Month: January 2018

INTERVIEW | Goal and win pleases Wing

The Middlesbrough loanee netted through the legs of keeper Ben Killip to get the Glovers off the mark before second-half strikes from Rhys Browne and Jake Gray wrapped up a resounding win at Huish Park.

Ex-Shildon attacker Wing’s strike was his second in as many Sky Bet League Two matches for Darren Way’s side and is hoping the victory will spur the Green and Whites on in the second half of the campaign.

He said “I’m really pleased with my goal but I’m happier to get three points and climb up the table because that’s the most important thing. 

“It was an important goal from me to settle myself into the game and we went on to score another two which was pleasing. I don’t score many goals in the box so it was nice to get one! 

“It was difficult to break them down as they sat in but we did well and pushed on.”

Wing added: “It was a massive three points after getting beat before Man U; hopefully we can build on it.

“I want to get as many games as I can and help Yeovil stay in the league. We’ve got a good squad who can go on to do better things.”

INTERVIEW | Good to be back – Santos

The Brazilian starred in midfield as the Glovers ran out 3-0 winners over the nine-man Mariners at Huish Park.

It was Santos’ first league start since last September and he hopes his display will see him get a continued run in the side. 

He said: “I’m very pleased. The gaffer called me earlier in the evening and said make sure I’m ready. I took my opportunity and that’s what I’ve got to keep doing.

“I like to get on the ball and I did quite a lot. I want to get on the ball and create, and I think Lewis (Wing) and I did that; we created chances and scored some goals. They let us have the ball and we kept it quite well.

“We had to kill the game off to stop them coming back into the game and we did that with the second goal.

“Our bread and butter is the league and this game shows we have got a good group.

“I work hard when I’m out the team, stay positive and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

INTERVIEW | Way thrilled by dominant Glovers

The Glovers cruised to a 3-0 victory over their nine-man counterparts, courtesy of goals from Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray.

It was Town’s first three points in the league in 2018 and Way was especially happy with the display following the tough Emirates FA Cup encounter with Manchester United.

“The way we dominated the game against an experienced Grimsby team was incredible,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We know how difficult it can be to play against less men on the field. The players had to be patient, calm and keep moving the ball and overall that was a well worked performance and certainly helps us climb that table.

“I’m very pleased with the performance; one or two individuals did very well.

“(Alefe) Santos came in and I was very pleased with his performance; the execution of some of his long range passes were up there. He hit one ball in the first half from one side of the pitch to the other which was almost pinpoint.

“Rhys has worked extremely hard with the physio and he’s scored against his old club. You’re always trying to prove people wrong and he’s gone and done that.”

Way added: “We’ve got strength in depth and that was a big game tonight especially after the Lord Mayor’s show against Manchester United. 

“The players responded really well; we were all going to be judged on this result so to put on that performance was pleasing.”

NEWS | Khan and Sowunmi set to stay

The duo have been subject to a lot of interest from other clubs with the former’s release clause being met by an unnamed side.

Khan has rejected a move to the anonymous outfit and wants to help the Glovers climb the table after his suspension, while Sowunmi remains under contract until the end of the season. 

A variety of scouts have turned up in recent matches to watch the Green and Whites, something Way isn’t surprised about.

“We’ve got to make sure we keep our best players,” he told iFollow Glovers. 

“If you look at the scout list (for the game v Grimsby) there were a lot of Championship and Premier League scouts. It’s what I expect as we’ve got some very good, young players.”

He added on Khan and Sowunmi: “Otis Khan is a good player.

“Quite clearly anything can happen in football as we know with Ryan Hedges but I think Otis wants to stay and he’s committed to staying here to help this football club gain a winning mentality. 

“Omar is going nowhere. I have to protect the football club and ultimately I’m the decision maker as a manager on whether my players come or go. 

“I’ve got to be responsible to make sure Sowunmi goes nowhere.”

One player whose future is still undecided is striker Sam Surridge.

His parent club AFC Bournemouth have an option to recall him but Way believes the right thing for his career would be to stay at Huish Park. 

“I just won’t answer my phone!” he joked.

“Eddie (Howe) knows what we’re doing to be developing his players.

“He’d be crazy on the back of what he’s done; he’s just played against Manchester United, so as far as his development where can he go? Which club can give him better game time? 

“We’ve all seen players who have made that jump a little too early and unfortunately they’re not playing now.

“If he was going to go somewhere and play week-in, week-out I would say that move should happen but he’s developing well and fast here and I don’t think he’s ready for that jump.”

Way is happy with Town’s business in January so far and although he is expecting a quiet deadline day, he hasn’t ruled a potential incoming. 

He said: “It’s been good business and one may surprise you and I don’t want to rule that one out.

“It has to be right for the squad. You can overload your squad with too many players and create a little bit of instability. 

“The way the squad is ticking at the moment I feel very pleased to manage it.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-0 Grimsby Town

Mitch Rose was dismissed early on for a dangerous challenge before Lewis Wing poked Yeovil into the lead.

On the hour, Karleigh Osborne received his marching orders for a second yellow and substitute Browne added a second for the Glovers against his former club.

Gray wrapped things up on 76 minutes with a smart effort at the back post to seal the Green and Whites’ first three points in the league in 2018.

Alefe Santos was granted his first league start since the reverse fixture against Grimsby back in September – the only change from Friday’s Emirates FA Cup loss to Manchester United. 

Barnsley loanee Jared Bird was rested while new recruits Alex Fisher, Ryan Seager and Shaun Donnellan took up places on the bench.

Neither keeper was called into action during the opening exchanges but referee Charles Breakspear was.

The official dismissed Grimsby’s Rose for a vile scissor-tackle on Jordan Green with just six minutes on the clock.

Yeovil edged their backline up the field as a result of their extra man and Francois Zoko hit wide with an overhead kick before Green and Sam Surridge both hacked over. 

Dropping deep, the visitors provided a threat on the break and Jamille Matt fired low at Artur Krysiak; the Polish stopper needing two attempts to fully grasp the drive.

But it was the only chance of note the Mariners had early on and Town punished them for wasting it. 

Wing threaded through to Zoko whose slightly overhit delivery pushed Green into a wide position. The tricky winger poked into Wing’s path and the Middlesbrough attacker had time to turn and slot home between Ben Killip’s legs.

Confidence was building in the Glovers’ ranks so much so that Wing attempted an ambitious first-time effort from 25 yards soon after, only to find the away terrace.

Ex-Shildon man Wing had a similar attempt on the half-hour then struck narrowly wide on the half-volley. 

Jake Gray’s bouncer picked up off the greasy and forced Killip to fumble and the former Luton Town midfielder’s corner was later headed into the away stopper’s arms by Omar Sowunmi.

Bizarrely Luke Summerfield and Osborne had to be pulled apart by team-mates as Grimsby’s frustrations seemed to boil over minutes before the interval. The latter was booked – a card which would later come back to haunt him.

Darren Way’s men were quick out of the blocks in the second half as was Killip who smothered at the feet of Surridge on 46 minutes to deny the forward a shot after good work from Green and Tom James.

As the game lulled the only action was James lashing into the Thatchers terrace and a couple of home substitutes before Grimsby had another man sent off.

This time it was Osborne who received a second bookable offence for a foul on Gray.

Town had already experienced playing against nine men just a month ago and they learned how to make the most of their two-player advantage this time around.

Wing’s shot deflected to Browne and from close range he dispatched his sixth goal of the season.

Straight down the other end, Diallang Jaiyesimi almost pulled on back but he ended his mazy run with a shot just past the far post.

The game was wrapped up with just under quarter of an hour to go. James’ strike was parried to the corner of the six-yard box and Gray squeezed the ball in from a tight angle with a helping hand from the post.

Zoko went close to adding a fourth with a header as did Gray with a fierce attempt; Browne had a shot cleared off the line in injury time but three goals was enough In a game the hosts dominated throughout. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Santos, Gray, Wing, Green (Browne 57), Surridge (Fisher 51), Zoko (Seager 81).
Bookings: None.
Not Used: Maddison, Whelan, Donnellan, C.Smith.

Grimsby Town: Killip, Osborne, Clarke, Collins, Mills, Berrett, Summerfield, Rose, Dixon (Jaiyesimi 46), Matt (Wilks 73), Vernam (Clifton 78).
Bookings:
Summerfield 24, Osborne 39, 60, Dixon 44
Sendings off: Rose 6, Osborne 60.
Not Used: Warrington, Woolford, Vernon, Cardwell.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Grimsby Town

The second in a run of four consecutive home matches, Darren Way’s side will be looking to get 2018 up and running in the league. 

A draw at Port Vale and two narrow defeats have marked the start of the New Year, despite recording impressive wins in both the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy over Bradford City and Forest Green Rovers respectively. 

Town’s FA Cup run was brought to an end last week as Premier League giants United ran out 4-0 winners at Huish Park. 

A sell out crowd watched on as attention now reverts back to the bread and butter of league action. 

Last time out, Chesterfield stole all three points with a stoppage-time winner to rule out Lewis Wing’s equaliser as Otis Khan also saw red. 

The Green & Whites will still be without their joint top scorer who serves the second of a five-match suspension, with Bevis Mugabi (hamstring), James Bailey (knee) and Dan Alfei (knee) also unavailable. 

Rhys Browne (ankle) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring) both returned to the bench against United whilst new recruits Alex Fisher, Ryan Seager and Shaun Donnellan are all available for selection.

Russell Slade’s side will head to Somerset four places and seven points ahead of Yeovil, with Sam Jones (six goals) their leading scorer.

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s encounter is just the sixth competitive EFL meeting between the two sides.

Town have one draw and one win to their name, as Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski netted in December 2004 to record a 2-1 home win.

In the reverse fixture, Danny Collins and Scott Vernon scored either side of Francois Zoko to claim all three points.

Officials
Charles Breakspear (Surrey) will take charge of proceedings.

The match will be his first involving Town since last season, having overseen the 5-0 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park in December 2016.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) 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.  

INTERVIEW | Dickson looking to take cup buzz into league action

The Glovers hosted Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils at Huish Park in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round, but now welcome the Mariners to Somerset looking for a first league win of 2018.

After a bright opening 40 minutes, Marcus Rashford opened the scoring before United added a further three goals after the restart.

Now returning to league action, Dickson is looking to take the positives from the cup encounter.

The 31-year-old played 90 minutes on Friday night before speaking to YTFC.net.

“You can only learn from the best players, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “They’re the type of players you want to be watching week in, week out and for the young lads and everyone at the football club you can only learn from seeing that quality.

“We have to take the excitement from the United game and the positive atmosphere around the place into our league games.

“We need to start winning league games, that’s the main thing at the moment.”

Tickets for Tuesday night’s match (7.45pm) remain on sale with information here.

VACANCY | Volunteer commentators required

The impartial service is for blind and partially sighted supporters and will qualify the successful applicants for a media pass, press box position, programme and light refreshments at Huish Park.

Those wishing to apply for the volunteer position should be confident commentating on matches in a live environment. 

If interested, please contact David Munn on 07891 986053.

TICKETS | Back to league action at Huish Park

Fresh from Friday’s Emirates FA Cup encounter with Premier League giants Manchester United, Darren Way’s side welcome the Mariners looking for a return to winning ways in the league. 

Due to cup competition, the Green & Whites have lined up just three times in League Two since the turn of the year and are looking for their first win of 2018.

New signings Alex Fisher, Shaun Donnellan and Ryan Seager are all eligible to feature after arriving over the weekend, as Town bolster their squad for the second half of the season. 

After boasting a sell out crowd last Friday, tickets remain on sale for Tuesday night’s clash via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) and online

Bundle holders can make the most of their discount, with vouchers able to be redeemed for the match. For more bundle information, click here.

SIGNING | Donnellan joins from WBA

The defender is the Glovers’ third capture of the weekend and has put pen to paper on a contract until June 2019.

Barnet-born Donnellan, son of former Fulham and Republic of Ireland youth international Leo, arrives having spent the first half of the season on loan at Sky Bet League One outfit Walsall.

Manager Darren Way said: “Coming down from a division higher and with his international experience, Shaun is a fantastic addition to the squad and has a bright future. 

“He’s been playing with former Glover Joe Edwards so he’ll have heard good things about the club and I look forward to working with him.”

Having come through West Brom’s Academy and penning a first professional contract in 2015, he gained experience on loan at Worcester City before a successful temporary stint at Dagenham and Redbridge where he almost helped the Daggers win promotion back to the EFL.

West Brom extended the 21-year-old’s contract for another campaign in the summer and the Ireland Under-21 centre-back enjoyed plenty of playing time at the Bescot Stadium during his loan stint.

Now moving on to pastures new with Yeovil, Donnellan bolsters the Green and Whites defensive choices.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-4 Manchester United

England international Marcus Rashford netted just before the break with a dinked finish – far from what the Green and Whites deserved – and Ander Herrera doubled their advantage on 61 minutes. 

Jesse Lingard came off the bench to add a late third and Romelu Lukaku put gloss on the away side’s victory to see the Premier League giants progress.

Darren Way made two changes from the Sky Bet League Two defeat to Chesterfield. 

Suspended former Manchester United trainee Otis Khan missed out and in came the goalscorer of last week Lewis Wing, while Omar Sowunmi returned to partner Nathan Smith at centre-back.

There was a place on the bench for new recruit Alex Fisher who joined from Motherwell just hours before kick-off. 

Yeovil were in United’s faces from the off, Francois Zoko going into the book after 30 seconds for a ‘let him know you’re there’ challenge.

The visitors’ new recruit Alexis Sanchez was booed with every touch but it was the Glovers wide man Jordan Green who stole in for the game’s opening chance.

The pacey winger sped past Matteo Darmian and forced Sergio Romero into a neat save with his legs.

Town looked threatening on both flanks, Jake Gray causing a nuisance and Tom James’ teasing ball across the corridor of uncertainty almost tapped in by Sam Surridge.

Romero was called into action again soon after, comfortably claiming Omar Sowunmi’s header from a wicked Gray delivery.

At the other end, Artur Krysiak produced an excellent fingertip stop to nudge a Scott McTominay goalbound effort around the post in United’s first meaningful venture into the hosts’ area.

A rapturous sarcastic cheer met a Sanchez free kick which Krysiak gathered with ease before ‘what a waste of money’ rang around Huish Park following an uncharacteristic wayward pass from the Chile international.

Then James saw a dipping set-piece punched clear by Romero and Sanchez dragged a shot wide before United ahead against the run of play.

There didn’t seem to be an opportunity in the offing but following indecision in the Yeovil defensive ranks, Rashford creeped in to lift the ball over Krysiak into the back of the net.

The goal seemed to settle Jose Mourinho’s side who nearly added another immediately after the interval; Rashford’s poke was deflected behind and Juan Mata hit the bar with a cross-cum-shot.

United showed their Premier League class in the second period and added a second just past the hour.

From a Yeovil attack, the Red Devils hit their fourth tier counterparts with a swift counter-attack which was finished off emphatically by Herrera.

Zoko’s acrobatics warmed Romero’s gloves before Fisher was introduced to the fray for his debut – not a bad side to make your first outing for your new club against.

Krysiak saved tidily to deny Rashford and Angel Gomes found the sidenetting before Lingard and Lukaku wrapped the game in the closing stages.

Town fought until the very last whistle and Way’s men can be very proud of their brave display but quality told in the end.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Gray, Wing, Bird (Browne 56), Green (Fisher 69), Surridge, Zoko.
Bookings: Zoko 1, N.Smith 29, Sowunmi 47
Not Used: Maddsion, Whelan, C.Smith, Gobern, Santos.

Manchester United: Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw, McTominay, Herrera, Carrick, Rashford, Mata (Lukaku 65), Sanchez (Lingard 72).
Bookings: McTominay 81.
Not Used: Pereira, Smalling, Gomes, Matic, Young.

SIGNING | Town seal Seager deal

The 21-year-old becomes boss Darren Way’s fifth January addition and bolsters Town’s attacking options for the remainder of the campaign.

Having spent the first half of the season on loan at Sky Bet League One outfit MK Dons, Seager links up with his hometown club for the first time in his career. 

Manager Darren Way said: “It’s amazing recruiting a player born and bred in Yeovil.

“He knows the history of the club and was at Wembley in a Yeovil shirt in 2013.

“His committment to join us in League Two and leave MK Dons is massive and he’ll help us in our quest to climb the table.”

Snapped up by the Saints as a schoolboy, Seager was fast-tracked through the youth system before netting 20 goals in his maiden season with the Under-18s. 

Completing his Academy graduation, Seager made his first team debut in 2015 – coming off the bench in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace. 

Having turned pro in 2013, the highly-rated frontman signed a new four-year deal with the Hampshire outfit in 2015 fresh from netting 16 goals for the Under-21s and despite interest from Arsenal.

A loan spell at Crewe Alexandra two seasons ago was ended prematurely due to injury after a goalscoring start, before Seager netted three goals in 22 appearances for MK Dons up until the start of this month.

SIGNING | Fisher arrives in Somerset

The 27-year-old joins on a free transfer from the Scottish Premiership outfit and bolsters the Glovers’ options up front.

His first outing in green and white could come against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round tonight.

Manager Darren Way said: “It’s good signing for us. We tried to get him in the summer and I nearly divorced wife with the amount of time I spent on the phone to him!

“We couldn’t quite match Motherwell at the time. With his age he’s got experience and can help the younger players.

“Having played in the SPL dropping down to us in League Two is huge.”

London-born Fisher joined Motherwell after scoring eight goals in nine matches for Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the end of the 2016/17 SPL season.

A product of Oxford United’s youth setup, the forward left the U’s to become part of the Glenn Hoddle Academy and through the system signed for Jerez Industrial.

He moved on to the Belgian Second Division with KVK Tienen before further spells in Belgium with KRC Mechelen and KSK Heist.

Following a short stint in Italy with AC Monza Brianza 1912, Fisher returned to England, signing for Mansfield Town.

Sixteen appearances later, the big frontman was snapped up by Torquay United and his impressive performances led to a move north of the border.

Fisher has featured 19 times for Motherwell this season and will now ply his trade in Somerset until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

INTERVIEW | We’ll have to play above ourselves – Surridge

Glovers boss Darren Way has told the players a replay at Old Trafford is the minimum aim and the determined Green and White squad are ready for the challenge.

It will be the biggest game of Surridge’s young career to date and like every other Yeovil player, he is buzzing for the opportunity to take on the world’s best.

“I’m excited, as are all the lads and can’t wait to play,” he told iFollow Glovers

“The crowd is going to be quite daunting but when I start playing I’ll block it out. 

“We all want to show what we’re about and how good we are. We’re looking forward to testing ourselves against the best.

“The tempo of the game will be high because they’re world class players and we’ll have to play above ourselves and hope they don’t have their best game so we can get a result.”

Surridge concluded: “The gaffer wants us to be obsessed with getting a result.

“The least he expects is taking them back to Old Trafford. He’s ambitious; we’re all ambitious and we can do it.”

INTERVIEW | Gray itching for kick-off

The midfielder has cemented his place in the side of late with a string of impressive performances and is set to take on some of the best players in the world in the Emirates FA fourth round encounter against the Red Devils.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are all players the ex-Luton Town man could go head-to-head with in midfield, the former someone Gray really wants to face.

“We’re all really excited and you can tell it’s a big one because all the media people are here!” he told iFollow Glovers.

“It’s going to be amazing; the atmosphere is going to be bouncing. 

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us so we’ve got to try and grab it with both hands. It’s an exciting one for the club.”

Gray added: “I think Pogba is the one we’re looking forward to playing against the most. Hopefully he’s on the pitch because you want to test yourself against the best.

“They obviously have loads of different talent with Matic and Herrera who have different styles of play so whoever we come up against we’re excited.

“It will be my first time against this stature of opponent. Hopefully we can put in a brilliant performance.

“This club has an amazing history in this competition and we’re hoping we can add to that and put Yeovil on the footballing map.

“We just can’t wait to get out there and give a good account of ourselves.”

INTERVIEW | Anything can happen – Dickson

The left-back has faced the Red Devils before as a Southampton player and has even come up against Real Madrid whilst at Plymouth Argyle.

The Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie in Somerset offers ex-Brentford man Dickson the chance to face some world class stars once more and it’s something he sees as good for the players, the community and the club. 

“This week we’ve enjoyed the build-up,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We went to watch Bristol City v Manchester City on Tuesday to get a feel of what to expect.

“Everyone grows up wanting to play in the big games against the big players and It’s a dream come true for any footballer especially in the lower leagues. The stronger the team they play the better.

“Obviously there’s no hiding their talent and we’re not going have an easy night that’s for sure.” 

He continued: “It will be great. It’s massive for the football and club and massive for the community.

“Yeovil isn’t a big town and we’re a bit isolated here so it’s amazing and what the club deserves.

“However, everyone is human and once the whistle blows it’s just another game of football.

“Concentration levels have to be high because their brains operate quickly but over 90 minutes anything can happen.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Manchester United

Town are the lowest ranked team left in the competition and will be looking to add another chapter to the club’s illustrious giant-killing story. 

Having reached round four for just the fourth time ever, Darren Way’s side will now bid to defy the odds and secure a victory which would equal Yeovil’s best ever run in the competition. 

The Green and Whites will welcome a different looking United side to that of the last meeting in 2015 having reached the fourth step of the FA Cup (without a bye) for the first time since the 2004/05 season.

High profile names such as Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez are all now part of the roster, as the Premier League giants head to Somerset. 

Managed by Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils head to Huish Park second in the top flight behind rivals Manchester City. 

Arriving earlier in the week from Arsenal, Chilean international Sanchez is in line to make his debut on Friday night in front of the sell out 9,000 crowd. 

Looking to cause one of the biggest cup upsets of all time, Town will be without the services of Oscar Gobern (hamstring), James Bailey (knee) and Dan Alfei (knee), but are likely to welcome back Rhys Browne for the first time since November after a lengthy ankle injury. 

Joint top scorer Otis Khan will serve the first of a five-match suspension whilst striker Marcus Barnes is still ruled out for more than a month. 

Head-to-head
Manchester United have an unblemished record against the Glovers.

In the three previous meetings, United have netted 13 goals without conceding, most recently recording a 2-0 win at Huish Park three years ago courtesy of Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria. 

In Town’s only ever outing in the FA Cup fifth round in 1949, the Red Devils ran out 8-0 victors.

Officials
Paul Tierney (Lancashire) will be the man in the middle at Huish Park. 

Taking charge of his 19th game of the season, it will be his first involving Yeovil since April 2016 having overseen the 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground in which he awarded three yellow cards.

On Friday, Steve Child (Kent) and Sian Massey-Ellis (West Midlands) will be assistant referees with Keith Stroud (Hampshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of manager Darren Way and players Sam Surridge, Jake Gray and Ryan Dickson can be viewed 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.  

Alternatively, the match will be shown live on BBC One. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Manchester United

Here’s all that’s happening at Huish Park throughout the afternoon and evening:

Parking
With limited parking around the stadium, get in there early and reserve your parking spot in the purple car park – situated close to the Screwfix Head Office on the Houndstone Trading Estate. Costing £5, click here for more information. 
Alternatively, there’s parking at Huish Park, with the green car park (behind the Screwfix Stand) open from 4.30pm before the red car park (by the main entrance) opens at 6pm. Both are on a first come, first served basis. 

Get in nice and early!
The turnstiles across the ground will open at 6 o’clock, with tea bars inside opening at the same time. 

Pre-match entertainment
Before the main event on the pitch, professional singer Teresa De Roberto will be performing in front of the sell out crowd between 7.15 and 7.30pm. A favourite amongst the home supporters having performed at matches on numerous occasions, make sure you’re in position to take in the pre-match singing. 

Food & Drink
An array of refreshments will be on offer in and around the ground, make the most of the following:

  • Situated next to the ticket office on the Tamburino Stand side of the stadium, hot and cold drinks, hot dogs and a hog roast will be on sale from 4 o’clock. 
  • At the other end of the Tamburino Stand next to the 3G pitch, the marquee will be open for home supporters ONLY from 4pm, selling alcoholic and soft drinks as well as hot dogs and pasties. 
  • Behind the Thatchers Gold Terrace, two burger vans will be in operation from 4 o’clock with a booze bar also opening at the same time for those wanting to whet the whistle. 
  • All tea bars will be open inside Huish Park from 6 o’clock, offering hot and cold food and drink.

Keep a memory of the occasion
The Yeovil Town official store is stocked full of limited edition memorabilia for the visit of Manchester United. From commemorative shirts to mugs and scarves, the shop will cater for all of your Town related shopping needs. Open from 10am through until after the game, take a look at the some of the special stock available

MUFC mugs

Read all about it!
A special 100-page version of the matchday programme Green & White will be available from mid-afternoon at Huish Park. Crammed full of content, there’s big interviews with Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith, Rhys Browne and Nathan Smith, as well as a look at Friday’s opponents, previous meetings and much more. Costing just £5, pick up your copy from inside the club shop or from one of the various sellers dotted around the ground. 

Man United programme cover

Tickets – SOLD OUT!
The fourth round meeting between the two sides is a complete sell out, with no further tickets available to purchase.

NEWS | Travel advice for Town v Man United

With the local Thorne Lane closure restricting traffic to the Preston Road roundabout – commonly known as the ‘Asda Roundabout’ – steps are being taken to reduce their impact on the match, with the top priority being to keep traffic flowing and minimise delays.

  •  Temporary signs will be in place to direct traffic for the match,
  • YTFC has arranged additional supporter parking,
  • Temporary measures will be in place to enable match traffic to leave the event as quickly as possible,
  • The Council will also be working to ensure that inconsiderate parking in the surrounding residential areas is kept to a minimum.

Additional parking has been arranged near the stadium and the club is very grateful for the help of local businesses to achieve this but it will fill up fast and those attending are encouraged to use public transport, car share, walk or cycle to the ground wherever possible. 

Live traffic updates will be on the Travel Somerset website and across social media.

Supporters can pre-book parking at Huish Park by clicking here.

TICKETS | Pre-book car parking for Manchester United match

The Glovers will host Jose Mourinho’s on Friday (7.55pm) in front of a packed Huish Park.

The parking available to book will be located on Mead Avenue, BA22 8RT, located near the Screwfix office.

This will be marked as the Purple Car Park and matchday signs will direct you from Lufton Way.

Bookers will need to present their confirmation email to the steward on the gate.

Parking bays are £5 per car and can be purchased here

A reminder that the match is sold out. Supporters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible due to the Thorne Lane road closure.

NEWS | Manchester United at home SOLD OUT

The last remaining tickets were snapped up early this morning and a crowd of over 9,000 is expected in Huish Park on Friday night (7.55pm).

Fans without tickets are advised not to turn up to the stadium on the evening of the game. 

It is also recommended supporters plan their route and attempt to arrive as early as possible due to the Thorne Lane road closure.

NEWS | Khan to serve five-match ban

The Town midfielder was dismissed in injury time of the defeat to the Spireites due to an altercation with referee Kevin Johnson.

The club decided to appeal Mr. Johnson’s decision but the FA have since deemed it frivolous, banning Khan for an additional two matches on top of the usual three games for a violent conduct red card.

Khan’s suspension will begin against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup on Friday; he will also miss home games with Grimsby Town, Cambridge United and Barnet as well as the trip to Crewe Alexandra.

NEWS | Club to appeal Khan dismissal

The 22-year-old was dismissed in second half stoppage time after the Spireites netted a late winner, for an adjudged altercation with referee Kevin Johnson. 

On the grounds that any physical contact made with the official was of an accidental nature, the club has chosen to appeal the dismissal and will await the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission. 

If unsuccessful, Khan will serve a thus far undetermined suspension, starting with Friday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester United.

 

TICKETS | Priority Three sales begin

Taking place this Friday (26th January) with a 7.55pm kick-off, supporters with valid tokens from the weekend’s meeting with Chesterfield are now able to purchase their cup tickets.

Tickets are subject to availability with only Thatchers Gold Terrace tickets remaining. Fans are also reminded that tokens can only be swapped for cup tickets by visiting the Huish Park ticket office in person. 

Those with Chesterfield tokens have priority until 9am on Wednesday 24th January when any remaining tickets will go on general sale.

Supporters with questions are advised to visit our FAQs article before contacting the club with any unanswered questions. 

TICKETS | FAQ Yeovil Town v Manchester United

With ticket prices and sales procedure announced, fans are asking various questions about which category they fall into.

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions to aid supporters:

If I have four Young Person tokens, does that equal one adult Manchester United ticket as there is no Young Person price banding for the game?
Yes. Any Young Person tokens or season tickets translate into an adult ticket for the Manchester United match.

Do away ticket stubs count?
Away ticket stubs do not count.

I have three tokens. Can I buy a ticket for the Chesterfield match on January 20th to use as a fourth token?
No, the four tokens required for priority two tickets must be from matches that have already taken place. 

Can I use tokens from last season?
No, any ticket tokens must be from this season.

I attended four matches but no longer have the tokens. Can I still get a ticket?
No, you need to have the tokens in your possession to claim a ticket.

I have four tokens, but can I buy a ticket over the phone?
Those able to get to Huish Park are asked to attend in person. If unable to attend, please ask a family member of friend to redeem on your behalf.

What if I have proof of purchase for four matches but not the tokens?
We cannot accept anything other than the tokens to avoid the duplication of tokens to claim tickets.

After season ticket holders have bought their seat, can they purchase any type of ticket as their plus one? 
Yes, season ticket holders can buy any type of ticket with their additional allocation – for example, a junior season ticket holder can buy their own junior seat plus one adult ticket.

Is there a limit on how many tickets I can buy as a token holder if I have more than one set of tokens?
No, you can buy as many tickets as you like, given you have four valid tokens for each ticket.

If my tokens are from different stands, does that still qualify?
Yes, that still counts. Plus, a ticket can be purchased for any stand regardless of where the tokens state. 

I have four tokens, how long do I have to buy my ticket?
Ticket sales for token holders begins from Tuesday 16th January. You will be able to purchase tickets up until the point they sell out. 

I qualify for Priority Three/Four tickets, will they reach general sale?
Availability for Priority Three or Four tickets is subject to availability and YTFC make no guarantees tickets will remain available.

I have more than one token from the Chesterfield match. Can I buy more than one Manchester United ticket with them?
Yes, there’s no limit on the purchasable number of FA Cup tickets given the correct number of Chesterfield tokens are present.

INTERVIEW | Last-minute decision baffles Way

After Lewis Wing’s curler had cancelled out a free kick from Louis Reed, Spireites substitute Kristian Dennis slotted home on the counter.

The drama at Huish Park surrounded the match-winner with Otis Khan having had his shirt pulled in the build-up and later sent off for venting his frustration.

“It’s very disappointing. We always seem to be on the wrong end of referee’s decisions,” Way told iFollow Glovers 

“I look at the crowd’s response, their bench’s response, I’ve seen the incident myself… I don’t really know what to say because the decision was that bad. 

“I do feel a little bit sorry for Otis because one man by not making that decision has almost shattered his dreams.

“You’ve got a broken lad in (the dressing room). I’m gutted for the player; nothing will happen from the other aspect, and there will only be one punishment. Nothing else will come of it and that’s what disappoints me.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Chesterfield

Louis Reed’s superb free kick opened the scoring on 66 minutes before an equally brilliant effort from Lewis Wing restored parity. 

In the closing stages, the Glovers threw everything at getting a winner they most definitely deserved but as they threw bodies forward, they were vulnerable to a counter and Dennis finished into an empty net with Artur Krysiak stranded.

Otis Khan was sent off for his frustrations.

Darren Way was forced into one change from the side that drew at Port Vale seven days ago.

Bevis Mugabi slotted in at centre-back in place of Omar Sowunmi, who was missing on medical grounds.

Another absentee was Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes. The young forward has been ruled out of action for six weeks with an ankle ligament injury.

His unfortunate exclusion left Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge as the only striker in the Town’s squad to lead their attacking cause.

However, the forward-thinking Khan was a menace from the off with his purposeful running and trickery.

The ex-Sheffield United man was the provider of the game’s first chance; his whipped free kick finding the head of Mugabi who nodded goalwards and central defensive partner Nathan Smith couldn’t quite get his foot on the ball to hook home from six yards. 

Everything positive in the match came from Yeovil as Zoko twisted and turned his way into space to send a tame effort at Aaron Ramsdale and Jordan Green showed off his electric pace before seeing his shot blocked by Laurence Maguire.

Jared Bird was next to chance his arm but dragged his long-ranger wide and another of Khan’s mazy jaunts downfield ended with Ramsdale saving low to his left.

A badly judged header from Tom James allowed Chesterfield’s Chris O’Grady a rare sight on goal – Krysiak equal to his attempt to the near post – as the half began to peter out.

Zoko went close to bringing the crowd to their feet minutes prior to the interval. It would have been a goal of the season contender if his spectacular first-time volley had flown into the top corner instead of just over the crossbar.

Early in the second period, a Surridge header had the same result as he put James’ delicious delivery into the Thatchers terrace. 

The AFC Bournemouth youngster would have had a glorious opportunity to put Town 1-0 if not for Maguire directing the ball out for a corner with the faintest of touches, and Mugabi was similarly inches away from a goal, a little nick off a blue shirt diverting it away from the Londoner.

Yeovil looked threatening every time they ventured into Chesterfield’s final third and when Ryan Dickson’s weaving dribble finished at the feet of Zoko, the Ivorian was unlucky to see his attempt bobbled marginally past the post.

The Glovers huffed and puffed for an opener but were dealt a killer blow when Reed fired the Spireites completely against the run of play.

The holding midfielder stepped up to take a free kick 20 yards from goal and sent a lovely dipper into the bottom corner past Krysiak’s despairing dive.

Immediately after conceding, the hosts were back on the front foot and Jake Gray’s piledriver went desperately close to creeping in.

Then a moment of brilliance levelled things up. Wing received possession 25 yards out and produced a stunner. Taking a touch out of his feet, the Middlesbrough attacked curled excellently over Ramsdale for his first senior goal in the EFL.

Khan stung the opposition stopper’s palms with a low strike seconds following the restart and James’ knuckleball set-piece needed to be clawed out of the top corner.

Way’s men penned Chesterfield deep into their half for the final few minutes, James skipping a shot just wide but a late blow was landed by the visitors with Dennis slotting into an empty net and Khan being sent off for venting his frustration at the referee. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Mugabi, N.Smith, Dickson, Green (C.Smith 76), Bird (Wing 69), Gray, Khan, Zoko, Surridge.
Bookings: None.
Sendings off:
Khan 90.
Not used:
Maddison, Whelan, Santos. 

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Whitmore, Nelson, Maguire, Weir, Reed, McCourt, Kay, Hines (Kellett 58), O’Grady (Dennis 84), Rowley.
Bookings: McCourt 20, Kay 74, Maguire 84
Not Used: Parkin, De Girolamo, Binnom-Williams, Wiseman, Dimaio.

NEWS | Barnes out for up to six weeks

The striker, who joined on loan from Southampton in the first week of January, suffered the grade two ligament strain in training and faces over a month on the sidelines.

Barnes scored on his Town debut against Bradford City in the Emirates FA Cup before featuring in the 1-1 draw at Port Vale last weekend.

TICKETS | Manchester United update

Only a limited number of single seats remain available in both the Tamburino and Screwfix Stands, with the remaining tickets in the Thatchers Gold Terrace. 

Priority Three sales begin at 9am on Monday, January 22nd, as supporters with valid tokens from this weekend’s meeting with Chesterfield become eligible for FA Cup tickets. 

Please note that possessing a Chesterfield token does not guarantee a ticket for the Manchester United fixture as it’s subject to availability and that a seated ticket for Saturday’s match will not guarantee a seated seat for the clash with the Red Devils. 

The club kindly ask that those qualifying for Priority Two tickets wishing to purchase a ticket tomorrow do so between 9am and 12noon, to allow for regular matchday ticket sales in the afternoon.

INTERVIEW | Confidence is growing – Way

The Glovers boss singled out several of his squad for praise ahead of Town’s important Sky Bet League Two match against Chesterfield at Huish Park.

It is the final time the Green and Whites will be in action before the Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie with Manchester United and Way has warned his squad to remain focused and to put in another hardworking display.

“As far as the group is concerned, they’ve been growing in confidence and their game management has been better,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We’ve got to make sure we keep building on that.

“When I look at individual performances, Jake Gray is getting stronger and stronger physically and psychologically; some of his technical ability is there to be seen. 

“Players like Tom James and Bevis Mugabi, who was fantastic against Bradford, are improving.

“Jordan Green has signed a new contract which for me is fantastic news, up there with the best bit of news I’ve had in the window just because of what he brings to the team. 

“(Francois) Zoko keeps scoring goals which is what he does best, (Sam) Surridge has had one or two which we’re trying to work on just to make sure he stays calm and patient in front of goal because it will come and when it does I want him to celebrate like mad.

“We’ve lost three games in 12 so the boys are in good form. We have to make sure we keep it going.”

Way continued: “On a matchday it’s all about blocking, tackling and breaking forward in numbers with quality in the final third.

“If I see any individual pull out of tackles or they’re not committed within their challenge to get three points then I’ll probably drag them off early and nine times out of 10 they wouldn’t be involved against Manchester United. 

“The players are focused, they’re a good honest group and I don’t think they would do that anyone.”

INTERVIEW | I want to stay here – Surridge

The young forward signed on a season-long loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth in the summer, and appeared mainly off the bench at the beginning of the campaign. 

However, the 19-year-old, who recently signed a new deal with the Cherries, has forced his way into the starting line-up following some good performances.

Bournemouth do have the option of a January recall on Surridge should they require his service but he wants to keep playing and progressing at Huish Park.

He told iFollow Glovers: “I’ve been learning new stuff every day here, every game with Terry (Skiverton) and the gaffer helping me a lot so I’m learning every day in training. 

“I was training well but (Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola) were doing well for the team. I wanted to be playing but the gaffer said it was going to be hard to break in and I accepted the challenge. Now I’ve got my place and I want to keep it.”

Surridge continued: “As far as I know I’m going to be here for the rest of the season and I want to be, the gaffer knows that.

“I’m playing every week, I’m learning, I’m developing and that’s the main thing.

“It’s down to Bournemouth with what they want to do with me. I’m just taking it game-by-game and if it happens it happens, but I don’t want to go back and I want to stay here.”

The Glovers take on Chesterfield in Sky Bet League Two action this weekend in Somerset.

Former loanee Sid Nelson is likely to be marking Surridge who is eagerly anticipating the contest.

“We all know what he’s like,” he said.

“It’ll be a good battle with Sid as we know what type of player he is and we’ll be ready.” 

He added: “It’s a big game, a six-pointer. If we win we’ll pull away from the bottom and we want to look upwards starting with three points on Saturday. 

“If we pull away from Barnet, Forest Green and Chesterfield then it relieves a lot of pressure.

“We’ve had some good performances recent;y and we’re looking forward to the next few games.”

NEWS | Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final date confirmed

The match was due to take place the week commencing January 22nd but was postponed to allow the Glovers an extra day on the training ground ahead of the Emirates FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

Should Yeovil take the Red Devils to a replay, the game will need to be rearranged once more. 

Ticket information will be released in due course.

NEWS | Smith nominated for Checkatrade Trophy award

The central defender scored in the 2-0 last 16 win over Forest Green Rovers at Huish Park, before helping his side keep a clean sheet. 

His first goal of the season, the 31-year-old is now relying on your votes to pick up the award. 

Fans can vote for Smudge by clicking here, with votes closing at 9am on Monday 22nd January.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Chesterfield

Jack Lester’s side head to Somerset on Saturday (3pm) looking to stop the Glovers making it four games unbeaten in all competitions. 

Francois Zoko joined Otis Khan at the top of the club’s scoring charts last weekend as Town came away from Port Vale with a 1-1 draw, a result adding to consecutive wins at home.

Both Bradford City and Forest Green Rovers were dispatched in the space four days, as Yeovil enjoyed a resurgence in form after a mixed December.

Doing so without quartet Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), James Bailey (knee) and Dan Alfei (knee), the Green & Whites will continue to operate with a bare 18-man squad. 

Although stretched in terms of numbers, the Glovers will be looking to record the double over Chesterfield, after winning 3-2 at the Proact Stadium. 

Darren Way will be without two of his scorers on that day, with Bailey injured and Olufela Olomola now back at parent club Southampton. 

The Spireites head to Huish Park after an impressive 2-0 victory over league leaders Luton Town.

Jak McCourt grabbed his fifth of the season in the win over the Hatters, moving into second behind top scorer Kristian Dennis (13 goals). 

The Derbyshire outfit also boast two former Glovers in their ranks, with Sid Nelson likely to line up in blue after donning Green & White in the first half of the season as well as striker Gozie Uwgu.

Head-to-head
The Glovers have won four of the 10 encounters, drawing three. 

September’s victory was the first in three, with Town’s last win at home to Chesterfield coming back in 2012 thanks to strikes from Dominic Bleazard, Kieran Agard and Andy Williams in a 3-2 win.

Only one of the previous 10 encounters has ended goalless. 

Officials
Kevin Johnson (Somerset) will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

This weekend will be Mr Johnson’s second visit to Huish Park this season, having taken charge of Town’s penalty shootout victory over Chelsea Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy back in October.

Christoper Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset) will be his assistants, with Adrian Quelch (Dorset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of manager Darren Way and Sam Surridge can be viewed 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
Home and away supporters can buy tickets on the day of the match. Buy in advance to save money and beat matchday queues at Huish Park.

Town fans should also note that purchasing a ticket for Saturday’s match could see you pick up a ticket for Yeovil v Manchester United next Friday – click here for more information and here to secure your seat for Saturday.

NEWS | Khan wins December goal of the month

The Glovers attacker was on target with a sweet strike in the loss at Morecambe – Town’s last game of 2017.

Drifting in from his left midfield position, Khan received possession in a pocket of space, brushed off a couple of defenders on a mazy run before playing a neat one-two with Jake Gray.

He rolled the ball out of his feet and curled a strike emphatically beyond Barry Roche’s reach into the far top corner.

Otis Khan Goal of the Month

After winning the award, Khan said: “It feels incredible, obviously it’s a massive award to have and it’s my first one. I’m over the moon about it and couldn’t be happier.

“I just remember coming in off the left, getting the ball back off Jake and seeing the keeper slightly off his line. 

“It meant the space was there for me to curl into and I was delighted it found the back of the net.”

NEWS | Browne and Gobern not too far away – Way

The 22-year-old has been out since November with an ankle injury and was back on the training pitches last week. 

Midfielder Oscar Gobern, who suffered a hamstring injury against Lincoln City last month, is just behind Browne in his recovery.

Glovers boss Darren Way said: “Rhys Browne is close so fingers crossed if it isn’t fit for Saturday, he’ll be fit for Manchester United which is a bonus because he’s a very, very good player.

“Oscar is perhaps a week behind him and I want to give him all the time he needs; that’s important because the hamstring tear he had needs looking after.” 

NEWS | Town receive bids for Khan

An unnamed club is free to speak to the 22-year-old after submitting a ‘substantial offer’ which matched a release clause in his contract.

Khan has scored 10 goals for the Glovers this season, and has also contributed with the same amount of assists.

“Otis Khan we’ve had a substantial offer from another club,” Way told YTFC.net.

“We can’t stand in his way because of a clause in his contract so he’ll have a decision to make. He deserves to have the interest he’s attracted.

“He has been fantastic throughout his whole career and I’ve got a decision to make as to how to deal with this now with the Manchester United game coming up.

“I’ve got to sit down with him but ultimately I’ve got to do what’s best for the football club as far as the offers that have come in.

“It was always my fear in the window this would happen, and now it’s just how we deal with it knowing we’ve got a big game on Saturday.” 

Way has also revealed there is interest in defender Omar Sowunmi.

The centre-back has been a regular feature for Town this season, scoring twice in 26 appearances. 

“There’s been interest in Omar,” he said.

“I’ve had dealings with his agent which was perhaps how I didn’t want it to be. I’ll have to see how that develops.”

NEWS | Date confirmed for Exeter away

Darren Way’s men were due to travel to St James Park on Saturday, January 27th but the game was postponed due to the Glovers’ progression in the Emirates FA Cup.

Already purchased tickets remain valid for the contest. Anyone looking for a refund will need to call 01935 847888.

More information can be found in the Away Tickets section.

COMMERCIAL | Kit sponsorship available

If so, kit sponsorship is the ideal option, with pricing and availability available via commercial manager Dave Linney (01935 847872 / DLinney@ytfc.net). 

Perks include:

  • Your name or company name printed next to the chosen player in the matchday programme and on the YTFC.net player profiles
  • A signed shirt of the chosen player at the end of the season
  • A chance to meet and have a photo with the chosen player

 Player Sponsorship

On offer for the remainder of the 2017/18 season, sponsorship is available for Dan Alfei, Bevis Mugabi, Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne, Sam Surridge, Jordan Green, Marcus Barnes, Oscar Gobern, Corey Whelan and goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips.

Don’t miss out! For further sponsorship opportunities, click here.

TICKETS | Help keep the momentum going!

Darren Way’s side host the Spireites looking to build on a run of three games which has produced two wins and a draw, coinciding with advancement in both the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy. 

Last time out, Francois Zoko’s 10th of the season helped Town pick up a 1-1 draw at Port Vale, with attention turning back to Huish Park this weekend. 

Consecutive victories have featured in Somerset, with League One Bradford City seen off in the FA Cup before Forest Green Rovers were dispatched in the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Jack Lester’s side visit at the weekend looking to exact revenge for Yeovil’s dramatic 3-2 win in the reverse fixture back in September. 

Tickets remain on sale either by visiting the ticket office in person, purchasing online or by calling 01935 847888

The penultimate fixture before Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United visit in the FA Cup fourth round, supporters buying a ticket for the visit of Chesterfield will quality for Priority Three tickets for the clash with the Red Devils (subject to availability). 

TICKETS | Priority Two tickets become available

The Glovers host the Premier League giants next Friday (7.55pm) in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round. 

With season ticket and bundle holders having first priority up until close of play on Monday 15th January, supporters with four or more tokens will now be able to purchase their cup ticket via the Huish Park ticket office.

With tokens eligible from any of Town’s competition fixtures during the 2017/18 season, the ticket office will be open from 9am to 5pm. 

There is no set limit on how many tickets can be purchased given the correct number of tokens are presented, with all transactions having to take place in person with no online or telephone sales to avoid the duplication of tokens to purchase tickets. 

Those qualifying for Priority Two tickets will have until Monday 22nd to redeem their ticket (subject to availability), before Priority Three sales begin from Monday 22nd January. 

A full breakdown of prices for the match can be found here, with an FAQ section also available. 

TICKETS | Pricing and process confirmed for United cup tie

Taking place on Friday 26th January (7.55pm) live on BBC One, the club has worked as quickly as possible to release ticketing news for the exciting fixture.

Prices for the fourth ever encounter between the two sides have been agreed by both clubs, with Town’s purchase policy aimed at ensuring as many Yeovil fans as possible can enjoy the glamour tie and soak up the atmosphere.

Reaching the fourth round for just the third time since 1949 and bidding to take a step further for the second time in the club’s history, everything considered possible has been done to allow Town supporters who’ve been at Huish Park throughout the season the chance to be a part of the historical cup fixture.

Manchester United have been given the same allocation within Huish Park offered to all travelling teams, allowing the capacity of home supporters to be maximised. 

Wanting to accommodate for as many of the Green & White Army as possible, tickets will be sold across four bandings, aimed at looking after those who have supported the club closest.

Replaying the third round tie from 2015, the club has also chosen to recycle the pricing structure from three years ago.

Otis Khan thanks supporters

PRICES

Seated (Tamburino & Screwfix Stand):
Premium – £50 (Tamburino Stand only)
Adult – £35
Senior – £30
Junior – £10

Terrace (Thatchers Gold Terrace):
Adult: £30
Senior: £25
Junior: £10

Supporters with Young Person season tickets or ticket stubs will qualify for an adult ticket.

PURCHASE POLICY

Priority One
Season ticket holders 2017/18
Bundle ticket holders 2017/18

On sale from 9am on Friday 12th January.

Season ticket holders can purchase TWO tickets, including their own seat which will be reserved until close of play (5pm) on Monday 15th January. 

Bundle ticket holders have the option to purchase one ticket.

Priority Two
Supporters with tokens from four or more home games (in league or cup) this season.

The tokens need to be from four separate matches (excluding pre-season) and will qualify each supporter to buy one FA Cup ticket in the same price banding (e.g. four senior stubs will equal one senior FA Cup ticket). 

Sales will run from Tuesday 16th January (9am). 

Priority Three
On sale to all who bought a ticket for Town’s League Two match with Chesterfield at Huish Park on January 20th (3pm). 

One ticket will be available per person, where you can exchange your Chesterfield stub for an FA Cup ticket from Monday 22nd January. 

Tickets for the match against the Spireites can be purchased online, by contacting the ticket office on 01935 847888 or by visiting in person.

Please note, this will be subject to availability.

Priority Four
Should any remain, tickets will go on general sale from 9am on Wednesday 24th January.  

TICKET OFFICE OPENING HOURS

The ticket office will be open at the following times:

– Thursday 11th January: 0900 – 1700
– Friday 12th January: 0900 – 1700
– Saturday 13th January: 0900 – 1200
– Sunday 14th January: CLOSED (online only)

– Monday 15th January – Friday 19th January: 0900 – 1700

– Saturday 20th January – 0900 – 1500 (Home matchday – FA Cup sales suspended between 1200 – 1500)
– Sunday 21st January – CLOSED (online only)

– Monday 22nd January: 0900 – 1700
– Tuesday 23rd January: 0900 – 1700
– Wednesday 24th January: 0900 – 1700
– Thursday 25th January: 0900 – 1700
– Friday 26th January: TBC
– Saturday 27th January:  TBC
– Sunday 28th January: TBC
– Monday 29th January: TBC

INTERVIEW | Future is bright – Zoko

The Glovers restricted the Valiants to little in front of goal and had the majority of the attacking play, going ahead early on through Ivorian Zoko’s low drive.

Somehow a second wouldn’t go in for Darren Way’s side who were harshly pegged back from a late Tom Pope penalty – the fourth game the two teams have drawn with each other after 90 minutes this season.

Despite the last-gasp spot-kick, captain Zoko was happy with the team’s performance and wants Yeovil to continue where they left off at home next Saturday.

“It was a good performance from everyone,” he told iFollow Glovers

“There’s a little bit of frustration (in drawing) as we played very well.

“We were strong and defended very well as a team. The referee gave that call but this is football.

“We showed against a strong team we can create chances to score. They’re a very physical side but we managed it well.

“We want to progress every game and we’re working hard in training. If we keep defending like we did, then it’s very positive for the future.”

Zoko’s goal to open the scoring was the veteran forward’s 10th goal of the campaign in all competitions.

It was also his 31st for the club and he says he can do better.

“I just closed my eyes and shot!” the 34-year-old joked. 

“I was focused, I saw his position and he was very tight to the post so I tried to focus on the far post, get a good contact on the ball and this is what happened. 

“I’m pleased but I say it every time, I can do better. I’ll take it and move on to the next day and try and do my best. It’s not bad, but I can always do better.”

INTERVIEW | Way wants players to keep their heads up

The Glovers looked to be heading back to Somerset with all three points thanks to Francois Zoko’s 10th goal of the season, but referee David Webb awarded a late penalty for a foul by Omar Sowunmi on David Worrall.

Vale striker Tom Pope converted from 12 yards to steal a point for the home side.

Way revealed his players were ‘a little bit deflated’ because of the 87th-minute equaliser but urged them to feel pleased with their performance.

“I’ve said to them ‘keep your heads up’,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I want the players to be proud because to come away from home and pick up a point is good. 

“We knew they wanted to get one over on us and beat us but they couldn’t do that. My players had to stand up to the physical battle and they did.

“We played some fantastic football and it should have been five or six. The first half was probably the best away that I’ve witnessed.”

Way continued: “I’ve watch the decision back and it’s never a penalty. I was speaking to the fourth official throughout the game and said ‘don’t let the crowd dictate your decision making’ and I felt they did on that situation. 

“He gets a touch of the ball – you can see he gets there ahead of Worrall and the direction of the ball changes. 

“The crowd were booing and everything was going for us but unfortunately we didn’t get the three points.”

REPORT | Port Vale 1-1 Yeovil Town

Taking no time to warm up on a cold afternoon, captain Francois Zoko notched an impressive 10th of the season with just 11 minutes on the clock.

The Green & Whites went close to adding to their lead in what was a one-sided opening 45 minutes, before settling for a one-goal lead. 

Having hit the post twice and remaining relatively untested, the Glovers were dealt a sucker punch on 86 minutes as Tom Pope converted an unlikely penalty to force Town to only share the spoils.

Darren Way made two changes from the side that caused an FA Cup upset over Bradford City last weekend. 

Recovering from a slight knock, Surridge was given the nod to partner Zoko up front in Staffordshire, a tough decision which saw Marcus Barnes drop to the bench after netting on his debut against the Bantams.

Suspended for the cup encounter at Huish Park, Omar Sowunmi reclaimed his spot at the heart of the defence in place of Bevis Mugabi, as Town returned to being able to name a full subs bench.

Looking to build on consecutive cup victories, the Glovers almost translated their form into the league within the opening exchanges.

Tom James’ strike from the edge of the box ricocheted into the path of Surridge, who from an angled position saw a well-hit strike tipped onto the post by Ryan Boot. 

With the Valiants still appealing for an offside flag that never came, Town moved into the next phase of play and almost scored again as Jake Gray let off a strike into the side netting.

Firing off early warnings, the Glovers were soon to be third time lucky.

Artur Krysiak’s pinpoint distribution set Otis Khan off on a counter-attack, who having picked out Zoko watched on as the Ivorian picked out the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Manfully dealing with Vale’s direct approach, the Somerset outfit continued to be the only side creating chances.

With less than 20 minutes on the clock Jordan Green was just beaten to a through ball by home stopper Boot, with Surridge’s strike on the rebound falling just wide. 

Becoming a stop-start affair following a lively opening quarter, the game became relatively muted until 10 minutes before the break.

With 36 minutes played Boot had to make up for a dreadful attempted clearance to save Surridge’s powerful shot with his feet, before the Valiants produced their only chance of the half.

Ricocheting around the Town box the ball eventually fell to Marcus Harness, whose low drive was saved by a sprawling Krysiak before the hosts were once again on the defensive.

Looking to become Yeovil’s outright top scorer, Zoko went close with a second long-range effort that Boot needed two attempts to save, as Town rounded off an impressive first-half performance.

Trying to find a way into the match Neil Aspin made a double change at the break, but it did little to turn the tide on the pitch.

After hitting the post in the first-half, Surridge did the same just four minutes after the restart. 

The Bournemouth loanee’s header back across goal from James’ pinpoint delivery seemed destined for the back of the net, only to hit the woodwork and bounce clear.

Somehow still only a goal ahead the Glovers went close again just minutes later when a cleverly worked short free-kick saw Gray flash a low drive inches wide.

Causing frustration to grow amongst the home ranks with their dominant performance, the Valiants continued to struggle to break down their Somerset opponents. 

Introducing Barnes and Lewis Wing to freshen things up, the Glovers looked to have dug in to hold on for victory until four minutes from time.

After Sowunmi was adjudged to have tripped Dave Worrall in the box, referee David Webb pointed to the spot allowing Pope to score against Yeovil for the third time this season and rescue a point for the hosts. 

Port Vale: Boot; Davis, Anderson, N. Smith, Pugh; Kay, Tonge; Harness (Worrall (66′), Whitfield (Gibbons 46′), Montano (Wilson 46′); Pope.
Bookings: Anderson 51′
Subs not used: Lainton, Barnett, Forrester, Angus.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson; Green (Wing 76′), Gray (Whelan 90′), Bird, Khan; Surridge (Barnes 59′), Zoko.
Bookings: Surridge 38′, Zoko 70′
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, C. Smith, Santos.

COMMERCIAL | Hospitality for Manchester United sold out

The Glovers take on Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils on Friday, January 26th (7.55pm) live in front of the BBC cameras. 

The tie has already caught the imagination of the Yeovil public with all available suites snapped up on the first day of sales.

General admission tickets are currently on sale to season ticket holders. For the full sale procedure, click here.

NEWS | James signs improved deal with Town

Remaining contracted until the summer of 2019, James has reiterated his commitment to continuing in the Green & White of Yeovil Town.

Operating across the back four and in midfield so far this season, the Welshman has featured 28 times scoring once – his first senior goal.

After making his Premier League debut for Cardiff City in 2014, the 21-year-old arrived in Somerset a year ago to continue his development.

Signing a two-year contract in the summer, James has now agreed on new terms as he continues to try and cement a spot in Darren Way’s starting eleven. 

Tom James claps the fans

After putting pen to paper, James told YTFC.net: “I’m really pleased to have signed a new deal at the club.

“Hopefully now I can repay the gaffer’s trust in me and continue to improve and help the team push forward in the right direction.”

INTERVIEW | Way interested to see league reaction

The Glovers will host the Red Devils in the fourth round later this month, but will take to the field in Sky Bet League Two action twice before Jose Mourinho’s men head to Huish.

Starting with Saturday’s trip to Vale Park, Way is hoping for a performance showing no signs of distraction.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “I want to see the reaction from the last the week now it’s league football with three points to play for.

“That’s what I was really chuffed about on Tuesday. To go up against a Forest Green team knowing the emotions we all went through on the Monday night, to put in the performance we did was pleasing.

“We tired towards the end and one or two key decisions from players wasn’t really us but we were still stubborn and resilient. 

“The process we’ve put in place doesn’t change, therefore, the players shouldn’t be distracted and know how important the game is.”

Heading to Stoke-on-Trent to take on the Valiants for the fourth time this season, Way knows what he’s looking to get from the trip.

The Town boss continued: “I want to do whatever it takes for the players to win.

“If it means they win it on their character, we win it on that. If we win it on our togetherness, on our skill, I don’t care how we win the game but I just want to win it. 

“We know how difficult a place it is to go. It’s a big challenge – every game is a big challenge – but so far, one thing I know is the players like challenges and don’t give up.”

PREVIEW | Port Vale v Yeovil Town

The Glovers will have fond memories of their visit to Stoke-on-Trent in December, as Jordan Green’s stoppage-time equaliser earned Town an Emirates FA Cup replay – which they went on to win. 

Subsequently, the Green & Whites faced League One Bradford City last weekend in the third round, recording a 2-0 win to tee up a mouthwatering fourth round meeting with Premier League giants Manchester United.

Following Monday’s memorable draw, Yeovil progressed in their second cup competition of the week on Tuesday night with a 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers to book a spot in the Checkatrade Trophy last eight.

Returning to Sky Bet League Two action, Darren Way has no fresh injury concerns and will welcome back loanee Lewis Wing who missed Tuesday’s match due to being cup tied.

New arrivals Marcus Barnes, Wing, Jared Bird and Corey Whelan will all be in line for their first league appearances.

Saturday’s opponents the Valiants will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering consecutive defeats on the road. 

However, last time out at Vale Park Neil Aspin’s side dispatched league leaders Luton Town 4-0, with former Glovers loanee Ben Whitfield on the scoresheet. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 12th meeting between the two clubs with both teams enjoying four wins each.

An Otis Khan double and Francois Zoko winner saw Town see off Vale just a month ago in the Emirates FA Cup second round replay at Huish Park.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Khan was on target again to earn a point at Huish Park.

Officials
David Webb (County Durham) will take charge of the league meeting.

His 27th game of the season, it will be his second involving Yeovil after overseeing the 4-3 defeat at Forest Green Rovers in August. 

Mr. Webb will be assisted by Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire) and Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) with Alan Clayton (Cheshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of manager Darren Way and Corey Whelan can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

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

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

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

Tickets
Fans can purchase tickets via the Huish Park ticket office with tickets available on the day subject to a £2 matchday surcharge. For more information, click here.

INTERVIEW | Whelan relishing first team football challenge

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international moved to the Glovers a day prior to the Emirates FA Cup win over Bradford City, playing a few minutes before completing the match against Forest Green Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy.

This weekend sees Whelan come up league opposition in Port Vale for the first time and the versatile defender is relishing his opportunity to impress.

“I was lucky enough to come at a good time where the games are coming thick and fast,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I arrived on the Friday, went to ground to meet the manager and we went through what he expects and way he runs things which was very positive.

“He put a powerpoint up and I got to grips with things straight away. The game on Saturday (against Bradford) and I got a few minutes which I enjoyed and then I got 90 minutes in the Checkatrade Trophy.

“Everything seemed positive and I’m intrigued to see the challenges are at this great football club.”

Whelan continued: “Playing Under-23s football for a number of years has become quite repetitive. 

“I’ve come to test myself against experienced players and in an experienced dressing room as well because there are some older lads who have been doing this for a number of years.

“I’m going to try and learn, and take things off them.

“Playing senior football is a challenge I’ve wanted for a long time. I’m just happy to be here and I want to do all I can to make this football club succeed for the rest of the season.”

NEWS | Khan up for Goal of the Month

The winger’s strike put Town into a commanding 2-0 lead after just 17 minutes in Lancashire, only for the Shrimps to comeback and snatch a dramatic 4-3 win.

Producing a positive run from midway inside the Morecambe half into the box, the 22-year-old exchanged a quick one-two with Jake Gray before curling a pinpoint effort up and over Barry Roche. 

His 10th goal of the season, Khan became the first Yeovil player since Phil Jevons in 2004 to score 10 goals before the turn of the year. 

The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Goals of the Month are chosen by a fan poll on skysports.com.  

The shortlist for the poll is decided by a judging panel following suggestions from supporters via Twitter. 

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; Sky Bet Sponsorship Executive Michael Holinski and EFL Senior Media Manager Rob Meaden.

To suggest a goal to be considered for future Sky Bet Goal of the Month awards, fans can tweet details of their nominated goal to @SkyBet using #SkyBetGotM.

The full Sky Bet League Two nominations are as follows:

Jamal Campbell-Ryce – BARNET v Morecambe – 16th December
There seemed no danger when Campbell-Ryce got the ball near the touchline on halfway. That was until he jinked inside, strode forward and curled home a sumptuous 30-yarder.

Callum Ainley – CREWE ALEXANDRA v Crawley Town – 16th December
Collecting a raking pass near the by-line, the 20-year-old jinked inside a defender and left Crawley keeper Glenn Morris motionless with an arrowhead shot into the far top corner.

Otis Khan – Morecambe v YEOVIL TOWN – 29th December
Shielding the ball as drove towards the area, Khan exchanged passes with teammate Jake Gray, took one touch and then looped his unstoppable shot into the far corner.

NEWS | Town to host Fleetwood in Checkatrade Trophy

The Glovers will host Cod Army the week commencing January 22nd.

Darren Way’s side made it through to the last eight by seeing off league rivals Forest Green Rovers 2-0 at Huish Park courtesy of goals from Nathan Smith and Connor Smith. 

The Green and Whites are yet to lose in the competition and will look to make it a hat-trick of wins against Sky Bet League One opposition in the Trophy when Fleetwood head south.

Ticket information will follow in due course.

NEWS | Cameras coming for United cup tie

Taking place at Huish Park on Friday, January 26th (7.55pm), Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils will arrive in Somerset alongside the television cameras.

To book a place in round four for just the third time since 1949, the Glovers saw off higher league opposition in Southend United and Bradford City; victories sandwiched between dispatching Port Vale.

Now bidding to reach the fifth round for just the second time in the club’s history, the match will be shown live on BBC One. 

Ticket prices and purchase process can be viewed here, with tickets going on sale to SEASON TICKET HOLDERS AND BUNDLE HOLDERS ONLY from 9am on Friday 12th January.

TICKETS | Priority One United tickets on sale Friday

Hosting the Red Devils on Friday 26th January (7.55pm), the Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie has also been chosen for television coverage on BBC One. 

With tickets being released across four priority bands to ensure as many regular Town fans can attend the historic match as possible, season ticket and bundle holders will be able to purchase their tickets from 9am on Friday 12th January. 

Season ticket holders can purchase their seat plus one additional ticket, whilst bundle holders can buy one ticket.

If visiting the ticket office in person your season ticket or bundle vouchers are not mandatory, but fans MUST know their seat details* and be able to provide their name.

Season ticket holders wanting to purchase just their seat and not their additional entitlement can log in online and buy their ticket from Friday 12th January.

*only applicable to season ticket holders

NEWS | Green agrees new Glovers contract

The diminutive attacker, who joined on a free transfer back in August, has put pen to paper on a new deal that further commits his future to the Green and Whites.

Making 25 appearances for Town, the 22-year-old has impressed in the opening half of the campaign – scoring three goals in the process. 

Green netted goals in the Emirates FA Cup against Port Vale and Bradford City to help Town reach the fourth round, whilst grabbing his first senior league goal in the 2-0 Boxing Day victory over Cheltenham Town.

Jordan Green celebrates his goal at Port Vale

Upon signing the new deal, Green told YTFC.net: “I’m delighted to sign a new deal and commit my future to Yeovil Town.

“I’ve loved every minute of it so far in what has the potential to be a very exciting season. The next step is to establish myself in the team and help the club push on up the table.

“The gaffer has been brilliant to work for and I look forward to continuing that relationship.”

INTERVIEW | I need to shoot more – Smith

Following namesake Nathan’s opener, the Irishman curled a beauty over opposition stopper Bradley Collins to deservedly extend Town’s lead at Huish Park.

There were times where the Glovers had to dig deep to preserve their clean sheet and secure progression to the quarter-finals for a second season running, and Smith feels their win was thoroughly deserved.

On his goal, he told iFollow Glovers: “It was a good set from Otis; he didn’t put too much pace on it so it made it easier to hit it first time and luckily enough it looped over the keeper.

“When the set came in I had one thing on my mind which was to shoot; I went with the side foot of my weaker foot to try and guide it in, got it up and down quite quickly and it went over the keeper and in. 

“I don’t think I’ve shot enough! Hopefully I’ll now take a few more and get a few more goals. I was absolutely delighted.”

Smith continued: “It was a good evening.

“We knew they were a possession team and we like to counter-attack so it suited us. They had long spells where they had a lot of the ball but we knew if we nicked it we’d get a chance and we had a lot in the first half.

“In the second half we had to be more resilient as teams have a point in the game where they’re on top and I think we defended really well against them and deserved the win.”

INTERVIEW | I want to go all the way – Way

Goals from Nathan Smith and namesake Connor against Forest Green Rovers were enough for Town to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition for a second season running.

The Glovers were knocked out at the last eight stage by Luton Town last term and Way wants the players to live their ambitions and play in the final at the home of football.

“I’d like to go all the way this year,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“As a manager the competition has given me the opportunity to manage against Chelsea Under-21s and Bristol Rovers last season where we got to the quarter-finals.

“It was a good run and good for some of the players who weren’t involved as much.

“The group we’ve got are very ambitious and I’d like to see them run out at Wembley.”

He continued: “Forest Green pinned us in a little bit in the second half but the players showed stubbornness; a real resilience and it’s another clean sheet.

“There were a number of good performances and we could have scored two or three more in each half.

“Overall I’m pleased and it’ll be an unbelievable week if we can go up to Port Vale and do our best to turn around our league form.”

NEWS | Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final draw on Thursday

The Glovers reached the last eight of the competition for the second season running after defeating Forest Green Rovers 2-0 at Huish Park

The draw will take place live on Sky Sports’ evening review show, EFL Matters on January 11th at 7pm, hosted by David Prutton alongside Garry Birtles and Gregor Robertson.

It will also be covered on the EFL’s Checkatrade Trophy Twitter account. 

Quarter-Final ties are determined by means of a straight home/away unseeded draw. There will be no regionalisation.

All ties will be played week commencing January 22nd 2018.

Town’s potential opponents are as follows:
Fleetwood Town
Oldham Athletic/Leicester City Under-21s
Lincoln City
Shrewsbury Town/Blackpool
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Chelsea Under-21s

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Forest Green Rovers

With just three minutes on the clock, captain for the night Nathan Smith opened his account for the season, making the most of space to convert from close range.

Causing problems seemingly at will, Town doubled their advantage on 26 minutes as Connor Smith rounded off a smooth attack with an equally adept finish, as the hosts enjoyed a profitable first half.

With the damage done early on, the Glovers stayed strong at the back after the restart to secure back-to-back clean sheets and a spot in the quarter-final, just two games from a Wembley final.

Darren Way made five changes for the cup encounter, which included a full debut for Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan.

Recovering from a slight knock, Sam Surridge returned to the fold after a one-match absence, whilst Alefe Santos, Omar Sowunmi and Connor Smith completed the alterations.

Loanees Marcus Barnes and Lewis Wing were forced to sit out due to being cup tied, whilst Rhys Browne, James Bailey and Oscar Gobern continued to miss out through injury.

Looking to equal last season’s achievement of reaching the quarter-final stage, the Green and White’s got off to a lightning start in front of the 1,395 crowd.

Cleverly working an early short corner, the hosts engineered the chance for Jake Gray to shoot from the edge of the box, with his low drive being diverted into the back of the net by an unmarked N. Smith.

Causing Forest Green’s back three something of a headache, the Glovers remained on the attack and went close to doubling their lead.

Opening up 20 yards out, Santos fired a low drive inches wide of the target, before Jordan Green hammered a half volley from the edge of the box a yard off target, still in the opening exchanges.

Plateauing into a quiet affair midway through the half, the game burst back into life just before the half-hour mark.

Otis Khan scrambled onto a diagonal ball over the top and stood up his man before laying off for C. Smith to curl a sublime first-time strike up and over a hapless Bradley Collins from the white line of 18 yards.

Having coasted into a two-goal lead the visitors almost responded immediately as Alex Whittle found space in the box, but his shot was well blocked by Whelan as Mark Cooper’s side struggled to turn possession into opportunities.

Momentarily becoming end-to-end, Green raced through on the angle after pressing to win possession, only for Collins to race from his line and thwart the diminutive attacker.

In a one-sided opening 45 minutes in front of goal, Tom James watched his dipping 25 yard free-kick frustratingly clip the crossbar, as Way’s side had to settle for a 2-0 lead at the break with the Trophy last eight in sight. 

Switching formation at the break and introducing Drissa Traore in a bid to turn the tide, Rovers only found themselves playing out a repeat of the first half. 

Unable to truly test Krysiak, Dayle Grubb’s free-kick straight at the Town stopper proved to be the visitors’ best chance before the hour, as the Gloucestershire outfit continued to be held at arm’s length. 

Perhaps summing up their evening, former Glover Keanu Marsh-Brown couldn’t capitalise on an open goal after Krysiak misjudged a cross, miscuing at the back post with the goal begging to let the home stopper off. 

In a relatively uneventful second period, there was a moment to remember as Zoko entered the fray to make his 100th appearance for the club. 

Fittingly, the Ivorian ended the match on the winning side as Yeovil comfortably saw out the closing stages to progress in the Checkatrade Trophy, securing successive 2-0 home wins in the process.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Whelan, Sowunmi, N. Smith, James; Gray (Zoko 70′), Santos (Bird 66′), C. Smith, Khan; Green, Surridge.
Bookings: Sowunmi 56′, Zoko 87′
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Dickson, Golubickas.

Forest Green Rovers: Collins; Roberts (Spurrier 71′), Laird (Traore 46′), Monthe; James, Cooper, Simpson, Whittle (Wishart 69′), Brown; Marsh-Brown, Grubb.
Bookings: Traore 82′
Subs not used: Pickering, Doidge, Evans.

NEWS | Zoko set for 100th Town appearance

The Ivorian joined the Glovers in November 2015 and made his debut in a goalless draw at Newport County.

His first goals came on his sixth outing for the club, scoring twice to earn Yeovil a point against Barnet.

Since then, Zoko has gone on to net a further 28 times during his time in Somerset, putting him second behind Phil Jevons on the Green and Whites’ all-time EFL goalscorers list.

This season the veteran forward has been on target on nine occasions and will make it a century of Yeovil appearances if he gets on the field tonight.

A popular figure with fans and staff alike, everyone at YTFC would like to congratulate Francois on his upcoming milestone.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers

Darren Way’s men finished top of the group before seeing off Sky Bet League One outfit AFC Wimbledon in the second round.

They go into their meeting with Forest Green Rovers in high spirits following their Emirates FA Cup victory over third tier outfit Bradford City.

Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes netted on his Yeovil debut but will miss out due to being cup-tied, along with new arrival Lewis Wing.

Fellow new recruits Jared Bird and Corey Whelan are available.

Defender Omar Sowunmi and Connor Smith are available after missing the win against Bradford due to suspension.

Striker Francois Zoko could make his 100th appearance for the club.

This term is Forest Green’s first competing in the EFL Trophy.

Mark Cooper’s Green Devils finished second in their group before defeating his former employer Swindon Town to set up tonight’s tie at Huish Park.

Christian Doidge is subject to a lot of interest from Championship clubs, while midfielder Dayle Grubb will also provide a threat after a sterling 2017.

Head-to-head
FGR won the first EFL meeting between the sides back in August at the New Lawn.

Fourteen years previous, Town were triumphant at Huish Park on New Year’s Day.

The Glovers ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a solitary effort from Kirk Jackson.

Officials
John Busby will be the man in the middle.

The Oxfordshire-based official has taken charge of 29 games so far this season, awarding 74 yellow cards and four reds.

Busby hasn’t refereed Town this season but officiated three games last term; the 1-0 home defeat to Morecambe, the 2-0 away win at Reading Under-21s and the 2-0 defeat at Crawley Town.

He will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset) with Lee Swabey (Devon) acting as fourth official.  

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

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

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

Tickets
Fans can purchase from the ticket office this evening.

INTERVIEW | It’s going to be a magical day – Way

Town will host Jose Mourinho’s Premier League side in the fourth round the weekend commencing January 26th.

It will be the second time in three years the Glovers will have faced the Red Devils at Huish Park and Way is relishing the challenge. 

“I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” he said.

“It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club.

“I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.

“I’ll be making sure the players remain focused before then as it’s only in their best interests.”

Ticket details for the match will be released in due course.

NEWS | Town to host Manchester United

The tie will take place the weekend of January 26th at Huish Park.

Darren Way’s men are the lowest ranked side left in the competition and have defeated Port Vale and Sky Bet League One sides Southend United and Bradford City to reach this stage. 

It is just the fourth time the club have been in round four in their history, the last occasion coming back in 2014.

The Glovers faced the Red Devils at home back in 2015, where goals from Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria were enough for the visitors to progress. 

Ytfc.net will be the first place for ticket information when it is available. Prices, sales procedure and a date will be confirmed in due course.

FLASHBACK | Town’s FA Cup fourth round history

A debut goal from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green’s late strike secured the Glovers progression at Huish Park against the Sky Bet League One outfit.

Ahead of Monday night’s draw, YTFC.net takes a look at the Green and Whites’ previous matches at this stage of the competition.

Yeovil Town 2-1 Sunderland
Huish Athletic Ground
Saturday, January 29th 1949

Town pulled off one of the biggest FA Cup shocks of all-time by defeating top flight Sunderland. 

Starting the match strong, the Glovers took the lead just shy of the half hour mark. Player manager Alec Stock turned quickly on the edge of the area and shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Johnny Mapson, much to the delight of the home crowd. 

The visitors grabbed an equaliser through Jackie Robinson midway through the second period to force the tie into extra time.

Fifteen minutes into the additional period, Yeovil’s Eric Bryant raced one-on-one and found the back of the net to seal one of the biggest giant-killing stories the competition has ever seen.

Yeovil fans v Sunderland in 1949

Charlton Athletic 3-2 Yeovil Town
The Valley
Saturday, January 29th 2005

Yeovil pushed Premier League opponents Charlton Athletic hard but were narrowly edged out at the Valley.

Bryan Hughes’ curler put the Addicks ahead, but Kevin Gall galvanised the away side just before the break, weaving his way through the defence on a determined run leading to Paul Terry sweeping home.

Charlton showed their league superiority in the second period, gaining a two-goal advantage via Francis Jeffers and Shaun Bartlett strikes.

Gary Johnson’s League Two leaders refused to lie down and saw their efforts rewarded in the 66th minute. Midfielder Arron Davies delivered his speculative shot with such power that Charlton keeper Dean Kiely could only stand and watch as it sailed out of his reach.

The Glovers poured forward, staging a nail biting finish, Phil Jevons coming closest seeing his attempt cleared off the line by a vigilant Talal El Karkouri as Charlton held firm.

Stolcers battles for the ball with Holland

Southampton 2-0 Yeovil Town
St Mary’s
Saturday, January 25th 2014

Guly Do Prado and Sam Gallagher were on target as Southampton overcame Town at St Mary’s to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The latter dispatched a first-half spot-kick after 23 minutes following a Shane Duffy handball.

The Glovers were bright and enthusiastic in their approach with Ishmael Miller causing a nuisance from the outset. He tested Kelvin Davis’ reflexes and following good play down the left between Joel Grant and Joe Ralls, the Saints stopper produced a fine point-blank stop to deny James Hayter.

Yeovil were proving a handful and it took Gallagher’s goal to put the game beyond doubt.

The youngster showed impressive poise and skill to jink clear and fire past Marek Stech from an acute angle.

Byron Webster challenges Adam Lallana

TICKETS | Watch Town in last 16 action

Now into the last 16 and unbeaten so far in the competition, Town are bidding to match last season’s campaign by reaching the quarter-final stage. 

Hosting Mark Cooper’s side, the Glovers will be looking to make home advantage count and you can be a part of it at Huish Park. 

Tickets are available for the following price:
Adult – £12
Senior – £6
Young Person – £6
Junior – £2

With victories over Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, AFC Wimbledon and a penalty shootout win over Chelsea Under-21s, Darren Way will be hoping that form continues when the Gloucestershire outfit visit. 

To secure your seat, contact the ticket office on 01935 847888 or visit in person, with tickets also available to purchase online. 

For further information, please visit our Home Tickets page.

NEWS | Join us to watch the FA Cup draw

Gathering in the Glovers Lounge, Darren Way and his squad will be tuning into the draw at 7 o’clock to learn their fate for the next round of the FA Cup. 

After dispatching League One outfit Bradford City 2-0 on Saturday, the Glovers will be hoping for another memorable cup tie later this month. 

A debut goal from Marcus Barnes and a late strike from Jordan Green ensured Town’s progression to the fourth round for just the third time since famously beating Sunderland in 1949.

The Glovers will be ball number 11 in Monday night’s draw, with those unable to attend Huish Park able to watch on both BBC Two and BT Sport 2 at 7pm.

Please note that admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and entry cannot be guaranteed once capacity is reached.

INTERVIEW | Bird makes a flying start

The young midfielder joined Town on loan from Barnsley on Thursday and was selected from the start against Bradford City in the Emirates FA Cup third round just 48 hours later. 

Ex-Derby County youth product Bird starred as the Glovers ran out 2-0 winners over their Sky Bet League One counterparts and was delighted to get off to a winning start.

“To make my debut was a really good feeling and to get the win was even better,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I think I’ve got to grips with the names! You have to as it’s such a quick turnaround. They’re all good lads and it’s been good so far.

“If you’re going to go a long way in football you have to deal with it and take it in your stride as it happens to everyone.

“You have to get involved from the off. I thought we did well and we definitely deserved to win.”

Bird continued: “The gaffer said we were the lowest ranked club left in the competition so to beat Bradford who are doing really well in League One just shows how good we can be this season.

“I’m really looking forward (to the rest of the loan spell) and hopefully I can play a lot of games for Yeovil, climb up the table and have a good cup run.”

Asked who he would like in the next round with clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur still in the hat, Bird replied: “We’ll take any of the big teams away! Go big or go home.”

The draw for the fourth round will be live on BBC 2 and BT Sport from 7pm this evening.

TICKETS | Port Vale away on sale

The Glovers travel to Vale Park for the second time this term on Saturday, following the Emirates FA Cup second round meeting in December.

It will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season with all three ending in draws, although the most recent saw Darren Way’s side progress in the cup with victory in extra time.

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

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

NEWS | FA Cup fourth round details

The Glovers overcame Sky Bet League One side Bradford City in round three, courtesy of a debut goal from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green’s late strike.

Teams such as Premier League giants Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool are all in the hat and potential clubs Darren Way’s men could come up against.

Fans will be able to watch the draw unfold live on both BBC Two and BT Sport at 7.10pm ahead of the final third round tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.

BALL NUMBERS IN FULL 

1 Sheffield United
2 Watford
Birmingham City
4 Liverpool
Brighton & Hove Albion or Crystal Palace
6 Peterborough United
7 AFC Bournemouth or Wigan Athletic
8 Coventry City
Newport County
10 Huddersfield Town
11 Yeovil Town
12 Nottingham Forest
13 Notts County
14 MK Dons
15 Manchester United
16 West Bromwich Albion
17 Rochdale
18 Tottenham Hotspur
19 Middlesbrough
20 Fleetwood Town or Leicester City
21 Hull City
22 Cardiff City or Mansfield Town
23 Manchester City
24 Shrewsbury Town or West Ham United
25 Wolves or Swansea City
26 Stevenage or Reading
27 Newcastle United
28 Millwall
29 Southampton
30 Preston North End
31 Norwich City or Chelsea
32 Carlisle United or Sheffield Wednesday

INTERVIEW | Debut to remember for Barnes

The 21-year-old joined the Glovers on loan from Premier League outfit Southampton on the Friday prior to the tie with the Bantams and was handed a start by manager Darren Way at the first opportunity.

Barnes repaid Way’s faith by netting the hosts’ opener with a cool finish just past the hour before Jordan Green sealed progression with a well-taken strike.

The young forward received a standing ovation when he was substituted on 85 minutes and described the day as ‘a great feeling’ after a whirlwind 24 hours.

He told iFollow Glovers: “It all happened really fast. I went to training with Southampton on Friday and I got pulled by my gaffer who said ‘how does Yeovil sound?’ and I took the opportunity with both hands. 

“I want to play first team football and score goals, so it’s the perfect place for me to be.

“It hasn’t really sunk in (that I scored) and probably won’t until I watch it back!

“For me (the goal) was instinct; I try and look at the keeper and assess the angles and if there isn’t one then through the legs is a great option. I chose to do that and luckily it paid off.

“There are different finishing techniques and when it comes to that situation, that’s when you put your practice into perfection and it paid off in that moment.” 

Barnes continued: “The fans were brilliant. They were always behind us and I’m glad we gave them something to celebrate.

“It’s an incredible feeling (to be in the hat) and regardless of who we get we can be giant killers and put in a great performance again.”

INTERVIEW | An absolutely extraordinary achievement – Way

The Glovers boss had 10 outfield players to choose from on Wednesday before securing four loan moves at the end of the week.

One of those new recruits was Southampton youngster Marcus Barnes who netted the opener against the Bantams, before Jordan Green sealed victory late on.

“We were the underdogs but the result tastes even more sweet because of the week we’ve had,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“The players have been very focused despite the uncertainty. On Wednesday I think we only had 10 training and then for Surridge to go down… everything was against us. 

“It’s an absolutely extraordinary achievement from my players. The football club deserves it.

“We were up against a really good Bradford side who are in the play-offs with 30 to 40 players to choose from and we looked very dangerous against them.

“We made sure the players who crossed the white line believed they were the best and that’s what I felt.

“We said it was an opportunity for the players to create a little bit of history and with that result everyone will remember them for that. We now look forward to Monday’s draw.”

NEWS | Exeter away to be rearranged

The Glovers were due to face the Grecians at St James Park on Saturday, January 27th but will now play their Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie on that day.

Darren Way’s side saw off third tier outfit Bradford City with goals from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green securing progression. 

Tickets already purchased will be valid for Yeovil’s game at Exeter once it is rearranged. If you are unable to make the match once has been rearranged, please call the ticket office on 01935 847888 to sort a refund.  

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Bradford City

Southampton youngster Barnes was one of three loanees to join a day before the contest and his composed finish on 61 minutes gave the Glovers a deserved lead.

The ever-impressive Green completed the scoring with a fine effort into the bottom corner to further enhance the club’s reputation as a giant-killer in the tournament. 

It is the fourth third tier side Yeovil have seen off this season and they will find out their next opponents in the FA Cup in Monday’s draw.

Barnes was handed a start up front with the returning Francois Zoko while manager Darren Way also granted Barnsley’s Jared Bird, who joined on Thursday, a go from the beginning in the heart of midfield.

The other new recruits, Corey Whelan of Liverpool and Middlesbrough’s Lewis Wing, were named on the bench.

Town’s two other changes saw Green fill in on the right wing while Bevis Mugabi was installed at centre-back.

The Glovers began in positive fashion with new recruit Bird almost getting off to a dream start inside 30 seconds.

Driving into the left-hand side of the area, the 20-year-old, who joined on Thursday, toe poked past goalkeeper Lukas Raeder; Tyrell Robinson was in place to clear from inside the six-yard box. 

The other loan starter in Barnes went close to opening his Yeovil account and the scoring on 10 minute, although he didn’t know much about it. Zoko’s curled effort from the edge of the area was palmed on to the Saints frontman but the ball fell wide of the mark.

Jake Gray hacked over and Otis Khan shot straight at Raeder as Way’s men continued on the front foot.

Winger Green was proving a thorn in Bradford’s with his pace and Barnes’ creative movement was causing a nuisance.

One of the latter’s runs was picked out expertly by Zoko and his shot towards the far corner needed to be palmed behind. The resulting corner saw Tom James power through a host of bodies and past Raeder but the ball cannoned off Matt Kilgallon on the line to safety.

Charlie Wyke flicked over in a rare visiting attack before another weaving dribble from Bird ended with Raeder smothering at Barnes’ feet.

For all the hosts’ play, they deserved a goal but it was the Bantams who nearly provided one in first-half stoppage time. Hitting Town on the break, the ball eventually fell to Paul Taylor and his blistering drive warmed Artur Krysiak’s hands ahead of the referee’s half-time whistle.

Boosted by a encouraging end to the first period, Bradford came out of the blocks quick following the interval. Timothee Dieng glided into the box and tested Krysiak from close range, then Shay McCartan found the Thatchers terrace.

Those in the home areas were up cheering when they thought Khan’s free kick nestled into the back of the net rather than the side of it, and Wyke’s low attempt was tipped behind brilliantly by Krysiak at the other end.

The game had become stretched and exciting with some excellent last-ditch interventions before Barnes deservedly scored just past the hour.

Thread through by Khan, the 21-year-old forward raced one-on-one with Raeder and coolly slotted underneath the German stopper.

Barnes’ confidence increased and it showed as he won possession back 30 yards at goal and shot straight at Raeder.

Town did have to be alert to the Bantams’ threat and Taylor sent an attempt crashing against the crossbar and Krysiak superbly denied McCartan on the follow up.

Not only did the Polish keeper’s heroics preserve the Green and Whites’ lead, it allowed them the opportunity to go further ahead.

An incredible mazy dribble from Zoko saw the Ivorian travel 30 yards before teeing up Green to emphatically find the bottom corner.

The buoyant home crowd were in fine voice to help Way’s team see out another famous victory for the club in the FA Cup.

It gave the players on the pitch an extra lift in the closing stages to complete the job on a Bradford team competing for promotion in League One. 

Who the Glovers face in the next round remains to be seen but the magic of the cup is still alive and kicking in Somerset.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Mugabi, N.Smith, Dickson, Green, Gray, Bird (Wing 79), Khan (Santos 90), Zoko, Barnes (Whelan 85).
Bookings: Bird 16.
Not Used: Maddison, Golubickas.

Bradford City: Raeder, Hanson, Kilgallon (Thompson 46), Vincelot, Robinson, Gilliead, Dieng (Devine 70), Law, Taylor, McCartan (Poleon 75), Wyke.
Bookings: Vincelot 31, Robinson 50, Dieng 68.
Not Used: Sykes-Kenworthy, Gibson, Patrick.

ACADEMY | Under-18s held by Newport at home

The young Glovers midfielder curled in a superb effort midway through the second period and looked to have won the game for the hosts, but a late penalty from the visitors meant a point apiece. 

Goalkeeper Tommy Scott received a red card after the spot-kick was scored for dissent.

Yeovil dominated proceedings on the top pitch at Huish Park with Rogers running the show.

He was denied a 12-yard kick of his own after going down over a Newport leg, and Nestor Shako was thwarted in similar fashion moments later.

Despite being in control, Antonio Falanga’s side failed to grab a goal they deserved and needed Scott to pull off to fine stops to keep the score goalless.

Then a piece of brilliance from Rogers opened the scoring. Jack Hilton-Jones saw his drive saved and Rogers picked up the scraps, delivering a shot of quality into the top corner.

It looked to be enough for Town who were comfortable but the referee awarded a harsh late spot-kick to Newport which was dispatched.

Scott was dismissed for dissent after the equaliser and the junior Green and Whites battled hard with 10 men in the remaining minutes to earn a point.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Bradford City

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

Tickets
Both home and away supporters can buy tickets on the day, although advanced purchase is advised to avoid matchday queues. With adults able to take in cup action for just £15 and juniors for just £5, get your ticket now by buying online or contacting the ticket office on 01935 847888 or by visiting in person.

Steve Elliott – off the mark!
Local race director Steve Elliott will be starting a mammoth challenge at half-time. Racing seven half-marathons in just 24 hours around Yeovil, Steve will be setting off from Huish Park – with your support – during the break. Raising money for Yeovil Hospital Charity and School in a Bag, you can pledge to support Steve by clicking here.

Steve Elliott Marathon

Half-time entertainment
The action doesn’t stop at half-time. During the break, local singers Megan and Holly Cheetham – known as InSync – will be performing live. As part of an ongoing partnership between YTFC, the Octagon Theatre and the Western Gazette, make sure you’re in position to enjoy the half-time performance. 

Pre-match refreshment
Why not arrive at Huish Park early? The supporters marquee will be open to both home and away supporters from 12.30 onwards on matchday, offering hot food and beverages (both hot and cold). Situated next to the 3G playing surface, head along before kick-off to take in some refreshment. Also open at half-time, order your drinks before you enter the ground and they’ll be ready for you at the break.

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

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 19 of the matchday programme – Green & White. Crammed with content to kick-start 2018, you’ll find an exclusive interview with Otis Khan, the lowdown on the opposition and tonnes of other features. Pick up your copy for just £3 from around the ground and in the club shop. 

INTERVIEW | Way talks about his new recruits

Having already secured the temporary services of Barnsley’s Jared Bird on Thursday, the Glovers boss added Liverpool Under-23s captain Corey Whelan, Middlesbrough attacking midfielder Lewis Wing and exciting Southampton forward Marcus Barnes to his ranks ahead of the Bantams’ visit to Huish Park.

Whelan is a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international defender who is equally capable of playing at right-back or centre-half, while Wing caught Boro’s attention by netting just shy of 60 goals in two seasons for Northern League Division One side Shildon.

Barnes also has an eye for goal and has scored four goals in Premier League 2 for Southampton this term.

The three youngsters, alongside the addition of Bird, bolster Way’s options and the Yeovil manager declared his delight to have them on board.

“I’m really pleased with all three loan signings,” he told YTFC.net.

“They all have real quality and will improve our squad for the second half of the season.

“Corey is a leader and Liverpool Under-23s’ captain. He also plays international football for Republic of Ireland and can play in a couple of positions. 

“Lewis is a great goalscorer. He’s played first team football for Middlesbrough this season and is highly thought of there.

“Marcus is another goalscorer who is good with the ball at his feet and likes to bring others into play.

“I’d like to thank Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Southampton for trusting YTFC to continue their development. I’m excited to work with them.

“I’d also like to thank the respective managers, agents and staff at each club for their help in securing these deals. I extend that to my own staff who have worked tirelessly to get everything over the line.”

SIGNING | Town seal Barnes loan deal

The 21-year-old becomes the second forward from the south coast club to join this term after Olufela Olomola and the fourth player to join the Glovers in January after Jared Bird, Corey Whelan and Lewis Wing.

He goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie against Bradford City.

Marcus Barnes of Southampton

Barnes moved to Southampton from Wolves in 2014, settling into the youth setup seamlessly.

The tall but mobile striker, who boasts an excellent finish, ended the 2014/15 campaign as Saints Under-18s’ top scorer with 13 goals in 26 appearances before stepping up into the Under-21s.

After scoring twice on the opening day of the 2015/16 season, Barnes suffered an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the year but he has since come back a stronger player, establishing himself in the south coast outfit’s Under-23s.

A clever player who likes to drop off and link-up play, Barnes has scored four goals in Premier League 2 this season and his loan to Town will be his first to an EFL club.

SIGNING | Wing becomes a Glover

The 22-year-old goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third round clash with Bradford City at Huish Park having signed on the dotted line. 

Lewis Wing of Middlesbrough

Becoming a Glover for the rest of the 2017/18 season, Wing arrives in Somerset with a goal scoring reputation. 

The attacking midfielder netted just shy of 60 goals in two seasons at Shildon, leading to Boro snapping him up for their Under-23s.

Fresh from a 30-goal season in Northern League Division One, the exciting prospect impressed at the Riverside to earn himself a new deal until 2019. 

Wing made his Middlesbrough debut in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Scunthorpe United before playing a key role in the third round win over Aston Villa.

SIGNING | Whelan wheels in from Liverpool

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international arrives at Huish Park to bolster the Glovers’ defensive options. 

Offering versatility at the back, the 20-year-old goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie with Bradford City.

Corey Whelan of Liverpool

Equally at home at right-back or centre-half, Whelan becomes Yeovil’s second January signing following the arrival of midfielder Jared Bird on Thursday.

The youngster was previously with Crewe Alexandra’s prestigious Academy before joining the Reds at Under-10 level.

Whelan made his Liverpool Under-18s debut during the 2013/14 season and has since found himself a regular within the Under-23 setup, recently penning a new deal at Anfield.

INTERVIEW | Players ready for the challenge – Way

The Glovers were reduced to nine-men on the stroke of half-time and battled hard to keep the Red Devils at bay before a lengthy stoppage due to a drone assisted the visitors’ winner.

Sky Bet League One side Bradford City head to Huish Park on Saturday (3pm) looking to reach the fourth round for the first time since their quarter-finals exploits in 2014/15.

Way is aware of the threats the Bantams pose and calls for his players to produce another big defensive effort in order to progress.

“We only had nine players but we defended really well with the players that we had,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“The way they defended was magnificent. What we’ve got to do is do that against a good Bradford team.

“They’ve scored good goals. We’ve come up against (Charlie) Wyke a number of times; he’s very, very dominant in the box, but we’ve talked about his threats with the defenders we’ve got and they’ll be ready for the challenge. 

“We know the consequences (of winning) and Yeovil seem to have a really good history of creating stories; Saturday is our opportunity to create a really good story.” 

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Bradford City

The Bantams head to Huish Park in Emirates FA Cup third round action, as Town look to see off higher league opposition for the fourth time this season. 

Southend United were dispatched in the first round, whilst Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon were seen off in the Checkatrade Trophy to complete a trio of Sky Bet League One scalps.

Both sides have won two of their last four matches, enjoying a mixed festive period. 

Yeovil recorded their first back-to-back league wins in 14 months with victories over Exeter City and Cheltenham Town, whilst Bradford have most recently seen off Fleetwood Town and Oxford United.

Despite being in a combined 198 FA Cup campaigns, Saturday’s fixture will be the first cup clash between the two teams. 

In the lead up to the historic encounter, Darren Way has experienced something of a selection crisis.

Loanees Keston Davies, Sid Nelson, Olufela Olomola and Matt Worthington have returned to their parent clubs, while six others miss out through injury and suspension.

Options have been bolstered, however, with the loan addition of Jared Bird from Barnsley to ease Way’s headache slightly.

As for the Bantams, they head to Somerset in buoyant mood with striker Charlie Wyke (12 goals) and Dominic Polen (six goals) their likeliest threats.

Head-to-head
Yeovil have won their last three matches against Bradford. 

With all six previous meetings coming in League One, Town’s last encounter with City at Huish Park came in 2015, with Gozie Ugwu scoring the winner.

The Bantams’ sole win in Somerset came 12 years ago, as Dean Windass notched a late winner.

Officials
John Brooks (Leicestershire) will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

Taking charge of what will be his 30th game of the season, it will be his first match involving the Glovers for a year. 

Overseeing the 4-2 Checkatrade Trophy win over Reading Under-23s last January, Brooks will return to Huish Park with Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex) with Adam Bromley (Devon) acting as fourth official.  

Coverage
Pre-match interviews with manager Darren Way and Ryan Dickson can be viewed on the club’s iFollow Glovers section.

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

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

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

Tickets
Supporters can buy tickets both in advance and on the day. With discounted prices compared to league fixtures, take in FA Cup action at Huish Park this weekend from as little as £15 for an adult and £5 for juniors. Click here for more information.

INTERVIEW | We’ve got nothing to lose – Dickson

The Bantams will travel to Huish Park for the third round match on Saturday (3pm), with Yeovil currently the lowest-ranked side left in the competition.

Dickson spent a short period on loan at Bradford before signing permanently for the Glovers and is relishing taking them on in Somerset.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, and Yeovil’s history in this competition is obviously there for everyone to see, so the boys can just go out there and enjoy it,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I think we’re the lowest-ranked in the competition and Bradford are no pushovers. They’re doing well in League One so it isn’t going to be an easy game, we know that.

“They’ve got a few technically gifted players as well, obviously with the standard that they are. It’s not a small club, Bradford.

“But like I said, anything can happen on the day and at home, we’re more than happy having them here.”

Dickson has made 24 appearances in his third season with Yeovil, and the 31-year-old says he’s still loving life in Somerset.

He said: “You’ve got to churn out a lot of games at this level. You’re going to pick up knocks and injuries and people get ill, it’s just the way it is.

“But it’s enjoyable as ever. It’s a football club that obviously I love. I like being here and, like I said, if we can pick up a few results, it’s a great place to be.”

Tickets remain available to purchase with reduced prices on offer – click here for more information and to buy yours now.

NEWS | Worthington returns to the south coast

The 20-year-old made 19 appearances for Town after arriving from the Premier League outfit, becoming an integral part of manager Darren Way’s side. 

Hoping to retain Worthington’s services, the club were unable to agree on a loan extension as the midfielder returns for first team duties at the Vitality Stadium. 

Thanking Cherries manager Eddie Howe, Town boss Way paid thanks to both Worthington and Bournemouth. 

“I have to thank Matt for his efforts during his time with us, he’s been a real asset to our squad. Equally, I must thank Eddie for allowing us to enjoy the next chapter of Matt’s development.

“Following in the footsteps of fellow Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher who spent last season with us, Worthy will now return to the south coast with games under his belt and a chance of first team football at his parent club.

“The five loans we’ve had in the first six months of the campaign have picked up 99 appearances between them – we’re proud to play such a big part in their footballing development and are grateful to those who entrust us with their promising players.”

All at Yeovil Town Football Club wish Matt all the best in the future and thank him for his efforts during his spell at Huish Park.

INTERVIEW | Way wants deserving players to create history

Town take on the Sky Bet League One play-off hopefuls on Saturday (3pm) and will go into the game as the lowest-ranked team still left in the competition.

“Going into a game of that magnitude, knowing the consequences of what’s at the end of it, that’s enough to excite the players,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“Players have got the opportunity to create a story for themselves, and it will always be one player. I don’t know who it is, but I’ll be making sure that player enjoys the moment after if it happens.

“I’ve been in a number of situations with Yeovil now, I’ve played in a number of games as a player, so I talked about when I think my first game was against Stevenage in the cup: sense it, see it, feel it.

“And I want the players to sense it and see, and then at the end feel something special, because they deserve it. This is a hard-working group, a young group, but they’re all honest, and what a fantastic opportunity.

Should the Glovers get through to the next round, they have the chance of facing a Premier League side, something Way is relishing.

He said: “You’re 90 minutes away, so hopefully some clown doesn’t fly a drone in again to delay the game!

“One thing that I can trust is that my players on Saturday, against a good Bradford team, will go toe to toe and they’ll give everything to get a performance that will enable us to get into the next round.”

SIGNING | Bird soars in on loan

Subject to clearance, the 20-year-old has agreed the deal after completing his medical and will link-up with his new team-mates ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Bradford City.

Manager Darren Way said: “Jared’s a very good player with all the attributes I feel this club needs. I watched him against Millwall and Tottenham and felt he did very well.

“He’s a young player, but Paul Heckingbottom is someone I trust and he fits with what we’re trying to do here. I look forward to working with him.”

New Town recruit Jared Bird challenges Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur

A calming, controlling presence in midfield, Bird came through Derby County’s Academy and upon the expiry of his two-year scholarship, Barnsley snapped up his services offering him his first professional contract in 2016.

He captained the Tykes’ Under-23s last term and his impressive performances led to being selected on the bench in the closing stages of Paul Heckingbottom’s side’s promotion-winning season. 

The youngster penned a contract extension in the summer and made his Barnsley debut in the Sky Bet Championship in August, before helping the Yorkshire outfit, alongside ex-Glovers loanee Ryan Hedges, run Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur close at Wembley in the Carabao Cup. 

In total, Bird has made four senior appearances for Barnsley and comes to Huish Park highly recommended.

NEWS | Lufton planning appeal succeeds

In collaboration with Yeovil Town Holdings Limited and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Limited aims to bring improved community sports and health and well-being facilities to the South Somerset area.

The appeal arose because, although the planning application was recommended for approval by the South Somerset Planning Officer in September 2017, it was refused by a small majority of Councillors on the Planning Committee as generally reported.

The Planning Inspector reviewed the case in a lengthy report which is in the public domain and available on the website of South Somerset District Council and the Planning Inspectorate.

The Club’s application for costs was refused by the Inspector and although It might be possible to challenge the cost refusal, the Club would prefer to concentrate on the positive outcome of the Appeal and consider the next steps to ultimately implement the Lufton approval which offers  significant opportunities for working together with the Local Authorities, the football community and other interested parties to promote football and other sports and health and well-being for the benefit of the whole community.

NEWS | Duo end loan spells at Huish Park

Davies, who arrived on a season-long loan from Premier League outfit Swansea City in July, has had his stay in Somerset terminated prematurely following an agreement between all three parties. 

Making five appearances, the 21-year-old scored his first professional goal in the 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over AFC Wimbledon in December, helping Town reach the third round.

Also departing, Nelson returns to Millwall following the expiry of his loan deal. 

Donning Green & White on 14 occasions during his spell in Somerset having arrived late in August, the 22-year-old featured in three victories for the Glovers before returning to South East London.

All at Yeovil Town Football Club would like to thank the duo for their efforts during their time at Huish Park and wish them all the best in the future.

NEWS | Sowunmi suspension upheld

The 22-year-old was dismissed in first half stoppage time during Yeovil’s 2-1 loss to Crawley Town following a foul on Jordan Roberts which was adjudged to have denied a goal scoring opportunity.

Following the club’s appeal, an Independent Regulatory Commission heard the case and upheld the officials’ decision. 

Sowunmi will now miss the Emirates FA Cup third round clash with Bradford City on Saturday at Huish Park.

Connor Smith was also sent off in the match against the Reds having received two yellow cards, with the Irishman also sitting out this weekend’s action.

TICKETS | Get up for the cup this weekend

The Glovers host Stuart McCall’s Sky Bet League One Bantams looking to dispatch a fourth third tier side this season.

Town defeated Southend United at home in round one before needing extra time in a replay to overcome Port Vale. 

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

For more information, head to the Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | Way proud of nine-man Town

The Glovers had taken the lead through Sam Surridge before Connor Smith and Omar Sowunmi were sent off either side of a Mark Randall equaliser.

Play was halted when a drone was flown into the stadium and following a 10-minute delay, Harry Kewell’s visitors made their two-man advantage count as substitute Thomas Verheydt headed home late on.

Town battled bravely in an attempt to secure a point out of the match and Way couldn’t fault any of his squad’s effort and application.

“I feel very proud of the players who were on the pitch and carried out their duties,’ he told iFollow Glovers. 

“We were playing some very good football and we should have been two or three-nil up.

“We were certainly the better team 11 v 11 but then we unfortunately got Connor sent off, they score from a set-play and then Omar gets sent off so it gave them a little bit of momentum.

“We knew at half-time the situation we were in. We had to regroup as we couldn’t do anything about it.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get a point which would have been big but the teams below us haven’t gained an advantage.

“I have to thank the players for all their hard work and commitment throughout that second 45 minutes.”

NEWS | Town to appeal Sowunmi dismissal

With the score at 1-1 just before the break, defender was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity when Jordan Roberts tumbled just outside the area.

Yeovil, who also had Connor Smith sent off for two bookable offences, defended valiantly against Crawley’s full card but couldn’t hold on for a point as Thomas Verheydt netted late on.

Boss Darren Way said: “It was very poor decision making from the referee. Watching Omar’s on a replay it was never a sending off.”

If Sowunmi’s appeal is deemed unsuccessful he will miss the visit of Bradford City in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Saturday.

NEWS | Smith gets one-match ban

The midfielder received two yellow cards of the contest at Huish Park and was sent from the field in the 37th minute.

Smith receives a one-match ban for his sending off, to be served when the Glovers host Stuart McCall’s Bantams on Saturday.

The club will be appealing against the red card shown to Omar Sowunmi in the same match.

NEWS | Club statement on drone stoppage

Referee Brett Huxtable postponed play in the 81st minute following the emergence of a drone over Huish Park. 

Correctly following the agreed protocol, the officials removed the players from the field of play for safety reasons, incurring an 11-minute delay.

As part of the club’s own protocol regarding safety concerns, stewards and security staff were deployed across the Huish Park site to investigate. 

The club will now continue to work with Avon & Somerset Police as the investigation continues.

NEWS | Way confirms wish to extend Olomola stay

The young forward has scored seven goals since signing on loan from Premier League side Southampton, a temporary spell which is set to expire this week. 

“If you look at his quality and attributes why wouldn’t you want to keep Olufela Olomola at your football club?” Way said.

“We’re having talks with Southampton about Fela so hopefully we should have some feedback soon. Then it will be down to the agent and Olomola whether he wants to continue his timel at Yeovil Town.

“I feel it’s right Fela remains at this football club. It’s important the stability he has here is good – with Fela it’s connected.

“For me as a manager I need to do everything I can to keep Fela. Whether it’s a loan or permanent is down to Southampton as he’s contracted to them until the end of the season. 

“If it’s permanent and there’s a fee, then that’s what we’ll have to do.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Crawley Town

Sam Surridge scored his seventh goal of the campaign with a blistering drive before Connor Smith saw red for two bookings.

Mark Randall volleyed home an equaliser on the stroke of half-time and there was still time for referee Brett Huxtable to send off Omar Sowunmi for a last-man challenge.

The Glovers battled valiantly in the second half but it wasn’t enough as substitute Thomas Verheydt nodded in a winner on 87 minutes.

Olufela Olomola was granted his first start since the beginning of December, partnering fellow young loanee Surridge up front. 

Manager Darren Way’s other change to the team that suffered a loss in their last game of 2017 saw Ryan Dickson return from illness.

With skipper James Bailey out of action for up to three months, Connor Smith had another chance to impress in central midfield and it was the Irishman who played a key part in the game’s first attempt on goal.

His interception deep into Crawley territory allowed Otis Khan to run into the box. The tricky wide man teed up Surridge but Josh Yorwerth got his body in the way of the youngster’s shot.

Town playing the ball quickly and with purpose; Tom James almost released Jake Gray with an excellent slide-rule pass, however the two-time goalscorer over the festive period was thwarted by the sliding body of stopper Glenn Morris.

The visitors’ goalkeeper received a booking moments later for carrying the ball outside the area, presenting Khan with a free kick in a very good position, though he could only curl over.

Then came the first goal the hosts thoroughly deserved. Breaking from a Crawley corner, Olomola sped down field with Connor Smith and Surridge in support.

Searching for the duo in the box, the Southampton man’s cross-cum-shot cannoned off the crossbar into the latter’s path and he dispatched with a powerful strike through Morris’ hands.

Things began to get pretty feisty from the away side’s point of view resulting in ex-Glover Lewis Young and centre-back Yorwerth receiving bookings – the Red Devils’ third and fourth yellows in the first period. 

Town had been pretty squeaky clean on the discipline front but that changed when Connor Smith was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The former Plymouth Argyle was previously carded on 24 minutes before an innocuous challenge on Yorwerth saw him dismissed by referee Huxtable.

Playing against a man less seemed to lift Crawley and with their first effort on goal, they equalised.

Just before half-time, Jordan Roberts’ cross was put in the far corner by a looping acrobatic volley from Randall to leave the home crowd stunned.

They were left even more so when Sowunmi joined Connor Smith in the changing room.

Roberts hit the deck after being lightly stroked by the big centre-back, who was sent off for ‘denying a clear goalscoring opportunity’.

As expected, Crawley came out all guns blazing in the second half due to their two-man advantage and Artur Krysiak needed to be alert to tip away Enzio Boldewijn’s skewed delivery.

The Dutchman then went on a mazy run which led to Randall flashing an effort just past the post.

The Glovers did have their own spells where they threatened; Surridge causing a nuisance but seeing a shot blocked while Tom James sent a free kick well wide.

Amazingly, official Huxtable didn’t award a second caution for Yorwerth. First he hauled down Olomola – free kick awarded – before wrestling Surridge to the ground; nothing given.

The effort Way’s players put in during the second 45 couldn’t be faulted; they defended gallantly as a unit and broke well despite their lack of numbers.

Bizarrely, the last 10 minutes were delayed due to a drone over the stadium. Play eventually resumed and Crawley grabbed a late winner with Verheydt rising highest to head in Jimmy Smith’s cross.

Town had one more chance to salvage something from the contest but Morris saved well from James to deny the Glovers a share of the spoils.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Gray, C.Smith, Worthington, Khan (Mugabi 45), Olomola (Green 76), Surridge (Zoko 82).
Bookings: C.Smith 24, 37, Zoko 90.
Sendings off: C.Smith 37, Sowunmi 45.
Not used: Maddison, Davies, Nelson, Santos. 

Crawley Town: Morris, Lelan (Meite 39), Connolly, Yorwerth (Verheydt 74), Evina (Sanoh 62), J.Smith, Bulman, Young, Randall, Roberts, Boldewijn.
Bookings: Roberts 14, Morris 15, Young 31, Yorwerth 32, Randall 38.
Not used: Mersin, Doherty, Clifford, McNerney.