Month: May 2018

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Contributing directly to the commercial success of the club, it’s a great way to support the Glovers whilst being in with a chance of claiming the notable monthly prize money. 

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CHARITY | We are making a difference – Jeff Stelling

On behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, Jeff Stelling would like to thank EFL fans, managers, players and clubs employees for joining the fight against the most common cancer in men.

“Since deciding to take on walking challenges for Prostate Cancer UK, and wearing my “Man of Men” badge every week on Soccer Saturday, I’ve learned so much about prostate cancer, and the devastating effects it has.” says the Sky Sports presenter, who alongside over 1000 football fans, raised over £800,000 for Prostate Cancer UK from his marathon march events across the EFL and beyond. Together with the EFL, Jeff has helped raise the profile of the disease dramatically.

“The stats are shocking, such as how prostate cancer is now the third biggest cancer killer, overtaking breast cancer, and it’s vitally important that men understand their risk. Remember those with a family history of the disease, men over 50 and black men are more at risk.

“I’ve met some incredible people along the way, like Sunderland fan Lloyd Pinder, and been inspired beyond belief at their stories and positivity while dealing with something so heartbreaking. Rarely a week goes by when I don’t hear from someone affected by this disease.”

Jeff Stelling

As well as the charity’s marathon marches with Jeff, over 1500 fans joined and cycled the biggest ride in football to Amsterdam, and over 3500 fans have collected money at EFL matchdays to find lifesaving research.

“We are making a difference and I’d like to thank the EFL, its member clubs and their dedicated employees, fans, players, managers and everyone who has worked so hard to raise money to beat a disease killing 1 man every 45 minutes in the UK – one half of a football match. There is still much to do, but together we will relegate prostate cancer forever.”

You can find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football by visiting prostatecanceruk.org/football 

NEWS | Phillips heads off to Senior World Cup

The 40-year-old, who’s been part of the last two successful cup campaigns, will once again join up with the Three Lions in Thailand. 

The tournament was set up in 2006 after the devastating tsunami that hit the country with the aim of helping to rebuild tourism after the disaster – and provide additional football coaching for underprivileged children.

Away from the footballing action, teams spend time with local children both in the classroom and outside for coaching sessions.

Steve Phillips with local children in Thailand

 

Having won the tournament in 2016 and 2017, England will be looking to make it three in a row this year.

All at YTFC wish Steve all the best during his time away at the Senior World Cup.

NEWS | Club comments on Ladies retention of top flight status

The FA granted license will see the Lady Glovers continue to feature in the top flight of women’s football for a second season, whilst converting the club from semi-professional to professional. 

Having supported YTLFC’s application as much as reasonably possible – which included meetings with the FA, another local club and a strong letter of support to the FA Women’s Board – YTFC is delighted to see Yeovil Town Ladies awarded top flight status. 

With YTFC hosting more FA WSL 1 matches for its female counterparts than any other EFL or Premier League club in 2017/18, Yeovil Town looks forward to offering more support to the Ladies in the forthcoming campaign.

Commenting, YTFC Club Chairman John Fry said: “As we know, Yeovil Town Ladies is an independent, privately-owned company with a separate owner and Board of Directors, but Yeovil Town Football Club is proud to support YTLFC and will continue to do so.

“Whilst the last 18 months have been testing for the Ladies both on and off the pitch, the stability of being granted a professional license should allow them to head into their next chapter.

“We will continue to help where we can and look forward to hearing YTLFC’s proposals to move forward positively from here.”

CONCERT | Purchase parking in advance

Taking place on the 9th and 10th of June at the home of the Glovers, those in attendance can secure their on-site parking before heading to South Somerset. 

Priced at £5, tickets can be bought online by clicking the following links:

  • For a-ha parking click HERE
  • For Steps parking click HERE 

LOTTERY | Goalden Gate jackpot winner claims winnings

Mr Morland, from Wellington, scooped the weekly top prize and was awarded with his cheque by Robin Newport from Yeovil Town’s lottery department. 

Pictured with Wellington News owner Helen Thorne, Mr Morland was delighted to have won the lottery superdraw. 

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the weekly £1,000 winnings, contact the lottery department on 01935 423662 or email lottery@ytfc.net.

For more information, click HERE.

INTERVIEW | Way updates on summer activity

The Glovers parted company with four of its 2017/18 squad earlier this month, with a further six returning to their parent clubs after the expiry of loan spells in Somerset.

However, 14 players remain contracted at Huish Park with Omar Sowunmi and Oscar Gobern both offered new deals to remain in Green & White. 

With the summer transfer window now open, Town’s boss has spoken to YTFC.net regarding activity: “We’re in a much more healthier and positive position than last summer when we were left with just three players.  

“That left us needing to entirely rebuild the squad which, encouragingly, is not something we need to do this time around.

I know this is an anxious time of year for supporters who are eager to see signings, but behind the scenes there’s plenty happening and we’re not standing still whilst recruitment takes place around us. 

“We’ve made no secret of declaring our ambition to finish in the higher echelons of the division next season and in order to do that we’ve been talking to a number of household names who fit that bill, such as Ed Upson – who’s now opted to stay in League One – and Craig Alcock who we’re still talking to,” he said.

Moving onto the subject of contract offers, Way continued: “Regarding Omar, talks are ongoing but we’ve offered him a fantastic deal to remain part of what we’re trying to build here.

“It’s an offer that replicates how we want to secure the spine of our side for 2018/19, with Stuart Nelson already secured and our midfield and forward options at a positive point.

“Given where we’re at in terms of the date, we want to talks to turn into pen onto paper and therefore we’ll seek a conclusion one way or the other in the near future.”

Switching attention to Yeovil’s contracted players who’ve attracted transfer speculation, the Glovers manager issued a final update. 

“Tom James was linked with a number of clubs towards the end of last season, but he’s a player we want at the heart of our campaign next year and so far our valuation hasn’t been met for his services. 

“We all know what happened with Otis Khan during the January transfer window, but the club hasn’t received any fresh offers and at present Otis will remain a Yeovil Town player for 2018/19.”

TICKETS | Pay for your 2018/19 season ticket in instalments

Able to spread the cost over 10 payments to keep costs affordable, prices for adults start from £32 with savings to be made by enjoying the Early Bird season ticket period which ends on June 15th. 

Focused on keeping the price of supporting the Glovers as affordable as possible, fans can use the Direct Debit option to ensure their spot inside Huish Park.

Season ticket prices have been frozen for a second successive season with Young Persons enjoying a reduction of up to £60!

With Adult season tickets starting from the equivalent of just £12 a match and Juniors costing just £39 for all 23 home league matches, be part of it in 2018/19.

To download a Zebra application form, click HERE.

FIXTURE | Town confirm pre-season schedule

With six fixtures lined up, Darren Way’s side will begin their preparation for forthcoming Sky Bet League Two season with a home match against Championship outfit Swansea City on Wednesday 11th (7.45pm). 

A Swans first-team will head to Huish Park before the Green & Whites travel to Wales for a pre-season camp which will incorporate a friendly that will be confirmed in due course.

Returning from across the border, Town host two Sky Bet League One outfits in the space of five days starting with the visit of West Country rivals Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 17th (7.45pm).

On Saturday 21st (3pm), Derek Adams’ Plymouth Argyle make the short trip from Devon in what will be a Family Day at Huish Park with entertainment throughout the day including behind the scenes tours and much more. 

As August edges closer, Yeovil will head to Southern League Premier South side Dorchester Town – managed by the familiar face of Steve Thompson – on Tuesday 24th (7.45pm) before a trip to Northamptonshire to take on Northern Premier League side Corby Town that weekend (Saturday 28th, 3pm). 

Rounding off proceedings, the Gloves will face Gillingham Town from the Dorset Premier League on Monday 30th (7.45pm) as the last act of pre-season.

Pre-season schedule in full:

Swansea City, Huish Park, Wednesday 11th July (7.45pm)
TBC, Saturday 14th July 
Bristol Rovers, Huish Park, Tuesday 17th July (7.45pm)
Plymouth Argyle, Huish Park, Saturday 21st July (3pm)
Dorchester Town, The Avenue, Tuesday 24th July (7.45pm)
Corby Town, Steel Park, Saturday 28th July (3pm)
Gillingham Town, Woodwater Lane, Monday 30th July (7pm)

FANS | Club canvass opinion on matchday programme

A number of clubs have asked the EFL if the mandatory publication of a match programme can be addressed as a result of an overall decline in sales and the proliferation of digital and social media, which has the ability to deliver the same content in a more cost effective manner. 

However, the club can confirm that it has no plans to cease production of a matchday programme for the 2018/19 season or subsequent campaigns in the near future, although it shares the challenges faced by many other clubs in the EFL. 

Commenting, Town’s Press Officer – and editor of the matchday programme – Alex O’Loughlin said: “Whilst a final decision on how YTFC will vote has not yet been made, it should be said that any removal of the mandatory requirement would not see the production of the matchday programme halt at Huish Park.

“Depending on what direction Town supporters would like to see the programme take in terms of its content, the removal of the mandatory requirement may best suit its production going forward as it would relax the relatively rigid template that has to be applied at present, which includes anywhere between six to 10 pages of adverts.”

After consulting the Supporters Alliance, it became apparent that the matchday programme (whilst in decline) was considered an important source of information for many fans. 

Delving further into the discussion, Alex added: “From speaking to the Alliance, the challenge created is to provide a product that appeals to both fans who seek information and those who in recent years have stopped buying due to the growth of social media and other digital platforms. 

“It’s clear that the matchday programme can’t compete with the instant nature of an official website or social media, but its roots in the traditions of football should see us as a club do what we can to appeal to everyone.

“With that in mind, any thoughts regarding Green & White (number of pages, features, design etc.) are welcomed before the EFL’s summer meeting next month. Whilst we can’t implement every suggestion, we’ll look to support the general consensus and decide from that how we should vote at the AGM.”

To share your thoughts on the matchday programme, send the media department an email (media@ytfc.net) or contact Alex directly on 01935 847891. 

FANS | Town reclaim Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy

Taking part in the annual event in memory of the former fans’ favourite, goals from Ryan Thurgood, Alex Leckenby Stevenson, Robbie Stowell and Kieran Conway helped the Green & Whites take back the trophy after defeat last year. 

With awareness raised during the day for the Adam Stansfield Foundation, those watching on at Ottery St Mary were treated to an entertaining match. 

YTFC would like to thank all who supported the event, with a special thanks to Mike Cairncross for organising the occasion. 

COMMERCIAL | Lineup change for Summer of Steps tour

In addition to this Power of Muzik an anti-bullying charity collective who provide inspiration to young people will open the concerts at 11 of the dates. This represents some change to the previously advertised line-up for some of the shows full details of all special guests can be seen below.

The 15 dates kick off in Cheltenham on the 26th May and continue through to the 18th July. Promising to be an evening to remember, this is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the UK’s most exciting current names in pop music doing what they do best and tickets are on sale now for all dates here.

Steps said: “We can’t wait to play outdoors across the UK this summer. We had the best time partying with you all on last year’s tour and we promise to make these dates just as much fun, if not more!

“The appetite for Steps has never been stronger and we are beyond excited to be joined on stage by our friends Blue, Saara Aalto and Björn Again. Bring your family and bring your friends – see you there!”

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Aqua will no longer be performing on the Summer of Steps Tour 2018. 

NEWS | Club praise Ladies for first top-flight season

Although an independent, privately-owned company with a separate owner and Board of Directors (as required by the FA WSL license process), Yeovil Town FC has been proud to see the rapid progress of Yeovil Town Ladies over the years, particularly this season where they have enjoyed their first season in the top division in England – FA WSL 1.

Commenting, YTFC Club Chairman John Fry said: “The spirit the Ladies have shown demonstrates their outstanding never say die attitude to be better on and off the pitch, whatever the result of their games.

“In particular, I would like to highlight the efforts of outgoing manager Jamie Sherwood, who led the Ladies’ promotion to the top division.”

In this campaign, the Ladies played five games at Huish Park including an additional fixture as part of the FA WSL Summer Series last April.

Yeovil Ladies’ outings at the home of YTFC represent the most times any EFL or Premier League outfit hosted their FA WSL 1 female counterparts’ games in the club’s main stadium in 2017/18.

Despite this strong support, the Ladies have played several games away from Huish Park due to pitch issues, but Mr Fry revealed plans were imminent to help solve that dilemma.

He said: “Aside from having discussions with the FA and the EFL regarding the possibility of installing a fibre pitch in the future – which would be the long-term solution – we have been working away behind the scenes to secure more stability in staging YTLFC home games in 2018/19.”

All at YTFC wish the Ladies the best of luck in their final game of the season away at Sunderland this weekend.

NEWS | 2018/19 fixtures released on June 21st

The first set of fixtures, to kick off over the weekend of Friday 3rd August to Sunday 5th August, will be announced across EFL channels with all of Yeovil’s fixtures to be announced on YTFC.net and across the club’s social media platforms. 

The opening round of fixtures selected to be broadcast live on Sky Sports will also be announced by the EFL.

The 2018/19 campaign will see the return of National League champions Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers to the EFL, with both having secured their promotion to Sky Bet League Two. 

Coming down from Sky Bet League One, Town fans will also face fresh fixtures against Bury, MK Dons, Northampton and Oldham. 

NEWS | Wembley Stadium lights up for Town

In total, 737 teams from Step 6 of the National League system through to the Premier League took part in the 137th edition of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition, involving over 11,000 players and resulting in over 3,000 goals.

Days before the showpiece final which will be played at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, the stadium’s arch and big screen lit up to celebrate every one of the clubs, from the 370 who started in the Extra Preliminary Round in early August through to the two Premier League finalists who will be battling it out for the trophy this weekend.

This season’s Emirates FA Cup Final kicks off at 17:15 on Saturday 19 May and will see Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United go head to head for the coveted silverware.

NEWS | Mugabi called-up by Uganda

Taking place between May 27th and June 3rd, the Cranes will take on the Central African Republic and competition hosts Niger. 

Mugabi, who made his international debut in March, has once again been selected by manager Sebastien Desabre after featuring in the friendlies against Sao Tome & Principe and Malawi.

The 22-year-old became the first contracted Glovers player to make their international debut in four years and will link up with his international team-mates once again during the summer break. 

All at YTFC wish Bevis all the best during his time on international duty.  

TICKETS | Enjoy partner offers with a 2018/19 season ticket

For a second successive year, season ticket holders can enjoy a number of benefits to be used away from Huish Park. 

Each 2018/19 season ticket holder will be entitled to the following exclusive deals:

  • 20% off at KFC Yeovil: Offer only valid with a 2018/19 season ticket and accompanying ID at the time of purchase. Offer not transferable to any other person.
  • 10% off at Nuffield Health Gym: Discount to be applied to premium packages. Only valid when presented with a 2018/19 season ticket. 
  • Meal deals at Subway: Buy one 6 Inch Sub & a medium drink and get another 6 Inch Sub FREE. Offer limited to YTFC season ticket holders with season ticket card at the time of purchase. Offer cannot be combined with an existing offer or discounted item. 

For the forthcoming season, the Glovers can also offer an additional incentive courtesy of A-Plan Insurance, offering the following:

  • A-Plan Insurance can offer a discount scheme for YTFC season ticket holders. The excellent scheme could see you benefit from:
    – £25 discount on already competition car and van insurance rates
    – Breakdown cover for just £59
    – Legal cover for just £10
    – 10% discount on buildings or contents insurance
    – 15% discount on combined buildings and contents insurance
    – Home emergency cover for just £60
    – First £500 tools covered for free with a new commercial policy

There are also huge incentives for our Junior Glovers, who having purchased a season ticket for the equivalent of less than £2 a game, can enjoy 10% off in the club shop and have the opportunity to be Town’s mascot at an away game for FREE amongst other bonuses. 

For a full breakdown of our frozen 2018/19 prices click here, download the application form or click here to buy online. Alternatively, contact the ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

FANS | Vote for your Goal of the Season

Netting 79 goals in all competitions, the Glovers notched some spectacular strikes with fans having the chance to choose their favourite from the final shortlist of 10. 

Francois Zoko, Lewis Wing and Otis Khan are all nominated twice, whilst Omar Sowunmi, Connor Smith, Alex Fisher and Sam Surridge complete the list. 

Voting closes at midday on Monday 21st May, so view the strikes below and click HERE to cast your vote!

FANS | Adam Stansfield Memorial Match this weekend

Taking place on Sunday 20th May at Ottery St Mary AFC (12 o’clock kick-off), the Glovers will be looking to bounce back from the narrow 4-3 defeat last year. 

The annual fixture is in memory of the former Yeovil and Exeter striker, with the Adam Stansfield Foundation in attendance selling merchandise. 

Entry is free for all with the club bar open for the duration of the afternoon. 

With the first-team’s season done and dusted, fans are encouraged to get behind the Green & Whites in Devon this weekend and help retain the trophy, supporting a great cause and remembering Stanno in the process.

Ottery St Mary AFC: Washbrook Meadows, Butts Rd, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1EL 

ACADEMY | Seven awarded scholarships

Signing two-year deals, the septet will begin on July 2nd after completing their medicals on Tuesday.

Tyrique Spencer-Clarke is the oldest scholar at 17, with the rest of Town’s new recruits aged 16 apart from Tai Fleming (15). 

Goalkeeper Kacper Kowalczyk will operate between the sticks, with Declan Rose and Fleming operating in Kowalczyk’s defensive line. 

George Calverley will provide some versatility being able to operate in both defence and midfield, with Spencer-Clarke also manning midfield. 

Further forward, strikers Devon Arnold and Archie Sturdy will look to lead the line after being promoted from the Under-16s.

Academy Manager Paul Wilson told YTFC.net: “Although this is a sad time for the second year scholars who have not been awarded a contract, several of the players have very strong options going forward so we wish them all the best for the future.

“We welcome the new players promoted to the scholarship programme and we are delighted with the recruitment process which sees several of the players promoted from the Academy Under-16s team.

“For them, the hard work starts now with the aim for these players being to continue their development and break into the first-team squad as soon as possible.  

“We wish all departing players and the new intake the best of luck with their progression at Yeovil Town Football Club.”

The club would also like to thank and wish all the best to the departing second year scholars who are not to be awarded professional contracts at Huish Park.

However, YTFC would like to congratulate the departing players on their excellent academic achievements in conjunction with Yeovil College. 

Departing scholars:
Bradley Cherrett, Charlie Fripp, Jeremiah Gyebi, Jack Hilton-Jones, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Joe Tomlinson, Paulius Golubickas.

NEWS | Town announce retained list

With 14 players already contracted to play in Green & White during the 2018/19 campaign, new contracts have been offered to two with four released.

Experienced goalkeeper Stuart Nelson signed a new two-year deal with offers also extended to Omar Sowunmi and Oscar Gobern. 

Arriving last summer, the club has also exercised a contract clause to extend Alefe Santos’ contract into a second season.

Calling time on lengthy spells in Somerset, the trio of Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson are to be released after making a combined total of over 560 appearances for the Glovers.

The club would like to place on record its thanks to Artur, Nathan and Ryan for their loyal service and contribution to the life of the club during their time and we wish them all the very best in the future. 

Also departing Huish Park is defender Dan Alfei, with Town opting to not exercise a one-year contract extension. 

Loan players Jared Bird, Lewis Wing, Sam Surridge, Marcus Barnes, Ryan Seager and Corey Whelan have all returned to their respective parent clubs and we thank Barnsley, Middlesbrough, Southampton, Bournemouth and Liverpool for their help and cooperation. 

YTFC thank all departing Glovers for their contribution to the team and club.

RETAINED LIST
Contracted players:
Stuart Nelson, Bevis Mugabi, Otis Khan, Connor Smith, Rhys Browne, Jake Gray, Jonny Maddison, Francois Zoko, Jordan Green, James Bailey, Alex Fisher, Tom James, Shaun Donnellan, Alefe Santos.

Out of contract players offered new deals:
Omar Sowunmi, Oscar Gobern. 

Released players:
Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson, Dan Alfei. 

Expired loans:
Jared Bird (Barnsley), Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough), Sam Surridge (Bournemouth), Marcus Barnes (Southampton), Ryan Seager (Southampton), Corey Whelan (Liverpool). 

SIGNING | Nelson agrees new two-year deal

Signing a short-term deal with the club in February, the 36-year-old made five appearances for the Glovers towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign helping to pick up eight points whilst finishing on the losing side just once.

Missing the final six games of the season with a fractured ulna, the former Brentford, Norwich, Leyton Orient, Notts County and Aberdeen stopper has now committed his future to the club.

Having spent almost six years at Gillingham prior to arriving in Somerset, Nelson boasts over 400 EFL appearances to his name and will add to manager Darren Way’s core of already contracted players. 

Stuart nelson holding a Yeovil shirt

Securing the services of the Stroud-born stopper, Town’s boss was thrilled with his first signing of the summer. 

Commenting, Way said: “Nels has added a huge amount to the squad both on and off the pitch since his arrival in February. 

“His vast experience is a huge asset to have and his leadership in the dressing room is outstanding. He’ll play a huge role in the coming campaigns and his contract is the latest step in driving us forward.

“This club has boasted some unbelievable goalkeepers and leaders and Nels will rival those at the very top of that list – I’m looking forward to working with him on a permanent, long-term basis.”

NEWS | Plymouth pre-season fixture confirmed

Derek Adams’ side will head to Somerset two weeks before the 2018/19 campaign gets underway as part of Yeovil’s pre-season schedule. 

The Glovers last faced Argyle back in January in the Checkatrade Trophy, with Nathan Smith and Connor Smith securing a 2-1 scalp at Huish Park as the hosts progressed.

Ticket prices and details will be announced in due course, along with Town’s other pre-season fixtures. 

FANS | GWSC end of season party

Taking place in the Alec Stock Lounge from 1930, the GWSC will be providing music, karaoke, food and drink to anyone interested in attending. 

Ridlers will also be providing transport for supporters wishing to attend from the Taunton/Ilminster area. 

For those wishing to attend, please contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 to register your interest. 

REPORT | Lincoln City 1-1 Yeovil Town

Starting in impressive fashion, Town took the lead on the 10-minute mark when Jordan Green kept his composure in the box to find the back of the net. 

Keeping the Imps at arm’s length, a lifeline was wasted by the hosts when Matt Green’s penalty was well-saved by Artur Krysiak with the follow up cannoning back off the bar as the Glovers got the moment of luck their first-half performance deserved. 

Becoming a gritty defensive performance after the break, Town dug in to keep hold of their lead until the final quarter-of-an-hour when Tom Pett levelled it up. 

Neither side could find a winner late on as the campaign ended with a share of the spoils.

Darren Way made two changes for the final outing of the campaign, bringing in Corey Whelan and Jared Bird for the suspended Omar Sowunmi and Connor Smith who dropped to the bench, as Ryan Seager and Connor Smith missed out on the matchday 18.

Suffering a far from ideal pre-match preparation, the squad arrived almost an hour late to the ground after the team coach broke down. 

Eventually arriving at a sunny Sincil Bank, the Glovers showed no ill-effects following the disruption and got off to an almost dream start. 

Having shown defensive discipline to dampen a bright start from the hosts, the sell-out home crowd were stunned when Green gave Town an early lead. 

A long ball teased the pacey winger into a chase and after beating Luke Waterfall to the ball the former Bournemouth wideman poked a shot past Ryan Allsop from the angle for his fourth goal of the season.

Looking to spoil the Imps’ play-off hopes, the Green & Whites continued to frustrate Danny Cowley’s side and almost doubled their lead 10 minutes later. 

Bright play from Green and Otis Khan drove the visitors into the final third, a move which resulted in Lewis Wing curling a strike from range just over the bar as Yeovil continued to look liveliest going forward. 

Causing an edgy atmosphere amongst the 10,000 home supporters, Lincoln’s direct gameplan was rendered ineffective in the opening half-an-hour before the Lincolnshire outfit were handed a lifeline.

A long ball into the box saw Bevis Mugabi and Green grapple for possession only for the ball to strike the hand of Town’s defender forcing referee Eddie Ilderton to point to the spot. 

Without a save to make beforehand Krysiak made his first stop count as he guessed right to palm away Green’s spot kick, earning some luck to see the City striker clatter the rebound back off the bar from close range. 

Looking to make an immediate amends, the striker lashed a venomous shot just wide from the edge of the box as the hosts’ best spell of pressure came and went. 

At the other end, Francois Zoko came within a few inches of making it 2-0 when his low strike from inside the box trickled just wide in what proved to be the last meaningful attempt on goal before the break. 

After an impressive opening 45 minutes, the Glovers had to begin the second period on the defensive as Lincoln looked to ensure their play-off push remained in their own hands. 

Still unable to test Krysiak between the sticks, Town remained strong at the back as a series of blocks and last-ditch challenges kept the hosts at bay. 

Threatening mostly from set-pieces, a Waterfall header was blocked by Corey Whelan from a corner before Matt Rhead could only direct a header onto the roof of the net. 

Pinning the visitors back, Neal Eardley drove a shot from 20 yards comfortably into the arms of Krysiak as the clock started to become the enemy of the promotion hopefuls. 

Operating with three at the back City threw caution to the wind and on 77 minutes finally found a way to breach a determined Yeovil defence. 

Jordan Williams’ cross was headed clear by the imperious Mugabi only for it to fall to Pett on the edge of the box who curled in his first goal for the club. 

Sending the 10 thousand home fans into raptures the goal ensured their top seven finish regardless of results elsewhere, whilst the Glovers headed into the summer break with a final points tally of 48 in Sky Bet League Two. 

Lincoln City: Allsop; Eardley (Williams 75′), Wilson (Pett 56′), Waterfall, Wheaton; Wharton, Bostwick, Woodyard; Palmer (Anderson 64′), Rhead, Green.
Bookings: Green 61′
Subs not used: Farman, Long, Chapman, O’Hare.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Whelan, Mugabi, Donnellan, James; Green (Browne 73′), Wing, Bird, Khan (Gobern 67′); Fisher (Surridge 80′), Zoko.
Bookings: James 71′
Subs not used: Phillips, N. Smith, Santos, Barnes.

INTERVIEW | Way wanting no end of season shutdown

The Glovers secured mathematical safety with two games left to play, whilst the Imps know a point will guarantee their spot in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs. 

Having been part of the coaching staff to oversee 4-1 and 5-1 defeats at the hands of the Middlesborough and MK Dons respectively on the last day of action in recent seasons, the Town boss wants an all to play for approach from his players.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “The supporters remember the last game and I’ve been involved over the years at Yeovil in some of the worst games because players essentially shutdown. 

“I’ll never forget the game at Taunton (in the Somerset Premier Cup) which was probably my lowest point as someone who loves this football club. 

“We had the situation at MK Dons, the situation against Boro because so many players were not under contract and leaving and we don’t want that to be the case this year.”

Looking to exact some revenge for the 2-0 defeat back in December, the Glovers head to Sincil Bank looking to throw a spanner in the hosts’ promotion push. 

However, Way has reiterated to his players the commitment needed in order to do so.

“They’re very direct, some of the tackles will be very, very forceful but we’ve got to stand up to that and if we don’t it will be a very, very tough task.

“I’ve prepared the players and my staff extremely well, the players know what they’re coming up against and we have to make sure we rise to that challenge for the supporters more than anything.

“Other teams are looking at our results but I can guarantee to other football clubs and managers that I’ve prepared my team more for this game than any other game.”

PREVIEW | Lincoln City v Yeovil Town

With 45 games played, Darren Way’s side make the trip to Sincil Bank looking to round off the campaign with a win. 

Having already guaranteed EFL status, the Glovers head north looking to reach the 50-point mark whilst their opponents need a point to ensure a top seven finish. 

After going four unbeaten on the road in March and April, the Green & Whites have lost their last two away from home against high-flying Accrington Stanley and Notts County.

Searching for a return to winning ways, Town will be without the services of Jonny Maddison (hip flexor), Dan Alfei, James Bailey (both knee), Stuart Nelson (wrist) and Jake Gray (ankle), whilst Ryan Dickson (foot) will face a late fitness test. 

The only other absentee will be ever-present defender Omar Sowunmi, who will serve the first of a two-match ban that will now stretch into the 2018/19 campaign after being dismissed last weekend.  

For the Imps, their play-off spot will be confirmed with a point in front a sell-out crowd as they look for a return to winning ways after defeat to Stanley last Saturday. 

Matt Green with 15 goals to his name will lead the Lincoln frontline, backed up by Ollie Palmer (11 goals) and Matt Rhead (nine goals). 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be Town’s first trip to Sincil Bank since 2004. 

City won 3-1 in November that year, following on from a dramatic 3-2 win for the Glovers at the end of the previous 2003/04 season. 

Adam Stansfield, Jake Edwards and Gavin Williams were all on target as Gary Johnson’s side missed out on a final day play-off spot on goal difference. 

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

Mr Ilderton took charge of Yeovil’s emphatic 6-2 win at Coventry last month, in what was his first match involving Town of the season.

On Saturday, he’ll be assisted by Geoff Liddle (County Durham) and Stuart Butler (Kent) with Lisa Rashid (West Midlands) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Alex Fisher 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 | It’s about pride and personal standards – Fisher

The January signing – who’s netted six times since arriving from Motherwell – wants the Glovers to sign off in style, as the 2017/18 campaign comes to a close.

Having secured EFL status for next season already, Yeovil head to Lincoln to take on an Imps side looking for a point to guarantee a spot in the play-offs. 

With nothing to play for on paper, Fisher has dismissed any notion that thoughts are already on the off-season. 

“It’s about pride and personal standards,” he told iFollow Glovers. “You play football to win and every game you go out there to win. Saturday is no different.

“It’s the last game of the season and perhaps easy for minds to wander but the management and staff have kept us on the straight and narrow and want to implement our very forceful gameplan on Saturday afternoon.

“Reaching 50 points is very important, we’re not on our holidays yet and there’s a job for us to do so we have to go out and make sure we do it.”

Enjoying life in Somerset since heading south of the border, Fisher is one of 14 players contracted for next season. 

Already looking forward to the 2018/19 campaign, the 27-year-old is hoping to have found a home at Huish Park.

“It’s a great club, great staff, great players and a great platform to express yourself and be able to play football,” he said.

“Off the pitch, it’s nice to be close to home for a change. I’m from not too far away which is a huge bonus after years playing away from friends and family so to have parents watch a game or two is fantastic and spurs me on.

“I’ve always wanted to try and stay in one place, establish myself and make a name for myself and along the way it’s either gone to plan or I’ve had the odd injury where it’s made it hard to stamp authority on a position.

“I go with the intention of staying in each place for a substantial amount of time and hopefully I’ve found that place now.”

NEWS | Glovers retain EFL Family Excellence status

For the first time, 10 clubs have also been crowned as ‘Gold Award’ winners for their exemplary work in engaging families on matchdays.

The record breaking number, up from 53 Clubs in 2016/17, recognises continuous improvement and best practice in family engagement across the leagues and supports Clubs’ efforts to attract and retain young fans of the future.

EFL Clubs received two ‘mystery family’ visits throughout the season, with their feedback and reports determining whether each respective Club would achieve ‘Family Excellence’ status.

Now in its 11th year, the Family Excellence Scheme is an ongoing consultation programme which aims to drive continuous improvement and best practice in family engagement across the leagues and support clubs’ efforts to attract and retain young fans of the future.

New for this season, 10 clubs have achieved ‘Gold Award’ status for outstanding family engagement across the assessment visits.

A full list of EFL Clubs to receive the Family Excellence & Gold status can be found below:

AFC Wimbledon

Birmingham City

Bolton Wanderers

Brentford

Bristol City

Bristol Rovers

Burton Albion

Cambridge United

Carlisle United

Charlton Athletic

Colchester United

Coventry City

Crawley Town  

Crewe Alexandra

Exeter City

Fleetwood Town

Forest Green Rovers

Grimsby Town

Hull City

Ipswich Town

Mansfield Town  

Millwall

Milton Keynes Dons

 

Newport County

Northampton Town

Norwich City

Nottingham Forest

Notts County

Oldham Athletic

Oxford United

Peterborough United

Plymouth Argyle

Portsmouth

Preston North End

Rochdale AFC

Rotherham United

Scunthorpe United

Sheffield United

Sheffield Wednesday

Shrewsbury Town

Stevenage

Sunderland

Wigan

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers

Yeovil Town

 

 

Gold Award Winners