Month: May 2019

STATEMENT | Club update on managerial vacancy and ownership

On the possible sale of the club, Mr Fry stated: “Over the last two weeks we have reduced the numerous parties expressing an interest down to a shortlist and a decision on which one to adopt will be made over the next few days.”

Speaking of the first team manager role, the club’s chairman added: “We are very aware of the need to appoint a manager as soon as possible and we have spoken to a range of applicants to date. Some of these are nationally known names, others are more local candidates.

“The appointment of a manager has been complicated by the potential change of ownership so we, therefore, expect the new manager to be confirmed when the ownership situation has been resolved.”

ACADEMY | Pro deals offered as scholars released

Versatile midfielder John, who was also recently called up to a Wales Under-19 training camp, spent the majority of the second half of the campaign training exclusively with the first-team and was named amongst the substitutes in Sky Bet League Two on two occasions. 

Lively winger Shako enjoyed a similar training experience whilst impressing for the under-18s in a season which saw them record their highest placed finish since the Academy restarted four years ago, with both now offered senior deals.

With Gabby Rogers and Daniel Ojo transitioning from the under-18s to turn professional during the 2018/19 campaign and a further four making the senior matchday squad, the pathway between the Academy and the first-team has continued to grow stronger.

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Above: Alex John (left) and Nestor Shako (right) offered professional contracts

Looking to follow a similar path, five current under-16s have been offered scholarships at Huish Park with a further four offered deals following trials, which will be officially announced at the start of July.

Those who accept will join Kacper Kowalczyk, George Calverley, Declan Rose, Tai Fleming, Tyrique Clarke, Daniel Neild, Archie Sturdy and Devon Arnold – who in January became the youngest player to represent YTFC in the EFL – in the under-18s squad.

However, the rest of the current second years have all been released as we look to progress the younger age groups and welcome the new intake.

Youngsters Tommy Scott, Lewis Dix, Harry Haughton, Tom Hayes, Neville Nzembela and Hong Wan will all move on this summer to hopefully pursue careers elsewhere.

We wish all of the above the very best for the future and thank them for their efforts and commitment during their time at Huish Park. 

Professional terms offered:
Alex John, Nestor Shako.

Scholars entering second-year:
Kacper Kowalczyk, George Calverley, Declan Rose, Tai Fleming, Tyrique Clarke, Daniel Neild, Archie Sturdy, Devon Arnold.

Current second-year scholars released:
Tommy Scott, Lewis Dix, Harry Haughton, Tom Hayes, Neville Nzembela, Hong Wan. 

NEWS | Alan Skirton funeral arrangements

The popular figure at Huish Park sadly passed away earlier this month at the age of 80, having enjoyed a 21-year association with the club.

Alan’s funeral will take place on Monday 3rd June for what will be a celebration of his life, much of which was spent in football where he will be fondly remembered by all of his previous clubs. 

All those who knew Alan are welcome to attend with the details as follows:

Service: 12 noon at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath, on Monday 3rd June.
Info: Club ties are most welcome and a reception will be held a short drive away following the service. 
Family flowers only please but donations, if desired, can be made in memory of Alan to Alzheimer’s Society and three local charities care of CS Bowyer Funeral Directors, 2 The Bullpit, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1NB.

TICKETS | Price drop for 2019/20 season tickets

Having been supported fantastically, the club has made the decision to offer a saving of up to £106 for adult and senior supporters with the same excellent value retained for young persons and juniors as in 2018/19. 

The equivalent of up to 10 free games can be enjoyed by purchasing during the Advanced Price phase whilst prices have been flattened to offer a single seated and terrace price to simplify the ticketing structure.

With adult season tickets the same as just £12 (seated) or £9 (terrace) a match, a family of two adults and two juniors could take in each match at Huish Park from just £22 with an Advanced Price season ticket!

Young Person season tickets remain at the equivalent of just £7 a match with juniors able to take in 23 home league fixtures for just £39!

Building on the signing of the Armed Forces Military Covenant, the club is also introducing a Military Personnel discount on season tickets and match tickets*. The offer means an adult serving member of the Armed Forces could purchase an adult season ticket for the price of a senior season ticket (a saving of £50). 

To allow supporters the best possible opportunity to make the most of the Advanced Price offer, the deadline will be 4pm on Friday 14th June before the Full Price stage comes into effect. Current season ticket holders will have their seat reserved until this time, after which they will be released for general sale.

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To download the 2019/20 brochure click HERE with application forms available to download HERE.

Unfortunately, due to our previous finance provider Zebra Finance no longer offering credit on season tickets, we are at present unable to offer monthly payments for season tickets. We are currently speaking with alternative suppliers and hope to have an alternative in place before the start of the season.

*serving members must have a valid MoD 90 (Service ID Card) and Service ID number

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Renewing your season ticket is easier than ever. Supporters have three options:

  • Renew online by clicking HERE and logging on to your account
  • Renew in person via the Huish Park ticket office
  • Renew over the phone by calling the ticket office on 01935 847888

Supporters without an existing season ticket can purchase in the same three ways, but to buy online will need to click HERE and follow the instructions.

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Further benefits will follow in due course but season ticket holders can enjoy a host of additional benefits on top of the best value for watching the Glovers in action at Huish Park:

  • Buy Back Scheme – if you have to miss a game then simply hand your ST card back into the Ticket Office at least 24 hours before kick-off and receive a £5 voucher off the price of next year’s season ticket (can be redeemed for up to three games)
  • Monthly Draw – win upgraded tickets, hospitality experiences, merchandise and more
  • 10% discount in the Club Store
  • Priority booking on Cup and play-off matches

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14th June: Advanced Price phase closes at 4pm 

15th June: Full Price phase begins and existing season ticket holders who haven’t renewed have their seat released for general sale

NEWS | Club statement on advancements

A number of alternative offers to invest in or purchase the Club have been received and discussions are continuing with a small number of serious parties.

The Club is talking to several high-quality candidates for the position of First Team Manager and we anticipate making an early appointment.  The new manager will be involved in the reshaping of the Football Management team to meet the new challenges.  Paul Terry (First Team Coach), Steve Phillips (Goalkeeping Coach) and Yiannis Iosif (Football Operations Assistant) will be leaving the Club with our thanks for their valued efforts.

The normal pre-season football related activities have been continuing and the retained and released player list has been announced and the players have been informed.

The Club has also been working hard to create next season’s season ticket offer and the Club will be launching its 2019/2020 packages early next week.

Going forward, as the Club adjusts to National League football, fan support and involvement with the Club will continue to be very important and the Club’s Vision for the future will be discussed with the Supporters Alliance over the coming weeks.

In the interim, we thank Glovers fans for their support and will continue to issue updates on all of the above matters as and when there are any further updates.

NEWS | 2018/19 retained list

With 10 players already contracted for the 2019/20 campaign, Town have additionally offered a new contract to defender Craig Alcock, whilst professional terms have also been offered to Academy products Alex John and Nestor Shako.

No new contracts will at this time be offered to Francois Zoko, Alex Fisher, Bevis Mugabi, Rhys Browne, Jake Gray, Adel Gafaiti, Alefe Santos or Yoann Arquin.  

The club has also opted not to exercise Sessi D’Almeida’s one-year contract extension.

When a new Manager is appointed, he will be responsible for the recruitment of further players and his supporting staff.

Loan players Nathan Baxter, Josh Grant, Tristan Abrahams, Alex Pattison and Alex Dobre have all returned to their parent clubs and we thank Chelsea, Norwich City, Middlesbrough and AFC Bournemouth for their help and cooperation, as well as the players themselves for their endeavour and commitment whilst at Huish Park. 

YTFC thank all departing players for their contribution to the team and club, especially the long-serving duo of Francois Zoko and Bevis Mugabi who have been a credit to themselves and YTFC during their time in Somerset.

RETAINED LIST
Contracted players:
Stuart Nelson, Carl Dickinson, Gary Warren, Omar Sowunmi, Tom James, Daniel Ojo, Matt Worthington, Gabriel Rogers, Courtney Duffus, Ryan Seager.

Out of contract players and Academy Graduates offered new deals:
Craig Alcock, Alex John and Nestor Shako.

Released players:
Adel Gafaiti, Bevis Mugabi, Jake Gray, Rhys Browne, Alex Fisher, Sessi D’Almeida, Alefe Santos, Yoann Arquin, Francois Zoko. 

Expired loans:
Nathan Baxter, Josh Grant (both Chelsea), Tristan Abrahams (Norwich City), Alex Pattison (Middlesbrough), Alex Dobre (AFC Bournemouth).

NEWS | Popular commercial manager passes away

Joining the club in 1981 from Bath City to start a 21-year association with the Glovers, Alan went on to make his mark in both a professional capacity and as a much-loved member of the Yeovil family.

Starting out his career in football as a player with Arsenal, the talented winger also enjoyed successful spells with Blackpool, Bristol City, Torquay United and Weymouth as well as a stint in South Africa with Durban City.

After hanging up his boots and moving into the commercial world of football, Alan successfully undertook rolls at both Weymouth and Bath City prior to moving to South Somerset and the original Huish Park.

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On top of masterminding the commercial revolution at YTFC which saw millions of pounds raised during his time in command, Alan became the voice of matchday for Town fans and an integral part of things at the club. 

In charge of the tannoy at the old Huish the much-loved staff member was part of the move to the new ground in his second decade at the club before retiring in 2002. 

Still working on a consultancy basis afterward, Alan was still a regular on matchdays and was in the stands as the green and whites ended a 108-year wait to enter the Football League in 2003.

Staying in close contact with many figures at Huish Park, the thoughts of everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club are with Alan’s wife Jane, his son Andrew and all of the Skirton family.

COMMERCIAL | Keegan a hit at Huish Park

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

The Liverpool and England legend shared a night of tales and entertainment with a sold out crowd in the Alec Stock Lounge, reliving stories from his playing and management career which spanned more than forty years. 

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The club wishes to thank all those who attended with a special mention to Chris Milton from Thatchers Cider for their support of the event.

Those in attendance were able to have their photo taken with Kevin Keegan as a takeaway gift, with further prints available via Pinnacle Photo Agency by clicking here.

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COMMERCIAL | Sky Bet League Two preview

Four teams battling out for their involvement in what is often described as the ‘richest game in football’ – the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.

Leeds’ involvement has upset the typical status quo with the club often found bouncing around mid-table at this point. Marcelo Bielsa has managed to guide the Whites to third in the table in his first full season in charge.

Aston Villa and Derby are in for the second consecutive seasons while West Brom have secured top-six as many expected following their relegation from the Premier League.

What we have though is an incredibly strong line-up with each of the four teams able to make a case for good enough to take on England’s elite in August.

The first of the semi-finals is a West Midlands derby as Aston Villa host West Brom in the first leg before the return fixture at the Hawthorns on Tuesday.

Aston Villa have set a club record for most consecutive wins this season with ten, and the fact that the run came in the second-half of the season means many have put them down as the favourites for the play-offs.

The winning run came to an end in final week, though. A draw away at Leeds, where Bielsa ordered his players to allow Villa to score in an act of extraordinary sportsmanship, was followed by a defeat to Norwich on the last day.

West Brom’s form hasn’t been exceptional but they are an incredibly difficult side to face at the Hawthorns. The Baggies have won their last five in front of their own supporters, fantastic form despite the surprise sacking of Darren Moore which some expected would damage their post-season prospects.

A concern for James Shan will be their record on the road in recent weeks. Before heading to Leeds, West Brom were one of the best away sides in the division but since that 4-0 hammering at Elland Road they have won just one away game.

Its three defeats in five away since then which could set this up to be a tie which will be all but decided in the first leg. That said, the circumstances show that it was a difficult run of games.

They faced a Derby side who had to win to secure a play-off spot and the same applies to Bristol City and their play-off aspirations when they travelled there at the beginning of April.

There have also been visits to Reading and Millwall, who were both battling the drop, but the solo win during that time offers hope. They beat Brentford 1-0 who, despite finishing in 11th, had the third-best home record in the division.

Aston Villa’s aspirations have obviously been boosted since that late run but it’ll be intriguing to see how they can bounce back now that has come to an end. While Villa are the form team, West Brom have been a constant feature in the top-six throughout the campaign.

Waiting for them in the final will be Leeds or Derby. Leeds are favourites to win the play-offs – but their recent form has left some questions.

They’ve finished the regular season on the back of four winless games, two of those against teams at the bottom who only had 10 men. Bielsa isn’t worried and he’ll be hoping his squad feel the same.

Leeds have been superb throughout large parts of the campaign but their issue is putting the ball in the back of the net, despite creating plenty of opportunities.

The one positive for the Whites going into this tie is the fact they have dominated Derby twice this season already. They hammered them 4-1 at Pride Park in the second week of the campaign, while also securing a convincing 2-0 win at Elland Road.

Leeds need to find that spark again and it is there. A lot has changed since those two regular season meetings which sets it up to be an encounter that could go either way.

In Derby, they take on a team in great form with defeat a rarity at the end of the campaign.

Frank Lampard’s debut in management has seen the Rams return to the play-off picture and whatever happens in the end, the four teams can view their seasons as a success.

It’s not a certainty – but finishing higher does give you a slightly better chance of success according to the history of this competition.

In 14 play-off finals since the league was re-branded to the Championship, only three teams have failed to make Wembley when finishing in 3rd (Brighton in 2016, Nottingham Forest in 2010 and Ipswich in 2005).

In 50% of those finals, the team finishing in 3rd has been promoted to the Premier League. Most recently that was Fulham in 2018, and prior to that it was Norwich in 2015 after they beat Middlesbrough at the national stadium.

Blackpool (2010) and West Ham (2005) are the only teams who finished in 6th and went on to win the play-off final.

Probability of success based on recent history:

  1. Leeds – (3rd – 7/14)
  2. Aston Villa (5th – 3/14)
  3. West Brom (4th – 2/14)
  4. Derby (6th – 2/14)

All eyes will be on Sunderland’s performance in the League One play-offs after missing out on their initial aim of automatic promotion, and they face one of the toughest ties available in the division by coming up against Portsmouth.

Jack Ross’ men were beaten by Pompey at the Checkatrade Trophy final and Portsmouth were the only team in the top-seven who were able to beat Sunderland in the league.

A team that have picked up points in 41 of their 46 games this season would usually end up promoted but Sunderland finished in fifth. Draws held them back throughout the campaign, their 19 being considerably higher than the majority of other teams in League One.

They are the team that most people have followed based on their recent history. The Black Cats suffered consecutive relegations from the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship, the downfall documented for all to see on on-demand TV.

There was the expectation that they would bounce straight back up but it may not work out like that. The positive is that the club has found itself again with supporters re-engaging at their lowest point.

It’s a tried and tested formula that has worked for teams in the past and Sunderland will have to do the same. Those that have struggled often benefit from the drop to then get promoted and come back stronger – that’s the aim for Ross’ men.

They’re up against three very talented sides though who can all make a case for deserving a spot in the Championship next season. Charlton, Portsmouth and Doncaster are the other three teams who will be hoping that they will be lifting the trophy at Wembley.

The most intriguing tie comes from Portsmouth v Sunderland – two clubs who would have hoped to have finished higher than their respective positions.

Sunderland can take confidence from the fact not many sides have been able to beat them. They’re a tough team to come up against and the ability to avoid defeat is key here. The Black Cats have proven throughout the season that they can do it, although Portsmouth are one of the teams who have been able to get past them.

The benefit of that Checkatrade Trophy final is that the one side who make it to the play-off final will have experience of playing on the big stage this season.

That was the main focus of both managers after that game. The trophy was nice to win, but ultimately the primary aim is based on success in the league and the day itself can only benefit in the long-run.

In the other tie, Charlton’s fantastic season has seen them sneak into third on final day and set up a meeting with Doncaster, who had to wait until game 46 to secure their top-six spot.

Lee Bowyer has managed to keep the Addicks at the top end of the division throughout the course of his managerial career – guiding them to the play-offs last year which ended in a semi-final defeat against Shrewsbury.

They’ll be better for the experience though and have kicked on with some decent recruitment. The headline addition has been Lyle Taylor, who has established himself as one of the division’s top strikers during his season at the club.

A defeat to in-form Oxford is the only time they’ve dropped points in their last eight league games. Since that loss, it’s been three wins, 10 goals scored, with none conceded.

This isn’t just a team hitting form, it’s a team which has form alongside the consistency across the 46-game period.

That’s not to say that Doncaster have little chance of progression. Grant McCann has done a fantastic job with a talented group of players. The attacking element has been the most eye-catching, with John Marquis regularly finding the net.

Mallik Wilks has enjoyed a strong loan spell from Leeds while there’s been a balance of goal contribution from the midfield. The concern for Rovers, though, is a lack of consistency throughout the season.

They’ve been up there in the right part of the table, but the results have fluctuated between periods of success and ones with dropped points. Four wins through September and another run from March into April have been coupled with a five-game run without victory.

A final day win may give them a boost given how it’s been rare that they’ve failed to follow up victory with at least a draw the game after.

Unlike the Sky Bet Championship, the League One play-offs do not historically favour those who finish as the ‘top seed’ in 3rd.

Using the same criteria (the 14 seasons of the current division structure), the 3rd-placed team have only been promoted on four occasions.

The best position to finish in seems to be fourth, which will be good news for Portsmouth supporters. The fourth-placed team have gone up five times, most recently being Rotherham in the 2017/18 season.

Bad news for Sunderland, the play-offs don’t favour those who finish fifth. Only two teams who have ended in that position have been promoted to the Championship, and those teams were Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 and Barnsley in 2006.

Doncaster are the outsiders but recent history has shown how those who end in sixth can finish as the winners. Millwall (2017) and Barnsley (2016) are two teams who have finished the lowest of the four sides but earned their spot in the Championship.

They also join Scunthorpe in 2009 as being the sixth-placed teams who would end up promoted.

Probability of success based on recent history:

  1. Portsmouth (4th – 5/14)
  2. Charlton (3rd – 4/14)
  3. Doncaster (6th – 3/14)
  4. Sunderland (5th – 2/14)

While history shouldn’t be looked into with great detail when deciding a play-off winner, it does show us how the League Two competition is usually the most open.

The phrase you hear the most around the time of the play-offs is that it’s a “lottery”. To some extent it is, but form and consistency across the season play a bigger part, although this division has proven to support the above cliche.

The final day decided who would finish fourth and who would come in seventh. Newport managed to snatch that last spot with a late tap-in from Jamille Matt, while Mansfield were beaten by MK Dons who leapfrogged them into the automatic promotion spots.

It is the opposite of the other divisions here, with those who finish the lowest of the four teams having the better chance of success.

In the last 14 finals, the team who have ended in 7th have won on five occasions, most recently that was Blackpool in 2017 and then AFC Wimbledon the season before that.

It is then a straight split between the other three positions. In the remaining nine finals, it’s worked out that three teams in each position has ended up with promotion.

You have to go back to Fleetwood in 2014 for the last side to finish in fourth and get promoted. While we often see the top seed in the final in the Championship, it’s common that they don’t make it to Wembley in League Two.

There are obviously the five teams who were beaten along the way by those in seventh. They are joined by Shrewsbury (2011), Bury (2009) and MK Dons (2007) as being the eight fourth-placed teams not to reach the final.

That will give Newport fans some optimism – although it highlights just how much of a lottery the League Two play-offs typically are.

Probability of success based on recent history:

  1. Newport (7th – 5/15)
  2. Forest Green (5th – 3/15)
  3. Tranmere (6th – 3/15)
  4. Mansfield (4th – 3/15)

STATEMENT | Club comment on takeover developments

The Club will continue to seek potential investors whilst concentrating on planning to bounce back from relegation.

As a consequence, Interim Manager Neale Marmon will depart Huish Park with immediate effect and the Club would like to wish Neale all the best for the future.

The Club will now continue the search for a new First Team Manager in order to allow for a successful summer of player retention and recruitment.

NEWS | Baxter claims awards clean sweep

Starring throughout the campaign, the on loan Chelsea goalkeeper claimed all five Player of the Season awards after making 38 appearances in his debut EFL campaign. 

Recognised by the fans for his stellar displays, the Green & White Supporters Club, Cary Glovers and Disabled Supporters Association accolades all went to the ‘keeper, along with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust’s recognition.

Completing his dominance of the awards, the 20-year-old also scooped the Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Season award having helped achieve a club record six consecutive cleansheets in the early stages of 2018/19.

Elsewhere, Alex Fisher’s eight goals saw him awarded the Andy Stone Memorial Trophy given to the club’s top scorer each season whilst Jake Gray was rewarded for his efforts in the community by being given YTCST’s Community Champion award.

Congratulations to Nathan, Alex and Jake. The full results are as follows:

G&WSC Player of the Season – Nathan Baxter
Cary Glovers Player of the Season – Nathan Baxter
Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Season – Nathan Baxter
YTCST Player of the Season – Nathan Baxter
YTCST Community Champion Award – Jake Gray
DSA Player of the Season runner-up – Tom James
DSA Player of the Season – Nathan Baxter
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy (Top Scorer) – Alex Fisher

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-0 Carlisle United

With a top seven finish still within reach, the visitors were on the front foot for much of the first-half as Hallam Hope went closest to breaking the deadlock. 

The United striker forced Stuart Nelson into a second smart save early after the restart before Alex Dobre almost converted against the run of play.

Ending brightly, Alex Pattison, Jake Gray and Ryan Seager all went close to snatching victory late on but it was to be a share of the spoils in an afternoon that saw the club’s 16-year league status come to an end.

Unable to beat the drop last weekend, Neale Marmon was forced into two changes for the club’s final EFL fixture before starting next season in the National League.

Loan goalkeeper Nathan Baxter has made his last appearance for the green and whites with a small niggle ruling him out of a home goodbye, as veteran stopper Nelson came in between the sticks. 

Suffering with a shoulder problem, Sessi D’Almeida also dropped from the squad to see Alefe Santos take his place whilst four academy products were named amongst the substitutes – the most at any point this season. 

Able to look to the future with nothing riding on the game, it was a different story for Steven Pressley’s side who needed a win to keep their faint play-off hopes alive. 

With that in mind, the Cumbrians were quickest out of the blocks and tested Nelson twice inside the opening 10 minutes. 

Town’s number one stood tall to parry away Hope’s stabbed strike from 12 yards, before comfortably collecting Nathan Thomas’ strike from range in a bright start for the visitors. 

Maintaining their dominance of possession the Blues lost some of their attacking threat shown early on, as the game ticked to the half-hour mark with most of the action in the middle of the park.

Unable to penetrate a resolute looking Yeovil defence – led mainly by an imperious Bevis Mugabi – Carlisle were forced to try their hand from range as Mike Jones and Stefan Scougall both failed to test Nelson further. 

Struggling to enjoy any territory or possession the Glovers remained on the defensive, but managed to keep it goalless at the halfway stage. 

Feeling very much like an end of season encounter in sunny Somerset, Carlisle started the second half with the kind of tempo you’d expect from a side still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs. 

Thomas again fired into the arms of Nelson before an almost carbon copy of Hope’s early chance in the first-half. 

Played in by Mike Jones’ ball over the top, United’s top scorer was again denied by Town’s stopper who had raced from his line to reduce the angle and block well. 

Yet to register a shot on goal, the Glovers almost stunned the visitors by netting with their first chance of the match. 

In a rare foray forward, Courtney Duffus’ cross found strike partner Dobre whose dipping header was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Adam Collin. 

After a flurry of action at both ends of the pitch the game resorted back to a defensive battle, as the chances dried up for both teams. 

Continuing to work the ball into promising situations, Pressley’s side were unable to force the best out of Nelson who looked comfortable.

Having ridden the storm defensively, the green and whites looked to end what had been a campaign to forget on a high with a bright spell late on. 

Dobre’s cross came all the way through to Pattison 10 yards out, but his stabbed strike lacked the power to beat Collin before Tom James glanced a Gray corner into the side netting moments later.

After teeing up James, Town’s midfielder almost grabbed his third in as many games but for a superb double save from Collin. 

Racing onto Alex Fisher’s cross, Gray saw his curling strike parried straight back to him only to see his venomous volley once again kept out by Carlisle’s ‘keeper. 

Finishing with a flourish there was only one side looking likely to break the deadlock late on and substitute Seager almost did just that. 

James’ wide free-kick delivery was glanced towards goal by the Yeovil-born striker and was destined for the far corner but for Collin’s full-stretch dive.

Proving to be the final chance of the match it was to end in a third successive draw for the Glovers, who headed into the afternoon with relegation to the National League already confirmed.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Worthington, Sowunmi, Mugabi, James; Gray, Santos (Arquin 70′), Pattison, Abrahams (Seager 76′); Duffus (Fisher 80′), Dobre.
Bookings: Pattison 24′, Gray 88′.
Subs not used: Scott, Ojo, Rogers, Arnold.

Carlisle United: Collin; Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Miller; Jones, Slater (Cullen 71′); Thomas, Scougall, O’Hare; Hope. 
Bookings: Gerrard 69′, Jones 77′.
Subs not used: Gray, Kennedy, Devitt, Glendon, Gillesphey.

FANS | Kit designs chosen for 2019/20

Almost 2,000 supporters cast their vote to choose between the four designs put forward by kit manufacturer TAG Sportswear. 

With two home shirts to choose between, 52% voted for design one with fans additionally voting for white shorts in preference to green. 

Town fans were also able to provide further feedback on the shortlisted designs, with the club now exploring with TAG the possibility of providing an all green back to design one as commonly suggested. 

Also voting for 2019/20’s away kit, almost 60% of supporters opted for design two.

The club will now work with the kit supplier to deliver the new strip ready for next season and we’d like to thank all fans who took part in the online poll. 

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Carlisle United

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

Back the Young Glovers
The under-18s have their final Merit League 1 fixture at Alvington Development Centre as they host local rivals Exeter City at 11am. Guaranteed to secure their highest league finish since the Academy started, get behind the stars of the future by heading along to watch for free! 

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.

YTCST Takeover!
The Community Sports Trust are taking over Huish Park on Saturday with activities throughout the day:

  • YTCST U14s v South Gloucestershire U14s – 10am kick-off on the 3G
  • Matchday Experience with Martock U9s/10s, Bruton Utd U12s & Martock U13s with a lap of honour at half time) 
  • We would also like to welcome the children and their families from YTCST’s Advanced Talent ID centre, who will enjoy training on the 3G, a lap of honour and a five-a-side match on the pitch at half-time

Keep an eye out for the YTCST gazebo outside of the ground to find out more about the Trust’s excellent work!

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

Replica kit discount!
The club store is slashing prices on this season’s home and away kit on Saturday. 
Adult and junior home and away shirts are reduced to just £15, with shorts (£10) and socks (£8) available while stocks last.

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

Read all about it!
Pick up the final issue this season 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, we look back at some of the magical moments from our 16-year stay in the EFL.

End of season presentations
It’s anticipated the end of season presentations will take place after full-time on the pitch in front of the Tamburino Stand. Supporters wishing to stay behind are welcome. 

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Carlisle United

Neale Marmon’s side come into the season finale unable to avoid relegation after having their fate sealed last weekend at Northampton. 

Results elsewhere meant a 2-2 draw on the road wasn’t good enough to take the relegation battle to the final day, despite strikes from Tristan Abrahams and Jake Gray. 

It means the meeting with the Cumbrians will mark the end of Town’s 16-year stay in the EFL, whilst Steven Pressley’s side have an outside chance of making the play-offs. 

Currently three points outside of the top seven, the visitors will have to secure victory in Somerset and hope results elsewhere go their way. 

Up against the green and whites, Marmon will have no fresh injury concerns to mull over with Rhys Browne (hamstring), Gary Warren (hamstring) and Josh Grant (achilles) still unavailable, alongside the suspended Adel Gafaiti. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be the 26th meeting between the two sides with the Glovers looking to record the double for the first time since 2011.

Tom James’ stoppage time free-kick earned Town all three points at Brunton Park in October, having failed to win in their last 12 encounters with United.

Officials
Matthew Donohue will be the man in the middle at Huish Park.

It will be his second visit to Somerset this season after taking charge of the 3-0 loss to Swindon in September. 

This time around he’ll be assisted by Justin Amey and Marvyn Amphlett with Richard Hulme 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.

NEWS | Yeovil Town Ladies to take on Chelsea at Huish Park

The Lady Glovers will look to avenge the defeat in the reverse fixture in front of a bumper crowd in Somerset, aiming to smash the club’s attendance record of 1,897.

The playing of this game at Huish Park has been made possible by a renewed proactive relationship between YTFC and YTLFC and should the game prove to be successful, the prospect of further occasional Ladies games at Huish Park will be more likely.

With kids able to watch for just £1, adults for £5 and concessions for £2.50, get behind Lee Burch’s side in top flight action under the lights.

Women’s football has attracted some record-breaking attendances in recent weeks, so be part of a record-breaking attendance for Yeovil Town Ladies by backing the girls at Huish Park.

Prices increase on the day so supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance online by clicking HERE, with no pre-matchday sales available via the Huish Park ticket office.

PRICES IN FULL
Adult – £5 (£7 on the gate)
Concession – £2.50
Junior – £1
Family ticket (2 adult, 2 child) – £12

TICKETS | Season comes to a close at Huish Park

Neale Marmon’s side will lineup against the Cumbrians knowing they can’t avoid the drop, with the club ending a 16-year stay in the EFL after the weekend’s fixture.

Looking to go out on a high, the green and whites will look to build on consecutive draws and turn one point into three and complete the double over Steven Pressley’s side.

Tom James’ stoppage-time strike in October earned victory on the road, with the same outcome now sought in the reverse fixture. 

Tickets for the Sky Bet League Two encounter remain on sale up until kick-off, although fans are encouraged to purchase in advance to avoid a matchday surcharge. 

PRICES

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

HOW TO BUY

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