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WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Crawley Town

The first of five home matches in January, here’s all that’s going on throughout the day:

Half-time entertainment
A popular addition to matchday, the interval will be filled with another singing performance on Monday. Anastacia Hayward, who attends West End Kids in London and is 14, will be performing a Whitney Houston classic – ‘I have Nothing’. 

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 18 of the matchday programme – Green & White. Crammed with content to kick-start 2018, you’ll find an exclusive interview with Tom James, the lowdown on the opposition and tonnes of other features. Pick up your copy for just £3 from around the ground and in the club shop. 

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses 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

Pre-match refreshment
Why not arrive at Huish Park early? The supporters marquee will be open to both home and away supporters from 12.30 onwards on matchday, offering hot food and beverages (both hot and cold). Situated next to the 3G playing surface, head along before kick-off to take in some refreshment. 

Tickets
Both home and away supporters are able to purchase tickets on the day, although you can buy in advance to avoid matchday queues. Available online, fans can also contact the ticket office from 9am on New Year’s Day, by calling 01935 847888 or by visiting in person.

Shop ’til you drop!
Got some Christmas money you’d like to spend? Head along to the club shop – open up until kick-off – to stock up on all things YTFC. From tracksuits and coats to DVDs and stationery, we’ve got all you could need in Green & White.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Crawley Town

Town host Crawley Town on New Year’s Day (3pm) looking to build on their previous home outing against Exeter City – a 3-1 win.

Jake Gray and Omar Sowunmi both bagged their second league goals over the Christmas period at the Globe Arena while Otis Khan scored his 10th goal of the campaign with a beauty.

Midfielder Gray’s strike came inside a minute and the Glovers will hope for another fast start at Huish Park against a Crawley side who are three points above Yeovil in Sky Bet League Two.

Harry Kewell’s men are 13th in the away form table having won, lost and drawn four alike.

Recently, the Red Devils recorded an impressive 3-2 victory at high-flying Accrington Stanley.

Their last match of 2017 ended with three points but their form in December was inconsistent (W3 L2).

Forward Jordan Roberts is Crawley’s top scorer with six goals while experienced Jimmy Smith also provides a threat alongside Enzio Boldewijn.

Head-to-head
Crawley’s last trip to Huish Park ended in a humiliating defeat.

Town ran out 5-0 winners in a brilliant display; Otis Khan delivered two goals and assists to boot.

It added to a run of five wins in a row for the Glovers but in their last two outings at Crawley, they have lost 2-0.

Officials
Brett Huxtable (Devon) will take charge of the Sky Bet League Two clash.

In his 23 games this season, he has awarded 79 yellow cards and four reds – three of which have come in his last three matches.

The official was in charge of Yeovil’s 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle in the Checkatrade Trophy this term. He also refereed Crawley’s 3-0 win at Swindon Town back in August

Huxtable will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Ron Ganfield (Somerset) will be his assistants, with Savvas Yianni (Somerset) 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets will be available on the day at Huish Park.

TICKETS | Start the New Year at Huish Park

The final fixture of a packed festive schedule, the Glovers will be looking to start the New Year on a high and pick up their third win in four matches. 

Losing their first fixture in five on Friday night at Morecambe, Darren Way’s side will host the Reds looking to build on the 3-1 victory over high-flyers Exeter City last time out at Huish Park.

With seven fixtures in January, be part of it from the start and support the Green and Whites against Harry Kewell’s Crawley. 

Is there a better way to start 2018?

Fans can purchase online, in person at the Huish Park ticket office or by phone 01935 847888

INTERVIEW | No excuses – Way

The Glovers were seemingly cruising with strikes from Jake Gray and Otis Khan giving them a half-time lead but, like the reverse fixture at Huish Park, the Shrimpers produced a late comeback.

Vadaine Oliver and Callum Lang restored parity before an 84th-minute header from Omar Sowunmi looked to have secured three points for Town.

However, just seconds after the restart Lang scored again and veteran Kevin Ellison netted a Morecambe winner in the dying embers of the contest – his fifth goal in six games against Yeovil.

Way said: “We never dealt with their threat in the second half. There is no excuse for the second half performance and we’re all responsible.

“We’ve had a very, very poor 45 minutes as far as defending is concerned. We don’t use excuses. There’s no excuse once you cross that white line.

“I don’t feel we attacked them enough, the supporters were shouting ‘attack, attack, attack’, and I think I was shouting it at the same time but we just couldn’t carry any momentum.

“I just felt we could have shown a little bit more character, a little bit more personality.  The lads have been on a good run but we’re very disappointed in that result.”

He continued: “The players have to learn from this, we’ll all be responsible for this performance.

“I’ve got to make sure we regroup and stay focused and go into the Crawley match (on New Year’s Day) full of optimism.”

REPORT | Morecambe 4-3 Yeovil Town

The Glovers got off to a flyer, with Jake Gray netting the opener after just 22 seconds before Otis Khan doubled the lead on 17 minutes with a well-measured strike. 

In the driving seat at the break, Town came out of a five-goal second half on the side of defeat after a frantic final 20 minutes. 

Vadaine Oliver and Callum Lang made it 2-2, before Omar Sowunmi restored the visitors lead with six minutes left. 

However, virtually from the restart Lang notched his second to tee up a grandstand finish as Kevin Ellison headed home a 93rd-minute winner for the Shrimps.  

Darren Way was forced to make changes to his starting eleven for the first time in four matches with both James Bailey (knee) and Ryan Dickson (ill) unavailable.

Bailey picked up a medial knee ligament injury at Cheltenham on Boxing Day forcing him to miss his first league match of the season. 

Connor Smith took the captain’s place in midfield, whilst Bevis Mugabi came into the back four.

In Bailey’s absence, Francois Zoko lead the Green and Whites out on his 97th Yeovil appearance.

Having made the 230-mile trip to Lancashire the visitors showed no signs of lethargy, rippling the net within the first 30 seconds.

Winning the ball from kick-off, Gray showed early quality to drive into the box and blast a rasping effort past Roche before many had even taken to their seats.

Stunned by conceding in the opening exchanges, the hosts took 10 minutes to regain their composure.

Slow to get going Jim Bentley’s side almost found an equaliser following a brief spell of pressure.

The veteran Ellison blasted over the bar from inside the box, before strike partner Oliver crashed an audacious shot on the turn from 35 yards onto the post.

Almost netting an equaliser from nowhere, any momentum the Shrimps were gathering was shattered before the 20-minute mark.

Always a bright spark in midfield, Khan burst into the box following a positive run, completed a quick one-two with Gray – who turned provider – before curling a pinpoint effort into the top corner to extend a glorious start to proceedings in Lancashire. 

Oozing with confidence, the Glovers displayed some intricate passing on a soggy Globe Arena pitch, all the while ensuring Artur Krysiak remained untested between the sticks. 

Already on a yellow for persistently fouling the lively Sam Surridge, Morecambe’s Max Muller was removed just before the break, rounding off a half of frustration for the hosts.

Not wanting to go down without a fight, the Shrimps came out after the restart in determined fashion. 

Finding joy through direct play, Andrew Fleming almost grabbed a goal back before the hour-mark when he latched on to a loose ball in the box, but his low drive flashed inches wide of Krysiak’s post.

Encamping themselves in the Yeovil box, Morecambe continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded in what was to become a frantic final 20 minutes. 

An initial Krysiak save only ballooned into the air, bobbling on the Town line for a seeming age before the persistent Oliver headed into the back of the net. 

Buoyed by their opener, the hosts continued to press and seven minutes later made it 2-2. 

Former Town man Michael Rose swung over a deep cross which found Wigan loanee Lang, whose header back across goal slipped across the line. 

Now facing a raucous home crowd, the Green and Whites momentarily silenced the Globe Arena but for the 92 travelling Town fans. 

Gray’s corner was whipped in dangerously, allowing Sowunmi to glance a header into the far corner for his second goal in as many games. 

In a game full of twists, Morecambe responded immediately and within a minute were providing a moment of deja vu as they levelled for the second time. 

The ball spurted into the path of the poaching Lang, who squirmed a shot under Krysiak to make it 3-3 with his second of the night.

Back in the driving seat once again, Bentley’s side produce one more moment of note as Ellison headed home a stoppage-time winner with his fifth goal in six matches against the Glovers, to round off a five-goal second half. 

Defeat in Lancashire was Yeovil’s first defeat in five, as 2017 ended in defeat for Way’s side.  

Morecambe: Roche; Muller (Kenyon 39’), Old, Lavelle; McGowan, Fleming (Thompson 86′), Rose, Conlan, Lang; Oliver, Ellison.
Bookings: Muller 27′, Ellison 90′, Rose 90′
Subs not used: Nizic, Campbell, Lund, Osborne, Jordan.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Mugabi, Sowunmi, N. Smith, James; Gray, C. Smith, Worthington, Khan (Green 73′); Surridge, Zoko (Olomola 70′).
Bookings: N. Smith 63′, Krysiak 79′
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Nelson, Santos.

PREVIEW | Morecambe v Yeovil Town

There was a negative from Whaddon Road as skipper James Bailey suffered a knee injury which looks set to rule him out for a prolonged period.

He is added to a list that already contains Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring) and Dan Alfei (knee).

The Glovers win in Gloucestershire was their second in a row and put them four matches unbeaten in all competitions.

There was a first goal of the campaign for Omar Sowunmi and a second for Jordan Green as Yeovil showed they have threats all over the pitch.

A second clean sheet in three games was also pleasing for Darren Way’s side.

Morecambe are five points below Town in Sky Bet League Two, two places and above the drop zone.

The Shrimps have suffered three defeats on the bounce and have won once in eight games.

Veteran Kevin Ellison is the Lancashire outfit’s top scorer and he has a good record against Yeovil, scoring four goals in five games.

Head-to-head
Town’s last trip to the Globe Arena ended in an emphatic 3-1 win.

Matt Butcher, Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi were on target for the Glovers on a cold day in Lancashire.

It was the first win for Yeovil at the home of the Shrimps, previously losing 2-1 back in January 2016.

In the two side’s last meeting, Morecambe recovered from two goals down to earn a point at Huish Park.

Officials
Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire) will take charge of the Sky Bet League Two clash.

In his 22 games this season, he has awarded 56 yellow cards and nine reds.

The official hasn’t refereed Town this season, but was the man in the middle for the Glovers’ games against Solihull Moors (the replay) and Blackpool (away) last term.

Boyeson will be assisted by Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Barry Cropp (Lancashire) will be his assistants, with James Mainwaring (Lancashire) 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets will be available on the day at the Globe Arena.

TICKETS | Three home matches to start 2018!

The Glovers face Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two on New Year’s Day (3pm) hoping to build on their last outing at Huish Park – a 3-1 win over near neighbours Exeter City. 

Then League One outfit Bradford City visit in the Emirates FA Cup third round (Saturday, January 6th, 3pm), offering Darren Way’s side a chance to see off a fourth third tier club this season. 

To round off a period of home comforts, Forest Green Rovers make the short journey to Somerset in the Checkatrade Trophy (Tuesday, January 9th, 7.45pm) – a chance for Yeovil to make the quarter-finals of the competition for the second term running.

Is there a better way to begin the New Year?

Fans can purchase online, in person at the Huish Park ticket office or by phone 01935 847888. Please note the festive period opening hours.

For more information and ticket prices, head to the Home Tickets section.

TICKETS | See out 2017 at Morecambe!

The Glovers travel to Lancashire on Friday, December 29th (7.45pm) looking for their third away win of the Sky Bet League Two campaign following the Boxing Day win against Cheltenham Town.

Darren Way’s men are also looking to make it three league victories in a row and end the calendar year four games unbeaten.

Fans can purchase online, in person at the Huish Park ticket office or by phone 01935 847888. Please note the festive period opening hours.

For more information, head to the Away Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | Sowunmi delighted to net in festive win

On 69 minutes, the centre-back went up for a long throw looking to use his height to his advantage but turned into Lionel Messi, taking a touch out of his feet before smashing into the top corner to give the Glovers a deserved lead.

Jordan Green added a second late on to ensure Darren Way’s men gave the 345 fans in the away end a happy trip home. 

Sowunmi told iFollow Glovers: “I’m very happy to score, I’ve been waiting for one for a while. It wasn’t what I expected but I’m very happy!

“It was definitely instinct; I touched it with my right and just hit it with my left and it’s gone in the top corner.

“It was exactly what we needed. At the moment we’re very solid and we just need to score goals. 

“Everyone is working hard for each other, there’s no individuals anymore and that’s one of the main reasons it’s all coming together.

“(Three points) is great for me and all the boys especially this time of year. It’s exactly what we need, it’s exactly what the gaffer has been going on about and it’s about pushing forward now.”

TICKETS | January away games now on sale

The Glovers head to Port Vale for a second time this season on Saturday, 13th (3pm) before a short trip to Exeter City – again for a second time this term – a fortnight later.

Fans can now purchase tickets for the game at Vale Park, while the match at St James Park is only available for season tickets holders at present.

Head to the Away Tickets section for more information.

INTERVIEW | Way proud of Cheltenham display

An unbelievable goal from centre-back Omar Sowunmi and a late Jordan Green strike confirmed the Glovers’ second three points in a row.

It is the first time Yeovil have secured back-to-back league victories since October 2016 and Way hailed his players’ efforts.

“I feel very proud of my players,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“What they showed me was they’re a very special group who are growing stronger together; we played like it was a cup final.

“We talked about trust and responsibility with the players; they’ve proved I can trust them and they’re certainly responsible for the win.

“Overall the group are working really hard. It’s a proud moment for me to come here (and win) at a place we’ve had many problems before.

“There’s a feel good factor in the dressing room. We have to make sure we keep this spirit because we’ve got quality.

“It was great to see the supporters celebrating at the end and we’ll keep marching on.”

NEWS | Suspected knee ligament damage for Bailey

Yeovil’s skipper was withdrawn after just three minutes with an injury to his knee – suspected to be medial ligament damage.

Manager Darren Way said: “We’ll have to make sure he rests up and get some ice on it to get him back as soon as possible.”

Goals from Omar Sowunmi and Jordan Green earned the Glovers back-to-back victories at Whaddon Road.

REPORT | Cheltenham Town 0-2 Yeovil Town

In an entertaining first-half the Glovers went closest to scoring through Tom James’ rasping free-kick, as both sides trudged in at the break level pegging. 

An open affair, Town finally broke the deadlock after hitting the bar with 69 minutes played, as Omar Sowunmi thundered home an unstoppable half-volley from just inside the box. 

Keeping consecutive cleansheets away from home, the victory was sealed with five minutes remaining when substitute Jordan Green netted his first league goal after capitalising on a defensive mistake.

Fresh from seeing off promotion chasing Exeter City three days previous at Huish Park, Darren Way selected the same starting eleven for a third consecutive league encounter.

After falling ill in the warmup on Saturday and dropping out of the squad, Olufela Olomola returned to the matchday 18 at the expense of Sid Nelson who missed out on festive action.

Boasting a settled side for virtually the first time this season, the visitors were dealt a blow when captain James Bailey was stretchered off just minutes into the match, in what later proved to be a medial ligament injury.

Following the lengthy injury delay, the hosts enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges as Mohamed Eisa got off to a bright start up front.

Firing over early on, the pacey striker went closer just before the 10-minute mark when his effort from 12 yards was cleared off the line by a well-placed Tom James. 

Taking a bit of time to adjust to the early disruption, Town grew into the match and enjoyed the half’s two best chances in quick succession.

Switching flanks to find space on the right, Otis Khan engineered a few yards close to the by-line before cutting back to fellow nine-goal teammate Francois Zoko, who could only blast over the bar from a promising position.

If the Ivorian perhaps should have done better, there was nothing but applause for Yeovil’s following attempt. 

Lining up a free-kick at least 30-yards from goal, James unleashed his knuckleball technique to land a superb effort onto the roof of the net to win applause from all four sides of the ground.

Plateauing into an even affair, the game lost its cutting edge until five minutes before the break.

Upping the intensity, Artur Krysiak’s instant pinpoint distribution released Surridge isolated against Jamie Grimes, with the Bournemouth loanee stripping the defender for pace before firing a low drive inches past Scott Flinders’ post.

That marked the end of the final third action in the first half, as Bailey’s injury marred an otherwise promising performance.

Welcomed back out onto the pitch by steady rainfall, the Green and Whites went even closer to breaking the deadlock five minutes after the restart. 

Starting the move, Gray found Zoko out wide following a positive run before collecting the return pass inside the box, crashing a well-hit first-time effort off the bar with Flinders rooted. 

Opening up and becoming an end-to-end affair, the Robins thought they netted the opener just before the hour mark. 

Eisa’s shot from the angle was destined for the back of net having beaten Krysiak, but former Glover Kevin Dawson got the final touch in an offside position to make the hosts’ celebrations shortlived. 

Gunning for successive league victories, Way introduced the electric pace of Green for Gray with 66 minutes on the clock as Town showed no sign of settling for a point. 

In fact, just three minutes later the visitors took a giant step to securing all three. 

As all eyes were on referee Christopher Sarginson following a high foot on Green in the box, Sowunmi remained focused on the ball to brilliantly dispatch a half-volley with a superb display of skill past a hapless Flinders for his first goal of the season. 

Staring home defeat in the face, Gary Johnson emptied his bench of attacking options, but it was Yeovil who enjoyed more success in front of goal. 

Making an impact from the bench, Green pounced on a mishit Grimes pass, drove at his opposite number before poking an effort under Flinders to double the advantage. 

As the rain worsened the Glovers kept their defence impenetrable, earning a second successive festive win and back-to-back league victories for the first time since last October. 

Cheltenham Town: Flinders; Moore, Boyle, Grimes, Winchester; Dawson, Morrell, Atangana (Graham 70′), Sellars (Wright 77′); Pell, Eisa (Hinds 70′).
Bookings: Boyle 86′, Winchester 90′
Subs not used:
Lovett, Storer, Bower, Holman.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson; Gray (Green 66′), Bailey (C. Smith 4’), Worthington, Khan (Olomola 88′); Zoko, Surridge.
Bookings: C. Smith 61′, N. Smith 64′, James 84′
Subs not used:
 Maddison, Mugabi, Davies, Santos.

INTERVIEW | Gray relishing Cheltenham trip

Darren Way’s men will spend Christmas with their families before meeting up in the evening ahead of the Boxing Day match at Cheltenham Town.

Gray is also celebrating his birthday today (many happy returns!) and says the squad will prepare correctly for a tough game against the Robins. 

“We can’t eat too much!” he joked.

“We had our Christmas lunch in the week which was really good and we enjoyed it.

“We’ve just got to look after ourselves over the next couple of days as it’s a quick turnaround.

“Everyone will be with their families to enjoy it and we’ll get ready for the game on Tuesday.” 

Gray continued: “We’re really looking forward to the Cheltenham game; it’s going to be a big one for us.

“It’s a tough place to go; I’ve played there and been on loan there as well. We know what to expect and we have a game plan so hopefully we’ll put that in place.”

Merry Christmas from Yeovil Town

The club greatly appreciates your continued support of Yeovil Town FC and hopes Glovers all around the world have a special day. 

Here’s hoping the New Year – 2018 – will be a positive and rewarding one for the club.

Manager Darren Way said: “I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

“I want to thank all our sponsors and supporters for the level of commitment you’ve shown the players and staff to make this football club successful.”

PREVIEW | Cheltenham Town v Yeovil Town

Zoko slotted home his ninth of the campaign and his 30th for the club, moving him second on Town’s all-time EFL goalscorers list, while Surridge’s goal was his sixth in Green and White.

Darren Way’s side produced a sterling display against Exeter City to make it three games unbeaten in all competitions.

Olufela Olomola was a late drop out from the squad due to illness but should be good to face Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day.

Rhys Browne (ankle), Dan Alfei (knee) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Cheltenham are 14th in Sky Bet League Two following a 2-0 win at Barnet.

Ex-Glover Kevin Dawson was on target for the Robins who have lost just one in their last five matches.

Bristol City loanee Joe Morrell makes things tick in midfield while Mohamed Eisa is Gary Johnson’s main marksmen with 10 goals.

Head-to-head
Yeovil have won four of 13 meetings between the two sides in the EFL (D5 L4).

This season has already seen a goalless draw at Huish Park, but the last outing at Whaddon Road ended 2-0 to the hosts.

Town’s last win in Gloucestershire came in 2007 courtesy of a Wayne Gray double.

Officials
Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire) will take charge of the Sky Bet League Two clash.

It will be his third Glovers match of the season, having overseen the home wins over a Accrington Stanley and Stevenage – dishing out three red cards in the latter.

In his 24 games so far this term, he has issued a total of 78 yellow cards and five reds.

Sarginson will be assisted by Craig Taylor (West Midlands) and Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire) will be his assistants, with Thomas Harty (West Midlands) 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets are available on the turnstiles – CASH ONLY.

INTERVIEW | Everything came together – Gray

The midfielder opened the scoring just before half-time and further goals from Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge earned an impressive three points. 

The Grecians were in the top three prior to the match at Huish Park and Gray insists the squad are ready to push on to the next level. 

“Everything came together,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“We feel like it’s clicking now. We got relationships in the whole team; myself and Tom on the right side, Dicko and Otis on the other, and the defence is settled now.

“To put that performance in after Mansfield was absolutely brilliant. We lifted ourselves and kept going. 

“We’re really enjoying it at the moment. Hopefully we can push on now and you never know where it will take us.”

Gray’s finish was his first league goal for the Glovers following his summer move from Luton Town.

The ex-Hatter intercepted a stray Lloyd James pass before coolly curling into the bottom corner, something he has been working on.

He said: “Our game plan was to put them under pressure and win the ball high up the pitch. We put it into practise and it paid off.

“The boys put in an unbelievable shift; we had quality and scored some brilliant goals.

“Couple of the boys are saying I got a bit of a gift but it’s all about interception knowledge! 

“I was lucky enough it fell to me, I shifted it and put it in the corner so yeah, it was a good goal.”

TICKETS | Pay on the day at Cheltenham

The Glovers travel to Whaddon Road looking to extend their three-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Town’s last win at the home of the Robins came in 2007 where Wayne Gray netted twice in a 2-1 win.

Tickets will be available for purchase on the turnstiles. Please note it is CASH ONLY.

NEWS | RIP Bruce James

Bruce, who was 76, became a much-loved figure around Huish Park following more than a decade of service in a multitude of roles and responsibilities. 

Most recently, Bruce acted as the Players’ Liaison Officer and Disabled Liaison Officer, working tirelessly for the benefit of others. 

An integral part of the day-to-day running of the club, Bruce brought a smile to the face of all who enjoyed the pleasure of his company. 

Having endured a life-changing experience together nine years ago, manager Darren Way developed a unique bond with Bruce. 

He said: “You’re remembered for the legacy you leave behind, and everyone will remember Bruce as an unbelievable ambassador for the football club but more so a warm, selfless individual who had time for all.

“He would do anything for anyone and will be missed by so many. God bless, Bruce.”

Having been taken ill, Bruce passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends.

The thoughts of everybody at Yeovil Town are with Bruce’s loved ones at this incredibly sad time.

INTERVIEW | Win was for Bruce – Skiverton

The assistant manager was on post-match press duties as boss Darren Way shot straight off to visit disabled and players’ liaison officer James.

Goals from Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge sealed an excellent win for the Glovers who ended their 2017 home campaign on a high.

“Bruce is a little bit poorly at the moment so the gaffer has gone to go and see him,” Skiverton told iFollow Glovers.

“We went to see him before kick-off and the players have been up to see him this week. He put the boys under pressure by saying ‘you better get three points for me!’. The boys handled it well and put in a fantastic spirited performance.

“The boys can be proud of themselves and one man can be equally as proud.

He continued: “There was a real special sort of atmosphere. Everything seemed connected.

“The players felt that and we spoke about it after the game.

“The fans were right behind us, I heard drums and loads of positivity from the sidelines and the players felt that.

“Behalf of everyone from the club, I’d like to thank the supporters because it wasn’t like any normal league game.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-1 Exeter City

Jake Gray put the Glovers in front prior to the interval with a precise shot into the bottom corner.

Francois Zoko net two minutes into the second half with a low effort that crept in off the woodwork. It was the veteran forward’s 30th goal for the club, moving him up to second on Yeovil’s all-time EFL goalscorers list.

Jayden Stockley scored late on to halve the deficit but Sam Surridge converted from the spot to confirm a festive three points.

Darren Way named an unchanged team following the hard-fought draw at Mansfield Town last weekend.

Olufela Olomola dropped out of the squad just before kick-off due to illness with Sid Nelson replacing him on the bench, having originally been left out for Connor Smith.

The players entered the pitch to excellent noise from the 4,800-strong crowd at Huish Park but it took a while for them to be rewarded with an attempt on goal, 17 minutes in fact.

Exeter caught Yeovil napping at a corner played quickly to Lloyd James. His cross found an unmarked Liam McAlinden whose header looked destined for the top corner; Artur Krysiak had other ideas, making a superb fingertip save before gathering Craig Woodman’s daisy-cutter from the resulting corner.

The hosts chance came via a Zoko nod. Matt Worthington won the ball back in midfield and released Otis Khan; his mazy run bamboozled Pierce Sweeney and his pinpoint delivery was flicked into the arms of Christy Pym by the Ivorian.

Next, a long throw from Tom James caused confusion in the visitors’ penalty area, leading to Worthington flashing a powerful left-footed drive just wide.

Otis Khan then had an attempt blocked by the double-barrelled defenders Troy Archibald-Henville and Jordan Moore-Taylor following a surging run from Surridge.

Town were winning most 50/50s and when James Bailey battled possession back 20 yards out, he tried to catch Pym out with an early curler but couldn’t find the target.

Then came the opener. Gray, a thorn in Exeter’s side with his tenacity and menacing dribbles, collected Lloyd James’ stray pass and swept home low into the corner. 

Moments after, the Grecians thought they had equalised, however Jake Taylor’s close range effort was cleared off the line by the well-placed Tom James. Sweeney and Hiram Boateng saw follow ups blocked by Green and Whites shirts putting their bodies on the line to ensure a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The Glovers were quick of the blocks in the second period, racing into a two-goal advantage on 47 minutes.

Zoko gathered Khan’s flick and fired expertly in off the far post much to the delight of the noisy home support.

Ex-Glover Reuben Reid came off the bench and hit a tame shot into Krysiak’s hands via a deflection in a quiet middle part of the second 45. 

With 13 minutes to go, Yeovil should have grabbed a third. Gray’s cute reverse pass was graciously received by Khan, who skipped past his man before seeing his mishit effort cleared inches from crossing the whitewash. 

Pym’s legs kept the score at 2-0 when Surridge ran clear before Stockley pulled one back for Exeter.

Taylor’s rocket was beaten away by Krysiak, Reid miskicked but former Aberdeen striker Stockley pounced to set up a nervy finish.

However, Yeovil had their two-goal cushion shortly after. Referee Lee Swabey pointed to the spot when Pym sent Zoko tumbling and Surridge smashed the ball in to seal an impressive 3-1 victory. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, T.James, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Gray, Bailey, Worthington, Khan (Green 84), Surridge, Zoko.
Bookings: Zoko 34, Worthington 82, Gray 90
Not used:
Maddison, Nelson, Davies, Mugabi, C.Smith, Santos.

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Moore-Taylor, Archibald-Henville, Woodman, Taylor, L.James (Holmes 70), Boateng, Harley (Edwards 60), McAlinden (Reid 55), Stockley.
Bookings:
Woodman 54
Not used:
Hamon, Tillson, Seaborne, Moxey.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Exeter City

With some festive cheer to match, here’s all that’s happening at Huish Park throughout the day:

Festive pre-match beverages
Both home and away supporters can enjoy pre-match refreshment in the marquee, situated next to the 3G surface at Huish Park. Open to 250 fans on a first come, first served basis the marquee will be open from 12.30 with hot food also available. 

Half-time entertainment
As part of an ongoing partnership between the Octagon Theatre, YTFC and the Western Gazette, half-time entertainment will be on offer in the form of Chloe Gough from Castaways. Singing a Sam Smith song, 12-year-old Chloe will be performing for both sets of supporters during the break.

Fostering in Somerset
YTFC are joining forces with Fostering on Somerset for an afternoon of family-fun and awareness. Sparky, the cuddly fostering dragon, will be joining the Jolly Green Giant throughout the day with members of the fostering team also present to share information on the work they do. You can catch them around the ground, so keep an eye out for Sparky and Jolly!

Sparky the Dragon and the Jolly Green Giant

Booze Bar
Travelling supporters from Exeter can also use the Booze Bar situated behind the Radio Cabs Away End upon arrival at Huish Park. Stocking a variety of alcoholic drinks, fans can make the most of the facility in the build-up to kick-off. 

Len Copland
Local photographer Len Copland, who has spent 25 years as an editorial, PR and wedding photographer, is our Guest of Honour for the visit of the Grecians to acknowledge the work Len has done in recording some of the most iconic moments in Yeovil Town FC’s history over the last quarter of a century. After an amazing career at the Western Gazette, Len now works on a freelance basis and the club will be making a presentation to Len today to thank him for his part in recording the YTFC story during his time at the local newspaper.

December deals
As the cold weather sets in, supporters can enjoy a host of refreshment offers available across the ground:
Hot drink deal: Any hot drink and a chocolate bar – £2.50
Adult deal:
 Pasty, hot drink, chocolate bar and a packet of crisps – £6.00
Kids deal:
 Hot dog, hot or cold drink and a chocolate bar – £5.50

Spread some Christmas charity cheer!
Both at half-time and after the match, supporters are encouraged to help support four fantastic charities. Eric Evans will be climbing 3 Volcanoes in Italy (Mount Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano) in June 2018 in aid of Bath RAG’s Big Four Charities – Children’s Hospice South West, Send a Cow, Jamie’s Farm and Genesis. Look out for collectors across Huish Park.

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 17 of the matchday programme – Green & White. Including the lowdown on the opposition, stats, facts, a look at previous meetings, the thoughts of manager Darren Way and an exclusive interview with Artur Krysiak, pick up your copy for just £3 from around the ground and in the club shop.

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses 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

COMMUNITY | Players make festive visit to Yeovil Hospital

An annual event, the Jolly Green Giant joined the group who delivered gifts to the patients to try and help make it a Merry Christmas. 

Club captain James Bailey, Tom James, Dan Alfei, Keston Davies, Jordan Green, Jake Gray and Artur Krysiak joined Jolly and Skiverton, spending the afternoon with the children currently at YDH.

Speaking after the festive visit, Skiverton said: “It reiterates to the players that there are people who are not having their ideal Christmas and it’s just nice for the players and the staff to come out and give something back into the community.

It’s important that we do get out in the community and especially with the hospital where we’ve got close links. My three children were born at this hospital so it’s no problem for me to come up here and support them as well.

“The players have sold the club very well so it’s put a little bit of pressure on for the Exeter game this weekend but it’s very good and we’ve just got to make sure that the whole town sticks together.”

Jolly Green Giant visits hospital patients

The club recently collected cuddly toys for the hospital following the #SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy campaign. However, due to a recent outbreak of norovirus at YDH the delivery of cuddly companions was unable to take place.

Following the huge generosity of Yeovil fans who responded fantastically to the campaign, the toys will now be found alternative homes. 

A hospital spokesperson commented on the matter.

“We’re so grateful to the fans and players at Yeovil Town for these generous donations. It’s heart-warming that so many local people have given such personal gifts to put smiles on the faces of our youngest patients this Christmas.

“Because our hospital has been managing an outbreak of the norovirus, which is also circulating in the community, we have to be extra careful about bringing in gifts which could spread the virus amongst patients, visitors and staff. We have therefore agreed with the club that, this year, we will pass these gifts onto local charities to ensure they find a happy home with local children.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Exeter City

Having lost at home just three times all season, Darren Way’s side will be in buoyant mood coming into the West Country clash. 

Fresh from picking up a point at play-off chasing Mansfield last weekend, Town will be looking to build on their last outing on home soil which saw Port Vale dispatched in the Emirates FA Cup second round replay.

Otis Khan scored twice to become Yeovil’s outright top scorer with nine goals, whilst Francois Zoko tucked home the winner with his eighth of the season.

The Green and Whites are without any fresh injury concerns, with Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring) the only absentees. 

With virtually a full squad to pick from, the Glovers will lineup against an Exeter side unbeaten in their last two outings. 

FA Cup progression against Forest Green Rovers was backed up with a league win over Stevenage, a result which sees Paul Tisdale’s side come to Somerset inside the automatic promotion spots. 

Looking to go one better than last season’s play-off final disappointment, the Grecians head to Huish boasting top scorers Jayden Stockley (11 goals) and former Town striker Reuben Reid (eight goals).

Head-to-head
Saturday’s fixture will be the 15 competitive meeting between the two sides.

Drawing five and winning four, Yeovil will be looking to match City’s five victories. 

Town’s last win at home to Exeter came in 2010, with Stefan Stam and Ryan Mason securing a 2-1 win.

Officials
Lee Swabey (Devon) will take charge of the Sky Bet League Two clash.

Saturday will be Mr Swabey’s sixth match of the season, having last overseen Luton’s 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers last weekend, issuing one red and four yellow cards. 

Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Andrew Williams (Middlesex) will be his assistants, with Mark Pottage (Dorset) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Jake Gray’s pre-match thoughts 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets for the match are available to buy in advance and on the day. For more information, visit our Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | Way wants to emulate Tisdale’s Exeter record

The two sides face each other at Huish Park on Saturday with Glovers boss Way just two years into his managerial journey while Grecian Tisdale has over 11 years of experience. 

A fruitful spell at Team Bath led to Tisdale taking over at St James Park over a decade ago and Way says it’s time and backing which has allowed him to take Exeter to the position they are in.

“We’ve all got a long term plan and a strategy, it’s just whether you get time to be able to put that in place,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“Paul is someone I’ve got a lot of time and respect for the amount of games he’s managed; it’s something I want to emulate at this football club.

“You need time and backing from the board and it’s taken time for Paul to get in the position he is now; I have to take my hat off to him for that. 

“He was under a little bit of pressure from supporters and directors last year, and his loyalty shown to the football club was repaid and has turned out to be the right decision. You have to compliment that.”

Yeovil have scored three goals in their last two meetings with Exeter, drawing 3-3 in Devon last season before triumphing 3-1 earlier on in this campaign.

They are fixtures Way very much enjoys and he’s relishing another battle this weekend.

He said: “They’re always very, very good games against Exeter.

“We can all remember going 3-0 up at their place, and it was a big learning curve for me as a manager due to the after events.

“Then we’ve gone down there and played them in the Checkatrade Trophy this season and it was a great game, end-to-end and this weekend will be a derby game.

“It will be a good atmosphere with a big away following and I can’t wait, it’s going to be good.”

INTERVIEW | We know how to hurt them – Gray

The 21-year-old has made 21 appearances so far this season and played in the impressive 0-0 away draw at Mansfield Town last weekend.

The midfielder also recently notched his first goal for Town in the Checkatrade Trophy victory over AFC Wimbledon and is hoping for more, starting with the visit of the Grecians this weekend.

“Terry (Skiverton) touched on it this week saying it’s a big derby for the club and we’ve got to be right at it so it’s definitely something we’re looking forward to,” Gray told iFollow Glovers.

“Any team in this league’s difficult to beat, but saying that, anyone can beat anyone, so we’re looking to give it a good go.

“They’re a footballing side. I’ve played against them a few times now.

“They’ve got some dangerous players going forward and we’ve got our own strengths as well, so we know where we can hurt them and it will be good.” 

On his time at Huish Park, he said: “I’m really enjoying it. (We have) a great bunch of lads and great coaching staff.

“For me personally, I’ve not hit the heights that I hoped to, but I feel like my recent form has been better and hopefully I can continue that until the end of the season.

“Like I said, I’ve really enjoyed playing here and being around the team.

“It was a new bunch that started the season so now we’re getting to know each other more and more and, like I said, there’s big games coming up so hopefully we can really push on and climb up the table.”

PROGRAMME | Green & White edition 17

The Glovers take on Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two looking to end their year at home on a high.

Here’s what you can find in the programme:

  • Artur Krysiak takes on his old club in Exeter. He discusses that, the birth of his daughter and more In the main interview

  • Jake Gray has some fun at the expense of his team-mates in ‘Who Is?’

  • Bevis Mugabi answers your questions in ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • Sid Nelson selects his Dream Team

  • Former Glover and Grecian Adam Stansfield is remembered inside

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Exeter City

And much more!

Programmes are priced at £3 and can be purchased from various points around Huish Park, including the club shop.

The club now offers a subscription service.

If you are an exiled Glover or missed a game, you can now purchase a programme game-by-game or buy a yearly subscription.

Click here for more details. 

 

CLUB STATEMENT | Insight 63 briefing

The club will be considering the report in more detail over the next few weeks.

Mark Palmer of Insight 63 Ltd said: “I am pleased to report that my assessment has been concluded and duly reported to the Yeovil Town FC board.

“The recommendations are wide ranging across the whole club and I’m confident they will be an uplift to the club and supporters alike.

“However, I feel it is essential at this important stage of the season speculation does not run ahead of the practical process of implementing any recommendations the owners may wish to put in place; I would like to categorically state at this point in time I have not been asked to come in and recommend the sale of the club.”

The club will issue further updates at the appropriate time.

INTERVIEW | Way wants to replicate Mansfield performance levels

The Glovers fought hard for a point at play-off chasing Mansfield Town, and could have won the match if not for the woodwork and some fine goalkeeping.

Paul Tisdale’s third-placed Grecians head to Huish Park for the final game in Somerset of 2017 and Way wants his squad to maintain their good standards.

He told iFollow Glovers: “Mansfield was a really good, committed performance and if we drop short of that now on in then I’ll be really disappointed because the players have shown me they can do that.

“It doesn’t matter how you gain a result but sometimes you have to gain a result through your character and personality, and sometimes by doing things you don’t want to do.

“The level of League Two has gone up a level; it’s not like when I first took over when you had Dagenham and York competing with us. Now we have good teams with good budgets like Chesterfield, Port Vale and Forest Green so it’s hard.

“However, we’ve lost two in eight or nine games (in all competitions) and we’ve played some good teams.

“The group are showing they’re getting a lot stronger with experience and last Saturday it all came together.”

TICKETS | Last chance for advanced Cheltenham tickets

The Glovers travel to Gloucestershire to take on Gary Johnson’s Robins on Boxing Day.

Supporters are advised they cannot buy on the day of Yeovil’s home game with Exeter City due to Cheltenham requiring the tickets and reconciliation of sales sent across before Christmas.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888.

Any remaining tickets will be available on the day – this will be CASH ONLY on the turnstile.

For more information and prices, head to the Away Tickets section.

ACADEMY | Four youngsters offered scholarships

Already involved in the Academy system, the four were offered their scholarships on Tuesday, December 19th.

Strikers Devon Arnold and Archie Sturdy, midfielder/defender George Calverley and defender Declan Rose will now have the chance to move into the club’s Under-18 setup and continue their development in Somerset.

Academy manager Paul Wilson told YTFC.net: “This is always an exciting and at the same time difficult period, with lads being offered deals and some not so.

“We have offered other players the chance to stay longer at the club in order to impress us, but these four boys have already impressed with their good level of performance and understanding.

“There have been many part-time coaches that have worked with these players and we thank them for helping the lads develop during their time at the club.”

NEWS | DSA pick up Premier League standard praise

The DSA play a key role at home games and the club were therefore very pleased to see their efforts acknowledged via this feedback from fans Grant and Jane Shipway who attended the game with Crewe in October.

Relaying their thanks to the DSA, they said: “Thank you to all the staff at Yeovil Town Football Club who could not have been more helpful if they tried. They may only be in League Two with their football but they are in the Premiership with their customer service. 

“Having to walk with a three-wheeled walker is a pain at the best of times but all of your staff on the phone and at the ground made Grant & myself so welcome & looked after us as if we were royalty. Thank you to everyone especially Sharon, Bruce, Karen & Kevin & everyone else we came in contact with. 

Jane added: “I would like to add that although this was my 82nd ground out of the current 92, it is actually my 119th overall and the Yeovil Town staff provided the best customer service I have received at any football ground.”

Yeovil Town FC could not function without the efforts of the DSA and other fan groups who do so much on matchdays, and it is very pleasing indeed therefore to see their efforts rightly acknowledged by such comments.

NEWS | Long-standing supporter passes away

Arthur was one of the Glovers most faithful fans and followed Yeovil for over 70 years, starting in the 1940s.

Not many fans can claim to have seen all of the most iconic Yeovil games over such an impressive period, including the famous FA Cup win over Sunderland in 1949.

In the stands on that day almost seven decades ago, Arthur has been part of Town’s rise through the divisions from virtually the start.

Aside from recording its sadness at Arthur’s passing, Yeovil Town FC would also like to salute Arthur’s decades of faithful support for the club.

NEWS | Grimsby Town league fixture rearranged

The fixture was originally due to take place on the first Saturday in January, but the Glovers’ advancement in the Emirates FA Cup means they will now host Bradford City in the third round on the 6th.

As a result, the Mariners will face a midweek trip to Somerset at the end of the first month of the year, before Darren Way’s side take on Cambridge United at Huish Park on Saturday, February 3rd. 

Town are yet to lose at home to Grimsby in a competitive fixture, with the Green and Whites looking to make that a three-game record when Russell Slade’s side visit in 2018.

Any tickets bought prior to the rearrangement are still valid and entry will be allowed. Refunds can be made up until the day of the match. 

NEWS | Darren pays emotional visit to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

Breaking three limbs and almost losing his life, Way was air-lifted to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester in December 2008 following a collision which ended the Town legend’s playing career. 

Keen to highlight the incredible work undertaken by Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, the Glovers have donated items of signed merchandise to be raffled off, as well as inviting charity to Huish Park later this season to highlight their service and fundraise towards the £3.5m required each year to retain the service. 

Since launching in 2012 the dual-county Air Ambulance has flown more than 12,000 missions – attending up to eight or nine emergencies each day. 

Darren Way sits in the Air Ambulance

With personal experience of the life-saving service, the Town boss discussed his appreciation with the media, which supporters can watch on television on Monday 18th December:
ITV West Country – 6pm
BBC Points West – 6.30pm

Enjoying a tour of the charity’s base and a look around the helicopter, the 38-year-old handed over the club’s merchandise donation before personally thanking the Air Ambulance staff for their continued work.

INTERVIEW | Genuinely feel the results will turn – Bailey

The Glovers claimed a hard-fought draw at Mansfield Town on Saturday and could have won it with Sam Surridge hitting the crossbar and Matt Worthington seeing his shot excellently stopped by Conrad Logan.

It was just the fifth point the Green and Whites have won away from home this term and Bailey firmly believes more will follow sooner rather than later.

He told iFollow Glovers: “The results (away from home) don’t look good for us but we always believe in ourselves no matter what. 

“We always stick together, us and the staff, and It’s easy to say it’ll come soon but I genuinely feel the way we’re acting and working hard day-in, day-out on the training ground, it’ll turn round.

“We’re relentless with our work and it’ll come sooner or later.”

Bailey continued: “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming (to Field Mill), no game in League Two is but Mansfield have spent a bit this season, are expected to go up and all in all it’s a good point.

“Every game in League Two is a battle and that’s part of winning the game; if you can win the battle, you’ve got half a chance. 

“Every team is physical now with big boys and we’ve just got to become accustomed to that and battle back ourselves.

“It’s all about competing. We have to compete and earn the right to play before trying to play our fancy way. You have to battle hard and win territory.

“We’re just itching for the next game now.”

COMMERCIAL | Boxes available for January cup games

The Glovers host Bradford City in the Emirates FA Cup third round (Saturday, January 6th) before taking on Forest Green Rovers at Huish Park in round three of the Checkatrade Trophy (Tuesday, January 9th).

For £300 plus VAT (food an extra cost), 10 guests can enjoy:

– Exclusive use of an executive suite
– Reserved seating outside of the suite
– Reserved car parking
– Fully equipped Sky TV
– Complimentary matchday programmes
– Complimentary team sheets
– Hostess drinks service (payable on the day)

Ball sponsorship is also available for both matches.

The cost is £200 plus VAT and includes:

– Two Premium tickets
– Two two-course meals in the Alec Stock Lounge
– Two matchday programmes
– Signed match ball presented on the pitch at half-time
– Acknowledgments over the PA and on the scoreboard

For more information and to book, please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net.

TICKETS | Last chance to watch Town at home this year!

Darren Way’s side host near neighbours Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two, looking to make it four matches unbeaten against the Grecians.

Tickets will remain on sale for the match up until kick-off (3pm) but fans are advised to buy in advance to avoid queues on the day.

Supporters can purchase online, by phone on 01935 847888 or in person at the ticket office.

Please note: Advance tickets for the Boxing Day clash at Cheltenham Town go off sale on Thursday, December 21st and will not be sold on Saturday.

NEWS | Festive non-league football at discounted rate

The joint initative will see both Toolstation Western League sides welcome season ticket holders from the Glovers, Bath City, Bristol City and Wolves for their fixtures on the last weekend of the month without missing their own team play!

Keynsham face Bishop Sutton on Friday, December 29th (7.45pm) while Hengrove host Odd Down at 1pm a day later.

Town season ticket holders can gain entry for just £3 and will receive a complimentary mince pie!

Darren Way’s side end 2017 at Morecambe on the Friday night so grab a further football fix by watching and supporting local non-league clubs.

Visit the websites of Hengrove and Keynsham for more details.

INTERVIEW | A really good, spirited performance – Way

The Glovers battled hard for their point in Nottinghamshire against a Stags side who have lost once in Sky Bet League Two at Field Mill this season.

Town had chances to win the match with Sam Surridge hitting the crossbar and finding the top of the net with a cheeky lob, while Matt Worthington had a piledriver well saved by keeper Conrad Logan.

“We kept it simple,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“I wanted a spirited performance and I thought in the first half we created the best chances and were unlucky not to go one or two up. 

“I’ve been to Mansfield as a manager on a couple of occasions, and as player, and I know how difficult it can be.

“The players held their nerve; I thought they were magnificent and they showed a really good, spirited performance.

He continued: “There are a lot of teams who would’ve crumbled under the pressure at Mansfield, that’s for sure.

“There was once or twice on the break where I thought we could end up winning.

“It’s a great point. It’s a hard place to come so I’m really pleased for the players.”

REPORT | Mansfield Town 0-0 Yeovil Town

The livelier outfit in the first half, the Green and Whites went closest to scoring as Sam Surridge saw a header crash off the crossbar. 

Buoyed by a positive opening 45 minutes the Glovers produced a dogged performance after the restart to hold off their play-off chasing opponents and return to Somerset with a point following a 0-0 draw.

Darren Way made one change from the side that saw off Port Vale in the Emirates FA Cup during the week. 

Having replaced the concussed Connor Smith on Tuesday, Matt Worthington claimed the Irishman’s starting berth for the trip to Nottinghamshire.

Ruled out of action, C. Smith joined Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring) on the sidelines, allowing Sid Nelson to feature in the matchday 18 for the first time in the league since the 21st November.

At a close to freezing One Call Stadium the visitors were quick to warm up and almost broke the deadlock on three occasions inside the opening 20 minutes.

Fresh from netting in midweek, Francois Zoko forced Conrad Logan into an early save with a low drive, before strike partner Surridge went even closer.

Determined work from Otis Khan on the left eventually saw a cross to the back post which the Bournemouth loanee turned onto the crossbar with a looping header.

With the woodwork still wobbling Worthington’s venomous strike from 20 yards took a deflection on the way through forcing Logan into a good reaction save, as Town started brightly.

Having been on the defensive for most of the opening exchanges the Stags entered the game in an attacking sense, as the diminutive Alex MacDonald fired straight at Artur Krysiak after weaving into the box.

However, that chance failed to swing the momentum in the hosts’ favour as the Glovers went close again on 29 minutes.

Breaking quickly, Khan and Surridge combined again to play in the latter, only for the young striker’s lobbed shot after beating Krystian Pearce to land on the roof of the net.

Becoming an end-to-end affair for the remainder of the half, Way’s side stood strong at the back to dispel a number of balls into the box, whilst the Stags defence had to be alert to twice block goalbound Zoko shots.

Lee Angol’s deflected shot into the side-netting rounded off an entertaining opening 45 minutes, as Town returned to the changing room with plenty to be encouraged by. 

As the temperature plunged in Mansfield the second half became a scrappy affair. 

Moments after the restart, both Surridge and Pearce went into the book for an off the ball tussle, as the hosts looked to inflict their physicality on the visitors. 

Often interrupted by referee Martin Coy’s whistle, shots became few and far between as Surridge and Zoko both shot straight at Logan as the match ticked past the hour mark.

After a lull, the game burst back into life on 70 minutes. 

Following a spell of pressure, MacDonald teed up CJ Hamilton on the volley inside the box, but Krysiak was perfectly placed to get a strong hand to the winger’s well-hit strike to keep it 0-0. 

As the Stags upped the intensity levels they produced another chance to notch the opener, as Pearce’s header back across goal looked to find Paul Anderson who failed to connect just two yards out. 

Entering the final 10 minutes it was Steve Evans’ side who remained on the front foot, as the Glovers battled to pick up just their fifth point of the season on the road. 

Having manfully defended for much of the second period the Glovers almost put themselves 1-0 up in the closing stages. 

Jake Gray’s deflected shot fell to Nathan Smith in the box, but the defender’s instinctive strike was blocked six yards out. 

Indicating the stop-start nature of the second half the fourth official’s board indicated seven minutes of additional time, but Way’s side stood strong to pick up the point their performance deserved for just the third time on their travels this season.

Mansfield Town: Logan; Pearce, Diamond, Bennett (Hamilton 66′); White, Atkinson, MacDonald, Mellis (Butcher 81′), Benning; Rose, Angol (Anderson 60′).
Bookings: Bennett 11′, Pearce 48′, Benning 90′
Subs not used: Olejnik, Digby, Potter, Spencer.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson; Gray (Green 84′), Bailey, Worthington, Khan; Surridge (Olomola 69′), Zoko.
Bookings: Surridge 48′
Subs not used:
 Maddison, Davies, Mugabi, Nelson, Santos.

TICKETS | FA Cup tickets now on sale

The Glovers will host the Bantams at Huish Park on Saturday, January 6th 2018 (3pm).

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £15
65+ – £12
16-21-year-olds – £10
Under-16s – £5
Premium – £18

Fans can purchase over the phone (01935 847888) and in person at the ticket office, with online sales coming soon.

Season ticket holders have until New Year’s Eve to reserve their seat.

Yeovil have defeated Southend United and Port Vale to reach this stage of the competition.

INTERVIEW | All of them will be looking to start – Way

The Glovers dispatched Port Vale in the second round and are now looking to improve on their record that has seen just two defeats in their last seven matches. 

Otis Khan (twice) and Francois Zoko were both on target in the extra-time win over the Valiants, while Matt Worthington was named man of the match having come off the bench. 

Way was impressed by his side’s endeavours on Tuesday night and now has things to think about ahead of Saturday’s trip to Mansfield Town (3pm).

He told iFollow Glovers: “Every player that played on Tuesday, with the level of commitment and effort they put in, will be looking for a starting place. 

“Any away game can always be difficult just because the majority of the players – certainly the 14 or 15 new players I’ve got – have never experienced playing in a new ground. 

“There’s different noise, different pitch dimensions, even though that shouldn’t make a difference.

“I feel one or two of the younger players have not stood up to mark and we have to make sure as a team we put in a really good performance and that will take 11 individuals at the top of their game to get those three points.

“Having said that, with the experience they’re gaining – when you look at Port Vale away and the way we came back into that game – it shows that we’re making improvements.”

For information on how to follow the Glovers in Nottinghamshire, head to the Away Tickets section.

PREVIEW | Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town

Boss Darren Way admitted his side made hard work of it despite having a two-player advantage, but was pleased with the squad’s effort to set up a tie with Bradford City.

Connor Smith went off with a head knock on Tuesday and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Mansfield Town, while Oscar Gobern (hamstring), Rhys Browne (ankle) and Dan Alfei (knee) are all ruled out.

Otis Khan netted twice against Vale, taking his tally to nine for the season.

The winger will be looking to reach 10 goals in a campaign for the first time in his career this weekend.

Francois Zoko was also on target, a goal which moved him up to second on the Glovers’ all-time EFL goalscorers list.

Mansfield’s seven-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two was ended by Crawley Town.

Steve Evans’ team dropped out of the play-off places on goal difference as a result but are only five points off third position.

The Stags were considered favourites for promotion prior to the season and if Danny Rose’s form continues, they are likely to be up there come May.

The 24-year-old is their top scorer with 11 goals in 22 games.

Head-to-head
Town have won three out of their eight EFL meetings with the Stags (D2 L3).

The two sides played out a goalless draw at Huish Park back in February, with Mansfield winning the 2016/17 game at Field Mill 1-0.

The Glovers last victory over the Nottinghamshrie outfit came in March 2016 courtesy of a last-gasp Ryan Dickson strike.

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

It will be the County Durham official’s 18th game of the season and his second involving the Glovers.

Mr. Coy refereed Town’s 2-0 home win over Coventry City back in August.

He has dished out 30 yellow cards and three reds, and will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire) with James Bell (Yorkshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Matt Worthington’s pre-match thoughts 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets for the match are available to buy in advance and on the day. For more information, head to the Away Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | I’d like to stay – Worthington

The midfielder’s temporary move from Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth is due to end early in the New Year.

So far, the young Cherry has made 14 appearances in a Yeovil shirt and he is keen to gain his place back in the starting XI, beginning with the match at Mansfield Town this weekend (3pm), before sorting his future.

“(I’d) definitely (like to stay). I’m enjoying my time here and I’m getting valuable experience at the moment,” Worthington told iFollow Glovers.

“I haven’t talked about it yet but it’s a conversation I’ll be having soon.

“We’ll see what happens in January but I’m definitely enjoying it.”

He continued: “I was very happy (with my performance on Tuesday). I’ve got a couple of man of the matches now; every time I go out on the pitch I want to be the best I can be, if I pick up man of the match awards along the way it’s good.

“I’m always trying to push for a start. In recent weeks the midfielders have had some good performances so they’ve been put in the starting line-up.

“I’ve been working hard in training to try and get in the starting line-up. It’s up to the gaffer to select me but I’ll be trying hard to be back in the squad.”

INTERVIEW | Way unaffected by takeover talk

A statement released earlier this week denied rumours on social media regarding a proposed takeover, with chairman John Fry reiterating his stance on any potential sale of the club. 

With the Glovers heading to Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two this weekend, Way told iFollow Glovers the speculation has had no impact on his job. 

“If anyone comes along with loads of money, you’re going to sell it to the right person – in football, that doesn’t change,” he said.

“The conversations I’ve had with the chairman and the owner have been good and I don’t let that (rumours) affect me.

“There’s always going be a topic of conversation whatever football club you’re at. All you can do as a manager is be focused and when things are not going too well, show leadership skills and come up with a plan to make sure the players are enjoying working in the environment they’re working in.”

Steve Evans’ side, who sit outside the play-offs on goal difference, are looking get back to winning ways after two straight defeats in all competitions. 

Having won one and lost one at Field Mill as manager of Town, Way is anticipating a stern test in Nottinghamshire.

“They’ve got pace and power up front,” he said. “They play 4-4-2 and have played a diamond. I watched them against Chesterfield and looking at the video it looked to nearly be a full house. 

“The crowds they’ve been getting have been quite good and they know how to generate some noise there so we’ve got to make sure that we stay focused and know what the job we’re there to do is because of the importance of it.”

Tickets are available both in advance and on the day (with a £2 matchday surcharge) with information available on the Away Tickets section.

NEWS | Christmas opening hours

Monday, December 18th – 9pm-5pm*
Tuesday, December 19th – 9pm-5pm*
Wednesday, December 20th – 9pm-5pm*
Thursday, December 21st – 9pm-5pm*
Friday, December 22nd – 9pm-5pm* (Cheltenham Town away tickets go off sale at Huish Park)
Saturday, December 23rd – Normal matchday (ticket office will open after full time for New Year’s Day tickets)
Christmas Eve  – Closed
Christmas Dat – Closed          
Boxing Day – Closed              
Wednesday, December 27th  – 10am-4pm
Thursday, December 28th  – 10am-4pm
Friday, December 29th – 10am-4pm
Saturday, December 30th – Closed     
New Year’s Eve – Closed                                   
New Year’s Day – Normal matchday     

The ticket office (9am-5pm) and club shop (9am-4pm) will resume normal working hours from Tuesday. January 2nd 2018.                             

*Please note, the club shop will close at 4pm

NEWS | Yeovil Town Ladies tier 1 success

We are delighted that the FA has given the Ladies the chance to remain in tier 1 and this news is an appropriate reward for the work carried out by the YTLFC board, staff and players.

As required by the existing FA WSL license process, Yeovil Town Ladies is an independent, privately-owned company with a separate owner and Board of Directors (none of whom hold any positions with YTFC).

Yeovil Town is proud to work alongside YTLFC and will continue to help and assist where possible, applying the shared motto of ‘Achieve by Unity’.

COMMUNITY | Fans help spread some joy with a cuddly toy!

Asked to help #SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy, supporters at Tuesday night’s Emirates FA Cup replay against Port Vale were encouraged to bring along a soft toy as a gesture for the children who will spend the festive period at YDH. 

The response was overwhelming with several hundred cuddly toys handed over to the Jolly Green Giant at half-time, with Port Vale taking a pile back to Stoke-on-Trent for their own hospital visit next week. 

Manager Darren Way and the squad of players will deliver their cuddly toys on Tuesday December 19th during the annual visit, with a further donation being made to St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil. 

Cuddly toy donation

The idea came to light after Yeovil supporters highlighted a similar initiative in a Belgian league match earlier this month

YTFC would like to thank all those who donated a cuddly toy and supported the idea.

INTERVIEW | A big well done to the players – Way

Otis Khan’s spot-kick was cancelled out by a late Marcus Harness curler which forced the tie at Huish Park into extra-time.

Vale had been reduced to nine-men by this point and Khan hit a stunning shot in off the post to put the hosts back in front five minutes into the additional period.

But another visiting wonder strike from Antony Kay restored parity once more before Francois Zoko’s close range effort saw the Glovers advance and set up a match with Sky Bet League One outfit Bradford City.

“That’s the magic of the FA Cup – Paul Daniels couldn’t have even made that up!” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“It was entertaining and the supporters got their money’s worth that’s for sure.

“Obviously we made hard work of it but I remember being in that situation at Reading away in the Championship where I think we were down to eight players and held on for a draw.

“To get through to the next round is very important for the football club financially and I think it’s the fourth or fifth time we’ve got to the third round since I’ve been here. 

“It’s a great achievement for the players and I want to make sure the respect is shown for the effort they put in. Yes, we did make hard work of it but it’s important we’re through.

“A big well done to the players and we look forward to Bradford now.”

NEWS | Town will host Bradford City in the third round

The Glovers set up the tie with the Bantams after a 3-2 extra-time replay win over Port Vale.

Stuart McCall’s Sky Bet League One side will visit Huish Park over the weekend of January 5th 2018.

Town’s progression in the competition means the league match against Grimsby Town (January 6th 2018) will be rearranged.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-2 Port Vale (AET)

Otis Khan opened the scoring from the spot, an incident which saw Cristian Montano sent off for the Valiants.

After the interval, James Gibbons joined Montano for an early bath seeing red for a nasty tackle on Ryan Dickson before Marcus Harness set up an additional 30 minutes with a wonder goal. 

Khan then fired in an excellent half-volley with help from the post but an Antony Kay dipper from 25 yards restored parity once more.

However, Vale were level for only a minute as Zoko poked home to secure Yeovil a home tie against Bradford City.

Manager Darren Way made two alterations to his midfield following Saturday’s defeat to Lincoln City. 

Jake Gray was handed a first start in four matches with Connor Smith replacing the injured Oscar Gobern.

Elsewhere, Sam Surridge partnered Francois Zoko up front while Dickson recovered from a neck injury to slot in at left-back.

Town has all the chances in the opening 10 minutes, and looked threatening when direct and on the counter.

Khan’s free kick on two minutes flashed across the area, just out of reach of a stretching Omar Sowunmi before an excellent defensive challenge from Tom James on Montano led to the hosts’ next attack.

After Sowunmi cleared the resulting corner, Khan drove the Glovers into a three-on-two situation.

With Connor Smith to his left and Gray to his right, the tricky winger opted to play in the other but his overhit pass led to ex-Luton Town midfielder finding the away terrace.

Former Yeovil loanee Ben Whitfield replied with a tame bouncing effort on 10 minutes prior to a glorious opportunity for Zoko to open the scoring.

The Ivorian forward raced by Valiants’ Nathan Smith, drew keeper Ryan Boot and sent a side-footer towards the bottom corner only for it to whistle just past the far post.

In the two meetings between the teams so far this season, Vale have looked dangerous in the air. Nathan Smith sent a free header over from six yards and Tom Pope followed up with lofty nod of his own. Warning shots.

The visitors grew into the first half and if not for some heroic defending would have tested Artur Krysiak. 

Sowunmi and Connor Smith denied Whitfield with superb blocks and Bailey jumped in front of a powerful David Worrall attempt to keep Vale’s shots on target column clean.

As the rain continued to fall, the Stoke-on-Trent outfit continued to launch the ball up to Pope.

It almost proved effective on the half-hour mark with the big striker, a goalscorer against Town twice this term, connecting to Gavin Gunning’s whipped delivery but Krysiak was equal to it.

A long range Khan shot was all the next quarter of an hour had to offer but the game livened up in first-half stoppage time. 

James played a beautifully crafted one-two with Surridge and was bundled over by Montano when he went to shoot. Referee Gavin Ward pointed to the spot and sent the Vale wideman off before Khan dispatched from 12 yards.

Vale were reduced to nine men early in the second half. No stranger to a dismissal at Huish Park, Gibbons received his marching orders for his second game running in Somerset for a lunge on Dickson.

Several visiting players took exception to Ward’s decision leading to the frustrated figures of Pope and Whitfield being booked. The duo were substituted shortly afterwards to avoid further punishment.

Yeovil struggled initially to make the most of their two-man advantage, although James gave it his best, collecting Khan’s cheeky, lobbed through ball but miscuing his eight-yard effort.

Then Gray was sent bursting down the wing and his fizzing delivery across the corridor of uncertainty looked destined to be tucked away by Surridge, who somehow missed the target.

James found himself in another forward position to warm Boot’s gloves before Khan fired over on the angle.

Town’s inability to capitalise on having more players on the field proved costly as Port Vale netted an equaliser late on to send the replay to extra-time.

Replacement Harness took a touch out of his feet on the edge of the box and curled a stunning strike past the despairing dive of Krysiak.

Three minutes into the first half of the further period, Khan put the Glovers back ahead.

Picking the ball up on the angle of the area, the former Barnsley trickster hit a stunning half-volley in off the woodwork to make it 2-1. 

But another incredible strike levelled the tie up for Port Vale. Kay’s looped effort from distance hit the back of the net, sparking scenes amongst the away fans and players alike.

Their joy was short-lived as Zoko converted James’ low cross under 60 seconds later to put Town into the next round.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Gray (Green 77), Bailey, C.Smith (Worthington 27), Khan (Santos 115), Surridge (Olomola 69), Zoko.
Bookings: None.
Not used: Maddison, Davies, Mugabi. 

Port Vale: Boot, Gibbons, Anderson, N.Smith, Gunning, Montano, Tonge (Reeves 93), Kay, Worrall (Harness 69), Whitfield (Denton 61), Pope (Barnett 61).
Bookings: Pope 54, Whitfield 58, Kay 109.
Sending off: Montano 45, Gibbons 54.
Not used: Lainton, Pugh, Turner.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Port Vale

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

Tickets
Fans can purchase tickets on the night but are advised to buy in advance online to avoid matchday queues. With tickets available from £5, get up for the cup and get behind the Green and Whites. To purchase, visit the Huish Park ticket office in person or call 01935 847888 to secure your seat.

#SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy
We’re asking supporters of both Yeovil Town and Port Vale to help us #SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy tomorrow night. Fans are encouraged to bring along cuddly toys which we can collect to give to children spending Christmas at Yeovil District Hospital. 
How to get involved?
1) Bring a cuddly toy
2) Give it to us at half-time (we’ll have the Jolly Green Giant, a few players and stewards collecting)

Teddy Bear

December deals
As the cold weather sets in, supporters can enjoy a host of refreshment offers available across the ground:
Hot drink deal: Any hot drink and a chocolate bar – £2.50
Adult deal:
 Pasty, hot drink, chocolate bar and a packet of crisps – £6.00
Kids deal:
 Hot dog, hot or cold drink and a chocolate bar – £5.50

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses 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

Junior Glovers Family Cabin
Escape the cold when you get to Huish Park and spend some time in our dedicated fan zone for young supporters. Kitted out with the latest games consoles, games, activities and much more, head to the cabin situated on the corner between the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace. 

Marquee
For adult supporters, head to the marquee for some pre-match refreshment. With meal deals on offer, it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours in the build up to kick-off and is open to both home and away supporters.

Read all about it!
Pick up issue 16 of the matchday programme – Green & White. Including the lowdown on the opposition, stats, facts, a look at previous meetings and the thoughts of manager Darren Way, pick up your copy for just £2 from around the ground and in the club shop.

Get kitted out
Yeovil’s new home and away kits have proved popular with supporters and remain on sale in the club shop. Why not pick up some stocking fillers, too? From calendars to clothing, get your Yeovil-themed Christmas shopping done! Open up until kick-off, pay a visit.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Port Vale

The Glovers drew 1-1 at Vale Park 10 days ago to force the return fixture with a home tie against Bradford City awaiting the eventual winners.

Jordan Green’s last-minute equaliser set up the replay in Somerset after Tom Pople gave the Valiants a second half lead.

Tuesday’s encounter will be Vale’s second trip of the season Huish Park, having drawn the Sky Bet League Two meeting 1-1. 

Pope was the scorer once again back in September, with Otis Khan cancelling out the striker’s opener. 

The two sides come into the cup clash following varying fortunes at the weekend, with Town looking to bounce back from defeat and Port Vale looking to build on victory. 

In terms of personnel, Darren Way can once again call upon Sid Nelson if required, after the defender completed his three-match suspension. 

Ryan Dickson (neck) could also feature, but the Glovers will still be without Rhys Browne (ankle) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring).

Head-to-head
Town have won three of their 10 encounters against Port Vale.

The first meeting between the two sides came as early as the 2005/06 season with both sides winning their respective home fixtures 1-0.

Since then, Justin Cochrane’s early goal back in 2007 saw Town pick up a 1-0 win at Huish Park.

Officials
Gavin Ward (Surrey) will be the man in the middle at Huish Park. 

In what will be his 23rd match of the season, it’ll be his second officiating a game involving the Glovers having taken charge of opening day defeat at Luton Town.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Ward will be assisted by Michael Webb (Surrey) and Mark Derrien (Dorset) with Brett Huxtable acting as fourth official (Devon).

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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets for the match are available to buy in advance and on the day, with details on our home ticket page.

CLUB STATEMENT | Rumoured takeover

Chairman John Fry and YTFC would like to take the opportunity to inform the club’s fanbase that the reports are without substance.

As previously relayed, the club is looking to build for the future and recently engaged Insight 63 Ltd – led by Mark Palmer. Insight 63 are aiding and advising with regard to the club’s long-term future, but the sale of the club is not currently part of Insight’s remit or the intentions of YTFC’s majority shareholders.

Whilst rumours regarding an imminent takeover can be categorically denied, YTFC would also like to take the opportunity to inform supporters that there will be communications in the coming weeks as a result of Insight 63’s report, which has not yet been completed.  

Yeovil Town’s owners, the Board of Directors and all at YTFC remain committed to improving the club’s standing both on and off the field and will continue to openly inform supporters of developments, once they are a matter of fact and not speculation.

TICKETS | Port Vale replay tickets remain on sale

The Glovers drew 1-1 at Vale Park courtesy of Jordan Green’s late equaliser, with the eventual victor facing a home tie with Sky Bet League One outfit Bradford City in the New Year.

Prices for the replay are as follows:

Adult – £12
Senior/Young Person/Disabled – £6
Under-16 – £5
Premium seats  £15

To avoid queues at the Huish Park ticket office, fans are advised to purchase online by clicking here.

Supporters can also visit the ticket office in person or purchase by calling 01935 847888

COMMUNITY | Bring some joy with a cuddly toy!

Fans highlighted a generous act undertaken by football supporters in Belgium, who threw cuddly toys on the pitch during a match to be given to children with disabilities

The Glovers will now be doing something similar for the Emirates FA Cup second round replay with Port Vale on Tuesday, December 12th (7.45pm). 

Supporters of both Town and the Valiants are welcome and encouraged to bring a cuddly toy which will be collected during the half-time interval. 

All cuddly toys collected will be donated to children at Yeovil District Hospital when the first-team squad make their annual visit later this month. 

People wishing to donate who are unable to attend the fixture can drop off their cuddly toy at Huish Park or post it to the following address:

Yeovil Town Football Club
Huish Park
Lufton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
Ba22 8YF

#SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy

INTERVIEW | There was no real fightback – Way

The Imps took a second-half lead through Matt Green, following a good chance from Olufela Olomola to put the Glovers one-up, before Matt Rhead completed the scoring with a close range header on 69 minutes.

The result leaves Yeovil in 20th position, level on points with second from bottom Forest Green Rovers.

“It’s the margin of error,” Way told iFollow Glovers.

“We went one-on-one with the keeper, missed the opportunity which was a great scoring chance to put us 1-0 up and within two minutes they countered down the other end and it was a great finish from the lad. 

“When you go 1-0 down, there is a little bit of disappointment and the noise is different and that’s when you expect personalities and characters to show really good commitment and confidence to get the game back – we didn’t do that.

“From having a young squad, there was a little bit of fear that set in and the players weren’t confident to play the right pass at the right time. There was no real fightback and want to get on the ball.

“As a team I didn’t really see any commitment and the supporters don’t want to see that; they want to see players wanting the ball, more energy and commitment so I understand their frustrations.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Lincoln City

Matt Green finished from inside the area to give the play-off chasing Imps the lead before Matt Rhead wrapped up the scoring with a header 21 minutes from time.

Manager Darren Way made three alterations to his side following the midweek Checkatrade Trophy win over AFC Wimbledon, recalling Nathan Smith to the backline and Francois Zoko up front.

James Bailey resumed captain duties on his return to the starting line-up with Tuesday’s skipper Oscar Gobern partnering him in central midfield.

However, the 26-year-old’s league debut was ended after six minutes due to injury, giving Alefe Santos an early opportunity to impress from the bench.

The ball saw a lot of air time in the opening exchanges with Lincoln trying to take advantage of their physical threat.

Centre-back Sean Raggett nodded over in an offside position while big frontman Rhead also headed over in vain.

Yeovil’s first attempt of the contest was likewise a header. Otis Khan pressed Neil Eardley on the byeline, winning a corner as his reward, and his delivery was powered on to the top of the net by Bevis Mugabi. 

Santos followed with a wayward volley and Imps goalkeeper Josh Vickers needed to be quick out of the blocks to deny Olomola a shooting chance after a clever, yet slight overhit, through ball from Zoko.

Then a long set-pieces from Tom James found Omar Sowunmi unmarked just inside the area but the Glovers defender failed to test Vickers. 

Referee Lee Collins made the match a stop-start affair, awarding free kicks for petty fouls which suited Lincoln due to their direct approach.

It was route one football that almost resulted in a City opener. Sam Habergham’s swinging corner was met by Raggett and his bullet header crashed against the crossbar.

In contrast, Town aimed to keep the ball on the deck and two fine mazy dribbles saw them register their first shots on target.

First off on his travels was Jordan Green who launched a counter-attack deep inside home territory and when he was fouled, Khan’s curler was beaten away by Vickers.

Mugabi was next to go on an adventure, slaloming in and out of black-shirted players before warming Vickers’ gloves from distance. 

After the interval, City continued in their typical style. A punt forward saw Rhead flick-on for Matt Green to collect; he saw his shot blocked and Michael Bostwick picked up the scraps, smashing into the away terrace.

An unbelievable defence-splitting pass from Bailey should have seen Yeovil take the lead but 60 seconds later they were behind.

Olomola gathered possession and was thwarted one-on-one. The following corner was cleared by Eardley, Rhead gathered, thread through to Matt Green who raced down the middle of the pitch and slotted home.

The Glovers immediately pressed for a way back into the game. Zoko ran the left channel effectively and teed up James whose strike was blocked and cleared.

For 15 minutes afterwards, the game lulled before a brilliant piece of play extended the away side’s lead.

Rhead’s neat nudge on to Matt Green pulled a couple of green and white shirts out of position. Ex-Mansfield Town man Green rolled back for Eardley to cross, and his sweet delivery reached Rhead who was on hand to turn the ball in at the back stick.

Town battled hard for the remaining 20 minutes to force their way back into the contest but found a stubborn Lincoln defence in wait, meaning Vickers wasn’t called upon.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, N.Smith, James, Green, Bailey (C.Smith 72), Gobern (Santos 6), Khan, Olomola (Surridge 63), Zoko.
Bookings:
None.
Not Used: 
Maddison, Davies, Gray, Worthington.

Lincoln City: Vickers, Eardley, Waterfall, Raggett, Habergham, Woodyard, Bostwick, Anderson, Stewart (Arnold 80), Rhead (Whitehouse 75), Green (Palmer 78).
Bookings:
Waterfall 35.
Not Used:
Farman, Long, Knott, Dickie.

NEWS | Venue swap for Ladies fixture

The decision was made to seek an alternative venue for Sunday’s FA WSL 1 meeting due to the Emirates FA Cup second round replay with Port Vale on Tuesday, December 12th and the prospect of three games in the space of four days,

Tickets that have already been purchased will be honoured with kick-off remaining at 12.30pm. 

For further information or if you have any queries, please contact Yeovil Town Ladies directly by clicking here.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Lincoln City

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

December deals
As the cold weather sets in, supporters can enjoy a host of refreshment offers available across the ground:
Hot drink deal: Any hot drink and a chocolate bar – £2.50
Adult deal:
Pasty, hot drink, chocolate bar and a packet of crisps – £6.00
Kids deal:
Hot dog, hot or cold drink and a chocolate bar – £5.50

Tickets
Fans can purchase tickets on the day but are advised to buy in advance online to avoid matchday queues. With tickets available from £6, get your football fix for the weekend. To purchase, visit the Huish Park ticket office in person or call 01935 847888.

Pen Mill Ladies
Enjoying a training session on the 3G before watching the match, Pen Mill Ladies Under-12s, 14s and 16s will also be paraded around the Huish Park pitch at half-time. Give your support to one of our local teams. 

Green & White – Golden ticket!
Pick up issue 15 of the matchday programme for your chance to win prizes with one of three Golden Tickets. Launching this Saturday, three copies of Green & White will include a Golden Ticket with three different prizes up for grabs from matchday tickets to a copy of Football Manager 18 – more info is available here. The programme also includes an exclusive interview with Jordan Green as well as stacks of other features for your enjoyment so be sure to collect your copy!

Huish Hospitality
Why not spend your Saturday in style with our hospitality package? Costing £49, supporters will get reserved car parking, a two-course carvery meal, a complimentary matchday programme, access to the Legends Lounge, a ticket for the match and access to the bar at half-time and after the match. Click here for more info.

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses 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

Make a day of it!
Don’t just come for the football, make a day of it at Huish Park. 
Kids entertainment
If you’re coming as a family, why not check out our Junior Glovers Family Cabin? Decked out with the latest games consoles and games it provides the perfect area to enjoy some pre-match entertainment. With other activities available, keep an eye out for members of the first-team who regularly pop in for a visit. 
Marquee
For adult supporters, head to the marquee situated adjacent to the Thatchers Gold Terrace and Tamburino Stand for some pre-match refreshment. With meal deals on offer, it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours in the build up to kick-off and is open from 12.30. 

Get kitted out
Yeovil’s new home and away kits have proved popular with supporters and remain on sale in the club shop. Why not pick up some stocking fillers, too? From calendars to clothing, get your Christmas shopping done early. Open up until kick-off, pay a visit!

NEWS | Town will host Forest Green Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy

The Glovers reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season, and will look to replicate that feat when the Gloucestershire outfit visit Huish Park the week commencing January 8th 2018.

This term, Darren Way’s finished top of Group D with an unbeaten record, before dispatching League One outfit AFC Wimbledon 2-0 in round two. 

“I feel it’s a fantastic draw and gives us another opportunity in front of our home supporters to get one step closer to Wembley,” Way told YTFC.net.

Ticket information and a confirmed date will be released in due course.

NEWS | Gyebi heads out on loan

The young defender will continue his development at the Tatnam Ground and could feature for the Dolphins against Weston-super-Mare in National League South this weekend.

Gyebi is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Glovers but did come off the bench in the  pre-season match with AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park.

PROGRAMME | Green & White issue 15

The Glovers take on Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two looking to extend their unbeaten run to four in all competitions.

Here’s what you can find in the programme:

  • There a new Golden Ticket competition! Buy a programme, find a Golden Ticket and win a prize! More details can be found by clicking here

  • Jordan Green netted his first Glovers goal at Port Vale in the Emirates FA Cup. He discusses how he wants to kick on in a green and white shirt in the main interview

  • Matt Worthington has some fun at the expense of his team-mates in ‘Who Is?’

  • Omar Sowunmi answers your questions in ‘Quiz A Glover’

  • Olufela Olomola selects his Dream Team – it’s a pretty good team, we must say!

  • Ex-Glovers centre-back Byron Webster chats about his time at the club in ‘Where Are They Now?’

  • Four pages dedicated to visitors Lincoln City

And much more!

Programmes are priced at £3 and can be purchased from various points around Huish Park, including the club shop.

The club now offers a subscription service.

If you are an exiled Glover or missed a game, you can now purchase a programme game-by-game or buy a yearly subscription.

Click here for more details. 

 

INTERVIEW | It’s a good, positive group – Way

The Glovers will lineup against the Imps looking to make it four games unbeaten in all competitions. 

Two Checkatrade Trophy victories have saddled an Emirates FA Cup draw at Port Vale, leaving the players in positive mood. 

Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over higher league opposition in AFC Wimbledon made it back-to-back home wins, leaving Way to speak of a happy camp. 

“It’s a good, positive group at the moment,” he told iFollow Glovers. “There’s competition for places now with the squad we’ve built.

“All the lads are very persistent in everything they do. That’s off the training ground and on the training ground. What we saw on Tuesday night was it all coming together.

“You could see a lot of energy and a lot of forward thinking. We asked for more crosses, more shots, more forward runs – players are now showing that with their energy.”

Fresh from their cup victory, Town will go up against play-off chasing Lincoln at the weekend. 

Having lost just twice at home all season, Way is wary of the threats posed by Danny Cowley’s side.

“Like any team, they have strengths with their forward play. They’re strong, can be dominant and they get the ball forward early.

“(Michael) Bostwick I tried to get in summer but unfortunately couldn’t get near his bonuses let alone his wages! He’s a very, very experienced player to have in your team.

“They have (Matt) Rhead who’s a little bit like (Tom) Pope (at Port Vale); a physical presence, holds the ball up and flicks it on to (Matt) Green.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Lincoln City

Defender Keston Davies slotted into the back four and netted his first professional goal, while Jake Gray came off the bench to score his first for the club.

New recruit Oscar Gobern stamped his authority on the game in the heart of the midfield next to a busy Connor Smith, and Tom James produced another eye-catching display at left-back.

With the likes of Jordan Green, Alefe Santos et al. performing well of late, it’s a nice problem for Way to have.

Sid Nelson (suspension) and Rhys Browne (ankle) are the only confirmed absentees, leaving the Glovers in a good place to extend their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions.

Out to wipe that sequence are Lincoln who sit 10th in the table, two points outside the play-off positions.

The Imps stormed to the National League title last term, and also reached the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals, defeating Championship outfit Brighton & Hove Albion and Premier League side Burnley along the way.

Danny Cowley’s team have carried that form into the EFL signing experienced players in Matt Green, Michael Bostwick and Neil Eardley to their already talent squad.

Green has three goals to his name so far, two behind top scorer wideman Harry Anderson.

Head-to-head
Town haven’t played Lincoln since 2005 – and a memorable occasion it was.

The Glovers ran out 3-0 winners at Huish Park, courtesy of goals from Efe Sodje (2) and Phil Jevons, to clinch the League Two title.

Yeovil have won three out of their four meetings with the Imps in the EFL, with Saturday’s visitors recording a single victory.

Officials
Lee Collins (Surrey) will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

He has only officiated six games this season, four of which have been in League Two.

His last two Yeovil matches were in the 2015/16 campaign and both ended goalless.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire) with Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way’s pre-match thoughts 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets for the match are available to buy in advance and on the day. Prices and information can be found in the Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | Everyone in the squad is positive – Santos

The Glovers have only suffered two league defeats in 10 games at Huish Park, winning and drawing four apiece.

Currently 18th in the division, there is only one way Santos and the squad are looking. 

“It’s very tight and if we win Saturday we can push up the table,” he told YTFC.net.

“Everyone in the squad is positive no matter what happens.

“You’ve always got to look up; it’s the best thing to do. If you look down, then it’s being negative. 

“Our home form has been good and hopefully we can continue that and climb up the division.” 

In midweek, Yeovil recorded their third win of the season over League One opposition in AFC Wimbledon to progress in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Back to league action, Santos is expecting a different sort of contest against Lincoln City when the Imps visit Somerset on Saturday (3pm).

He said: “The game we’ve got coming up will be different to the game on Tuesday.

“I watched them (Lincoln) in their FA Cup run last season; they played Arsenal and beat some big teams to get to the quarter-finals.

“They’re very physical, probably more so than we are, so we’ve got to match them and use our strengths. 

“We’ve got our threats and know where we can hurt them; we have to use those threats like we have done with other teams.”

INTERVIEW | Way looking to build on positive momentum

The Glovers drew 1-1 with Port Vale in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, a result sandwiched between two Checkatrade Trophy victories over higher league opposition in Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

Looking to now get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two, Way is looking to extend the positivity.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “We look at our recent football matches – we drew at Port Vale and beat Plymouth and Wimbledon.

“So far our home form has been good so there are a lot of positives to take.

“We have to be realistic, we know as far as our away form is concerned that it has to become better in terms of results, but to still be in two cup competitions is good.

“Supporters are seeing probably the best home form for the last four years, especially with the amount of goals we’re scoring which is important at home. We have got to continue that.”

The Green and Whites are currently six games into a gruelling eight-week fixture schedule.

With the on-field demands increasing, the Town boss is calling for his players to be ready. 

“Everything is looking good,” he said. “As far as the medical department is concerned they’re doing very well considering we’ve had small numbers.

“We have 16 matches in eight weeks which is a big load. The players need to make sure they’re physically and mentally ready.”

Tickets remain on sale for Saturday’s clash with Lincoln, with tickets available online, by visiting our ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888.

COMMERCIAL | Hospitality boxes available for FA Cup replay

The Glovers take on the Valiants at Huish Park on Tuesday, December 12th (7.45pm) for a place in the third round.

For £300 plus VAT (food an extra cost), 10 guests can enjoy:

– Exclusive use of an executive suite
– Reserved seating outside of the suite
– Reserved car parking
– Fully equipped Sky TV
– Complimentary matchday programmes
– Complimentary team sheets
– Hostess drinks service (payable on the day)

For more information and to book, please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net.

NEWS | Club introduce Golden Ticket competition

The club have introduced a Golden Ticket competition which, if found, have fantastic rewards.

Where can you find one? Three Golden Tickets will be placed in three editions of Saturday’s matchday programme against Lincoln City.

Up for grabs this weekend are free tickets to a home league match of the person’s choice, 50% off your next programme purchase and a copy of Football Manager 2018.

So buy your copy of the Green & White for just £3 for a chance to win!

If you are the lucky finder of a Golden Ticket, head to the reception at Huish Park, tweet @YTFC with a photo or email media@ytfc.net to let us know!

TICKETS | Back to league action this weekend!

It will be the Glovers’ second match of three at Huish Park in a week and a chance for Darren Way’s side to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to four.

Lincoln’s last trip to Somerset saw Yeovil clinch the 2004/05 fourth tier title on the final day of the season. 

Fans can purchase tickets online, in person at the ticket office or by phone on 01935 847888.

For more ticket information and prices, head to the Home Tickets section.

INTERVIEW | There are loads of positives to take – Way

Defender Keston Davies came in at centre-back and opened the scoring with his first professional goal, before Jake Gray responded to being dropped on the weekend by firing in a late second for his first Town goal.

The Green and Whites dominated proceedings at Huish Park against Sky Bet League One opposition and several players put in impressive displays, leaving Glovers boss Way with plenty to think about.

“There are loads to positives to take,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“It was a fantastic performance from start to finish; we controlled the game.

“Some of the individual performances, the pattern of play, combination play, shots we had on target and the crosses we put into the box was overall very pleasing.

“Keston scored his first goal and Jake came off the bench to score with a really good finish.

“The way the front two pressed their back three was good; the way the back four defended against some very, very good players was also pleasing.

“Everyone is now proving they deserve to play in the first team and I’ve got difficult decisions to make each week now, which I didn’t have last year.”

INTERVIEW | Goal is a big relief – Gray

The midfielder came off the bench to add to Keston Davies’ finish with his first Town goal and confirm the club’s progress to the third round of the tournament.

After sitting out of the Glovers’ Emirates FA Cup match at Port Vale, Gray was thrilled to repay Darren Way and contribute to a third victory over Sky Bet League One opposition this term.

“Football is a funny old game – things can change so quickly,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I was disappointed at the weekend but the games come thick and fast and I’m delighted I was put on the pitch by the manager and hopefully I repaid him.

“On a personal note, it’s a big relief to get off the mark for the season in what was a brilliant result for the club.

“It was probably a shot in anger really as I got the chance to shoot and hadn’t scored in a while. It was nice to see it go in at the near post; it was a nice feeling.

“Hopefully that’s my break of no goals over!”

Yeovil return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday following three cup matches in a row.

Lincoln City are the visitors to Huish Park and Gray says three points are imperative to get the Green and Whites back on track in the division.

“It’s important we get back to winning ways in the league as that’s our bread and butter,” he said.

“(The win against Wimbledon) gives us confidence. It shows we’re pushing in the right direction and can compete with teams in higher positions and get positive results.

“Our home form has been brilliant and we’ve really enjoyed playing in front of the fans so we just hope to push on now.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

Keston Davies’ first professional goal gave the Glovers a merited lead on 48 minutes and Jake Gray completed the scoring late on with his first Yeovil strike. 

The victory was the home side’s third against a Sky Bet League One outfit this term, and ensured their name went into the hat for Friday’s draw.

Saturday’s last-gasp goal hero Jordan Green was granted his fourth start of the season as Darren Way made five changes from the Emirates FA Cup draw at Port Vale.

Davies renewed his centre-back partnership with Omar Sowunmi which proved effective in this competition against Plymouth Argyle a week ago, while Tom James switched to left-back to accommodate Bevis Mugabi on the other flank of defence.

Elsewhere, Oscar Gobern, who made his Glovers debut at Vale Park, and Connor Smith coupled up in central midfield, and it was the duo who combined for the game’s opening shot.

Captain Gobern’s slide-rule pass cut open the Wimbledon backline and Smith fired over with his left foot on the angle after two minutes.

Otis Khan then warmed the gloves of Joe McDonnell with a cheeky dinked attempt as Town set their sights on an early goal.

They couldn’t quite find it but remained calm, pressed when they needed to and passed the ball around with precision, leading to Sam Surridge nodding high into the away terrace.

Moments later the AFC Bournemouth youngster went down in the area over the sitting George Francomb following a swift counter-attack, created by a determined Gobern and pacey Green. Nothing given.

The latter used his speed again to this time skip past Will Nightingale to the byeline, cut inside to have a go but his shot lacked conviction to trouble McDonnell.

Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was finally called into action just past the half-hour mark, getting low to hold on to a tame Francomb strike before a piece of brilliance from Sowunmi almost resulted in a Yeovil goal.

The giant centre-back spread a 40-yard crossfield ball to Khan; he skipped down the left and delivered for Surridge whose header was cleared from underneath the crossbar by Dons skipper Paul Robinson.

Yeovil’s dominance was frightening and they deserved a lead to take into the break, however McDonnell had other ideas.

Versatile Welshman James has gained a reputation for his knuckleball free kicks and his latest attempt looked to be heading for the top corner, but for a fantastic flying stop from the Wombles stopper.

Although their first-half endeavour went unrewarded, the hosts went ahead minutes into the second period. 

Khan’s corner to the front post was flicked goalward by Davies, the post prevented the ball rustling the net but assistant referee Justin Amey stuck his flag in the air to alert man in the middle Antony Coggins that it had crossed the line.

Despite their continued attacking intent and willingness to commit bodies forward, Yeovil didn’t test McDonnell thereafter with James hitting another set piece wide and substitute Francois Zoko smashing a venomous shot against the face of young defender Toby Sibbick.

The Green and Whites did grab another goal, and justifiably so, when Gray, fresh off the bench, sent a low drive into the corner to confirm a place in round three of the Checkatrade Trophy for the second consecutive campaign.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, Davies, James, Green (Gray 82), Gobern (Worthington 74), C.Smith, Khan, Olomola, Surridge (Zoko 70).
Bookings: None.
Not Used: Maddison, N.Smith, Bailey, Santos.

AFC Wimbledon: McDonnell, Sibbick, Robinson, Kalambayi, Nightingale, Kennedy (Ashley 80), Francomb, Abdou, McDonald (Evans 60), Forrester (Nelson-Roberts 60), Kaja.
Bookings:
Kalambayi 25, Abdou 61
Not Used:
Tzanev, Urhoghide.

NEWS | Town await Checkatrade Trophy third round draw

The draw for the last 16 will take place live on talkSPORT at 12.30pm, with Lynsey Hipgrave set to oversee the proceedings.

talkSPORT pundit and comedian Bob Mills will join Hipgrave on set to draw the balls alongside former Arsenal player and talkSPORT presenter Perry Groves.

As well as being broadcast live, the draw will be announced shortly after its conclusion via @CheckatradeTrpy on Twitter.

talkSPORT 2 is available on DAB digital radio, on the talkSPORT app and on the website via talksport.com. 

The Glovers reached the third round after defeating Sky Bet League One outfit AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at Huish Park.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v AFC Wimbledon

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

Tickets
Fans can purchase tickets on the night but are advised to buy in advance online to avoid matchday queues. Tickets start from as little as £2 and both the Tamburino and Screwfix Stands will be open. To purchase, visit the Huish Park ticket office in person or call 01935 847888.

Half-time penalty shootout!
We welcome both Ash Rovers Under-9s and Stoke Youth Under-12s to tonight’s match. Having watched the opening 45 minutes, both sets of youngsters will take part in a penalty shootout on the Huish Park pitch during the interval.

Read all about it
Pick up issue number 14 of Green & White this evening. Learn about tonight’s opposition AFC Wimbledon as well as host of other features including the thoughts of manager Darren Way and a look at some of our previous encounters with the Dons. Priced at just £2, pick up your copy from around the ground or in the club shop.

Parking
Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available in the league. Mini buses 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

Junior Glovers Family Area
Situated on the corner between the Tamburino Stand and Thatchers Gold Terrace, the Junior Glovers Family Area offers entertainment for families before kick-off. Kitted out with games, activities and the latest games consoles, young Glovers can enjoy the pre-match build-up. 

Get kitted out!
Yeovil’s new home and away kits have proved popular with supporters this summer and remain on sale in the club shop. Why not pick up some stocking fillers, too? From calendars to clothing, get your Christmas shopping done early. Open up until kick-off, pay a visit!

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v AFC Wimbledon

The Glovers left it late to come away from Port Vale with a 1-1 draw in the Emirates FA Cup second round at the weekend, with the eventual winner now facing the prospect of Bradford City at home in the New Year.

Jordan Green’s first Yeovil goal earned the visitors a replay, building on last Tuesday’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy triumph over League One outfit Plymouth Argyle. 

Tom James and Sam Surridge were on target against the Pilgrims and will be hoping to do the same against higher league opposition once again. 

The Green and Whites are yet to lose in the competition, winning two and drawing one (with a bonus point for a penalty shootout victory). 

Darren Way’s side are now just four matches away from a Wembley final, as they look to go two better than last season’s quarter-final exit. 

The Dons head to Somerset just two days after progressing to round three of the FA Cup. 

Cody McDonald and a Lyle Taylor brace saw them overcome Charlton Athletic 3-1, recording their first win in three matches. 

Taylor will pose the visitors’ main threat with nine goals in all competitions this season, backed up by Andy Barcham (3) and former Town man Kwesi Appiah (2).

Head-to-head
Tuesday’s encounter will be just the third competitive meeting between the two sides.

So far, Yeovil remain unbeaten with a draw and victory to their name. 

Memorably, Jack Compton’s hat-trick saw Town come away from Kingsmeadow 3-2 winners in January 2016.

Officials
Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire) will take charge at Huish Park. 

The clash will be his 18th match of the season and second involving Yeovil having overseen the 2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town. 

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) with Scott Jackson 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Supporters can enjoy the match for as little as £2! Prices and how to buy can be found by clicking here.

NEWS | It’s Bradford in the FA Cup if Town progress

If Darren Way’s side progress, they will host the Bantams the weekend of January 5th 2018.

It would mean the Glovers’ Sky Bet League Two game with Grimsby Town at Huish Park (January 6th) would be postponed and rearranged.

Jordan Green’s last-gasp equaliser cancelled out Tom Pope’s opener to give Yeovil a second opportunity to reach the third round.

The replay will be played on Tuesday, December 12th (7.45pm) at Huish Park. Ticket details will be announced in due course.

NEWS | Browne ruled out with a sprained ankle

The winger, who has scored five goals so far this season, picked up the injury after coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Notts County on November 21st. 

Named as man of the match for the encounter at Huish Park, Browne has missed the last three games due to the injury. 

Having been assessed by physiotherapist Mike Micciche, the 22-year-old has been ruled out for at least a month. 

The prognosis means the former Grimsby man is likely to miss Town’s busy Christmas period and return in the New Year.

TICKETS | Wimbledon tickets remain on sale

The Glovers host the Dons on Tuesday, December 5th (7.45pm), after finishing Group D winners.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult – £10
Senior – £5
Young Person – £5
Under-16s – £2

Fans can purchase tickets in person, online or by phone on 01935 847888.

As with previous Checkatrade Trophy matches at Huish Park, only the Tamburino and Screwfix stands will be open for supporters. 

INTERVIEW | I don’t really score headers because I’m only 5’6! – Green

The former AFC Bournemouth winger came off the bench to net a last-gasp equaliser at Vale Park and ensure a replay. 

Short in stature, it was unusually a headed goal for Green who admits he has never scored one before.

“I’ve been waiting for my chance to get my first goal and it came,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“For it to be my first goal, in front of the away fans, get a draw in such a big FA Cup game and take them back to our place was different class.

“I saw the cross coming in, saw their player jump for it, didn’t know where it went and I turned around, saw it right in front of me and just tried to get something on it.

“It ended up being my head and I don’t really score headers because I’m only 5’6! I actually don’t think I’ve ever scored a headed goal so I’m happy to score one for the first time.

“I didn’t know what to do! If you watch the replay back of when I celebrated, I didn’t know where to run – it was brilliant. It was my first goal for the club; hopefully I’ll get many more.”

Green’s leveller means Town face Vale in a replay at Huish Park on Tuesday, December 12th (7.45pm).

The 22-year-old is confident of defeating the Valiants at home and hopes for a top flight side in the third round.

“Everyone just wants someone high from the Premier League,” he said.

“We’re confident going back to our place in the replay and we believe we can win it.”

INTERVIEW | Fighting spirit pleases Way

The Valiants looked like they were heading into the third round after Tom Pope’s second-half header but Jordan Green nodded home his first Yeovil goal in the 89th minute to force a match at Huish Park.

Every Town player on the field joined in with Green’s celebration, piling on the ex-Bournemouth winger and Way believes the equaliser was down to a lot of hard work and belief.

“The players are absolutely over the moon,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“They were a little bit anxious and nervy in the first half but that’s football. Some of them grew in confidence as the game went on and the fighting spirit they had, never giving up, certainly with the consequences of what potentially lies in wait, was very pleasing.

“To draw away from home and the fighting spirit the players showed, they deserve (the replay).

“I’m really pleased for them as they’re showing real commitment, they’re working really hard behind the scenes and the last-gasp goal was their just rewards.”

Way continued: “It does (feel like a win) because would you have thought we’d have pulled that back? Probably not.

“There’s one thing my group do; they keep believing, work extremely hard and when you work hard you end up getting more results and that’s what I see with this group.”

Town will know their potential FA Cup third round opponents on Monday evening.

In 2014, Way was part of the coaching staff that knew a win over Accrington Stanley in a replay would set up a tie with Manchester United and the Glovers boss hopes for another big occasion.

“I want the players to be excited when they watch the draw,” he said.

““In a 15 or 20-year career you only get these magical moments three or four times if that.

“We’ve been in this situation before where we could have had a disappointing result at Accrington but then we had the Manchester Untied tie so we’ll wait and see who we get!”

NEWS | Date confirmed for Port Vale replay

The Glovers will battle it out with the Valiants for a place in the third round at Huish Park on Tuesday, December 12th (7.45pm).

Tom Pope looked to have won the tie for Vale with a second-half header but Jordan Green nodded home his first Town goal in the 89th minute to secure a replay.

The two sides are number 49 in third round draw which takes place on Monday, December 4th live on BT Sport and BBC 2 (7pm).

Ticket details will be announced in due course.

NEWS | FA Cup third round draw details

The Glovers left it late to put their name in the hat, with Jordan Green scoring in the 89th minute to earn a replay against Port Vale.

Darren Way’s side will battle for a place in the next stage of the competition, where clubs from the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship enter, on Tuesday, December 12th (7.45pm) at Huish Park.

Fans can watch the draw live on BBC 2 and BBC Sport 1 prior to the match between Slough Town and Rochdale (around 7.10pm).

BALL NUMBERS IN FULL

1 AFC Bournemouth 
2 Arsenal 
3 Aston Villa 
4 Barnsley 
5 Birmingham City 
6 Bolton Wanderers
7 Brentford 
8 Brighton 
9 Bristol City 
10 Burnley 
11 Burton Albion 
12 Cardiff City
13 Chelsea 
14 Crystal Palace 
15 Derby County
16 Everton 
17 Fulham 
18 Huddersfield Town
19 Hull City
20 Ipswich Town 
21 Leeds United
22 Leicester City
23 Liverpool 
24 Manchester City
25 Manchester United 
26 Middlesbrough 
27 Millwall 
28 Newcastle United
29 Norwich City
30 Nottingham Forest 
31 Preston North End
32 QPR 
33 Reading 
34 Sheffield United 
35 Sheffield Wednesday 
36 Southampton 
37 Stoke City
38 Sunderland 
39 Swansea City
40 Tottenham Hotspur
41 Watford 
42 West Brom 43 West Ham 
44 Wolves 
45 Woking OR Peterborough United
46 MK Dons 
47 Newport County 
48 Wycombe Wanderers
49 Port Vale OR Yeovil Town
50 Shrewsbury Town
51 Doncaster Rovers
52 Slough OR Rochdale 
53 AFC Wimbledon 
54 Stevenage 
55 Mansfield Town
56 Luton Town 
57 Bradford City
58 Blackburn Rovers OR Crewe Alexandra
59 AFC Fylde OR Wigan Athletic
60 Gillingham OR Carlisle United
61 Notts County 
62 Forest Green Rovers OR Exeter City
63 Fleetwood Town OR Hereford FC
64 Coventry City

REPORT | Port Vale 1-1 Yeovil Town

The game struggled to come to life in the first-half as neither side managed to produce a meaningful attempt on goal.

A livelier affair after the restart, both sides had chances before Tom Pope notched the opener just past the hour-mark. 

Looking like being the difference between the two teams, Jordan Green popped up in the 89th minute to earn the visitors a replay and keep Town in the pot for the third round draw.

Darren Way made two changes from last weekend’s league outing, including a fifth start in Green and White for Alefe Santos.

Impressing in midweek, the Brazilian replaced Matt Worthington in midfield whilst Otis Khan – who returned from illness on Tuesday night – came in for Jordan Green.

New signing Oscar Gobern started amongst the substitutes after signing on Friday morning following a three-week trial. 

On a drizzly afternoon in Staffordshire, the opening 45 minutes failed to provide much in terms of final third action as both sides cancelled each other out.

Neil Aspin’s side were first to enjoy a spell of pressure, but despite a string of balls into the box the Valiants were unable to test Artur Krysiak. 

Growing into the match, Santos started to control proceedings in midfield for the visitors as the momentum swung in favour of Town.

However, much like the home side, the Glovers were unable to bring the opposing ‘keeper into play as James Bailey’s blocked shot from inside the box proved to be Yeovil’s best chance of the half.

With frustration growing amongst both sets of supporters the game continued to struggle to produce attempts on goal, with Christian Montano twice off target with efforts 18 yards.

As two minutes of additional time came to a close Port Vale engineered the best chance of the half as Gavin Gunning’s deep cross found Pope, whose goalbound header was manfully blocked by Omar Sowunmi.

That brought an end to a first-half that largely failed to inspire, leaving plenty of food for thought for both sides at the break.

Whilst Town chose to stick with the eleven that started at Vale Park, the Valiants opted to twist with a double substitution and change in formation at the start of the second half. 

Now with two up front, the alterations gave the Yeovil defence food for thought as Anton Forrester had a header from 12 yards claimed by Krysiak.

Staying in the ascendancy after the restart, Vale squandered their best two chances of the match as the game ticked towards the hour-mark.

Firstly, Pope had a shot from inside the box blocked by his own man after substitute Tyler Denton raced clear, before a last-ditch Ryan Dickson challenge stopped Forrester pulling the trigger from six yards after Krysiak was taken out of the game having got a hand to a deep cross. 

Living dangerously, the Glovers survived the flurry of Port Vale chances and almost broke the deadlock themselves.

Great work from Sam Surridge saw the striker weave his way into the box before unselfishly squaring for Khan, whose low drive was deflected inches wide. 

However, Aspin’s side responded immediately and opened the scoring after 63 minutes. 

A hanging cross to the back post was perfect for Valiants top scorer Pope to rise highest and head past a hapless Krysiak.

The game’s opening goal sparked a double change from Way, as Gobern – making his debut – and Green took to the field in place of Bailey and Khan.

Despite the fresh legs, it was Vale who continued to enjoy the most of possession as time suddenly became the enemy of the Green and Whites. 

Forrester missed an opportunity to put the tie beyond doubt inside the final ten minutes before Town ensured they’d be in the hat for the third round draw. 

Gobern’s cross fell to Green in the box who made no mistake in heading the ball into the back of the net for his first Yeovil goal to send the away end into raptures. 

The visitors searched for a winner in stoppage time buoyed by the equaliser, but the referee’s whistle brought an end to proceedings forcing a replay at Huish Park in a few weeks’ time.

Port Vale: Boot; Gibbons, Gunning, Anderson, N. Smith; Tonge, Kay, Pugh (Denton 45′); Worrall (Harness 72′), Pope, Montano (Forrester 45′).
Bookings: Gibbons 87′
Subs not used: Hornby, Barnett, Reeves, Turner.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson; Bailey (Gobern 69′), Santos (C. Smith 82′); Olomola, Zoko, Khan (Green 69′); Surridge.
Bookings: Dickson 32’
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Davies, Worthington.

INTERVIEW | Gobern relishing chance to guide young Glovers squad

The 6’3″ midfielder has signed on non-contract terms until the end of the 2017/18 campaign having spent three weeks training with Town.

Gobern, still only 26, is hoping to use the EFL experience he has gathered from spells with the likes of Southampton, Huddersfield and QPR to guide the youthful Glovers side to a strong second half to the season. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers after signing, he said: “We’ve got a young group here and I’m only 26 and one of the older ones. I just want to use my experience to help those lads start picking up some points and climb the league.  

“It’s a new experience for me (being one of the older players) and it’s one that I’m relishing.

“There are a few other lads here that are experienced as well and I’m sure they’re thinking the same that we can all push together as one and make a success of this.” 

Available for selection this Saturday as Yeovil head to Port Vale in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, Gobern could make his debut at Vale Park. 

Already knowing Town’s history in the cup, the former England youth international is targeting a successful rest of 2017/18. 

“The gaffer has mentioned the cup run’s importance to me,” he said. “I’ve played in some good cup games and they last in your memory for a long time.

“This season will be no different, we want to go as far as we can and give it everything we’ve got.

“Now I have signed I can get my head down and help the team.

“The staff have been warming since the first day I walked in and told me about the foundations of the club and where they want the club to go and I want to be part of that.

“The only thing in my mind is to make sure that the first part of the season I knuckle down to make sure the second part is memorable.” 

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SIGNING | Gobern becomes a Glover

The 26-year-old, who has been training with Town for the last few weeks, will wear number 20 and is available for the Glovers’ Emirates FA Cup second round match at Port Vale on Saturday.

A trainee at Southampton, Birmingham-born Gobern made just over 20 outings for Saints before a four-year spell with Huddersfield Town following a £275,000 move from Hampshire, rising to £400,000. 

Signed by Lee Clark, the box-to-box midfielder was described as having a “cultured left foot” and being “very good on the ball.”

The ex-MK Dons loanee made more than 70 league appearances for the Terriers and helped the Yorkshire outfit earn promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, enjoying three campaigns in the country’s second division thereafter.

Heading south, Gobern signed for Queens Park Rangers in 2015, ironically making his debut against Yeovil in the League Cup tie at Huish Park. 

Oscar Gobern in action for QPR

Joining Doncaster Rovers on loan later in the campaign, the former England Under-19 international’s season was cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury. 

Having recovered from the injury setback, he had short spells with Mansfield Town and Ross County last season before arriving in Somerset. 

On capturing the free agent’s services, Darren Way said: “Oscar has been with us for three weeks now and from speaking to his previous managers and coaches he’s a very determined and committed player.

“They’re all the ingredients we need to improve our squad.”

Would you like to sponsor Oscar this season? Please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email DLinney@ytfc.net.

PREVIEW | Port Vale v Yeovil Town

The Glovers have already met the Valiants once this season, playing out a 1-1 draw at Huish Park with Otis Khan cancelling out Tom Pope’s opener. 

However, the Green and Whites will come into the clash at Vale Park in buoyant mood having seen off Sky Bet League One outfit Plymouth Argyle 2-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday. 

In fact, Darren Way’s side progressed to the second round of the FA Cup in similar circumstances, defeating higher league opposition in Southend United at the start of November. 

Khan’s first-half penalty was enough to knock out Phil Brown’s Shrimpers, teeing up a second round meeting in Stoke-on-Trent.

With no fresh injury concerns, Yeovil will travel to Port Vale with only Sid Nelson absent from the matchday squad as he serves the second of a three-match suspension.

However, Way will have something of a selection headache having made five changes for the midweek win over Argyle, while new signing Oscar Gobern is eligible to make his debut having signed on Friday morning. 

Port Vale host the Glovers following back-to-back defeats.

The Valiants will look to continue their FA Cup form, though, having recorded a 2-0 win over Oxford United in the first round. 

Pope (9 goals) will be the hosts’ main threat, with Dan Turner also chipping in with three goals this season.

Head-to-head
Town have won three of their nine encounters against Port Vale.

The first meeting between the two sides came as early as the 2005/06 season with both sides winning their respective home fixtures 1-0.

Yeovil’s best result at Vale Park is a 2-2 draw, coming back in 2008 thanks to Gary Dempsey and Andy Kirk strikes.

Officials
Scott Oldham (Lancashire) will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

The cup clash will be his 19th game of the season and first involving the Glovers.

Mr Oldham will be assisted by Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) with Peter Wright (Merseyside) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Olufela Olomola’s pre-match thoughts 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, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

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
Tickets for the match are available to buy in advance and on the day, with details on our away ticket page.

INTERVIEW | The FA Cup is special – Olomola

The Glovers have previously hosted Liverpool and Manchester United in third round ties at Huish Park and will hope to have a chance of repeating those type of ties when they travel to Port Vale this weekend in the second round.

Saturday’s clash could provide Olomola his first taste of FA Cup action having missed the first round victory over Southend United through suspension. 

The Southampton loanee told iFollow Glovers: “Since I was young I’ve always watched the FA Cup, one of the earliest football memories I’ve got is Steven Gerrard scoring in the final against West Ham.

“The FA Cup is very special for me and it will be special to be a part of. 

“It’s the fourth time in five years that the club’s trying to reach the third round so it’s going to be a big game on Saturday and hopefully we can win it. 

“We want to have a cup run, we’ve got a good squad with good individual players so hopefully we can do that.” 

On Town’s opponents the Valiants, Olomola realised it will be a tough game with only two points separating the sides in the Sky Bet League Two table. 

The Glovers drew 1-1 with Vale earlier this season with Otis Khan equalising in the second half after Tom Pope’s opener. 

Olomola said: “It was a good game but it was tight. I believe with the qualities we have we can go there and turn them over. 

“If we win on Saturday it will be a big confidence boost for everyone in the squad.” 

Get up for the Cup and support Town at Vale this weekend!

INTERVIEW | Way looking to build on first round momentum

The Glovers head to Vale Park having seen off League One outfit Southend United at the start of November in the first round.

Otis Khan’s first-half penalty was enough to send the Green and Whites through, with a spot in the potentially lucrative third round now within touching distance. 

Ahead of the trip to Stoke-on-Trent, Way revealed his desire for the players to put in a repeat performance from the victory over the Shrimpers. 

“We’ve got to make sure we maintain our momentum in the FA Cup,” he told iFollow Glovers.

“I thought the performance against Southend was a very good performance. We’re all prepared and ready to go to Port Vale and hopefully, we can pick up a result and keep this FA Cup run going. 

“The most important thing on our mind is to get a performance. We know when our performances have been good for 90 minutes, nine times out of ten we’ve come out with a result – that’s what the focus is on.” 

Town are bidding to reach the third round for the fourth time in five years on Saturday, having lined up against both Southampton and Manchester United in recent seasons. 

Although Nathan Smith and Artur Krysiak are the only players still at Huish Park to have played in either of those encounters, Way has instilled the club’s FA Cup history into his squad.

“We made a DVD in the build-up to the Southend game on what it means to the football club and the history the supporters have had in the FA Cup.

“The players are fully aware of the shirt that they’re wearing and the history this club has in the FA Cup.

“I said to them ‘we could go to Wembley in the next game what with Tottenham playing there now’. You never know.

“It’s important that the players focus their attention on the build-up, preparation and making sure we put on a good performance that shows togetherness and commitment to come up with the result.”

Tickets for the trip to Port Vale remain on sale with information here.

TICKETS | Get up for the Cup at Port Vale!

Having seen off League One opposition in Southend United at the start of November, Darren Way’s side head to Stoke-on-Trent bidding to reach the third round for the fourth time in five years.

Otis Khan’s penalty was enough for Town to defeat the Shrimpers in round one, whilst Saturday’s opponents Port Vale also caused an upset by claiming a 2-0 win over Oxford United. 

Adults can take in the cup action for just £12 this weekend, whilst seniors and under-21s can watch for £6.

Travel to Vale Park is being run by the Green and White Supporters Club, with full details available by clicking here.

Tickets remain on sale via the Huish Park ticket office by visiting in person or by calling 01935 847888, with full price details and information on our away tickets page