Month: December 2018

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town

Having picked up a point at promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers on Saturday the green and whites will look to end their winless run when the Robins visit. 

Boasting three draws and five losses in the league since the 1-0 win at Carlisle United, Darren Way’s side will be keen to kick-start the year with a win at home. 

Last time out at Huish Park Yoann Arquin scored a goal of the season contender to secure a dramatic draw with Northampton with the West Country clash on Tuesday sure to be an entertaining affair. 

Michael Duff’s side make the short trip to Somerset in good form and unbeaten in their last five. 

The Gloucestershire outfit drew 2-2 with Forest Green Rovers at the weekend having fought back from 2-0 down. 

Taking on the in-form Robins, Town will have to do so without Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee), Alex Pattison (back), Gabby Rogers (ankle), Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee). 

Short-term loanees Omari Patrick and Olufela Olomola are both available for selection, with Nathan Baxter and Enes Mahmutovic on season-long loans at Huish Park.

Head-to-head
Tuesday will see the 16th competitive meeting between the two sides since 2002. 

With five wins, five draws and five losses apiece, either side could edge ahead in the head-to-head record.

The Glovers were unbeaten in their two meetings in 2017/18, drawing 0-0 at home before Omar Sowunmi and Jordan Green confirmed a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture.

 

Officials
Trevor Kettle will be the man in the middle.

His 26th game of the season it’ll be his second involving Town after overseeing the 0-0 draw against Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Mr Kettle will be assisted by Steven Plane and Samuel Ogles with Marc Whaley 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.

TICKETS | Start 2019 at Huish Park

After finishing 2018 with a 0-0 draw at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday the green and whites will look to start the New Year with three points at home. 

Yet to face the Robins in 2018/19 due to the October meeting in Gloucestershire being postponed due to Town’s international commitments, Michael Duff’s side will head to Somerset sitting two places and two points above the Glovers. 

With the Huish Park ticket office open until 4pm on New Year’s Eve, savings can be made on tickets when bought in advance of 12pm on matchday. 

To view a full list of prices click here and to buy:

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

REPORT | Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Yeovil Town

Meeting in Merseyside for the first time in seven years it was a lively encounter with chances for both sides in the opening 45 minutes. 

Jordan Green forced a good save early on whilst the hosts’ top scorer James Norwood failed to find the back of the net with a hat-trick of chances. 

As the break approached, the visitors spurned a glorious opportunity when Yoann Arquin failed to convert from close range to see it stay goalless at the halfway stage. 

In a cagier affair after the restart chances were restricted as an opening goal remained elusive. 

Stuart Nelson continued his theme of denying Norwood early on before the game petered out to see both sides have to settle for a point.

For the final match of the year, Darren Way made one change to the side that narrowly lost out to Exeter City on Boxing Day. 

Fresh from signing a contract extension until the end of the 2018/19 season, Arquin was rewarded with a starting spot in place of Rhys Browne who dropped to the bench. 

With no fresh injury concerns the matchday 18 remained the same with Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee), Alex Pattison (back), Gabby Rogers (ankle), Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) unavailable. 

Bathed in late December sunshine both sides kicked off with displays of attacking intent as Tom James had a free-kick from long range comfortably gathered by Scott Davies inside the opening five minutes. 

With the visitors enjoying plenty of early territory the Super White Army hit back with a wave of pressure themselves. 

A sweeping counter-attack ended with James Norwood dragging an effort wide, quickly following that strike up with a low drive which forced Nelson into a save after seven minutes.

Remaining a fast flowing affair the Glovers were quickly in action at the other end when Carl Dickinson’s switch found Green in space, with the winger scampering past Liam Ridehalgh before forcing Scott Davies into a smart one-handed save from the angle. 

Evolving into an an interesting tactical battle with Tranmere’s 3-5-2 against Town’s 4-4-2, those inside Prenton Park had to wait until almost the half-hour mark for the game’s next opportunity. 

Jake Caprice’s cross from the right found its way all across the box to Cole Stockton, whose first-time strike had to be parried away by Nelson.

Finding a bit of rhythm going forward Micky Mellon’s side had Town’s keeper in action once again soon after, this time to keep out Norwood’s low drive with his feet as the 18-goal man was kept at bay before the break.

With just four minutes left before half-time Rovers were saved their blushes by some wayward Yeovil finishing. 

Caught in possession in their own box, Green was afforded the chance to pick out an unmarked Arquin in the middle but his scuffed shot from just six yards was straight at Davies to provide the Merseyside outfit with a huge let off. 

Returning the generosity after the restart, Tranmere were almost gifted the opener inside 60 seconds. 

A low cross into the box was fumbled by Nelson to allow Stockton a shot at goal, but Adel Gafaiti spotted the potential danger to get back on the line and head clear.

Buoyed by that early excitement the home crowd cranked up the decibel levels inside Prenton Park in the second half and watched on as Nelson once again denied Norwood. 

The striker got a strong head to Jay Harris’ deep free-kick to force the stopper into palming the ball behind for a corner. 

Now into the final 20 minutes the importance of the first goal grew, as the Super White Army made a tactical switch to match Yeovil’s 4-4-2 for the closing stages.

But it was the visitors who almost benefited from the removal of Tranmere’s extra defender when Francois Zoko raced through with support from Alex Fisher. 

Spotting the run of his teammate he slipped a pass into the box, but a charging Davies did enough to get something on Fisher’s attempted chip. 

In the closing stages there was time for Nelson to once again deny Norwood as he had all game, diving down low to his right to get two hands to the striker’s header to confirm a point would join him on the journey home to Somerset.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies; Ellis, McNulty, Sutton (Mullin 69′); Caprice, McCullough, Harris, Ridehalgh; Jennings; Norwood, Stockton (Smith 61′). 
Bookings: Ridehalgh 34′
Subs not used: George, Bakayogo, Buxton, Gilmour, Cole.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Warren, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Green, Santos, D’Almeida, Arquin; Zoko (Olomola 83′), Fisher.
Bookings: Dickinson 38′
Subs not used: Baxter, Donnellan, Mugabi, Gray, Browne, Arnold.

SIGNING | Arquin extends Huish Park stay

The 30-year-old arrived at Huish Park in the summer and signed a six-month deal after impressing during pre-season. 

Splitting his time as a Glover both on the wing and up front, the Martinique international boasts four goals in 24 appearances for Darren Way’s side. 

With the green and whites yet to lose with the attacker on the score sheet, Arquin will now remain in Somerset for the second half of the 2018/19 season. 

Commenting on his new deal, Yoann told YTFC.net: “I’m very happy to have extended my contract with Yeovil and already can’t wait for the rest of the season. 

“I’ve enjoyed my time so far as a Glover and have loved working with the gaffer and the rest of the squad.

“With my future decided I’m determined to keep doing everything I can for the team, continuing at Tranmere on Saturday.”

After agreeing the contract extension with the attacker, manager Darren Way added: “Yoann has been a very important player for us in the first half of the season so to secure his services for the remainder of the campaign is a big boost for us all.

“Yoann knows he has to keep working hard week in, week out but his signature is a boost as we head towards the January transfer window. 

“I look forward to continuing to work with him and seeing what the remainder of the season has in store.”

PREVIEW | Tranmere Rovers v Yeovil Town

After Boxing Day defeat at Exeter City, the green and whites will be looking to bounce back with a much needed three points at Prenton Park. 

Making a trip to take on the Super White Army for the first time since 2012, Darren Way’s side will be looking to end a seven-game winless streak against the promotion chasers. 

Rovers sit just outside the play-offs in eighth position but come into the match off the back of a 3-1 win over strugglers Morecambe. 

The Glovers have no fresh injury concerns but will still be unable to call upon Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee), Alex Pattison (back), Wes McDonald (hamstring), Gabby Rogers (ankle) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee). 

With an otherwise fit squad to choose from, Town’s boss could be tempted to make changes after naming an unchanged side for the trip to Devon on Wednesday. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 18th meeting between the two sides. 

Both boasting six wins each, it’s a chance for one team to move ahead in the head-to-head record. 

The green and whites have made eight previous visits to Prenton Park with one win coming in 2011.

Oli Johnson’s strike on 77 minutes was enough to claim all three points.

Officials
Charles Breakspear will take charge of proceedings in Merseyside.

His 27th match of the season it will be his first involving Town, last taking charge of a game involving the green and whites on the last game of the last season, the 3-2 defeat to Mansfield. 

On Saturday he’ll be assisted by Natalie Aspinall and Ollie Williams with Nik Barnard 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.

TICKETS | End 2018 on the road with Town

After suffering Boxing Day defeat at Exeter City despite Tom James’ second half strike, the Glovers will look to end the year on a high in Merseyside. 

Making their first trip to Prenton Park since 2012, Darren Way’s side will look to build on the 0-0 draw with the Super White Army back in October. 

Tickets are on sale via the Huish Park ticket office until 4pm on Friday 28th December, online until midday on Friday or directly from Tranmere on the day. 

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18
Senior (65+) – £11
18-22 – £11
Under-18 – £5
Under-11 – £2

For a full breakdown of prices and travel details, please visit our away tickets page.

Those buying a Young Person ticket will need to provide ID which includes date of birth for proof. Failure to do so will see an additional price charged.

REPORT | Exeter City 2-1 Yeovil Town

In a cagey West Country affair, chances were at a premium in the opening 45 minutes as both defences remained on top. 

Only a moment of magic from Lee Holmes broke the deadlock, as the lively attacker provided the difference at the halfway stage. 

Coming out after the restart a transformed side, it took Yeovil just eight minutes to level it up thanks to Tom James’ brilliant strike from long range.

Opening up the match into an end-to-end affair the near 6,000 crowd were treated to an exciting clash in the final half-an-hour but it was the home who would head home with a smile. 

Top scorer Jayden Stockley was in the right place at the right time to slam home a late winner to condemn the green and whites to a festive defeat.

Aiming for three points after back-to-back draws, Darren Way opted to name an unchanged starting eleven for the short trip across the border to Devon. 

Yoann Arquin started on the bench despite his stunning equaliser last weekend, with one change to the matchday 18 seeing Bevis Mugabi return from a shoulder injury in place of Omari Patrick who missed out. 

The defender eased some of the injury woes, but Town were still unable to call upon Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee), Alex Pattison (back), Gabby Rogers (ankle), Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) for the shortest trip of the season.

Having not tasted defeat in Devon since August 2015 the visitors were put on the back foot in the opening 10 minutes by a flurry of Exeter corners.

Holmes’ delivery asked a question of Yeovil’s defence, but Adel Gafaiti and Stuart Nelson in particular ensured there was to be no early setback. 

Growing into the match as the 20-minute mark approached, the Glovers registered their first attempts on goal as Sessi D’Almeida directed a pair of long-range shots off target. 

With those stray efforts continuing the theme of neither goalkeeper being called into meaningful action, it was James who denied the Grecians an opener on 32 minutes. 

Weaving into the box on the right Lee Martin’s strike from the angle was destined for the back of the net only for Town’s right-back to head off the line on the cover in a display of excellent awareness. 

Brought to life by the game’s first genuine opportunity, Matt Taylor’s side remained on the front foot and only had to wait a further two minutes to open the scoring. 

Picking the ball up on the right, Holmes saw a chance to unleash a curling left-footed shot which nestled in the top corner past a hapless Nelson to complete a moment of brilliance in a lacklustre affair. 

Reverting to an unmiraculous match up until the halfway stage the Glovers had to settle for a one-goal deficit to leave a big second 45 minutes ahead. 

The hero last Saturday, Arquin was introduced after just five second-half minutes for Rhys Browne in a bid to get back into the game but it was a defender who was this time to net a stunning equaliser. 

Winning a series of corners, Exeter could only half clear their lines to James 25 yards out and the dead ball specialist showed his skill from open play to curl a strike past a diving Christy Pym in front of the travelling faithful. 

Having sent the 576 Town fans into raptures the visitors continued to press and took control of proceedings across the border in Devon. 

Becoming an end-to-end affair both sides weren’t willing to settle for just a point as attacking substitutes were made by both sides.

Adding further firepower in the form of Olomola, the Scunthorpe loanee almost made an instant impact off the bench. 

Latching on to a loose ball in the box the striker engineered space for a low drive which had to be saved by the legs of a sprawled Pym as the final 10 minutes approached. 

Looking like the game was to end with a point the Grecians rallied one last time and demonstrated why they’re in the promotion race. 

Dean Moxey’s shot from inside the box was well saved by Nelson but Stockley was there on the rebound to find the back of the net with just three minutes of normal time remaining. 

Jordan Green struck the post immediately at the other end as the visitors launched forward in search of a second equaliser but it wasn’t to be as defeat was confirmed on the road. 

Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, O’Shea, Moxey, Woodman; Martin (Abrahams 76′), Taylor, Collins, Law (Tillson 89′); Holmes (Ogbene 74′); Stockley.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Hamon, Martin, Jay, Forte.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Warren, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Green, Santos, D’Almeida, Browne (Arquin 50′); Fisher, Zoko (Olomola 73′).
Bookings: Green 23′
Subs not used: Baxter, Donnellan, Mugabi, Gray, Arnold.

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PREVIEW | Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Just 53 miles separates the two sides and the Glovers will make the trip across the border to Devon looking to build on two consecutive draws in Sky Bet League Two. 

After picking up a point on the road at Cambridge the green and whites had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Northampton in the final home game of 2018 on Saturday. 

Yoann Arquin’s stunning equaliser from 35 yards – a goal of the season contender – in the dying embers of the game ensured the hosts avoided defeat. 

Now making the trip to St James Park, Darren Way’s side come up against a City side looking for a third straight win. 

The Grecians went four games without a win before claiming maximum points from their last two outings. 

If Town are to pick up a win at the play-off chasers then they’ll do so without James Bailey (knee), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Alex Pattison (back), Gabby Rogers (ankle), Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee). 

Defender Bevis Mugabi (shoulder) could make a return in Devon after missing the last three matches. 

Head-to-head
It’s honours even as the two sides prepare to do battle for the 19th time. 

With both teams boasting five wins, it’s Town who have enjoyed the better of recent meetings. 

Unbeaten in their last seven encounters, the Glovers won 3-1 in December last year thanks to strikes from Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge. 

 

Officials
Graham Salisbury will take charge of proceedings on Wednesday. 

His 20th game of the campaign, it’ll be his first involving the Glovers.

In Devon he’ll be assisted by Ron Ganfield and Ben Cobb with Sam Allison 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.

TICKETS | Be part of Boxing Day trip to Exeter

After back-to-back draws in Sky Bet League Two, Town will look to pick up maximum points from the short trip to Devon on Wednesday. 

With the Huish Park ticket office open until midday on Christmas Eve (01935 847888) for advance sales, supporters can also buy on the day at St James Park. 

Prices are as follows:

MARSH KIA ST JAMES ROAD STAND (Standing terrace)
Adult – £16 in advance; £17 on matchday
Senior (65+)/Full-Time Student: £13 in advance; £14 on matchday
Under-18: £4.50 in advance; £5 on matchday

IP OFFICE MAIN STAND (Seating)                            
Adult: £22 in advance; £23 on matchday
Senior (65+)/Full-Time Student: £19 in advance; £20 on matchday
Under-18: £9.50 in advance; £10 on matchday

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

For a guide to the stadium and the surrounding area, and other useful info for supporters, please see: https://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/tickets/first-visit/

Please note the early kick-off time of 1pm.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Northampton Town

In an interesting tactical battle, both sides enjoyed moments of promise from their differing formations in the first half. 

With the Glovers lining up in 4-4-2 against the Cobblers’ 5-3-2, clear chances were at a relative premium despite Tom James and Rhys Browne going close for the hosts. 

Remaining goalless at the break, the Glovers flew out of the traps following the restart and squandered the best chance of the game when Jordan Green failed to round Northampton’s goalkeeper when through on goal following a swift counter-attack.

Becoming an ill-tempered affair in the final 20 minutes the visitors looked to have snatched the win when former player Andy Williams came off the bench to open the scoring. 

As stoppage time approach fellow substitute Yoann Arquin provided a strong contender for goal of the season when his stunning volley from 30 yards cannoned in off the bar to lift the roof off of Huish Park and earn Town a point.

Looking to end the year at Huish Park on a high, Darren Way made two changes to the side that came back from Cambridge United last weekend with a point. 

Picking up a 0-0 draw in Cambridgeshire the Glovers looked for extra firepower by introducing top scorer Alex Fisher and club captain Francois Zoko for their first starting partnership of the campaign. 

The alterations saw Yoann Arquin and Olufela Olomola drop to the bench where they were rejoined by the fit again Nathan Baxter and Academy product Devon Arnold, who at 17 years old was awarded the number 28 jersey. 

Still faced by a lengthy injury list, Way was unable to call upon Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Bevis Mugabi (shoulder), Alex Pattison (back), Gabby Rogers (ankle), Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) for the meeting in Somerset. 

After ending a run of four straight defeats last time out, the green and whites were looking to add goals to their clean sheet performance last time out.

In an opening 45 minutes which saw the action flow from end-to-end, Zoko and Northampton’s top scorer Kevin Van Veen both had early attempts on goal, albeit failing to call either keeper into action.

Next to try his luck, James produced the latest in his series of impressive free-kicks when from an acute angle he saw his strike whiz over the bar under the watch full eye of David Cornell. 

As both sides continued to trade chances, Foley – one of four former Glovers in Northampton’s ranks – drove a shot from 20 yards that was almost turned in at the back post by the lurking Matt Crooks. 

The sense that an opening goal was coming grew further when Browne’s strike from just inside the box looped off of David Buchanan and dropped just wide, as the half-hour mark approached. 

However, the game plateaued up to the halfway stage as the Cobblers enjoyed an extended spell of possession that didn’t yield anything in front of goal to tee up an intriguing second 45 minutes. 

Making a bright start following the restart, Browne once again saw a goalbound strike deflected away from goal after cutting in from the left as Town penned in their visitors. 

With either goalkeeper yet to make a meaningful contribution as the hour-mark passed the notion that one goal would win it increased and the hosts soon had a glorious chance. 

Moments after Van Veen saw a shot ricochet wide in front of the travelling supporters, Stuart Nelson’s quick distribution set Browne two-on-one with support from Green. 

Finding his fellow wideman, Green attempted to round Cornell but the Cobblers stopper pounced on the ball to thwart the best opportunity of the game. 

Sparking the crowd into life the match itself became a feisty affair with five yellow cards awarded in the space of 10 minutes as Town’s tempo was interrupted by the stop-start nature of proceedings. 

Now into the final quarter-of-an-hour the green and whites attempted to freshen things up in attack as Olomola replaced veteran Zoko whilst Arquin took to the field in place of the impressive Browne. 

Northampton made changes of their own and Williams came back to haunt his former employers when he kept his goal when clean through to pick out the bottom corner with 87 minutes played. 

Not willing to go down without a fight the hosts hit back in mesmerising style. 

Arquin’s volley from a long way out left Cornell with no chance and issued an instant response, setting up a dramatic six minutes of additional time with the home faithful roaring. 

The green and whites pressed for a late winner but it wasn’t to be as 2018 at home ended with a draw. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Gafaiti, Warren, Dickinson; Green, Santos, D’Almeida, Browne (Arquin 82′); Fisher, Zoko (Olomola 79′).
Bookings: Gafaiti 10′, D’Almeida 62′, Warren 69′
Subs not used: Baxter, Donnellan, Gray, Patrick, Arnold.

Northampton Town: Cornell; Facey, Turnbull, Taylor, Pierre, Buchanan; Crooks (Williams 67′), McWilliams, Foley (Waters 74′); Bowditch, Van Veen (Morias 88′).
Bookings: Foley 62′, Taylor 65′, Van Veen 71′
Subs not used: Coddington, Bridge, Powell, Hoskins.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Northampton Town

There’s plenty going on throughout the day. Here’s all that’s happening:

Achieve By Unity with the Community!
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are bringing almost 300 children to the Sky Bet League Two clash. 
Here’s what they’ll be up to:
Matchday Experience: We welcome Avishayes U9s, Martock Rovers U8s and Perry Street U10s.
Bring your team to Town: We welcome Avishayes U10s/11s/12s/14s & 15s, Staplegrove U9s, Pen Mill Vixens U12s and Merriott Sharks U12s.
EFL U13 Girls Cup: We welcome the winners from Court Fields in Wellington and the runners-up from Preston Academy in Yeovil.
Half-time: Lap of Honour and a fantastic Christmas relay! 

 

20% off in the club store!
For those last minute Christmas gifts, the club store is offering 20% off* for one day only! Open from 10am through until kick-off and for an hour after full-time, don’t miss out on those stocking fillers!
*excludes items already on offer

Bring your Team to Town
We give a warm welcome to all the age groups from Ilminster Town Youth who’ll be at Huish Park for the League Two clash on Saturday. We hope you enjoy your afternoon!

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

Train with Town
We welcome Larkhall Athletic Youth to Huish Park tomorrow for their Train with Town experience which will see them enjoy a coaching session from Omar Sowunmi, James Bailey, Wes McDonald and Bevis Mugabi before a behind the scenes tour ahead of kick-off!

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available rate for cars in the league. Minibuses and coaches will cost £6 and £18 respectively. For regular users of the car park, a season ticket (covering all first-team league and cup matches) is priced at £50. For more information, please call 01935 847888

Huish Pint
The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from midday to home and away supporters (capped to 50). Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues!

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 15 of the matchday programme, Green & White, from around the ground or from the Club Store. The 64-page publication – crammed full of content – can be picked up for just £3. Inside the latest issue, Sessi D’Almeida discusses life at Yeovil, international ambitions with Benin and what lies ahead. 

Press-up challenge
Police Spotter ‘Tex’ will be completing his 22 press-up challenge on the Huish Park centre circle before kick-off tomorrow. Tex is completing 22 press-ups each day for 365 days to raise awareness for the charity Combat Stress. 
For more information and to donate, visit Tex’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com

INTERVIEW | Way speaks at the start of a ‘festive frenzy’ for Town

The Glovers come into this fixture off the back of a 0-0 draw at Cambridge United last weekend, whilst Northampton have put together an improved run of form since the arrival of ex-Carlisle Manager, Keith Curle, which has seen them rise from 20th to 14th – finding them now just seven points from the playoff positions.

The Cobblers pose a familiar threat for Darren Way, with Northampton now boasting no less than four ex-Glovers within their ranks.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Town’s boss said: “Sam Foley’s got technical ability with the ball, he can pick clever passes and he’s an intelligent footballer. Sam Hoskins has got bundles of energy, he gets up and down the pitch. Andy Williams, whatever club he has been at he’s been very successful and has been a very good player, and then Dean Bowditch – we all know the level that he’s been playing at for MK Dons, playing some very attractive football.

“Knowing Keith’s team, they get men behind the ball so we will have to have spells of possession where we have to break them down, because they’ve been quite solid, they’ve got a good team.” 

The Glovers ended a run of four successive defeats last Saturday, but the manager is looking to turn one point into three more regularly. He acknowledged the importance of defensive strength to his team, in a season where all five of Yeovil’s league successes so far have come with clean sheets for the green and whites.

“We actually spoke in the office this morning and I think we’ve lost three games, won one and drawn six – that’s the problem. We’ve drawn too many.

“I’ve seen energy and loads of passion in training. We’ve got competition now and we can build on that because I think at the start of the season clean sheets were very important to us in being successful.”

Speaking on potential January arrivals and contract negotiations with Yoann Arquin and Wes McDonald whose current deals expire at the end of December, he added: “The loan system has changed so much, especially now you’ve got loan managers who you’ve got to deal with.

“We have to be very forward thinking. It’s important to make sure that we’ve got targets and at the same time the ones that are remaining here have got to decide if they want a future at this football club. I have been speaking to their [Arquin, McDonald] agents and I think it’s important that they give us an answer, because as I said we have spoken to them.”

NEWS | Club saddened by former manager’s passing

The popular figure of Mike arrived at Huish Park during the 1968/69 season when he was appointed manager aged just 28 after a professional playing career with Cardiff City, Exeter City and Chesterfield.

Enjoying almost instant success, he missed out on guiding the Glovers out of the Southern League by a single point, before a season for the history books the following year.

Claiming the Southern League title for the third time in the club’s history, Hughes also masterminded a run to the FA Cup Third Round where Town lined up against Arsenal in front of 14,500 at the old Huish ground. The club also reached the FA Trophy semi-finals. 

The manager behind signing some of the club’s greatest ever players, Mike brought in Stuart Housley, John Clancy and Tony Clark as he assembled one of the best ever Town squads.

After three successful years in the job which yielded a win ratio of 55.84%, Mike moved to take the hot seat Torquay United, but his affiliation with Yeovil Town was not over.

In 1983, he returned as the club’s General Manager and even took Caretaker charge of the first-team before also enjoying roles in the club shop and working with the local community on behalf of the green and whites.

Cherished as one of the club’s greatest ever managers, all associated with YTFC would like to pass on their deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends. 

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Northampton Town

The first of five games in two weeks over the Christmas period, Town will be looking to build on last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Cambridge United which ended a run of four straight defeats.

Meeting the Cobblers for the first time since the 2015/16 season Darren Way’s side will look to sign off the year at home with a win, improving on their record of one win, six draws and three defeats at Huish Park so far in Sky Bet League Two.

In Cambridgeshire the Glovers were boosted by the return of top scorer Alex Fisher to add firepower to Town’s ranks and he’ll be looking to carry on where he left off after netting in the Emirates FA Cup tie with Stockport County in his last outing at Huish Park. 

The green and whites are still without a host of players, however. Bevis Mugabi (shoulder), Nathan Baxter (hip), Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee), Gabby Rogers (ankle), James Bailey (knee), Alex Pattison (back) and Wes McDonald (hamstring) will all miss out. 

For Northampton, they’ll make the trip to Somerset boasting a quartet of former Town players. Sam Foley, Sam Hoskins, Dean Bowditch and Andy Williams could all make returns. 

Keith Curle’s side also head into the weekend off the back of a draw, claiming a point at home to Stevenage last Saturday. 

Eight-goal man Kevin van Veen will provide the obvious goal threat, ably backed up by Matt Crooks on five. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 14th competitive meeting between the two sides.

Both sides have claimed four victories with five further draws. Town’s last win at home against the Cobblers came in 2009, with Jon Obika’s strike enough to claim all three points.

Last meeting in Somerset in 2016, Harry Cornick was on target in a 1-1 draw. 

Officials
Robert Lewis will take charge of proceedings at Huish Park. 

In what will be his 17th match of the season, he’s so far awarded 57 yellow and three red cards.

He’ll be assisted by Darren Wilding and Andrew Laver with Simon Shaw acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Rhys Browne 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 | Browne takes encouragement from performances

The Glovers lost narrowly to Forest Green Rovers last time out at Huish Park, before ending a run of four-straight defeats at Cambridge United last weekend with a 0-0 draw.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Browne said: “Even though we lost to Forest Green, we’ve shown a lot of positives in our performances and we’re going in the right direction.

“It’s obviously hard because we feel we deserved the three points and we ended up getting nothing, but we learn from our mistakes.

We left ourselves in a good position to win the game, we just needed to see it through, so we need to learn from what happened.” 

Speaking on the team’s efforts to turn recent fortunes around and spark a new run of form, Browne revealed: “Every day we continue to work hard, watch our videos back, learn what we’ve done wrong, and where we need to do better.

“That’s the only thing you can do when things are not going well, there’s no point in turning around and blaming anybody, we need to stick together as a team and keep going.

“I feel like I learned a lot from my first year playing here, especially as a person. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and how to deal with certain situations, like the situation we’re in right now may have been different last year, but now we’re more confident that we can push on and keep going to make it better.”

The Glovers face up against Northampton Town this weekend, a game which the 23-year-old will be hoping to feature in amongst growing competition within the Yeovil ranks.

“This game is very important, the fans deserve to see us win a home game again and we need to get our home form back on track, starting on Saturday.

“I’ve watched a few clips and videos on them [Northampton], we know about their strengths and weaknesses but we’re focusing on what we do best. We don’t worry about the opposition, we come in and have the same mentality before every single game.

“The competition for places is very fierce and it keeps everybody on their toes, wanting to do better. You can’t take a day off, you can’t take an easy ride, you have to perform every game.

“It’s good to know you’ve got that healthy competition behind you, pushing you, and everyone knows that when you come in to the team it’s your time to do what you have to do.” 

NEWS | Club Christmas opening hours

Please be aware of the following opening times over the festive period for the ticket office and club store:

DATE OPENING HOURS
24th Dec 9am-12pm
25th Dec CLOSED
26th Dec CLOSED
27th Dec 10am-4pm
28th Dec 10am-4pm
29th Dec CLOSED
30th Dec CLOSED
31st Dec 9am-4pm
1st Jan Normal matchday

The ticket office (9am-5pm) and club store (9am-4pm) will resume normal working hours from Wednesday January 2nd 2019.

NEWS | Glovers spread festive cheer at Lufton College

Darren Way, Paul Terry and Steve Phillips joined the squad at the college which provides specialist further education services for young people aged 16 to 25 with a learning disability and complex needs.

Delivering a Christmas carol before taking a question and answer session, the squad then delivered gifts to the students which included replica kit and vouchers to come and watch a home match of their choice. 

With a number of Town fans amongst the students, the players took the opportunity to thank them for their support and get involved with the festivities at Lufton. 

Visiting Yeovil District Hospital later this week, the squad are taking time to spread some festive cheer around the town. 

All at Yeovil Town Football Club wish the students and staff at Lufton College a very Merry Christmas.

TICKETS | Festivities begin as Northampton visit

The first of five matches in two weeks over the Christmas period, the green and whites will be looking to build on the 0-0 draw at Cambridge United last time out and end the year on a high at home.

Facing the Cobblers for the first time since the 2015/16 season tickets remain on sale for the festive fixture in Somerset. 

With savings to be made when bought in advance, a breakdown of prices can be found here with supporters able to purchase:

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

Head along to Huish Park to back the boys as 2018 comes to an end at Huish Park!

INTERVIEW | Santos sees point as something to build on

The 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium halted a run of four straight defeats in Sky Bet League Two as the green and whites prepare for five matches in two weeks over Christmas.

In freezing conditions coupled with driving wind and rain, Darren Way’s side picked up a point in Cambridgeshire to halt their disappointing run of form before they host Northampton Town on Saturday. 

Completing the full 90 minutes, Santos felt there were positives to take from the draw. 

“Away from home it’s always tough,” he told iFollow Glovers. “The conditions made it difficult but the boys stuck to it. We needed to not lose and that’s what we managed.

“In conditions like that you have to just fight until the end and we did that. We take the positives and head into the next week.

“Away from home you’ll always take a point and now we have to win our home games, but there are positives to take now into Saturday.”

The Brazilian midfielder featured in the starting eleven for the second time in succession at the weekend. 

Having to be patient for his chance in the side, the 23-year-old is focused on continuing to perform for the team.

“I’ve been working hard on the training ground and doing extras to try and get in the team.

“It’s been Sessi (D’Almeida) and Patto (Alex Pattison) in the team so when you get an opportunity you’ve got to make the most of it.

“I’ve been in for the last two games and think I’ve done well so I’ve got to keep pushing on and get the team over the line and we’ll do that together as a team.”

REPORT | Cambridge United 0-0 Yeovil Town

Faced with driving wind and rain in freezing conditions, both sides were restricted to a handful of chances in front of goal. 

Both goalkeepers had to be alert to pull off a smart save each but the spoilts were shared at the Abbey Stadium as the Glovers kicked off the busy Christmas period by halting their run of defeats. 

Heading to Cambridge determined to end a winless streak, Darren Way made two changes to the side that went down to Forest Green Rovers seven days previous. 

Reinforcing the backline by introducing Carl Dickinson for Enes Mahmutovic, last weekend’s scorer Rhys Browne was rewarded with a start in place of Wes McDonald who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem to miss out completely. 

The latest injury to join the list, the winger joins Nathan Baxter (hip), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee), Alex Pattison (back), Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) and Gabby Rogers (ankle) on the sidelines. 

With the conditions making it hard to produce a flowing affair, the opening 25 minutes produced a largely uneventful event. 

George Maris lined up a free-kick from 25 yards out which he hit into the wall on his first attempt and then fired over on the rebound.

A few minutes later Lewis had a go with a free kick as well, his effort beat the wall but went safely wide of Nelson’s goal as chances remained at a premium.

Looking bright whenever he got on the ball, Browne beat three men to cut in from the left but his shot was blocked before it even entered the penalty area. 

With a succession of free-kicks and throw-ins slowing down the tempo of the match, United had to wait until just before the break to call Nelson into meaningful action. 

Jabo Ibehre’s cross picked out the late run of Maris in the middle, with his volley forcing Nelson to gather close to his post.

In the last act of the half, Ibehre had a strike at goal himself from a Harrison Dunk cross that lacked the accuracy to trouble Town’s stopper.

Early into the second half Tom James had a speculative effort from a free kick from 35 yards out saved by Forde, as the wind and rain continued to swirl around the stadium. 

Shortly afterward Town had their first real chance of the game, as D’Almeida kept his shot from the edge of the area low and Forde saved with his feet to deny the Benin international an opener. 

Maris engineered himself a good chance to break the deadlock. Skipping into the area he drove a shot across Nelson’s but dragged it wide of the target.

On the hour mark Fisher replaced Jordan Green to make his first appearance since returning from injury suffered against Stockport County. 

Proving he hadn’t frozen up in the cold Nelson saved from Reggie Lambe as the winger shot from close in. 

Lewis spurned a golden chance to give Cambridge the lead, being played through onside the midfielder fired wide when one-on-one with Nelson.

Town were dealt a blow when Browne limped off injured with five minutes to go being replaced by Jake Gray.

Alefe Santos had a go from distance as Town looked to nick a late win but Forde got behind the shot as the points were shared in Cambridgeshire, providing Town with a platform to build on in the coming weeks.

Cambridge United: Forde; Halliday, Taylor, Darling, Dunk; Maris, Deegan, Lewis; Brown (Azeez 79′), Ibhere, Lambe (Amoo 86′).
Bookings: Deegan 20′
Subs not used: Mitov, Carroll, Taft, O’Neil, Davies.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Dickinson, Warren, Gafaiti, James; Green (Fisher 60′), D’Almeida, Santos, Browne (Gray 85); Olomola (Zoko 74′), Arquin.
Bookings:
Santos 19′
Subs not used:
Scott, Mahmutovic, Donnellan, Patrick.

INTERVIEW | Way looking for players to enjoy pressure of winning

With just two places and two points separating the two sides coming into the Sky Bet League Two clash, the Glovers will look to stretch their lead over the U’s and get back to winning ways. 

Without a win since their trip to Carlisle United, Town come up against a Cambridge side under the caretaker management of Mark Bonner who’ll be overseeing his second match from the technical area. 

Losing 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers last weekend, both sides have strong motivation to pick up maximum points.

Speaking to YTFC.net, Way wants his side to focus on the task in hand and ignore any hyperbole surrounding the fixture. 

“Every game has been a must win game because that’s how we prepare as a team and you want the players to have that mentality. We’ve prepared very, very well and are looking forward to the next challenge after getting unlocked by seven minutes of anxiety or whatever you want to call it last Saturday.

“To get back to winning ways you have to avoid all distractions, take no notice of any outside noise and make sure preparation is the best it can be and make sure you enjoy doing that. 

“Mark Bonner used to be a player so he’ll know what’s going on in the dressing room and he’ll be trying to get a reaction. We have to focus on what we’re doing and do all we can to get the job at hand done.”

Saturday’s match will be the first for the Glovers without assistant manager Terry Skiverton who took the decision to depart on Thursday.

The first game in nine-and-a-half without the stalwart’s presence, Town’s boss commented: “Being on that frontline for nine-and-a-half years and not having break, sometimes can catch up on you.

“There’s no animosity between us and first and foremost, I’ve got my friend back. The service and loyalty Terry has given this football club is not found anymore. 

“We’ve all got decisions to make in our lives and I totally respect his, but I’ll have Paul Terry with me and Steve Phillips my goalkeeper coach on Saturday. 

“For years it was just me and Terry so it’s just another game this weekend.”

PREVIEW | Cambridge United v Yeovil Town

Rhys Browne’s opener at home to Forest Green Rovers last weekend wasn’t enough to secure victory as Town now turn their attention to a trip on the road.

The Glovers sit two places and two points above United but will look to extend that gap following the visit to the Abbey Stadium.

Darren Way welcomed back Olufela Olomola from injury last time out and could be boosted further by the return to fitness of top scorer Alex Fisher who’s resumed training. 

If the seven-goal striker does feature in the matchday 18 it’ll reduce the injury list to Bevis Mugabi (shoulder), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Nathan Baxter (hip), Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee), James Bailey (knee) and Alex Pattison (back).

Newest recruit Adel Gafaiti made his home debut last Saturday having recovered from a dead leg and is likely to continue alongside Gary Warren in Cambridgeshire. 

In all, Town’s boss made six changes for the clash with Rovers but could be tempted to make alterations once again in a bid to pick up all three points. 

It will also mark the first match without assistant manager, Terry Skiverton, who relinquished his role on Thursday.

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 12th competitive meeting between the two sides with the Glovers boasting six wins to Cambridge’s four. 

Losing their last three trips to the Abbey Stadium, Town will look for a repeat of their only previous December visit which came in 2004. 

Battling back from 2-0 down, goals from Phil Jevons (x2), Darren Way, Lee Johnson and Andrejs Stolcers secured an emphatic 5-3 win. 

Officials
Peter Wright will take charge of his third game of the season involving Yeovil. 

Overseeing the 6-0 win at Newport County and the 2-1 loss at Morecambe, he’ll be the man in the middle once again on Saturday. 

Mr Wright will be assisted by Christopher Kidd and Garry Maskell with Stuart Butler 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 | Skivo makes decision

Spending close to two decades at Huish Park – with the last nine-and-a-half years spent in first-team management roles – Terry will now look to explore coaching options elsewhere within the club following a sabbatical.

A loyal servant, Terry has been at the forefront of the club’s most successful period in history throughout his time in Somerset. 

Making the decision to primarily spend more time with his family, Skivo wrote the following open letter upon standing down from first-team duty:

“After lots of consideration and with an extremely heavy heart, I have decided to step down as assistant manager of Yeovil Town Football Club. I feel it’s time for me to step aside and spend more quality time with my family that I have sacrificed in the nine-and-a-half years in my management roles before pursuing any new challenges in my professional career.

“To the players past and present, it has been a joy coaching and developing you whilst going into battle week in, week out. I hope I have helped you to grow as players as well as role models. I would like to thank the manager but most importantly, my friend Darren Way, with whom I have shared battles and campaigns on the pitch as well as in the technical area where we enjoyed arguably our greatest ever achievement of being promoted to the Championship with Gary.

“Last but by no means least, I would like thank the supporters for their support during my time as a player, manager and assistant manager. I have been at Yeovil Town FC for almost half of my life and I look forward to moving my relationship with the supporters over into my next chapter. I would like to think that I will always be remembered for being a wholehearted, passionate, committed and hardworking servant within the first-team environment.

“My continued support goes out to the current team and my wish is for us all to come together and get behind the team for our future success. For now, my focus is my family before I begin the next chapter in my career.”

Manager Darren Way added: “I totally understand and respect Terry’s decision, as for me, his happiness is more important than anything else. 

“I know how hard the role is and have total respect for his loyalty and service to this football club.

“He’s sacrificed a huge amount with regard to his family with his dedication for the job and now deserves his time to spend with them for the time being.”

VACANCY | Academy Head of Coaching

The full-time role will require a candidate with at least the UEFA A License qualification and FA Advanced Youth Award, with a full job description found HERE.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and application form to the HR Department for the attention of James Hillier, either by email (JHillier@ytfc.net) or by post: James Hillier, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF.

The closing date for all applications is 5pm on Wednesday 19th December 2018. 

The Club is looking to make an early appointment, so candidates should be prepared for potential interviews on Thursday 20th or Friday 21st of December at Huish Park. 

FIXTURE | Lincoln tie rearranged for January 22nd

Originally due to take place in mid-November the match was postponed due to Town’s absentees on international duty. 

Working with Lincoln and the EFL to confirm a new date, the league meeting will now take place in the New Year.

Tickets bought for the original fixture will remain valid for the January 2019 match, with refunds available via the Huish Park ticket office prior to matchday.

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

TICKETS | Town travel to Cambridge

Looking for a return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two, Darren Way’s side will be targeting a fifth away victory of the season at the Abbey Stadium. 

With prices increasing by £2 on the day, supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance with prices set at:

Adult – £20 
Concessions (64+, Student NUS, Young Adult 18-23) – £15
Under-18 – £1 
Under-5 – FOC

Tickets can be bought via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) or online with our Away Tickets page hosting information on travel, parking and much more.

 

ACADEMY | Trio nominated for LFE Goal of the Month

The trio of Devon Arnold, Gabby Rogers and Declan Rose are all nominated for stunning strikes in the last month, with voting open until noon on December 14th.

Strikes from Arnold and Rose came in the 4-0 demolition of Swindon at the start of the month, whilst Rogers’ contender acted as a consolation in a 4-1 FA Youth Cup defeat at the hands of Cambridge United. 

Votes can be cast on Twitter or online by clicking here, with the three Yeovil strikes nominated also able to be viewed on the LFE website.

REPORT | Yeovil Town U18s 0-4 Exeter City U18s

Looking to apply pressure on the top two with back-to-back wins, the Young Glovers got off to a bright start and almost took the lead with just three minutes on the clock. 

George Calverley’s run took him to the edge of the box and with the chance to shoot, but his low drive flew just wide of the post with the visiting ‘keeper scrambling.

Looking like another positive performance Town were dealt a blow just sixty seconds later when Exeter took the lead with their first shot on goal. 

A trialist playing up front for the Devon outfit picked out the bottom corner with a low strike from 20 yards, with a second following just minutes later with seven minutes on the clock. 

Kacper Kowalczyk did well to save an initial shot from inside the box but could do nothing about James Dodd converting on the rebound to confirm a nightmare start for the hosts. 

Struggling to get going Terry Moore’s side searched for a way back into the game but fell further behind on 18 minutes. 

Lewis Dix stooped low at the back post to head clear but the loose ball was pounced on once again by Dodd to double his tally for the afternoon. 

In a more than commanding position, the Grecians put the game beyond doubt before half-time. 

A whipped in corner pinged around the box before Cheick Diabate powered into the back of the net to confirm a resounding scoreline at the break. 

Looking stronger at the back in the second half following the introduction of Tom Hayes the Glovers searched for a consolation at least. 

Dix saw a strike from range flash just wide, in what proved to be Town’s best chance of the game. 

Unable to mount a dramatic comeback it was defeat for the green and whites, who next travel to Oxford United on Saturday.

NEWS | Town sign Armed Forces Covenant

By signing the Covenant, the club has made a commitment to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can and to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service. 

YTFC recognises the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to the business and will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:

  • Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation
  • Endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment;
  • Seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible; 
  • Aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day;
  • Offering a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community at the club’s discretion.

The Covenant was signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence by Commander Jamieson-Stride, Commanding Officer of 815 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton and on behalf of YTFC by Chairman, John Fry. 

Marking the occasion, the club is also offered Tickets For Troops, with servicemen or women with a valid ID also able to enjoy 10% off in the club store.

Commenting on YTFC’s Covenant signing, Chief Operating Officer, David Mills, said: “We are absolutely delighted to sign this covenant.

“Many of the club’s fans are members of the military community and it is only right that we show our support for them and their service in this way.

“We already have strong links with our colleagues in the military and their families but we hope that signing this covenant will be the start of an even stronger bond.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Forest Green Rovers

In an opening 45 minutes devoid of chances, Jordan Green had a strong penalty claimed waved away before going close with a strike from the edge of the box, whilst at the other end Liam Shephard went closest for the visitors. 

After the restart the game burst to life when Rhys Browne’s superb solo goal broke the deadlock and marked his first of the campaign.

The Gloucestershire outfit looked to be heading to defeat when Paul Digby was shown a straight red card with 75 minutes on the clock, but two goals in two minutes deep into stoppage time from Reuben Reid and George Williams stunned the hosts to snatch victory. 

Suffering slump in form, Darren Way made wholesale changes for the visit of Rovers by introducing six new faces. 

Adel Gafaiti – making his home debut – and Enes Mahmutovic came into the back four for Carl Dickinson and Bevis Mugabi (shoulder), whilst Jordan Green and Alefe Santos replaced Rhys Browne and Alex Pattison (back) in midfield. 

Completing the changes, Yoann Arquin took the place of Francois Zoko up front with Olufela Olomola returning from a hamstring injury to partner the Martinique international instead of Jake Gray who dropped to the bench. 

On the pitch, the heavens opened as the two sides emerged from the tunnel as it looked to be another wet and windy winter afternoon of football in Somerset.

Making a first start since returning from injury, Green made a lively start and had a penalty shout turned away inside the opening 10 minutes. 

Twisting and turning in the box, the winger went down under challenge from Joseph Mills, but referee Michael Salisbury disagreed as play continued.

Looking like the Glovers most dangerous attacking outlet, Green then saw a shot across goal narrowly miss creeping in at the back post with Sanchez scrambling across his line.

Despite Rovers’ spells of possession it was the green and whites who created the half-chances, as Santos’ wicked delivery corner caused chaos which resulted in Lloyd James heading off his own line.

In their best chance of the half at the other end, Shepard’s effort at goal from the right was deflected by Tom James and Town’s number one had to adjust his position to leave his goal unscathed at the break.

Making a change, Browne replaced Wes McDonald at the halfway stage and his impact was immediate.

Lively on the left wing, the Antigua & Barbuda international picked up the ball around the halfway line, weaved his way past both Mills and Shephard before unleashing a venomous shot into the roof of the net to put the hosts a goal up with 56 minutes played.

Seemingly unplayable, Browne almost doubled the advantage minutes later after cutting in from the wing, but his strike was well palmed away by Sanchez in the visiting goal.

Becoming a fiesty affair, Mark Cooper’s side were reduced to 10 men as the final stages approached for a stamp on Santos which was spotted by the linesman. 

With a man advantage the Glovers attempted to put the result beyond doubt but substitute Jake Gray’s sumptuous cross was inches away from Green in the middle inside the final 10 minutes.

Despite being down to ten men Rovers rallied and continued to push for an equaliser and when Ben Morris danced his way into the area, Nelson had to come off his line to close the angle and make a fantastic save to keep the lead.

With a surprising seven minutes of additional time added on the hosts suffered a nightmare 90 seconds. 

Firstly, Rovers levelled when Theo Archibald’s cross was steered home by Reid against his former employers, to leave Huish Park stunned.

Not done there, Forest Green Rovers turned the game on its head moments later as George Williams’ shot was deflected past Stuart Nelson to seal a late win for the visitors.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Mahmutovic, Gafaiti, Warren, James; McDonald (Browne 46′), D’Almeida, Santos, Green; Arquin (Zoko 87′), Olomola (Gray73′).
Bookings: Warren 44′, Mahmutovic 55′, Olomola 69′, D’Almeida 86′
Subs not used: 
Scott, Dickinson, Donnellan, Rogers.

Forest Green Rovers: Sanchez; Mills (Archibald 79′), McGinley, Rawson, Shepard; Digby, Winchester, James; Reid, Brown (Morris 64), Grubb (Williams 74′).
Bookings: James 65′, Digby (red card) 75′, Archibald 89′
Subs not used: 
Montgomery, Collins, Gunning, Worthington.

INTERVIEW | Way looking for ‘belief, energy and commitment’

The green and whites come into the West Country affair without a win in their last three league outings. 

Tom James’ stoppage-time winner at Carlisle is the last time Town picked up maximum points in Sky Bet League Two ahead of the visit of Rovers. 

Facing the Gloucestershire outfit for just the third time in the EFL, Town’s boss is looking for his side to produce a positive performance. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “The last game was a confidence issue and we want to make sure this group, from winning 6-0 at Newport and 4-0 at Notts County, keep believing in themselves.

“We all want to win at this football club and we’ve won at certain stages this season, but we need to make sure we get that run of form back.

“I like to think the group see every game as winnable because I genuinely believe this group of players are good. We just need to get that win and we’ll gain a lot of confidence.

“The only way to do that is to make sure every player is 100% playing with belief, energy and commitment.”

In just a second ever EFL meeting between the two sides at Huish Park, the green and whites look to pick up a first league win over Rovers. 

Sitting 10th in the table but with just one win in their last four, Way knows what his side will be up against.

“They’re very good with possession,” he said. “They’re a possession based team, one or two touch team with good movement.

“They’ve had certain games where they’ve been very difficult where they’ve got men behind the ball and we’ll need to break that down and that’s been our problem at home.

“We need to make sure we’re a little more aggressive in our attacking third with more crosses and shots.

“One or two individuals have been with us – Matt Worthington, Reuben Reid, Liam Shephard, Tahvon Campbell – so we know some of their players but it’ll be a good game for us.”

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day:

Back the Young Glovers
You can make a day of it at HP! Both the Under-16s and Under-18s are in action on Saturday morning by hosting their Exeter City counterparts. Free to watch, why not come along and cheer on the next generation of Town stars?
– YTFC U18s v Exeter City U18s (11am top pitch)
– YTFC U16s v Exeter City U16s (10.30am 3G)

Supporters’ Guides
Your first time at Huish Park? Find all the information you need from where to buy tickets to which stand is which. 
Home fans click here
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Military Covenant
Prior to kick-off, Yeovil Town will sign the Armed Forces Covenant to make a commitment to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can and to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service. 
As part of the day, the club has given free Tickets For Troops for the match as well as offering 10% off in the Club Store for one-day only.
You can read more about YTFC signing the Armed Forces Covenant here.

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

YTCST Huish Park Hotshot!
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be staging its popular Huish Park Hotshots competition at half-time! Three lucky children have won the chance to take on the reigning Hotshot champion in a penalty shootout on the pitch in front of the home supporters. Keep your eyes peeled during the break!

‘Shares’ Guard of Honour
Sherborne Area Refugee Support group (also known as Shares) is a local charity which was set up in 2017 in response to the global refugee situation.

Shares is run by volunteers, and their main activity is to work with the local authority on resettling refugees under the UK government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme.

Representatives from Shares, along with families they have helped, have been invited by Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust to Saturday’s match, where they’ll a stadium tour and some coaching. It has also been arranged for the children to perform a Guard of Honour and welcome the players onto the pitch. 

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available rate for cars in the league. Minibuses and coaches will cost £6 and £18 respectively. For regular users of the car park, a season ticket (covering all first-team league and cup matches) is priced at £50. For more information, please call 01935 847888

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 14 of the matchday programme, Green & White, from around the ground or from the Club Store. The 64-page publication – crammed full of content – can be picked up for just £3. Inside the latest issue, Stuart Nelson discusses facing his hometown club, returning to action and what lies ahead in 2018/19. 

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

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

 

Junior Glovers Family Cabin
Packed full of pre-match activities including the latest game consoles and FIFA 19, head along to the Family Cabin for Glovers themed entertainment. Situated at the end of the Tamburino Stand and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold Terrace, the cabin is often visited by special guests including the Jolly Green Giant and members of the first team.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers

In an all West Country affair, the green and whites will look to end a run of three consecutive league defeats in what will be just the third ever EFL meeting between the two sides.

After straight defeats on the road at Morecambe and Carlisle, Town returned to Somerset with a disappointing 3-0 loss at the hands of Port Vale to suffer back-to-back home defeats for the first time this season. 

Following a 10-day break without a match, Town will now look to rediscover their scintillating early season form in which Darren Way’s side set numerous club records since entering the EFL in 2003.

Aiming for three points, the hosts will be unable to call upon James Bailey (knee), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee). 

Town’s boss confirmed Alex Fisher (groin) and Olufela Olomola (hamstring) have returned to running in training and therefore could return, with question marks also over the fitness of Nathan Baxter (hip) and Bevis Mugabi (shoulder). 

Whoever makes the matchday 18 will be facing a Rovers side with one win in their last four league outings. 

However, a bright start to the campaign means the Gloucestershire outfit sit 10th in the table, healthily situated towards the play-off spots. 

Head-to-head
Saturday’s encounter will be just the fourth meeting between the two sides since entering the EFL.

Losing 4-3 at the New Lawn in August the Glovers drew the reverse league fixture 0-0, whilst also recording a 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win thanks to strikes from Nathan Smith and Connor Smith. 

Officials
Michael Salisbury will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

In what will be his 21st game of the season it’ll be his first involving the Glovers since February 2017 when he oversaw the 1-1 draw away at Hartlepool United.

He’ll be assisted by Samuel Ogles and Conor Farrell with Kevin Howick acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Stuart Nelson 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 need to keep believing – Nelson

Having suffered a slump in form that has seen the green and whites come out second best in their last three Sky Bet League Two outings, they now face a West Country clash against Rovers. 

Just the third EFL meeting between the two sides, Town stopper Stuart Nelson is hoping the well utilised period without a game will see the three points claimed. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “It’s the only poor run of form we’ve been on really and it gave us the chance to regroup and have open and honest discussions.

“The best way to learn is by making mistakes, that’s the only way to learn and we all know that. There’s a real belief in the dressing room and we need to keep believing.

“We want this to be a really positive place. The way we started the season, we need to get back to that ASAP so we can create that positivity again that maybe some people have lost, but we still believe in ourselves and know what we’ve got to do.”

After a frustrating start to the campaign due to injury, Yeovil’s number one is back to full fitness and has started the last two league outings.  

From Stroud, Nelson will line-up against his hometown club this weekend, but despite his personal links to Forest Green Rovers and the surrounding area, the Football League stalwart is insistent that this game poses no sentimental stumbling block for him.

“I’m very proud to be from Stroud, but that’s as far as it goes,” he said. “My focus is on Yeovil Town Football Club and getting three points on Saturday, and that’s all I really care about.

“From what I can see, they’ve improved from last year so it’s a great game for us to play. These are the games you want to play in and we can’t wait to get out there.” 

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FIXTURE | Back the Young Glovers on Saturday

Taking on South West rivals Exeter City, the Young Glovers will be looking to build on their 4-0 win over Newport County last time out. 

Sitting third in the table and just three points off of second-placed AFC Bournemouth, Terry Moore’s side will look for maximum points against the Grecians.

At the start of October the two sides drew 1-1 thanks to Neville Nzembela’s strike with the green and whites now looking to make home advantage count. 

With the first-team at home on Saturday afternoon, make it a doubleheader by supporting the Under-18s on the top pitch at Huish Park.

SIGNING | Ojo turns professional

The 17-year-old has signed a contract until June 2021 at Huish Park to join fellow Academy product Gabby Rogers in committing their future to the green and whites.

After spending the majority of the campaign so far working under first-team manager Darren Way, Ojo made his senior debut and impressed in the 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over West Ham United Under-21s in November.

Daniel has also featured in behind closed doors friendlies with Bristol City and Aston Villa to continue his impressive development. 

Commenting on his pro deal, Daniel said: “It’s an honour for me to sign a professional contract and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue improving. 

“I’ve loved my time so far at Yeovil and this is the next step in the journey for me. The gaffer has been great with me and it’s time now to repay the faith. 

“I’ve got to keep working hard every day and hopefully, get as much game time as possible.”

A second-year scholar at the club, the left-back missed the majority of the 2017/18 season as part of the Under-18s squad due to a delay in gaining EFL clearance, but quickly established himself as an integral part of the Young Glovers defensive unit. 

Coming through the ranks at Charlton Athletic, Ojo was snapped up by Town’s Academy and has kept his favourable traits of being honest, down to earth and hard working. 

Having worked closely with Ojo all season, manager Darren Way commented: Daniel is a real talent. Watch this space.”

In charge of the next generation of Yeovil Town talent, Academy Manager Jamie Harrison added: “We are all really pleased for Daniel to take this next step in his career. He had a difficult first year as a scholar but his perseverance through adversity has paid off and he fully deserves his first professional contract.

“The great thing about Daniel is that he has already put in some excellent performances this season and I believe that there is still so much more to come if he keeps working hard.

“Darren Way has been instrumental in Daniel’s development this season and he has given our young players an opportunity to train and play with the first team. Daniel has fully grasped his chance and has impressed on a number of occasions. I would also like to extend my thanks to Yeovil College who have played a big part in ensuring our Apprentices have access to every first team training session, whilst progressing in their education.
 
“This contract clearly demonstrates the club’s great commitment to our youth setup and the vision of homegrown players in first team squad. Being open for just three years, we are still very early in our journey to become the best Cat 3 Academy in the country and this is a huge milestone for us. More will follow thanks to the hard work of the Academy staff and close working relationship we have with the first team.”

REPORT | Young Glovers have Somerset Premier Cup campaign ended

Making the short trip to Playing Fields, Terry Moore’s side targeted a repeat performance from the First Round. 

Facing Bishop Sutton at the start of October the Young Glovers ran out 4-0 victors to set up the Second Round tie with Shepton. 

Unable to call upon a host of players due to injury and first-team involvement, a number of Under-16s featured in the cup clash. 

After a well-battled opening half an hour, Town fell behind on 36 minutes as the break approached. 

Kailan Gould, who had threatened before, lobbed a shot over Kacper Kowalczyk to give the hosts the lead at the halfway stage. 

Needing a bright start to the second half the green and whites were dealt a blow seven minutes after the restart when Francois Callen doubled Shepton Mallet’s lead with a neat finish. 

Continuing to search for a way back into the match the Glovers produced some neat play against their senior opponents, but committing numbers forward Mallet added a third late on through James Billing to round off the scoring. 

Now looking to continue their impressive EFL Youth Alliance campaign, the Under-18s host Exeter City on Saturday (11am) at Huish Park with supporters encouraged to back the Young Glovers.

SIGNING | Rogers signs professional contract

A second-year scholar at Huish Park, Rogers signs a deal until June 2021 after being promoted to the first-team squad ahead of the 2018/19 season. 

The 17-year-old featured throughout pre-season for Darren Way’s side prior to being awarded a squad number for the campaign, transitioning to train with the first-team on a daily basis. 

Making his professional debut in the EFL Cup tie with Aston Villa in August, Gabby marked his EFL debut a month later in the 6-0 win over Newport County by becoming the second youngest player to represent the club since entering the Football League. 

After signing his pro deal, Rogers said: “It’s a dream come true to sign my first professional deal and is something I’ve dreamt about for a long time. 

“I know that the real hard work starts now but I’m looking forward to kicking on and hopefully gaining more experience. 

“The gaffer has been brilliant with me this season and has given me an opportunity, so I’ll work as hard as I can to be successful for him and this football club.”

Totalling four senior appearances so far, the Devon-born midfielder came through the ranks at Torquay United before moving further north in the county to join Exeter City. 

Now rewarded with a professional contract the teenager becomes the first Academy product since 2015 to officially make the step up to the first-team, reiterating the club’s determination to produce its own talent. 

Snapped up by the Glovers, Gabby soon caught the eye of manager Darren Way who commented: “Gabby has the talent to get to the next level providing he stays humble and keeps working hard. 

“I would like to thank his parents who have played a key role in his development and I look forward to working with him further.

“This signing is part of the vision of the football club with regard to the future and it’s good to see the plan start to come to fruition.”

Now permanently making the transition from the Academy to the first-team, Academy Manager Jamie Harrison added: “It’s fantastic news that Gabby has signed a professional contract. Gabby has tremendous ability which he has demonstrated since registering with the Academy as an Under-15.

“The question mark has been can he transfer that talent into the first-team but if anything he has loved the stage and his confidence has grown even more!

“During his first-team appearances he has shown what he is capable of and has always wanted to get on the ball. This is just the start and Gabby must push himself even harder to earn more game time and a place in the starting line-up.”

All at Huish Park would like to congratulate Gabby on signing his first professional contract and look forward to seeing him flourish in green and white.

TICKETS | Town kick-start December at home

Tickets for the West Country affair remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office with pre-matchday prices available until midday on the day of the game. 

Looking for a return to winning ways, Darren Way’s side will host Rovers for just the second time ever in the EFL.

Last season’s meeting in April finished 0-0, with the green and whites also claiming a 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win in January. 

A full breakdown of prices can be found on our home tickets page  with supporters able to purchase:

In person: Huish Park ticket office
Over the hhone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here