Month: February 2017

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 0-0 MANSFIELD TOWN

Visiting goalkeeper Scott Shearer handled outside the box inside the opening five minutes but only saw yellow, before Matty Dolan had a free-kick saved well. 
After the break Ben Whiteman drew a good save from Artur Krysiak, but neither side could muster a late rally with the game ending goalless. 
Darren Way made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Notts County at the weekend. 
Having experimented with 3-5-2 four days ago, Town stuck with two upfront in a 4-1-3-2 formation, with Ben Whitfield replacing Matt Butcher to line-up in midfield.
Having arrived in January on loan from Tottenham, Shayon Harrison earned his first league start for Town, taking the place of fellow loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro to partner Francois Zoko upfront. 
Having vowed to provide entertainment for the home supporters the Glovers began brightly and could’ve taken the lead just five minutes in. 
Having raced onto a poor defensive clearance Kevin Dawson attempted to lob the advanced ‘keeper Shearer, who conspired to block the ball with his hands some 10 yards outside the box. 
With players and fans alike baying for a red card from referee Christopher Sarginson, the Stags number one only received a yellow despite denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. 
Not to be deterred by the controversial decision Dolan almost converted the resultant free-kick, with Shearer parrying away the dipping effort low to his right. 
The Glovers dominance continued in the opening 20 minutes as Harrison almost latched onto a Whitfield cross but for Mal Benning’s intervention at the near-post. 
Perhaps rocked by the early controversy involving their goalkeeper the Nottinghamshire outfit were slow to demonstrate their form which had seen seven victories in 10 games.
In fact, it took 32 minutes for the visitors to produce a meaningful attempt on goal, when Ben Whiteman’s volley from just inside the box flew over the bar.
The wideman was proving to be the Stags best attacking outlet in the first half, stabbing an effort on the stretch into the arms of Artur Krysiak five minutes later from the angle.
In their new formation, Yeovil demonstrated plenty of attacking intent in the opening 45 minutes, albeit without testing Shearer further.
Steve Evans’ side ended the half on the attack but boos rang around Huish Park at the break as a result of the early incident involving the visiting goalkeeper. 
Keen to render the referee’s controversial decision void, Town began the second period on the front foot as the lively Whitfield flashed a shot just over after cutting in from the right. 
But, already the pantomime villain, Mr Sarginson did little to enhance his reputation amongst the Yeovil fans when he only brandished a yellow to Shaq Coulthirst for a late challenge on Krysiak, before Mansfield had their best chance of the game. 
Coulthirst was involved to cut-back to Whiteman who had his low drive saved by the legs of Krysiak, before Bevis Mugabi produced a stunning block to deny the same man on the rebound. 
As the game ticked past the hour-mark Tom Eaves was introduced in place of Harrison, as Town looked to address Mansfield’s increasing influence on proceedings. 
The switch almost worked 10 minutes later when Whtifield’s cross arched in towards the striker, but Eaves’ acrobatic effort with his back to goal from 12 yards lacked the necessary direction. 
With the Stags spell of pressure ended Way’s side looked to create a spell of their own as the game entered the final 10 minutes, ramping up the intensity. 
Despite urgency from the home side they couldn’t threaten the visiting goal and had to settled for a third successive home draw, in a game which will be remembered for early controversy involving visiting goalkeeper Shearer.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Lacey, Mugabi, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan; Whitfield (Goodship 81’), Zoko, Harrison (Eaves 61’).
Bookings: Lacey 57’, Zoko 74’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Butcher, Akpa Akpro, Sowunmi.
Mansfield Town: Shearer; White (McGuire 54’), Pearce, Bennett, Benning; Whiteman, Byrom, Collins, Hamilton; MacDonald (Hoban 65’), Coulthirst (Potter 79’).
Bookings: Shearer 5’, White 44’, Coulthirst 52’
Subs not used: Jensen, Baxendale, Arquin, Hemmings.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v MANSFIELD TOWN

Darren Way was delighted with his side’s defensive effort last time out at Notts County.

The Town boss changed from his preferred 4-3-3 system to a 3-5-2 formation as the Glovers played out a goalless draw at Meadow Lane.

Yeovil have now drawn eight of their last 12 matches in the league, and Way wants to make home advantage count in a week of back-to-back fixtures at Huish Park.

First up is Mansfield who sit eight in the division, only out of the play-off places on goal difference. 

The Stags have been in fine form of late, winning seven of their last ten matches.

In that sequence, goalkeeper Jake Kean has kept six clean sheets but could miss tonight’s clash after being replaced by Scott Shearer in the 40th minute of Mansfield’s 2-1 win over Newport County on Saturday.

Loan striker Shaquille Coulthirst is in good form for the Nottinghamshire outfit with four goals in seven matches since joining Peterborough United – three of which have been from the spot.

Forward Matt Green is the Stags’ top scorer with nine league goals.

Head-to-head

Town’s biggest win over Mansfield came in 2005, where Darren Way netted twice in a 5-2 scoreline at Huish Park.

Arron Davies, Michael Rose and Phil Jevons were also on target for the Glovers on the day.

Yeovil’s last three points over the Stags came last season courtesy of Ryan Dickson’s finish in the final minute at Field Mill.

Last time out, Matt Green slammed home from the spot to give Mansfield victory in the opening month of the campaign.

Referee

Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire) will take charge of his 30th game of the season when Town host Mansfield tonight.

Mr Sarginson has awarded 92 yellow cards so far this campaign and has issued seven red cards.

The Staffordshire-born has officiated two Yeovil matches this season. He was the man in the middle when Matty Dolan’s free kick earned the Glovers three points at Crewe Alexandra and was also in charge for the goalless draw against Portsmouth at Christmas.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire) with Mark Russell (Somerset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

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


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

Tickets

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. 

MANSFIELD TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

The Glovers welcome play-off hopefuls Mansfield to Somerset after a hard-fought point at Notts County on Saturday.

Boss Darren Way netted twice in Yeovil’s biggest ever win over the Stags back in 2005.

Town cruised to a 5-2 home victory with Arron Davies, Michael Rose and Phil Jevons grabbing the other goals for the Green and Whites.

Tickets for the match can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01934 847888.


WAY EXPECTING PHYSICAL MANSFIELD CHALLENGE

The Stags sit in eighth place in Sky Bet League Two having pushed up the table under the guidance of manager Steve Evans. 
Meanwhile, the Glovers have endured a frustrating spell of results which has seen them draw on eight occasions in the last 14 games.
Having come away with a cleansheet and a point from the trip to Notts County last weekend, Way is aware of the threat offered by the Stags this evening.
Speaking to YTFC.net, the Town boss said: “They’ve got an aggressive, physical side with plenty of pace and they’ve been winning football matches since Steve Evans took over. 
“They’re a big threat, so we have to make sure we build on the performance from Saturday and use these next two home games to get back to winning ways.”
In a bid to pick up three points once again the Glovers switched to a 3-5-2 formation at Meadow Lane, and Way could be tempted to operate with two upfront again against Mansfield at Huish Park. 
“I was very pleased with the way the players executed the game plan at Notts County,” he said. “We were up against two strikers with a wealth of experience and we kept them at bay.
“They needed the three points as much as we did, but I thought the way Alex Lacey, Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher worked as a trio in defence was brilliant.
“We’re looking for someone to take responsibility further forward now, which hopefully we’ll see tonight.”
Tickets are available to purchase online or via the Huish Park ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

WAY TIGHTLIPPED ON DEFENSIVE DUO

Smith has missed the Glovers’ last three games with a leg injury while Ward has featured in just 18 of the club’s 43 matches in all competitions this season due to an ongoing knee problem.

Otis Khan (ankle) remains sidelined. 

WAY TARGETING HUISH PARK VICTORIES FOR HOME FAITHFUL

Town supporters have witnessed seven victories and five draws from the 17 league fixtures so far at Huish Park, surrendering winning positions in two matches to eventually settle for a share of the spoils.
But, with the Glovers drawing eight of their last 14 Sky Bet League Two encounters, Way is focused on picking up maximum points in front of the home faithful.
Speaking to YTFC.net, he said: “Our home form has been relatively good since I took charge, but what makes people panic and look over their shoulders is the fact we’ve drawn too many. 
“If we could’ve turned three or four of those draws into wins – which should’ve been the case against Leyton Orient and Cambridge United in the last two at home – then we’d be having a different conversation now.”
Yeovil entertain a Mansfield side on Tuesday night that sit outside of the play-offs only on goal difference, having won seven of their last 10 matches. 
The Stags have enjoyed an upturn in form since Steve Evans took charge in November, but Way is looking to add goals to the Glovers performances to send the visitors back to Nottinghamshire empty handed.
“We have a cleansheet from Saturday,” he said. “We have to make sure we’re more positive and making our play count further up the pitch.
“We need to show that confidence and arrogance that you need to score goals, which is the one thing we’ve been lacking. 
“Games are running out and we want to be sending fans home pleased with what they’ve seen, hopefully with plenty of goals to celebrate.
"I want someone to take that responsibility of scoring, because if they’re effective then the odds are they’re going to play."
Supporters can enjoy the club’s half price hospitality offer for tomorrow’s clash with Mansfield by clicking here, with normal matchday tickets available online or via the Huish Park ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Portsmouth closed the gap on third-placed Carlisle United with a 3-0 win over the Cumbrians.

All three goals came inside the last 20 minutes of the match with Gary Roberts, Amine Linganzi and Jack Whatmough on the scoresheet.

League leaders Doncaster Rovers are winless in five following their draw against Accrington Stanley at the Keepmoat.

Donny twice led in the game but Stanley produced a valiant display to earn a point.

Plymouth Argyle missed the chance to move within a point on Doncaster as they drew away to play-off hopefuls Luton Town.

The Hatters took an early lead through in-form Danny Hylton but Craig Tanner restored parity after 25 minutes to end the scoring.

Carl Winchester secured Cheltenham United a valuable three points in their clash at the bottom with Leyton Orient.

The former Oldham man’s powerful strike won it for the Robins who had goalkeeper Scott Brown to thank for producing several outstanding saves.

Wycombe Wanderers lost for the fifth game running as Crawley Town ran out 2-1 winners at Adams Park.

Adebayo Akinfenwa’s eighth goal of the league campaign put the Chairboys ahead but Joe McNerney’s header and a superb free kick from Josh Payne turned the contest on its head.

A late penalty from Shaquille Coulthirst secured Mansfield Town victory over bottom club Newport County.

Ex-Yeovil man Ryan Bird opened proceedings for the Exiles, before Krystian Pearce and Coulthirst from the spot put another dent in Newport’s survival hopes.

Reuben Reid netted in injury time to rescue a point for Exeter City at home to Blackpool.

The Tangerines looked to be heading for just their second win in ten matches but former Plymouth player Reid’s header salvaged a point for the Grecians.

Stevenage edged out Crewe Alexandra in a feisty affair at Gresty Road.

Matt Godden netted his fifth in five games before Crewe’s Chris Dagnall and Boro’s Jamie Jones saw red. Fraser Franks added another for the visitors, and James Jones scored a late consolation from the spot.

Elsewhere, there were 1-0 wins for Cambridge United and Morecambe against Barnet and Grimsby Town, while Colchester United overcame Hartlepool United at home.

AKPA AKPRO HUNGRY FOR GOALS

The French forward joined on loan from Barnet on transfer deadline day and has started four times for the Glovers.

The 32-year-old is yet to net in a green and white shirt or feature in a Yeovil victory, something that hopes to rectify in the near future.

“I’m pleased (with the game time),” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“The only thing for me now is for the team to win and I want to score too. 

“I’m playing but I know I can do better and I want to show people.”

Akpa Akpro was paired with Francois Zoko in Saturday’s draw at Notts County as boss Darren Way opted for a 3-5-2 formation.

Former Shrewsbury Town man Akpa Akpro says the squad practiced the new shape in the week ahead of the match and believes they executed it well on their way to a valuable point.

He said: “We worked hard on it and the players responded quite well to what the gaffer wanted.

“We kept a clean and I think it was a good team performance. Maybe not the best but we showed good desire to not concede.

“Unfortunately we didn’t score but it was quite a tight game with not many opportunities for both sides. It was a very important point.”

Town welcome Mansfield Town to Huish Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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

 

WAY LAUDS DEFENSIVE DISPLAY

The Town boss added Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi to his starting line-up in a new-look formation which saw the Glovers switch from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2.

The duo, alongside Matt Butcher at the back, helped keep the Magpies’ experienced forward pairing of Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead quiet throughout, in a game devoid of opportunities.

Way also praised wing-backs Liam Shephard and Ryan Dickson as Yeovil recorded their eighth draw in 14 matches.

“It’s a very good point,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“They’ve been on a good run of form and have a wealth of experience in their forward line.

“I thought the way the back three – and Shephard and Dickson – handled their threat was absolutely fantastic.

“They looked very solid considering Ameobi and Stead are fantastic players. To manage their experience with the physicality that they show was unbelievable.

“I thought all the players played their roles an responsibilities really well considering I changed the shape. There were so many pluses – I’m very proud.”

Way admitted some of the football on show wasn’t the most pretty, but Town could have stolen all three points at the end through Alex Lawless.

The Glovers are ten points above the drop zone and Way insists his squad will continue to battle to stay out of a relegation scrap. 

“It wouldn’t say it was pleasing to the eye,” he said. “Unfortunately these pitches don’t allow you to get it down and play. 

“Teams are getting it into their forwards and picking up the scraps so it’s hard to be able to play with any fluency like we did at the start of the season. 

“You have to adapt to that which is why we went with two forwards to add that physicality and try and hold the ball up. 

“The players are fighting for the cause and the football club. I feel very proud of them as individuals.

“I have to make sure the group are ready to go again on Tuesday.”

REPORT: NOTTS COUNTY 0-0 YEOVIL TOWN

In a match devoid of real opportunities Artur Krysiak was only called into action once in the second half with a relatively routine save, whilst Alex Lawless almost earned the Glovers all three points late on but for a smart save. 
Darren Way made two changes to the side that went down 2-0 at Cheltenham Town last weekend, as well as switching to a 3-5-2 formation in Nottinghamshire. 
Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi came into a newly formed back three, in place of Darren Ward (knee) and Tom Eaves who dropped to the bench. 
The pairing of Francois Zoko and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro were preferred up front to the Scouser, with Liam Shephard and Ryan Dickson pushing forward to operate as wing-backs.
As the drizzle that accompanied the pre-match warmup dissipated with the referee’s whistle at three o’clock, it marked a relatively uneventful start to proceedings. 
The Magpies edged the opening exchanges in terms of possession, but couldn’t successfully threaten a Glovers defence which had quickly adjusted to life in a 3-5-2 formation.
Whilst Town’s new setup was tested defensively, it took almost 20 minutes for the visitors to threaten Adam Collin’s goal. 
Matty Dolan saw a speculative 25-yard half-volley fly wide before Akpa Akpro couldn’t quite direct a tempting Kevin Dawson cross towards goal. 
At the end, the experienced Shola Ameobi caused havoc with his presence, whilst Jorge Grant saw a nonchalant flick from a corner drift over the bar.
After enjoying a spell of pressure the Magpies dropped off with the game becoming evenly contested for the remainder of the half, as Yeovil enjoyed more territory. 
From which, a misdirected Mugabi header and off-target Shephard free-kick sandwiched a Mark Yeates effort into the arms of Krysiak, as the opening 45 minutes drew to a close.
On an ever-depreciating pitch at Meadow Lane the match became increasingly scrappy in the second half, as both sides battled for both possession and territory. 
It took almost 15 minutes for the half to come to life when Grant saw his shot from the angle deflected into the side-netting by Dickson. 
That opportunity roused the 6,900 home supporters and they were even more vociferous when Krysiak could only parry Yeates’ curling effort from inside the box, with Lawless on hand to tidy up.
As the game ticked into the last 15 minutes Way introduced Tom Eaves for Akpa Akpro as the Glovers looked to add attacking potency to their defensive resoluteness. 
Despite the alteration, Town had to remain on their rear-guard to deal with a bombardment of crosses which the trio of Mugabi, Lacey and Butcher dealt with imperiously. 
But, as the game ticked into the 89th minute the visitors were almost rewarded for their strong defensive effort from by the unlikely source of Lawless.
Town’s holding midfielder picked up a loose ball in the box, drove past a County defender before seeing his left-footed shot tipped over by Collin. 
That was as good as it got for either side in the closing stages, as the Magpies maintained their unbeaten run at home in 2017 and Town picked up yet another point on the road.
Notts County: Collin; Clackstone, Hewitt, Hollis, Bola; Grant, Milsom, O’Connor, Yeates (Campbell 84’); Stead, Ameobi.
Bookings: Clackstone 87’.
Subs not used: Loach, Dickinson, Smith, Forte, Thompson, Audel.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Mugabi, Lacey, Butcher; Shephard, Dawson, Lawless, Dolan, Dickson; Zoko (Harrison 88’), Akpa Akpro (Eaves 75’). 
Bookings: Dawson 45’.
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Whitfield, Goodship, Sowunmi. 

A WIN WOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING – SHEPHARD

The Glovers sit in 17th place in Sky Bet League Two having drawn seven of the last 11 matches, with three losses and one win. 
Whilst Town aren’t losing on a regular basis, the Swansea loanee told YTFC’s official YouTube channel that a win at Meadow Lane would be much-needed. 
“You can’t write us off. We’ve got a good group of boys and once we do get this win, it will all change. The mentality will change and the fans will get behind us more.
“There will still be pressure, but the pressure will be a bit less to get three points.”
Shephard, who is enjoying a third loan spell at Huish Park, endured relegation from League One with the Glovers in 2015 and played a part in avoiding the drop last season. 
With a relatively big buffer between Yeovil and the bottom two this season, the right-back cites that progress has been made.
“It’s a lot better. We’ve not had a bad run but it’s not been a run we would’ve wanted.
“The last two times I came here we were in relegation battles and we’re out of it at the moment – we’re nine points away.
“We’re not safe but have got a good edge above everyone else. It’s good group of lads who are more positive.
“It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time but when it does happen we’ll will push on and do really well.”
The Glovers travel to Meadow Lane on Saturday (3pm) with tickets available to purchase online or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

PAY ON THE DAY AT NOTTS COUNTY

The Glovers travel to Meadow Lane today (3pm), a ground where they have won two of their last three matches – the last a 2-1 victory in 2014 thanks to a Jordan Clarke double.

Fans can buy their tickets on the day at the away ticket booth located at the back of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. 

There will be no increase in price but it is CASH ONLY.

Prices for the match in Nottingham are as follows:

Adult (22-59): £20

60+: £14

Young Person (18-21): £14

Under-18 (online): £5

Under-12 (online): FREE

For ambulant disabled tickets and wheelchair bays please call 01935 847888 (Carer ticket FOC available to anyone on middle or higher rate disability allowance).



PREVIEW: NOTTS COUNTY v YEOVIL TOWN

Town have drawn of their last four matches in the league away from Huish Park.

The Glovers will be looking to bounce back from their last trip where they suffered a 2-0 defeat to struggling Cheltenham Town.

Boss Darren Way took responsibility for the loss and vowed to correct the result in the game at Notts County this weekend.

The Magpies have been in good form since Kevin Nolan took over as manager and have won three in five.

Nolan was appointed with County in the relegation zone and since his arrival his side have climbed to 20th.

The Nottinghamshire club boast a wealth of experience in their squad with the likes of former Manchester United and England midfielder Alan Smith, experienced forward Jon Stead and Nigeria international Shola Ameobi.

Former Yeovil loanee Tahvon Campbell joined Notts County on loan in January.

Head-to-head

Yeovil have won their last two matches to nil against the Magpies.

Darren Way’s outfit hosted the Nottinghamshire side on the opening day of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two season, running out 2-0 winners at Huish Park.

The Glovers lost to County at Meadow Lane last year but their two previous fixtures in East Midlands saw them win 2-1.

Referee

Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear) will take charge of just his 10th game of the season when Town take on Notts County.

Mr Ilderton has awarded 30 yellow cards so far this campaign and has issued two red cards. He is yet to take charge of a Yeovil fixture.

The North East-based official last took charge of a match involving the Glovers two seasons ago, when Terry Skiverton’s side lost on the road at Rochdale.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Anthony Moore (Manchester) and Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire) with Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire) acting as fourth official. 

 

Coverage

Darren Way and Liam Shephard’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.

WE’VE MADE SMALL IMPROVEMENTS – WAY

The Glovers have drawn seven times in their last 11 Sky Bet League Two matches – three of which have seen Town succumb to late goals. 

Small margins have cost Yeovil more wins in that sequence but Way believes the club have made progress this season.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “I’ve been involved at the football club over the past three years where we’ve been losing every week.

“That’s not the case now – we’ve had three losses in 11 games.

“But there is a frustration that this group has been so close to winning more matches than what we’ve drawn. We’re disappointed with seven draws.”

He continued: “We are working with limited resources and we are trying to build the football club back up.

“This time last year we were on 26 points and now we’re on 38. We’re trying to get stability off the pitch and I think we’ve made small improvements but I can understand the supporters’ frustrations.

“I still trust the group and they’ve been working extremely hard this week.”

Town travel to Meadow Lane on Saturday to take on a Notts County side who have climbed from 23rd to 20th under Kevin Nolan’s guidance.

With 14 games left of campaign, Way feels teams will start to adopt different styles, like the Magpies have, in a bid to stay above the drop zone.

“When you get to the busy end of the season it’s no risk football,” he said.

“The ball is getting played from back to front, quick and early, and you’ve got to be able to compete and deal with the physical aspects of that. 

 

“You have to be physically and mentally prepared to deal with the battle and that’s one thing I’ll be looking for (on Saturday).”

MOTHER’S DAY CARVERY AT HUISH PARK

The holiday falls on Sunday, March 26th this year and a carvery at Huish Park is the perfect chance to show your Mum how much she is appreciated.

For £12.95, guests can enjoy a three-course Sunday lunch – with a drink for the Mums – while Under-14s are priced at £7.

To book, call 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

HALF PRICE HOSPITALITY FOR MANSFIELD MATCH

Fans can pay £25 – half the normal price – to experience hospitality at Huish Park.

Guests will receive a ticket to the match, a complimentary matchday programme on arrival, followed by a two-course meal and access to the Alec Stock Lounge.

Season ticket holders and supporters already with a ticket should call to discuss the terms of the offer.

The deal is subject to availability and fans must book before matchday.

To book your ticket, call 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

COUNTY’S EXPERIENCE NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF – WAY

The Magpies boast a wealth of experience in their ranks with former Premier League goal-getter Jon Stead and 10-timed capped Nigeria international Shola Ameobi paired up top, and ex-Manchester United and England man Alan Smith in midfield.

Way is anticipating a tough test at Meadow Lane but says his side are fully focused for the battle ahead.

“Notts County is going to be difficult but so is every game,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We’re coming up against Stead and Ameobi who have a wealth of experience. 

“I’ve got younger players going into battles who have experienced that environment. 

“It’s nothing to be scared of but we have to make sure we show unbelievable work ethic.

“We know it’s going to be tough but we’ve done our preparation and we’re looking forward to the game.”

Seasoned professional Kevin Nolan is also on the books at County after being appointed player manager in January.

The 34-year-old took over with the Nottinghamshire outfit in the relegation zone but has guided them to 20th in Sky Bet League Two following three wins in five games.

“He’s a high profile player and everyone knows about him,” Way said.

“He will understand how difficult it is as a manager instead of a coach or player. It’s a completely different feeling and pressure. 

“He’s got a group of players who are working extremely hard for him. 

“He’s probably questioned why they’ve ended up where they are. He’s analysed it and got them back playing the way they were when they were successful.”

DEFENSIVE TRIO EXPECTED TO BE FIT

Mugabi was ruled out the loss to Cheltenham Town with a knee injury, while Smith (dead leg) has missed the Glovers’ last two matches.

Dickson was withdrawn in the first half at Whaddon Road after taking a knock from a crunching tackle.

However, Saturday’s game at Meadow Lane will come too soon for Otis Khan.

The 21-year-old has been on the sidelines for six weeks and Way insists he isn’t far away from returning.

“He’s close but not close enough to be involved in the next couple of weeks,” he told YTFC.net.

“He’s working extremely hard, he’s a good character and I’m sure when he’s back he’ll make a major contribution to the team.”

SIGN UP FOR THE 8TH ANNUAL GLOVERS GOLF DAY

Sponsored by Thatchers Cider and taking place at Sherborne Golf Club on Wednesday 5th April, you can enter a team of three for just £150. 
Each team will enjoy the following on the day:
– Coffee and bacon butty on arrival
– 18 holes of golf
– A two-course meal
– Auction and raffle
– Presentation/prize ceremony
Having been practising their swing and short-game, each team of three will be joined by either a player (past or present), member of the management team or a celebrity. 
To download an entry form, please click here.
For further details, please contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872.

HARRISON HELPS TOTTENHAM U23 TO VICTORY

The 19-year-old is able to play for the development side as part of his loan agreement and played a full 90 minutes against Sunderland Under-23s in Premier League 2. 
Harrison, who joined Town in January, has made five appearances since arriving in Somerset but is yet to start a Sky Bet League Two fixture. 
Featuring as part of a front three, Harrison helped the young Spurs outfit to a 1-0 victory with Kazaiah Sterling on target. 
Shayon will now return to Huish Park to rejoin the first team squad in preparation for Saturday’s trip to Notts County.

KEY DATES CONFIRMED FOR 2017/18 SEASON

Town’s full fixture list will be released on Wednesday, June 21st and will kick-off the new campaign the first weekend in August (4th-6th).

The Glovers’ regular set of 46 matches will conclude on the weekend of May 5th 2018, alongside every club in the EFL.

The play-off finals will take place on successive days at Wembley on the final weekend of May.

The Bank Holiday weekend begins with the Sky Bet Championship final on Saturday, May 26th 2018 with League One and Two season finales following on the 27th and 28th respectively.

Supporters will have plenty of opportunities to watch Yeovil over the festive period with games on Saturday, December 23rd, Boxing Day, Saturday, December 30th and New Year’s Day.

Round one of the EFL Cup – which will be known as the Carabao Cup next season – will take place immediately after the season openers, with midweek slots on week commencing Monday, August 7th.

The 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy will begin towards the end of opening month, with the first round of fixtures scheduled for week commencing Monday, August 28th. 

Key Dates – 2017/18

Sky Bet EFL fixtures announced: June 21st 2017 

Sky Bet EFL season starts: weekend of August 5th 2017 

Carabao Cup starts: week commencing August 7th 2017 

Checkatrade Trophy starts: week commencing August 28th 2017 

Sky Bet EFL regular season ends: weekend of May 5th 2018 

Sky Bet EFL play-off finals: weekend of May 26th-28th 2018

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Leyton Orient missed the chance to move out of the relegation places after a 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Notts County.

Jon Stead scored a double for the Magpies who have won three in their last five matches.

County jumped above Hartlepool United who held high-flying Plymouth Argyle to a draw at Victoria Park.

Rhys Oates opened the scoring in the first half but a stunning strike from Matty Kennedy earned the Pilgrims a share of the spoils.

League leaders Doncaster Rovers also dropped points at home to play-off hopefuls Luton Town.

Striker Alfie May announced himself on the Football League stage, netting 10 minutes from time to rescue a point for the Yorkshire outfit.

Carlisle United strengthened their position in third place with a 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

The Chairboys were ahead through Adebayo Akinfenwa inside two minutes but Jamie Proctor and Reggie Lambe earned the Cumbrians three points.

Grimsby Town bounced back from their embarrassing defeat to Crewe Alexandra with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mansfield Town.

The Mariners are now three points behind seventh-placed Mansfield.

Mark Roberts bundled home a stoppage-time winner for Cambridge United as they came from behind to defeat Newport County.

After Mitch Rose was sent off for the Exiles, George Maris’ spot-kick was saved but Roberts reacted quickest to sway the contest in the U’s favour.

Three goals in the first half helped Morecambe to beat Crawley Town.

The Shrimps were comfortable victors at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, with the hosts grabbing a late consolation.

Crewe came from behind to draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Oliver Turton grabbed a late equaliser for the visitors who are now unbeaten in three.

Accrington Stanley chalked up a valuable win against promotion-chasing Colchester in their battle to avoid relegation from League Two despite being reduced to 10 men.

The Reds led 2-0 at the break and had Omar Beckles sent off just before half-time, but Colchester failed to claw their way back into the match despite a late penalty from Chris Porter.

 

Elsewhere, Barnet and Portsmouth drew 1-1 as did Exeter City and Stevenage.

LOAN WATCH: DUO ENDURE MIXED RESULTS

Lea, who is on loan at National League South outfit Gosport Borough, played 80 minutes for Boro as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Eastbourne Borough. 
In fact, the midfielder was only withdrawn with 10 minutes remaining due to the sending off of ‘keeper Dan Thomas, with Lea the unlucky outfielder sacrificed for a replacement between the sticks. 
Defeat unfortunately leaves Gosport hovering above the relegation zone, but it was a better afternoon for Bassett at Dorchester Town. 
The 18-year-old scored a stunning 25-yard effort to help the Magpies to a 2-0 win over Dunstable Town in Evo-Stik League Southern Premier. 
Bassett, who is in a third loan spell at the Avenue, came off the bench just past the half-hour mark and made his impact in first-half stoppage time.
The Northern Ireland Under-19 international now has four goals for Dorchester this season. 

WE HAVE TO PUT THINGS RIGHT – DOLAN

The Glovers will travel to Notts County next weekend having spent a full week on the training pitch, after three weeks of Saturday-Tuesday fixtures.
Goals from Tin Plavotic and Billy Waters sunk Town on Saturday, with Dolan believing the squad have to put things right on the training ground.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “We’ve got a little break (from games) so we have to get things right in the training pitch and go again. 
“We need to get that all important win which is maybe lacking at the minute.
“We have to address a few things on the training pitch and make sure we’re ready to bounce back.”
After three successive 1-1 draws, Yeovil’s defeat in Gloucestershire pushed them down a place to 17th in the table. 
Having dropped four points from the previous two games courtesy of late goals before Saturday’s defeat, Dolan felt the players can’t feel too sorry for themselves.
“You can’t get your heads down and be glum,” he said. “We’re obviously disappointed but we’ve got a game coming up against Notts County and we have got to win that.
“We looked at the last few games and the disappointment of last minute goals. If we didn’t concede them then we’d be looking at the other end of the table. 
“But we’ve got to address that as footballers, stand up to the plate and be counted.
“We have to stick the the shirt on, wear it with pride and make sure we get three points for the club.”

WAY TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHELTENHAM DISAPPOINTMENT

After striking the post in a goalless first half, Town conceded twice in the second period to eventually lose 2-0 at the LCI Rail Stadium. 
Tin Plavotic and Billy Waters were on target for the hosts, getting revenge for the 4-2 drubbing the Robins suffered at Huish Park in the reverse fixture.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Way took responsibility for his side’s performance. 
“Our supporters are emotional,” he said. “If I was a supporter I would be disgusted with that second half performance. 
“We didn’t get in the final third enough, skipped tackled and arrived late. They won the majority of second balls in the second half which wasn’t the case in the first half. 
“I have to make sure I analyse myself and I will do. I’m a character that will show fight and determination.
“This is a special Football Club and Yeovil got to where we are with passion and determination and I didn’t see that in the team today and I have to take responsibility for that.”
Two set-pieces meant Yeovil left Gloucestershire empty handed, with Plavotic nodding home from a free-kick and Waters from the penalty spot. 
Aware of their dead-ball threat before the game, Way was disappointed with the goals conceded.
He said: “We knew it was going to be a set-play game with the way they play. They have towels for wiping down balls, it’s slow, but you have to deal with that. 
“We didn’t, and going 1-0 down so soon (after starting the second half) was disappointing.
“You have to give them credit, they worked hard. But our players are playing for their futures, all of us are.
“I will take responsibility of the group; the way I manage it, the formation, I take all of that. I knew the day I became manager that it’s my job on the line.”

CLUB STATEMENT: SUPPORTER DISORDER

The Football Club is proud of its family supporter base and reputation within the EFL, and take issues regarding supporter disorder very seriously. 
The club will endeavour to work with Cheltenham Town and the authorities to identify those involved and take the appropriate action. 

REPORT: CHELTENHAM TOWN 2-0 YEOVIL TOWN

In a stale opening 45 minutes, the game only came to life at the death when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro saw an effort come off the post. 
Despite ending the half strongly, the visitors fell behind on 48 minutes when Tin Plavotic headed home from a free-kick to give the Robins a dream start to the second half.
Having taken the lead, the pressure continued and Billy Waters doubled Cheltenham’s lead from the penalty spot on 63 minutes after Matt Butcher was penalised. 
Town couldn’t find a way back into the match and ended a run of three draws with a disappointing defeat. 
Darren Way made two changes to the side that earned a third successive 1-1 draw in midweek at home to Cambridge United. 
Unavailable on Tuesday, Town welcomed back captain Darren Ward (rested) in the heart of defence at the expense of Bevis Mugabi – who dropped out with a knee injury.
In the front three, Akpa Akpro returned to the starting line-up in place of Ben Whitfield who moved to the bench, with Kabongo Tshimanga and Owain Jones missing out as the fifth and sixth loans. 
On a pitch decorated primarily by mud and sand, the chances of free-flowing football from either side were slim – even before a ball had been kicked. 
The direct pattern of play was confirmed almost as soon as referee Darren England started proceedings, with both sides opting to cut-out the almost unplayable middle section of the pitch in search of territory. 
That tactic almost paid off as early as the third minute when Francois Zoko latched on to a lofted through ball to round home ‘keeper Scott Brown, but the linesman’s flag halted any early celebrations in the away end. 
That chance sparked an immediate response from the Robins as Waters fired an acrobatic volley over the bar from just inside the box. 
With six players over six foot, Gary Johnson’s side were keen to utilise their height advantage via long balls and long throws, but Town’s defence held firm in Gloucestershire. 
That was despite a reshuffle when Ryan Dickson had to be replaced by Alex Lacey after just 32 minutes, forcing Matt Butcher across to left-back. 
In a game somewhat tarnished by the playing conditions, it wasn’t until added time at the end of the first half that the game threatened to come to life as the Glovers went close twice in quick succession. 
First, Tom Eaves saw his cross bobble along the six-yard box without anyone able to apply the final touch, before Akpa Akpro saw a stabbed effort from a scramble in the box come off the outside of the post. 
Way would’ve been keen for his side to maintain the momentum, but Town fell behind just three minutes after the restart. 
Having conceded a wide free-kick, James Rowe’s delivery was headed home by the giant defender Tin Plavotic to condemn Yeovil to a nightmare start to the second 45. 
It almost got worse on 54 minutes when another direct ball into the box caused havoc, ending with Waters blazing over from six yards. 
Cheltenham were buoyed by taking the lead though and continued to bombard the Yeovil box in search of a second, and their persistence paid off just past the hour-mark. 
After bobbling around the box Matt Butcher swung a leg to clear the ball but was penalised for a high foot as Kyle Wootton went in for a header, resulting in a spot kick. 
Robins top scorer Waters stepped up and sent Krysiak the wrong way to make it an increasingly difficult afternoon for the Glovers. 
Facing an uphill battle, Whitfield and Omar Sowunmi replaced Alex Lawless and Eaves as the Green and Whites searched for a way back into the game. 
Despite the alterations, the visitors couldn’t get a foothold in the match, failing to threaten the home goal as Cheltenham’s back five stood firm. 
After five minutes of additional time a miserable afternoon for Town was brought to an end, as the Glovers failed to battle with their relegation-threatened opponents.
Cheltenham Town: Brown; Barthram, Onariase, Boyle, Plavotic, O’Shaugnessy; Pell, Rowe, Winchester (Storer 45’); Wootton, Waters.
Bookings: Pell 56’, Waters 59’, Brown 89’.
Subs not used: Kitscha, Munns, Hall, Dayton, Holman, De Girolamo. 
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Ward, Butcher, Dickson (Lacey 32’); Dawson, Lawless (Whitfield 64’), Dolan; Akpa Akpro, Eaves (Sowunmi 72’), Zoko.
Bookings: Eaves 41’, Ward 57’, Butcher 74’, Zoko 88’.
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Harrison, Goodship.

VACANCY: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE LEAD COACH

The Role


The purpose of the professional development phase lead coach is to oversee the transition of players from the youth development phase into the professional development phase. The role should then prepare players to enter the senior development phase.

The successful candidate will report to the Academy manager.

Main Responsibilities

  • To lead the coaching programme of the Under-18 Academy group.
  • To ensure the Yeovil Town Academy coaching syllabus is undertaken and adhered throughout all training and match situations in the professional development phase.
  • Coordinate the necessary paperwork which relates to the professional development phase e.g. teamsheets and registration forms
  • To set high standards of professionalism and demonstrate a high standard of conduct thus providing a good role model for young players.
  • To supervise and be responsible for all players in the professional development phase during training and matchdays, ensuring all health and safety checks are endorsed.
  • Can communicate with young players aged 16 to 18.
  • To fully endorse the club and Academies code of conduct policy, philosophy and culture.
  • To be punctual always
  • At all times, must be willing to assist with all areas of the Academy.
  • Must be willing to be checked by the criminal records bureau and ensure there is no reason why they should not be employed by Yeovil Town Football Club.
  • Member of the clubs Academy management team.
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary approach across all departments of the Academy.

Skills and Knowledge Required

  • Possess the minimum UEFA A Licence
  • FA Advanced Youth Award or working towards
  • Prepare to work for self-advancement 
  • Must be able to communicate with players aged 16-18 and parents
  • Have a sympathetic yet disciplined approach
  • Create an exciting, safe and enjoyable environment
  • Be enthusiastic

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 24th. Interviews are likely to take place the week of February 27th.

PREVIEW: CHELTENHAM TOWN v YEOVIL TOWN

After three consecutive draws in the league, Town will be looking to get back to winning ways at Whaddon Road.

The Glovers have had to settle for a point in their last two encounters at home after conceding late goals on both occasions. 

Darren Way and his squad have notified the issue as a lack of concentration and focus going into the last ten minutes of matches, and want to address it against Cheltenham.

Former Yeovil boss Gary Johnson’s first return to the club since leaving in February 2015 ended in defeat back in September.

The 61-year-old guide the Green and Whites to three promotions – including the historic one to the Championship – and one FA Trophy across two spells with the club.

Johnson’s Robins won the Vanarama National League title last season but are fighting against a return to non-league.

They lie one place above the relegation zone and have lost six of their last 10 fixtures.

Last time out, the Gloucestershire club fell to a 2-1 away defeat at Stevenage.

Head-to-head

The two sides hadn’t previously played each other for seven years before this season, with Town in the Sky Bet Championship and League One and Cheltenham suffering relegation prior to the Glovers returning to the bottom division for the 2015/16 campaign.

Yeovil have won four of the 11 competitive meetings between the two sides, the last coming back in September.

Otis Khan opened the scoring for Town after six minutes and Darren Ward’s powerful header doubled their advantage.

Aaron Downes pulled one back for the Robins but a diving header from Matty Dolan made it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time.

Cheltenham reduced the deficit once more through Billy Waters before Tom Eaves rounded off the scoring in the last minute.

Referee

Darren England (South Yorkshire) will take charge of Saturday’s meeting at Whaddon Road, officiating his 31st match of the campaign.

He has awarded 76 yellow cards and five reds, and is yet to take charge of a Town game this season.

The Yorkshire-born official will be assisted by Ian Smedley (Derbyshire) and John Law (Worcestershire) with Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire taking on the role of fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Ben Whitfield’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.

FOCUS IS ON THE GAME – WAY

The Glovers ran out comfortable 4-2 victors in the reverse fixture and despite the obvious links between Town and Johnson, Way’s thoughts are solely on the match. 
“When we played them last time, people wanted to ask questions as far as the relationship (between me and Johnson) was concerned,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel
“I have to say, and he’ll be exactly the same, we’re focusing on preparation for our own teams.
“When they cross that white line it’s out of your control so he’ll be doing everything he can, we’ve done everything we can and are in good spirits.”
With the Glovers drawing seven of their last 10 games and determined to turn draws into wins, Way has spent time on the training ground making the necessary improvements.
He said: “The players are very hungry, honest and give everything they can possibly give.
“Apart from one or two key tactical decisions we’ve got to make and some small improvements, all work and preparation is focused on going into the game.
“We have to focus on the performance, with the players physically and mentally fit to compete for three points.”
Having travelled over 900 miles in the last two league away games, Town’s boss is hopeful the relatively short trip to the LCI Rail Stadium will entice a noisy travelling contingent.
“The support this year has been phenomenal,” said Way. 
“The amount of miles these supporters are travelling week-in, week-out takes unbelievable commitment.
“I’m sure – because I’ve played at Cheltenham as a player – the fans will make some noise on the day.  Hopefully more noise than Cheltenham!”
The Green and Whites travel to take on Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham Town this Saturday, with tickets available via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Purchases can also be made online.

WAY CITES CHANGED MENTALITY FOR FRUSTRATION

The Glovers have lost just twice in the last 10 outings but by the same token have won only once, drawing on seven occasions. 
Having taken the lead in five of those fixtures, Yeovil have surrendered eight points from winning positions since Boxing Day – including two late equalisers against both Leyton Orient and Cambridge United at Huish Park in the last week.
However, Way is wary of focusing too heavily on the last two draws in particular.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “If I look at the 10 games we’ve had, we have drawn too many – we’ve drawn seven but only lost two. That’s where the problem is.
“We could be sat here now having a completely different conversation.
“It’s important that you don’t get too despondent just on the last two home performances, by dropping the points that we’ve dropped.
“Having said that, if you look at Leyton Orient they’re a team fighting for their lives which they’ve shown by picking up the (three) points at Plymouth.”
After the highs of promotion to the Championship in 2013, the Glovers suffered back-to-back promotions in the two following seasons to find themselves back in the Football League basement. 
Having avoided relegation last season after Way took charge at Huish Park, the Town manager understands the current frustration regarding results. 
“As a group we have to keep believing in what we’re doing,” he said. “We’ve made improvements from the last three years.
“I spent a lot of time as a coach and we lost a lot of games. That’s not the case now. 
“We were on the touchline hoping to win but now we’re disappointed not to win. It’s a completely different mentality.
“But we want more."
The Green and Whites travel to take on Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham Town this Saturday, with tickets available via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Purchases can also be made online.

DEFENSIVE TRIO BACK IN CONTENTION

Lacey has been struggling with a knee injury which has kept him out of the Glovers’ last three matches in all competitions.

Smith (dead leg) and Ward (rest) missed the midweek visit of Cambridge United, affording Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher to form a new centre-back partnership.

Town boss Darren Way was happy to see Mugabi and Butcher step up to the mark and admits their displays have given him food for thought going into the weekend.

"They’ve (Lacey, Smith and Ward) all trained and done the necessary sessions they needed to do for selection which is important," boss Darren Way told YTFC.net.

"They (Mugabi and Butcher) played very well against Cambridge and suggest where we are as a football club in terms of depth.

"I’ve now got a team selection problem which is good to have."

 

Otis Khan (ankle) is out of his boot and will step up his recovery over the next couple of weeks.

WHITFIELD HOPING TO REPLICATE PREVIOUS CHELTENHAM ENCOUNTER

The Glovers netted four times in the reverse fixture back in September in a resounding 4-2 win over Gary Johnson’s Robins.

Yeovil have drawn their last two matches after conceding late goals and Whitfield is keen for himself, and the other forward-thinking players at the club, to add more goals to their game to ease the burden on the defence.

“We need to score a few more goals to relieve the pressure on the back four,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We all work hard up there. Our work rate is really good; it’s high intensity but we need to score more goals.

“In training, the gaffer is always putting on shooting sessions, and all the strikers are out scoring goals. We just need to put it into practice on the pitch.

“It’s taking responsibility for yourself. Us front three need to take more responsibility for not scoring.”

He added: “We’ve had seven draws in the last ten games and if we’d have won a few of them like we should have done then we’d be right up there in the table. 

“We don’t want to be in relegation battle this season. It’s a big game for us Saturday and we do need the win.

“We got a few goals in the last game (against Cheltenham) so it would be nice score that many again.”

Whitfield joined on loan from Bournemouth at the beginning of the campaign and had his temporary stay extended until the end of the season in January.

The 20-year-old has featured 31 times for the Glovers and says he has thoroughly enjoyed his experience in Somerset.

“The environment is a great one to be in,” he said.

“The gaffer (Darren Way) is very passionate, comes in everyday and drives the place which is perfect me and the lads.

“It’s a lot different to playing Under-23s. There’s a lot more riding on it and there’s nothing better than going out on a Saturday and playing for three points with the fans right behind you.”

He continued: “I’ve improved my all round game.

“I want to get on the scoresheet a lot more, whether that’s in midfield or out wide and get a few more assists which is something I’ve spoken to the gaffer about.”

TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE FOR TRIP TO CHELTENHAM

Town head to Gloucestershire looking to complete the double over the Robins, having run out comfortable 4-2 victors at Huish Park. 
Former boss Gary Johnson – who guided Yeovil to three promotions during his time in Somerset – is in charge of Cheltenham, who sit third from bottom in Sky Bet League Two.
After travelling over 900 miles in the last two away games, Town supporters can make the relatively short trip to Whaddon Road with tickets available at the following prices:
Adult: £21
65+: £15
18 and under: £7
Student (with valid NUS card): £7
Ambulant disabled tickets are available to anyone on middle or higher rate disability allowance with car parking free of charge. 
Purchases can be made via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Alternatively, tickets can be bought online

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers’ 10-game unbeaten run came to an end as Carlisle United ground out a 2-1 win at Brunton Park to get their own promotion hopes back on track.

The Cumbrians are now eight points behind league leaders Donny who maintain top spot after Plymouth Argyle lost to strugglers Leyton Orient.

Argyle were leading 2-1 going into the closing stages at Home Park but Gavin Massey equalised two minutes from time before Sandro Semedo completed an unlikely turnaround for Orient deep into time added on.

Luton Town remain hot on the heels of third-placed Carlisle after cruising to a 3-0 victory over Hartlepool United at Kenilworth Road.

Danny Hylton got the Hatters up and running inside five minutes, and goals from Luke Gambin and Ollie Palmer put gloss on the scoreline.

Mansfield Town scored late to earn a share of the spoils in an eight-goal thriller with Accrington Stanley.

In a topsy turvy affair, Stanley twice let a two-goal lead slip as Yoann Arquin crashed in a dipping volley for Mansfield in the 89th minute to end the contest at 4-4.

Two goals in stoppage time saw Notts County fightback to draw 2-2 against an in-form Exeter City at Meadow Lane.

David Wheeler and Ryan Harley looked to have given the Grecians all three points, but the Magpies netted in the 92nd and 93rd minute to grab a priceless point.

James Jones struck a late penalty as rejuvenated Crewe Alexandra made it back-to-back wins with a 2-1 victory over play-off hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers.

Adebayo Akinfenwa’s 76th-minute strike appeared to have salvaged a point for the Chairboys after Chris Dagnall’s first-half opener, but Jones’ penalty three minutes rom time secured the spoils for Crewe.

Portsmouth secured their second win in four days as they beat Blackpool 2-0 at Fratton Park.

Blackpool were unbeaten in four league games, but Pompey ended that run thanks to goals from Gareth Evans and Eoin Doyle.

Jimmy Smith struck a fine hat-trick as Crawley Town overcame Colchester United in a five-goal encounter at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

The former Chelsea man scored twice in the first half and added a third after the break to condemn Colchester to just their second loss in ten games.

Elsewhere, Barnet edged out Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Stevenage defeated Cheltenham 2-1 while Newport County and Grimsby Town ended goalless.

I’M IMPROVING EVERYDAY – KHAN

The 21-year-old has been out of action with an ankle injury sustained in the Glovers’ Checkatrade Trophy win over Reading Under-23s on January 10th.

It is the first serious lay-off the former Barnsley man has had in his short career to date, and he is relishing the prospect of producing his early season form for the end part of the campaign.

“Rehab is going well and I’m improving everyday,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’ve taken my boot off now and I’m doing certain stuff just to get the ankle moving again but when I come back it’s about getting my fitness back as I haven’t been able to do too much in the boot.

“Touch wood, I haven’t had many injuries really. This is the first one and I was unlucky with it. It’s part of football and I just have to get on with it, do the best I can and look forward to the end of the season with the boys.”

He added: “It’s not a nice feeling sitting in the stands when the team haven’t been doing so well. 

“I really want to get on the pitch. It gives me motivation to come back and play because there is nothing better than playing week-in, week-out.”

 

MUGABI CALLS FOR MORE FOCUS

For the past two matches, Town have held a one-goal lead going into injury time but have had to settle for a point after conceding a late equaliser.

Barry Corr cancelled out Francois Zoko’s opener in the 89th minute to rescue Cambridge United a point on Tuesday night, and Mugabi knows what the squad need to look at going into Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham Town.

“We need to stay focused in future games,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“It was a good performance and we controlled the game pretty well, but the last 10 minutes have killed us in both games (Orient and Cambridge) so that’s something we need work on.”

He added: “I guess it’s just a lack of concentration and focus. If we get that then I’m sure we’ll get the goals we need.

“All the boys are very disappointed with the result but we just have to pick our heads up and go again Saturday.

“We’re going to go there and try and get all three points that we deserved (against Cambridge).”

 

WAY FRUSTRATED BY ANOTHER LATE GOAL CONCEDED

In very similar circumstances to Saturday’s draw with Leyton Orient, Francois Zoko opened the scoring but saw his goal cancelled out by a late effort from U’s substitute Barry Corr.

It is the third time Town in a month have conceded a goal in the closing stages of a match and Way was upset with how his players saw out tonight’s contest.

“It’s exactly the same pattern,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“They threw caution to the wind, threw numbers forward and no one took responsibility to get us up the pitch. 

“No one really played a stretch ball in behind their back and didn’t pin them in in the last 10 or 15 minutes. We invited our own pressure.

“It’s not a nice manner to get a point. If I didn’t feel the group was good enough, I wouldn’t be so disappointed and I’d be happy with a point. 

“I feel a little bit of fear and anxiety kicks in within the group and we have to break the habit. 

“It’s a pattern the players and I don’t like, because effectively we should be winning those matches. It’s not once but twice now.”

Three of the Glovers centre-backs were missing for the visit of Cambridge and Way was forced select a new partnership in the heart of the defence.

Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher were paired together and Way was pleased with their efforts.

He said: “I thought Bevis and Butcher were terrific for large spells of the game. 

“You couldn’t tell they’d not played together. I thought the way they handled a strong centre forward who caused us problems was a credit.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 1-1 CAMBRIDGE UNITED

The Glovers dominated the opening 45 minutes with Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko both going close, eventually settling for 0-0 at the break.
United came into the game after the restart but it was Town who finally made their chances count when Zoko netted goal number 10 of the season after 78 minutes.
However, with a sense of déjà vu, Yeovil conceded in the dying embers of the match for the second game running as Barry Corr earned the U’s a late share of the spoils. 
Darren Way made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient four days ago on home soil. 
Without Darren Ward (knee) and Nathan Smith (dead leg), Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher came into the centre of defence with Alex Lacey (knee) still unavailable. 
In midfield, Kevin Dawson returned from suspension pushing Ben Whitfield into the front three, pushing Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro out of the matchday squad completely.  
Despite a disrupted back four the Glovers began in assured fashion, looking to build on their impressive home record against Cambridge which had seen them win 11 of their previous 13 meetings.
Having dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes, Town spurned the first opportunity of the match when Whitfield’s dangerous set-piece was prodded wide by an under pressure Mugabi. 
However, the young defender was proving to be Yeovil’s biggest threat at a foggy Huish Park, as minutes later the 21-year-old saw a fizzing effort from 30 yards parried away by Will Norris. 
The home faithful were buoyed by Town’s first half performance, and as the clock ticked onto 25 minutes Way’s side produced their best chance yet. 
Tom Eaves showed his pace and trickery to latch onto a through ball and beat his man, before seeing a low drive from the angle fly inches wide of the far post. 
In a one-way first-half Whitfield had a wide free-kick pushed behind for a corner in unorthodox fashion by Norris, before Eaves could only head a tempting Ryan Dickson cross over the bar. 
Now past the half-hour mark Yeovil’s onslaught continued.
Top-scorer Francois Zoko had a low shot saved by the legs of the increasingly busy Norris, before the Ivorian recycled possession for Eaves to see a header at the back post held by the U’s stopper. 
In rare forays into the Glovers final third Cambridge won a couple of corners which failed to materialise, as the half drew to a close with Yeovil feeling they’d done enough to merit the lead. 
After the restart Yeovil’s front three continued to threaten when Zoko’s low cross narrowly evaded Matty Dolan at the back post, before Shaun Derry’s side produced their first meaningful attempts on goal. 
With 50 minutes played the dangerous Luke Berry found space in the box to shoot on the turn, but Krysiak was well-placed to claim low to his right. 
Moments later, George Maris had an attempt from range comfortably saved, before the hosts introduced Omar Sowunmi for Eaves 10 minutes into the second half. 
The 6’6” striker almost made an immediate impact heading Dawson’s hanging cross, but it cannoned off of a U’s defender and away from danger.
More end-to-end in the second period Cambridge replied with a chance of their own at the other end, as Piero Mingoia fired just wide from 20 yards after a defensive error. 
In a game peppered with attacking intent, Way’s side almost took the lead in comical style on 62 minutes.
An attempted Leon Legge clearance inside his own box cannoned off of an advanced Liam Shephard before flying into the side-netting with the right-back knowing little about it – rousing a chorus of laughter from the stands.
Owain Jones entered the fray for his home debut as Yeovil looked to refresh their front three, with the game becoming increasingly scrappy. 
Town had looked the more dangerous of the two sides though and their perseverance paid off with 12 minutes remaining. 
Ryan Dickson’s cross was only cleared as far as Alex Lawless, and from his low drive Zoko used his poacher’s instinct to stab home from close range. 
However, for the fourth time in seven matches the Glovers couldn’t hold onto the lead and for the second time in four days, conceded late on. 
With 89 minutes on the clock, substitute Corr popped up at the back post to loop an effort over Krysiak as Town once again succumbed to a late goal. 
With little time remaining both sides had to share the spoils, as the Glovers drew their second match at home in the space of four days in frustrating circumstances.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Butcher, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan; Whitfield (Jones 61’), Eaves (Sowunmi 54’), Zoko.
Bookings: Dawson 47’, Lawless 59’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Harrison, Goodship.
Cambridge United: Norris; Davies, Legge, Roberts, Carroll; Mingoia, O’Neil, Lewis (Clark 67’), Maris; Berry; Ikpeazu (Corr 73’). 
Bookings: O’Neil 57’
Subs not used: Gregory, Dunne, Dunk, Wharton, Williamson.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WHEN TOWN HOST CAMBRIDGE

The Glovers take on Shaun Derry’s U’s tonight (7.45pm) – their second home match in three days.

Boss Darren Way was in the heart of the midfield the last time Yeovil defeated Cambridge back in 2005.

Share the Feast of Saint Valentine with your Green and White loved ones by purchasing your tickets in advance.

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

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Despite the frustration of conceding a late goal on Saturday, Town made it three matches unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two with a draw against Leyton Orient.

Francois Zoko netted his ninth of the campaign in all competitions and became the Glovers’ top scorer.

However, the Ivorian forward was withdrawn from the field early due to a whack on his ankle.

Left-back Ryan Dickson was also replaced due to injury and will be assessed ahead of tonight’s visit of Cambridge United.

The U’s have lost their last four matches in the league and lie 14th in the table.

Shaun Derry’s have scored just once in their previous five games and have conceded eight goals.

Luke Berry possesses a goalscoring threat from midfield while Uche Ikpeazu provides Cambridge’s up top.

Head-to-head

Yeovil won their first five fixtures against Cambridge but have failed to pick up a point in their last three meetings with the U’s.

Darren Way was in the heart of the midfield the last time Town defeated Cambridge back in 2005. 

Paul Terry’s opener was cancelled out by Shane Tudor’s 77th-minute strike but Phil Jevons netted from the sport four minutes from time to earn the Glovers all three points.

Last time out, Mark Roberts bundled home for Cambridge in a 1-0 win at the Abbey Stadium in September. 

Referee

Brett Huxtable (Devon) will take charge of his 28th game of the season when Town host Cambridge.

Mr Huxtable has awarded 92 yellow cards so far this campaign and has issued two red cards.

The Devon-born official issued eight bookings in Town’s 2-1 win over Colchester United.

Mr Huxtable will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset) with Marc Whaley (Devon) 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. 

DAWSON RETURNS FROM SUSPENSION

The Irishman picked up his tenth booking of the season a fortnight ago and missed the draws against Hartlepool United and Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two.

Fellow midfielder Alex Lawless returned from a hip injury on Saturday and came through unscathed, while Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko were withdrawn early as a precaution and should be fit for tonight’s match.

Alex Lacey (knee) is a doubt, and Otis Khan remains sidelined as he continues his rehabilitation on his ankle problem.

WAY EXPECTING DIRECT CAMBRIDGE SIDE

The U’s have lost their last four matches in Sky Bet League Two, and have scored just once in their previous five fixtures.

With players like the giant frame of Uche Ikpeazu at their disposal, Way believes Shaun Derry’s side may assume a long ball game to match the traits of a lot of teams in the division.

“A lot of League Two games, with the pressure managers and players are under, are direct,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“You have to make sure you pick up second balls and get the ball down and play. 

“I feel that will be exactly the same with certain players Cambridge have got. 

“They need a win just as much as we do. It’ll be a difficult game and I expect every game at this level to be difficult considering the amount of pressure on these games. 

“Hopefully we can make sure we get our performance levels to where we look exciting in the final third, the players carry confidence, play with freedom and have a real belief in front of goal.”

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

WAY WANTS TO BRING ENTERTAINMENT BACK

The Glovers looked to be heading for three points against Leyton Orient on Saturday courtesy of Francois Zoko’s ninth goal of the season, but had to settle for draw when former Town loanee Gavin Massey netted two minutes from time.

Yeovil have lost just three of their last 10 games in Sky Bet League Two but have drawn a frustrating six of those, despite having taken the lead against both Blackpool and Orient.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “I feel the fluency could be better. I feel the Plymouth game was a very heavy pitch to play on so that was a bit of a direct game. 

"I thought we had large spells of possession against Leyton Orient which should’ve seen two or three (goals) because it is difficult when they (teams) come and sit behind the ball.

"Teams are paying us a lot of respect but I just expect the players, when they get in the final third, to find the right ball at the right time. When that cross goes in I expect one or two runners to be fully committed.

"Just to make it more exciting, more entertaining for the supporters because they pay good money. We are trying, and are desperately trying to make sure they come and get entertainment. 

"The players are trying – I feel they need a little bit more belief but I think the supporters will see that."

Tickets for tonight’s clash can be purchased in person at the ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888.


EZEWELE JOINS HARRIERS ON PERMANENT BASIS

The full-back had been on loan at Aggborough since January, making four competitive appearances for Kiddy scoring once. 
Ezewele’s loan expired after Kidderminster’s 3-2 home win over Curzon Ashton and has put pen to paper to sign for Worcestershire outfit on a deal until the end of the season.
Ezewele made one appearance for the Glovers, coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 win against Reading Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy back in November.
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Josh all the best for the future.  

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Plymouth Argyle cruised to victory over Exeter City in the Devon derby.

Goals from Matty Kennedy, Ryan Taylor and Jake Jervis ended the Grecians seven-match winning run and puts the Pilgrims within three of league leaders Doncaster Rovers with a game in hand.

Donny surprisingly dropped points on Friday night against bottom of the table Newport County at Rodney Parade.

Both teams had opportunities to secure three points but had to settle for a point as Darren Ferguson’s side failed to add to their league at the top, while Newport missed the chance to climb out of the relegation zone.

Blackpool secured an impressive win at third-placed Carlisle United to climb to 11th in League Two.

The Tangerines netted four times to end a run of four draws in succession.

Two second-half goals from Danny Hylton earned Luton Town an important three points over Crawley Town in their bid of automatic promotion.

James Collins had given the Red Devils the lead on the hour before Hatters striker Hylton took his personal tally for the season to 17.

Mansfield stormed into the play-off places with a thrashing of struggling Hartlepool.

It was a fourth win league win on the bounce for Steve Evans’ men and they have now not conceded for 352 minutes in League Two.

Matt Godden was on target again for Stevenage as they recorded a third win in a row with victory over promotion-chasing Wycombe.

Godden has now scored eight times in his last eight games, and has 15 in total this season, with his penalty being sandwiched by strikes from Steven Schumacher and the excellent Tom Pett.

Matt Clarke and Kal Naismith scored to help promotion-chasing Portsmouth return to winning ways with a home success against lowly Accrington.

Pompey were in desperate need of the points following back-to-back defeats and sit four points off a automatic promotion spot.

Veteran Kevin Ellison scored a brace as Morecambe overcame Cambridge United at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps are now unbeaten in six games while Cambridge have lost their last four.

Crewe Alexandra put five past Grimsby Town at Gresty Road to record their first win in 12 matches.

Mariners boss Marcus Bignot gave a heartfelt apology to his supporters at full time, promising that Grimsby would bounce back from the embarrassing loss.

Elsewhere there were 2-1 wins for Colchester United and Notts County over Barnet and Cheltenham Town respectively. 

LOAN WATCH: TRIO ALL IN ACTION

Josh Ezewele helped Kidderminster Harriers to a 3-2 win against Curzon Ashton at Aggborough in National League North. 
The full-back played a pivotal part in the hosts taking the lead after just 92 seconds. It was his cross that resulted in James McQuilkin opening the scoring. 
Kiddy’s victory means they remain unbeaten in the league since Ezewele’s arrival in early January. 
Elsewhere, Ollie Bassett completed 90 minutes for Dorchester Town in their disappointing 5-0 loss at Leamington in Evo-Stik League Southern Premier. 
The result sees the Magpies sit in 19th place, with Leamington remaining in the promotion hunt. 
To the South Coast and Joe Lea was part of a Gosport Borough side that went down 4-0 at home to Dartford in National League South. 
Having notched an assist in the 2-2 draw with Hampton & Richmond last Tuesday, Lea was fruitless to help Boro who lost goalkeeper Mark Childs after just 20 minutes, forcing striker Rowan Vine to take position between the sticks. 
Defeat leaves Gosport 19th in the table after 28 games.

MIXED AFTERNOON FOR ZOKO

When Tom Eaves’ shot on the turn was beaten away by goalkeeper Sam Sargeant in first-half injury time, the Ivorian forward pounced to score the game’s opener and become Town’s top goalscorer.

However, his ninth goal of the campaign proved to be in vain as former Glovers loanee Gavin Massey netted a late equaliser for Orient before Zoko left the field with an ankle injury.

“It’s always good but it’s better when your team win – you get more pleasure from that,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I would’ve loved it to have got us the three points as I think this team is not far (from a win) and we’re working hard. 

“There’s a little bit missing but we need the fans to trust us because we will give everything until the end of the season. 

“The league is still close and if we get a win here and point there everything will be fine. There’s still a lot of games and I believe the tide will change.”

He added: “I came off which wasn’t about tactics, it was more about looking at Tuesday’s game.

“I had a bad kick on my ankle and the gaffer made the choice, and didn’t want to take a risk. 

“Tuesday is another big game at home and we’re already looking at this game now.”

Cambridge United are the visitors to Huish Park tomorrow night (7.45pm).

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

 

YEOVIL TOWN LADIES TAKE THEIR SPRING SERIES ON THE ROAD

Following the opening game at the home of the Glovers against Liverpool, the team will then play all remaining games at Taunton Town and Bridgwater Town.
With a huge crowd expected to watch former champions Liverpool, it is then thought the club would be able to engage with new fans across different parts of Somerset at the Viridor Stadium and Fairfax Park.
General Manager, Trevor Jenkins said: “Our fan base is superb and this has been proven by finishing 2016 with the highest average attendance in the whole of the FA Women’s Super League Two division last season. 
“We are pleased to be able to play the opening game at Huish Park, but are also looking forward to being made to feel so welcome at Taunton and Bridgwater. I’d like to thank both Chief Executive Kevin Sturmey at Taunton and Chairman Adrian Byrne at Bridgwater, for being so accommodating and able to host these games away from Yeovil. They’ve been very supportive.
“The players and staff are looking forward to showcasing top-tier women’s football in all three towns and there are some very exciting games scheduled, which will certainly generate high levels of interest, as we get our first taste of WSL1.”
Bristol City Women and Reading Women visit the Viridor Stadium, before Sunderland and Notts County come to Fairfax Park in Bridgwater. If drawn at home in the 5th Round of the SSE FA Women’s Cup, the game will also be hosted at Bridgwater Town FC on 19th March.
The Huish Park pitch will be ready for the series opener before pitch maintenance is carried out during spring. Yeovil Town Ladies have been in talks with the staff and board members at the club and hope that they will embrace and continue to support the team for the commencement of the new winter league in WSL 1.
At this stage, it is unconfirmed where fixtures will be held in the winter season despite positive negotiations and meetings with the club.
Fixtures and venues for the Ladies’ home matches of the 2017 Spring Series can be viewed by clicking here.
Tickets are now on sale for the Liverpool Ladies FC game on 23rd April, and are available to purchase by clicking here.

IF I WAS A SUPPORTER, I’D BE DISAPPOINTED – WAY

The Glovers went into the break a goal up thanks to Francois Zoko’s ninth goal of the season, but had to settle for a point when former Yeovil loanee Gavin Massey netted two minutes from time.

Despite making it three unbeaten in the league, Way was frustrated his side didn’t see the match out to earn what would have been their second home win on the bounce.

“We feel very disappointed,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We had large spells of possession and i think that’s why emotionally we’re so disappointed.

“If I was a supporter I’d be very, very disappointed we’ve not come out winners because of the opportunities that we had. 

“All they’ll remember is the last 15 minutes and I have to agree we were poor in the way we played. We didn’t take advantage and we should have.”

He added: “They threw men forward and every time we got the ball forward we couldn’t hold it up, especially in the last 15 minutes of the game.

“We’ve got to make sure the players learn a valuable lesson. When I analysed their goal I feel there were one or two that didn’t track a runner and that’s when you concentration levels have to be at your max.

“It’s important now we try and get three points against Cambridge. Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve in football.”

 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 1-1 LEYTON ORIENT

After an opening 45 minutes largely devoid of opportunities, the hosts took the lead in first-half stoppage time courtesy of a close range Francois Zoko finish. 
The Glovers went close on two occasions after the break before Orient levelled late on through Gavin Massey, to make it a frustrating afternoon for the Glovers.
Darren Way made five changes to the side that went out of the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek, when Town had eight players unavailable. 
Artur Krysiak returned between the sticks, whilst Liam Shephard re-entered the fray after suspension on Tuesday night. 
Captain Darren Ward – rested at Kenilworth Road – returned to partner Nathan Smith in the heart of the Glovers defence, with Alex Lawless making his first appearance in seven matches due to injury.
Having missed the trip to Luton due to ineligibility, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was the fifth and final change, starting in the front three. 
Despite the numerous changes, Town started with nine of the 11 that featured at Hartlepool seven days previous and as in County Durham, the Glovers were slow to get going. 
Conversely, the O’s were quick out of the blocks and tested Krysiak in the open few minutes when Nigel Atangana stung the hands of the Polish stopper with a powerful effort. 
Unscathed from a shaky opening five minutes, the game plateaued into an even share of possession, with neither side engineering anything by way of a meaningful opportunity. 
In fact, Yeovil had to wait until the 20th minute for their first flurry of pressure, with a succession of corners and a deflected Ben Whitfield strike stroking the side-netting. 
However, it was from a Green and White corner that the London outfit spurned the best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes. 
Having sprung a counter-attack, Sandro Semedo and Gavin Massey found themselves two on one against Liam Shephard, but the former ignored his strike partner and eventually was challenged by Town’s lone defender.
That spurned opportunity triggered Town into life, who produced two chances of their own in quick succession.
Neat build-up saw Whitfield slide a ball into Shephard, but in unchartered territory the full-back could only blaze into the side-netting. 
Moments later, and just past the half-hour mark, Zoko curled an effort from range over the bar, as Town became more effective in the final third. 
A lengthy delay for Krysiak who required treatment for a facial injury looked to have killed off any momentum, but Yeovil took the lead on the stroke of half-time. 
Tom Eaves’ neat turn and deflected shot was well pushed away by Sam Sargeant in the visiting goal, but Zoko showed his guile to follow in and expertly find the back of the net, becoming Town’s top scorer with nine goals in the process. 
After the break, and looking to avoid a seventh straight defeat, Orient kicked off the second half when Massey fired straight at Krysiak, before the hosts took control. 
Enjoying the majority of the play, Way’s side produced a trio of chances as the game ticked past the hour mark. 
After a spellbinding run from Zoko, the veteran teed up apprentice Whitfield, but the Bournemouth loanees strike was straight at Sargeant. 
Looking to put the game to bed, Eaves flashed a low drive inches wide from the edge of the box before Akpa Akpro did the same from inside the box. 
Orient used all three of their subs in a bid to turn the tide, and it resulted in a spell of pressure as the game ticked towards the final 10 minutes. 
Danny Webb’s side committed numbers forward as Town slumped deeper, and with two minutes of normal time remaining the O’s levelled. 
Paul McCullum’s effort only fell to Massey at the back post who fired into the roof of the net to ease Orient’s poor start to 2017.
With little time for either side to find a winner it ended with a share of the spoils at Huish Park, resulting in a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Ward, Smith, Dickson (Mugabi 79’); Whitfield, Lawless, Dolan; Akpa Akpro (Harrison 71’), Eaves, Zoko (Sowunmi 90′).
Bookings: Lawless 55’, Dolan 78’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Butcher, Goodship.
Leyton Orient: Sargeant; Judd, Erichot (Kennedy 45’), Parkes, Hunt; Atangana (Koroma 55’), Kelly, Collins; Massey, Liburd (McCullum 54’), Semedo.
Bookings: Semedo 71’, Collins 73’, Kelly 75’
Subs not used: Grainger, Mezague, Moncur, Dalby.

CLUB PLAN OF ACTION FOLLOWING MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE SURVEY

The club received thousands of comments which were distributed to the respective departments for consultation and planning.

 

Fans can view the club’s plan of action regarding the suggestions made by you, the supporters, by clicking here.

 

The plan consists of work and alterations being carried out either now or in the immediate, near and long-term future, and suggestions which are implausible.

Following the composition of this action plan, the club met with the Supporters Alliance Group this week, with a full minuted report to follow next week.

HARRISON KEEN TO MAKE MOST OF HOME ADVANTAGE

The Glovers entertain the O’s at Huish Park looking to build on their victory against high-flyers Plymouth Argyle last time out at home. 
Harrison, who made his first start at Luton in midweek, is keen to use the vociferous support to his side’s advantage. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “We’ll challenge them, especially playing at home.
“We’ll have the crowd behind us which is an advantage so we’ll take that into the game.
“The crowd here are superb,” he continued. “They get behind us the whole way, good or bad result, and always believe in us. That really helps.”
The Tottenham loanee is enjoying his first taste of senior football, and hopes to build on his first 90 minutes for the Club on Tuesday night. 
“I expected the physical side of it, which is something I’ve always wanted to improve in my game. It’s helping me being in men’s football. 
“It’s a good league; a hard league with some good, good teams.
“The top teams are very good sides but our team and our squad are just as good and can beat anyone really.
“The most important thing is to deal with my side of the game first and go from there.”
Tickets are still available to purchase for Saturday’s fixture via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Alternatively, tickets can be bought online

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v LEYTON ORIENT

Town return to league action after a disappointing defeat to Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

However, Darren Way’s side are unbeaten in their last two League Two matches, picking up four points in the process.

The victory came over high-flying Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park and Way has stated he wants his squad build on the impressive result.

Alex Lacey and Nathan Smith were scorers on the night and praised assistant Terry Skiverton for his work with them on the training ground.

Yeovil will be looking to extend their unbeaten league sequence to three when Leyton Orient visit Huish Park.

The O’s have lost six on the bounce, a losing streak which has seen them slip into the bottom two.

New boss Danny Webb is a former Glover who made 10 appearances for the club between January 2007 and May 2008.

The 33-year-old named five players aged 20 or under in their midweek defeat to Morecambe and is confident his youthful side can keep them up.

Paul McCallum is Orient’s top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, while former Town loanee Gavin Massey has five scores to his name.

Head-to-head

In the 26 times the two sides have met, Town have won on nine occasions (D7 L19).

The Glovers’ most memorable victory over Orient came in 2011 where Shaun MacDonald hit a first-half hat-trick in a 5-1 win at Brisbane Road.

Last time out, Tom Eaves’ header was enough to secure Yeovil all three points.


Referee

Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire) will take charge of his 33rd game of the season when Town host Orient.

Mr Deadman has awarded 112 yellow cards so far this season and has issued seven red cards, two of which have come in his last four matches.

Ironically, Mr Deadman officiated Town’s 1-0 win away at Orient earlier on in the campaign. 

The Cambridgeshire-born official will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire) with Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Shayon Harrison’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. 

LIFELONG SUPPORTER ELSIE WOOD PASSES AWAY

Elsie, who supported the Glovers up and down the country, celebrated her 103rd birthday in November and was visited by Town manager Darren Way to mark the occasion. 
Everyone at Yeovil Town was saddened to hear of the passing of Elsie earlier this week, and extend our condolences to Elsie’s family and loved ones.
Having spent time with Elsie, Darren Way was honoured to have met her.
“Elsie was a very special person who couldn’t help but inspire you when you spoke to here," he said.
“She spoke so fondly of her years following the Club and it was a real honour to meet and spend time with her.
“Our deepest condolences from everyone at Huish Park.”

WAY WANTS TO REPLICATE PRE-CHRISTMAS HOME FORM

The Glovers went eight matches unbeaten in all competitions at Huish Park, a sequence which helped the club rise into the Sky Bet League Two play-offs and progress into the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Yeovil bounced back from defeat to league leaders Doncaster Rovers with an impressive 2-1 win over high-flying Plymouth Argyle in Somerset, and Way wants to build on the result against the Pilgrims starting with Leyton Orient tomorrow (3pm).

“Some of our home games we’ve played in have been good games and we’ve had some good results,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We go into (the Leyton Orient game) off the back of playing Plymouth which I thought was a fantastic result. 

“We want to keep driving, keep winning football managers and keep giving the supporters entertainment. 

“The care and commitment they’ve shown over the last couple of weeks with the distance they’ve had to travel has been phenomenal. It’s something the group and the football club are very appreciative of the support they’ve given us.”

He continued: “If we pick up maximum points from the next two games we’re probably having a different conversation next week. 

“The players know how important it is and are driven to be successful as they can.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s match and the Valentine’s Day clash with Cambridge United can be purchased at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

 

HARRISON OUT TO CEMENT SPOT IN SQUAD

The Tottenham loanee made his first Glovers start in midweek away to Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy, completing the 90 minutes.
Having arrived towards the end of January, the 19-year-old made his debut at Blackpool and is targeting a first league start on Saturday when Town host Leyton Orient (3pm). 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, the attacker stated he’s enjoying his time in Somerset. 
“I’m really, really enjoying it. I feel settled in now, I really get on well with the lads and am enjoying it at the moment. 
“I want to keep cementing my place in the team, working hard in training and showing the gaffer I deserve to play.” 
Harrison is the latest in a line of Spurs players who have enjoyed successful loan spells at Yeovil. 
England internationals Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker and Andros Townsend all spent time at Huish Park from White Hart Lane, with Harrison keen to continue his own development.
He said: “(Getting) experience is one of my main objectives. It’s completely different to Under-23 football, it’s men’s football now and a better experience for me and something I need.
“A lot of Spurs players have come through this system and gone on to play at a top, top level so hopefully I can continue to do that as well.
“I want to follow in their footsteps and get to the top level if I can.”
The Glovers host Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two this weekend and the Spurs loanee is keen to open his Town account. 
“(I set) individual targets,” he revealed. “Coming out on loan the main objective is to score goals. 
“That’s what I’m here to do and once I get my first, I can push on from there.
"If I can get a few goals and if we keep winning a few more games, we’ll definitely be in contention for the play-offs."
Tickets are still available to purchase for Saturday’s fixture via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.Alternatively, tickets can be bought online

WAY WARY OF WOUNDED ORIENT

The 37-year-old became Town boss with the Glovers in the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone and guided the club to a 19th-placed finish.

Former Town player Danny Webb was appointed Orient’s manager last month – the London club’s 10th since 2014 – and has seen his team slip into the relegation zone following six-game losing streak.

Way is wary of the threat a wounded Orient outfit may possesses having been in a similar situation and has warned his players to expect a tough encounter.

“They’ve got a new manager who is young and wants to be successful,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I know exactly what it’s like as I took over in the same situation so I feel I know what it takes to drive a football club and I think Danny will be exactly the same.

“There are probably a lot of players in their team who pay mortgages and are fighting for their lives and the football club. We did the same last year. 

“I know we’ve got a really difficult game on Saturday and I’ll make sure every single player and staff member is aware of their situation and the threats that they could cause.”

Town welcome back loan trio Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga into the squad after they were cup-tied for the midweek trip to Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

It leaves Way with seven available loans to select from with a maximum of five allowed in his matchday squad.

“I always knew that was going to be the case and I think the players respect that,” he said.

“They understand our squad and how we use that system. 

“If we end up with one or two loan players getting injured, like Ryan Hedges was, someone else steps in. 

“Every training session they’re fighting for a place and I’ll make sure I make the right decisions at the right time.”

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


TOWN WELCOME BACK SIX PLAYERS

The Town boss was forced to name just four substitutes for the midweek loss to Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy due to suspension, injury and ineligibility. 

Alex Lawless and Liam Shephard are back in contention after serving one-match bans in the competition, while loan trio Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga were all cup-tied.

Defender Darren Ward was rested, while fellow centre-back Alex Lacey is “close” to returning following a knee injury.

“We’re looking very, very good,” Way told YTFC.net.

“We had one or two of our influential experienced players out on Tuesday who will be back ready to fight for the club on Saturday.”

Left-back Ryan Dickson (groin) was substituted as a precaution at Kenilworth Road and is fit for the visit of Orient, but the game comes too soon for Otis Khan who is still out with an ankle problem.

Kevin Dawson misses out due to suspension.

ORIENT TICKETS REMAIN AVAILABLE

The Glovers welcome the O’s to Somerset off the back of picking up four points from their last two Sky Bet League Two games.

Darren Way’s side recorded their first league win of 2017 with a 2-1 home victory over promotion contenders Plymouth Argyle before earning a point away at Hartlepool United.

Orient are winless in seven – losing six in a row – a sequence which has seen them slip into the bottom two. 

The London outfit have won their previous two matches at Huish Park but suffered a 4-0 defeat to Town in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup in 2014.

Last time out, Yeovil left Brisbane Road with all three points when Tom Eaves rose highest to nod home Matt Butcher’s cross.

Supporters can buy tickets for the game in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

Tickets are available on the day but at a £2 price increase*.

*excludes juniors

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED – WAY

Jordan Cook’s 11th-minute strike and a superb Alan Sheehan free kick early in the second half had the Hatters in control before a topsy-turvy, eight-minute goal frenzy ensued.

Ivorian forward Francois Zoko reduced the deficit just shy of the hour mark, but Isaac Vassell restored Luton’s two-goal advantage moments later.

The gap was back to one when Omar Sowunmi nodded home Town’s second of the night, however the Glovers’ desire for a quick equaliser was short-lived as Danny Hylton made it 4-2 to the hosts within 60 seconds of the restart.

Vassell put extra gloss on the scoreline with a fifth in injury time, as Luton reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since they won it in 2009.

“There are lessons to be learned,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Certain individuals would’ve taken a lot from the opponents we’ve played tonight. They will know certain players caused them a lot of problems and they need to reflect on that. 

“The players are very, very disappointed. They were tested tonight but I can’t fault their effort and commitment.

“We have got a small, young squad and we’re learning.”

He added: “I can take a lot from it (the Checkatrade Trophy) and I feel the players have taken a lot from it. 

“We’ve had a good journey with some really good games and we’ve played in some good grounds.

“I think the players will say they’ve enjoyed it. We’re disappointed we’ve been knocked out but they’ve given everything in this trophy.

“The effort and the energy the players have shown in this cup is something I’m very proud of.”

REPORT: LUTON TOWN 5-2 YEOVIL TOWN

After a bright start the hosts took the lead just past the 10-minute mark when Jordan Cook capitalised on a ricochet to pick out the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
After ending the first half the stronger the Glovers were embroiled in a six-goal second half thriller, which started with Alan Sheehan’s free kick from range.
The visitors responded just eight minutes later through Francois Zoko, before Isaac Vassell immediately restored the Hatters two-goal advantage. 
With 65 minutes on the clock substitute Omar Sowunmi rose high to head home at the back post, but Luton took just 60 seconds to make it 4-2 through the potent Danny Hylton.
The action continued but Luton rounded off the scoring in stoppage time as Vassell neatly slotted home a second, to end the visitors cup run.
Darren Way made four changes to the side that came away from Hartlepool United with a share of the spoils in Sky Bet League Two at the weekend. 
Without eight first team players, Yeovil fielded only four substitutes at Kenilworth Road.
Bevis Mugabi came in for the suspended Liam Shephard whilst Kevin Dawson – able to play in the Trophy despite a ban in the league – replaced former Luton favourite Alex Lacey (knee).
Spurs loanee Shayon Harrison made his first Glovers start in place of the cup-tied Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, with Jonny Maddison continuing his run in the competition between the sticks.
With a home semi-final tie awaiting the winner, the Hatters looked to make the most of their quarter-final home advantage with an impressive start to the game.
Maddison had to be alert from the get-go to smother Jonathan Smith’s drilled cross before racing from his line to beat the lively Danny Hylton to the ball moments later.
Harrison, making his full senior debut, stung the fingertips of Matt Macey at the other end before a combination of Mugabi and Nathan Smith managed to thwart Isaac Vassell when baring down on the visiting goal. 
The young stopper had to be on hand again inside the opening 10 minutes to dive low to his left to push away Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu’s low shot, before Luton finally found a way past Maddison.
A ricocheted cross fell kindly to the feet of Cook on the edge of the box, who made no mistake picking out the bottom corner. 
Nathan Jones’ side continued to threaten in the final third looking to capitalise on a re-shuffled Yeovil back four, but Town slowly came into the game. 
Matty Dolan saw a shot from range tipped over by Macey before good feet from Harrison engineered space to shoot inside the box, with the Hatters ‘keeper forced into a diving save.
Keen to build themselves a safety barrier, Smith saw a rasping drive from 18 yards cannon back off the bar against the run of play, leaving the woodwork shaking for some time.
With an eventual Wembley final in the horizon the Glovers finished the half the stronger as Dolan saw another effort flash inches wide, as Way’s outfit began to influence proceedings at a sparsely populated Kenilworth Road.
Despite encouragement before the break, Town were dealt a blow just six minutes after the restart courtesy of a Sheehan set-piece.
After Butcher felled Vassell 25 yards from goal, the free kick specialist brilliantly picked out the top corner with Maddison not able to keep the effort out. 
That triggered a goal frenzy with five goals in 16 second-half minutes, as Zoko latched on to Sowunmi’s flick-on to neatly slot past Macey with 58 minutes on the clock.
Seemingly back in the game Yeovil conspired to return momentum to the hosts when Vassell’s solo run ended with a powerful finish past Maddison after cutting in from the left just 180 seconds later.
Before the home crowd had returned to their seats it was 3-2 when Sowunmi rose at the back post to expertly loop a header back where it came from over Macey, as Yeovil looked to trigger a comeback once again. 
Any danger of that was soon ended – just 60 seconds later, when Hylton slammed Vassell’s low cross home off the crossbar. 
That was the last of the goal frenzy but the action continued. 
Dolan saw a dipping free-kick drop just wide, before Maddison denied Hylton on two occasions with smart saves.
As the game entered the closing stages Luton rounded off the scoring through Vassell in stoppage time, rounding off a disappointing night defensively for Town.
Luton Town: Macey; O’Donnell, Mullins, Senior; Rea, Mpanzu, Smith, Cook (Cuthbert 63’); Vassell (Marriott 90’), Hylton (Justin 90’).
Bookings: Rea 57’, Senior 67’
Subs not used: King, Gray, Lee, Gambin. 
Yeovil Town: Maddison; Mugabi, Butcher, Smith Dickson (James 78’); Whitfield (Goodship 81’), Dawson, Dolan; Harrison, Eaves (Sowunmi 53’), Zoko.
Bookings: Dawson 30’, Sowunmi 86’
Subs not used: Krysiak. 

DOLAN OUT TO REACH WEMBLEY ONCE AGAIN

The Glovers take on Luton Town at Kenilworth, in the knowledge that they’re just two games away from a final at the home of English football. 
With Oxford United at home awaiting the winner of tonight’s clash, Dolan admits the squad are determined to reach the final. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “Everyone turned their nose up at the competition when it first came out, but we’re two games from Wembley.
“Let’s get to Wembley. That’s what everyone is thinking in the dressing room.
“It’s a big game on Tuesday, so let’s get ourselves closer to Wembley.”
Dolan was part of Yeovil’s League One play-off final winning side in 2013, and is determined to return to Wembley once again.
“I came on in the last 5-10 minutes,” he said. “I think I was the only person happy with six minutes of stoppage time!
“Hopefully we can get back there. We have a good previous record at Wembley, so let’s get back there and get our name on the trophy.”
Tickets for tonight’s match are still available to purchase from the Luton ticket office ONLY
They can be contacted in person or on 01582 416976, and must be bought IN ADVANCE by 5pm (opens at 10am), with no sales available after that point. There are no online sales.

PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN v YEOVIL TOWN

Darren Way’s side progressed to the last eight in style with a 4-2 victory over Reading Under-23s.

It was third home game in the tournament where the Glovers had put four past their opponents after wins over Portsmouth and MK Dons.

On the road in the Checkatrade Trophy, Town have faced Bristol Rovers and Reading – drawing 0-0 at the Memorial before losing on penalties, and winning 2-0 at the Madejski thanks to goals from Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko.

The duo are Yeovil’s top scorers in the competition with three goals apiece.

Luton also hit four goals in their previous match in the Checkatrade Trophy against Chesterfield.

The Hatters were fined £15,000 earlier in the tournament for fielding a weakened side despite winning two of their three matches in the group stage.

Jack Marriott and Issac Vassall are top of Luton’s scoring charts with two goals each. Josh McQuoid also has two goals but has since been loaned out.

Head-to-head

Town have never faced Luton in any format of the EFL Trophy.

The only cup match between the two teams was a League Cup tie in 2003 which ended 4-1 to the Hatters.

The Glovers won once on their previous four visits to Kenilworth Road; a 3-2 win back in 2015.

Last time out, Tom Eaves’ header rescued a point after a wonder strike from Stephen O’Donnell.

Referee

Ben Toner (Lancashire) will take charge of his 27th game of the season tomorrow, fresh from issuing three yellow cards in Gillingham’s draw at Sheffield United.

The Lancashire official has awarded 83 yellow cards so far this season and three reds. He officiated Town’s 1-0 win at Crawley Town last season.

Mr. Jones will be assisted by Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire) and Chris Husband (Worcestershire) with Gavin Ward (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.

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

All tickets will be sold via the Kenilworth Road ticket office and must be bought IN ADVANCE. The Luton Town ticket office can be contacted on 01582 416976 (10am-5pm weekdays), with no online purchase available. 

LUTON TICKETS ON SALE UNTIL 5PM

The Glovers travel to Kenilworth Road looking to progress to the semi-finals of the competition, with the winners on the night hosting Sky Bet League One outfit Oxford United in the last four.

All tickets will be sold via the Luton ticket office, contactable in person or on 01582 416976, and must be bought IN ADVANCE by 5pm (opens at 10am), with no sales available after that point. There are no online sales.

Tickets are priced at just £5 for adults and concessions, while entry for Under-16s is FREE.

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. 

WAY EXCITED FOR LUTON TIE

The Glovers travel to Bedfordshire to take on the Hatters in the last eight of the competition (7.45pm), with the winners playing host to Sky Bet League One outfit Oxford United in the semi-finals.

Town’s fate would have been decided on January 24th but for a frozen pitch at Kenilworth Road, and Way can’t wait to finally get the contest played.

“It’s a big game and that’s all we can think about,” he told YTFC.net.

“We were disappointed with the postponement last time as we’d worked hard to prepare for that game but as soon as we got on the bus back from Hartlepool, our focus was on Luton again.

“We’ll be doing our best to make sure all the players are prepared going into the game.”

He continued: “It will be an exciting game.

“It’s not often you get the chance to reach Wembley in your career and these players still have that chance.

“They’re hungry and make me feel proud to come to work everyday; they keep me driving.

“They have an opportunity and not one of them wants to pass it up.

“We’ve been good in the competition so far and hopefully we can continue that against Luton.”

Way will be without Alex Lawless and Liam Shephard because of suspension, while loan trio Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga are all cup-tied.

Kevin Dawson is available as his two-match ban only applies to league fixtures.

LOAN WATCH: LOAN DUO COMPLETE 90 MINUTES

Bassett, who re-joined Dorchester Town for a third spell on Friday, proved to be a lively presence for the Magpies, but couldn’t stop the Dorset outfit going down 2-1 at home to Merthyr Tydfil. 
In FA Trophy action, Ezewele completed the whole game for Kidderminster Harriers who were knocked out of the competition by National League side Barrow. 
The full-back picked up a gash to the leg from a challenge in the first half, but will be fit to travel to Stalybridge in National league North on Tuesday night. 
There’s no midweek action for Dorchester meaning Bassett will next be in action on Saturday, when Craig Laird’s side travel to Leamington in Evo-Stik League Southern Premier. 

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Newport County boosted their survival hopes with a last-gasp equaliser at Cheltenham Town.

Kyle Wootton looked to have won it for the hosts, but Jaanai Gordon levelled for Newport in the third minute of injury time to make it four unbeaten for the Exiles.

Leyton Orient slipped further into trouble following a 2-1 home defeat to high-flying Carlisle United.

Gavin Massey gave the O’s an early but Carlisle’s January signings Gary Liddle and Jamie Proctor turned the game on its head before the latter was sent off for a second bookable offence.

League leaders Doncaster Rovers failed to win for the first time in 2017 as Morecambe held on to draw at the Keepmoat.

The visitors went ahed through Peter Murphy before an in-form John Marquis restored parity in the 56th minute.

Plymouth Argyle reduced the gap at the top to five points with a win over Cambridge United.

Antoni Sarcevic scored the game’s only goal as the Pilgrims bounced back from their midweek defeat to Town.

Exeter City continued their dazzling form with a convincing 4-0 win over Crewe Alexandra.

The Grecians made it 12 games unbeaten thanks to goals from Jake Taylor-Moore, Lloyd James and a double from David Wheeler.

Scott Kashket notched his 15th goal of the season as Wycombe leapfrogged visitors Portsmouth to go sixth.

The striker’s deflected shot early in the second half was enough to settle the match at Adams Park despite a tense end to the game.

Wycombe are now level on points with Luton Town who drew 1-1 against Grimsby Town.

The Hatters had the chance to win it in injury time but Danny Hylton’s spot-kick was saved by keeper James McKeown.

Loan players Harvey Rodgers and Noor Husin secured Accrington a home win over Notts County in their League Two relegation battle.

Defender Rodgers, on loan from Hull, headed home on 45 minutes, while substitute Husin, who signed from Crystal Palace on Tuesday, had an easy tap-in to secure a vital three points for Stanley and plunge Kevin Nolan’s side deeper into trouble.

Ben Whiteman scored for the second week in a row as Mansfield moved to within two points of the play-off places with a comfortable victory at Barnet.

The Stags added a second from the spot and are now breathing down the necks of seventh-placed Portsmouth following their win at the Hive. 

Matt Godden hit a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Stevenage came from behind to clinch victory at Crawley Town.

Boro’s forward has already netted an equaliser before adding his second five minutes into injury time.

 

Elsewhere, Blackpool and Colchester United drew 1-1.

JONES LOOKING TO REPAY WAY

The 20-year-old joined the Glovers on deadline day and made his debut for the club as a 79th-minute sub in the 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United on Saturday.

It was the Jones’ first ever outing in the English Football League – an achievement that has been in the forefront of his mind for a long time.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “As soon as I saw my name (on the team sheet) in the morning I was really delighted.

“It’s something you dream about as a kid growing up so to finally get there is really exciting and I’m really happy.

“He (Way) obviously had faith in me so hopefully I can go on to repay him him.”

Hartlepool took the lead in the 64th minute through Padraig Amond’s header but parity was restored moments later.

Francois Zoko was hauled down in the area after a skilful run and Matty Dolan slotted home from 12 yards.

The Hartlepool-born midfielder almost netted the winner against his hometown club too but saw his late free kick clawed out the top corner by keeper Adam Bartlett.

“We were all over them in the last 10, 15 minutes so we were a little unlucky not to get three points,” Jones said.

“But to travel to a place like Hartlepool and get a point is a good result.

“It was a brilliant piece of skill (from Zoko) and as soon as he went past him I knew what was going to happen next and it was a good finish from Matty as well.

“It was a superb save from the keeper (the free kick). It was one of them, it flies in and we win the game so it was a bit unlucky really.”

Jones is cup-tied for Town’s Checkatrade Trophy tie at Luton Town but will be available for selection when Leyton Orient visit Huish Park on Saturday (February 11th, 3pm).

QUINTET OUT OF TOWN’S QUARTER-FINAL

Alex Lawless and Liam Shephard are suspended for the tie after picking up their second bookings of the competition in the last round against Reading Under-23s.

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.

The duo will be available for the semi-finals should Town progress.

Loan trio Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga miss out due to being cup-tied.

Akpa Akpro featured for Barnet in the group stages while Jones, who made his English Football League debut in Saturday’s draw with Hartlepool United, and Tshimanga played in three games each for Swansea City Under-23s and MK Dons respectively.

Defender Alex Lacey is also a concern for selection after picking up a first-half injury in County Durham.

Kevin Dawson is available with his two-game suspension only applying to Sky Bet League Two matches.

TOWN WAITING FOR LACEY PROGNOSIS

The Hatters academy product limped out of Town’s 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United on Saturday during the first-half, being replaced by veteran Darren Ward.
After the game, Darren Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel that they were will still awaiting further detail on the 23-year-old’s injury. 
“We don’t know the extent, obviously it’s sore and tough to bend, but he’s a quick healer.
“He’s frustrated in there but I said ‘keep your head up, because you never know you could make a quick recovery.’
“We’ll be doing our best to make sure these players get the right preparation going into Tuesday.”
The Glovers are already without the suspended duo of Liam Shephard and Alex Lawless on Tuesday, as well as the cup tied trio of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga.

WE’RE BUILDING UNITY AGAIN – WAY

After Matty Dolan’s penalty cancelled out Padraig Amond’s opener, Way directed all players to the away end at full-time where each member of the first-team squad shook hands and thanked the 97 travelling supporters at Victoria Park. 
The gesture followed on from the Club joining forces with the Green and Whites Supporters Club and Ridlers Coaches in providing reduced travel costs to County Durham. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel after the game, Way was complimentary of his players and the fans. 
“This group of players are hungry and keep driving me every day. 
“At full-time we went over and shook the supporters hands, and I think it was a nice touch from the Club to pay towards their travel.
“It feels like we’re getting the unity together again, and next year we can build again because we want to reach the dizzy heights of the play-offs.”
Having travelled 330 miles to Hartlepool Way was pleased with his side’s performance, who now make it three games unbeaten away from home.
“The players make me feel proud to come in and work every day. 
“We have a big game on Tuesday now though, so preparation begins now and all I can think about is a great game in the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.”

MY FAMILY WERE SPLIT – DOLAN

The midfielder slotted home from the penalty spot to earn Town a draw at Victoria Park in Sky Bet League Two. 
The result sees Yeovil move three games unbeaten away from home and Dolan was pleased to score with his family present.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel he said: “I had all my family down who were split to be honest.
“I had some friends in the Pools end and all my family and my best mate in the Yeovil end.
“The travelling fans were incredible, to travel 330 miles was incredible from them. 
“It’s nice we go away with a point which we can take onto Luton on Tuesday with a chance to get closer to Wembley.”
The Glovers trailed to Padraig Amond’s second half header before Dolan’s equaliser, but the Yeovil midfielder felt the visitors were good for all three points.
“The boys battled and it wasn’t a pretty first half in tough conditions, but we stayed organised and knew in the second half we’d get chances.
“It was a sucker punch with the goal – which was a great finish from their lad – but after the equaliser we had chances to win the game. 
“I think we were the side that was going to take three points, but to take a point away from home, with a long trip, we’ll get back home now and get ready for Tuesday night.”
Dolan was part of the scenes at full-time which saw the Yeovil players shake hands and thank the 97 travelling contingent, something he greatly appreciates. 
“Credit to the fans,” he said. “It’s one end of the country to the other and they were up at 6am to make match time, so it’s nice to reward them with a performance.
“First half wasn’t the greatest but second half I’m sure they’re going home happy now.”

IT WAS A GOOD SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE – WAY

The Glovers trailed to Padraig Amond’s header midway through the second half, before Matty Dolan scored against his hometown club just five minutes later.
Pools were put on the defensive after Town equalised and Way felt his side could’ve taken all three points.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “It was a good performance as far as the second half. 
“We talked about preparation before the game having played Tuesday and they have a new manager without playing on Tuesday. 
“It’s a very hard place to come mentally and physically, but the players kept going from start to finish. 
“I Felt towards the end we looked fitter than them, which is a good sign.”
Yeovil are now unbeaten in their last three away matches, earning a share of the spoils at Wycombe, Blackpool and Hartlepool.
With two more league away games this month, Way feels their form on the road is a positive. 
“I’m really pleased,” he said. “When you look at the other results, even though we didn’t pick up three points, I thought we were the better team and deserved three points, especially in the second half.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t happen but if we pick up these points away and pick up three points at home, we could be in a better place.”
Way’s side now face a trip to Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday, before hosting Leyton Orient back in League Two on Saturday.

REPORT: HARTLEPOOL UNITED 1-1 YEOVIL TOWN

After a stop-start first half the game came to life after the break, with two goals in five minutes.
The lively Padraig Amond headed the hosts in front with an expert header just past the hour-mark, before Town responded immediately. 
Francois Zoko was brought down in the box after an unstoppable run, with former Pools player Matty Dolan converting from the spot.
After equalising the Glovers looked more likely to net a winner with Dolan denied a double by a brilliant save, with Town eventually settling for a share of the spoils. 
Darren Way made one change to the side that claimed three points against second-placed Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park in midweek. 
The suspended Kevin Dawson was replaced by new arrival Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, which saw Ben Whitfield drop back into the midfield three to accommodate the attacker.
Fellow deadline day signing Owain Jones took a spot amongst the substitutes, whilst Shayon Harrison and Kabongo Tschimanga (who also arrived at the end of the January transfer window) missed out as the unlucky sixth and seventh loans. 
Having travelled the 330 miles to Hartlepool the journey seemed to effect Town who were slow to get going in County Durham. 
Enjoying plenty of the early possession Dave Jones’ side notched the first shot on target, with debutant Louis Rooney firing straight into the arms of Artur Krysiak.
Untested by that effort, Yeovil’s Polish shot-stopper was very nearly beaten by Amond’s attempted lob on the 10-minute mark, but the striker’s shot didn’t dip in time and landed on the roof of the net. 
After a sluggish start the Glovers engineered their first chance of the game, with Alex Lacey heading just wide from a Dolan corner after good work from Whitfield won the set-piece.
Standing strong defensively Way’s side tried to influence proceedings at the other end as the half wore on.
Making his debut, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro linked up well with Tom Eaves before curling an effort just over the bar, as the front three began to influence proceedings.
Having ridden the early Pools storm, the Glovers were dealt a blow with 32 minutes on the clock when Alex Lacey had to be replaced by Darren Ward after picking up an injury in a fully-committed challenge. 
Despite the defensive alteration Yeovil remained strong at the back, with the referee’s whistle ending a scrappy first-half at Victoria Park. 
After an uninspiring opening 45 minutes the Monkey Hangers produced the game’s best chance three minutes after the restart. 
Andrew Nelson’s positive run ended with a low cross from the by-line, but debutant Louis Rooney’s scooped effort was well-placed for Krysiak to tip over the bar. 
Buoyed by that opportunity the Plymouth loanee went close again minutes later, this time rounding Krysiak from a long-ball over the top before having his goal bound shot blocked brilliantly by the covering Ward with the goal gaping. 
With the seagulls swirling above Victoria Park, Town tested the Pools defence for the first time in the second half just before the hour-mark. 
Whitfield’s positive run from midfield afforded Zoko time on the ball, but Matthew Bates was on hand to head behind the veteran’s curling effort.
After surviving that attempt the home side were soon on the attack once again, this time finding their missing element. 
Nelson’s hung-up cross to the back post sought out Amond, and the striker demonstrated impressive neck muscles to head the ball back where it came from over Krysiak and into the back of the net. 
Determined to make it three games unbeaten away from home, the Glovers immediately found a way back into the game. 
Superb work from Zoko by the corner flag saw him turn Nelson inside-out before rampaging into the box where he was brought down by the wideman. 
Against his hometown club Dolan stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, sending Bartlett the wrong way to level the scores. 
Now end-to-end, Way introduced Owain Jones for his debut as the game ticked towards the final ten minutes in a bid to secure three points. 
With that in mind, Town almost went ahead through Dolan when the midfielder’s free-kick from 25 yards had to be tipped over the bar. 
Yeovil ended the game on the front foot with the hosts enduring a nervy final few minutes, but Town couldn’t test Bartlett again as both sides earned a share of the spoils in the North East.
Hartlepool United: Bartlett; Donnelly, Bates, Harrison, Kavanagh; Featherstone, Walker; Nelson, Amond, Alessandra (Thomas 71’); Rooney.
Bookings: Nelson 90’
Subs not used: Fryer, Martin, Richardson, Hawkins, Smith, Oates. 
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Lacey (Ward 32’), Smith, Dickson; Whitfield, Butcher, Dolan; Akpa Akpro (Jones 79’), Eaves (Sowunmi 65’), Zoko.
Bookings: Shephard 40’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Mugabi, Goodship.

ACADEMY PRODUCT JOINS SAINTS

Latham, who has been part of the Academy’s Under-18 side, signs a deal at St Mary’s until May 2018.
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Kingsley all the best with his next career move and hope he enjoyed his brief spell with the Glovers.
The move is the latest chapter in a good relationship between the two Clubs, which has been developing for the last two years.
 
In a year of management, Darren Way has given seven players their EFL debut, handing a further four senior debuts to players within his Glovers squad.
After Latham’s departure, Yeovil manager Darren Way was hopeful for the academy system. 
He said: “Yeovil Town Football Club has a very good history of developing young talent, which has been evident over a number of years with the players in our first-team.
We are looking to improve all aspects of the Club and the Academy will be very important for our continued success.
“We have introduced Steve Rutter to Academy Head of Coaching and believe he is a much needed addition, bringing an experienced member of staff to the Academy coaching setup. 
‘We now look forward to developing our very own Liam Walsh, Connor Roberts or Ryan Hedges.”
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Kingsley all the best in the future. 

HUISH PARK THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR JONES

The 20-year-old, who describes himself as a “sharp, pacy frontman that likes to score goals”, joined the Glovers on loan from Swansea City for the remainder of the season on transfer deadline day.

Jones follows in the footsteps of various players from the Premier League outfit to make the temporary switch to Somerset, and the Wales Under-21 international is relishing his opportunity to shine.

“I’m delighted to make the move,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’ve spoken to all the boys Sheps (Liam Shephard), Shees (Josh Sheehan), Connor (Roberts), (Ryan) Hedges and they’ve only got good things to say about the club. So have all the staff at Swansea so it was an easy decision for me.

“I think it was the right time in my career to go out and get some men’s football under my belt, and I don’t think there’s anywhere better than Yeovil Town to start.”

Negotiations for the move began at midday on Tuesday and weren’t concluded until 25 minutes left of the window.

The loan is Jones’ first away from Swansea and he admits playing league football is going to be a big test.

“It’s going to be huge,” he said.

“Playing in the Checkatrade Trophy this season you could see even in the two games against men’s teams it’s difficult.

“Under-23 teams like to play a lot of football so it’s a different challenge but it’s one I’m excited for.”

Jones continued: “I have to hit the ground running straight away, play as well as I can and train as hard as I can everyday then it gives me the opportunity to maybe play. 

“I’ve seen the standard of the boys here and it’s very good so I’ll have to give it my all.

“Come 3 o’clock tomorrow (against Hartlepool United) I’ll be raring to go. Whether I’m watching or playing I’m going to be really excited.”

 

CLUB PAY RESPECTS TO MUCH-LOVED CLIVE GIBBS

Clive had been an ever-present at Huish Park for decades both in the stands and as part of his work running GS Laundry Service, before sadly passing away last month.
 
More than just a businessman, the 66-year-old also had a huge impact on local football with the Clive Gibbs Cup still competed for in the Yeovil youth leagues.
 
Having been diagnosed with cancer 13 years ago the Club were saddened to hear of Clive’s passing, with all staff and employees of the Club marking their respects on Friday morning as the funeral procession passed through Huish Park.
 
As a further mark of respect, manager Darren Way and assistant manager Terry Skiverton – who both knew Mr Gibbs well – placed a wreath and personalised Glovers shirt on Clive’s seat in the Tamburino Stand ahead of kick-off on Tuesday night. 
 
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club passes on our deepest condolences to Clive’s family and loved ones.

PREPARATION IS KEY – WAY

The Glovers face a round-trip the equivalent of travelling to Prague in the Czech Republic, arriving in County Durham looking to make it two wins on the bounce and three unbeaten on the road. 
Yeovil saw off second-placed Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park in midweek, but with a six-hour journey to Victoria Park, Way thinks the key to victory is off the pitch as much as on it. 
“Preparation is vital when you travel to Hartlepool,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel
“You’ve got to make sure players get their rest and recovery.
“We’ll be ready to go again on Saturday though, that’s for sure.”
In their last eight games Yeovil have come up against six teams in the top seven, and with the potential for 10 games throughout February, Way is relishing the opportunity. 
“This month is very tough," he said.
"We have Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday and potentially another Saturday-Tuesday. Hold on tight!
“The demands on a footballer now are huge, especially with the turnover of games.
“The intensity that the Plymouth game was played in – the pitch was heavy – takes a lot of energy and we have to travel to Hartlepool and then to Luton. 
“These players have to be ready physically and mentally but so far they’re doing a good job.”

PREVIEW: HARTLEPOOL UNITED v YEOVIL TOWN

Darren Way’s side ended their eight-match winless run with an impressive win over high-flying Plymouth Argyle in midweek.

Centre-back pairing Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey grabbed the Glovers’ first goals at Huish Park in the league for nearly two months (thanks to our friends in the Argyle media team for that stat).

It was Town’s first home league game of 2017 and this weekend sees them on their travels again.

Yeovil’s last two away matches have ended in score draws (Wycombe Wanderers (1-1), Blackpool (2-2), while opponents Hartlepool United have won four of their last seven at Victoria Park.

The County Durham club currently sit 18th in League Two and go into tomorrow’s encounter following a 3-1 loss to bottom of the table Newport County.

Padraig Amond has been in fine form this season with ten goals to his name while Nathan Thomas proved a handful in the reverse fixture, netting two goals for Hartlepool in a 2-1 victory in Somerset.

Head-to-head

Town’s last victory over Hartlepool came back in 2012.

The Glovers have lost their last three against the Monkey Hangers, all by two goals to one.

Yeovil’s biggest win against the County Durham outfit was a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Gavin Tomlin, Gavin Williams, Dean Bowditch and an own goal from Sam Collins back in 2010.

Overall, the Green and Whites have recorded six out of 18 victories over Hartlepool (D3 L9).

Referee

Michael Salisbury (Lancashire) will take charge of his 21st game of the season tomorrow.

Mr. Salisbury has awarded 68 yellow cards and eight red cards so far this campaign and officiated Town’s 4-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers.

The Lancashire-based official will be assisted by Christopher Ward (South Yorkshire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham) with Matthew Dicicco acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Tom Eaves’ pre-match interviews can be found on the club’s official YouTube channel 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 the gaffer and a member of playing staff following soon after.


Tickets

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

BASSETT REJOINS DORCHESTER ON LOAN

The 18-year-old made 16 appearances across two spells earlier this season, scoring three times.
Bassett, who also earned his first Northern Ireland Under-19 cap this season, returns to the Avenue on an initial one-month loan subject to Southern League and FA ratification. 
Once that is granted, the Glovers academy graduate is expected to feature against Merthyr Town this weekend.
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Ollie all the best during his time at Dorchester.  

EAVES RELISHING COMPETITION FOR PLACES

The striker has three fresh faces to go toe-to-toe with following the deadline day arrivals of Kabongo Tshimanga, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Owain Jones.

Despite not finding the back of the net in Tuesday’s win over Plymouth Argyle, Eaves was awarded man of the match for his incredibly hard-working display and admits he would love to have more goals to his name.

“Ideally I’d like to be scoring more,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Sometimes I’m like ‘why isn’t that falling for me?’ and ‘why can’t I get a one-on-one?’ but if we’re winning games then I’m not complaining.”

He added: “We’ve got a lot of strikers in the team now so there’s going to be a lot of competition for places which certainly keeps me on my toes. 

“I want to remain in the team and be the focal point as much as possible.

“It’s up to the manager who he selects. I’ve got to do my best on the pitch and hope to play.”

The three points against Plymouth were Town’s first in nine league matches.

Earlier on in the season Darren Way’s side went on an eight-match winning run and Eaves is confident the squad can replicate that feat again.

He said: “Next month is jam-packed and if we get a result Saturday (v Hartlepool United), and Tuesday (v Luton Town), and get that sort of momentum going again like we did then why not?

“We’ve been very unlucky the past few weeks and I think I’ve hit the post six times this season!

“If those six are converted into goals then we could be looking at a different story. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.”

CLUB JOIN FORCES TO CREATE CHEAP TRAVEL TO HARTLEPOOL

Facing a 670-mile round-trip, the Football Club have agreed to subsidise half the cost of the coach, with Ridlers – who supply both the first-team and supporters travel to away games – reducing the cost by a further £100.
Originally priced at £34 for members and £36 for non-members, the Green and Whites have reduced the cost to travel to Victoria Park to just £15.
Off the back of two away games in successive weeks prior to last Saturday’s home clash with Doncaster Rovers, all three parties felt it important to join together to allow as many Town fans as possible to support Darren and the team in County Durham. 
The coach will depart Huish Park at six o’clock on Saturday morning making two stops along the route. Anyone interested can contact Paul Hadlow (07736 044570) to book their spot. 

THE PLAYERS WANT A WINNING RUN – WAY

Town saw off high-flying Plymouth Argyle 2-1 at Huish Park to return to winning ways, a feeling the Glovers manager wants to continue.
The Green and Whites travel to 18th placed Hartlepool United this Saturday and Way says the players are targeting a run of victories in the division.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “The players are constantly driving the dressing room, the culture and the environment they come into each day.
“The players are looking to go on a run, and why not? I feel in a number of games – the Exeter game we had a penalty decision (not given), Portsmouth we had a one-on-one and Otis (Khan) hit the crossbar – it could’ve been different.
“That’s why I said ‘we’ve been close’, but we have to make sure our performance levels remain high.”
Town lost the reverse fixture at Huish Park 2-1 back in September, but travel to Victoria Park unbeaten in their last two matches away from home. 
Buoyed by three deadline day signings and the potential return to fitness of midfielder Alex Lawless, Way believes there’s a good feeling amongst the squad.
“There is a buzz,” he said. “I always say football is a game played on emotions and a win certainly helps.
“There’s a buzz about the place but I have to have my eyes wide open and get my team selection right. 
“We lost to Doncaster but didn’t get too down, and we’re certainly not going to get too upbeat about beating Plymouth because there’s a big job to do on Saturday and the task is relentless.”

TOWN COULD BE BUOYED BY LAWLESS RETURN

The Glovers made three deadline day signings at the end of the January transfer window, all of who are available to potentially make their debuts in County Durham. 
The loan trio of Kabongo Tshimanga, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Owain Jones could all go straight into the matchday 18, although with the Glovers loan tally now up to seven, two must sit out the trip to Victoria Park. 
Elsewhere, Way could call on midfielder Alex Lawless again with the 31-year-old returning to training this week after missing four matches with a hip flexor problem. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Way outlined his options for Saturday.
“(The new signings) are all available,” he said. “I’m looking at Alex Lawless as well who trained today (Friday).
“I’ve got good numbers to choose from.” 
That could see Town be at full strength bar Otis Khan (ankle) and Kevin Dawson (suspended) as they look to make it two wins on the bounce. 
Supporters wishing to go on Saturday can purchase tickets via the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888 or online by clicking here

DAWSON TO SERVE TWO-MATCH SUSPENSION

The 26-year-old picked up his 10th booking at the season in the Glovers’ 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.

Dawson will miss Yeovil’s trip to Hartlepool United this weekend and the visit of Leyton Orient on Saturday, February 11th.

 

However, he is available for Town’s midweek match against Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final.

TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE FOR TRIP TO HARTLEPOOL

The Glovers make the 670-mile round-trip on the back of the impressive 2-1 victory against second-placed Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday. 
With tickets available both in advance and on the day at no extra charge, fans can purchase tickets at the following prices:
Adults (19+): £20
Seniors/Students/Under-19’s/Under’16’s/Armed Forces: £10
Wheelchair/ambulant disabled are charged at the relevant rate with a carer free of charge if on a high-rate DLA. 
Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office in person or by calling 01935 84788, with purchase also available online by clicking here.
Alternatively, supporters can buy their ticket online via Hartlepool’s website by clicking here
However, if you do so please note the following terms and charges apply:
‘Once the relevant seats have been added to the basket as per the Adult/Concession ratio required, it will automatically add on the £2.00 postage fee (first class recorded delivery service) unless you click on the collection option £0.00 at the next step. 
‘If collection is chosen they will be available in our Ticket Office from 10am on the matchday (or 10am–4pm Monday–Friday if they happen to be coming up earlier than that!). Please note all card payments including online bookings are subject to a £1.50 handling fee per transaction (not per ticket). This will also apply to anyone buying tickets from us in our Ticket Office on the day.’

GLOVERS WELCOME HMS SOMERSET TO HUISH PARK

Members including Commanding Officer Tim Berry, Lieutenant Commander Vince Owen and six of the ship’s personnel were present at Town’s victory against Plymouth Argyle, with the two parties exchanging gifts at half-time. 
One of eight Type 23 Frigates, HMS Somerset’s job over the last two years has been patrolling the North Atlantic with NATO partners, protecting sensitive waters around the UK. 
After initially planning to visit Town before the postponed Sky Bet League Two clash with Crawley in November, crew members were able to attend the match with the ship currently docked in Plymouth before resuming its patrol. 
Yeovil Town Football Club are excited to continue the partnership with HMS Somerset and look forward to welcoming them back to Huish Park in the future.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO TRANSFER TRACKER

Accrington Stanley

Manager: John Coleman

Ins: Jonathan Edwards (Hull City), Harvey Rodgers (Hull City), Marek Rodak (Fulham), Sean Clare (Accrington Stanley)

Outs: Zak Vyner (Bristol City), Chris Eagles (Port Vale)

Barnet

Manager: Rossi Eames (interim)

Ins: Ricardo Almeida Santos (Peterborough United), David Tutonda (Cardiff City), Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town), Luke Coulson (Eastleigh), Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers), Ruben Bover Izquierdo (New York Cosmos)

Outs: Luke Gambin (Luton Town), Sam Muggleton (Eastleigh), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Yeovil Town)

Blackpool

Manager: Gary Bowyer

Ins: Sanmi Odelusi (Wigan Athletic), Nathan Delfouneso (Swindon Town), Jordan Flores (Wigan Athletic), Neil Danns (Bury), Raul Correia (Radcliffe)

Outs: Mark Yeates (Notts County), Danny Pugh (Port Vale)

Cambridge United

Manager: Shaun Derry

Ins: Max Clark (Hull City – loan extended), Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United), Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town), Scott Wharton (Blackburn Rovers), Gerry McDonagh (Nottingham Forest), Liam O’Neil (Chesterfield)

Outs: Keith Keane (Rochdale), Elliot Omozusi (unattached), Blair Adams (Hamilton Academical)

Carlisle United

Manager: Keith Curle

Ins: Macaulay Gillesphey (Newcastle United – loan extended), Gary Liddle (Chesterfield), John O’Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), Jamie Proctor (Bolton Wanderers), George Waring (Stoke City)

Outs: Russell Penn (Wrexham), Derek Asamoah (unattached), David Atkinson (Blyth Spartans), Mark Ellis (Forest Green Rovers), Charlie Wyke (Bradford City)

Cheltenham Town

Manager: Gary Johnson

Ins: Diego De Girolamo (Bristol City), Emmanuel Onariase (Brentford), Scott Brown (Wycombe Wanderers), Will Boyle (Huddersfield Town), Carl Winchester (Oldham), Alex Pike (West Ham), Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United), Liam Davis (unattached), Tin Plavotic (Bristol City)

Outs: Jonny Smith (Bristol City), Danny Whitehead (Wigan Athletic), Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), Koby Arthur (Birmingham City)

Colchester United

Manager: John McGreal

Ins: Eli Phipps (Cardiff City), Tommy O’Sullivan (Cardiff City), Rekeil Pyke (Huddersfield Town), Sean Murray (Swindon Town), Dean Brill (Motherwell)

Outs: Jack Curtis (unattached)

Crawley Town

Manager: Dermot Drummy

Ins: John Lelan (Northampton Town), Rhys Murphy (Forest Green Rovers)

Outs: Jason Banton (Partick Thistle)

Crewe Alexandra

Manager: David Artell

Ins: Jordan Bowery (Leyton Orient), Callum Cooke (Middlesbrough), Jonny Margetts (Scunthorpe United)

Outs: Ryan Lowe (Bury)

Doncaster Rovers

Manager: Darren Ferguson

Ins: Alfie May (Hythe), Conor Grant (Everton), Jordan Houghton (Chelsea – loan extended), Ian Lawlor (Manchester City)

Outs:

Exeter City

Manager: Paul Tisdale

Ins: Luke Croll (Crystal Palace – loan extended), Jack Stacey (Reading – loan extended)

Outs:

Grimsby Town

Manager: Marcus Bignot

Ins: Adi Yussuf (Mansfield Town), Gavin Gunning (Morton), Brandon Comley (QPR), Jamey Osborne (Solihull Moors), Akwasi Asante (Solihull Moors), Chris Clements (Mansfield Town), Luke Maxwell (Birmingham City), Calum Dyson (Everton), Sam Jones (Gateshead)

Outs: Omar Bogle (Wigan Athletic)

Hartlepool United

Manager: Dave Jones

Ins: Sean Kavanagh (Fulham), Joe Fryer (Middlesbrough), Louis Rooney (Plymouth Argyle), Andrew Nelson (Sunderland)

Outs: Aristotle Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town), Jake Carroll (Cambridge United), Josh Laurent (Wigan Athletic)

Leyton Orient

Manager: Danny Webb

Ins: Jordan Green (Bournemouth), Rowan Liburd (Stevenage)

Outs: Jay Simpson (Philadelphia Union), Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra), Harry Cornick (Bournemouth), Alan Dunne (unattached), Ollie Palmer (Luton Town), Ulrich Nnomo (Paris FC)

Luton Town

Manager: Nathan Jones

Ins: Dawson D’Ath (Northampton Town), Luke Gambin (Barnet), Matt Macey (Arsenal), Ollie Palmer (Leyton Orient), Stuart Moore (Reading)

Outs: Josh McQuoid (Stevenage), Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)

Mansfield Town

Manager: Steve Evans

Ins: Joel Byron (Northampton Town), Jake Kean (Sheffield Wednesday), Ben Whiteman (Sheffield United), Yoann Arquin (Syrianska), Hayden White (Peterborough United), Shaquile Coulthirst (Peterborough United), Alfie Potter (Northampton Town), Alex MacDonald (Oxford United)

Outs: Adi Yussuf (Grimsby Town), Chris Clements (Grimsby Town)

Morecambe

Manager: Jim Bentley

Ins: Antony Evans (Everton), Michael Duckworth (Fleetwood Town)

Outs:

Newport County

Manager: Graham Westley

Ins: Jaanai Gordon (West Ham), Aaron Williams (Peterborough United), Sid Nelson (Millwall), David Pipe (Eastleigh), Craig Reid (Gloucester City), Mark O’Brien (Luton Town), Flo Bojaj (Huddersfield Town), Mickey Demetriou (unattached), Ryan Bird (Eastleigh), Mitchell Rose (Mansfield Town), Alex Samuel (Swansea City)

Outs: Josh O’Hanlon (unattached), Jack Jebb (unattached), Reece Grego Cox (QPR), Rhys Healey (Cardiff City), Jordan Green (Bournemouth), Kyle Cameron (Newcastle United), Abdoulaye Meite (unattached)

Notts County

Manager: Kevin Nolan

Ins: Mark Yeates (Blackpool), Jack Clackstone (Hull City), Jorge Grant (Nottingham Forest), Marc Bola (Arsenal), Tahvon Campbell (West Brom)

Outs: Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town)

Plymouth Argyle

Manager: Derek Adams

Ins: Jakub Sokolik (Southend United), Nathan Blissett (Torquay United), Arnold Garita (Bristol City – loan extended), Antoni Sarcevic (Shrewsbury Town), Ryan Taylor (Oxford United), Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City)

Outs: Karleigh Osborne (Kilmarnock), David Goodwillie (unattached), Ben Purrington (Rotherham United), Louis Rooney (Hartlepool United)

Portsmouth

Manager: Paul Cook

Ins: Nicke Kabamba (Hampton & Richmond Borough), Aaron Simpson (Wolves), Eoin Doyle (Preston North End)

Outs: Michael Smith (Northampton Town)

Stevenage

Manager: Darren Sarll

Ins: Ryan Loft (Tottenham Hotspur), Josh McQuoid (Luton Town), Connor Ogilvie (Tottenham Hotspur), Kaylen Hinds (Stevenage), Jack King (Scunthorpe United)

Outs: Rowan Liburd (Leyton Orient)

Wycombe Wanderers

Manager: Gareth Ainsworth

Ins: Jamal Blackman (Chelsea – loan extended), Dominic Gape (Southampton), Sam Saunders (Brentford), Alex Jakubiak (Watford)

Outs: Scott Brown (Cheltenham Town)

Yeovil Town

Manager: Darren Way

Ins: Jack Storer (Birmingham City), Matt Butcher (Bournemouth – loan extended), Ben Whitfield (Bournemouth – loan extended), Tom James (Cardiff City), Brandon Goodship (Bournemouth), Andre Wright (West Brom), Shayon Harrison (Tottenham Hotspur), Kabongo Tshimanga (MK Dons), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Barnet), Owain Jones (Swansea City)

Outs: Kyle Copp (Merthyr Town), Tahvon Campbell (West Brom), Andre Wright (West Brom), Jack Storer (Birmingham City), Ryan Hedges (Swansea City)

THE TEAM WERE EXCELLENT – LACEY

The Glovers ended their eight-match winless run in Sky Bet League Two with a 2-1 win over the promotion-chasing Pilgrims.

Plymouth had lost just once in their last seven league games going into the yesterday’s encounter and Lacey was proud of his team-mates determination to secure three points.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “I thought the team played excellent, really dug in and showed fantastic grit and the togetherness we’ve got.

“They’re a big team and with them second in the league it was always going to be a tough game.

“Going from first to second (Doncaster Rovers to Argyle) it was never going to be an easy week so to get a win has been a very good ending to it.

“It was a really big effort from the team and I’m really delighted with the win.”

Lacey grabbed Town’s second goal of the night turning home Matty Dolan’s low free kick at the front post.

It was only the 23-year-old’s third career goal and he insists adding more goals to his game is something he is keen to achieve.

“I’m delighted with it,” he said.

“We’ve worked on set-pieces all week and it was my job to run to the front post. 

“It took a little nick off the defender, and I’m not going to say it just hit me and went in but it basically did!

“A centre-back who scores goals is a big asset to the team and if I can score more goals that would be great.”

 

TOWN OR LUTON DISCOVER SEMI-FINAL OPPONENTS

Darren Way’s side will welcome the Sky Bet League One outfit to Huish Park if they win at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday, February 7th (7.45pm).

The Glovers’ fate would have been decided at an earlier date but for a frozen pitch in Bedfordshire.

Oxford are currently midtable in the division but saw off promotion-chasing Bradford City in their rearranged quarter-final at the Kassam Stadium.

 

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 Oxford United

OUR STRENGTH WAS OUR PASSION – WAY

Nathan Smith bundled home an opener just past the hour before centre-back partner Alex Lacey doubled the Glovers’ advantage two minutes later.

Plymouth pulled one back through former Town defender Jakub Sokolik, but Yeovil held firm to record their first league win of 2017.

“I’m pleased for the players – they deserved it,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’ve been saying every week they’ve deserved a little bit more and we have been close in a number of games now.

“The effort, energy and desire from the players was fantastic and I thought our strength was our passion.”

He added: “I thought the players did well playing on that pitch because it was difficult to run on let alone shift the ball from left to right.

“It’s nice to have a group of players that keeping driving every minute of every day and you could see that in their performance.

“It was a big game and it was nice to get three points.”

Both Smith and Lacey’s goals came from set-pieces – an inch-perfect corner from Ben Whitfield and a low free kick from Matty Dolan.

Way was happy to see the defensive duo get on the scoresheet and praised assistant manager Terry Skiverton for his hard work on the training ground.

“They’ve been working hard,” he said.

“They’ve been working hard with Terry and he’s taken great ownership of the set-plays. 

“A lot of credit goes to him and I have to thank him for the hard work he’s putting in, especially in January because you need support. 

“All the staff have been very supportive and at a club like Yeovil you need everyone working together.

“I don’t think there’s a member of staff who arrives in this building that doesn’t work hard for the football club.”

YTFC’S JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

LOAN EXTENSIONS

Bournemouth duo Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield lengthened their stay at Huish Park until the end of the season.

Butcher has made 28 appearances for Town scoring once, while Whitfield has featured on one less occasion but has netted twice.

TERMINATIONS

Kyle Copp’s time with the Glovers came to end on New Year’s Day.

The midfielder signed on non-contract terms last April but left the club for Merthyr Town by mutual consent.

Striker Tahvon Campbell has returned to parent club West Bromwich Albion after the expiry of his loan.

The 20-year-old scored twice in two spells at Yeovil, and made a deadline day loan move to Notts County.

DOUBLE SWOOP

On January 13th, Town completed the signing of Brandon Goodship and Tom James on deals for the remainder of the campaign.

Former Town loanee Goodship has made two outings from the bench since returning, while Welshman James is yet to feature.

EARLY EXITS

Andre Wright and Jack Storer both had their loan spells cut short.

West Brom cancelled Wright’s transfer because of EFL regulations. The youngster had already played for the Baggies’ Under-23 side in the Checkatrade Trophy and Coventry City in League One, with rules stating a player can’t play for three sides in one season.

Birmingham City’s Storer saw his stint terminated by mutual consent due to personal reasons. He made just one appearance for the club.

EARN YOUR SPURS 


Shayon Harrison arrived in Somerset on January 20th for his first loan spell away from Tottenham Hotspur.

The youngster penned a temporary deal until the end of the season, and follows in the footsteps former Spurs loanees Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker, Jonathan Obika et al.

 

DEADLINE DAY

Darren Way said: “The day was crazy! The phone didn’t stop ringing and I didn’t stop ringing everyone else to try and get players in.”

The Town boss managed to get two deadline day deals over the line before Tuesday’s win over Plymouth Argyle.

Kabongo Tshimanga (MK Dons) was the first to be confirmed before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Barnet) signed on the dotted line later on. 

Both will remain at Huish Park for rest of the 2016/17 season.

SWAN IN, SWAN OUT

Yeovil were busy right up until Tuesday’s 11pm deadline and were involved in two deals in the last hour.

Wide man Ryan Hedges saw his loan terminated by Swansea City ahead of a permanent move to Championship side Barnsley.

The Wales Under-21 international scored five goals in 28 appearances for Town.

Owain Jones swanned in shortly after Hedges’ departure from the Glovers was confirmed.

 

The Swansea-born youngster can play as a striker or winger.