Month: April 2018

NEWS | Trio dominate end of season awards

Taking place on the Huish Park pitch after the club’s last home game of the season against Mansfield, 22-year-old James – who’s made 50 appearances during the campaign – picked up the opening Player of the Season award from the Green & White Supporters Club. 

The former Cardiff youngster collected a further three awards, being named the Cary Glovers Player of the Season, the Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Year and the Disabled Supporters Association’s runner-up. 

After an impressive season at the heart of Town’s defence, Sowunmi was named Player of the Season by both the Western Gazette and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust. 

Rounding off the awards, captain Zoko picked up a third consecutive Andy Stone Memorial Trophy (awarded to the top scorer) for his 15 goals thus far, was named the DSA’s Player of the Season and claimed YTCST’s FA Community Champion award for his efforts in the local community. 

Congratulations to Tom, Omar and Francois. The full results are as follows:

G&WSC Player of the Season – Tom James
Cary Glovers Player of the Season – Tom James
Western Gazette Player of the Season – Omar Sowunmi
YTCST Player of the Season – Omar Sowunmi
Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Year – Tom James
DSA runner-up – Tom James
DSA Player of the Season – Francois Zoko
YTCST FA Community Champion – Francois Zoko
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy – Francois Zoko

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-3 Mansfield

Keen to upset the visitor’s push for the play-offs, Town took the lead inside the opening 20 minutes when Bevis Mugabi grabbed just his second goal of the season from a set-piece.

Playing with freedom and confidence, the Glovers enjoyed the better of the remainder of the first half and comfortably took their lead into the break.

A frantic affair after the restart, Mansfield levelled on 49 minutes through Lee Angol before Francois Zoko restored Yeovil’s lead from the penalty spot. 

Repeating the feat at the other end, Kane Hemmings converted from 12 yards to make it 2-2, as Angol then dispatched a sublime free-kick to complete the turnaround and keep the Stags’ play-off hopes alive. 

Looking to sign off in Somerset in style, Darren Way made two changes from the side that secured mathematical safety in midweek. 

Having initially been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Artur Krysiak made a timely comeback between the sticks to replace Jonny Maddison who missed out with an injury picked up in training. 

Completing the changes, Connor Smith came in for a first appearance since March taking the place of loanee Jared Bird in the centre of midfield. 

Enjoying good home form for the majority of the campaign, the Green & whites came into the last outing looking for a first win in six in front of the home faithful but almost found themselves behind after just five minutes.

Mal Benning’s corner found Paul Digby stooping at the near post, but the full-back’s header only rippled the side netting. 

Surviving the early scare, Town grew into the match and soon enjoyed a spell of pressure which resulted in the game’s opening goal. 

Lewis Wing’s deflected strike from range earned a flurry of corners and from Otis Khan’s second delivery in succession, Mugabi rose highest to head past a stranded Conrad Logan. 

Breaking a run of five home games without a goal, the Glovers looked likely to add a second and remained on the front foot against David Flitcroft’s play-off hopefuls.

Playing some neat football, Jordan Green tested Logan just past the half-hour mark when his shot from the angle had to be palmed away whilst Zoko continued to look threatening.

Keeping Krysiak as merely a spectator, Mansfield cut a frustrated side in the opening 45 minutes as the Glovers held them at arm’s length. 

Only penetrating the home side’s box on one occasion, Kane Hemmings’ shot from the angle was brilliantly blocked by Omar Sowunmi to only concede a corner as opposed to an undeserved equaliser.

Needing a win in Somerset to keep their hopes of a top seven finish intact, the Nottinghamshire outfit introduced striker Angol for the second half and almost drew level moments after the restart. 

Benning’s cross from the left could only be glanced into the path of Danny Rose by Sowunmi, but Mansfield’s top scorer volleyed over the bar from 12 yards with the goal begging.

However, a different side after the break the Stags continued their onslaught and drew level on 49 minutes with Angol making an instant impact. 

Looking to make amends for his miss moments earlier Rose was denied from close range by Krysiak, but the ball squirted into the path of the substitute Angol who just about bundled the ball over the line despite the last-ditch efforts of C. Smith. 

Seemingly becoming a difficult second period for the hosts, Way’s side responded in positive fashion when Tom James had a 30-yard free-kick just about kept out by Logan before Town did retake the lead before the hour-mark. 

Awarded a penalty when Sowunmi was bundled over in the box by Krystian Pearce, captain Zoko stepped up to confidently dispatch his 15th of the season to restore the lead.

Becoming an action-packed second 45 minutes, referee Charles Breakspear pointed to the spot for a second time 10 minutes later, this time in favour of the Stags.  

Angol’s free-kick was adjudged to have been blocked by a hand in the wall, giving Hemmings the chance – which he didn’t turn down – to level it up once again. 

One of the most entertaining encounters of the season in Somerset, the hosts almost took the lead for a third time when James’ shot from outside the box had to be parried by the Stags stopper as the chances continued to flow. 

Unfortunately for Town, the next chance resulted in a third for Mansfield. 

Changing the game from the bench, Angol curled in a free-kick in off the bar to round off a 20-minute spell which yielded four goals and gave Flitcroft’s side the lead. 

Desperate to get something from a fine performance the Glovers threw caution to the wind in the final 10 minutes and had a second penalty appeal waved away when Zoko went down in the middle, but defeat was confirmed when Sowunmi received a second yellow in stoppage time.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Donnellan, James; Green (Browne 62′), Wing, C. Smith (Bird 79′), Khan; Fisher (Surridge 66′), Zoko.
Bookings: Fisher 8′, Surridge 68′, Sowunmi 90′ (red card for two yellows)
Subs not used: Phillips, N. Smith, Gobern, Seager.

Mansfield: Logan; Digby (King 90′), Pearce, Bennett, Benning; Potter (Hamilton 35′), Mellis, Atkinson (Angol 46′), MacDonald; Rose, Hemmings.
Bookings: MacDonald 26′, Benning 55′, Pearce 57′, Angol 90′
Subs not used: Olejnik, Byrom, Hunt, Graham.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Mansfield

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day at Huish Park:

Community Takeover
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be staging their Community Takeover to showcase the excellent work they do in the community. Here’s their schedule for the day:
10am: On the 3G, the YTCST U14s squad take on Bath Evo in a Junior Premier League fixture and on the railed pitch, the YTCST U16s go head-to-head against Pompey in the Community. 
12:00 – 13:25: the YTCSY U8s and U9s will be taking part in a training session alongside coaches, children and parents from South West Football Development Centre who will be at Huish Park taking part in a Matchday Experience.
13:25 – 14:45: the YTCST U10s/U11s/U12s and U13s will be in action on the 3G, before heading into the ground to watch the Glovers in action. 
As part of our Primary Stars delivery, we have been delivering six week English lessons to children in key stage 1 & 2. We have invited the 12 pupils from key stage 1, who we have been working with at Preston Primary to go from Supporter to Super Reporter for today’s match working with the media department!

YTCST Parade

Academy Parade
All age groups from the YTFC Academy will be parading around the pitch at half-time. Keep an eye out for the Under-9s,11s and 13s who’ll be showing off the cups that they won on tour in Holland and Sicily recently. 

End of Season Awards
At full-time, the annual end of season awards will take place on the Huish Park pitch with supporters welcome to stay behind and watch. Taking place in front of the dugouts, trophies awarded by various supporter groups, the local media and other organisations will be handed out to the chosen players. 

Dance Factory
Offering entertainment during the break between full-time and the end of season awards, Dance Factory will be performing on the Huish Park pitch. Stay and watch the dance troop in action!

Dancers

Read all about!
The 32nd and final issue of matchday programme Green & White will be available from around the ground and in the club shop. Crammed full of content, get the lowdown on Saturday’s opponents Mansfield as well as a host of Yeovil-related features including an in-depth interview with Darren Way. You can also enjoy a tribute to the class of 2002/03, marking 15 years since the Conference title was lifted!

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.

Matchday Hotline
Encountered a problem? Text or call the matchday hotline (07517 048274) for the issue to be resolved. The service will be monitored by either the Supporter Director or Stadium Manager on a matchday. 

Head for refreshment
The supporters marquee – situated next to the 3G – will be open to all supporters from 12.30 offering hot and cold drinks (including a £1 offer on diet CocaCola). 

INTERVIEW | Way hoping for open and entertaining game

Mansfield are the visitors to Somerset in what is the final home match of the season, before the Glovers head to Lincoln on the final day of the campaign. 

Securing mathematical safety on Tuesday night with a 0-0 draw against Forest Green Rovers, Yeovil will now look to finish on a positive note at home with a win against their play-off chasing opponents. 

Looking to reach the 50-point mark at the weekend, Darren Way is hopeful for an entertaining match. 

“Going into the match on Saturday, there was a little bit of tension on Tuesday which you could see early on so players won’t be playing with any pressure because that’s taken away now.

“They can go out there and enjoy their football which they should be doing anyway. Mansfield need to win so that’s a good thing because they’ll come at us. 

“I know (David) Flitcroft – they played that way when we played against Swindon and I know the way his team will play so hopefully it will make it an open and entertaining game.”

Admitting to understanding supporters’ frustration with another campaign in the lower echelons of Sky Bet League Two, Town’s manager is hopeful of change in 2018/19. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he spoke of his hopes for next season and the importance of getting things right during the off-season. 

“I’ve always tried to make sure that the team play with passion,” he said. “Games are not always going to go the way you want it to go, sometimes you’ll win it on just organisation, sometimes you’ll win a game on character and personality but supporters just want to win that’s the main thing.

“Our supporters have not seen a lot of that over a four-year period but what we have done is make huge progress to put the foundations in to be successful next year.

“The decisions we make now until a ball is kicked in August will be vital.”

INTERVIEW | Zoko wanting to finish strongly for the fans

The Glovers host the Stags in the final home game of the season, safe in the knowledge that EFL status has been secured for another year. 

Looking to reach the 50-point mark for the first time since the 2012/13 season, Town lie just three points short.

Back in action after serving a four-match ban, Zoko is determined to sign off in front of the home supporters in positive fashion. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “They’ve got to win but we won’t do them any favours. We’ll play the game 100% for our fans as it’s the last game at home.

“It’s something clear for everyone in the dressing room, we want to finish on a positive note at home. We want do something very nice for our fans.

“We’ve had some good games this season and it’s been a learning curve but to say it has been a good season you have to finish positively so we’re looking forward to the two games to come.”

Now in his second full season with the Glovers, the Ivorian is inline to finish top of the scoring charts for a third successive campaign. 

Remaining at Huish Park for next season, the 34-year-old is excited by what’s to come. 

“What I notice from this season is that the young boys we have now have the experience to play in the EFL.

“Players like Bevis, Tom, Rhys and Jordan, for next year they’re going to have this experience so I’m looking forward to it because they’re good players.

“We need that consistency and we will have it next season because the quality is there. I’m really excited for next season.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Mansfield

Preparing for a 32nd home match of the season, Darren Way’s side will look to reach the 50-point mark for the first time in five years. 

A goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers in midweek confirmed EFL status for another season, allowing Town to play without pressure for the final two games of the campaign. 

However, they will have to do so on Saturday without the services of Dan Alfei, James Bailey (both knee), Jake Gray (ankle) and Stuart Nelson (wrist), with Ryan Dickson (foot) to be assessed late on.

Francois Zoko (suspension), Sam Surridge and Artur Krysiak (both injuries) returned to the fold on Tuesday night and are all likely to feature once again against the Stags. 

The two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture, with David Flitcroft’s side needing a win on Saturday to keep any hopes of reaching the play-offs alive. 

In patchy form, the Nottinghamshire outfit head to Somerset having won one, drawn five and lost four of their last 10 games. 

Danny Rose (17 goals) will provide the obvious threat, backed up by loanee Kane Hemmings who boasts 12 goals. 

Head-to-head
Both sides will be looking to take the lead in the head-to-head stats. 

With nine previous meetings, both club’s boast three wins with three results shared.

Town will be looking to repeat the emphatic 5-2 win at Huish Park back in 2005, when Arron Davies, Darren Way (x2), Phil Jevons and Michael Rose put the Green & Whites well on track to clinching the League Two title.

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

His second trip to Somerset, Mr Breakspear oversaw the 3-0 win over Grimsby back in January. 

He’ll be assisted by Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire) and Michael Webb with Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Francois Zoko 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 | Stand up for Choice

The campaign is designed to give you, as a Town supporter, the opportunity to have a say on whether the choice to sit or stand on match days here at Huish Park is important and whether it should be possible at other stadiums.

Supporters have until 10th May to complete the short survey, which can be accessed by visiting efl.com/standupforchoice

Approximately 18 million supporters make their way through the turnstiles of EFL clubs over the course of a season, and ’Stand up for Choice’ will seek to understand the strength of feeling on this issue.

The data from the survey will be collated and presented to the relevant Government and safety authorities to provide clear evidence in support of an informed debate on this issue.

This is your chance to ensure your opinion is heard and YTFC and the EFL is keen to understand your view, so please get involved. 

Stand up for Choice.

www.efl.com/standing

TICKETS | Lincoln trip becomes all-ticket

With the Imps expecting a sell-out crowd, tickets for the trip to Lincolnshire will remain on sale at Huish Park until close of play on Monday 30th April. 

Supporters will be unable to purchase on the day of the match and have until 5pm on Monday to secure their ticket. 

Full prices and more information including travel plans can be found by visiting our Away Tickets page.

Fans wishing to join Town for the season finale can do so via the following ways:

In person at the ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

TICKETS | Mansfield visit for home finale

Playing a record-breaking 59 matches during the 2017/18 campaign, Huish Park will host a 32nd and final match at the weekend as the Stags head to Somerset. 

Darren Way’s side will be looking to build on Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Forest Green Rovers, a result which confirmed mathematical safety with two games to spare. 

Looking to break the 50 point barrier for the first time since the promotion winning season of 2012/13, the Glovers will look to sign off at home in style. 

For Mansfield, the Nottinghamshire outfit head south needing a win to keep their faint play-off hopes alive. 

Tickets for the Sky Bet League Two meeting remain on sale, with tickets bought prior to midday on Saturday benefiting from pre-match saving. 

Secure your spot inside Huish Park:
In person – visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone – Call 01935 847888
Online – Click here

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

In a tame opening 45 minutes, a fine Jonny Maddison save to deny Haydn Hollis marked the only meaningful attempt on goal as both midfields came out on top in a game which had the feel of an end of season encounter.

Making the most of the 15-minute break, the Glovers came out in determined fashion in the second half and went close twice through Francois Zoko and Alex Fisher early on. 

Dominating the half, Omar Sowunmi almost headed home after staying up from a corner but it remained a stalemate as both sides ensured a nerveless final two games of the season by reaching 47 points.

Looking for a return to winning ways, Darren Way made three changes for the midweek encounter in a switch back to 4-4-2. 

Missing out with a foot injury, Otis Khan came in for Ryan Dickson to slot in on the left of midfield whilst Jordan Green occupied the other wide berth in place of Oscar Gobern. 

Welcomed back after a four-game suspension, top scorer Zoko reclaimed his place and the captain’s armband with Marcus Barnes dropping to the bench as the final alteration.

Amongst the substitutes, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak made a surprise return after initially being ruled out for the remainder of the season in February having suffered a knee ligament injury. 

Perhaps knowing the mathematics of the evening, the encounter started in a lowkey manner with neither side posing much in terms of an attacking threat. 

Scott Laird’s cross from the left which almost found Hollis in the middle was as close as anyone came to a chance in the opening quarter-of-an-hour before Maddison was finally tested. 

Chris Clements’ whipped delivery once again honed in on Hollis lurking around the back, with the defender’s flicked effort being brilliantly tipped over by Town’s alert stopper.

Enjoying a sudden flurry of chances, Laird’s corner crept through to Christian Doidge, but caught unawares, the Rovers top scorer could only flick onto the outside of the post on the stretch. 

Now midway through the half, the visitors remained on the front foot as Way’s side struggled to make it stick up front. 

Failing to go closer than Hollis’ earlier effort, Dayle Grubb had a tame shot comfortably saved whilst at the other end Lewis Wing’s wayward strike from range was as good as it got for Town. 

After an opening 45 minutes devoid of chances, the Glovers upped the tempo immediately after the restart and almost broke the deadlock early on. 

Having stripped Charlie Cooper wide on the left, Otis Khan pulled it back from the byline towards Zoko but the Ivorian’s first-time strike from close range was well-saved by a sprawled Bradley Collins.

Penning the visitors in, Rovers’ keeper was called immediately into action once again, this time to tip Fisher’s flicked effort over the bar. 

The Gloucestershire outfit were then dealt a blow as Collins had be stretched off with a head injury picked up in the process of keeping out Zoko’s earlier shot, forcing Cameron Belford to enter the fray.

Sensing the danger and keen to hold on to the point needed to guarantee their safety, Forest Green introduced defender Lee Collins for former Yeovil striker Reuben Reid as the hatches were battened down. 

The defensive switch didn’t stop Way’s side remaining on the offensive and as the game edged towards the final 10 minutes the latest wave of pressure almost brought an opening goal. 

Zoko’s lively run and cross almost created a tap-in for strike partner Fisher, but astute defending only conceded a corner from which Omar Sowunmi headed Khan’s cross just over after play was recycled. 

With a hefty 10 minutes of additional time signalled by the fourth official the game’s tempo once again decreased as both sides settled for a share of the spoils which confirmed the two clubs would meet again in the 2018/19 campaign.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Donnellan, James; Green (Browne 74′), Bird, Wing, Khan; Fisher (Surridge 85′), Zoko.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Krysiak, N. Smith, C. Smith, Santos, Barnes.

Forest Green Rovers: Collins (Belford 59′); Rawson, Gunning, Hollis; Cooper, Clements, Osborne, Grubb (Brown 87′), Laird; Reid (Collins 65′), Doidge.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Simpson, Wishart, Campbell, Simpson. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers

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

Train with Town
We welcome Wessex Rockets to Huish Park for the second part of Train with Town experience. The youngsters will be taking in a behind-the-scenes tour as well as the match action, after enjoying a training session with members of Town’s first team recently. 

Artur Krysiak and Bevis Mugabi with a local youth team player

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.

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 29 of the matchday programme – Green & White. Crammed with content, you’ll find an in-depth interview with defender Shaun Donnellan, 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. The programme is the original issue produced for the Good Friday fixture, meaning stats and the league table will be outdated

Programme cover

Head for refreshment
The supporters marquee – situated next to the 3G – will be open to all supporters from offering hot and cold drinks (including a £1 offer on diet CocaCola). 
Alternatively, why not enjoy a hospitality package which includes a two-course meal, match ticket, programme and much more for just £49 – click HERE for more information.

Replica kit offer in the club store!
While stocks last, enjoy discount on official replica kit in the club store. 
Home and away shirts for the 2017/18 season are reduced to just £15 for adults so make the most of the huge saving!

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers

A point would ensure EFL status for both sides, who remain outside of the immediate battle to beat the drop with Town sat a single place above Rovers in 19th. 

Postponed over Easter due to a waterlogged pitch, Tuesday’s encounter will be the third match between the two sides this season. 

In a dramatic trip to the New Lawn back in August the Glovers ended up 4-3 losers, before exacting revenge with a comfortable 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win at Huish Park in January. 

Aiming for successive wins over Rovers, Town will be boosted by the return of top scorer Francois Zoko who served the last of his four-match suspension at Notts County on Saturday.

Dan Alfei, James Bailey, Artur Krysiak (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) remain sidelined, joined by Ryan Dickson (ankle) who limped off at Meadow Lane. Sam Surridge (hamstring) could make a return.

For Mark Cooper’s side, they make the short journey south on the back of consecutive wins. 

Top scorer Christian Doidge (24 goals) will lead the line, backed up by former Glovers Reuben Reid (six goals) and Tahvon Campbell (two goals). 

Head-to-head
Tuesday will be the first league meeting between the two sides at Huish Park since 2003. 

Kirk Jackson scored the only goal of the game as Town took a step closer to promotion from the National League. 

Overall in league meetings, the Glovers have five wins compared to Forest Green’s four. 

Officials
John Brooks (Leicestershire) will be the man in the middle at Huish Park. 

It will be Mr Brooks’ second trip to Somerset this season, having overseen Town’s 2-0 Emirates FA Cup win over Bradford in January. 

The Leicestershire official will be assisted by Christopher Husband (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) with Sam Allison (Wiltshire) 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 | West Country clash at Huish Park

Looking for a return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two and to secure mathematical safety, the Glovers welcome Mark Cooper’s side who head to Somerset off the back of two straight victories.

Meeting in the Checkatrade Trophy back in January, Town ran out 2-0 victors with Nathan and Connor Smith on target to secure the hosts’ cup progression. 

With the fixture re-arranged from Good Friday, Darren Way’s side will be targeting revenge for the narrow 4-3 defeat at the New Lawn back in the opening month of the season. 

Tickets remain on sale for the West Country clash with tickets bought for the original fixture remaining valid.

To secure your spot inside Huish Park, call the ticket office on 01935 847888, visit in person or buy online.

A full breakdown on prices can be found here.

COMMERCIAL | Enjoy an evening with Phil Thompson

Making over 300 appearances for the Reds, Phil will be sharing stories from his playing career which saw the defender claim multiple titles and earn 42 England caps as well as tales from his time as a pundit. 

Joining Thompson will be impressionist and star of the BBC’s Dead Ringers, Kevin Connolly, who’ll be adding further entertainment on the night. 

With LIVE coverage of Liverpool’s Champions League second leg against Roma, Phil will be providing live reaction to the match. 

Starting at 7.30pm in the Alec Stock Lounge, tickets are priced at £35 per person to include a two-course meal, auction and raffle.

To book and for further information, contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847 8278 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

REPORT | Notts County 4-1 Yeovil Town

More than matching their promotion-chasing opponents in the first half, Lewis Wing and Alex Fisher both went close whilst Omar Sowunmi had a strong penalty claim waved away. 

Looking like remaining at a stalemate at the halfway stage, Dan Jones’ horribly deflected shot from long range gave the Magpies the lead in first-half stoppage time. 

In an afternoon where luck seemed to evade the visitors, Tom James thrashed Liam Noble’s pass into his own net from the edge of the box as he slid to intercept to trigger a County onslaught. 

Elliott Hewitt and Lewis Alessandra added a quickfire double before Alex Fisher’s late consolation strike, but it wasn’t enough to salvage an afternoon to forget for Yeovil.

Altering shape to a 5-3-2 formation, Darren Way made three changes for the trip to Nottingham. 

Bevis Mugabi came in for Rhys Browne to make up a back five, whilst Jared Bird replaced Otis Khan in a midfield switch to three central midfielders.

In the final change, Jordan Green dropped to the bench to allow Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes to partner Alex Fisher upfront. 

Returning from the sidelines, Nathan Smith took a seat amongst the substitutes for his first involvement since February following a knee injury as he looked for a 295th appearance in Green & White. 

Despite opting to reinforce defence the Glovers started on the front foot and produced two good opportunities early on.

Bursting forward from midfield, Wing collected Tom James’ angled pass and from 20 yards forced Adam Collin into an early save, before Fisher almost pounced when Shaun Brisley failed to clear properly only for his header to drop just wide. 

Sandwiched between the two chances, Way’s side had a strong penalty claimed waved away when Omar Sowunmi seemed to be bundled over in the box as James’ cross honed in on Town’s captain, but referee Anthony Backhouse remained uninterested. 

Creating a nervy County back four, the visitors almost fell behind against the run of play as the 20-minute mark approached when Jonathan Forte’s lobbed effort over Jonny Maddison crashed back off the bar.

Threatening to become an entertaining affair, both sides’ momentum was disrupted after a lengthy injury to Shaun Donnellan – who continued with the addition of a head bandage – before Yeovil once again threatened to open the scoring. 

A swift counter led to Jared Bird feeding Wing outside the box, but the Middlesborough loanee’s strike flew over the bar to give Collin a let off.

Looking like being an opening 45 minutes full of promise for the Somerset outfit, Kevin Nolan’s side took the lead during the seven minutes of additional time. 

Jones’ speculative strike from 25 yards looked to be heading for Maddison only for a wicked deflection to divert the shot into the back of the net. 

After a half in which the visitors produced the better of the play, Town trudged in at the break a goal down before restarting in determined manner. 

Enjoying plenty of early territory, a second goal of the game looked like it would come from the side in Green & White before the Magpies netted again in fortuitous manner. 

Liam Noble’s drilled cross was offering no threat to Maddison’s goal, but the unfortunate James slid in to intercept and in the process inadvertently fizzed the ball into the top corner. 

Settling the hosts, Yeovil reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 as the changes were wrung but the Nottinghamshire outfit added a quick double to make it 4-0. 

With 69 minutes played, Hewitt made no mistake with a drilled strike from inside the box before just four minutes later Alessandra remained composed to add a fourth in similar circumstances to complete the scoring. 

Regaining their composure to halt Notts’ spell of dominance Town kept it to four and grabbed a goal back when Fisher skilfully dispatched a 25-yard free-kick under the wall and into the back of the net, but that was as good as it got as back-to-back defeats on the road were confirmed. 

Notts County: Collin; Hunt, Duffy, Brisley, Jones; Virtue, Noble (Husin 81′), Hewitt (O’Connor 75′), Alessandra; Ameobi (Stead 67′), Forte. 
Bookings: Stead 72′
Subs not used: Fitzsimons, Hawkridge, Smith, Hall.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; James, Mugabi, Sowunmi, Donnellan (Green 56′), Dickson (N. Smith 59′); Bird, Wing, Gobern (Browne 56′); Barnes, Fisher.
Bookings: Gobern 31′
Subs not used: Phillips, Santos, Khan, Seager.

INTERVIEW | It’s another great occasion – Way

Sitting in fifth place, the Magpies represent the eighth consecutive team to face the Glovers whilst sitting in the top echelons of Sky Bet League Two. 

The Green & Whites so far boast two wins, two draws and three defeats from their tough run-in before heading to Meadow Lane. 

Looking to get back to winning ways, Way is relishing the trip to Nottingham. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “It’s a great occasion like our trip to Coventry – at one stage they had 17 or 18 thousand to watch so they need to get promoted.

“They’re going for a real push and have got experienced players in. The manager has done a fantastic job to turn around a club that was perhaps upside down when he took over. 

“We have to make sure we stick to our principles because we’re very strong. We’re off the back of a disappointing result but our away form up until Tuesday has been very good.”

Targeting a first win at Notts County in four years, the Glovers will be boosted by the potential return of defender Nathan Smith. 

Absent since February, the 31-year-old is inline to make a return to the matchday squad, the Town boss confirmed.

“I’ve got decisions to make within the squad,” he said. “It’s nice to have Nathan back on the training ground. We gave him that extra week to make sure he didn’t break down and I’ll have to make that decision by the weekend.”

PREVIEW | Notts County v Yeovil Town

After travelling to Accrington Stanley in midweek, Darren Way’s side make the trip to Nottinghamshire looking for a return to winning ways. 

Having gone four games unbeaten on the road, Billy Kee’s double saw Stanley secure promotion to Sky Bet League One and condemn Town to defeat for the first time since February in the league away from home.

A victory at Meadow Lane would ensure mathematical safety for Yeovil, whilst the Magpies are looking to build on their back-to-back league wins over Coventry and Colchester.

With no fresh injury concerns, Francois Zoko will serve the last of his four-match suspension against his former employers and will be joined on the sideline by Artur Krysiak, Dan Alfei, James Bailey (all knee), Jake Gray (ankle) and Sam Surridge (hamstring). 

Defender Nathan Smith travelled with the squad to Accrington on Tuesday and could return to the matchday 18 after a lengthy absence with a knee injury.

Looking to make the most of home advantage, Jorge Grant (18 goals) and Jon Stead (13 goals) will provide the obvious goal threat for County who currently sit fifth in the table. 

Head-to-head
Town head to Meadow Lane with a superior head-to-head record, boasting seven wins to Notts County’s five. 

Yeovil’s last win in Nottingham came in 2014, as a late Jordan Clarke double secured a 2-1 win in League One. 

Earlier this season, Zoko scored from the spot inside the final 10 minutes as the Glovers battled back from Jonathan Forte’s opener to take a deserved share of the spoils. 

Officials
Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria) will take charge of proceedings.

His 32nd game of the season, Mr. Backhouse has awarded 98 yellow and seven red cards but will take charge of a Town match for the first time. 

He’ll be assisted by Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire) with Richard Wild (Lancashire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Rhys Browne 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 | Browne out to secure rewards performances have deserved

The Glovers head to Notts County on Saturday after suffering back-to-back defeats in Sky Bet League Two, but previously went four unbeaten on the road including wins over Coventry and Colchester. 

Looking to cause an upset against the promotion-chasing Magpies, Browne is targeting a return to winning ways. 

“It will be a tough game, but we more focus on what we can bring and how we’re going to counteract what they do. 

“I feel like when we play our game and work to our strategy then we can beat the best teams as long as we take our chances.

“We can match anyone in this league, we played against Wycombe and they only beat us by one goal and we feel like we should’ve won that game. No matter if teams are top or bottom we feel like we can beat any team.”

In his maiden season as a Glover, Browne has featured 38 times since arriving from Grimsby last summer. 

One of many youngsters in Town’s ranks, the son of former Town favourite, Steve, is looking forward to the 2018/19 campaign already. 

“I’ve loved it,” he told iFollow Glovers. “It’s been good to play League Two football consistently and I’ve learnt so much from one season. 

“I’m excited to see what will happen next season but there’s a lot more to come.” 

INTERVIEW | Way targeting mathematical safety so decisions can be made

A win at Notts County would guarantee the Glovers another season in Sky Bet League Two with three games left to play. 

The Green & Whites have a comfortable buffer between themselves and the bottom two and are not directly involved in the scrap for relegation. 

However, Town’s boss is targeting safety so preparation for next season can begin. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “You want to officially get the job done as both a manager and a team so the club can make decisions on contracts, the future, the budget and the football club next year.

“we don’t want to be looking over our shoulder. I’ve always felt comfortable and in control with the remit I’ve got and I will maintain that stance because I’ve just asked the players to come in and do their job in order to put on a good performance.”

Suffering defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley in midweek, the Glovers watched on as John Coleman’s side celebrated promotion. 

Having watched the jubilant scenes in Lancashire, Way wants more for his side next season. 

“We’ve been in that situation and I’ve been there as a player and a coach so I know exactly what it feels like and it’s a really good feeling,” he said.

“It’s created by unity and I think we’re making steps towards it. We’re bringing the community in – on each Saturday we’re getting young children to come to games because ultimately they’re the ones who’ll carry the legacy of this club.

“Next year, when I look at the Accrington game, that has to be a benchmark for us.”

INTERVIEW | Way looking to emulate Accrington’s success

John Coleman’s side have reached Sky Bet League One for the first time in the club’s history with Billy Kee netting twice to condemn Town to a first defeat in five on the road. 

With EFL status yet to be mathematically confirmed – although virtually assured – Way is looking to use Accrington’s development as a template for the Green & Whites.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “Fair play to Accrington and I wish them well getting promoted. As a club, it’s something we have to make sure we try to put into place.

“I Know John well, he’s had a number of years to get to this situation and they’ve had a number of failed attempts but they’ve done it on this occasion so as much as I’m disappointed, I wish Accrington well in League 1 next year.

“I don’t forget as a player for Yeovil when we played Lincoln and missed out on the play-offs and they got in and we saw their celebrations.

“We’ve shared these moments before, so we’ve got to make sure we keep striving towards it and improve every year for what we’ve set out to achieve but unfortunately it takes time.”

With four games of the season remaining, Town’s boss is beginning to look to next season with 13 players already contracted to remain at Huish Park. 

Aiming to build on the foundations laid, he said: “Before a ball was kicked this year, with what we’re working with, one of my remits was staying in the EFL.

“I want more, I’ve been at the football club long enough and have prepared a game for a play-off final so nothing has changed with me, but I know what I’m working with.

“Aspects have been put into place in terms of players on two-year contracts and I have to constantly improve that. It’s not easy, but we have to make sure we keep making improvements for next year.”

REPORT | Accrington Stanley 2-0 Yeovil Town

After a bright start which saw Rhys Browne almost open the scoring, a quickfire double from Billy Kee midway through the half left Town deflated at the break.

Looking to ensure the three points Stanley penned the visitors back for much of the second half, but a string of saves from Jonny Maddison kept it at 2-0 as Town rallied in the final quarter-of-an-hour. 

Alex Fisher went close to reducing the deficit late on but the hosts held on to confirm promotion to the third tier for the first time in their history.

Pleased with the performance against Wycombe at the weekend despite the narrow 1-0 defeat, Darren Way stuck with the same starting eleven for the trip to Lancashire. 

Knowing mathematical safety could be achieved with a third away win in four and a winless night for Chesterfield at Exeter, there was just one change to the matchday 18 as Connor Smith took a seat amongst the substitutes in place of loanee Corey Whelan.

In an expectant party atmosphere, the Glovers looked to subdue the sell-out home crowd and started on the front foot.

With just three minutes on the clock, intricate play with Town’s midfield eventually saw Browne thread a ball through for Jordan Green on the edge of the box, but the striker lost his footing in the process of shooting to save Stanley. 

Dominant in midfield, Yeovil’s vibrant start was almost met with a goal on the 15-minute mark. 

Otis Khan surged from halfway into the final third demonstrating good vision to spot the run of Browne on the right, with the winger’s shot being well-saved by Aaron Chapman as the good start continued.

Unable to get close to testing Maddison between the sticks, it took Stanley until the 23rd minute to create any moment of worry for Way’s side.

Kee’s lay-off found the unlikely figure of Jimmy Dunne 20 yards from goal, but the defender’s low drive whistled just wide.

Galvanising the Lancashire outfit, Yeovil’s impressive start was laid to ruin just three minutes later from an Accrington corner. 

Sean McConville’s delivery perfectly picked out Kee at the near post whose header rippled the back of the net off the bar, before Stanley’s top scorer was back amongst the goals just moments later.

Jordan Clark’s low shot could only be parried by Maddison, allowing the hosts’ prolific frontman to grab a second of the night and stun the Green & Whites. 

In an otherwise evenly contested opening 45 minutes, Yeovil ended the half as they started on the front foot but Chapman couldn’t be tested further as the league leaders edged closer to their promotion party. 

Now just one half of football from confirming their spot in Sky Bet League One, John Coleman’s side restarted in determined manner and went close to a third. 

The vibrant duo of Kee and Kayden Jackson caused plenty of havoc both firing just wide, before McConville drew a smart save from Maddison just past the hour-mark. 

Penning Town in their own half, the tricky McConville went close to a stunning third when his audacious chip came back off the bar, with the linesman’s flag saving the visitors as Dunne tapped in on the rebound.

Becoming Yeovil’s busiest player, Maddison produced two good stops in a minute to deny Jackson and Kee once again as Marcus Barnes, Ryan Seager and Jared Bird were introduced for the Glovers in a bid to turn the tide. 

In a rare second half foray forward, it was substitute Seager who called Chapman into action when he headed goalwards from Omar Sowunmi’s flick-on.

Trying to setup a nervy final 10 minutes, the deficit was almost reduced when Fisher met Tom James’ cross from the right, but the striker’s header dropped inches wide as Town rallied. 

But keen to secure their historic moment, Stanley saw out the closing stages to condemn Town to defeat and book their spot in Sky Bet League One for the 2018/19 campaign.  

Accrington Stanley: Chapman; Johnson, Hughes, Dunne, Donacien; Brown, Conneely, Clark, McConville; Jackson, Kee.
Bookings: McConville 33′
Subs not used: Maxted, Richards-Everton, Nolan, Zanzala, Williams, Sousa, Rodgers.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson; Browne, Wing, Gobern (Bird 71′), Khan (Barnes 50′); Green (Seager 66′), Fisher.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, C. Smith, Santos.

PREVIEW | Accrington Stanley v Yeovil Town

Sitting at the top of Sky Bet League Two, John Coleman’s side need a victory to ensure their automatic promotion after Exeter held them to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. 

Conversely, a Yeovil win coupled with a Chesterfield loss at Exeter will confirm Sky Bet League Two status for another season with four games remaining.

Town have become accustomed to frustrating the division’s play-off hopefuls in the last six matches, picking up wins against Colchester and Coventry as well as draws with Exeter and Swindon. 

Looking to do the same again, Darren Way’s side head to Lancashire looking to keep Stanley’s champagne on ice for a second successive match. 

After suffering a narrow defeat at home to high-flying Wycombe on Saturday, the Green & Whites will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten run on the road to five matches. 

The Glovers are unlikely to be boosted by the return of Sam Surridge (hamstring), with Artur Krysiak, James Bailey, Dan Alfei (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) remaining sidelined. Nathan Smith has returned to training but the trip may come too soon.

Striving to get Accrington over the line, striker Billy Kee (22 goals) will provide the likeliest threat with Kayden Jackson boasting a healthy 14 goals. 

Head-to-head
Town will be looking to add to their three wins and three draws from the seven previous encounters.

However, Yeovil are yet to pick up a victory at the Wham Stadium boasting two draws and a loss, one of which in the Emirates FA Cup. 

Last season in the same fixture, Rommy Boco’s 90th minute equaliser cancelled out Otis Khan’s free-kick.

Officials
Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night.

Taking charge of predominantly Championship matches this season, Mr Martin will officiate his first match involving the Glovers since the 2-2 draw at Barnet in March last season.

He’ll be assisted by Jonathan Hunt (Merseyside) and David Avent (Northamptonshire) with Robert Jones (Merseyside) 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 | Sowunmi proud to lead Glovers for first time

The 22-year-old has cemented his spot in the centre of Town’s defence and captained the Glovers from the start for the first time in the 1-0 loss to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. 

Making 42 appearances so far this season, the former Ipswich defender reflected on a proud day despite the result when speaking to iFollow Glovers

“The result was very disappointing, but we have to give credit to them for the way they defended the whole game.

“It was a good moment for me, a proud moment for me and I’m sure for my family back home. A lot of the boys are my friends so it was a pleasure to lead them out onto the pitch.

“I felt honoured when he (the manager) told me (I was going to be captain), I did everything I could to live up to it.”

Now in his third season as a Glover, Sowunmi has spent time in both defence and attack for the Somerset outfit. 

Now back in the heart of defence, Sowunmi is pleased with his development in recent times.

“I’ve worked hard to get where I am now and I’m very, very happy.

“We had a couple of talks a few years ago and last year and defence is where I want to be and I’m happy to be here now and to keep that spot.”

INTERVIEW | We didn’t get what we deserved – Way

The Glovers struck the woodwork twice and had a goal ruled out for offside in a game which largely favoured the hosts, only for Chairboys substitute Randell Williams to steal all three points late on. 

Securing a vital win for the promotion chasers, Town boss Way was left to hail his side’s performance despite the result. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “Football can sometimes be a cruel game, and when you look at the overall performance from the players I think they had one shot in the game and it went in.

“I have to make sure that the players grow belief from that performance, even though we lost.

“I thought the supporters stuck with us but again we didn’t get what we deserved. It’s disappointing, but at the same time I’m proud of my players for the effort that they’ve put in.”

Looking to finish the campaign on a high, the Green & Whites suffered just their second defeat in six on Saturday. 

With 13 players contracted for next season, Way is looking for a positive 2018/19 campaign. 

They (Wycombe) block and they tackle – that’s what I’ve said to my players, that people are making up things in this game that don’t exist. 

We need to bring in one or two more to add to the young talent that we’ve got at this football club, and I know the pressure is on for these players to perform and to get us in the top six next year, and that is what you need.” 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

In a first half in which the Glovers did well to pinback their promotion-chasing opponents, Otis Khan went closest to opening the scoring when his free-kick came back off the bar just before the break. 

Looking the most likely to open the scoring Town thought they had when Alex Fisher poked in from close range just minutes after the restart, only for the linesman’s flag to rule it out for offside. 

Going close yet again, Tom James saw a free-kick from 25 yards clip the post before Randell Williams won it for the Chairboys with their only shot on target as the game ticked towards the final 10 minutes.

Reverting back to 4-4-2 from the start after a change in shape at Swindon in midweek, Darren Way made three changes for the visit of Wanderers. 

Ruled out for the remainder of the season, Stuart Nelson was replaced by Jonny Maddison between the sticks allowing goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips a spot on the bench. 

In defence, Ryan Dickson returned from suspension for Bevis Mugabi whilst Jordan Green regained a starting spot at the expense of Alefe Santos who started amongst the substitutes.

Partnering the in-form Fisher upfront, Green was in the thick of it from the off receiving lengthy treatment after a coming together with Adam El-Abd before colliding with visiting stopper Scott Brown as the pacey 23-year-old looked to make an impact.

Although both sides displayed plenty of attacking intent, goal scoring opportunities remained elusive as a flurry of corners and balls into the final third couldn’t be turned into chances.

However, that changed five minutes before the break when the hosts almost stormed into a two-goal lead.

Captain Omar Sowunmi headed just wide from Lewis Wing’s hanging ball into the box before Khan was only denied by the fingertips of Scott Brown who did well to tip the winger’s wide free-kick onto the underside of the woodwork.

Finishing the opening 45 minutes strongly, Way’s side looked on course to continue their good run of form against the division’s top six and almost started the second half in perfect fashion. 

Green showed his pace to create half a yard to steer in a low cross for Fisher to tap in, only for the offside ruling to cancel out what would’ve been the opener. 

Remaining on the front foot, Rhys Browne became a thorn in the side of opposite number Joe Jacobson as he twice threatened to get shots off on goal, before the Chairboys registered their first meaningful attempt on goal after 63 minutes. 

Nick Freeman found a pocket of space 25 yards out but could only power a low drive just wide of Maddison’s goal as Gareth Ainsworth’s side struggled to get going. 

Having gathered momentum in the second half, the Glovers struck the woodwork for a second time with a little under 15 minutes remaining. 

Tom James’ free-kick from all of 25 yards had Brown beaten but to the visiting keeper’s joy it clipped the post and landed wide. 

With all signs pointing towards a Yeovil winner, Wycombe stunned the hosts by taking the lead with their first shot on target with 79 minutes on the clock. 

Jacobson’s wide free-kick was recycled by Wanderers, allowing Marcus Bean to tee up Williams whose side-footed strike from just inside the box nestled in the corner of the net.

Keen to salvage the point they at the very least deserved Way introduced Ryan Seager and Santos from the bench as caution was thrown to the wind, but Town couldn’t find a second late equaliser of the week and suffered just their second defeat in six. 

Yeovil Town: Maddison; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson; Browne (Barnes 67′), Wing, Gobern (Santos 85′), Khan; Green (Seager 83′), Fisher.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, Whelan, Bird.

Wycombe Wanderers: Brown; Harriman, El-Abd, McGinley, Jacobson; Bean, O’Nien (Williams 32′), Gape; Kashket (Mackail-Smith 59′), Akinfenwa, Freeman (Tyson 76′).
Bookings: Bean 74′, El-Abd 75′
Subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Bloomfield, Saunders, Cowan-Hall.

NEWS | Nelson ruled out for remainder of the season

Picked up after half-an-hour at Swindon Town in midweek, the 36-year-old received lengthy treatment on the pitch before being withdrawn at half-time.

Confirmed to have suffered a fractured ulna, the former Gillingham stopper will miss Town’s remaining matches of the 2017/18 campaign. 

Darren Way will now be left with the services of Jonny Maddison and goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips. 

All at YTFC wish Nels a speedy recovery. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Here’s all that’s happening at Huish Park throughout the day:

Cheer on the Young Glovers
Yeovil Town Under-18s are in action at midday, hosting table-topping Dagenham & Redbridge in Merit League Two. Supporters can watch for free on the top pitch at Huish Park. 

Train with Town
Having had their coaching sessions from members of the first-team, youth teams from Pen Mill and South Cheriton will receive a behind the scenes tour of the stadium as well as a chat with the manager. We look forward to having both teams with us and hope they enjoy the match!

Kick It Out 
This week we dedicate our fixture to the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation. The organisation is asking for the help of supporters to report any discriminatory abuse they see or hear – whether that’s related to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation – in and around Huish Park today or in the future.

Kick It Out

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.

Matchday Hotline
Encountered a problem? Text or call the matchday hotline (07517 048274) for the issue to be resolved. The service will be monitored by either the Supporter Director or Stadium Manager on a matchday. 

Head for refreshment
The supporters marquee – situated next to the 3G – will be open to all supporters from 12.30 offering hot and cold drinks (including a £1 offer on diet CocaCola). 

Alternatively, why not enjoy a hospitality package which includes a two-course meal, match ticket, programme and much more for just £49 – click HERE for more information.

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance
After manager Darren Way visited Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance earlier this season to mark the nine-year anniversary since he was airlifted following a life-threatening car crash, volunteers will be at Huish Park to raise awareness and funds for the charity. 

Darren with DS Air Ambulance

Read all about it!
Issue 31 of the matchday programme will be available around the stadium and in the club store. This week’s big interview catches up with Alex Fisher who discusses his goal-scoring start to life in Somerset. Shaun Donnellan answers your questions in ‘Quiz a Glover’ whilst Lewis Wing reveals all in ‘Who Is?’. For just £3, remember to pick up your copy!

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

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Just 270 minutes of Sky Bet League Two action remains to be seen in Somerset, with the Glovers looking to continue their solid conclusion to the season. 

Having faced sides chasing promotion for five consecutive matches, Darren Way’s side have amassed a respectable points haul of eight losing just once.

Lewis Wing and Alex Fisher were on target in midweek as the Green & Whites held play-off chasing Swindon to a 2-2 draw at the County Ground. 

Now preparing to take on the Chairboys, Yeovil will be boosted by the return of Ryan Dickson from a one-match suspension. Sam Surridge, who missed the trip to Wiltshire with a hamstring injury, could also be in line to return. 

However, Town will still be without the services of Francois Zoko (suspended), Nathan Smith, Artur Krysiak, Dan Alfei, James Bailey (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle). 

For the visitors, they’ll be in action for the first time in a fortnight after their meeting with Lincoln City last week was postponed due to the Imps’ involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy final. 

Perfectly rested, Gareth Ainsworth will be looking for top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa (18 goals) to provide his side’s main threat, manfully backed up by veteran Craig Mackail-Smith (10 goals).

Head-to-head
The Glovers suffered their first ever EFL defeat at Adams Park in the reverse fixture. 

Francois Zoko’s strike wasn’t enough to avoid a narrow 2-1 defeat in November, but Town will be looking for a repeat of the 4-0 win at Huish Park in 2009 when Kieran Murtagh, Jean-Paul Kalala, Jon Obika and Sam Williams secured all three points. 

Since entering the EFL, Yeovil have won seven and lost just two of the 12 meetings.

Officials
Scott Oldham will be the man in charge on Saturday.

It’ll be the Lancashire official’s second match of the season involving Yeovil, having overseen the 1-1 Emirates FA Cup draw at Port Vale in December. 

Mr Oldham will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) with Matt Eva (Surrey) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Bevis Mugabi 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 | Town ‘on the right path’ for strong finish – Mugabi

Promotion-chasing Wanderers arrive at Huish Park looking to add to their win over Grimsby last time out, whilst the hosts bid to build on Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Swindon. 

Facing sides exclusively in the play-off chase in the last five matches, the Glovers have only come away empty-handed on one occasion picking up two wins and two draws. 

Returning to the fold from injury midway through March, Mugabi is keen for the Green & Whites to carry their form through until the end of the season. 

“We’ve had conversations about where we’d like to finish and we’re on the right path to achieving those goals so we’re going in the right direction,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We had a great win against Coventry, a good performance against Swindon to get the draw in the end and playing against any team we’re going to be confident, especially given the strength in depth we’ve got in the team.

“We feel we can beat anyone on our day so it’s a very positive camp.”

After recovering from a hamstring injury the defender also made his international debut for Uganda in March, featuring in friendlies against Sao Tome & Principe and Malawi. 

Now back in Somerset, the 22-year-old feels the experience can only help improve his game.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” he said. “It was a good experience for myself and I’m glad I went out there and was lucky enough to play the two games.

“It gave me different exposure to different ways of football and oppositions, which can only improve me at the end of the day.

“But now we (Yeovil) have still got six games left so there’s a lot of football to play. We’re in good form at the moment so we want to pick up as many points as possible and see where it takes us in the table.”

INTERVIEW | Way happy with party spoilers tag

All of Town’s last five opponents have been in the top 10, with all but one of their remaining six fixtures coming against sides searching for a top six finish. 

Taking eight points from meetings with Exeter, Colchester, Coventry, Luton and Swindon, the Glovers are fresh from a 2-2 draw with the Robins in midweek. 

Frustrating the home supporters at the County Ground with Alex Fisher’s late equaliser, Way is happy for his side to continue causing upsets. 

“That’s the beauty of the games we’re involved with now,” he told iFollow Glovers. “When you look at Exeter, Coventry and Wycombe, they’re all looking for promotion.

“We upset everyone at Swindon because of what was at the end of it if they won that game and we get comments from supporters of other clubs that are seeing our results because ultimately, we’re spoiling everyone’s party.

“Again, that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Saturday.”

Losing the experienced head of Stuart Nelson at half-time on Tuesday night due to injury, Town were left with just two players over the age of 23 on the pitch. 

Admitting to naivety earlier in the season, the Town boss urges his side to make up for their lack of experience in other ways. 

“When you go into a job interview if you’re young and don’t have much experience, how do you get the job and how do you make up for it?”

“You have to make sure you work hard, show determination and also cleverness with the experience you’ve got.

“We’ve been outsmarted a number of times this year because of that (lack of) experience but I’ve made the group fully aware they have to make up for it in a number of other ways.” 

TICKETS | Back the boys at Huish Park

Looking to build on Tuesday’s draw at play-off chasing Swindon, Darren Way’s side return to Somerset in buoyant mood. 

The Glovers are now four unbeaten on the road and will be looking to translate that form to matters at Huish Park. 

For the Chairboys, they make the trip from Buckinghamshire after a fortnight’s break but will be targeting back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League Two. 

Tickets remain on sale with savings to be made when bought in advance of midday on Saturday. 

Supporters can contact the ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888, with fans also able to buy online.

Full prices and details can be found on our Home Tickets page. 

COMMERCIAL | Town team up with TAG

The new partnership will see the Burton upon Trent-based company initially supply the club’s first team with all their technical, training, leisure and travel wear, with a view to rolling out to the Academy very soon.

TAG Sportswear will join the Glovers as the club look to continue the theme of a hooped design home strip, something which has become synonymous with the club since entering the EFL.

Listening to supporter feedback, a plain back to the shirt has been added to next season’s home shirt design which received over 60% of fans’ votes in a recent poll.

Home kit option 3

Speaking about the new partnership, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager, Dave Linney said: “I am delighted to team up with TAG Sportswear and we’re excited to showcase our new 2018/19 kits and training wear range in the summer.

“We are really looking forward to developing a strong partnership with TAG Sportswear and special thanks must go to Tony Footitt, Director of TAG.”

Tony Footitt, Director of Tag Sportswear added: “TAG Sportswear are delighted to be adding Yeovil Town Football Club to their client list.  TAG Sportswear decided to expand its coverage of EFL clubs for the 2018/19 season and Yeovil Town Football Club was selected as the number one target. 

“The Glovers are a perfect fit; the size of the football club, their values, their roots and traditions were all major factors in our belief that YTFC was the right partner.

“We are confident that this team wear partnership will greatly assist in the further development of TAG Sportswear as a national player in the team wear market place, whilst also benefitting the Glovers with a selection of bespoke technical training wear, match kit and retail items.

“Our designers will work closely together with the club to make sure the new kits are technically advanced, stylish and are appreciated by both the fans and players. This agreement will surely consolidate TAG SPORTS’ reputation as a technical kit supplier in the UK market.”

Our 2018/19 range will be launched early in July – keep an eye on YTFC.net and across social media for details.

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INTERVIEW | We showed great character – Fisher

The 27-year-old’s last-minute volley secured a 2-2 draw for the Glovers having twice come from behind. 

Matt Taylor put the Robins ahead in both halves, only for Lewis Wing and Fisher to peg back the Wiltshire outfit. 

With two wins and two draws from their last four outings on the road, the in-form striker hailed the overall team performance. 

“As much as we had a slow start, Swindon had a very strong start and they made it very difficult for us in the first half but sometimes you’ve got to ride your luck,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I think we showed great character as a team and came out fighting in the second half. We could’ve dropped our heads at 2-1 down but we kept going until the end and got a deserved point for the effort we put into it.

“At the end of the day, that second 45 minutes was a real shift from the whole team so it was great to get the goal, and great to get a relatively nice goal but the boys put in a shift.”

Having joined in January, Fisher has five goals in 13 appearances since heading south from Motherwell. 

Starting the last five matches, the former Oxford and Mansfield striker is pleased with his current form. 

“It’s nice when you get a few games in a row, it helps because you start picking up positions and it becomes natural, so thanks to the gaffer for the opportunity but it’s great to contribute to a great team and a really good club.

“A lot of my game is running and I feel like I can do that now for 90 minutes. If that helps the team then great and if I can notch a few goals along the way then brilliant.”

INTERVIEW | Way proud of youthful Glovers

The Glovers twice fell behind but second half strikes from Lewis Wing and Alex Fisher was enough for the visitors to extend their unbeaten run on the road to four matches. 

Losing captain on the night and the experienced head of Stuart Nelson at half-time due to injury, the Town boss was pleased with his side’s comeback. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “They’ve got good players and they’ve got one or two that have got a wealth of experience.

“We knew going into the game that they had over 3,000 (EFL) appearances to our 1,000 and when you take Nelson out I think we were down to 600. 

“From there, it’s down to the players to take responsibility, which they did, and again it was good for our supporters to travel home knowing our players gave everything. 

“I call it an under-23s squad and I’m very proud of them.”

Wing’s third goal in Green & White and Fisher’s fourth in as many games gave the travelling faithful plenty to cheer. 

Watching on from the sideline, Way was pleased with both goals at the County Ground. 

“Both strikes are unbelievable finishes,” he said.  “We threw Omar (Sowunmi) up there and took that gamble and it paid off. Swindon will be bitterly disappointed but we’re over the moon with the result.

“I’ve been saying to Wingy every day to just keep shooting. Been moments of frustrating for him where he’s had three or four shots in a game and they’ve gone 10 yards wide or 50 yards over the crossbar, but I said keep shooting and fair play to him, it paid off.”

REPORT | Swindon Town 2-2 Yeovil Town

Starting brightly, the Robins were 1-0 up early on when the experienced head of Matt Taylor popped up in the box to lash home following a dominant start from Phil Brown’s side. 

In an otherwise tame first period, Lewis Wing went close to equalising with a venomous strike from range, to leave a second half with plenty to play for. 

Keen to not suffer back-to-back league defeats, the Glovers rallied after the break and on 68 minutes levelled through a moment of brilliance from Lewis Wing who rifled home from long range.

Before many of the travelling faithful had stopped celebrating, the Robins retook the lead in fortuitous fashion when Taylor’s deflected strike earnt him a second goal of the night.

Leaving only a little over 10 minutes left to play, Town rallied for a second equaliser and sent the away end into raptures when Alex Fisher’s superb volley on 89 minutes secured a point and continued Yeovil’s excellent run on the road.

After naming an unchanged side for three consecutive matches, Darren Way made four changes for the short trip to Wiltshire.

Losing Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko to suspension, Bevis Mugabi and Otis Khan replaced the duo whilst Alefe Santos and Oscar Gobern came in for Jordan Green and Jared Bird in a formation change to 4-3-3.

Bolstering options on the bench, Corey Whelan and Connor Smith returned to the substitutes bench along with Ryan Seager who sat out the weekend’s loss to Luton.  

In an altered shape, the Glovers were slow out of the blocks as the hosts started on the front foot at the County Ground. 

Youngster Scott Twine, making his home debut, headed just wide early on before a spell of pressure brought the opening goal after 11 minutes. 

Kaiyne Woolery pulled out wide to the left, working the space to drill a low cross into Taylor who neatly dispatched at the near post.

Looking most threatening from getting the ball out wide, Swindon’s best chance to grab a second came from an almost identical template to their first. 

This time Taylor turned provider to cross from the right, with Twine unable to find the target with his volley from just a few yards out. 

Plateauing out into a largely unnoteworthy first half – not helped by a lengthy stoppage as Town captain Stuart Nelson received treatment for a wrist injury – neither goalkeeper was called into action. 

With the break approaching, Way’s side registered their best chance of the half on 44 minutes when neat build up led to Wing’s rasping strike from 25 yards being pushed over the bar by home stopper Stuart Moore.

Ending the first period brightly, Yeovil were dealt a blow during the break as Nelson succumbed to his earlier injury. Town’s captain was replaced by Jonny Maddison between the sticks with Green also replacing Santos in a tactical switch. 

Straight into the action, Maddison kept the score at 1-0 five minutes after the restart, making himself big to smother Twine’s effort from the angle. 

The 23-year-old’s saved looked to have been an important one when 10 minutes later Sowunmi met Khan’s wide free-kick, but the defender’s header fell agonisingly wide of the post with Moore scrambling as the Glovers rallied.

However, the Somerset outfit didn’t have to wait long to level the score and it came in stunning fashion. 

Opening up 30 yards from goal, Wing let fly with an unstoppable strike which nestled in the far corner to mark his third in Green & White. 

Looking like the team in the ascendancy, the Glovers were dealt a sucker punch just four minutes after equalising. 

Taylor was once again the menacing figure, with his strike from the edge of the box deflecting into the back of the net past the full-stretch of a hapless Maddison. 

Back to square one Town upped the tempo in the final 10 minutes and once again found a way back into the match in the dying embers of the game. 

Sowunmi’s flick on was majestically brought down by Fisher who volleyed in off the post to grab his fourth in as many games to earn Way’s side a noteworthy point at play-off chasing Swindon. 

Swindon Town: Moore; Knoyle, Purkiss, Lancashire (McGivern 63′), Hussey; Twine (Elsnik 88′), Dunne, Banks, Taylor; Richards, Woolery (Mullin 80′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Anderson, Henry, Linganzi, McDermott. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson (Maddison 46′); Mugabi, Sowunmi, Donnellan, James; Wing, Santos (Green 46′), Gobern; Browne (Barnes 73′), Fisher, Khan.
Bookings: Sowunmi 42′, Gobern 55′
Subs not used: Whelan, C. Smith, Wing, Seager. 

PREVIEW | Swindon Town v Yeovil Town

Darren Way’s side will be looking to build on back-to-back wins away from home, having seen off Colchester and Coventry on their travels. 

Re-arranged from last month, Town head to take on Swindon without Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko who were both dismissed in the 3-0 loss to Luton at the weekend. 

Left-back Dickson will serve his one-match suspension at the Country Ground whilst Zoko begins his four-match ban. 

Their absence will see a reshuffle amongst the squad, with Corey Whelan, Connor Smith and Ryan Seager in line for potential recalls to the matchday 18. 

For the Robins, they’ll be looking for their first win in five after three consecutive draws.

Phil Brown’s side drew 0-0 with Carlisle at home on Saturday and will be looking for Marc Richards (10 goals) to provide their goal threat. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s clash will be the 17th meeting between the two sides with Town boasting five wins to their name as well as three draws. 

The Glovers last won at the County Ground in 2015 as James Berrett’s second half strike secured a 1-0 win. 

Yeovil’s most dramatic win at Swindon came in 2008 with Craig Alcock, Lee Peltier and a Jerel Ifil own goal seeing Town come away 3-2 victors.

Officials
Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire) will be the man in the middle at the County Ground. 

It will be his second match of the season involving Darren Way’s side, having overseen the 2-0 loss at Crawley in September.

Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Ron Ganfield (Somerset) will be his assists with Mark Derrien (Dorset) 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.   

NEWS | Zoko and Dickson receive suspensions

Defender Dickson will miss Town’s re-arranged league trip to Swindon Town on Tuesday 10th April, after receiving a straight red card for a pull on Luton striker Danny Hylton after 19 minutes which also resulted in a penalty.

Issuing a second red card of the match, referee Brendan Malone dismissed captain Zoko after 32 minutes for violent conduct after an off-the-ball coming together with Alan McCormack. 

The Ivorian will serve an additional one-match ban on top of the regulation three-match suspension due to the incident being his second red card of the season. 

As a result, the striker will miss Yeovil’s Sky Bet League Two encounters with Swindon, Wycombe, Accrington Stanley and Notts County before being eligible to return against Forest Green Rovers on April 24th. 

TICKETS | Travel with Town for West Country clash

With Darren Way’s side looking to continue their good form on the road, supporters can secure their spot inside the Country Ground both in advance and on the night. 

The Glovers make the short to Wiltshire looking to move four games unbeaten on their travels, with a draw at Exeter backed up by consecutive wins at Colchester and Coventry.

Supporters wishing to purchase online can do so before midnight tonight, with tickets available from the Huish Park ticket office until midday on Tuesday

Fans can also buy over phone by calling 01935 847888. 

Prices are as follows:

Adult – £23
65+ – £17
Student – £17
Under-21 – £10
Under-18 – £6
Under-11 – £2 

Disabled and wheelchair tickets are priced to the relevant age category with carers free of charge – please call 01935 847888 to purchase.

Tickets will be available on the day from the Arkells end of the stadium.

There are two official car park at Swindon which cost £10 for cars and £20 for coaches. St Joseph’s school is a five minute walk away and is £5 a car.

NEWS | Club announces small profit

Commenting on the 2016/17 financial results, Chairman John Fry said:

“In an age where many clubs make significant losses or operate in an unsustainable way, we have taken steps not only to manage the club’s finances responsibly but also to reinvest wisely when extra income is generated.

“This surplus, plus the recent signings, have been made as a result of our cup run income and underlines our intent to start climbing the EFL ladder.

“It is not easy operating any EFL side on a sustainable basis so the sound financial footing we are on is a credit to all involved with the club, especially manager Darren Way who has assembled a side that often overachieves against clubs with far bigger playing budgets.”

You can find a link to the accounts for the year ending June 2017 here.

NEWS | James makes Checkatrade Trophy Team of the Tournament

The versatile defender played all but 45 minutes of Town’s Checkatrade campaign, in which Darren Way’s side reached the semi-final stage. 

Netting in the win against Plymouth Argyle, James was also part of a solid backline which recorded back-to-back clean sheets against AFC Wimbledon and Forest Green Rovers in the knockout stages. 

The 21-year-old is one of only three Sky Bet League Two players to make the team, with the other two both representing eventual winners Lincoln City. 

The full team is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Josh Lillis (Rochdale)
Defender: Omar Beckles (Shrewsbury Town)
Defender: Anthony Gerrard (Oldham Athletic)
Defender: Tom James (Yeovil Town)
Midfielder: Kenji Gorre (Swansea City U21)
Midfielder: Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United)
Midfielder: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea U21)
Midfielder: Elliott Whitehouse (Lincoln City)
Midfielder: Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town)
Forward: Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City)
Forward: Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town)
Manager: Danny Cowley (Lincoln City)

Congratulations to Tom from all at YTFC. 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-3 Luton Town

Brimming with confidence after back-to-back wins, the Glovers were dealt a blow after just three minutes when Elliot Lee opened the scoring for the promotion-chasing visitors.  

In an afternoon of frustration, Ryan Dickson received a red card for an adjudged pull on Danny Hylton in the box, with the prolific striker coolly converting the resultant spot kick on the 20-minute mark.

Adding to the dramatic first half, captain Francois Zoko received his marching orders for an off the ball altercation with Alan McCormack, as the Green & Whites suffered a difficult return home.

Making the most of their two-man advantage, Hylton added a third on 40 minutes before the striker was substituted having teetered on the edge of a red card having picked up a yellow for goading the home faithful.

With the second half becoming little more than a formality the hosts battled hard to keep it at 3-0, in a result which ended a good run of form. 

For a third consecutive match, Darren Way named an unchanged starting eleven sticking with the side that’s won its last two outings on the road. 

Returning to Somerset after wins over Colchester and Coventry, Corey Whelan, Connor Smith and Marcus Barnes remained the unfortunate three to miss out on a spot in the matchday 18.

After starting in electric fashion in Coventry on Monday, the Glovers were slower out of the blocks in Somerset and fell behind to the first meaningful attack of the game. 

Omar Sowunmi and Shaun Donnellan both got attracted to the same ball, meaning that when Hylton won the flick-on Lee was able to run through unchallenged and curl a strike past a hapless Stuart Nelson. 

Looking to strike whilst the iron was hot, the Hatters continued to remain on the front foot and almost doubled their lead in fortuitous manner with 13 minutes on the clock.

Donnellan’s clearance ricocheted off of Sowunmi into the path of E. Lee inside the box, only for Nelson to keep out the attacking midfielder’s close-range effort. 

In a difficult opening 20 minutes for the hosts, Way’s side were reduced to 10 men and fell two goals behind in a matter of moments. 

Ryan Dickson was dismissed for pulling Hylton as he looked to latch onto a rebound, allowing the pantomime villain to slam home the spot kick from 12 yards.

Becoming an ill-tempered affair, the home supporters’ frustrations were increased just past the half hour-mark when the talismanic Zoko was dismissed for a coming together with McCormack off the ball. 

With a monopoly on possession due to their numerical advantage, Luton added a third before the break when Hylton tapped in from close range, before the visitors’ top scorer was hauled off by Nathan Jones with a red card seemingly imminent. 

Becoming a pedestrian affair after the break, Luton were happy to play without urgency whilst Town struggled for territory or possession in their forced 4-3-1 formation. 

McCormack had a drive comfortably saved by Nelson and Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu blazed just over, as the hour-mark came and went in understated fashion.

Battling hard to keep the deficit at three against the league’s highest scoring side, Lewis Wing whipped a free-kick over the bar before having a deflected strike from inside the box well saved by James Shea as the final 10 minutes approached.

Sensing a change in tempo the Hatters ensured the closing stages became little more than a formality by stroking the ball about without urgency or intent, condemning the Green & Whites to a first defeat in four. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson; Green (Gobern 71′), Wing, Bird, Browne (Mugabi 21′); Zoko, Fisher (Surridge 55′). 
Bookings: Dickson 19′ (red card), Zoko 32′ (red card)
Subs not used: Maddison, Santos, Khan, Barnes.

Luton Town: Shea; Stacey, Rea, Sheehan, Potts; McCormack (Downes 77′), O. Lee, Mpanzu, E.Lee (Gambin 89′); Hylton (Jervis 44′), Collins.
Bookings: Hylton 40′, Stacey 70′, McCormack 75′
Subs not used: Stech, Justin, Cornick, Mullins. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Luton Town

Here’s all that’s happening at Huish Park other than 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.

Read all about it!
Issue 30 of the matchday programme, Green & White, will be available around the ground, in the club store and inside the stadium. Crammed full of content, get the lowdown on Saturday’s opposition, read an in-depth interview with winger Rhys Browne and a host of other features. Priced at just £3, don’t forget to pick up your copy!

Luton Programme Cover

In memory of Ray Wilkins
Prior to kick-off there will be a minute’s applause in memory of former England captain Ray Wilkins who sadly passed away earlier this week aged 61 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Ray was much-loved in the game for both his time as a player and a pundit. 

Matchday Hotline
Encountered a problem? Text or call the matchday hotline (07517 048274) for the issue to be resolved. The service will be monitored by either the Supporter Director or Stadium Manager on a matchday. 

YTCST
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be bringing Perry Street Under-11s, East Coker Under-9s and Street Under-8s to the League Two encounter. The teams will enjoy a tour of Huish Park as well as a chance to meet manager Darren Way before taking in the match. 

Train with Town
The club are pleased to welcome over 150 children to Huish Park tomorrow as part of the ‘Train with Town’ initiative. Receiving a dedicated coaching session from first-team players, local youth teams also receive a stadium tour and a chat with manager Darren Way before taking in the match action. A warm welcome to all the youth teams with us on Saturday. 

Train with Town

Head for refreshment
The supporters marquee – situated next to the 3G – will be open to all supporters (capped at 50 for travelling fans) from 12.30 offering hot and cold drinks (including a £1 offer on diet CocaCola). 
Alternatively, why not enjoy a hospitality package which includes a two-course meal, match ticket, programme and much more for just £49 – click HERE for more information.

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

Charity penalty shootout
At half-time we will have some local business people competing in a penalty shootout. Each of the participants has paid £50 to enter with the winner taking all for their nominated charity.

Taking part, we have:

Harry Turner – Jones Building Group
Chris Milton – Thatchers
Clive Wakely – A J Wakely & Sons
Tim Davey – Davey Roofing
Kevin Hayward – Knights Deliveries (Winner of 2017 shootout)
Domenico Taravella – Tamburinos
Nigel Pitcher – Night & Day Deliveries
Stacey White – Pro- fit Windows & Doors

INTERVIEW | It’s just another game – Way

Unbeaten in their last three, the Glovers return to Huish Park for the first time in a month to take on Nathan Jones’ side. 

Having suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Hatters on the opening day of the season, Way is dismissive of any sense of seeking revenge this weekend. 

“It’s just another game,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We’ll be making sure that we put in a good performance and I have to draw confidence from the way the players have stuck together at the back end of the season.

“There’s always pressure on games now with teams looking for promotion or to stay in the league but the players have handled that pressure and enjoyed it at the same time. 

“With the run of results we’ve had, the last thing I would say to the players is ‘we’ve lost the last two games at home and need to win the next one’, there’s no thoughtfulness in that so the players know what they need to do and they’ll be looking to put on a good performance.”

Sitting comfortably mid-table in the form guide, Town are looking to pull further away from the bottom two this weekend in a bid to climb the rankings. 

Buoyed by the 6-2 thrashing of Coventry last time out, Way is keen to finish the season strongly and setup the club in a strong position for 2018/19.

He said: “With the experience in the quad and in the technical area these players are growing in confidence. 

“We’ve got experience and now know how to handle different situations – unfortunately, that takes time and patience but what we’ve got to do now is keep that so we don’t have the same problem at the start of next season.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Luton Town

Town come into the match unbeaten in their last three, fresh from a resounding 6-2 win at Coventry on Easter Monday.

Braces from Alex Fisher, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge see the strike force come into the weekend full of confidence, with Fisher boasting three goals in his last two outings. 

Taking to the field at Huish Park for the first time since the beginning of March, Way’s side will look to build on their seven-point haul from three trips on the road. 

Unchanged in their last two games, the Glovers could once again lineup in familiar fashion with no fresh injury concerns to worry about. 

James Bailey, Dan Alfei, Nathan Smith, Artur Krysiak (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) remain the only injured absentees, with Corey Whelan, Connor Smith and Marcus Barnes sitting out the trip to the Ricoh Arena. 

For the visitors, Nathan Jones’ side head to Somerset looking to address their patchy form. 

Sitting second in Sky Bet League Two, the Hatters have two wins, two defeats and two draws from their last six matches seeing off Mansfield 2-1 in their last fixture. 

James Collins (20) and Danny Hylton (19) provide the most likely goal threat, backed up by Elliot Lee (nine). 

Head-to-head
Saturday will mark the 10th competitive meeting between the two sides.

To date, Town have just one win to their name with victory coming in August 2015 as Stephen Arthurworrey and Ryan Bird (x2) found the back of the net. 

The Glovers are now looking to take points off the Hatters for the first time in four encounters.

Officials
Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) will take charge of proceedings at Huish Park. 

It’ll be Mr Malone’s first visit to Somerset since October 2016 where he oversaw the 0-0 draw with Grimbsy.

On Saturday, he’ll be assisted by Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Simon Knapp (Bristol) with Adam Penwell acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Jared Bird 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 | On our day we can beat anyone – Bird

The Glovers return to Somerset in a rich vein of form, unbeaten in their last three including back-to-back victories topped off by an emphatic 6-2 win at Coventry on Easter Monday. 

Taking to the field at home for the first time in a month, the Barnsley loanee believes the Green & Whites have nothing to fear when they line up against Nathan Jones’ side. 

“Spirits are really high at moment,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We’re unbeaten in the last three and to win 6-2 at Coventry against a very good side is a great result.

“On our day we can beat anyone in the league as we showed on Monday against a high-flying side unbeaten in seven games. We went and turned them over 6-2 so anything is possible.

“Obviously they’re a top side but we need to get another result at the weekend so we’ll do everything in our power to get the win.”

Enjoying his first loan spell away from Oakwell, the midfielder has notched up 10 appearances since arriving in January. 

The 20-year-old’s late arrival means Bird wasn’t part of the heavy opening day defeat at Luton, a result he feels doesn’t come into thought this weekend. 

“It’s not revenge at all, players are more focused on this game. That was at the start of the season and we’re in a much better place now. We can definitely get the win if we perform on the day. 

“We want to get to 54 points as a team, that’s our minimum and individually I want to play every game between now and the end of the season.

“We all know we’re capable of kicking on up the table and that would stand everyone in good stead for next season.”

INTERVIEW | Way pleased to be heading home

The Glovers have taken to the field away from home in the last three fixtures, returning to Somerset with an impressive seven-point haul. 

Fresh from the 6-2 demolition of Coventry City on Easter Monday, manager Darren Way is looking forward to enjoying home comforts when Nathan Jones’ Hatters visit and insists the opening day defeat to Luton will play no part in preparation. 

“It’s good to be back at home. It’s where you want to play games, in front of your home supporters and we should have a good crowd.

“It’s not about revenge, it’s going to be about focusing on the performance. Everyone wants to mention revenge but for us it’s about getting the focus right. The majority were not involved in that game and we’re off the back of some very, very good results and good performances so that’s built big, big confidence.

“We’re at the back end of the season now where we’ve had a long time to work with these players and they know what my principles are, what the team principles are and have put that into place on a consistent basis.”

Having named an unchanged starting lineup in the last two outings, Town have no fresh injury concerns heading into this weekend’s action. 

Only missing five through injury, Way told iFollow Glovers that competition for places is high. 

“We’ve got numbers,” he said. “I had to leave three out of the squad on Monday and it wasn’t easy, they’re good players and good lads but unfortunately, as manager, you’ve got to make decisions to win football matches.

“Every training session they have they’re under our decision making as to whether they play, so what they do in build up is important. The ones not performing will be left out and I’m not saying they’ve not been performing but those performing to a higher level will get the nod.”

NEWS | Town claim LMA Performance of the Week award

The LMA’s five-man panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry noted Town’s performance on the road in Sky Bet League Two. 

Braces from Alex Fisher, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge secured the memorable win; the first time Yeovil have ever scored six goals on the road in the EFL.

The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.

Town manager Darren Way will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and an LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to commemorate the result.

TICKETS | Action returns to Huish Park

The Glovers host the Hatters looking to build on back-to-back away wins at Colchester and Coventry, building on the draw at Exeter previously. 

Fresh from firing six past the Sky Blues in the West Midlands, Darren Way’s side welcome promotion-chasing Luton to Somerset for the first home match since 10th March. 

Tickets remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office and online, with supporters able to enjoy value by purchasing in advance of matchday. 

Full prices and details can be found on our Home Tickets page.

INTERVIEW | Zoko hails team cohesion for Coventry thrashing

The Ivorian notched his 13th and 14th of the season as fellow strikers Alex Fisher and Sam Surridge also bagged a brace to record Yeovil’s biggest away win since entering the EFL.

Moving three games unbeaten in the process, the Glovers now sit 11 points clear of the bottom two with up to three games in hand on some teams in Sky Bet League Two.

After securing back-to-back away wins, captain Zoko paid homage to the side’s performance. 

“We knew Coventry were a good team so we prepared very well, had some time off and time to work as a team and we saw it come together on the pitch,” he told iFollow Glovers

“We moved as a block and were solid. We conceded two goals but we were solid, threw our bodies on the line and we always have strength up front.

“That gives us confidence when it gets hard because we know if we keep working hard we will get the chances to score which is what happened.”

The 34-year-old scored Yeovil’s second and fourth of the afternoon in the West Midlands to secure his most prolific campaign since signing in November 2015. 

With eight games remaining, Zoko remains focused on team success over individual milestones. 

“The most important thing is the team performance, to keep performing well away from home and this is more important, but I’m happy.

“I’m just playing game after game and trying for the team. I’m more interested in our young players focusing on the game and progressing, being happy to come into training everyday but after I’ll do what I can do on the pitch.”

INTERVIEW | Way proud of ‘immense’ win

After a fortnight out of action, the Glovers returned with a bang as a trio of braces from Alex Fisher, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge recorded a memorable afternoon in the West Midlands. 

The first time ever that Town have scored six goals on the road in the EFL, Way’s history makers left the Town boss delighted. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “The performance from start to finish was veryy good and would’ve raised a few eyebrows. They’ve not conceded goals like that, or certainly not that many, and it could’ve been eight at one stage.

“We’ve talked about fight first and play after and I thought we did that very well. There was a lot of blocking and tackling and we earned the right to be able to penetrate a good team like we did. Some of the finishing was excellent.”

Moving Yeovil to three games unbeaten and notching back-to-back wins, the Green & Whites now look set for their best finish in three seasons. 

Having witnessed the club’s best ever EFL result on the road, Way was left to reflect on one of his most memorable moments as a manager to date. 

“It’s got to be up there with being the best,” he said. “Coming to an arena like this, it wasn’t so long ago I was watching Craig Bellamy play in the Premier League for Coventry so to go up against a big club of that magnitude and be able to perform like we did today under pressure was immense.

“I’m proud of the squad, proud of the players and proud of the supporters for the way they supported us because it makes a difference.”

REPORT | Coventry City 2-6 Yeovil Town

Starting like they had an extra pair of legs not just fresh legs, Yeovil stormed into an early 3-0 lead to stun their promotion-chasing hosts. 

Alex Fisher set the tone after just five minutes with a close-range finish, before Francois Zoko got in on the act six minutes later with a typically composed strike from inside the box. 

Completing a stunning opening quarter-of-an-hour, Fisher’s persistence earned him a second of the match by dinking an effort over Lee Burge, as the Green & Whites produced their best opening 45 minutes of the season.

Needing a miracle, Max Biamou reduced the deficit two minutes after the restart but Zoko reinstated the three-goal lead with a superb solo goal. 

Continuing the free-scoring theme, Biamou grabbed his second of the game with an unstoppable half-volley from 25 yards before substitute Sam Surridge netted a brace in the final 10 minutes to confirm a memorable win in the West Midlands.

Pleased with what he saw a fortnight ago during the 1-0 win at Colchester, Darren Way opted to stick with the starting eleven that earned three points in Essex.

Making just one change to the matchday 18, Oscar Gobern returned to the bench at the expense of Marcus Barnes, who joined Corey Whelan and Connor Smith in the stands.

Releasing what must have been pent up frustration at being out of action for 16 days, Yeovil began in imperious form. 

Menacing from the off, the visitors opened the scoring early on when Shaun Donnellan’s ball across the box was smashed home by Fisher after Burge had failed to deal with Lewis Wing’s initial cross. 

Positively purring, the lead was doubled on 11 minutes when Wing won possession in the Sky Blues half before playing in captain Zoko who clinically claimed his 13th of the season. 

If a 2-0 lead wasn’t enough, Way’s side added a third with just 15 minutes on the clock as Fisher capitalised on a weak back-header by Jack Grimmer to loop a shot over Burge for his third goal in two matches. 

Stunning the home crowd, Coventry struggled to find any way past a resolute Yeovil defensive unit until the half-hour mark. 

Kyel Reid’s looping cross picked out top scorer Mark McNulty at the back post but the striker somehow missed the target with his header from a yard out. 

Threatening to build up a head of steam Mark Robins’ side continued to press, but Biamou’s tame strike into the arms of Nelson was as good as it got. 

At the other end, Fisher almost rounded off a dream first half only for the linesman’s flag to rule out his diving header as the Glovers more than settled for a 3-0 lead at the halfway stage.

Clearly needing to change approach, Coventry switched goalkeeper at the break but it was first-half substitute Biamou who galvanised the Sky Blues on 47 minutes. 

McNulty got in behind the Town defence and managed to pick out his French strike partner who gave Nelson no chance from six yards.

If the West Midlands outfit sniffed the chance of a comeback, it was extinguished before the hour-mark when Zoko completed his brace. 

Outmuscling Dominic Hyam, the Ivorian left Coventry’s central defender behind for pace before picking out the back of the net from an acute angle with 55 minutes played.

However, Coventry’s French striker wasn’t done yet and made it 4-2 with a stunning half-volley from all of 25 yards which gave Nelson no chance, to reignite the embers of an enthralling game. 

Entering a potentially nervy final 10 minutes, the 271 travelling Yeovil fans were able to finally relax when Surridge met Oscar Gobern’s cross to make it 5-2. 

Already one for the history books, the Bournemouth loanee made it more resounding in stoppage time with a sublime outside of the boot finish to round off the scoring and complete a mesmerising afternoon at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City: Burge (O’Brien 46′); Grimmer, McDonald, Hyam, Haynes (Barrett 73′); Vincenti (Biamou 34′), Doyle, Bayliss, Reid; McNulty, Clarke-Harris.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Stokes, Davies, Shipley, Ponticelli.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson; Green (Khan 90′), Wing, Bird (Gobern 77′), Browne; Fisher (Surridge 74′), Zoko.
Bookings: Green 63′
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Santos, Seager.

INTERVIEW | They’re all tough games – Way

The Sky Blues are seven unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two with four wins and three draws to their name, most recently coming away from Newport with a 1-1 draw on Good Friday.

Sitting in a play-off spot as a result, Way takes his Yeovil side to the West Midlands looking to repeat August’s 2-0 win from the reverse fixture back in August. 

Rhys Browne and former loanee Olufela Olomola got Town over the line on that occasion, with the Yeovil manager looking for a repeat performance. 

“They’re all tough games, I keep saying it,” Way told YTFC.net. “The last game (against Coventry) that we played we put in a big, big performance, which showed we can go up against big teams. 

“We put in a terrific performance that day and I think we surprised Coventry, to be honest.”

Enjoying a run of good form themselves, the Green & Whites head to the Ricoh Arena looking to build on their 1-0 win at Colchester last time out. 

After a fortnight without a match, Way was also full of praise for his managerial counterpart. 

“Speaking to Mark Robins, they’re a very good team with a good budget and a good stadium to play in.

“They tick all the right boxes for a club trying to progress forward considering how they’ve had a tough time with supporters and owners and I think Mark has done a great job there.”

INTERVIEW | James using extended break as an advantage

The Glovers haven’t featured in Sky Bet League Two action since the 1-0 win at Colchester on March 17th, with the following games against Accrington and Forest Green Rovers postponed due to the international break and inclement weather respectively. 

Now up to three games behind other teams in the division, the Green & Whites return to action in the West Midlands on Monday.

Heading to in-form Coventry, James told YTFC.net that the squad’s extended break could be a positive. 

“We’ll try and use having fresh legs going into the game to our advantage – we’re away from home so we’re going to need those extra legs.

“We’ve played a lot of games so we needed that rest with a lot of Saturday-Tuesday games coming up. We’re looking forward to the game though and hopefully carrying on that little run (of form). 

“Whilst we haven’t played, we’ve been back in training working hard, getting ready for the game.”

An ever-present this season, 21-year-old James is targeting a strong end to the campaign. 

Town have just nine fixtures remaining, with the Welshman looking to improve at both ends of the pitch. 

“I’m happy overall,” he said. “At the start of the season it took a bit of time to get used to the first team environment playing two games a week, but I’m feeling fit and strong and want to carry on and improve as much as I can.

“One thing I’d like to improve on is getting the goals. I’ve had a couple of chances but it’s not quite gone right so hopefully in the last nine games I can get one or two.”

PREVIEW | Coventry City v Yeovil Town

Rhys Browne and Olufela Olomola were on target back in August at Huish Park to record a 2-0 win over Mark Robins’ side, something Town will look to repeat at Ricoh Arena.

Both sides will look different to the starting XI’s that walked out in the opening month of the season, but both will be looking to continue good form. 

Darren Way’s side are looking to move three games unbeaten after being out of action since the 17th March, whilst the Sky Blues haven’t suffered defeat in their last seven outings.

Postponements to the last two Yeovil fixtures means the Green & Whites will be keen to add points to the board, with only five injured absentees. 

Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith, James Bailey, Dan Alfei (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) will miss the trip to the Midlands, whilst Bevis Mugabi, Rhys Browne, Corey Whelan and Shaun Donnellan can all travel following international duty. 

For Coventry, they’ll be looking to improve on their 1-1 draw at Newport on Good Friday, with Marc McNulty (21 goals) their most obvious threat.

Head-to-head
The Easter meeting will be the seventh encounter between the two sides.

Town have lost just once to the Sky Blues, boasting four wins which includes a 1-0 win at the Ricoh Arena in the promotion-winning campaign of 2012/13 when Paddy Madden was on target.

Yeovil’s win back in August was the first time a match between the two sides was won by more than one goal.

Officials
Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear) will be the man in the middle.

It will be his first match involving Town since last April, when he oversaw Grimsby’s 4-2 win at Blundell Park.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) with Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside) 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.