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Mon 31st December 2001
Forest Green Match Is OFF

TOMORROW'S NEW YEAR'S DAY match versus Forest Green Rovers at has been postponed because the Huish Park pitch has frozen solid. With no prospect of a thaw between now and tomorrow afternoon the decision to call the game off was quite rightly made 24 hours in advance. No new date for the game has yet been arranged.

From all of us at Ciderspace - have a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. See you in 2002!

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Sun 30th December 2001
Snow Joke As Boston Go Back On Top

FOR ALL THE CRITICISM the club received from some fans when the home fixture versus Doncaster was brought forward to early December from yesterday's scheduled Conference programme, the decision was surely vindicated yesterday after light snowfall in Yeovil and freezing temperatures could easily have meant a postponment had the game gone ahead on its original date.

The rest of the Conference programme did survive, and Boston are so far proving able to put their off-field financial problems to one side, ending the year in impressive style by thrashing Forest Green 6-1 to remain top of the Conference table with 51 points from 24 games. 2nd placed Dagenham, like the Glovers, didn't play yesterday and remain on 49 points, 23 games played.

Yeovil drop a place to 4th on goal difference, Morecambe moving up to 3rd following their 3-1 home win over Woking. The Glovers are now 13 points adrift of the top of the table on 38 points from 25 games played. The next scheduled Conference fixture is the return match at home to Forest Green Rovers on New Year's Day, 3pm kick-off.

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Thurs 27th December 2001
Glovers Up To Third After FGR Draw

DEJA VU - WE'VE BEEN here before.... On the face of it a reasonable enough point for The Glovers away at Forest Green Rovers yesterday, the spoils being shared after a 1-1 draw. And yet it should have been so different. Yeovil dominated the game, had the lion's share of possession and according to the statistics had 16 attempts on goal compared to FGR's 2; but a combination of poor finishing, an apparent unwillingness to shoot on sight and a tendency to want to walk the ball into the net meant that a single point was all the Glovers had to show for their exertions at The Lawn. Kim Grant - starting in place of Carl Alford, who was dropped following some below-par performances lately - scored the Glovers only goal. The match report is now online.

Thanks to Barnet and Telford both unexpectedly losing at home to Stevenage and Hereford respectively, Yeovil move up to 3rd place in the Conference table on 38 points from 25 games. Dagenham go back to the top after a 4-2 win at Hayes leaves them on 49 points, 11 points in front and with 2 games in hand on the Glovers. 2nd placed Boston, who drew 1-1 at Nuneaton yesterday, are on 48 points and also have 2 games in hand on Yeovil. Obviously the chasing pack have it all to do to catch the top two, but precedent from the fairly recent past suggests it's not impossible. The Glovers have gone six games unbeaten now with three wins and three draws - if rather more draws can be converted to wins and with both Boston and Dagenham still to visit Huish Park then anything is still possible..... It doesn't hurt to be optimistic at this time of year anyway! Yeovil's next game is at home to FGR on New Years Day, kick-off 3pm.

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Sun 23rd December 2001
No Mercy For Elmore

YEOVIL BOSS GARY JOHNSON kept his promise to put out a first team squad for the reserves Screwfix Direct League fixture at home to Elmore yesterday, and the Devon side suffered as a consequence, the Glovers proving far too strong and winning 10-0.

Former Elmore player Adam Stansfield suffered from some rough treatment from his ex-teammates and was replaced at half-time as a precaution, but otherwise this was a completely comprehensive performance by Yeovil and won't have done any harm to the team's confidence before the Christmas programme. The match report is now online.

Striker Carl Alford was rested for the match and not included either on the subs bench. Along with the whole squad he warmed up for the match beforehand but did not appear to be moving freely and there were suggestions after the game that an injury may force him to miss the Boxing Day trip to Forest Green.

Only the one Conference fixture was played yesterday - 2nd placed Dagenham & Redbridge being thrashed 5-1 at home by fast-improving Telford, the team from Bucks Head leapfrogging Yeovil in the table and pushing the Glovers down to 5th place, still on 37 points and 10 behind leaders Boston, who have 2 games in hand.

Finally, a reminder to Glovers fans who just can't wait to get away from the family get enough live football over the Christmas break - the Reserves home match against Bridport on Boxing Day kicks off at 11-o-clock in the morning to enable fans to have enough time to travel up to Nailsworth to watch the First Team against Forest Green that afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

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Wed 19th December 2001
Tivvy Tickets Latest

THE CLUB HAVE ANNOUNCED arrangements for the sale of tickets to the Tiverton FA Trophy match on January 12th - see the official site for the full details.

Briefly, the club have been allocated 600 terrace tickets, no stand seats available. The cost is £7.50 adults, £4.50 concessions. Season-ticket-holders get first crack at buying them - they'll be available from the club from 11am, this Saturday 22nd December. You must take your season-ticket book with you when buying your ticket, and fans will be limited to one ticket per person. If any tickets are left (which might be doubtful seeing as the club have around 1,000 season-ticket holders) they'll be made available on general sale from the 7th January onwards.

This Saturday's reserve team fixture v Elmore at Huish Park will feature a largely first-team squad. Manager Gary Johnson will take the opportunity to re-introduce several players missing from first-team action lately because of injury and also to include players short of match fitness.

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Sun 16th December 2001
A Time For Giving

I KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS, but do we really have to keep on giving points away? Another frustrating day for Yeovil's loyal fans at Huish Park yesterday, with in-form Telford the visitors eventually going home with a point following a 1-1 draw. A quick word about the support yesterday - 2,454 turned up, yet again the highest crowd in the Conference and putting to shame the crowds at leaders Boston and Dagenham, neither of whom could break the 2,000 barrier.

As for the game, it was the same old story. Yeovil played some good football at times and created plenty of chances but were let down by poor finishing and one moment of inattention at the back. The excellent Michael McIndoe gave the Glovers the lead in the first half, but an own-goal from Colin Pluck (or it might have been Anthony Tonkin or possibly Telford player Gary Martindale, depending on which report you read!) meant the points were shared. The Ciderspace match report page is online here. 5 games on the trot unbeaten for Yeovil now - if only our home form came anywhere near the standard of our away form! What might have been....

Despite dropping the 2 points, results elsewhere saw the Glovers move up to 4th place in the table on 37 points, 10 points behind leaders Boston who saw off Yeovil Reserves Woking, 4-0 at home. Second-placed Dagenham remain a point behind the leaders and 9 in front of Yeovil after their 4-1 home win over Margate. Both the Daggers and Boston have games in hand over Yeovil. The Glovers can enjoy a pre-Christmas break now, their next game being the Boxing Day 'local derby' at Forest Green Rovers.

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Thurs 13th December 2001
Trio On Trial For Glovers

YEOVIL TOWN ARE STILL ON THE LOOK-OUT for new players to add to Gary Johnson's playing squad, if reports in today's Western Daily Press are anything to go by.

Playing behind closed doors against Bristol Rovers at Bath University, Yeovil drew 2-2 against their Third Division counterparts with Terry Skiverton and Chris Giles the scorers. Skiverton had to withdraw mid-way through the second half after suffering a reaction to his medial ligament injury. However, Darren Way, Tom White and the suspended Lee Johnson all completed 90 minutes, suggesting that the former two could be knocking on the door for a starting place at Saturday's game against Telford United.

Turning out for the Glovers were former Chelsea defender David Lee, and also Leicester youngsters Carl Noble and Mark Webb, who played as right wing-back and striker respectively. Johnson said of Lee, "Dave is training with us to get fit, but there is no firm commitment from either side."

Goalkeeper Jon Sheffield withdrew from the side after suffering a reaction to his groin injury, but Johnson said of him and Skiverton, "You’ve got to remember that they’ve both had long lay-offs and we’ve got to ease them back. It’s not unusual for players to suffer little reactions after having the type of injuries they’ve had and we’ve got to be patient."

Yeovil Starting Line-Up: Steve Collis; Tom White, Terry Skiverton, Gary Haveron; Carl Noble, Lee Johnson, Dave Lee, Darren Way, Glenn Poole; Chris Giles, Mark Webb.

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Thurs 13th December 2001
Contract Talks Stop, But Johnson's Not Worried

ACCORDING TO TODAY'S EDITION of the Western Gazette, contract talks with three of Yeovil's leading players, all out-of-contract at the end of the season, have halted after the players concerned rejected the club's new offers to them. The players named are Darren Way, Anthony Tonkin and Nick Crittenden.

Speaking to the Gazette, manager Gary Johnson said, "Three of them turned down a new deal so now it goes to the end of the season unless we or they instigate another session of talks. Very early on Darren Way, Nick Crittenden and Anthony Tonkin were offered new deals and everyone reserves the right to say no. Of course I am hoping to have further talks and every day I just check they are okay."

"All I can say is they all want to be at Yeovil Town Football Club," Johnson added. "I can tell that by the way they are training and by their attitude to games, training and the club. No-one can make anything of it. Really they are very much in contract because it is still very early and there is still six months to go. But there is no malice in it at all and they know my door is always open, while I know I can always talk to them."

Other players out-of-contract at the end of the season include Terry Skiverton, Roy O'Brien, Chris Weale and Chris Giles. The Gazette points out that of all of them, only Terry Skiverton and Roy O'Brien are entitled to move on a Bosman free transfer as they are over 24, the club would be entitled to a fee for the rest, should they decide not to stay with the club.

THE YEOVIL EXPRESS FEATURES the ever-worsening state of the Huish Park pitch in its edition this week, comparing the surface to an allotment and pointing out that the poor surface could actually be costing Yeovil points, citing the Chris Giles effort that got stuck in the mud on the goaline last saturday against Doncaster.

Certainly Gary Johnson isn't happy with the state of the pitch,the boss telling the Express: "We have played on some very good pitches this season and then clubs come here and it is a bit embarrassing," Johnson added that players were having trouble keeping their feet and that the drainage trenches were so bad that when the ball bounced you did not know where it was going.

IN OTHER NEWS THE papers report that striker James Bent has had his very succesful loan spell at Chippenham extended for a third month. The 21-year-old has now scored 8 league goals in his spell at Hardenhuish Park - food for thought for Gary Johnson? It was being reported last week that Chippenham were preparing a bid to take Bent to the Dr Marten's League club on a permanent basis, but that possibility seems to have been put on the back-burner for now. Meanwhile, 20-year-old midfielder Glenn Poole, who has struggled to remain on the fringes of first team action this season, is expected to join Ryman League Division One side Ford United today (Thursday) on a month's loan basis.

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Wed 12th December 2001
YTISA Away Travel for FGR and Tivvy

YEOVIL TOWN INDEPENDENT SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION have announced travel plans for two of the forthcoming away trips. Firstly, for the Boxing Day match at Forest Green, YTISA have already started on their second minibus. Remember that on Boxing Day, public transport is about as common as rocking horse doo-dah and Nailsworth is not the easiest place to get to unless you fancy driving (and therefore not drinking) to The Lawn. A far more sensible alternative is to let the YTISA take the strain.

Looking ahead to Yeovil Town's FA Trophy 3rd Round tie at Tiverton Town on Saturday 12th January, the YTISA are now taking bookings for a full sized coach for this trip. With the likelyhood of 600 Glovers fans making the journey for what could be a capacity crowd, booking your place on the coach could be the easy way to solve any parking problems in Tiverton.

To place your booking for either trip - both of which are expected to cost a maximum of ten pounds - contact YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236, or by emailing him at remembering to supply your name, the number of seats you require and a contact telephone number.

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Wed 12th December 2001
Tivvy, FGR Ticket News

THE CLUB HAVE ANNOUNCED details of ticket sales for YTFC's big matches over the next few weeks. - see the official site for confirmation.

Firstly, for the Boxing Day match at Forest Green, a limited number of stand tickets are available for purchase in advance by Yeovil supporters. No details on how many tickets are available, or price - contact the ticket office at Huish Park for more information. The terraces at Forest Green will be pay-on-the-day for Yeovil fans and segregation will be in force.

On the same day, The Reserves Boxing Day fixture v Bridport has had the time of kick-off brought forward to 11am, thus the keen Yeovil supporter (plus those desperate to get away from the joys of a family Christmas) can watch the Reserves in the morning before driving over to Nailsworth to watch the first team in the afternoon. Sorted - never let it be said that YTFC doesn't think of its fans.

Secondly, the club has been allocated 600 (count'em) tickets for the FA Trophy 3rd Round tie v Tiverton Town on Saturday 12th January, 3pm kick-off. On police advice the capacity at Ladysmead has been reduced to 2,320 so on the face of it an allocation of 600 is fairly generous. Season-ticket holders will have first priority to purchase tickets, but seeing as Yeovil have around 1,000 season-ticket holders it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that a lot of supporters are going to end up disappointed. No details have been released as yet about pricing or availability, you'll hear it here second as soon the details are available (it'll all be on the official site first).

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Sun 9th December 2001
Late Macca Strike Salvages Point

THE GLOVERS GOOD WINNING run came to an end at Huish Park yesterday afternoon, with a useful-looking Doncaster Rovers side holding Yeovil to a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 2,650.

In truth the points could have easily gone either way with both sides having more than enough chances to win the match. In the event it was Jamie Paterson who put the visitors into the lead early in the second-half, and it wasn't until the 87th minute that Michael McIndoe grabbed the equaliser. The draw was probably the fair result in the end, but Yeovil will be pleased to have gained 4 points out of 6 from playing the Yorkshiremen this season. The Ciderspace match report page is now online.

Four consecutive games unbeaten now for the Glovers, with 10 out of a possible 12 points gained. If that sort of run can be kept up until the end of the season then anything is still possible... The result leaves Yeovil in 5th place in the table, now 8 points behind leaders Boston, who didn't play yesterday.

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Thurs 6th December 2001
YTISA Fanzine Now On Sale

ISSUE EIGHT OF 'INDEPENDENT Barmy Army', the fanzine produced by the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association will be on sale at the next two home matches at Huish Park, v Doncaster and Telford respectively, cost 50p.

This issue contains the YTISA's accounts over the last year plus features including a contributor's first match watching Yeovil Town, a top ten of YTFC matches over the years, a continuation of the Glovers Big Brother plus an interview with old Yeovilian and former Glover Ian Botham are amongst the highlights - well worth 50p of anyone's money!

If you are unable to attend the next 2 home games and would like to be posted a copy of the fanzine, email editor Stew Bratherton - he'll see you right, assuming availability.

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Thurs 6th December 2001
Quiet Week At Huish Park

IT'S BEEN A QUIET week at Huish Park following the shake-up in the running of the club 7 days ago with Jon Goddard-Watts buying out Norman Hayward's shares to take overall control of the club and the latter's subsequent resignation from the board. The new board of chairman John Fry and directors Stephen Allinson and George Smith were meeting for the first time last night. We await concrete news from the meeting, though it's not expected that any major changes in either personnel or in the running of the club are on the immediate agenda.

ON THE FOOTBALLING SIDE of the club, Gary Johnson has at last started to welcome back players who have been unavailable for selection over the last few weeks. Tom White is back in contention for a first-team place after he proved his match fitness for the reserves last week. Darren Way has returned to full-time training and could feature in the Glovers squad for the home game v Doncaster this weekend, though there's a possibility that he could be asked to get a reserve team game under his belt before he returns to first team action. Kim Grant is also fit again having recovered from tonsilitis, there is still no news as to whether the club are in a position to offer him a contract yet.

The manager is set to have a fascinating selection problem soon: Terry Skiverton has also returned to training and will be available for selection next week. Jon Sheffield has begun training again and Lee Johnson will be back from suspension on Boxing Day. Roy O'Brien is recovering well from the broken leg he suffered earlier in the season and is also back in training now, though won't be available for selection until the new year. But the relatively makeshift Glovers team the boss has been forced to put out over the last few games has done remarkably well, winning 3 Conference matches in a row and moving Yeovil up to 5th place in the table, 9 points behind leaders Boston, as well as playing some very good football along the way. Gary Johnson will quite rightly not want to alter the balance of a winning team overmuch - we might well be seeing some big names sitting on the bench for a while to come.

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Mon 3rd December 2001
FA Trophy 3rd Round Draw

YEOVIL TOWN HAVE BEEN drawn away to Tiverton Town of the Dr Martens League in the 3rd Round of the FA Trophy, tie to be played on the 12th January 2002, winners receive £1,000 prize money. Given that Tivvy's Ladysmead ground has a capacity of approximately 3,500 there must be a fairly good chance that the tie will be all-ticket to Yeovil supporters - more on this when we get it.

The draw in full (Conference teams in bold):

Scarborough v Hednesford Town or Gateshead
Leigh RMI v Emley
Worksop Town v Sutton Coldfield Town or Tamworth
Chester City v Stourport Swifts
Southport v Bedworth United or Gresley Rovers
Northwich Victoria v Boston United Solihull Borough v Runcorn FC Halton or Farsley Celtic
Stalybridge Celtic v Nuneaton Borough
Barrow or Burton Albion v Blyth Spartans
Ilkeston Town v Telford United
Vauxhall Motors v Lancaster City
North Ferriby United v Accrington Stanley or Altrincham
Morecambe v Kings Lynn
Doncaster Rovers v Kendal Town or Harrogate Town
Grantham Town v Moor Green
Bishop’s Stortford or Grays Athletic v Welling United
Chesham United v Hereford United
Dulwich Hamlet or Billericay Town v Braintree Town or Basingstoke Town
Margate v Hayes
Stevenage Borough v Dover Athletic
Fisher Athletic v Barnet
Enfield or Histon v Gravesend & Northfleet
Hampton & Richmond Borough or v Walton & Hersham or Newport County
Bashley or Burnham v Bognor Regis Town
Tiverton Town v YEOVIL TOWN
Dagenham & Redbridge v Eastbourne Borough or Bedford Town
Forest Green Rovers v Aldershot Town
Canvey Island v Purfleet
Mangotsfield United v Bromley or Tooting & Mitcham United
Cambridge City v Hendon
Farnborough Town v Carshalton Athletic
Woking v Kingstonian

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Sun 2nd December 2001
Glovers Tame Mighty Quinn

YEOVIL GAINED REVENGE FOR their opening day Huish Park defeat at the hands of Jimmy Quinn's Northwich side with another good away performance yesterday, coming away from the Drill Field with a 3-1 win, their third Conference victory in succession. Vics defender Gary Talbot put the Glovers 1-0 up in the 16th minute with an own-goal, but made amends by equalising for the home side 4 minutes later. Michael McIndoe made it 2-1 after 66 minutes and Adam Stansfield put the result beyond doubt on 81 minutes with his first goal for the Glovers since his transfer from Elmore last month. The match report is now online.

The result moves the Glovers one place up the table to fifth position on 35 points. Top two Boston and Dagenham & Redbridge could only draw yesterday, at Margate and Southport respectively, therefore the gap to the top drops to 9 points.

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