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24 July 2014 : Sam And Joe Give That Personal Delivery Touch
Picture the scene, if you will. You're aged 7-9 years old, and you've just started your school holidays, when there's a knock on the door. Your Yeovil Town Football Club 2014-15 Season Tickets have arrived. Good news! But wait - things get better, as they're being delivered in person by long-standing first team players Joe Edwards and Sam Foley. Then, as the icing on top of the cake, having arrived at your house, they come in, and they sit on your sofa with you.

This was how Thursday afternoon went for Yeovil Town supporters Ruby (9 years old) and Shane (7 years old) who got their surprise visit from the players - one of a number of visits that Joe and Sam managed across the afternoon, aimed at putting a smile on the face of some of the club's younger supporters. Their mum Kate Northam, who manages Merriott Ladies Football Club as well as being a Glovers fan, described it as the "best day of the summer holidays" (and we're not even in August yet!)

Kate has said that Merriott Ladies are on the look out for new players for their own season that is about to start, and so any ladies who love playing football should get in contact with her if that interests you - drop this website an email if you don't have a contact for her or their club.

As for Sam, Joe and the football club - top marks for them for taking some time out and visiting a few of the club's fans at their own homes. There's little doubt that pictures like the one below will be cherished for a long time.

Sam Foley and Joe Edwards, pictured with Yeovil Town supporters Ruby and Shane on Thursday afternoon
Sam Foley and Joe Edwards, pictured with Yeovil Town supporters Ruby and Shane on Thursday afternoon.


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24 July 2014 : Camera Gift To Benefit Club's Training Sessions
The Away Travel Club and one of Yeovil Town's sponsors, Jones Building Group, have purchased a new GoPro Camera for the football club. The cameras are specialist high-definition personal cameras that can be mounted or worn on a person's clothing or equipment, and are designed to capture action video photography by use of a wide-angled lens.

Yeovil Town will be using the camera for two purposes - the club's medical department will be using them along with the first team coaches, so that they can monitor players during their training sessions, and play back captured situations. The club's media department will also be using it to capture video footage of players in training sessions or competitive matches as an alternative view of key incidents.

The camera was today presented to First Team Coach Darren Way, who provides the management team with much of their technical data relating to players. Presenting it were Mark Kelly (left) from the Away Travel Club and Mark Porter (right), who is the Managing Director of Jones Building Group.

Mark Kelly (Away Travel Club), Darren Way (First Team Coach) and Mark Porter (Jones Building Group) with the new GoPro Camera
Mark Kelly (Away Travel Club), Darren Way (First Team Coach) and Mark Porter (Jones Building Group) with the new GoPro Camera.


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24 July 2014 : Edwards Expecting 'Big Year' For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards feels that the club may have to get used to a different kind of situation for the coming season, having just come down from playing Championship football. The 23 year old is moving into the fourth season that he has had some form of involvement with the Glovers, and on all occasions the club have faced their opponents largely as underdogs in the division, with bookmakers frequently pitching them as outsiders.

This season though, with the club being a recent Championship side, and having won promotion during the 2012-13 season, the bookmakers have gone for a rather more bullish approach to their predictions and at the end of May were being ranked at around 7th or 8th for promotion. Although later betting has seen them drift a touch since then, it's unlikely that this season will see Yeovil listed amongst many pundits 'tips for relegation' which will give them a new experience:

"It's a big year for us. We maybe, from a few years back, used to be the underdogs. We're more favourites now in a lot of the games, which is different for us but we've earned that, and we've got the respect from other teams and from the media as well. It's an exciting time and we're just looking forward to the start of the season now."

Edwards himself has been tipped for a big year, with many Glovers fans expecting him to become Yeovil Town's club captain for the 2014-15 season - something that he says would be an 'honour' although he denies that this has already been agreed, despite having worn the armband already for several of the club's pre-season fixtures. He says that his only aim at present is to maintain the standards that he achieved last season in the Championship:

"That would obviously be my personal goal, to keep playing like I did last year, and to improve this year and hopefully stand out in this league. But I think more importantly if the team does well then generally you do well yourself. So as long as the team is going that way, that's the important thing."


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23 July 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers in a pre-season friendly at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's views on his opponents and his team as well as the trialists who played in the match, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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23 July 2014 : Ipswich Confirm Campion Trial
Championship side Ipswich Town have confirmed that former Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion is training with them. As reported on Monday, the Frenchman had given a fairly heavy hint that his time at Huish Park had been ended, presumably with the player making the decision to jump ship, rather than the Glovers.

Ipswich report that Campion played in a Development Squad match yesterday at Braintree Town last night, in what was a testimonial match for Braintree's Bradley Quinton. The Tractor Boys won their match 1-0, and after the game they confirmed Campion's inclusion in that side, preferring to blood him in that match rather than their first team friendly against Colchester United, which takes place later tonight.

On that basis, it can probably be assumed that the 24 year old's interest in Yeovil Town is over, for the time being at least.


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23 July 2014 : Welshy Says Farewell After Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town have shown the door to left-winger Andy Welsh after he played for the club in two pre-season friendlies over the last week. The 30 year old played in home friendlies against Reading and Bristol Rovers, having arrived back at the club where he spent three years as a player between 2008 and 2011, with time spent at Carlisle United and Scunthorpe United sandwiched inbetween.

The Manchester-born player never played under manager Gary Johnson during his first spell at Huish Park, Welsh was given the opportunity to show what he could do on both the training ground and in those two matches, but he has confirmed via his Twitter account that he has been let go and so as a free agent is available to other clubs:

"Would like to thank everyone at Yeovil Town for the last week and the reception me and my family got from everyone at the club in the last two games. I wish the club, players and fans good luck for the 2014/2015 season. I hope you can achieve promotion once again. As for me, I'm feeling fit, played two games, had a weeks worth of training and I'm ready for a new challenge, so if anyone needs a winger this Saturday, I'm still available on a free transfer - who needs Sky Sports News you heard it here first!"

The very best of luck to Welshy in his search for a contract for the 2014-15 season.


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23 July 2014 : Johnson Needing To Make Decisions On Club's Trialists
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will need to start making hard decisions on his lower key 'unnamed' trialists within the next few days. The Glovers boss has fielded four players - understood to be largely of French or French-speaking origin - over the last three friendlies, although one of those - named as Achille Campion - is expected to play for Ipswich Town on trial this week and was not present last night.

As for the other three, who have been playing as a right-winger, a left-winger and a central midfielder, Johnson has said that it's unfair to keep them waiting for a decision for much longer, and so will start to deliver a 'yes' or a 'no' once he has spoken to his management team for a second opinion, and then speaks to the relevant players. However, he admitted to BBC Somerset that the remaining trio had not been as effective against Bristol Rovers as they had been during Saturday's match against Reading:

"We'll talk to them first before we talk about them publicly. But it was a different test for them today as the game wasn't open, because obviously Bristol Rovers play with three in the middle and three at the back. So it was a different kind of game and they didn't quite do as much as they did against Reading, funnily enough. But I'll have a chat with my staff and we'll see which ones we're going to invite back again for the next game. But we haven't had that discussion yet."

One of the higher profile trialists has been former Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett, who played his second game for the club last night. With the 28 year old having had a short loan spell at the club seven years ago, and having turned out in opposition sides that have played against both Yeovil Town and sides managed by Gary Johnson over the years, the Glovers boss knows him well. Johnson explained that would be an easier decision to make compared with the lesser-known players on view:

"He (Gillett) has done well but we know him. We know what he's got and exactly how he can play and so we'll have a chat with him. But with the ones we don't know we obviously can't keep them here forever. We've got to make some form of decision based on what we've seen, not just in games but in training, and whether they can play an English League One game, as opposed to where they have been playing."


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22 July 2014 : Yeovil 2 Rovers 0 : Leitch-Smith At The Double For Glovers
Yeovil Town beat local rivals Bristol Rovers this evening in the club's fifth pre-season friendly of the month, to break a run of three draws. The damage was done early in the second half as former Crewe Alexandra striker AJ Leitch-Smith scored twice in the opening ten minutes, converting crosses on both occasions for his fourth and fifth goals since his arrival in Somerset.

The opening 45 minutes was a fairly low-key affair, that saw the Glovers look strong in defence, but struggled to break out and create a significant number of chances, with the few that came their way falling to two of the unnamed trialists, who were playing as wingers on the night. With a third member of the midfield quartet also being a trialist, in the form of Simon Gillett, there was a lack of attacking fluency during the opening half.

Matters changed very quickly after the break, with a number of second half substitutions. One of those - Kieffer Moore - made an instant impact, with his first contribution being to feed AJ Leitch-Smith with a cross, as his strike partner confidently fired home to give Yeovil the lead.

Ten minutes into the half and Yeovil doubled their lead, as right-back Seth Nana Twumasi's cross into the box couldn't be cleared by the Bristol Rovers back line, and AJ Leitch-Smith fired home from inside the penalty box for a 2-0 scoreline. The second half included the inevitable raft of second half substitutions, with only Chris Weale staying out on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, and further showings for 'Trialist C' and Andy Welsh - striker Achille Campion was not one of the unnamed trio, with the assumption that he has headed to Portman Road to try his luck with Ipswich Town in their friendly match against Colchester United on Wednesday.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bristol Rovers 0.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (46 mins, 1-0), AJ Leitch-Smith (55 mins, 2-0).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Liam Davis
7. Trialist A, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Trialist B
9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Liam Davis), 14. Seth Nana Twumasi (46 mins for Brendan Moloney), 15. Matteo Lanzoni (75 mins for Jakub Sokolik), 16. Calvin Brooks (75 mins for Aaron Martin), 17. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Trialist A), 18. Nathan Ralph (75 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi), 19. Sam Foley (46 mins for Trialist B), 20. Kieffer Moore (46 mins for James Hayter), 21. Trialist C (75 mins for Simon Gillett), 22. Andy Welsh (68 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith).

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall 2. Ryan Higgins 3. Lee Brown 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ryan Brunt 10. Matty Taylor 11. Jake Gosling

Substitutes:
12. Stuart Sinclair 14. Jamie White 15. Daniel Thompson 16. Neil Trotman 17. Ellis Harrison 18. Dominic Thomas 1. Kieran Preston.

Referee: Christopher Powell. Assistants: Mark Derrien and Richard Hulme. Fourth Official: Brendan Malone.

Attendance: 1,498 (including 289 Bristol Rovers supporters).


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22 July 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers. There are three trialists in the starting line-up and two more on the bench, with midfielder Simon Gillett given his second start, whilst Andy Welsh sits on the bench after his head injury on the weekend left him needing stitches.

There are also now three unnamed trialists, rather than four, which leads to the conclusion that Achille Campion has headed off to Suffolk to train with Ipswich Town. However, as Achille was 'Trialist B' that means that there's almost certainly been a bit of shuffling around with the identity of the remaining trio.

Midfielder Sam Foley is fit enough to be on the bench, but Sam Hoskins, James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Ben Nugent (ankle) miss out for tonight's game, with Berrett and Grant the longer-term absentees. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Liam Davis
7. Trialist A, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Trialist B
9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Smith, 14. Seth Nana Twumasi, 15. Matteo Lanzoni, 16. Calvin Brooks, 17. Kevin Dawson, 18. Nathan Ralph, 19. Sam Foley, 20. Kieffer Moore, 21. Trialist C, 22. Andy Welsh.

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall 2. Ryan Higgins 3. Lee Brown 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ryan Brunt 10. Matty Taylor 11. Jake Gosling

Substitutes:
12. Stuart Sinclair 14. Jamie White 15. Daniel Thompson 16. Neil Trotman 17. Ellis Harrison 18. Dominic Thomas 1. Kieran Preston.

Referee: Christopher Powell. Assistants: Mark Derrien and Richard Hulme. Fourth Official: Brendan Malone.


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22 July 2014 : Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's away pre-season friendly against Conference South side Truro City is now available. The match takes place at Treyew Road on Saturday 2nd August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As mentioned earlier this month, the Cornish side have arranged this fixture as a 125th Anniversary match, with the club dating back to 1889. Prices for this match are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £7.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

In the unlikely event that any Glovers fans are also Truro City Season Ticket holders, they will get admission free of charge. Concessions appear to apply to Over-65s, students and disabled supporters.

For other pre-season prices and other 2014-15 season admission prices, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.

Link: Full Admission Prices For 2014-15 Season.


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22 July 2014 : Miller Getting Tangerines Trial
Former Yeovil Town striker Ishmael Miller is reported to be training with Championship side Blackpool in the hope of earning a contract there. The 27 year old had been strongly linked in recent weeks to Doncaster Rovers, but with the broad impression that he was frustrating manager Paul Dickov in refusing to give a firm response to an offer made by the Yorkshire club - Dickov's words at the time suggested that the man who used to clean his boots at Manchester City was holding back and waiting for a Championship club.

Now it seems that Miller has found that Championship club - albeit one that is rather unstable at this moment in time. The Blackpool Gazette report that he is training with them and that they are interested in signing him. The fly in the ointment is that manager Jose Riga and club chairman Karl Oyston are reported as being at loggerheads with each other over the club's direction, despite only having arrived at Bloomfield Road on June 3rd.

On Saturday, Blackpool fielded a side with five trialists starting and only eight contracted players on their books, and after the game Riga imposed a media blackout on the club, presumably to stop any 'awkward' questions about the state of the club being fielded, but in doing so ensuring his club got national headlines. Thus Miller may be able to ensure that he gets an offer from the Tangerines, but that will almost certainly rely upon Riga lasting a little longer than the seven weeks the former Charlton Athletic boss has managed so far.


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21 July 2014 : Campion Hints At Tractor Boys Opportunity
Sometimes players who use Social Networking can steer supporters (and media) up the garden path with in-jokes and comments that get taken out of context. However, Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion has tonight posted a tweet that merely is composed of two words - "Ipswich Town" - coupled with two football graphics.

The obvious conclusion to draw is that the Frenchman, who scored on Saturday against Reading, is about to try his luck with another tractor-loving football club. Ipswich have a pre-season friendly at Colchester United on Wednesday night, and so if Achille doesn't show tomorrow night at Huish Park for the Tuesday night friendly against Bristol Rovers, then he may well do so at the Community Stadium, 24 hours after that.

In the meantime, there's a short video of his chance at Huish Park on the weekend that saw Reading keeper Adam Federici superbly tip his strike onto the crossbar during the second half.




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21 July 2014 : Gillett To Get Extended Chance With Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is willing to give former Nottingham Forest and Bristol City midfielder Simon Gillett a chance to impress, after he joined the club on trial just before the weekend. The 28 year old teamed up with the Glovers for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Reading, playing the first hour of the match, seven years after a short loan spell at Huish Park whilst he was a Southampton player.

Johnson also fielded another familiar face in left-winger Andy Welsh, who had to leave the field at half time due to a head injury and speaking after the game he thought both players looked the part in what they did:

"They're two good footballers. Andy couldn't last any longer than the one half because of his head. Simon hasn't played for a little while and has been training on his own. So he did well to last an hour or so. We were pleased with him. I know him well. I think there are parts of his game that I can help with, but he's a good footballer - they both are. So we wanted to give them the opportunity to show us that they can still be a part of a League One winning group."

Gillett became a free agent at the end of last season when Forest decided to release him as part of a mass clear-out by new manager Stuart Pearce, and surprisingly has yet to find himself a new club, despite having plenty of experience at both Championship and League One level. Johnson said he wanted to see more of him given that he had only just arrived in South Somerset:

"We needed that type of player and so we gave him an opportunity to see what he could do. If he wants to stick around for a little while longer, then I'm sure he'll get that opportunity to keep impressing. We won't make that decision after a day-and-a-bit, as he's only trained once and played once. But of course I know him very well. He's not a young lad, and he's been around and played against my teams many times, and he's still got something in there that can help someone - and that could be us."

Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 July 2014 : Welshy Battered And Bruised After First Half Collision
Being a trialist obviously should have come with a health warning for former Scunthorpe United and Carlisle United left-winger Andy Welsh. Making his return to Huish Park on trial on Saturday after a three years away, he played the first half of Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw with Reading.

Unfortunately for Andy, his time on the pitch was sharply curtailed after an innocent collision with Reading's Nick Blackman that left both on the deck as the half time whistle blew, and some concern at Welshy's condition given that he took a few minutes before he moved, with medical staff heading onto the pitch to treat him, and ultimately a stretcher being needed.

Thankfully, after a bit of medical attention in the club's first aid room, and a number of stitches in a forehead wound, Welshy was well enough to send a couple of Tweets out confirming that he was in good health, saying "I'm fine. Really enjoyed the game and thanks for all your support as always" although as the picture on his profile below shows, he was a bit battered and bruised.

Whether he can head a football during the next few days is rather questionable, meaning that he'll probably need some further checks to see if he is able to feature in Tuesday night's home match against Bristol Rovers. But thankfully bruising and a bit of blood appear to be the only major damage.

Andy Welsh - looking a bit dazed and bruised after the game
Andy Welsh - looking a bit dazed and bruised after the game.


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20 July 2014 : Morgan Trial Looks To Be Over
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan suffered an injury yesterday that forced him to withdraw from his third trial match with League One side Chesterfield and appears to have ended his time with the Derbyshire club. The former Liverpool academy player started in the Spireites side that played in their 2-1 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Saturday afternoon.

Morgan had been selected to start in the match against the Imps, having previously come on as a second half substitute in his two other appearances for Chesterfield. Manager Paul Cook indicated after the game that he had planned to allow all of his club's remaining trialists a chance to start in matches, rather than just come off the bench, meaning that Chesterfield's starting eleven featured a number of other players trying to earn a contract.

However, the 20 year old's part on the game lasted just 13 minutes, with the Derbyshire Times indicating that Morgan "limped off with a foot injury when attempting to shoot" and he did not return. Cook said after the game that he expected that to be the end of his trial with Chesterfield, suggesting that it was not a trivial injury:

"That looked a bad knock. That's unfortunate for Adam as it looks like he will go back to Yeovil now. He's come in and he was getting opportunities to score. That's disappointing for Adam as he needs to go and play football now."

Cook - a boyhood Liverpool fan who would have seen Morgan's progress through the Youth and Reserve ranks at Anfield - also said he could see why Morgan's career may have stalled since leaving Liverpool, having only managed thirteen appearances, and three starts for Yeovil Town. Cook explained that may be part of the feeling that players experience when they drop out of the ranks of larger Premier League clubs:

"He's at that stage in his career where he's come out of Liverpool, and when you're playing for Liverpool football club wherever you're going after that in my opinion is down. For Adam and young lads coming out from there, they have a year or two after where sometimes that can be quite rough on them. When they go back to remembering what they were good at - which for Adam is scoring goals, then I'm sure he'll have a very good career. Unfortunately it doesn't look like it's going to be with ourselves now. But we'll certainly wish him well whatever he does."


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19 July 2014 : Campion Confirms Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town's goalscorer today at Huish Park appears to be French striker Achille Campion. Hailing from Levallois in France, Achille was born on March 10th 1990, and thus is 24 years old. Inevitably details on his past career is fairly sketchy but his last club was Swedish tier three side Norrby IF, joining them in early 2014.

Prior to that he played for UC Santa Barbara who are an amateur NCAA Division I College team affiliated to the University. Achille studied there, majoring in Economics. During his final year playing for the College side, he scored seven goals in 14 starts, but missed the final five games of their campaign due to an injury.

Achille's name came to light earlier in pre-season at Sheffield Wednesday, where he played for them in a pre-season match against York City. The 6'2" centre-forward had been on trial with the Owls for a fortnight, but they decided not to offer him a deal after that single friendly match.

He is understood to be the player that provided the 'assist' for Kamel Chergui at Torquay United on Tuesday, and scored from a Liam Davis free kick today. The player himself has confirmed he is at Huish Park, via his Twitter account, saying today:

"After a good two weeks with Sheffield Wednesday, it was good to play against Championship side Reading FC and get a goal for Yeovil Town. Love English football."

The expectation is that most, if not all, of today's 'unnamed' trialists will be given a further chance in the club's next pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.


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19 July 2014 : Yeovil 1 Reading 1 : Royals Held As French Trialist Scores
Yeovil Town gained their third consecutive draw in pre-season as they shared one goal each against Championship side Reading at Huish Park this afternoon. A Pavel Pogrebnyak headed goal early in the second period was cancelled out 18 minutes from time when a Liam Davis free kick was converted by a player simply known as Trialist B - but understood to be Achille Campion - one of four players who have been unnamed on the teamsheet over the last two matches.

The Glovers fielded two new faces in their starting line-up, although both were very familiar faces. Left-winger Andy Welsh and midfielder Simon Gillett were both hoping to earn contracts with the club they'd both served in the past, having been released by Scunthorpe United and Nottingham Forest respectively. They took part in a first half in which the visitors dominated to an extent, albeit without too many chances - Pavel Pogrebnyak's header at Artur Krysiak was one of their better efforts, but the keeper benefited by the close range attempt being planted straight at him.

The most concerning point of the half came right on the break, with the match referee having blown up for half time. With Andy Welsh and a Reading player lying prone on the deck following a head injury, it was the Glovers trialist who had clearly come off the worst - lying motionless for a few minutes until he finally moved and sat up. He was stretchered off with an obvious head wound - the second Yeovil player to withdraw through injury given that Ben Nugent had been taken out of the team just before kick-off and replaced by Jakub Sokolik - the Cardiff defender did not feature during the 90 minutes.

The second period opened up almost immediately with a Reading goal. A Ryan Edwards cross was met by a Pavel Pogrebnyak close range header as he gained room between a Glovers defender and the goalkeeper to open up the scoring. Reading almost netted again when Sean Morrison hit the crossbar as a slightly sleepy start to the half by the Glovers undid them.

Fortunately Reading's momentum was thwarted by them making nine substitutions an hour into the match, coupled by Yeovil introducing five players themselves, with Brendan Moloney, Liam Davis and James Hayter joining two of the unnamed trialists. One of those forced Reading substitute keeper Adam Federici into a flying save as Achille Campion planted a header that the Australian could only tip onto his crossbar, with Royals defenders clearing their lines.

With eighteen minutes remaining though, there was little Federici could do about Achille Campion's next header. A Liam Davis free kick was taken just as Yeovil made yet more substitutions. The ball found its way to the far post, and the Frenchman headed home for the equalising goal.

Thereafter Reading's young team - made up largely of Under-21 players by this point - struggled to contain some of the pace behind the Yeovil substitutes. Jake Cooper would have been red-carded in any other game, as he hauled back Trialist A who was clean through on goal - referee Philip Gibbs chose to recognise this game as a pre-season friendly and merely give Cooper a finger-wagging. In the end both sides had to settle for the draw - from a Yeovil point of view there was plenty of interest out there, with the identity of Trialist A (right-wing) and Achille Campion (Trialist B) particularly causing conversation after the match - it would be a surprise if manager Gary Johnson didn't want to see them in action again in some capacity.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Reading 1.

Scorers: Pavel Pogrebnyak (0-1, 48 mins), Achille Campion (1-1, 73 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Seth Nana Twumasi 15. Jakub Sokolik 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. Simon Gillett 11. Andy Welsh
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Nathan Ralph (73 mins for Joe Edwards) 14. Matteo Lanzoni (73 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 5. Ben Nugent 16. Brendan Moloney (60 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi) 17. Trialist A (60 mins for Kieffer Moore) 18. Liam Davis (60 mins for Nathan Smith) 19. James Hayter (60 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 20. Achille Campion (60 mins for Kevin Dawson) 21. Trialist C (73 mins for Simon Gillett) 22. Trialist D (46 mins for Andy Welsh) 23. Calvin Brooks (73 mins for Aaron Martin)

Reading:
20. Alex McCarthy
2. Chris Gunter 5. Alex Pearce 6. Sean Morrison 11. Jordan Obita
15. Michael Hector 16. Hope Akpan 22. Nick Blackman
36. Ryan Edwards
7. Pavel Pogrebnyak

Substitutes:
1. Adam Federici (46 mins for Alex McCarthy) 9. Hal Robson-Kanu 18. Aaron Tshibola 24. Shaun Cummings 28. Aaron Kuhl 26. Dom Hyam 31. Mikkel Anderson 32. Sean Long 35. Jake Cooper 37. Jack Stacey (for Nick Blackman) 27. Liam Kelly 33. Tariqe Fosu

Referee: Philips Gibbs Assistants: Kevin Morris and Derek Eaton. Fourth Official: Richard Swaine.

Attendance: 1,153 (including 201 Reading supporters).


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19 July 2014 : Team News For The Reading Friendly : Gillett On Trial
Yeovil Town have named their squad for this afternoon's home pre-season friendly against Reading. There is one previously unknown trialist in the side, with former Southampton midfielder Simon Gillett in the starting eleven. Simon had a loan spell with the Glovers during 2007, but was last on the books of Nottingham Forest, finishing last season on loan with Bristol City.

In addition to Gillett, Andy Welsh is another ex-Yeovil player on trial, plus there are four unnamed trialists known merely as Trialist A, B, C and D on the substitutes bench - hopefully these are the same players and lettering that were used on Tuesday night at Torquay United. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Ben Nugent 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. Simon Gillett 11. Andy Welsh
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Nathan Ralph 14. Matteo Lanzoni 15. Jakub Sokolik 16. Brendan Moloney 17. Trialist A 18. Liam Davis 19. James Hayter 20. Trialist B 21. Trialist C 22. Trialist D 23. Calvin Brooks

Reading:
20. Alex McCarthy
2. Chris Gunter 5. Alex Pearce 6. Sean Morrison 11. Jordan Obita
15. Michael Hector 16. Hope Akpan 22. Nick Blackman
36. Ryan Edwards
7. Pavel Pogrebnyak

Substitutes:
1. Adam Federici 9. Hal Robson-Kanu 18. Aaron Tshibola 24. Shaun Cummings 28. Aaron Kuhl 26. Dom Hyam 31. Mikkel Anderson 32. Sean Long 35. Jake Cooper 37. Jack Stacey 27. Liam Kelly 33. Tariqe Fosu

Referee: Philips Gibbs Assistants: Kevin Morris and Derek Eaton. Fourth Official: Richard Swaine.


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19 July 2014 : New Arrivals Player Profiles
With Yeovil Town's first team squad making their home debut in Saturday afternoon's pre-season friendly against Reading, there are a number of new faces for supporters to recognise at Huish Park. To help those who might not have seen some of the new signings yet, the Player Profiles section of the site has been updated to detail those new arrivals at the club.

Follow the links below, or go direct to the Player Profiles section where the main squad list is displayed.

Link: James Berrett : Player Profile.

Link: Artur Krysiak : Player Profile.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Player Profile.

Link: Aaron Martin : Player Profile.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Nugent : Player Profile.

Link: Nathan Smith : Player Profile.

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Player Profile.

Link: Chris Weale : Player Profile.


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18 July 2014 : Doncaster Going In No Direction After Takeover Collapses
League One side Doncaster Rovers are facing an uncertain summer, after their boardroom takeover plans collapsed yesterday. Last month plans were announced for former Chairman John Ryan to buy back his majority shareholding alongside pop singer Louis Tomlinson, and all of that was given nationwide coverage and a fair dose of media hyperbole, mainly thanks to the latter's status as a member of One Direction.

The takeover had been due to complete today, but now appears to be off after both Ryan and Tomlinson gave angry reactions to the situation, albeit pointing the finger at different people for the failure of the bid. Ryan chose to vent his spleen at the Football League describing a decision to block the takeover as a 'scandal' and a 'disgrace'. Having owned the club for 15 years told the Yorkshire Post that his track record should have gone before any regulations the League might have and suggesting the League wanted proof of funds of £5 million before it could go ahead:

"We are the first people to fall foul of this new approach by the Football League. The criteria is set so high now that I canít imagine anyone will be able to pass the test. Certainly not in the lower leagues, at least. I asked the League if we had any chance of passing the test and they simply said 'no'. I find that ridiculous. Basically, they (the League) are taking into account nothing but pure cash. But what about assets? What we donít have is £5m in cash sitting there, which is what the League seems to want. Who has that amount of cash? People have assets and that should be taken into account. How is anyone going to pass in the future? Maybe they should ask all the current owners to see if they can pass this new test. My guess is very few would be able to pass."

Ryan's problems appear to stem from a change made to Football League regulations that was voted in by member clubs. It is an extension of the existing Fit and Proper Persons Test, which centred on any owner or director's status as an individual, but did not consider their current financial position. However, at Championship level, clubs are required to present business plans to the League, demonstrating that the would-be new board has financial sustainability. This rule was extended to cover League One and League Two in the summer, with the League indicating that they "will require the purchasers of the club to provide 'Future Financial Information' demonstrating the club's ability to trade and evidence of the source and sufficiency of funding."

Reacting to Ryan's criticism of the decision to block the takeover, the Football League issued the following statement:

"In any club takeover it is a requirement for the prospective purchaser to provide a business plan and to demonstrate that the funding is in place to deliver on that plan. This is part of the Leagueís ongoing efforts to ensure the financial sustainability of our clubs. In this case, this fundamental requirement has not yet been met. We are in close contact with the club and will continue our dialogue."

Suggestions have been made that the failure of the takeover came as the result of a proposed 'Crowdfunder' Supporters Trust model that Ryan and Tomlinson had put into place had failed to reach a £2 million target, falling well short at around £750,000, despite the would-be owners contributing two-thirds of that amount. The Crowdfunder project had been badged as additional money that would act as a supplement to the general funds available to the club, but when that missed its target yesterday, the takeover failure swiftly followed leading to suggestions that the two events were connected and that the Crowdfunder project was in fact acting as funds to purchase the club. Whilst Ryan has denied that, Tomlinson had a different opinion, claiming he had been 'misled' over the deal:

"Iím absolutely gutted the Doncaster Rovers deal is not going ahead. I am desperate for the club to be given the recognition it deserves. I was explicitly told that the deal to buy the club was not dependent on the money raised by Crowdfunder. Unfortunately I was misled. My passion for Doncaster Rovers remains as strong as ever, and I hope that I can still be involved with the club moving forward."

Ryan himself has declared that he is 'finished' with football, meaning that Doncaster will remain still in the hands of current majority shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson. As yet, they have yet to issue any sort of statement to finding they still own a club they thought they'd sold a month ago. Meanwhile manager Paul Dickov's plans to sign a number of players who are currently at the club's Training Camp in Portugal, now have to be brought into question given that Ryan and Tomlinson's withdrawal from the table leaves the club in limbo.


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