Month: October 2018

TICKETS | Join the Glovers on the road at Morecambe

After last Saturday’s visit to Carlisle United which resulted in three points thanks to Tom James’ stoppage-time winner, Town head to Lancashire this weekend. 

Now sat in 12th place in Sky Bet League Two with sights set on the play-off places, Darren Way’s side will look for back-to-back wins up north on Saturday (3pm). 

More than 120 supporters followed the green and whites to Cumbria with tickets available for the trip to the Globe Arena for the following prices:

Adult – £21
Over 65 – £17
18-22 and Student – £15
Under-18 – £6
Under-11 – FOC (with a paying adult. One free U11 per adult)

The Green & White Supporters Club will provide coach travel to the match with information to be found here.

To book your seat, please contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 (please only call after 6pm) or via email (paulhadlow@outlook.com). 

Tickets can be bought via the Huish Park ticket office, either in person or by calling 01935 847888.  

INTERVIEW | James praises Town’s hardwork

With virtually the last kick of the game the Welshman struck a free-kick from a difficult angle on the left of the penalty area to take all three points back to Somerset.

During the week, James spoke about how a win was coming and was delighted with how the hard work on the training ground has paid dividends.

Talking to iFollow Glovers he said: “Personally, it’s always nice to get the winner but there’s a lot of work that went into this, not just today on the pitch but on the training ground for the past few weeks.

“Some people probably would’ve crossed it from there, but I knew it was last minute, I thought I’ll put it in there, hit a target and see what happens and thankfully the keeper missed it.

“I think people might have gotten a bit carried away with the fact we hadn’t won in a few but we’ve put that to bed because we got the win and three points.”

The win lifts the green and whites back into the top half and six-points off the play-offs.

Picking up their seventh clean sheet of the season, Nathan Baxter had to be in fine form to deny the Cumbrians a goal with James acknowledging the young stoppers performance.

“Nath (Baxter) kept us in that quite a few times. He made some really good saves. As a whole I think the back five did really well, we limited them to a couple of shots.

“The shots they did have Nath saved so the whole team defended really well, we had a good shape and a game plan and it worked.

“We’ve got to say a special thanks to the fans that came, there was a fair few of them coming all this way from south to north.

“It’s a hell of a trip for them so for us to give them the three points we’ve got to say thanks to them.”

INTERVIEW | Way hails ‘brave’ performance

Tom James’ 96th-minute winner secured all three points for the green and whites who had been on a 12-match unbeaten run against John Sheridan’s side.

Jon Obika and Dean Bowditch were on target seven years ago at Brunton Park, with James’ late free-kick moving Town up to 12th and within six points of the play-off spots. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Way was impressed with elements of his side’s display. 

The effort that was shown, and the application, and I thought at times we were back to our best.

We talked about it before the game. Making sure we keep calm under pressure. I thought the way we moved the ball, we used the pitch – it’s the first time we’ve used this width of the pitch, and players just kept passing and passing and passing.

“The players kept going and that’s what pleased me more, that they were very very brave to come to Carlisle and play the way that we did.”

Yeovil faced the longest trip of the weekend in the EFL, with a 660-mile round trip. 

Rewarding travelling supporters with a pie and a pint at Brunton Park, Town’s boss was pleased to provide all three points, too.

I really appreciate the supporters that have stuck behind these players, because they are young players. 

“That’s the way to show supporters that they really care for the football club. You could see the emotions after.

There were one or two of our supporters there where you could see they needed that. They sung throughout the game, and hopefully they had a safe journey home.”

REPORT | Carlisle United 0-1 Yeovil Town

In an open and attacking affair both sides had chances to break the deadlock in the first-half. 

Nathan Baxter was twice on hand to produce smart stops, whilst Rhys Browne and Alex Fisher almost netted at the other end as it remained goalless. 

The second half proved to be a similar affair with both sides failing to make the most of chances to break the deadlock before Tom James stepped up to win it in the 96th minute with an unstoppable free-kick. 

Looking to end a 12-game winless streak against the Cumbrians, Darren Way made two attacking changes by replacing the wingers. 

Bradford loanee Omari Patrick was handed a first league start in place of Jake Gray whilst Browne swapped places with Yoann Arquin wide on the left. 

On a crisp October afternoon the Glovers started in positive fashion, before a head injury suffered by Alex Pattison caused a lengthy delay that swung momentum back in favour of the hosts. 

With Town playing with 10-men whilst the Middlesbrough loanee received treatment off the pitch, Macauley Gillesphey forced Baxter into a smart early save with his rasping effort from 25 yards. 

Surviving the period with a numerical disadvantage the visitors had two chances of their own in quick succession. 

Browne, who looked determined to justify his inclusion, breezed past Jack Sowerby on the left before his shot destined for the near post was deflected behind for a corner. 

The lively winger was at the heart of the action again just two minutes later, ghosting past two Carlisle defenders to burst into the box only for his curling effort to fly just over the bar. 

Becoming breathless stuff in Cumbria, John Sheridan’s side were next to go close when Mike Jones’ deflected shot from inside the box was well palmed away by Baxter, as the chances continued to flow. 

In an otherwise promising start for the Glovers they were dealt a blow just before the half-hour mark when Pattison – still feeling the effects of his early head injury – trudged off to be replaced by Jake Gray in a like-for-like swap in the middle of the park.

Losing its intensity following the substitution the game burst back into life with chances at both ends 10 minutes before the break.

Firstly, Gary Liddle had a bobbling shot from a corner cleared off the line by the freshly introduced Gray whilst at the end, Fisher had an audacious lobbed-attempt acrobatically saved by Adam Collin to keep the score at 0-0.

Faced with six minutes of additional time due to a stop-start opening 45 minutes the hosts enjoyed the final spell of pressure but a resolute-looking Town defence stood firm to keep it even at the halfway stage.

With the temperature plummeting in the north of England Baxter maintained his hot form in Cumbria just two minutes after the restart, brilliantly getting down to his right to push Ashley Nadesan’s shot around the post as the second half started quickly. 

Buoyed by their encouraging start Carlisle remained on the front foot but faced by a strong Yeovil defence, couldn’t capitalise as the green and whites grew into the half. 

A weaving Jake Gray run ended with a shot straight at Collin prior to a meandering Browne run ending with a shot just off target on 63 minutes.

Sensing the opportunity to take all three points the diminutive Wes McDonald was introduced for his first action in two months following injury, replacing Patrick on the wing as the visitors remained ultra attacking.

Enjoying plenty of early touches after coming on the tricky winger provided another outlet for Town, but chances dried up for both sides in the final quarter of the game.

In a final flurry, both sides threw caution to the wind and pressed for a late winner but it was the green and whites who prevailed.

In the sixth minute of stoppage time McDonald won a free-kick on the left of the box and from the unlikeliest of angles, James dispatched a drilled strike past Collin to send the away end into raptures and ensure all three points would be returning to Somerset.

Carlisle United: Collin; Sowerby, Gerrard, Liddle, Gillesphey; Yates (Bennett 71′), Etuhu, Slater (McCarron 80′), Jones; Campbell (Devitt 60′), Nadesan.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Gray, Grainger, Glendon, Miller.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Patrick (McDonald 66′), D’Almeida, Pattison (Gray 29′), Browne; Olomola, Fisher (Arquin 80′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Nelson, Mahmutovic, Santos, Rogers.

INTERVIEW | Way looking to end Carlisle hoodoo

The Glovers have come away empty-handed from their last five league trips to Brunton Park, with two coming under the tenure of Way.

Reduced to 10-men last season following Bevis Mugabi’s dismissal the green and whites slumped to a 4-0 defeat, following from the narrow 2-1 loss the year previous in 2016/17.

However, after picking up a first-ever league win at Grimsby at the start of last month, Town’s boss is looking for more history to be made up north. 

“I’ve not been up there too often and gained a result,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We went to Grimsby and changed history and I want this to be one of the places where I as a manager change history and I want that to be a real focus with our performance.

“Our first part of preparation though is making sure we’re looking after our supporters. As a club we sat down and spoke about what we could give supporters back.

“What we’ll give them is a voucher that they’ve had before for a pie and a pint. It’s going to be important that we appreciate their effort.”

Town have the opportunity to leapfrog their opponents with a win on Saturday, sitting just one place and two points behind the Cumbrians. 

Aware of their threats, Way is calling on his players to focus on their own performance.

“They’ve got some good players – they’ve always had a good team – and I feel their board would want a top six finish with their budget.

“With our travel, it’s important the players don’t use any excuses and they’ll be in for a good test. Carlisle drew 2-2 with Lincoln and had some good chances.

“They look to stretch play and have got some really good players with some really good threats, but I always say to this group this year that a lot of it is to do with what we do.”

PREVIEW | Carlisle United v Yeovil Town

After back-to-back home fixtures the green and whites are back on the road with a bang, facing a 660-mile round trip to Cumbria. 

Draws with Tranmere and Crewe preceded the visit to Brunton Park, with Alex Fisher grabbing a sixth goal of the season on Tuesday night in the 1-1 draw with the Railwaymen.

With the chance to leapfrog Saturday’s opponents with a win, Darren Way’s side will look to rediscover their early season form away from home. 

Emphatic victories at Notts County and Newport County stand out with ten goals scored and none conceded, coupled with a 1-0 victory at Grimsby. 

Still only suffering four defeats all season, Town will look to get back to winning ways without the services of six players. 

Gary Warren and Jordan Green await the result of scans and will join James Bailey, Francois Zoko, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Omar Sowunmi on the sidelines.

Offering a boost to a depleted looking squad, Wes McDonald returned to the bench in midweek after two months out with injury and will be amongst the 18-man team to take on a Carlisle side looking for a first league win in four. 

The Cumbrians drew with league leaders Lincoln City last time out, however, so will be in buoyant mood at Brunton Park. 

Head-to-head
Yeovil will be looking to improve their tally of seven victories from 24 encounters against United on Saturday.

After winning five of the opening 10 fixtures between the two sides the green and whites are without a win since 2011.

Jon Obika and Dean Bowditch netted to record a 2-0 victory at Brunton Park, a result which Town will look to replicate.

Officials
The man in the middle on Saturday will be Thomas Bramall.

It’ll be his second game of the season involving the Glovers, having overseen the 1-0 win at Grimsby last month.

He’ll be assisted by Helen Byrne and Barry Cropp with Graeme Fyvie acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Tom James and manager Darren Way can be watched 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, overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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

INTERVIEW | James certain wins will return

The green and whites make the lengthy trip to Carlisle United on Saturday looking to build on back-to-back draws at Huish Park in the last week. 

Losing their early season form, Town will also be looking for a first win in Cumbria since 2011 but the Yeovil defender is adamant that wins will return sooner rather than later.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “We started off really well, really positive and were getting good results. In recent weeks we’ve dropped off with performances and results but at the same time, we’re not really losing games.

“We’ve only lost four this season which if you look at it, is pretty good going.

“Even though we’ve had dips in form recently the confidence in the group is still really high and everything we’re doing off the pitch is right, so it’s only a matter of time until we get the wins going again and start pushing up the table.”

Facing a 660-mile round trip to Carlisle, James isn’t looking to use the journey as an excuse. 

“It is a long trip,” he said. “but that’s no excuse. We’ve all done the trip before as well. As much as it’s not fun it’s got to be done and we’re all confident going up there to get the win. 

“The journey is long but it gives us chance to do more preparation and we’ll be ready to go.”

NEWS | Way issues update on injuries

The Glovers are currently without James Bailey, Francois Zoko, Gary Warren, Jordan Green, Omar Sowunmi and Diallang Jaiyesimi, with the latter ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Captain Sowunmi was ruled out for between 10 and 12 weeks earlier this month whilst Gary Warren and Jordan Green are yet to learn their fate following scans.

Closer to a return, James Bailey and Francois Zoko are back in training after 10 months and two months out respectively with medial knee ligament injuries.

Commenting on the expected scan results for Warren and Green, Way isn’t anticipating lengthy lay-offs for the duo: “Jordan had a scan and it’s not as bad as we first feared so he should be back ASAP.

“We still don’t know the extent of Gary’s injury but from speaking to the physio, again, it’s not a bad one so with both of those two players – who are main assets – they should be back soon.”

Offering a positive, Wes McDonald returned to the bench on Tuesday night after two months out whilst Alefe Santos came on for his first appearance since the start of September. 

The duo were joined amongst the substitutes by goalkeeper Stuart Nelson who was in the matchday squad for just a second time after missing the start of the campaign with a calf injury.

NEWS | Pie and a pint for Town faithful at Carlisle

A gesture first introduced during the 2016/17 season the club will once again thank the travelling faithful with refreshments in Cumbria.

With Town fans facing a 660-mile round trip on Saturday, Carlisle have permitted for 50 pie and a pint* vouchers to be purchased in advance by YTFC. 

Each supporter on the Green and White Supporters Club coach – the official travel method for Yeovil fans – will be given a voucher with those remaining put behind the Away Bar from 1.30pm to be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Now something of a tradition after being started by manager Darren Way and his players in 2016, the Town boss commented: “It’s a small gesture from the whole club to show that we really do appreciate supporters travelling virtually the length of the country to follow us.

“For fans to give up such a large part of their weekend at the end of a working week is unbelievable. 

“We know the biggest reward would be a win which we’ll be striving for, but hopefully this gesture will go some way to showing our thanks.”

*or soft drink for those under-18

TICKETS | Glovers head to Cumbria

After back-to-back draws at Huish Park the green and whites will make the 656-mile round trip on Saturday looking for all three points. 

A victory would see Darren Way’s side leapfrog their opponents and restart their ascent up the table towards the play-off spots. 

Tickets remain available to buy in advance at the following prices: 

Adult – £19
Senior (65+) – £16
18-22 – £13
11-17 – £1
Under-11 – £1
Under-6 – FOC

For more information, including how to book a spot on the Green & White Supporters Club coach, click here.

COMMUNITY | Glovers team up with Yeovil Walking Football Club

Keen to support all forms of the game at a grassroots level within the local community, Huish Park hosted a walking football showcase during half-time of a Checkatrade Trophy clash with Plymouth Argyle last November, which subsequently saw YWFC’s membership grow.

Now boasting in the region of 50 members, the club enters local tournaments and competes in the Somerset FA league. 

This success has led to the Glovers agreeing to give non-financial support to the town’s only walking football club, which was established five years ago. The newly formed alliance will include various supportive measures such as further opportunities to showcase YWFC at selected YTFC home games.  

Commenting on the new partnership Chairman of YWFC, Stuart Marples, said: “We are delighted and honoured to have closer cooperation with Somerset’s only EFL side.

“We have amongst our members loyal fans and club supporters and by bringing our membership more directly into the Yeovil fold, we feel it helps demonstrate the continued commitment to the local community by both clubs.

“As founder and chairman, I am personally delighted at this significant step and thank all involved for the positive approach taken. We look forward to a great future enjoying the game we love.”

Keen to move forward with the alliance, YTFC’s Chief Operating Officer, David Mills, added: “Walking football is one of the fastest growth areas for football and appeals to a significant number of Yeovil fans and to underline this we have already been contacted by another organisation who is looking to set up a Walking football club in the area.

“We are delighted therefore to help this growth area by working closer with Yeovil Walking Football Club which we hope will enable them to reach a wider audience whilst maintaining their independent status.”

CHARITY | Poppy Appeal shirts go on auction

Proudly in partnership with the Royal British Legion once again, the 18-man squad each wore shirts with the RBL poppy embroidered on the front.

The match-worn shirts are now available to bid for with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

Fans can bid for a shirt by emailing KHurley@britishlegion.org.uk the name and number of the players’ shirt they wish to purchase.

Bids must start at £50 per shirt and P&P will be extra should you require it.

The auction will close on Monday, 5th November at midday.

Good luck!

AVAILABLE SHIRTS:

12. Nathan Baxter
3. Carl Dickinson
5. Bevis Mugabi
9. Alex Fisher
10. Jake Gray 
17. Alex Pattison
18. Yoann Arquin
20. Sessi D’Almeida
23. Tom James
24. Olufela Olomola
27. Shaun Donnellan

1. Stuart Nelson
7. Rhys Browne
8. Omari Patrick
15. Gabby Rogers
21. Wes McDonald
29. Enes Mahmutovic
30. Alefe Santos

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Crewe Alexandra

Both sides scored goals in the opening 25 minutes as Jordan Bowrey opened the scoring after 14 minutes before Town replied through Alex Fisher just over ten minutes later.

In an end-to-end second half both teams had chances but no one could find a winner to ensure the points would be shared in Somerset.

Looking to build on Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Tranmere Rovers, Darren Way made two changes to his starting eleven. 

Suffering a fresh injury blow, Gary Warren dropped out of the squad awaiting the results of groin scan to allow Shaun Donnellan the opportunity to partner Bevis Mugabi at the back. 

Making one further tactical switch, Sessi D’Almeida returned from suspension to captain the side with Rhys Browne dropping to the bench where he joined Wes McDonald who featured for the first time since the end of August.

On a cold Tuesday night at Huish Park it was the hosts who fashioned the first shot at goal. Carl Dickinson brought the ball under control with a fantastic touch and played the ball to Yoann Arquin who saw his effort blocked.

Saturday’s man-of-the-match Mugabi had to be alert to block a shot from Bowrey and at the other end D’Almeida saw an effort blocked after outmuscling his man. 

The hosts found themselves behind when Bowrey poked home after being put clean through, the striker saw his effort saved by Nathan Baxter but made no mistake with the rebound.

Baxter produced a class save to prevent Crewe from extending their lead a couple of minutes later, he reached Harry Pickering’s free-kick with a strong right hand to tip the ball over and keep the deficit at one.

Shaken from going behind the Gloves kicked into gear. Arquin had another shot blocked and on the rebound Fisher followed up with a header which Ben Garratt did well to stop.

With 25 minutes on the clock Town levelled through Fisher. The number nine controlled Tom James’ cross well and picked out the bottom right corner to tie the game.

Employing a real shoot on sight policy Jake Gray, Olufela Olomola and Arquin all got shots off but failed to truly test the Crew number one.

With half-time approaching the Railwaymen almost retook the lead with a slick passing move, after exchanging multiple passes Charlie Kirk looked to slide it to Bowrey at the back post, Dickinson was on hand to put in a crucial challenge and ensure the score remained as is at the interval.

Coming out quick for the second half the green and whites almost found themselves ahead on two occasions inside the opening minutes.

Gray crossed in from the right and the ball narrowly missed trickling in at the back post and seconds later Olomola forced a good save from Garratt before the visitors had a good spell.

In an end-to-end start to the second half Shaun Miller had two good chances for Crewe, he fired his first effort wide of goal and his second effort hit the side netting from only six yards out.

The visitors looked to make their time on top pay, Corey Whelan found himself in a shooting position but D’Almeida made a vital challenge to prevent the shot.

From the resulting corner, Kirk had a go with an acrobatic volley from outside the area that flew inches over Baxter’s crossbar.

Not looking content with a point on the road the visitors continued to press for a winner Callum Ainley drove a cross in from the right that evaded everyone before Baxter stretched stopped a cross reaching Perry Ng who was lurking at the back post.

In the final minute of injury time Town almost snatched the win. Tom James lined up one of his signature free-kicks from 35 yards which moved in the air and wasn’t held first time by Garratt but the keeper recovered well to make sure the points were split.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Gray (Browne 56′), D’Almeida, Pattison, Arquin; Olomola (Patrick 71′), Fisher (Santos 82′).
Bookings: D’Almeida 16′
Subs not used: Nelson, Mahmutovic, Rogers, McDonald.

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt; Whelan, Way, Ng, Pickering; Ainley, Wintle, Jones, Kirk; Bowrey (Porter 70′), Miller (Nicholls 88′).
Bookings: Ng 90+2′
Subs not used: Richards, Raynes, O’Connor, Hunt, Finney.

INTERVIEW | ‘We need this place to be a fortress’ – Way

The Glovers have five draws from their opening seven league games in Somerset, collecting one victory and one defeat in the other two. 

After Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Tranmere Rovers, Town will look to a return to winning ways against the Railwaymen who make the trip south following a 1-0 win at Stevenage last time out. 

Speaking to YTFC.net Way said: “We’ve got two very long away trips coming up so we need to start making this place a fortress.

“Teams are coming here and slowing the game down and stopping our counter-attack, but if we keep performing with the same level of energy, desire and commitment I know the wins will come.

“The clean sheet on Saturday is a big, big positive for us to build on. I know if I can get 11 players, seven subs, my staff and all the supporters dreaming and believing then we can get a result.”

The green and whites are unbeaten in their last four outings against Crewe and will look to record a third straight win at Huish Park over the Cheshire outfit.

A full match preview can be read here with tickets available to buy up until kick-off online or via the Huish Park ticket office. 

NEWS | Town to host Stockport County in the Emirates FA Cup

The National League North outfit will head to Huish Park over the weekend of Saturday 10th November, with an exact date and kick-off time to be confirmed. 

The two sides last met in April 2010 in League One, with Dean Bowditch and Gavin Williams (x2) securing a 3-1 win at Edgeley Park.

Sitting in 12th place in the National League North, Jim Gannon’s side will be looking to cause a First Round upset in Somerset, whilst the Glovers will be looking to emulate last season’s enjoyable cup run. 

The green and whites reached the Fourth Round in 2017/18 before meeting Premier League giants Manchester United after beating Port Vale, Southend United and Bradford City.

Ticket details and further information will follow in due course.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Crewe Alexandra

Back in action on Saturday for the first time in 10 days, Town picked up a point from the 0-0 draw with Tranmere Rovers prior to the visit of the Railwaymen. 

Looking to get back to winning ways after Saturday’s strong defensive performance, Darren Way’s side will be boosted by the return of Sessi D’Almeida from suspension.

Strengthened on Saturday by the returns of Stuart Nelson, Gary Warren and Alefe Santos, the Glovers are still without Francois Zoko, James Bailey, Omar Sowunmi and Diallang Jaiyesimi, with a question mark over Wes McDonald’s fitness. 

Whoever makes the matchday 18, the green and whites will be looking to sign off at Huish Park with a victory before two long journeys to Carlisle and Morecambe. 

Dave Artell’s side head to Somerset looking to record back-to-back away wins. 

Jordan Bowery notched at Stevenage to pick up a 1-0 win and move the Cheshire outfit to two points behind the Glovers. 

Head-to-head
Town will be looking for a sense of deja vu on Tuesday night.

Rhys Browne and Olufela Olomola were on target either side of half-time in the same fixture last season to claim a 2-0 win. 

In fact, the green and whites are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Crewe without conceding a single goal. 

Overall, Yeovil have eight wins to Crewe’s four with just two draws.

Officials
Tuesday’s game will be overseen by Kevin Johnson. 

Mr Johnson last took charge of a game at Huish Park in January, sending Otis Khan off in a 2-1 defeat to Chesterfield.

He’ll be assisted by Andrew Laver and Matthew Lee 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, overseas and domestic supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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

 

COMMUNITY | Train with Town returns to Huish Park

Huish Park welcomed Pen Mill Vixens, Holcombe Under-9s and 10s, Somerton Under-13s and West and Middle Chinnock Youth Under-11s on Saturday with Sessi D’Almeida, Wes McDonald, James Bailey and Jordan Green hosting training sessions. 

The quartet passed on their skills to the next generation who all got the chance to have photos and collect autographs as well.

Having spent time with the first-team players before the 3pm Sky Bet League Two kick-off, the teams then enjoyed the encounter between the Glovers and the Super White Army. 

Local sides wishing to enjoy the ‘Train with Town’ experience can contact Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust by clicking here, but should be aware of large popularity with a substantial waiting list.

TICKETS | Enjoy a midweek football fix at Huish Park

The green and whites returned to league action for the first time in a fortnight on Saturday to secure a 0-0 draw with high-flying Tranmere Rovers. 

With the games coming thick and fast Darren Way’s side now prepare to host the Railwaymen in midweek, looking to make home advantage count. 

The Glovers are unbeaten in their last four outings against Crewe and will look for a repeat of last season’s 2-0 win thanks to strikes from Rhys Browne and Olufela Olomola. 

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

HOW TO BUY

In person: Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 
01935 847888
Online: 
Click here

NEWS | FA Cup First Round draw to be made

The Glovers will be ball number 48 on Monday night’s draw which takes place at 7.10pm live on BBC2.

Darren Way’s side enjoyed an excellent cup run in 2017/18, overcoming higher division opposition in the form of Southend United and Bradford City en route to facing Premier League giants Manchester United at Huish Park in the Fourth Round.

The fall draw numbers are as follows:

1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY
2 AFC WIMBLEDON
3 BARNSLEY
4 BLACKPOOL
5 BRADFORD CITY
6 BRISTOL ROVERS
7 BURTON ALBION
8 BURY
9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED
10 CARLISLE UNITED
11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC
12 CHELTENHAM TOWN
13 COLCHESTER UNITED
14 COVENTRY CITY
15 CRAWLEY TOWN
16 CREWE ALEXANDRA
17 DONCASTER ROVERS
18 EXETER CITY
19 FLEETWOOD TOWN
20 FOREST GREEN ROVERS
21 GILLINGHAM
22 GRIMSBY TOWN
23 LINCOLN CITY
24 LUTON TOWN
25 MACCLESFIELD TOWN
26 MANSFIELD TOWN
27 MILTON KEYNES DONS
28 MORECAMBE
29 NEWPORT COUNTY
30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
31 NOTTS COUNTY
32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC
33 OXFORD UNITED
34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED
35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
36 PORT VALE
37 PORTSMOUTH
38 ROCHDALE
39 SCUNTHORPE UNITED
40 SHREWSBURY TOWN
41 SOUTHEND UNITED
42 STEVENAGE
43 SUNDERLAND
44 SWINDON TOWN
45 TRANMERE ROVERS
46 WALSALL
47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS
48 YEOVIL TOWN
49 GUISELEY
50 WARRINGTON TOWN OR FC HALIFAX TOWN
51 CHORLEY
52 HARTLEPOOL UNITED
53 CHESTERFIELD
54 SOUTHPORT
55 YORK CITY
56 HARROGATE TOWN OR WREXHAM
57 GATESHEAD
58 STOCKPORT COUNTY
59 SALFORD CITY
60 WITTON ALBION
61 ALFRETON TOWN
62 WOKING
63 HITCHIN TOWN OR LEATHERHEAD
64 CHIPPENHAM TOWN OR MAIDENHEAD UNITED
65 SLOUGH TOWN
66 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN OR OXFORD CITY
67 WESTON SUPER MARE
68 BOREHAM WOOD OR DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
69 METROPOLITAN POLICE
70 BROMLEY
71 ALDERSHOT TOWN
72 TORQUAY UNITED
73 BILLERICAY TOWN OR TAUNTON TOWN
74 HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH
75 SUTTON UNITED
76 EBBSFLEET UNITED
77 MAIDSTONE UNITED
78 HARINGEY BOROUGH
79 BARNET
80 DOVER ATHLETIC

INTERVIEW | Mugabi delighted with clean sheet

Neither side created any clear cut chances in a match in which the defenders of both sides were in control.

With that being the first clean sheet the Glovers have kept since they went six games in all competitions without conceding, Mugabi is delighted to be back on track defensively.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “We’ve been working a lot in training about defensive duties and I’m just happy to get the clean sheet. It’s pleasing for us.

“With a clean sheet it’s just a bit unfortunate we couldn’t finish the game but there weren’t really many clear cut chances in the game.

“We’re very close to getting back to those highs and I won’t be surprised if there’s a big score for us winning very soon.

“It’s all a growing process and we are on the right track to achieve our goals and reach our targets come the end of the season.”

Saturday’s game saw two players return from injury after the international break as Stuart Nelson and Alefe Santos were fit enough to earn spots on the bench.

It also saw a first start in six matches for Gary Warren who went off injured in the 6-0 victory at Newport County, who Mugabi was thrilled to line up alongside once more.

“He brings a wealth of experience with the amount of games that he’s played, his calmness on the pitch and the information that he gives to the players around him helps all of us so having him back in the side was good.

“It’s good see the boys back who have been injured for while, we’ve still got a few to come back that will make the squad even stronger.

“Other teams are going to fear us even more when the players do come back so it’s all positives once again.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers

In a game lacking clear-cut chances the green and whites possessed the only shot on target from the opening 45 minutes despite enjoying plenty of territory. 

After the restart, opportunities remained at a premium before Yoann Arquin squandered the best chance of the match with 20 minutes to go. 

In the final 10 minutes Tom James went close from a free-kick, but it wasn’t to be as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

In action for the first time in 10 days, Darren Way made three changes from the side that last lined up in Sky Bet League Two. 

Jordan Green, who scored in the 2-2 draw with Exeter City, dropped out with an injury to allow Rhys Browne a starting spot on the wing. 

Forced into a second change, Sessi D’Almeida completed a one-match suspension for accruing five yellow cards to see Yoann Arquin come into the eleven, whilst in a final swap Gary Warren returned to captain the side in place of Shaun Donnellan in defence.

On the bench, goalkeeper Stuart Nelson returned for the first time this season after recovering from a calf injury along with Alefe Santos who missed more than a month with a thigh problem.

Bathed in late October sunshine the Glovers began in an equally bright manner, enjoying plenty of territory and possession.

Alex Fisher, looking for a second goal in as many league games, saw a looping header tipped over the bar by Scott Davies before Warren headed into the arms of the visiting stopper from a corner.

Earning plenty of set-plays, the deadlock was almost broken on 21 minutes by a stunning free-kick. 

Fresh from netting at Colchester United at the start of the month James stepped up to shoot from 35 yards out and was almost rewarded, only for his swirling strike to whistle just wide of the post. 

With Nathan Baxter a virtual spectator in the home goal Way’s side remained in control of possession as the clock ticked towards half-time but they couldn’t call Davies into action once again before the break.

Unable to get into Yeovil’s final third in the opening 45 minutes, Micky Mellon’s side registered a shot on goal just three minutes into the second half. 

Jonny Smith’s cross looked for James Norwood at the front post but the striker couldn’t direct his flicked effort on target as it flew harmlessly wide.

Responding at the other end, Olufela Olomola fired a curling strike over the bar from the edge of the box before Browne had a goal-bound shot well blocked to keep Davies’ cleansheet intact as the hour-mark approached.

As the game continued to lack clear chances Darren Way made his first move, introducing Omari Patrick for Fisher to allow Yoann Arquin to move further forward. 

The switch almost paid off immediately when Carl Dickinson’s free-kick delivery perfectly picked out Arquin six yards from goal, but the attacker couldn’t apply the finishing touch needed to make it 1-0.

Now into the final 10 minutes and looking like a game that would need something special or a mistake to bring an opening goal, James almost embarrassed the visiting keeper. 

His swerving free-kick from 25 yards confused Davies between the sticks, who unconvincingly scooped the strike over the bar. 

Proving to be the final meaningful attempt on goal it finished with a point apiece in Somerset, with Town now turning attention to the visit of Crewe Alexandra in midweek.

Yeovil Town: Baxter, James, Mugabi, Warren, Dickinson; Arquin, Pattison, Gray, Browne; Fisher (Patrick 67′), Olomola.
Bookings: James 84′, Dickinson 87′
Subs not used: Nelson, Mahmutovic, Donnellan, Santos, Rogers, Henry.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies; Caprice, McNulty, Sutton, Monthe; Smith (Cole 66′), McCullough (Harris 90′), Banks, Gilmour (Mullin 61′); Jennings, Norwood.
Bookings: Norwood 38′, Sutton 59′, Banks 82′
Subs not used: George, Mottley-Henry, Ellis.

INTERVIEW | ‘The players have been driven this week’ – Way

The Glovers have had a ten-day match break as Shaun Donnellan, Sessi D’Almeida, Rhys Browne and Enes Mahmutovic all went away on international duty.

Not allowing those who remained in Somerset to take it easy, Way has made sure his players remained focussed and driven as they prepare for Saturday’s clash.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “We’re looking forward to getting out on the pitch again, we’ve had good times spent on the training ground, the players have been driven this week to make sure we get wins again.

“I thought our performance was good against Bristol Rovers unfortunately we didn’t take our chances, there have been one or two games that we’ve been disappointed in with the Swindon game being one.

“We understand what teams are doing now, coming back and sitting behind the ball and breaking on us on the counter attack and it’s up to us to make sure we breakthrough that.”

Town had eight players on the treatment table when they started their international break.

With Diallang Jaiyesimi and Omar Sowunmi out for extended periods of time the break has allowed the further recovery of others who have spent time sidelined which has pleased Way.

“I feel I’ve got one or two players back that drive expectations and I think that’s very important, some players have handled the Saturday, Tuesday games programme well and some I feel could have done better.

“We enjoy a challenge, every team has got a threat but I still feel we’ve spent a lot of time on us this season and I know perhaps we’ve come away from it but I think that was personnel.

“We’ve got to make sure we get back to being about us, we’ve got to have our identity about us, its got to be about the way we play and how we effect the opposition and there has been a number of games this year where we’ve got that right.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Tranmere Rovers

Town have been out of action for 10 days due to the international break, with last weekend’s scheduled trip to Cheltenham postponed due to four players departing Somerset to represent their respective countries. 

Last time out in the league the green and whites drew 2-2 with high-flying Exeter City but will look to go one better and return to winning ways against the Super White Army. 

Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland U21s), Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) and Rhys Browne (Antigua & Barbuda) will all be eligible after returning from international duty, but Sessi D’Almeida (Benin) will sit out a one-match ban for accruing five yellow cards.

Gary Warren will be pushing for a start after returning to the bench in the last two fixtures, with Stuart Nelson, James Bailey, Wes McDonald, Francois Zoko and Alefe Santos continuing their return to fitness. 

Omar Sowunmi and Diallang Jaiyesimi are facing lengthy lay-offs, to leave Darren Way’s squad stretched. 

After promotion from the National League via the play-offs, Tranmere have enjoyed their return to the EFL.

Sitting fifth in the table, Micky Mellon’s side are unbeaten in their last four league outings, winning 1-0 at home to Macclesfield last time out. 

Head-to-head
Saturday’s encounter will be the first meeting between the two sides since March 2013.

Ed Upson’s strike secured a 1-0 win in front of the home faithful after narrowly losing the reverse fixture 3-2.

The fixture will be the 17th competitive meeting with both sides boasting six wins to their name.

Yeovil’s biggest home win came in September 2010, with Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington netting in a 3-1 win.

Officials
Christopher Sarginson will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

It will be his first match involving Town since Boxing Day last season where he oversaw the 2-0 win at Cheltenham Town.

He will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett and Samuel Ogles with Michael Webb acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Alex Fisher and manager Darren Way can be watched 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, overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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

INTERVIEW | Fisher targeting strong return after international break

The 28-year-old is in his first full season with the Glovers and is currently their top scorer with five goals so far in Sky Bet League Two.

With Shaun Donnellan, Sessi D’Almeida, Rhys Browne and Enes Mahmutovic all back from international duty Fisher is confident ahead of their first game back.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “It’s been a couple of weeks and it was a time for us to regroup and get some injuries back and create a really competitive atmosphere and we’re heading into this game with bags of confidence.

“The main thing is that end of season we’re up there and these are the games that are very important so this is where we set a good platform to hopefully use as a springboard for future games.

“There’s more to come I think we showed early on what we’re capable of doing, last couple of games results haven’t quite gone our way so huge thanks to the supporters for getting behind us because that really drives us forward.”

This Saturday’s fixture with Tranmere Rovers is the first of two home fixtures in a row as the green and whites host Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday.

Fisher is aiming to build momentum on the back of two consecutive home fixtures and is focussing on the quality Town possess rather than the opposition.

“We’re looking at Saturday with two games in a row here at Huish Park and we’re looking forward to get full points and that will hopefully spring us up the table.

“You’re always aware of the opposition you know when we’re at home you want to dictate the tempo and the dictate the game.

“We’re going to be focussing more on what we’re about than what they’re about, we like to think that’s going to be enough come full time on Saturday afternoon.”

NEWS | Enjoy 20% off this Saturday

This offer is only available on Saturday and is not available online.

Sale items are not included in the offer and the 20% off cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Visit our club shop at Huish Park to enjoy the discount.

CHARITY | Bid for match-worn Poppy shirts

During Tuesday evening’s (7:45pm) match with Crewe Alexandra, the whole Yeovil Town squad will be wearing commemorative shirts with the RBL Poppy embroidered on the front.

After the game the shirts will be auctioned off, with all the proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

Also, during the halftime interval members of the Armed Forces personnel will be collecting for the Poppy Appeal, and we hope that all supporters will be generous in making a donation to the Appeal in memory of those who gave their lives and have been injured, for peace and freedom.                    

To Bid please state the number of the players shirt along with the name of the player with a minimum reserve of £50 per shirt.

Bidding will commence Wednesday 24th October 2018 at Midday and the auction will close Monday 5th November 2018 at Midday.

P&P will be extra should you require it, bid by email only please to KHurley@britishlegion.org.uk.

COMMERCIAL | Sky Bet League Two preview

Lincoln City continue to impress as they moved four points clear at the top with a 6-2 hammering of Port Vale last time out.

It was the Imps’ tenth victory of the season, two more than any other side in the division.

It’s no surprise to see them sit top of the form charts at the moment with four wins in their last five, and they are capable of adding to that when they take on a Cambridge side who are struggling for results at the moment.

United are on a run of four consecutive losses, and now sit inside League Two’s relegation zone.

Hoping for a potential slip-up will be Exeter, who continue to put the pressure on Lincoln at the top.

They travel to Grimsby who have experienced an upturn in results. The hosts have won their last two and will be looking to push themselves further up the table with victory here.

Newport are level on points with Exeter, and they take on a Crawley side who have been hit-and-miss in their last five encounters.

It’s been a win/loss pattern for Town, but they have won their last four in front of their own fans which makes them the best home side in the division at the moment.

Two sides also on winning runs are MK Dons and Tranmere, with the latter traveling to take on Yeovil who are without a win in six in all competitions.

Tranmere have won their last three in the league and find themselves as one of the best away teams in the division currently with two wins and two draws on the road.

Milton Keynes have also secured victory in their last three games, but they face a tricky task against a Northampton side who have picked up points in four of their last five.

They also beat Forest Green last time out, showing that they are capable of beating teams at the top.

Rovers will be looking to make amends as they take on Cheltenham, who are one point above the relegation zone with no win in their last five.

Bury are another side aiming for the top-seven, but they could be beaten by a side lower than them as Notts County enjoy a revival under Harry Kewell’s guidance.

The Magpies have won their last three games, which includes a win over Crawley who sit level on points with Bury.

Notts have been scoring goals in recent weeks, but their 26 goals conceded is the joint-highest in the division. That makes Sky Bet’s enhanced offer of a Notts County win with both teams scoring at 9/1 an interesting bet.

Macclesfield are still searching for their first victory of the season, and they come up against Carlisle who have three losses in their last five.

The hosts have just four points from 13 games but they know a win here could go a long way in their hopes for survival.

NEWS | D’Almeida suspended for Tranmere clash

The 22-year-old returns to Somerset after netting his first international goal for Benin to secure a 1-0 win their AFCON qualifier against Algeria. 

However, D’Almeida will be unable to take to the field for the Glovers after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Exeter City a fortnight ago. 

Town’s captain in recent weeks will have to watch from the stands but will be eligible to return against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night. 

NEWS | International quartet return

Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland Under-21s), Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg), Rhys Browne (Antigua & Barbuda) and Sessi D’Almeida (Benin) all departed Somerset for time across the globe. 

Yeovil’s captain in recent weeks, D’Almeida, enjoyed a milestone spell with his country. Playing Algeria home and away in their AFCON qualifying group, the 22-year-old came off the bench in the 2-0 defeat in the Stade Mustapha Tachaker stadium but played 90 minutes in the reverse fixture whilst scoring the winner in a 1-0 win. 

Supporters can view his first international goal here.

Elsewhere, Donnellan missed Eire’s trip to Israel in their UEFA U21 Championships qualifier due to suspension but returned for the 2-0 defeat to front-runners Germany in Heidenhaim.

Fellow defender Mahmutovic enjoyed a mixed trip with his national side. Playing the second half in the 1-0 defeat in Belarus, the Middlesbrough loanee watched on from the bench as Luxembourg romped to a 3-0 win over San Marino in their UEFA Nations League qualifier.

Continuing the winning feeling, winger Browne played 90 minutes in Antigua’s 6-0 friendly win over the Bahamas, in their only action of the break. 

All four will now return to Somerset, but D’Almeida will miss the clash with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday due to suspension after accruing five yellow cards.

TICKETS | Action returns at Huish Park!

After 10 days without a game, the Glovers will be looking to build on the 2-2 draw with high-flying Exeter City last time out in the league. 

Jordan Green and Alex Fisher were on target against the Grecians, who’ll look to do the same against Huish Park. 

Saturday’s meeting against the newly promoted Super White Army will be the first encounter between the two sides since 2013.

Ed Upson was on target on that occasion to give Town all three points. 

Tickets for Saturday’s match remain on sale with savings to be made when bought in advance. 

In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

FIXTURE | Under-18s in top of the table clash

The Young Glovers sit top of the table after nine games with 20 points to their name, one point ahead of Saturday’s opponents. 

The U’s have two games in hand on the green and whites but a victory for Town would see them extend their lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance South West table. 

Admission is free with the match taking place at 11am on the top pitch at Huish Park, with all welcome to attend. 

The league table and results can bd viewed on our Academy page.

NEWS | Jaiyesimi ruled out for the season

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

After returning to Carrow Road for assessment following preliminary scans, the extent of DJ’s injury were revealed with the 20-year-old undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

Darren Way’s side wore ‘Let’s do this for DJ’ t-shirts during the warm-up against Exeter City last weekend, pledging their support for the injured attacker.

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

All at YTFC wish DJ all the best with his ongoing treatment and look forward to seeing him back in action. 

NEWS | Enjoy half-price admission at Hengrove Athletic!

The Toolstation Western League Premier Division clash kicks off at Hengrove’s Paprika Park ground in Norton Lane, Whitchurch at 3.00pm.

Supporters of the three clubs can come into the game for just £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions if they show their respective season tickets on the gate. Neither Bristol City or Yeovil Town are in action that day due to the international break while Bristol Rovers are away at Burton Albion.

Club secretary Martin McConachie said: “The match coincides with Non League Day, an annual event to trumpet the local grass roots clubs and their place in the community. Here at Hengrove, we hosted the annual Bristol City Community Trust match in 2016 and have since held charity games, cup semi finals and other events at Paprika Park to help the local community raise money.

“We understand that supporters are very loyal to their own teams so the idea of the offer is to welcome new fans into the club without them missing their own team. We’d love to be people’s second club, a place where they will get a friendly welcome and see some good football when their team’s not playing.

“To that aim, anyone that comes to the Clevedon game can take advantage of another special offer. We will be selling our own season tickets for just £70 (£35 concessions) on the day which will include admission to all 14 remaining home games + a free matchday programme each week; a real bargain!”

Enquiries about the offer and/or the match can be directed to Martin on 07432 614494 or via email: secretary@hengroveathletic.com 

INTERVIEW | Way calls for discipline in defence

Second half goals from Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman were enough to get the win for the Gas meaning that the Glovers cannot qualify from the group.

After creating history by going 573 minutes without conceding a goal earlier in the season, Way would like his defence to revert back to their early season form.

Speaking to YTFC.net he said: “We are disappointed with our defending in the box. We’ve created history not so long ago and there has been one or two changes within that backline.

“We talked about the development, how quick Omar Sowunmi became a quality player when there was probably one or two who didn’t feel he was at that level.

“I’ve got two centre-halves at the moment and it’s important that I man-manage the situation because I think they’re good players. They’re going to make mistakes but with the last two games its important you’ve got discipline in the box.”

Captain Sowunmi picked up an injury in the dying moments of the 1-1 draw with MK Dons last month and has been ruled out for 10-12 weeks.

Now entering a ten-day break for international duty, Way is expecting that on the return his injury list will be much shorter.

“What this break has done has allowed me to get two or three key players who were very influential at the start of the season and excited the supporters back.

“I don’t want to go on about it, but then number of changes and injuries we’ve had to deal with I appreciate the supporters being understanding.

“We should’ve never drawn that game against Exeter. One ball whizzes in the box and they equalise after we’ve had a number of chances, similar to tonight.

“These teams are nothing special and it’s very close and unfortunately since we’ve had a number of players out we’ve made mistakes in the box which has led to goals.”

NEWS | Quartet called-up on international duty

Donnellan, a Republic of Ireland Under-21 regular, will continue to help Eire look to qualify for the UEFA Under-21 European Championship in their qualifiers against Israel and Germany on Thursday 11th and Tuesday 16th respectively. 

Returning to fitness last month after missing the start of the 2018/19 campaign, Browne has been called-up for Antigua & Barbuda’s CONCACAF Nation’s League qualifier in the Bahamas on Friday 12th, before returning to Somerset.

After receiving a first call-up since 2015 last month, D’Almeida has been included in the Benin squad to take on Algeria home and away in the AFCON qualification stage, taking place on Friday 12th and Tuesday 16th. 

Completing the quartet, Middlesbrough loanee Mahmutovic will continue his UEFA Nations League campaign with Luxembourg against Belarus and San Marino on Friday 12th and Monday 15th.

As a result of Yeovil’s absentees, Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture away to Cheltenham Town has been postponed with the fixture yet to be rearranged.

International Fixtures

Republic of Ireland Under-21s
Israel v Republic of Ireland U21s – Thursday, 11th October (1500)
Germany v Republic of Ireland U21s – Tuesday, 16th October (1715)

Antigua & Barbuda
Bahamas v Antigua & Barbuda – Friday, 12th October (2300)

Benin
Algeria v Benin – Friday, 12th September (2045)
Benin v Algeria – Tuesday, 16th September (1600)

Luxembourg
Belarus v Luxembourg – Friday, 12th September (1945)
Luxembourg v San Marino – Monday, 15th September (1945)

NEWS | Sowunmi set for spell on the sideline

Town’s captain was fouled in the dying embers of the 1-1 draw with MK Dons at the end of September, unable to complete the final few minutes. 

After seeking the opinion of a specialist, the 22-year-old will now face a spell on the sideline. 

All at YTFC look forward to seeing Omar back in action as soon as possible.

NEWS | Mascots set to visit Huish Park in charity challenge

They plan to be at Huish Park, on 10th October at 12:40pm. Join them with the Jolly Green Giant.

The Mighty Mariner and Poacher the Imp will be travelling to each Premier League and EFL ground in four days along with James Whaley, who has raised over £10,000 for Demi.

Andy Carr, the Grimsby Town mascot, and Edward Brett, Poacher the Imp, will be joined by fundraiser James Whaley, who recently biked between the two clubs’ stadiums raising £10,000.

They hope to raise at least another £10,000 for the young Louth girl who is undergoing cancer treatment.

Whaley was planning on taking a break from fundraising after his bike ride, but couldn’t turn down this opportunity.

Whaley said: “As soon as Poacher suggested the idea, I was up for it, and we quickly got the Mighty Mariner involved.

“Since I’ve started fundraising for Demi, I have made some sacrifices, but it’s the least I can do, It’s completely worthwhile.

The journey is planned for October 8 to 11, and the JustGiving fundraising page is now open.

Grimsby mascot Carr said: “When I met Demi and her family, they had my heart instantly. If I was ever in a situation like that, I would hope people would help me.

“If we can do our bit and raise money in a fun way that will get people interested, I will be happy. We’re hoping that it will capture the imagination of a lot of football fans.

The team are trying to get other clubs from around the country involved as they visit the many grounds, and the mascots are hoping to meet many of their counterparts.

The group is appealing for help with their trip, including a motorhome to make the journey easier and contributions for the fuel it will take to criss-cross the country.

Demi’s condition appears to be improving following experimental treatment in America. She was diagnosed with cancer for the second time earlier this year, but recent MRI scans have given the family hope.

It is costing her family £500 to fetch medication from Poland and Texas putting a huge strain on their finances.

Their supporters have raised £79,000 of their £205,000 goal according to their GoFundMe page.

REPORT | Bristol Rovers 2-0 Yeovil Town

After having a couple of chances to take the lead the Glovers were punished by the lively Alex Jakubiak in the 50th minute.

Chasing the game, the green and whites searched for an equaliser but were dealt a blow five minutes from time as Alex Rodman’s shot was deflected past the helpless Nathan Baxter.

In action for the last time before the international break, defeat at the Memorial Ground means Town can now no longer qualify from the group stage.

Needing a result to stay in the competition, Darren Way made one change from the side that drew 2-2 with Exeter City, as Rhys Browne came in for Sessi D’Almeida who’s away on international duty.

Under the floodlights, the Glovers started the game the brighter having a couple of early chances.

Olufela Olomola played in Jordan Green who drove into the box and fired his shot on target, but Jack Bonham was alert to make the save. Mugabi headed just over from the resulting corner.

Later on, Browne worked hard to win back the ball in Bristol’s half, he beat his man and attempted to find Olomola in the box but the defender blocked and Browne was adjudged to foul his man when trying to win the ball back.

In an entertaining opening start to the match which Town dominated, the Gas then created their first chance of the game. Rodman beat his man and fired the ball towards the goal with Baxter on hand to parry away.

As Rovers grew into the game Jakubiak looked their biggest threat, his attack down the right side resulted in a shot off target.

Shortly after, the forward went close again, finding himself in the area he struck the ball first time, but Baxter got down well to make the save and deny the hosts the lead.

Just after the half-hour mark, former Town man Ed Upson gave away the ball in his own box, Fisher picked up the loose ball and Bonham had to be alert to race off his line and deny the number nine.

Both sides settled midway through the first half with chances proving much harder to come by than in a frantic opening 25 minutes.

Jake Gray had a shot from range easily blocked whilst Fisher had a couple of half chances off target.

Going for the win, Way made the matches first substitution at half-time, after picking up a yellow Browne was replaced by Bradford City loanee Omari Patrick.

Yeovil almost took the lead only for minutes into the second half, Fisher received the ball in behind the defence and went one-on-one with Bonham, only for thee Rovers stopper to make a fantastic save.

That miss would then prove costly as a minute later the Pirates went on the attack. Kyle Bennett’s ball into the area found Jakubiak at the front post, who then struck the ball first time into the top right corner to give the hosts the lead.

As the hour mark approached, Gray swung a corner into the box which the keeper failed to properly clear, Fisher steered the ball goalwards but saw his header blocked on the line.

Not quite out of the game yet the visitors continued to search for an equaliser, Patrick and Olomola both had shots at goal that Bonham made sure he got behind.

With chances becoming harder to come by and time running out for Town, Rodman sealed the win for Rovers with five minutes remaining, his shot deflected into the back of the net past Baxter to seal a 2-0 victory for the League One side.

Bristol Rovers: Bonham; Leadbitter, Clarke, Broadbent, Kelly; Sercombe, Upson, Bennett (Nichols 76); Rodman, Jakubiak (Moore 88), Matthews (Russe 86).
Bookings: Leadbitter 37’
Subs not used: Smith, Menayese, Ebbutt, Kilgour.

 

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnelan, Dickinson; Green (Rogers 87), Pattison, Gray, Browne (Patrick 46); Fisher (Arquin 74), Olomola.
Bookings: Browne 13’
Subs not used: Phillips, Warren, Ojo, Clarke.

INTERVIEW | Patrick driven by dream of Wembley

The 22-year-old joined on loan from Bradford City in the summer and hit a stunning debut winner from the bench in the 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town.

With Town making it to the semi-finals last season Patrick is hoping to go one step further and is inspired by thought of stepping onto that hallowed Wembley turf for the final.

Speaking to YTFC.net he said: “Of course everyone has Wembley in the back of their mind, last season we got knocked out in the semi-final so we were just that inch away from getting that dream.

“You might only have one chance to play at Wembley in your career so I think that will inspire us. People say it’s only the Checkatrade Trophy but we’re taking it seriously and we’ll go into the game and try to win it.”

Patrick’s one and only start in green and white came in the 0-0 draw with Exeter City in their first Checkatrade match.

Having only made appearances from the bench since, the Bradford loanee is still maintaining his positive attitude.

“You should always strive to take every opportunity you’re given, whether you’re starting a game or coming off the bench its always the same to me. You’ve got to have that positive mindset that you’re going contribute to the team.

“We’re just going to concentrate on ourselves as a team, we know the quality that we have in this team in both defence and attack and all around the pitch we feel we can match any team I think we have that level of confidence.  

“A win will put is in a nice position in the group and then we just go onto the next one and take it game by game.”

REPORT | Young Glovers stay top

Making the short trip across the border, Town were looking to build on their previous 2-0 win at Newport County a week previous.

Starting in positive fashion, the green and whites put on a positive display in and out of possession and enjoyed a host of early chances against the Grecians. 

Despite enjoying plenty of territory, the Glovers were left frustrated due to a string of fine saves and squandered chances when one-v-one.

Without a goal to show for their dominant display, Town finally broke the deadlock just past the half-hour mark. 

Winning possession in their own half they launched a rapid counter-attack which ended with Neville Nzembela racing through on goal. 

Having netted at Newport the striker maintained his goal scoring form with an emphatic finish into the bottom corner which gave the home stopper no chance.

Pinning Exeter into their own half the Glovers pressed for a second but had to settle for a 1-0 lead at the halfway stage.

After feeding off of scraps in the opening 45 minutes, Exter grew into the game in the second half and enjoyed territory of their own.

Conceding a corner in the 68th minute, hesitancy in not attacking the ball allowed Exeter an opportunity to score, which they took to make it 1-1.

Two minutes after the Grecians leveled it up, Town were reduced to ten men when Daniel Ojo received a straight red for an off the ball incident.

Despite the setback, the Glovers pressed for a winner and almost found it when Hong Wan raced through on goal, only for his shot to be dragged wide.

George Calverley then hit the crossbar with a terrific left footed shot from the right-hand side of the area, but the 10-men had to settle for a share of the spoils. 

PREVIEW | Bristol Rovers v Yeovil Town

Town’s last Trophy action was a 0-0 draw with Exeter City at Huish Park in September, getting a point on the board before losing the penalty shoot-out for a bonus point.

The green and whites also faced the Grecians on Saturday afternoon playing out a more entertaining 2-2 draw, with goals coming from Jordan Green and Alex Fisher.

The Glovers didn’t have any fresh injuries to add to their already packed physio room and the return of Gary Warren to the bench on Saturday was a welcomed sight.

However, Darren Way will still be unable to call upon Stuart Nelson, James Bailey, Francois Zoko, Wes McDonald, Alefe Santos, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Omar Sowunmi.

Rovers won their first match in the competition 2-0 against West Ham United under-21s at home.

The Sky Bet League One side are without a win or a goal in their last three in the league and currently sit in the relegation zone in 21st place.

Head-to-head
Tuesday evening’s encounter will be the 18th time these two sides have faced-off with one another.

Rovers boast six wins to Town’s five with six draws being played out.

Town have not claimed a win in their past three meetings with the Pirates, their last victory was a 3-0 win in September 2012 with goals from Same Foley and a brace from Ed Upson.

The last time these two sides met was in the Checkatrade Trophy two season’s ago, playing out a 0-0 draw at Memorial Stadium.

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 supporters can listen to the game live via the iFollow Glovers service.

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

INTERVIEW | ‘It was great to get back to goal scoring’ – Fisher

Jordan Green was also on target as Town were able to turn a one-goal deficit into a 2-1 lead, only to be pegged back to 2-2 late on.

Fisher, who’s in his first full season with the green and whites, was in fine form in August which included a hat-trick against Notts County, but suffered a mini goal drought over the past few matches.

Hitting the ground running early in October, Fisher is delighted to have found the back of the net once again.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “I started pretty strongly, and I haven’t scored in a couple of games now so it was great to get back to goal scoring and hopefully my season can kick on from here.

“It was a really good game, pretty frantic and everything you would expect from this derby match. It was great to get a point, although I think the way we played you could’ve argued that we deserved all three points.

“In the first half we didn’t quite win that first or second ball but, certainly that second half, we showed what we were doing in the first few games of the season.

“Not only that, we were doing it with success and getting goals at the end of it, which makes a massive difference.”

Netting his fifth goal of the campaign Fisher has the fourth highest number of goals in the division.

Elated at breaking his mini goal drought the striker thanked manager Darren Way for putting his trust in him.

“He’s a great man. He knows how to talk to people and he has got a very good way with that so, I do thank him for it.

“It was nice that he stuck his belief behind me today and obviously he picks the team so, I do feel proud to be starting in this 11 and I was happy to deliver what I think was a good performance and a goal for him.”

TICKETS | Join Town on the road to Rovers

The Glovers make the short trip up the M5 to take on their League One opponents looking for a first win of the competition. 

Darren Way’s side picked up a point from the goalless draw with Exeter City at Huish Park last month but missed out on the penalty shootout bonus point. 

Looking to emulate last season’s run to the semi-final the green and whites head to the Gas for the second time in three seasons in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Despite having 10-men, Town drew 0-0 in 2016 and will look to go one better this time around with three points in Bristol. 

Tickets remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office and will also be available on the night. 

Seated prices
Adults – £10
Under-21/65+ – £7
Under-16s – £5
Under-11s- £1

To grab yours, contact the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) or head online.

INTERVIEW | Way hails Town’s courage in fightback

The visitors took the lead in the ninth minute through Jayden Stockley and had it pretty much all their own way in the first half.

Coming out for the second half rejuvenated, the Glovers were soon level thanks to Jordan Green, before Alex Fisher scored 13 minutes later to complete the turnaround.

However, it wasn’t to be for the green and whites as Stockley grabbed a second to seal a 2-2 draw.

Despite being held to a draw, Town’s boss praised the manner in which his side turned the match around into their favour.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “In times of adversity, you always want players to be brave and show courage and show a fight back.

“I thought during the second half, we couldn’t have started any better. We played with pace, power, forward momentum, forward motion and our attacking threat was very, very strong.

“We find ourselves 2-1 up and they were well worked goals and we were causing them all sorts of problems and we were unfortunate not to get a third.”

The result means that Yeovil extend their unbeaten run against Exeter to seven matches having not lost since April 2016.

Giving more minutes to players under the age of 23 than any other side in the top four divisions, Way highlighted the importance of maturing and adapting quickly to avoid mistakes.

“We talked about our game plan against their game plan before the game and it is a team who normally makes the fewest mistakes.

“I felt that for the first 15 minutes were on the front foot and then we make a mistake which we have done in previous games and we find ourselves 1-0 down.

“Players need to learn fast and they need to be accountable and they need to accept that. Making mistakes does not mean that you are a failure, it just means that you are learning.

“If you are not at your game, League Two will eat you up and spit you out and they didn’t do that to our players today.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-2 Exeter City

An early goal from Jayden Stockley was cancelled out by Jordan Green before Alex Fisher put Town ahead.

 

Stockley then headed home with 15 minutes remaining as the match ended all-square.

 

Town manager Darren Way made one change to the side which lost to Colchester in mid-week as Jake Gray replaced Yoann Arquin on the wing.

 

Arquin joined fellow substitute Gary Warren on the bench, as the latter continued his return from injury, while Sessi D’Almeida retained the captain’s armband in central midfield.

 

Way was still unable to call on seven first-team players due to injury with Stuart Nelson, Omar Sowunmi, James Bailey, Alefe Santos, Wes McDonald, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Francois Zoko all side-lined.

 

Town’s players showed solidarity with Jaiyesimi after the forward suffered a serious knee injury against MK Dons by wearing white shirts during the warm-up with the message ‘let’s do this for DJ’.

 

Yeovil started on the front foot as both Gray and D’Almeida had shots blocked in the early stages but it was Exeter who dealt the first blow, taking the lead on nine minutes.

 

Good work by Hiram Boateng on the right-hand side saw him cross for Stockley who guided a header past Nathan Baxter from five yards out.

 

Tom James fired wide after Fisher’s clever knock-down as the Glovers looked to get back on level terms.

 

The home side continued to push forward as James’ long ball found Olufela Olomola via Fisher; the striker’s cross reached Alex Pattison who managed to get above his man but could only guide a header wide.

 

Town were persevering with their direct play and it nearly paid off in spectacular style as Fisher tried an audacious long-range volley that had Christy Pym worried before it landed on the roof of the net.

 

Four minutes before half-time Green exchanged passes with Olomola before putting on the afterburners and racing into the box, but his touch was heavy and Pym came out to claim.

 

The last Glovers chance of the half fell to Fisher whose first-time shot was straight at Pym.

 

Town came out for the second half much the brighter, they grabbed an equaliser when Bevis Mugabi’s clearance caused confusion in the Exeter defence, Olomola nipped in and squared for Green to knock home.

 

James nearly completed the turnaround as his diving header from a corner was cleared off the line.

 

Just after the hour mark the Glovers did complete the comeback as Pattison found Olomola who twisted and turned before firing the ball across to Fisher to slide home.

 

Fisher headed over from Carl Dickinson’s corner as Way’s men looked to drive home their advantage.

 

Showing heart and passion in defence the Glover’s looked to hold on to their 2-1 lead after a spirited fightback.

 

However it wasn’t to be as the dangerous Stockley equalised on 75 minutes from Dean Moxey’s cross with another header into the bottom right-hand corner.

 

Substitute Jonathan Forte had a shot saved by Baxter in the dying minutes and Mugabi brilliantly blocked Boateng’s effort in stoppage time as the game ended 2-2.

  

Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Green (Patrick 90), Pattison, D’Almeida, Gray (Browne 81); Olomola, Fisher.

Bookings: Pattison 90, D’Almeida 90.

Subs not used: Phillips, Warren, Rogers, Arquin, Mahmutovic.

 

Exeter City (4-3-3): Pym; Sweeney, Croll, A Martin, Moxey; Law (Jay 76), Tillson (Forte 62), Boateng; Taylor, Stockley, L Martin (Holmes 69).

Bookings: None

Subs not used: Hamon, O’Shea, Abrahams, Collin.

 

INTERVIEW | Way ensuring players focus on performance

Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Colchester condemned Town to a second 3-1 defeat in four days, with the first bringing to an end a run of three consecutive away wins.

Aiming for a return to winning ways, Way is making sure that they correct any problems and the players focus on what’s important.

Talking to iFollow Glovers Way said: “It’s up to me to make sure that the players and the team concentrate and focus on one thing and that’s performance.

“It’s making sure that we understand the situation as to why we’re not winning football matches, it’s been two games now that you could ask ‘could we have done better’?

“We’ve conceded goals and we’ve created a little bit of history at the football club so we’re not a bad team overnight, we are understanding the problems that we need to resolve and perhaps work a little bit harder.”

The Glovers sealed one for the history books eight minutes into the 3-0 defeat to Swindon as they avoided conceding for 573 minutes beating the previous record of 521 minutes.

Now conceding more goals than earlier on in the season, Town’s boss is looking for his side to get their form back on track and respond to conceding in a better fashion.

“We’ve not reacted with a goal going in and perhaps that’s something to think about with a young group.

“It takes time to build resilience and that’s what we had from pre-season and we have to deal with that.

“All I have to ask with the players really is to make sure we don’t get too complacent and we keep working hard and stay focused and performances will turn.”

Their first shot at getting back on track will be a home tie against West Country rivals Exeter City on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

With the Grecians sitting in second position Way is expecting his side to be up for the derby fixture, despite being hit by a number of injuries.

“You expect a local derby to have players naturally up for that moment and we’re playing at home which is great.

“We’re three points off the play-offs so we’ve not been in that situation. We’ve had a little bit of bad luck and we’re not going to use that as an excuse.

“We understand we’ve got one or two key players missing but that gives the other players an opportunity, one of the things I do know is naturally you’ll be up for a derby.” 

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Exeter City

The green and whites will be targeting a return to winning ways after slumping to a 3-1 defeat to Colchester United on Tuesday evening.

Tom James’ stunning free kick in the final minute of additional time was the only silver lining in an otherwise disappointing trip to Essex.

Managing to avoid any fresh injuries on the road, Town still boast an extensive injury list with up to eight players out.

Stuart Nelson, James Bailey, Francois Zoko, Wes McDonald, Alefe Santos, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Gary Warren and Omar Sowunmi have all been in the physio’s room and are unlikely to feature on Saturday.

Facing a Grecians side who currently lie second in the table and unbeaten since the start of September, Yeovil will be looking for the three points to lift themselves back into the play-off places.

Jayden Stockley has six goals so far this season, the second highest in the division, and will be the main threat for Exeter, a surprising threat will be that of right-back Pierce Sweeney, who has four goals to his name this season, the highest scoring defender in the division.

Head-to-head
Saturday afternoon’s clash will be the 18th time these two South West teams have met in all competitions.

Both teams won five games apiece with the games finishing as a draw on seven occasions.

Yeovil are undefeated against Exeter in the last six meetings, with Town winning last season’s home league clash 3-1. Goals from Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge sealed all three points for Darren Way’s side.

In this season’s previous meeting in the Checkatrade Trophy at Huish Park the game was tied 0-0 with Exeter claiming the bonus point after winning the penalty shootout.

Officials
The man with the whistle on Saturday afternoon will be Ollie Yates.

It will be his second time overseeing a match involving the Glovers, the only prior was a 2-0 victory over Notts County in August 2016 at Huish Park.

Mr Yates will be assisted by Christopher Husband and Grant Taylor with Steven Plane acting as the fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Alex Pattison and manager Darren Way can watched 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, overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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

INTERVIEW | ‘We are strong enough to challenge’ – Pattison

Joining on a season-long loan from Boro in the summer, Pattison has been an integral part of Darren Way’s side providing three assists so far this season.

The Midfielder suffered an injury scare in their 3-1 defeat away to Crawley Town but returned to full fitness for their fixture against Colchester United in midweek.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “I just want to play as many games as possible and hopefully take Yeovil to as high as I can in the league.

“Hopefully we get promotion or get in and around the play-offs. With the players that we have we are definitely good enough to be there.”

Town’s next fixture is the West Country clash against Exeter City, who currently sit second in the league on 23 points.

Not being fazed by the Grecians league position, Pattison believes that the team can get results against any side in League Two.

“We know we can beat anyone in this league, they have played some good football from what I saw when I was on the bench in the Checkatrade Trophy match and they were a really good team.

“They were playing without some of their best players so it will be a tough test but one we are ready for.

“We are good enough to be in and around the upper end of the league come the end of the season, we just need to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.”

Since Pattison’s inclusion to the squad, he has formed a strong partnership with fellow centre midfielder Sessi D’Almeida.

The 21-year-old believes that himself and the Benin international compliment each others’ style of play.

“He breaks the play up well and I like to play forward; I’m a playmaker, I like to assist goals and I think we complement each other very well.

“He’s exactly the same on the pitch as he is off the pitch, he is just a presence everywhere he goes and it is a pleasure playing alongside him.”

COMMERCIAL | Sky Bet League Two preview

League leaders Lincoln City suffered just their second loss of the season during the week and they will look to bounce back at Sincil Bank when they welcome a Crewe side with one goal and one point to their name away from home this season.

Third travel to fifth as Newport County visit Forest Green – who are something of the draw specialists at home with four out of five home games in the league ending in a stalemate this season.

The draw – on offer at 12/5 for this one looks of real appeal given the stats.

Second-placed Exeter take their hot streak on a shorter trip than usual as they visit Yeovil on the back of four wins out of five. The Glovers have lost three in four so Sky Bet’s Price Boost of Exeter to win and both teams to score at 5/1 looks like the way to go here.

Tranmere Rovers were impressive in their win over leaders Lincoln last time out, but travel to a Morecambe side that have improved recently with two wins from the last three.

Another big game sees Colchester, who currently sit in fourth, make the trip to seventh-placed Stevenage with just one point separating the two teams ahead of kick-off. 

MK Dons managed to stop the rot last time out with their first win in six but they’re still in the play-off places as they play host to Cheltenham, who’ve won just twice this season.

Oldham sit just outside the play-off spots after playing out three straight draws, but there should be a result one way or the other as they face Carlisle United at home as the visitors have only drawn once all season.

Bottom side Macclesfield play host to a Notts County side that seems to have found its feet under Harry Kewell after a dreadful start – the Magpies having gone unbeaten in their last four while winning their last two. 

Cambridge are second bottom after four defeats in their last five as they travel to Crawley – who are another side who usually get a result with five wins and five defeats out of 11 games played so far. 

Bury have only lost one in six and sit just outside the play-off spots as they play host to Mansfield Town – who have only lost one in six themselves with two wins and three draws.

Grimsby Town stopped their worrying run of five straight defeats with a win last time out and they’ll hope to take that confidence into their home game with Port Vale.

Northampton Town are having a tough time of things with just one win all season but there is some hope as they head to Swindon Town as the hosts haven’t won in three games at home with two draws and a defeat.

VACANCY | Academy searching for physiotherapist

The successful applicant will be required to take the lead role in the Academy’s Sports Science and Medicine Department, ensuring the department maintains its Category Three status and meets all requirements outlined by the EPPP.

The successful candidate will require the following Qualifications:

  • Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • CSP & HCPC Registered 

Click here to view a full job description. 

To apply, please email or post a copy of your CV to the HR Department for the attention of James Hillier:
jhillier@ytfc.net
By post: Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 26th October 2018.

TICKETS | Pack the park for West Country clash

Town are unbeaten in their last three home meetings with the Grecians and will look for the run to continue this weekend. 

The two sides played out a stalemate in 2016/17 with Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge all on target in a 3-1 win last season at Huish Park. 

Saturday’s encounter will be a repeat of last month’s Checkatrade Trophy meeting which ended 0-0 and will see the Glovers aim to bounce back from successive defeats on the road.

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

For a breakdown of prices, click here with tickets available to buy:

– via the Huish Park ticket office in person
– via the Huish Park ticket office on 01935 847888
Online

REPORT | Colchester United 3-1 Yeovil Town

Having to dig in at the back in the opening 45 minutes, Nathan Baxter produced a couple of fine early saves before being finally beaten shortly before the half-hour mark.

Tom Eastman, up from the back, converted from a corner to net the difference at the break despite an even share of possession.

After starting the second half brightly, Alex Fisher had Town’s best chance of the game but the U’s doubled their advantage through an unstoppable Frank Nouble strike.

With time at a premium the green and whites searched for a way back into the Sky Bet League Two encounter but with numbers forward conceded a second Nouble goal late on, before Tom James netted a stunning free-kick with the last kick of the game for nothing more than a consolaiton.

Facing a second away trip in the space of a few days, Darren Way opted to make three changes from the side that suffered a first defeat on the road in four at Crawley.

Making a change in each department, Bevis Mugabi came in for Enes Mahmutovic at the heart of defence whilst Yoann Arquin replaced Jake Gray on the wing.

Jordan Green dropped back into midfielder to make room for Fisher who netted the winner against the U’s last season, meaning Rhys Browne dropped to the bench.

Unable to call upon eight players due to injury, Town were at least boosted by Alex Pattison who shook off an injury picked up at the weekend to start in Essex.

On a cold night at the JobServe Community Stadium it was the hosts who were quickest out of the blocks, enjoying an early corner which almost brought the opener. 

Half clearing their lines, Town could only tee up Sammie Szmodics who saw his curling strike from just inside the box palmed away by a diving Baxter. 

The Chelsea loanee was the visitors’ busiest player in the opening 10 minutes, called into action once again to push Ryan Jackson’s well-hit drive behind for another corner.

Avoiding a disastrous start, Olufela Olomola had a couple of tame efforts at the other end but the U’s remained a threat in front of their home supporters.

Already threatening from corners the hosts eventually made one count, as Pell’s header only fell to Eastman who poked home past a hapless Baxter.

Not to be deflated by falling behind the Glovers responded with their best spell of the half, producing some neat football under the lights.

Fizzing the ball around purposefully, Jordan Green and Olomola looked to cause havoc in the final third but faced with a wall of defence, were unable to engineer a chance of worth.

Patiently playing out from the back the tactic almost backfired on 42 minutes when Shaun Donnellan’s back-pass didn’t have the power needed to reach Baxter. 

Colchester’s top scorer Luke Norris senses an opportunity but Town’s stopper spread himself well to block the shot and allow Bevis Mugabi the chance to clear from a yard out to keep the score 1-0 at the halfway stage.

Not wanting the trip across the country to be in vain Way’s side came out reinvigorated and almost leveled three minutes after the restart. 

Green’s lightning pace saw him race down the right-hand side before firing in a low cross for Fisher whose first-time strike whizzed over the bar. 

Sensing that Town were building momentum Colchester responded with a chance of their own in a bid to build a cushion. 

Senior and Norris linked up well to allow the latter to unleash a vicious looking strike which flew just over as the game opened up and became end-to-end.

With the tempo increasing the next goal became of increasing importance and just before the hour-mark it came. 

Winning possession on the halfway line, Nouble drove at the Town back four and with the hint of a deflection, cannoned a strike up and over Baxter to make it 2-0.

Needing a big turnaround both Jake Gray and Omari Patrick were introduced and the duo combined well to allow Olomola some space in the box, only for the loanee’s strike to be lashed wide.

With little to lose the Glovers went for broke in the final 10 minutes as Rhys Browne came on for captain Sessi D’Almeida to give the visitors four attacking outlets.

However, the green and whites were dealt a further blow inside the final 10 minutes when Nouble competently rifled in his second of the night to round off the hosts’ scoring. 

Deep into stoppage time James netted an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick to make it 3-1, but it wasn’t enough to stop Yeovil suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in 2018/19.

Colchester United: Barnes; Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Vincent-Young; Pell, Lapslie (Wright 88′); Senior (Dickenson 81′), Szmodics, Nouble; Norris (Mandron 89′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Gilmartin, Comley, Kensdale, Collins.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Green, D’Almeida (Browne 79′), Pattison, Arquin (Patrick 68′); Olomola, Fisher (Gray 60′).
Bookings: Dickinson 52′
Subs not used: Phillips, Mahmutovic, Clarke, Rogers, Browne.

INTERVIEW | ‘We need a reaction’ – Way

The Glovers suffered their first defeat on the road since the opening day of the season at Crawley on Saturday, with Carl Dickinson’s goal the only consolation in a 3-1 loss. 

Making the midweek trip to Essex, Town are looking for a return to winning ways and Way is looking for a reaction from his players.

Speaking to YTFC.net, he said: “We’ve done okay at Colchester, and I’m asking the players to respond. I need good reactions.

“I said to the players that the football season is very very difficult, and everyone has got a plan until you get punched in the face. In the last three games now, players and managers have come up and they’ve analysed our game plan, and they’ve tried to combat that by putting that extra midfielder in there, so we don’t break so quick.

“A number of times we broke quick and they gave fouls away. So we have to make sure that we work harder, and play with more quality and more determination to break that down.”

The green and whites will look for a repeat of last year’s result when Alex Fisher’s first half strike secured all three points in Essex. 

PREVIEW | Colchester United v Yeovil Town

The green and whites will be looking for a return to winning ways after suffering a first defeat in four on the road at Crawley Town on Saturday. 

Carl Dickinson’s goal proved to be the only consolation in the 3-1 defeat, with Darren Way’s side now facing a second successive trip away from Somerset. 

The green and whites will do so with a fairly depleted squad, unable to call on up to nine players in Essex. 

Stuart Nelson, James Bailey, Francois Zoko, Wes McDonald, Gary Warren, Alefe Santos, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Omar Sowunmi will all miss the midweek encounter, with Alex Pattison needing assessment after withdrawing in the first half at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

The absentees will likely see Academy duo Gabby Rogers and Daniel Ojo claim a spot in the matchday 18 in a week where Town have been revealed to have given more minutes to players aged under 23 than any other club in the top four divisions. 

Facing a U’s side who were four unbeaten before Saturday’s narrow defeat at Bury, the Glovers will look to leapfrog their opponents who sit in fifth place and one point ahead.

The obvious threat will be in-form striker Luke Norris who has the best goals per minute ratio in the division with six goals in 460 minutes of action.

Head-to-head
Way’s side will be looking for history to repeat itself in Essex after picking up all three points last season.

In snowy conditions, Alex Fisher’s strike was enough to secure the win that took the club’s winning tally to seven.

Colchester still boast the lead with 12 wins to their name along with six draws. 

Tuesday’s meeting will be the 26th meeting between the two sides since 1958. 

Officials
Craig Hicks will take charge of proceedings at the JobServe Community Stadium.

It’ll be his first match involving the Glovers since overseeing the 1-0 FA Cup win over Southend United at Huish Park in November 2017.

Mr Hicks will be assisted by Carl Fitch-Jackson and Callum Walchester with Graham Kane 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 to the game live via the iFollow Glovers service with match passes available to purchase here for £10.

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.

POSTPONED | Trip to Cheltenham cancelled

Three of Town’s squad have been called up to represent their respective countries later this month and in compliance with EFL regulations, the two clubs have agreed to rearrange the fixture due to the number of forced absentees for the green & whites. 

The match at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium will be rearranged with both clubs working with the EFL to confirm a new date. 

Any tickets bought in advance will remain valid for the rearranged encounter with refunds also available via the Huish Park ticket office by calling 01935 847888.

NEWS | Diallang Jaiyesimi injury update

The 20-year-old was stretchered off after just 23 minutes of Town’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons last Tuesday following a heavy challenge.

After having initial scans over the weekend, Jaiyesimi has seen a specialist on Monday and will undergo further investigations over the next couple of weeks to determine the extent of his injury. 

For the time being, the loanee has returned to Carrow Road to be supervised by their medical team and will miss Town’s upcoming Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

LOAN WATCH | Henry nets a hat-trick

The 18-year-old, making just his second appearance for the club, helped the Dolphins secure a first league win at home in 2018/19.

With just 20 minutes on the clock, Henry stepped up to convert a penalty after Jordan Alowode-Williams was brought down. 

Fresh from netting his first goal in red and white the teenager added a second before the break. 

Picking up Josh Leslie-Smith’s pass on the right, he was bundled to the floor by a Farnborough defender but picked himself up to charge into the box and neatly pick out the bottom corner.

Enjoying a 2-0 lead at half-time Henry completed his hat-trick on 54 minutes with his second spot-kick of the match.

After Sam Griffin was brought down, Town’s striker made no mistake from 12 yards to ensure he’d take home the match ball. 

Adding a further three goals before full-time Henry was awarded the man of the match accolade for a fine performance. 

Next up, Poole head to Dorchester Town on Tuesday night in the Southern League Cup.

TICKETS | Join Town on the road at Colchester

After suffering a first defeat away from home since the opening day of the season at Crawley on Saturday, Darren Way’s side will look for an instant response in Essex. 

With both teams making solid starts to the 2018/19 campaign, the U’s sit in fifth place with a point more than the Glovers, teeing up what’s sure to be a close encounter at the JobServe Community Stadium. 

The green and whites will be hoping for history to repeat itself after Alex Fisher’s first-half strike won the same fixture last season. 

Tickets for the clash remain on sale both in advance and on the night, with savings to be made when bought prior to Tuesday. 

For ticket prices and travel information, visit our away tickets page.