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31 October 2014 : Johnson Needing More Resilience In Team
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels his side's confidence is being knocked too much when they concede goals in matches this season, and thus wants to see more resilience in his side. The Glovers have not managed to come back from a goal down to win a game since February 2013's 3-1 win over Preston North End, and this season have recovered only two points from a losing position, in home draws against Barnsley and Crewe Alexandra.

Gary feels his team are starting matches with the right sort of attitude, but have crumbled somewhat once the opposition score a goal. Pointing out that the club's best recent performance came against Swindon Town where they got their noses in front, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that this was one of the major things that he needed to address in future matches:

"The problem that we've got at the moment, which is glaring, is that we're creating one or two chances early, before the opposition score their early goal. That shouldn't, but it's losing our team's confidence pretty early in the game. I feel that we're not getting that opening goal from that opening chance. The one game we did was Swindon of course where we scored first, and obviously that was a good game because the lads kept going. But we've got to try to change it so that if we are 1-0 down then we've got to keep our confidence and keep our pecker up. Because it's been happening several times, the lads are just losing a little bit of confidence."

Having already sent Aaron Martin out on loan to Coventry City, whilst Jakub Sokolik moved to League Two side Southend United this morning, Johnson has already decided that refreshing his squad is the way to go. However, he said that there was still plenty of work to do in making his current crop of players more consistent from game to game:

"We have to work out who and why we're not scoring that early goal, and then why and who is making that mistake early on that is costing us in games. We're trying to eradicate that. Players are at this level sometimes because of that inconsistency, sometimes because they're young or inexperienced, or sometimes because they're not quite fit enough because your squad is not big enough, and where you can leave somebody out to work hard for a couple of weeks. If our starting 13 or 14 players become fit from injury then we've got to play them in the team generally, and often they've not quite got that match fitness and sharpness. That's not an excuse by the way - that's just the way that it is."

Tomorrow's match at Chesterfield will see Johnson needing to drop one of his loan players from the matchday squad, due to Football League rules. The club currently have Jed Steer (Aston Villa), Ryan Inniss (Crystal Palace), Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham), Jordy Hiwula (Manchester City), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) and Ben Nugent (Cardiff City) on their books.


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31 October 2014 : Fulham Defender Becomes Third Arrival This Week
Yeovil Town have taken Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey on loan. The 20 year old, who has Football League experience with Tranmere Rovers, has been signed up until January 31st 2015, following in the footsteps of Jordan Clarke (on loan from Coventry City) and Jed Steer (from Aston Villa) who have all arrived this week.

Born in Hackney on October 15th 1994, he is a 6'4" defender who has been on Fulham's books throughout their academy, since the age of 10 years old, and enjoyed a 17 game loan spell with Tranmere at the end of the 2013-14 season. He is under contract with the Championship side until the end of the 2014-15 season and recently made his first team debut - playing in their League Cup match against Derby County on October 28th 2014.


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31 October 2014 : Steer Makes Yeovil Town Return
Yeovil Town have signed up goalkeeper Jed Steer for a second loan spell with the club. The Aston Villa player returns to Huish Park three years after a 2011-12 loan spell that lasted 14 games, whilst he was on the books of Norwich City. Steer has just returned from a 17 game spell with League One rivals Doncaster Rovers, with Donny having taken on Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone instead - another former Glovers loanee!

Doncaster were constrained by the 93 day rule concerning emergency loans for goalkeeers and so had to make a switch in keepers, but Steer should be fully match fit, having played five times during the month just gone. Now aged 22 years old, the Norwich born keeper cost Villa £1.75 million when he moved across to Villa Park during the summer of 2013. However, he has only made three appearances for the Premier League club - all in cup competitions. Since leaving Yeovil Town - a spell that was curtailed due to a thigh injury - he has also had a five game loan spell with Cambridge United.

Steer's return would again bring into question the long term future of contracted goalkeepers Artur Krysiak (4 appearances this season) and Chris Weale (8 appearances this season) who have both struggled to hold down a place in the Yeovil Town side this season. The club had previously taken Jake Kean from Blackburn Rovers for a month, but his spell with the club only lasted the initial month.

Jed has joined Yeovil Town until January 31st 2015.


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31 October 2014 : Brown Ties Up Sokolik Deal
Southend United first team manager Phil Brown has confirmed yesterday's news that he has tied up a deal for Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik. The 21 year old has agreed a 28 day loan spell at Roots Hall that will see him temporarily depart Huish Park, having made 12 appearances so far this season.

Brown told the Southend Echo that Sokolik had come to get more games under his belt, implicitly suggesting that he was going to struggle to get into the Glovers first team over the coming month:

"Gary Johnson is keen for Jakub to get games and heís agreed to him coming here for 28 days which Iím obviously very pleased about because we all saw what Jakub could do at the end of last season. I felt like we needed to shore things up at the back again so I wanted to bring Jakub back and we can have another look at the situation at the end of his loan spell."

Sokolik will stand to make his debut in tomorrow's League Two match against Mansfield Town.


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31 October 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to Derbyshire where they will face Chesterfield for the first time in three years. It's also our second visit to their new stadium, currently known as the Proact Stadium, situated in the Whittington Moor part of the town. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover that fixture, including directions, parking, a pub guide, statistics, and photos of both the new and the old ground. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield.


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30 October 2014 : Sokolik Finding The Only Way Is Essex?
Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik could be the second Glovers player to go out on loan this week. The former Liverpool academy player is reported as being in talks with League Two side Southend United. The Essex side tried to sign him over the summer, having had him on a loan spell from Anfield during the tail end of the 2013-14 season. However at the last minute the Czech Republic player decided against joining them, with League One standard football being the lure. However the Southend Echo believe he is in talks with Shrimpers boss Phil Brown about a possible return to Roots Hall.

Sokolik has made 12 appearances so far this season - with all of those starts - however, he's struggled on and off with a thigh injury, and was withdrawn at half time against Rochdale last weekend after he struggled to cope with a right-back role. He is on a two year contract at Huish Park, but with manager Gary Johnson trying to revamp his rather porous Yeovil Town back line, the 21 year old would appear to be expendable, with Coventry City's Jordan Clarke the most likely player to take the right-back slot at Chesterfield on Saturday.

As yet neither club have indicated that Sokolik is on the move, so we'll await full confirmation of this, but the Echo indicate that Brown is trying to tie up the deal in time for Southend's League Two match against Mansfield Town.

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Profile.


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30 October 2014 : FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match against Crawley Town is now available. The match will take place on Saturday 8th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Seniors and Aged 16-21: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

Season ticket holders have until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 6th November to claim their usual seats/positions in the ground before their seats are released to the general public. There will be no difference between the pre-match and matchday tariffs on this occasion.

To purchase your ticket, either call all visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.


Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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30 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round Live Matches Selected
Televised matches for the FA Cup First Round have been set by the BBC and by BT Sport. They will screen three First Round ties all of which see non-league sides at home to Football League teams, with the prospect of a cup shock their clear motive. Warrington Town, FC Halifax Town and Havant and Waterlooville are the lucky clubs chosen, with the three matches as follows:

07/11/2014 : Friday : Warrington Town vs Exeter City : 7.55p.m. kick-off. Live on BBC2.
09/11/2014 : Sunday : FC Halifax Town vs Bradford City : 12:00 noon kick-off. Live on BT Sport.
10/11/2014 : Monday : Havant and Waterlooville vs Preston North End : 8.00p.m. Live on BT Sport.

In addition to the three live matches, the BBC will also be covering the first round ties in other ways. They will present their Saturday lunchtime Football Focus match live from Weston-super-Mare, prior to their match against Doncaster Rovers. They will also be presenting a special FA Cup Final Score programme from 1.55p.m. on the Sunday on BBC1, where they will be bringing action from eight different FA Cup First Round ties that will be taking place that day, including goals and match highlights as they happen. Later that same day, they will show on BBC2 a full highlights programme starting at 6.30p.m. and lasting 90 minutes.

Then for those who still care about the competition once the weekend is done, the live draw of the Second Round will take place live on BBC2 on Monday from the National Football Museum in Manchester.

All six clubs selected for live broadcast will receive £67,500 each as a broadcast fee. All First Round winners will receive £18,000 from the competition pool.

Although it's not been properly confirmed, the assumption is that Yeovil Town's home match against Crawley Town will take place on Saturday 8th November at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. If that changes, we'll provide an update. The Ticket Office are still awaiting agreement of the pricing structure for this fixture - that will also be provided in due course.

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw.


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30 October 2014 : Officials For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Chesterfield and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 1st November 2014 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Proact Stadium. The man in charge will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is a very familiar name on the circuit, and to Yeovil Town supporters, which for a referee is usually for bad reasons. We've had him ten times across five years so far, with a fair bit of drama involved in those games.

Mr Langford is probably best known amongst Glovers fans for being the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the more inexplicable decisions we've seen a referee make! Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one, just minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal.

Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead. After the game, the then manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying: "I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

Of our more recent meetings with Mr Langford, the first was the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but the video showed that it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball, and not a Yeovil player. It was crystal clear that Mr Langford had made a mistake and the goal should have stood.

He then took charge of the final home match of our 2010-11 season - a 4-2 win over Colchester United. Our match report describes it as one of his better games, although he did seem to be in a rather lenient mood on the day. The most obvious was his decision not to give Colchester's Ben Coker a red card for a professional foul on Jonathan Obika. Within the context of a midtable fairly meaningless end of season fixture, and in the final minute of the match, we saw it as a "common sense" decision - raising a red card would have been of little consequence. However, given Mr Langford's track record, we'd wonder whether that was his thinking at the time.

He then was used for the September 2011 visit of Wycombe Wanderers. That seems to have been one of his quieter performances; or at least that there were few contentious decisions on the day for him to handle. He was then back at Huish Park for the January 2012 home game against Preston North End where red cards at the start and the end of the game dominated the shape of the match. He sent off Preston's Craig Morgan for a professional foul just three minutes into the match - almost identical to the Morgan Schneiderlin incident two years previously, but this time he decided to produce a red.

The problem was that the earlier decision seemed to shape the tone of the game. Preston, under Graham Westley's management, started to indulge in some rather niggly and confrontational tactics, and the yellow card count began to rack up - four against the visitors and two against the Glovers, without Mr Langford appearing to have too much of an idea on how to diffuse the tension. When Paul Huntington committed an aggressive, but ball-winning, 89th minute tackle on Jamie Proctor, Preston's players waded in on the centre-back and Langford fell for it - dishing a red for Huntington, but only a yellow for Proctor who reportedly threw a punch in retaliation. The Glovers appealed against the decision, but with it being undoubtedly a strong tackle, trying to prove that the referee's judgement was wrong, was difficult to present, and the Glovers lost the appeal.

Thankfully the two most recent meetings involving Mr Langford have seen decisions go in our favour - one was an April 2013 home match against Shrewsbury Town. We won the match 2-1, and were actually helped on the way by an early penalty decision, with a Byron Webster header being blocked by Shrewsbury striker Tom Eaves. Their boss Graham Turner heavily criticised the decision after the game, complaining that few Glovers appealed for it, and citing that he had 'previous' with their team. From our point of view, that was the only debatable decision in a booking free game.

He then turned up twice during the 2013-14 season - the first was our 4-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in January 2014. Overall he had a decent game, producing just one yellow card, but our fourth goal, scored by Kieffer Moore, looked suspiciously offside - something that opposing boss Russell Slade pointed out after the game. Perhaps more of an issue for Mr Langford's linesman in fairness though. After that there was the April 2014 meeting against Blackpool that saw us win 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Again, he gave a decision in our favour - a Tom Lawrence corner was blocked by the hands of Tony McMahon, and James Hayter scored from the spot. He had a decent game overall, and we'll forgive him for his one booking of the game - a 90th minute bit of timewasting by ourselves - probably justified!

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that at the time he was an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Matthew Bristow (Manchester) and Peter Gooch (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Michael D'aguilar (Staffordshire).

Link: April 2014 : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2014 : Yeovil Town 4 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1.

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Preston North End 1.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 4 Colchester United 2.

Link: August 2010 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.


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29 October 2014 : Chairman Fry Concerned At Reaction To Defeats
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has admitted that he is 'concerned' at the reaction some fans have shown to recent results on the field of play, but has defended his first team manager from some of that criticism. With the Glovers currently being on a run of six games without a win, and in particular having shown poor performances against Port Vale and Rochdale that have seen them slip into the League One relegation zone, leading to some dissent at the end of those two fixtures.

Fry has spoken to the Western Gazette about the issues that Johnson is facing and says he and his board are talking with 'frankness' about that situation. However, he pointed out that many of the teams that had been relegated from the Championship in recent seasons had needed periods of readjustment because of the level of expectation and the difference in the finances between second and third tier football:

"The board and the directors that are particularly concerned with the football side are always concerned with results that fans, our customers, donít like. It's a tough league and a tough situation we are in, having come down from the Championship with the expectations. We talk with transparency and frankness. Clubs that we know of like Bristol City, Sheffield United and Scunthorpe that we have seen come down from the Championship have shown how tough it is. We've lost huge revenues coming down from the Championship and there's no parachute payments. Gary's got a difficult job and thatís where heís finding the frustrations. He hasnít got the free hand the manager needs. Youíve got to try to do what you can in difficult situations."

The Yeovil Chairman told the paper that he could see the level of effort that Johnson was putting into turning around the club's fortunes and said that he was getting strong backing within the club. However, he did admit that they'd hoped to be occupying a different end of the league table when the season started:

"The disappointment we have got is that weíre in the bottom six rather than the top six and instead of 4,500 gates weíve got 4,000. You could point the finger and say 'it's the players, itís the manager, it's the board that hasnít put enough money in'. But Iíve said it all before about what the club can afford. One thing with Gary Johnson is that heís got a record of delivery with Yeovil Town Football Club. He's been a here a long time and we've got a lot of long-serving, loyal staff that have kept this club going. We know Gary's loyal and we know the amount of work he puts in. Everybody here is willing him on, trying to get the result that turns it around. Gary has said that will happen."


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29 October 2014 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Notts County is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Meadow Lane. Tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £24.00; Aged 60 and Over or Aged 16-21: £15.00; Under-16s: £6.00.

Wheelchair and disabled supporters are charged as above according to your age. You can admit an assistant free of charge if you are on the higher or medium rate of Disabled Living Allowance. There are limited parking spaces available for disabled supporters. These are only available if purchased in advance Ė call 0115-9529000.

The Southbank Bar situated on Trent Bridge offers pre-match food at a discounted rate on production of a valid match ticket.

Away supporters are housed in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand in the Z Block area. This is a side-facing stand, so a little bit like the seated allocation that away fans get at Huish Park, in that it's close to one of the corner flags. The default allocation is for around 1,300 spaces but County make this flexible if they think there's more of you turning up.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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29 October 2014 : Our Balls Have Gone Yellow For Winter
The Football League have agreed to adopt a set of 'winter balls' for the next four months. Whilst white footballs are the norm, very occasionally referees have requested the use of yellow footballs for matches where snow or heavy frost has been on a pitch, to aid visibility. However, last season the Football League decided to make them a standard affair during winter - in what we suspect was a sponsorship agreement with their Official Ball Supplier. They are also using it as an opportunity to push the Football League's 'Movember' charity campaign, which benefits the Prostate Cancer charity.

Repeating last season's arrangements, Mitre have been commissioned to provide a new set of footballs that will be used from this Saturday onwards, using them until the end of February. For the really technical amongst you, a Mitre Delta V12S Fluo football will be used, with the yellow colour of the ball being seen as a hi-visibility fluorescent model designed for those dark and dull winter afternoons. This is being rolled out to all 72 Football League clubs for League matches, as well as for Johnstone's Paint Trophy games. They haven't indicated what the policy will be for FA Cup matches, which are covered by Football Association rules.


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29 October 2014 : Martin And Clarke Swap Deals Confirmed
Further to our earlier news item, the arrival of right-back/centre-back Jordan Clarke from Coventry City can now be confirmed. The 22 year old has signed a loan agreement with the Glovers until January 5th 2015. He comes in as Aaron Martin goes in the opposite direction. The centre-back leaves Yeovil for a similar period, with Coventry taking him on in a straight swap loan deal.

Coventry City boss Stephen Pressley said he felt Clarke's opportunities would be limited in the coming weeks and so was happy to see him go out on loan:

"I spoke with Jordan about his recent limited opportunities in the first team and obviously he is somebody that wants regular football. We came to a mutual agreement that the best option for both parties would be for him to go out on loan to give him a better opportunity to get that. It has been a mutually beneficial arrangement between ourselves and Yeovil Town in that we have been able to bring Aaron here while at the same time allow Jordan Clarke to go in the opposite direction in order to try and secure more regular first team football."

For a profile of Jordan Clarke, see the earlier news item.


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29 October 2014 : Yeovil Linked With Coventry Swap Deal
Yeovil Town are reported to be lining up a swap deal with Coventry City for two centre-backs. Glovers defender Aaron Martin is claimed to be heading out on loan to the Sky Blues, with Jordan Clarke heading in the other direction as an incoming player.

Clarke is a product of Coventry's youth system and is a 22 year old (date of birth 19th November 1991) who was born in the city, captaining their Under-16 side as he worked his way through their ranks. He is a former England Under-19 and Under-20 international who has so far made 143 appearances, scoring four goals. So far this season he has been used on 14 occasions.

The slightly unusual move comes due to the fact that Coventry manager Steven Pressley tried to sign Martin in the summer, and has recently lost one of his players due to injury. Clarke has been left out of their matchday squad during the last two matches and so has therefore slipped down their pecking order somewhat. He started his Coventry career as a right-back but has been moved around in more recent times, playing also as a centre-back.

At 6'0" he is described by the Coventry Telegraph, who report the 'swap' claims, as a versatile defender who can fill a number of positions along the back line. The paper doesn't offer any quotes but seem to be offering it up as near-fact. Neither club have commented on this deal as yet, whilst a loan length for the pair is not disclosed at this stage.


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28 October 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : And Two Steps Back
Last week, Yeovil Town had three games in eight days - all League One matches. To reuse a phrase Gary Johnson used in a slightly different context recently, we saw the good, the bad and the ugly. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry picks up on some of the clues Gary has been giving out in the last week or two about where he sees his squad's weaknesses, and the issues that may exist in trying to fix them in the short term. Read on via the link below - as usual comments and alternative views are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : And Two Steps Back.


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28 October 2014 : Rachael Edwards Talks About Her Retirement From Football
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies completed their 2014 season, as part of their first year in the FA Women's Super League structure. Bowing out in a highly creditable fifth place position, the end of the campaign also saw club captain Rachael Edwards make the decision to hang up her boots after eight years at the club. She spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton yesterday on the Breakfast programme about her retirement from the game, and you can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Rachael Edwards Speaks To The BBC About Her Retirement From Football.


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27 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round : Full First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn against Crawley Town at home in the First Round of the FA Cup. The match will be played at Huish Park across the weekend of 7th/8th/9th/10th November 2014, with the default kick-off time for all fixtures being Saturday 8th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The full draw for the First Round is as follows:

Mansfield Town vs Concord Rangers
Gosport Borough vs Colchester United
Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
York City vs AFC Wimbledon
Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town
Notts County vs Accrington Stanley
Chorley or AFC Halifax Town vs Bradford City
Warrington Town vs Exeter City
Eastleigh vs Alfreton or Lincoln City
Basingstoke or Harrow Borough vs Spennymoor Town or AFC Telford
Dagenham and Redbridge vs Tamworth or Southport
Weston-super-Mare vs Doncaster Rovers
Peterborough United vs Carlisle United
Cheltenham Town vs Swindon Town
Bromley vs Dartford
Weymouth or Braintree Town vs Chesterfield
Chelmsford City or Barnet vs Wycombe Wanderers
Gillingham vs Bristol City
Portsmouth vs Aldershot Town
Norton United or Shildon vs Gateshead
Crewe Alexandra vs Sheffield United
Grimsby Town vs Oxford United
Tranmere Rovers vs Bristol Rovers
Southend United vs Chester
Luton Town vs Newport County
Stevenage vs Maidstone United
Bury vs Nuneaton Town or Hemel Hemstead Town
Cambridge United vs Fleetwood Town
Northampton Town vs Rochdale
Eastbourne Borough or Dover Athletic vs Morecambe
Port Vale vs Milton Keynes Dons
Macclesfield Town or Wrexham vs Woking
Plymouth Argyle vs AFC Flyde
Barnsley vs Burton Albion
Hartlepool United vs East Thurrock United
Coventry City vs Worcester City
Oldham Athletic vs Leyton Orient
Canvey Island or Havant and Waterlooville vs Preston North End
Blyth Spartans vs Altrincham
Forest Green Rovers vs Scunthorpe United

Matches that will be screened live on the BBC or on BT Sport should be revealed in the next two or three days.


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27 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round : Glovers Given Home Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn against Crawley Town at home in the First Round of the FA Cup. The match will be played at Huish Park across the weekend of 8th/9th November 2014, with the default kick-off time for all fixtures being Saturday 8th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The full draw for the First Round will follow on this site shortly.

Matches that will be screened live on the BBC or on BT Sport should be revealed in the next two or three days.


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27 October 2014 : Glovers Dismiss 'Unfair, Unrealistic And Totally Misleading' BBC Survey
Yeovil Town have published a scathing response to the BBC Sport Price of Football survey, saying they have dismissed its contents as "unfair, unrealistic, and totally misleading". Their response comes twelve days after the BBC published their 2014 Price of Football Survey which compiles together a set of statistics aimed at drawing out what the average punter pays once they have turned up at a ground on the day and forked out for typical items such as a matchday ticket, a programme, a cup of tea and a pie.

The Glovers fared badly in the survey, being singled out by the BBC as having the most expensive admission prices in League One, both for the singular adult match ticket (based on a £25.00 ticket for the home terrace) and once the above extras were factored in, indicated that a 'typical' day out at Huish Park would cost that adult a total of £33.00. The BBC obtained their data by writing to individual clubs, with 176 surveyed across England, Wales and Scotland and a further sampling of 31 clubs in Europe.

The club's main beef with the survey appears to be that the BBC's data included Spanish side Real Madrid, although their website did not compare the Glovers with the La Liga side - their comparison was with Conference National side Alfreton Town, Bristol Rovers and Lincoln City, suggesting that the admission prices of those clubs were the same as Real Madrid. However, Director Ron Budden, via the club's website, has complained that the comparison is a false one:

"To compare Yeovil Town with Real Madrid is ludicrous. The Spaniards have capacity for 81,000 fans at the Bernabeu and a reported annual turnover of 604 million euros. We have a stadium capacity of 9,000. They are one of the worldís richest clubs so, of course, they can afford to set their ticket prices accordingly. Clubs like Real Madrid do not rely on gate money to the extent that we do."

The club's statement also gives exact Season Ticket sales for two of their League One seasons, citing 1,975 tickets sold for the 2012-13 season, along with sales of 2,569 for the current 2014-15 season. Figures for the 2013-14 season are not disclosed, however an early August projection just before that season estimated the club would sell around 2,700 tickets for that campaign. Budden believes that suggests the club are heading in the right direction on that front:

"We are clearly doing something right. And buying a season ticket equates to eleven free admissions. We do all we can to give our fans a good deal, and we are particularly keen to nurture the fans of the future. Our season ticket for youngsters under the age of sixteen is just £39 and £16 of that goes to support our Junior Glovers section which is flourishing."

The club also draw attention to alternative methods of booking tickets, which were not part of the BBC's Survey for any clubs, with supporters able to book tickets online up to 11.00p.m. on the night before a match at a lower charge (£5.00 less than the matchday price for non-junior tickets each, with a single £2.50 transaction fee added to the final number of tickets bought), as well as being able to book via phone or in person at the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance of the matchday for a lower price (a £2.00 difference between the pre-match and matchday price for non-junior rates).

A number of other Football League clubs have issued their own responses to the BBC's Price of Football Survey in the past fortnight. Coventry City agreed to remove their pre-match/matchday tariff structure, meaning that a spectator at the Ricoh Arena would pay £18.00 for their club's cheapest adult ticket instead of the usual matchday charge of £20.00. A few days later, Port Vale followed an identical path, reducing the cheapest matchday ticket at Vale Park from £22.00 down to £19.00 by removing their pre-match/matchday ticket price structure.


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27 October 2014 : Allen Explains Hoskins Decision
Barnet first team manager Martin Allen has given his views on why striker Sam Hoskins did not have his stay in North London extended for a further month. The Bees boss had told the press on Saturday that he expected the 21 year old's stay at The Hive to be extended for a further month, but today there has been a u-turn and the former Southampton academy player is on his way back to Huish Park.

Allen has hinted that the decision was his, rather than Yeovil's, and that an injury that kept Hoskins out of one of Barnet's recent games was on his mind when he made that decision, despite the striker having played the opening 70 minutes in their FA Cup game on Saturday:

"Iíve had a good chat with Sam. He has obviously picked up that little injury a couple of weeks back. He has scored some good goals for us and he has played his part in helping us during Charlie MacDonaldís injury."

Hoskins had been brought in as a temporary replacement for Charlie MacDonald who has been out with a knee ligament strain. The 33 year old's resumed very light training last week, and was expected to take up full training this week. Allen told his club's website that he was now planning to look for squad improvements in a different area, but praised Hoskins for his contribution during the month:

"We needed a centre forward and he has had a fantastic attitude. He is a first-class professional but we are not going to be taking Sam for another month. He has done a good job while he has been here but I have decided to look now in another direction."

Overall Hoskins made seven appearances for Barnet during his time at The Hive, scoring two goals in the process.


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27 October 2014 : Hoskins Makes Return To Yeovil Town
Despite reports on the weekend that they had wrapped up a loan extension for striker Sam Hoskins, Conference National side Barnet have announced that they will not be extending his current deal at The Hive. The 21 year old had featured seven times for the Bees, scoring two goals during his stay, and speaking after Saturday's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round match, their first team manager Martin Allen said that Hoskins' deal would be extended for a further month.

This morning, Barnet have indicated that this will not be happening, and have tweeted: "Barnet FC can confirm that Sam Hoskins' loan from Yeovil Town has come to an end. Thanks Sam Hoskins and best of luck for the future!"

In turn, Hoskins has said on his Twitter profile: "Thanks everyone at Barnet FC for the support and the opportunity I received during my loan. I wish them all the best in their promotion push."

Given the u-turn, between Saturday and today, that would strongly suggest that Yeovil Town were unwilling to extend the former Southampton trainees loan deal, but that has not been confirmed.


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27 October 2014 : Gary Talks About Rochdale Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Rochdale kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his team selection for that game, Rochdale's tactics, and also his thoughts on player recruitment, particularly regarding his plans for January. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Rochdale.


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26 October 2014 : Leyton Orient Change Managers Again
League One side Leyton Orient have announced their third manager of the 2014-15 season. Having lost former Glovers manager Russell Slade to Cardiff City on September 24th, Slade's former assistant boss Kevin Nugent has been filling in as Caretaker Manager - a position that was upgraded for him to become Interim Manager a couple of weeks ago.

Unfortunately for Nugent, Orient's new Italian owners have tonight decided to switch managers yet again, with the former Swansea City player's position being downgraded to First Team Coach. In his place comes 43 year old Mauro Milanese - the club's Sporting Director, who will now assume the title of First Team Manager. He has no previous management experience, having previously held the title of Director of Football at Serie B side Varese, but does have a lengthy playing career, which included a spell with Queens Park Rangers, as well as two Italian national caps.

Milanese is recognised as being the party that entered Russell Slade's dressing room back in September, after a League One match, to tell him that he had one game left to save his Orient career. Slade later resigned to join Cardiff City - now Milanese will become the man in the dressing room on a permanent basis. There is no contract period disclosed.


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26 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers
Tomorrow evening will see Yeovil Town enter the FA Cup First Round draw, along with all other League One and League Two sides. Yesterday saw the Fourth Qualifying Round matches played, leaving a maximum of 32 non-league sides left in the competition to potentially face one of the 48 Football League sides.

Historical tradition has always been for FA Cup draws to be made on Mondays, but the introduction of ITV and satellite broadcasters have seen that shifted to Sundays and often wrapped around a live match, rather than given its own dedicated slot. This season sees the old Monday draw restored, with the BBC taking back the rights in a joint contract with BT Sport that will run until 2018. As a result the FA Cup First Round draw will be screened live on BBC Two and also on BBC 5 Live radio, with a programme starting at 7.00p.m. and lasting 30 minutes.

The draw will be made from St George's Park - the Football Association's National Football Centre in Tatenhill, near Burton-on-Trent. In the studio, FA Cup winner Phil Neville and Derbyshire FAís Coach of the Year Tammy Snape will be doing the draw, watched by BBC Presenter Mark Chapman and 300 studio guests acting as the audience.

The three smallest clubs (by pyramid level) left in the competition are County Durham's Shildon, Devon side Willand Rovers and London's Greenwich Borough. Of local interest there is the possibility of coming up against non-league sides Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers, Weston super Mare or Weymouth (who face a Tuesday night replay at Braintree Town).

Yeovil Town take Ball No.47 in Monday evening's draw. All of the Football League sides take No.1 - No.48 so if you hear us drawn against a side with Ball No. 49 or higher then we will be facing non-league opposition. The draw is done on a national unseeded basis, meaning that it's possible to face any of the other 79 clubs in the draw.

Ball numbers are as follows:

1 Accrington Stanley 2 AFC Wimbledon 3 Barnsley 4 Bradford City 5 Bristol City 6 Burton Albion 7 Bury 8 Cambridge United 9 Carlisle United 10 Cheltenham Town 11 Chesterfield 12 Colchester United 13 Coventry City 14 Crawley Town 15 Crewe Alexandra 16 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 Doncaster Rovers 18 Exeter City 19 Fleetwood Town 20 Gillingham 21 Hartlepool United 22 Leyton Orient 23 Luton Town 24 Mansfield Town 25 Milton Keynes Dons 26 Morecambe 27 Newport County 28 Northampton Town 29 Notts County 30 Oldham Athletic 31 Oxford United 32 Peterborough United 33 Plymouth Argyle 34 Port Vale 35 Portsmouth 36 Preston North End 37 Rochdale 38 Scunthorpe United 39 Sheffield United 40 Shrewsbury Town 41 Southend United 42 Stevenage 43 Swindon Town 44 Tranmere Rovers 45 Walsall 46 Wycombe Wanderers 47 Yeovil Town 48 York City

49 Spennymoor Town Or AFC Telford United 50 AFC Fylde 51 Grimsby Town 52 Norton United Or Shildon 53 Warrington Town 54 Alfreton Town Or Lincoln City 55 Macclesfield Town Or Wrexham 56 Chorley Or FC Halifax Town 57 Altrincham 58 Blyth Spartans 59 Chester 60 Gateshead 61 Tamworth Or Southport 62 Bristol Rovers 63 East Thurrock United 64 Forest Green Rovers 65 Dartford 66 Maidstone United 67 Gosport Borough 68 Weston Super Mare 69 Eastbourne Borough Or Dover Athletic 70 Weymouth Or Braintree Town 71 Worcester City Or Greenwich Borough 72 Canvey Island Or Havant & Waterlooville 73 Concord Rangers 74 Basingstoke Town Or Harrow Borough 75 Aldershot Town 76 Eastleigh 77 Bromley 78 Chelmsford City Or Barnet 79 Nuneaton Town Or Hemel Hempstead Town 80 Woking

All First Round ties are to be played on 8th and 9th November 2014, with the default kick-off time being 3.00p.m. on Saturday 8th November 2014.


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26 October 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Rochdale Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Rochdale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's views on the game, and also his own future at the club can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Rochdale Home Game.


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25 October 2014 : Hoskins Set For Bees Extension
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins is set to have his loan spell with Conference National side Barnet extended. The 21 year old was given a one month stay with the Bees but has become a regular in their side during that time, making six starts and one substitute appearance, and scoring two goals, including one on his debut against Altrincham and then becoming the match winner in a single goal victory against Eastleigh.

Having been given permission to play in Barnet's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round match against Chelmsford City today, he is now cup-tied in that competition in what was the final match in his first month at The Hive. However, Bees first team manager Martin Allen has said he already has a verbal agreement with Glovers boss Gary Johnson to extend his stay in North London, saying: "Yes, heís staying for another month" to the question of whether Barnet fans would see the former Southampton academy player again. Local paper the Barnet Times implies that the paperwork has not been completed yet, but that they see it as already agreed.

As revealed yesterday, centre-back Calvin Brooks has also had his stay with Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth extended for a further month. The club's other loaned out player - striker Adam Morgan - is on loan with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone, but has not played any first team football for a month, partly due to the international break, but also due to him currently serving a two match suspension for a red card whilst playing for their Under-21 development side.

Link: Brooks Extends Terras Deal.


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25 October 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Rochdale at Huish Park, 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.

NB: Whilst it is recognised that after a poor performance it may be hard to pick out three players worthy of the vote, such polls do build up a good picture of which players are playing reasonably consistently, and which players are continuing to drop below standards. However, please only select from players who got onto the pitch - if you select players who did not play today, your vote will be removed. Note the form does allow you to leave the selections empty if you can't think of a full list of three players.

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


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25 October 2014 : Johnson Admits All Managers Have A Shelf Life After Rochdale Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that even he may have a shelf life as first team manager, but insists that he will battle to turn around the club's results. The Glovers boss was reflecting upon a 0-3 home defeat that was the club's sixth match without a win, keeping them in the League One relegation zone at the end of the day.

Defensive woes cost them, with a Jack O'Connell and a brace from Ian Henderson giving Rochdale an easy win, that was greeted by both half time and full time boos from Glovers home fans, unhappy at the performance on the day as well as the club's League position. Having led the club to three promotions and an FA Trophy over his two spells with the club, Johnson was asked by BBC Somerset if his history with the club would buy him more time to turn things around. He said that was possible, but said that would be the sort of question the Board of Directors would need to ultimately answer:

"Maybe, I don't know - you're going to have to ask the boardroom that, and how they feel about it. But they've always been supportive over the years because we've always turned it around previously. Of course we've done what we've done. But of course everybody has a shelf life, and if people are deciding that's now then that's up to them. But from my point of view, and from Terry and Darren's point of view, we'll do all we can whilst we're in charge to turn it around."

Johnson added that he understood why the home crowd expressed their displeasure at the result, saying that they had every right to show their feelings on the defeat on the final whistle. But he said that hearing that did hurt him:

"Yes it hurts, but that's how the game went. We went 2-0 down quickly, but I didn't send them out there to go 2-0 down. We'd done a lot of work during the week on things. Then suddenly you're 2-0 down through a couple of poor bits of play. Of course it's disappointing, but I understand that (booing). We've had a lot of good days at Huish Park, and on the bad days people have got every right to express their opinion on how the game went, and I agree."

The Glovers boss insisted that his resolve to turn things around remained strong, and added that he felt a responsibility for the situation, given that it was his squad that he had assembled that was going out onto the field of play:

"It's strong, because this is the group that I brought in, and so there's no excuses that you've taken on someone else's group. At this moment in time it doesn't look a strong enough group, but I'm the one that's brought them in and I'm the one that's got to turn it around at this moment in time - or until somebody tells me otherwise."


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25 October 2014 : Yeovil 0 Rochdale 3 : Defensive Woes Gift Dale Easy Win
Yeovil Town slumped to their worst home performance of the 2014-15 season this afternoon, as they lost 0-3 at home to Rochdale at Huish Park. Once again defensive errors dominated the match, with a 6th minute corner from former Glover Michael Rose seeing Jack O'Connell getting an easy header to give the visitors the lead. Ten minutes later, Ian Henderson doubled the lead when Ryan Inniss miscleared a ball inside the box to give Dale a half time two goal lead. The same striker deservedly extended Rochdale's lead eight minutes into the second half when he converted a Matt Done cross, to leave Yeovil in 22nd place in the League One table, in an overall very poor performance.

The Glovers made two changes to their starting line-up with both right-flank players being dropped from the line-up. Seth Nana Twumasi had a slight knee problem that meant he was only fit enough to sit on the bench anyway, but Joel Grant was taken entirely out of the squad. Their places were taken by Jakub Sokolik at right-back and by Kevin Dawson on the right wing. On the bench AJ Leitch-Smith and James Berrett had recovered from injury, meaning that one player had to be left out of the squad entirely, with Grant the unlucky man.

The match started off in the worst way possible, with a sixth minute Michael Rose corner sparking the opening goal. Jakub Sokolik got his bearings wrong and lost Jack O'Connell as the ball came across with the Rochdale man having a comfortable header to put Dale 0-1 up. Set pieces were causing the Glovers back four plenty of problems in general, with O'Connell putting another header just wide, whilst Artur Krysiak made an excellent save from an Ian Henderson header.

Yeovil's chances throughout the match were few and far between, with Jordy Hiwula having a chance on goal blocked by excellent defending from Michael Rose who managed to push the ball out for a corner. Their efforts were not helped by Nathan Ralph going down injured 20 minutes into the match, and needing to be replaced by Sam Foley, having suffered some sort of upper leg injury after falling awkwardly. Foley took up his position on the left flank.

Just 16 minutes were on the clock when Rochdale doubled their lead, and again sloppy defending was at fault. A ball into the box saw Ryan Inniss only half clear the ball into the path of Ian Henderson and the former Colchester United striker fired home for a 0-2 scoreline. Henderson could have had another through a defensive error after Jakub Sokolik slipped but Artur Krysiak was one of the few Yeovil players shining, making an excellent save at his far post. Another Sokolik slip then saw Stephen Dawson break through and his cross saw Matt Done almost convert by the post, but the ball went wide.

Yeovil's best chance of the half came shortly after Jordy Hiwula had put a header over the bar. The Manchester City loanee was desperately unlucky to see another close range header blocked by Conrad Logan. But Stephen Dawson almost made it 0-3 on the break when he fired wide with Rochdale players queuing up to score. It had been a dreadful half defensively, and no surprise to find a number of boos on the half time whistle.

It was no surprise to find Jakub Sokolik being replaced at half time, with the Czech Republic player having struggled in what has been a problematic right-back area. His place was taken by AJ Leitch-Smith, with Kevin Dawson taking on the full-back position, whilst Jordy Hiwula moved to a right-wing position, with Leitch-Smith going up front. Rochdale almost extended their lead within a few minutes of the restart, with Artur Krysiak making a flying save to keep out Ian Henderson.

However, it only took eight minutes before they fell further behind. A cross from Matt Done allowed Ian Henderson to convert with a close range header to remove any chance of a comeback for the Glovers, and to give Rochdale a 0-3 advantage. It could have got worse after a Stephen Dawson cross was put into the box, but when the ball was pulled back across the goal, Ian Henderson found a linesman's offside flag denying him his hat-trick.

Another attempt to shake the team up came when James Hayter - who has started three games in eight days - had his legs saved for the closing stages of the match, with Sam Foley moving up front as Nathan Smith came on for the final 20 minutes. He forced Conrad Logan into one of his few second half saves, in what was a slightly more even closing stage to the game, but one in which you sensed Rochdale were merely playing out time and happy to just close down any unlikely chance Yeovil may have had of worrying the scoreline. In truth Yeovil were comfortably beaten from the 16th minute of the match onwards, and with them having gone six games now without a win, both results and performances certainly need a radical shift in the direction they are currently going in.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Rochdale 3.

Scorers: Jack O'Connell (0-1, 6 mins), Ian Henderson (0-2, 16 mins), Ian Henderson (0-3, 53 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
6. Jakub Sokolik 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith (69 mins for James Hayter) 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (46 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 11. Sam Foley (19 mins for Nathan Ralph) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi

Rochdale:
22. Conrad Logan 3. Rhys Bennett 5. Ashley Eastham 29. Jack O'Connell 25. Michael Rose 17. Scott Tanser 8. Matthew Lund 24. Jamie Allen 12. Stephen Dawson 16. Matt Done 40. Ian Henderson

Substitutes:
2. Joe Rafferty 6. Olly Lancashire 9. Calvin Andrew (66 mins for Jamie Allen) 14. Bastien Hery 18. Jack Muldoon 21. Jonathan Musangu 39. Joe Bunney (81 mins for Matt Done)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (76 mins, foul), Simon Gillett (foul).

Rochdale Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 17.

Rochdale Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire). Assistant Referees: Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 3,601 (with 243 Rochdale supporters).


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25 October 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Rochdale at Huish Park. On Tuesday night, Sheffield United's main attacking outlet came down the Glovers right flank and thus it's not too surprising to find that is where the changes are made. Jakub Sokolik returns from injury and starts in a right-back slot, whilst Kevin Dawson who came on as a second half substitute in midweek keeps that position on the right wing.

As a result, Seth Nana Twumasi drops to the bench, whilst Joel Grant drops entirely out of the squad, with Aaron Martin another player who will be sat in the stands today - the defender is carrying an injury. James Berrett and AJ Leitch-Smith are fit again and take places on the bench meaning that for one of the few times this season there are more players than squad places. Striker Kieffer Moore's hamstring injury is the only other injury concern.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
6. Jakub Sokolik 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 15. Seth Nana Twumasi


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25 October 2014 : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Port Vale in a League One fixture at Vale Park. The end result was a rather ugly 4-1 defeat with only an Aaron Martin goal four minutes from time providing a small bit of consolation.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Simon Gillett and on loan goalkeeper Jake Kean come out with some credit from fans. The winner of the poll was captain Joe Edwards. During the week that followed Kean returned to Blackburn Rovers at the end of his one month loan, and by the time team selection was done for the following fixture against Swindon Town, midfield duo Gillett and Edwards were two of only three players to survive the cull, suggesting that Gary Johnson's views on who had played reasonably at Vale Park strongly matched those fans who were at the game.

The full results with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Joe Edwards 46 (4)
2. Jake Kean 29 (2)
3. Simon Gillett 22 (0)
4. Aaron Martin 14 (0)
5. Sam Foley 10 (1)
5. Kieffer Moore 10 (1)
7. AJ Leitch-Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.22
Performance : 2.89
Entertainment : 3.56
VOTES RECEIVED : 9


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24 October 2014 : Brooks Extends Terras Deal
Yeovil Town defender Calvin Brooks has extended his loan deal with Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth. The 20 year old was coming to the tail end of his first month's loan after this weekend's fixtures, but has agreed to extend his stay at the Wessex Stadium for a further month, taking him up to the tail end of November.

Since making his debut as a substitute in Weymouth's FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie against Bideford, he has gone on to make four first team starts, and has played a full 90 minutes in their last two league matches. As such, Terras first team manager (and former Yeovil Town trialist) Jason Matthews has agreed to keep him for another month. Brooks told the Dorset Echo that he was pleased to get the game time given that he wasn't getting on the field of play with Yeovil:

"Since I have been down there I have loved it, and getting the games has given me that little bit more of an edge in training when Iím at Yeovil in the week. One of the most important things for me is to feel wanted and feel like I can actually make a difference to a team. I havenít had much chance at Yeovil and Dorchester so to get it at Weymouth has been really good and Iíve had a lot of positive feedback from the fans."

Brooks added that he had been made very welcome on the Dorset South Coast, despite being a former Dorchester Town player who was on the Glovers books - two of Weymouth's main rivals! He praised Matthews for giving him a chance in his team:

"I want to thank all the boys for the way they have welcomed me and made me feel at home, when I go to the stadium now it doesnít feel like Iím just at a loan club. I have to thank Jase (Jason Matthews) as well for giving me the opportunity because I didnít have a lot of pedigree. I had Yeovil to my name but I hadnít done that much and I feel grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to play games."

One interesting snippet from the Echo is that they indicate Brooks is on a contract at Huish Park - previously he has been referred to as on non-contract forms with Yeovil Town. The paper describes the centre-back as being on a contract until January 2015, suggesting he had been given a half-season deal with the Glovers.


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24 October 2014 : Gary Previews The Rochdale Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary speaks at length about Tuesday night's defeat at Sheffield United and the main problem areas, tomorrow's opponents Rochdale, and his ability to bring in new players into his squad. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Rochdale.


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24 October 2014 : Johnson Warns Bringing In Fresh Blood Will Take Time
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has warned that it will take time for him to change his squad across the course of the season, and that it is unlikely to happen within days of a poor performance. The rather patchy showings during the 2014-15 season so far have seen the Glovers make good showings against the likes of Peterborough United and Swindon Town, but mix that up with a poor one against Sheffield United on Tuesday night, coupled with a dreadful match against Port Vale just under two weeks ago.

The Glovers boss has made clear that he will need to need to strengthen his squad between now and the end of the January transfer window, but told BBC Somerset that such changes would happen gradually over the course of time, rather than be situations where he could ship players out and bring new ones in within a matter of days:

"It doesn't come within days of poor performances. It comes over a period of time - you have to let the players know, let the agents know, and talk to agents. You've got to make sure that what you've got coming in is better than what you've maybe going out. Then there's got to be availability. People have got to want your players, and the players that you want have got to become available. So it's not done in just one or two weeks - it's done over a period of time."

Gary indicated on Tuesday night that he had been actively searching, but explained that was a continuous process, and not one that had a specific target or timescale in mind. He said the end goal was to ensure that the second half of the season was an improvement on the first, but didn't want his team to get too far adrift in the meantime:

"As I said to people on Tuesday night, we're looking all the time to try to improve our lot, and to try to improve our squad, and that's the nature of the game. We've got to get a consistency. The thing that I know is that we always get that during the second half of the season. But we mustn't be too far behind when that does happen. We suss our players as footballers, and we move on the ones that are not up to it, and we keep trying to build with the ones who are up to it. We know we'll get there in the end."


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24 October 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Rochdale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th October 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

We've seen Mr Miller a a number of times over the years, oddly with all of the matches being away from home. He took charge of the City Ground defeat in April 2006 and for a Leyton Orient fixture in November 2006. On that occasion Miller caused outrage both on the Yeovil Town bench and amongst the visiting fans when bottling a late decision as Arron Davies was taken out, running into the box. Following those two, he was back in the middle for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. On this occasion we failed to notice him.

Mr Miller took charge of Yeovil's 1-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup in August 2008. Despite us winning the match in a tremendous performance, we weren't quite so pleased with Mr Miller's definition of when a well-timed robust tackle becomes a reason to blow a whistle for an opposition free kick. Following Charlton but in the same season, he was in charge of the 2-0 defeat against Walsall in February 2009, where we had no significant complaints about his performance on the day.

During the following season, he took charge of a November 2009 away match at the Priestfield Stadium. Here he dished out six yellow cards and a red card to Jean-Paul Kalala. No complaints about the incident that caused JP to walk, given that it looked more like Eric Cantona at Crystal Palace than a touch of the beautiful game. However, there were a number of worthy complaints about what had gone on before, with Gillingham using some rough-house tactics to try to wind up both Kalala and Sam Williams with the pair on yellow cards. Manager Terry Skiverton felt his players deserved better protection from the match officials from that kind of tactic. Mr Miller also awarded Gillingham a penalty in the 10th minute that eventually won the game - no big complaints there.

We were due to have Mr Miller for the March 2011 match between Yeovil Town and Walsall, which would have been his first visit to Huish Park. Instead he was replaced by Roger East at the last minute - perhaps he prefers to only see us when we are on our travels? Instead he turned up at Griffin Park at the start of the following season for a 2-0 defeat against Brentford. We were beaten by the better team, but the match officials somewhat gifted the Bees their opening goal, by awarding them a penalty for handball when a Shaleum Logan cross struck arm of Nathan Jones - the crucial bit being that had his back turned towards the ball as he tried to use his body to block the cross - how can a handball be 'deliberate' if you can't even see the ball coming towards you? Terry Skiverton, who was manager at the time questioned: "if the player doesn't raise his arms, and he doesn't lean towards the ball and the ball strikes him, how is that supposed to be a penalty? I can't quite fathom it."

In the three years and two months that have past since then, Mr Miller has been conspicuous by his absence. That's not just a Yeovil thing - during the 2013-14 season, he did two games in August but no more after that. During 2012-13, he managed six matches, disappearing after October. This season he's already surpassed that total, with nine matches, featuring a relatively average count of 25 yellow cards and one red card. The big question is, after all this time will he finally make it down to Huish Park?

Mr Miller will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0

Link: November 2007 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0

Link: August 2008 : Charlton Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2009 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2011 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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