Month: April 2016

REPORT: BARNET V YEOVIL TOWN

In an amazing game at Barnet where Town were 3-1 down the Glovers returned home with all three points after a dramatic 4-3 win.

Town fell behind midway through the first half and the home side doubled their lead from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half after Akinde was fouled in the area.

The Glovers pulled a goal back via a Matt Dolan 20-yard strike before Akinde made it 3-1. Yeovil then pulled another goal back thanks to Nathan Smith’s header befire pulling level with 15 minutes to go after Francois Zoko scored.

In the dying stages Harry Cornick made it 4-3 following a superb break from a Barnet corner.

Manager Darren Way made on change to his starting eleven with Marc Laird making a return in the place of Harry Cornick.

On five minutes the home side nearly opened the scoring when a corner from the left was met by the head of Dembele at the back post. His header looped over Krysiak but Ryan Dickson was on the line to head away any danger.

 Barnet took the lead on 22 minutes after Town failed to clear their lines. A cross from the Barnet left from Akinde was met at the back post by James Pearson who crossed back across the goal into the path of Gash, whose shot hit the ground and looped over Krysiak into the top corner of the net.

Just after the half hour mark Town nearly drew level. A free kick on the right wing was swung in by Dolan and with Stephens back pedaling the ball bounced back off the cross bar and the home side managed to clear away to safety.

With five minutes of the first half remaining Town had their best chance of the half. A superb ball from Dolan found the run of Laird, but with just the keeper to beat the Scot sent his header over the bar.

Town started the second period very brightly and nearly equalised within seconds of the second half startings. Zoko beat his marker to the ball to get enough space in the area to fire a shot at goal. Keeper Stephens made a good save with his chest and the ball fell to Laird, but shot was well blocked by defender Nelson.

Despite the bright start by the Glovers to the second half the home side made it 2-0 after 52 minutes. Barnet striker Akinde was fouled inside the area by Alex Lacey leaving referee Stockbridge no option but to award a penalty. The former Bristol City striker dusted himself down to send Krysiak the wrong way to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Town pulled a goal back within five minutes when a 20-yard strike from midfielder Dolan beat the full stretched Stephens and nestled into the bottom corner.

Just afte the hour mark Akinde scored his second of the afternoon when he latched onto a long ball over the top to head over Krysiak into an empty net.

Moments later Town made it 3-2. A corner from the right was whipped in by goal scorer Dolan. Defender Smith timed his run right to meet the ball with his head to nod home past Stephens, to score only his second ever career goal.

Town made it 3-3 with 15 minutes remaining when Zoko twisted and turned his way into space to fire a low effort past Stephens, much to the delight of the noisy travelling fans in the away end.

The home side had the ball in the net in injury time, but scorer Akinde was deemed to have fouled Lacey in the build up.

Town secured the win in the dying stages when Krysiak gathered a corner and released Walsh, who broke quickly to release Cornick, who made no mistake in slotting home to make it 4-3.

Match Report : 30/04/2016

In an amazing game at Barnet where Town were 3-1 down the Glovers returned home with all three points after a dramatic 4-3 win.

Town fell behind midway through the first half and the home side doubled their lead from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half after Akinde was fouled in the area.

The Glovers pulled a goal back via a Matt Dolan 20-yard strike before Akinde made it 3-1. Yeovil then pulled another goal back thanks to Nathan Smith’s header befire pulling level with 15 minutes to go after Francois Zoko scored.

In the dying stages Harry Cornick made it 4-3 following a superb break from a Barnet corner.

Manager Darren Way made on change to his starting eleven with Marc Laird making a return in the place of Harry Cornick.

On five minutes the home side nearly opened the scoring when a corner from the left was met by the head of Dembele at the back post. His header looped over Krysiak but Ryan Dickson was on the line to head away any danger.

 Barnet took the lead on 22 minutes after Town failed to clear their lines. A cross from the Barnet left from Akinde was met at the back post by James Pearson who crossed back across the goal into the path of Gash, whose shot hit the ground and looped over Krysiak into the top corner of the net.

Just after the half hour mark Town nearly drew level. A free kick on the right wing was swung in by Dolan and with Stephens back pedaling the ball bounced back off the cross bar and the home side managed to clear away to safety.

With five minutes of the first half remaining Town had their best chance of the half. A superb ball from Dolan found the run of Laird, but with just the keeper to beat the Scot sent his header over the bar.

Town started the second period very brightly and nearly equalised within seconds of the second half startings. Zoko beat his marker to the ball to get enough space in the area to fire a shot at goal. Keeper Stephens made a good save with his chest and the ball fell to Laird, but shot was well blocked by defender Nelson.

Despite the bright start by the Glovers to the second half the home side made it 2-0 after 52 minutes. Barnet striker Akinde was fouled inside the area by Alex Lacey leaving referee Stockbridge no option but to award a penalty. The former Bristol City striker dusted himself down to send Krysiak the wrong way to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Town pulled a goal back within five minutes when a 20-yard strike from midfielder Dolan beat the full stretched Stephens and nestled into the bottom corner.

Just after the hour mark Akinde scored his second of the afternoon when he latched onto a long ball over the top to head over Krysiak into an empty net.

Moments later Town made it 3-2. A corner from the right was whipped in by goal scorer Dolan. Defender Smith timed his run right to meet the ball with his head to nod home past Stephens, to score only his second ever career goal.

Town made it 3-3 with 15 minutes remaining when Zoko twisted and turned his way into space to fire a low effort past Stephens, much to the delight of the noisy travelling fans in the away end.

The home side had the ball in the net in injury time, but scorer Akinde was deemed to have fouled Lacey in the build up.

Town secured the win in the dying stages when Krysiak gathered a corner and released Walsh, who broke quickly to release Cornick, who made no mistake in slotting home to make it 4-3.

PREVIEW: BARNET V YEOVIL TOWN

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

The penultimate game of the season pits two sides playing for positions in midtable with both sides comfortably safe from the drop.

Barnet lie in 15th place while the Glovers have made themselves comfortable in 20th.

Five places separate the sides, but that gap is a full 14 points, too big to try and bridge before the season is over but there are other modes of motivating the squad.

Gaffer Darren Way is beginning to mould his ideas and squad for next season and has said he is judging everyone’s endeavour over the final games as to who may or may not get a contract.

Elsewhere, he could also make a couple of changes with Yeovil record breaker Ollie Bassett making the match day squad a couple of times recently.

We know that skipper Darren Ward and his central defensive partner Jakub Sokolik are both missing through injury with Alex Lacey and Nathan Smith getting plaudits from fans for their performances.

Eagle eyed fans who took the chance to look through the images of a recent training session on the various YTFC social network will have noticed Omar Sowunmi back in training.

The tall striker/central defender has returned from a long term injury and will be itching to make an impression on the side before the season comes to an end.

One note for Darren Way to consider is which of the six loanees misses out.

Harry Cornick got the goal against Northampton at the weekend, while Connor Roberts has been a virtual ever present at the back.

One of the others is likely to sit out with Brandon Goodship missing out last time.

The Glovers form is pretty good having held champions Northampton to a draw last week and having only lost to local rivals Bristol City and Exeter since the middle of March.

As for Barnet, they too drew 1-1 last Saturday.

The draw with Mansfield saw John Akinde open the scoring before seeing their league pegged back later on.

The Bees’ line up included former Glover Bondz N’Gala at the heart of defence and they too have been including a number of younger members of their squad on match days.

It’s the final away day of the season… it certainly hasn’t been boring for the Glovers’ travelling faithful, show your support one last time on the road this Saturday and make sure you get your tickets for the final home game next Saturday against Leyton Orient.

Last time we met

The two teams have already met twice this season, once in the League and once in the early rounds of the JPT.

In the cup, a second half own goal saw the Glovers progress, while in the league game it was a dramatic late comeback from the Green and Whites.

Aaron McClean had put the away side two goals to the good, but Francois Zoko netted twice in the last ten minutes to earn a point.

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

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

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

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

Tickets

Tickets for the game are available from either the Huish Park ticket office or from the ground on the day.

Barnet are doing some work to their stadium so all travelling Glovers fans will be housed in the one stand on the West side of the ground.

Adult tickets are £23 with concessions available for over 64s and under 19s (£12) and Under 14s for £5.

Commentary and Social Media

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

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN LADIES V OXFORD UNITED

This may be the toughest season Yeovil Town’s Sarah Wiltshire has faced yet in the FA Women’s Super League, but Wiltshire is adamant the Glovers boast a better squad than their nearest rivals.

Yeovil have begun their season with a clean sweep of results, as their 1-1 draw with Millwall Lionesses on Sunday leaves them with a win, a draw and a loss from their opening three games.

It was Wiltshire who grabbed the crucial equaliser at home to the Lionesses, her third goal already this season having returned from Manchester City midway through the last campaign.

And despite being held to a draw by Millwall, with Oxford United the second side to visit Huish Park in four days, the 24-year-old is expecting more success.“I think this year will be the toughest it has ever been in WSL 2, you look at the fixture list and you realise every game is going to be hard,” she said.

“The people we have brought in have been brilliant though, our Welsh internationals and Atlanta Primus who is doing really well in the England Under-19s set-up. So I believe we have one of the best squads in the league.“It’s great to have two back-to-back home games at Huish Park, which has a great surface and the fans really get on your side.

“So hopefully we can make the most of our second game and get the three points.”

Meanwhile, Oxford’s Lauren Haynes insists that despite a difficult start to their own WSL 2 campaign, her side are not yet feeling the heat at the foot of the table.

Three defeats from three so far, where they shipped five goals in both their matches against Millwall and Durham, have left Haynes’ side staring up at the teams above them – but the 20-year-old midfielder believes this is the week Oxford turn things around.

She said: “Yeovil will be a tight one, they’ve beaten Watford so will be looking to kick on from that.

“With the start we had we just have to treat every game as it comes and not let other people’s results, or our previous results, affect how we play on the day.

“We’re confident that with a couple of changes to the way we started the season, the results will come.

“We’ve conceded a few too many goals but we’re working on that as a team and hopefully we can be stronger at the back this week.”

EARLY BIRD SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

Season tickets for 2016/17 are now available, and supporters are once again rewarded with ‘early bird’ prices saving up to £165. This offer works out at as little as £12.83 per match* and is available until May 7th.

Tickets for under 16s have again been frozen and the early bird price is just £39.

A season ticket remains superb value and includes 23 home league games, priority booking for cup and play-off fixtures and further priority for away allocations.

The cost of a ticket can be spread over ten months with the first payment taken a month after application followed by nine equal instalments. To find out more about the package click here.

 As the tickets went on sale at Huish Park manager Darren Way said: “Our fans have been fantastic, our players are showing fantastic commitment, and my aim is to given them all fantastic value for money.

“In my few short months as manager of this great club we have achieved a phenomenal amount together, and I assure you it is not going to stop there. My message to our loyal fans is to stay strong and let’s keep marching on together in unity.”

The easiest way to renew or upgrade your season ticket is to click here (from 10am on Thursday 7th April) or call the ticket office on 01935 847888. Alternatively, you can visit the ticket office or download the application form by clicking here.

*Prices based on adults on the Thatchers Gold Terrace.

‘YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE CLUB IS STAYING ALIVE’ – DARREN WAY

Yeovil manager Darren Way says Northampton was a good barometer for his squad ahead of next season.

Harry Cornick’s first-half header gave the Glovers the lead over the League Two leaders, which was cancelled out by Nicky Adams.

And Way believes the way that his team more than stood their ground against a team nineteen places above them in the table shows what the current Yeovil squad can do with a clean slate next season.

Way explained, “They’re a very good team. I’ve got so much respect for them because of the adversity they’ve dealt with, things like players not being paid. But they’ve stood strong, and you can see they’re a good footballing side.

“But there was times where I thought my players went up against them excellently, pressed them well and caused them problems. It shows we’re not far off and playing against them is a good test.

“What you can see is our group of players have not switched off yet, and that’s amazing.”

The Yeovil boss added that with a bit more attacking potency, his side can improve for next season.

“I thought the boys applied unbelievable force because of the results Northampton have had. 22 games unbeaten suggests to me they’re a team you’ve got to respect, but I thought our players were excellent.

“Is there more? Yes, we know there is more. I just think we need that little bit more in the final third to make sure we win more games, I think that’s the difference.”

Goalscorer Harry Cornick came into the side after being on the bench for the visit to Wycombe Wanderers in the week, and his manager praised the 21-year-old.

“He had the opportunity today,” said Way, “and you could see in the first half that he wasn’t going to give up.

“His header reflects that, we’ve been working on that and he showed great bravery, something that you need to have at this football club.”

With Football League status assured for next season, the Town boss said that the performances against Wycombe and the Cobblers gives him a lot of hope for next season, with planning for the 2016/17 campaign soon to take place.

Way explained, “You could see is the whole club is staying alive for next season, and looking at the last two games there’s a lot of positives to take into next year.

“I said to the players ‘I’ve been honest to you and you’ve been loyal to me, and I’ll start speaking to you soon’. Hopefully we’ll sit down with the board and we can start identifying the ones we want for next year.”

‘I THINK IT WAS MY FIRST HEADED GOAL’ – HARRY CORNICK

Yeovil winger Harry Cornick says the point gained against League Two champions Northampton was a good one, after he scored an uncharacteristic header!

The wideman, who has spent the season at Huish Park on loan from Premier League newboys AFC Bournemouth, managed to outjump Cobblers’ keeper Adam Smith to give Darren Way’s men an early lead.

Although Northampton equalized through Nicky Adams with ten minutes of the first half left, Cornick was left happy with his goal even if it wasn’t quite how he normally scores them!

“We’ve been working on that in training,” said the winger, “I’m not the best with my headers and I always get a bit of stick by the gaffer and Terry for not being able to head it!

“I think it is my first headed goal professionally; I scored one in non-league and I was mobbed by everyone, no one thought I could head it! Today I just stuck my head in; it bounced off me and went in so I’m buzzing with the goal today.

“It’s a good result against the league champions and you can see why they’re there, they played well. But the first ten minutes we came out of the blocks flying, we got the ball and played our football. We deserved a point and maybe more.”

Cornick’s loan spell in Somerset has been a successful one, with the 21-year-old making 40 appearances and scoring seven goals whilst in the green and white hoops.

And the winger says he’ll take back to the Vitality Stadium in the summer what he has learned from the senior pros in the Yeovil squad.

“It’s been unreal, the lads here have been brilliant for me,” said Cornick.

“The experienced guys have always been there for me, both Kevin Dawson and Wardy have been great with me; they’ve all helped me understand what it’s like to be play professional football for a whole season.

“I’m thankful for Paul Sturrock for bringing me here, and under Darren Way I think I’ve improved massively, so I can go back to Bournemouth and show them how much I’ve improved.”

The wideman signed a new two-year-deal at Bournemouth this week off the back of his performances at  however concede that the physical nature on the training ground was something that he had to get used to!

“I’ve been working to get a new deal at Bournemouth.

 “I’m delighted to sign it, and they’ve been watching me here and hopefully I’ve been impressing so it’s nice to know I’m wanted there. It’s been a really good week for me!

“In training I do get fouled a lot, they don’t really give fouls here! I’ve had to get used to that. It’s physical in this league but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it."

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN LADIES V MILLWALL LIONESSES

In an evenly-contested opening 45 minutes it was the Yeovil who looked the more likely to open the scoring with a succession of dangerous corners.

But it was the Lionesses who took the lead into half time after a dubious free kick was awarded which the Yeovil defence and goalkeeper didn’t deal with.

The Yeovil keeper came for a deep free-kick only for Fliss Gibbons to get to the ball first and loop a header into the empty net after 43 minutes.

After the break Yeovil pushed in search of an equaliser and came close just before the hour mark when both Nicola Cousins and Sarah Wiltshire were denied by the woodwork in quick succession.

But Yeovil and Wiltshire weren’t to be denied for long as after great work by debutant Jessie Jones, she pulled a low cross back, which Heatherson left for the on rushing Wiltshire, who emphatically fired it home from just inside the box.

Both sides came close to stealing victory at the death as first Yeovil’s Annie Heatherson had a goal ruled out for offside before Lucy Loomes’ effort was saved well by Haynes at the other end as both teams shared the spoils at Huish Park.

Yeovil Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins; Helen Bleazard, Steph Williams, Ellie Curson, Sarah Wiltshire, Kelly Snook; Annie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence

Substitutes: Jessie Jones for Lawrence 73, Natasha Knapman for Williams 89.

Substitutes not used: Ellis Hillman, Emily Donovan, Leah Burridge, Charlotte Johnson, Sammy Quayle.

Bookings: Cousins (70)

Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill; Leanne Cowen, Leighanne Robe, Grace Fisk, Frankie Strugnell; Lily Maple, Dan Carlton, Ciara Sherwood; Megan Wynne, Lucy Loomes, Fliss Gibbons.

Substitutes: Emilie Heaslip for Maple 45, Ashlee Hincks for Sherwood 60, Naomie Cole for Cowen 81.

Substitutes not used: Leigh Nicol, Amber Gaylor, Rinsola Babajide, Chloe Burr.

Bookings:

Referee: Mark Pottage

Attendance: 831

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN LADIES V MILLWALL LIONESSES

If Yeovil are to challenge at the top of the FA WSL 2 table, this coming week could be season-defining – and the importance of their three-game stretch is not lost on Sarah Wiltshire.

The Lady Glovers bounced back from their opening-day defeat to Bristol City in FA WSL 2 by taking away three points from Watford last week.But next week is when their campaign truly starts, as they face Millwall Lionesses twice and Oxford over a six-day period.

First up is Millwall – in their first league game at Huish Park this season – and Wiltshire insists an improved squad is more than ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

“Promotion is our goal but we have to take each game as it comes and we’ve got a tough week ahead, with three games in the space of six days,” said the forward.

“But from having brought in more players, we’ve got a bigger squad so hopefully we can cope with that.

“Millwall have always been a strong team and they’ve also improved their squad – and that shows because they’ve started the season well. So we’ve got to be at our best.

“We did well to come back from two goals behind against Bristol, but we were disappointed not to get anything out of that game. But then to get the three points against Watford has given us something to build from.”

While it is still early days, Millwall look a team transformed in 2016 with four points out of a possible six already under their belts. Compare that to last season, in which they only picked up 12 points in FA WSL 2 all year, and there’s little wonder why midfielder Ciara Sherwood believes her side are going from strength to strength.

“Yeovil were one of the best teams we played against last season and it will be a challenge but we feel we can get something positive out of the game,” she said.

“Before their game with Watford we would have been expecting a really hard challenge and while I am not saying it won’t be, we can take a lot of confidence knowing Watford went so close against them.

“We know we can score goals now and I reckon it will be a very good game.

“The season so far has been really positive, especially the draw against Everton. It showed how far we have come compared to last season.”

The game at Huish Park kicks off at 2.00pm and tickets can be booked in advance by clicking here or paying cash of the turnstile (£5.00 adults / £2.50 concessions)

DSA END-OF-SEASON MEAL CANCELLED

The End of Season Meal which was planned to take place in the Legends Lounge this Monday 25 April has had to be cancelled, as we have been advised that the lift has been broken today (Saturday 23 April) and that it will take a week to repair.

As a large number of our members need the lift to get to the Legends Lounge we had no other option available.

Every effort was made to try to arrange another date but we were unable to resolve several problems. We apologise for this short notice but have contacted everyone who booked, as far as we are aware.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Yeovil played out an energetic 1-1 draw with League Two champions Northampton Town in the Glovers’ first game at Huish Park since confirming their Football League status for next season.

Harry Cornick’s early header gave Town the lead against the Cobblers, but Adams’ third goal of the season meant Chris Wilder’s men left Somerset with a share of the spoils.

Darren Way made two changes for the visit of the recently crowned League Two champions. Tahvon Campbell and former Cobbler Ben Tozer dropped out of the starting eleven, being replaced by Liam Shephard and Cornick.

It was the Bournemouth loanee who would open the scoring in a rather bizarre fashion. Shephard’s long-range shot looped up towards Cornick free in the six-yard box, and the winger outjumped the static Adam Smith, who expected the linesman’s flag, to give the Glovers the lead after just seven minutes.

Former Town striker Sam Hoskins had a great chance to equalise on the 15 minute mark after he wriggled free in the box following a free-kick, but the forward’s flicked header went straight to Yeovil goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.

Town were enjoying their football on a sunny day at Huish Park. Liam Walsh and Connor Roberts combined well to send the right-back into the box, and his cut-back to Francois Zoko found the striker in space but Northampton’s defence got bodies in the way to send the shot behind for a corner.

The visitors got back on level terms with ten minutes of the half left. Danny Rose found time and space in the box to cross to the back post, and striker John Marquis’ knockdown found Adams free to nod home the equaliser from point-blank range.

The second half started with Yeovil shooting towards the home support, but it was the away side who looked more threatening just after the interval. Zoko was unlucky to not put Town in front, with his shot from ten yards going over into the terrace behind the goal.

Walsh nearly put Yeovil back in front with half an hour of the game to go but the youngster’s free kick from 25 yards just skimmed the bar as it went over. Marc Laird and Jack Compton were introduced by Way as Town looked to win what was an end-to-end game against the league winners.

Compton’s whipped free-kick into the box found the head of Alex Lacey but the centre-back’s header went straight into the arms of Smith. But the third goal of the game never arrived, and with both sides in celebratory mood shared a point in an entertaining game at Huish Park.

Yeovil: Krysiak; Roberts, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Shephard, Walsh, Dolan (Laird 63′); Cornick (Campbell 80′), Lita (Compton 68′), Zoko.

Subs not used: Weale, Tozer, Bird, Jeffers.

NTFC: Smith; Lelan, Diamond, McDonald, Buchanan; Holmes, O’Toole, Rose, Adams (D’Ath 75′); Hoskins (Potter 59′), Marquis (Collins 62′).

Subs not used: Taylor, Cresswell, Byrom, Clarke. 

Attendance: 4008

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday when the Glovers host the newly crowned Champions Northampton Town.

It is a clash of two sides with very different achievements in their recent past; Yeovil recently secured their future in League Two while Northampton ensured they’ll be leaving the division in the most desirable way.

In way, that makes this fixture something of a dead rubber in terms of league positions, but actually, both sides are beginning to look ahead.

Manager Darren Way has stated publicly this week that his ambition for the end of the season is to get as many fans through the doors and exciting for the future as he can.

On Tuesday, Yeovil drew with high flying Wycombe and could well have won the game at the death when at least one golden chance going begging.

That said, another top side is on the horizon and that no longer holds any fear for the Glovers.

There are a couple of selection issues for the gaffer this week, however with one stalwart from this season missing.

Jakub Sokolik has joined his fellow defensive partner Darren Ward on the sidelined having finally had surgery on a wrist injury.

The injury has been on the back burner for Sokolik for a while, he put his own recovery to one side for the good of the team.

That will likely mean a longer stint in the side for Alex Lacey who has earned his chance with a number of impressive cameo appearances.

The other issue surrounds which of the six loanees misses out. Brandon Goodship was the unlucky one to sit out on Tuesday but any of the borrowed squad members could be absent for this game.

Darren Way’s side has prided itself on an incredible clean sheet record of late, however Way is still yet to find his ideal forward line to score the goals at the other end.

As for our visitors, the Champions bring with them no fewer than three former Glovers in Lawson D’ath, Brendon Maloney and Sam Hoskins.

All three will be presented with medals at the end of the season but they will be among a group of players who will want to prove their worth for next season.

The Cobblers’ unbeaten run now stretches 21 games and dates right back until December 2015 and a defeat at the hands of Portsmouth.

Since then they’ve gained results against nearly everyone else in the division and will be wanting to see that run through until the end of the season.

Two teams who have really been up against some tough times this season cross at Huish Park both with positive outcomes of differing variants.

You can be there at Huish Park to cheer on the team this Saturday, see below for the ticketing details.

Last time we met

The two teams met for the first time since the 2008/09 season earlier this season. The game ended in a convincing 2-0 win for the Cobblers with a former Glover Lawson D’ath among the scorers.

In late march of 2009, the sides met with Yeovil wallowing in the relegation zone of League One needing a result to get out of the bottom three.

In a scene not too dissimilar from this Saturday’s circumstances, Yeovil rallied and ground out a vital 1-0 win.

A single Jon Obika strike was enough to split the two teams.

In the first fixture between the two that season, the result went the other way and the Cobblers came out on top with a 3-0 win.

That victory is the only one for the Cobblers in the head-to-head since they did the double over Yeovil in the 2003/04 season.

Tickets

As with all home games you have three main ways to purchase your ticket for this fixture.

In person – just come on down to the ground and buy with cash or card – or give us a call on 01935847888.

Or of course, pop online HERE and purchase your ticket online and collect it from the ticket office on match day.

However you buy your ticket, be sure to ask a member of the team about your season ticket options for next season, too.

Buying early is the best way to save money and spread the payments.

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.

FREE ENTRY FOR JUNIOR GLOVERS TO LADIES GAME ON SUNDAY

This coming Sunday’s Women’s Super League match at Huish Park, is being kindly sponsored by the Junior Glovers, and the Lady Glovers are therefore offering FREE entry to all of its members.

The Junior Glovers, which is the supporter base at Yeovil Town FC, is open to all children who are aged 15 years of age or under.

Members of the Junior Glovers who wish to attend the game for FREE, must bring their membership card to the game, where turnstiles open from 12.30pm for the 2.00pm ko.

You can find out more about the Junior Glovers by clicking here

REPORT: WYCOMBE WANDERERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town travelled to take play-off chasing Wycombe Wanderers and returned to Somerset with a well earned point following a 0-0 draw.

Leroy Lita earned a start following his goal in the 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers and was joined in a front three by Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell.

Town started brightly and could have opened the scoring after ten minutes. Superb hold up play by Campbell saw him lay the ball off to Zoko, who left the ball following a shout by Roberts. The Swansea loanee found himself inside the area with just Allsop to beat, but the shot stopper made a fine save to deny the young Welshman.

Five minutes later the home side once again had Allsop to thank for keeping the scores level. Strikers Zoko and Lita linked up well just outside the area with the former battling through the Wycombe back line to fire a shot at goal, but Allsop was again on hand to make a good save with his body.

Just after the half hour mark the home side had their first shot on goal when Michael Harriman found himself in the Town area, he let fly with a venomous left-footed shot, but Krysiak was equal to the effort and tipped his shot wide of the post.

Two minutes into the second half the home side thought they had taken the lead when Marcus Bean let fly with a half-volley from 25-yards, but with everyone expecting the net to ripple Town’s keeper pulled off a superb save to tip the ball over the bar.

From the resulting corner Krysiak made another fine save to tip a header around the post.

On 55 minutes Allsop was again called into action to deny Town. The home side failed to clear a deep free kick from Dolan, the loose ball fell to Dickson on the edge of the area but his left-footed volley was tipped over by the Wycombe number one.

With ten minutes to go Wycombe forced a corner on their right, which was whipped in onto the head of defender Pierre, but his header was cleared off the line by Dickson. Town broke quickly with Cornick crossing to Roberts, but the right-back’s effort was miss queued and the home side managed to clear.

With three minutes signaled by the fourth official the home side were denied again by Krysiak in the Town goal.

With less than 30 seconds of the three minutes remaining sub Ryan Bird latched onto a mistake to race clear. He crossed to fellow sub Marc Laird, but the midfielders effort somehow went wide of the target.

Match Report : 19/04/2016

Yeovil Town travelled to take play-off chasing Wycombe Wanderers and returned to Somerset with a well earned point following a 0-0 draw.

Leroy Lita earned a start following his goal in the 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers and was joined in a front three by Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell.

Town started brightly and could have opened the scoring after ten minutes. Superb hold up play by Campbell saw him lay the ball off to Zoko, who left the ball following a shout by Roberts. The Swansea loanee found himself inside the area with just Allsop to beat, but the shot stopper made a fine save to deny the young Welshman.

Five minutes later the home side once again had Allsop to thank for keeping the scores level. Strikers Zoko and Lita linked up well just outside the area with the former battling through the Wycombe back line to fire a shot at goal, but Allsop was again on hand to make a good save with his body.

Just after the half hour mark the home side had their first shot on goal when Michael Harriman found himself in the Town area, he let fly with a venomous left-footed shot, but Krysiak was equal to the effort and tipped his shot wide of the post.

Two minutes into the second half the home side thought they had taken the lead when Marcus Bean let fly with a half-volley from 25-yards, but with everyone expecting the net to ripple Town’s keeper pulled off a superb save to tip the ball over the bar.

From the resulting corner Krysiak made another fine save to tip a header around the post.

On 55 minutes Allsop was again called into action to deny Town. The home side failed to clear a deep free kick from Dolan, the loose ball fell to Dickson on the edge of the area but his left-footed volley was tipped over by the Wycombe number one.

With ten minutes to go Wycombe forced a corner on their right, which was whipped in onto the head of defender Pierre, but his header was cleared off the line by Dickson. Town broke quickly with Cornick crossing to Roberts, but the right-back’s effort was miss queued and the home side managed to clear.

With three minutes signaled by the fourth official the home side were denied again by Krysiak in the Town goal.

With less than 30 seconds of the three minutes remaining sub Ryan Bird latched onto a mistake to race clear. He crossed to fellow sub Marc Laird, but the midfielders effort somehow went wide of the target.

PREVIEW: WYCOMBE WANDERERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Tuesday night when the Glovers travel to Wycombe Wanderers.

This past Saturday gave the Yeovil fans a few mixed feelings as a negative result against local rivals was bettered by the news from other games.

Dagenham and York both lost meaning that Yeovil Town are safe and secure in League Two for next season.

The result completed an incredible turnaround for Darren Way’s men who looked destined for a third successive relegation.

Those fears are now in the past and this Tuesday’s fixture represents the start of the planning for next season.

Darren Way has said he will begin discussing the future of his players once survival was assured, but with just 72 hours between games, the focus may not have switched to the long term.

So, it’s full steam ahead for this Tuesday and the gaffer is going to have the same squad of players to choose from.

Once again, one of the six Glovers loanees will miss out, Harry Cornick was the unlucky one on Saturday and Darren Way will be making his mind up whether or not to change things around.

Leroy Lita’s consolation goal for the Glovers was his first in Yeovil colours, the strike will put his name back in line for a start after coming off the bench on his last few appearances.

Opponents, Wycombe are going into the game with hopes of extending their season beyond the next four fixtures.

Currently, the Chairboys are sitting in 8th place just two points below Wimbledon who lie in the final play-off place.

The Dons not only have that two point cushion but also a game in hand on Wycombe so a midweek win for the Blues will keep the pressure on those above them.

This past weekend, Wycombe let a 1-0 lead slip at home to Barnet to only take a point.

Paul Hayes opener was cancelled out by a late away goal and Gareth Ainsworth was left cursing a frustrating game.

Wycombe’s form prior to Saturday was a little bit patchy, draws followed defeats and they struggled to put a string of big results together.

Their team news surrounds midfielder Matt Bloomfield who missed out at the weekend following a broken arm he sustained against York.

The Glovers will know a lot about one of the opposition front men, as Gozie Ugwu has had two different spells at Huish Park.

The feeling of relief at League Two survival was palpable in the away end at Bristol Rovers and it will be all systems go again this Tuesday and Darren Way starts a different challenge as he tries to prevent complacency and keep the Glovers train going.

Last time we met

When the two sides met earlier this season, back on a cold Tuesday night in November, Wycombe came away with all three points.

A single Luke O’Nien goal after 70 minutes was all the separated the sides. The defeat sent Yeovil bottom of the league.

The two teams haven’t crossed paths since the season that saw Yeovil promoted out of League One, but it wasn’t a match for three points, rather it was the Johnstones Paint Trophy which pitted the two teams together.

In the southern area quarter final, Yeovil overcame Wanderers by a score of 2-0, goals from Ed Upson and Sam Foley sending the Glovers through to face Leyton Orient in the semi-finals.

Prior to that, the season before, the two teams met and on both occasions Yeovil came out on top.

It was a 1-0 win at Huish Park and a 3-2 win for the Glovers away from home.

In fact, Yeovil’s record in this fixture is pretty good, Wycombe haven’t won since the early 1990’s and Yeovil have won five out of the six league meetings as well as that aforementioned JPT game.

They couldn’t even record a win in a 2010 friendly game between the two sides.

Tickets

Tickets for the game are available from Huish Park today (Monday) but also available on the day.

Adult tickets purchased on the evening will set you back £22, with age bands for reduced entrance fees.

Over 60’s, those between 19-25 years old, and 18-year-old and under will pay smaller amounts.

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.

PREVIEW PLANS TO DEVELOP HUISH PARK STADIUM

Yeovil Town Football Club and Yeovil Town Holdings Limited are pleased to announce the latest developments in their plans to bring much needed additional revenue opportunities and improvements, including spectator facilities, to the stadium at Huish Park.

A planning application has already been submitted to South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and some amendments are now being proposed as a result of discussions with the SSDC departments and statutory consultation parties.

David Bell, Agent for the planning application, said “We are very aware that it was necessary for the application to go quiet in the public domain for a while whilst these further discussions were held.

“I have kept in touch with some fellow supporters but this does not replace releasing information into the public domain. The main aim of this preview is to keep in touch now that certain matters have been resolved and firm changes can be proposed.”

 

Proposed changes to the application include match day supporter facilities, flexible space for the existing academy (also allowing further opportunities to work with Yeovil College), the removal of 5,000m2 of retail unit and an increase in size and the relocation of the proposed hotel and leisure facilities to the north-western area of the stadium site.

Match day parking for Away Fans is relocated and the main club car park on the Western Avenue side of the stadium remains as existing.

Preview plans of the northern and southern areas are can be viewed by clicking here and the club expects formally to submit finalised details to SSDC over the next few weeks. This will involve planning and traffic matters amongst other detail.

Chairman John Fry said: “The proposals will facilitate an improvement and expansion of many aspects of club and community life such as amenities for supporters, Ladies football, Community Trust and help the academy progress in the development of young players coming through the ranks towards our first team. However, we must not forget that revenue is king and it is crucial to the development of the club”.

   

David Bell, who is also a season ticket holder at the club, followed this up by saying: “Football, funding, rules, the match day and communications expectations of supporters have moved on a great deal in recent years.

“Facilities that were OK and fit for purpose in the late nineties are, in some cases, now outdated or not viable. Trips to other league grounds prove that we are by no means alone in this but the objective remains to get the best deal for the longer term future of Yeovil Town Football Club and supporter facilities are still high on the agenda”.

REPORT: BRISTOL ROVERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil lost 2-1 in a thrilling end-to-end encounter at the Memorial Stadium. Rory Gaffney scored for the home side and despite Leroy Lita’s pinpoint equaliser, Matty Taylor scored the winning goal with 13 minutes remaining.

Manager Darren Way made three changes from the team that faced Exeter City seven days ago. Jack Compton, Brandon Goodship and Matt Dolan came in for Ben Tozer, Kevin Dawson and Tahvon Campbell.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace with both sides intent on attacking. Bristol Rovers started well and came close on 11 minutes when Matty Taylor hit the post. Artur Krysiak could only parry

Rory Gaffney’s initial effort but Taylor’s shot deflected wide off the woodwork.

Brandon Goodship nearly made them pay four minutes later, shooting just over from Francois Zoko’s right wing cross.

Rovers front two were looking dangerous but the Glovers defended well, with Nathan Smith making a number of crucial interceptions.

Yeovil goalkeeper Artur Krysiak showed great reactions to stop Gaffney’s 26th minute goalbound header.

Francois Zoko shot wide with an opportunistic effort on 27 minutes before Rovers opened the scoring just prior to half-time.

Billy Bodin’s free kick was headed home by the unmarked Gaffney to spark home celebrations.

In the second half, the Glovers were playing better and equalised on 73 minutes. Leroy Lita collected a great cross-field pass from captain Ryan Dickson and brilliantly fired home to send the away fans into raptures.

Rovers hit back immediately with Matty Taylor finishing after the Glovers failed to clear their lines.

Marc Laird hit the bar in injury-time for Yeovil but in the end, the Glovers were narrowly defeated.

Despite the defeat Town secured their Football League status because of both Dagenham and Redbridge and York City losing. #Together.

Written by Josh Wilde.

Match Report : 16/04/2016

Yeovil lost 2-1 in a thrilling end-to-end encounter at the Memorial Stadium. Rory Gaffney scored for the home side and despite Leroy Lita’s pinpoint equaliser, Matty Taylor scored the winning goal with 13 minutes remaining.

Manager Darren Way made three changes from the team that faced Exeter City seven days ago. Jack Compton, Brandon Goodship and Matt Dolan came in for Ben Tozer, Kevin Dawson and Tahvon Campbell.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace with both sides intent on attacking. Bristol Rovers started well and came close on 11 minutes when Matty Taylor hit the post. Artur Krysiak could only parry

Rory Gaffney’s initial effort but Taylor’s shot deflected wide off the woodwork.

Brandon Goodship nearly made them pay four minutes later, shooting just over from Francois Zoko’s right wing cross.

Rovers front two were looking dangerous but the Glovers defended well, with Nathan Smith making a number of crucial interceptions.

Yeovil goalkeeper Artur Krysiak showed great reactions to stop Gaffney’s 26th minute goalbound header.

Francois Zoko shot wide with an opportunistic effort on 27 minutes before Rovers opened the scoring just prior to half-time.

Billy Bodin’s free kick was headed home by the unmarked Gaffney to spark home celebrations.

In the second half, the Glovers were playing better and equalised on 73 minutes. Leroy Lita collected a great cross-field pass from captain Ryan Dickson and brilliantly fired home to send the away fans into raptures.

Rovers hit back immediately with Matty Taylor finishing after the Glovers failed to clear their lines.

Marc Laird hit the bar in injury-time for Yeovil but in the end, the Glovers were narrowly defeated.

Despite the defeat Town secured their Football League status because of both Dagenham and Redbridge and York City losing. #Together.

Written by Josh Wilde.

PREVIEW: BRISTOL ROVERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Saturday with a trip to local rivals Bristol Rovers.

The game at the Memorial Ground kicks off at 3pm and is an ALL TICKET game for travelling fans, if you haven’t got your ticket for the game, call 01935847888 and discuss your options before it is too late.

Yeovil are coming into the game off the back of Darren Way’s first home defeat in charge. The fortress Huish streak was brought to an end by Exeter City last week and ensuring that result was nothing more than a tiny blip will be high on Way’s agenda.

The first goal scored by the Grecians came just shy of another 300-minute clean sheet as shut outs vs Stevenage, Newport and Carlisle had preceded that fixture.

Another milestone for Artur Krysiak and his defence as the Glovers look to secure their future in the Football League.

Last weekend’s results, combined with a couple of games in midweek means that with five games to go, as little as a point this Saturday could confirm the Glovers as a League Two side.

Dagenham in 24th are 15 points below, with 15 points to play for and York are 13 points behind, should both of those fail to get all three points out of their victory this weekend, then anything positive from the Glovers will be enough to secure survival.

The team news from Yeovil is pretty much the same as it was last week; Darren Ward will likely miss the game through injury whilst the gaffer will once again have to leave out one of his six loanees as only five are allowed in a match day squad.

It was Brandon Goodship who missed out against Exeter, it will be up to Way if they rotate that.

Elsewhere, Marc Laird also missed the game last week, he hobbled off against Stevenage and didn’t recover in time. The extra week in between fixtures could be enough to see him included again.

In more positive news, Omar Sowunmi tweeted this week that he was back in training, but with such a long absence it could be a while before he returns to the first team squad.

Our opponents, Bristol Rovers are on a strong vein of form themselves, their 2-2 with Northampton Town not only secured the Cobblers promotion but also kept the Gas in a strong 4th place.

Currently, they’re just 2 points behind Accrington in 3rd and with Plymouth, Portsmouth and Wimbledon right on their coat tails they’ll be after another 3 points to keep automatic promotion firmly in their sites.

While Yeovil have been priding themselves on their clean sheets recently, it should be noted that Bristol Rovers have scored in each of their last nine fixtures. A 1-0 defeat to Wycombe in February was the last time they failed to trouble the scoreboard.

This has been in no small part down to top scorer Matty Taylor who has notched no fewer than 25 times in the league this season.

It’s a big game at both ends of the table and in geographical terms, too. The Gas are expecting a near capacity crowd for the game and Darren Way’s side are hoping to play the role of party-poopers.

The Glovers are next at home next Saturday, the 23rd against Champions elect Northampton Town, that’s following an away day at Wycombe next Tuesday.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, the two sides met at Huish Park which saw the Gas come out on top 1-0, the score line may suggest a close encounter but it was far from it.

Artur Krysiak kept the game from becoming a cricket score as he and his defence were tested pretty much constantly.

The breakthrough didn’t come until the 88th minute when Ellis Harrison scrambled a ball home. Sickening for Yeovil, but nothing less than Rovers deserved.

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

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

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

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

Tickets

Tickets for away fans are NOT available on the day, Glovers fans wishing to attend the game are asked to call the YTFC ticket office today (as early as possible) for details on which tickets remain.

With both a terrace and seating stand assigned to Yeovil supporters there are two different ticket bands, terrace tickets are £3 cheaper for adults than those in the seated area.

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.

POTENTIAL 50 NOT OUT FOR CONNOR ROBERTS

Yeovil Defender Connor Roberts is on the verge of passing a couple of milestones this weekend should he play against Bristol Rovers.

Swansea loanee, Roberts has had a full season with the Glovers and could record his 50th appearance in green and white this Saturday.

By our records at YTFC.net, the Welsh full back is among some illustrious names in the Glovers’ history.

He already holds the record for number of appearances by a loanee in one season.

1st – Connor Roberts (Swansea) – 49 Apps* (and counting)

2nd – Steven Caulker (Swansea) – 46

3rd – Alex McCarthy (Reading) – 45.

But he is one of only five loanees* to ever make 50+ appearances, the other four requiring more than one stint at Huish Park to get the half century.

*Loanees that didn’t go on to become a permanent squad member.

1st – Jon Obika (from Tottenham) – 74 Apps – Four Loan Spells.

2nd – Shaun MacDonald (Swansea) – 64 Apps – Five Loan Spells.

3rd  – Max Ehmer (QPR) – 55 Apps – Two Loan Spells

4th – Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham) – 50 Apps – Two Loan Spells.

5th – Connor Roberts (Swansea) – 49 Apps* – One Loan Spell

Should Connor go on and play in all remaining five games, he’ll end up on 54 appearances, missing just one fixture all season.

He missed the game vs Carlisle in March as he was away on international duty.

To make the feat even more impressive, all of his appearances have been full 90 minute performances.

Having never been substituted on or off, he has so far clocked up a minimum of 4410 minutes of action before including added on time.

He has so far been booked six times and is yet to score for his adopted side.

He has contributed towards 15 clean sheets as well as a number of assists going forward.

Speaking of Connor’s achievement, manager Darren Way said “What Connor has achieved in less than a year has been remarkable.

“To come in and play as many games as he has is incredible. Since joining us, Connor has treated the club as his own and you do not get often get that with loan players.

 

“He has worn the badge with immense pride and showed a hunger that I haven’t seen from a loan player before. He has been a great credit to himself and Swansea City.

"We are all proud here at Huish Park to have given Connor the chance to gain international recognition and I am sure Connor appreciates everything we have done to help him progress as a footballer.”

Tickets for this Saturday’s game vs Bristol Rovers are only available until 4pm on Friday, but you can get tickets for Wycombe next Tuesday (potential appearance 51 for Connor) and Northampton at Home next Saturday (possibly number 52) from the Huish Park ticket office now by calling 01935847888.

DARREN’S WINNING WAY IS HELPING TO CUT TOWN’S LOSSES

Yeovil Town has announced a loss of £692k as the club publishes its annual accounts for the year ended June 2015.

Relegation from the Championship had resulted in a substantial drop in Turnover from £7.8m in 2014 to £4m in 2015, a reduction of £3.8m. This was due to reduced support from The Football League and Premier League of £2.9m.

Also, smaller crowds at Huish Park, with an average attendance of 4,300 for League matches equated to a reduction of £0.66m in gate revenue, and further reductions in Commercial and Hospitality of £0.1m.

 

Expenditure incurred in 2015 of £4.7m was £1.6m lower than 2014.

 

Mr Fry said: “Although the Club’s £2.3m squad budget was covered by a reserve fund of £1.4m, and through revenues from the Manchester United FA Cup tie, the cost of keeping Championship high earners under contract – and bringing in 21 emergency loans – was the main cause of the decline in both the financial and footballing performances. 

“These figures demonstrate the true cost of our relegation from the Sky Bet Championship and the size of the job we have in keeping Yeovil Town in the Football League. However, with Darren Way at the helm, we now have our losses under control, and not only does our Football League future look secure, the squad and club is being rebuilt, back to winning ways"

 

The Chairman explained: "We thought we had sufficient quality in both our playing squad and the management team to return the club straight back to the Championship. Instead, right from the start of the 2014/15 season, we were involved in a costly battle to save our League One status. 

“On the pitch it was a very disappointing season, which sadly led to the departure of manager Gary Johnson. The appointment of Paul Sturrock failed to stop the decline in results, with the season ending in a second successive relegation.”

The Chairman said that any business would be disappointed posting a substantial loss, but he added: “With limited resources and small crowds, Yeovil Town has been punching above its weight with amazing results every season since joining the Football League. But despite all our difficulties, we successfully complied with the Football League’s strict Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) and once again, we had no company loans or debts outstanding at the end of the financial year".

 

The Chairman has an upbeat message for fans and partners in the business: "With the help of increased match-day revenues to support manager Darren Way’s squad budget and ambitions for the club next season, I am forecasting a much brighter future for the Glovers. However, our priority now has to be to ensure, we remain competitive at our current level, at least until our proposed stadium development plans come to fruition, and we can then use those as a basis to push the Club forward.

“For the time being though, I would like once again to record my thanks to the Club directors, staff, sponsors and supporters  for their contributions since our relegation from the Championship. Their commitment to our great Club is quite simply fantastic."

LIAM WALSH EXTENDS LOAN SPELL AT HUISH PARK

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

Liam has made 12 appearances for the Glovers and has been a standout signing by manager Darren Way.

18-year-old Walsh has put in numerous man-of-the-match performances since he signed early in January.

Darren Way said: "Liam was my first signing as manager and he has shouldered the responsibility of helping this club away from the position we were in like a man. I am looking forward to seeing where Liam’s career goes in the future. I am sure he has a very, very bright future ahead of him.

"We have gained a valuable trust and relationship with Everton and I look forward to working with them again in the future"

GOLF DAY A SUCCESS DESPITE THE EARLY RAIN

The Yeovil Town Annual Golf Day sponsored by Thatchers Cider was held yesterday at Sherborne Golf Club.

Before the main event started the players took part in charity putting competition, with each player making a donation to take part with the proceeds going to charity. Shaun Jeffers was the overall winner, whilst Artur Krysiak’s effort is yet to stop after he over hit his putt by some distance!

The winners of this years competition, scoring a total of 99 points were Terry Skiverton and his team of N. Harvey, D. Rogers and J. Brodie.

Second place went to S. King, D. Pring, T. Watson and former player D. Birkby from T2 Digital.

Third place with 92 points went to team Aztec Media along with former player Mickey Spencer.

The winning celebrity was Matty Dolan who scored an impressive 40 points.

The club would like to thank Thatchers Cider for sponsoring the event and Sherborne Golf Club for hosting another superb day at their wonderful course.

To view a gallery from the golf day click here.

TICKETS: BRISTOL ROVERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday 16th April remain on sale from the ticket office until 4pm on Friday 15th April.

The game on will be ALL TICKET for Glovers fans meaning NO tickets will be available on the day.

Prices are as follows:

Terrace

Adults – £20

16-21 – £16

65+ and U16 – £12

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

WAY: ‘I’M LOOKING FOR THAT BIT EXTRA’

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he is disappointed that the week he deemed the biggest of his managerial career so far ended with defeat to Exeter City.

After signing a new three-year-deal at Huish Park after guiding Town to the brink of safety in the League Two relegation zone, the gaffer tasted league defeat at home for the first time since stepping into the hotseat.

Goals from Ollie Watkins and Jake Taylor gave the Grecians a 2-0 win to take back to Devon, and Way is looking to make amends on the training ground next week.

“It’s been a good run and I feel sorry for the supporters that we couldn’t give them more,” said the Town boss.

“I feel disappointed because it’s off the back of a busy week, certainly my busiest as a manager press-wise.

“Now it’s back to the real world. I’ll get my head down and we’ll be starting work again on Monday.”

After being undefeated at home since Wycombe in November, the loss to Exeter was a kick in the teeth for the players and coaching staff alike.

And Way explained that he’s looking for his forwards to grab goals to get the points needed.

“We’ve had a lot of 1-0s.” said Way.

“So today, we’ve gone 1-0 down, and it’s about people stepping up and being responsible for getting us back in the game.

“I’m looking at our front three to be more responsible. They need to be a bit more clever and to help ease pressure off our back four and midfield three.”

The boss continued, “They’ve all had opportunities, I’ve backed every single one of them, and we’ve done work on movement and finishing.

“But it’s their belief that makes the ball go into the back of the net.

“I’m just looking for a bit extra, it’s not the end of the world, but it’ll benefit us as a team.”

The Grecians are now ninth in the table a few points off the playoff places, and goalscorer Watkins was praised by the Yeovil manager.

“Fair play to Exeter, they’re a team in form.

“The striker Stockley caused us all sorts of problems, and they’ve got Watkins too.

“We talked about him before the game, and I told the players that anyone who lets him have a shot on the edge of the area that they’re going to get fined!

“The boy has belief at the moment, and we just didn’t stop him.”

Whilst League Two safety could have been confirmed today, Yeovil aren’t quite mathematically safe from the drop just yet.

But the boss rubbished any idea of his players being in holiday mode if their Football League status is confirmed after next weekend’s trip to Bristol Rovers.

“We’re not safe until it’s mathematically confirmed, but I’m not interested in that. I don’t want complacency, because I hate it.

“People may have thought it’d be a lot tighter, but I don’t want to be looking at other clubs. I want us to be winning football matches, that is the main thing.

“We’ll dust ourselves down, and we go to Bristol Rovers.”

TOWN FAN PAT NOMINATED FOR FAN OF THE YEAR

The Football League have announced the shortlist for the Capital One Supporter of the Year award, with the winner to be revealed at the Football League Awards 2016 next weekend.

 

The shortlist was revealed on BBC 5 Live’s 606 show and is made up of one fan from each division, with each being the Capital One Supporter of the Year in their division.  Supporters representing Bristol City, Colchester United and Yeovil Town are included and will be invited to attend the gala ceremony in Manchester alongside some of the stars of the Football League season.

 

The three fans on the shortlist are:

 

Oskar Pycroft (Bristol City) – Championship

Eight year-old Oskar never misses a Bristol City home match and his own home is awash with club merchandise and memorabilia.  He has cerebral palsy but his devotion and passion for his club, along with the dedication he has shown in his long battle to walk so he could lead out his team, has made him an inspiration to his fellow fans and anyone fighting against a severe illness or disease.  Not only has he become a totemic figure at Ashton Gate, his passion as a fan has resonated with others to the extent he even inspired fans of rivals Bristol Rovers to back his cause.

 

Tommy Leggett (Colchester United) – League 1

Tommy is a Colchester United fan whose support for the club has helped him to make a difference.  His son Alfie was diagnosed with a rare condition which will leave him blind and most-likely deaf as he grows older.  In order to raise money for him and having to start at 4:30am, Tommy recently ran nearly 40 miles from his sides’ Weston Community Home Stadium to their Essex rivals, Southend United’s, Roots Hall Stadium, arriving in time for the derby.  He raised over £3,500 for Alfie’s treatment, uniting two sets of supporters who for every other day of the year will be ardent rivals.

 

Pat Custard (Yeovil Town) – League 2

Pat is a woman who would do anything for anyone and her selflessness has made her a massive part of Yeovil Town Football Club. Pat volunteers at the club to help improve matchdays for other supports and people visiting Huish Park – anything from arranging tickets for fans who cannot get to the ticket office to painting the ground during pre-season.  Pat also follows Yeovil up and down the country, never missing a match and even insisting on paying for her season ticket despite her dedication to helping out at the club preventing her from catching the whole of games.

 

The Capital One Supporter of the Year is one of 10 categories that will see trophies presented at the Football League Awards 2016.  Shortlists for categories recognising club’s community, youth development and family focussed activity have already been announced, as well as the shortlist for the best goal of 2015.  Shortlists for the Sky Bet Players of the Year and Football League Young Player of the Year will be revealed next week.

 

For the first time this year the Awards will also recognise the best 11 players and manager from across the 72 clubs, with the ‘Football Manager Team of the Season’ to be announced on the night.

 

The Football League Awards has a new venue this season with it being held in Manchester for the first time.  Live updates as the winners are announced will be provided via The Football League’s Twitter page, @football_league.

 

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, visit www.FLAwards.com or search #FLAwards.

 

Previous Supporter of the Year Winners

2015: Sarah Watts (Brighton & Hove Albion)

2014: Phil Beeton (Leeds United)

2013: Neil Le Milliere (Exeter City)

2012: Sue Pollard (Plymouth Argyle)

2011: Kevin Monks (Coventry City)

2010: Herbert Taylor (Southampton)

2009: Warner Duff (Ipswich Town)

2008: Paul Samrah (Brighton & Hove Albion)

2007: Stan McGowan (Bury)

2006: Jeff Hall (Chesterfield)

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V EXETER CITY

Yeovil fell to their first defeat at home since Darren Way took charge as Exeter ran out 2-0 winners at Huish Park in Sky Bet League Two.

The Grecians scored the first opposition goal at Yeovil since Portsmouth’s equaliser against Town in February, as Ollie Watkins volleyed past former Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak.

And the win was sealed when Jake Taylor made it two in the second half as the Devon side left Huish Park with all three points, as Town lost at home in League Two action since November.

But despite Yeovil starting the game brightly, it was the visitors who took the lead on 15 minutes. After a one-two with teammate Holmes on the edge of the area, Watkins made space to fire low past Krysiak in front of the home terrace.

The opener was against the run of the play, and despite conceding their first goal for 472 minutes at Huish Park, Town looked to get back into the game straight away. Several crosses flew into the Exeter area, but agonisingly Yeovil failed to capitalise.

The Grecians nearly made it two when Taylor’s drive from outside the box hit Krysiak’s right-hand post, before Stockley’s acrobatic volley flew just over the bar as the visitors looked to double their lead.

It was a case of Yeovil having more of the ball but the visitors having the more clear-cut chances. Town had a big opportunity to equalise with ten minutes of the half left as a flowing move found Zoko with only the goalkeeper to beat, but the Ivorian shot straight at Bobby Olejnik from ten yards out.

As the game restarted, Yeovil started with real verve. Kevin Dawson ran at the Exeter defence and shot with the outside of his foot, but his effort in front of the home terrace went just wide of the Grecians’ goal.

Darren Way looked to get his side back into the game, and introduced the attacking threat of Harry Cornick and Jack Compton for Ben Tozer and Tahvon Campbell within ten minutes of the restart.

Stockley again went close to doubling the lead for the visitors with a 25-yard free-kick as his shot flew towards the top corner, but Town keeper Krysiak gathered well. 

But the Grecians made it 2-0 with twenty minutes to go. Taylor wriggled down the right-hand channel and his first shot was saved well by Krysiak. But the winger was first to the rebound and his shot smashed into the net to send the travelling supporters into raptures.

The pitch was becoming more and more slippery as the hail bucketed down, and Exeter very nearly made it three. As the ball came out to Taylor from a corner, his shot cannoned into Krysiak, but this time the rebound was kind and the ball was cleared.

Ryan Bird was brought on as Way made his last throw of the dice, and the striker went close to halving the deficit as he met Compton’s corner, but the Exeter defence got in the way to stop it going in.

Compton forced Olejnik into a fine save as the clock ticked down towards full time, but Exeter and their vocal travelling support left as the first away side to win at Huish Park in the league since Wycombe in November.

Yeovil: Krysiak- Roberts, Sokolik, Smith, Dickson- Tozer (Compton 49′), Shephard (Bird 75′), Walsh- Dawson, Zoko, Campbell (Cornick 53′) .

Subs not used: Weale, Dolan, Lacey, Lita.

Exeter: Olejnik- Moore-Taylor,Woodman, Brown, McAllister- Noble, Harley, Holmes, Taylor (Davies 85′)- Stockley, Watkins (Nicholls 83′).

Subs not used: Ribeiro, Wheeler, Tillson, Pym, Grant.

Booked: Watkins 9′, Holmes 52′

Match Report : 09/04/2016

Yeovil fell to their first defeat at home since Darren Way took charge as Exeter ran out 2-0 winners at Huish Park in Sky Bet League Two.

The Grecians scored the first opposition goal at Yeovil since Portsmouth’s equaliser against Town in February, as Ollie Watkins volleyed past former Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak.

And the win was sealed when Jake Taylor made it two in the second half as the Devon side left Huish Park with all three points, as Town lost at home in League Two action since November.

But despite Yeovil starting the game brightly, it was the visitors who took the lead on 15 minutes. After a one-two with teammate Holmes on the edge of the area, Watkins made space to fire low past Krysiak in front of the home terrace.

The opener was against the run of the play, and despite conceding their first goal for 472 minutes at Huish Park, Town looked to get back into the game straight away. Several crosses flew into the Exeter area, but agonisingly Yeovil failed to capitalise.

The Grecians nearly made it two when Taylor’s drive from outside the box hit Krysiak’s right-hand post, before Stockley’s acrobatic volley flew just over the bar as the visitors looked to double their lead.

It was a case of Yeovil having more of the ball but the visitors having the more clear-cut chances. Town had a big opportunity to equalise with ten minutes of the half left as a flowing move found Zoko with only the goalkeeper to beat, but the Ivorian shot straight at Bobby Olejnik from ten yards out.

As the game restarted, Yeovil started with real verve. Kevin Dawson ran at the Exeter defence and shot with the outside of his foot, but his effort in front of the home terrace went just wide of the Grecians’ goal.

Darren Way looked to get his side back into the game, and introduced the attacking threat of Harry Cornick and Jack Compton for Ben Tozer and Tahvon Campbell within ten minutes of the restart.

Stockley again went close to doubling the lead for the visitors with a 25-yard free-kick as his shot flew towards the top corner, but Town keeper Krysiak gathered well. 

But the Grecians made it 2-0 with twenty minutes to go. Taylor wriggled down the right-hand channel and his first shot was saved well by Krysiak. But the winger was first to the rebound and his shot smashed into the net to send the travelling supporters into raptures.

The pitch was becoming more and more slippery as the hail bucketed down, and Exeter very nearly made it three. As the ball came out to Taylor from a corner, his shot cannoned into Krysiak, but this time the rebound was kind and the ball was cleared.

Ryan Bird was brought on as Way made his last throw of the dice, and the striker went close to halving the deficit as he met Compton’s corner, but the Exeter defence got in the way to stop it going in.

Compton forced Olejnik into a fine save as the clock ticked down towards full time, but Exeter and their vocal travelling support left as the first away side to win at Huish Park in the league since Wycombe in November.

Yeovil: Krysiak- Roberts, Sokolik, Smith, Dickson- Tozer (Compton 49′), Shephard (Bird 75′), Walsh- Dawson, Zoko, Campbell (Cornick 53′) .

Subs not used: Weale, Dolan, Lacey, Lita.

Exeter: Olejnik- Moore-Taylor,Woodman, Brown, McAllister- Noble, Harley, Holmes, Taylor (Davies 85′)- Stockley, Watkins (Nicholls 83′).

Subs not used: Ribeiro, Wheeler, Tillson, Pym, Grant.

Booked: Watkins 9′, Holmes 52′

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V EXETER CITY

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

Manager Darren Way has this week signed a new three-year deal after guiding his side to 8 clean sheets out of the last 9 games and soaring up the form table.

On Tuesday, Yeovil travelled to Stevenage and ground out a difficult 0-0 draw against a side battling to avoid the drop.

A single 0-0 stalemate may not scream good form, but when it’s added to wins over Newport, Notts County, Mansfield, Accrington and Dagenham it starts to show just how far the Glovers have come – all without conceding a goal!

Artur Krysiak and his defence have done admirably time and time again despite some inconsistencies in squad selection.

Captain Darren Ward has been ruled out for the foreseeable future and Connor Roberts has now returned from international duty.

With suspension and niggly injuries keeping the side changing it makes the performances of Nathan Smith, Jakub Sokolik and their colleagues all the more impressive.

The news from midfield is good too, with Liam Walsh returning to availability after serving a three game ban.

However, this may be good in terms of selection, it presents a problem for the gaffer who will need to leave out one of the other loanees from the match day squad.

One of Tahvon Campbell, Brandon Goodship, Harry Cornick, Connor Roberts and Liam Shephard will have to remain in the stand for Walsh to make his comeback in the squad.

One man who did make his comeback this week was Francois Zoko who has been missing for a few games and made a substitute appearance this past Tuesday.

Decisions, decisions for the gaffer then who will be looking to continue a really impressive home form.

Some have been dubbing it ‘Fortress Huish’ and a positive result for the Glovers will mean they haven’t lost a league game at home since November… 136 days.

In that time the side have conceded just four goals, and two of those came in one game, vs Barnet in December.

But, the sternest test of that will come this Saturday; the Grecians are in some cracking form themselves and their 11th place in the table is probably close enough for them to consider a late push for the play-offs.

There are just two points between them and 7th, and a win could fire them right into the top spots depending a number of other team’s fortunes.

Their form reads almost as good as Yeovil’s with a win over Plymouth in the Devon Derby the highlight of an impressive couple of months.

Paul Tisdale’s side have been lucky enough to have Ollie Watkins in their side, six goals in seven for the front man has been a talismanic part of their performance.

He will be the toughest challenge yet to face the Glovers defence and their crisp, clean, freshly laundered sheet.

Unsurprisingly, it will be a game of ‘spot the former Glovers player’ for home fans, check off your bingo sheet when the faces of Jamie McCallister, David Noble, Arron Davies and of course Paul Tisdale come onto the pitch.

It’s a local derby with ramifications at both ends of the table, as mathematical survival could be achieved if York and Dagenham slip up in their games.

So come along to the home of football in Somerset this Saturday and cheer on the Gaffer’s side at the Fortress Huish.

Last time we met

The first meeting between these two sides came way back on the first day of the season, a five goal thriller was edged by Exeter who won thanks to goals from Will Hoskins, Tom Nichols and David Wheeler.

Yeovil got two of their own from Harry Cornick and Matt Dolan.

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

As for all home games, tickets are available in all the usual ways.

Click HERE to view the online ticket purchase facility, you can call one of the office team on 01935 84788 and discuss your options or simply come on down in person and buy any time right up until kick off.

Whilst doing so, why not take a look at the club’s season ticket offers for the 2016/17 season, buy early and save more!

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.

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

Betting

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

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SUPPORTERS TO CONTEST ADAM STANSFIELD MEMORIAL TROPHY

Yeovil Town supporters will meet Exeter City supporters tomorrow morning to contest the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy.

The trophy has been contested since the loss of striker Adam in 2010. In the last contest, played before the fixture at Exeter in August the Glovers ran out 6-1 winners.

Tomorrow’s clash will take place on the top training pitch at Huish Park, with kick off being 11am.

The Adam Stansfield Foundation will be present with a stall selling merchandise, and the match is also being used to raise awareness of the Know the Score prostate cancer charity, with both sets of players wearing Know the Score t-shirts during the warm-up.

PLANS TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY SPORTS FACILITIES

Yeovil Town Football Club (YTFC), Yeovil Town Holdings Limited (YTHL) and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust (YTCST) are pleased to announce the latest developments in their collaboration plans to bring improved community sports and health and well-being facilities to the South Somerset area via their proposed site in Lufton.

A planning application has already been submitted to South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and some amendments are now being proposed as a result of discussions with the SSDC departments and Sport England.

Changes to the application submission include the provision of a second football pitch and an increase in size of the proposed pavilion to accommodate four changing rooms.  Both changes are at the request of SSDC and Sport England.

Stephen Allinson, Chairman of the Community Sports Trust said: “The proposals will facilitate an expansion of our community related opportunities at a base convenient to the Yeovil area.  One of our aims is to use sport activities to promote social responsibility, give support to those in need so that they have respect for their community and encourage people to make a positive contribution to society”.

David Bell, Agent for the planning application, said “Recent discussions have added value from a community perspective.  I am pleased that in these times of local government and public body funding austerity we have put together a proposal that will strengthen local facilities and the Trust.  The Trust is run for the benefit of the community, self-supporting and not a publicly funded body”.

When asked about why these facilities are not proposed at the Huish Park Stadium site, David commented that “The football and cricket pitches along with ancillary facilities such as a pavilion will not fit within the Huish Park available footprint without removing most of the main car park.  Clearly, that is not a viable option

DARREN WAY SIGNS NEW THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

Yeovil Town Football Club is delighted to announce that Darren Way has today signed a new three-year contract as he plans to build on the successes of the past few months.

Way took over the reins at Huish Park as manager on 1st December 2015 following the departure of Paul Sturrock.

Since being appointed manager of the Glovers, Way has instigated a miraculous turn around in form, which has seen the team climb the League Two table with the turnaround being sure to go down in history.

The Glovers boss said: “I feel very proud and honoured to have signed a new contract to be manager of Yeovil Town.

 

"Since I was a young lad it has always been my dream to become a professional footballer and follow that up by becoming a football manager.

 

"It was a massive honour for me to lead this great football club out as captain when we played our first game in the Football League against Rochdale after 108 years in non-league football and now I am leading the club as manager.

 

"The history this fantastic club has is remarkable and it has been my biggest job not to be scared and keep this club alive.

"When I first took over, I knew the environment I was going to be working in so I had a better understanding of what needed to be done. I had to get our players to become winners overnight and listen to simple instructions. I have been honest with them since I took over and at times I have been forceful with them. I wanted the players to play with their hearts and heads and play with good quality that will entertain our supporters.

"Every fan has the right to voice their concerns but at the same time, our supporters have showed real commitment and love for the club and I really appreciate that, so thank you. 

 

"Moving on, I have a vision for the club where I can nurture the future talent; this is a fantastic football club to build a future for and I will take 100% responsibility in making sure I do that.

 

"I would like to thank everyone associated with Yeovil Town for their backing and that continued support is something I need more than anything to help me build this great club back up again.

 

"Let’s finish this season loud and proud with a very strong gallop and at the same time, look forward to next season.

 

"Let’s keep marching on together and achieve by unity."

Chairman John Fry said: "I have worked with Darren as a player and coach for 15 years. He has already committed to being a big part of the Glovers future plans.

“We have found an extraordinary leader and manager in Darren, who has the full backing of everyone at Huish Park, not only to build a squad, but a Club, that will achieve and sustain League One status within the next five seasons. He will not let our supporters down."

Fry added: "So far this season, he has made a major impact on our chances of staying in the Football League. With the emergency loan system changing at the end of this season, Darren is the right person to work with our Academy staff, to produce young players for the future of Yeovil Town."

”I know that everyone connected with Huish Park will congratulate Darren and wish him all success for the future.”

A NEW SEASON TICKET IS THE WAY TO SUCCESS

Season tickets for 2016/17 are now available, and supporters are once again rewarded with ‘early bird’ prices saving up to £165. This offer works out at as little as £12.83 per match* and is available until May 7th.

Tickets for under 16s have again been frozen and the early bird price is just £39.

A season ticket remains superb value and includes 23 home league games, priority booking for cup and play-off fixtures and further priority for away allocations.

The cost of a ticket can be spread over ten months with the first payment taken a month after application followed by nine equal instalments. To find out more about the package click here.

 As the tickets went on sale at Huish Park manager Darren Way said: “Our fans have been fantastic, our players are showing fantastic commitment, and my aim is to given them all fantastic value for money.

“In my few short months as manager of this great club we have achieved a phenomenal amount together, and I assure you it is not going to stop there. My message to our loyal fans is to stay strong and let’s keep marching on together in unity.”

The easiest way to renew or upgrade your season ticket is to click here (from 10am on Thursday 7th April) or call the ticket office on 01935 847888. Alternatively, you can visit the ticket office or download the application form by clicking here.

Season Ticket renewal packs will arrive with supporters over the weekend.

*Prices based on adults on the Thatchers Gold Terrace.

REPORT: STEVENAGE V YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers continued their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw with Stevenage. The goalless draw made it eight clean sheets in nine games for Darren Way’s men.

Town made two changes from the starting eleven that defeated Newport County three days earlier. Leroy Lita was selected to make his first start for the Glovers in the place of Shaun Jeffers and midfielder Ben Tozer made a return in the place of Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard.

Within one minute of kick-off the home side could and should have opened the scoring. A mix up between Krysiak and Roberts saw the ball fall to winder Jake Mulraney on the edge of the area, and with the goal at is mercy he sent his shot high over the bar and over the stand.

Town started to grow into the game with Ryan Dickson forcing a number of corners with his surging runs from the left-back position.

On 16 minutes Town had claims for a penalty turned away by referee Mr Kinseley. Despite holding up play to have words with the players for shirt pulling, Mr Kinseley waved away claims for a penalty when Nathan Smith was having his shirt pulled at the back post.

At half time both managers made a change to their starting eleven. Darren Way exchanged Kevin Dawson for Marc Laird. Whilst the home side replaced Jake Mulraney with Chris Whelpdale.

With 70 minutes on the clock Tahvom Campbell cut in from the left wing to tee up Dolan. The former Hartlepool man cut back onto his left foot, but his shot curled wide of Jones’ goal.

Town made their final substitution of the match with just over 15 minutes remaining when Lita was replaced by Francois Zoko, who was making his return to action following a spell on the sidelines with a calf injury.

With just under ten minutes remaining sub Kevin Dawson beat his man Kennedy, who decided he couldn’t catch the midfielder so instead just kicked Dawson off the ball to stop him breaking away. Referee Kinseley deemed the tackle worth only a yellow, much to the surprise of the Town bench.

Match Report : 05/04/2016

The Glovers continued their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw with Stevenage. The goalless draw made it eight clean sheets in nine games for Darren Way’s men.

Town made two changes from the starting eleven that defeated Newport County three days earlier. Leroy Lita was selected to make his first start for the Glovers in the place of Shaun Jeffers and midfielder Ben Tozer made a return in the place of Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard.

Within one minute of kick-off the home side could and should have opened the scoring. A mix up between Krysiak and Roberts saw the ball fall to winder Jake Mulraney on the edge of the area, and with the goal at is mercy he sent his shot high over the bar and over the stand.

Town started to grow into the game with Ryan Dickson forcing a number of corners with his surging runs from the left-back position.

On 16 minutes Town had claims for a penalty turned away by referee Mr Kinseley. Despite holding up play to have words with the players for shirt pulling, Mr Kinseley waved away claims for a penalty when Nathan Smith was having his shirt pulled at the back post.

At half time both managers made a change to their starting eleven. Darren Way exchanged Kevin Dawson for Marc Laird. Whilst the home side replaced Jake Mulraney with Chris Whelpdale.

With 70 minutes on the clock Tahvom Campbell cut in from the left wing to tee up Dolan. The former Hartlepool man cut back onto his left foot, but his shot curled wide of Jones’ goal.

Town made their final substitution of the match with just over 15 minutes remaining when Lita was replaced by Francois Zoko, who was making his return to action following a spell on the sidelines with a calf injury.

With just under ten minutes remaining sub Kevin Dawson beat his man Kennedy, who decided he couldn’t catch the midfielder so instead just kicked Dawson off the ball to stop him breaking away. Referee Kinseley deemed the tackle worth only a yellow, much to the surprise of the Town bench.

PREVIEW: STEVENAGE V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Tuesday night when they head to Stevenage for a hastily rearranged match from the Easter weekend.

The Glovers are back in winning ways following Saturday’s 1-0 over Newport and will be hoping to continue that run against another side in and around them in the table.

Stevenage are 22nd place, which maybe just one place above the drop zone, is actually nine points clear of the two teams below the dreaded line.

That leaves the Glovers a full 13 points from those two sides dropping into the National League.

A win for either side will be enough to ease their fears for good.

The 1-0 victory for Darren Way’s men on Saturday was their fifth by that score line since the turn of the year, the Glovers form has been on a constant upward path and Darren Way has taken much of the credit for galvanising the side since taking over.

Only a 3-0 loss to Cambridge a few games back is seen as the only blot on an otherwise impressive copy book that includes wins over promotion chasers as well as those who need the points for other reasons.

The team news surrounds the same names as against Newport.

Liam Walsh remains suspended while the injury concerns around Darren Ward and Francois Zoko are still lingering around.

Brandon Goodship missed out through illness and the Gaffer will be assessing his options with an every flexible front line should he become available again.

As for Stevenage, they are coming into this game off the back a 1-0 win of their own.

Michael Tonge scored a late winner to pick up the win over Luton, their prior results hadn’t been so kind however, a draw with Oxford was the highlight of a bleak March which saw three defeats to high flying sides, Northampton, Wycombe and Portsmouth.

They have recently added a couple of new names with Keith Keane coming in from Cambridge and Charlie Adams signing as a free agent having spent some time in America.

Darrell Sarll, the Stevenage boss has already set his sights on this Tuesday’s fixture saying that despite the positive form of Darren Way’s side his team are out for three points.

But, travelling Glovers fans will be singing “1-0 to the Yeovil” like the Arsenal days of old with their form and you can be there too.

If you can’t make the game on Tuesday, the ‘fortress Huish Park’ tag will be given another test when Exeter City visit this weekend.

Buy you tickets for the South West derby by clicking HERE.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, the two sides played out a 2-2 draw at Huish Park when goals from Harry Cornick and Shaun Jeffers gained a much needed point.

The two sides also crossed paths in the FA Cup, a single Ben Tozer goal gave Darren Way his first win in his first game in charge.

Yeovil and Stevenage have a long and colourful past crossing each other at just about every level from League One to non league and will meet in the middle, in League Two this Saturday.

The last meeting was during the 2012/13 season where Yeovil gained promotion to the Championship.

In April of the season, a 2-0 win at Broadhall Way saw the Glovers secure their play-off spot.

Goals from James Hayter and a fantastic effort from Sam Foley did the damage even if the away side had Dan Burn sent off for two bookable offences deep into added time.

Earlier the same season, the result was very different with a 3-1 Stevenage win in November.

Paddy Madden had scored an early equaliser but goals in the second half from Lucas Akins and James Dunne meant the result went the way of ‘Boro.

Possibly the most famous meeting of the two sides came back in 2002 when the sides played off in the FA Trophy final at Villa Park.

Yeovil won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Carl Alford and Adam Stansfield helped the Glovers lift the trophy and begin an excellent decade of success.

In goal that day was Chris Weale, who thirteen years later, could once against take his place in the same fixture.

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are available for Glovers fans to purchase on the day; Adults are £22, with different concessions available at £19, £14, £8 and £6.

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.

MANAGER WAY NOMINATED FOR MONTHLY AWARD

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has again been shortlisted for the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award for March.


Way has led Town to a remarkable turn around in form since taking over in December.

During March the Glovers amassed ten points from their five games and kept four clean sheets in the process.

He will contest the award against Darrell Clarke (Bristol Rovers), Criag Hignett (Hartlepool United) and Paul Tisdale (Exeter City).

Winners will be announced on Friday 8th March.

DARREN WAY: ‘I’M REALLY PLEASED WITH THE RESULT’

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that the 1-0 victory over Newport was a case of substance over style as Town pushed the gap between them and the relegation zone to 13 points.

Jack Compton’s penalty after quarter of an hour was enough to give Yeovil another valuable win in the fight to stay up, and maintained Way’s unbeaten run at home since becoming first team manager.

“I was a little disappointed with our performance, but I’m really pleased with the result,” said the Town boss.

“When we started off on this journey, Newport were the ones that we wanted to catch. I said to them before the game: this is our opportunity to go above them.

“To be in the situation that the players have been in since I’ve been manager is not easy, but the way they’ve dealt with the pressure is fantastic.”

Yeovil kept their seventh clean sheet in eight, and Way credited his defence for yet another impressive defensive display.

“I thought the back four and Krysiak today were outstanding,” said the gaffer. 

“Artur’s performance goes to show that even at this time of year, players are playing for their future.

“He wants to play for this football club, and I appreciate that so much as a manager.”

Tahvon Campbell won the penalty that led to the match-winner, and his performance was praised highly by his manager.

“He caused a lot of problems,” said Way, “I was really pleased with his performance in an attacking perspective. He’d be in my elite front three and he proved that today.

“It’s not easy playing in that front three, but I expect them to be confident. If you’re not, just pretend you’re confident! Before you know it, you’ll soon end up a better player.”

With the cushion now standing at thirteen points, Yeovil’s League Two status next season could be confirmed by next Saturday with victories against Stevenage and Exeter.

Way’s appointment initially raised questions, but the 36-year-old is happy that he has proved wrong his harshest critic: his wife!

“There was a lot of doubters, even my missus doubted me!

“That wasn’t nice, but I’ve proved her wrong!

“Having said that, it’s a fantastic achievement and when’s it mathematically done, we are going to party like we’ve never partied before.

He added, “Where this club was going, on the back of the last two years, it’s not nice being in that environment where you lose every week.

“It was hurting me, and what the players have done in a short space of time has been fantastic.

But any idea that Yeovil are going to coast to the end of the season has been quashed by the manager.

“It’s a target we had (to stay up), but we want to end this season strong,” said Way.

“We’re going to go for it, finish this season strong because they’re playing for their futures and we want to build up a fantastic football club.

“There’s a group of supporters cheering them on too, and they deserve to stay in this league.”

ARTUR KRYSIAK: ‘I TURNED AROUND, I COULDN’T WATCH!’

Artur Krysiak said he couldn’t bear to watch Jack Compton’s match-winning penalty against Newport and had to rely on the fans to know that the spot-kick was successful!

Compton’s 15th minute goal was enough to give Yeovil a vital three points in the fight to stay up, with Krysiak helping his team by keeping another clean sheet.

But the Pole turned away as the match-winner stepped up as his nerves got the better of him, and was superstitious that him watching was causing Town to miss penalties recently.

“I turned around, I couldn’t watch!” said Krysiak.

“Every time I look we miss, so I had to do something different, so I just waited for the fans reaction; they jumped up and I knew we were 1-0 up!

“Maybe it should be my tactic from now on! I’ll stick with it for the next time.”

The shutout against the Exiles means that Town have kept seven clean sheets in the last eight games, and the goalkeeper credited his manager.

“It’s incredible, if you had told me at the start of the season we’d keep so many then I wouldn’t believe you,” the Pole explained.

“The one man who took over, Darren Way, and the gaffer has done so well.

“He builds us up with so much confidence and he gives us that winning mentality.”

A 3-0 defeat to Cambridge aside Town have been in good form, especially at Huish Park where the Glovers haven’t lost in the league since the 1-0 defeat to Wycombe in November.

But Krysiak explained that opposition teams will need to really play well to beat Yeovil on their own patch, and that the home form will help keep Town in the league.

“We played Cambridge and the defeat hurt us, so it’s a great comeback.

“The fans are a massive part of the unbeaten run at home, they can see were fighting. Teams are coming here and they need to know that they have to work hard.

“But we’re humble. We’ll keep going and we’ll show everyone that we can stay up, we’re still working hard to stay in the league for next season.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V NEWPORT COUNTY

Jack Compton’s 15th minute penalty gave Yeovil Town a valuable 1-0 win at Huish Park as the Glovers edged closer to League Two safety.

On a bright sunny day at Huish Park, the winger calmly stepped up to despatch the spot-kick after referee Keith Hill pointed to the spot following a foul on Tahvon Campbell in the box.

The result means that manager Darren Way maintains his unbeaten record at home, and Yeovil still haven’t conceded at Huish Park since February.

Way made four changes to his side to face the Exiles. Darren Ward was injured in the 0-0 draw with Carlisle, and the Town captain dropped out of the starting eleven alongside Ben Tozer, Ryan Bird and Brandon Goodship.

Liam Shephard had signed on loan before the goalless draw on Good Friday, but the returning Swansea loanee went straight into Darren Way’s starting lineup. The three other replacements were Shaun Jeffers, Tahvon Campbell and Connor Roberts, who made his debut for the Wales Under-21 team off the bench against Romania last week.

Newport started the game in a positive fashion, and Town keeper Krysiak had to be at his best to stop Exiles striker Scott Boden from just inside the six-yard box.

But Yeovil were ahead just before 15 minutes. Campbell was floored in the box by the already-booked Holmes and referee Hill pointed to the spot but didn’t show the defender a second yellow. Compton stepped up and calmly slotted home the spot kick to give Town the lead.

Campbell and Newport winger Alex Rodman were both shown yellow cards for an off-the-ball scuffle five minutes before half-time and it was to be the last of the action of the half.

The only change at the interval was for neither Yeovil or Newport; referee Keith Hill came off with injury and had to be replaced by linesman Brett Huxtable.

However, Town manager Way was forced to make a change just five minutes into the second half, as goal scorer Compton hobbled off to be replaced by Dawson.

Newport came close to levelling matters when debutant Souleymane Coulibaly headed a whipped cross onto the post, but even if it had found the top corner the striker’s effort was ruled for offside.

Jeffers had to be taken off injured after a collision with goalkeeper Joe Day, and the former Newport forward made way for Town top scorer Bird as Yeovil looked to get an important second goal.

Lenell John Lewis came on for Coulibaly with 25 minutes of the game remaining, and the former Grimsby forward was serenaded onto the pitch with a chant of "his name is a shop" by the travelling Exiles fans.

Nathan Smith was booked by substitute referee Huxtable for a foul on Tommy O’Sullivan and with a free-kick in shooting distance, it was a nervy moment at Huish Park. Fortunately for Town, Mark Byrne’s shot went high and wide into the travelling fans behind the goal. 

The away side wanted a penalty with ten minutes to go as Rodman went over in the box after a challenge by Campbell, but the referee waved away the appeals and Newport were awarded a corner.

Despite pressure from the away side, man of the match Krysiak was relatively untroubled and the Pole held on for another clean sheet and Yeovil earned another valuable three points as ‘we are staying up’ rang around Huish Park.

Yeovil: Krysiak- Shephard, Sokolik, Smith, Dickson- Roberts, Laird, Dolan (Tozer 77′)- Campbell, Jeffers (Bird 58′), Compton (Dawson 50′). 

Subs not used: Weale,  Lacey, Cornick, Lita.

Booked: Campbell 43′, Smith 73′

Newport: Day- Holmes, Donacien (Meechan 87′), Jones, Davies- Rodman, Byrne, O’Sullivan, Elito- Boden, Coulibaly (John-Lewis 65′).

Subs not used: Green, Partridge, Owen-Evans, , Barrow, Klukowski.

Booked: Holmes 9′, Rodman 43′, Donacien 86′

Attendance: 4063

Match Report : 02/04/2016

Jack Compton’s 15th minute penalty gave Yeovil Town a valuable 1-0 win at Huish Park as the Glovers edged closer to League Two safety.

On a bright sunny day at Huish Park, the winger calmly stepped up to despatch the spot-kick after referee Keith Hill pointed to the spot following a foul on Tahvon Campbell in the box.

The result means that manager Darren Way maintains his unbeaten record at home, and Yeovil still haven’t conceded at Huish Park since February.

Way made four changes to his side to face the Exiles. Darren Ward was injured in the 0-0 draw with Carlisle, and the Town captain dropped out of the starting eleven alongside Ben Tozer, Ryan Bird and Brandon Goodship.

Liam Shephard had signed on loan before the goalless draw on Good Friday, but the returning Swansea loanee went straight into Darren Way’s starting lineup. The three other replacements were Shaun Jeffers, Tahvon Campbell and Connor Roberts, who made his debut for the Wales Under-21 team off the bench against Romania last week.

Newport started the game in a positive fashion, and Town keeper Krysiak had to be at his best to stop Exiles striker Scott Boden from just inside the six-yard box.

But Yeovil were ahead just before 15 minutes. Campbell was floored in the box by the already-booked Holmes and referee Hill pointed to the spot but didn’t show the defender a second yellow. Compton stepped up and calmly slotted home the spot kick to give Town the lead.

Campbell and Newport winger Alex Rodman were both shown yellow cards for an off-the-ball scuffle five minutes before half-time and it was to be the last of the action of the half.

The only change at the interval was for neither Yeovil or Newport; referee Keith Hill came off with injury and had to be replaced by linesman Brett Huxtable.

However, Town manager Way was forced to make a change just five minutes into the second half, as goal scorer Compton hobbled off to be replaced by Dawson.

Newport came close to levelling matters when debutant Souleymane Coulibaly headed a whipped cross onto the post, but even if it had found the top corner the striker’s effort was ruled for offside.

Jeffers had to be taken off injured after a collision with goalkeeper Joe Day, and the former Newport forward made way for Town top scorer Bird as Yeovil looked to get an important second goal.

Lenell John Lewis came on for Coulibaly with 25 minutes of the game remaining, and the former Grimsby forward was serenaded onto the pitch with a chant of "his name is a shop" by the travelling Exiles fans.

Nathan Smith was booked by substitute referee Huxtable for a foul on Tommy O’Sullivan and with a free-kick in shooting distance, it was a nervy moment at Huish Park. Fortunately for Town, Mark Byrne’s shot went high and wide into the travelling fans behind the goal. 

The away side wanted a penalty with ten minutes to go as Rodman went over in the box after a challenge by Campbell, but the referee waved away the appeals and Newport were awarded a corner.

Despite pressure from the away side, man of the match Krysiak was relatively untroubled and the Pole held on for another clean sheet and Yeovil earned another valuable three points as ‘we are staying up’ rang around Huish Park.

Yeovil: Krysiak- Shephard, Sokolik, Smith, Dickson- Roberts, Laird, Dolan (Tozer 77′)- Campbell, Jeffers (Bird 58′), Compton (Dawson 50′). 

Subs not used: Weale,  Lacey, Cornick, Lita.

Booked: Campbell 43′, Smith 73′

Newport: Day- Holmes, Donacien (Meechan 87′), Jones, Davies- Rodman, Byrne, O’Sullivan, Elito- Boden, Coulibaly (John-Lewis 65′).

Subs not used: Green, Partridge, Owen-Evans, , Barrow, Klukowski.

Booked: Holmes 9′, Rodman 43′, Donacien 86′

Attendance: 4063

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V NEWPORT COUNTY

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

There are two things you need to know about this fixture before we get into the meat of the preview; firstly the game has been designated as a “Kids for a Quid” fixture.

Juniors can come into the ground for a single, shiny gold pound coin – great value!

Secondly, the two sides have come together in a combined effort to work for World Autism Day, click HERE to see what the two teams are doing and how you can support the cause on the day.

Two great reasons to get to Huish Park this weekend.

There are three more reasons too, and they are the three points on offer to the victor of the match, the game pits two sides who are still not quite safe from relegation but know that a win over a side in and around them in the league will go a long way to securing League Two football next season.

Yeovil in 21st are 11 points above the line, whilst Newport in 18th are just two points better off and the two sides could swap if results go correctly for the Glovers.

Darren Way will be aiming to continue his record of being unbeaten at home and that form has guided his side away from the drop zone.

Continuing that through to the end of the season will be one of his main aims, with only fixture being played over the Easter Break he will have had chance to give the players a few extra days rest as well as getting Connor Roberts back one match earlier.

Roberts was called up to the Wales Under 21 squad and as a result that went some way to seeing Easter Monday’s game with Stevenage postponed.

Darren Way acted quickly for the Friday game however drafting in Liam Shepherd on loan from Swansea.

However, a public holiday in Switzerland prevented the deal going through on time… yes, really.

So, Shepherd is in line to make his second Glovers debut this week.

Roberts will be back though and with stand in right back Jakub Sokolik playing his part in keeping a clean sheet picking his preferred back line won’t be easy.

The Glovers do currently have six loanees on the books, but the decision on leaving one out won’t be a hard one for Way, Everton midfielder Liam Walsh is still suspended for this game.

Darren Ward did limp off last Friday and he will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness.

Francois Zoko is the other injury concern for the Glovers but with Ryan Bird and Leroy Lita chomping at the bit to get their chance someone may well get their chance to impress.

Our opponents, Newport had their own frustration towards the FIFA officials who had an extra afternoon off.

They had secured a loan deal for Ivorian Souleymane Coulibaly from Peterborough, but the Swiss were tucking into their Easter eggs a tad early.

So, he is in line for his debut this weekend.

Newport got through no fewer than eight fixtures in March and during that period, they won just two – none of those wins coming in the last four.

In fact, County are coming into the game off a losing run of three straight defeats, losing to Accrington, Northampton and Bristol Rovers – a trio of promotion candidates.

County will be glad that streak of fixtures is behind them and will be looking at Saturday’s game as a winnable fixture.

But Darren Way will have his troops rallied and the extra break will have only done the squad good.

So come along and support the team towards anther result at fortress Huish Park.

Last time we met

Before this season there hadn’t been a league meeting since the 1980s, so the 0-0 draw in November was the first competitive game in over 20 years.

There have been two friendly games between the sides, one in 2001 and more recently in the build up to the 2012/13 season.

In that game, Yeovil won away from home with goals from Gozie Ugwu, Reuben Reid and Nathan Ralph.

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.

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