Month: October 2017

NEWS | Town lose Olomola appeal

The 20-year-old was sent off in the 63rd minute of Saturday’s 3-0 win against Stevenage, after an on-pitch altercation which resulted in 21 players becoming involved. 

Stevenage defender Kevin Toner was also sent off for his involvement in the incident.

An Independent Regulatory Commission heard the case today (Tuesday 31st October) and upheld the officials’ decision. 

Olomola will now serve the suspension with immediate effect, missing home matches with Southend United (Saturday) and Swindon Town (November 18th) as well as the trip to Carlisle United in between (November 11th).

The Glovers will also be without fellow striker Francois Zoko for the same period, after the Ivorian also received a red card on Saturday in a separate incident.

CHARITY | Poppy Appeal auction update

With all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, the shirts embroidered with the RBL poppy on the front are being auctioned off. 

Making the perfect limited edition purchase, all 19 shirts will be on auction until midday on Thursday November 9th. 

Artur Krysiak  £105
Nathan Smith £101
Matt Worthington £100
Bevis Mugabi
Keston Davies
Otis Khan
Connor Smith
Rhys Browne
Jake Gray £55
Jonny Maddison
Francois Zoko
Sam Surridge £200
James Bailey
Omar Sowunmi £65
Tom James £50
Olufela Olomola
Sid Nelson
Alefe Santos
Tommy Scott

If you wish to bid for a shirt, please follow the below instructions:
· State the number of the player’s shirt along with the name of the player
· There will be a minimum reserve of £50 per shirt
· P&P will be extra should you require it
· Bid by email only please to KHurley@britishlegion.org.uk

TICKETS | Get up for the Cup!

Darren Way’s side welcome Phil Brown’s Sky Bet League One Shrimpers to Huish Park on Saturday.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams since a League Cup meeting in 2013 which ended 1-0 in the Glovers’ favour.

Yeovil have faced Southend four times in the competition, winning twice (1958 and 1963) (D1 L1).

Fans can purchase tickets online, by phone on 01935 84788 or in person at the ticket office. 

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

INTERVIEW | Surridge delighted with Stevenage brace

The AFC Bournemouth loanee netted Town’s opener with a sweetly struck strike and volleyed home the Glovers’ third of the afternoon following Olufela Olomola’s seventh goal this term.

Three days earlier against Chelsea Under-21s, the 19-year-old forward thought he had scored but his header clipped Rhys Browne on the way in so he was happy to be on target for certain on two occasions.

“I’m buzzing,” Surridge told iFollow Glovers.

“I’ve been racking up the assists and I’ll take them but I’m happy to score and more importantly get three points!

“I was ready because I’ve been training hard and I was confident if I got chances I’d score. I took confidence from my performance on Wednesday and it paid off.

“The first few minutes we were all running about a bit and knew it was going to be a hard day, but as soon as I struck (the first) I knew it was going in and I was happy, and relieved, to get the first goal and then the second.”

Surridge could have taken home the match ball but for a heavy touch just before the break.

“I should have got my hat-trick!” he said.

“I was running round so much, I was so surprised I got it so soon after my second goal. My touch should have been better and if it was then it would have set me up.

“However it was a great result and I got two so I’m happy.”

NEWS | Town to appeal Olomola red card

The Southampton loanee was dismissed in the 63rd minute after an altercation which sparked an on-pitch fracas.

Stevenage defender Kevin Toner was also sent off for his involvement in the incident.

Glovers forward Francois Zoko will serve a three-match ban. 

The Ivorian saw red due to dangerous play when attempting to control a high ball with Boro midfielder Jack King.

It means Zoko will miss the home matches with Southend United (Saturday) and Swindon Town (November 18th) as well as the trip to Carlisle United in between (November 11th).

The former Blackpool man will next be available for selection when Town welcome Notts County to Huish Park on Tuesday, November 21st.

ACADEMY | Under-18s edged out on the road at Swindon

Jordan Edwards opened the scoring for the hosts with a flying header but the Glovers equalised when Jeremiah Gyebi smashed home Gabriel Rogers’ corner from close range.

Swindon controversially restored their lead just before half-time.

Young goalkeeper Charlie Philpott was clattered in the build-up and despite his and right-back Charlie Fripp’s best efforts to keep the ball out, Luke Haines squirmed the ball an inch over the line.

Nestor Shako had two good chances to draw Town level but couldn’t convert, and then Gabriel Rogers hit the bar with a shot from distance in the second half.

The hosts added to their advantage through a sweetly struck Edwards volley and although Harry Haughton set up an exciting finale with a low strike from 20 yards, Swindon held on for three points.

 

CHARITY | Bid for match-worn Poppy shirts

The players wore commemorative shirts with the RBL Poppy embroidered on the front for the win against Stevenage on Saturday. 

The match-worn shirts are now available to bid for with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

Fans can bid for a shirt by emailing KHurley@britishlegion.org.uk the name and number of the players’ shirt they wish to purchase.

Bids must start at £50 per shirt and P&P will be extra should you require it.

The auction will close on Thursday, November 9th at 12noon.

INTERVIEW | Players have to take credit – Way

Sam Surridge was on target twice, either side of Olufela Olomola’s 27th-minute strike, as the Glovers comfortably defeated their Sky Bet League Two counterparts.

Despite being down to nine men after Olomola and Francois Zoko received red cards, Yeovil remained on the attack for a fourth goal and were solid defensively to hold on to an impressive clean sheet. 

“I’m very pleased,” Way said.

“Stevenage are a very good team and very effective but we didn’t let them have anything today and it could’ve been six in the first half.

“The players put the tactical plan into practice unbelievably well with tempo at the start of the game. The way they finished the goals off was a credit to them.

“The players have to take credit for the way we exploited their weaknesses and it was very pleasing as a manager to watch that.

“The discipline to keep a structured, organised, competitive defensive unit with less players is not easy so that was very good.

“We were in control from start to finish. In the end we were playing with two less players and still getting in. The confidence in the group is growing.”

Way believes Town’s fine display was highlighted by the home support who were in good voice all afternoon.

He said: “The supporters deserve huge credit.

“They were singing the players’ names and there were songs of ‘we love Yeovil’ and you have to put in a good performance for them to sing that. A big thanks to them.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-0 Stevenage

Sam Surridge grabbed a brace for the Glovers either side of Olufela Olomola’s 27th-minute strike, before the latter saw red for his association with an on-field tussle.

Substitute Kevin Toner was also dismissed for his part in the incident, and Francois Zoko was later sent off for a high foot as Darren Way’s side hung on for victory with nine men.

The Yeovil manager made three changes from his last league outing, including fourth Sky Bet League Two starts for AFC Bournemouth loanees Surridge and Matt Worthington.

Versatile Welshman Tom James was utilised at left-back in place of concussed Ryan Dickson.

There was also a first involvement in the matchday squad for Academy goalkeeper Tommy Scott, who was named on the bench after an injury to Jonny Maddison in training.

The hosts lined up in a very attacking shape and Olomola twice stretched the visitors’ defence early on, first seeing his cross narrowly evade fellow forward Zoko before a further move fizzled out. 

Stevenage looked vulnerable at the back but after Dale Gorman’s volley deflected over, they created the first clearcut chance.

Omar Sowunmi’s clearance cannoned off Worthington, fell kindly for Chris Whelpdale who swivelled and hit the foot of the post.

A flurry of offsides followed alongside a wild Tom Pett volley as a lull in the match ensued.

It was sparked back into life by a great finish from Surridge.

After a fierce James Bailey strike appeared to hit Fraser Franks’ hand in the box, the young striker kept his composure to send a side-footed effort into the bottom corner.

Moments later it was two with all four forward players contributing.

Surridge flicked on to Zoko who in turn nudged the ball on to Otis Khan. He raced through and found himself in a two-on-one situation with Olomola, unselfishly squared to the Southampton youngster who tucked away with aplomb.

The Glovers were rampant and passing the ball round superbly, deservedly adding a third of the afternoon before the break.

Khan proved the provider once more, whipping a lovely corner to the back post where Surridge was waiting unmarked to smash home his second of the day.

It was almost a dream first period for the 19-year-old, who got in a great position to receive Zoko’s slide-rule pass only for his heavy touch to deny him his hat-trick opportunity.

Then a long Artur Krysiak punt somehow reached Zoko but he could merely find the legs of keeper Joe Fryer rather than Yeovil’s fourth of the day.

Boro almost reduced the deficit early in the second half and it would have been helping hand from a Green and White shirt.

Whelpdale’s diagonal ball was collected by Dan Newton whose shot from an acute angle was tipped out by Krysiak, inadvertently hit Nathan Smith and just dropped wide of the post.

Former Tamworth man Newton was denied by Town’s number one again prior to the hour mark. He weaved in and out of number of players before being thwarted by the legs of Krysiak.

Similarly to the first half, chances went quiet and then all hell broke loose.

A mass brawl occurred right in front of the touchline and following a five-minute consultation with his officials, referee Chris Sarginson showed red cards to Olomola and substitute Toner for their part in the fracas. 

Back to pitch action and when the storm had calmed, Khan warmed the gloves of Fryer with a curling effort and Tom James’ knuckleball free kick forced the away stopper into a flying save.

Yeovil ended the contest with nine players when Zoko received a red card for a raised foot but it didn’t effect the final result as the home side recorded back-to-back league wins in Somerset.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, N.Smith, James, Bailey, Worthington, Khan (Browne 82), Surridge, Olomola, Zoko.
Bookings: Bailey 42.
Sending off: Olomola 63, Zoko 82.
Not used: Scott, Davies, Nelson, C.Smith, Gray, Santos.

Stevenage: Fryer, Henry, Vancooten (Wilkinson 46), Franks (Toner 54), Martin, Whelpdale, King, Gorman, Pett, Newton, Wootton (Samuel 46).
Bookings: King 28, Martin 63, Gorman 88.
Sending off: Toner 65.
Not used: Day, Conlon, Slater, Wilmot. 

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue nine

The Glovers take on Stevenage in matchday nine just days after the midweek penalty shootout win over Chelsea Under-21s.

Here’s what you can find in the programme:

  • Omar Sowunmi has enjoyed an extended run in the side recently. He chats about his aim to keep his place in the main interview

  • Left-back Ryan Dickson, formerly of Brentford and Southampton, selects his Dream Team

  • Brazilian Alefe Santos has fun at the expense of his team-mates in ‘Who Is?’

  • Who does Sid Nelson look more alike – Vinnie Jones or Thomas Shelby? Find out more in Quiz A Glover

  • Former Glovers man Terrell Forbes talks about his time at the club and retirement in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Stevenage

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. 

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Stevenage

Huish Park last saw league action a fortnight ago, when Crewe Alexandra were dispatched 2-0 courtesy of strikes from Rhys Browne and Fela Olomola. 

Since then, Town have played out a loss and a draw in League Two whilst recording a penalty shootout win over Chelsea Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek. 

Browne was on target in the game against the Young Blues which finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, meaning the Yeovil winger is targeting a third goal in as many games at home. 

While the 21-year-old enjoys a rich vein of form, fellow winger Jordan Green hasn’t featured for a month due to injury and remains touch and go, whilst Ryan Dickson missed Wednesday’s match having picked up concussion at Barnet last weekend.

Preparing for the second of three matches in a row at Huish Park, Darren Way’s side welcome Darren Sarll’s Stevenage who sit just outside the play-offs in ninth.

After being on the end of a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of league leaders Luton Town earlier this month, Boro bounced back with victory against high-flying Accrington Stanley at the Lamex. 

However, defeat to a rejuvenated Forest Green Rovers last time out means the Hertfordshire outfit head to Somerset looking to get back to winning ways once again. 

In order to do that, Stevenage will be hoping top scorer Danny Newton (6) can return to scoring form and net his first goal in six, while Matt Godden is searching for a fourth goal in just three games.

Head-to-head
Yeovil come into the encounter unbeaten in their last six meetings with Stevenage.

Both of last season’s meetings finished with a share of spoils, with Ben Whitfield grabbing a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at the Lamex Stadium before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro notched in a 1-1 draw at Huish Park. 

Four of the last six matches between the two sides have ended in a draw, with Town’s last win coming in December 2015 in an FA Cup second round fixture. 

Officials 
Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire) will take charge on Saturday. 

The League Two clash will be Mr. Sarginson’s 16th match of the season, having already officiated a fixture involving the Glovers – the 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley back in August. 

He will be assisted by Ravel Cheosiaua and Kevin Morris with Adam Bromley acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Matt Worthington’s pre-match thoughts 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
Tickets for the match can be purchased in advance from the Huish Park ticket office, online, or by phone on 01935 847888 until 5pm on Monday. Fans can pay on the day but please note a £2 matchday surcharge

INTERVIEW | We don’t fear anyone in this league – Worthington

The Glovers take on Stevenage at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm) for the last of their games in October.

Last time out at home, Town picked up three points with a 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra and Worthington believes similar will follow if the squad remain focused.

“We don’t fear anyone in this league,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“It’ll be a totally different game on Saturday. We’ve got to be prepared for the change.

“League Two is harder (than youth football). It’s more physical, you’ve got to compete for second balls and that’s definitely a side I wanted to work on. 

“It’s a close league and if we go into the game with the right frame of mind and play like we did (against Chelsea U21) we’ll get a good result.”

Worthington was one of six changes for Town’s midweek match against Chelsea Under-21s in the Checkatrade trophy.

The Bournemouth loanee has four starts in all competitions since joining on loan and believes the midweek game has given himself and others an opportunity to stake a claim for a permanent starting role.

He said: “It was a massive game for the players who haven’t been involved in recent weeks.

“The cup games are to show the gaffer you’re ready and good enough to play in the starting 11 on a Saturday.

“Everyone did well and everyone has a chance now.”

INTERVIEW | I’ve got decisions to make – Way

The Glovers welcome Stevenage to Huish Park on Saturday after overcoming the Premier League youngsters on penalties.

Way made six changes to his starting line-up in midweek and the sextet have stuck their hand up for a Sky Bet League Two start.

“I’ve got decisions to make and I love making them as a manager,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“With the squad we’ve got, everyone keeps saying it’s better than last year, but as a young manager I have to be patient with young players.

“Every day they’re growing and getting stronger together and I think their performances are improving.

“The group are giving their maximum and there’s one thing I know is I can trust them.”

Stevenage sit ninth in League Two, dropping out the play-offs after a narrow defeat to Forest Green Rovers.

Yeovil drew twice against Boro last season and Way is anticipating a dissimilar outfit to what they faced on Wednesday.

“They’ll play in a completely different way, with two forwards in a 4-4-2 up front,” he said.

“They’ll look to get in behind with their pace and power. 

“They can be direct at times and try and switch the play quick on us but we’ve got to make sure we keep improving every day in training and stick together.”

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

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Stevenage

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

Unity in the Community
We welcome Martock U9s, 11s and 13s on Saturday who are attending the match with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust for a Matchday Experience. Having met the manager and had a tour of the stadium, the three teams will enjoy a parade around the pitch at half-time.

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.

Glovers on a Roll
The Glovers on a Roll burger van – situated on the corner of the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace – will be serving its new chicken burgers this weekend. Available for just £3, supporters can enjoy the new menu option as well as host of other refreshments.

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 nine 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 Omar Sowunmi 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. For a first-time visitors guide, downloadable activities and more, please visit our Junior Glovers page.

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 ready for Christmas!
The club shop has a host of merchandise ready for stockings this Christmas! The new 2017/18 calendar is available to buy, while replica kits remain on sale. The shop also launches a special offer for those purchasing a brand new youth home or away shirt (at full price), with the shorts and socks available to add on with a 20% discount!

ACADEMY | FA Youth Cup prices confirmed

The Young Glovers will take on the Grecians on the first-team pitch, with prices as follows:

Adult/Senior: £4
Junior: £1

The Under-18s met Exeter in the EFL Youth Alliance at the end of September, narrowly losing 1-0. 

Antonio Falanga’s side will look to emulate their cup run last season, where they reached the fourth round having knocked out Category One Academy outfit West Brom along the way. 

The Tamburino Stand will be the only stand open for all supporters, with refreshments available via the Alec Stock Lounge.

Tickets are available to purchase via the Huish Park ticket office by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting in person.

INTERVIEW | Worthy felt Town were worthy

Town took the lead courtesy of Rhys Browne midway through the first-half, before Luke McCormick equalised against the run of play before the break. 

The Green and Whites looked most likely to win it in normal time, before claiming an extra point via the lottery of a penalty shootout.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers at full-time, the Bournemouth loanee felt Yeovil were good value for the two points.

“We worked on trying to press them high and stop them playing from the back because that’s what they do.

“We pressed high and they didn’t have many chances at all, so it was a good performance from the lads.

“I thought we could’ve won the game in normal time. Their goal came from nothing really but we dug in and kept going with the way we were playing and it worked out in the end.”

The 19-year-old was named Man of the Match on Wednesday night and admits to enjoying his night against a Young Blues outfit.

“It’s a totally different game to what we’re used to week in, week out,” he said.

“It brought back memories of playing in the Under-23s (for Bournemouth), it’s less physical and more technical.

“I think we matched them and were better than them on the ball and it was good to get back to playing that way, but we move on to Saturday now.”

The Glovers entertain Stevenage at Huish Park on Saturday as focus reverts to Sky Bet League Two.

Tickets are available online and via the Huish Park ticket office on 01935 847888 or by visiting in person.

INTERVIEW | Way pleased with Checkatrade display

The Glovers went ahead against the young Blues when Rhys Browne diverted Sam Surridge’s header into the corner, before Luke McCormick restored parity and ensured the visitors left with at least a point.

A second point was up for grabs for the winner of a penalty shootout and Town won 5-3 to all but put themselves into the knockout stage of the competition. 

“It was a good performance from start to finish,” he told iFollow Glovers

“I thought my players put into practice what we’ve been working on in the training ground. 

“We knew if our press wasn’t right they would play through us, which they did on one occasion and the finish was excellent.

“The way we pressed against technically very, very good players was a really big achievement for our players.”

Town’s extra point on the night was awarded after winning the penalty shootout which ensued following the draw in normal time.

Alefe Santos, Surridge, Otis Khan, Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko all dispatched their spot-kicks with aplomb, while Artur Krysiak saved from McCormick.

“To finish the penalties with the technical ability we did was very pleasing,” Way said.

“One or two have been working on them really hard and a special mention has to go to Steve (Phillips) for his attention to detail with Artur; that was magnificent.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Chelsea U21 (5-3 on pens)

Winger Rhys Browne netted for the second home game in a row but midfielder Luke McCormick levelled in first half stoppage time to earn the Blues a share of the spoils before spot-kicks ensued. 

Chelsea goalscorer McCormick saw his saved by Artur Krysiak with every other penalty converted with Yeovil winning 5-3.

Darren Way made six changes to his side following Saturday’s draw with Barnet.

Browne and Sam Surridge were added to the Glovers attack and Sid Nelson returned to partner captain Nathan Smith at centre-back. 

The duo of Alefe Santos and Matt Worthington formed the heart of the home midfield, while Tom James also earned a recall. 

It was clear from the outset Chelsea’s aim was to pass the ball around with slickness and Yeovil’s determination to disrupt that in the early stages proved effective. 

The hosts pressed high up the field, getting in the faces of their young opponents and their energetic style provided Tom James with an opportunity to strike from distance but he couldn’t keep his dipping volley down.

Otis Khan curled a free kick just wide soon after and Worthington lashed a first-time shot over from 25 yards in what was a quiet quarter of an hour on the clearcut chances front.

The former acted as the provider for Town’s next two efforts which saw Nelson and Bevis Mugabi head over before delivering the corner which created the opener.

Surridge connected with a firm header and Browne inadvertently knocked the ball beyond Jamie Cumming into the bottom corner.

The Glovers’ lead only lasted 12 minutes as Chelsea restored parity completely against the run of play.

In their first venture deep into Yeovil territory, wing-back Reece James’ fizzing cross was glanced goalwards by Martell Taylor-Crossdale, forcing Krysiak into an instinctive stop.

However, the Polish keeper could only palm into the air and McCormick reacted quickest to tap in.

Krysiak kept the score at 1-1 on the stroke of half-time, saving expertly from Jacob Maddox. 

The ex-Bristol City youngster picked up Mugabi’s loose pass and his curling attempt towards the bottom was tipped behind by Town’s number one. 

A bright beginning to the second half saw Reece James arrow a shot over on the angle and at the other end, his namesake Tom crossed for Browne who hit over on the turn.

Taylor-Crossdale fired low at Krysiak on 60 minutes before Jake Gray and Mugabi went close for the Green and Whites.

Former Luton Town man Gray fierce strike was acrobatically tipped over by Cumming and Mugabi’s header from the following corner skimmed off the top of the crossbar.

Khan was next to sting the palms of England youth international Cumming with a driven effort, the last real talking point ahead of a tense ABBA shootout.

Santos, Surridge, Khan, Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko all dispatched from 12 yards with aplomb and McCormick’s miss for Chelsea meant two points went to Way’s side.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, N.Smith (Davies 67), Nelson, T.James, Gray (Zoko 82), Santos, C.Smith, Khan, Surridge, Browne (Olomola 64).
Bookings: Santos 42, Browne 52.
Not used: Maddison, Sowunmi, C.Smith, Bailey.

Chelsea U21: Cumming, Colley, Nartey (Dasilva 77), Chalobah, Grant, R.James (Muheim 90), Maddox, Sammut, McCormick, Grant, Hazard (St Clair 62), Taylor-Crossdale.
Bookings: McCormick 80.
Not used: Tie, Castillo, Brown, Uwakwe.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Chelsea U21

Fellow strike Sam Surridge grabbed his first Glovers strike at St James Park and Rhys Browne was also on target in the victory.

Darren Way has no new injury concerns ahead of the tie and has already stated his intent to do well in the competition.

Chelsea’s youngsters have never won a match in the tournament since entering it in the summer of 2016.

Their previous fixture at Plymouth Argyle ended 2-2 with Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring twice as the young Blues squandered a two-goal lead and lost on penalties. 

Joe Edwards’ side have a host of young talent and will provide a different tactical test for Yeovil.

Chelsea Under-21s are currently in the bottom two in the Premier League 2 and will hope the Checkatrade Trophy provides a healthy distraction from their indifferent league campaign.

Head-to-head
The two sides have never faced each other.

Chelsea were knocked out in the group stage last season, while Yeovil reached the quarter-finals.

Officials
Kevin Johnson will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Somerset-born official has refereed 12 games this season – mostly in League Two.

He has issued 43 yellow cards and six reds – three of which came in one game.

Johnson officiated Town’s home win over Plymouth Argyle last season and the victory against Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy.

He will be assisted by Matt Eva (Surrey) and Justin Amey (Dorset) with Brett Huxtable (Devon) 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
Junior tickets are FREE while adults are priced at £10. Seniors and young persons are available at £5. Fans can purchase from the ticket office this evening.

NEWS | Swap Huish Park for the Amsterdam ArenA

On 1-3 June 2018, two weeks before the World Cup kicks off, hundreds of football fans will take part in Prostate Cancer UK and the EFL’s Football to Amsterdam bike ride and you could be one of them.

Putting rivalries aside, fans will unite to ride 145 miles over two days before finishing at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Not only is it a chance to represent Yeovil Town, but with the help of fans from across the EFL, it’s an opportunity to turn the game around for men everywhere.

This is a game of two halves and your mates and you can make the difference to relegate the most common cancer in men in the UK. 

Last year 380 football fans took part and raised £600,000 which can pay for over a year’s worth of life-changing research, so this really is a ride of a lifetime.

Tracey Leaburn, a Charlton Athletic fan did it for her dad and is already building her squad for 2018.

“Last year’s ride was extremely emotional,” said Tracey. “I did it for my dad and every man and their family fighting prostate cancer. We can’t wait to go again next year.”

Tracey and the Charlton Athletic team

Once signed up riders are supported every pedal of the way and will join an elite club to receive a Prostate Cancer UK cycling jersey plus a unique finishers medal when they cross the finish line.

There are two start locations to choose from – one in London at the Olympic Park and the other in Yorkshire at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get on your bike and represent the Glovers in the biggest ride in football.

Sign up by the end of October and get £50 off registration with the code EARLYBIRD50.

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INTERVIEW | Way highlights Checkatrade importance

The Glovers reached the quarter-finals in last season’s competition, and began this year’s group stage with an impressive 3-1 win at Exeter City.

Chelsea Under-21s provide the opposition on Wednesday night and Way wants to put on a good display and replicate their 2016/17 form in the tournament. 

“The Checkatrade Trophy is a tournament I’ve not been shy in supporting,” he said.

“For us, it gives the club a chance to play against Chelsea, whilst their players have the opportunity to experience matches in a first-team environment which wouldn’t ordinarily happen.

“I want to do well and it was the same last season. We got to the quarter-finals and I was very pleased with the success we had.

“Last season we scored 12 goals in this competition in front of our home supporters and we’ll be looking for the same against Chelsea.

“They have a host of young talent and represent a different challenge, especially in terms of tactics. It’s up to us to combat that and put on a performance in front of our fans.”

Way added: “It’s important we take it seriously and we’ve made sure everyone is focused and ready for the fixture.

“We want to win every game we play in as it helps build momentum and confidence amongst the young squad we have.

“We have a squad of 20 players and it’s vital everyone is at their best throughout this busy period for us to progress.”

Juniors can attend the match against Chelsea for FREE! For further ticket information and prices, head to the Home Tickets section.

 

TICKETS | Juniors go FREE against Chelsea

The Glovers host the young Blues on Wednesday, October 25th (7.45pm) with no admission fee for supporters under-16.

Adults can purchase tickets for £10 while seniors and young persons are priced at just £5.

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

For more information, head to the Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | Khan feels Town deserved more at the Hive

Simeon Akinola’s early goal put the hosts ahead but a fine finish from Khan earned the Glovers a share of the spoils. 

Yeovil dominated proceedings in the second half at the Hive and were denied a late penalty when Rhys Browne was sent tumbling in the box by Charlie Clough.

Khan reiterated manager Darren Way’s view that a spot-kick should have been awarded, and believes they deserved three points.

He told iFollow Glovers: “The first half was a struggle. Every ball you kicked came straight back at you and it was like defending for 45 minutes straight.

“We knew when we got through that period of the game, we’d get chances. We kept fighting and had chances, then when the wind came our way we were ready.

“For the second 45 minutes we were on top and ran all over them. We got chances from crosses, shots – everything. We knew the goal was going to come at some point.” 

Khan added: “We knew we could have won the game, we were getting closer and closer, and the penalty decision was a shambles really.

“The ref knew himself it was a penalty; he had the whistle to his lips when Rhys went down.

“It’s 100% a penalty – anywhere else on the pitch that’s a foul so I don’t understand why he didn’t give that.

“We were the best team in the second half, ran all over them, had chances but obviously a decision didn’t go our way – that happens in football.

“At least we didn’t lose the game and we move on now.”

Khan’s 81st-minute strike in London was his sixth goal of the campaign.

He joins Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola as joint-top scorer and is hopeful of adding even more goals to his game.

Khan said: “I thought I had a lot more time than I think I actually did so I hit it first time, no messing about, got a clean connection on it and it beat the keeper.

“My season is going along nicely. Hopefully I can keep it going, keep getting goals and assists, and helping the team out.”

ACADEMY | Under-18s topple league leaders Bournemouth

Forward Nestor Sako scored a brace for the junior Glovers who ended the Cherries’ six-match winning run at Huish Park, condemning them to their first defeat of the season.

It relatively comfortable first period for the hosts who dominated possession and restricted Bournemouth to limited opportunities on goal.

Yeovil made the breakthrough on 17 minutes, deservedly taking the lead through Sako’s third goal of the campaign.

Midfielder Jack Hilton-Jones won the ball back in the middle of the park and released Neville Nzembela; his slide-rule pass found Sako who needed two attempts to find the back of the net.

Sako made it 2-0 just before the break with the cheeky chip.

The young forward controlled Gabriel Rogers’ cutback from the byeline and superbly scooped the ball over the away keeper to double the Green and Whites’ advantage.

Bournemouth had a lot of possession in the second half but struggled to get the better of a stubborn home defence.

However, they did claw one back with 15 minutes to go to set up a nervy finish, although it proved to be their only attempt in the closing stages.

Town almost restored their two-goal lead late on when Devon Arnold struck the post but Paul Wilson and Antonio Falanga’s side had already done enough to secure three points.

ACADEMY | Cooper introduces YTFC to China

Riley, who plays for the Glovers Under-14s, is currently in the east Asian country on a student exchange.

He visited No.10 Middle School in Yueyang and gave his new friend Eason a replica home shirt. 

The club looks forward to hearing all about his visit upon his return to Somerset.

INTERVIEW | It was a blatant penalty – Way

Simeon Akinola put the Bees ahead with an early strike from outside the box before Otis Khan levelled 10 minutes from time. 

Yeovil rallied in search of a winner and when Rhys Browne went over Charlie Clough’s leg in the area, they thought they might have an opportunity to grab all three points from the spot but referee Andy Woolmer waved away Glovers appeals.

“You’ve only got to look at the reaction from the supporters,” Way said.

“For five seconds there was it was disbelief that it wasn’t given. 

“If he thought it was a dive, why hasn’t he booked Rhys? It was a poor decision.

“The players fought back in the second half. I think we had 43 final third entries and there was only going to be one team that came out with a win but unfortunately the officials took that away from us.”

On Town’s second half performance, Way added: “The players showed true grit and determination in the second half.

“I think our supporters could see that with the way they applauded them at the end. I have to thank them for that because the players need support.”

REPORT | Barnet 1-1 Yeovil Town

With fierce wind favouring Rossi Eames’ side in the first-half, the Bees took the lead just six minutes in.

Simeon Akinola made the most of wind assistance as his shot from range curled into the top corner, in what proved to separate the two sides at the break.

Boasting the backing of the conditions in the second half the Green and Whites dominated from the restart and deservedly levelled the scores with nine minutes remaining through Otis Khan. 

With only one side looking like winning it the Glovers were denied a penalty in stoppage time, leaving Yeovil to frustratingly settle for a share of the spoils in London. 

Looking to bounce back from defeat in midweek, Darren Way made two changes to the side that lost at Cambridge United. 

Having served a one-match suspension, five-goal man Francois Zoko returned to partner top scorer Fela Olomola up front, forcing Sam Surridge to drop to the bench.

After a run of three games out of the side, Jake Gray returned to the starting eleven to take the place of Rhys Browne, whose move to the bench saw Keston Davies drop from the matchday 18.

Having travelled to the capital the Glovers weren’t the only visitors, as 60mph winds also spent the afternoon at the Hive as Storm Brian hit the UK.

In favour of the Bees in the opening 45 minutes, the hosts wasted no time in making the conditions work in their favour.

Entrenched in Yeovil territory, Akinola was firstly denied by a smart Artur Krysiak save before the Barnet striker picked out the top corner with some wind assistance just minutes later. 

It took 15 minutes for the Green and Whites to enter Barnet territory in meaningful fashion and it almost brought an equaliser.

Jake Gray’s penetrative pass found its way to Khan who instantly transferred the ball to his right foot, before seeing a well-hit shot from the left of the box palmed over the bar by Craig Ross.

Although Storm Brian remained, Yeovil weathered the early Bees storm and produced another good chance to level the scores just before the half-hour mark.

Khan’s deep free-kick found its way to Fela Olomola, but Town’s top scorer could only volley over the bar from close range as the ball dropped over his shoulder.

Now coping with the swirling wind Krysiak remained untested until Mauro Vilhete’s header with 35 minutes on the clock, which the Polish stopper matched by tipping over the bar.

That chance marked the end of goal scoring opportunities, as the London outfit headed into half-time with a slender lead, knowing it would soon be their turn to face the wrath of Brian.

With the wind’s backing, Town took less than 10 minutes to produce their best chance of the match.

Having replaced Ryan Dickson at the break, Tom James’ floated ball into the box was flicked into the path of Olomola by Zoko, only for the striker’s shot to have the sting taken out of it by a sprawled Ross which allowed Nelson to clear off the line.

As rain was added into the windy mix the Glovers continued to press, and almost equalised in freak circumstances.

Nathan Smith aimed to loop a cross into the box from deep but watched on as the wind latched onto the ball and crashed it onto Barnet’s crossbar with Ross only able to watch. 

Sparking excitement amongst the away fans, Rhys Browne showed neat skill to get to the by-line just a minute later, before his cutback was slammed just wide by Khan. 

Becoming one-way traffic as the game ticked into the final 10 minutes Sam Surridge was introduced for Olomola and the changed paid off immediately. 

Having harried Barnet into surrendering possession, Surridge poked a ball through for Khan who left two home defenders for dead before coolly slotting past a hapless Ross. 

Sniffing the chance to complete the comeback Yeovil remained on the attack as the match ticked into stoppage time, and were left feeling short-changed when Browne went down in the box. 

Seemingly tripped by a dangled Bees leg all eyes were on referee Andy Woolmer, who to the amazement of all only waved played on in what proved to be the last meaningful action of the game as both sides had to settle for a point.

Barnet: Ross, Santos, Nelson, Clough, Vilhete, J. Taylor, Fonguck, Tutonda, Campbell-Ryce (Amaluzor 88′), Coulthirst (Akpa Akpro 46′), Akinola (Mason-Clark 85′).
Bookings: Akpa Akpro 90′
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, H. Taylor, Shomotun, Blackman. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson (James 46′), Gray, Bailey, C. Smith (Browne 64′), Khan, Olomola (Surridge 79′), Zoko.
Bookings: Sowunmi 50′, James 58′, Khan 85′
Subs not used:
 Maddison, Nelson, Worthington, Santos.

INTERVIEW | We go to Barnet in good spirits – Way

Town suffered a 2-1 defeat to Cambridge United on the road in midweek despite a battling performance and now head to the Hive looking for a return to winning ways. 

Way has taken the Glovers to Barnet twice in the past, both proving to be memorable visits with two late strikes earning a 4-3 win and 2-2 draw. 

Although the Bees are on an eight-game unbeaten run, the Town boss remains wary of their threats. 

“Every game is difficult,” he told iFollow Glovers. “They have some quick players on the counter-attack and are good in the one-v-one. 

“I think they miss (John) Akinde, I did say that when we played them previously. The amount of goals he adds to the team is phenomenal so I think they’ll be missing him. 

“Having said that, we’ve got to make sure our players are prepared, we focus on the process not the outcome and go there in good spirits.”

Away from focusing on Saturday’s opponents, Way is looking for his young side to start translating their ever growing experience in League Two into results.

“I say experience builds their mindset. I think the group are improving, every individual that we’ve got in the group is starting to understand – certainly the newer ones and the loanees –  what League Two is all about.

“It’s completely different and is relentless at the same time, so with all the experience they’re gaining it’ll come soon. 

“With that, there’s no better place to do it than at Barnet where I would say I’ve got some of my best memories as a manager certainly with the supporters as well.”

PREVIEW | Barnet v Yeovil Town

Bevis Mugabi scored his first goal of the season at the Abbey Stadium – the first defender to find the back of the net in 2017/18.

The forward haven’t been shy in front of goal however, with Otis Khan (five) and Olufela Olomola (six) in good form. 

They will be joined in the squad for this weekend’s match against Barnet by Francois Zoko who served his one-match suspension for five cautions in midweek.

Fellow attacker Jordan Green is doubtful but on the mend after a recent spell on the sidelines with injury, while Sid Nelson (nose) will be in contention again.

Barnet are on a nine-match winless run in all competitions and are missing last season’s top scorer John Akinde. 

The ex-Bristol City frontman has only featured twice this season and his goals have been a miss for the Bees. 

Shaquile Coulthirst has done his best to fill the void of Akinde, scoring eight league goals and winning September’s Sky Bet League Two player of the month.

Former Town loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro should be in the Barnet’s squad.

Head-to-head
Town’s two visits to the Hive have produced last-gasp drama.

Darren Way’s were 3-1 down back in 2016 but fought back to win 4-3 courtesy of a breakaway, injury-time strike from Harry Cornick.

Last season, Liam Shephard was the man of the moment in the dying embers, converting from eight yards to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Officials
Andy Woolmer will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Northamptonshire-born official has only refereed twice this season – both games in League Two.

Last season, Woolmer officiated mostly in the second tier, issuing 58 yellows and one red in 26 games.

He was last in charge of a Town match in 2015 where the Glovers drew 2-2 against Dagenham & Redbridge at Huish Park.

He will be assisted by Daniel Robathan (Bedfordshire) and Darren Blunden (Kent) with Stuart Butler (Kent) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Nathan Smith’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
Tickets can be purchased from Barnet and are available on the day. For more information, head to the Away Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | We will get it right – Smith

The Glovers have conceded 28 times in Sky Bet League Two this season, going behind early on in several matches.

On Tuesday, the Green and Whites were 2-0 down at half-time against Cambridge United and despite a valiant display, couldn’t complete a deserved comeback. 

Long-serving defender Smith says the squad can’t afford to keep putting themselves in that position and are working hard to stop it. 

He told iFollow Glovers: “We can’t afford to have incidents where we go behind in the first half and have to fight back.

“It’s something we’re addressing and I know we will get it right because the staff are always pulling us to one side and making sure we see things to do that.

“It’s so close and that’s the frustrating part about it. You can see a few wins will take you well up the table.   

“A lot of the games we have lost have been silly little goals which if we did eradicate we’d be up there so it’s about getting it right.

“I 100 per cent believe we will.”

Yeovil travel to Barnet on Saturday to take on a Bees side winless in nine matches in all competitions.

Darren Way’s side have netted late goals in their last two outings at the Hive and Smith vows three points will be on the minds of the whole squad.

“For me, it’s about going there and getting the result we need right now,” Smith said.

“We know what their threats are going to be and we hope we can nullify them.

“Every game is there for the taking so we’ll go there with our minds fully on the win.”

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If you are interested in this role, please email a covering letter and CV to mfisher@ytfc.net with the subject title ‘YTFC Academy Physio Vacancy’. 

INTERVIEW | Way hoping for another memorable trip to Barnet

Heading to the Hive looking to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two, the Glovers visit Rossi Eames’ side who themselves are without a win in their last eight league outings. 

Town have only travelled to take on the Bees twice since entering the EFL, coming away from the capital with two memorable results. 

Harry Cornick’s last-gasp strike in April 2016 saw the Green and Whites record a dramatic 4-3 win, before Liam Shephard’s stoppage-time effort last season earned Yeovil a share of the spoils. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Way is happy to recall his previous visits to the Hive and insists his squad are full of confidence. 

“The group that we’ve got is not a negative group, but I think there’s a little bit of clarity in certain aspects of our game that needs to be tidied up. but again, as I said, memories we got at

But we have some great memories against Barnet, certainly with Sheps (Liam Shephard) scoring and obviously Cornick’s goal – certainly the scenes after that game I’d say is the best I’ve had as a manager.”

Yeovil head to Barnet looking to record their second victory on the road, with the Town boss keen to remember their recent victory at Chesterfield.

“Not so long ago we played against Chesterfield and got a great result,” Way said. “That doesn’t feel too far away so it’s important to focus on the now and not keep going over previous results that we’ve had. 

“Every game the players have away from home they gain experience.”

TICKETS | Barnet away still on sale

The Glovers travel to the Bees this Saturday looking to add to their solitary win on the road this season.

Last-gasp goals have been a main feature in Yeovil’s previous two outings at the Hive, with Harry Cornick sealing a dramatic late victory in 2016 and Liam Shephard salvaging a point last term. 

Fans can purchase in advance through Barnet. For more information and ticket prices, head to the Away Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | The boys put in 100% – Mugabi

The defender was on target for the Glovers on the hour at the Abbey Stadium, but the damage had already been done with Uche Ikpeazu and George Maris netting for the U’s in the first half to earn the home side three points. 

Southampton Academy graduate Mugabi, whose header was his third goal for the club, returned to the starting line-up in Saturday’s win over Crewe Alexandra after a spell on the sidelines with injury, and hopes he can continue to help the team improve. 

He told iFollow Glovers: “The boys put 100 per cent in to get back in the game and it’s just a shame we couldn’t find the second goal to draw the game.

“We pushed on in the second half quite a lot and it was unfortunate we couldn’t get the second goal.”

Mugabi added: “I just want to stay injury-free now, play as many games as I can, improve my game and hopefully improve the team’s performances as well.”

INTERVIEW | Unfortunate not to come away with something – Way

Town had a goal ruled out in the first minute of the match at the Abbey Stadium, before goals from Uche Ikpeazu and George Maris put the U’s in a commanding position at the break.

Bevis Mugabi reduced the deficit with a header on the hour but despite a valiant display, the Glovers couldn’t find a deserved equaliser.

“When I look at the game overall, I was pleased that the team kept fighting and had really good chances,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“I couldn’t have had many more forwards on at the end; I had Otis, Fela, Sam Surridge and Santos so we had a really attacking team.

“Every member of staff we had on the sideline was trying to push our players forward, trying to get them into the box.

“When you put balls into the box you can see we’re a real threat and we were unfortunate not to come away with at least a point.”

He added: “Having said that, the goals we conceded were too easy and we were very disappointed with the manner we defended.

“We are disappointed, as always when we don’t win, and we’re more disappointed the supporters made a huge commitment, travelled all that way to come and see Yeovil get all three points but unfortunately we didn’t and we have to make sure we march on now to Saturday.

“It’s frustrating but we’ve got to make sure we go again. I’ve got to make sure this group keep fighting and keep believing in themselves.”

NEWS | Monthly YTFC Digital Q&A to be held at Huish Park

YTFC Digital are doing their best not to forget those classic moments Glovers supporters have lived on for the last 25 years or so.

Who can forget the 5-4 FA Trophy victory at Doncaster Rovers or Kevin Dawson’s opener against Sheffield United in the play-offs?

Then there was Paddy Madden’s Wembley opener to set us on our way to Championship followed by Ed Upson’s late winner at Millwall to start that historic second-tier season in fine style.

What about Chris Weale scoring against the old enemy Hereford United or the second leg in the play-off semi-final at the City Ground?

And what memories will Darren Way and the current team provide? They just keep coming!

In an effort to preserve those memories, the club are hosting a series of Q&A sessions featuring Glovers legends to help supporters celebrate these moments again.

Supporters will have the opportunity to have their favourite Yeovil moments recorded on to www.ytfc.digital in their own words and why they remain such a powerful memory for them.

To get the old memory buds moving, Tony Pounder and Rob Cousins will be the first guests going through their favourite moments on Thursday, October 19th in the Alec Stock Lounge.

Entry is FREE and the bar will be open for refreshments. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Come along and have your memories recorded for inclusion in our soon to be added Audio memories section of the web site.

YTFC Digital is hoping to run these sessions once a month and amongst future ex-Glovers lined up to chat are: Warren Patmore, Adrian Foster, Len Bond, Chris Weale, Stuart Housley and John Clancy.

REPORT | Cambridge United 2-1 Yeovil Town

Having started brightly with a goal chalked off for offside inside the opening minute, the Glovers  found themselves behind after 20 minutes.

Uche Ikpeazu broke the offside trap to leave the Yeovil defence appealing, but the linesman’s flag didn’t come as the U’s top scorer round Artur Krysiak to score.

Buoyed by the opener it was 2-0 soon after as George Maris punished a lapse in concentration to put the home side well and truly in the driving seat.

Defender Bevis Mugabi reduced the arrears on 59 minutes to set up a final half-hour with all to play for. 

The visitors came close to an equaliser in the closing stages, but United held on for all three points to leave the Green and Whites deflated.

Darren Way was forced into making one change from the side that saw off Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park on Saturday.

Picking up his fifth booking of the season against the Railwaymen, Francois Zoko served a one-game suspension allowing young loanee Sam Surridge to start upfront.

Sid Nelson, who missed his first match on the weekend since joining on loan, took a seat amongst the substitutes in Cambridgeshire after recovering from surgery on a broken nose in the only other change to the matchday squad. 

Oozing with confidence from collecting three points just three days ago, Town had the ball in the back of the net after just 30 seconds only for the linesman’s flag to rule out a dream start.

A clever kick-off routine saw a free-flowing football manoeuvre end with Olufela Olomola firing past David Forde, only for Sam Surridge to be pulled up for offside having followed in Rhys Browne’s low drive which started the flurry of shots.

The early signs were encouraging for the Green and Whites, but the warning signs emerged with 10 minutes played.

A perfectly timed Bevis Mugabi challenge stopped Jabo Ibehre calling Krysiak into action from the angle, before the Polish stopper was left blameless for the opener.

Having dealt with copious balls into the box the visitors’ offside trap was sprung as Jevani Brown played in Ikpeazu, who coolly rounded Krysiak to make it 1-0.

In a costly spell for Town, Shaun Derry’s side doubled their advantage just six minutes later, as Bradley Halliday’s teasing cross picked out Maris who stole in unmarked from midfield to head home.

Punished for a 10-minute wobble, the Glovers recovered to enjoy the lion share of possession up to the break.

However, unable to draw Forde into meaningful action before the referee’s whistle ended first-half proceedings, Way’s side trudged into the dressing room facing a two-goal deficit.  

With Cambridge starting on the front foot after the restart, Way wasted no time in making a change as the attacking attributes of Jake Gray were introduced in place of Connor Smith. 

Met with a change in shape which saw real fluidity introduced amongst the attacking ranks, Town found a way back into the match just before the hour-mark. 

Committing numbers forward, Ryan Dickson’s pinpoint delivery picked out a Green and White shirt in the middle for the second match in a row, as Mugabi – up from right-back – rose highest to head powerfully into the bottom corner. 

Deservedly with a foothold back in the match, Yeovil were almost punished for a sense of deja vu. 

Halliday’s ball into the middle once again picked out an unmarked Maris, but the U’s midfielder could only direct a header off the post for a goal-kick as the final 20 minutes loomed.

Becoming an end-to-end affair, Way opted to go for broke by introducing Alefe Santos for captain James Bailey, desperate to come away with something to show for an encouraging performance. 

Inside the final five minutes an important Leon Legge header stopped Surridge’s cross finding Olomola at the back post, before Otis Khan saw a low drive cleared off the line by Ibehre as Town threw everything at Cambridge. 

Despite a valiant effort it wasn’t enough to come away from the Abbey Stadium with a point, as a quickfire double in the first-half for United condemned Yeovil to defeat. 

Cambridge United: Forde, Halliday, Legge, Taylor, Carroll, Deegan, Mingoia, Maris (Elito 87), Brown, Ibehre, Ikpeazu (O’Neil 90).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Mitov, Dunk, Taft, Howkins, Foy.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Browne, Bailey (Santos 81), C. Smith (Gray 51), Khan, Olomola, Surridge.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, Nelson, Davies, James, Worthington.

INTERVIEW | Way happy with home comforts

The Glovers will play Sky Bet League One outfit Southend United at Huish Park over the weekend of November 3rd.

It will be the fifth meeting between the two sides in the competition – the last of which was in 1982 – and Way is looking forward to the challenge that awaits.

He said: “It’s good to be able to enjoy some home comforts in what we hope will be the start of a strong showing in the FA Cup.

“Southend will be a good test for us and we’ve had some good matches against them over the years. 

“Hopefully the magic of the cup will see a good turnout at Huish Park.”

NEWS | Town to host Southend in the FA Cup

The draw took place live from BT Sport studios, with FA Cup winners Dean Saunders and Kelly Smith picking the balls.

Darren Way’s side will meet the Sky Bet League One outfit at Huish Park over the weekend of November 3rd-6th.

A confirmed date, plus ticketing information, will be released in due course.

NEWS | Town face Wincanton in the Somerset Cup

A Glovers XI, comprised of the club’s Under-18s, were victorious at Huish Park last time out over Bishop Sutton courtesy of a Neville Nzembela strike.

The tie will take place at the Wincanton Sports Ground the week commencing November 6th.

Full draw

Chard Town v Wellington
Keynsham Town v Bath City
Taunton Town or Ashton & Backwell v Weston-super-Mare
Clevedon Town v Hengrove Athletic
Wells City v Paulton Rovers
Welton Rovers v Larkhall Athletic
Radstock Town v Odd Down
Wincanton Town v Yeovil Town

PREVIEW | Cambridge United v Yeovil Town

Town saw off Crewe Alexandra at home on Saturday with a 2-0 win, courtesy of strikes either side of the break from Rhys Browne and Olufela Olomola. 

The victory sees Yeovil’s strong start to the season at home continue, with attention now turning to picking up a second win of the campaign on the road. 

They’ll do so without the services of five-goal man Francois Zoko, who serves a one-match suspension having picked up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend. 

The Green and Whites will also wait to learn of the fitness of top scorer Olomola, who limped off at Huish Park soon after netting his sixth goal of 2017/18. 

With the prospect of an all-new frontline at the Abbey Stadium, Town will take on a United side who sit just two points ahead in 15th.

Cambridge come into the fixture without a win in their last three outings in Sky Bet League Two, playing out a 0-0 draw at Lincoln City most recently. 

Likely leading the line will be Uche Ikpeazu, who sits top of the U’s scoring charts with five for the season. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday night’s fixture will be the 10th meeting between the two sides.

The Glovers currently boast five wins to Cambridge’s three. However, Town’s last win came back in 2005, as Paul Terry and Phil Jevons were on target in a 2-1 victory.

Since then, United have won three of the last four encounters including a 1-0 win at the Abbey Stadium last season. In the return fixture, Francois Zoko netted in a 1-1 draw. 

Officials
Andy Haines will take charge of proceedings on Tuesday night. 

From Tyne & Wear, Mr. Haines will officiate his first match involving Town since January 2015, overseeing the 0-0 draw with Coventry City at Huish Park in a game which produced just one yellow card.

In 2017/18, Mr. Haines has taken charge of 11 matches awarding 33 yellows and one red card. 

He will be assisted by Rob Smith and Callum Walchester, with Daniel Cook 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
Tickets for the match can be purchased in advance from the Huish Park ticket office, online, or by phone on 01935 847888 until 5pm on Monday. Fans can pay on the day but please note a £2 matchday surcharge

INTERVIEW | We’ll stay level-headed – Browne

The tricky winger netted the opener at Huish Park in his first start in seven matches before Olufela Olomola scored his sixth of the season to wrap up three points.

Ex-Grimsby Town man Browne was chosen as the game’s man of the match and although happy with the accolade, the victory was more enjoyable. 

“Individually I’m very pleased but it is more about the team than me,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“To get back to winning ways is the most important thing after two losses. The way we did it shows what we’re capable of.

“It definitely gives us a boost but we won’t get too high from it, and we’ll try and stay level-headed going into Tuesday’s game (at Cambridge United).

“It’s good the games are coming thick and fast because we don’t get to dwell on what’s happened; we keep moving on and getting better.”

TICKETS | Buy in advance for Cambridge

Fans can purchase on the day at the Abbey Stadium but prices will increase by £2.

The Glovers travel to the U’s on a high after a solid 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park.

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

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

NEWS | Details announced for FA Cup draw

The 48 clubs from Sky Bet League One and Two enter the competition and will join the 32 winners from the fourth qualifying round.

National League South side Bath City are the only other team affiliated with Somerset County FA to join the Glovers in the hat.

The draw will take place on Monday night at 7pm, live on BT Sport 3 and BBC 2.

BALL NUMBERS IN FULL

1 Accrington Stanley
AFC Wimbledon
3 Barnet
4 Blackburn Rovers
5 Blackpool
6 Bradford City
7 Bristol Rovers
8 Bury
9 Cambridge United
10 Carlisle United
11 Charlton Athletic
12 Cheltenham Town
13 Chesterfield
14 Colchester United
15 Coventry City
16 Crawley Town
17 Crewe Alexandra
18 Doncaster Rovers
19 Exeter City
20 Fleetwood Town
21 Forest Green Rovers
22 Gillingham
23 Grimsby Town
24 Lincoln City
25 Luton Town
26 Mansfield
27 MK Dons
28 Morecambe
29 Newport County
30 Northampton Town
31 Notts County
32 Oldham Athletic
33 Oxford United
34 Peterborough United
35 Plymouth Argyle
36 Port Vale
37 Portsmouth
38 Rochdale
39 Rotherham United
40 Scunthorpe United
41 Shrewsbury Town
42 Southend United
43 Stevenage
44 Swindon Town
45 Walsall
46 Wigan Athletic
47 Wycombe Wanderers
48 Yeovil Town
49 Tranmere Rovers
50 Solihull Moors or Ossett Town
51 Hartlepool United
52 Shaw Lane Association
53 Chorley or Boston Untied
54 AFC Telford United
55 Gainsborough Trinity
56 Nantwich Town or Kettering Town
57 Gateshead
58 Guiseley
59 AFC Fylde
60 Kidderminster Harriers
61 Hyde United
62 Macclesfield Town
63 Brackley Town or Billericay Town
64 Dagenham & Redbridge or Leyton Orient
65 Hereford FC
66 Aldershot Town
67 Bath City or Chelmsford
68 Oxford City
69 Maidenhead United
70 Heybridge Swifts
71 Woking or Concord Rangers
72 Truro City
73 Dover Athletic or Bromley
74 Slough Town
75 Dartford
76 Boreham Wood
77 Maidstone United or Enfield Town
78 Leatherhead
79 Sutton United
80 East Thurrock United or Ebbsfleet United

INTERVIEW | Way very pleased with important win

After last weekend’s defeat to Newport County, the squad trained every day to prepare for the visit of the Railwaymen and it paid dividends courtesy of an excellent volley from Rhys Browne and Olufela Olomola’s sixth goal of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

It was the Glovers third home win of the season and Way was delighted with his players’ application. 

“Two-nil and a clean sheet – I don’t think you can ask for more,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I’m very pleased with all the hard work and effort that’s gone in this week.

“I said to the players this has been one of my best weeks as manager. I’ve had to make a lot of decisions, I’ve had to deal with a lot in the media and there’s been a lot of noise around the place.

“I’ve made sure I’ve stood strong and kept the players stimulated and hungry.”

He added: “There’s been a little bit of inconsistency and we know there’s loads of room for improvement. 

“I said I wanted us to stay ahead in the game, make sure we tried to play good football in their half and I thought we did that in the second half.

“It was important we got the win as we’ve had one or two draws that should have been wins but I thought the way the lads dictated the game against a direct Crewe team was good.”

Town’s next match is away to Cambridge United on Tuesday. For ticket details, head to the Away Tickets section.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Browne, given an opportunity from the start for the first time in seven matches, kept his eye on the ball to smash the Glovers into a first-half lead.

Southampton loanee Olomola wrapped up three points in the second period with his sixth goal in Yeovil colours. 

Manager Darren Way made two other changes to the side that suffered a 2-0 defeat at Newport County last weekend.

Omar Sowunmi and Bevis Mugabi slotted into defence, replacing Sid Nelson – who underwent an operation on a broken nose on Thursday – and Tom James.

An entertaining beginning saw both sides go close in the opening 14 minutes.

Crewe’s George Cooper was denied an effort on goal by a superb challenge from Mugabi and Sowunmi threw himself in front of the follow up to set up a Yeovil attack.

It resulted in Francois Zoko’s deflected shot from close range falling kindly for away stopper Dave Richards, who in turn set up another attack for the visitors.

Cooper was again instrumental in the Alex progressing downfield and his slide-rule pass was collected by experienced frontman Chris Porter but his toe poke shaved the outside of the post.

Keeping up with the Chuckle Brothers ‘to me, to you’ theme on the chance front, a free-flowing Town move saw Browne cheekily back heel to Olomola whose right-footed strike flashed past the far post.

Then the first goal of the game came.

Otis Khan’s cross from the left flicked up off the boot of Zoko and sat up nicely for Browne to finish with a sweet volley.

It noticeably gave the Barbuda and Antigua international a lease of confidence, as he fired over shortly after before winning the ball back from ex-Glovers loanee Zoumana Bakayogo and teeing up Zoko who shot low into the gloves of Richards.

Crewe worked hard to find an equaliser prior to the interval and they may have levelled if not for a number of good stops from Artur Krysiak.

The Polish stopper did brilliantly to tip away Eddie Nolan’s attempt from outside the box and foiled Callum Ainley seconds later.

Krysiak made a third save in quick succession, pushing away Jordan Bowery’s glancing header before Cooper dragged a shot wide at the end of a busy half.

Things settled down after the break with neither keeper troubled until Olomola netted a vital second for the Glovers.

The 20-year-old controlled Ryan Dickson’s deep delivery and his shot into the ground clipped an outstretched Crewe leg and looped into the net.

Crewe almost reduced the deficit when Nolan’s powerful header crashed against the crossbar but after that it was a relatively straightforward final half-hour for Town.

Khan had a chance to convert from six yards however slipped at the last, Browne saw his 25-yarder beaten away and Zoko found the back of the Thatchers terrace from a good position.

With five minutes to go, Browne hit low at Richards when he probably should have squared it and substitute Sam Surridge tried to get in on the goals, but was thwarted three times by some good defending and goalkeeping.

All in all, it was a solid display from back to front as the Green and Whites bounced back from consecutive defeats and rose to 17th in the table.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Browne, Bailey, C.Smith, Khan (Santos 89), Olomola (Surridge 74), Zoko.
Bookings: Zoko 89.
Subs not used:
Maddison, Davies, James, Worthington, Gray.

Crewe Alexandra: Richards, Ng, Raynes, Nolan, Bakayogo (Pickering 79), Cooper, Ainley (Dagnall 61), Grant, Lowery, Bowery (Kirk 79), Porter.
Bookings: None.
Subs not used: Garratt, Walker, Reilly, Stubbs.

REPORT | Under-18s suffer heavy defeat to Bristol Rovers

Early on in proceedings Tom Mehew converted from the spot, before Town conceded two quick goals after the break.

Harry Warwick grabbed the first of a brace to put Rovers in the driving seat before James Spruce made it 3-0.

Paulius Golubickas grabbed a consolation late on, before Warwick completed the scoring to round off a disappointing morning.

Antonio Falanga’s side remained without the suspended duo of Jeremiah Gyebi and Joe Tomlinson, meaning Tom Hayes and Lewis Dix continued in their absence. 

With just 11 minutes on the clock, Mehew was brought down inside the box buy a mistimed Hayes challenge, which the Rovers attacker coolly slotted home. 

In a relatively even opening 45 minutes the Young Glovers couldn’t forge any meaningful attempt on goal, as goalkeeper Tommy Scott raced from his line to deny Warwick when through on goal. 

Jack Hilton-Jones saw a 25-yard effort fly just over the bar with a little over 10 minutes of the first-half remaining, before Town conceded two goals in quick succession after the restart. 

Misplacing a pass from the kick-off, Warwick raced onto the loose ball to fire a first-time strike past a hapless to Scott to make it 2-0. 

Soon after, Scott was called into action again to save Warwick’s shot from the angle after a quick counter-attack, but Spruce was on hand to tap in on the rebound. 

With the game won, Rovers began to see more of the ball before Yeovil grabbed a consolation. 

Neville Nzembela wrestled in the box to win possession, allowing Nestor Sako to cut the ball back for Golubickas who found the back of the net from 12 yards. 

In a late bid to get back into the match the Young Glovers produced a couple of scrambles in the box as they threw numbers forward, before Warwick rounded off the scoring to condemn Town to defeat.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Crewe Alexandra

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

Support the Young Glovers
The Academy Under-16s and Under-18s host Bristol Rovers 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.

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 seven 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 Ryan Dickson 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 | Way looking for passionate performance

The Glovers are looking to bounce back at home having suffered their first loss of the season at Huish Park last time out against Colchester United.

Defeat to the U’s was followed by a 2-0 loss to Newport County in South Wales last weekend, condemning Town to consecutive Sky Bet League Two losses. 

Returning to their home patch, the Green and Whites host the Railwaymen on Saturday, with Way wanting to provide the supporters with an entertaining performance.

“It’s important that our supporters see a performance,” he told iFollow Glovers

“They (the fans) can accept defeat but sometimes it’s the manner of the defeat. The players and supporters aren’t stupid, they know when a team is playing with passion. 

“I also think it’s important we play with confidence because I think that’s been missing in certain aspects of the game. 

“We’ve had a good week though, the players have been in everyday, trained exceptionally hard and shown a huge commitment. We’re all looking forward to the game.”

Yeovil enjoyed playing the Cheshire outfit last season recording the double, scoring four goals along the way and conceding none. 

With the last two meetings disregarded by the Town boss, Way is focused on nurturing a winning mentality amongst his players.

He said: “It’s quite strange really, we had Crewe last year and that was a very, very important game. But the focus doesn’t change from week-to-week. 

“It’s important that the players build that winning mentality every day, whether it’s five-a-side, playing 11 v 11 or young versus old, it’s important we keep instilling that in the players.”

Tickets for the match at Huish Park remain on sale online, or via the ticket office by visiting in person or by calling 01935 847888.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Crewe Alexandra

There are no other injury concerns for Darren Way’s side ahead of the weekend as they look to bounce back from consecutive defeats in Sky Bet League Two.

Prior to their defeat to Colchester United in their last outing at Huish Park, Town were unbeaten in five matches at home.

The Glovers have had five different goalscorers at home this season – all attacking players.

Olufela Olomola (3), Francois Zoko (2), Rhys Browne, Otis Khan and Sam Surridge have all notched in front of the home faithful and will look to add to their totals this weekend against Crewe Alexandra.

The Railwaymen ended their five-match losing streak in the league with a 1-0 win over Stevenage last weekend.

Forward Jordan Bowery, formerly of Aston Villa, was on target and he will battle it out for a position up front with experienced duo Chris Dagnall and Chris Porter.

Crewe have opted for a different goalkeeper in recent weeks with ex-Bristol City and Cardiff City man Dave Richards replacing long-serving Ben Garratt between the sticks.

Head-to-head
Town have won seven matches against Crewe since 2006 (D1 L4).

The Glovers recorded the double over the Cheshire outfit last season, winning 1-0 at Gresty Road before a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture in April.

Nine of the 12 matches between the two sides have seen scores to nil – five in Yeovil’s favour, four in Crewe’s.

Officials
Ben Toner will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Lancashire-born official was in charge of Yeovil’s 5-2 Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Luton Town.

This term, Toner has refereed eight matches and has issued 21 yellows and one red.

He will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex) with Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Connor Smith’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
Tickets for the match can be purchased in advance from the Huish Park ticket office, online, or by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can pay on the day.

INTERVIEW | Together we’re strong – Smith

The Glovers have suffered back-to-back defeats in their last two Sky Bet League Two fixtures – one of which ended their unbeaten start at home this season.

However, Irish midfielder Smith has expressed his belief some of Yeovil’s performances have merited more points and believes the players’ unity will stand them in good stead over the next month. 

“We’ve got a really, really good group who are together,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“Everyone has been aggressive in training and all the lads have stuck together and we know what we want to do.

“To be honest, I’ve been in groups that haven’t got the ability we have here. Some of our form has warranted better results. 

“We’re seven points off relegation and nine points off the play-offs so we know it’s a fine line.

“If we go out and get a couple of wins we’ll be right back up there and we know we’re good enough to do that.

“We’ve had a really, really good week so we’re confident and feel strong going into Saturday.

“Together we’re strong and hopefully the results will come in the next few weeks.”

David Artell’s Crewe ended a five-game losing streak in the league with a 1-0 win over Stevenage last week.

The Alex switched their usual style of play for a more direct approach to stop the rot, and Smith says he isn’t surprised.

He said: “I played against Crewe a couple of times last year and they do try and play football but with the run they’ve had, they’ve gone a bit more direct but you’d expect that.

“Every game is tough in this league; teams pose different threats which we’ll look into and we’ll look to expose their weaknesses.”

Smith continued: “Every game is an opportunity to win. We beat Accrington and Coventry here so we know we can beat anybody.

“We go into every game thinking we can win and that’s what we’ll try and do Saturday.

“We’ve had a really, really good build-up going into it and we’re feeling good.”

NEWS | Club engage with Insight 63 Ltd

Through his football consultancy business based in London, Mark Palmer, Managing Director of Insight 63 Ltd, has vast experience at a high level working confidentially with a number of league clubs in England and across Europe.

Palmer, who originates from Dorset, said on his new role: “Using the experience, knowledge and contacts that I have gained in football, I will be striving to drive the club forward whilst working alongside the Chairman. 

“I will be looking at how we can improve the fortunes of the club both on and off the field, while looking at everything from stadium facilities, the further integration of the club within the local community, through to developing a winning team and making the club a more viable proposition for investors and businesses to engage with.

“The ultimate aim is to take YTFC back up the football pyramid.

“I am excited by the challenges at Huish Park. However, at the same time I am under no illusions and understand the challenges that lay ahead while being respectful of where the club has come from.”

Chairman John Fry commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Mark Palmer to Huish Park in this new advisory capacity. He is someone that I have known for over three years through his work and reputation in football.

“With the all-round experience he has, Mark will prove to be an excellent acquisition for the club and will very quickly play a significant role in the future of the club and moving it forward on all levels.

“Although Insight 63 Ltd usually work strictly on a confidential basis with clubs, both Mark and I thought it was important that our fans know we are working proactively and openly to enhance YTFC’s future.”

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue seven

The Glovers take on Crewe Alexandra in matchday seven – a side they beat 3-0 at home last term.

Here’s what you can find in the programme:

  • Ryan Dickson made his 100th Yeovil appearance at Newport County last weekend. He chats about the most settled period of his career in the main interview

  • Captain James Bailey has played against some of the best Premier League’s best players. He selects his Dream Team

  • Winger Rhys Browne has been chosen as the most skilful a few times. See who he thinks is in ‘Who Is?’

  • Did you know Francois Zoko came up against Ronaldinho when playing in France? He answers your questions in Quiz A Glover

  • Former Glovers man Ed Upson talks about that play-off goal and more in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Crewe Alexandra

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. 

ACADEMY | Under-18s progress in the Somerset Premier Cup

Dominating from start to finish the young Glovers had to wait until the 86th minute to break the deadlock, with Nzembela lobbing away stopper Fraser Thomas.

Standing firm until full time, Antonio Falanga’s side picked up an impressive win in front of the home faithful to progress. 

Gracing the Huish Park pitch for the first time this season, the Under-18s were without suspended duo Jeremiah Gyebi and Joe Tomlinson. 

Thomas Hayes came in for Gyebi, while Lewis Dix slotted in at left-back in place of Tomlinson. 

Enjoying a monopoly on possession from the off, Town went close inside the opening five minutes when Jake Rice-Lethaby’s mazy run and cross narrowly evaded the boot of Paulius Golubickas.

It was Rice-Lethaby who produced the game’s first shot on goal, collecting from Golubickas before driving a low effort just wide from the edge of the box. 

The same duo combined once more, as Thomas raced from his line to smother Rice-Lethaby before jumping to his feet to deny Golubickas on the rebound. 

Only missing the finishing touch in the final third, the junior Green and Whites went close again midway through the first half, when Gabriel Rogers cleverly cut inside from the right before curling an effort just over.

Unable to get out of their own half, Bishop Sutton remained on the defensive until the break and could only watch as Yeovil captain Samyan Ismail drove into the area and drilled a low shot inches wide. 

Town had the ball in the net on 54 minutes when Rogers converted Golubickas’ through ball, only for the linesman’s flag to deny a deserved opening goal. 

Only looking to threaten the Yeovil goal from set-pieces, Nathan Rendell glanced a header wide from a corner as the game looked to be heading towards a goalless 90 minutes.

However with a little over 10 minutes remaining, Nzembela replaced Nestor Sako before netting the winner soon after. 

Latching on to Brad Cherrett’s lofted ball over the top, the striker coolly looped an effort over Thomas having spotted the keeper off his line.

With little time to respond, the visitors couldn’t test Tommy Scott in the home goal allowing Falanga’s side to see off their Western League opponents to reach the second round.

NEWS | ACL injury ends Alfei’s season

The right-back was substituted 10 minutes into the match at Huish Park at the end of last month and has since undergone knee reconstruction surgery.

Assessed by a specialist, the 25-year-old’s operation was successful and he will now begin the rehabilitation process. 

All at YTFC wish Dan a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch.

TICKETS | Pack the Park against Crewe

The Glovers will be looking to bounce back from their previous home outing, a 1-0 loss to Colchester United – their only defeat in Somerset this term.

Last season, Darren Way’s side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the penultimate game at Huish Park courtesy of goals from Matty Dolan, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Otis Khan.

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

For more information, head to Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | I accept responsibility – Way

Set pieces were an area Way identified as the Exiles’ strength prior to the match and they proved to be the Glovers downfall in South Wales.

Padraig Amond and Joss Labadie headed home corners from former Yeovil midfielder Matty Dolan either side of the break, something Way felt his side were ‘bullied’ at. 

“We knew about it and we’d worked on it all week,” he told iFollow Glovers. 

“I think 57 per cent of their goals have been scored from set plays and are probably the best side I’ve seen at them – their stats suggest that. 

“I understand the supporters’ frustrations. We knew their threat and as far as our preparation is concerned we did everything we could to combat that, and as always I accept responsibility.”

Way added: “We’re a team I wouldn’t say are naturally built like Newport. 

“I think Newport are built for (the set piece) game. They have recruited for that strength. 

“We have to make sure we understand League Two football. I keep saying it every week one or two younger players have got to live up to that.

“I just felt at times they bullied us. I don’t like that – not to be bullied. It’s one thing that should never happen in football. 

“I accept missed tackles and arriving late, but I thought they bullied us from start to finish.”

REPORT | Newport County 2-0 Yeovil Town

As the game looked to be heading into half-time goalless, Padraig Amond headed home the opener from a 45th minute County corner.

With a sense of deja vu the hosts’ lead was doubled 10 minutes after the restart as Labadie converted another Newport corner.

Unable to trouble Joe Day in the home goal, the Glovers slumped to defeat in Wales confirming back-to-back defeats.

Darren Way made two changes to the side that suffered a narrow defeat to Colchester United at Huish Park a week previous.

Having served a one-match suspension, Nathan Smith returned to the heart of Town’s defence in place of Omar Sowunmi who dropped from the matchday squad in Wales. 

In midfield, Connor Smith took the spot of Jake Gray who moved amongst the substitutes after a run of five games in the starting XI.

Faced with a pristine newly laid pitch at Rodney Parade, both sides enjoyed spells of possession in the opening exchanges.

Having tested the waters, it was the Exiles who produced the first meaningful attack of the game just before the 10-minute mark.

Lively from left wing-back, Dan Butler picked out Joss Labadie with a low cross, which the County captain could only blaze over from six yards to the amazement of the onlooking crowd.

After missing that gilt-edged opportunity, the hosts were almost made to pay after 20 minutes when an already diving Joe Day demonstrated his reactions to somehow get a hand to Francois Zoko’s deflected shot from 20 yards.

After flashes of excitement for both sets of fans, the game producing a stagnant period up until the stroke of half-time. 

Having largely been a spectator for much of the first-half, Artur Krysiak used every inch of his 6’4” frame to stretch and tip Scot Bennett’s shot around the post for a corner.

However, the Pole’s heroics were in vain, as from the resulting corner Padraig Amond rose highest to head home former Glover Matty Dolan’s set-piece.

With no chance to respond Way’s side trudged in a goal down at the break, having battled well to contain County for much of the opening 45 minutes.

Dealt a blow at the end of the first-half the Glovers were almost dealt another just minutes after the restart.

Labadie’s stooping effort from Dolan’s wide free-kick was well kept out by the legs of Krysiak, as set plays continued to trouble Town.

Clearly buoyed by their opener, Newport went close to doubling their lead once again on 52 minutes, as Labadie’s strike from 20 yards grazed the bar on its way over.

With a sense of inevitability growing, the Exiles didn’t have to wait much longer to make it 2-0.

Producing copious balls into the box, it was from another corner that Michael Flynn’s side doubled their lead.

Dolan’s teasing delivery picked out Labadie who powerfully headed low into the ground and subsequently the back of the net to finally get on the scoresheet. 

Enjoying a monopoly on possession Newport continued to dominate, as the Green and Whites struggled to find a foothold. 

Entering the final quarter-of-an-hour Krysiak was once again Yeovil’s saviour as he kept out Amond’s low drive from the edge of the box, before Mickey Demetriou whizzed a 30-yard free-kick just wide. 

Unbeaten at home all season, the Exiles were only threatened in injury time when Fela Olomola crashed an effort off the bar, but the Welsh outfit saw out the closing stages to condemn the Glovers to back-to-back defeats in Sky Bet League Two for the first time this season.

­Newport County: Day, Bennett, Demetriou, White, Pipe, Tozer, Labadie (Owen-Evans 88′), Dolan (Rigg 69’), Butler, Amond (Reynolds 85’), Nouble.
Bookings: Labadie 28’, Dolan 45’
Subs not used: Bittner, Barnum-Bobb, McCoulsky, Jahraldo.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Nelson, N. Smith, Dickson, Bailey, Worthington (Santos 79’), C. Smith (Browne 58’), Olomola, Zoko (Surridge 52’), Khan.
Bookings: Nelson 43’, Zoko 50’
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Mugabi, Gray.

INTERVIEW | The players are excited – Way

Town travel to Rodney Parade on Saturday (3pm) looking to build on last week’s 3-2 victory at Chesterfield.

Defeat at home to Colchester United sandwiches the two away trips, with the Glovers boss confirming the players’ excitement for the short trip to Wales.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “It was good to get that win against Chesterfield which takes that negativity away from the players because we’d been getting closer every week (to an away win).

“The performance against Chesterfield was very, very good and if we can carry that on away from home it should be a good day.

“Preparation this week has been very good and the players are excited about this game.”

However, the Exiles are unbeaten at home this season and sit just three points outside the top seven.

Preparing to end Newport’s near-perfect start to the campaign in Wales, Way is wary of their physical threat.

“They’re a very, very physical team and they’ve scored 57% of their goals from set plays.

“The long throws of Ben Tozer must be going 40 yards, so we have to make sure we’re ready for that challenge.

Way added: “Our body language and approach has got to be aggressive and you’ve got to be able to handle physical contact.

It’s not far, so we’ll have pre-match this side of the bridge and make our way over. We should have a good crowd so we’ll do all we can for them.”

Tickets for the trip to Rodney Parade remain on sale, with information available on our Away Ticket page.

PREVIEW | Newport County v Yeovil Town

Darren Way’s side overcame Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium thanks to a last-gasp winner from skipper James Bailey.

The last time the Glovers picked up back-to-back three points away from Huish Park was in 2016 with victories at Crewe Alexandra (1-0) and Reading Under-21s (Checkatrade Trophy – 2-0).

Otis Khan and Olufela Olomola both scored against Chesterfield to take their tally for the season to five – the same as Francois Zoko.

The trio will continue to battle it out for Town’s golden boost against Newport County this weekend.

Rodney Parade has a new surface which the Exiles are thriving on.

They have won three out of their five home games (D1 L1) and sit 10th in Sky Bet League Two as a result.

Manager Michael Flynn has urged his fans to be ‘realistic’ about the club’s position and not get carried away.

Newport’s strike force have been in good form with Frank Nouble – August’s player of the month – netting five times while Padraig Armond (3 goals) and Shawn McCoulsky (3) are also a threat.

Former Glovers Matty Dolan and Ben Tozer are in the Welsh outfit’s squad.

Head-to-head
Town have faced Newport four times in the EFL, coming out on top twice (D1 L1).

Both those victories were 1-0 scorelines, the last coming in 2016/17 courtesy of a late own goal.

Last term at Rodney Parade, the Glovers suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Welsh side with Mickey Demetriou netting from a direct free kick.

Officials
Nicholas Kinseley will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Essex-born official is in his 10th season of refereeing and officiated Town’s 1-1 draw against Luton Town in August 2016.

This term, Kinseley has refereed eight matches – mostly in League One – and has issued 35 yellows and three reds.

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

Coverage
Darren Way and James Bailey’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
Tickets for the match can be purchased in advance from the Huish Park ticket office, online, or by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can pay on the day.

INTERVIEW | Let’s get a little run going – Bailey

The Glovers took all three points in their last away outing at Chesterfield – their first win on the road since March – with captain Bailey netting a last-gasp winner.

The ex-Derby County man, an ever-present in the Yeovil team this season, is confident of another victory at Rodney Parade and says the squad have to be self-assured in their own ability. 

Bailey told iFollow Glovers: “Every game we’re confident and you have to have that and a bit of arrogance that you’re going to win. 

“Otherwise what’s the point of going into a game saying ‘let’s not lose today’? None of us think like that.

“Every game we play we want to win and with the squad we’ve got I feel we’ve always got a good chance. 

He added: “It’s different for me being captain. The gaffer showed confidence in me to give me the armband. The players and I have got to repay the faith he’s showed and pick up a few more wins.

“We’re nearly there but we need to win now and that’s what’s important.

“Let’s get a little run going. We are a little inconsistent with the way we’re playing; for instance, we’ll play really well one game and the next we’ll play bad then we’ll be alright. We need to find that consistency but that’ll come.”

Manager Darren Way invited former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp to training this week to offer his experience to himself and the players.

Bailey is open to receiving any advice from the 70-year-old but insists everyone is fully focused on this weekend’s match in Wales.

“What’s happened is good for the players and the staff but we’ve got to concentrate on Saturday,” he said. 

“It was fresh for every but we’re footballers and our job is to concentrate on the football and the next game.

“Someone who has had the managerial career he has should always be asked for advice. It’s more important to listen to what he has to say and implement that into your game.

“You can only concentrate on the next game and I feel we have done that. On Saturday it’s down to the players.”

INTERVIEW | Redknapp’s a fantastic mentor – Way

The 70-year-old was contacted by Way after making comments in the media regarding his wish to help a young manager after departing Birmingham City. 

Agreeing to offer advice and guidance to the Town boss as and when his pre-existing commitments allow, the former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth manager spent Thursday morning with Way at the training ground. 

Having known Redknapp for a number of years, Way was pleased to be able to utilise his experience in the game.

“When you’ve got someone who’s managed 1,500 games, I think you can say he’s an elite manager,” the Yeovil manager told iFollow Glovers.

“I’m 37 years of age. I’m humble and honest enough to say that I don’t know everything.

“To have his advice in one of the most ruthless leadership environments, which is professional football, I’d be a fool not to take it.”

As the Glovers prepare to travel to Newport County this weekend in Sky Bet League Two, the Town boss also pointed out the logistics behind Redknapp’s informal role. 

He said: “I don’t want to put Harry under pressure to say he’s got to be there at every game because obviously, he has commitments as well.

“All I can say is that he’s been very open and honest with me to say we’re going to try and create a good working relationship – he’s a fantastic mentor.

“There’s more to football than just being stood in the technical area. If he can help me with my family, the media and scouting, he’s a great tool to have for my development.”

Supporters wishing to cheer on the Glovers in Wales this Saturday can do so, with ticket information available on our Away Ticket page.

QUIZ A GLOVER | Matt Worthington

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

Ben McCartney
Can you please tell us your nickname, so we can get the chants ready?

MW: At Bournemouth my nickname is Worthy which is obviously just short for Worthington.

Ollie Marsh
Would you rather be 4ft or 8ft?

MW: In football, I’d prefer to be 4ft because if you’re 8ft football you’re too big – too tall. Outside football I’d choose to be 8ft but I’d want to be a muscly 8ft, not skinny!

Davey Jones Jr
Are there similarities between the management at Yeovil and Bournemouth?

MW: Definitely. They’re both young managers and both have a similar way of thinking. They both like to play.

Ash Powell
We haven’t seen much of you yet. How would you describe your style?

MW: I’m aggressive, a good passer of the ball and energetic.

Jordan Tucker
If you could be in a TV Show which one would it be? 

MW: The Inbetweeners. I’d be Jay!

Imogen Pyke
What are you scared of? 

MW: I’m scared of snakes and spiders. I’m not a fan of them.

Alex Locke
Who do you look up to in the Premier League?

MW: I would say Harry Arter from Bournemouth. Obviously we had Jack WIlshere too and he was a brilliant person to look up to and take things off.

Ben Williams
Where do you hope to be in five years time?

MW: Playing regular first team football, whether that’s Premier League or League Two, League One.

Andy Pritchard
Are you a Bournemouth fan? How proud were you to make your debut last year?

MW: I am a Bournemouth fan and it was an unbelievable moment especially at my age. As a young player it was a dream to make my Premier League debut.

 

QUIZ A GLOVER | Jake Gray

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

Harry Simpson
Did you enjoy how the club announced your transfer in the summer?

JG: I think it was a good way to announce it because it was different. Everyone uses Snapchat these days so it was fun. 

Jed Holt
What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had in your life?

JG: I’ve had a weird experience but I can’t remember it! So yeah… I can’t think of one.

Majo Dadis Dado
Did you know that Yeovil have fans in Slovakia?

JG: No I didn’t but it’s good to have support all around the world.

Henry YTFC Ebdon
What’s the best moment in your career so far?

JG: Two years ago when I was at Hartlepool I scored a goal against Derby which was voted fifth best FA Cup goal that season.

Sophie Park
If you could be a famous person for a day, who would you be and why?

JG: I’ve got a thing for Gareth Bale so it would probably be him. I like him a lot.

Sean Cason
When you were younger, which football team did you support?

JG: Spurs. I see them when I can. Last season I went to the first Champions League game at Wembley against Monaco and the atmosphere was unbelievable.

Jon Margetts
With yourself, Jordan Green and Rhys Browne, do you think Darren is trying to sign a whole squad of players with colours for names?

JG: I don’t know… maybe! It would be interesting, wouldn’t it? The first one that comes into my head who we could add to that is a Rangers player called Ian Black. He was at Blackpool last year. 

Jordan Walker
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take?

JG: My playstation but that comes with wifi and a TV so that’s one! My phone and my best mate.

Ash Phillips
Who is the best player you’ve played with and against?

JG: With would be Wilfried Zaha. If you stitched him up with a pass he’d get his body in there and do some magic with the ball. Best player against would be Adel Taarabt in a 21s game. He was ridiculous!

William Buttle
Would you rather cage fight Omar Sowunmi or Sid Nelson?

JG: I’d rather fight Sid. Omar is too big and I’d be eaten alive in two minutes – not even that, 10 seconds! Sid is more my height so we might have a little grapple but I’d only last a minute.

Daryl Allinson
What’s different about Yeovil from your previous clubs?

JG: The area is a bit different. The best bit about the club is the group. The boys are close knit and at other clubs they probably haven’t been as close. 

Michael Stone
How do you feel about the changes at your ex-club Palace?

JG: Frank De Boer didn’t get long there, did he? They haven’t kept a manager for a season since I left. There’s been a lot of changes which is not the best for them.

COMMUNITY | Club trial Partner Schools initiative

Visiting Swanmead Community School in Ilminster to launch the initiative, the middle school became the first official partner of the scheme. 

To kick things off, the first-team trio of Nathan Smith, Connor Smith and Kesto Davies spent time with students at Swanmead, handing out awards, answering questions and signing autographs.

Each Partner School will enjoy benefits such as visits from the first-team, exclusive ticket offers and money can’t buy experiences. 

The scheme will also see the club put back into the community, with direct support for Partner Schools. 

As the initiative develops, the club will be in contact with more local schools.

NEWS | Way invites Redknapp to Huish Park

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth chief, most recently of Birmingham City, was contacted by Way regarding a role to share his experience and contacts from over 30 years in football management.

After spotting recent comments from Redknapp declaring his wish to help a young manager, Town’s boss spoke to the 70-year-old to put forward the proposal.

With the board’s approval granted, Redknapp will be at Huish Park in the near future to meet with Way before attending forthcoming matches and working on a closer basis with the 37-year-old.

Having approached the Dorset-based manager, the Glovers boss is looking forward to developing their relationship.

Way told YTFC.net: “Harry has been in the game a long time and is someone I highly respect for all the experience he’s gained and achievements he’s accomplished.

“I’m still starting my journey in management and feel the opportunity to bring in someone like Harry to offer advice and pass on his knowledge is a no-brainer.

“There’s no pressure or long-term commitment from either side, but I’m looking forward to having Harry at Huish Park and we welcome him to the club.”

VACANCY | The Academy is recruiting

The successful applicant must hold a UEFA A License for coaching, and will be flexible with working evenings and weekends.

All applications must be sent to Academy Manager Paul Wilson by 5pm on Friday, October 6th. 

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