Month: April 2019

NEWS | John receives Wales U19 call-up

The 18-year-old is a second-year scholar at Huish Park and has been training with the first-team for the last two months. 

The midfielder, who can also operate in defence, was named amongst the substitutes for Town’s Sky Bet League Two clashes with Swindon and Crawley at the start of April having impressed interim manager Neale Marmon. 

Yet to make his senior debut, John will now join the Wales Under-19 squad for their three-day training camp between Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th May. 

STATEMENT | Response to social media images

After investigating, those involved have been spoken to and the matter has been dealt with internally.

However, the group of those involved wished to make the following joint statement:

“We feel it’s important that we apologise to the club and supporters. Given the context of Saturday’s result at Northampton and the painful nature of relegation, it does not show any of us involved in a good light.

“As a collective group, we were left distraught with the consequences of Saturday’s draw at Northampton and, in a bid to air our frustration, a small group of us made the naïve decision to go to a bar. 

“Whilst I’m sure many can understand us wanting to unwind and temporarily forget about what had been a difficult day, the photos taken especially don’t portray our intentions in the right manner and we can understand how it looks. 

“It pains us to think that our actions on Saturday night have brought into question our commitment and empathy, as we can assure all those in association with the club that we are gutted with the season’s outcome.

“The photos were taken in the moment and without realisation of how they could appear to the fans, who would we cause no deliberate disrespect.

“We hope we can now focus on our final game of the season before working tirelessly to ensure 2019/20 can be a success.”

The club wishes to make no further comment on the matter. 

STATEMENT | Fans central to bounce back

Whilst everyone connected with the club, from the Board of Directors downwards, share the fans’ sadness at the loss of EFL status, we are determined to see the club bounce back and ensure that relegation is only the close of chapter one of Yeovil’s EFL history, not the end of our EFL story.

We are truly sorry that the season has ended in this way – you, our fans, deserve better and we will put things right. The club share this determination and will work over the summer to ensure the 2019/20 season is successful and rewards our fans with the type of results they deserve.

There are plenty of positives we can build on and we already have a definitive plan of how to ensure the problems of this season are not repeated. Our biggest plus point however is you – we are immensely thankful for the fantastic support shown by fans over this difficult season, particularly in the last few weeks when both home and away support has been phenomenal.  

The club also thanks all the major fan groups – Green & Whites Supporters Club, Disabled Supporters Association (DSA), Glovers Trust, Cary Glovers, Junior Glovers and the Bridport Glovers for their support and their help, via the Supporters Alliance, will be pivotal to our plans to bounce back next season.

Also key to those plans will be our commercial partners, who we thank for their continued support and hope to have onboard as we enter this next chapter.

Whilst we understand and share the disappointment of fans regarding relegation, we hope the Green & White army will turn out in numbers for one last time this season as the team aim for a win against Carlisle. Bouncing back starts here and we need your support!

REPORT | Northampton Town 2-2 Yeovil Town

In an electric opening 45 minutes, Town netted twice in quick succession to put themselves in a commanding position. 

Tristain Abrahams grabbed his third goal for the club from the penalty spot before Jake Gray continued his scoring form with a fine finish on 24 minutes. 

With two goals in as many games, the winger had a third ruled out as the half drew towards a close in an otherwise flawless half. 

Not putting a foot wrong in the first-half, the visitors were punished early in the second when miscommunication ended with Omar Sowunmi heading into his own net.

A disastrous second half continued when Daniel Powell levelled the score before the hour-mark, combining with scores elsewhere to make retaking the lead pivotal if survival was to be carried over to the final fixture.

Alex Fisher and Bevis Mugabi both went close to sparking pandemonium amongst the travelling faithful but it wasn’t to be as relegation fears were realised.

Encouraged by Easter Monday’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Colchester, Neale Marmon was forced into making just one change to his starting eleven. 

Ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, Rhys Browne was replaced at right-back by Matt Worthington in the only alteration. 

Needing an attacking display on the road, four strikers were named on the bench including Ryan Seager who returned after a game’s absence with a knee injury. 

Knowing defeat could cost their league status depending on results elsewhere Marmon’s side were quick to try and take the initiative.

With just two minutes on the clock, a swift counter ended with Tom James switching play to Monday’s scorer Gray, who almost made it two in as many games but for his strike to nestle in the side netting.

Almost caught out in the opening exchanges the Cobblers began to see more of the ball and created their first genuine chance just before the quarter-of-an-hour mark. 

In a combination of two former Town players, Sam Hoskins headed back across goal for Andy Williams whose acrobatic effort had to be tipped around the post by an alert Nathan Baxter.

However, before the hosts could build up a head of steam the Glovers were awarded a glorious chance to take the lead when Sowunmi was hauled down in the box from a James long throw-in.

With 19 minutes on the clock, Abrahams took the responsibility from 12 yards and had ice in his veins to send David Cornell the wrong way and slide the ball into the bottom corner. 

Having silenced the home crowd the green and whites set about creating elation in the away end for a second time just six minutes later. 

Superb hold-up play from Courtney Duffus resulted in a neat reverse pass that spotted the run of Gray, who showed supreme confidence to the lift the ball over an onrushing Cornell from close range. 

In dreamland, Northampton almost brought Town back down to earth when Williams forced Baxter into another save on 30 minutes but Marmon’s side were soon back on the offensive. 

Robbing the Cobblers of possession on the halfway line, Sessi D’Almeida threaded the ball through for Gray who wasted no time in firing into the back of the net but for the linesman’s flag to rule out the effort for offside.

Almost unplayable and not to be deterred, Gray had his sights on goal again just before the break when the ball sat up invitingly on the edge of the box but for his rasping volley to fly inches wide, as the Glovers settled for a comfortable lead at the halfway stage.

Rarely tested by Keith Curle’s side in the first-half the Glovers provided them a cheap lifeline just four minutes after the restart. 

Williams’ cross from the left should’ve been dealt with, but instead was diverted into the back of his own net by Sowunmi to throw the game wide open.

Giving the hosts hope and sensing nervousness amongst Town’s ranks, Yeovil’s lead was wiped out on 56 minutes. 

Joe Powell’s through ball was perfectly into the path of his namesake who made no mistake picking out the bottom corner to plunge the green and whites back into the relegation zone. 

With the pendulum of momentum now in favour of the Northamptonshire outfit, the opportunities to take the lead fell to the side in claret. 

Hoskins volleyed into the arms of Baxter, Williams fired into the side netting and Joe Powell drove just wide as the pressure mounted. 

With scores elsewhere conspiring against the green and whites they had to go for broke in search of a third as Francois Zoko, Yoann Arquin and Fisher entered the fray. 

With caution thrown to the wind and numbers thrown forward, the Glovers had two late chances to salvage a result.

James’ wide free-kick to the back post looked destined for the back of the net when it landed on the head of Sowunmi, but only directing his head back across goal Fisher wasn’t able to apply the finishing touch. 

Entrenched in the Northampton half Arquin had his 25-yard volley somehow parried away by Cornell but it wasn’t to be, as the fight to beat the drop came to an end on the road.

Northampton Town: Cornell; Goode, Pierre, Turnbull; Hoskins, Foley, Bowditch (Bridge 72′), Cox (McWilliams 61′); J. Powell; D. Powell, Williams.
Bookings: McWilliams 75′, Foley 90′
Subs not used: Coddington, Buchanan, Elsnik, O’Toole, Morias.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Worthington, Sowunmi, Mugabi, James; Gray (Fisher 84′), Pattison, D’Almeida, Abrahams (Zoko 70′); Duffus (Arquin 75′), Dobre.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Nelson, Ojo, Rogers, Seager.

FANS | Choose Town’s 2019/20 home and away kit

Remaining with TAG Sportswear for next season, we’re pleased to present four designs that once again give you the opportunity to have your say.

Meeting with the Supporters Alliance earlier this month the group were able to take a look at TAG’s kit prototypes with chairman Rich Rendell commenting: “The shirt choice by supporters was a success this season, so we are happy that the supporters are having their say again for 2019/20.”

The two new home designs both incorporate the green & white hoops which have become synonymous with the club offering a modern twist, whilst the away designs return to the black and red theme seen in the mid-2000s.

Voting will remain open until 5pm on Friday 3rd May with the chance to also provide any other feedback you may have.

To vote, click HERE.

The choices are as follows:

Home Kit Design 1
A Modern twist on the green and white hoops which have become synonymous with the club. The hoops themselves involve two different tones of green whilst the back of the shirt is entirely white to take on board supporter feedback on issues such as the visibility of names and numbers.

Home Kit Design 2
A more predominantly green design with hoops that become gradually larger as they flow towards the bottom of the jersey. An arching green panel sits to one side and flows around to the back of the top which is entirely green, again allowing for names and numbers to be visibly clear. 

Away Kit Design 1
Having reverted to a primarily black away kit for the last two campaigns, TAG’s design harps back to the classic black and red striped away kit which was first used by the Glovers in 2004. The black stripes are pierced by a thin red line to provide a modern twist whilst the back of the shirt is completely red.

Away Kit Design 2
The design keeps black and red as the primary colours but offers a shading effect on the top half of both the front and back of the jersey. Thin stripes run down the front of the top with the reverse of the shirt fading from black at the top to red at the bottom.

To vote for your favourite designs and to provide any further feedback, click HERE.

PREVIEW | Northampton Town v Yeovil Town

Two points from safety heading into the penultimate match of the campaign, a win in Northamptonshire could see Neale Marmon’s side leapfrog Macclesfield and escape the drop zone. 

Three points and a Macclesfield defeat or draw would see a rise to 22nd whilst the only permeation that could see the green and whites relegated is a defeat at Sixfields coupled with a win for the Silkmen.

In simpler terms, Town will go into their final away match of the season looking to build on Easter Monday’s 1-1 draw with Colchester United. 

Jake Gray opened the scoring with his timely first goal of the campaign before Tom Eastman levelled it up on 75 minutes to ensure things remained the same in the bottom two. 

Now heading on the road to take on the Cobblers, the green and whites will be without Gary Warren (hamstring), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Josh Grant (achilles). 

Striker Ryan Seager could recover from a knee knock in time to make the matchday squad in the only other injury concern. 

Those in attendance at Northampton will witness a home side with plenty of familiar faces. 

No less than four former Glovers now ply their trade in Northamptonshire, with Andy Williams, Sam Hoskins, Sam Foley and Dean Bowditch all likely to be involved. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 15th meeting between the two sides and first at Sixfields since November 2015.

Both sides are tied on four wins each and Town will look for just their second ever win on the road in Northampton.

Justin Cochrane and Lloyd Owusu netted in a 2-1 win in 2007 whilst Assistant Manager Paul Terry featured in five matches against the Northamptonshire outfit during his time as a Town player.

Officials
Anthony Backhouse will be the man in the middle at Sixfields.

It’ll be his first match of the campaign involving the green and whites having primarily officiated in League One. Last season, he took charge of the 4-1 defeat at Notts County almost exactly a year ago.

In Northamptonshire he’ll be assisted by Joe Clark and Garry Maskell with Mark Griffiths acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Alex Pattison and Interim Manager Neale Marmon 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 | Family Excellence status awarded for third season

Amongst the 63 clubs, the ‘Gold Award’ given to nine clubs highlights an elite number of clubs that offer an exceptional family matchday experience.

EFL clubs received two ‘mystery family’ visits throughout the 2018/19 season, with their feedback and reports determining whether each respective club would achieve ‘Family Excellence’ status.

From the two ‘mystery visits’ to Huish Park, the summary report concluded:

‘After a couple of missed awards a few seasons ago, Yeovil have worked hard to restore the level of family engagement that always defined them as one of the country’s most friendly clubs. 

‘Among the highlights this season were most of all the outstanding individuals encountered over the phone and on the matchday; the mascot package offered; the Garden of Remembrance (a wonderful way to show a child just how much their local club means people) and the fact the kids have the chance to write a letter to their favourite player and post it while at the game!’

From the benchmarking report, the Glovers sit 6th in Sky Bet League Two and 22nd in the entirety of the EFL – some 72 clubs. 

For a full list of the clubs awarded the accolade, click here.

INTERVIEW | ‘We’ve got to get a win’ – Marmon

A victory coupled with a draw or defeat for Macclesfield would see the Glovers climb out of the bottom two heading into the final game of the season.

The green and whites were pegged back late on by Colchester United on Easter Monday to only pick up a point and be denied a first win in nine.

Now heading to Northamptonshire for the penultimate match of the 2018/19 campaign, Marmon is hoping for improved performances to turn into points.

“At the moment it’s draws all the way (between the bottom three sides) but we’ve got to get a win, firstly for our own sake,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“The last two home games I felt we should’ve got more points and we’d be over the line by now. It wasn’t to be, but I think the performances have got better. 

“We’re looking at ourselves and not worrying about who could play where for Northampton. We’ve got to try and get a result and leapfrog over Macclesfield.

“There’s a pressure wherever we play at the moment, whether we’re away or home, all the games are big so we have to focus on enjoying our football and claiming the three points.”

INTERVIEW | Fully fit Pattison up for the fight

The Middlesbrough loanee has spent the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Huish Park and made 32 appearances.

Having faced spells on the sideline with a back injury, Pattison has started the last two matches and now feels physically able to help the green and whites pull out of the bottom two. 

“It’s been really frustrating,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I got off to a flying start and then had a problem with my back. I came back, played a couple of games, the back problem came back and stopped me playing at 100% so I came out the side again.

“Now I’ve played the last two games feeling 100% fit with me and Sessi (D’Almeida) in midfield.

“I’ve loved it and made 32 appearances which I wasn’t expecting to get when I first joined, so personally I’m delighted to get that amount of games but I would’ve liked to have been a bit higher in the league.”

Enjoying his first taste of EFL action, Pattison has become a firm fans’ favourite at Huish Park. 

Part of the side that enjoyed scintillating early season form, the 21-year-old is determined to secure the club’s league status. 

“We got off to a flying start and things haven’t gone so well in recent months but I’m hopeful we can stay up.

“I’m sure everyone will forget about what’s happened as long as we retain our Football League status. That’s all that matters.

“We’re just focusing on the next game that comes. Obviously, we know where we are and the main thing is to just get three points and we’ll go to Northampton and fight for them.”

NEWS | Season over for Browne

The 23-year-old started the match against the U’s after a six-week lay-off with a hamstring problem picked up in the 3-0 loss to Port Vale. 

Lasting just 35 minutes on Monday, Browne will be ruled out for the final two games of the season to see his campaign come to a stop-start end having made just 13 appearances since the turn of the year.

Commenting, Interim Manager Neale Marmon told YTFC.net: “We knew it would be a risk with Rhys and we took the risk, but we’re sorry to the boy that he’ll now be out for four or five weeks.”

Town’s number seven will join defender Gary Warren in playing no further part in 2018/19, although Ryan Seager could be back in contention at Northampton this weekend. 

The striker picked up a knee injury in the latter stages of Good Friday’s defeat at Crewe Alexandra and missed Monday’s action at Huish Park.

Commenting on Seager’s potential involvement and the squad’s general fitness, Marmon added:

“He did a bit of a programme this morning (Wednesday) but he’s not fit enough to get really properly involved at the moment, but I believe by Friday he should be available.

“It’s normal that when you get a result, the players are always raring to go again so we had the whole squad training apart from Gary Warren, Rhys Browne and Josh Grant.”

TICKETS | Be part of Yeo on the Go!

The Glovers faithful can be part of ‘Yeo on the Go’ in Northamptonshire for what will be the final away trip of the 2018/19 campaign. 

Currently sitting two points from safety at the bottom of the table, a win at Sixfields could see the green and whites escape the drop depending on results elsewhere. 

Over 3,000 Town fans cheered on Neale Marmon’s side at Huish Park on Saturday and your support on the road could help make the difference.

PRICES

Adult – £22
Senior/Under-21 – £18
Under-18 – £10
Under-11 – £9 (only available if under 11 and a YTFC season ticket holder. Junior would need to show their season ticket at the turnstile)
Under-7 – FREE

HOW TO BUY

In person at the ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

TRAVEL AND ADVICE

The Green & White Supporters Club will provide coach travel to the match. 

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

A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available at the ground costing £4. These must be pre-booked by calling 01604 683777.

INTERVIEW | ‘Mixed feelings’ for goal hero Gray

The midfielder was given his first involvement in a month to start against the U’s and repaid Neale Marmon’s selection with the opening goal of the match in the second half. 

In the aftermath of the celebrations, visiting goalkeeper Dillon Barnes was shown a straight red card to leave Colchester with a man disadvantage. 

However, with 15 minutes remaining Tom Eastman netted an equaliser to frustrate the hosts and force them to settle for a share of the spoils. 

Pleased to be back involved, the result left Gray with mixed emotions.

“It was nice to be back in the team helping out and trying to get us over the line. 

“Before the game we might have taken a point but with the situation that happened in the game we’re a bit disappointed, but it’s something to work from and I’m looking forward to next week now.

“After the red card it was chaos for the next 10 minutes and we didn’t really settle down which was a bit annoying, and then they equalise at the back post which was so annoying, but that’s football and we just couldn’t get that next goal.”

The Glovers now head to Northampton in Sky Bet League Two looking to climb out of the relegation zone in the penultimate match of the campaign. 

Roared on by over 3,000 Town fans on Easter Monday, the 23-year-old is feeling positive about the remaining fixtures despite the club’s precarious position.

“The fans were unbelievable,” he said. “When we came out and shook hands they got behind us straight away and it gave everyone a massive boost.

“During the game we didn’t have loads of the ball so we needed them to keep us going and they kept pushing us right to the end and we thank them for that.

“We want to build on today’s performance because there’s a lot of positives. Anything can happen, we all seem to keep getting the same result so we need to get that win and put the pressure on the team above us.

“It’s two massive games now and we’re all really excited. It’s been frustrating not being in the side but I loved it out there again and we’re all really excited.”

INTERVIEW | Marmon sees improved character

Overseeing his fifth game in temporary charge of the Glovers, the 58-year-old watched on as Jake Gray gave the hosts a second half lead. 

With U’s goalkeeper Dillon Barnes dismissed for violent conduct in the aftermath of the opener, the green and whites look on course for a precious three points.

However, Tom Eastman levelled it up with 15 minutes left and forced Town to settle for a share of the spoils. 

With results elsewhere meaning the two-point gap to safety failed to alter, Marmon took the positives from his side’s approach to the match. 

I thought with their red card we lost our rhythm a bit. I said to the boys, they should have kept that rhythm going and keep going forward.

“We did serve up some half chances after our goal, but we didn’t really have a forceful one at the end.

“It was a bit nervy still. It’s obvious that when you’re down at the bottom it’s not easy. But I saw a different character today and in the last couple of weeks. It started last week and kicked in a bit. But I was proud of them and I thought they did well.”

The Glovers now head to Northampton on Saturday for the penultimate clash of the campaign. 

Desperate to lift themselves out of the relegation zone, Marmon thanked the supporters for their constant backing of the side.

“I can’t praise them enough and I can only thank them for their continued support.

“They’re with us and I think there’s a lot of hope now.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Colchester United

After a slow start for both teams, Town almost broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when Bevis Mugabi crashed a header off the post from a corner. 

Responding at the other end, Abobaker Eisa forced Nathan Baxter into a good save as the opening 45 minutes became a relatively well-matched affair. 

Bursting to life after the break, Jake Gray marked his return to the side with a timely first goal of the season that sparked chaos. 

In the scenes that followed the opener, U’s goalkeeper Dillon Barnes was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident to leave the visitors with a man disadvantage. 

Riding their luck to not fall further behind the play-off hopefuls battled back to equalise through Tom Eastman as to setup a tense finale. 

Town threw caution to the wind in search of a late winner but ultimately had to settle for a point on the board in their bid for EFL survival. 

In action for the second time in four days, Neale Marmon made three changes to his starting eleven, two of which were forced. 

Shown a red card at Crewe on Good Friday, Adel Gafaiti will play no further part this season through suspension and was replaced by Rhys Browne who returned after a six-week hamstring injury at right-back. 

In front of him, Gray was recalled for a first appearance in a month for Alex Fisher as Alex Dobre moved forward to partner Courtney Duffus, who took the spot of the injured Ryan Seager (knee). 

In the only other team news, Mugabi retained his spot in defence to make his 100th appearance for the club since joining in 2016.

Bathed in scorching sunshine in Somerset the opening 10 minutes passed with little action of note, as both sides settled into proceedings. 

In a routine save for Nathan Baxter, Tom Eastman headed straight into the keeper’s arms from a Eisa corner whilst the home faithful created a vocal atmosphere in full support of the hosts. 

Cheered on by their 12th man the Glovers came within a post’s width of taking the lead just before the 20-minute mark. 

Tristan Abrahams’ deep corner was met by the giant leap of Mugabi, but the defender’s header came off the outside of the post to deny him a perfect way to mark his milestone appearance in green and white.

Having come close at one end, Town almost fell a goal behind at the other after good hold-up play from Frank Nouble. 

Teeing the ball up for Eisa to strike Baxter had to be alert to parry away the shot that came through a host of bodies 18-yards out. 

Beginning to open up after a tentative start both sides began to work the ball into shooting areas, as Gray and Eisa both had efforts comfortably saved before an injury blow for the hosts. 

Browne’s return from a hamstring injury lasted 35 minutes as he went down unable to continue, allowing Academy product Daniel Ojo to take his place.

The first of a series of disruptions the remainder of the first-half became a stop-start affair as chances remained at a premium in a match that saw both teams desperate for points at opposite ends of the table.

After the restart, and playing with more intensity, the roof was lifted off of Huish Park on 53 minutes when the Glovers opened the scoring. 

Only clearing the ball to Gray 20-yards out, the midfielder wasted no time in firing a left-footed strike that deceived Barnes and nestled in the bottom corner. 

In the pandemonium that ensued Barnes kicked out at Abrahams as the celebrations continued, an action spotted by referee Peter Wright who swiftly awarded a red card to the U’s stopper. 

Down to 10, Sam Saunders was sacrificed to allow sub keeper Ethan Ross to enter the fray but the stunned visitors almost responded immediately. 

Frankie Kent rose highest to meet a Eisa corner, but the defender’s towering header cannoned back off the bar as Baxter could only watch on. 

Having survived that scare the green and whites went on the offensive and looked like adding to their lead. 

Dobre lashed a strike weide of the target after intricate link-up play on the edge of the box before Tom James had his dipping 30-yard free-kicked tipped over by an alert Ross. 

However, having come closest to scoring through set-pieces, John McGreal’s side were to silence BA22 as the game ticked into the final quarter-of-an-hour. 

Brennan Dickenson’s corner could only be flicked into the path of Eastman who kept his composure to fire the ball back in the direction where it came from and tee up a tense final 15 minutes.

Roared on by the home faithful, Marmon introduced more firepower in the form of Yoann Arquin and Fisher to throw caution to the wind in a last bid to try and claim a vital three points.

A succession of corners were earned deep into the six minutes of additional time but there was to be no more drama as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Browne (Ojo 35′), Sowunmi, Mugabi, James; Gray, D’Almeida, Pattison (Arquin 76′), Abrahams; Dobre, Duffus (Fisher 86′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Nelson, Worthington, Rogers, Zoko.

Colchester United: Barnes; Jackson, Eastman, Kent; Eisa (Mandron 68′), Lapslie, Saunders (Ross 55′), Senior (Norris 80′), Dickenson; Nouble.
Bookings: Barnes (sent off) 55′, Lapslie 70′
Subs not used: Kensdale, Stevenson, Wright, Chilvers.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Colchester United

With both sides desperate for points for differing reasons, the Easter Monday fixture should provide an entertaining affair in Somerset. 

The Glovers still remain two points from safety at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two whilst the U’s sit outside of the play-off spots by the same point margin. 

Making the fixture at Huish Park a must-win for both sides, the green and whites will hope for a first home win since the 2nd March. 

If they’re to do so, they’ll have to wait to find out the fitness of both Ryan Seager (knee) and Sessi D’Almeida (cramp) who were forced to be withdrawn at Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday. 

From the 2-0 defeat in Cheshire, Adel Gafaiti will serve the first of his three-match suspension after receiving a red card that will see him play no further part in 2018/19.

Potentially providing a timely boost, Rhys Browne (hamstring) could return to the fold after narrowly missing out on the trip to Alexandra Stadium. 

Head-to-head
Easter Monday will be the 27th meeting between the two sides with the Glovers looking to reduce the 13-7 head-to-head deficit. 

Losing 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in October, Town will hope for a repeat of their last win over Colchester which came in 2016.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the final five minutes, strikes from Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell secured a memorable turnaround at Huish Park. 

Officials
Peter Wright will be the man in the middle in Somerset. 

It’ll be his fourth match this season involving the green and whites having last overseen the 0-0 draw at Cambridge United in December. 

He’ll be assisted by Paul Graham and Christopher Wade with Dean Treleaven acting as fourth official.

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

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

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

TICKETS | Kids go Free on Easter Monday

Under-16s will be able to enjoy the match for nothing, meaning a family of two adults and two juniors can spend the day out from as little as £34!

Despite Good Friday’s defeat on the road at Crewe, the green and whites remain just two points from safety to make the clash with the U’s a pivotal fixture in our bid for EFL survival.

Taking place over the school Easter break, why not head along to Huish Park?

HOW TO BUY

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

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

Under-16s will still require a ticket to access the stadium but can be obtained free of charge from the ticket office.

INTERVIEW | Results elsewhere leave Marmon feeling Town ‘got out of jail’

A defensive error led to Charlie Kirk opening the scoring after just five minutes before Tom Lowery sealed the win in the second half after Adel Gafaiti had been shown a red card for an off the ball incident. 

Suffering a second successive defeat, both Macclesfield and Notts County also suffered losses to keep a status quo at the bottom of the table going into Easter Monday’s fixtures. 

Despite the disappointing trip to Cheshire, Town’s boss feels the Glovers still are in the running for safety. 

One of the boys said it might go to the last game, and it does look like that because we’ve got out of jail for the third week on the bounce.

“We’ve got a chance on Monday to jump above those two as they’ve got two hard games. It could go all the way to the wire.

Actually I think the goal difference got a bit better for us. But we’ve got to get a result, that changes the situation and gets some positivity in the squad, so you get a bit of confidence back.”

Enjoying bright spells at Alexandra Stadium, Gafaiti’s dismissal on 57 minutes at 1-0 down saw the Alex enjoy a resurgence in momentum.

Penning the green and whites in for the remainder of the match, Marmon still felt there wasn’t much in the match.

I think that after the goal we matched them. But then once we had the red card and the second goal went in and we were really pushing up, we were lucky we didn’t concede any more goals.

With a side like Crewe they’ve got nothing to lose. They’re not going anywhere. I think that they picked their game up, but we actually got back into the game. We didn’t really threaten, but we were back in it, and there was only one goal in it.

“I think that if the fans are not deterred by the result, we’ve still got a massive chance to stay in the Football League. To get behind us on Monday – and I can’t stop saying that. There will be a situation where we get a chance to go a goal up and hopefully, we will do that on Monday for us.”

REPORT | Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Yeovil Town

Needing an Easter weekend to remember, the green and whites fell behind on four minutes thanks to Charlie Kirk.

Dealt an early blow, the Somerset outfit improved as the half wore on but failed to truly test debutant Will Jaaskelainen in the Crewe goal. 

An open affair after the restart the Alex had a second goal ruled out by the officials before Adel Gafaiti saw red for an off the ball incident with half an hour still to play.

With an extra man’s advantage, Tom Lowery made it 2-0 less than 10 minutes after the dismissal and it proved to be enough to keep the Somerset outfit entrenched in the bottom two.

Needing to find a winning formula, Neale Marmon made four changes from the side that started last weekend. 

Dropping out through injury, Gary Warren swapped captaincy with Omar Sowunmi as the 6’6″ defender made a timely return to the fold following an ankle niggle. 

Elsewhere, the central midfield pairing was reshuffled as Alex Pattison and Sessi D’Almeida were recalled from the bench at the expense of Matt Worthington and full-back Daniel Ojo, as Tom James reverted to a more familiar left-back role. 

Completing the alterations, top scorer Alex Fisher was preferred up front as Courtney Duffus had to settle for a spot on the substitutes bench.

Despite being bathed in sunshine in Cheshire, the afternoon began under a cloud for the visitors who fell behind inside the opening five minutes. 

After initially making a bright start, hesitancy at the back between Bevis Mugabi and Sowunmi allowed Callum Ainley to rob possession on the edge of the box and pick out Kirk in the middle who swept home.

Gifted the lead, the hosts made the opening 20 minutes look comfortable as Town only had tame strikes from Pattison and Alex Dobre to claim in an attacking sense. 

Struggling to make the ball stick in the final third, Marmon’s defence had to be on guard as first Ainley had a dangerous cross hacked clear by Gafaiti, before Kirk was denied a second by a Nathan Baxter save.

Living dangerously early on, the green and whites began to warm up in an attacking sense with two chances in quick succession. 

Awarded a free-kick 20 yards from goal, Tom James saw his dipping strike graze the top of the net on its way over before Fisher glanced a Dobre cross just wide moments later.

Further strikes came in from Mugabi and James as the half developed but unable to cause Jaaskelainen too much of a headache, the visitors trudged in a goal down at the halfway stage.

Needing to test the young stopper more, it took just two minutes to do so after the restart. 

Bursting forward from midfield D’Almeida’s deflected strike to the near post was pushed behind for a corner by the son of former Bolton ‘keeper Jussi. 

Played at a much higher tempo than the opening 45 minutes the game opened up and almost changed drastically in the space of 60 seconds. 

Thinking they’d taken a 2-0 lead, Kirk’s second of the match was ruled out for offside after initially being given, with the home side’s frustration at the officials almost compounded when Seager forced Jaaskelainen to tip his curling strike over the bar. 

Becoming tempestuous, tempers boiled over on 58 minutes when Gafait was given his marching orders for a coming together with Nicky Hunt that was spotted by referee Eddie Ilderton to deal a huge blow to any comeback hopes.

Needing to find goals at the other end, Marmon switched to a back three for the remainder of the match but stretched at the back the Railwaymen doubled their lead on 65 minutes.

Kirk’s cross was initially parried by Baxter but outnumbered in the box, Lowery was on hand to tap into an empty net to seemingly take the game away from the green and whites.

Feeling they had nothing to lose the Glovers remained attack-minded despite their numerical disadvantage, as Crewe almost capitalsed on the break twice through substitute Oliver Finney. 

Out on their feet and penned in by the hosts, Town had to produce a back to the wall defensive display to keep the score respectable in the final 10 minutes but couldn’t avoid a defeat that leaves the club’s position precarious in League Two. 

Crewe Alexandra: Jaaskelainen; Ng, Sass-Davies, Nolan, Hunt; Wintle, Jones (Finney 68′), Lowery; Ainley (Dale 68′), Porter (Bowery 75′), Kirk. 
Bookings:
Subs not used: Garratt, Reilly, Green, Miller.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Gafaiti, James; Abrahams (Zoko 75′), Pattison, D’Almeida (Worthington 64′), Dobre; Seager, Fisher (Duffus 64′).
Bookings: Abrahams 55′, Gafaiti 57′ (sent off)
Subs not used: Nelson, Ojo, Santos, Gray.

PREVIEW | Crewe Alexandra v Yeovil Town

With two games in the space of four days over the Bank Holiday weekend, Town’s survival hopes could be shaped significantly. 

Neale Marmon’s side currently sit two points from safety but will hope to build on their dramatic point last time out on the road. 

The green and whites claimed a 1-1 draw at Swindon thanks to Adel Gafaiti’s last-gasp header and will now look to go one better on their latest travels. 

Searching for a first win in eight, Omar Sowunmi (ankle) is back and available for selection to leave only Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Josh Grant (achilles) unavailable. 

Declaring his team news, Marmon also revealed Francois Zoko is likely to return to the matchday squad after an impressive week’s training.

Whoever lines up in Cheshire will be up against a Crewe side firmly in mid-table. 

Away from the play-off push and safe from a basement battle, David Artell’s side will be playing with different motivation to Town. 

However, the Railwaymen saw off Notts County 3-0 last time out at Alexandra Stadium and will look to see off another relegation-threatened side this time around. 

Head-to-head
Friday will be the 16th encounter between the two sides.

The Glovers are undefeated in their last five outings against the Alex and have come away from Cheshire with at least a point from thier last two visits. 

Last season’s 0-0 draw followed on from 2016/17’s 1-0 win, where Matty Dolan provided the difference with a pinpoint free-kick. 

Officials
The referee in charge will be Eddie Ilderton on Good Friday.

It will be his first match of the campaign involving the green and whites, having taken charge of 13 games previously this season.

He oversaw two Town games last season, the 6-2 win at Coventry and 1-1 draw at Lincoln City on the final day.

He’ll be assisted by Anthony Moore and Thomas Harty with Ian Smedley acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Bevis Mugabi and Interim Manager Neale Marmon can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

 

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

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

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

INTERVIEW | ‘We have to be ruthless’ – Marmon

The Glovers head to Cheshire off the back of last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Crawley, where the hosts failed to capitalise on a host of chances.

Seeing the green and whites remain in the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone, Marmon is looking for his side to be more clinical and take the pressure off themselves.

“The key to the situation is we have to score goals and it doesn’t matter who scores them,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I’d be worried if we weren’t creating any chances but we are creating chances, whether it be from set-pieces or open play.

“Someone has to take the responsibility. Who it is doesn’t make any difference at all.

“We’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal. If we do get a goal before Crewe do, we’ll be more positive and our body language will change straight away, so the boys have to basically reward themselves.”

 

Having taken positives from his first three games in charge, the 59-year-old is still awaiting his first win as boss. 

With only four games of the campaign remaining, Marmon revealed that the mood in the camp remains positive. 

“We need the points as quickly as possible to calm the place down, although there’s not anything hectic about the place at all, the lads have trained very well.

“All the games have been important. I had to explain to them that last week, not everything was bad.

“We go into the game with the lads knowing they have to get points, in the same way that Notts County and Macclesfield do as well. If we do win, then the positivity will kick off really.”

INTERVIEW | Mugabi looking to call on past experience

The 23-year-old is in a third season at Huish Park and has faced the fear of relegation in both previous campaigns. 

Managing to secure the club’s EFL status previously, the Uganda international is confident the same can be done this time around.

“There are some players who have been through this last season and the season before that,” he told iFollow Glovers. “They know what to expect from these last four games of the season so I’d say we’re in good hands.

“We just need everyone to come together as one. Not just one person can change it, we don’t just need the experienced players, we need the young players, myself, the fans, coaching staff; we all have to come together to get us out of trouble.

“The performances don’t really matter at all – if we have to fight in a scrappy game, as long as we get three points it will all count towards the end of the season.”

Mugabi, who signed in August 2016, is approaching 100 appearances for the club and currently sits on 98. 

Potentially making his 100th appearance in green and white over the Easter weekend, the versatile defender admits his priorities lie elsewhere currently.

“It’ll be nice if I get to 100, but I’m not really thinking about it if I’m honest with you because there’s a lot more things rather than 100 appearances I need to think about right now.

“If it happens, it happens but first and foremost it’s about getting us safe as quickly as possible.

“Within a few days it could be a totally different mindset and different feel around the club and with the fans, so it could all change over this weekend.”

NEWS | Team news ahead of Crewe trip

The green and whites face the trip to Cheshire before welcoming Colchester United to Huish Park on Easter Monday. 

Ahead of a busy fixture schedule, Marmon told iFollow Glovers that he has a virtually full fit squad to choose from. 

“Omar has joined in again at training and is looking pretty fit and Pattison is up for it as well. There’s only Rhys Browne now who’s three or four days away, so the whole squad is pretty much available.”

The winger has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since limping out of the 3-0 defeat at Port Vale in March, but is back running in training. 

Elsewhere, Josh Grant (achilles) remains back at parent club Chelsea to receive further treatment whilst there looks set to be a return to the matchday squad for Francois Zoko who’s been absent since the end of March. 

The experienced trio of Carl Dickinson, Craig Alcock and Zoko have all missed out in recent weeks, with Town’s boss providing an explanation.

“Carl has been training at Port Vale after we gave him the opportunity to take a chance and get a new club for next year. He has a contract here but if he gets the opportunity to get a contract closer to where he lives then I think he’s looking for that.

“Craig Alcock has been involved with the Academy as he’s looking at his coaching badges and actually, it’s looking like Francois will join us in the squad to travel to Crewe. 

“He’s trained very well this week so we’ll look for his experience on the bench.”

TICKETS | Kids go Free on Easter Monday!

Under-16s will be able to enjoy the match for nothing, meaning a family of two adults and two juniors can spend the day out from as little as £34!

Town’s clash with the U’s could prove to be a pivotal fixture in our bid for EFL survival, making the support of the Glovers faithful vital. 

Taking place over the school Easter break, why not head along to Huish Park?

HOW TO BUY

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

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

Under-16s will still require a ticket to access the stadium but can be obtained free of charge from the ticket office.

TICKETS | Good Friday trip to Crewe

The first of two games in four days, Neale Marmon’s side make the journey north to Cheshire in a bid to put their survival bid back on track. 

Sitting two points from safety with four games remaining, the green and whites will need to target three points on the road.

Tickets are on sale in advance until midday on Wednesday with prices as follows:

Adult – £22
Senior – £17
12-16 – £10.50
Under-11 – £6.50

Town are unbeaten in their last two trips to Alexandra Stadium, drawing 0-0 last season to follow up a 1-0 win in 2016/17.

Needing more of the same, supporters can buy their tickets:

In person at the ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

For travel details and more, visit our away tickets page.

INTERVIEW | Marmon labels Crawley performance ‘passive’

Results elsewhere meant a win could’ve lifted the green and whites out of the bottom two but Filipe Morais’ strike on 72 minutes secured the win for the visitors.

Coming close to an equaliser late on through Ryan Seager, Town’s boss was left to rue a lack of urgency from his side.

“I was happy that it was 0-0 at half time because we were a bit too passive,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I think we picked it up in the second half and had those chances that we did have, but that 1-0 basically killed us.

“We did come back again and we tried really hard but it wasn’t to be. We weren’t producing any pressure at all. We were just sliding it across the pitch.

“We didn’t let them have any chances (in the first half) or produce any shots on goal, but we didn’t have any either. We picked up in the second half, and just in that phase where we had some momentum, they scored their one.”

The result sees the gap to safety extend to two points as the Glovers head into the busy Easter period.

Only scoring twice in the last seven games, Marmon is aware of the importance of finding the back of the net.

“We’ve always required a goal to get momentum. We looked a bit scared at 0-0 or at 1-0 down and I think that’s gone throughout the season.

“When we get a goal that’s when we blossom again, but we’ve got to get that goal, that’s the problem.

“The way you should look at it is that you have nothing to lose. We’re in the bottom two at the moment so you might as well go out and play freely, but that’s easier to say than to do.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Crawley Town

Perhaps a reflection of the importance of the meeting for both sides, the opening 45 minutes provided little in front of goal. 

Ryan Seager forced the only meaningful save of the half with his shot from close range as the deadlock was rarely threatened. 

Teeing up a second half with it all to play for Adel Gafaiti headed just wide on 46 minutes before the visitors opened the scoring as the final quarter-of-an-hour approached. 

Filipe Morais was perfectly placed at the back post to sweep home a neat volley which proved to be the difference, as Town’s survival hopes were dented.

Buoyed by last weekend’s dramatic draw at Swindon, Neale Marmon made two changes to the side as he switched to 4-4-2. 

The last-minute hero in Wiltshire, Gafaiti took the place of the injured Omar Sowunmi in the heart of defence whilst Seager was given his first start since rejoining the club in January. 

Amongst an attacking looking bench, Alex Pattison returned after a three-game absence with a niggling back problem to provide a positive before a ball had been kicked. 

Once underway, and with the Middlesbrough loanee awaiting his chance on the sidelines, a match of vital importance for both sides began in uneventful manner. 

Perhaps keen to avoid conceding early on, chances remained at a premium as the opening quarter-of-an-hour passed with neither ‘keeper called into action. 

Tristan Abrahams’ wayward strike from distance and Reece Grego-Cox’s header into the side netting at the other end provided the only early entertainment before a bright spell from the hosts. 

Ticking past the 20-minute mark, Bevis Mugabi produced the game’s first shot on target with a curling shot into the arms of Glenn Morris, swiftly followed by a smart save from the Reds stopper. 

Abrahams’ cross found Seager in the middle who quickly fired goalwards at the near post, but Morris was quick off his line to narrow down the angle and parry away the strike.

After a quick flurry of action, the cagey nature of the meeting in Somerset re-emerged to see the visitors enjoy more of the ball with little penetration. 

Unable to test Nathan Baxter in the home goal the green and whites drew Morris into action again with the last act of the half as Tom James’ 25-yard free-kick had to be gathered at the second attempt.

Needing more urgency in attack, the Glovers almost took the lead within 60 seconds of the restart. 

Winning a corner, Abrahams’ delivery was perfect for Gafaiti who rose highest in the middle but his glanced header fell inches wide to deny the Algerian a second goal in as many games. 

A more open affair than the first-half, Crawley’s top scorer Ollie Palmer had the chance to test Baxter five minutes later but could only blaze over the bar from the edge of the box as quality in the final third remained lacking.

In the search for more of a cutting edge, top scorer Alex Fisher replaced Duffus just before the hour-mark but it was the visitors’ substitute Ashley Nathaniel-George who threatened goal as his low drive forced Baxter into his first save of the game with 25 minutes remaining. 

A rare shot on goal for the Reds, Gabriele Cioffi’s side grew confidence from the effort and stunned Huish Park with the opener on 72 minutes. 

Palmer’s ball to the back post perfectly picked out Morais who had last Daniel Ojo, with the winger coolly side-footing into the far corner. 

Leaving little time to find a way back into the match, Town were left requiring late drama for a second successive match and it almost came on 85 minutes. 

Pattison’s ball into the middle found the head of Seager, but from point-blank range, Morris was able to keep out the effort and dive on the ball with the striker fishing for a rebound. 

Throwing everything at the visitors, the sense it wasn’t Yeovil’s day was confirmed when Morris kept out both Alex Fisher and Sessi D’Almeida in the dying embers of the match to condemn the green and whites to defeat.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Warren (Pattison 68′), Gafaiti, Ojo; Abrahams, Worthington, James, Dobre (D’Almeida 83′); Duffus (Fisher 57′), Seager.
Bookings: Warren 39′, D’Almeida 90′
Subs not used: Nelson, Sowunmi, John, Rogers.

Crawley: Morris; Young, McNerney, Dallison, Maguire; Bulman; Grego-Cox (Nathaniel-George 54′), Camara (Willock 68′), Morais (Gambin 86′); Francomb; Palmer.
Bookings: Morais 60′, Nathaniel-George 63′, Young 78′
Subs not used: Mersin, N’Gala, Sesay. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Crawley Town

Here’s all that’s happening:

Up for the Fight in Green and White
We’re asking fans to show their colours this weekend and back the boys in Green and White.
To help make Huish Park a sea of green and white, fans are encouraged to create a flag display on the unoccupied Away Terrace whilst the Club Store is offering 25% off ALL replica 2018/19 kit and 20% of ALL scarves on Saturday only
*Please do not bring latex balloons due to allergies 

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.
Click here for away fans.

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust
The Trust have a host of activities taking place throughout the day:

  • We welcome Merriott Rhinos who will enjoy the popular Matchday Experience to include a tour and lap of honour at half-time
  • We would also like to welcome the children and their families from YTCST’s Primary Stars partner schools who are taking part in their From Supporter to Super Reporter initiative.
  • On the 3G, we also host the girls and their families from the SSE Wildcats sessions who’ll enjoy some training pre-match and a lap of honour at half-time.
  • Last but not least, the popular Huish Park Hotshots competition returns. This week we have Josh, Tom, Alex, Ollie taking part plus two from the morning’s competition on the 3G

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!

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 26 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, Tristan Abrahams discusses his determination to retain the club’s EFL status and his loan spell so far at Huish Park.

 

Tickets
Advanced tickets are on sale until midday on Saturday with savings to be made!
How to buy:
In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

INTERVIEW | Marmon looking to carry forward momentum

Heading towards defeat at the County Ground, Adel Gafaiti popped up with his first senior goal to rescue a vital point for the Glovers.

Ending a run of five straight defeats, the green and whites now face a Crawley side who have slumped towards the relegation zone after collecting one point from the last five matches, losing four on the bounce.

Having more than matched a Robins side still gunning to make the play-offs, Marmon is looking for more of the same against the Reds.

“We should concentrate on the five games we’ve got left and three of those are at home. If you can get a result like we did at Swindon and the players don’t get a push from that, then I don’t know what the player requires.

“The boys knew the quality of Swindon and they counteracted that really well in the second half. It doesn’t matter how Crawley play at the weekend, we have to get a win. 

“I don’t think they (Crawley) have been treading this deep water of a relegation battle and haven’t really been involved in it.

Now ready to return to Somerset, Town will be hoping for more vocal support from the home faithful.

A third biggest crowd of the campaign back the Glovers a fortnight ago with Town’s boss hoping for more of the same. 

“First of all, the support we had at Swindon I was totally surprised, he said. “I didn’t think there’d be so many on the road, and the after match scenes were unbelievable.

“The players were elated afterwards and I feel in my first home game here against Newport, the atmosphere was very positive.

“f the supporters now take the positives from Swindon and match up what we had against Newport, I think there will be even more noise inside the ground and the players require it. We need it to stay up.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Crawley Town

Macclesfield’s 3-2 win over Exeter City in midweek saw the green and whites fall into the drop zone for the first time in 2018/19, adding to the importance of this weekend’s clash with Crawley. 

With the remaining fixtures this season described as ‘cup finals’ by Interim Manager Neale Marmon and his players, Town will be looking to build on their encouraging 1-1 draw at Swindon last time out. 

Adel Gafaiti’s last-minute header rescued a point for the Somerset outfit and halted a run of five straight defeats. 

Now aiming for maximum points against the Reds, Marmon’s side will then hope results elsewhere see them make a swift exit from the relegation zone. 

If the Glovers are to do so they’ll be without Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle), with Sessi D’Almeida likely to shake off a groin injury sustained a week ago to feature in some part. 

Elsewhere, Alex Pattison has been back in training to potentially end his three-match absence with a return to the matchday squad. 

Whoever makes the starting eleven will be up against a Crawley side who’ve suffered four straight defeats. 

Gabriele Cioffi’s side have slipped towards the bottom of the table and have collected just six points from their last 10 outings. 

Head-to-head
Despite their disappointing form, the Reds will head south looking for a fifth straight win over the green and whites.

Looking to level the scores to six wins each from 13 encounters, the Glovers will meanwhile look to get back to the form displayed in their last win over the West Sussex outfit. 

Hosting Crawley in December 2016, goals from Otis Khan (x2), Tom Eaves, Ryan Hedges and Francois Zoko secured an emphatic 5-0 win in League Two. 

Officials
Ben Toner will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

It’ll be his second match of the campaign involving the Glovers after overseeing the 3-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers in February.

He’ll be assisted by Christopher Kidd and Simon Shaw with Sam Allison acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Matt Worthington and Interim Manager Neale Marmon can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

 

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

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

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

INTERVIEW | ‘We have to focus on ourselves’ – Worthington

The green and whites halted a run of five straight defeats last weekend when Adel Gafaiti’s last-minute header earned a 1-1 draw at Swindon. 

Keeping the Glovers outside of the relegation zone until Macclesfield’s 3-2 win over Exeter in midweek, the January recruit is keen to continue focusing on our own results.

“We need to keep an eye on the teams below us and around us but there’s nothing we can do about Tuesday night,” he told iFollow Glovers. “They scored in the last few minutes but as long as we keep getting results and if we get wins we’ll be alright so we have to focus on ourselves.

“That was their game in hand so we’re level on games now. If we get a win on Saturday we can be above them again potentially so it’s not the end of the world. We just have to keep on top of our results and performances.

“You can see in the last two games that we’ve liked to play football and we’ve got the ball down which is more exciting for the fans. It’s not so direct and we can take massive positives from the last two games.”

After last weekend’s dramatic trip to Wiltshire, the green and whites are back at home on Saturday as we welcome Crawley to Huish Park. 

The Reds have suffered four straight defeats in League Two so Worthington is looking for the performance at Swindon to carry over.

“Saturday can hopefully be the turning point. It was a good point and we battled all the way through to 90 minutes, which is what you have to do because the game is never over until the final whistle.

“It felt really good after, celebrating with the fans so it was a massive point for us and the fans so it’s good to give them something back.

“They (Crawley) have been on a bit of poor form of late so if we can drag some teams down with us and get the win and get above the bottom two then that will be helpful.”

NEWS | Seager nominated for Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month

Coming off the bench, the Yeovil-born striker watched on as the Shrimps equalised inside the final 10 minutes to make it 2-2, before stepping up to fire home a stunning strike in off the crossbar from 25 yards. 

His first goal for the club as a permanent Glover, the unstopable effort secured Town a vital three points against Jim Bentley’s side to cause pandemonium inside Huish Park.

Recognised for the moment of magic, the winners of the Sky Bet EFL Goals of the Month are chosen by a fan poll on skysports.com with votes closing on Monday 15th April. To vote for Ryan, click here.

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:

Ryan Seager – YEOVIL TOWN v Morecambe – 2nd March
Desperate for a win, Seager took matters into his own hands, turning on a clipped pass and unleashing a shot whose combination of power, precision and trajectory made it unsaveable.

Frank Nouble – COLCHESTER UNITED v Newport County – 9th March
Mesmerising footwork sent Newport’s Dan Butler this way and that before Nouble jinked past his man and cleverly arched his looping shot up, over and in from the tightest of angles.

Jamie Devitt – CARLISLE UNITED v Cambridge United – 23rd March
The key to this strike was Devitt’s judgement of when to strike the ball rolling across his path. Leaving it as late as possible, he was able to arrow it unstoppably into the far corner.

NEWS | Pattison set for return

In Neale Marmon’s press briefing on Wednesday, Town’s Interim Manager confirmed the Middlesbrough loanee has returned to training after suffering a recurrence of a back injury.

Likely to play a part at Huish Park this weekend, Marmon also issued an update on the fitness of Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Sessi D’Almeida (groin) who limped out of the 1-1 draw at Swindon. 

“Omar is struggling, but I think Sessi will be training on Friday and he’ll be ready to go on Saturday,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We’ve got 18 players to fill the spaces anyway but I’m trying to get a bit of continuity into the side and give the players the feeling that they’re going to be playing almost every week. 

“Obviously, with people like Patto (Alex Pattison) coming back, and Sessi coming back from injury this week, they’ve got to now be looked at but I have a team in my head.”

Rhys Browne (hamstring) proves to be the only other injury for the green and whites, with the winger not yet ready for a return to action. 

FANS | Vote for your Player of the Season

With the end of season awards taking place after the final game of the season at Huish Park on the 4th May when Carlisle United visit, Town fans can cast their vote NOW

All supporters can choose their favourite player of the campaign by clicking HERE.

Voting will close at 2pm on Saturday May 4th.

FANS | Show you’re Up for the Fight in Green and White

Demonstrate you’re #UpForTheFightInGreenAndWhite by decking yourselves out with scarves, flags, replica kits and anything green and white. 

To help make Huish Park a sea of green and white, the Club Store is offering 25% off ALL replica 2018/19 kit and 20% of ALL scarves on Saturday only

Supporters can also display their flags on the vacant Away Terrace by approaching a steward around the Copse Road entrance.

As we bid to retain our EFL status we need as much help and support from our 12th man as possible.

Saturday’s opponents Crawley sit just two places above the Glovers, with a win on Saturday pulling them to within three points of Neale Marmon’s side. 

Tickets for the clash remain on sale both in advance on the day, with savings to be made when bought before midday on Saturday:

PRICES
Adult: £17-£25
Senior/Disabled: £15-£22
Young Person: £10-12
Junior: £3

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

The Club Store discounts are while stocks last and apply to in-store purchases only. 

NEWS | Open training session times this week

Interim Manager Neale Marmon made the decision to open up Alvington Sports Development Centre for the fans to observe the squad being put through their paces for the remainder of the season.

Supporters are welcome to join the First Team at Alvington (BA22 8UX) at the following times:

Tuesday 9th April: 1000
Wednesday 10th April: 1515 – please note there will be no morning session due to the Glovers Golf Day
Thursday 11th April: N/A
Friday 12th April: 1400
Saturday 13th April: Crawley (h)

Monday 15th April: 1000
Tuesday 16th April: 1000
Wednesday 17th April: N/A
Thursday 18th April: N/A
Friday 19th April: Crewe Alexandra (a)

TICKETS | Back the boys for Crawley clash

The Glovers brought an end to a run of five straight defeats on Saturday when Adel Gafaiti’s dramatic last-minute header secured a point at the County Ground. 

Having pegged back the play-off hopefuls in Wiltshire, the green and whites return home looking to drag the Reds into the relegation battle. 

Backed by a crowd of almost 4,000 last time out at home, supporters can make a saving when buying tickets in advance for this weekend’s encounter. 

PRICES

Adult: £17-£25
Senior/Disabled: £15-£22
Young Person: £10-12
Junior: £3

HOW TO BUY

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

Be part of it at Huish Park and back the boys as they look to get back to winning ways. 

INTERVIEW | ‘We didn’t give up’ – Gafaiti

The 24-year-old was a first-half substitute at the County Ground to pop up with a stoppage time header that secured the green and whites a share of the spoils.

Keeping Neale Marmon’s side outside of the relegation zone, Gafaiti’s first goal for the club proved to be timely. 

Bouncing back from a disappointing first half in Wiltshire where Keshi Anderson’s goal was the difference, the Algerian defender has praised his team-mates’ positive attitude. 

“It’s always good to score, always good to get a point and always good to stay positive,” he told iFollow Glovers. “The main thing was to stay positive even if we conceded a goal, which we did just before half time which I think was stupid from us.

“But we didn’t give up and in the second half everyone was doing good and working, running and no one gave up and thank God we were rewarded with a goal at the end, so I’m really happy with that and really happy for the team.”

Pleased with their approach after the break, Gafaiti continued: “The ball was on the floor and the ball was moving fast. Everyone was getting on the ball and we were able to move the ball from the back and move it forward with quality and this is why we were rewarded at the end.

“We looked better, we feel better and play better when the ball is on the floor; when we pass it and everyone is getting on the ball and passing it. We’ve got to keep doing this.”

Town’s last-gasp equaliser prevented them from falling into the relegation zone for the first time in 2018/19.

Outside of the bottom two on goal difference, Gafaiti spoke of the high belief amongst the players as they face Crawley Town at Huish Park next weekend. 

“The feeling is that we can do it,” he said. “Today (Saturday) was the proof. Last week the first half we played was very positive and the feeling that we have, I know we can do it.

“We will make sure that it happens, so the only thing we have to do is stay positive and work, work, work. That’s the most important thing we can do.

“It’s a must win game. We play at home and every game is a must win. We’ve had six cup finals, we played one and got a point and next week will be another one and we’re going to need three points and we’ll make sure we’re ready for that.”

INTERVIEW | Marmon hails second half performance

Adel Gafaiti’s stoppage time header rescued a draw and ensured the Glovers would stay outside of the bottom two. 

Leaving Wiltshire with a share of the spoils, a run of five straight defeats was brought to an end against a Robins side still hopeful of making the play-offs.

Matching Swindon’s 4-3-3 formation in the opening 45 minutes, Marmon felt tactical changes after the restart changed the game. 

I thought in the first half, over the last two weeks we’ve trained really hard and we looked a bit jaded,” he told iFollow Glovers. “I didn’t think the system we played – the 4-3-3 against Swindon – worked really well.

“We sat far too deep. After half-time, Sessi D’Almeida had a problem with his groin so we took him off after five minutes and put the second striker on and that stopped Swindon playing out from the back straight away.

The draw at the County Ground was Marmon’s first point on the board since taking charge of the team through until the end of the 2018/19 campaign. 

Remaining outside of the relegation zone on goal difference, the 59-year-old is targeting next weekend’s clash with Crawley – who sit directly above the Glovers.

I think that for our morale it was a massive result and I’ve seen with the fans out there, their faces are smiling and with the noise afterwards, I think they’ll get behind us on Saturday when we’ve got Crawley at home.

“If we can get a win there we’d catch up Crawley by three points as well, so we’d be bringing them into the relegation battle.

On the sort of run that we’ve had, to change it around to get a 1-1 right at the end, they know now that they’ve got the petrol in the tank and they’ve got the legs to do it, even though they’re very tired. 

“I think we’ll take off now. The fans will get behind them even more in the stadium next week, and it’s all positives this week in training and around the ground. I’m sure we’ll get a result on Saturday.”

REPORT | Swindon Town 1-1 Yeovil Town

On the back foot for the majority of the first-half, the visitors looked to have made it to the break unscathed before Keski Anderson popped up late on. 

Theo Robinson had a guilt-edge chance to make it a disastrous end to the opening 45 minutes for the green and whites but it went begging to tee up a second half with it all still to play for.

Brighter after the restart, the green and whites had a goal disallowed to deny an equaliser their second half performance deserved up until the 90th minute when Gafaiti popped up at the back post to draw the score level and put a vital point on the board.

Making the short 80 mile trip to Wiltshire, Neale Marmon made three changes for his second game in command. 

After a week back in training following an ankle injury, Omar Sowunmi returned to the starting eleven to take the captain’s armband alongside Gary Warren.

Sticking with a 4-3-3 formation, Tristan Abrahams and Courtney Duffus refreshed the front line as Gabby Rogers and Alex Fisher dropped to the bench. 

Making a final change to the matchday squad, 18-year-old Alex John was awarded a first senior involvement to become the fifth Academy product in 2018/19 to earn a league call-up. 

Awaiting his chance on the sidelines, the game itself saw the Robins make an assured start at the County Ground that produced two early chances.

Inside the opening five minutes, Danny Rose forced Nathan Baxter into a smart save with a 20-yard volley before Robinson squandered an even better chance a quarter-of-an-hour later. 

Collecting the ball just six yards out, the striker scuffed his effort to allow Bevis Mugabi the chance to hack clear as it trickled towards goal. 

Maintaining their monopoly on possession, Richie Wellens’ side continued to test the resoluteness of a Town defence that was dealt a blow half-an-hour in when Sowunmi limped off on his return from injury to see Gafaiti introduced.

Producing plenty of crosses into Baxter’s box the Glovers stood firm to maintain their clean sheet as the break approached, albeit failing to test Luke McCormick at the other end.

Having seemingly ridden the storm to make it through to half-time, Swindon finally opened the scoring on 44 minutes. 

Recycling possession from a wide free-kick the ball was worked to Luke Woolfenden in the box with the defender’s shot from the angle being deflected onto the crossbar and back onto the head of Anderson who couldn’t fail to score. 

Causing uncertainty amongst the Town ranks the lead was almost doubled inside 60 seconds when Robinson was played in on goal, but the striker’s attempted lob dropped wide of the post as Baxter could only watch on. 

Keeping it at a one-goal deficit the Glovers were quick to change things tactically after the restart as Fisher replaced Sessi D’Almeida in a change to 4-4-2. 

Needing to take risks in order to get back into the game spaces began to open up at the back for Town, which Robinson almost exploited.

Beating an advanced Baxter in a foot race for the ball the striker was able to round the keeper before seeing his low shot cleared by Gary Warren inside the six-yard box.

At the other end, Daniel Ojo’s mazy run was met with a shot over the bar just past the hour-mark as the Somerset outfit began to see more of the ball.

Quickly followed by another chance, the home crowd began to vent some frustration as Abrahams’ low cross was fired into the arms of McCormick by Matt Worthington. 

Cheered on by the travelling 331 supporters, Town’s good spell looked to have been rewarded with an equaliser as the game ticked into the final 20 minutes.

Tom James’ sumptuous cross was scrambled across the line by Duffus to spark celebrations that were only cut short by the linesman’s flag for offside. 

Not disheartened by the decision the waves of attacks continued to come Swindon’s way as their keeper was forced into making a smart stop late on.

Substitute Ryan Seager’s neat through ball found the run of Fisher whose first-time strike had to be parried behind for a corner as the pressure continued to mount.

Ticking towards the final few minutes James almost grabbed a dramatic equaliser with a stunning 35-yard free-kick only for McCormick to spoon the dipping effort into the air and eventually away from danger. 

Having pushed the play-off chasing Robins until the end, the game seemed to have gone when only two minutes of additional time were shown by the fourth official but for one last moment of magic. 

James’ superb delivery from a wide free-kick was flicked on to Gafaiti at the back post who directed the ball into the bottom corner with a pinpoint header to send the away end into raptures and provide a massive boost for Town’s survival hopes.

Swindon Town: McCormick; Knoyle, Woolfenden, Conroy, Koiki; Carroll, Rose, Bennett (Broadbent 89′); Woolery, Anderson (Doughty 69′), Robinson.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Matthews, McCourt, Dunne, Taylor, Richards.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi (Gafaiti 30′), Warren, Ojo; James, Worthington, D’Almeida (Fisher 52′); Abrahams, Duffus (Seager 76′), Dobre.
Bookings: Duffus 20′
Subs not used: Nelson, John, Gray, Rogers.

INTERVIEW | ‘We need a 90 minute performance’ – Warren

The green and whites will make the 80 mile journey to the County Ground off the back of conceding three goals in the final half-an-hour at home to Newport County last Saturday. 

Neale Marmon’s side had produced a good performance up until the Exiles netted twice in four minutes, eventually going on to be 3-1 winners.

Pushing Town closer to the relegation zone, Warren is looking for no lapses in concentration against an in-form Robins side. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “For us, it’s about getting results now and turning the start we made on Saturday into a complete performance. Can we turn that into a 90-minute performance going into the Swindon game? 

“We know the form they’re in, they’re a very good side and pose some good attacking players but I feel this league is a strange league this year.

“You only have to look at Tuesday night, Cambridge beat Bury 3-0 away from home so shocks can happen. For us, we have to make sure we apply ourselves right, focus and concentrate at both ends of the pitch.”

With six games remaining to retain their EFL status, Yeovil currently sit outside of the bottom two on goal difference. 

Keen to avoid dropping into the relegation zone for the first time this season, Warren is demanding a passionate performance from his team-mates.

“Every game is a big game,” he said. “It’s lads’ futures, lads’ careers on the line and it’s also the football club’s future on the line.

“We have to not take that as a pressure, but take it as an enjoyment. Enjoy putting your heart and soul into a performance and into working as hard as you can for a football club and yourself.”

PREVIEW | Swindon Town v Yeovil Town

The West Country clash will be Town’s second shortest trip of the season and one of the most important in Sky Bet League Two. 

For the green and whites, anything other than a victory could see them drop into the bottom two for the first time in 2018/19 whilst the Robins have an outside chance of making the play-offs. 

With it all to play for at both ends of the table, Town will want to start the month of April on a high after making the short trip across the county border to Wiltshire. 

If they’re to do so they’ll be without Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Alex Pattison (back), with Omar Sowunmi (ankle) back in training and available for selection. 

Making it a virtually fully fit squad to choose from, whoever makes the matchday 18 will be up against a Swindon side unbeaten in their last three and boasting seven goals in their last two games.

Also five unbeaten at the County Ground, Town will be looking to collect their first win on the road since the 1-0 win at Mansfield in January. 

Head-to-head
Saturday’s match will be the 19th encounter between the two sides.

Swindon have the advantage with nine victories to their name, with the green and whites without a win in their last three meetings. 

The Glovers can be buoyed by their last victory which came in 2015, as James Berrett secured a 1-0 win at the County Ground.

Officials
Thomas Bramall will be taking charge of proceedings in Wiltshire.

It will be his fourth match of the campaign involving the Glovers, after last taking charge of the 4-1 defeat away at Oldham Athletic in February. 

On Saturday he’ll be assisted by Matthew Smith and Adrian Tranter with Leigh Crowhurst acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Gary Warren and Interim Manager Neale Marmon 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 | Marmon happy for Town to be ‘underestimated’

The Glovers head to Wilshire after a run of five straight defeats whilst the Robins still have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs. 

Taking charge of his second match since being appointed until the end of the campaign, Marmon is comfortable going into the fixture as underdogs.

“They’re pushing for promotion but I hope they underestimate us,” he told iFollow Glovers. “We’re trying to go there and nick something and we haven’t got anything to lose. 

“Obviously, we need the points but because they’re in good form not many people expect something. 

“Their three strikers are very, very quick and we’re aware of that but we’re just focusing on ourselves at the moment and concentrating on getting our game better, defending better and going forward better.”

The 59-year-old oversaw his first game on the touchline last weekend as the green and whites fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Newport County. 

Despite the loss, Marmon feels there are positives to take into the trip to the County Ground on Saturday.

“A lot of pepole saw in the game last week that we kept the ball well for 60 minutes and after the goal, we conceded the second goal quickly which broke our morale a little bit.

“The boys fought back and made it 1-2 and we were pushing for a second but got caught on the break, so we have to be aware of that because Swindon do break very well.

“I thought our last game was quite good for 60 minutes and if we can keep building on that I think we’ll get the points we require.”

COMMERCIAL | Glovers Golf Day fast approaching!

Taking place at the beautiful Sherborne Golf Club, a team of three can be entered for just £150 to celebrate a decade of the event. 

Each team will be joined by either a player (past or present), member of the management team or a celebrity. 

More than just 18 holes, teams will enjoy the following on the day:
– Coffee and bacon butty on arrival
– 18 holes of golf
– A two-course meal
– Auction and raffle
– Presentation/prize ceremony
 
To download an entry form, please click here.
 
For further details, please contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872.

NEWS | Inter-service football returns to Huish Park

The men’s fixture will take place on the hallowed Huish Park pitch on Wednesday, April 3rd (7pm) with FREE admission, free parking and refreshments.
 
The Inter-Service Football competition sees the three services battle it out to be crowned the Inter-Service champions for 2019. 
 
Considered to be the pinnacle of a serviceman or servicewoman’s playing career, the home fixtures have traditionally taken place in Portsmouth with the three services battling it out to be named Inter-Service champions. 
 
Yeovil Town is delighted to be hosting the men’s fixture and urge all supporters and members of the public to support our services at Huish Park. 

TICKETS | Join Town on the road for West Country clash

Just 80 miles separate the two sides to represent the second shortest trip of the season for the green and whites, who’ll head to the County Ground looking for a vital three points. 

Sitting outside of the bottom two on goal difference, Neale Marmon’s side will look to go one better than last season’s 2-2 draw in Wiltshire.

Alex Fisher and Lewis Wing were on target in a dramatic match and Town supporters can make sure they’re part of it this time around with advanced tickets on sale now. 

PRICES

Adult – £23
Senior – £17
Student – £17
Under-21 – £10
Under-18 – £6
Under-11 – £2

Tickets can be purchased on the day from the ticket office situated 50 yards away from the Arkells Stand at the end of the ground.

HOW TO BUY

In person at the ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: click here

For more information including travel to the match provided by the Green & White Supporters Club, visit our away tickets page.