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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Port Vale

Glovers looking to extend their unbeaten home run to five

22 September 2017

Ryan Dickson congratulates Francois Zoko for his goal v Grimsby PPAUK

Town’s form at home is their best since 2008/09.

That season Yeovil drew all of their opening four matches at Huish Park.

A win on Saturday would extend the Glovers’ unbeaten sequence to five and Darren Way’s attacking options are boosted by the return of Olufela Olomola.

The Southampton hotshot has missed the last two games due to injury but will be keen to wrestle his place back from Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge who netted the first league goal of his career against Morecambe.

Francois Zoko is Town’s top scorer so far this season with five goals, and has linked up well with whichever youngster has been selected.

Port Vale offer a different threat to what Way’s side have faced already in Somerset this term.

The Valiants sit bottom of the table after a seven-match winless run, which led to the sacking of Michael Brown.

David Kelly and Chris Morgan, Brown’s assistants, have stepped up to take temporary charge and will be looking to stake a claim for the job on a permanent basis.

Tom Pope, an experienced frontman with plenty of career goals, is yet to score since his return to Vale Park but his young strike partner Dan Turner has netted three times.

Ben Whitfield will return to Yeovil for the first time after he spent the year with the club last season. 

Head-to-head
All three of Yeovil’s wins over Port Vale in the EFL have been 1-0 – the last of which came back in 2007.

Since then, Town have suffered two defeats to the Valiants, picking up a draw at Vale Park.

The teams last met two years ago with recently sacked boss Michael Brown scoring at late winner in a 2-1 Vale win at Huish Park.

Officials
Graham Salisbury will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Lancashire-born official has refereed 10 games this season, dishing out 43 yellow cards – including 18 in his first two fixtures - and two reds.

He officiated Town once last year – the Glovers’ 4-2 home win over Cheltenham Town. He booked three Yeovil players on that occasion.

He will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire) with Mark Pottage (Dorset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way, Matt Worthington and Otis Khan‘s pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free 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
Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game.

Sponsors
Match – Johnsons Stalbridge linen Services
Programme – E.R. Garrett Cleaning
Ball – Ivan Rendall & Co – Accountants, Yeovil

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REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Port Vale

Glovers remain unbeaten at home after point gained

23 September 2017

Connor Smith crosses the ball v Port Vale PPAUK

Otis Khan scored his fourth goal of the campaign to earn Yeovil a point against lowly Port Vale at Huish Park.

The Valiants went ahead just shy of the half-hour mark through experienced striker Tom Pope as the Glovers struggled to turn possession into chances.

They eventually restored parity midway through the second half when Khan poked in from inside the six-yard box after a mistake from Kelle Roos.

James Gibbons was sent off with nine minutes to play for a second bookable offence but Town couldn’t capitalise on their one-man advantage.

After declaring everyone fit in his pre-match press conference, manager Darren Way was dealt with two injury blows with defenders Tom James and Bevis Mugabi missing out due to knocks picked up in training on Friday.

There was good news for Olufela Olomola, however. The Southampton loanee recovered from a leg problem to partner Francois Zoko in attack.

Elsewhere, Khan and Connor Smith returned to the fold, while Daniel Alfei featured for the first time since August.

Unfortunately for the latter, he was forced off with an injury after 10 minutes and replaced by AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Worthington – his second outing for Town. 

Other than a tame Pope shot which trickled into Artur Krysiak’s hands, little of note occurred in the first 18 minutes until David Worrall squandered a gilt-edged chance from close range.

Full debutant Gibbons’ whipped cross from the right was met by the onrushing Worrall but the ex-Millwall man’s eight-yard volley flashed past the post.

Worrall turned provider in Vale’s next attempt, clipping a ball into the box for Pope to nod over.

It wasn’t long before the big frontman had another headed chance and this time, he made no mistake.

Tyler Denton’s looping delivery beat Krysiak’s outstretched arm and Pope climbed above Ryan Dickson at the back post to net his first of the season.

The Glovers rallied from the restart with Jake Gray sending a left-footed warning just wide and Khan drifting off his wing and producing a similar outcome.

Zoko then went into the book for dissent as the hosts’ frustrations started to tell.

Yeovil saw a lot of the ball in the early stages of the second half and Khan went close with a shot just over the bar.

Gray had a go from a comparable distance, which in turn found the away terrace, as the home side stepped up their intensity. 

Shortly after, Zoko created space and found Olomola who sent a low left-footed strike on the turn towards the bottom corner but Roos got down to thwart the youngster.

The Port Vale stopper, on an emergency loan from Derby County, then dropped a clanger to gift Town an equaliser.

Worthington released Gray down the right and his teasing cross was fumbled by Roos and bundled home by Khan.

The tricky wide man was later involved in a bizarre incident which saw Gibbons sent off.

Khan was pulled back by the young right-back in an earlier passage of play and when he was booked for complaining, Gibbons received his second yellow.

It didn’t change the outcome in Somerset as Yeovil had to settle for a point against the Staffordshire outfit.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Alfei (Worthington 10), Nelson, N.Smith, Dickson, Gray (Green 85), Bailey, C.Smith, Khan, Olomola (Surridge 73), Zoko.
Bookings: C.Smith 27, Zoko 43, Bailey 71, Khan 81, Dickson 90.
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Santos, Browne.

Port Vale: Roos, Gibbons, Kay, Anderson, N.Smith, Denton (Wilson 60), Tonge, Worrall, de Freitas, Pope (Middleton 88), Turner (Pyke 65).
Bookings: Gibbons 74, 81, Kay 90.
Sending off: Gibbons 81.
Subs not used: Hornby, Gunning, Whitfield, Barnett.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Buy in advance for Port Vale clash

Valiants head to Huish Park with tickets on sale

18 September 2017

Connor Smith and Francois Zoko celebrate with Olufela Olomola after scoring PPAUK

Advance tickets are on sale as Town bid to continue their unbeaten run at Huish Park when Port Vale visit on Saturday (3pm).

The Glovers have avoided defeat in their opening four matches, claiming victory in two of them, in an impressive start to the campaign at home. 

Managerless Port Vale make the trip to Somerset after parting company with Michael Brown following the 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. 

The Valiants have won once on their travels this season whilst Town are looking to bounce back after defeat to Grimsby. 

Tickets for the Sky Bet League Two encounter remain on sale with advanced purchase advised in order to avoid matchday queues. 

A breakdown of prices and ticket information can be found on our home ticket page

Supporters can buy in advance online or via the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888.

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