Month: February 2019

INTERVIEW | Way facing selection headache

The green and whites were unable to call upon eight players due to injury and suspension last week, forcing a reshuffle that saw Yoann Arquin start as an unorthodox central defender and Rhys Browne complete 80 minutes at right-back. 

Managing to see of Cambridge United 1-0, Way has received a further boost going into this weekend’s important meeting with the Shrimps. 

Defender Tom James has served his four-match suspension and becomes eligible once again whilst Omar Sowunmi will be considered for selection for the first time since September after narrowly missing out on a recall to the matchday squad seven days ago. 

“Omar was very close on Saturday,” Way said. “I had a lot of resistance from the medical department. A lot of resistance. It’s important when someone has got a role and a responsibility that you make them accountable. I trust the medical department.”

Also returning to Huish Park is full-back Josh Grant who returned to parent club Chelsea for treatment on an ankle injury. 

Missing the last month’s action, the 20-year-old has been back in training to give Town’s manager real options.

“We’ve got Josh Grant who’s back from Chelsea now training with us. All I can say is that we’ve got a lot of players on the training ground. We’ve got enough for two teams, and that’s massive.

“It boosts performances and it boosts confidence. Even just the challenge of going up against an opponent in training every day where you know they’ve got the quality to play in the first team, that’s good.” 

TICKETS | Back the boys at Huish Park

Darren Way’s side produced a battling performance to see off Cambridge United on Saturday as Courtney Duffus opened his account in green and white to secure a 1-0 victory. 

Ending a run of six straight defeats, Town will now look to carry on the winning feeling and pull away further from the bottom two with a win over the Shrimps. 

The 12th man on Saturday, supporters can get behind the Glovers again on Saturday with savings to be made whne bought in advance.

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

INTERVIEW | Ojo out to build on ‘special’ debut

Only turning 18 last week, the left-back was rewarded with a belated birthday present by starting in the Sky Bet League Two clash against the U’s. 

Impressing during his 74 minutes on the pitch, Ojo told iFollow Glovers that he’s now looking to make the most of his chance in the first-team.

“When an opportunity comes you’ve got to play with a smile on your face and enjoy it as much as you can because you never know when it’s going to end.

“I’m feeling sensational,” he said. “I made my league debut but we also won which makes it more special, but it was a real buzz.

“It was a very big win. We needed a win today and we got it so we’ve got to keep going forward now.”

The defender made his professional debut in the 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over West Ham United U21s in November and has had to be patient for his league bow. 

Becoming the third Academy player to make his first senior appearance this season, Ojo believes there’s a clear pathway to the first-team. 

“The gaffer kept telling me in training ‘stick with it, your chance will come’ so I’ve been doing that and he finally gave me a chance.

“The youth team get the opportunity to train with the first-team so if you do well, the gaffer is not scared and will definitely put you in.

“It’s a proud day for me and my family and I have to thank the gaffer for giving me the opportunity to play.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-0 Cambridge United

Disrupted by an early change inside the opening 10 minutes, the green and whites recovered to take the lead just past the midway point of the half. 

Alex Dobre’s strong run and shot forced a save that was only into the path of Courtney Duffus to notch his first goal for the club. 

A confident and assured performance, Dobre almost made the lead more comfortable but the one-goal proved enough as a vital three points were collected.

Darren Way opted to make wholesale changes for the return to Huish Park with some bold selection choices.

Academy graduate, Daniel Ojo, was awarded an EFL debut at left-back whilst Yoann Arquin was deployed in the unorthodox position of centre-back. 

Recalled to action, Alefe Santos and Matt Worthington partnered up in the middle of the park whilst January acquisition Duffus was given a first start in green and white to complete the changes. 

Having featured last weekend, Craig Alcock (knee) and Alex Pattison (back) joined Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Josh Grant (ankle), Gary Warren (hamstring), Sessi D’Almeida (shoulder) and Gabby Rogers (calf) on the sidelines.  

With those injuries forcing a different looking back four, it was disrupted further just 10 minutes in when Arquin took a knock and had to be replaced by Tristan Abrahams. 

The attacker’s introduction saw Bevis Mugabi move inside to accommodate Browne at right-back, with the substitute filling the wing position. 

Taking a moment to readjust to the changes the visitors enjoyed a spell of territory and forced the first save of the game from Nathan Baxter. 

Jabo Ibehre’s shot from the angle had to be dealt with and was parried away by Town’s captain for the day.

Settling down after the defensive disruption the hosts grew into the match with Santos beginning to pull the strings in the centre of midfield. 

Bringing others into play the Glovers soon took the lead, with Dobre doing all of the hard work. 

The Bournemouth loanee drove into the U’s box before unleashing a low drive that forced Dimitar Mitov into a low save that only fell to Duffus a yard out, marking his first start in style. 

Looking rampant following the opener Way’s side almost grabbed a second in as many minutes. 

Browne spotted the run of Alex Fisher through the middle and when the pass was made the striker’s first-time sweeping strike trickled inches wide of the post. 

Close to doubling their lead the green and whites settled for looking comfortable, as Santos and Worthington took control in midfield whilst youngster Ojo marshaled the speedy David Amoo well. 

Keeping the threatening Cambridge man at bay for much of the opening 45 minutes it wasn’t until the stroke of half-time that Amoo almost made an impact. 

Driving in off of the right-wing he raced into the box but under pressure from Mugabi blazed a strike inches over to see Town retain the lead at the halfway stage.

A rare foray forward for Colin Calderwood’s side, Town were soon back on the front foot after the restart. 

Dobre, a constant thorn in Cambridge’s side, almost got the goal his performance deserved only for Mitov to once again parry away the winger’s venomous strike.

Facing the prospect of two defeats in a week the U’s then rallied and had two good chances of their own, only failing to score due to good defending and dreadful finishing respectively. 

First up, Browne produced a perfect last-ditch challenge to deflect Ibehre’s shot onto the outside of the post before Alex Jones somehow stabbed Amoo’s low cross wide from inside the six yard box minutes later. 

Fortunate not to have been pegged back the Glovers then almost doubled their lead in fortuitous style. 

Duffus peeled out onto the right wing and looked to find strike partner Fisher in the middle, but his cross-cum-shot looked destined to loop into the back of the net prior to Mitov intervening and tipping over the bar.

With both sides making a number of substitutions the tempo of the match was disrupted heading into the final quarter-of-an-hour before that man Dobre almost brought it back to life. 

Cutting in from the left to brilliantly beat two defenders, he finally beat Mitov with a blistering strike only for it to somehow fly wide.

Knowing the importance of victory the home faithful rallied behind the green and whites for the closing stages and the twelfth man were left on their feet as the full-time whistle blew to applaud a strong performance and vital victory.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Arquin (Abrahams 10′), Gafaiti, Ojo (Dickinson 74′); Browne, Santos, Worthington, Dobre; Fisher, Duffus (Gray 77′).
Bookings: Gafaiti 55′, Fisher 58′, Abrahams 90′, Baxter 90′
Subs not used: Nelson, Zoko, Seager, Arnold.

Cambridge United: Mitov; John (Brown 64′), Darling, Taft, Taylor; Amoo, Deegan, Maris, Lambe; Ibehre, Jones (Hepburn-Murphy 63′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Iron, Lewis, Davies, Osadebe. 

INTERVIEW | ‘It’s time to stop talking and produce’ – Baxter

The Glovers are currently on a six-game losing streak which has seen the team slide towards the bottom of Sky Bet League Two. 

Outside of the bottom two by just two points, the green and whites now face important back-to-back home fixtures against Cambridge United and Morecambe – two sides within touching distance. 

Facing the U’s this weekend at Huish Park, the 20-year-old believes it’s vital for matters to remain in their own hands. 

“It’s important to me that we get a win and these next two games are massive,” he told iFollow Glovers. “It’s important we step up and give the supporters the performance and fight they deserve.

“At this stage of the season we’re all in our houses on a Tuesday night saying ‘what’s the score’ and ‘come on lads do us a favour’ but there’s a long way to go and we want to be in a position, as it is now, where it’s in our own hands.

“It gets to a stage where everyone is worrying about other people but we should focus on ourselves. We need to play better but if we play better we will win games. 

“There’s a lot of ‘this is the biggest game of the season’ at this club but that’s where we are. These are the sort of games that keep you up. Our run in tough so these sort of games in the next period we have to win or at least get points from.”

Back in the side in recent weeks, the goalkeeper’s determination to retain the club’s EFL status has remained firm throughout. 

Ready for action once again, Baxter feels his loan status is irrelevant in the fight to beat the drop.

“It’s frustrating when I’m not playing games but I just want us to stay up, the fact I’m a loan player is irrelevant. 

“We need to get a win for the supporters who’ve not seen many wins here and they’re the most important people at the football club. 

“They support us well, they support me well so we all want to go out and produce what we have produced but the result is the most important thing. 

“We’re together and have had a lot of talks but it’s time now to stop the talking and produce.”

INTERVIEW | Way hoping to end week of developments with a win

The Glovers sit just above the relegation zone following a run of six straight defeats but return home for the first of back-to-back fixtures at Huish Park. 

Clashes with the U’s and Morecambe – two sides within touching distance of the green and whites – have been highlighted by Town’s boss as ‘very important’ to claim three points from. 

With the clash with Colin Calderwood’s Cambridge coming a few days after the club announced Feliciana EFL Ltd had agreed to takeover the club, Way is ready to round the week off with a positive. 

“These are games where we’ve got to win,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I don’t feel anyone has really been performing at a level where they deserve to be in the team.

“But I asked them to train as they play and I’ve seen that this week, so we’ve got to put that into 90 plus minutes so the supporters can get behind us. With the news this week, hopefully we’ll see a change in the environment.

“Body language has let us down,” he added. “A prime example is going a goal down – heads drop, players don’t run as quick, they don’t concentrate and they don’t have the laser focus we talk about when we go 1-0 up.

“When we go 1-0 up we’ve not lost a game and that’s important. From the time they arrive to the time the whistle goes we want really good body language, confidence and energy.”

The Glovers will lineup against a Cambridge side off the back of a 2-0 defeat at Cheltenham in midweek. 

Having watched the U’s in action in Gloucestershire, Way is anticipating a different approach in Somerset. 

“They played a different shape – 4-3-3 – against Cheltenham and played one or two of the loan players they’ve got. I think they’ll probably revert back to 4-4-2 or 4-2-4 and be very attacking.

“They leave four up front at times and we have to make sure we deal that pace, hit them on the counter-attack and make sure we’re aggressive in the final third. 

“We have to be decisive, clinical and get the first goal.”

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Cambridge United

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day at Huish Park:

Back the Young Glovers
The Under-18s are in Merit League 1 action on Saturday morning as they host Stevenage on the top pitch at midday. Terry Moore’s side will look to bounce back from last week’s narrow defeat at Peterborough United and all are encouraged to come along and get behind the stars of the future. 

One-day sale in the Club Store
Town fans can make the most of a one-day 20% discount on warm-up t-shirts and travel hoodies in the Club Store. Open from 9am through until kick-off, supporters can pick up the popular t-shirt or hoodie in both adult and junior sizes. 

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!

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

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!

Supporter Guides
Your first trip to Huish Park? Find maps, information and more with our guides.
Click here for home fans.
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Read all about it!
Pick up issue 21 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, Alex Pattison chats about returning from injury and enjoying his time in Somerset for his first taste of EFL action on loan from Middlesbrough.

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.

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

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Cambridge United

Sitting just outside of the bottom two, the green and whites will look to end a run of six straight defeats with a much-needed three points. 

In a week which has seen the club confirm an agreed takeover subject to EFL approval, the attention now turns to the pitch for Darren Way’s side. 

If fortunes are to turn it’ll be without defender Tom James who’ll serve the last of a four-match suspension, whilst Josh Grant (ankle), Sessi D’Almeida (shoulder) and Gary Warren (hamstring) will all remain sidelined. 

Absent since September, Omar Sowunmi returned to training last week and could be pushing for inclusion when the U’s head to Somerset. 

Whoever makes the matchday 18 will be up against a Cambridge side looking to bounce back from midweek defeat. 

Colin Calderwood’s side lost 2-0 at Cheltenham on Tuesday night to remain three places and six points above the green and whites. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 13th meeting between the two sides with Town boasting six wins to their name. 

Winning the first five encounters between 1987 and 2004, the Glovers have since only won one of the last seven.

That victory came at Huish Park a year ago when Nathan Smith and Alex Fisher claimed a 2-0 win. 

Officials
Graham Salisbury will be the man in charge this weekend.

His 27th match of the season, it’ll be his second involving the Glovers after overseeing the Boxing Day defeat at Exeter City. 

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Andrew Hendley and Steven Plane with Sam Allison acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Nathan Baxter and manager Darren Way will be available on iFollow Glovers following their press conference on Friday afternoon.

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.

COMMERCIAL | 20% off travel hoodies and warm-up tops

Worn by the first-team on matchdays, the TAG Sportswear items have proved popular throughout the season. 

With the green and white warm-up top reduced from £30 to £24 (adult) and the hoodie just £32 from £40 (adult), Town fans can snap up the items from 9am on Saturday morning. 

Open through until kick-off, the Club Store is situated along the front of the Tamburino Stand and is fully stocked with replica kit, leisurewear, souvenirs and more. 

Saturday’s offer is available in store only

ACADEMY | Duo receive international call-up

Jack McGivney (Under-12s) and Ryan Griffiths (Under-13s) have both been selected to represent Wales at their respective age groups with the first training camp taking place in Newport across the 26th and 27th of this month, with further camps in April, July and August.

Part of the Academy since U10 level, Jack is looking forward to his first taste of international football:

“I’m really excited and I hope I do well there, I’ll just try to perform as best as I can. I’m a bit nervous but I’m really looking forward to it.

“My grandma and great grandma are Welsh so they’re both really proud.”

 

For Ryan, who joined the U13s after a prolific trial, it adds to a whirlwind start to 2019.

Snapped up from Wiltshire Regional Talent Centre in January, the striker will now have the chance to represent his country.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m grateful I’ve been chosen for it and I can’t wait.

“I’ve been following Wales with my dad since the age of four and was even at the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium, so to pull on the same shirt will be amazing.”

A fantastic achievement for two of our Young Glovers, the call-up extends to their respective coaches. 

Leah Poole (U12s) and Mark Challen (U13) have worked closely with both players and are delighted to see their efforts recognised.

With Jack ready to international action, Leah commented: “It’s so rewarding to see a player develop and reap the rewards. It’s brilliant to see players coming through into the first-team but also have our youth players recognised.

“It’s the reason we do our jobs,” she added. “It shows the programme is working and is good recognition of that.”

That notion was added to by Mark who said: “Ryan’s work rate and humility means he is always hungry to learn and improve and he’s been an excellent addition. 

“We all are very excited about his potential moving forward and are proud of his recent achievements at International level.”  

All at Yeovil Town Football Club wish Jack and Ryan all the best during their time with Wales and look forward to seeing their continued development at Huish Park.

STATEMENT | Update on proposed takeover

An agreement has been reached between the club’s current ownership and Feliciana EFL Limited, headed by Rob Couhig, subject to EFL approval.

The YTFC Board is pleased to be advancing and both parties anticipate completion within the next month. 

TICKETS | Town back at HP for first of double-header

Looking to end a run of six straight defeats, the green and whites will look to make home advantage count when the U’s visit this weekend. 

Needing three points to pull away from the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone the successive home matches could prove to be vital.

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

HOW TO BUY

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INTERVIEW | ‘We have to fight together as one’ – Mugabi

The Glovers lost 3-0 at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday to suffer a sixth consecutive defeat, pulling the green and whites closer to the relegation zone. 

Now facing back-to-back home fixtures against Cambridge United and Morecambe – two sides in the lower echelons of the division – Mugabi told iFollow Glovers the pressure is on the players to perform. 

“We’re on a bad run of form so we have to go back to the training ground and keep working hard. We have to go back to basics and grind a result out from somewhere – that’s what it’s all about. 

“We believe in the manager and the manager definitely believes in us so we’re fighting together as one. We stay calm and stick together – it’s the players on the pitch, not the gaffer so the results have to come from us. 

“The next two games are 100% winnable but we have to stick together and stay together if the results are to come.”

The 23-year-old ended the weekend’s action with the captain’s armband for the first time since joining the club in 2016. 

Approaching 100 appearances for the Glovers, Mugabi is ready to take on more responsibility to ensure EFL safety. 

“I’ve played quite a few games so I’m experienced enough to deal with this type od situation, so for me personally it’s about keeping the boys together, keep fighting together as one and hopefully get a result at the weekend.

“We have to try and take the positives out of the last game and work hard day in, day out. Most importantly, we stay together and keep going.”

TICKETS | Change to non-matchday ticket sales

Supporters wishing to purchase tickets for upcoming matches will have to visit the Club Store situated along the front of the Tamburino Stand, except for on matchdays. 

The main ticket office windows will be shut during non-matchday weekdays but will open as usual on home matchdays for all sales (both midweek and weekends). 

Non-matchday Matchday
Club Store Ticket Office

Please also note the changed hours of 10am-4pm. 

REPORT | Forest Green Rovers 3-0 Yeovil Town

In a game that saw the first 20 minutes pass as something of a non-event, Rovers netted with the game’s first chance when Junior Mondal broke the deadlock. 

Swinging the pendulum of momentum in favour of the Gloucestershire outfit they doubled their lead on 32 minutes when Christian Doidge converted from a corner.

Proving dangerous from set-plays it was 3-0 on 58 minutes when Lee Collins was on hand to finish another George Williams delivery.

Making the short trip up the M5 to Nailsworth, Darren Way made just two changes from the side that started at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday. 

Having sat out the last three games, Nathan Baxter was recalled between the sticks in place of Stuart Nelson whilst Craig Alcock returned from suspension to take Matt Worthington’s spot at right-back. 

With both sides looking to end disappointing recent form it was a tepid start to proceedings with the opening 10 minutes passing without note. 

On a pitch far from ideal for free-flowing football the scrappy start extended to the midway point of the half, until Mark Cooper’s side broke the deadlock with their first meaningful attempt on goal. 

Patient play led to Carl Winchester finding space for a shot in the box and although his effort was blocked, it fortuitously fell into the path of Mondal who lashed into the back of the net from close range. 

Buoyed by the opener the hosts began to dominate at the New Lawn with something of a monopoly on possession, as the visiting green and whites struggled to earn territory. 

As the game ticked past the half-hour mark Town were issued a warning when Nathan Baxter had to tip Doidge’s looping header over the bar, before he went one better minutes later. 

Penning the Glovers in, Williams’ second corner in quick succession was whipped into the near post where nine-goal man Doidge was on the move to head home and tighten their grip on the match. 

Slow to get going, chances began to flow for the side in green and black as Baxter was again called into action to block Williams’ well-hit shot from the angle before moments later Reece Brown fired wide of the target as the break approached.

Desperate to take something positive from a disappointing opening 45 minutes the visitors almost reduced the deficit with a flurry of late chances.

A positive run from Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre ended with a curling strike that had to be tipped behind by Lewis Ward, quickly followed by Francois Zoko forcing a save by the legs of the home stopper from close range. 

Ending brightly, Jake Gray then saw a looping strike come back off the woodwork but the two-goal disadvantage was to remain. 

Keeping the same intensity after the restart, Way’s side looked to press for a lifeline and offered signs of encouragement. 

Alex Fisher had a flicked effort saved whilst Dobre saw a venomous drive from 25 yards deflected wide of the target, as early territory was enjoyed. 

However, not ready to surrender their two-goal cushion the hosts went up through the gears and were soon back on the offensive. 

Baxter had to be on his toes to claim Gavin Gunning’s flicked strike from a corner before a set-play proved to be Town’s undoing for a second time just before the hour-mark. 

Williams’ corner delivery this time went to the back post where Collins was free to seemingly put the game beyond doubt. 

Having conceded two goals in two minutes at Oldham in midweek, history almost repeated itself in Gloucestershire but for Baxter to brilliantly palm away Williams’ driven strike from 20 yards. 

Needing a miraculous turnaround at the New Lawn both Rhys Browne and Ryan Seager entered the fray, but it was Dobre who went close to reducing the deficit when his strike from an Alcock cross was headed off the line by Farrend Rawson. 

Ticking towards the final 10 minutes a final roll of the dice was made as Courtney Duffus replaced Fisher, but the refreshed attack couldn’t alter the afternoon’s outcome as a sixth consecutive defeat was confirmed.

Forest Green Rovers: Ward; Winchester, Gunning, Rawson, Mills (McGinley 66′); Collins (Liddle 78′), Digby; Williams, Brown, Mondal (McCoulsky 71′); Doidge.
Bookings: Collins 16′.
Subs not used: Thomas, Reid, Godwin-Malife, James.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Alcock, Mugabi, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Arquin (Browne 57′), Pattison, Gray, Dobre; Fisher (Duffus 75′), Zoko (Seager 66′).
Bookings: Gafaiti 51′, Dickinson 76′, Alcock 84′.
Subs not used: Nelson, Worthington, Rogers, Abrahams.

INTERVIEW | Way given Sowunmi boost as confidence remains high

After a difficult trip to Oldham earlier this week, the manager knows what is needed this weekend when his side make the short trip to Forest Green Rovers.

He said: “Me being me, I’ve got absolutely no problem as far as motivating players goes. At the moment what we’ve got to try and do is to execute the game plan for 90 plus minutes, so the players don’t lose their concentration and focus.

Tuesday wasn’t a 4-1 game, but a lapse in concentration lead to mistakes and with those mistakes you get punished at this level.”

Town have been plagued by injury problems to key players throughout this campaign, but Way had positive team news for iFollow Glovers this week.

“Omar (Sowumni) is back training now which is great, we’ve just got to decide whether we put him in the squad on Saturday.”

Speaking on the towering defender’s importance to the team and how things have changed since his injury in October, Way added: “I’ve got to be honest, that’s when our fortunes changed this season.

“Omar’s been a big miss and it will be nice to have him back because he’s great around the dressing room, he’s someone that’s been here a long time. He’s the heart and soul, I think, and the future of the football club, so he’s got a massive part to play.” 

Heading into the final third of the season, Forest Green will come into this weekend’s game as favourites, a scenario the Yeovil boss is all too familiar with. 

“As with any game that we play, no-one really thought we were going to go to Mansfield and get anything and I thought the players were fantastic.

“We’ve had some good discussions after the game on Tuesday and we’re looking for a performance on Saturday.”

PREVIEW | Forest Green Rovers v Yeovil Town

The journey across the border to Gloucestershire is Town’s second shortest away game of the season and will see two sides desperate to collect three points for differing reasons. 

The hosts at the New Lawn are winless in three as their bid for a play-off spot took a dent, whilst Darren Way’s side will be looking to end a run of five straight defeats and edge away from the bottom two. 

With both teams looking to rediscover their winning form, the green and whites will be boosted by the return of Craig Alcock from suspension. 

With Tom James still serving a four-match ban, the unorthodox duo of Matt Worthington and Rhys Browne had to fill in at full-back on Tuesday night with Chelsea loanee Josh Grant (ankle) also still absent.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Town’s boss confirmed Omar Sowunmi (ankle) is back in training and could be considered for selection whilst Gary Warren (hamstring) and Sessi D’Almeida (shoulder) have had scans and seen a specialist respectively. 

For Rovers, they could welcome back goal-scoring midfielder Dayle Grubb following injury, with former Glovers Liam Shephard and Reuben Reid likely to feature for the hosts. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be just the fifth meeting between the two sides since both entered the EFL.

Town are still looking for a first league win over the Gloucestershire outfit with only a Checkatrade Trophy victory to boast. 

In the reverse fixture in December, the Glovers squandered a 1-0 lead against 10-man Forest Green to lost out 2-1 whilst last season’s visit to the New Lawn saw a 3-1 lead slide into a 4-3 defeat in a breathless affair.

Officials
Ben Toner will be the man in the middle this weekend.

His 28th game of the campaign, it will be his first involving the Glovers since overseeing the 4-0 defeat at Carlisle United where Bevis Mugabi was also dismissed. 

Mr Toner will be supported by Ian Dudley and Danny Gratton with Craig Taylor acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Francois Zoko 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 | Zoko hoping to fire Town to safety

The 35-year-old played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s night defeat at Oldham Athletic, which condemned the green and whites to a fifth straight defeat. 

Facing a trip to promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers this weekend, Darren Way’s side will look for a return to winning ways.

Speaking on the mood in the camp, Zoko told iFollow Glovers: “We don’t go and feel sorry for ourselves, we have a job to do – stay in the league. So we are focused, working and trying to do better than what we are doing.

“We are human. When you are not that confident you are going to make some mistakes, this is football, it is normal. Now we have to be calm and cool from now until the end of the season.”

 

The Ivorian is yet to register a goal this season, but insists that he is ready to change that and has nothing to hold him back now.

“My fitness is 100% now and people expect me to score goals and do better, so this is what I’m looking for now. Fitness-wise I do not have any excuses now I’m fully fit, so I’m looking forward to doing something as a team and trying to finish the season better.

“We need me to score goals, we need my goals and this year we have not had them. It’s been a very strange season for me so far with injury, I used to recover and come back quicker but now it takes a little bit of time so it’s quite strange and I have to adapt, but I think now is not too late.”

Speaking on this weekend’s opponents, Zoko said: “We do our own work like everyone. We watch the games so we know they’re going to come for us, but we’re expecting that and we’re going for the points.

“We need points and we will do our best to get them, but I think we don’t have to think too much, we just have to be calm and do our thing. We’re going to go there and try to fix the things that didn’t go right before.”

TICKETS | Town make the short trip to Gloucestershire

With 86 miles to cover across the border from Somerset, Darren Way’s side head to the New Lawn for a fourth away game in five. 

Looking to end a run of five straight defeats, it will be just Town’s second visit to Forest Green having narrowly lost out 4-3 last season. 

Tickets remain on sale with supporters encouraged to buy in advance, as prices rise by £1 on matchday.

Prices, travel information and more can be found on our away tickets page with fans able to purchase:

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REPORT | Oldham Athletic 4-1 Yeovil Town

Looking to spoil Paul Scholes’ first match in charge of the Latics, the visitors almost took an early lead when Jake Gray hit the woodwork.

Evolving into a frustrating half for the hosts who were unable to breakdown an organised looking Town side, they managed to break the deadlock in first-half stoppage time through Jose Baxter.

Carrying their momentum into the second half Callum Lang soon doubled their lead before Bevis Mugabi reduced the arrears just three minutes later. 

The defender’s goal setup a potentially nervy ending but a quickfire double from Mohamed Maouche and Christopher Missilou just before full-time confirmed defeat for the visitors.

Darren Way made four changes for the midweek trip, with two forced due to injury and suspension. 

In came Bevis Mugabi and Alex Pattison for Gary Warren (hamstring) and Craig Alcock (suspended), whilst Yoann Arquin and Francois Zoko completed the alterations in a switch to 4-4-2 as Rhys Browne and Tristan Abrahams dropped out.

A raucous atmosphere after Scholes’ introduction to the home supporters prior to kick-off, it quickly turned to concern after a nasty collision between Tom Hamer and Alex Fisher just seconds into the contest.

Lengthy treatment followed for both but Town’s top scorer was able to continue whilst the hosts were soon forced to replace the injured full-back. 

Slightly subdued by the early swap the Latics were almost deflated further after 14 minutes when Gray’s low drive from the edge of the box cannoned back off the post with Daniel Iversen only able to watch in goal.

Struggling to find a foothold in the match the Glovers continued to frustrate the team in blue, who only boasted a long range strike from Johan Branger-Engone that failed to test Stuart Nelson from the first half-an-hour of action.

With misty rain arriving to add to the plummeting temperature things began to hot up on the pitch as the break approached. 

Zoko tested Iversen from the angle following a smart counter-attack orchestrated by Pattison, whilst at the other end Oldham started to find their feet as Callum Lang fired a strike high and wide as pressure began to mount.

The much-changed Yeovil back four continued to hold Scholes’ side at arm’s length and looked to have made it to the halfway stage unscathed before a moment of magic from the hosts. 

Gevaro Nepomuceno’s clever backheel released Branger-Engone into space and his ball found Baxter who did the rest with a curling shot from 12 yards to open the scoring with the last act of the half.

Leaving it late in the opening 45 minutes to come to life, the game began in breathless fashion after the restart with a second goal for the Latics. 

Nepomuceno’s inch-perfect cross allowed Lang to head home on 51 minutes and dent any hopes of a Yeovil comeback. 

However, with many still celebrating the second goal the Glovers responded immediately as Mugabi, up from the back for a deep free-kick, extended a leg to stab the ball into the back of the net from six yards and reignite the contest.

Now an end-to-end affair, Nelson was on hand to deny Oldham a quick-fire third when he was down low to his left to parry away Baxter’s low drive. 

With the tempo finally subsiding with 25 minutes to go, the green and whites introduced Browne and Courtney Duffus in search of an equaliser as the latter returned to face the club he left at the end of January. 

Doing well to bring back an air of frustration amongst the home supporters, Town set up a tense final 10 minutes for the hosts with just the one-goal advantage. 

However, into the final few minutes a defensive collapse saw potential elation turn to disappointment as Oldham bagged two in two minutes.

Maouche ensured the three points would be staying in Greater Manchester with an unstoppage long-range strike before an instant fourth courtesy of Missilou after the Glovers failed to clear their lines.

Stunned by the late strikes a closely contested match suddenly became a rout as the visitors suffered defeat once more.

Oldham Athletic: Iversen; Hamer (Hunt 11′), Clarke, Edmundson, Nepomuceno; Maouche, Missilou, Baxter (Sylla 69′); Lang, Dearnley (O’Grady 76′), Branger-Engone.
Bookings:
Subs not used: De La Paz, Stott, Robinson, Vera.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Worthington, Mugabi, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Arquin (Abrahams 86′), Gray, Pattison (Browne 66′), Dobre (Duffus 74′); Zoko, Fisher.
Bookings: Gray 15′, Pattison 32′, Dobre 60′, Worthington 87′.
Subs not used: Baxter, Ojo, Rogers, Seager.

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PREVIEW | Oldham Athletic v Yeovil Town

The hosts appointed former Manchester United and England legend Paul Scholes as manager on Monday, with his first match of the helm coming against the green and whites.

Darren Way’s side will look to spoil the 44-year-old’s first game in management and put an end to a four-game losing streak at the same time. 

Town set off for Greater Manchester off the back of a 3-1 defeat at home to Grimsby on Saturday and will look to improve on back-to-back 1-0 losses from their last two away outings. 

Searching for a winning formula, they’ll be unable to call upon Craig Alcock who’ll serve his one-match ban and Tom James who’ll sit out the second of a four-game suspension. 

Joining the duo on the sidelines will be Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Sessi D’Almeida (shoulder) and Josh Grant (ankle).

The Latics currently sit 14th in the table with 12 points more than the Glovers, fresh from a 3-0 win over Crawley last time out. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday night will be the 20th meeting between the two sides.

Town boast eight wins to Oldham’s five and will look to repeat the dominant display they produced on their last visit to Boundary Park. 

In December 2014, goals from Stephen Arthurworrey, Simon Gillett, Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore secured an emphatic victory in League One.

Officials
Thomas Bramall will be the man in the middle at Boundary Park. 

In what will be his 35th match of the campaign, it’ll be his third involving the green and whites having overseen the 1-0 away victories at both Grimsby and Carlisle United. 

He’ll be assisted by Ken Haycock and Lee Freeman with Sebastian Stockbridge acting as fourth official.

Coverage
If you’re unable to attend the game, overseas and domestic supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service buy buying a match pass HERE

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

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 | Alcock suspension confirmed

The 31-year-old received a second yellow card after 64 minutes to leave the hosts with 10 men for the final half-an-hour. 

Losing the Sky Bet League Two encounter 3-1, Town’s defender will now miss Tuesday night’s trip to Oldham Athletic but will be available for the league meeting with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday 16th February. 

Alcock joins fellow defender Tom James on the sidelines, who has three games remaining of a four-match suspension.

TICKETS | Back the boys in midweek action

With tickets increasing by £2 on the night, supporters making the trip to Boundary Park can purchase in advance to avoid the matchday surcharge. 

Looking to end a run of four straight defeats in Greater Manchester, Darren Way’s side make the long trip to take on the Latics for the first time since December 2014.

Claiming a 4-0 win five years ago, Town will be hoping for a repeat performance. 

Prices for the re-arranged league fixture are as follows:
Adult – £18
Over 65 – £8
Student – £8
Under-21 – £8
Under-18 – £5

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REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-3 Grimsby Town

Making a slow start the hosts found themselves a goal down inside the opening 10 minutes when Wes Thomas netted his 10th goal of the season. 

Despite moments of promise the hosts struggled to truly threaten an equaliser and fell further behind on 34 minutes when Adel Gafaiti turned into his own net. 

Alex Fisher almost reduced the arrears before Thomas squandered a huge chance to grab his second of the match just before half-time.

Much improved after the break, the trio of Rhys Browne, Fisher and Alex Dobre all went close to setting up a nervy conclusion to the match before the three points edged closer to Grimsby when Craig Alock was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Unable to battle back, a fourth straight defeat was confirmed when Kristian Dennis grabbed a third late in the game, meaning AleFisher’s eighth of the campaign was little more than a consolation. 

Forced into one change due to Tom James serving the first of a four-match suspension, Tristan Abrahams claimed his first start for the club by taking an advanced role in a midfield three.

There were more changes on the bench, however, with Francois Zoko returning to the matchday 18 after missing the last two to sit alongside Alex Pattison who was involved for the first time since the end of November due to a back injury. 

The Middlesbrough loanee’s return to fitness meant Town were only unable to call upon Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Sessi D’Almeida (shoulder) and Josh Grant (ankle), with Ryan Seager, Alefe Santos, Daniel Ojo and Devon Arnold omitted despite being available.

Having been on the wrong end of back-to-back 1-0 defeats prior to the return to Huish Park, the hosts found themselves facing the same scoreline just nine minutes in. 

Following a subdued start, the Mariners were clinical with their first chance of the game when Jake Hessenthaler’s cross was headed home by Thomas in the middle to quickly give Town work to do. 

Responding well to going behind a spell of territory followed for the green and whites but despite plenty of attacking intent, James McKeown remained untested in the Grimsby goal. 

Becoming a match primarily played in the middle of the park the next chance of note didn’t come until almost the half-hour mark, when Martyn Woolford’s volley from the edge of the box drifted wide with Stuart Nelson primed in the home goal.

With attacking chances of note falling to Grimsby, Way’s side registered their first shot on goal when Jake Gray’s snapshot from the edge of the box whizzed wide prior to a second blow at the other end. 

Elliot Embleton’s strong drive out wide on the left led to a dangerous looking driven cross which could only be turned into his own net by the unfortunate Gafaiti with Thomas lurking behind the Algerian ready to pounce. 

Responding immediately with a first change, Pattison was introduced for his first appearance in nearly three months as Matt Worthington was withdrawn. 

Almost reducing the arrears when Fisher forced a save from the legs of McKeown following good work from Abrahams, the Glovers were almost staring at a 3-0 deficit on the stroke of half-time. 

Carl Dickinson’s clearance on the halfway line was charged down by Thomas to allow the striker in on goal, but after racing into the box he blazed over the bar to ensure the game remained in reach of Town who needed a dramatic turnaround in the second 45 minutes.

Displaying more potency in the final third after the restart the green and whites almost began the comeback in the early stages of the second half. 

Abrahams’ driving run resulted in a through ball to Browne, who from a slight angle inside the box forced the Mariners stopper to parry away his powerful strike. 

From the resulting corner, McKeown was called into action again to palm away Fisher’s looping header before Dobre forced the Grimsby number one into the same outcome having driven into the box as the hour-mark approached. 

Entrenching themselves in the Mariners’ half, Browne had a penalty shout waved away on 61 minutes after going down under challenge from Sebastian Ring, moments prior to the hosts being reduced to 10 men for a second consecutive match. 

Booked early in the first-half, Alcock was shown a second yellow card for a similar foul to leave Town with a man disadvantage for the final 25 minutes.

Unable to rekindle the momentum produced prior to the dismissal, the visitors began to threaten on the break but were denied a third when Nelson stood tall to get a hand to Luke Hendrie’s goalbound shot. 

Embleton then dragged a shot just wide as Yeovil flooded forward to leave the hosts open on the break, but the killer goal was to come two minutes from time when substitute Dennis lobbed a hapless Nelson. 

As the game ticked into stoppage time Fisher headed home to end Town’s search for a goal, but it didn’t alter the result as defeat was confirmed for a fourth consecutive match.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Alcock, Warren, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Gray, Worthington (Pattison 39′), Abrahams (Zoko 55′); Browne, Fisher, Dobre (Duffus 77′).
Bookings: Alcock 4′, 63′ (sent off)
Subs not used: Baxter, Mugabi, Rogers, Arquin, Duffus.

Grimsby Town: McKeown; Hall-Johnson, Collins, Ohman; Hendrie, Hessenthaler, Embleton, Woolford, Ring (Davis 85′); Thomas (Clifton 75′), Cook (Dennis 75′).
Bookings: Hessenthaler 74′, Hendrie 77′, Clifton 90′
Subs not used: Russell, Welsh, Whitmore, Vernam.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Grimsby Town

Here’s what’s happening around the ground 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 1pm and 4.15pm. Fully stocked with hot and cold food and drink, sweets and more, follow signage within the ground to locate the nearest tea bar.

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

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 20 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, Craig Alcock chats about re-joining the club for a second spell and his ambitions to drive the team up the table.

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

Supporter Guides
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NEWS | Star of the 60s and 70s passes away

Arriving at Huish Park in 1968 having been signed by Ron Saunders, Myers became an instant favourite having left Brentford and the Football League to join the Glovers.

Going on to make 329 appearances scoring 84 goals, Cliff was part of a Town side which enjoyed great success in both the cup and league. 

Never finishing lower than eighth and winning the Southern League Premier Division in 1971, the attacker was also part of the side that finished runners-up twice, lifted the Southern League Challenge Cup, reached two FA Trophy semi-finals and the Third Round of the FA Cup.

A true YTFC legend, Cliff sits in the top 20 Post-War appearance holders for the club and after hanging up his boots, resided in Rhodes, Greece, where he ran the ‘Sunburnt Arms’. 

The thoughts of everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club are with Cliff’s family and friends at this sad time.

INTERVIEW | Way looking for Town to rediscover their goal scoring touch

The Glovers haven’t scored in their last three outings despite having four goals ruled out in their last two matches. 

Left frustrated from trips to Stevenage and Cheltenham which both ended in 1-0 defeat, Town now host Grimsby Town at Huish Park. 

Chasing a first win in four, Way feels one victory can change his side’s fortunes: “We have to score more goals and that’s very important but you get that with a little bit of luck and confidence,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We’ve had it, we’ve been close to it, we’ve lost it and we have to everything we can to make sure that our behaviour, our attitude, can bring that back. One win, a little bit of luck will change the thought process.”

In the reverse fixture, the green and whites travelled to Blundell Park and returned to the South West with all three points thanks to Omari Patrick’s strike. 

Seven of the 11 who started in Lincolnshire in September are available to feature this weekend, as part of a much-changed Town squad. 

With seven acquisitions and nine departures during January, Yeovil’s boss is looking for his new-look side to gel. 

“We got off to a fantastic start, we were a little bit unlucky to lose the players that we did, we had the uncertainty of the transfer window, and now we’re into part two of the second part of the season,” he said.

“I feel we’re two games in with the new players and that’s going to take time to gel, other clubs have probably not got to deal with the amount of turnover.

“We’ve got the youngest team, or have played the youngest team, in all top four divisions so that needs managing and as I’ve said the objective is to stay in the Football League and that’s not changed for me in the last three years.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Grimsby Town

Returning to Somerset empty-handed following trips to Stevenage and Cheltenham, Darren Way’s side will look for their luck to turn this weekend. 

The green and whites have had four goals ruled out in the last two matches to inflict consecutive 1-0 defeats but will hope the three new strikers in line to make their home debuts can break the habit. 

Ryan Seager, Courtney Duffus and Tristan Abrahams have featured in the last two matchday squads after arriving late in January but are all available to make their first appearances on home soil. 

Returning to the club at the start of the month, defender Craig Alcock is also likely to make his first outing at Huish Park since re-joining the club in what would be his 124th appearance in green and white across the two spells. 

Certain to not be involved at the weekend will be Tom James who’ll serve the first of a four-match suspension after being sent off on Tuesday night. 

The defender will join Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Sessi D’Almeida (shoulder) and Josh Grant (ankle) on the sidelines, with Alex Pattison (back) close to a return for the visit of the Mariners who head south in good form. 

Victors in their last two outings, Michael Jolley’s side have halted a disappointing run which saw them winless from their previous five matches. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the eighth encounter between the two sides since 2004 with both sides looking to edge ahead in the head-to-head record. 

With three victories each, Town will be looking for a third straight win over the Mariners. 

Omari Patrick’s debut goal in the reverse fixture secured a 1-0 win, whilst in the fixture at Huish Park last season goals from Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray confirmed a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Officials
Charles Breakspear will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

His 34th game of the campaign it’ll be his second involving the green and whites having overseen the 0-0 draw with Stevenage before the turn of the year. 

In Somerset he’ll be assisted by Christopher Wade and Justin Amey with Samuel Ogles acting as fourth official.

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

 

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

If you’re unable to attend the game, overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service! 

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

INTERVIEW | No value in looking backwards for Gray

After an action-packed game against Cheltenham that saw three Town goals disallowed and red cards shown to both Tom James and Darren Way, Gray says there’s no use in reflecting on what could’ve been.

“These things happen, you just have to get on with it, stay positive and keep pushing hard”, he told iFollow Glovers.

“It’s out of our control really. The referee makes his decisions, the lino makes his decisions, but we’ve just got to keep going and hopefully, the luck will iron itself out and we get a few decisions at the weekend.” 

The ex-Crystal Palace trainee hinted at a renewed set of targets for the remainder of the season, saying: “We’ve put a real emphasis on what we want to achieve lately, so we know our goals and where we want to finish. We’ve just got to push on now.”

Setting his sights on Town’s opponents for the weekend and their up-and-down form this season, Gray commented: “I think that’s the same with other teams in this division.

“It’s a very difficult league to play in, you know that anyone can beat anyone so we’re not going to take them for granted and I’m sure they won’t do that to us either.

“In the last few weeks we’ve had a couple results against Mansfield and Notts County, we’ve shown we can do it, we just need to get on a little run now and really push forward.”

NEWS | James awarded four-match suspension

The 22-year-old was dismissed for a challenge on Alex Addai in the 21st minute which forced the Glovers to complete the match with 10 men. 

A second dismissal of the season, the defender will serve an additional one-match ban on top of the regular three-game absence.

With the club choosing not to appeal the decision, James will now miss the rest of February and sit out the Sky Bet League Two encounters with Grimsby, Oldham Athletic, Forest Green Rovers and Cambridge United. 

TICKETS | Glovers back at Huish Park

Looking for a return to winning ways, the green and whites will take on a Grimsby side sitting comfortably in mid-table prior to the trip to Somerset. 

For Darren Way’s side, a win could see them extend the gap between themselves and the bottom two to six points prior to Tuesday night’s trip to Oldham Athletic. 

This weekend’s match will also give fans a first chance to see new recruits Craig Alcock, Ryan Seager, Courtney Duffus and Tristan Abrahams in action, having signed in the last few weeks. 

Tickets for the Sky Bet League Two encounter remain on sale through until kick-off with pre-match savings available until midday on Saturday. 

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REPORT | Cheltenham Town 1-0 Yeovil Town

In a first-half packed with controversy, the night’s events began when Tom James had a free-kick disallowed inside the opening 10 minutes for an alleged off the ball foul. 

Dominating the opening 20 minutes Town had a penalty shout waved away before minutes later they were reduced to 10 men when James was shown a straight red card for a foul on Alex Addai that the officials viewed as reckless. 

Continuing in breathless fashion, Luke Varney had a goal ruled out for the hosts before Alex Fisher was twice denied by the linesman’s flag to end an opening 45 minutes which saw four goals not given. 

More than competing with 10-men the visitors fell behind on 59 minutes when Varney legitimately opened the scoring with a volleyed finish. 

Chasing to get back into the match the green and whites ended with three strikers on the pitch as caution was thrown to the wind, but an equaliser wasn’t to come as Yeovil left with only talking points to show for their efforts.

Starting brightly at a wet and windy Jonny-Rocks Stadium, Town thought they’d opened the scoring when James rifled home a free-kick but for the officials to cause controversy and rule out the strike.

With 20 fit players to select from, Darren Way made two changes from the side that came away from Stevenage empty-handed at the weekend. 

Changing the man between the sticks the experienced Stuart Nelson was preferred to Nathan Baxter who dropped to the bench, whilst Sessi D’Almeida was ruled unavailable after picking up a shoulder injury three days previous. 

Awaiting a timeframe for the Benin international’s absence, Gary Warren returned from a groin injury in timely fashion to take his place in a reshuffle that saw James move into a holding midfield position. 

In the day that the Welsh defender was shortlisted for the division’s Player of the Month award, he thought he’d grabbed a seventh goal of the season after just six minutes. 

Stepping up to a free-kick 25 yards from goal James’ swirling strike left Scott Flinders flat footed and picking the ball out of the back of the net, only for referee Tim Robinson to harshly spot a foul off the ball and disallow the goal. 

The second match in succession where Town’s set-piece specialist was denied by the officials it didn’t deter the visitors from remaining on the front foot.

The wide outlets of Rhys Browne and Alex Dobre caused plenty of havoc in the opening 20 minutes whilst Jake Gray got forward from midfield to dispatch two low drive just off target. 

Having already seen one moment of controversy the visitors were left rocked by two decision in the space of five minutes. 

Firstly frustration grew when Alex Fisher was denied a penalty after seemingly being fouled in the box by Jordon Forster, before a match-altering moment at the other end. 

Alex Addai looked to race towards the box but was met by a robust looking James challenge that was viewed as a red card offence to leave the Glovers with a man disadvantage. 

Bubbling over on the touchline in the aftermath, Town’s boss was sent to the stands and would’ve had a perfect view from above to see Varney have a goal disallowed for offside following Ryan Broom’s cross. 

The second disallowed strike of the half the pattern was to develop to the annoyance of top scorer Fisher who twice saw neat finishes ruled out by offside decisions to conclude a breathless first-half. 

Met by torrential rain for the second half the spotlight continued to be primarily on the officials with three yellow cards shown in the space of four minutes to highlight the stop-start nature following the restart. 

Racing to nearly the hour-mark without any attacking action the Robins took the lead with a moment of quality. 

A loose ball fell to Varney on the edge of the box who showed composure to fire a well-tamed volley into the back of the net past a hapless Nelson. 

Unable to do anything about the goal Town’s number one was instrumental in keeping it 1-0 straight from the restart when he denied Rakish Bingham with his legs after the Cheltenham striker charged in on goal. 

With Michael Duff’s side relaxed with their lead the intensity dropped out of the match as Town looked to forget their numerical disadvantage and level it up. 

Boasting a bench full of attacking options all three changes were made as the final 10 minutes approached as Tristan Abrahams – making his debut – Yoann Arquin and Courtney Duffus took to the field. 

Making it uncomfortable for the Robins in the closing stages Way’s side searched for an equaliser but were forced to head back down the M5 frustrated by how the evening played out. 

Cheltenham Town: Flinders; Forster (Dawson 46′), Tozer, Raglan; Broom, Tillson, Clements (Thomas 90′), Hussey; Maddox; Varney, Addai (Bingham 38′).
Bookings: Bingham 44′, Maddox 56′
Subs not used: Lovett, Duku, Waters, Pring.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Alcock, Warren, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Gray, James, Worthington; Browne (Abrahams 72′), Fisher (Duffus 79′), Dobre (Arquin 75′).
Bookings: James 21′ (red card), Worthington 52′, Gafaiti 55′
Subs not used: Baxter, Mugabi, Rogers, Seager.

NEWS | James nominated for Player of the Month award

The 22-year-old didn’t miss a minute of the five games to kick-off 2019, netting two goals to take his tally for the season to an impressive six. 

Featuring across the back four and in midfield for Darren Way’s side, the Welshman demonstrated his versatility as well as his newfound goal-scoring touch. 

James also helped the club pick up two cleansheets in January, both resulting in three points for the green and whites. 

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL Trader Ivor Davies, with the winner announced on Friday 8th February. 

The shortlist is as follows: 

  • Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) – striker
  • Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) – striker
  • Tom James (Yeovil Town) – central defender
  • Jay O’Shea (Bury) – midfielder

PREVIEW | Cheltenham v Yeovil Town

Originally due to take place in mid-October the Sky Bet League Two encounter was postponed due to the Glovers’ international call-ups. 

Darren Way’s side now head to Gloucestershire looking to get back to winning ways after defeat in their last two outings. 

It’ll be a return to action for the Robins on Tuesday after they sat out the weekend’s round of fixtures when their clash with Cambridge United fell victim to the recent freezing conditions. 

Michael Duff’s team will be targeting back-to-back home wins after a dramatic 3-2 win over Macclesfield last time out, whilst the green and whites could be forced to make changes. 

Sessi D’Almeida was a first-half withdrawal at the weekend with a shoulder injury that’s awaiting assessment, whilst Josh Grant (ankle) dropped from the matchday squad. 

Alex Pattison (back) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) continue their journey to full fitness although Gary Warren (groin) could return after missing the trip to Stevenage.

Having made seven January signings, Francois Zoko, Alefe Santos and Daniel Ojo were left out of the matchday 18 last time out but are eligible for the journey to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. 

Head-to-head
The Glovers will hope for a repeat of their last visit to Cheltenham which came on Boxing Day last year. 

Omar Sowunmi’s Goal of the Season and a late strike from Jordan Green secured a 2-0 win, as the head-to-head record remained tight. 

Cheltenham’s victory in the reverse fixture this season saw them take a 6-5 lead from the 16 previous meetings since 2002. 

Officials
Tim Robinson will the man in the middle at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

His 23rd game of the campaign, it’ll be his first involving Town after mainly officiating in the Championship and League One. 

On Tuesday, Mr Robinson will be assisted by Andrew Fox and Mark Jones with Keith Stroud 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.

INTERVIEW | Alcock targeting 3 points after ‘whirlwind’ move

The 31-year-old, who began his professional career at Huish Park in 2006, spent the first half of the campaign with the Robins after signing in the summer. 

Mutually agreeing to terminate his contract at the end of January, the versatile defender signed for the Glovers six days later and made his 122nd appearance for the club in the 1-0 defeat at Stevenage.

Alcock will now make a quick return to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium as Town head to Gloucestershire for the re-arranged Sky Bet League Two fixture. 

Speaking to YTFC.net, the former Peterborough and Sheffield United defender is looking for a quick return to winning ways. 

“This club means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s nice to see a lot of familiar faces but getting the team up the league is the most important thing.

“It was a bit of a whirlwind and getting thrown right back into it, but at the end of the day as a professional footballer all you want to do is play games, so hopefully I can get up to speed sooner rather than later and start putting in performances that people can remember.

“It’s not like you get given points these days in this league. Everyone is capable of putting a run together so we have to make sure we dust ourselves off from Saturday, start again on Tuesday and get some momentum.

“There’s a lot of talent in the squad so we need to try and bring it out of each other and push forward. The gaffer is trying to instill that belief in everyone and we’ve got to try and bring it out of us in games and try to get three points from now on.”

REPORT | Stevenage 1-0 Yeovil Town

Targeting consecutive victories on the road the green and whites started brightly with a couple of early chances that worried the Boro goal. 

Stevenage’s best chance of the half fell to Michael Timlin early on but a save from Nathan Baxter to look out for on the highlights kept the score at 0-0, despite the hosts pressing for an opener before the break.

Into the second half the Glovers thought they’d taken the lead when Tom James’ wide free-kick landed in the back of the net having missed everyone in the middle, but an offside flag ruined any celebrations. 

Threatening to open the scoring the visitors then fell behind on 72 minutes when Boro’s captain Alex Revell pounced from close range. 

In a bid to rescue at least a point two strikers were introduced as the green and whites went for broke but it wasn’t to be as the hosts held on for the win.

Following a busy final week of the January transfer window, a much-changed Town side lined up in Hertfordshire. 

Signing less than 24 hours before kick-off, Craig Alcock marked his return to the club with a starting berth at right-back in place of the injured Josh Grant (foot), for his 122nd appearance for the club across two spells. 

In a further change in defence, Adel Gafaiti recovered from a nasty cut to the head to take Bevis Mugabi’s spot before three changes further forward.

Matt Worthington was awarded his first start since re-joining on a permanent basis for Gary Warren (groin), whilst Rhys Browne and Alex Fisher came into the front three in place of Yoann Arquin and Francois Zoko who was unnamed in the matchday 18 along with Alefe Santos and Alex Pattison (back).

All involved for the first time, the attacking trio of Tristan Abrahams, Courtney Duffus and Ryan Seager waited in the wings amongst the substitutes. 

Waiting for their chance to impress the Glovers almost got off to a dream start at the Lamex Stadium. 

Having absorbed some early Boro pressure the visitors set about hitting the hosts on the break and when Browne fed Alex Dobre on the left, the Bournemouth loanee was inches away from his low drive nestling in the far corner.

In an encouraging opening 10 minutes, it was Town who threatened to open the scoring once more when Jake Gray’s shot from the angle was claimed by Paul Farman, before Stevenage responded. 

After winning a corner the ball fell to Timlin in the box, and when his curling shot took a wicked deflection it looked destined for the back of the net but for a superb reaction save from Baxter, Yeovil’s man of the match last time out on the road at Mansfield. 

Developing into an entertaining match Darren Way’s side were dealt an early blow when a shoulder injury forced Sessi D’Almeida to be replaced by Bevis Mugabi just 17 minutes in. 

The change saw a reshuffle as Tom James moved into midfield, with Gafaiti now partnering the Uganda international. 

Perhaps unsettled by the substitution the hosts emerged on top as the half-hour mark approached, although Johnny Hunt’s shot off the post – which was flagged for offside – and Timlin’s off-target strike was all the Hertfordshire outfit had to show for their possession.

Putting on a strong defensive display under increasing pressure, Baxter was called into action again as the break edged closer.

Ilias Chair’s free-kick was parried away by the Chelsea loanee and after the play was recycled, he was on hand to pounce on the ball following Alex Revell’s knockdown. 

On the defensive for much of the opening 45 minutes, Town stood firm to preserve their cleansheet at the halfway stage.

After the restart, the match was slow to get going before a moment of controversy warmed things up just before the hour mark. 

James’ free-kick from out wide on the touchline nestled in the back of the net without seemingly taking a touch off of anyone in the middle, but the linesman viewed the event differently and raised his flag for offside. 

Not feeling hard done by, the visitors continued to cause more of a threat going forward and forced a smart save from Farman on 67 minutes.

Browne twisted and turned on the edge of the box to work space for a venomous shot which forced the Boro stopper to parry away. 

Looking lively the winger was at it again moments later to weave into the box, this time denied by a smart block as the game threatened to open up.

After building some momentum it was to be disappointment for the visitors, however, when Stevenage broke the deadlock. 

Jorden Gibson’s ball in from the right found target man Revell who volleyed home to force an instant reaction from the Town bench. 

Duffus was introduced for his debut in a bid to salvage a result, with Seager also introduced soon after as the Glovers ended the match with three strikers on the pitch. 

Sensing a dramatic finish James had a long-range free-kick as the clock ticked down but there was to be no repeat of his heroics at Carlisle earlier in the campaign as the effort flew over the bar along with any hopes of a late equaliser.

Stevenage: Farman; Wildin, Cuthbert, Nugent, Hunt; Makasi (Gibson 61′), Timlin, Byrom (Henry 87′), Chair; Guthrie, Revell (Iontton 80′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Byrne, Wilkinson, Dyson, Adebayo.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Alcock, Gafaiti, James, Dickinson; Gray, Worthington (Duffus 73′), D’Almeida (Mugabi 17′); Browne (Seager 80′), Fisher, Dobre.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Nelson, Rogers, Arquin, Abrahams.

SIGNING | Alcock returns to where it all began

The 31-year-old arrives as a free agent having recently left league rivals Cheltenham Town and signs a deal until through until the end of the current campaign. 

Alcock has 121 appearances to his name in green and white after signing a first professional contract at Huish Park in 2006.

Part of the Under-18s title-winning squad in 2005/06, the Truro-born defender made his first-team debut on the final day of the 2006/07 season having enjoyed loan spells at Weston-super-Mare and Tiverton Town.

Becoming a mainstay at right-back, the versatile defender became the club’s captain by 2010 amassing more than 100 outings. 

Snapped up by Peterborough United in July 2011 he spent two seasons in the Championship with Posh before winning a Football League Trophy medal in 2014.

A two-season stay at Sheffield United followed prior to joining Doncaster Rovers, where he was part of the squad which achieved promotion out of League Two in 2017. 

Returning to the West Country to spend the first half of the 2018/19 campaign with Cheltenham, Alcock now returns to where it all began.

Bolstering his defensive options, manager Darren Way told YTFC.net: “Craig knows the history and values of this football club which is what we need to move forward. 

“I have trust in his determination to push the club forward and his experience and leadership will be valuable assets in part two of the season.”

PREVIEW | Stevenage v Yeovil Town

The green and whites have had a 10-day break due to last weekend’s trip to Oldham Athletic being postponed, meaning the squad make the trip to Hertfordshire in refreshed fashion. 

With the break coinciding with the closure of the January transfer window, Town will also head to the Lamex Stadium with three new arrivals available for selection. 

Ryan Seager, Tristan Abrahams and Courtney Duffus have all arrived at Huish Park to bolster manager Darren Way’s options and conclude the six new arrivals for the month. 

Adding a further boost, Adel Gafaiti is available for selection after missing the last outing against Lincoln due to a head injury to leave Omar Sowunmi (ankle) as the only absentee.

The Algerian defender’s return will be timely as the Glovers face a Stevenage side looking to hunt down a play-off spot. 

Dino Maamria’s side sit in ninth place with 44 points, looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers last time out.

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 13th meeting between the two sides since the first EFL meeting in 2011. 

Town will be looking to claim a fifth win over the Boro and record the double this season. 

Alex Fisher and Sessi D’Almeida were on target in a 2-0 win and will now look to avenge last year’s 4-1 defeat at the Lamex Stadium when Seager netted a sole consolation. 

Officials
John Busby will take charge of proceedings at the Lamex Stadium. 

His 31st game of the season it’ll be the second involving Town having overseen the 0-0 draw with Oldham Atheltic in August. 

In Hertfordshire he’ll be assisted by Paul Yates and Declan Ford with Adrian Tranter acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Matt Worthington 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 | Bailey and Henry freed from contracts

Bailey, who signed a two-year-deal with the club last summer, made 29 appearances in the first half of the 2017/18 campaign before suffering a knee ligament injury which ruled him out for 13 months. 

Following discussions between James and the medical department, the decision was made to cancel the midfielder’s contract to become a free agent.

Also leaving Huish Park is young striker Henry, who is freed to pursue options elsewhere after finding game time limited in Somerset. 

The 19-year-old made five substitute appearances for the green and whites after joining in the summer. 

All at YTFC wish both James and Korrey all the best for the future.