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Mon 30th April 2001
K's Demolish Reserves First Team In NVCT Semi-Final

Relegated Kingstonian thrashed Yeovil Town 5-0 at Huish Park this evening in the much postponed NVC Trophy Semi-Final - but this (quite rightly, in view of tomorrow evening's immeasurably more important Conference match v Hereford) was a scratch Yeovil side, comprised of a mixture of fringe first teamers and reservists. Only 3 of the players that started Saturday's victory at Telford were named in this evening's squad and all 3 remained on the subs bench throughout the game.

In contrast, the K's - seeking to salvage some crumbs of comfort from what has turned out to be a disastrous season - fielded what looked to be a near full-strength side. They proved far too strong for The Glovers in the event, taking a 4-0 lead as early as the 21st minute and adding a fifth to complete the scoring in the second half. The match wasn't as one-sided as the score suggests - individual errors gifted the K's rather too many goals and the young Yeovil side hit the woodwork 3 times after the break; nevertheless Kingstonian were very good value for their win. The match report can be found here.

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Sun 29th April 2001
The Referee's A Pollock!

Despite the best efforts of a determined Telford side (aided and abetted by referee Mr Pollock of Liverpool, for whom the words "incompetent pillock" were intended above all others), Yeovil came away from the new Bucks Head ground yesterday with a hugely creditable and absolutely vital 3 points following a 2-1 away win, and in consequence kept the title race alive for the last week of this roller-coaster season.

It could have gone the other way - Telford were rampant in the first half and only some cool defending, goal-line clearances and Tony Pennock in outstanding form kept the home team at bay. Somewhat against the run of play Michael McIndoe notched his 2nd goal in as many games in the 38th minute to put The Glovers ahead, but Telford had drawn level by half-time, Jim Bentley making it 1-1 from close range.

The second half began with The Glovers only recognised striker, James Bent, being replaced up front by central defender Paul Steele after Bent failed to recover from a late knock in the first half. It was to prove an inspired substitution by manager Colin Addison, with Steele heading home a McIndoe corner in the 51st minute. After all the criticism we have made of our set-pieces lately that is worth repeating, so here it is: Steele headed home a McIndoe corner! 2-1 to The Glovers then, and that was how it stayed, Yeovil's defence coping comfortably with Telford's second half efforts. Substitute Andy Lindegaard was unlucky not to add a 3rd for Yeovil towards the end, his goalbound effort ending up stuck in the goal-line mud with the keeper beaten. The match report can be found here

Enormous credit to the team then - they had to win both away games this week to keep the title race alive and they did exactly that. A win on Tuesday night v Hereford will leave us level on points with Ru$hden and all to play for on the final day of the season next weekend.

Top of the table, 21st April 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 41 14 6 1 41 13 10 5 5 35 22 83
2. Yeovil Town 40 14 3 2 39 13 10 5 6 32 33 80

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Fri 27th April 2001
Non-League Restructuring On The Cards?

This weeks Conference Newsletter reports from the Football Association that "a meeting was held on the 24th April to discuss further proposals for restructuring of the FA National League System. It has been decided to review these proposals at a meeting with the management of all four leagues; Conference, Northern Premier, Isthmian and Southern on 14th May."

What it all means is another matter? A second Conference division? The much rumoured expulsion of the Isthmian League from the pyramid, or perhaps its dissolving into a more simple Northern/Southern divide? Your guess is as good as ours. Whatever, it looks like something is afoot ... watch this space!

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Fri 27th April 2001
Skivo Gets Forward-Thinking

Yeovil Captain Terry Skiverton is ready to reprise Tuesday night's performance as a centre-forward when The Glovers travel to Telford tomorrow. Skivo is of course normally found at the other end of the park as a central defender, but tells today's Western Daily Press, "Itís not about me, itís about the team, and I will play wherever the gaffer wants me to. I think I did alright on Tuesday but weíll have to see. It could be that he goes with Paul Steele or Roy OíBrien this Saturday, I donít know. But wherever I play I will give it 100 per cent."

With the make-shift front line producing three goals on Tuesday night, it would be a major surprise if Addison did not start at Telford with the Skiverton-Bent combination. "It wasnít too much of a surprise when I was put up front because I moved up there in the later stages of the Rushden game," said Skiverton. "But it is totally different when you start there because itís not a case of the team just hitting high balls forward. I had to try and learn what runs to make and strike up a partnership with James Bent."

But Skivo received advice from the man whose shirt he was wearing - injured top scorer Warren Patmore. Wazza is one of three Yeovil strikers currently sidelined - Howard Forinton and Barrington Belgrave are the others - and Skiverton admitted, "Luckily Warren came up with us and was able to pass on his advice and shout at me from the sidelines. Itís my job to win the headers and try to bring other people - like James, Nick Crittenden and Michael McIndoe - into play and hopefully I did that."

But don't expect the former Welling and Wycombe man to stay up front once Yeovil's striking trio become available again. "I certainly donít think my goal return would allow me to stay up front for long," he said. "Iíve been a defender all my career. But with the situation weíre in, with so many experienced strikers ruled out, the gaffer has had to try something different."

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Wed 25th April 2001
YTISA Travel To Telford

Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association still have spaces available for their travel to Telford this coming Saturday. They will leave the bus station at 9.30am for the journey up to Shropshire, and cost will be around 10 pounds.

To book your place and support The Glovers at Telford e-mail YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly at or phone him on 01935-412236.

YTISA also have reminded all members that the Player of the Season voting deadline is coming up soon. Votes must be received by the end of Sunday 29th April to count. Again, contact Mark to register your vote.

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Wed 25th April 2001
Fair-Leigh Good Night For The Comeback Kings!

It ain't over until the fat lady sings as the saying goes, and the obese female in question has barely started to hum as yet.... Yeovil Town yet again proved that they have heart and spirit to burn on a quagmire of a pitch at Hilton Park last night as they came from behind to complete the double over Leigh RMI, the final score being 3-2 to The Glovers.

Central defender Terry Skiverton was pressed into action as emergency striker alongside James Bent following the absence of Warren Patmore and Howard Forinton through injury and the suspended Barrington Belgrave. The home side opened the scoring against the run of play on 24 minutes, an unmarked Dave Ridings heading home from a corner. The Glovers drew level on 60 minutes, Roy O'Brien picking an excellent time to scramble home his first goal of the season; and went ahead 6 minutes later, James Bent picking up the pieces following a spilled O'Brien effort. Leigh fought back almost immediately, Steve Jones stunning Yeovil with an unstoppable 25-yard shot to make it 2-2; but the never-say-die Glovers refused to take no for an answer and brought an essential 3 points back to the West Country after Michael McIndoe paid back a large chunk of his £25,000 fee with an excellent individual goal on 73 minutes to make the final score Leigh RMI 2 Yeovil Town 3. The match report can be found here.

An essential 3 points for Yeovil then, as title rivals Ru$hden defeated Telford by 3-0 at Nene Park to remain 3 points clear in front. Yeovil still have a game in hand however, but as Max's Millionaires have a vastly superior goal difference Yeovil are now relying on Ru$hden to at least draw one of their remaining 2 games - whilst Yeovil must look to win all 3 of their remaining games. It's still advantage Ru$hden, but The Glovers are still in there and fighting!

Top of the table, 21st April 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 40 13 6 1 39 12 10 5 5 35 22 80
2. Yeovil Town 39 14 3 2 39 13 9 5 6 30 32 77
3. Dagenham & Redbridge 39 12 4 4 38 19 8 4 7 28 33 68

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Sun 22nd April 2001
Advantage Ru$hden?

Yeovil and Rushden cancelled each other out yesterday in the clash of the Conference top two at Huish Park, a 0-0 draw being the somewhat anti-climactic result after the weeks of hype building up to the game.

Both sides had their chances to win and periods of pressure during the game but defences were dominant on the whole. Rushden were hanging on for the final 10 minutes as The Glovers attacked towards the packed Westland Stand, open for the first time, but with a strong shout for a penalty going unheeded and another effort being cleared off the line by the Diamonds, that vital final touch couldn't be found. The draw was probably a fair result in the end. The official site's match report can be seen here

The crowd of 8,868 was a new high for Huish Park and the 2nd highest Conference crowd on record, but fell short of the top Conference crowd of 9,432, set at the Lincoln v Wycombe game, 1987/88. Rushden returned 800 tickets from their allocation, accounting for the shortfall from the capacity of 9,600 at Huish Park. A full list of the highest Conference crowds can be seen here.

With the season reaching its climax, a draw yesterday probably suited the Diamonds rather more than Yeovil. With Rushden's superior goal difference and The Glovers 3 points behind with only 1 game in hand, Yeovil are now relying on Rushden to slip up rather than being masters of their own destiny. To make matters worse The Glovers are also suffering from something of a striker crisis - Warren Patmore lasted less than 30 minutes yesterday before being substituted through injury, Howard Forinton is still sidelined with ankle ligament problems and Barrington Belgrave is now suspended for 3 games; leaving James Bent as the only recognised striker injury and suspension-free before Tuesday night's crucial game at Leigh RMI. Nevertheless, while there is life there is still hope and Rushden's ability to shoot themselves in the foot despite all their advantages should never be under-estimated! With 2 weeks and 4 games of this incredible season left, anything could still happen. Keep the faith!

Top of the table, 21st April 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 39 12 6 1 36 12 10 5 5 35 22 77
2. Yeovil Town 38 14 3 2 39 13 8 5 6 27 30 74
3. Dagenham & Redbridge 39 12 4 4 38 19 8 4 7 28 33 68

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Fri 20th April 2001
Conference Still Pleading The Case

The Nationwide Conference has reviewed the Football League's offer of two promotion places at a meeting of its Board of Directors yesterday [April 19th]. The eight man Board has requested an urgent meeting with the League to negotiate the proposal and agree a fair and acceptable financial arrangement for relegated clubs. The talks are aimed at introducing the new promotion structure next season.

As part of the negotiation process, meetings with the Football Association - who have been involved with the discussions from the initial stages - are scheduled next week to help clear the path for increased promotion between the Conference and the Football League. Additional talks with the FA Premier League are also scheduled in order to determine a universally accepted formula for calculating 'Parachute Payments' to clubs relegated at all levels.

Conference Chairman Bill King stated: "The proposition for increased promotion places to the Football League is now fully accepted in the game. The next stage is to visit the parachute payment policy more carefully and arrive at a policy that sits comfortably at all levels of football - from the Premier League to the Football League, from the League to the Conference. We have a very tight deadline to get this done in time for next season and the Conference, League and FA must work closely to get everything finalised ahead of our AGMs this summer."

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Wed 18th April 2001
Issue 2 of Glovers News Out On Saturday

The second issue of Glovers News will be available at the ground before the big match this Saturday (and also at newsagents around the town). Glovers News is produced by The Clarion. Twenty-four pages in full colour, packed with stories and pictures on Yeovil Town, it's worth every penny you won't have to pay. Yep, Glovers News is still FREE!

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Tues 17th April 2001
New Sponsorship Deal For Conference

The Football Conference has signed a new four-year deal with its current sponsor, the Nationwide Building Society. The partnership will be worth £1.4 million to the twenty-two Nationwide Conference clubs over the next four seasons - £ 350,000 each campaign. The new agreement means that the league will continue to be known as the Nationwide Conference until the end of the 2004-2005 season.

Nationwide head of sports marketing Peter Gandolfi said: "The extension to this sponsorship reinforces Nationwide's commitment to the community and all levels of football. Our links with football in the United Kingdom are broad and extensive with sponsorships from the grassroots through to the national teams. Nationwide is an organisation rooted in the community - just like the 22 teams in the Nationwide Conference. This season's exploits in cup competitions illustrate the quality on show every week in the Nationwide Conference. We are delighted to be on board until 2005 and this demonstrates our long-term commitment to football and, in particular, the Nationwide Conference."

Conference chief executive John Moules said: "The sponsorship has been one of the most successful in sport in the United Kingdom. To have a partner of the calibre of Nationwide Building Society - which also sponsors The Football League and the England team - illustrates how highly our 22-club competition is regarded. This represents a huge input of income for the Nationwide Conference and provides our clubs with valuable support."

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Tues 17th April 2001
Alec Stock reports:

"It is with deep regret that Yeovil Town Football Club report the death of Alec Stock, arguably the most famous character associated with the club.

"Stock took over as manager of the club in 1946, and masterminded Yeovil Town's landmark 2-1 victory over Sunderland in the FA Cup Fourth Round on January 29th 1949. Sunderland were high-flying in Division One at the time, and the victory still stands as one of the biggest post-war FA Cup shocks.

"The Board of Directors of Yeovil Town wish to express their deepest condolences to Alec's family and friends in their time of grief. A fuller statement will appear on this site tomorrow."

It is so sad that Alec never saw one of his dearest wishes come to pass - that of Yeovil Town playing in the Football League. Sincere condolences to his family and friends, he will be impossible to replace.

A tribute to Alec from Ciderspace can be found here.

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Tues 17th April 2001
Daggers Wound Glovers

Dagenham & Redbridge yesterday confirmed their status as Yeovil's latest bogey team by completing the double over The Glovers at Victoria Road with a 2-0 victory. As in the home defeat by the Daggers, Yeovil started the game brightly but Dagenham's physical approach eventually began to bite and goals from Lee Gooodwin and Tony Lock ensured a comfortable victory for the home team. The match report can be found by clicking here.

A setback to The Glovers promotion hopes then, but once again title rivals Rushden failed to take real advantage, being held to a 0-0 home draw by Doncaster Rovers. Yeovil are now 3 points behind the leaders and have a game in hand. All matches left in the run-in are obviously crucial, but this Saturday's clash v Rushden at Huish Park takes on even more significance - a real six-pointer if ever there was one!

Top of the table, 14th April 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 38 12 6 1 36 12 10 4 5 35 22 76
2. Yeovil Town 37 14 2 2 39 13 8 5 6 27 30 73
3. Dagenham & Redbridge 38 12 4 4 38 19 8 3 7 27 32 67

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Tues 17th April 2001
Mike North

We at Ciderspace were saddened to hear of the tragic news of the death of 41-year-old Wimborne referee Mike North yesterday, who collapsed and died whilst officiating at the game between Southend and Mansfield at Roots Hall.

Mr North refereed many times at Huish Park in his Conference days before he was promoted to the Football League list and enjoyed something of a "love-hate" relationship with Yeovil supporters, caused mainly by his, erm, firm style of refereeing. Nevertheless, in these days of colourless officialdom Mr North was an instantly recognisable figure and one always knew that a game he was in charge of would be interesting... Our sincere condolences to his friends and family, he leaves a wife and two young children.

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Mon 16th April 2001
YTISA Player Of The Season Voting

YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly has the following message for YTISA members:

Last season's winner Tony Pennock was presented with his award last season at Morecambe
Last season's winner Tony Pennock was presented with his award last season at Morecambe
It is time to start thinking about your player of the season once again.

Tony Pennock was last year's winner and has had yet another great season for the Glovers, but what about Nick Crittenden and Darren Way? Or perhaps Tom White or ever steady Dave Piper? The choice is yours!!

Votes can be e-mailed to myself at or by post to 233 St Johns Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 5QR by no later than 25th April 2001.

Please supply your name and your nominated player.

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Sun 15th April 2001
Six Of The Best

An awesome display by Yeovil saw Leigh RMI buried in an avalanche of goals at Huish Park. The Glovers went into this game with something of an apparent striker crisis, with Warren Patmore and Howard Forinton both out injured. James Bent came in for his first league start since Scarborough in November and was on the score sheet within seven minutes. Yeovil dominated the first half with excellent passing and movement but could not find a second their approach play deserved. However the crowd was shocked when with the last action of the half the score was levelled. A nothing free kick was floated in and Marcus Jones presumably failed to hear Tony Pennock's call as he neatly flipped a slow motion back-header over the stranded keeper and into the net.

As the teams ran out for the second period the tannoy was still announcing the Conference scores, and the Glovers hit the pitch at the same second as Hereford 3 Rushden 0 was read out. Within minutes James Bent had doubled his tally, and from then on Yeovil were rampant. Although Leigh plugged away up front, and Pennock had to make three excellent saves, they couldn't withstand the pressure at the back and four more goals, two from captain Terry Skiverton, one from Nick Crittenden and one from Anthony Tonkin completed the Glovers' first six scoreline in a Conference match for three years. A full match report can be found on the Official Site.

Dagenham came back from three down at Kingfield to take the lead 4-3 with five minutes remaining. But Woking snatched a draw with virtually the last kick of the game from Charlie Griffin. Rushden were well beaten 3-1 at Edgar Street. The gap closes to two points, with Yeovil having a game in hand. If anyone doesn't know! Yeovil meet Rushden at Huish Park next Saturday.

Top of the table, 14th April 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 37 12 5 1 36 12 10 4 5 35 22 75
2. Yeovil Town 36 14 2 2 39 13 8 5 5 27 28 73
3. Dagenham & Redbridge 36 11 4 4 36 19 8 3 6 26 27 64

On Bank Holiday Monday Yeovil Town travel away to Dagenham & Redbridge, whilst Rushden & Diamonds are at home to Doncaster Rovers.

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Wed 11th April 2001
Not At The Races

What a difference three days makes: from the euphoria of Kingsmeadow to the depression of Belle Vue. Yeovil Town put on a display that has to be ranked as one of our poorest of the season on Tuesday night. A good contingent had travelled up north with the expectation that the team could build on the last gasp victory on Saturday and, at a ground where we'd never even conceded a goal, close to within two points of the leaders. Instead the night turned sour as the Glovers went two goals down in twenty-one minutes, saw top striker Warren Patmore limp off on the half hour, and had Barrington Belgrave red carded a few minutes before the end for a piece of rank stupidity off the ball. If, as seems almost inevitable, the offence is deemed violent conduct then Belgrave will miss three vital games in the run-in. For those of a masochistic tendency a full match report is here.

The failure to get a result means that Yeovil are putting more and more pressure on themselves, and any margin for error has now gone. Inconsistency on the pitch, and from many fans point of view in team selection, is costing us dear. The race for the title is not yet over, but it's becoming fact that it's Rushden's to lose.
Top of the table, 10th April 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 36 12 5 1 36 12 10 4 4 34 19 75
2. Yeovil Town 35 13 2 2 33 12 8 5 5 27 28 70
3. Dagenham & Redbridge 35 11 4 4 36 19 8 2 6 22 23 63
Dagenham & Redbridge are away to Boston United tonight.

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Mon 9th April 2001
Kingstonian Video Available

Those of you who (like me) weren't able to travel to Kingsmeadow on Saturday and missed the greatest game of football ever played in the world, in history, can cheer up - a video of the 3-4 thriller is available to buy, courtesy of well-known videographer Andrew Eggleton, who has supplied videos of Yeovil games in the past.

To order your video, send a cheque made payable to Andrew Eggleton for £10.00, which includes postage and packing in the UK.

Send your cheque to Andrew Eggleton, 57 Rectory Grove, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 1AH. For further enquiries contact Andrew on (0208) 287 6784.

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Sun 8th April 2001
Promotion Talks Going Nowhere?

The long-running discussions between the Conference and the League to increase the number of promotion spots appear to be going exactly as many cynics feared - nowhere fast! An emergency meeting of Conference chairmen has been called for Tuesday 10th April. Time is running out, which Ciderspace suspects is exactly what the League wants, as a plan has to be tabled and put on the agenda within just over two weeks for discussion and possible ratification by the Division Three and Conference AGMs, even though those meetings are not until May/June.

The Non-League Newspaper speculates that the Conference chairmen may try to break the deadlock by threatening to allow only one team up from the three feeder leagues, thus throwing the whole pyramid structure into disarray. Ciderspace suspects this is bluster, as it seems impossible that the F.A. would not impose sanctions on the Conference - the ultimate being an exclusion from all F.A. sponsored competitions (a threat it successfully used to whip the Unibond into line a couple of seasons ago) - if there was such unilateral action. However it is indicative of the head of steam that has brewed about the clear injustice of the present one up / one down between the Conference and the League that the chairmen of Conference clubs could even be considering such a draconian move.

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Sat 7th April 2001
Comeback Kings KO K's

Yeovil Town came from behind 4 times to beat Kingstonian by 3-4 at Kingsmeadow in an enthralling game this afternoon. K's went 1-0 up somewhat against the run of play in the 22nd minute, on-loan Gavin Holligan the scorer. Howard Forinton equalised in the 51st minute, but was stretchered off a few minutes later with a knee injury. Reports indicate that the injury is not serious and the player is hopeful of being fit by next weekend, though he may not be available for selection v Doncaster this coming Tuesday night.

K's stunned Yeovil by re-taking the lead through Derek Allan on 54 mins, before Warren Patmore notched The Glovers second equalizer to make it 2-2 on 70 minutes. The home side hadn't finished however, Ronnie Green giving them the lead for the 3rd time on 76 minutes, 3-2 to K's. A Kingstonian player was on the scoresheet again next, but in the wrong net - Eddie Akuamoah heading an own goal in the 82nd minute to allow Yeovil to draw level again at 3-3. The final act came deep into injury time with top-scorer Warren Patmore popping up in the right place and at the right time to give The Glovers the lead for the first time in the game and to leave the final score - Kingstonian 3 Yeovil 4. The match report can be found by clicking here

With games beginning to run out as we approach the end of the season this was an essential win, particularly with title rivals Rushden picking up a 4-1 home victory against Morecambe. Rushden are now on 75 points, Yeovil on 70, but The Glovers still have those 2 games in hand. Latecomers Dagenham stumbled again, drawing 0-0 at home v Telford to leave themselves on 63 points, 7 behind Yeovil and having played a game extra.

One piece of bad news came out of the afternoon: Loan signing Martin Barlow has returned to Plymouth Argyle following the news that he requires a knee ligament operation following an injury picked up in training. He is not expected to play again this season.

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Sat 7th April 2001
Important Ticket News for the 21st

With the news that the Westland Terrace will be open for the top of the table clash with Rushden and Diamonds there is some important information about ticket allocations that fans need to take note of.

All Yeovil Fans with standing tickets for the Copse Road End, and all those with terrace season tickets, will be moved to the Westland Terrace. With the increased capacity afforded by the revamped home terrace there will be an extra 800 standing tickets available for Yeovil supporters. The Rushden fans who have already bought tickets for the Bartlett stand are being shifted from the end by the home terrace to the normal area for away supporters in Block P. Thus any season ticket holders in the Bartlett who were preparing to move will find they are back in their usual seats.

Rushden have been allocated the whole of the away terrace. Nene Park has guaranteed Yeovil Town the price of the first 1,000 tickets, however many they sell. The maximum standing allocation they can receive is 1,754.

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Tues 3rd April 2001
A Warm Welcome Awaits EWBAMBNET

The following story has appeared on the Official Nationwide Conference site:

Yeovil ready for crunch clash 3 Apr

Yeovil Town have already sold more than 6,000 tickets for what could be a Conference title decider with Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday week.

Capacity will be limited to just under 7,000 unless Yeovil can complete work on covering the terracing at the home end of their Huish Park ground. That would free another 2,000 places.

"Work is on schedule but there are a lot of factors to be taken into consideration," said chairman John Fry. "Rushden, who have so far been allocated 716 tickets, know the situation and if possible we would like to increase their allocation."

The club has also discounted stories that they might have to play some of their remaining matches away from Huish Park because of the dreadful state of the pitch.

The pitch was laid at the bottom of a basin when the stadium was built 10 years ago. Consequently water drains to the lowest point and has caused several postponements, including the Variety Club Trophy Semi-Final with Kingstonian on four occasions.

"There is a lot of work to be done this summer but we have not even considered moving home fixtures," said Fry. "We're praying for a heat wave."

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Mon 2nd April 2001
A Fool Is Not Just For April The First

You might think EWBAMBNET, a.k.a. Brian Talbot, is a whingeing excuse laden apology for a manager. You might think he'd be better trying to sign cover on, say, the right for the greater good of Rushden & Diamonds and their run-in as transfer deadline day ran out. Not a bit of it. Brian is a man full of quips and merry japes. So last Thursday saw him contacting Yeovil Town to offer £ 20,000 for the Glovers' star striker Warren Patmore, probably chuckling to himself at his little wheeze to try and unsettle the club and player, and waste a few people's time. Pour it on Brian. Your track record of trying to upset the opposition has been spectacularly successful - just ask Dover (4-0) and indeed us last year (5-1).

Having made an offer reputedly of £ 140,000 for Patmore last year EWBAMBNET's brilliant grasp of psychology leads him to insult a player his team is soon to face, and that player's club, with a paltry joke bid. So no incentive there to shove it back down his throat. If our Wazza needed any geeing up for April 21st a nice poster pinned to the dressing-room wall: "Patmore = £20K, Love from Brian" should just about do it. Thanks for the goal start, EWBAMBNET.

Yeovil chairman John Fry was clearly just as impressed: "I'm fed up with all the speculation surrounding Warren. He's a Yeovil Town player and we have no intention of selling him. Last week we had a bid for Warren on deadline day that was an insult and designed to totally unsettle the player. We know that Warren's contract is out at the end of the season and we shall be sitting down to talk with him when the season ends. That applies to several other players in the squad as well including Tony Pennock and Ben Smith. Right now the only thing that matters is winning the Conference and getting into Division Three. Warren has always been a part of our plans and the manager has stated that quite clearly. We are about to enter the most important six weeks in the history of this club and I and the manager don't want any distractions from the job in hand. We've brought in new players in the shape of Howard Forinton and Martin Barlow and now it's a question of winning games and getting out of the Conference. In a way I'm glad we can now concentrate on the playing side and forget about signing players."

[Original story from The Clarion here.]

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Sun 1st April 2001
Darren Delivers Dover Draw

A 68th-minute Darren Way penalty equalising a 28th minute Steve Brown strike meant that the points were shared in a dull, uninspiring 1-1 draw v Dover at The Crabble yesterday. The Glovers began with more-or-less the same team that demolished Hayes 3-0 last week, loan signings Howard Forinton and Martin Barlow starting on the bench, and fit-again Terry Skiverton displacing the very unlucky Paul Steele. Chris Weale replaced Tony Pennock in goal after the Welshman suffered a leg injury - not thought to be serious - in the first half; and Forinton and Barlow were introduced into the action after 63 minutes, both players looking classy but lacking match-fitness. Chances in the game were few and far between and The Glovers again looked anything but sharp at set-pieces, forcing 11 corners but not really threatening from most. The match report can be found here

Some worrying reports from behind the scenes, with news that 3 non-playing members of the Yeovil squad spent all afternoon in the Dover bar drinking, rather than supporting their team-mates. No-one wants to come over too moralistic and holier-than-thou about this (god knows us at Ciderspace have been known to occasionally have a sip of something vaguely alcoholic!) but for professional sportsmen this kind of behaviour is surely unacceptable. What is permissible at amateur or even semi-professional level is just not on for full-time players and is insulting to colleagues and fans alike.

Rushden couldn't take advantage of Yeovil's inabilty to win yesterday, slipping to a 1-1 home draw with Leigh RMI, Max's Millionaires 2nd draw on the bounce - could it be that they are warming up nicely for their traditional April slump? Time will tell. Late chargers Dagenham & Redbridge's excellent recent run ground to a halt at Hayes, The Missioners coming out on top by 4-1.

Top of the table, 31st March 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 35 11 5 1 32 11 10 4 4 34 19 72
2. Yeovil Town 33 13 2 2 33 12 7 5 4 23 23 67
3. Dagenham & Redbridge 34 11 3 4 36 19 8 2 6 22 23 62

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