Month: April 2017

THEY NEVER GAVE UP – WAY

The Glovers knew a point against Stevenge at Huish Park would be enough to remain in the EFL for a 15th consecutive campaign and they duly delivered.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro opened the scoring with second goal of his loan spell just shy of the break before Josh McQuoid restored parity from close range in the second period to end the scoring.

The draw – Town’s 17th of the campaign – moved the Green and Whites two points ahead of their points haul last season and Way has already got one eye on where his side need to improve if they are to strive forward.

“We’ve had a few years of biting our fingernails but it’s nice to get the job done and over the line,” he told YTFC.net.

“There was a lot of responsibility on the players as there was always that element of doubt with us not being mathematically safe. 

“The group never gave up and to have that attitude with the pressure we’re all under to maintain league football is a big achievement.

“We aimed for 50 points because it was important with the budget we had this year to get the club stable and in a healthy position. That was a massive achievement. 

“I want more, the players want more – we thought before January we could’ve been successful but unfortunately we lost one or two key players and suffered the consequences of that. 

He continued: “There wasn’t much between the two sides and I said that before the game. There wasn’t a gulf in quality even though they’ve perhaps gained a little more confidence with the position that they’ve been in. 

“I thought overall we had the best chances but we’ve drawn another game. We’ve lost one less game than them. 

“We know where the improvements have got to be made and I will do my best over the summer to get us back to being successful and climbing the table.

“This football club has a huge history of success and we’ve got to try to do everything we can to improve on the mistakes we’ve made this year, get off to a good start (next season) and also maintain it in the second part of the season.”

The club would like to thank the supporters for their fantastic efforts at Huish Park and on the road this season.

Tickets for Town’s final game of the season at Colchester United remain on sale. Click here for more information.

COLCHESTER TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

The Sky Bet League Two finale is to be played at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday, May 6th (5.30pm kick-off).

It will be the last chance to see the Glovers this season and everyone at the club would like to thank the supporters for their continued efforts throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

Ticket prices are as follows (please note pricing gets more expensive closer to the matchday):


Under-11s are free of charge on a one (adult/concession) to four basis. Additional under-11s thereafter are £1.

A concession is aimed at 65+ and supporters in the Armed Forces (ID Required).

Fans can pre-book a parking space on colutickets.com.

Due to the complexity of the pricing, tickets cannot be purchased online. To buy your ticket, please visit the Huish Park ticket office or call 01935 847888.

FINAL DAY TO BENEFIT FROM HUGE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS

With the ticket office open from 10am to midday, you could save up to £280 by making the most of the Early Bird period which ends today!
For supporters of the future, you could take in 17 of the 23 home league games for FREE by purchasing your season ticket for just £39 – that’s the equivalent of less than £1.70 a match!
The excellent value continues for adults who can save up to £280 compared to matchday prices by purchasing their season ticket today!
If you can’t make it along to Huish Park this morning then buy your season ticket online by clicking here.
Here’s a full breakdown of the prices and the potential saving compared to matchday prices: 

For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.
TICKET OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Sunday: 10am – 12pm

LACEY ENJOYS END OF SEASON AWARDS HAUL

Having secured EFL safety with a 1-1 draw against play-off chasing Stevenage, the 24-year-old picked up two awards and two runner-up awards. 
A virtual ever-present at the back and one of the first names on the teamsheet, Lacey picked up accolades from the Green and White Supporters Club and Community Sports Trust for his performances this season. 
The former Luton centre-back also collected awards from the Disabled Supporters Association and the Cary Glovers, finishing runner-up. 
Elsewhere, Matty Dolan was named Western Gazette Player of the Season for his performances and stunning goals from midfield. 
Ahead of Lacey, Artur Krysiak won the Cary Glovers and DSA awards as well as winning the Community Sports Trust’s Community award. 
For finishing as Town’s top scorer (14 goals with one game remaining), Francois Zoko picked up the Andy Stone Memorial trophy, with Otis Khan named Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Season. 
Full results:
Disabled Supporters Association: Artur Krysiak (1st), Alex Lacey (2nd)
Green & White Supporters Club: Alex Lacey 
Community Sports Trust: Alex Lacey 
Western Gazette: Matt Dolan 
Cary Glovers: Artur Krysiak (1st), Alex Lacey (2nd) 
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Francois Zoko 
Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Season: Otis Khan 
Community Sports Trust Community award: Artur Krysiak 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 1-1 STEVENAGE

Having had the better first-half chances in an edgy encounter, Town broke the deadlock just before the break courtesy of a clinical Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro finish. 
The Glovers were worthy of their lead at the halfway mark but were pegged back on 53 minutes, courtesy of Josh McQuoid’s poachers finish. 
Both sides had chances to win it, but Stevenage’s hopes of a top seven finish were to be dealt a blow in Somerset as Yeovil quashed any fears of relegation with a game to spare. 
Darren Way gave the starting XI that disappointingly lost at Grimsby a week ago a chance to make amends, making no alterations within the 18-man matchday squad.  
That meant the Green and Whites continued without the services of Kevin Dawson (leg) and Artur Krysiak (ankle), with Darren Ward ruled out for the remainder of the season back in March. 
With both sides targeting three points for different reasons, it was a positive start to proceedings in Somerset with plenty of attacking intent – albeit without much fruition. 
Looking to make the unlikely event of relegation mathematically impossible, the Glovers were first to go close to opening the scoring, with Matty Dolan’s strike from range slamming into the side netting inside 10 minutes.
The positive start continued for Town when the lively Otis Khan cut inside from the left, before watching a curling effort drift just wide. 
That was as good as it got in terms of goal scoring opportunities inside the opening half an hour, as it became a cagey affair at Huish Park, with Jonny Maddison comfortably dealing with tame efforts from Tom Pett and Ben Kennedy. 
The potential consequences of defeat for both sides saw defensive solidity take priority, before Way’s side ended the opening 45 minutes on a high. 
After a spell of pressure saw the hosts entrench themselves in the Boro half, Akpa Akpro made it 1-0 after 44 minutes.
Good work and tenacity from Khan on the left saw a ball swung into the box, and the Barnet loanee was perfectly placed to expertly dispatch a first-time effort into the net for his second in three matches. 
Keen to secure their EFL status in style Yeovil ended the half with a succession of attacking corners, only for the referee’s half-time whistle to offer Darren Sarll’s side some respite. 
With results elsewhere hampering Stevenage’s play-off hopes the visitors needed to find an equaliser, and did so just eight minutes after the restart. 
A swift counter-attack won Boro a corner, and from the resultant set-piece McQuoid was picked out with a header back across goal to level the scores. 
If the goal was against the run of play it sparked a good spell for the Hertfordshire outfit, as Maddison had to be at his best to push a fierce Steve Schumacher shot around the post. 
The young stopper was called into action again before the hour mark to palm away Jobi McAnuff’s rasping strike from inside the box, before Town almost restored their lead as the game became an end-to-end affair. 
Good work from Akpa Akpro saw him beat Jack King before reaching the by-line, with his pullback being pushed just wide by Francois Zoko, under pressure from Dean Wells in the middle. 
As the chances continued to flow, Tom Pett enjoyed two in quick succession for Boro, seeing a well-hit effort stopped by Maddison before heading into the side netting moments later with 73 minutes on the clock. 
Chasing a second goal to keep their play-off spot, Stevenage made all three substitutions and threw centre-back Jack King upfront, as Yeovil looked to earn the point that would ensure their EFL safety. 
On course to do so, Maddison demonstrated his shot-stopping ability once again to brilliantly keep out Jamie Gray’s low strike, as the game ticked into the final few minutes. 
Keen to not drop points on the road, Sarll’s side threw numbers forward in the closing stages but couldn’t trouble Man of the Match Maddison further, meaning Town earned the point needed to retain their EFL status.
Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Whitfield (Butcher 90’), Lawless, Dolan, Khan; Akpa Akpro, Zoko. 
Bookings:
Subs not used: Mugabi, James, Goodship, Harrison, Eaves, Sowunmi.
Stevenage: Jones; Henry, Wells, King, Ogilvie; Lee (Gray 74’); Kennedy (Tonge 68’), Schumacher, Pett, McAnuff; McQuoid (Wilkinson 81’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Franks, Day, Gorman, Ntlhe.

FINAL 2 DAYS FOR EARLY BIRD SEASON TICKETS

With adult prices starting from just £295 (that’s the equivalent of just £12.80 a match) and juniors just £39 (amongst the best deals in the country), why not purchase yours ahead of today’s clash with Stevenage at Huish Park?
Having made improvements to the matchday experience for young supporters and families, the club were yesterday awarded the EFL’s Family Excellence award which recognises outstanding experiences provided for young fans and families. So, make sure you’re a part of the Huish Park experience for the 2017/18 season.
Two adults and two juniors can enjoy an entire season of football for less than £30 a game in the Thatchers Gold Terrace. Similarly, an adult and two juniors in the Tamburino Stand* would cost the equivalent of less than £17 a match!
Head to main reception prior to kick-off this afternoon to renew or purchase your season ticket and benefit from huge Early Bird savings. The ticket office will also be open for an hour at full-time. 
With just two days remaining to benefit from the huge savings, Yeovil fans can find a full breakdown of the price freeze below:

Having listened to supporter feedback we’ve also added a number of partner offers to our 2017/18 season tickets, which can be found here
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.
TICKET OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Saturday: Open with priority for Stevenage matchday tickets. Please use main reception for season ticket renewals. Ticket office open for 1 hour after full-time.
Sunday: 10am – 12pm
*based on Tamburino Wing prices

UP TO 25% OFF IN THE CLUB SHOP TODAY ONLY

Season ticket holders can receive 25% off everything in the club shop, with non-season ticket holders benefiting from 20% off all items. 

Open from 10am until kick-off and for a further hour at full-time, make the most of the savings on offer and fill your boots with Glovers merchandise as the 2016/17 season draws to a close. 

UNSUNG HEROES PART 1

With the club’s motto of ‘Achieve by Unity’, much of the work carried out at Huish Park wouldn’t be possible without the support and help from a number of unsung heroes. 

In a series of thanks, the Town boss first met and thanked Disabled Supporters Association Chairman Mike Rowsell, whose work has been relentless in providing the best possible matchday experience for the Glovers disabled supporters, as well as organising away travel and other social events for the DSA’s members. 
With the DSA also a part of the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium, Mike has worked tirelessly with the football club to pass on and represent the views of the fan base. 

With more unsung heroes to be thanked next week in the build-up to Town’s final game of the season, the Yeovil boss has also spent time with two dedicated gardeners who maintain the Glovers Garden of Remembrance. 
Maria Cosgrove (right) and Anita Stabbins (left) have been tending to the garden for the last five years, keeping the site as a sanctuary for fans and the public to remember those with close links to the football club who are sadly no longer with us. 
On behalf of everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club, thanks to Mike (and the entire DSA), Maria and Anita for their commitment and hard work. 

ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO ENJOY HUGE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS

Frozen to offer the same excellent value, adults can take in 23 home league games from just £295, that’s the equivalent of £12.80 a match!
The club has today been awarded the EFL’s Family Excellence award as recognition for the outstanding experience provided for young fans and families, so why not make it a family affair during the 2017/18 season?
Two adults and two juniors can enjoy an entire season of football for less than £30 a game in the Thatchers Gold Terrace. Similarly, an adult and two juniors in the Tamburino Stand* would cost the equivalent of less than £17 a match!
For our supporters of the future, we offer one of the best deals throughout the top four divisions of English football. For just £39, juniors can watch their heroes for less than £1.70 a game, that’s almost 17 games FREE!
With four days remaining to benefit from the huge savings, Yeovil fans can find a full breakdown of the price freeze below:

Having listened to supporter feedback we’ve also added a number of partner offers to our 2017/18 season tickets, which can be found here
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.
TICKET OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: Open with priority for Stevenage matchday tickets. Please use main reception for season ticket renewals. Ticket office open for 1 hour after full-time.
Sunday: 10am – 12pm
*based on Tamburino Wing prices

WE HAVE TO WIN – ZOKO

The Glovers sit six points ahead of the Sky Bet League Two drop zone and are eight goals better off than second from bottom Hartlepool United.

 

Darren Way’s side know a point against play-off hopefuls Stevenage will secure their safety but Zoko insists a win is all the squad are focused on.

“We know we have to win,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“Every game we play we try and win – Saturday will be the same.

“It’s a special game because it’s the last one at home and we want to finish with a win for the fans. 

“We’re just going into the game wanting to win and we don’t think about the risks.

“We’ll give everything for a good performance and if we show how we’ve trained this week then we’ll be alright.”

Juniors can attend Saturday’s match for FREE! To claim your free ticket, please visit the ticket office or call 01935 847888.

 

Other tickets can also be purchased online.

 

GLOVERS RECOGNISED WITH EFL FAMILY EXCELLENCE AWARD

Created in 2007, the award recognises the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families, as well as their efforts to enhance the match day experience. 
This season represents a record-breaking milestone, with 51 clubs recognised from across all three divisions.
The club have made a number of improvements aimed at improving the matchday experience for young supporters and families, most notably the Family Area Cabin which provides pre-match entertainment for youngsters. 
The cabin is funded and run by Marilyn Cottle from the Junior Glovers (a member of the Supporters Alliance), acting on feedback sent to the club. 
Players spend time with young fans in the cabin, playing video games and enjoying other activities. 
Over the past 10 years, more and more young people have made their way through the turnstiles in the EFL, with junior season ticket sales having increased by a staggering 37% since 2007, and 20% of all EFL club match attendees now under the age of 16.
 
Such evidence is a strong indication of a healthy future for football in this country according to Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive. 
 
He said: “The EFL Family Excellence Awards have proven to be a fantastic vehicle for celebrating and highlighting the excellent progress that clubs are making in providing families with improved match day experiences.
 
“Now in their 10th year, the Awards have made a significant impact and this year’s winners have once again shown how innovative thinking and a strong commitment can enhance the experience for both home and away.
 
“I wish to congratulate each and every club who has been recognised for playing their part in continuing to attract a growing number of younger fans to the game in what is undoubtedly a valuable indication of a bright and healthy future for the EFL.”
The Award recipients are decided using independent assessments from real families, who make matchday visits across all 72 League clubs, during the 2016/17 season.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v STEVENAGE

Darren Way’s side require just one more point to guarantee their place in Sky Bet League Two next season.

The Glovers sit six points ahead of the drop zone, eight goals better off than second from bottom Hartlepool United with two matches remaining.

Town will play in front of their home supporters for the final time this campaign on Saturday (3pm) and will be hoping for a similar performance to their last outing at Huish Park against Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday.

Matty Dolan curled home an excellent free kick to set the ball rolling before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro grabbed his first for the club.

Otis Khan assisted both goals before rounding off a perfect afternoon with an effort of his own.

While Town want points to finish off the job, Stevenage will be looking for three points in Somerset to strengthen their play-off ambitions.

After a run of just one loss in 13 games which saw them flirt with the automatic promotion spots, Darren Sarll’s outfit have suffered three defeats in four and have slipped to seventh in the table – a point above Mansfield Town who they lost to last Saturday.

Previously hot in front of goal, the Hertfordshire side have scored just twice this month.

Top goalscorer Matt Godden has missed the last two fixtures and failed to net in the four games previous.

However, the 25-year-old has 20 league goals to his name and will be the focal point to Stevenage’s attack if selected.

Northern Ireland Under-21 international Ben Kennedy will also prove a handful. The youngster netted twice against the Glovers last time out and has a total of nine for the season.

Head-to-head

Yeovil are unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions against Stevenage (W2 D3).

The run stretches back to 2013 where the Glovers ran out 2-0 winners at Broadhall Way thanks to goals from Sam Foley and James Hayter.

Town’s most memorable victory over Boro came in the 2002 FA Trophy final. The Green and Whites took the lead at Villa Park through Carl Alford before Town legend Adam Stansfield grabbed a second to secure the club’s first ever triumph in the competition.

Last time out, Ben Whitfield’s last-gasp finish earned the Glovers a draw on the road.

Ryan Hedges’ second-half strike was cancelled out by Ben Kennedy and the Boro midfielder added a second before Whitfield rescued a point.

Referee

Graham Horwood will take charge of his 31st game of the season at Huish Park.

Mr Horwood has awarded 113 yellow cards this year and has issued six red cards.

The Bedfordshire-born has officiated two Town matches in League Two – the Glovers 3-0 home defeat to Blackpool and the recent away loss to Portsmouth.

He will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Ravel Cheoslaua (Worcestershire) with John Farries (Oxfordshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Francois Zoko’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

Juniors can attend the match for FREE on Saturday! To claim a junior ticket free of charge or purchase any other ticket for Town’s final home game of the season, visit the ticket office or call 01935 847888. Fans who have already bought junior tickets will be reimbursed. Supporters can also buy tickets online.



                                                                       

NO SHORTAGE OF MOTIVATION – WAY

The Glovers sit six points above the drop zone and boast a superior goal difference to the bottom six with two games remaining. 
Coming up against a Stevenage side looking to maintain their play-off position, Way feels there’s plenty to focus the minds of his side. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “There are so many things you can look at for the players to be motivated. 
“One is our futures. We’re trying to protect nearly a 15-year history of Football League status. 
“That’s very, very important to the players and they’re going to be the ones carrying that badge and hopefully carrying it with pride, determination and desire exactly like we did against Crewe.”
With mathematical safety within reach this weekend, Way doesn’t feel the pressure will change his side’s performance. 
“It’s important we get a reaction on Saturday, not just for us as a group but also the supporters as well because you always want to finish your last home game strong. 
“It’s important we handle the pressure. If there’s pressure, it was exactly the same against Crewe and I thought we handled that extremely well and the supporters got behind us and it was a good performance.”
Town are looking to take points off of the Hertfordshire outfit for the second time this season, after Ben Whitfield last-minute equaliser earned a 2-2 draw back in November. 
However, the Town boss is anticipating a different challenge with Darren Sarll’s side likely to line-up differently at Huish Park. 
“They’ve changed their shape. They play exactly the way we were playing with a 4-3-3 and they’ve been quite effective with it. 
“We have to focus on what we do and we’ve got to make sure we’re organised. Again, I’m looking for that same home performance as last time.”
Tickets for the final home game of the season against Stevenage remain on sale. Junior tickets are FREE! For more information, please call 01935 847888.
Early bird season tickets for the 2017/18 season also remain on sale. Adults are priced from £295 (that’s just £12.80 a match!) whilst Juniors can get 23 games for just £39! To buy yours, click here.

WAY GIVEN GO-AHEAD TO OPEN CONTRACT TALKS

With a number of players out of contract in the summer, the Yeovil boss has been given the go-ahead to open negotiations and is hoping for good news in the near future.
“We’ve had discussions this week,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel. “It’s good news. Well, not good news but fantastic news. I’ve spoken to one or two key players and it looks very promising.
“What I have got to do next week is make sure those key players are signing on the dotted line.”
With two games of the Sky Bet League Two season remaining and with Town’s EFL status all-but confirmed, Way has held talks with the board regarding building for the 2017/18 campaign.
“We sat down with the board and the board have given the green light (to start talks). 
“I have to make the decision that’s right for the football club mainly.
“Supporters have seen some good players at this football club and I’ve got to do my best to make sure that those good players who’ve played the majority of this season and been consistent performers remain at the football club. 
“I’ve spoken to one or two key players and the signs are very, very positive and hopefully by next week we’ll have some real good news.”
In the meantime, Town host Stevenage at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm) with juniors able to watch for FREE

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888.
Early bird season tickets for the 2017/18 season also remain on sale. Adults are priced from £295 (that’s just £12.80 a match!) whilst Juniors can get 23 games for just £39! To buy yours, click here.

I WANT TO STAY – ZOKO

The Ivorian forward, who joined the Glovers in November 2015, is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has expressed his desire to sign a new deal ahead of Town’s match against his former club Stevenage.

Boss Darren Way says he has held contract talks with a few of his squad and Zoko hopes to put pen to paper in the near future.

“The gaffer knows my position as I’ve been clear,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’m at the end of my contract here so hopefully we can find a way of continuing the adventure with Yeovil.

“I look forward to that but we’ll see as this is football and sometimes things don’t happen how you want.

“My first choice is Yeovil so it’s in their hands to find an agreement and if it happens everything will be fine.

“I’m an optimist and I’m positive we can find an agreement for next year. If this happens, I’ll be really excited because we struggled last year, this year a little bit less, and next year will be really different.”

Zoko believes his first full season in Somerset has been just “okay” despite being the club’s top scorer in all competions.

The 33-year-old has 13 goals to his name – a statistic he contests after his strike at Portsmouth was chalked off and classed as an Enda Steven’ own goal.

“I’ve got fourteen – it’s hard to score you know!” he joked.

“I picked up an injury in pre-season then had to wait to get fit. I started to get back into the team at the end of October and my season started from then. It’s been okay.”

He continued: “I don’t seasonal targets but I have targets I try and hit every month because I can still improve. 

“I’m 33 so I can still learn and improve things in football. It helps me stay hungry and perform for my team.”

Tickets for the final home game of the season against Stevenage remain on sale. Junior tickets are FREE! For more information, please call 01935 847888.


DUO TOWN’S ONLY INJURY CONCERNS

Krysiak has been sidelined for the last three Sky Bet League Two games due to ankle injury picked up in training.

Jonny Maddison will continue between the sticks if the Polish stopper is unavailable.

Dawson (leg) missed Town’s defeat at Grimsby Town and boss Darren Way will confer with his medical team before making a decision on his fitness.

FOUR DAYS OF EARLY BIRD SAVINGS REMAINING

With over 34 hours of football to take in, adults who make the most of the Early Bird period can enjoy all the action at Huish Park from the equivalent of just £12.80 a match!
As well as excellent savings compared to matchday prices, adults will receive the equivalent of 8 or 9 games FREE, that’s a potential saving compared to matchday prices of £216!
With prices frozen to offer excellent value, the savings continue for families. Two adults and two juniors can enjoy an entire season of football for less than £30 a game in the Thatchers Gold Terrace. The same family would pay more than £22 extra on a matchday!
For our supporters of the future, we offer one of the best deals throughout the top four divisions of English football. For just £39, juniors can watch their heroes for less than £1.70 a game!
With four days remaining to benefit from the huge savings, Yeovil fans can find a full breakdown of the price freeze below:

Having listened to supporter feedback we’ve also added a number of partner offers to our 2017/18 season tickets, which can be found here
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.
TICKET OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: Open with priority for Stevenage matchday tickets. Please use main reception for season ticket renewals. Ticket office open for 1 hour after full-time.
Sunday: 10am – 12pm

FIVE DAYS LEFT TO CLAIM HUGE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS

Only available until April 31st, supporters can save a minimum of £147 compared to matchday prices by purchasing before the end of the Early Bird period. 
Making the most of the Early Bird pricing, adults can save as much as £47 compared to prices from May 1st, that’s almost three home league games free*!
With prices frozen to offer excellent value, the savings versus matchday costs spread across the whole of Huish Park, with a maximum saving of £280! That means an adult can enjoy 8 or 9 games FREE!
The savings get even better for our supporters of the future, with junior Early Bird season tickets ranking amongst the best deals in the top four divisions of English football.
For just £39, juniors can save almost £100 against matchday prices, that works out at less than £1.70 a game!
For households full of Town supporters, why not combine to make the most of the Early Bird prices? Two adults and two juniors can enjoy an entire season of football for less than £30 a game in the Thatchers Gold Terrace. The same family would pay more than £22 extra on a matchday!
With five days remaining to benefit from the huge savings, Yeovil fans can find a full breakdown of the price freeze below:

For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.
*based on online adult prices for the Thatchers Gold Terrace

SIX DAYS LEFT TO ENJOY HUGE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS

With prices frozen to offer the same excellent value, make the most of the Early Bird period to save up to £280 versus matchday costs.
Available until the end of April, the Early Bird discount means adults can take in 23 home league games from as little as £295, that’s just £12.80 a match!
The savings don’t stop with our adult offers, with junior Early Bird season tickets ranking amongst the best deals in the top four divisions of English football.
For just £39, the Green and White fans of the future can watch their heroes for the equivalent of £1.70 per game, saving almost £100 against matchday prices.
With Yeovil Town a proud family club, why not make it a family affair? Two adults and two juniors can enjoy an entire season of football for less than £30 a game in the Thatchers Gold Terrace having made the most of the Early Bird offers.
With six days remaining to benefit from the huge savings, Town fans can find a full breakdown of the price freeze below:

The 2017/18 season tickets also offer a number of new additional bonuses, which have been added after feedback from the recent fans survey. 
As a Glovers season ticket holder, you’ll be able to receive discount at Tamburino restaurants, Nuffield Health Gym, KFC Yeovil and benefit from Subway meal deals. As well as the pre-existing bonuses including discount in the club shop and priority booking. 
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.

TOWN HEAD TO ROVERS IN PRE-SEASON

Darren Way’s side will travel to the Pirates on Tuesday, July 25th (7.45pm kick-off).

After securing back-to-back promotions to the EFL’s third tier, Rovers have flirted with the Sky Bet League One top six this year but will have to settle for a top-half finish after a 4-2 loss to Peterborough United ended their play-off hunt with one game remaining.

Yeovil’s last visit to the Mem ended in a goalless draw in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy group stage, with Darrell Clarke’s outfit winning on penalties. 

The match is Town’s first confirmed pre-season fixture.

Ticket details will be released in due course.

Secure your seat for the 2017/18 season by purchasing your season ticket! Adults can buy theirs from £295 in the early bird period while juniors are just £39! Click here to buy yours.

RESPONSE TO GLOVERS TRUST OPEN LETTER

Chairman John Fry has replied to the Trust’s letter regarding ownership of the club and financial structuring, with a copy being handed over to the Trust earlier this afternoon (Tuesday, April 25th). 

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.
Elsewhere, David Mills has been announced as the club’s Supporter Director, acting as the link between fans and the Board of Directors. The Associate Director will work closely with the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium (Supporters Alliance) and its Chairman, Rich Rendell. More on the appointment can be found by clicking here.

DAVID MILLS APPOINTED SUPPORTER DIRECTOR

David has strong ties to the club and its fanbase from his role as an Associate Director since 2013, Director/Trustee of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, and time as Chairman and President at Yeovil Town Ladies until 2016.

Appointed by, and reporting to the YTFC Board, David will take on the role with immediate effect. 

Working closely with the newly formed Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium (Supporters Alliance) and its Chairman Rich Rendell, Mr. Mills will act as a link between fans and the board, able to take on and oversee questions and queries put forward by supporters. 
Speaking on his appointment, David said: "I’m really looking forward to it. The link between the fans and the club is vital for the future of the club and I’m keen to work my hardest for everyone concerned. 
"I keep an eye on social media so know what the fans think and I’m very keen on fan engagement. 
"When I was at Yeovil Town Ladies I introduced the first version of the fans ‘Bill of Rights’ which has been developed so I’m very keen to try and make things better where I can."
Yeovil fans can follow David on Twitter here, where questions and issues can be raised. Further contact details for David will follow in due course. 
As brought up in the recent fans survey, the club hopes the appointment will be the next step in improving links between supporters and Yeovil Town FC. 

JUNIORS GO FREE THIS SATURDAY!

In conjunction with the EFL’s Community Day of Action, the club are offering free admission to ALL juniors this Saturday when Darren Sarll’s play-off hopefuls visit Huish Park (3pm kick-off).

The club values its young supporters and hopes this weekend’s game will inspire the next generation of Yeovil Town fans.

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust delivered their Polish language workshop at West Coker Primary School as part of the Community Day of Action which you can see more of here, with the club extending the outreach to the local community to this weekend.

Darren Way’s side are unbeaten in five encounters against Stevenage (W2 D3), with Ben Whitfield’s last-gasp effort securing a point in the reverse fixture at Broadhall Way back in November.

To claim your free junior ticket for the match, visit the ticket office at the ground or call 01935 847888.

Fans who have previously purchased a junior ticket will need to visit the ticket office or call to be reimbursed.

Adult, Senior and Young Person tickets can be bought in person, online or by phone.

The EFL’s ‘Community Day of Action’ has seen all 72 Clubs come together on Tuesday 25th April to showcase the excellent work that they do in their local communities. Every day, clubs use the power of football to have a positive effect on thousands of people’s live across the UK.

The Community Day of Action presents an opportunity for all EFL clubs to simultaneously deliver their best initiatives and highlight the difference they have made to over one million people this season in communities nationwide.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to thank its supporters for their excellent support throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

Early bird season tickets for the 2017/18 season also remain on sale. Adults are priced from £295 while Juniors can get 23 games for just £39! To buy yours, click here.


                                                                 

Club appoint Supporter Director

David has strong ties to the club and its fanbase from his role as an Associate Director since 2013, Director/Trustee of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, and time as Chairman and President at Yeovil Town Ladies until 2016.

Appointed by, and reporting to the YTFC Board, David will take on the role with immediate effect.  

Working closely with the newly formed Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium (Supporters Alliance) and its Chairman Rich Rendell, Mr. Mills will act as a link between fans and the board, able to take on and oversee questions and queries put forward by supporters. 

Speaking on his appointment, David said: “I’m really looking forward to it. The link between the fans and the club is vital for the future of the club and I’m keen to work my hardest for everyone concerned. 

“I keep an eye on social media so know what the fans think and I’m very keen on fan engagement. 

“When I was at Yeovil Town Ladies I introduced the first version of the fans ‘Bill of Rights’ which has been developed so I’m very keen to try and make things better where I can.” 

Yeovil fans can follow David on Twitter here, where questions and issues can be raised. Further contact details for David will follow in due course. 

As brought up in the recent fans survey, the club hopes the appointment will be the next step in improving links between supporters and Yeovil Town FC. 

LOAN WATCH: LEA CAN’T BEAT THE DROP WITH BORO

The 19-year-old scored his second goal for the club in their 2-0 away win at Bishop’s Stortford on Good Friday, before playing just under an hour in the Easter Monday defeat to Oxford City at home.

The midfielder, who has become an important fixture in Boro’s side, completed 90 minutes on Saturday but suffered heartache as a last-minute Concord Rangers equaliser condemned the Hampshire outfit to relegation with one game remaining. 
Lea will remain at the Aerial Direct Stadium for the final game of the season, with survival now impossible. 

TRIO COMPLETE EPIC JOURNEY FOR CHARITY

Collecting signed items to auction off for the Adam Stansfield Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Martin McConachie and sons Ryan and Harry stopped off at every club in the top four tiers of English football – plus a few extra – in just two weeks.
The journey involved visiting up to nine stadiums a day, using a car donated by Musbury Garage in conjunction with Practical Car & Van Rental. 
Now back home with a stash of balls, shirts, pennants, tickets and other items of memorabilia, Martin spoke to YTFC.net about the experience.
“It was awesome,” he said. “I can’t describe it. For me, to meet people like Peter Beardsley, Mark Lawrenson, Trevor Cherry and Frank Worthington was unforgettable. 
“The boys were more impressing seeing the old Yeovil players though!
“I did it in 1998 on my own with no SatNav and organised it with a fax machine, so it was a lot easier this time around!”
Having started the challenge at Huish Park on Saturday 8th April, the journey came to an end across the border in Devon at the weekend as Martin and the boys took in Exeter City v Morecambe at St James Park. 
With tickets paid for by Adam Stansfield’s sister as a thank you for raising money for the charity, the trio enjoyed two late stoppage time goals to see a Grecians win and round off the challenge in style. 
The items collected en route will be auctioned off in the coming weeks. For more information about the challenge and how you can bid, visit www.4-2-3-1.org or you can donate via Virgin Giving by clicking here.

JUNIOR SEASON TICKETS JUST £39!

Priced at just £39, young fans under the age of 16 can watch their heroes for the equivalent of just £1.69 a game, amongst the best prices in the entire EFL!
With season tickets available for the same incredible value across Huish Park (Thatchers Gold Terrace, Screwfix Stand, Tamburino Stand), juniors don’t have to miss a second of the action, with entry to all 23 home league matches – that’s over 30 hours of football
Why not make it a family affair? With Early Bird season ticket prices costing the equivalent of less than £30 a match for the entire family*, the huge savings on junior tickets extends to adults. 
Including entry for Town’s 23 home league matches, There are also huge incentives for our Junior Glovers who can enjoy 10% off in the club shop, be Yeovil’s mascot at an away game for FREE and enjoy £5 off every Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Soccer School on offer amongst a host of other bonuses.
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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.
Be part of the future.
*based on a family of 2 adults and 2 juniors in the Thatchers Gold Terrace

UPS, DOWNS AND POSSIBILITIES EXPLORED

The top three has been settled with Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth securing promotion to League One. 

The three sides will continue to battle it out for the title following Donny’s loss to Wycombe Wanderers on the weekend.

There is a real battle for the play-offs with any side from eighth to 14th able to make the top seven.

No one has confirmed their place as of yet but fourth-placed Luton Town would need a dramatic turn of events for them to miss out.

At the bottom, Town are six points clear of the relegation zone and are eight goals better off than Hartlepool United.

The North East outfit slipped into the drop zone following defeat to Barnet, prompting the sacking of Dave Jones. 

They replaced Newport County in bottom two who continued their excellent form with their fourth 1-0 win of the month against Accrington Stanley.

Cheltenham Town remain in the battle but have a four point cushion over Hartlepool – however, the two teams meet this weekend.

Leyton Orient will finish bottom of the pile.

In the Vanarama National League, Lincoln City sealed their return to EFL after a six-year absence.

The Imps beat Macclesfield Town to clinch the title.

Tranmere Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge will compete in the play-offs with one of Aldershot, Dover and Barrow joining them.

In League One, Swindon Town were relegated and will join Coventry City and Chesterfield in the division lower.

Port Vale currently sit fourth from bottom but will need to win both of their games left and hope Gillingham and Bury lose their final match to secure safety.

CONFIRMED 2017/18 LEAGUE TWO TEAMS


Barnet

Chesterfield

Coventry City

Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra

Lincoln City

Morecambe

Notts County

Swindon Town

KEY FIXTURES

YEOVIL TOWN 

Stevenage (H)

Colchester United (A)

CHELTENHAM TOWN

Hartlepool United (H)

Portsmouth (A)

NEWPORT COUNTY

Carlisle United (A)

Notts County (H)

HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Cheltenham Town (A)

Doncaster United (H)

SEVEN DAYS LEFT TO ENJOY HUGE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS

With over 30 hours of football to take in across 23 home league games, the Early Bird prices offer huge savings and great value for money. 
With prices frozen to ensure the same excellent value, supporters across all areas of Huish Park save on average £174 compared to the matchday cost. That works out as a saving of more than £7.50 a match!
As the Green and White fans of the future, junior season tickets for the 2017/18 campaign remain at the incredible value of £39, amongst the cheapest prices in all three divisions of the English Football League.
The value for money continues for families, with 2 adults and 2 juniors able to enjoy an entire season of football for less than £30 a game in the Thatchers Gold Terrace having made the most of the Early Bird offers.
The savings don’t stop there, with adult tickets starting from the equivalent of just £12.80 offering savings on matchday prices of up to £280!
With seven days remaining to benefit from the huge savings, Town fans can find a full breakdown of the price freeze below:

The 2017/18 season tickets also offer a number of new additional bonuses, which have been added after feedback from the recent fans survey. 
As a Glovers season ticket holder, you’ll be able to receive discount at Tamburino restaurants, Nuffield Health Gym, KFC Yeovil and benefit from Subway meal deals. As well as the pre-existing bonuses including discount in the club shop and priority booking. 
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.

STEVENAGE TICKETS ON SALE

The Glovers welcome Darren Sarll’s play-off hopefuls to Somerset on Saturday, April 29th (3pm).

Darren Way’s side are six points clear of the relegation zone and are eight goals better off than second from bottom Hartlepool United with two games remaining.

The Green and Whites are five matches unbeaten against Stevenage in all competitions (W2 D3) with their last victory coming in the Emirates FA Cup second round last year.

Fans can get their last taste of Huish Park action this season by purchasing tickets from just £17 (online) for adults.

Juniors can attend for FREE. See here for more details.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to thank its supporters for their excellent support throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

 

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


Early bird season tickets for the 2017/18 season also remain on sale. Adults are priced from £295 while Juniors can get 46 games for just £39! To buy yours, click here.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Mansfield Town moved one point behind seventh-placed Stevenage with a win at Broadhall Way.

Danny Rose’s goal just before the break proved to be the match winner and keeps the Stags in the play-off hunt.

A double from Luke O’Nien helped Wycombe Wanderers to overcome title-chasing Doncaster Rovers to keep their top seven hopes alive.

The Chairboys’ victory leaves them a point off Stevenage while Donny’s lead at the top was cut to two following Plymouth Argyle’s goalless draw at Colchester United.

Portsmouth still have an outside chance of finishing first after they defeated Cambridge United at Fratton Park.

Paul Cook’s outfit would need to win both of their remaining matches and see Argyle and Donny drop points.

Luton Town all-but confirmed their play-off place with a 2-1 win over Notts County.

The Hatters fell behind early on but first-half scores form Ollie Palmer and Pelly Ruddock turned the match on its head.

Two goals in injury time saw Exeter City secure three points at home to Morecambe.

The game looked to be heading for a draw when Kevin Ellison cancelled out David Wheeler’s opener but forwards Reuben Reid and Liam McAlinden stole it at the death for the Grecians.

A last-gasp equaliser from Crawley Town’s Jimmy Smith denied Carlisle United a vital win in their play-off bid.

The Cumbrians slipped to 10th as a result of Smith’s late finish but are only a point off the top seven.

Hartlepool United sacked manager Dave Jones following their 2-0 defeat to Barnet.

The North East club replaced Newport County in the drop zone after the Welsh side beat Accrington Stanley at Rodney Parade.

It was the Exiles’ fourth 1-0 win in April and moved them out of the bottom two just six weeks after being 11 points adrift of Hartlepool.

 

Elsewhere there were 3-0 wins for Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra over Cheltenham Town and Leyton Orient respectively.

WE HAVE TO SHOW A RESPONSE – LAWLESS

The Welshman scored his first goal for the club to make the score 2-1 before the hosts raced to a 4-1 lead.
Francois Zoko’s strike acted as a consolation leaving the experienced Lawless to want to confirm safety against Stevenage next weekend. 
“That’s something we’re aware of as a team (not being mathematically safe) and we want to put that to bed asap. 
“It’s going to take hard work and a response after that against Grimsby. 
“We’re thoroughly disappointed and have let a lot of people down and it’s going to hurt. But I’m sure that hurt will fuel some revenge.”
With the score at 3-1, Grimsby’s Scott Vernon made it 3-1 from a corner which left Town stopper Jonny Maddison appealing for a foul as the ball swung into the box. 
Referee Eddie Ilderton saw no wrongdoing, leaving the Glovers with a mountain to climb once again. 
Despite the setback, Lawless feels both Maddison and the whole side will learn from the performance. 
“From where I was standing I thought it was a foul, but the referee was adamant there wasn’t anything there.
“Jonny is a strong-minded lad and we’ll all learn from these things, not just Jonny. 
“We have to learn very quickly as well because it’s four or five days later (since beating Crewe 3-0) and it’s poles apart. 
“We’ve got to learn very quickly.”
Yeovil now host Stevenage at Huish Park next weekend with another chance to confirm mathematical safety, something the Town midfielder is confident can be done despite the setback in Lincolnshire.
“It’s massive,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel. “We wanted to do that today so nothing has changed there.
“We performed well at home on Monday in front of a home crowd and now we’ve got to do it again, we really have, and I have no doubt we will.”

WAY APOLOGISES AFTER GRIMSBY DEFEAT

Trailing 2-0 at the break, Alex Lawless’ first Yeovil goal looked to have sparked a comeback, before two goals in quick succession left the visitors trailing 4-1. 
Francois Zoko’s strike made it 4-2 with a quarter of an hour remaining but the Mariners held on to stop the Green and Whites confirming mathematical safety. 
Having impressively beaten Crewe Alexandra 3-0 at Huish Park just five days previously, Way was disappointed with the display. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “I explained all week how important this game was.
“I have to apologise to the supporters because some of the defending was abysmal and we all have to take responsibility as a group and go into the next game, but there has to be change.”
The result leaves Yeovil six points clear of the drop with two games remaining, whilst the Glovers goal difference remains the best in the bottom six. 
Following on from Easter Monday’s impressive performance, Way was frustrated with the display in Lincolnshire.
“Again, we’re talking about players learning but I’m sick of it now. Players have to understand that this was a really, really important game today but I just didn’t see that in body language, commitment or desire in defence. 
“We scored two goals and have had that problem of not scoring so we came out in the second half, changed the system to 3-4-3 and got back into the game. 
“It looked like we were playing a lot more positively and then we go and make the mistakes we did for the third goal and that’s embarrassing. There wasn’t a real commitment or desire like there was on Monday and that’s bitterly disappointing.”
With Town’s future still not mathematically confirmed, the Yeovil boss feels players have to show why they should be retained.
“I was at the club five years and only got one-year contracts every year.
“If that’s their opportunity to show the board and perhaps whether all of us are right or wrong by tying up these contracts, they have to show that they want to fight for the football club. 
“They have got to show more commitment than that. Supporters are travelling, paying good money to come and watch and support the football club.
“I have to make sure we sit down and discuss as to why that was so poor.”
The Somerset outfit host play-off hopefuls Stevenage at Huish Park next Saturday with another opportunity to get over the line, with the Town boss looking for a response.
“I have to make sure we sit down and discuss as to why that was so poor.”
"I think it’s important we regroup now and address the situation as soon as possible and get back to basics. I want this group to show fight in front of our home supporters in the next game." 

REPORT: GRIMSBY TOWN 4-2 YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers fell behind with just seven minutes on the clock courtesy of Sam Jones’ penalty from what was the hosts first meaningful attack.
In a first period lacking in chances, the Mariners doubled their lead 10 minutes before the break when Chris Clements found the net to leave Town reflecting on a half of frustration. 
If the first-half was lacking in chances the second was drizzled with opportunity, as Alex Lawless netted for Town with just 47 minutes on the clock. 
Scott Vernon and Jamey Osborne scored twice in quick succession to make it 4-1 and seemingly put the result beyond doubt with almost half an hour left to play. 
Keen to salvage something Francois Zoko reduced the arrears on 75 minutes, but it served to be nothing but a consolation as the hosts closed the game out to earn all three points.
Darren Way was forced into one change from the side that impressively saw off Crewe Alexandra by a 3-0 scoreline on Easter Monday. 
A late dropout in the lead up to the trip to Lincolnshire, Kevin Dawson missed the lengthy trip through injury allowing Ben Whitfield straight back into the side having missed three games through suspension. 
Successful earlier in the week, the Glovers stuck with 4-4-2 as the Bournemouth loanee slotted into the right of a four-man midfield in a like-for-like swap with the Irish midfielder.
Bathed in Lincolnshire sunshine the Glovers started brightly with Otis Khan seeing plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges. 
But before Town could put their early possession to use, they were dealt a blow when the Mariners won a penalty with their first venture forward. 
The lively Jamey Osborne raced onto an angled through ball before being brought down by an advanced Jonny Maddison who had raced from his line.
Avoiding further punishment, Maddison took his spot on the goal line but couldn’t stop Jones converting from 12 yards.
The opener saw Russell Slade’s side settled into the game whilst Yeovil looked to regroup, as the half developed into one lacking in goal scoring opportunities. 
With the ball spending most of its time in the middle of the park, neither ‘keeper found themselves truly troubled as the Mariners slowly cranked up the pressure.
Having enjoyed a spell of possession the home side doubled their lead with the game’s first meaningful attempt since the early opener, courtesy of Clements. 
The midfield rode a challenge 20 yards from goal before picking out the bottom corner. 
In an attempt to get back into the game before the break Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro notched Town’s first efforts on goal, glancing a header wide before seeing a rasping effort from range smash into the advertising hoardings. 
As it was Way’s side headed in at half-time facing a two-goal deficit, needing to find a way to trouble home stopper James McKeown.
In a bid to do just that, Way switched to 3-4-3 at the break with Bevis Mugabi replacing Whitfield as Liam Shephard and Ryan Dickson pushed further forward. 
The change in tactics had the desired impact as the Glovers got one back just 90 seconds after the restart.
Good hold-up play from Akpa Akpro saw him tee up Lawless just inside the box, with the Welshman emphatically driving home an effort for his first Yeovil goal. 
The midfielder’s strike added to a bright start to the second half from Town, who were enjoying a sustained spell of pressure for the first time in the match. 
But as the game reached the hour-mark the visitors endured a devastating spell which saw them concede twice in three minutes.
From a Danny Andrew corner, Vernon reeled off celebrating to leave Maddison appealing for a foul as he tried to punch clear, before Osborne got in on the act following a swift counter-attack to make it 4-1.
With seemingly little to lose the Glovers introduced Shayon Harrison and threw caution to the wind, a bold move which reaped some reward with 15 minutes left.
From a Matty Dolan corner, Zoko picked up the scraps to lash a shot into the roof of the net as the Somerset outfit looked to mount an unlikely comeback.
But that was as good as it got for Town who failed to beat McKeown once again, instead suffering a disappointing defeat to prolong the search for mathematical safety, despite the drop seeming unlikely with just two games remaining. 
Grimsby Town: McKeown; Mills, Pearson, Collins, Andrew; Osborne (Bolarinwa 87’), Disley, Clements, Berrett (Vose 76’); Vernon (Dyson 71’), S. Jones.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Boyce, Davies, Comley, D. Jones.
Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard (Harrison 68’), Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Whitfield (Mugabi 45’), Lawless, Dolan, Khan; Zoko, Akpa Akpro.
Bookings:
Subs not used: James, Butcher, Goodship, Eaves, Sowunmi.

10 DAYS LEFT TO ENJOY HUGE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS

With prices frozen for next season to offer excellent value for money, juniors can take in 23 home league matches for just £39 with adult tickets starting from the equivalent of just £12.80 offering savings on matchday prices of up to £280!

In the Thatchers Gold Terrace, a junior and an adult can take in over 30 hours of football at Huish Park for just £14.50 per match! Similarly, in the Screwfix Stand, the same combination could take in all the action for just £16.30 per game!
With 10 days remaining to benefit from the huge savings, Town fans can on average make a saving of £180* by purchasing before the Early Bird period runs out.

Having listened to supporter feedback from the recent matchday experience survey, the 2017/18 season tickets also boast a number of newly added benefits. 
As a Glovers season ticket holder, you’ll be able to receive discount at Tamburino restaurants, Nuffield Health Gym, KFC Yeovil and benefit from Subway meal deals
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonuses 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
Achieve by Unity.
*compared to matchday prices

WAY LOOKING TO BUILD MOMENTUM

Town saw off Crewe Alexandra 3-0 at Huish Park on Easter Monday to ease fears of the drop, and Way wants to see the winning feeling continue across the final three games.
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “It’s important for supporters. You could see there was a sigh of relief on Monday. They just want to see their team win. 
“That’s exactly what I’m striving for. It’s frustrating for me, asking why we had such a turn in form the January window but there’s a number of reasons. 
“I want to make sure this club can get back to doing what we’ve done before but that’s going to take time.”
Way will go up against former Town manager Russell Slade at Blundell Park, having played under Slade during his tenure in Somerset. 
With Grimsby rooted in mid-table following defeat at relegation threatened Cheltenham Town last weekend, the Yeovil boss is targeting another three points.
“Us as a team have got to make sure we strive to be successful and I want to beat the 50-point barrier and finish the games strongly with wins. 
“They’ve got some good players and have got a wealth of experience. 
“But every game in League Two is winnable and that’s one thing we have to make sure that we as a team believe in and go there and put on a performance.”
Yeovil fans can purchase tickets for the trip to Lincolnshire until 3pm on Friday from the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) or online. Tickets are also available on the day with a £2 matchday surcharge (excluding junior tickets). 
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MADDISON RELISHING LEAGUE EXPERIENCE

The young ‘keeper replaced the injured Artur Krysiak at Newport County and was between the sticks again on Easter Monday to keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra. 
With two EFL appearances under his belt, the 22-year-old reflected on a mixed Easter. 
“It’s been a different Easter weekend,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel. “On a personal note, it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to me being thrown in. 
“Friday was disappointing but in contrast to that, to then win on Monday and get a clean sheet in front of the home fans was brilliant. 
“I’m over the moon, delighted for the boys and really happy.”
Having only previously featured in Yeovil’s Checkatrade Trophy run to the quarter-finals, the former Leicester stopper is thankful for the experience he’s gained this season. 
“The gaffer here is brilliant at playing his young players and I’m lucky to be a part of that. 
“The opportunity given to us here is brilliant, to play league football for someone like myself is invaluable and what I need to get to the next level of my game.”
Maddison will continue in goal for the Glovers this weekend as they travel to Grimsby Town.
With only three games remaining, the youngster is targeting a strong end to the campaign. 
“Why can’t we go and win the next three games? A lot of teams in the bottom half are very close to each other.
“If we can go and win three games we’ll push ourselves right up the league and no one will speak of relegation. That’s how football is. 
“We have to focus on finishing strong for next year. We worked so hard to get out of this situation so we have to stick the knife in, be more ruthless and get points on the board.”
Town fans can purchase tickets for the trip to Grimsby until 3pm on Friday via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) or online. Tickets remain available on the day with a £2 matchday surcharge applicable (non-junior tickets). 

WAY LOOKING FORWARD TO SLADE REUNION

The Town manager was a player under Slade during his tenure at Huish Park, before a serious car collision in 2008 ended his career.
With Slade recently taking up the hot seat at Blundell Park, Way is looking forward to going up against the former Yeovil boss. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Way said: “We’re up against Russell Slade, who was my manager. 
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t give Russ as much as I wanted to because I had the car accident. 
“He was very supportive of me throughout that stage and now we go toe-to-toe as managers. 
“Time flies by, it will be strange seeing Russ next to me as a manager because I remember seeing him next to my bedside.”
Town come into the match have virtually ensured their EFL status for next season with a convincing 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, whilst Grimsby remain rooted in mid-table following defeat at Cheltenham Town last time out. 
Although Way spoke fondly of Slade, the Glovers boss says both will be determined to collect the three points.
“We’ll compete against each other,” he said. 
“He’ll be doing his best to make his team win and I’ll be doing my best to make sure my team wins.
“I speak highly of Russ because he’s someone who’s gained a lot experience at a number of clubs, and knows how to get the best out of a club, not just a team.”
Yeovil fans can purchase tickets for the trip to Lincolnshire until 3pm on Friday from the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) or online. Tickets are also available on the day with a £2 matchday surcharge (excluding junior tickets).

ONLY ONE ABSENTEE FOR TOWN’S TRIP TO GRIMSBY

Manager Darren Way will only be without the services of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who missed both of the Easter fixtures having picked up an ankle injury in training. 

With the Polish stopper still unavailable for selection, Jonny Maddison will continue in between the sticks at Blundell Park. 

Speaking to YTFC.net, Way was pleased to have such a selection headache at this stage of the season.

"I’ve only got one injury, which is Artur Krysiak. The whole medical department, Mike (Micciche), Terry (Skiverton), we’ve all done a great job.

"We’ve made sure the structure has been put in place to finish the season strongly with only 22 players I’ve been working with, so that’s good."

Town will also welcome back Ben Whitfield from suspension, with the Bournemouth loanee missing the trips to Portsmouth and Newport County as well as Easter Monday’s victory over Crewe Alexandra.

PREVIEW: GRIMSBY TOWN v YEOVIL TOWN

The Glovers travel to Lincolnshire with EFL safety virtually assured after the convincing 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park on Easter Monday. 

Town sit seven points above the drop zone with three games remaining as well as boasting the best goal difference in the bottom eight. 

The win over Crewe earlier in the week was one of milestones, as Matty Dolan capped his 100th Yeovil appearance with a fine goal and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro netted his first goal in Green and White since joining on loan from Barnet. 

Having returned from injury at Portsmouth the week previous, Otis Khan marked his home return from a spell on the sidelines with a goal and two assists, as well as completing 90 minutes. 

Young stopper Jonny Maddison continued in place of Artur Krysiak keeping his first clean sheet against the Railwaymen, with the 22-year-old likely to deputise once again at Blundell Park. 

The Mariners have enjoyed mixed fortunes in the last 10 games, winning on four occasions and losing four times. 

Grimsby have also changed manager in that spell, with former Glovers boss Russell Slade returning to the club for a second tenure, marking his return with a 2-1 win over Cambridge United on Good Friday.

That result was followed up with a 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday, continuing Grimsby’s inconsistent form. 

Defeat leaves the Mariners 14th in the table on 58 points, making a late charge to the play-offs unlikely if not mathematically impossible. 

The stats certainly suggest goals in the encounter between Town and Slade’s side, with Grimsby scoring 14 and conceding 17 in their last 10 outings. 

Having lost top scorer Omar Bogle to Wigan Athletic in January, Sam Jones leads the Mariners scoring charts with six goals. 

Head-to-head

Yeovil’s trip to Lincolnshire will only be the fourth meeting between the two sides in the EFL.

Whoever comes out victorious will take the lead in the head-to-head standings, with both sides sharing a victory each and a draw from the three matches so far.

Strikes from Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski saw Yeovil win 2-1 at Huish Park back in 2004, before losing by the same scoreline at Blundell Park with Arron Davies on the score sheet.

This season’s reverse fixture ended in stalemate. 

Referee

Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear) will take charge of proceedings at Blundell Park for his 18th game of the season.

The fixture will be the second time this campaign Mr Ilderton has officiated a game involving the Glovers, having overseen the 0-0 draw at Notts County which only saw two players go into the book.

Overall, the referee has issued 51 yellow and three red cards. 

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Neil Sharp (Cleveland) with Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire) 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

Fans can purchase tickets from the Huish Park ticket office until 3pm on Friday either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Tickets can also be purchased online, or at Blundell Park on the day of the match with a £2 matchday surcharge applying (excluding junior tickets).

GAFFER SUPPORTS RECOVERING GLOVERS FAN

Season ticket holder Ben Thick was placed in an induced coma after a car accident last month, with the 19-year-old now having to learn to walk again as Town’s manager did almost 10 years ago. 
Having learnt of Ben’s situation, Way travelled to Bath’s RUH to spend time with the fanatic Yeovil supporter and share stories and experiences from his own recovery – as well as some football chat!
In true Glovers spirit, Ben has already made huge strides in his recovery and enjoyed listening to Yeovil’s 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday. 
Now beginning to get back on his feet with support, Way has issued Ben the challenge of recovering to walk the Glovers out before a match – a challenge the teenager has accepted.
Having spent the afternoon with Ben, Way was honoured to have met the teenager.
“It was a real honour to meet Ben,” said the Yeovil boss. “He’s incredibly brave and clearly a very strong character. 
“There’s a lot of similarities between Ben’s situation and the one I found myself in, so we could relate about a lot of things.
“Ben’s got unbelievable strength and determination and a strong network behind him so I want him leading out the side before too long – we’ll help however we can.”
Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Ben all the best during his rehabilitation and look forward to welcoming him back to Huish Park in the near future. 

GRIMSBY AWAY TICKETS ON SALE

The Glovers travel to Lincolnshire to take on the Mariners in their penultimate away game of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Darren Way will go up against a familiar face in the opposition dugout after former Yeovil boss Russell Slade was appointed Grimsby’s new manager.

Town have visited Blundell Park just once in the EFL, suffering a narrow defeat back in 2005.

But Town will be in high spirits coming into the match having claimed a 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday. 

Prices for the match are as follows:

Adult: £18

Senior (65+): £11

Young Adult (15-18): £11

Accompanied Junior: £5

Unaccompanied Junior: £7

Student (with Valid NUS card): £11

Ambulant disabled tickets are charged at relevant age band. Carers are free of charge if on the higher DLA rate.

For wheelchair bays, please call Grimsby on 01472 605050.

 

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

LINNEY TO TAKE ON CYCLE CHALLENGES

His first exploit will see him take to the roads for The “Coast to Coast” cycle ride in aid of The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Charity. A charity close to hearts after our manager Darren Way’s horrendous accident back in 2008.
This is a 54-mile ride from Watchet to West Bay with some mighty hill climbs en-route.
 
In July, Dave is taking on The London 100 on closed roads around the Surrey countryside – finishing in on the streets of central London along with over 20,000 other riders. Dave is supporting Whiz Kidz who supply much needed equipment for disabled children all over the country.
 
Having only taken up cycling some two years ago, he now enjoys cycling around the towns and countryside of Somerset and Dorset in his new-found fitness regime.
 
If you would like to sponsor Dave for either of the 2 events please contact him on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net

ENJOY INCREDIBLE VALUE FOR JUNIOR SEASON TICKETS

Priced at just £39, young fans under the age of 16 can watch their heroes for the equivalent of just £1.69 a game!
Including entry for Town’s 23 home league matches, There are also huge incentives for our Junior Glovers who can enjoy 10% off in the club shop, be Yeovil’s mascot at an away game for FREE and enjoy £5 off every Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Soccer School on offer amongst a host of other bonuses.
For a full breakdown of our frozen 2017/18 prices and bonues 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.
Be part of the future.

KHAN PLEASED TO SHOW WHAT TOWN ARE CAPABLE OF

The tricky winger marked his home return from three months out with an ankle injury with a goal and two assists as Town blew away Crewe Alexandra 3-0 at Huish Park. 
Rounding off the scoring after teeing up Matty Dolan and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Khan was pleased to get back to winning ways. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “It was like it was early on in the year when we were sixth or seventh. 
“Obviously we’ve had some setbacks which is going to happen in the season but now we’re picking up and getting back to how we used to play and it’s enjoyable to play like that.”
Victory sees the Green and Whites move seven points clear of the drop zone with three games remaining to ease fears of relegation, leaving the 21-year-old to express relief. 
“The fans have been frustrated with how performances have gone but we showed them what we’re really about.
“We’ve done it for ourselves but also for the fans as well because it’s a big relief off everyone’s chest and it gives us massive confidence going into the last games of the season.”
Easter Monday’s endeavours saw Khan move on to eight goals for the season as well as notch his fourth and fifth league assists, something that made the lengthy absence worthwhile. 
“it’s been a long three months injured and it couldn’t have been a better game for me to come back to. 
“I knew Newport wasn’t really my type of game being scrappy and winning headers, but I knew we’d get it down and play (against Crewe) and that’s what my game is, so I’m happy to get the goal and two assists to help the team.”

DOLAN PRAISES FANS AFTER VITAL THREE POINTS

Town had endured a spell which saw them fall to within just four points of the bottom two after Good Friday’s 1-0 loss at Newport County, but virtually ended relegation fears with the emphatic victory against the Railwaymen. 
On his 100th appearance for the club, Dolan netted the opener with a pinpoint free-kick before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Otis Khan rounded off the scoring. 
With the gap to 23rd in Sky Bet League Two now seven points and with a far superior goal difference, the 24-year-old was quick to credit the fans. 
“The fans have every right to voice their opinion,” Dolan told YTFC’s official YouTube channel
“We won’t hide and we have been on a bad run, but we stood up the plate today and we know exactly what we can do and there you go. 
“It was nice to hear them singing for us at the end but they’ve stood by us through thick and thin and I think they deserve a lot of credit with the run we’ve been on, but we showed what we can do and hopefully, looking at other results, we can be over the line.”
Yeovil will now travel to Grimsby on Saturday looking to reach at least 50 points for the first time since the 2012/13 season in League One. 
With that in mind, Dolan is keen to end the campaign on a high. 
He said: “As players we stick together and stuck together when the first goal went in, stuck together with the gaffer, we were all there celebrating and at the end we were all celebrating with the fans.
“I think that’s massive going forward for the football club, we can think about the future now whereas before we put ourselves in a bit of a situation. 
“We can look forward now and take all that positive energy into the next week and end on a high and look forward to next season.”

WAY HAILS “HUGE” THREE POINTS

Strikes from Matty Dolan, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Otis Khan saw the Glovers move seven points clear of the bottom two with the best goal difference out of the bottom eight sides in Sky Bet League Two.
With just three games remaining the result is likely to be enough to see the Green and Whites retain their EFL status, a win the Yeovil manager was delighted with. 
Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Way said: “What you could see there with the supporters at the end was a little sigh of relief.
“Just because three points when you look at the table now is huge.
“The players needed that, the whole club needed that and it’s a nice feeling.”
Dolan’s free-kick on his 100th appearance for the club and Akpa Akpro’s first Glovers goal put the hosts in a commanding position, before Khan’s goal on his first home appearance since a three-month spell on the sidelines completed the scoring. 
Added in, young ‘keeper Jonny Maddison kept a cleansheet on his home EFL debut leaving Way pleased with aspects of the season overall. 
“I’ve talked to the players all week about what they’ve achieved,” Way said. “It’s only going to be me that tells them what they’ve achieved. 
“You look at certain players making their league debuts, Nathan Smith last week (250th appearance), Jonny Maddison (EFL debut) – there are so many positives to take from this season. 
“Unfortunately, being in the position we have been makes it difficult to let them know that.”
Having returned to winning ways, the Town manager is now keen to tie down some of the key assets within his squad. 
“I want to be in a position next year where I keep this group of players – and I’ve told them that. 
“I don’t want to spend this year going through what we’ve gone through – highs and lows – because I think the experience they’ve gained will help us really kick on next year.
“Unfortunately, that sort of stuff is out of my hands.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 3-0 CREWE ALEXANDRA

In a free-flowing encounter, Town took the lead just before the half-hour mark courtesy of Matty Dolan’s expert free-kick, whilst keeping Alexandra contained at the other end. 
As the first-half ticked into additional time Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro made it 2-0 with a deft header, before the game was put beyond any doubt after the break.
With 20 minutes remaining Otis Khan netted from close range to round off an impressive Town performance, virtually ensuring the Glovers league status and making any real relegation fears short-lived. 
Darren Way made two changes to the side that came away empty handed from the Good Friday trip to Newport County. 
The experienced head of Alex Lawless came into the centre of a midfield four in place of Matt Butcher, whilst Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced Omar Sowunmi upfront. 
On the bench, the Glovers continued without a substitute goalkeeper, with Jonny Maddison making his home league debut in place of the injured Artur Krysiak.
After an assured start from the visitors who were quick to settle on the ball, the Glovers grew into the match and began to trouble the Railwaymen. 
Francois Zoko’s first-time shot into the arms of Ben Garratt was the game’s first attempt on goal, whilst Alexandra failed to trouble Maddison despite working themselves into dangerous positions in the final third. 
In fact, it took David Artell’s side until almost the half-hour mark to cause the Yeovil stopper any issues, as Callum Cooke’s shot deflected causing Maddison to scramble to beat the lively Chris Dagnall to the ball. 
That warning from Crewe sparked Town into life, who took the lead with 29 minutes on the clock as Dolan marked his 100th appearance in style. 
Having won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, Khan laid the ball off for Dolan who picked out the top corner with a stunning curling effort, in a similar strike to the one that won the reverse fixture in Cheshire back in October. 
Having reeled off to celebrate with manager Way and with the home support in a more buoyant mood, the Railwaymen were continually frustrated by the offside flag to deny Dagnall a charge through on goal.
In an open and expansive encounter at Huish Park, Crewe had their best chance when Callum Ainley’s shot from the edge of the box ricocheted into the arms of a thankful Maddison, before the hosts doubled their lead. 
Clever work from captain Ryan Dickson won the Glovers a free-kick in first-half stoppage time, and from Khan’s pinpoint delivery wide on the left, Akpa Akpro rose highest to open his Yeovil account and end the opening 45 minutes on a high. 
With their League Two status already virtually assured, Crewe made two attacking changes at the break as they threw caution the wind in search of a way back into the match. 
Immediately from the restart Alexandra got numbers in the box and forced Town to be on their metal defensively, but martialled by an imperious Nathan Smith, the Glovers stood firm with Maddison remaining untroubled.
As the game ticked towards the final 20 minutes Yeovil looked to put their Cheshire counterparts to the sword and looked to have done so when Akpa Akpro bundled in a third, but his effort was ruled out for deliberate handball. 
The Glovers weren’t to be denied for long, however, as with 70 minutes on the clock Khan marked his home return after almost three months out through injury with a goal, following up Zoko’s header which cannoned back off the bar.
Akpa Akpro forced Garratt into a smart save from the angle as Yeovil brimmed with confidence and searched for a fourth, but Way’s side had to settle for 3-0 and a result which put real distance between the Glovers and the bottom two with only three games remaining.
Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan, Khan; Akpa Akpro, Zoko.
Bookings: Zoko 24’, Akpa Akpro 65’
Subs not used: Mugabi, James, Butcher, Goodship, Harrison, Eaves, Sowunmi.
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt; Turton, Ray (Wintle 45’), Ng, Bakayogo; Jones, Cooke (Kiwomya 45’), Bingham; Bowery, Dagnall, Ainley (Cooper 59’).
Bookings: Cooper 81’
Subs not used: Dawber, Saunders, Udoh, Kirk. 

SMITH LOOKING FOR UNITY TO GET THE JOB DONE

Defeat at the hands of Newport County on Good Friday left Town hovering above the bottom two with their points buffer reduced to four. 
The Glovers destiny remains firmly in their own hands with four games remaining, starting with the visit of Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday. 
However, after defeat in Wales, stalwart Smith is calling for togetherness from all associated with the Green and Whites. 
“We didn’t do what we needed to do (against Newport)”, Smith told YTFC.net
“The gaffer has explained what we need to do, and we’ve got to stay together and get the job done.
“I understand, and the boys all understand that the fans will be disappointed, but we know what we’ve got to do to make it right and that’s what we’re going out to do.”
Smith made his 250th Town appearance against County, but admits defeat took the shine off the individual achievement.
With a vital three points targeted against the Railwaymen, the Yeovil ever-present is aware of what needs to be done. 
“We go again. We know what the situation is for us – I’ve got a responsibility so that’s what I’m going to go out and do. 
“We know we’ve been in a battle for a little while, so it’s not just Monday it’s the whole rest of the season where we need to do what we need to do.”
Tickets are available to purchase now online, with the Huish Park ticket office open to purchase in person or by calling 01935 847888 from Monday morning with pre-matchday savings available until midday.

CREWE TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

The Glovers take on the Railwaymen looking to bounce back immediately from defeat to Newport County on Good Friday. 

With the gap to the bottom two now four points, Town are targeting a swift win to take their points tally to 49 and you can be the 12th man to get behind the team in the search for three points.

Yeovil are looking to complete the double over Crewe having won 1-0 at Gresty Road back in October courtesy of Matty Dolan’s free-kick. 

Your support can help make the difference against Alexandra, as Town look to reward the loyal support with a much-needed victory.

Despite the club shutting for Easter, tickets are still available to purchase online with the ticket office open as usual on Monday for purchases in person or by calling on 01935 847888. Pre-matchday savings can also be made before 12 midday.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v CREWE ALEXANDRA

 

Easter Monday’s clash with Crewe Alexandra provides an instant opportunity for the Glovers to once again pull away from the relegation zone.

With the gap now at four points after defeat to Newport County on Good Friday, Darren Way’s side will be eager to take their points tally to 49, a step closer to the coveted 50-point mark.

Having missed the trip to Portsmouth a fortnight ago, Ryan Dickson and Shayon Harrison returned in Wales, whilst Otis Khan made his first start since returning from an ankle injury. 

Young ‘keeper Jonny Maddison made his EFL debut in the absence of Artur Krysiak who picked up a training ground ankle injury in the lead up to the match against County. 

In difficult circumstances, Nathan Smith made his 250th Yeovil appearance whilst Matty Dolan moved on to 99 ahead of the visit of the Railwaymen.

David Artell’s side have enjoyed mixed results in the last 10 games, winning on four occasions and losing five times. 

Good Friday’s 2-2 draw with Notts County represented their only share of the spoils within that time, leaving them two places above Town with three extra points on the board.

Much like Yeovil, Alexandra flirted with the top seven spots in the opening months of the season before a disappointing slump in form towards the end of 2016 which saw manager Steve Davis replaced in early January. 

Goals have been a consistent part of Crewe’s last 10 games, only failing to score on one occasion, with marksman Chris Dagnall their top scorer with 13 goals in all competitions having enjoyed an upturn in form in recent months. 

Head-to-head

Town have come up against Crewe on 11 occasions since entering the Football League, with 10 of those clashes coming in Sky Bet League Two. 

In fact, the Glovers 1-0 win at Gresty Road courtesy of Dolan’s free-kick was the first League Two encounter between the two sides.

Overall, Yeovil have won six of the 11 meetings with Alexandra boasting four victories, leaving just one stalemate which came back in 2006 when Kieffer Moore’s equaliser earned a point at Huish Park.

Referee

Lee Swabey (Devon) will take charge of proceedings at Huish Park for his 12th game of the season.

The Easter fixture will be the third occasion this season Mr Swabey has officiated a game involving Town, having overseen the 4-1 Checkatrade Trophy win against MK Dons and 3-0 home defeat to Doncaster Rovers. 

The referee has issued 40 yellow and three red cards so far this campaign, including one for Dons’ Samir Carruthers against the Glovers back in December.

Mr Swabey will be assisted by Michael Webb and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire) with Andrew Quin (Devon) 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

With the ticket office closed until Easter Monday, purchases can be made online only. Fans can buy tickets on the day from the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888, with no additional matchday charge until 12 midday.

WE MUST MOVE ON QUICK – WAY

Town sit four points above the Sky Bet League Two drop zone after Mickey Demetriou’s second-half free kick condemned them to defeat in South Wales.

The Glovers host Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park on Easter Monday (3pm kick-off) and Way insists his troops need to step up to secure three points.

“We’re bitterly disappointed but we have to move on quick as we have a massive game now,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I knew this weekend was going to be intense but the players need to regroup and we’ll look forward to the next game.

“I have to stay strong and make sure these players are up for the fight.

“They have to deal with the pressure. We’ve got a big game against Crewe now and I expect the players to show a willingness and a hunger to do whatever they can to fight for this football club.”

Tickets for Monday’s match can be purchased online.

 

REPORT: NEWPORT COUNTY 1-0 YEOVIL TOWN

After a first-half largely devoid of final third action, the Welsh outfit took the lead just before the hour-mark courtesy of a pinpoint Mickey Demetriou free-kick.
Nathan Smith had Town’s best chance in the closing stages with a shot from close range, but County held on for a win that pulls the Glovers into the scrap for safety. 
With every outfield player available for selection, Darren Way made five changes to the side that lost out to promotion chasing Portsmouth six days ago. 
Despite the relative fit bill of health, one alteration was forced with the ever-present Artur Krysiak ruled out with a training ground foot injury forcing Jonny Maddison to make his EFL debut. 
After coming off the bench in Hampshire to mark his return from almost three months out with an ankle injury, Otis Khan replaced Tom Eaves in the Glovers front three. 
In a second attacking change, Omar Sowunmi came in for Brandon Goodship in a bid to combat the challenging Rodney Parade conditions, with two further alterations in defence. 
With much made of the importance of the fixture before kick-off, Smith returned to make his 250th Yeovil appearance and take the captain’s armband, whilst Ryan Dickson recovered in time from an ankle knock to replace Tom James at left-back. 
On a pitch dominated by a combination of mud and sand as opposed to the usual green expanse, it was an unsurprisingly scrappy start to proceedings. 
Perhaps more used to their surroundings, it was County who dominated proceedings in the opening half an hour with an early chance for Alex Samuel. 
Chasing a ball over the top, the Newport striker beat the onrushing Maddison to the ball but saw his attempted lob from just inside the box drift over the bar, with the eventual collision between the two not meriting a spot kick in the eyes of the officials.
With the home support encouraged by their side’s start it took until 19 minutes for Town to create a nervy moment for the hosts, as Alex Lacey’s header from a Khan free-kick had to be tipped over for a corner by stopper Joe Day.
It was a rare foray into the Newport final third for Way’s side, with their only other opportunity coming from the lively Zoko’s lay-off for Khan whose eventual shot was blocked for a corner. 
Although Newport enjoyed plenty of time in the Glovers half, Maddison remained largely untroubled between the sticks, only being called on to routinely claim Ryan Bird’s header with a little over five minutes of the half remaining.
As the first-half drew to a close it was the former Yeovil striker who was at the heart of the action as he had a penalty claim waved away by referee Dean Whitestone having gone down under challenge from Smith. 
The incident rounded off the first-half proceedings, with Newport unable to turn territory into goal scoring opportunities. 
With the home outfit making a substitution at the break both sides lined up with variations on 4-4-2 after the restart, with Town starting the half brightly. 
After good work from Zoko to recycle possession, Butcher’s ball into the box found Khan who weaved his way into a shooting position, only for the livewire’s effort to drift over the bar. 
In the 15 minutes after the restart the Glovers enjoyed an even share of possession arresting the pattern of the first-half, only to be dealt a huge blow by the set-piece expertise of Demetriou. 
After Bird was brought down 25 yards from goal, the defender stepped up to expertly dispatch an effort into the bottom corner to send the home crowd into raptures.
The opener instantly saw Akpa Akpro introduced for Khan, before Shayon Harrison took to the field in place of Sowunmi shortly after as Town re-jigged their frontline in search of a response.
Committing numbers forward Newport always looked likely to threaten on the break, and perhaps should’ve put the result beyond doubt with Sean Rigg and Samuel both going close. 
With the deficit only one, Town always had a chance to rescue something from their trip to Wales and could’ve done so when Akpa Akpro headed wide from Harrison’s flick-on with Day stranded.
In the process of heading wide the Town striker picked up a lengthy facial injury which meant the Glovers played much of the final 10 minutes with 10 men, as it all seemed to conspire against Way’s side.
With the last kick of the game Smith prodded an effort just over the bar after a scrap in the box, but Newport stood firm to leave Yeovil hovering just four points above the drop zone. 
Newport County: Day; O’Brien (Rigg 45’), Bennett, Demetriou; Pipe, Rose, Randall (Jones 86’), Owen-Evans, Butler; Bird, Samuel (Williams 90’).
Bookings: Randall 45’.
Subs not used: Bittner, Barnum-Bobb, Myrie-Williams, Gordon. 
Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher (Lawless 76’), Dolan; Khan (Akpa Akpro 61’), Sowunmi (Harrison 67’), Zoko.
Bookings: Khan 45’.
Subs not used: Mugabi, James, Goodship, Eaves.

WAY CONFIDENT SIDE ARE UP FOR NEWPORT CHALLENGE

The Glovers head to Rodney Parade looking to extend the gap from the relegation spots to 10 points.
With tough conditions expected, Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel that every preparation has been made in training. 
“There will be plenty of ‘fight balls’ because of the surface of the pitch, which has been talked about all season. 
“When you speak to other managers who’ve played on it, they say it becomes a percentage game – we know what we’re coming up against and have prepared very well this week and are ready for the challenge.”
The Green and Whites head to Wales with just five games of the season remaining, and are looking to complete the double over Newport after the 1-0 win at Huish Park back in October.
Way will have the quartet of Alex Lawless, Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson and Otis Khan at his disposal having all recently returned from injury, something the Town manager sees as a huge bonus. 
“When you look at the league experience of some of the players before they came here, it’s pretty scary. 
“When you take those players (mentioned above) out of the fold, it only left me with two experienced players, so it’s nice to have those experienced players back. 
“They’ve spent a long time in their careers leading from the front and also had success and know what winning is. You can’t buy that winning feeling so it’s good (that they’re back).”
Yeovil fans can purchase tickets on the day at Newport County, by CASH only. 

RENDELL APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SUPPORTERS ALLIANCE GROUP

Mr Rendell was nominated by members of the Alliance group and all supporter groups who were all in agreement he should take the role.

Rich, who is a lifelong Yeovil fan, will take up the position with immediate effect.

“I’m delighted to take up the role of Supporters Alliance Group chairman,” he told YTFC.net.

“I’m happy to deal with any queries from the supporters.”

The Supporters Alliance was formed at the end of 2016 and is made up of five supporter groups – G&A (Green and White Supporters Club), DSA (Disabled Supporters Association), Junior Glovers, Bridport Glovers and Cary Glovers.

The group, which will be known as the ‘Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium’, is a working party to improve the growth of the relationship between Yeovil Town Football Club and its supporters.

They will look to bring together official Yeovil Town supporter groups to provide a unified voice, improve relationships and unity between the club and its fans, and give all member groups a formal approach to the YTFC board.

This season has been used to discuss the makeup of the Alliance and how the group work with the club, and the second meeting was to show and gain further feedback from the supporters survey.

 

The aim is to build on this initial relationship in the close season and move forward.

 

The supporters groups have nominated and appointed Rich as Chairman of the Alliance Group whose main role will be to link the groups, the club and the Board of Directors, and in the future working on appointing a Supporter Director/SLO.

This will ensure there is dedicated time for supporters and a line of communication between the club and the groups.

Supporters can still come directly to the club if they are not part of these groups as we value all opinions and ideas.

More action and involvement is required and will start in the close season talking about fixtures, matchday staffing and asking these groups for their ideas, support and help.

 

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish Rich all the best in his new role.

SMITH FOCUSED ON SECURING VICTORY

If selected for the fixture at Rodney Parade on Good Friday (3pm), the 30-year-old will make his 250th appearance for the Glovers over two spells.

The defender is proud of potentially achieving such a milestone but says he is focused on securing a victory in South Wales.

Smith told YTFC.net: “It’ll be a nice situation to happen (250 apps) and hopefully it does. It doesn’t really seem that long ago (since I made my debut).

“From the first time I was here to now, there have been a lot of characters and the people I’ve met have been interesting. 

“It feels surreal when people say I’m one of the experienced ones in the changing room because I didn’t have any experience (when I came here).

“However, there’s nothing else in my mind other than going to Newport and getting a win. 

“The result is the most important thing – 100%. We just want to get the best results we can out of the last five games and it’ll be down to hard work.

“We know what we need to do as a team and if we can get that job done, it’ll be the icing on the cake.”

LACEY HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF EASTER GAMES

The Glovers travel to relegation-threatened Newport County on Good Friday, before hosting Crewe Alexandra on Monday.

A win at Rodney Parade in the first of the two matches would give Yeovil a 10-point gap between themselves and the drop zone, and Lacey is keen to build momentum to ensure the club’s safety.

“The last games we have are very important, none more so than this weekend,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“It’s a very important two fixtures for us. We’re looking to build some momentum going into the next few.

“We’re a very close knit bunch, we’re all working towards a target and we’re raring to go.

“Hopefully we can get some good results in the next few games to make sure we’re alright.”

Lacey has featured 42 times for Town this season – a campaign-high for the defender.

The former Luton Town man has become a regular in the heart of the defence and he believes he has improved as a player.

He said: "To get as many games as I have has been very good for myself. 

“Every footballer in the team wants to play obviously and to do it for most of the season was a personal target of mine.

“I’ve always been in and around the first team at previous teams so getting a solid run of games has helped me a lot.

“It comes with performances. If you play well, you’ll stay in the team. Hopefully I can keep doing it and keep my place.”

EASTER OPENING HOURS

With Town heading to Newport County on Good Friday, staff will be supporting the team in South Wales resulting in the closure of both.

They will remain closed on Saturday and Easter Sunday before reopening with normal matchday hours on Monday for the visit of Crewe Alexandra.

Fans can still come to Huish Park for a two-course Sunday carvery for just £12.95. For further details, please call 01935 423662.

Supporters can purchase tickets online at any time.

PAY ON THE DAY AT NEWPORT

The Glovers travel to South Wales on Good Friday (3pm kick-off) looking to further distance themselves from Michael Flynn’s side, who currently sit in the relegation zone.

In the three meetings between the clubs since Newport’s promotion to the EFL, Yeovil have not conceded a goal and have recorded back-to-back 1-0 victories.

Their only visit to Rodney Parade in Sky Bet League Two ended goalless in 2015.

There will be no price increase on the day of the game with supporters able to buy tickets from a ticket booth near Gate 6 (CASH ONLY).

Prices for the match in South Wales are as follows:

Adult (22-59): £20

Senior (60+): £16

Young Person (U21): £16

Under-16 (internet): £6

Accompanied Under-6: FREE (Call 01935 847888 if you require an Under-6 ticket)

Ambulant disabled tickets are charged at relevant age band. Please call 01935 847888 (personal assistant ticket is free and available to anyone on middle/higher rate disability allowance).

 

Wheelchair bays must be purchased in advance, please call Newport County ticket office on 01633 481896.

HARRY’S NIGHT PROVES SUCCESSFUL

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss took centre stage just shy on 8pm to a sellout audience in the Alec Stock Lounge.

He spoke openly about his career as a player, shared gripping stories from his managerial career and threw in some hearty quips.

Harry made time for everyone on the night, posing for photos and signing autographs through the evening.

Ably assisted by MC and comedian Mick Martin, the night was a resounding hit.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to thank all who attended and to Thatchers for sponsoring the event.

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR GOOD FRIDAY TRIP TO NEWPORT

Due to ongoing roadworks surrounding Rodney Parade, supporters travelling to the game by car are advised to leave the M4 at junction 25A and follow signs for City Centre Car Parks. 
From there, it’s a short walk across the Millennium Bridge to Gate 6 at the ground which will rule out being caught in any traffic delays due to the roadworks.
The coach station and train station are also a short walk from the ground, with ample signage for directions. 
Within the city centre, The Lamb on Bridge Street is happy to accommodate Glovers fans and is a short walk to the ground, once again via the Millennium Bridge. 
Rodney Parade has a dedicated away supporters facility within the away section of the ground, with a bar and BT Sport/Sky Sports. Tea, coffee and hot food is also available from an outlet, with the ground open from 1.30pm or shortly before.
Safe travels and we look forward to seeing the travelling Green and White Army in South Wales!

ACADEMY VACANCY

The Academy are searching for a Head of Recruitment to help continue the growth of the Category 3 Academy. 

The purpose of the Head of Recruitment is to initiate and oversee the recruitment of the Academy players from under-eight to under-19 and oversee a sustainable scouting network aimed at recruiting the best players with a key focus on South Somerset and the surrounding areas.
Applications must be in by May 1st 2017.
For full job descriptions and how to apply, please click here.

PREVIEW: NEWPORT COUNTY v YEOVIL TOWN

A Glovers win at Rodney Parade would provide a healthy of space between themselves and the bottom two.

Darren Way’s side are currently seven points above the drop zone and Friday’s opponents Newport, who have won four of their last seven games since Michael Flynn took temporary charge.

Otis Khan made a welcome return to action at Portsmouth last week following a lengthy spell on the sidelines to give Way another creative option in the absence of Ben Whitfield, who will miss the match in South Wales due to suspension.

Matty Dolan (ankle) and Nathan Smith (knee) also played a part on the south coast while Alex Lawless (hamstring) was an unused substitute.

Forward Francois Zoko was in the goals again against Pompey, making it three in his last four at Fratton Park.

The Ivorian will be hoping to add to his 13 goals in all competitions when Yeovil head to Newport.

The Exiles’ good form of late has given them a good chance of avoiding relegation after previously looking down and out.

The Welsh outfit lost 4-0 at home to bottom club Leyton Orient at the beginning of March which left them 11 points adrift of safety and saw the end of Graham Westley’s reign.

Flynn took over and since then, Newport have twice recorded back-to-back wins leaving them just three points behind Hartlepool United.

Defensively they have tightened up, keeping clean sheets in their last two wins.

Joint-top scorers Rhys Healey and Josh Sheehan returned to parent clubs Cardiff City and Swansea City respectively but in Sean Rigg and former Glover Ryan Bird, Newport remain a goal threat.

Head-to-head

Town have never lost to or conceded against Newport in the EFL.

The two sides have met three times since the Exiles’ promotion to League Two in 2015, with the Glovers winning the last two 1-0.

A Jack Compton penalty was enough to separate the teams last season, while an own goal gifted Town three points in this year’s reverse.

Referee

Dean Whitestone will take charge of his 40th game of the season at Rodney Parade.

Mr Whitestone, who has refereed a mixture of League One and Two matches this season, coupled with a few cup games, has awarded 111 yellow cards and has issued two reds. 

The Northamptonshire-born referee has officiated two Town matches this season – the reverse fixture against Newport (1-0 win) and the 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Thomas Harty (West Midlands) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) with Joe Clark (West Midlands) 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 purchase in advance at the Huish Park ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can buy tickets on the day from a ticket booth near gate 6 at Rodney Parade – there will be no price increase but it is cash only.

HELP KICK IT OUT BY USING THE APP

Available to download for FREE from the App Store of Google Play, the latest version of the organisation’s app provides users the ability to attach video, audio and photo evidence to accompany investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour at matches. 
Use of the app increased 32% between 2013/14 and 2015/16, showing the increasing importance of instant reporting and evidence gathering.
With the option for anonymity available on the app, supporters can also contact Kick It Out across social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) – with private messaging advised to ensure the safety of those reporting an incident. 
Reporting via the app is confidential, and sits alongside the organisation’s well-established methods of reporting, including via email and Freephone. Supporters can contact Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414 or by emailing info@kickitout.org

HUISH PARK VOTED BEST LEAGUE TWO MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE

Huish Park was rated 39th out of the 92 in the top four tiers of English football, putting it ahead of clubs such as West Ham United, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Coventry City.

The grounds and their matchday experiences were rated by FourFourTwo’s Chris Flanagan.

Flanagan labelled the old school terracing on offer for visiting supporters as the best feature at the ground, and gave it a quirk factor of three out of five.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR EASTER MONDAY CLASH

The Glovers welcome David Artell’s side to Somerset for their penultimate home game of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two campaign. 

Yeovil are unbeaten in their last three matches against Crewe at Huish Park, with Kieffer Moore netting 18 minutes from to earn a point back in 2014.

Last time out, Matty Dolan’s majestic free kick earned Town three points at Gresty Road.

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


            

LOAN WATCH: ANOTHER 90 MINUTES FOR LEA

Boro were level at the break following an encouraging first-half display but succumbed to a disappointing collapse in the second period at Park View Road.

The hosts scored four without reply to record an emphatic win and leave Gosport four points from safety.

The Hampshire club need at least two wins from their final four matches to remain in the Vanarama National League South.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers achieved promotion back to League One at the first time of asking with a 1-0 win over Mansfield Town.

A header from Tommy Rowe 16 minutes from time was enough for Darren Ferguson’s side to overcome the Stags.

Ryan Taylor’s last-gasp finish helped Plymouth Argyle to a vital three points over 10-man Crawley Town.

With the scores level at one apiece, the former Bristol City striker popped up in the dying embers of the match to leave the Pilgrims needing a maximum of two more victories to secure promotion to the third tier for the first time since 2011.

Newport County clawed their way to within three points of safety with a shock win at play-off hopefuls Exeter City.

The Exiles netted the only goal of the game through Tom Owen-Evans’ long range shot.

Ten-man Cheltenham Town scored late to draw against Wycombe Wanderers in a six-goal thriller at Adams Park.

The Chairboys thought they had kept their slim chances of a top seven finish when Joe Jacobson slotted home from the spot, but Billy Waters fired in the rebound after his penalty was saved to give the Robins a crucial point.

Blackpool missed the opportunity to jump into a play-off place, going down 3-1 at home to Grimsby Town.

Sam Jones grabbed a brace for the Mariners who recorded their first victory in five games.

Cambridge United sit two points outside the play-offs following a routine win over bottom club Leyton Orient.

Orient are now 10 points adrift from safety with only five matches remaining, thanks to goals from Luke Berry, Luke O’Neil and George Maris.

A superb first-half display secured Colchester United an emphatic victory over fifth-placed Stevenage.

The U’s netted four times to settle the contest before the break.

Accrington Stanley kept their excellent run going, edging out Crewe Alexandra in a five-goal game at the Crown Ground.

Mark Hughes score twice as Stanley came from two-down to extend their unbeaten sequence to 13 matches.

Jon Stead and Matt Tootle struck in the last five minutes for Notts County to snatch victory away from Carlisle United.

The Cumbrians looked on course for a win then Jabo Ibehre struck just before the hour only for the Magpies to hit back in the closing stages.

Elsewhere, Luton Town recorded a narrow win over Barnet while struggling Hartlepool United were held to a draw at Morecambe.

FIVE CUP FINALS LEFT – DAWSON

The Glovers face Newport County and Crewe Alexandra over the Easter period with four points standing between Yeovil and the coveted 50-point mark. 
Having lost 3-1 to high-flyers Portsmouth at the weekend, the ever-present Dawson told YTFC’s official YouTube channel of the importance of the Easter period. 
“There was no lack of effort, maybe a bit of a lack in quality and a couple of mistakes which cost us – that seems to be the story of our season. 
“We’ve got two or three massive games coming up and they’ve become even bigger with results elsewhere going the other way. 
“We look forward to them now and have to go move on from this.”
Darren Way’s side will travel to Newport County on Good Friday before hosting Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday, with the Town midfielder looking to get the job done as soon as possible. 
He said: “The way results are going people are going to start looking at the bottom of the table but we’ve just got to focus on ourselves.
“There are five games left now, five cup finals to get a couple of results and it’s done and dusted. 
“It’s a great time of year and we’re coming towards the end now so hopefully we’ll get a couple of results and then bring that into the last few games.”

WAY PLEASED TO WELCOME BACK INJURED TRIO

The Glovers eventually went down 3-1 to the promotion chasers after Francois Zoko’s goal six minutes after the restart initially drew town level. 
Despite the loss, Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel he was glad to have the services of Nathan Smith and Otis Khan back at his disposal after almost two and three months out respectively.
“We had Nathan on the bench and he’s been a massive part of our season. I’ve got to make sure I’ve got the group strong going into the next game.
“With that in mind, there’s no better place to bring Otis and Nathan on (than Fratton Park) so I decided to go with that.”
Khan, who’s been missing with ankle ligament injury, almost scored within minutes of coming on with an effort from range, whilst Smith completed half an hour without any aggravation of his knee injury. 
The defeat in Hampshire also saw Tom James and Brandon Goodship make their first league starts of the season, leaving Way to want his players to demonstrate why they should be awarded new contracts. 
“I thought Tom did very well considering he’s not played a lot of football all season, but to come in and play in the manner than he did, I’m extremely pleased with that. 
“Every single player that’s had an opportunity – certainly Brandon Goodship – wouldn’t have thought that, coming in from Bournemouth having been playing non-league before this. 
“I’ve been a manager having to give these players opportunities, I just hope between now and the end of the season they show their merit and their worth to be here next year and that’s what I say to them, whatever happens, I just want them to do as well as they can.”
Captain Ryan Dickson missed the trip with an ankle injury whilst Shayon Harrison was a late withdrawal through illness, both of which will be in line to return next match. Added in, the experienced head of Alex Lawless was an unused substitute at Pompey marking his return to the squad from a hamstring injury, bolstering Town’s options ahead of the busy Easter period starting with Good Friday’s trip to Newport County. 

REPORT: PORTSMOUTH 3-1 YEOVIL TOWN

After Tom Eaves missed a glorious chance inside the opening five minutes, the visitors were made to pay for that miss after 14 minutes when Gareth Evans converted from the penalty spot. 
Trailing at the break the Glovers were level on 51 minutes when Francois Zoko levelled the scores capitalising on hesitancy in defence. 
But Pompey made sure their automatic promotion chase stayed on track with two goals in 10 minutes courtesy of Kal Naismith and substitute Jamal Lowe. 
Darren Way made three changes from the side that lost at home to Carlisle United seven days ago, with two forced alterations. 
Captain Ryan Dickson (ankle) and Shayon Harrison (ill) were ruled out allowing Tom James and Brandon Goodship to make their first league starts of the season. 
Without the suspended Ben Whitfield, Matty Dolan’s return from an ankle knock proved timely as he went straight back into the Glovers midfield, whilst Otis Khan returned on the bench after three months sidelined with an ankle ligament injury. 
Bathed in sunshine and welcomed onto the pitch by close to 18,000 supporters, Town wasted no time in announcing their arrival with a neat move inside the opening five minutes.
Intricate passing engineered captain Kevin Dawson space wide on the right, but his inch-perfect cross could only be headed over by Eaves, grazing the bar on its way over.
Looking to irradiate any early nerves that Yeovil chance may have created, Pompey soon went close themselves as Matt Clarke’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Liam Shephard with just six minutes on the clock. 
In a frantic start to proceedings, an already vocal home crowd were even more vociferous when Bevis Mugabi’s foul on Gary Roberts inside the box saw referee Graham Horwood point to the spot.
Having missed their last six spot kicks Evans stepped up and coolly converted from 12 yards to give Paul Cook’s side the lead with less than 15 minutes played. 
If much of Pompey’s attacking play was fluent, their chance to double the lead was anything but. 
Roberts’ cross from the left looped up off Mugabi, meaning Artur Krysiak could only watch as the ball cannoned off of the post and bounced away from danger. 
Having ridden the pressure that followed the promotion chasers taking the lead, it took the Glovers until 34 minutes to come close to levelling the scores. 
Looking to make amends for his mistake at the other end, Mugabi was only left frustrated in the Pompey box as his header from Dolan’s corner flew just wide. 
That was as close as either side came to scoring in the final 10 minutes of the half, with Town enjoying an even share of possession as proceedings were halted to allow for a break.
Mirroring the frantic start to the first-half the second 45 got underway in similar fashion, this time with roles reversed.
Whilst Yeovil missed a good chance early on it was Portsmouth’s turn with 50 minutes played, as Naismith’s header from close range was kept out by a superb Krysiak reaction save. 
Before many of the 17,600 home faithful could re-take their seats from that opportunity Way’s side drew level in fortuitous fashion. 
Under pressure from Zoko in the box Enda Stevens could only rush a clearance with the Town striker getting a toe to the ball to see it loop over David Forde for his 12th goal of the season.
Desperate to not drop points in the closing stages of their promotion push, Pompey turned up the pressure on the Green and Whites, immediately penning themselves in the Glovers half. 
A shaky five minutes defensively saw the experienced Nathan Smith introduced for Mugabi just before the hour-mark, but it wasn’t enough to stop Paul Cook’s side re-taking the lead. 
With 68 minutes on the clock the pressure told as Naismith picked out the bottom corner from Stevens’ cut-back, before Lowe made an instant impact from the bench with a low finish from an acute angle to kill off any hopes of a dramatic Yeovil comeback. 
The Glovers threw numbers forward in the closing stages in search of some late drama, but Pompey killed the game to record a seventh win in 11 games, condemning Town to consecutive defeats.
Portsmouth: Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose, Doyle; Bennett, Roberts (Chaplin 67’), Baker (Lowe 76’); Naismith (Kabamba 89’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Linganzi, Talbot.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Mugabi (Smith 57’), Lacey, Butcher; Shephard, Dawson, Dolan, James; Goodship (Khan 70’), Zoko, Eaves (Akpa Akpro 50’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, Lawless, Jones, Sowunmi.

INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PLAYERS

In a collective bid to help more players make the transition from Academy to first team football, EFL Clubs also agreed to introduce a requirement for at least one club developed player to be named on each teamsheet for any EFL League game from the start of the 2018/19 season. 

The changes to the regulations, which aim to create a clearer pathway from clubs’ development programmes into the professional game, were formally approved at an EFL EGM in London following a meeting of all 72 clubs in February. 

The changes are welcome news according to EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey. 

He said: “I hope this latest commitment made by our clubs is further evidence of the EFL taking the initiative in looking for practical and effective measures that can be introduced to help managers and coaches in the ongoing development of young players. 

 

“It is imperative that we provide young players not only with a platform, but also with the belief that opportunities will be made available to progress from youth to senior football. I am confident that this decision will have a positive and lasting impact on the future of football in this country.” 

HARRY’S NIGHT

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 to share stories from his career and to meet fans.

Just seven spaces remain available for this prestigious event.

Costing £50 per person to include a two-course meal, quiz, raffle, auction and interesting revelations from Harry – this will be the perfect run up to the Easter weekend.

Don’t miss out! Supporters can book their spot for the evening by calling 01935 847872 or emailing DLinney@ytfc.net

DOLAN OUT TO SILENCE POMPEY CROWD

The midfielder is set to return to the side having missed the defeat to Carlisle United after picking up a training ground injury, with a crowd of up to 20,000 expected on the south coast this Saturday. 
Unbeaten in their last three outings against Pompey, Dolan told YTFC’s official YouTube channel the Glovers need to use the occasion to their advantage. 
“Playing in front of 20,000, you don’t often get the chance in this league to do that so I think the players will go down there and they’ll raise their game for the atmosphere.
“The atmosphere they create is brilliant so we’ve got to deal with that and obviously put a downer on their Saturday.”
Paul Cook’s side currently sit third in Sky Bet League Two and are closing in on automatic promotion, having won six of their last 10 games.
Despite their form and league position, Town’s number four believes focus has to be on turning draws into wins in the closing stages of the season. 
“Everybody knows in this league they’re probably the biggest club budget wise and fan base wise, but let’s not concentrate too much on them though, we’ve got experience that has played in front of bigger crowds so we can go down there and settle them down and get a result.
“We’ve had a lot of draws this season so we’ll be looking for three points, so we’ll hopefully go down there on Saturday and get a win.”
With just six games remaining and having drawn more games than any other side in the division, Dolan is looking to create an air of positivity going into the 2017/18 campaign. 
“I think we have 16 draws, and Stevenage have lost one more game than us and they’re up in fourth, so we’ve got that frustration of drawing football matches.
“But now we’ve got six games left and have to address getting wins between now and the end of the season and create a good atmosphere going into next season.”
Supporters wishing to follow the Green and Whites to Portsmouth can purchase tickets on the day at Fratton Park, with cash only purchase available. 

PREVIEW: PORTSMOUTH v YEOVIL TOWN

Town have six games left of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two campaign to add to their three wins in all competitions in 2017.

The Glovers suffered defeat in their last encounter against Carlisle United, but head to the south coast to face Portsmouth on a four-match unbeaten run on the road.

Darren Way could welcome back Otis Khan from an ankle injury which has sidelined him since January.

The former Sheffield United man scored five league goals in the first half of the season and will hope to grab a few more before the campaign is out.

Another lengthy absentee could also return to the fray. Nathan Smith has missed almost two months with a medial knee ligament problem but Way is hopeful he’ll play some part against promotion-chasers Portsmouth.

Paul Cook’s side have won six of their last 10 games to put themselves in a good position for automatic promotion.

Pompey are currently in the top three, six points clear of fourth-placed Stevenage and look set to return to League One for the first time in four years. 

They are a side that score goals from all over the pitch but Kal Naismith’s recent form has helped a considerable amount in their bid for promotion.

Head-to-head

Town are unbeaten in three games against Pompey, two of which have come this season.

The Glovers edged out the Hampshire outfit in a seven-goal thriller in Somerset in the Checkatrade Trophy, before the two sides played out a goalless draw in front of the biggest crowd at Huish Park in 2016.

The score was also 0-0 on Yeovil’s last visit to Portsmouth, with the meeting at Fratton Park before that proving more successful.

Dominic Blizzard and Byron Webster were on target as Town recorded a 2-1 victory back in 2012.

Referee

Graham Horwood will take charge of his 27th game of the season when Town travel to Portsmouth.

Mr Horwood has awarded 105 yellow cards so far this campaign and has issued six reds.

The Bedfordshire-born officiated Town’s 3-0 defeat to Blackpool back in September.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Gary Maskell (London) with Stuart Butler (Kent) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Matty Dolan’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 in advance before 12noon. Tickets are available on the day.

WHITFIELD WILL LEARN FROM DISMISSAL – WAY

The Bournemouth loanee was dismissed in Town’s defeat to Carlisle United last week and will serve the first game of his three-match suspension when the Glovers head to Portsmouth on Saturday (3pm).

Whitfield has featured 31 times for Yeovil in Sky Bet League Two and his suspension presents an opening for someone to showcase their talents.

“It’s another opportunity for another player to stand the test,” Way told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“There’s nothing like throwing them in the deep end if it is a player who perhaps hasn’t been involved all season.

“It gives them an opportunity to impress me and show they’re equipped to do the job.”

Prior to his red card, Whitfield hadn’t received a card of any colour in his professional career.

Way believes the 21-year-old was learn from it having seen other players go through the same scenario.

He said: “These things happen and I don’t think he’s ever had a card before so to get a straight red is a bit unfortunate – he’ll learn from that.

“I remember having this conversation with Bevis Mugabi away at Doncaster and I think he grew in character.

“I also had it with Liam Walsh at Cambridge away and I knew he’d grow and become the person he is today. 

“You have to go through those experiences and I’ve got to make sure he trains extremely hard going into when he’s next available for selection.”

 

BUTCHER NOMINATED FOR GOAL OF THE MONTH

The 19-year-old netted a stunning volley in the 3-1 win at Morecambe with his first touch after coming on as a first-half substitute. 
As the game ticked into additional time at the end of the first period, the Bournemouth loanee lined up a breathtaking 25-yard volley which flew over Shrimps ‘keeper Barry Roche to set Town on their way to an impressive away win. 
Fans can vote for Matt’s strike by clicking here with voting closing on Tuesday April 11th. 
The full shortlist for this month’s award is as follows:
Simeon Akinola – BARNET v Crawley Town – 11th March
What made his spectacularly executed overhead kick extra special was the manner in which Akinola read a Jamal Campbell-Ryce cross that was drifting away from him.
Matt Butcher – Morecambe v YEOVIL TOWN – 11th March
Midfielder Butcher adjusted his body to face goalwards as a clearance dropped out of the sky and then caught it perfectly to send a 25-yard volley looping into the net.
Graham Carey – PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v Morecambe – 18th March
As the ball was tapped sideways to him, Carey already knew that he wanted to stop it, then curl it effortlessly over Morecambe keeper Barry Roche into the far corner.

WAY RELISHING TRIP TO FRATTON PARK

Town head to the south coast to take on a Pompey outfit on the brink of automatic promotion to Sky Bet League One.

A crowd in the region of 17,000 at expected to be at Fratton Park for the visit of the Glovers and Way believes it will be an enjoyable game for his group to play in.

“I think the players are excited to play at Fratton Park in front of a big crowd,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We can all enjoy it; the supporters going down there and myself – it’s my first time there as a manager.

“It’ll be a great environment to play in and probably a very nice day – a little bit like Exeter and I’ve got to make sure the players go there and carry out our plan.

“It’ll be a great game to play in. It’s a good opportunity for some of our younger players to compete against a team who are probably going to get promoted this year.”

Yeovil have already faced Portsmouth twice this season, winning in the Checkatrade Trophy before drawing in the last game of 2016 in front of the biggest crowd at Huish Park in the calendar year.

Since then, Paul Cook’s side have propelled themselves into the top three but Way is adamant their form won’t effect his desire to win the match.

“I’m going there to win the game as I always do,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll come away with a good performance, get on a happy bus and be pleased with the effort we’ve put in.”

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

 

DOLAN FIT FOR POMPEY TRIP

The midfielder was sidelined by an ankle injury – which needed stitches – sustained in training a couple of days before Town’s defeat to Carlisle United last week.

But manager Darren Way confirmed the former Hartlepool United man is looking good for the match at Fratton Park.

Way is yet to deem whether Otis Khan (ankle) is fit enough to make a return to action but revealed Nathan Smith and a couple of others could be back.

“We’ve got one or two others back so there will be a big scrap for the bench,” he told YTFC.net.

“That’s good to have because we’ve been low on numbers and we’ve had to rely on one or two quite heavily over the last few weeks.”

He added: “Nathan Smith has done really well and Mike (Micciche) has worked hard with him.

“We were a little bit unfortunate not to have him on the bench last week but hopefully he’ll play a part.”

Alex Lawless (hamstring) is Yeovil’s only major doubt for the trip to the south coast while Darren Ward (knee) has already been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

Ben Whitfield is out due to suspension. 

8TH ANNUAL GLOVERS GOLF DAY A SUCCESS

Bathed in sunshine, the day’s proceedings began with all the players taking part in a putting competition, with entry fees to take part going to charity. Whilst those at the Masters may not have too much to worry about, Tom James ran out the eventual winner with Ryan Dickson a close second. 
After a close day’s competition which involved pit-stops at the Thatchers Cider stall, the eventual winners of this year’s competition were Tom James and his ParSigns team. 
Completing a day of domination, Tom James was the winning celebrity with an impressive round. 
The club would like to thank all those who took part in the day as well as Thatchers Cider for sponsoring the event and Sherborne Golf Club for the use of their superb course. 
To view a gallery from the golf day, click here.

FINANCIAL RESULTS RELEASED

Yeovil Town Football Club can confirm its financial results for the 12-month period ending 30th June 2016.
The final accounts show a loss of £450k compared to a loss of £692k the year previous, in what has been a challenging year for everyone involved with the club at Huish Park.
With the company accounts now recorded, chairman John Fry commented:
“As chairman, I have been overwhelmed by the loyal and unwavering support of our directors, staff, and supporters. I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone who has supported the club through what has been a very difficult period.
“I firmly believe the struggle we have experienced since our relegation from the Championship will give us the strength we need to build a stronger and more successful organisation for next season and beyond. I would particularly like to thank our Football Director, Norman Hayward, for his ongoing financial support and commitment to Yeovil Town. We are indeed fortunate to have a supporter director who cares passionately about the future development of the Huish Park stadium and the continued progress of our football club.”
Fry continued: "The size of our operational losses since being relegated from the Sky Bet Championship are unsustainable for a club of Yeovil’s size. If allowed to continue, we would in the short-term encounter serious financial difficulties in running the club. I am therefore pleased to report our football club is now moving in the right direction, and through good management, we have substantially reduced our financial losses for the current season.
“The focus now is to make the business more efficient, through reorganisation and further cost reductions off the field. All lower league football clubs need the help of supporters to run their off-field operations on matchdays, and with the help of our recently formed Supporter Alliance Group, we should be able to substantially reduce our operational costs next season.
“As a club, our ambition is to build a sustainable business that will enable our football teams to play at the highest level in the footballing pyramid. To our supporters, this may seem like a distance away, but, with the right investment, we will have the resources, experience and commitment to achieve the longer-term vision for Yeovil Town. However, we all need to be patient, as our football and financial revival will take time. I am therefore asking our fans to stick with us during this difficult time and to keep believing in what we are creating at Huish Park.
“There were many positives to be taken from our first season back in Sky Bet League Two. The decision by the club directors halfway through the season to replace Paul Sturrock with Darren Way, and to bring in a number of experienced players, at a time when we were rock bottom of the division with only 11 points from 20 games, was a massive turning point in our season. Unfortunately, the costs involved with doing this – for players’ wages, and a huge medical bill for treating injured players – were the exceptional items of expenditure shown in the accounts, which contributed substantially to the club’s £450k financial losses for the 2015/2016 season.
“No directors received fees, expenses or dividends during the accounts period. I can also report there were no fees paid by YTFC Ltd for the work undertaken to provide better supporter facilities at Huish Park Stadium. All revenues generated were channelled back into our football resources.
“All credit must go to our new football manager, Darren Way, his backroom staff and the group of committed players for changing the work ethic and team performance on the pitch during the second half of last season. In his first managerial position, Darren did a brilliant job steering the club away from the relegation zone, and through good management of the football budgets, not only brought our spending back under control but also on limited funds, started the process of building a squad made up of quality young players that in time will challenge for promotion. As a young manager, and with careful development, Darren has a very bright future in football management. Let’s give him that chance.
“Over time, one of our main priorities will be to improve the level of the first-team squad, and in keeping with other EFL clubs, we will continue to look for opportunities to help develop young talent under the loan system and to supplement our income with transfer fees where this represents good business. Our Category 3 Academy and Young Player Development Policy is a major part of our plans for doing this. I am therefore pleased to report our Academy is now well established and producing our own top quality young players. Looking towards the future our aim is to have a number of homegrown players representing Yeovil Town in Sky Bet League One of the EFL.
“Our Player Related Expenditure, remained compliant with the EFL Regulations throughout the 2015/16 season. The fixed costs of the business, which are mainly football related payroll costs and the upkeep of Huish Park, were maintained within the constraints of the turnover figures. Further positive impact on turnover can be achieved through the sale of players to other EFL clubs. However, we have not had the benefit of doing this since our relegation from the Championship. 
“In keeping with our stated aim of breaking even over the medium-term, we remain committed to spending the maximum permitted under the EFL Player Related Expenditure rules to provide the best first-team possible. However, as would be expected, our football wages continue to be the highest expense, shown in the accounts.”
In conclusion, the chairman said: “Progress continues to be made on all fronts in a challenging local economy, and with huge efforts being made behind the scenes to ensure the club is always moving forward with our local community. As always, we have continued to enjoy amazing support from our commercial partners and sponsors. I would like to place on record my personal thanks to those organisations and individuals who have invested in the club over the season and have contributed towards the running and development of our resources at Huish Park. We are optimistic about the future.
Thanks again to the supporters for their continued support of Darren and the first-team, in what is an ongoing building progress to get us back up to the high echelons of the EFL.”

WHITFIELD TO SIT IN THE AWAY END AT PORTSMOUTH

The 21-year-old was sent off for violent conduct in Town’s defeat to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.
With the score at 1-0 to the visitors, the Bournemouth loanee was alleged to have led with his elbow in an aerial challenge with Tom Miller and subsequently saw red from referee Trevor Kettle.
Whitfield will now miss the Glovers’ matches against Portsmouth, Newport County and Crewe Alexandra, and will return in time for the final three fixtures of the 2016/17 campaign.
Keen to remain as close to the action as possible and apologise to the fans for his dismissal last weekend, Whitfield and manager Darren Way have hatched an idea that will see the youngster watch Saturday’s clash at Fratton Park from the away end amongst the travelling faithful.

CLUB APPOINT DISABLED LIAISON OFFICER

Bruce, a long-term fan and familiar face at Huish Park in various capacities since 2002, is also a member of the Disabled Supporters Association.
Already active in his role as DLO, Bruce will act as the link between the club and its disabled supporters – an area he already possesses experience in. 
Speaking on his appointment, Mr James said: “In my previous maintenance role at the club I worked closely with the DSA to improve the accessibility within and around the stadium. 
“It’s that understanding that I hope to bring to the position of DLO.”
Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to have filled the position and look forward to ever-improving the link between disabled supporters and the club. 

LOAN WATCH: LEA GRABS ASSIST IN GOSPORT DRAW

The Town youngster supplied a perfect cross for Sam Lanahan to nudge home as Boro drew first blood at the Aerial Direct Stadium.

But the Seagulls equalised on the counter as Dayle Grubb curled the ball past the helpless Nick Jordan.

The draw sees Gosport fall four points adrift of safety with five games remaining.

DOLAN MAKES TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT

The midfielder featured in five of Town’s six matches in the competition as they reached the quarter-final stage.

The tournament’s organisers described Dolan as a stand-out performer stating he was ‘key to the Glovers’ success, assisting a number of strikes with his expert delivery’.

Town scored 16 goals in the Checkatrade Trophy before exiting in the last eight at the hands of Luton Town.

Team of the Tournament:

Jamal Blackman (Wycombe Wanderers)

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City)

Phil Edwards (Oxford United)

Jordan Willis (Coventry City)

Jack Senior (Luton Town)

Marvin Johnson (Oxford United)

Matty Dolan (Yeovil Town)

Jodi Jones (Coventry City)

Josh Murphy (Norwich City U21)

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall)

Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City U21)

Manager: Michael Appleton (Oxford United)

THREE GLOVERS TO EMBARK ON EPIC QUEST FOR CHARITY

Martin McConachie and sons Ryan and Harry will stop at every club in the top four tiers of English football to collect signed items in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The trio will also visit two of Stansfield’s previous clubs – Elmore and Hereford – as well as a number of other grounds including Wembley.

Their trip will begin at Huish Park on Saturday before ending at Exeter City’s St James Park two weeks later.

The Adam Stansfield Foundation is a charity attributed to the former Yeovil striker, who sadly passed away from bowel cancer in 2010 aged 31, which ‘hopes to highlight and raise awareness illnesses caused by bowel cancer’. 

"I did the same trip in 1998 on my own and thoroughly enjoyed it. I spoke to my youngest two about it and they were inspired by it,” Martin told the Western Gazette.

"I’ve been to around 20 grounds with them, as Yeovil fans. They love new grounds and it’s something that we’ve been talking about for a long time.

"We’re really excited to be raising money for the charities. It’s going to be a long trip but it will be worth it, and our main aim is to enjoy it."

He added: "I only ever met Adam once, and that was before the game against Chester which was our last game in non-league football, and hopefully forever!

"I got his autograph that day, and from having spoken to people that knew Adam well I’ve never heard anyone that had a bad word to say about him.

"He was a hero of ours when he played for Yeovil and it was an easy decision for us to support the foundation."

The trio have been helped on their journey in the form of sponsorship by Gulf UK, Redrow Homes and Practical Car & Van Rental, funding the cost of their travel, hire car and accommodation.

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes the McConachie trio the best of luck on their journey.

To find out more about their trip, including details about the items they will be auctioning, their route and how to sponsor them, visit www.4-2-3-1.org.

 

JAMES MAKES EFL DEBUT

The 20-year-old, who featured once for boyhood club Cardiff City in the Premier League in May 2014, came on as a second-half substitute for Shayon Harrison with Town a man lighter and two goals down.

Deployed on the left side of a back three, James almost made an immediate impact off the bench.

With Carlisle centre-back Michael Raynes on the deck, the young defender played to the whistle, kept the ball in play, and put a delightful cross into the box towards Brandon Goodship who was unlucky to see his header go just over.

James was also in the right place at the right time to clear Jamie Devitt’s shot off the line in the latter stages of the match.

The Welshman’s only other appearance for the Glovers came in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final loss at Luton Town.

 

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

John Marquis netted a hat-trick to put Doncaster Rovers on the brink of automatic promotion after a 5-1 away win against Grimsby Town.

The Mariners took a first-half lead before Donny ran riot to put themselves in touching distance of League One.

Darren Ferguson’s side would have been promoted on Saturday if not for Stevenage’s three points over Barnet.

Tom Pett’s solitary goal was enough for Boro to record their eighth home victory in a row and keep the pressure on third-placed Portsmouth.

Pompey’s advantage over Stevenage remains at six points following their routine win at Hartlepool United.

Kai Naismith and Gary Roberts grabbed the goals to keep Paul Cook’s charges on course for return to the third tier of English football for the first time in four years.

Accrington Stanley made it 12 games unbeaten with a 1-0 win over high-flying Plymouth Argyle.

Jordan Clark scored in the eighth minute and keeper Marek Rodak pulled off some superb saves to deny the promotion-chasing Pilgrims.

Exeter City strengthened their grip on a play-off place with a last-gasp victory over Mansfield Town.

With the sides locked at 1-1, Reuben Reid slotted an injury-time penalty to move the Grecians up to sixth, two points ahead of eighth-placed Blackpool.

The Tangerines’ top seven hopes took a dent after they fell to 1-0 loss at Luton Town. 

Ollie Palmer’s dramatic stoppage-time goals proved decisive as the Hatters moved three points ahead of Gary Bowyer’s outfit.

At the bottom, Newport County recorded a massive win over Crawley Town in their fight for survival. 

Mickey Demetriou scored the games only goal with both sides having a man sent off following a second-half altercation.

The Exiles didn’t gain ground on Cheltenham Town after the Robins earned an emphatic three points at home to Morecambe.

Harry Pell’s double sandwiched Danny Wright’s penalty with the Shrimps having to settle for just a late consolation. 

Ten-men Leyton Orient suffered their 16th home defeat of the season as Wycombe Wanderers won comfortably at the EFL’s bottom club.

Tom Parkes saw red for Orient, who had manager Omer Riza sent to the stands for verbal abuse at referee Charles Breakspear, before strikes from Matt Bloomfield and Myles Weston sealed victory for the Chairboys.

Two goals from Shola Ameobi helped Notts County claim a third win on the bounce to dent Colchester United’s chances of a play-off finish.

It was the Nigerian’s first double since 2010 as the Magpies cruised to victory at Meadow Lane.

Elsewhere, Cambridge United ended Crewe Alexandra’s unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Gresty Road.

WHITFIELD BANNED FOR THREE GAMES

With the score at 1-0 to the Cumbrians, the Bournemouth loanee was alleged to have led with his elbow in an aerial challenge with Tom Miller and subsequently saw red from referee Trevor Kettle.

A minute later, Carlisle’s Reggie Lambe netted the visitors’ second with help from the post to conclude the scoring.

Whitfield will miss the Glovers’ matches against Portsmouth, Newport County and Crewe Alexandra, and will return in time for the final three fixtures of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

WAY VOWS TO STICK BY HIS GROUP

The Glovers fell behind to a first-half header from John O’Sullivan, before Ben Whitfield saw red in the second period for an alleged elbow on Tom Miller.

Less than a minute later, the play-off chasing Cumbrians doubled their advantage as Reggie Lambe lashed home at the second attempt.

Way says himself, his staff and players have to take “collective responsibility” and will do everything to bounce back at Portsmouth next week.

“I’m not going to turn my back on them,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“I’m going to stay resilient and give them confidence going into the next game because it isn’t going to be easy between now and the end of the season.

“It’s my responsibility to make sure their spirits are high going into the next game.”

On his team’s performance, Way added: “We had large spells of possession before their first goal went in. 

“They put men back behind the ball and we couldn’t break them down with any clinical play. Then there were one or two missed passes and the crowd weren’t happy.

“We had to change from 4-4-2 and I was going to change to 3-4-3 but then there was the sending off and we lost a number in there. I’m disappointed because at that stage of the game the last thing you need is someone to get sent off.

“There was play where we lacked a little bit of quality. We have to regroup and have a really busy week next week.”

 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 0-2 CARLISLE UNITED

In an uneventful first period the visitors took the lead with the only noteworthy chance of the half, as John O’Sullivan slipped his marker to head home. 
Less than 10 minutes after the restart Town were reduced to 10 when Ben Whitfield received a straight red card, with Reggie Lambe adding United’s second just a minute later.
Francois Zoko and Brandon Goodship came close to reducing the arrears, but United held firm to see out an important win in their search of a top seven finish.
Darren Way was forced into one change from the side that drew 3-3 at Exeter City last time out, with Tom Eaves coming in for Matty Dolan who picked up a training ground injury in midweek. 
The change saw Town stick with 4-4-2 as Zoko partnered Eaves upfront, moving Shayon Harrison to the right of midfield with a license to roam further forward. 
In a largely humdrum opening quarter of an hour it was Town who possessed the greater attacking intent, as Kevin Dawson saw a shot from range fly wide and Liam Shephard headed into the arms of a thankful Mark Gillespie. 
Despite signs of early encouragement, the Glovers fell behind on 16 minutes from a quickly taken United free-kick midway inside the Yeovil half. 
Catching the hosts out, Reggie Lambe’s whipped-in delivery found O’Sullivan who looped a header over Artur Krysiak to net the Cumbrians first goal in eight games.
The early goal did little to heighten the intensity at Huish Park, as the fixture became increasingly scrappy and lacking in tempo. 
In fact, the opener proved to be it in terms of goal scoring opportunities until the stroke of half-time, when Whitfield’s delivery was glanced inches wide by Eaves. 
As it was, Town trudged into the break a goal down, contained by a disciplined Carlisle outfit with chances at a premium. 
With frustration all around Huish Park, that feeling was only heightened on 54 minutes when Whitfield was shown a straight red for an adjudged elbow on Tom Miller when up for an aerial challenge. 
Keith Curle’s side made immediate use of their man advantage, as Lambe was on hand to fire in off the post after Krysiak saved his initial powerful drive from the angle. 
Now chasing the game, Way switched to 3-4-2 introducing Tom James – for his league debut – and Goodship in place of Harrison and Eaves. 
With just over 60 minutes on the clock the substitutes combined immediately to almost reduce the deficit, as James’ delicate ball into the box was headed just over by Goodship.
The introductions certainly added more zip to Town’s play, and after good work from Goodship on the right, Zoko brought the ball down cleverly on the edge of the box before sending a half-volley whistling past Gillespie’s post. 
Looking to secure their first three points in eight games the Cumbrians battened down the hatches in the closing stages to avoid a nervy ending, a mission achieved as Town couldn’t be involved in a late comeback for a second week in succession. 
Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher, Whitfield; Harrison (James 59’), Eaves (Goodship 61’), Zoko.
Bookings: Whitfield (red) 53’.
Subs not used: Maddison, Bassett, Akpa Akpro, Sowunmi. 
Carlisle United: Gillespie; Miller, Raynes, Brisley, Grainger; Liddle; O’Sullivan (Nabi 75’), Bailey, Joyce (Devitt 57’), Lambe; Proctor (Waring 61’).
Bookings: Joyce 41’.
Subs not used: Kennedy, Ibehre, Crocombe, Joachim.