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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Mansfield Town

League action returns to Huish Park!

10 August 2018

Bevis Mugabi wrestles for possession PPAUK

Huish Park sees its first action of the 2018/19 campaign this Saturday when Mansfield Town visit (3pm)

The Glovers will be looking to kick things off at home with a win after a dramatic opening day defeat at Bury last weekend. 

Darren Way's side were reduced to nine men with Tom James and Jordan Green both dismissed in Greater Manchester. A valiant defensive display almost earned an unlikely point before the Shakers netted a winner in the last minute. 

Returning to Somerset, Town will look to carry on their pre-season form at Huish Park which was rounded off with a  5-1 thumping of League One outfit Plymouth Argyle. 

They'll have to do so without the services of six players to call on with suspended duo James (one match) and Green (three matches) joining the injured quartet of Stuart Nelson (calf), Rhys Browne (hamstring), James Bailey (knee) and Jake Gray (ankle). 

There is a boost for the green and whites in the form of Omar Sowunmi who completed the second of a two-match suspension overlapping from last season at Gigg Lane last weekend. 

The defender's return could be timely to help shut out a Mansfield side who romped to a 3-0 victory over Newport County last time out. 

Former Glover Otis Khan - who'll return to his former employers for the first time since leaving this summer - netted twice in the win. 

The Stags are tipped for promotion this season and have made six summer signings to date including Nottingham Forest loanee Tyler Walker who also netted on debut against the Exiles.

Head-to-head
Mansfield's 3-2 win at Huish Park towards the end of last season saw them edge ahead in the head-to-head record.

David Flitcroft's side have now won four of the 10 encounters since 2003, with Town's last win coming in 2016 when Ryan Dickson's late strike won it in Nottinghamshire.

The Glovers last win at home came in 2005 when Darren Way (x2), Phil Jevons, Michael Rose and Arron Davies confirmed a 5-2 romp. 

Officials
Neil Hair will be the main in the middle on Saturday.

Promoted to the EFL referee's list for the 2018/19 campaign Hair will make his first league visit to Huish Park. 

Mr Hair will be supported by Kevin Morris and Ronald Ganfield with Christopher Wade acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Nathan Baxter's and manager Darren Way's pre-match thoughts are available to view 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, you can listen or watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

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.   

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REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-2 Mansfield Town

Entertaining Town earn a point in opening home match

11 August 2018

Jaiyesimi celebrates his goal with team-mates

An entertaining Town performance was enough to earn a share of the spoils in the opening home match of the season at Huish Park.

All four goals of an end-to-end affair were scored in the first-half as the Glovers led twice through Diallang Jaiyesimi and Yoann Arquin who opened their accounts in green and white on home debut.

However, jubilation twice turned to disappointment as they were cancelled out through goals from Craig Davies and Matt Preston to mean the points were shared. 

After last week’s narrow defeat to Bury, the hosts were left without the suspended Tom James and Jordan Green as well as injured quartet Rhys Browne (hamstring), Stuart Nelson (calf), James Bailey (knee) and Jake Gray (ankle).

Captain Omar Sowunmi returned to the starting 11 after serving his two-match suspension carried over from last campaign to fill the void left by James, whilst Wes McDonald made his debut in green and white since joining the Glovers from Birmingham.

In a drizzly afternoon in Somerset, Jaiyesimi got Town off to a dream start just six minutes in, after being played in by Carl Dickinson he slotted past Conrad Logan from inside the area to score his first goal for the club.

With many still celebrating the early opener, the Stags equalised just minutes later. Alefe Santos failed to clear and the ricochet fell kindly to former loanee Davies in the area who controlled well and fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

The Glovers, not disheartened by conceding, pressed to get back ahead. Sessi D’Almeida fed Bevis Mugabi on the right whose ball to the back post found Jaiyesimi but the striker couldn't direct his header on target.

Continuing a pulsating affair, Town took the lead for the second time in the 17th minute. A long throw from Dickinson fell to Sowumni in the penalty area whose shot was saved by Logan, only to fall into the path of Arquin who reacted quickest to slot in the rebound from a few yards out against his former employers.

Baxter denied Mansfield a second equaliser four minutes later as Davies cut in from the left and shot from 20 yards before Jaiyesimi went close again, this time latching on to a lobbed ball from Mugabi only to then sky his shot on goal.

Rounding off a frantic opening half-an-hour, Mansfield leveled once again in the 26th minute through Preston who headed in the returning Otis Khan’s cross from the left after a short free-kick inside the Glovers half.

The Nottinghamshire outfit almost took the lead when a quick free-kick was fed into Tyler Walker whilst the Yeovil defence protested, with the Forest loanee pulling the ball back to Krystian Pearce who fired over.

After a dramatic opening 45 minutes, Darren Way made one switch at the break as the experienced Gary Warren replaced Shaun Donnellan, who the Town boss confirmed had been struggling with a thigh strain. 

Alex Pattison made his first appearance since joining on loan from Middlesbrough for the Glovers by replacing Santos, who had just been booked, with 35 minutes remaining.

Half way into the second half the game opened up and Jaiyesimi went close again after turning and shooting wide from Arquin’s delivery from the right. 

A minute later it was Arquin who almost put Town back ahead, determined work from Dickinson up the left led to a ball swung into the box that reached Arquin at the back post, his first effort was saved by Logan and second fired over the bar on the rebound.

Less frantic than the first-half but still end-to-end, It was David Flitcroft’s side who went close next.

Khan beat his man down the right and fired a fierce ball across the box which was struck by the well-placed Davies, only for Baxter to produce a stunning reaction save.

In a flurry of pressure, good work again down the right from the visitors led to Walker crossing in for the dangerous Davies whose header was headed onto the bar by Sowunmi to deny the Stags the lead.

The Glovers pressed for a winner and Sowunmi went close at the other end when his header from Dickinson's free-kick wound up in the arms of Logan, before the hosts were dealt a blow when Francois Zoko trudged from the pitch unable to continue after picking up a knock with all three substitutions used. 

With a man disadvantage, the green and whites dug in for the closing stages to earn a well-deserved point and kick-off proceedings for the season at Huish Park in entertaining fashion.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Donnellan (Warren 46'), Dickinson; Arquin, Santos (Pattison 56'), D'Almeida, McDonald; Jaiyesimi (Henry 75'), Zoko.
Bookings: Santos 55'
Subs not used: Phillips, Cole, Rogers, Fisher.

Mansfield Town: Logan; White, Preston, Pearce; Hamilton, MacDonald (Mellis 87'), Bishop, Khan, Benning; Davies (Butcher 83'), Walker.
Bookings: Benning 45', Bishop 77', White 87'
Subs not used: Olejnik, Sweeney, Gibbens, Graham, Atkinson.

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TICKETS | Back the boys in Huish Park opener

Mansfield visit for first home game of the season

6 August 2018

Omar Sowunmi poses with young fans for a picture PPAUK

Competitive action returns to Huish Park this Saturday as the Glovers host Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two (3pm).

Darren Way's side will be looking to bounce back from the narrow opening day defeat to Bury and carry on their impressive pre-season form at home which included the emphatic 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle. 

All 10 of Town's summer recruits could be involved in the league clash with the Stags including newest recruits Wes McDonald and Alex Pattison. 

Tickets for the match remain on sale with the superb value for Juniors and Young Persons made even greater this season!

Juniors can now pick up a matchday ticket for just £3 whilst a Young Person can take in the action for just £10!

Don't miss out, secure your spot inside Huish Park now:
In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

Tickets will be available on the day of the game but buy in advance to avoid queues and a matchday surcharge.

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