Month: May 2017

I’m delighted to sign – Mugabi

The defender put pen to paper on a fresh two-year contract to extend his stay at Huish Park until the summer of 2019. 

Former Southampton Academy product Mugabi made his professional debut in the EFL Cup against Walsall last August before marking the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Yannick Bolasie in the second round only weeks later.

He featured 39 times for the Glovers in his first year in Somerset and was thankful for the help boss Darren Way and assistant Terry Skiverton have given him since his arrival.

“I’m very delighted to sign my new deal,” Mugabi told YTFC.net

“I can’t wait to join up with the boys in pre-season and crack on next year.

“The gaffer was a massive influence and Terry was as well. I worked a lot with Terry last season and improved a lot so I’m looking forward to working with both of them again.”

Mugabi agrees new contract

The 22-year-old has committed his future to the club until the summer of 2019. 

Mugabi spent five years in Southampton’s prestigious Academy and won the Under-21 Premier League Cup with the Saints before joining Yeovil last August.

He made his debut in the Glovers’ EFL Cup triumph over Sky Bet League One outfit Walsall and not long after marked the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Yannick Bolasie in the second round against top flight side Everton at Goodison Park in front of 25,000 people.

The versatile youngster, who can operate at centre-back, left or right-back, made 39 appearances in his first season of professional football, netting on two occasions. 

Boss Darren Way said: “Bevis made a huge sacrifice in joining Yeovil Town from Southampton last season, but the experiences he’s gained at YTFC has been a huge part of the progress in his footballing career.

“He’s strong and athletic and has huge potential to make a success of his career.

“I’m very excited for him to play another huge contribution to the team next year.”

Glovers to face Frome in charity match

The game will raise funds for local semi-professional footballer Jamie Mines, who was forced to have his leg and hands amputated after suffering an electric shock at work in December 2016.

Mines was placed in an induced coma and missed his eight-month-old twin daughters Isabella and Savannah’s first Christmas.

All proceeds from the fixture will go towards the former goalgetter’s fundraising campaign.

Yeovil manager Darren Way first spoke to Jamie’s family back in January to offer his and the club’s support, and is delighted to take his side to the Special Effect Stadium ahead of the new campaign.

Supporters wishing to donate to Jamie’s fundraising prior to the pre-season clash can do so by clicking here.

Ticket information and prices can be found in the Away Match Tickets section.

Town’s pre-season schedule so far:
Weymouth (A) – July 11th
Bristol City (H) – July 15th
Frome Town (A) – July 22nd
Bristol Rovers (A) – July 25th
Tiverton Town (A) – July 29th

Gaffer gave me my chance – Khan

The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a new two-year deal to keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2019.

In his debut season for the Glovers, Khan featured 38 times netting on eight occasions and was the club’s leading assist maker.

After signing on the dotted line, the young playmaker was quick to thank manager Darren Way for giving him an opportunity to showcase his talents. 

“I’m really happy to get it all sorted and I’m looking forward to working with the gaffer again next year,” Khan told YTFC.net.

“I’ve been to other clubs before and not been given the chance. He’s given me a chance to prove myself and it’s nice to be able to repay him by signing a new deal.

“I’m looking forward to playing at home again in front of the fans. It’s a nice positive atmosphere at Huish Park and can’t wait to get going out.

“Hopefully we’ll have a good positive season next year.”

Khan pens new deal

The club’s 2016/17 young player of the season will remain at Huish Park until the summer of 2019.

The 21-year-old joined the Glovers at beginning of last season and ended the campaign as the club’s leading assist maker (five). 

A pivotal part of Darren Way’s attack, Khan featured 38 times in his debut year in Somerset, producing a goal or assist every two matches on average.

The former Barnsley man netted on eight occasions – second to Francois Zoko who also signed a fresh deal last week.

“Otis was a fantastic attacking player for us last season,” Way said after retaining the attacker’s services.

“He has gained a lot of experience playing in his first full season of league football.

“He attracted interest from other clubs so I’m pleased the board has supported me in securing his services.

“We thank Otis for sharing his commitment to the club until at least 2019.”

Welcome to Yeovil Town FC’s new website!

The website is the EFL’s new digital platform with a fully mobile responsive website and online video service.

The Glovers and EFL Digital have joined forces with Realise (Website) and Neulion (Video Service) to bring Green and Whites around the world a better user experience – whether on a PC or mobile device.

Press Officer Alex O’Loughlin and Digital Media Editor Lewis Hancock have spent the past few months planning, testing, building and designing the website and hope supporters enjoy the fresh look!

We will continue to add to the website in the coming weeks and hope you find it easy to use, informative and interactive.

Sky Bet League Two play-off final round-up

Less than 6,000 Tangerine supporters made the trip to the capital due to a protest against their owner and chairman, but they were given something to cheer about after just three minutes.

Mark Cullen – who netted a hat-trick in Blackpool’s semi-final first leg triumph over Luton Town – produced a classy touch and flick to find Brad Potts who found the bottom corner.

Exeter rallied as Ollie Watkins was denied by Sam Slocombe before David Wheeler collected a long ball forward and lobbed the keeper to deservedly draw the Grecians level five minutes before the interval.

Blackpool had numerous chances to retake the lead after the break and did so in the 64th minute. 

Goalscorer Potts repaid Cullen for his earlier service by delivering a low cross for the striker to prod home with his studs from close range.

Paul Tisdale’s Exeter side had opportunities to take the game to extra time late on but Blackpool held on to seal promotion to the third tier of English football.

Miles less for Town in 2017/18

Town supporters travelling to every away fixture will accumulate a total of 8,063 miles next season – 481 miles less than last term.

Exeter City remains the club’s shortest trip following their play-off final defeat to Blackpool, while Cheltenham Town, EFL newcomers Forest Green Rovers, Newport County and relegated Swindon Town represent Yeovil’s only other matches under 100 miles away from Huish Park.

As well as losing the long commute to Blackpool, daunting journeys to Doncaster Rovers and Hartlepool United have been removed from the schedule but the Glovers still have to make the 673-mile round trip to Carlisle United and have gained a lengthy jaunt to Vanarama National League champions Lincoln City.

Yeovil also face visits to Chesterfield, Coventry City and Port Vale for the first time since 2014.

Full list of miles:

Accrington Stanley – 259.1
Barnet – 134.4
Cambridge United – 200.0
Carlisle United – 336.7
Cheltenham Town – 84.3
Chesterfield – 223.5
Colchester United – 207.2
Coventry City – 158.3
Crawley Town – 139.7
Crewe Alexandra – 199.7
Exeter City – 46.6
Forest Green Rovers – 74.7
Grimsby Town – 276.1
Lincoln City – 230.7
Luton Town – 147.2
Mansfield Town – 214.3
Morecambe – 277.5
Newport County – 71.3
Notts County – 201.1
Port Vale – 191.9
Stevenage – 153.2
Swindon Town – 82.3
Wycombe Wanderers – 121.8 

Miles to each club are the shortest route from Huish Park according to Google Maps. Some journeys may include tolls.

Town to face old rivals Weymouth

The match at the Bob Lucas Stadium will be the first between the two rivals for a number of years.

The Glovers’ last competitive fixture against the Terras came back in 1999 where Town needed a replay to overcome the Dorset outfit in the FA Trophy second round.

In 2013, the Green and Whites triumphed in a behind-closed-doors game, running out comfortable 7-0 winners.

Liverpool loanee Michael Ngoo and Kieffer Moore both netted hat-tricks before Junior rounded off the scoring.

Ticket information and prices will be released in due course.

Town’s pre-season schedule so far:

Weymouth (A) – Tuesday, July 11th (7.45pm)
Bristol City (H) – Saturday, July 15th (3pm)
Bristol Rovers (A) – Tuesday, July 25th (7.45pm)
Tiverton Town (A) – Saturday, July 29th (3pm)

Lacey leaves for Gillingham

The defender was offered a new two-year deal by the club but has opted for a move to the Gills.

It brings an end to Lacey’s two-year stay in Somerset, having joined the club in the summer of 2015 from Luton Town.

Lacey featured 72 times in all competitions for the Glovers, scoring on four occasions.

“I’m proud of Alex’s development at Yeovil Town,” boss Darren Way said.

“We offered him a fantastic deal to remain at Huish Park but he wanted to play at a higher level.

“We wish him all the best in his career.”

Zoko to remain a Glover

The club’s top scorer last season put pen to paper on a new deal to extend his stay in Somerset until the summer of 2019. 

Zoko ended the 2016/17 campaign with 13 goals to his name, a haul that pushes the Ivorian into the top 10 list of goalscorers since the Glovers reached the EFL back in 2003. He sits ninth in the list ahead of the likes of Kevin Gall and Bartosz Tarachulski, whilst sitting just two goals behind Paddy Madden in seventh. 

The 33-year-old featured 40 times for the Glovers last term and has scored more goals for the Green and Whites than any other player in the last three years, with a goal every 2.3 games from starting appearances.

Ready to start his second full season with Town, Zoko was elated to renew.

“I’m really pleased, happy and looking forward to next season,” he told YTFC.net.

“I was honest and sure on my idea with what I wanted to do. I told the club my point of view in terms of wanting something long-term and I think something can happen here. I will help the club as a player to try and achieve something because I believe something can happen and this is why I accepted to stay. 

“I want to be part of something and finish on a real positive and I believe in Yeovil. We can do it.”

Yeovil boss Darren Way was delighted to retain Zoko’s goalscoring prowess. 

He said: “I feel any manager at any football club needs a player that’s going to score and since I’ve been manager he’s done that very successfully.  

“I have analysed and studied the last three years in terms of strikers that we’ve had and by far he’s been the best finisher that I’ve seen at this football club.

“It’s important we keep players of that quality if we’re striving to show ambition and be successful next year.”

Smith agrees new deal

The long-serving defender has extended his stay at Huish Park for what will be his seventh full season with the club across two spells. 

The 30-year-old has made 254 appearances for Town – more than any other Glover since reaching the EFL – including 42 during the 2016/17 season. 

Smith was plucked from non-league Potters Bar by the Glovers back in 2008 and has gone on to become a cult hero in Somerset.

The twice-capped Jamaica international has also found his scoring boots under the management of Darren Way, netting three times during the Yeovil manager’s tenure – quadrupling his career goal tally in the process. 

Smith is now under contract until the summer of 2018 and has expressed his delight at extending his stay.

“I’m happy to get it sorted and can’t wait to go again next season. I’m looking forward to it,” he told YTFC.net.

“I spoke to the gaffer and know the direction he wants to take us, so let’s go. 

“It’s always positive to get it out the way (contracts) and I wanted to stay. It’s a good environment and I respect the staff and know the direction they want to go in, so I’m pleased to be a part of it. 

“I’m looking forward to adding to my appearances next season – this club gave me the opportunity in football so I’m delighted to be staying.”

Town boss Way is equally as pleased to have retained Smith’s services. 

He said: “Nathan carries unbelievable leadership, commitment and loyalty and when you get players like that, it’s important that we showed our commitment to Nathan as much as he has to us. 

“He’s played over 250 games for this club which is hard to find nowadays. He’s very professional on and off the pitch and someone the younger players can look up to. 

“I’m excited to continue working with Nathan next season.”

Friendly booked up with Tiverton

The Glovers make the short trip to Ladysmead a week before the first match of the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Darren Way’s side already have fixtures scheduled against Bristol City (July 15th) and Bristol Rovers (July 25th).

Ticket information and prices will be announced in due course.

Town part of 10-year Wembley celebrations

Friday, May 19th marks 10 years since Wembley once again became the home of English football, with the iconic arch being lit up in the colours of every football team who has played at the famous arena since its reopening. 

One hundred and sixty six domestic, European and international men’s and women’s football teams have graced the Wembley turf in the last decade across a variety of competitions and friendlies, with the Glovers lucky enough to have walked out at Wembley on two occasions in the last decade (with mixed fortunes!). 

May 27th 2007 saw Yeovil face Blackpool in the League One play-off final, with strikes from Robbie Williams and Keigan Parker condemning the Green and Whites to heartache in London. 

However, six years later and Gary Johnson’s side returned once again to compete in the League One play-off final, with memorable moments from Paddy Madden and Dan Burn enough to see out a 2-1 win over Brentford and reach the Championship – the highest the level the club has ever reached in its history. 

Ironically, Town’s Wembley success played out on May 19th, with fans able to relive the day on our official Twitter account by clicking here

To mark the anniversary, and in a show of gratitude to all the clubs, Wembley Stadium displayed each of the club or national colours on the famous arch. The name and crests of the clubs were also shown on the outside of the stadium. 

We think Wembley looks best in green and white! 

TOWN TO HOST ROBINS IN PRE-SEASON

The game against the Sky Bet Championship club is the Glovers’ first confirmed home fixture ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

It will be the third consecutive pre-season the two sides have met, with the Green and Whites running out 1-0 winners in 2015 courtesy of a last-gasp Max Mellason strike.

City finished the 2016/17 season in strong fashion, winning four out of their final six league games to retain their second-tier status.

Kick-off time, ticket information and prices will be announced in due course.

Yeovil’s only other pre-season match to date is away to Bristol Rovers (Tuesday, July 15th).

TOWN OFFER NEW CONTRACTS TO EIGHT

New deals have been offered to long-serving duo Matty Dolan and Nathan Smith, the Green and White Supporters Club player of the year Alex Lacey and top scorer Francois Zoko.

Town’s leading assist maker in the league Otis Khan also has an offer on the table, along with Tom James, Bevis Mugabi and Jonny Maddison. 

Kevin Dawson turned down the chance to extend his four-year stay in Somerset, opting to join fellow Sky Bet League Two outfit Cheltenham Town from July 1st. 

Six other players have come to the end of their time at Huish Park.  

Tom Eaves departs for pastures new, as do Brandon Goodship and Alex Lawless.

Defender Darren Ward’s stay in Somerset comes to an end, while youngsters Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea have also been released. 

The club would like to thank Barnet, Bournemouth, MK Dons, Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur with all seven of the club’s loan players returning to their parent clubs. 

Everyone at Yeovil Town would also like to thank the departing players for their contribution and wish them all the best for the future.

Contracted players:
Ryan Dickson, Artur Krysiak, Omar Sowunmi 

Out of contract players offered new deals:
Kevin Dawson, Matty Dolan, Tom James, Otis Khan, Alex Lacey, Bevis Mugabi, Nathan Smith, Francois Zoko, Jonny Maddison 

Expired loans:
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Barnet), Matt Butcher (Bournemouth), Shayon Harrison (Tottenham Hotspur), Owain Jones (Swansea City), Liam Shephard (Swansea City), Kabongo Tshimanga (MK Dons), Ben Whitfield (Bournemouth)

Released players:

Ollie Bassett, Tom Eaves, Brandon Goodship, Alex Lawless, Joe Lea, Darren Ward

DAWSON ENDS FOUR-YEAR STAY AT HUISH PARK

The 26-year-old has turned down the offer of a new contract with the Glovers in favour of a move to fellow Sky Bet League Two outfit Cheltenham Town, where he will sign from July 1st. 
Dawson, who arrived in Somerset in January 2013, enjoyed instant success by helping Town reach the Championship via the League One play-offs during the 2012/13 campaign, which included netting the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the second leg of the semi-final at home. 
The Irishman went on to make 141 appearances for the Green and Whites scoring nine times, including 47 appearances and three goals in all competitions this season. 
Everyone at the club would like to thank Kevin for his contribution over the past four years and wish him all the best for the future. 

ADAM STANSFIELD MEMORIAL MATCH THIS SUNDAY

Having won 12-1 last time out, the annual match will take place at Washbrook Meadows on Sunday 21st May. 

Played between Exeter City and Yeovil fans, the fixture is in memory of former player Adam Stansfield with the match kicking off at noon. 
Entry is free with the Adam Stansfield Foundation selling merchandise, whilst the club bar will be open for the duration. 
Away from the comforts of home soil, Glovers fans are urged to get behind the Green and Whites in Devon this weekend and help retain the trophy, supporting a great cause and remembering Stanno in the process.
Ottery St Mary AFC: Washbrook Meadows, Butts Rd, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1EL 

2016/17 GOAL OF THE SEASON ANNOUNCED

With more goals scored during the 2016/17 campaign than in the previous three seasons, Yeovil supporters were treated to a plethora of stunning strikes to choose from. 
However, Matty Dolan’s strike from inside his own half against Walsall in just the second game of the season has finished up on top after a busy weekend of voting. 
The Glovers midfielder spotted home ‘keeper Neil Etheridge out of his box before looping a phenomenal effort over the Walsall stopper and into the back of the net from inside his own half.
Dolan’s strike in the Midlands was one of his three nominations for the end of season award, with the 10 nominated goals as follows:
 A) Matty Dolan v Walsall
 B) Tom Eaves v Portsmouth
 C) Matty Dolan v Cheltenham
 D) Otis Khan v Solihull Moors
 E) Ben Whitfield v Stevenage
 F) Francois Zoko v Solihull Moors
 G) Alex Lacey v MK Dons
 H) Matt Butcher v Morecambe
 I) Liam Shephard v Barnet 
 J) Matty Dolan v Crewe Alexandra
If you missed the winning strike, take a look via the video below!

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFF ROUND-UP

Mark Cullen netted a hat-trick as Blackpool edged out Luton Town in their play-off semi-final first leg at Bloomfield Road.

The 25-year-old gave the hosts the lead with a low strike against former club after 19 minutes.

Luton restored parity through Dan Potts and took lead moments later when Issac Vassell sweetly struck shot’s beat keeper Sam Slocombe.

But Cullen turned the screw once more scoring from 25 yards just after the break before adding his and Blackpool’s third from the spot.

Carlisle United were on target twice in two second-half minutes to salvage a draw in a six-goal thriller against Exeter City.

Joel Grant nodded the Grecians in front but Jordan Moore-Taylor turned a cross into his own net as the Cumbrians levelled.

Exeter regained the lead on the stroke of half-time through Ryan Harley and David Wheeler put gloss on the scoreline with a third.

The hosts pulled one back when John O’Sullivan’s overhit delivery floated in before Shaun Miller’s header completed the comeback.

Paul Tisdale’s side had two goals disallowed for dubious offside calls, and also hit the post in the dying embers of the contest.

Both second legs will take place on Thursday at Kenilworth Road and St James Park respectively. 

Meanwhile, Forest Green Rovers secured promotion to the EFL for the first time with a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers in the Vanarama National League play-off final at Wembley.

DAVE LINNEY’S CHARITY BIKE RIDES – ONE DOWN ONE TO GO

Completing two charity rides in the space of a few months, Dave’s first outing took him from Watchet on the North Somerset coast down to West Bay on the Dorset coastline, home to the recent ITV drama Broadchurch.
Covering 55 miles and over 3,500 feet in elevation, Dave completed the ride in three hours and 38 minutes. 
Dave would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who sponsored him for this ride with proceeds going to The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
With one down and one to go, his next challenge takes place at the end of July when he will be taking on The London 100 – a 100-mile cycle ride starting and ending on closed roads in the streets of the capital.
Dave will be supporting The Whizz-Kidz Charity who supply much-needed help and support to children with ranging disabilities. If you would like to donate to this great cause, you can visit Dave’s Virgin Money Giving page by clicking here.

NEW 2017/18 KITS TO BE RELEASED

With the countdown to the 2017/18 season under way, Town will be revealing new home and away kits in conjunction with kit supplier Sondico. 
The new strips will be revealed to the Glovers faithful at the beginning of June and will be available in the Huish Park club shop from the start of July.
A new badge for the 2017/18 campaign has already been revealed, with further teasers to follow in the lead-up to the full kit release.

VOTE FOR YOUR GOAL OF THE SEASON

The nominees for this year’s Goal of the Season have been released, with supporters having until Monday morning to cast their vote. 

With the 2016/17 season seeing the most goals scored since the 2012/13 campaign, there’s a great selection of strikes to choose from including volleys, diving headers, halfway line hits and solo efforts.
The nominees are as follows:
 A) Matty Dolan v Walsall
 B) Tom Eaves v Portsmouth
 C) Matty Dolan v Cheltenham
 D) Otis Khan v Solihull Moors
 E) Ben Whitfield v Stevenage
 F) Francois Zoko v Solihull Moors
 G) Alex Lacey v MK Dons
 H) Matt Butcher v Morecambe
 I) Liam Shephard v Barnet 
 J) Matty Dolan v Crewe Alexandra
Fans can cast their vote on Twitter by tweeting @YTFC with the hasthag #YTFCGoal followed by the letter of their favourite goal (e.g. #YTFCGoalF), or by commenting on this Facebook post using the same method.  
Undecided which goal to choose? View all of the contenders below. 

CLUBS VOTE TO RETAIN EFL TROPHY FORMAT

Clubs from the two divisions met in April to discuss the future of the competition, before being asked to vote on three options: 

1. Retaining the current format;
2. Reverting to a 48-team knock-out competition;
3. Abandoning the Checkatrade Trophy altogether.
As a result of the voting, 66.6% of clubs who voted did so for option one, meaning the competition will continue in its current format – with some key amendments – for both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. 
Some of the key format changes include:
– EFL team selection criteria amended to allow increased flexibility for League One and League Two clubs;
– An increase in the total competition fund to £3 million (including £20,000 participation fee);
– Each group will continue to contain one invited under-21 team with the remainder made up of EFL clubs from either League One or League Two. Groups will be formed to minimise overall travel time for EFL clubs and fans;
– Invited under-21 teams will play their Group games away from home;
– Regionalisation until the Quarter-Final stage (improved from Round Two in 2016/17) to minimise overall travel time for clubs and fans;
– Flexibility of fixture dates to allow teams to schedule games outside of international weeks.
As part of the proposals, the selection criteria for invited under-21 teams will remain as ‘six players from the starting 11 must be under the age of 21 as at 30 June 2017′.
For EFL clubs, any goalkeeper can play in the competition, with Rule 7.3 revised to now require ‘4 qualifying outfield players from 10’.
There are three headline objectives for the Checkatrade Trophy in seasons 2017/18 and 2018/19. They are:
– Provide enhanced playing opportunities for young players of EFL and Category One Clubs;
– Enhance the profile of the competition in the eyes of EFL supporters;
– Improve the revenue opportunities for EFL Clubs.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has welcomed the support of the competition.
He said: “The history of the EFL Trophy is one of new ideas and innovation, but at its heart has always been the belief that this is an opportunity for League One and League Two clubs to taste cup success. I am therefore delighted to see the backing the Checkatrade Trophy has received from our Clubs for the next two seasons, following a full and comprehensive review of this year’s pilot format.
“We wanted to ensure that League One and League Two Clubs had the opportunity to make the key decisions regarding where we take the competition in 2017/18 and beyond and I believe we have reached a revised format that benefits all parties.
“EFL Clubs will have greater flexibility with regard to team selection, while still maintaining the principle that this is a first team competition for our Clubs that will support the development and progression of young players. The competition will also provide significant financial rewards for all EFL Clubs, which increases with success.”
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones said: “From a footballing perspective, the Checkatrade Trophy was a huge benefit to us as it gave senior players from the lower divisions the chance to play against a younger group from higher levels of the English game, but it also allowed us to pit our talented youngsters against Category One academies.
“We are pleased that our feedback has been taken on board, with the relaxation of the selection rules allowing us to play the players we choose to. We strongly feel our young players deserve the same opportunity as those from Category One academies.
 “Just as importantly though, the EFL have assured clubs that it isn’t the thin end of the wedge in terms of Premier League clubs being able to enter B teams into the league. I know our supporter groups have been consulted all the way through by the club’s board when giving our views, and hopefully any fears they had on that front have been allayed.
“These are some of the best young players in the country from the top academies we are coming up against, and with the prize money increase, it’s an excellent way of filtering some of the Premier League cash through to the lower divisions while benefitting our own players on the pitch.”
Coventry City manager Mark Robins said: "The Checkatrade Trophy has been an invaluable experience for those players at an under 21 level to participate in senior football, it will certainly aid their development moving forward.
"We won the competition with what was primarily a young team, and if you can get to Wembley and experience a fixture in front of that many fans at the National Stadium, it can only be a positive."
Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson said: “The Checkatrade Trophy was a roaring success for Doncaster Rovers as far as I am concerned, it gave me the chance to play and look at the younger players in the squad and see how they coped with better opposition.
“The players enjoyed the Group Stages of the tournament and we were disappointed to go out of it on penalties in the second round. I think the format was good and I am happy to see the same format for next season.”

CLUB VOTES ON FUTURE OF EFL TROPHY

Clubs were last month asked to consider three options for the future of the competition: 
– Keep the current 64 team format to include 16 invited teams (Under-23 teams) 
– Revert to a 48 team competition 
– Scrap the competition altogether 
The club met with the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium to discuss the matter where a number of opinions were put forward. However, the majority view was to retain the current format.
Taking this into account, the club felt the footballing and commercial advantages to the competition in its current format were also beneficial, with the Glovers accumulating an almost six-figure sum by reaching the quarter-final stage. 
The results of the vote will be released later this week once collated by the EFL.

VOLUNTEER PAINTERS REQUIRED

As part of the preparations for next season, the club require as many volunteers as possible to help re-apply the non-slip paint on the stadium steps (this is a health & safety requirement). Painting starts on Thursday 1st June and continues until all steps are done.
If you feel you can help, please contact Sharon Swain on 07790 375250 or swainfoley@btinternet.com to volunteer or for further information.
 
Thank you for your help.

WAY LOOKING TO CONCLUDE CONTRACT TALKS

Town have just three players under contract for next season, with discussions already underway with key players. 
Speaking after the final day defeat at Colchester United to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Way is keen to finalise deals. 
“They’re progressing well, but as you can imagine being at the club we’re at there’s one or two agents and players who want to keep their options open which is understandable. 
“But I’m not going to wait around. I don’t feel I can, I don’t feel I can wait a month. I need a decision because they know the club, they know what it offers and they know they’ll play.
“Sometimes when you’re chasing that little bit extra the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, so I will be looking for answers and hopefully the players can respect and understand that.”
After his first full season in charge Way admits to making mistakes, but is keen for both himself and the players to use the experience gained to produce a successful campaign next season. 
“I’ve gained a lot of experience,” he said. “I’m not going to lie, I’ve made mistakes but it’s part of my development as a football manager. 
“I’ve given my absolute all for this football club. I wish I could switch the two halves of the season around and end like we started, but unfortunately that’s not happened. 
“We’ve gained a lot of experience together and it’s important that every single member of staff and the players use the experience they’ve gained for next year.”

IT’S BEEN A TESTING SEASON – DICKSON

Speaking after final day defeat at Colchester United, the Town skipper felt the players gave their all despite facing various challenges.

“It’s been a testing season,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel. “It hasn’t been easy for everyone but the boys have done very well I feel. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy season. 

“At the end of the day, there aren’t many lads on the pitch (for us) that’ve played 30 games for other football clubs. 

“So, we’ve got to take the positives. Everyone’s learning at the football club, and everyone’s giving everything for the gaffer – they’ve worked really hard.”

The 30-year-old is one of only three players contracted at Huish Park for the 2017/18 campaign, but is confident the situation surrounding out of contract players will be sorted to enable a more successful campaign. 

“It can’t be nice for the manager being in that situation, as it isn’t for the players either. I’m sure they’ll get that sorted. 

“When the gaffer took over last season we had some good players and it was really enjoyable. He’s a really positive man and has done well for this football club. 

“This season has been testing at times with a weaker squad and players can get injured meaning it’s a balancing act, but it’s a nice club to be at so hopefully we can improve on this year next season.”

WAY POINTS TO FINE LINES AFTER FINAL DAY DEFEAT

A brace from Tarique Fosu saw off the Glovers to close the 2016/17 season, with the Town boss pointing towards the difference in quality in the final third.

Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, he said: “When I look at the first goal, I thought we had more possession at the time. 

“We were getting in the final third with free-kicks on the edge of the box and I keep saying, the fine line between winning and losing is so small.

“To score goals you need that little bit more quality in the final third, but every now and again this season we’ve lacked that.”

Both Otis Khan and Ben Whitfield had good opportunities to net for Yeovil either side of half-time, but it wasn’t to be as the Green and Whites finished the season in 20th. 

Despite defeat, Way was pleased with his side’s performance against the U’s who were gunning for a play-off spot.  

“I didn’t feel we were under threat and we had three u top for the majority of the game, in the end I had four up top so it wasn’t like we sat back and got numbers behind the ball.

“Overall, we had good possession, good play but they’ve got one or two players that can hurt you. Porter can certainly hurt you and Fosu playing between the lines.

“I was disappointed with the first goal because you can become a little bit despondent but have said that we didn’t, we kept going and even in the second half got in the final third more than they did.”

Defeat in Essex rounded off a disappointing second half of the season after a successful first half of the campaign, despite the Glovers finishing with their highest points tally for the last four years. 

REPORT: COLCHESTER UNITED 2-0 YEOVIL TOWN

The deadlock was broken with a little under 10 minutes left to play in the first-half, when Tarique Fosu slammed an effort home from range in an opening 45 minutes that had shown signs of encouragement for the Glovers. 
The visitors threatened to get back into the game after the break before Fosu doubled his tally on 77 minutes, punishing a defensive mix-up in what was an otherwise solid display. 
Defeat confirmed a 20th place finish for the Green and Whites, despite boasting their highest points tally for the last four seasons.  
Darren Way made one change to the side that secured league status with a 1-1 draw against Stevenage seven days ago, with Francois Zoko missing out with a back injury. 
Tottenham loanee Shayon Harrison replaced Town’s top scorer to partner Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro upfront, whilst 17-year-old Academy full-back Joe Tomlinson took a spot amongst the substitutes for his first involvement with the first-team.
Keen to send the travelling faithful home with three points and derail Colchester’s hopes of sneaking a spot in the play-offs the Glovers started brightly, looking lively in the final third.
Neat link up between Akpa-Akpro and Ben Whitfield released the latter down the right, with the Bournemouth’s loanee pull-back finding Otis Khan whose first-time effort flew just over the bar. 
The visitors continued to enjoy an even share of possession in the opening exchanges, with the U’s taking 20 minutes to register their first shot, which Drey Wright dragged wide.
That effort did spur the hosts on however, as John McGreal’s side threatened again five minutes later when Matthew Briggs went close to heading home Richard Brindley’s cross.
With a sense of déjà vu, the same combination endangered Yeovil’s goal once again just past the half-hour mark, with the former Fulham defender this time heading into the arms of a thankful Jonny Maddison. 
Whilst Town were doing a good job of containing the Essex outfit, there was increasing pressure being inflicted by Colchester which paid off as the game ticked into the 36th minute. 
Loanee Fosu engineered space 25 yards from goal, before dispatching a low drive into the bottom corner giving the U’s the lead with their first meaningful attempt on target. 
In fact, the opener was as good as it got in terms of goal scoring opportunities before the break, as Town quickly regrouped to head into half-time in the ascendancy. 
Knowing they were likely to require more goals to claim their play-off place, Colchester were quick out of the blocks after the restart with Wright blazing over the bar when through on goal six minutes into the half. 
As the hour-mark approached Brindley saw a dipping free-kick from 35 yards drop just over Maddison’s crossbar, before Yeovil began to threaten at the other end. 
The energetic Whitfield and lively Khan started seeing more of the ball, before Nathan Smith headed straight at Sam Walker from a Matty Dolan corner. 
With the clock reading 73 minutes Whitfield had the chance to level the scores running on to substitute Tom Eaves’ pull-back, but the midfielder couldn’t find the target as the Green and Whites threatened to ruin the U’s play-off hopes.
But the Glovers were made to rue that missed opportunity as the game ticked towards the final 10 minutes when Fosu netted a second with an emphatic finish from inside the box. 
Both Brandon Goodship and Matt Butcher were introduced as Way made all three substitutions in a bid to get back into the game and give the 231 travelling supporters something to cheer, but Walker wasn’t called into action again. 
The referee’s full-time whistle saw the season end in defeat, leaving Way to reflect on a campaign of fine lines. 
Thanks for your tremendous support. Achieve by Unity. 
Colchester United: Walker; Eastman, Wynter, Elokobi; Brindley, Lapslie (Loft 82’), Fosu, Wright (O’Sullivan 88’), Murray, Briggs; Porter (Bonne 86’). 
Bookings: Lapslie 27’
Subs not used: Brill, Kinsella, James, Pyke.
Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Whitfield (Goodship 83’), Lawless (Butcher 81’), Dolan, Khan; Akpa Akpro, Harrison (Eaves 68’).
Bookings: Lawless 24’
Subs not used: Mugabi, James, Tomlinson, Sowunmi.

IT’S BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR ME – LACEY

The defender has featured regularly in the heart of the Glovers defence this season, picking up three end of season awards after Town secured their EFL status against Stevenage.

Former Luton Town man Lacey is out of contract in the summer but is due to hold talks over a new deal in the coming days.

“It’s been good for me and my footballing ability to come here and play a lot of games this especially this season,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“It’s been good for me to play every game I’ve been fit for. I’m very happy with the way I’ve played and I was delighted to get some awards.

“I’m due to sit down with the gaffer over the next few days. It’s been very good for me to play games here and I’ve enjoyed my time a lot so that will be one of the things we’ll talk about.”

Town could end the season in 17th position with a win against Colchester United on the final day.

A win would be the ideal way to sign off for the summer and Lacey is hoping the club can kick on next year.

He added: “The first half of the season we were excellent and got into the play-offs. We had a bit of a bad run of form and it’s been a difficult second half of the season.

“We rallied round and to get safety at the end is obviously an achievement – now we need to press on.

“It’s a time to rebuild – a bit like last season. It’s definitely important for the club to get players’ contract sorted.”

Tickets for the match are available on the day in Essex.

 

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WAY PROVIDES UPDATE ON CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

The Town boss announced last week that talks with members of his squad had begun, providing an update ahead of Yeovil’s trip to Colchester United this Saturday (5.30pm). 

With only three players contracted for next season, Way revealed negotiations are taking place every day. 

“We’re getting closer,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel. “Do I want to announce it (new contracts) officially now? Yes. Every day you’re speaking to agents and speaking to players. 

“The agents can help me and the football club right now, they’re the important part as far as talking to the player.”

With Francois Zoko, Matty Dolan and Alex Lacey having already spoken about their futures and talks with the club, the Town boss is keen to secure their services for the 2017/18 campaign. 

“Overall, they’ve had very, very good seasons. Can the players see progression and can they see their careers develop (here)?

“Well, we had (Ryan) Hedges for six months and in a short space of time he was gone for a big money move. 

“What I’ve got to do is give them a better squad and a better group of players to make sure we’re successful.” 

Yeovil travel to Colchester United on Saturday (5.30pm) for their final Sky Bet League Two game of the season, with tickets available to purchase on the day.

PREVIEW: COLCHESTER UNITED v YEOVIL TOWN

Town will be aiming for a 17th-placed finish when they travel to the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday.

Three points in Essex would see the Glovers end the campaign on 53 points – five ahead of last year’s total. 

It would see Darren Way’s side rise above Crewe Alexandra and Morecambe, should the pair drop points in their final day encounters against Barnet and Luton Town respectively.

Should that happen, Yeovil will finish two positions higher than the 2015/16 standings.

The Glovers secured their league safety with a 1-1 draw against Stevenage at Huish Park last weekend.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro netted his second goal in successive home games for the Green and Whites, and will be looking to add to his tally at Colchester before his loan spell from Barnet expires.

Bournemouth loan duo Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher will bid farewell to Yeovil at Colchester, as will Swansea City pair Liam Shephard and Owain Jones, and Tottenham Hotspur youngster Shayon Harrison.

Goalkeeper Jonny Maddison is likely to end the campaign between the sticks after producing a man of the match display against play-off hopefuls Stevenage.

Colchester are also hoping to end the season in the top seven.

The U’s, who are one of seven teams looking to secure one of the last two play-off spots, are one point off seventh-placed Blackpool.

John McGreal’s outfit are unbeaten in five and have lost just two in their last nine games.

However, wide man Brennan Dickenson will prove to be a big miss for the Essex club after suffering a serious cruciate knee injury.

The 24-year-old, who is wanted by Ipswich Town, has 12 league goals to his name and seven assists.

Experienced forward Chris Porter has netted on 16 occasions this year and will continue to lead the line for the U’s.

Head-to-head

Yeovil have never won on the road at Colchester (D4 L5).

However, the Glovers did win their last meeting against the U’s at Huish Park.

Kurtis Guthrie gave the visitors an early second-half lead before Francois Zoko looked to have rescued a point with four minutes remaining.

But up popped Tahvon Campbell in the dying embers of the contest to send a deflected effort past Sam Walker to secure Town a deserved victory.

Referee

Robert Jones will take charge of his 41st game of the season in Essex.

Mr Jones has awarded 120 yellow cards this year and has issued four reds.

The Merseyside-born officiated Town’s EFL Cup triumph at Walsall and the 1-1 draw away to Wycombe Wanderers.

He will be assisted by Joe Simpson (Manchester) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) with Nigel Lugg (Surrey) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

Darren Way and Alex Lacey’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

Fans can still purchase tickets at the Huish Park ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888. Due to the complexity of the ticketing structure, supporters cannot purchase online. The game is pay on the day. Click here for more information.

WAY LOOKING TO DAMPEN COLCHESTER’S AFTERNOON

Town’s 1-1 draw with Stevenage seven days ago saw Boro drop outside the top seven, with Saturday’s opponents Colchester United sitting just one point outside the play-offs. 

The U’s need to win their encounter with the Glovers to keep their play-off hopes alive, whilst the Green and Whites are looking to end the season on a high. 

Speaking to YTFC’s official YouTube channel, Way is hoping to inflict another disappointing afternoon on a team chasing a top seven finish.

“We were up against a Stevenage team that were looking to stay in the play-offs, and we got the result that we did. 

“We knew that game wasn’t going to be easy and now we’ve got exactly the same with Colchester. I’ve got to make sure these players finish the season strong.

“When you look at fans, scouts, managers, agents, they’ll remember this last game so I need to make sure that the last game is a memorable one.”

Town travel to the Weston Homes Community Stadium looking to improve on what is already their best points tally for the last four seasons, with Way expecting another entertaining affair.

“It’s a tough game,” he said. “Even the game against Stevenage, in large spells it was end-to-end. I expect the same on Saturday.”

Tickets for the match are available on the day in Colchester. Full matchday prices can be found here.

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LACEY OUT TO UPSET COLCHESTER’S PLAY-OFF AIM

The U’s currently sit one point outside the top seven going into the season finale against the Glovers at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Yeovil may have secured their EFL status with a point against Stevenage but Lacey insists the squad have prepared for Saturday’s match like any other.

He told YTFC’s official YouTube channel: “It was obviously the most important thing for us at the time. We’re very happy to get that (safety) and still have a game left. 

“Now we’ve stayed up there’s less pressure but we’re going there for the win so our preparation hasn’t changed.

“Much like Stevenage, they’re still going for the play-offs so we know it’s going to be a tough game because they’ve got a lot to play for. It’s up to us to finish the season on a high.

“It’s the last game before the summer but they’re going to have the play-offs on their mind.

“We want to go out on a high so it’s up to us to upset their day.”

Tickets for the match are available on the day in Essex.

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NO FRESH INJURY CONCERNS FOR TOWN

The Glovers travel to Essex with just Artur Krysiak and Kevin Dawson doubtful, while Darren Ward (knee) a confirmed absentee.

Krysiak has been out of action for four matches with an ankle injury sustained in training.

Jonny Maddison has taken over between the sticks and produced a man of the match display as the Green and Whites secured their EFL status against Stevenage.

Dawson’s leg issue has sidelined the midfielder for the last two games.

TOWN SET FOR 2016/17 FINALE

Three points for the Glovers in Essex could see them leap above Crewe Alexandra and Morecambe, should the pair drop points against Barnet and Luton Town respectively. 

Darren Way’s side could end the campaign five points better off than last year’s total, two positions higher than the 2015/16 standings and with a healthier goal difference.

Fans can still purchase tickets for the final game of the season at the Huish Park ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888.

The match is pay on the day for away supporters.

 

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EFL UNVEIL LIVE STREAMING PLATFORM FOR OVERSEAS FANS

iFollow will, for the first time in English football, enable EFL fans based outside the UK and Ireland to watch their team during the regular EFL season. 

With an estimated 270,000 EFL fans based outside the UK, iFollow will allow clubs to enable their supporters to follow the action wherever they are in the world. 

  

Kicking off at the start of the 2017/18 EFL season, overseas subscribers will pay the equivalent of £110 per season for the service which will provide coverage of up to 46 live games per club. More than 1,500 matches will be available in HD quality, with iFollow showing every EFL league match live unless that match has been selected by the EFL’s overseas broadcast partners. 

  

Fans based in the UK and Ireland will still also have access to live audio commentary, highlights packages and exclusive content as part of the new offering, rebranded to replace the EFL’s existing PlayerHD platform. 

  

At launch, the vast majority of EFL clubs have opted in to utilise the iFollow platform and those who have not will have access to the same live streaming opportunity and will provide their fans with access through their own club digital services. 

  

Research commissioned by the EFL suggests that there is significant demand for a service like iFollow amongst fans based overseas. A survey of over 1,600 such fans showed that 73% would be very likely or quite likely to subscribe to a live match streaming service and almost half would be happy to pay an annual subscription fee to do so. The findings suggest over 55% of the EFL’s fans are located in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where the potential audience for the iFollow platform could reach into the hundreds of thousands. 

  

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey commented: “The launch of iFollow is a notable development and will revolutionise the access thousands of overseas fans enjoy when following their EFL team. 

  

“The new iFollow platform represents a potentially significant new revenue stream for Clubs, while enabling enhanced engagement with existing fans now living abroad. 

  

“iFollow will also present the EFL with an important opportunity to stimulate the interest of new groups of supporters who follow our clubs overseas, which in turn will help support the growth of our competitions on the international stage.” 

  

The live streaming of matches will be available from the start of the 2017/18 season in conjunction with a brand new digital presence for clubs via official websites and apps, together creating the largest sporting digital network in the world. 

US-based company NeuLion, a market leader in online video delivery, whose clients include the NFL, NBA and the Premier League, have developed the integrated streaming service alongside UK company Realise who have built the club websites. The two suppliers were appointed by the EFL in July 2016 following a competitive procurement process. 

I OWE THE GAFFER A LOT – DOLAN

The 24-year-old, who joined the club on an initial loan spell in 2013 before signing permanently from Bradford City two years ago, is out of contract in the summer.

Former Hartlepool United man Dolan picked up the Western Gazette player of the year award after the Glovers’ 1-1 draw with Stevenage and admits he has profited from regular game time in Somerset.

“The manager and I have had a chat and stuff like that so we’ll take it from there and see where it goes,” he told YTFC.net.

“I’ve played continuously under the manager and I owe him a lot of credit for picking me.

“I needed it (regular football). I didn’t play at Bradford – they were a massive club who I’d never say a bad word about but I’ve come here and played.

“As a footballer when you’re playing you’re always in the shop window and as selfish as it sounds you need to be. I’ve got my head down, played games and I’ve benefitted massively from that.”

He continued: “I’ve loved my time here – I’ve got a lot of friends down here and a lot of time for the area. 

“Me and the Mrs are down here; got a little dog and a little cottage in a village. My parents love it here when they make the six-and-a-half hour trip. 

“I’m converted but we’ll see what happens in the summer.

“I’ve been happy with my performances this season so we’ll sit down, sort out next year hopefully and see where we go from there.”

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

UNSUNG HEROES PART 2

Involved in all manner of roles and positions, the club wouldn’t be able to function without the help of many dedicated volunteers and committed staff members. 
Last week, Darren Way helped the club thank the first set of unsung heroes, before meeting a further two heroes prior to Saturday’s clash with Stevenage at Huish Park.
One of which, Malcolm Watts (pictured below with Darren Way), has been involved with Yeovil Town for 34 years! 
Working on a matchday, Malcolm is in charge of the players’ entrance, ensuring only the right people enter and helping away teams both arrive and depart without hassle. The job also means Malcolm has overheard some ‘interesting’ team-talks over the years! 
Making sure visiting club’s receive the necessary welcome and keeping the dressing rooms clear of unauthorised personnel, the matchday operation would be severely hampered without Malcolm’s hard work.
Remaining in close proximity to the players’ entrance, supporter Gareth (pictured at the top of the article) has been following the Green and Whites for 30 years. 
The loyal supporter is one of the first people at Huish Park on a matchday, waiting by the players’ entrance to give the Glovers squad a warm welcome on their arrival. 
An ever-present come rain or shine, Gareth was invited in by Darren Way prior to Town’s final home game of the season last weekend for a tour and a chat to thank him for his support. 
The unsung hero series will continue in the lead up to Yeovil’s final game of the season away at Colchester United, but on behalf of everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club, thanks to Malcolm and Gareth for their efforts this year.

HE WAS UNBELIEVABLE – WAY

The 22-year-old goalkeeper put in a man of the match display to help the Green and Whites earn a point which secured their Sky Bet League Two status for next season.

Maddison, who has featured in all of the Glovers’ cup matches this year, made his EFL debut at Newport County on Good Friday after Artur Krysiak suffered an ankle injury in training and has continued between the sticks for three games following.

At one stage, Way feared his young stopper might have to be withdrawn and an outfield player put in goal but fortunately for Town it didn’t come to that.

He told YTFC.net: “He was unbelievable – it was an absolutely fantastic performance.

“It’s amazing how he’s taken the responsibility on his shoulders with no goalkeeper on the bench.

“It just goes to show what we’re dealing with as a football club.

“I was actually looking around when he went down once at which player was going to go in goal – it certainly wasn’t going to be me! It would’ve been Tom James.”

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was on target for Way’s side just before the break before Josh McQuoid’s close range effort earned Stevenage a share of the spoils.

It was the Barnet loanee’s second since arriving in Somerset in January and Way hasn’t ruled out making a move for the experienced frontman this summer. 

“He was a massive addition,” he said.

“He’s certainly given me a headache for when I sit down with the board and try and build a team which is going to be successful next year.”

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.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Plymouth Argyle put themselves in pole position to clinch the title with a late victory over Crewe Alexandra at Home Park.

James Jones put the visitors ahead but two goals in five second-half minutes from Ryan Taylor and Nathan Blissett turned the match on its head and sent Argyle to the summit. 

The Devonshire club’s win put them one point ahead of Doncaster Rovers who suffered a shock home defeat to Exeter City.

The Grecians booked their place in the play-offs with three points against Darren Ferguson’s side at the Keepmoat.

Portsmouth boosted their title chances with victory and dented Mansfield Town’s top seven hopes in the process.

Carl Baker grabbed the only goal of a tense game at Field Mill which saw referee Lee Swabey dish out nine yellow cards.

Blackpool lost ground in their hunt for a play-off spot as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Kevin Nolan’s Notts County.

Centre-back Richard Duffy’s fourth goal of the campaign proved the match winner at Meadow Lane.

Luton Town confirmed their place in the top seven with an emphatic win at Accrington Stanley.

The scores were level the break but three unanswered goals from the Hatters in the second period made it a comfortable result.

Cheltenham Town secured their safety with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Hartlepool United.

The Monkey Hangers would have been relegated but for Carlisle United’s comeback against Newport County.

The Exiles led at the break thanks to Mickey Demetriou but Jabo Ibehre and Nicky Adams completed a Cumbrian comeback in the second period.

Leyton Orient’s match against Colchester United had to be completed behind closed doors due to fan protests at Brisbane Road.

The encounter was postponed for nearly two hours before Colchester were confirmed 3-1 winners.

John Akinde’s 26th goal of the season helped Barnet to back-to-back wins with victory over Grimsby.

Former Bristol City man Akinde is the division’s top scorer, with David Tutonda and Curtis Weston wrapping up the win, prior to Craig Disley’s consolation.

Elsewhere, Morecambe and Wycombe Wanderers drew at the Globe Arena while Cambridge United defeated Crawley Town.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Darren Way and his squad are extremely grateful for your continued efforts at Huish Park and on the road.

An average of 3,566 fans have watched the Glovers at home this season, with the gate against Portsmouth on December 30th 2016 (6,306) proving to be the biggest attendance in Somerset in the league since the visit of Bristol City in March 2015.

The players joined supporters in the Thatchers Terrace to show their thanks after the club secured their EFL status with a 1-1 draw against Stevenage.

Everyone at the club hopes you all have a brilliant summer and we hope to see you back at Huish Park next season!

Achieve by unity. 

Town still have on game of the season remaining. Information on how to buy tickets for the match at Colchester United can be found here.

DOLAN LABELS SURVIVAL AS “A MASSIVE RELIEF”

The Glovers travel to Colchester United on the final day (Saturday, May 6th (5.30pm kick-off)) knowing they will be in the EFL for a 15th consecutive campaign following a 1-1 draw against play-off chasing Stevenage.

Dolan, who picked up the Western Gazette player of the year award, described survival as “a massive relief” and believes Town can now look forward to their encounter in Essex.

“It’s a massive relief for everyone,” he told YTFC.net.

“We shouldn’t have been in that position but getting the job done, doing it ourselves and not relying on others is a great boost for us. 

“We can go and enjoy the last game of the season now and express ourselves. We’re safe for next season now and we push on.”

He added: “We all know we’ve got quality and on our day we can beat anyone. Stevenage are a good side pushing for the play-offs and being a London-based club it might be a bit more appealing to get players there. 

“We’ve done what we’ve done with the budget we have and a small squad. 

“It could have been a lot better but we’ve done the job now and we’ll look forward to next season.”

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