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INTERVIEW | Browne takes encouragement from performances

Winger feels a win is coming

21 December 2018

Rhys Browne celebrates his goal PPAUK

Town’s flamboyant winger, Rhys Browne, feels the mood around Huish Park has lifted in recent weeks following improved performances.

The Glovers lost narrowly to Forest Green Rovers last time out at Huish Park, before ending a run of four-straight defeats at Cambridge United last weekend with a 0-0 draw.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Browne said: “Even though we lost to Forest Green, we've shown a lot of positives in our performances and we’re going in the right direction.

“It’s obviously hard because we feel we deserved the three points and we ended up getting nothing, but we learn from our mistakes.

We left ourselves in a good position to win the game, we just needed to see it through, so we need to learn from what happened.” 

Speaking on the team’s efforts to turn recent fortunes around and spark a new run of form, Browne revealed: “Every day we continue to work hard, watch our videos back, learn what we’ve done wrong, and where we need to do better.

"That’s the only thing you can do when things are not going well, there’s no point in turning around and blaming anybody, we need to stick together as a team and keep going.

“I feel like I learned a lot from my first year playing here, especially as a person. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and how to deal with certain situations, like the situation we’re in right now may have been different last year, but now we’re more confident that we can push on and keep going to make it better.”

The Glovers face up against Northampton Town this weekend, a game which the 23-year-old will be hoping to feature in amongst growing competition within the Yeovil ranks.

“This game is very important, the fans deserve to see us win a home game again and we need to get our home form back on track, starting on Saturday.

“I’ve watched a few clips and videos on them [Northampton], we know about their strengths and weaknesses but we’re focusing on what we do best. We don’t worry about the opposition, we come in and have the same mentality before every single game.

“The competition for places is very fierce and it keeps everybody on their toes, wanting to do better. You can’t take a day off, you can’t take an easy ride, you have to perform every game.

"It’s good to know you’ve got that healthy competition behind you, pushing you, and everyone knows that when you come in to the team it’s your time to do what you have to do.” 

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Match Reports

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Northampton Town

Late drama in festive meeting

22 December 2018

Two goals inside the final stages saw the Glovers share the spoils with Northampton Town in their final home match of 2018.

In an interesting tactical battle, both sides enjoyed moments of promise from their differing formations in the first half. 

With the Glovers lining up in 4-4-2 against the Cobblers' 5-3-2, clear chances were at a relative premium despite Tom James and Rhys Browne going close for the hosts. 

Remaining goalless at the break, the Glovers flew out of the traps following the restart and squandered the best chance of the game when Jordan Green failed to round Northampton's goalkeeper when through on goal following a swift counter-attack.

Becoming an ill-tempered affair in the final 20 minutes the visitors looked to have snatched the win when former player Andy Williams came off the bench to open the scoring. 

As stoppage time approach fellow substitute Yoann Arquin provided a strong contender for goal of the season when his stunning volley from 30 yards cannoned in off the bar to lift the roof off of Huish Park and earn Town a point.

Looking to end the year at Huish Park on a high, Darren Way made two changes to the side that came back from Cambridge United last weekend with a point. 

Picking up a 0-0 draw in Cambridgeshire the Glovers looked for extra firepower by introducing top scorer Alex Fisher and club captain Francois Zoko for their first starting partnership of the campaign. 

The alterations saw Yoann Arquin and Olufela Olomola drop to the bench where they were rejoined by the fit again Nathan Baxter and Academy product Devon Arnold, who at 17 years old was awarded the number 28 jersey. 

Still faced by a lengthy injury list, Way was unable to call upon Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Bevis Mugabi (shoulder), Alex Pattison (back), Gabby Rogers (ankle), Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) for the meeting in Somerset. 

After ending a run of four straight defeats last time out, the green and whites were looking to add goals to their clean sheet performance last time out.

In an opening 45 minutes which saw the action flow from end-to-end, Zoko and Northampton's top scorer Kevin Van Veen both had early attempts on goal, albeit failing to call either keeper into action.

Next to try his luck, James produced the latest in his series of impressive free-kicks when from an acute angle he saw his strike whiz over the bar under the watch full eye of David Cornell. 

As both sides continued to trade chances, Foley - one of four former Glovers in Northampton's ranks - drove a shot from 20 yards that was almost turned in at the back post by the lurking Matt Crooks. 

The sense that an opening goal was coming grew further when Browne's strike from just inside the box looped off of David Buchanan and dropped just wide, as the half-hour mark approached. 

However, the game plateaued up to the halfway stage as the Cobblers enjoyed an extended spell of possession that didn't yield anything in front of goal to tee up an intriguing second 45 minutes. 

Making a bright start following the restart, Browne once again saw a goalbound strike deflected away from goal after cutting in from the left as Town penned in their visitors. 

With either goalkeeper yet to make a meaningful contribution as the hour-mark passed the notion that one goal would win it increased and the hosts soon had a glorious chance. 

Moments after Van Veen saw a shot ricochet wide in front of the travelling supporters, Stuart Nelson's quick distribution set Browne two-on-one with support from Green. 

Finding his fellow wideman, Green attempted to round Cornell but the Cobblers stopper pounced on the ball to thwart the best opportunity of the game. 

Sparking the crowd into life the match itself became a feisty affair with five yellow cards awarded in the space of 10 minutes as Town's tempo was interrupted by the stop-start nature of proceedings. 

Now into the final quarter-of-an-hour the green and whites attempted to freshen things up in attack as Olomola replaced veteran Zoko whilst Arquin took to the field in place of the impressive Browne. 

Northampton made changes of their own and Williams came back to haunt his former employers when he kept his goal when clean through to pick out the bottom corner with 87 minutes played. 

Not willing to go down without a fight the hosts hit back in mesmerising style. 

Arquin's volley from a long way out left Cornell with no chance and issued an instant response, setting up a dramatic six minutes of additional time with the home faithful roaring. 

The green and whites pressed for a late winner but it wasn't to be as 2018 at home ended with a draw. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Gafaiti, Warren, Dickinson; Green, Santos, D'Almeida, Browne (Arquin 82'); Fisher, Zoko (Olomola 79').
Bookings: Gafaiti 10', D'Almeida 62', Warren 69'
Subs not used: Baxter, Donnellan, Gray, Patrick, Arnold.

Northampton Town: Cornell; Facey, Turnbull, Taylor, Pierre, Buchanan; Crooks (Williams 67'), McWilliams, Foley (Waters 74'); Bowditch, Van Veen (Morias 88').
Bookings: Foley 62', Taylor 65', Van Veen 71'
Subs not used: Coddington, Bridge, Powell, Hoskins.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Festivities begin as Northampton visit

Town at home for the last time in 2018

17 December 2018

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The Glovers will be looking to spread some festive joy this Saturday (3pm) when they host Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two for the final home match of 2018.

The first of five matches in two weeks over the Christmas period, the green and whites will be looking to build on the 0-0 draw at Cambridge United last time out and end the year on a high at home.

Facing the Cobblers for the first time since the 2015/16 season tickets remain on sale for the festive fixture in Somerset. 

With savings to be made when bought in advance, a breakdown of prices can be found here with supporters able to purchase:

In person: Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

Head along to Huish Park to back the boys as 2018 comes to an end at Huish Park!

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