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Yeovil prepares to welcome Manchester United

In less than 48 hours time, Yeovil Town will host Manchester United in the biggest game in their history.

The Glovers take on the Premier League giants in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at Huish Park. Our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth reports:

While Matthias has spent the day at Huish Park, our Somerset reporter Bob Cruwys has been in the town centre, where cup fever has really taken hold.

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Yeovil Town releases extra tickets for Man Utd match

Yeovil Town release extra tickets for FA Cup clash Credit: Yeovil Town FC

Yeovil Town has released an extra 50 tickets for their match against Manchester United on Sunday.

The club has erected temporary seating at Huish Park to accommodate the large number of fans wanting to watch the FA Cup tie. They have released the extra tickets for sale on their website.


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Johnson invites United coach to post match drink

Arguably the biggest, certainly the most glamorous, match in Yeovil Football Club's history is now just three days away.

A capacity crowd of 9,500 will be at Huish Park on Sunday to watch the Glovers take on Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.

Yeovil's manager Gary Johnson says he'll invite United's coach Louis Van Gaal to share a post match drink, whatever the outcome.

Swimmer relieved medals weren't stolen in raid

Plymouth's Ben Proud with one of the gold medals he won at Glasgow 2014 Credit: PA

Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud, a double gold medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was burgled over the Christmas break but is relieved that the thief or thieves did not steal his medals.

The 20-year-old was away visiting family in London with his brother Oliver when their flat in Devonport was raided over Christmas. They made the discovery when they returned home on Saturday.

Argyle and Grecians suffer defeats

No wins for our teams today.

Plymouth Argyle have been beaten at home by Oxford United this afternoon. Lewis Alessandra had given the Pilgrims a first half lead, but after Aaron Bentley was sent off, the visitors scored twice in the second half.

Exeter City suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at Wimbledon. Liam Sercombe scored a consolation for the Grecians in injury time.

And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 0-0 at Welling.


Nichols keeps Exeter City in the play-off hunt

Tom Nichols scored Exeter City's winner against Cheltenham. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town have slipped to the foot of League One after losing 2-1 at Bristol City. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for the hosts, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort.

In League Two, Exeter City got back to winning ways with a 1-0 success over Cheltenham at St James Park. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in four league games after going down 2-0 at Newport. Former Argyle striker Chris Zebroski headed Newport in front in the 9th minute, before Mark Byrne added a second eight minutes from time.

And in the Conference, Torquay United lost 2-1 at home to Bristol Rovers.

Today's local football results.
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Record King George VI win for Paul Nicholls

Silviniaco Conti ridden by Noel Fehily on their way to victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls has secured a record ninth win in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

His 15-8 favourite Silviniaco Conti, with Noel Fehily in the saddle, led from start to finish ahead of Dynaste (7-1) and Al Ferof (7-1).

Earlier at Kempton, a statue of Nicholls' legendary chaser Kauto Star was unveiled.

Jockey Noel Fehily celebrates on Silviniaco Conti after winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

And how did Nicholls celebrate his record-breaking win? With some fast-food!

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Former Crystal Palace and Colchester striker Clinton Morrison makes his first start for Exeter City. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

All our football teams are in action today as part of the busy festive period.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson returns to Ashton Gate today for the first time since leaving Bristol City in 2010.

In League Two, Clinton Morrison makes his first start for Exeter City as the Grecians take on Cheltenham at St James Park.

Plymouth Argyle are unchanged from last week's 3-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

You can follow your team's progress this afternoon by clicking on the links below from 3pm for live text updates.


Torquay United vs Bristol Rovers

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