Month: February 2018

POSTPONED | Checkatrade Trophy tie called off

With temperatures forecast to fall several degrees below zero before kick-off, the decision was made by both clubs to postpone the fixture with some areas of the pitch already frozen. 

Although the New Meadow pitch had been covered since last week local referee Rob Taylor, as well as both managers, inspected the pitch on Tuesday morning before deeming it unplayable.

The game has been rearranged for next Tuesday, 6th March, with a 7:45pm kick-off. Tickets bought in advance for the game will still be valid and the game will still be shown live on Sky Sports.

The club will still subsidise travel costs, with those booked on to a Green & Whites Supporters Club coach politely asked to contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 to confirm.

NEWS | Club to sponsor travel to Shrewsbury 

Having seen off Sky Bet League One outfit Fleetwood Town to reach the Checkatrade Trophy semi-finals, the Glovers are just one win away from Wembley and the club wishes to help send a sea of Green and White from Somerset to Shropshire. 

As a result, YTFC will sponsor coaches (organised through Supporters Alliance member the Green & Whites Supporters Club) to limit the cost per person to just £15.  

With match tickets priced at £5 for adults and £1 for concessions, supporters will be able to make the 370-mile round trip for a maximum of £20. 

Tickets for the match taking place on Tuesday, February 27th (7.45pm) are on sale now via the Huish Park ticket office and online

To book your spot on a GWSC coach for the trip to Shrewsbury, contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570

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REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Carlisle United

In a tight opening 45 minutes chances were few and far between, as Omar Sowunmi, Ryan Seager and Jake Gray went closest to breaking the deadlock. 

With Jonny Maddison untested, a largely positive first half was overshadowed by Gray being stretchered off late on.

Despite finishing the stronger of the two sides before the break, the Cumbrians took the lead just after the restart courtesy of Hallam Hope.

After conceding their first league goal at home since the 20th January the hosts rallied as Lewis Wing struck the post, but Town couldn’t break down a stubborn United side.

Darren Way made three changes from the eleven who suffered a first league defeat in six at Stevenage last weekend. 

Fresh from netting a consolation strike at the Lamex Stadium, Seager replaced Alex Fisher to partner Sam Surridge upfront as the two loanees were chosen to the lead the line.

Completing a trio of changes, Rhys Browne and Oscar Gobern came into midfield forcing Otis Khan to drop to the bench and Alefe Santos to miss out on a spot in the matchday 18.

On a bitterly cold afternoon in Somerset, it took both sides a while to warm up with only a chance a piece record by the midway point of the half.

With neither goalkeeper called into action, there was just a chance a piece to record by the midway point of the half. 

Hope drove a half-volley from the edge of the box comfortably wide before Tom James’ deep free-kick found Sowunmi in the box, whose first-time flick flew just over the bar with Jack Bonham beaten.

Becoming a subdued affair, the game burst into life just past the half-hour mark when Town engineered two opportunities to break the deadlock.

Looking mischievous as a strike partnership, Surridge was brought down on the edge of the box by Clint Hill, only for a good advantage to allow Seager to bend an effort just wide. 

Finishing the opening 45 minutes strongly the hosts went close again when Gray’s low strike from just inside the box was well saved by the advanced Bonham as Way’s side threatened. 

That proved to be the midfielder’s last meaningful involvement, as he was worryingly stretchered off following an innocuous coming together with a Carlisle defender.

Marring a relatively positive first half for Yeovil, both sides retreated to the dressing rooms to regroup in search of the elusive opening goal.

Having ticked past five hours without conceding a league goal at home, the Glovers would’ve been confident it would be them who found the first goal, only for Keith Curle’s side to prove otherwise. 

With 48 minutes on the clock, Town conceded their first goal at home in the league since late January, as Hope stroked the ball into the far corner after driving into the box. 

Way responded by introducing the electric pace of Jordan Green for Seager, but it was the visitors who went closest to notching the second goal of the game. 

Now past the hour-mark, Jamie Devitt wastefully blazed over from the angle before moments later Hope almost mirrored his opener, this time striking the base of the post. 

Struggling to form a reply it took the hosts until the final 20 minutes to threaten an equaliser. 

Moments after entering the fray, Fisher was twice denied by Bonham at point-blank range, as a mele in the box ended with Carlisle hacking Sowunmi’s low drive off the line. 

In a bid to preserve their unbeaten run at Huish Park the Glovers chucked caution to the wind in the closing stages and Wing blazed a well-hit strike onto the post, but it wasn’t to be as United inflicted a first home defeat in five and extended their unbeaten run over the Glovers to 12.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Whelan, Sowunmi, James, Dickson; Browne (Fisher 71′), Gobern, Wing, Gray (Khan 45′); Surridge, Seager (Green 56′).
Bookings: Browne 55′
Subs not used: Nelson, Donnellan, C. Smith, Bird, Fisher.

Carlisle United: Bonham; Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Parkes; Twardek (Jones 46′), Joyce, Devitt, Hope; Bennett (Nadesan 64′), Stockton (O’Sullivan 74′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Grainger, Campbell-Ryce, Gray, Lambe.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Carlisle United

Here’s all that’s happening as well as the main event:

Junior Glovers Family Cabin
Packed full of pre-match activities including the latest game consoles and FIFA 18, head along to the Family Cabin for Glovers themed entertainment. Situated at the end of the Tamburino Stand and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold Terrace, the cabin is often visited by special guests including the Jolly Green Giant and members of the first team.

Prostate Cancer UK
Volunteers will be collecting money around the ground and with your generosity will be raising money to beat a disease killing 1 man every 45 minutes in the UK. Keep an eye out for their volunteers dotted around the stadium both inside and out. 

Prostate Cancer

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 27 of the matchday programme – Green & White. Crammed with content, you’ll find an in-depth interview with Yeovil-boy Ryan Seager on joining his hometown club, 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. 

In Memory of Maurice O’Donnell
Close member of the Yeovil Town football family, Maurice O’Donnell, sadly passed away earlier this month. Giving 46 years of service to the club in a multitude of roles, Maurice was a much loved and much appreciated familiar face around Huish Park. With his family in attendance, a minute’s applause will take place prior to kick-off in his memory.

Maurice O'Donnell

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

Half-time entertainment
As part of the ongoing partnership between YTFC, the Octagon Theatre and the Western Gazette, half-time entertainment will be in the form of Dance Factory. Putting on a five-minute performance during the interval, keep an eye out for the dancers. 

Refreshing offers!
There are a number of special offers available on site:
– A bottle of diet coke and a Creme Egg = £2.50
– Bottles of I.P.A or Carlsberg = £2 while stocks last in the marquee

Club shop offer
Supporters will be able to enjoy 50% off all Manchester United themed stock from the Emirates FA Cup meeting in January. Shirts and polo shirts from the memorable occasion remain available. While stocks last!

INTERVIEW | Way looking to continue home form

Huish Park has seen league victories over Grimsby, Cambridge United and Barnet as well as Checkatrade Trophy success against Fleetwood. 

Looking to build on three consecutive league clean sheets at Huish Park, Darren Way is keen to point out recent exploits at home despite last weekend’s defeat on the road at Stevenage.

“If you believe in the players and take that game out (Stevenage), you realise how well the players have done,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“Some of the home form has probably been the best since we got promoted out of League One, so it has been very good form and we have to focus on that, be positive and make sure we maintain it.

“It’s been a good week in training and I’ve seen a lot of exciting play and I want the players to bring that to the game on Saturday.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re resilient; we’ve kept three straight clean sheets at home so we want to get back to that and put on a performance we’re all proud of, not just the supporters.”

In order to continue recent success at Huish Park, Town will have to record a win over the Cumbrians for the first time since 2011. 

Saturday’s encounter will be the seventh time Yeovil’s boss has taken on Keith Curle’s side, who he watched beat Barnet in midweek.

Way said: “I thought tactically, Keith did very well with the subs he made, they were very astute and changed the game.

“It shows they have a squad and not just a starting eleven that can affect the game so we have to be aware of that for 90 minutes because they finished very strongly. 

“They have caused us big, big problems over the seasons at their place and I’ve played Carlisle more than any other team since I’ve been manager. We have to make sure we’re prepared, but I’m looking forward to the game.”

Tickets remain on sale with pre-match prices available until midday on Saturday. For more information, visit our Home Match Tickets page.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Carlisle United

Grimsby, Cambridge United and Barnet were all dispatched in Sky Bet League Two, whilst higher league opposition in the form of Fleetwood were seen off in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

As the Cumbrians head south, Town haven’t conceded a goal at home in four-and-a-half hours of league football, scoring seven goals in the process. 

If proficiency in the final third is to continue on Saturday, it will have to be without top scorer Francois Zoko who serves the final game of his two-match suspension.

The Ivorian’s suspension has been met by the timely return of 10-goal man Otis Khan, who returned from a five-game absence last weekend at Stevenage.

Bevis Mugabi (hamstring) continues to edge closer to full fitness and could be in contention for a return, but Darren Way will still be without the services of Dan Alfei, James Bailey, Nathan Smith, Artur Krysiak (all knee) and Marcus Barnes (ankle). 

United come into the weekend’s meeting having won their last two matches, most recently picking up a 3-1 win at bottom club Barnet in midweek.

Jamie Devitt was on target in London to register his ninth goal of the season, whilst Danny Grainger also sits on nine for the campaign. 

Carlisle have one former Glover in their ranks, with defender Tom Parkes spending a short loan stint at Huish Park back in 2010.

Head-to-head
The Glovers have faced United 23 times since entering the EFL. 

Enjoying a patchy record, Town have seven wins to their name but are on a winless streak of 11. 

Yeovil’s last victory over the Cumbrians came in 2011, when Jon Obika and Dean Bowditch secured a 2-0 win at Brunton Park.

Officials
Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire) will take charge of the league meeting between the two sides.

It will be Mr. Coggins’ third trip to Huish Park this season, having overseen the 1-0 defeat to Colchester and 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

On Saturday, he’ll be assisted by Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Michael Webb (Surrey) with Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Otis Khan and manager Darren Way 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.

INTERVIEW | We have to look up – Khan

Receiving a five-match ban for a red card received against Chesterfield towards the end of January, the 22-year-old returned to action last weekend at Stevenage. 

Town’s second top scorer with 10 goals to his name – along with the same number of assists – the former Manchester United youngster is looking to end the 2017/18 campaign on a high. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “I want to keep doing well, have a good second half of the season and keep getting goals and assists and help my team mates out and help the team push up (the table).

“Me personally, even if we were at the bottom I would look upwards, there’s no point in being negative.

“You’ve always got to look up and now we know we have a chance to kick on and get away from that (bottom two) so we’ll just take each game as it comes and always look up and be positive.”

The Glovers face Carlisle United at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm), looking for a first win over the Cumbrians in seven years. 

Losing the reverse fixture 4-0 back in November, Khan is looking to exact some revenge on Keith Curle’s side.

“The last time we played Carlisle we got beat in a not very nice fashion, so owe them one,” he said. “It will be a tough game but we always feel confident at home and you can see the way the boys have playing at home we’re doing very well.

“If I play a team earlier in the season and know we got beat in that fashion I’ll always remember it and try and prove a point against them. Now we’re at home, we can show them what we’re all about.

“On any given day anyone can beat anyone. I don’t want to get beat off Carlisle, I want to show what we can do and hopefully, that will see us win the game.”

INTERVIEW | Way pleased with latest addition

The 36-year-old, who arrived as a free agent following a six-year stay with League One outfit Gillingham, will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s league encounter with Carlisle United at Huish Park (3pm).

After Polish stopper Artur Krysiak was ruled out for the season last week, goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips was promoted to the bench for Yeovil’s outings against Barnet and Stevenage.

Keen to fully restore Phillips to his coaching duties, Way swooped to secure Nelson’s services on a deal until the end of the season. 

In a straight shootout for a starting spot with Jonny Maddison, Town’s boss is pleased to have created competition.

“If you ask the players from what they’ve seen over the last three days in training, he’s been very impressive,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“That’s no pressure on Jonny. If Jonny plays well, Jonny holds the shirt but if Jonny doesn’t, like any other player you’ve got to decide to make a change.”

With over 400 EFL appearances to his name, Nelson returns to the South West having been born in Stroud. 

Linking up with his new team-mates on Tuesday, Way is excited to have secured the ‘keeper’s services.

“It’s a great move for the football club having someone as experienced as that in the dressing room and he comes highly recommended, not just by managers and players, but supporters as well.

“All the people I’ve spoken to, he comes with a high calibre and high class and I’m excited to be able to work with him.” 

NEWS | Town welcome Prostate Cancer UK to Huish Park

Volunteers will be collecting money around the ground and with your generosity will be raising money to beat a disease killing 1 man every 45 minutes in the UK.

Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of the EFL. Their ‘Man of Men’ logo sits proudly in the squad numbers of every one of our player’s shirts.

But what does it mean? Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Man of Men’ represents everyone who wants to stop prostate cancer being a killer. It’s a badge proudly worn by Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling and his fellow pundits week in week out on Soccer Saturday.

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

Like Kevin, Lloyd and Jeff Stelling you can wear your Prostate Cancer UK badge with pride too.

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

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

NEWS | Enjoy FA WSL action at Huish Park

The Lady Glovers host the Blues looking to pick up their first points of the season, in what is a historic maiden campaign in the top flight. 

With tickets remaining on sale via the Yeovil Town Ladies websitecheer on Jamie Sherwood’s side at Huish Park as the Green & Whites go up against one of Europe’s elite. 

Prices are as follows:
Adult – £5 (£7 on the turnstile)
Child/Concession – £2.50 (£3 on the turnstile)

For more information and to learn what’s going on around the ground other than the main event, click here.

SIGNING | Glovers net experienced Nelson

The 36-year-old arrives having most recently been with Sky Bet League One outfit Gillingham, where he made over 220 appearances.

Spending more than a decade in the EFL, Nelson has also enjoyed spells with Brentford, Leyton Orient, Norwich City and Notts County, as well as a stint north of the border with Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.

Arriving to bolster Town’s goalkeeping options with Artur Krysiak ruled out for the remainder of the season, the Stroud-born stopper will challenge Jonny Maddison for a starting spot. 

Nelson is available for Saturday’s league meeting with Carlisle United at Huish Park and has chosen squad number 25.

Stuart Nelson playing v Yeovil

NEWS | Homegrown Seager nets first Glovers goal

The young striker, on loan from Premier League outfit Southampton, capitalised on a defensive mistake to poach a second-half consolation at the Lamex Stadium.

It was a proud moment for the 22-year-old who grew up supporting the Glovers.

He became the first player from the town to net for the club since goalkeeper Chris Weale’s last-gasp heroics against Hereford United in April 2009.

Congratulations to Ryan and here’s to the first of many in green and white!

TICKETS | Help Town get back on track

Darren Way’s men are looking to bounce back from the weekend disappointment at Stevenage with another strong home performance.

Yeovil have won their last four matches in all competitions in Somerset scoring 10 goals in the process.

All three league games have seen solid defensive displays with the Green and Whites keeping clean sheets. 

Fans can back their team by purchasing tickets in advance online, by phone on 01935 847888 or in person at the ticket office.

Tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game but prices increase.

For more information, head to the Home Tickets section.

TICKETS | Shrewsbury away now on sale

The Glovers face Salop on Tuesday, February 27th (7.45pm) at New Meadow, a match which will be live on Sky Sports.

Fans can purchase tickets in person at the ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888. There will be an online option later today.

Prices are as follows:

Adult – £5
60+ – £1
Under-18s – £1
Disabled – £1 with carer FOC

For wheelchair bays and ambulant disabled tickets, please call the ticket office. A very limited amount of disabled parking bays are available.

Yeovil defeated Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town to reach the last four.

INTERVIEW | Loss was reality check – Way

Defeat in Hertfordshire was Yeovil’s first in six matches, having picked up 10 points from a possible 12 in the previous four league outings. 

However, the Green & Whites found themselves 4-0 down before the hour mark, with Ryan Seager’s late strike only acting as a consolation. 

Surrendering their unbeaten run, Darren Way was left disappointed with the performance. 

It’s easy to get carried away with the form that we’ve had,” he told iFollow Glovers. “This is almost a reality check. If you come away from home and you don’t put pressure on the opposition and win your headers and your tackles, then that’s what can happen. 

“I just didn’t see any urgency in our commitment to win the ball back. You’re up against a team who were under a little bit of pressure.

“The balance of the match hinges on goals. But to concede in the way that we did was disappointing. It didn’t look like my team that was out there, and that was more frustrating.

With the changes that we made, I expected a little bit more. I think that we all have to accept responsibility.”

Yeovil next host Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two, looking to build on four successive home victories in February. 

Looking to exact revenge for a heavy defeat in Cumbria earlier in the season, Way is targeting a good week of preparation. 

“We’ll work hard next week. There will be one or two players that need to make sure that they look at themselves, as individuals. Also, we’ve got to look at ourselves as a team. 

“I feel that we can’t play as bad as what we played on Saturday if I’ve got to be honest but sometimes we have a bad day at the office and Saturday was certainly one of those days.”

REPORT | Stevenage 4-1 Yeovil Town

Having not conceded a goal in their last four league outings, Town conceded two in the first-half at the Lamex Stadium. 

Luke Amos’ 25-yard strike put the hosts ahead, before Jonathan Smith doubled Stevenage’s lead in additional time with another shot from outside the box. 

Needing a big second half performance Town got off to a nightmare start, as Danny Newton rifled home a third Boro goal just a minute after the restart.

Ben Kennedy added a fourth on 58 minutes to put the result beyond doubt, making Ryan Seager’s first goal for his hometown club little more than a consolation.

Darren Way made two changes from Tuesday night’s win over Barnet, as Otis Khan returned from a five-match suspension to replace Jordan Green (ill), whilst Alefe Santos came in for Oscar Gobern (rested).

Top scorer Francois Zoko missed out on a return to his former club due to suspension, earning Connor Smith a recall to the bench.

Looking to avoid a first ever EFL defeat to Boro, the Glovers started on the front foot looking to carry on where they left off in midweek. 

Tom James’ long throws proved to be an early threat, causing chaos in the hosts’ box with Omar Sowunmi at the centre of the action. 

However, Darren Sarll’s side began to warm up after a slow start and registered the first shot of the game when Mark McKee’s looped ball into the box was volleyed wide by Danny Newton.

If Newton’s strike was a warning, it wasn’t acknowledged by the visitors who conceded their first goal in six hours of league action with 16 minutes on the clock. 

Neat build-up freed up space for Amos 25 yards out, whose dipping effort nestled in the bottom corner past a hapless Jonny Maddison. 

With the home crowd in full voice, Boro remained on the front foot after taking the lead and almost doubled their advantage 10 minutes later. 

Opening up in the box, Maddison raced from his line to stand big and block McKee’s powerful strike from close range to keep it at 1-0.

After Stevenage engineered some early momentum, the Green & Whites swung the pendulum in their favour midway through the half with two chances in quick succession.

Strong running from Jake Gray saw the winger burst into the box only for Ben Wilmot to produce a last-ditch block, before James fired a long-range free-kick into the side-netting minutes later.

Becoming an even encounter, Yeovil were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time as Stevenage made it 2-0 in similar fashion to the first. 

Unleashing from 20 yards, Smith picked out the opposite corner to midfield partner Amos to give Town a mountain to climb after the break.

But matters got worse for Way’s side almost instantly.

Clearly buoyed by their ending to the first-half, Stevenage flew out of the traps and made it 3-0 on 46 minutes when Kennedy’s inch-perfect cross was side-footed home by Newton. 

An instant response was needed from Way’s side if there was to be anything to be taken away from the Lamex Stadium, but Surridge’s half-volley at the back post was well kept out by Tom King to increase the visitors’ frustrations. 

However, if the game wasn’t already put to bed it was before the hour-mark when the Hertfordshire outfit added a fourth. 

A Boro corner never left the final third and falling to Kennedy in the box, Stevenage’s number 10 worked the ball into space before drilling home from the angle.

Continuing to battle, the Green & Whites still searched for a way back into the match and were almost given a glimmer of hope when Lewis Wing’s strike from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar by King.

Penning Stevenage back, Town were rewarded for their refusal to give up when Seager poked home his first goal for the club following a mistake in the box from substitute Kevin Lokko.

The closing stages could have been different had Surridge not headed over the bar from a few yards out just moments later, as Boro survived to batten down the hatches and see out a first ever EFL win over Yeovil.

Stevenage: T. King; Vancooten, Wilmot, King, Martin (Lokko 74′); Amos, Smith, McKee, Goddard; Kennedy (Bowditch 80′), Newton (White 90′). 
Bookings: Martin 36′
Subs not used: Fryer, Franks, Wilkinson, Conlon.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Whelan, Sowunmi, James, Dickson; Gray, Santos (Browne 46′), Wing, Khan (Gobern 52′); Fisher (Seager 64′), Surridge.
Bookings: Khan 42′, Wing 82′
Subs not used: Phillips, Donnellan, Bird, C. Smith.

NEWS | Lengthy lay-offs for Krysiak and Smith

Smith was forced off at half-time against the Railwaymen while Krysiak was withdrawn early in the second period.

The former has been ruled out for eight weeks with a medial knee ligament injury meaning he could potentially only return for the final few games of the season.

The diagnosis of Krysiak’s posterior cruciate ligament injury means the keeper’s season is over having featured in every minute of action prior to last Saturday.

All at YTFC wish Nathan and Artur a speedy recovery. 

INTERVIEW | Way looking for no change in approach

The Glovers are enjoying their best run of form for 15 months, having picked up 10 points from a possible 12 without conceding a goal. 

Heading to Hertfordshire this weekend, Town are looking to further increase the eleven point gap between themselves and the bottom two as attention turns to the top half of the table. 

Looking to emulate October’s 3-0 win over Stevenage in the reverse fixture, Way is looking for Town’s momentum to continue. 

“The players have worked extremely hard and there’s a good mood in the camp at the moment,” he told YTFC.net.

“When you’re playing teams near the bottom they have a little more passion, a little more commitment and are playing for their lives like we are, so they can cause a problem.

“It will be a good game, they always are against Stevenage certainly the one we had at home. All the players are looking forward to it.

“We’re the in-form team at the moment when you look at our results, but we have got to keep focusing on what we’ve been doing.”

Town’s boss had the luxury of being able to make five changes for the midweek win over Barnet with 20 players available to choose from. 

With competition for places high, Way only sees it as a good thing. 

“Last season I had to run with players that I had and the eleven almost picked itself, but this year I can be a little more selective.

“What it does do is Increase the chance of a better performance because players know need to play well to keep their spot in the team.”

PREVIEW | Stevenage v Yeovil Town

Unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions – winning four – the Glovers are in a resurgent mood, climbing 11 points clear of the bottom two. 

Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Barnet at Huish Park was the fourth successive clean sheet in Sky Bet League Two, completing a run of four straight victories at home in the process. 

It’s the club’s best run of form since a 12-match unbeaten run in the first half of the 2016/17 season, with Town unbeaten since taking on Premier League giants Manchester United at the end of January. 

Looking to carry the momentum into this weekend’s trip to Broadhall Way, Yeovil are boosted by the potential return of winger Otis Khan. 

Having served a five-match ban, the 10-goal man could feature in Hertfordshire with a wrist injury to be assessed beforehand. 

Khan’s availability could be timely, with top goalscorer Francois Zoko serving the first of a two-game suspension on Saturday after accruing 10 yellow cards this season.

Dan Alfei and James Bailey (both knee) remain out long-term, while a date for Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith’s (both knee) return is yet to be confirmed.

There was positive news with regards to Bevis Mugabi who could be available following a hamstring injury. 

Saturday’s hosts Stevenage will be without striker Alex Revell due to suspension.

Boro’s forward have grabbed most of their goals this campaign with Matt Godden (14) and Danny Newton (12) their top two scorers.

The Hertfordshire outfit are one place and one point above Town after a winless run of four.

Head-to-head
Town are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Stevenage and have never lost a game at Broadhall Way in the EFL.

Darren Way’s men collected four points off the Hertfordshire outfit last term, with Ben Whitfield’s last-gasp finish earning a point on the road.

The most famous clash between the two came in 2002 at Villa Park in the FA Trophy; Yeovil proved victorious with Carl Alford and Adam Stansfield on target.

Officials
The man in the middle on Saturday will be Nicholas Kinseley.

The Essex-born official has refereed 23 games this season and has issued 92 yellows and six reds.

He was in charge of Town’s 2-0 defeat to Newport County earlier on in the campaign.

Kinseley will be joined by assistants Grant Taylor (Warwickshire) and Adrian Waters (London) as well as fourth official Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Oscar Gobern and manager Darren Way 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.

INTERVIEW | Gobern hoping to push on

The 27-year-old has been absent due to a torn hamstring since December and was selected from the start as Town overcame Barnet at Huish Park.

It was just his third game for the club since joining on a free transfer and he now wants to cement his place in the side. 

“It was great to be back on Tuesday after being out for so long,” Gobern told iFollow Glovers.

“The gaffer put a lot of faith in me to go out and play and start the game; I hope I repaid him and the team.

“The team have been great so it was good to come back into a confident bunch and get the three points.”

He continued: “The team is young and vibrant which is a positive and you come into work knowing you’re going to be around an enthusiastic bunch. We’ve got a good strong squad and everyone is trying to fight for the same thing.

“You have to be 100 per cent at it every day. We’ve got some top central midfielders here fighting for two positions and if you’re not at it then you could be in question.

“My intention is to play as many games as I can and keep working hard. It’s down to me to keep the shirt and keep performing well.” 

Gobern will hope to retain his spot in central midfield when the Glovers travel to Stevenage on Saturday (3pm).

Darren Way’s men are unbeaten in five in all competitions and Gobern insists the belief they can go to Broadhall Way and win is strong.

“Stevenage have always been a good, young, solid team,” he said.

“They should be a test but our thought process is we can beat anyone and we’ve shown that over the past few weeks.

“We hope we’ve made a turn and have a habit of winning. There’s a feel good factor around the changing room, everyone is buzzing and that can only bode well. When you step over the white line you have to fight for the cause and for each other. 

“We’ve got the momentum and it’s up to us to take the game to them.”

INTERVIEW | Way discusses team news for the weekend

The Glovers head to Hertfordshire looking to extend their five-match unbeaten run, which has included three wins and a draw in Sky Bet League Two. 

Looking to record the double over Boro after the 3-0 win at Huish Park back in October, the Green & Whites will head to Broadhall Way without Francois Zoko (suspended), James Bailey (knee), Marcus Barnes (ankle) and Dan Alfei (knee). 

With questions marks over the fitness of Bevis Mugabi, Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith, the Town boss told YTFC.net: “Bevis is sweating a little bit more, my physio is putting him through a little bit more pain and he’s looking fitter, so fingers crossed he’ll be fit for Saturday. 

“Artur is meeting a specialist about his knee, so we’ll wait and see on that one.

“Smithy is not looking good, he could be out for some time but we’ve got to make sure we get the medical reasoning as to how long it’s going to be.”

Yeovil will be boosted by the potential return of 10-goal man Otis Khan, who is available for selection after serving a five-match ban.

Having nursed a wrist injury during that time, Way is still debating the winger’s level of involvement.

“He’s has looked very sharp in training because he’s been allowed to train so he hasn’t missed any training. If it feels right to select him, he’s another good addition to have.

“Otis is a fantastic player,” he said. “I like his characteristics, I like his personality and have a lot of time for Otis and feel very proud he decided to stay at this football club.

“He’s a very humble lad and I’m sure he’s going to get to the top.”

TICKETS | Pay on the day at Stevenage

Darren Way’s side travel to Hertfordshire on Saturday (3pm) looking to make it six games unbeaten in all competitions.

The Glovers’ last trip to the Lamex ended in a 2-2 draw courtesy of a last-gasp Ben Whitfield strike. 

Fans can now only purchase tickets on the day, with a £3 price increase. 

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

TICKETS | Colchester away now on sale

The Glovers will be looking to exact revenge on the U’s for their narrow 1-0 victory at Huish Park back in September.

With prices increasing in the lead up to matchday, fans are advised to purchase as far in advance as possible. 

Tickets are only available via the Huish Park ticket office (in person or by calling 01935 847888) and NOT online.

Prices for the trip to Essex are as follows:

  Super Saver (5-3 weeks before) Saver (3-1 weeks before) Advance (1 week before) Matchday
Adult £17 £19 £21 £23
Concession £13 £14 £15 £17
Under-18 £9 £9.50 £11 £13
Under-14 £3.50 £4 £4.50 £5
Under-11* FOC FOC FOC FOC
Additional Under-11 £1 £1 £1.50 £2
Personal Assistant FOC FOC FOC FOC

Under-11 tickets are available on a one adult to four under-11 basis, with additional under-11 costs applying for more than four under-11s.

Concession tickets are available to those over 65 and members of the Armed Forces.

Disabled car parking is also available by calling 01206 755161.

INTERVIEW | Way heaps praise on Maddison

With the score at 1-0 courtesy of Sam Surridge’s early penalty, the Glovers’ stopper made several fine saves to preserve the home side’s lead before Francois Zoko sealed victory in stoppage time.

Ex-Leicester City man Maddison has had to bide his time for his opportunity and boss Way was delighted with his display.

“The top teams normally have one goalkeeper who pulls off a world class save and he’s done that for us,” he said. 

“I thought he was calm and assured when the ball was rolled back to him on a very difficult pitch.”

Way continued: “He’s worked extremely hard. We’ve had some uncomfortable conversations and I said to him he’d have to wait his time. 

“He wanted to move in the window but this is his opportunity; you’re judged on your reputation and his reputation with the supporters singing his name is very high.

“I’m very pleased for Jonny and a mention must go to Steve (Phillips) as well because he’s worked extremely hard.”

INTERVIEW | Beaming Maddison ecstatic with victory

The Glovers stopper was in fine form on a number of occasions to thwart a persistent Bees attack in the second half of the victory at Huish Park.

It was the ex-Leicester City man’s first full game of the campaign and he was delighted it ended in three points and a clean sheet. 

He told iFollow Glovers: “It was brilliant. In the first half I thought we were on top, really in control and I didn’t have much to do!

“In the second half as a group we defended really, really well; there were clearances off the line which saved me a number of times.”

Maddison continued: “It’s brilliant to be back especially in front of the fans who were brilliant with me.

“The way Steve (Phillips) has kept me ticking over in training has proven he’s kept me ready throughout the first half of the season and now I’m happy to be on the pitch showing what I can do.

“When you save one that confidence goes up. Thankfully I kept the ball out of the back of the net which is what I’m paid to do!

“Any opportunity I get I’ll give my all and hopefully I’ll keep putting performances like that in every week!”

INTERVIEW | Surridge happy to end goal drought

The AFC Bournemouth loanee won and converted a penalty very early on in the contest – his first notch since New Year’s Day.

The young forward now has eight for the campaign and is relishing the opportunity to add more to his tally as well as continue to gain vital experience for the rest of the season.

He told iFollow Glovers: “I think it was my 42nd game (against Barnet) and that’s what I came here for; I came here to play games and score goals.

“It was a good touch (to win the spot-kick), I felt the contact and he brought me down. I was happy to get the goal as I’ve had a bit of a drought and I just want to kick on now.

“My target at the start of the season was 15 goals and we’ve still got quite a few games left; I’m ambitious so I think I can do that. 

“I want to step up to the mark and finish the season strongly.”

Surridge’s goal from 12 yards came after just two minutes before Francois Zoko sealed victory in stoppage time.

It was Town’s third home league win in a row and Surridge feels it was a game that earlier on in the term they may have let slip. 

He said: “We said before the game we wanted to get an early goal because we knew it would ease the nerves.

“We knew it was going to be a physical contest as they’re fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table.

“They responded quite well to be fair to them but we knew had to stay compact, not concede and eventually we got another goal.

“We’re a young group and we’re still learning. At the start of the season we were losing those types of games so it shows how far we’ve come.”

INTERVIEW | We fight together; we win together – Way

A quick free-flowing beginning saw Sam Surridge win and convert a penalty after two minutes and Jonny Maddison was excellent in the Glovers goal to preserve the hosts’ lead.

Following a long spell of pressure from the Bees, Francois Zoko rewarded Town for their hard work in defence with an injury time finish to seal three points for a third home league match in a row.

He told iFollow Glovers: “For my young team to go up against a Barnet team who were very aggressive at times was extremely pleasing; I feel proud.

“We started very brightly on the front foot and made it very difficult for a Barnet team who have been on a good run.

“It was a great start from the kick-off. It worked extremely well and opened them up; Oscar gets to the edge of the box, doesn’t shoot, we recycle it, put it in the final third and get a penalty.

“We rode our luck a little bit for about 10 or 15 minutes where the ball bounced back off the post but when you’re down at the bottom you’ve got nothing to lose and it was almost like a game of basketball.

“The players were very resilient and to get the result we got, they deserve all the plaudits they get.

“We’re all in this together; we fight together and we win together.”

NEWS | Zoko suspended for two games

The Ivorian came on as a substitute in the win over Barnet and was yellow carded for a late challenge. 

He will now sit out of the Glovers’ games against his former clubs Stevenage and Carlisle United.

The veteran forward does have one further booking to his name which only counts towards the standalone Checktrade Trophy competition. 

Yeovil defeated Barnet 2-0 at Huish Park with Zoko netting the second in injury time.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Barnet

The striker converted his eighth of the campaign from the penalty spot early on after skilfully winning a penalty against Ricardo Almeida Santos.

Jonny Maddison made some outstanding saves in the second half to preserve the Glovers’ lead and Zoko scored late on to confirm the win.

Darren Way made five changes from the side who drew with Crewe Alexandra on the weekend, two of which were enforced. 

Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith failed to recover from knocks picked up at Gresty Road and were replaced by Maddison and Ryan Dickson – the former making his first start of the campaign.

A new strike pairing was on show as Surridge partnered Alex Fisher up front while Oscar Gobern appeared in green and white for the first time since injuring his hamstring in December.

Referee James Linington deemed the pitch playable following an earlier inspection and Town proved his decision was justified inside a minute.

It was just like watching Brazil as the hosts passed the ball about with slickness and Dickson’s excellent cross was beautifully taken down in the area by Surridge before being hauled down by Santos.

The Bournemouth loanee dusted himself off and finished emphatically from 12 yards to give Yeovil the perfect start.

After a frantic beginning, proceedings quietened with Simeon Akinola curling over for the visitors for the only other chance in the opening 15 minutes. 

The forward duo of Surridge and Fisher looked to stretch Barnet at every given opportunity and the latter’s fizzing delivery across the corridor of uncertainty almost brought a second home goal.

Charlie Clough cleared and an onrushing Jake Gray’s shot was well stopped by Craig Ross before Jordan Green went down in the box, however nothing was given despite appeals from the Thatchers terrace. 

Tom James found the target with a trademark free kick from an acute angle and Surridge clipped the outside of the post after good play from Corey Whelan as the half eased to a conclusion.

Before it did, Richard Brindley’s powerful drive whistled past the post as a warning to let the Glovers know there was another team in the contest despite their dominance.

The second half nearly began in similar fashion to the first, this time Barnet doing the attacking.

Akinola’s low attempt was deflected towards the bottom corner and a superb reaction stop from Maddison prevented an equaliser.

Full-back Richard Brindley and midfielder Alex Nicholls saw further attempts fly just over as Yeovil struggled to gain control as they had done in the first period. 

Then Ryan Watson then capitalised on a mistake in the home ranks and when his shot was  expertly tipped away by Maddison, James needed to be quick to clear ahead of an onrushing John Akinde. 

Gray forced Ross into a flying stop on 70 minutes as Town pressed for an all important second and sweet strike from Whelan looked destined for the back of the net but for an unbelievable goal-line clearance by Santos.

Maddison was equally as good at the other end to deny substitute Mauro Vilhete, getting a fingertip to push the ball on to the post and then pushing David Tutonda’s drive wide. 

The Durham-born stopper palmed over Brindley’s fierce shot soon after and James cleared off the line as the lowly Bees peppered the ball at goal.

Zoko netted at the near post to seal the game in injury time but the three points were largely down to the fantastic Maddison who deserves great credit for his display.

Yeovil Town: Maddison, Whelan, James, Sowunmi, Dickson, Gray, Gobern (Santos 80), Wing, Green (Browne 58), Fisher (Zoko 52), Surridge.
Bookings: Zoko 65.
Not Used: Phillips, Donnellan, Bird, Seager. 

Barnet: Ross, Brindley, R.Santos, Clough, Tutonda (Blackman 84), Nicholson (Coulthirst 50), Weston, Watson, Akinola (Vilhete 72), Nicholls, Akinde.
Bookings:
Brindley 49.
Not Used:
Legg, Plavotic, Sule, Taylor.

NEWS | It’s game on!

Referee James Linington assessed the surface upon his arrival in Somerset after heavy rainfall overnight and this morning and has deemed it playable.

With rainfall stopping at midday, the pitch’s drainage system has seen the surface water drain off drastically to enable tonight’s clash to comfortably go ahead.

Tickets remain on sale with more information here.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Barnet

Sandwiched in a run of five consecutive league games at home, Cambridge United and Grimsby Town were dispatched with aplomb to kick-start a run of good form. 

Following the back-to-back wins, League One outfit Fleetwood were seen off in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final, before Darren Way’s side came back from Crewe at the weekend with a share of the spoils. 

Now looking to move five games unbeaten in all competitions and record a third straight league win at home, the Glovers welcome Graham Westley’s Barnet to Somerset. 

They’ll do so without the services of James Bailey (knee), Bevis Mugabi (hamstring), Dan Alfei (knee), Marcus Barnes (ankle) and Otis Khan (suspended), whilst also waiting to learn the fitness of Nathan Smith and Artur Krysiak who both limped out of the weekend’s draw.

Top scorer Francois Zoko will look to carry on where he left off at Huish Park, moving on to 11 goals for the season after scoring a 90th-minute winner against the Cod Army last time out.

The Ivorian’s services could well be called on to see off the Bees, who head to Huish on the back of an impressive 1-0 win over high-flyers Notts County at the weekend.

Shaquile Coulthirst sits top of Barnet’s goal scoring chart with nine in all competitions, whilst John Akinde (four) and Alex Nicholls (two) lead the line last weekend. 

Head-to-head
Town have won three of the previous seven meetings with Barnet, drawing three. 

In fact, the last two encounters have both been in the capital with the Glovers coming away with a 1-1 draw in October and a 2-2 result in March of the 2016/17 season. 

Yeovil’s most emphatic victory over the Bees at Huish Park came in December 2003 when Colin Miles, Gavin Williams (x2), Nick Crittenden and Jake Edwards recorded a 5-1 FA Cup win.

Officials
James Linington (Isle of Wight) will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night.

It will his first match involving Town since January 2016, overseeing the 1-0 win over York City at Huish Park in a game which saw four yellow cards produced. 

Mr Linington will be assisted by Mark Russell (Somerset) and Steven Meredith (Nottinghamshire) with Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) 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 | Preparation is key – Way

The Glovers are bidding to extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions and are searching for a third successive league win at home.

Graham Westley’s side head to Somerset bottom of Sky Bet League Two, but will be in buoyant mood after seeing off high-flyers Notts County at the Hive last weekend.

Preparing for a fifth match in three weeks, Way is keen to keep the run of positive results going. 

“Every game is important but I feel where we are, as far as league position, and where Barnet are with their win on Saturday, we have to make sure we prepare right for the game.

“With everything they’ll throw at us, we have to make sure we’re ready because our form has been fantastic so we have got to continue that,” he told YTFC.net.

Preparing for a sixth home match in the last seven fixtures, the Glovers have enjoyed playing at Huish Park in 2018. 

Unbeaten in their last three in Somerset, Way is targeting more success in front of the home faithful. 

“We’ve spent a lot of time at home in 2018 and for the most part have enjoyed home advantage – we’ll be looking for that to continue.”

He added: “Momentum is one of the hardest things to obtain and then maintain in football and we’ve been able to do that in the last few weeks. 

“Coming into this match four games unbeaten in all competitions and with three consecutive clean sheets in the league means we now have that impetus on our side as we look to continue climbing the table.”

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WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Barnet

Here’s all that’s happening around the ground:

Making a meal of it!
For just £30, two people can enjoy a two-course meal and a bottle of wine ahead of kick-off in the Alec Stock Lounge. Soak up the pre-match atmosphere and enjoy the perks of hospitality before taking in the action on the pitch. To reserve your spot in the Lounge, contact Clive Robinson on 07976 630341 or email CRobinson@ytfc.net.

Alec Stock Lounge

Meal deals
Make the most of meal deals on offer around the Huish Park tea bars:
Adult – Pasty, hot drink, chocolate bar and a bag of crisps = £6.00
Children – hot dog, chocolate bar and a hot or cold drink = £5.50

Read all about it!
Pick up a copy of the matchday programme, Green & White, for just £3 around the ground. Crammed full of content including a first interview with Corey Whelan after arriving in January. Get the lowdown on Barnet as well as a host of other features. Pick your copy up from the club shop or inside or outside the stadium. 

Head to the marquee
Fancy a pre-match drink? Head along to the supporters marquee before kick-off for refreshments with the following offers available:
Pasty and a bottle of I.P.A or Carlsberg = £5.00 (whilst stocks last)
Supporters can also make their half-time drinks order, which will be ready to collect during the break to beat the queues.

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

Tickets
Both home and away supporters are able to purchase tickets on the night, although you can buy in advance to avoid matchday queues. Available online, fans can also contact the ticket office from 9am by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting in person. Get your ticket before 4.45pm to enjoy pre-match prices!

TICKETS | Make Huish Park part of half-term

The Glovers are looking to go five games unbeaten in all competitions and record a fourth straight win on home soil. 

Fresh from seeing off Cambridge United and Grimsby in the league and Fleetwood Town in the Checkatrade Trophy, Darren Way’s side will be looking to carry on the momentum against the Bees. 

Otis Khan’s equaliser saw the Green & Whites come back from the Hive with a point before Christmas, with Graham Westley’s side now heading to Somerset.

Young supporters currently enjoying half-term can watch on for just £6, so be a part of it at Huish Park. 

With the Junior Glovers Cabin – boasting games consoles and activities – open before kick-off secure your seat now by visiting the Huish Park ticket office, calling on 01935 847888 or purchasing online.

INTERVIEW | Maddison ‘thrilled’ by Crewe appearance

Replacing Artur Krysiak after 51 minutes, the 23-year-old maintained Town’s clean sheet to help the Glovers come away from Gresty Road with a share of the spoils.

After featuring in 11 games last season the young keeper has had to be patient this time around, but was delighted to cross the white line in Cheshire in difficult circumstances.

“It’s never the nicest way to come on, especially as a keeper,” he told iFollow Glovers. “Injury is usually the only way I can get on and hopefully Artur is alright but that’s part and parcel of it.

“Steve (Phillips) has been pushing us very hard in training every day and I’m very thankful for that and the gaffer has been keeping pushing me and I’m so thrilled my chance has finally come.

“As a goalkeeper rule number one is keep a clean sheet and you’ve done your job if that’s the case but it wasn’t just from me, not at all, the boys made my life a lot easier if I’m honest and defended really well as a team so I’m really pleased.”

Maddison made a notable save to keep out Callum Ainley’s strike just past the hour-mark and continued to keep the Railwaymen out. 

Having made his first appearance of the 2017/18 campaign, the former Leicester City stopper is full of praise for goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips who joined the club in September.

“It’s been a while but it’s given me a chance to analyse my weaknesses in the game and Steve’s come in and been brilliant with that and not only progressed myself but progressed Artur and hopefully, I can showcase that on the pitch and show I’ve learnt. 

“(Steve’s) personality is a big factor and his experience with the number of league games he played, he’s a valuable asset to the football club not only to the goalies but to the lads as well.

“He’s very experienced and he coaches us more – we’re out half-an-hour, 45 minutes before the rest of the lads sometimes and hopefully it’s showing that it’s paying off so I’m buzzing with it.”

NEWS | Way updates on Smith and Krysiak injuries

The Glovers were forced to make the two substitutions in the opening six minutes of the second half, as Smith was replaced at the break after picking up a knock in the opening 45 minutes before Krysiak went down with just 51 minutes on the clock.

For Town’s Polish stopper it represented the first football he’s missed this season having been an ever-present, but Way isn’t expecting a lengthy spell on the sideline for either player. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “Nathan Smith was an impact injury and with Artur you could see they were overloading the box and were quite forceful and quite physical from set-plays which we knew about.

“His injury is an impact injury, too. It’s unfortunate but Tom James stepped in at centre-half and Dicko (Ryan Dickson) went in at left-back and obviously, Jonny Maddison finished the game strongly.”

Maddison entered the fray for his first taste of football this season, putting in a notable performance to ensure the Green and Whites came away from Gresty Road with a share of the spoils. 

Pleased with the 23-year-old’s performance, Town’s boss praised the young keeper’s persistence. 

“I watched him train yesterday and he was pulling saves off left, right and centre. I’ve had to manage him and he’s been frustrated at times but I understand his frustrations.

“I had to leave two players out of squad today so it goes to show that if you keep going and keep dreaming and keep believing you get to where you want to get to and now it’s Jonny’s time to make sure he can handle that pressure.”

REPORT | Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Yeovil Town

In a frantic affair in Cheshire, Artur Krysiak made two smart stops in the first half whilst Ryan Seager went close to netting at the other end on two occasions. 

After the break both sides searched for an elusive winner and Sam Surridge had the ball in the net but for an offside flag, but it remained goalless as Town moved four games unbeaten in all competitions.

Darren Way made three changes from the eleven who recorded back-to-back league victories over Grimsby and Cambridge United.

Man of the Match in Town’s Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final win in midweek, Corey Whelan made his first league start for the club, coming in for Ryan Dickson.

In a midfield reshuffle, Rhys Browne replaced Alefe Santos in a switch which saw Jake Gray revert to a more central position to accommodate the winger.

Completing a change in each department, Surridge dropped to the bench as Seager made the starting eleven for the first time since arriving in January against his former employers.

On a boggy Gresty Road pitch, it was something of a midfield tussle in the opening half an hour with chances at a premium. 

Unable to penetrate two resolute defensive units the Glovers had to make do with half-chances, as Seager blazed over from an unlikely angle before Lewis Wing struck a well-hit effort just wide from 25 yards.

Degenerating into a match played largely in the middle of the park, it took until 27 minutes for either ‘keeper to be called into action. 

Working possession cleverly down the left, Alexandra worked the ball into Callum Ainley on the left-hand side of the box only for his stabbed strike from the angle to be kept out by Krysiak. 

Becoming an important figure for the visitors the Polish stopper was in action again two minutes later, getting everything behind a fiercely hit Zoumana Bakayogo shot from inside the box. 

Responding at the other end, Seager saw a strike fly inches wide from the edge of the box, before the two defences prevailed once again to keep it goalless at the halfway stage.

Looking for a fourth straight win, Yeovil were dealt two blows in quick succession in Cheshire.

Picking up an injury in the first-half, Nathan Smith was replaced by Dickson at half-time before the ever-present Krysiak had to be withdrawn. 

Brilliantly tipping Harry Pickering’s free-kick onto the bar, the Pole picked up a knee injury in the process and with a little under 40 minutes remaining was replaced by Jonny Maddison for a first appearance of the season.

Opening up as an encounter to create more chances, Shaun Miller zipped an effort over the bar whilst Omar Sowunmi couldn’t direct Tom James’ shot on target. 

Ticking past the hour mark, Francois Zoko sold three Crewe players with a dummy before drilling a shot across the face of goal whilst at the other end Ainley drew a smart save from Maddison.

Defending manfully, the Glovers searched for a winner in the final 20 minutes as Wing blazed a duo of long-range efforts over the bar, whilst substitute Surridge was denied a dramatic winner in the 89th minute by the linesman’s flag following a good passing move. 

Unable to find a winner, both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils as the Glovers continued their good run of recent form.

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt; Sterry, Ng, Nolan, Bakayogo; Ainley, Green, Pickering, Kirk (McKirdy 64′); Miller, Bowery.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Richards, Walker, Raynes, Lowery, Reilly, Barlaser.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak (Maddison 51′); Whelan, Sowunmi, N. Smith (Dickson 46′), James; Green, Wing, Gray, Browne; Zoko, Seager (Surridge 68′).
Bookings: Whelan 21′, Dickson 90′
Subs not used: Bird, Gobern, Santos, Fisher.

INTERVIEW | They’ll be desperate to get one over on us – Way

The Glovers head to Cheshire in a rich vein of form, having won their last three matches in all competitions. 

League wins over Girmsby and Cambridge United were followed by Checkatrade Trophy advancement, as the Glovers now prepare for just their second away game of 2018. 

Heading to Gresty Road, Way is more than aware of the potential threats of Crewe despite Yeovil’s comfortable 2-0 win in the reverse fixture. 

“Technically they’ve got some very good players,” Way told iFollow Glovers. “Raynes at the back is very, very experienced and they play some good football.

I’m not too sure what the pitch is like in terms of can they get the ball down and play. All I know is that it’s very difficult in part two of all of our journeys with some of the conditions we have to play in.

“They’ll be desperate get one over on us after the home game we had against them, but we all know the team is getting stronger and stronger which is really pleasing.”

Rhys Browne and the now departed Fela Olomola scored in the reverse fixture victory, whilst Matty Dolan scored the winner in the 1-0 win at Crewe last season. 

Enjoying the better of the head-to-head record, you can read the full match preview here.

PREVIEW | Crewe Alexandra v Yeovil Town

Following a run of five consecutive home matches, Town head to Cheshire for just a second away trip of 2018 looking to continue their run of good form. 

In their last two league outings both Grimsby and Cambridge United departed Somerset empty-handed, before Darren Way’s side booked a spot in the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final in midweek by seeing off higher league opposition in the form of Fleetwood Town. 

Looking to win three league games on the bounce for the first time since October 2016, the Green & Whites head to Gresty Road with a strong squad to pick from. 

Ineligible on Tuesday night, Lewis Wing and Ryan Seager come back into contention, whilst Oscar Gobern returned to the matchday squad for the clash against the Cod Army following a spell on the sideline with a hamstring injury. 

Only the trio of Dan Alfei (knee), James Bailey (knee) and Bevis Mugabi (hamstring) will miss the meeting with the Railwaymen, leaving the Town boss with something of a selection headache. 

The same headache will be faced by opposing manager David Artell, who’ll be searching to find the eleven capable of stopping a run of four straight defeats. 

Without a league win since New Year’s Day, the Railwaymen sit three places and five points below the Glovers ahead of the weekend’s action.

Head-to-head
Town have won their last three matches against The Alex. 

Olufela Olomola and Rhys Browne were on target in a 2-0 win at Huish Park back in October, whilst a Matty Dolan free-kick won the away visit to Crewe last season. 

Having won eight of the 13 competitive encounters, the Glovers are bidding to record the double over Crewe for the second consecutive campaign.

Officials
The referee on Saturday will be Robert Lewis (Shropshire).

It will be the second time this season that Mr Lewis has taken charge of a game involving Yeovil, having officiated the 1-0 loss at Wolves in the Carabao Cup back in August. 

He will be assisted by Richard Wild (Lancashire) and David Benton (South Yorkshire) with Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Ryan Seager and manager Darren Way 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.  

INTERVIEW | Seager happy to be home

The Yeovil-born forward signed on loan from Southampton in late January and has made two outings in green and white.

It was something Seager had always wanted to do and he shared some of his memories of supporting the Glovers ahead of Saturday’s match at Crewe Alexandra.

“It’s really to be back in Yeovil. I’ve seen my family a lot lately and I live at home with my mum so it’s perfect,” he told iFollow Glovers

“When I heard there was interest from Yeovil, I really wanted to come and play some games and help the team out where I can.

“When I was a kid I always wanted to play here because this is where I came to watch football. 

“I watched the gaffer, Lee Johnson… I remember back in the Conference we had Kevin Gall up front and I loved watching him. I went to Wembley with my brother when we went up to the Championship which was a good day out.”

Seager’s next match could see him come up against his former loan employers Crewe.

The 22-year-old scored once in four games before returning to Southampton through injury and he hopes Town can go their and extend their good form of late.

He said: “I was there for a couple of weeks, scored a goal and then did my knee so it’ll be good to go back there as I know a few of the physios and players. 

“We’ll go there with the same intent as the last two games and hopefully get our rewards.

“It’s a big game and one we know can win. We want to push up the table as far as we can and that starts on Saturday.”

NEWS | Whelan up for Checkatrade Trophy award

On his second start for the club, the 20-year-old right-back gave an accomplished performance in defence, also scoring his first senior goal with a brilliant left-footed strike in the 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town.

You can vote for Town’s defender at EFL.com/playeroftheround and if he takes home the trophy, you could have the honour of presenting the award and winning tickets to the Checkatrade Trophy Final*.

The conclusion of the last eight saw Lincoln City, Shrewsbury Town, Chelsea Under-21s and the Glovers secure their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

The Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round shortlist for the quarter-finals matches is as follows: 

  • Corey Whelan (Yeovil Town)
  • Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town)
  • Harry Anderson (Lincoln City)
  • Danny Rowe (Lincoln City)
  • Harvey St Clair (Chelsea)

The two players with the most votes will be considered by a judging panel consisting of representatives from the EFL, before the overall winner is revealed.

*Every fan who votes will be entered into a prize draw, with one lucky supporter getting the chance to present the Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round award to the winning player and win tickets to the final of the competition at Wembley in April. 

Fans have until 9am on Monday, February 12th to register their votes for the award. To vote for the player you feel deserves to be the Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round, please visit EFL.com/playeroftheround.

INTERVIEW | Way looking to take form on the road

The Glovers head to Cheshire having won back-to-back league games, rounded off with a Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final win in midweek.

Looking to win three straight Sky Bet League Two matches for the first time since October 2016, Way sees no reason for the momentum to stop despite Town’s patchy away record.

“When you win football matches it seems to make life easier,” he told iFollow Glovers. “With the run of results we’ve had, certainly the Fleetwood game, the players deserve huge credit.

“We’ve improved our away performances as far as the 90 minutes are concerned and have talked about being in chaos in the last 10 minutes and have kept two clean sheets which is very good as far as confidence is concerned.

“Fleetwood scored two. One was a set-play and the other a mistake, but overall I don’t think they opened us up and wouldn’t have scored without the mistake. 

Winning the last three encounters with the Railwaymen, the Glovers are looking to record the double over Alexandra for the second successive season.

Despite the form book being in Town’s favour, Way is anticipating a tough fixture.

He said: “We’ve had some good games (at Gresty Road), I remember Matty Dolan taking that free-kick last time in what was a fantastic game.

“We came out on top but every game is very, very difficult now and I always say, when you get to this stage of the season it’s about our willpower against their willpower.”

Be a part of it in Cheshire and get behind the Glovers – ticket and travel information here.

NEWS | Maurice O’Donnell passes away

Maurice, who was 86, had an array of roles and responsibilities at Huish Park before fully retiring in May 2006. 

Mr. O’Donnell gave 46 years of service to the club and was at the heart of the Huish Park football family.

He began as a player for both the first team and the reserves, and was part of the coaching team that won the Southern League in 1970/71. 

After he hung up his boots, Maurice had seven spells as the Glovers’ caretaker boss, reserve and youth team manager as well as a first-team coach.

He was a regular spectator at Yeovil home matches in his later years and celebrated his diamond wedding anniversary by taking his wife Betty to watch the 2015 FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

Bringing a smile to the face of everyone he encountered around the club, Maurice will be sorely missed.

The thoughts of everyone associated with the club are with Maurice’s loved ones at this sad time.

TICKETS | Join Town on the road this weekend

Following a run of five consecutive home matches, Town head to Crewe Alexandra looking for a fourth straight win in all competitions.

Grimsby Town and Cambridge United were both dispatched at Huish Park in League Two ahead of the trip to Cheshire, whilst League One Fleetwood were seen off to reach the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final.

Looking to emulate last season’s 1-0 victory at Gresty Road, you can be a part of it. 

Tickets for the trip are on sale via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Supporters can also buy online by clicking here.

Prices and travel details are available on our Away Tickets page.

NEWS | Checkatrade Trophy Semi-final date and prices confirmed

The Glovers will battle for a place in the final live on Sky Sports at New Meadow on Tuesday, February 27th (7.45pm).

Darren Way’s men reached the last four of the competition for the first time in the club’s history with a last-gasp 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town.

The winners of the match in Shropshire will face Lincoln City in the final at Wembley.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for concessions (60+, Under-18s, disabled).

Fans will be able to purchase in the next couple of days by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting the ticket office. An online option will be available soon.

INTERVIEW | Whelan happy to keep Wembley dream alive

Fleetwood Town defender Cian Bolger had netted at both ends before the Liverpool loanee struck to put the Glovers ahead. 

The right-back hit an excellent first-time swerving volley into the bottom corner for the first professional goal of his career.

Jordy Hiwula looked to have forced the tie into a penalty shootout late on but a last-gasp Francois Zoko effort saw Yeovil progress to the last four. 

Whelan picked up the man of the match award on just his second start for the club and believes he has firmly grasped his opportunity to impress boss Darren Way.

“It’s always nice to add to your goal tally,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“(Alex) Fisher’s taken a touch in the box, set it back and I thought because of the pitch and the conditions instead of taking a touch, and maybe it bobbling off me, I’d hit it first time. I swung my left foot at it and it’s ended up in the bottom corner luckily for me!

“I’ve had to stay patient because the lads have been excellent. I’ve stayed eager, stayed hungry and I think I’ve taken my chance. 

“It’s a great feeling to keep the Wembley dream alive and I was happy to contribute to that.”

The victory was Town’s third in a row in all competitions and sees them just 90 minutes away from a final at Wembley.

Whelan feels the squad’s task now is to carry on their impressive recent form.

He said: “When you go up against a League One side you’ve got to fight and stay together and that’s what we did.

“We’ve done well in the league of late and now we’re 90 minutes from Wembley so everything is coming together. We’ve just got to keep the form going.”

INTERVIEW | The team are heroes – Zoko

The Glovers progressed to the Checkatrade Trophy semi-finals against the Sky Bet League One outfit, his goal proving the winner in the dying embers of the contest.

Now just 90 minutes from Wembley, experienced frontman Zoko insists everyone has to ‘keep dreaming’ to reach the final and achieve silverware. 

“I very much enjoyed that!” he told iFollow Glovers.

“It was a good game from the boys and from the bench I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game but we managed it well. 

“From 1-0 down we came back into the game and to win it at the end was as very good scenario for us.

“The team are heroes because in the last few weeks we’ve been doing very well. The boys have been doing well and we deserved this victory.

“I said earlier on in the competition that the closer we get (to Wembley) the more excited we’ll be. We are one step from Wembley now and we have to keep dreaming.”

INTERVIEW | We can achieve something this year – Way

With the score level at 2-2 in injury time, the game looked to be headed for penalties but experienced frontman Francois Zoko came off the bench to fire the Glovers into the final four for the first time in their history. 

Fleetwood were the fifth Sky Bet League One outfit Way’s side have seen off this season and the Green and Whites will need to overcome another in Shrewsbury Town to set up a tie against Lincoln City at Wembley. 

It’s a task the Yeovil boss is relishing and one his squad fully deserve in his eyes. 

“It’s an amazing achievement. We in the dressing room believe we can achieve something this year,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“The players deserve this. If you look at our pathway to play Manchester United (in the Emirates FA Cup), it wasn’t easy. If you look at our pathway to get to the semi-finals… that is an unbelievable achievement.

“We’ve beaten Plymouth and Wimbledon who came with strong teams and now we’ve beaten Fleetwood who have signed two players in Paddy Madden and (Toumani) Diagouraga who are way out of our league.

“It’s a fantastic moment for the football club. You could see they brought on their best players; they came down with a strong team and didn’t take things lightly.

“I’m very pleased for the players and the supporters. To get the result was deserved.”

Way praised several of his players post-match; goalscorer Corey Whelan, Jared Bird, Alex Fisher and Rhys Browne all receiving a mention but the 38-year-old reserved special comment for Zoko.

The Ivorian was introduced to the action midway through the second half and took the match by the scruff of the neck to settle its outcome.

“Francois has a huge responsibility to show leadership at this football club,” Way said. 

“I’ve been doing a lot of work with him off the pitch with regards to his football development and education because I feel that’s important. 

“Before he went on the pitch I asked him to lead the players to Wembley and he couldn’t have done that any better.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-2 Fleetwood Town

A Cian Bolger goal at either end saw the scores level at half-time before Corey Whelan’s rifled shot put the Glovers in front. 

Jordy Hiwula made it all square late on, meaning a penalty shootout looked likely.

But a moment of brilliance from Zoko secured progression to the last four and a fifth win over Sky Bet League One opponents this season. 

Fresh from scoring his first goal for the Glovers, Alex Fisher was granted his first Yeovil start as Darren Way made four changes to the weekend win over Cambridge United. 

Rhys Browne and Corey Whelan struck up a new partnership on the right, while Jared Bird was reinstalled in central midfield.

With heavy sleet in their faces, Fleetwood were on the offensive from the off; ex-Town loanee Hiwula smashing over Bolger’s knockdown inside three minutes. 

Yeovil replied through a fierce Jordan Green drive which was well gathered by Alex Cairns, seconds after Bird had been bundled over in the box – nothing given.

The game gradually warmed up on the chance front and on 17 minutes, Uwe Rosler’s visitors went ahead.

Marcus Schwabl’s deflected attempt was superbly tipped behind by Artur Krysiak but the resulting corner saw Bolger power a brilliant header past the Polish stopper.

Six minutes later, Bolger levelled the contest. Great skill from Gray forced a corner and the midfielder’s whipped delivery was helped into his own net the Cod Army’s captain.

Browne went close to adding the hosts’ second with a half-volley and Fisher hit down Cairns’ throat as the Green and Whites increased their intensity. 

Bolger almost had a hat-trick of sorts, proving a nuisance by connecting with Kevin O’Connor’s corner, however the Glovers managed to clear their lines inside in the six-yard area. 

The beginning of the second period was similar to the first with Fleetwood attacking from the restart.

Wes Burns reached the byeline with his electric pace, pulled back to Hiwula to strike and when his attempt was blocked, Bobby Grant curled well wide.

Cairns punched clear a trademark Tom James free kick and then out of nowhere, an unstoppable Whelan strike turned the match on its head.

Picking up the scraps 20 yards out on the angle, the Liverpool youngster sent a swerving left-footer into the bottom corner for his first professional goal.

A Hiwula poke was put behind by Krysiak soon after before a mistake from the latter allowed the former to equalise.

Town’s number one spilled Hunter’s cross and Hiwula had an empty net to tap into.

The game looked to be heading for penalties but a last-gasp stunner from Zoko kept the Wembley dream alive. 

The Ivorian skipped down the right, beat his man and fired into the top corner to seal Town’s place in the last four against Shrewsbury Town.  

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Whelan, Sowunmi, N.Smith, James, Browne (Santos 84), Gray, Bird (C.Smith 90), Green, Fisher, Surridge (Zoko 61).
Bookings: None.
Not Used: Maddison, Donnellan, Dickson, Gobern. 

Fleetwood Town: Cairns, Coyle, Bolger, O’Connor, Eastham, Sowerby, Grant (Hunter 71), Schwabl (Biggins 58), Burns (Dempsey 71), McAleny, Hiwula.
Bookings: McAleny 30, Sowerby 45, Schwabl 55.
Not Used: Crellin, Sheron, Donohue, Maguire.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Fleetwood Town

Looking to go one better than last season’s last eight exit, Darren Way’s side host higher league opposition for the sixth time this season in all competitions. 

Only Premier League giants Manchester United have come away from Huish Park with a victory, as Plymouth Argyle, Southend United, AFC Wimbledon and Bradford City were all dispatched.

Coming into the meeting with the Cod Army off the back of consecutive league victories, Town will do so without six players to choose from. 

Dan Alfei (knee) remains the one absentee for the remainder of the season, whilst James Bailey (knee), Bevis Mugabi (hamstring) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring) continue to recover from injury. 

Loanees Ryan Seager and Lewis Wing miss out due to being cup-tied, forcing the hosts to shuffle the pack slightly.

Head-to-head
The Green & Whites are yet to record a win against Fleetwood in four previous meetings.

The Glovers lost out to the Cod Army twice in League One during the 2014/15 season, after suffering defeat in the FA Cup second round in 2011.

England striker and former Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy was on target on that occasion. 

Officials
Gavin Ward (Surrey) will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night. 

The Surrey-based official has been involved in two action-packed Town games this season, overseeing the 8-2 opening day defeat at Luton and 3-2 Emirates FA Cup win over Port Vale, which included two red cards for the visitors.

Garry Maskell (London) and Justin Amey (Dorset) will be his assistants, with John Busby (Oxfordshire) 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
Home and away supporters can buy tickets on the day of the match but may encounter queues. 

For more information, visit our Home Tickets page.

NEWS | Town backing Safer Internet Day 2018

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day is a great opportunity to talk to family and friends about the respectful, responsible and creative use of technology.

Visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website (www.saferinternet.org.uk) where you can take the Safer Internet Day quiz, see what’s happening for the day and find out more about what you can do to help your friends and family to stay safe online.

Together we can create a better internet

Here are ideas about how you can help to create a better internet:

  1. Help your family and friends to have a positive time online by giving them the information they need to stay safe. See advice at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
  2. Promote positive messages online, whether this is by backing a cause, helping a friend, reporting abuse or by showing support for your football club!
  3. Make the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day by taking positive action online. From liking your friend’s content to sharing a kind messages, post online using #SID2018 and join the #ItStartsWithUs social media campaign.

Remember – together we can create a better internet! 

TICKETS | Fleetwood tickets reduced further

The last eight encounter will be the fifth match in a row at Huish Park, a run of fixtures which also included a high profile Emirates FA Cup tie with Manchester United. 

Conscious of recent expenditure for supporters, the Board of Directors have reduced prices compared to usual matchday charges even further.

Tickets are now the following:
Adult – £6
Senior – £6
Young Person – £6
Junior – £2

Premium seats situated centrally in the Tamburino Stand are reduced to only £9.

To purchase your ticket visit the Huish Park ticket office (or call on 01935 84788) or head online.

Those who have already purchased a ticket can claim their money back by visiting the ticket office prior to kick-off. Please note that all refunds have to be issued before kick-off and cannot be validated afterwards. 

Thank you for your continued support!

INTERVIEW | Way looking to take momentum into Checkatrade clash

Having dispatched both Grimsby Town and Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two last week, manager Darren Way is hoping recent league form correlates into the cup.

Just two rounds from a Wembley final, Town are yet to lose in this season’s competition.

Hosting the Cod Army, Way is looking for another positive occasion on home soil.

“It’s a great opportunity to get to Wembley and I’ll never turn that down as a manager.

“As a supporter, I don’t think you’d turn down the chance to have a day out at Wembley and it’s important for me and my players.

“I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it’s a success on Tuesday night,” he told iFollow Glovers.

Fresh from two wins, the Green & Whites have scored five goals without reply to pull seven points clear of the bottom two in the league.

Added in with a positive January transfer window, Town’s boss is hoping to build on recent momentum.

“Any manager, any supporter and any chairman is trying to gather momentum, he said. “I feel proud of what the players have done since the Manchester United match because you’re always judged after that on what direction we go in.

“We’re seeing out the last 10 minutes of games now and two clean sheets is important.

“It’s nice to see we can field seven on the bench and if you’re not performing you’re going to be left out of the squad.

I don’t like doing that but with the numbers we’ve got and the direction we’re going in, everyone has got to be at the top of their game.”

INTERVIEW | Feed the Fish and he will score!

The 27-year-old came off the bench to score with his first-touch at the weekend to open his account with the Glovers.

Arriving from Scottish Premier League outfit Motherwell 10 days ago, Fisher was pleased to find the back of the net in just his third appearance.

“Personally, it’s nice to get off the mark early,” he told iFollow Glovers. “Strikers always want to get off the mark and it’s important the team wins, so if you can both that’s great.

“Ultimately, it’s a team game but on a personal note, you always want to do the best for yourself as well.

“Sometimes it can be in the back of your mind whether you have or haven’t (scored), but hopefully it’s the first of many.”

Travelling down from north of the border, the former Mansfield and Oxford United forward is set for a first spell in English football for two years.

With three games since joining and a fourth on Tuesday night in the form of the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final against Fleetwood, Town’s new number 18 is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “(The number of games) is in stark contrast to north of the border where you have a little bit more time between games, but I relish the opportunity to get as much game time as possible and repay the faith the club has shown in me.

“It’s been a long time coming to be within a couple hours of home. I’ve got nothing but respect for all the places I’ve been in the last few years but I’m here now and looking forward to trying to make an impact on League Two.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Cambridge United

After a stale first half the Glovers took the lead on 54 minutes with Nathan Smith recording his first league goal of the season with a smart finish from a well-worked set-piece.

The U’s searched for a way back into the match in the closing stages but couldn’t find an equaliser and soon found themselves 2-0 down.

Less than 30 seconds after coming on as a substitute, Alex Fisher slammed home his first for the club to round off the scoring as the Glovers recorded back-to-back league wins for just the second time this season. 

Impressed by the 3-0 win over Grimsby Town in midweek, Darren Way kept faith with the eleven who secured all three points.

Following a Man of the Match performance against the Mariners, Alefe Santos started a second consecutive match for just the second time in his Town career.

making just one change to the matchday 18, Jared Bird – rested on Tuesday – returned to take a seat amongst the substitutes as Connor Smith dropped from the squad. 

Looking to carry on where they left off four days ago, the Green and Whites started in confident manner and enjoyed early territory which almost resulted in an early lead.

Tom James’ long throw caused havoc in the box allowing Lewis Wing to strike goalwards, only for a deflection to carry it safely into the arms of David Forde. 

At the other end, Billy Waters ensured he would become the pantomime villain for the afternoon by being penalised for simulation after going down in the box, rounding off the action in the opening 15 minutes.

On a drizzly Somerset afternoon the boggy conditions made for a slightly scrappy affair in the first half, something which saw the U’s go slightly more direct. 

Waters angled cross picked out top scorer Uche Ikpeazu six yards out, but the striker’s header lacked the accuracy to trouble Artur Krysiak.

Looking to create some attacking spark themselves, Tom James cut in from the right before firing a left-footed shot a yard wide of the target in what was the hosts’ best effort of the half.

With a couple of treatable injuries making it a stop-start run towards the break, Waters was subject to more jeers as he squandered a good chance to open the scoring by dragging a shot wide from inside the box.

The diminutive attacker’s pulled effort proved to be the last notable action before half-time, as a largely uneventful opening 45 minutes came to an end. 

Whilst the interval saw the weather change, Shaun Derry’s side continued to be wasteful in front of goal. 

Four minutes after the restart Ikpeazu worked space inside the box and had a low shot saved well by Krysiak, only for Brad Halliday to somehow miss the target on the rebound with the goal gaping. 

Having been far from clinical in front of goal the U’s were made to pay before the hour mark when Town took the lead.

Santos’ angled free-kick was headed back across goal by Omar Sowunmi for centre-back partner Smith to volley home. 

A moment of quality in a far from pretty affair, the goal set the Glovers on their way to consecutive league victories. 

Perhaps feeling slightly aggrieved at finding themselves a goal down, United enjoyed a spell of pressure in the final quarter of the match but struggled to break down a dogged Town defence. 

Already a frustrating afternoon for the visitors, their disappointment was confirmed with five minutes left to play.

Two substitutes combined for Way’s side as Rhys Browne weaved along the byline before picking out Fisher who emphatically found the back of the net with his first touch since taking to the field to open his account in Green and White. 

In a lively final few minutes Jevani Brown clattered the bar for Cambridge, but they were to be left empty handed as Town saw out the closing stages to record that winning feeling once again.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson; Green (Browne 70′), Wing, Santos, Gray; Zoko (Fisher 84′), Surridge (Seager 61′).
Bookings: James 70′
Subs not used: Maddison, Whelan, Donnellan, Bird.

Cambridge United: Forde; Halliday, Taft, Taylor, Dunk; Brown, Deegan, O’Neil (Carroll 67′), Phillips (Maris 67′); Waters, Ikpeazu.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Mitov, Darling, Azeez, Davies, Lewis.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Cambridge United

Here’s all that’s happening at Huish Park other than the main event:

20% off in the club shop!
Open up until kick-off and then again at full-time, head along to the official club shop to enjoy 20% off everything in stock*. From replica home and away kits to winter clothing, the shop has everything for your Green & White needs. With the 20% discount for one day only, don’t miss out!
*excluding existing offers

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!
Available both outside and inside Huish Park, pick up your copy of the matchday programme Green & White for just £3! Crammed full of features, information, pictures, children’s activities and more, make sure you don’t miss out on issue 24. Lewis Wing discusses his goalscoring start to life at Yeovil, Ryan Dickson answers your questions and Oscar Gobern tells all on his team-mates! Also available in the club shop, copies are available from midday.

Cambridge programme

Tickets
Both home and away supporters are able to purchase tickets on the day, although you can buy in advance to avoid matchday queues. Available online, fans can also contact the ticket office from 9am by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting in person. Get your ticket before midday to enjoy pre-match prices!

Whet the whistle!
Head along to the supporters Marquee before kick-off to enjoy a variety of refreshments. Open to both home and away supporters from 12.30 onwards, hot and cold drinks are on offer (including alcohol) as well as a selection of hot and cold food. Why not make your drinks order for half-time, too? Pop along during the break to pick up your drinks and beat the queues. 

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

INTERVIEW | Way enjoying strength in depth

The Glovers brought in seven new faces during the January transfer window and saw four loanees head in the opposite direction, leaving Way with a squad of 25.

Boasting strength in depth across the pitch, the Town boss is enjoying the headache of only being able to select 11 for the starting lineup.

“I have to make sure the whole group remain focused,” he told iFollow Glovers. “One or two will have to deal with team selection, which is what I’ve tried to create and now I’ve got it.

“Jake Gray is a prime example,” he continued. “Coming from Luton where you can almost get away with having a poor game and someone else will take the responsibility, here you have to perform week in, week out when you’re in that eleven.

“He’s certainly the biggest increase in performance in a short space of time this year.” 

Going into the weekend on the back of victory over Grimsby on Tuesday night, Town are targeting back-to-back league victories.

However, having lost the reverse fixture back in October, Way is wary of the threats posed by the U’s.

“It’s very tight whether you’re in the Premier League, Championship, top or bottom.

“Two or three wins can gain real momentum and see a real good surge, so with the squad we’ve got it gives us a very good chance.

“Having said that, they have good hold-up play, Uche (Ikpeazu) is strong and causes problems and brings others into play.

“In terms of resources, they had a real push at the start of the season to bring in successful players but knowing Shaun (Derry) the way I do he’ll want a little bit more.

“It’s very difficult whatever club you’re at and we all have our own problems to deal with but all I can say is that on Saturday, we have got to find a solution to win.”

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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Cambridge United

Shaun Derry’s side head to Somerset in Sky Bet League Two looking for a first win in five, whilst the Green & Whites are looking to record back-to-back league wins. 

Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray secured a 3-0 win over Grimsby Town in midweek, with United going down 3-1 at Coventry City. 

Having hosted Chesterfield, Manchester United and Grimsby in succession at Huish Park, Darren Way’s side will continue to try and make home advantage count at the weekend. 

They’ll do so with no fresh injury concerns, although will still be without the services of Bevis Mugabi (hamstring), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), Marcus Barnes (ankle), James Bailey (knee) and Dan Alfei (knee). 

Joint top scorer Otis Khan will serve the third of a five-match suspension, leaving Town with 19 players to choose from. 

The Cambridgeshire outfit will head south hoping top scorer Uche Ikpeazu can be the difference (10 goals), having netted in the reverse fixture.

Head-to-head
Yeovil go into the encounter with five victories to Cambridge’s four in the previous 10 meetings. 

However, the Glovers are without a win in the last five encounters, narrowly losing the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October despite Bevis Mugabi’s headed effort.

Town’s most emphatic win at Huish Park came in 2004, as Gavin Williams, Andy Bishop, Adam Stansfield and Colin Miles secured a 4-1 win. 

Officials
Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire) will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

Taking charge of his 32nd match of the season, it will be his first involving Town since March 2017 having overseen the 3-3 draw at Exeter City. 

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire) with Louis Marks (Hampshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of manager Darren Way and Rhys Browne 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.

For more information, visit our Home Tickets page.

INTERVIEW | I want to make an impact – Browne

The winger returned to action last Friday in the Emirates FA Cup after a long lay-off with an ankle injury before coming off the bench to score against his former employers in a convincing victory. 

Ex-Aldershot Town man Browne is now pushing for his first start but says he wants to make an impact for the team in any way he can.

“It was a bit frustrating finding out I’d be out longer than I expected because of my ankle but we got there, we worked hard and I’m back out there,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“The first day or so you beat yourself up but there’s no point. You have to get on with it and work hard to come back.

“I was very pleased to score. It’s the way you want to come back- it was even better it was against my former club! Now I’ve just got to work to get myself back in the team. 

“I’ve just got to keep working hard every day; if I start or come off the bench I’ll try and make an impact for the team and win every game.” 

Cambridge United are the visitors to Huish Park on Saturday – Town’s fourth game in a row at home. 

The U’s are winless in four Sky Bet League Two games but with the Glovers back to winning ways and performing well of late, Browne insists the focus is entirely on their own game.

He said: “We know we’ve got a good group and you can see that in the way we played against Manchester United for 45 minutes and they’re one of the best teams in the world. 

“If we can do what we did to them for 45 minutes and do what we did to Grimsby who are higher than us, we’re definitely confident.

“We want to keep the momentum going from Tuesday night as that was a great performance and a good result.

“We’ll focus on our strengths, what we do best. We’re not really worried about the other team, we just need to try and win the game.”

INTERVIEW | Way looking for positive second half to the season

The Glovers enjoyed a pleasant month of transfer dealings, bringing in seven new faces and retaining the services of key players Omar Sowunmi and Otis Khan despite receiving bids.

Following that boost and fresh from picking up a first win of 2018 in midweek with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town, the Glovers are now looking for back-to-back wins at home to Cambridge United this weekend (3pm).

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, the Town boss is looking forward to the rest of the season.

“When you look at the team’s attacking threat it’s very dangerous. Green has bundles of pace and Browney (Rhys Browne) is back in now.

“You’ve got Khan and then strikers of Zoko, Surridge, Seager and Fisher which we haven’t had before, so it’s nice to have that stability and strength in depth.

“I want to make sure the players take responsibility of where we go between now and the end of the season.”

Overall, Yeovil had just four outgoings in January as loanees Sid Nelson, Keston Davies, Olufela Olomola and Matt Worthington returned to their parent clubs.

With competition for places across the pitch, Way is delighted to have added to the squad and retained the services of his key players.

“We’ve made one or two signings for the future of the football club which I’ve not been able to do before.

“I think we’ve got a good squad with real strength in depth,” he said. “We’ve now got the excitement of the second half of the season knowing we’ve kept the core of the squad together.”

Want to be part of it at Huish Park on Saturday? View the ticket information for Town v Cambridge United.

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue 24

Crammed full of the usual content, here’s what you can find in issue 24:

  • Lewis Wing is the main interview after making a goalscoring start to life at Yeovil Town 

  • Find out who Oscar Gobern rates as the best trainer and more in the ‘Who Is?’ feature

  • Brazilian Alefe Santos selects his Dream Team

  • Experienced defender Ryan Dickson answers your questions in the latest edition of ‘Quiz a Glover’

  • Green & White catches up with former fans’ favourite Luke Ayling in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Get the lowdown on Cambridge United with four dedicated pages of info

And much more!

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

Don’t miss out on a copy!

 

TICKETS | Make Town part of your weekend

Fresh from a comfortable 3-0 win over Grimsby Town in midweek, Darren Way’s side welcome the U’s looking for back-to-back league wins. 

Strikes from Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray secured all three points on Tuesday night with the Green & Whites now looking to continue their ascent up the table. 

With seven new signings arriving during the January transfer window and key players Otis Khan and Omar Sowunmi opting to stay in Somerset, take in the action on Saturday afternoon with tickets available both in advance and on the day. 

Available via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) and online, adult tickets start from as little as £17 with a junior ticket costing just £6.

Buy in advance to ensure you miss out on the matchday queues!