Month: September 2018

INTERVIEW | Way cites a lack of desire and commitment

The Glovers started brightly in West Sussex but fell behind midway through the half to Ollie Palmer’s opener. 

The visitors battled back to equalise through Carl Dickinson just before the break and looked to be the side in the ascendency before a disappointing second half. 

Ashley Nathaniel-George restored the Reds’ lead before Filipe Morais added a third in stoppage time to inflict a first defeat on the road since the opening day of the season. 

Still searching for a first win as a manager at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, Way was left frustrated with his side’s performance. 

“We’re very disappointed,” he told iFollow Glovers. “There were periods where I thought we did well and there wasn’t much in the game until they took that 30-yard shot that flew in.

“The reaction after that was very poor and not like the way we’ve been playing. We’ve had more desire and more commitment to get the game back and I didn’t feel we showed that.

“We’re disappointed in the dressing room and the players have taken responsibility that they didn’t do well.”

Looking to claim a fourth consecutive win on the road, Town conceded their first goals away from home since the 1-0 defeat at Bury at the start of August. 

Now without a win in three games against Crawley, Way is still searching for a 90-minute performance against the Reds.

“We’ve played here a number of times since I’ve been manager and we have not performed over a period of 90 minutes.

“You have to do that to win any football match. But I wanted the players to play 90 minutes like men and I felt that from our point of view, there were a few boys out there. 

“I felt that there were good periods of play and we had large periods of possession certainly in the first half, but as I’ve said we never did enough to manage that game.”

REPORT | Under-18s return to winning ways

Looking to bounce back from defeat at Forest Green Rovers a fortnight ago, strikes from Neville Nzembela and Archie Sturdy secured a comfortable 2-0 win. 

After suffering something of an injury crisis prior to their break, Town were bolstered by the return to fitness of Tom Hayes and Tai Fleming.

Starting on the front foot from the first whistle, Yeovil took the game to Newport and looked to press high up the pitch to win the ball back and create scoring chances. 

The Exiles were reduced to long ball tactics and nearly caught out the green and whites on a few occasions due to a lack of concentration at the back.

On a similar note, the Young Glovers had to deal with long throws into the box – something not faced before –  and although not always convincingly, the visitors dealt with the threat.

With 20 minutes on the clock and having defended well, Town broke the deadlock.

Good movement from Nzembela saw the striker receive the ball in the opposition area only to be brought down for a penalty, which he duly took and converted to open the scoring. 

Despite their goal advantage, it was Newport who enjoyed the better of the play afterwards with Yeovil giving the ball away cheaply on numerous occasions up until the break.

The second half was similar to the first, with the visitors having to defend long balls and direct play from County, which caused a few nervy moments at the back.

Needing a second goal to steady the nerves, it came from the lively Sturdy.

Cutting in from the left, Sturdy unleashed an unstoppable right-footed shot into the far corner which killed off the game. 

After conceding five at Forest Green last time out the clean sheet in South Wales was a welcome one and got Town’s season back on track after an impressive start.

REPORT | Crawley Town 3-1 Yeovil Town

Ollie Palmer opened the scoring in the first half against the run of play but Carl Dickinson cancelled that out with a goal three minutes before half-time.

Olufela Olomola did have the ball in the net on the stroke of the break as he headed in Jordan Green’s rebounded shot, but was adjudged to be offside.

Coming out much stronger in the second-half the home side had the better chances but it took something special from substitute Ashley Nathaniel-George for Crawley to retake the lead.

The defeat was confirmed in the last minute of stoppage time as captain Filipe Morias got his shot off from outside the area to inflict a first away defeat since the opening day of the season on Town.

Targeting a fourth successive away win, Darren Way made four changes to the side that drew 1-1 with MK Dons on Tuesday.

Rhys Browne and Jake Gray were in the starting XI for the first time in the league this season whilst Enes Mahmutovic was back in the side for his second game in Green and White.

Two of those changes were forced as Diallang Jaiyesimi and Omar Sowunmi came off in midweek to join an extensive injury list consisting of Stuart Nelson, James Bailey, Francois Zoko, Gary Warren, Wes McDonald and Alefe Santos.

Baked in early Autumn sunshine the visitors created the best chances in the opening exchanges with Green’s pace causing worry for the Crawley defence.

The winger hit the side netting for the first chance of the match and won a free-kick which was fired narrowly wide by Dickinson.

Making the Reds defence work early on, Alex Pattison played a ball over the top for Olufela Olomola which forced the attack wide, his shot from the angle was well saved by Glenn Morris.

Looking ever dangerous, Olomola drove forward with the ball and released Green, the Scunthorpe loanee looked for the return ball but Green opted to run it and the shot which eventually came from Browne was over.

The hosts managed to keep more of the ball as they grew into the first half and restricted chances for the Glovers, but they also failed to create any for themselves up until the 25th minute.

Determined work from Lewis Young down the right allowed a ball into the box. Luke Gambin seemed to have fluffed the chance but Palmer was there to stab the ball in at the back post to give Crawley the lead.

Matters got worst for visitors as Alex Pattison was forced off injured to become the next name on a seemingly ever-growing list.

However, despite the setback, the visitors found themselves level three minutes before half-time.

Olomola turned on the edge of the area and played in Dickinson who fired the ball past Morris to make it two in his last two on the road.

In first-half stoppage time, Olomola thought he had put the Green and Whites back ahead when he headed in virtually on the goal line from Green’s rebounded shot, but the flag was up from the linesman.

After the restart, the hosts started much better than they started the first, enjoying more of the ball in attacking areas.

Mark Randall had a shot from range which flew wide before Arquin had an effort saved at the other end following a swift counter-attack.

Looking threatening, Palmer should have restored Crawley’s lead just before the hour mark, finding himself free in the area he couldn’t manage to guide his effort on target.

However, Crawley did find themselves back in front thanks to a stunner from Nathaniel-George, with seemingly no danger on the midfielder unleashed a long range effort that flew past the helpless Baxter.

With a spring in their step, the home side looked to kill off the game and perhaps should have done through their two goalscorers.

When two-on-one against Enes Mahmutovic, Palmer opted to delay playing in Nathaniel-George till the last minute and his shot from wide of goal was stopped by Baxter.

Failing to create any real chances for an equaliser Yeovil could have found themselves further behind, Palmer had two bites of the cherry his first effort was saved by Baxter and the rebound was put wide with the goal at his mercy.

The defeat was confirmed in the closing minute, a good advantage from referee Neil Hair allowed Morias to get his shot away on the edge of the area which flew into the bottom corner, condemning Yeovil to a 3-1 defeat, their first away loss since the opening day of the season.

Crawley Town: Morris; Young, Vincelot, N’Gala, Maguire; Morias, Randall (Nathaniel- George 58), Payne, Gambin (Poleon 75); Camara, Palmer.                                         
Bookings: Maguire 29’, Randall 32’, Palmer 85’
Subs not used: Mersin, Doherty, Francomb, Allarkakhia.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mahmutovic, Donnellan, Dickinson; Gray, Pattison (Arquin 34), D’Almeida, Browne (Fisher 63); Green (Patrick 79), Olomola.
Bookings: D’Almeida 32’
Subs not used: Phillips, Ojo, Mugabi, Rogers.

INTERVIEW | Way hoping to end Crawley hoodo

The Glovers have come away empty-handed from their last two visits to the Checkatrade.com Stadium without scoring a goal. 

Back-to-back 2-0 defeats in the last two campaigns have made it three years since Town last picked up a win in West Sussex, despite recording a 5-0 win at Huish Park in that time. 

However, after making a strong start to the 2018/19 season to sit in sixth place going into Saturday’s meeting, Way is confident his side can change their fortunes against the Reds.

“We’ve had some interesting clashes,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I feel we could do much better dealing with the arena at their place.

“We’ve performed in spells but never played with any aggression or any cleverness since I’ve been manager and they’ve got the better of us, which hasn’t happened so much at home. 

“There have been occasions where we’ve won by large numbers and scored some fantastic goals at home but going their place seems difficult but this group is better equipped this year.”

Way’s side are gunning for a fourth straight win on the road this weekend. 

Victories at Notts County, Grimbsy and Newport County have preceded the trip to Crawley and Town’s boss feels his side are well-equipped to perform away from home.

“Teams are a little more open when they’re at home and they throw more numbers forward. 

“Our pitch plays a little slower, whereas away they’ve seemed firmer and flatter which has meant we’ve been able to break quicker with more pace and power.

“We have a big attacking threat and this group never, ever give up.”

PREVIEW | Crawley Town v Yeovil Town

Since the narrow opening day defeat at Bury, Darren Way’s side have recorded three straight victories on their travels, picking up wins at Notts County, Grimsby and Newport County.

Scoring 11 goals without conceding, Town will look to continue their impressive run away from Somerset against a Crawley side who sit two points below them in the Sky Bet League Two table. 

Yeovil moved into the top six with a 1-1 draw against MK Dons in midweek, but a spot in the play-offs came at a cost.

Norwich loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi was stretchered from the pitch and now awaits scan results, whilst Omar Sowunmi limped off late on to provide a second injury blow.

With both missing the trip to West Sussex, they’ll join Stuart Nelson, James Bailey and Francois Zoko on the sidelines, with Wes McDonald and Gary Warren still battling for fitness.

Having not featured in midweek, Crawley will be looking to make the extra few days rest count and bounce back from defeat at Forest Green Rovers last weekend. 

Gabriele Cioffi’s side boast a man in good form in front of goal with summer signing Ollie Palmer netting five goals this season. Former Glovers Lewis Young and Bondz N’Gala will look to get one over on their former employers, too.

Head-to-head
Saturday’s encounter will be the 12th meeting between the two sides. 

With six victories to Town’s name, Way’s men will be looking to turn around a run of three straight defeats against the Reds.

The Glovers had previously won five in a row, with the 5-0 romp back in December 2016 the last victory thanks to strikes from Tom Eaves, Ryan Hedges, Francois Zoko and an Otis Khan brace.

A win at the Checkatrade.com Stadium would be a first in three years, following on from Harry Cornick’s winner in 2015.

Officials
Neil Hair will take charge of his second match involving Town on Saturday. 

Overseeing the 2-2 draw with Mansfield at Huish Park in August, Mr Hair will be the main in the middle in West Sussex. 

He’ll be assisted by Stuart Butler and Bhupinder Gill with Adrian Waters acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Shaun Donnellan and manager Darren Way can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

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

If you’re unable to attend the game, 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 | Donnellan remaining grounded despite strong start

After nine matches the Glovers sit in sixth position in Sky Bet League Two and head to Crawley on Saturday (3pm) looking to record a fourth straight win away from home.

The recent 6-0 win over Newport County was the club’s biggest victory since entering the EFL and marked Donnellan’s return from a thigh injury. 

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international limped off at half-time of the 2-2 draw with Mansfield at the start of August and missed the following nine matches. 

Now back in action, Town’s defender is looking to remain grounded. 

“Us as players, we’re taking each game as it comes,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We don’t want to look too far ahead, we’re just looking to Saturday – I know that’s quite cliché but that’s how we’ve got to look at it.

“You can’t get carried away because football changes so quickly and you have to stay level-headed, otherwise it won’t work out.

“Every game in this league is tough and every game is a new challenge. We go to Crawley well prepared and we want to go and get the three points.”

Donnellan completed his first 90 minutes since returning from injury in the 1-1 draw with MK Dons on Tuesday night. 

Despite competition for places in the heart of defence, the 21-year-old is only focused on the continued success of the team.

“When the team’s doing well you can’t complain and that’s what I want and what every player in this team wants.

“It’s not about us it’s about the team, so as long as the team is doing well we’re all happy.

“On a personal level, I want to carry on where I left off. I felt on Tuesday I was getting my sharpness back, so I want to build levels back to where I was.”

NEWS | Jaiyesimi awaiting scan results

The Norwich loanee was stretchered off after just 23 minutes of Town’s 1-1 draw with the Dons following a heavy challenge.

Making an impressive start to life at Huish Park, the 20-year-old has scored twice in 11 appearances for the green and whites to become a favourite amongst the fans. 

Having had an initial MRI scan, Jaiyesimi will receive the results early next week but will sit out the trip to Crawley Town this weekend. 

Similarly, Omar Sowunmi is waiting to find out the extent of his ankle injury after limping off in second half stoppage time in midweek.

The Glovers were forced to play the final few minutes without the captain’s presence after he was brought down and will likely have to do the same again in West Sussex on Saturday.

TICKETS | Be part of Yeo on the Go at Crawley!

Darren Way’s side have won their last three away matches scoring 11 goals without reply in the process.

Looking to make it four straight wins away from Huish Park, Town head to the Checkatrade.com Stadium looking to retain their spot in the top six. 

The green and whites moved into the play-off spots with a 1-1 draw against MK Dons on Tuesday night and will now back the trip to West Sussex.

Seated and terrace tickets are available, with a full price breakdown found on our away tickets page.

The Green & White Supporters Club are also running coach travel to and from Crawley with prices and how to book found here.

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INTERVIEW | ‘We never stop believing’ – Olomola

The Scunthorpe loanee made his first league start since re-joining the club for a second spell and netted an 88th minute equaliser to secure his second goal in three games.

Claiming a point to move into the top six, Olomola recalls a different experience during his first period with the club in the first half of the 2017/18 season. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “Last year, these were the games we were losing. When games were tight we’d always crumble at the last hurdle.

“This time, we showed that even when things aren’t going our way, we never stop trying, we never stop believing and never stop trying for each other and it paid off.

“Games like that you need the crowd to be the twelfth man and you need that support and it saw us through I think.”

Picking up a point after Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Swindon Town at Huish Park, the clash with the Dons was Town’s game in hand on the rest of the division. 

Using it to re-enter the play-offs, Olomola is targeting more of the same with his first full match of the season now under his belt.

“We just wanted to get the equaliser,” he said. “It was important that if we couldn’t win the game we didn’t lose it so I was delighted to get the goal.

“It was my first 90 minutes of the season so I was delighted to get through it.

“For me as a striker, I just want to keep getting minutes, keep getting goals and keep climbing the table.” 

INTERVIEW | ‘We would’ve lost that last season’ – Way

The Glovers trailed to Kieran Agard’s first-half strike but leveled it up late on through Olufela Olomola’s second goal in three matches. 

Lifting the green and whites into the top six, Town’s boss told iFollow Glovers he felt the game would’ve been lost last season. 

“We would 100% have lost last year, I feel the players would’ve crumbled under the pressure where supporters air their frustration at giving the ball away.

“It happens up and down the country but I felt to score the goal in the way we did, showed the pressure didn’t affect the players.

“I spoke to the players and said that last year we didn’t have a mentally strong team. We would get off to good starts and not see games out, but you can’t complain about that this year.”

The League Two meeting with the Dons was a game in hand for sides after the original fixture scheduled for earlier in the month was postponed due to international call-ups.

Catching up with the rest of the league, Way could only praise his side’s league position come full-time.

“We have to look at our league position,” he said. “To be in the top six you have to be pleased with that.

“It was a great finish for the goal, I told the front four it would need something special from them and they delivered.

“To get that equaliser was so important when you look at our position in the table now.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 MK Dons

In an improved opening 45 minutes from the hosts, the only negative looked to be Diallang Jaiyesimi’s serious-looking injury midway through the half. 

Having gone close through Yoann Arquin and Carl Dickinson, the Dons couldn’t test Nathan Baxter before Kieran Agard struck against his former employers in stoppage time.

Slow to get going after the break the visitors missed opportunities to extend their lead and were made to pay late on when Olufela Olomola rescued a point for the green and whites on 88 minutes.

After Saturday’s defeat to Swindon Town – a first in seven EFL matches for Darren Way’s side – the Glovers looked to respond instantly and made two changes.

The fit-again Shaun Donnellan came in to replace Enes Mahmutovic in the heart of defence whilst Olomola replaced Alex Fisher to add extra pace in attack.

Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee), Francois Zoko (knee), Alefe Santos (thigh), Gary Warren and Wes McDonald remained unavailable through injury, as Omari Patrick once again missed out as the unlucky sixth loan.

Looking determined to make up for Saturday’s disappointing showing the green and whites began in determined fashion. 

With just 10 minutes on the clock, the energetic-looking Green had a penalty claim waved away by referee Anthony Coggins after the winger appeared to be tripped inside the box after neat build-up play. 

Not interested in pointing to the spot Town looked to take matters into their own hands and went close minutes later. 

A swift break saw Olomola feed Arquin wide on the left, with the Martinique international cutting in before whizzing a strike a yard or two wide. 

As the half reached the midway point, a flurry of feisty Dons challenges saw both Baily Cargill and Alex Gilbey enter the referee’s book in quick succession, with the latter forcing an early Yeovil change. 

Diallang Jaiyesimi needed lengthy treatment before being stretched off, allowing Alex Fisher to take his place in unfortunate circumstances.

After play resumed the spell of Yeovil pressure continued and the deadlock was almost broken on 26 minutes.

Dickinson’s 25-yard free-kick got perfectly up and over the wall but flew inches wide with Lee Nicholls scrambling in the visiting goal. 

Surviving a spell of pressure, Paul Tisdale’s side looked to threaten themselves – predominantly from out wide – but were left frustrated by a resolute looking Town defence despite a string of fine crosses. 

Unable to truly test Baxter the keeper made his first meaningful save in first-half stoppage time when Alex Gilbey’s volley nestled nicely in his arms, but the Chelsea loanee was soon to be beaten. 

Dealing a blow on the stroke of half-time, Agard latched onto Callum Brittain’s pass and coolly lifted the ball into the roof of the net to leave Baxter no chance.

With no opportunity to respond, Way’s side headed into the break a goal down.

Initially on the front foot following the restart the Glovers soon found themselves pinned in their own half and only had wayward finishing to thank for the deficit remaining at just one. 

Rhys Healey’s low cross found strike partner Agard six-yards out, but the former Town man somehow lifted his shot over the bar. 

As the hour-mark approached, Healey drove a shot of his own wide before Gilbey headed just over from an inswinging corner as the pressure built. 

Needing a response, Rhys Browne took the place of Arquin but it was Green on the opposite wing who went close on 62 minutes.

Finding space in the box, the diminutive attacker unleashed a venomous hit but it didn’t dip in time to sneak under the crossbar.

Remaining as Town’s bright spark, Green’s strong run won a free-kick over on the right and from the resulting set-play, Dickinson saw a shot graze the bar on its way over as the clock began to tick down.

As frustration grew around the ground the hosts struggled to find their attacking spark as the final 10 minutes approached, leaving Lee Nicholls largely unscathed in the visiting goal.

Staring back-to-back home defeats in the face the green and whites threw numbers forward in the closing stages and had a glorious chance to equalise with four minutes remaining. 

Olomola’s through ball set Green in on goal who opted to go it alone as opposed to squaring to Fisher, but Nicholls stood tall to get a toe to the low strike. 

Having Seemingly squandered their best chance the hosts rallied to level it up a minute later. 

Switching roles, Green fed Olomola who made no mistake with an emphatic finish to notch his second goal in three games. 

Perhaps fancying a late winner, Town were made to play the final stages with 10-men when Omar Sowunmi picked up a knock and was unable to continue with all three substitutions made, forcing the Glovers to settle for a share of the spoils to move back into the top six.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi (James 62′), Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Green, Pattison, D’Almeida, Arquin (Browne 56′); Jaiyesimi (Fisher 23′), Olomola.
Bookings: Green 45′, Sowunmi 82′
Subs not used: Phillips, Mahmutovic, Rogers, Gray. 

MK Dons: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Brittain, Houghton, Gilbey (Cisse 63′), Watson, Lewington; Agard, Healey.
Bookings: Cargill 17′, Gilbey 18′, Brittain 70′, Moore-Taylor 90′
Subs not used: Moore, Walsh, Aneke, Hancox, Simpson, Thomas-Asante.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v MK Dons

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Pick up issue seven of the matchday programme, Green & White, from around the ground or from the club store. The 48-page publication – crammed full of content – can be picked up for just £2. Inside the latest issue, Academy product Gabby Rogers chats about making his EFL debut to become the first Town player born this millennium to feature in green and white.

Tea Bars
For all your refreshment needs, the tea bars around the ground will be open between 6.30pm and 9pm. 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
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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!

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

INTERVIEW | ‘We want Huish Park to be a fortress’ – Dickinson

Darren Way’s side suffered a first league defeat since the opening day of the season on Saturday when Swindon came to Somerset and left with a 3-0 win. 

The game marked the first time the green and whites have conceded in seven matches and ended a six-match unbeaten run. 

Looking to boost their record of one win, two draws and one defeat at home in the league, Dickinson wants a quick return to previous form. 

Speaking to BBC Somerset, he said: “We want to make sure that any time a team sees they’re playing against us that they’re going to think ‘we’ve got a tough game coming’. We want to be like that all season.

“We need to make sure we’re doing that more often than not. Especially with our home games, we want to make Huish Park a fortress and a place people don’t like coming.

“If we get back to what we’ve been doing of late, we should do well enough to take the three points from what will be a tough MK Dons team.”

The 31-year-old has been an ever-present since signing in the summer from league rivals Notts County. 

Quickly setting into life in the South West, the left-back admits Saturday’s performance fell short of recent standards but is relishing the chance to go fourth in the table with a win against the Dons.

“We’ve been on an incredible run but we let ourselves down a little bit which is difficult to say considering how well we had been doing. 

“We weren’t anywhere near the standards we’ve set ourselves of late but we’ve got a chance to put it right quite quickly. 

“Everyone wants to be up and around the top of league, it doesn’t matter when. It’s most important to be up there come the end but it’s always nice when you see your team’s name up around the top of the league but we have to make sure we put the things right that went wrong on Saturday first.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v MK Dons

The Glovers suffered their first defeat in seven at the weekend, with Swindon netting three second half goals to condemn Darren Way’s side to defeat. 

Despite the loss, Town did create history; not conceding until the 59th minute a new club record was set for minutes without conceding in the EFL – 573 minutes in total, a run that started on the 11th August.

Now preparing to face the Dons in the rearranged encounter, the green and whites have the chance to climb to fourth in the table with a win. 

Originally scheduled for Saturday 8th September the league meeting was postponed due to Town’s international call-ups. 

With the trio of Shaun Donnellan, Enes Mahmutovic and Sessi D’Almeida now back in Somerset, Way will still be unable to call upon Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee) and Francois Zoko (knee), with Gary Warren and Wes McDonald both battling for fitness following injuries. 

Omari Patrick was the unlucky sixth loan at the weekend but could return to the fold as the Glovers look for a return to winning ways. 

The visitors will be looking to do the same after defeat on the road at table-topping Lincoln on Saturday.

Former Glover Kieran Agard will return to his former club as the visitors’ top scorer after netting twice so far this season. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s meeting will be the first league encounter between the two sides since May 2015. 

In the 16th encounter between the two sides, Town will look to draw level with MK Dons’ six wins. 

The two clubs did meet in the Checkatrade Trophy at Huish Park in 2016, with goals from Kevin Dawson, Francois Zoko, Alex Lacey and Ben Whitfield securing an emphatic 4-1 win. 

Officials
Antony Coggins will take charge of his ninth game of the season in Somerset.

Officiating predominantly in League One, it will be his first Town match since overseeing the 1-0 defeat to Carlisle United at home in February. 

Mr Coggins will be assisted by Christopher Wade and Andrew Laver with Mark Pottage 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, domestic and overseas supporters can watch the game live via iFollow Glovers, with match passes 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 | ‘Saturday wasn’t us’ – Way

The Glovers suffered a first defeat in Sky Bet League Two since the opening day of the season when Phil Brown’s side visited Somerset at the weekend, but are straight back in action at home. 

Facing another promotion favourite in the form of the Dons, Town will look to get back to winning ways with a chance to move up to fourth in the table. 

Reflecting on the 3-0 defeat to the Robins and now looking for a response, Way told YTFC.net: “We have to hold our hands up and out of respect, look each other in the eye and say we weren’t good enough.

“It’s probably the first time I’ve had that with this group and I’ll be interested now to see the response because we’ve got the opportunity and inspiration to go fourth if we get that win. 

“we’ve got to make sure we regroup and are ready to go again on Tuesday.”

Having conceded just three goals all season, the Robins netted three in half an hour in a disappointing second half at Huish Park. 

Ending a six-match run of cleansheets, Way insists his side will learn from the defeat whilst not wanting to be too critical. 

“All I’d been speaking to the players about was complacency and what it means,” he said. “The players have been on a great run and I can’t be too critical with the group, but we will make sure they understand that Saturday’s performance was not us and that it’s not acceptable. 

This group have shown fantastic character, leadership and responsibility throughout the campaign so far, so I won’t be expecting any hiding against a strong MK Dons side.

“The reward for winning is there to be seen, so it’s up to the players to do their bit to ensure it happens now.”

NEWS | New club record set for minutes without conceding

Coming into the West Country clash against Swindon Town with 514 minutes on the pitch since last conceding in the league, the Glovers needed to remain unscathed for the first eight minutes to set a new club record. 

Although going on to lose 3-0 to the Robins to suffer a first defeat in seven matches, Town made it to 573 minutes before Steven Alzate’s strike broke the deadlock just before the hour-mark. 

Surpassing the previous record set in 2010 by 52 minutes, here’s how the achievement came to be:

Yeovil Town 2-2 Mansfield Town (64 minutes)
– Notts County 0-4 Yeovil Town (90 minutes)
Yeovil Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic (90 minutes)
Yeovil Town 2-0 Stevenage (90 minutes)
– Grimsby Town 0-1 Yeovil Town (90 minutes)
– Newport County 0-6 Yeovil Town (90 minutes)
Yeovil Town 0-3 Swindon Town (59 minutes)

Looking to bounce back from defeat, Town host MK Dons on Tuesday night and will look to start another unbeaten run to threaten the record books.

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

TICKETS | Grab your midweek football fix at Huish Park

Darren Way’s side suffered their first defeat in seven matches on Saturday at the hands of Swindon Town, but will look to bounce back on home soil. 

A win for the green and whites would propel them to fourth in the table, continuing the solid start to the 2018/19 campaign. 

Tuesday’s encounter will be the first league clash between the two sides since May 2015, with Town last recording a 4-1 win over the Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy two years ago.

Tickets for the match remain on sale via the ticket office with savings to be made when bought in advance. 

Prices can be found on our home tickets page with fans able to buy online or via the ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-3 Swindon Town

Second-half goals from Steven Alzate, Matt Taylor and Elijah Adebayo proved the difference at Huish Park in this all West Country affair.

Following Town’s 6-0 win at Newport last weekend, their biggest ever in the EFL, manager Darren Way was forced into one change; Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic made his Glovers debut having returned from international duty with Luxembourg, replacing the injured Gary Warren.

It was a straight swap as Mahmutovic came in to partner Omar Sowunmi at centre-back. Tom James was back on the bench after a month out with a hip problem in place of Omari Patrick, who was the unfortunate sixth loan.

Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee), Francois Zoko (knee) and Wes McDonald remained sidelined through injury.

Alex Pattison received an early booking with four minutes on the clock as he pulled back Keshi Anderson.

Eight minutes in Town set a new record in the EFL, having not conceded for 522 minutes since the home draw with Mansfield in August.

Swindon looked to test that resolve as they put in a couple of early crosses but the new central defensive partnership of Sowunmi and Mahmutovic stood strong.

Mahmutovic was soon involved again, stretching full length to brilliantly deflect Elijah Adebayo’s goalbound effort onto the woodwork.

From the resulting corner, Swindon captain Ollie Lancashire poked wide following a goalmouth scramble.

Town’s Bevis Mugabi was the next player to enter the book after a mistimed challenge on Adebayo having lost possession in a dangerous position.

Steven Alzate’s subsequent free-kick caused some problems in the Glovers defence as Adebayo’s eventual header landed on the roof of the net.

Swindon had started the brighter without testing Nathan Baxter, while Town were struggling to get their quick, attacking passing game together on a slippery surface against a well-organised side.

The away side continued to come forward and Baxter was sent scrambling as Anderson’s audacious lob went just over from the edge of the area.

At the other end, Diallang Jaiyesimi’s pace was causing some problems for Swindon’s defence and his great run saw the ball eventually fall to Pattison, who fired over from range.

The Glovers started to break forward with more regularity, first Carl Dickinson’s free-kick found Alex Fisher whose header lacked the power to test McCormick, before Jordan Green’s shot was well claimed by Luke McCormick in the away goal.

A minute shy of the break Marc Richards looked to break through on goal but Sessi D’Almeida was there to make a crucial interception before coming away with the ball.

In the final minute of first-half stoppage time, Fisher looked to put Yeovil on the front foot, beating Luke Woolfenden on the left before delivering a dangerous cross that Green was inches away from making a good connection.

Swindon remained on top at the start of the second half as Baxter did well to palm Anderson’s venomous shot over the bar as he cut in from the right but could do nothing minutes later as Swindon took the lead.

Alzate 25-yard strike flew into the left-hand bottom corner on 59 minutes, the first goal the Glovers had conceded in 573 minutes.

Sowunmi was booked as Swindon looked to press home their advantage before the big central defender slipped at the back but did just enough to put off Anderson as Baxter came out quickly to block.

Way made a trio of attacking changes throughout the second half as Olufela Olomola, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray came on to try and change the game.

With 11 minutes remaining, Matt Taylor fired home a long-range free-kick to double Swindon’s advantage.

Town had a great chance to halve the deficit as Anderson pushed Green over in the area but Olomola’s penalty clipped the top of the bar.

Minutes later, Adebayo cut in from the right and fired home into the right far corner with just over a minute remaining to increase Swindon’s lead and condemn Town to a 3-0 defeat.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Mahmutovic, Dickinson; Green, Pattison, D’Almeida, Arquin (Gray 80’); Jaiyesimi (Olomola 56′), Fisher (Browne 68’).
Bookings: Pattison 4’, Mugabi 18’, Sowunmi 67’.
Subs not used: Phillips, Rogers, James, Donnellan.

Swindon Town (4-3-3): McCormick; Woolfenden, Nelson, Lancashire, Taylor; Dunne (Smith 88), Diagouraga, Alzate (McCourt 84); Anderson, Richards (McGlashan 73’), Adebayo.
Bookings: Adebayo 89.
Subs not used: Vigouroux, Iandolo, Twine, Romanski.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Swindon Town

As Town look to move seven unbeaten, here’s all that’s happening throughout the day:

YTCST
Our Community Sports Trust will be running activities from 1 o’clock, with a training session on the 3G pitch and fun game during the half-time interval. There plan is as follows:
– 1pm: A coaching session on the 3G pitch with Yeovil Talent ID Centre
– 2.25pm: ‘Huish Park Hot Shots’ draw
– 2.30-2.45pm: Small-sided games on the 3G pitch
– 3.45pm: ‘Huish Park Hot Shots’ – five children have the chance to take a penalty on the main pitch with the winner invited back to a future home game to defend their crown

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

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

Read all about it!
Pick up issue six 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, Olufela Olomola discusses his return to the club, reopening his goalscoring account and feeling at home at Huish Park.

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 (capped at 50). 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.

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

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Swindon Town

Visiting South Wales last weekend, Darren Way’s side ran riot putting six goals past Newport County to claim their biggest ever win in the EFL and will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches.

With six consecutive cleansheets to match the unbeaten run, it’s now 553 minutes since Nathan Baxter last conceded a goal, with another shutout on Saturday seeing the club match its best cleansheet record in 22 years.

Adding to the positives from a week ago, Town were boosted by the return of Rhys Browne from a hamstring injury, with the winger included in the squad for the first time this season.

However, the green and whites will still be without Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee), Francois Zoko (knee) and Tom James (hip flexor), with further doubt over Wes McDonald whose return from a spell on the sideline remains delayed.

Claiming a 2-0 victory against a then unbeaten Stevenage in the last league outing at Huish Park, the hosts will be looking to continue their fine form and mantain their unbeaten home record.

Phil Brown’s side have had a decent start to the season so far losing only twice, making the short trip to Somerset off the back off a 1-0 victory at Morecambe in their last away match.

Former Town loanee Sid Nelson could feature against his former side having played the full 90 minutes in each of the last five matches for the Robins.

Head-to-head
This will be the 18th encounter between the two sides with Swindon boasting the better record with eight victories to the Glovers five.

Town fell to a 2-1 home defeat last season despite taking an early lead and drew 2-2 on their visit to the County Ground in April courtesy of Alex Fisher’s stoppage-time equaliser.

A win for the hosts would be only the second time that the Glovers have claimed victory against Swindon at Huish Park, the only victory to date was a 1-0 win in March 2009 when Jon Obika netted.

Officials
Matthew Donohue will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

In his debut season as an EFL official, Mr Donohue has officiated five league matches awarding 22 yellow and one red card.

He’ll be assisted by Ben Cobb and Ron Ganfield with Savvas Yianni acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Olufela Olomola 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 | Olomola feels the difference in his second spell

Joining for his first spell in the summer of 2017, Olomola spent the first half of the season in Somerset with the Glovers on loan from Southampton.

After a prolific spell in green and white the 21-year-old returned to his parent club before signing for Scunthorpe ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. 

Linking up with Darren Way’s side for a second spell on deadline day at the end of August, the fans’ favourite re-opened his account in the 6-0 drubbing last weekend at Newport County.

Feeling the difference within the dressing room, Olomola told iFollow Glovers: “I think there’s a lot more desire, hunger and togetherness in this team.

“For me, that’s the biggest change. Of course there’s quality but for me, it’s the way that we work for each other and the way we’re so together and are a team.

“I think with the gaffer here he wants this type of team; in a way I’m not really surprised because I thought eventually he would get it.

“These are the type of players that he wanted and its taken time but he’s managed to get that now. I think it’s all gelling into place and I’m just happy to be a part of it.” 

The Glovers attack has been in scintillating form this season scoring 15 goals in seven matches, the third highest in the league with a game in hand on the teams with more.

Goals have been coming from all across Town’s wide selection of attackers and the loanee is relishing the competition for places in the front line.

“As you can see, the standard of attackers we’ve got this year is unbelievable. I think it just pushes everyone just a bit more because you can’t afford to slip up.

“There are players there that are more than capable of doing the job so it’s important to be on it every single day and when you get the chance you have to perform.”

Watch Fela’s full chat with iFollow Glovers by watching the video above.

NEWS | Glovers awarded LMA Performance of the Week

The LMA’s five-man panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, has recognised Yeovil’s demolition in South Wales.

A Jordan Green brace as well as strikes from Yoann Arquin, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Olufela Olomola recorded the club’s biggest ever victory in the EFL. 

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

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

INTERVIEW | ‘We can compete now’ – Way

The Glovers are unbeaten since the opening day of the season and haven’t conceded a goal in six matches, a record for the club since entering the EFL. 

After recording a resounding 6-0 win at Newport County last time out, the green and whites host Swindon Town at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm) with Way feeling optimistic. 

“I’ve always been positive with the way I’ve tried to manage the football club but now have I group of players that are ultra positive.

“They set their own targets, have taken ownership of certain areas of the dressing room and have got some very powerful individuals, so it’s nice to be able to allow them to drive the football club.

“I keep saying to the players that making mistakes doesn’t make them failures it just means they’re learning, and we’re at a stage now where we can compete and cause teams problems and that’s nice to stand there and watch.”

As Town prepare to host the Robins, a larger than usual crowd is anticipated for the West Country clash. 

After sharing the win at Rodney Parade with almost 450 traveling fans, Town’s boss is delighted with their support so far.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “For any supporter, winning is paramount because every club up and down county trying win football matches – it’s how you keep your job (as a manager).

“Even though we’ve been through some difficult times in recent years the majority of supporters you’d want to supporting you have stuck with us.

“It takes time to get back where you need to be, but it’s never too late to turnaround and get behind us and start following us.”

Tickets for the league meeting remain on sale with savings to be made when bought in advance.

LOAN WATCH | Henry makes Dolphins debut

Named in the starting lineup after completing his one-month loan move less than 24 hours prior to the Southern League Premier Division South encounter, the 18-year-old completed 90 minutes. 

After the Dolphins fell behind early on, the Dorset outfit pressed for an equaliser with Henry causing the Hendon defence problems with his pace and power. 

A strong run from the teenager in the opening 45 minutes led to Luke Roberts heading just wide, before Henry almost marked a debut to remember. 

Still trailing 1-0 with six minutes remaining, the West Ham Academy graduate had a chance to level the scores but saw his effort fly agonisingly wide of the target. 

The defeat leaves Poole in 10th place but just four points outside the play-offs, hosting Cinderford Town in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday. 

REPORT | Under-18s suffer first league defeat

The Young Glovers had scored nine goals in their previous three league outings heading to Forest Green Rovers, but with depleted numbers slumped to a 5-2 defeat in Gloucestershire.

With just 10 under-18s scholars available to choose from due to injury and suspension, Terry Moore’s side produced a disappointing performance in both boxes.

Looking out of sorts compared to their usual standards, Town found themselves 2-0 down after just eight minutes due to lapses in concentration at the back.

Boasting the best goal difference in the division before kick-off, the green and whites created their usual array of chances in the final third but lacked the finishing touch to drag themselves back into the game.

By the halfway stage the Young Glovers found themselves 4-1 down, with Hong Wan’s penalty only acting as consolation.

Needing a strong start to the second half Town were dealt a blow in just the 48th minute when Forest Green added a fifth. 

With the three points lost and the unbeaten run now at an end, the visitors reduced the deficit to three when Ollie Hebbard – from the Elite Player Development Programme – netted to make it 5-2, but it wasn’t enough to spark a dramatic comeback although Yeovil remain top of the table.

TICKETS | Enjoy huge savings with a ticket bundle

Offering adult and senior supporters the chance to tailor the games they attend, fans can enjoy huge savings compared to matchday prices of up to £72

Available to purchase online (coming soon), over the phone or via the Huish Park ticket office, six or 12 voucher codes will enable you to pick and choose the games you wish to attend at a discounted rate.

How does it work? It’s as easy as one, two, three:

  1. Pay for your bundle at the ticket office, over the phone or online
  2. Get issued six or 12 voucher codes
  3. Redeem tickets via the ticket office using your voucher codes

Ticket Bundles are perfect for those fans who cannot commit to a full or half season ticket, and allow Glovers fans to hand-pick the matches they want to attend and still save money against the price of a matchday ticket!

Due to the reduction in price of both Young Person and Junior matchday tickets below last season’s ticket bundle rate, the relaunched bundles will only be available to Adult and Senior fans.

Prices are as follows:

SEATED
  Six-match Bundle Per Game Saving 12-match Bundle Per Game Saving
Adult £120 £20 £30 £228 £19 £72

 

TERRACE
  Six-match Bundle Per Game Saving 12-match Bundle Per Game Saving
Adult £96 £16 £24 £180 £15 £60
Senior £84 £14 £24 £156 £13 £60

Applicable for league matches only, visit our ticket bundles page for more information or grab your bundle NOW:

– Head online
– Visit the ticket office in person
– Call the ticket office on 01935 847888

The bundles were introduced in 2017/18 after feedback from the Supporters Alliance, proving a success with supporters.

TICKETS | Back the boys in West Country clash

Fresh from recording their biggest ever win since entering the EFL as well as the division’s biggest away victory in seven years, Darren Way’s side turn their attention to the visit of the Robins. 

Unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two since the opening day of the season, Town return to Somerset looking to build on the win and two draws picked up on home soil so far in 2018/19.

You can be the 12th man at Huish Park with tickets bought in advance enjoying a saving unavailable on matchday:

– Call the ticket office on 01935 847888
– Visit the ticket office in person
– Purchase online 

Sitting in fifth place, the Glovers need your support on Saturday to take on the Wiltshire outfit.

NEWS | Players and fans alike support Marrow for Marley

Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at Rodney Parade was dedicated to raise awareness for the Marrow for Marley campaign, after the youngster’s recent diagnosis of a rare condition called Aplastic Anaemia.

The disease only affects around 1 in 40 children in the UK and without a bone marrow transplant, the condition will be fatal within a few years.

At the weekend, fans were encouraged to register as bone marrow donors with swabbing stations set up to see if a match could be found for Marley. 

The 430 Town supporters who made the trip to South Wales fully supported the afternoon’s activities by registering and volunteering swab samples. 

Players from both sides wore Marrow for Marley t-shirts during the warm-up as Marley was mascot for the match. 

The Newport fan also led the sides out at Rodney Parade, after meeting Glovers defender Gary Warren before kick-off. 

The former Exiles defender donated a signed match-worn short to Marley and his family to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going towards supporting the Marrow for Marley cause.

YTFC would like to thank all Town fans who registered to become a donor on Saturday and supported the day’s activities. 

INTERVIEW | Green praises ‘dangerous’ attack

Further goals from Yoann Arquin, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Olufela Olomola and Carl Dickinson completed the rout as Town took no prisoners to record the biggest away victory in the division since 2011.

Green scored a goal in each half against his former employers to open his account for this season.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Green praised his fellow attacking players: “With the players we’ve got, we’ve got such a dangerous team going forward so we always feel confident attacking.

“We always feel like we’re going to score as well, with the players we’ve got going forward it’s just unbelievable. It feels good to be in the team at the moment.

“What we did training wise during the week paid off and the game plan came out nicely and at 6-0, you can’t complain.”

After picking up a red card in the opening game of the season, Green returned to the squad and made two substitute appearances after his three-match suspension.

He replaced the injured Wes McDonald in the home fixture with Stevenage and has kept his place in the starting XI since, but with McDonald and Rhys Browne back to fitness, the 23-year-old knows the importance of performing well.

“You’ve got to keep putting in the performances, you can’t slip up because you know that you’re going to struggle to get back in the team if you lose your place.

“The feeling around the club is something that last year wasn’t there so this year we all feel really good.

“I’m just trying to put that red card in the past. It’s not something that I would have liked to happen but it’s just learning, it was my first red card so I’m trying to move on from it.”

INTERVIEW | Way praises ‘unbelievable performance’

Goals from Yoann Arquin, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Olufela Olomola, Carl Dickinson and a Jordan Green brace sealed the biggest away win in the division since 2011.

The result moves Town up to fifth in Sky Bet League Two, with a game in hand on the teams above and extending their run to six league games unbeaten.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers Way hailed his sides performance, “It was an unbelievable performance the team have got real belief and confidence, which is a state of mind.

“I’m really pleased for all the players and the supporters I’ve had many difficult moments coming here, Tottenham have come here and found it a difficult place to come, I thought that tactically, physically and technically our players ran all over them.

“Our goals showed real quality, the second one was fantastic it was well worked, every player is putting in to place what we’re working on on the training ground we’ve got some fantastic performers.”

Olomola got his second spell at the club up and running with a goal in his third appearance after signing on loan from Scunthorpe.

The forward scored seven goals in green and white last season and Way is delighted to have him back in the side.

“We’ve got in Olomola and if you really watch that goal in slow motion his technical ability his confidence you’ve just got to clap him.

“Its pretty special to score six goals and not concede one, normally you’re free flowing going forward to score six goals but to have that level of discipline and not concede is special.

“They (Newport) have got some very good players, players with a lot of experience and when you get their comments after the game to say tactically you done very well you have to respect that.”

The Glovers will be looking to carry their good form into Saturdays fixture with Swindon Town at Huish Park.

Still unbeaten at home this season, Way is wanting his side to put in another good in front of the home faithful.

“The supporters are enjoying their football now and its nothing that I didn’t have planned but unfortunately its taken a little bit of time.

“The supporters are not silly they see a team that could possibly be successful, what the hardest problem is going to be producing that on a Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday.

“What we’re trying to do is make sure that our football club is a fantastic football club and I really feel that if people start believing in it and our supporters get behind it, we’ve had a very difficult time recently, I feel we could do something special.”

REPORT | Newport County 0-6 Yeovil Town

In a full-throttle affair, the Glovers ran into a 3-0 lead at the halfway stage courtesy of strikes from the lively trio of Yoann Arquin, Jordan Green and Diallang Jaiyesimi.

Stunning their previously buoyant hosts, Town went on to record the biggest away win the division since 2011, with Green, Olufela Olomola and Carl Dickinson rounding off the impressive rout after the restart. 

Winning on the road a fortnight ago, Darren Way opted for the same starting eleven that took to the field at Grimsby Town.

Reinforcing the bench, defender Shaun Donnellan returned from a thigh injury along with winger Rhys Browne who was involved in a matchday squad for the first time in 2017/18 after suffering a hamstring injury in July.

The duo of Alefe Santos and Korrey Henry – who’s joined Poole Town on loan – dropped from the bench to join the injured quintet of Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee), Tom James (hip flexor), Francois Zoko (knee) and Wes McDonald who wasn’t risked after returning to training this week.

With both sides making excellent starts to the campaign, it was an unsurprisingly high tempo start to proceedings in South Wales.

Leaving the wing duo of Green and Arquin high up the pitch the tactic paid early dividends as the pair both had early shots on goal.

That should have acted as a warning for the Exiles but in the 20th minute the Town pair were both involved in the game’s opening goal.

Green demonstrated his pace to burst along the by-line before pulling the ball back for Diallang Jaiyesimi who was tripped prior to pulling the trigger, but an excellent advantage from referee Peter Wright allowed the ball to find its way to Arquin who laced home his third of the season. 

Looking to defend their unbeaten run which ran back to the opening day of the season, Michael Flynn’s side enjoyed 10-minutes of territory in response to going a goal behind. 

Roared on by their vocal home support the Exiles encamped themselves in the Town half but couldn’t truly test Nathan Baxter in the visiting goal. 

Tyreeq Bakinson forced a smart save from close range but the linesman’s flag ruled out the attempt on goal for offside as Way’s men came out the other side unscathed. 

Having ridden the storm, the green and whites stunned the home crowd by doubling their advantage with seven minutes of the first-half remaining. 

Carl Dickinson’s tempting ball over the top perfectly picked out the run of Green, who shook off Mickey Demetriou to stab an effort past Joe Day.

Unable to deal with Town’s pace on offer up front, a good opening 45 minutes became a great one on the stroke of half-time.

Pattison’s driving run from midfield saw the visitors have numbers on the home defence, and although Arquin’s eventual shot was well-saved by Day, Norwich loanee Jaiyesimi was on hand to head home from virtually the goal-line on the rebound. 

Looking to somehow salvage their unbeaten run the Exiles made two changes and switched formation at the break but it was the Somerset outfit who remained relentlessly on top. 

Just 90 seconds in the second-half it was 4-0 when Green marked a return to his former club with a second of the afternoon courtesy of a smart finish from the angle. 

In a commanding position, Way introduced the potent Olomola from the bench and in an afternoon where Town’s attack enjoyed themselves, the Scunthorpe loanee re-opened his account in green and white just five minutes later.

Receiving the ball out wide, the striker twisted and turned his way past Demetriou who wound up in a heap on the floor, prior to firing a left-footed strike past a flat-footed Day. 

Causing a mass exodus amongst the home supporters the visitors purred with confidence and competently stroked the ball around in commanding manner. 

With 15 minutes left, the goal scoring was rounded off to confirm the club’s biggest ever win since entering the EFL 15 years ago. 

Dickinson’s free-kick from range should’ve been routine for County’s stopper, but Day could only allow the ball to trickle through his hands to give the full-back his first Yeovil goal. 

Second half Exiles sub Robbie Willmott received a straight red on 81 minutes for a two-footed lunge on Olomola to add further misery for Michael Flynn’s side, before the Glovers added more history to the occasion.

Academy product Gabby Rogers came on for his league debut, adding the icing on the cake to a day to remember at Rodney Parade.

Newport County: Day; Pipe (Willmott 46′), Franks, Demetriou, Butler; Bakinson, Dolan, Sheehan (Marsh-Brown 46′), Bennett, Amond, Harris (O’Brien 83′).
Bookings: Sheehan 18′
Subs not used: Townsend, Matt, Pring, O’Brien, Semenyo.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Warren (Donnellan 71′), Dickinson; Green (Rogers 86′), Pattison, D’Almeida, Arquin; Jaiyesimi (Olomola 62′), Fisher.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Phillips, Gray, Browne, Patrick.

NEWS | Henry heads out on loan

The 18-year-old has joined the Dolphins to gain some competitive game time after making three substitute appearances for the Glovers so far in 2018/19.

A product of West Ham’s Academy, the teenager signed a one-year deal with a club option for a further year in the summer, after impressing during pre-season. 

Making his professional debut off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Mansfield in August, Henry also featured against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup and in the 4-0 thumping of Notts County in Nottinghamshire. 

Named in the first eight matchday squads by manager Darren Way, the striker joins Poole and is eligible for Saturday’s league trip to Hendon.

Everyone at Huish Park wishes Korrey all the best during his time in Dorset.

INTERVIEW | Way feels squad is equipped for Newport trip

Both sides are unbeaten since the opening day of the season with the Exiles sitting joint-top whilst the Glovers remain just outside the top seven with a game in hand. 

Fresh from a first-ever victory at Grimsby last time out, the green and whites will be looking to repeat the milestone at Rodney Parade this weekend. 

Having come away from the three outings in South Wales empty-handed, Way is confident his side can extend their unbeaten run to six. 

“Newport will be a different threat to Grimsby,” he told iFollow Glovers. “They’re a little bit more aggressive with their will to win and underdog spirit.

“It’s a good club and I respect what Michael Flynn has done there by turning their fortunes around but they’ll be very, very physical.

“The game can be very stop-start with loads of set plays and direct balls but it doesn’t matter if you’re Tottenham or Yeovil, it’s a very difficult place to go but I feel this squad is equipped for it.”

With no game for the last 10 days following the international break, the Glovers could receive an injury boost for the trip to Newport. 

Despite a break from Sky Bet League Two action, Way feels that time on the training ground has been spent wisely. 

“We’ve had some good time on training ground to work on some weaknesses that we feel we need strengthen. The players have worked extremely hard and we’ve managed to get a full squad back training.

“It’s important we carry the momentum we carried previously but can we play our game at Rodney Parade? We’ve done it for spells of the game previously but we’ve not done it for 90 minutes.

“Set plays are a strong point of theirs, not just against us but against many teams, so it’s about us being able to play our game and affect them and put them under pressure and I feel this squad is equipped to do that.”

Tickets for the short trip to South Wales will be available on the day with prices and travel information on our away tickets page.

PREVIEW | Newport County v Yeovil Town

Enjoying the international break last weekend due to three of Darren Way’s squad being absent representing their respective countries, Town make the short trip to South Wales looking to extend their five-match unbeaten run. 

Undefeated since the opening day of the season, the Glovers will be boosted by the return of Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland U21s), Sessi D’Almeida (Benin) and Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) whilst Rhys Browne and Wes McDonald could both return from injuries.

Although the above could cause a selection headache for Town’s boss should they be classed fit, the injury list still includes Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee) and Francois Zoko (knee).

Claiming a 1-0 win at Grimsby Town last time out the green and whites will be looking for another impressive away performance, this time against a side joint-top of the table. 

Michael Flynn’s side have won their last four league matches and have suffered defeat just once so far in 2018/19. 

Former Glover Matty Dolan scored the winner for the Exiles in their last home outing, whilst striker Padraig Amond sits top of their scoring charts with three goals to his name.

Head-to-head
In the seventh encounter between the two sides in League Two, Town will be looking to even up the number of victories to three. 

The Glovers lost home and away to Newport last season but will hope for a repeat of their last win in October 2016, when a Dan Butler own goal proved to be the difference.

A point or more from the trip to Rodney Parade would be the first time Yeovil have come away from South Wales with something to show for it. 

Officials
Peter Wright will take charge of proceedings in South Wales.

In his first season as an EFL official, Mr Wright has so far officiated five games this season, awarded 16 yellow and three red cards.

He’ll be assisted by Joe Clarke and Daniel Leach with Daniel Lamport acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Gary Warren 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 | Warren highlights importance of maintaining high standards

The Glovers have had a good start to the season finding themselves in eighth position, with a game in hand on most teams above them and unbeaten in the league since the opening day.

The 34-year old moved back down to the south west after a six season spell with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and faces his former employers Newport County on Saturday.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Warren is enjoying his move to Somerset and highlighted the importance of maintaining high standards.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air coming down here, I love how the standards are so high, the standards the gaffer sets and what the rest of the lads set.

“That shows in our performances because as soon as you step off or come off of those standards, then your performances start to dip.

“We’re aiming to achieve the best we can this year and to be as successful as we can and to do that we have to keep maintaining the high standards day in, day out.”

This Saturday will be Town’s first fixture for ten days after last weekends home clash with the MK Donss was postponed due to international call ups.

Not taking any time to step back from football despite the time in between matchdays, Warren believes their momentum will still carry over.

“It’s not really a break I wouldn’t call it that, it’s a chance to recharge the batteries but you never really switch off you’re always thinking about the next game and the next training session.

“It’s a good chance to relax, but for me it’s always about concentrating on the next game and how you can overcome the next team against you.”

The next game for the Glovers is an away trip to Newport County a side at which the centre-back spent three seasons with.

With it being the first time Warren has come up against a former employer, he is relishing the chance to play on Saturday.

“It’s the first game I looked for when the fixtures came out, to go back as a player will be nice and there’s a few friends and a couple of players that are still there from when I was.

“It will be good to see them again and lock horns with them but for us it’s about going there and coming back here with the three points.

“They’re a direct side, they like to get the balls into the box so it’s up to us to stand up to that challenge. We’re going to have to make sure that we’re all strong and resolute and then clinical with our chances at the other end.”

INTERVIEW | Way faces selection headache

The Glovers are in action for the first time in 10 days following the international break and face a trip to South Wales to take on an Exiles side also unbeaten since the opening day.

Looking to extend their five-match unbeaten run, the green and whites will be boosted by the returns of Shaun Donnellan, Sessi D’Almeida and Enes Mahmutovic from international duty. 

Adding to Way’s selection dilemma, Wes McDonald and Rhys Browne have spent the week training after injuries. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Town’s boss is pleased to have selection decisions to make.

“Wes and Rhys have been on the training ground and I’ve got decisions to make. That’s not just with Rhys and Wes because the whole squad is so strong going into Saturday, but that’s healthy.

“It’s the first time really that I’ve had a real selection headache, but would I change it? Probably not.

“To bring a player like Olomola back to the football club, I probably would have thought it unimaginable but to have that situation and option, I wouldn’t turn that down. Having a headache isn’t a bad thing.”

After traveling across the globe in the last week, Way also has no concerns over the returning international trio.

All have reported back for duty at Huish Park with a clean bill of health.

“They’ve been sat on planes and traveled all over the globe but they’ve come back in good shape and are hungry and willing to fight for the football club.”

VACANCY | Exciting opportunity to join YTFC’s Academy

The Academy is looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed, confident and knowledgeable individual to join the growing Academy Football Department in the full-time position overseeing the under-13 to under-16 age groups. 

The successful applicant will be required to take the lead role in the Academy’s Youth Development Phase, overseeing the development and recruitment of players in line with EPPP requirements to retain our Category 3 status.

The role is to oversee the transition of players from the Foundation Phase into the Youth Development Phase. The role should then oversee the transition of players from the Youth Development Phase into the Professional Development Phase to support the club’s football philosophy and shared vision to develop our own young talent for the first-team. 

To a view a full job description, click here.

To apply, please email or post a copy of your CV, application form and covering letter to the HR Department for the attention of James Hillier: jhillier@ytfc.net

Yeovil Town Football Club,
Huish Park,
Lufton Way,
Yeovil,
Somerset,
BA22 8YF

The closing date for all applications is 5pm on Monday 24th September 2018.

NEWS | Trio complete international duty

Shaun Donnellan, Sessi D’Almeida and Enus Mahmutovic will now all head back to Somerset ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newport County in Sky Bet League Two. 

Defender Donnellan, who’s now returned to fitness following a thigh injury, missed Republic of Ireland Under-21’s 1-1 draw with Kosovo due to the latter stages of his rehab before returning to play 75 minutes in the 6-0 loss to Germany in the UEFA U21 Championship qualifier in Dublin.

For D’Almeida (Benin) and Mahmutovic (Luxembourg), the pair were unused substitutes so return to join Darren Way’s squad unscathed ahead of league action at the weekend. 

NEWS | Support Marrow 4 Marley at Newport

Opening from 1.30pm, the station for Town fans will be located in Rodney’s Bar (the dedicated bar for away fans) and will be open through until kick-off.

The process of signing up as a donor will take less than five minutes and the swabbing will take just seconds.  That’s just five minutes to find out if you can save a special little boy’s life.

Marrow for Marley is a campaign set up in aid of six-year old Marley Nicholls who has recently been diagnosed with a rare condition called Aplastic Anaemia. The disease only affects around 1 in 40 children in the UK and without a bone marrow transplant, the condition will be fatal within a few years.

Marley is a very special, fun-loving little boy and has captured the hearts of everyone who’s been touched by his story. This is obvious from the fact people have flocked in their thousands to be swabbed in the hope that they are a potential donor. 

On Saturday, Marrow for Marley will be welcoming anyone aged 17-55 to be tested to see if they are Marley’s match (please note that people with certain autoimmune and blood diseases are not able to be donors – information about this can be found online).

Marley and younger brother George will be joining the Club as special guests on Saturday and will be walking out with the team.

The Glovers will also be donating a signed Gary Warren shirt to Marley and his family on the day to be auctioned off to support their campaign.

To find out more about Marley and to follow the progress of the campaign follow Marrow for Marley on Facebook and Twitter.

Please note, anyone who registers to become a bone marrow donor will have their details stored on a worldwide database for 30 years.

TICKETS | Under-23s can still enjoy huge savings with a season ticket!

With 20 Sky Bet League Two matches still to be played at Huish Park in 2018/19 the excellent value remains on offer to our young supporters. 

With a Junior season ticket costing just £39, under-16s will still be able to enjoy the equivalent of seven games FREE whilst benefiting from a host of other incentives such as discount in the club shop and money off Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust soccer schools!

For fans aged between 16 and 23 the Young Person season ticket can see a saving of up to £83 compared to matchday prices, the equivalent of six games FREE priced at just £157!

Amongst the best value in the division for young supporters, secure your spot inside Huish Park now and be part of the action. 

To make the most of the excellent value, buy your season ticket now by contacting the ticket office:
– Phone: 01935 847888
– Visit in person

REPORT | Rampant under-18s remain on top

Unbeaten in their first six matches and with five straight victories the Young Glovers put the Robins to the sword at Alvington.

On the front foot from the off, Town were boosted by the return of Gabby Rogers who linked up the with under-18s due to the first-team enjoying an international break.

Causing the visitors problems with his movement to get on the ball it only looked like a matter of time until the green and whites would take the lead. 

In fact, Yeovil twice had the ball in the net in the opening 45 minutes but two marginal offside calls saw the score remain 0-0 at the halfway stage.

Wasting no time after the restart, Town finally took the lead on 48 minutes. 

Captain Hong Wan’s fine pass found Rogers in space, with the winger threading a perfect through ball for Nestor Shako to latch on to and dispatch past the visiting goalkeeper when one-on-one.

Looking rampant, the Glovers doubled their lead just three minutes later when Rogers got in on the act himself. 

Receiving the ball on the left he cut back inside to score with a right footed shot that went in off the inside of the post, marking his return to the Academy side in style. 

With a monopoly on possession and territory, further goals only seemed like a matter of time and the in-form Shako soon doubled his tally for the day from the penalty spot. 

After Rogers was brought down in the box, Shako made no mistake from 12 yards to grab a brace for a second consecutive match. 

Now with five goals in three matches, Shako continued his hot streak and completed his hat-trick with 68 minutes on the clock to give Town a resounding 4-0 lead.

A lapse in concentration at a corner saw the Robins grab a goal back as the clock ticked down, but it proved to only be a consolation as the Glovers saw out a comfortable 4-1 win to remain top of the table. 

TICKETS | Follow Town to Newport

Unbeaten since the opening day of the season in Sky Bet League Two, Darren Way’s side head to south Wales to take on an Exiles outfit who currently sit second in the table. 

With both sides eager to maintain their strong start to the campaign, the Glovers will be in action for the first time in 10 days after sitting out last weekend’s round of fixtures due to international call-ups. 

Tickets for the trip to Rodney Parade remain on sale with savings to be made when bought in advance. 

For prices and more, visit our away tickets page or contact the Huish Park ticket office now on 01935 847888.

The Green and White Supporters Club will also be running coach travel to the game with information found here

ACADEMY | Back the Young Glovers on Saturday

The Young Glovers sit top of the table after five matches and host the third-placed Robins at Alvington Playing Fields (11am). 

After last weekend’s 2-0 win at Swindon Town, the green and whites will look for a repeat of their last home performance. 

Goals from Nestor Shako, Daniel Ojo and Harry Haughton recorded a 3-1 win over Plymouth Argyle in an all-action display.

Entrance is free for all to watch, so with the first-team not in action this weekend get your football fix with the Young Glovers.

LOTTERY | Town fan claims Goalden Gate Lottery jackpot!

Julie Sanders from West Chinnock scooped the top prize this week and was awarded with her cheque by Robin Newport from the club’s lottery department.

Delighted with her winnings, you can be in with a chance of scooping the top prize too!

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

For more information, click HERE.

INTERVIEW | Way expecting injury boost post international break

The Glovers were due to host MK Dons on Saturday but international call-ups for Shaun Donnellan, Sessi D’Almeida and Enes Mahmutovic mean the League Two encounter is postponed.

Next facing a trip to Newport County on the 15th September, Town’s boss is expecting an injury boost for the trip to Wales. 

The green and whites are currently without six due to injury, but are expecting a boost for the outing to Rodney Parade. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Way said: “I’m told by the physio that we should have three players back from injury for the game at Newport, plus the players back from international duty.

“In the meantime, it’s about regrouping after a tough run of games. Players will recover over the next few days and we’ll keep preparing for the Newport game.

“The players have make sure they use this break wisely. The international break worked well for us last year with the numbers we’ve got and the injuries we carried, so I’m expecting the same pattern this time around.”

INTERVIEW | ‘It’s another cleansheet’ – Way

The Glovers picked up a point for the goalless draw before the Grecians claimed an additional bonus point for a penalty shootout win. 

After Alex Pattison and Omari Patrick missed from the spot for the hosts, Jack Sparkes secured a 4-3 shootout victory to edge the Devon outfit ahead in Southern Group D.

Despite missing a host of chances to claim all three points, Way was left to praise his side’s effort.

“It’s important we look at the positives,” he told iFollow Glovers. “It’s another cleansheet so I can’t have a go at anyone. Alex Pattison was very, very effective and Omari Patrick won us the game on Saturday, so I can’t complain.

“I’ve told them to keep their heads up because they gave everything and we had two or three efforts one-v-one and on a normal day they’ve gone in for us.

“The players kept fighting until the end but we were unfortunate to lose the penalties. I thought the whole team gave absolutely everything so I’m not too disappointed. Having said that, like every game, we wanted to win.”

Despite the penalty disappointment the stalemate in normal time saw the Glovers record a fifth straight cleansheet. 

Remaining hard to break down, Way was left to priase the whole team for their defensive resoluteness. 

“It’s an amazing effort from the whole team, not just the goalkeeper and back four. It’s a Phenomenal effort from front to back.

“Exeter left four up at times and made a number of effective substitutions but I felt we managed to take them the other way at times and caused them real problems.

“I don’t know how many corners we had but we were unfortunate not to stick the ball in the back of the net.”

Town now head into a 10-day break with Saturday’s league clash with MK Dons postponed due to international commitments

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-0 Exeter City

Lacking the intensity of a regular league match there was little to recall in front of goal from the opening 45 minutes.

Olufela Olomola stung the hands of City’s keeper whilst Lee Martin went close at the other end.

Immediately after the break, Jordan Green had a one-on-one chance saved whilst Jayden Stockley fired just wide at the other end. 

A livelier affair in the second half it remained goalless to earn both sides a share of the spoils before the Grecians won the penalty shootout to claim a second bonus point.

With no game for 10 days due to the forthcoming international break, Darren Way opted for a strong looking starting eleven with just four changes from the weekend’s win over Grimsby. 

Saturday’s match-winner Omari Patrick came in for a home debut whilst Olomola, Jake Gray and Alefe Santos completed the changes.

Dropping out of the squad, Benin-bound Sessi D’Almeida earned a rest whilst Alex Fisher, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Alex Pattison took a seat amongst the substitutes. 

Rounding off the changes to the matchday squad, academy defender Daniel Ojo earned a first call-up to take the number 26 squad number.

In a less ferocious edition of the usual West Country derby the opening quarter-of-an-hour came and went with little action of note. 

Matt Taylor’s side enjoyed the better of early territory but couldn’t muster an attempt on goal, something the Glovers managed on 16 minutes. 

In the game’s first chance, Olomola let fire with a venomous strike from the edge of the box which James Hamon could only push away. 

Bringing the game to life, the Grecians responded with a good chance of their own a little under 10 minutes later. 

Hiram Boateng’s neat through ball picked out the run of Martin who was thwarted by a smart Nathan Baxter stop when through on goal.

From the resulting corner, Archie Collins saw a well-hit effort fly just over the bar before chances dried up once again.

In an intriguing tactical battle neither goalkeeper was particularly threatened again until 10 minutes before the break. 

With plenty of fluidity in the final third, Green and Olomola exchanged a neat one-two to work the ball into the box where an off-balance Green could only fire straight at Hamon. 

As the break approached, Stockley had the ball in the net from a Martin cross but the linesman’s flag was up long before City’s skipper tapped in from close range. 

The last action of a largely uneventful opening 45 minutes, both sides headed into the break with little to reflect on in front of goal.

With a change of tempo instantly recognisable after the restart, Town should have taken the lead just 90 seconds into the second half. 

Yoann Arquin’s through ball saw Green clean through after Dara O’Shea’s slip up, only for Hamon to race from his line and thwart the diminutive attacker. 

In a far more open affair, Stockley flashed a strike from the angle just wide for the visitors before the green and whites went close once again. 

Arquin’s low ball from the right made it’s way through to Patrick on the left, with the winger’s goal-bound strike taking a vital deflection off of Jimmy Oates as the chances began to flow.

Keen to kick-start their cup campaign with a home victory, the regular starters of Alex Pattison and Diallang Jaiyesimi were introduced for Santos and Green but it was an Exeter sub who was next to go close. 

Robbing Town of possession, Martin played the ball in for Chiedozie Ogbene who could only fire just over the bar when under pressure in the box. 

Now into the final 10 minutes and with a penalty shootout looming Pattison almost snatched victory for the Glovers when his deflected strike fell inches wide, but an opening goal remained elusive as the tie headed penalties. 

As with every shootout there had to be a villain, with Patrick blazing his spot kick over the bar to allow Jack Sparkes to claim the extra point.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Warren, Dickinson; Green (Jaiyesimi 65′), Santos (Pattison 52′), Gray, Patrick; Arquin, Olomola. 
Bookings:
Subs not used: Phillips, Ojo, Rogers, Fisher, Henry. 

Exeter City: Hamon; Oates, O’Shea, Croll, Woodman; Tilson, Boateng (Ogbene 56′); Martin (Abrahams 77′), Collins; Stockley (Sparkes 65′), Jay.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Dean, Sweeney, Law, Norman, Sparkes.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Exeter City

Pooled in Southern Group D with the Grecians, Bristol Rovers and West Ham Under-21s the green and whites will look to top the group for a third straight season. 

Reaching the semi-final stage in 2017/18, Darren Way will once again be looking for an extended run in the competition and will hope for an opening game sense of deja vu. 

Town made the short trip to Exeter in the opening group stage fixture last season and came away from St James Park 3-1 victors. 

If history is to repeat itself the Glovers will have to cope without Stuart Nelson (calf), Shaun Donnellan (thigh), Tom James (hip flexor), James Bailey (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Francois Zoko (knee).

Wes McDonald missed the trip to Grimsby but could return in midweek, whilst Jordan Green limped off at Blundell Park and will need further assessment. 

Newest recruits Omari Patrick and Fela Olomola could make their bow at home against an Exeter side who’ve made a solid start to the campaign. 

Under the new guidance of Matt Taylor the Grecians have 10 points from their opening six matches coming into the cup competition. 

Former Glovers Aaron Martin and Nicky Law could well feature for the Devon outfit. 

Head-to-head record
Both sides are tied with five victories each from the 11 previous encounters although momentum sits with Town.

The Glovers are undefeated in their last five outings against City and claimed a 2-0 win last time out at Huish Park. 

Jake Gray and Francois Zoko secured the three points with Sam Surridge, Rhys Browne and Otis Khan recording the 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy win last August.

Officials
Trevor Kettle will take charge of the midweek match. 

In what will be his seventh match of the season, Mr Kettle has so far awarded 19 yellow and one red card.

He’ll be assisted by Samuel Ogles and Christopher Husband with Savvas Yianni 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, domestic and overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service via a match pass

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.

PROGRAMME | Reduced price Green & White!

The Glovers host Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy with the matchday literature reduced to just £2 for the 32-page programme.

Available around the ground and in the club store, supporters will find the following inside:

Manager’s Notes
The thoughts of Darren Way as Town kick-off their cup campaign for 2018/19

View on the Opposition
Get the lowdown on the Grecians with their club history, ones to watch and how they got on last time out

Matchday Review
Relive the last outing at Huish Park which saw the green and whites record a 2-0 win over Stevenage

YTCST
The Community Sports Trust update on their latest endeavors 

Plus much more!

INTERVIEW | ‘Every competition is a chance to win silverware’ – Mugabi

The Glovers host Exeter City on Tuesday night (7.45pm) to kick-off the group stages which Town have topped for the past two seasons. 

Reaching the final four in 2017/18 before a narrow 1-0 defeat to League One outfit Shrewsbury Town, Mugabi is looking for another strong cup run.

“We were very, very close to Wembley,” he said. “It just wasn’t meant to be but hopefully this year we can get to Wembley and that’s what it’s all about – getting into finals and winning trophies.

“Every competition is a chance to win silverware for any club so the gaffer takes every competition seriously and we have to ready to compete at the highest level we can.

“There’s no reason why we can’t have another cup run. We did pretty well last season so we have to replicate that again.”

The Uganda international helped the green and whites move five unbeaten with a 1-0 win at Grimsby Town on Saturday coming into the cup clash with the Grecians. 

With competition for places fierce, the former Southampton defender is looking to carry on his run in the side.

“I’m going to train my hardest, work my socks off in training and when I get opportunities in matches, take them with both hands.

“Everyone is fighting for their spot in the starting eleven every day and I would say, for me personally, this is the best Yeovil squad I’ve been involved in.

“The game against Exeter will be intense, but we have to focus on what we have to do and our performance and I’m sure we’ll come through with a result.”

Tickets for the match remain on sale at reduced prices – click here for more information.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Exeter City

Read all about it!
Pick up a copy of the matchday programme, Green & White, from around the ground or from the club store. The 32-page cup edition is available at the reduced price of just £2 and is full of content for home and away fans alike. Get the lowdown on visitors Exeter City as well as learning the thoughts of manager Darren Way and his players prior to the cup clash.

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
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 – £10
Concession (Senior/Young Person/Disabled) – £5
Junior – £1

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. 

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

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.

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

NEWS | Trio called up for international duty

Donnellan, an integral part of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad, will link up with Eire once again for their crucial UEFA European Championship U21 qualifiers against Kosovo and Germany on Friday 7th and Tuesday 11th September respectively. 

After making an impressive start to his Glovers career, D’Almeida has earned a first call-up in three years to join his Benin team-mates for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo – the Squirrels currently sit second in Group D after a 1-0 win over Gambia on matchday one.

Completing a trio of call-ups, newest recruit Mahmutovic (who is yet to link up with the Glovers after signing on loan from Middlesbrough) will look to earn his ninth and 10th international caps for Luxembourg in their UEFA Nations League clashes with Moldova and San Marino.

As a result of Yeovil’s absentees, next Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at home to MK Dons has been postponed with the fixture rearranged for Tuesday September 25th (7.45pm). 

International Fixtures

Republic of Ireland Under-21s
Kosovo v Republic of Ireland – Friday, 7th September (1800)
Republic of Ireland v Germany – Tuesday, 11th September (1800)

Benin
Togo v Benin – Sunday, 9th September (1700)

Luxembourg
Luxembourg v Moldova – Saturday, 8th September (1945)
San Marino v Luxembourg – Tuesday, 11th September (1945)

REPORT | Under-18s see off Swindon to remain unbeaten

Remaining top of the table, Town bounced back from the disappointing 3-0 Youth Alliance Cup defeat at Oxford in midweek to continue their superb league form.

Making a lethargic start in Wiltshire, the visitors had goalkeeper Tommy Scott to thank for a string of fine saves to keep the score 0-0 early on. 

Growing into the match the Glovers began to cause Swindon issues with the lively duo Nestor Shako and Devon Arnold looking causing the hosts all sorts of problems with their close control and direct running. 

In fact, it was Shako who opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, a lead that Town would comfortably take into the break. 

Making a change in midfield at the halfway stage the green and whites dominated after the restart and soon doubled their advantage. 

Shako grabbed his second of the match to take his tally for the season to three. 

Having worked tirelessly all game, Neville Nzembela was replaced by Archie Sturdy midway through the half to allow Arnold to take up the central striker role. 

However, with 15 minutes remaining Town’s striker received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle which saw a switch to a 4-4-1 formation.

A tireless work rate from the players left on the pitch ensured the Robins were unable to make their man advantage count, as Yeovil ground out a 2-0 win to ensure their impressive start to the campaign continued. 

TICKETS | Back the Glovers against the Grecians

After reaching the semi-final last season, Darren Way’s side will look to get off to a strong start when the Grecians head to Somerset in midweek.

The green and whites started their successful cup campaign in 2017/18 with a 3-1 win over Exeter at St James Park and will look for a repeat performance on home soil this time around.

Only the Tamburino Stand and Screwfix Stand will be open to home supporters with ticket prices slashed for the West Country clash!

Prices are as follows:
Adult – £10
Senior – £5
Young Person – £5
Junior – £1

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

INTERVIEW | Way pleased with ‘desire to win’

Debutant Omari Patrick came off the bench to clinch all three points for Town, who recorded back-to-back wins and a fourth consecutive cleansheet.

Moving up to fifth in the Sky Bet League Two table, Town’s boss was most happy with his side’s resilience on the road at Blundell Park. 

“It was good to come away from home and play like we did, in the manner that we did,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We knew that they would probably tire and we would get that opportunity with the squad that we’ve got at the moment.

When you build good squads, that’s what good squads do. A good back four, strong and very competitive and a desire to win. 

“I thought Gary Warren, and I’ve talked about Gary Warren and about Omar Sowunmi, when you’ve got that base and they’re heading, kicking, blocking and tackling, you can build on that. I was proud to watch that.”

Building on last weekend’s 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Stevenage, Patrick’s solo strike sealed a debut to remember. 

Also making his first appearance in green and white since rejoining on loan was Fela Olomola, with Way calling for togetherness to continue.

With the pace and power that Omari’s got he can be dangerous and that’s exactly what you’ve seen in a short space of time. Fela came on and you could see his touches. He is very confident, so it’s all good.

“It’s important that we keep our feet on the ground, stay humble, keep working hard, keep the togetherness going, keep appreciating our supporters because they’re doing a great job at the moment for the team, and as I’ve said we’re all in this together.”

 

INTERVIEW | Patrick ‘grateful’ for debut winner

The Bradford City loanee arrived at the club on Tuesday and made an instant impact off the bench at Blundell Park. 

Just over 10 minutes after being introduced the 22-year-old rifled home a superb solo effort to give the green and whites all three points and stretch the unbeaten run to five matches.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Patrick spoke of his debut delight: “It was always the best thing that could happen for me to score on debut. I was saying all week that I hope it happens so I’m very thankful.

“I said on the bench that either it was going to turn around at half-time or one of our attackers on the bench – because looking around at our bench was scary with a lot of pace and power – is going to hopefully bag the winner and it was myself so I’m grateful for that.

“I just had that belief in myself to take him on. I had a lot of people saying pass but I thought I had it in me to finish it off and I did, so it was good.”

The three points lift Town up to fifth in Sky Bet League Two and sees them go without defeat in the league since the opening day of the season.

As Darren Way’s penultimate summer addition, Patrick feels like he’s quickly bought into what’s happening at Huish Park.

“All the gaffer talks about is togetherness,” he said. “After training, we’re doing stuff together so as soon as I got here I felt part of the team, so think it shows out on the pitch.

“Everyone feels the energy, I think the fans feel the energy and feel together as a group and we’re getting stronger as a unit.

“There’s so much energy you have to play well for the team because the energy is there.”

REPORT | Grimsby Town 0-1 Yeovil Town

In an opening 45 minutes lacking clear-cut chances, Nathan Baxter was called into action just once whilst Diallang Jaiyesimi posed Town’s most likely threat at the other end. 

As goalscoring opportunities remained few and far between after the break, Fela Olomola and Omari Patrick were introduced after joining in the week and it became a debut to remember. 

Patrick, arriving on loan from Bradford, converted a stunning solo goal on 78 minutes to clinch back-to-back wins and extend the unbeaten run to five matches.

Unbeaten since the opening day of the season coming into the first clash of September, Darren Way was forced into making changes for the first time in four games. 

The duo of Tom James and Wes McDonald who limped out of last weekend’s win over Stevenage failed to recover, giving Bevis Mugabi and Jordan Green spots in the starting eleven. 

There was excitement amongst the bench as new additions Patrick and Olomola – back for a second spell with the club – took a seat for their first involvement after arriving in the week.

On a dry looking Blundell Park pitch it was a bitty start to proceedings as the hosts enjoyed early territory due to a succession of set-plays. 

Looking to make home advantage count the Mariners attempted to take an early lead with a spell of pressure and almost did so with 12 minutes on the clock. 

Neat footwork from Charles Vernam created a yard of space on the edge of the box and the attacker’s low drive had to be pushed around the post by an alert Nathan Baxter.

Having weathered the early storm the Glovers looked to make an impact at the other end and almost did so from a wicked Yoann Arquin cross. 

The winger’s delivery caused chaos in the middle with the ball pinballing around only for Jaiyesimi’s eventual shot to ricochet out for a corner. 

As the half-hour mark approached it was Michael Jolley’s side who enjoyed the better of possession, but it was the visitors who engineered the game’s next opportunity. 

Almost mirroring the earlier chance, Arquin’s clever low ball picked out Jaiyesimi in the middle whose shot on the swivel went just wide against his former club.

With Town’s wide men of Arquin and Green growing in influence the green and whites battled back to earn some territory of their own, albeit unable to test James McKeown between the sticks. 

A flurry of corners couldn’t be converted into an opener whilst at the other end, Grimsby failed to turn promising situations into shots on goal. 

Losing tempo as the halfway stage approached, both sides looked happy to go in goalless at the break with the Glovers possessing plenty of firepower on the bench capable of changing the game. 

With the pattern of the match failing to change after the restart, one of those attacking options was introduced before the hour-mark when Olomola replaced Green to mark his return to the club on loan.

The Scunthorpe loanee almost made an instant impact by turning provider, pulling the ball back towards Alex Fisher on the penalty spot who failed to connect with the ball. 

As both sides continued to make alterations, Patrick was introduced ten minutes after Olomola for his Glovers debut but chances remained at a premium. 

Into the final 20 minutes both defences remained on top until a moment of magic from Town’s debutant.

With 78 minutes on the clock, the lively Patrick took matters into his own hands, bringing the ball down on the edge box before twisting and turning to make room for a curling effort which nestled in the bottom corner.

The 22-year-old’s debut could’ve got better in the closing stages when he bent an effort just past the post from the angle, before a late aerial bombardment from the Mariners.

Led manfully by Omar Sowunmi and Gary Warren at the back, butthe battling 11 Glovers dug in to see out a late aerial bombardment from the Mariners to record a fourth consecutive cleansheet and continue their impressive start to 2018/19.

Grimsby Town: McKeown; Hendrie, Davis (Rose 81′), Whitmore, Famewo; Welsh, Hessenthaler; Woolford (Clifton 65′), Vernam, Hooper (Fox 61′); Cook.
Bookings: Cook 64′
Subs not used: Russell, Embleton, Wright, Robles.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Warren, Dickinson; Green (Olomola 56′), Pattison, D’Almeida, Arquin; Jaiyesimi (Patrick 66′), Fisher (Gray 82′).
Bookings: D’Almeida 19′
Subs not used: Phillips, Santos, Rogers, Henry.