Month: March 2017

TICKET INFORMATION FOR PORTSMOUTH

The Glovers travel to the south coast to take on Paul Cook’s promotion-chasing side on Saturday, April 8th (3pm).

Yeovil have fared well in previous meetings at Fratton Park, winning their first EFL encounter there in 2012 and playing out a goalless draw three years later.

Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

Adult (22-61): £20

Senior (62+): £15

Young Person (18-22): £15

Under-18 (internet): £10

Under-18 (accompanied by an adult/senior): £5

For ambulant disabled tickets call 01935 847888 (personal assistant ticket FOC available to anyone on higher rate disability allowance).

For wheelchair bays please call 03456 461898.

Supporters can also buy tickets for Town’s short trip over the Severn Bridge to Newport County on Good Friday (Friday, April 14th (3pm)).

Tickets for either game can be purchased in person at the Huish Park ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v CARLISLE UNITED

Town return to Huish Park off the back of a dramatic encounter at Exeter City.

Solid and clinical for 88 minutes, the Glovers succumbed to three goals in the closing minutes of the match at St James Park to surrender a 3-0 lead.

The result condemned Town to their 16th draw of the campaign – much to boss Darren Way’s frustration.

His side will be looking to put the outcome at Exeter and sequence of single points picked up to bed when an out of sorts Carlisle make the 337-mile trip to Somerset.

The Cumbrians, who had been in the automatic promotion places for the majority of the season, suffered a 2-0 loss to Crewe Alexandra last weekend which saw them drop out of the play-offs for the first time since September.

It was Keith Curle’s outfit’s sixth defeat in seven matches (they drew the other) but the Bristolian manager still has his sights set firmly on a top seven finish.

Curle has recruited two players this week with forwards Ben Tomlinson and Samir Nabi joining on non-contract terms and a deal until the end of the season, respectively.

Striker Shaun Miller is suspended after receiving his marching orders against Crewe, while top scorer Jason Kennedy (groin) has been out of action since January and is unlikely to be available on Saturday.

Head-to-head

Town haven’t won in their last nine fixtures in all competitions against Carlisle (D3 L6).

Their last win over the Cumbrians came in 2011 at Brunton Park courtesy of goals from Jonathan Obika and Dean Bowditch. 

A solitary strike from Obika in the same season gave Yeovil their last three points against Carlisle at home.

Last time out, Yeovil tested Carlisle’s resilience with a second-half comeback as the Cumbrians held out to claim their seventh consecutive home victory.

Defender Shaun Brisley’s worldie and Charlie Wyke’s header put the hosts 2-0 up at half-time before Nathan Smith grabbed a rare goal to set up an exciting finish.

Referee

Trevor Kettle will take charge of his 31st game of the season when Town host Carlisle.

Mr Kettle has awarded 127 yellow cards so far this campaign and has issued five reds.

The Leicestershire-born is yet to officiate a Yeovil fixture this season but was the man in the middle for the Glovers’ 1-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge last year.

Mr Kettle will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire) with Louis Marks (Hampshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Shayon Harrison’s pre-match interviews can be found on the club’s official YouTube channel.

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


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

Tickets

Supporters wishing to attend the match can purchase tickets online by clicking here, or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game.

WAY KEEN TO HOLD ON TO ASSETS

The majority of the Town boss’ squad are either loans returning to their parent club at the end of the campaign or players out of contract in the summer.

Way is determined to keep a number of his current crop and will also be working hard with the board to improve his side’s strength in depth.

He told YTFC.net: “I’ve only got three players in contract so it’s important the assets we’ve brought to the football club remain here and we build again next year.

“Success and failure aren’t far apart. We’ve had 16 draws this year and I look at our strength in depth, which we need to add to next year. Gavin Massey scored for Leyton Orient – he’s well out of our budget. 

“Exeter bring on Reuben Reid and (David) Wheeler. I tried to get Reuben Reid in January but unfortunately couldn’t get anywhere near his wages. We play against Cambridge and they bring on Barry Corr. 

“I have to make sure we improve our strength in depth and keep the current group we’ve got who I think are good assets to the football club.”

Way continued: “There’s so many things to look at. Wages, longevity – do you offer players who are coming to the end of their careers two or three years? 

“The football club, certainly from the Championship, has taken a big hit – not just on the field, but off it as well. 

“We’ve lost some players and never really regrouped and gone on again. 

“It’s not easy for any football club in League Two to compete every week. So far I’ve seen my time as a success and I want to build on that.”

During his tenure, Way has brought in several youngsters on loan to aid his cause.

The 37-year-old has brought in nine players on temporary deals this season and hopes to utilise the loan system again in the future.

“This club provides loan players an opportunity to be successful,” he said.

“My frustration is like (Harry) Cornick and (Connor) Roberts, you get them to a stage where they’ve developed but then lose them at a critical moment where I feel the club can push on. 

“Hopefully with the players we’ve brought in this year, there will be one or two managers that can do us favours next year.”

Town host Carlisle United in League Two this weekend. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

HARRISON OUT TO BUILD ON FIRST GOAL

The 19-year-old netted Town’s second in the 3-3 draw against Exeter City last Saturday on his second league start since joining on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in January.
Harrison’s chances have mainly been limited to substitute appearances but the young forward is keen to build-on last weekend’s landmark day and establish himself in Darren Way’s side for the rest of the campaign.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m really happy to be off the mark and hopefully I can push on from here.
“As a striker, it’s always important to stay strong and know chances will come in games, so I knew it was only a matter of time – thankfully it happened at the weekend.
“I’ve got my first one and we’ve got a game against Carlisle which is a good test, so hopefully I can help the team again.”
Harrison’s spell in Somerset is his first taste of senior football having risen through the ranks at White Hart Lane. 
Highly rated at Spurs due to his goal scoring record in Premier League 2, the Londoner is enjoying his time away from the capital.
“I’m really enjoying it. Every single minute of it, not only on the pitch but off it with the lads as well. 
“It’s a great experience for me and I’m really glad I made the decision (to come here).
“Players who’ve been at Tottenham have also come here – I’m really happy. It’s very important for me and my career – early development.”
Shayon will be looking to score in front of the home faithful when Town entertain Carlisle United on Saturday, a physical test the striker is looking forward to.
“It’s a tough game,” he said. “They’re big on set-pieces so that will be a big thing in the game. 
“We’ve worked on it in training and know the positions and jobs we have, so we’re looking forward to the game.
“I look forward to every challenge and every team we play is a tough challenge, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Tickets are available to purchase via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Supporters can also buy tickets online

WAY WANTS A WIN FOR THE FANS

Over 800 Green and Whites travelled to St James Park as Town had to settle for a point after being 3-0 up.

The Glovers return to Huish Park this weekend and Way is craving three points for the fans.

“We have to apologise to the supporters,” Way told YTFC.net.

“As a manager, setbacks come hard and fast. I don’t think they come any harder or faster than they did against Exeter.

“Saturday is a game in front of our home supporters to be able to put on a performance. 

“I’ve tried to get the players to think like winners this week as it’s for important for them to become winners on Saturday. It’s also important for the supporters as well because they deserve that.

“All I can ask is for the supporters to get behind the players because we have got some younger players and we all want to finish as strong as we can, in the highest position we can. I think the crowd are going to play a big part in that.”

Yeovil take on an out of sorts Carlisle outfit who dropped out of the Sky Bet League Two play-offs for the first time since September following a 2-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

The Cumbrians are winless and goalless in seven matches – losing six of those – and Way is challenging his players to deal with their physical and direct approach.

“They’ve had a poor run of form,” he said.

“We know what they’re all about. I’ve played against Keith Curle’s teams for a number of years. 

“They’re very, very direct. It’s going mean a lot to them and I’m certainly expecting another physical tussle like we’ve had against his sides over the years and the players have to deal with that.”

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


KHAN COULD FEATURE AGAINST CARLISLE

The 21-year-old returned to full training this week following a near three-month period on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

Former Barnsley man Khan scored seven times in all competitions prior to his injury and boss Darren Way can’t wait to have him at his disposal. 

“We’ve had Otis Khan training so that’s a real positive,” he told YTFC.net.

“He’s definitely someone I’m looking to get in the team as soon as possible.”

Nathan Smith is also back on the training ground but Way is unsure on the defender’s return date.

He said: “We have to make the right decision on whether he’s good enough to be involved in a competitive fixture.” 

Alex Lawless (hamstring) is still out, while Darren Ward (knee) won’t play again this season.

ENJOY A HOST OF OFFERS WITH A 2017/18 SEASON TICKET

Following feedback from the recent supporters’ survey calling for greater incentives for season ticket holders, the club have introduced several additional discounts and offers. 
All supporters with a 2017/18 season ticket will be able to enjoy the following deals and benefits:
There are also huge incentives for our Junior Glovers, who having purchased a season ticket for the equivalent of less than £2 a game, can enjoy 10% off in the club shop and have the opportunity to be Town’s mascot at an away game for FREE amongst other bonuses. 
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices click here, download the application form or click here to buy online. Alternatively, contact the ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

VOTE FOR YTFC’S GOAL OF THE MONTH

After drawing a blank against Luton Town at the start of the month, the Glovers bounced back by hitting three in a win at Morecambe.

Matt Butcher opened the scoring at the Globe Arena with a wonder strike a minute after replacing Alex Lawless.

Yeovil followed up the three points in Lancashire with a last-gasp draw at Barnet.

In injury-time at the Hive, Liam Shephard sauntered forward from right-back, spread the ball wide to Ben Whitfield whose low delivery was swept into the corner by the Swansea City loanee.

Darren Way’s side picked up another point at Huish Park against Accrington Stanley before scoring three away from home at Exeter City.

Matty Dolan’s slide-rule pass was collected by Francois Zoko who slotted into the far corner to give the Green and Whites the lead, before Shayon Harrison grabbed Town’s second.

A thumping header from Alex Lacey made it 3-0 before Exeter salvaged an unlikely draw.

GOAL OF THE MONTH NOMINATIONS FOR MARCH

GOAL A – Matt Butcher v Morecambe

GOAL B – Liam Shephard v Barnet

GOAL C – Francois Zoko v Exeter City

GOAL D – Alex Lacey v Exeter City

To cast your vote, head over to the club’s official Twitter page.

 

IT’S A WAKE-UP CALL – LACEY

The defender headed home the Glovers’ third of the match and was part of a defence that were solid and resilient for 88 minutes at St James Park.

But a crazy five minutes at the death saw Exeter make an astonishing comeback to salvage an unlikely point.

Lacey admitted the players let a lot of people down and the 23-year-old can’t wait for Town’s next fixture – Carlisle United at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm) – to make amends.

“I don’t think I’ve played in any games like that – it’s a wake-up call,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We played so well for 88 minutes and soon as one goal went in, we ended up losing our structure and standards dropped.

“We ended up letting ourselves, the fans and the manager down. We’re very disappointed and it feels like a loss.

“Our game management (could have been better) and we should have wound down the clock. As soon as they got one we sort of lost our calmness and as soon as their fans got behind them it makes it difficult. 

“It just shows we can’t switch off and become complacency when we’re 3-0 up. It’s very frustrating to be up and draw like that. 

He continued: “It’s a bitter pill to swallow but we’ll have to learn from it and make sure we’re more rigid in the future.

“We’re looking forward to next Saturday to try and make things right. 

“We can only improving by looking at it, seeing where we could have been better and getting a proper diagnosis of it which will be beneficial for everyone.”

Francois Zoko grabbed Town’s first in Devon – his 12th of the season – before youngster Shayon Harrison scored his first goal in professional football.

Lacey praised the duo for their contribution and was happy with his own effort despite it not proving to be the match winner.

“I’ve managed to get a few with my feet so it’s good to add one with my head and hopefully that can continue,” he said.

“It’ll be a massive boost for Shayon. He’s a great talent and I’m sure that’ll be a massive confidence booster. 

“Zoko’s always dangerous round the box and when we can get the ball to him he can show some magic.”

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

 

LOAN WATCH: LEA PLAYS 90 MINUTES IN GOSPORT DEFEAT

The Hampshire outfit suffered a 5-1 defeat to promotion hopefuls Chelmsford City in the Vanarama National League South.

Boro’s Ben Wright stunned the home crowd into silence when he opened the scoring, but Kane Haysman restored parity to see the scores level at half-time.

But the Essex club scored four unanswered second-half goals to record an emphatic win.

Lea has six games of his loan spell left at Gosport with the Alex Pike’s side two points from safety.

CARLISLE TICKETS ON SALE

Town welcome Keith Curle’s side to Somerset for the first of three home matches remaining in the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Carlisle are winless in seven matches following a 2-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra which saw them drop out of the play-offs for the first time since September.

The Cumbrians recorded their seventh consecutive victory at home in the reverse fixture against the Glovers, running out 2-1 winners at Brunton Park back in December.

Yeovil’s last home win over Carlisle came in 2011 with Jonathan Obika grabbing the game’s only goal.

 

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


HARRISON NETS FIRST PROFESSIONAL GOAL

The 19-year-old was starting just his second match for the Glovers since joining on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in January.

Harrison almost gave Yeovil the lead just before half-time but was thwarted by Grecians keeper Christy Pym.

Strike partner Francois Zoko did put Town ahead in the 62nd minute, collecting Matty Dolan’s slide-rule pass and slotting into the far corner before Harrison got in on the act.

The London-born forward, who was denied by Pym again moments before his goal, was in the right place at the right time to nod home after Ben Whitfield’s venomous shot was parried by the Exeter stopper.

Harrison was substituted in the 77th minute to rapturous applause from the 835 Green and Whites who had made the short trip across the border into Devon.

He watched on as Alex Lacey’s thumping header put Town three-up before Exeter scored three times in the closing stages to salvage an unlikely point.

Despite the disappointing result, it was a day to remember for Harrison who took to Instagram to express his delight:

@ShayHarrison – “Unbelievable feeling! Disappointed with the result. But the fans were amazing! Looking forward to next week. #YTFC” 

Watch Harrison’s finish on YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

 

WAY UNHAPPY WITH PLAYERS’ GAME MANAGEMENT

Town were at their clinical best in the second half with goals from Francois Zoko, Shayon Harrison – his first professional goal – and Alex Lacey looking to have given the Glovers a convincing victory at St James Park.

But Exeter astonishingly battled back to earn an unlikely point through David Wheeler’s 88th-minute volley and two injury-time strikes from Troy Brown and former Yeovil forward Reuben Reid.

“It shouldn’t happen,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“You’ve got to allow for mistakes but not mistakes like that in the space of five minutes. For it to happen and develop like that, I’m very disappointed and so are the players. 

“You’ve got to be strong and resilient enough, and have the knowledge at 3-0 up that even if one goal goes in, you have to take care of it and manage the game. 

“After the first goal, I looked at our body language and it took us a long time to get up and we looked deflated.

“If I could’ve made six changes just by looking at their body language I probably would have. 

“With goals going in in quick succession, the players have to take responsibility about the way we should have managed the game.”

He added: “At 3-0 up, we were almost over-celebrating. We could’ve scored two goals after that. With Jean’s (Akpa Akpro) chances it could have been four – it could have been five.

“There’s been teams that have come to Exeter who have struggled to get the ball down and play. We did that, certainly in the second half but unfortunately we didn’t manage the last five minutes. I’ll address that and find out why that happened. 

“What I have to do is go back over those goals and make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Town welcome Carlisle United to Huish Park on Saturday, April 1st (3pm).

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


SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Plymouth Argyle defeated Doncaster Rovers in a top of the table clash at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.

Sonny Bradley proved the match-winner with a header in the 50th minute to move Argyle to within three points of league leaders Donny.

Third-placed Portsmouth continued their march towards automatic promotion, putting another nail in Newport County’s relegation coffin.

A Kyle Bennett goal just before the interval and Kal Naismith’s second-half header were enough for the hosts, despite Alex Samuel’s consolation goal leading to a nervy finish.

Leyton Orient’s fading hopes of survival took another heavy blow with a convincing loss at Crawley Town.

The Red Devils scored three times in 10 first-half minutes to condemn Orient to their fourth defeat on the bounce.

Carlisle United dropped out of the play-off places for the first time since September after Crewe Alexandra won 2-0 at Brunton Park.

The Cumbrians had occupied an automatic promotion spot for the most part of the season but are now winless in seven matches, while Crewe are now just one game away from safety.

Blackpool moved into the top seven after Kyle Vassell’s late goal helped them to three points over Hartlepool United.

It looked as though the Tangerines would have to settle for a point after Bright Osayi-Samuel cancelled out Lewis Alessandra’s opener, but up popped Vassell with 10 minutes remaining to hand Blackpool a third successive victory.

Chris Porter grabbed a brace as Colchester United overcame Luton Town at home.

The big frontman headed the U’s in front early on before doubling their advantage just after the half-hour mark. Isaac Vassell netted a late consolation for the Hatters.

Danny Rose was on target twice as Mansfield Town maintained their quest for the play-offs against Morecambe.

All the goals were netted in the first period at the Globe Arena with Paul Mullin’s equaliser proving in vain for the hosts, with Ben Whiteman adding the Stags’ third.

Barnet made a late comeback to beat Cheltenham Town at the Hive.

The Robins’ held a 1-0 lead until the 70th minute before Curtis Weston and two strikes from John Akinde earned the Bees a comfortable win.

In-form Shay McCartan rescued a point for Accrington Stanley with a late free kick against fellow mid-table side Grimsby Town.

Grimsby had looked on course for victory thanks to substitute Akwasi Asante’s first league goal but McCartan had other ideas with a lovely 20-yard set-piece with a minute of normal time remaining.

Elsewhere, Notts County won at Wycombe Wanderers courtesy of Shola Ameobi’s solitary goal, while Cambridge United and Stevenage ended goalless.

REPORT: EXETER CITY 3-3 YEOVIL TOWN

Second-half strikes from Francois Zoko, Shayon Harrison and Alex Lacey fired Town into an impressive lead, before a dramatic finale.
With 89 minutes on the clock, David Wheeler gave City faint hope before Troy Brown’s header a minute in five added on gave the hosts real belief. 
And, just four minutes after Wheeler’s strike, Exeter drew level through Reuben Reid to rescue a point and leave the Glovers deflated. 
Undefeated in their last three games, Darren Way made one change to the side that was frustratingly held to a 1-1 draw last time out at home to Accrington Stanley. 
Harrison replaced Tom Eaves in the front two, in a bid to add a goal scoring edge to the Glovers effective approach play. 
Bathed in sunshine at St James Park, both goalkeepers could enjoy the sun as much as the spectators in the opening 20 minutes, with chances at a premium.
Looking to retain their spot in the play-offs, the Grecians threatened to sustain a spell of pressure as the half grew on, only to be thwarted by a Yeovil side defending well as a collective. 
Untroubled until almost the half-hour mark, Artur Krysiak’s first notable involvement was to routinely collect Ollie Watkins’ deflected effort, triggering a similar occurrence at the other end. 
After neat build-up, Ben Whitfield’s shot from the edge of the box lacked the power to truly test Christy Pym, who comfortably gathered the ball diving to his right. 
In an even opening 45 minutes in Devon, the Glovers grew into the game and almost went into the break with the lead but for a superb Pym save. 
Matty Dolan’s deep free-kick was flicked on by Zoko into the path of Harrison, whose flicked effort was clawed out for a corner by the sprawling Exeter stopper as Town ended the half positively. 
After a first half largely lacking in goal scoring opportunities, the second period burst into life immediately.
Krysiak had to be alert from the get-go, stretching every sinew of his 6’4” frame to acrobatically get a hand to Bevis Mugabi’s miscued clearance which was destined to loop over the Polish ‘keeper. 
Keen to show his former club what they’re missing, the 27-year-old was in imperious form and with 50 minutes on the clock produced another stunning save to get a hand to Watkins’ low drive from inside the box.
Now an end-to-end affair, the visitors had a penalty claim waved away when Harrison went down in a bundle under challenge from Troy Brown, before Krysiak palmed away a venomous Watkins shot from the angle.
Unable to find a way past their former employer, Way’s side silenced the 4,600 home supporters with 62 minutes on the clock. 
Having tenaciously won back possession, Dolan’s inch-perfect through ball picked out the run of Zoko who clinically curled an effort past Pym into the bottom corner. 
Buoyed by taking the lead, Krysiak almost put the icing on the cake to his return to Devon with a goal, as his long clearance had to be tipped over for a corner by a scrambling Pym.
Staring an unexpected defeat in the face, the hosts emptied their bench of strikers and threw caution to the wind, but it was the Glovers who continue to threaten. 
With 71 minutes played, Town won back possession once again and after Pym couldn’t handle Whitfield’s swerving drive, Harrison followed in to loop a header over the stranded City goalkeeper to notch his first senior goal.
Over 800 Yeovil fans made the short trip across the border and as they created a raucous atmosphere in the stands, it was 3-0 on 78 minutes when Alex Lacey rose imperiously to head home Dolan’s angled free-kick. 
The Green and Whites were rampaging when substitute Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was denied by a fine Pym save, before Exeter found themselves a lifeline. 
With 89 minutes on the clock and after a spell of pressure, Wheeler’s shot from the edge of the box flew in off the post, sparking an unlikely comeback. 
Five minutes additional time further buoyed the home crowd and with only a minute of the added time played, Brown reduced the deficit to one with a powerful header. 
Now with a point in their sights, City seemed to have a monopoly on possession and after the ball fell to former Glover Reid at the back post, the striker emphatically picked out the back of the net. 
The Grecians fancied a winner in the final few seconds as a shell-shocked Yeovil held on for a point in a game which will leave the Green and Whites wondering how all three weren’t returning to Somerset. 
Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Woodman (Reid 69’); Taylor (Wheeler 45’), James, Tillson, Harley; Watkins, McAlinden (Stacey 58’). 
Bookings: James 77’
Subs not used: Olejnik, Grant, Oakley, Croll.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher, Dolan, Whitfield (Goodship 90’); Zoko (Eaves 89’), Harrison (Akpa Akpro 75’)
Bookings: Dolan 45’, Krysiak 74’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Bassett, Eaves, Sowunmi.

PLANNING APPEAL SUBMITTED FOR COMMUNITY PLAYING FIELD

Yeovil Town Football Club and Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd have submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate with regard to their planning application for a community playing field and recreation use at Lufton.
The appeal was filed at the Inspectorate on Friday following a refusal decision by South Somerset District Council in September.  
Following the appeal submission, Planning Agent, David Bell, said: “An appeal has been submitted which now has to go through the validation process. We have asked for a hearing rather than written representations or a full inquiry. 
"Once validated, the appeal will be heard by an impartial Inspector.”

TICKET INFORMATION FOR EXETER CITY

The Glovers head to St James Park after picking up five points in their last three games – four of which came on the road.

Sky Bet League Two play-off hopefuls Exeter lie seventh in the table and have won just twice in nine games following a 12-match unbeaten run which propelled them up the division.

Yeovil are winless against Paul Tisdale’s outfit in their previous six encounters, with their last win coming back in 2011.

Last time out, a crowd of over 6,000 watched a goalless draw between the sides on Boxing Day at Huish Park.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Seating

Adult: £22

Senior: £20

Student (Internet): £20

Under-18 (Internet): £9.50

Standing

Adult: £16

Senior: £12

Under-18 (Internet): £4.50

Exeter are offering a delivery service of their matchday programme direct to the coaches. Programmes cost £3 plus an optional £1 for a team sheet. Please ask your coach monitor to call Richard Knight on 07712 678940 to place an order before 1:30pm.

Town fans are welcome to use Centre Spot and The Park bars to watch the televised football pre-and-post match.

Early arrivals can also experience the Exeter City Supporters Trust stadium tour for FREE at 11am. Spaces must be booked in advance through the Grecians’ reception on 01392 411243.

Tickets can be purchased on the day via a ticket booth near the away end.

 

Please note the ground is in a residential area and resident parking schemes are widespread.  Car drivers will need to head for local car parks as a matter of course or use Park & Ride. 

For more supporter information, click here.

Fans can purchase tickets in advance at the ticket office at Huish Park or by phone on 01935 847888 up until 3 o’clock. Tickets are also available on the day with a £1 matchday increase.

 

MUGABI GRATEFUL FOR FIRST SEASON OPPORTUNITIES

The commanding 21-year-old has started the last six games in the heart of the Glovers defence, taking him over 30 appearances for the campaign. 
Having arrived from Premier League outfit Southampton in the summer, Mugabi is pleased with his development in what is his first season in the EFL. 
“It’s my first professional season,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have played the amount of games I have already.
“I’ve enjoyed it a lot, when I first came in I was playing more at right-back which was a good experience for me, adding to my game.
“Now I’m back at centre-back I’m more comfortable but as long as I get selected I will try my best to perform for the team’s sake.”
Mugabi has formed a solid partnership alongside the ever-present Alex Lacey in the middle of Yeovil’s defence, a combination likely to continue this weekend at Exeter City. 
“Alex is a good player,” he said. “He has a bit more experience than me being at Yeovil last season and Luton before.
“I feel comfortable playing alongside him, he’s a good player and hopefully in the future we can carry it on.”
The weekend’s clash with the Grecians could be Mugabi’s first start against a local rival in the Sky Bet League Two, an experience he’s looking forward to. 
“I’ve never played in it (Yeovil v Exeter), so I’m looking forward to it. The atmosphere is going to be like a local derby, so we have to focus on our gameplan and hopefully pick up a result.
“The main goal is to get as many points as possible and have a good, strong end to the season.
“We’ve got some tough games to come, but we’ll prepare right for them and hopefully get as many points as possible.”
Tickets for Saturday’s match (3pm kick-off) can be bought on the day at St James Park with a £1 increase. Advanced purchases can be made at the Huish Park ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888.

PREVIEW: EXETER CITY v YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers made it three matches unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two with a home draw against the 10-men of Accrington Stanley last weekend.

Darren Way was disappointed Town didn’t pick up a deserved three points after his side dominated proceedings at Huish Park.

Yeovil have lost just twice in the league on the road in 2017 but have only one win to their name (D5).

Way is hoping for his squad to build on last week’s impressive performance, yet frustrating result, when they make the short trip to St James Park to take on Exeter.

Paul Tisdale’s Grecians went on a healthy 12-match unbeaten streak from December 2016 to February but have recorded just two victories since losing to local rivals Plymouth Argyle (D4 L2).

Despite their indifferent form, the Devon club remain in the League Two play-offs by a point.

Exeter started the season poorly and they didn’t gain their first three points at home until December – their 10th attempt.

Since then, they have picked up five wins in eight games in front of their home fans.

David Wheeler has produced some brilliant displays for the Grecians, and his goals helped them propel up the table during their unbeaten sequence.

The midfielder netted nine goals in as many games, taking his tally to 15 for the season, but hasn’t scored since Valentine’s Day.

Ollie Watkins is also a player to watch out for. The youngster has scored 14 goals in all competitions, and is Exeter’s highest assist maker with five in the league.

Head-to-head

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

The Glovers haven’t scored against the Grecians in two games, with their last goal coming in form of a Matty Dolan penalty in 2015.

Last time out, the sides played out a goalless draw in front of a 6,000-plus crowd at Huish Park on Boxing Day.

Referee

Darren Drysdale has refereed a mixture of League One and Two games this season and will take charge of his 18th game at St James Park on Saturday.

The Lincolnshire official has awarded 55 yellow cards and two reds, and is yet to officiate a Town match in 2016/17. 

He was last the man in the middle for a Glovers fixture back in 2015 when he officiated Town’s 1-1 draw with Notts County at Huish Park.

Mr. Drysdale will be assisted by John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) with Brett Huxtable (Devon) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

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

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


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

Tickets

Supporters can buy tickets on the day at St James Park but there is a £1 increase. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in advance at the Huish Park ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets will go off sale at 3pm (Friday).

TOWN HELP DELIVER EFL’S KITS FOR KIDS

Across all 72 clubs, all junior teams had to do was explain why they deserved the kit, with Pen Mill Lionesses the lucky winners in Yeovil. 
The Lionesses received a tour of Huish Park, including a talk from manager Darren Way in the home dressing room. 
Local Wickes Store Manager Jason Way as well as Kevin Dawson, Tom Eaves and Alex Lawless were also on hand to deliver the new kit. 
Local teams are often underfunded and can’t afford kit or training equipment so Wickes is lending a helping hand by giving these teams free kit, helping support grass roots football and kick starting the development of the footballers of tomorrow.
The kit includes 13 outfield football kits including shirts, shorts and socks, 2 goalkeeper kits including shirts, shorts, socks and gloves, 2 Mitre Hyperseam footballs, 15 training bibs, 1 agility & speed sets, 1 bench jacket and 16 tickets to watch a Glovers match of their choice.
We look forward to welcoming Pen Mill Lionesses to Huish Park once again, and wish them all the best for the season in their new kit! 

WAY OUTLINES PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

The 37-year-old took over with the Glovers at the foot of the Sky Bet League Two table in December 2015, and led them to safety. 

Yeovil now sit in 17th in the league and Way appreciates it is small progress but has outlined his aims for the 2017/18 campaign.

“I’ve talked about what stage I’m at as a manager and what stage the club is at,” he told YTFC.net.

“Last year we had to stay in the EFL. This year – part two – we’ve stabilised the football club and bought some key assets. 

“Part three is to keep those assets and push for promotion next year, and perhaps add one to two additions which turns our 15 draws into wins.”

On the weekend’s game at St James Park, Way added: “It’s probably the third time I’ve come up against Exeter and it’s always good to manage in a local derby.

“We’ve got a group of players hungry to finish the season as successful as they can.

“We want to put on good performances that lead to wins. We’re doing everything in training throughout the week to make that happen. 

“All I expect is this team to finish the season strong. It’s about what standards they set as individuals and there’s no better way to put that on show in front of about 800 Yeovil supporters in a local derby.”

Tickets for Saturday’s match (3pm kick-off) can be bought on the day at St James Park with a £1 increase. Advanced purchases can be made at the Huish Park ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

 

WAY HOLDS TISDALE IN HIGH REGARD

The Grecians were bottom of the Sky Bey League Two table in November but went on a 12-match unbeaten run which propelled them into the play-off places.

Since that sequence was ended by local rivals Plymouth Argyle, Exeter have won two in nine matches but Way knows his side will be coming up against a good outfit.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him – certainly with how he’s managed himself, the team and the football club this year,” he told YTFC.net.

“Every manager goes through phases where you have to deal with a level of criticism. He had some towards him and it’s how you come out of that with the group of players and he’s managed that well this year. 

"He’s had great support from the football club and I think he’s also returned that. I think we’ve got the same relationship here.”

He continued: “I went to watch them the other week and I thought the crowd got behind them really well. 

“They played against Cheltenham and Reuben Reid, who we all know well, carried a huge responsibility as far as scoring goals. 

“(David) Wheeler is very mobile and athletic, and they have one or two players who carry a lot of experience. 

“They know how the manager works and he’s added one or two additions to his squad which have proved successful. 

“We have to make sure we’re ready to play a good team who have been in good form.

“However, I think it will be a tight game. The majority of games we have against Exeter are. 

“As long as we get our performance right and the group show a hunger to win the football match we’ll be okay.”

Tickets for Saturday’s match (3pm kick-off) can be bought on the day at St James Park with a £1 increase. Advanced purchases can be made at the Huish Park ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

 

MINUTE’S SILENCE ON SATURDAY

On Wednesday afternoon, attacks in the Westminster area of London claimed innocent lives and injured many more.

 

Everyone associated with football is united in denouncing the mindless actions that have led to British citizens and tourists in our capital becoming victims, losing their lives or suffering unnecessary harm.

 

One of the victims PC Keith Palmer, was killed while on duty and special tribute must be paid to the emergency services who acted bravely and decisively in the aftermath.

 

We ask Town fans to respect and remember the victims through a period of silence which will begin and end on the referee’s whistle.

DUO BACK IN TRAINING

Khan has been sidelined for almost three months with an ankle injury and has stepped up his rehabilitation with some individual ball work.

Smith’s medial knee ligament issue has kept him out of action for six weeks but the defender has made progress over the last week.

“Otis has been training this week but we’ve got to make a decision on him,” Darren Way told YTFC.net.

“Nathan has been doing very well this week and falls in the same category.

“We don’t want to push them too early.”

Alex Lawless is a doubt due to a hamstring complaint which has seen him miss Town’s last two Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

Captain Darren Ward (knee) is out for the remainder of the campaign. 

ARMY CLAIM INTER-SERVICE CONSTANTINOPLE TROPHY AT HUISH PARK

Taking on their Royal Navy rivals on the hallowed turf on Wednesday night, the Army ran out comfortable 4-0 victors to claim the Inter-Service Constantinople Trophy. 
Earlier in the day at RNAS Yeovilton, the Royal Navy and Army Women drew 0-0, to start the day’s proceedings. 
It was the first time Huish Park had hosted the fixture, with 684 making the most of free admission to enjoy some midweek football. 
Congratulations to the Army on their trophy victory, with everyone at Yeovil Town honoured to have hosted the occasion. 

YTFC.DIGITAL MAKING PROGRESS

Over 60 videos featuring all the big matches over almost two decades have been uploaded, including the away match at Bromley which saw the club win the ICIS Premier League under Graham Roberts. 
The FA Cup adventures against Liverpool, Charlton Athletic and Manchester United are also there for supporters to relive those special days.
The play-off’s also feature with the Wembley final against Blackpool and the 2013 success against Sheffield United in the semi-finals and Brentford in the final at Wembley Stadium.
But it’s not just matches, as we have several clips featuring Yeovil Players from ITV’s Soccer Night series and a few other random clips.
The season in the Championship also features strongly with stand-out matches against the likes of Reading, Forest, Watford, Leicester to name but four. Goals of the season collections are also featured with four seasons worth of goals included.
And of course, we couldn’t forget the match that seemed to set Yeovil on the road to the dizzy heights of the Championship – The FA Umbro Trophy final with that famous win against Stevenage at Villa Park.
The book section has also grown with the following available for you to peruse: Birth of the Giant killers, 10, Hendford to Huish, play-off programmes against Blackpool and Brentford, 75th.Anniversary Booklet, Silver Jubilee Booklet, Elect Yeovil to the Football League booklet and the Huish Park Opening matchday programme against Newcastle.
With over 263,000 pictures to upload this aspect is taking slightly longer than we had hoped especially after experiencing problems with our initial server for these pictures, but they are steadily building.
Likewise, the newspaper cuttings section where we have hundreds to upload but expect to see noticeable progress on these in the coming days.
Of the major sections of the site that only leaves the statistics section which will be the next major aspect of the site to be tackled. 
Nigel Dyson has been working flat out on these stats and we hope to have complete records of players, managers, games played etc from 1925 on the site in the not too distant future.
When that section of the site is completed we hope we will be a fair way down the road of creating ‘the go to Yeovil site’ covering all aspects of the history of our great club.
But we would like to appeal to Glovers supporters to contact us if they have ANYTHING they feel should be included on the site by way of Photographing or scanning the object concerned. We feel there are loads of old newspaper cuttings, programmes, videos knocking around in someone’s attic and we’d love to be able to share them with our supporters.
If you have anything that seems suitable please contact the Project Manager Adrian Hopper by email at ytfcarchive@gmail.com or he be contacted by phone on 07768 174005.
In the meantime, work will progress on the site but if any supporter with a knowledge of Yeovil Town and a computer wishes to volunteer a few hours of their time we’d be delighted to hear from you on the contact details above.

LOAN WATCH: LEA HELPS BORO TO UPTURN IN FORM

The Glovers midfielder, on loan at the Hampshire outfit until the end of the season, scored in the 4-0 win against St Albans City on Saturday. 
Returning to the starting eleven, the 19-year-old netted Boro’s second after 34 minutes, collecting the ball before driving past two defenders and picking out the bottom corner from a tight angle. 
Having completed 90 minutes, the youngster featured in Vanarama National League South once again on Tuesday night, helping Gosport to a second win in four days – a 1-0 victory at Bath City. 
The relegation-threatened outfit are now just two points from safety, with the Town loanee playing a big part in the South Coast side’s upturn in form. 

PRICE FREEZE: SEASON TICKETS 2017/18 ON SALE

  • Adults save up to £280 vs matchday prices
  • Juniors can take in 23 home league games for the equivalent of £1.70 a match
  • Great partner offers from KFC, Subway, Tamburino and Nuffield Health
  • Early bird prices until April 30th
Be at the heart of the Glovers with season tickets for the 2017/18 campaign now on sale! 
With all prices frozen, adults can pay the equivalent of under £13 a match* and save up to £280 versus matchday prices by enjoying the huge savings on offer with the early bird incentive. 
Following feedback from the recent supporters’ survey, season ticket holders can now enjoy a host of new fantastic partner offers, including meal deals and discounts with KFC, Subway, Tamburino Restaurants and Nuffield Health. 
In addition to the new benefits, the existing 10% discount in the club shop, priority booking for cup and play-off games as well as priority on away match allocations remain so you never have to miss a thing!
The early bird discount is open until close of play on April 30th with adults saving £205 on average compared to matchday prices, meaning you can take in up to EIGHT games free!
With the importance of looking after young supporters also raised in the recent supporters’ survey, the superb value junior season tickets will remain at the early bird price of £39 meaning under-16s can take in over 2,000 minutes of football for just £1.70 a match. 
A junior season ticket also includes Junior Glover membership, with some fantastic benefits to keep you at the heart of the action. 
Supporters wishing to pay in instalments can do so, with the form available to download by clicking here. The 10 monthly instalments start from £32.03 for an adult and offer an affordable way for you, the Glovers faithful, to be a part of the journey. 
To ensure your spot at Huish Park for the 2017/18 season, click here to download the application form or contact the ticket office either in person or via 01935 847888. You can also purchase your season ticket online by clicking here.
Season ticket renewal packs will arrive with supporters over the weekend. 
*Prices based on adults in the Thatchers Gold Terrace

INTER-SERVICE FOOTBALL COMING TO HUISH PARK

The men’s fixture will take place on the hallowed Huish Park pitch on Wednesday, March 22nd (7pm) with FREE admission, refreshments and free parking. 
The women’s fixture will take place at RNAS Yeovilton on the same day with a 2pm kick-off, again open to the public with FREE admission. 
The Inter-Service Football competition sees the three services battle it out to be crowned the Inter-Service champions for 2017. 
Considered to be the pinnacle of a serviceman or servicewoman’s playing career, the home fixtures have traditionally taken place in Portsmouth with the three services battling it out to be named Inter-Service champions. 
Yeovil Town are delighted to be hosting the men’s fixture and urge all supporters and members of the public to support our services at Huish Park. 

YTFC PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH HARRY REDKNAPP

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss, who boasts three promotions, an Emirates FA Cup, Intertoto Cup and Football League Trophy on his managerial CV, will visit Huish Park on Wednesday, April 12th (7.30pm) to share stories from his career and to meet fans.

The event will take place in the Alec Stock Lounge at the stadium with each attendee able to enjoy Harry’s company, a two-course carvery, quiz, raffle and auction for £50.

A VIP package is also available for £75 which includes front table seating and early entry to meet Harry for photos*.

Supporters can book their spot for the evening by calling 01935 847872 or emailing DLinney@ytfc.net. 

*Limited availability

ZOKO CONFIDENT OF MORE TOWN GOALS

The Glovers returned to Huish Park after picking up four points in back-to-back away matches, but were held in a frustrating encounter which saw them dominate a 10-man Accrington outfit.

Scott Brown was sent off for the visitors for a horrible challenge on Zoko, before the Ivorian glanced home from Matty Dolan’s corner to cancel out Omar Beckles’ second-half opener against the run of play.

The goal was Zoko’s 11th of the campaign in all competitions and the forward feels the team’s performance was similar to that of other draws Yeovil have had this season.

“It was the same of some of the games we’ve played,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We’ve drawn a lot and don’t lose a lot of games but we have to find a way to score these goals.

“It’s hard not to feel frustrated after a game like this but this is football.

“However, the team is playing well, we’re training well and we have to keep playing like that. We had a lot of chances and if we keep working like that we’ll definitely score more goals.

“We’ll go back to training with big smiles, keep working hard and go into the next game with lots of positive thinking.”

On the amount goals he hopes to net until now and the end of the season, Zoko added: “This is a question everyone asks but I want the team to win the game. 

“I want us to finish strong with a lot of excitement. Like always I will try my best to score but the most important thing is the team winning.”

Zoko was on the end of a pretty nasty tackle from Brown which saw the Accrington man dismissed in the 22nd minute.

Former Bristol City player apologised to Zoko post-match, and the Town striker says there are no hard feelings.

“It was a bad one,” he said.

“After the game we spoke; I know he’s a good lad but sometimes you can do actions you don’t mean and you don’t want to hurt anyone.

“It wasn’t a good challenge but this is the danger of football sometimes. No one was really hurt so it’s fine.”

 

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers moved one step closer to promotion to League One with an emphatic away win at bottom club Leyton Orient.

The sides went into the break level at one apiece but a second-half double from top scorer John Marquis and Mathieu Baudry’s volley earned the Yorkshire club three points, putting them 17 points clear of fourth.

Orient are seven points from safety and it could have been ten if Cheltenham Town had taken their chances against Cambridge United. 

The Robins, who were without absent manager Gary Johnson after he underwent heart surgery, squandered several chances at Whaddon Road and fell to their third defeat on the trot courtesy of Medy Elito’s fourth goal in three games.

Blackpool moved within a point of the play-offs with 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Newport County.

Bright Osayi-Samuel was at the double for the Seasiders, in a match which saw away boss Gary Bowyer pelted with objects from home supporters.

Paris Cowan-Hall scored and was sent off injury time as Wycombe Wanderers kept their top seven hopes alive with a precious three points at Hartlepool United.

Adebayo Akinfenwa displayed great class to open the scoring for the Chairboys and Cowan-Hall wrapped things up at the death before being dismissed for a second yellow card.

Mansfield Town are another side continuing to flirt with the play-offs as they ran out 2-0 winners over Carlisle United.

The Stags ended their four-game winless streak thanks to goals from Matt Green and Shaquile Coulthirst, while Carlisle have lost five of their last six.

Matt Godden scored his 13th goal in 15 appearances as Stevenage cruised to victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Portsmouth.

The striker added to Jack King’s header before Jobi McAnuff sealed a convincing with for the hosts in a game which Pompey had defender Christian Burgess sent off for two bookable offences.

A Chris Dagnall double gave Crewe Alexandra an important three points over Colchester United.

The striker eased Crewe’s relegation worries with his second and third goal in two games since returning from suspension.

Elsewhere, there were 1-0 wins for Notts County and Plymouth Argyle against Barnet and Morecambe, respectively.

 

Luton Town drew 1-1 with Exeter City, while Grimsby Town and Crawley Town played out the same scoreline.

WE SHOULD HAVE WON – WAY

The visitors had Scott Brown sent off after 22 minutes for a lunge on Francois Zoko, and Stanley boss John Coleman responded by making a defensive double substitution on the half-hour mark.

Town were on top for the most part of the contest but fell behind to Omar Beckles’ second-half header.

The Glovers battled hard to find a way back into the game and got the least they deserved when Zoko netted his 11th goal of the season 16 minutes from time to earn a share of the spoils.

However, Way rued what could have been a good win for the hosts.

“That’s League Two football – it happens,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“On the overall performance and the balance of play, we should have won and the supporters will be thinking exactly the same. 

“That’s the most play I’ve seen us have as the manager of the football club.

“They were off the back of scoring five goals and I think Artur (Krysiak) only touched the ball three or four times in the whole game.

“They were very compact and got men behind the ball. It was very difficult to break them down but I still feel we had enough chances and general play.”

He continued: “The lads kept going and showed unbelievable resilience, kept trying to switch the play and I don’t know how many crosses when into the box. On another day, it would have been four or five-nil. 

“We ask ourselves the same question and carry the same frustration we’ve had all season and that’s the pressure to score goals.

“That’s been the difference between us really pushing for the top six this year. It’s such a fine line but I’ve got to make sure I remain positive.

“We keep going – we’ve not lost any ground, we’re still in 17th and the players are still trying to give everything. They’ve got a really big derby coming up against Exeter so we’ll look forward to that.”

 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 1-1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY

With the Glovers already in charge of proceedings, Stanley were dealt a blow just past the 20-minute mark when Scott Brown was dismissed for a poor challenge on Francois Zoko. 
Stopper Marek Rodak had be at his best to keep Town out in the first-half, before the visitors took the lead against the run of play on 52 minutes courtesy of an Omar Beckles header.
Entrenched in Accrington’s half the hosts equalised with a little under 20 minutes remaining through Francois Zoko. 
Back in Somerset with four points from a possible six on the road, Darren Way named an unchanged side from the midweek draw at Barnet. 
Matt Butcher remained in the centre of midfield in place of Alex Lawless (hamstring), with just one change on the bench as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro returned at the expense of Owain Jones. 
Up against a Stanley side enjoying a rich vein of form having moved seven games unbeaten in midweek, the Glovers were quick to try and impose themselves on the visitors from Lancashire. 
With just three minutes on the clock, and forward for a free-kick, the ball fell to Alex Lacey on the edge of the box with the defender shooting on the turn only to see it flash past the post. 
Building on that chance, Way’s side enjoyed early possession at a windy Huish Park, with Matty Pearson’s shot from range which flew wide the only warning from Stanley in the opening 10 minutes. 
Town were playing with the fluency and attacking intent, perfectly highlighted by a move started and almost finished by Tom Eaves.
The frontman swept the ball over to the right with Kevin Dawson’s eventual cross just behind Eaves who looked to apply the finishing touch. 
Perhaps frustrated by Yeovil’s early dominance, John Coleman’s side were dealt a blow after 22 minutes when Brown received a straight red for a horror challenge on Zoko. 
Inside the Town half, the Stanley midfielder lunged in with two-feet to leave referee Nigel Miller with no choice but to brandish red, as Zoko was luckily fit to continue. 
Clearly fearing the worst, Coleman made the bold move of making two substitutions after just half an hour, as the Lancashire outfit sat numbers behind the ball. 
The visitors’ tactic was to frustrate the Green and Whites, but moments after making the tactical switch the Glovers almost took the lead. 
Good work from Ben Whitfield on the left saw the loanee pull it back for Dawson inside the box, with the Irishman’s first-time shot saved by the legs of Rodak. 
If that was close, Town went closer on 42 minutes as the deadlock was almost broken.
Liam Shephard’s ball over the top set Whitfield free, but with only Rodak to beat the midfielder saw his shot from the angle saved well by the Accrington stopper. 
The youngster was at the heart of everything Yeovil produced in an attacking sense, and it was Whitfield who on the stroke of half-time couldn’t direct a Matty Dolan corner goalwards despite being unmarked in the middle. 
In an opening 45 minutes of dominance, Town headed into the break having firmly in control. 
The home side would’ve been looking to carry on where they left off, but were dealt a sucker punch seven minutes after the restart. 
A rare foray into the Yeovil half earned a corner for Stanley, and having recycled possession Shay McCarten’s ball into the box was glanced into the far corner by Beckles
Looking for an immediate equaliser Zoko looped an effort onto the roof of the net at the back post, before Akpa Akpro was introduced for Eaves before the hour-mark. 
With an unlikely lead, Accrington threw more numbers behind the ball as Yeovil switched to three upfront in a bid to find the equaliser. 
It soon paid off, as with 74 minutes on the clock the scores were levelled when Dolan’s corner was nestled into the bottom corner by Zoko, despite a hint of the final touch coming off a Stanley defender. 
The final 10 minutes was an onslaught at Huish Park as Town searched for a winner, with a Shayon Harrison shot that flew inches wide and a deflected Akpa Akpro shot the closest Yeovil came to a potential winner.
Despite the dominant display, Way’s side had to settle for a fourth draw in five matches at home, as Accrington’s one shot on target proved to be enough for them to leave Somerset with a point.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher, Dolan (Harrison 76’), Whitfield; Zoko, Eaves (Akpa Akpro 58’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Bassett, Goodship, Sowunmi. 
Accrington Stanley: Rodak; Rodgers, Hughes, Beckles, Pearson; Clark (Donacien 32’), Brown, Conneely, McConville (Husin 32’); McCarten (Boco 72’); Kee. 
Bookings: McConville 21’, Brown (red) 22’, Rodgers 65’.
Subs not used: Gornell, Shaw, Chapman, Edwards. 

HELP RAISE MONEY FOR PROSTATE CANCER UK

Volunteers from Prostate Cancer UK will be present at Huish Park for the clash with Stanley in Sky Bet League Two.

Those from the charity will be collecting donations ahead of kick-off, meaning you can do your bit to help stop the most common cancer in men being a killer.
One in eight men will get prostate cancer, whilst the odds for black men are just one in four.
The funds raised this weekend will also go towards the EFL’s Football to Amsterdam bike ride fundraising pot, with the group of football fans cycling 145 miles over two days to the Dutch capital. 
Taking place between June 9th-11th, the football fans will become part of a 500-strong group of supporters, staff and legends of the game. 
If you’d like to represent the club in June, it’s not too late and you can find out more by clicking here.

FANS DESERVE A WIN – DOLAN

The Glovers return to Huish Park to take on Accrington Stanley on Saturday (3pm), following back-to-back away trips to Morecambe and Barnet.

Stanley are unbeaten in their last seven Sky Bet League Two outings but Dolan is confident Yeovil can secure three points to send the supporters home happy.

“It’s lovely to get back out there in front of the fans,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“They’ve had a tough little ride of late with us not getting the wins but we’ve got that away win against Morecambe and a got a good result on Wednesday night.

“Accrington are a team we fancy our chances against so we’ll look to put a performance on for the fans who deserve one and get a win we really want in front of them.”

Boss Darren Way has switched to a 4-4-2 formation in Town’s previous two fixtures, which has seen them pick up four points.

The Green and Whites have played in a different system for most of the campaign but Dolan insists the squad are prepared for whatever shape they are put in.

“We switched to 4-2-2 on the Saturday and it worked really well,” he said.

“It’s a different formation but it’s still the same squad out there. 

“We know what to do whatever formation we’re put in. We know how to work, how to react and get the best out of it. 

“The 4-4-2 worked really well on Saturday, and Wednesday too. We enjoyed the ball a bit so we’ll go out on Saturday and whatever formation we’re put in, we’re confident we can cause problems.”

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

 

WAY ANTICIPATES DIFFICULT ACCRINGTON TEST

The Lancashire club are unbeaten in their last seven Sky Bet League Two outings, scoring 18 goals in that sequence including five in an impressive win over relegation-threatened Leyton Orient in midweek.

Stanley’s resurgence has seen them climb five places to 16th in the division, but Way feels his side have what it takes to end their run.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “We’ve got to make sure we prepare right in the next couple of days for an Accrington team that on the back of scoring five goals.

“They’ve been in a rich vein of form, they’ve got some very good players who play between the lines.

“I looked at them against Leyton Orient and they just looked like they were a class above.

“Having said that, I’d like to think we are a bigger and better threat than what they are.

“We’ve got to make sure their exciting players don’t control the game and they’ve got one or two of them.”

Two of Accrington’s talents Way eludes to are strikers Billy Kee and Shay McCartan.

See is Stanley’s top scorer with 13 goals in all competitions to his name, while McCartan has notched four times in his last seven games including a beautiful free kick against Exeter City last weekend.

“I thought McCartan’s goal the other day was unbelievable and Billy Kee is scoring regularly,” Way said.

“I know they’ve had a difficult time there, but I think they’re a humble and honest, hardworking team. It won’t be easy. 

“I keep saying no game is easy at this level but every game is winnable.”

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


PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Darren Way will be hoping his side can recreate the intensity and energy shown in their back-to-back away matches when they host John Coleman’s Stanley at Huish Park.

The Glovers recorded an impressive win over Morecambe last Saturday, and followed it up with a last-gasp draw at Barnet in midweek,

As well as coming into some form, Town have found their goalscoring touch, netting five times in two games after previously not finding the back of the net on four consecutive occasions. 

Town will be looking to recapture their home form from the first half of the season which saw them go eight matches without a defeat.

A win on Saturday will see them overtake their opponents Accrington.

The Lancashire club travel to Somerset in fine form having won their last three matches in a row to nil.

Striker Billy Kee was back in the goals on Tuesday night as Stanley hammered relegation-threatened Leyton Orient 5-0.

Sean McConville grabbed a brace in the win but is more known for setting up his team-mates, and sits fourth in the League Two assists charts.

Accrington lie 16th in the table and have won two of their last six matches on the road (D2 L2).

Head-to-head

Town went 11 matches unbeaten in all competitions when they drew 1-1 with Accrington back in November.

Otis Khan’s low free kick gave the Glovers the lead at the Crown Ground but Romuald Boco rescued a point for the hosts in injury time.

Stanley’s last visit to Huish Park ended in defeat as captain Ryan Dickson’s solitary goal earned Yeovil three points.

In fact, that was Town’s only previous EFL clash with Accrington in Somerset.

Referee

Nigel Miller will officiate his 33rd game of the season on Saturday at Huish Park – his first involving Yeovil.

Mr Miller has issued 69 yellow cards this season and six reds.

The County Durham official took charge Town’s 1-1 draw away to Luton Town last season, awarding a yellow card to replacement goalkeeper Chris Weale.

He will be assisted by Andrew Quin (Devon) and Justin Amey (Dorset) with Adam Bromley (Devon) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Matty Dolan’s 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 manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the day at theticket office or can be purchased in advance online or by phone on 01935 847888.

DOLAN KEEN TO BUILD MOMENTUM

The Glovers ran out 3-1 winners at Morecambe last Saturday, before battling to a last-gasp draw with Barnet at the Hive in midweek.

Former Bradford City man Dolan echoed boss Darren Way’s desire to finish the Sky Bet League Two campaign strong and feels if they continue in the same light as their previous two matches, they will do just that.

“The Morecambe win was massive for us because we needed,” Dolan told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We’ve been saying we needed a performance and it had been coming.

“Against Barnet we deserved a lot more. It was a bit of a sucker punch them going 2-1 ahead with the set piece but we showed great character to bounce back from that and I’m delighted for Sheps to get his first goal.

“It was a goal of real quality and it just shows the fighting spirit we have. It shows we’ve got that backbone.”

He continued: “It shows the character of the team. The gaffer has mentioned hard work and the character we’ve got to show between now and the end of the season, and not let the season fizzle out. 

“It’s a great testament to the boys to score late against Barnet and comeback from Morecambe getting a goal back against us on Saturday. 

“I think we’ve got to show that character from now until the end of the season and finish the last nine games strong.”

Next up for Town are John Coleman’s in-form Accrington Stanley at Huish Park on Satuday (3pm).

A win would see the Glovers jump above the Lancashire club in the standings and Dolan thinks it could stand the club in good stead going into next season.

He said: “If we win we can jump ahead of Accrington and if we can stick a little run together going into the end of the season, it gives you a bit of momentum going into next season. 

“We did that last year and started this season really well. It’s massive for us to keep the momentum going, keep our standards high because as footballers we don’t want to let this season fizzle out. 

“We want to go on a run and put performances on for the fans, get them excited for this and next year.”

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

 

WAY TARGETING STRONG FINISH TO THE SEASON

The Glovers ran out 3-1 winners at Morecambe last weekend before earning a last-gasp point at Barnet on Wednesday.

Despite feeling Town should have won the match at the Hive, Way believes his side now have a platform to build on for the final eight games of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

“I want to finish the season really strong,” he told YTFC.net.

“I said to the players if we picked up three points (against Barnet), we could go on a real run. 

“We can still do that and I want the players to still believe in that.

“We have to make sure we prepare right now for the next game. Hopefully every player gets through the next couple days and then we go again against Accrington.”

Town have covered 828 miles in their back-to-back away games this week, and have been backed by a 279 supporters.

Once again, Way voiced his thanks for the fans’ continued support and can’t wait to play in front of them on home soil.

He said: “I want the supporters to get behind us against Accrington on Saturday.

“I want the players to excite the supporters. I want the supporters to see the team hungry, passionate and playing with loads of energy. We certainly showed that against Barnet.

“Hopefully the Barnet result will ignite them to try and create a real atmosphere at Huish Park.”

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

LAWLESS TO MISS ACCRINGTON CLASH

The Welshman limped out of the Glovers’ 3-1 win at Morecambe last weekend with a hamstring injury which saw him miss the draw at Barnet.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro also sat out of the game against his parent club at the Hive, but is now available for selection.

“We don’t think we’ll have Lawless available,” Way told YTFC.net

“He’ll be out unless he makes a miraculous recovery but unfortunately I can’t see that happening.”

Way added: “Jean will be back which is good.

“We did miss him at Barnet, certainly as far as experience is concerned.”

Brandon Goodship returned to the bench in midweek after fully recovering from a foot injury and could feature Saturday, but the fixture comes too soon for Otis Khan (ankle) and Nathan Smith (knee) who are both back in training.

ACCRINGTON TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

The Glovers return to Somerset after back-to-back matches on the road which saw them pick up four points.

Darren Way’s side face a Stanley outfit who are in a rich vein of form in Sky Bet League Two.

The Lancashire club are unbeaten in their previous seven outings, but have never won at Huish Park in the EFL.

Ryan Dickson’s second-half goal was enough for Town to earn three points the last time John Coleman’s outfit made the 522-mile round trip.

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


NICK KICKS – DIDDY PUNDIT COMPETITION

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SHEPHARD HOPING FOR MORE GOALS

The full-back proved an effective attacking outlet for the Glovers at the Hive and finished a move he started by turning home Ben Whitfield’s cross with a neat effort 10 yards out. 

Swansea City loanee Shephard claimed “it’s just what I do in training!” and hopes it is the first of many in his career.

“There’s nothing better than scoring in the 90th minute!” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I can’t really remember it but I picked up the ball, saw the space in the middle of the park, hit it in there, ran around a player and just kept running. Then it was one of those where you could shoot or pass it wide and get on the end of a cross. 

“It just came to me quick and I didn’t have time to think about it. When that happens you just put it in the net and thankfully that happened.

“The penny has dropped now so hopefully I’ll go and get a few more towards the end of the season.”

Shephard’s father Gary was renown for scoring touch during his playing days in Wales.

The 22-year-old’s dad often hit the back of the net for Merthyr Town and Newport County, and Shephard believes that is where he picked up his newly-found shooting boots.

“That little finish was from him!” he quipped.

“He was the one who just to ran off the striker and get the flick-ons and he was so quick, he’d get on the end of them and put them in the back of the net.”

Accrington Stanley are Town’s next opponents in Sky Bet League Two.

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

 

NEVER-SAY-DIE ATTITUDE PLEASES WAY

Darren Way was pleased with Town’s never-say-die attitude after Liam Shephard’s last-gasp equaliser earned them a share of the spoils at Barnet.

The Glovers took the lead courtesy of the forever busy Ben Whitfield, who charged down goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel’s kick and saw the ball loop into the back of the net, before the Bees equalised on the half-hour mark through a bundled effort credited to Michael Nelson.

Five minutes from time, Barnet midfielder Ryan Watson looked to have won it for the hosts when his long range free kick evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner but Liam Shephard’s low finish in stoppage time – his first professional goal – restored parity and earned Town a deserved point.

“We don’t give up,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We’re a really hungry and honest group and I’ve tried to get the group to believe in never giving up and what you could see, certainly towards there, we threw caution to the wind, went three up front, three at the back and fair play to the players, it worked.

“Shephard was getting down one side, Dickson down the other and we were really pleased with that.”

He continued: “The players looked controlled, calm in possession considering we were 2-1 down against the run of play but they kept going and it’s that never-say-die attitude which will take them a long way.

“To see the supporters celebrating with the players just shows how much it means to everyone to perform away to a Barnet team with (John) Akinde up front, who causes all sorts of problems, and get a good draw. 

“We were disappointed we conceded two goals from set-plays but overall as a group and football club we’re really pleased.”

REPORT: BARNET 2-2 YEOVIL TOWN

After an assured start, Town took the lead inside the opening 20 minutes when home keeper Benjamin Buchel’s clearance was charged down by Ben Whitfield, which sent the ball looping into the net.
After a spell of Bees pressure, the hosts equalised when Ryan Watson’s corner was headed home by captain Michael Nelson, despite the final touch seeming to come off a Yeovil man.
Deep in the second half Watson’s free kick from almost halfway somehow rolled into the net and look to have given Barnet three points, but Shephard scored a timely first senior goal in stoppage time to earn Town a point. 
Having left Morecambe with an impressive three points at the weekend, Darren Way was forced into one change from the side that started at the Globe Arena. 
Alex Lawless, who picked up a hamstring injury up North, was replaced by scorer of Saturday’s stunning opener Matt Butcher while Brandon Goodship returned on the bench following a foot injury. 
The only League Two fixture on Wednesday night, managers and scouts from across the division descended on the capital and almost saw the hosts take the lead with seven minutes on the clock. 
Simeon Akinola’s cross to the back post picked out the league’s top scorer John Akinde, but the striker’s simple finish was ruled out by the linesman’s flag. 
Despite the let off, it was a composed start from the visitors who soon began to threaten in an attacking sense. 
Having taken 10 minutes to get his first touch of the game, Francois Zoko grew in influence as his impressive dribble 20 yards from goal ended with Tom Eaves seeing an effort from the angle saved by the legs of Benji Buchel. 
The Glovers didn’t take long to take the lead however, going 1-0 up after just 14 minutes. 
Charlie Clough’s under-hit back pass was perfectly read by Whitfield, with Buchel’s scrambled attempted clearance cannoning off the winger and floating into the back of the net.
The opener saw the Somerset outfit grow in confidence, stroking the ball across the park nicely as they looked to build on their goal advantage. 
That plan was almost scuppered just past the 20-minute mark when Watson had a shot from range pushed behind by Artur Krysiak, before Town went close again at the other end. 
More impressive hold-up play from Zoko saw the ball teed up for Dawson, with the Irishman’s dipping effort falling inches wide. 
At danger of being overrun by Way’s side, Barnet boss Kevin Nugent switched to a 3-5-2 formation midway through the first half and almost immediately enjoyed a spell of pressure.
After a succession of corners, Barnet drew level on 30 minutes when Watson’s corner found its way into the back of the net via Nelson and, potentially, an unfortunate Glover. 
Now level, the Bees kept Yeovil pinned in their own half and drew a good save from Krysiak when Akinde’s venomous effort was well parried.
Town managed to half the hosts’ momentum in the closing stages of the half, heading into the break with the game still in the balance. 
Neither side made a change at the break and the stalemate remained as the game ebbed and flowed in terms of spells of pressure. 
Barnet felt aggrieved not to have a penalty when David Tutonda went down inside the box, but despite strong appeals from the home terrace referee Stephen Martin waved play on. 
Persisting with 4-4-2, Yeovil looked to take the lead for a second time and almost did so on the hour-mark after patient build-up play. 
Having stroked the ball side-to-side, Whitfield penetrated the Bees with a neat run before teeing up Dawson on the edge of the box, with the fans’ favourite driving a shot just wide with Buchel beaten.
Moments later, Whitfield skilfully engineered space wide on the left before seeing his cross-cum-shot tipped over for a corner. 
With fatigue beginning to set in for both sides, Way looked to reinvigorate his frontline by introducing Shayon Harrison for Eaves with a little over 10 minutes remaining.
Disrupted by a serious injury to Barnet’s Akinola, the game seemed to be ticking towards a draw with neither keeper seriously threatened before a fortuitous moment for the hosts. 
Watson’s free kick from almost the halfway line drifted into the box and somehow nestled in the bottom corner with a flurry of players in the middle somehow unable to apply a touch. 
If Yeovil were feeling unlucky they didn’t feel sorry for themselves, as they levelled the scores as the game ticked into stoppage time. 
Shephard, impressive as an attacking outlet throughout the match, started a neat move before carrying his run on into the box where he was perfectly placed to turn Whitfield’s low cross into the net for his first senior goal. 
The Glovers ended the match on the ascendency and looked for a winner only to be beaten by the clock, instead settling for a share of the spoils in the capital to round off a successful spell on the road. 
Barnet: Buchel; Clough, Nelson, Dembele, Tutonda (Johnson 87’); Vilhete, Champion, Watson, Campbell-Ryce (Amaluzor 70’); Akinola (Coulson 85’), Akinde.
Bookings:
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Bover, Taylor, Cojocarel.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher, Dolan, Whitfield; Eaves (Harrison 78’), Zoko.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Bassett, Goodship, Jones, Sowunmi.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Newport County increased their hopes of avoiding relegation after a second-half penalty from Ryan Bird helped them to beat Morecambe.

The Exiles were 11 points adrift when they sacked Graham Westley but are now seven points from safety following back-to-back victories.

The Welsh club moved off the bottom of the table at the expense of Leyton Orient who suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley.

Billy Kee headed in the first before braces from Matty Pearson and Sean McConville sealed the rout.

Hartlepool United climbed away from the drop zone with a 1-0 win away to Cambridge United.

It was the Monkey Hangers’ first three points on the road since October, while Cambridge will be without Max Clark for three matches after he was sent off for a late tackle.

Crewe Alexandra also eased their relegation fears with an impressive away victory at Crawley Town.

James Jones fired the Alex ahead from the spot before two goals in two second-half minutes from Jordan Bowery and Chris Dagnall confirmed the result.

Exeter City got their promotion bid back on track with a first win in eight games as they cruised to victory against Cheltenham Town at St James’ Park.

The Grecians remain in the play-off places while the Robins slip to third from bottom.

Doncaster Rovers’ invincibility at the Keepmoat Stadium continued as they came from behind to beat Notts County.

James Coppinger cancelled out Richard Duffy’s opener, and goals from Mathieu Baudry and Andy Williams turned the match in the league leaders’ favour.

Substitute Nathan Blissett rescued a point for Plymouth Argyle, denting Wycombe Wanderers’ play-off hopes in the process.

The Chairboys looked to be heading for all three points thanks to Myles Weston’s first goal of 2017, but Blissett’s maiden Plymouth goal since arriving from Torquay saw the spoils shared.

Portsmouth strengthened their grip on third place with a convincing win over Grimsby Town.

Paul Cook’s side are now six points clear of Carlisle United thanks to goals from Kyle Bennett, Danny Rose, Carl Baker and Kal Naismith.

 

Elsewhere, promotion chasers Carlisle United and Luton Town ended goalless while Blackpool and Colchester picked up wins over Stevenage and Mansfield Town respectively. 

WAY HOPING FOR MORE OF THE SAME

The Glovers came away from Morecambe 3-1 victors last weekend, and the Town boss is looking for more of the same on the road in the capital. 
“With the performance we had and the number of goals we scored and could’ve scored, we’ve got to take that into today’s game,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel
“It’ll be important to play with the same fluency and enjoy it at the same time. 
“Provided we get the performance right and play with passion, that’s all you can ask for. 
“The players certainly gave all of that against Morecambe and we’re looking for the same tonight.”
Yeovil’s clash with Barnet at the Hive is the only Sky Bet League Two fixture tonight with all 22 other teams in action 24 hours previous. 
The match will be Town’s first trip to the capital since the 1-0 win at Leyton Orient back in September, with the Hive holding fond memories for Way. 
In their final away game of the 2015/16 campaign, the Green and Whites came from behind twice to claim a 4-3 victory courtesy of Harry Cornick’s last-minute winner. 
Ten months later, the Yeovil boss is hoping for another positive trip for the travelling faithful. 
Way said: “Looking back at the scenes the last time we played Barnet (away), it was certainly my most memorable moment as a manager and most enjoyable moment as a manager. 
“It was a great comeback, and one the supporters enjoyed. 
“I appreciate their support wherever they travel. I know it’s very, very difficult with work commitments but some of the loyalty gone into supporting the team this year has been fantastic. 
“When I first took over I talked about sense it, see it, feel it and it’s exactly the same with the supporters because you really sense when they’re behind the team and it really helps.”
Tickets are available to purchase on the gate, with cash only. 

LAWLESS TO FACE FITNESS TEST

The 31-year-old limped out of Yeovil’s 3-1 win at Morecambe on Saturday after 44 minutes with a hamstring injury.
With an extra day to recover, Lawless will be assessed ahead of kick-off to determine his availability. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, boss Darren Way said: "He’ll be doing a fitness test today before the game, so we’re waiting on that one. 
"One or two others are carrying the same sort of injuries."
Town are still without Otis Khan (ankle) and Nathan Smith (knee) who continue their recovery from lengthy spells on the touchline, while Darren Ward (knee) remains unavailable for selection. 
Way will also be without Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro who is ineligible to face his parent club. 

PREVIEW: BARNET v YEOVIL TOWN

Town will be looking to record back-to-back away victories at the Hive, after last weekend’s impressive 3-1 win at Morecambe.

Chasing a much-needed three points, goals from Matt Butcher, Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi secured the win in Lancashire, before a trip to the capital on Wednesday night.

Incidentally, Barnet themselves are without a win since they beat Morecambe in mid-February.

Having drawn three and lost two since then, the Bees sit 14th in League Two, four points ahead of Town.

Kevin Nugent’s side do boast the league’s top scorer in Jon Akinde, with the former Bristol City and Crawley Town striker already netting 21 goals this season.

Better away from home, Barnet have won just four of their 18 league matches on home turf during the 2016/17 campaign so far.

Head-to-head

Yeovil’s 1-0 home defeat to Barnet back in December was the Glovers first defeat to the London outfit in five previous meetings.

Alex Nicholls’ late strike was enough to take three points, but the Bees have lost three and drawn one of the previous four fixtures between the two sides.

Town’s most memorable win came on the last day of the 2015/16 season, when Harry Cornick’s stoppage time strike secured a 4-3 win having trailed 2-0 and 3-1.

In fact, that was Yeovil’s only previous EFL clash with Barnet at the Hive, which Way’s side will hope to build on this time around.

Referee

Stephen Martin will take charge of Wednesday’s clash in the capital.

Mr. Martin will officiate his 33rd game of the season, which will be his first involving Yeovil.

Last season, the Staffordshire official took charge of the 0-0 draw with Oxford United and the 2-0 loss at home to Exeter, handing just two yellow cards across the two games.

He will be assisted by Ian Cooper (Kent) and Darren Blunden (Kent) with Simon Hooper (Wiltshire) 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

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Hive by cash only on the away turnstile. There will be no price increase.

I KNEW WE’D GET THINGS RIGHT – KRYSIAK

The goalkeeper, who made his 100th appearance for the club on Saturday, was adamant Town would bounce back at the Globe Arena and so it proved as they ran out 3-1 winners.

Matt Butcher opened proceedings with a screamer in first-half stoppage time, before Antony Evans restored parity for Morecambe in the 53rd minute.

Defender Alex Lacey poked home to put Town back in front and centre-back partner Bevis Mugabi wrapped up the scoring with a powerful header.

"On the back of a really disappointing defeat against Luton, we needed a reaction,” Krysiak told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I knew we would get things right. We spend so much time on the training ground to get things right and we’ve showed we’ve got potential to win these games.

“They only had two chances, unfortunately they took one but we came back, scored three goals and it’s a platform we can build on and we’ll focus on Barnet now.”

Ninety-five Yeovil fans made the lengthy trip to Morecambe to witness the club’s first win on the road since October. 

Town supporters have stuck by the team during their tough run of results and Krysiak appreciates their continued efforts and support.

He said: “I’d like to thank the fans for coming and supporting us, and sticking with us. 

“There’s been frustration in the camp and the stands but thank you to the fans for still believing us and still coming to the games.”

 

DAVE TAYLOR 1940-2017

Described as an inside forward, Taylor netted 284 goals for Town – the most by any Glover in the post-war era and the only man in that timeframe to score over 200 goals for the club.

Taylor was part of the Yeovil side that won the 1963/94 Southern League – now known as the Evo-Stik League Southern – and his goals also helped Town to three Somerset Cup triumphs in the 60s.

The Rochester-born man spent nine years in Somerset and had spells at Gillingham, Portsmouth, Bath City and Cheltenham Town.

Everyone at the club sends its condolences Dave’s family and friends at this sad time.

LANDMARK DAY FOR KRYSIAK

The Polish stopper ticked on to 100 appearances for the Glovers in all competitions in a match which saw the Green and Whites record their first three points since the end of January.

Former Exeter City keeper Krysiak joined from the Grecians ahead of the 2014/15 season and was made surplus to requirements by former manager Paul Sturrock in the final year of his first contract.

However, Darren Way saw the 27-year-old as a crucial part of his plans for the future and offered him a new two-year deal last summer.

Krysiak is grateful for the belief Way has shown in him and also paid a special tribute to his wife for her continued backing.

“I will celebrate because you have to enjoy these moments,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m really glad to be part of a club that has a great history of producing players and giving them a chance. 

“I need to thank Darren Way for keeping me at the club and offering me a two-year contract. 

“One more person I would like to thank is my wife who has stood by me since day one, been with me through my highs and lows, and I’m very thankful.”

He continued: “It was a difficult time for me (under Sturrock) but you have to believe in yourself. 

“I’m a believer – I believe in myself and my ability. I stood up for myself and proved I can be part of this fantastic club.

“We’ve got a fantastic team, and I’m proud to be a part of it and proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”

 

BARNET TICKETS ON SALE

The Glovers were due to visit the Hive a day previous but had their travel plans amended back in December.

Yeovil ended up on the right side of a seven-goal thriller on their last trip to Edgware in what Darren Way described as his ‘most entertaining game as a manager’.

Town found themselves 3-1 down just after the hour but goals from Nathan Smith and Francois Zoko, and Harry Cornick’s last-gasp effort turned the contest around.

Prices for the match in North London are as follows:

Adult: £23

Senior (65+): £14

Young person (17-20): £14

Junior (Under-16s): £5

For ambulant disabled tickets and wheelchair bays, call 02083 813800.

Fans can also purchase tickets for Town’s away games at Exeter City, Portsmouth and Newport County.

Way’s side make the short trip to Exeter on Saturday, March 25th before back-to-back matches on the road against Pompey and the Exiles in April.

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

BUTCHER RECALLS WONDER STRIKE

The Bournemouth loanee began the match on the bench at the Globe Arena and was introduced just shy of half-time due an injury to Alex Lawless.

The contest looked as if it would be goalless at the break but up stepped Butcher with a wonder strike – with his first touch no less – to set the Glovers on their way.

“I saw it pop up in the air and thought all I could do was try and get a good connection,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Luckily it dipped over the keeper and went in!

“I was just happy we scored and it went in! I thought the keeper was going to touch it so when it went in I didn’t know what to do, stopped and let everyone come to me.

He added: “Today’s game is so sharp and you’ve got to be ready and prepared just like you’re playing from the start.

“You’ve got to keep doing runs up and down the touchline to keep warm and sharp, keep an eye on the game because you can’t go into it thinking it’s going to be like any other game as each one is different.

“I did that and luckily it paid off.”

Morecambe got back into the match through Antony Evans’ close range effort on 53 minutes.

However, it proved a minor speed bump on Town’s way to three points as goals from centre-backs Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi helped Darren Way’s side their first victory since the end of January.

“We looked comfortable after the first goal,” Butcher said.

“It went 1-1 and it’s tricky from there. You see a lot of teams go the other way and go 2-1, 3-1 down, but we dug deep, created a lot of chances. 

“We did a lot of work in the week on creating chances and getting shots on goal and that paid off.

“We’ve all stayed positive and we’re all working hard like it’s the first game of the season. We’re honest players down here. It’s good to get that win and hopefully we can build on it.”

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Portsmouth cemented their place in the automatic promotion places with a 4-0 away win over Colchester United.

Eoin Doyle headed Pompey into a first-half lead before Kyle Bennett, Danny Rose and Michael Doyle added further goals in the second period.

Doncaster Rovers edged closer to promotion with a routine victory at home to lowly Cheltenham Town.

The league leaders maintained their unbeaten record at the Keepmoat with goals from captain Andy Butler and top scorer John Marquis.

Two goals in five second-half minutes saw Plymouth Argyle overcome Mansfield Town at Field Mill.

Graham Carey’s free kick was flicked home by Sonny Bradley before the Irishman clinched the game directly from a set piece.

Medy Elito’s second-half hat-trick condemned Carlisle United to a fourth straight defeat as Cambridge United won at Brunton Park. 

The Cumbrians’ hopes of a top three finish took another hit as Elito scored twice from the spot before adding a third in stoppage time.

Joss Labadie kept alive Newport County’s slim chances of survival with a last-gasp winner over Crewe Alexandra.

Caretaker Exiles boss Mike Flynn’s had to come from behind to win and remain nine points from safety.

Hartlepool United are the team they have to catch and the Monkey Hangers fell to a 2-1 defeat to Notts County.

A Jorge Grant screamer and Shola Ameobi’s first for the Magpies ensured the Nottingham club kept their unbeaten sequence under Kevin Nolan at Meadow Lane intact and leave Hartlepool looking nervously over their shoulder.

Second from bottom Leyton Orient suffered a miserable 3-0 loss to Grimsby Town and remain six points from safety.

It was a comfortable afternoon for Grimsby who recorded their seventh away league win of the campaign at Brisbane Road.

Promotion-hopefuls Luton Town went down 2-0 at home to local rivals Stevenage.

Luke Wilkinson opened the scoring with an early header before Ben Kennedy confirmed three points for Boro five minutes from time.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce notched in the 88th minute as Barnet earned a point at home to Crawley Town.

Elsewhere, Accrington Stanley won 2-0 away at Exeter City while Wycombe Wanderers and Blackpool ended goalless.

WAY PRAISES SQUAD LOYALTY

The Town boss called for bouncebackability in midweek and he got it in abundance as goals from Matt Butcher, Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi helped the Green and Whites to a 3-1 victory in Lancashire.

Way quipped he was disappointed his side didn’t score more than three but praised their efforts to record their first three points since the end of January.

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

“From start to finish we played on the front foot and no disrespect to Morecambe but I thought it could’ve been 10! To come here and play in the manner we did was fantastic.

“I thought the effort from every single player was phenomenal. They worked hard all week and I said to them the secret of success is hard work. We stood strong, stuck together and the players deserve that.

“I was looking for us to channel our adrenaline in the right way, be calm and focused which is what you saw from every single individual.”

He continued: “There were some fantastic individual performances and that shows their loyalty to me as a manager – they showed a lot of loyalty out there. 

“The players have given everything and that’s what I want to focus on – their commitment to the football club.

“Over a number of weeks we’ve felt we’ve deserved better and we’ve had a lot of draws so it’s nice to get that winning feeling.

“We’ll share that with the supporters as they’ve had a long trip and it’s nice to send them back with three points.”

 

REPORT: MORECAMBE 1-3 YEOVIL TOWN

After an encouraging first-half performance, the Glovers took the lead in memorable fashion just before the break as Matt Butcher unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard volley.
Having ended the half on a high it was a disappointing start to the second, as Antony Evans equalised just seven minutes after the restart. 
Determined not to drop points once again from a winning position, Alex Lacey restored the Green and Whites advantage on 65 minutes before Bevis Mugabi made it 3-1 to send the travelling fans into raptures.
Town continued to pepper the Shrimps goal and could’ve added more to their tally, but settled for a much-needed three points in Lancashire.
Searching for that illusive win, Darren Way made one change to the side that was emphatically beaten by Luton Town last time out. 
Reverting to the more familiar 4-3-3 after three games with two upfront, Tom Eaves came into the centre of a front three in place of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro who dropped to the bench.
Youngster Ollie Bassett also took a seat amongst the substitutes in Lancashire fresh from a loan spell at Dorchester Town, coming in for the injured Brandon Goodship (foot). 
In a dull and drizzly afternoon in Lancashire the Glovers began in bright and energetic style, forcing home stopper Barry Roche in to two good saves in the opening exchanges. 
With five minutes on the clock, Ben Whitfield’s low drive from 25 yards was just about kept out by the veteran ‘keeper, before the lead was almost taken from a set-piece.
Whitfield’s corner was tantalisingly delivered into the box, with the stooping Lacey seeing his header tipped over by Roche in an encouraging opening 10 minutes.
At the other end, Kevin Ellison fired into the arms of Artur Krysiak – celebrating his 100th appearance for Town – before enjoying a spell of pressure themselves. 
As a result, Way made an early tactical switch to 4-4-2, utilising Kevin Dawson and Whitfield on the wings with Francois Zoko partnering Eaves upfront. 
The switch in formation seemed to nullify Morecambe’s 4-3-1-2, and it was Dawson in his new wide position who teed up Eaves for a header that drifted just wide on 28 minutes.
As the game edged towards the break Krysiak had to be alert to push Lee Molyneux’s low effort around the post, before the visitors took the lead in stunning circumstances.
With his first touch since replacing the injured Alex Lawless, Butcher looped a stunning volley over Roche from 25-yards to open the scoring in style.
Without a goal in four games it was some way back into the scoring swing of things, as Yeovil went in at the break buoyed by the Bournemouth loanee’s moment of magic. 
Having spurned the lead in matches against Cambridge and Leyton Orient in recent games, Way’s side would’ve been keen to remain on the front foot in the second 45 minutes.
That looked like it would be the case when Whitfield whizzed an effort just wide in the opening exchanges of the second half, before Morecambe piled on the pressure. 
Molyneux and Ellison both had tame efforts stopped, before Mullin raced through on goal only to be denied brilliantly by the Polish stopper who’d raced from his line to narrow the angle. 
Entrenched in the Yeovil half the Shrimps weren’t to be denied for long though, as Mullin’s low drive was saved by Krysiak, only for Evans to tuck home the rebound from close range.
Fearing the prospect of more dropped points, Yeovil steadied the ship after conceding before resurrecting their dominance at the Globe Arena. 
Troubling Roche all afternoon, the Glovers restored their lead as the impressive Whitfield’s cross ricocheted to Lacey at the back post who made no mistake in finding the net. 
Now ahead, Yeovil pushed to put game beyond doubt and did so in similar fashion on 72 minutes, as Whitfield’s corner was headed home emphatically by Mugabi for his first league goal for the Glovers. 
Keen to avoid a nervy closing quarter of an hour, Way’s side adopted the adage of attack being the best form of defence and peppered Morecambe’s goal in search of a fourth. 
Dolan saw a 35-yard drive cannon off the post with Zoko somehow firing over on the rebound, whilst Liam Shephard had a rasping effort pushed away by the busy Roche. 
Whitfield, who deserved a goal, dragged an effort just wide in the final 10 minutes whilst Eaves pulled a shot just wide as the Shrimps shrivelled due to the pressure applied by Town. 
Despite four minutes of added time the Green and Whites held firm to notch an impressive three points on the road, ending a run of four games without a goal and moving 11 points clear of the drop to keep eyes firmly looking up.
Morecambe: Roche; Edwards, Winnard, Whitmore; Duckworth, Evans (Turner 78’), Murphy, Molyneux; Wildig; Ellison (Jordan 78’), Mullin.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, McGowan, Conlan, Fleming.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless (Butcher 43’), Dolan; Whitfield, Eaves, Zoko.
Bookings: Butcher 83’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Goodship, Harrison, Akpa Akpro, Sowunmi.

DICKSON LOOKING TO INCREASE INTENSITY IN PERFORMANCES

The Glovers skipper has been virtually an ever-present this season but feels the side have to find something extra in performances.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, the 30-year-old is targeting a strong end to the campaign. 
“We’ve got 11 games left and we need to make them 11 big performances," he said.
"It’s one of them where we feel like you’re giving 100%, but can you give more?
“They’ve come into good form of late and we need to nullify that. When we’re at it, we can compete easily in this league as we have been doing. 
“It’s a fine line; we dropped off the play-offs and away from relegation but it’s that bit of where does that extra 10% come from that we, as a team, can’t afford to let go.”
Morecambe lost just once in February, resulting in manager Jim Bentley being nominated for Sky Bet League Two manager of the month. 
With a challenging trip to the Globe Arena ahead, Dickson is targeting the balance required between putting on a performance and scoring goals. 
“We need to get that balance right," he said.
"We’ve lacked a little bit of the balance of getting a good performance and scoring which in the last few games. 
“Everything is set in place. I can tell you pretty much what the player we’re playing against has had for breakfast, we’re that drilled. But we need to put that into practice. 
“We’re an honest group of players – we have to be. We have to have that work-rate and as town we need that enthusiasm and togetherness because that’s what makes Yeovil successful as a place and a football club.”
Tickets for Town’s clash with Morecambe are now only available to purchase on the day, either with cash (turnstile) or card (Globe Arena ticket office). 

PREVIEW: MORECAMBE v YEOVIL TOWN

Town will be looking to build on their last away performance – a solid defensive display at Notts County.

The Glovers picked up their 11th clean sheet of the season at Meadow Lane against the in-form Magpies.

Darren Way’s side did concede four against Luton Town last time out and  the 37-year-old has called for bouncebackability this weekend.

Morecambe lost just once in February which led to boss Jim Bentley being nominated for League Two manager of the month.

The Shrimps have climbed up to 15th in the table but suffered a 3-1 defeat to Blackpool last week.

Bentley’s outfit have kept five clean sheets this season.

Head-to-head

Town have never beaten Morecambe in the EFL (L3).

The Shrimps left Huish Park with all three points in August after Kevin Ellison’s 55th-minute strike.

Ellison scored the first of Morecambe’s two goals the last time the two clubs met at the Globe Arena.

The veteran cancelled out Darren Ward’s owner for the Glovers before Shaun Miller netted a winner ten minutes from time.

Referee

Mark Brown is the man in the middle for Saturday’s match in Lancashire.

The East Yorkshire official will take charge of just his 10th game of the season, and has issued 23 yellows and no reds.

Last season, Mr Brown refereed Town’s 1-0 loss away to York City.

He will be assisted by Kevin Mulraine (Cumbria) and Matthew Bristow (Manchester) with Aaron Jackson (Nottinghamshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Ryan Dickson’s pre-match interviews can be found on the club’s official YouTube channel by clicking 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

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Globe Arena. Fans can pay by card at the Morecambe ticket office, otherwise it is cash on the turnstiles. There will be no price increase.

WE HAVE TO BREAK THEM DOWN – WAY

The Shrimps’ fortunes on the field of late contrast those off it, with Jim Bentley’s outfit picking up four wins in eight matches to lift themselves away from the relegation zone.

Their good form in February led to Bentley being nominated for Sky Bet League Two manager of the month and Way is expecting a tough contest.

“They’ve had problems and they’ve stuck together,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Jim Bentley works hard behind the scenes and he hasn’t got massive resources. They’re a team that work hard for each other, they’re honest and they’ve got one or two younger players who were almost targets for us.

“They’ve done very well and we know it’s going to be a difficult game.”

He continued: “One thing about the way Jim sets them up is they’re very solid, compact and they defend very well. 

“We had a lot of the play in the last game (1-0 defeat at Huish Park back in August) and they hit us on the counter attack.

“We have to make sure we break them down and we have to make sure we pick up three points.”

CAPTAIN’S CALL FOR UNITY

Darren Way’s side sit 17th in the table having won once and drawn on six occasions in the last 10 matches. 
After the disappointing defeat at home to Luton Town last time out, Yeovil travel to Morecambe this weekend looking for three points on the road.
Dickson, who’s featured 30 times this season in league and cup competitions, told YTFC’s official YouTube channel that sticking together is a must. 
“We’re not a football club that can afford to dwell on bad results,” he said. 
“Our intensity, I feel, needs to come up but we can’t get too disheartened. 
“We’re a football club that needs everybody. We need to stay together as a town; Yeovil is a big part of this town. 
“The fans are extremely proud of the football club just like the owner is and just like the manager is. We all need to stay together.”
Now in his second spell with the club, the 30-year-old played a pivotal role in helping Town avoid the drop last season. 
Having helped to ensure Yeovil’s EFL status, Dickson is calling for patience as progress continues to be made. 
“We’re one of those football clubs that aren’t always going to have highs – it’s hard to compete at times," he said.
“Everybody needs to stay together. It’s that type of place, type of environment and type of town. 
“As fans, players and owners and manager of the football club, everyone needs to pull in the right direction and do what needs to be done to win football matches.”
Town travel to Morecambe on Saturday (3pm) with tickets available to purchase on the day. 

WAY IDENTIFIES SMALL IMPROVEMENTS

The 37-year-old was in the backroom staff when Town suffered back-to-back relegations to Sky Bet League Two, before stepping to become manager and guiding the club to safety last year.

Town have been better defensively this campaign, keeping 11 clean sheets, and despite Way agreeing his side haven’t scored enough goals, the Glovers have netted more times at this stage than in the entirety of the previous three seasons.

“It’s up to me to remain positive and the way I’ve done that is to try and analyse the last three years,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We’ve scored the highest amount of goals within the last three years, we’ve paid the least amount of money, we’ve got the least amount of players and we’ve got the highest league position. 

“That’s me being honest to where we are right now. We are better off in the last three years in many departments. My job now is to build on that for next year.”

Yeovil head into the weekend’s match against Morecambe off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Luton Town and Way is looking for a positive response from his players.

He said: “When you go into a game off a defeat like that, you’re always looking for bouncebackability and I’ll be looking for that on Saturday.

“We’ve gone through a lot of detail and I think the most important thing is to stay positive. 

“It’s important we focus on our performance and we know what it takes in an away performance to come back with points.”

 

KHAN AND SMITH CLOSE TO RETURNING

The 21-year-old has been out of action for two months with an ankle problem he picked up in Town’s Checkatrade Trophy win over Reading Under-23s.

Defender Nathan Smith is also nearing a full recovery on the medial knee ligament injury which has seen him miss the Glovers’ last five matches.

Yeovil’s only other injury concern is Darren Ward with the club still waiting for the specialist’s opinion on his ongoing knee issue.

Youngster Ollie Bassett returned to Huish Park following his one-month loan spell at Dorchester Town.

Boss Darren Way says he will consult Magpies chief Craig Laird for feedback on the 19-year-old’s performances before considering him for selection. 

BASSETT RETURNS TO HUISH PARK

The 19-year-old spent the last month at the Avenue in what was his third stint with the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier outfit. 
Bassett, who continued to train with the Glovers whilst at Dorchester, scored four goals in 21 appearances across three spells with the Magpies this season. 

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THIS YEAR’S 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.

LOAN WATCH: DISAPPOINTING WEEKEND FOR LOAN DUO

In Evo-Stik League Southern Premier, Ollie Bassett couldn’t help Dorchester Town avoid a 4-2 defeat at Redditch United.
Having fallen behind early on, the 19-year-old almost netted the equaliser with a curling effort that flew just over the bar. 
All six goals were scored in a frantic first-half with the Magpies unable to find a way back in to the match despite Bassett completing 90 minutes. 
Elsewhere, Joe Lea was an unused substitute for Gosport Borough in their 2-1 defeat to Wealdstone in National League South. 

STICK WITH US – WAY

The Glovers have been on a difficult run since the turn of the year, winning just one of their 12 league games (D7  L4).

Saturday’s defeat to promotion-chasing Luton Town means Town are eight points above the relegation zone following Leyton Orient’s win at fellow strugglers Newport County.

Yeovil were bottom of the table when Way took over on New Year’s Eve 2015 and the 37-year-old led the club to safety with four games to spare.

Way’s side are five points and three places better off than they were at this stage last season, and says he will do everything possible to make sure Town are in the EFL next year.

He told YTFC.net: “We are where we are as a football club and if I was a supporter I would be frustrated and they’ve spent three years like that. 

“They feel that the club is turning round, then feel like it’s going back again – I can understand their disappointment.

“If I could ask us all to stick together and do everything we can to stay in the football league because I knew how that difficult that was last year and I knew this year as manager was going to be my toughest test.”

Way continued: “I’ve been in a very difficult position over the last three years as a coach and manager where we’ve been losing constantly. I don’t want to go back to that habit and I want good performances. 

“I have to manage this from now until the end of the season and I have to do it well.

“As a manager sometimes you have to stand there and take responsibility, something I’m not afraid of.

“I will take responsibility and the criticism. I’ll do everything I can to protect my players as they are still giving everything.

“A top manager told me this week ‘in this job you can run, but you can’t hide’ and one thing I’m not going to do is hide.”

 

WE WERE OUTCLASSED – WAY

A double from Danny Hylton – the forward’s 21st and 22nd goals of the campaign – set the Hatters on their way before Glen Rea and Pelly Ruddock put extra gloss on the scoreline in the second half.

Hylton has now netted four times in as many games against the Glovers and Way concedes his side couldn’t get to grips with his and Luton’s quality.

“We were up against a very good team – you could see the difference in class,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Hylton ran the show from start to finish and got a standing ovation. He was a real threat and unfortunately we couldn’t deal with that.

“Knowing we were up against a real threat anyway it was a case of how we’d deal with that and you could see after (the penalty) there were 10 or 15 minutes where we couldn’t get the ball and it became difficult for us.

“It’s always disappointing when you lose but we were up against a good team who had too much class.”

The loss leaves Town 17th in the table, eight points above the drop zone following Leyton Orient’s big win over fellow strugglers Newport County.

Way doesn’t believe his squad are in a relegation battle but is keen for them to remain in control their own fate.

“We can only focus on ourselves,” he said.

“I have to make sure we keep strong and I’ll make sure the group are ready for the next game.

“I have to lead the group into the next game against Morecambe (Saturday, March 11th (3pm)) and if we’re going to be resilient, then we have to do it from now.”

TICKET INFORMATION FOR MORECAMBE

The Glovers make the 556-mile round commute to the Globe Arena to take on the Shrimps on Saturday (3pm).

Yeovil have faced Morecambe on three occasions in the EFL and are yet to win against Jim Bentley’s side.

Veteran Kevin Ellison’s goal last time out was enough for the cash-stricken club to leave Huish Park with three points back in August.

Prices for the match in the North West are as follows:

Adult: £21

Senior (65+): £17

Student (internet)*: £17

Under-18 (internet): £6

Accompanied Under-14**: FREE

*must have a valid NUS Card

**Up to three Under-14s can enter free of charge with a paying adult, senior or student.

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

Supporters can also buy tickets for Town’s other away matches in March. 

Darren Way takes his side to Barnet on Wednesday, March 15th (8pm) before ending the month with a short journey to Exeter City (Saturday, March 25th (3pm)).

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

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Leyton Orient boosted their survival hopes and dented Newport County’s chances of staying up in the process as they ran out 4-0 winners at Rodney Parade.

Josh Koroma netted a hat-trick and assisted Steven Alzate’s opener in an inspired performances from the O’s.

Orient made ground on Notts County at the bottom of the table due to the Magpies’ 3-0 loss to Stevenage.

Matt Godden’s 12th and 13th goals in his last 13 matches sandwiched Jack King’s strike as Boro further strengthened their grip on a play-off place.

At the top, second and third met at Home Park with Plymouth Argyle defeating Carlisle United.

Graham Carey and Jake Jervis were on target before the break in a win that moved the Pilgrims seven points clear of the Cumbrians.

Portsmouth missed the chance to leapfrog Carlisle after suffering a shock defeat to Crewe Alexandra at Fratton Park.

The visitors produced a stubborn defensive display before nicking the contest through George Ray’s header 13 minutes from time.

Hartlepool United secured an important three points over play-off hopefuls Exeter City in their bid to avoid the drop.

The Grecians took a first-half lead through Ollie Watkins but the Monkey Hangers turned the match on its head with three second-half goals.

A controversial Paris Cowan-Hall goal secured Wycombe Wanderers a first win in seven games as they beat Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

The substitute struck after a Danny Collins own goal levelled things up following Calum Dyson’s first-half penalty, but the hosts felt aggrieved when the goal came with one of their players down with a head injury.

Blackpool picked up their first home win since November with a hard-fought victory in the Lancashire seaside derby against Morecambe.

Mark Cullen, Brad Potts and an own goal from Ryan Edwards settled matters for the Seasiders before Antony Evans late consolation.

Sammie Szmodics struck a late equaliser to earn Colchester United a point at Cambridge United.

The 21-year-old turned the ball home six minutes from time to keep the U’s play-off chances alive.

Elsewhere, Accrington Stanley were 1-0 winners over Barnet while league leaders Doncaster Rovers were held to a goalless draw by Crawley Town.

Cheltenham Town and Mansfield Town also ended 0-0.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 0-4 LUTON TOWN

With just seven minutes on the clock Danny Hylton converted from the spot after Bevis Mugabi was adjudged to have fouled strike partner Isaac Vassell in the box. 
The Hatters doubled their lead on 31 minutes when a perfectly executed counter saw Hylton bag his 22nd goal of the season, adding to a difficult afternoon.
With a cushion at the break the visitors added a third 10 minutes after the restart courtesy of Glen Rea’s header, before Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu rounded off the scoring late on.
Darren Way made one change to the side that drew 0-0 with play-off chasing Mansfield Town in midweek. 
A late withdrawal from the squad on Tuesday night, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro recovered in time to start upfront alongside Francois Zoko, forcing Shayon Harrison to the bench.
Having come away from Kenilworth Road with a point back in August, the Glovers started with the same diamond 4-4-2 formation exercised in Bedfordshire. 
Matching the Hatters tactically, it was an even start to proceedings before the game burst into life just past the five-minute mark. 
Vassell drove into the box forcing Mugabi into a sliding challenge, and despite winning the ball referee Kevin Johnson felt the young defender took the man first and pointed to the spot. 
With boos echoing around Huish Park the potent Hylton nonchalantly chipped the penalty down the middle to give the visitors an early lead. 
Now winning, Luton were keen to capitalise on the home side’s frustrations towards the officials and almost did so from a Jordan Cook corner.
The midfielder’s in-swinging cross was met powerfully by Rea and despite beating Artur Krysiak, Liam Shephard was on hand to clear off the line.
Nathan Jones’ side were certainly a threat from set-pieces in the first-half, and with 20 minutes on the clock another Cook corner ended with Scott Cuthbert blasting over from inside the box. 
Ironically, the Glovers fell two behind after a spell of set-piece pressure of their own.  
After Francois Zoko couldn’t scramble a Dolan corner past Matt Macey, Luton launched a rapid counter-attack ending with Hylton coolly rounding Krysiak and netting his eighth goal in seven games.
Now facing an uphill battle, Way’s side enjoyed the lion share of possession as the half drew to a close, but couldn’t test the visiting ‘keeper. 
With chances few and far between in the first 45 minutes it took Town just four minutes to trouble Macey’s goal after the break. 
Ben Whitfield’s dangerous corner was met by the diving head of Akpa Akpro, but the striker’s effort flew wide of the target. 
Despite the score line it was a positive start to the half by the hosts, as just a minute later top scorer Zoko fired into the arms of the Luton stopper following a neat turn. 
Although Way’s side began the half encouragingly, the result was put beyond doubt on 55 minutes from another Luton set-piece. 
Alan Sheehan’s deep free-kick picked out Glen Rea at the back post, with the defender able to loop a header back across goal and over Krysiak to all but end any hopes of a comeback.
With goals at a premium, Tom Eaves and Shayon Harrison were introduced, with the latter almost making an immediate impact. 
The spurs loanee turned Ryan Dickson’s low cross towards the bottom corner only for Macey to pull out a fine stop to push it around the post, as it looked increasingly like not being Yeovil’s day. 
That notion was proven when the Hatters made it 4-0 in the closing stages, as Mpanzu cut in from the left before squeezing a low drive under Krysiak, rounding off a disappointing afternoon for the hosts.
In the final few minutes Brandon Goodship had a shot saved by Macey, but it couldn’t stop the Glovers slumping to a first home defeat in five matches, in turn prolonging Town’s search for a much-needed win.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Lacey, Dickson; Lawless, Dawson, Dolan (Goodship 82’), Whitfield (Harrison 62’); Zoko, Akpa Akpro (Eaves 67’).
Bookings: Dawson 35’, Lawless 58’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Butcher, Sowunmi. 
Luton Town: Macey; O’Donnell, Cuthbert, Rea, Sheehan; Mpanzu, Smith, Gray (Potts 66’), Cook; Hylton (Marriott 76’), Vassell (Palmer 68’).
Bookings: Smith 44’
Subs not used: Moore, Mullins, D’Ath, Justin.

WAY WANTS ONE OF HIS PLAYERS TO TAKE THE PLAUDITS

The Glovers are at Huish Park for the second time this week after a third successive 0-0 draw on Tuesday night against Mansfield Town. 
With goals the missing link in Yeovil’s performances, Way wants someone to enjoy the attention of being match winner this weekend. 
“After any game, there’s normally one player interviewed because they helped the team win,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel
“The sooner we get more of that, the more successful we’re going to be. 
“Having said that, we’re not going to get too frustrated because over the years here as a coach we’ve been losing games.
“We’ve drawn far too many but it’s not the end of the world.”
Yeovil have drawn nine of their last 15 outings in Sky Bet League Two, despite leading in four of those fixtures. 
With Town comfortably mid-table, Way understands the fans’ frustrations. 
“From where I am as a manager I have to appreciate that the supporters have been on a rollercoaster ride.
“All I had was success as a player, then we had the dizzy heights of the Championship and then free-falling.  
We’re in a better position than last year but are we where we want to be and do we want to keep drawing games? No. 
“But it’s not for the lack of trying. We’re all trying to build the club back up to where we belong. It’s not going to happen overnight. 
“We need to be patient but I understand frustrations. We have to make sure we keep improving together and I’m sure it will successfully turn around.”
Tickets are available to purchase online or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v LUTON TOWN

Town recorded their third successive point at Huish Park on Tuesday night.

The Glovers tested play-off-chasing opponents Mansfield Town but were held to a goalless draw by the Stags.

It was the club’s 11th clean sheet of the season and Darren Way’s hold the impressive statistic of keep a first-half clean sheet in 76.47% of their league fixtures – the highest proportion in England.

Defensively Town have proved their worth in the 2016/17 campaign but, by Way’s own admission, the Glovers have struggled in front of goal.

Luton were the opposition the last time Yeovil scored more than once in a match (six games ago).

The Hatters are in a strong position in the table and sit four points off the top three in League Two.

Danny Hylton’s form has been the main catalyst to the Bedfordshire club’s fortunes in the division, with the 28-year-old netting 15 times this season.

Former Glover Nathan Jones has been in charge of Luton since January 2016 and has won 50% of his matches.

Head-to-head

Town have faced Luton twice already this season but are yet to record a victory.

The Glovers picked up a point at Kenilworth Road back in August thanks to Tom Eaves’ equaliser, but were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy by the Hatters last month.

A Ryan Bird double helped Yeovil to a 3-2 victory over Luton in 2015, with Stephen Arthurworrey grabbing Town’s other goal on the day.

Referee

Darren Handley was set to take charge of Saturday’s match but withdrew due to injury, meaning Kevin Johnson (Somerset) took over officiating control.

Today’s clash will be the fourth time Mr Johnson has taken charge of a Yeovil game this season, overseeing the 4-3 Checkatrade Trophy win against Portsmouth, 1-0 loss to Barnet and 2-1 victory over Plyouth Argyle. 

Mr Johnson awarded 12 yellow cards in those three games.

He will be assisted by Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon) with Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Alex Lawless’ pre-match interviews can be found on the club’s official YouTube channel by clicking 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 OWE THEM ONE – LAWLESS

Town suffered a 5-2 defeat to the Hatters last month which ended their Checkatrade Trophy run at the quarter-final stage.

It was the second time this season Darren Way’s outfit had travelled to Bedfordshire to take on Luton following the 1-1 draw back in August.

Yeovil have drawn nine of their last 15 matches in Sky Bet League Two but Lawless insists the squad remain positive of getting three points against the play-off Hatters this afternoon (3pm).

“We might not be getting the wins that we want but it’s definitely a positive camp,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We’re going to use that attitude for the game on Saturday to get the win that we want.

“I’ve played in teams, and you see teams all over the country, that can’t get a draw or clean sheet which is what we’re achieving. 

“The next step is to get a win and that’s what we’re going to do.”

He added: “I know it was a while ago but in the league game we played against Luton, we came away from the game disappointed we hadn’t won it because of our second half performance.

“We watched them on TV the other night and we’re quite fresh with what they’re about and I think we owe them one.”

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

 

WAY DISMISSES PREVIOUS LUTON RESULT

The Glovers lost 5-2 at Kenilworth Road in the quarter-finals but were without eight first-team players due to injury, ineligibility and suspension. 
However, now with virtually a full squad to pick from, Way isn’t expecting a repeat result later today. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “I think we look at the last match and say it was probably the most understrength we’ve been in terms of team selection.
 “We had players missing and they went full-force against. 
“We’ve got to make sure we play with passion, desire and out work them. That’s what has made this football club successful. 
“That’s how we’ve got to the top of leagues – by sheer determination and work rate. 
“I feel that’s something that’s a given with this team and is something that has to remain on Saturday for us to pick up three points.”
Yeovil have drawn their last two home games after the impressive victory against Plymouth Argyle at the end of January and have come away with a point from nine of their last 15 games.
A statistic Way is keen to address, starting this weekend.
“We have to make sure we win games,” he said. “We need to look at that on Saturday.
“The last home game we won against Plymouth was a very good game. Unfortunately, we then drew two games where we were that close to winning. 
“We have to just focus on our performance and if we get it right, like at the start of the season, then we will win games.”
Tickets are available to purchase online or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

THERE’S A LOT GOING ON AT HUISH PARK THIS SATURDAY

The Glovers host the Sky Bet League Two play-off hopefuls looking to add goals to their three successive cleansheets. 
But there’s plenty going on off the pitch with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust staging a Community Takeover. 
YTCST have local youth teams, teams from their Development Centres and Footy Fives enjoying matchday tours at Huish Park, as well as coaching and training sessions on the artificial 3G pitch out the front.
They’ll also stage a pre-match relay race around the outside of the first-team pitch before a lap of honour at half-time.
You can also read about the great work the Community Sports Trust does in the local community in the latest edition of Green & White, the official matchday programme. 
For those over 18, Thatchers Cider will be situated outside of the ticket office before the match with Luton offering free samples of their new Stan’s range of craft cider. 
Thatchers will also be hosting a half-time race on the Huish Park pitch involving two teams and two inflatable apples, something not to be missed!
Completing an action-packed matchday, the club are also welcoming the Disabled Supporters Association as part of Level Playing Field Weeks of Action. 
The DSA will have a stall outside the Academy offices detailing more about themselves and the work they do for our loyal Glovers supporters. 
So, plenty to enjoy at Huish Park!
Tickets are available online or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

WARD OUT OF LUTON MATCH

The 37-year-old has featured in just 18 of the Glovers’ 44 matches in all competitions this season due to an ongoing knee problem.

Former Millwall man Ward saw a specialist on Tuesday to help diagnose the solution to his injury and Way says they will come up with an arrangement to suit the defender’s needs.

He told YTFC.net: “I’ve spoken to Darren and at the moment he needs rest. 

“I’ll have a conversation with the specialist and we’ll make sure we come up with the right plan for the future of Darren.”

 

Nathan Smith (knee) and Otis Khan (ankle) are also ruled out of Saturday’s match with the Hatters.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Notts County produced a shock as they recorded a 1-0 away win at high-flying Plymouth Argyle.

Jorge Grant netted his third goal in four matches as the Magpies moved eight points clear of the drop zone.

Argyle’s defeat allowed Doncaster Rovers to go six points clear at the top with victory over Cambridge United.

With Donny 3-0 up with 12 minutes remaining, Cambridge scored twice to make it a nervy finish but the league leaders held on for three points.

A late from Danny Wright earned Cheltenham Town another vital win over third-placed Carlisle United.

The Robins dominated proceedings at Whaddon Road and Wright’s effort five minutes from time made their pressure pay off.

Portsmouth missed the chance to move into a automatic promotion spot at the expense of Carlisle after being held by Morecambe at Fratton Park.

Kai Naismith initially gave the hosts the lead but Lee Molyneux’s late equaliser halted Pompey’s charge towards the top three.

Stevenage moved into the play-off places with a convincing win over lowly Leyton Orient.

Born netted four times at Broadhall Way in wet conditions to condemn Orient to their eighth defeat in 10.

Adebayo Akinfenwa’s double wasn’t enough for Wycombe Wanderers to claim victory at Accrington Stanley.

The Chairboys are now winless in six while Stanley drop to 21st in the table.

Kyle Vassell scored in injury time to salvage a point for Blackpool against Barnet.

The Bees were winning 2-0 just after half-time but Nathan Delfouneso’s goal just shy of the hour and Vassell’s finish in the dying embers of the contest earned the Tangerines a deserved point.

Hartlepool United ran riot at Victoria Park by scoring four against a poor Crewe Alexandra.

Lewis Alessandra netted twice as the Monkey Hangers cruised to victory and moved six points clear of the bottom two.

Elsewhere, Grimsby Town defeated Colchester United at Blundell Park while Exeter City cemented sixth spot with an away win against Crawley Town.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR LUTON CLASH

It will be the third encounter between the sides this season with Town drawing the reverse league fixture at Kenilworth Road but suffering defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Glovers have lost just once in eight matches in all competitions in Somerset but have drawn five games in that sequence (W2), a feat Darren Way is keen to eradicate.

To secure your ticket, visit the ticket office at Huish Park, book online or call 01935 847888.

 

WE KNOW WHERE THE QUESTION MARK IS – WAY

The Yeovil boss once again praised the defensive efforts of his troops who helped the Glovers to their 11th clean sheet of the season – the fifth best in the division – but was frustrated by the lack of efficiency in the final third.

Town haven’t scored in their last three league outings and Way wants to see his forwards play with more confidence.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “In the first half we had large spells of possession and I think we got in the final third 30 times but we know where the question mark is.

“We need to be doing more going forward as a whole team but I feel some of our forward play is a little bit fearful.

“I want to be able to see our strikers receive the ball looking to get shots off and being confident.”

He continued: “I’ve explained to every player in the dressing room that’s all we’re looking for (taking responsibility). 

“Francois (Zoko) has created his fair share (of chances) and we’ve had individuals play well this season as far as forwards but I just feel we need that little bit more and that’s all we’re asking for, and that’s what supporters want to see.

“It’s important I try and improve every aspect of the football club and we need to make a real investment in our forwards to take the workload (off other players).

“We’ve had a lot of clean sheets but we’ve had a lot of draws and we need someone to help us get that winning formula. Unfortunately the only way you do that is by scoring goals and that’s what we need.”