Month: November 2018

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-3 Port Vale

In a first half to forget, Cristian Montano and Connell Rawlinson put the visitors in a commanding position with Town unable to get going. 

Needing a big second 45 minutes any hopes of a comeback were scuppered when Montano added his second of the night just three minutes after the restart. 

The completion of the Colombian’s brace was enough to inflict defeat on Darren Way’s side for a third successive league match.

Looking for a return to winning ways, Town’s boss made two changes from the side that came back from Macclesfield empty-handed at the weekend. 

An ever-present up until the trip to Cheshire, Carl Dickinson returned in defence as new arrival Adel Gafaiti made way, with Rhys Browne replacing Yoann Arquin as the Glovers altered formation to 4-3-3. 

Amongst the substitutes, Jordan Green featured for the first time since the start of October with Academy goalkeeper Tommy Scott replacing Nathan Baxter who dropped out due a knock picked up in training to join Omar Sowunmi, James Bailey, Olufela Olomola and Alex Fisher on the sidelines. 

The rain had held off for the evening but it was still bitterly cold at Huish Park as Town got the game underway.

It was the visitors who threatened early on in the proceedings as Stuart Nelson palmed a goal-bound cross away and a couple of minutes later watched Tom Pope’s lobbed effort sail safely over.

Making their early pressure count Vale took the lead with 13 minutes on the clock, a ball in from Manny Oyleke was steered in by Montano at the near post.

The Valiants didn’t rest on their goal lead, a speculative effort from Antony Kay almost found the top corner to double their advantage only to whistle just wide.

Shortly afterwards, Tom Pope was released on the right and fired past Nelson’s post and Leon Legge headed over from Tom Conlon’s corner as the pressure continued.

With the Glovers struggling to get a foothold on the game Way made an early change, bringing on Alefe Santos in place of Jake Gray. 

However, things got worst for Town as Rawlinson doubled the visitors’ lead. The defender headed in Conlon’s corner to give his side a two goal cushion. 

Despite a poor start to the game the Glovers finished the half the stronger, with Wes McDonald calling Scott Brown into action and going close on two occasions. 

Shortly after the restart the green and whites found themselves further behind, feeding off Luke Hannant’s ball Montano grabbed his second of the game firing low into the bottom right corner. 

Just before the hour mark Town were lucky to not find themselves four goals down, striker Tom Pope headed wide from the angle with the goal gaping. 

With 20 minutes remaining the hosts tried to work their way back into the game, Rhys Browne had a couple of efforts on goal which were held by Brown.

Failing to create any real chances to test the visiting stopper, the chances kept flowing for the visitors.

Legge had an effort scrambled off the line and Louis Dodd nearly swept one in from the edge of the area. 

Unable to grab even a consolation from a disappointing evening, the Glovers suffered defeat for the second time in four days. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Warren, Mugabi (Mahmutovic 46′), Dickinson; Pattison, D’Almeida (Green 63′), Gray (Santos 26′), Browne, McDonald; Zoko.
Bookings: Zoko 33′, Santos 39′, Pattison 89′
Subs not used: Scott, Rogers, Patrick, Arquin.

Port Vale: Brown; Vassell, Legge, Smith, Rawlinson; Montano (Dodds 71′), Conlon, Oyeleke (Joyce 76′), Kay, Hannant; Pope
Bookings: Montano 54′, Vassell 60′, Pope 80′
Subs not used: Hornby, Gibbons, Quigley, Kanu, Whitfield.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Port Vale

Darren Way’s side last featured in a league match at Huish Park at the end of October, playing out a 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra thanks to Alex Fisher’s strike. 

Since then, the green and whites have seen off West Ham United Under-21s 4-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy before losing 3-1 to Stockport County in the Emirates FA Cup on home soil. 

Looking for a return to winning ways, the hosts will be aiming to pick up maximum points for the first time in three outings. 

If they’re to do so, Town will be unable to call upon the services of Fisher (groin), Olufela Olomola (hamstring), James Bailey (knee), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee). 

Jordan Green (hamstring) is edging closer to fitness but could find the midweek match comes too soon. Alefe Santos is in line to return from illness, however, in a boost to Way’s squad. 

After making his debut at Macclessfield, defender Adel Gafaiti could make his home bow alongside Gary Warren who returned to fitness at the weekend. 

Coming into the clash with the Valiants, just one point separates the two sides. 

Neil Aspin’s side are without a league win in their last three matches and will look for former Town loanee Ben Whitfield to influence things at Huish Park. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s encounter will be the 13th meeting between the two sides since 2005. 

With nothing to separate the two teams, both can boast four victories to their name. 

The Glovers are unbeaten in four against Vale, with last season’s 3-2 Emirates FA Cup replay victory the only win. Otis Khan (x2) and Francois Zoko secured Town’s progression.

Officials
Lee Collins will take charge of proceedings at Huish Park.

The League Two fixture will be his 10th game of the campaign and first involving the green and whites. 

He’ll be asissted by Mark Pottage and Justin Amey with Matthew Lee 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 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.

NEWS | Glovers to support LGBT equality against Port Vale

The corner flags are part of a range of activities the EFL are undertaking as part of the campaign which runs from November 23rd to December 1st

EFL clubs, including Yeovil, have been provided with rainbow boot-laces, captain’s armbands and programme adverts, all of which are on display at Huish Park tonight.

The EFL will change its logo to a bespoke rainbow coloured version for the campaign and has also created a series of short films to help share the stories of LGBT fans in the game.

Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign is in support of LGBT equality with a key theme for this year focused on creating more allies to LGBT people in sport.

The EFL’s support for Rainbow Laces forms part of its wider LGBT work delivered in conjunction with Clubs through the Equality Code of Practice. This includes delivering activities, setting policies, and advising on recruitment and education at Clubs. 

TICKETS | Back the boys in midweek action

Looking to get back to winning ways, the green and whites host a league fixture for the first time in a month. 

Tickets for the match remain on sale with supporters able to save money when purchasing in advance. 

Available from the Huish Park ticket office (in person or by calling 01935 847888) fans can also buy online to enjoy pre-match savings.

Last time out at home in League Two, Alex Fisher netted in the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra with Darren Way’s side looking to go one better and secure all three points this time around.

For a full price breakdown, visit our home tickets page.

REPORT | Macclesfield Town 1-0 Yeovil Town

In a tightly contested opening 45 minutes both sides enjoyed spells of pressure that came close to opening the scoring.

Yoann Arquin and Gary Warren both had goals ruled out for the visitors whilst Harry Smith suffered the same fate at the other end as the score stayed goalless at the halfway stage.

In a tighter affair after the restart chances were at a premium before former Glover Michael Rose gave the Silkmen a late lead from the penalty spot.

In action for the first time in a fortnight, Darren Way made five changes to the side that crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup which included new signing Adel Gafaiti. 

The Algerian defender, signed on a short-term contract, replaced Carl Dickinson in the starting eleven whilst the experienced Warren returned from injury to take the captain’s armband and Shaun Donnellan’s spot in the centre of defence. 

Adding yet more experience, Stuart Nelson claimed his first league start of the campaign since returning to fitness as Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter dropped to the bench. 

Completing the changes, club captain Francois Zoko – now back to full fitness – was handed his first start since August and partnered the recalled Yoann Arquin up top as Alex Fisher (groin) and Olufela Olomola (hamstring) were both ruled out to join James Bailey (knee), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Green (hamstring), Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) and Alefe Santos (ill) on the sidelines.  

On a crisp afternoon in Cheshire the reshuffled Town side began in confident manner by bossing the early play as they looked to get back to winning ways. 

As early as the fifth minute Arquin had the ball in the net following some neat build-up play only for the linesman’s flag to rule out the potential opener for offside, before Wes McDonald’s cross-cum-shot grazed the crossbar inside the opening 10 minutes.

The diminutive winger saw most of the ball in an attacking sense for the green and whites and as the pressure continued to grow, his strike after cutting in from the left lacked the accuracy to test Kieran O’Hara. 

After a spell on the back foot the Silkmen had to wait until the 15th minute for their first opportunity, as a breakaway led to Ryan Lloyd’s cross being drilled into the side netting by Elliott Durrell. 

Buoyed by their opening chance the league’s bottom club enjoyed a spell of dominance which twice went close to breaking the deadlock. 

Danny Whitaker’s stooping header took a wicked deflection off of Gafaiti that required a suberb reflex save from Nelson to hook the ball off the line, a chance that only just preceded Smith having a goal ruled out for offside midway through the half. 

Looking threatening, Durrell pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box to flash a first-time strike inches wide whilst at the other end Alex Pattison forced O’Hara to parry his strike from a tight angle in an entertaining opening half-an-hour.

As the clock began to tick towards the break the Glovers again thought they’d made it 1-0 only for the officials to rule otherwise. 

Firstly, Tom James’ stunning free-kick from 35 yards out had to be tipped over by O’Hara and from the resulting corner, Warren emphatically headed home only for referee Peter Marsden to blow for a foul in the build-up to ensure it stayed goalless at the halfway stage.

The swapping of chances continued after the break as neither side was able to find the back of the net. 

Macclesfield squandered two half-chances soon after the restart as Fiacre Kelleher and Ben Stephens both headed wide before the pendulum swung back in Town’s favour. 

A flurry of corners earnt the visitors some territory and following a strong run from Pattison, James Pearson was saved his blushes when O’Hara was down low to get a hand to his defender’s overly vigorous backpass. 

Now into the final 20 minutes opportunities dried up as the importance of the first goal grew before Macclesfield were handed a golden opportunity. 

Durrell was brought down in the box by James following a strong run to give Rose the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. 

Keeping his composure the midfielder picked out the bottom corner to give the Cheshire outfit the lead with 72 minutes played. 

Quickly introducing Rhys Browne from the bench the former Macclesfield loanee almost made an instant impact only for O’Hara to smother his shot following a jinking run.

Making a further two changes to introduce attackers Korrey Henry and Omari Patrick the visitors switched to a 3-5-2 formation looking for a way back into the game. 

Faced with a wall of 10 Silkmen who looked to defend their fragile lead Way’s side couldn’t fashion one last chance to suffer defeat on the road in their return to Sky Bet League Two action.

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara; Pearson, Cameron, Kelleher, Fitzpatrick; Durrell, Rose, Whitaker, Lloyd (Vincenti 86′); Stephens (Evans 90′), Smith (Blissett 83′). 
Bookings: Vincenti 90′
Subs not used: Grimes, Wilson, Maycock, Arthur.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Mugabi, Warren, Gafaiti, James; Gray (Browne 73′), D’Almeida, Pattison, McDonald; Zoko (Henry 78′), Arquin (Patrick 84′).
Bookings: Pattison 20′, D’Almeida 66′
Subs not used: Baxter, Mahmutovic, Dickinson, Rogers.

SIGNING | Gafaiti becomes a Glover

The 24-year-old, who has previously plied his trade in England, returned earlier this summer after a spell with Ukrainian Premier League team FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi.

Starting out at Nancy before completing his Academy graduation with both Rangers and Norwich City, Gafaiti also spent time out on loan in League One with Oldham Athletic in 2014 whilst on the books at Carrow Road. 

Capped at Under-20 level with Algeria, the French-born defender returned to England earlier this season to link up with Endorsed Academy and its partner club Mousehole AFC in Cornwall in order to find an EFL club. 

As a result of Endorsed Academy’s coaching setup and contacts within the game, Gafaiti was quickly provided with an opportunity to train with the Glovers, impressing manager Darren Way to sign and go straight into the squad for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two encounter with Macclesfield Town.

Commenting on his latest recruit, Town’s boss said: “Adel is a whole-hearted and committed player with a hunger and desire to win. 

“He has impressed me from the moment he joined us at Huish Park and shares the values we hold within the squad. 

“I’m looking forward to working with Adel on a regular basis and am excited to see his continued development.”

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PREVIEW | Macclesfield Town v Yeovil Town

There was no match action last weekend as Sessi D’Almeida, Rhys Browne and Enes Mahmutovic all completed international duty. 

Town’s last taste of match action came in the defeat to Stockport County in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, prior to a 10-day period without a fixture. 

Alex Fisher was on target that day but later went off injured along with fellow striker Olufela Olomola. 

The attacking duo will be unavailable for Saturday’s trip along with Omar Sowumni, Jordan Green, James Bailey and Diallang Jaiyesimi although Gary Warren is likely to return to the matchday 18.

In their last league outing, the Glovers somehow lost to Morecambe despite a dominant display to suffer a first league defeat in five matches.

Travelling to Cheshire, the green and whites will take on a Macclesfield side who currently lie bottom of the table on seven points. 

They parted company with manager Mark Yates last month and claimed their first league win of the season shortly after but have lost their last four league matches under bosses Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth. 

Head-to-head
Saturday’s clash between the two sides will be the first since 2005.

The green and whites ran out 4-0 winners at Huish Park in an FA Cup first round replay seeing.

Darren Way and Paul Terry were amongst the scorers that day as Lee Johnson and Arron Davies completed the rout.

That fixture is the only win in six matches against the Silkmen who themselves have claimed victory on three occasions with two draws. 

Officials
Paul Marsden will be the man with the whistle in Chesire at the weekend.

Marsden will be taking charge of his first Yeovil Town match on Saturday but has refereed Macclesfield on two occasions, this season’s 1-1 draw with Cheltenham and last season’s 2-2 draw with Ebbsfleet sending off Nathan Blissett for the Silkmen. 

He will be assisted by Matthew Jones and Steven Rushton with Marvyn Amphlett as the fourth official. 

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

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

If you’re unable to attend the game, 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’re looking upwards’ – Warren

The Glovers last featured in league action three weeks ago due to the international break and Emirates FA Cup First Round. 

Accruing two games in hand over most of the division, Town’s experienced defender is looking to enjoy a run of good form which can start in Cheshire. 

“We’re not in a bad position,” he told iFollow Glovers. ” We’ve got two games in hand and if we win the two games it takes us up to 10th, so if we can do that we’ll be in a very good position.

“Every game is big but this next one is massive for us. We have to go and build another little charge and more momentum like we did at the start of season.

“We’ll set ourselves little goals like how many games can we go unbeaten. That’s the key now, to go on a little run and see where it takes us.”

Town’s trip to Moss Rose will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2005, with the Silkmen returning to the EFL this season. 

Despite their lowly league position at the root of the table, Warren believes the Glovers can’t take anything for granted. 

“I don’t think it matters where anyone is in the table. You’ll find the bottom teams are scrapping for their lives more than teams sat mid-table who might be in the comfort zone.

“It’s all about going there Saturday and showing them where we’re at as a team and as a squad. We’re looking upwards in terms of building momentum and challenging teams at the top of the table.

“The top is where we want to be as a club and where players want to be but in order to be successful, we have to beat teams like Macclesfield and the teams below us.”

INTERVIEW | Way issues squad update

The Glovers are currently without Alex Fisher, Olufela Olomola, James Bailey, Jordan Green, Omar Sowunmi and Diallang Jaiyesimi, with the latter ruled out for the remainder of the season. 

The international trio of Sessi D’Almeida, Rhys Browne and Enes Mahmutovic have all returned from international duty injury free and are back in training. 

Experienced defender Gary Warren has overcome his injury to bring his experience into the back line. 

Fisher and Olomola went off injured in the Glovers final match against Stockport County before the international break and Way has spoken on their fitness. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “We’ve got Fisher that is obviously struggling, we’ve got Olomola that we’re waiting to see how he passes through this week. 

“The good news is we’ve got some experience back in our squad and that’s a must for us to push forwards and be successful. 

“He (Warren) is just honest and you know, he keeps things simple, he speaks to the younger players, tells the players exactly the way it is. 

“He doesn’t carry any emotion of what’s gone on the game before, and he tells the squad exactly how it is and he demands that winning feeling.” 

With another experienced player returning from injury in the form of Stuart Nelson, Way is relishing competition to start in between the posts. 

“A selection headache should happen at every other football club; I’ve just been a little bit unfortunate that I’ve not had it this year. 

“I think Nathan’s strong enough to deal with team selection from the moment I met him in the office I would say, one of the best 19 year olds as far as personality and character that I’ve ever met.”

NEWS | Way signs contract extension at Huish Park

Way, who began his tenure in December 2015, retained the club’s EFL status in 2015/16 by engineering a miraculous turnaround before being rewarded with a three-year deal. 

Since then, the 38-year-old has been entrusted with overseeing the restructuring of football operations at Huish Park, which has played a significant role in successfully stabilising the football club. 

Commenting, club chairman John Fry said: 

“When Darren stepped up to be manager in December 2015, the club was on the ropes and looked doomed to suffer a third successive relegation and loss of EFL status.

“Not only was Darren able to turn things around that season, but since then he has stabilised the club and has led us to some memorable games including the historic Emirates FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

“Darren also shares the club’s ambition to return to League One before the end of the 2020/21 season, so it makes sense to offer a contract to someone who has proven loyalty, effectiveness and ambition.”

Way himself underscored his commitment to the club by saying:

“When I took over, I declared a vision where we could nurture and develop future talent for our benefit both on and off the pitch.  We’ve now grown to a point where the current squad boasts young talent who are assets to Yeovil Town Football Club.

“Young members of our team are representing their countries and all of this has been conjoined with the promotion of our own Academy products. Gabby Rogers and Daniel Ojo have both made their professional debuts in 2018/19, which shows the talent within our ranks which has taken time to build the environment needed for them to blossom. 

“We need to continue the work that we’ve done but it’s so important that this squad has direction, focus and stability in order to consistently win football matches.

“Everything we do now is for the future and this commitment from myself and the football club will mark the next chapter in this exciting project.

“We want to deliver success and this contract extension provides a stable platform to see what we’ve built come to fruition, as together anything is possible.

“Thank you so much for your support which doesn’t go unnoticed.”

SHOP | Black Friday discount in the Club Store

Supporters can enjoy 20% off items* in the Huish Park club shop on Friday (23rd November).

The deal offers the perfect opportunity to get all your Town related shopping done for Christmas, with replica home shirts down to just £32 (adult) and £24 (junior) as well as a host of other bargains available for one day only!

*The 20% discount does not run in conjunction with any existing offer, is only applicable to full price items and is only available over the phone (01935 847877) or by visiting the shop in person. 

NEWS | Trio all get game time on international duty

Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic was an unused substitute in Luxembourg’s 2-0 UEFA Nations League defeat to Belarus, but played a full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Moldova to claim his 10th cap. 

Heading into the fixture on the cusp of the 2019 AFCON finals, Sessi D’Almeida’s Benin suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Gambia. 

The 23-year-old picked up his fifth cap for the squirrels but will now head back to Somerset after their one qualifying match.

Completing the international action, Rhys Browne claimed his 10th cap for Antigua & Barbuda in their CONCACAF qualifier against Martinique. 

However, Rhys was unable to help the Benna Boys avoid a 4-2 defeat. 

All three players will now return to Huish Park ahead of Saturday’s trip to Macclesfield in Sky Bet League Two.

CHARITY | Bespoke Armistice coin to go on auction

Referee David Rock used the bespoke coin from the RBL to pay tribute to all those involved in the First World War.

Only 72 coins were produced with one for each EFL club. After its use at Huish Park at the weekend the coin will now auctioned off with all proceedings going to the RBL.

From Friday 16th November until midday on Thursday 22nd November, the coin will be going to auction in the same way as the embroidered Poppy Appeal shirts worn by the first-team did in recent weeks. 

To bid on the bespoke coin, follow the following instructions:

  • There will be a minimum reserve of £50
  • Bidding Starts Friday 16th November 2018 at midday
  • Auction closes Thursday 22nd November 2018 at midday
  • P&P will be extra should you require it
  • Bid by email only to KHurley@britishlegion.org.uk

Yeovil Town Football Club are proud of the excellent work that The RBL do to support our Armed Forces both past and present. 

TICKETS | Be part of Yeo On The Go at Macclesfield

Following the international break, the Glovers will resume their Sky Bet League Two campaign with a trip to visit the Silkmen. 

The meeting will be the first encounter between the two sides since 2005, when Yeovil ran out 4-0 winners in the FA Cup thanks to goals from Darren Way, Paul Terry, Lee Johnson and Arron Davies. 

Supporters can join the green and whites on the road with prices set at:
Adult – £22
Over 65 – £17
Under-25 – £12
Under-18 – £6
Under-12 – £3

Town fans can purchase tickets via the Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935 847888, with tickets also available online.

The Green & White Supporters Club will be running coach travel with details found here.

For directions to the ground, parking information and more, view the visitors’ guide by clicking here.

TICKETS | Under-18s in FA Youth Cup action at Huish Park

Terry Moore’s side saw off Newport County 2-1 in the First Round thanks to goals from Archie Sturdy and Sam Wright, setting up the tie back in Somerset. 

With the first-team not in action for almost two weeks, supporters can cheer on the Under-18s in midweek with the Tamburino Stand open. 

Tickets are available for the following prices:
Adult – £5
Senior/Junior – £1 

POSTPONED | International duty sees Lincoln clash called off

Three of Darren Way’s squad have received international call-ups meaning that 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. 

Both clubs will now work with the EFL to pick a date for the rearranged fixture whilst tickets already purchased by supporters will remain valid.

Refunds are available via the ticket office prior to the day of the rearranged fixture.

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

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-3 Stockport County

Alex Fisher headed Town into the lead early on but was forced off with an injury ten minutes after Olufela Olomola also went off with an injury.

With the hosts’ rhythm disrupted Stockport turned the tie on its head within the space of four minutes, Matty Warburton struck with a free-kick and Nyal Bell turned in a cross to take a 2-1 lead into the break. 

Frank Mulhern came off the bench and scored with virtually his first touch to secure the win for the visiting sixth division side.

Launching their cup campaign, Darren Way made two changes from the side that lined up in their last league outing at Morecambe. 

Recovering from a virus that ruled him out of the trip to Lancashire, top scorer Alex Fisher returned to partner Olufela Olomola up front whilst Alex Pattison came in for Yoann Arquin who dropped to the bench. 

In a slight reshuffle, Jake Gray moved out to the right wing as Rhys Browne took a seat amongst the substitutes.  

The rain cleared up before kick-off at Huish Park and the sun came out for the impeccably observed minute’s silence. 

It wasn’t long before the sun disappeared behind the clouds and shortly after that the Glovers found themselves ahead with the first real chance of the match. 

A ball was crossed into the box by Carl Dickinson towards Fisher and the number nine looped his header over Ben Hinchcliffe to give the hosts the lead. 

Not deterred through conceding an early goal the Hatters found themselves two-on-one with Bell bearing down on goal. 

The striker had Adam Thomas to his left but chose to shoot from range, sending the ball wide of goal and failing to capitalise on a golden opportunity. 

Town breathed a sigh of relief when Bell missed another chance, controlling in the area he spun his man and fired over the bar from only a few yards out. 

Despite the goal lead Town were dealt a massive blow when both Olomola and Fisher had to be replaced within ten minutes of each other. 

Francois Zoko and Omari Patrick replaced the attacking duo who both went down with injuries and could not continue. 

With the Glovers disrupted by the early changes, Stockport drew themselves level thanks to Warburton.

The forward struck his free-kick from past the wall and past Nathan Baxter into the right corner from 20 yards to tie the game. 

Not content with being level the non-league side pushed forward and matters got worse for the green and whites as they found themselves a goal behind. 

Good work on the right from Elliot Osborne led to a cross into the area, Bell met the ball ahead of his man and steered the ball home to complete the four-minute turnaround. 

Tom James attempted to draw the green and whites level with a free-kick from 25 yards just before the break, but his effort dipped over the wall and over the bar in the last action of the half.

Coming out motivated for the second 45 it wasn’t long before Town engineered themselves a chance. 

Charging forward from defence, Shaun Donnellan slipped in Patrick wide of goal who saw his effort saved by Hinchcliffe and the follow up from Wes McDonald was blocked a few yards off the goal line by Ash Palmer. 

Still trailing but dominating in possession Alex Pattison had a couple of tries from range but couldn’t find the target. 

Not making their dominance in possession count the Glovers found themselves further behind. 

Substitute Mulhern took advantage of a mix-up in defence and went past Baxter to tap home into the empty net. 

Looking to see out the game the Hatters battered down the hatches and restricted chances for the green and whites. 

From the chances they did create Hinchcliffe was on hand to prevent that happening, firstly he got down to an effort from McDonald before pulling off a fantastic save to tip Tom James’ header onto the bar to condemn Yeovil to a disappointing defeat.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Gray (Browne 59′), D’Almeida, Pattison, McDonald; Fisher (Zoko 28′), Olomola (Patrick 19′). 
Bookings: Patrick 90+3′
Subs not used: Nelson, Mahmutovic, Santos, Arquin.

Stockport County: Hinchcliffe; Minihan, Duxbury, Keane, Palmer; Cowan, Thomas, Walker, Bell (Mulhern 60′); Osborne, Warbuton (Dimaio 59′).
Bookings: Mulhern 89′, Duxbury 90+3′
Subs not used: Downing, Ormson, Stephenson, Etches, Czubik.

NEWS | Latest trio called up on international duty

The trio of Sessi D’Almeida, Enes Mahmutovic and Rhys Browne will depart Somerset next week, causing the Sky Bet League Two fixture with Lincoln City to be postponed.

D’Almeida, who scored the winner for Benin last month in their AFCON qualifier against Algeria, will once again link up with the Squirrels for their next qualifier against Gambia. 

Taking place on Saturday 17th November, the 22-year-old will return ready for the trip to Macclesfield Town.

In further competitive action, Mahmutovic will join the Luxembourg squad for their two UEFA Nations League matches against Belarus and Moldova.

Winning a further cap last month, the Middlesbrough loanee will be in action on the 15th and 18th before returning to Huish Park. 

Completing Town’s international commitments, Rhys Browne has been called up to represent Antigua and Barbuda for their CONCACAF qualifier against Martinique on the 20th November. 

All at YTFC wish the trio all the best during their time away and look forward to welcoming them back.

INTERVIEW | Way focuses on mindset for Stockport cup tie

Facing the National League North outfit in the First Round, the green and whites will look to emulate last season’s run to the Fourth Round. 

Facing three teams from higher divisions during 2017/18’s competition, Town will this time take on the Hatters who sit two divisions below.

Looking to avoid being on the end of a cup upset, Way is putting emphasis on the approach of his players to get the job done. 

 

“The FA Cup is known for giant-killing so we have to make sure we’re not on the wrong end of that,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“This group is very professional and has a lot of athleticism and we use the pitch really well. Watching the way Stockport play, they’ll come at us in spells – I hope so because it will be an entertaining game then – but it will be down to our quality.

“We played Stockport years ago when Russell Slade was manager and we all know what happened. It can happen, so we’ve got to make sure we remain calm, deal with the pressure of FA Cup – there’s always pressure because of the finances involved – but focus on the job in hand and performance because that’s all you can control. 

“If you’ve not got the right mindset that game shows it can go drastically wrong, so I’ll make sure that doesn’t happen with my players on Saturday.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Stockport County

After reaching the Fourth Round and a glamour tie against Manchester United last season, Darren Way’s side will look to secure their progression from the opening stage once again. 

Fresh from the 4-0 demolition of West Ham United Under-21s in the Checkatarde Trophy on Tuesday night Town will now look to avoid being on the end of a cup upset as the Hatters head to Somerset. 

Shaun Donnellan, Enes Mahmutovic and Tom James were all on target in midweek and will be part of the squad for the visit of Jim Gannon’s side.

Olufela Olomola limped off but is fit for the weekend, whilst Town are still likely to be without Gary Warren, Jordan Green, Omar Sowunmi, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Korrey Henry and James Bailey due to injury.

The green and whites saw off Port Vale and higher league opposition in the form of Bradford City and Southend United in the competition last season at Huish Park and will look to continue their good cup form at home.

Stockport will make the trip south buoyed by back-to-back wins in their last two outings. 

Striker Matthew Warburton scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Chorley and will head to Yeovil as County’s top scorer with six goals.

Head-to-head
Saturday’s encounter will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2010. 

The Glovers recorded a 3-1 win at Edgeley Park thanks to a Gavin Williams brace and Dean Bowditch strike to pick up all three points in League One. 

Overall, County have two wins from the six meetings overall including the emphatic 5-0 FA Cup win in 2008.

Officials
David Rock will take charge of the cup tie at Huish Park. 

Having overseen nine games in the National League so far in 2018/19, it will be his first visit to Huish Park since overseeing the cup clash with Solihull Moors in 2016, a game in which Kevin Dawson was sent off for Town. 

On Saturday, he’ll be assisted by Thomas Harty and Christopher Husband with Scott Jackson acting as fourth official.

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

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

If you’re unable to attend the game, 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 | Gray cites determination to avoid cup banana skin

The Glovers will lineup against the Hatters looking to progress past the First Round for the fourth time in the last five cup campaigns, but will have to get past the National League North outfit. 

Beating higher league opposition in the form of Southend United and Bradford City en route to the glamour fourth round tie with Manchester United, Gray and his team-mates will be taking nothing for granted this time around. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “We had a great run last year, we made our own luck and got great a great tie in Manchester United so this year we’re looking to do the same.

“We’re not going to underestimate anyone, – definitely not them, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“In previous years we’ve been the underdogs but now we’re more favourites being in a higher division, so we’ve got to be wary of their strengths but at the same time make our presence felt on the day and hopefully get the win.

“They’ll come with things to prove,” he continued. “Maybe they don’t feel they should be at that level and will want to show us what they can do and it’s their day to try and cause a cup upset.

“It’s the FA Cup and upsets do happen but we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Now in his second season with the green and whites, Gray is an established member of Darren Way’s squad. 

Featuring both in the middle of the park and out wide this season, the 22-year-old feels that versatility is a big plus point of the squad. 

“It’s a big strength of our squad,” he said. “A lot of players play in various positions which is good for myself that if someone is coming off I can move into another position – it’s good to be versatile.

“Everyone in our team brings something different. When I play out wide it’s different to someone like Jordan (Green) or Omari (Patrick), I might have less pace but maybe I try to get more crosses in. We’re all different.”

TICKETS | Get up for the cup this weekend!

The Glovers will kick-off their cup campaign against the National League North outfit with ticket prices slashed to allow Juniors to watch for just £1!

Having not met for eight years, the green and whites will be hoping for a repeat performance of the win at Edgeley Park in 2010 when a Dean Bowditch strike and Gavin Williams brace secured a 3-1 win. 

Last season, Darren Way’s side saw off higher league opposition in the form of Southend United and Port Vale, as well as league counterparts Port Vale, to tee up a Fourth Round meeting with Premier League giants Manchester United. 

Looking to start another cup run, tickets are available to supporters via the Huish Park ticket office and online at the following prices:

Adults – £15
Over 65 – £10
16-23 – £8
15 and under – £1 

The YTFC ticket office will also be selling tickets for Stockport County fans, who are encouraged to buy in advance to avoid matchday queues with tickets available in both the Radio Cabs Away Terrace and Blocks PP and P of the Screwfix Stand (seated).

Both sets of supporters can purchase tickets:

– By visiting the Huish Park ticket office in person
– Calling the Huish Park ticket office on 01935 847888
Online 

INTERVIEW | ‘There were so many positives to take from that’ – Way

All goals came from the back as Shaun Donnellan, Enes Mahmutovic, Tom James and an own goal from Tunji Akinola sealed the 4-0 win for the Glovers.

Making six changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Morecambe on Saturday Way was delighted with the positives, particularly the debut of academy product Daniel Ojo.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “There were so many positives to take from that I don’t really know where to start, Tom James’ free-kick and Ojo at 17 years of age.

“Ojo’s been training with us on a regular basis and he’s had to mark Jordan Green from pre-season so he made it look like it was easy.”

Fastly becoming a set piece specialist Tom James netted his third free-kick of the season, beating the young Hammers keeper with a knuckleballed strike.

Impressed with the technique employed by James, Town’s boss was left stunned by the Welshman’s goal.

“He’s practiced since he’s been at Cardiff, you know what its like for rugby back at Cardiff and he’s almost used that same technique the way he places the ball with the valve but I’ve not seen anything like that at this football club. 

“Overall I have to be pleased, 4-0 at home to West Ham, again with a few injuries that we’ve got coming back on Saturday I’m really pleased with that. 

“I have to make sure the players remain positive and make sure we manage this game well on Saturday. 

“We all know what the FA Cup is like for us as a football club we’re known for the giant killers but it could be the other way round on Saturday.”

NEWS | Academy product Ojo makes professional debut

Named in the starting lineup the 17-year-old completed 90 minutes for Darren Way’s side and put in an impressive performance.

Having featured in pre-season the left-back has continued to train with the first-team and was named on the bench for the Checkatrade Trophy group stage match against Exeter City back in September. 

An unused substitute on that occasion, Ojo was handed his senior debut against the Hammers having impressed Town’s boss in a behind closed doors friendly against Bristol City last week. 

Ojo becomes the second Academy product to make his first-team debut this season, following in the footsteps of Gabby Rogers who’s been part of every matchday squad to date and became the first player born this millennium to represent the green and whites.

Commenting on the youngster’s debut, Way told iFollow Glovers: “Daniel didn’t look out of place at all and I knew that would be the case.

“He was very good at Bristol City and there must have been £25 million worth of talent on the pitch that day so I knew I could trust him and it was really good for the rest of the players who I thought protected him well. 

“It’s been a working progress with the Academy and we’ve made one or two good changes for the football club. Dan’s been training with us on a regular basis and has had to mark Jordan Green from pre-season so he made it look easy.

“Then we had Gabby Rogers who’s 17 years of age (come on) so the future is bright as far as our Academy players are concerned who add to our other young players, so it looks good.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 4-0 West Ham Under-21s

Shaun Donnellan opened the scoring ten minutes in and that lead was doubled a few minutes into the second half when Tunji Akinola turned into his own net. 

Tom James all but sealed the victory for the green and whites as he whipped in one of his signature free-kicks 25 minutes from time.

Enes Mahmutovic got involved in the scoring eight minutes from time to ensure that the young Hammers travelled back empty-handed.

Darren Way made the maximum allowance of six changes to the side that somehow fell to a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe at the weekend. 

Academy product Daniel Ojo made his professional debut on the left side of defence with Stuart Nelson captaining the side in his first start of the season. 

Omari Patrick, Alefe Santos, Alex Pattison and Mahmutovic also came into the starting XI with Alex Fisher remaining out of the squad as he recovers from a virus picked up last week.

With no fresh injuries from the weekend Town remained without Gary Warren, Jordan Green, Omar Sowunmi, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Korrey Henry and James Bailey through injury.

In a cold drizzly evening affair in Somerset it was who Town created the first opening of the game.

A corner from Santos was met by Donnellan but Nathan Trott tipped over smartly to deny the Irishman his first goal in green and white.

There was nothing Trott could do barely seconds later to deny Donnellan however as he met Santos’ corner from the right and converted from a few yards out to give the Glovers the lead ten minutes in and net his first goal for the club.

Despite the hosts being comfortable in possession they were reminded of the danger West Ham posed.

The visitors had their first sight of goal through Jahmal Hector-Ingram, the winger’s shot was deflected and Nelson reacted well to get down and prevent the equaliser. 

As the weather began to dry up slightly, seemingly so did the chances just before Jake Gray almost struck a fantastic volley in for Town’s second. 

Bringing the ball under control on the right the ball set up perfectly for the volley which was well executed by Gray forcing a good stop from Trott. 

Good link up play from Gray and Patrick led to a shot from the Bradford loanee which was held by the United stopper at the near post. 

As the rain faded away at the start of the second half so to did West Ham’s hopes of getting back into the game. 

Patrick played in Olufela Olomola down the left hand side, the forward beat his man and delivered a ball into the six-yard area which was turned into his own net by Akinola with Arquin lurking behind. 

The two goal deficit in no way deterred the West Ham youngsters as they looked to reply instantly, a strike from Dan Kemp was destined for the top corner but Nelson tipped over to leave his goal unscathed. 

With half an hour to go Gabriel Rogers and Francois Zoko entered the fray, with the academy product making his fourth appearance for Town. 

Showing great promise in his first game for Yeovil, Ojo turned his man and drew a foul on the left hand side of the area 25 yards from goal which set up the third goal.

Becoming a set-piece specialist Tom James lined up the free-kick and the ball dipped over Trott who stood no chance as the Welshman netted his third set-play of the season. 

Despite a three goal advantage Town were dealt a blow when Olomola was forced off with an injury with just over 15 minutes to play, however, that didn’t stop the Glovers adding to their already healthy lead.

A free kick was launched into the box by Santos and Mahmutovic was on hand to turn in from a few yards out to net his first goal since joining on loan from Middlesbrough and cap off a succesful home win for Way’s side.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Donnellan, Mahmutovic, Ojo; Gray, Pattison (Rogers 60’), Santos, Patrick; Olomola (McDonald 73’), Arquin (Zoko 60’)
Bookings:
Subs not used: Baxter, Dickinson, Mugabi, D’Almeida

West Ham United: Trott; Johnson, Pask, Alese (Nebyla 75’), Akinola; Kemp, Makasi, Lewis (Ngakia 65’), Hector-Ingram (Longelo 57’); Chesters, Adarka
Bookings:
Subs not used: Jinadu, Stroud

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v West Ham Under-21s

The Glovers are unable to qualify from the group stage going into the final Round One fixture against the Hammers but will still look to make home advantage count. 

After back-to-back away trips in the league, Darren Way’s side return to Somerset where they’re four unbeaten with four consecutive draws. 

Looking to sign off from the competition with three points the fixture will see Town unable to call upon six players. 

Omar Sowunmi, Gary Warren, Jordan Green, Diallang Jaiyesimi, James Bailey and Korrey Henry will all sit out the match due to injury, whilst Alex Fisher will be assessed after missing Saturday’s events with a virus. 

Whoever features will be lining up against a West Ham Under-21 side that lost 2-0 at home to Derby County in Premier League 2 at the weekend. 

Enduring a tough start to the 2018/19 season the young Hammers are yet to score a goal in the Checkatrade Trophy and sit bottom of the group table. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s meeting will be the first-ever competitive encounter between the Glovers and West Ham United. 

Officials
Brett Huxtable will take charge of proceedings at Huish Park.

It’ll be his first match involving Town in almost a year, having overseen the 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle in the same competition. 

He’ll be assisted by Kevin Morris and Steven Plane with Ronald Ganfield acting as fourth official.

Tickets
Supporters can purchase tickets both in advance and on the night for the cup tie. 

Prices are as follows and can be bought in person via the ticket office, by calling 01935 847888 or online:

Adult: £10
Concession: £5
Under-16: £2

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 supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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

TICKETS | Watch the Glovers take on the Hammers

After a draw and a defeat from meetings with Exeter City and League One outfit Bristol Rovers, the Glovers return to Somerset to take on the Hammers’ stars of the future. 

Targeting all three points from the final group stage encounter, tickets remain available to purchase both in advance and on the night. 

Prices for the first-ever meeting between the two sides have been slashed:

Adult: £10
Concession: £5
Junior: £2

Supporters can claim their spot inside Huish Park by visiting the ticket office in person, by calling 01935 847888 or online

CHARITY | Town fans raise over £2,100 for Poppy Appeal

For almost two weeks supporters have been bidding in large numbers for their favourite player’s shirt, with the final sum totalling £2,130.

A fortnight ago for the clash against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park the players wore special shirts with poppies embroidered onto the front.

Following the Sky Bet League Two fixture the match-worn shirts were placed on auction with all proceeds going to the RBL’s Poppy Appeal.

Yeovil Town Football Club and the RBL would like to thank everyone who took part in the auction. 

CHARITY | Poppy Appeal auction update

With all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, the shirts embroidered with the RBL poppy on the front are being auctioned off. 

Making the perfect limited edition purchase, all shirts will be on auction until midday TODAY!

The current bids are as follows:

1. Stuart Nelson – £57.50
3. Carl Dickinson – £85
5. Bevis Mugabi – £120
7. Rhys Browne – £100
8. Omari Patrick – £65
9. Alex Fisher – £150
10. Jake Gray – £85
12. Nathan Baxter – £240
15. Gabby Rogers – £60
17. Alex Pattison – £75
18. Yoann Arquin – £75
20. Sessi D’Almeida – £375
21. Wes McDonald – £70
23. Tom James – £100
24. Olufela Olomola – £130
27. Shaun Donnellan – £65
29. Enes Mahmutovic – £85
30. Alefe Santos – £60
 
If you wish to bid for a shirt, please follow the below instructions:
· State the number of the player’s shirt along with the name of the player
· P&P will be extra should you require it
· Bid by email only please to KHurley@britishlegion.org.uk

REPORT | Morecambe 2-1 Yeovil Town

In an opening 45 minutes full of action Town started the brighter but were dealt a blow when AJ Leitch-Smith opened the scoring against his former employers midway through the half. 

It could’ve got worse 10 minutes later when the hosts were awarded a penalty but Nathan Baxter kept out the striker’s attempt before the visitors ended the half in the ascendancy looking for an equaliser.

However, the Shrimps doubled their lead on 48 minutes through Rhys Oates to put themselves in the driving seat, before Olufela Olomola reduced the deficit with a little over 20 minutes remaining. 

Town continued to dominate but a string of fantastic saves and the post denied Darren Way’s side a share of their spoils that their performance merited. 

After an enjoyable trip to Carlisle last weekend Town’s boss made three changes for the second long away journey in a row. 

Picking up a virus in midweek, top scorer Alex Fisher remained at home to allow Yoann Arquin a starting berth up front, with two further changes in midfield. 

Having come on to mark his return from a two-month injury last weekend, Wes McDonald was re-introduced to the starting eleven in place of Omari Patrick who took a seat amongst the substitutes, with Jake Gray swapping places with Alex Pattison in the middle of the pitch.

Completing the matchday 18, club captain Francois Zoko was involved for the first time since the second game of the season to start on the bench. 

Showing no signs of lethargy following the 250-mile trip to the North West the green and whites started in a sprightly manner by winning a couple of corners after good work by Rhys Browne on the right wing. 

Sensing the first chance of the match would fall the way of the visitors, it did after 14 minutes. 

Brimming with confidence following his winner last Saturday, James started a move that almost culminated with a second goal in as many games. 

Browne’s cross picked out the defender at the back post but his stooping header flew into the advertising hoardings immediately behind the goal as it just about stayed goalless. 

Having taken charge of proceedings in the first-half the Glovers looked in control but were dealt a sucker punch on 23 minutes. 

With the Shrimps yet to test Baxter they took the lead with their first meaningful attempt on goal courtesy of former Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith. 

Receiving the ball in the box Morecambe’s top scorer turned neatly before picking out the top corner for his fifth of the campaign. 

Buoyed by taking the lead Jim Bentley’s side pressed for a second and 10 minutes later had the chance from the penalty spot after Aaron Wildig went down in the box. 

Leitch-Smith stepped up but Baxter guessed correctly to get two strong hands to the strike and keep the score at 1-0. 

A potential turning point in the match the visitors enjoyed some good fortune as Vadaine Oliver’s header was ruled out for offside, before Darren Way’s side looked to strike back before half-time with some late pressure of their own. 

Winning yet another corner, Gray’s delivery worked its way to Bevis Mugabi whose volley into the floor was brilliantly tipped over by Mark Halstead. 

Continuing to press, Browne had a handball claim waved away by referee Peter Wright before firing a dipping volley from 20 yards just over as they had to settle for a 1-0 deficit at the halfway stage.

Needing to carry the momentum they ended the first-half with the green and whites found themselves 2-0 down just three minutes after the restart. 

Oates drove at the back four before pulling the trigger from 25 yards with a strike that skipped off the surface to beat Baxter and nestle in the back of the net. 

Needing a strong response the Glovers almost got it inside a minute when Olomola turned cleverly in the box prior to driving a strike just wide of the post, as Way introduced Pattison for Gray from the bench. 

Looking for a repeat of his set-piece success at Carlisle a week previous, James saw a 30-yard free-kick well-saved by Halstead just before the hour-mark as chances continued to flow for Town. 

All one-way, McDonald almost reduced the arrears on two occasions after cutting in from the left but the goal did eventually come on 68 minutes. 

Arquin’s flicked header set Olomola in on goal with the Scunthorpe loanee remaining composed to confidently find the back of the net. 

Dominating proceedings since going two down Way went in search of the point his side deserved and introduced club captain Zoko for his first action since the start of August. 

Continuing to pen in their opponents inside the final 10 minutes Morecambe only had their keeper to thank for retaining their lead. 

Faced by two stunning 30-yard James free-kicks the Shrimps stopper produced two world-class saves to prevent a dramatic equaliser as the visitors kept coming and coming. 

Into stoppage time substitute Patrick slammed a strike onto the post from the edge of the box but it wasn’t to be for Town who faced the long trip back to Somerset with nothing to show for a strong performance up north. 

Morecambe: Halstead; Mills, Yarney, Lavelle, Conlan; Wildig, Cranston; Mandeville (Ellison 70′), Leitch-Smith (Old 90′), Oates (Kenyon 81′); Oliver.
Bookings: Lavelle 58′, Cranston 90′
Subs not used: Szcepaniak, Oswell, Hedley, Mendes-Gomes.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Browne, Gray (Pattison 50′), D’Almeida, McDonald; Arquin (Zoko 76′), Olomola (Patrick 84′).
Bookings: Olomola 10′, James 15′
Subs not used: Nelson, Mahmutovic, Santos, Rogers.

INTERVIEW | ‘We have a no complain rule’ – Way

Making the 660-mile round trip to Carlisle last weekend the green and whites will make the 550-mile journey to and from Morecambe this weekend. 

Looking to extend their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to five matches after the 1-0 win over the Cumbrians, Town head to the Globe Arena in buoyant mood. 

Despite the long journey, Way doesn’t anticipate any of the pre-match excitement to wear off. 

“We have a no complain rule,” he told iFollow Glovers. “The Carlisle trip was great, the bus journey was nice. We’ve got a new bus and thanks to Ridlers for that.

“The seats are comfy, the players have got mobile phones and we’ve got Sky (TV) to watch, so there’s no frustration or complaining.

“Players went into that game with a concentration and focus to get three points and we want the same again.”

After a run of three consecutive draws the Glovers picked up maximum points at Brunton Park last Saturday thanks to Tom James’ last-ditch strike. 

Now up to 12th in the table and within touching distance of the top seven, Town’s boss is looking for more of the same from his side. 

“We had a couple of one-v-ones that we could’ve done a little bit better with but having said that, one or two individuals are in outstanding form and I really appreciate their efforts.

“But what we’ve got to do now is be consistent and go to Morecambe and do that again.

“We always go to every game with confidence and belief but at the same time, it’s about us and what we do.

“When we play well we win games and when we work hard we win games, so it’s important we stick to those principles.”

PREVIEW | Morecambe v Yeovil Town

Having made the 660-mile round trip to Carlisle United last weekend Darren Way’s side returned with all three points thanks to Tom James’ 96th-minute winner. 

The defender dispatched a free-kick with virtually the last kick of the match to boost town up to 12th in Sky Bet League Two, moving to four games without defeat. 

Facing a second lengthy trip in quick succession the green and whites will head to Lancashire looking to reduce the six-point deficit between themselves and the play-off spots.

If they are to do so they’ll have to do it without the services of Gary Warren, Omar Sowunmi, Jordan Green, Francois Zoko, Diallang Jaiyesimi and James Bailey who all remain absent through injury. 

In Morecambe, Yeovil will face a side struggling to find form in the first half of the season. In their last 10 matches Jim Bentley’s Shrimps boast just three wins, two draws and five defeats. 

Going down 1-0 to Mansfield last time out at home, the hosts will look for former Glover AJ Leitch-Smith to provide their most obvious threat with four goals to his name so far in 2018/19.

Head-to-head
The Glovers will look to improve on a record which has seen just one victory in six meetings. 

Matt Butcher, Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi were all on target in 2017 to secure a 3-1 win in Lancashire, before a dramatic meeting last season. 

Jake Gray and Otis Khan put Town 2-0 up before three goals in the final 10 minutes saw Yeovil lose 4-3 despite Omar Sowunmi’s late contribution. 

Officials
Peter Wright will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

His second match involving Town, he oversaw the historic 6-0 win at Newport in September, sending off County’s Robbie Willmott late on. 

Mr Wright will be assisted by Mark Cunliffe and Gary Hilton with Gareth Mellor acting as fourth official.

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

 

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

If you’re unable to attend the game, 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 | Baxter hoping to have triggered next unbeaten run

The 19-year-old was in fine form to keep the Cumbrians at bay last weekend before Tom James’stoppage-time strike earnt all three points. 

Victory saw the Glovers pick up three points for the first time in eight matches in a run which had seen four draws and three defeats. 

Now back to winning ways and four unbeaten, Baxter is ready to repeat the club’s early season form which saw them go six matches unbeaten. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers he said: “You could see around the Town when went on that great run people seemed to be getting behind the team again and were proud of the team, so for sure we want to get that going again.

“All the staff, the gaffer, Terry (Skiverton), PT (Paul Terry) are preparing us really well and they do everything they can to ensure we can go out and perform on the pitch.

“We take each game as it comes but we believe we can beat every team – we know we can. We’ve gone to Newport and beaten them comfortably and they’re fourth (in the table), so we’re confident.”

Entering November, Baxter has played every minute of Town’s season to date. 

On a season-long loan from Chelsea, the keeper is loving his time in Somerset whilst relishing competition for places.

“I’m loving it,” he said. “I love living down here, love playing and it’s just a great club to be at. It’s a real family club and I think I have a really great relationship with the supporters. I want to keep building on that and hopefully, have a successful season.

“No one in the place is comfortable in their starting position because we’ve got so many good players.

“There’s a challenge in every position so I’ll continue to go about my job quietly and help the team. If I do my job and the team wins then that can only reflect well on me so I’ll continue to take each game as it comes.”

COMMERCIAL | Enjoy an evening with Dean Saunders

Making over 70 appearances for Wales between 1986 and 2001 whilst playing for the likes of Derby County, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Galatasary, Dean will share stories and tales from his playing career, as well as his time in management and TV punditry. 

Joining Saunders will be comic, television presenter and radio presenter Tom Binns, who’ll be providing hilarious comedy in the form of popular fictional character, Ivan Brackenbury, as seen on BBC One’s Hospital People.

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

To book and for further information, contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.