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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Exeter City

Town host for the final time in 2017

22 December 2017

Sam Surridge rides a challenge PPAUK

The Glovers entertain Exeter City at Huish Park - their final home match of 2017.

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.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-1 Exeter City

Glovers head into Christmas with impressive three points against the Grecians

23 December 2017

Jake Gray celebrates his goal against Exeter City PPAUK

Town ended their 2017 home campaign with a stylish 3-1 win over near neighbours Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two.

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.

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

Glovers’ last game at Huish Park this Saturday

18 December 2017

The Yeovil players all gather to celebrate a goal with Olufela Olomola PPAUK

Saturday is the last chance for Town fans to watch the Glovers at home in 2017!

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.

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