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28 March 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Rochdale at Spotland, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.


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28 March 2015 : Groundhog Day For Skiverton After Dale Defeat
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that today's 2-1 defeat against Rochdale felt like Groundhog Day, after his side missed a great opportunity to put themselves in control at Spotland, only to find two quickfire goals turning the game against them. A combination of missed penalties at one end, coupled with pairs of goals being conceded has been a common feature of recent matches, and today's game in Greater Manchester was more of the same, as striker James Hayter had a penalty saved midway through the first half whilst the game was goalless.

That was then followed by two goals in three minutes shortly after the break, as Rhys Bennett and Jack O'Connell were able to put the home side two goals up and that proved too big a mountain for the club to climb. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was well aware that this was a repetitive pattern:

"I think it's Groundhog Day, as I think I've been saying this quite a lot. I've just spoken to the players and they were bitterly disappointed because they gave everything. I thought in the first half again we've come out of the traps flying and we were outstanding. With the play that we had leading up, we really penned them into their half, we had numerous corners early on, and then when James Hayter got us the penalty, you thought this would settle us down. He's the most experienced player and he steps up, but in the situation that we're in the goalkeeper makes a good save."

Both goals came via set pieces from former Glover Michael Rose, with the Glovers defence failing to clear their lines on both occasions. Having known the quality of delivery that the left-back could produce from his days at Huish Park, the coaching staff didn't need too much briefing, but Skiverton felt that both came down to individual errors as Rochdale were able to convert loose balls inside the box:

"The mistakes for the goals were pretty evident. It started from our throw-in, it got sent back and they put one in behind us and then they got a corner. It seems to be individuals. I'm not sure who it was who slipped on the back stick. But then with the second one with the clearance it looks a bit farcical when he's trying to clear the ball as I think we had two or three attempts."

Striker James Hayter did partially make up for his earlier penalty miss, three minutes after Rochdale's second goal as he latched onto a Sam Foley through ball for his fourth goal of the season. Skiverton said that he was pleased his side did show a positive reaction to conceding both goals, but admitted that whilst the pattern of conceding goals stayed strong, he still came out of the game disappointed:

"The one thing I was pleased with was the response. They could have curled up and died but they came back. James Hayter actually took his goal really well later on. But we deserve to be where we are, and we've just got to take it on the chin. Bits of quality and individual errors have cost us today, and it's a bitter pill to swallow. I'm really hurting inside, and I have been throughout the whole of the last two years, every time you get a defeat. But they showed today that they are trying. They played with a good intensity, and they went out to try to win the game today, but when you're not quite good enough with the key incidents, that's what happens."


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28 March 2015 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil 1 : Dale Quickfire Double Gives Fourth Defeat In A Row
Yeovil Town slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat this afternoon, as two quick-fire goals condemned them once again. The Glovers have made a habit recently of conceding pairs of goals to gift the opposition the game, and today's match at Spotland was true to form, as defensive errors gave Rhys Bennett and Jack O'Connell two goals in three minutes just after half time. James Hayter pulled one back almost immediately after Sam Foley put him through, atoning for an earlier penalty miss, but the visitors couldn't get themselves an equalising goal, leaving themselves ten points short of safety and even nine short of 22nd place, with everyone bar Colchester having pushed comfortably clear of the bottom-placed side.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their line-up - two due to international call-ups, with another caused by injury. Joe Edwards' ankle injury at Colchester meant that he was replaced by James Berrett, whilst Liam Shephard and Joel Grant's duty with Wales and Jamaica meant they were replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi and AJ Leitch-Smith. With Adam Morgan and Liam Davis both out injured, that then allowed Ben Nugent and Fergus Bell to make rare appearances on the bench, with only Alex Smith voluntarily left out of the squad.

The first half was played in atrocious weather conditions, with both teams struggling to get serious fluency on a rough looking pitch, where puddles began to form on the surface. Michael Rose was on free kick duties and much of Rochdale's attacking presence came from his set plays, with Scott Loach forced to palm away one effort early on.

Twenty minutes into the match, the Glovers had a superb opportunity to take the lead, when the poor pitch conditions helped them win a penalty. A Rochdale backpass was underhit as it stuck on the turf, and James Hayter was clearly brought down by former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones, with the keeper slightly fortunate that only a yellow card was produced. Hayter stepped up to take the spot kick, but the keeper redeemed himself by saving the effort and to keep the scores level.

Jones showed his better side a few minutes later as AJ Leitch-Smith had a close range effort saved, then a Sam Foley strike was deflected for a corner, as the Glovers created the lion's share of the chances in the lead-up to half time, with appeals for a second penalty turned down after Gozie Ugwu appeared to be fouled in the box - referee Eddie Ilderton wasn't willing to blow his whistle twice. In truth Scott Loach had little to do at the other end, and the main frustration was that the scores were level at the break.

Yeovil have conceded quick pairs of goals against Bristol City, Leyton Orient and Colchester that have rapidly taken the game away from them from a level position, and that pattern repeated itself once again at Spotland. A Michael Rose set piece was put to the back post, but no-one followed the ball, and Rhys Bennett was able to finish six minutes after the break to put Rochdale 1-0 up from close range.

Two minutes later, and Rochdale were 2-0 up. Another ball into the box from Michael Rose from a corner saw several Yeovil Town defenders fail to clear their lines, and Jack O'Connell was able to bundle the ball home from close range. Two similarly messy goals from Rose's set plays, and both in which Yeovil Town bodies failed to get in the way of the ball, and Rochdale were now in a commanding position.

To their credit, Yeovil managed to carve their way quickly back into the game, with Sam Foley's through ball to James Hayter giving the game three goals in five minutes, as Hayter partially made up for his earlier penalty miss, slotted home for a 56th minute goal that at least set the match up at 2-1.

During the final half hour, Yeovil battled hard, but without really looking as though they would get the equaliser that they needed. James Berrett had a shot bravely charged down by a Rochdale defender, but at the other end Ian Henderson spooned over the bar from two yards that should have put the game out of sight during the final five minutes. Perhaps surprisingly Yeovil didn't show enough ambition to try to get that equaliser, pulling all players into their defensive third to defend Rochdale's dangerous set pieces, meaning there was no attacking outlet when they did gain possession again.

Now four defeats in a row, and only one win in their last ten games, the Glovers now lie ten points short of safety, and even nine points separate them from Leyton Orient in 22nd place. With seven games to go, the Glovers will probably struggle to avoid the 24th place at the end of the season, let alone harbour any real possibility of escaping the drop.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Rhys Bennett (51 mins, 1-0), Jack O'Connell (53 mins, 2-0), James Hayter (56 mins, 2-1)

Rochdale:
19. Jamie Jones 27. Andrew Cannon 22. Jack O'Connell 6. Olly Lancashire 33. Tom Kennedy 28. Callum Camps 25. Michael Rose 3. Rhys Bennett 17. Scott Tanser 39. Joe Bunney 40. Ian Henderson

Substitutes:
1. Josh Lillis 2. Joe Rafferty (63 mins for Scott Tanser) 10. Febian Brandy 11. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (66 mins for Callum Camps) 14. Bastien Hery 26. Joel Logan 31. Nyal Bell

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 5. Fergus Bell 13. Kieffer Moore (81 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 14. Sam Hoskins (85 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 16. Nathan Ralph 20. Ben Nugent 24. Craig Eastmond

Rochdale Bookings: Jamie Jones (foul, 20 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 50 mins), Seth Nana Twumasi (foul, 77 mins), James Hayter (foul, 80 mins)

Rochdale Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 9; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire).

Attendance: 2,650 (with approx 150 Yeovil Town supporters).


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28 March 2015 : Team News For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Rochdale at Spotland today. Three of the players missing are on international duty - Joel Grant played for Jamaica last night, whilst Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan are due to play for Wales Under-21s early next week. Their Swansea City team-mate Stephen Kingsley played for Scotland Under-21s on Thursday afternoon but has returned in time to play in this afternoon's match. However, club captain Joe Edwards has dropped out of the squad following his ankle injury that was aggravated at Colchester - midfielder James Berrett is recalled. Seth Nana Twumasi and AJ Leitch-Smith come into the line-up to replace Shephard and Grant.

Left-back Alex Smith is the one fit player to sit out the match. Left-sided player Liam Davis is out again after picking up a knock during Tuesday night's match at Larkhall Athletic, whilst striker Adam Morgan has an ankle injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The team reads as follows (as with recent matches, the exact formation/positioning may be subject to change once we reach kick-off):

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 5. Fergus Bell 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph 20. Ben Nugent 24. Craig Eastmond


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28 March 2015 : Grant Picks Up Further Cap In Jamaica Win
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant picked up his ninth international cap late last night, after he helped Jamaica to a 2-1 win. In a friendly match played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the Reggae Boyz came from behind to beat Venezuela, for their first win over South American opposition since 2004.

Grant came on as a 67th minute substitute, at which point all three goals had been scored during the game. Venezuela's Gabriel Cichero scored from long distance to put the South Americans a goal up, but that advantage only lasted two minutes, with Giles Barnes scoring on his debut. The match was settled just before the hour mark when Darren Mattock seized on a defensive error forced by Jevaughn Watson.

Jamaica are scheduled to play Cuba on Monday night in a second friendly match, meaning that Joel will remain in Montego Bay until Tuesday - he is one of four Glovers players on international duty who will not be involved in today's League One match at Rochdale.

Final Score: Jamaica 2 Venezuela 1.

Scorers: Gabriel Cichero (13 mins, 0-1), Giles Barnes (15 mins, 1-1), Darren Mattocks (58 mins, 2-1).

Jamaica: 1. Duwayne Kerr 19. Adrian Mariappa 4. Wes Morgan 21. Jermaine Taylor 10 Jobi McAnuff 12. Garath McCleary 17. Rodolph Austin 15. Jevaughn Watson 9. Giles Barnes 11. Darren Mattocks 20. Kemar Lawrence

Substitutes used: 2. Daniel Gordon (61 mins for Jermaine Taylor) 14. Joel Grant (67 mins for Darren Mattocks) 7. Hughan Gray (79 mins for Rodolph Austin), 16. Romeo Parkes (90 mins for Garath McCleary)

Substitutes not used: Dino Williams, Peter Harrison, Ricardo Morris, Dane Richards, Alvas Powell.


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27 March 2015 : Skivo Previews The Rochdale Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League One fixture against Rochdale at Spotland, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Terry talks about his side's battle from relegation, including clarification on his comments regarding whether the club's season is 'over', why the Leyton Orient and Colchester United games went badly, and also his issues with team selection for tomorrow's game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Rochdale.


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27 March 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make the long journey up to the north side of Manchester, where they will face a Rochdale side still hoping to grab a play-off place by the end of the 2014-15 season. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide to Spotland has been updated to include ticketing, travel, directions, a pub guide, statistics and other such information to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale.


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26 March 2015 : Kingsley Makes Debut For Under-21s
Yeovil Town's on loan left-back Stephen Kingsley was a second half substitute in Scotland Under-21's 2-1 win over Hungary this afternoon. In a match played at the Tatabanya City Stadium, the Swansea City player was introduced as a 63rd minute substitute, just after Hungary had taken the lead via Szenes Bence. This was his first appearance at this level, having previously gained six caps for their Under-19s, plus two caps for the Under-18s.

Kingsley was part of a series of second half substitutes who helped Scotland get back into the game, with Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland the match winner, as he scored twice in the last five minutes, with headed goals. In between his two goals, Kingsley almost created a goalscoring chance for Shankland after he provided a cross from the left, but his attempt was saved by the Hungarian keeper.

Final Score: Hungary Under-21s 1 Scotland Under-21s 2.

Scotland Under-21s: Jack Hamilton, Callum Paterson, Callum McFadzean, Jordan McGhee, Stuart Findlay, Danny Handling, Sam Nicholson, John McGinn (Capt), Declan McManus, Ryan Gauld, Ryan Fraser.

Substitutes: Donald Love (46 mins for Callum Paterson), Stephen Kingsley (63 mins for Callum McFadzean), Dominic Hyam (46 mins for Stuart Findlay), Mark O'Hara (76 mins for Danny Handling), Ryan Christie (46 mins Sam Nicholson), Charlie Telfer (76 mins for John McGinn), Lawrence Shankland (46 mins for Declan McManus), Cammy Smith (76 mins for Ryan Gauld), Billy King (63 mins for Ryan Fraser).


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26 March 2015 : Skiverton Wants Effort, Guts, Graft And Pride From Depleted Squad
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton wants his team to go up to Rochdale displaying 'effort, guts, graft and pride' in their attempts to salvage something from their season before it ends. The Glovers travel up to Spotland with the Glovers boss confirming that four of his first team squad will be unavailable due to international duty, with Joel Grant (Jamaica), Stephen Kingsley (Scotland Under-21s), Liam Shephard (Wales Under-21s) and Josh Sheehan (Wales Under-21s) all representing their countries over the extended international weekend, meaning that they will be naming a much-changed side for the trip up the M6.

Given that so many changes will need to be made to the starting line-up at Spotland, Skiverton admitted that he was glad that he had no fresh injury concerns following the midweek Somerset Premier Cup tie against Larkhall Athletic that saw some of his fringe players put through 120 minutes, before winning the penalty shoot-out against their Southern League opponents. He told BBC Somerset that a number of those who featured at the Plain Ham Ground would be needed on Saturday, and he wanted to see them showing plenty of passion for that game:

"We were pleased that we got through that (Somerset Premier Cup tie) with no injuries as well, as we had to play a lot of people who will be involved this weekend. With the four that we're going to have missing through international duty, that takes us up to ten that are going to be missing for the game on Saturday, out of all of the first team squad. So we're going there with depleted numbers but we do know that the performance that is going to be needed this weekend will be one of effort, graft, guts and pride. Sometimes other people who may not have been leaders before have got to turn into leaders now and step up to the plate. As I've said before, everybody is playing for their futures. They've got to make sure that they put themselves in my eyes, the club's eyes, the supporters eyes, and they've got to make sure that they're fighting for their lives."

One player who is expected to drop out of the squad again is club captain Joe Edwards. Whilst Skiverton wouldn't rule him out, the implication was that the 24 year old's ankle injury, which was aggravated in last week's 2-0 defeat at Colchester United would keep him out of the match. With the likes of Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett out for the season, Skiverton was frustrated that another one of his established midfielders was suffering at this stage of the campaign:

"Joe Edwards is close, but we don't know how close he is going to be for this weekend. That's probably been one of the most upsetting things for me since I've taken over. To lose someone who has been fit for nearly two or three years of his career and has hardly been injured and has played in nearly every game, then to miss nearly every game since I've taken over. So it's been heavily frustrating, especially with him and Kevin Dawson out as they've been real big performers for us during the good years as well. Simon Gillett as well has been a massive player as well, and to have so many out does hurt you. But it's how the other ones respond when they come through."

Speaking after last Tuesday's defeat in Essex, Skiverton told the BBC that the disappointing performance was 'probably the end of what we've been trying to do', implicitly admitting that he didn't think that his side would avoid the drop into League Two. This week's Western Gazette featured quotes from Skiverton implying that he had changed his mind on the situation, but he told the BBC today that he still saw things in pretty much the same way with eight games remaining:

"I wouldn't say I've come back on that (Colchester interview), but I would just say that the minimum that we'd need to win would be six or seven out of the games that we've got left. That's a big ask to do when we haven't done it all season. So I think the reality is still there, but for us this weekend, we've got to make sure that we're still trying to pick up points and not looking like we're dead and buried. That was the thing. In the first half against Colchester, I thought we were excellent. Then we gave a goal away and we sort of reverted back to where we were before. Rochdale are a very good side and they'll be disappointed that they got beaten during midweek. I think they're maybe going to have one or two of their key influential players missing. So we've got to make sure that we go up there and that we're tough to beat, and we've got to try to go and get goals."


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26 March 2015 : Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Rochdale and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 28th March 2015 at Spotland with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Mr Ilderton is a bit of blast from the past. Clearly we don't get referees from the far North-East too often, but even bearing that in mind, the fact that we've only had him once since February 2007 is unusual, particularly given that he was a reasonable regular during our early Football League days.

The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose for a game against Macclesfield Town in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day, although we weren't helped by him denying Adam Lockwood a clear penalty - Locky was stamped on which provoked a melee, but he ended up booking the Glovers defender for it, and an entirely random Macclesfield player who wasn't even the one who kicked (literally) the whole thing off.

Later that season, we had him again, for an away match against Boston United. His performance at York Street on a Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. The Glovers bench got into a steaming row with him when he forced an injured Darren Way to leave the field of play, but for reasons only known to himself wouldn't let us make the substitution - Way's absence allowed the very man he had been marking the chance to score unmarked 15 seconds later. Ilderton should have claimed an assist. He was also involved in Boston's second goal, gifting them a free kick after Paul Terry's ball-winning tackle, with future Glover David Noble netting from it.

Ilderton then chalked off a successful Gavin Williams penalty, claiming that he'd not blown his whistle for it to be taken despite there being no reason for him to need play to be delayed in any way - Gavin's second attempt was saved. His final contribution to a stinker of a game was to allow Boston's winning goal to stand, even though in fairness his linesman should have been able to give it - a ball over the top that looked an obvious offside saw both linesman and referee leave the decision to each other, giving Boston a 90th minute winner, and Mr Ilderton and his merry men a hand in all three of the home side's goals. Unsurprisingly after one of the worst refereeing performances we've witnessed, Gary Johnson wasn't too impressed, saying of Way's injury for the opening goal:

"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching."

Thankfully, two of Mr Ilderton's other matches he's dealt with at Football League level have been a great deal more anonymous. He was back at Moss Rose in 2005, although without a repeat of the issues we'd had with him on his first visit there. Then in February 2007, he took charge of our 4-1 win over Carlisle United - we had a few grumbles about his performance that day, but nothing on the scale of his Boston horror show.

The most recent meeting came during February 2013. We were critical of his observational skills on the day, in a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. He seemed to miss a large number of incidents during the match - James Hayter had a penalty appeal turned down during the second half. Having made the decision not to award a spot kick you'd think Mr Ilderton would be conscious of the Glovers striker lying prone on the deck, but he let play go on, and on, and on, with only Doncaster's good sportsmanship ensuring that Hayter got treatment and was able to be helped off the pitch. Late on, we were grateful that Mr Ilderton seemed to be watching another game - a rather dubious challenge by Marek Stech on Donny subsitute David Syers got ignored again - just as well given that it was inside the box.

Mr Ilderton's main claim to infamy is that he was the referee in charge of the November 2006 FA Cup tie between Barrow and Bristol Rovers. As far as the referee was concerned, this was a booking-free game, with no need for him to reach for his cards. However, the match became notorious for James Cotterill's punch that left Rovers striker Sean Rigg with a double fracture of the jaw and the need to spend the rest of his life with two metal plates inserted into his mouth. Cotterill was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, thanks to the Match of the Day cameras picking up the act of thuggery, with the FA banning him from football in between the offence and the court case.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire).

Link: August 2003 : Macclesfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Boston United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2005 : Macclesfield Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2007 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: February 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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26 March 2015 : Grant Given Another Jamaica Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant will be missing for this weekend's trip to Rochdale, following another international call-up. He is set to gain further caps for Jamaica in two friendly matches that will be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, where his home country recently won the Caribbean Cup.

Jamaica are due to play Venezuela on Friday night, and that will be followed by a Monday night game against Cuba, with both matches kicking off at 8.00p.m. local time.

Grant will be a number of absentees for this weekend's trip to Spotland. Left-back Stephen Kingsley is in Hungary today, playing for Scotland Under-21s, meaning that he is not expected to travel up the M6, whilst his Swansea team-mates Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan are due to play for Wales Under-21s next Tuesday - although the Welsh have no game this weekend, the Western Gazette indicates that they will not be available. Club captain Joe Edwards is an extreme doubt due to the ankle injury that he picked up during last week's League One match at Colchester United.

Jamaica Squad: DuWayne Kerr- Sarpborg 08; Ryan Thompson- Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Alvas Powell- Portland Timber; Jermaine Taylor- Houston Dynamo; Giles Barnes- Houston Dynamo; Wes Morgan- Leicester City; Adrian Mariappa- Crystal Palace; Joel McAnuff- Leyton Orient; Joel Grant- Yeovil Town; Daniel Gordon- Karlsruher SC; Rodolph Austin- Leeds United; Garath McCleary-Reading FC; Hughan Grey- Waterhouse FC; Kemar Lawrence- Red Bulls; Je-Vaughn Watson- FC Dallas; Dane Richards- New York Red Bulls; Darren Mattocks - Vancouver Whitecaps; Romario Williams- Montreal Impact; Dino Williams- Montego Bay United and Romeo Parkes- A D Isidro Metapan.

Link: Swansea Loanee Kingsley Given International Call-Up.

Link: Glovers Loan Duo Given International Call-Ups.


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25 March 2015 : Community Sports Trust Launches New Website
The Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust has relaunched its website this afternoon. Still available at the same web address: www.ytcst.net, they have taken an opportunity to divide their site into four sections to represent their four main current areas that they deal with on a day-to-day basis. The split allows those who have an interest in one of those key areas to home in on their needs, rather than browse through the whole site.

Their briefing on the new website describes the rationale behind the site redesign and the reorganisation of the content that is available online:

"The new site is divided into four main sections; Schools and Education, Football Development, Soccer Schools and Matchday & Social Inclusion. We will be adding a Health section over the coming months once information with regards to a new and exciting project has been released. By moving to a more customer focused layout, we have allowed those customers to access information based on their own choice rather than sift through everything to decide what is of interest to them. Our current and prospective customers will find detailed information about the programmes and services we provide within our community as well as giving them information with regards to the organisations we work in partnership with."

For the uninitiated, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust is a registered charity that strives to make a positive difference throughout the local area through sport and learning. They provide this by the running of fun, safe and enjoyable activities for people of all ages, abilities and social backgrounds by using the power of sport as well as the profile of Yeovil Town Football Club to engage individuals and to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people each year.

Link: Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust : New Website.


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25 March 2015 : BBC Red Nose Day Interview With Gary Johnson
Earlier this month, former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was a guest co-presenter on BBC Somerset as part of the BBC's 2015 Red Nose Day. Following that show, he caught up with reporter Richard Hoskin to talk about what he's been up to since he left Huish Park, and some of his thoughts on the circumstances. He also talks about another former club in Bristol City about their 2014-15 season.

Note that the interview was conducted prior to Yeovil's away matches at Leyton Orient and Colchester United and so Gary's answers should be considered with that in mind. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After His Red Nose Day Programme.


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24 March 2015 : Penalty Shoot-Out Needed To Settle Cup Tie
Yeovil Town needed extra time and a penalty shoot-out tonight to get past Southern League Division One South and West Larkhall Athletic tonight. In a match played at their Plain Ham Ground near Bath, the Glovers had taken the lead midway through the first half when AJ Leitch-Smith beat home keeper Alex Shaftoe to the ball to score from inside the box. However, they were pegged back when Joe Tumelty scored from close range midway through the second period to level the tie, and despite having the greater number of chances they couldn't convert a winner.

That took the game through extra time, and after 120 minutes the two sides still couldn't be divided. Thankfully Yeovil Town found their shooting boots during the penalty shoot-out, with AJ Leitch-Smith, Sam Hoskins, Kieffer Moore and Nathan Ralph converting a perfect set of penalties, whilst Larkhall failed to convert two of theirs, with Jamie Lyons the unlucky man whose spot kick was missed to send Yeovil through to the semi-final stages. There they will meet Bridgwater Town at Fairfax Park, after they saw their way past Odd Down at the Quarter-Final stages - a date for this tie has yet to be arranged.

Final Score: Larkhall Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 1. (After Extra Time. Yeovil win 4-2 on penalties).

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (0-1, 24 mins), Joe Tumelty (1-1, 67 mins).

Penalty Shoot-Out: AJ Leitch-Smith (scored, 0-1), Tyler Sibbick (scored, 1-1), Sam Hoskins (scored, 1-2), Matt Thorne (missed, 1-2), Kieffer Moore (scored, 1-3), Rob Hobbs (scored, 2-3), Nathan Ralph (scored, 2-4), Jamie Lyons (missed, 2-4).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
3. Seth Nana Twumasi, 4. Kieffer Moore, 5. Ben Nugent, 2. Liam Davis
6. Fergus Bell, 8. Craig Eastmond, 10. Alex Smith, 7. Nathan Ralph
9. Sam Hoskins, 11. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 13. Nathan Smith 14. James Hayter 15. Gozie Ugwu

Larkhall Athletic
1. Alex Shaftoe 2. Giorgio Wrona 3. Jamie Lyons 4. Rob Hobbs 5. Ollie Price (Capt) 6. Dan Jones 7. Joe Tumelty 8. Matt Thorne 9. Chris Pile 10. Brad Norris 11. Ben Horan.

Substitutes:
12. Tyler Sibbick 14. Jake Gardner 15. Ross Lye 16. Ryan Elliott.

Referee: Ron Ganfield. Assistants: Adam Fricker and Kevin Williams.

Attendance: 160.


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24 March 2015 : Team News For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final match against Larkhall Athletic. There's no surprise that this is a 'squad' line-up with players like Ben Nugent, Fergus Bell and Alex Smith who have yet to play under Terry Skiverton included in the side. One notable thing is that Liam Davis is back in the squad after recovering from a groin strain.

The line-up for tonight (and the formation/positioning are definitely calculated guesswork!) are as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
3. Seth Nana Twumasi, 4. Kieffer Moore, 5. Ben Nugent, 2. Liam Davis
6. Fergus Bell, 8. Craig Eastmond, 10. Alex Smith, 7. Nathan Ralph
9. Sam Hoskins, 11. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 13. Nathan Smith 14. James Hayter 15. Gozie Ugwu

Larkhall Athletic
1. Alex Shaftoe 2. Giorgio Wrona 3. Jamie Lyons 4. Rob Hobbs 5. Ollie Price (Capt) 6. Dan Jones 7. Joe Tumelty 8. Matt Thorne 9. Chris Pile 10. Brad Norris 11. Ben Horan.

Substitutes:
12. Tyler Sibbick 14. Jake Gardner 15. Ross Lye 16. Ryan Elliott.

Referee: Ron Ganfield. Assistants: Adam Fricker and Kevin Williams.


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24 March 2015 : Magpies Take Hart In Battle Against Drop
League One side Notts County have given experienced manager Paul Hart the job of steering their club away from the League One relegation zone. The 61 year old has been given an 'interim' role alongside academy coach Mick Halsall, with the Magpies not specifying a timeframe on his appointment, except to imply that it will be allowed to run through until County's League One status has been determined:

"It was felt that their experience would be key to helping guide the first team squad through this important interim period until a new permanent Manager can be found. The duo have a wealth of managerial and coaching experience, with Hart, a former Notts County player, having held the top job at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Crystal Palace and Halsall one of the most respected youth coaches in the game."

This will be the third consecutive occasion that Hart has been drafted in as a firefighter at a club with the goal of saving their season on a short term basis. His last first team job was in 2010-11 when he came in as Swindon Town's manager, whilst they were already in the relegation zone. However, with only one win in 11 matches, he was unable to turnaround the Wiltshire club's fortunes. One year previously he had been given the same job at Crystal Palace, whilst the Eagles were in administration. His three wins and six draws in 14 games were good to keep them in the Championship.

Hart has been at Meadow Lane since October 2014, where he had been given another interim role - that of their Academy manager, after they suspended their permanent manager Mick Leonard, following an undisclosed issue that is still undergoing an internal enquiry.


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24 March 2015 : Mason Given England Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason became the latest ex-Glovers player to be called up to the full England squad. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been named as a replacement for Adam Lallana who has pulled out of the squad for Friday's home match against Lithuania, with doubts over the fitness of Fabian Delph, who has been absent through illness, also causing concern.

Mason has now clocked up 33 appearances for Spurs, including two goals to his name, with 28 of those first team appearances having come during the current 2014-15 campaign. He has recently been given a new five-and-a-half-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2020. Earlier this month, he scored his first Premier League goal, in a 3-2 win over Swansea City.

Mason becomes the fourth former Yeovil Town loanee in recent years to get an England senior squad call-up, with Spurs team-mate Steven Caulker having one appearance and one goal to his name, whilst goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was an unused substitute for May 2013 friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil. Meanwhile Andros Townsend has become an England regular, making his debut in October 2013, making six appearances and scoring two goals. Townsend is also in the latest England squad, meaning that there are two former Glovers loanees included in boss Roy Hodgson's squad.

Hodgson has seen a number of players drop out through injury from his original squad, with Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United) all Fraser Forster (Southampton) withdrawing from the originally selected squad, prompting the amended call-ups.

The same squad will also travel to Italy to play a match at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday 31st March 2015 - given its friendly status, Mason is more likely to feature in that second match, with Hodgson likely to rotate his squad as well as making more substitutions than he would for Friday night's UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying match.

The revised England squad reads as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Joe Hart (Manchester City), Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers), Jack Butland (Stoke City)

Defenders:
Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders:
Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal) , Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards:
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)


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23 March 2015 : Magpies Part Company With Derry As Relegation Threatens
League One side Notts County have fired manager Shaun Derry and his assistant Greg Abbott today, after they slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone. The Magpies currently sit in 20th place in the League One table, and have been sinking like a stone over the past three months, having challenged for the play-off spots during the early part of the 2014-15 season.

At the time when Yeovil Town made their November 2014 trip to Meadow Lane, Notts County sat in fourth place in the table, and had won seven out of their previous eight League One fixtures. Since the Glovers won their match by a 2-1 scoreline, Derry's side have picked up just 13 points in their last 21 matches - by far the worst in the division.

That has seen them slide down the table and prompted the County board to act, in an attempt to save their season. Derry had been in charge since November 2013, and had a good start to his tenure during the 2013-14 campaign, saving them from relegation during that campaign. However, despite that early success, County CEO Aileen Trew has indicated that their current problems provoked their need for a change:

"We have to make the decisions that we feel are in the best interests of the club and our perilous position in the table meant that we felt we needed to make a change. I have nothing but positive things to say about Shaun and Greg and the way that they conducted themselves during their time here at Notts County, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to them, but with a hope that this difficult decision will be the catalyst for a turn around in fortunes, starting this weekend at home to Scunthorpe United."

As yet, Notts County haven't indicated who they have placed in Caretaker charge for their next fixture.


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23 March 2015 : Officials For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow night's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Larkhall Athletic have been published by the Somerset FA. The match takes place on Tuesday 24th March 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at their Plan Ham Ground.

The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ron Ganfield. He's been a regular at Huish Park over the years, although largely as a Fourth Official or an Assistant Referee, with the exception of County Cup ties. Mr Ganfield will be assisted by Adam Fricker and Kevin Williams. All officials are associated with the Somerset FA.

Link: Ticketing For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final Draw.


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22 March 2015 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town travelled to Essex where they played a League One match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. A relatively promising first half performance was wiped out with two mistakes in five minutes that allowed the home side to take command through goals from David Fox and Jacob Murphy and the Glovers faded after that, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat that left them nine points short of safety with eight games remaining.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Gozie Ugwu pick up a number of second and third placed votes. However, the main votes were split between two players, with midfielder Sam Foley just about being edged out by Rotherham United loanee Scott Loach who won the poll for the second match running. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, were as follows:

1. Scott Loach 26 (2)
2. Sam Foley 22 (2)
3. Gozie Ugwu 12 (0)
4. Joe Edwards 6 (0)
5. Stephen Kingsley 6 (0)
6. Joel Grant 4 (0)
7. Craig Eastmond 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.17
Performance : 3.33
Entertainment : 5
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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