Month: August 2018

POSTPONED | Clash with Dons called off

The trio of Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland Under-21s), Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) and Sessi D’Almeida (Benin) will be departing Somerset to represent their respective countries.

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

Because of the depleted nature of Darren Way’s first-team as a result of the call-ups, the league encounter has been moved to take place on Tuesday 25th September (7.45pm). 

Tickets bought in advance will remain valid with refunds available via the ticket office prior to the day of the rearranged fixture.

If supporters have any queries, please contact the ticket office on 01935 847888.

SIGNING | Olomola returns!

Enjoying a spell at Huish Park during the first-half of last season, the 20-year-old rejoins the Glovers from the Iron and is eligible for Saturday’s clash with Grimsby Town. 

Netting seven goals in 28 appearances on loan from Southampton to attract attention from higher divisions, the powerful attacker spent the second half of the campaign back with Saints before signing a three-year deal with Scunthorpe in May.

Joining the Sky Bet League One ouftit, Olomola started in their opening day victory at Coventry City but heads back down south to link up with Darren Way’s side once again. 

The green and whites lost just one match in which the striker netted with the Londoner helping to earn 15 points.

Recapturing the services of Olomola, Town’s boss told YTFC.net: “To make this signing reflects what we’re trying to achieve at this football club. 

“Fela’s contribution during a six-month loan spell last season was phenomenal. He watched our game against Notts County recently and decided he was desperate to come back. 

“The owner and chairman must take all the credit for this move coming to fruition.”

INTERVIEW | ‘We haven’t deserved to lose any game’ – Way

The Glovers have just two defeats to their name in all competitions, suffering a 1-0 defeat at Bury with nine-men at the start of August before a repeat scoreline against Championship outfit Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.

With two draws and two wins in the league since the opening trip to Gigg Lane the Somerset outfit head to Grimsby Town this Saturday (3pm) full of confidence.

Reflecting on a solid start to the campaign, Way told iFollow Glovers: “We’ve played a number of matches now – some very, very difficult games – and I don’t think we’ve deserved to lose any.

“The games that we’ve won, we’ve won on merit. The players are putting in a fantastic effort and the togetherness around the place between the players, supporters and the staff is very, very strong and we want to make sure that remains.

“The players want to work extremely hard and everyone seems to be following suit.”

Town recorded a thumping 4-0 win at Notts County on their last outing away from home. 

With back-to-back home matches since then, Town’s boss feels his side don’t have to change their attacking setup on the road.

“I feel we’ve not changed (how we play). That’s probably been the biggest thing this season, the group is strong enough to not change. 

“There’s always going to be spells in games where you’ll be in control – good shape and good possession – and then there’ll always be periods of the game where you’re out of control.

“We’ve spoken to players about gaining it back and how you gain it back – it needs good discipline and talking each other up which is why we have good leaders in the team.

“Everyone is doing everything they can which is very, very pleasing as a manager.”

PREVIEW | Grimsby Town v Yeovil Town

Darren Way’s side are unbeaten since the opening day of the season and make the trip north after the comfortable 2-0 win over Stevenage last time out.

Alex Fisher’s fourth of the season and Sessi D’Almeida’s strike were enough to record the first win of the campaign at Huish Park to lift Town into the top 10. 

On the road after back-to-back home matches the green and whites will be looking for a repeat of their last away outing which produced the 4-0 thumping of Notts County. 

If history is to repeat itself, Yeovil will have to do so without the services of Stuart Nelson (calf), Shaun Donnellan (thigh), James Bailey (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Francois Zoko (knee).

Both Tom James and Wes McDonald limped out of last weekend’s win, with the former awaiting the results of a scan whilst the latter is fit to play.

Adding reinforcement, new recruit Omari Patrick is likely to go straight into the squad for the trip to Blundell Park after arriving on loan from Bradford until January whilst Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic will join up with the squad after returning from international duty with Luxembourg.

Patrick could make his debut against a Grimsby side who’ve recorded one win from their first five matches in a start to the campaign plagued by ill-discipline. 

Recording a red card in each of their last two matches Michael Jolley’s side have suffered three dismissals in total. 

Head-to-head
Grimsby have three victories from the six EFL encounters between the two sides.

Meeting solely in League Two the Lincolnshire outfit have won all three matches at Blundell Park. 

However, Town won the last meeting in January with Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray securing a 3-0 win.

Officials
Thomas Bramall will be the man in the middle in Lincolnshire.

In his first season as an EFL official, it will be the first time he’s taken charge of a Town match. 

Mr Bramall will be assisted by Barry Gordon and Simon Clayton with Paul Graham acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Omari Patrick 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, domestic supporters can listen to the game live via the iFollow Glovers service with overseas fans able to watch the game live with subscription available here.

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 | ‘I got goosebumps watching, I can’t wait to get started’ – Patrick

The Bradford loanee was at Huish Park last weekend to watch a dominant Yeovil run out 2-0 winners against a then unbeaten Stevenage.

The 22-year old became Town’s 11th summer signing when he joined from the Bantams earlier this week on a loan deal until January.

Talking to iFollow Glovers, the forward is impressed with what he has seen so far.

“Saturday was excellent I was actually getting goosebumps watching it, I could see myself in a team like that.

“From start to finish you could actually see the togetherness in the squad, it was a great game to watch.

“I know my strongest attributes and watching that game I could see how and what I could bring to Yeovil Town, it was exciting for me to see that.”

Patrick was on the bench here last season when Bradford visited in the third round of the Emirates FA cup and lost 2-0.

Remembering that fixture from last season, he was already aware of the quality Yeovil had.

“I remember sitting on the bench last season thinking ‘these lot are very good’. Some people take coming to a League Two side for granted but they took the game to us from the off.

“The passion from the gaffer and from the players and the togetherness that they have was exactly what I remembered, that’s why I’m so excited to come.

“All the lads and the staff are very welcoming, it seems like a very hungry place to be so I can’t wait to get started.”

Town will be taking a trip up north to Grimsby on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten run further.

Now eligible to play in that fixture, Patrick is keen to keep the good form going.

“I can’t see the form crumbling just because of the way everyone is, I don’t think the gaffer would stand for it, he loves the energy in the changing room so that will always be there.

“We’ve looked at how we can hurt Grimsby rather than how they can hurt us, we’ve looked at our strengths because with all our strengths we can hurt any team in this league.

“It’s frightening to see the ability we have, even on the training ground. We’re going to look to exploit our strengths on Saturday and hopefully come back here with three points.”

SIGNING | Mahmutovic makes move to Huish Park

The 21-year old will link up with Boro team-mate Alex Pattison for his first spell away from the North Yorkshire side since joining in 2017.

Born in Peć, he moved to Luxembourg at a young age and signed his first professional contract with local side CS Fola Esch in 2014.

Primarily operating as a centre-back or right-back but comfortable anywhere across the back four, he was part of the squad that won the league title in the 2014/15 campaign.

Impressing for Fola Esch, the 6’3″ defender was called up to the Luxembourg national side in November 2016 despite also being eligible for Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.

He made his first international appearance in a 3-1 World Cup Qualifier loss to the Netherlands, having to deal with the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben.

Playing the majority of the 2016/17 season, including an appearance in UEFA Europa League qualifying, he earned a move to Middlesbrough in May 2017.

Missing the first half of the campaign through injuries, he made 13 appearances for the under-23s when returning from his injury lay-off.

Putting in a string of fine performances, he was handed his first-team debut by Tony Pulis in the first round of the Carabao Cup against Notts County, scoring in the 3-3 draw to become the first Luxembourger to score in English professional football.

Delighted with his most recent addition, Way told YTFC.net: “Enes is another international who we’ve brought to the club and I’d personally like to thank Tony Pulis for allowing it to happen.

“We have a pathway here that’s a process in which I trust. Connor Roberts spoke highly of Lewis Wing before he came, and Lewis recommended Alex Pattison who’s made an excellent start to life in green and white.

“Now it’s Alex’s turn and he’s spoken highly of Enes and I think it’s important to listen to their views; they share the pitch with these players so their opinion matters to me on top of the groundwork we do as staff.

“There’s a bit of pressure on Alex now given how well all the other players have done after being recommended! I look forward to working with Enes once he’s back from representing his country.”

COMMUNITY | Glovers team up with bibic for charity Footballathon!

With all funds going to the Somerset-based charity who support children and young people with disabilities and developmental difficulties, the 3G pitch at YTFC will hold the charity match running from 8am to 8pm in late September.

Children aged nine and above as well as adults are encouraged to take part and enter a team for a registration fee of just £10. 

Prizes will be up for grabs for the winning and highest scoring teams as well as those teams and individuals who raise the most sponsorship! All players will also receive a memento from the day.

The first-team will be making an appearance in the morning to show their support for the charity that makes a difference across the county.

For more information and to register a team, click here.

TICKETS|Go with the Glovers to Grimsby this Saturday

Tickets for the league meeting in Lincolnshire remain on sale in both advance and on the day.

Supporters buying in advance can avoid the £2 matchday surcharge, with prices as follows:                

Adult – £19
Senior – £12 (65+)
Young Adult – £12 (15-18)
Student – £12 (with valid NUS card)
Junior – £7 (14 and under unaccompanied)
Junior – £5 (14 and under accompanied)

After last weekend’s comfortable win over Stevenage, Town extended their unbeaten run in the league to four matches and will be looking to take that form with them to Grimsby and return with the three points.

Fans can purchase online until midnight on Thursday or via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) until midday on Friday.

 The Green & White Supporters Club are running coach travel to the match with more information here.

SIGNING | Patrick arrives on loan

The 22-year old steps down a tier from Sky Bet League One to join the Glovers for his first loan spell away from Valley Parade since joining last year.

Starting his career with local non-league outfit Beaconsfield SYCOB, Patrick recorded an impressive goal tally to lure the interest of Kidderminster Harriers where he signed his first professional contract in December 2015.

Following Kiddy’s relegation at the end of the 2015/16 campaign he trialled for Barnsley Under-23s and after scoring against Ipswich Town, signed a one-year contract with the Tykes.

At 6’1″ and able to operate either on the wing or as a striker, Patrick attracted the attention of the Bantams last summer where he initially signed a one-year deal. 

Scoring the winner on his debut and going on to notch a further two times in the first eight games of the 2017/18 season, the Slough-born attacker was awarded with a new three-year deal.

A knee injury disrupted his debut campaign in the EFL with Patrick now donning green and white, becoming eligible for Saturday’s trip to Grimsby Town.

Pleased with his latest recruit, Way told YTFC.net: “Omari is a special talent, so I’m hoping he can bring that to Yeovil.

“He will have to carry all of our values and principles but if he does, I’m sure he’ll be a success and go on to bigger and better things. 

“I look forward to working with Omari and welcome him to the club.”

INTERVIEW | Way wanting to maintain momentum

With Boro undefeated before the trip to Somerset, the Glovers produced a convincing performance to record their second win of the season.

First-half strikes from Alex Fisher and Sessi D’Almeida secured all three points for Town who haven’t lost in their last four Sky Bet League Two outings. 

Also recording a third consecutive clean sheet, Way is targeting no letup in form from his side.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “I spoke to one of their players, who is very experienced, and those were his words: ‘You’ve got a fantastic team there’. So we need to make sure that we keep that momentum going.

“Everyone at the moment is playing for the shirt and playing for the football club, and that’s big. I’ve come into the dressing room, and it’s probably the first time as a manager where I’ve clapped the team.

It’s nice to see the supporters getting behind their team because I think they see something a little bit special.”

With the loan window closing on Friday, Town’s boss also confirmed that he is close to adding to the ranks. 

“We are very close. In fact, he was watching the game. There’s no name until we get the paperwork through, just because there has to be a level of professionalism.”

INTERVIEW | ‘I trust the gaffer like I trust my Mother’ – D’Almeida

In a dominant display from the hosts, they finally broke the deadlock through Alex Fisher in the 24th minute firing in from Alex Pattison’s lay-off after a fantastic gut-busting run from the Middlesbrough loanee. 

Returning from an injury scare in midweek D’Almeida sealed the win just before half-time with his first goal in green and white.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, the 22-year-old revealed the confidence shared between himself and Way.

“I’m very happy to be starting every game, the gaffer has this confidence in me and I have confidence in him.

“I trust him like I trust my mother so I’m very happy to start every game and like you see, I never give up on the pitch.

“I never let him down, I never let the team down and I never let the fans down, I give everything that’s why.”

Joining in the summer after being released from Blackpool, D’Almeida has established himself as a fan favourite early on in his Yeovil career.

Feeling the love already from the home support, he is relishing his time in Somerset.

“It’s a good connection with the fans I’m so happy to earn the fans’ praises, I’m happy and proud of the town.

“I’m proud of the club also, you can sense it on the pitch, for all of us it’s about teamwork and everything’s about the team.

“I never ever give up, it’s my number one policy so I try to always fight, that’s my work, to run, to tackle and be part of this game that’s it.”

Sealing the victory on a sunny summer afternoon at Huish Park, Town move up to seventh on eight points and unbeaten since the opening weekend, with the Benin international knowing the value of victory.

“It’s a massive three points. We’re so proud of what we’re achieving and it was a good performance, we just have to keep going. 

“It’s a wonderful feeling to score, it’s the best one I’ve had, I think it’s a good goal I tried to be focussed on the technique.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Stevenage

In an opening 45 minutes dominated by a pulsating Town side the hosts had to wait until the 24th minute to break the deadlock. 

Alex Fisher grabbed his fourth of the season to continue his electric form before Sessi D’Almeida opened his account in green and white three minutes before the break to put Yeovil in a commanding position.

Never looking like throwing away their advantage, the Glovers kept Stevenage at bay to pick up another three points.

Coming into the clash unbeaten since the opening day of the season, Darren Way named an unchanged side for a third match in succession. 

With D’Almeida passed fit to play after limping off in midweek, the green and whites were still unable to call upon Stuart Nelson (calf), Shaun Donnellan (thigh), James Bailey (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Francois Zoko (knee). 

Although enjoying a monopoly on possession from the off, clear-cut chances were hard to come by in the opening exchanges with Wes McDonald and Omar Sowumni going close before the lively McDonald registered the games first shot on target 12 minutes in.

In a half full of positives, Town were dealt a blow early on, however, when Tom James was forced to leave the field through injury, being replaced by Uganda international Bevis Mugabi.

Not altering the pattern of the match, Town remained on top and Fisher soon added to his tally after incredible work from Alex Pattison.

The midfielder broke past the Boro line and steamed into the box before cleverly laying the ball off to Fisher who gave Paul Farman no chance with a composed finished. 

Although a goal to the good, the Glovers were dealt a second injury blow when the virtually unplayable McDonald was forced off to the visitors’ relief, to be replaced by Jordan Green. 

Despite losing a second man to injury the hosts continued to dominate and deservedly doubled their lead three minutes before half-time.

Good work on the right from substitute Green lead to the diminutive winger pulling the ball back for D’Almeida who lashed in a left-footed strike which almost broke the net in the process.

In a second half where chances were at a premium, the Glovers comfortably maintained their two-goal lead.

The visitors – clearly given stern words by manager Dino Maamria at the break – came out in determined manner after the restart but couldn’t force Nathan Baxter into more than a couple of routine saves.

With time ticking by and not wanting to surrender their unbeaten start to the campaign, the visitors looked to get back into the game and almost did through half-time substitute Alex Reid.

A corner for Boro fell to Reid on the edge of the box but his drive at goal was blocked by Nathan Baxter before the young stopper gathered to ease to danger. 

Stevenage’s best chances were coming from set pieces and centre-back Scott Cuthbert rose highest to meet Joel Byrom’s corner but couldn’t manage to guide his header below Baxter’s crossbar. 

After another relentless midfield performance, goal scorer D’Almeida was replaced by Jake Gray with a little under 20 minutes remaining, leaving the field to a standing ovation. 

Comfortably holding Boro at arm’s length, any chance of a dramatic comeback from the visitors was ruled out with three minutes left to play when Michael Timlin received his second yellow and subsequent marching orders.

Gray almost grabbed his first of the season as Farman kept it to 2-0 before Baxter ensured a third straight cleansheet by getting down well to Danny Newton’s low drive. 

Moving undefeated since the opening day of the season, Town picked up their first win at Huish Park to send the Glovers faithful home happy.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James (Mugabi 16′), Sowunmi, Warren, Dickinson; Arquin, D’Almeida (Gray 71′), Pattison, McDonald (Green 35′); Jaiyesimi, Fisher. 
Bookings: D’Almeida 43′, Baxter 85′
Subs not used: Phillips, Santos, Rogers, Henry. 

Stevenage: Farman; Wildin, Cuthbert, Henry, Hunt; Timlin, Byrom, Ball (Sonupe 27′), Kennedy (Reid 46′), Revell, Guthrie (Newton 57′). 
Bookings: Sonupe 37′, Timlin 60′, 87′ (shown red card), Reid 65′
Subs not used: Dieng, Ferry, Reid, Wilkinson, Nugent. 

REPORT | Under-18s thump Argyle to remain top

Goals from Nestor Shako, Dan Ojo and Harry Haughton sealed a 3-1 victory for the hosts who remain top of the EFL Youth Alliance South West table after four matches.

In an entertaining opening 15 minutes, Town created a host of chances with Lewis Dix and Tyrique Clarke forcing smart saves, before Plymouth almost opened the scoring against the run of play only being denied by the post.

Dominating proceedings Town looked like the only side likely to break the deadlock but had to ride their luck 10 minutes before the break.

Tommy Scott produced three stunning saves in quick succession and was helped out by a clearance on the line as a goalmouth scramble only resulted in a corner and not an opening goal.

Resuming to penning the Pilgrims in their own half, Ojo headed a George Calverley corner just over the bar before the hosts finally took the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Strong running from Clarke resulted in the midfielder playing in Shako who slotted into the bottom right corner to give the young Glovers the lead.

With no let off after the restart, Town soon made it 2-0.

As the hour-mark approached, a deep corner was recycled as Shako fed Ojo, who beat his man before firing in off the post from the angle. 

Looking comfortable, the Glovers looked like they could be in for an uncomfortable final quarter-of-an-hour when Argyle grabbed a goal back, but any nerves were soon put to bed.

The two-goal advantage was restored a few minutes later through substitute Haughton who unleashed a pile-driver from 25 yards that flew into the top right corner. 

Trailing by two the visitors struggled to threaten Town’s goal again and the hosts saw out the game for a comfortable 3-1 victory to remain top of the table.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Stevenage

Away from the main event on the pitch, here’s all that’s happening throughout the day at Huish Park:

Cheer on the Young Glovers
The Academy are in action on Saturday morning with both the under-16s and under-18s facing Plymouth Argyle at home. Arrive early to watch the next generation:
– YTFC U16s v Plymouth Argyle (10.30am kick-off – Huish Park 3G)
– YTFC U18s v Plymouth Argyle (11am kick-off – Alvington Playing Fields)

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available rate for cars in the league. Minibuses 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

Supporters’ Guides
Your first time at Huish Park? Find all the information you need from where to buy tickets to which stand is which. 
Home fans click here
Visiting fans click here

Read all about it!
Pick up issue four of the matchday programme, Green & White, from around the ground or from the club store. The 64-page publication – crammed full of content – can be picked up for just £3. Inside the latest issue, Alex Fisher discusses his recent first career hat-trick, settling in back down south and his love of other sports. 

 

Tea Bars
For all your refreshment needs, the tea bars around the ground will be open between 1pm and  4.15pm. Fully stocked with hot and cold food and drink, sweets and more, follow signage within the ground to locate the nearest tea bar.

Meal Deal
Make the most of our Meal Deals at Huish Park available from all tea bars and Huish Pint (marquee).
Adult Meal Deal: Pasty, crisps, chocolate and a drink – £6
Junior Meal Deal: Hot dog, crisps and a drink – £5.50

Huish Pint
The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from midday to home and away supporters. Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues!

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.

INTERVIEW | ‘Consistency is key’ – Way

Unbeaten since the opening day of the season, Town’s thumping 4-0 win at Notts County was sandwiched between two draws at Huish Park. 

Sitting healthily in 12th place in Sky Bet League Two, the green and whites welcome a so far undefeated Boro side on Saturday. 

Looking to build on the 0-0 draw with Oldham in midweek Way is calling on his players to keep delivering consistent performances.

“It’s about consistency, he told iFollow Glovers. “I’ve said to players that I need them to be consistent performers.

“Reputation is everything in football and supporters only remember your last game so it’s important that every game, they’re putting in consistent performances.

“It’s been a very tough start with the teams we’ve come up against but I feel the players are equipped to handle tough games now.

“We’ve had it on two occasions where we’ve been under pressure for 10-15 minutes but not conceded. As much as I’m disappointed to not score, it’s a good base to not concede and everyone has played a massive part in that.

There’s still massive room for improvement but I feel as a football club we’re going in the right direction.”

At home for the second time in a week, Town will be looking to record a first win of the season on home soil. 

Impressed by the vocal backing from supporters so far in 2018/19, Town’s boss is full of praise for the Glovers faithful. 

“I don’t know who the individual is who’s brought a drum back to the football club but I’d like to personally thank whoever it is because the noise excites the players and they can feel the supporters behind them. 

“To get supporters to sing the players’ names shows the players are doing something right,” he continued.

“Sessi (D’Almedia) leads by example – every morning when I wake up at the moment my little girl mentions Sessi’s name because even she is excited to see the energy and enthusiasm he showing because fans appreciate that.”

Fans can purchase tickets for the match via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888, with tickets also available online.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Stevenage

The green and whites were held to a 0-0 draw by Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, with Omar Sowumni and Diallang Jaiyesimi coming the closest to securing a win.

That draw means that the Glovers remain unbeaten since the opening day of the season in Sky Bet League Two, where they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Bury with nine men.

Sessi D’Almeida will be fit for the visit of Boro despite limping off injured in the closing moments of Tuesday’s fixture, but Town will still be without a host of absentees.

Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring), Reece Cole (knee), Shaun Donnellan (thigh) and Francois Zoko (knee) will all sit out the clash.

For Boro, they’ll make the trip to Somerset boasting an unbeaten league record since the start of the season.

On Tuesday they were held to a 0-0 draw at Forest Green Rovers who are also unbeaten in the league this campaign.

With Town sitting on five points a win would place them above Stevenage who currently lie in fourth place on eight points. 

Head-to-head
Saturday afternoon’s fixture will be the 11th time these two sides have faced off in the league.

Both sides have won three times with the points being shared on a further five occasions.

Stevenage’s last visit to Somerset proved to be a dramatic one as Yeovil ran out 3-0 winners with goals from Olufela Olomola and a brace from Sam Surridge, in a game which also saw three red cards. 

The most memorable tie for Town fans will be the 2-0 FA Trophy final win in 2002 which secured the club’s first major piece of silverware.

Officials
The man in the middle on Saturday afternoon will be Tom Nield.

Last taking charge of a Town match last March, he oversaw the 1-0 win at Colchester United in snowy conditions issuing just the one yellow card. 

Mr Nield will be assisted by Ravel Cheosiaua and Marvyn Amphlett with Steven Plane acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Jake Gray 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, domestic supporters can listen to the game live via the iFollow Glovers service with overseas fans able to watch the game live with subscription available here.

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 | ‘I’m hungrier than before’ – Gray

The 22-year-old ruptured his ankle ligament in Yeovil’s 1-0 home defeat to Carlisle United back in February.

Now fully recovered after a lengthy setback, Gray told iFollow Glovers he is more determined to succeed than ever.

“It’s my first big injury so it’s made me mentally tougher I guess, it’s made me hungrier to come back and do well for the team.

“You can always take the positives out of a poor situation and I think this is definitely one so I’m looking forward to a positive season.

“It’s great to be back out there with boys, being back in and amongst it. The lads are doing great so far so it’s nice to be back.”

Town are unbeaten in the Sky Bet League Two since the opening day defeat to Bury, with the win at Notts County sandwiched between two home draws against Mansfield and Oldham Athletic respectively.

Gray made his second appearance of the season on Tuesday playing out the final 20 minutes in the 0-0 draw and believes there is a different atmosphere surrounding Huish Park this season.

“You just feel a different atmosphere and a different vibe around the place, I’m seeing a lot more Yeovil Town shirts around the town as well.

“It’s more positive now the players are putting in great performances, the supporters can see that they’re working hard for the fans and the club.”

It’s not just in the terraces where a change in positivity has been noticed, with Gray feeling it in the dressing room also.

“There’s a lot of new faces this season, I think especially with the boys from last season there’s a different mentality and a different mindset of how we go about things.

“It’s definitely a more improved side. It’s going to be a challenge for me to get into the team first and foremost. It’s a long season and we’ve got a very competitive and strong squad.” 

With the matches coming thick and fast Town’s next match will be a visit from Stevenage this Saturday with tickets still on sale.

COMMERCIAL | Sky Bet League Two Preview

There were questions surrounding how Exeter would respond to Paul Tisdale’s departure in the summer, but they’ve answered those in perfect fashion as they sit top of the tree after four games.

The Grecians come up against their former boss as they travel to take on MK Dons on Saturday, with both sides aiming to maintain their unbeaten records so far.

MK were held by Grimsby in their last outing, and their encounters have been low-scoring so far having found the net four times and only conceding twice.

Grimsby were beaten heavily by Forest Green on opening day, but have bounced back with an unbeaten three-game run of one win and two draws.

They travel to face a Newport side who, like them, lost on opening day and have since responded in positive fashion. County’s two wins so far see them sitting outside the play-off places on goal difference.

Pre-season favourites Notts County haven’t had the best of starts as they sit bottom of the league, with just a single point to their tally.

Kevin Nolan’s side come up against Lincoln next, as the Imps rival Exeter for top spot with an unbeaten start themselves.

Also up at the top end of the standings is Colchester, where two wins and two draws puts them in third on goal difference.

John McGreal’s side are priding themselves on defence, having only conceded one so far, although their nine goals in the ‘for’ column highlight their strength in attack.

The U’s will fancy their chances at home to Northampton, who are still waiting for their first win of the season.

Carlisle and Crewe meet at Brunton Park with both sides seeing goals in both columns of the standings. United sit sixth in the table after four games, which make Sky Bet’s Carlisle to win and Both Teams to Score enhanced offer an intriguing bet.

Sitting one spot below Carlisle is Swindon, who were denied victory by a last-gasp penalty away at Crawley in midweek. They travel to take on an unbeaten Forest Green side, whilst Crawley take on a Bury outfit who have made an almost identical start to Harry Kewell’s men.

In between Swindon and Forest Green is Mansfield, who are also unbeaten after four games. They’ll be confident of extending that run to five, with their next opponent Macclesfield still waiting for that first victory.

A positive for Macclesfield is that they are finding the net, which, like Carlisle, make Sky Bet’s enhanced odds of a Mansfield win with Both Teams to Score a bet potentially worth investigating.

Stevenage put their unbeaten spell on the line when they take on Yeovil at Huish Park, who haven’t lost in three after opening day defeat to Bury.

Sporting Life has a fortnightly Championship podcast where we discuss all things to do with the division. This week’s episode sees Tom Carnduff and Gareth Jones joined by former Derby, Leeds, Millwall and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan. You can listen to this week’s episode by heading here.

Alongside that, Sky Bet have enhanced the odds of a four-fold accumulator for this week’s EFL action. Back Aston Villa, Peterborough, Carlisle and Mansfield all to win at 16/1 by heading here.

INTERVIEW | Way looking to make additions before deadline day

The Glovers have so far made 10 summer signings, with two loan spots still available to take the green and whites to the maximum five that can feature in a matchday squad.

With injuries to six first-team players, Way told iFollow Glovers he hopes to bring in new faces ahead of next week’s deadline.

“On Tuesday, perhaps we could’ve done with a bit more firepower up front to take the workload off of Alex Fisher and Diallang Jaiyesimi. 

“We’ve got Korrey (Henry) who’s doing really well in training and his opportunity will come, but that’s perhaps an area I’d like to improve on.

“One or two clubs have been contacted but usually with the best players, it’s a waiting game at that level. We have to be patient and hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll get those deals across the line next week.”

Selling Otis Khan in the summer and pinning down captain Omar Sowunmi to a new two-year deal despite interest from elsewhere, Town have previously been approached regarding the services of defender Tom James.

Quizzed on any possible outgoings, Town’s boss doesn’t want any deadline day drama.

“It’s very hard working to replace a player on the last day so we don’t want to be doing that again. 

“Clubs will have to approach us before Friday because otherwise myself and the chairman are off on a fishing trip on deadline day!” 

TICKETS | Back the boys agianst Boro

Following Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Oldham Athletic, Darren Way’s side will be looking for all three points this weekend when Boro travel to Somerset.

Sitting comfortably in 12th place on five points and unbeaten since the opening day of the campaign, a win for Town would see them leapfrog Stevenage and climb on up the table.

Tickets for the meeting remain on sale with adult tickets available from £17 and juniors just £3!

Fans can purchase via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888, with tickets also available online.

For a full price breakdown, click here.

VACANCY | Academy searching for Lead EPDP coach

The successful applicant will be required to take the lead role in the Academy’s Elite Player Development Programme, ensuring the programme maintains its ECFA Category One status and meets all requirements outlined by the ECFA and Yeovil College.

Main duties will include being responsible for the coaching of the EPDP squad of players and liaising with Yeovil College to ensure all students complete their further education studies. 

The hours of work and remuneration are as follows:

  • 20 hours (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)

  • £12,000 per annum 

To a view a full job description click here and apply by filling in the YTFC application form.

VACANCY | Two academy roles available

Looking for a full-time physiotherapist, the successful candidate will take the lead role in the Academy’s Sports Science and Medicine Department, ensuring the department maintains its Category Three status and meets all requirements outlined by the EPPP.

Main duties will include being responsible for the daily medical support and welfare of the Under 18 age group. 

A full job description can be found here

The academy is also looking to recruit a part-time physiotherapist who will be responsible for the medical provision for the under-9 to under-16 age groups.

The appointed individual will work with the Lead Academy Physiotherapist to provide assistance with academy injury clinics, training and match day programmes. 

A full job description can be found here.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 16th September. Application forms can be downloaded here.

INTERVIEW | Way calls for shared positivity to remain

Yoann Arquin and Omar Sowunmi both went close to breaking the deadlock against the Latics but after Dan Gardner hit the post for the visitors, the green and whites had to settle for a point. 

Now unbeaten in their last three league outings, Way is urging supporters to continue backing their side. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “I thought in the first 20 minutes we looked a real threat and I think they struggled to get out of their half. We had some real good clear-cut chances, and sometimes it doesn’t go your way.

“Having said that, I feel the players and the supporters have got a real positivity and if could ask for one thing from supporters, it’s that we keep sharing that shared vision together and that’s got to outweigh any negativity.

“I could come out here and talk about negatives of the game but I feel we’ve got something at the moment and it’s important positivity outweighs anyone else’s negativity.”

Taking a point from the meeting with Frankie Bunn’s side, the Glovers next lineup against Stevenage at Huish Park on Saturday. 

With another point on the board, Town’s boss sees plenty of positives to take forward. 

“I just feel that when you look at their team, I have to respect that they’ve got some good players. Ishmael Miller played for us in the Championship and he’s got a wealth of experience and Chris O’Grady up top can cause some real problems.

“My team is still growing. So to do it for 90 minutes, I think that will come. If you go 1-0 up, that changes the dynamics of the game and the way that they play.

“They were quite brave leaving four up at times. Unfortunately, we didn’t come out as winners. Having said that, there are so many positives to take.” 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic

In an opening 45 minutes dominated by the green and whites, Yoann Arquin and Diallang Jaiyesimi both went close to increasing their tally for the season as Town cut a team full of belief. 

Quick out of the blocks after the restart, Dan Gardner struck the post for the visitors before the Glovers reasserted their grip on proceedings.

Omar Sowunmi came within inches of breaking the deadlock but the hosts had to settle for a point despite moving three unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two. 

Not wanting to meddle with a winning team, Darren Way stuck with the 11 that produced the stunning 4-0 win at Notts County on Friday night. 

Still unable to call upon Stuart Nelson (calf), Shaun Donnellan (thigh), James Bailey (knee), Reece Cole (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Francois Zoko (knee), Town did welcome back Jordan Green from suspension who started amongst the substitutes. 

After making his return off the bench from a six-month ankle injury in Nottinghamshire, Jake Gray featured in the squad at Huish Park to mark a home return to round off the matchday 18.

Oozing with confidence the hosts got off to an encouraging start, enjoying plenty of territory and possession in the opening 20 minutes. 

Stroking the ball around with real purpose the Latics struggled to get out of their own half although Frankie Bunn’s side did enough to keep ‘keeper Dan Iversen unscathed.

Restricting the Glovers to half-chances and set-plays, a good block from Christopher Missilou denied Diallang Jaiyesimi a shot on goal from inside the box as the home crowd sensed an opener might be coming.

With that feeling still around, the deadlock was almost broken twice in quick succession just past the half-hour mark. 

Firstly, Carl Dickinson’s tempting free-kick was glanced goalwards by Yoann Arquin to force a stop from Iversen before Jaiyesimi almost took matters into his own hands. 

The Norwich loanee glided into the box from 25 yards with a show of neat footwork before drilling into the side-netting as Town edged closer.

As half-time approached proceedings became increasingly stop-start, none less so than when Ishmael Miller – already on a yellow – evaded a dismissal after a lengthy chat with referee John Busby following a late foul on Gary Warren.

With the former striker’s brush with the officials the last notable action of the half, both sides returned to the dressing rooms with the game at a stalemate. 

Having been second best for much of the opening 45 minutes the Latics came out reinvigorated after the restart and almost stole the lead on 49 minutes. 

Clever footwork from Gardner in the box engineered a yard of space and from the angle the midfielder crashed a strike off the post.

Looking to swing the pendulum of momentum back in favour of the hosts, Alex Pattison produced two strong runs from midfield only for eventual recipients Alex Fisher and Wes McDonald to squander the opportunities. 

With the home faithful loud and proud, Friday’s hat-trick hero Fisher tried to turn provider as his cross narrowly evaded strike partner Jaiyesimi in the middle with the Glovers back on the prowl in the final third. 

As the game ticked towards the final 20 minutes, another Dickinson set-piece delivery almost yielded the opener.

Landing a free-kick from the left perfectly onto the head of Omar Sowunmi, Town’s captain could only head inches wide of the target with Iversen stranded.

Chasing back-to-back wins, the attack-minded Gray replaced the combative Sessi D’Almeida in the middle of the park for the Glovers with a little over 15 minutes remaining, but despite plenty of huff and puff the green and whites couldn’t find a way to further test Iversen in the Latics goal. 

Lacking their goal scoring boots from the trip to Nottinghamshire the Glovers had to settle for a point on the board after another entertaining performance, albeit moving three unbeaten in the league. 

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Sowunmi, Warren, Dickinson; Arquin, D’Almeida (Gray 74′), Pattison, McDonald (Green 62′); Jaiyesimi, Fisher.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, Santos, Rogers, Henry.

Oldham Athletic: Iversen; Hunt, Clarke, Edmundson, Taylor; Branger, Gardner, Missilou, Nepomuceno (Lang 65′); Miller (Baxter 46′), O’Grady. 
Bookings: Miller 11′
Subs not used: De La Paz, Graham, Hamer, Benteke, Maouche. 

PROGRAMME | Green & White just £2 tonight

Still crammed full of content, the latest issue will be available from around the ground at Huish Park and in the club store. 

With issues one and two selling out, don’t miss out on picking up the latest issue of the matchday publication!

Your support is vital to maintain the tradition of a matchday programme so here’s a snippet of what you can find inside:

Getting to Know…
Nathan Baxter. Town’s stopper chats about his start to live in Somerset after arriving on a season-long loan from Chelsea. Enjoying his first taste of EFL action, the 19-year-old discusses making his debut and his hopes of crossing the 100-senior matches barrier. 

Fans Favourite
You share your memories of your favourite Town matches under floodlights – from play-off victories to non-league nostalgia, take a trip down memory lane.

Opposition lowdown
Get to know tonight’s opponents with an in-depth look at Oldham’s squad, history and last outing in Sky Bet League Two. 

Social Media
How the players reacted on social media to Friday night’s thumping 4-0 win at Notts County.

Pick up your copy at Huish Park on Tuesday night or subscribe to our subscription service and never miss an issue with more information found here.

INTERVIEW | Pattison enjoying his time down south

The 20-year-old is spending the 2018/19 campaign with Town from the North East and grabbed an assist in his first start for the club in last Friday’s 4-0 win at Notts County.

After impressing on loan at York City last season the diminutive midfielder is making his first appearances in the EFL but has already made an impression. 

Speaking to YTFC.net, Pattison is keen to keep building on his solid start in green and white.

“It’s been really good and easy to settle in. I  was quite surprised with how quick the lads accepted me into the group but we’re a young group and everyone tight-knit.

“I wanted to come and be around a league club and I got my chance quite early, I came on against Mansfield and it’s gone well from there.

“I just want to keep playing well and keep my place in the starting eleven, being away from home for the first time is something I relish. I’m loving it so far.”

After picking up a first win of the season at Meadow Lane, Town can enjoy back-to-back home league fixtures with Oldham and Stevenage both heading to Somerset. 

With three points under their belt, Pattison is wanting to build some momentum.

“The win had been coming,” he said. “Against Villa we were unlucky and thoroughly deserved to win, but at Notts County we took our chances and didn’t concede.

“That’s what we’ve got to do and now we need to keep going. If we keep the momentum gathered from the last few games there’s no doubt we’ll win games.”

You can back the boys at Huish Park on Tuesday night with tickets still available to buy. Click here for more info.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Oldham Athletic

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

Tea Bars
For all your refreshment needs, the tea bars around the ground will be open between 6.30pm – 9pm. Fully stocked with hot and cold food and drink, sweets and more, follow signage within the ground to locate the nearest tea bar.

Read all about it!
Pick up issue three of the matchday programme, Green & White, from around the ground or from the club store. Crammed full of content for home and away fans alike, the midweek 48-page publication is priced at the reduced price of just £2. For issue three, loan goalkeeper Nathan Baxter chats about his start to life in Somerset whilst you share your Town matches under the lights. 

Parking

Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available rate for cars in the league. Minibuses 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

Supporters’ Guides
Your first time at Huish Park? Find all the information you need from where to buy tickets to which stand is which. 
Home fans click here
Visiting fans click here

Huish Pint
The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from 6pm to home and away supporters. Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues!

Meal Deal
Make the most of our Meal Deals at Huish Park available from all tea bars and Huish Pint (marquee).
Adult Meal Deal: Pasty, crisps, chocolate and a drink – £6
Junior Meal Deal: Hot dog, crisps and a drink – £5.50

Tickets
Town fans can purchase tickets up until kick-off but are advised to buy in advance to avoid matchday queues. Available online and via the ticket office (01935 847888), prices are as follows:
Adult – £17-£25
Senior/Disabled: £15-£22
Young Person: £10-12
Junior: £3

INTERVIEW | ‘The fans are falling back in love with their team’ – Way

Town picked up their first win of the season in style by beating Notts County 4-0 at Meadow Lane on Friday evening. 

An Alex Fisher hat-trick and second in as many league games from Yoann Arquin was enough for the green and whites to return to Somerset with all three points.

On the back of three good performances prior to Friday’s win that didn’t perhaps yield the deserved outcome for the Glovers, Way believes the supporters are still feeling positive.

“I can feel the supporters are falling back in love with their team again,” he told YTFC.net.

“It’s actually really powerful stuff when you’ve got supporters and players showing emotion or passion out there.

“We’re making baby steps as far as progression is concerned but it looks good and your eyes don’t lie. Any supporter would’ve seen what has happened in a short space of time with this new group.

“We look strong, we look athletic, we look good in and out of possession and we’ve got threats in all areas of the pitch.”

Town’s next match is a Tuesday night (7:45pm) meeting at Huish Park against Oldham Athletic with tickets remaining on sale.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Oldham Athletic

Town picked up their first three points of the season at Notts County on Friday with an Alex Fisher hat-trick and Yoann Arquin header seeing the visitors secure a resounding 4-0 win.

The result sees the green and whites move two unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two having picked up a point when Mansfield visited Somerset the week previous. 

Hosting the Latics in the first of back-to-back home matches, Darren Way’s side will be keen to build momentum on home soil. 

Nursing no fresh injury concerns from their trip to Nottinghamshire the Glovers will welcome back Jordan Green from a three-match suspension. 

But Town will still be without Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring), Reece Cole (knee), Shaun Donnellan (thigh) and Francois Zoko (knee). 

For Oldham, they head south after also picking up their first win of the season at the weekend. 

Former Glovers Sam Surridge and Ishmael Miller were both on target in a 3-1 win over Macclesfield to net their first goals for the club. 

With the same tally of four-points, both sides will look to climb higher in the table. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday night will be the 19th meeting between the two sides since 2005. 

Town boast eight wins to Oldham’s five, with victories in the last two outings. 

Back in 2015 goals from Joel Grant and James Hayter were enough to pick up a 2-1 win at Huish Park.

In fact, the Glovers have lost just one of the nine encounters in Somerset. 

Officials
The man in the middle on Tuesday night will be John Busby.

Mr Busby oversaw one Town game last season, producing three yellow cards in the 2-0 win against Forest Green Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy.

In Somerset, he’ll be assisted by Ben Cobb and Paul Lister with Andrew Laver acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Alex Pattison and manager Darren Way can read on YTFC.net.

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, domestic and overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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 | Juniors can enjoy 2018/19 for just £39!

For a fifth successive season, under-16s will be able to enjoy all of Town’s home league matches for just £39 – the equivalent of less than £2 a match! 

The value doesn’t stop there, with our young supporters also able to benefit from 10% off in the club shop, be Yeovil’s mascot at an away game for FREE and enjoy £5 off every Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Soccer School on offer. 

Young fans holding scarves

The £39 also includes Junior Glovers membership, bringing you closer to being part of Town’s football family. 

Saving £30 compared to matchday prices, don’t miss the unbeatable value for junior supporters and secure your spot inside Huish Park now!

Don’t miss out, secure your spot inside Huish Park now:

– Existing season ticket holders can renew by clicking HERE.
– Supporters without an existing season ticket can purchase by clicking HERE.
– Or supporters can purchase via the Huish Park ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888.

PARKING | Fans warned of latest road closure

The previous closure stopping traffic heading eastbound on Lufton Way has reopened, but southbound traffic along Western Avenue between the Houndstone roundabout and Preston Road roundabout will now face a road closure.

Part of ongoing Somerset County Council roadworks, traffic will still be able to head northbound towards Huish Park but will have to exit either via Copse Road and Thorne Lane or Lufton Way at full-time.

The club would advise allowing extra time to travel to and from the stadium. 

TICKETS | Be at Huish Park for green and white Tuesday night!

Following Friday night’s 4-0 thumping of Notts County at Meadow Lane, Darren Way’s side will be looking to carry on their winning momentum when the Latics arrive in Somerset. 

Town sit healthily in mid-table after three games and will look to kick further on up the table in midweek. 

Tickets for the clash remain on sale with adult tickets available from £17 and juniors just £3!

Fans can purchase via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888, with tickets also available online.

INTERVIEW | ‘It sends a message to the league’ – Fisher

Town’s number nine netted a brace prior to the break before grabbing a third after the restart. 

Late on, Yoann Arquin rounded off a night to remember by heading home against his former employers to see the green and whites pick up their first three points of the campaign. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Fisher feels the result matches recent performances and acts as a sign of intent. 

“It sends a message to the league,” he said. “We were unlucky in the first game going down to nine men, we could’ve nicked it last week and on Friday we stamped our authority on the game and did well in both boxes.

“Notts County are a very strong side and they had strong waves of pressures but we dealt with it very well and I felt we were always in control.

“On a personal note, it’s nice to bounce back from Tuesday night. It’s a great three points for the team and there are lots of positives to take all round.”

Grabbing his first career hat-trick in Nottinghamshire, Fisher tripled his tally for the season in his first league start. 

Spreading praise to his team-mates the 28-year-old is now hoping for a positive campaign. 

“Huge credit must go to the team. It’s nice to be putting them in at one end but I can’t do it if the other 10 players aren’t doing their jobs.

“It’s very early days but the signs are good. We’re only three games in and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because there’s a lot of hard work to come.

“We still have lots to improve on but this is the first step in the right direction and hopefully we can be looking up and not down.”

INTERVIEW | ‘The team is still growing’ – Way

Picking up all three points for the first time this season after a string of fine performances, an Alex Fisher hat-trick and Yoann Arquin header saw off the Magpies in Nottingham. 

Performances have been encouraging from the green and whites who already had a point on the board following the 2-2 draw with Mansfield last weekend.

Fulfilling their suggested potential in Nottinghamshire, Way believes there’s still more to come.

“The team is still growing,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We brought in 10 new players and it’s taken time but we’ve worked on passages of play and we’re playing a little bit different now.

“We’re going in right direction but we have to keep our feet on the floor and stay humble but this win will prove some of the doubters wrong. 

“I know teams can keep saying they had an off day but no disrespect, we blitzed them and every team can’t keep saying they had an off day.

“We’ve got some fantastic players and we’re creating a little bit of a storm at the moment.”

A Fisher brace but Town in the driving seat at half-time before the number nine completed his hat-trick after the break.

Notts County then missed a penalty before Arquin added a fourth late on to round off the win.

Losing the same fixture 4-1 last season, Town’s boss can see a clear difference in his newly assembled squad.

“I feel the difference in this group is that when we had to deal with 10 minutes of pressure, we saw it out.

“With all the players we’ve brought to the football club, we’re going in the right direction and most of the players are ours so it’s good news.

“It’s taken a long time to play the way I want to play with players coming and going but the owner and chairman need a special mention because they’ve given me that little bit extra this season and you can see that.”

REPORT | Notts County 0-4 Yeovil Town

Looking dangerous from the start, Alex Fisher and Omar Sowunmi both went close inside the opening 90 seconds before the hosts enjoyed their own spell of pressure. 

Coming out the other side unscathed, the Glovers dominated the remainder of the half and two goals from Alex Fisher on 34 and 36 minutes secured a healthy halfway lead.

Town’s number nine completed his hat-trick after the break before Yoann Arquin rounded off the scoring in a stunning display.

In Nottinghamshire for their third game in six days, Darren Way was forced into one change from the side that started against Aston Villa on Tuesday. 

Reece Cole, who limped out after half-an-hour, dropped from the squad with Alex Pattison coming in to make his full debut. 

Cole’s absence saw Jake Gray feature for the first time in six months after a lengthy injury lay-off to supply a positive alongside a host of casualties. 

Stuart Nelson (calf), Shaun Donnellan (thigh), James Bailey (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring), Francois Zoko (knee) and Cole (knee) joined the suspended Jordan Green on the sidelines.

Despite their mounting list of absentees the Glovers were quick out of the blocks with two chances inside the opening 90 seconds. 

Intercepting midway inside the Magpies half, Diallang Jaiyesimi quickly fed strike partner Fisher who forced a smart save from Ross Fitzsimons with a first-time shot. 

From the resulting corner, Carl Dicksinon’s delivery picked out Omar Sowunmi but the Town captain headed a yard over the bar in what was almost a perfect start.

After a rocky opening five minutes, Kevin Nolan’s side composed themselves and produced their own flurry of chances.

Nathan Thomas had the ball in the back of the net only to be correctly denied by an offside flag before Shaun Brisley headed a wife free-kick over the bar in a lively opening 10 minutes.

Continuing to be an end-to-end affair the Glovers squandered a glorious chance to take the lead when Wes McDonald’s low cross was somehow directed wide by Arquin six yards out.

Learning from their mistakes in midweek the visitors weren’t going to continue to squander chances and netted a quickfire double just past the half-hour mark. 

Causing endless problems out wide, Arquin danced his way into a crossing position against his former employers before delivering it on a plate for Fisher to tap in.

With the home crowd still grumbling from the first goal Town added a second in similar fashion. 

McDonald from the other side teased in another low cross which the 28-year-old was again perfectly placed to turn into the back of the net to give Way’s side a buffer at the break. 

Exercising the old adage of attack being the best form of defence Town remained on the front foot after the restart and came within millimetres of making it 3-0 on 53 minutes. 

Jaiyesimi isolated Brisley in the box and after finding space looked to have picked out the top corner only for a stunning Fitzsimons stop to tip the strike onto the bar.

With the hosts unable to gain momentum – to the disgust of the home supporters – it was Yeovil who continued to look the most likely in front of goal.

As the hour-mark came and went, Jaiyesimi continued to tease the Magpies defence and the Norwich loanee drew a smart diving stop from the home stopper after twisting and turning on the edge of the box.

More than holding their opponents at arm’s length the green and whites put the game beyond doubt on 71 minutes when Fisher rounded off a night to remember.

Beating the offside trap and latching on to Pattison’s superb ball, Town’s number nine fired in off the post from the angle to kill off any hopes of a home comeback. 

On a night where lady luck seemed to be on the side of the Somerset outfit the Magpies then missed a chance to notch a consolation after Carl Dickinson was adjudged to have pushed Enzio Boldewijn in the box. 

Awarded the penalty, Kane Hemmings stepped up but cannoned his spot-kick off the bar as Nathan Baxter’s goal remained unscathed. 

Becoming a night to remember, Town confirmed their dominance in the closing stages by adding a fourth courtesy of former County player Arquin. 

The winger rose highest to meet Dickinson’s inch-perfect ball to round off a stunning night in Nottinghamshire which saw the Glovers pick up all three points on the road.

Notts County: Fitzsimons; Hewitt, Duffy, Brisley, Jones; Boldewijn, Vaughan (Crawford 57′), Husin, Thomas (Kellett 57′); Dennis (Stead 68′) Hemmings.
Bookings: Brisley 45′, Crawford 83′
Subs not used: Culverwell, Bird, Alessandra, Hawkridge.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Sowunmi, Warren, Dickinson; Arquin, D’Almeida, Pattison, McDonald (Gray 84′); Jaiyesimi (Henry 87′), Fisher. 
Bookings: D’Almeida 30′, Baxter 81′
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, Santos, Clarke, Rogers. 

COMMERCIAL | Watch Town at County live on iFollow Glovers

Yeovil fans not making the trip to Meadow Lane will be able to purchase a match pass that will allow them to watch the Sky Bet League Two meeting in Nottinghamshire.

The service was successfully introduced to overseas subscribers during the 2017/18 campaign and has now been rolled out to enable domestic supporters the opportunity to watch the Glovers during the EFL season at a cost of just £10 per match

Fans in the UK and Ireland can watch live Town league games provided that: 

  • They fall outside of UEFA’s Article 48 Blocked Hours (14:45-17:15 on a Saturday)
  • They fall outside of Bank Holidays
  • They have not been selected for broadcast on Sky Sport

There have also been major improvements across the platform, with added commentary services, a new graphics package and an improved app and video player included in the 2018/19 subscription.

These developments will also benefit overseas subscribers with the enhanced production values being made in all locations, despite international prices remaining frozen from 2017/18. 

Available to purchase are the following iFollow products:

  • International Season Pass – £110

  • International Match Pass – £5 

Whether a domestic or overseas Town fan, subscribe now to iFollow Glovers by clicking here.

INTERVIEW | D’Almeida wanting to mirror Villa performance

Town hosted the Championship outfit live on Sky Sports at Huish Park and were unfortunate to come away on the losing side.

Darren Way’s men had a goal controversially ruled out in the first-half before the hosts missed a penalty after the break, prior to a late Villans winner. 

More than matching their higher division opponents, summer signing D’Almeida is looking to maintain the performance level when the green and whites head to Meadow Lane. 

“I think we did very well on Tuesday,” he told iFollow Glovers. “Everybody’s mindset was ready and I’m very happy with the performance of the team, so we take this from Tuesday into the Notts County game and try to have a good win.

“It was good to play against Villa and a good experience. If we can perform like that against them, we can take that performance into our own league.

“If we use that same mindset, we can use it going forward not just on Friday but for the rest of the season.”

The Benin international has become an instant hit in Somerset after arriving from Blackpool. 

Named man of the match in his first two home outings, the 22-year-old is enjoying life as a Glovers.

He said: “I’m so happy and proud to be here in this stadium and to be part of this team, that’s why I give everything and maybe why I got the two man of the match awards – i’m just so happy to be here.

“I feel like I’m at home. I’m happy so I give everything 100% for the team and for the supporters.”

Town fans can support Sessi and the rest of the team at Notts County on Friday. Ticket and travel details can be found on our away tickets page.

NEWS | Harrison confirmed as Academy Manager

Present at the club for the last three-and-a-half years and helping to create the club’s academy, the former Southampton and Bristol Rovers coach will now take on the top position within the youth structure.

Having undertaken a number of roles in recent years, Harrison has a clear vision for the academy moving forward during his tenure. 

“I have learnt from the many experiences in recent years and feel in a good position to make Yeovil Town Academy the best category three setup in the country. In a short space of time we have transformed the academy and are already seeing very positive results with the progression and development of players, coming from a closer working relationship with the first-team staff.

“We have made a positive start and now it’s about raising the standards of everything we do to ensure that every young Yeovil academy player reaches their full potential.”

With a host of under-18s featuring for the first-team throughout pre-season and continuing to work closely with manager Darren Way, Harrison is looking forward to continued development. 

“The manager has given the young players a great opportunity to train and play in matches with the first-team, which our young players have taken and made the most of. We have a shared vision where we can develop our own young talent. 

“It’s fantastic that Gabby Rogers made his competitive debut against Aston Villa in a great atmosphere at Huish Park. I am sure that he will go on to thrive in this new environment having impressed for the under-18s. 

“More players are ready and capable to step up into the first-team from the scholars and we have an array of talent in the younger ages showing huge potential.”

With Harrison now in position, Chief Operating Officer David Mills, who is now the Executive responsible for overseeing Academy operations, commented: “I am delighted by Jamie’s appointment – in his other positions in the Academy Jamie has shown vision, leadership and clear understanding of the one club ethos that is so important at the club. 

“During his time as Assistant Academy Manager, we saw a clear and immediate improvement in Academy operations, so I have no doubt that Jamie will prove to be a highly effective Academy Manager.”

Mills also spoke of the club’s revised strategy regarding the Academy, adding: “Until recently the Academy was run via Yeovil Town FC Academy Limited but bringing the Academy operations back in-house allows for much greater unity and efficiency across the group and gives Academy players improved links with the first team.

“This revised approach of even closer working is already showing some impressive results as apart from Academy players impressing in pre-season games, two scholars, Rogers and Tyrique Clarke, have been awarded first-team squad numbers by Darren Way.

“However perhaps the by far the best indication of how well the revised strategy is being effective occurred with Rogers playing against Aston Villa – the first time since 2015 that an Academy player has taken the field for first-team in a competitive fixture.”

The club can also confirm that over the summer there have been coaching changes in the Academy as contracts expire etc. 

The club would like to place on record it thanks to departing coaches, who include Antonio Falanga (Lead PDP Coach), Steve Rutter (Head of Coaching), Adrian Foster (U16’s coach) and Paul Wilson (Academy Manager), with all four making contributions which laid the foundations for the new strategy being deployed this season.

Further key Academy appointment announcements will follow in due course.

PREVIEW | Notts County v Yeovil Town

The third Town match in the space of a week, Darren Way’s side return to league action after hosting Aston Villa in round one of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. 

Live on Sky Sports the green and whites suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat despite an impressive performance following the 2-2 draw with Mansfield three days previous in the league. 

Whilst performances on the pitch haven’t correlated to more than a point on the board the Glovers head to Nottinghamshire in buoyant mood. 

However, Way will be unable to choose from a handful of his squad who’ll remain in Somerset. 

Stuart Nelson (calf), Jake Gray (ankle), James Bailey (knee) and Jordan Green (suspended) will definitely miss out, with Francois Zoko (knee), Shaun Donnellan (thigh) and Reece Cole (knee) awaiting further assessment. 

Making the trip north, Carl Dickinson and Yoann Arquin could both feature against their former employers having played in every match so far.

Both sides will be looking to pick up their first win of the season at Meadow Lane, with Kevin Nolan’s side matching Town with a draw and loss to their name in League Two. 

The Magpies also crashed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek by suffering defeat on penalties to Middlesbrough. 

Head-to-head
The Glovers enter Friday’s match just ahead on the head-to-head stakes. 

With seven wins and four draws from 17 encounters, Town will look to creep further ahead.

Both sides played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at Huish Park last season before Alex Fisher netted Yeovil’s only goal in a 4-1 defeat in April.

Officials
Simon Hooper will be the man in the middle on Friday.

Mr Hooper last oversaw a Yeovil match in August 2015, officiating the 3-2 win over Luton Town at Huish Park. 

On Friday, he’ll be assisted by Andrew Halliday and Danian Robathan with Craig Hicks 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, you can listen to the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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 | Follow Town to County on Friday

Tickets for the league clash in Nottingham remain on sale both in advance and on the night, with cash only sales available directly from Meadow Lane.

Supporters buying in advance can avoid the £2 matchday surcharge, with prices as follows:

Adult – £10
18-21 – £10
Over 60 – £10
Under-18 – £5
Under 12 £1.00 (with accompanying adult/senior – no surcharge)
Under-7 – FOC (with accompanying adult/senior – no surcharge)

After last weekend’s encouraging 2-2 draw with promotion favourites Mansfield and Tuesday night’s narrow defeat to Championship outfit Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, the green and whites will be looking to turn positive performances into points. 

Fans can purchase online until midnight on Thursday or via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) until midday on Friday. 

The Green & White Supporters Club are running coach travel to the match with more information here.

 

INTERVIEW | The players did themselves justice – Way

Dominating for large periods of the match, the Glovers had a goal controversially disallowed in the first-half before missing a penalty after the break.

Debutant Villans keeper Andre Moreira also pulled off a string of fine saves before Conor Hourihane snatched victory for the visitors inside the last 15 minutes.

Having more than matched their Championship opponents, Town’s boss feels the display highlighted what his side are capable of.

“We move on, but it’s nice the performance was in front of the public on Sky because this team is a good team,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“That was a true reflection of what our team can do to an opposition and it’s not the first time we’ve seen it, we had a had great pre-season.  

“I thought overall, the way we played as a team and individuals caused them real problems. The team looked strong.”

Cheered on by over 4,000 Town supporters throughout the Glovers received plenty of praise from around the ground at full-time. 

Staying out on the pitch to thank the fans for their vocal support, Way believes that unity is once again returning to Huish Park.

“Our club motto is ‘Achieve by Unity’, but what we saw was every single player and supporter overachieving by unity.

“There are always one or two individuals at any football club who try and destabailise what you’re trying to build, but I’m really excited.

“What really pleased me was to see the reaction of the supporters after because that’s the old Yeovil.

“We’re all working together. If you keep close together and work together, you’ll succeed.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Aston Villa

Dominating the opening 45 minutes the League Two outfit created a host of chances as Steve Bruce’s side failed to handle the rampant Glovers. 

Alex Fisher and Yoann Arquin both went close before Diallang Jaiyesimi had a goal disallowed just before the break in controversial circumstances.

More than matching their higher division opponents after the restart, the hosts were awarded a penalty on 59 minutes only for Andre Moreira to deny Fisher from 12 yards.

Having managed to somehow keep the score at 0-0, the Villans snatched victory from the Glovers as the final 10 minutes approached when Conor Hourihane prodded home from close range to end Town’s Carabao Cup campaign.

Darren Way made four changes for the visit of Championship opposition with the experienced Gary Warren and Reece Cole coming in for their full debuts. 

Returning from suspension, Tom James returned at right-back whilst Fisher made a first start of the campaign up front in place of club captain Francois Zoko. 

Without the services of Stuart Nelson (calf), Jake Gray (ankle), Shaun Donnellan (thigh), Francois Zoko (XXXX) and Jordan Green (suspended), academy duo Gabby Rogers and Tyrique Clarke featured amongst the substitutes.

Buoyed by an encouraging display at the weekend the green and whites started in assured fashion with a virtual monopoly on possession.

Spraying the ball about confidently it was Town who created the game’s best openings, with two in quick succession just past the quarter-of-an-hour mark.

Sliding in to collect a through ball, Fisher quickly shifted the ball onto his left foot before dispatching a curling effort destined for the top corner which forced Moreira into a fingertip save. 

Enjoying themselves on a sunny Somerset night the hosts went close again moments later when a half-cleared free-kick was volleyed a couple of feet over the bar by one of Saturday’s goalscorers Arquin. 

Recognising they were being outclassed by their League Two opponents, the Villans attempted to up the gears and enjoyed their own short-spell of pressure.

Only able to create a half-chance for Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, the visitors were soon back on the front foot and almost a goal down. 

Sessi D’Almeida’s ball beat the offside trap allowing Jaiyesimi to pass back across goal to strike partner Fisher, whose shot was hacked off the line by Axel Tuanzebe. 

In a rare moment of excitement for the traveling supporters Andre Green saw a rocket of a shot from 30 yards tipped over by Nathan Baxter before Town thought they’d broken the deadlock with five minutes of the half remaining. 

Having just missed a glorious chance when one-on-one with Moreira, Jaiyesimi prodded the ball home from a corner only for the referee to harshly award a Villa free-kick for a foul in the build-up when the hosts would’ve had a strong claim for a penalty.

More than deserving a midway advantage the Glovers had to settle for stalemate at the break, taking comfort from their encouraging performance. 

The theme continued after the restart which triggered the introduction of the talismanic Jack Grealish and potent goal threat of Jonathan Kodjia for the Villans. 

Before the duo could make an impact, Town squandered their best chance yet to finally open the scoring on the hour-mark. 

Referee John Brooks spotted a foul by Tommy Elphick as a free-kick was swung in, instantly pointing to the spot. 

Fisher stepped up in the absence of regular taker Zoko but watched on as the debutant goalkeeper guessed right to deny Yeovil’s number nine.

Sensing it might not be the hosts’ day, Grealish set about delivering a sucker punch just minutes later but saw his shot from the edge of the box cannon back off the crossbar.

With the stakes rising, Kodjia and Warren had a coming together which appeared to show the Villa man swing punches in the direction of Town’s defender, but the referee brandished a yellow each to keep it 11-men each.

Perhaps lucky to remain on the pitch, Kodjia played a pivotal role on 77 minutes when the visitors fired home an undeserved opening goal. 

The Ivorian’s s strong run down the right did all the work with his low ball across the box perfect for Hourihane to tap in from a few feet.

Throwing caution to the wind, Academy product Gabriel Rogers was introduced by Way for his professional debut whilst also becoming the first Yeovil player to be born this millennium. 

Desperate for an equaliser their performance merited Omar Sowunmi played as an additional forward for the closing stages, but it wasn’t enough as the green and white’s Carabao Cup campaign came to an end, albeit despite impressing the nation live on Sky Sports.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Sowunmi, Warren, Dickinson; Arquin, D’Almeida, Cole (Pattison 33′), McDonald; Jaiyesimi (Henry 83′), Fisher (Rogers 85′).
Bookings: Warren 63′, D’Almeida 65′
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, Santos, Clarke.

Aston Villa: Moreira; De Laet, Elphick, Tuanzebe, Taylor; Whelan, Hourihane; Adomah, Hayes (Grealish 58′), Green (Bree 83′); Hepburn-Murphy (Kodjia 58′).
Bookings: Hourihane 24′, Hayes 44′, Kodjia 63′
Subs not used: Bunn, Chester, McKirdy, McGinn.

PROGRAMME | Pick up issue two of Green & White

Issue one of the new look programme virtually sold out on Saturday with issue two available from around the ground and inside the club store from Tuesday afternoon. 

Packed full of new content for 2018/19 after asking for fan feedback, the club is determined to keep the matchday programme tradition going with your support, despite it no longer being an EFL requirement.

So, be sure to pick up issue two for Town’s match against the Villans in the Carabao Cup which is crammed full of content, including:

Getting to know…
Carl Dickinson. Town’s summer signing talks about his move to Somerset, juggling his family life and his plans for after football in our new in-depth interview which looks to give you an insight to the Glovers squad off the pitch. 

The view on Villa
A look at Tuesday night’s opponents who’ll take on the Glovers for the first time in their history competitively. Get the lowdown on Steve Bruce’s squad and Villa’s dramatic weekend win in the Championship prior to heading south.

Take Five
Midfielder James Bailey takes five to discuss five memories and moments of nostalgia from his career so far.

We all follow the Yeovil
A gallery of fan images from Saturday’s clash with Mansfield at Huish Park. Can you spot yourself in the pictures?

Pick up your copy at Huish Park on Tuesday night or subscribe to our subscription service and never miss an issue with more information found here.

INTERVIEW | ‘It’s a tough place to come’ – Warren

The two sides come head-to-head for the first time in a competitive fixture as the first round gets underway in Somerset live on Sky Sports. 

Enjoying cup runs in the Checkatrade Trophy and Emirates FA Cup last season, Town’s summer recruit is looking to make home advantage count when the Championship outfit arrive. 

Talking to YTFC.net, he said: “We have to focus on ourselves and how to approach the game. It will be a tough place for Villa to come down to – they won’t be used to this kind of setting and surroundings so hopefully, we will have a few fans here cheering us on but as long as we’re at it and at full-force we’ll give them a good game.

“The club has a kind of cup pedigree from last year and the years before but we’re up against a side that just missed out on promotion to the Premier League last year so we have to be at our best.

“If we are, we will certainly give them a good game and hopefully cause an upset.”

Warren returned to the English game this summer after a six-year stay north of the border with Inverness. 

Now 33, the defender has returned closer to his Bristol home and is loving every second as a Glover.

Enjoying life in Somerset, he wants success on the pitch, too.

“It’s been like a breath of fresh air,” he said. “I’m back closer to home so the club suits me, but I’ve come here to be successful this year and throughout my time with Yeovil.

“I’ve loved every minute so far. Pre-season was good in terms of getting to know the club and the people around it. It’s a family, tight-knit community club and somewhere that if we all pull in the right direction, could be successful.”

Tickets for the cup clash remain on sale with adults priced at just £12 and juniors just £2. Click here to secure your spot inside Huish Park.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Aston Villa

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

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available rate for cars in the league. Minibuses 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

Huish Pint
The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from 6pm to home supporters only. Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues. 

Read all about it!
Pick up a copy of the matchday programme, Green & White, from around the ground or from the club store. Crammed full of content for home and away fans alike, the 56-page publication is priced at just £3. For issue two, summer signing Carl Dickinson discusses life away from football after moving to Somerset from Stoke-on-Trent whilst you share your favourite cup memories following the Glovers.

Brave the Shave!
Support Town midfielder Rhys Browne raise money for the Steve Browne Foundation. Rhys’ dad Steve, who was a Glovers fans’ favourite in the 1990s, lost his battle with cancer in 2016 and the winger is now raising money in his dad’s name. Donations can be made directly to the Foundation by clicking here with YTFC supporting Rhys by holding a raffle with all proceeds going to the charity. 

Supporters are able to buy raffle tickets for £1 each from Huish Pint (marquee), all tea bars or the hospitality bars inside Huish Park to be in with a chance of winning a signed 2018/19 home shirt. 

Meal Deal
Make the most of our Meal Deals at Huish Park available from all tea bars and Huish Pint (marquee).
Adult Meal Deal: Pasty, crisps, chocolate and a drink – £6
Junior Meal Deal: Hot dog, crisps and a drink – £5.50

Tickets
Town fans can purchase tickets up until kick-off but are advised to buy in advance to avoid matchday queues. Available online and via the ticket office (01935 847888), prices are as follows:
Adult – £12
Concession (Senior/Young Person/Disabled) – £8
Junior – £2

INTERVIEW | Way wanting ‘brave’ performance against Villa

The Glovers come into the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides off the back of a 2-2 draw with Mansfield on Saturday, with an encouraging display giving plenty of reason for optimism. 

For the Villans, they maintained their 100% start to the campaign at the weekend with a dramatic 3-2 win at home to Wigan. 

Lining up against the Championship outfit, Way is hoping for his side to make the most of the occasion. 

“We’ll make sure we have loads of energy,” he told YTFC.net. “We want the players to be brave, show courage in possession and enjoy the moment because it’s a great opportunity live on Sky Sports.

“For the team going up against Villa, it’s a chance to test themselves against a top team with top players. 

“Any Yeovil team that has been successful or overachieved has had a real good team spirit and loads of energy. That’s two things I think our team is displaying at the moment.”

Having reached the semi-final of the Checkatrade Trophy and fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup in 2017/18, Town will be targeting another season of cup success. 

Seeing off a number of higher league teams in the last campaign the Glovers manager knows how important the cup competitions can be.

“We’ve had a number of good cup runs. The pressure is on me to make sure we keep the club financially robust so we know how important it is.

“We brought in over £1m with the Manchester United game and getting to Checkatrade Trophy semi-final last year, so we’ve got to make sure there’s a lot of effort, energy and no fear shown.

“It’s a great opportunity to go up against a very successful manager and a very successful football club.

“Steve Bruce has so much class and is a true professional with how he deals with every problem,” Way concluded. “He must have a very good way of working and is someone I’m looking forward to talking to either before or after.”

Tickets for the cup clash remain on sale with adults priced at just £12 and juniors just £2. Click here to secure your spot inside Huish Park.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Aston Villa

The Championship outfit head to Somerset for the first time in a competitive fixture, having previously never come head-to-head.

With the Sky Sports cameras also in attendance the green and whites will look to make it a memorable night at Huish Park. 

If Darren Way’s side are to do just that, it will be without the services of at least five first-team players. 

Stuart Nelson (calf), Rhys Browne (hamstring), Jake Gray (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) will all remain on the sidelines, whilst Jordan Green will serve the second of a three-match suspension. 

Defender Shaun Donnellan and club captain Francois Zoko both limped off on Saturday and require further assessment before learning of their involvement, with Tom James providing a timely boost by returning from a one-match ban.

Whoever lines up for Town they’ll be facing a Villa side who’ve started the season in fine form. 

Steve Bruce’s side have two wins from two in the second tier with wins over Hull and Wigan, scoring three goals in both outings. 

With five different goal scorers on the score sheet the Villans will provide a stern test.

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s cup meeting will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

Officials
John Brooks will take charge of proceedings at Huish Park.

Mr Brooks last took charge of a Town match in April, overseeing the 0-0 draw with Forest Green Rovers in Somerset.

On the night, he’ll be assisted by Mark Pottage and Adam Matthews with Tim Robinson 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, you can listen to the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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 | Back the boys against Villa

The First Round encounter will take place at Huish Park with the match also shown live on Sky Sports. 

On sale to all supporters, fans can purchase tickets online or via the ticket office (01935 847888). 

Prices for the first competitive meeting between the two sides are as follows:

Adult – £12
Senior/Disabled – £8
Young Person (under 23) – £8
Junior (under 16) – £2

After Saturday’s entertaining draw with Mansfield, get behind the Green & Whites and secure your spot inside Huish Park now!

INTERVIEW | Jaiyesimi delighted to open Town account

On a drizzly afternoon at Huish Park it only took Jaiyesimi six minutes to find the net in his first home appearance for the green and whites.

The Stags equalised through Craig Davies only three minutes later before Yoann Arquin netted in the 17th minute against his former side to restore the home advantage.

However, Matt Preston equalised less than ten minutes later which proved to be the final goal of the game.

But off the mark in just his second Town outing, the versatile attacker is keeping his goal scoring targets to himself.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “I’m over the moon, I just wanted to help the team out and get a goal. I’m relishing the opportunity I just want to keep my starting place and keep on working hard.

“We should’ve got more from the game but we’ll go again now on Tuesday.

“I have personal targets but I’m going to keep them to myself and we’ll see what happens come the end of the season.”

The 20-year-old added that the players are excited for the Carabao Cup tie against the Villains: “I’m really looking forward to it as are all the boys, so it’s going to be good. We’ll go again after Saturday.

“It’s a chance for me and us to impress against a side of Championship quality.”

Tickets for the Carabao Cup first round encounter against Aston Villa remain on sale. View our home tickets page to grab yours.

NEWS | Kick It Out celebrates 25 years

Having started as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, Kick It Out has evolved into an organisation which – working alongside its partners The FA, the Premier League, the English Football League, The Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation, among others – fights ALL forms of discrimination in the game we love. 

Since its inception, Kick It Out has provided a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs, fans, grassroots organisations and beyond. The organisation also provides mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game.

Kick It Out has established an equality framework for professional clubs, supporting the development of equality practices and policies, and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering reporting app.

However, despite 25 years of progress, hatred, prejudice, abuse and discrimination are still evident in our society and in football.

In the 2018/19 season and beyond we want everyone involved in football to continue to campaign for equality and challenge discrimination, while playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves the game.

But don’t forget to recognize how far we’ve come. Let’s kick racism and discrimination out of football – together.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved in Kick It Out’s 25-year anniversary, contact Robert Brown on Robert@kickitout.org, or keep up to date with the organisation’s work at the following:

Twitter: @kickitout  Facebook: @kickitoutofficial    Instagram: @kickitout  Website: www.kickitout.org

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-2 Mansfield Town

All four goals of an end-to-end affair were scored in the first-half as the Glovers led twice through Diallang Jaiyesimi and Yoann Arquin who opened their accounts in green and white on home debut.

However, jubilation twice turned to disappointment as they were cancelled out through goals from Craig Davies and Matt Preston to mean the points were shared. 

After last week’s narrow defeat to Bury, the hosts were left without the suspended Tom James and Jordan Green as well as injured quartet Rhys Browne (hamstring), Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee) and Jake Gray (ankle).

Captain Omar Sowunmi returned to the starting 11 after serving his two-match suspension carried over from last campaign to fill the void left by James, whilst Wes McDonald made his debut in green and white since joining the Glovers from Birmingham.

In a drizzly afternoon in Somerset, Jaiyesimi got Town off to a dream start just six minutes in, after being played in by Carl Dickinson he slotted past Conrad Logan from inside the area to score his first goal for the club.

With many still celebrating the early opener, the Stags equalised just minutes later. Alefe Santos failed to clear and the ricochet fell kindly to former loanee Davies in the area who controlled well and fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

The Glovers, not disheartened by conceding, pressed to get back ahead. Sessi D’Almeida fed Bevis Mugabi on the right whose ball to the back post found Jaiyesimi but the striker couldn’t direct his header on target.

Continuing a pulsating affair, Town took the lead for the second time in the 17th minute. A long throw from Dickinson fell to Sowumni in the penalty area whose shot was saved by Logan, only to fall into the path of Arquin who reacted quickest to slot in the rebound from a few yards out against his former employers.

Baxter denied Mansfield a second equaliser four minutes later as Davies cut in from the left and shot from 20 yards before Jaiyesimi went close again, this time latching on to a lobbed ball from Mugabi only to then sky his shot on goal.

Rounding off a frantic opening half-an-hour, Mansfield leveled once again in the 26th minute through Preston who headed in the returning Otis Khan’s cross from the left after a short free-kick inside the Glovers half.

The Nottinghamshire outfit almost took the lead when a quick free-kick was fed into Tyler Walker whilst the Yeovil defence protested, with the Forest loanee pulling the ball back to Krystian Pearce who fired over.

After a dramatic opening 45 minutes, Darren Way made one switch at the break as the experienced Gary Warren replaced Shaun Donnellan, who the Town boss confirmed had been struggling with a thigh strain. 

Alex Pattison made his first appearance since joining on loan from Middlesbrough for the Glovers by replacing Santos, who had just been booked, with 35 minutes remaining.

Half way into the second half the game opened up and Jaiyesimi went close again after turning and shooting wide from Arquin’s delivery from the right. 

A minute later it was Arquin who almost put Town back ahead, determined work from Dickinson up the left led to a ball swung into the box that reached Arquin at the back post, his first effort was saved by Logan and second fired over the bar on the rebound.

Less frantic than the first-half but still end-to-end, It was David Flitcroft’s side who went close next.

Khan beat his man down the right and fired a fierce ball across the box which was struck by the well-placed Davies, only for Baxter to produce a stunning reaction save.

In a flurry of pressure, good work again down the right from the visitors led to Walker crossing in for the dangerous Davies whose header was headed onto the bar by Sowunmi to deny the Stags the lead.

The Glovers pressed for a winner and Sowunmi went close at the other end when his header from Dickinson’s free-kick wound up in the arms of Logan, before the hosts were dealt a blow when Francois Zoko trudged from the pitch unable to continue after picking up a knock with all three substitutions used. 

With a man disadvantage, the green and whites dug in for the closing stages to earn a well-deserved point and kick-off proceedings for the season at Huish Park in entertaining fashion.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Donnellan (Warren 46′), Dickinson; Arquin, Santos (Pattison 56′), D’Almeida, McDonald; Jaiyesimi (Henry 75′), Zoko.
Bookings: Santos 55′
Subs not used: Phillips, Cole, Rogers, Fisher.

Mansfield Town: Logan; White, Preston, Pearce; Hamilton, MacDonald (Mellis 87′), Bishop, Khan, Benning; Davies (Butcher 83′), Walker.
Bookings: Benning 45′, Bishop 77′, White 87′
Subs not used: Olejnik, Sweeney, Gibbens, Graham, Atkinson.

REPORT | Under-18s maintain unbeaten start

Building on last weekend’s 2-0 win over local rivals Bristol Rovers, Archie Sturdy’s first goal of the season was enough for Town to add to their points tally. 

Missing Tai Fleming, Declan Rose and Neville Nzembela to injury as well as Tom Hayes (suspended) and Gabriel Rogers (with the first-team), the reshuffled youngsters started in confident fashion. 

With both sides enjoying early spells of possession, the green and whites fell behind inside the opening 10 minutes. 

Goalkeeper Tommy Scott was caught in possession inside his own box allowing a Cherries youngster to convert into an empty net. 

After scoring their fortuitous opener the visitors failed to gather any momentum and it was the Glovers who took control. 

The lively Harry Houghton fired over the bar following a well-worked short corner, shortly followed by captain Hong Wan suffering the same fate from 20 yards.

Remaining on the front foot the hosts pressed for an equaliser but couldn’t find the final ball. 

Nestor Shako posed a threat on the left wing but the Dorset outfit looked like they had done enough to take the lead into the break. 

With the referee poised to blow for half-time, a George Calverley free-kick only found its way to Sturdy who brilliantly dispatched an outside-of-the-boot curling effort into the top corner. 

Buoyed by their equaliser, Yeovil carried on where they left off after the restart and pinned themselves in Bournemouth’s half. 

Devon Arnold had a strike deflected a yard wide whilst Haughton dispatched a free-kick just over the bar with the Cherries keeper scrambling. 

As the rain began to fall in Somerset the hosts couldn’t make their dominance count and had to settle for an impressive point considering the number of absentees.

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Scott; Dix, John, Ojo, Calverley; Sturdy, Hong, Haughton, Clarke, Shako; Arnold.

PROGRAMME | New season, new Green & White!

Available from around the ground or in the club shop priced at just £3, the matchday publication is packed with all your favourite features and a host of new ones, too!

Listening to your feedback over the summer, the club has committed to continuing to producing a programme despite it no longer being an EFL mandatory ruling. 

But we need your support to ensure Green & White remains at the heart of our matchday experience.

New features for 2018/19 include:

Town Tribe
– A noticeboard for Town fans to mark a special occasion, wish someone a happy birthday or display their support from overseas.

Getting to know…
– You know the Yeovil squad as players, but what about as people? Each edition will get to know one of Town’s squad from a different point of view.

We all follow the Yeovil
– Pictures of fans from the last game with a chance to spot yourself in the crowd

Academy
– A revamped Academy section which provides the latest news, match reports and league tables.

Take Five
– We sit down with one player each edition to detail their top five moments from their time in football

Room-mates
– Ever wondered what the players do when they travel away? Get the lowdown from a pair of room-mates.

Fans favourite…
– We ask for your favourite memories on social media for a specific topic, with the best answers included in the programme

There’s plenty more new content inside so pick up your copy from Saturday morning! 

NEWS | Back Browney’s charity bid this weekend

Rhys’ dad Steve, who was a Glovers fans’ favourite in the 1990s, lost his battle with cancer in 2016 and the winger is now raising money in his dad’s name.

Having ‘braved the shave’ to make a stand against cancer, Browne is now accepting donations to go towards the Foundation which aims to support young people in North and East London (communities which were close to Steve’s heart). 

Donations can be made directly to the Foundation by clicking here with YTFC supporting Rhys this Saturday by holding a raffle with all proceeds going to the charity. 

Supporters are able to buy raffle tickets for £1 each from the marquee, all tea bars or the hospitality bars inside Huish Park to be in with a chance of winning a signed 2018/19 home shirt. 

The draw will be at half-time during Town’s Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa with Rhys also present in the marque ahead of kick-off this Saturday for fans to make donations and to have a chat!

NEWS | Mills appointed Chief Operating Officer

In his new role, Mills will be responsible for non-first team activity at the club with Chairman John Fry concentrating exclusively on strategic policy and ground redevelopment at Huish Park. Mills’ responsibilities also include overseeing Yeovil Town Academy and continuing to Chair Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust. David is also a Governor at Yeovil College.

David’s strong ties to the club are numerous having been an Associate Director since 2013 plus being Chairman and then President at Yeovil Town Ladies for eight years until 2016 (during which time he helped the Ladies team successfully bid for a place in the Women’s Super League and to win four major national FA Awards). In May 2017, Mills was appointed as Supporter Director and in June 2017 he became Yeovil’s Business Development Manager – a job role that will now be made dormant in the club structure.

During the last year, Mills has helped deliver positive change to the club behind the scenes and together with Supporters Alliance Chairman, Rich Rendell, has been instrumental in making the Supporters Alliance a much more effective group which has achieved notable improvements such as revised pricing for under-16s and young persons this season. 

Mills has a very strong commercial background via his experience in business, marketing and community relations – skills built up during three decades in the shopping centre industry. In addition, he has been both Chairman of Yeovil Town Centre Partnership and President of Yeovil Chamber of Trade.

Commenting, Chairman John Fry said: “Over the last year, David has developed a first-class understanding of how the club needs to move forward off the field. I have given David a mandate to bring change and more positive thinking to off the field operations where they need that type of support.

“Having said that, there are some hugely committed people in the off the field team and we need to make sure these talented people are best utilised and given support to develop. It is also vital that the Academy and Community Sports Trust operations continue to grow but with improved linkages to the main part of the club, particularly the first team.”

Remarking on the appointment, manager Darren Way said: “David has quickly understood and bought into the culture of the club and what we’re trying to build both on and off the pitch. The various branches of the club have been pulled closer together since his arrival and this is the natural next step in continuing that development.”

Commenting on his new role, Mills said he believes the club needs to make sure off the field thinking matches that of the first team – he added: “First team Manager Darren Way expects a progressive culture, attention to detail and unity of purpose from the first team and it is my job to ensure that off the field we adopt that type of ethos too.

“On or off the field as a club we need to achieve by unity and move forward – we have strong foundations in terms of community relations, fan engagement and business development but there is plenty of scope to do more.”

Although he remains an Associate Director of the club, Mills’ promotion does mean he will step down as Supporter Director with immediate effect due to a possible conflict of interest with his new position. How he is replaced as Supporter Director will be confirmed by the club after a dialogue with the Supporters Alliance.

INTERVIEW | Way ‘excited’ to get underway at home

After three entertaining pre-season friendlies at Huish Park the Glovers return to Somerset to host the Stags in Sky Bet League Two. 

Finishing pre-season at home with a 5-1 demolition of League One outfit Plymouth Argyle, Way is hoping his side can continue their entertaining displays. 

With the club’s first three points of the season up for grabs, he told iFollow Glovers: “We had a few home games in pre-season which I thought went particularly well.

“To play in front of our home supporters with the squad we’ve got this year, I’m quite excited.

“We’ve had a good week of training and our sole focus has been on preparing for the Mansfield match.”

The league clash will see attacker Otis Khan return to Huish Park for the first time since departing for an undisclosed fee in the summer. 

Making 87 appearances for the green and whites, Way is aware of the 22-year-old’s threat, along with his new team-mates.

“We know we’re up against Otis so we know everything about him,” he said. “They’ve signed a few, Davies is a fantastic player, the boy Walker up front and Preston at the back who with Pearce can be very, very aggressive and physical at times.

“I know David (Flitcroft) and I know Ben Futcher the assistant manager so we know a lot about Mansfield but it’s more about what we’ve done in pre-season and bringing it back to Huish Park and making sure our performance levels merit three points.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Mansfield Town

The Glovers will be looking to kick things off at home with a win after a dramatic opening day defeat at Bury last weekend. 

Darren Way’s side were reduced to nine men with Tom James and Jordan Green both dismissed in Greater Manchester. A valiant defensive display almost earned an unlikely point before the Shakers netted a winner in the last minute. 

Returning to Somerset, Town will look to carry on their pre-season form at Huish Park which was rounded off with a  5-1 thumping of League One outfit Plymouth Argyle. 

They’ll have to do so without the services of six players to call on with suspended duo James (one match) and Green (three matches) joining the injured quartet of Stuart Nelson (calf), Rhys Browne (hamstring), James Bailey (knee) and Jake Gray (ankle). 

There is a boost for the green and whites in the form of Omar Sowunmi who completed the second of a two-match suspension overlapping from last season at Gigg Lane last weekend. 

The defender’s return could be timely to help shut out a Mansfield side who romped to a 3-0 victory over Newport County last time out. 

Former Glover Otis Khan – who’ll return to his former employers for the first time since leaving this summer – netted twice in the win. 

The Stags are tipped for promotion this season and have made six summer signings to date including Nottingham Forest loanee Tyler Walker who also netted on debut against the Exiles.

Head-to-head
Mansfield’s 3-2 win at Huish Park towards the end of last season saw them edge ahead in the head-to-head record.

David Flitcroft’s side have now won four of the 10 encounters since 2003, with Town’s last win coming in 2016 when Ryan Dickson’s late strike won it in Nottinghamshire.

The Glovers last win at home came in 2005 when Darren Way (x2), Phil Jevons, Michael Rose and Arron Davies confirmed a 5-2 romp. 

Officials
Neil Hair will be the main in the middle on Saturday.

Promoted to the EFL referee’s list for the 2018/19 campaign Hair will make his first league visit to Huish Park. 

Mr Hair will be supported by Kevin Morris and Ronald Ganfield with Christopher Wade acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Nathan Baxter’s and manager Darren Way’s pre-match thoughts are available to view 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, you can listen or watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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 | Baxter relishing home debut

The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at National League side Woking and made his EFL debut in last week’s last-minute defeat to Bury.

Ahead of his home debut Baxter said he aims to create a similar relationship with the fans that he had at Woking and Solihull Moors.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “I’ve had a good relationship with the Woking fans and the Solihull moors fans and I’d love to create that again here. 

“I know the team is really well supported and the away support last week was brilliant. I can’t wait to get out there and show what I can do and hopefully start with a win.”

The Chelsea loanee was thrust straight into the deep-end with a start in the first game of the season with fellow stopper Stuart Nelson ruled out with a calf strain in pre-season.

Despite last weekend’s defeat, there is still an air of hope and ambition around Huish Park according to Baxter. 

“I think everyone at the club is really excited and determined about this year; from the manager, the board, the players we’re all really excited about this season, we are ambitious about this season. 

“We want to finish as high as possible and a quick start is important. It’s a difficult start that we’ve got so we need to make sure that every opportunity we’ve got we get points. 

“It’s our first home game of the season so the onus will be on us to get the points and we’ll try to go out, play attacking football and win the game. If we play well we’ll win the game, we don’t want to worry too much about Mansfield.”

Tickets for the first home match of the season remain on sale with more information found here.

NEWS | Club salutes departing director

Andy, who has many different portfolios at the club since his appointment as a director in 2010, was most recently Chairman of the club’s Academy, a role that has been phased out as Academy operations are being rolled into the main club structure.

Commenting on Rossiter’s departure, Chairman John Fry said: “Andy has influenced many different areas of the club during his time as a director, but as his role with the Academy has now ended I fully understand his decision to stand down.

“I was pleased to hear that despite his decision, Andy will still maintain his strong support of the club both as a fan and as a club sponsor via his business Radio Cabs, for which we are hugely grateful.”

Bringing an end to a second spell at Huish Park, Mr Rossiter added: “It was a difficult decision to resign, especially when my best friend and best man at my wedding was John Fry. However, the time was right to go. 

“I will stay as a season ticket holder as I have always been a fan before a director and I wish the club every success for the coming season. I would also like to say that I have nothing but respect for the hardworking part-time and full-time off-the-field staff who deserve a big thank you from me in whichever position I held.”

Finally, on a personal note, Mr Rossiter concluded: “My wife and I have also enjoyed my involvement as a director of YTFC, with many directors and their wives now being lifelong friends.”

Further details on the changes to how the Academy will operate going forward will be announced next week.

INTERVIEW | ‘Discipline has been addressed’ – Way

The Glovers host the Stags in the first home match of the season this weekend looking to record their first points of the campaign.

Suffering defeat at Bury on the opening day, Town did so with nine-men after Tom James and Jordan Green received their marching orders.

With the green and whites receiving 12 red cards since the same time last year, Way told YTFC.net that the dismissals can’t continue. 

“We’ve got to make sure we don’t keep making the same mistakes,” he said. “(Francois) Zoko and Omar Sowunmi are running a tight line because I want those players from last season who got sent off to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“On our shop floor the discipline is impeccable and we’re always trying to drive the standards but in the heat of battle, emotions run high and the players are sometimes showing too much passion. 

“I don’t want to take that away but we can’t lose players because it can cost us winning football matches.

“We’ve had a talk this week and now our focus is on preparing for the game against Mansfield on Saturday.”

Tickets for the first home match of the season remain on sale with more information found here.

NEWS | Mugabi reaches out to new fan in Africa

The 23-year-old Uganda international – born in England to Ugandan parents – was intrigued by the story of young Ugandan Thomas Kandwanaho, who has dedicated his life to helping the street boys in Kampala, the county’s capital.

Veteran sports reporter, John Lukins, mentioned to manager Darren Way that his son, Julian, was working with Thomas in Kampala’s slums. Darren and Bevis were touched by Thomas’ mission in the slums and sent a goodwill gesture in the form of Bevis’ original number five shirt worn during a game last season.

“When I gave Thomas the shirt and he realised it was from a Uganda international, he was so excited,” Julian said.  “I don’t think he took it off for a week. He wore it everywhere. People were asking him: ‘Where did you get that shirt?’ His face was just beaming.

“Ugandans are huge fans of English football and follow the Premier League like a religion. When Yeovil played Manchester United in the FA Cup, it was big. Very few people have a TV, so they all crowded into the cafes, pubs and betting shops to watch the game.”

Thomas, 26, knows what it’s like to live on the streets.  He came to Kampala on his own at age 14 and slept under corrugated metal sheets and inside tractor tyres, scavenging to survive. 

Now, he runs a mission to street boys providing emergency shelter, food, basic medical care, and encouragement.  His goal is to help boys get off the streets and return home to their families whenever possible.

Most street boys are lucky to own a shirt, let alone an authentic English club jersey.  Some who’ve lived on the streets for years wear only sackcloth or rags. 

Commenting, Thomas uses Mugabi’s shirt as a motivational tool: “The boys like my shirt,” he said. “But now they all want one! I tell them: ‘Don’t give up. Keep going and maybe one day you will play for Yeovil Town’.”

The club will be sending more shirts to Thomas for the children he works with. If you’d like to donate a YTFC shirt to be sent, send them to Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, BA22 8YF or drop them off in person.

PROGRAMME | Help keep Green & White alive!

After the EFL’s AGM earlier in the summer the mandatory requirement for programmes to be produced was removed, with some club’s now no longer providing matchday material.

Listening to Town supporters, the club recognised the importance of a matchday programme and took onboard feedback ready for the 2018/19 campaign. 

Working with designers hops, a new look Green & White is ready to launch this Saturday with a host of new features and content based on fan feedback.

However, YTFC needs your support to keep the programme alive! Fans can purchase from around the ground on matchdays as well in the club shop. 

The club is also looking to reintroduce the subscription service for exiled supporters wishing to get their copy. If you would be interested in a subscription service for an annual fee, please email media@ytfc.net.

Prices for the programme in 2018/19 is as follows:
– Saturday league match: £3 (64 pages)
– Tuesday night league match: £2 (48 pages)
– Cup match programmes: To be advised (Aston Villa programme – £3 and 64 pages)

COMMUNITY | Wheelchairs required by DSA

The club have three adult and one child’s wheelchair, all supplied by the DSA to be used by the stewards and medics should a supporter need assistance during the match.

All wheelchairs are fitted with safety belts and equipment to ensure that health and safety regulations are complied with.

The wheelchairs are also available for free hire whilst at the match should a supporter need assistance to and from their car to their seat, for example.

The club also has a dedicated steward, Tracey Wilson, who will assist any disabled supporter upon request.

Supporters wishing to use a wheelchair service are advised to contact the nearest steward on arrival at Huish Park and then return the equipment to the nearest steward after the match. 

Any donated wheelchair will all be gratefully received and much appreciated by any supporter who uses them.

If you can help the DSA, please contact Sharon Swain on 07790 375250.

COMMERCIAL | True Glover retires from lottery role

John has been a lottery agent for Town since the 1970s in the days of the old 25p Goldliner scratchcards. More recently, John has been pounding the streets of Yeovil collecting for The Gaolden Gate lottery.

Last week, John was a guest of the club and met with Manager Darren Way and the players before being presented with a new home shirt.

Approaching his 84th birthday later this month John has finally decided to hang up his boots due to a bout of ill health.

Commercial manager, Dave Linney, said: “John has been a stalwart to the Yeovil Town lottery department for many years and he will be greatly missed.

“I would like to wish John and his wife Rita good health and happiness for the future on behalf of everyone at Huish Park.”

REPORT | Under-18s start with a win

Mirroring the first-team’s style of play, the under-18s looked confident playing out from the back in Bristol and dominated possession. 

Keeping the Gas at arm’s length the Glovers created a host of chances before Dan Neild finally broke the deadlock.

Good work down the right-hand-side saw an inch-perfect delivery to the back post where Neild was perfectly placed to fire home with 15 minutes on the clock.

Deserving their lead, Town continued to press but had to settle for a 1-0 lead at the break. 

Remaining on the front foot after the restart the lead was double eight minutes into the second half.

Neville Nzembela, who featured for the first-team on occasion in pre-season, netted his first goal of the season after good play from Devon Arnold.

In an all-round impressive team performance, Daniel Ojo, Tyrique Clarke and Hong Wan all stood out for the Young Glovers who cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win to kick-start the season in style.

The under-18s next host AFC Bournemouth on Saturday (11am) on the Alvington pitches in Yeovil.

TICKETS | Back the boys in Huish Park opener

Darren Way’s side will be looking to bounce back from the narrow opening day defeat to Bury and carry on their impressive pre-season form at home which included the emphatic 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle. 

All 10 of Town’s summer recruits could be involved in the league clash with the Stags including newest recruits Wes McDonald and Alex Pattison. 

Tickets for the match remain on sale with the superb value for Juniors and Young Persons made even greater this season!

Juniors can now pick up a matchday ticket for just £3 whilst a Young Person can take in the action for just £10!

Don’t miss out, secure your spot inside Huish Park now:
In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

Tickets will be available on the day of the game but buy in advance to avoid queues and a matchday surcharge.

INTERVIEW | Way calling for maturity from young players

Gold Omotayo struck late on to claim a 1-0 win for the Shakers after both Tom James and Jordan Green received red cards in the second half to leave the visitors with nine men. 

With ill-discipline tainting the 2017/18 campaign, Way is calling on his players to take greater responsibility for their actions when on the pitch. 

A lack of discipline cost us that game,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I like to call my players men and I thought the players that remained on the pitch played like men. But we’re very disappointed with that lack of discipline and if it was me today, I think the players need to take the responsibility of that discipline.

“It’s concerning, but if you look at the majority of the players that are getting sent off, Omar Sowunmi, Bevis Mugabi, Jordan Green are all 22 or 23-year-olds and they have to grow up. They have to understand the game management.

“I can explain to the players how poor the discipline is, but with the names that I’ve mentioned, there’s a lot of young players that are getting sent off.

“Yes, it is frustrating and I understand that. My players still showed passion, and maybe too much passion at times but without passion, you cannot succeed.”

Town are next in action on Saturday when Mansfield Town visit Huish Park. Tickets remain on sale with more information found here.

INTERVIEW | Dickinson lays down the gauntlet for standards

The Glovers had both Tom James and Jordan Green dismissed at Gigg Lane before the nine-men conceded an 89th-minute sucker punch courtesy of Gold Omotayo. 

The duo will now miss one and three matches respectively including Saturday’s first home game of the season against Mansfield Town. 

Despite being pleased with the way the nine men on the pitch battled to try and claim an unlikely point, Dickinson won’t be letting standards slip after a successful pre-season build-up.

“We’ve got a good set of lads and I’ll make sure I enjoy every game and hopefully the lads do as well,” he told iFollow Glovers. “But trust me, I’ll be in their ears nonstop and if any standards slip we’ll be on it.

“I want us to work as hard as we can day in, day out and week in, week out. If we can do that and walk off the pitch saying we gave everything, that’s enough for me.

“To go down to nine men wasn’t ideal and it was a bit of sloppiness and ill-discipline, but the way we held out for as long as we did speaks volumes for the spirit we’ve got in the dressing room this season.”

Playing with a two-man disadvantage for 25 minutes Town’s full-back – who ended with the captaincy – is looking to take the positives into the weekend’s clash with the Stags. 

He added: “We’ve got to dust ourselves down and take that spirit and fight into next week and use it as fuel. We’ll look at what we can do better and what we did well and go again.

Tickets for the opening home match of 2018/19 remain on sale NOW! Click here to purchase yours.

REPORT | Bury 1-0 Yeovil Town

In a tight-affair up north neither side could engineer much by way of chances in the first-half, as both goalkeepers remained largely spectators before a dramatic second 45 minutes. 

Both Francois Zoko and Yoann Arquin went close to opening the scoring before 10 minutes of madness saw the visitors reduced to nine men with Tom James and Jordan Green dismissed with almost half-an-hour still to play.

Producing an effective defensive display Town managed to keep out the hosts until the last minute, when a dramatic share of the spoils was snatched away by Gold Omotayo. 

With 10 players arriving at Huish Park over the summer, Darren Way handed out five competitive debuts from the start in Greater Manchester. 

Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter made his EFL debut between the sticks whilst Carl Dickinson, Sessi D’Almeida, Arquin and Diallang Jaiyesimi all marked their first starts in Green & White. 

With Stuart Nelson and Rhys Browne facing a short spell on the sideline, goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips took a spot on the bench along with Academy product Gabriel Rogers.

Bathed in typical early-season sunshine the visitors soon settled into the new campaign by demonstrating their expansive style of football but chances remained at a premium. 

Jaiyesmi dragged an effort a yard or two wide after working space on the edge of the box whilst at the other end Chris Dagnall headed well over the bar in a quiet opening quarter-of-an-hour.

Neither side was able to stamp complete authority on proceedings and the first save of the match wasn’t made until the 22nd minute.

Chris Stokes’ shot for the hosts was redirected by Dagnall inside the six-yard box but Baxter demonstrated lightning reactions to somehow keep the effort out before the linesman’s flag went up for offside.

The chance livened up the home supporters and with their support the Shakers enjoyed a spell of pressure. 

Nicky Adams’ set-piece delivery caused some concern in the Town box but a final touch couldn’t be applied as both Aimson and Dagnall found themselves in threatening positions. 

In an opening 45 minutes when neither keeper was truly tested, Jaiyesimi looked liveliest for Way’s side but the Norwich loanee had a penalty shout waved away by referee Dean Whitestone after a strong run into the box. 

Becoming a bitty close to the half any urgency evaporated to see it remain goalless at the break before the Glovers emerged reinvigorated after the restart. 

Taking Way’s words onboard instantly the visitors went close to scoring twice in quick succession, as firstly captain Francois Zoko had a deflected strike from the angle brilliantly tipped over the bar by Joe Murphy. 

Causing Bury all sorts of problems Town went close again just two minutes later when Arquin moved the ball onto his right foot before seeing a strike fly a matter of inches over the bar with the home stopper beaten. 

Moving into the ascendancy the Glovers were dealt a blow when James received his marching orders for a second bookable offence with just 54 minutes on the clock, to halt any momentum gathered.

Swiftly becoming a backs to the wall job, experienced defender Gary Warren came off the bench to make a difficult debut and settled the 10-men. 

However, far from ideal circumstances were made decidedly more difficult when Green was shown a straight red card for a miss-timed challenge 12 minutes later to leave the Somerset outfit with just nine men. 

With the Green & Whites handicapped the game developed to mimic a training ground exercise with attack versus defence, as Baxter produced a smart stop to deny Danny Mayor as the final ten minutes approached.

Becoming increasingly busy, the Chelsea loanee was called into action again to get down low to Byron Moore’s driven shot as frustrations grew amongst the home fans.

Producing a stunning defensive display, the Shakers couldn’t penetrate a determined rearguard action and looked to be heading to a disappointing draw before substitute Omotayo rescued Bury with a last-minute winner to condemn Yeovil to an opening day defeat tinted with drama. 

Bury: Murphy; Miller (Moore 65′), Aimson, O’Connell, Thompson, Stokes (Telford 72′); Adams, Danns, Styles, Mayor; Dagnall (Omotayo 77′).
Bookings: Miller 49′, Danns 90′.
Subs not used: Hudson, Dawson, McFadzean, Bunn.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Green, Santos, D’Almeida, Arquin (Fisher 82′); Jaiyesimi (Warren 55′), Zoko (Cole 70′).
Bookings: James 44′, 54 (red), Green 66′ (red).
Subs not used: Phillips, McDonald, Rogers, Henry.

NEWS | Francois Zoko announced as 2018/19 club captain

Town’s two longest-serving players both had spells wearing the armband during last season and were mainstays in Darren Way’s side. 

Zoko, who’s finished as the club’s top scorer for the last three campaigns, made 48 appearances netting 15 times in 2017/18 whilst acting as one of the experienced heads in a youthful looking squad. 

The 34-year-old has made 117 appearances for the Green & Whites since late 2015 and has been identified as a leader both on and off the pitch by Darren Way.

Sowunmi, who committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year deal this summer, has been appointed captain after emerging as one of the first names on the teamsheet last season.

The 22-year-old made 46 appearances last term and picked up a host of end of season awards and will now take on the added responsibility of the captaincy. 

Entering his fourth campaign with the Glovers, Sowunmi will look to once again play an integral part of Town’s season with the added responsibility of the captaincy.

NEWS | Duo to miss start of the season

Experienced goalkeeper Nelson, who takes the number one jersey this season, has been ruled out with a calf strain that will delay his start to the new campaign. 

Likewise, winger Browne suffered a hamstring strain during last weekend’s pre-season finale at Corby Town that rules the 22-year-old out.

Both players will miss Town’s trip to Bury on the opening day and join James Bailey and Jake Gray on the sidelines. 

PREVIEW | Bury v Yeovil Town

Preparing for a fourth successive season in Sky Bet League Two manager Darren Way has made 10 summer signings to add to the core of his squad remaining from 2017/18.

Experience has been added in the form of defenders Carl Dickinson and Gary Warren as well as attacker Yoann Arquinn, with the exciting duo of Sessi D’Almeida, Korrey Henry and Wes McDonald completing the permanent arrivals. 

Heading to Somerset on loan Diallang Jaiyesimi, Nathan Baxter, Recee Cole and Alex Pattison all round off the new recruits. 

Enjoying a solid pre-season the Glovers will be looking to get off to a good start in the league against a side who suffered relegation from League One in 2017/18. 

The Skakers return to the fourth tier for the first time in four years and will be looking to bounce back straight away.

Despite suffering relegation, Ryan Lowe’s squad still boasts a plethora of household names including Jermaine Beckford, Nicky Adams, Stephen Dawson, Chris Dagnall and Neil Danns.

Head-to-head
The two clubs meet for the first since April 2013 when Town suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at Gigg Lane. 

James Hayter and Kevin Dawson were on target on that day as the Glovers eventually won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs a month later. 

Overall, Bury have won seven of the 10 competitive encounters since 1949 with the Green & Whites yet to record a victory in Greater Manchester.

Officials
Dean Whitestone will be the man in the middle for the season opener.  

Last taking charge of a Town match in November last year, Mr. Whitestone sent off loanee Sid Nelson in the 1-1 draw with Notts County at Huish Park. 

On Saturday, he’ll be assisted by Matthew Parry and Paul Newhouse with Mark Cunliffe acting as fourth official.

Coverage
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SIGNING | Glovers add two to their ranks

McDonald, who agrees a short-term deal with the club until January, arrives after leaving Championship outfit Birmingham City whilst Pattison signs on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough. 

Aged 21 and 20 respectively the duo arrive in Somerset for their first taste of EFL action and are both available for Saturday’s season opener at Bury subject to clearance.

Having risen through the Academy ranks at Crystal Palace and Fulham, McDonald swapped London for the Midlands at the of 16 and the decision was soon vindicated by netting 10 times in the 2016/17 campaign for the Development Squad at St Andrews.

Able to operate on the wing or further forward, the 21-year-old spent time on loan at Vanarama National League side Solihull Moors last season and will now make the step up to League Two.

Following a similar path, Darlington-born Pattison was signed by Boro at the age of nine and became a regular for both the under-18s and under-23s. 

Impressing throughout the age groups the 20-year-old, progression was paused by an injury early last season before an initial one-month loan move to York City in December. 

Making the transition to senior football appear easy, Pattison extended his stay with the Minstermen for the remainder of the campaign after claiming the Press Player of the Month award for December. 

During their time at Huish Park, Alex will wear number 17 with Wes claiming the number 21 jersey.

NEWS | 2018/19 squad numbers confirmed

Four of Town’s players who were under contract last season have switched numbers including winger Rhys Browne who takes the number seven jersey once worn by his dad, Steve, during the 90s at Huish Park.

Omar Sowunmi takes the number six shirt, Jordan Green moves to 11 whilst striker Alex Fisher takes the traditional number nine. 

In defence, new arrivals Carl Dickinson and Gary Warren take three and four respectively with Sessi D’Almeida awarded his preferred number. 

Newest recruits Alex Pattison and Wes McDonald take 17 and 21 respectively whilst Academy products Gabriel Rogers (15) and Tyrique Clarke (22) are also awarded squad numbers after impressing in pre-season. 

SQUAD NUMBERS 2018/19

1 Stuart Nelson

3 Carl Dickinson
4 Gary Warren
5 Bevis Mugabi
6 Omar Sowunmi
7 Rhys Browne
8 Reece Cole
9 Alex Fisher

10 Jake Gray
11 Jordan Green
12 Nathan Baxter
13 Francois Zoko
14 Diallang Jaiyesimi
15 Gabriel Rogers
16 James Bailey
17 Alex Pattison
18 Yoann Arquin
19 Korrey Henry
20 Sessi D’Almeida
21 Wes McDonald
22 Tyrique Clarke
23 Tom James
24 
25 
26 
27 Shaun Donnellan
28  
29  
30 Alefe Santos

SIGNING | Arquin arrives at Huish Park

The experienced wide man puts pen to paper on a contract in Somerset after impressing during pre-season and returns to English football after a spell in Kazakhstan with FC Kaysar.

A Martinique international, Arquin began his career in France which included spells with Nancy, Paris Saint-Germain B and Nantes before a move to Hereford United.

After netting nine goals in 38 appearances in League Two the 30-year-old enjoyed time with Notts County prior to a stint in Scotland with Ross County and St Mirren. 

Yoann Arquin celebrates a goal

Moves abroad to Turkey and Sweden followed before a short stint with Mansfield in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign. 

Comfortable using either foot and able to play further forward, manager Darren Way was delighted to capture Arquin’s services. 

He told YTFC.net: “Yoann adds yet more experience to our squad and knows what League Two is all about.

“He’s hungry to return to English football and we’ve given him a platform to show what he can do, so he needs to demonstrate that winning mindset to become a big part of this team.

“His pre-season performances have excited those who’ve watched and I look forward to seeing more of that in competitive action.”

NEWS | James to remain a Glover

The Glovers accepted an undisclosed bid for the 22-year-old from the Baggies, but the Welshman failed to agree terms with the Championship outfit. 

The Wales Under-21 international has made 54 appearances for Town in an 18-month stay, including 51 impressive outings during the 2017/18 campaign which ended with James winning a host of end of season awards. 

Joining the Glovers from Cardiff City in January 2017, the versatile defender will remain at the club and part of manager Darren Way’s plans for the forthcoming 2018/19 campaign.

NEWS | Record undisclosed James bid accepted

After negotiations, Town has agreed an undisclosed sum which will become the club’s record transfer fee received for a defender.

The 22-year-old, who made 51 appearances in 2017/18 and scooped a host of end of season awards, will now discuss personal terms and undergo a medical ahead of the proposed move.

The club will make no further comment at this stage.