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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers

Glovers aiming for the quarters for second season running

9 January 2018

Jordan Green celebrates his goal v Bradford PPAUK

Town are aiming to reach a second consecutive Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final this evening.

Darren Way’s men finished top of the group before seeing off Sky Bet League One outfit AFC Wimbledon in the second round.

They go into their meeting with Forest Green Rovers in high spirits following their Emirates FA Cup victory over third tier outfit Bradford City.

Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes netted on his Yeovil debut but will miss out due to being cup-tied, along with new arrival Lewis Wing.

Fellow new recruits Jared Bird and Corey Whelan are available.

Defender Omar Sowunmi and Connor Smith are available after missing the win against Bradford due to suspension.

Striker Francois Zoko could make his 100th appearance for the club.

This term is Forest Green’s first competing in the EFL Trophy.

Mark Cooper’s Green Devils finished second in their group before defeating his former employer Swindon Town to set up tonight’s tie at Huish Park.

Christian Doidge is subject to a lot of interest from Championship clubs, while midfielder Dayle Grubb will also provide a threat after a sterling 2017.

FGR won the first EFL meeting between the sides back in August at the New Lawn.

Fourteen years previous, Town were triumphant at Huish Park on New Year’s Day.

The Glovers ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a solitary effort from Kirk Jackson.

John Busby will be the man in the middle.

The Oxfordshire-based official has taken charge of 29 games so far this season, awarding 74 yellow cards and four reds.

Busby hasn’t refereed Town this season but officiated three games last term; the 1-0 home defeat to Morecambe, the 2-0 away win at Reading Under-21s and the 2-0 defeat at Crawley Town.

He will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset) with Lee Swabey (Devon) acting as fourth official.  

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 at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.  

Fans can purchase from the ticket office this evening.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Forest Green Rovers

Town progress in the Checkatrade Trophy

9 January 2018

Nathan Smith celebrates his goal with team mates PPAUK

Yeovil Town cruised into the last eight of the Checkatrade Trophy with a comfortable 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers at Huish Park.

With just three minutes on the clock, captain for the night Nathan Smith opened his account for the season, making the most of space to convert from close range.

Causing problems seemingly at will, Town doubled their advantage on 26 minutes as Connor Smith rounded off a smooth attack with an equally adept finish, as the hosts enjoyed a profitable first half.

With the damage done early on, the Glovers stayed strong at the back after the restart to secure back-to-back clean sheets and a spot in the quarter-final, just two games from a Wembley final.

Darren Way made five changes for the cup encounter, which included a full debut for Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan.

Recovering from a slight knock, Sam Surridge returned to the fold after a one-match absence, whilst Alefe Santos, Omar Sowunmi and Connor Smith completed the alterations.

Loanees Marcus Barnes and Lewis Wing were forced to sit out due to being cup tied, whilst Rhys Browne, James Bailey and Oscar Gobern continued to miss out through injury.

Looking to equal last season’s achievement of reaching the quarter-final stage, the Green and White’s got off to a lightning start in front of the 1,395 crowd.

Cleverly working an early short corner, the hosts engineered the chance for Jake Gray to shoot from the edge of the box, with his low drive being diverted into the back of the net by an unmarked N. Smith.

Causing Forest Green’s back three something of a headache, the Glovers remained on the attack and went close to doubling their lead.

Opening up 20 yards out, Santos fired a low drive inches wide of the target, before Jordan Green hammered a half volley from the edge of the box a yard off target, still in the opening exchanges.

Plateauing into a quiet affair midway through the half, the game burst back into life just before the half-hour mark.

Otis Khan scrambled onto a diagonal ball over the top and stood up his man before laying off for C. Smith to curl a sublime first-time strike up and over a hapless Bradley Collins from the white line of 18 yards.

Having coasted into a two-goal lead the visitors almost responded immediately as Alex Whittle found space in the box, but his shot was well blocked by Whelan as Mark Cooper's side struggled to turn possession into opportunities.

Momentarily becoming end-to-end, Green raced through on the angle after pressing to win possession, only for Collins to race from his line and thwart the diminutive attacker.

In a one-sided opening 45 minutes in front of goal, Tom James watched his dipping 25 yard free-kick frustratingly clip the crossbar, as Way’s side had to settle for a 2-0 lead at the break with the Trophy last eight in sight. 

Switching formation at the break and introducing Drissa Traore in a bid to turn the tide, Rovers only found themselves playing out a repeat of the first half. 

Unable to truly test Krysiak, Dayle Grubb's free-kick straight at the Town stopper proved to be the visitors' best chance before the hour, as the Gloucestershire outfit continued to be held at arm's length. 

Perhaps summing up their evening, former Glover Keanu Marsh-Brown couldn't capitalise on an open goal after Krysiak misjudged a cross, miscuing at the back post with the goal begging to let the home stopper off. 

In a relatively uneventful second period, there was a moment to remember as Zoko entered the fray to make his 100th appearance for the club. 

Fittingly, the Ivorian ended the match on the winning side as Yeovil comfortably saw out the closing stages to progress in the Checkatrade Trophy, securing successive 2-0 home wins in the process.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Whelan, Sowunmi, N. Smith, James; Gray (Zoko 70'), Santos (Bird 66'), C. Smith, Khan; Green, Surridge.
Bookings: Sowunmi 56', Zoko 87'
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Dickson, Golubickas.

Forest Green Rovers: Collins; Roberts (Spurrier 71'), Laird (Traore 46'), Monthe; James, Cooper, Simpson, Whittle (Wishart 69'), Brown; Marsh-Brown, Grubb.
Bookings: Traore 82'
Subs not used: Pickering, Doidge, Evans.

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TICKETS | Watch Town in last 16 action

Glovers bidding for Checkatrade Trophy advancement

8 January 2018

The Yeovil players celebrate after scoring PPAUK

Yeovil Town host Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night (7.45pm), just three games from a Wembley final in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Now into the last 16 and unbeaten so far in the competition, Town are bidding to match last season's campaign by reaching the quarter-final stage. 

Hosting Mark Cooper's side, the Glovers will be looking to make home advantage count and you can be a part of it at Huish Park. 

Tickets are available for the following price:
Adult - £12
Senior - £6
Young Person - £6
Junior - £2

With victories over Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, AFC Wimbledon and a penalty shootout win over Chelsea Under-21s, Darren Way will be hoping that form continues when the Gloucestershire outfit visit. 

To secure your seat, contact the ticket office on 01935 847888 or visit in person, with tickets also available to purchase online. 

For further information, please visit our Home Tickets page.

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