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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Lincoln City

Town looking to continue their impressive home form

8 December 2017

Town impressed against higher league opposition in midweek, leaving Darren Way with a healthy selection headache going into this weekend’s match at Huish Park.

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.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Lincoln City

Glovers suffer third Huish Park defeat of the season against the Imps

9 December 2017

Bevis Mugabi battles for the ball v Lincoln PPAUK

Two second-half goals from Lincoln City’s front two condemned Town to their third Sky Bet League Two defeat of the season at Huish Park.

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.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Back to league action this weekend!

Glovers host Lincoln at Huish Park

6 December 2017

Stock photo of Huish Park PPAUK

Support Town this weekend when they take on Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two.

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.

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