Month: September 2017

INTERVIEW | Way rues missed opportunity

The Glovers registered just two shots on target at Huish Park as Sean Murray’s low strike earned the U’s victory.

Striker Olufela Olomola had an effort chalked out for a foul in the box by Omar Sowunmi prior to the visitors’ winner, a goal Way felt should have stood. 

“We weren’t happy with the performance,” he said.

“We’re disappointed to lose our unbeaten run at home and we didn’t take our opportunity.

“There wasn’t enough adventure especially in the second half. We didn’t create enough opportunities and didn’t put them under pressure. There were too many that didn’t perform.

“We’re disappointed with the disallowed goal. Omar got in a little tussle but it wasn’t enough to give.

“We’ve got to respond and bounce back next Saturday.” 

One positive from the match was the performance of Sowunmi.

The ex-Ipswich Town trainee featured for the first time since August in the absence of suspended Nathan Smith, and kept away forward Mikael Mandron at bay.

Way added: “I thought Omar did very well.

“Mandron is certainly a real attacking threat and I thought he handled him well.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Colchester United

Olufela Olomola had an effort ruled out for a foul prior to Sean Murray grabbing the game’s only goal with a driven attempt from 20 yards.

Nathan Smith was absent for the Glovers after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign in the midweek win at Chesterfield.

Omar Sowunmi replaced the 30-year-old in the heart of the Town defence for his first appearance since August 19th.

Other than Kyel Reid’s speculative 25-yard strike which went wide, chances were few and far between in the opening 10 minutes.

Colchester opted for the more direct approach early on, whereas Yeovil aimed to get the ball down on the deck to create an opportunity. 

Their first came when Matt Worthington’s shot was neatly controlled by Olomola and the Southampton loanee’s effort on the turn would have tested keeper Sam Walker if not for a deflection.

The hosts went close again seconds later through Otis Khan. A slick Town move led to Jake Gray skipping down the wing; he cut back for Khan who, in search of his sixth goal of the campaign, curled just past the post.

Glovers supporters might have thought Khan would have his second chance of the contest from a free kick following a foul on Francois Zoko. 

Instead, Tom James stepped up and his knuckle-ball technique forced Walker into a strong punch to prevent the first goal of the afternoon.

The Green and Whites thought they had a deserved opener in the 25th minute as Olomola netted. 

Dickson’s deep cross was volleyed home expertly by the young forward but his finish was disallowed because of a foul by Sowunmi in the six-yard box.

Despite being on the front foot, Darren Way’s side almost fell behind on the half-hour mark.

Drey Wright used good footwork to scamper to the byeline. His cross met Mikael Mandron and the ex-Eastleigh man’s header looked destined for the back of the net until James intervened to clear off the line.

Midfielder Murray followed up with two warnings which were well blocked but made no mistake just before half-time.

Teed up just outside the 18-yard line, the Republic of Ireland youth international got over the ball and dispatched low into the corner past a helpless Artur Krysiak.

Yeovil almost found a leveller in first-half stoppage time as Olomola fired over via a deflection and the proceeding corner was headed over by Sis Nelson. 

Captain James Bailey saw a left-footed shot go wide before he hit over with the same foot early in the second period.

And that was all of note, bar a glancing Sowunmi header, in a shot-shy half as Colchester held on for three points.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Nelson, Sowunmi, Dickson, Gray (Green 53), Bailey, Worthington, Khan, Olomola (Surridge 66), Zoko (Browne 75).
Bookings: Zoko 68.
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, C.Smith, Santos.

Colchester United: Walker, Jackson, Kent, Inniss, Vincent-Young, Wright, Loft (Comley 69), Murray, Reid, Mandron, Hanlan (Guthrie 90).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Gilmartin, Lapslie, Kpekawa, Kabamba, Odelusi.

ACADEMY | Nine-man 18s suffer narrow home defeat

The Grecians went ahead through a Joel Randall strike before Gyebi was red carded for a reckless challenge.

Tomlinson received his first booking for fouling Randall in the area, but the young winger couldn’t add to his earlier strike from the spot with Tommy Scott making a smart save. 

The second half provided little of note with regards to chances but Yeovil coaches Paul Wilson and Antonio Falanga were sent from the field and Tomlinson was shown a second yellow for shirt pull.

Exeter made a bright start to the encounter and Scott produced a good stop with his feet before Randall nodded a free kick wide.

Nestor Sako hit a wild shot over the crossbar and was then denied by a last-ditch tackle as he raced through on goal.

The away side took the lead on 20 minutes when Randall collected a crossfield pass, skipped down the left and finished with aplomb at the near post.

It sparked the hosts into life and when Jack Rice-Lethaby’s cheeky back heel found Sako, the striker aimed towards the far corner and goalkeeper Felix Norman did well to palm round the post.

The Glovers were reduced to 10 just past the half hour mark. Gyebi lunged for a loose ball in the midfield but in turn connected with an Exeter player.

Samyan Ismail was booked for his protests and the referee had his yellow card out again moments later as Tomlinson fouled Randall in the box.

The Exeter man stepped up to take the resulting penalty but Scott got down to his left to tip away superbly. 

In the second period, Yeovil defended admirably despite City being a man to the good.

The referee turned the game into a stop-start affair towards the end, first sending off Falanga before Tomlinson was given a second booking. Wilson then got the same treatment as his counterpart.

NEWS | Town help to give young Belarusian day to remember

Kolya Mazanovich, aged 10, is spending time in Somerset having arrived from Belarus with the Chernobyl Child Charity.

Residing with the Farrant family in Yeovil, Town supporter Dan Farrant brought Kolya’s story to the attention of our main sponsor, Jones Building Group. As a result, Mark Porter contacted the club to see what we could do.  

Keen to give Kolya a day to remember, the Belarusian was made mascot for the clash against the Valiants, being kitted out with a replica kit complete with ‘Kolya 10’ on the reverse.

Meeting Darren Way and his first-team players as well as leading the team out, the Belarusian took in his first experience of a live football match. 

Having never seen the sea before arriving in the UK and never having owned a computer or games console, Kolya was delighted to contact his parents on Saturday night to share his experience with the Glovers.

With Belarus the most affected country by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the charity supports children growing up in the country.

All at Yeovil Town were honoured to meet Kolya and hope to see him at Huish Park in the future. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Colchester United

With activities taking place throughout the day, here’s your guide to matchday number six in Somerset:

Tickets
Young Glovers can enjoy the Kids for a Quid initiative this Saturday! Turn up with £1 and enjoy 90 minutes of Sky Bet League Two action. Elsewhere, home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game via 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, by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting the ticket office in person.

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

Make a day of it
The Academy Under-16s and Under-18s both host Exeter City on Saturday morning. With both matches kicking off at 11am, get down to Huish Park to watch the Young Glovers in action. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Programmes
Issue six 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 Otis Khan and much more. Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to Huish you can still enjoy a read of the matchday literature with our new subscription service.

Junior Glovers Family Area
Situated on the corner between the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace, the Junior Glovers Family Area offers entertainment for families before kick-off. Kitted out with games, activities and the latest games consoles, young Glovers can enjoy the pre-match build-up. 

Huish Hospitality
Why not spend your Saturday in style with our hospitality package? Costing £49, supporters will get reserved car parking, a two-course carvery meal, a complimentary matchday programme, access to the Legends Lounge, a ticket for the match and access to the bar at half-time and after the match. Click here for more info.

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 up until kick-off.

INTERVIEW | I just want to help the team get wins – Olomola

The Southampton loanee sits top of Yeovil’s goalscoring charts alongside Francois Zoko and Otis Khan with five goals after netting in the 3-2 win at Chesterfield in midweek.

In Somerset until January, the 20-year-old is determined to help the team in more ways than just scoring, as Darren Way’s side look to equal their best ever start to a season at home on Saturday. 

Bidding to go six games unbeaten at Huish Park, Olomola told iFollow Glovers: “I’m just trying to help the team in any way I can.

“Whether that be goals, whether that be assists, whether that be tackling someone, whether that be running all the way back and making a tackle, I just want to help the team to get the win.

“For me, I try to focus on giving performances for the team and helping the team. 

“Goals are an added bonus and we’re getting goals from everywhere and that’s a great thing.”

The young striker is averaging a goal every two games for the Green and Whites and has scored in all three of Town’s victories this season. 

However, Olomola is keen to avoid complacency after victory in Derbyshire on Tuesday night. 

He said: “It starts from Colchester, the one thing we can’t afford to do is be complacent. We have to go out there and go again.

“In this league, one win shoots you straight up there (in the table) so we know that and we’re trying to get as many points on the board as possible.

“The fans are great here, they get behind us and I can’t wait to hopefully give them three points.”

Tickets remain on sale online and via the Huish Park ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888. Don’t forget that kids can enjoy the match for just £1 this weekend!

INTERVIEW | Winning breeds confidence – Way

The Glovers left it late to pick up their first away win of the Sky Bet League Two season, with James Bailey heading home in injury time to earn a 3-2 victory.

Attention turns to home where Town are unbeaten in five games and they could equal their best ever start to a EFL campaign in Somerset with a positive result.

Way told iFollow Glovers: “Our home form has been good so we knew we just had to address our away form.

“After a win, the players gain a little bit more confidence.

“With the impact It’s had on the league table, hopefully the players have taken a lot of confidence from (the win at Chesterfield).

“If we get a result on Saturday it equals our best ever home start in the EFL.

“We’ve made sure our preparation and organisation is spot on leading up to the game and it’s important as a team with the new players we’ve got this year, they get better and stronger.”

He added: “We say to the players every game is winnable at this level,” he said.

“We’ve got results against teams that are at the top. It’s not easy playing the teams that are down and around the bottom.

“All we can do is make sure our preparation is perfect. I keep saying to the players as long as we get the process right and not focus on the outcome, we’ll get more results.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Colchester United

Town led 2-0 at the break but were pegged back by the Spireites and looked like they may have to settle for a point.

However, captain James Bailey had other ideas; scampering into the box to head home Sam Surridge’s cross for just the fourth goal of his career to date.

It was an important one too as Yeovil broke their away day hoodoo – and deservedly so.

Bailey’s header was the first goal scored this term by a Green and White player not regarded as a forward.

Turning their attention straight to this weekend’s match against Colchester United at Huish Park, Town are hoping to extend their unbeaten home run to six, matching that of their best ever start to an EFL season in Somerset.

The U’s are yet to register a victory away from Essex in 2017/18 and won only five last year – a record that ultimately cost them a play-off place.

Key attacker Sammie Szmodics suffered an ankle injury in midweek and will be a loss for the U’s.

Former West Ham United man Kyel Reid, on loan from Coventry City, netted twice in Colchester’s last game, while Mikael Mandron will provide another attacking threat.

Ex-Glovers loanees Sam Walker and Ryan Inniss are likely to be involved.

Head-to-head
Town and Colchester shared one win each last season – both sides winning their respective home fixture.

Tahvon Campbell and Francois Zoko earned the Glovers a 2-1 victory at Huish Park last November.

In all, Yeovil have won six out of 11 home matches against the U’s since 2000 (D2 L3).

Officials
Antony Coggins will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Oxfordshire-born official has refereed eight games this season, dishing out just 13 yellow cards.

He is in his second campaign of refereeing at a professional level – this his first in the EFL – and has never previously refereed a Yeovil match.

He will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire) with Ben Cobb (Dorset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Olufela Olomola’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
Kids can watch for just £1 this Saturday! Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game. 

Sponsors
Match – Old Mill Chartered Accountants and business advisors
Programme – Sondico
Ball – Colin Perrett

NEWS | Club comment on FAWSL restructuring

YTFC’s support for the Ladies’ FAWSL application was key to them being accepted into the league in 2013, which included the then YTFC Chief Executive taking part in the Ladies’ presentation at Wembley.

YTFC would, therefore, be very disappointed if the FA’s revisions force YTLFC to drop out of the FAWSL.

As has been understood by all parties for a number of years, Yeovil Town is not in a position to inject funds into Yeovil Town Ladies because the reality is that any funds provided would have to come at the cost of the club’s own budget.

Helping where possible, Huish Park currently hosts home FAWSL games, with YTFC the only EFL or Premier League outfit to host all their female counterparts’ FAWSL 1 league games in the club’s main stadium.

Although there is a charge for this, it is substantially below – in some cases 75% less – than the normal fee charged for the hire of Huish Park and at best is a break-even exercise over the course of the season (including food and drink income).

As required by the FAWSL license process, Yeovil Town Ladies FC is an independent, privately-owned company with a separate owner and Board of Directors (none of whom hold any positions with Yeovil Town FC).

YTFC is proud to work alongside YTLFC and will continue to help and assist where possible, applying the shared motto of ‘Achieve by Unity’.  

INTERVIEW | I tried to sign Fela permanently – Way

The 20-year-old instead joined the Glovers on loan until January from the Premier League outfit, and has proved a revelation at Huish Park.

Olomola has scored five goals in 10 games for Town and Way is delighted with the contribution he has made as well as the rest of his attackers.

“He’s been very good,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“He’s made a good impact considering he has no league experience. Some of his finishing in certain areas of the pitch have been very good and very clinical and that’s what you need.

“This year has probably been the best in a long time where we’ve been scoring and look a threat going forward, apart from one or two games.

“I did try and sign Fela on a permanent, and I did try and sign him again before the window had closed so I have tried!

“His form means he’ll cost more so I’ll have to ask for more money!”

Another loanee caught the eye of Way for his display in the midweek win at Chesterfield.

Matt Worthington made his full league debut at the Proact Stadium as Yeovil grabbed a last-gasp victory.

Way said: “A 19-year-old lad coming in and playing against Chesterfield is not an easy task especially after the home game where the environment was a little bit up and down.

“I thought he handled his first league start with an aura. He had a little bit of arrogance which I like in the right way and he showed courage to get on the ball which was very, very pleasing.”

Injured Bevis Mugabi has “made a massive improvement in the last four or five days”, while midfielder Connor Smith hopes to overcome illness to face Colchester United on Saturday (3pm).

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue six

The Glovers have faced six teams already In September with Colchester United providing the last test this weekend.

Here’s what you can find in the matchday programme:

  • Otis Khan has five goals to his name this season – the latest in midweek at Chesterfield. He chats about his love of set-pieces and want to produce goals and assists in the main interview

  • Newcastle United fan Jonny Maddison selects his Dream Team. Find out how many Magpies he picked

  • Irishman Connor Smith classes himself as the slowest in the squad. See what he thinks of the rest of the squad in ‘Who Is?’

  • Matt Worthington made his first start on Tuesday. He answers your questions in Quiz A Glover

  • Former Glovers loanee Shaun MacDonald shares memories from his time at Huish Park in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Colchester United

And much more!

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

The club now offers a subscription service.

If you are an exiled Glover or missed a game, you can now purchase a programme game-by-game or buy a yearly subscription.

Click here for more details. 

INTERVIEW | There’s nothing better – Bailey

With Yeovil 2-0 up courtesy of Olufela Olomola and Otis Khan, the hosts netted twice in the second period to level matters.

Bailey admitted to being at fault for Chesterfield’s first and atoned for his error by heading home only the fourth goal of his career in injury time.

Town’s skipper told iFollow Glovers: “There’s nothing better than scoring a goal let alone a last minute winner away.

“I need to watch it back but the first goal looked like it was my fault as I got caught ball-watching a bit so thankfully I made up for it with the last minute goal.

“I don’t know what I was doing up there! I’m usually more defensive but the gaffer has given me a bit more of a license to get forward, get shots off and nick a few goals.

“I asked the ref how long was left, he said ‘three minutes’ so I thought I’d give it one last run. 

“I looked up and saw Sam (Surridge) and no one was there so I ran into the space and thankfully he picked me out.

“It was my first ever header – luckily it came off my forehead and not the side of my head!”

Bailey’s effort secured Yeovil’s first away win of the season and first three points since March.

A lot has been spoken about that record but the ex-Coventry City man revealed the squad “always believed in ourselves”.

He added: “The players always stuck together and knew it was a matter of time.

“When it went to 2-2 I thought ‘here we go again’ but we showed a bit of grit and determination and pulled it back.”

INTERVIEW | Our club is still alive – Way

Goals from attackers Olufela Olomola and Otis Khan gave the Glovers a comfortable half-time lead, but two strikes in the second period looked to have salvaged a point for the hosts.

The Green and Whites had other ideas and captain James Bailey nodded home in injury time to secure Yeovil’s first three points on the road since March.

“Talk about never, ever giving up! That’s the story of this football club,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“To do it with a group of players that are new and to come away with three points in the manner we have, with the subs making an impact was a great feeling. It shows great mentality which is good to have.

“The dressing room could have been feeling very different so t’s important to enjoy the moment. Fair play to the supporters who travelled.

He added: “Our club is still alive. Everyone is working together and it’s about how strong-minded you are, how determined you wake up every morning to continue the quest to win football matches.

“I love every minute of this job.”

Town head into the weekend on a high and welcome Colchester United to Huish Park.

A positive result would see Way’s side match the club’s best home start since becoming an EFL outfit, an achievement he wants the squad to eclipse.

He said: “Now we look to Saturday where if we pick up a good result it’ll be our best home start for some time so I want to look forward to that. 

“I want the lads to be able to accept the challenge of that. Every time we seem to get there and feel like we have a bit of momentum, we just slip up.

“I need to make sure everything we do from now to Saturday is spot on.

REPORT | Chesterfield 2-3 Yeovil Town

Looking dangerous from the off, Fela Olomola notched his fifth of the season with an emphatic finish inside the opening five minutes. 

Threatening on the counter, the lead was doubled midway through the half courtesy of a moment of magic from Otis Khan, as he equalled Olomola’s tally for the season.

Robbie Weir reduced the arrears just six minutes after the break, before Kristian Dennis equalised on 71 minutes.

Determined not to drop points for a third time on the road, captain James Bailey headed home a 90th-minute winner to send the 101 travelling fans into raptures. 

Darren Way made two changes from the side that shared the spoils with Port Vale at the weekend.

Tom James recovered from a knock in time to replace the injured Dan Alfei at right-back, while Matt Worthington was handed a first start for Town in a straight swap for Connor Smith who missed the trip due to illness.

Looking determined to collect their first points on the road this season, the Glovers got off to a dream start with just three minutes on the clock.

With their first attack of the match, Francois Zoko held off his man expertly before feeding Olomola, whose instant shot from the edge of the box caught Joe Anyon off guard, flying in off the post.

Purring from their near-perfect start the lead was almost doubled inside the opening 10 minutes, as Otis Khan skipped past two tackles before curling an effort inches wide from 20 yards.

After a slow start for the Spireites, Louis Reed zipped a low drive just off target, before Town went close once again.

Khan’s dangerous delivery from a wide free-kick picked out Zoko, whose looping header crashed back off the crossbar.

Having come inches away from doubling their lead, Yeovil were almost pegged back against the run of play when former Glover Gozie Ugwu had to have his shot tipped round the post by an agile Artur Krysiak.

However, the visitors were soon back on the front foot and deservedly made it 2-0 with a superb solo effort.

Khan took possession wide on the left, skipped past both Robbie Weir and Laurence Maguire with lightning footwork before arrowing an effort into the back of the net from the white line of the box. 

Looking good value for their lead, Way’s side continued to hold Chesterfield at arm’s length as Chris O’Grady and Ugwu threatened on occasion.

With the break approaching Andy Kellett had a goal-bound shot from close range heroically deflected wide, in what was the hosts’ best chance of the first period. 

At the other end, Anyon needed two attempts to keep out Jake Gray’s venomous drive, as the Glovers rounded off an impressive opening 45 minutes. 

Boasting a lead away from home for the third time in five outings, Town got off to a disastrous start to the second half.

Penned in their own half, Guy Branston’s side pulled a goal back on 51 minutes.

O’Grady’s teasing low cross picked out the run of Weir, who cleverly flicked past a hapless Krysiak to reduce the deficit to one.

Buoyed by their opener the hosts continued to press Town in search of an equaliser, with a Gray drive from the angle the only real rest bite at the other end.

However, the Derbyshire outfit struck an unstoppable equaliser to stun the Green and Whites courtesy of substitute Dennis.

Falling to Chesterfield’s top scorer 25 yards from goal, the striker wasted no time in looping a first-time shot over Krysiak from 25 yards.

Pegged back from a winning position for the third time away from Somerset it looked like being another frustrating evening for Way’s side.

However, after replacement Sam Surridge teased at late drama with a pair of late efforts, the striker turned provider as the game ticked into stoppage time.

Picking out Bailey at the back post, the skipper coolly headed past Anyon before racing off to celebrate in front of the travelling faithful. 

With no time to respond the Glovers saw out victory to pick up their first win away from home since March.

Chesterfield: Anyon, Wiseman, Hird, Jules (Maguire 6’), Ugwu, Weir, Reed, Kellett (Flores 73’), Briggs, O’Grady (Dennis 67’), De Girolamo.
Bookings: Kellett 37’, Weir 58’
Subs not used: Lee, McCourt, Brewster, Dimaio.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Nelson, N. Smith, Gray (Browne 88’), Bailey, Worthington, Khan, Olomola (Green 67’), Zoko (Surridge 75’). 
Bookings: N. Smith 12’
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Sowunmi, Santos. 

PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Yeovil Town

Having come away from their first four trips on the road empty handed, Town are looking to collect their first away league points of the campaign.

Darren Way’s side comfortably beat Exeter City 3-1 at St James Park in the Checkatrade Trophy in August, so will be looking to correlate that performance into Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday night. 

Having faced lowly Port Vale on Saturday and shared the spoils, Yeovil will take on a Chesterfield side who currently sit 23rd in the table. 

A 2-1 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley two weekends ago saw manager Gary Caldwell sacked, seeing Guy Branston take caretaker charge at the Proact Stadium.

The switch didn’t see an immediate response, as the Spireties lost 1-0 to promotion chasing Luton Town on Saturday.

Striker Kristian Dennis, plucked from non-league last summer, is the club’s top scorer with four goals, while experienced strike partner Chris O’Grady has netted just once so far.

Chesterfield boast just one former Glover in striker Gozie Ugwu, who has spent time at Huish Park across two spells.

Head-to-head
The Glovers are undefeated in their last four trips to the Proact Stadium. 

Playing out a 0-0 draw in the last meeting between the two sides in 2014, Town’s one victory in Derbyshire came in 2006, with an Arron Davies hat-trick confirming a 3-0 win.

Yeovil’s last defeat at Chesterfield came 67 years ago, in a 3-1 FA Cup Third Round loss.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the first match between the two sides since April 2015.

Officials
David Coote will be the man in the middle at Chesterfield.

It will the first time Mr. Coote has officiated a match involving the Glovers since October 2012, when he oversaw a 3-1 Town win at Shrewsbury. 

Taking charge of 39 matches in the 2016/17 season, Mr. Coote awarded 127 yellow and seven red cards.

On Tuesday, Mr. Coote will be assisted by Nick Hopton and Adam Matthews, with Karl Evans 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. 

Tickets
Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are also available on the day of the game. Prices can be found here.

INTERVIEW | Way wanting more away from home

Town were held to a 1-1 draw with Port Vale at Huish Park on Saturday and now turn their attention to a midweek trip to Derbyshire. 

Winless from their first four trips on the road, Way is looking to arrest his side’s disappointing run away from home. 

Speaking to YTFC.net, he said: “Every team up and down the country is looking for that winning solution. 

“We were close at Grimsby, but we have to make sure we go even closer at Chesterfield. We have to find a solution that gets us points away from home.

“We want more and the supporters want more. We’ve had more in the past.”

Chesterfield are currently without a permanent manager after parting company with Gary Caldwell earlier this month. 

While the Spireites are without a win in their last six games, Way feels his side have to cease making mistakes to come away from the Proact Stadium with at least a point.

“We just need to make sure that we look at the mistakes that we’ve made previously, and the performances that we’ve had previously, and you work on that in training to make sure you find a solution.

“Our home form, we haven’t lost. Our away form is a different story so we have to make sure we address that and I think if we do that, we’ll certainly find a quicker way of climbing the table.”

Tickets for the trip to Chesterfield are on sale via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) and on the night directly from the ground.

INTERVIEW | Smith still targeting great things

The Glovers drew 1-1 with Port Vale at the weekend with the Valiants reduced to 10 men for the closing stages, something Town couldn’t take advantage of. 

While not maximum points, the result continues Yeovil’s best home start to a campaign for 10 seasons with two wins and three draws from their first five fixtures. 

However, Town now travel to Chesterfield on Tuesday night looking to arrest a run of form that has seen them lose all four of their matches on the road this season.

Targeting points from the trip to Derbyshire, Smith retains strong belief in the squad.

“We’ll be looking to get our first win on the road,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We’ve got a good enough group. 

“I’ve been in teams that aren’t as good as this group and achieved great things so I know we can. 

“We’ve got the capability here and the setup here to go on and do great things this season.”

The 24-year-old has earned promotion from Sky Bet League Two in each of the last two seasons and is confident in Town’s togetherness.

“We’re a tight-knit group, so we always stick together and you see it out there, any little battle the lads all back each other up so that’s a massive thing.

“That can get you places by itself let alone the work and the attitude we have.

“We know we’re a good group and have belief in everyone in the group.” 

Tickets for the trip to Chesterfield remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. 

For more information, visit our away ticket page.

INTERVIEW | The players gave everything – Way

Experienced striker Tom Pope netted a first-half opener for the Valiants before Otis Khan restored parity and completed the scoring on 66 minutes.

The Glovers are unbeaten in their five Sky Bet League Two home matches so far and although the sequence pleases Way, he admits he wants more.

“The players gave everything, certainly towards the end,” he said.

“We have new young players who will take time to adapt and develop, and need all the support they can.

“Matt Worthington came in at right-back and his effort was second to none.

“It’s another point and we have a good home record but we want more, and so do the supporters.

“We knew Port Vale would come and give it everything as you always expect a reaction when a team has changed manager but overall we should have won. 

“Every team is searching for that winning solution and we have to come up with one that gets us the points at Chesterfield on Tuesday.”

Daniel Alfei was forced off after just 10 minutes and will be assessed ahead of the trip to the Proact Stadium.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Port Vale

The Valiants went ahead just shy of the half-hour mark through experienced striker Tom Pope as the Glovers struggled to turn possession into chances.

They eventually restored parity midway through the second half when Khan poked in from inside the six-yard box after a mistake from Kelle Roos.

James Gibbons was sent off with nine minutes to play for a second bookable offence but Town couldn’t capitalise on their one-man advantage.

After declaring everyone fit in his pre-match press conference, manager Darren Way was dealt with two injury blows with defenders Tom James and Bevis Mugabi missing out due to knocks picked up in training on Friday.

There was good news for Olufela Olomola, however. The Southampton loanee recovered from a leg problem to partner Francois Zoko in attack.

Elsewhere, Khan and Connor Smith returned to the fold, while Daniel Alfei featured for the first time since August.

Unfortunately for the latter, he was forced off with an injury after 10 minutes and replaced by AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Worthington – his second outing for Town. 

Other than a tame Pope shot which trickled into Artur Krysiak’s hands, little of note occurred in the first 18 minutes until David Worrall squandered a gilt-edged chance from close range.

Full debutant Gibbons’ whipped cross from the right was met by the onrushing Worrall but the ex-Millwall man’s eight-yard volley flashed past the post.

Worrall turned provider in Vale’s next attempt, clipping a ball into the box for Pope to nod over.

It wasn’t long before the big frontman had another headed chance and this time, he made no mistake.

Tyler Denton’s looping delivery beat Krysiak’s outstretched arm and Pope climbed above Ryan Dickson at the back post to net his first of the season.

The Glovers rallied from the restart with Jake Gray sending a left-footed warning just wide and Khan drifting off his wing and producing a similar outcome.

Zoko then went into the book for dissent as the hosts’ frustrations started to tell.

Yeovil saw a lot of the ball in the early stages of the second half and Khan went close with a shot just over the bar.

Gray had a go from a comparable distance, which in turn found the away terrace, as the home side stepped up their intensity. 

Shortly after, Zoko created space and found Olomola who sent a low left-footed strike on the turn towards the bottom corner but Roos got down to thwart the youngster.

The Port Vale stopper, on an emergency loan from Derby County, then dropped a clanger to gift Town an equaliser.

Worthington released Gray down the right and his teasing cross was fumbled by Roos and bundled home by Khan.

The tricky wide man was later involved in a bizarre incident which saw Gibbons sent off.

Khan was pulled back by the young right-back in an earlier passage of play and when he was booked for complaining, Gibbons received his second yellow.

It didn’t change the outcome in Somerset as Yeovil had to settle for a point against the Staffordshire outfit.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Alfei (Worthington 10), Nelson, N.Smith, Dickson, Gray (Green 85), Bailey, C.Smith, Khan, Olomola (Surridge 73), Zoko.
Bookings: C.Smith 27, Zoko 43, Bailey 71, Khan 81, Dickson 90.
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Santos, Browne.

Port Vale: Roos, Gibbons, Kay, Anderson, N.Smith, Denton (Wilson 60), Tonge, Worrall, de Freitas, Pope (Middleton 88), Turner (Pyke 65).
Bookings: Gibbons 74, 81, Kay 90.
Sending off: Gibbons 81.
Subs not used: Hornby, Gunning, Whitfield, Barnett.

ACADEMY | Under-18s secure emphatic win at Plymouth

A fourth clean sheet of the campaign and goals courtesy of Paulius Golubickas, Joe Tomlinson and an Ollie Tomlinson own goal sealed the young Glovers’ first away win this season.

Paul Wilson and Antonio Falanga’s side were dominant from the off but were restricted to mostly long range attempts which failed to test Argyle keeper Michael Cooper.

Yeovil increased the pressure going into the interval and looked highly likely to be the team to break the deadlock.

They capitilised on their ascendency midway through the second period, following a number of stops from Cooper.

Golubickas opened the scoring and 15 minutes later, Joe Tomlinson doubled the visitors’ advantage.

The third goal of the game came late on as a low shot ricocheted off home defender Ollie Tomlinson to seal a convincing victory for the Under-18s.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Port Vale

With activities taking place throughout the day, here’s your guide to matchday number five in Somerset:

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game via 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, by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting the ticket office in person.

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

Blood Cancer Awareness Month
We welcome Leukaemia Care to Huish Park to help fans spot the signs and symptoms of Leukaemia. Fans will be able to collect flyers from around the ground as well as read about the symptoms in the matchday programme.

Points make prizes!
Win three months FREE membership at Nuffield Health Club by visiting their stand next to the ticket office between 12 and 3 o’clock on Saturday. Anyone who enters the competition will also receive a 7-day FREE pass.

Programmes
Issue five 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 Alefe Santos and much more. Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to Huish you can still enjoy a read of the matchday literature with our new subscription service.

Junior Glovers Family Area
Situated on the corner between the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace, the Junior Glovers Family Area offers entertainment for families before kick-off. Kitted out with games, activities and the latest games consoles, young Glovers can enjoy the pre-match build-up. 

Huish Hospitality
Why not spend your Saturday in style with our hospitality package? Costing £49, supporters will get reserved car parking, a two-course carvery meal, a complimentary matchday programme, access to the Legends Lounge, a ticket for the match and access to the bar at half-time and after the match. Click here for more info.

School’s out!
We welcome students from Preston Primary to Huish Park on Saturday. The youngsters will enjoy a training session on the artificial pitch courtesy of Yeovil Town Community Sports before being presented to the crowd at half-time.

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 up until kick-off.

INTERVIEW | Worthington ready to fight for starting role

The 19-year-old joined on loan from Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth on deadline day, and made his debut in the Glovers’ 2-2 home draw with Morecambe.

It is Worthington’s only outing to date and the midfielder is looking to force his way in manager Darren Way’s thinking.

“You can never walk into a side like that and think you can walk straight into the team,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“There’s a lot of players here who are very talented and they’ve played in the league.

“There are experienced, older lads as well as young lads on loan so you’ve got to fight and work hard to get into the team.

“I wanted to come here and get some experience of men’s football. It’s more physical and a different style but it’s definitely something I want to improve, learn and adapt.”

Port Vale are the visitors to Huish Park this weekend and are winless in seven matches.

The Valiants sacked manager Michael Brown last weekend and Worthington expects a physical battle, comparable to what he has already experienced in Sky Bet League Two.

“It’ll be similar to what I’ve faced already since I’ve been here,” he said.

“I’m still trying to learn the game and how it is out there. 

“They’re going to be another physical side and they’re at the bottom so they’ll want to win which makes it a tough test.”

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

NEWS | Town support the Striker Boy campaign in aid of Mind

Football can be an inspirational force both to improve children’s education and to aid positive mental health. For this reason, Striker Boy represents two important causes for the club and our community.

Striker Boy is a thrilling book about a 13-year-old who proves an unlikely star striker for a Premier League team. It’s sure to have any young football fan gripped.

The special edition has been released in aid of the mental health charity Mind and in memory of its author Jonny Zucker, who last year tragically took his own life. He is survived by his loving wife and their young children. £1.40 from the sale of each copy goes to Mind, with the rest of the proceeds going to the author’s family.

Jonny lived with depression for over two decades but accomplished many things in that time. He dedicated his life to getting kids reading, working first as a primary school teacher before becoming a children’s author. He often used football as a way to reach young people that wouldn’t normally read for pleasure.

Beyond funds, the Striker Boy campaign is raising awareness of mental health issues in adults and children. Mental health will touch the lives of almost everyone in one way or another – one in four people will live with a mental health problem and it is the largest killer of men under 50. It’s vital we all work together to raise awareness and remove the taboo around issues of mental illness.

Available at www.strikerboy.com for £6.99, Striker Boy makes a wonderful gift for young fans aged 7-12.

Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday).

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Port Vale

That season Yeovil drew all of their opening four matches at Huish Park.

A win on Saturday would extend the Glovers’ unbeaten sequence to five and Darren Way’s attacking options are boosted by the return of Olufela Olomola.

The Southampton hotshot has missed the last two games due to injury but will be keen to wrestle his place back from Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge who netted the first league goal of his career against Morecambe.

Francois Zoko is Town’s top scorer so far this season with five goals, and has linked up well with whichever youngster has been selected.

Port Vale offer a different threat to what Way’s side have faced already in Somerset this term.

The Valiants sit bottom of the table after a seven-match winless run, which led to the sacking of Michael Brown.

David Kelly and Chris Morgan, Brown’s assistants, have stepped up to take temporary charge and will be looking to stake a claim for the job on a permanent basis.

Tom Pope, an experienced frontman with plenty of career goals, is yet to score since his return to Vale Park but his young strike partner Dan Turner has netted three times.

Ben Whitfield will return to Yeovil for the first time after he spent the year with the club last season. 

Head-to-head
All three of Yeovil’s wins over Port Vale in the EFL have been 1-0 – the last of which came back in 2007.

Since then, Town have suffered two defeats to the Valiants, picking up a draw at Vale Park.

The teams last met two years ago with recently sacked boss Michael Brown scoring at late winner in a 2-1 Vale win at Huish Park.

Officials
Graham Salisbury will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Lancashire-born official has refereed 10 games this season, dishing out 43 yellow cards – including 18 in his first two fixtures – and two reds.

He officiated Town once last year – the Glovers’ 4-2 home win over Cheltenham Town. He booked three Yeovil players on that occasion.

He will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire) with Mark Pottage (Dorset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way, Matt Worthington 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 the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets
Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game.

Sponsors
Match – Johnsons Stalbridge linen Services
Programme – E.R. Garrett Cleaning
Ball – Ivan Rendall & Co – Accountants, Yeovil

INTERVIEW | Khan searching for “perfect” balance and consistency

The 21-year-old, who signed a new two-year deal in the summer, has formed part of a forward unit who between them have netted 16 goals in 10 matches.

Town are unbeaten in four matches at Huish Park and face Port Vale at home on Saturday (3pm).

Khan is happy with his own performances so far and insists if the Glovers become a more balanced outfit, they will pick up a lot of points. 

“I think I’ve started fairly well,” he told iFollow Glovers

“I’ve scored three goals to now and I’ve created a few chances but I know I can do more.

“I’ve just got to keep improving for the team and keep being positive.”

Khan added: “One of the main problems last year was the lack of goals. This year we’ve got good attacking players and the goals are coming.

“We know that if we set up right at the defensive end then we know we’ll be winning a lot of games so it’s about keeping that consistency going.

“You need balance. If you don’t have it, you will draw a lot of games or not win games. Once you get the balance and consistency, it’s perfect.” 

Port Vale are currently bottom of the table after a winless run of seven matches.

The Staffordshire club sacked manager Michael Brown last weekend and Khan feels Yeovil need to be patient to overcome them in Somerset.

He said: “We know they’re struggling at the moment so they’ll be very solid at the back and set up quite defensively. 

“We just have to be calm in possession and we know the chances will come so when they do we have to make sure we take them.

“We have to be solid at the back ourselves and make sure we don’t concede from set-pieces – that’s the big one.”

INTERVIEW | Focus turns to our home form – Way

The Glovers host the Valiants looking to move five games unbeaten at home in Sky Bet League Two, having picked up eight points already. 

The two victories and two draws mean it’s a better start than the last time the Green and Whites were unbeaten in their first four home matches, having drawn all four during the 2008/09 campaign. 

Looking to continue their excellent form in front of the home faithful, Way has put away woes to one side. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, the Town boss said: “We’re back into our home form and I think it’s important we draw attention to that straight away when working on the training ground. 

The group have been and very confident and we’ve made sure we’ve addressed the problems. 

“Having said that, we’re in some home form where it’s our best home start for 10 seasons, so we have to focus on that and be very, very positive.”

The Glovers will be up against a managerless Port Vale outfit after Michael Brown’s departure last weekend, with Way anticipating a reaction from their players.

“They’ve got a new temporary manager so there will be a little bit of a reaction and he’ll probably implement one or two new ideas. 

“They’ll be trying to impress the new man and they’ll probably have that reaction for one or two games. 

“I’ve told my players that it’s how this group responds to League Two football, as it’s about getting results on a regular and consistent basis.”

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

NEWS | EFL Clubs indicate support for early closure of transfer window

The decision was taken at a meeting of all 72 Clubs and subject to further discussions, will be put to a formal vote in February next year ahead of any changes being implemented in time for the 2018 Summer window. 

While the EFL is under no obligation to make any changes, the EFL outlined a suggested approach that differs from the recent adjustment by the Premier League, whereby a shorter window for permanent transfers would be introduced, but Clubs could continue to sign players on loan until the traditional end of the window on 31 August. 

Clubs overwhelmingly supported the approach.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “Today was all about understanding a direction of travel in what is a hugely emotive matter not only for Clubs and managers but supporters as well.  

“The Clubs have been clear in their mandate and we will now go away and look to develop a set of proposals before moving this matter on to the next stage, which would be a formal vote in order to change our regulations.”

A number of other important matters were discussed at today’s Club Meeting, including:

FULL STRENGTH TEAMS

Following  the  widespread attention the matter of team selection received in the closing weeks of the 2016/17 season, it was determined at the Summer Conference in June that the EFL would work up a policy to determine what constitutes a ‘full strength’ team to remove any ambiguity and further potential reputational damage to the EFL and its competitions. 

Today, Clubs were asked to support the implementation of guidance on the following basis: ‘From the fourth Thursday in March, any team sheet for a League game should include at least 10 outfield players who featured on the team sheet for the League game before.’

Clubs indicated they were in support of amending the policy guidance and a formal vote will now take place at the February Club meeting. 

In the event the guidance is adopted and a Club subsequently breaches this threshold, they would be charged with a breach of Regulation 24 and the matter would be referred to a Disciplinary Commission.

USE OF ADDITIONAL SUBSTITUTES

Clubs were also asked for their view on whether or not there was an appetite to use four or five substitutes in a match.

This opportunity became available following the International Football Association Board (IFAB) AGM earlier this year when it was agreed that non top-tier competitions could have the flexibility to make modifications to organisational areas of the laws of the game for which they administer.

Clubs were asked to consider the matter and have opted not to progress further at this current time.   

CONDUCT OF OWNERS

The ongoing issue of the conduct of Club Owners, Directors and Executives is one that has been repeatedly raised by the media, Government and other key stakeholders and has on many occasions led to public perception issues for the League, its Clubs and competitions.  It was therefore agreed at the Summer Conference that there was a requirement to conduct a review.

At its meeting today, the EFL and Clubs formally began a consultation in an attempt to understand what the specific concerns are and whether they can be dealt with under existing regulations or if reform is required in an attempt to avoid future reputational damage.

The consultation will look to:  

a)    discuss with Clubs an appropriate formulation of the responsibilities expected of the Clubs themselves, the Club Owners, Directors and other relevant employees;  
b)    begin to outline conduct which could be considered contrary to those objectives, and how the EFL would begin to assess whether that conduct falls short of what is expected at any particular level;
c)    begin the process of developing guidelines on when the EFL may intervene to remind Clubs and individuals of their responsibilities and where appropriate remedial action is not taken, proceed to regulatory action if it is viewed that the conduct is bringing Clubs and / or the EFL into disrepute.

Clubs will now respond formally to a consultation paper and the matter will be discussed further later this season.  

DOMESTIC BROADCASTING

Following the announcement last week of the EFL’s new five-year £600m domestic broadcast rights deal, Clubs have been given a full overview of the new arrangement and the process undertaken in order to bring the matter to its successful conclusion.

NEWS | Everyone is fit – Way

The Glovers have been without Olufela Olomola for the last two matches due to a leg injury he sustained in the Checkatrade Trophy but the Southampton loanee returned to full training this week.

“Everyone is fit,” Way said. 

“Everyone trained today which is fantastic news.

“It’s good to have Olomola back as he’s played a massive contribution this year and it’ll be nice to have him back out there again.”

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

LADIES | Yeovil host Man City Women at Huish Park this Sunday

Jamie Sherwood’s side welcome the 2016 title winners to Huish Park on Sunday (2pm), 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.

Tickets for the match are priced at £7 for adults, while juniors and concessions are priced at £3.

Fans can purchase tickets via the Ladies’ website.

Hospitality is available for the match. Click here for more details.

NEWS | Steve Phillips Elite Goalkeeping comes to Yeovil

Also Head of Goalkeeping at the club’s Academy, the experienced ‘keeper with over 500 EFL appearances to his name for the likes of Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, will begin coaching the next generation from early October. 

With a possible pathway to the Academy, Phillips will work with both foundation phase (6-11) and youth phase (12-17) goalkeepers looking to enhance their game.

Elite Goalkeeping sessions will be held on the Huish Park 3G every Wednesday (foundation phase) and Thursday (youth phase) from 4.30pm-5.30pm on an ongoing basis from October 4th and 5th respectively.

To register your interest and for more information, please contact Steve directly via his Elite Goalkeeping Facebook page.

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue five

Yeovil host Port Vale on Saturday – the first of three matches for the Glovers in a week.

Here’s what you can find in issue five of the matchday programme:

  • Alefe Santos came over to the UK from Brazil aged 12 only knowing how to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. Now, people think he’s English! He talk about his footballing journey in the main interview

  • Find out who Omar Sowunmi thinks is the smartest member of the squad and more in the ‘Who Is?’ feature

  • Ex-Cardiff City man Tom James takes us through his Dream Team

  • Green & White columnist Jake Gray answers your questions in the latest version of ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • In a special version of ‘Where Are They Now?’, former Glovers loanee Steven Caulker gives advice to fellow professionals on battling mental illness as well as remembering his time at Huish Park

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Port Vale

And much more!

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

The club now offers a subscription service.

If you are an exiled Glover or missed a game, you can now purchase a programme game-by-game or buy a yearly subscription.

Click here for more details. 

TICKETS | Kids for a Quid against Colchester United

The Glovers host the U’s at the end of the month with juniors (under-16) able to enjoy the encounter for £1 as the popular Kids for a Quid initiative returns to Huish Park.

Tickets are already on sale for the clash and can be bought online by clicking here, in person via the ticket office or by calling 01935 847888.

Supporters who have already purchased a junior ticket are advised to contact the ticket office to arrange a refund.

TICKETS | Buy in advance for Port Vale clash

The Glovers have avoided defeat in their opening four matches, claiming victory in two of them, in an impressive start to the campaign at home. 

Managerless Port Vale make the trip to Somerset after parting company with Michael Brown following the 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. 

The Valiants have won once on their travels this season whilst Town are looking to bounce back after defeat to Grimsby. 

Tickets for the Sky Bet League Two encounter remain on sale with advanced purchase advised in order to avoid matchday queues. 

A breakdown of prices and ticket information can be found on our home ticket page

Supporters can buy in advance online or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

INTERVIEW | Versatile James hoping to continue run in the side

The 21-year-old moved further forward into midfield for the trip to Grimsby Town at the weekend, having operated at right-back in midweek. 

Sitting in front of the back four, the deep-lying midfield role becomes the third position occupied by James this season having also slotted in at left-back for the Checkatrade Trophy meeting with Exeter City in August.

Speaking after the narrow 2-1 defeat to the Mariners in Lincolnshire, the Welshman hopes to continue his run in the side. 

“I’ve had to be patient,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I’ve had a couple of games now so hopefully I can stay in the team and see how it goes from there.

“We did a bit of shape in the week so I had an idea I was going to be playing there (midfield), so I felt comfortable going into it in a new position.

“It’s not a role I’ve played in so much as in games, but in practice games and things like that I have so I know it a little bit but it’s good to have another position under my belt.”

Despite a fourth loss on the road this season, James felt their were positives to take from the performance at Blundell Park with one obvious area for improvement having conceded both goals from set-pieces.

“It’s those set-pieces again, we know we have to work on them and we will work on them this week.

They didn’t threaten us that much in open play and tactically we were quite good, it’s just those set-pieces which we have to work on.

“It was better but at the same time we still conceded two so it’s one of those things we have to work on and we have to get it right for the next game.”

Town next entertain Port Vale at Huish Park with tickets available online or via the Huish Park ticket office by visiting in person or by calling 01935 847888.

INTERVIEW | Way feels his side need to learn how to win ugly

Francois Zoko’s fifth goal of the season was sandwiched between strikes from Danny Collins and Scott Vernon as the Mariners earned all three points. 

The result sees the wait for points on the road continue, with four defeats in as many games on Town’s travels this season. 

Speaking after the match at Blundell Park, Way was reflective on his side’s performance.

“I thought we had some good spells and some good possession,” he told iFollow Glovers. “Even though we went down to a set-piece, I thought our structure was good and we were breaking very, very quickly with numbers.

“But then there was a spell in the second half where we didn’t hold the ball up well enough and we didn’t find our passes. 

“Sometimes away from home you have to find a way to win ugly because there will be some sustained pressure in front of their supporters which you have to handle, but I don’t think we did that well.”

The Glovers have scored six goals away from home this season with no reward in terms of points, leaving Town’s boss to target clean sheets on their travels.

“I think when you look at the forwards there’s never been a question, they do look a threat. 

“But it’s important we make sure that we get the ball into the forwards in the right areas and most importantly do the forwards a favour and keep a clean sheet because we can score as many goals as we want but if we’re not keeping clean sheets it’s not helping.”

Town next entertain Port Vale at Huish Park with tickets available online or via the Huish Park ticket office by visiting in person or by calling 01935 847888.

REPORT | Grimsby Town 2-1 Yeovil Town

Inside the opening 10 minutes Danny Collins gave the Mariners the lead, before Francois Zoko notched his fifth goal of the season in some style to level it up on 21 minutes.

Having grown into the game before the break the Glovers were put under pressure after the restart, and Scott Vernon ensured all three points for the hosts with a header on 71 minutes. 

Darren Way made one change to the side that drew with Morecambe at Huish Park on Tuesday.

Aiming for defensive solidity on their travels, Bevis Mugabi came in for Otis Khan in a swap that saw Tom James move further forward into midfield.

The alteration saw the Glovers switch to a diamond in midfield, with James at the base and Alefe Santos at the tip behind the strike pairing of Zoko and Sam Surridge, who were both on the score sheet in midweek.

As a steady drizzle fell in Lincolnshire the hosts were quick to get on the front foot through a flurry of set-pieces.

Artur Krysiak was routinely called into action to claim Collins’ header following a James Berrett wide free-kick, before the combination combined more potently on eight minutes.

From a Berrett corner, Krysiak couldn’t connect with his deep delivery allowing Collins to head home at the back post.

A disappointing start was almost made worse when Martin Woolford unleashed a venomous effort from range five minutes later, but Town’s stopper was equal to the effort with a smart diving save.

Having survived the initial storm the Green and Whites started to contain their opponents, before punishing the Mariners with a devastating counter-attack. 

Picking up a loose ball, James Bailey instantly fed Surridge who’d arched a run in behind, which the Bournemouth loanee tried to shift onto his right foot.

Ricocheting off a home defender it kindly fell to Zoko who superbly curled a first-time effort past a hapless James McKeown from 20 yards to level the scores.

With Town’s diamond formation proving effective, Russell Slade’s side were only able to threaten Krysiak’s goal from set-pieces.

Just past the half-hour mark Nathan Clarke glanced a Woolford corner wide from close range, as he tried to join his defensive partner on the score sheet. 

Krysiak was called into action once more in the first-half to push Woolford’s low shot from the angle round the post, before the Glovers ended the half in the ascendency.

McKeown wasn’t to be tested, but both James and Santos were notably starting to pull the strings as both sides headed into the break.

However, having had the chance to speak to his players during the interval, Slade’s side came out reinvigorated in the second half. 

Exerting real pressure on the Glovers, the visitors were penned in as the game ticked past the hour mark, as the 3,900 home supporters grew in volume. 

Unable to make it stick up front, Town continued to concede territory and were punished with a little under 20 minutes remaining.

Paul Dixon’s deep free-kick was headed back across goal by Clarke which substitute Vernon pounced on to leave Krysiak with no chance.

Grimsby’s second saw Way introduce Khan and former Mariner Rhys Browne, as Town emptied their bench of attacking options in a bid to get back into the match.

With the clock ticking Jake Gray squandered a chance to level things up, slicing an effort wide after Khan had burst along the byline. 

That chance was soon followed up by Zoko heading into the arms of McKeown, as the Somerset outfit looked for a dramatic end to proceedings.

Despite a spell of pressure in the closing stages Town couldn’t trouble the Mariners further, forcing the wait for points on the road to continue. 

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Clarke, Collins, Dixon, Dembele (Kelly 82’), Berrett, Summerfield, Woolford, Jones (Cardwell 90′), Matt (Vernon 66’).
Bookings: Jones 26’
Subs not used: Killip, K. Osborne, Hooper, Jaiyesimi.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Nelson, N. Smith, Dickson, Gray, James (Khan 73’), Bailey, Santos (Green 68’), Surridge (Browne 81’), Zoko.
Bookings: N. Smith 39’
Subs not used: Maddison, Alfei, Worthington, C. Smith.

INTERVIEW | Browne relishing Grimsby return

The tricky winger signed for Grimsby Town at the beginning of last season, making seven substitute appearances in black and white before being loaned to Macclesfield Town.

Things didn’t work out for the Antigua and Barbuda international at Blundell Park, but he is determined to return to Lincolnshire to show what he can do in front of old friends.

Browne said: “You’ve got to be ready for any game but when it’s a club that you’ve come from, it gives you a bit of fire in your belly to go and prove everyone wrong.

“You’ve got to go there with a kind of chip on your shoulder saying I deserve to be playing. However, we just want to focus on the win rather than what’s going on with me.

“I don’t have any problems with anyone at the club and they shouldn’t have any problems with me. It will be nice to see old people and I’ve got a few friends there who I will speak to after we beat them!”

He added: “Paul Hurst brought me in at Grimsby and left so there was a change in manager.

“After that it was a bit of a rollercoaster and not knowing how to settle so it wasn’t anything about not liking it.

“A lot was happening with me off the field and I needed to play some games (out on loan) and take away what was going on. I was in a position where I was away from my family and not playing games.

“I know what I can do and so does the manager here (Darren Way) – that’s why he brought me in.

“When you’re playing games you can’t really complain. It’s what I love doing and what I’ve been doing since I was a baby. The more I do it, the more I’ll enjoy it, get better and keep growing.”

NEWS | Good news for Olomola

The Southampton loanee missed the midweek draw against Morecambe due to a leg issue sustained in the Checkatrade Trophy at Exeter City two-and-a-half weeks ago. 

Way disclose whether Olomola was available for this weekend’s trip to Grimsby Town but gave a positive update. 

“It’s good news – it’s very, very good news that’s all I can say,” he said.

Midfielder Connor Smith, who was an unused substitute on Tuesday, has fully recovered from a recent knock.

NEWS | RIP Rhys Powell

The Town fanatic died holding his mother’s hand at St Margaret’s Hospice on Monday, after a 17-year battle with cancer. 

Darren Way and three of his squad visited Rhys prior to the Glovers’ match with Coventry City in August, and dedicated the win to the 19-year-old.

Everyone at the club would like to pass on their condolences to Rhys’ family and friends.

Details of his funeral can be found here. All are welcome.

TICKETS | Pay on the day at Grimsby

The Glovers will be searching for their first away win of the campaign when they travel to Blundell Park for just the third time in the EFL.

Fans can purchase in advance online and by phone on 01935 847888, with prices increasing by £2 (apart from the two junior rates) on Saturday.

For more information on prices, head to the Away Tickets section.

PREVIEW | Grimsby Town v Yeovil Town

With Olufela Olomola out injured in midweek, Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge came in for his full debut and he rewarded Darren Way for picking him with Town’s second of the game – the first league goal of his career.

Francois Zoko was also on target in the 2-2 draw against Morecambe and with Southampton hotshot Olomola expected to recover in time for the trip to Grimsby Town, Way has a positive selection headache.

Brazilian midfield Alefe Santos also started for the first time in a green and white shirt and impressed alongside versatile defender Tom James who was selected at right-back.

Darren Way’s side will be gunning to become the first Yeovil side to win an EFL game at Blundell Park. 

Former Glovers boss Russell Slade is in charge of Grimsby who picked up their third win on Tuesday at Accrington Stanley.

Midfielder Sam Jones is top of the Mariners’ goalscoring chart at present with three goals to his name. Yeovil fans will remember him for his performance at Blundell Park last term.

They also have the experienced Martyn Woolford at their disposal. The ex-Bristol City man scored in midweek and has played a vast amount of his career in the higher divisions.

Grimsby have lost three games at home this campaign in all competitions, drawing once in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Head-to-head
Town have faced Grimsby on four occasions in the EFL, winning just once (D1 L2).

That came in December 2004 where goals from Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski earned the Glovers a 2-1 victory.

Last term, the two teams played out a goalless draw at Huish Park before the Mariners won 4-2 at home.

Officials
Graham Horwood will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Bedfordshire-born official has refereed five games this season, dishing out 19 yellow cards but no reds.

He officiated three Town fixtures last term – defeats to Blackpool and Portsmouth as well as the final home game of the campaign against Stevenage.

He will be assisted by Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire) with Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Jake Gray‘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
Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game but prices increase by £2.

INTERVIEW | Gray looking for extended run of games

The former Luton Town man was selected on the right of midfield and delivered an excellent cross for Sam Surridge to net the Glovers’ second of the night.

It was his first start since the opening day and the 21-year-old is itching to have the opportunity to stake a place for a permanent role in the side.

“It was nice to be back in the team,” Gray told iFollow Glovers.

“It was a difficult night and the conditions weren’t the best but it was nice to get an assist.

“It would be great for me to get a run in the team, start putting in some performances and try and get some goals, and more assists. It’s something I’m looking to do.”

Gray could begin his second consecutive game when Yeovil travel to Grimsby Town this weekend.

The midfielder featured against the Mariners last season and is confident Town can register their first three points on the road at Blundell Park.

He said: “I played them last year at Luton – the ground is quite tight. It was a tough game and they’re a physical side.

“Everyone is positive because we’re still unbeaten at home. We’ve just got to go again and take our good home form into Saturday and get our first away win in the league.

“We’ve been working on what we want to be doing against them, know what to expect and we’re looking forward to it.”

INTERVIEW | We have to find a solution – Way

The Glovers have won all eight of their points at home this season courtesy of two wins and two draws in an unbeaten start at Huish Park. 

However, Town have suffered three consecutive away defeats in Sky Bet League Two as they prepare to take on the Mariners this weekend. 

Looking to arrest their away form, Way has looked at every aspect of playing away from home. 

He told iFollow Glovers: “We’ve talked about our preparation even down to the detail of what we’re eating, when we stop, how long we’re on the bus and what time we get up in the morning.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure our preparation can’t be an excuse.

“We have to make sure we’re confident and play the way we play well. We’ve got attacking players so it’s up to us to make sure we’re an attacking threat.

“Regardless, we need to come up with a solution that picks up points.”

Way will come up against a familiar face in former Town boss Russell Slade, who is taking charge of his first full season at Blundell Park having arrived in April.

Ahead of a second trip to Grimsby in his managerial career, Way is aware of the threats they’ll pose.

“They’re a good team, but very physical,” he said. “I had Russ as my manager here so I know the way he gets his team to play. 

“We know their strengths but at the same time know their weaknesses, so it’s important we try to capitalise on those weaknesses.

“We’ve done our homework and put a lot of work in on the training ground, so it’s important the players trust and believe in the system we’re playing.”

Tickets for the trip to Blundell Park remain on sale online and via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

For more ticket information, please visit our Away Tickets section.

TICKETS | Join Town at Grimsby this Saturday

The Glovers travel to Lincolnshire searching for their first away win of the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Town’s last win over the Mariners came in 2004 where goals from Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski earned the Green and Whites a 2-1 victory at Huish Park.

Yeovil’s following two away games at Chesterfield and Newport County are also on sale.

For ticket prices and information on all away matches, head to the Away Tickets section.

NEWS | Olomola injury to be assessed

The Southampton loanee was forced off due to a leg injury in the Glovers’ win at Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy, and suffered another knock on Saturday.

He was left out of the squad for the visit of Morecambe, but boss Darren Way is hopeful his young striker will be available for the trip to Blundell Park.

“You could see that he took a heavy knock against Cheltenham,” he said.

“Like Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan last year, he’s going to be a target because of the quality he’s got.

“He’s been hit on two occasions now. The one at Exeter was close to being a broken leg, and then we had the one on Saturday.

“We’ve got to see the extent of the injury. We’re still waiting to have his medical assessment from a surgeon, as far as what the swelling is.

“But hopefully fingers crossed it’s a little bit of swelling and it will go down and he’ll be back for Saturday.” 

QUIZ A GLOVER | Nathan Smith

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

Jon Margetts
What is your proudest moment in a Yeovil shirt?

NS: My debut against Hartlepool United. At that time, there weren’t many making it who were my age so it’s definitely my proudest moment. 

Will Hallett
What did you do when you found out you were the fastest CB on Fifa 17?

NS: I didn’t really didn’t do anything to be fair! I saw a video where a guy had made a team of the fastest players on FIFA and I just thought it was nice.

Josh Appleyard
What is your favourite part of being a vegan?

NS: Just enjoying the food, really. It makes me feel good and you don’t feel tired. I enjoy the energy side of things as you recover quicker.

Seb O’Dowd
Who is the best player that you have played with?

NS: I will say Terrell Forbes because I lived with him and we used to sit down every day and go through our games such as things he thought I could’ve done right, he could’ve done right, what we did wrong so he taught me a lot.

Louis Batson  
Can you see the club going places this season with the current team?

NS: Yeah, definitely – 100%. If you’re in and around it you can see what can be done with the team this season.

Martin McConachie
You always stay out longer than the others in the pre-match warm-up. Is there a reason or is it just superstition?

NS: I like to try and get a second wind because some games start very quickly so I try and open up my chest as much as I can. 

Barry Crossan
Which would you rather fight? A horse-sized duck or 50 duck-sized horses?

NS: Man’s a vegan – we don’t fight animals! So neither of them.

QUIZ A GLOVER | Olufela Olomola

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

Tom Xpro
Could you ever see yourself playing for Southampton in the Premier League

OO: I’ve always seen myself playing at the highest level so yeah I do.

Jordan Clark
Are you enjoying your time down in the countryside away from the big city?

OO: It’s good to get away as London is very hectic and down here is nice, quiet and peaceful. There’s good people down here so I’m enjoying my time.

Andy Paterson
Who has been your rock in your life, keeping you grounded when things go well and picking you up when things don’t?

OO: My parents, definitely. My mum and dad are there for me no matter what. If I’ve had a good or a bad game, they’re always there and message me after a game to see how I feel.

Various
Would you like to extend your loan until the end of the season?

OO: At the moment, I just want to concentrate on doing well for Yeovil and what happens, happens.

Mark Simon Taylor
What’s it like playing up front with Mr Zoko and are you roomies on away trips?

OO: Zoko is a great player and has helped me a lot since I’ve been here. He is my room-mate on away trips and I’m enjoying playing with him.

Henry YTFC Ebdon
If you could play with one strike partner in the world who would it be?

OO: Who would it be? Harry Kane – I’m a big, big fan of his.

Robert Whewell
What were your first pair of boots and what do you wear now?

OO: My first pair of boots were Tiempos and I wear them now!

William Buttle
Would you rather have feet for hands or hands for feet?

OO: Wait, I don’t understand… feet for hands? So my feet are my hands? Ohhhhh! Okay, yeah feet for hands.

Bryan Passmore
Who is your favourite player of all time, and current?

OO: My favourite player of all-time is Ronaldo… no! Thierry Henry, Thierry Henry, Thierry Henry. He’s the whole reason I wanted to be a striker. Right now, I would say Harry Kane.

Harry Eaton
What made you choose Yeovil?

OO: I think the manager was a big, big thing for me. He showed a lot of enthusiasm in me and a lot of belief in my ability. That made me feel like this was the place for me.

Dean Bowditch
Messi or Ronaldo?

OO: Messi.

Ryan Jones
Who is your best friend in football?

OO: Michael Folivi at Watford. He’s one of my best friends.

Martyn Bailey
What made you want to play football?

OO: My dad. Ever since I was young my dad has been a big influence on me with football. He put it on the TV screen and really got me into it.

INTERVIEW | Way disappointed with goals conceded

Francois Zoko tapped in a first-half opener and Sam Surridge grabbed his first league goal to extend the Glovers’ lead midway through the second period.

But finishes from Adam McGurk and Kevin Ellison saw the Shrimps salvage a point in Somerset.

“We’re disappointed certainly in the manner we conceded the goals from two set plays,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“We knew the conditions were going to be very difficult but at 2-0 up we expected a little bit more resilience to stop their threat which was set plays. 

“I don’t think Artur (Krysiak) had a save to make from open play. There wasn’t a massive number of balls forward but as far as a direct ball from direct free kicks and long throws, we were disappointed to concede.

“The players share responsibility on set plays and they’re all about concentration. They’re about staying with your man, anticipating the second balls and then making sure you get good clearances.  

“The group need to understand how important set plays are.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-2 Morecambe

Francois Zoko notched his fourth goal of the campaign to put the Green and Whites ahead in the first period.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge superbly finished Jake Gray’s quality cross to double Yeovil’s advantage on 65 minutes, but the Glovers had to settle for a draw as the visitors hit back courtesy of finishes from Adam McGurk and Kevin Ellison.

Darren Way handed a first Sky Bet League Two start to Surridge, in for the injured Olufela Olomola who is nursing a leg problem. 

Brazilian Alefe Santos was also granted his full debut with Gray and Tom James completing the list of alterations.

In swirling wind and pouring rain, the hosts fizzed the ball around with purpose in the opening exchanges and Otis Khan sent a dipping 25-yard effort just over Barry Roche’s crossbar on five minutes.

Santos was next to take aim for the Glovers but his shot skipped off the greasy Huish Park surface on its way into the Sondico advertising hoarding.

As the conditions worsened, the tempo slowed. Morecambe’s Patrick Brough didn’t get the memo, however, storming down the left and delivering for veteran frontman Kevin Ellison who hooked wide with his left foot.

That was closely followed by a tame volley straight at Artur Krysiak from forward McGurk – the game’s first chance on target.

Then right-back Aaron McGowan took advantage of a Ryan Dickson slip on the byeline, and McGurk would have had a simple tap-in from his low cross if not for Krysiak’s safe hands.

There was a little bit of a lull in the action midway through the first period before Zoko sparked the contest back into life.

The Ivorian crashed an attempt against the crossbar and a minute later gave Yeovil a deserved lead.

He intercepted a short backpass from centre-back Dean Winnard, rounded goalkeeper Roche and took a moment to compose himself due to the weather before stroking into an unguarded net.

Garry Thompson missed a good opportunity to level just after the interval, firing past the post and at the other end, Khan found Surridge in a great position inside the area but the youngster tried to lay it off for James Bailey to shoot instead of having a go himself and the chance faded.

Backed by the wind, McGurk raced in behind the Yeovil backline and fired narrowly past the far post just shy of the hour, before the Glovers added their second of the night.

A swift counter saw wide man Gray, on his second starting league appearance, produce a wonderful delivery into the corridor of uncertainty for Surridge to put his shot back across the keeper into the bottom corner.

Yeovil’s two-goal lead didn’t last long as striker McGurk lashed in an impressive volley to make it 2-1. 

The Shrimps completed an excellent turnaround with a familiar foe on the scoresheet.

Ellison, who boasted a record of three goals in his last four against Town prior to the match, wriggled free from a host of bodies to nod home a long Michael Rose throw and send a sparse away following into raptures.

Both managers made late changes in search of a winner but it proved in vain and the contest ended all square. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Nelson, N.Smith, Dickson, Gray (Browne 88), Bailey, Santos (Worthington 82), Khan (Green 80), Surridge, Zoko.

Bookings: Krysiak 58, N.Smith 90.
Subs not used:
Maddison, Davies, Mugabi, C.Smith.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Winnard, Brough, Rose, Osborne (Kenyon 88), Ellison, Wildig (Lang 62), Thompson, McGurk (Campbell 80).

Bookings: Old 17.
Subs not used: Nizic, Fleming, Lund, Muller.

ACADEMY | Under-18s progress in Youth Alliance Cup

First half strikes from Jeremiah Gyebi and Samyan Ismail put the young Glovers on their way before Reuben Collins grabbed a goal back for the visitors late on. 

Nestor Sako restored the two-goal advantage in the closing stages to ensure Town’s progression. 

In a quiet start to proceedings, neither keeper was forced into action in the opening 25 minutes as both sides enjoyed spells of possession. 

However, just past the half-hour mark the deadlock was broken through a well-worked Yeovil free-kick. 

Jack Rice-Lethaby’s short pass teed up Gabriel Rogers, whose driven effort was turned into the back of the net by Gyebi who capitalised on a static Dons defence.

The hosts’ lead was soon doubled after the award of a penalty on 39 minutes. 

Nzembela’s strong run was brought to an end inside the box, allowing captain Ismail to step up and send the goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards. 

Causing havoc before the break, Nzembela forced a good save with an acrobatic shot from inside the penalty area as Wimbledon held on to keep the score 2-0 at half-time. 

After a disappointing opening 45 minutes the visitors offered more of a threat after the restart as Judah Chapman’s venemous strike had to be parried away by the diving Tommy Scott. 

Having enjoyed a spell of pressure, the Dons grabbed a goal back with a little over 10 minutes remaining when Tyler Burey’s wide free kick was turned in by Collins.

With a comeback on the cards, Town sealed their place in the next round when Paulius Golubickas picked out Sako with a perfectly weighted through ball, which the Yeovil striker confidently slotted into the net to seal victory.

INTERVIEW | We have to take the positives from Saturday – Way

The Glovers host the Lancashire outfit on Tuesday night (7.45pm) looking to make it four games unbeaten at home, with two wins and a draw so far this season. 

Having scored five goals in their opening two matches at Huish Park, Town were frustratingly held to a goalless draw against the Robins. 

However, the Yeovil boss is keen to take the positives going into the midweek fixture against the Shrimpers.

“We want to take the positives from the draw,” Way told YTFC.net. “Whilst we were a little bit frustrated and disappointed with our attacking display, defensively we did well. 

“Artur Krysiak stood out after the appointment of a new goalkeeper coach last week so there were certainly positives to take.

“A few weeks ago we would’ve have lost that match but we came out of it with a point which keeps this run at home going.”

Jim Bentley’s Morecambe head to Somerset without a win in their last five, having most recently lost 2-0 on the road at Notts County. 

With the Glovers themselves without a win in the last two, Way admits there could be changes to the starting eleven that has started the last three Sky Bet League Two encounters. 

“There’s certainly competition for places at the moment and there will be one or two currently starting that will be looking over their shoulder because there’s quality and class on the bench.

“That’s what we wanted and what we’ve built so it’s up to those players to take their opportunity when it comes.

“The whole squad has put team success ahead of individual success so hopefully we can see that on the pitch.”

Tickets for the match remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Alternatively, you can buy online

WHAT’S ON | Matchday information for Town v Morecambe

Under the lights at Huish Park, here’s all that’s going on:

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game via 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, by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting the ticket office in person.

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

Programmes
Issue four of the refreshed matchday programme will be on sale from Tuesday afternoon. Copies of Green & White can be purchased from around the ground and in the club shop and is priced at £3. Tuesday’s issue includes an exclusive interview with Francois Zoko and much more. Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to Huish you can still enjoy a read of the matchday literature with our new subscription service.

Meal Deal
As part of a special offer, supporters can enjoy a homemade burger, chips and a drink for just £4.99! Meal deal vouchers are available to purchase at either of the burger vans on site at Huish Park, with drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic) available as part of the offer from the Marquee. For more information on the deal, click here.

Junior Glovers Family Area
Situated on the corner between the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace, the Junior Glovers Family Area offers entertainment for families before kick-off. Kitted out with games, activities and the latest games consoles, young Glovers can enjoy the pre-match build-up. 

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 up until kick-off.

Huish Hospitality
Why not spend your Tuesday night in style with our hospitality package? Costing £49, supporters will get reserved car parking, a two-course carvery meal, a complimentary matchday programme, access to the Legends Lounge, a ticket for the match and access to the bar at half-time and after the match. Click here for more info.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Morecambe

Darren Way admitted his side’s performance in the goalless draw against Cheltenham Town on Saturday wasn’t up to the required standards, but praised his players, Artur Krysiak in particular, for keeping a clean sheet.

Seven points from a possible nine at Huish Park is an impressive return and the Glovers will be looking to make it 10 from 12 on Tuesday night.

It is Yeovil’s best home form since September to December of last season where they picked up six wins and two draws in a row, across three competitions.

Morecambe have had a tough to their Sky Bet League Two campaign, picking up just one victory which came on the opening day.

Since then, Jim Bentley’s team are winless in five, losing on three occasions, and sit one point above the drop zone in 20th.

Shrimps striker Vadaine Oliver will miss the match in the West Country after receiving red in their local derby with Accrington Stanley.

Head-to-head
Town’s only victory over Morecambe in the EFL came last season.

Defender Bevis Mugabi was on target as the Glovers ran out 3-1 winners at the Globe Arena.

You have to go back to January 2003 for Yeovil’s previous three points over the Shrimps.

The Green and Whites won 2-0 at Huish Park, courtesy of strikes from Andy Lindegaard and Kirk Jackson.

Officials
Craig Hicks will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night.

All of Mr Hicks’ league matches have come in League Two this season.

The Surrey-born official has refereed six games so far, dishing out 16 yellow cards but no reds.

Hicks has never officiated a Town game.

He will be assisted by John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire) with Mark Derrien (Dorset) 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. 

Tickets
Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game.

ACADEMY | U18s narrowly beaten in Cirencester

Off the back of an impressive 2-0 win over league leaders Swindon Town, the young Glovers travelled to Cirencester to face strong Green Devils outfit.

Forest Green asserted their dominance from the outset and took an early lead through a low driven strike from the edge of the box by Jordan Stevens.

The hosts continued to control proceedings and struck the woodwork twice, before doubling their advantage in the second half.

Despite an improved display after the interval, Town were hit by a quick Rovers counter-attack which resulted in a Stevens volley finding the back of the net.

Yeovil went in search of a way back into the game and pulled one back when Jack Rice-Lethaby smashed home from an acute angle, however it proved to be a mere consolation.

TICKETS | Town to complete double header with visit of Morecambe

Town drew 0-0 with Cheltenham on Saturday to retain their unbeaten start to the campaign at home, with two wins and a draw to their name. 

Jim Bentley’s Morecambe head to Somerset looking to pick up their first win on the road this season. 

Tickets for the fixture remain on sale up until kick-off with supporters advised to purchase in advance to avoid matchday queues and benefit from pre-match savings. 

Fans attending can enjoy a special meal deal offer with a homemade burger, chips and a drink available for just £4.99. 

To purchase your ticket, go online or you can contact the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue four

Yeovil host Morecambe on Tuesday night – the second match at Huish Park in three days.

This edition is one for Town’s more experienced players! Here’s what you can find in issue four:

  • Ivorian forward Francois Zoko discusses his career in the main interview

  • Find out who Ryan Dickson thinks is the quickest and more in the ‘Who Is?’ feature

  • Town’s number one Artur Krysiak takes us through his Dream Team

  • The Glovers’ record EFL appearance holder Nathan Smith answers your questions in the latest version of ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • Remember Hugo Rodrigues? Green & White chats to him for the ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to Morecambe

And much more!

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

The club now offers a subscription service.

If you are an exiled Glover or missed a game, you can now purchase a programme game-by-game or buy a yearly subscription.

Click here for more details. 

NEWS | Who’s the man on our players’ shirts?

But what does it mean? Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Man of Men’ represents everyone who wants to stop prostate cancer being a killer.

Meet Kevin and Lloyd, two inspirational men, living with incurable prostate cancer who are doing everything they can to raise money to beat a disease killing one man every 45 minutes in the UK.

Watch their story

Kevin and Lloyd both joined Jeff Stelling on his March for Men, and like Jeff, wear their Prostate Cancer UK badge with pride.

You can too. Text BADGE to 70004 to donate £5 to help stop prostate cancer being a killer (and get your own Prostate Cancer UK badge to wear with pride).*

Find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football by visiting their website: prostatecanceruk.org/football

INTERVIEW | Way praises Krysiak display

In a week where the club appointed Steve Phillips as their new goalkeeping coach, Polish stopper Artur Krysiak produced a man of the match display as the Glovers played out a goalless draw with Cheltenham Town at Huish Park.

The result means Yeovil are unbeaten in three home games and they have the chance to extend that to four when Morecambe visit on Tuesday. 

“We’re disappointed with our attacking play,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“A while ago we probably would have conceded because they put us under pressure and had one or two chances but I thought the way we defended at times was very good.

“Artur Krysiak’s display was very, very good having brought in a new goalkeeping coach this week. Some of the saves he pulled off were very effective.”

He added: “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and they caused us a lot of threats.

“With the pressure they put us under, it was difficult to get up the pitch.

“Our standards have to be better than that and players have to be a little bit more patient on the ball and not panic.

“We have to look at the positives, reflect and try and get three points on Tuesday.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-0 Cheltenham Town

The visitors enjoyed the better of proceedings but couldn’t find a way past an imperious Artur Krysiak to claim all three points in Sky Bet League Two.

A point sees the Glovers move three unbeaten at home, having picked up all seven of their points in front of the Town faithful.

Darren Way opted to give the eleven that lost at Crawley a week previous a chance to make amends, sticking with the same starting line-up for a third league match in a row.

Having signed on deadline day, loanee Matt Worthington started amongst the substitutes for his involvement as a Glover in the only change to the matchday squad.

On a blustery afternoon in Somerset it was the visitors who started with the wind in their sails, threatening to break the deadlock in the early exchanges.

A superb last-ditch Ryan Dickson challenge stopped Mohamed Eisa firing a shot off from inside the box, before his strike partner Danny Wright missed a gilt-edged opportunity with 12 minutes on the clock.

Eisa’s low drive came back off the post falling perfectly to Wright, who somehow trickled an effort wide of the target with the goal begging.

Creating chances inside the opening 20 minutes, Carl Winchester’s low cross couldn’t be turned goalwards by Eisa, as the Robins proved wasteful in front of goal to the relief of the Glovers.

Far from clinical, Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson ruthlessly replaced Wright with Jaanai Gordon after 23 minutes, in a bid to find an end product.

Despite remaining unscathed from the early onslaught, the Glovers struggled to recreate the attacking form from their opening two home matches to the frustration of the home faithful.

Rounding off a one-sided opening 45 minutes, Jordan Cranston had a long-range strike palmed away by Krysiak, leaving Town to require a livelier second half.

As they did at Crawley last weekend the Glovers made one switch at the break, as Jordan Green replaced Olufela Olomola who seemed to be struggling with a knock.

However, before the alteration had chance to affect the pattern of play the Robins were back on the front foot after the restart.

The lively Gordon forced Krysiak into a diving save from a venomous drive, before Sam Surridge replaced Rhys Browne in a bid to get Town ticking in the final third.

It remained a defensive effort up to the hour mark however, as Krysiak produced a stunning double save to keep the score at 0-0.

Town’s Polish stopper was quick off his line to smother Eisa’s effort, before recovering to tip Gordon’s curling strike over the bar just seconds later.

The smart double save seemed to invigorate Way’s side, who engineered their first chance of the match after 67 minutes.

Otis Khan’s jinking run worked space in the box to allow a cross, which could only be glanced wide by an advanced Bevis Mugabi.

Having struggled to exert pressure on Cheltenham the Glovers grew into the game in the final 20 minutes, led by the influence of Green.

At the other end Jerell Sellars had a shot from range pushed away by the impassable Krysiak, before Khan fired into the arms of Scott Flinders from all of 25 yards. 

With virtually the last act of the match substitute Hinds fired an effort into the side-netting forcing both sides to share the spoils, as Yeovil move three games unbeaten at home. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Nelson, N. Smith, Dickson, Browne (Surridge 52’), C. Smith Gray 75’), Bailey, Khan, Zoko, Olomola (Green 45’).
Bookings: Nelson 36’
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, James, Worthington.

Cheltenham Town: Flinders, Winchester, Moore, Grimes, Cranston, Dawson, Storer, Pell, Morrell (Sellars 70’), Wright (Gordon 23’), Eisa (Hinds 61’).
Bookings: Cranston 78′, Hinds 89′
Subs not used: Flatt, Boyce, O’Shaughnessy, Bower.

NEWS | Club continue matchday catering improvements

Following feedback from fans, the YTFC Catering and Hospitality group have committed to the following changes, starting from Saturday’s clash with Cheltenham Town at Huish Park:

  • The club has investigated the idea of a stand-alone speed bar in the Marquee but this cannot currently be done due to licensing conditions. The club has setup a meeting with the licensing authorities to discuss the matter. In the interim, an additional staff member is to be added to help improve the speed of service.
  • A full review of the tea bars has been carried out and unless there is exceptional, unexpected demand, all tea bars should now never run out of products and definitely not before half-time.
  • The ‘Glovers on a Roll’ unit is being deployed adjacent to the Junior Glovers Family Area as a second pop-up tea bar/burger van to help reduce queues at tea bar two. The existing trial for a pop-up tea bar on the corner of the Screwfix and Radio Cabs Stands continues for the Cheltenham game.
  • A greater number of food and drink special offers will be deployed throughout the season, the first of which was announced on Tuesday.
  • A new hotline number (active on matchdays only) 07517 048274 has been created allowing fans to text or call with any issues they encounter. This number will be monitored by the Supporter Director or Stadium Manager. 

These improvements are 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. 

Commenting, Mr. Rendell said: “Hopefully, fans will see this announcement as a sign that this Catering and Hospitality group is making progress. 

“I will continue to press for further improvements.”

ACADEMY | Under-18s go inside out this weekend

The Foundation launched the suicide prevention campaign to try and encourage people to open up about the way they’re feeling.

Coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day this Sunday (10th September), football clubs are taking part throughout the weekend by turning their shirts inside out. 

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK and every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide worldwide. 

For more information, visit the If U Care Share Foundation’s website

WHAT’S ON | Matchday information for Town v Cheltenham Town

There’s plenty going on at Huish Park throughout the afternoon, with all the information you need below:

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game via 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

Junior Glovers Family Area
Situated on the corner between the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace, the Junior Glovers Family Area offers entertainment for families before kick-off. Kitted out with games, activities and the latest games consoles, young Glovers can enjoy the pre-match build-up. There’s also a special ‘Where’s Jolly’ competition with a family ticket for the match against Port Vale on the 23rd September up for grabs!

Meal Deal
As part of a special offer for the next two home games, supporters can enjoy a homemade burger, chips and a drink for just £4.99! Meal deal vouchers are available to purchase at either of the burger vans on site at Huish Park, with drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic) available as part of the offer from the Marquee. For more information on the deal, click here.

Marquee with your mates
Open to both home and away supporters, enjoy a drink before the match from 12 o’clock. As part of the meal deal, a pint of Thatchers or Bud Light can be enjoyed. 

Glovers on a Roll
To offer better catering options on a matchday, the Glovers on a Roll burger van will now be situated adjacent to the Junior Glovers Family Area. The pop-up tea bar will also remain on trial on the corner of the Screwfix Stand and Radio Cabs Away End to ease pressure on tea bar five. 

Programmes
Issue three 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 Sid Nelson and much more. Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to Huish you can still enjoy a read of the matchday literature with our new subscription service.

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 | Way looking for balance to performance

Yet to register a point on the road, Town have won their opening two matches at home scoring five goals in the process. 

Recalling a 2-0 win over Coventry last time out at Huish Park, the Yeovil boss is looking for a repeat performance.

“If we get the balance right like we did against Coventry, we’ll score goals,” Way told iFollow Glovers

“There’s no doubt of that, the players feel it every day in training – with balance the results will come.

“The club over a number of years, certainly the last four, hasn’t seen either the flow of goals or creative force going forward that we’ve got now.”

With five games played Yeovil have already produced five different goal scorers, something that pleases Way ahead of the clash against the Robins.

“We’ve got ball carriers who can take the ball from one end of the pitch to the other at pace with power.

“They can face defenders one-v-one, take them inside or outside, put good crosses into the box and shoot. 

“It’s all about timing when you’re in the final third and we have clever players.

“We welcome Matt Worthington now as well – he’s a good player who plays with steel and determination and offers versatility.” 

Tickets for the visit of Cheltenham remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office (in person or by calling 01935 847888), or online.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town

All their points have come in Somerset, with victories over Accrington Stanley and Coventry City in August.

Huish Park is also a happy hunting ground for Southampton hotshot Olufela Olomola, who has netted three goals in two games at home as well as a further strike in the pre-season friendly against Championship outfit Bristol City.

Another loanee in Matt Worthington, who signed from AFC Bournemouth until January, could make his debut this weekend when Yeovil host Cheltenham Town.

The Robins are currently bottom of the table with just one win to their name.

Manager Gary Johnson bolstered his options towards the end of the transfer window with a trio of loans from Bristol City, experienced keeper Scott Flinders and ex-West Ham United youngster Jaanai Gordon.

All five featured for the Gloucestershire side last weekend but couldn’t prevent them from suffering a 1-0 defeat to Stevenage.

Head-to-head
Town are unbeaten in their last three games at home to Cheltenham Town.

Last season, Otis Khan set the Glovers on their way to a 4-2 victory at Huish Park.

Before that match, the Green and Whites hadn’t faced the Robins in Somerset since Boxing Day 2008.

Officials
Dean Whitestone will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

All of Mr Whitestone’s league matches have come in League One this season.

The Bedfordshire-born official has refereed seven games last season, dishing out 18 yellow cards but no reds.

Coy officiated three Town fixtures last term – both ties against Newport County and the draw at Accrington.

He will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Craig Taylor (West Midlands) with Marc Whaley (Devon) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Ryan Dickson‘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
Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game.

INTERVIEW | Dickson looking to build on home form

The Glovers have won both of their matches in Somerset so far this season with impressive displays against Accrington Stanley and Coventry City.

Former Southampton man Dickson praised his side’s attacking intent and believes if they tighten up at the other end, another three points will be picked up. 

“At home we’re obviously a massive threat,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We’ve had two strong performances which is encouraging and we can build on them.

“Attacking wise we don’t have to worry about other teams’ weaknesses.

“Going forward we have those threats and we know if we keep a clean sheet, we’re always going to score and create chances. 

“If we win it’s won three, lost three so it’s not too bad form. We just want to keep winning and find some consistency.“ 

A former team-mate of Dickson’s could line-up for Cheltenham this weekend.

Kevin Dawson spent four years with the Green and Whites, becoming good friends with the left-back but Dickson insists all that will go out the window come kick-off.

“I know Daws well and played against him a lot before I even came to Yeovil,” he said.

“He’s a good friend of mine and we get on well but he isn’t going to win so that’s okay!

“I wish him all the best because he’s a good lad but come Saturday I don’t wish him all the best at all.” 

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

NEWS | First-team make alteration to backroom staff

The club would like to place on record its thanks to Sam who had been operating in the role since May 2016.

Shulberg first came to the club as part of the Academy’s coaching setup and leaves with the best wishes of manager Darren Way and all at YTFC.  

Filling the void left by the 22-year-old’s departure is former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Steve Phillips, who joins Way’s coaching staff initially on an interim basis.

Making over 500 EFL appearances during his career, the 39-year-old will work with first-team goalkeepers Artur Krysiak and Jonny Maddison as well as undertaking the role of Head of Goalkeeping for the club’s Academy.

Everyone at YTFC wishes Steve all the best during his time at Huish Park.

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue three

Yeovil host Cheltenham Town on Saturday in the first of back-to-back Sky Bet League Two fixtures at Huish Park. 

This edition is one for the loanees! Here’s what you can find in Saturday’s programme:

  • Millwall loanee Sid Nelson speaks about his aims of climbing up the table

  • Bournemouth youngster Sam Surridge discusses the best he’s trained with in the Dream Team feature

  • This week’s ‘Who Is?’ feature sees Swansea City’s Keston Davies dish the dirt on his team-mates

  • Fans’ favourite Olufela Olomola answers your questions in the latest version of ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • Where is Lloyd Owusu? He tells us what he’s up to and looks back on his time at Huish Park in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to Cheltenham Town

And much more!

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

The club now offers a subscription service.

If you are an exiled Glover or missed a game, you can now purchase a programme game-by-game or buy a yearly subscription.

Click here for more details. 

VACANCY | The Academy is recruiting

The successful applicant must hold a UEFA B License for coaching, and will work throughout the Academy from ages Under-9 to Under-16. 

All applications must be sent to Academy Manager Paul Wilson by 5pm on Monday, September 18th. 

For a full job description and to find out how to apply, click here.

MEAL DEAL | Burger, chips and a drink for just £4.99

Available in the Marquee and both burger vans, fans can tuck into a homemade burger, chips and a drink for just £4.99

The offer covers all drinks both hot and cold, including a pint of Thatchers or Bud Light and will be available both before kick-off and at half-time.

Pick up your meal deal voucher from either of the burger vans. Drinks can be claimed using the voucher from either van, in the Marquee or from a tea bar with the homemade burger and chips available from the burger vans only.

Also available throughout the Huish Park tea bars, supporters can enjoy a four-fingered KitKat and tea or coffee for £2.50.

Tickets for the matches against Cheltenham Town and Morecambe remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) and online.

TICKETS | Checkatrade Trophy games now on sale

The Glovers kick-off their home campaign in the competition when Chelsea Under-21s visit Somerset on Wednesday, October 25th (7.45pm).

Darren Way’s side conclude their group stage games by hosting Plymouth Argyle a month later. 

Season ticket holders’ seats will be reserved until one before each fixture, after which unclaimed seats will go on general sale.

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

HOSPITALITY | Packages available for Cheltenham match

The Glovers will entertain the Robins at Huish Park on Saturday, September 9th (3pm).

Hospitality packages remain available for Town’s third home match of the season, starting with access to the Legends Lounge – priced at just £49 per person. 

The package includes:
– Reserved car parking
– Arrival in the Alec Stock Lounge
– Complimentary matchday programme
– Two-course carvery meal
– Tamburino Stand ticket
– Bar pass for half-time and after the match

An Executive Box is also available for the match this Saturday, priced at £750. 

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)

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

ACADEMY | U18s bounce back with win against league leaders

Goals from Nestor Sakoand Jack Rice-Lethaby earned the young Glovers three points against a Robins side who were yet to drop points in the EFL Youth Alliance.

The first half brought few chances for either team but after the interval, Yeovil dominated and deservedly took the lead on the hour.

Samyan Ismail and Gabriel Rogers pressed deep in Swindon territory with the latter stealing the ball, driving into the box and pulling back for new recruit Sako to score.

Six minutes later, the hosts wrapped up proceedings through Rice-Lethaby’s first of the campaign.

A mistake in the visiting ranks saw the midfielder race on to a loose ball and he coolly dispatched underneath the away keeper to seal victory.

The Under-18s are next in action against Oxford United on Saturday, September 16th.

TICKETS | Huish Park prepares for double header

Town first host the Robins on Saturday 9th September (3pm), looking for a repeat of last season’s 4-2 drubbing against Gary Johnson’s side. 

Having won their opening two home fixtures, Daren Way’s side will be looking to continue their impressive form at Huish Park, as they welcome Morecambe to Somerset just four days later on Tuesday 12th September (7.45pm).

Fans in attendance can also enjoy a special food offer in place for the back-to-back fixtures.

Available in the Marquee and at the two burger vans, supporters can enjoy a homemade burger, chips and a drink for just £4.99 both before kick-off and at half-time.

A KitKat and tea or coffee can also be bought from any tea bar for just £2.50, meaning the offers continue.

With savings to be made by purchasing tickets in advance, supporters can do so by contacting the Huish Park ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888, with tickets also available online

INTERVIEW | Way disappointed with Town’s inconsistency

A Jamie Roberts brace ensured Town left West Sussex empty handed, continuing an inconsistent start to the season. 

Despite a positive start, the green and whites couldn’t build on back-to-back victories over Coventry City and Exeter City and slumped to a third defeat on the road in Sky Bet League Two. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Way was disappointed to see the performance level drop. 

“I think the mistakes for the goals cost us,” he said. “The first one, we were on top for the first 15 minutes, we had some great chances, but that goal flies in and there was a little bit of anxiety.

“We couldn’t find our passes, but having said that we got back into the game and then we made the mistake for the second goal.

“There wasn’t sustained pressure, but I just felt the performance level and the consistency from the previous two games was disappointing.

“We played the first 15 minutes where we played like us but for the rest of the game we didn’t look as athletic as we have been.” 

Town will now prepare for consecutive home games against Cheltenham Town and Morecambe, looking to continue a run of good results at Huish Park. 

The Glovers have already seen off Accrington Stanley and Coventry City in front of home support, and Way is targeting a good week on the training ground to ensure the good home form continues. 

“Some of them have to know the difference between a home performance and an away performance – that has to be improved to be successful this year.

“It’s important that we make sure the players understand to be consistent you have to work hard, so we’re going to keep working hard on the training ground to make sure we get it right. 

“It will be interesting to see who comes out as mentally strong enough to make sure we look good going into Saturday.”

Tickets for the clash against Cheltenham Town are on sale via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888 and online.

REPORT | Crawley Town 2-0 Yeovil Town

Having been on the back foot in the opening exchanges, the Reds capitalised on a mistake after 12 minutes to take the lead through Jordan Roberts. 

Taking the lead into the break the home side doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart, with Roberts adding a second.

Town hit the bar in the closing stages but couldn’t find a way to avoid a third away defeat in a disappointing afternoon at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Darren Way made four changes from the side that comfortably beat Exeter City in Checkatrade Trophy action on Tuesday night.

Naming the same 11 that saw off Coventry 2-0 a week previous in League Two, Connor Smith and top scorer Olufela Olomola recovered from knocks to feature in West Sussex. 

Continuing Town’s prolific strike partnership, Francois Zoko came back in having been rested in midweek to partner four-goal man Olomola.

Having helped to keep a cleansheet against the Sky Blues, Sid Nelson and Ryan Dickson came back in for Dan Alfei and Tom James to complete the alterations.

Looking to record a third straight victory the Glovers began in confident manner, testing the Reds’ defence early on. 

Otis Khan’s strong running created space for both Olomola and Zoko inside the opening 10 minutes, but neither of Town’s frontline could pick out a team-mate in the middle. 

Having been penned back early on, Harry Kewell’s side burst into life and soon broke the deadlock.

After Artur Krysiak raced from his line to brilliantly deny Enzio Boldewijn, Roberts gave Crawley the lead just 60 seconds later.

Home captain Jimmy Smith won back possession on the edge of Town’s box and teed up the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker who dispatched from the edge of the box. 

The opener only encouraged the Reds who continued to enjoy a spell of pressure, with a superb Nelson block stopping Roberts doubling the hosts’ advantage and comfortable Krysiak save denying Smith’s long range effort.

Despite an end-to-end opening to the first 45 minutes of action the game flattered to deceive up to half-time, with the encounter becoming a stop-start affair.

Nelson had a header tipped onto the bar by home stopper Glenn Morris before the linesman’s flag went up for offside in a half of few chances.

With the break approaching Bevis Mugabi volleyed Khan’s corner wide before the right-back’s wayward long range strike proved to be the final act of a tame half.

In a bid to get back into the game Jake Gray replaced Connor Smith for the second 45, but before the energetic midfielder could influence proceedings Crawley doubled their lead.

A ball over the top caught Town’s defence on their heels and allowed Boldewijn to race through on goal, selflessly squaring for Roberts who doubled his tally for the afternoon.

Looking to confirm back-to-back league wins the hosts missed a gilt-edged chance as the game ticked past the hour mark, as Smith somehow blazed over the bar from a yard out.

Instead of finding themselves 3-0 up Kewell’s side almost had their lead halved, as Morris reacted quickly to save Nathan Smith’s header with his feet. 

Sensing a swing in momentum Jordan Green replaced Olomola to add fresh legs up front, and the lively attacker further sparked the Glovers into life in the final third.

With 72 minutes on the clock Zoko’s looping header came back off the bar sparking a goalmouth scramble, before Green slammed an effort into the side netting from the angle inside the final 10 minutes.

Despite plenty of attacking endeavour home ‘keeper Morris remained largely untested and the Glovers succumbed to their first defeat in three. 

Crawley Town: Morris, Young, Yorwerth, Lelan, Evina, Camara (Meite 70’), Bulman, Smith, Cox (Payne 86’), Roberts (Lewis 80’), Boldewijn.
Bookings: Young 26’, Smith 30’, Bullman 61’, Meite 88’
Subs not used: Mersin, McNerney, Djalo, Tajbakash.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Nelson, N. Smith, Dickson, Browne (Surridge 75’), Bailey, C. Smith (Gray 45’), Khan, Zoko, Olomola (Green 64’).
Bookings: Nelson 17’, Khan 60’, N. Smith 68’
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, James, Santos.

Attendance: 2,024 (222 Yeovil fans)

INTERVIEW | Way keen to continue small improvements

The Glovers have won their last two games in all competitions, following up a 2-0 win at home to Coventry in League Two with an impressive 3-1 win at Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Having shipped goals early in the season, Town have now conceded just once in the last 180 minutes.

Now sitting back in mid-table, Way is looking for performances to continue to get better.

“We’re looking to make small improvements every game,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I think we’ve done that from a defensive aspect in the last week which is why we’ve had a shift in results.

“We have an attacking threat and I don’t think it’s been like this since we last got promoted in terms of goals going in.

“We have to make sure the balance stays right and everyone stays confident.”

The Glovers head to the Checkatrade.com Stadium looking to pick up their first points on the road after Tuesday’s cup victory in Devon, a target Way’s side have been working on.

“From the game on Tuesday we have to make sure we do our best and keep putting in performances like we have done.

“We’re trying to change our mindset and the game management away from home because it’s really important.

“Looking at the league table right now, certainly with the Forest Green Rovers situation (4-3 defeat) we would’ve been in the play offs.

 “We’re trying to think positive and trying to understand the away trips we had last year.”

Tickets are available to purchase on the day from Crawley with more information found on our away match ticket page.  

INTERVIEW | We’re full of confidence – Mugabi

The Glovers picked up their second league win last Saturday and followed it up with an impressive performance at Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Southampton Academy graduate Mugabi missed Town’s first two matches of the campaign due to injury but has played every minute since. 

So far, he has operated at centre-back and right-back but says being adaptable is a good attribute to have.

“The two wins we got against Coventry and Exeter in midweek were good,” he told iFollow Glovers

“We’re full of confidence at the moment. We’re playing well, training hard every day and we’re looking forward to Saturday.”

He continued: “I got injured in pre-season which was a setback but I’ve worked hard throughout the last couple of weeks and managed to get myself back in the team so I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

“Being versatile you have more of a chance of being selected to play.

“In this day and age you have to be versatile for managers to select you. I’m just glad I’m playing games.”

Yeovil face Harry Kewell’s Crawley this weekend, who picked up their first three points against Swindon Town a week ago.

The Red Devils are known for their direct approach and Mugabi expects more of the same at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

He said: “They’ve got some big players and will look to get lots of crosses into the box which we’ll have to deal with.

“It’s going to be a difficult game as usual but I’m sure we’ll get the result we need.

“All the boys are really looking forward to Saturday and we’re looking to get three points.”

PREVIEW | Crawley Town v Yeovil Town

The Glovers have netted 13 goals in their opening six matches, failing to score in just one game – the Carabao Cup first round tie against Sky Bet Championship outfit Wolves.

In that sequence, Yeovil recorded victories over Accrington Stanley and Coventry City at Huish Park, and dispatched Exeter City on the road in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage.

The last time the Green and Whites were this fruitful in front of goal was at the beginning of the 2012/13 League One play-off-winning season.

Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge scored his first Town goal on his full debut at St James Park on Tuesday night, a game which saw Rhys Browne bag his second in as many games and Otis Khan stretch his tally to three in August.

Darren Way will be hoping Olufela Olomola and Connor Smith make full recoveries from knocks ahead of the weekend’s trip to Crawley Town.

Francois Zoko is likely to come back into the fold after being rested at Exeter.

After a tough start, Crawley picked up an impressive three points at then league leaders Swindon Town.

Harry Kewell’s side cruised to a 3-0 win at the County Ground – their first away triumph in five months.

The West Sussex outfit have scored just four league goals so far this season, conceding five.

Head-to-head
Before January’s defeat, Town had won five matches in a row against the Red Devils.

The last of those was an emphatic 5-0 scoreline at Huish Park – equaling the club’s highest ever margin of victory since entering the EFL.

The Glovers have secured three points twice on the road at Crawley, with both games ending 1-0. 

Officials
Trevor Kettle will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

Mr Kettle has officiated five matches this season, issuing 19 yellow cards and one red.

Last term, the Leicestershire-born referee took charge of Yeovil’s 2-0 home loss to Carlisle United and sent off Ben Whitfield.

He will be assisted by Daniel Cook (Essex) and Stephen Brown (Kent) with Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Bevis Mugabi’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 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
Fans can purchase tickets on the day of the match at Crawley’s ticket office via cash and card payments, or from the ticket cabin (cash only). Any tickets requested to be left for collection will be available from the latter.