Month: August 2016

Planning application for community benefit

Yeovil Town FC, Yeovil Town Holdings and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will soon find out if their plans for community football pitches and a cricket pitch on the outskirts of Yeovil will be approved.
Plans were submitted to South Somerset District Council on 1st June 2015 to change the use of the 12.5 acre site, adjacent to Lufton College, from agricultural use to community playing field and recreational use.
The planning application is due to be decided at SSDC’s Area South meeting on Wednesday 7th September and is recommended for approval subject to planning conditions, including a desk-based assessment and a field evaluation to assess the potential for archaeological remains.
The plans include two full-sized football pitches, an option for a cricket pitch, a building to accommodate four changing rooms, the necessary changes for access and associated car parking.
David Bell, Agent for the YTFC & YTHL planning applications, said: “These are exciting times for community level sport and it can be seen from the recent Olympics results that providing community facilities allied with good quality coaching pays dividends.”
Commenting on the planning application, YTFC Chairman John Fry said: “It’s evident from the success enjoyed by Team GB that encouraging the next generation to take part in sport can produce gold medal results.  
“We need to put aside our differences, work together at District and County level and beyond to invest in our upcoming talent.  The work undertaken by the Community Sports Trust is wide reaching and they need to be given the opportunity to expand their contributions to sport and society.”
With several medalists from Rio 2016 originating from Yeovil or the wider area within Somerset – including Helen Glover, James Guy and Ed Ling –  the facilities would be available to encourage use by not only the Community Sports Trust and Yeovil College but also other local sports clubs and teams to encourage active participation within all manner of sports.
David added: “These proposals are part of a wider corporate plan at the Football Club and the Community Trust.  Whilst we understand that planning, and even change, is not always well received locally to a proposal site, we have tried to be positive, open and transparent in our responses to comments whilst maintaining a wider, holistic view of the need for community sports facilities and coaching in the wider Yeovil area.”
When asked about football and cricket, David commented that: “This is a proposal to encourage general recreation and sport, not just for football and cricket.  The facilities could also be used for family and team based rounders, soft ball and any sport appropriate to the site.  The Trust propose to run the site and, no doubt, would try to assist.”

Report: Yeovil Town v Portsmouth

Yeovil Town started their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Portsmouth at Huish Park.

 

Town fell behind on the ten-minute mark when Michael Smith rose well in the box to head home from 12 yards, before Bevis Mugabi equalised four minutes later with a header of his own.

 

Yeovil notched twice in quick succession midway through the first half as Tom Eaves and Izale McLeod – on his full debut – gave the hosts a 3-1 lead.

 

Pompey reduced the deficit to one thanks to Smith again after 37 minutes, but the Glovers’ two goal advantage was restored two minutes later thanks to Eaves’ second strike of the night.

 

Smith completed his hat-trick after the break but Yeovil absorbed the late Pompey pressure to claim a deserved victory at Huish Park.

 

Darren Way made three changes from the side that came away from Doncaster empty handed at the weekend, handing goalkeeper Jonny Maddison his Glovers debut as well as home and full debuts for McLeod and Ben Whitfield – who both arrived last week.

 

Kevin Dawson (rested) and Tahvon Campbell (ill) dropped out of the squad whilst Ryan Hedges missed the first of two matches due to international duty with Wales Under-21’s.

 

In a pulsating opening 45 minutes Town almost got off to a dream start when McLeod found himself through on goal after less than a minute, but the striker’s effort cannoned back off of the base of the post much to the relief of Liam O’Brien in the Pompey goal.

 

The experienced striker then saw a deflected effort hit the side-netting after eight minutes before the visitors took the lead against the run of play two minutes later.

 

Kai Naismith’s inch-perfect cross from the left was met by a towering Smith who gave Maddison no chance with a well-placed header.

 

Not deterred by falling behind Yeovil responded almost immediately and just four minutes later levelled the scores.

 

Matty Dolan’s fierce free-kick from 25 yards was glanced past a hapless O’Brien by Mugabi who notched his first goal in a Glovers shirt.

 

The onslaught from the home side continued after equalising and only a fine diving save denied Matt Butcher from 20 yards, whilst at the other end Maddison comfortably saved a Gareth Evans header from close range.

 

Town, though, looked likely to score with every attack and McLeod had the ball in the net only to be denied by the linesman’s flag, but Town weren’t to be denied for long.

 

With 22 minutes on the clock, Alex Lawless’ superb diagonal ball found the run of Eaves who demonstrated excellent composure to slot past O’Brien and take the lead.

 

An impressive half for the hosts got better four minutes later when McLeod finally found the goal his first half performance deserved.

 

The former Pompey striker weaved his way into the box before exchanging passes with Otis Khan and nonchalantly lifting the ball over O’Brien to find the back of the net on his home debut, in what will prove to be one of the best goals scored at Huish Park this season.

 

In a game full of goals Paul Cook’s side got one back ten minutes later when Smith found space in the box to fire past Maddison, before Eaves helped himself to a second of the night with a perfectly placed shot from the edge of the box after a strong run from virtually the halfway line.

 

Despite the 15-minute break Darren Way’s side continued to threaten the Portsmouth goal and just three minutes after the restart Eaves almost completed his hat-trick with an effort from the edge of the box flying just over the bar.

 

It was the visitors who were next on the scoresheet however as Smith completed his hat-trick with a second header of the evening, to make the score 4-3 after 54 minutes.

 

Darren Way’s side continued to threaten Portsmouth’s goal and Eaves was again denied a hat-trick just past the hour mark when O’Brien saved a fierce effort with his legs.

 

After a relentless 65 minutes the tempo of the match dropped slightly with both sides introducing fresh legs, although Maddison was forced to save a Linganzi effort on his goal-line inside the last 10 minutes.

 

Yeovil were tested defensively in the closing stages but Darren Way’s side saw out the late Pompey pressure to get off to a winning start in Southern Group A of the Checkatrade Trophy.

 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Butcher, Smith, Mugabi; Whitfield (Lea 75’), Lawless, Dolan; McLeod, Eaves, Khan (Copp 89’).

Bookings: Shephard 45’, Khan 60’.

Subs not used: Krysiak, Sowunmi, Bassett.

 

Portsmouth: O’Brien; May, Barton, Clarke (Davies 61’), Naismith; Linganzi, Close; Evans, Bennett, Tollitt (Chaplin 55’); Smith (Hunt 73’).

Bookings: Barton 4’, Close 62’.

Subs not used: Hall.

Buy your Cheltenham Town tickets online and save £5!

Glovers fans can enjoy an additional online discount for the Sky Bet League Two fixture against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park on September 24th.
 

Supporters who buy tickets in advance online will enjoy a £5 discount from the full matchday price – an additional saving of £2 from the normal online saving.

 

The discount will see an adult ticket for the Thatchers Gold Terrace cost just £15, with seats available in both the Screwfix Stand and Tamburino Stand from just £19.

 

For families, an adult and child can watch the game against Cheltenham for just £21, with a family consisting of two adults and two children being able to enjoy the fixture at Huish Park for £42.

 

The offer applies to adult, senior and young persons tickets only, with junior tickets remaining £6 around the ground.

 

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Preview: Yeovil Town v Portsmouth

After eight games throughout August, Darren Way’s side prepare for their ninth and final match of the month as they take on Portsmouth at Huish Park on Tuesday in the opening group stage fixture of the Checkatrade Trophy.

 

Pompey come into the match unbeaten in the last two matches having won 1-0 at Exeter at the weekend off the back off victory at home to Colchester the week previous.

 

For the Glovers, they come into the fixture off the back of a 4-1 defeat at Doncaster Rovers where Town were also reduced to 10-men.

 

The opening game in the Checkatrade Trophy will be new territory for both teams with the group stage format being newly introduced from last season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

 

Development sides from Premier League and Championship clubs have also been introduced, with Reading’s development squad in a group alongside Town, Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers in Southern Group A.

 

Head-to-head
Both sides come into the match having enjoyed stalemate in the previous two fixtures. In early October last season, Yeovil battled to a 0-0 draw at Fratton Park before sharing the spoils in the return fixture in February when Francois Zoko’s opening goal was cancelled out late on by Gary Roberts.

 

The previous meeting between both sides came in the Checkatrade Trophy’s predecessor – the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – back in September 2014. Pompey ran out 3-1 winners at Huish Park thanks to three second half goals from Jed Wallace (2) and Craig Westcarr, with Nathan Ralph’s goal little more than consolation for the home side.

 

The only other two competitive meetings came in 2012 with both clubs competing in League One. Both fixtures ended with 2-1 scorelines, with both teams picking up three points away from home. In October, Reuben Reid’s penalty for Yeovil was sandwiched between Izale McLeod (now with the Glovers) and Gabor Gyepes strikes either side of half-time. Whilst in the return fixture at Fratton Park in December, Dominic Blizzard and Byron Webster cancelled out Paul Benson’s strike.

 

Referee
Kevin Johnson is the man in charge on Tuesday, having taken charge of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Leyton Orient and Mansfield Town at the weekend, a match which featured just two yellow cards (both for the O’s).

 

Johnson last took charge of a Glovers match back in March during the 2015/16 campaign when Yeovil hosted Carlisle at Huish Park. The match finished 0-0 with just three yellow cards awarded, with Matty Dolan receiving Yeovil’s only booking.

 

Coverage
Minute-by-minute updates will be provided by our official Twitter account, with updates also available via our official Facebook page.

 

A full match report will follow shortly after full-time, as well as post-match video reaction from Darren Way and a member of the playing staff.

Reduced ticket prices for Checkatrade Trophy tie with Portsmouth


Tickets for the Glovers’ opening Checkatrade Trophy group stage fixture against Portsmouth at Huish Park on Tuesday 30th August are offered at a reduced price.

 

Town are in Southern Group A alongside Pompey, Bristol Rovers and a Reading development side.

 

Portsmouth arrive in Somerset on Tuesday with tickets available for the following reduced prices:

Adults: £10

Young Person: £5

Junior: £1

Senior: £5

 

Tickets are available to purchase online (click here to buy online) or via the club’s ticket office either in person or over the phone via 01935 847888.

 

Supporters can also purchase tickets at Huish Park on the day of the match prior to kick-off.

Ryan Hedges heads off for international duty

Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Hedges today heads off on international duty having been called up to represent Wales Under-21s.
 

Hedges, who is approaching his tenth cap for the Under-21 side, will be a part of the squad to take on Denmark and Luxembourg in Euro 2017 qualifiers.

 

The Swansea City winger is on-loan at Huish Park until the end of the 2016/17 season and has started every match for Town since arriving from the Liberty Stadium.

 

Ryan will be absent for Yeovil’s Checkatrade Trophy match against Portsmouth on Tuesday 30th August and the Sky Bet League Two clash with Blackpool on Saturday 3rd September.

 

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes Ryan all the best during his short spell away from Somerset with the Wales Under-21 squad.

Report: Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium in a feisty match in South Yorkshire.

 

The hosts took the lead inside 30 seconds through striker Andy Williams, before the visitors enjoyed the better of the first half only to be denied by a number of saves from the home ‘keeper.

 

James Coppinger doubled Rovers’ lead ten minutes into the second half before Yeovil replied instantly with a volleyed Ryan Hedges effort.

 

With Town threatening to equalise they were reduced to ten-men when Bevis Mugabi received a second yellow with a quarter of an hour remaining, with Williams making the most of the numerical advantage to net twice in the last 10 minutes to complete his hat-trick.

 

Darren Way stuck with the starting XI which earned plenty of plaudits from the mid-week trip to Premier League Everton in Round Two of the EFL Cup, with the trio of new signings – Izale McLeod, Kyle Copp and Ben Whitfield – all named on the bench.

 

Before some supporters had taken to their seats, the Glovers fell behind inside 30 seconds when an early Doncaster corner fell to the former Yeovil striker Williams who volleyed home from inside the box.

 

Despite scoring in the opening minute the hosts failed to build on their start to the match and it was Darren Way’s side who controlled much of the play in the opening 45 minutes.

 

Yeovil had the first of two penalty appeals turned down just past the 10 minute mark when Ryan Hedges’ cross appeared to hit the arm of Mitchell Lund, but referee Michael Salisbury wasn’t interested in pointing to the penalty spot.

 

With the home crowd growing in frustration, Darren Ferguson’s side almost added a second when Williams’ cross found Marquis, but the Donny front man was thwarted by Krysiak who had rushed from his line.

 

That was as good as it got for Doncaster for the remainder of the first period as Town dominated the game both in terms of possession and chances.

 

Tom Eaves glanced a header inches wide from a Liam Shephard cross after 33 minutes before Matt Butcher blazed an effort over the bar from 20 yards moments later.

 

As the onslaught continued, Hedges skipped past a number of challenges before having a shot saved by Marko Marosi in the home goal, and the ‘keeper was called into action again after 44 minutes, this time to save with his legs from Eaves after neat build-up play from the Glovers.

 

On the stroke of half-time Eaves had the second Yeovil penalty appeal turned down as he appeared to be hauled to the ground inside the box from a Hedges corner, as Way’s side headed into the break a goal down.

 

In a frantic start to the second half, Krysiak produced a stunning save after 53 minutes to get a hand on John Marquis’ header from close range, but the hosts doubled their lead a minute later.

 

Tommy Rowe swung in a cross from the left and Coppinger was perfectly placed 12 yards from goal to volley past the Polish stopper.

 

But Darren Way’s side weren’t to be written off and replied instantly thanks to a superb goal from Hedges.

 

A sloppy back-header from Doncaster only found the on-loan Swansea winger who chested the ball down before volleying a pinpoint effort into the corner of Marosi’s goal with 55 minutes on the clock.

 

Town introduced Izale McLeod for his debut and Tahvon Campbell in place of Eaves and Khan respectively, as they continued to look to turn positive play into goals.

 

With momentum favouring the Glovers, the pendulum swung back in favour of Doncaster on 75 minutes when Town defender Bevis Mugabi received a second yellow card for a foul on Williams.

 

Despite being a man down Yeovil threatened to equalise as first McLeod saw an effort from the edge of the box drift wide, before Butcher’s header from a Whitfield corner landed on the roof of the net.

 

Operating a 4-3-2 formation after going a man down Darren Way’s side looked vulnerable to the counter-attack and Donny made sure of the three points when Williams netted his second of the afternoon from Coppinger’s cross with 82 minutes on the clock.

 

There was to be further punishment for Yeovil, however, as Williams completed his hat-trick in stoppage time to complete a miserable afternoon for the Glovers in South Yorkshire.

 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Butcher, Smith, Mugabi; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan; Hedges (Whitfield 74’), Eaves (McLeod 55’), Khan (Campbell 61’).

Bookings: Dawson 53’, Mugabi 66’, 74’ (red card), Dolan 85’.

Subs not used: Maddison, Lea, Sowunmi, Copp.

 

Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Lund (Middleton 55’), Wright, Butler, Evina; Blair, Houghton, Rowe, Coppinger (Mandeville 85’); Marquis, Williams.

Bookings: Coppinger 66’.

Subs not used: Etheridge, Calder, Fielding, Beestin, Pugh.

 

Preview: Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town

After taking on Premier League outfit Everton in Round Two of the EFL Cup on Tuesday, Yeovil Town return to Sky Bet League Two action this weekend.
 

Darren Way’s side travel to Doncaster Rovers this Saturday fresh from the trip to Goodison Park which saw Town come away with plenty of plaudits despite the 4-0 defeat.

 

The Glovers sit in 16th place in League Two with four points, whilst Donny sit in sixth place with seven points, highlighting the competitive nature to the division after just four fixtures.

 

Yeovil have lost their last two fixtures in England’s fourth division by the margin of just a single goal, having recorded an impressive victory and draw over Notts County and Luton Town respectively in their opening two fixtures.

 

Having lost on the opening day of the season and failing to make it past Round One of the EFL Cup, Darren Ferguson’s side have since produced two wins and a draw to bolster their league position.

 

In all five competitive matches in August, Rovers haven’t been involved in a game which has been settled by more than a single goal, indicating another tight affair at the Keepmoat Stadium this Saturday.

 

But Town will be confident of coming away from South Yorkshire with a victory after adding three players to the squad this week.

 

Experienced striker Izale McLeod arrived at Huish Park on a free transfer having been released by league rivals Notts County, whilst Bournemouth midfielder Ben Whitfield signed a loan deal which will see him remain in Somerset until January 2017.

 

Completing the trio of new additions, former Swansea midfielder Kyle Copp – who agreed to join the Glovers two weeks ago – is also available for selection having received international clearance after a lengthy wait.

 

The history books are in favour of Yeovil having won eight of the 14 competitive fixtures between the two clubs since 2003, although Doncaster have won the last two meetings between the two sides during the 2014/15 season.

 

Tickets are available to purchase on the day with an adult ticket costing £10 and an under 16’s just £5.

Fancy a flutter? Check out Town’s odds for this weekend’s match

Fancy a flutter? The latest Sky Bet odds are in for the Glovers’ trip to Doncaster Rovers this weekend in League Two.
 

Town can be backed at 17/4 with Sky Bet to come away with all three points from the Keepmoat Stadium this Saturday.

 

The Glovers won their opening game of the season 2-0 against Notts County and a repeat of that scoreline in their favour at Doncaster is trading at a huge 28/1.

 

The hosts have won back-to-back games and are 7/10 with the draw 13/5 – both wins came by 1-0 and under 2.5 goals in total here is 8/11.

 

All bets can be viewed at www.skybet.com with all odds subject to change.

Ben Whitfield joins from AFC Bournemouth


Yeovil Town have signed Bournemouth midfielder Ben Whitfield on loan until January 2017.

 

The 20-year-old links up with fellow Cherries loanee Matt Butcher at Huish Park.

 

Whitfield, who can also operate as part of a front three, spent much of last season on loan with National League outfit Kidderminster Harriers, where he was named Player of the Year.

 

The former Bradford City academy graduate signed a new one-year deal with Eddie Howe’s side in the summer, contracting him at Dean Court until the summer of 2017.

 

Whitfield is available for selection for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at Doncaster Rovers.

Team GB paralympian heads to Huish Park before Rio

Team GB Paralympian Giles Moore, who is a keen Glovers supporter, has spent time with Darren Way and the squad ahead of travelling to Rio next week.
 

Giles, who lives in Ilminster, will link up with his team-mates next week before travelling to Brazil for what will be his first Paralympic Games.

 

The 19-year-old was named Best Goalkeeper at the 2014 CPISRA European Championships in Maia, Portugal and will now aim to help Team GB improved on their seventh-place finish at London 2012.

 

The Town supporter was awarded a home shirt to take to Brazil, and spent several hours with Darren Way and the squad as they prepared for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match against Doncaster.

 

Giles also took part in the goalkeeper’s training session alongside Artur Krysiak, Jonny Maddison and goalkeeper coach Sam Shulberg before enjoying lunch with the team.

 

Speaking ahead of his trip to South America and after enjoying some time at Huish Park, Giles said: “Being able to meet everyone at the club was amazing because I’m a life time supporter who travels home and away to matches.

 

“It was fantastic to be able to train alongside the team, they presented me with a signed shirt with ‘Rio 2016’ on the back which I’m absolutely chuffed with. I’m going to frame it and hang it alongside my other shirts.

 

“It’s such a great club where everyone knows each other which creates a footballing family. I would like to thank everyone at Yeovil Town FC for a brilliant morning especially Darren, Terry and Sam for making me very welcome and wishing me best for Rio.”

 

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Giles and the rest of the Team GB Paralympic seven-a-side squad the best of luck in Rio, and look forward to seeing Giles at Huish Park on his return from Brazil.

Glovers sign experienced striker Izale McLeod on free transfer

Yeovil Town have signed experienced striker Izale McLeod on a free transfer after being released by Notts County earlier today.

 

McLeod, who is a proven Football League goal scorer, signed for the Magpies for a six-figure fee in the summer of 2015 after scoring 21 goals for Crawley in the 2014/15 season.

 

After being released by the Nottinghamshire club, McLeod has signed a contract with the Glovers until the end of the season.

 

The 31-year-old has scored over 150 career goals in more than 450 appearances since starting his career at Derby County and netted 10 times for John Sheridan’s side last season including three braces, finishing the campaign as the club’s second highest scorer.

 

The former England Under-21 international has featured for 12 clubs across the Football League including MK Dons, Charlton Athletic, Barnet and Portsmouth, being named League Two Player of the Year in 2007 as well as making the PFA Team of the Year on two occasions. 

After completing the signing, manager Darren Way said: "He’s a player I’ve kept my eyes on for a number of years, I remember he completely dominated a game against us one year where he had one chance and scored.
"Izale’s a goal scorer with a wealth of experience who is going to add to our squad and he’s got fantastic ability which will drive the other players on."
With the formalities done with and the paperwork completed, the striker said he’s looking forward to getting going.
"It feels really good, I’ve been to Huish Park a few times and it’s good to now be on the home side.
"I heard about the team and how well they have done in pre-season and at the start of this season, but the biggest factor was after speaking to the manager where he showed me how much he wanted me to come."

 

McLeod will be available for selection for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at Doncaster Rovers and will wear the number 18 shirt. 

Kyle Copp gets international clearance

Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Swansea midfielder Kyle Copp.

 

The 19-year-old agreed to join the Glovers on non-contract terms earlier this month but has been unable to play whilst waiting for international clearance.

 

With all the paperwork now completed, Copp is free to feature in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match at Doncaster Rovers.

 

The Welshman, who’s represented his country at Under-17 level, will wear the number 15 shirt for Town.

Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges extend loan deals

Yeovil Town have extended the loan deals of Swansea City duo Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges to keep them at Huish Park for the remainder of the season.

 

Defender Shephard and forward Hedges arrived in the summer initially on loan deals until January.

 

Hedges has started every match for Town whilst Shephard featured in the opening two fixtures before injury ruled him out for two weeks.

 

Swans manager Francesco Guidolin has agreed to allow the Wales Under-21 internationals to continue their development in Somerset.

 

Manager Darren Way was delighted with the extension of their loan deals.

 

He said: “I think it’s a fantastic move for both parties – Swansea and Yeovil – that both players have decided to extend their loan deals until the end of the season. It shows what direction this Football Club is going in.

 

“Both players have been great additions to Yeovil Town and I’m sure that’s only going to get stronger as the team keeps growing.”

 

Both deals are subject to international clearance.

Report: Everton v Yeovil Town

A battling Yeovil Town fell to a 4-0 defeat at Premier League Everton in Round Two of the EFL Cup at Goodison Park.

 

Winger Aaron Lennon put the Toffees a goal ahead after a spell of pressure midway through the first half, before a resilient Town threatened to get back into the game after the break.

 

As Darren Way’s side began to pick up momentum, their hopes were dashed by a long-range Ross Barkley free-kick after 69 minutes.

 

With Town searching for a way back into the match, Ronald Koeman’s side added two goals late on thanks to substitute Arouna Kone to put the result beyond doubt.

 

With the vociferous support from the travelling Town faithful, the Glovers seemed to settle into life at Goodison Park quickly, with their usual flowing brand of football in the opening exchanges.

 

It was the hosts who saw the first effort on goal though, as Romelu Lukaku fired an effort from 25 yards over Artur Krysiak’s goal.

 

That opportunity was instantly met by a chance at the other end, when Tom Eaves caused havoc in the Toffees box allowing Otis Khan to steal in and try to take advantage of the situation.

 

Just as the Yeovil attacker looked to prod an effort goal wards, Maarten Stekelenburg collected the ball much to the relief of the on-looking home supporters.

 

Everton enjoyed a plethora of corners in the opening 45 minutes and with 15 minutes on the clock, Lukaku had a headed effort from a Barkley corner headed off of the line by a perfectly positioned Alex Lawless.

 

The Belgian striker then pulled an effort wide of the target inside the box when found by Bolasie, before Town produced their best opportunity of the half after 19 minutes.

 

Matt Butcher, on the edge of the Everton box after a set-piece, produced a stunning piece of skill to pirouette past the combined challenge of James McCarthy and Ramiro Funes Mori on the edge of the box before seeing a well-hit effort fly just over Stekelenburg’s goal.

 

That was swiftly followed by an Eaves header from a corner which followed Butcher’s shot by going just over the bar, whilst at the other end Lukaku had an appeal for a penalty waved away by referee Christopher Kavanagh.

 

Ronald Koeman’s side didn’t have to wait too long for an opening goal however, when Lennon put Everton ahead after 28 minutes.

 

After being contained on the edge of the box by a dogged Yeovil defence, McCarthy eventually found space in the box before squaring to the former Tottenham winger who slotted home from 12 yards.

 

Buoyed by taking the lead, the Toffees continued to press but were left frustrated by a resilient Yeovil defence.

 

The Premier League outfit took their lead into the break but within five minutes of the restart Yeovil were pressing for an equalising goal.

 

After breaking up an Everton attack and strong hold-up play by Eaves, a promising counter-attack was brought to a premature end when a roving Ryan Hedges was felled by Idrissa Gana Gueye who was lucky to escape a booking.

 

From the resulting free-kick, and fresh from scoring from inside his own half two weeks ago, Dolan fired the resulting free-kick from 30 yards at goal and saw his effort fly inches wide of goal, as Stekelenburg scrambled across his six-yard box.

 

Krysiak didn’t have a save to make up to the hour mark, as the Glovers grew in confidence in front of the crowd of over 25,000.

 

With the visitors enjoying the better of the second half, Darren Way introduced Tahvon Campbell after 63 minutes for Khan whilst Everton introduced the experienced duo of Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson in place of McCarthy and Mason Holgate in a bid to steady the ship.

 

Just five minutes later, and arguably against the run of play, Everton doubled their lead courtesy of an expert Barkley free-kick.

 

Almost 30 yards from goal, and seemingly shaping to cross, the England international surprised most in the stadium by going for goal where he managed to squeeze in the effort just inside the near post to make the score 2-0.

 

The Glovers pressed for a way back into the match but were dealt a sucker punch after 79 minutes when on the break, the recently introduced Kone broke free to score from 18 yards to put the result beyond doubt.

 

The Ivorian striker added a second in stoppage time after a scramble in the box, as a battling Yeovil side left Merseyside with what could be deemed a harsh final scoreline.

 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Butcher, Smith; Dawson (Lea 76’), Lawless, Dolan; Hedges, Eaves, Khan (Campbell 63’).

Bookings: Dawson 59’.

Subs not used: Maddison, Sowunmi, Bassett.

 

Everton: Stekelenburg; Holgate (Cleverley 66’), Williams, Funes Mori, Oviedo; Gueye, McCarthy (Gibson 66’); Lennon, Barkley (Kone 79’), Bolasie; Lukaku.

Bookings:

Subs not used: Joel, Baines, Jagielka, Mirallas.

Preview: Everton v Yeovil Town

The Glovers take on Premier League outfit Everton at Goodison Park in Round Two of the EFL Cup after an impressive victory at League One Walsall in the first round.

 

Town scored twice in extra-time, including Matty Dolan’s stunning strike from inside his own half, to earn a first ever competitive meeting between Yeovil and the Toffees.

 

Despite never locking horns on the pitch, the two clubs enjoy a good relationship which has seen a number of players arrive in Somerset from Merseyside.

 

Shane Duffy and John Lundstram both featured for the Glovers in the Championship whilst Liam Walsh played a pivotal part in Town’s excellent form in the second half of last season.

 

Manager Darren Way enjoys a good friendship with Everton coaches David Unsworth and Joe Royle, meaning there will be plenty of familiar faces at Goodison Park come 7.45pm on Tuesday night.

 

Yeovil enjoyed a great start to the season which saw them collect four points from their opening two league fixtures, with the 2-0 win at Walsall in the EFL Cup sandwiched in-between.

 

Performances have continued to breed positivity although Town have lost their last two matches to a narrow 1-0 margin in Sky Bet League Two.

 

For the hosts it’s been a summer of change with former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman taking charge in place of Roberto Martinez, with a number of changes amongst the playing staff.

 

England defender John Stones departed for Manchester City for a club record transfer fee, whilst Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie have arrived at Goodison from Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively, leading the way in terms of Toffees transfers.

 

Koeman’s side have started the new Premier League campaign positively, drawing away to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day before coming from behind to win 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

 

Speaking ahead of the match, Darren Way said: “Since I have taken over as manager we have had a good rapport with Everton, and of course we took Liam (Walsh) on loan last season.

“We have continued that relationship and I am looking forward to the game. I am sure it is going to be a great atmosphere and a great experience for our players and supporters.”

Way relishing the prospect of facing Koeman

Yeovil Town boss Darren Way is relishing the prospect of pitting his managerial wits against Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.

The Glovers will lock horns with the Blues on Tuesday night in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Way never faced Koeman in his playing days but recognises the job he has done since crossing the white line into the dugout.

“It is exciting when you can test yourself against a Premier League side at a Premier League ground,” he told evertonfc.com. “As a manager, I am really looking forward to challenging myself against a top-class coach like Ronald Koeman.

“Ronald is a fantastic manager who did very well at Southampton. He has a wealth of knowledge and was an unbelievable player. Everyone I’ve spoken to who knows him speaks very highly of him.

“It is always good to test yourself against someone of that calibre.”

Everton youngster Liam Walsh played a big part last season after he penned a loan deal in January, and Way has enjoyed a good connection with the Toffees over the years.

“I have a really good relationship with David Unsworth and Joe Royle,” he added. “Since I have taken over as manager we have had a good rapport with Everton, and of course we took Liam on loan last season.

“We have continued that relationship and I am looking forward to the game. I am sure it is going to be a great atmosphere and a great experience for our players.”

Both Way and Walsh feature in Tuesday’s matchday programme, priced at £3.50 and available from around Goodison Park or the Everton One club store.

New bags are so Practical!

A chance visit to Yeovil Town Football Club resulted in a local business providing new carrier bags for the club shop.

Practical Car & Van Rental franchisee Julian Rinaldi was buying his son a new home kit on a recent visit.

”I thought it would be a great opportunity to supply the club with some bespoke carrier bags befitting the club shop” said Julian, who has owned the Practical Car & Van Rental franchise in Axminster for over 20 years and opened a second branch in Crewkerne around six years ago. 

“I had a chat with Colette in the the club shop and offered to provide them”. The result is a special design carrying the logos of both Yeovil Town Football Club and Practical Car & Van Rental, which Julian believes creates a professional image for the club shop. 

“The club are on the up and I am happy to be able to improve the service and customer satisfaction when making people are making a purchase”. In addition ,there is a bonus for anyone buying in the club shop – 10% off their next vehicle rental with the voucher provided inside the bag.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: "We are very grateful to Julian for the supply of the bags. The 5p charge for the bags will be donated to the EFL official charity Prostate Cancer UK”

 

Pictured presenting the new carrier bags to Yeovil Town Football Club shop manager Colette and First Team Manager Darren Way are Julian Rinaldi of Practical Car & Van Rental and his son Louis. (Pics by Amelia Rinaldi)

Players recover and prepare for Everton trip

Ahead of Town’s EFL Cup Round Two clash with Everton on Tuesday, the players have been in on Sunday at Huish Park to recover and prepare for the trip to Merseyside.
 

After a run of five games in two weeks, manager Darren Way assembled his squad to recover ahead of the game at Goodison Park on Tuesday, which is Yeovil’s reward for beating League One outfit Walsall 2-0 in Round One of the competition earlier this month.

 

It’s the first time the two clubs will have met in a competitive fixture, meaning history will be made on Tuesday in the maiden fixture between the two sides.

 

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Darren way said: “I’m looking forward to the match and seeing the travelling supporters at Goodison Park, in what will be another memorable fixture for our Club.”

 

Supporters wishing to attend the match can continue to purchase tickets on Monday (22nd August).

 

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £15

Under-22s/Over-65s: £10

Under-18s: £5

 

Tickets can be purchased online (click here to buy online) with a maximum of 5 tickets per person, but there is no limit for tickets purchased in person or over the phone.

 

However, tickets will cease to be available after 5pm on Monday 22nd August with no tickets available on the day of the match (Tuesday 23rd August).

 

The Club’s ticket office can be reached on 01935 847888 from 9am on Monday 22nd August.

Report: Yeovil Town v Morecambe

Yeovil Town were beaten 1-0 at home by Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two despite Shrimps keeper Barry Roche pulling off a string of fine saves.

 

In a frantic opening 45 minutes Town drew a plethora of saves from the visitors’ stopper including a Matty Dolan effort which was tipped onto the post.

 

But ten minutes after the restart the effervescent Kevin Ellison calmly slotted past Artur Krysiak, which proved to be enough to take home all three points.

 

Darren Way stuck with the side that started Tuesday’s match away at Mansfield, with the one change coming on the bench where Alex Lacey was absent having been ruled out for 6 to 8 weeks with a broken arm.

 

In a frantic opening 20 minutes, the hosts bombarded Roche’s goal, as Town’s front three wreaked havoc in the final third.

 

Neat build-up play saw Ryan Hedges get to the by-line, but his low cross somehow evaded everyone in the box before being cleared from danger in the opening exchanges.

 

Roche was soon called into action though as Kevin Dawson’s shot from the angle could only be parried away after 13 minutes, before the Irishman stung the fingertips of the Morecambe stopper with a fierce drive from all of 30 yards, minutes later.

 

The Shrimps came close to scoring when Jack Dunn’s effort was well saved by Krysiak only for the veteran Kevin Ellison to fire against the post on the rebound from inside the box.

 

But it was Way’s side who continued to press and only a fine low diving save from Roche denied Tom Eaves from close range, before the Yeovil striker saw a fizzed first time effort fly over the bar from the edge of the box.

 

The Glovers continued to dominate and hit the woodwork themselves with 38 minutes on the clock, when excellent build-up play led to Matty Dolan’s volley from an Otis Khan cross only being kept out by a combination of Roche and the base of the visitors’ post.

 

Torrential rain greeted the players for the second half and after a quiet first ten minutes of the second period, it was Jim Bentley’s Morecambe who opened the scoring.

 

Jack Dunn found Ellison inside the Glovers box and the midfielder made no mistake from 12 yards to fire past the hapless Krysiak.

 

Town almost equalised immediately, however, when neat passing on the edge of the box allowed Dolan to shot from the edge of the box, but his goal-bound effort was brilliantly tipped round the post by the ever-busy Roche.

 

Yeovil continued to press for an equaliser and introduced Tahvon Campbell and Francois Zoko just past the hour mark for Khan and Hedges.

 

Both substitutes entered the fray and flanked Eaves up front in search of an equaliser.

 

And it was Campbell who came closest for the hosts in the 90th minute when the West Brom loanee cut in from the left wing before firing at goal, only for Roche to again frustrate the home faithful with another fine save.

 

There was still time for Roche to keep his side in the match once more, this time tipping Dolan’s free-kick over the bar as Jim Bentley’s side held on for victory away from home.

 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Mugabi, Butcher, Smith, Dickson (Sowunmi 83’); Dawson, Lawless, Dolan; Hedges (Campbell 62’), Eaves, Khan (Zoko 62’).

Bookings: Dawson 40’.

Subs not used: Maddison, Lea, Bassett.

 

Morecambe: Roche; Wakefield, Whitmore, Kenyon, Conlan; Fleming, Rose; Barkhuizen (Molyneux 51’), Dunn (Turner 76’), Ellison; Stockton (McGowan 81’).

Bookings: Fleming 79’.

Subs not used: Nizic, Mullin.

Who’s the man?

Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of the EFL. Their “Man of Men” logo sits proudly in the squad numbers of every one of our player’s shirts.


 

1 in 8 men get prostate cancer, and 1 in 4 Black men get prostate cancer.

 

The Man is you and everyone who wants to stop prostate cancer being a killer.

Be prostate cancer aware – watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygoQ_kWf5ZQ 

Find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football by visiting their website: prostatecanceruk.org/football

Report: Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town

A second-half Matt Green penalty was enough to see Mansfield take all three points at The One Call Stadium.

Darren Way made one change to the team that drew 1-1 with Luton on Saturday; Alex Lacey, suffering from an arm injury sustained in that game with the Hatters, dropped to the bench, with Nathan Smith replacing him.

Yeovil starting eleven: Krysiak; Dickson, Smith, Butcher, Mugabi; Dolan, Lawless, Dawson; Khan, Eaves, Hedges.

Mansfield started well and nearly went ahead inside three minutes when Chris Clements saw his deflected effort fly just wide of Artur Krysiakís goal.

The home side were reduced to ten men on nine minutes when Danny Rose slid in hard on Otis Khan. Referee John Brooks drew the player away from the crowd and immediately reached for his back pocket.

Adam Chapmanís long throws had been a feature of the game but it nearly proved Mansfieldís undoing as the Glovers regained possession and drove at the Stags backline. Ryan Hedges burst into the box but saw his effort cleared away from danger.

On 26 minutes, Clements connected well with a volley which flew straight at Krysiak; the Glovers then went straight up the other end, with Otis Khan seeing his shot comfortably saved by Brian Jensen.

Hedges had a couple of half chances for Yeovil but the two teams entered the break on level terms.

On 55 minutes, substitute Tahvon Campbell looked to break through the Mansfield defence but had his shirt pulled by Kyle Howkins. The Stags player was subsequently cautioned by referee Brooks.

Mansfield took the lead on 64 minutes and it came from the penalty spot; Krysiak saved Matt Greenís initial shot but brought down Mitchell Rose as he tried to reach the second ball.

From the resulting penalty kick, Green sent Krysiak the wrong way.

Francois Zoko came on for the Glovers in an attempt to get an equaliser. The change nearly paid off immediately as the frontman flashed a shot across goal from a tight angle.

On 76 minutes, Mal Benning within inches of doubling the home sideís lead but shot narrowly wide with Krysiak scrambling.

Three minutes later, Matt Dolan had the ball in the net but saw his effort ruled out for offside.

Tom Eaves headed over a Matt Butcher cross as Yeovil pushed for an equaliser but it was not enough.

Attendance: 2,503 (130 travelling Yeovil supporters).

Everton tickets now on sale

Tickets for Town’s EFL Cup Round Two fixture against Everton on the 23rd August go on sale for season ticket holders this morning.

 

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £15

Under-22s/Over-65s: £10

Under-18s: £5

 

The Glovers have been awarded an allocation of 3,000, with 1,800 tickets initially sent by Everton to arrive on Tuesday afternoon, so anyone wishing to collect their tickets in person should wait until the afternoon to do so.  A further batch of tickets will be sent if required.

 

Season ticket holders buying online (click here to buy online) will have a limit of 5 tickets, but there is no limit for tickets purchased in person or over the phone. Season ticket holders should have yesterday received an email with a new login and password for the online ticketing system. If supporters follow the link on the email they will be able to login and access tickets for the Everton game.

 

Tickets for the match go on general sale from 9am on Thursday (18th August), with the same 5 ticket restriction for purchases made online.

 

The ticket office phone lines are expected to be extremely busy, therefore we kindly ask for supporters who are unable to get through on the phone lines this week to, where possible, purchase tickets online. If you would like to leave a message with the ticket office, please leave one message and someone from the team will get back to you in due course.

 

Tickets will cease to be available after 5pm on Monday (22nd August).

 

With tickets for the match unable to be collected from Goodison Park, supporters who purchase tickets will need to collect their tickets by close of play on Monday evening, with no tickets for the match available to purchase on Tuesday 23rd August.

 

TRAVEL
 

The Green and White Supporters’ Club are available at the following times throughout the week at Huish Park to take coach bookings and payments:

 

Tuesday: 10.30 – 12.30

Wednesday: 10.00 – 13.00

Thursday: 09.00 – 13.00

Friday: 13.00 – 16.30

Saturday: 10.00 – 15.00

The Away Travel Club will also be running transport to the Everton match. The cost to book your seat and must be paid in full in advance of day is £28.

The coach will be leaving Huish Park from the away end of the ground at 11:30 prompt. To book your seat please call Johnny Woolmington after 5pm on 07725322284 or Sara Kelly before 5pm on 07939608338.

Tickets: Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town

Tickets for tomorrow’s trip to Mansfield Town will remain on sale from Huish Park until 5pm today (Monday 15th August).

Staff at Mansfield have told ytfc.net that they will sell tickets to Town fans on Tuesday until 1pm.

To buy your tickets before 5pm please call 01935 847888.

Fans wishing to purchase tickets on Tuesday morning should call 01623 482482.

Everton tickets on sale from Tuesday

Yeovil Town’s EFL Round Two match against Everton at Goodison Park will take place on Tuesday 23rd August, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders on Tuesday (16th August).

 

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £15

Under-22s/Over-65s: £10

Under-18s: £5

 

The Glovers have been awarded an allocation of 3,000, with 1,800 tickets initially sent by Everton to arrive on Tuesday.  A further batch of tickets will be sent if required.

 

Those supporters with a season ticket will have until Wednesday (17th August) to purchase tickets – season ticket holders buying online (click here to buy online) will have a limit of 5 tickets, but there is no limit for tickets purchased in person or over the phone.

 

Season ticket holders who have provided their email address will receive an email with log-in details for the new online ticketing system.

 

Tickets will go on general sale from Thursday (18th August) with online sales again limited to 5 tickets per person.

 

The ticket office will be open until seven o’clock on Friday night, but the purchase of tickets for the Everton match will be suspended on Saturday (20th August) to prioritise Town’s League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park.

 

Availability of tickets for the match at Goodison Park will resume on Monday (21st August) – tickets will not be available on the day of the match.

Kyle Copp set to join Yeovil Town

 

Yeovil Town have signed former Swansea midfielder Kyle Copp subject to international clearance.

 

The 19-year-old, who has an eye for goal, will sign on non-contract terms with the Glovers once all the necessary paperwork has gone through.

 

Copp was released by Swansea at the end of last season and featured throughout pre-season for Darren Way’s side.

 

Although the midfielder never made a first team appearance for the Jacks, the Welshman was a key part of the youth-team setup and has represented his country at Under-17 level.

 

Report: Luton Town v Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town retained their unbeaten start to the SkyBet League Two campaign with a 1-1 draw at Luton Town.

 

Town fell behind just before the half hour mark to an unstoppable effort from Hatters right-back Stephen O’Donnell, in what proved to be a testing first half which also saw Darren Way lose central defender Alex Lacey to injury.

 

A formation change in the second half saw Yeovil see plenty of the ball and after testing home keeper Christian Walton on a number of occasions, Tom Eaves rose on 78 minutes to head home a deserved equaliser to earn a share of the spoils.

 

Glovers manager Darren Way stuck with the team that finished Tuesday’s EFL Cup Round One match at Walsall, with Bevis Mugabi retaining the right-back slot in place of the injured Liam Shephard.

 

In a quiet start to the match it was Town who had the first sight of goal when Mugabi’s low cross found its way to Dolan on the edge of the box but the midfielder’s effort was deflected up and over the bar on the 15-minute mark.

 

That sparked an immediate response from the Hatters when two minutes later Glen Rea saw a header from the penalty spot brilliantly tipped over the bar by a diving Krysiak.

 

After 21 minutes both sets of supporters conducted a minute’s applause in memory of Luton supporter Brett Webb who sadly passed away recently, and the emotional homage to the Hatters fan was met with a goal for the home side just five minutes later.

 

Dan Potts’ cross from wide on the left evaded everyone in the middle and made its way out to O’Donnell, who, from 25 yards, lashed a fierce drive into the top corner giving Krysiak no chance in the Glovers goal.

 

Having conceded their first goal of the season, Darren Way’s side looked for a way back into the game immediately with a neat one-two between Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges ending with the former firing a shot straight at Christian Walton.

 

In a tough ten minutes for the visitors they were dealt another blow just past the half hour mark when Lacey succumbed to the injury picked up in just the second minute when he tumbled over the Kenilworth Road advertising hoardings; he was replaced by Tahvon Campbell.

 

The substitution prompted a re-jig in the Yeovil ranks; Kevin Dawson switched to right-back with Mugabi moving to central defence to accommodate for the now absent Lacey. Campbell took to the field upfront.

 

In a bitty remainder of the first half it was Luton who came closest to scoring; the industrious Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu fired just wide of the target from 18 yards just before the break.

 

The Glovers made a tactical change at the break, switching from the familiar 4-3-3 formation in favour of a diamond shaped 4-4-2.

 

Eaves and Campbell lead the line with Hedges at the top of a midfield diamond which was flanked by Dolan and Khan and marshalled by Lawless.

 

The change made an impact as Yeovil enjoyed the better of the play up to the hour mark.

 

Eaves had a goal bound effort deflected for a corner before his snapshot from the edge of the box required all 6’5” of Walton’s frame to deny an equalising goal.

 

The game opened up after 60 minutes with both sides enjoying sights on goal; Danny Hylton couldn’t direct a header from six yards before having a deflected effort fall just wide of Krysiak’s goal, whilst at the other end Campbell was twice denied by a diving Walton.

 

But Yeovil weren’t to be denied for long though as with 78 minutes on the clock, Eaves’ expert hold-up play brought Dawson into play and from the resultant cross, the Glovers striker was in position in the box to rise about the Luton defence and power home a headed equaliser.

 

Both sides pressed for a winner late on and Yeovil came closest to snatching the win with Dolan’s free-kick shaving the top of the crossbar, but the final whistle saw both teams earn a share of the spoils, a result which continues Town’s positive start to the season.

 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Mugabi, Lacey (Campbell 32’), Butcher, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan; Hedges, Eaves (Sowumni 83’), Khan.

Bookings: Dawson 48’, Eaves 66’.

Subs not used: Maddison, Smith, Lea, Bassett.

 

Luton Town: Walton; O’Donnell, Mullins, Cuthbert, Potts; Mpanzu (Gray 58’), Rea, Cook, McGeehan (Smith 65’); Hylton, Marriott (Vassell 86’).

Bookings: Marriott 76’.

Subs not used: Lee, McQuoid, King, Justin.

Ticket details for Everton fixture

Yeovil Town’s EFL Round Two match against Everton at Goodison Park will take place on Tuesday 23rd August, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders on Tuesday (16th August).

 

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £15

Under-22s/Over-65s: £10

Under-18s: £5

 

The Glovers have been awarded an allocation of 3,000, with 1,800 tickets initially sent by Everton to arrive on Tuesday.  A further batch of tickets will be sent if required.

 

Those supporters with a season ticket will have until Wednesday (17th August) to purchase tickets –season ticket holders buying online will have a limit of 5 tickets, but there is no limit for tickets purchased in person or over the phone.

 

Season ticket holders who have provided their email address will receive an email with log-in details for the new online ticketing system.

 

Tickets will go on general sale from Thursday (18th August) with online sales again limited to 5 tickets per person.

 

The ticket office will be open until seven o’clock on Friday night, but the purchase of tickets for the Everton match will be suspended on Saturday (20th August) to prioritise Town’s League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park.

 

Availability of tickets for the match at Goodison Park will resume on Monday (21st August) – tickets will not be available on the day of the match.

Tickets: Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town

Tickets for Town’s trip to face Doncaster Rovers are now on sale.

Darren Way will take his troops to face Darren Ferguson’s men on Saturday 27th August (3pm).

The game against Rovers is a ‘Back to School’ special game, so prices for the fixture have been reduced to just £10 for adults and £5 for juniors ages 16 and under. Disabled fans will pay the appropriate price with a carer free of charge.

Doncaster have this year introduced a Junior Away Squad Membership. This is free of charge to join for away junior fans if they complete an application form. On completion youngsters will receive a £3 reduction on their ticket, meaning entry for just £2. This is only applicable on tickets brought in advance of matchday. Supporters just need to fill in their details on a application form or if ordering on the phone give permission for the ticket office to complete a form on their behalf. A junior membership card will be issued to the junior supporter.

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

Town drawn to face Everton in EFL Cup

Yeovil Town have been drawn away to Premier League Everton in Round Two of the EFL Cup.

 

The Glovers will travel to Goodison Park in the week commencing August 22nd.

 

The Toffees received a bye in Round One before joining 12 other top flight clubs in the hat for Round Two, along with the 35 winners from Round One.

 

Town earned their place in the Second Round thanks to a 2-0 win away at League One outfit Walsall on Tuesday night.

 

Details regarding the match and tickets will follow in due course.

Dolan’s Triomphe for Glovers

The Glovers may have won 2-0 at League One Walsall in the First Round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, but the limelight was stolen by Matt Dolan’s stunning extra-time strike.
 

With Town already leading 1-0 courtesy of an own goal, Dolan capitalised on the home keeper Neil Etheridge being out of position to find the net from inside his own half – a distance totalling all of 50m.

 

The effort immediately drew comparisons to David Beckham’s halfway line goal against Wimbledon on the opening day of the Premier League season back in August 1996, with Dolan’s strike coming a spooky eight days before the 20 year anniversary of the then Manchester United player’s wonder goal.

 

But with the Yeovil midfielder finding the back of the Saddlers’ net from virtually a different postcode to the rest of the Banks’s Stadium, what else could Dolan’s shot have sailed over?

 

For fans of architecture, the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands above Rio de Janeiro is a mere 38m leaving 12m spare, whilst the Statue of Liberty – from base to torch – is 46m rendering it unable to prevent a Dolan-esque effort.

 

His shot would have just about trickled over the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris which stands at an equalling 50m, whilst the original Godzilla (used between 1954 and 1975) would’ve been picking the ball out of the back as it also only stands at 50m.

 

Somerset-born Siobhan-Marie O’Connor claimed silver at Rio 2016 in the pool in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but the swimmer wouldn’t have been able to complete a length of the 50m Olympic sized pool before Dolan’s effort cleared the distance of the water.

 

Back to football, and you would need to count up Yeovil’s goals dating back to late April in League Two, in terms of distance from goal, in order to equal the 50m Dolan effort on Tuesday night.

New group of professional match officials confirmed

In a major development for English football, the EFL and the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) have announced details of a new group of professional Match Officials who will officiate across the Sky Bet Championship and support development of refereeing standards across the rest of the Sky Bet EFL.

Known as Select Group 2, the introduction of 18 new contracted Referees and 36 Assistant Referees has been made possible thanks to financial investment from all 24 Championship clubs which will enable officials to meet regularly, share learning, and improve consistency on the pitch.

This investment to support development of Match Officials in the EFL follows the recent launch of a new joint initiative adopted across English football that aims to promote honesty, integrity and positive behaviour across the game. Backed by the EFL in conjunction with the FA and the Premier League, from the start of the 2016/17 season PGMO will apply the laws of the game to rigorously manage players’ and coaches’ behaviour towards match officials, as well as conduct in the technical area.

This initiative has been introduced alongside a revision of the game’s laws designed to make them more easily understood by all and to ensure there is greater consistency in application by officials.

Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive said: “The job of a referee has always been an unforgiving one and today, more than at any other point in the history of our competitions, they face increasing scrutiny over how they perform and the split second decisions they make. Therefore, there has to be a collective responsibility between The EFL and PGMOL to ensure we prepare our officials in the most appropriate way. The introduction of Select Group 2 will do this as we continue to look at ways of improving officiating standards.

“The expectations that were being placed on some our officials were exceptionally unfair, given the fact they may have been holding down a demanding full-time job during the week and then being asked to referee a game at the weekend that could have significant consequences for managers, players and supporters. Now, they will have the opportunity to meet regularly, share learnings and devote more time to their profession that will only serve to improve consistency on the pitch.

“The move to full time officials also presents us with a more long-term opportunity of supporting our ex-players and getting them back into the professional game by training as a match official. We all want refereeing to become a career and not just a job.”

He added: “It’s also important to stress that it’s our Clubs who have driven forward this initiative and they deserve great credit for identifying an issue and then being prepared to find – and fund – a solution that will have a positive impact on the game for many years to come. Each Championship club has committed to £50k worth of additional investment, meaning there is no requirement to find this money from our central funds.

“The 18 Select Group 2 officials will predominantly work across the Championship, but as part of the new PGMOL development programme it will allow an enhanced training programme for officials in League One and Two, ensuring all 72 of our clubs benefit.”

Commenting on the introduction of Select Group 2, Mike Riley said: “The PGMOL Board and management team are delighted that the introduction of Select Group 2 next season will assist in the development of officiating standards in the Championship and have a positive effect across the rest of the EFL competitions.

“The continued support from the EFL will allow us to improve our development programme and referees will now be able to meet every two weeks during the season. Those officials selected to form SG2 have been put through one of the most intensive and challenging evaluations in PGMOL history and since their selection earlier this year have been working towards ensuring they are fully prepared for the rigorous demands placed upon them as soon as the first ball is kicked this weekend.

“The Group will continue to benefit from the experience and leadership of David Allison. Dave will be supported by former SG1 referee Alan Wiley as senior coach. Alan will be able to share his vast expertise in helping develop a new generation of officials and this increase in commitment to the enhanced training programme will, over time, deliver the improvements that are required by clubs, managers, players and supporters.”

Alongside the announcement of Select Group 2, the EFL has clarified its referee and assistant appointment policy for season 2016/17. The restrictions mean match officials will not be eligible to participate in certain games if they:

• Reside in the same town or city as either club;

• Have played for any of the participating clubs at youth, under-21 (reserve) or senior level;

• Take an active interest in a club (season/match ticket currently or previously);

• Have personal connections with a participating club.

Report: Walsall v Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town recorded a stunning 2-0 victory away at League One Walsall in the First Round of the EFL Cup after extra-time at the Banks’s Stadium.
 

Neither side could find a goal in normal time forcing the fixture into an additional half an hour, where the Glovers managed to take the lead after 103 minutes when a Hedges free-kick caused chaos in the Walsall box which resulted in an own goal.

 

After the short break Town added to their lead when Matt Dolan scored a contender for goal of the season from the halfway line after capitalising on the home keeper straying from his line with a little over five minutes remaining.

 

The visitors comfortably saw out the remaining few minutes to claim their place in the next round after a pulsating victory in the West Midlands.

 

Darren Way made just one change from the side that opened the league campaign last Saturday with a 2-0 win against Notts County at Huish Park – Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher came in at the back for the injured Nathan Smith.

 

The Glovers enjoyed the better of the first half looking comfortable in possession and stifling Walsall’s attacking threat going forward.

 

After a bright start it was Yeovil who looked most likely to open the scoring in the opening half an hour; firstly, Otis Khan fired at home keeper Neil Etheridge after cutting in from the right before Ryan Hedges’ effort on the opposite wing was only thwarted by a fine diving save by the Philippines international.

 

In fact, it was the latter who came closest to scoring in the first half overall as a devastating counter-attack from Yeovil ended with Hedges side-footing Liam Shephard’s cut-back over the bar from inside the box.

 

Walsall were continually frustrated in the final third as the diminutive Erhun Oztumer had a shot parried for a corner by Artur Krysiak just before the 25-minute mark, before Simeon Jackson’s effort from 10 yards was emphatically blocked by Ryan Dickson after 38 minutes.

 

Fresh from scoring on the opening day of the season, Kevin Dawson tried an effort from 20 yards which flashed wide of the post, as the midfield trio of Dawson, Lawless and Dolan enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first period.

 

Etheridge was forced into another diving save before the break, this time to deny Tom Eaves who managed to glance on Hedges’ whipped free-kick from the right as the visitors ended the half in positive fashion.

 

Walsall, who play their football a division higher than the Glovers in League One, started the second half brightly with succession of early corners, although they were unable to test Krysiak in the Yeovil goal.

 

Darren Way’s side were dealt a blow just before the hour mark, however, as Liam Shephard picked up an injury after being fouled – despite trying to continue the Wales Under-21 international was replaced by Bevis Mugabi who took to the field to make his Yeovil debut.

 

The change didn’t interrupt the Glovers’ rhythm though as Khan once again caused mischief in the final third. Former Yeovil player Joe Edwards misjudged a long Krysiak kick allowing the winger to charge through on goal, only for Etheridge to save with his feet.

 

As the end-to-end action continued, Kieron Morris saw an effort fly narrowly wide of the target before Saddlers substitute Andreas Makris had a close range shot saved brilliantly by the feet of Krysiak as both sides searched for a winner in the EFL Cup.

 

From a corner Alex Lacey had a shot blocked on the line before Hedges’ mazy run on the edge of the Walsall box ended with an effort just over the bar with a little under 20 minutes remaining of normal time.

 

As the game entered the final quarter of an hour the hosts squandered their best chance of the game when substitute Amadou Bakayoko’s cross could only be headed wide by Jackson from six yards as both sides pressed for a late winner.

 

Jackson went close again in the last five minutes of normal time when his deflected header fell just wide of the target before Matt Dolan’s last ditch free-kick had to be tipped round the post by Etheridge to deny Way’s side a dramatic win. Instead, neither side could find a winner in 90 minutes forcing the EFL Cup match into extra-time.

 

In a slightly scrappier first half of extra-time both Eaves for Yeovil and Henry for Walsall went close with efforts, whilst Way introduced Tahvon Campbell for Otis Khan in a bid to find the elusive opening goal.

 

And the substitute played a pivotal role as the Glovers took the lead after 103 minutes. The winger was fouled wide on the left by Matt Preston and from the following Hedges free-kick, Kevin Dawson’s header back across goal was diverted into his own net by Bakayoko to put Yeovil 1-0 up.

 

That was the final action of the first half of extra-time but things got better after the break for Town.

 

With 111 minutes on the clock Glovers midfielder Matt Dolan scored an early contender for goal of the season to put his side 2-0 up.

 

Etheridge took a Walsall free-kick wide on the right hand side midway inside his own half only for the ball to make its way to Dolan who fired an effort from the halfway line which flew into the net before the recovering Walsall keeper could get back between the sticks.

 

The goal sparked a mass exodus amongst the home supporters in the stands and Yeovil comfortably saw out the remaining few minutes to see out a memorable 2-0 victory in the EFL Cup to safely see them through to the second round.

 

Yeovil: Krysiak; Shephard (Mugabi 54’), Butcher, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan; Hedges, Eaves (Sowumni 115’), Khan (Campbell 101’).

Subs not used: Maddison, Lea.

Walsall: Etheridge; Edwards, McCarthy, Preston, Henry; Morris, Chambers, Dobson (Kinsella 70’), Ginnelly (Makris 63’); Oztumer (Bakayoko 70’), Jackson.

Subs not used: MacGillivray, Butterfield, Roberts, Kouhyar.

EFL Cup round two draw

The Round Two draw of this season’s EFL Cup will take place on Wednesday 10 August, 2016 on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports News HQ.

Teams will learn the identity of their opponents immediately after the conclusion of the match between League Two Luton Town and Championship side Aston Villa at approximately 10.00pm.

EFL teams that progress from Round One will be joined by Premier League sides not competing in Europe this season. 

The 13 top flight teams – including Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton – will be seeded, along with the Championship’s Newcastle United and Norwich City plus 10 winners from the opening round of fixtures.

In the event that Liverpool are drawn at home in Round Two then they will be given special dispensation by the EFL Board to play the fixture at the opposing club due to the ongoing redevelopment work at Anfield Stadium.

If the draw dictates this is required then the EFL Board will determine a level of compensation to be paid by Liverpool to the opposing club. 

An EFL spokesman said: “The Board of the EFL carefully considered a request from Liverpool and felt that in these particular circumstances it was wholly appropriate to agree to a fixture reversal.”

Match Report : 09/08/2016

Yeovil Town recorded a stunning 2-0 victory away at League One Walsall in the First Round of the EFL Cup after extra-time at the Banks’s Stadium.
 

Neither side could find a goal in normal time forcing the fixture into an additional half an hour, where the Glovers managed to take the lead after 103 minutes when a Hedges free-kick caused chaos in the Walsall box which resulted in an own goal.

 

After the short break Town added to their lead when Matt Dolan scored a contender for goal of the season from the halfway line after capitalising on the home keeper straying from his line with a little over five minutes remaining.

 

The visitors comfortably saw out the remaining few minutes to claim their place in the next round after a pulsating victory in the West Midlands.

 

Darren Way made just one change from the side that opened the league campaign last Saturday with a 2-0 win against Notts County at Huish Park – Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher came in at the back for the injured Nathan Smith.

 

The Glovers enjoyed the better of the first half looking comfortable in possession and stifling Walsall’s attacking threat going forward.

 

After a bright start it was Yeovil who looked most likely to open the scoring in the opening half an hour; firstly, Otis Khan fired at home keeper Neil Etheridge after cutting in from the right before Ryan Hedges’ effort on the opposite wing was only thwarted by a fine diving save by the Philippines international.

 

In fact, it was the latter who came closest to scoring in the first half overall as a devastating counter-attack from Yeovil ended with Hedges side-footing Liam Shephard’s cut-back over the bar from inside the box.

 

Walsall were continually frustrated in the final third as the diminutive Erhun Oztumer had a shot parried for a corner by Artur Krysiak just before the 25-minute mark, before Simeon Jackson’s effort from 10 yards was emphatically blocked by Ryan Dickson after 38 minutes.

 

Fresh from scoring on the opening day of the season, Kevin Dawson tried an effort from 20 yards which flashed wide of the post, as the midfield trio of Dawson, Lawless and Dolan enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first period.

 

Etheridge was forced into another diving save before the break, this time to deny Tom Eaves who managed to glance on Hedges’ whipped free-kick from the right as the visitors ended the half in positive fashion.

 

Walsall, who play their football a division higher than the Glovers in League One, started the second half brightly with succession of early corners, although they were unable to test Krysiak in the Yeovil goal.

 

Darren Way’s side were dealt a blow just before the hour mark, however, as Liam Shephard picked up an injury after being fouled – despite trying to continue the Wales Under-21 international was replaced by Bevis Mugabi who took to the field to make his Yeovil debut.

 

The change didn’t interrupt the Glovers’ rhythm though as Khan once again caused mischief in the final third. Former Yeovil player Joe Edwards misjudged a long Krysiak kick allowing the winger to charge through on goal, only for Etheridge to save with his feet.

 

As the end-to-end action continued, Kieron Morris saw an effort fly narrowly wide of the target before Saddlers substitute Andreas Makris had a close range shot saved brilliantly by the feet of Krysiak as both sides searched for a winner in the EFL Cup.

 

From a corner Alex Lacey had a shot blocked on the line before Hedges’ mazy run on the edge of the Walsall box ended with an effort just over the bar with a little under 20 minutes remaining of normal time.

 

As the game entered the final quarter of an hour the hosts squandered their best chance of the game when substitute Amadou Bakayoko’s cross could only be headed wide by Jackson from six yards as both sides pressed for a late winner.

 

Jackson went close again in the last five minutes of normal time when his deflected header fell just wide of the target before Matt Dolan’s last ditch free-kick had to be tipped round the post by Etheridge to deny Way’s side a dramatic win. Instead, neither side could find a winner in 90 minutes forcing the EFL Cup match into extra-time.

 

In a slightly scrappier first half of extra-time both Eaves for Yeovil and Henry for Walsall went close with efforts, whilst Way introduced Tahvon Campbell for Otis Khan in a bid to find the elusive opening goal.

 

And the substitute played a pivotal role as the Glovers took the lead after 103 minutes. The winger was fouled wide on the left by Matt Preston and from the following Hedges free-kick, Kevin Dawson’s header back across goal was diverted into his own net by Bakayoko to put Yeovil 1-0 up.

 

That was the final action of the first half of extra-time but things got better after the break for Town.

 

With 111 minutes on the clock Glovers midfielder Matt Dolan scored an early contender for goal of the season to put his side 2-0 up.

 

Etheridge took a Walsall free-kick wide on the right hand side midway inside his own half only for the ball to make its way to Dolan who fired an effort from the halfway line which flew into the net before the recovering Walsall keeper could get back between the sticks.

 

The goal sparked a mass exodus amongst the home supporters in the stands and Yeovil comfortably saw out the remaining few minutes to see out a memorable 2-0 victory in the EFL Cup to safely see them through to the second round.

 

Yeovil: Krysiak; Shephard (Mugabi 54’), Butcher, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan; Hedges, Eaves (Sowumni 115’), Khan (Campbell 101’).

Subs not used: Maddison, Lea.

Walsall: Etheridge; Edwards, McCarthy, Preston, Henry; Morris, Chambers, Dobson (Kinsella 70’), Ginnelly (Makris 63’); Oztumer (Bakayoko 70’), Jackson.

Subs not used: MacGillivray, Butterfield, Roberts, Kouhyar.

Dates set for Checkatrade Trophy fixtures

Dates for Town’s matches in the Checkatrade Trophy have now been set.

Darren Way will lead his men against Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers and Reading.

Dates for the fixtures are as follows:

Yeovil Town v Portsmouth

Tuesday 30th August – 7:45pm

Bristol Rovers v Yeovil Town     

Tuesday 4th October – 7:45pm

Reading v Yeovil Town                

Wednesday 9th November – 7:30pm

Ticket details for the fixtures will be released soon.

Checkatrade check in as Trophy title sponsor

The EFL has today secured a record value partnership with Checkatrade that sees the market leading trade vetting and monitoring website become the Official Title Sponsor of the EFL Trophy.

The competition has been renamed as the Checkatrade Trophy with immediate effect as clubs from Sky Bet League One and League Two get ready to compete with 16 Category 1 Academy teams from the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship for the first time.

Kicking off week commencing 29 August, for the 2016/17 EFL season, the first stage of the Checkatrade Trophy will see 16 regionalised groups of four teams go head to head in the reinvigorated competition format. The groups include at least one side from each of Leagues One and Two, alongside one Category 1 Academy team.

Of each group, the top two teams will progress into the knockout stages of the competition, with eventual finalists going on to contest the showpiece Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on 2 April 2017.

Shaun Harvey, the Chief Executive of the EFL said: “We are delighted to have signed up Checkatrade as title sponsor for our revamped competition – the Checkatrade Trophy.    With credibility and reputation critical to the success of the Checkatrade brand, we feel there are some strong synergies between us both and look forward to developing them throughout the sponsorship term that could run for a five year period.

 

“With major changes heading the way of the competition in 2016/17, including the introduction of 16 Category 1 sides, this partnership is the perfect platform for Checkatrade.  It will also present them with a rare opportunity to be directly associated with cup football in England and a Wembley Final. 

 

“Like ourselves, Checkatrade recognise the huge potential in this competition and through their generous support and the changes we have made to the format, we are in a position to be able deliver additional prize money that makes participating in the Checkatrade Trophy an even more attractive prospect for our clubs.”

Glovers too good for Magpies

Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0
Match report Yeovil Town v Notts County
Written by Josh Wilde
Two first half goals by Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan saw Yeovil claim an impressive opening day victory against Notts County at Huish Park.
Darren Way kept faith in the team that beat Swindon Town 2-1 in the Glovers final pre-season friendly seven days ago. 
Yeovil starting team: (4-3-3 formation) Krysiak; Dickson, Lacey, Smith, Shephard; Dolan, Lawless, Dawson; Khan, Eaves, Hedges.
Alex Lawless, Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges made their competitive debuts in a green and white shirt, while Tom Eaves and Liam Shephard returned to Huish Park following previous spells with the Glovers.
Yeovil started well and had their first chance on seven minutes when Matt Dolan’s excellent cross found Eaves, with the former Bolton frontman heading wide.
Khan nearly scored an exceptional solo goal minutes later as he glided past Notts County defenders to shoot narrowly wide of the left-hand post; home fans were on their feet expecting the net to bulge but they did not have to wait long for a Glovers’ opener.
On 16 minutes, an Otis Khan cross was inexplicably spilt by Notts goalkeeper Adam Collin and Kevin Dawson was the first to react, steering the ball into an unguarded net.
Just six minutes later, Yeovil doubled their lead; Hedges initial shot was well-saved by Collin but Khan slotted home the rebound to send Glovers fans into raptures.
With the Thatchers Gold terrace singing “We’re top of the league”, Darren Way’s players looked like a team full of confidence. Khan was close scoring his second and Yeovil’s third as he was sent through one-on-one but could only shoot wide.
Dawson was also looking to double his tally but fired two efforts narrowly off target as the Glovers looked to exploit their advantage and throw men forward at every opportunity.
That was the last notable action of a first half dominated by Yeovil.
In the second period, Jonathan Forte created a decent opening for Notts but his dangerous cross was well cleared by the Yeovil defence.
Close to the hour mark, the Glovers were inches from scoring a sensational third as Dolan’s free-kick crashed against the post from distance.
Notts substitute Graham Burke shot just over as the away side desperately searched for a way back into the game.
The Magpies were finishing strongly and Forte came close to halving the deficit when he worked space in the Yeovil area, only to see his near post shot well saved by Artur Krysiak. 
Up the other end, the Glovers were looking to put the game to bed as Hedges volleyed just off target after receiving the ball from substitute Tahvon Campbell.
That was the last chance at Huish Park in a game where a dominant first half performance by the Glovers saw them run out deserved winners.
Attendance: 3,715.

Match Report : 06/08/2016

Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0
Match report Yeovil Town v Notts County
Written by Josh Wilde
Two first half goals by Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan saw Yeovil claim an impressive opening day victory against Notts County at Huish Park.
Darren Way kept faith in the team that beat Swindon Town 2-1 in the Glovers final pre-season friendly seven days ago. 
Yeovil starting team: (4-3-3 formation) Krysiak; Dickson, Lacey, Smith, Shephard; Dolan, Lawless, Dawson; Khan, Eaves, Hedges.
Alex Lawless, Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges made their competitive debuts in a green and white shirt, while Tom Eaves and Liam Shephard returned to Huish Park following previous spells with the Glovers.
Yeovil started well and had their first chance on seven minutes when Matt Dolan’s excellent cross found Eaves, with the former Bolton frontman heading wide.
Khan nearly scored an exceptional solo goal minutes later as he glided past Notts County defenders to shoot narrowly wide of the left-hand post; home fans were on their feet expecting the net to bulge but they did not have to wait long for a Glovers’ opener.
On 16 minutes, an Otis Khan cross was inexplicably spilt by Notts goalkeeper Adam Collin and Kevin Dawson was the first to react, steering the ball into an unguarded net.
Just six minutes later, Yeovil doubled their lead; Hedges initial shot was well-saved by Collin but Khan slotted home the rebound to send Glovers fans into raptures.
With the Thatchers Gold terrace singing “We’re top of the league”, Darren Way’s players looked like a team full of confidence. Khan was close scoring his second and Yeovil’s third as he was sent through one-on-one but could only shoot wide.
Dawson was also looking to double his tally but fired two efforts narrowly off target as the Glovers looked to exploit their advantage and throw men forward at every opportunity.
That was the last notable action of a first half dominated by Yeovil.
In the second period, Jonathan Forte created a decent opening for Notts but his dangerous cross was well cleared by the Yeovil defence.
Close to the hour mark, the Glovers were inches from scoring a sensational third as Dolan’s free-kick crashed against the post from distance.
Notts substitute Graham Burke shot just over as the away side desperately searched for a way back into the game.
The Magpies were finishing strongly and Forte came close to halving the deficit when he worked space in the Yeovil area, only to see his near post shot well saved by Artur Krysiak. 
Up the other end, the Glovers were looking to put the game to bed as Hedges volleyed just off target after receiving the ball from substitute Tahvon Campbell.
That was the last chance at Huish Park in a game where a dominant first half performance by the Glovers saw them run out deserved winners.
Attendance: 3,715.

Buy your tickets before midday and save money.

Supporters wanting to buy tickets for tomorrow’s opening game against Notts County can still book tickets online up until midday on Saturday.

 

 

Tickets brought online (excluding junior tickets) are now £3 cheaper than the match day price and with the online booking fee now reduced to just 0.45p, online booking is the cheapest way to purchase your match tickets.  Tickets purchased online can be picked up from the collection booth outside the ticket office on the day of the game.

 

Standard Pre match pricing will also be extended to midday on all tickets brought from the ticket office

Official Team Photograph taken

With the weather only just holding off Yeovil Town were finally able to take their official new season Team Group Photograph.

Yeovil Town 2016/2017:
Back Row L to R: Josh Ezewele, Alex Lacey, Nathan Smith, Matt Butcher, Omar Sowunmi, Tom Eaves, Bevis Mugabi, Ryan Hedges, Tahvron Cambell. 
Middle Row: Dan Powell(Kitman), Ollie Bassett, Kevin Dawson, Francois Zoko, Jonathan Maddison (Goalkeeper), Artur Krysiak (Goalkeeper), Alexander Lawless, Joe Lea, Liam Shephard, Sam Shulberg (Coach). 
Front Row: Otis Khan, Darren Ward (Captain), Mike Michie (Physio), Mark Porter(Managing Director of Jones Building Group), Darren Way (Manager), John Fry (Chairman), Terry Skiverton (Assistant Manager), Ryan Dickson, Matthew Dolan.

Matt Butcher joins on loan from AFC Bournemouth

Yeovil Town have signed AFC Bournemouth  midfielder Matt Butcher on loan until January 2017. 

Yeovil Town Manager Darren Way speaking of the new arrival said: I feel we’ve been very lucky to sign Matt and I am very grateful to the manager Eddie Howe for allowing the deal to go through. I have watched Matt a lot last year and I feel we have signed a very good player who will bring a wealth of talent to our team."
The loan is subject to EFL and FA clearance

Bevis Mugabi arrives from Saints

Yeovil Town have signed former Southampton central defender Bevis Mugabi on a one year contract.

Manager Darren Way said of the signing: "We had Bevis down with us last season for a while and he did very well. He has spent the whole of pre-season with us and has really stood out. I wish him all the best for a long and successful stay with us."
The deal is subject to EFL and FA clearance.

Tahvon Campbell arrives on six month loan

West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell has returned to Yeovil for another six month loan period. 

Tahvon is no stranger to Huish Park having spent some time here on loan last season.
Speaking of his new signing Yeovil Town Manager Darren Way said:  "I’s like to thank West Brom, Tony Pullis and all his staff for allowing Tahvon to join us again. Tav knows how we work here at Huish Park and is an exciting young prospect looking to develop his game with us."
The agreement is subject to clearance from EFL and the FA.

Get Glovers tickets online and save money !

Glovers fans are being urged to buy their tickets online and save money at the same time.
In a message to fans the club says:” Wherever possible we are asking fans to buy their tickets online.  There are useful savings to be made if they can use this method.
“A new ticket system has been installed and there will also be improvements to the online system in the coming months, making the site compatible with phones and tablets, and so making it easier  to purchase tickets on mobile devices.”
All home league tickets bought online are £3 cheaper  than matchday prices. Tickets purchased on the phone or in person  are £2 cheaper before matchday. This excludes juniors, but all junior tickets have been reduced to just £6 in all areas of the ground.
The online booking fee has been cut from last season’s £2.50 to 45p , which is the same as on the phone or in-person card payments. This means that, even with a single ticket purchase, online bookings are the cheapest way to buy.
Tickets are available now for the first four home games….Notts County, Morecombe, Blackpool and Hartlepool.

Darren to present BBC breakfast show

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will be on the air tomorrow morning when he jointly presents BBC Somerset’s breakfast show.
Darren will join regular presenter Claire Carter on the programme to discuss the latest team news and the start of the new season on Saturday with the home game with Notts County.
Darren said: “It’s going to be an early start, but I am really looking forward to  presenting on radio.  It will give me a great chance to talk about the club, my hopes for the coming season and, of course, the team.
“The BBC in Taunton have promised me my usual breakfast bowl of porridge, so I hope to be on top form.”
The programme starts at 6.30a.m. until 9a.m. on 95.5FM and 1566AM. The show will be filmed and videos will be on Twitter and Facebook throughout the morning.

New Match Day Bus Service

Coach company plans service to Yeovil Town home games 

Don’t forget Local coach company Berrys is planning to run a special return service to Yeovil Town home games from Bridgwater, Taunton and Ilminster. 

With the season starting at home on Saturday this service could save you hassle of parking and traffic jams.

Pick ups will be from Bridgwater coach station, Taunton Kings Arms and Ilminster Market Square with a similar return service. 

For a 3pm kick off the service will run at 12noon from Bridgwater; 12-30 from Taunton and 1pm from Ilminster. 

For an evening kick off (7-45) Bridgwater 4-45pm; Taunton 5-15pm, and Ilminster, 5-45pm. 

Cost will be £9 adults and £5 children. To book call 01823 331356 or e-mail info@berryscoaches.co.uk

EFL AND GINSTERS SIGN THREE YEAR DEAL

The EFL has announced a new partnership with Ginsters that will see the UK’s Number 1 Savoury Pastry Brand become an Official Partner of the EFL.
 
As part of the three year deal, Ginsters will be giving fans the chance to win EFL match tickets and £3 million in cash prizes via its “Tickets and Tenners” campaign. Featuring on over 40 million Ginsters packs, EFL season tickets and VIP match day experiences will also be up for grabs throughout the season.
2,500 pairs of tickets will be given away for matches across the Championship, League One and League Two during the course of what promises to be another exciting and drama filled EFL season and Yeovil Town Football Club are among the clubs participating in the scheme.
 
Commenting, Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of the EFL, said: “As a nationally recognised company that remains ingrained in its local community, values its heritage and recognises the important role football can play in society, Ginsters is an excellent fit as a partner for the EFL.”
 
Kieran Hemsworth, Ginsters Managing Director added:  "We are delighted to be partnering with the EFL for the next three years.  We know that Ginsters consumers are really passionate about football and our sponsorship provides a fantastic platform for us to connect with fans and local communities across the country."

Ryan Bird joins Eastleigh

Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird has joined National League side Eastleigh. 

Ryan has only featured in one of the club’s friendly matches and with competition for striking places so intense his departure was not a surprise.

Speaking of the move manager Darren Way said:" I completely understand Ryan’s desire for regular first team football and his move to Eastleigh will help him to achieve that objective. 
"Everybody at Yeovil Town wish Ryan all the best for the future with his new club."

Glovers announce three year partner and sponsor deal

On the eve of the new season Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to announce that the Jones Building Group has agreed a three year main partner and sponsor deal to support Darren Way and his team in their quest for success in the EFL.
Jones Building Group has been heavily involved with Yeovil Town for more than a decade, and was the main sponsor from 2009 to 2012. Before that the company was youth team sponsor  for a number of seasons as well as occupying one of the executive suites throughout this period. Last season Jones 
Building Group became the main sponsors once again after a three year absence.
Commercial Manager Dave Linney said:”This is another great chapter in the history of Yeovil Town Football  Club, and we are delighted to have secured this main partnership/sponsorship for three years.
“This shows tremendous loyalty to our club by Jones Building Group, and we thank Dave Jones and Mark Porter for their continued support.
“Commercial  partners are the lifeblood of any sporting organisation these days.”
Mark Porter, Managing Director of Jones Building Group, said: “We are delighted to extend our term as main club partner and sponsor of Yeovil Town.
“A good number of our employees are Yeovil Town fans.  Our company started here in Yeovil, and we now have offices in five locations. But home to us is still Yeovil.
“Our sponsorship is all about helping Darren and his management team to rebuild and  climb the football pyramid.  With the Yeovil Town Ladies knocking on the door of Super League One we are hoping that both teams can continue to promote the Yeovil Town brand with pride.
“We are looking forward to some good times ahead as the main club partner and sponsor.”
Club chairman John Fry said:”We have worked with Jones Building Group for a number of years and  they have been brilliant sponsors and supporters of Yeovil Town Football Club.
“We have always had a happy relationship with Dave Jones and his company. It is nice to have them as main club partners/sponsors for the next three seasons and we appreciate the faith they have shown in our club.”
Jones Building Group are a leading South West business with more than 35 years’ experience in the construction industry. Head office is in Yeovil and there are branches in Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Bridgwater.
The company offers a range of services including design and build, renovation, maintenance and responsive works as well as painting and decorating along with other specialist services.
The company has more than  190 employees and has an active apprenticeship programme.
For more information about Jones Building Group: www.jonesbuildinggroup.co.uk
@JonesBuilding
Facebook.com/JonesJBG