Month: January 2019

INTERVIEW | Duffus happy to come ‘home’

Signing on a two-and-a-half year deal from Town’s Sky Bet League Two rivals, the 23-year-old heads back down south after spells up north and in Ireland. 

Snapped up by Everton in 2012 he had a spell on loan at Bury before a move to join the Latics resulted in a prolific stint in Ireland with Waterford. 

Now returning closer to his roots, Duffus told iFollow Glovers: “It was always my ambition to come back south. It’s something I always wanted to do, play down here. It feels a lot closer to home with more family and friends around.

“It’s been a hard 6-7 years away from everyone, especially hard when you’re up on your own and not playing and enjoying football, so I’ll be a lot happier down here.

“I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch and training with the boys.”

A long-term target of manager Darren Way, the 6’2″ striker will finally ply his trade at Huish Park. 

One of numerous players in recent years with Everton links, Duffus admits to speaking to close friend and former loanee Liam Walsh. 

“Me and Liam get on well and I know he did very well when he came here and he had nothing but good things to say about his time here.

“I know a lot more from being here all day than I did previously and can’t wait to get going.

“I need to get my fitness levels back as it’s been a while since I played, but I can’t wait to hit the ground running.”

SIGNING | Duffus transfers to Huish Park

The Cheltenham-born striker returns to the West Country and signs a two-and-a-half year deal at Huish Park to become a Glover until at least June 2021.

Part of the Robins’ Academy setup as a youngster, Duffus was snapped up by Premier League outfit Everton after impressing on trial alongside brother, Tyrone. 

Progressing through the youth ranks a first taste of EFL action was provided with a loan spell at Bury in 2014 before signing a two-year contract at Goodison Park at the end of the season. 

Helping the Under-23s win the Premier League 2 title in 2016/17, Duffus was rewarded with a one-year contract extension before shortly after moving to Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Appearing in Sky Bet League One for the Latics, he joined League of Ireland Premier Division side Waterford on loan in February 2018, scoring 10 goals in 25 appearances.

Leaving his mark on the division the striker’s signature has been chased by a number of Irish clubs but Town have secured Duffus’ long-term future. 

Securing the services of the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, manager Darren Way told YTFC.net: “Courtney has been on my radar for a long time. With the links that we had at Everton that at the time saw Shane Duffy, John Lundstram and Liam Walsh arrive, Courtney was a target on the same list.

“With his attributes and the way he plays, I’m sure he can become a fans’ favourite and a very successful signing at this football club.”

STATEMENT | Insight 63 Ltd

Mark was re-engaged as an advisor to the club at the start of January to work alongside the YTFC Board and the first-team management staff during the winter transfer window and beyond, as well as looking to introduce inward investment to enable to the club to move forward.

It is expected Mark’s involvement will help see the club through an important period of change and transition. 

As work and discussions are still ongoing on these areas both the club and Insight are unable to make further comment at this stage until further developments are made.

INTERVIEW | ‘It was an easy decision’ – Abrahams

The Norwich City striker was due to spend the remainder of the season across the border in Devon with Exeter City, but made the short switch to Somerset on deadline day of the January transfer window.

With fellow Canaries striker Jaiyesimi spending the first months of the campaign at Huish Park before suffering a season-ending knee injury, his praise of the club was more than enough to convince the 20-year-old. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: I’m extremely pleased to come to such a big club. I’ve come down here to learn a little bit more, play football and there’s a lot of good players here I can learn from so it wasn’t a hard decision.

“I spoke to DJ and he said a lot of good things about the club. When he spoke he spoke highly of the club and his experiences, so for me it was an easy decision.

“I Thought I wasn’t playing as much as I should be – or perhaps shouldn’t have been – but I always want to play football and I see this as a good opportunity to do that so I came down here and I’m hoping to push on now.”

Spending the first half of the campaign at St James Park, Abrahams made 23 appearances scoring twice.

Hoping to have the same impact as Canaries team-mate Jaiyesimi, the Londoner commented: “I can’t wait to put the shirt on – I just tried it on and it was a good feeling so I’m excited for the weekend.

“I set myself targets but I think a good performance is always better than a goal really. I always want to score but if I can do the best I can for the team and help others score, that’s always as good for me as well.

“It’s not a surprise what I’m coming in to and I know what I’ve got to do. Obviously, being young I’m still learning but I have got a rough idea of what I need to do and an understanding of the game and how it is here.”

SIGNING | Abrahams arrives on loan

Having spent the first half of the 2018/19 campaign across the border in Devon with Exeter City, the 20-year-old was recalled to Carrow Road to allow the Glovers to capture the striker’s services.

Staying in Sky Bet League Two, Abrahams netted twice in 23 appearances for the Grecians including a goal on his debut on the opening day of the season against Carlisle.

The Londoner becomes the second Norwich striker to sign on loan this season following Diallang Jaiyesimi, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in October.

A graduate through Leyton Orient’s academy, Abrahams made his EFL debut for the O’s in March 2017 and scored in back-to-back matches the following month to attract the attention of the Canaries. 

Moving to Norfolk for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2017 he bagged nine goals in 27 appearances for their Under-23s, prior to a return to senior football with a loan spell at St James Park. 

Pleased with his latest addition to the squad, manager Darren Way told YTFC.net: “Tristan is very good technically and is an honest and hard-working player. 

“He adds a different dimension to our attacking options and I’m delighted to have him on board and continue the link with Norwich.”

Fellow Canaries striker Jaiyesimi has today officially been recalled from his loan spell at Huish Park, as he continues his rehabilitation at Carrow Road. All at YTFC wish DJ all the best for the future.

TICKETS | Glovers back in action on the road

Town were last in action at home to league leaders Lincoln City last Tuesday before sitting out last weekend’s round of fixtures. 

Looking for back-to-back wins on the road, tickets are available for the clash at the Lamex Stadium both in advance and on the day. 

Prices are as follows:
Adult – £22
60+, Student, UB40, Armed Forces and Ambulant Disabled – £20
Under-18 – £15
Under-12 – £10

For further information including travel and parking, visit our away tickets page.

Due to the adverse weather forecast, advanced tickets will come off sale at midday on Thursday 31st January to allow tickets to be sent back to Stevenage. 

With prices not increasing on the day, fans can still buy tickets on the turnstiles.

Buy your tickets now:

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

STATEMENT | Club comment on takeover talk

With respect to rumours which have been circulating, Yeovil Town Football Club can only confirm that confidential discussions have been taking place with certain potential investors.
 
No further comment will be made unless, and until, these discussions result in agreement(s) being reached which are approved by the relevant authorities.
 
The Board of Directors is continuing to manage the club with the emphasis, at the moment, on working with the first-team manager to consolidate and improve the playing squad to secure consistently improved results.

INTERVIEW | ‘I love the club’ – Seager

The 22-year-old spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Huish Park from Southampton but is back in Somerset for a second spell. 

Making the permanent switch from St Mary’s by signing an 18-month contract with the Glovers, the Yeovil fan is eager to help lift the club up the Sky Bet League Two table. 

Born and bred in the town, Seager told iFollow Glovers: “When this came up I jumped at the chance to come back. All my family are from here, I love the club, I’m a fan first of all and I want to help the club as much as I can.

“I give 100% for any team I’m at but when you’ve got that extra connection with a club, it fires you to do everything you can to get the club in a better position and that’s what I’m here to do.”

Back for a second stint as a Glover, the former Saints attacker is looking to make a name for himself at his boyhood club. 

Scoring once in seven appearances whilst on loan last season, Seager returns in a determined manner. 

“I’m raring to go,” he said. “I feel I have a point to prove to everyone so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I know most of the players, there are some new ones but I feel like I can settle straight in. Last time it took me a few weeks to settle in but now I feel everything has changed.

“The core of people here last year are still here so I’m looking forward to working with them again.

“I’ve had doubters over the last few years but I’m here to prove everyone wrong and show everyone I’ve still got it and I believe I have.

SIGNING | Seager seals permanent switch

The Yeovil-born striker signs an 18-month contract at Huish Park to become a permanent Glover until at least June 2020 subject to EFL approval.

Spending the second half of the 2017/18 campaign in Somerset, Seager made seven appearances scoring once before returning to his parent club. 

Fast-tracked through the youth ranks at Saints, the 22-year-old was prolific throughout the age groups to sign a first professional deal in 2013. 

Two years later, and fresh from scoring 16 goals for the Under-21s, Seager made his first-team debut by coming off the bench in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace.

Developing by gaining experience away from St Mary’s, Ryan spent time out on loan with Crewe Alexandra and MK Dons before arriving at Huish Park for the first time last January.

Having returned to Hampshire in the summer he was sent on loan to SC Telstar in the Dutch second division and now heads home on a permanent basis. 

Speaking to YTFC.net, manager Darren Way said: “The opportunity to bring a player born and bred in Yeovil to the club on a permanent basis, couldn’t be missed.

“We know Ryan from his time with us last season but from seeing him in training we’re dealing with a different mindset this time around.

“I’m excited to be working with Seags once again and look forward to seeing what lies ahead.” 

COMMERCIAL | An evening with Kevin Keegan sold out!

The latest in the Sporting Dinner series following on from the likes of Paul Merson, Phil Thompson, Ray Parlour, Matt Le Tissier and Harry Redknapp, Yeovil Town will welcome one of the biggest names in football later this year.

In huge demand, tickets for the event in the Alec Stock Lounge later this year are now sold out.

As England’s only ever player to win the Ballon d’Or twice, Keegan will relive stories from his playing and management career which spanned more than forty years. 

A Premier League title winner as a player with Liverpool and eventual England manager after managing more than 60 caps, supporters will have the chance to learn more about one of the greats of the game. 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Lincoln City

After an even start at Huish Park the Imps took the lead with a little over 15 minutes of the half remaining when Danny Rowe converted from close range. 

Having more than been in the game until the opener, Lincoln’s strike did little to deter the hosts who continued to try and continue their run of improved form but on the stroke of half-time the deficit was doubled. 

Rowe was the right man in the right place once again to collect a ball in the box before turning and lashing past Nathan Baxter to give the visitors some breathing space at the break.

After the restart, the hosts struggled to gather momentum against a well-drilled Lincoln outfit and were unable to make it three wins on the bounce, falling to defeat as the visitors extended their lead at the top.

Coming into the midweek encounter off the back of consecutive victories, Darren Way made two changes for the visit of the Danny Cowley’s side. 

Requiring stitches to a head wound on Saturday, defender Adel Gafaiti dropped from the squad to allow Bevis Mugabi a starting berth, whilst Yoann Arquin replaced Rhys Browne on the wing in a tactical change. 

Two Academy products in the form of Gabby Rogers and Daniel Ojo made the bench, along with Matt Worthington who awaited his first appearance since rejoining the club last Friday. 

On a bitterly cold night in Somerset it took both sides a bit of time to warm-up to the occasion, with the opening 10 minutes passing with little action of note. 

John Akinde and Rowe both had tame efforts comfortably gathered by Nathan Baxter whilst at the other end Gary Warren glanced a teasing Alex Dobre cross wide of the target. 

Needing a spark to bring the game to life, it almost came courtesy of the infectious running of Sessi D’Almeida. 

The Benin international charged into the Imps half after exchanging passes with Dobre, raced along the byline and forced Grant Smith to save with his legs from an acute angle.

More than matching their top of the league opponents the Glovers looked comfortable heading towards the half-hour mark, but were dealt a blow on 27 minutes.

Having been held at arm’s length the visitors found a way past a resolute Town defence as Neal Eardley’s cross from the right was perfect for Rowe to turn home at the near post to open the scoring. 

Although ahead, the goal did little to alter the pattern of the match with both sides seeing most of their possession in the middle of the park. 

The Glovers kept plugging away in search of an equaliser as Bournemouth loanee Dobre looked the most threatening in an advanced position, but chances remained at a premium for both sets of players.

However, with Cowley’s side looking comfortable in possession one moment of precision saw the Imps make it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time. 

Michael O’Connor spotted a free Rowe in the box and his clever through ball allowed the attacker to swivel and fire home from 12 yards for his second of the match with virtually the last play of the half. 

Forced into a change at the break, Worthington was introduced for his first appearance since signing for the club on a permanent basis in place of Gary Warren, in a swap that saw Tom James move back into defence.

Once the game resumed the opening 10 minutes of the half belonged to Lincoln, with Harry Anderson close to scoring but for a reaction save from Baxter.

Needing a response at the other end the green and whites almost got one thanks to a solo effort. 

The lively Dobre cut in from the left wing and engineered space for a venomous shot which whizzed just over the bar as the hosts registered their first attack of the second 45.

Requiring a big final half-an-hour top scorer Alex Fisher took the place of Francois Zoko up front in a bid to set up a dramatic final act. 

Eager to get back into the match Town continued to battle and swung a number of balls into the box, but against a firm Lincoln defence there was nothing to show for it in front of goal. 

At the other end and with an array of attacking talent, the Imps continued to threaten in spells, with Anderson firing just wide from range before Shay McCartan saw a shot cleared off the line by Jake Gray following a corner. 

Academy product Gabby Rogers made his second EFL appearance for the club from the bench inside the final 10 minutes to add a positive note to proceedings, but there was to be no way back for the Glovers who suffered a first defeat in three.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Grant, Warren (Worthington 46′), Mugabi, Dickinson; D’Almeida, James, Gray (Rogers 84′); Arquin, Zoko (Fisher 60′), Dobre.
Bookings: Warren 41′, James 62′, Arquin 90′
Subs not used: Nelson, Ojo, Santos, Browne.

Lincoln City: Smith; Eardley, Bolger, Shackell, Toffolo; Anderson, Bostwick, O’Connor (Frecklington 63′), Pett; Rowe (McCartan 67′), Akinde (Rhead 71′).
Bookings: Frecklington 80′, Toffolo 86′
Subs not used: Vickers, Chapman, Wilson, Brown.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Lincoln City

Having enjoyed an upturn in form in the last fortnight, Darren Way’s side have seen off both Mansfield and Notts County. 

The back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League Two tee up the clash with Lincoln City, who currently sit top of the table and unbeaten in four. 

Originally due to take place in mid-November, the fixture was moved into the New Year due to Town’s international call-ups at the time. 

With a virtually fully-fit squad to pick from this time around, the green and whites will be in buoyant mood. 

Alex Pattison (back) returned to Somerset this week whilst James Bailey (knee) is back in training, leaving only Omar Sowunmi (ankle) to continue his rehabilitation.

Tom James’ sixth goal of the season at the weekend moves him just one behind top scorer Alex Fisher, whilst Alex Dobre opened his account for the club. 

For the Imps, John Akinde boasts 11 goals with Harry Anderson backing him up on five. 

Danny Cowley will, however, be unable to call upon Brune Andrade who’ll serve the second of a three-match suspension.

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s encounter will be just the seventh between the two sides since Town entered the EFL in 2003. 

The Glovers have enjoyed the better of meetings, boasting three wins to Lincoln’s two. 

Winning both fixtures in their debut EFL season in 2003/04, Town are now looking for their first win over the Imps since 2005. 

Meeting for the first time in 13 years last season, Darren Way’s side lost 2-0 at home before claiming a point in a 1-1 draw on the final day of the 2017/18 campaign in the reverse fixture.

Officials
Ollie Yates will oversee his 26th match of the season on Tuesday night. 

Having been in charge for the 2-2 draw with Exeter City in October, it’ll be his second visit of the campaign to Huish Park. 

Awarding 84 yellow and four red cards so far, he’ll be assisted on the night by Andrew Laver and Matthew Lee with Christopher Husband 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.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Lincoln City

Looking for a third straight win, there’s plenty happening around the ground:

Matchday discount in the Club Store!
A success at the weekend, the Club Store will once again be offering a one-off matchday sale available from 10am through until kick-off!
Supporters can enjoy:

  • 20% off all hats and gloves
  • 25% of all bedding and curtains

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

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 19 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, January signing Josh Grant chats about his first taste of EFL action and making a winning start at Huish Park.

Huish Pint
The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from midday to home and away supporters. 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!

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

NEWS | Update from the medical department

Bailey – who’s missed 13 months with a knee injury – has rejoined the first-team squad on a daily basis whilst loanee Pattison has overcome a two-month absence with a back complaint. 

Their return from the physio room leaves Omar Sowunmi as the only long-term absentee following ankle surgery, with Town’s captain stepping up his rehabilitation by completing his first running session on Monday.

Commenting on the fitness of the squad, first-team physiotherapist, Mike Micciche, told YTFC.net: “We will be in a position next week where every player will be on the training field. Although Omar will be rehabilitating, the physiological boost that gives everyone, not just Omar, will be massive. 

“Having greater numbers on the training ground helps improve the quality of training and increases the competitiveness of sessions, and with the return of Bailey and Pattison the competition for places will start to heat up.”

NEWS | Pattison back in Somerset

The 21-year-old was an ever-present for Darren Way’s side after signing on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough in August. 

Making 22 appearances prior to injury, the box-to-box midfielder last appeared for the Glovers at the end of November before returning to the Riverside for treatment. 

Heading back down south to link up with Town once again, Pattison will now resume training with the green and whites. 

Way’s side take on Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday night (7.45pm) with advanced tickets still available.

COMMERCIAL | Winter warmers offer in the Club Store on Tuesday ONLY!

With the Glovers hosting Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two, the Store will be open from 10am with special discounts on offer. 

Fully stocked with the latest replica kit, leisure clothing and merchandise, supporters can enjoy:

  • 20% off hats and scarves
  • 25% off bedding and curtains

Open through until kick-off (7.45pm), don’t miss out on the one-day offer!

Situated along the front of the Tamburino Stand, all offers exclude already discounted items and exist whilst stocks last. 

TICKETS | Midweek action at Huish Park

Originally due to take place in mid-November, the fixture was rearranged due to Town’s international call-ups at the time. 

Moved to midweek, Town will now lineup against the Imps looking to build on back-to-back wins over Mansfield and Notts County. 

Tom James and Alex Dobre were on the scoresheet at the weekend to secure a 2-0 win at Huish Park, with Darren Way’s side now ready to take on a Lincoln side who currently sit top of the table.

Tickets bought in advance (before 4.45pm on matchday) will enjoy savings and can be bought:

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

INTERVIEW | ‘I love the spirit of the team’ – Dobre

The Bournemouth loanee has enjoyed a 100% start to life in Somerset after making his debut in the 1-0 win at Mansfield last weekend. 

Netting a stoppage time strike in the victory over the Magpies at Huish Park on Saturday, Dobre told iFollow Glovers how he’s been impressed by the mentality of the dressing room. 

He said: “It’s a great feeling for the boys, for the fans, because these boys have a big determination and when I speak to them in the dressing room they have a big determination.

“I love the spirit of the team, I love the boys and think from now on will do great things because the team has big desire.”

Enjoying his third loan spell away from Dean Court, the Romanian has made an instant impact at Huish Park. 

Dobre, who now has two EFL goals to his name, has clear targets for his time in green and white.

“I believed I would score. I said in my mind ‘I need to score’. I left it to the last second but it happened.

“I need to get minutes and get games because it will make me a better player, but I’ve come here to help this team and climb the league.”

INTERVIEW | Way impressed by team’s resilience

Strikes from Tom James and Alex Dobre in either half respectively were enough for the Glovers to record a 2-0 win over Notts County and claim consecutive wins for the first time since September. 

Extending the gap over the bottom-placed Magpies to nine points, Town’s victory in the six-pointer eased relegation fears around Huish Park. 

Enjoying an upturn in form, Way told iFollow Glovers: “Two clean sheets. It feels good; that winning feeling. It’s important to realise why the players are playing like they are. I think the hard work never lies. We’ve done that in the last two games.

“The new faces have been great additions to the football club. Josh Grant has been unbelievable at right-back, and Alex Dobre we talked about before the game with the end product, and he finished very well.

I just felt what with the resilience and organisation and discipline throughout the group, that we were never going to lose that game.”

Saturday’s win was also the first time the green and whites scored two goals in a Sky Bet League Two fixture since the 2-2 draw with Exeter City in October.

Finding more joy in front of goal, Town’s boss was full of praise for his staff members after James converted from an early corner.

Two members of staff have been having a little bit of pressure from me,” he said.

“We talk about uncomfortable conversations, and they’re normally very productive, and we had a few. So a big well done to Paul (Terry) and Steve (Phillips) because it was well worked. We’ve not scored many.

But I was more pleased about the performance. I think the supporters could stand there and they could see their team working hard.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Notts County

Dubbed a six-pointer, the hosts got off to the perfect start after just eight minutes when Tom James headed home a Jake Gray corner. 

Buoyed by the Welshman’s latest goal-scoring exploit, Town took their advantage into the break after the Magpies failed to turn possession into anything meaningful in front of goal. 

It was much of the same after the restart as both defences remained on top, before a late flurry of action. 

The visitors struck the crossbar with a little over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining whilst at the other end substitute Alex Fisher forced a smart save from Ross Fitzsimons. 

Dealing a blow to County’s survival hopes the green and whites put the game beyond doubt in stoppage time when Alex Dobre made it a home debut to remember to extend the gap on the division’s bottom side.

Ending their 10-game winless run at Mansfield last weekend, Town were forced into making one change to the starting eleven. 

Joining Barnsley for an undisclosed fee on Friday, Jordan Green vacated his wing position as Rhys Browne took his place, whilst Matt Worthington – rejoining on a permanent basis for a second spell at the club – started amongst the substitutes. 

With a much-reduced injury list, the Glovers were only left unable to call upon Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee) and Alex Pattison (back) for the visit of the Magpies. 

Sticking with the 4-3-3 formation that served Darren Way’s side so well a week ago, Town once again raced into an early lead. 

Home debutant Alex Dobre won a corner after racing to the byline, and Gray’s pinpoint delivery to the near post was glanced up and over Fitzsimons for James’ sixth goal of the season. 

With any pre-match nerves dispelled early on the green and whites looked comfortable for their 1-0 lead, holding the visitors at arm’s length despite spells of possession for Neal Ardley’s side.

Veteran striker Jon Stead powered a diving header wide of the target whilst strike partner Lewis Alessandra forced the only save of the half from Nathan Baxter when his driven strike was comfortably collected by the Chelsea loanee.

A relatively uneventful half bar the opener, County squandered their best chance on 39 minutes when Elliott Hewitt failed to capitalise on Baxter’s weak punch and blazed over the bar with the goal gaping as they were forced to head into the interval behind.

Re-emerging after the 15-minute break, little changed to the pattern of the match with the Glovers forced to deploy a mostly rearguard action. 

County continued to fire balls into the box from wide positions but were consistently left frustrated as the home side’s back four, led by captain Gary Warren, stood firm. 

Demonstrating the uneventful nature of the clash, David Vaughan’s lashed effort wide of the target on 61 minutes was the first shot of the half, with the green and whites quick to respond at the other end. 

Dobre’s driving run into the County half ended with a squared ball to Sessi D’Almeida, but a last-ditch challenge from Richard Duffy denied the Benin international a shot on goal from 12 yards. 

Threatening to come alive with 20 minutes remaining the visitors went as close as they managed to an equaliser from a corner. 

Alessdandra’s delivery was headed back across goal by Stead where Pierce Bird was only able to hit the woodwork from a few yards out. 

Although Town survived the scramble in the box it came at a price as Adel Gafaiti suffered a head injury that forced Bevis Mugabi to take his place in the heart of defence for the closing stages.

Also making a change up front, Fisher almost put the result beyond doubt late on. 

The Glovers’ top scorer found himself one-on-one with County’s ‘keeper but was thwarted by Fitzsimons as the clock ticked down. 

With six minutes added on at the end of the second half the hosts took matters into their own hands late on when Dobre latched on to Ben Barclay’s poor back-header and rounded Fitzsimons to secure an important second win in a row. 

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Grant, Warren, Gafaiti (Mugabi 73′), Dickinson; D’Almeida, James, Gray; Browne (Arquin 69′), Zoko (Fisher 77′), Dobre.
Bookings: James 54′
Subs not used: Nelson, Worthington, Santos, Rogers.

Notts County: Fitzsimons; Hewitt, Barclay, Duffy, Bird (Thomas 83′), Evina (Dennis 75′); Vaughan, O’Brien, Milsom; Stead, Alessandra (Boldewijn 75′).
Bookings: Barclay 45′, Vaughan 51′
Subs not used: Pindroch, Brisley, Jones, Etete. 

SIGNING | Worthington rejoins permanently

The midfielder made 19 appearances for Darren Way’s side in the first half of the 2017/18 campaign whilst on loan from the Vitality Stadium. 

After returning to the Cherries, the 21-year-old spent time out on loan again in the West Country at the start of this season, with League Two rivals Forest Green Rovers securing the box-to-box midfielder’s services.

Netting his first senior goal during a 14-match stay at The New Lawn, Worthington now returns to Huish Park as a permanent addition to Town’s squad. 

After making his Premier League bow for Bournemouth on the final day of the 2016/17 season, Matt will now look to add to his EFL experience as a permanent Glover. 

Further strengthening his squad, manager Darren Way said: “Matt has cut his teeth in the EFL now following his spell with us and Forest Green.

“It means we secure the services of a very promising player who knows what the division is all about, most importantly on a long-term deal that shows what this club is trying to achieve.”

NEWS | Jordan Green departs

After the two clubs agreed a fee, Green completed a medical at Oakwell on Thursday to end an 18-month stay in Somerset. 

The 23-year-old arrived on a free transfer from AFC Bournemouth in August 2017 and went on to make 68 appearances for the Glovers, scoring eight goals. 

Green played an important role in Town’s run to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round last season, netting in the first and third round to help secure a tie with Premier League giants Manchester United at Huish Park. 

Moving into the 2018/19 campaign, the diminutive attacker grabbed a brace in the historic 6-0 win at Newport County in September as part of the club’s biggest ever victory in the EFL. 

Jordan’s last act in a Town shirt proved to be scoring the winner in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Mansfield Town, departing Huish Park with the best wishes of all at YTFC. 

Manager, Darren Way, said: “As much as I’m disappointed to lose Jordan, I feel extremely proud that he becomes the latest player on a long list that we’ve developed and nurtured.

“We tried extremely hard to secure Jordan’s long-term future but ultimately, we were unable to stand in the player’s way once his heart was set.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Notts County

Darren Way’s side earned a vital three points at the weekend defeating Mansfield Town 1-0 to end a run of ten games without a win in Sky Bet League Two, whereas County are winless in six and bottom of the table.

Looking to put a dent in the Magpies survival hopes, a win for the green and whites will lift them nine points clear of the bottom and potentially six points clear of the drop all together. 

After bringing in Alex Dobre and Josh Grant on Friday last week to become the first January arrivals, the Glovers were involved in transfer business again in the build-up to Saturday’s encounter.

Jordan Green left to join Barnsley for an undisclosed fee to become the sixth departure, whilst Matt Worthington signed a two-and-a-half-year deal from AFC Bournemouth to join the club on a second spell.

Other than that shake up to the squad no fresh injuries were picked up at the weekend, with Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee) and Alex Pattison (back) still unavailable, with Korrey Henry (groin) available for selection. 

Head-to-head
Town boast the better record out of the two sides and will look to keep that up on Saturday. 

Having won on eight occasions and drawn four the Glovers have lost six, with only one of those defeats coming at Huish Park. 

Earlier in the season Town won 4-0 with Alex Fisher netting a hat-trick and Yoann Arquin completing the rout. 

Officials
Stephen Martin will be the man in the middle on Saturday. 

Overseeing his first League Two match of the season, Martin has so far refereed 18 matches this campaign, awarding 41 yellow cards and one red card.

His one and only game officiating Town was last season’s 2-0 away defeat to Accrington Stanley.

On the weekend he will be joined by Darren Blunden and Dean Treleaven with John Flynn as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Josh Grant 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.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Notts County

Here’s all that’s happening at Huish Park:

Somerset Mind
The charity will be special guests on Saturday with various activities taking place:

  • Players wearing Somerset Mind t-shirts during the warm-up
  • Bucket collection at half-time and full-time around the ground
  • Information in the Green & White matchday programme
  • Information gazebo 

Make a day of it and back the Young Glovers
Both the Under-16s and Under-18s are in action at home on Saturday morning. Support the next generation of Town stars with refreshments available via Tea Bar 2 in the morning:
YTFC U16s v Portsmouth U16s (11am K.O. – 3G pitch)
YTFC U18s v Portsmouth U18s (11am K.O. – top pitch)

One-day discount in the Club Store!
Make the most of a one-day special offer in the Club Store, open from 10am through until kick-off and for 20 minutes after full-time.
Supporters can enjoy:

  • 20% off all full-priced items
  • 25% of all bedding and curtains

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

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 18 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, Adel Gafaiti discusses his route to Huish Park via Algeria, Ukraine and Cornwall plus much more!

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. 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!

INTERVIEW | Grant feels settled at Town already

The Chelsea academy product made his senior debut in the 1-0 win at Mansfield last weekend, completing 90 minutes for Darren Way’s side.

Jordan Green’s first-half strike was enough to secure victory with the 20-year-old impressing on his first outing.

Ready to enjoy his first taste of professional first-team football at Huish Park, Grant is already feeling settled with his fellow teammates. 

“It’s been brilliant”, he told iFollow Glovers. “It’s been different obviously coming from Chelsea but the boys have helped me settle in. It’s good to get used to the group early on. 

“I was willing to accept the challenge and come here, all the boys really made me realise how much we want to win and we went Mansfield and it was great to get it, it was a great performance from the boys. 

“That momentum is great and training has been really good, the vibes have been really good, obviously coming in off the back of a win helps and we are going try our hardest to get three points Saturday.” 

Last week’s win ended a 10-game winless run for the Glovers as they lifted themselves six-point clear of bottom place Notts County. 

With the Magpies visiting this weekend, the versatile defender is targeting a successful end of season run with his new side.

“The target first and foremost is for the team to start climbing the table. That’s what we want to do, that’s what the manager told us we need to try and do and that’s what we’re going to try and implement. 

“For me, it’s a great chance to get some games under my belt as a professional, because Under-23s is looked upon as not the greatest, so if I can come out and learn by myself, see if I can take this challenge, that’s what I’m looking forward to. 

“Last year I was mainly employed as a left back right up until March, then I went to left-side centre half, growing up I was a centre back but I think fullback is my strongest position.”

REPORT | Under-18s blow away Bristol Rovers

In a completely dominant opening 45 minutes, Town ensured the three points would be staying in Somerset with three first-half goals. 

Gabby Rogers, featuring after travelling with the first-team to Mansfield at the weekend, netted the opener before Neville Nzembela and Tyrique Clarke put the hosts into a commanding position.

That proved to complete the scoring, as the second half proved to be little more than a formality. 

Returning to EFL Youth Alliance action at home for the first time in 2019, Terry Moore was able to name a strong-looking starting eleven with Daniel Ojo, Gabby Rogers and Devon Arnold – all of whom have spent time in recent weeks with the first-team – available for selection. 

After a confident start, Rogers brought the first save of the game when his curling free-kick from 25 yards had to be tipped behind for a corner.

Minutes later, Rogers almost turned provider when his corner was met by Nzembela, who could only direct his header over the bar.

Sensing an opening goal was coming the green and whites continued to press and only a smart stop denied Nzembela once again. 

Hong Wan’s ball over the top perfectly found the run of the striker who saw his strike well saved.

But, just before the half-hour mark, Town took the lead. 

Lewis Dix’s shot was blocked but sat up nicely for Rogers whose first-time strike from inside the box nestled in the back of the net after going in off the post.

Looking to turn their dominance into further goals, the lead was doubled on 39 minutes.

Good work from Arnold saw him engineer space for a shot in the box, with Nzembela on hand a few yards out to stab home his strike partner’s effort. 

Putting the game to bed, substitute Clarke produced a cool finish on the stroke of half-time to ensure the three points.

After the break the hosts’ control on the game remained and despite half-chances for substitute Ben Hughes and a further strike from Rogers, there was to be no further joy in front of goal. 

Goalkeeper Kacper Kowalczyk remained a spectator and collected his easiest clean sheet of the season as the Young Glovers returned to winning ways.

Yeovil Town: Kowalczyk; Fleming, Wright, Rose; Dix, Wan (C), John, Ojo; Rogers; Arnold, Nzembela.
Subs: Hayes, Clarke, Hughes, Calverley. 

TICKETS | Back the boys in Huish Park six pointer

Darren Way’s side produced a battling performance to stun promotion chasing Mansfield and come away from Nottinghamshire with a 1-0 win. 

Jordan Green’s first-half strike was enough to end Town’s 10-match winless run in the league, picking up a much-needed three points.

Now facing bottom of the table Notts County, the green and whites have a chance to pull away from the relegation zone when they lineup against Neal Ardley’s side. 

Currently six points ahead of the Magpies, Town fans can get behind the Glovers and enjoy pre-match savings when they buy tickets before midday on Saturday. 

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

Tickets will be available on the day of the match but please buy in advance to avoid matchday queues. 

INTERVIEW | Baxter thrilled with Mansfield victory

Jordan Green’s first-half strike was enough to see off the Stags in a 1-0 win and seal the Glovers first of the New Year. 

In cold and windy conditions at the One Call Stadium, Town dug in and battled hard to hold on for the win with resolute defending in the second half to end their winless run.

Baxter was also called into action a number of times including a save of the season contender from Danny Rose’s shot from close range after the restart.

Although pleased with his performance, the Chelsea loanee was more pleased with what that win means to the Glovers faithful.

“It was one for the highlights reel at the end of the season that’s for sure,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I’m just delighted for the lads, delighted for the manager and more importantly the supporters because it’s a long journey and they’ve watched some poor performances. 

“I was busy in the first-half, I think I made about four or five saves in the first-half, I think the wind played a massive part with gale force winds you’re always going to be under pressure second half. 

“They’re a really good side so I’m delighted for everyone as it’s been a long time coming. Carlisle away was the last win and I remember that was a similar performance, backs to the wall me making a lot of saves, so it was great that we could grind it out and more importantly get the three points.” 

The match saw the January additions of Josh Grant and Alex Dobre thrown straight into the starting XI after signing on Friday.

Having played with Grant at Chelsea, Baxter praised his former Chelsea teammates performance as well as Bournemouth loanee Dobre’s.

“It was a battling performance from everyone in the side, Josh Grant was unbelievable on his debut and Alex Dobre as well. Great stuff. 

“The manager trusts young players so it’s a good place to be if you’re playing regularly. It’s good that he’s come and a great shift from him. 

“It’s good to be back, obviously I had that injury and now back and back to winning ways so hopefully this is the start.”

REPORT | Mansfield Town 0-1 Yeovil Town

Jordan Green opened the scoring in the nineteenth minute which proved to be the only goal of the game.

Jake Gray struck the woodwork in the second half and Tyler Walker had a goal chalked off for offside just after Nathan Baxter produced a wonder save to deny Danny Rose.

Just a minute into stoppage time Matt Preston received a red card which made the task of getting back into the game an impossibility as Town ended their winless run.

Making four changes for the trip to Nottinghamshire, Town’s newest recruits were handed their debuts after arriving on Friday. 

Josh Grant slotted in at right-back whilst Alex Dobre started on the left wing as Darren Way opted for a 4-3-3 formation. 

Elsewhere, Tom James moved into a holding midfield position where he was joined by the recalled Gray, as Adel Gafaiti replaced Bevis Mugabi in the heart of defence.

On a cold and windy afternoon in Nottinghamshire, the first sight of goal fell the Glovers way after Francois Zoko was brought down on the edge of the area. 

Tom James lined up closer in than he usually does and hit the free kick over the bar. 

In an energetic start for the visitors, Town were winning the ball well in the middle and limiting options for the hosts much to the frustration of the home fans. 

The Stags were then lucky not to concede a penalty only eight minutes in. Green chested the ball past Jordan Smith who got no ball but brought down the Town man, referee Carl Boyeson was not convinced and Smith restarted with a goal-kick. 

Having been contained for the opening exchanges the hosts had their first chance of the match. Released down the left CJ Hamilton cut in from the left and from a narrow angle was denied by Baxter. 

Instantly afterwards Town took the lead through Green when Carl Dickinson’s long ball forward found the winger who controlled well and expertly slotted underneath Smith. 

Baxter was then called into action to deny an equaliser, Walker was fed in on the right and the young stopper dived to save the shot at his near post as his superb solo performance continued.

Searching for a way back into the game Mellis lined up a shot from range which Baxter tipped over the bar.

As half time approached Town dug in to keep the lead at the half, a fantastic last-ditch challenge from Adel Gafaiti on Hamilton denied the forward a free run in at goal.

Well into the two minutes of additional time James struck a free kick from 25 yards which Smith saved low to his left and the resulting corner proved to be the last action of the half. 

Rose replaced Khan at half time as the Stags looked for an equaliser, and they almost found one five minutes into the second half. 

Mal Benning’s free-kick was headed across goal by Preston but James was there to head away from goal and the ball eventually went safely behind. 

With the home side applying constant pressure, Town enjoyed a flourish of their own after Zoko was fouled by Preston just inside the Glovers half.

The free-kick fell to Green in the area whose shot at goal was well saved by Smith, the rebound made its way to Gray who struck the woodwork before Sessi D’Almeida’s half volley was deflected wide. 

Looking dangerous on the counter Town still had to defend resolutely to deny an equaliser with Gary Warren and Gafaiti throwing themselves in front of every shot and cross.   

With their backs firmly against the wall, Baxter produced an incredible save to keep out Danny Rose’s shot on the line as the ball pinged around in the area to keep the lead for Town. 

Mansfield did manage to get the ball into the net through Walker but he was flagged offside and Baxter’s goal remained unscathed. 

At the other end the green and whites almost doubled their lead, Green jinked his way into the area and his shot at goal was palmed away by Smith and Zoko lost his footing as he tried to steer the effort goalwards.

Looking determined not to be beaten Baxter denied Walker, diving to his right to palm away the shot at goal which he later gathered.

To add to the hosts misery Preston was shown a second yellow card for a bad challenge on James as the game entered the first of six minutes of stoppage time.

Mansfield couldn’t manage to magic up an equaliser in the remaining minutes as all three points travelled with Town back to Somerset.

Mansfield Town: Smith; Preston, Pearce, Sweeney; White (Graham 57′), Khan (Rose 45′), Atkinson (Elsnik 63′), Mellis, Benning; Hamilton, Walker.
Bookings: Sweeney 45+3′, Preston 90′ (sent off),
Subs not used: Logan, Butcher, Law, Smith.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Grant, Warren, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Gray (Fisher 83′), James, D’Almeida; Green, Zoko (Mugabi 88′), Dobre (Browne 72′).
Bookings: Zoko 79′
Subs not used: Nelson, Santos, Rogers, Arquin.

FIXTURE | Trip to Oldham rescheduled

The Greater Manchester outfit will be competing in the Fourth Round of the competition, forcing the Sky Bet League Two fixture to be rearranged. 

Having worked with the EFL, the two clubs have now agreed to play the fixture in midweek next month. 

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

Ticket prices and information for the trip up north can be found on our away tickets page.

SIGNING | Glovers swoop for Dobre

The Romania Under-21 international arrives in Somerset for a third spell away from the Premier League outfit after enjoying loan spells in League One with Bury and Rochdale last season.

Born in Bucharest, Dobre was snapped up by the Cherries from Romanian top-flight outfit Viitorul Constanta, who are managed and now owned by ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder Gheorghe Hagi.

Spending time in Lancashire with both the Shakers and the Dale, the exciting attacker was rewarded with a new deal at the Vitality Stadium in May 2018 to extend his stay on the south coast to at least the end of the 2018/19 campaign. 

Joining Eddie Howe’s first-team for their pre-season training camp in La Manga back in the summer, the 20-year-old now heads to Huish Park for the next stage of his development. 

The latest player to strengthen the links between Town and the Cherries, Darren Way told YTFC.net: “It’s taken a lot of hard work and consideration from AFC Bournemouth to get this deal over the line. 

“I’d like to thank Eddie Howe for allowing an international talent to continue his development with us.”

SIGNING | Town’s wish Grant-ed

The 20-year-old defender arrives at Huish Park for his first taste of EFL action after racking up the accolades at Stamford Bridge. 

A Blue since the Under-8s age group, Grant was named Scholar of the Year in 2015/16 having already featured in a FA Youth Cup and Under-19s European triumph.

Rewarded with international recognition by making his England Under-18s debut in June 2016, the versatile defender – who can play all across the back four – won the treble in 2016/17.

Making 30 appearances for the Under-19s and Development Squad in 2017/18, the Londoner also featured against the Glovers in one of four Checkatrade Trophy appearances. 

Joining up with the Town squad after Chelsea Under-21s’ Checkatrade Trophy clash with Peterborough United on Wednesday night, the youngster will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Mansfield Town.

Securing his first signature of the transfer window, manager Darren Way told YTFC.net: “Josh is powerful, athletic and has a good personality.

“This is a great opportunity for him to get regular first-team football and I’m pleased to have brought him in.” 

PREVIEW | Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town

Darren Way’s side are without a win in their last 10 Sky Bet League Two outings whilst the Stags suffered their first defeat in 18 games last weekend. 

Chasing a much needed three points, Town will look to put a dent in the hosts’ impressive home form and in doing so end their search for a victory. 

With loanee Olufela Olomola returning to parent club Scunthorpe at the start of the week and Shaun Donnellan departing Huish Park by mutual consent, Yeovil’s squad will have a different look in Nottinghamshire.

The green and whites will still be without Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee) and Alex Pattison (back), although striker Korrey Henry (groin) could be edging closer to a return to fitness.

There could also be a familiar face involved for Mansfield, with Otis Khan who left Huish Park in the summer likely to feature for David Flitcroft’s side.

Head-to-head
The Glovers will look to even up the statistics with a win at the One Call Stadium. 

Having won three, drawn four and lost four, the visitors will look for a repeat of their March 2016 visit. 

With the game heading for a draw, Ryan Dickson’s 90th-minute winner was enough to pick up a 1-0 win.

Officials
Carl Boyeson will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

His 25th game of the season, he has so far awarded 88 yellow and two red cards. 

Mr Boyeson’s last match involving Town came in November 2016 when he oversaw the FA Cup replay at Solihull Moors.

At the weekend he’ll be assisted by Peter Gooch and Thomas Harty with Joe Simpson acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Adel Gafaiti 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.

NEWS | Arquin up for Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month

With the Glovers trailing 1-0 going into the final minute against the Cobblers, the Martinique international unleashed an unstoppable half-volley from 35 yards to crash in off of the crossbar. 

His fourth goal of the season, Arquin recently signed a new deal to remain at Huish Park until at least the end of the season

Recognised for the stunning strike, the winners of the Sky Bet EFL Goals of the Month are chosen by a fan poll on skysports.com with votes closing at 10am on Monday 14th January. To vote for Yoann, click here.

The shortlist for the poll is decided by a judging panel following suggestions from supporters via Twitter.  

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; Sky Bet Sponsorship Manager Michael Holinski and EFL Senior Media Manager Rob Meaden.

To suggest a goal to be considered for future Sky Bet Goal of the Month awards, fans can tweet details of their nominated goal to @SkyBet using #SkyBetGotM.

The Sky Bet League Two nominees are as follows:

Yoann Arquin – YEOVIL TOWN v Northampton Town – 22nd December
With his side trailing in the final minute, Arquin decided it was time to chest down a bouncing ball and strike the dreamiest volley of his career in off the underside of the bar.

George Williams – Newport County v FOREST GREEN ROVERS – 26th December
Williams’ free-kick was so far out from the Newport goal, it was almost over the border in England. So perfectly was it struck that no goalkeeper in either country could have saved it.

Wes Thomas – Port Vale v GRIMSBY TOWN – 26th December
The sign of a striker in form is that he knows what he is going to do before anyone else on the pitch. To be precise, a jink inside and an arrowhead of a shot into the far top corner.

INTERVIEW | Way close to adding reinforcements

The Glovers will look to add numbers to the ranks after seeing five players depart since the January transfer window opened. 

Loanees Enes Mahmutovic, Omari Patrick and Olufela Olomola returned to their parent clubs whilst Wes McDonald and Shaun Donnellan departed to become free agents. 

Heading to take on the Stags this weekend, Town’s boss told iFollow Glovers he’s hopeful of taking at least one new recruit to the One Call Stadium. 

“Hopefully by Saturday we will have announced a signing or two. Every day changes. At the moment we’ve not lost any (who’ve been linked with transfers), so that’s good for me. We’re making sure, as I’ve said, that the performances and the preparation are the most important.

“There will be reinforcement in the form of new faces and hopefully those new faces can bring happiness.” 

With defender Tom James linked with moves away from Huish Park, Way also confirmed the club is yet to receive any formal bid for the Welshman. 

“I think he’s a fantastic player. I’m surprised there’s not more clubs that have been interested. Teams have shown interest, but as late we haven’t had a bid, as we speak. That can change at any time.” 

INTERVIEW | Gafaiti looking to put down roots

The Algerian defender signed on a month-to-month basis in November but was rewarded with a deal through until the end of the campaign earlier this week.

Back in English football for a second spell after time abroad in his native Algeria, France and Ukraine, the 24-year-old is looking to put down roots in Somerset. 

A graduate from Norwich City’s Academy, Gafaiti is targeting a prolonged spell in green and white.

“Stability is an important word,” he told iFollow Glovers. “When you look at where I’ve been in the last couple of years after I left Norwich, they’re only six month spells with every club I’ve been at.

“I’m really happy here, enjoying it, enjoying the team, the club, the city, the fans and stability is the word. I want to stay here as long as I can.

“The only thing that I wanted was to get a new contract and keep playing for the club and that’s happened, so it’s all good.

“I’ve got another six months where I can do everything I can to make sure we stay in the EFL and keep as many clean sheets as we can.”

On a run of disappointing form, the Glovers head to high-flying Mansfield on Saturday looking to pick up a much needed three points. 

Aware of the club’s poor recent record, Gafaiti is in determined manner ahead of the trip to Nottinghamshire.

“This is just a normal game, this is football,” he said. “We know the situation at the moment is tough, we all know that and are aware of that but we’re not putting extra pressure on ourselves.

“We know it’s important, that’s our job. We have to do the job and go on Saturday to Mansfield and make sure we get those three points which we’ve been looking for for a long time now.” 

FIXTURE | Trip to Cheltenham rearranged for February 5th

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

Working with the Robins and the EFL to confirm a new date, the league meeting will now take place next month.

Tickets bought for the original fixture will remain valid for the February 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.

SIGNING | Gafaiti commits to Town

Originally joining on a month-to-month contract in November, the Algerian has impressed during his short time in Somerset. 

Making seven appearances in green and white so far, Town have secured the services of the versatile defender for the rest of the season.

Joining the Glovers from Endorsed Academy and its partner club Mousehole AFC in Cornwall, the Algeria Under-20 international will now continue to be an integral part of the squad going into the second half of the campaign. 

Fresh from signing a new deal, Gafaiti told YTFC.net: “I’m pleased to have sorted my future and look forward to helping the team for the rest of the season.

“It’s a great club for me to continue my development at and the only option in my head was to stay.”

Agreeing the contract extension with the defender, manager Darren Way added: “Adel has come in and strengthened the squad, with his services now secured for the rest of the season.

“It’s now important that he keeps developing and learning to take him to the next level.”

NEWS | Defender Donnellan departs

The 22-year-old joined the Glovers on an 18-month contract in January last year, arriving from West Bromwich Albion. 

A Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Donnellan made 24 appearances for Town scoring once and will now become a free agent after being freed from the final six months of his deal.

All at Huish Park wish Shaun all the best for the next step in his career.

TICKETS | Town on the road at Mansfield

Making the journey to the One Call Stadium on Saturday (3pm), Darren Way’s side will look to end their run of disappointing form. 

They’ll be up against a Stags side who saw their 17-game unbeaten run ended last time out against Carlisle United, with David Flitcroft now looking for a response at home. 

Tickets for the match in Nottinghamshire increase by £2 on the day, so purchase in advance to avoid the matchday surcharge. 

Prices are as follows:
Adult – £22
Seniors (65+) – £18
18-21 – £16
7-17 – £12
6 & under – FOC

The Huish Park ticket office will have Mansfield tickets on sale until midday on Friday, available in person or by calling 01935 847888. Alternatively, supporters can purchase online.

For more information including travel details, visit our away tickets page.

NEWS | Olomola’s second Town spell comes to an end

Signing on a short-term loan deal from Glanford Park on Deadline Day of the summer transfer window, the 21-year-old went on to make 22 appearances for the Glovers in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign. 

Netting three times for Darren Way’s side, Olomola added to his 28 appearances and seven goals in green and white last season whilst on loan from Southampton. 

An unused substitute in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two meeting with Bury at Huish Park, the striker has now returned to North Lincolnshire with the best wishes of all at YTFC.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Bury

After a quiet start for both sides, the Greater Manchester outfit almost opened the scoring when Neil Danns was only denied by the post after 15 minutes.

Jordan Green went close to calling the visiting keeper into action moments later before the Shakers broke the deadlock just past the midway point of the half. 

Persistent work from Jay O’Shea led to Nicky Maynard tapping in from inside the six-yard box to make the difference at the break. 

Looking more lively in the second half, Bevis Mugabi drew a good save from the visiting goalkeeper in a bid to avoid back-to-back defeats but it wasn’t to be as Bury left Somerset with all three points.

Moving away from the 4-4-2 formation used for the majority of the season, Darren Way opted for three at the back as three alterations were made to the starting eleven. 

Mugabi and Shaun Donnellan came in for Adel Gafaiti (who wasn’t 100% fit) and Rhys Browne (ill) to partner Gary Warren in defence, forming a three in front of the recalled Nathan Baxter in goal. 

With Browne not well enough to make the bench he was replaced by Academy graduate Daniel Ojo, joining 17-year-old striker Devon Arnold who on Tuesday became the youngest player to represent the club since entering the EFL

With Yeovil’s 3-4-1-2 matching the Shakers lineup it made for an uneventful opening 10 minutes, with both sides feeling their way into proceedings on a bitterly cold day in Somerset.

Having sized each other up it was the visitors who were first to go close to opening the scoring, when Danns’ curling strike looked destined for the back of the net only to cannon off of the post and into the arms of a relieved Baxter. 

Providing an instant response at the other end, the Glovers themselves hit the woodwork when Green’s strike from the angle hit a combination off the outside of the post and side netting to almost worry Joe Murphy.

Although Bury enjoyed the lion’s share of possession it remained a low tempo affair at Huish Park until the game’s opening goal with 25 minutes on the clock. 

Nicky Adams’ free-kick was half-cleared to O’Shea who did well to recycle possession and fire in a low cross for Maynard to sweep home from close range. 

With their goal lead Ryan Lowe’s side were happy to play with little urgency, whilst the green and whites struggled to get going in an attacking sense.

Settling into a low tempo affair neither goalkeeper was to be called into action following Maynard’s 10th of the season as the visitors kept their goal-lead at the halfway stage.

Needing to find a way back into the match the hosts switched to 4-3-3 for the second half, with Tom James moving into a holding midfield position and Fisher between Zoko and Green up front. 

With just one shot registered in the opening 45 minutes the Glovers doubled their tally on 52 minutes and it almost brought an equaliser. 

Carl Dickinson’s free-kick was only half cleared and from Alex Fisher’s flicked header, Mugabi was left unmarked in the box to volley at goal and force Murphy into a smart save.

Keeping in search for a leveller the hosts then had a strong claim for a penalty waved away just past the hour-mark when Sessi D’Almeida seemed to be brought down by a combination of two Bury defenders, only for referee Nicholas Kinseley to wave play on.

Enjoying more territory after the restart the shots on goal continued to come for Way’s side, albeit lacking accuracy. 

James lashed a strike over the bar from 25 yards before Green suffered the same fate after collecting Dickinson’s ball in from the left, as the clock began to run down.  

Inside the final 10 minutes Town failed to call Murphy into action once again, slumping to a second straight defeat at Huish Park to continue the disappointing run of form.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Warren, Donnellan; James, Santos (Gray 51′), D’Almeida, Dickinson; Green; Fisher, Zoko (Arquin 71′).
Bookings: Warren 13′, D’Almeida 78′.
Subs not used: Nelson, Gafaiti, Ojo, Olomola, Arnold.

Bury: Murphy; Aimson, Thompson, Stokes; Adams, Danns (O’Connell 79′), O’Shea, McFadzean; Mayor; Lavery (Telford 87′), Maynard (Moore 73′).
Bookings: Lavery 50′, McFadzean 71′, Murphy 90′.
Subs not used: Moloney, Cooney, Hulme, Dagnall.

NEWS | Skiverton named Academy Head of Coaching

With five Under-18 players enjoying first-team involvement so far in 2018/19 – including three professional debuts – the appointment will further Improve the synergy between the Academy and first-team.

Gabby Rogers, Daniel Ojo and Devon Arnold have all made their senior debuts this season to become the first to make the graduation in three years having spent time in the first-team environment to engage with the culture and core values.

Skiverton moved on from his first-team assistant manager position in mid-December and will now take his nine-and-a-half years’ experience as a manager and assistant manager into the Academy role with immediate effect.

Returning to Huish Park, Terry was excited for the next chapter in his career: “This is a new challenge and a new role in a different part of the club for me.

“I’m looking forward to working as part of the Academy and with the Academy coaches such as Terry Moore, Ian Thompson and Darren Behcet who have driven the department to the next level along with Academy Manager, Jamie Harrison.

“Likewise, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will continue to form an important part of our development and I look forward to working alongside them.

“The foundations have been laid for a successful future with the next generation of players and I’m delighted to be joining the department at this exciting time.” 

Skiverton’s appointment is the latest positive development to align the Academy with the first-team environment, with the former assistant manager aware of the difficulty in successfully developing young talent. 

Having made the appointment Academy Manager, Jamie Harrison, commented: “It is a fantastic opportunity for our coaches and players to develop and work with Terry, who will bring his vast knowledge, experience and great character to the position.

“This will bring the first-team and Academy further into alignment to ensure that we continue to produce more homegrown players for the first team, following this season’s debutants Devon Arnold, Gabriel Rogers and Daniel Ojo.   

“Terry has all the credentials to help us achieve our vision and it is an exciting time to be a part of Yeovil Town FC Academy.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Bury

After suffering a disappointing New Year’s Day defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Town, Huish Park will hope to see a first win of 2019 at the second time of asking. 

Tom James’ fifth goal of the season wasn’t enough to avoid defeat as the Robins picked up a 4-1 win to continue Town’s wait for a win. 

Needing three points to lift away from the bottom two the green and whites will have an altered looking squad to take on the Shakers.

Loanees Omari Patrick and Enes Mahmutovic returned to their parent clubs after finding game time limited in Somerset, whilst Wes McDonald left upon the expiry of his short-term contract with an ongoing hamstring problem.

It leaves Darren Way with 20 players to choose from with Omar Sowunmi (ankle), James Bailey (knee), Alex Pattison (back) and Korrey Henry (groin) unavailable. Gabby Rogers (ankle) is edging closer to fitness but may find Saturday comes too soon.

Striker Olufela Olomola is eligible for a final match before the expiry of his loan from Scunthorpe United. 

For Bury, they head south in the midst of a fight for promotion as they sit fourth in the table. 

Picking up a 3-1 win over Crewe at the weekend, Ryan Lowe’s side will be looking for back-to-back victories.

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 12th meeting between the two sides since 1949.

The Shakers lead the way with eight wins to Town’s three, with no draws yet to be recorded.

A last Yeovil win over Bury came in 2012 when Byron Webster and Sam Foley were on target in a 2-1 win.

In the reverse fixture, Gold Omotayo’s 89th-minute strike was enough to see off nine-man Yeovil after Tom James and Jordan Green received their marching orders.

Officials
Nicholas Kinseley will be overseeing proceedings at Huish Park.

His 17th game of the season will be his first involving the Glovers this season having last been in charge of the 4-1 defeat at Stevenage in February. 

On Saturday Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Justin Amey and Christopher Wade with Kevin Morris acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Alex Fisher 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.

NEWS | Arnold becomes club’s youngest EFL debutant

Aged just 17 years and 38 days the teenager came on for the closing stages of Tuesday’s league meeting with Cheltenham Town. 

The third Academy product to make his professional debut in green and white this season, the striker was rewarded for his scintillating form for the Under-18s after becoming a first-year scholar in the summer stepping up from the Under-16s.

Joining Gabby Rogers and Daniel Ojo in featuring in competitive action for the Glovers, Arnold beats Ollie Bassett – who made his debut in 2015 – to become the youngest ever player to represent the club in the EFL by 158 days.

All at YTFC would like to congratulate Devon on his debut and look forward to seeing him add to his appearance tally in the coming seasons. 

TICKETS | 2019 continues at home this Saturday

After starting the New Year with a disappointing defeat at home to Cheltenham on Tuesday, the green and whites have a chance to put things right on home soil. 

With the Shakers riding high in fourth place, Ryan Lowe’s side make the trip to Somerset in buoyant mood but will look to avoid defeat as suffered on their last trip to the home of the Glovers. 

A first meeting at Huish Park since the 2012/13 season, tickets remain on sale for the league clash with savings to be made when purchased before midday on Saturday.

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NEWS | McDonald departs

The former Birmingham City winger signed just days prior to the start of the 2018/19 campaign after a successful trial, joining until January. 

The club entered negotiations regarding a new contract for McDonald, but a recent hamstring injury is set to sideline the 21-year-old for much of the second half of the campaign. 

Having made 12 appearances for the Glovers but just one since November, McDonald will now become a free agent and departs with the best wishes of all at YTFC.

NEWS | Club statement on December Supporters Alliance meeting

The Club holds regular meetings with the Alliance which are normally minuted, by a Secretary to the Group, and agreed by all parties before being issued. The meeting of the 10th December was a special meeting requested by the Alliance which John Fry, David Lee and Darren Way (for part) readily attended to explain various matters raised by the Alliance.

It was not intended that the meeting should be formally minuted and the Secretary was not in attendance. The club considers that, as a consequence, there are a number of inaccuracies in the published ‘minutes’, as the Alliance concedes in its ‘Meeting Notes Preface’.

Regrettably, the Alliance felt unable to agree the proposed publication with the club and certain comments were included out of context giving entirely the wrong impression. 

The club rejects any implication in the notes that either the Manager or Chairman were dismissive of fans views and several of the statements attributed to them in the notes are wrong.

The matters discussed in the meeting were, subsequently, commented upon, in some detail, by the Chairman, John Fry, in his interview with Paul Jenkins of the Western Gazette which was published on 20th December 2018. 

The Club has no further comments to make on this subject except to say that it wishes to continue to have open and transparent discussion with the Alliance and to agree appropriate minuted updates on important matters for publication to the wider fan base and stresses its respect for all YTFC supporters.

NEWS | Loan duo depart

Luxembourg international Mahmutovic arrived in Somerset at the end of August on a season-long loan but has been recalled by Middlesbrough at the halfway stage of the 2018/19 campaign. 

Making five appearances for the green and whites scoring once, the 21-year-old also added one international cap to his name in November. 

Netting in the 4-0 win over West Ham United U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy, all at YTFC thank Enes for his efforts and wish him all the best in the future.

Patrick, who signed on a short-term loan from Bradford City in August, has completed his spell as a Glover and returned to Valley Parade.

Making 13 appearances for Town and scoring the winner on his debut at Grimsby Town, the 22-year-old vacates the number eight shirt at Huish Park. 

Once again, all at YTFC wish Omari all the best for the future.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-4 Cheltenham Town

Town made a bright start to proceedings and had an Alex Fisher goal ruled out for offside before Alefe Santos called Scott Flinders into early action. 

Having been on the back foot, the visitors then scored twice in 10 minutes as first Luke Varney and then Conor Thomas – thanks to a dubious penalty decision – put the Robins in a commanding first-half position. 

However, Cheltenham were pegged back after just 47 minutes when Tom James’ free-kick nestled in the back of the net to reinstate the Glovers’ position in the match. 

A relentless attack after the restart Fisher struck the post amongst a host of chances as an equaliser threatened, but it was Michael Duff’s side who put the game to bed on 77 minutes when Jordon Forster restored the two-goal cushion.

Adding to a difficult afternoon Kevin Dawson emerged from the bench for Cheltenham to score against his former club and complete the scoring.

Opting for continuity, Darren Way named an unchanged side for the second time in three matches. 

The hero last time out at Huish Park, Yoann Arquin kept his place on the left wing as Rhys Browne started amongst the substitutes once again. 

Facing a Cheltenham side full of familiar faces, Scott Flinders and Ben Tozer started against their former employers whilst previous fan-favourites Dawson and Craig Alcock started on the bench. 

The latter had to wait just 10 minutes to enter the fold with his introduction for the injured Johnny Mullins the only point of note in a quiet start to proceedings. 

It wasn’t until the 11th minute that either side eventually threatened, with the Glovers suddenly bursting to life. 

Neat work from Francois Zoko on the left-hand side of the box saw him pick out an unmarked Jordan Green in the middle, but his shot from the penalty spot was scuffed wide. 

Sparking a two-minute spell crammed with chances, the hosts thought they’d taken the lead when Fisher headed home Arquin’s inch-perfect cross only for the linesman to rule it out for offside. 

Staying on the front foot, Zoko burst into the box and rounded visiting goalkeeper Flinders only to go down and be booked for simulation by referee Trevor Kettle moments later, with a third chance quick to follow.

Intricate play on the edge of the box saw Alefe Santos played in by Zoko to go one-on-one with the Robins’ number one, but the stopper was quick off of his line to produce a smart stop. 

All happening inside first 20 minutes it suggested a positive half for the green and whites, but the Gloucestershire outfit were quick to respond and took the lead with their first meaningful shot on goal. 

Jacob Maddox’s through ball found the run of Varney perfectly, with the experienced striker keeping his composure to curl a strike past an advanced Stuart Nelson. 

Having denied Town a penalty at one end Kettle had a decision to make at the other just after the half-hour mark when Chris Hussey seemed to go down easily under challenge from Sessi D’Almeida. 

Much to the surprise of virtually all inside Huish Park the man in black pointed to the spot, giving Thomas the chance to double the lead which he managed from 12 yards. 

Comfortable with their 2-0 advantage Michael Duff’s side were able to hold the Glovers at arm’s length, heading into half-time in a commanding position. 

Making the most of the 15-minute break the Glovers re-emerged looking like a different outfit and were immediately on the score sheet. 

D’Almeida’s bursting run won a free-kick on the edge of the box wide on the left, giving James the opportunity to fire a free-kick around the wall and into the back of the net courtesy of a deflection off of the unfortunate Thomas. 

Galvanising the home supporters the green and whites continued to flood forward and the chances continued to flow. 

Latching onto a ball over the top Green let fire with a venomous strike which forced Flinders to parry, as Fisher went even closer minutes later when his shot from inside the box came back off the post before being scrambled away.

When on another day he’d now be chasing a hat-trick, Town’s top scorer went close to equalising again before the hour-mark when Fisher’s curling effort from 20 yards whistled just over the bar.

Adding fresh legs in a bid to keep the green and whites on the front foot Browne replaced Zoko with a little over 20 minutes remaining, as Green moved forward into a more advanced position.

Losing their tempo displayed in the first 20 minutes of the second half the Robins came back into the match and after winning a corner ensured the three points would be leaving Huish Park with them. 

Hussey’s corner was headed back where it came from by Tyrone Barnett to give Forster the easy job of stabbing home from a yard out.

With all the promise of an equaliser now evaporated the result got worse for the hosts in the closing stages, as Alex Addai’s cross was steered into the net by Dawson who respectfully marched back to the halfway line without celebrating. 

James almost added a second of the afternoon when his low drive came back off the post but there was to be further consolation as 2019 began with defeat.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Warren, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Green, Santos, D’Almeida, Arquin (Arnold 87′); Zoko (Browne 67′), Fisher (Olomola 80′).
Bookings: Zoko 15′, Dickinson 76′, Gafaiti 79′
Subs not used: Baxter, Mugabi, Donnellan, Gray.

Cheltenham Town: Flinders; Forster, Tozer, Mullins (Alcock 10′); Thomas, Atangana, Clements, Hussey; Maddox (Barnett 60′), Addai, Varney (Dawson 84′).
Bookings: Forster 46′
Subs not used: Lovett, Jones, Bower, Mooney.