popular event please click here to download a entry form or call 01935 847872.

The cost per team is £150 and each team will consist of your three players along with a past/present player or member of management or a local celebrity.

TAHVON CAMPBELL EXTENDS HIS LOAN SPELL AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the loan extension of Tahvon Campbell from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

Tahvon has put pen to paper on an extension that will see him remain at Huish Park until 3rd March 2016.

The 19-year-old has made four appearances for Town since joining at the beginning of Janaury.

On Saturday the striker scored his first professional goal in the 2-1 win over Crawley Town.

To view the goal click here.

SQAUD TAKE ON BOXING TRAINING SESSION

Yesterday afternoon manager Darren Way ‘treated’ his squad to a different type of training session.

The squad visited Yeovil Amateur Boxing Club to take part in a boxing workout.

Town fan and boxer Elliot Watts and coach Dave Edmunds put the players through their paces at the local boxing gym.

If you are interested in taking up boxing in a friendly environment then please contact Dave Edmunds on 01935 479794.

MARK BECK JOINS WREXHAM ON LOAN

Yeovil Town striker Mark Beck has today joined Wrexham on loan.

21-year-old Mark has joined the Welsh side until the end of the season.

Mark has received all the relevant paperwork and will be available for selection for Wrexham’s fixture with Braintree Town tonight.

CHAIRMAN OFFERS HIS BACKING TO SUPPORTERS’ TRUST

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry today sent his best wishes for a successful outcome to fans in advance of Wednesday’s meeting at which it is expected a Supporters’ Trust will be officially established.

Mr Fry, who has faced criticism from certain circles, alleging a lack of communication,  said: "I am well aware of the need for good communications with the supporters, who are the lifeblood of our club, and I continue to have an open door policy in relation to their concerns.

"I will be sending a message of support to Wednesday’s meeting from the directors and staff of Yeovil Town Football Club, and I look forward to hearing more detail about the aims and aspirations of the Supporters’ Trust. I hope that then we will be able to decide on a way forward that is mutually beneficial to both the fans and the club that we all hold so dear."

“SOME OF THE PLAY WAS FANTASTIC” – DARREN WAY

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was pleased with the team’s patience in front of goal after their 2-1 win against Crawley in Sky Bet League Two.

The manager watched as his side tried desperately to break the deadlock against Crawley who frustrated the Glovers as numerous dangerous attacks went agonizingly close to opening the scoring in the first half.

But after bringing on Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell, Yeovil finally broke the deadlock just three minutes after through the former, before Campbell scored the vital effort with a fine solo effort.

Lee Barnard’s header made it a nervous finish, but Yeovil held on for a crucial three points that meant Way’s side ended the day outside of the drop zone, and the manager was delighted with his side’s attacking threat.

Way explained, “We’ve talked about since I’ve been manager at the football club to get above this line, and you could see the efforts there.

“Some of the play was fantastic; when I first took over, the stats were saying we done well to get over three corners a game. I don’t know what the stats are today, but we must have been plus ten in corners!”

“Crawley came back and made it difficult in the first half, put men behind the ball so we had to break that down, we knew we had to be patient but it was a great performance by the players.”

Way was particularly pleased with his team’s energy on the back of what had been a difficult week in adverse conditions at Morecambe and a two hour long FA Cup Third Round replay against Carlisle that ended with defeat in the dreaded penalty shootout.

He explained, “The players deserve that off the back of the game time they’ve had to play. You’re talking Extra time on Tuesday, and I was really worried about that I won’t lie; I was worried about whether this team can maintain that intensity that they’re playing at, and I thought they did that today.

“They’ve done that on difficult surfaces; they’ve been involved in frost, at Morecambe there was snow, so they’ve really put a shift in and we’ll be making sure to be really working hard to keep this fantastic football club above that line.”

Way’s inspired substitutions broke down a Crawley side intent on frustrating the home side, and the Yeovil boss was pleased with how his team shouldered their responsibilities in front of both goals.

He said “I made the changes and I’ve talked about being clinical in front of goal with the amount of efforts we have and it’s important players shoulder that responsibility because if we don’t, then the club doesn’t get out of the position we are in.

“It’s not too much pressure where I don’t want them to enjoy it, but it is what it is and they have to take that responsibility.

Way added “I think it shows how important it is that when you’re not in the team. They’ve taken us over the line today, as well as everyone else sticking together.

“I said to the lads it’s so important the way you conduct yourself around this football club with the supporters and with the media, because we’re trying to create a winning environment and so far at home we’ve done okay.”

The Yeovil manager paid special tribute to match winner Tahvon Campbell, and is determined to keep the youngster for longer, with his month-long loan from Barclays Premier League side West Bromwich Albion ending soon.

He explained, “I thought Tahvon’s goal, what an individual goal! You talk about being bold and having that arrogance, and that finish was clinical so we’re pleased with that.

“We talk about pressure and opportunities, and he definitely took that. For me he’s done fantastic, he’s a good personality, a great character to have about the place and made a massive contribution to take the club out of the bottom two, so for me it’s a no brainer.”

TICKET NEWS FOR WIMBLEDON AND LUTON TOWN

Tickets for this weekend’s clash against AFC Wimbledon remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Huish Park.

Seated tickets have now sold out and only terrace tickets remain.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £16 – Over 65 or students with a valid ID – £10 – Under-18s – £4.

Fans are also reminded that the fixture away at Luton Town on Tuesday 2nd February is ALL TICKET for Town fans.

Tickets will remain on sale from Huish Park until 5pm on Monday 1st February and are priced as follows:

Adults – £18 – Over 65 and Under 22 – £13 – Over 75 – £10 – Under 18 – £6 – Under 10 – £3.

To order your tickets call 01935 847888.

“MUCH NEEDED AFTER THE WEEK WE’VE HAD” – RYAN BIRD

Striker Ryan Bird says that the win over Crawley Town was vital after his goal helped the Glovers to three points that pushed his side out of the relegation zone.

Bird came off the bench after 56 minutes, and with his first touch on the hour mark put his side into the lead with his first goal since October.

And after a week with two defeats against Morecambe in League Two actions and Carlisle in an FA Cup 3rd Round Replay in a dreaded penalty shoot-out, the forward explained that getting the points against the Red Devils was very important.

Bird said, “It’s much needed after the week we’ve had. We’ve played two games and I think we deserved to win both of them, so it was important we bounced back and got the vital three points today.

“It was a bit nervy towards the end, obviously they were lumping it forward, but we got those much-needed three points.”

Heads may have understandably dropped after the two defeats, but Bird praised both captain Darren Ward and manager Darren Way for making sure that focusing on the league was crucial in the fight to stay up.

The striker explained “The gaffer and Wardy are always trying to pick us back up because footballs a cruel game at the end of the day.

“The way we went out on Tuesday, everyone saw it, it was cruel and I think it’s important we forget that now and move on to concentrate on the league.”

Bird started the game on the bench and was itching to get on, but it was his form in training that made him believe he could make an impact when he came on.

“I was throwing myself at a few tap-ins!” said the forward, “They were smashing the ball across in the first half and there was a couple of tap-ins, but I was liking the way we were playing first half.

“Yesterday I was putting a few shots away in training; I don’t know what happened or whether I’ve had my shoes on the wrong feet, but they were all going in!”

Bird added, “He (Way) said to me your finishing yesterday was excellent, be ready today, and obviously I was; I think it was my first touch as well!

Fellow substitute Tahvon Campbell was introduced at the same time as Bird, and the double change paid dividends as the young West Brom loanee scored his stunning matchwinner with his first ever-senior goal.

And Campbell’s more experienced strike partner said that the young forward would remember his 25-yard strike for the rest of his life.

He said, “Yesterday in training we were practicing that exact move, shooting from that angle into the far corner, so all the training is paying off at the moment; he scored quite a few of them to be fair!

“It was a spectacular goal and he’ll remember that for the rest of his career.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN

Yeovil made it two league wins at home in a row after overcoming Crawley Town with the help of supersubs Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell.

With the game tightly poised with 35 minutes to go, manager Darren Way introduced the pair, and Bird gave his side the lead just three minutes after coming on.

Tahvon Campbell made it 2-0 with a stunning strike from 25 yards to give him his first goal in Green and White, but Crawley’s own substitute Lee Barnard made a nervy last ten minutes as his header made it 2-1.

Yeovil started the game brightly, and were so close to going ahead twice in the first fifteen minutes. Both Nathan Smith and Shaun Jeffers were inches away from opening the scoring, but twice Crawley somehow kept the ball out of Callum Preston’s goal.

The Glovers were dominating the opening exchanges, but the visitors were aggrieved after a freekick into the area. Centre-back Josh Yorwerth appeared to be tripped inside the box by Jeffers, but Chris Kavanagh waved away their appeals.

Lone striker Harrold was inches away from breaking the deadlock as he met a cross as Crawley settled into the game, but it was Yeovil who should have gone in front with five minutes to go in the first half.

Walsh’s pass set Roberts flying down the right wing, and the young right back’s byline cross was flicked towards goal by the heel of Zoko, only for the Ivorian’s shot to deflect off a Crawley defender and behind for a corner.

Yeovil should have taken the lead in the first stages of the second half. Jeffers raced clear but Preston denied both him and Compton’s followup, but Crawley scrambled away.

With ten minutes gone after the interval, Artur Krysiak was suddenly called into action, and the Pole stopped Harrold’s goal-bound header from Walton’s whipped cross.

But Yeovil did take the lead just after the hour mark. Zoko flicked a cross into the path of substitute Bird, and the striker showed exactly why Way brought him on just three minutes earlier as he toepoked the ball past Preston to put the Glovers in front.

The Glovers were desperately unlucky to not have doubled their lead with twenty minutes left. Bird’s cross-found fellow sub Tahvon Campbell and the on-loan striker headed against the bar, but the ball didn’t bounce over the line.

As the rain started to blow across Huish Park, former Glover Lewis Young raced clear on the counter. His run into the box looked threatening, but at the vital moment slipped and his shot blazed over into the terrace.

But Yeovil did make it 2-0, and what a way to do it! Tahvon Campbell made up for his missed header, as the West Brom loanee cut in off the left flank and rifled past Preston from 25 yards to score his first ever goal as a professional in some style.

Not even the drizzle could dampen the Yeovil fans spirits, but Crawley’s own substitute Lee Barnard halved the lead with eight minutes to go, as his flicked header went over Krysiak and into the net.

Man of the Match Liam Walsh was given a standing ovation as he left the pitch, and Yeovil held their nerve for a crucial win in the race to stay in League Two.

Yeovil: Krysiak- Roberts, Sokolik, Smith, Dickson- Dolan, Tozer, Walsh (Dawson 85’)- Zoko, Jeffers (Campbell 56’), Compton (Bird 56’).

Subs not used: Weale, Laird, Gillett, Allen.

Crawley: Preston- Walton, Bradley, Edwards, Young (Jenkins 78’), Ashton, Harold (Barnard 78’), Deacon (Tomlin 67’), Yorwerth, Smith, Atkinson.

Subs not used: Fenelon, Bawling.

Attendance: 3424 (139 away)

Match Report : 23/01/2016

Yeovil made it two league wins at home in a row after overcoming Crawley Town with the help of supersubs Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell.

With the game tightly poised with 35 minutes to go, manager Darren Way introduced the pair, and Bird gave his side the lead just three minutes after coming on.

Tahvon Campbell made it 2-0 with a stunning strike from 25 yards to give him his first goal in Green and White, but Crawley’s own substitute Lee Barnard made a nervy last ten minutes as his header made it 2-1.

Yeovil started the game brightly, and were so close to going ahead twice in the first fifteen minutes. Both Nathan Smith and Shaun Jeffers were inches away from opening the scoring, but twice Crawley somehow kept the ball out of Callum Preston’s goal.

The Glovers were dominating the opening exchanges, but the visitors were aggrieved after a freekick into the area. Centre-back Josh Yorwerth appeared to be tripped inside the box by Jeffers, but Chris Kavanagh waved away their appeals.

Lone striker Harrold was inches away from breaking the deadlock as he met a cross as Crawley settled into the game, but it was Yeovil who should have gone in front with five minutes to go in the first half.

Walsh’s pass set Roberts flying down the right wing, and the young right back’s byline cross was flicked towards goal by the heel of Zoko, only for the Ivorian’s shot to deflect off a Crawley defender and behind for a corner.

Yeovil should have taken the lead in the first stages of the second half. Jeffers raced clear but Preston denied both him and Compton’s followup, but Crawley scrambled away.

With ten minutes gone after the interval, Artur Krysiak was suddenly called into action, and the Pole stopped Harrold’s goal-bound header from Walton’s whipped cross.

But Yeovil did take the lead just after the hour mark. Zoko flicked a cross into the path of substitute Bird, and the striker showed exactly why Way brought him on just three minutes earlier as he toepoked the ball past Preston to put the Glovers in front.

The Glovers were desperately unlucky to not have doubled their lead with twenty minutes left. Bird’s cross-found fellow sub Tahvon Campbell and the on-loan striker headed against the bar, but the ball didn’t bounce over the line.

As the rain started to blow across Huish Park, former Glover Lewis Young raced clear on the counter. His run into the box looked threatening, but at the vital moment slipped and his shot blazed over into the terrace.

But Yeovil did make it 2-0, and what a way to do it! Tahvon Campbell made up for his missed header, as the West Brom loanee cut in off the left flank and rifled past Preston from 25 yards to score his first ever goal as a professional in some style.

Not even the drizzle could dampen the Yeovil fans spirits, but Crawley’s own substitute Lee Barnard halved the lead with eight minutes to go, as his flicked header went over Krysiak and into the net.

Man of the Match Liam Walsh was given a standing ovation as he left the pitch, and Yeovil held their nerve for a crucial win in the race to stay in League Two.

Yeovil: Krysiak- Roberts, Sokolik, Smith, Dickson- Dolan, Tozer, Walsh (Dawson 85’)- Zoko, Jeffers (Campbell 56’), Compton (Bird 56’).

Subs not used: Weale, Laird, Gillett, Allen.

Crawley: Preston- Walton, Bradley, Edwards, Young (Jenkins 78’), Ashton, Harold (Barnard 78’), Deacon (Tomlin 67’), Yorwerth, Smith, Atkinson.

Subs not used: Fenelon, Bawling.

Attendance: 3424 (139 away)

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers host Crawley Town at Huish Park with a 3pm kick off.

Darren Way is hoping that with a disappointing cup exit in the past the focus switches to the league and Football League survival.

Yeovil Town know that one win can see them into the safety of 22nd place or above, with just two points separating them from Dagenham just above the dotted line.

The draw against Carlisle may have ended in defeat via penalties, but the scores in open play have been positive along with the performances.

Turning that upturn in form into points is now the key and that starts on Saturday.

Yeovil have a couple of issues in their team to sort out ahead of the fixture with Darren Way having a bit of a headache in the centre of defence.

Darren Ward missed the Carlisle game with an injury and despite a positive prognosis from the medical staff, he may miss this Saturday’s game too.

His natural replacement, Alex Lacey, came in for the cup game but he will miss the Crawley fixture too after seeing red in the feisty midweek fixture.

He sits out the first of three games leaving Jakub Sokolik the only available central defender with Omar Sowunmi still out with injury.

Nathan Smith or Ben Tozer look like the main makeshift defender candidates.

That reshuffle might present either Kevin Dawson or Simon Gillett their first opportunity of league football in over a year.

The last time those two were on the same pitch, at the same time for a league game was the 22nd November 2014 – a 2-1 win over Notts County 424 days ago.

The other positive news is that Francois Zoko, the Glovers front man and stand in captain, has signed a new deal to stay at Huish Park until the end of the season, he is expected to keep his place up front on Saturday.

As for Crawley Town, they have a whole host of players fully familiar to Yeovil fans.

Glovers fans will welcome back Gavin Tomlin, Matt Harrold and Lewis Young to Huish Park but hoping to send them away with nothing.

Mark Yates’ small squad was stretched even further this week when first choice Goalkeeper Darryl Flahaven left the club after failing to agree a new deal.

Number 2, Callum Preston is poised to step in but Yates has made no secret of his desire to add another ‘keeper before the game.

Crawley’s form has been a bit up and down of late with the side unable to string a set of results together, they’ve won against Cambridge but came unstuck against Portsmouth and Notts County since the turn of the year.

Interestingly, Crawley’s away record puts them near the bottom of the “away form only” table and yet their home form would have them in a play-off spot if based on those games alone.

They have accumulated 34 points this season with just 11 of those coming on the road, home comfort is something Yeovil will be hoping to capitalise on.

Darren Way’s style of play has seen his team put out a number of high intensity performances recently, his new 4-3-3 formation has led to what some fans are calling some of the most exciting action they’ve seen at Huish Park in a while.

You don’t want to miss that, come down to Huish Park to cheer the lads on and help get the season back up and running.

Last time we met

Earlier this season Yeovil travelled to Crawley and pulled out a fantastic 1-0 away win.

The game saw Harry Cornick score the only goal of the game in which Ollie Bassett made history by becoming the youngest ever YTFC player in a Football League fixture.

The in last of the three meetings last season Yeovil came through as 2-1 winners.

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

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

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

Tickets

Tickets are available for all of the Glovers home fixtures can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, give the office a call on 01935847888 or you can simply come on down to the ground and purchase your tickets in person.

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.

FRANCOIS ZOKO PENS NEW DEAL AT HUISH PARK


Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Francois Zoko has extended his contract at Yeovil Town, subject to paperwork.

Striker Zoko has penned a new deal that will see him stay at Huish Park until the end of the season.

Francois signed for the Glovers in November and has made 13 appearances, scoring four goals.

Manager Darren Way said: "Francois is a fantastic signing for this football club, he has brought a wealth of talent to Huish Park. He is a gifted individual and is a good lad to have around the dressing room.

"We have been very pleased with his contribution since he has been here at Huish Park. Hopefully now he has committed to the football club we can have a long term future with him."

WHAT A WHIRLWIND MATCH


Hi everyone! I have not written one of these in while but I hope you have seen on social media that I am still right behind the green and whites.


I finally managed to get down to Huish Park on Tuesday and I was very glad to be back home.

What a whirlwind match that was and I won’t lie – I was very gutted not to get through. In truth, we could and should have won the game easily – not least as we had a penalty in the 93rd minute.

But these things happen and we must take that brilliant performance on to Saturday.

Welcoming Crawley is far more important than welcoming Everton and although the cash and the occasion would have been nice, securing our league status is of paramount importance.

One thing that struck me on Tuesday was how much Darren Way has changed since he has taken over.

We looked very strong going forward and despite missing Darren Ward in defence, managed to keep Carlisle at bay for long periods.

Towards the end of normal time and extra time – we were the ones attacking and so often it has been the opposition pushing and us holding on.

I HATE penalty shoot-outs and Matty’s decisive spot-kick was very unlucky! It is such a lottery and unfortunately we couldn’t find that winning number.

But there is every reason to be optimistic and I hope the fans that came on Tuesday night will return – because with two red cards, two goals and penalty misses – it had it all!

That is one thing Yeovil Town are not – boring!

As for other football news – our fellow League Two side Leyton Orient have appointed Kevin Nolan as their player manager.

Now, I don’t know about you but I was pretty shocked by that! He is a proven leader on the pitch but only time will tell if he can cut it in the dugout.

With Orient so desperate for promotion back to the third tier I am surprised they have made such a risky appointment.

As for Luton, I think they have made an inspired choice for their new manager. Former Glovers player and assistant manager Nathan Jones has taken over the reigns and having done so well at Brighton – I know he will only bring them success.

I spotted Jonesy at the game on Tuesday and I am sure he will be well prepared on February 2nd. It will be my closest match of the season so I am very glad to be attending another cold Tuesday night match!

So, here’s to getting over FA Cup heartache and celebrating three crucial points on Saturday. Let’s get behind Darren and the boys and Achieve by Unity!

FANS REMINDED ABOUT ROADWORKS AROUND HUISH PARK

Supporters are reminded that the road works at the Copse Road and Western Avenue junction will continue tonight.

The three-way traffic lights will still be in use for tonight’s FA Cup clash with Carlisle United. The club have been assured that the traffic lights will be manned from 3:30pm until the traffic has cleared after the final whistle.

Please leave plenty of time to arrive at Huish Park ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CARLISLE UNITED

Yeovil Town are back in FA Cup action this coming Tuesday night when the Glovers host fellow League Two side Carlisle United in a third round replay.

The game comes ten days after the first game ended in a 2-2 draw, Shaun Jeffers securing the replay with a 94th minute equaliser.

Between the first fixture and the replay, the draw for the fourth round was made and the prize for the victors is a visit of a Premier League side.

Whoever progresses from this Tuesday’s game will host Everton on Sunday 31st January with a 1:30pm kick off.

The fourth round tie against one of the Premier League’s biggest sides will not only represent a great chance for the players, management and fans to test themselves against the elite players of the country but also mean a huge boot financially with upwards of £200,000 up for grabs just for progressing and being on TV.

Thoughts of Lukaku, Stones and Baines will need to be put on hold as the sides will need to concentrate on each other this Tuesday.

In terms of football, Yeovil’s prep for this match was a lengthy journey to face Lancashire side Morecambe on Saturday.

Undoubtedly a more attacking performance created plenty of chances but Yeovil squandered all but one of them and came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline.

It was Darren Ward who scored his first goal for the club, but chances for Matty Dolan from the penalty spot, Iffy Allen and Jack Compton two name just a few were not converted and that left the door open for a sucker punch from the home side.

In contrast, Carlisle made their own long journey – to Barnet – where they played out a 0-0 draw at the weekend.

It has been revealed that instead of returning to the north, the Cumbrians have based themselves in the south for a couple of extra days.

The expense of hotel rooms and borrowed training facilities seemingly worth the risk for the League Two promotion chasers.

The team news from Yeovil is that Darren Way could make changes after he voiced his disappointment at the Morecambe result and demanded more from his side over the course of the game.

Francois Zoko will be monitored after sustaining a bloody nose and Liam Walsh took his fair share of robust challenges but should be fine to make his third appearance in this loan spell.

The clock continues to tick for the returning injured players, Marc Laird was on the bench at the weekend but didn’t make the pitch, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett will be hoping to be considered for first team duties sooner rather than later.

As for the visitors, they played out their 0-0 draw with Barnet with virtually the same side that played against Yeovil the week before.

Both scorers, defenders Danny Grainger and Mark Ellis played and kept a clean sheet and it is safe to assume they will both line up again this coming Tuesday.

Striker Jabo Ibhere complained of tightness in his muscles ahead of the game on Saturday but still took a full part, he will be given time to rest before deciding on his inclusion in the side.

Cup fever hits Huish Park again this Tuesday and in a game that echoes of the Accrington Stanley game just over 12 months ago, the stakes are high and the prize is a game against one of the biggest names in the Premier League.

Come down to Huish Park and be a part of the success as Darren Way looks to guide his side into the fourth round.

Last time we met

The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the first attempt at settling this FA Cup tie ten days ago.

The teams met at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road and twice Yeovil came from behind to draw level.

Francois Zoko and Shaun Jeffers scoring for the Glovers, Jeffers’ strike coming right at the death to ensure the replay took place.

Meanwhile, in the only league meeting between the sides this term, it was another goal-fest with Carlisle turning a two goal deficit into a win, cancelling out two early strikes from Harry Cornick and Ryan Bird to win 3-2.

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 from all the usual outlets; go online and order yours – CLICK HERE.

You can call the team on 0193584788 and talk to a member of staff who will be more than happy to find your seat and process the order, or of course simply come down to the stadium and buy in person.

Tickets are just £15 for adults and for those of you thinking ahead – the ticket requirements for a potential FA Cup clash with Everton can be found HERE.

Commentary and Social Media

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

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

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

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

REPORT: MORECAMBE V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the near 550-mile round trip to face Morecambe at a cold Globe Arena and returned to Somerset empty handed following a 2-1 defeat.

Despite taking the lead in the second half thanks to Darren Ward the home side scored twice to secure all three points for the Shrimpers.

Darren Way made on change following the 2-2 draw against Carlisle United at Blackpool. Striker Shaun Jeffers was recalled to replaced loanee Tahvon Campbell.

The game started in heavy snow and just before kick off the ground staff had to brush the lines to make them visable.

Town came flying out the traps with Zoko forcing an early corner and Jack Compton forcing an early save from goalkeeper Barry Roache.

Following the bright start Town were awarded a penalty in the eighth minute. A foul in the area on Jeffers by Morecambe captain Adam Dugdale gave the referee no option but to point to the spot. Midfielder Matty Dolan stepped up, but his spot kick was well saved by Roche, who guessed the right way to tip the ball around the post.

With 25 minutes on the clock the home side had keeper Roche to thank for keeping the score level. Good link up play between Zoko and Jeffers saw the former Newport man unleash a shot from 25-yards, but his effort was tipped wide by the Morecambe shot stopper.

At the other end and just two minutes later Morecambe struck the upright. Midfielder Wildig managed to wriggle free to fire a shot at goal, only to see his effort bound off the base of the post and out for a goal kick.

Town were the better side and kept looking for the opening goal of the day. On 40 minutes Compton’s run on the right was well found by Walsh, but as the former Hartlepool man tricked his way past his marker to fire at goal, his shot was well parried away by Roche.

The home side had the ball in the net just before the half time break when Kevin Ellison tapped home from close range, only to see the referee’s assistant had raised his flag to chalk off the goal.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side could have opening the scoring when Shaun Miller found himself in a one-on-one with Krysiak, and the big shot stopper stood tall and denied the Shrimpers a certain goal.

Moments later Ellison again had the ball in the net from a rebound, but once again he was denied by the offside flag.

During the melee in the Town area striker Zoko went to ground in an off the ball incident, which everyone seemed to miss that saw the Frechman receive treatment on a cut mouth.

Town took the lead just before the 70-minute mark. A superb run from Zoko saw him get a shot away, only to be denied by Roche, who saved with his feet. From the resulting Compton corner keeper Roche somehow missed the cross and the ball fell to skipper Ward, who tapped home from close range.

Four minutes later the home side equalized. From a free kick in their own half the home side drilled the ball into the Town area and with the Glovers only half clearing the ball fell to Elliison, who turned well to fire past Krysiak from 12 yards out.

With ten minutes remaining the home side made it 2-1 when Miller cut in from the wing to curl his effort past Krysiak and into the top corner.

Town almost drew level straight away when sub Allen beat his marker in the area to shot across Roche, but his effort came back off the post. Zoko was quickest to react, but his shot was well blocked on the line by the Morecambe defence.

With five minutes signaled by the fourth official Town could have levelled the scores when a deep Roberts cross fell to the feet of Allen, but his effort sailed over the bar.

PREVIEW: MORECAMBE V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday with another long trip to Lancashire to face Morecambe.

The Globe Arena is the host venue for the Glovers this weekend and despite being still in the relegation zone, a pair of good results vs York and Carlisle have boosted confidence for a turn in league form.

Darren Way has masterminded his first victory in charge beating York City last time they played at Huish Park before a resilient performance earned his side a second crack at Carlisle United in the FA Cup.

In total, Yeovil are now unbeaten in three and focus has moved entirely to the League game despite the potential distraction of a Premier League side awaiting the winner of the FA Cup replay this Tuesday night (TICKETS FOR WHICH, CAN BE BOUGHT HERE).

This week’s build up has centred around the return to fitness of some key players – all Darren Way was prepared to say was that the likes of Harry Cornick, Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett are ‘progressing nicely’ with regards to their return.

Dawson had his first full training session this week and Gillett took part in a behind closed doors game against Swansea this week.

Drastic changes are not likely however with Way stating that he owes the current starting group a show of loyalty for their recent efforts.

As for Morecambe, they currently lie in 14th place in the league with 34 points so far this season.

Their form going into the game is a little bit hard to read. They have draws against Exeter and Notts County sandwiching a defeat against lowly York and a victory over high flying Wycombe.

In recent games, their attacking prowess has nearly all centred through one man, Shaun Miller – top scorer with goals already into double figures has scored in each of his last three fixtures with more strikes notched up prior to that.

One key aspect to consider in the build up to this game is that Yeovil have not played since last week while Morecambe had to negotiate a tricky midweek game against Exeter.

During that game, manager Jim Bentley confirmed injuries to a number of his players including Shaun Beeley, Aaron McGowan and long term absentee Peter Murphy.

With goalkeeper Tony Thompson also leaving after his short term deal came to an end their line up may look quite different to the one that Darren Way scouted this past Tuesday.

Bentley admitted to local media on his side that he could look to add reinforcements this week.

Darren Way and his team are going to have to put Carlisle, the FA Cup and potentially, Everton to the back of their minds as 3pm on Saturday signals the chance for three more league points, points which could take Yeovil as high as 20th in the League Two table.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, the two sides met at Huish Park and played out a six goal thriller in a game which had it all; drama, excitement and a red card.

Harry Cornick opened the scoring early on and Omar Sowunmi had put the Glovers 2-0 up within half an hour, the unfortunate thing being Shaun Jeffers saw red in between the strikes.

The second half was all Morecambe, however and four different scorers found the net after Aaron Wildig had got the ball rolling shortly after the hour mark.

The comeback was an emphatic one and secure the Shrimpers walked away with all three points.

Before this season, the last time Yeovil and Morecambe crossed paths was back in Conference.

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

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

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

The Glovers’ record vs Morecambe is actually very good, the previous ten meetings have seen six Yeovil wins and three draws.

Tickets

Tickets for travelling fans are available on the day and are priced at £21 for adults with concessions available for just £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.

TICKET OFFICE TO OPEN ON SATURDAY MORNING

The Ticket Office at Huish Park will be opening on Saturday morning for fans to buy their Carlisle United tickets.

Fans can also buy their tickets online by clicking here or by calling 01935 847888.

The Ticket Office will be opening at the following times over the weekend:

Friday 15th January – 9:00am-4:00pm

Saturday 16th January – 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday 18th January – 9:00am-5:00pm

TICKET DETAILS FOR POTENTIAL FA CUP TIE AGAINST EVERTON

Should Yeovil Town progress to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, tickets for the Everton match will go on sale to Season Ticket and Half Season Ticket Holders (one per person) on Thursday 21st January at 9:30am.

 

Season Ticket holders will have until midday on Saturday 23rd January to claim their seat.

 

Holders of ticket tokens for BOTH the Carlisle United replay AND Crawley Town (Saturday 23rd January 2016) will be able to purchase a ticket (subject to availability) for the fourth round match from Monday 25th January at 9:30am until Tuesday 26th January at 5pm.

 

Fans holding tokens from any TWO previous 2015/16 home games can purchase a ticket from Wednesday 27th January at 9:30am.

 

Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Thursday 28th January.

 

Fans purchasing tickets for the Carlisle United and Crawley Town matches are advised that the ticket token must match the price bracket ticket they wish to purchase should Town reach the fourth round. These will be marked on each token.

Tickets are available to buy online (click here), via telephone (01935 847888) or in person from the ticket office at Huish Park.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES NEW ‘NICK KICKS’ CHILDREN’S SHOW WITH NICKELODEON

The Football League and Nickelodeon UK & Ireland have announced the launch of Nick Kicks, a new weekly Football League children’s programme on the Nicktoons channel from 6 February 2016.

With 100 episodes set to air on Saturday mornings through to the end of the 2017/18 season, Nick Kicks will combine Football League match highlights with a variety of fun features to keep young viewers entertained.

Produced in association with The Football League Trust, each week Nick Kicks will take viewers behind the scenes of The Football League with visits to clubs, interviews with players and even a regular feature that will see popular character SpongeBob SquarePants take on club mascots in weekly challenges.

Commenting, Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League said:

“Offering a fun insight in to life at clubs up and down the country, Nick Kicks will help us to engage and inspire a new generation of Football League fans. We look forward to working with Nickelodeon on Nick Kicks in what is another exciting first for The Football League.”

Alison Bakunowich, VP, Head of Editorial, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland added:

“We know that UK kids love football whether it’s played in stadiums or in the back garden so it is brilliant to be producing a series that will bring families a Nickelodeon take on the nation’s top sport.  Nick Kicks is going to be funny and will give fans a unique look at their favourite clubs and players.”

Showcasing the excitement of The Football League for young people across the country, Nick Kicks will be presented by YouTube personality Roman Kemp, and sports presenter Rachel Stringer.

TICKET PRICES SET FOR CARLISLE UNITED REPLAY

Tickets for Town’s FA Cup third round replay against Carlisle United are now on sale from Huish Park.

Season Ticket holders will have until Friday 15th January to claim their seat.

Prices for the tie on Tuesday 19th January are as follows:

Adults – £15

Concessions(Senior 65+, 16-21 and disabled) – £10

Under 16’s – £5

Tickets can be purchased online, over the telephone (01935 847888) and in person from the ticket office at Huish Park.

TOWN OR CARLISLE TO FACE EVERTON IN FA CUP FOURTH ROUND

Yeovil Town or Carlisle United have been drawn to play Everton in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The draw was made live on the BBC’s One Show by Matt Baker and Ian Wright.

The winner of the Third Round replay will host Premier League side Everton on the weekend of 29th January 2016.

The date for the replay between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United has now confirmed. The tie will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 19th January with kick off being 7:45pm.

FA CUP BALL NUMBERS FOR TONIGHT’S DRAW

Yeovil Town and Carlisle United will be ball number 24 in tonight’s FA Cup Fourth Round draw.

The Glovers will see who they could potentially face in the fourth round of the competition at 7.00pm on BBC One’s The One Show programme.

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

1 Watford

2 West Bromwich Albion or Bristol City

3 West Ham United

4 Derby County

5 Exeter City or Liverpool

6 Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City

7 Colchester United

8 Peterborough United

9 Northampton Town or Milton Keynes Dons

10 Arsenal

11 Newport County or Blackburn Rovers

12 Ipswich Town or Portsmouth

13 Bournemouth

14 Wycombe Wanderers or Aston Villa

15 Sheffield Wednesday

16 Oxford United

17 Walsall

18 Bury or Bradford City

19 Manchester United

20 Everton

21 Crystal Palace

22 Eastleigh or Bolton Wanderers

23 Nottingham Forest

24 Carlisle United or Yeovil Town

25 Chelsea

26 Stoke City

27 Leeds United

28 Shrewsbury Town

29 Huddersfield Town or Reading

30 Burnley

31 Manchester City

32 Hull City

REPORT: CARLISLE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town entered the fourth round of the FA Cup following a dramatic draw with fellow League Two side Carlisle United.

The game took place at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road because of the flooding in the Carlisle area, meaning a shorter trip for Town and their loyal fans.

Goals from Danny Grainger and Mark Ellis were both cancelled out by Francois Zoko and sub Shaun Jeffers.

Manager Darren Way made two changes from the side that beat York City the previous weekend.

Josh Sheehan returned to parent club Swansea City and was replaced by Everton loanee Liam Walsh. The other change for Town was up front with Shaun Jeffers making way for West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell.

The Glovers started brightly and enjoyed the majority of play in the opening stages. But despite their bright start it was Carlisle who nearly opened the scoring just before the 15-

minute mark. A long ball over the back line was chested down well by Jabo Ibehre inside the 18-yard box, but the big striker fired wide whilst under pressure from Dickson.

The ‘home’ side did open the scoring after 25 minutes. A strong shout for handball by Ibehre by the Glovers was waved away by the referee only for the man in the middle to blow for a handball by Tozer on the edge of the Town area, which looked exactly the same as the decision the referee waved away just seconds before.

Carlisle’s skipper Grainger stepped up take the resulting free-kick and his effort took a slight deflection off the wall and nestled in the corner of the net.

Five minutes later and at the other end Town nearly levelled. Campbell’s clever run into the area saw him find enough space to fire a shot at goal, only for his effort to be parried by Hanford. From the rebound Zoko couldn’t quite get high enough to head home into an empty net.

Just before the half time whistle the home side had two clear cut chances but found keeper Krysiak in fine form. The Polish shot stopper firs denied Charlie Wyke when the striker was through on goal and followed that up with a point black save deny Raynes from close range.

Ten minutes into the second half and the home side nearly doubled their lead and would have done if it wasn’t for the woodwork. A superb strike from Grainger from 25 yards came back off the bar into the path of Wyke, who somehow hit the post and with the ball rolling along the line Town managed to re-gather and clear away any danger.

At the other end Carlisle keeper Hanford had to be on his toes when he palmed away a Sokolik header to keep the score at 1-0.

Town did level the scores and deservedly so on 71 minutes. Patient build up starting with Tozer and Dolan exchanging passes before Tozer found Ward in space. The captain’s cross was pin point on the head of Zoko, who looped his header over Hanford and into the corner of the net.

The Glovers were only level for five minutes before Carlisle regained the lead. A free kick on the left was whipped into the box by Gilliead and with a Town defender slipping the ball was met by Ellis, who headed powerfully home from close range.

With just under five minutes remaining Town could have drew level when Darren Ward met a Roberts cross, only to see his header go over the bar.

Deep into injury time Town drew level when sub Shaun Jeffers turned in the area to fire past Hanford, much to the delight of the travelling faithful behind the goal at the opposite end.

Match Report : 10/01/2016

Yeovil Town went out of he FA Cup at the third round stage to Carlisle United after losing this replay on penalties in heartbreaking fashion at Huish Park tonight.

Matt Dolan missed the crucial fifth penalty as the Cumbrians scored all theirs to set up a mouthwatering home fourth round tie with Premier League Everton. Earlier, Jack Compton had given the Glovers the lead only for Anthony Sweeney to equalise. Francois Zoko then missed a stoppage time penalty and both sides had a player dismissed in extra time before the late drama continued with the spot kick shoot out.

Yeovil manager Darren Way suffered a blow before kickoff with the withdrawal of centre half Darren Ward through a knee injury. Alex Lacey came in and there was welcome news on the bench with the reappearance of Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett.

The first half started with both sides trying to get used to a frosty pitch and bouncy surface. Neither side found the target in an open first twenty minutes with Michael Raynes shooting wide for the visitors and Yeovil having by far the most chances with Matt Dolan, Zoko, Jack Compton and Connor Roberts all off target.

The game was also punctuated by a series of niggly fouls, not helped by some baffling decisions from ref Tim Robinson which would later prove costly for the Glovers. However it was Yeovil that took the lead on 29 minutes in superb fashion. Shaun Jeffers collected the ball on the halfway line and ran thirty yards before playing the ball into new loanee Liam Walsh. The Everton midfielders dummy allowed the ball through to Jack Compton who curled a peach of a shot into the far corner.

One of the battles that the official wasn’t getting a grip on was between Roberts and Carlisle striker Hallam Hope, a tussle that ended up earning both players a caution but Hope then took it a step further, going in studs up on Roberts three minutes later with no punishment. Late on in the half, Zoko headed wide but his blushes were spared by an offside flag.

At half time, Carlisle manager Keith Curle made two changes, taking off the injured Danny Grainger and Alex Gilliead and pushing on Macauley Gillesphey and Jabo Ibehre. But it was Yeovil that showed first when Jack Compton angled a shot that bounced off the top of the bar and then shot wide. Liam Walsh then earned a yellow for  a foul on Hope who was then promptly substituted for his own good by Curle with 25 minutes of normal time left.

The changes made Carlisle look more lively up front and Gillesphey, third sub Derek Asamoah and Luke Joyce all missed chances to equalise. Town keeper Artur Krysiak brilliantly tipped over from a Sweeney back header. The leveller was coming and it duly arrived on 78 minutes. A corner was swung in from the left and Sweeney headed it in despite a desperate attempt from Krysiak to keep it out.

Immediately after the goal, there was an almighty brawl involving at least a dozen players including Ibehre who almost took out Krysiak with a "clothes line" action that could have injured the keeper. Both men were yellow carded but with any help from his assistant, ref Robinson would surely have shown a straight red.

Sweeney then almost scored a sensational winner, volleying against the crossbar and Krysiak parried well from Charlie Wyke’s shot. With the match heading into stoppage time. Kevin Dawson made his first appearance for twelve months, coming on for the youngster Walsh. And as e clock ticked on to 93 minutes, there was incredible late drama as Zoko was clattered into by Carlisle keeper Mark Gillespie. Ref Robinson got his decision right this time but Zoko didn’t, pulling his rig footed penalty wide of the post by quite a margin.

Extra time arrived with the game becoming end to end again. Ibehre was being booed with every touch for his shocking challenge on Krysiak and in the first half of extra time, both teams lost a man through a red card. Alex Lacey went into a 50/50 challenge with Wyke and ended up seeing red although the Yeovil youngsters shin pad was pierced by Wyke’s boot. That was on 97 minutes and six minutes later, Joyce cynically brought down Jeffers and earned a second yellow and subsequent red.

The rest of extra time saw chances for both sides, Yeovil coming closest through Jakub Sokoliks header that was superbly tipped over by Gillespie. Ibehre then further annoyed the Yeovil crowd by appearing to elbow Connor Roberts but the official chose to give a final warning to the striker.

Penalties came and with the first four players from each side scoring (Dickson, Jeffers, Tozer and Dawson for Yeovil; Kennedy, Sweeney, Wyke and Ibehre for United), Matt Dolan stepped up and drilled his penalty against the post. Mark Ellis then converted Carlisle’s fifth spot kick to give Curle’s men the fourth round lucrative tie v Everton.

Match Report : 09/01/2016

Yeovil Town entered the fourth round of the FA Cup following a dramatic draw with fellow League Two side Carlisle United.

The game took place at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road because of the flooding in the Carlisle area, meaning a shorter trip for Town and their loyal fans.

Goals from Danny Grainger and Mark Ellis were both cancelled out by Francois Zoko and sub Shaun Jeffers.

Manager Darren Way made two changes from the side that beat York City the previous weekend.

Josh Sheehan returned to parent club Swansea City and was replaced by Everton loanee Liam Walsh. The other change for Town was up front with Shaun Jeffers making way for West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell.

The Glovers started brightly and enjoyed the majority of play in the opening stages. But despite their bright start it was Carlisle who nearly opened the scoring just before the 15-

minute mark. A long ball over the back line was chested down well by Jabo Ibehre inside the 18-yard box, but the big striker fired wide whilst under pressure from Dickson.

The ‘home’ side did open the scoring after 25 minutes. A strong shout for handball by Ibehre by the Glovers was waved away by the referee only for the man in the middle to blow for a handball by Tozer on the edge of the Town area, which looked exactly the same as the decision the referee waved away just seconds before.

Carlisle’s skipper Grainger stepped up take the resulting free-kick and his effort took a slight deflection off the wall and nestled in the corner of the net.

Five minutes later and at the other end Town nearly levelled. Campbell’s clever run into the area saw him find enough space to fire a shot at goal, only for his effort to be parried by Hanford. From the rebound Zoko couldn’t quite get high enough to head home into an empty net.

Just before the half time whistle the home side had two clear cut chances but found keeper Krysiak in fine form. The Polish shot stopper firs denied Charlie Wyke when the striker was through on goal and followed that up with a point black save deny Raynes from close range.

Ten minutes into the second half and the home side nearly doubled their lead and would have done if it wasn’t for the woodwork. A superb strike from Grainger from 25 yards came back off the bar into the path of Wyke, who somehow hit the post and with the ball rolling along the line Town managed to re-gather and clear away any danger.

At the other end Carlisle keeper Hanford had to be on his toes when he palmed away a Sokolik header to keep the score at 1-0.

Town did level the scores and deservedly so on 71 minutes. Patient build up starting with Tozer and Dolan exchanging passes before Tozer found Ward in space. The captain’s cross was pin point on the head of Zoko, who looped his header over Hanford and into the corner of the net.

The Glovers were only level for five minutes before Carlisle regained the lead. A free kick on the left was whipped into the box by Gilliead and with a Town defender slipping the ball was met by Ellis, who headed powerfully home from close range.

With just under five minutes remaining Town could have drew level when Darren Ward met a Roberts cross, only to see his header go over the bar.

Deep into injury time Town drew level when sub Shaun Jeffers turned in the area to fire past Hanford, much to the delight of the travelling faithful behind the goal at the opposite end.

PREVIEW: CARLISLE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in action this coming Sunday with an FA Cup tie against Carlisle United at Bloomfield Road, the home of Blackpool FC with a 2pm kick off.

A lot of differences to this fixture as opposed to a normal league game; firstly, the match takes place on Sunday 10th, not Saturday as normal – Blackpool have a home League fixture on Saturday and this pushes our fixture back 23 hours.

The kick-off is listed as 2pm, one hour earlier than normal.

The FA Cup third round tie was due to be played at Carlisle’s Brunton Park but due to severe flood damage a number of their home games have had to be moved to alternative venues.

With all that sorted, we can finally talk about the football.

Yeovil are coming into this game off the back of a vital league win over fellow strugglers York City. Last weekend’s basement battle was a huge improvement in performance and the three points secure Darren Way his first win in charge of the Glovers.

The single goal win came from a Matty Dolan penalty and the clean sheet was the second in a row for Artur Krysiak and his defence.

With the transfer window open again we could start seeing a new name or two on the Glovers’ team sheet.

Already this January loanees Josh Sheehan and Christian Maghoma return to Swansea and Tottenham respectively with West Brom’s Tahvon Campbell and Everton’s Liam Walsh come in to Huish Park.

This, twinned with the news of extensions for Captain Darren Ward and loan full back Connor Roberts means that the Darren Way era is starting to take shape.

The news that the current crop of loanees are all available for the cup tie is good for squad continuity and there could be even better news on the horizon.

For those who follow the Glovers players on social media you would have seen both Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillet taking part in both on field training as well as team bonding sessions with the club hoping they could be back on the pitch before the end of this month.

The idea of them playing this Sunday might be a little far-fetched, but a behind-closed-doors game against a Swansea XI in a couple of week might be the best chance they have of playing back in the green and white.

It has been over a year since either of them played for Yeovil – last season’s FA Cup tie vs Manchester United in early January.

There is still a little longer to wait for both Omar Sowunmi and Marc Laird but their progress is considered to be on schedule.

Opponents, Carlisle haven’t had chance to play on their own ground for nearly a month after devastating floods hit Cumbria.

They have borrowed homes of Blackburn, Preston and this weekend Blackpool.

It hasn’t affected the squad too much, an impressive 3-0 ‘home’ win over Notts County was backed up with an impressive performance in a 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle last weekend.

The U’s have been busy themselves extending deals for both Mark Ellis and Joe Thompson and both of these are in line to keep their place in the match squad against Yeovil.

Carlisle’s league position is a good one, they lie in 9th place just two points outside the play-off places.

They progressed to this stage with convincing wins over Welling and in a reversal of last week’s game – Plymouth.

Yeovil also negotiated past non-league opposition and then a League Two side with Maidstone and Stevenage exiting the cup at the hands of Yeovil.

Darren Way is hoping to use the FA Cup as a way of continuing the progress made under his stewardship and maintaining momentum going into a bust League schedule.

You can be there this Saturday with tickets available on the day for away fans, remember the game takes place a day later (Sunday 10th) than normal, kicks off an hour earlier than normal (2pm) and at an neutral venue (Blackpool FC)

Last time we met

Earlier this season, Yeovil and Carlisle had a five goal thriller at Brunton Park with the Cumbrians coming out on top in a 3-2 win.

Ryan Bird and Harry Cornick had given the Glovers a 2-0 lead inside ten minutes but three goals in return had the comeback complete

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 travelling fans are able to purchase tickets on the day with Adults admitted at £15.

Prices drop for different concessions and all can be bought from Blackpool FC on Sunday.

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.

HUISH PARK TO SHOWCASE THE WOMAN’S SUPER LEAGUE

Yeovil Town Ladies will be moving home for the 2016 season, with the announcement that Huish Park will host FA WSL games in the fast approaching season.

With the Lady Glovers attendances on the up and finishing the previous 2015 campaign with the highest average attendance in the whole of the division, the announcement of playing at the Huish Park is a mark of how seriously Yeovil Town Ladies are taking this year, as they aim for promotion to FA Women’s Super League one.

With manager Jamie Sherwood assembling a strong squad of players and with the excellent facilities on offer at Huish Park, it is felt there is a real opportunity to gain a place in the promised land of WSL1, where the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea compete.

In the last two seasons, Sherborne Town FC (aka Raleigh Grove) has been an excellent home and primary ground to Yeovil Town Ladies, which recorded an attendance of 522 against Continental Tyres Cup opponents and fellow south west side Bristol Academy, which was on the same day as the Yeovil mens team entertained League one side Bristol City. Whilst playing at a ground which once saw Championship football is an exciting one, it will come with a degree of sadness that The Jones Stadium in Sherborne, will now be the clubs secondary ground and play host to occasional games.

With attendances of 722 against Millwall Lionesses and 534 against Everton Ladies, both of which were Women’s Super League matches held at Huish Park in the 2015 season, it shows that there is certainly an appetite for the female game and the atmosphere at those games, showed that Huish Park can certainly cater for the friendly family feel, that the club works so hard at trying to achieve.

With a SSE FA Women’s Cup third round match scheduled for Sunday 7th February, followed by a fourth round match if successful on Sunday 28th February, these ties, if drawn at home, will be held at the Sherborne ground. The Women’s Super League season then kicks off in March, which will see future games switched to Huish Park.

Admission prices for the upcoming season have been increased by just £1.00 per adult, meaning entry to a game is £5.00, whilst concessions prices have been kept the same at £2.50 per game, providing tickets are purchased on line and in advance.

Playing at Huish Park, will also give greater experiences to fans, with pre-match children’s coaching sessions in the final stages of planning, along with pre-match and half time food packages and corporate events due to be announced soon.

Speaking about this club news, Ladies Chairman Steve Allinson said “Firstly, I must express our great thanks to Sherborne Town FC for the support they have shown us over recent years and for hosting our first two seasons in the Women’s Super League.”

“With our ambition to become a WSL one side, Sherborne Town FC does not currently meet the ground criteria required for the top tier of women’s football as set out by The Football Association and, at our current development stage as a club, moving to Huish Park is a step that we feel is important for us”

“It is an exciting time to be involved with Yeovil Town Ladies FC and we hope that football fans from across the region will attend Huish Park in great numbers and to keep our ever increasing attendances on the upward spiral, in what will be an exciting season.”

“Thanks must also go to Yeovil Town FC Chairman John Fry and his board of directors and staff for all their help in the planning stages and support that they have showed us. We look forward to a very mutually beneficial working relationship with them, as we strive to increase our fan engagement and customer service even more.”

"In addition, I would like to express my personal thanks on behalf of the Club to our main sponsors, Jones Building Group, who are also the main sponsor of the Yeovil men’s team. Their support has been instrumental in making these exciting developments come to fruition.”

John Fry, Chairman of Yeovil Town Football Club commented and said “This is exciting news for our Ladies Football Club to be returning to Huish Park during 2016. It makes a compelling brand proposition, with a strong sense of success at Huish Park with our Football League, Academy and Community operations, which can only increase the identity of the Yeovil Town brand, nationally and internationally”

Season tickets for the coming season are on sale and more details can be found here

Yeovil Town Ladies still have some sponsorship opportunities available, including match sponsorship. For more details email commercial@yeoviltownladies.com

FANS ENJOY ATTENDING TEAM BONDING SESSION

Earlier this week manager Darren Way invited fans to attend the team bonding session as the local MFA Bowl.


The players visited the pool pit at the venue at Yeo Lesuire Park on Thursday afternoon and were joined by fans, both young and old.

Darren invited fans who attended to play pool against himself and against the players.

The pool competition was won by physio Michael Micciche, who remained unbeaten all afternoon.

ytfc.net gave the club camera to the players to take photos of the event. To see the gallery click here.

LIAM WALSH JOINS ON LOAN FROM EVERTON

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the loan signing of Liam Walsh from Premier League side Everton.

18-year-old Liam has penned a deal with the Glovers that will see him stay at Huish Park for a month.

Evertonfc.com describe Liam as a central midfielder who is comfortable on the ball with a great range of passing and is dangerous from set-piece situations.

He was just five years old when he joined Everton and scooped the Club’s 2013/14 Academy Goal of the Season award for a well-rehearsed strike.

Manager Darren Way said: "Liam has come highly recommended to us by Everton and David Unsworth, we have previously had both Shane Duffy and John Lundstram on loan from the Blues so know the quality they produce.

"I would like to thank all the staff at Everton, especially Roberto Martinez for allowing Liam to join us. There were a number of clubs interested in signing Liam, so it is nice to secure his signature and hopefully all his attributes will add to our team and help this fantastic club stay in the Football League."

The club would like to thank main sponsor Jones Building Group for their backing in helping us secure the signature of Liam.

Last season, Liam scored from the half-way line in a game against Derby County. The video can be seen below or by clicking here.

 

CONNOR ROBERTS EXTENDS STAY UNTIL END OF THE SEASON

Yeovil Town are delighted confirm that Connor Roberts has extended his loan spell at Huish Park, subject to paperwork.

Right-back Connor has penned another extension that will see him remain at Huish Park until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old signed for the Glovers before the first game of the season against Exeter City and has been ever present in the starting eleven.

Manager Darren Way said: “Connor has been a great addition to this football club. Little did he know that he would play as many games as he has, but he has definitely earned his place in the team.

“I think all the supporters can see that he gives his all for the club in every game he plays. He has followed in the foot steps of Liam Shephard, who was on loan here last season.

“It is a great education being here and develop as a player with us here at Yeovil and I have no doubt that he we go on to have a very successful career.”

MANAGER INVITES FANS TO TEAM BONDING SESSION

The Yeovil Town squad will be taking part in a team bonding session on Thursday afternoon and manager Darren Way has invited fans along to meet the team.

The players will be taking part in a team bonding pool competition at MFA Bowl at Yeo Leisure Park from 3pm until 5pm on Thursday January, 7th.

Manager Darren Way said: "We have given the lads some targets over the past few weeks and part of their little bonus is that we all go out together for a bonding session. It is a great opportunity for the players to eat together and socialise with one another ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie with Carlisle United.

"It gives us a perfect opportunity to invite fans along to MFA Bowl and join us for some photos and to meet the players. It’s great to get the whole team out in the community and mix with our supporters away from the football environment."

AWAY TICKET DETAILS FOR MORECAMBE, LUTON AND HARTLEPOOL

Tickets for Town’s away trips to Morecambe, Luton Town and Hartlepool are now available t buy from Huish Park.

Prices for the matches are as follows:

Morecambe – Saturday 16th January 2016
 

Adults – £21

Senior (65 and over) – £17

Student – £17

Junior (5-18yo) – £6

Under 14’s – up to 3 under 14’s can enter FOC with a paying adult or concession

Disabled/ Wheelchair – £17 – with carer FOC

Luton Town – Tuesday 2nd February 2016
 

Adults – £18

Under 22’s – £13

Senior (over 65) – £13

Golden Senior (over 70) – £10

Under 18’s – £6

Under 10’s – £3

 

Disabled supporters pay one category lower than than their usual age band i.e. a disabled adult would pay senior rate

 

Wheelchair users need to contact Luton Town directly on 01582 416 976

 

Hartlepool – Saturday 13th February 2016
 

Adult – £20

Senior (60+) – £10

Student- £10

Under 19 – £10

Disabled/ Wheelchair – Relevant age category with carer FOC

 

For Concessions the relevant ID will be required on entry for both pre-brought tickets and tickets sold on the day or the difference to a full price ticket will be charged.

The Under 19 ticket does not include 19 year old – it is strictly for 18’s and below.

“IT FEELS VERY GOOD” – DARREN WAY

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way called for more positivity on the back of a vital 1-0 win over York City that gives the Glovers their first league win since September.

Matty Dolan’s 39th minute penalty after a foul on Francois Zoko was enough to give Yeovil all three points in the opening game of 2016, their first at home since Luton in August.

After a month as interim manager, Way was handed the job on a full time basis earlier in the week and the former Glovers midfielder was as always keen to keep the good feeling going.

“It feels very good.” said Way, “I told the lads that we had beaten Stevenage and drew against Barnet and Oxford, so I’ve not focused on what everyone else was talking about, that’s doom and gloom.

“This club needs to be positive, and that’s what I’m trying to get across to the players, and they’re giving everything they’ve got.”

Despite Jack Compton and the felled Zoko wanting to take the spot-kick, Dolan stepped up to take what ended up being the match-winning moment.

And Way praised his influential midfielder for his confidence, explaining, “It was always Matty’s penalty for me, he’s got a good strike on him and he’s been a massive influence because there was pressure on it.

“We had to score that goal, you can imagine people’s reactions if that didn’t go in, so fair play to him he stepped up nice and confident, and was very positive.”

As expected, York desperately tried to get back into the game but like the Oxford draw five days previous dug deep to keep another clean sheet, which impressed the Glovers manager.

He said, “It’s been like that every game, there’s so much at stake. I’ve seen that we’ve brought one or two more teams back into it, so I’m very pleased for the players more than anything.

“I think they deserve it off the back of the hard period and today was a must win game but in my eyes was the most difficult game.”

Way again praised the Huish Park faithful as they roared the team over the line towards the crucial win, saying “There was one thing I’ve tried to do since I took over the job which was get the players closer to the supporters and it’s starting to happen.

“There’s a lot of love and respect that’s shown from the supporters to the players. Again, fair play to the ones who turn up every week because they’ve seen with their own eyes what these players are giving to this football club.”

After being boosted by the news that captain Darren Ward has extended his Somerset stay by 18 months and the signing of West Brom youngster Tahvon Campbell, Way is now keen to keep Francois Zoko.

After taking a bit of time to get fit, the Ivorian now has three goals in the Green and White, and the Glovers boss is keen to keep the hitman.

Way explained “We’re desperate to sort that situation out because I want to keep the momentum going and he’s been a part of that.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V YORK CITY

Darren Way celebrated being named Yeovil Town’s new manager by guiding his team to a hugely important 1-0 win over fellow strugglers York City.

Matt Dolan’s 39th minute penalty was all that separated the sides in an often scrappy encounter that showed how vital the three points were to both sides. The Glovers climb up one spot to 23rd place with this win, their first anywhere since September and their first at home since 22nd August.

Way, in his seventh overall game in charge since the departure of Paul Sturrock, received a double boost ahead of kick off. Experienced defender Darren Ward put pen to paper on a deal that keeps him at Huish Park till the summer of 2017 and there was a new arrival in the shape of Tahvon Campbell, a teenage striker on loan from Premier League West Bromwich Albion. The youngster started on the bench with Way choosing to keep the same eleven that drew at Oxford United.

Matt Dolan was first to go close, set up after some good combination work down the right from Connor Roberts and Jack Compton but he saw his shot blocked. The visitors top scorer Vadaine Oliver then wasted two golden opportunities to give his side the lead, volleying wide from a cross then heading a Danny Galbraith cross wide.

The remainder of the half was even steven but with Yeovil ahead on chances created. Josh Sheehan shot straight at ex Glover Scott Flinders in the York goal after some great work by Roberts and then Francois Zoko volleyed acrobatically over after Ward’s chest down in the box.

The winner, as it later proved, arrived six minutes before the break. Zoko was brought down in the box by Luke Summerfield and Matt Dolan thumped home the penalty for his second goal of the season. Summerfield then tried to make amends for his foul but his shot went well wide after Bradley Fewster had set him up.

Fewster then went close in the opening seconds of the second half but the shot was deflected for a corner. Galbraith then also had a chance to level after a spurt forward into space led to a shot from the edge of the box. Shaun Jeffers and Sheehan both shot wide before the flow of the game slowed somewhat after several changes from both sides.

One of Jackie McNamara’s substitutions saw Kenny McEvoy come on for Fewster and the Spurs loanee looked lively in his 25 minutes on the pitch. He forced Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak into tipping the ball over his bar from his teasing cross and then was booked for diving later in the game after a challenge in the box.

In stoppage time, he shot straight at Krysiak, the Pole partying well and in a frantic final four minutes, an almighty scramble saw Zoko, Tahvon Campbell and Dolan have shots that were blocked or went wide. Late on, York sub Josh Carson received a yellow for cynically bringing down Iffy Allen as he was speeding away.

The three points though stayed with the home side and Yeovil fans will hope this 1-0 win will hope to be the springboard to a better 2016 and a climb up the table.

Match Report : 02/01/2016

Darren Way celebrated being named Yeovil Town’s new manager by guiding his team to a hugely important 1-0 win over fellow strugglers York City.

Matt Dolan’s 39th minute penalty was all that separated the sides in an often scrappy encounter that showed how vital the three points were to both sides. The Glovers climb up one spot to 23rd place with this win, their first anywhere since September and their first at home since 22nd August.

Way, in his seventh overall game in charge since the departure of Paul Sturrock, received a double boost ahead of kick off. Experienced defender Darren Ward put pen to paper on a deal that keeps him at Huish Park till the summer of 2017 and there was a new arrival in the shape of Tahvon Campbell, a teenage striker on loan from Premier League West Bromwich Albion. The youngster started on the bench with Way choosing to keep the same eleven that drew at Oxford United.

Matt Dolan was first to go close, set up after some good combination work down the right from Connor Roberts and Jack Compton but he saw his shot blocked. The visitors top scorer Vadaine Oliver then wasted two golden opportunities to give his side the lead, volleying wide from a cross then heading a Danny Galbraith cross wide.

The remainder of the half was even steven but with Yeovil ahead on chances created. Josh Sheehan shot straight at ex Glover Scott Flinders in the York goal after some great work by Roberts and then Francois Zoko volleyed acrobatically over after Ward’s chest down in the box.

The winner, as it later proved, arrived six minutes before the break. Zoko was brought down in the box by Luke Summerfield and Matt Dolan thumped home the penalty for his second goal of the season. Summerfield then tried to make amends for his foul but his shot went well wide after Bradley Fewster had set him up.

Fewster then went close in the opening seconds of the second half but the shot was deflected for a corner. Galbraith then also had a chance to level after a spurt forward into space led to a shot from the edge of the box. Shaun Jeffers and Sheehan both shot wide before the flow of the game slowed somewhat after several changes from both sides.

One of Jackie McNamara’s substitutions saw Kenny McEvoy come on for Fewster and the Spurs loanee looked lively in his 25 minutes on the pitch. He forced Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak into tipping the ball over his bar from his teasing cross and then was booked for diving later in the game after a challenge in the box.

In stoppage time, he shot straight at Krysiak, the Pole partying well and in a frantic final four minutes, an almighty scramble saw Zoko, Tahvon Campbell and Dolan have shots that were blocked or went wide. Late on, York sub Josh Carson received a yellow for cynically bringing down Iffy Allen as he was speeding away.

The three points though stayed with the home side and Yeovil fans will hope this 1-0 win will hope to be the springboard to a better 2016 and a climb up the table.

TAHVON CAMPBELL SIGNS ON LOAN FROM WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Yeovil Town have today completed the loan signing of Tahvon Campbell.

The 18-year-old striker has joined the Glovers on a month’s loan from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

Manager Darren Way said: “We have been keeping an eye on Tahvon at West Brom for a while now. I have watched him play a number of times and he is everything we are looking for in a striker.

“This club has a great record of having young players on loan, who have great prospects and Tahvon certainly fits into that and fingers crossed he gets good game time with us here at Huish Park.”

Tahvon will go straight into today’s squad to face York City and will wear the number 16 during his stay at Huish Park.

DARREN WARD SIGNS NEW CONTRACT AT YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Darren Ward has extended his contract at Huish Park.

Defender Ward has penned a deal with the Glovers that will see him remain in Somerset until June 2017.

Since joining Yeovil on 8th November, the 37-year-old has made 12 appearances and has been made captain by manager Darren Way.

Manager Way said: “This is fantastic news for the football club. Since joining Darren has been a leader in dressing room and a leader on the pitch, you certainly need someone like that to go into battle with and achieve our objective of staying in the football league.

“Darren has proved that even at his age that he is a model professional and is as fit as they come. After the turnover of games over Christmas, he hasn’t missed a session or a minute’s action and wants to play for as long as he can and Yeovil Town will help him achieve that.”

“We have a lot of young players here that need help and guidance and Darren has been important in helping the younger players.”

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V YORK CITY

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers host fellow strugglers York City.


The game pits the side in 24th vs the side in 22nd. Even at this stage in the season, throwing phrases around like “six pointer” and “must win” may not be exaggerating all that much.

It is Darren Way’s first match in permanent charge of Yeovil following his appointment of first team affairs on New Year’s Eve.

His first port of call will be to address the squad with this match taking place just inside the Januaray transfer window.

The contracts of Francois Zoko and Darren Ward – two key personnel in the upturn of performance – are described as being ‘short term’ and will need addressing after this fixture.

New additions could be on the way, too – but getting deals done within 24 hours of the window opening whilst trying to prepare for a match might be asking a bit much even for the hard working team of Way and Skiverton.

So, Yeovil will most likely go into the game with the same squad as the Oxford fixture.

During that game, Jakub Sokolik was forced off in the second half and so Alex Lacey may be required to step in once more.

Ryan Bird missed out on Monday too, he failed to recover from a dead leg sustained in the Boxing Day fixture vs Plymouth and he could be back into contention with a few extra days rest.

The news that excited Yeovil fans the most this week was the news that both Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett took part in pre match warm ups on Monday morning ahead of the Oxford fixture before both returning to training with the rest of the squad.

The chance of either being included in the squad still remains slim, but it’s a big step closer to having two key players back for the run in.

York City travel to Somerset after a disruptive week in Yorkshire.

The flooding has given the club headaches over training facilities and so the Mintermen have travelled down early to use the Bristol City set up as a base.

York did manage to get one game in over the festive period, an away draw at Mansfield Town this past Monday.

Their game on Boxing Day vs Northampton fell to the weather but their win vs Morecambe a week prior got through unscathed.

The three points on offer this weekend will either see Yeovil overtake their opponents or will see York put a whopping five point gap between them and the drop zone.

A draw helps neither side in truth, with Hartlepool (21st) facing Newport (20th) and Dagenham (23rd) hoping to draw Exeter (16th) into a spot of bother.

This game is important for Yeovil, for Darren Way and for the Glovers fans, so don’t miss it.

Ticket details are below for those of you thinking of getting behind Way and the team.

Pre-match ticket prices are being held right up until kick off, so bring the friends and family to get right behind the side.

 

Last time we met

When the two sides met earlier this campaign, the midweek trip ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat for the Glovers.

The injury-ravaged side were on the wrong end of a single goal win – the only strike coming from former Yeovil man James Berrett.

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

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

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

Tickets

Positive news for Yeovil fans hoping to come along to Huish Park this Saturday, the pre-match prices will be held right up until kick off.

That’s right, the match day surcharge has been ditched in an attempt to get as many of the green and white faithful through the turnstiles.

Click HERE to buy and reserve your place online, or call today on 01935 847888 from 9am or just come on down before kick off on Saturday and buy your tickets!

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.