Month: November 2017

INTERVIEW | Way looking to build on first round momentum

The Glovers head to Vale Park having seen off League One outfit Southend United at the start of November in the first round.

Otis Khan’s first-half penalty was enough to send the Green and Whites through, with a spot in the potentially lucrative third round now within touching distance. 

Ahead of the trip to Stoke-on-Trent, Way revealed his desire for the players to put in a repeat performance from the victory over the Shrimpers. 

“We’ve got to make sure we maintain our momentum in the FA Cup,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I thought the performance against Southend was a very good performance. We’re all prepared and ready to go to Port Vale and hopefully, we can pick up a result and keep this FA Cup run going. 

“The most important thing on our mind is to get a performance. We know when our performances have been good for 90 minutes, nine times out of ten we’ve come out with a result – that’s what the focus is on.” 

Town are bidding to reach the third round for the fourth time in five years on Saturday, having lined up against both Southampton and Manchester United in recent seasons. 

Although Nathan Smith and Artur Krysiak are the only players still at Huish Park to have played in either of those encounters, Way has instilled the club’s FA Cup history into his squad.

“We made a DVD in the build-up to the Southend game on what it means to the football club and the history the supporters have had in the FA Cup.

“The players are fully aware of the shirt that they’re wearing and the history this club has in the FA Cup.

“I said to them ‘we could go to Wembley in the next game what with Tottenham playing there now’. You never know.

“It’s important that the players focus their attention on the build-up, preparation and making sure we put on a good performance that shows togetherness and commitment to come up with the result.”

Tickets for the trip to Port Vale remain on sale with information here.

TICKETS | Get up for the Cup at Port Vale!

Having seen off League One opposition in Southend United at the start of November, Darren Way’s side head to Stoke-on-Trent bidding to reach the third round for the fourth time in five years.

Otis Khan’s penalty was enough for Town to defeat the Shrimpers in round one, whilst Saturday’s opponents Port Vale also caused an upset by claiming a 2-0 win over Oxford United. 

Adults can take in the cup action for just £12 this weekend, whilst seniors and under-21s can watch for £6.

Travel to Vale Park is being run by the Green and White Supporters Club, with full details available by clicking here.

Tickets remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office by visiting in person or by calling 01935 847888, with full price details and information on our away tickets page

INTERVIEW | We were on it in the second half – James

The Welshman was introduced as a half-time substitute alongside Otis Khan, and nodded home the winger’s pinpoint free kick in the 61st minute to equalise following Ryan Taylor’s first-half finish.

Manager Darren Way praised the impact of those who came off the bench, including Sam Surridge who netted the winner late on, and James believes the game opened up in the second period which favoured the Glovers.

“It was a good night,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“It’s a good feeling (to score). I’ve had a couple of chances in recent games so it’s good to finally get it and help the team out as well.

“I was told at half-time to go up for set pieces, try and get my head on something and thankfully it happened!”

He continued: “As soon as the team sheet came out we saw they weren’t taking the game lightly.

“The gaffer got into us a bit at half-time and the game opened up which it usually does at home because it’s a big pitch. We were just on it.

“We started playing good football, threatened in behind whenever we had the ball and passed it about.

“We had to up our game in the end, we did and we’re through.”

INTERVIEW | The gaffer has been first class – Davies

The Welshman, on loan from Swansea City, began the season in the side but has since had to be patient for game time.

He slotted into defence next to Omar Sowunmi on Tuesday and produced a solid display as the Glovers secured first place in Group D.

“I’ve waited a long time to get another start and I’m just buzzing to get a win and top spot in the group,” Davies told iFollow Glovers.

“The gaffer has been first class, constantly motivating me and telling me I’d get an opportunity. He gave me that an we’ve all done well.”

He continued: “We started off okay and there were one or two things the gaffer wanted to change at half-time which had a massive impact and gave other players free roles.

“Tom James and Otis made a massive difference when they came on and it was good.

“From the first group game against Exeter we all wanted to be top of the group and everyone knows what the rewards can be at the end and that’s where we want to go.

“It’s a massive achievement for all of us (to go unbeaten in the group). We had a game plan in all three of the games, stuck to it and came out on top.”

INTERVIEW | Way praises impact of substitutes

Otis Khan and Tom James were introduced at half-time with the former delivering for the latter to nod home an equaliser on 61 minutes. 

AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge came off the bench to score a fine volley in the closing stages and secure the Glovers top spot in Group, setting up a home tie with AFC Wimbledon in the second round.

“Tactically the substitutions worked really well and we’re pleased to be through,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“The way the players responded in the second half to a disappointing goal and the impact the substitutes made was very effective against a Plymouth side who were almost full strength.

“I thought we were getting space when we were switching the play and I know Tom James’ quality; he used the width really well and he took his goal well.

“I had a conversation with Rhys Browne against Notts County on the particular role I wanted him to play from the bench; Sam Surridge has gone and done that for us (v Plymouth), Tom James has gone and done it and all the players are developing.

“It took special character and personality to get that game back and that created a special team performance. 

“I’ve got a headache going into the weekend but it’s a great one to have.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Ryan Taylor, on his first outing since August, had swept the Pilgrims ahead on 16 minutes before Tom James rose above Yann Songo’o to equalise in the second half.

Fellow home substitute Sam Surridge volleyed in a brilliant winner late on to set up a second round encounter with AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park.  

Swansea City loanee Keston Davies was granted his first start since the opening day of the League Two season as manager Darren Way made five alterations to the side that lost at Wycombe Wanderers.

Bevis Mugabi, fresh from his three-match suspension, began at right-back, while Jake Gray, Alefe Santos and Connor Smith took up places in midfield.

In an uneventful beginning to the contest, Town pressed well and looked to zip the ball round with purpose; Argyle, however, were more direct with Omar Sowunmi and Davies winning the majority of aerial battles against experienced forward Taylor. 

The ex-Bristol City man would get the better of the hosts’ backline just past the quarter of an hour mark with the game’s first shot and goal.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair bombed down the left and across the byeline before cutting back to Taylor whose effort squirmed through the grasp of Artur Krysiak and into the back of the net.

Despite going behind, Yeovil’s intention to keep the ball on the deck remained but it was a lofted cross from Ryan Dickson that almost produced a clearcut chance for the green and whites. 

Santos, at the base of a three-man middle, sprayed a delightful pass to the onrushing left-back who delivered towards the space Gray was surging into, but good defending from Sonny Bradley denied the 21-year-old an opportunity on goal.

As well as their objective to advance in numbers, it left spaces for Plymouth to counter in and bar the outstretched leg of Sowunmi to thwart Alex Fletcher’s close range attempt, it would have been 2-0 to the visitors.

Soon after, Jordan Green showcased his electric pace to steam past Gary Miller and his cutback was met by the swinging left foot of Olufela Olomola, though goalkeeper Mannion – the Pilgrims second emergency loan signing and sixth stopper of the campaign – was equal to it with a smart claim.

Town reverted to a 4-4-2 formation at the break, making two half-time substitutions. One of which was Otis Khan.

The winger went close with a curling effort before slaloming his way down the right and setting up Davies to strike, and he was rebuffed by a decent block.

Francois Zoko should have equalised prior to the hour. Santos showed good vision to pick out the Ivorian’s run in behind and when he lifted the ball over Mannion, he turned to celebrate but saw his cheeky lob drift marginally wide.

Two minutes later, Yeovil were deservedly level and it was the two changes that made it so.

Khan’s wicked set piece from the left was glanced home by James at the near post – the Welshman’s first ever professional goal.

Glovers front two Zoko and Olomola both had penalty appeals turned with the former lashing over in vain and Khan’s free kick hitting the side netting in a quiet final 30 minutes.

However, Town did have one more moment in front of goal which Surridge dispatched with aplomb.

The AFC Bournemouth youngster kept his eye on the ball to stroke home Olomola’s pinpoint delivery and complete an impressive turnaround.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi (James 46), Sowunmi, Davies, Dickson, Gray (Khan 46), Santos, C.Smith, Green, Olomola, Zoko (Surridge 83).
Bookings:
Not used:
Maddison, Nelson, N.Smith, Bailey.

Plymouth Argyle: Mannion, Miller (Wylde 80), Edwards, Songo’o, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Sarcevic, Carey, Threlkeld, Taylor (Ainsworth 72), Fletcher (Jervis 62).
Bookings:
Bradley 48.
Not used:
Childs, Grant, Sokolik, Diagouraga.

INTERVIEW | I want to win it with Yeovil – Zoko

The Glovers reached the quarter-finals last season, and will progress to the second round of the competition this term with a positive result against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park this evening (7.45pm). 

Ivorian forward Zoko, who notched his seventh goal of the campaign at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, won the tournament as a Carlisle United player in 2011 and believes any opportunity to secure silverware isn’t to be sniffed at.

He said: “It’s not considered glamorous but at the end of the day, the final is at Wembley and you get a medal if you win it.

“A lot of players play hundreds of games and don’t win anything, then other players win the Checkatrade Trophy and have a medal at the end of their career.

“I have already won it with Carlisle so I have the experience of playing at Wembley and winning it. It was an unbelievable atmosphere in front of 40,000 people and it was just something special.

“The closer you get to the final, the bigger the competition gets. It’s a competition we’re in; we can win it and want to win it so we’ll play seriously.”

Zoko has scored in both matches he has played in since returning from suspension.

The 34-year-old received a three-match ban after seeing red back in October and he revealed it was a difficult period for him.

“I think it was one of the hardest moments in my career,” Zoko said.

“I’ve been suspended but only for single games. This was Saturday to Saturday so it was long, hard and I hated it. I don’t want to be in that position again!”

INTERVIEW | Way wants Group D top spot

The Glovers are currently in pole position with five points after a win at Exeter City on the road and two points gained against Chelsea Under-21s at home.

Victory or a draw, regardless of the penalty shootout outcome, over Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park on Tuesday (7.45pm) would ensure top spot and set up a home tie with AFC Wimbledon, a feat Way is eager to achieve.

“My stance on the competition is well known and Tuesday gives us the opportunity to ensure our progression to the next round,” he said.

“For me as a manager it’s an opportunity to stand on the touchline and go up against some strong teams, which Plymouth will most definitely be.

“We’ve had two very encouraging performances from our first two group stage fixtures so we want to get the job done at home.”

Way added: “We were all disappointed to leave Wycombe empty handed on Saturday but can straight away put that right.  

“It’s an old cliché, but it’s good to be back on the pitch so soon after a defeat. 

“Having said that, our home form has been very pleasing so confidence will be high and there’ll be no hangover from the weekend’s game. 

“There’s a lot of players in our squad who are enjoying their first real taste of first team football, especially in a division as demanding as League Two. 

“For them to have the chance to get on the pitch even more and get that knowledge of what it takes to win a competitive football match in a tournament like this, is only a bonus.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle

A win or a draw against Plymouth Argyle, regardless of the added point up for grabs via a penalty shootout, would be enough for the Glovers to progress as Group D winners.

If that were to happen, it would mean a knockout tie against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park.

Providing Chelsea Under-21s lose at Exeter City, a Plymouth victory would mean Yeovil would finish in second and a trip to MK Dons would lie in wait.

Last season, Darren Way’s side defeated the Dons on their way to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Winger Rhys Browne will serve a one-match ban, but Sid Nelson is available due to his suspension only covering Sky Bet League Two and Emirates FA Cup matches.

Bevis Mugabi could also return following his spell on the sidelines after seeing red at Carlisle United.

In the Checkatrade Trophy this term,Plymouth opened with a 2-2 draw and win on penalties against Chelsea and followed it over with shootout victory over arch rivals Exeter City.

It’s a competition Argyle have never won in any format, however it’s success they may pass on if they want to maintain their League One status.

On the weekend, Derek Adams’ team lost 1-0 at Portsmouth courtesy of a howler from Norwich City loanee Remi Matthews, allowing Kal Naismith an easy goal.

Graham Carey is the Devon outfit’s main man; his set pieces will be a threat as well as his trickery across the attacking line.

Head-to-head
Yeovil came out on top in the last encounter between the two sides.

Defenders Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey both netted just past the hour back in January, with Jakub Sokolik scoring a consolation.

Since 2004, the Glovers have only won two other games against Plymouth – a League Cup tie in 2004 and a League One victory six years ago.

Argyle secured three points in two of the other four meetings (D2).

Officials
Brett Huxtable will be the man in the middle on Tuesday – it will be the Devon-based referee’s 20th game of the campaign.

He has issued 63 yellow cards and one red so far, refereeing four Checkatrade Trophy games to date.

Mr Huxtable officiated two Yeovil games last term – the 2-1 home win over Colchester United and the Valentine’s Day draw against Cambridge United.

He will be supported by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire) with Simon Knapp (Bristol) 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 are available on the day at Huish Park from the ticket office.

TICKETS | Back Town to reach the second round

The Glovers sit top of Group D and can progress in first or second place – the former setting up a home tie with AFC Wimbledon and the latter meaning a trip to MK Dons.

Sky Bet League One outfit Argyle are the only side in the group who can knock Darren Way’s side off top spot.

The Pilgrims head into the match after a 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth on the weekend, while Yeovil drew 1-1 with high-flying Notts County last time out at Huish Park.

Kids tickets are FREE for the fixture! Other prices can be found in the Home Tickets section.

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

NEWS | Town to show support to LGBT+ against Plymouth

The corner flags are part of a range of activities the EFL are undertaking as part of the campaign which runs from November 25th to December 3rd.

The Rainbow Laces campaign is to show solidarity and support to lesbian, gay, bi and trans-gender fans, players and staff across the EFL leagues.

EFL clubs, including Yeovil, have been provided with rainbow boot-laces, captain’s armbands and programme adverts.

The EFL have also changed their own logo to a bespoke rainbow coloured version. The match officials for tomorrow’s clash with Plymouth have also been provided with rainbow coloured laces.

Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Excecutive said: “We are proud to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign again for this season. Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for supporters attending EFL matches remains a key priority. The campaign very much compliments the ongoing work our Clubs are undertaking as part of the EFL Equality Code of Practice.”

“Whilst acknowledging there has been progress made in this area, there is still work to be done. We can never be complacent and that is why the EFL remains committed to supporting campaigns such as this as we continue to promote diversity and inclusivity across all areas of the game.”

The EFL are supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign as part of its wider LGBT+ work delivers in conjunction with clubs through its Equality Code of practice. This includes the club setting policies, delivering activities and advising on recruitment.

Yeovil stand with the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign to make football and sport as a whole everyone’s game, with National Teams, EFL Clubs, grassroots players and fans showing their support for LGBT+ people in sport.

NEWS | Browne banned for Plymouth visit

The winger has received a booking in each of the Glovers’ games in the competition so far, resulting in a one-game suspension.

Darren Way’s side can progress to the second round in first place or runner-up in Group D.

Top spot would confirm a home tie with AFC Wimbledon while second position would mean a trip to MK Dons.

REPORT | Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Yeovil Town

After a relatively even opening half-an-hour, the dangerous Eberechi Eze opened the scoring following a scramble in the box. 

In a profligate spell for the hosts, Joe Jacobson doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Tom James fouled Paris Cowan-Hall. 

However, the Green and Whites responded just 60 seconds later as Francois Zoko rounded off a slick move to end an entertaining opening 45 minutes.

After the break Jordan Green went close to levelling the scores with a smart volley, but Town couldn’t muster an equaliser and so suffered their first ever EFL defeat at Adams Park. 

Having drawn with high-flyers Notts County in midweek, Darren Way was forced into two changes for the trip to Buckinghamshire.

With Sid Nelson joining Bevis Mugabi on the sideline through suspension, Ryan Dickson returned from concussion in timely manner to slot in at left-back.

Further forward, the Glovers were left without the services of Rhys Browne (ankle) and Otis Khan (ill) who both dropped out late on to give Green his first league start for the club.

The late withdrawals meant the visitors were only able to name five substitutes on their travels.

Although depleted in terms of numbers, Yeovil started brightly with Green – making his first league start for Town – looking lively in attack.

After beginning on the backfoot the Chairboys grew into the game, mostly due to the influential Eze.

Initially firing well over from 25 yards, the midfielder edged closer on 10 minutes by drawing Artur Krysiak into a comfortable save with a strike from the edge of the box.

The youngster went a step closer midway through the half when his shot through bodies was well parried by Krysiak, before the Queens Park Rangers loanee finally found the back of the net.

Falling kindly to the tricky midfielder just inside the box, the 19-year-old unleashed an unstoppable first-time strike to break the deadlock.

Having stood firm for the majority of the first-half and kept danger man Bayo Akinfenwa quiet, Wycombe dealt a blow by doubling their lead just before the break. 

Tom James brought down Cowan-Hall as he shot giving Jacobson the chance to cooly convert from the penalty spot.

Facing an uphill battle to leave Adams Park with anything to show for their efforts, the Glovers responded immediately. 

Surridge raced through the middle from kick-off and looked to be brought down by Scott Brown, only for Green to recycle possession brilliantly, beat his man and square for Zoko to stab home.

The Ivorian’s seventh of the season marked the end of a frantic 10-minute spell as the first-half came to an end, leaving Town with plenty to play for in the second period.  

After an explosive end to the first 45 minutes the second began in a slightly more subdued manner, as the game ticked to the hour-mark with little action of note. 

Sido Jombati floated a tame free-kick into the arms of Krysiak, before Jacobson almost added a second to his personal tally – flashing a set-piece just wide from 25 yards with 75 minutes on the clock. 

Mirroring the first-half, the second period came to life in the closing stages as the Glovers almost drew level. 

Omar Sowunmi’s flick on was brilliantly volleyed goalwards by Green, only for the ball to fly inches wide with Brown beaten.

Looking to avoid a first ever league defeat at Wycombe the Glovers threw caution to the wind in the closing stages and engineered a superb opportunity to make it 2-2. 

Green found Zoko who drilled a cross-cum-shot across goal, but it narrowly missed the far post and somehow evaded everyone in the middle. 

That proved to be Yeovil’s best chance to grab a point as Way’s side once again suffered defeat on the road in a tight affair in Buckinghamshire. 

Wycombe Wanderers: Brown; Jombati, Scarr, Stewart, Jacobson; O’Nien, Bloomfield, Eze (Saunders 85′); Southwell, Akinfenwa, Cowan-Hall (Mackail-Smith 89′).
Bookings: 
Subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Bean, De Havilland, Williams.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson; Bailey, Worthington; Green, Olomola, Zoko; Surridge (Gray 76′). 
Bookings: Olomola 45′, James 48′
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, C. Smith, Santos.

INTERVIEW | Way looking for solid and compact performance

The Glovers head to Adams Park looking to build on Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with high-flyers Notts County.

However, away form has been Town’s achilles heel this season with just four points picked up on the road in Sky Bet League Two. 

A dramatic 3-2 win over Chesterfield back in September remains the only victory away from home, although previous results in Buckinghamshire lead Way to feel buoyant. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “I’ve been to Wycombe myself with the team for two seasons now and have come back with two draws with both games being end-to-end. 

“(Gareth Ainsworth) managed to sign Bayo (Akinfenwa) and (Craig) Mackail-Smith; they’ve got (Paris) Cowan-Hall and have got two good centre-halves who attack the ball well.

“They’ve got strong competition all over the pitch. We make sure, certainly with our frontline, that we score goals. What we have got to do is make sure we’re solid, compact and that we don’t concede.”

With several members of Town’s squad experiencing their first run of games in League Two, Way feels his side are learning.

“We’ve got to make sure we identify the problems with our away form,” he said.

“There have been tight games where it’s been disappointing to concede but the group that we’ve got and the experience that they’re gaining is enabling them to understand what it takes to win a league two game.

“They’re gaining valuable experience and with that, performances are getting better.”

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PREVIEW | Wycombe Wanderers v Yeovil Town

Bevis Mugabi, who saw red in the Glovers’ last outing on the road at Carlisle United, will sit on the sidelines for one last time at Wycombe Wanderers this weekend and Sid Nelson begins his three-match ban.

Darren Way will hope Ryan Dickson (concussion) will be available to him after sitting out for almost a month. Swansea City loanee Keston Davies could also gain a starting berth.

Whoever is selected will hope to add Town’s second away win of the Sky Bet League Two campaign, however a strong Chairboys attack in wait – quite literally.

Adebayo Akinfenwa, known as the Beast and the strongest player on FIFA, has contributed 10 goals and six assists to the Wycombe cause so far, while experienced striker Craig Mackail-Smith has netted six times.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side will be without centre-back Adam El-Abd who picked his fifth booking of the season in midweek.

Head-to-head
Town have never lost a game at Adams Park.

In their five games in Buckinghamshire, the Glovers have won three and drawn two.

The two draws have been under Darren Way’s stewardship with Kevin Dawson’s penalty being cancelled out by Joe Jacobson’s spot-kick back in January.

Officials
Tom Nield will be the man in the middle on Saturday – it will be the West Yorkshire-based referee’s 13th game of the campaign.

In the dozen games he’s taken charge of so far, half of which have been in Sky Bet League Two, he has issued 32 yellow cards and two reds.

Mr Nield has never officiated a Yeovil fixture having spent the previous two seasons in non-league.

He will be supported by Graham Kane (East Sussex) and Leigh Crowhurst (Sussec) with John Farries (Oxfordshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Nathan Smith’s pre-match thoughts can be found on iFollow.

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 are available on the day at Adams Park but will increase by £2. Prices can be viewed here.

 

INTERVIEW | More to Wycombe than just Akinfenwa – Smith

The Glovers defender, who has been playing at full-back of late, could come up against the ex-Northampton Town man, pictured, if selected at centre-back at Adams Park on Saturday (3pm). 

Chairboys striker Akinfenwa is often the focus in clubs’ pre-match press conferences up and down the country due to his size, but he has backed up the hype with 10 goals and six assists so far this season.

However, Smith insists Town know what they need to do to thwart the danger he possesses and the rest of the Wycombe side.

“There are various ways (to defend against Akinfenwa),” he told iFollow Glovers.

“Concentration has to be high against a player like that. He plays to his strengths and you have to give him credit for that.

“They always talk about Akinfenwa but there are other players who we’ve identified who can pose a threat.

“You have to take into consideration what they have; you can’t go into a game and not do that.

“We know what we have to go out and do, and that’s what we have to do right.”

INTERVIEW | Suspensions give others an opportunity – Way

Defender Sid Nelson was dismissed late on in the 1-1 draw with Notts County on Tuesday night, joining Bevis Mugabi on the sidelines who serves the last of his three-match ban in Buckinghamshire.

Town have been issued four red cards in the last five games and head to Adams Park without the services of both Nelson and Mugabi. 

However, despite missing two players from his defensive unit, Way feels their absence gives others in the squad a chance to shine. 

“With the squad that we’ve got, it just gives another player the opportunity to hold that jersey down,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“You’ve seen Tom James come in at right-back and he’s done a fantastic job there.

“We’ve got a good squad this year and I want to be able to use that. With the players we’ve got, it’s someone else’s chance to stake their claim in the first team.”

Whilst suspension provides an opportunity for members of the Glovers squad, Way admits discipline needs to be improved. 

Reflecting on his own playing days, the Town boss feels his players have to be wiser. 

“I never forget, years and years ago me and Lee Johnson used to play and pinch the back of player’s arms to try and get a reaction. Usually, they’d go for Lee a little bit and we’d have to stick together!

“Those sort of mind games happen and you’ve got to be clever enough to make sure you don’t retaliate – players need to understand that and I think they will because they’re responsible.

“I’m sure Bevis and Sid, being at a young age, won’t make that mistake again.” 

You can support the Green and Whites in Buckinghamshire with ticket information available on our away ticket page.

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 Monday, December 4th. 

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

SHOP | Green Friday – enjoy 20% off!

Supporters can enjoy 20% off items* in the Huish Park club shop tomorrow for Green Friday. 

The deal offers the perfect opportunity to get all your Town related shopping done for Christmas, with replica home shirts (adult) down to just £32 as well as a host of other bargains available for one day only!

*The 20% discount does not run in conjunction with any existing offer, is only applicable to full price items and is only available over the phone (01935 847877) or by visiting the shop in person. 

NEWS | Half-time entertainment starts in style

During half-time in the match with Swindon, popular local singer Flic Keirle and her dance team entertained the Glovers faithful and visiting fans with a medley of songs. 

Commenting, YTFC Supporter Director and Business Development Manager David Mills said: “Flic and her dancers were excellent and the feedback has been very good indeed.

“We owe a big vote of thanks to Flic and her team, plus our partners in this project the Western Gazette and Octagon Theatre.

“We are looking to do repeat this formula during half-time at games with a 3pm kick-off for the rest of the season and I understand an act is already lined up for our game with Exeter on 23 December.”

Acts and persons interested in this opportunity at future games should contact the Octagon via octagontheatre@SouthSomerset.Gov.uk 

Acts taking part need to keep in mind the five-minute time limit that applies, the exterior location and that possible restrictions may apply to protect the pitch from damage.

One radio microphone linked into the stadium PA system is available for use and advanced rehearsal slots in days ahead of the games are possible. All activity is subject to clearance by the YTFC Groundsman.

ACADEMY | U18s bounce back with thumping win

The young Glovers, who suffered defeat last time out against Oxford United, were due to play the Gloucestershire outfit 11 days previous but the match had to be rearranged due to a waterlogged pitch.

Joe Tomlinson and Jack Hilton-Jones both netted in each half with Rovers only securing a consolation late on.

Antonio Falanga’s side dominated proceedings at Huish Park and took an early lead through midfielder Hilton-Jones.

The 18-year-old received the ball from Charlie Fripp before firing an unstoppable shot in from 25 yards with his weaker foot.

Tomlinson soon added a second from the penalty spot and Hilton-Jones finished off an excellent passage of play for Yeovil’s third after the interval.

Things got even better for the junior Green and Whites in the second period when Tomlinson collected Brad Cherrett’s superb crossfield pass to score his second and make it 4-0.

The hosts couldn’t keep a clean sheet with Forest Green notching 10 minutes from time.

Falanga’s Under-18s moved up to seventh in the table with the three points and face league leaders Exeter City on Saturday.

NEWS | Nelson suspended for three games

The on-loan Millwall centre-back was dismissed for violent conduct in the 88th minute after an altercation in the area at an attacking corner.

He will miss the Glovers’ trips to Wycombe Wanderers (November 25th) and Port Vale (December 2nd) as well as the home fixture against Lincoln City on Saturday, December 9th.

However, the 21-year-old can feature for Yeovil when Plymouth Argyle visit Huish Park in the Checkatrade Trophy next week.

Nelson is the fourth Town player to be sent off this season with fellow defender Bevis Mugabi set to complete his suspension at Wycombe this weekend.

NEWS | Checkatrade Trophy second round to be broadcast live on iFollow

It means fans at home and abroad will be able to watch their team live on screen no matter where they are based, with all ties up until the conclusion of the quarter-finals scheduled to be streamed online. The semi-finals and final will then be screened live on Sky Sports.

Second rounds ties are being made available at a set price of £5, while any existing annual or monthly iFollow subscribers will be given access for free.

This development has been made possible due to the recently announced domestic broadcast agreement with Sky, whereby EFL Clubs have been granted the rights to stream Checkatrade Trophy games to a domestic audience from the start of the 2019/20 season. That opportunity has now been brought forward to take effect from this season’s competition.

In addition, the round two games will be used as the start of a trial to consider enhancements to the iFollow offer, as the EFL starts planning to increase the quality of coverage and production values ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “The ability to live stream EFL matches is an exciting new innovation that is already having a major impact for overseas fans of EFL Clubs since we launched iFollow ahead of the 2017/18 season.

“This opportunity is being extended to UK-based fans from next season, as we develop plans to deliver live domestic streaming for any non-Saturday 3pm league and live TV games.

“It therefore presents supporters in the UK with a great opportunity to get a taster of the online match day experience and follow their team as the competition nears its conclusion at Wembley on Sunday 8 April.

“I am confident that this latest development will bring the competition to a new audience as interest and excitement grows throughout the knock-out stages.”

Town could face AFC Wimbledon at home or MK Dons away in the second round.

INTERVIEW | It’s good to be back – Zoko

The Ivorian forward was selected in a four-man attack and netted from the spot late on to earn the Glovers a point.

It was the ex-Magpie’s first outing in over three weeks after serving a three-match suspension and he insists it was good to be back.

“It was frustrating (to be out),” Zoko told iFollow Glovers.

“I had to deal with it and manage myself well. My first half wasn’t as good as I wanted but when you’re out for a few weeks it happens. I prepared for that and my second half was better.

“I feel good but the more important thing is we got a point. I’m very happy and looking forward to Saturday.”

Zoko’s 80th-minute penalty was his sixth goal of the campaign and first since mid-September

The 34-year-old won the spot-kick and converted it, however made not have taken it if Otis Khan was still on the pitch.

“Who said Otis was the club penalty taker?” he joked.

“We have a lot of boys who can take a penalty which is a good thing. Sometimes when there’s more pressure perhaps I’ll take them because I’m older.

“It was a clear penalty but after you win it you have to score it! I’m very happy for the team as we put a lot of effort into the game, especially in the second half.

“We got a point against a top of the league team and we’ll take that into Saturday’s game.”

INTERVIEW | Second half response pleases Way

The Glovers fell behind to substitute Jonathan Forte’s low strike but secured a point through a late Francois Zoko penalty. 

County were top of Sky Bet League Two going into the game at Huish Park and their direct approach was something Way was wary of pre-match.

“Playing against top of the league was always going to be a difficult task,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I think (Jon) Stead going off helped us because they’re a very direct team but I have to compliment them for the way they play because of their league position. 

“It’s always difficult to play against that style of play and I thought the lads responded well in the second half. They were persistent, they kept going and I thought the way they won the penalty was very pleasing.”

Way was happy with two Town players in particular.

Zoko netted his sixth goal of the campaign on his return from suspension while Rhys Browne made a positive impact off the bench.

“Francois scores goals and he’s done that for a number of seasons for us,” Way said.

“We’re very lucky to have him, his experience and his football intelligence. 

“There will be one or two players who will listen and learn from him, and he’s made a good career out of doing that.”

He added: “I said before the game Rhys Browne was very unfortunate to find himself not playing and the way he reacted when he came on was very pleasing.”

NEWS | Weale and Bond head to Huish for latest YTFC Digital Q&A

Hosted by YTFC Digitial – the club’s official archive – the ex-Glovers duo will share their favourite and most memorable moments in Green and White with all welcome to attend. 

Taking place in the Alec Stock Lounge, entry is FREE with doors opening at 7.15pm ready for a 7.30pm start.

Those in attendance will also have the chance to have their best memories recorded and uploaded to the Official Glovers Archive Audio memories section. 

Come along for a night of memories!

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REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Notts County

Substitute Jonathan Forte put the Magpies ahead with low shot and Zoko equalised from the spot after being bundled over by Richard Duffy in the 79th minute.

As the Glovers aimed for three points, Millwall loanee Sid Nelson was dismissed for an alleged elbow which led to a more regimented approach in the closing stages to secure the draw.

Olufela Olomola and Zoko made a welcomed return from their bans to start in the same four-man attack which dismantled Stevenage just over three weeks ago.

Saturday’s goalscorer Rhys Browne and Jake Gray dropped to bench with Darren Way only able to name four others alongside them due to the absent quartet of Ryan Dickson (concussion), Paulius Golubickas (Under-18s commitments), Bevis Mugabi (suspension) and Alefe Santos (illness).

County boasted over 760 more career appearances than Town in their starting XI but it was Olomola’s youthfulness that tested veteran Carl Dickinson on the right flank in the opening exchanges.

The 20-year-old then went close with the game’s first clearcut chance on 10 minutes, flicking over Otis Khan’s near-post corner on the half-turn.

A wild 30-yard strike from Matt Worthington followed before Ryan Yates stung the palms of Artur Krysiak with a sweet drive, with Duffy lashing over the rebound.

Magpies defender Shaun Brisley nodded over and experienced frontman Jon Stead sent his own header into Krysiak’s arms in an extremely uneventful first half hour.

It was to be ex-Bristol City forward Stead’s last contribution as he left the field injured for Forte shortly after Tom James sliced a long range effort wide for Yeovil.

Barbados international Forte was only on the field for six minutes before putting Notts ahead. The former Sheffield United man collected Brisley’s knockdown and fired low into the corner.

Town almost restored parity on the half-time whistle but Olomola could hit into the away terrace from 20 yards. 

The visitors went in search of a second immediately following the restart and Rob Milsom was whiskers away from grabbing it, flashing a vicious shot across the face of goal. Then Grant teased Yeovil’s defence, nutmegging Nathan Smith before curling marginally wide.

It led to Browne being introduced and he nearly made an immediate impact, scampering away from several blue shirts to get into a shooting position but unfortunately losing his footing at the vital moment. 

Chances came few and far between for the next 20 minutes until referee Dean Whitestone pointed to the spot.

Browne slipped Zoko in and after he was tripped by Duffy, the Ivorian made no mistake in dispatching from 12 yards against his former employer, sending goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons the wrong way.

The ascendency remained with the Green and Whites as the Thatchers Terrace roared their team on, but the hosts had to be wary of County’s swift counter-attack and were let off when Jorge Grant lifted the ball over the bar inside the box. 

There was late drama in Somerset, though of a goalscoring nature. Nelson was shown a straight red card for an altercation in a crowd of players, however it didn’t have an effect on the final score.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Nelson, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Worthington, Bailey (C.Smith 75), Khan (Green 76), Olomola, Surridge (Browne 53), Zoko.
Bookings: None.
Sending off: Nelson 89.
Not used: Maddison, Davies, Gray.

Notts County: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Brisley,  Duffy, Dickinson, Hawkridge, Milsom (Hewitt 87), Yates, Grant, Stead (Forte 35), Alessandra.
Bookings: Grant 83.
Not used:
Pindroch, Hunt, Hollis, Walker, A.Smith.

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue 12

The Glovers take on Sky Bet League Two leaders Notts County looking to bounce back to winning ways at Huish Park.

Here’s what you can find in the programme:

  • Sam Surridge is enjoying a starting role in the side. He discusses his aim to keep his place in the team in the main interview

  • Otis Khan, a former Manchester United Academy graduate, selects his Dream Team. Some big names in there!

  • Defender Tom James has some fun at the expense of his team-mates in ‘Who Is?’

  • Artur Krysaik answers your questions in ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • Somerset-born Chris Weale chats about his time at the club in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Notts County

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. 

 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Notts County

Here’s all that’s going on at Huish Park on the night:

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game via the Huish Park ticket office with no matchday surcharge before 12. 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. For prices and more, visit our home ticket page.

Junior Glovers Family Cabin
Enjoy pre-match entertainment before kick-off in our designated fan zone for young supporters. Head to the Junior Glovers Family Cabin to enjoy pre-match activities and the chance to play on the newly released FIFA 18 video game. All are welcome!

Wet the whistle
The Marquee will be open to both home and away supporters on Tuesday night. Inside, why not enjoy a pasty and a pint of Thatchers or Bud Light for just £4.95? The Marquee also has 500ml bottles of I.P.A going for just £1 while stocks last. 

Whet your appetite
There are various meal deals advertised around the tea bars inside Huish Park, but pick up a chicken or beef burger, chips and a hot drink for £4.50 from one of the two burger vans on site.

Read all about it!
Grab issue 12 of Green & White, which will be available from Tuesday afternoon. This week’s issue includes an exclusive interview with Sam Surridge, as well as a catch up with former fans’ favourite Chris Weale amongst other things. 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.

Shop Stocking Fillers
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 has 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!

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

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

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Notts County

The Glovers suffered just their second home defeat of the season at the weekend, with two second half Swindon Town strikes cancelling out Rhys Browne’s opener. 

Defeat against the Robins ended a run of four games without a loss at home, although Darren Way’s side have received a boost ahead of taking on the Magpies. 

Having served their three-match suspensions, top scorer Olufela Olomola and fellow striker Francois Zoko will both be eligible to play. 

The duo have 12 goals between them and will be pushing for an immediate return to action having left Town with just one recognised forward in Sam Surridge. 

Defender Bevis Mugabi, just one game into a three-game ban, will once again sit on the sideline and he could be joined by Ryan Dickson who has missed the last two fixtures after suffering from concussion. 

Whoever makes the 18-man matchday squad will face a stern test against the side setting the pace in Sky Bet League Two.

Kevin Nolan’s side sit two points clear at the top and are fresh from a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham at Meadow Lane on Saturday. 

After suffering just their third league loss of the campaign at Crewe Alexandra midway through October, the Magpies have remained unbeaten in their following four league matches. 

Jorge Grant, the league’s top scorer with 11 goals, will come into the fixture buoyed by netting twice at the weekend. 

The midfielder will be backed up on the scoring charts by the experienced duo of Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi who both lead the line against the Robins.

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s encounter will be the 15th league meeting between the two sides.

To date, the Glovers have won seven, drawn three and lost four against the Magpies. 

The Green and Whites will be looking to make it four games unbeaten against County, with Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan on target on the opening day of last season in a 2-0 win. 

Town are also unbeaten in their last 6 meetings at Huish Park, a run dating back to 2005.

Officials
Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire) will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night. 

The fixture will mark the second Town game Mr Whitestone has taken charge of, having officiated the 0-0 draw with Cheltenham at Huish Park back in September. 

Overall, the Northamptonshire has refereed 19 matches, issuing 48 yellow and two red cards.

Mr Whitestone will be supported by Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Ben Cobb (Dorset) with Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way’s pre-match thoughts can be found here.

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.

TICKETS | Emirates FA Cup second round tickets on sale

The Glovers saw off Sky Bet League One outfit Southend United to reach the second round, whilst the Valiants also beat higher league opposition in Oxford United.

Prices for the trip to Stoke-on-Trent are as follows:

Adult (22-61) – £12
Senior (62+) – £6
All Under 21 – £6

Supporters wishing to purchase tickets on the day can do so from the sales kiosk situated outside the away stand from 1pm. However, please note that this is cash only. 

For parking, disabled prices and information for wheelchair users, please visit our away tickets page.

INTERVIEW | Way pleased to have Olomola and Zoko available

Town duo Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko return to the fold after serving three-match bans for red cards received in the 3-0 win against Stevenage at the end of October.

However, the Glovers will be without Bevis Mugabi, who sits out due to suspension, and it is too soon to note whether left-back Ryan Dickson (concussion) will be fit. 

Way said: “It’s great news for the squad because they (Olomola and Zoko) are big players and they’ve played a big part this season so far and they score goals. 

“Unfortunately when you’ve got those players missing, you lack that little bit of creativity.”

On Dickson, the Yeovil boss commented: “We’re just letting the medical team deal with that situation because it’s concussion. We’ll wait and see.”

Following Town’s defeat to Swindon Town on the weekend, Way said his players would learn a lot from a team of the Robins’ experience. 

Notts County arrive with an abundance of veteran talent but the 37-year-old is confident his side will bounce back.

He said: “Tuesday will come quick and we’ll be up against a team with (Jon) Stead and (Shola) Ameobi up front who are a real threat, and (Jorge) Grant. 

“But it’s a game where we can put it (Saturday’s result) right – I think that’s really important. 

“That’s why we have to remain positive.”

INTERVIEW | Way insists players will take a lot from Swindon loss

The Glovers led through an early Rhys Browne goal but suffered defeat due to second-half strikes from Kellan Gordon and Keshi Anderson.

David Flitcroft’s Robins have won seven of their nine games away from the County Ground and Way insists his players will gain a lot from facing them.

“It’s always disappointing to lose at home but I thought the players gave everything,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“There were one or two lapses of concentration which some of the younger players can gain huge experience from. We were disappointed with the goals; you have to make sure you stay with your runner.

“(Rhys) Browney and Otis (Khan) caused them all sorts of problems in the opening five to 10 minutes and then they changed to a diamond and brought one or two players on to change the game.”

Way continued: “The reinforcement they have and the resources that they’re working with helps.

“They have a team with a wealth of experience that keep driving each other on and that’s perhaps why they are where they are. They’ve got players who can hurt you and that’s what happened.

“I still think our players gave a lot of effort and energy but unfortunately the experience of staying with runners at crucial moments in the game (was lacking) but they’ll take that on board. 

“We’ve got Sam Surridge and Worthy (Matt Worthington) who wouldn’t have played in a game of that magnitude which is an experience for them.

“It would’ve helped if we’d had (Francois) Zoko, Bevis Mugabi and Fela (Olomola) but I always knew it was going to be difficult and we have to make sure we keep going.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Swindon Town

Starting brightly, the hosts netted the opener with just four minutes on the clock courtesy of a superb solo effort from Rhys Browne.

The Glovers took the lead into the break before the visitors took charge of proceedings after the restart and drew level with a little over 20 minutes remaining through Kellan Gordon. 

With the wind in their sails, Keshi Anderson broke Town’s resolve to earn the Robins all three points in Somerset with an 89th minute winner. 

Darren Way was forced into one change from the side that lost a week ago at Carlisle, with Jake Gray reclaiming a spot in the starting eleven for the suspended Bevis Mugabi. 

For the third occasion this season a member of the Under-18 squad enjoyed a promotion to the first team, with young Lithuanian Paulius Golubickas claiming the number 29 jersey on the bench.

Coming into the match with just one blemish against their name at Huish Park, the Glovers got off to a flying start against the division’s best outfit on the road.

With some still taking to their seats, Browne recycled possession wide on the right to ghost past Matty Taylor and drive a venomous strike in off visiting ‘keeper Reice Charles-Cook from the angle.

In the ascendency, Tom James saw a 30-yard dipping free-kick fly a few yards over the top, as Yeovil’s quest to go five games unbeaten at home got off to a near perfect start.

Stunned by the start to proceedings in Somerset, it took 25 minutes for Swindon to register their first meaningful shot on goal.

Anderson’s well-hit strike from the edge of the box flew just wide, before Artur Krysiak produced a stunning save just a minute later. 

Having ricocheted to Timi Elsnik six yards out, Town’s Polish stopper flung himself at the ball to divert the strike from close range over the bar.

The Robins continued to enjoy the majority of play up until half-time, but it was the Glovers who registered the game’s next chance.

After going close once before, James went even closer from another 30-yard free-kick as his swerving strike had to be parried away by Charles-Cook. 

As the opening 45 minutes came to an end Krysiak produced his best stop of the half to somehow acrobatically claw Elsnik’s looping header out for a corner, meaning Yeovil kept their one goal lead intact at the halfway point.

Dropping points away from home just twice all season, David Flitcroft’s side came out after the restart in determined fashion. 

Both Jonny Goddard and Anderson had goalbound shots blocked inside the box before Norris blazed over the bar on the turn as the hour-mark approached. 

Standing strong at the back the Glovers kept hold off their slender lead, as the visitors rolled the dice with two attacking substitutions in a bid to end their frustrating afternoon in front of goal. 

The alterations had the desired effect as 15 minutes after coming on Gordon drew the Robins level from close range after Krysiak had kept out Goddard’s long-range effort. 

With momentum in Swindon’s favour the Wiltshire outfit remained on the front foot as the game ticked into the final 10 minutes. 

Goddard slammed a first-time strike into the side netting from the right-hand side of the box as Town’s rearguard action stood firm. 

In a rare second half foray into the opposition box substitute Alefe Santos almost picked out Surridge in the middle with a drilled cross, before Swindon took the lead. 

With just 60 seconds of normal time remaining Anderson popped up six yards out to find the back of the net and condemn the Green and Whites to defeat at home for just the second time this season.  

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nelson, N. Smith; Gray, Worthington (Santos 73′), Bailey; Browne, Surridge, Khan (Green 85′).
Bookings: James 62′, N. Smith 90′
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, C. Smith, Golubickas.

Swindon Town: Charles-Cook; Purkiss, Lancashire, Preston, Taylor; Dunne, Elsnick (Gordon 52′), Goddard; Norris (Woolery 63′), H. Smith, Anderson. 
Bookings: Purkiss 64′, Taylor 88′
Subs not used: Vigouroux, Robertson, Knoyle, Iandolo, Mullin. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Swindon Town

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day:

Half-time entertainment
As part of a new alliance, YTFC, the Western Gazette and the Octagon Theatre will be showcasing local talent during half-time intervals at Huish Park. Kicking things off will be local singer Flic Keirle, who’ll be entertaining both home and away fans during the break on Saturday. 

Junior Glovers Family Cabin
Why not get to Huish Park early and get the chance to meet some of the players? Head to the Junior Glovers Family Cabin from 1pm to enjoy pre-match activities and the chance to play on the newly released FIFA 18 video game. If you stick around, members of Darren Way’s first-team could pop in for a game or two!

Wet the whistle!
The Marquee will be open to both home and away supporters on Saturday (restricted to a maximum 50 away fans at a time). Inside, why not enjoy a pasty and a pint of Thatchers or Bud Light for just £4.95? The Marquee also has 500ml bottles of I.P.A going for just £1 while stocks last. The Booze Bar situated behind the Radio Cabs Away End will also be open prior to kick-off for Swindon fans.

Whet your appetite!
There are various meal deals advertised around the tea bars inside Huish Park, but pick up a chicken or beef burger, chips and a hot drink for £4.50!

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game via the Huish Park ticket office with no matchday surcharge before 12. 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. For prices and more, visit our home ticket page.

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
Grab issue 11 of Green & White, which will be available from Saturday morning. This week’s issue includes an exclusive interview with Matt Worthington, as well as a host of other exclusive content. 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.

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.

Shop Stocking Fillers
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 has 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!

NEWS | Half-time entertainment to start at Huish Park!

The alliance of organisations are offering local singers, dance and sporting organisations a five-minute slot during halftime at selected YTFC home games to bring their talent to a far wider audience.

The first such opportunity will be at half-time during the game this Saturday (18th November) when popular local singer Flic Keirle (pictured) will entertain the Glovers faithful and visiting fans from Swindon.

Commenting, Chairman of YTFC John Fry said: “This is not only a great partnership working between the Western Gazette, Octagon and ourselves, but also offers local acts the chance to showcase their talents at Huish Park”.

Acts and persons interested in this opportunity at future games should contact the Octagon via octagontheatre@SouthSomerset.gov.uk.

Acts taking part need to keep in mind the five-minute time limit that applies, the exterior location and that possible restrictions may apply to protect the pitch from damage.

One radio microphone linked into the stadium PA system is available for use and advanced rehearsal slots in days ahead of the games are possible. All activity is subject to clearance by the YTFC groundsman.

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue 11

The Glovers take on Swindon Town looking to extend their unbeaten home run to five matches.

Here’s what you can find in the programme:

  • Matt Worthington is enjoying his first loan spell to an EFL. He discusses his aims to follow in the footsteps of some of Bournemouth’s midfielders in the main interview

  • Welshman Keston Davies has come up against and trained with some big names. He selects his Dream Team

  • Right-back Dan Alfei has some fun at the expense of his team-mates in ‘Who Is?’

  • Sam Surridge lets us know if he’s began his Christmas shopping and more in ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • Yeovil-born defender Martin Crainie reveals what it has been like at Huddersfield Town since they were promoted to the Premier League in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Swindon

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 Swindon Town

Darren Way’s side have won five at Huish Park this term – plus a penalty shootout victory against Chelsea Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy – losing just once and drawing three times.

In their last home outing, the Glovers overcame Sky Bet League One outfit Southend United in the Emirates FA Cup.

That was without the banned Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko who will serve the last of their three-match suspension on Saturday.

Bevis Mugabi will also be missing after being sent off for violent conduct at Carlisle United, which may see Tom James shift to right-back.

Ryan Dickson may return from an illness which forced him out of the trip to Cumbria.

Yeovil’s fine home form will come up against the best away record in Swindon Town.

The Robins have secured 18 points out of a possible 24 away from the County Ground and sit in the play-off positions.

They will be without Donal McDermott (ankle) while Amine Linganzi and Harry Smith went off injured in their 2-2 draw with Chesterfield.

Top scorer Luke Norris did return for the Wiltshire outfit; he has nine goals in 16 appearances this campaign.

Head-to-head
This will be the first time the two sides haven’t met in Sky Bet League One since Yeovil reached the EFL.

The Glovers have won five out of 14 matches played since 2005 (D3 L6).

Last time out in 2015, Town defeated Swindon 1-0 at the County Ground thanks to a James Berrett strike. Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith started the fixture.

Officials
Gavin Ward (Surrey) will be the man in the middle at Brunton Park. 

The official was in charge of Yeovil’s opening day loss at Luton Town and has refereed 18 games this season.

He has issued 50 yellow cards and one red.

Last term, Ward officiated the Glovers’ draw against Stevenage at the LAMEX Stadium.

He will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Louis Marks (Hampshire) with Savvas Yianni (North Somerset) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Rhys Browne’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.

INTERVIEW | Way anticipating a good contest

The ex-Barnsley and Bury boss took over at the County Ground and has kept the Robins in the play-off positions for the most part of the Sky Bet League Two campaign so far. 

On the road, the Wiltshire club, who have recently changed to a 4-3-3 formation, have dropped only six points in eight matches under Flitcroft’s stewardship.

Town’s record at home has been just as impressive and Way is looking forward to keeping the Glovers’ fine form at Huish Park going in front of a vociferous crowd.

“It’s been a good season for them so far,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“They have a new group and new manager. The style of football has changed from what they played under Luke Williams to what they play now.

“It’s very direct, they’ve got runners and so far it’s been effective. We’ll be ready for that and we’ll use our strengths to keep performing like we have been at home.

“It’s about what we do. We’ve created a good environment and the supporters have been very, very good.

“We look forward to the game because no doubt they’ll bring a big army of travelling support, and it will be a good game.

“We’ve lost one game in 10 at home which is a massive achievement considering the teams we’ve played and we just have to keep that going.”

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

COMMERCIAL | Club join Yeovil Chamber of Trade

To celebrate the move, Chamber President David Woan and Chamber Committee member Kevin Jutson were guests of the club at last month’s fixture against Crewe Alexandra.

Before the game, Mr Woan joined YTFC Chairman John Fry for a photo to welcome the club into the Chamber before declaring great things are about to happen in Yeovil.

Mr Woan said: “Yeovil Chamber of Trade is pleased to be working with Yeovil Town FC, a long-standing and major stakeholder in the prosperity of Yeovil. 

“Dialogue is already underway between the club and Yeovil Chamber, seeking common ground and initiatives, to deliver a win-win outcome for the club, Chamber, the business community and ultimately, the whole town.”

Commenting on behalf of YTFC, Supporter Director and Business Development Manager David Mills said: “As we already work with so many local businesses, joining Yeovil Chamber of Trade was a natural step for us.

“We are very keen to work with the business community and plan to be proactive members of the Chamber going forward.”  

INTERVIEW | We try and learn from our losses – Browne

The Glovers host high-flying Swindon Town following a 4-0 loss at Brunton Park last weekend.

Ex-Grimsby Town man Browne is keen to learn from the match in Cumbria and bounce back with three points at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm).

“Everything game is a learning curve,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“It’s still very early in the season and we’ve still got a new group; we try and learn from our losses.

“We’ve watched the game back, taken what we need from it and moved on to the next game.” 

Browne added: “We go into every game with confidence because we are a good team as we’ve seen and shown this season.

“(Swindon) are a good team. It’s still very close (in the league) and a few wins could change everything. We’re just going to go out there to try and get the win.”

Browne has netted four goals in all competitions for Yeovil since making the summer move to Somerset.

The tricky winger has began just seven games for the Green and Whites in Sky Bet League Two but insists he will always ‘do my best’ whether he starts or comes off the bench.

He said: I’m always trying to find ways for the team to win whether it’s by scoring or getting assists. I just try and do my best.

“Everyone has to be ready. We’ve got a small squad and there will be times where people have to drop out, red cards, injuries… when it’s your time to step up you have to do it; you’ve got to put the team first and work hard.”

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

INTERVIEW | We have to maintain our home form – Way

The Glovers have lost just once at home all season – beating two of the current Sky Bet League Two top seven in Somerset– while the Robins have collected 18 points from a possible 24 on their travels.

Swindon boss David Flitcroft has recently switched to a 4-3-3 system but Way says any changes he makes to his side won’t be as a result of that.

“We’re now at home where our form has been very good,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We’ve lost just once and we’ve played Stevenage, Coventry, Chelsea; it’s important we just continue our home form whether they’ve had good away form or not.

“Southend were a level above so we’ve just got to play to our strengths which sometimes change because of team selection.

“Zokes and Fela have been a big miss but we adapted to that against Southend.  We have to maintain our home form and if that means changes then we’ll change it but their change in formation won’t dictate anything.”

Bevis Mugabi, Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko are all suspended for the match at Huish Park this weekend.

Way admits the trio will be missed in his squad but is hopeful the youth players within the club can step up to the mark.

“That’s why you have a squad,” he said.

“It makes the selection process easier working with the numbers we’re working with.

“It’s important we see the young talent we’ve got at this football club and they train with us as much as they can so I can see them working with the first team on a regular basis.

“We had to bring in Tom (Scott) to replace Jonny Maddison and I’m just waiting for that next young player to be able to fill that bench.”

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

NEWS | Prices and date confirmed for the FA Cup second round

The Glovers will take a break from Sky Bet League Two action to battle for a place in the third round at Vale Park.

Otis Khan’s penalty was enough to see off League One outfit Southend United in November, moving Town into the second round for the fourth time in the last five years.

Port Vale also defeated third tier opposition in Oxford United.

Prices are as follows:

Adult – £12
Concession – £6
Junior – £5

Tickets will go on sale shortly.

TICKETS | Enjoy home comforts this weekend!

The Glovers have suffered defeat at home just once this term and will be looking to make it five games unbeaten in Somerset. 

League victories over Stevenage and Crewe at Huish Park have aligned with cup successes against both Chelsea Under-21s and Southend United. 

Meanwhile, the Robins will be looking to keep their promotion push alive as they currently sit fifth in the table. 

The clash will be the first time the two sides have met since April 2015, when James Berrett’s second-half strike secured all three points at the County Ground.

Supporters can get behind the Green and Whites this weekend by purchasing their tickets online or via the Huish Park ticket office by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting in person.

COMMERCIAL | Steps heading to Huish Park for summer concert

And now as part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations, iconic pop group Steps have announced a huge summer outdoor tour; SUMMER OF STEPS 2018, which will see them perform at outdoor venues all over the UK, including a performance at Huish Park, Yeovil on Sunday 10 June 2018.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see one of the UK’s most exciting current names in pop music doing what they do best!

Steps first broke on to the pop scene in 1997 and their debut single 5,6,7,8 achieved record-breaking success; a clear indication of what was to follow!

The band – who became synonymous with lively dance performances, colourful costumes, and a refreshing take on pop tunes each bursting with personality and stellar lyrics – went on to achieve an unbroken run of fourteen Top 5 singles (including three Number 1’s), two four-times Platinum albums and one five-times Platinum album.

During their career, until their break in 2001, they notched up an impressive 20 million in record sales and seven sold-out arena tours. A decade later, the band decided to reunite, shooting to Number 1 with their 2011 hits compilation The Ultimate Collection’, and selling out their 20-date Ultimate Tour.

In 2017, to mark their 20th Anniversary, Steps brought out their highly anticipated album ‘Tears on the Dancefloor’, which achieved Silver status in just three weeks, and announced their indoor winter 2017 Party on the Dancefloor Tour. 

The huge success of the album, which features a host of new material, including the smash single Scared of the Dark, has recently led to the album being re-released as a deluxe edition (led by the new single Dancing with a Broken Heart), and to the announcement of their massive SUMMER OF STEPS 2018 Tour.

Blue are a British boyband that dominated global charts from the early 2000s and have amassed five studio albums – including three UK Number One Platinum-selling albums – two Brit Awards and more than 40 million record sales worldwide, including 16 million album sales. Formed of four friends Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe, Blue steadily built a huge fan base with the noughties generation, from the moment their debut single All Rise hit the UK charts at Number 4, followed closely by their Number One hit Too Close; the start of the phenomenal success they would go on to enjoy. The boys continue to command a loyal following; their beautiful harmonies, meaningful lyrics and engaging bubbly personalities proving a winning formula.

Steps said:

“We can’t wait to play outdoors across the UK next summer following on from our sold-out Party on the Dancefloor arena tour this winter. The appetite for Steps has never been stronger, and we are thrilled to continue performing throughout next year. We promise to deliver a massive party at our summer gigs. Bring your family and bring your friends we cannot wait to see you there!”

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, Promoter said:

 Steps are amazing performers and put on a terrific show. We are thrilled to be working with them on their 2018 summer outdoor tour. They are better than they have ever been! We welcome their strong legion of fans who have followed them throughout their career, and new fans too. We’re looking forward to a brilliant summer; you won’t be disappointed!”

Tickets at Huish Park are priced at:

£39.50 + booking fee (Bronze),
£45.00 + booking fee (Silver) and
£65.00 + booking fee (Golden Circle)

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 10 November at 9.00am from:

www.stepsofficial.net
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.lhgtickets.com

Please note that tickets are all standing

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Artist Links:

–  Website – www.stepsofficial.co.uk
–  Twitter – @OfficialSteps
–  Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/officialsteps/

CHARITY | Support BBC CiN and enjoy the Late, Late Breakfast Show at Huish Park

Breakfast presenter Claire Carter will be taking on one of her biggest challenges yet, in aid of the charity, as she attempts to walk 75 miles in five days wearing wellington boots!

The challenge, being named ‘The Great Wellington Walk’ will see Claire venture across the county, visiting towns and villages.

Claire will set off on her trek on Monday 13th November from Wellington School, and will make her way to Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton where BBC Somerset will be broadcasting the first Late, Late Breakfast Show of the week live on the night. 

There will be a silent disco at the cricket club and on the Tuesday there will be live music from 12 piece band DT8 at Doniford Bay Holiday Park.

Then people can test their grey matter with a midweek quiz at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells on the Wednesday evening and on the Thursday, BBC Points West’s Clinton Rogers and his band Cleverly Everly will be playing at Yeovil Town Football Club.

The final stop of ‘The Great Wellington Walk’ and last Late, Late Breakfast Show will be broadcast live from Bridgwater and Albion Rugby Football Club on Friday 17th November. Listeners can join Pudsey and the BBC Somerset team to hopefully celebrate Claire’s achievement and watch the BBC Children in Need 2017 Appeal show on BBC One.

Ahead of The Great Wellington Walk, Claire said, “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the walk already. I never thought so many people would care so much about my feet – but I’m really grateful for all the advice. I’m hoping to see as many people as possible every evening of the walk for our Late, Late Breakfast Show.”

The Great Wellington Walk will start on Monday 13th November and end on Appeal day, Friday 17th November. To find out more and follow Claire on her route please visit BBC Somerset’s Facebook page, or go to www.bbc.co.uk/bbcsomerset.

All at YTFC looking forward to welcoming Claire and the BBC Somerset team later this month and all are welcome to attend and show their support for a great cause!

NEWS | Mugabi to serve three-match ban

The defender was dismissed for violent conduct in the 73rd minute following an off-the-ball incident.

It means the 22-year-old will miss Town’s home matches against Swindon Town (November 18th) and Notts County (November 21st) as well as the trip to Wycombe Wanderers on November 25th.

Elsewhere, Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko will sit out the final game of their bans when Swindon visit Huish Park this weekend.

COMMERCIAL | Enjoy a-ha at Huish Park!

a-ha are globally one of the most iconic pop bands to hail from the 1980s. The multi-Platinum selling Norwegian trio are composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket, guitarist Pal Waaktaar-Savoy and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen.

Widely regarded as true pioneers of both music and video technology to arise during the mid-80s, they are perhaps best known for their huge and instantly recognisable hit Take on Me which made Number One internationally, matched by their single The Sun Always Shines on TV – both of which were fruit of their best-selling debut album Hunting High and Low, released in 1985. 

The trio will be supported by Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey and China Crisis, so don’t miss out!

The a-ha 2018 Summer Electric Tour will see the pop idols do what they do best, performing their hearts out to highly appreciative fans, and by contrast to the latest acoustic album, will see them bring a full electric set to carefully selected UK venues – promising their biggest hits and of course new material. The trio will be joined by a full new band including a string section for what is set to be a stellar summer evening playlist.

Morten Harket said:

We do feel a close affinity to the UK and our fans there. We have also always seen fans travel to our shows to and within the UK and welcome all. It’s exciting to play outdoors and take our music to locations which are not traditional Arena touring places.

As ever we always want to do things in a new way, to keep things exciting for our fans. We are very much looking forward to playing in Yeovil in June.”

The a-ha 2018 Summer Electric Tour will include a performance at Huish Park, Yeovil on Saturday 9 June 2018.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, Promoter said:

“We are delighted to be working with a-ha on their outdoor 2018 UK full electric summer tour! I think it is fair to say that they are one of the most iconic bands of the 80s, not only commanding a strong legion of fans who have followed them through their career, but their latest album is appealing to a new army of fans, too. It’s going to be a terrific night in Yeovil!”

Standing tickets at Huish Park are priced at:

£45.00 + booking fee (General Admission)
£65.00 + booking fee (Golden Circle)

Seated tickets are priced at:

£50.00 + booking fee

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 17 November at 9.00am from:

www.a-ha.com
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.lhgtickets.com

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Artist Links:

– Website – www.a-ha.com
– Twitter – @aha_com
– Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/officialaha/

The a-ha 2018 Summer Electric Tour:

– Thursday 7 June – The spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
– Saturday 9 June – Huish Park, Yeovil
– Sunday 10 June – Cambs Glass Stadium, Cambridge
– Thursday 14 June – Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
– Saturday 16 June – Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
– Sunday 17 June – Mowden Park, Darlington

REPORT | Carlisle United 4-0 Yeovil Town

The Glovers found themselves a goal down inside the opening 10 minutes as a rasping Danny Grainger strike from range broke the deadlock against the early run of play. 

Looking like taking a one goal lead into the break it became 2-0 after 44 minutes courtesy of Hallam Hope as United took control. 

As the game ticked towards the final 15 minutes Bevis Mugabi received a straight red card for an off the ball incident which resulted in a penalty that Grainger converted for his second of the match. 

With the points ensured Shaun Miller added a fourth in stoppage time to round off an afternoon to forget for the Green and Whites. 

Darren Way made one change from the side that progressed to the Emirates FA Cup second round last weekend, with Sid Nelson coming in for Jake Gray.

There were changes amongst the substitutes, however, with Jordan Green returning from a seven-game spell on the sideline alongside Jonny Maddison who had recovered from concussion. 

Despite that positive news, the Green and Whites were left a man light on the bench in Cumbria with Ryan Dickson dropping out late on due to illness.

After a 330-mile trip to Carlisle the visitors showed no signs of lethargy, starting on the front foot and engineering a glorious chance to open the scoring after just four minutes.

Rhys Browne’s positive run through the middle was rewarded with a lucky ricochet which set Sam Surridge through on goal, only for the outstretched leg of Jack Bonham to stop the Town striker as he looked to round the home ‘keeper.

That chance came after Otis Khan was unusually found lacking a final ball after breaking to the by-line in the opening exchanges, before United issued a sucker punch. 

With seven minutes on the clock, the Cumbrians put together their first meaningful attack and came away with the opener.

Captain Grainger found too much space 25 yards from goal and picked out the top corner with a shot that would’ve beaten any goalkeeper.

Boasting the lead, Carlisle could bide their time in an attacking sense and get numbers behind the ball in defence, meaning the half petered out until the final five minutes. 

After half-an-hour of little action, the game burst into life once again as Artur Krysiak was perfectly placed to tip Shaun Miller’s well-hit strike over the bar from inside the box. 

That opportunity roused the home crowd and they were on the feat as the game ticked into the 44th minute. 

Good work from Miller wide on the right allowed the substitute to cut the ball back for Hope who directed the ball into the far corner with an inch-perfect first-time shot.

Despite a promising start from the Glovers, Way’s side trudged into the break two goals down and in need of a dramatic second-half performance. 

In order to try and achieve that, Gray and Green were introduced for Tom James and Rhys Browne as the visitors switched to 4-4-2.

Mirroring the first period, chances came straight after the restart as firstly Hope had a shot from range tipped round the post by Krysiak before an immediate chance at the other end.

Gray beat goal scorer Grainger wide on the right and weaved into the box, only for his shot to lack the required power to beat Bonham.  

Mimicking the opening 45 minutes by becoming a flat affair in the middle of half, the encounter burst back into life with 72 minutes played. 

Green went in the referee’s book for a late foul only for Mugabi to be given his marching orders moments later for an altercation missed by virtually all inside the ground bar the officials. 

Adding insult to injury a spot kick was awarded as further punishment giving Carlisle’s captain the platform to double his personal tally and ensure all three points. 

With the result a formality, Miller added a fourth in stoppage time to end a four-game unbeaten streak for Town, as Way’s side continue to look for a consistent winning formula on their travels. 

Carlisle United: Bonham; Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger; Lambe (O’Sullivan 81’), Joyce, Jones, Adams (Miller 28’); Hope (Etuhu 81’), Bennett.
Bookings:
Subs not used: George, Miller, Parkes, Cosgrove.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Sowunmi, Nelson, N. Smith; Mugabi, Worthington, Bailey, James; Browne (Green 45’), Surridge, Khan.
Bookings: Browne 30’, Green 72’, Mugabi (73’ red)
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, C. Smith, Santos.

NEWS | Pie and a pint for Town faithful at Carlisle 

After manager Darren Way and the first team squad paid for fans to enjoy refreshments last season, the club will repeat the gesture on Saturday. 

Way was keen to once again reward the fans making the 660-mile round trip to watch Town take on the Cumbrians.

Vouchers to the value of £300 will be handed over to Green and Whites Supporters Association vice-chairman Paul Hadlow who will distribute at the ground. 

“It was something we did last season and we all felt it important to show our thanks again – that’s the whole club,” Way said.

“The commitment to follow us to Carlisle at the end of a working week is unbelievable and something we truly appreciate. 

“We’ll do our best to make the trip worthwhile on the pitch, but hope this offer shows how thankful the club is for their support.” 

Vouchers will be available shortly after the GWSC’s arrival at Carlisle on Saturday afternoon. 

NEWS | Town could face Wimbledon or MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy

The Glovers currently sit top of Group D with five points and a game to spare – to be played against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park on Tuesday, November 28th (7.45pm). 

There is a possibility Darren Way’s side could end the group stage in first place, runner-up or third, which would mean elimination.

If Yeovil finish in top spot, they will host Wimbledon in the next round.

A second place finish would see the Green and Whites travel to MK Dons.

All will be figured out after Town’s fixture with Argyle at the end of the month.

Ticket information for that match can be found by heading to the Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | Way looking to come out on top in latest Carlisle tussle

The Glovers make the 674-mile round trip to Brunton Park full of confidence boasting a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions. 

Fresh from an Emirates FA Cup first round victory over League One outfit Southend United, Way will take to the touchline on Saturday to take on a side that by full time, he will have faced more than any other since taking charge at Huish Park.

Yet to take maximum points off United, Way feels his side have to deal with the hosts’ threats first and foremost.

“Physically and mentally we have to be strong,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I’ve been to Carlisle twice now and set plays have been a big issue over the years playing at their place.

“Game management and the timing of the goals have been very important (in the past) so we have to show a real resilience and mental toughness to go there, and even if it means we have to win ugly I think that’s really important.” 

Despite the lengthy trip to Cumbria, Way is looking forward to facing Curle’s side once again and knows the importance of preparation. 

He said: “It’s another game of football and we have to control the controllables. Preparation, travel, what the players are eating are all important so when we wake up on Saturday morning the players are 110% ready to put on a really good performance. 

“I’ve faced him (Keith Curle) loads of times; twice in my first year in management in the FA Cup, at his place twice in the league plus I’ve come up against him as a coach.

“I’ve played Keith’s team a lot, their (the fans) expectations of where Carlisle should be are important to Keith so we have to go and make sure our performance can get their crowd to turn.”

PREVIEW | Carlisle United v Yeovil Town

Last weekend’s 1-0 victory over League One outfit Southend United in the Emirates FA Cup started the month of November in good fashion, before attention reverts back to league matters on Saturday. 

The Glovers prepare for the 674-mile round trip to Carlisle in good spirits, with a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy sandwiched between a draw and emphatic victory in their last two Sky Bet League Two outings. 

The Green and Whites will still be without the services of strikers Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola who serve the second of their three-match suspensions, meaning Sam Surridge is likely to continue leading the line.

Jordan Green edges closer to a return to fitness whilst Ryan Dickson sat on the bench last Saturday following a spell on the sidelines with concussion. 

Saturday’s opponents sit just one place above Town in 16th, having drawn their last three matches.

The Cumbrians reached the play-off semi-finals last season but have struggled to reproduce that form in the opening 16 matches, especially at home. 

Keith Curle’s side have picked up maximum points just once at Brunton Park, but will be hoping top scorers Reggie Lambe (6) and Hallam Hope (5) can alter their fortunes. 

Head-to-head
Way’s side head north looking to end a run of 10 games without a win against United.

Town’s last victory came in 2011 courtesy of Dean Bowditch and Jon Obika strikes in a 2-0 win at Brunton Park.

Nathan Smith was on target in 2016/17 as Yeovil narrowly lost 2-1 at Carlisle, before the Cumbrians completed the double in April with a 2-0 win at Huish Park.

Officials
Graham Salisbury (Lancashire) will be the man in the middle at Brunton Park. 

Saturday’s fixture will be the second Town match he’s officiated this season having taken charge of the 1-1 with Port Vale at Huish Park where the visitors’ James Gibbons was sent off for two bookable offences.

In total, it will be Mr Salisbury’s 20th match in 2017/18 having issued 75 yellow and four red cards. 

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) with Scott Oldham (Lancashire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Tom James’ 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. For prices, head to the Away Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | James willing to win ugly

The Glovers head to Brunton Park on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions and have netted four goals without conceding in their previous two outings.

On the road, Yeovil have won just once this season but James believes the squad have it in them to ‘scrap’ for a win in Cumbria. 

“We’ve been doing well in the league recently and it’s all coming together now,” James told iFollow Glovers.

“It is a long trip but we’re not going to make that an excuse. We’re going there to win the game at the end of the day and if we have to do it an ugly way and scrap it out we’re going to do that.

“We’ve done a bit of analysis on them so we know what they’re going to throw at us and we know what we’re going to give back to them. 

“It is a big game as we’re close in the league but every game is a big game and we’re going to go there and try and get the job done.”

In Ryan Dickson’s absence, James has began at left-back in Yeovil’s last three matches.

The versatile Welshman, who can play anywhere across the defence, isn’t fussed which position he is selected in as long as he can contribute to the team.

“I’m getting in the team now and playing,” he said.

“I’ve had a couple of games at left-back which I’ve enjoyed. I’ve tried to get forward as much as I can and help the team out and it’s going well.

“I don’t really mind where I play in the back four, five or whatever. As long as I’m playing, I’m happy.”

INTERVIEW | The team mood is getting stronger – Way

Unbeaten in their last four matches and buoyed by knocking out higher division opposition in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, Town make the trip to Cumbria in buoyant mood. 

Looking for back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League Two at Brunton Park, Way told iFollow Glovers that confidence is high.

“The team mood is getting stronger and you can feel it on the shop floor,” he said.

“We’ve created a good culture and the culture is improving every minute of every day. 

Every game is winnable at this level, I’m not going to change my view on that so it’s important the group keep that belief and show real mental toughness away from home.”

With competition for places high, Ryan Dickson returned to the squad from concussion last Saturday whilst Jordan Green and Jonny Maddison both returned to training this week.

With something of a selection headache, the Yeovil manager only views it as a positive.

Way said: “We’re looking very good going into this game with real positivity. When you get that, the players subconsciously all want to be fit and to be a part of it.

“With the momentum we’ve got at the moment we should come into this game with a lot of confidence and a lot of belief, but we also need real mental strength to be able to come out with a result.

“We’ve got to make sure that for our supporters who travel on Saturday, they see a real hunger and belief from their Yeovil team.”

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

CHARITY | Town fans raise over £2,200 for the Poppy Appeal

For almost two weeks supporters have been bidding in large numbers for their favourite player’s shirt, with the final sum totalling £2,202.

A fortnight ago for the clash against Stevenage at Huish Park the players wore special shirts with poppies embroidered onto the front.

Following the Sky Bet League Two fixture the match-worn shirts were placed on auction with all proceeds going to the RBL’s Poppy Appeal.

Yeovil Town Football Club and the RBL would like to thank everyone who took part in the auction. 

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  £110
Nathan Smith £120
Matt Worthington £100
Bevis Mugabi £105
Keston Davies £75
Otis Khan £153
Connor Smith £65
Rhys Browne £100
Jake Gray £105
Jonny Maddison £90
Francois Zoko £100
Sam Surridge £242
James Bailey £100
Omar Sowunmi £65
Tom James £70
Olufela Olomola £150
Sid Nelson £70
Alefe Santos £95
Tommy Scott £63

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

NEWS | Club saddened by supporter’s passing

Acting as the GWSC’s chairman for a decade before stepping down in 2004, Mr. Coggen sadly passed away on Sunday at the age of 79.

Paul Hadlow, vice chairman of the GWSC has paid tribute to George:

“George was an avid YTFC supporter for many years, and virtually lived at the club at one time. He would arrange away travel and even drive minibuses to games.

“He took on managing tea-bars, general stadium maintenance and post-match cleaning – all voluntarily! He even looked after the club cat.

“Not everyone saw eye to eye with George but he had a good heart and great sense of humour. The GWSC send condolences to his family.”

All at YTFC would like to pass on their deepest condolences to George’s friends and family.

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.

A further update will follow later today, but the current bids are as follows: 

Artur Krysiak  £110
Nathan Smith £120
Matt Worthington £100
Bevis Mugabi £105
Keston Davies £60
Otis Khan £105
Connor Smith £65
Rhys Browne £90
Jake Gray £95
Jonny Maddison £65
Francois Zoko £100
Sam Surridge £220
James Bailey £100
Omar Sowunmi £65
Tom James £70
Olufela Olomola £150
Sid Nelson £70
Alefe Santos £60
Tommy Scott £60

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

ACADEMY | Under-18s suffer penalty shootout defeat

The young Glovers boasted a 2-0 lead at the break courtesy of Paulius Golubickas and Nestor Shako strikes, before Winky hit back with two second-half goals of their own, forcing the tie into extra-time.  

Yeovil restored their lead almost immediately through substitute Jack Rice, before Wincanton forced the lottery of a penalty shootout with a late equaliser. 

The home keeper became the hero saving two spot-kicks, earning Wincanton a place in the third round at Town’s expense. 

In boggy conditions at Wincanton Sports Ground, the hosts began on the front foot and forced Chandler Hallett into a save with his legs inside the opening quarter of an hour. 

The Yeovil stopper almost had a moment to forget when his attempted clearance was charged down, only for the ball to trickle away from danger as the opening goal remained elusive.

However, with 25 minutes on the clock, the Under-18s took the lead after good play from captain Joe Tomlinson.

The full-back’s run into the box was eventually halted by a good challenge, but only teed up Golubickas who made no mistake from close range. 

The half got better for Antonio Falanga’s side 10 minutes later, when Golubickas turned provider to slide a clever through ball for Shako to finish off. 

In the driving seat at the break, Wincanton sparked the game to life by grabbing a goal back just seven minutes after the restart. 

Looking threatening from set-pieces, a wide free kick was poked home to make it 2-1 teeing up a nervy end to the match. 

Winky piled numbers forward in search of an equaliser and their persistence paid off with three minutes of normal time remaining. 

A whipped delivery from a corner sparked a scramble in the box which eventually resulted with the ball nestling in the back of the net to force extra-time. 

Looking tired, the hosts fell behind just two minutes into the first 15-minute period when Rice slotted home following good work from Neville Nzembela. 

The game could’ve been put beyond doubt with 102 minutes played when Nzembela was brought down in the box, only for Golubickas to have his penalty tipped around the post. 

That miss came back to haunt the Glovers as with three minutes remaining Wincanton levelled it up once again following a looped ball over the top which was coolly dispatched past Hallett. 

With momentum on their side Winky netted all four of their penalties and kept out two of Town’s, bringing an end to an entertaining match which halted Yeovil’s progression in the Somerset Premier Cup.

TICKETS | Join Town at Carlisle away

After three home games in a row, Darren Way’s side head to Cumbria on Saturday, November 11th (3pm).

The Glovers were narrowly beaten last time they travelled to Brunton Park, and last won at Carlisle in 2011 – a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Jonathan Obika and Dean Bowditch.

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

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

NEWS | Town drawn away to Port Vale

The Glovers will travel to Vale Park the weekend of December 1st.

Darren Way’s side defeated Sky Bet League One outfit Southend United in the first round – the 23rd time the club have overcome higher league opposition in the competition.

Fellow League Two team Vale also won against third tier opponents in Oxford United to reach this stage.

The draw was made by Andrew Cole and Kevin Davies live on BBC 2 and BT Sport.

Ticket information and prices will be released in due course.

SECOND ROUND DRAW IN FULL

Woking or Bury v Tranmere Rovers or Peterborough United
MK Dons v Maidstone United
Newport County v Cambridge United
Wycombe Wanderers v Leatherhead or Billericay Town
Port Vale v Yeovil Town
Shrewsbury Town v Morecambe
Doncaster Rovers v Northampton Town or Scunthorpe United
Slough Town v Rochdale
AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic
Stevenage v Swindon Town
Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley
Gateshead v Luton Town
Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle
Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
AFC Fylde v Wigan Atheltic
Gillingham v Carlisle United
Notts County v Oxford City
Forest Green Rovers v Exeter City
Chorley or Fleetwood Town v Hereford
Coventry City v Boreham Wood

NEWS | Details announced for second round draw

Forty-eight teams are in the hat, looking to gain a place in the third round where Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs enter the competition.

Otis Khan’s first-half penalty in the opening stage was enough for the Green and Whites to record a 1-0 win over Southend United and see off a higher division side for the 23rd time in the club’s history.

The draw will take place live on BBC 2 and BT Sport prior to the final first round tie between Chorley and Fleetwood Town.

The second round proper will then take place across the first weekend of December 1st.

BALL NUMBERS IN FULL

1 Stevenage
2 Bradford City
3 Port Vale
4 Newport County
5 Morecambe
6 Yeovil Town
7 Peterborough or Tranmere Rovers
8 Cambridge United
9 Forest Green Rovers
10 AFC Flyde
11 Luton Town
12 Shrewsbury Town
13 Hereford
14 Guiseley or Accrington Stanley
15 Blackburn Rovers
16 Doncaster Rovers
17 Leatherhead or Billericay Town
18 Boreham Wood
19 Mansfield Town
20 Oxford City
21 Plymouth Argyle
22 AFC Wimbledon
23 Rochdale
24 Coventry City
25 Chorley or Fleetwood Town
26 Carlisle United
27 Notts County
28 Swindon Town
29 Maidstone United
30 Woking or Bury
31 Crewe Alexandra
32 Gillingham
33 MK Dons
34 Slough Town
35 Wycombe Wanderers
36 Northampton Town or Scunthorpe United
37 Charlton Athletic
38 Wigan Athletic
39 Gateshead
40 Exeter City

TICKETS | Prices for Somerset Cup clash at Wincanton

The Glovers travel to the Western League Division One outfit in the second round of the county competition on Tuesday, November 7th (7.30pm).

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £6
Concessions – £4
Students – £3
Under-16s – £2*
Programmes – £2

*This price is if an Under-16 is not accompanied by an adult. An Under-16 ticket will be FREE if they are with an adult.

A Yeovil XI, comprised of the club’s Under-18s, were victorious at Huish Park in the first round against Bishop Sutton courtesy of a Neville Nzembela strike.

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  £110
Nathan Smith £101
Matt Worthington £100
Bevis Mugabi £100
Keston Davies £50
Otis Khan £80
Connor Smith £50
Rhys Browne £55
Jake Gray £65
Jonny Maddison £50
Francois Zoko £100
Sam Surridge £220
James Bailey £100
Omar Sowunmi £65
Tom James £50
Olufela Olomola £150
Sid Nelson £70
Alefe Santos £50
Tommy Scott £60

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

ACADEMY | Under-18s beaten in EFL Youth Alliance Cup

Visiting goalkeeper Lewis Clayton gifted the hosts the lead, fumbling Joe Tomlinson’s cross into his own net before second-half strikes from Tom Handley and George Lloyd turned the match on its head.

The first period brought little action on goal with Glovers stopper Charlie Philpott called upon just once, making a smart save to his left.

Yeovil began to threaten just after the half hour mark and went ahead thanks to a strike of luck.

Tomlinson’s inswinging delivery from the right looked to be an easy claim for Clayton but the Robins number one misjudged the flight of the ball and fumbled the ball over his own line.

Antonio Falanga’s outfit failed to get out of second gear after the interval and were pegged back on 75 minutes.

The home side couldn’t clear their lines from a corner and Handley reacted to level.

Things got worse for the junior Green and Whites with a minute left when the referee pointed to the spot.

Lloyd stepped up and converted from 12 yards to complete Cheltenham’s turnaround and send the Gloucestershire club through to the semi-finals.

INTERVIEW | Gray targeting cup run

Otis Khan’s first-half penalty was enough for the Green and Whites to record a 1-0 win over the Shrimpers and see off a higher division side for the 23rd time in the club’s history.

Having watched videos of Yeovil’s past ‘giant killings’ in the cup, Gray is looking to create more history this time around.

“We watched some videos in the week and we hope we can get a great draw because you never know where it could take us,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“A cup run can kick on league form and brings morale around the club, plus the fans enjoy it.

“Hopefully we can get a home draw because our home form is really good. We’re confident going into the upcoming weeks.”

Having defeated Phil Brown’s side, Town’s home record this season still reads just one defeat, something the 21-year-old wants to build on. 

He said: “We’ve made a big thing of how we want to perform at home this season.

“We’re really confident going into every home game and we know what our strengths are.

“Personally, I’m trying to improve my game and I’m working with the coaches and the manager.

“(Covering more ground), I think that’s something I’ve got to do more. I tried to do that today and it paid off and hopefully, I can continue it. 

“It was tough, but I enjoyed the graft and not only me but all the boys put a great shift in and got a brilliant result.”

INTERVIEW | Way heaps praise on his squad after FA Cup win

Otis Khan’s 29th-minute spot-kick was enough for the Glovers who progress to the second stage of the competition for the fourth time in five attempts.

Yeovil boss Way was forced to make two changes for the tie and was delighted with the players who stepped in as well as the rest of the team.

“I’m very happy,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We had a lot going against us with our two centre forwards missing and Surridge having to play the lead role with Browney and Khan either side.

“I thought Jake Gray covered every blade of grass and played a massive part. Everyone played a massive part but to come in and play like he did was great – same goes to Rhys Browne.

“Omar Sowunmi was very effective at the back, is growing stronger every game and has a good partnership with (Nathan) Smithy.

“It shows what we’re capable of. You can explain the success stories we’ve had in the competition but when they cross the white line in the arena it’s up to them and a lot of credit goes to the players for the performance they put in.”

Way added: “It’s also good for the football club, directors, supporters and all the backroom staff – they deserve to get through to the next round for all the hard work they’ve been putting in.

“Fingers crossed we can get a good tie in the next round and create a little bit of history.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-0 Southend United

The tricky winger dispatched from 12 yards after Sam Surridge was knocked over just inside the area to seal the Glovers’ place in Monday night’s draw.

Surridge, fresh from scoring twice in his last home outing, led the line for Darren Way’s side while fellow strikers Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko served the first of their three-game suspensions.

Rhys Browne and Jake Gray replaced the duo as Town lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation.

The opening 15 minutes offered little in terms of chances but the hosts began brightly and a Nathan Smith attempt hit Gray, forcing Mark Oxley into a fine stop with Browne being denied by the offside flag on the follow up.

The two additions to the Glovers XI combined moments later. Gray’s defence-splitting pass was collected by an onrushing Browne, whose powerful effort blocked before Southend scrambled clear.

Anthony Wordsworth sent a warning shot at Artur Krysiak from 25 yards and Simon Cox had a similar effort which the Polish stopper needed to tip over. 

Yeovil had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Craig Hicks when Anton Ferdinand collided with Surridge but the next time the AFC Bournemouth forward was bundled to the floor in the box, the Surrey-based official pointed to the spot.

A beautiful passage of play involving Krysiak, James Bailey and Bevis Mugabi saw the latter bomb down the right and find Surridge in the box.

When he was fouled by Jason Demetriou, Khan stepped to take the resulting penalty and converted low to the keeper’s left to take his seasonal tally to seven goals.

Experienced ex-Celtic man Marc-Antoine Fortune fired a daisy-cutter at Krysiak and Michael Kightly curled a free kick off target in rare visiting attacks as Town deservedly went into the break a goal to the good.

They nearly made it two on 47 minutes through a Gray strike which faded just past Oxley’s left-hand post before Josh Wright headed narrowly wide at the other end.

Both goalkeepers pulled off brilliant saves soon after, Oxley flying to stop Mugabi’s thumping nod while Krysiak saved expertly from Simon Cox and Demetriou.

Tom James’ knuckleball-style free kicks are becoming a bit of habit of late, and the left-back went close with a 25-yarder, which half of the crowd thought had nestled in the top corner.

An excellent slide-rule pass from Gray released Surridge for Town’s opportunity but the 19-year-old had his close range effort blocked.

Then Southend had their first attempt for a while with substitute Stephen McLaughlin seeing his piledriver cleared off the line by James.

McLaughlin again had an effort hacked away from James as the Shrimpers pushed hard for an equaliser and they did have the ball in the back of the net, although a blue shirt was alleged to have nudged Krysiak.

Holding firm defensively, Yeovil went on the hunt for a crucial second and a sublime sequence of one-touch passing saw Browne drag a shot wide but another goal wasn’t needed as the home side had already done enough to ensure progression to the next round.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, N.Smith, James, Gray (Santos 83), Worthington, Bailey, Khan, Surridge, Browne.
Bookings: Bailey 66, Mugabi 80.
Not used: Scott, Davies, Nelson, Dickson, C.Smith. 

Southend United: Oxley, Demetriou, White, Ferdinand, Timlin, Leonard, Wright (McGlashan 77), Wordsworth (McLaughlin 54), Kightly, Cox, Fortune (Ranger 51).
Bookings: Kightly 41.
Not used: Bishop, Turner, Yearwood, Robinson.

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 £100
Keston Davies £50
Otis Khan £76
Connor Smith £50
Rhys Browne £55
Jake Gray £65
Jonny Maddison £50
Francois Zoko £90
Sam Surridge £220
James Bailey £100
Omar Sowunmi £65
Tom James £50
Olufela Olomola £100
Sid Nelson £50
Alefe Santos
Tommy Scott £60

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

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Southend United

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day:

BBC Children in Need
The Glovers are using this fixture to raise money for BBC Children in Need. A bucket collection will be taking place throughout the afternoon while fundraising activities will be taking place in the Marquee where all supporters are welcome. Keep an eye out for Pudsey Bear, too, who’ll be walking around Huish Park and visiting the Junior Glovers Family Area from 1.30pm. 

Meet the players!
Francois Zoko, Olufela Olomola and Dan Alfei will be spending time in the Junior Glovers Cabin before kick-off, so get along to meet them for autographs, photos and even a game of the newly released FIFA 18! The players will also be accompanying Pudsey Bear around Huish Park. 

Meal Deal
Make the most of several mouth-watering meal deals around the ground. At the burger van situated behind the Thatchers Gold Terrace, enjoy a chicken or beef burger, chips and a hot drink for just £4.50. In the Marquee, fans can enjoy a pasty and a pint of Thatchers or Bud Light for £4.95, with all 500ml I.P.As costing just £1!

Support the Young Glovers!
Get behind the Under-18s who host Cheltenham Town in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup quarter-final. Kicking off at 11am, Antonio Falanga’s side are just two games away from the final! Parking is available upon arrival.

Tickets
Home and away fans can purchase tickets on the day of the game via the Huish Park ticket office with no matchday surcharge. 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. For prices and more, visit our home ticket page.

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
Grab your memento from the cup clash by purchasing a copy of Green & White, available from Saturday morning. This week’s issue includes an exclusive interview with Connor Smith, as well as a look back at some of Town’s historic cup moments. 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.

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.

Shop Stocking Fillers
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 has 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!

INTERVIEW | Crittenden recalls Blackpool away

The Glovers earned a trip to Bloomfield Road after smashing another fourth tier club in Colchester United 5-1. 

Nick Crittenden netted on the stroke of half-time in Lancashire and it proved to be the winner on a memorable occasion for the club.

“They were flying high in Division Two and we were towards the top of the Conference,” the ex-Green and White winger recalled.

“We had a young team and we felt confident going into every game. We always thought we were going to win every time we crossed the white line.

“It was chucking it down with rain and the only reason it wasn’t called off was because it was live on Sky!

“I remember not having a good game up until I scored. I’d given the ball away a few times and scored just before half-time. I was good after that!

“Tony Pennock made a few good saves in the second half and we managed to hold on for the win.”

Crittenden continued: “The next day I was on the back of every national newspaper.

“It was the 20th league scalp for the club but I remember waking up and thinking it was weird to see my face everywhere.

“I didn’t think much of the win but the papers loved it!”

Town host Sky Bet League One outfit Southend United at Huish Park in the first round of the competition.

Crittenden backs the club to win and says it’s a chance for the players to become a hero.

He said: “People still say to me now ‘I was there’ or ‘I remember your goal at Blackpool’. 

“The lads have got an opportunity for fans to talk about them for years to come.

“I back them to upset Southend and progress to the next round. It’s the Yeovil way!”

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue 10

The Glovers take on Southend United in first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Here’s what you can find in the programme:

  • Connor Smith held his boyhood club Liverpool to a draw at Anfield in the competition last season. He recalls that match and more in the main interview

  • Managr Darren Way selects his Dream Team of players he’s worked with and played against

  • Physio Mike Micciche looks back at his time at the club in ‘Who Is?’

  • Defender Nathan Smith played in the club’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United in 2015. He answers questions on playing against World Class talent in ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • As it’s the FA Cup, Green&White reflects on a famous Cupset over Northampton Town in 1998

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Southend

And much more!

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

The club now offers a subscription service.

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

Click here for more details. 

INTERVIEW | Way looking to continue impressive home form

The Glovers have lost just once at home in all competitions, and welcome the Shrimpers to Somerset in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

Town ran out 3-0 victors against Stevenage a week ago on home soil, with Way looking for a repeat both on the pitch and in the stands. 

“(The fans) were magnificent on Saturday,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I’ve not heard supporters sing players’ names for a while and the players deserved the credit.

“For supporters to sing players’ names now it takes 1) a really good performance, and 2) a lot of effort and energy because that’s what they want to see.

“As long as we do that I’m sure they’ll get behind us and like me, they’ve have had some magical moments as underdogs – we come into this as underdogs –  so we have to give every bit of energy we can to get through to next round.” 

Although a division below, Yeovil’s manager is still labelling the cup clash a ‘must win game’, despite strikers Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola missing out through suspension.

“I don’t think Southend would want to come down to Yeovil, so it’s going to be an interesting game.

“It’s a must win game. We’ve got to get through to the next round so both teams will be attacking I’m sure.

“We’ve built a good squad. I’m 100% sure that whoever takes their place (Zoko and Olomola) they’ll put in a good performance. It’s an opportunity.

“We have got to make sure our game is like it was on Saturday – very effective going forward – and cause them problems.”

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

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Southend United

The Glovers were knocked out by Manchester United in the next round but it started a long association between the club and the competition.

Town defeated 20 Football League teams in the tournament until eventually becoming one themselves in 2003.

Saturday represents a chance to overcome higher league opposition in Southend United at Huish Park.

Fresh from scoring a home brace last weekend, AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge is likely to lead the line with Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko serving the first of their three-game bans.

Jordan Green could come into contention after recovering from an injury and Ryan Dickson (concussion) returned to training on Monday.

Southend haven’t reached the second round of the FA Cup since 2013.

The Shrimpers sit 11th in League One and have aims of making the play-offs after missing out by one point in 2016/17.

They have a lot of experience with Anton Ferdinand, Simon Cox, Michael Turner, Michael Kightly and Marc-Antoine fortune all in their squad.

Head-to-head
It is the fourth meeting between the two sides in the FA Cup (plus a replay) but the first since Yeovil entered the EFL.

In the competition, Town have won twice and drawn once, losing the 1982 replay.

Since 2003, the Glovers have faced the Shrimpers 13 times winning seven times (D2 L4).

Officials 
Craig Hicks (Surrey) will take charge on Saturday. 

The match will be the official’s 16th game this season. He issued 63 yellow cards and three reds.

Hicks took charge of Yeovil’s 2-2 draw with Morecambe earlier on in the Sky Bet League Two term.

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

Coverage
Darren Way and Otis Khan’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. For prices, head to the Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | Khan excited by potential FA Cup run

The Glovers welcome Sky Bet League One outfit Southend United to Huish Park, a side who have been knocked out of the competition at the opening stage the past three campaigns.

Ex-Barnsley winger Khan made his debut in the tournament last season, netting an excellent free kick against Solihull Moors, and is relishing a potential cup run with the Green and Whites.

“It’s exciting times for every footballer up and down the country,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“It’s a great competition to play in and you can end up playing a really good team.

“A cup run would mean everything to the club, the players and myself. It’s a chance put to Yeovil on the map.

“Anything can happen as an underdog. Anybody can beat anyone on their day.

“We’re really confident going into the game. All the boys have had a good week and we’re really looking forward to it.” 

In their previous Somerset outing, Khan assisted twice as Yeovil ran out 3-0 winners over Stevenage.

Manager Darren Way praised the supporters after the game and Khan says they can prove influential once again this weekend.

He said: “The crowd can play a massive part in any game you play.

“When they’re getting behind the team it’s like a 12th man on the pitch.

“With them behind us we’ll be at it. Huish Park is where we feel most confident and we’ll take anyone on here.”

Tickets remain on sale for the match. Get up for the Cup and book now! Fans can purchase online, by phone on 01935 847888 or in person at the ticket office. 

INTERVIEW | We’ve had some magical moments – Way

The encounter at Huish Park will see the Glovers bid to get past the first round for the fourth time in five years. 

With Way enjoying several big FA Cup occasions with Yeovil both as a player and coach, the 37-year-old is targeting more cup history as a manager.

“We’ve had some magical moments,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We had Liverpool at home, Bolton and Blackpool away. A member of staff that’s still here now, Nick Crittenden, scored (at Blackpool) and I’ll never forget that game.

“We’ve had some very, very good memories in the cup and some of the history created is still living with us now.”

As Town turn their attention to the knockout nature of the FA Cup from league matters, the Yeovil boss is urging his players to make the most of the opportunity.

“The first thing is to enjoy the moment,” Way said. “These games don’t come along too often, you get one chance every year to play in the FA Cup.

“You get a potential pathway for a success story and you get 90 minutes to create that.

“Some of my best moments and best performances are in the FA Cup because it gives you an opportunity to prove people wrong.

“You can prove you can play at a higher level and that means a lot to me (as a manager) and it meant a lot as a player.”

Tickets for the clash against Southend remain on sale with no price increase on the day. For full information and to buy your ticket, visit our home ticket page

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 £100
Keston Davies
Otis Khan £75
Connor Smith
Rhys Browne £50
Jake Gray £65
Jonny Maddison
Francois Zoko £70
Sam Surridge £220
James Bailey £100
Omar Sowunmi £65
Tom James £50
Olufela Olomola £100
Sid Nelson
Alefe Santos
Tommy Scott £55

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

ACADEMY | Grecians end Under-18s FA Youth Cup campaign

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, three second half goals condemned the Young Glovers to defeat.

Joel Randall netted the opener before two Will Dean penalties completed the scoring. 

Played out in front of 209 supporters at Huish Park, Antonio Falanga’s side were unable to reproduce the form which saw them reach the fourth round last season. 

In a first-half largely dominated by the visitors, Josh Key had the first meaningful chance of the game inside the opening 10 minutes. 

Collecting Jordan Dyer’s cut back, the City player was only able to blaze over the bar from inside the box acting as an early warning for Town. 

As the clock reached the 20th minute, goalkeeper Charlie Philpott – called up from the Under-16s in Tommy Scott’s absence – was at his best to tip James Dodd’s wide free-kick onto the bar after it evaded everyone in the middle.

With the Green and Whites unable to inflict any pressure on Dan Green’s side, the Grecians had their best chance of the half just before the half-hour mark. 

Tom Hayes’ under-hit back pass allowed Brandon Parsons to slot an effort under the advanced Philpott, only for Charlie Fripp to clear off the line on the cover to ensure it remained 0-0 at the break.

Despite a change of ends, it wasn’t a change of fortunes for Yeovil who immediately found themselves under pressure and a goal down after 47 minutes. 

Joel Randall coolly controlled in the box before firing a strike into the roof of the net giving Philpott no chance. 

Now with a goal advantage, Exeter took control further as Josh Williams’ venomous strike flew just over the bar from 20 yards.

City went even closer past the hour-mark when Philpott produced an excellent reaction save to keep out Key’s shot from close range. 

However, it was 2-0 just minutes later after Hayes hauled down Key in the box. 

Defender Dean stepped up and although Philpott got a hand to his spot kick, the visitors’ lead was doubled. 

Increasingly busy, Town’s stopper was at his best again to keep out Jordan Sparkes’ strike from the angle, before the young ‘keeper conceded a penalty by bringing down Sparkes with 77 minutes played. 

Dean placed the ball 12 yards out once again and confidently found the back of the net for his second of the night to round off the scoring. 

The final 10 minutes become little more than a formality as Exeter comfortably reached the second round, leaving the Young Glovers to rue what could’ve been.