Month: February 2016

CHARITY KEEPIE-UP CHALLENGE VISITS HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town and manager Darren Way welcomed Lincoln City fan Brett Callow to Huish Park on Monday morning as he performed keepy-uppies over the length of the pitch.

Huish Park was ground number 72 in his challenge that will see the 15-year-old visit all 92 professional clubs to do keepy-uppies to raise money for Sport Relief and Shine.

Shine is a charity which was formed in 1966, initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Sport Relief takes place every two years in March. Sport Relief brings together the worlds of entertainment and sport, with many celebrities undertaking challenges for the worthy cause.

Darren Way joined Brett on the pitch at Huish Park to take part in the challenge and presented him with a shirt, ball and signed 10 book from all at Yeovil Town.

To donate and support Brett’s efforts please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/brettleecallow.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League Two action this coming Tuesday when the Glovers host high flying Accrington Stanley.

Before I tell you about Accrington the form of Yeovil Town is not to be missed.

Darren Way’s side have been taking League Two by storm since the turn of the year and will be hoping to continue the momentum built up by results against Plymouth, Portsmouth and Dagenham of late.

Two draws against promotion candidates preceded a vital 1-0 win over the bottom side Dagenham at the weekend.

What is more impressive is that Way’s men ground out the victory despite Liam Walsh and Francois Zoko pulling out of the game late on Friday with an illness.

Ryan Bird and Marc Laird came in and both put in performances sure to give Way a selection headache when the poorly pair return.

It is hoped they will both be available this Tuesday after training today (Monday).

Elsewhere, it was noted that only four Glovers made the bench with Jack Compton still missing and Nathan Smith still suspended.

Smith will be back in the squad for sure, Compton will continue to be monitored as will Kevin Dawson and Wes Fogden who edge closer to a return.

It was the performance of two loanees that Way picked out for praise after the game, Tahvon Campell and goalscorer Brandon Goodship flanked the front man Ryan Bird and ran the Glovers attacking game.

Without wishing to put a jinx on things, Huish Park has become something of a fortress since Way has taken over, the only defeat since mid November being the cup game against Carlisle… and even that ended all square after 90 minutes.

Accrington will be a stern test of that home form however and have been on a decent run themselves recently.

There have been a fair few goals when Accrington play too, with no fewer than 21 goals in total across their February games. This includes three for Stanley against Notts County and four notched up against Crawley.

In fact, their 2-0 defeat to Carlisle on Feb 6th was the only time in 2016 they have failed to score.

Billy Kee and Josh Windass both find themselves in double figures already this season and they have been ably assisted by Matt Crooks and Rommy Boco of late.

As if having a high flying Accrington visit isn’t tough enough, they have been compared to the great Real Madrid by their own manager following the win over Notts County.

He said that for 25 minutes they were playing like the Spanish giants, luckily for Yeovil, the rest of the half was played “like Reality Madrid from the Hackney Marshes seventh division”.

Stanley lie in fourth place in the league and whilst the five point difference between them and the automatic promotion places looks daunting they do have two games in hand on Oxford.

Yeovil aren’t out of trouble by any stretch of the imagination, taking the foot off the pedal would be a very bad idea by the green and whites.

Another win would put Yeovil within touching distance of the next group of sides in the league.

Yeovil are on 29 points, five behind Stevenage and Newport who will both be anxiously looking over their shoulders.

There is a full card of League Two action this midweek so no doubt Glovers fans will be cheering on the likes of Oxford (home to York), Notts County (home to Dagenham) and Bristol Rovers – just this once – who host Hartlepool.

The vast majority of Glovers cheering needs to be done at Huish Park though, with players and staff alike praising the quality and quantity of support at Dagenham, recreating that atmosphere at Huish Park will go a long way to getting another positive result in the quest for League Two survival.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, the two sides met on a cold, wet, Tuesday night in Lancashire and it was the home side who came out on top.

Josh Windass and Matt Crooks scored goals either side of a brilliant Josh Sheehan goal, but Stanley deserved all three points.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

Every home game has the same ticket purchasing facilities so you have all the chances to get your place at Huish Park confirmed in advance.

Call us on 01935847888 or simply click HERE and you’ll be able to purchase in advance. Or of course, if you’d like to pop down to the stadium in person, you can, right up until kick off.

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

Soccer Sight (for the Blind & Visually impaired supporter at Huish Park) will also have a full match commentary of the Green & White’s home matches.

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: DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town picked up three valuable points with a 1-0 win against bottom of the table side Dagenham & Redbridge.

A second half strike from on loan striker Brandon Goodship was enough to earn Town the three points. The win sees the Glovers move up one place in the table and three points clear of the relegation zone.

Manager Way was dealt a massive double blow before kick-off when Liam Walsh and Francois Zoko were ruled out through illness. Ryan Bird and Marc Laird both started in the place of two ill players.

Town started the game brightly with the majority of the opening ten minutes coming down the left wing with Ryan Dickson making some surging runs down the flank.

With The Glovers dominating the play, the home side were forced into changing their formation from a 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 following Town’s wingers causing the Daggers problems.

On 25 minutes and Yeovil nearly opened the scoring when Brandon Goodship met a cross from Connor Roberts to force a superb save from O’Brien in the Dagenham goal.

Just before the half hour mark Town were awarded a free-kick 25-yards from goal following a foul on Dolan. The former Bradford man dusted himself down to curl an effort at goal, only for his effort to narrowly over the bar.

Moments later the home side broke away, but with Hawkins about to shoot, he was tackled by Tozer and his shot was easily saved by Krysiak.

Five minutes into the second half Yeovil took a deserved lead when Goodship slotted home.

A neat knock down from fellow loanee Campbell was met by Goodship, who sailed into the area and made no mistake in making in 1-0 to the Glovers, much to the delight of the travelling fans behind the goal.

Town felt they should have had a penalty when Sokolik’s header was handled in the area, but referee Kettle waved away any claims for a spot kick.

After the goal neither goal keeper was really tested and Town managed to control the game to pick up a valuable three points ahead of the visit of Accrington Stanley to Huish Park.

Match Report : 27/02/2016

Yeovil Town picked up three valuable points with a 1-0 win against bottom of the table side Dagenham & Redbridge.

A second half strike from on loan striker Brandon Goodship was enough to earn Town the three points. The win sees the Glovers move up one place in the table and three points clear of the relegation zone.

Manager Way was dealt a massive double blow before kick-off when Liam Walsh and Francois Zoko were ruled out through illness. Ryan Bird and Marc Laird both started in the place of two ill players.

Town started the game brightly with the majority of the opening ten minutes coming down the left wing with Ryan Dickson making some surging runs down the flank.

With The Glovers dominating the play, the home side were forced into changing their formation from a 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 following Town’s wingers causing the Daggers problems.

On 25 minutes and Yeovil nearly opened the scoring when Brandon Goodship met a cross from Connor Roberts to force a superb save from O’Brien in the Dagenham goal.

Just before the half hour mark Town were awarded a free-kick 25-yards from goal following a foul on Dolan. The former Bradford man dusted himself down to curl an effort at goal, only for his effort to narrowly over the bar.

Moments later the home side broke away, but with Hawkins about to shoot, he was tackled by Tozer and his shot was easily saved by Krysiak.

Five minutes into the second half Yeovil took a deserved lead when Goodship slotted home.

A neat knock down from fellow loanee Campbell was met by Goodship, who sailed into the area and made no mistake in making in 1-0 to the Glovers, much to the delight of the travelling fans behind the goal.

Town felt they should have had a penalty when Sokolik’s header was handled in the area, but referee Kettle waved away any claims for a spot kick.

After the goal neither goal keeper was really tested and Town managed to control the game to pick up a valuable three points ahead of the visit of Accrington Stanley to Huish Park.

TICKETS: BRISTOL ROVERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday 16th April will go on sale from Huish Park on Monday 29th February.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders (2 per holder) on Monday 29th February until Friday 18th March.

General sale will be from Monday 21st March.

The Glovers have been allocated 1000 terrace tickets and 279 seated tickets. The game will be ALL TICKET for Glovers fans.

Prices are as follows:

Seats

Adults – £23

16-21 – £19

65+ and U16 – £14

 

Terrace

Adults – £20

16-21 – £16

65+ and U16 – £12

Ambulant disabled – adults and seniors £13 and U16 £9.

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

PREVIEW: DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers travel to bottom side Dagenham and Redbrigde.

The game pits the side in 24th against the side in 22nd so you may well hear the phrase “six pointer” and “relegation dog fight” thrown about in the build up.

Yeovil have been in good form of late with a pair of home games against two promotion chasers ending in two well earned points.

Neither Portsmouth nor Plymouth could get past a stern Glovers defence with the attacking qualities of the front men looking dangerous against some of the stingiest defences in the division.

In fact, the 0-0 midweek draw with Plymouth was the first time Yeovil had failed to score in 2016 and the statistics don’t end their.

Darren Way’s side are unbeaten at home since mid November and they currently sit 12th in the form table after an impressive run of form.

Some of the numbers make less than impressive reading for a Dagenham fan however, bottom of the Football League, the Daggers haven’t won a home League Match since April when they trounced Accrington 4-0.

This season, they have only notched up four points on their own pitch, four draws against Stevenage, Newport, Notts County and most recently, Plymouth back in November.

In terms of team news, Yeovil are still sweating on the fitness of a couple players with Jack Compton missing the last two games and a couple others like Kevin Dawson and Wes Fogden being out for a little longer.

This game will also represent the last one that Nathan Smith will miss through suspension.

Dagenham go into the game with a goalscorer still hitting the net on a regular basis in 41 year old Jamie Cureton.

Daggers weren’t overly active during the transfer window, but did sign Reading Under 21s defender Dom Hyam, he replaced Kane Ferdinand who left the club when the midfielder’s contract expired.

In the build up to their defeat to Mansfield, Dagenham reported that they would be without Luke Gutteridge (injury) and Harry Hickford (loan expired).

Glovers’ manager Darren Way has praised the Yeovil support for their impact in both recent home games and that support needs to continue through Saturday and onto Accrington this Tuesday.

It’s a vital game and with York and Hartlepool facing tough games against Luton and Northampton respectively, Yeovil could find themselves another place higher and as much as nine points above at least one side in the drop zone.

For those looking for their next taste of action at fortress Huish Park can buy tickets for Accrington (Tuesday 1st March) as well as all the other home games between now and the end of the season.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, The Glovers came from 2-0 down to salvage a point at Huish Park.

Kane Ferdinand and Frankie Raymond put Yeovil on the back foot early on but a couple of second half goals from Ryan Bird and Jakub Sokolik snatched a point from the jaws of defeat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are for sale right now (until 3pm) from the Huish Park ticket office.

This game has been selected by the Daggers as their Anti-Racism day and as such, tickets purchased in advance are subject to fairly sizeable discount.

Adults are £9.99 before the day but the price rises to £21 on match day itself.

Concessions – with ID, where applicable are £4.99 (£15 on the day). Our advice to anyone thinking of going should purchase tickets in advance.

Call 01935 847888 and speak to an operator.

Commentary and Social Media

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

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

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

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

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Although there is still a long way to go to the end of this season, I feel we are slowly but surely returning to winning ways. We have found an extraordinary manager in Darren Way, and irrespective of our position in the League, everyone at Huish Park has found a new lease of life, and is responding to Darren’s inspirational leadership.

After the disappointment of the previous two seasons our supporters and sponsors could have walked away, or not given us their backing when we needed it most. Your support, both home and away, has been fantastic, and on behalf of my Directors, I would like to thank each and every one of you for continuing to back our great club during this difficult rebuilding period.

Incidentally, I was interested to read about the sale of Bristol Rovers to a billionaire Jordanian. I have been asked many times: Could this happen to Yeovil Town? Well, the recent changes of ownership at Bristol Rovers and Crawley Town, highlight the need for Yeovil Town to be in a position of strength, when the right person or persons come knocking on the door at Huish Park.

It is the dream of most football club directors to find an extremely wealthy individual to put money into their club. We are no different. My vice chairman, Norman Hayward and myself, are not actively looking to sell the Club or our shares. However, we are not getting any younger, so any credible offer would be seriously considered by the major shareholders and my directors.

 

If we are to regain our prominence as a professional football club in the South West region, we are going to need substantial investments in our Yeovil Town businesses. Such a development will require finding an investor with the means and commitment to achieve our mission goals. It is therefore important for me and my directors to consider offers that are in the best interests of the club’s future.

In the meantime, after 23 years of being the main custodians of the Yeovil Town businesses, both me and Mr Hayward will continue to commit our full support and direct the club towards another exciting and successful period in our great history.

I am looking forward to seeing a big contingent of green and white supporters at Victoria Road on Saturday. And, of course, plenty of noise when we entertain Accrington Stanley next Tuesday.

    

My best wishes to you all.

John Fry

“WE KNEW WE HAD TO BE FIRED UP” – LIAM WALSH

On-loan midfielder Liam Walsh says that all that was missing from Yeovil’s display in the 0-0 draw at Huish Park against Plymouth Argyle was a goal.

Despite the visitors arriving in Somerset 21 places ahead of Town, it was Darren Way’s side who were unlucky to not have won the game as Plymouth were put under heavy pressure, particularly in the first half.

Walsh was at the centre of it all, and was named the sponsors man of the match award for the second time in four days after superb performances against Argyle and previous opponents Portsmouth.

The young midfielder waxed lyrical about the team’s performance and told media after the game, “It was a great game for us. First half we were on top, we were expecting to score to put us a goal ahead, but we were on top all game and all we needed was one goal.

“After the performance against Portsmouth, coming up against Plymouth who are one of the best teams in the league, we knew that we needed to be fired up from the off.

“I think that the last few weeks we’ve been like that but now we need to start gaining more points.”

Walsh, who has made nine appearances since arriving on loan from Premier League side Everton, played all but five minutes of injury time in the double header at home.

And the 18 year old explained that the team were delighted with not just the two draws against two promotion-hopefuls, but the fact the Glovers are now outside the drop zone.

“They’re two of the best teams in the league,” explained Walsh.

“But with the gaffer coming in, Huish Park is a tough place to come with the form that we’re in.

“All the teams around are losing games and we’re dragging them closer, so any points are vital.

“It’s a great feeling (to be outside the relegation places), that’s what we’ve been talking about all week and all season. It’d mean the world to stay up and keep playing league football, and I think all the lads know that themselves and we’re going to keep performing to make sure we don’t go down.”

Darren Way’s men now face a trip to London in a basement battle with Dagenham and Redbridge, and three points in the East End would put nine points between the Glovers and the Victoria Road outfit.

And Walsh explained they would still need the same fighting spirit shown in the last two games if they were to emerge victorious, saying “It’s a different type of team, as they’re bottom of the league.

“But we’ll still go into it with the same passion and fired up for it like we have the last two games against the big teams, and I think we can get the three points against Dagenham.”

With the amount of champagne bottles that the youngster has received piling up and up, Walsh denied that he had drunk them, but explained they’re being well looked after.

 

“I just give them to my dad to keep hold of them!” he said.

“I’m just made up for all the lads, it’s a brilliant team performance from all the lads, and we want to keep it going.”

TICKETS: DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for this weekend’s clash with Dagenham & Redbridge remain on sale from Park

At the time of writing (Wednesday, 2pm) ticket sales for the fixture were at just below 500. With an alllocation of 769 we would recommend buying your tickets in advance.

Prices are as follows:

Advanced:

Adults – £9.99

Over 65, Students and age 10-16 – £4.99

Under 10 – FREE with a paying adult

If tickets remain the match day prices are as follows:

Adults – £21

Over 65, Students and age 10-16 – £15

Under 16 – £12

Tickets will remain on sale from Huish Park until 3pm on Friday. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 01935 847888 and can be collected from Dagenham on Saturday.

“I’VE GOT POWERFUL PLAYERS” – DARREN WAY


Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was very impressed with his side’s display last night after a goalless draw against League Two promotion contenders Plymouth Argyle.

Despite the game ending in a stalemate, Town were unlucky to have not won the game after putting Argyle under sustained pressure throughout the game, with visiting goalkeeper Luke McCormick called into action several times.

And Way, who kept up his unbeaten home record since taking the job, was very pleased with his team’s performance.

Way explained, “I’ve not seen a display like that from a Yeovil team for a very, very long time. I said to them it’s important we got the strategy right.

“I said to them I want a powerful performance. I used powerful words, and powerful people do powerful things; that’s what you’ve seen tonight, I’ve got powerful players!

The Glovers were up against the side with the second most wins in the division, but it was Argyle who had to change their tactics to deal with Town.

Way said “I thought we had the best chances; I’ve not seen a Plymouth team play from back to front like that, obviously it was done to isolate our two centre-halves, so we had to deal with their direct balls. But I thought they done that with everything that was thrown at them.

“It’s mad now because you look at teams like Plymouth, they know everything about us, and towards the end I think we’ve got a team shaping up to match us, so credit goes to the players for that.”

Town started the game with both Brandon Goodship and Tahvon Campbell, on loan from AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion respectively, and the Yeovil boss says that the young pair are enjoying their spell at Huish Park.

“Brandon and Tahvs are finding their feet at this level,” said Way, “it’s a great opportunity for them, you can see they’re enjoying it and embracing it.

“What an opportunity for them to ply their trade at this football club at the moment, with the pressure that’s on it as well!”

After two draws against teams at the top end of the table, Yeovil now have to go to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday in a relegation six-pointer at Victoria Road.

And Way is hoping that they can put a gap between them and the Daggers with a win, as three points in East London would give Yeovil a nine-point cushion over their hosts.

The Yeovil boss is taking inspiration from the Portsmouth and Plymouth displays as he said, “There’s a lot of positives to take from the last two games.

“We have to learn from the Hartlepool performance too, it’s the only time where we didn’t show that intensity or athleticism, so we’ll be making sure we show that on Saturday.

“We’ve come out of the relegation zone again tonight, so to do that against a real good team like that, off the back of the Portsmouth game with that same intensity, is fantastic.

“We’ll make sure we dust ourselves down and that the recovery is right, so far the players haven’t let me down on that, and we’ll go through the process to do that so we’re firing against Dagenham.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Yeovil Town produced their best home performance of the season in this goalless draw with high flying Plymouth Argyle. The point stretched their unbeaten home league record under Darren Way to eight games and lifted the Glovers out of the bottom two on goal difference from York City who lost to leaders Northampton Town.

Manager Darren Way, buoyed by Saturday’s point against playoff chasing Portsmouth, made just one change to his starting line up. Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship came in for his Cherrries colleague Harry Cornick as Yeovil again named just six subs.

Yeovil started by far the brighter of the two teams in the first period. Goodship was at the heart of everything going forward and the forward hit two left footed shots, one wide and the other took a deflection into keeper Luke McCormick’s arms. Although Argyle winger Gregg Wylde went close with a rasping shot on the quarter hour, it was a rare chance for the Devonians who saw a Matt Dolan shot deflected for a corner and Tahvon Campbell slice a shot into the side netting.

Liam Walsh, later deservedly named man of the match, ran the show here the break and even went close with a crossed free kick that whistled wide of the far post. Yeovil’s play was at a good tempo with some decent interchanges between the midfield three and the front three.

Argyle boss Derek Adams made a change at half time, withdrawing Jordon Forster who had been booked in the first half and introducing Kelvin Mellor and the right back had an instant opportunity to make himself a hero but he squirted his shot wide from eight yards out.

The visitors came out much more up for it in the second half and their pressure could easily have told with a goal. Midfield general Graham Carey sent a bullet header just over the bar on 52 minutes and Yeovil almost took the lead five minutes later when Goodship put Carl McHugh under pressure as he tried heading back to McCormick but after the mix up, the striker’s shot went well wide.

Ryan Bird came on for Campbell on the hour mark and immediately went close with a flicked header from a Connor Roberts cross. Plymouth made a similar switch, swapping Wylde for ex Glover Reuben Reid but the game started to get a little scrappy, ref Lee Collins issuing three yellow cards in quick succession.

Jake Jervis headed at Krysiak on 85 minutes before, of all people, Jakub Sokolik shot wide. Peter Hartley then went closer still with a header from 25 yards that Krysiak tipped over the bar. Deep into the six minutes of stoppage time, Argyle had a shot that bounced down then spun back onto the roof of the net but at the final whistle, both sides had to settle for a point.

Match Report : 23/02/2016

Yeovil Town produced their best home performance of the season in this goalless draw with high flying Plymouth Argyle. The point stretched their unbeaten home league record under Darren Way to eight games and lifted the Glovers out of the bottom two on goal difference from York City who lost to leaders Northampton Town.

Manager Darren Way, buoyed by Saturday’s point against playoff chasing Portsmouth, made just one change to his starting line up. Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship came in for his Cherrries colleague Harry Cornick as Yeovil again named just six subs.

Yeovil started by far the brighter of the two teams in the first period. Goodship was at the heart of everything going forward and the forward hit two left footed shots, one wide and the other took a deflection into keeper Luke McCormick’s arms. Although Argyle winger Gregg Wylde went close with a rasping shot on the quarter hour, it was a rare chance for the Devonians who saw a Matt Dolan shot deflected for a corner and Tahvon Campbell slice a shot into the side netting.

Liam Walsh, later deservedly named man of the match, ran the show here the break and even went close with a crossed free kick that whistled wide of the far post. Yeovil’s play was at a good tempo with some decent interchanges between the midfield three and the front three.

Argyle boss Derek Adams made a change at half time, withdrawing Jordon Forster who had been booked in the first half and introducing Kelvin Mellor and the right back had an instant opportunity to make himself a hero but he squirted his shot wide from eight yards out.

The visitors came out much more up for it in the second half and their pressure could easily have told with a goal. Midfield general Graham Carey sent a bullet header just over the bar on 52 minutes and Yeovil almost took the lead five minutes later when Goodship put Carl McHugh under pressure as he tried heading back to McCormick but after the mix up, the striker’s shot went well wide.

Ryan Bird came on for Campbell on the hour mark and immediately went close with a flicked header from a Connor Roberts cross. Plymouth made a similar switch, swapping Wylde for ex Glover Reuben Reid but the game started to get a little scrappy, ref Lee Collins issuing three yellow cards in quick succession.

Jake Jervis headed at Krysiak on 85 minutes before, of all people, Jakub Sokolik shot wide. Peter Hartley then went closer still with a header from 25 yards that Krysiak tipped over the bar. Deep into the six minutes of stoppage time, Argyle had a shot that bounced down then spun back onto the roof of the net but at the final whistle, both sides had to settle for a point.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Tuesday when high flying Plymouth Argyle visit Huish Park with a 7:45pm kick off.

This is a rearranged fixture from the late postponement from earlier this month – all tickets remain valid from the original game.

Darren Way’s side are on a decent run of form and with impressive stats and run of results behind them, confidence is high in the home dressing room.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Portsmouth was the latest in the turn of form since 2016 started with Darren Way’s reign at the helm.

Francois Zoko was on the scoresheet once more as the play-off chasers were required to score a last gasp equaliser and hold on for a point.

Jack Compton missed the draw on Saturday after being forced off in the game against Hartlepool but he could be given the chance to prove hit fitness heading into Tuesday’s game.

There was a Glovers debut for young Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship who joined on loan at the weekend, he could be in line for his first Football League start after impressing off the bench.

The fixture on Tuesday is the second of the three that defender Nathan Smith misses through suspension but with the return of both Darren Ward and Alex Lacey from injury, there will be no problem filling his place in the side.

Opponents, Plymouth are currently second in the table having dropped off top spot relinquishing that to Northampton.

The Pilgrims now lie a full ten points below the top spot, but still have an eight point gap between them and the play-off spots suggesting that automatic promotion is looking increasingly likely.

Plymouth’s form has been slightly stuttering of late, they too could only manage a 1-1 draw at the weekend, a stalemate with Crawley did neither side any favours.

Prior to Saturday, they had clocked up an impressive 3-0 win over Mansfield and yet slipped up at Wycombe and could only manage a draw against Bristol Rovers.

Former Glovers striker Reuben Reid has found it tough of late to get a clean run of games in the team, with injury keeping him out and the form of Ryan Brunt proving hard to shift out of the side.

Reid came off the bench at the weekend and will be hoping for the chance to play against his old employees this Tuesday.

Plymouth’s promotion hopes can given the extra seal of approval with three more points but onn the other side, a Yeovil win could see them jump up another place and out of the relegation zone.

Whilst Yeovil can only control their own fate, it is worth noting that York – just above the relegation zone – host top of the table Northampton,

Plenty of incentive for both sides in this local clash then and you can be there to see Darren Way’s new, exciting side take on some of the best in the league.

Huish Park is the place to be this Tuesday.

Last time we met

The first game between the two teams this season came on Boxing Day when a single goal was enough to give The Pilgrims a home win.

Ryan Brunt scored the winner in the second half after pouncing on a spill by goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Despite the relative locality of the two sides and both team’s extended spells in the Football League, since the turn of the millennium, the two have only crossed paths in one other season, the 2010/11 campaign.

The two league games came within one month and one day of each other in early 2011 and in 180 minutes, just one goal was scored – an Andy Williams deflected effort an hour into the second fixture at Huish Park.

However, since then, the sides have played three times in pre-season friendlies with Yeovil coming out on top in each occasion.

In 2012, Reuben Reid – now of the Pilgrims scored a hat trick in a pre-season thrashing, a year later and it was the lethal combo of Hayter and Madden that did the trick before Liam Davis and Sam Hoskins scored late goals to secure a win in the summer of 2014.

Tickets

Firstly – Note, all tickets purchased for the original game are still valid for this game. Should you not be able to make it any more, please contact the ticket office on the number below.

Tickets for the game are, as always, available in all the usual ways.

Click HERE and purchase your tickets online, call the ticket office on 01935 874888 or pop down to Huish Park at any stage right up until kick off.

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.

Soccer Sight (for the Blind & Visually impaired supporter at Huish Park) will also have a full match commentary of the Green & White’s home matches.

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

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

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Tickets for the re-arranged home fixture against Plymouth Argyle remain on sale from the ticket office at Huish Park.

Tickets from the original fixture will be valid for tomorrow night’s match.

If you are unable to attend the re-arranged fixture any exchange of tickets will must be done BEFORE kick-off on Tuesday 23rd February.

To buy your tickets or arrange an exchange please call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

“WE’RE STILL FIGHTING AND WE’RE STILL POSITIVE” – FRANCOIS ZOKO

Yeovil striker Francois Zoko says that despite being happy with his goal against Portsmouth, he would have rather had the three points.

Zoko showed his striking instincts to open the scoring against the League Two playoff hopefuls with fifteen minutes to go, but his effort was cancelled out five minutes from time despite the visitors having Christian Burgess sent off for two yellow cards.

And the Ivorian was annoyed in not picking up the three points as he explained “It’s a big frustration for us because looking at the whole game we deserve the three points.

“I had a good one-on-one chance earlier in the game but the keeper made a good save. We did the difficult bit of going in front, but we have to remain positive. It’s a good point, we’ll take it and we’ll continue to build upon it towards the game on Tuesday.”

Despite a defeat away at Hartlepool, Zoko says that his and his teammates impressive display against Portsmouth was no real shock despite the difference in league position.

He said, “Our team is not bad at all, we take the point and we did some right things.

“At Hartlepool we were unlucky, we could have taken something there. But if you look at our last few games, it’s not a big surprise that we perform like that. For us, we know what we are doing and we will keep working hard to achieve what we need to this season.”

After scoring in the North East, the Ivorian hitman grabbed another goal to make it six for the season since joining the Glovers, and his experience proved crucial in taking the chance when it came.

“I just kept my head on the target”, said Zoko, “I don’t try and do something stupid, like kick it harder.

“The first one I have was on target, I tried to put it low. The second one I try exactly the same and it goes in with a bit of luck but that’s football. I’m happy with the goal but I’d be happier with the three points.”

With Zoko only joining the club in November, the striker has slowly built up his fitness, and explained that despite finding it tough at times, he is running through the brick wall to keep Yeovil up.

Zoko concluded, “I’m happy but when you don’t have any preseason, I’ll be honest, it’s hard some games because in our situation we need a lot of energy.

“But it doesn’t matter, we have to give everything we can. I enjoy it so much with the team, the guys are fantastic and so is the manager. We’re proving ourselves too, it’s not easy to go somewhere things aren’t going well but we try to change it.

“We’re still fighting and we’re still positive.”

“THE SQUAD ARE GIVING EVERYTING” – DARREN WAY

Yeovil manager Darren Way says his squad will keep going despite the disappointment of Portsmouth scoring late on and denying the Glovers a much-needed win.

After Francois Zoko opened the scoring in the 75th minute and Pompey centre back Christian Burgess was shown a red card for two bookable offences with ten minutes to go, Yeovil looked on course to grab an impressive three points.

But Gary Roberts’ powerful volley five minutes from time gave the visitors a share of the spoils, and Way says he is proud of his players despite the late equaliser.

The Yeovil boss explained, “The only disappointment is the goal! We worked all week on defending that central area and nine times out of ten we’ve dealt with that.

“It’s a great touch and finish, I’ve slowed it down and watched it back. They’re a good team, and make no bones about it they’re a great team.

“But my players matched them, if not more… We’ll keep marching on!”

Yeovil stay within the League Two relegation zone despite picking up a point on a weekend when many of the teams in the scrap to stay up lost, but Way insisted that dealing with adversity is important.

Way said, “No team up and down the country is going to win every week and it’s up and it’s about dealing with adversity. Trust me, this clubs has had adversity!

“The problem we’ve got is when I took over we didn’t win any games, so every game now is a must win. But I know that, and the moment you don’t everyone jumps on your back; it’s because of the pressure that goes with it.

“The team and the togetherness and the environment that we’ve created, we have to stay strong and stay focused. I thought we played with steel, determination and courage… they showed all of that today and I keep saying that’ll keep us up.”

Ivorian striker Francois Zoko picked up his sixth goal of the season from a goalmouth scramble, but it is his fighting spirit that his manager is most impressed with.

“I think he’s a prime example,” said Way, “of the levels and the intensity they are playing at and keep going. That’s a credit to him and the players; they’re giving everything to this football club and the badge. You’ve got to feel proud of the dressing room.

“I keep saying the squad are giving everything. The minute someone doesn’t give their all, they’re out of here!”

With the relegation six-pointer against Dagenham and Redbridge coming up next weekend following Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park this Tuesday; you would forgive the manager for feeling nervous.

But Way excitedly explained, “We’ve got to bounce back from the position we’re in, it’s going to be an emotional roller coaster.

“We were on the bottom of the Big Dipper last week, now we’re on our way up again… How exciting!

“What a great environment it was with both supporters going at each other, two teams going at each other; it’s a fantastic football club and I keep saying to the players, we will stay up.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V PORTSMOUTH

Yeovil shared the points with League Two playoff hopefuls Portsmouth despite the visitors being reduced to ten men in a game that livened up in a frantic second half.

Francois Zoko thought that he had won the game with fifteen minutes to go with a poacher’s finish in the box, before Christian Burgess saw red after bringing down Ryan Dickson after being booked two minutes before.

But Gary Roberts levelled for Portsmouth with a left foot volley late on to give the visitors what would have seemed an unlikely point following the red card, despite a few half chances in second half injury time.

In their first home fixture after three consecutive away games, Yeovil started brightly as they attacked towards the away terrace, with Dolan unlucky to not open the scoring just five minutes in with an acrobatic volley.

With half an hour gone, Yeovil again had a good chance to go in front. Good play from Liam Walsh saw the Everton loanee put Tahvon Campbell in behind the Pompey right back, and after twisting his marker the striker was unlucky that his shot rolled just past the post for a goal kick.

Walsh nearly grabbed a goal himself, but his goal bound volley inside the Pompey box was cleared off the line by Burgess, as Yeovil looked to go in front before half-time but both teams went in goalless.

Five minutes after the interval, Portsmouth nearly grabbed the first goal of the afternoon as Gary Roberts wriggled free in the box but his right footed shot was palmed away strongly by Krysiak.

Close almost opened the scoring on fifty-five minutes with a low drive, but Yeovil done the same just three minutes later. Zoko turned away from Christian Burgess inside the area, but his powerful shot was parried away by Fulton.

Ben Tozer was the first name in referee Mark Haywood’s book for a foul as Bennett was running at the Yeovil defence on the break, and Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship was introduced for his Glovers debut with twenty minutes to go.

The opening goal finally arrived with fifteen minutes to go as a short corner was crossed into the Pompey box and caused havoc. The ball fell to Tozer, who teed up ZOKO who smashed his shot past Fulton to send three sides of Huish Park into raptures.

Portsmouth were reduced to ten men with as many minutes to go as Burgess received two yellow cards in a matter of minutes, the second for a scything challenge on ex-Southampton left back Dickson as he ran through on goal.

But Pompey equalised with five minutes left. A ball into the box caused confusion was volleyed home by the winger ROBERTS to bring the score level. The visitors pushed hard for a winner in front of their large travelling support but Yeovil stood firm despite a few nervous moments at the end.

Yeovil starting XI: Krysiak- Roberts, Ward, Sokolik, Dickson- Tozer, Dolan, Walsh- Campbell (Goodship 68’), Zoko (Bird 90’), Cornick (Gillett 86’)

Subs not used: Weale- Lacey, Laird.

Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Close, Doyle (c); Evans (Tollitt 40’), Roberts, Bennett (McNulty 72’); Smith (McGurk 80’)

Subs not used: Bass, Clarke, Barton, Naismith.

6051 (2088 away)

Match Report : 20/02/2016

Yeovil shared the points with League Two playoff hopefuls Portsmouth despite the visitors being reduced to ten men in a game that livened up in a frantic second half.

Francois Zoko thought that he had won the game with fifteen minutes to go with a poacher’s finish in the box, before Christian Burgess saw red after bringing down Ryan Dickson after being booked two minutes before.

But Gary Roberts levelled for Portsmouth with a left foot volley late on to give the visitors what would have seemed an unlikely point following the red card, despite a few half chances in second half injury time.

In their first home fixture after three consecutive away games, Yeovil started brightly as they attacked towards the away terrace, with Dolan unlucky to not open the scoring just five minutes in with an acrobatic volley.

With half an hour gone, Yeovil again had a good chance to go in front. Good play from Liam Walsh saw the Everton loanee put Tahvon Campbell in behind the Pompey right back, and after twisting his marker the striker was unlucky that his shot rolled just past the post for a goal kick.

Walsh nearly grabbed a goal himself, but his goal bound volley inside the Pompey box was cleared off the line by Burgess, as Yeovil looked to go in front before half-time but both teams went in goalless.

Five minutes after the interval, Portsmouth nearly grabbed the first goal of the afternoon as Gary Roberts wriggled free in the box but his right footed shot was palmed away strongly by Krysiak.

Close almost opened the scoring on fifty-five minutes with a low drive, but Yeovil done the same just three minutes later. Zoko turned away from Christian Burgess inside the area, but his powerful shot was parried away by Fulton.

Ben Tozer was the first name in referee Mark Haywood’s book for a foul as Bennett was running at the Yeovil defence on the break, and Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship was introduced for his Glovers debut with twenty minutes to go.

The opening goal finally arrived with fifteen minutes to go as a short corner was crossed into the Pompey box and caused havoc. The ball fell to Tozer, who teed up ZOKO who smashed his shot past Fulton to send three sides of Huish Park into raptures.

Portsmouth were reduced to ten men with as many minutes to go as Burgess received two yellow cards in a matter of minutes, the second for a scything challenge on ex-Southampton left back Dickson as he ran through on goal.

But Pompey equalised with five minutes left. A ball into the box caused confusion was volleyed home by the winger ROBERTS to bring the score level. The visitors pushed hard for a winner in front of their large travelling support but Yeovil stood firm despite a few nervous moments at the end.

Yeovil starting XI: Krysiak- Roberts, Ward, Sokolik, Dickson- Tozer, Dolan, Walsh- Campbell (Goodship 68’), Zoko (Bird 90’), Cornick (Gillett 86’)

Subs not used: Weale- Lacey, Laird.

Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Close, Doyle (c); Evans (Tollitt 40’), Roberts, Bennett (McNulty 72’); Smith (McGurk 80’)

Subs not used: Bass, Clarke, Barton, Naismith.

6051 (2088 away)

BRANDON GOODSHIP JOINS ON LOAN FROM AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the loan signing of Brandon Goodship.


21-year-old Striker Brandon has joined the Glovers on a month loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.

Manager Darren Way commented: "Brandon has come to us on loan for a month from Bournemouth, he comes highly recommended by a couple of people I trust.

“Brandon has been training with us recently and has looked sharp. We had him watched in a game against Luton Town on Tuesday evening, where he performed well in that game, so we decided to make the call to get him in on loan.

“He has a real hunger about him and is itching to get playing and scoring goals.”

Brandon will wear the number 19 during his spell in Somerset.

PLAYERS DONATE TO BOXING CLUB FOLLOWING BREAK IN

With the news that Yeovil Amateur Boxing Club had money stolen following a break in, the players at Yeovil Town have replaced the stolen amount.


The squad have recently used the facilities at the boxing club to train and on hearing the news of the theft manager Darren Way arranged a collection from the players to replace the missing funds.

Darren said: “I was so disappointed to hear that the boxing club had money stolen following a break in. The boxing club have helped us out with letting us use their facilities, so this is the least we could do.

“We have had a mini collection and the lads were happy to replace the stolen funds to help the boxing club.”

Dean Trott, Yeovil ABC Coach said ‘We’d like to thank the club and the players for their generosity at this time. Whilst £100 may not seem a lot, it goes a huge way towards paying the fees to make sure this club is still here for the community. The kindness of the players and staff at the club is amazing and we’d all like to say a huge thank you.’

 

Elliot Watts, Yeovil ABC Boxer said ‘We really appreciate the gratitude of the players. Without this gym I’m not sure where’d I’d be, so thanks to the club for making sure we can continue to run and not let this disgusting act dampen the amazing community spirit of this gym and Yeovil Town.’

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V PORTSMOUTH

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday for the first of a home double header against high flying sides.

Portsmouth are the visitors to Huish Park this Saturday with Plymouth arriving the following Tuesday.

The Glovers are looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat to Hartlepool last weekend.

A more than contentious penalty and a sloppy set piece goal put ‘Pools 2-0 up before a last gasp Francois Zoko goal was too little too late in the way of consolation.

To make matters worse, Nathan Smith – who had been filling in at centre back – was sent off after a scuffle with Billy Paynter. The blues’ striker only receiving a yellow card for is part in the fracas.

Smith’s absence is made slightly easier by the return of not one but two defenders to the match day squad.

Darren Ward and Alex Lacey are both vying for the starting spot next to Jakub Sokolik in the heart of defence.

Elsewhere, winger Jack Compton will be assessed in the lead up to the game, he hobbled off with a hamstring problem at the weekend and went for a scan in the build up to this game.

Apart from the result last week, Yeovil have been hitting a bit of form and Saturday’s loss was just the second League defeat of 2016.

A win this weekend could propel the Glovers back out of the drop zone and focusing on sides above them once more.

Standing in their way is a Portsmouth side who lie sixth in the table and have a sold out away end behind them for this fixture.

February has been a mixed month for Pompey; winning one, losing one and drawing one.

They beat Bristol Rovers last weekend but failed to get full points from Leyton Orient or Morecambe before that.

Recently the south coast side have swapped in one striker and let another one go, Michael Smith has joined from Swindon and Matt Tubbs has joined big spending non-league side, Eastleigh.

The Glovers’ front man Ryan Bird will be facing his second former club in as many weeks, the former Pompey striker played 20 times in the 2013/14 season scoring three times.

It’s promotion chasers vs survival hopefuls on both Saturday and Tuesday making for a great double header of Huish Park football.

Come on down to support the team and watch Darren Way’s side take on two of the best in the league in a spell of just four days.

Your support could make all the difference.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, back in October, the sides played out an uneventful 0-0 draw at Fratton Park.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

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

In person – pop to Huish Park right up until kick off and collect your tickets from the booths, or you can call in advance on 01935 874888 and someone will take your order and have it ready for you to pick up on the day.

Finally, you can click HERE and order online, it’s quick, easy and you can purchase more than one match’s tickets at the same time and pick them all up on matchday.

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!

Soccer Sight (for the Blind & Visually impaired supporter at Huish Park) will also have a full match commentary of the Green & White’s home matches.

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

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

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

TICKETS: MANSFIELD TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN


Tickets for Town’s away trip to Mansfield Town are now on sale from Huish Park.

The match on Saturday 5th March will be ALL TICKET for Yeovil fans meaning NO tickets will be sold on the day. Priced are as follows:

Adults – £17

Over 60 – £14

Aged 17-21 – £13

Aged 7-16 – £10

Aged 6 and under – FREE

To purchase your tickets call the ticket office on 01935 847888 or visit the ticket office at Huish Park.

HARRY CORNICK’S LOAN SPELL EXTENDED

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm that Harry Cornick has extended his stay with the club for a further month.


The new loan deal will see Harry remain in Somerset until 14th March 2016.

The-20-year-old has been on-loan at Huish Park since the beginning of the season and has made 29 appearances scoring six goals.

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TICKETS FOR PORTSMOUTH FIXTURE REMAIN ON SALE

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

The Glovers will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Hartlepool against Paul Cook’s side.

Town face Portsmouth at 3pm on Saturday 20th February and tickets can be purchased in person from Huish Park, online (click here) or over the telephone by calling 01935 847888.

Due to Portsmouth selling out their allocation only fans with a booking history will be able to purchase tickets in the home stands.

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NITRO CIRCUS TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world’s greatest action sports show, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, is coming to Huish Park!

Featuring 30 of the world’s best extreme athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX and anything you can imagine with wheels! Plus a host of ridiculous contraptions being launched 50ft into the air, by the crazy Nitro daredevils.

Expect to see the world’s biggest and most dangerous stunts, in a fully choreographed, actions sports, theatrical spectacular!

Get your tickets for the show at Huish Park here: http://bit.ly/1Sm1TEe

REPORT: HARTLEPOOL UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the near 700-mile round trip to face Hartlepool United and returned home empty handed following a 2-1 defeat.

Second half goals from Billy Paynter and Adam Jackson before an injury time Francois Zoko header secured the three points for new Pools manager Craig Hignett. Town also had defender Nathan Smith dismissed for a tussle with Paynter.

Manager Darren Way made one change the starting eleven that drew with Luton Town ten days earlier. Ryan Bird replaced Harry Cornick following a spell on the sidelines with an illness. Captain Darren Ward returned to the bench after recovering from his knee injury and he was joined by fellow centre back Alex Lacey, who returned following a three game suspension after being sent off in the FA Cup replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park.

The home side, under new manager Craig Hignett came flying out the traps and almost opened the scoring after a matter of seconds. A cross from the left wing found its way to Luke James at the back post, but thankfully his effort skimmed the top of the cross bar and went out for a goal kick.

With Town growing more and more into the game they forced their first corner after 18 minutes, when Bird’s shot from distance was deflected over. From the resulting set piece, centre back Nathan Smith popped up at the back post to unleash a left-footed volley that left keeper rooted to the spot, only to see his effort come crashing back off the post.

Town were dealt a blow after 26 minutes when Jack Compton, who was returning to his former club was forced off with an injury, to be replaced by Cornick.

The Glovers nearly fell behind on 39 minutes when a free kick from the left was met at the back post by Paynter, but some how keeper Krysiak managed to tip his effort wide from point blank range.

At the start of the second half Town started the brighter of the two teams. A smart run on the left wing from Cornick saw Roberts find him with a neat pass, but the assistant raised his flag for offside.

Just moments later the home side forced a corner when Michael Woods’ shot was blocked, from the corner Town broke away quickly thanks to Cornick, just as the Bournemouth loanee looked to cross he was tackled, but the loose ball fell to Zoko, who curled the ball just wide of the upright.

Ten minutes into the second period the impressive Walsh nearly scored his second goal in green and white. A surging run from the centre circle saw space open up, but the midfielder’s shot went narrowly wide of the target.

The home side took the lead on 59 minutes when referee Wright pointed to the spot following a Sokolik foul on Thomas. The decision was a close call as the foul looked from the press box to have occurred outside the area. Paynter stepped up and despite Krysiak diving the right way made the score 1-0 to the hosts.

The home side doubled their lead with just under 20 minutes to go. A corner from the right was met at the back post by defrender Jackson, whose powerful header hit the underside of the bar and into the back of the net.

With just over ten minutes remaining Town were reduced to ten men when Smith was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Paynter. Referee Mr Wright showed Smith a straight red and the Pools striker a yellow. Shortly after the incident the goal scorer was substituted to avoid him picking up another booking.

The fourth official signaled four minutes to be added on and with just two minutes of that remaining Town pulled a goal back. A great cross from the right wing from Cornick found Zoko at the back post, who headed home past Carson.

Match Report : 13/02/2016

Town made the near 700-mile round trip to face Hartlepool United and returned home empty handed following a 2-1 defeat.

Second half goals from Billy Paynter and Adam Jackson before an injury time Francois Zoko header secured the three points for new Pools manager Craig Hignett. Town also had defender Nathan Smith dismissed for a tussle with Paynter.

Manager Darren Way made one change the starting eleven that drew with Luton Town ten days earlier. Ryan Bird replaced Harry Cornick following a spell on the sidelines with an illness. Captain Darren Ward returned to the bench after recovering from his knee injury and he was joined by fellow centre back Alex Lacey, who returned following a three game suspension after being sent off in the FA Cup replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park.

The home side, under new manager Craig Hignett came flying out the traps and almost opened the scoring after a matter of seconds. A cross from the left wing found its way to Luke James at the back post, but thankfully his effort skimmed the top of the cross bar and went out for a goal kick.

With Town growing more and more into the game they forced their first corner after 18 minutes, when Bird’s shot from distance was deflected over. From the resulting set piece, centre back Nathan Smith popped up at the back post to unleash a left-footed volley that left keeper rooted to the spot, only to see his effort come crashing back off the post.

Town were dealt a blow after 26 minutes when Jack Compton, who was returning to his former club was forced off with an injury, to be replaced by Cornick.

The Glovers nearly fell behind on 39 minutes when a free kick from the left was met at the back post by Paynter, but some how keeper Krysiak managed to tip his effort wide from point blank range.

At the start of the second half Town started the brighter of the two teams. A smart run on the left wing from Cornick saw Roberts find him with a neat pass, but the assistant raised his flag for offside.

Just moments later the home side forced a corner when Michael Woods’ shot was blocked, from the corner Town broke away quickly thanks to Cornick, just as the Bournemouth loanee looked to cross he was tackled, but the loose ball fell to Zoko, who curled the ball just wide of the upright.

Ten minutes into the second period the impressive Walsh nearly scored his second goal in green and white. A surging run from the centre circle saw space open up, but the midfielder’s shot went narrowly wide of the target.

The home side took the lead on 59 minutes when referee Wright pointed to the spot following a Sokolik foul on Thomas. The decision was a close call as the foul looked from the press box to have occurred outside the area. Paynter stepped up and despite Krysiak diving the right way made the score 1-0 to the hosts.

The home side doubled their lead with just under 20 minutes to go. A corner from the right was met at the back post by defrender Jackson, whose powerful header hit the underside of the bar and into the back of the net.

With just over ten minutes remaining Town were reduced to ten men when Smith was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Paynter. Referee Mr Wright showed Smith a straight red and the Pools striker a yellow. Shortly after the incident the goal scorer was substituted to avoid him picking up another booking.

The fourth official signaled four minutes to be added on and with just two minutes of that remaining Town pulled a goal back. A great cross from the right wing from Cornick found Zoko at the back post, who headed home past Carson.

PREVIEW: HARTLEPOOL UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League Two action this coming Saturday afternoon when they travel to Hartlepool United.

It would be very easy to mention the distance that will be covered by Glovers fans for this journey, so we won’t mention the 332 miles each way in a car, the 13 hour option on the trains, or even the possible flight from Bristol to Newcastle that still involves significant journey time on the roads at each side and the actual 1 hour flight itself. Ok, so we might mention it.

Both sides are currently far too close to the relegation zone for their own comfort at this stage in the season with Yeovil in 21st just one place above their opponents this Saturday.

It’s probably not quite a so called six pointer, but a win for one side or the other could put up to a seven point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

That’s some motivation and as such, Hartlepool have acted this week to sack Manager Ronnie Moore following their slump in form.

Just hours after announcing the departure of Moore, Hartlepool appointed former Middlesbrough midfielder Craig Hignett as their new gaffer.

Yeovil’s new Manager is starting to feel the warmth of his feet firmly under the table now and with the form table firmly on his side, his Manager of the Month nomination was fully deserved.

Hartlepool played this past Tuesday night, one of their three games in hand on sides around them.

However, it proved to be the final act of Moore’s tenure with a 2—1 defeat to Stevenage.

Both sides didn’t play last weekend with both Huish Park and Notts County’s ground proving unplayable so both teams got an unexpected – and probably unwanted Saturday off.

So, the Glovers have been out of action since a 1-1 draw with Luton Town 10 days ago.

In one way, the extra time off has allowed a couple of extra days for two key players to recover from injury.

Arturt Krysiak has been undergoing treatment following his exit from the Luton game through injury and the extra time may work in his favour.

Darren Ward, the captain was due to return to the match day squad against Plymouth hopefully an extra few days of training will do the skipper good.

The other positive news comes in the form of Liam Walsh extending his stay at Huish Park.

The Everton loanee has impressed since arriving a month ago and his extension is welcome news to everyone.

Despite the lack of form from this Saturday’s opponents, the threat offered from the front line duo Billy Paynter and Luke James should still be taken seriously.

One name that Glovers fans will recognise is that of Michael Woods, the former Leeds and Chelsea midfielder is now a linchpin of the Pools side having played 24 times this season. He played five times for Yeovil in 2012, scoring one and being sent off in his final appearance.

In the other direction, Ryan Bird and Jack Compton – two of the Glovers stars this season – will face their former club, the latter having scored more goals in his 13 Yeovil games as he did in his entire Hartlepool spell.

Darren Way’s team go marching on this Saturday and a win could put his side firmly on the path to safety.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, the two sides met at Huish Park and Hartlepool came out on top in a 2-1 win.

Ryan Bird had levelled the scores in the first half, but in the second half, Brad Walker netted a winner much to the travelling fans delight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

Hartlepool have reduced ticket prices for the Glovers trip north adult admission is now just £12 and concessions are now just £6.

If anyone had already purchased tickets at the old, increased prices contact the Huish Park ticket office for the appropriate refund.

Tickets are available from the away end ticket office on the day.

Commentary and Social Media

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

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

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

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

WIN SPECIAL PRIZES THROUGH INSTAGRAM

Our official Instagram account continues to grow and to celebrate we have some very special prizes to give away to Town fans.

Our Instagram page brings fans closer to the club and the players with exclusive behid-the-scenes pictures and the best action shots.

We are offering the chance to win a signed pair of Connor Roberts match worn boots and also a signed ’10’ book along with a used signed match ball by manager Darren Way.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning in to make sure you follow @ytfcofficial on Instagram and like the photos.

We will get Darren and Connor to pick a winner next week.

TICKET PRICES FOR TOWN’S TRIP TO HARTLEPOOL REDUCED

Tickets for Town’s long trip to Hartlepool have now been reduced in price.

Hartlepool have reduced the prices for the trip on Saturday 13th February to the following prices for both home and away fans.

Adults – £12

Concessions (Over 60, under 19 and students) – £6

Ticket prices will remain the same on the day and can purchased from the turnstiles at Hartlepool.

NEW DATE SET FOR PLYMOUTH ARGYLE FIXTURE


Town’s fixture against Plymouth Argyle has been rearranged for Tuesday 23rd February, with a 7:45pm kick-off.

The game was orginally due to be played last Saturday, but was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Tickets for the original match will be valid for the rearranged date. If for any reason you can not attend the new date, then the ticket can be exchanged for another home league game during this season.

Tickets are to be exchanged BEFORE kick-off on the new date. After Tuesday 23rd February NO exchanges will be possible.

LIAM WALSH EXTENDS HIS STAY AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Liam Walsh has extended his stay at Huish Park.

The Everton youngster has signed an extension to his loan that will see him remain in Somerset for a further month.

Liam has made a great impression at Huish Park during his first month and the club are delighted to be helping him with his progression in the game.

Liam has made six appearances for the Glovers and has scored one goal, which came in the 1-1 draw with Luton Town.

To view Liam’s goal click here.

GLOBAL ACTION SPORTS PHENOMENON COMES TO HUISH PARK!

 

Global Action Sports Phenomenon Brings Spectacular New Show to Huish Park, Yeovil, Sunday 19th June 2016

Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world’s greatest action sports show — Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live — will return to the U.K. this summer. Nitro Circus Live will play 13 area shows, including its first ever Ireland and Northern Island dates, giving fans the opportunity to see the most explosive event in extreme sports.

Fans can witness death-defying stunts, amazing tricks and unbelievable world firsts that have yet to be seen (even in competition) at Huish Park on Sunday 19th June 2016. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 9 February). Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Nitro’s cast of daredevils, the greatest action sports stars on the planet, will perform the most incredible choreographed riding routines ever in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and much more. Highlights include the explosive “Nitro Bomb” featuring all riders flipping simultaneously. Plus, during FMX trains, riders will slice through the air wheel-to-wheel, mere inches apart.

Nitro Circus athletes will also brave the (in)famous 40-foot Giganta ramp, which will launch a host of ridiculous contraptions like trikes, a penny farthing, a lounge chair, a bathtub and much more. All of this mayhem in one show, requiring more than 15 trucks and 50 crew members to transport and set up, adds up to a theatrical spectacular area fans have never experienced before. This will be one of the biggest, if not the most massive, entertainment production ever to come to Yeovil.

Nitro Circus Live has sold out legendary arenas such as the O2 in London, Accor Hotels Arena (formerly Bercy Arena) in Paris and Madison Square Garden in New York. More than 35,000 people packed Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, site of the 2010 soccer World Cup final, for a massive 2014 show; 45,000 filled Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, the second highest attendance of any touring act at that venue. Now, people of Yeovil do not want to miss their chance to see Nitro Circus Live.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday 9th February.

Fans looking for the ultimate Nitro Circus experience will want to check out the Nitro Club Experience. These exclusive passes include the best seats in the house as well as a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of Nitro Circus during an exclusive Q & A session where they will talk about life on the road and answer an array of very personal questions that fans would not normally hear at a show or in the media. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard and electronically signed Nitro poster, as well as a chance to win cool Nitro swag.

The positive economic impact the tour will generate also means Yeovil businesses can anticipate receiving a major boost with the show’s arrival drawing thousands of people to the town.

“Hotels, restaurants, bars and practically every other business in Yeovil will benefit from having Nitro Circus Live in town,” Yeovil Town Commercial manager Dave Linney, said. “Through audience research we’ve seen that fans are blown away, saying it’s the most exciting show they’ve ever seen.  We’re thrilled to bring an event that has sold out huge stadiums across the globe to Huish Park, The Home of Yeovil Town Football Club.”

For Nitro Circus news, tour updates, full rider lineup, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com.  Follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus. Athletes subject to change.

Match Report : 06/02/2016

Town made the near 700-mile round trip to face Hartlepool United and returned home empty handed following a 2-1 defeat.

Second half goals from Billy Paynter and Adam Jackson before an injury time Francois Zoko header secured the three points for new Pools manager Craig Hignett. Town also had defender Nathan Smith dismissed for a tussle with Paynter.

Manager Darren Way made one change the starting eleven that drew with Luton Town ten days earlier. Ryan Bird replaced Harry Cornick following a spell on the sidelines with an illness. Captain Darren Ward returned to the bench after recovering from his knee injury and he was joined by fellow centre back Alex Lacey, who returned following a three game suspension after being sent off in the FA Cup replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park.

The home side, under new manager Craig Hignett came flying out the traps and almost opened the scoring after a matter of seconds. A cross from the left wing found its way to Luke James at the back post, but thankfully his effort skimmed the top of the cross bar and went out for a goal kick.

With Town growing more and more into the game they forced their first corner after 18 minutes, when Bird’s shot from distance was deflected over. From the resulting set piece, centre back Nathan Smith popped up at the back post to unleash a left-footed volley that left keeper rooted to the spot, only to see his effort come crashing back off the post.

Town were dealt a blow after 26 minutes when Jack Compton, who was returning to his former club was forced off with an injury, to be replaced by Cornick.

The Glovers nearly fell behind on 39 minutes when a free kick from the left was met at the back post by Paynter, but some how keeper Krysiak managed to tip his effort wide from point blank range.

At the start of the second half Town started the brighter of the two teams. A smart run on the left wing from Cornick saw Roberts find him with a neat pass, but the assistant raised his flag for offside.

Just moments later the home side forced a corner when Michael Woods’ shot was blocked, from the corner Town broke away quickly thanks to Cornick, just as the Bournemouth loanee looked to cross he was tackled, but the loose ball fell to Zoko, who curled the ball just wide of the upright.

Ten minutes into the second period the impressive Walsh nearly scored his second goal in green and white. A surging run from the centre circle saw space open up, but the midfielder’s shot went narrowly wide of the target.

The home side took the lead on 59 minutes when referee Wright pointed to the spot following a Sokolik foul on Thomas. The decision was a close call as the foul looked from the press box to have occurred outside the area. Paynter stepped up and despite Krysiak diving the right way made the score 1-0 to the hosts.

The home side doubled their lead with just under 20 minutes to go. A corner from the right was met at the back post by defrender Jackson, whose powerful header hit the underside of the bar and into the back of the net.

With just over ten minutes remaining Town were reduced to ten men when Smith was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Paynter. Referee Mr Wright showed Smith a straight red and the Pools striker a yellow. Shortly after the incident the goal scorer was substituted to avoid him picking up another booking.

The fourth official signaled four minutes to be added on and with just two minutes of that remaining Town pulled a goal back. A great cross from the right wing from Cornick found Zoko at the back post, who headed home past Carson.

TODAY’S MATCH V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE POSTPONED

Today’s match against Plymouth Argyle has been postponed due to waterlogged pitch.

Despite the best efforts of the ground staff and volunteers to get the game on, the heavy rain after the covers were removed referee Mr Collins deemed the playing surface unplayable.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP CLEAR COVERS FROM PITCH

Yeovil Town are asking for fans to volunteer and help remove covers ahead of the match against Plymouth Argyle.

With heavy rain forecast over night the club have covered the pitch to protect the playing surface from the elements.

Anyone able to help are asked to report to the Huish Park reception at 10am.

YEOVIL TOWN AND CARLISLE UNITED FINED BY FA


Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been fined £3,000 and £2,000 respectively following an FA misconduct charge.

 

It was alleged that in or around the 78th minute of their FA Cup tie on 19 January 2016, both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

 

Yeovil admitted the charge with mitigation whilst Carlisle denied it, however, their case was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday 4 February 2016.

 

Both clubs were also warned as to their future conduct.

CALL FOR MEMORIES AND MEMORABILIA OF 1966

Call for Memories and Memorabilia of 1966 from Yeovil Town fans on behalf of National Football Museum

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There is no question about it – no other anniversary in English football, indeed English sport, has the significance of 1966. It marked a high point in English international football which has not been matched since.

In recognition of this iconic year in English sport I am very proud to support the Memories of ’66 Heritage Project, being launched by the National Football Museum in Manchester and funded by both The Football Association and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will gather memories about 1966 – the year England hosted and won the World Cup.

These memories will be collected in partnership with the Sporting Memories Network (SMN), a charity that works nationally with older people to bring about health and well-being benefits through celebrating memories of sport.

I am writing to you, as supporters of Yeovil Town and of English football, for your memories, photographs and memorabilia of ‘66 to help us create a lasting legacy of this most special year.

The highlights will feature in a major exhibition to open at the National Football Museum in Manchester on 25 June and an exhibition at Wembley in time for the 50th anniversary of the tournament in July.

If you were there in 1966 and would like to contribute to this unique project please submit your memories to:- memoriesof66@nationalfootballmuseum.com

Yours sincerely

Sir Bobby Charlton

President, National Football Museum

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when high flying Plymouth Argyle visit Huish Park with a 3pm kick off.

Darren Way’s side are on a decent run of form and with impressive stats and run of results behind them, confidence is high in the home dressing room.

Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Luton extending the undefeated run to four and with just one defeat in eight in all competitions, it’s no wonder that the prospect of facing the League Two leaders doesn’t breed fear quite like it used to.

The hero of the last few games has been Jack Compton, his hat trick against AFC Wimbledon and performances around that fixture have proved the catalyst for much of the success.

There is some good news regarding team selection this weekend too; Alex Lacey and Darren Ward could both be available for selection after missing the last few games.

Ward has been recovering from injury and Lacey has sat out the last three game through suspension.

The other question mark surrounds goalkeeper Artur Krysiak who was forced off in midweek.

He was replaced by Chris Weale and has been given the chance to prove his fitness this week.

Yeovil don’t have access to a super cold ice treatment room, so Krysiak was sent for a swim in the sea… on a cold February morning instead.

The Glovers only names six subs in midweek with Iffy Allen and Shaun Jeffers departing on transfer deadline day.

With a couple faces potentially returning, there could be a full bench once more for Way to pick from.

Opponents, Plymouth are currently second in the table having dropped off top spot relinquishing that to Northampton.

The Pilgrims have only won one of their last four game losing twice to fellow promotion chasers Wycombe and Northampton that spell.

The 1-0 loss last week was the first time they had failed to score a goal in a league match since October.

Plymouth’s only major Deadline Day deal saw them add some fire power in the form of former Manchester United trainee Daniel Nardiello from Bury.

A win for Plymouth could see them return to the top of the pile – with a sold out away end there will plenty of Pilgrims there to cheer them on.

On the other side, a Yeovil win could see them jump up another place, depending on how Newport County get on.

Plenty of incentive for both sides in this local clash then and you can be there to see Darren Way’s new, exciting side take on some of the best in the league.

Huish Park is the place to be this Saturday.

Last time we met

The first game between the two teams this season came on Boxing Day when a single goal was enough to give The Pilgrims a home win.

Ryan Brunt scored the winner in the second half after pouncing on a spill by goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Despite the relative locality of the two sides and both team’s extended spells in the Football League, since the turn of the millennium, the two have only crossed paths in one other season, the 2010/11 campaign.

The two league games came within one month and one day of each other in early 2011 and in 180 minutes, just one goal was scored – an Andy Williams deflected effort an hour into the second fixture at Huish Park.

However, since then, the sides have played three times in pre-season friendlies with Yeovil coming out on top in each occasion.

In 2012, Reuben Reid – now of the Pilgrims scored a hat trick in a pre-season thrashing, a year later and it was the lethal combo of Hayter and Madden that did the trick before Liam Davis and Sam Hoskins scored late goals to secure a win in the summer of 2014.

Tickets

Tickets for the game are, as always, available in all the usual ways.

Click HERE and purchase your tickets online if you have a client reference number, call the ticket office on 01935 874888 or pop down to Huish Park at any stage right up until kick off.

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.

VOLUNTEERS POTENTIALLY NEEDED TO HELP COVER PITCH

With more rain forecast for the next couple of days Town groundsman Richard Allsworth has appealed for fans help.

 

If the forecast remains the same and there is a need to cover the pitch, Richard would like fans to help ahead of Saturday’s fixture with Plymouth Argyle.

Fans are asked to potentially help on Friday afternoon. If you can help please email your contact details to info@ytfc.net and Richard will contact you.

Thank you in advance.

ARTUR HEADS TO THE SEASIDE TO AID RECOVERY

After picking up an injury in Tuesday night’s draw with Luton Town, keeper Artur Krysiak is facing a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s match against Plymouth Argyle.

Artur is due to head to Bath University to spend time in the hyrdo pool and ice bath, but the facility wasn’t available today.

Instead of waiting for the pool to become available, manager Darren Way sent Artur to West Bay to enter the sea to aid his recovery.

Darren said: "Artur has been icing his injury with the Game Ready device and will be going to Bath University to use their hydro pool. Unfortunately this wasn’t available today, so the next best thing was the sea at West Bay and fingers crossed it will help be fit for the weekend."

TICKET PRICES FOR TOWN’S TRIP TO HARTLEPOOL REDUCED

Tickets for Town’s long trip to Hartlepool have now been reduced in price.

Hartlepool have reduced the prices for the trip on Saturday 13th February to the following prices for both home and away fans.

Adults – £12

Concessions (Over 60, under 19 and students) – £6

Any fans that have already purchased their tickets at the normal prices can claim a refund from the Ticket Office at Huish Park.

REPORT: LUTON TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town travelled to face former Glover Nathan Jones’ Luton Town and returned home with a well earned point.

The Glovers took the lead in the second half through Liam Walsh before being pegged back by a stunning strike from Alan Sheehan with ten minutes to go.

Town made one change from the team that beat AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. With Shaun Jeffers departing on loan to Woking, manager Darren Way selected the fit again Harry the left of Cornick in to start on a front three.

In a quiet opening 20 minutes both sides didn’t really test either keeper. Krysiak had to gather a long range shot at the second attempt after the ball bounced just in front of the Polish shot stopper.

At the other end, Town’s first shot came from the returning Cornick when he struck a half-volley that keeper Justham gathered easily.

Just before the half time interval Cornick stung the palms of Justham with a shot from 20 yards. The Luton stopper parried the shot in front himself but former Town loanee Jake Howells cleared away whilst under pressure from Compton, who was adjudged offside following the fumble.

The biggest cheer of the first half was heard for referee Mr Miller when he tackled Matty Dolan, just as the midfielder was going to unleash a left footed strike at goal.

The home side ended the first period on the front foot with crosses coming from both wings, but the Glovers held firm to end the first half level at 0-0.

Town made their first change of the match after 49 minutes when Cornick was replaced by Kevin Dawson.

Five minutes into the second half and the home side managed to get a clear shot at goal when Alex Lawless broke through the back line following a neat through ball from Mackail-Smith, but Krysiak was quick off his line to save the shot.

Town were dealt a blow when Krysiak was forced off the field after he picked up a knock when trying to gather a Luton corner. The Town number one was replaced by Chris Weale.

The Glovers took the lead on 70 minutes when loanee Walsh slotted home from 12 yards. The youngster, who has impressed since joining on loan from Premier League side Everton had his initial shot blocked in the area, but his persistence paid off when the loose ball fell to his feet and he slotted home, much to the delight of the 132 travelljng fans.

Just moments later Town nearly doubled their lead when Jack Compton let fly from just outside of the area, but was denied by Justham.

With just under 10 minutes of the match remaining the home side drew level. A corner from the Luton left was collected by Sheehan at the back post. The defender’s volley from the corner of the box left Weale with no chance as it nestled in the top corner of the goal.

With seven minutes signaled by the fourth official the home side started to press for a winner and it nearly came deep into injury time. Cameron McGeehan pounced on a fumble by Weale, but thankfully his effort hit the post and Town managed to clear.

SHAUN JEFFERS JOINS WOKING ON LOAN

Yeovil Town can confirm that yesterday evening Shaun Jeffers completed a loan move to Woking.

Striker Shaun has joined the National League side for a month after paperwork was completed ahead of the 11pm deadline.

Since joining the Glovers during the summer, Shaun has made 30 appearances, scoring three goals.

PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action tonight with an away trip to Luton Town.

The game kicks off at 7:45pm at Kenilworth Road and is an ALL TICKET game for away fans.

The Glovers have been in something of a run of form of late and will be hoping for another positive result to continue their resurgence.

Back to back wins over Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon have boosted the club’s confidence as Darren Way’s side have now only lost once in the last seven games.

That defeat was to Morecambe and anyone who witnessed the game will confirm that the Glovers had enough chances to get a result in three or four games.

Performances have been improving steadily under Way and the form of Jack Compton and Liam Walsh have both stood out of late.

Compton’s hat-trick on Saturday – his first of his career – cemented his place as not only a fan’s favourite, but also as one of the first names on the team sheet.

This match serves as the last one that Alex Lacey will miss through suspension, the central defender will be available again for Saturday’s game vs Plymouth.

At the other end of the pitch, the returning Harry Cornick – on loan from Bournemouth – was a nice surprise for Yeovil fans on Saturday.

He replaced Ryan Bird in the squad, he missed out through illness and he will be hoping to return this midweek. Darren Ward will be hoping to return sooner rather than later too, with Simon Gillett making his first appearance in over a year on Saturday – the injury list has got progressively smaller.

One man who won’t be representing Yeovil is winger Iffy Allen who has joined Torquay on a permanent deal in a late Transfer Deadline Day deal.

Our hosts this Tuesday, Luton Town have changed manager since we last played, John Still has departed and the new gaffer needs little to no introduction to Yeovil fans.

The former left back, Nathan Jones is now the top man at Luton Town joining earlier this month.

Jones has been in charge for just three games thus far, overseeing a draw against Cambridge, a win over Mansfield and a defeat on Saturday against Notts County.

Whilst preparing for those games, Jones has been busy reshaping his squad with both incomings and outgoings already confirmed.

Alan Sheehan – a free kick specialist defender – has joined from Bradford and Joe Pigott has joined from Charlton on loan.

On the way out is Scott Griffiths who has joined Woking and Alan Parry has joined Barrow.

One player who has featured prominently under Jones is Jake Howells, the midfielder returned to Luton from a loan spell in Yeovil back in October.

Howells played six times for the Glovers and has played the full 90 minutes for Luton in all three games since the arrival of Nathan Jones.

Yeovil are heading to Kenilworth Road with form on their side and three points could see them jump another place above Hartlepool if results go their way.

Last time we met

Earlier in this campaign, Yeovil came from 2-0 down to beat Luton 3-2 at Huish Park.

The game, which saw the Glovers gain their first points of the season, flipped on it’s head once Craig Mackail Smith and Paul Benson had got the visitors off to a great start.

However, Stephen Arthurworrey got one back before Ryan Bird notched twice to secure all three points.

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

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

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

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

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are NOT available to supporters on the night and must be purchased in advance.

Call the ticket office BEFORE 12 noon on match day on 01935 847888 if you wish to purchase your ticket for the fixture.

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.

DARREN WAY NOMINATED FOR MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARD

Town manager Darren Way has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two ‘Manager of the Month Award’ for January.

After guiding the Glovers to three wins in four Sky Bet League Two games, Darren has been nominated for the award, which will be decided and announced on Friday 5th February.

The full list of nominees are below:

Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)
Entertainment all the way from Ardley’s team in January. The emphasis he places on attack draws in the crowds and accounted for three wins and 11 goals from four games as the Dons moved into the Play-Off picture.

Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)
Juggled his squad impressively through a crowded seven-game programme in all competitions, amassing 10 points from five league games – including a 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley – to stay in Play-Off contention.

Darren Way (Yeovil Town)
As first managerial jobs go, taking over a team bottom of the Sky Bet Football League must rank as the toughest. Two months in, Way has bred confidence, instilled organisation and led his side to three wins in four January games.

Chris Wilder (Northampton Town)

Having steered his side through the financial uncertainty of autumn, Wilder has ensured that harmony off the pitch hasn’t sated the hunger on it. A vital win at rivals Plymouth Argyle underpinned a maximum 12-point haul and sent the Cobblers top.

ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5 2016

The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.

IFFY ALLEN JOINS TORQUAY UNITED


Yeovil Town can confirm that Iffy Allen has this evening joined Torquay United on a permanent deal.

Midfielder Iffy departs Town after signing a one-year deal in the summer following his release from Barnet.

During his stay at Huish Park Iffy made 16 appearances in the green and white hoops.

Everyone at Huish Park wishes Iffy well for the future.

TICKETS: DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to face Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday 27th February are now available from the ticket office at Huish Park.

The fixture against John Still’s Daggers will be the annual Daggers Against Racism day and advance tickets have been reduced, but will revert to normal match day prices on the day of the game.

Prices are as follows:

Advanced Prices

Adults – £9.99

Over 65 and Students with valid ID and aged 10-16 – £4.99

Under 10 – FREE with paying adult

Matchday Prices

Adults – £21

Over 65 and Students with valid ID – £15

Under 16 – £12

LUTON TOWN TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE UNTIL 5PM

Tickets for tomorrow night’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at Luton Town remain on sale from Huish Park.

Fans are reminded that the game is ALL TICKET and no tickets will be available on the evening.

Tickets will remain on sale from the ticket office at Huish Park until 5pm today. To book your tickets call 01935 847888.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 65 and Under 22 – £13

Over 75 – £10

Under 18 – £6

Under10 – £3