Month: December 2016

DARREN’S WAY IN NUMBERS

Darren Way has spent 366 days as Yeovil Town manager, winning 20 of his 55 matches at a rate of 36.3%. 
Weasel’s record in league matches stands at 17 wins from 45 matches with a win percentage of 37.7% – the second highest of any Yeovil manager since the club entered the English Football League in 2003. 
Way’s current average sees him above Russell Slade (who took Yeovil to the League One play-off final) and Gary Johnson in his second spell with the club (which saw Town promoted to the Championship). 
In Way’s tenure, the Glovers equalled a club record since entering the EFL of five games without conceding a goal (450 minutes), claiming four wins and one draw in the process earlier this season.
His longest unbeaten run as a manager is eight matches, achieved earlier this campaign when Town went on a run in League Two of five victories and three draws. 
Way’s biggest win of his managerial career came earlier this month – the 5-0 victory against Crawley Town at Huish Park was Yeovil’s biggest league win since 2004, and equalled the club’s biggest ever margin of victory in a football league fixture. 
Overall, the 37-year-old has collected 64 points from his 55 league games in charge, scoring 68 goals and conceding 85, keeping 24 clean sheets since taking charge one year ago. 
This season, Yeovil have used just 19 players – the lowest of any team in the top four divisions of English football, with Chelsea second having used 20 players. Similarly, Yeovil have conceded just 20.84% of their goals in the first half, better than any other side in England. 

WAY CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN CHARGE

After a winless run of 12 Sky Bet League Two matches, Town parted company with Paul Sturrock at the end of November 2015 following a 2-0 defeat at Northampton Town.
Initially named as interim manager, Way was given the position on a permanent basis after six games in temporary charge which saw Yeovil progress into the Emirates FA Cup third round and pick up three draws in League Two – most notably against high-flyers Oxford United.
The then 36-year-old put pen to paper on a deal at Huish Park after the impressive draw with the U’s, marking his managerial appointment in style just two days later on January 2nd 2016. 
With York City the visitors, Matty Dolan’s first half penalty earned Way his first win as a boss, but more importantly recorded a first league victory in 17 matches and first at home since August. 
Under Way’s guidance, Yeovil went on to lose just once in January (2-1 at Morecambe), seeing off Crawley Town at Huish Park before ending the month with a memorable 3-2 win at eventually promoted AFC Wimbledon, coming from behind twice to claim all three points via a Jack Compton hat-trick. 
Way’s first month in charge also saw him bring in three loan players who would go on to a play an instrumental part in the Glovers’ survival; Liam Walsh (Everton), Tahvon Campbell (West Brom) and Harry Cornick (Bournemouth) all arriving in Somerset. 
Town’s revival under ‘Weasel’ continued in February, losing just once in five games and picking up impressive draws against Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth, both of whom occupied top six spots as Yeovil became increasingly hard to beat.
Having taken over with the Green and Whites rock bottom on just 11 points, Way’s side ended February in 21st three points above the relegation zone, thanks to an important 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge in London. 
With belief growing around Huish Park thanks to the former fans’ favourite’s energy and determination, March saw Town take huge steps to securing their English Football League status. 
In five matches, Yeovil claimed three wins and a draw, seeing off Accrington Stanley, Mansfield Town and Notts County all by the same 1-0 scoreline in consecutive matches to make it six games unbeaten. 
With 10 points collected from a possible 15, Way’s side entered April in 20th, but had increased the gap between themselves and relegation to 11 points with only eight games remaining. 
As EFL survival edged closer, Town moved 11 games unbeaten at home with a 1-0 win against Newport County and 0-0 draw with Stevenage, form which saw Way rewarded with a new three-year deal. 
After that personal achievement, the club’s safety was confirmed with four games left to play – an unlikely achievement given the Glovers’ precarious position when Way took over. 
Having taken just 11 points from the first 20 matches under Sturrock, the club’s form turned around remarkably under the guidance of the former midfield maestro, picking up 38 points from 26 games ending the campaign in 19th and 14 points clear of the drop zone. 
With the benefit of his first pre-season in charge, Way went about assembling the squad he wanted for the 2016/17 season. 
The gaffer released eight players upon the expiry of their contracts, Mark Beck and Wes Fogden had their contracts terminated a year early before Ryan Bird and Ben Tozer departed for Eastleigh and Newport respectively. 
Nathan Smith and Francois Zoko agreed new one-year deals while Artur Krysiak, Ryan Dickson and Omar Sowunmi all extended their stay in Somerset by a further two years. 
Eleven players arrived prior to the opening game of the season against Notts County, with Tom Eaves, Otis Khan, Joe Lea, Josh Ezewele, Jonny Maddison, Alex Lawless, Bevis Mugabi, Liam Shephard, Ryan Hedges, Campbell and Matt Butcher all arriving at Huish Park. 
Having assembled the majority of the squad early enough to feature consistently throughout pre-season, Town hit the ground running and kicked off the new campaign in style. 
Kevin Dawson, fresh back from a lengthy injury, and Khan, on debut, both netted first half goals which saw Way’s side claim an opening day three points with a 2-0 win against Notts County. 
A superb start to the season was confirmed when the Glovers progressed to the EFL Cup Second Round with a 2-0 win against Sky bet League One outfit Walsall in the Midlands, a game which will be rightly remembered for Matty Dolan’s goal from inside his own half. 
Town then picked up a point from a trip to Luton Town in the league before a run of three straight League Two defeats sandwiched themselves between a memorable trip to Everton in the EFL Cup, albeit ending in defeat at Goodison Park.
Entering September, Yeovil’s winless run in the league stretched to five games before his side bounced back with back-to-back victories. 
Eaves’ header secured victory at Leyton Orient, before Gary Johnson’s return to Huish Park with Cheltenham Town turned sour as Way’s side turned out 4-2 victors. 
October began with a heavy defeat away to Plymouth Argyle before a run of three consecutive 1-0 wins acted as the catalyst for a run of eight games unbeaten in League Two. 
Despite exiting the FA Cup in the First Round at the hands of National League outfit Solihull Moors after a replay in what was Way’s self-confessed ‘worst moment as a manager’, November saw the Glovers climb as high as eighth – their highest position since returning to the division.
With the play-offs within touching distance Town stormed into sixth place at the start of December with the 5-0 demolition of Crawley Town at home. 
Not only did it lift Way’s outfit into the play-off mix, it equalled the club’s highest ever margin of victory in the Football League, with Yeovil last winning by five goals 12 years ago (6-1 v Oxford United). 
Demonstrating the team’s progression under ‘Weasel’, at the same stage during the 2015/16 season Town sat bottom of the table with just 11 points, compared to 28 by the start of December. 
Progress to Round Three of the Checkatrade Trophy followed with another high scoring occasion at Huish Park as Town saw off League One outfit MK Dons 4-1, before unfortunate defeats to Barnet and Carlisle United in the league. 
A day before his anniversary the Glovers claimed a point after a 0-0 draw with Portsmouth at Huish Park in extremely foggy conditions, but whilst the weather surrounding the ground may be misty, there’s no doubting the clear direction in which Way is taking the side. 

TOWN SIGN STORER ON LOAN

The 18-year-old will remain at Huish Park until the end of the season, with his loan coming into effect from January 1st subject to clearance. 
Storer, who made his Blues debut in the Championship at the start of the season against Cardiff City, will add to Darren Way’s attacking options.
Having signed for Birmingham for an undisclosed compensation package in May 2016 from Stevenage, the former Blues and Wolves Academy graduate initially joined the club’s development squad.
However, having scored seven goals in as many matches during pre-season, Storer was elevated to the first-team by former manager Gary Rowett. 
Having captured the services of the tall striker, Way hopes he will add to his side’s potency. 
“Firstly, thank you to Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham for allowing Jack to join us," he told YTFC.net.
“Jack is a player who has a big future in the game and will add to my options here. This club has a reputation for developing players so hopefully he can come in and follow in the footsteps of others who have been here before.”
Jack will wear the number 18 shirt during his time at Huish Park and will be available for selection at Crawley Town on Monday subject to clearance. 
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Jack all the best during his time in Somerset. 

DEFINITELY A POINT GAINED – LAWLESS

Town earned a share of the spoils against the south coast promotion chasers and almost won the match late on as Otis Khan hit the bar.

It was the second time in two games Yeovil have hit the bar in a goalless encounter and Lawless believes if they keep pushing, one will go in soon.

“It’s a mixed bag of feelings,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel

“Looking at the positives it’s definitely a point gained but based on the fact we hit the bar and we gave a promotion-pushing team a good go and that’s a statement of our intent. 

“We’re putting the work in. The application and the determination is there and if we keep knocking on the door it’ll be bar and in next time.

“As the season goes on we’re gradually getting more and more belief which is going to put us in good stead going into the New Year.”

Lawless completed his sixth consecutive 90 minutes in the league since returning from a groin injury.

The Welshman picked up the man of the match award but says he would have swapped his personal accolade for a victory.

He said: “It’s always nice to get personal things like that but I’ve said many times before I’d take the win over man of the match but it is nice.

“I’ll use it as a confidence booster to help the lads in the next game.”

Town take on Crawley Town in their first game of 2017 on Monday, January 2nd (3pm). 

Fans can purchase tickets online here.


WAY PROUD OF HIS SQUAD AFTER POMPEY DRAW

It was an almost identical match to the Boxing Day clash with Exeter City as Town hit the bar in the second period through Otis Khan’s late effort, but couldn’t force a goal in front of the biggest crowd of the calendar year at a foggy Huish Park.

The point moves Yeovil up to 12th in Sky Bet League Two with half the season gone and Way is hopeful his players can find more of a clinical edge in the New Year.

“That was a tough game, make no bones about it,” the Town boss told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“One thing my players played with was unbelievable desire and real big heart and I’m proud of that.

“My players gave everything again and I think we just need a bit more lady luck in the final third.

“Some of the players are disappointed we didn’t win the game against a team like Portsmouth with huge resources and I thought we outworked them on the day, and that’s unbelievable as a manager.

“Otis went one on one with the keeper and on another day that goes in and we’re having a different conversation.”

He added: “It is frustrating and that’s why some of the players are disappointed. 

“We’re a group that’s developing and it takes a huge responsibility, belief and confidence to be able to stick the ball in the back of the net and that’s the only thing that keeps us out the play-offs.

“They’re going to make mistakes and the mistakes they’re making at the moment are being in the right area at the right time when the ball comes in the six-yard box.

“We have to make sure we keep working on that. Also it’s about being clinical when you get that chance, being confident that when you are on the edge of the box you can shoot and find the back of the net. That’s the only thing we’re lacking.”

Liam Shephard was substituted in the first half due to illness and will be assessed before the trip to Crawley Town on Monday (January, 2nd 2017).

Tickets for Town’s first match of the New Year can be purchased online.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 0-0 PORTSMOUTH

With thick fog limiting visibility, Town came closest to scoring when Otis Khan’s effort cannoned back off the woodwork late in the second half. 
Artur Krysiak had to be alert to deny Kai Naismith twice in the opening 45 minutes, but Darren Way’s side had the League Two high flyers on the back foot for large spells.
After drawing 0-0 with Exeter City on Boxing Day, Way made one change to the side that started last time out.
Ryan Hedges, ruled out with an ankle injury picked up four days ago, had his space wide on the Glovers right filled by Tahvon Campbell, whilst Ollie Bassett came into the squad having returned from a loan spell at Dorchester Town.
In what would’ve made a good setting for a horror film, Huish Park slowly became engulfed by fog in the opening minutes of the match, meaning picking out a green and white shirt on the far side of the pitch became an increasingly difficult task. 
The conditions led to a disjointed start to proceedings, but it was Pompey who found their feet first amongst the haze in the opening stages. 
Looking menacing wide on the left, Kai Naismith produced the first meaningful attempt on goal with 14 minutes on the clock, forcing Artur Krysiak to tip his effort from the angle over the bar.
The Portsmouth wideman continued to be at the centre of everything good for the visitors, with his corner being headed just wide by defender Matt Clarke, before another Naismith delivery caused chaos in the middle, this time with Michael Smith glancing a header just wide.
Despite Portsmouth’s early endeavours, Town enjoyed an even share of possession in the opening 45 minutes and, masked by thick fog towards the Radio Cabs Away End, Ben Whitfield flashed a shot wide before Otis Khan saw a free-kick from range land in the arms of David Forde. 
Ever dangerous, Naismith went even closer on 37 minutes when he volleyed Smith’s knockdown goalwards from close range, but Krysiak used every fibre of his frame to claw away the effort which was destined for the bottom corner.
Looking to end the half on a high, Campbell wriggled free in the Pompey box to engineer a yard of space, but his shot on the turn was deflected into the arms of Forde.
The hosts began the brighter of the two sides after the break and a neat pass from Campbell almost played in Whitfield but for the covering of Christian Burgess, before Town earned a succession of corners. 
Unable to capitalise on the set-pieces Portsmouth produced their first chance of the half when Noel Hunt fired into the arms of Krysiak from the edge of the box, whilst Kevin Dawson did the same at the other end.
As the game entered the final 20 minutes both sides began committing numbers forward in search of that elusive opening goal, with Way introducing Francois Zoko for Campbell in a re-shuffle up front. 
With Eaves now playing wide on the left the goal scorer almost turned provider when his cross looked destined for Zoko at the back post, only for the ball to ricochet off two Pompey defenders and into Forde’s arms. 
Pressing, the hosts went even closer on 84 minutes when Khan raced through on goal, but under pressure from Stevens the 21-year-old was unlucky to see his powerful shot come off the angle of the crossbar and post and evade Eaves on the follow up.
That was as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock, as the Glovers had to settle for a share of the spoils despite having Paul Cook’s side on the ropes.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard (Mugabi 21’), Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Whitfield (Butcher 81’); Khan, Eaves, Campbell (Zoko 71’).
Bookings: Dickson 90’.
Subs not used: Maddison, Ezewele, Bassett, Sowunmi.
Portsmouth: Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Baker (Chaplin 81’), Rose, Doyle (Linganzi 90’), Naismith; Hunt (Bennett 67’), Smith.
Bookings:
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Lalkovic, Buxton, Bennett.

DICKSON EXCITED TO END THE YEAR AT HOME

The Glovers have been in fine form at home this campaign, winning six of their last ten matches in Somerset (three draws, one loss).

Huish Park welcomed its biggest crowd of the season on Boxing Day as 6,086 supporters witnessed Yeovil’s goalless draw with Exeter City, and Dickson is relishing another big occasion this evening.

“It’s a game everyone is looking forward to,” the left-back told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“It’s a great game to end the year on – a big crowd, under the lights, against a very big team.

“At home we’re very strong and hard to beat so it’s a game we definitely want to pick points up from.”

Dickson added: “The boys are full of confidence and our performances at home have been very good.

“Things have definitely changed and we’re a team with an identity and a lot of teams have noticed that.

“The atmosphere is good and has been for a long time. Everyone is positive and that’s led by the gaffer.”

Fans can still purchase tickets for tonight’s match in person at the ticket office up until kick-off, online or by phone on 01935 847888.


PLAY-OFF PUSH STILL THE AIM – WAY

The Glovers climbed to sixth in the table after going eight games unbeaten but have since dropped to 13th following a three-match winless run, such is the tight nature of the division. 

Only five points separates Town and the top seven, and a win over Portsmouth tonight (7.4pm) would go along way to help the club maintain their play-off aim.

Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “We have to work extra hard to push ourselves into another position to get closer to the play-offs.

“We don’t want to lose sight of that and we can only that by winning games.

“The amount of effort and energy that goes into winning a League Two game now is massive so we have to make sure we’re ready to do that.”

He added: “If we had said at the start of the season this is where we were going to be at this point we’d be pleased. 

“We always want more and we’re not shy of the fact we need more goals in the team and everyone is trying to share that workload but it’s not for the want of trying. 

“I think the team and the players individually are developing really well and quicker than what I expected and we have to make sure we maintain that.”

Tickets for tonight’s match against Pompey can be purchased in person at the ticket office right up until kick-off, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V PORTSMOUTH

Darren Way took over a year ago tomorrow with town bottom of Sky Bet League Two.

The Glovers have since strived forward under way’s guidance and have flirted with the play-offs.

Town currently sit 13th after a winless run of three matches and will hope to end that record, and the year, with three points when Portsmouth visit Huish Park this evening.

The south coast club are in their fourth season in the division and after years of turmoil are fighting for promotion back up the football pyramid.

Pompey lie one place outside the automatic promotion places, five points adrift of Carlisle United in third.

Paul Cook’s side trailed 2-0 to bottom club Newport County on Boxing Day but came from behind to win 3-2.

Experienced midfielder Gary Roberts tops the goalscoring charts with seven goals so far in the league and is certainly one to look out for.

Head-to-head

The history between the two clubs is very even with town and Portsmouth winning two games each and playing out two further draws.

Yeovil hosted Pompey earlier on in the campaign in the Checkatrade trophy and edged out their league two counterparts in a seven-goal thriller.

Tom Eaves was on form on the day netting twice after two mazy runs.

Michael Smith scored a hat-trick for Portsmouth on the day and has been on the scoresheet just three times since.

Referee

Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire) will take charge of his 22nd game of the season tonight.

The Staffordshire-born official has awarded 65 yellow cards and two red cards so far this season and officiated town’s 1-0 away win at Crewe Alexandra.

 

Mr. Sarginson will be assisted by Neil Radford (Worcestershire) and Michael Webb (Surrey) with Adrian Quelch acting as fourth official.  

Coverage

Darren Way and Ryan Dickson’s pre-match interviews can be viewed on YTFC’s official YouTube account here.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via YTFC’s official Facebook page.

If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 


Tickets

Ticket information can be found by clicking here. Supporters wishing to attend the match can purchase tickets online by clicking here, or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

Fans are reminded that Christmas opening hours

WAY ANTICIPATES TIGHT AFFAIR

Town have already faced Pompey in Somerset this season, edging them out in a seven-goal thriller in the Checkatrade Trophy back in August.

Way is aware of the threats Paul Cook’s side possess and believes their start of the season expectation would have been to secure promotion.

“Portsmouth are a very good team and Paul Cook is a very good manager,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I think they would feel they would have to get promoted this year. 

“They’ve had two different style of play this season and went 4-4-2 against Newport and a little bit direct.

“We know the boy (Michael) Smith leaps very well and (Kal) Naismith can put a fantastic ball into the box because of the game we played previously so we’ll be ready for the that.”

He added: “The two or three games I’ve managed against Portsmouth have been good games. 

“They’ve been very tight and it’ll be a game where I expect the supporters to come out in force. 

“The way they supported the players on Monday was fantastic and o have 6,000 plus at the stadium was enjoyable for myself and the players. 

“I’m sure we’ll blast the 6,000 mark again tomorrow night. Friday night games are always good, the players really enjoy them.”

Tickets for Town’s match against Pompey can be purchased online or by phone on 01935 847888. Please be aware of our different opening hours over the festive period.

HEDGES OUT OF POMPEY CLASH

The 21-year-old was forced to leave the field after just nine minutes against Exeter City on Boxing Day after an industrious challenge from Troy Brown.

Hedges went for a scan following the match and is yet to find out the magnitude of the damage.

Way told YTFC.net: “Ryan is going to be struggling to participate in the foreseeable future.

“We’re waiting for the extent and how long that’s going to be so we’re disappointed.

“It’s disappointing to lose a player of his calibre and we have to make sure someone fills that spot and I’m hoping someone in the group can do that.”

Meanwhile, Matty Dolan and Darren Ward could be contention following their six-week spell on the sidelines.

The pair have been missing since Town’s 2-1 win over Colchester United in November due to hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

“They’ll be coming back soon,” Way said.

“Everyday they get a little bit closer and we look forward to having them back.

“However, I don’t want to rush them and I want to make sure they’re ready.”

Tickets for Town’s match against Pompey can be purchased online or by phone on 01935 847888. Please be aware of our different opening hours over the festive period.

CHECKATRADE TROPHY TICKETS NOW ON SALE

The Glovers secured their place in Round Three with a 4-1 demolition of Sky Bet League One outfit MK Dons at Huish Park. 
Tickets are now available to purchase at the following prices:
Adults: £10
Senior/Young Person/Disabled: £5
Under-16: £1
All areas of the ground are open whilst season ticket holders have until the end of next week to claim their seats before they go on general sale on Monday 9th January. 
Tickets will be available to purchase online shortly but can also be bought via the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935 847888

TOWN LOOKING FOR LITTER PICKING VOLUNTEERS

Supporters would be helping with litter picking around the stadium and would be given free entry to another of Town’s Sky Bet League Two home fixtures. 
Anyone wishing to volunteer must already be attending Friday’s match against Pompey or be planning on purchasing a ticket.
For those interested, please call 01935 423 662 or contact Stadium Manager James Hillier via email (jhillier@ytfc.net) for further details.

SUPPORTER SURVEY RESULTS

Over 550 people responded to the survey and the results have been compiled. Full details can be found by clicking here.

Summary of fans’ feedback:

  • Fans would like to be made more welcome 
  • Cheaper and more affordable catering facilities 
  • More catering options
  • A solution to long queues in the beer tent pre-match
  • A friendlier approach in hospitality
  • TV games to be shown at Huish Park after games
  • More upbeat music around the ground and as the players enter the field/music needs to identify with the club
  • Better half-time entertainment
  • More fan involvement on a matchday, especially with younger supporters
  • Players to meet supporters before the game
  • Free teamsheets
  • Improve wifi at the ground
  • More information on the website in between matches
  • A box at Huish Park for fans to give suggestions on media content
  • Improved communication between the club and fans
  • Improve the upkeep of the stadium
  • Toilet improvements
  • Paint the stadium
  • Lower ticket prices
  • More ticket offers such as kid for a quid
  • School football tournaments at Huish Park
  • More school visits
  • Birthday party packages for Junior Glovers
  • Season ticket holder incentives
  • Cheaper shirts
  • Season ticket holder rewards
  • FAN forums
  • A big screen/TV scoreboard
  • More advertisements around the town 
  • Sound quality on the tannoy
  • Ticket bundles
  • Cover the away end
  • A ‘pay what you want’ game
  • Twenty’s plenty (£20 tickets)

Talks have already began to make changes around the club with more updates and comments to be relayed in the New Year.

KICK-OFF ALTERATION FOR READING U23 TIE

The match on Tuesday, January 10th 2017 was scheduled for a 7.45pm start but will now begin 45 minutes earlier.

Yeovil progressed to the last 16 of the competition with a 4-1 over League One side MK Dons while Reading defeated Southampton Under-23s on penalties.

Tickets will be priced at £10 for adults, £5 for 65 and over/16-21 and £1 for Under-16s. Fans will be notified when they are available to purchase.

I’D LOVE ANOTHER BIG CROWD – WAY

Huish Park welcomed its biggest crowd of the season on Boxing Day as 6,086 supporters witnessed Yeovil’s goalless draw with Exeter City.

It was also the largest turnout of the calendar year and was last bettered when Bristol City visited in March 2015 (6,591).

A sold out away end is expected when Portsmouth visit Somerset on Friday (7.45pm) and Way is hoping the YTFC faithful turn out in force again, as they have done so often.

Way said: “I keep saying how brilliant they’ve been but they have supported me and the group immensely during 2016.

“Their vocal support and commitment to the players is great and their support really highlights the ethos of ‘Achieve By Unity’.

“I’d love another big crowd on Friday because it will certainly be value for money and the players will give everything to end the year with a win.”

Everyone at YTFC would like to thank you all for your continued support.

Tickets for Town’s match against Pompey can be purchased online or by phone on 01935 847888. Please be aware of our different opening hours over the festive period.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR TOWN’S TRIP TO CRAWLEY TOWN

The Glovers take on Dermot Drummy’s Red Devils at the Checkatrade.com Stadium in their first game of 2017.

Darren Way’s side were victorious last time out against Crawley, winning 5-0 in an impressive display at Huish Park at the start of December.

There are standing and seated sections at Crawley.

Supporters can purchase tickets for the match at the following prices:

Standing

Adults: £16

Senior (65+)/Young Person (18-21): £12

Under-18s (online): £10

Under-16s: £4

Under-11s: £1

Seated

Adults: £18

Senior (65+)/Young Person (18-21): £14

Under-18s (online): £10

Under-16s: £4

Under-11s: £1

Discounts are available for family tickets please call the ticket office on 01935 847 888. Please call the same number for ambulant disabled tickets.

For wheelchair tickets please call 01293 410000.

Tickets can be purchased online or via the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Friday’s opponents Portsmouth kept their automatic promotion hopes alive with a brilliant comeback over bottom side Newport County.

The Exiles led 2-0 at the break but three second-half goals from Pompey earned them the three points.

Doncaster Rovers moved top of Sky Bet League Two with a 1-0 win over Notts County.

Andy Williams’ goal was enough for Donny who climbed above Plymouth Argyle on goal difference.

The Pilgrims were involved in a six-goal thriller at Home Park as Wycombe Wanderers earned a share of the spoils with a late goal.

The Chairboys were 3-1 behind before Adebayo Akinfenwa netted on the hour and Myles Weston smashed in a last-minute equaliser.

Promotion-chasing Carlisle United had to settle for a point at 16th-placed Crewe Alexandra.

Shaun Miller netted against his former club before George Cooper restored parity for the Alex who are without a win in seven matches.

It was a game of goals and bookings galore at Brisbane Road as Leyton Orient edged out Crawley Town.

Referee Trevor Kettle awarded ten yellow cards in a contest where Orient had to hold off a brave Crawley fightback to win 3-2.

John Akinde made it 17 goals for the season by netting the winner for Barnet against Cheltenham Town.

The Robins remain in the bottom two, level on points with Accrington Stanley a place above them.

The Lancashire club fell to a 2-0 defeat to Grimsby Town thanks to goals Tom Bolarinwa and Ashley Chambers.

The victory for Marcus Bignot’s Mariners ended a run of three straight defeats.

Morecambe moved five points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Mansfield Town.

Andrew Fleming’s 13th-minute strike proved enough in a disappointing affair at Field Mill.

Elsewhere, Cambridge United scored late to beat Stevenage while Blackpool and Colchester United recorded 1-0 wins over Hartlepool United and Luton Town respectively. 

EAVES KEEN TO TAKE THE POSITIVES

The striker came closest to breaking the deadlock when his header hit the crossbar midway through the second half, but the Glovers couldn’t find a breakthrough in front of the biggest crowd at Huish Park so far this season.

However the point came after back-to-back defeats and Eaves insists on another day it could have been all three.

“It was frustrating,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I felt we were unlucky in the second half with my header off the bar. On another day you get a 1-0 win and that’s happened to us before. 

‘We’re disappointed but there are positives to take out of the game.

“We didn’t concede and were pretty solid at the back. We had some good bits of play going forward and it was just that end product.

“It’s good to not get beat and on another day we could have won that game.”

Of the large crowd, Eaves commented: “It was a lot better atmosphere to play in. It was nice to see more bodies in the stands and you do feel and hear the support.

“It was good and it’ll be nice to see everyone back on Friday (against Portsmouth). Hopefully it’ll be a bit of a prettier game to watch!”

Tickets remain on sale for Pompey’s visit to Somerset and can be purchased online or by phone on 01935 847888. Please be aware of our different opening hours over the festive period.

BIGGEST CROWD AT HUISH PARK IN 2016

There were no goals but plenty of noise as Huish Park welcomed its biggest crowd of the season with 6,086 supporters in attendance.

It was also the largest turnout of the calendar year and was last bettered in the league back when Bristol City visited in March 2015 (6,591).

Another big crowd is anticipated for Town’s final match of 2016 against Portsmouth and Way would like to thank the fans for their continued support.

"It was great to have a large crowd for a derby game,” he told YTFC.net.

"The fans were unbelievable, created a good environment for the players to play in and made some good noise.

"They’ve been brilliant since I took over and I thank them for that. They will play a huge part if we’re to achieve great things this season.

"Another big crowd Friday against Portsmouth would be great because I know the players will give everything to end 2016 with a win.”

Tickets remain on sale for Pompey’s visit to Somerset and can be purchased online or by phone on 01935 847888. Please be aware of our different opening hours over the festive period.

POMPEY TICKETS ON SALE

Over 6,000 fans turned out for Town’s Boxing Day draw with Exeter City and another bumper crowd is expected at Huish Park when Pompey travel to Somerset.

Darren Way’s side have already beaten the south coast club this season, winning 4-3 in the Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage.

Yeovil defeated Pompey 2-1 in the last game of 2012 thanks to goals from Dominic Blizzard and Byron Webster.

Adults can purchase tickets from £17 (online), while juniors and seniors are priced from £6 and £13 (online).

Supporters can buy tickets in person at the ticket office (Christmas opening hours), online or by phone on 01935 847888.


See the year out with a bang and buy your tickets now! #PackThePark

HEDGES SET FOR ANKLE SCAN

The 21-year-old left the field after nine minutes of Yeovil’s goalless draw with Exeter City following an industrious challenge from Troy Brown.

Hedges will have a scan today and is a doubt for the Glovers’ final match of 2016 against Portsmouth (Friday, December 30th – 7.45pm kick-off).

“It was a poor tackle and we’ll have to wait to see the extent of it,” Glovers boss Darren Way said.

“He’ll be assessed at the hospital and he’ll have a scan. Fingers crossed he’ll be okay.”

Way added: “Ryan is a big player for us and causes the opposition a lot of problems. 

“To lose him early on and have to shuffle it and put (Ben) Whitfield in a position he hasn’t played (was disruptive).

 

“Fair play to Butch (Matt Butcher) because he’s come straight in and played, and I thought he was magnificent.”

Tickets remain on sale for Town’s match against Portsmouth and can be purchased online or by phone on 01935 847888. Please be aware of our different opening hours over the festive period.

WE WERE A LITTLE UNLUCKY – WAY

Tom Eaves came closest to breaking the deadlock when his header hit the crossbar midway through the second half, but the Glovers couldn’t find a breakthrough in front of the biggest crowd at Huish Park so far this season.

“We probably consider ourselves a little bit unlucky,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“The players showed a real desire and energy – certainly in the second half – against an Exeter side who very rarely got forward.

“The first half was disappointing and we could have done more, and put them under more pressure.

“In the second half you could definitely see we were the dominant force by how many times we got in the final third.

“Overall the players took responsibility to put in a performance and that’s all you can ask for.”

He added: “I thought the crowd made a really good environment which is what i asked for. I think they can go home knowing their team gave everything.”

Town’s final match of 2016 is against Portsmouth at Huish Park on Friday, December 30th (7.45pm).

Tickets remain on sale online or by phone on 01935 847888. Please be aware of our different opening hours over the festive period.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 0-0 EXETER CITY

The Glovers dominated proceedings at Huish Park, especially after the break, but couldn’t find a winner against a resolute City outfit. 
Tom Eaves came closest to scoring by hitting the bar midway through the second half, but Town had to settle for a share of the spoils. 
Darren Way made three changes to the side that narrowly lost out to Carlisle United in Cumbria a little over a week ago in Sky Bet League Two. 
Top scorers Eaves and Otis Khan returned to the front three in place of Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell who moved to the bench, whilst Ben Whitfield reclaimed his midfield spot in place of Matt Butcher.
However, the Bournemouth loanee was introduced inside the opening ten minutes after Ryan Hedges picked up an ankle injury after an industrious challenge from City’s Troy Brown, with Butcher replacing the Welshman.
Enjoying the majority of possession, the Glovers threatened to open up their Devon opponents in the opening 20 minutes, and almost did so through Whitfield. 
Alex Lacey’s diagonal ball was flicked on by Eaves into the path of the roaming Whitfield, but Christy Pym was quick off of his line to dive at the feet of the 20-year-old and smother the danger.
After a quiet start, the Grecians settled into the match and enjoyed a good spell of their own, limiting Town’s time on the ball despite not creating much by way of goal scoring opportunities. 
Lloyd James wasted a 20-yard free-kick by firing straight into the wall after 37 minutes, before Artur Krysiak raced from his line to make himself big and block former Glover Reuben Reid’s prodded effort from the edge of the box a few minutes later.
That chance for the visitors sparked the hosts into action as Eaves came close to heading in the opener at the other end.
Ryan Dickson’s cross was destined for the striker at the back post, but the smallest of touches from Pym took it off the head of the 24-year-old and out for a corner.
As the game ticked into six minutes of first half stoppage time largely for lengthy injuries to Hedges and Eaves, Exeter’s Ollie Watkins rattled an effort just over the bar from 20 yards. 
Neither side could utilise the additional time as it went into the break at deadlock, with no changes made by either manager at the break.
After having the last chance of the first half, Watkins struck first in the second 45 but saw his curling shot fly into the arms of Krysiak, before Town enjoyed a good spell of pressure.
The Glovers won a succession of corners as Exeter’s defence became increasingly stretched, before Darren Way’s side had a strong penalty appeal waved away. 
From a cross wide on the right the ball deflected onto the arm of Jordan Taylor-Moore, but despite vociferous claims from players and fans alike, referee Tim Robinson rebutted the appeals. 
Now dominating proceedings, Eaves went closer than anyone to opening the scoring just past the hour mark as his well directed header from Ryan Dickson’s cross cannoned back off the bar, as Yeovil piled on the pressure. 
Looking to hit the hosts on the counter, City engineered two opportunities in quick succession as first Krysiak raced from his line to beat substitute Liam McAlinden to the ball, before the Polish stopper denied the same man with a strong save at his near post moments later. 
Desperate to convert their second half dominance into the three points Way introduced striker Zoko for Whitfield with a little over 10 minutes remaining, as Town committed numbers forward.
Despite entrenching themselves in the Grecians half Yeovil couldn’t find a way past a deep-sitting Exeter outfit in the closing stages, as they had to settle for a share of the spoils at Huish Park, ending a run of two defeats.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Whitfield (Zoko 76’); Hedges (Butcher 9’), Eaves, Khan.
Bookings: Dawson 44’, Butcher 75’, Smith 79’, Eaves 90’. 
Subs not used: Maddison, Ezewele, Mugabi, Campbell, Sowunmi. 
Exeter City: Pym; Stacey, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Woodman (Harley 50’); Wheeler, James, Taylor, Holmes (Grant 77’); Watkins, Reid (McAlinden 62’).
Bookings: Brown 2’, McAlinden 67’
Subs not used: Olejnik, Harley, Oakley, Riley-Lowe, Tillson. 

YOU COULD STILL WIN THE SUPER 6 £1 MILLION JACKPOT!

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Enter your Super 6 predictions for free by clicking here before 3pm on Monday 26th December for the chance to win the £1million jackpot.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM YEOVIL TOWN

The club greatly appreciates your continued support of Yeovil Town FC and hopes Glovers all around the world have a special day. 

Here’s hoping the New Year – 2017 – will be a positive and rewarding one for the club.

Manager Darren Way said: “I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

“I want to thank all our sponsors and supporters for the level of commitment you’ve shown the players and staff to make this football club successful.”

ADVENT CALENDAR: BAUBLE CHALLENGE

The idea of the challenge is to see how many keepy ups you can do with the Christmas decoration.

Butcher kicked things off before Whitfield and Hedges attempted to outscore him.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway

Advent Calendar Day 17: FA Cup Fever

Advent Calendar Day 18: Jingle Bells    (Jingle Bells Outtakes)

Advent Calendar Day 19: Tahv’s Worldie

Advent Calendar Day 20: 20 Of The Best

Advent Calendar Day 21: Play-Off Final Winners

Advent Calendar Day 22: Yeovil Hospital Visit

Advent Calendar Day 23: Adam Stansfield


NEW DATE CONFIRMED FOR HOME CLASH WITH PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Originally scheduled for Saturday January 7th, the match had to be postponed due to the Pilgrims progressing in the Emirates FA Cup. 
Any tickets already purchased for the fixture will remain valid, with those unable to attend the rearranged clash able to exchange their ticket for another home match this season. 
However, any exchange must be made before Tuesday 31st January. 
Yeovil Town apologise for any inconvenience caused.

KRYSIAK RELISHING EXETER MATCH

The goalkeeper spent four years at St James Park before signing for Town on a free transfer in 2014.

Krysiak is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces on Monday but insists his sole focus will be on Yeovil come kick-off.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “I know a lot of people there who were key in my time at Exeter and made me a more mature player.

“But I’m playing for Yeovil right now and as soon as I go out for the warm up, that’s it.

“I’ll be focused on Yeovil and getting ready for the game.”

Exeter are unbeaten in their last four league matches and currently sit 15th in Sky Bet League Two.

The Grecians have scored the same amount of goals as Town so far this season and Krysiak is expecting to face a forward-thinking Exeter side.

“They have really good attacking players,” he said.

“They’re a possession based team so they’ll try and play it round us but we’re one of the best pressing teams in the league.

“|t will be massive for us to try and steal the ball and score some goals.”

Tickets remain on sale for Monday’s clash. Fans can purchase online or by phone on 01935 847888.


Fans are reminded that ticket office opening times have been changed for the Christmas period. Click here to see the Christmas opening times.


PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V EXETER CITY

Last week’s 2-1 loss to high-flying Carlisle United condemned Town to back-to-back defeats for the first time since October.

However, the Glovers remain in the hunt for a play-off place with just three points them and seventh-placed Cambridge United.

Darren Way could have the luxury of selecting his matchday squad from a full set of players as Matty Dolan (hamstring) and Darren Ward (knee) near full fitness.


Way’s side are in rich form at Huish Park, losing just once in nine matches at Huish Park in all competitions.

Town welcome their nearest League Two opponents Exeter City to Somerset on Monday.

The Grecians have won seven of their 11 matches on the road this season, their latest a 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.

Paul Tisdale’s side lie 15th in the division, with the same number goals scored (25) and conceded (26) as Yeovil.


Head-to-head

Yeovil’s last win over Exeter came back in 2011 – a 3-2 with at St James Park. 

The side’s have faced each other five times with the Grecians winning three and the other two ending in score draws.

Last time out, Exeter left Huish Park with three points thanks to goals from Ollie Watkins and Jake Taylor.


Referee

Tim Robinson (West Sussex) will take charge of his 21st game of the season on Boxing Day, most of which have been in the Championship.

Mr. Robinson has awarded 94 yellow cards so far this season, issuing five reds, and is yet to officiate a Town match in 2016/17. He was the man in the middle for Yeovil’s 1-1 draw against Carlisle United in the Emirates FA Cup third round replay back in January.

On Monday, Mr. Robinson will be assisted by Ian Cooper (Kent) and David Avent (Northamptonshire) with Adam Bromley (Devon) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Artur Krysiak’s pre-match interviews can be viewed on YTFC’s official YouTube account here.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via YTFC’s official Facebook page.

If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after.


Tickets

Ticket information can be found by clickinghere. Supporters wishing to attend the match can purchase tickets online by clickinghere, or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

Fans are reminded that Christmas opening hours have changed over the Christmas period.

WAY URGES FANS TO CREATE A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE

The Glovers take on their Devonshire neighbours on Monday afternoon, in the club’s penultimate fixture of 2016.

The Town boss is relishing facing the Grecians, a game he admits he would love to be playing in.

“The players and I are excited,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I don’t miss playing football, but this is one game I’d love to be involved in because of the passion that’s shown from both sets of supporters.

“It won’t be an easy game, but it’ll be exciting and I’d love the fans to turn up in numbers against Exeter because it’ll be value for money.

“Except the Barnet game, we’ve had a lot of recent success at home and I expect the supporters to get fully behind us, show loads of passion and create a good environment for the players to play in.”

Yeovil slipped to the bottom of League Two on Boxing Day last year following a goalless draw with Oxford United.

Twelve months on Way’s side sit in 12th position and continue to strive for the play-offs.

“The club has made a lot of progress since last year,” he said.

“The games against Exeter and Portsmouth are big games and will show what direction we’re going in.”

He added: “They’re a great, amazing group to work with. We tried to create our own culture in pre-season and I feel that has grown stronger.

“We are still happy and still very positive and have to make sure we arrive to play Exeter ready for a battle.”

Tickets remain on sale for the visit of the Grecians on Monday. Fans can purchase online or by phone on 01935 847888.

Fans are reminded that ticket office opening times have been changed for the Christmas period. Click here to see the Christmas opening times.

ADVENT CALENDAR: ADAM STANSFIELD

Stansfield was diagnosed with bowel cancer following a series of tests for an abdominal complaint in April 2010, and sadly passed away in August of the same year aged 31.

Born in Tiverton, Stansfield made his debut for Town in 2001 and scored 17 goals in  65 appearances for the club.

One of his most memorable strikes came in the Glovers’ FA Trophy triumph over Stevenage in 2002. 

Stansfield coolly finished midway through the second half at Villa Park to double Yeovil’s advantage and settle the contest. He also picked up the man of the match award.

A hugely popular figure at Huish Park, Stansfield also featured for Monday’s opponents Exeter City on over 150 occasions.

Don’t miss our digital Advent Calendar or any other YTFC video. Subscribe to our official YouTube channel now!

Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway

Advent Calendar Day 17: FA Cup Fever

Advent Calendar Day 18: Jingle Bells    (Jingle Bells Outtakes)

Advent Calendar Day 19: Tahv’s Worldie

Advent Calendar Day 20: 20 Of The Best

Advent Calendar Day 21: Play-Off Final Winners

Advent Calendar Day 22: Yeovil Hospital Visit

OUR PREPARATION IS VERY IMPORTANT – KRYSIAK

The Glovers host their Devonshire neighbours on Boxing Day, in the club’s penultimate game of 2016.

Footballers have to be careful what they intake over the Christmas period and Krysiak says Town have to continue to prepare for Monday’s match in a professional manner.

He said told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “Everyone wants to celebrate with their families but we have to have in mind that this is a job and we sacrifice everything to be successful.

“We have to focus on our preparation. Everything is vital and very important. 

“We have to think and make the right life choices such as about what you’re going to eat between now and Boxing Day.”

He added: “We’ve had a tough week with some boxing, so the aggression is there. 

“It’s an important, derby game on Boxing Day and we want to get back on the winning road and get three points and climb up the table.”

Tickets remain on sale for Monday’s clash. Fans can purchase online or by phone on 01935 847888.


Fans are reminded that ticket office opening times have been changed for the Christmas period. Click here to see the Christmas opening times.

DOLAN AND WARD COULD RETURN

The duo have been on the sidelines since Town’s 2-1 win over Colchester United on November 19th due to hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

“They’re looking good,” Way said.

“I can’t promise they’re going to start but they’re looking good.

“They’re training hard and a getting a sweat on everyday so for me, that shows a desire that they’re going to be back on the field very soon.”

Dolan and Ward represent the Glovers’ only injury concerns going into the Boxing Day clash with Exeter City at Huish Park.

Town have been fortunate with injuries this season and have fielded a total of just 19 players all campaign – a statistic Way is proud of.

He said: “We’ve had good stats this year as far as injuries go with such a small squad.

“To field only 19 players, the fewest in the football pyramid, that’s an incredible stat. 

“I don’t want that to change as that would be disappointing and if it does change it show they’re not living well.”

Tickets remain on sale for the visit of Exeter on Monday. Fans can purchase online or by phone on 01935 847888.


Fans are reminded that ticket office opening times have been changed for the Christmas period. Click here to see the Christmas opening times.

PLYMOUTH MATCH TO BE REARRANGED

The match, set to be the Glovers’ first home game in the New Year, will be rearranged following the Devon club’s progression in the Emirate FA Cup.

The Pilgrims will instead head to Anfield to take on Liverpool on January 8th.
A new date for Town’s fixture with Plymouth will be announced in due course.

TOWN WILL FACE READING IN THE CHECKATRADE TROPHY

The Glovers had to wait until last night to realise their opponents in the New Year, and will face the young Royals after they defeated Southampton Under-23s on penalties.

Darren Way’s side progressed to the last 16 with a 4-1 victory over MK Dons.

The match will take place at Huish Park the week commencing January 9th 2017.

Ticket details will be released shortly.

ADVENT CALENDAR: YEOVIL HOSPITAL VISIT

Darren Way, his staff and players delivered presents from the club shop and Yeovil Town Centre along with chocolate and other festive goodies.

They visited the children’s ward – including season ticket holder Zac – as well as patient on other wards.

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes all patients and staff at Yeovil Hospital a very Merry Christmas.

Don’t miss our digital Advent Calendar or any other YTFC video. Subscribe to our official YouTube channel now!

Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway

Advent Calendar Day 17: FA Cup Fever

Advent Calendar Day 18: Jingle Bells    (Jingle Bells Outtakes)

Advent Calendar Day 19: Tahv’s Worldie

Advent Calendar Day 20: 20 Of The Best

Advent Calendar Day 21: Play-Off Final Winners


FREE PARKING AND MINCE PIE FOR BOXING DAY TIE

Fans who arrive before 2 o’clock on Monday can park without charge around the ground, before the usual £2 charge applies in the lead up to kick-off.
To continue the festivities, the Club are also offering a free mince pie and hot drink outside the ground, situated in front of the ticket office. For young supporters chocolate Santas will be available. 
Members of Darren Way’s first-team squad will be on hand to serve, alongside the help of the Green & White Supporters Club, Disabled Supporters Association and super-fan Pat Custard who have kindly volunteered their time. 
The free refreshments will be available up until kick-off and whilst stocks last!
Merry Christmas from all at Yeovil Town and we look forward to welcoming you to Huish Park on Boxing Day.

SQUAD DELIVER GIFTS TO HOSPITAL PATIENTS

With gifts from the Club Shop, the players and management added to their haul by going shopping in Yeovil Town Centre for toys, chocolate and other festive goodies. 
The group visited the children’s ward (including season-ticket holder Zac, pictured below) as well as patients on other wards, donating gifts and talking to those likely to spend the festive period in hospital. 
After visiting numerous wards accompanied by the Jolly Green Giant, the squad donated any leftover gifts to the hospital to give out to those who unfortunately arrive in hospital over the coming days. 
Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes all patients and staff at Yeovil Hospital a very Merry Christmas. 

BOXING DAY TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

Darren Way’s side have won six out of their last nine matches in all competitions at home, and welcome an Exeter team who currently sit 15th in Sky Bet League Two.

For the past four seasons, Town have been on the road at Christmas with their last home fixture on the 26th coming against Charlton Athletic in 2011.

The Glovers’ last win on Boxing Day came back in 2009 as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Adult tickets are priced from just £17 while juniors can enter for £6.

Don’t miss out on the festive fun and purchase tickets for yourself and/or loved ones!

Tickets can be bought in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. For more details, click here.

ADVENT CALENDAR: PLAY-OFF FINAL WINNERS

The Glovers had already recorded their highest ever league position by finishing fourth in the division, and overcame Sheffield United in the semi-finals to set up a tie with Brentford at Wembley.

Striker Paddy Madden gave Town the lead with a beautifully placed shot from outside the area.

Dan Burn made it two on 42 minutes before Harlee Dean nodded home to reduce the deficit after the break.

 

Yeovil withstood heavy pressure for the remainder of the contest but held on to win promotion to the Championship in their 10th season in the Football League.

Don’t miss our digital Advent Calendar or any other YTFC video. Subscribe to our official YouTube channel now!

Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway

Advent Calendar Day 17: FA Cup Fever

Advent Calendar Day 18: Jingle Bells    (Jingle Bells Outtakes)

Advent Calendar Day 19: Tahv’s Worldie

Advent Calendar Day 20: 20 Of The Best


SAFEGUARDING AT YEOVIL TOWN

Below is a copy of the letter sent to all parents with children in the Yeovil Town FC Academy from Operations Manager kelly Roberts:

‘In wake of recent news regarding safeguarding in Football, we feel it to be of utmost importance to write to you in relation to your son’s footballing programme whilst they are here at Yeovil Town FC Academy.

Yeovil Town FC Academy continues to be committed to ensuring all necessary steps are taken to protect all our footballers across the age groups from harm who participate within this sport. This letter, together with the safeguarding policy sets out our approach to safeguarding.

At Yeovil Town FC Academy all Coaches undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS) check, previously known as a CRB and attend and complete the Safeguarding Course provided by the F.A before they commence working with your children.

Should you feel at risk or concerned then please do not hesitate to contact myself, Kelly Roberts (Welfare Officer) 01935 847880 ext 270.

May I remind you that the parents evening on Monday 19th December is the last session before Christmas and we will be returning on Wednesday 11th January 2017 as per our timetable.

Yours Faithfully,

Kelly Roberts
Operations Manager’


ENJOY CHRISTMAS AT HUISH PARK

The Glovers have two fixtures at home across the Xmas break with Exeter City (Boxing Day) and Portsmouth (30th December) both visiting Huish Park. 
With tickets starting from £17 for adults and just £6 for juniors, purchase your tickets now online or via the Ticket Office on 01935 847888
Town are looking to push back into the play-offs over the festive period having lost at home just once in the last three months and gone on an eight-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two. 
To make the most of Christmas, enjoy matchday packages for the Alec Stock/Legends Lounge for £49pp. The experience is for a minimum of two people and includes:
– Tamburino Stand ticket
– Two course carvery dinner
– Reserved car parking
– Complimentary matchday programme
– Bar pass at half-time and post-match
For young supporters, provide the ideal Christmas present with a mascot package for the New Year for just £60pp. The experience includes:
– Warm-up with the players pre-match
– Meet manager Darren Way and his squad
– Receive a signed Yeovil Town football
– Lead the team out with the captain
– Picture and write-up in the programme
– Meet the opposition players and officials

SUPER 6 £1 MILLION JACKPOT LAUNCHED!

The free-to-play prediction game has already given away over £2million, including the jackpot on the midweek bonus round last Wednesday, when two players shared the £250,000 prize.
Indeed, Boxing Day has proved a fruitful date for the game, with the first ever jackpot winner landing the then £100,000 prize this time six years ago.
Another windfall looks a realistic possibility on a favourable day of football for punters, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United strong home favourites on the 26th.
Here’s the Super £1m fixtures in full:
Arsenal v West Brom
Burnley v Middlesbrough
Chelsea v Bournemouth
Leicester v Everton
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ADVENT CALENDAR: 20 OF THE BEST

Darren Way’s side have scored 40 goals in all competitions and we’ve selected 20 of the best for the 20th day of our Advent Calendar.

From Matty Dolan’s Beckham-esque effort against Walsall in the EFL Cup, to Ben Whitfield nodding home Ryan Dickson’s perfect cross in Town’s 4-1 Checkatrade Trophy triumph over MK Dons – there are plenty of corkers in the collection.

Let us know your favourite on Twitter or Facebook.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway

Advent Calendar Day 17: FA Cup Fever

Advent Calendar Day 18: Jingle Bells    (Jingle Bells Outtakes)

Advent Calendar Day 19: Tahv’s Worldie


SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Plymouth Argyle kept top spot in Sky Bet League Two with a 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

Craig Tanner grabbed the decisive goal for the Pilgrims who are now unbeaten in three games.


Doncaster Rovers bounced back from last week’s defeat to the league leaders, earning three points against Grimsby Town.

A stunning free kick from Liam Mandeville in the 3rd minute was the only score at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Goals from Jack Marriott and Cameron McGeehan ensured Luton inflicted a second home defeat of the season on Blackpool.

The Hatters are now level on points with fourth-placed Portsmouth who played out a goalless draw with Hartlepool United.

Two goals in the space of one second-half minute saw Cheltenham Town come from behind to defeat Morecambe.

The Robins are now level on points with the teams just above the relegation zone, but remain in the bottom two on goal difference.


Ollie Watkins was at the double as Exeter City secured their first home win since April against Mansfield Town.

The 20-year-old guided the ball home to put the Grecians ahead before wrapping up the contest in the 90th minute.

Scott Kashket continued his fine form for Wycombe Wanderers as the Chairboys beat Leyton Orient at Adams Park.


The striker notched the only goal of the match to earn victory against his old club, and take his tally to 11 goals in 12 games in all competitions.

Stevenage condemned Barnet to their first defeat in nine matches with a 2-1 at the Hive.

John Akinde’s penalty early in the second half cancelled out Dale Gorman’s opener for Stevenage, but Luke Wilkinson fired the visitors’ winner.

Newport County will be the Football League’s bottom club on Christmas Day after losing at Crawley Town.

With the score at 1-1 at the break, the Red Devils took control of the second half scoring twice in four minutes.

Elsewhere there were 2-1 wins for Cambridge United and Colchester United at home to Crewe Alexandra and Notts County respectively. 

SMITH CALLS FOR CONSISTENCY

The Glovers suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since the beginning of October after narrowly losing to promotion-chasing Carlisle United in a game of two halves at Brunton Park. 

Defender Shaun Brisley’s stunning 35-yard volley opened the scoring for the Cumbrians before Charlie Wyke’s header doubled their advantage.

Smith pulled one back for Town – just his third in the green and white – and believes the squad can achieve good things with regular steady displays.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “It wasn’t good enough. I know myself I should’ve done better but as a whole we didn’t do what we should have done.

“We had the chances. I had a second opportunity as well and if that goes in it’s a whole different game again. 

“If you were in and around the changing room, you’d know there is something special there. It’s up to us to bring it out on a consistent basis.”

Smith is not renown for his goalscoring attributes with just three Town strikes in 238 appearances for the club, over two spells.

However, the 29-year-old is becoming more of a threat in the opposition’s penalty area and has put it down to the extra work he puts in with assistant boss Terry Skiverton.

He said: “It’s all the work I’ve been doing with Terry Skiverton to be honest. 

“Constantly, everyday just doing extra bits of heading and eventually it’s paid off.

“As a defender, there’s a very limited time where you’re going to get in the box so you need to try and make the most of it.”

Tickets for Town’s Boxing Day fixture against Exeter City at Huish Park remain on sale.

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ADVENT CALENDAR: TAHV’S WORLDIE

The forward on loan from West Brom’s acrobatic first-time volley from Artur Krysiak’s long throw sailed past Jonny Maddison and nestled in the far corner.

Whooping followed and disbelief which youngster Ollie Bassett showcases perfectly.

Campbell joined Town on an initial loan in January until the end of the 2015/16 season and re-joined on loan in the summer.

The 19-year-old has two Yeovil goals to his name in 40 appearances in all competitions.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway

Advent Calendar Day 17: FA Cup Fever

Advent Calendar Day 18: Jingle Bells    (Jingle Bells Outtakes)


ADVENT CALENDAR: JINGLE BELLS

Tom Eaves, Francois Zoko and Matty Dolan warmed their vocal cords with festive Yeovil Town version of the Christmas classic.

“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to see Yeovil win away!”

Amusing, Christmas fun.

Outtakes from the video can be found here.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway

Advent Calendar Day 17: FA Cup Fever

PEOPLE WILL WONDER HOW WE DIDN’T WIN OR GET A POINT – WAY

The Glovers made the 660-mile roundtrip to Cumbria for the Sky Bet League Two match looking to return to winning ways but came away with a narrow 2-1 loss. 
After trailing 2-0 at the break despite some good play, Town had Keith Curle’s side on the ropes for large spells after Nathan Smith got one back three minutes after the restart. 
Post-match, Way felt his side deserved at least a share of the spoils.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “I think everyone who would’ve watched the game today would’ve wondered how we didn’t win or get a point out of that game.
“I keep saying it, but every game we’ve lost so far has been a little bit unfortunate but we were a lot closer this time to what we were against Plymouth and Doncaster with teams in the top three.”
Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Way admits he exchanged one or two choice words with his squad, but was pleased with their reaction in the second period.
“Unfortunately, there were one or two instances where we didn’t make the right decision and we found ourselves 2-0 down completely against the run of play.
“But the group are still performing very well and I have to draw strength from that.
“I think we had a few mixed words in the dressing room at half-time. 
“There were one or two individuals I spoke to a little bit differently than in my year in management but they accepted that responsibility.
“It was an unbelievable performance as far as the amount of force that they applied from start to finish against a good team.”
Town remain three points outside of the play-offs and entertain Exeter City on Boxing Day at Huish Park. Purchase your tickets, here or by calling the ticket office on 01935 847888.

MATCH REPORT: CARLISLE UNITED 2-1 YEOVIL TOWN

Despite a bright start from Town, the Cumbrians went into the break 2-0 up thanks to a stunning 35-yard volley from Shaun Brisley and Charlie Wyke’s header as the hosts demonstrated their top of the table form. 
But, looking to get back in the play-off mix, the Glovers rallied after the break and got one back courtesy of Nathan Smith three minutes after the restart. 
Yeovil continued tom enjoy the majority of the second half but couldn’t find an equalising goal as Carlisle held on for all three points.
Darren Way made three changes to the side that lost 1-0 at home to Barnet last time out in Sky Bet League Two, looking to match the physicality of the Cumbrians. 
In midfield, the combative Matt Butcher replaced Ben Whitfield whilst former Carlisle favourite Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell came into the front three in place of Tom Eaves and Otis Khan who dropped to the bench.
Looking to get back to winning ways after having their eight-game unbeaten run brought to an end a week ago, the Glovers began on the front foot and produced the first chances of the game. 
Ryan Hedges’ deflected effort landed on top of the net from the angle before Campbell cut inside and forced Mark Gillespie into a diving save minutes later.
After a quiet start the hosts engineered their first meaningful attempt on goal from a Shaun Miller long throw which fell to namesake Tom, whose drive from inside the box was smartly saved by Artur Krysiak. 
However, the Yeovil stopper was powerless to prevent the Cumbrians taking the lead on the 10-minute mark. 
A deep free-kick was initially cleared by Town, but the clearance only fell to defender Brisley 35 yards from goal whose unstoppable volleyed effort flew into the back of the net. 
Buoyed from taking the lead Keith Curle’s side almost doubled their lead just before the 20-minute mark. 
After a Wyke flick-on, Shaun Miller’s audacious chip cannoned off the crossbar with Nicky Adams only able to blaze over on the rebound with Krysiak recovering. 
Yeovil continued to enjoy an even share of possession in the first half but it was Carlisle who caused havoc in the final third. 
Michael Raynes could only prod wide from 12 yards after a scramble in the middle, before Shaun Miller almost capitalised on Nathan Smith’s backpass only for Krysiak to race from his line and intervene. 
But the Cumbrian outfit doubled their lead before the break, as top scorer Wyke powerfully headed home Nicky Adams’ corner with a little under 10 minutes of the half remaining. 
The score stayed the same for the remainder of the first period before the Glovers began the second half in rapid style.
After a spell of pressure Town won a corner, and from Hedges delivery, Smith rose at the back post to score just his third ever professional goal with the help of the crossbar. 
Without a foothold back in the game, the Glovers almost drew level before the hour mark from yet another corner.
The well worked set-piece saw Hedges work it short before taking back the ball on the angle, with his effort being pushed away by Gillespie. 
Carlisle looked to hit Yeovil on the break but it was the visitors who continued to produce the chances. 
Good work from Zoko down left saw him beat Michael Raynes before swinging in a cross which had to be clawed off the line by Gillespie after Liam Shephard stole in at the back post.
Still enjoying the best of the play, Way’s side almost scored a carbon copy to their first after 70 minutes.
Another Hedges corner found Smith at the back post, but on the stretch the centre back could only head over the bar.
As the game ticked towards the final 10 minutes it became an end-to-end affair, with Krysiak called into action twice in quick succession, first to deny Jabo Ibehre from close range before saving Luke Joyce’s curling shot from 20 yards.
Back at the other end Yeovil had a good shout for a penalty waved away after Hedges pushed the ball past Macaulay Gillesphey only to be taken out, but referee Darren Handley only awarded a corner.
Town threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser late on and substitute Khan forced Gillespie into a save from range before a last-minute corner crashed off the post, but the Cumbrian’s held firm to hold off a battling Yeovil side to claim the victory. 
Carlisle United: Gillespie; Miller, Raynes, Brisley, Gillesphey; Lambe, Joyce, Kennedy, Adams; Wyke (Devitt 73’), Mille (Ibehre 73’).
Bookings: Kennedy 65’.
Subs not used: Crocombe, Ellis, Asamoah, Wright, McQueen.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Butcher (Whitfield 85’); Hedges, Zoko (Eaves 71’), Campbell (Khan 64’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, Ezewele, Mugabi, Copp.

DARREN WAY AND FIRST TEAM SQUAD MAKE DONATION FOR CARLISLE TRIP

With Town’s supporters making the longest journey in the entire Football League this weekend, the gaffer, Terry Skiverton and the 18-strong matchday squad have all donated money to allow fans to enjoy a pie and a pint in the Away Bar. 
Situated in the concourse, vouchers with a value of £300 will be put behind the bar to enable the travelling faithful to enjoy refreshments at Brunton Park. 
Having donated towards the vouchers, the manager was keen to give something back to the supporters making the journey to Cumbria.
“The fans are showing huge commitment and dedication to support us at Carlisle this weekend and it’s important we give something back for that. 
“Their support really highlights the ethos of ‘Achieve By Unity’ so I know the players and myself felt it important to show our appreciation with them travelling virtually the length of the country to follow us.” 
Vouchers will be available from the Away Bar from 1.30pm on a first come, first served basis – thank you for your support. 

ADVENT CALENDAR: FA CUP FEVER

The match was being played on neutral turf as Carlisle used Bloomfield Road as their temporary home due to floods in Cumbria.

The Cumbrians took the lead through Danny Grainger’s 25th-minute free kick and Yeovil almost levelled moments later as Tahvon Campbell’s close range effort was saved and Liam Walsh’s follow-up went wide.

Town levelled with 19 minutes remaining of the tie when Francois Zoko headed past Dan Hanford to net against his former club.

Carlisle retook the lead when centre-back Mark Ellis nodded in from six yards but Shaun Jeffers took things to a replay with a low shot in the 93rd minute.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal

Advent Calendar Day 16: YTFC Giveaway


NIGEL VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN DIGITAL PROJECT

Nigel is well known to Glovers supporters, and attends matches in the Screwfix Stand at Huish Park with his wife, daughter and 92-year-old mother.

A self-confessed statto, Nigel will oversee all the statistics on the site and ytfc.digital hopes the statistical section will be the most accurate and concise collection of its type.

On conclusion, we hope it will be the go to place for Town fans to check out facts from the club’s history.

Keep an eye on the website, www.ytfc.digital, or the Twitter and Facebook pages for this ever-evolving project.

THEY WILL BE UNDER MORE PRESSURE – LAWLESS

The Glovers lost for the first time in eight matches, a run which saw Yeovil flirt with the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

Darren Way’s side head to Brunton Park to take on promotion-chasing Carlisle United tomorrow (3pm) and Lawless feels the Cumbrians will be under more strain to get a result.

“We’ve had a good run and our confidence is up from that,” he told YTFC’s YouTube channel.

“We’re not going to let the result (against Barnet) disturb that because there’s a bigger picture.

“They’ll be more under pressure and the only pressure we’ll have is on ourselves and that’s been quite healthy this season. 

“It’s one of those where it’s who is up for the battle the most.”

Lawless joined Yeovil in the summer and has made 22 appearances for the Glovers in all competitions.

The midfielder has played a large part in the club’s recent good form and has only suffered one loss in his last nine appearances.

“(I’m enjoying the season) very, very much,” he said.

“Obviously the results help that but as a team the spirit is really good so I’m enjoying that side of it and I’m enjoying playing a new position.

“We have our own aims that we want to get out of them and they are high. 

“I think from the way we’ve been playing and the teams we’ve been coming up against, there’s no reason why our expectations shouldn’t be high.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s match remain on saleonlineor by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can purchase tickets on the day but at a £3 increase.


PREVIEW: CARLISLE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Town will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways following last week’s narrow loss to Barnet.

The defeat to the Bees was the Glovers’ first loss in League Two for eight matches and the same number at Huish Park.

However, Darren Way’s side are just two points outside the play-offs and with a healthy record on the road.

Yeovil have not lost on the road in their last three, and could extend that sequence against Carlisle tomorrow.

The Cumbrians themselves have been in terrific form this season and lie in second place.

Keith Curle’s outfit have just one league loss to their name – a 2-0 defeat to bottom club Newport County in November.

Head-to-head

Yeovil and Carlisle faced each other on four occasions in the 2015/16 season.

The Glovers suffered a 3-2 defeat on Halloween, before coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Brunton Park in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

The replay was won by the Cumbrians on penalties following an ill-tempered affair at Huish Park.

The final meeting between the two teams ended goalless back in March.

Referee

Darren Handley (Lancashire) will take charge of his 22nd game of the season tomorrow – his first match since Port Vale’s 4-0 Emirates FA Cup win over Hartlepool United on December 4th.

Mr. Handley has awarded 76 yellow and two red cards so far this campaign, and is yet to officiate a Town fixture in 2016.

The Lancashire-based official last took charge of a Yeovil match in February 2015, overseeing Town’s 1-0 loss to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. 

Mr. Handley will be assisted by Richard Wild (Lancashire) and Richard Bartlett (Cheshire) with Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Alex Lawless’ pre-match interviews can be viewed on our official YouTube account here.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on our official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via our official Facebook page

If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Tickets

Ticket information can be found by clicking here. Supporters wishing to attend the match can purchase tickets online by clicking here, or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

Tickets can also be purchased on the day at Brunton Park with prices increasing by £3.

WAY WARNS AGAINST COMPLACENCY

Town take on Carlisle United tomorrow (3pm) for the first of four matches in 17 days.

The Glovers find themselves in a healthy position in Sky Bet League Two, and a win at Brunton Park could see them climb back into the play-offs.

“We’re in a safe place at the moment,” Way told YTFC’s YouTube channel.

“We have to be very careful of complacency over the Christmas period because that will dictate the direction we’re going in.

“We have to remain focused and determined and make sure the players don’t eat any extra potatoes!”

He added: “i think the supporters would’ve gone home (after last week’s defeat to Barnet) thinking we’ve got a good team that can match anyone.

“The players can see I’m very committed to lead them, keep them motivated and not get too disappointed on the back of a defeat and we look forward to Carlisle.”

Tickets for Saturday’s match remain on sale online or by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can purchase tickets on the day but at a £3 increase.


ADVENT CALENDAR: YTFC GIVEAWAY

The midfielder joined the club in the summer following his release from Southampton and turns 19-years-old today.

We will be giving away a signed Yeovil Town football to celebrate the youngster’s day.

Head to our official YouTube channel, watch day 16 of our Advent Calendar and enter accordingly via Twitter or Facebook.

Competition ends at 9pm. Good luck!

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!

Advent Calendar Day 15: Smith Tries To Recreate His First Goal


AWAY GUIDE FOR GLOVERS FANS HEADING TO CARLISLE

Carlisle United Operations Manager and Supporter Liaison Officer has provided the following details for Town supporters travelling to Brunton Park on Saturday.

TRAVEL
Brunton Park (postcode CA1 1LL) is served by the nearby M6 motorway and for fans travelling by car/coach to the game please leave at junction 43 (A69) and head west – the main supporter’s car park is situated on the right-hand side and is on the East Side of the ground. 
The entrance to this is at the third set of traffic lights having left the motorway, opposite the Foreways shop. Parking charges are £2.50 for cars, £10 for mini buses and £15 for coaches.  
Coach drivers wanting to watch the match must purchase a ticket for the game – if purchased in advance a saving of up to £3 can be made.
For those arriving at Carlisle Railway Station the ground is roughly a 20 minute walk – please leave the station and walk straight ahead to the crescent, follow this round to the left and when you reach Nando’s turn right and then you are on Warwick Road that leads to the ground which you will see on the left-hand side with the club shop situated at the main entrance. 
The entrance for away fans seating is at the next entrance on the left. For those who do not want to walk from the station taxis though are available across the road to the left as you leave the station.
PRE-GAME
The away concourse will be open for fans from roughly 1.30pm. However, we are more than happy for your fans to head round from the away east side of the ground to the west side and use our Sunset Lounge which is open from 12.30pm or sooner if required where there is a big screen showing the live match that day. 
We will be selling pies, burgers and hot dogs and in addition at the bar they can also purchase coffee etc… Please note as this is an old stand access is by stairs and there is no wheelchair access. (Following the floods in Carlisle catering is via a van outside but food can then be taken into the Sunset Suite).You may also use the adjacent Sporting Inn bar as well.
TICKETS
Admission into the ground is by ticket only and we would encourage fans to purchase in advance as there is a discount available. 
However, fans arriving on the day can purchase a ticket up to 1.30pm at our main ticket office on the West side of the ground after that time tickets can be purchased from our away ticket office at the northern end of the Pioneer East Stand adjacent to the away turnstiles. 
Away tickets for collection will be available from 1.30pm at our Away ticket office.

WAY EXPECTING PHYSICAL BATTLE

The promotion-chasing Cumbrians lie in second place in Sky Bet League Two and have lost just once in the league all season.

Town played Carlisle four times last year, drawing three and losing once, and Way anticipates another close encounter.

“I’ve managed against them three times now,” he told YTFC’s YouTube channel.

“We’ve had good games against them and we know exactly what they do. 

“The way they play makes them a big a threat – a physical, dominant threat. 

“You only have to look at the (Jabo) Ibehre incident (in the FA Cup replay in January), which is probably one of the worst things I’ve seen.

“I think it’s was first time we’ve been called up for discipline but when you get an incident like that, I expect my players to react as they did. We know it’s going to be a physical test.

“I watched them play against Luton and I spoke to Nathan Jones who gave me a good debrief on them. 

“We’re looking forward to it. Our preparation has been spot on.”

Tickets for Saturday’s match remain on sale online or by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can purchase tickets on the day but at a £3 increase.


WAY TIGHT-LIPPED ON DUO’S FITNESS

The duo have been out of action since Town’s 2-1 win over Colchester United at Huish Park on November 19th.

“They’re near to fitness, that’s all I can say,” Way said.

“They’re working hard and it’s just a matter of when.”

Dolan and Ward are Town’s only injury concerns going into this weekend’s clash in Cumbria.

Tickets for the fixture can be purchased online or by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can pay on the day at Brunton Park but there is a £3 increase.

YTFC.DIGITAL NEEDS YOUR SHIRTS!

Ytfc.digital, the club’s new Archive site, is trying to upload a section with shirts through the ages illustrated. Supporter of the Year Pat Custard has come up with around 15 old shirts but we are hoping that there are many more varieties out there that we could borrow.
 
The plan is to recruit one of the players to model all the shirts we can get our hands on early in the new year. We would just require to borrow the shirts for the photo shoot. 
Can you help? If you can then please contact us by e-mail and we will get back to you to arrange collection (if necessary) of the shirt.
 
But don’t stop at just shirts! If you have any photographs, newspaper cuttings, videos, DVD’s, in fact anything that you think may be of interest to us then please drop us an e-mail.
 
You can get to the Archive site at www.ytfc.digital

ADVENT CALENDAR: SMITH GOAL RECREATED

It is fair to say the 29-year-old isn’t the most prolific goalscorer, with just two goals in 431 appearance over two spells at Huish Park, but his first was an absolute belter.

Back in 2008, Smith bagged his first career goal with a stunning effort in a 4-2 home defeat to Stockport County.

The defender lashed home from 30 yards with his left-foot before celebrating with what he describes as a Jamaican dance.

In the latest instalment of our Advent Calendar, Smith tries to recreate the finish but with his right foot.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois

Advent Calendar Day 14: Happy Birthday Ryan!


CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS

The full run-down of opening times up until and including Tuesday, January 3rd 2017.

Friday, December 23rd – 9am-4pm (shop opens at 10am)

Christmas Eve – 10am-12pm

Christmas Day – CLOSED

Boxing Day – 9am-3pm (kick-off) (shop opens at 10am)

Tuesday, December 27th – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 28th – Normal opening hours (9am-5pm (ticket office), 10am-4pm (shop))

Thursday, December 29th – Normal opening hours

Friday, December 30th – 9am-7.45pm (kick-off) (shop opens at 10am)

New Year’s Eve – CLOSED

New Year’s Day – CLOSED

Monday, January 2nd 2017 – CLOSED

Tuesday, January 3rd 2017 – Normal opening hours resume

Supporters can purchase tickets in person or by phone on 01935 847888 during the opening hours, or buy online any time.

LOAN WATCH: BASSETT AND LEA FEATURE IN MAGPIES DRAW

Bassett completed 90 minutes for the Magpies while Lea was introduced at half-time on his return from an ankle injury.

Dorchester almost took the lead in the first half as Bassett’s far post drive just cleared the crossbar, before his free kick was well stopped by St Ives keeper Tim Trebes.

The 18-year-old did have a hand in the opener as his left-wing corner forced Liam McDevitt to turn into his own net in the 55th minute.

St Ives searched for an equaliser and got their just rewards five minutes from time as Josh Dawkin drove in from the wing and drilled a low shot past a seemingly wrong-footed Shane Murphy.

ADVENT CALENDAR: HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!

The left-back, who has played 56 times for Town since signing permanently in July 2015, turns 30-year-old today.

Dickson has scored two goals for the Glovers since joining from Crawley Town, both of which came in the same week.

The former Southampton man proved the match winner on each occasion as Yeovil beat Mansfield Town and Accrington Stanley 1-0 in the 2015/16 campaign.

Many happy returns, Ryan!

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man

Advent Calendar Day 13: Treize Buts Pour Francois


TICKETS ON SALE FOR TOWN’S TRIP TO CARLISLE UNITED

The Glovers face the 680-mile round trip to Cumbria having lost their first Sky Bet League Two match in eight games last weekend, going down 1-0 at home to Barnet. 
However, Town remain within reach of the play-offs and will take on the Cumbrians unbeaten in their last three trips on the road in League Two.
Supporters can purchase tickets for the match at the following prices:
Adults: £19
65+: £16
18-22: – £13
Junior (11-17): £10
Under-10’s: – £7
Under 6’s: FOC
Carlisle also offer the following family deals:
1 adult + 1 Junior: £27
1 adult + 2 Junior: £35
1 senior + 1 Junior: £24
Disabled supporters must purchase a ticket for their relevant age, with carers able to enter Brunton Park free of charge. Tickets for wheelchair users are £4 (carer FOC) – please note that the wheelchair bays are uncovered. 
Tickets can be purchased online or via the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. However, for disabled, family rates and Under-6 tickets, please call the ticket office. 

ADVENT CALENDAR: TREIZE BUTS POUR FRANCOIS

The former Ivory Coast Under-20 and Under-23 international initially arrived on a short-term deal in November 2015, before extending his deal until end of the 2015/16 season.

Zoko opened his account for the Glovers with two goals against Barnet a year ago yesterday.

The 33-year-old was on target a further six times for Town, helping the club finish 14 points clear of relegation.

In his last eight matches, Zoko has scored five goals.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice

Advent Calendar Day 12: YTFC’s 12th Man


IT WAS ONE OF THOSE DAYS – DICKSON

The Glovers controlled the contest and had 15 shots on goal, two of which hit the crossbar, while Alex Nicholls scored with the Bees’ only attempt on target.

Yeovil had scored nine goals in two matches previous to the defeat to Barnet and Dickson is keen to move on.

“It was just one of those days,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Somedays it goes for you. We had five (goals v Crawley) and four (v MK Dons) and now nothing.

“We came up against something a bit different to the two previous teams we’ve played.

“We knew we’d have to deal with the direct threat of the wind and their big boy up front but we dealt with that. 

“Then in the second half it was our turn and we just couldn’t take our chances, and we created a lot. We were sucker punched”

Dickson added: “Everyone’s disappointed around the club but at the end of the day things are turning here. 

“The boys have to stay positive as we’ve been on a good run and performances have been really good.

“We’ll put it behind us and move on to the next game. There are a lot more points to play for.”

Town travel to promotion-chasing Carlisle United on Saturday before hosting Exeter City on Boxing Day.

Fans can purchase tickets for either match in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Plymouth Argyle returned to the top of Sky Bet League Two with a 2-0 win over fellow promotion chasers Doncaster Rovers.

Goals from Graham Carey and Jake Jervis returned the Pilgrims to winning ways after a run of three straight defeats.

Portsmouth gained ground on Doncaster with a late winner over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

Substitute Kai Naismith’s 25-yard free kick was enough to secure the win for Pompey, who are now five points behind third place.

Carlisle United missed the chance to top the division after a 1-1 draw with fifth-placed Luton Town.

Both goals were scored inside the opening ten minutes with Carlisle’s Michael Raynes seeing red late on for an apparent elbow on Danny Hylton. 

Five second-half goals saw Cambridge United thumb Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. 

After a drab first period, the U’s took total command of the match to record their third league victory on the spin.

David Wheeler bagged a late brace as Exeter City climbed away from the relegation zone at Cheltenham Town’s expense.

The winger struck in the 81st and 85th minute to move the Grecians up to 17th and leave the Robins three points adrift from safety.

Bottom side Newport County saw their home match against Morecambe abandoned at half-time due to heavy rain in South Wales.

The Exiles were leading through a special strike from Tom Owen-Evans but referee Brendan Malone halted proceedings due to standing water on the pitch.

Wycombe Wanderers overcame Notts County in an ill-tempered affair at Meadow Lane.

Michael O’Connor was sent off for the hosts and Adebayo Akinfenwa scored and saw red for the Chairboys, with Scott Kashket grabbing their second.

James Collins scored twice as Crawley Town bounced back from losing 5-0 to Town with a 2-0 win on the road at Crewe Alexandra.

The striker lashed home a 21st-minute opener for the Red Devils and wrapped up the scoring sweeping effort 14 minutes from time.

Blackpool’s promotion hopes were given a boost as two second-half goals handed them victory over Stevenage.

Substitute Bright Osayi-Samuel’s curled finish from the edge of the box initially separated the well-matched sides, before Mark Cullen secured the three points for the Seasiders.

Elsewhere, Leyton Orient edged out Accrington Stanley at home while Mansfield Town and Colchester United played out a goalless draw.

DIGITAL PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP

Speaking at the official launch on Thursday, Fry said: “This whole project is of great importance to the club. Our club has a heritage it can be proud of both in the local community but also in the wider football world.

“As a club we have collected a huge amount of material to go on the site but I am sure there are lots of supporters out there who have there own memories of events in the club’s history and we would love to be able to share them with all our supporters.

“If you have anything you think that may be appropriate to be included please contact our Project Manager Adrian Hopper. Items can be scanned or photographed and returned to their owners within a couple of days.

“As a club we feel we are perhaps one of the fore runners when it comes to such a project and we are all very anxious to turn this site into the ultimate reference point for anything Yeovil Town Football Club, so please if you have anything suitable get in touch.”

Fry added: “We are also looking for any supporters who can volunteer some of their time for the maintenance and uploading of materials to the site.

“I feel the website, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and our other benefactors, could be the first of many such sites when other clubs latch onto the idea. Where Yeovil lead others will undoubtedly follow.”

 

Adrian Hopper, former Head of Media for fifteen years at Yeovil Town Football Club added: “We are absolutely delighted that HLF and our other local partners have made this project turn from a dream to reality.

“Yeovil Town Football Club play a huge part in the local Community and it seems only right that a football club with such a rich heritage has an Archive such as we are planning to create.

“But it’s not going to be a five-minute job. We anticipate at least two years before the site is up to its maximum operating content and to that end we would invite any supporter to contact us if they could be of help or if they have any items for inclusion on the site.

“After two years volunteers at the club will continue to update the site as history continues to be made by The Glovers.”

To access the website, click here.

 

Supporters who can spare some time to help or who have items suitable for inclusion please contact Adrian Hopper at ytfcarchive@gmail.com.

ADVENT CALENDAR: YTFC’S 12TH MAN

The club feels privileged to have such brilliant supporters who have been there through the good times and the bad.

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club would like to thank Town fans for their continued support and wishes every one of you a very Merry Christmas.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings

Advent Calendar Day 11: Penalty Practice


ADVENT CALENDAR: PENALTY PRACTICE

After Kevin Dawson and Francois Zoko netted from the spot in last week’s Checkatrade Trophy win over MK Dons, three other players had a go at beating Town keeper Jonny Maddison.

Ryan Hedges stepped up first before Otis Khan and Tom Eaves followed.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals

Advent Calendar Day Ten: Comeback Kings


WE HAVE TO STAY POSITIVE – WAY

The Glovers controlled the match throughout, hitting the crossbar twice, but couldn’t make their dominance count as substitute Alex Nicholls scored late on to give the Bees three points.

The loss ended Yeovil’s eight-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two but Way is confident his squad will bounce back.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “It’s a game where every supporter will leave the stadium thinking “how did we lose that game?”.

“You’re always disappointed when you lose football matches and I’m disappointed in the manner (of the defeat) because we had so many chances.

“I think they must have had two attacks in the whole of the second half. It happens, that’s football and sometimes life is unfair but you have to deal with that.”

Way added: “I have to make sure the group stay positive, which I’m sure they will. They’re honest players so I don’t have to shout and scream. 

“We’re in 10th position and one win will take us back to the play-offs. I want everyone to keep working hard, and keep believing.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 0-1 BARNET

After a goalless opening 45 minutes the Glovers dominated proceedings in the second half, hitting the crossbar twice and peppering the Bees goal. 
With Town deserving to make it three months unbeaten at home they were dealt a sucker punch with a little over five minutes remaining when Alex Nicholls found the back of the net during a rare foray into Yeovil’s half. 
Otis Khan was denied late on as the Glovers piled numbers forward, but Darren Way’s side couldn’t find an equaliser and lost their first match in League Two since October 1st.
After making four changes in midweek for the Checkatrade Trophy, Way reverted to the side that saw off Crawley Town 5-0 at Huish Park last weekend in Sky Bet League Two, with Artur Krysiak, Alex Lawless, Otis Khan and Tom Eaves all returning to the starting eleven.
With nine goals netted in their previous two matches on home soil the Glovers immediately looked to get back on the goal trail, producing the first chance of the game with just four minutes on the clock. 
Swansea loanee Ryan Hedges danced past three Bees defenders to engineer space on the edge of the box, with his well-struck effort from 20 yards being pushed over the bar by visiting ‘keeper Jamie Stephens.
Looking most threatening down the wings Otis Khan on the other side soon tested Stephens, cutting inside before seeing his effort comfortably collected at the near post. 
Rossi Eames’ side steadied the ship after a bright start from the hosts, with the first half becoming a scrappy affair with Barnet happy to make it a stop-start clash at Huish Park. 
Fifteen goal striker John Akinde was Barnet’s focal point in attack, but the 27-year-old endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes which resulted in the former Bristol City striker going into the referee’s book for a late challenge on Hedges.
With neither side able to engineer much by way of goal scoring opportunities, an off target effort from Tom Gambin and a dipping Ryan Dickson volley was as good as it got in a tepid first half in Somerset.
Neither manager made a change of personnel at the break but it was the Glovers who started the brighter once again. 
After good hold-up play from Eaves, Dickson laid the ball off for Kevin Dawson whose deflected effort from 25 yards was pushed behind by Stephens.
Town continued to press and went even closer just before the hour mark when Dickson’s cross caused chaos in the Barnet box. 
Stephens couldn’t claim the ball under pressure from Nathan Smith allowing Eaves to instinctively head at goal from inside the box, but the frontman’s effort came back off the bar.
That buoyed both the home crowd and Way’s side, who engineered another opportunity a minute later with Ben Whitfield prodding an effort into the side-netting from the angle. 
Having found their feet in the final third Yeovil continued to carve open the Bees, with Khan having a shot destined for the bottom corner deflected behind by visiting captain Michael Nelson. 
Entrenching themselves in the Barnet half Dickson glanced Dawson’s cross just wide, before a number of Hedges deliveries caused chaos in the box with Stephens increasingly uncertain.
Way introduced Francois Zoko with 20 minutes remaining with Town looking to make it three victories in a week at home, but it was Khan who went close with the latest Glovers attempt. 
Lawless’ superb angled cross was knocked down by Eaves to the wideman on the edge of the box, with Khan’s well-hit strike coming back off the crossbar once again.
Barnet dropped deeper and deeper but almost caught Town on the break when Akinde charged through on goal, only for Krysiak to race from his line and smother the ball.  
With Yeovil searching for a deserved goal it was the visitors who dealt a sucker punch with six minutes of normal time remaining. 
Curtis Weston won possession deep in the Yeovil half and found substitute Alex Nicholls wide inside the box, with the winger picking out the bottom corner to give Barnet the lead completely against the run of play. 
Way’s side threw everything forward in a bid to get something from a game they deserved to win, but Stephens produced a superb save in the 90th minute to deny Khan after he raced through on goal. 
That was the closest Yeovil came to levelling the scores late on as Barnet held firm, to condemn Town to a first defeat in the league since the start of October and a first loss at home since the 10th September. 
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Whitfield (Zoko 69’); Hedges, Eaves (Campbell 82’), Khan.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Ezewele, Butcher, Sowunmi. 
Barnet: Stephens; Taylor, Nelson, Dembele, Johnson; Vilhete, Weston, Champion (Nicholls 60’), Gambin (Muggleton 82’); Mason-Clark (Akpa Akpro 66’); Akinde.
Bookings: Akinde 27’, Dembele 34’, Johnson 85’. 
Subs not used: Vickers, Sesay, Watson, Kyei.

ADVENT CALENDAR: COMEBACK KINGS

Goals from Michael Gash and John Akinde gave the Bees a 2-0 lead before Matty Dolan reduced the deficit with a drive from distance.

Akinde nodded home just after the hour to restore the hosts’ two-goal advantage but the Glovers hit back through unlikely goalscorer Nathan Smith.

With 15 minutes remaining, Francois Zoko blasted home to make the score 3-3 and Harry Cornick completed an excellent turnaround in injury-time.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 

Advent Calendar Day Nine: Tom Eaves’ Goals


WE CAN BEAT ANYONE – LACEY

Darren Way’s side are unbeaten in eight League Two games and haven’t lost at Huish Park in the same number coming into tomorrow’s clash with Barnet (3pm). 
The 5-0 win against Crawley Town last time out in the league moved the Glovers into the play-offs, and Lacey insists the squad feel capable of beating anyone. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “We’ve been really solid defensively and in the last few games we’ve been scoring a lot. 
“It’s clicking on both fronts so it’s a really positive time.”
Town welcome a Barnet side who are unbeaten in seven matches themselves, with the 23-year-old expecting a stern test at Huish Park.
“With our recent form we believe we can beat anyone in the league,” said Lacey.
“They’re a strong, physical team – quite direct – but we’re looking forward to the game. 
“I remember him (John Akinde) from last season’s game. He’s a handful but you’re going to come up against good players.
“We’ve just got to play our normal way and keep the winning run going.”
Yeovil haven’t lost at home since September 10th, and Lacey believes the run at home has been the catalyst to their recent success.
“It’s been important to keep the home form good and we have been," he said.
"It’s becoming a fortress at the minute so we need to keep it going and if we can pick up points away from home we’ll do well.”
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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNET

The Glovers’ midweek win over League One side MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy extended their impressive unbeaten home run to eight.

Darren Way’s side have scored nine goals in two games with their last league match, the 5-0 thrashing of Crawley Town, taking them up to sixth in the table.

Tomorrow’s opponents managerless Barnet are in good form themselves, winning four of their last seven fixtures with the other three matches ending in draws.

The Bees, who sit a point outside the play-off picture, boast the league’s second top scorer in John Akinde who has 15 goals to his name.

Head-to-head

Yeovil have only faced Barnet four times in their history, winning three and drawing one.

Last time out, the Glovers came from behind to edge the Bees in a seven-goal thriller.

With Yeovil 3-1 down just after the hour, goals from Nathan Smith, Francois Zoko and a last-gasp one from Harry Cornick turned the game on its head.

Referee

Kevin Johnson (North Somerset) will take charge of tomorrow’s fixture at Huish Park. 

The official took charge of Yeovil’s 4-3 win over Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy, issuing four yellow cards on the night.

In total, Mr Johnson has awarded 44 yellows and one red in 14 matches this season.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Louis Marks (Hampshire), with Christopher Wade (Hampshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage

Darren Way and Alex Lacey’s pre-match interviews can be viewed here.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via YTFC’s official Facebook page

If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets

 

Supporters wishing to attend the match can purchase tickets via the Huish Park ticket office, online or by calling 01935 847888.

ADVENT CALENDAR: TOM EAVES’ GOALS

The striker is the club’s top scorer in all competitions this season wth seven goals to his name. 

Eaves signed permanently for Yeovil in the summer and netted his first goal in a 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

The Liverpudlian scored two goals from outside the box as Town beat Portsmouth 4-3 in the Checkatrade Trophy before goals in back-to-back wins over Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town.

Another Checkatrade goal came at the Madejski Stadium as the Glovers defeated Reading U21 2-0.

Eaves’ latest strike came in Town’s 5-0 thrashing of Crawley Town last Saturday.

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Advent Calendar Day One: YTFC’s Number One

Advent Calendar Day Two: Daryl Allinson

Advent Calendar Day Three: YTFC 2-1 Crawley Town

Advent Calendar Day Four: ‘What A Strike!’

Advent Calendar Day Five: A Year In Charge

Advent Calendar Day Six: Nostalgia Mode

Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic

Advent Calendar Day Eight: The 1949 Giant Killers 


WE HAVE TO KEEP GOING – WAY

Town are on a run of eight matches unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two and have scored nine goals in their last two games.

Yeovil’s good form has seen them rise to sixth in the table and Way thinks the fans are now realising what his team are capable of.

“I say three things as a manager – sense it, see it, feel it,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I think certainly over the last couple of games the supporters can sense it, and they’ve seen a lot of goals and gone home with the winning feeling. 

“There’s been a big turnaround and I didn’t expect everyone to jump on board straight away.

“I feel as a Yeovil Town supporter, this is an amazing football club that has so much going for it.

“I want to do everything I can to make sure they’re getting good value for money and they’re getting entertainment. 

“The last three games they’ve definitely had that and that should make any supporter feel proud to see where we are now but I know we have to keep that going.

He added: “The players have played together regularly on a week-to-week basis. 

“To field only 19 players from the start of the season to now shows a level of consistency and for how hard they’re working, they’re only going to improve.”

The squad had received a fair amount of flak for not scoring enough earlier on in the campaign, but they have shown their capabilities recently.

Way wasn’t worried by the lack of goals and insists he could sense they were coming.

“I explained to the players it was only a matter of time,” he said.

“Against Colchester we should have been three or four nil up at half-time. We had three or four go across the box that didn’t go in but against Crawley, it was a different scenario where every touch we had we looked confident, positive and we put the ball in the back in the net.

“We’ve seen a massive improvement in the final third. Sometimes there needs to be a level of criticism because the players have certainly responded to it.

“It’s going well at the moment but it’s so important this group don’t get complacent. 

“They’re still a young squad who are enthusiastic and my job is to make sure that doesn’t happen."

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THEY’RE VERY PHYSICAL – WAY

The Bees sit two points outside the Sky Bet League Two play-offs after an unbeaten run of seven matches.

Striker John Akinde is league’s second top scorer with 15 goals and Way is wary of his presence in a strong Barnet outfit.

“They pose a different threat to Crawley and MK Dons. They’re very, very physical,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Akinde can cause problems and it’s important we do our homework with him, especially with (Alex) Lacey and (Nathan) Smith on how they deal with him because he is a big threat.

“I went to watch them against Plymouth the other week and they got men behind the ball, hit Plymouth on the counter-attack and before you know it they’re 2-0 up. 

“They’ll want to kick on and keep their momentum going, like we do.

“The players have got to handle that physical aspect. However, they like a challenge and they’ll be up for it.”

Back in April, Town edged out Barnet in a seven-goal thriller at the Hive thanks to a last-gasp winner from Harry Cornick.

The Glovers found themselves 3-1 behind just after the hour but goals from Matty Dolan, Nathan Smith, Francois Zoko and Cornick turn the match on its head.

“It was the most entertaining game for me as a manager,” Way said.

 “To see the supporters were at that away game.. that was phenomenal scenes. 

“I really did enjoy it – it was amazing.”

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WARD A CONCERN FOR TOWN

The 38-year-old defender has missed the Glovers’ last three matches after aggravating an old knee injury.

“We still have problems with Darren,” Way said.

“There’s still a little bit of inflammation and we want to make sure we manage him well.

“It’s important he makes the decision about when he’s fit and available because I know Darren Ward playing on a Saturday is important to the team.”

Town are already without midfielder Matty Dolan (hamstring) for the visit of Barnet.

However, Way trusts any member of his squad to come in and make a difference.

He said: “Every player who has stepped in for any player, whether it be for Matty Dolan or Darren Ward, is given responsibility and it’s up to them to take it. 

“So far they’ve taken that responsibility so there’s been no worry from me.”

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WAY EXCITED FOR CHECKATRADE THIRD ROUND

Town will face either Southampton Under-21s or Reading Under-21s at Huish Park in the week commencing January 9th 2017.

“As a manager I’ve tried to support the competition from day one,” he told YTFC.net.

“I’ve managed against Bristol Rovers, MK Dons, Reading, Portsmouth and now to have the opportunity to potentially go up against Southampton is fantastic.

“I’m really looking forward to whoever we play and we’ll be ready by the time the game comes around.”

Town turn their attention to the league this weekend when Barnet travel to Somerset.

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YTFC’S DIGITAL HISTORICAL ARCHIVE PROJECT GETS GRANT

The project will seek to provide a full and definitive history of Yeovil Town FC from its inception in the late 1895, in a format that will be in keeping with modern digital practices with access available, free of charge, to members of the local community, and followers of the club worldwide.

Work will be commencing very shortly to start gathering over 260,000 photographs, books, newspaper cuttings, videos and other historic memorabilia, together with the design and creation of a website which will house all of the above items.

The project will be closely linked with the local community with local organisations such as the Dementia Unit at Yeovil Hospital, Yeovil College and the South West Heritage Trust being actively involved in bringing the project to fruition.

Janine Valentine, Nurse Consultant for Older People of the Dementia Unit at Yeovil Hospital said of the project: “Here at Yeovil Hospital, we really value the importance of reminiscence for our older patients, particularly those patients with a dementia. 

“Our dementia specialist team and volunteers use reminiscence as a fundamental part of our practice and so we are delighted to be part of this fantastic YTFC archive project. 

“As the football club has been such an integral part of our town’s history for so long, we look forward to being able to access this resource and using it to trigger memories and conversations with patients, many of who have followed the football club since they were children. 

“Having such an exciting resource about a subject that will resonate so strongly with many of our older patients is really helpful to staff as opening a dialogue and sharing memories has a huge impact on a patient’s wellbeing. 

“Older patients, and particularly those with a dementia, can often feel very isolated while in hospital and a resource like this is only going to make it easier for us to build their confidence and improve their wellbeing by stimulating enjoyable memories, sharing experiences and participating in conversations that they are enthusiastic about.”

John Evans, Principal at Yeovil College, whose students will also be playing a big part in the project, said: “I’m really excited about this project, and grateful for the Lottery grant and other grant aid that will enable it to happen. It’s really important to preserve all this history for future generations.  

“We hope that Yeovil College’s involvement in this huge project will benefit residents and show them what a special place Yeovil is, not only where the town has come from but where it’s going, too.”

Earlier in the year the South West Heritage Trust received the club’s first deposit of photographs and documents. These are being catalogued and are available to view at the Somerset Heritage Centre. They include ledgers and minute books from the 1970s and 1980s and photographs from throughout the 20th century.

Esther Hoyle, Senior Archivist with the South West Heritage Trust said: “We’re delighted to support this project which will help to make the town’s rich sporting and social history available to many researchers and fans. The papers we have already received give great insight into the football world in the 1970s, such as the structure and the difficulties of various leagues, as well as capturing an image of Yeovil as a town itself, its people, streets, and businesses.

“We look forward to bringing our expertise to the initiative by providing the project team with training in research, handling and cataloguing of archival material.”

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, the football clubs charitable arm works in partnership with local communities by using the power of football and sport to inspire and engage with individuals in order to improve their lives and their community.

The funding from HLF has been made possible by National Lottery players. Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “As we approach the 125th anniversary of Yeovil Town Football Club in 2020, we’re delighted to support plans to bring its story, and that of the town in which it has played a major role, to life for a global audience. 

“The project will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to contribute to and enjoy Yeovil’s rich sporting and social heritage.”

Along with HLF, additional funding has been donated by Yarlington Homes, Yeovil Town Council, Yeovil Town Football Club and a private benefactor, all of whom the Football Club and Community Trust would like to thank for their generous donations.

TOWN HANDED HOME TIE AGAINST SAINTS OR READING

The fixture will be played the week commencing January 9th 2017 at Huish Park.

Darren Way’s side progressed to the last 16 of the competition with an impressive 4-1 win over Sky Bet League One side MK Dons on Tuesday.

Southampton and Reading will play each other on Wednesday, December 21st to see who heads to Somerset in the New Year.

The draw took place live on Sky Sports News at 11.30am and was drawn by Phil Babb and Chris Iwelumo.

THIRD ROUND DRAW IN FULL

Mansfield Town v Walsall/Oldham

Luton Town v Chesterfield

Oxford United v Scunthorpe United

Blackpool v Wycombe Wanderers

Cheltenham Town/Leicester City U21 v Bradford City

Yeovil Town v Southampton U21/Reading U21

Coventry City v Brighton & Hove Albion U21

Swansea City U21 v Wolves U21

ADVENT CALENDAR: THE GIANT KILLERS

Almost 20,000 were in attendance as the Glovers began the game by testing Black Cats’ keeper Johnny Mapson in the early stages.

The First Division side looked nervy and fell behind as Yeovil’s Alec Stock’s driven effort flew past Mapson.

Jackie Robinson tapped in to level for Sunderland and the tie went to extra-time.

Fog fell over Huish Park but it proved to be a lucky omen for the hosts who progressed the fifth round with Eric Bryant netting a memorable winner.

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Advent Calendar Day Seven: Play-Off Classic


IT WAS SUCH A PROUD MOMENT – MORTON

The 16-year-old netted the young Glovers’ equaliser, his third in as many games in the competition, before Joe Tomlinson and Paul Akinuli sealed victory with the Baggies grabbing a late consolation.

The Under-18’s stunning performance over the Premier League academy side sees them progress to the fourth round of the competition.

Morton told YTFC.net: “It was an unreal feeling scoring against a team like West Brom. It was such a great moment for myself and the team.

“I felt such a unbelievable feeling at full time and at the same time I was in disbelief. 

“It was such a proud moment for all the lads knowing the effort we had all put in to achieve what we have so far.”

On who he would like in the next round, Morton added: “It’s got to be Manchester United – playing at Old Trafford would be unreal!”

MOMENTUM IS IMPORTANT – DAWSON

The Glovers progressed to the last 16 of the latter with a 4-1 win over League One side MK Dons, thanks to second-half goals from Dawson, Francois Zoko, Alex Lacey and Ben Whitfield.

Darren Way’s side have now scored nine goals in their last two matches – both at home – and are unbeaten in eight matches at Huish Park.

“It was very important to keep the momentum going,” Dawson told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We didn’t want to undo our good work on Saturday (5-0 win over Crawley Town) and change the positive vibe. 

“We can carry that on now and obviously it’s a massive game on Saturday.”

Yeovil are in home action for the third time in a week when Barnet head to Somerset this weekend.

Town could make it eight league matches unbeaten and Dawson hopes their recent performances will entice more fans to the match.

“We’d love a big crowd,” he said.

“The fans have been suffering for a couple of years, we know that, but we’re trying to put it right every game.

“I think we’re doing that at the minute so hopefully we can get a big crowd on Saturday.”

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I’M HONOURED TO LEAD THIS DRESSING ROOM – WAY

A defensive mix-up gave the Dons the lead at the break, but second-half goals from Kevin Dawson, Francois Zoko, Alex Lacey and Ben Whitfield gave the Glovers a resounding victory.

Yeovil have now scored nine goals in their last two fixtures, and Way is thrilled with the football his squad are producing.

“i’m very pleased because we were up against a very good MK Dons team,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I thought we were unlucky to go 1-0 down because we dominated large periods in the first half and got in the final third a number of times. 

“The players managed the game really well and contributed so much in the second half. We ran all over them.

“They kept possession of the football and it’s the best I’ve seen from them. We caused them real problems.”

Way continued: “I feel very honoured to lead this dressing room.

“The squad as a whole are playing a major contribution and every week I keep saying every player that comes into the football club is showing an unbelievable desire and work ethic to make the club successful. That’s all you can ask for as a manager. 

“At times they are going to make mistakes, and it’s important to stay humble with the results that we’ve had over the last two games but make sure we keep believing as well.

“There’s not one individual who is trying to do anything different and that’s the sign of a successful team.”

Town are in home action again on Saturday (3pm kick-off) against Barnet in Sky Bet League Two.

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ADVENT CALENDAR: PLAY-OFF CLASSIC

With Forest 2-0 up after the first leg, Yeovil had it all to do at the City Ground to progress to the League One play-off final.

However they produced a magnificent display to overcome a strong Forest side.

Arron Davies fires past Paul Smith on 22 minutes following a slaloming run to open the scoring.

Juts after half-time, Scott Dobie equalised with a back-post header before the hosts were rocked by Alan Wright’s own goal, Marcus Stewart’s thumping header and David Proton’s red card.

The tie went into extra-time where Lee Morris put Yeovil ahead on aggregate before Gary Holt volleyed home to make it 4-4 overall.

But up popped Davies again in the 19th minute of the added period to coolly slot home and end the scoring in what was a pulsating encounter.

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 4-1 MK DONS

After falling behind to an unfortunate Alex Lacey own goal midway through the first half, the Glovers produced four second half goals to make it eight games unbeaten at home in all competitions.

 

Kevin Dawson and Francois Zoko both found the net from the penalty spot, before Alex Lacey scored his first Town goal with a sublime finish after Samir Carruthers was sent off for the Dons.

 

With the game already beyond doubt Ben Whitfield rounded off the scoring, to continue Town’s impressive run of form.

 

Darren Way made four changes to the side that extended their Sky Bet League Two unbeaten run to eight matches at the weekend with the 5-0 demolition of Crawley Town.

 

Fresh from moving into the play-offs, Town gave starts to Jonny Maddison, Matt Butcher, Tahvon Campbell and Zoko in the Trophy, with Artur Krysiak, Alex Lawless, Otis Khan and Tom Eaves all shifting to the bench.

 

Despite facing Sky Bet League One opposition, the Glovers enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening exchanges, looking to carry on where they left off at Huish Park three days ago.

 

However, goal scoring opportunities were proving hard to come by with only a long-range Kevin Dawson strike to mention in the opening 20 minutes, which flew over Lee Nicholls’ goal.

 

At the other end Maddison was largely a spectator, before the 22-year-old had to fetch the ball from his own net with 24 minutes on the clock in unfortunate circumstances.

 

A long ball over the top from the Dons saw Maddison come off his line to collect, but unaware of his keeper’s advancement, Lacey could only direct his header into the now vacant net to gift Robbie Neilson’s side the lead.  

 

Now trailing, the Glovers searched for an immediate way back into the match and enjoyed a succession of corners after smart work down the right from Zoko and Campbell, as Town switched to a diamond 4-4-2 formation.

 

As the game ticked towards to half-time it was the visitors who came closest to a second goal of the evening.

 

Wideman Daniel Powell blazed an effort wide from the angle, before Kabongo Tschimanga had a close-range effort saved by Maddison, with the rebound trickling out for a goal-kick after ricocheting off the Dons academy graduate.

 

That was as good as it got in a relatively tame opening 45 minutes, as Way’s side trailed at the break in a half that seemed unlikely to create a goal until the Glovers defensive mishap.

 

But, having not last at home in seven matches, Yeovil levelled the scores just three minutes after the restart.  

 

Campbell had his heels clipped in the box by Paul Downing, allowing Dawson to pick out the corner from 12 yards after referee Lee Swabey pointed to the spot.

 

The Glovers impressive start to the half continued after equalising as Town entrenched themselves in the Dons half, before winning a second spot kick on the hour mark.

 

With the ball pinging around the box Mr. Swabey spotted a handball, with Zoko stepping forward this time to send Nicholls the wrong way and complete the comeback.

 

The Buckinghamshire outfit were struggling to contain a rampant Yeovil side and after picking up a yellow card for a cynical foul on Ben Whitfield on 57 minutes, Samir Carruthers received his marching orders 10 minutes later for a mistimed tackle on the same man.

 

Yeovil soon made the most of their numerical advantage and added a third with a little under 20 minutes remaining.

 

Dawson rampaged down the right before swinging in a cross which found its way to Alex Lacey who had ventured forward from defence, with the centre back producing a superb first time finish to pick out the top corner and make amends for his earlier own goal.

 

Fresh from scoring five at the weekend Way’s side seemed determined to repeat the feat, adding a fourth on 79 minutes with a well worked goal.  

 

Neat build-up saw Campbell feed Ryan Dickson out wide, with the left-back’s pinpoint first time cross being headed home by Whitfield past a hapless Nicholls to make it 9 goals in two games at Huish Park.

 

The Glovers continued to search for more goals in front of the home faithful but had to settle for four, as Way’s side saw off higher league opposition in emphatic style to reach the Round of 16 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

 

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson (Lawless 82’), Butcher, Whitfield; Hedges (Khan 86’), Campbell, Zoko (Eaves 80’).

Bookings: Campbell 35’, Smith 45’

Subs not used: Krysiak, Ezewele, Lawless, Copp, Sowunmi.

 

MK Dons: Nicholls; G.C. Williams, Hendry, Downing, Tilney; Carruthers, G.B. Williams; Powell, Aneke (Agard 59’), Colclough (Reeves 59’); Tshimanga (Baldock 71’).

Bookings: Carruthers 57’, 67’ (red), Hendry 67’

Subs not used: Martin, Walsh, Furlong, Thomas-Asante.

UNDER-18’s STUN WBA TO CLAIM 4TH ROUND SPOT

The Young Glovers came away from the Hawthorns with a 3-2 win to progress to the Fourth Round of the competition.
After falling behind, Town got back on level terms courtesy of Callum Morton who notched his third goal in as many games in the competition. 
Despite WBA only entering the Cup at the Third Round stage the Glovers seemed to have the edge in terms of energy and took the lead after 62 minutes.
Joe Tomlinson fired home a superb free-kick after Morton was brought down when through on goal; the incident also saw Albion’s Max Melbourne shown a straight red card.
With a man advantage the Under-18’s added a third through Paul Akinuli to make it 3-1.
Facing an early exit, the hosts found a second goal themselves with Kingsley Latham unfortunately putting through his own net, but Town held on to claim a scalp in the FA Youth Cup and leave the West Midlands with a spot in the Fourth Round. 

YOUNG GLOVERS IN FA YOUTH CUP ACTION

Having seen off Newport County and Merstham in Round One and Round Two respectively, the Under-18’s now travel to the Hawthorns. 
WBA only enter the competition at this stage, but will face a stern test from Town who have enjoyed their time in the Cup thus far. 
Kick-off in the West Midlands is 7 o’clock, with tickets available on the gate at the following prices:
Adults: £5
Concessions: £1
Come on you Glovers! 

ADVENT CALENDAR: NOSTALGIA MODE

The 37-year-old looks back at footage from Town’s first season in the EFL (2003/04), where the Glovers ran out 4-1 winners over Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

Jake Edwards opened the scoring with a low strike into the bottom corner, before Dave Kitson levelled for the hosts.

Edwards put Yeovil back into the lead, rounding the keeper before slotting home and Kevin Gall grabbed the visitors’ third.

With three minutes remaining, Way wrapped up proceedings with a left-footed effort into the far corner.

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v MK DONS

The Glovers turn their attention to the cup after extending their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to eight matches on Saturday, with an emphatic 5-0 win against Crawley Town.
Now sitting in the play-offs, Town return to Checkatrade Trophy action after qualifying top of Southern Group A. 
Victories over Portsmouth and Reading along with a point from a trip to Bristol Rovers was enough for Darren Way’s side to earn a home draw in Round Two.
The Dons travel to Somerset having finished second in their group, with a win, draw and loss to their name. 
In League One MK sit towards the bottom of the table, but after the dismissal of long-term manager Karl Robinson, former Hearts manager Robbie Neilson will take charge of the Dons for just the second time on Tuesday night.
Head-to-head
The Glovers have met MK Dons on 14 occasions dating back to 2006, with every previous meeting coming in League One. 
Yeovil have come out on top on four occasions, with Town last winning against the Dons in January 2013. Paddy Madden scored both goals in a 2-1 win, with Antony Kay netting for the visitors. 
MK won both of the previous meetings, following up a 2-0 win at Huish Park with a convincing 5-1 victory at Stadium MK on the last day of the season in 2015.
Referee
Lee Swabey will take charge of Tuesday night’s fixture at Huish Park. 
The meeting will be just his second match of the season, having overseen the 2-2 draw between AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood Town at the end of November. 
Mr Swabey’s last game involving the Glovers came in March last season, officiating the 3-0 loss away to Cambridge United which also saw Liam Walsh sent off. 
On Tuesday Mr Swabey will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire), with Brett Huxtable acting as fourth official.
Coverage
On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via YTFC’s official Facebook page
If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 
Tickets
Supporters wishing to attend the match can purchase tickets via the Huish Park ticket office, online or by calling 01935 847888.

CLUB BEGIN MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE IMPROVEMENTS

Helliar & Son Professional Cleaning Services were approached by the club to carry out the work and have started the process of cleaning the cladding on the outside of the stadium after reaching an agreement.
Stadium manager James Hillier said: “We looked closely at the comments made regarding the appearance of the stadium, and whilst some improvements will require financial investment, we were keen to make the changes we could quickly. 
“There are several other areas around the site targeted for further improvement, but in the meantime we are pleased with the work being carried out by Helliar & Sons at relatively short notice after our Commercial Manager, Dave Linney, contacted them.” 
With over a thousand comments made by supporters in the recent matchday experience survey, the club are finalising outcomes of the survey which will be released to the fanbase shortly. 
All comments have been considered and discussed amongst the relative departments with both short-term and long-term solutions to be released. With transparency raised as an issue amongst some supporters, reasons for any improvements that can’t be made will also be conveyed. 
The club would like to thank Helliar & Sons for their service. 

ADVENT CALENDAR: A YEAR IN CHARGE

Town welcomed Stevenage to Huish Park in the Emirates FA Cup second round.

A fairly even contest saw no goals until the 86th minute as Ben Tozer’s driven effort found the back of the net from 25 yards to send Yeovil into round three.

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