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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Grimsby Town

The Glovers host the Mariners in Sky Bet League Two

30 January 2018

the Yeovil players huddle together PPAUK

After Friday night's cup encounter with Manchester United, focus immediately returns to league action as Grimsby Town visit Huish Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The second in a run of four consecutive home matches, Darren Way's side will be looking to get 2018 up and running in the league. 

A draw at Port Vale and two narrow defeats have marked the start of the New Year, despite recording impressive wins in both the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy over Bradford City and Forest Green Rovers respectively. 

Town's FA Cup run was brought to an end last week as Premier League giants United ran out 4-0 winners at Huish Park. 

A sell out crowd watched on as attention now reverts back to the bread and butter of league action. 

Last time out, Chesterfield stole all three points with a stoppage-time winner to rule out Lewis Wing's equaliser as Otis Khan also saw red. 

The Green & Whites will still be without their joint top scorer who serves the second of a five-match suspension, with Bevis Mugabi (hamstring), James Bailey (knee) and Dan Alfei (knee) also unavailable. 

Rhys Browne (ankle) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring) both returned to the bench against United whilst new recruits Alex Fisher, Ryan Seager and Shaun Donnellan are all available for selection.

Russell Slade's side will head to Somerset four places and seven points ahead of Yeovil, with Sam Jones (six goals) their leading scorer.

Tuesday's encounter is just the sixth competitive EFL meeting between the two sides.

Town have one draw and one win to their name, as Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski netted in December 2004 to record a 2-1 home win.

In the reverse fixture, Danny Collins and Scott Vernon scored either side of Francois Zoko to claim all three points.

Charles Breakspear (Surrey) will take charge of proceedings.

The match will be his first involving Town since last season, having overseen the 5-0 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park in December 2016.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire) with Simon Knapp (Bristol) 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.  

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Match Reports

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-0 Grimsby Town

Glovers record first league win in 2018

30 January 2018

The players congratulate Lewis Wing for his goal against Grimsby PPAUK

Goals from Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray earned Town an emphatic win over nine-man Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Mitch Rose was dismissed early on for a dangerous challenge before Lewis Wing poked Yeovil into the lead.

On the hour, Karleigh Osborne received his marching orders for a second yellow and substitute Browne added a second for the Glovers against his former club.

Gray wrapped things up on 76 minutes with a smart effort at the back post to seal the Green and Whites’ first three points in the league in 2018.

Alefe Santos was granted his first league start since the reverse fixture against Grimsby back in September – the only change from Friday’s Emirates FA Cup loss to Manchester United. 

Barnsley loanee Jared Bird was rested while new recruits Alex Fisher, Ryan Seager and Shaun Donnellan took up places on the bench.

Neither keeper was called into action during the opening exchanges but referee Charles Breakspear was.

The official dismissed Grimsby’s Rose for a vile scissor-tackle on Jordan Green with just six minutes on the clock.

Yeovil edged their backline up the field as a result of their extra man and Francois Zoko hit wide with an overhead kick before Green and Sam Surridge both hacked over. 

Dropping deep, the visitors provided a threat on the break and Jamille Matt fired low at Artur Krysiak; the Polish stopper needing two attempts to fully grasp the drive.

But it was the only chance of note the Mariners had early on and Town punished them for wasting it. 

Wing threaded through to Zoko whose slightly overhit delivery pushed Green into a wide position. The tricky winger poked into Wing’s path and the Middlesbrough attacker had time to turn and slot home between Ben Killip’s legs.

Confidence was building in the Glovers’ ranks so much so that Wing attempted an ambitious first-time effort from 25 yards soon after, only to find the away terrace.

Ex-Shildon man Wing had a similar attempt on the half-hour then struck narrowly wide on the half-volley. 

Jake Gray’s bouncer picked up off the greasy and forced Killip to fumble and the former Luton Town midfielder’s corner was later headed into the away stopper’s arms by Omar Sowunmi.

Bizarrely Luke Summerfield and Osborne had to be pulled apart by team-mates as Grimsby’s frustrations seemed to boil over minutes before the interval. The latter was booked – a card which would later come back to haunt him.

Darren Way’s men were quick out of the blocks in the second half as was Killip who smothered at the feet of Surridge on 46 minutes to deny the forward a shot after good work from Green and Tom James.

As the game lulled the only action was James lashing into the Thatchers terrace and a couple of home substitutes before Grimsby had another man sent off.

This time it was Osborne who received a second bookable offence for a foul on Gray.

Town had already experienced playing against nine men just a month ago and they learned how to make the most of their two-player advantage this time around.

Wing’s shot deflected to Browne and from close range he dispatched his sixth goal of the season.

Straight down the other end, Diallang Jaiyesimi almost pulled on back but he ended his mazy run with a shot just past the far post.

The game was wrapped up with just under quarter of an hour to go. James’ strike was parried to the corner of the six-yard box and Gray squeezed the ball in from a tight angle with a helping hand from the post.

Zoko went close to adding a fourth with a header as did Gray with a fierce attempt; Browne had a shot cleared off the line in injury time but three goals was enough In a game the hosts dominated throughout. 

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Dickson, Santos, Gray, Wing, Green (Browne 57), Surridge (Fisher 51), Zoko (Seager 81).
Bookings: None.
Not Used: Maddison, Whelan, Donnellan, C.Smith.

Grimsby Town: Killip, Osborne, Clarke, Collins, Mills, Berrett, Summerfield, Rose, Dixon (Jaiyesimi 46), Matt (Wilks 73), Vernam (Clifton 78).
Summerfield 24, Osborne 39, 60, Dixon 44
Sendings off: Rose 6, Osborne 60.
Not Used: Warrington, Woolford, Vernon, Cardwell.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Back to league action at Huish Park

Grimsby visit Somerset on Tuesday night

29 January 2018

The Glovers are straight back into Sky Bet League Two action on Tuesday night (7.45pm), hosting Grimsby Town at Huish Park.

Fresh from Friday's Emirates FA Cup encounter with Premier League giants Manchester United, Darren Way's side welcome the Mariners looking for a return to winning ways in the league. 

Due to cup competition, the Green & Whites have lined up just three times in League Two since the turn of the year and are looking for their first win of 2018.

New signings Alex Fisher, Shaun Donnellan and Ryan Seager are all eligible to feature after arriving over the weekend, as Town bolster their squad for the second half of the season. 

After boasting a sell out crowd last Friday, tickets remain on sale for Tuesday night's clash via the Huish Park ticket office (01935 847888) and online

Bundle holders can make the most of their discount, with vouchers able to be redeemed for the match. For more bundle information, click here.

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