Month: March 2018

NEWS | Forest Green rearranged for April 24th

Initially due to take place on Good Friday at Huish Park, the West Country clash was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

Both clubs have now agreed on the new date, with tickets purchased in advance remaining valid. Supporters wishing to claim a refund must do so before kick-off on the 24th. 

NEWS | Forest Green Rovers clash postponed

Referee John Brooks inspection the surface at 11am along with Town manager Darren Way and representatives from Forest Green Rovers. 

Taking into consideration the current state of the pitch and the ongoing forecast, a mutual decision was made to postpone the Sky Bet League Two fixture. 

Both clubs will now work with the EFL to confirm a new date, with any tickets purchased in advance remaining valid.

INTERVIEW | Way looking to carry on where Town left off

The Glovers will be fresh off the back of picking up four points on the road from their last two outings, a draw at Exeter followed by an important win at Colchester. 

Last weekend’s trip to Accrington was postponed due to four of Town’s contingent being away on international duty, with Sky Bet League Two action returning over the Easter period. 

Into the closing stages of the season, the gaffer is looking for Yeovil to carry on where they left off.

“With nine games to go, I’m trying to take the pressure away from the players,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I just want them to put in a good performance and not think about the situation Forest Green are in or the situation we’re in.

“I think the score will take care of itself if we focus on the process. We know what our process is, we did it against Exeter and we did it against Colchester.

“We slipped up against Stevenage and didn’t put our principles in place but we took a lot from that game to make sure it won’t happen again.”

Without a game for the last two weeks, the Green & Whites welcomed back Bevis Mugabi, Rhys Browne, Shaun Donnellan and Corey Whelan from international duty in the last few days. 

After the unexpected break, Way is confident his side can carry continue their run of good form. 

“We want to make sure we’ve got that attention to detail to make sure we look after them now they’re back. I’ve spoken to them all and will listen to what they tell me.

“With them away, we’ve had some double sessions on the spin and trained extremely hard. It’s been well worked, well thought out and well planned so we’re looking forward to the game tomorrow.”

NEWS | Milestones aplenty for international quartet

Bevis Mugabi (Uganda), Rhys Browne (Antigua & Barbuda), Shaun Donnellan and Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland Under-21s) have spent the last week across the globe on international duty. 

The trip to East Africa was of special significance to 22-year-old Mugabi, who picked up his first two caps for his country in the friendlies against Sao Tome & Principe (3-1 win) and Malawi (0-0 draw) in Namboole.

Mugabi in the Uganda line up

Continuing the trend of firsts, Rhys Browne netted his first international goal by opening the scoring in Antigua’s 3-1 win over Barbuda, before playing an hour of the 1-1 draw with Jamaica in Kingston to mark his eighth appearance.

Closer to home, loanee Whelan played 72 minutes of the Republic Under-21s’ 3-1 friendly win over Iceland and the full 90 in the UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday night.

Having sat out the friendly, Shaun Donnellan proved to be the hero against Azerbaijan playing the full game and scoring a vital 96th minute winner. The defender’s first goal for his country pulls Eire closer to group leaders Germany who sit just three points ahead.

COMMUNITY | Help the DSA raise £3,000

An ambition pursued by Disabled Liaison Officer Bruce James who sadly passed away in December, Mike and the DSA would now like to bring Bruce’s idea to life. 

In order to do so, Mike – who has cerebral palsy – is attempting to swim 40 lengths in an hour-and-a-half. 

The biggest challenge undertaken by Mike to date, the DSA Chairman visited Darren Way and the first-team squad to garner their support in the form of sponsorship. 

You can do the same, by clicking HERE.

The DSA work tirelessly to improve the facilities and matchday experience for disabled supporters and all at YTFC wish Mike the best of luck.

SHOP | Easter deals for replica kit!

Available while stocks last, both home and away kits have been reduced for both adults and juniors. 

With the club store open 10-4 throughout the week and 10-5 on Good Friday, head along to pick up your bargain:

Home and away shirts
Adult: £25
Youth: £20

Shorts and socks
Adult shorts: £14
Youth shorts: £12
All size socks: £8

COMMUNITY | YTCST appoints new Chairman

David has been a Director of the Trust since August 2013 and is also Yeovil Town FC’s Supporter Director and Business Development Manager, as well as being a Governor at Yeovil College.

David succeeds Alan Chamberlain who has been the Trust’s Acting Chairman since last summer.

Commenting on his appointment, David said: ‘I would like to thank Alan Chamberlain for his stewardship of the Trust and I sincerely hope to build on the legacy Alan and other past Trust Chairman have created.

“I see clear opportunities for the Trust to expand its work in sporting and educational opportunities for all, irrespective of ability. The Trust has a dedicated team of coaches and staff and my aim is to increase the Trust’s effectiveness by building stronger links with key partner organisations.”

Living in Yeovil, David has long been an advocate for the Town and has previously been Chairman of Yeovil Town Centre Partnership, Yeovil Town Ladies FC, General Manager of the Quedam Shopping Centre and President of Yeovil Chamber of Trade.

All at YTFC wish David all the best in his new role.

NEWS | Mugabi makes international bow

Lining up for Uganda, the 22-year-old played 88 minutes of the Cranes’ 3-1 win over Sao Tome & Principe on Saturday to claim a first cap.

Receiving a standing ovation from the home crowd, Mugabi will have the chance to impress further on Tuesday night when Uganda take on Malawi in Namboole. 

Mugabi in the Uganda line up

Joining Rhys Browne (Antigua & Barbuda), Shaun Donnellan and Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland U21s) in leaving Somerset for international duty, the former Southampton defender becomes the first contracted Yeovil player to earn a first cap for their country since May 2014.

Joel Grant (Jamaica) was the last player to represent their country for the first time, following impressive performances in Green & White during the 2013/14 campaign. 

All at YTFC would like to congratulate Bevis on the achievement.

FANS | Digital Archive back up and running

Ninety percent of all the material gathered has now been uploaded to the site including over 3,000 action shots from the club’s non-league days which shows many old favourites from years gone by.

There are now 247,103 photos uploaded as well as 53 videos online and more to come through visual memories which are bound to take you back over the years.

The newspaper section is currently being worked on, with cuttings from all the papers of the recent cup tie with Manchester United next to go online followed by the Liverpool match from 2004.

Thanks to Martin McConachie, over 66 front, back and centre spreads from the matchday programme are also available to view.

Nigel Dyson, the Archive’s resident statistician, has now got the stats section well populated and has just uploaded a list of every player that has represented the club since 1945!

All the recent books that have been published about the club have been uploaded, although the file size does mean they do take a few minutes to open on your computer.

If any supporters have some spare time and would like to get involved on this mammoth task we would love to hear from you at ytfcarchive@gmail.com.

You can use the same address for any suggestions or if you have any items you think should be featured on the site.

Don’t forget you can find the site by clicking HERE.

COMMUNITY | Join this year’s March for Men

As many of you will know, 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.

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. 

How can you help? This June, Prostate Cancer UK will again be recruiting an army of walkers across the country after new figures have shown the number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

To combat these latest stats the charity will be heading to a number of locations, including Bristol, on Sunday 17 June at Blaise Castle Estate. Providing a choice of distances – circa 2k, 5k, or 10k – participants are encouraged to fundraise through sponsorship in their own bid to beat the disease.

Ted Wood, from Warmley in Bristol says: “When I first found out I had prostate cancer I didn’t believe it. I didn’t have any symptoms and I was very active. I put my tiredness down to working long hours. My outlook on life since my diagnosis has definitely changed, I value things more now and I want to help other men.

“I’m planning to take part in Prostate Cancer UK’s Bristol March for Men this year because I want the money raised from the event to go towards a more reliable test to detect prostate cancer.”

If you’re interested in joining a March for Men and putting your best foot forward, then visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website by clicking HERE

FANS | Kit design chosen by supporters for 2018/19

Over 1,000 supporters cast their vote between the three choices, with the Supporters Alliance meeting on Wednesday 22nd March to discuss the options. 

Concurring with the online results which saw 64% vote in the majority, option three was put forward as the preferred choice by the Alliance after taking on board the outcome of the poll and their own consultation. 

The club will now work with the kit supplier to deliver the new strip ready for next season.

COMMUNITY | Town engage with EFL Day of Action

Helping to deliver YTCST’s workshop on Respect as part of the Premier League Primary Stars Programme, first-team duo Francois Zoko and Ryan Dickson spent the afternoon at Preston Primary in Yeovil. 

The programme is aimed at allowing children to identify unacceptable behaviour and its effect on others, develop an understanding of respect and how this can be implemented in daily life and to see situations from other people’s perspective.

Francois and Ryan speak to a student

With work in the community taking place all year round, the EFL Day of Action demonstrates the positive impact football can have in changing young people’s lives.

Commenting on the day EFL Chairman, Ian Lenagan said: 


“Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of Club community trusts.

“Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people.
 
“It is fantastic to see so many managers and players across England and Wales coming out in support of the excellent work being undertaken by their own Club right in the heart of their own community.
 
“There are few sporting organisations that can deliver the scale of innovative and ground breaking activity we do via our network of Clubs across so many important areas, including inclusion, charitable causes, community engagement, education or health.”

NEWS | Quartet head off on international duty

Defender Bevis Mugabi has joined up for the first time with the Uganda national team for their friendlies against São Tomé and Príncipe on the 24th March and Malawi on the 27th March. 

The 22-year-old has made 22 appearances for the Glovers this season and could make his international debut for the Cranes having come to the attention of head coach Sebastien Desabre since arriving in Somerset last summer.

Elsewhere, the defensive duo of Corey Whelan and Shaun Donnellan have joined up with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for their two upcoming matches. 

Both with five caps to their name, the pair will be part of the Eire side to take on their Iceland counterparts in a friendly before lining up against Azerbaijan in a UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. 

Completing Town’s international absentees, Rhys Browne has linked up with the Antigua & Barbuda national side for their friendlies against Bermuda (21st March) and Jamaica (25th March) where the winger will look to build on his six previous appearances. 

Remaining with Darren Way’s first-team but on international stand-by is versatile defender Tom James, who could be called-up to the Wales Under-21 squad if required. 

As a result of Yeovil’s absentees, Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two trip to Accrington Stanley has been postponed with the fixture rearranged for Tuesday April 17th (7.45pm). 

NEWS | Inter-Service Football moved to Portsmouth

The fixture will now take place tomorrow night at The Victory Stadium, Portsmouth, which was always a fall back facility if Huish Park became unavailable, with kick-off remaining 1900.

Yeovil Town Football Club wish them well and look forward to hosting The Royal Navy at Huish Park in the future.

COMMERCIAL | Hospitality packages for summer concerts

Norwegian trio a-ha head to Somerset on Saturday 9th June and are supported by the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey and China Crisis, before Steps – along with Aqua and Blue – take centre stage at Huish Park on Sunday 10th June. 

Make it a special occasion by making the most of the various hospitality packages on offer for both corporate boxes and the Alec Stock Lounge. 

Details can viewed via the above posters with bookings made directly with commercial manager Dave Linney by calling 01935 847872 or emailing DLinney@ytfc.net.

INTERVIEW | It was a spirited team performance – Fisher

The 27-year-old, who arrived from Motherwell in January, notched his second goal since joining the club to ensure the Glovers left Essex with all three points.

Starting his second match in succession, Fisher netted the only goal of the game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium with a neat first-half finish.

Enough to secure all three points for the visitors, the former Mansfield and Oxford United striker hailed his team-mates’ performance.

“It was a tough game,” he told iFollow Glovers. “The conditions were not the best but it was a real spirited team performance. We took a lot of positives out of the Exeter game (in midweek) which saw us through again.

“You can’t switch off for a second because that’s all it takes for them to score and get back into the game so the fact they didn’t is credit to the boys who did a superb job at the back.

Nels (Stuart Nelson) deserves a special mention, it was his penalty save early on which really set us up because it would’ve obviously changed the game, it was a great performance from him – an experienced guy at the back really helped us through in the later stages.”

Moving 11 points clear of the drop zone and a step closer to midtable, Yeovil now face a fortnight out of action until Forest Green Rovers visit Huish Park on March 30th. 

Despite the break from Sky Bet League Two, Fisher insists the players remain determined to finish the season strongly. 

“We have a target that has been set by gaffer that we want to reach that he says will make it a very successful season for the club, so that’s what we’re trying to do and three points takes us closer to that.

“Some of the amount of games a lot of the lads have had means it’s now a well-earned rest for a lot of the players. It will be used smartly but is also a chance to get the necessary rest that we need at the same time.”

INTERVIEW | Way hails committed performance

Alex Fisher’s first-half strike was enough for Town to return to Somerset with a victory, after Stuart Nelson saved Sammie Szmodics’ early penalty. 

Building on last week’s draw at Exeter City, the Glovers got back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom two to 11 points. 

Following Fisher’s second goal for the club, Way revealed his delight with his side’s performance when speaking to iFollow Glovers.

“The conditions weren’t great but the way the team played, we were disciplined, well organised and you have to win football matches and it doesn’t matter how you do it.

“Nelson made a great save and kept us in the game but the players from start to finish gave maximum effort.

“We tried to keep it simple, there are so many people in the game now that are making up things that don’t exist. Out of possession, it’s about blocking and tackling and with an away performance making sure you’re committed.”

Making just one change from the side in Devon that ended a run of three straight defeats, the Town boss was pleased to find a level of consistency in their performance.

“We talked about consistency because we’ve got so many young players and every time we turn up to the next game I’m hoping we can give that consistent performance.

“I explained to them that consistency is commitment – they’re going to make mistakes but are they committed? You could see a committed performance from the whole team.

“I feel very proud of my players,” he continued. “The supporters were great, I lost my voice, they lost theirs because they sung from start to finish and there was a special feel in the crowd today and they got behind the team so they deserve a special mention.”

REPORT | Colchester United 0-1 Yeovil Town

Despite the freezing conditions, it was a lively start at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, as Town stopper Stuart Nelson saved a Sammie Szmodics penalty with just seven minutes on the clock. 

Spurning the chance to take the lead the U’s were made to pay midway through the first-half when Fisher slammed home from inside the box.

Both Tom James and Bevis Mugabi went close to doubling the lead either side of half-time, but a trio of smart Nelson saves ensured the visitors left with a first away win since Boxing Day. 

After halting a run of three defeats at Exeter in midweek, Darren Way made one change from the side that returned from Devon with a point. 

Making an impact from the bench at St James Park, Rhys Browne earned a starting place at the expense of Otis Khan who dropped to the bench as Corey Whelan missed out as the unlucky sixth loan. 

Sticking with the experience of Nelson between the sticks, the 36-year-old justified his selection inside the opening 10 minutes. 

After the U’s were awarded a penalty following Ryan Dickson’s foul on Kane Vincent-Young, the former Gillingham stopper guessed correctly to dive left and keep out Szmodics low shot from 12 yards.

Whilst the penalty miss was undoubtedly a blow for the hosts, they remained on the front foot in the opening quarter-of-an-hour. 

Looking to make amends for his spot-kick failure, Szmodics continued to pester the Yeovil defence and teased an effort just wide of the target from the edge of the box following good work from Drey Wright. 

Having demonstrated the same defensive resolve as in midweek, the visitors did what they couldn’t manage in Devon and took the lead.

Dickson’s long throw was flicked on by the dominant figure of Omar Sowunmi, allowing captain Francois Zoko to tee up strike partner Fisher who coolly picked out the far corner.

Stalling the U’s early momentum, Town were able to comfortably hold the hosts at arm’s length’s as the home crowd grew in frustration. 

Kurtis Guthrie headed straight at Nelson as John McGreal’s side struggled to engineer any chances of worth, before the Glovers almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. 

After a spell of pressure Jared Bird laid the ball off for Tom James’ whose rasping first-time drive from 20 yards was palmed away at full-stretch by Sam Walker. 

Looking to prove the old adage that attack is the best form of defence, Way’s side remained on the front foot after the restart enjoying a flurry of corners before Fisher fired just wide from range with 50 minutes on the clock. 

Unable to call Nelson into action since his early penalty save, United had to wait until the hour-mark before they once again tested the veteran ‘keeper.

Liam Mandeville’s free-kick from the left of the box was destined for the top corner but for the fingertips of Nelson who continued to build on an impressive debut four days previous.

Making all three of their changes the U’s rolled the dice, and it was final substitute Olomide Shodipo who tested Nelson on 74 minutes when his free-kick – almost identical to Mandeville’s – saw the same result. 

Seemingly unbeatable, Yeovil’s stopper produced one more notable save to keep out Frankie Kent’s well-hit shot as the Glovers rode out a final few minutes of pressure to record an invaluable victory on the road.

Taking four points from two away trips in a week, Town head into a fortnight’s break with an ever-increasing gap between themselves and the bottom two.

Colchester United: Walker; Eastman, Kent, Prosser; Wright, Lapslie, Comley (Senior 46′), Vincent-Young; Szmodics, Guthrie (Mandron 65′), Mandeville (Shodipo 71′).
Bookings: Comley 36′
Subs not used: Barnes, Murray, Stevenson, Rooney. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson (Mugabi 40′); Green, Wing, Bird, Browne; Zoko (Barnes 82′), Fisher (Surridge 65′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Maddison, Santos, Khan, Seager.

INTERVIEW | Way looking to build on clean sheet

The Glovers held play-off contenders Exeter City to a 0-0 draw in Devon on Tuesday night to pick up their first clean sheet in five, something the Town boss is keen to repeat. 

Heading to Essex looking for a return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two, Way insists that any winning run will be based upon defensive resoluteness. 

“It’s important to keep clean sheets,” he told iFollow Glovers. “Any of the runs we’ve been on have been based on keeping the ball out of the back of the net. 

“We always believe that we have a real good chance. When you look at the form Exeter have been in, we matched them.

“We know a lot about Colchester and the way they play but we’ll make sure we don’t put too much pressure on ourselves and put on a good performance.”

The U’s have a superior record of the Glovers from previous meetings and came away from Huish Park with all three points earlier in the season. 

Looking to exact revenge, Way is keen to end up on the right side of the fine lines that determine winning and losing.

“Colchester will be a tough game,” he said. “We had large spells of possession (in the return fixture), but we were disappointed with the goal we conceded. 

“That’s one thing I’m disappointed about with us as a whole; games where we’ve lost out by small margins where I think we could’ve done better.”

PREVIEW | Colchester United v Yeovil Town

Darren Way’s side came away from Exeter in midweek with a share of the spoils to halt a run of three successive defeats in Sky Bet League Two. 

With a point and a clean sheet under their belt, the Glovers now head to the Colchester Community Stadium to take on the U’s who are without a win in their last three outings. 

Ready for the trip to Colchester, the Glovers will still be without the services of Artur Krysiak, Dan Alfei, Nathan Smith (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle), with Oscar Gobern and Connor Smith facing late fitness tests after missing the trip to St James Park.

James Bailey returned to training this week following his lengthy knee injury, but a return to action is still too soon for the skipper.

For John McGreal’s side, striker Sammie Szmodics sits as top scorer with 13 goals to his name this season, backed up by Mikael Mandron (nine goals).

Looking to mount a late charge for the play-offs, United will be looking to improve on their last outing at home when lowly Barnet claimed all three points.

Head-to-head
Saturday’s meeting will be the 25th encounter between the two sides.

The Glovers are looking to improve on their record of 12 defeats, with just one win over the U’s in the last six. 

Coming in November 2016, Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell netted late on to claim a 2-1 win at Huish Park.

Officials
Tom Nield (West Yorkshire) will be the man in charge on Saturday.

Mr. Nield will be assisted by Graham Kane (East Sussex) and Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire) with Christopher Ward acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Shaun Donnellan 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.   

Tickets
Supporters can purchase tickets on the day subject to a matchday surcharge.

For prices and more information, visit our Away Tickets page

INTERVIEW | Donnellan out to build on impressive debut

The 21-year-old played a pivotal role in Yeovil’s 0-0 draw at play-off chasing Exeter City on Tuesday night, putting in a manful performance in the heart of defence and is now looking to carry that on this weekend. 

With the Glovers travelling to Essex to take on Colchester United, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is keen to build on his first appearance in Green & White.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “It’s always nice to get your debut out of the way, it’s nice to show a bit of what I’m about.

“It was a team effort, the boys worked really hard for each other, and then when that clicks, that’s when you usually keep clean sheets.

The gaffer and Terry (Skiverton) had spoken to me a lot, but I’ve just been waiting for an opportunity. I just want to carry that on, whether I get picked or not I just want to carry on.”

Making the trip to the Colchester Community Stadium to take on the U’s who sit four places and 12 points ahead of Yeovil, Donnellan is looking to build on the midweek performance in Devon. 

“I think every game in this league is a tough encounter, obviously we got a good result the other night but we need to carry that on, there’s no point in having one good performance and not playing well in the next.

“If we get a few more wins, the nine-point gap (from the bottom two) gets even bigger, that’s what we’re aiming to do.”

FANS | Vote for your favourite 2018/19 home strip

Listening to supporter feedback on issues such as the visibility of names and numbers on the back of the home shirts, the three designs below address those concerns. 

Giving the Town faithful the opportunity to choose their favourite design, the Supporters Alliance will be asked to give their feedback on the choices next week with the selected version announced shortly after. 

With an Alliance meeting scheduled for Thursday 22nd March fans are asked to feedback their choice to their respective supporter groups prior to the meeting.

Supporters who are not members of an Alliance group are able to feedback their thoughts before 5pm on Wednesday 21st March by clicking here.

The shortlist of new kits all incorporate the Green & White hoops which have become synonymous with Town’s 15 years in the EFL offering a modern, sleek design.

The choices are as follows:

HOME JERSEY OPTION 1

KIT DESIGN 1

HOME JERSEY OPTION 2

HOME KIT OPTION 2

 

HOME JERSEY OPTION 3

HOME KIT OPTION 3

To vote for your favourite, click here

TICKETS | Travel with Town to Essex

With tickets available at a reduced rate compared to matchday prices until midday on Friday, contact the Huish Park ticket office to secure your spot inside the Colchester Community Stadium. 

Supporters can call on 01935 847888, visit in person or purchase tickets online

For fans wishing to purchase on matchday, tickets are priced at the following:
Adult – £23 
Concession – £17 (over 65’s and members of the Armed Forces)
Under-18 – £13, if you’re
Under-14 – £5 and for 1
Under-11 – FOC (for a maximum of four under-11s when accompanied by a paying adult – additional under-11s will cost £1)

For a full breakdown of prices and travel information from the Green & Whites Supporters Club, visit our Away Tickets page.

REPORT | Exeter City 0-0 Yeovil Town

In a goalless first-half Town had to stand firm at the back as the Grecians began in a menacing manner, but the Somerset outfit held their Devonian counterparts to stalemate at the halfway point.

In an end-to-end second 45 the visitors more than matched their top seven opponents with Lewis Wing going close to breaking the deadlock, but a well-earned point stopped a run of three defeats in Sky Bet League Two.

Looking to halt a run of defeats, Darren Way made four changes for the shortest trip of the season to St James Park. 

Handing Stuart Nelson and Shaun Donnellan their debuts in goal and defence respectively, Jonny Maddison dropped to the bench whilst Corey Whelan missed out completely as the unfortunate sixth loan.

Completing the changes, Jared Bird replaced the injured Connor Smith in the centre of midfield with Alex Fisher coming in for Sam Surridge to partner captain Francois Zoko up front.

Lining up against each other for a third time this season, the hosts started in determined fashion keen to avoid a third straight defeat at the hands of the Green & Whites. 

With just a minute on the clock debutant Nelson was called into action, finding himself perfectly placed to tip Matt Jay’s shot from inside the box over the bar. 

Penning themselves deep in Yeovil territory in the opening five minutes, the visitors had to ride their luck as Jake Taylor’s venomous strike was deflected inches wide before Ryan Harley had a well-hit effort blocked by Omar Sowunmi.

At the other end, Bird was left frustrated when referee Keith Stroud waved his penalty appeal away following a challenge from home ‘keeper Christy Pym, in a rare foray forward at the start of proceedings.

In Exeter’s final act of a dominant start, Jay glanced a Jordan Tillson cross wide of the target before the Glovers enjoyed a spell of possession and territory midway through the half. 

Jordan Green had a second penalty claim turned down following a high foot from Craig Woodman, a moment of anxiousness for the hosts who otherwise restricted Yeovil to long-range strikes.

Plateauing into a tight affair, Paul Tisdale’s side rallied one last time before the break in search of an opener and went close when Hiram Boateng clattered a shot off the bar from six yards, but it was Yeovil who had the last act of the half when Otis Khan tested Christy Pym from long-range.

In a parallel opposite start to the first-half, the second 45 began in more timid fashion as the visitors continued to contain their top seven counterparts. 

As the hour-mark came and went, corners at each end of the pitch provided the only meaningful attempts on goal as Dean Moxey headed wide for the Grecians before Sowunmi could only pick out Pym at the other end.

Restricted to strikes from outside the box Jay and Ryan Harley went close to testing Nelson, but frustration continued to grow amongst the 3,600 home supporters as it remained goalless. 

Growing in confidence, the Green & Whites began to pose more of a threat in the final 20 minutes led by the impact from the bench of Rhys Browne. 

The Antiguan winger burst along the by-line with 74 minutes played only for his cut-back to be parried by Pym.

Finishing strongly, Yeovil had their best chance of the half with 10 minutes remaining when Lewis Wing’s venomous drive from the angle was well parried by Pym, as the visitors searched for a first away win since Boxing Day.

Desperate not to drop points in their quest to finish up in the top six, the Devonian outfit missed a gilt-edged chance in the 90th minute when Jayden Stockley somehow missed the target after the ball squirmed to him inside the box. 

Seeing out six minutes of additional time the Glovers ensured they would make the short journey back to Somerset with a share of the spoils, ending a run of three defeats by frustrating their play-off chasing opponents.

Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, Brown, Moxey, Woodman; Taylor, Boateng, Tilson, Harley (McAlinden 82′); Stockley, Jay (Edwards 74′).
Bookings: Tillson 81′
Subs not used: Jones, Archibald-Henville, Seaborne, James, Simpson.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Khan (Browne 57′); Zoko (Surridge 82′), Fisher (Barnes 70′).
Bookings: Green 43′, Donnellan 72′
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Santos, Seager.

NEWS | Change of date for trip to Accrington

Due to the depleted nature of Darren Way’s first-team as a result of the call-ups, the Sky Bet League Two encounter has been moved to take place on Tuesday 17th April (7.45pm). 

In compliance with EFL regulations, the two clubs agreed to rearrange the fixture due to the number of forced absentees for the Green & Whites. 

Tickets bought in advance for the original fixture will remain valid for the trip to the Wham Stadium next month.

PREVIEW | Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Heading across the border to Devon, the Green & Whites will be hoping to continue their recent good form against the Grecians. 

Having already met twice this season, Darren Way’s side have two wins to their name. Travelling to St James Park in August to record a 3-1 win in the Checkatrade Trophy, Yeovil repeated the scoreline just before Christmas in the league meeting at Huish Park. 

Now four matches unbeaten against City, the Glovers will target a continuation of that run to get back to winning ways in League Two following three straight defeats.

With no fresh injury concerns Town’s boss could welcome back Alefe Santos into the fold after the Brazilian missed the weekend’s meeting with Newport due to illness. 

However, Oscar Gobern, Artur Krysiak, Dan Alfei, Nathan Smith, James Bailey and Jake Gray will all be unavailable due to injury. 

Those who make the matchday 18 will be up against an Exeter outfit unbeaten in their last three. 

Fresh from a 1-1 draw with Carlisle on Saturday, Jayden Stockley (17 goals) will provide the most likely threat with Pierce Sweeney backing up the striker with six goals in all competitions. 

Head-to-head
After 15 previous encounters, there’s nothing to separate the two sides with five draws, five wins and five defeats each. 

The Glovers are looking to extend their unbeaten run against the Grecians to five matches, with Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge netting to record a memorable 3-1 win back in December. 

Town’s last league win at St James Park came in March 2011, with Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch (x2) securing a 3-2 victory. 

Officials
Keith Stroud (Hampshire) will be the man in the middle in Devon.

It will be his first match involving the Glovers this season, having last taken charge of a Yeovil match during the 2015/16 campaign, overseeing a 3-2 Oxford United win in the Checkatrade Trophy.

On Tuesday night, Mr Stroud will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire) with Brett Huxtable (Devon) acting as fourth official.

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

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

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

TICKETS | Head to Devon with Town

Looking to record a third win of the season over the Grecians, Darren Way’s side make the short trip across the border to Devon for the rearranged Sky Bet League Two encounter. 

Rescheduled due to Yeovil’s extended Emirates FA Cup run, the Green & Whites head to St James Park with a league and cup win over City already in the 2017/18 campaign. 

Sam Surridge, Rhys Browne and Otis Khan helped secure a 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy win in August, with the scoreline repeated in the league in December courtesy of strikes from Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Surridge.

Tickets remain on sale for the West Country clash and are priced at the following:

Adult – £22
64+ – £19
Student (with valid NUS card) – £19
Under-18 – £9.50

To purchase your ticket, contact the ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888, with tickets also available online.

COMMERCIAL | Glovers Golf Day returns!

Taking place at the beautiful Sherborne Golf Club and sponsored by Thatchers Cider, a team of three can be entered for just £150. 

Each team will be joined by either a player (past or present), member of the management team or a celebrity. 

More than just 18 holes, teams will enjoy the following on the day:
– Coffee and bacon butty on arrival
– 18 holes of golf
– A two-course meal
– Auction and raffle
– Presentation/prize ceremony
 
To download an entry form, please click here.
 
For further details, please contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872.

NEWS | Club support LPF’s Weeks of Action

Running from Saturday 3rd until Sunday 18th March, the annual campaign aims to inspire change and celebrate those who make a difference to the enjoyment and experience of disabled sports fans.

Marking the event at Huish Park, the YTFC Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) manned a stall outside of the Tamburino Stand highlighting the work that they do for both home and away supporters. 

The first-team also wore LPF t-shirts during the warm-up before posing with DSA members for a half-time photo.

To learn more about the work of LPF, click here.

 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Newport County

Looking to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two, Town enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes with Connor Smith and Omar Sowunmi both going close.

The hosts remained on top after the break but fell behind on 57 minutes when former loanee Josh Sheehan converted a flowing move.

After an already impressive first half the seemingly unbeatable Joe Day produced two stunning saves to deny Francois Zoko an equaliser, before Paul Hayes rounded off the win in second half stoppage time.

After suffering a narrow Checkatrade Trophy semi-final defeat at Shrewsbury Town in midweek, Darren Way made two changes for the return to league action. 

Reverting to a more familiar 4-4-2 formation, Sam Surridge and Lewis Wing came in for Oscar Gobern and Jared Bird, as the former dropped from the matchday 18. 

Missing out through illness Alefe Santos dropped from the squad along with Ryan Seager as the sixth loan, meaning Marcus Barnes was involved for the first time since mid-January following an ankle injury.

Looking to replicate their early February form which saw four straight wins at home, the Glovers started in positive fashion with two early chances. 

Enjoying a spell of dominance, Connor Smith almost opened the scoring when his quickly taken free-kick from 30 yards had to be tipped round the post by a scrambling Joe Day. 

From the resulting corner, the Exiles ‘keeper was called into action once again reacting well to palm away Omar Sowunmi’s header. 

The early opportunities pathed the way for a first-half of relative dominance for the hosts who stroked the ball about competently in a show of confidence. 

Strike duo Surridge and Francois Zoko both looked menacing in the final third, but Town couldn’t call Day into further action as Newport registered their first meaningful attempt on goal with 36 minutes on the clock. 

Former Town duo of Josh Sheehan and Matty Dolan combined at a corner, with the latter’s miss-hit volley being flicked goalwards by Padraig Amond who tested the reflexes of Jonny Maddison between the sticks. 

That was as good as it got for the Welsh outfit in the first half as the Green & Whites remained on top, only lacking an opening goal from an otherwise dominant display. 

Keen to turn territory into the lead Way’s side continued where they left off after the break. 

Captain Zoko twice went close to opening the scoring, whilst at the other end Robbie Willmott pulled a driven strike just wide as the game started to open up.

With the hosts still in control a Newport opener seemed unlikely, but against the run of play Mike Flynn’s side broke the deadlock.

Ben White’s pull-back picked out Sheehan in the middle, which the former Swansea midfielder competently swept into the far corner in front of the travelling fans. 

Looking for an immediate response, Day had to be at his best once again to keep out Town’s captain, when he raced from his line to block Zoko’s shot from close range. 

Becoming a personal duel between the two the County stopper produced another stunning save on 67 minutes, somehow getting a hand down low to push away the striker’s well-directed header.

Emptying the bench of attacking options the Glovers switched to 4-3-3 for the final 10 minutes, committing numbers forward.

However, with Newport camped in their half to defend their lead Way’s side couldn’t find a way through and were dealt a sucker punch when Hayes coolly converted a second with numbers scarce at the back for Town. 

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Whelan, Sowunmi, James, Dickson; Green (Browne 70′), Wing, C. Smith, Khan (Fisher 77′); Surridge (Barnes 59′), Zoko.
Bookings: Zoko 45′
Subs not used: Nelson, Mugabi, Donnellan, Bird.

Newport County: Day; Willmott (Collins 84′), White, Tozer, Demetriou, Butler; Labadie, Dolan (Bennett 81′), Sheehan; Hayes, Amond (Nouble 56′).
Bookings: Hayes 66′, Labadie 83′
Subs not used: Bittner, Jackson, Reid, McCoulsky.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Newport County

Here’s all that’s happening at Huish Park:

Level Playing Field Weeks of Action
As part of the initiative, representatives from LPF and Yeovil’s very own Disabled Supporters Association will be present at the match. The Weeks of Action aim to highlight the positive initiatives undertaken by clubs, sporting venues and their governing bodies in partnership with disabled sports fans and disabled supporters associations. Keep an eye out for both the LPF and the DSA to find out more.

Level Playing Field

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 28 of the matchday programme – Green & White. Crammed with content, you’ll find an in-depth interview with stopper Jonny Maddison, 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. 

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

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses and coaches will cost £6 and £18 respectively. For regular users of the car park, a season ticket (covering all first-team league and cup matches) is priced at £50. For more information, please call 01935 847888

Junior Glovers Family 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.

Train with Town visit
As part of the Train with Town initiative, Wedmore Youth will be with us at Huish Park for a guided behind the scenes tour and to enjoy the match. Having enjoyed a midweek coaching session from Artur Krysiak and Bevis Mugabi, the youngsters will be present to cheer on the Green & Whites.

INTERVIEW | Players know what to expect – Way

Town welcome the Exiles looking to pick up a third straight win over the Welsh outfit on home soil, having won the last two meetings 1-0. 

Dan Butler’s own goal was the difference between the two sides last season and the weekend’s Sky Bet League Two encounter comes with both sides looking to end winless runs. 

Searching for a first league win in three, Way feels his players know what it’s going to take to win. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “With our lads we’re fit, very athletic and get up and down the pitch but the thing that costs us every now and again is our concentration levels and game management. You gain that from experience.

“It’s not going to be an easy game, like any other game, but we’ve had some very close games against Newport.

“We have a good home record but will have to deal with the direct ball and we’ve got to be able to deal with set-plays. We’ve made it known to the players the (Ben) Tozer long-throw and the (Matty) Dolan inswinging corner.

“From the incident that happened on Tuesday, a lot of time and effort has gone into the players knowing the fine line between winning and losing.”

The Green & Whites had won their last three home matches in a row before the visit of Carlisle a fortnight ago, with the Town boss now targeting a return to winning ways.

“We have to make sure we play our game and play attacking football,” he said. “We have to take them down the other end of the pitch and put them under immense pressure.

The team that puts a back four or five under pressure usually wins.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Newport County

The weekend’s action will be Town’s first in the league since hosting Carlisle two weeks previous, with Darren Way’s side looking to return to winning ways. 

The Green & Whites travelled to Shropshire in midweek to take on Shrewsbury in the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final, but a narrow defeat to the League One high flyers sees Yeovil return to Somerset with League Two now their sole focus. 

Town now know they’ll be without the services of Jake Gray (ankle) for the remainder of the season, joining Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith, Dan Alfei and James Bailey (all knee). 

Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes returned to training this week following a lengthy layoff but will have to wait and see whether Saturday’s match comes too soon. 

However, the Glovers will be able to pick Francois Zoko after the Ivorian returned from a two-match suspenion at the New Meadow in midweek.

Heading across the bridge to Somerset, Newport will be searching for a first league win in eight. 

Mike Flynn’s side have drawn their last three outings, with their last league victory coming over Crawley in the middle of January. 

The Welsh outfit will make the trip with two familiar faces in the form of former Yeovil players Matty Dolan and Ben Tozer.

Head-to-head
Yeovil will be looking to continue their 100% record over County. 

The Glovers have won both of the previous league meetings at Huish Park by the same 1-0 scoreline, with Dan Butler’s own goal gifting Town the win last season. 

Jack Compton netted the winning penalty in the same fixture towards the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Officials
Lee Collins (Surrey) will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

It will be his second trip to Huish Park of the season having overseen Lincoln’s 2-0 win back in December.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Paul Hobday (West Midlands) and Darren Wilding (Worcestershire) with Mark Whaley acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Sam Surridge 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.   

NEWS | Former director Peter Hill passes away

Peter was born during Yeovil’s famous 1948-49 season, soon attending matches with his father which started a lifelong passion for the club.

Over the course of his life, Peter compiled an incredible collection of football programmes, predominantly involving Yeovil and contributed to social histories of the club and was very proud of his near-comprehensive and pristine collection. 

Peter was a Director of the club for eight years up until Yeovil achieved promotion to the Football League in 2003, enjoying his role during an enjoyable period for the club.

Remaining a season-ticket holder and attending matches with his son, Bob, he made many good friendships within the club and had hugely happy times following Yeovil.

One of those friendships was with Glovers Chairman John Fry, who has paid tribute to Peter. 

“Peter was a very intelligent, professional and very loyal person who had Yeovil Town in his blood. His father supported the club all his life and now his son Bob will carry on the tradition. 

“Peter was a fantastic supporter director who made a major contribution to the club’s HRD policies in the mid 90s. Peter was a thoroughly decent man who I had great respect for and he’ll be much missed.”

The thoughts of everyone at YTFC are with Peter’s family and friends at this sad time.

INTERVIEW | Ever-present Surridge targeting strong finish

The Glovers welcome Newport County on Saturday (3pm) in Sky Bet League Two, looking to get back to winning ways after a run of defeats. 

Facing an Exiles side without a win in their last seve, Bournemouth loanee Surridge is aiming to kick-start a strong conclusion to the season.

“They’ve been on a bit of a dip and we’ve lost the last three now but we were unfortunate to lose to Carlisle and Stevenage was a freak result so we’ll try to get back to winning ways on Saturday at home and build momentum from there.

“When we’re at home it’s about how we play so we’ll look at what they can do but more so on what we can do.

“We’re always strong at home and believe we can beat anyone at home so three points is a must on Saturday,” he told iFollow Glovers.

After arriving on a season-long loan back in the summer, the 19-year-old has featured 45 times for Town netting on eight occasions. 

Starting the last three league outings, Surridge is keen to push on in the remaining 12 games of the season having become a regular. 

“I wanted to come and score goals and play games and I’ve played the most games now,” he said. “I didn’t expect that but it shows the gaffer trusts me and I want to repay him with performances. He trusts me and I trust him.

“I want to play all the games until the end of the season and score as many goals as I can to finish up as high as we can.

“I want to go on a run before the end of season. I know it will come so I want to score on Saturday and do well until the end of the season.”

TICKETS | Be part of it at Huish Park this weekend

Back in league action following Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy semi-final with Shrewsbury, Town are looking to repeat their early February run of form which saw Darren Way’s side record three wins and a draw. 

Looking to pull closer to mid-table, the Green & Whites will be aiming to exact revenge on the Exiles who ran out 2-0 victors back in October.

However, Yeovil have a 100% record against Newport at Huish Park and you can be a part of it. 

Tickets remain on sale and can be claimed by visiting the ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888.

Alternatively, you can purchase online by using the club’s new and improved ticketing system, which now allows you to look at the view from any spot within the stadium and provides a mobile-friendly service.

NEWS | Gray set for spell on the sidelines

The 22-year-old was stretchered off in first half stoppage time after sustaining the injury in the process of crossing the ball from the left flank. 

Twisting awkwardly, Gray suffered ruptured ankle ligaments and after undergoing surgery on Wednesday has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. 

Making 37 appearances in his maiden campaign as a Glover, the former Luton Town midfielder scored four goals including three in Sky Bet League Two.

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

TICKETS | Improved online sales site launches

With a focus on improving the online purchase option for mobile users, the new site offers a fresh and easy navigation for the remaining 2017/18 fixtures. 

Accessible by the existing ‘Buy Online’ option via the ‘Tickets’ tab on the home page, fans can also directly visit the site by clicking here

Offering the ability to purchase tickets for both home and away matches, the fresh site offers the ability to add filters to make buying your tickets hassle-free. 

Commenting on the changes, Ticket Office Manager Rob Baker said: “With more and more people now choosing to buy their tickets online, we’ve been working closely with our colleagues at Tickets.com to offer a fully mobile compatible ticketing experience for our supporters.

“The new site now makes features such as ‘seat selection’ and ‘view from seat’ available across a range of mobile and tablet devices and provides a smoother, simplified sales process that will make it easier for more supporters to access the online discounts we offer on tickets.”

REPORT | Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Yeovil Town

In a first half devoid of clear-cut chances the Glovers held their own against the third division promotion hopefuls to go in level, teeing up a winner takes all second 45 after the restart. 

With the stakes upped after the break both sides registered shots on target, before Carlton Morris broke the deadlock just past the hour-mark.

The Green & Whites almost caused a dramatic ending when Otis Khan was brilliantly denied by the home stopper, but it wasn’t to be as Shrewsbury progressed to the final.

Targeting a national cup final for the first time since 2002, Darren Way made five changes to the side that lined up against Carlisle United last time out. 

Without Lewis Wing, Ryan Seager (both ineligible) and Jake Gray (ankle), Connor Smith, Francois Zoko and Khan came into the starting eleven as the Glovers switched to a 4-3-3. 

With Sam Surridge and Rhys Browne dropping to the bench, Jared Bird and Jordan Green completed the alterations for the trip to Shropshire.

Having waited an additional week to play for the chance to walk out at Wembley due to the initial postponement, both sides started in determined fashion.

Just two minutes were on the clock when Salop’s quick counter-attack ended with Jon Nolan blazing over from inside the box, before Khan saw a curling effort deflected over the bar at the other end in an immediate response from the visitors.

Settling into a less frenetic affair past the 10-minute mark, it became an intriguing tactical battle between the two managers who completed the UEFA A License together. 

With neither side able to claim a monopoly on possession both teams traded spells of pressure with Khan particularly lively on the left wing, but it became a relatively cagey affair with both goalkeepers relegated to being merely spectators.

Unable to find a way to call Jonny Maddison into action Ben Godfrey’s wayward first-time strike was as good as it got for Paul Hurst’s side, whilst Jordan Green’s tame header was the only attempt on target in the opening 45 minutes of action as Town matched their high-flying League One counterparts. 

In a bid to grab more of a foothold in the tie in the second half, Way made two substitutions in quick succession as Surridge and Browne replaced Gobern and Green in a reshuffle to a 4-4-2 formation. 

However, it was Salop who created the first chance after the restart when Shaun Whalley’s volley at the back stick flashed wide of Maddison’s far post. 

The winger’s attempt sparked a flurry of attacking activity as the game opened up towards the hour-mark with chances at both ends. 

Nolan stung the hands of Maddison from range for Shrewsbury, a chance sandwiched between Khan and Zoko firing into the arms of Dean Henderson. 

With the game opening up, the hosts took advantage with 63 minutes on the clock. 

Whalley’s inswinging corner was tantalising, rousing the attention of Morris who rose highest in the middle to head home the opener. 

Boosted by the home fans in full voice Hurst’s side looked to turn the screw in the immediate aftermath following the goal, but Town rode out the danger to setup a tense final 10 minutes. 

Looking to continue their perfect record against League One opposition this season the visitors threw caution to the wind in the dying embers of the match and almost forced a penalty shootout in additional time. 

The Glovers stormed forward in numbers and Browne’s neat through ball found Khan on the angle, but his poked effort was brilliantly kept out by Henderson as Salop held on to book a spot at Wembley. 

Shrewsbury Town: Henderson; Godfrey, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; Nolan (John-Lewis 90′), B. Morris, Ogogo; Whalley, C. Morris (Payne 81′), Rodman (Thomas 70′).
Bookings: Whalley 87′
Subs not used: MacGillvray, Lowe, Gnahoua, Eisa.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Whelan, Sowunmi, James, Dickson; C. Smith, Gobern (Surridge 46′), Bird (Santos 73′); Green (Browne 50′), Zoko, Khan.
Bookings: James 21′, Khan 57′
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, Donnellan, Fisher.

NEWS | Whelan collects Player of the Round gong

Glovers’ supporter Sharon Edwards won the opportunity to present the defender with his well-deserved award.

On just his second start for the club, the 20-year-old Irish right-back gave an accomplished performance in defence whilst also netting an eye-catching strike in the dramatic 3-2 win over the Cod Army.

Corey Whelan, Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round commented: “Obviously I’m really pleased to pick up this award and now the most important thing is making the final at Wembley.

“We’ve faced some really tough teams in the competition so far and personally, for me to play in it twice and score my first goal was really nice. You might only get one chance to play at Wembley in your career so that’s a real incentive to get through to the final.”

Sharon Edwards, the winning fan, said: “It is such an honour being able to present the award to a worthy winner; Corey’s performance stole the show against Fleetwood with his fantastic first goal for the club! Hopefully he and the rest of the team can continue to perform as we get towards the business end of the season!” 

Corey Whelan was joined on the shortlist by other standout performers from the Quarter-Final ties in the Checkatrade Trophy:

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

Matches taking place in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy are being broadcast to fans in the UK and overseas via the EFL’s live streaming platform, iFollow.

It means that fans at home and abroad will be able to watch their team live on screen no matter where they are based. The final will then be screened live on Sky Sports.

For more details, visit: www.efl.com/iFollow/subscribe

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INTERVIEW | Anything is possible – Way

The Glovers head to Shrewsbury on Tuesday night (7.45pm) live on Sky Sports for the semi-final showdown with Salop. 

Recording five victories over teams from Sky Bet League One already during the 2017/18 campaign, the Town boss is keen to secure a sixth underdog victory to tee up a Wembley final.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “Every single player knows the opportunity and knows it doesn’t come around very often.

“When you’re the underdog and you get the result it’s even more enjoyable and we’ve experienced that over a number of games and my players like that challenge.

“Some of our (loan) players are at Premier League clubs so in their heart of hearts they believe they can play at a higher level but this is part of their pathway.

“They’re at Yeovil at moment and have got to do everything for our supporters and the football club to get a result.”

Looking to reach a national cup final for the first time since the Green & Whites won the FA Trophy in 2002, Way is looking to replicate that success on the pitch to the touchline.

A part of the winning side at Villa Park nearly 16 years ago, the Yeovil manager is hoping for another chapter in the club’s history. 

“That experience stays with you for the rest of your life and I don’t know how many years ago that was now, but we’re still talking about it and you’re still seeing it in the programme, you’re seeing it in DVDs and videos.

“When you’ve got an opportunity to create that legacy, you don’t want to let it go, and I’ve experienced it, I know what it’s like.

“With the spirit and determination my players shown in these cup games anything is possible.”

TICKETS | Be the 12th man in Shropshire

Heading to New Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm), Darren Way’s side will take on the Sky Bet League One outfit looking to join Lincoln City at the home of English football. 

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, with the club subsidising travel costs in partnership with the Green & Whites Supporters Club.

Working to ensure as many of the Green & White Army as possible can make the midweek trip, the cost to travel with the GWSC is just £15.

The Glovers have already seen off five League One teams already this season, including Fleetwood, Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon in the earlier stages of the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Tuesday’s meeting will be the first encounter between the two sides since 2013, with Yeovil winning the last three outings between the two sides.

To secure your ticket, click here and to book a spot on a GWSC coach, visit their website.

PREVIEW | Shrewsbury Town v Yeovil Town

Just 90 minutes from a potential trip to Wembley, Town make the trip to Shropshire on Tuesday (7.45pm) to take on Shrewsbury Town after the initial tie was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

Finishing top of the group, Darren Way’s side have since seen off AFC Wimbledon, Forest Green Rovers and Fleetwood to reach the semi-final.

Salop will be the sixth League One outfit the Glovers have faced this season, with the Green & Whites boasting a 100% record thus far recording wins over Southend, Bradford, Plymouth, the Dons and the Cod Army.

Boasting 10 different goal scorers thus far in the competition, Town will rely on their goals from across the pitch with nine players rendered unavailable. 

James Bailey, Dan Alfei, Nathan Smith, Artur Krysiak (all knee), Jake Gray, Marcus Barnes (both ankle), Ryan Seager, Lewis Wing and Stuart Nelson (all ineligible) miss out on the cup tie.

Sam Surridge and Rhys Browne (two goals) have been most proficient in front of goal, with Otis Khan, Tom James, Connor Smith, Corey Whelan and Francois Zoko all chipping in with a goal a piece.

Packed with goal scoring options, Yeovil will take on a Salop side flying high in League One and coming into the tie off the back of a 2-0 win at Charlton Athletic. 

Stefan Payne will cut the most likely threat with 11 goals to his name, backed up by Shaun Walley (10 goals) and Carlton Morris (eight goals) in all competitions.

Head-to-head
Yeovil will lineup against Shrewsbury for just the eighth time on Tuesday night.

The Glovers have enjoyed the better of the previous meetings, with five wins in total including the last three encounters. 

On Town’s last trip to New Meadow in 2012, Paddy Madden (x2) and James Hayter secured a 3-1 win. 

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

Taking charge of his 37th match of the season, Mr Drysdale oversaw Town’s 2-0 win over Cambridge United at Huish Park at the start of the month. 

On Tuesday, he will be assisted by Alix Pashley (Derbyshire) and Matthew Jones with John Brooks (Leicestershire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way’s pre-match thoughts 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
Tickets remain on sale with the club subsidising travel costs for the trip.

For more information, visit our Away Tickets page.

NEWS | Maurice O’Donnell funeral rearranged

Initially planned for midday on Friday 2nd March, the service was postponed due to the severe weather conditions. 

Giving 46 years of service to Town in various roles, a wake will be held at Huish Park after the service at Yeovil Crematorium at 4pm.

Yeovil supporters showed their respects to Maurice at last weekend’s league meeting with Carlisle United, with a minute’s applause taking place before kick-off. 

POSTPONED | Swindon succumbs to snow

With freezing temperatures and snowfall hitting the South West in the last few days, a pitch inspection was held on Friday morning. 

As a result, the pitch was deemed to be unplayable with conditions in the surrounding area meaning players’ and supporters’ safety was taken into consideration with the decision made to postpone the fixture. 

Both clubs will now work with the EFL to determine a new date for the re-arranged fixture. 

Ticket details and further details will be released in due course.