Month: January 2017

JONES SWANS INTO HUISH PARK

The 20-year-old becomes Darren Way’s third and final deadline day recruit, and highlights the blossoming relationship between the two clubs. 

Jones is the third player to join the Glovers from the Premier League outfit this season, following in the footsteps of Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard. 

The Wales Under-21 international joined Swansea’s Academt at 10-years-old and scored two goals in their Under-19s’ FAW Youth Cup final triumph over arch rivals Cardiff City.

Despite an injury-hit season in 2015/16, Jones netted on eight occasions for the Welsh club’s Under-23s, helping them reach the play-offs.

The youngster, who is highly regarded by the Swans, can play as a striker or winger.

HEDGES’ LOAN CUT SHORT

The wide man’s time at Huish Park has been cut short by Swansea City ahead of a proposed move to Sky Bet Championship outfit Barnsley.

Hedges, 21, originally joined the Glovers from the Premier League side on an initial six-month loan deal in the summer.

However, the deal was soon extended until the end of the 2016/17 season after he impressed boss Darren Way with his performances in the opening month.

The Wales Under-21 international was a mainstay in the side for the first half of the campaign becoming a fans’ favourite, but has been sidelined for the past five weeks due to ankle injury picked up in the Boxing Day draw with Exeter City.

In total Hedges made 28 appearances in all competitions for Town, scoring five goals.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Ryan for his efforts and wish him all the very best in the rest of his career.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 2-1 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

After a battling first-half performance constricted the promotion chasers, the Glovers took the lead on 62 minutes. 
Ben Whitfield’s inch-perfect corner was slammed home by Nathan Smith, before the hosts’ lead was doubled just two minutes later. 
Matty Dolan’s dead-ball delivery this time picked out Alex Lacey at the near-post who made no mistake from close range. 
With Town in delirium, Plymouth threatened to spoil the party when Jakub Sokolik headed home Jake Jervis’ delivery with a little over 10 minutes remaining, but Yeovil held firm for an impressive victory. 
Darren Way made two changes to the side that lost out to Doncaster last weekend, re-shuffling to the more familiar 4-3-3 formation. 
Ryan Dickson, recovered from concussion, replaced the rested Darren Ward whilst Ben Whitfield – man of the match on Saturday – took Omar Sowunmi’s starting spot. 
Taking on one of the division’s top two teams for a second match running, the Glovers started in assured fashion, with Whitfield and Tom Eaves particularly lively up front. 
With driving rain falling, the hosts continued to enjoy the better of the play in the opening 20 minutes.
Whilst guilt-edged chances were lacking, Argyle’s Sonny Bradley had to be perfectly placed to turn away Francois Zoko’s driven cross, with Eaves and Whitfield lurking in the middle.
Despite feeding off of scraps for large periods, it was Derek Adams’ side who recorded the first attempt on target. 
Gary Sawyer’s cross fell invitingly onto Craig Tanner’s head, but the Reading loanee could only pick out Artur Krysiak with a tame header.
Whilst the striker’s effort was comfortable for Krysiak, the Polish stopper was just a bystander moments later as Tanner’s rasping effort flew inches wide courtesy of a slight deflection, as Plymouth began to find their feet.
Buoyed by their opportunities, Argyle cranked up the pressure with a series of corners as the game ticked towards the break which produced some heroic Yeovil defending. 
The trio of Alex Lacey, Liam Shephard and Matt Butcher conspired to somehow keep the ball out with it trickling across the six-yard box, before Dickson produced a stunning block from another Plymouth corner to stop Ryan Donaldson’s venomous strike. 
Whilst the rain storm persisted at Huish Park the Glovers weathered the Argyle storm to head into the break goalless, with neither ‘keeper truly tested. 
Fresh after the restart it was Yeovil who once again started the brighter. 
Eaves proved to be too strong for Jakub Sokolik, leaving the former Yeovil man on the floor as he drove a low effort into the arms of Luke McCormick from inside the box. 
With the game stuck at stalemate the league’s high-flyers brought on the dangerous pairing of Jake Jervis and Jordan Slew before the hour mark, as Argyle looked to find a way to break a resolute Yeovil. 
Despite Adams’ throw of the dice it was Town who broke the deadlock just past the hourmark, when Whitfield’s dangerous corner was smashed into the back of the net by Nathan Smith from close range. 
With the home crowd still celebrating, they were sent into delirium from another set-piece just two minutes later.
After Whitfield’s tenacity earned a free-kick close to the corner flag, Matty Dolan’s driven cross was neatly turned into the net by Alex Lacey to make it 2-0. 
With the visitors rocking the game could have been put beyond doubt when a defensive mix-up between Bradley and Sokolik saw Whitfield through on goal, but McCormick was quick from his line to save well with his legs.
With time slipping away Plymouth threw caution to the wind and pinned themselves in Yeovil’s half, in an attempt to salvage something. 
Looking dangerous on the fringes the visitors won a free-kick wide on the left when Whitfield felled Graham Carey, and the Devon outfit took full advantage. 
Jervis’ delivery was whipped into the near post and was glanced into the net by Sokolik, although the final touch could easily have come off of a Yeovil man. 
Desperate to avoid a slip-up in their automatic promotion push Argyle threw everything at Way’s Green and Whites, but they couldn’t trouble Krysiak further as Town held on for a thoroughly deserved three points. 
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher, Dolan; Whitfield (Harrison 90’), Eaves (Sowunmi 86’), Zoko (Goodship 79’).
Bookings: Eaves 83’, Krysiak 90’, Dawson 90’.
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, James, Bassett.
Plymouth Argyle: McCormack; Threlkeld, Songo’o, Bradley, Sokolik, Sawyer; Donaldson (Slew 56’), Carey, Fox (Sarcevic 68’); Blissett (Jervis 56’), Tanner.
Bookings: Fox 24’, Songo’o 87’.
Subs not used: Bulvitis, Rooney, Dorel.

THATCHERS EXTEND THEIR SPONSORSHIP AT YEOVIL TOWN

With the new deal taking Thatchers sponsorship into a new decade (2020), the fourth generation Somerset cidermaker will continue to have their name on the back of the home and away shirts along with the naming rights of The Thatchers Gold Stand, the home of the Yeovil Town terrace supporters. 
Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: “This shows tremendous loyalty and we are really pleased to be cementing our partnership with Thatchers who have been making Somerset cider at Myrtle Farm for well over 100 years.   
     
“Commercial partnerships are the lifeblood of any sporting organisation and this is another great chapter in the history of Yeovil Town Football Cub. We are honoured to be associated with such an established brand and consequently feel that this is a strong progressive partnership between two famous businesses that are located in the fantastic county Somerset.”
Martin Thatcher, Managing Director and fourth generation cidermaker, adds: “We share many values with Yeovil Town, not least a strong sense of community and family. We look forward to sharing many more memorable moments at Huish Park and wish everyone the very best of luck for the remainder of the season.”

TOWN LOAN IN BARNET’S AKPA AKPRO

The 32-year-old joins the Glovers for the remainder of the season and becomes Darren Way’s sixth addition in the January transfer window.

Frenchman Akpa Akpro came through the ranks at hometown club Toulouse, spending a brief stint on loan at Stade Brestois.

A move to Belgium followed in 2007, when he joined FC Brussels but he made just three appearances for Les Coalisés in his only season at the club.

He jetted over to England for trials at a number of clubs, and impressed Grimsby Town enough to be offered a permanent contract.

Over 18 months the Mariners, the striker scored eight times before transferring to Rochdale.

Akpa Akpro helped the Dale to a respectable ninth-placed finish in Sky Bet League One in his first season at Spotland, but suffered relegation a year later.

His next stop was a two-year spell at Tranmere Rovers where he netted seven goals in his first ten matches.

A spell on the sidelines followed due to a metatarsal injury which led to his release from the now National League outfit.

Akpa Akpro penned a one-year deal at Shrewsbury Town in 2014 and netted nine goals in all competitions.

An extension was given to the experienced frontman who scored a further seven times for the Shrews before signing for Barnet last summer.

With John Akinde in prolific form, Akpa Akpro has found starts hard to come by at the Hive this season and will be looking for more match time during his 19-game stay in Yeovil.

Jean-Louis is ineligible for tonight’s match against Plymouth Argyle with the move still subject to EFL and FA ratification.

TSHIMANGA JOINS ON LOAN

The 20-year-old forward joins the Glovers from MK Dons for the rest of the campaign.

Zaire-born Tshimanga is a product of the Dons Academy and signed his first professional contract in January 2015 after scoring 36 goals for the Under-18s in the first half of the 2014/15 season.

The youngster made his first-team debut two months previous as substitute in Emirates FA Cup before being loaned out to Aldershot.

Further temporary moves to non-league clubs Chelmsford City, Corby Town, Nuneaton Town and Chesham United followed.

MK Dons took up the decision to extend Tshimanga’s contract for a further season last May before sending him to Iceland for the summer to compete in the Icelandic Premier Division with Throttur Reykjavik.

Tshimanga returned to stadium:mk in July and scored his first senior goal for MK in the EFL Cup against Reading.

He has featured 12 times for the Buckinghamshire outfit this season, including a 71-minute outing in the Dons’ 4-1 defeat to Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

After capturing the attacker’s servcies, manager Darren Way said: "He played against us so we know he’s a real threat behind a back four and he’s got an eye for goal. Kabongo’s looking to create an opportunity in his career where he can get a run of regular games. 

"If he comes here, works hard and trains well then hopefully he can end up like two or three others who’ve come here and gone on to bigger and better things. 

"As a player he’s sharp, difficult to mark, secures possession well and is always a threat in behind. They’re the attributes I feel he’s going to bring to the football club and I’m excited to work with him knowing what he demonstrated against us."

Tshimanga’s arrival is subject to ratification from the FA and EFL with the attacker ineligible for tonight’s clash with Plymouth Argyle. 

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Boss Darren Way said Doncaster Rovers’ display against Town on Saturday was where he aspires for his side to be.

The Glovers suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to the league leaders and tonight take on another team vying for promotion to League One.

Second-placed Plymouth Argyle visit Huish Park after five wins in seven matches and sit seven points behind Doncaster with two games in hand.

The Pilgrims have potential goalscorers all over the pitch with defender Sonny Bradley pitching in with five, while forward Jake Jervis has nine goals to his name.

Irishman Graham Carey is Plymouth’s key man. The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals in all competitions for Argyle this season, and assisted on nine occasions – the joint-third best in the division.

Head-to-head

Both of Yeovil’s wins over Plymouth have come at Huish Park (D2 L4).

The Pilgrims have won two of the last three contests between the two sides, running out convincing winners at Home Park last time out.

One of Town’s victories over Argyle came in 2004 where a Lee Johnson hat-trick helped the Glovers shock their then Championship opponents in the League Cup.

Referee

Kevin Johnson (Somerset) will take charge of his 20th game of the season tonight.

Mr. Johnson has awarded 57 yellow cards and two red cards so far this season and officiated Town’s win over Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy and the 1-0 home loss to Hartlepool United.

The Somerset-based official will be assisted by Ravel Cheoslaua (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) with Michael Webb (Surrey) 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.

 

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

Tickets

Supporters can purchase tickets at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

SQUAD’S TOGETHERNESS WILL SEE US THROUGH – WAY

The Glovers face the promotion-chasing Pilgrims at the end of a month which will have seen them play five of the top seven teams in Sky Bet League Two. 
Town have become one of two sides in the last 10 games to take points off Exeter and one of three teams in 12 matches to do the same to Wycombe, but are desperate for all three points against Derek Adams’ side.
Speaking to YTFC.net, Darren Way called on his side’s unity to pull them through.
“Our whole team ethic is based on togetherness and that’s been the case since we first got together in pre-season with all the work we did at the Vale. 
“At this stage of the season, we need that unity and teamwork to be successful, but you have to question what success is for Yeovil Town at the moment.
“We’re still in the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy and have played some good teams and been that close. 
“The group want to go on a winning run and every game gives an opportunity to do that.”
Plymouth arrive at Huish Park unbeaten in their last two league matches and fresh from their FA Cup Third Round replay with Premier League giants Liverpool. 
With a large traveling contingent expected, Way is looking forward to standing on the touchline.
He said: “It’s another great occasion with a relatively local derby which will include a large traveling contingent. 
“It will be a good environment to play in. We have a young squad but every game they play in is another one to add to their CV and one they can grow stronger from.”
Having suffered just a second home defeat since October last weekend, Way understands frustrations around Huish Park but feels victory would change the mood entirely.  
“Teams up and down the country have wobbles,” he said. “But is this a wobble with the run of games we’ve had? Not if we get three points soon.
 
“A victory gives you so much confidence and changes the environment completely.
“I’m prepared to come in every day and drive this dressing room and do everything I can to make this Football Club successful.”
Tickets for Tuesday’s clash with Plymouth can be purchased online by clicking here, or by contacting the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

EPDP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The programme has been successful this season with the team competing well in the league and individuals showing huge improvements.

The YTFC Elite Player Development Programme has seen players train with the Yeovil Town first team on occasions, with eight players making their debut for the Under-18 Academy side in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

EPDP student Dan Buckley has permanently progressed into the youth team and part of their impressive run in the FA Youth Cup.

His achievements alone prove the same training and opportunities are available to that of our scholars. 

Trials will take place on the 3G pitch at Huish Park on Wednesday, April 5th.

To apply for this fantastic opportunity, click here.

For more information on the EPDP, click here.

VACANCY: ACADEMY MANAGER

The Academy Manager will be the strategic lead for the department, managing the day-to-day running and high quality delivery of the Academy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, defining and monitoring the Academy philosophy, culture, coaching and playing style, ensuring it is implemented across all age groups.

This is a key role within the club that will involve demonstrating a clear passion and desire to create an environment for young players to achieve their full potential.

Essential

  • Previous experience within an Elite sports environment
  • Managing a team of staff, budgets and partnerships
  • Management or Leadership certification or similar Level 4 related qualification
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • Be able to demonstrate good emotional intelligence including managing key relationships internally and externally           
  • Trustworthy and able to work with own initiative 

Desirable

  • Category 3 Academy experience in a similar role  
  • Experience in a teaching or educational environment
  • UEFA A Licence
  • The FA Youth Award
  • The FA Advanced Youth Award
  • The FA Basic First Aid for Sport (or be willing to undertake)
  • A multi-disciplinary sports understanding

HOW TO APPLY

If you wish to apply for this role please submit a CV and covering letter for the attention of Kelly Roberts at youth@ytfc.net The deadline for all applications is Friday, February 17th. 

Interviews are likely to take place the week commencing February 20th.

LOAN WATCH: EZEWELE MAKES LEAGUE DEBUT

The 20-year-old joined Kiddy at the start of January, featuring in a friendly against Halesowen Town and scoring in the 3-0 win against Ebbsfleet United in the FA Trophy. 
After missing out on last weekend’s league clash with AFC Telford, Ezewele completed 76 minutes for Harriers in a convincing 4-0 win against Nuneaton Town.
Josh will now be available for selection as Kidderminster travel to Barrow in the FA Trophy before a trip to Stalybridge Celtic in the league. 

PLYMOUTH TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

The match was originally scheduled to be the Glovers’ first home game of 2017 on January 7th but was postponed due to the Pilgrims’ progress in the Emirates FA Cup.

Any tickets purchased for the previous date remain valid and those unable to make it can exchange their tickets for another match at Huish Park this season. All exchanges must be done by kick-off tonight.

Fans can buy tickets at the ticket office right up until kick-off on the day of the match, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Carlisle United failed to capitalise on Plymouth Argyle’s free weekend as they drew 1-1 with Barnet at Brunton Park.

Charlie Pyke gave the hosts the lead just shy of the half-hour mark before John Akinde earned the Bees a point with a penalty 13 minutes from time.

Exeter City continued their remarkable run of form with a 1-0 win over Portsmouth.

The Grecians are now unbeaten in ten league matches and move into the play-offs for the first time this season.

A 2-0 victory for Luton Town over Cambridge United saw the Hatters leapfrog Pompey into fourth.

Isaac Vassal sped clear to open the scoring and Jordan Cook wrapped up the three points from the spot.

Leyton Orient dropped into the relegation places after defeat to Mansfield Town.

Two early second-half goals from the Stags condemned Orient to their fourth straight loss, while Mansfield stretched their unbeaten run to six.

Newport County recorded their first win in 13 matches as they comfortably beat Hartlepool United at Rodney Parade.

Ryan Bird scored and assisted in the Exiles’ 3-1 victory, which leaves them three points from safety.

Ten-man Notts County left it late against Crawley Town to get their first league win since October.

James Collins looked to have snatched a point for the Red Devils with four minutes remaining, but Jonathan Forte’s last-gasp strike rescued the match for the Magpies.

Stevenage kept their first clean sheet in nine games as they overcame Grimsby Town for their first win in three matches.

 

Steven Schumacher put the home side ahead with a spectacular free kick on three minutes before Jobi McAnuff grabbed a second on the hour.

WAY EXPECTS PLYMOUTH REACTION

The Sky Bet League Two leaders scored three goals for the fourth match in a row, inflicting just a second home defeat since October on the hosts.

Glovers boss Way praised the Yorkshire outfit’s attacking prowess and says his side will remain united and look to put a few wrongs to rights when second-placed Plymouth visit Huish Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and they’ve been scoring goals for fun,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I think their front three have a lot of quality and it takes unbelievable concentration to keep them quiet.

“Unfortunately, they scored another three goals against us which we’re disappointed with.”

He added: “We know the League Two level is tough. We’ve got to make sure we stay strong and stick together.

“We know what we’re working with, we know where we want to get to and we know it’s going to take time. 

“Are the players showing commitment and do they care? I have to say they do. 

“We came up against a good team and we have to respect that. I expect a really good reaction going into the game on Tuesday.

“We have to make sure we prepare right and somehow after a 3-0 defeat draw strength and confidence, and get back to where we were.”

 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 0-3 DONCASTER ROVERS

Fresh from scoring nine goals in their last three matches, Donny took the lead after 31 minutes courtesy of a close range Mathieu Baudry finish. 
Darren Ferguson’s side doubled their advantage just five minutes later, with John Marquis rounding off a rapid counter-attack with a calm finish.
The Glovers offered more of a threat after the break as Tom Eaves hit the post and Ben Whitfield produced a fine save from Ian Lawlor, before a second Marquis strike put the game beyond doubt inside the final 10 minutes.
Darren Way made one change to the side that came away from Blackpool with a 2-2 draw last weekend in Sky Bet League Two. 
Alex Lacey replaced Ryan Dickson who suffered concussion at Bloomfield Road, with Nathan Smith shifting across to left-back to accommodate the central defender. 
Sticking with the 4-3-1-2 formation which crafted two goals in Lancashire, it was Town who notched the first shot of the game inside the opening five minutes.
Finding space between Donny’s midfield and defence, Matty Dolan drove towards the box before watching his rasping effort fly a few yards wide of the target.
However, unbeaten in seven matches and sitting top of the pile, the Yorkshire outfit soon demonstrated why they’re leading the charge in League Two. 
Flowing in the final third, Tommy Rowe had a shot deflected into the arms of Artur Krysiak, before the infamous Andy Williams, returning to Huish Park once again, had an attempted lob claimed by Town’s Polish stopper inside the opening 20 minutes.
Comfortably the highest scorers in the division, James Coppinger cannoned an effort off the post from 20 yards before the deadlock was broken just past the half-hour mark. 
From a deep free-kick, Rowe’s in-swinging ball landed tantalisingly six yards from goal, with defender Baudry on hand to stab home. 
Before the Glovers could regroup the visitors’ lead was doubled courtesy of 16-goal striker Marquis.
Having caught Town on the break, the effervescent Coppinger picked out Marquis wide on the right, who then expertly picked out the bottom corner when through on goal.
Yeovil’s rearguard held firm until the break, with Way introducing Ben Whitfield at half-time as Town switched to the more familiar 4-3-3.  
The hosts almost had an ideal start to the second period when Tom Eaves’ knockdown picked out Omar Sowunmi, but Baudry slid in to take the ball off the striker’s toes with a shot pending. 
Keen to put the result to bed the action was soon at the other end as Rovers pressed for a third. 
In a growing battle, Williams was denied again by Krysiak twice in quick succession to add to a frustrating individual afternoon for Donny’s striker. 
The former Glover firstly saw a curling effort brilliantly tipped around the post before having a shot from just inside the box pushed away from danger by the Yeovil ‘keeper.
Knowing goals had to come soon, Town introduced Shayon Harrison for Sowunmi just before the hour-mark to produce a front three of Harrison, Eaves and Zoko. 
The Glovers gung-ho approach almost bared fruits just minutes later, as Dawson’s whipped-in cross was turned goalwards by a diving Eaves header only to come back off the base of the post. 
That meant Yeovil have now hit the woodwork in each of their last three league matches at Huish Park, suggesting luck is one absentee from Huish Park in recent weeks.
However, Way’s side could count themselves slightly fortunate as the game ticked towards the final 20 minutes when the usually clinical Coppinger fired wide with the goal gaping inside the box. 
As the game ticked towards the final 10 minutes Whitfield had a free-kick destined for the top corner clawed away by Lawlor, before Rovers confirmed victory on 81 minutes.
The prolific Marquis twisted and turned in the box before coolly finding the bottom corner once again to round off an impressive display. 
With the points confirmed Donny expertly closed out the final few minutes to record their fifth straight victory, as Yeovil slumped to just a second home defeat since October in disappointing circumstances. 
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Ward, Lacey, Smith; Dawson, Butcher (Whitfield 45’), Dolan; Zoko; Sowunmi (Harrison 57’), Eaves.
Bookings: Butcher 30’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Mugabi, Bassett, Goodship.
Doncaster Rovers: Lawlor; Baudry, Butler Mason; Blair (Alcock 73’), Houghton, Grant, Rowe; Coppinger (Middleton 73’); Marquis, Williams.
Bookings: Baudry 79’
Subs not used: Etheridge, Wright, Keegan, Longbottom, Mandeville.

WE’RE SO CLOSE – WAY

The Glovers are winless in seven league matches, but have picked up four draws in that sequence.

Fresh from a draw at promotion-chasing Wycombe Wanderers, Nathan Delfouneso’s last-gasp finish denied Town victory against Blackpool and Way believes it is fine margins between his team and three points.

“We’re so close. You can get frustrated but we’re going in the right direction,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I feel the players deserve a little bit more whether it’s a decision or finding the back of the net instead of hitting the crossbar.

“All the games we’ve played so far this year have been good games and I think the team are enjoying the challenge.

“Everyday we keep building and they’re getting mentally stronger.”

League leaders Doncaster Rovers visit Huish Park tomorrow (3pm) – Town’s first home match in the league in 2017.

Yeovil have won eight of their 15 matches in all competitions in Somerset this season and Way hopes to add to the win column against Darren Ferguson’s side.

He said: “Every home game is important and so far we’ve done okay at home. We want to make sure we keep that going.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s game can be purchased at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v DONCASTER ROVERS

Town will be hoping to end their sequence of draws when Doncaster visit Huish Park.

The Glovers have drawn their last two matches away at Wycombe Wanderers and Blackpool, while their previous two home games in the league were goalless.

Darren Way’s side will play their first League Two match in Somerset in 2017 but were victorious in their last home outing.

Reading Under-23s were the visitors as Yeovil progressed to the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals with a 4-2 win.

Doncaster scored four the last time the two sides met back in August.

The Yorkshire club have been in the top three for the majority of the season and currently top the division.

Darren Ferguson’s men are unbeaten in seven, winning their last four, with their last three encounters ending 3-1.

Striker John Marquis is third top scorer in League Two with 15 so far this season, while veteran James Coppinger still remains a useful asset. 

Head-to-head

Town have won eight of their 15 meetings with Doncaster (D2 L5).

All but one of Yeovil’s wins over Donny have been by one goal.

Their last win over the Yorkshire outfit came in 2011 thanks to a solitary score from James Hayter.

Doncaster have won the last three matches between the sides, and won the reverse fixture 4-1.

Referee

Lee Swabey (Devon) will take charge of just his 8th game of the season tomorrow – his first match for two weeks.

Mr. Swabey has awarded 27 yellow and three red cards so far this campaign, and took charge of Town’s 4-1 win over MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Devon-based official will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire) with Mark Russell (Somerset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Omar Sowunmi’s 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. 

WE’RE ALL IN IT FOR THE BADGE – SOWUNMI

The 21-year-old began his career as a centre-back but has since moved into an attacking role under boss Darren Way’s guidance.

The former Ipswich Town man returned to action with a goal against Reading Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy, and has started the last two league matches.

Sowunmi feels his knowledge of his new position has improved a lot thanks to Way and fellow striker Tom Eaves, and hopes he will continue to progress.

“I’m loving it,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I got injured when I first moved there but now I’m back training hard and the gaffer has been brilliant with me. He’s taught me a lot about my new position.

“I’ve learned a lot from Tom Eaves as well. We have a good chemistry together and hopefully that can show on the weekend.”

Doncaster Rovers are the visitors to Huish Park tomorrow (3pm) – the first league game in Somerset in 2017.

Town’s midweek cup match at Luton Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch and Sowunmi says their focus turned immediately to the league leaders after the announcement.

He said: “The preparation started as soon as we found out the Luton game wasn’t going to be played. We travelled back and trained on the day.

“We’ve had intense training sessions, meetings and we know our tactics for Saturday which are very detailed.

“It’s a massive game. They’re a very good side but we’re going to go out, give it the best we can and hopefully get three points.

“We’re all in it for the badge and it will be good to progress together.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s match can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

 

PLAYERS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE – WAY

The Yorkshire club are unbeaten in their last seven outings and are four points ahead of second-placed Plymouth Argyle.

Doncaster have scored three goals in each of their last three games, but Way is confident his side are up for challenge of getting a result.

“They’re a good team, in good form and have scored a lot of goals,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“They’re scoring in threes so we have to make sure we’re aware of that.

“We know about (John) Marquis and the movement of Andy Williams because he was here before, and (James) Coppinger, in my opinion, is a Championship player playing in League Two.

“They have (Andy) Butler who has a wealth of experience at the back so they’re a very strong force which is obvious because they’re top of the league.”

He added: “We know their threats but the players are really hungry for this challenge and there’s not many challenges they’ve not wanted to take up which is a good thing as a manager.”

In the reverse fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium, Town fell to a 4-1 defeat to Darren Ferguson’s outfit.

Way is looking for his players to learn from the loss and put a few wrongs to rights.

“There’s not many teams that have scored as many past us,” he said.

“I expect us to be a little bit more resilient. We’ll learn from the last game against them. 

“We’ve done a lot of work on the training ground and the players look like they’re ready for the challenge.”

Tickets for Saturday’s match can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

 

HEDGES BACK IN TRAINING

The Swansea City loanee has been out of action since injuring his ankle in Town’s Boxing Day draw with Exeter City.

“Hedges is back now,” Way told YTFC.net.

“He trained today which is great news and it was good to see him on the training ground.

“We’ve not decided (if he is fit enough for Saturday) but he’s looking very, very sharp.”

Way has three further injury concerns ahead of the visit of Sky Bet League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers this Saturday (3pm).

Otis Khan (ankle) and Alex Lawless (hip) have been missing since Town’s Checkatrade Trophy win over Reading Under-23s, while Ryan Dickson suffered a broken nose in the draw at Blackpool.

“They’re all very close,” he said.

“We have to make the right decision with them knowing we have two big games coming up and a month of Saturday, Tuesdays.

“With a small squad if I make a decision that they’re on the bench, I don’t want a player to go down injured, have to put them on after ten minutes and lose them for the rest of the month.

“I don’t want to make a wrong decision that could cost me for the rest of the season.”

TOWN OR LUTON DISCOVER SEMI-FINAL OPPONENTS

Darren Way’s side will welcome Bradford City or Oxford United – whose quarter-final tie was postponed – to Huish Park if they win at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday, February 7th (7.45pm).

The Glovers’ fate would have been decided on Tuesday but for a frozen pitch in Bedfordshire.

Bradford currently sit in the League One play-off places while Oxford are midtable in the division.

 

Should Town progress, the semi-final will take place the week commencing February 20th. 

FULL SEMI-FINAL DRAW

Coventry City v Wycombe Wanderers

Yeovil Town/Luton Town v Bradford City/Oxford United

SALE ON HOME AND AWAY SHIRTS

Perfect for the final half of the season, the Huish Park Shop has reductions on adult, youth and toddler kits. 
Open between 10am until 4pm on weekdays and 10am until 5pm on home matchdays, fans can enjoy the following discounted prices:
HOME SHIRTS
Adult: £30 (down from £40) 
Youth: £20 (down from £30)
Toddler (2-3 years): £25 (down from £30)
AWAY SHIRTS
Adult: £20 (down from £30)
Youth: £15 (down from 20)
Toddler (2-3 years): £20 (down from £25)
All items are available whilst stocks last!

TIME RUNNING OUT TO BUY YOUR MINI-SEASON TICKET

Covering the remaining 10 home games – kicking off with the Glovers Sky Bet League Two clash against Doncaster Rovers on the 28th January – fans will be able to enjoy over 15 hours of football at Huish Park. 
With the Glovers losing at home just once since October, it could be an exciting climax to the campaign at Huish Park. 
With an adult mini-season ticket starting from £146 and a junior ticket just £36, that means you can enjoy each match for as little as £14.60 for an adult and £3.60 for a junior!
Available to purchase online by clicking here, mini-season tickets are also available to purchase via the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.
Supporters have until Friday 27th January to buy their mini-season tickets.
The mini-season tickets will be set at the following prices:
Supporters wishing to buy a mini-season ticket are asked to avoid purchasing via the ticket office on home matchdays.
With the Glovers desperate to push into the higher echelons of League Two, we look forward to welcoming you to Huish Park.

STORER RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM

The 19-year-old joined the Glovers from Birmingham City at the beginning of the January transfer window for the remainder of the season, but will return to St Andrew’s with immediate effect due to personal reasons.

Storer made his solitary appearance for Town in the 2-0 defeat at Crawley Town.

Everyone at the club would like to wish Jack all the best for the future.

DONCASTER TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

The Glovers have been in good form at home this season, winning eight out of 15 matches at Huish Park in all competitions.

Town’s last two Sky Bet League Two home games in Somerset attracted crowds of over 6,000, with the attendance against Portsmouth on December 30th the largest of the calendar year.

Darren Way’s side have faced Doncaster seven times in Somerset, defeating the Yorkshire outfit on five occasions – the last being a 1-0 win thanks to a James Hayter penalty in 2014.

For information on prices, head to the Ticket Section.

Tickets for Town’s rearranged fixture against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, January 31st (7.45pm) are also on sale.

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

 

TOWN’S CHECKATRADE TROPHY TIE WITH LUTON POSTPONED

The game was due to take place at Kenilworth Road at 7.45pm this evening, but the pitch has been deemed unplayable following an inspection by referee Ben Toner.

Boss Darren Way said: “We’re disappointed with the postponement but both Nathan (Jones, Luton manager) and myself agree it was the correct decision. 

“We turn our attention to Saturday and will prepare for the visit of Doncaster.” 

The fixture will now take place on Tuesday, February 7th (7.45pm).

PITCH INSPECTION AHEAD OF CUP TIE

The game is due to take place at Kenilworth Road tonight (Tuesday, January 24th) at 7.45pm but with freezing temperatures gripping the Bedfordshire area, an inspection is planned for midday (12noon) to assess the surface.

An update will be given once the pitch has been examined. 

LEA JOINS GOSPORT ON LOAN

The 19-year-old, who arrived at Huish Park from Southampton in the summer, will return to Hampshire having appeared for Town twice during the 2016/17 campaign. 
The Saints Academy graduate featured against Everton in the EFL Cup and Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy, before enjoying a loan spell at Evo-Stik League Southern Premier outfit Dorchester Town in October. 
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Joe all the best during his loan spell at Gosport.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers are still on track for promotion straight back to League One following a 3-1 win over Crewe Alexandra.

The league leaders strengthened their place at the top with their sixth win in seven matches.

Sonny Bradley netted a last-minute winner for Plymouth Argyle against Cheltenham Town to ensure the Pilgrims remain hot on the tail of Doncaster.

Dan Holman looked to have salvaged a late equaliser for the Robins after Bradley’s first-half opener, but the defender grabbed his second of the day deep into injury-time.

Despite their loss, Cheltenham still hover just above the relegation zone following Notts County’s 2-0 loss to Grimsby Town. 

The Mariners boosted their play-off hopes with a comfortable win thanks to goals from Omar Bogle and Scott Vernon.

Bottom club Newport County survived a late Barnet onslaught to claim a second successive draw.

After a quiet first half, the Bees took control of the contest but found Exiles goalkeeper Joe Day in inspired form. 

Mansfield Town sit three points outside the top seven after defeating Cambridge United.

Shaquile Coulthirst scored on his Stags’ debut to seal a 3-1 victory which ended Cambridge’s eight-match unbeaten run.

Adebayo Akinfenwa scored late on to rescue a point for Wycombe Wanderers against fellow promotion-hopefuls Luton Town.

The Hatters looked set for three points after Scott Cuthbert’s opener but Akinfenwa sent a thumping header in at the back post following Johnny Mullins’ red card – Luton’s eighth of the season.

Exeter City cruised to victory with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Colchester United.

Reuben Reid was on target on 20 minutes before David Wheeler and Liam McAlinden wrapped up the scoring.

Elsewhere, Hartlepool United beat Stevenage at Victoria Park while Accrington Stanley held high-flying Carlisle United.

Leyton Orient v Morecambe, and Crawley Town v Portsmouth were postponed.

DUO BANNED FOR CHECKATRADE TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL

The duo picked up yellow cards in the Glovers’ third round win over Reading Under-23s, their second bookings of the competition.

The tournament’s disciplinary rules indicate any player who is awarded two yellow cards up to and including the last eight will serve a one-match ban.

Lawless and Shephard will be available for the semi-final stage should Town progress.

I’M DELIGHTED TO JOIN THE CLUB – HARRISON

The 19-year-old met his new team-mates on Friday night after arriving on loan from Tottenham, before coming off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Blackpool. 
Harrison, who comes highly rated by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, was thrilled to take to the field for the first time as a Town player.
“I’m excited, I couldn’t wait to get started. It’s a big move for me and I’m delighted to join the Club.
“I’m really proud (to make my debut), it’s very different to what I’m used to but as time goes on I’ll get better and learn from the lads.”
The young striker replaced goal scorer Francois Zoko on 77 minutes before Town’s Ryan Dickson had to be stretchered off with a broken nose. 
Having never enjoyed a loan spell away from White Hart Lane, Harrison is relishing the challenge of senior and League Two football. 
“It was everything I expected, to be honest,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel. “I’m looking forward to the challenge, especially the physicality side of it, and I’m sure as time goes on I’ll get better.
“I thought we deserved to win, we looked the better side throughout the game. The lads showed great desire to keep pushing on and want to score more.”
Harrison played wide on the right of a front three at Bloomfield Road, and is confident he’ll slot into the Glovers system after talking with manager Darren Way. 
“I’m feeling very confident,” he said. “Especially after speaking to the gaffer, he’s given me a lot of confidence.
“He’s allowed me to play with a lot of freedom which is all I can ask for. I’m definitely going to improve.
“Through the middle or on the right, I’m familiar with both positions. I’ll be able to adapt quickly to that and push on from there.”
The youngster follows in the footsteps of previous Tottenham loanees Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker and Andors Townsend who all went on to play for Spurs and England, something Harrison is fully aware of.
"I definitely think it’s the perfect move for me with all those lads going on to play for their country and in the Premier League, so it’s definitely a fantastic move for me."

A POINT IS GOOD – WARD

The 38-year-old has been absent since November with a knee injury, but marked his return to the side with a goal as Town drew in Lancashire. 
Strikes from Kelvin Mellor and Nathan Delfouneso fell either side of goals from Francois Zoko and Ward, with the Seasiders levelling the match in the 95th minute. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Ward felt it was a good result for Town.
“Was it a free-kick (for Blackpool’s second goal?) Not many give them but it was, and we had to deal with it, but we didn’t and they scored.
“To come away with a point here is good overall. We’re gutted we didn’t get three, but a point is good.”
The Green and Whites have now led in two consecutive matches only to be pegged back, but Ward echoes his manager’s sentiments in that Yeovil aren’t far away.
He said: “Like the manager has spoken about, and we know, it’s a real fine line with small margins to win games.
“Like today (Blackpool), you need little bits of experience and times when you control the game a bit more.
“But that happens, and you’ve got to learn from it. If we do then we’re confident of picking up some good points at home.”
The Glovers travel to Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday before hosting Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park in League Two, with ticket details available here

THE PLAYERS GAVE EVERYTHING – WAY

The Glovers twice led at Bloomfield Road only to be pegged back by a Nathan Delfouneso strike deep into nine minutes of additional time after a nasty facial injury to Ryan Dickson. 
Francois Zoko and captain Darren Ward had twice but the Green and Whites ahead, with the Seasiders notching two controversial goals through Delfouneso and Kelvin Mellor. 
With the Lancashire outfit last conceding two at home in mid-December, Way felt the team deserved more.
“I’m just really pleased with the team’s performance,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.
“You only have to see the subs that Blackpool made – they’re a big club and we’re competing. Everyone is giving everything around the Football Club; all staff, all players.
“If we pick up one or two results at home now we’ll look at the Wycombe game (1-1) and Blackpool and they’ll turn out to be good results.
“I’m proud of the players today, they didn’t deserve to let two bad refereeing decisions cost them three points.”
The Glovers felt referee Carl Boyeson missed a handball in the build-up to Mellor’s equaliser before wrongfully penalising Town in the closing stages with the Seasiders scoring from the resulting set-piece.
Despite those decisions testing Way’s resolve, the Glovers manager was buoyed by the squad’s tenacity and determination.
“Everyone is playing their part at the Football Club,” he said. “That’s what gets me excited and makes me sleep straight at night, everyone giving everything. 
“We’re building every day and every week considering we don’t have huge resources.”
The Glovers head to Luton Town on Tuesday in the Checkatrade Trophy, with ticket details available here.

REPORT: BLACKPOOL 2-2 YEOVIL TOWN

Town lead at the break courtesy of Francois Zoko’s strike before Kelvin Mellor equalised with 20 minutes remaining despite a handball claim in the build-up. 
The Glovers thought they’d won it when Darren Ward marked his comeback with a goal before Nathan Delfouneso broke Yeovil’s resolve in the 95th minute to snatch a point. 
The Green and Whites started with a 4-3-1-2 setup in Lancashire, with Tom Eaves earning a recall.
Ben Whitfield dropped to the bench alongside new signing Shayon Harrison whilst Jack Storer returned to the matchday squad after a week’s absence.
Darren Ward (knee) made his first appearance since mid-November claiming the captain’s armband, with Alex Lacey starting on the sidelines. 
With the Bloomfield Road pitch not conducive to free-flowing football, it was a scrappy opening 20 minutes with set-pieces providing both side’s best opportunities. 
Early on, Jamille Matt headed just over the bar from a corner, before a Town set-piece fell to Nathan Smith in the box with the defender only able to blast into a huddle of players with Sam Slocombe stranded.
With the pitch becoming increasingly bobbly, direct play from the Seasiders saw Matt run onto his own flick-on but, lacking in composure, the striker could only pick out the stands with an attempted lob. 
As the game ticked past the half hour mark Yeovil began to enjoy the better of proceedings, with the free roaming Zoko growing in influence. 
Enjoying more time on the ball it was the Town striker who broke the deadlock on 34 minutes.
Liam Shephard’s throw-in was flicked on by strike duo Eaves and Omar Sowunmi, with Zoko perfectly placed to prod home on the volley from close range. 
Buoyed by taking the lead the Glovers finished the half the stronger and almost added to their advantage just before the break.
A deep cross could only be headed into the path of Matty Dolan on the edge of the box, with the midfielder’s well-hit effort having to be pushed around the post by the home stopper Slocombe. 
As the temperatures plummeted after the break the hosts tried to warm up their supporters courtesy of a well-constructed move. 
Matt’s impressive hold-up work brought Mellor into play, but the full-back’s fiercely hit strike from the angle flew just over Artur Krysiak’s goal.
That chance sparked a period of dominance for Gary Bowyer’s side, as the Lancashire outfit introduced attacking duo Nathan Delfouneso and Sanmi Odelusi.
The pair, who were making the debuts, both made an instant impact as first Delfouneso curled an effort just wide from the edge of the box before Wigan loanee Odelusi forced a fine save from Krysiak after an instant control and shot.
Now in control at Bloomfield Road, the Seasiders equalised with 20 minutes remaining in what Yeovil will feel was contentious circumstances. 
Attacking down the Blackpool right the Glovers were denied a blatant handball, before the home side charged downfield with purpose. 
The skilful Delfouneso worked his way to the by-line before picking out Mellor at the back post who couldn’t miss, leaving Town to point towards referee Carl Boyeson. 
Pegged back, Way handed exciting Tottenham loanee Shayon Harrison his debut with a little over 10 minutes remaining in search of a much-wanted win. 
In fact, it took Yeovil just three minutes to re-take the lead through the unlikely source of Ward. 
Good work from Eaves down the right saw his low cross caused chaos in the box, with the Glovers captain in the right place at the right time to produce a striker’s finish from close range after Slocombe could only parry. 
Frustrated from falling behind, Matt piled into Ryan Dickson in the air after the restart, resulting in the Town left-back being stretchered off the pitch with a broken nose and no caution for Blackpool’s striker.
That prompted nine minutes of injury time at the end of the half which the hosts benefited from as Delfouneso prodded home from a set-piece that was contentially awarded for handball. 
In yet more late drama, Eaves saw a superb volley cannon off the bar, before the Green and Whites had to settle for a second successive draw in Sky Bet League Two in a game crammed full of drama. 
Blackpool: Slocombe; Mellor, Aimson, Aldred, Robertson; McAllister, Pugh, Yeates (Odelusi 60’); Osayi-Samuel, Matt, Philiskirk (Delfouneso 60’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Lyness, Cullen, Nolan, Gnanduillet, Des Pres.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Ward, Smith, Dickson (Mugabi 89’); Dawson, Butcher, Dolan; Zoko (Harrison 77’); Sowunmi (Whitfield 70’), Eaves.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, Lacey, Goodship, Storer.

SHAYON HARRISON JOINS TOWN ON LOAN

The 19-year-old becomes Darren Way’s fourth January signing, and will remain at Huish Park until the end of the season. 
Harrison, who has risen through the ranks at White Hart Lane, has been prolific for the Under-21s and made his professional debut for Spurs in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the EFL Cup in October last year. 
Highly-rated by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Harrison was also in the Premier League outfit’s squad for their Europa League clash with Qarabag in November 2015.
With the teenager eligible to play in Town’s match against Blackpool on Saturday, Way was delighted with his latest arrival. 
"We played against Spurs in pre-season and Shayon played very well and caught the eye," he said.
"He’s been very close to the first team and is someone Pochettino rates very highly.
"We know Tottenham have an unbelievable desire and work ethic, which are massive attributes needed to play for Yeovil Town. 
"Shayon will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker and Andros Townsend, so we look forward to continuing the relationship with Spurs."
Harrison will wear the number 39 shirt during his time at Huish Park, with everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishing Shayon all the best during his time in Somerset.

PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL v YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers followed up their emphatic 4-2 victory over Reading Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy with an impressive draw at Wycombe Wanderers.

Kevin Dawson’s penalty was Town’s first league goal in four games and helped Darren Way’s side to their first point of 2017.

Yeovil’s last win in League Two came against Crawley Town at the beginning and Way will be looking to rectify that at Blackpool tomorrow.

The Tangerines are winless in three league games and have slipped to 12th in the table after a spell in the play-offs.

In midweek, the Lancashire outfit progressed to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with an extra time win over Championship club Barnsley.

Kyle Vassell is Blackpool’s top scorer with 11 goals in all competitions, while Brad Potts is one to watch with five assists and six league goals to his name.

Head-to-head

Town have won three out of nine matches against the Tangerines (D2 L4).

The Glovers were victorious on their last visit to Bloomfield road, running out 2-1 winner back in 2014 thanks to goals from James Hayter and Tom Lawrence.

Darren Way’s side will be looking to exact revenge on Gary Bowyer’s side after losing 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Huish Park.

Referee

Cark Boyeson (East Yorkshire) will take charge of his 23rd game of the season at Bloomfield Road.

The Yorkshire-born referee handed out five yellow cards in Town’s Emirates FA Cup replay against Solihull Moors in November, and has awarded 76 yellows and two reds in 2016/17.

Mr. Boyeson will be assisted by Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire) with Gary Hilton (Lancashire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Brandon Goodship’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

Supporters wishing to attend the match can purchase tickets online by clicking here, or by phone on 01935 847888. The match is also pay on the day.

WAY CONFIDENT OF FORM TURNING

The Glovers are winless in six Sky Bet League Two matches, but have drawn three times in that sequence. 

“Some of the results we had, we were very close to winning,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“People mention we haven’t won in six games but I thought our Wycombe performance was very good and I look at the Exeter, Portsmouth and Reading games, and I’m proud of the way the players performed. 

“Having said that, we accept responsibility of not picking up three points.”

He continued: “I knew for myself, the players and the football club this month was going to be difficult.

“Every game in League Two now is a key game and every team has their own strengths and weaknesses.

“From my point of view, I’m just trying to build and t’s difficult when you lose one or two but it’s been quite clear I’ve been quite consistent with my team selection.

“If we go on a run of two or three wins then it takes us in reach of the play-offs. That’s what the players are desperate for.”

WAY LOOKING FORWARD TO BLACKPOOL CHALLENGE

The Tangerines are winless in their last three league games but have won nine out of 17 games at Bloomfield Road in all competitions this season.

Town will be looking to exact revenge on the Lancashire outfit after their 3-0 win at Huish Park earlier on in the campaign, and Way insists his squad are ready for the test.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’ve just been on my Pro License with Gary Bowyer so that was interesting spending time with him. He didn’t give much away! 

“Blackpool are a big club as far as where they’ve been. They have a bigger squad and probably a much bigger budget than we’ve got.

“Every game we play is a challenge and every game I manage is a big, big challenge but one we’re not fearful of.

“We go there in good spirits because we’re off the back of a win over Reading and a good result against Wycombe. 

“We’ve done our homework and have worked hard behind the scenes. We have to we remain positive and stick to our game plan.”

Yeovil earned victory on their last outing at Blackpool thanks to goals from James Hayter and Tom Lawrence in 2014.

Way also has good memories of playing at Bloomfield Road and hopes his knowledge of the stadium will serve his side well.

He said: “We played against them in the Championship which was good. 

“I also remember the FA Cup game (2000) Terry Skiverton and I played in, that was a fantastic game on sky where we beat them. 

“We played our FA Cup game against Carlisle up at Blackpool and I thought our supporters were magnificent.

“We know the place, the environment and it’s a game we look forward to.”

 

YOU PLAY FOR THE BADGE ON THE FRONT – GOODSHIP

The 22-year-old joined for a second spell in Somerset last week, this time signing a permanent deal from Bournemouth. 
Goodship came off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend and was delighted to be back involved in competitive football. 
“You can’t beat playing for three points on a Saturday,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel
“I want to come in and show what I’m about, get some games under my belt and prove my worth to the club. 
“You play for the badge on the front. It’s a cliché but it’s true. For you to do well as an individual the team has to do well, so the main focus is we climb up the table and do the best we can.”
The striker will be part of Darren Way’s squad that travels to Blackpool in Sky Bet League Two this weekend, and Goodship admits the Town manager was a big factor behind moving to Huish Park for a second time. 
He said: “Obviously it’s a big and a great club to be at and it’s pushing in the right direction, so I can’t wait to move forward. 
“I was with him last season and he had a good impact on me as a player and as a person, so when I spoke to him about coming back he was really enthusiastic and gave me some great advice on how to move forward.”
Ready to feature in his second Glovers match since returning, Goodship is looking forward to a trip to Blackpool on Saturday, a ground he’s yet to experience as a player. 
“They were in the Premier League a few years ago,” he said. 
“It’s a big shame for them to be in League Two given the stature of the club but personally, it’s a big ground to go to and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

WAY WANTS TO EMULATE WIMBLEDON

The Dons lingered outside the top seven for much of the 2015/16 campaign before a late surge led to a 2-0 triumph over Plymouth Argyle in the play-off final.

Town’s recent form has seen them slip to 16th in the table, nine points behind seventh-placed Colchester United with a game in hand, and Way holds the belief his side can climb the division and get themselves back into play-off contention once more.

He told YTFC.net: “This month is going be huge because nine times out of ten it dictates where you’ll end the season.

“It’s quite clear the teams in the higher reaches are more often than not the ones who have more money than everyone else and then there’s one or two that come out of the pack like AFC Wimbledon last year.

“We have to make sure we’re one of the ones that comes out of the pack and we’re only going to do that by picking up wins sooner rather than later.

“That’s not putting pressure on the players because the players are putting pressure on me to say that’s what they want and I have to respect them for that. 

“They’re a hungry group, they’re willing to learn and they’re committed to the football club and we’re trying to achieve together.”

He added: “The supporters have been phenomenal since I’ve been manager. They’ve been amazing and fully committed to the football club – I can only appreciate that.

“I was thinking this week what being a Yeovil Town fan represents and our motto is ‘Achieve By Unity’ – I feel we’ve got that.

“At the moment we’re giving everything we can to be successful and they respect that.”

WE’RE LOOKING UP NOT DOWN – GOODSHIP

The former Bournemouth frontman enjoyed a loan spell with the Glovers last season, as Darren Way guided the club to safety.
However, fast forward a season and the 22-year-old feels the squad’s ambitions only looking in one direction.
He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “When I came last season we were rock bottom or one place above rock bottom, but this year the group of lads are looking up rather than down. 
“It’s a nice feeling. I’ve watched the last few performances and they’ve played really well. We just need the results to follow.”
Goodship made his first appearance as a permanent Yeovil Town player at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend and is likely to be involved at Blackpool this Saturday. 
Able to play anywhere across the front three, the Bournemouth academy graduate is looking forward to a challenging trip to Bloomfield Road.
“It’s another tricky game away from home," he said
"We’re looking to go there and not sit back, we’re looking to take the game to them. We’re looking to take three points.
“It’s a bit of a six-pointer if you like. Both clubs are looking to get up the table but if we win on Saturday it closes the gap and we move up the table again.”

WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SIGNING – WAY

West Brom youngster Wright signed for Town on loan for the remainder of the campaign, but was recalled a day later due EFL regulations.

Glovers boss Way has already added three other faces to his squad and hopes to complete another one in the near future.

“We’re disappointed and wish Andre all the best,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“These things happen; you can’t blame anyone. We’re in a high-pressure environment and mistakes are made.

“We move on to the next signing and hopefully we can get on in soon.

“We’ve been speaking to one or two clubs and there’s a big, big process that goes behind signing a player.

“There’s so many things that need to fall into place and I’ll make sure we do our homework on the next one.

“We’re looking at both markets. It’s about making sure the player is right for the football club and they’re happy to come here.”

HEDGES AND KHAN REMAIN SIDELINED

Swansea City loanee Hedges has been missing since Boxing Day with an ankle injury, while Khan (ankle) limped out of the Glovers’ Checkatrade Trophy victory over Reading Under-23s.

The duo are Darren Way’s only confirmed absentees from his squad and the Yeovil boss is looking for the rest of his players to stake a place in the starting line-up.

He told YTFC.net: “We’ve lost Hedges and Khan who are big, big players for us but Omar has taken his opportunity.

“I love that sort of impact players make when player isn’t available. It gives everyone a chance to step up.”

Way has also paid tribute to his medical staff for working hard to get players back fit as soon as possible.

He said: “I don’t think we’ve been without more than three or four players throughout the season so that’s a mark of respect to the medical department. 

“Mike (Micciche, club physio) has done a great job and his attention to detail has been spot on. 

“We want to keep that going and the more players we to select from makes it a better headache for me.”

GEOFF HARROP TO LEAVE TOWN’S ACADEMY

Harrop, who arrived in Somerset in July 2015, will leave the Academy to pursue a new venture elsewhere. 
Having played an integral role in building a successful category three youth setup, Chairman of the Academy Andy Rossiter thanked Harrop for his efforts.
“We wish to extend our thanks to Geoff for the hard work and commitment he has put in since arriving at the Club. 
“He has played a big part in moving forward the Academy since its inception and we wish him all the best in his next chapter.”
Yeovil Town Academy are undertaking the necessary recruitment processes to find a successor, and everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club extend their thanks to Geoff for helping to build an Academy which will bear fruits in the future. 

FINAL ROUND OF SKY BET LEAGUE TWO FIXTURES MOVED

The matches will be played simultaneously to ensure that all promotion and relegation issues are resolved fairly and concurrently in what is set to be a nail-biting conclusion to the season. 

 

The fixtures have been switched from their initial 3pm slot so that at least one decisive fixture can be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

 

John Nixon, League Two’s representative on the EFL Board, said: “The final day of the regular season is always a tense and dramatic day for all supporters whether you are sitting in the stands or watching on TV. 

 

“The change means more and more football fans up and down the country will now be able to see the season finale and witness first-hand the contribution League Two clubs have made to another fantastic campaign in the EFL.”

 

He added: “It is also important that we are able to notify supporters of this change well in advance to allow plenty of time for any alterations to travel plans that may be required.”

Town’s final game of the campaign is away to Colchester United.

WRIGHT LOAN DEAL CANCELLED BY WBA

The 20-year-old was revealed as Darren Way’s fourth January signing earlier this week after spending the first half of the season at League One outfit Coventry City. 
However, prior to joining the Sky Blues on loan, the striker featured for West Brom Under-23s in their Checkatrade Trophy clash with Millwall at the Hawthorns back in August which has been designated as a first team game by the EFL.
Consequently, Wright has been recalled by the Baggies with league rules stipulating a player cannot feature for a third team in one season.
Albion’s Director of Football Administration Richard Garlick said he was disappointed with the EFL’s ruling which left the Premier League club with no option but to cancel Wright’s loan.
 
“It’s a great shame because it would have been another excellent development opportunity for Andre,” said Garlick.
 
“At the time of Andre’s Checkatrade Trophy appearance, the rules were unclear regarding whether this was designated a first team or Under-23 match. We had not had the approach from Coventry at that point.
 
“We have checked with the Premier League and they have confirmed the EFL’s interpretation of the rules.”
Yeovil Town are disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to work with Wright but wish him all the best for the remainder of the season. 

TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE FOR TRIP TO BLACKPOOL

The Seasiders are currently 12th in the table, four points ahead of the Glovers in 16th, having gone three games without a win in the league. 
Town will be looking to exact revenge on Gary Bowyer’s side after losing 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Huish Park.
Tickets remain on sale for the trip to Bloomfield Road at the following prices:
Adults: £22
60+: £18
Under-19: £10
Under-11: Free of charge with accompanying Adult/Senior ticket
Ambulant Disabled/Wheelchair bays pay the full relevant price with Carer FOC, with no pay increase on the day for any ticket. 
Supporters wishing to buy tickets on the day can do so at the kiosk located next to the away end, but with cash only. 
Tickets can be purchased via the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Alternatively, tickets can be bought online by clicking here.
 
TRAVEL
For supporters travelling to Blackpool by train, please be aware of electrification works taking place by both Northern and Network Rail. 
This will directly affect the journey of fans travelling to all Blackpool stations via train, with rail replacement bus services in place to ensure fans have an alternative mode of transport. 
Please see www.networkrail.co.uk for further details. 

CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL BY TRAIN TO BLACKPOOL

As part of ongoing investment in the region’s railways, electrification work will be taking place on all lines of route between Preston and Blackpool, with replacement buses in place for all weekend travel.

Rail replacement buses will be running at frequency throughout the day, with Town fans asked to visit www.northernrailway.co.uk for further information. 

 

Tickets for the match can be purchased at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

TOWN SNAP UP ANDRE WRIGHT ON LOAN

Wright, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Sky Bet League One side Coventry City, will remain at Huish Park until the conclusion of the 2016/17 campaign. 
The 20-year-old scored twice in 13 appearances for the Sky Blues, rescuing a point with a last-minute equaliser against AFC Wimbledon as well as scoring in a 2-0 win over Rochdale at the Ricoh Arena. 
A product of the Baggies academy, Wright spent time on loan at Kidderminster Harries and Torquay United last season in the Vanarama National League, scoring once in 12 appearances for Kiddy and three times for the Gulls in a little over 20 appearances.
After securing the striker’s services for the remainder of the season, Darren Way said: "Andre is someone that we’ve monitored now for the last few years. He’s played in a system at Coventry that has been similar to ours and plays in the same system for West Brom.
"He’s strong, athletic, has got very, very good technical ability and holds up the ball really well.
"We’re looking forward to working with him and thank Tony Pulis, Darren Moore and all the staff at West Brom for allowing this deal to happen."
Andre will wear the number 21 shirt during his time with the Glovers and will be available for selection for Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Andre all the best during his time at Huish Park. 

LOAN WATCH: EZEWELE CROWNS KIDDY DEBUT WITH A GOAL

The full-back was on target in Kiddy’s 3-0 win against Ebbsfleet United in the FA Trophy. 
After playing 67 minutes in Harriers’ friendly against Halesowen Town in midweek, the 19-year-old started at left-back on Saturday, making an immediate impression. 
With 35 minutes on the clock, Ezewele beat his man wide on the left before slotting past the ‘keeper from a tight angle to put Kidderminster 1-0 up. 
The hosts’ lead was doubled three minutes later before Ezewele was withdrawn on the hour mark with victory all but assured. 
Despite coming off, the Town loanee was awarded the Man of the Match award on social media, with Kiddy fans impressed with the full-back’s first competitive display. 
Ezewele will now be available for selection when Harriers take on Telford at Aggborough in National League North next weekend.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers maintained top spot with a 3-1 away win over Barnet.

The league’s joint-top scorer John Akinde opened the scoring for the Bees but two goals from veteran James Coppinger sandwiched John Marquis’ strike to earn Donny all three points.

Second-placed Plymouth Argyle remain hot on Doncaster’s tail after a 4-2 victory over Stevenage.

The sides went in level at the break before Arnold Garita and David Goodwillie turned the match in the Pilgrims’ favour.

A late goal at Brunton Park spared Carlisle United a third consecutive defeat as the Cumbrians drew 1-1 with Morecambe.

Aaron Wildig netted an early goal for the visitors before Charlie Wyke levelled things up with 16 minutes to play.

Conor Chaplin’s double secured Portsmouth an important win over Stevenage as they continue their push for automatic promotion.

The forward netted either side of Gavin Massey’s exquisite effort to move Pompey just two points off the top three.

Cheltenham Town moved out of the relegation places with a convincing win over fellow strugglers Accrington Stanley.

The Robins scored three goals in the second period in a game which Stanley saw midfielder Scott Brown harshly sent off.

Notts County replaced Gary Johnson’s side in the bottom two following a goalless draw with Mansfield Town.

Bottom club Newport County also earned a point against an in-form Colchester United.

Luton Town strengthened their position in the play-offs after securing three points at Crewe Alexandra.

Ryan Lowe’s first-half finish gave the Alex the lead before Jack Marriott and Jake Gray turned the match on its head.

Goals from Reuben Reid, David Wheeler and Ollie Watkins gave Exeter City a deserved 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

It was a result that extended the Grecians’ unbeaten run to eight League Two games, while the Mariners lost for the first time since December 17th.

 

Elsewhere, James Collins’ solitary goal saw Crawley Town defeat Hartlepool United while Cambridge United and Blackpool ended goalless.

HOME FORM IS MASSIVE – DAWSON

The midfielder was on the scoresheet at Adams Park on Saturday, scoring from the penalty spot to earn Town a 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers. 
After the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Crawley Town last time out, Dawson was pleased with the reaction this week. 
“It was a good performance (at Wycombe),” he said to YTFC’s official YouTube channel. 
“It’s a tough place to come and after our recent away performance (at Crawley) we knew we had to put it right. 
“We came out and beat Reading 4-2 and a got a good result here at Wycombe.”
Yeovil became just the third side in 11 games to take a point off of the Chairboys, but despite the impressive draw the 26-year-old is targeting home wins. 
“We had a chat after the Crawley game and we know we have to get points on the board. 
“This result will help but our home games are massive. If we pick up three points in them and nick some away then you never know what will happen.”

CONCENTRATION IS KEY – WAY

The Glovers came away from Wycome Wanderers, who haven’t lost since October, with a share of the spoils courtesy of Kevin Dawson’s penalty. 
In fact, Yeovil led thanks to the Irishman’s spot kick before Joe Jacobson levelled the scores with a penalty of his own at the other end. 
Way’s side became just the third team to take a point off the Chairboys since they embarked on their 11-game unbeaten run, but the Glovers manager wants more. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel he said: “Can we go on a winning run? We’ve got some big games coming up and a big month. 
“I said it’s going to be a month that’s difficult but also one we’re looking forward to.”
Yeovil are now six games without a win in League Two, but Way feels concentration and a clinical touch are key if fortunes are to turn. 
When asked how Yeovil turn draws into victories, he said: “By being a bit more clinical and our concentration levels have to be huge. 
“You think of the Accrington game (1-1) we just switched off for a split second, the Carlisle game (2-1) there was a set-play where we switched off and against Wycombe, we’re 1-0 up and we make a mistake. 
“That’s football, but I expect the players to not make the same mistake twice, to keep improving and keep believing.”

YEOVIL COLLEGE STUDENTS HELP ON YTFC.DIGITAL

Six Yeovil College students have joined in on the ytfc.digital site assisting new statistics guru Nigel Dyson (pictured below) in completing his already extensive statistical records.
Nigel Dyson is masterminding the Statistics Section of the Archive site which will be appearing in the near future.
 
Speaking to YTFC.net Nigel said: “I would like this section of the website to be the most accurate and complete record of players, managers, results, league positions etc that is in existence and I am indebted to the students at Yeovil College and principal John Evans for making this co-operation possible.
“We hope to have the section going live in the coming weeks which will go from the start of the second World War to the present day so please keep an eye open for.”

IT’S A GOOD POINT – WAY

Kevin Dawson put the Glovers ahead from the spot before Joe Jacobson levelled with a penalty at the other end.

Speaking before the game, Way highlighted the Chairboys main attributes and was satisfied with how his team dealt with their threats.

“We were fully aware of their game plan,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’ve watched Wycombe a few times now and they’ve been very effective in what they do.

“They play quite similar to the way we play and they’ve been very impressive; their form has been very good. 

“Normally they break teams down in the last ten or 15 minutes of the game. They have a never-say-die attitude but I thought my players were very resilient today and on another day we could’ve come out winners.

“We have to look at it as a good point overall.”

He added: “I am pleased but just like the supporters and players I want more. 

“To come away with a point with the impressive form Wycombe have had, I have to make sure I’m too critical of the group.

“I feel very proud working with them, I’m enjoying my role, I love this job and so far everyone is sticking together. 

“For a club to be successful that’s what you need. It’s a month I said was going to be difficult but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

REPORT: WYCOMBE WANDERERS 1-1 YEOVIL TOWN

Looking dangerous from the start, Town took the lead on the 20-minute mark courtesy of Kevin Dawson from the penalty spot, after the unplayable Francois Zoko was brought down.
Despite the positive start from the Glovers, the promotion chasers equalised from a penalty of their own soon after, with captain Joe Jacobson converting from 12 yards.
In a second half full of huff and puff neither side looked likely to take all three points, as the spoils were shared in Buckinghamshire. 
Darren Way made five changes to the side that started the last league game at Crawley Town almost a fortnight ago.
Omar Sowunmi was rewarded for his midweek goal in the Checkatrade Trophy with a first start of the season, replacing Jack Storer who dropped from the squad due to personal reasons.
Elsewhere, Otis Khan and Alex Lawless (both injured) were replaced by Zoko and Matt Butcher respectively, whilst Liam Shephard and Matty Dolan featured in place of Bevis Mugabi and Tom Eaves.
Despite the near freezing conditions, the Glovers wasted no time in warming up, almost taking the lead inside the opening 60 seconds.  
Zoko showed good pace to beat Anthony Stewart and get to the by-line, only to see Kevin Dawson’s sliding effort from his cross cleared virtually off the line by Aaron Pierre. 
After a frustrating start, Gareth Ainsworth’s side engineered two opportunities that could’ve seen them take the lead.
First, Sam Wood’s header drifted just wide before Dominic Gape’s rasping effort from range cannoned off the bar and thankfully, away from danger. 
After surviving the momentary pressure Town were soon back on the front foot and won a penalty when the ever-dangerous Zoko was tripped in the box by Sido Jombati after neat footwork. 
Dawson stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Jamal Blackman the wrong way to give Yeovil the lead.
Way’s side deserved their early advantage but it lasted just six minutes after Wanderers won a penalty of their own as Alex Lacey fouled Paris Cowan-Hall.
Captain Jacobson stepped forward and as at the other end, sent the ‘keeper the wrong way to level the scores.
Boosted by levelling the scores Wycombe threatened Krysiak’s goal further minutes later, as Luke O’Nien’s well-hit drive from inside the box was expertly pushed around the post by Town’s Polish stopper.
Zoko continued to be the Glovers liveliest attacking outlet for the remainder of the half, but despite pressure from the hosts it was honours even at half-time as Yeovil produced enough to threaten Wycombe’s 10-game unbeaten run in League Two. 
With a 15-minute break under their belts the Green and Whites started the second period in positive fashion, launching a counter from a Chairboys corner which saw Ben Whitfield fire into the arms of Blackman from the edge of the box. 
A succession of void corners followed for the hosts before Yeovil had a great chance to take the lead.
Sowunmi demonstrated his strength to muscle his way past two defenders and get in on goal at the angle, but the target man opted to find team-mate Whitfield instead of shoot with the Bournemouth loanee only able to fire over from inside the box. 
As the game ticked into the final half an hour tempers frayed as Blackman appeared to lash out at Smith at a Yeovil corner, but referee Robert Jones only awarded a Wycombe free-kick and yellow card for both players.
Smith was at the centre of the action again minutes later, this time going down at the back post at another Glovers corner after being held back by Jombati, but the referee was once again uninterested and waved play on.
With both sides beginning to fatigue Wanderers made all three of their changes, whilst Eaves replaced Sowunmi with a little under 10 minutes remaining as Town looked to end Wycombe’s long unbeaten run. 
In a second half devoid of much by way of goal scoring opportunities, Way handed Goodship his first appearance as a permanent Yeovil Town player as eight minutes of additional time were awarded. 
The hosts pressed for a winner in the closing stages as Town looked to hit Wycombe on the counter, but the referee’s whistle saw a share of the spoils at Adams Park as Yeovil came away from Wycombe, unbeaten in 10 games, with a point.
Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman; Jombati, Stewart (De Havviland 66’), Pierre, Jackobson; Wood (Thompson 81’), Gape, O’Nien; Cowan-Hall, Akinfenwa, Weston (Hayes 74’).
Bookings: Blackman 61’
Subs not used: Richardson, Bean, Muller, Freeman. 
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher, Dolan; Whitfield (Goodship 87’), Sowunmi (Eaves 81’), Zoko (Mugabi 90’).
Bookings: Smith 61’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Lea, Bassett.

GOODSHIP AIMING HIGH

The 22-year-old made ten appearances for Town in a loan spell scoring once in a 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. 

Goodship is used to boss Darren Way’s 4-3-3 system and is hoping to make a major contribution in the second half of the campaign as the Glovers strive to climb the Sky Bet League table.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “When Yeovil contacted Bournemouth and my agent said about it happening I was more than keen to take the opportunity.

“The gaffer drummed into us last year the way he wants us to play and it seems pretty much the same. 

“The feeling in the group is we want to push up the table and get to where we were a few weeks ago in the play-offs.

“It’s a great squad and lads have great chemistry and I can’t wait to get started.”

He added: “I want to score goals and put the team up the table.

“It was only the one goal last year so I’ll be hoping to get a few more in the closing stages of the season.

“I’ll take each game as it comes and try to perform to the best of my ability.”

Goodship goes straight into Town’s squad to face Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow (3pm).

I’M EXCITED TO BRING ONE MORE IN – WAY

The Glovers added defender Tom James and striker Brandon Goodship to the squad on Friday from Cardiff City and Bournemouth respectively. 
But Way is looking forward to announcing another signing early next week, after paperwork delayed an announcement on Friday. 
Speaking to YTFC.net, he said: “I want to bring one more in and I was five or six minutes away from being able to announce it today (Friday). 
“Unfortunately it didn’t go through but we’ll wait until Monday to tell everyone.
“I’m excited because he’s got good experience from the league above and I feel he’s a good character with a good personality and ability so again, it will be a great addition to Yeovil Town.”
Earlier this month the Green and whites extended the loan deals of Bournemouth duo Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher, safe in the knowledge regulars Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges agreed to remain at Huish Park for the full season back in August. 
With other clubs now renegotiating loan deals, Way is pleased to have a settled squad.
“When you look at other clubs this time of year doing renewals with loans, it shows that Swansea trust us – and we certainly trust Swansea.
It’s good that we’ve got them (Hedges and Shephard) for part two of the season. With Butcher and Whitfield, we’ve all seen what they bring to the team.”
You can learn more about new signing Tom James here and Brandon Goodship here, with both available for selection at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. 

GLOVERS COMPLETE GOODSHIP SIGNING

The 22-year-old arrives at Huish Park for a second spell, having spent time with on loan with the club towards the end of the 2015/16 campaign. 
Goodship, who was handed his EFL debut by Darren Way, scored the winner against Dagenham & Redbridge last February – a result which went a long way to securing Yeovil’s Football League status.
Eleven months on the young striker, who can play across the front three, joins up with Town once again after having his Cherries contract terminated by mutual consent.
After signing Goodship, Way said: “Brandon’s got an opportunity to get his career back on track. I thought he did extremely well under immense pressure last season.
"I don’t forget the goal he scored at Dagenham away which was crucial for the situation we were in, and many supporters witnessed some of the excellent performances he had – especially Mansfield away and Plymouth at home.
"It’s up to Brandon now to take this opportunity and again, he’s another one where the connections with Bournemouth seemed to have worked well."
Brandon will be available for Town’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, and will wear the number 19 shirt. 
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Brandon all the best during his time at Huish Park.

GLOVERS CAPTURE CARDIFF’S TOM JAMES

James, a Bluebirds academy graduate having joined at Under-9 level, signs a contract with the Green and Whites until the end of the season having had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

The 20-year-old became a key part of Cardiff’s Under-21 side before arriving in Somerset, having made his first team debut against Chelsea in the Premier League in May 2014. 
Having represented Wales at Under-19 level, James will add to Darren Way’s defensive options as the Glovers looks to surge up the Sky Bet League Two table. 
After securing the youngster’s signature, Way said: "I’m expecting Tom to come in and develop at this Football Club as he is a great addition for the future. He’s got great technical ability and is someone that fits into our system and what we’re trying to build at this Club.
"He’s had interest from a number of other clubs so to secure his services is a good additional to our squad."
Tom will wear the number 32 jersey at Huish Park.
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Tom all the best during his stay in Somerset.

PREVIEW: WYCOMBE WANDERERS v YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil ended their five-match winless run with an emphatic win over Reading Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.

Darren Way’s side also ended their three-game sequence without scoring in style by scoring four goals.

Three of his forwards – Otis Khan, Francois Zoko and Omar Sowunmi – found the back of the net as the Glover progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The former is a doubt for tomorrow’s match against Wycombe after picking up an ankle injury on Tuesday.

Wycombe are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions and have won eight league games at Adams Park this season.

Forward Scott Kashket is in fine form with 13 goals in 16 appearances for the club and strike partner Adebayo Akinfenwa gives a physical edge to Gareth Ainsworth’s side.

Head-to-head

Yeovil have an excellent record against Wycombe, winning seven of ten matches between the clubs (D2 L1).

The Glovers have also never lost to the Chairboys at Adams Park (W3, D1).

Last time out, Way’s side picked up three points with a 1-0 win at Huish Park.

Ryan Hedges tapped home from close range after Matty Dolan’s long range effort came back off the post.

Referee

Robert Jones (Merseyside) will take charge of his 26th game of the season on Saturday, fresh from issuing two yellow cards in Mansfield Town’s win at Blackpool on January 2nd.

The Merseyside official has awarded 82 yellow cards so far this season, issuing two reds, and officiated Town’s 2-0 win over Walsall in the EFL Cup back in August.

Mr. Jones will be assisted by George Warren (London) and Adrian Waters (London) with Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Matty Dolan’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.

ACHIEVE BY UNITY – WAY

The 37-year-old and his players have made no secret of their ambition to reach the Sky Bet League Two play-offs this season and currently sit nine points from the top seven with a game in hand.

Way has also led his troops to the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy and feels a united squad will help them achieve their goals.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “I’ve been here many years now and the main thing has been togetherness. 

“Everyone has to work hard – staff and players – because that’s the only way we’re going to get success and that’s the way we’ve had success over the years. 

“We’ve had a group of players who have stuck together, accepted criticism and responded to it.

‘I have to make sure I remain focused and keep leading them in the way I feel they should be led and make sure the players play with confidence.”

Town travel to Adams Park tomorrow to take on fifth-placed Wycombe Wanderers (3pm). Tickets can be purchased on the day.

THIS IS MY TOUGHEST MONTH AS A BOSS – WAY

Three of Town’s next four fixtures in Sky Bet League Two are against sides in the top five, with the fourth a difficult trip to Blackpool.

First up is fifth-placed Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow at Adams Park (3pm) and Way is eager to see how his players rise to the challenges that lie in wait.

“I think this is my toughest month as a manager,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We’ve got some tough, tough games. It’s a big, big test for the players and I’m actually excited to see how they handle this challenge. 

“We’re a team flooded with young players and I’ve been very proud of how they’ve handled part one of the season. 

“How they handle part two is unknown but it’s an exciting challenge I certainly expect them to rise to.”

Wycombe sit in the play-offs places after a 10-match unbeaten league run which has seen them score 18 goals.

Scott Kashket has netted six times in that sequence but Way highlights another Chairboys forward as key to their style of play.

He said: “Adebayo Akinfenwa deals with the direct ball and flicks to three runners so we’ll have to deal with that. 

“Bayo has been a fantastic player and has given many clubs success, and you only have to look at Wimbledon. 

“I was there at the (2015/16 play-off) final and I thought he won it for them so fair play to him. 

“He’s a very good player that needs managing in the game. I think if we deal with that threat we stand a very good chance of taking three points away.”

Tomorrow’s match at Adams Park is pay on the day of Town fans.


TICKET DETAILS FOR CHECKATRADE TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL

The fixture will be played on Tuesday 24th January at Kenilworth Road (7.45pm).

Darren Way’s side progressed to the last eight of the competition with a comprehensive 4-2 win over Reading Under-23s.

Former Town player Nathan Jones led his side to this stage with a resounding 4-0 win over Chesterfield.

Tickets for the fixture are set at the following prices:

Adults and concessions: £5

Under-16’s: Free

All tickets will be able to purchase online and via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) shortly.

WAY CLOSE TO ADDING TO HIS SQUAD

The Town manager has already recruited striker Jack Storer on loan from Birmingham City for the remainder of the campaign, and remains active in the market.

“We’re very close,” he told YTFC.net.

“There’s so many things that are behind a signing now as far as contracts are concerned, accommodation and insurance.

“You hope when that gets done you can come out and announce it but unfortunately I’ve not been able to do that yet.”

One player the Glovers have been linked with is former loanee Brandon Goodship.

The 22-year-old Bournemouth forward made ten appearances for Yeovil last term and Way admitted he is a potential target.

He said: “We went down to watch a game and there was a reporter there who linked me with signing him.

“He’s someone who has been here before and did fantastically well. He’s someone that fits into our system and he has been talked about it.”

 

DOLAN HOPING FOR GOALS AFTER RETURNING FROM INJURY

The midfielder had been out of action since November with a hamstring complaint and completed 90 minutes as the Glovers progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The victory ended Town’s five-match winless run and Dolan is hoping it will begin a turnaround in fortunes in Sky Bet League Two.

“It was brilliant to get back out there,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“It’s been a long six-and-a-half weeks, touching seven. It’s been hard work but I was delighted to get back out there and to get a win was really good.

“We spoke before the game on Tuesday how important it was for us to get back to winning ways.

“We look forward to Wycombe now and we take a bit of confidence into that game.”

He added: “We’ve got a really good squad with a good mentality so everyone is confident.

“With the mentality we’ve got it’s vitally important for us over the next few weeks to put results in and get some points on the board.”

Tuesday’s result saw Town get back to scoring ways after three games without a goal.

Dolan has been on target three times this season and is looking to add more to his game in the second part of the season, starting at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday (3pm).

“I chipped in with three and then it was disappointing to miss such a chunk (of the season),” he said.

“I’ll get back out there and hopefully I’ll be back on the scoresheet soon.”

He continued: “You know it’s going to be tough with the players they have got. 

“I think they’re on a 13-game unbeaten run but we fancy ourselves against anyone. 

“We’ll do our homework on them, give them a real good run for their money and come out with the three points we need.”

Tickets for the match can be purchased at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

 

KHAN A DOUBT FOR WYCOMBE TRIP

The young forward limped out of the Glovers’ 4-2 win against Reading Under-23s on Tuesday with an ankle problem.

Khan has been a regular in Darren Way’s side this season, featuring on 32 occasions in all competitions.

“At the moment we’re in doubt (about his fitness),” Way told YTFC.net.

“We’re not too sure but hopefully he’ll be assessed this afternoon and we’ll have to make that decision later on.”

The Glovers could have defender Darren Ward back for their visit to Adams Park.

The 38-year-old has missed the last seven weeks of the campaign with a knee injury but has returned to full training.

“Wardy is back in training now and I’m looking forward to having him back,” Way said.

“He’ll play a massive part in the second half of the season.

“He’s someone who carries himself very well around the training ground and the players look up to him so it’s good to have him back. 

“He’s been training very well so I’ll make the call (about selecting him) when it needs to be made.”

Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges (ankle) is the Glovers only confirmed absentee after he was ruled out for up to six weeks.

TOWN FACE LUTON IN THE QUARTER-FINAL

The fixture will be played the week commencing January 23rd at Kenilworth Road.

Darren Way’s side progressed to the last eight of the competition with an comprehensive 4-2 win over Reading Under-23s.

Former Town player Nathan Jones led his side to this stage with a resounding 4-0 win over Chesterfield.

The draw took place live on Sky Sports News at 11.30am.

QUARTER-FINAL DRAW IN FULL

Luton Town v Yeovil Town

Mansfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Oxford United v Cheltenham Town/Bradford City

 

Swansea City U21 v Coventry City 

YOUNG GLOVERS BOW OUT OF FA YOUTH CUP

The young Glovers knew victory would set up an away tie at Aston Villa or Blackburn Rovers but a dogged Boro side stood in their way.

Alie Bangura netted the game’s solitary goal and Boro, whose first team play in the ninth tier of English football, hung on to progress to the last 16.

With over 1,000 packed into Goffs Lane, fans of the Hertfordshire side craved an upset and were given early hope through Bangura.

The youngster netted in the opening exchanges to give the hosts a lead they did desperately well to hold on to.

Yeovil threw everything at their opponents in the first half as they searched for a way back into the contest, but found a resilient young Broxbourne defence in wait.

The second period produced a similar story as the Green and Whites found themselves on top with the home side trying to keep them at bay.

Town couldn’t find the crucial goal they needed and Broxbourne ground out their one-goal advantage to produce the shock of the round.

EZEWELE MAKES KIDDY DEBUT

The full-back started for Kiddy just a day after signing on a month’s loan, helping John Eustace’s side to a 2-1 win against Halesowen Town in a friendly fixture. 
Having completed 67 minutes before being replaced, Ezewele will now be in contention to make his competitive debut this weekend, when Harriers entertain Ebbsfleet United at Aggborough in the FA Trophy. 

GLOVERS KEEPER BACKS POLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMME

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust in partnership with the Phoenix School of Languages in Yeovil, will run their Soccerlinguistics programme which will teach primary school pupil’s phrases in the language. 
It has secured almost £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for the initiative which aims to support community cohesion with local Polish communities.
The Glovers’ Polish-born goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who is an ambassador for the programme, said it would deliver huge benefits to all parts of the local community. The 27-year-old moved to England in 2006 from Lodz, Poland’s third-largest city.
He said: "There is a growing Polish community in Somerset and the more we can do to help integrate all parts of our community together the better.
"The Trust is using the power of football to bring about real change and by learning some of the Polish language, the young people taking part in Soccerlinguistics will get a better understanding of the Polish culture and develop their language and football skills.
"I am thoroughly supportive of this programme and look forward to seeing many young people getting involved in its work."
Soccerlinguistics is themed around a football match and offers a 90-minute language programme split in to two halves.
During the first session, pupils will develop their skills using Yeovil Town FC-themed work books, interactive activities and videos, before moving on to the football pitch to use the words and phrases they have learnt in a series of sporting activities.
Sara Bradley, manager of the Trust, said this programme built on similar programmes which have taught children skills in French, Spanish and Italian.
She said: "Polish is now the most common non-UK group in Somerset and accounts for 1% of the county’s population, so we recognise the importance of fostering cohesion amongst all parts of our community.
"By learning a few simple words and phrases, we hope the young people who take part in our programme will be able to speak with Polish-born members of the community."
Wyke Primary School in Gillingham, Dorset, Preston Primary in Yeovil and Combe St Nicholas Primary School in Chard are the first schools in the area to sign up for the programme which gets underway this week. 

OMAR TOOK HIS OPPORTUNITY – WAY

With his side 2-1 ahead, the Yeovil boss introduced the tall 21-year-old early in the second half and he repaid his manager with the Glovers’ third on 65 minutes.

Sowunmi has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season, last appearing back in August, and Way was quick to applaud the former Ipswich Town man’s professionalism. 

“He took the opportunity very well,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’ve tried to give everyone an opportunity and Omar’s came last night for how hard he’s worked. 

“We know the strengths of Omar and he showed them so I was really pleased for him.”

Town have now scored 12 goals in three home matches in the Checkatrade Trophy and Way declared his satisfaction of his other forward’s getting on the scoresheet.

Otis Khan curled home a classy opener before Francois Zoko doubled the hosts’ advantage with a smart finish.

“We’ve been questioned about the lack of goals so I’m very pleased,” Way said.

“The way Otis took his goal was fantastic. I thought he played through the lines really well and was very positive, and Zokes looked back to his best.”

He added: “I trust this group 100%. Every week, whether it’s training or a match, every player is giving everything they possibly can to make this football club successful.”

The Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final draw will be made tomorrow (Thursday, January 12th) at 11.30am, live on Sky Sports News. 

 

YOUNG GLOVERS YOUTH CUP MATCH TONIGHT

The young Glovers will be hoping for more success in the competition after defeating Premier League outfit West Brom at the Hawthorns in the last round.

They also have the added incentive of a potential away tie at either Aston Villa or Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the competition.

Tickets for tonight’s match in Hertfordshire are priced at £5 for adults, £2.50 for under-16s and concessions, and £1 for under-12s.

 

The tie must be decided tonight, there will be no replay. Should the scores remain level at 90 minutes, extra time and then penalty kicks will be used to determine the winner.

WE’LL KEEP MARCHING ON – WAY

After Sandro Wieser’s 18th-minute red card, the Glovers capitalised on their one-man advantage through Otis Khan’s sublime curling effort and a smart finish from Francois Zoko. 

The young Royals pulled one back through Andrija Novakovich just shy of the break, but Omar Sowunmi – making his first outing since August – and an own goal from Jake Sheppard ensured Town’s progression to the quarter-finals before Josh Barrett’s late consolation from the spot.

“I was very pleased with the performance,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I thought the players from start to finish played very well and there were some great performances.

“I asked the players to show real character and personality and I think we saw that.

“We were up against a good, possession based team and they’ve caused other teams problems. 

“I thought tactically the way we pressed in certain areas of the pitch was a big risk at times but the commitment to do that from the group made it work.

“We spent pre-season pressing that way against Tottenham and Swansea so it’s something the players are used to. Crawley was exactly the same where we won 5-0 so there has been spells where it’s worked very well.”

Way has previously expressed his desire to do well in the Checkatrade Trophy and last night’s win sees Town progress into the quarter-finals.

The 37-year-old praised his squad’s application in the competition and believes the group’s hunger will help them strive on.

He said: “I’ve supported the competition from day one and I think if you believe a little (anything’s possible). 

“The supporters that turned up tonight were again amazing and fantastic. 

“We want to try and give the club something back. The group of players are very hungry and gave a load of energy last night from start to finish to try and be as successful as we can in this cup. 

“We’ll look forward to the draw. There are some strong teams in it but we’ll keep marching on and achieve by unity.”

The Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final draw will be made tomorrow (Thursday, January 12th) at 11.30am, live on Sky Sports News.

WYCOMBE AWAY TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

Darren Way takes his side to Buckinghamshire to take on the promotion-chasing Chairboys on Saturday, January 14th (3pm).

The Glovers have a good record on the road at Wycombe, winning three out of their four visits to Adams Park (one draw).

Tickets are available to purchase at the following prices:

Adult: £20

Senior: £17

Young Person (19-25): £15

Under-19 (online): £11

Under-8s can get a free match ticket with an accompanying adult. For more information on this and for those want ambulant disabled tickets, please call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

For wheelchair tickets, supporters should call 01494 441118.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

I’M ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED – SOWUNMI

The 21-year-old was introduced to the action by Darren Way just after the break and netted the Glovers’ third of the game with a towering header. 

Sowunmi last featured for Yeovil back in August and the former Ipswich Town man is pleased his hard work in training has paid off.

“I’m absolutely delighted; Matty (Dolan) put it on a plate for me!” he gleefully told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I was running up there on my own and I enjoyed it.

“I’ve been working hard and I’m just happy to get a goal and show the gaffer what I can.”

Yeovil have scored four goals in every home match in the Checkatrade Trophy this season.

Their latest four-goal haul sees them progress to the quarter-finals of the competition and Sowunmi already has his sights set on a trip to Wembley.

He said: “It’s about the boys’ mentality. Every game the boys put in 100% no matter who we’re playing.

“Even before today we’ve been talking about it in the changing room and that’s the goal for all of us.”

The Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final draw will be made on Thursday, January 12th at 11.30am, live on Sky Sports News.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 4-2 READING UNDER-23

Frustrated by the Glovers press, the Berkshire outfit were reduced to ten men inside the opening 20 minutes when Sandro Wieser received a straight red for a studs-up challenge. 
Already looking dangerous, Town immediately made the most of their numerical advantage as the lively Otis Khan picked out the bottom corner from outside the box. 
The hosts’ lead was doubled on 32 minutes when Francois Zoko scored his second in as many matches against the young Reading side. 
Against the run of play the Royals grabbed one back through Andrija Novakovich on the stroke of half-time, before substitute Omar Sowunmi scored minutes after coming on after the break. 
A Jake Sheppard own goal put the game beyond doubt before Josh Barrett’s last minute penalty acted only as a consolation strike for the visitors. 
Darren Way made four changes to the side that started against Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two just over a week ago, with one change in each department. 
Jonny Maddison, Liam Shephard, Matty Dolan and Zoko all came in to the starting XI, with Artur Krysiak (rested), Bevis Mugabi (bench), Tom Eaves (ill) and Jack Storer (bench) replaced.
As in the meeting between the two sides at the Madejski Stadium in the group stages, the Royals enjoyed large spells of possession in the opening exchanges.
However, unable to cause the Town defence any problems, it was the hosts who almost took the lead after 13 minutes.
Dolan and Khan linked up well on the break which allowed the latter to lay off to Ryan Dickson rampaging forward from left-back, but the 30-year-old’s cross could only be headed onto the bar by Zoko at the back post. 
With Yeovil’s constricting press irritating the Young Royals, the visitors let frustration get the better of them with 18 minutes on the clock as Sandro Wieser received a straight red card for a studs up challenge on Alex Lawless.
Now with a numerical advantage, Way’s side wasted no time in taking the lead – in fact, just six minutes.
Able to enjoy a bit more space in midfield, Khan cut in from the left wing before curling a sublime effort into the bottom corner from 25 yards to give Stuart Moore no chance.
In a brief foray into the Yeovil half the lively Josh Barrett saw a free-kick tipped over the bar by Maddison, before Town almost doubled their lead on the break. 
Dolan and Khan combined well to tee up Dawson inside the box, but the Irishman failed to hit the target with his first-time effort. 
But Town weren’t to be denied for long and doubled their lead in classy style just past the half-hour mark.
Ben Whitfield demonstrated good vision to pick out Zoko in the middle, whose first touch classily beat Danzell Gravenberch allowing the 33-year-old to leave Moore standing with a neat finish.
Now rampant, Dawson had a curling effort tipped round the post by Moore before Nathan Smith powered a header against the bar from the resulting corner, as Yeovil looked to put the game to bed.
With half-time fast approaching, Whitfield directed Dawson’s low strike inches wide of the target, before the Royals found an unlikely way back into the match on the stroke of half-time.
Barrett’s wide free-kick ricocheted around the box before falling to Novakovich who stabbed past Maddison from close range, ending a lively half of football at Huish Park.  
The frenetic football continued after the break as Whitfield danced past two Reading defenders before having a shot saved by Moore, leading to Barrett forcing a smart save from Maddison at the other end moments later. 
As the game ticked towards the hour mark it lost its intensity slightly, not helped by the withdrawal of the lively Khan who limped off to be replaced by Sowunmi. 
But the game burst back into life on 65 minutes when – with one of his first touches since taking to the pitch – Sowunmi rose at the back post to head home Dolan’s pinpoint cross. 
Keen to utilise their expansive squad the Young Royals made all three of their substitutions in search of a way back into the match, as Yeovil comfortably held their Berkshire opponents at arm’s length. 
The Glovers saw off Reading 2-0 in the group stages of the competition at the Madejski Stadium and a second victory against the Royals was confirmed when Whitfield’s cross after a positive run was turned into his own net by Sheppard on 89 minutes.
As the game ticked into stoppage time Reading made the scoreline more respectable thanks to Barrett’s penalty after Matt Butcher brought down Danny Loader in the box, but it wasn’t enough to stop Yeovil storming into the quarter-finals in emphatic style. 
Yeovil Town: Maddison; Mugabi, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless (Butcher 45’), Dolan; Khan (Sowunmi 56’), Zoko, Whitfield.
Bookings: Dickson 45’, Dolan 67’, Sowunmi 76’, Shephard 83’, Maddison 90’.
Subs not used: Krysiak, Mugabi, Lea, Bassett, Storer. 
Reading Under-23’s: Moore; Sheppard, Gravenberch (Griffin 62’), Hyam, Medford-Smith; Frost, Wieser, Rinomhota; Cardwell (Loader 72’), Barrett, Novakovich (Smith 75’). 
Bookings: Wieser (red – 17’), Rinomhota 82’, Barrett 90’.
Subs not used: Bennett, Southwood, East, Howe.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v READING UNDER-23

Town will be hoping to end a five-match winless run when Reading visit Huish Park.

Darren Way’s side slipped to 16th in the league following the latest results in Sky Bet League Two, and tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy could prove a welcome distraction.

The Glovers’ last win came in the competition as they put four past League One outfit MK Dons.

Yeovil have already faced Reading this season, winning 2-0 in the group stage back in November.

The young Royals progressed to round three after defeating Southampton on penalties.

Head-to-head

Yeovil have already faced Reading Under-23s this season, running out 2-0 winners in the group stage of the competition at the Madejski Stadium.

Tom Eaves smashed in the opener before Francois Zoko rounded off the scoring in the 89th minute.

Referee

John Brooks (Leicestershire) will take charge of his 24th game of the season this evening.

The Leicestershire-born referee handed out eight yellow cards and a red in Town’s 1-0 loss to Mansfield Town back in August, and has dished out a total of 106 yellows and seven reds this campaign.

Mr. Brooks will be assisted by Andrew Quin (Devon) and Simon Knapp (Bristol) with Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way’s pre-match interview 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.

READING ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH – WAY

Town have already defeated the young Royals this season, running out 2-0 winners in the group stage of the competition.

Reading’s development side have several players who have made first team appearances for the club and Way is expecting a difficult encounter.

“Reading are going to be tough,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“They’re a possession based team and there won’t be much difference in their pattern to the way their first team played against Manchester United in the FA Cup so we know it’s going to be difficult.

“It will be interesting to see if they involve some of the players who are with the first team every week. 

“We played against (Dominic) Samuel last time, and (Liam) Kelly who has been involved in the first team so we know they have a successful academy and Under-23s where there are players who are that good they integrate them with the first team.

“However, whoever we play, we have our pattern, we have our system that we work to and we have worked on the tactics of the opposition.”

Junior tickets are available at just £1 for tonight’s match, with adult tickets priced at £10.

Fans can purchase tickets in person at the ticket office,onlineor by phone on 01935 837888.


WAY HOPING FOR MK DONS ENERGY LEVELS

The Glovers progressed to the last 16 of the competition by putting four goals past Sky Bet League Two outfit MK Dons last time out.

Town have been on a five-match winless run since their comprehensive over the Dons at the beginning of December, and Way wants his players to recreate their performance levels they produced against the Dons.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “The level of energy the team showed against MK Dons was phenomenal. 

“When we haven’t got that we don’t look as effective as a team so I’m hoping the players turn up with loads of energy in their legs.

“We’ve worked on one or two areas we’ve needed to work on (over the past week). 

“We have the opportunity to get in the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade which is another step closer to Wembley, an opportunity we’re not going to turn down and we’re still carrying ourselves with a lot of passion and commitment.”

Junior tickets are available at just £1 for tomorrow night’s match against Reading, with adult tickets priced at £10.

Fans can purchase tickets in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 837888.


EZEWELE HEADS OUT ON LOAN

The 19-year-old arrived at Huish Park in the summer after graduating from West Bromwich Albion’s academy. 
Ezewele has made one appearance for Darren Way’s side this season, coming on as a second half substitute in Town’s 2-0 win against Reading Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy in November. 
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Josh all the best during his time at Aggborough. 

HUISH PARK IMPROVEMENTS THANKS TO HELLIAR & SON

The Club decided to make the improvements following comments made in the recent matchday experience survey.
Over a thousand comments were made by supporters in the survey at the end of last year and following this, Commercial Manager Dave Linney contacted Helliar & Son, who began work to clean the Tamburino Stand before Christmas. They have now returned to clean the remaining three sides, with the stadium looking much cleaner and brighter as 2017 begins.
Upon completion of the work, Dave Linney said: "Our grateful thanks to Gary and his team for their expertise and efforts in freshening up the exterior of Huish Park. Teaming up with a local and long established company like Helliar & Son brings together the club’s motto of Achieve By Unity."
Garry Helliar, Managing Director of Helliar & Son, said: "We were delighted to be able to help our local team, and hope that supporters agree that the stadium looks far better."
Helliar & Son provides professional cleaning services for homes and businesses; preventative and responsive pest control through Helliar Pest Control; and the supply of cleaning equipment through Helliar Cleaning Equipment. Based in Yeovil, it has over 80 years’ experience in the sector and serves customers across the South West. 
After publishing the results of the recent survey online, the Club will build on the work carried out by Helliar & Son by releasing a list of planned alterations and improvements for 2017 as a result of supporter feedback. 

CHECKATRADE TROPHY TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

The match will be the first at Huish Park in 2017 and a win could see Town progress to the last eight.
The Glovers secured their place in round three with a 4-1 victory over Sky Bet League One outfit MK Dons, while Reading progressed after defeating Southampton on penalties.
Tickets are now available to purchase at the following prices:
Adults: £10
Senior/Young Person/Disabled: £5
Under-16: £1
Tickets can be purchased via the Huish Park ticket office either in person, online or by calling 01935 847888. 

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers strengthened their leap at the top of the table to four points after defeating promotion-chasing Portsmouth.

John Marquis scored in each half as the Yorkshire outfit recorded an impressive 3-1 victory.

Forward Kurtis Guthrie notched a hat-trick as Colchester United thrashed Carlisle United to continue their excellent form.

Since their loss to Town in November, the U’s have gone eight games unbeaten and risen to sixth in the league.

Barnet also climbed into the play-offs with an away win at Leyton Orient.

The Bees were helped by a brace from Portuguese defender Ricardo Santos, while the loss for Orient sees them slip closer to the relegation zone.

Alan Smith’s first game as Notts County manager ended in humiliation as Morecambe produced their best display of the season to earn three points.

The Shrimps hit four past the Magpies who have now lost ten in a row.

Newport County’s form isn’t much better as Matt Godden’s hat-trick for Stevenage condemned the Welsh club to their eight straight loss.

Born left 2-0 at the break before Godden grabbed his third from the spot. Dan Butler scored a late consolation but it was too little too late.

Mansfield Town cruised to a 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Field Mill.

New signing Yoann Arquin ended the Stags’ hoodoo of not scoring in the first half at home all season after just five minutes, before second half goals from Ben Whiteman and Rhys Bennett completed the rout.

Elsewhere, Grimsby Town recorded a 1-0 win over Hartlepool United.

MORE PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES ON YTFC.DIGITAL

Photos of significant signings from the past have now been published on the website for fans to cast their eye over.

Pictures of Tom Lawrence, Joe Edwards, Byron Webster as well as Dan Burn, Max Ehmer and former fans’ favourite Paddy Madden can all be found on our new digital archive site.

Make sure you visit www.ytfc.digital to catch up on the latest additions to the site.

WAY WANTS PLAYERS TO BELIEVE

Town are in the last 16 of the competition following a comprehensive 4-1 win over Sky Bet League One side MK Dons.

The Glovers face Reading Under-23s at Huish Park on Tuesday (7pm kick-off) and a win would see them just three steps away from Wembley.

“I’ve tried to really support it as a manager,” Way said in part three of his Half-Way Report on YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We haven’t had great crowds but I feel if we think a little bit different, knowing the reward at the end of it, why would you turn that down? 

“I feel if I support it then the players will start to believe a bit more.”

Yeovil have already beaten Reading in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage this season, thanks to goals from Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko.

Way believes the young Royals put a strong side out on the day and expects them to look for revenge when they visit Somerset.

He said: “The majority of the teams have played the best teams that they could against us so I’m expecting Reading to put their strongest side out. 

“The players who played in the previous game at Reading were a strong team so we can’t underestimate them. 

“Just like the Crawley game they’ll be looking for revenge so we’ll make sure we do our homework on them. 

“We have to make sure we prepare right, which we do for every single game, and if we win it’ll be another step closer to Wembley. 

“The supporters have been great and I’d love to get as many through the gate as we can to try and edge us that step closer.”

Junior tickets are available at just £1 for the match with adult tickets priced at £10.

Fans can purchase tickets in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 837888.


WAY DEMANDING MORE FROM HIS SQUAD

The Glovers held up the rest of the division 12 months ago, but have flirted with the play-offs this time around before resting in 14th just past the halfway mark.

 

However, the 37-year-old is hoping for more from his players as he explained to YTFC’s official YouTube channel in part two of his Half-Way report.

“I want more and I think the players want more,” he said.

“I think there’s been frustration that the supporters would’ve felt, i.e. scoring more goals. You have to be patient with the young group that we’ve got.

 

“Hedges, Eaves and Khan have led the front line the majority of the season, we’ve got Zoko who’s coming back to full fitness, we’ve brought in Jack Storer and Tahvon Campbell played 41 games for me so I feel the forward line have had opportunities.”

 

He continued: “It’s not like we’re not creating opportunities and being in the position where we’re not getting one-on-ones, so if I had to assess it overall this season as to where we are, I think it’s been good but I want more goals and I think if we had more goals we’d be sat in the play-offs now.

 

“Players make mistakes but they learn from those mistakes, grow stronger and become better players so that’s what I’m hoping for in the second part of the season.”

 

The New Year saw the transfer window reopen with Town quick to snap up Birmingham City striker Jack Storer on loan for the remainder of the season.

 

But Way won’t hesitate to make more additions to his squad in search of the elusive goals which have been missing from Yeovil’s performances in recent weeks. 

 

He said: “It’s a busy time and I feel as a football club you’re very limited.

“I don’t have the funds for a big squad… a squad of 30 which we’ve had in previous years, but so far I feel it’s worked.

 

“I’d love to bring, again, that striker in who can share that workload and responsibility that we’re all looking for.

“It’s a busy month and we have to make sure we do everything we can to improve the squad where the budget allows us to.

 

“Since I took over as a manager sometimes you’ve got to be very careful and concentrate on what you have and not what you haven’t.

 

“I feel on and off the pitch we’re in a good place. I just want to be a manager where I keep striving for success but also at the same time have to understand that you can have all the money in the world but it doesn’t guarantee success.”

YOUNG GLOVERS COULD FACE VILLA OR BLACKBURN IN YOUTH CUP

The young Glovers take on Boro at Goffs Lane on Wednesday, January 11th (7.30pm).

Tickets for the match in Hertfordshire are priced at £5 for adults, £2.50 for under-16s and concessions, and £1 for under-12s.

Yeovil’s youth side progressed to the fourth round with a giant-killing win over Premier League outfit West Brom at the Hawthorns.

The draw for the fifth round was made today at Wembley Stadium, with ties to be played before Saturday, February 4th.

Full FA Youth Cup fifth round draw:

Birmingham City/Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday/Gillingham 

Blackburn Rovers/Aston Villa v FC Broxbourne Borough/Yeovil Town 

Manchester City/Liverpool v Wigan Athletic/Southampton

Middlesbrough/Fulham v Leicester City/Carlisle United 

Preston North End/Everton v AFC Wimbledon/Hull City 

Queens Park Rangers/Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley/Norwich City 

Stoke City/Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion/Cambridge United

Sunderland/Shrewsbury Town v Newcastle United/Swansea City 

WAY DELIGHTED WITH LOAN EXTENSIONS

The young midfielders prolonged their stay at Huish Park from Bournemouth earlier this week, having both featured over 20 times for the Glovers so far.

 

Speaking in part two of his Half-Way Report on YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Way said: “I think what they’ve brought to the football club is a hunger, a desire, honesty and commitment.

 

“I think potentially, both of them are going to be fantastic players in the future. You can see with Liam Walsh, players come in and go on to bigger and better things so it’s nice to have them until the end of the season.

 

“I’ve seen two players there that are fully committed to the football club. You can bring a loan in there’s always that doubt about how much they care and how much passion and desire they show.

“I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the season working with them.”

 

Butcher has played in both defence and midfield for Town since arriving in August, demonstrating versatility that Way was keen to maintain within his squad.

 

“He came in and played straight away against Walsall and I thought he was absolutely fantastic,” Way said.

“He gives me that flexibility where I think he can play anywhere along the back four and he’s a very solid performer in midfielder as well.

“We need a good squad and he’s very, very reliable in that area.”

 

Whitfield has become a fans’ favourite since arriving in Somerset, scoring two goals in 22 appearances for the club.

However, Way is keen for the 20-year-old to add more goals to his game in the second half of the campaign.

 

He said: “Ben’s got great athleticism, great awareness, gets from box-to-box and he makes the right runs at the right time.

 

“However, I feel he could score more goals. His goal against MK Dons was fantastic, the way he arrived in the box… I’m looking for more of that.”

WAY EXPLAINS CONSISTENT TEAM SELECTIONS

The Town boss has used just 20 players in the 2016/17 campaign, equalling the lowest total alongside Chelsea of all the football clubs in the Premier League and EFL.

 

The Glovers are winless in their last five league matches but Way feels his side aren’t far off from turning their close encounters into wins.

 

He said in part one of his Half-Way Report on YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “I think sometimes you have to be careful when you say five games without a win because I felt proud the way my team approached the Exeter and Portsmouth games (both 0-0 at Huish Park).

 

“On another day we could’ve won them. I went five defeats in a row last time and it’s not me being arrogant, but I was quite consistent in my team selection and formation then and we went on an eight-game unbeaten run.

 

“I look at Chelsea who have been quite consistent in their selection and they’re top of the Premier League. In previous years they’ve changed shape and formation.”

He added: “I feel the players know what they’re doing but the margin of error at League Two level is so close.

 

“I’ve been very consistent and I think you can see that in the performances.

 

“It’s not as though we turn up every week and have bad performances. The players are fully committed and on another day the two draws against Exeter and Portsmouth could see us having a different conversation. That’s how close it is.

 

“I have to make sure I believe in what I’m trying to do. I’m not afraid to change it if I feel I need to.”

 

The 37-year-old also feels the loss of influential attacker Ryan Hedges has impacted the momentum of his side, with the Swansea loanee ruled out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury.

 

“When you’ve worked with 20 players all season and then lose a player like Hedges, it upsets the dynamic and the shape. That’s when you have to decide whether another player can fill that role which is the same as Ryan.

 

“I understand why there is the question mark (surrounding my selection/formation) but when you lose there’s always a question mark about whether you should change a player or shape.

 

“I’m quite confident in the group and we are close at the moment but we’re just lacking that little bit of leadership and responsibility to get goals.”

 

WAY REFLECTS ON HIS FIRST YEAR IN CHARGE

The 37-year-old took over with the club bottom of Sky Bet League Two, and masterminded Town’s survival in the 2015/16 season.

 

In his first full season in charge, Way guided his side to sixth in the table following an eight-match unbeaten league run and also saw his side defeat League One opponents MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy.

 

However, Way admits he has suffered disappointment in his role but insists those experiences will make him stronger as amanager.

 

“I’ve had some highs and some lows,” he said in part one of his Half-Way Report on YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

 

“I have to take a lot of experience from the lows I’ve had,especially the Carlisle game (Emirates FA Cup replay) with the rewards of having Everton and then the Solihull game.

 

“I know what it’s like to be defeated; it’s not nice but you have to take it, be very humble and come in the day after and have a belief in yourself and work hard.

 

“I think that’s what we’ve done after some of the poor results I’ve had in my year in charge.

 

“Having said that, I have to thank the players for putting in the hard work and effort to put us in the position we’re in now.”

 

After being appointed, Way was keen to establish a positive environment at Huish Park.

 

The club had experienced back-to-back relegations in two seasons previous and Way understands the frustration of supporters but insists himself and his players share the same emotions.

 

He said: “There seems to be a connection between myself, the players and the supporters.

 

“I think the supporters are the heartbeat of any football club and after having three years of losing, I knew it was going to take time (to change the culture).

 

“Football is all about emotion and everyone wants to win. Supporters show emotions which would perhaps be different on a Saturday night to what they are on a Tuesday.

 

“The players and I are exactly the same. When it comes to matchday, even thought you accept defeat, you still have to have a belief to be successful and work hard to put that right.”

 

CAMPBELL HEADS BACK TO WEST BROM

The 19-year-old arrived for a second spell at Huish Park in August, signing a six-month loan deal with the Glovers.

In total, Campbell appeared 41 times for Town scoring twice, helping Darren Way’s side comfortably avoid relegation from Sky Bet League Two last season. 
Both of the youngster’s goals secured Yeovil three points, netting the winning goal against Crawley Town (2015/16 season) and Colchester United (2016/17 season). 
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club would like to thank Tahvon for his services during his time at Huish Park and wish him all the best in the future.

BUTCHER AND WHITFIELD EXTEND LOANS

The pair were both involved in the Glovers defeat at Crawley Town on January 2nd in what would have been their last game for the club. 
However, manager Darren Way has opted to extend the midfielders’ time at Huish Park having become integral parts of the squad. 
Butcher, who has featured in both midfield and defence for Town, has made 23 appearances for Yeovil scoring once, while Whitfield – who joined at the end of August – has played on 22 occasions scoring twice.
Having secured their services, Way said: “They’ve played a massive role in our season so far and I’ve been very impressed with some of their outstanding performances.
“Both of them have shown unbelievable desire and enthusiasm to make this football club successful.
“Bournemouth are very happy and impressed with their development for such young players and we look forward to continuing our relationship with another Premier League club.”
Butcher and Whitfield could be involved in Town’s next match against Reading Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday, January 10th (7pm kick-off).
Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

FORMER GLOVER STEVE BROWNE PASSES AWAY

The midfielder became a popular figure at the Club, featuring 88 times for the Glovers across two spells in the 90s after signing from Hendon. 
Under the tenure of Graham Roberts, Browne was an integral part of the squad which won promotion back to the Conference from the Isthmian League during the 1996/97 season. 
After hanging up his boots, the former midfielder became an accomplished manager in non-league, managing the likes of Slough Town, Dover Athletic, Enfield Town and Potters Bar.
In fact, it was whilst Browne was in charge of Potters Bar that he reignited his link with Yeovil, recommending left-back Nathan Smith to the Glovers who was signed after a trial and has gone on to player over 200 times for the Green and Whites. 
Sadly, Steve passed away on New Year’s Day after a battle with cancer. Everyone at Huish Park offers their condolences to Steve’s family. 

WE LET EVERYONE DOWN – DAWSON

The Glovers are now winless in five following the defeat to the Red Devils, and have scored just once in that sequence.

Darren Way’s side are next in action when they host Reading Under-23s on Tuesday, January 10th (7pm kick-off) and Dawson is hoping for a positive response.

“We were really poor and let the gaffer, the fans and ourselves down,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We had two or three really good chances in the second half and needed one of them to go in but overall we weren’t good enough.

“We’ve been saying for the last few weeks we’ve been playing really well but points weren’t going on the board and this is eventually you get a bad performance.

“We’ll treat Reading as a big game as we want to go through to the next round and obviously put right the bad performance against Crawley.”

Dawson offered sympathy to Town’s newest recruit Jack Storer after the 2-0 loss.

The 19-year-old joined on loan from Birmingham City on January 1st and made his debut for the club at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

“I think we’ve let him down,” Dawson said.

“It wasn’t really fair on him but hopefully he can get a good week’s training under his belt and then we’ll go again.”

Tickets for Town’s first home game of 2017 can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.


WAY CALLS FOR PLAYERS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

A thumping header from James Yorwerth and a penalty from James Collins was enough to condemn the Glovers to defeat in their first match of 2017.

Town are now winless in five Sky Bet League Two matches and Way wants to see more from his players.

“The group has to take responsibility,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“If you’re a forward you get paid to score goals, if you’re a defender you have to make sure you defend well and keep the ball out of the back of the net – that applies to the goalkeeper as well.

“Coming to a place like Crawley, could they show me a little more knowing what we were up against?

“I didn’t see enough of that responsibility and I was a little bit disappointed with the experienced players. 

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy but I didn’t see enough fight, cleverness or spirit and that’s one thing we’ve had to get us to where we are now.”

Town are back in action next Tuesday (January 10th, 7pm) when Reading Under-23s visit Huish Park in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.


WAY TO MAKE DECISION ON LOANS

The trio’s six-month loan deals are set to expire this month and Town boss Way is yet to confirm if they will stay at Huish Park until the end of the season.

Campbell first joined the Glovers in January 2016 for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign before re-signing from West Brom in the summer.

Bournemouth duo Butcher and Whitfield put pen to paper in August and have made over 20 appearances each for the club.

Way told YTFC.net: “I’ve had one or two phone calls with their clubs so I’ll be making those decisions over the next couple of days. 

“Tahvon has played a lot of games for me and has been here since I became manager.

“Sometimes it’s never easy to make decisions, rightly or wrongly, and that’s the same as Butcher and Whitfield.

“All the loans have given me everything they could possibly give and they’ll reflect on what they’ve given to the football club.

“I’ll make the right decision for myself and the football club.”

 

WAY WANTS TO GO BACK TO BASICS

The Red Devils got their revenge following Town’s 5-0 win over them in December thanks to James Yorwerth’s thumping header and James Collins’ penalty.

The defeat sees Town slip to 14th in Sky Bet League Two and left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Yeovil boss.

“I thought it was a poor performance and some of our experienced players lacked leadership,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We didn’t show the athleticism that we have in previous games and it was a disappointing game.

“Our players decision making under pressure was poor and we knew they’d put us under pressure after beating them convincingly last time.

“I need to start again and go back to basics with the players as if I’ve just taken over the club. 

“We had an opportunity to stay close to the play-offs and that’s not the case. I’ve asked the players not to blame anyone else, take responsibility and start working hard again.”

Town are back in action next Tuesday (January 10th, 7pm) when Reading Under-23s visit Huish Park in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.


SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers leapfrogged Plymouth Argyle at the top of Sky Bet League Two with a 1-0 win over Stevenage.

A late own goal proved the decisive moment at the Keepmoat Stadium as Fraser Franks bundled into his own net five minutes from time.

Plymouth lost by the same scoreline to a defensively sound Barnet at the Hive.

Mauro Vilhete scored after 14 minutes and the Bees withstood heavy pressure to come away with three points.

Carlisle United’s promotion push hit a bump as they fell to a rare home defeat to Grimsby Town.

The Cumbrians led at the break but two goals and an assist from Omar Bogle turned the match in the Mariners favour.

Christian Burgess proved the match winner for Portsmouth over fellow play-off-placed Luton Town.

The Hatters lost Cameron McGeehan to a broken leg early in the contest before Burgess’ thumping header decided the game.

Exeter City kicked 2017 off with a comfortable 4-0 win over Leyton Orient.

Goals from David Wheeler, Ryan Harley (2) and Liam McAlinden gave the Grecians just their second win at home of the season.

John Sheridan was sacked by Notts County following their heavy loss to Cambridge United.

The Magpies have lost nine in a row under Sheridan, while Cambridge kept their place in the top seven with a resounding victory.

Cheltenham Town couldn’t take advantage of County’s poor form as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to an in-form Colchester United.

Tom Eastman netted early for the U’s before Brendan Dickenson sealed the three points late on.

Bottom side Newport County lost their seventh league game in a row at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers.

The Exiles took the lead on the hour but goals from Sam Wood and Paris Cowan-Hall gave Wycombe the win they deserved.

Defender Scott Harrison scored a late equaliser for Hartlepool United to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Accrington Stanley.

Accrington twice took the lead in the match but Hartlepool battled back to earn draw.

 

Elsewhere, Mansfield Town won on the road at Blackpool while Morecambe and Crewe Alexandra ended goalless.