Month: August 2017

SIGNING | Town seal Worthington loan deal

The 19-year-old becomes the Glovers’ 13th addition of the window and will offer versatility, also being able to operate at right-back. 

Highly rated at the Vitality Stadium, the youngster earned a spot on the bench for the first team’s final Premier League match of the season against Leicester City last term.

With 16 minutes remaining, Eddie Howe rewarded Worthington with his debut – only the second Bournemouth Academy player to feature in the top flight.

Prior to making his Premier League bow, he spent time on loan at National League South side Eastbourne Borough in 2015/16 for his first taste of men’s football before returning to Bournemouth to be a mainstay in their Under-23s.

Impressive performances for the Young Cherries saw Worthington pen a new deal in January, with a loan move to Huish Park following his top flight debut last season.

Howe said: “He has a great attitude and wants to do well, wants to learn and has all the characteristics of a Bournemouth midfielder.”

Worthington travelled with the south coast club to their pre-season training in Marbella and played 18 minutes in the friendly at Huish Park.

He further strengthens Town’s midfield options.

“I have been monitoring Matt for some time now, so to see him break through and make his Premier League debut shows the quality and belief that Matt has.

“I would personally like to thank Bournemouth and Eddie Howe for allowing the deal to come to fruition,” boss Darren Way told YTFC.net.

Are you interested in sponsoring Matt? Please email Commercial Manager Dave Linney (DLinney@YTFC.net). 

INTERVIEW | You can never say never – Way discusses deadline day

Clubs have until 11pm tonight to conclude their summer signings with the Glovers having already added 12 players to their ranks.

However, the Town boss admitted there could be further activity before the deadline.

“You can never say never.” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“I’m trying to make phone calls but it has to be the right player at the moment because the dressing room is very tight, very resilient and is a good group of lads.

“Do we need to be stronger? Yes. Is there more work to do? Yes. But I have to make sure that if I add to the group, that it’s the right personality and right character to keep the momentum that we’ve got at the moment going.”

Whilst Way could add further personnel to his squad, there are to be no outgoings at Huish Park.

Every outfield player has made an appearance in the opening six fixtures of the 2017/18 campaign, with the Yeovil manager believing every player will have a part to play as the season develops.

“I’m quite lucky in that I want all of the players that we’ve got at this football club,” he said.

“I want them to stay and I believe in every single player we’ve got right now.

“One or two have had more opportunities than others, but I’ve spoken to those players and told them that their opportunity will come and that they’ll have a massive role and contribution to make this year.

“No one has suggested that they don’t want to be a part of it and at the same time, I’ve made one or two phone calls to strengthen so we’ll wait and see.”

Sky Bet League Two Transfer Tracker

Accrington Stanley
Manager: John Coleman
Ins: Liam Nolan (Southport), Erico Sousa (Tranmere Rovers), Mehki McLeod (unattached), Jonny Edwards (Hull City), Ben Richards-Everton (unattached), Kayden Jackson (Barnsley), Simon Bloch Jorgensen (Bronshoj Boldklub), Tom Dallison (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tyler Hornby-Forbes (Brighton & Hove Albion), Mallik Wilks (Leeds United), Jordan Thorniley (Sheffield Wednesday), Max Stryjek (Sunderland)
Outs: Shay McCartan (Bradford City), Elliot Parish (Dundee), Luke Wall (Bangor City), Matty Pearson (Barnsley), Steven Hewitt (Bangor City), Terry Gornell (Chorley), Omar Beckles (Shrew
Released: Nathan Webb, Arron Davies, Paddy Lacey.

Barnet
Head coach: Rossi Eames
Ins: Craig Ross (Macclesfield Town), Richard Brindley (Colchester United), Shaquile Coulthirst (Peterborough United), Andre Blackman (Crawley Town)
Outs: Luke Coulson (Ebbsfleet United), Tom Champion (Boreham Wood), Bira Dembele (Lavai), James Pearson (Coventry City)
Released:  

Cambridge United
Manager: Shaun Derry
Ins: David Amoo (Partick Thistle), Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United), Emmanuel Osabede (Gillingham), Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town), Dimitar Mitov (Charlton Athletic), Ade Azeez (Partick Thistle), David Forde (Millwall), Jevani Brown (St Neots Town), Kyle Howkins (West Bromwich Albion)
Outs: James Dunne (Swindon Town), Will Norris (Wolves), Joe Pigott (Maidstone United), Conor Newton (Hartlepool United), Dylan Williams (St Neots Town), David Gregory (Bromley), Mark Roberts (Forest Green Rovers), Luke Berry (Luton Town)
Released: Barry Corr, Ben Williamson.

Carlisle United
Manager: Keith Curle
Ins: Jack Bonham (Brentford), Kelvin Etuhu (Bury), Hallam Hope (Bury), Tom Parkes (Leyton Orient), Richard Bennett (Barrow), Sam Cosgrove (Wigan Athletic), Shamal George (Liverpool), James Brown (Millwall)
Outs: Michael Raynes (Crewe Alexandra), Jabo Ibehre (Cambridge United), Mark Gillespie (Walsall), Patrick Brough (Morecambe), James Bailey (Yeovil Town), Shaun Brisley (Notts County), Max Crocombe (Salford City)
Released: Ben Tomlinson.

Cheltenham Town
Manager: Gary Johnson
Ins: Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town), Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic), Nigel Atangana (Leyton Orient), Jon Flatt (Wolves), Jordon Foster (Hibernian), Mohamed Eisa (Greenwich Borough), Jerell Sellars (Aston Villa), Brian Graham (Hibernian), Joe Morrell (Bristol City), Freddie Hinds (Bristol City), Taylor Moore (Bristol City), Scott Flinders (Hartlepool Town)
Outs: Billy Waters (Northampton Town), Asa Hall (Barrow), James Jennings (Wrexham), Amari Morgan-Smith (York City), Daniel Parslow (York City), James Dayton (Leyton Orient), Jack Munns (Hartlepool United), Liam Davis (Torquay United), Jack Barthram (Barrow), James Rowe (Aldershot Town)
Released: Calum Kitscha.

Chesterfield
Manager: Gary Caldwell
Ins: Brad Barry (Swindon Town), Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United), Joe Anyon (Scunthorpe United), Gozie Ugwu (Woking), Jerome Binnom-Williams (Peterborough United), Delial Brewster (Everon), Jordan Sinnott (Halifax Town), Chris O’Grady (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jak McCourt (Northampton Town), Louis Reed (Sheffield United), Jordan Flores (Wigan Athletic), Andy Kellett (Wigan Athletic), Diego De Girolamo (Bristol City)
Outs: Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Dan Gardner (Oldham Athletic), Charlie Raglan (Oxford United), Jay O’Shea (Bury), Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town), Dan Jones (Morecambe), Jake Beesley (Salford City), Lloyd Allinson (FC United of Manchester), Dion Donohue (Portsmouth)
Released: Angel Martinez, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Liam Graham, Curtis Morrison, Thorsten Stuckmann, Sadiq El Fitouri, Ritchie Humphreys (retired). 

Colchester United
Manager: John McGreal
Ins: Ryan Jackson (Gillingham), Rene Gilmartin (Watford), Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley), Mikael Mandron (Wigan Athletic), Brandon Comley (QPR), Brandon Hanlan (Charlton Athletic), Sanmi Odelusi (Wigan Athletic)
Outs: Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra), Richard Brindley (Barnet), Kyel Reid (Coventry City), Dexter Peter (Concord Rangers), Femi Akinwande (East Thurrock United), Denny Johnstone (St Johnstone)
Released: Matthew Briggs, Lloyd Doyley, Ben Wyatt, Brendan Ocran, Rhys Williams, Dean Brill, Dion Sembie-Ferris.

Coventry City
Manager: Mark Robins
Ins: Michael Doyle (Portsmouth), Rod McDonald (Northampton Town), Liam Kelly (Leyton Orient), Liam O’Brien (Portsmouth), Dominic Hyam (Reading), Peter Vincenti (Rochdale), Maxime Biamou (Sutton United), Jack Grimmer (Fulham), James Pearson (Barnet), Duckens Nazon (Wolves), Tony Andreu (Norwich City), Tom Davies (Portsmouth)
Outs: Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell), Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle), Andy Rose (Motherwell), Nathan Clarke (Grimsby Town), Jordan Turnball (Partick Thistle), Kyel Reid (Colchester United), George Thomas (Leicester City), Kevin Foley (Billericay Town), Vladimir Gadzhev (Αnorthosis Famagusta), Reice Charles-Cook (Swindon Town)
Released: Marcus Tudgay.

Crawley Town
Manager: Harry Kewell
Ins: Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon), Moussa Sanoh (RKC Waalwijk), Panutche Camara (Dulwich Hamlet), Mark Randall (Newport County), Cedric Evina (Doncaster Rovers), Thomas Verheydt (MVV Maastricht), Dennon Lewis (Watford)
Outs: James Collins (Luton Town), Andre Blackman (Barnet)
Released: 

Crewe Alexandra
Manager: David Artell
Ins: Jordan Bowery (Leyton Orient), Michael Raynes (Carlisle United), Chris Porter (Colchester United), Eddie Nolan (Blackpool), Brad Walker (Hartlepool United), Will Jaaskelainen (Bolton Wanderers), Sam Stubbs (Wigan Athletic), Conor Grant (Everton)
Outs: Ollie Turton (Blackpool), Jon Guthrie (Walsall), Billy Bingham (Gillingham), Callum Saunders (Notts County), Harry Davis (St Mirren)
Released: Ben Nugent, Andy Dawber, Marcus Poscha.

Exeter City
Manager: Paul Tisdale
Ins: Luke Croll (Crystal Palace), Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers), Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle), Kane Wilson (West Bromwich Albion), Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion), Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen)
Outs: Bobby Olejnik (Mansfield Town), Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Connor Riley-Lowe (Truro City), David Wheeler (QPR)
Released: Tom McCready

Forest Green Rovers
Manager: Mark Cooper
Ins: Lee Collins (Mansfield Town), Callum Evans (Barnsley), Reece Brown (Birmingham City), Charlie Cooper (Birmingham City), Scott Laird (Scunthorpe United), Bradley Collins (Chelsea), Luke James (Peterborough United), Jordan Simpson (Swindon Town), Harry Pickering (Port Vale), Jack Fitzwater (West Ham United), Alex Iacovitti (Nottingham Forest), Mark Roberts (Cambridge United), Will Randall (Wolves)
Outs:
Released: Simon Lefebvre.

Grimsby Town
Manager: Russell Slade
Ins: Mitch Rose (Newport County), Sam Kelly (Port Vale), Nathan Clarke (Coventry City), Ben Gillip (Norwich City), Harry Cardwell (Reading), Karleigh Osborne (Kilmarnock), Paul Dixon (Dundee United), JJ Hooper (Port Vale), Diallang Jaiyesimi (Norwich City), Jamille Matt (Blackpool)
Outs: Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers), Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town), Gavin Gunning (Port Vale), Craig Disley (Alfreton Town), Josh Gowling (Torquay United), Dan Jones (Barrow), Ashley Chambers (Nuneaton Town)
Released: 

Lincoln City
Manager: Danny Cowley
Ins: Ollie Palmer (Leyton Orient), Matt Green (Mansfield Town), Josh Ginnelly (Burnley), Billy Knott (Gillingham) Josh Vickers (Swansea City), Jordan Maguire-Drew (Brighton & Hove Albion), Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United), Harry Anderson (Peterborough United), Rob Dickie (Reading), Neil Eardley (Northampton Town), Sean Raggett (Norwich City)
Outs: Terry Hawkridge (Notts County), Elliot Hodge (Notts County), Callum Howe (Eastleigh), Sean Raggett (Norwich City)
Released: 

Luton Town
Manager: Nathan Jones
Ins: Alan McCormack (Brentford), Marek Stech (Sparta Prague), Jack Stacey (Reading), James Collins (Crawley Town), Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City), James Shea (AFC Wimbledon), Elliot Lee (Barnsley), Harry Cornick (Bournemouth), Luke Berrt (Cambridge United)
Outs: Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley), Jake Gray (Yeovil Town), Jack Marriott (Peterborough United), Jonathan Smith (Stevenage), Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock), Zane Banton (St Albans), Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City), Craig Mackail-Smith (Wycombe Wanderers)
Released: Craig King (retired), Liam Gooch, Danny Green.

Mansfield Town
Manager: Steve Evans
Ins: Conrad Logan (Rochdale), Zander Diamond (Northampton Town), Jimmy Spencer (Plymouth Argyle), Paul Digby (Ipswich Town), Paul Andersen (Northampton Town), Hayden White (Peterborough United), Lee Angol (Peterborough United), Jacob Mellis (Bury), David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United), Johnny Hunt (Chester), Will Atkinson (Southend United), Bobby Olejnik (Exeter City), Omari Sterling-James (Solihull Moors), Kane Hemmings (Oxford United)
Outs: Scott Shearer (Oxford United), Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers), Matt Green (Lincoln City), James Baxendale (Orange County), Ashley Hemmings (Boston United), Brian Jensen (Crusaders)
Released: Pat Hoban, Yoann Arquin, Jamie McGuire, Kevan Hurst, Corbin Shires.

Morecambe
Manager: Jim Bentley
Ins: Adam Campbell (Notts County), Garry Thompson (Wycombe Wanderes), Patrick Brough (Carlisle United), Vadaine Oliver (York City), Mitchell Lund (Doncaster Rovers), Steve Old (GAIS), Sam Lavelle (Bolton Wanderers), Elliot Osborne (Fleetwood Town), Max Muller (Wycombe Wanderers)
Outs: Ryan Edwards (Plymouth Argyle), Paul Mullin (Swindon Town)
Released: Peter Murphy (retired), Lee Molyneux, Liam Wakefield. 

Newport County
Manager: Michael Flynn
Ins: Frank Nouble (Southend United), Shawn McCoulsky (Bristol City), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion), Reece Cole (Brentford), Patrick Amond (Hartlepool United)
Outs: Mitch Rose (Grimsby Town), Lenell John-Lewis (Shrewsbury Town), Ryan Bird (Dover Athletic), Mark Randall (Crawley Town), Craig Reid (Coventry United), Kieran Parselle (Gloucester City)
Released: Liam Angel, Marcus Beauchamp, Paul Bignot, Jack Compton, Tom Meechan, Finlay Wood, Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Notts County
Manager: Kevin Nolan
Ins: Terry Hawkridge (Lincoln City), Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United), Dan Jones (Chesterfield), Jorge Grant (Nottingham Forest), Shaun Brisley (Carlisle United), Liam Walker (Europa FC), Ross Fitzsimons (unattached), Callum Saunders (Crewe Alexandra), Branislav Pindroch (unattached), Pierce Bird (Dunkirk), Nicky Hunt (Leyton Orient), Elliot Hodge (Lincoln City), Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest)
Outs: Adam Campbell (Morecambe), Thierry Audel (Barrow), Scott Loach (Hartlepool United), Mark Yeates (Eastleigh)
Released:

Port Vale
Manager: Michael Brown
Ins: Tom Pope (Bury), Cristian Montano (Bristol Rovers), Rob Lainton (Bury), Sam Hornby (Burton Albion), Joe Davis (Fleetwood Town), Graham Kelly (Sheffield United), Antony Kay (Bury), Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon), Rekeil Pyke (Huddersfield Town), Marcus Harness (Burton Albion), Gavin Gunning (Grimsby Town), Ben Whitfield (AFC Bournemouth), Michael Tonge (Stevenage), Tyler Denton (Leeds United), Jack Stobbs (Sheffield Wednesday), David Worrall (Millwall), Tom Anderson (Burnley)
Outs: Sam Foley (Northampton Town), Sam Kelly (Grimsby Town), Ben Purkiss (Swindon Town), JJ Hooper (Grimsby Town), Ryan Lloyd (Macclesfield Town), Scott Tanser (St Johnstone), Sam Johnson (Halifax Town), Deniz Mehmet (Dundee United)
Released: Sebastien Amoros, Harry Pickering, Jerome Thomas, Quentin Pereira, Remie Streete, Rigino Cicilia, Kiko. 

Stevenage
Manager: Darren Sarll
Ins: James Ferry (Brentford) Alex Samuel (Swansea City), Harry Beautyman (Northampton Town), Danny Newton (Tamworth), Joe Martin (Millwall), Blair Turgott (Bromley), Joe Fryer (Middlesbrough), Terence Vancooten (Reading), Chris Whelpdale (AFC Wimbledon), Kevin Lokko (Maidstone United), Jonathan Smith (Luton Town), Kevin Toner (Aston Villa)
Outs: Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale), Michael Tonge (Port Vale), Jamie Jones (Wigan Athletic), Charlie Lee (Leyton Orient), Jake Hyde (Maidenhead United), Andrew Fox (Eskilstuna), Dean Wells (Boreham Wood), Nathan Kerr (Glentoran)
Released: 

Swindon Town
Manager: David Flitcroft
Ins: Chris Robertson (AFC Wimbledon), James Dunne (Cambridge United), Paul Mullin (Morecambe), Ben Purkiss (Port Vale), Olly Lancashire (Shrewsbury Town), Amine Linganzi (Portsmouth), Chris Hussey (Sheffield United), Harry Smith (Millwall), Donal McDermott (Rochdale), Kyle Knoyle (West Ham United), Kaiyne Woolery (Wigan Athletic), Matt Taylor (Northampton Town), Kellan Gordon (Derby County), Timi Elsnik (Derby County), Reice Charles-Cook (Coventry City)
Outs: Brad Barry (Chesterfield), Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth), Yaser Kasim (Northampton Town), Jonathan Obika (Oxford United), Jordan Simpson (Forest Green Rovers), Jamie Sendles-White (Leyton Orient), Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Helmond Sport), Jordan Stewart (Linfield)
Released: 

Wycombe Wanderers
Manager: Gareth Ainsworth
Ins: Adam El-Abd (Shrewsbury Town), Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock), Jack Williams (QPR), Craig Mackail-Smith (Luton Town), Josh Umerah (Charlton Athletic), Eberechi Eze (QPR)
Outs: Garry Thompson (Morecambe), Sam Wood (Eastleigh), Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town), Max Muller (Morecambe)
Released: 

Yeovil Town
Manager: Darren Way
Ins: Rhys Browne (Grimsby Town), Connor Smith (Plymouth Argyle), Jake Gray (Luton Town), Stephane Zubar (Weymouth), James Bailey (Carlisle United), Olufela Olomola (Southampton), Keston Davies (Swansea City), Alefe Santos (Derby County), Sam Surridge (Bournemouth), Daniel Alfei (Aberystwyth), Jordan Green (Bournemouth), Sid Nelson (Millwall)
Outs: Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town), Alex Lacey (Gillingham), Brandon Goodship (Weymouth), Matty Dolan (Newport County), Tom Eaves (Gillingham), Alex Lawless (Leyton Orient), Ollie Bassett (Coalville Town), Joe Lea (Bognor Regis Town)
Released: Darren Ward, Stephane Zubar.

NEWS | Town supporter donates Luton refund to charity

Mr Robins watched on as the Glovers lost their opening match of the season 8-2 at Luton and was eligible for a refund after the first-team staff and players decided to reimburse those who travelled to Kenilworth Road.

Rounding up the figure to £100, the lifelong Town supporter first made contact with the club on social media to seek the players’ choice for a charity to donate the money to.

Having recently played Frome Town in pre-season to raise money for Jamie Mines, manager Darren Way and the players chose his fundraising campaign to be the beneficiary of Stuart’s kind gesture. 

Speaking to YTFC.net, the Tamburino Stand season ticket holder said: “I wanted something good to come from what was a bad afternoon. 

“As soon as the club announced that refunds would be made available, I knew I wanted to do something with the money – hopefully, we can remember something good from the game now.

“I felt it right that Darren and the players choose where they wanted the money to go and I was delighted to help a great cause.”

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Stuart for his kind donation on behalf of those associated with Jamie Mines’ fundraising campaign.

INTERVIEW | Surridge ‘buzzing’ to get off the mark in green and white

Handed his first start by manager Darren Way, the Bournemouth loanee repaid the faith shown in him by Town’s boss with the opening goal of the match.

Further strikes from Rhys Browne and Otis Khan sealed the victory, which left the 19-year-old elated at full-time.

“I’m buzzing,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I had that first chance at the end of the first-half and felt like I should’ve scored so was a bit frustrated.

“I went in at half-time and the gaffer spoke to me and said ‘clear your head’ and as soon as I got it, I knew I was going to score.

“I’ve played with him (Jordan Green) a lot at Bournemouth so I know how strong he is and I felt like he had the better of him so I just held off, got the space and luckily it came to me.”

Surridge is enjoying his first taste of senior football at EFL level and was pleased to repay the travelling fans for their support on his full debut.

“I’m just happy now that I’ve had my first start for the club and scored.

“As soon as I started the game I could hear them (the fans) cheering my name and it’s just good to have that support because I haven’t started for the club and they don’t know what I’m like.

“Hopefully I’ve repaid them with the goal.” 

Watch the highlights from Town’s 3-1 win on iFollow Glovers. 

INTERVIEW | Teams are struggling to live with our attack – Way

The Glovers began their cup campaign with an impressive victory at St James Park thanks to strikes from Sam Surridge – his first for the club – Rhys Browne and Otis Khan. 

Town have now scored 13 goals in the opening six matches of the 2017/18 season, their most prolific start to an EFL campaign since 2012/13. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers after victory in Devon, Way said: “I thought we had four or five really good chances – Jake Gray and Sam Surridge in the first-half.

“We just said to them ‘it will come, we just have to make sure we keep our shape and stay organised’, but three or four of our breaks, as I said to you in our previous games, teams are struggling to live with that because we’ve been attacking fast.

“It’s pleasing for me to come into a derby game and score three very good goals and put on a performance like we did because knowing Paul like I do, he would’ve wanted to have won.”

Having surrendered a three goal lead at St James Park last season in League Two, Way was equally pleased to avoid a repeat experience this time around. 

“We were in control of the game for large periods,” the Town boss said. “There was that little bit of anxiousness when their one goal went in and I don’t normally get a little bit edgy as a manager!

“But we certainly learnt from our previous experience to see that game out.”

Read the match report from Town’s 3-1 victory here.

REPORT | Exeter City 1-3 Yeovil Town

After a goalless first period, the Glovers took the lead immediately after the restart as Sam Surridge opened his Town account following good work from Jordan Green.

Rhys Browne doubled the visitors’ advantage with a confident finish before Otis Khan registered a quickfire third.

Youngster Jack Sparkes grabbed a consolation for the Grecians with 10 minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Green and Whites starting their cup campaign with an impressive victory.

Darren Way made five changes from the side that dispatched Coventry City at Huish Park three days previous, handing Surridge and Green their full debuts.

Elsewhere, Daniel Alfei and Tom James lotted into defence while Jake Gray partnered James Bailey in central midfield.

With both sides making widespread changes, it was a disjointed start to proceedings in front of a sparse crowd.

Following a lengthy injury delay as Exeter’s Luke Croll had to be stretched from the field of play following a clumsy Green challenge, it took until 12 minutes for the first real action of the half.

Lurking at the back post, Jake Taylor fired a fierce effort goalwards, only to be denied by Artur Krysiak who had narrowed the angle brilliantly.

In the ascendancy, former Glover Reuben Reid almost opened the scoring from 20 yards five minutes later, only for his curling shot to whistle past the post and wide.

After City’s opportunities, it was Town’s turn to trouble the deadlock through Gray.

The energetic midfielder first drove an effort into the arms of James Hamon following Surridge’s lay-off, before volleying wide of the target having burst into the box moments later.

An increasingly stop-start affair, it was the Glovers who were next to be forced into a substitution.

Top scorer Olufela Olomola had to be withdrawn following a forceful challenge from Troy Archibald-Henville which saw the Exeter defender enter the referee’s notebook.

Despite losing their four-goal striker, Way’s side ended the half on the front foot as Surridge burst into life.

The Bournemouth loanee first blazed a powerful strike over the bar from the angle, before seeing a shot destined for the bottom corner following Khan’s cut back blocked by a sprawling Troy Brown in virtually the last act of the half.

Third time lucky is the adage, and so it proved to be less than a minute after the restart for the Town’s striker. 

Tenacious play from Green saw the attacker brilliantly win possession in Exeter’s box, retaining composure to then pick out Surridge who coolly slotted a first-time effort under Hamon to get off the mark in green and white.

Keen to avoid just their second defeat of the season, Paul Tisdale’s side searched for an equaliser as the half developed. 

Matt Jay and Reid both guided efforts off target, before Krysiak punched away Lee Holmes’ whipped free-kick just past the hour mark.

But still looking a threat in the final third, Green slammed an effort into the side-netting before the Glovers doubled their lead with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Khan’s incisive through ball perfectly picked out the run of Browne, who emphatically drilled past Hamon for his second in as many matches.

Before the hosts had the chance to respond it was 3-0, as Khan added a goal to his assist.

Showing pace and trickery to burst past his man along the by-line, the winger defied the odds to pick out the far corner from a seemingly impossible angle.

The Glovers surrended a three-goal lead at St James Park towards the end of last season, and Town fans could’ve been forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu when Sparkes grabbed a goal back on 80 minutes.

However, City’s goal proved to be little more than a consolation as Town saw out the final few minutes to start the Checkatrade Trophy group stages in impressive fashion.

Exeter City: Hamon, Taylor, Moore-Taylor (James 58’), Brown, Croll (Kite 9’), Sparkes, Byrne, Archibald-Henville, Holmes, Reid (McAlinden 64’), Jay.
Bookings: Archibald-Henville 32’, Moore-Taylor 52’, James 90’.
Subs not used: Pym, Woodman, Tillson, Key.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Alfei (Nelson 86’), Mugabi, N. Smith, James, Green, Gray, Bailey, Khan, Surridge, Olomola (Browne 39’). 
Bookings: Green 6’, Browne 52’, Surridge 75’, Khan 90’.
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Dickson.

ACADEMY | U18s edged out by Cherries

Luke Nippard gave the Cherries an early lead and Ash Pope doubled the hosts’ advantage before the break.

Jack Hilton-Jones pulled one back late on but the Glovers couldn’t complete a deserved comeback despite dominating on the south coast.

Town began the contest on the front foot, but found themselves behind midway through the first period.

A good passage of play from Bournemouth created space for Nippard to convert against the run of play.

Prior to the interval, Alan Cornell’s side made it 2-0 as Pope netted from inside the area.

Yeovil upped their game in the second half and continuously pressurised the Bournemouth backline.

Very much in the ascendency, the young Green and Whites halved the eventual deficit.

The home side half-cleared a corner and Paulius Golubickas teed up Hilton-Jones who buried a first-time shot from 25 yards to set up a nervy finish.

The Under-18s battled hard for an equaliser, however a second score proved elusive.

TICKETS | Pay on the night at St James Park

The Glovers open their 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy campaign in Devon, looking to repeat last season’s feat which saw Darren Way’s side progress from the group stage in top spot. 

Exeter have made an unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two season but suffered defeat in the Carabao Cup to Charlton Athletic earlier in the month. 

Yeovil fans wishing to make the short trip to St James Park can purchase tickets via the Grecians ticket office prior to kick-off. 

Prices are as follows: 
Adult – £12
Over 64 – £10
Students – £10
Under-18 – £4

PREVIEW | Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Last term, the Yeovil boss led his side to the quarter-finals after finishing top of group A above Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers and Reading Under-21s.

The Glovers’ opening game against Pompey was a seven-goal thriller at Huish Park before a draw at Rovers and another victory at the Madejski.

Fresh from three points at the weekend, Town have no injury concerns going to St James Park to take on Exeter City.

The Grecians are currently top of Sky Bet League Two following an unbeaten start to the season.

Striker Reuben Reid is top of the goalscoring charts with four, while fellow forward Liam McAlinden assisting three of Exeter’s eight goals in all competitions.

Head-to-head
Town’s last win over Exeter came in 2011.

The Glovers have played the Grecians seven times since without victory (D4 L3).

Last season, Darren Way’s side were 3-0 up at St James Park but had to settle for a point after a remarkable comeback from the hosts.

Officials
Oliver Langford will be the man in the middle tonight.

Four of the Midlands-born man’s games this season have been at Championship level.

Last season, he handed out five reds cards (season total) in six games, and 129 yellow cards in total.

Mr Langford officiated Town’s 3-0 loss to QPR in the 2015/16 Carabao Cup first round.

He will be assisted by Mark Russell (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset) with Savvas Yianni (Somerset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full-time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

QUIZ A GLOVER | Otis Khan

Here are his answers to some of your questions. The best appeared in the Coventry City Green&White edition.

Tim Hubble
Did you get any tips from Matty Dolan last season on taking free kicks?

No, none at all. I’ve practiced free kicks from a young age so I knew I wanted to take them. It’s always nice to have friendly competition in the team with someone else who likes to take free kicks as well.

Pete Higgins
Given the current transfer market, what are your thoughts on footballer loyalty v money?

I think it’s a difficult one. You never know until you’re in that position but if you’re enjoying it at a certain club and are playing week-in, week-out there’s nothing to be worried about. Personally, if I’m playing and I’m happy that’s more than good enough.

Barry Crossan
You were named Otis in reference to the singer, would you name any future children after a famous person?

I don’t think there are too many singers with good names nowadays! You’ve got the likes of Tyga and I don’t think I’ll be naming my child that.

Sheridan Robins
What’s your pre-match ritual/superstition?

I do my own warm-up and listen to some music that I like and gets me motivated. I try not to think too much, I just like to get out there and play. I think some people get worked up sometimes and too pumped up for the game, I like to be relaxed and know what I have to do.

Scott Carpenter
What are your targets for the season? Where do you see Yeovil finishing?

My personal targets are to keep scoring and assisting the goals, that’s obviously what I’m here to do. The targets for the team are to push for the play-offs.

Josh Appleyard
What motivates you the most?

Definitely my family. Being away from them now it’s always good to speak to them on the phone and as soon as I do it gets me motivated straight away. They’re the reason I do what I do every day.

Louis Batson
What made you sign a new contract with the club?

I think my first year went really well. The gaffer and I get on well – we both know what we want to do so it was a bit of a no-brainer really. I knew I was going to play and I enjoy it down here. If you get those two things then you’ve cracked it.

Paula Carpenter
Which team are you looking forward to play against the most?

Coventry City or Chesterfield. Chesterfield is near my house back in Manchester and I used to play for Sheffield United so there’s a bit of a rivalry there.

Next under the microscope will be Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola. Get your copy of the programme at the Cheltenham Town game.

INTERVIEW | Browne delighted with goal and clean sheet

The tricky winger profited from a defensive mix up to slot home in the 27th minute before Olufela Olomola wrapped up proceedings late on.

It was the Glovers’ second win of the season – both at Huish Park – and first clean sheet, something ex-Grimsby Town man Browne was equally pleased with.

“It was massive for us,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We know we’re going to score goals with our attacking threat so to shut up shop was very key for us.

“Building from the back is key for our momentum. If we get that right, I feel we’ll be unstoppable.”

On his goal Browne added: “The keeper kind of made it easy for me and made up my mind.

“As soon as I got that touch round him I was celebrating. It’s a day I’ve been looking forward to.

“You always visualise your first goal and when you get it, you don’t know what celebration you’re going to do and (emotions) just take over!”

INTERVIEW | Defensively, we were fantastic – Way

Town earned their first clean sheet of the Sky Bet League Two campaign as goals from Rhys Browne and Olufela Olomola secured victory at Huish Park.

Way and three members of his first-team squad visited young fan Rhys Powell at St Margaret’s Hospice in the week, and the Yeovil boss dedicated the victory to him.

“I’m pleased for the players and the supporters,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I said from day one if we got the balance right between defence and attack, we’d end up winning games and to get a clean sheet plus how we defended as a team was fantastic.

“We brought in Sid (Nelson), who I thought was fantastic, but we really defended well against a good team.

“I thought we looked so much fitter towards the end and our strikers caused them all sorts of problems with their pace and power.

“One thing I do know from looking at their faces is we have a really strong dressing room.

“The supporters got right behind us and are creating a really good environment at the moment.”

On supporter Rhys, he added: “He’s showed fighting spirit.

“It was nice to have someone in Yeovil who wanted to meet us.

“It’s always difficult when you go and see someone who isn’t very well so to get three points for him was very, very pleasing.”

Read the match report from Town’s 2-0 win here.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Coventry City

Rhys Browne profited from some slack defending to give Yeovil the lead on 27 minutes and in turn net the first EFL goal of his career.

Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola rounded things off late on, finishing off a blistering burst with a delightful strike to take the green and whites’ points total to six.

Manager Darren Way restored Browne to the wing in one of two changes to his side that lost at Forest Green Rovers last weekend.

Elsewhere, Millwall loanee Sid Nelson made his debut in defence as Town lined up in a 4-4-2 formation.

Coventry, dented by a first defeat of the season to Newport County, were lightning quick out the blocks, creating the first chance after 30 seconds.

Winger Jodi Jones scampered 30 yards downfield and powered a left-footed shot that Artur Krysiak smartly parried to safety.

Ex-Dagenham & Redbridge winger Jones proved the visitors’ main attacking outlet in the opening exchanges and he tested Yeovil’s resilience once more with a low, devilish cross which Nathan Smith did well to clear.

The game’s tempo slowed as it reached the 20-minute mark, as Marc McNulty swiftly ended a dangerous Sky Blue counter-attack with an effort that found the top of the Thatchers terrace rather than the back of the net.

At the other end, Olomola used his strength to usher the ball back to Otis Khan whose strike looked destined for the top corner but Francois Zoko accidently intervened.

Then McNulty wasted a gilt-edged chance from the edge of the area before the Glovers capitalised on a defensive mix-up to take the lead.

Neither Coventry goalkeeper Liam O’Brien or defender Chris Stokes took ownership of Khan’s searching ball over the top and Browne took advantage to slot into an unguarded net.

The remainder of the first period lacked real quality in front of goal, showcased by Liam Kelly’s adventurous volley from distance, which sailed high and wide.

After the interval, Duckens Nazon hit a shot into the advertising boards and Bevis Mugabi glanced a header off target, before Coventry had two good attempts to restore parity.

Tony Andreu bent a 25-yard free kick on to the post – bizarrely winning a corner – and McNulty’s curler from the left-hand side of the area whistled past Krysiak’s far post. 

The latter’s next chance on goal brought the best out of Yeovil’s Polish stopper. 

A floated cross by Kelly was met by the former Sheffield United man and his header forced Krysiak into an excellent diving save, low to his right.

Boosted by their threatening chances, Coventry pushed forward in hope of an equaliser but time and time again found Town’s backline a tough nut to crack. 

The hosts’ rewards for their defensive efforts was a second goal to clinch three points.

Olomola surged down the right and buried a fierce strike into the far corner for his fourth goal in four league matches.

Town have scored 10 goals in the same period. A really pleasing statistic but the clean sheet will delight Way and the fans alike even more. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Nelson (Davies 90), N.Smith, Dickson, Browne, Bailey, C.Smith, Khan, Olomola, Zoko.
Bookings: Olomola 15, C.Smith 56, Mugabi 90.
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Gray, Santos, Green, Surridge.

Coventry City: O’Brien, Grimmer, Willis, Hyam, Stokes, Doyle, Kelly, Jones, Andreu (Beavon 62), McNulty, Nazon (Biamou 81).
Bookings: None.
Subs not used: Burge, Kelly-Evans, Pearson, Stevenson, Vincenti.

Attendance: 3,754 (1,056 away)

PROGRAMME | Green & White subscription now available

With 64 pages of exclusive interviews, features and much more, supporters unable to attend home matches can now subscribe to a copy of the matchday programme.

Here are your choices:

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Pay per edition
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WHAT’S ON | Matchday information for Town v Coventry City

Below is a range of information relating to the fixture. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game at the Huish Park ticket office. However, supporters are advised to buy in advance to avoid lengthy matchday queues. Tickets can be bought online prior to the game by clicking here or by calling 01935 847888.

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses and coaches will cost £6 and £18 respectively. For regular users of the car park, a season ticket (covering all first-team league and cup matches) is priced at £50. For more information, please call 01935 847888

Marquee
Enjoy a drink before the match in the Marquee, open from 12 o’clock. Open to home supporters only due to capacity issues, the Marquess is situated next to the 3G playing surface adjacent to the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace.  

Catering for Coventry
Supporters making the trip from Warwickshire can enjoy food and drink at Huish Park prior to kick-off. Open from 1 o’clock in the away compound the burger van and Booze Bar will cater for travelling fans, with the Pop Up Tea Bar (situated on the corner of the Screwfix and Radio Cabs stands) open both before kick-off and at half-time.

It’s all about the Community
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are bringing members of their Junior Premier League (from Under-11s to Under-16s) to watch the clash with Coventry and to enjoy a lap of honour at half-time. 

The YTCST Under-16s will also be holding a training session on the Huish Park 3G from 13.30 until 14.45 – the ideal opportunity to watch the future stars of tomorrow. 

Programmes
Issue two of the refreshed matchday programme will be on sale from Saturday morning. Copies of Green & White can be purchased from around the ground and in the club shop and is priced at £3. Saturday’s issue includes an exclusive interview with striker Olufela Olomola and much more!

Get kitted out!
Yeovil’s new home and away kits have proved popular with supporters this summer and remain on sale in the club shop. Adult tops are priced at £40 while a junior can get a replica match shirt for £30. The shop is open from 10am up until kick-off (3pm).

INTERVIEW | We need to sing from the same sheet – Nelson

The 21-year-old became the Glovers’ 12th signing of the summer at the beginning of the week, joining on loan from Championship side Millwall until January.

He bolsters manager Darren Way’s defensive options and wants to concentrate on the future rather than focusing on the amount of goals the side have conceded. 

“The past is the past and I wasn’t here for that so it’s all about the now,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“it’s about getting togetherness in the team, keeping clean sheets and scoring goals.

“It’s about being a unit at the back and I’m only as good as my mate next to me so it’s all about sticking together.

“We’ve all got to be singing from the same sheet.” 

The big defender added: “I’ve only trained two days and you can see the talent is there.

“The season is still really early – you can see the twists it takes. it only takes a good run and if the boys stick together we can definitely get one going.”

Nelson could make his debut for Yeovil when Coventry visit Somerset.

The Sky Blues began the campaign with back-to-back victories before suffering defeat to Newport County.

He said: “They’ve come down from League One so they’re obviously going to be good opponents.

“They got beat last week so they’re going to be up for it but we’re going to be more up for it than they are.”

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

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Coventry City

Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola continued his fine form of the previous week against Accrington Stanley with an early goal to take his tally in Green and White to three, before Otis Khan netted from the spot – his second of the season.

Forward Francois Zoko added a third for the Glovers, and now sits seventh on Yeovil’s all-time EFL goalscorers list, one behind Dean Bowditch and Andy Williams.

Manager Darren Way stated his intention to bring in reinforcements to strengthen his backline after the game, and brought in defender Sid Nelson from Millwall on Monday.

The 21-year-old, who boasts a healthy amount of Championship action on his CV, is in line to make his debut against Coventry City this weekend.

Mark Robins’ side began the campaign in fine fashion with two wins from two and no goals conceded.

That sequence concluded at home to Newport County last week.

Before that, youngster Jodi Jones had showed off his talents – especially in the season opener by scoring a hat-trick – while Michael Doyle and Stuart Beavon offer great experience.

Last year’s Checktrade Trophy winners are expected to win promotion back to League One at the first time of asking.

Head-to-head
All three of Town’s meetings with Coventry in Somerset have ended in draws.

The Sky Blues first visited Huish Park in 2012, where a 21st-minute Richard Hinds strike cancelled out an early Cody McDonald goal.

Yeovil’s last two matches against the Warwickshire outfit have finished 0-0.

Officials
Martin Coy will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

Both of Mr. Coy’s league matches this season have been in League Two.

The Durham-born official refereed 25 games last season, the majority in the National League, dishing out 84 yellows and one red.

Coy has never officiated a Yeovil match.

He will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset) with Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Sid Nelson‘s pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full-time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets
Supporters can purchase tickets in advance online, by phone on 01935 847888 or in person at the ticket office. The match will be pay on the day but ticket prices increase so buy in advance to save time and money.

INTERVIEW | Focus is on us – Way

The Sky Blues visit Huish Park on Saturday (3pm) after suffering their first defeat of the season against Newport County last weekend.

Town have been a formidable force going forward so far this season, scoring eight goals in the first three league games and have added Millwall centre-back Sid Nelson this week to bolster their defensive options.

Way insists his squad have worked hard all week to find “the right balance between defence and attack”, and wants them to show it against Coventry.

“The response has been good in training,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We’ve been working hard on the defensive aspect of our game.

“We know the group is resilient and we know we can get a response. At the moment we’re on three points and some of our performances going forward have been good, and this week we’ve worked very hard on being strong.”

He added: “Every team we play has different threats but as I say week-in, week-out, we have to focus on ourselves.

“We have to make sure we play with confidence when we’ve got the ball, and when we lose the ball we get back behind it and make sure we’re organised and structured.

“If we all stick together, we all strive for the same thing, which is to win football matches, then we can create a really good environment here at Huish Park like we did in the last game.”

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

INTERVIEW | Nelson seeks advice from former Glovers

The 21-year-old defender joined Town from Sky Bet Championship outfit Millwall on Monday, penning a short-term deal until January.

Ex-Yeovil duo Byron Webster and Ed Upson are Lions team-mates of Nelson’s, and the pair assured the centre-back it was a good place for him to get game time.

“It’s a pleasure to be here,” Nelson told iFollow Glovers.

“Everyone has made me feel really welcome from the staff to the players and so far it’s been really good and enjoyable.

“I got an insight of the club from old players who used to play here like Ed Upson and Byron Webster who I play with at Millwall.

“I had really good feedback from them about the way the club is run, setup, how good the fans are and how it’s a close knit, family club – something I enjoy.”

He added: “For me, it’s about game time.

“I will always give it my all; always give 100% and will try to get this club to the top end of the table.”

Nelson made his Millwall debut in the second tier in 2014, and spent two further campaigns with the London club before gaining experience at Newport County last term.

He helped the Exiles maintain their EFL status and learned how much football means to people at this level.

“I’d say it means more (in this league than the Championship),” he said.

“It’s everyone’s livelihood. I like that and that’s the sort of attitude that I have.”

Nelson could make his maiden outing for Town on Saturday against Coventry City. 

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

NEWS | Town quartet visit Glovers fan at St Margaret’s Hospice

Ryan Dickson, Jake Gray and Otis Khan joined Way in visiting the 19-year-old, after learning of his allegiance to the Green and Whites. 

Spending time with Rhys after training, the quartet pledged to try and pick up three points on Saturday to put a smile on the Town fan’s face this weekend. 

“Rhys is an incredibly brave person and someone we’re all really humbled to have met and spent some time with,” Way said after meeting the youngster.

“We told him that his fighting spirit is exactly what we’re looking for in our team and that hopefully, we can get a win for him this weekend.

“If all goes to plan, we hope Rhys can have a smile on his face on Saturday night – he’ll certainly be in our thoughts.”

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue two

Sales for the first edition of the new-look Green&White soared, so a massive thank you must go to everyone that purchased the maiden copy.

Yeovil host Coventry City this weekend in their second 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two fixture at Huish Park. 

Here’s what you can find in Saturday’s programme:

  • Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola discusses his elation of netting his first goals in professional football
  • Winger Rhys Browne reveals his Dream Team from players he’s trained with, played with and against
  • This week’s ‘Who Is?’ feature sees Bevis Mugabi dish the dirt on his team-mates
  • Fans’ favourite Otis Khan answers your questions in the latest version of ‘Quiz A Glover’
  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Coventry City

And much more!

Programmes are priced at £3 and can be purchased from various points around Huish Park, including the club shop.

The club are currently in the process of sorting a subscription service.

If you are an exiled Glover and would like an issue, please email Lewis Hancock on LHancock@ytfc.net for more information.

As always, any feedback is welcomed.

TICKETS | Watch Town at Huish Park this weekend

The Glovers began their home campaign with an impressive 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley, courtesy of two goals from Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and a Francois Zoko strike.

Millwall defender Sid Nelson has been brought in on loan until January and could make his debut when the Sky Blues visit.

All three of Coventry’s visits to Somerset have ended in draws.

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

For ticket information and prices, head to the Home Tickets section.

SIGNING | Nelson joins on loan

The 21-year-old bolsters Darren Way’s defensive options ahead of Saturday’s match against Coventry City.

Lewisham-born Nelson joined the Lions Academy aged eight, and signed his first professional contract in 2014 after captaining the London club’s youth team.

He made his Sky Bet Championship debut in December of that year and went on to be a mainstay in the Millwall side. 

The big centre-back spent two further seasons in the heart of Neil Harris’ backline before gaining experience on loan at Newport County last term.

Nelson made 14 appearances for the Exiles and played a key part in their EFL survival. 

He becomes Yeovil’s 12th signing of the summer and has been handed squad number 25.

“Sid has already had a competitive run of games in the Championship,” boss Darren Way told YTFC.net.

“He has good leadership skills and is someone who enjoys defending.

“I’m really pleased the deal has finally been agreed as we’ve been in discussions with Millwall for a number of weeks.

“A big thanks to them and Neil Harris for allowing the move to happen.”

Are you interested in sponsoring Sid? Please email Commercial Manager Dave Linney (DLinney@YTFC.net).

CLUB STATEMENT | Flares and smoke bombs

During the event at Forest Green Rovers, at least smoke bomb was reported to have been set off inside the New Lawn.

The club has been contacted by the police, so any future misdemeanors could result in a fine or harsher penalties from the Football Association.

Anyone caught using or being in possession of a flare or smoke bomb – attempting to enter a stadium, lighting it, holding it or throwing it – will be passed over to the authorities and will instantly receive a ban from Huish Park.

INTERVIEW | We need reinforcements – Way

Town look a threat going forward and scored three goals for the second consecutive game at Forest Green Rovers, courtesy of first-half strikes from Olufela Olomola, Otis Khan and Francois Zoko.

However, the Glovers let slip a 3-1 lead slip against the EFL newcomers and suffered their second defeat of the campaign.

Yeovil have netted eight goals in three league games but have conceded 14 in the same period, an issue Way is eager to tackle quickly.

He told iFollow Glovers: “We’ve got a problem we’ve got to address and as the manager of this football club I will make sure I do that as soon as possible.

“it’s quite clear we need to make reinforcements – I’ve asked for reinforcements. We have to do our best shore that backline up.

“A lot of us (League Two managers) are looking at the same players and unfortunately we may have to spend a little bit of money to bring a top one in.

“If we do that, we’ve got a real chance of being successful with the attackers we’ve got because we’re scoring goals. 

“It has to be right financially. In the market we’re dealing with, some players who are under contract are costing too much for what we can afford.

“There’s one or two I want who are possibly going to cost a little bit of money but we need support in that area and I have to make sure we get it ASAP.” 

On his current crop, Way added: “Some of our attacking play has been very, very good in the games we have played. Some of the individual errors we made (at FGR) were very frustrating.

“We’re very, very disappointed for the supporters who travelled having been 3-1 up.

“Someone needs to come out the pack, show leadership skills, aggression and look like they enjoy defending.”

Town are back in action at Huish Park against Coventry City on Saturday, August 26th (3pm).

REPORT | Under-18s suffer defeat on the south coast

Pompey forward Matt Mayes netted a hat-trick as the young Glovers were hit for five on the south coast.

Fiftteen-year-old Devon Arnold netted for Town, however his goal proved to be in vain on a disappointing afternoon.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Mayes fired a volley into the top corner.

It stayed that way until the second period, which saw a change of intensity from the Hampshire side with James Whiting and Bradley Lethbridge grabbing two goals in five minutes to make it 3-0. 

Arnold beat the Portsmouth backline to coolly slot into the corner to reduce the deficit, then Mayes further showed his goalscoring prowess.

He touched in from close range for his second and Portsmouth’s fourth before rounding off the scoring with a shot from distance in the final minute.

REPORT | Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Yeovil Town

In an action-packed first-half the Glovers raced into a 2-0 goal lead courtesy of a Fela Olomola strike and Otis Khan penalty.

Christian Doidge grabbed a goal back for the hosts before Francois Zoko’s third goal in as many games made it 3-1.

In a pulsating affair, quick-fire strikes from Reece Brown and Charlie Cooper either side of the break chalked off Yeovil’s lead, before substitute Omar Bugiel completed the comeback late on.

Darren Way made one change from the side that saw off Accrington Stanley 3-2 a week previous in Sky Bet League Two.

Switching to a 3-4-3 formation, Tom James came into a three-man backline at the expense of Rhys Browne who dropped to the bench.

Having signed in midweek, forward Jordan Green took a seat amongst the substitutes, with Dan Alfei dropping out of the matchday squad to accommodate the new arrival.

Looking lively in the opening exchanges and stopping Rovers from enjoying their usual lion’s share of possession, the Glovers continued their goal scoring form inside the opening 10 minutes.

Zoko’s drilled effort from the angle could only be parried by home stopper Bradley Collins, with man-in-form Olomola on the spot to tap in from close range for his third goal in two games.

In a frantic opening 45 minutes Dale Bennett almost notched an immediate reply for the hosts as his shot from range whistled past the post, before Town won the opportunity to double their lead on 14 minutes.

James Bailey’s sweeping pass released Khan down the left and after jinking into the box, the fans’ favourite was tripped forcing referee David Webb to point to the spot.

Having missed a spot kick on the opening day of the season, Khan dusted himself off to send Collins the wrong way and double the visitors lead in a near perfect start in Gloucestershire. 

Blown away by their Somerset opponents in the first 15 minutes, Mark Cooper’s side responded to falling two behind with a spell of pressure.

Liam Noble’s volley following a Luke James flick on drew Artur Krysiak into action, before Doidge grabbed a goal back for Forest Green on 23 minutes.

The lively Bennett’s tempting cross picked out the Rovers forward who headed home from six yards.

In an end-to-end affair, Luke James saw a header drop wide of the target as Forest Green searched for an equaliser, before Town restored their two-goal advantage with 35 minutes on the clock.

Almost unplayable in the final third, Khan worked space for a cross which Manny Monthe failed to clear, allowing Zoko to nod home at the back post.

With more goals looking like a certainty, the bumper crowd for the South West derby were treated to a fifth on the stroke of half-time.

Just minutes after Brown fired a 20-yard strike onto the post, the winger dispatched a free-kick on the stroke of half-time that the visitors felt was harshly awarded for a handball against Connor Smith.

Now only boasting a goal advantage, the Glovers were pegged back to 3-3 just four minutes after the restart.  

Finding space 25 yards from goal, Cooper tried his luck and was rewarded as his low shot somehow squeezed under Krysiak and into the back of the net.

Making amends for his mistake the Polish stopper was at his best to get a hand to Cooper’s deflected free-kick past the hour-mark, before Town produced their best chances of the second half.

Substitute Rhys Browne watched a curling effort be parried away by Cooper having cut inside from the left, before firing a venomous strike into the ‘keeper’s arms from the edge of the box moments later.

As the game entered something of a lull as the final 10 minutes loomed, the entertaining affair was brought back to life by Bugiel.

James, off balance, could only head a cross up rather than away, allowing the German striker to bravely power a header over Krysiak and complete the comeback. 

Desperate to avoid a second defeat on the road, Town threw caution to the wind as Green replaced Connor Smith for the closing stages.

The debutant looked lively after taking to the pitch but couldn’t produce a moment to remember as the Glovers succumbed to a Forest Green comeback in Gloucestershire.

Forest Green Rovers: B. Collins, Bennett, Fitzwater (Iacovitti 46’), Monthe, Laird, Noble, L. Collins, Cooper, Brown (Wishart 78′), Doidge, James (Bugiel 63’).
Bookings: Monthe 59’, Cooper 90′.
Subs not used: Russell, Marsh-Brown, Mullings, Evans.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Mugabi, Sowunmi (Browne 54’), N. Smith, Dickson, Khan, C. Smith (Green 84’), Bailey, Olomola (Surridge 67’), Zoko.
Bookings: James 69’.
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Santos, Gray.

Yeovil Town celebrates global fan-base with #iFollowEFL

Fans visiting EFL.com/iFollowEFL have the opportunity to tag their location wherever they are in the world and upload an image showing their support for the Glovers.

Fans will also have the opportunity to share their image across Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #iFollowEFL. Fans taking part and showing their club colours before 4th September will be entered into a draw to win tickets to one of Town’s home games this season, travel and two night’s accommodation, a Mitre Delta Replica EFL Football and a copy of FIFA18 Icon Edition courtesy of EA Sports.

The campaign celebrates the truly global nature of the EFL and the amazing support the Glovers receive both at home and overseas. The 2017/18 season will see the EFL broadcast or streamed into 166 countries with a reach of almost 614 million households across Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania; reinforcing the EFL’s reputation as one of the most watched competitions in world football. In addition, this season marks the first time Sky Bet EFL fixtures are available to be

In addition, this season marks the first time Sky Bet EFL fixtures are available to be live streamed on Yeovil’s new digital platform, iFollow, which is set to revolutionise the way Town fans overseas can follow their club.

Fans can find out more about iFollow by clicking here.

We’re feeling energised – Browne

With no midweek fixture, Town have had a full week to focus on the game in Nailsworth following their first win of the season.

Summer signing Browne has started the Glovers last two games in all competitions and believes the group are doing everything they can to “stay one step ahead” of their opponents.

He told iFollow Glovers: “Everyone in the camp is feeling energised and ready for the next game against Forest Green.

“We’re embracing the time, always trying to learn and get the upper hand in everything we’re doing.

“We want to stay one step ahead with tactics and on the training pitch we’re always working on different shapes to counteract the opposition we’re coming up against. You’re always learning new things everyday.”

He added: “I’ve learned a lot about myself and different ways to play football (since joining Yeovil).

“The gaffer has taught me how to elevate my game so I’m just going to keep getting better.”

Browne played against Mark Cooper’s side in the National League last term on loan at Macclesfield Town. 

The tricky winger knows what to expect from the EFL newcomers, and is relishing to take them on once more.

“They’re a good team as are all teams in League Two,” he said.

“We’ve on what their strengths and weaknesses are with our analysis so there isn’t anything we don’t know about them.

“I played against them last year so I’m looking forward to seeing where they’re at in this league.”

The match at the New Lawn is pay on the day for away supporters.

PREVIEW | Forest Green Rovers v Yeovil Town

The Glovers ran out 3-2 winners over in-form Accrington Stanley courtesy of a brace from Olufela Olomola and a Francois Zoko strike.

Southampton loanee Olomola will be particularly buoyant going into the game at the New Lawn after netting the first goals of his career.

The more experienced Zoko, who has expressed his delight at his partnership with the Saints youngster, also has two for the season.

Waiting in the wings and pushing the duo hard is Sam Surridge. Yet to start for Yeovil, the Bournemouth forward has stated his ambitions to be the club’s top scorer this term.

Darren Way further added to his attacking options this week by bringing in another Cherry – Jordan Green on a free transfer.

Following a loan spell with League Two rivals Newport County in 2016/17, the 22-year-old is keen to establish himself as a regular in Somerset.

Forest Green are yet to put a notch in their win column.

Mark Cooper’s side played out a 2-2 draw against Barnet in their maiden EFL outing before suffering defeat to Mansfield Town on the road.

Fresh from penning a new two-year contract, forward Christian Doidge continued his goalscoring exploits from the National League with two on the opening day.

In an attempt to enhance their their play-off winning squad, Rovers have recruited heavily this summer.

Eleven players have arrived in Nailsworth including striker Luke James, defender Scott Laird and Chelsea stopper Bradley Collins on loan.

Head-to-head
Yeovil have never faced Forest Green in an EFL fixture.

The last meeting between the two sides came at Huish Park on New Year’s Day 2003.

The Glovers were victorious on that day, running out 1-0 winners courtesy of a solitary effort from Kirk Jackson.

Officials
David Webb will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

Both of Mr. Webb’s league matches this season have been in League One and he also officiated the Carabao cup tie between Scunthorpe United and Notts County.

The Lancashire-born official refereed 45 games last season, dishing out 119 yellows and three reds.

Webb last officiated a Yeovil match in October 2015. Town lost 3-2 at Carlisle United.

He will be assisted by Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Abbas Khan (East Midlands) with Mark Griffiths (West Midlands) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Rhys Browne’s pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full-time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets
Supporters will be able to purchase on the day from the FGR ticket office.

Way looking for balance in Glovers performance

The Glovers head to the New Lawn for the first EFL meeting between the two clubs, looking to build on last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley on home soil.

Now off the mark in League Two, Way is hoping to add defensive solidity to Yeovil’s armoury having had no problem at the other end, netting five goals in the opening two fixtures.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “We want to work on certain aspects in certain areas of the pitch.  We have to make sure we get the balance right between defence and attack, but that happens.

“Last year I spent a lot of time talking about the attackers not scoring and the defenders keeping cleansheets – now it’s the other way around.

“It’s up to me to make sure I manage the team and we’re working hard on the training ground.”

Town last met Forest Green in the National League on New Year’s Day 2003 – a game in which Way featured.

Mark Cooper’s side earned promotion via the play-offs last term but are yet to record a win in League Two (D1 L1).

Looking for their first three points in the country’s fourth tier, Way is anticipating a challenging afternoon.

“They’re a club that’s strived for league football and this is their opportunity,” he said.

“They’ve put a lot of money in to gain that success and we know how long it took us to get into the EFL.

“With us going up against each other I expect a good, entertaining game. The supporters are close on top of you so it will be an exciting game to go to.

“On the back of three points the mood in our camp is very good, so we’re looking forward to playing against them.”

Tickets for the trip to the New Lawn are now only available to buy on the day via the FGR ticket office – full details available in our Away Ticket section.

It’s about believing in yourself – Green

Standing at just 5’6”, the 22-year-old was released by Fulham as a youngster for being too small, before a stint in non-league attracted the attention of the Cherries.

Having enjoyed a loan spell at Newport County last season, Green is ready to prove the doubters from the past wrong in the green and white of Yeovil Town.

“I was told that (I’m too small) before, but it’s about keeping on pushing, knowing what you can do and believing in yourself,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“The manager has told me to go and show what I can do. He knows I’ve got talent but it’s about developing and pushing on.

“Playing is all I’ve been thinking about, I want to get my first game and then get going from there.”

Brought in to train with the Glovers prior to the start of the 2017/18 season, the Londoner is ready to hit the ground running have already embedded into the Town squad.

“It’s been good,” he said. “Everyone is so welcoming, it’s a nice club to be at and I just want to get out on the pitch now.

“It’s very important that I know League Two. (The Newport loan) was a very good experience for me and now knowing what the league is like, I just want to get going and show what I can do.

“I’ve set a few targets, but they’re going to remain secret targets!”

Are you interested in sponsoring Jordan for the 2017/18 season? Please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

Green by name, Green & White by nature

The 22-year-old signs a deal at Huish Park until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Able to operate on the wing or further forward, the Londoner adds to manager Darren Way’s attacking options.

Green dropped into non-league football after a spell with Fulham before being snapped up by the Cherries in 2015 following a successful trial.

Developing at the Vitality Stadium as part of the Under-21 setup, he gained EFL experience during a loan stint at Newport County last season.

The diminutive attacker made 16 appearances for the Exiles, scoring twice – netting in the Welsh club’s 4-1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle in the Checkatrade Trophy and 4-1 victory over Alfreton Town in the Emirates FA Cup.

After spending time with the Glovers squad in recent weeks, Way was pleased to add Green to his attacking ranks. 

“Jordan has the potential to reach a very high standard,” the Yeovil boss told YTFC.net.

“He’s quick, clever and difficult to mark. I’m happy to add Jordan to our ranks.”

Would you like to sponsor Jordan this season? Please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

TICKETS | Crawley away now on sale

Darren Way’s side head to West Sussex on Saturday, September 2nd (3pm).

The Glovers have played at the Checkatrade.com Stadium four times since the Red Devils joined the EFL, winning twice (L2).

Fans can also purchase tickets for Yeovil’s away games against Forest Green Rovers and Exeter City (Checkatrade Trophy).

For ticket prices and more information, head to the Away Tickets section

Glovers extend partnership with E.R. Garrett

Eddie Garrett and his team have worked closely with the Glovers for the last 10 years, after setting up in 1989 with Eddie as sole trader before being joined by wife, Thirl, two years later.

Now in their 26th year of existence and employing over 60 people in the area, the company covers all aspects of the cleaning industry and are very proud of their achievements.

Having once again partnered with E.R Garrett, Commercial Manager, Dave Linney, said: “The team at E.R. Garrett are professional and provide a wonderful service here at Huish Park.

“This is the 10th year that we have used their services with a special mention to Andy Garrett who has become part of the Yeovil Town family.

“His attention to detail is outstanding and he’s always on hand should we need him. I would highly recommend E.R. Garrett.”

Yeovil Town Football Club would like to thank Eddie, Thirl, Craig and Andy for their service and support and look forward to continuing the partnership. 

TICKETS | Fans can now pay on the day at Forest Green

The Gloucestershire outfit has reversed the all-ticket status after liaising with various safety groups and ticketing staff at Yeovil Town, as well as listening to feedback from supporters. 

Town fans will be able to buy tickets from Huish Park until midday on Thursday, with all other sales to take place via the FGR ticket office on the day of the match. 

Advanced purchase is advised to avoid matchday queues and can be done by visiting the Huish Park ticket office, calling on 01935 847888 or by buying online

A new ground for Yeovil supporters, a full breakdown of ticket prices and travel information can be found in our away match ticket section.

QUIZ A GLOVER | Darren Way

Here are his answers to some of your questions. The best appeared in the Accrington Stanley Green&White edition.

Ian Welch (@Iwelch22)
What is the hardest part of the transfer window? How long does it take to get a player ‘signed on that dotted line’?

DW: The hardest part, certainly last year, was having a game on deadline day. We haven’t got a chief scout or a head of recruitment so it has to go through myself, Terry or the Chairman. It’s hard work with limited resources and at the same time there has to be an element of trust that you’re bringing in the right character. To put the whole thing together with finances as well, a lot of things need to fall into place.

Simon (@nomis86uk)
Who is the best player you have played or worked with?

DW: When I played for England at youth level, it was Steven Gerrard and working with I have to say Roberto Martinez.

Barry Spiller (@Barry_Spiller)
Why was Nathan Smith only given a one-year deal when pretty much everyone else has signed a two-year deal? Good luck for the season.

DW: I was here five years and signed one-year deals. It’s nothing personal – Nathan trusts me and I trust him. It’s just something we both agreed on.

Will Hallett
How much has your experience as an assistant manager and a player helped you to become a fully fledged manager for us?

DW: That experience is huge. Obviously working under Terry and having all the success under Gary Johnson – that’s experience you can’t buy. You have to live through the good and bad experiences. When Gary left it was a really difficult time and there was a lot of finger pointing at staff considering what we achieved but that’s football and football management. It doesn’t matter how many years of service you put in at a club – football is ruthless and you’ve just got to win.

Jon Margetts
What’s your favourite memory as a Yeovil player and as a manager?

DW: The FA Trophy was probably my favourite memory and promotion to League Two. It was a big day for me to lead the team out at Rochdale away. We worked extremely hard to get EFL status and were averaging 7/8,000 every week. Those moments were very, very good.

Adam Carr
What YTFC legend from the past would you love in today’s team?

DW: That’s a difficult question! Phil Jevons – he was a very good player. Every team needs a goalscorer and he was very clinical. It’s difficult to pick just one. From a midfield point of view, I played with Lee Johnson and had a good game understanding. In goal, Marek Stech was on another level – better than anything I’ve seen.

Dan Farrant
Do you see anybody in the developmental sides close to the first-team squad?

DW: We’ve had one or two who have featured in pre-season for us. As it stands they still have a lot of work to do.

Yvonne Salisbury
If you weren’t at Yeovil and could do/be anything you wanted, what would you do/be?

DW: I’d probably be on a bike right now. I’d be enduring pain and trying to ride as many miles as I could before I fell off the bike and collapsed!

Ash Phillips
I like the look of the new Yeovil squad. Who was your favourite signing of the summer?

DW: They’re all good lads and a good set of players – it’s hard to pick just one. I just have to make sure they stick with the vision in order for us to be successful.

Next under the microscope will be fan favourite Otis Khan. Get your copy of the programme at the Coventry City game.

Sponsor the match ball against Coventry

The Glovers will entertain the Sky Blues at Huish Park on Saturday, August 26th (3pm).

This low cost sponsorship option is ideal for businesses or even as a gift for a dedicated fan. 

The package costs £250 (+VAT) and includes:

– Two tickets in the premium seating area
– Reserved car parking space
– Complimentary matchday programme
– Acknowledgments on the scoreboard, in the programme and over the PA system
– Presentation of a signed ball at half-time
– Option to include a meal (extra cost)

For more information, please contact Commerical Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net.

Executive Suites available for Coventry match

The Glovers will entertain the Sky Blues at Huish Park on Saturday, August 26th (3pm).

Executive suites can be purchased for the game for £750 (+VAT).

The package includes:

– Exclusive Use of an Executive Suite for 10 guests
– Reserved seating outside of the suite
– Reserved car parking
– Two-course hot fork buffet
– Fully equipped Sky TV
– Complimentary matchday programmes
– Complimentary teamsheets
– Hostess drinks service (payable on the day)
– Entrance into the players lounge after the game

For more information or to book your suite, please contact Commerical Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net.

Zoko enjoying Olomola partnership

The Ivorian notched his second in as many matches, whilst Olomola bagged a brace to get off the mark in green and white at Huish Park – his first goals in professional football.

Zoko joked about the Southampton loanee being his ‘boy’ and revealed his enjoyment from linking up with the 19-year-old post-match.

“Fela’s a good player, he’s young and he listens – I like him,” he told Glovers iFollow.

“He works hard, has a good mentality and when he scores everyone is buzzing.

“It’s good, in the dressing room. Everyday everyone is happy to come in and now we have to show it on the pitch.”

Both Zoko and Olomola sit at the top of Town’s scoring charts with two goals in League Two, but Zoko is targeting team success over personal accolades.

“I don’t see it (a head-to-head with Olomola) as a rivalry,” he said. “The most important thing for us it how the team performs.

“On Saturday, Fela scored and I scored – maybe next time it will be Otis and (Nathan) Smithy. We need goals from everywhere to make the team better and more difficult to stop.

“Personally, to have two goals in two is very good but as I always say, the important thing is the team and we did very well.”

The Glovers are next in action with a trip to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday – the first ever EFL meeting between the two sides.

An all-ticket fixture, you can find more information and purchase tickets by clicking here.

We’ve set the standard – Olomola

The Glovers recovered from Kayden Jackson’s early opener for the visitors with a Francois Zoko strike sandwiched between an Olomola double in an entertaining first-half at Huish Park.

Jackson’s second of the match after the restart made it a nervy end to the game, but Town saw out the victory to get off the mark in League Two.

Having bagged a brace on his home debut, Olomola feels the Glovers have now set the bar.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, the Southampton-loanee said: “We’ve set the standard for ourselves now, so we have to kick on.

“We need to follow this through for the whole of the season and show the same determination and fight that we showed on Saturday.”

Olomola was delighted to net his first professional goals in his maiden competitive outing in front of the home faithful.

“I’ve come here to score goals and win games for the team,” he said. “Hopefully, I can do that more often.

“(Celebrating with the team), those are the moments you live for, especially as a striker. You’re on the pitch to score goals and there’s no feeling like it.

“The fans made a great atmosphere, the roar and the cheer got behind us when we really needed it in the second half and helped us see it through to the end.”

The Glovers are next in action with a trip to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday – the first ever EFL meeting between the two sides.

An all-ticket fixture, you can find more information and purchase tickets by clicking here.

Way pleased for players and fans alike

Two goals from Olufela Olomola and a strike from Francois Zoko helped the Glovers to three points in their first home match of the campaign.

The win comes after two tough matches against Luton Town and Wolves, and Way expressed delight at his team’s display.

“I’m pleased for the players and the supporters,” he told Glovers iFollow.

“Accrington have been in amazing form and the players responded really well today (to last week).

“To go 1-0 down, then have 35 minutes of pure attacking play and score three goals was very pleasing on the eye.

“The supporters deserved that and the ones that turned up today supported the team from start to finish and I want to thank them on behalf of the staff and players.”

He continued: “We wanted to concentrate on the performance.

“From the first result, there’s a lot of question marks on myself, the players and the club.

“This is a fantastic football club despite what people say about it. We’ve had some great stories and I feel very proud to lead this team.

“The players have been able to put a performance in that I’m hoping the supporters have been very pleased with.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-2 Accrington Stanley

The Southampton loanee restored parity with the first professional goal of his career after Kayden Jackson’s opener.

Ivorian Francois Zoko turned the game on its head from close range and Olomola lobbed Aaron Chapman for his second and Town’s third of the afternoon. 

Jackson pulled one back on 53 minutes but Yeovil held on to secure their first points of the term.

Manager Darren Way made two changes to the side that started against Wolves in the Carabao Cup at Molineux in midweek.

Bevis Mugabi returned from an ankle injury to take the right-back slot, while Southampton loanee Olomola partnered Francois Zoko up front.

Defensive duo Tom James and Daniel Alfei dropped to the bench.

Ranked in a 4-4-2 diamond formation, Yeovil began in positive fashion with Olomola looking to utilise his pace to stretch the visiting defence.

Otis Khan tested his aim early on, warming the gloves of Chapman from 25 yards before the Town wide man flicked neatly into Olomola’s path only for his teasing cross to flash across the face of the goal.

But the hosts’ dominance in the opening exchanges went unrewarded and Accrington took the lead against the run of play.

When Kee’s stinging strike was beaten back into play by Krysiak, Jackson was on hand to offer a simple finish leaving Yeovil’s backline searching for the linesman’s flag in desperation.

A quiet spell in the half ensued and then Olomola sparked the game back into life.

The young forward collected a loose ball in the area and rifled a brilliant left-footed shot into the top corner.

One almost became two from the restart.

Ryan Dickson bombed down the left and delivered into the area for Zoko who saw his powerful volley touched on to the crossbar by Chapman.

This initiated a rise in the decibel levels at Huish Park as the Thatchers Terrace choir strained their vocal chords.

It spurred the Green and Whites on for more glory in the first period and they deservedly went ahead.

Khan’s deep cross found Rhys Browne at the back post, and he unselfishly nodded back inside for Zoko to score at the second time of asking.

Almost immediately after Accrington got the game going again, Yeovil netted their third.

Captain James Bailey played a delightful, lofted ball over the top for Olomola to run on to and he made no mistake in lifting it over an onrushing Chapman.

Stanley threatened to reduce the deficit seconds following the interval. A surging downfield run from Kee ended in Jordan Clark firing low at Krysiak.

Former Burton Albion forward Kee, renowned for his goalscoring ability, turned provider once more as the Lancashire outfit added their second.

The 26-year-old’s slide-rule pass was gathered by strike partner Jackson who curled into the bottom corner with aplomb.

Accrington would have levelled on the hour mark if not for the heroics of Krysiak. 

The Polish keeper made a flying save to push Clark’s header on the bar and followed up with a similar stop to deny Mark Hughes from the resulting corner.

His counterpart Chapman was in fine form to prevent Khan’s free kick from nestling in the top corner before the ex-Barnsley man’s dazzling slalom concluded with a venomous shot tipped over.

Zoko had a chance to wrap up the match in the closing stages but fired over, however the damage was already implemented as far as Yeovil concerned – a good way to kick-start their league campaign.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Browne, C.Smith, Bailey, Khan, Zoko, Olomola (Surridge 80). Not Used: Maddison, Alfei, James, Davies, Gray, Santos.

Accrington Stanley: Chapman, Forbes (Ogle 46), Hughes, Donacien, Dallison (McLeod 89), Clark, Nolan, Conneely, McConville, Kee, Jackson. Not Used: Bloch Jorgensen, Richards-Everton, Brown, Sousa, Edwards.

Under-18s begin home campaign with big win

Following a goalless first period, Samyan Ismail set the young Glovers on their way just after the interval.

Paulius Golubickas added a second for the hosts before Jeremiah Gyebi put extra gloss on the victory late on.

Town showed early signs of progress, looking to exploit Cheltenham in behind but the visitors looked dangerous on the counter, sending two warning shots wide inside five minutes.

Home goalkeeper Chandler Hallett was a late call-up to the starting line-up after Tommy Scott was injured in the warm-up, and he needed to be at his best to tip Adam Hockey’s sweet volley round the post.

At the other end, Robins stopper Ross Grimshaw kept the score at 0-0 with two fine stops from Neville Nzembela efforts.

An intricate passage of play from Yeovil ended with Nzembela one-on-one and curling shot was pushed over by Grimshaw.

In the second head-to-head between the two, a similar outcome occurred. Town youngster Nzembela attempted a low strike towards the bottom corner by Grimshaw was equal to it once again.

The Under-18s continued their dominance in the second half and opened the scoring on 50 minutes.

Ismail picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, skipped past three Cheltenham defenders and – with a hand of the post – found the back of the net from an acute angle.

One became two shortly afterwards. A mazy dribble from Golubickas was rewarded as he fired high into the roof of the goal.

Untroubled and a spectator for the most part, Hallett made an excellent save to deny George Lloyd before Gyebi rounded off the scoring, collecting Bradley Cherrett’s slide-rule pass and hitting in off the woodwork.

Yeovil Town U18: Hallett, Fripp, Gyebi, Cherrett (Haughton 90), Dix (Hayes 69), Rice-Lethaby (Arnold 64), Wan, Hilton-Jones, Ismail, Golubickas, Nzembela (Rogers 64). 

Brave Town supporter to lead Glovers out on Saturday

The 20-year-old was placed in an induced coma after a car accident in March, forcing the youngster to once again learn to walk. 

At the time of his recovery, Ben received a visit from Town manager Darren Way who himself had to learn to walk again after suffering career-ending injuries from a car collision in 2008.

Having issued Ben with the challenge of recovering enough to lead the team out, the avid Town fan will do so this weekend for the Glovers first home game of 2017/18.

Ahead of gracing the Huish Park turf, Ben said: “My recovery has been tough but I’m still making good progress. I’ve got a long way to go but things are looking up. 

“Darren gave me the motivation to get back on my feet when I needed it the most. I’m pleased that he set me the challenge to lead the team out, it was a big thing to look forward to. 

“Hopefully we can get three points to top it off!”

Looking forward to seeing Ben once again, Town boss Way told YTFC.net: “It will be a great occasion for Ben and for us – he’s a real inspiration and someone the players will be humbled to meet given what he’s gone through. 

“He’s shown unbelievable determination and I’m pleased he’s smashed the challenge of recovering to walk the team out. Hopefully, we’ll do him proud on the pitch.”

Everyone at Yeovil Town looks forward to welcoming Ben back to Huish Park.

Matchday information for Town v Accrington Stanley

Below is a range of information relating to the fixture. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game at the Huish Park ticket office. However, supporters are advised to buy in advance to avoid lengthy queues. Tickets can be bought online prior to the game by clicking here or by calling 01935 847888.

Parking
Prices for car parking at the stadium have been amended for the new season. A season ticket, covering all league and cup matches (excluding Ladies fixtures), is priced at £50 while fees on the day of a game will be £3 – amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses and coaches will cost £6 and £18 respectively. For more information, please call 01935 847888

Arrive early!
Town under-18s are playing Cheltenham Town on the top pitch at 11am on Saturday. Fans can show their support for the young Glovers before heading to the Marquee (open from 12pm) for a drink.

A-Plan Insurance also have a stand at Huish Park on Saturday complete with Del Boy’s infamous yellow Reliant Robin, ready for a photo – head there for the chance to win a Glovers kit and VIP matchday experience.

Programmes
Matchday programmes have been given a fresh look this season. There are several new features with a lot more player content for you to enjoy! Programmes can be purchased for £3 from various places around the ground.

Get kitted out!
Yeovil’s new home and away kits have proved popular with supporters this summer and remain on sale in the club shop. Adult tops are priced at £40 while a junior can get a replica match shirt for £30. The shop is open from 10am up until kick-off (3pm).

Beat the queues!
Saturday sees the new pop up tea bar situated on the corner of the Screwfix and Radio Cabs stands open for business. Stocked with hot drinks, the pop up tea bar will be open to both home and away supporters to alleviate queues for Tea Bar 5. 

Marquee
Home and away supporters can enjoy a drink before the game in the Marquee, open from 12 o’clock and situated next to the 3G playing surface adjacent to the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace.  

Way wants ‘high-energy’ display

The Lancashire club provide the opposition for Town’s first home match of the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

John Coleman’s side opened with a 3-1 over Colchester United and followed up with an impressive victory over Championship outfit Preston North End.

Way knows what to expect from the visitors and anticipates a good test.

“It’s not an easy game but every game is winnable,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We’ve played them a few times now. They’re good technically, on the ball and try and play between the lines.

“Their full-backs get high and wide, their wingers like to get crosses into the box and they’ve got Jackson up front who has a lot of power and pace so will be looking to stretch us in behind.

“Every team has their own threats but we’ve got to put in a performance we feel is our game which I saw throughout pre-season.

“We have to make sure we show togetherness, put a good, high-energy performance in in front of our home supporters and get points on the board because that’s the most important thing.”

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

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Accrington Stanley

The Glovers were defensively solid at Molineux, restricting their big-spending opponents to limited chances before eventually succumbing to a 76th-minute goal from Mali international Nouha Dicko.

Prior to that, Darren Way’s side almost grabbed the first goal through Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge but the youngster couldn’t find the target from just inside the box – something he is looking to make amends for.

There are no injury concerns for Yeovil going into this weekend’s clash with Accrington Stanley.

Stephane Zubar was suffering from a knee injury but has been released after his month-to-month contract wasn’t extended while defender Bevis Mugabi (ankle) returned to the bench in midweek. 

Accrington have began the season in fine form, defeating Colchester United 3-1 and following it up with an impressive cup triumph over Lancashire neighbours Preston North End.

Forward Billy Kee scored Stanley’s winner against the second tier team – his second in as many games.

The 26-year-old’s strike partner Kayden Jackson has also been good form, showing off his pace and power to net on the opening day.

John Coleman has said promotion is the aim for Stanley who finished 13th last term.

Head-to-head
The Glovers are unbeaten in three against Stanley (W1 D2).

Both games last season ended in 1-1 draws with the previous game in 2016 finishing 1-0 to Town.

Ryan Dickson was on target that day with a 64th-minute strike to give Yeovil a vital three points in their bid for survival.

Another memorable game was the FA Cup second round replay in 2014. Read about it in Saturday’s matchday programme.

Officials
Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire) will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

Mr. Sarginson’s season began in controversial fashion as he awarded a goal for Charlton Athletic against Bristol Rovers that didn’t cross the line. It proved to be the match winner.

The Staffordshire-born official also handed out a red card in that game. Last term, he sent off seven players and dished out a total of 121 yellows in 41 games.

Yeovil unbeaten with Sarginson officiating in 2016/17, winning one (1-0, Crewe Alexandra away) and drawing two (Portsmouth home and Mansfield Town home, both goalless).

He will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Ben Cobb (Dorset) with Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Sam Surridge’s pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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 online, by phone on 01935 847888 and in person at the ticket office ahead of Saturday’s match. Tickets are available on the doors. Arrive early to avoid queues.

Club trialling pop up offer to improve tea bar service

Starting from this weekend’s game with Accrington Stanley, an additional drinks only unit is being positioned by the corner of the Screwfix & Radio Cabs stands, close to Tea Bar 5.

The club hopes to see queues at Tea Bar 5 reduced significantly as a result. The trial will run for at least three games and might see the pop unit move to different locations. 

This development is a direct result of feedback from fans and the work of a new Catering and Hospitality group which is made up of senior club staff plus Rich Rendell, the Chairman of the Supporters Alliance.

David Mills, Supporter Director, said: “We aim to run this trial for the first few games of the season and if successful we may adopt it long term.

“We hope supporters will welcome the idea as it is in response to fans feedback.”

Surridge targeting end of season gong from loan spell

The 19-year-old became the Glovers 10th summer signing last week agreeing a season-long loan from Premier League outfit Bournemouth, appearing as a substitute in the opening two matches of the campaign.

Prolific during a loan spell with Poole Town in National League South last season, Surridge is hoping to continue the trend in his first taste of EFL football.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “I want to score goals, progress my career and help Yeovil in the meantime.

“If I score goals it helps the club so that’s what I want to do.

“I want to be top scorer in the club, score goals and be noticed in the league so if I score it helps the team.”

After an encouraging performance at Wolves in midweek in which the Glovers held their Championship opponents at deadlock until the final 15 minutes, Surridge is anticipating another good performance against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm).

“We could’ve potentially won in the end (against Wolves),” he said.

“A good performance against a Championship side after an 8-2 defeat shows how good our mindset is going into Saturday.

“If we get a result on Saturday it takes us up to mid-table which would help us kick on from there. A win on Saturday would be a boost.”

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

New sponsors have branch opened by the Glovers

Situated on Silver Street opposite the Borough, manager Darren Way, assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first-team players James Bailey, Bevis Mugabi, Keston Davies and Fela Olomola helped to officially open the branch. 

A-Plan, which has been providing a personalised service to over 600,000 clients since the 1960s, will be attending Town’s League Two encounter with Accrington Stanley on Saturday as sponsors. 

A-plan Insurance flags and three wheeler

Yeovil’s first home league match of the season, A-Plan will be arriving at Huish Park with their Del Boy Reliant Robin which will be available for photo opportunities. 

Supporters can also win a Glovers kit and VIP matchday experience by visiting A-Plan’s stand on Saturday.

Everyone at Yeovil Town thanks A-Plan Insurance for its support.

For more information about commercial opportunities with the Glovers, please contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or via DLinney@ytfc.net.

Fresh-looking Green&White programme

The 2017/18 edition is filled with various new content including several player features.

Here’s what you can find in the first programme of the campaign:

Skipper James Bailey chats about taking over the armband while goalkeeper Jonny Maddison reveals all about his team-mates in ‘Who Is?’.

There’s a column from summer recruit Jake Gray who notes how he’s settled into life at Yeovil Town and a fellow addition Connor Smith talks us through his ‘Dream Team’.

Also, we cast an eye back to the Conference-winning season of 2002/03 on our ‘Classic Campaign’ page.

The Academy have a double-page spread and four pages are dedicated to this weekend’s visitors Accrington Stanley.

Supporters can purchase the programme from various points around Huish Park, including the club shop, and are priced at £3.

If you are an exiled Yeovil fan and would like a copy, please email Lewis Hancock on LHancock@ytfc.net for more information.

Use the same contact to provide feedback on the first issue – it’s always welcomed! 

We have to make our ground a fortress – Way

The Glovers are home for the first time of the season on Saturday (3pm) against John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley.

Midway through last term, Yeovil went on an eight-match unbeaten run in Somerset and Way wants to emulate similar form in this year’s Sky Bet League Two.

“We’re excited to be back at home,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We want to make sure we put on a performance for our home supporters. They’ve travelled some distance in consecutive games so it’ll be nice to be back on home soil.

“We want to make sure our home form is good. Every game is going to be difficult but we have to make our ground a fortress.”

Town followed up the disappointing opening day defeat to Luton Town with a credible display at Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Way has no fresh injury concerns to contend with and is willing his squad to learn from every game they play.

“We’re at full strength,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure the new group that we have keep learning, keep taking things on board, and handle the pressure of League Two football.

“Everyone is going to play a massive part in our challenge.”

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

We showed what we’re really about – James

The Glovers were solid defensively and limited the Sky Bet Championship side’s opportunities before succumbing to a 76th-minute goal by Mali international Nouha Dicko.

Former Rotherham United forward Dicko was one of a number of players in the Wolves team with second tier experience and James was content with how Yeovil dealt with them for the most part.

“It was good – a tough test,” he told Glovers iFollow.

“They’re a good team who passed it round well and I think the boys put one hell of a shift in.

“We really wanted to go and show the fans what we’re really about and I think we did that.

“We worked really hard and were unlucky not to get anything out of it considering we had the chance towards the end.

“They didn’t really look like scoring – we limited their opportunities as well as we could. Then it was a sloppy goal to concede from a set piece.

“It’s one of those things you have to deal with – they took their chance and we have to move on to Saturday now.”

James made his first start of the season at Molineux in the heart of a three-man Yeovil defence, flanked by Omar Sowunmi and Nathan Smith.

It was the first time the Welshman had played at centre-back in Green and White since his move from Cardiff City, and he was pleased with how things went.

James said: “It was really good and I really enjoyed having Omar – that big man – next to me and Smithy who has so much experience. I like the middle as I felt like I was in control of things.

“I try and spray a few balls around as much as I can. It’s part of my game and it helps the team out getting the ball wide to Otis (Khan) and (Rhys) Browny so I try and do it as much as I can.

“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling fit so hopefully I’ll be back out there Saturday.”

Town take on Accrington Stanley this weekend – their first match of the season at Huish Park.

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

Way pleased with defensive display

Forward Nouha Dicko, who boasts a wealth of experience in the second tier, netted the match-winner in the 76th minute after Town had restricted the Sky Bet Championship outfit to just a few clearcut opportunities.

The Glovers had a glorious chance to go ahead when Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge missed with an effort inside the area, but overall Way was happy with the character his side shown after the opening day defeat at Luton Town.

“I was really pleased with the game,” he told Glovers iFollow.

“With the amount of goals we conceded on Saturday, the first we had to do was make sure we looked very good defensively.

“I think we limited them to long range shots and I feel very proud of the players.

“I thought they showed spirit, desire and what it takes to play in a Yeovil shirt.”

He continued: “We had Tom James and Omar Sowunmi come in and I thought they were excellent with the way they handled a really good Wolves team.

“We hit them on the counter-attack in the first-half and had one or two shots, and in the second half Surridge had a great chance to put us 1-0 up.

“The goal we conceded was disappointing but overall on the back of Saturday it’s very encouraging.”

Way also gave a special mention to the 440 Green and Whites who made the trip to the Black Country.

“The amount of supporters that travelled was amazing,” he said.

“A big thank you must go to them. I’m very thankful as a manager and so are the players.”

Town are in action at Huish Park for the first time this season against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 01935 847888.

REPORT | Wolves 1-0 Yeovil Town

Having impressively contained the hosts until the final 15 minutes, Nouha Dicko broke the deadlock to confirm the hosts’ advancement in the cup.

Subsitute Sam Surridge spurned the Glovers best chance, as Town narrowly lost out in the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.

Darren Way moved away from the familiar 4-3-3 formation in favour of 3-4-3 in the West Midlands, making three changes in the progress.

Tom James and Omar Sowunmi slotted into a three-man Town defence at the expense of Keston Davies and Jake Gray. 

In a final change from Saturday’s opening day defeat at Luton Town, Rhys Browne took to the wing in place of Olufela Olomola. 

Up against the Championship’s summer big spenders, the green and whites produced a disciplined opening 20 minutes which restricted Wanderers to plenty of possession in their own half.

Unable to penetrate a resolute visiting unit and having only registered two off-target long range strikes from Connor Ronan, it was the Glovers who notched the first shot on target.

Lively on the left wing, Otis Khan jinked his way into a shooting position having cut inside, before driving an effort into the arms of Will Norris at the near-post.

In a recurring pattern, Wolves patiently stroked the ball around the immaculate Molineux pitch, only to be continually frustrated by a well-drilled Town.

With corners a rare opportunity to get the ball into the box, Danny Batth powered a header into the ground and harmlessly wide as Nuno Esprito Santo’s side failed to test Artur Krysiak in the first-half 

As Town grew into proceedings further, Browne almost picked out Francois Zoko in the middle after weaving his way to the byline past Willy Boly. 

Browne’s trickery proved to be the last meaningful action of an opening 45 minutes which saw the visitors comfortably contain their Championship opponents, with the central defensive trio of Sowunmi, James and Nathan Smith imperious.

Looking to increase the tempo after the restart the hosts engineered their best opportunity of the match on 48 minutes.

Largely a spectator in the first-half, winger Ruben Vinagre powerfully drove to the byline before dispatching a low cross, prompting Krysiak to pounce on the ball with Nouha Dicko closing in.

Keen to avoid the lottery of a penalty shootout the hosts increased the tempo as the game ticked past the hour-mark, as Dicko blazed a venomous strike over the bar.

With Saturday’s League Two encounter with Accrington Stanley in mind, Sam Surridge and Olomola were introduced for Zoko and Khan, as the visitors looked to add attacking potency to their defensive solidity.

The introduction of Surridge almost had the desired effect, only for the 19-year-old to spurn the game’s best opportunity after 71 minutes.

Neat passing from James and Browne freed up space for Connor Smith in midfield, allowing the Irishman to masterfully pick out Surridge inside the box only for the Bournemouth loanee to blast wide from a central positon.

A wake-up call for the hosts, Vinagre called Krysiak into action once again with a shot from the angle, before Yeovil’s defence was finally breached.

Jordan Graham’s tantalising delivery from a corner was too good to turn down for Dicko, who glanced a header into the far corner to end an evening of frustration.

As the Glovers piled forward in search of a late equaliser Dicko forced another fine save from Krysiak, with the referee’s whistle ending a brave performance from Way’s side against Championship opponents.

Wolves: Norris, Graham, Bennett, Batth, Boly, Vinagre, Edwards (Enobakhare 69’), Price, Dicko, Ronan (Saiss 81’), Bonatini (Jota 69’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Doherty, Coady, Miranda.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Alfei, James, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Bailey, C. Smith (Gray 81’), Browne, Khan (Olomola 66’), Zoko (Surridge 54’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Davies, Santos.

Zubar released by Town

The defender signed for the Glovers on non-contract terms in the summer, with the club having the opportunity to extend his deal month-by-month.

Former Bournemouth man Zubar picked up a knock in the opening pre-season friendly against Weymouth and is currently working his way back to full fitness.

Despite letting him go, manager Darren Way has made it clear it isn’t necessarily the end of Zubar at Huish Park.

He told YTFC.net: “Stephane is currently recovering from a knock.

“However, I have not ruled out a potential return for him once he has regained his fitness and been fully rehabilitated.” 

PREVIEW | Wolves v Yeovil Town

The Glovers face a trip to Championship outfit Wolves in round one of the Carabao Cup – their first ever visit to Molineux.

At this stage of last season’s competition, Matty Dolan scored from inside his own half as Yeovil defeated Walsall to set up a fixture with Everton at Goodison Park.

Defender Bevis Mugabi (ankle) missed the trip to Luton Town but is fit again.

Wolves began their league campaign with an impressive 1-0 win over promotion favourites Middlesbrough.

Nuno Espirito Santo brought in a number of new faces with handing starts to seven of his summer acquisitions.

Championship record-signing Ruben Neves, a £15.8m recruit from Porto, featured while Brazilian Leo Bonatini, on loan from Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal, scored on his debut.

Forward Helder Costa (ankle) is out of the clash while Phil Ofosu-Ayeh and Ben Marshall (hip) are also a concern.

Ivan Cavaleiro is available with his suspension only applying to league matches.

Head-to-head
The Glovers have never faced Wolves in a competitive fixture.

In 2003, Town hosted the West Midlands side in a pre-season friendly and ran out 2-1 winners.

Kevin Gall’s teasing cross forced a cruel own goal just before half-time and the former Bristol Rovers man added one himself on 62 minutes.

Wolves replied late on through Alex Rae but the Green and Whites hung on for victory.

Officials
Robert Lewis (Shropshire) will be the man in the middle at Molineux. 

Mr. Lewis took charge of Fleetwood Town’s win over Rotherham United on Saturday, dishing out three yellow cards and previously refereed a Yeovil match in September 2015 (Accrington Stanley 2-1 YTFC).

The Shrewsbury-born official handed out 49 yellow and two red cards last season.

In the Black Country, Mr. Lewis will be assisted by Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire) with Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Otis Khan’s pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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 have until 11am on Tuesday to purchase advanced tickets. Supporters can also purchase on the turnstiles at Molineux.

TICKETS | Buy on the night at Wolves

Previously an all-ticket affair, Wolves will now be selling tickets on the turnstiles for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup clash in the West Midlands. 

The first competitive meeting between the two sides, tickets are priced at the following:
Adult – £10
Senior (65+) – £8
17-21 – £8
Under-17s – £5

Tickets can purchased in advance until 11am via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

Way gets lowdown on Wolves from an old friend

The 37-year-old called Middlesbrough manager, and former team-mate at Swansea City, Garry Monk on Sunday after his side suffered a 1-0 defeat on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season.

The West Midlands outfit, backed by new owners Fosun International, spent a great amount of money in the summer – including Championship record £15.8m on Ruben Neves – as boss Nuno Espirito Santo assembled a fresh squad. 

Over 29,000 fans packed into Molineux on the opening day and Way says his side need to cope with the pressure of a big crowd on Tuesday in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

“I spoke to Garry Monk on Sunday as Middlesbrough played them and I got the run down on them,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“They’re a good team, they’ve invested a lot of money but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.

“We don’t know what the crowd is going to be but they had 29,000 in their last game so hopefully we’ll get a good crowd and we can put on a good performance.

“It’ll be a pressure the players will have to deal with.”

Way has no injury concerns going into game with Bevis Mugabi recovering from his ankle problem.

The Glovers will be keen to bounce back from their loss to Luton Town on Saturday and Way insists his team have worked hard, and will continue to do so, to make amends.

He said: “Cup games always bring a different challenge and are exciting.

“We’ve worked hard on the training since Saturday – we’re prepared and ready.

“We’ve regrouped, had to get a positive mindset and the players have bought into what we’re asking for – now they’ve just got to show it.” 

Tickets are available to purchase on the turnstiles at Molineux. For advanced sales, fans can purchase tickets up until 11am on Tuesday via the Huish Park ticket office.

Refunds available for Luton fixture

The Glovers suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of the Hatters, with manager Darren Way and the first-team squad vowing to refund the 258 Town fans who made the trip to Bedfordshire.

Those who are able to visit the Huish Park ticket office prior to Monday’s deadline will have the cost of their matchday ticket reimbursed via debit or credit card (excluding American Express). 

For supporters unable to reach the stadium, please post your matchday ticket along with a contact telephone number to:

Yeovil Town Football Club
Huish Park
Lufton Way
Yeovil 
Somerset
BA22 8YF

A member of our ticket office staff will then be in touch to process the refund.

All supporters wishing to claim a refund must have a valid matchday ticket from the encounter on Saturday, August 5th.

The club kindly asks that supporters avoid claiming a refund between 2-3pm on Saturday due to busy matchday ticket office traffic. 

Under-18s open with draw at Newport

Both teams attempted to play the ball on the ground, however the extremely windy conditions in South Wales made that a difficult task.

A host of chances were squandered at each end before Newport went ahead through Michael Cook.

Town only half cleared their lines leaving the Exiles youngster with an opportunity to convert from close range.

Parity was restored soon after when young Glovers midfielder Gabriel Rogers curled a beautiful free kick in from 25 yards.

The Green and Whites turned the game on its head courtesy of Neville Nzembela’s tap-in.

After Devon Arnold’s shot was parried by the Newport keeper, the summer signing was on hand to score from inside the six-yard box.

But Yeovil couldn’t hold on for victory as Evan Press equalised five minutes from time.

Academy Manager Paul Wilson told YTFC.net: “It was the first game of the season and the new players are still trying to learn each other’s games.

“It was far from the complete performance we were looking for and it was disappointing to get into a winning position and not pick up three points but we’ll regroup and go again next weekend.”

The under-18s host Cheltenham Town on Saturday (11am).

Yeovil Town: Scott, Fripp, Hayes (Dix 51), Gyebi, Wan, Cherrett, Rice-Lethaby (Calverley 84), Hilton-Jones, Nzembela, Rogers (Atherly 84), Haughton (Arnold 51). Not Used: Hallett.

TICKETS | Forest Green away now on sale

It will be the first time the two sides will have faced each other in the EFL following the Green Devils’ promotion last term.

Glovers fans will be situated on the West Terrace which is standing only. The end is uncovered so please bring appropriate clothing in case of inclement weather.

The match will be all-ticket.

For ticket prices and further information on the fixture, please click here.

TICKETS | All-ticket ruling for Wolves trip

Subsequently, Glovers fans without tickets are advised not to travel to the Black Country as they will not be able to pay on the night.

To date, a few hundred tickets have been sold to away supporters and they remain on sale.

Sales will end at 11am on Tuesday.

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

Ladies to host Man City on opening day

Jamie Sherwood’s side welcome the 2016 title winners to Huish Park on Sunday, September 24th (2pm kick-off), where they will play all of their home matches.

It is the first time the female Glovers will ply their trade in the top flight, which now coincides with the traditional winter football calendar.

For more information on tickets for the Ladies’ matches and the full fixture list, please click here.

Huish Park stars in Screwfix advert

The television adverts, which feature many local extras are part of Screwfix’s sponsorship deal with Sky Sports and were filmed at the Glovers in July.

Sammy Ough, Advertising Manager at Screwfix comments: “We have an ongoing relationship with Yeovil Town and as such, they were our first choice of locations to film at. We are really pleased we could use local football players, alongside the actors. The crowd that feature in the ads are all locals. We are very thankful to Yeovil Town for all their help and support with these adverts.”

YTFC Commercial Manager David Linney said: “We really enjoy working with the team at Screwfix, they are a keen supporter of the club. This opportunity was great to be involved with. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to seeing the adverts on the TV.”

For the fourth consecutive year, Screwfix will be sponsoring the Sky Sports coverage of the English Football League. The 14 adverts will play before, during and after football matches on Sky Sports Football. 

Town players and staff to refund supporters

The travelling faithful endured an 8-2 defeat at Kenilworth Road on the opening day of the 2017/18 season.

Midfielder James Bailey captained the side in Bedfordshire and issued an apology on behalf of the players.

“We know we let ourselves and the fans down,” Bailey told YTFC.net.

“We felt the same as everyone else connected with the club and know the performance was unacceptable.

“The support we had at Luton was fantastic and we didn’t repay them how we wanted. Most were still there at the end of the game when our performance didn’t merit that.

“As a group, we want to apologise and give fans their money back.”

Manager Darren Way suffered his biggest defeat as Town boss and supported the players’ decision to offer a refund.

“Saturday was never going to be easy but the manner of the defeat was totally unacceptable and I apologise to the supporters and take full responsibility for that.

“Paying supporters their money back is a collective decision, we’re not happy with just apologising but at the same time know our best apology will come on the pitch in the coming weeks.”

Information on how supporters can claim a refund from the trip to Luton Town will be released on Monday 7th August. For supporters who watched the Glovers at Kenilworth Road, please retain your matchday ticket.

REPORT | Luton Town 8-2 Yeovil Town

Otis Khan’s sublime free-kick fired Town into the lead in the early exchanges, before five answered strikes from the hosts before the break.

Olly Lee levelled the scores before James Collins made it 2-1 after 19 minutes, with an Isaac Vassell brace and Alan McCormack thunderbolt completing the first-half scoring.

Collins completed his hat-trick with strikes either side of the hour-mark, before Zoko added a consolation for the green and whites prior to Elliot Lee rounding off the scoring.

Town boss Darren Way opted to hand out six debuts on the opening day, with Dan Alfei and Keston Davies debuting in the back four.

In a new look midfield, Connor Smith, Jake Gray and captain James Bailey all made their first competitive appearances in green and white.

Fela Olomola appeared alongside last season’s stalwarts Khan and Zoko to complete an 11 packed with new faces.

With the Bedfordshire outfit tipped for promotion following their summer acquisitions which included last season’s League Two top scorer Collins, the hosts started in determined fashion.

Inside the opening minute the former Crawley striker drew a good save from Artur Krysiak having latched on to a looped through ball, before having an effort cleared off the line by Nathan Smith minutes later.

Having survived the early onslaught, the Glovers took the lead following their first venture into Luton’s half.

Expert hold-up play from Zoko won a free-kick 20 yards from goal, providing the platform for Khan to curl an effort into the top corner leaving Marek Stech no chance with seven minutes played.

With Town’s travelling faithful still celebrating the opener, the hosts levelled the scores five minutes later when Vassell’s cross was met by Olly Lee at the back post who volleyed the ball back where it came from and past a hapless Krysiak.

In a frantic start to proceedings the Glovers almost re-took the lead with the game’s next opportunity, as neat footwork from Khan saw him beat Jack Stacey and race along the byline before slamming an effort off the post.

Quickly becoming a breathless affair, the Hatters notched their second with 19 minutes played, as the twice thwarted Collins made no mistake third time around with a neat chip over Krysiak.

The pressure continued to come from Nathan Jones’ side and their lead was doubled five minutes later in unstoppable fashion.

Lee’s corner was headed clear by Zoko only to come back with interest as McCormack powered a first-time volley into the bottom corner from 25 yards for an early goal of the season contender.

After four goals in the opening half-an-hour the game plateaued for a spell allowing Town to enjoy a spell of possession, before a quickfire Vassell double extinguished any hopes of a comeback.

Bringing down an angled through ball, the former Truro forward calmly fired past Krysiak on 35 minutes, before notching a second 180 seconds later.

In an opening 45 minutes crammed full of action, the Glovers were awarded a penalty as the half drew to a close after McCormack brought down Ryan Dickson.

Aiming to double his tally for the campaign Khan stepped up from 12 yards, only to be denied by a sprawling Stech to keep it at 5-1.

In the last action of the half, Olly Lee cannoned an effort back off the post from 20 yards, ending a difficult start to the 2017/18 season for Way’s side.

Looking to arrest the pattern of the first-half Omar Sowunmi replaced Davies at the break, as Town matched Luton’s diamond 4-4-2 formation.

The tactical switch saw the Glovers enjoy the lion-share possession after the restart and should’ve seen a goal clawed back, only for a superb reaction save from Stech to somehow deny Zoko from close range.

Despite an encouraging start to the second 45 the Hatters added a sixth on 58 minutes when Collins capitalised on a defensive error to fire past Krysiak, before completing a debut hat-trick with a low effort from 25 yards which squeezed into the bottom corner.

With applause still rippling from the home quarters, the visitors reduced the arrears when Zoko nodded Dickson’s cross past Stech, for little more than a consolation.

Boasting a five goal advantage the closing stages became little more than a formality before Elliot Lee rounded off an afternoon to forget for Town with an eighth goal with the last action of the match.

Luton Town: Stech, Stacey, Cuthbert, Sheehan, Potts, McCormack (Rea 64’), O. Lee, Mpanzu, Shinnie (Mullins 74’), Collins (E. Lee 69), Vassell.
Bookings: McCormack 41’, Mpanzu 60’, Rea 90’.
Subs not used: Cook, Senior, Gambin, Shea.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Alfei, Davies (Sowunmi 46’), N. Smith, Dickson, Gray, Bailey, C. Smith (Santos 64’), Olomola (Surridge 71’), Zoko, Khan.
Bookings: C. Smith 32’, Olomola 62’, Alfei 90’.
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Browne.

The whole team is motivated – Way

The Glovers travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town, where they earned a point in their first away match last term.

Former Hatter Jake Gray returns to Bedfordshire for the first time, while a further eight of Yeovil’s summer signings are available for selection – with Stephan Zubar ruled out through a knee injury.

Way insists his new arrivals have integrated well with the rest of the squad and believes everyone is relishing the beginning of the season.

“From looking at pre-season and how it went, the whole group are looking forward to it,” he told iFollow.

“Some of our personalities have got really good leadership skills. I can see our pattern and they’re very organised out of possession.

“It’s important we turn up to the first game of the season, where there is that little bit of added pressure to it, and come out of it with a result.

“The whole team is motivated – and we have to be more so than Luton.”

Luton are many bookies favourites to win promotion to League One.

Nathan Jones has brought in five new faces in pre-season, including ex-Green and White stopper Marek Stech, and Way feels they will be under pressure to go up.

He said: “On paper, everyone will say they’ll be champions this year.

“Nathan has tried to make improvements from last year and they’ve spent a lot of money. He knows they have to get promoted.

“You look at some of the players they have – Collins is a fantastic player, always looking to play on the shoulder the same as Vassell. That’s what Hylton did in the last game – they played direct balls in behind and back four.

“I assume they’ll do the same so we have to be ready for that. They’ve got physical and clever players and we have to make sure we match that.

“We’ve got to make sure we go there and put in a really resilient performance but at the same time really enjoy the first game of the season, play with no fear and be totally committed to wearing that shirt with pride.”

PREVIEW | Luton Town v Yeovil Town

Town will be looking to kick-off the season with a bang when they head to Kenilworth Road, aiming to emulate the start to the 2016/17 campaign which saw Notts County defeated 2-0 at Huish Park. 

After seven pre-season fixtures and 10 signings during the summer, a new look Glovers squad will make the journey to Bedfordshire in search of three points. 

Darren Way could hand nine new recruits their competitive debut, with Stephane Zubar (knee) the only new arrival to miss out. 

The experienced defender is the only confirmed absentee, with Bevis Mugabi (ankle) undergoing a late fitness test to determine his availability. 

Having arrived in Somerset at the end of June for an undisclosed fee from the Hatters, midfielder Jake Gray will return to his former club after making 28 appearances last term, whilst Luton boast three familiar faces.

Manager Nathan Jones will stand alongside Way in the dugout, whilst former loanee Lawson D’Ath could well be involved. 

Between the sticks, Marek Stech will likely line-up against the Glovers for the first time since departing in 2014 having earnt cult status by helping Town reach the Championship via the play-offs in 2013. 

The Czech stopper is one of five new faces at Luton, being joined by James Collins, Elliot Lee, James Shea and Jack Stacey.

Play-off semi-final losers last season, the Hatters will be looking to go one better this time out, with Jones’ side tipped for promotion by many. 

Head-to-head
The Glovers head to Bedfordshire looking for their second competitive win over Luton. 

Town came away from Kenilworth Road with a share of the spoils last season, with Tom Eaves’ header cancelling out Stephen O’Donnell’s opener. 

In the reverse fixture at Huish Park a Danny Hylton brace and strikes from Glen Rea and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu saw off Way’s side, having also ended the Glovers Checkatrade Trophy run at the quarter-final stage in February. 

Overall, Luton boast four wins to Yeovil’s one, with a meeting between the two sides ending in a draw on a further three occasions. 

Officials
Gavin Ward (Surrey) will be the man in the middle on Saturday. 

Mr. Ward took charge of just one Town fixure during the 2016/17 campaign, the 2-2 draw at Stevenage which saw Ben Whitfield rescue a point with the last kick of the game.

Overall, the Surrey-based official handed out 150 yellow and six red cards last season.

In Bedfordshire, Mr. Ward will be assisted by Nicholas Cooper (Suffolk) and Gregory Read (Surrey) with Kevin Howick (Berkshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way’s pre-match interview can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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 have until 12.30 to purchase tickets from the Luton Town ticket office by calling 01582 416976.

Glovers secure services of Surridge on loan

The Cherries youngster becomes Town’s 10th summer signing and arrives in time for the Sky Bet League Two opener at Luton Town on Saturday. 

Surridge scored eight goals in 10 appearances on loan at Poole Town last term and was promoted to Eddie Howe’s first-team having continued goal scoring form for Bournemouth Under-21s.

The 19-year-old was an unused substitute for the Premier League outfit at Huish Park on Wednesday night but has featured heavily throughout pre-season, travelling to the club’s 10-day Marbella training camp last month.

Swapping red and black for green and white, the Wimborne-raised striker follows in the footsteps of Brandon Goodship, Harry Cornick, Josh Wakefield, Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher in arriving from the Vitality Stadium on loan.

Cherry number six to land in Somerset, Bournemouth boss Howe was pleased to continue the relationship between the two clubs, speaking after the midweek friendly.

He said: “It’s very important when you have a big squad as we have had in recent seasons and we’ve got talented young guys coming through that they have a place to play, and a good home with good people.

“We feel that Darren (Way) and Terry (Skiverton), who we’ve known for a long time are really good people, and good coaches. I think it’s an excellent club, so we have no hesitation in sending our best players there.”

Adding more firepower to his frontline, Glovers manager Darren Way was equally delighted to capture Surridge’s services.

“Sam first came to our attention last January, and we feel this next move is a fantastic move for Sam and Yeovil Town,” he told YTFC.net.

“I’m sure he’ll follow on from the previous loanees we’ve had from Bournemouth in enjoying the environment here, and we must thank Eddie Howe for his comments last night and for trusting us with the development of his young talent.”

Would you like to sponsor Sam this season? Please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

Bailey announced as captain

The 28-year-old has wore the armband throughout pre-season and been handed the responsibility for the forthcoming campaign which begins on Saturday at Luton Town.

A summer signing from Carlisle United, Bailey arrived in Somerset having featured in all three divisions of the EFL during his time with Crewe Alexandra, Derby County, Coventry City, Barnsley and the Cumbrians.

He also has experience of playing in India and Canada.

Bailey will lead the Glovers out for the first time officially at Kenilworth Road this weekend. 

Squad numbers revealed for 2017/18 season

All but two of the players under contract last season have kept the same shirt number.

Otis Khan moves to number seven, with Tom James switching to 23.

Elsewhere, midfielder James Bailey has been given his preferred number 16, while Rhys Browne and Jake Gray take nine and 10 respectively.

Latest recruit Sam Surridge has been given number 14.

SQUAD NUMBERS 2017/18

1 Artur Krysiak
2 Daniel Alfei
3 Nathan Smith
4 
5 Bevis Mugabi
6 Keston Davies
7 Otis Khan
8 Connor Smith
9 Rhys Browne

10 Jake Gray
11 Ryan Dickson
12 Jonny Maddison
13 Francois Zoko
14 Sam Surridge
15 
16 James Bailey
17 Omar Sowunmi
18 
19 
20 Stephane Zubar
21 
22 
23 Tom James
24 Olufela Olomola
25 
26 
27 
28  
29  
30 Alefe Santos

Are you interested in sponsoring a member of the first-team squad? Contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-3 Bournemouth

In extremely wet and windy conditions, the Glovers took the lead at Huish Park via a thumping header from Swansea City youngster Keston Davies.

Frenchman Lys Mousset equalised for the visitors on 30 minutes before Benik Afobe turned the game on its head.

Afobe slotted home his second after the interval to put gloss to the scoreline. 

Manager Darren Way made one change to the team that began Saturday’s 4-2 win at Tiverton Town with Ryan Dickson coming in at left-back for Tom James.

Three former Town loanees in Harry Cornick, Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield were selected on Bournemouth’s bench, with a wealth of top-flight experience named in the Cherries starting line-up.

One of which – Marc Pugh – tested the gloves of Artur Krysiak with a piledriver after just five minutes.

Teed up by central midfield partner Harry Arter, the long-serving Bournemouth man sent a powerful 25-yard strike at goal which Krysiak did well to beat away to his left.

The Polish stopper needed to be at his best moments later to tip over a deep Brad Smith which had got caught in the wind and was dropping under the crossbar.

Mousset was next to take aim at Krysiak, but Yeovil’s number one was equal to his attempt.

Then the Glovers went ahead against the run of play. 

After Olufela Olomola’s shot was deflected over for a corner, Otis Khan’s whipped delivery was met by Davies who sent a towering header past a helpless Adam Federici.

Bournemouth were close to an immediate response when Brad Smith fired over before Khan lashed over for Town from an acute angle.

Summer recruit Connor Smith had to depart midway through the first period due to injury and his replacement Alefe Santos was straight in the action with a firm but fair challenge on Andrew Surman.

It didn’t faze Surman though as he curled a shot from distance only to be denied by another superb stop from Krysiak.

But on the half hour, he was finally beaten.

A beautiful through ball from Ryan Fraser was collected by Mousset who made no mistake with his lifted finish.

It was soon 2-1 to visitors, courtesy of a poacher’s effort from Afobe.

An unmarked Nathan Ake connected with Fraser’s corner and following a save by Krysiak, the former Wolves striker bundled home from two yards.

Two almost became three for Bournemouth when Pugh’s slide-rule pass found the onrushing Mousset who in turn cannons the ball against the post to end an eventful half.

Town made a host of changes at the break and remained solid as the away side tried to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Their dominance on the ball eventually told as Afobe added his second of the night.

Surman’s fizzing ball was neatly flicked into the path of Pugh by Mousset and the wide man crossed for the DR Congo international to net. 

Chances were few and far between following the Cherries’ third due to number of substitutes entering the fray for both teams, with Jonny Maddison’s save from Fraser’s low shot and a late Rhys Browne attempt proving the only noteworthy talking point.

The match proved to be a tough conclusion to Town’s pre-season campaign, but now the focus eagerly turns to Saturday’s season opener at Kenilworth Road.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak (Maddison 66), Alfei (Trialist 55), Davies (Gyebi 66), N.Smith (Sowunmi 46), Dickson (James 46), Gray (Trialist 55), Bailey (Booty 46), C.Smith (Santos 24), Khan (Trialist 55), Zoko (Trialist 46), Olomola (Browne 46). Not Used: Ismail.

AFC Bournemouth: Federici (Ramsdale 72), A.Smith (Butcher 72), Cargill (Simpson 46), Ake, B.Smith (Worthington 72), Surman, Arter, Pugh, Fraser, Afobe, Mousset. Not Used: Cornick, Surridge, Whitfield, Dobre, Taylor.

Way excited for Premier League test

The Glovers host the Dorset outfit in their final pre-season fixture, before the Sky Bet League Two campaign begins with a trip to Luton Town on Saturday. 

For the Cherries, the short trip to Somerset represents their fifth match in preparation for the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, having most recently played Valencia at the Vitality Stadium. 

Finishing ninth in the top flight last season and with manager Eddie Howe one of the best British managers in tenure, Town boss Way is relishing the challenge of Wednesday night’s fixture. 

Speaking to YTFC.net, he said: “It’s going to be a fantastic occasion at Huish Park for the team to test themselves against a Premier League side, and for the fans to see what should be a very entertaining match.

“We’ve had a great relationship with Bournemouth over the years and for me personally, it will be a pleasure to go toe-to-toe with arguably the best British manager in the game at the moment, Eddie Howe.”

A full match preview containing team news and more can be found here, with Bournemouth sending a first-team squad to Huish Park which is likely to include summer signings Nathan Ake, Jermain Defoe and Connor Mahoney. 

With over 2,200 tickets already sold for the clash, Way is urging his side to embrace the occasion. 

“Playing against a Premier League side doesn’t happen every week, so it’s important we all make the most of the experience.

“Going into the season, it’s the perfect match to get that sense of occasion – hopefully, we’ll see a big turnout from our supporters for the final time before we head to Luton.”

Tickets are available to purchase on the night but fans are urged to buy in advance to avoid matchday queues. The Huish Park ticket office can be contacted via 01935 847888 or in person, with tickets also available online.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v AFC Bournemouth

Darren Way’s side host the Cherries in their seventh and final fixture in the build up to the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two season.

Eddie Howe’s side finished ninth in the top flight last season and head to Somerset for the first time since 2015 when the Dorset outfit took on the Glovers in front of a crowd of 2,422.

Town have made nine summer signings with all but Stephane Zubar likely to feature against Bournemouth on Wednesday night. 

Experienced defender Zubar continues to struggle with an injury picked up against Weymouth in mid-July and will be joined on the sideline by Bevis Mugabi who suffered a slight ankle injury against Frome Town 10 days ago.

Artur Krysiak made his first appearance since Easter in the win at Tiverton last Saturday having recovered from a broken foot, whilst Daniel Alfei made his first appearance as an official Town player. 

Bournemouth make the short trip from the South Coast having faced Valencia on Sunday, a game in which new signings Nathan Ake, Jermain Defoe and Connor Mahoney all featured. 

Adults can take in Town’s final pre-season fixture against Howe’s Premier League outfit for £10 with concessions costing £5 and under-16s able to enter for FREE.

Fans are advised to purchase tickets ahead of kick-off to avoid queues. Click here for full ticket information. 

Yeovil Town Ladies to remain at Huish Park

Crowned champions of FA WSL 2 last term, Jamie Sherwood’s side will enter a second straight regular season playing at the home of the Glovers.

Having toured the county during the recent Spring Series, Ladies action will return to Huish Park from September with the FA Women’s Super League season now aligned to the traditional winter football calendar.

The likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will all make the trip to Somerset, with fixtures scheduled at weekends and during midweek.

Despite entering a maiden season in Super League One, Huish Park will become the fourth largest regularly used home ground in FAWSL, with only two other EFL or Premier League clubs sharing the first-team pitch with their female colleagues.

Yeovil Town Ladies’ opening match is on Sunday 24th September with more information available on Yeovil Town Ladies official website.

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes the Ladies all the best for the forthcoming season and looks forward to seeing regular Ladies football at Huish Park once again.