For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers, these are now available online. There is just 45 seconds worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows second half chances for Yoann Arquin and Tom James along with a couple of Tranmere efforts. Watch the clip via the link below.
We'll post lengthier highlights of the game at lunchtime tomorrow.
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Yeovil Town manager Darren WayTranmere Rovers tactics at Huish Park today, after they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Wirral side. The match was one of few chances, as Yeovil had to settle for their fifth draw in seven home matches so far this season, with the opposition doing a good job of restricting the pace of Way's side.
The Glovers boss felt that some of Tranmere's methods of dealing with his team's counter-attacking should have resulted in some yellow cards being brought out, and said that if referee Chris Sarginson had done so early on, that would have changed the perspective of the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Way said that sort of thing left his players frustrated:
"I feel the players are a little frustrated, just because teams are delaying our counter-attacks with a number of fouls. I felt that one or two of them should have been bookings in the first half. That changes the game. We talked about numbers behind the ball. They played one up front, a little bit like Exeter, and at times it's very difficult to break down. It's always very difficult, because you feel you're in, and there's big big open spaces, but the next thing is that it is slowed down. They came here for a point, and they had that chance (from James Norwood) at the end. That's what they have done to teams. They're well organised and they're off the back of a promotion, so their players have got a good belief, and they stick together. It's not going to be easy, and you never get through a football season unscathed. We've had one or two injuries that we've had to deal with, but I think that's a massive progression today."
When central defender Gary Warren had to be substituted at Newport County, the Glovers had kept clean sheets in five consecutive League Two matches, with an EFL Trophy game making it six in a row. During the six matches that have followed, they've conceded fourteen goals. Now with Warren back in the side today, they've gone back to keeping a clean sheet. That pattern was not lost on Darren Way:
"I thought the speed of play was a little bit slower than what I wanted it to be. Having said that, I can't fault the players. They played with passion, they played with heart and energy. As I said, with Gary Warren in the team, we've kept a clean sheet, so we can build on that as a positive and a big big positive. I've told the players to make sure that we keep believing. If I get eleven players, seven subs, my staff and all of the supporters to keep believing, and we pick up a result on Tuesday, it will be a good result."
Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers battled out a 0-0 draw at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon in a match of few chances. The best of the Glovers efforts came from a couple of Tom James free kicks, and a Yoann Arquin effort that he put wide from close range. The majority of Tranmere's efforts came during the first period, with the second half disintegrating into fouls and free kicks as neither side managed to take control of the game - a result that sees Yeovil go up one place to 14th, whilst Tranmere stay in the play-off spots.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the team that took to the field against Bristol Rovers ten days ago. The first saw Gary Warren's return to the side, following his hamstring injury against Newport and that meant that Shaun Donnellan sat out as a substitute. Whilst Warren had recovered from his hamstring problem, Jordan Green had developed his own during training this week and he dropped off the teamsheet, with Yoann Arquin recalled to the starting line-up.
The opening period was one of few chances, with Connor Jennings firing well wide early on for the visitors. Yeovil's were a little less wayward, but glancing headers from Alex Fisher and Gary Warren were fairly easy for Scott Davies to deal with. The Glovers also saw a Tom James free kick go wide from 30 yards out. Tranmere's other efforts tended to be blocked out by defenders, rather than goalkeeper, with Oliver Banks and James Norwood getting themselves into dangerous positions but without Nathan Baxter getting busy.
The flow of the match wasn't helped by an injury to Steve McNulty that took too long to sort out, whilst James Norwood got involved in lengthy arguments with referee Chris Sarginson over his decision not to award him a free kick, ultimately leading to Norwood ending up in the referee's book. There was a tetchy feel to the match on the back of those non-decisions, with the match official letting them go on too many occasions.
Yeovil started the second half with an apparent message to up the tempo of the game. That seemed to work for a ten minute period, even if it was James Norwood who gained the first chance, as he volleyed a Jon Smith cross wide from inside the box. At the other end, Yeovil put more pressure on the Tranmere box, but only had an Olufela Olomola shot over the bar to show for that.
Both sides rang the changes - Yeovil's first one saw them bring on Omari Patrick, with the Bradford City loanee being put onto the right wing, whilst Yoann Arquin went up front, as Alex Fisher was withdrawn. Arquin had his side's best chance of the game midway through the second half, as a Carl Dickinson free kick to the back post saw him connect from close range, but again the ball went wide of the post, with Scott Davies having a very quiet afternoon overall.
If anything, the closing stages of the match disintegrated further. Once again, the quality of the officiating didn't help in this, with a Tom James foul on Paul Mullin resulting in a lengthy session of Tranmere players crowding out the referee, who produced a caution for James, and then appeared to also single out Carl Dickinson for the same, for something which had happened during the aftermath. The stop-start nature of that led to six minutes of injury time, but it was six minutes in which neither side looked likely to win the match - a late effort from James Norwood being as close as it came. Yeovil end the day one place higher in 14th place, but are still struggling to turn those home draws into the victories they will need if they are to push back into the top half of the table.
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers named two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to the EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers. The big news is that Gary Warren is back from the hamstring injury he sustained against Newport County, and he captains the side, displacing Shaun Donnellan, who drops to the bench. Jordan Green picked up a hamstring injury in training this week and so doesn't make the squad, with Yoann Arquin replacing him.
There's one significant change to the bench, with Stuart Nelson appearing for the first time this season, since a calf injury put him out during the July friendlies. Striker Korrey Henry has completed his loan with Poole Town, with the Dolphins unable to agree an extension to that deal, and he is also on the bench. Alefe Santos is also fit and available.
The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.
Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) has suffered a season-ending injury and so will not be back at Huish Park. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida has picked up five Football League competition bookings and so serves a one match suspension today.
The team this afternoon lines up as follows:
Yeovil Town: 12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 4. Gary Warren (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola
Substitutes: 1. Stuart Nelson 8. Omari Patrick 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry 27. Shaun Donnellan 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos
Tranmere Rovers: 1 Scott Davies
14 Jake Caprice 5 Steve McNulty 4 Ritchie Sutton 6 Emmanuel Monthe
28 Oliver Banks 12 Luke McCullough 22 Harvey Gilmour
18 Jon Smith 10 James Norwood 11 Connor Jennings
Substitutes: 8 Jay Harris 9 Paul Mullin 16 Mark Ellis 17 Dylan Mottley-Henry 23 Shamal George 29 Larnell Cole
Yeovil Town loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi has had an operation on his knee this week. The Norwich City winger/striker was seriously injured during the 1-1 draw against Milton Keynes Dons last month, and the prognosis has been an anterior cruciate ligament injury that is expected to keep him out for the whole of the 2018-19 season. The Glovers had agreed a full season loan deal with the Canaries, but it seems highly unlikely that we will see him back at Huish Park during the remainder of his deal.
Although there was a slight delay following the September 25th injury, caused by a poor tackle by Milton Keynes midfielder Alex Gilbey, DJ has now gone under the knife, and on Wednesday tweeted that he had come out the other side. The majority of ACL injuries have a six to nine month recovery time in place, thus meaning that the 2019-20 pre-season period is going to be Jaiyesimi's realistic target for a return to kicking a football.
Diallang Jaiyesimi gives the thumbs up after he has a knee operation earlier this week.
In the middle of September, Yeovil Town played a League Two home match against Swindon Town at Huish Park. The end result was a bit of a nasty jolt, as a team that had won 6-0 away from home during the previous weekend were humbled 0-3 at home by their Wiltshire opponents. All three goals were netted during the second half, as the Glovers fell away after the break.
Man of the Match voting saw striker Alex Fisher and central midfielder Sessi D'Almeida impress for the club. However, the majority of voters went for Jordan Green as their Man of the Match, with his major contribution being the winning of a second half penalty, that unfortunately was not converted.
Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM results shown below:
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town getting back into League Two action, with the first visit of Tranmere Rovers since the 2012-13 season. The Glovers Trust will be at this match, and will have a stand in place at Huish Park in the lead-up to kick-off. The stand is operated from a gazebo situated on the Main Stand side of the stadium, close to the Ticket Office.
As well as providing membership subscriptions and renewals, they're happy to take feedback and questions about the recent AGM. Details of their whereabouts on the day are as follows:
Match: Tranmere Rovers (H)
Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1.30p.m. to 2.45p.m.
Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.
Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Annual General Meeting feedback, Alliance Group progress, Secretary Vacancy.
Other points of note: The Trust will be sharing the Gazebo with representatives form BIBIC, a charity working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. As well as promoting their charity tomorrow, BIBIC are running a Footballathon at Huish Park on Friday the 26th of October where anyone can put forward a football team to play in back to back 30 minute sessions on the astroturf pitch between 12pm and 12am. Head to BIBIC's website for more information, by clicking here.
The Trust are not operating out of the Arrow this weekend as recent weeks have not seen the volume of people that were visiting the establishment last year, making it difficult to run the 50/50 draw. We will monitor developments and review again ahead of the next Saturday home match (FA Cup First Round or Lincoln City).
The Trust remains in urgent need of a Secretary. Anyone who is able to assist or would like further information should email Stuart Burrell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Huish Park Club Shop will have a special offer in force for Saturday's League Two match against Tranmere Rovers. Fans visiting the store before and after the game will be able to get a 20 percent discount on most normally priced goods on the day.
The only restrictions are that items that are already reduced for sale cannot be used as part of the offer. In addition, the offer cannot be applied on top of any other offer. It is open to supporters visiting the store in person on Saturday, and will not be available online. The discount will not apply to any other outlets around the stadium.
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives an update on his squad's injury situation, his views on the club having four players out on international duty, and how he wants his team to rediscover their identity, after six games without a win. Read that interview via the link below.
Former Yeovil Town director Andy Rossiter has given his support to the Glovers Trust as part of their 2018 Annual General Meeting. The Trust's Board provided a review of the last twelve months at a meeting at Johnson Park, with one of the key topics being discussed of how to boost membership over the coming years.
Although Mr Rossiter didn't attend Wednesday night's meeting, he did provide a statement for them to use at the AGM. He was part of a Consortium that attempted to purchase the club around December 2017, and still holds an interest in doing so, should current owner Norman Hayward wish to sell his interest in the club. Having worked with the current Board of Directors up until August 2018, Andy feels that Yeovil Town supporters should sign up to the Trust, and that if they can get a larger membership base, then they would be able to influence the direction of the current club Board:
"My group thinks that it is a good thing for all fans if they joined the Glovers Trust, even if they already belong to another fans group. I consider that the Glovers Trust will have a part to play in a takeover, should we achieve it in the future. If as we hope, we are eventually successful in our endeavours to purchase Yeovil Town FC, we will look to the Trust as a first point of contact to understand the fans' future requirements. In the meantime I feel that the only way the Trust could influence the existing Board is with a much larger membership base of around 1,500 members. As such it is important that fans recognise the value of having a Trust in place and support it's future growth."
Fans that want to take out an Annual membership of the Glovers Trust can do so by heading to this page on their website. If you want to know more information about the Trust, drop an email to email@example.com or visit them at The Arrow or Huish Park before most weekend home matches.
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).
Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during that 2008-09 season - the first being a November 2008 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United where we felt he contributed to the game becoming a bit scrappy and tetchy by not taking better early control of the fixture, ultimately leading to six bookings. Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons where his presence was a lot less obvious, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. During the following season, he was present for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.
After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game: "Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didn’t see anything wrong with that." The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."
Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."
The December 2013 meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. That match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.
Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."
Having dealt with such a 'crap' game, Mr Sarginson would probably have been glad to have had a much quieter match for our January 2015 away match against Preston North End. A couple of late bookings was about his only impact in a 1-1 draw. No complaints. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season - firstly for the October 2015 match against Cambridge United, where we had a horrible first half performance, followed by a decent second period - but all of our own making. We can't recall him playing too big a part in that game, even if he brought his yellow card out four times. Just over a month later, he took charge of our 1-0 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup. Aside from turning down a strong Stevenage penalty appeal - which we won't argue about! - he had a quiet game.
We had him three times during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road - another quiet match with just one booking. He then took charge of the December 2016 match against Portsmouth - we've not really got a clue as to how good or bad a night he had there, as the game was much too foggy for anyone to be able to see! He handed out just one 90th minute booking, so maybe he couldn't see any fouls out there either!
He had a greater impact on the game in his third 2016-17 visit. For the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town, he had to make a fifth minute decision that could have changed the course of the game, when Kevin Dawson's lobbed shot was obviously handled by goalkeeper Scott Shearer outside his box. Whilst many were expecting a red card, for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Mr Sarginson raised only a yellow. It looked a very dodgy decision - unfortunately the video camera showed the lob from the wrong angle, meaning we couldn't be certain the ball was travelling towards goal when it was handled. But not too surprisingly manager Darren Way wasn't happy with the decision, saying after the game:
"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things."
For the 2017-18 season, Mr Sarginson took charge of the August 2017 home match against Accrington Stanley. That one was a quiet one from his point of view, but he had far more impact on the October 2017 Stevenage game that followed. It was a good job we were 3-0 up by the time he dismissed Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko in separate incidents, whilst also red carding Kevin Toner in the aftermath of the Olomola situation. After the game, manager Darren Way was critical of Sarginson, claiming that he'd got the Olomola decision 'wrong' and also suggesting that the official should have blown up long before the Glovers striker and Stevenage's Joe Martin got in a spot of WWE on the floor:
"I thought on the first sending off, he should have given a foul earlier. He just let that happen. Unfortunately when you get sendings off, a lot of them happen on the touchline, just because there are numbers here. I think it was one of those situations where he's got in a tussle, the referee decides not to blow the whistle, and it goes on, and then before you know it you've got two players on the ground and everyone running at them. But I think if you give that (foul) a little bit earlier, you don't see those scenes. I was more disappointed that you had a lot of staff, certainly from an officials point of view, as you had the fourth official, you had the linesman and you had the referee, and they still got it wrong."
Yeovil appealed against the Olomola red card, but were unsuccessful with that. In all honesty, having slowed the video down, we couldn't see an awful lot wrong with the two Glovers dismissals, and were rather surprised when Way chose to appeal. If the match official got anything wrong, it was that he could have easily produced more reds out of the melee that resulted. The incident itself took a long time to resolve, with Toner's dismissal happening two or three minutes after Olomola's, and so felt a bit dragged out, but of the one that Way was specifically complaining about, there appeared to be a back-kick into Martin's stomach.
Our most recent meeting involving Mr Sarginson came at Whaddon Road, where Yeovil Town beat Cheltenham Town by a 2-0 scoreline. Whilst we won the match, we did find his performance on the day to be very erratic. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he was playing a cunning advantage when Jordan Green was brought down inside the penalty box, given that two seconds later Omar Sowunmi scored the opening goal, but he didn't look like a referee that was considering blowing up. He also denied Cheltenham their own penalty decision when Kevin Dawson appeared to be brought down, with bad positioning from the official appearing to contribute to him not being able to give it. However, there wasn't a lot he could do about some of Cheltenham's ill-discipline late on in the game, where the home side picked up a few late bookings due to petulance.
Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Samuel Ogles (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Michael Webb (Surrey).
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he expects to welcome back a number of players to the first team squad for Saturday's League Two fixture against Tranmere Rovers. A side benefit of the club's international break has been that it has effectively given a fortnight extra for some of the club's injured players to get themselves into contention. Just over two weeks ago, Way projected that four of his players would be available for selection once the team returned to the league schedule, and whilst he does not reveal whether that projection is still on track, almost certainly one of those players will be centre-back Gary Warren, who sat as an unused substitute in the last two fixtures.
Way felt that having played seven fixtures in three-and-a-half weeks since the last international weekend, that some of his players had not dealt with the pace and intensity of that period. He told BBC Somerset that he hoped that the additional squad players would provide a relief for some of those players:
"We've got a few back, so relieving certainly for the whole squad really. The demands have been quite tough on Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday. That's football for you, and it's nice to have a few players back again. I feel I've got one or two players back that drive expectations, and I think that is very important. We had it, and there were some players that have handled the Saturday, Tuesday games programme well, and some I feel could have done better."
The Glovers go into Saturday's match against the fifth-placed Wirral club on a run of six matches without a victory. Way added that it was important that his team recreated the identity that they had in their earlier fixtures and imposed themselves upon the opposition:
"We're just looking forward to getting out on the pitch again. We've had good time spent out on the training ground. Players have been driven this week, to make sure that we get wins again. I thought our performance was good against Bristol Rovers, but unfortunately we didn't take our chances. There's one or two games that we've been disappointed with, with the Swindon game being one. We've taken a lot. We understand what teams are doing now. They're coming back and sitting behind the ball, and breaking on us, on the counterattack. It's up to us to make sure that we break through that. We've got to make sure we get back to being about us. We've got to have an identity about us, and it's got to be about the way that we play and how we affect the opposition."
Yeovil will have to play out Saturday's match against Tranmere without Benin international Sessi D'Almeida. Although he is believed to have returned from Africa, where he's been on duty for his country, scoring in midweek against Algeria, he is due to serve a one match ban due to picking up his fifth Football League booking of the 2018-19 season.
In terms of the players Way believes are due to return for the club, Gary Warren's availability should be confirmed on the weekend. The others are likely to be winger Wes McDonald and midfielder Alefe Santos, whose injuries were never made public by the club, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is known to have resumed training following a thigh injury sustained in pre-season. Striker Francois Zoko (knee) was due to return around the end of October or start of November, whilst Omar Sowunmi (ankle) isn't expected to be back until the end of the year. The whereabouts of midfielder James Bailey is less clear, but there is no suggestion that he is on his way back from the knee injury he sustained last Boxing Day.
Former Yeovil Town loanee Lewis Wing has been given an extended long term contract with his parent club. Championship side Middlesbrough have given the 23 year old midfielder a deal that runs until the summer of 2022 - just under a four year deal. Wing has broken into Boro's first team during the 2018-19 season, having made five appearances, and one Checkatrade Under-21 appearance, giving him seven first team appearances overall, along with two Checkatrade games.
Wing had joined the club from non-league side Shildon in the summer of 2017, and so has only had just over a year in the professional game, which included his 22 game spell at Huish Park during the second half of the 2017-18 season that saw him play in every match that he was eligible to feature. Although first team appearances at the Riverside Stadium have dropped off slightly in the past few weeks, manager Tony Pulis has been impressed enough to give Wing a new deal at the club. The player himself sees it as a dream come true:
"It is my dream, and it's coming true at the moment. It's been a mad year, and I'm happy to put pen to paper and get on with things. I think I've got a lot to improve on still, but at the start of the season I couldn’t have asked for much more. I think the gaffer likes how hungry I am and I give my all in everything I do. Hopefully I can keep on building on that, digging away and nail down a place in the First Team."
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Carlisle United. The match takes place at the Brunton Park on Saturday 27th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:
Carlisle United : Saturday 27th October 2018. Huish Park: 6.00a.m. Adult Members: £34.00; Member Concessions: £32.00 Adult Non-Members: £36.00; Non-Member Concessions: £34.00
To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.
The Football Association have announced that the sale of Wembley Stadium has been called off. They have indicated that the decision to call off the sale had been made by Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan, who also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars. His plan had been to set up the stadium as a home to the NFL side, but he has decided to withdraw his offer in recognition that the issue was becoming 'divisive' within the English football game.
On the one hand, the projection had been that the Football Association would net a huge windfall from the sale that would be distributed to clubs, and invested in grassroots footballing facilities. However, there were concerns that England football matches, and associated club competition finals matches might come under jeopardy if the dates of those matches had clashed with any NFL commitments or commercial ventures made by Khan. There was also concern at the concept of the national stadium being owned by a party outside the association football structures.
The FA's Board had given the deal clearance for it to be put before the FA Council last week, and although the Council agreed for it to be put to a full vote, the hints were that meeting was rather more vocal in their opposition to the deal. As such, the October 24th full vote of all 127 Council members was expected to be a tight one, with suggestions there were more members against the deal than in favour. It seems that Mr Khan had got the hint that his plans would be rejected, and so he has decided to withdraw his offer, rather than set himself up for a fall. He explained:
"Unfortunately, given where we are today, I've concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favoured by the FA chairman to sell Wembley Stadium. Until a time when it is evident there is an unmistakable directive from the FA to explore and close a sale, I am respectfully withdrawing my offer to purchase Wembley Stadium."
A statement this afternoon has been issued by the FA, confirming the withdraw of Mr Khan's offer. The last few months has seen plenty of column inches and debate concerning the state of community and academy facilities around the country, and the need for new investment, which supporters of the sale had stressed needed to take priority if the sale had gone through. The FA acknowledge that there has been an increased awareness of that shortfall during the discussion over the sale:
"Wembley Stadium is an iconic venue that is revered around world and it will continue to thrive under the ownership and direction of The FA. There has been much deliberation on both sides of this debate and it has undoubtedly raised awareness of the issue that community football facilities in England need significant investment. We would like to thank the football stakeholders, Government, FA Board and Council members for their collaborative approach throughout this process. We will continue to work together to identify new and innovative ways of investing in community football facilities in the future."
Yeovil Town had appeared to be supportive of the sale, believing that it would provide the club with better facilities, whilst national media reports suggested that the Football League had used Yeovil Town's plans to enhance their stadium and facilities as part of their submission to the FA, detailing where clubs were in need of additional investment. That would all appear to be off the table for the foreseeable future.
For those who want to see Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida score his first ever international goal, this can be viewed below. The 22 year old former Blackpool and Barnsley player won his fourth cap for his country Benin on Tuesday afternoon, and he scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Algeria at the Stade de l'Amitié in Cotonou.
The goal was scored in the 16th minute of the game, and bore more than a passing resemblance to one that he scored for Yeovil Town against Stevenage earlier this season, as he made a late run into the box from a wide ball cut-back. The footage also shows the red card issued to Stéphane Sessegnon, who had set up the winning goal, but appears to have got into an argument with the match referee.
Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan played a full 90 minutes on Tuesday night, although ended up on the losing side as Qualifying Group leaders Germany won 2-0 in Heidenheim. The match was Shaun's eighth appearance for Republic of Ireland Under-21s and is likely to be his last, with the Irish finishing the Group stages in third place, which means they will not be going to Italy in 2019. Donnellan had missed Ireland's defeat in Israel on Friday due to a one-match suspension, with the Irish FA stating that he was not in attendance at the Israel game, having flown directly from England to Germany on the Saturday, to meet up with the squad for their second fixture of the international break.
Germany had already guaranteed their qualification for the tournament on Thursday when they beat Norway, meaning that it was a much-changed German side from the one that had thrashed Ireland 6-0 in Dublin earlier this year. Despite that, they got themselves two first half goals through Jani Serra and Levin Oztunali to go 2-0 up. Ireland improved during the second period, and managed to stop the avalanche of the game in Dublin, but could not create goals at the other end. As such they finished third in the Qualifying Group stage, and so bow out of the tournament.
The match in Heidenheim should be Shaun's final bow for Ireland's Under-21s side. He celebrated his 22nd birthday on the day of the game, and so he will not be eligible for any future tournaments at this level. At present the Under-21s have not got any visible fixtures arranged, however it would seem likely that Head Coach Noel King will now look to the future and begin blending in new players ahead of the next major tournament. As such, Shaun's international duties are now over, unless he can force himself into his country's senior side.
Final Score: Germany Under-21s 2 Republic of Ireland Under-21s 0.
Tomorrow evening will see the Glovers Trust hold their Annual General Meeting. The event will take place on Wednesday 17th October at Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Johnson Park, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 3DX, starting at 8.15p.m.
The AGM will see the new Trust Board members for the 2018-19 season officially unveiled, following nominations that were made earlier in the year. The current Board members will also be providing an update on Trust activities that have taken place over the last year, as well as taking questions from the floor. If any members have questions but can't get to the meeting, then you can email email@example.com in advance.
Their aim is to stream the event via their Facebook page, although that will be down to the perils of technology! We'll post a link to the live stream on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as they are live.
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida scored the winning goal for Benin in their AFCON Qualifying Group match this afternoon. They beat Algeria by a 1-0 scoreline, to keep matters tight at the top of their group, with the Algeria keeping themselves on top via their superior goal difference. With both countries having played each other twice, the fate of the group will now lie with which of the pair can get the best results in their remaining games against Gambia and Togo, who realistically need to win at least one of their remaining games to stand a chance of qualification.
TV footage showing the pass that Stéphane Sessegnon made to set up the goal for Sessi D'Almeida as he ran into the box.
The winning goal came sixteen minutes into the match, when former Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion winger Stéphane Sessegnon provided a right-wing ball across the box that met an oncoming Sessi D'Almeida who hit the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards out, with a first time strike into the bottom left hand corner. Benin had to survive 35 minutes with just ten men after Sessegnon was red carded, with reports that this was for bad language. Despite this, Benin held on for their first ever victory over Algeria in ten matches, having lost seven out of their nine previous meetings.
Sessi D'Almeida runs off celebrating his winning goal against Algeria.
The result leaves both sides on seven points in their qualifying group, with two more matches left to play. Benin are due to travel to Gambia on November 17th 2018 - the same day as Yeovil Town's currently scheduled League Two match against Lincoln City. The group will finish on March 22nd 2019 when Benin play home to Togo. The finals are due to take place between June 15th and July 13th 2019 in Cameroon. The top two teams in each group will qualify, with the best four third-placed teams across the groups also qualifying.
This was Sessi's fourth cap for his country, having gained his third on Friday night when he came on as an 80th minute substitute in the away match against Algeria. His previous two caps came whilst he was on the books of French side Bordeaux.
Final Score: Benin 1 Algeria 0.
Scorer: Sessi D'Almedia (1-0, 16 mins)
Benin: (Starting XI)
Fabien Farnolle – Seidou Barazé, Emmanuel Imorou, Oliver Verdon, Khaled Adénon - Sessi D'Almeida , Jordan Adeoti – Mickaël Poté, Jodel Dossou, Stéphane Sessegnon - Steve Mounié
Yeovil Town loanee Enes Mahmutovic sat out his country's UEFA Nations League match against San Marino on Monday. The Middlesbrough defender was named in the squad for the match at Stade Josy Barthel in his home country, but did not get onto the pitch as they won 3-0, with goals from David Turpel, Daniel Sinani and Vincent Thill. With Belarus drawing at home against Moldova that result has allowed Luxembourg to retake top spot in Group D2.
Luxembourg's next international fixtures are a home match against Belarus on Thursday 15th November, followed by a Sunday trip to Moldova on 18th November. Although Enes has only managed to get onto the pitch in one of his country's last four internationals, he has been consistently called up each time, which would tend to point to him being part of that squad. Like Rhys Browne, who has a game against Martinique during that period, these fixtures would clash with the League Two home game against Lincoln City, which is currently scheduled for Saturday 17th November.
Final Score: Luxembourg 3 San Marino 0.
Scorers: David Turpel (4 mins, 1-0), Daniel Sinani (65 mins, 2-0), Vincent Thill (73 mins, 3-0).
Luxembourg: 12 Ralph Schon 18 Laurent Jans 2 Maxime Chanot 6 Chris Philipps 19 Mathias Jänisch 10 Vincent Thill 8 Christopher Martins Pereira 16 Leandro Barreiro Martins 15 Olivier Thill 14 Daniel Sinani 20 David Turpel
Substitutes: 1 Anthony Moris 3 Enes Mahmutovic 5 Florian Bohnert (69 mins for Laurent Jans) 9 Daniel Alves Da Mota (67 mins for Leandro Barreiro Martins) 11 Gerson Rodrigues 13 Dirk Carlson 21 Maurice Deville (76 mins for David Turpel) 22 Aurélien Joachim 23 Tim Kips
On a blank weekend for Glovers fans, Yeovil Town ended the weekend just as they started it; in fifteenth place in the League Two table. As it happened, they knew even before Friday's and Saturday's matches took place, that the worst that could happen was that they would drop a place, and with 16th placed Port Vale facing League leaders Lincoln City, that was a tough challenge for them.
That proved to be the case on the day, when the Imps thrashed Vale by a 6-2 scoreline on their own patch. With six different goalscorers on the day (one of them was Leon Legge putting into his own net), the division's leaders maintained their four point gap at the top of the division, and with them also having the best goal difference and the second best goalscoring record, they are setting a hefty pace, having dropped points in only three games so far this season. Former Glover Ben Whitfield bagged a goal for Port Vale, but given it was in the 94th minute, it can be assumed he didn't celebrate it too much.
The weekend saw the top six clubs in the division all win their matches, with seventh placed Stevenage being the only club in the promotion and play-off positions to suffer a loss - they were up against Newport County who maintained their third place slot. This was not a game to arrive or leave early, or to pop to the tea bars around half time. Former Glover Matthew Dolan opened the scoring in the first minute for Newport, whilst Antoine Semenyo got the winner in the 98th minute. Even Stevenage's equaliser from Luther Wildin came in first half injury time. Stevenage drop one place to seventh, meaning that there is a five point gap between the play-off spots and Yeovil Town.
The theme of the top clubs all picking up wins continued with Exeter City's 2-0 victory over Swindon Town keeping them in second place and on a run of seven games without defeat, just ahead of Newport on goal difference. Milton Keynes Dons are also in strong form, as part of a run of five matches without defeat, and the man in form is Chuks Aneke who has scored in four consecutive games - he got the winner in a 1-0 victory over 23rd placed Cambridge United.
Just below Milton Keynes are Tranmere Rovers, who managed a 1-0 victory over basement side Macclesfield Town on Friday night. Whilst that pushed the Wirral side into fifth place, it left Macclesfield on the edge of an unwanted Football League record. The Silkmen have not won a Football League match since December 2011, which ended with their 2011-12 relegation from the League, and when added to their current start to the 2018-19 season, this means that they have gone 36 matches without a win. That matches Derby County's record that was set between September 2007 and August 2008, meaning that if Macclesfield fail to win their next game, they will take the record from the Rams.
In sixth place stand Colchester United, who beat Crawley Town by a 3-1 scoreline. Their front three of Sammie Szmodics, Frank Nouble and Luke Norris did the damage, whilst the visitors managed to shoot themselves in the foot when former Glover Bondz N'Gala managed to get himself sent off during second half injury time for kicking out at Norris. He'll get a three match ban for that.
Forest Green Rovers were the one team that started the day in the top seven to find themselves below the dotted line. The 97th minute goal scored by former Glover Andy Williams for Northampton Town was notable in that it gave their Gloucestershire opponents their first League defeat of the season. Earlier in the game, things had looked good for them when Reuben Reid (yep, another former Glover) had opened the scoring for Forest Green just before half time. But two second half goals helped push a struggling Northampton side away from the relegation zone.
Another side with a habit of hovering just above the bottom two places is Morecambe. They also pushed themselves up a couple of places, thanks to a 0-2 away win at Carlisle United. Former Glover (again!) AJ Leitch-Smith opened the scoring in that game. Finally, Crewe Alexandra grabbed a 1-1 draw at Gresty Road to slow down Bury's attempts to break into the top seven places.
The overall pattern of recent results in League Two has been the teams at the top to start pulling away from the pack, whilst many of the slow starting sides, such as Notts County (who didn't play on the weekend) have gradually started to get their act together, meaning that the lower end of mid-table where Yeovil Town occupy, has started to bunch up. The six game form table shows Lincoln, Exeter, Tranmere, Milton Keynes and Notts County as the in-form teams, whilst if that form table is extended to eight matches, then Bury and Colchester also feature well.
With the exception of the slow-starting Magpies and the Shakers who are just outside the top seven, all of those clubs are in automatic or play-off positions, which suggests that anyone that wants to join them will need to pick up an accelerating pace. That can be measured by Yeovil Town's own situation - whilst the Glovers are still only five points behind the play-offs, and with a game in hand, Saturday meant they moved eleven points behind the automatic positions. Exactly one month ago, they had been two points off the automatics and with a game in hand - a nine point shift over the four weeks that have followed.
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers will face Toolstation Western Premier League Club Shepton Mallet in a match that is scheduled to be played at Huish Park. The tie comes after the Glovers won 4-0 against Bishop Sutton last Tuesday, thanks to a hat-trick from Devon Arnold.
The full draw reads as follows:
Welton Rovers vs Bath City
Cheddar vs Frome Town
Yeovil Town vs Shepton Mallet Wincanton Town vs Taunton Town
Clevedon Town vs Bridgwater Town
Portishead Town vs Chard Town
Radstock Town vs Paulton Rovers
Hengrove Athletic vs Weston-super-Mare
All ties will be played during the week commencing November 12th, with Tuesday 13th November the most likely date. The Glovers first team have not got a midweek fixture during that period, with the tie expected to take place around three days after the FA Cup First Round date. As such, there shouldn't be the scheduling problem that the First Round created, with both the First Team and the Academy team that took the responsibility of the County Cup fixture, playing concurrently. However, we'd still expect this to be an Academy-led fixture on the night.
Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne played a full 90 minutes late on Friday night, as his country thrashed the Bahamas by a 6-0 scoreline. In a match played at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Antigua and Barbuda were in control throughout, with Ebbsfleet United's Myles Weston grabbing a hat-trick, which included two penalties.
This was a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match, with Antigua having lost their first match - at that time Browne was out with a hamstring injury and so played no part in the defeat against Belize. It's the only match that Browne will play during the international break, but they will be playing a third CONCACAF match on Monday 19th November against Martinique, two days after Yeovil Town's currently scheduled home match against Lincoln City.