Section: Yeovil

League 1: Yeovil 1-1 Notts County

Yeovil suffered relegation from League One after drawing with fellow strugglers Notts County in Paul Sturrock’s first match as Glovers boss.

Sam Foley’s free-kick was headed in to his own net by County defender Haydn Hollis to give the home side the lead.

But County, with new boss Ricardo Moniz in his first match, equalised through Garry Thompson following good work by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

The result means the Glovers have now suffered back-to-back relegations.

Yeovil are still without a win in their last seven games in League One, whilst Notts County are winless in their last eight league games and one point adrift of safety.

It will seem a long time ago for Glovers fans since their team beat Brentford in the League One play-off final in May 2013 to reach their first ever season in the Championship, only to suffer immediate relegation with defeat at Brighton in April 2014.

Under the management of Gary Johnson, the Glovers were expected to challenge for promotion back to the second tier, but he was sacked in early February with the club in the relegation zone.

Acting manager Terry Skiverton was put in charge of the Glovers following Johnson’s departure, but he was unable to change the fortunes of the club which led to the appointment of Sturrock this week.

Despite ending a sequence of six consecutive losses, Yeovil have become the first team to be relegated from League One this season.

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League 1: Yeovil manager Gary Johnson sacked

Manager Gary Johnson has been sacked by Yeovil after three years in charge.

The 59-year-old has secured three promotions with the Gloversacross two spells in charge at Huish Park.

But they were relegated from the Championship last season and are currently bottom of League One, four points from safety with only six wins from 28 games.

Johnson’s assistant and former full-time boss Terry Skiverton will take charge until further notice.

Chairman John Fry said in a statement: “The decision to relieve Gary of his management duties is the hardest I have been involved in during my 23 years at Huish Park.

“I cannot speak too highly of the man who in the past brought so much success to our club. We part company on good terms and I would like personally to wish him well for the future.”

Johnson took Yeovil from non-league to League One during his four-year spell at the club between 2001 and 2005.

He went on to manage Bristol City, Peterborough and Northamptonbefore returning to the Glovers in 2012,  replacing Skiverton, who moved to be his assistant.

Eighteen months later, Johnson took Yeovil to a Wembley play-off finalwhere they beat Brentford to win promotion to the second tier for the first time in their history.

With the smallest budget in the league, Johnson’s side won eight and drew 13 of their 46 games and finished bottom of the table.

But they have continued their decline this season and have been in the League One relegation zone since November.

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League 1: Yeovil 0-0 Coventry

Goalkeeper Jed Steer saved a second-half penalty against Coventry City to help Yeovil Town move off the bottom of League One with a goalless draw.

After a dull first half, which saw only two shots on target, Seth Twumasi brought down Frank Nouble in box.

Steer, on loan from Aston Villa, sparked the Glovers into the life by denying Gary Madine from the spot.

Jamar Loza and Liam Shephard had chances for the hosts as Yeovil extended their unbeaten run to three.

The point at Huish Park moved Coventry to 17th in the table.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset:

“We gave ourselves a chance in the second half. I thought the first half was a little bit non-descript.

“There wasn’t a lot going on. Both teams were trying to suss each other out. Neither team could afford to lose.

“In the second half, we were the ones going for the result. They hit us on the break with the penalty but it was a good save by Jed.”

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

“The penalty is crucial. When you get a penalty you’ve got to score and it’s a decisive moment – it actually gave their side a lift.

“You can see that both sides are not brimming with confidence at this moment in time, but points like this, clean sheets, coming here and not losing helps add to that confidence.

“It gives us a foundation, it gives us something to build from and I was really pleased with the effort of the group today. The desire of the group, the mentality of the group was excellent and I’m proud of them for that.”

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League 1: Preston 1-1 Yeovil

Preston came from behind to draw with bottom club Yeovil Town, but missed the chance to move third in League One.

Gozie Ugwu netted his second goal in as many games to put the Glovers ahead just before half-time, much to the delight of their 73 travelling fans.

But the hosts drew level when substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake rounded goalkeeper Jed Steer.

Preston are now without a league win since Boxing Day and are seven points off the automatic promotion spots.

Yeovil, meanwhile, remain at the foot of the table but are only two points from safety.

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League 1: Barnsley 2-0 Yeovil

Striker George Waring scored on his professional debut to help Barnsley to victory over 10-man Yeovil.

Glovers defender Ben Nugent was shown the red card for raising his elbow during a tangle with Waring.

The 6ft 5ins Waring, on loan from Stoke and one of three debutants in the starting line-up, tapped in after a mistake from goalkeeper Jed Steer.

And Steer’s day got even worse when he brought down Barnsley skipper Conor Hourihane, who tucked away the penalty.

Yeovil remain bottom of League One, having lost five of their last six games, while Barnsley moved up to 16th.

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FA Cup: Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd

Superb Ander Herrera strike helps Manchester United see off Yeovil

A stunning finish from Ander Herrera helped Manchester United edge past a resolute Yeovil and into the FA Cup fourth round.

An out-of-sorts United side, which included captain Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Radamel Falcao, toiled for over an hour against their struggling hosts until a piece of individual brilliance set them on their way to a 2-0 win.

Herrera marked his FA Cup debut with a thumping 64th-minute volley that left Yeovil goalkeeper Jed Steer clutching at thin air.

Louis Van Gaal’s first experience of this competition was certainly a sobering one and the Dutchman was forced to make a double half-time switch and send on World Cup finalist Angel Di Maria as his side toiled in Somerset.

And it was the former Real Madrid winger who eventually saw off Gary Johnson’s plucky outfit in the dying seconds when he clipped the ball over Steer as United countered at pace.

There would have been eyebrows raised in the changing room of League One’s bottom club when they saw their opponents’ team sheet, but star names Falcao and Rooney were proving to be more useful in their own box than Yeovil’s in the first half.

The pair were heading away a string of deliveries from the Glovers, who were forcing corners and keeping De Gea occupied.

Yeovil did not look like a side bereft of confidence, having won just one of their last six league games, as they hassled and harried Van Gaal’s men.

Captain Joe Edwards was at the heart of their pressing game along with the returning Kevin Dawson, and the midfield duo helped restrict United to long-range efforts from Paddy McNair and Rooney in the opening exchanges.

Keeper Steer, fresh from conceding three goals in Monday night’s home defeat to Leyton Orient, probably expected another long afternoon but it took 32 minutes before his gloves were warmed by the visitors.

Even then, James Wilson’s low drive was routine for the shotstopper, who then watched on as Herrera fired well wide of his left-hand post just before the break.

Van Gaal’s response to a tepid 45 minutes was to withdraw both wing-backs, switch to a back four and send on Juan Mata and Jonny Evans.

Nine minutes into the second half Yeovil carved out a fantastic chance for second-round hero Kieffer Moore but the targetman failed to get any real purchase after being found by Dawson at the near post.

And with an hour gone, and only Wilson’s wayward 47th-minute header to reflect on since the interval, Di Maria was sent into the fray for his first appearance since November after injury.

The Argentinian’s introduction meant, for the second successive match, Falcao was surprisingly subbed early on.

But United fans had barely had time to digest the change when they enjoyed a perfect view of Herrera sparking this cup tie into life with 64 minutes on the clock.

The Spaniard let a through ball bounce just outside the box before spinning and hooking a right-footed rocket past Steer.

Di Maria was sent on to unlock the stubborn Yeovil rearguard but it was his defensive awareness that denied Yeovil a certain leveller. Sam Foley’s corner was met by Edwards inside the box and there was Di Maria to clear off the line.

Yeovil rang the changes in a bid to secure a lucrative Old Trafford replay but they were hit by a sucker punch as the game ticked into the 90th minute, Di Maria dashing clear of the Town backline after Rooney’s pass before clipping in the second.

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FA Cup: Yeovil v Manchester United tie to be ‘biggest game’

Yeovil are preparing for unprecedented ticket demand for their FA Cup clash with Man Utd.

League One Glovers beat Accrington in a replay to book a third-round tie with the 11-time Cup winners on 4 January.

Yeovil’s Huish Park home has a capacity of 9,500 and 1,800 tickets will be allocated to away fans, with 4,500 being made available for general sale.

The club are also expecting an uptake in half-season tickets from Somerset-based Manchester United fans.

“If you get a half-season ticket, you’ve got a chance to get a ticket for Man Utd,” commercial manager Dave Linney told BBC Points West.

“I’m sure there will be a number of Man Utd fans in this area buying them and hopefully we might convert a couple.”

He added: “It’s the core supporters and the core business people, who have been involved with the club through good and bad, that we want to look after.

“We want to make sure they don’t miss out on what is one of the biggest games in this club’s history.”

The last time Yeovil met Manchester United in the competition was in 1949, when the Reds won 8-0 at Maine Road – their temporary base after the Manchester Blitz.

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FA Cup: Yeovil 2-0 Accrington

League One Yeovil Town booked an FA Cup meeting with Manchester United after beating Accrington in their second-round replay.

The Glovers, who are 21st in the third tier, left it late to secure victory against their League Two opponents.

Simon Gillett broke the deadlock on 84 minutes and substitute Kieffer Moore doubled the lead four minutes later.

Yeovil will now host the 11-time FA Cup winners at Huish Park in a televised match on Sunday, 4 January.

The Somerset side, who were relegated from the Championship last season, are set to net £144,000 in TV funds along with the prize money on offer for progressing.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The pressure was on because everyone in Somerset wanted Manchester United to come down to Huish Park.

“Because of the prize nobody wanted to make a mistake.”

In a nervy encounter for both sides, which followed on from their 1-1 draw last week, Stanley defender Tom Aldred saw his mistimed back-header go just wide of his own post.

And at the other end Brendan Moloney’s sloppy back-pass was intercepted by Marcus Carver before being scrambled away by Yeovil keeper Jed Steer.

The visitors wasted their best chance to go ahead in the second half, when Shay McCartan smacked a powerful effort off the bar and the on-rushing Matt Crooks failed to head in the rebound.

And they were punished minutes later when Gillett picked up a loose ball, controlled it on his chest and coolly slotted home from 20 yards out.

With Stanley still in shock, Sam Foley pushed Yeovil forward and his pinpoint cross from the left wing was headed in by 6ft 5ins former non-league striker Moore.

Johnson added: “When the second goal went in that was when the Yeovil fans could really celebrate because at that point we were in the ascendancy.

“I think all the board of directors were on their knees for 90 minutes, praying that we’d win. They’ll be very proud of their football club.”

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League 1: Notts County 1-2 Yeovil

Yeovil scored two goals in the last six minutes as they beat Notts County to move off the bottom of League One.

Midfielder Gary Jones was sent-off for a two-footed tackle as the hosts were reduced to 10 men, while assistant boss Greg Abbott was sent to the stands.

Mike Petrasso latched onto a poor backpass to give Notts the lead.

Jordan Clarke scored twice late on as his near-post header pulled Yeovil level and his second header deflected in off the post for a dramatic win.

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FA Cup: Yeovil 1-0 Crawley

Yeovil booked their place in the FA Cup second round draw as an early goal from on-loan Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula saw off Crawley at Huish Park.

They went close inside two minutes when Sam Foley cut in from the left to curl a right-footed shot onto the post.

But, just five minutes later, Hiwula shrugged off a hesitant Joe Walsh to roll home his first senior goal.

Izale McLeod’s second-half header over the bar was as close as Crawley came to levelling the all-League One clash.

He beat keeper Jed Steer to the ball only to see his effort sail just too high on the hour mark as Yeovil, currently 23rd in the league and eight places below Crawley, held on.

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