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1 October 2014 : Hamstring Doubts Remain Over Glovers Duo
Yeovil Town pair Ben Nugent and Kieffer Moore are rated as 'unlikely' to make the matchday squad for Saturday's home match against Milton Keynes Dons. The Cardiff City defender and former Dorchester Town striker both have hamstring problems, with Nugent failing a fitness test just before Saturday's match at Crawley Town, whilst Moore limped off midway through the first half with the same problem.

Whilst neither injury is thought to be particularly serious, both may need more time to recover, having yet to resume training this week. Speaking to the Western Gazette, manager Gary Johnson sounds pessimistic of their chances of pulling through before the weekend:

"The disappointing thing on Saturday was that we lost two of our players early on. We were hoping that Ben Nugent was going to play, we fitness tested him and he didn't get through it. We obviously had Kieffer Moore who come off after 20 minutes or so and that was disappointing because he gives us that presence up there. Those two we will be sweating on but it looks unlikely."

Aside from those two players, Johnson's other decisions will be more centred around the question of match fitness. The club had Liam Davis, James Hayter and James Berrett on the bench at Crawley, and although the latter two got onto the pitch as substitutes, they were acknowledged as being short of match fitness. Meanwhile this week has seen Simon Gillett (knee) and Brendan Moloney (knee) return to training thus clearing the club's long term injury list, but leaving the Glovers boss to assess which of his players are in the best shape to play a significant part in Saturday's match against the division's fourth placed club.

Another decision that Johnson will need to make shortly, concerns the future of Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price. The 21 year old was brought in to cover for the absence of Simon Gillett, but his initial month deal expires after Saturday, meaning that all parties will need to make a firm decision shortly. With Price impressing during his six match spell with the Glovers, Johnson will no doubt want to extend that arrangement, but the thorny question of playing budget is highly likely to come up in conversation at some point during negotiations.


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1 October 2014 : Hoskins Gets First Full Match Of The Season
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins played a full 90 minutes worth of football last night, as he helped keep Conference National side Barnet on top of their division. The 21 year old featured in a 1-1 draw at Braintree Town that reduced the Bees advantage over AFC Halifax down to two points. Strike partner John Akinde scored Barnet's goal.

Hoskins is now three games into his loan spell with the North London club but this is the first game that he has stayed on the pitch for the full match. It's also the first time he's played a full 90 minutes this season - the last time Sam stayed on the pitch for a full match was the April 2014 Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium.

There are no midweek fixtures for Yeovil's two other loaned out players, with Adam Morgan (St Johnstone) and Calvin Brooks (Weymouth) next due to be in action on Saturday.


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30 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Dual Identities In Glovers Performances
Last weekend saw Yeovil Town slump to defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium - a big contrast to the feeling the club had when they defeated Peterborough United on the previous weekend. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that as well as a couple of other issues centring around manager Gary Johnson and the role of financial fair play in football. Read that via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Dual Identities In Glovers Performances.


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29 September 2014 : Hoskins Starts In Bees Win
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins followed last week's impressive debut for Conference National side Barnet by making his first start for the Bees on Saturday. The 21 year old helped his temporary side gain a 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, in a match that he played the first 79 minutes in, before making way for Alfie Pavey.

Hoskins had two strong first half chances for the London club putting one effort narrowly wide, before an eighteen yard curling shot beat the Forest Green keeper, but also beat his far post. However Barnet had to rely upon another former Glover to win the match, with Bondz N'Gala's 93rd minute header keeping them top of the Conference National division, and extending their advantage to four points. Keanu Marsh-Brown missed the match entirely with a thigh strain.

North of the border, striker Adam Morgan is finding life less productive with St Johnstone, despite hopes that he would be able to capitalise upon the misfortunes of former Glover Steve MacLean who is out for four to six months with a knee injury.

The 20 year old was a 54th minute substitute against Dundee United, which was his fifth appearance for the Saints, but with four of those coming from the bench, and with only a total of 173 minutes on the pitch since moving to McDiarmid Park, he's still yet to make a firm impact.

Finally, Calvin Brooks made his Weymouth debut on Saturday, coming on as a half time substitute in their 4-1 win over Bideford Town in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. Replacing Chris Shephard during the break, Brooks appeared as a centre-back, and from his point of view saw a second period in which the Terras 'won' the half by a 2-0 advantage.


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29 September 2014 : MK Dons Match : Glovers Restaurant Offer
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant prior to the match. The Glovers take on Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday 4th October with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888).

On offer for this weekend's match is a three course meal for the price of £25.00. This entitles you to also use the restaurant bar before and after the game, as well as at half time, with a chance to mix with the players after the game. There will be a complementary matchday programme provided for each booking made.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately (or be a season ticket holder) and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. To place your bookings, call the Ticket Office now.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the MK Dons game - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the MK Dons game - book now.



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29 September 2014 : Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Sheffield United is available. The match takes place at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 21st October with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £19.50; Over-60s: £13.00; Students and Aged 17-21: £11.00; Under-17s: £7.50.

Students must be in full time education and hold a valid NUS card to obtain the concession.

Disabled supporters pay £13.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the middle or higher rate of the Disabled Living Allowance.

This game is initially ALL TICKET. Depending upon ticket sales Sheffield United will make a decision the day before the game. If they are on sale on the day ticket prices will increase as follows:

Adults: £21.50; Over-60s: £14.00; Students and Aged 17-21: £12.00; Under-17s: £8.00.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

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


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28 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Crawley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Crawley Town kicked off at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. As well as talking about the opposition, Gary also explains why Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent wasn't in yesterday's squad and his thoughts on the club's season so far as they hit the ten game mark. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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28 September 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Peterborough : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match saw them run out as 1-0 winners over top three side Peterborough United. They had to leave it late, with it taking until the 88th minute for Joel Grant to dribble through the Posh defence and score the only goal of the game, for the club's first home win since March.

Man of the Match voting saw right-back Seth Nana Twumasi put in one of his best performances of the season, whilst fans are warming significantly towards Wolverhampton Wanderers loan midfielder Jack Price. Howeer, the poll winner by a tiny margin was goalscorer Joel Grant, as he scored one of the best goals in the league on that weekend.

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

1. Joel Grant 332 (20)
2. Jack Price 324 (23)
3. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 284 (16)
4. Ben Nugent 98 (6)
5. Joe Edwards 74 (1)
6. Nathan Smith 70 (5)
7. Kieffer Moore 48 (1)
8. Nathan Ralph 48 (2)
9. Jake Kean 28 (0)
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14 (0)
11. Aaron Martin 12 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.75
Performance : 8.67
Entertainment : 8.83
VOTES RECEIVED : 75

Note that you can vote for your Man of the Match for yesterday's away match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. 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 Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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28 September 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Crawley Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Crawley Away Game.


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27 September 2014 : Johnson Disappointed With Powder-Puff Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson suggested that his team put in a 'powder-puff' performance against Crawley Town today, just one week after praising his team's attitude against Peterborough United last weekend. The Glovers succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against a side below them in the table, with a particularly poor second half performance at the heart of their defeat.

Having had a slight upper hand in a goalless first half, there had been hopes at the break that the Glovers could capitalise during the final 45 minutes, but instead it was Crawley who took command, with former Glovers trialist Marvin Elliott scoring two headers past the team he tried to win a contract with. Johnson told BBC Somerset that he had expected his side's fitness to show through as the game went on:

"I'm really disappointed, because we felt that we'd have the legs and the game to get at them. Crawley upped their game, and they upped their spirit and some of our lads went missing. That's how it was, and we've seen the best and the worst across seven days with our group. It was one of our worst performances. We created a lot of chances, but we were powder-puff all over in both penalty areas and that's shocking and poor. We've got to have a look at that and why we're powder-puff on occasions and why we're trojans on another, like last week. That's the only word (powder-puff) that comes into my mind at the moment. So we're going to have to liven a few up somehow, and try to get them a little bit more consistent."

Johnson knew plenty about Elliott when he arrived as a trialist over the summer, having been the manager who signed him as Bristol City's manager in July 2007, setting him on a 263 match spell at Ashton Gate. Injuries during his final two years with the Robins marred his time with his old club, who released him over the summer just gone and that left Johnson needing to assess whether the 30 year old had properly recovered from those injuries. The Glovers boss said that the two goals he scored at the Broadfield Stadium were typical of their time together, and also explained why he didn't sign him up back in late July:

"They were absolute Marvin Elliott goals. He helped take Bristol City from the bottom of League One to the top of the Championship, and nearly into the Premier League. They are the sort of things that he did. Crawley have done well to get him fit and wait for him. We didn't feel that we needed him at the time, with all our midfielders. But that's Marvin Elliott's game, and that's what you saw today. He needed two or three weeks, and we really didn't have that couple of weeks. We already had midfielders, and I'd already got my eye on a couple - one of those in Simon Gillett is injured at the moment. We know what he's got and we know what he can do, and of course sod's law is that they always do it against their own team. What he's got to make sure now is that he does that for Crawley every week."

Johnson also confirmed after the match that striker Kieffer Moore had been substituted due to a hamstring injury - something that also caused on loan Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent to withdraw from the side. Nugent travelled with the squad to Sussex, but was not risked for the fixture - his injury is not thought to be serious, but was enough to keep him out of this weekend's team. Midfielder Kevin Dawson's substitution at half time was tactical, with Johnson feeling that he needed to introduce a striker in James Hayter to give his side a greater threat up front, thus allowing Joel Grant to drop into midfield. Dawson was deemed to be the sacrifice to enable that to happen.


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27 September 2014 : Crawley 2 Yeovil 0 : Elliott Returns To Haunt Johnson
Yeovil Town crashed to a 2-0 defeat this afternoon as former trialist Marvin Elliott scored twice on his home debut for Crawley Town. The former Bristol City midfielder had played in the club's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town but was allowed to look elsewhere due to his lack of match fitness. Just under two months later, he resurfaced at the Sussex club, and scored two headers inside three minutes to send the Glovers home with a deserved defeat. Yeovil's best period came during the first half when Joel Grant struck the woodwork, but they withered badly after the break, with the home team growing in confidence after their goals.


Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent dropped out of the squad due to a hamstring injury, and his position in the side was taken by Jakub Sokolik, who was able to assume his more favoured centre-back role. On the bench there was a return for James Berrett and James Hayter as they recovered from thigh and groin injuries respectively, meaning that only Brendan Moloney and Simon Gillett remained on the long term injury list.

The first half took a while to warm up, with it taking around ten or fifteen minutes before either side managed to create a chance. When one did materialise though, it was a good one, with Joel Grant striking the foot of the goalpost from the edge of the box, whilst Crawley's first chance saw Jimmy Smith head wide from a Josh Simpson cross.

Overall, it was the Glovers who had the slight attacking edge, with Crawley looking rather shot-shy when they did threaten the Yeovil goal, with their players choosing to over-elaborate their passing rather than have a crack on goal. Yeovil should have been ahead midway through the half, when AJ Leitch-Smith fed Kieffer Moore, and he out-paced former Glovers trialist Joe Walsh, only for his final touch to let him down, as he wastefully blazed the ball over the bar from inside the box.

That was pretty much Kieffer's final significant moment in the game, as a hamstring injury forced him off, seeing Kevin Dawson come on as his replacement, meaning that Joel Grant went up front with Leitch-Smith. Grant was denied by excellent reactions from home keeper Jamie Ashdown after that reshuffle, but overall the chances began to dry up at both ends of the pitch, meaning that whilst it was a reasonable 45 minutes, it was one that was suffering from diminishing returns. A Nathan Ralph long range drive was slightly clumsily palmed over his crossbar by Ashdown in the closing stages.

Gary Johnson presumably felt that end to the half wasn't what he wanted as he more or less reversed his positional changes at half time - withdrawing substitute Kevin Dawson and introducing James Hayter as a second substitute, as Joel Grant moved back onto the wing. Instead it was Crawley who went on the offensive, as Lanre Oyebanjo forced Jake Kean into his first proper save of the match.

Twelve minutes into the second half, Crawley's improved performance got themselves a goal as Gwion Edwards was able to beat Nathan Smith down the right flank, and his cross into the box was met by a powerful Marvin Elliott header - Glovers 1-0 down. Two minutes later and the home side doubled their lead, as a Jimmy Smith cross, recycled from a corner, saw Marvin Elliott again beat his marker, heading home with a very similar looking goal, and with Yeovil's defending having gone seriously missing.

Crawley could have even added one or two others around that period, as Yeovil wobbled in their defensive duties, meaning that their chances at the other end pretty much dried up as they tried to sort out their defensive problems. On the rare occasions they did manage to get to the other end of the field, some questionable officiating by the East Stand linesman let them down, whilst any of the better moves up the field seemed to break down as the final pass got snuffed out by a home side that were now able to defend in numbers. Jack Price fired wide of the target, whilst players seemed to be showing their frustration when Joel Grant's dreadfully sliced attempt on goal earned him an earful from Joe Edwards for losing his team the opportunity.

They briefly threatened to set up a goal that might have created a grand finale, as a set piece saw both Aaron Martin and Jakub Sokolik force Jamie Ashdown into two quick saves. But in truth the club's second half performance was a shadow of their first, and once Marvin Elliott scored his quick-fire double, the Glovers never truly looked like they were going to get back into it. The end was a little bit too predictable for some fans to bear as a small number used the two minute injury time announcement to make an early dash for the trains home.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Marvin Elliott (57 mins, 1-0), Marvin Elliott (59 mins, 2-0)

Crawley Town:
25. Jamie Ashdown 2. Lanre Oyebanjo 5. Dean Leacock 12. Joe Walsh 26. Mat Sadler 8. Jimmy Smith 11. Josh Simpson 7. Gwion Edwards 33. Marvin Elliott 9. Izale McLeod 16. Keith Keane

Substitutes:
1. Brian Jensen 6. Sonny Bradley 10. Josh Wright (70 mins for Josh Simpson) 14. Lewis Young 15. Charles Banya 18. Matt Harrold (72 mins for Izale McLeod) 20. Alfred Bobson Bawling

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 7. Kevin Dawson (25 mins for Kieffer Moore) 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis 8. James Berrett (80 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 9. James Hayter (46 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Crawley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (23 mins, foul).

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Mathew Buonassisi (Northamptonshire) and Adam Crysell (Essex). Fourth Official: Darren Blunden (Kent).

Attendance: 2,351 (with 375 Yeovil supporters)


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27 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, 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 Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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27 September 2014 : Team News For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting line-up for their League One trip to Crawley Town. Defender Ben Nugent has a hamstring injury and his position is taken by Jakub Sokolik in a one-for-one swap - otherwise Glovers boss Gary Johnson has kept faith with the same group of players that beat Peterborough United by a 1-0 scoreline.

On the bench, there is a return from injury for striker James Hayter and midfielder James Berrett meaning that the club are able to name six substitutes for the first time in four matches. The full team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter


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27 September 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Crewe : Man of the Match Result
Eleven days ago, Yeovil Town played a home League One match against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the Glovers coming from a goal down to equalise via a Kieffer Moore header, after the striker had come on as a substitute.

In a game in which the Glovers only really started to get going after the visitors scored their goal, Man of the Match voting saw two left-sided players pick up plenty of credit as left-back Nathan Smith and left-wing Sam Foley came in as 3rd and 2nd respectively in the poll. The Man of the Match though, was captain Joe Edwards, who is continuing to add to the consistent performances that he put in last season.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Joe Edwards 102 (7)
2. Sam Foley 92 (5)
3. Nathan Smith 84 (6)
4. Joel Grant 68 (4)
5. AJ Leitch-Smith 62 (5)
6. Kieffer Moore 42 (2)
7. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 30 (1)
8. Ben Nugent 26 (2)
9. Jack Price 26 (1)
10. Nathan Ralph 14 (0)
11. Jakub Sokolík 14 (0)
12. Aaron Martin 14 (0)
13. Jake Kean 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.67
Performance : 5.52
Entertainment : 5.82
VOTES RECEIVED : 33


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27 September 2014 : Coventry City vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town travelled to the Ricoh Arena, where they took on a Coventry City side that had only just moved back to their home patch. The result was a 2-1 defeat and a rather patchy performance, with only the 15 minutes or so that was wrapped around Sam Foley's goal providing them with any positive moments.

Man of the Match voting saw striker AJ Leitch-Smith and defender Jakub Sokolik pick up plenty of votes, with Sokolik in particular coming close to winning the poll. However goalscorer Sam Foley was the man who triumphed on the day, edging out Sokolik by virtue of his second and third place votes.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM Votes shown in brackets:

1. Sam Foley 80 (5)
2. Jakub Sokolík 60 (5)
3. AJ Leitch-Smith 38 (1)
4. Joel Grant 34 (1)
5. Jack Price 30 (1)
6. Nathan Smith 28 (2)
7. Joe Edwards 10 (1)
8. Kevin Dawson 4 (0)
9. Chris Weale 2 (0)
9. Aaron Martin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.76
Performance : 5.65
Entertainment : 5.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 17


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26 September 2014 : Gary Previews The Crawley Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Gary's thoughts on his opponents, including former trialist Marvin Elliott, and also his views on the Financial Fair Play system, are captured via the link below.

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


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26 September 2014 : Slade Spends Weekend In Limbo As Lawyers Sort Out Cardiff Job
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade looks to be spending the weekend in limbo, after his resignation from League One side Leyton Orient. The 53 year old resigned from the Brisbane Road club on Wednesday, after spending 242 games and 4.5 years in charge of them, taking them to the League Cup Play-Off Final last season. However, an approach from Championship side Cardiff City, along with friction via new Orient owner Francesco Becchetti has seen his position become somewhat unstable over the past ten days, and as things stand he is currently without a club.

Orient have put Kevin Nugent in caretaker charge of the club whilst they work out their next step - they acknowledged receipt of of Slade's resignation, but implied that they were not accepting it, given the expectation that he will shortly take up the Cardiff City hotseat. The Evening Standard indicates that the O's are considering putting forward a claim to the Football Association that Slade had been tapped up by Cardiff, although it seems inevitable that Slade's advisors will counter-claim that Sporting Director Mauro Milanese's decision to enter the club's dressing room and tell him that if he didn't win his next match he would be fired, combined with less than supportive programme notes from Becchetti, would stand as a case for constructive dismissal.

In truth, it is likely that this is posturing by both clubs' lawyers and advisors, with a compensation figure yet to be agreed. The press suggest that Cardiff had offered in excess of £100,000 as compensation, triggering a clause in Slade's contract, but despite that, Orient are still fighting their claim. As such, Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young will be in charge for Cardiff's match tomorrow against Sheffield Wednesday. Slade has visited the Cardiff City training ground, but as yet has not been given the green light to take charge of the Bluebirds.

On the back of this, the Western Gazette have published a speculative story linking Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson with the vacancy at Brisbane Road, adding on social media "GARY GOING? ... Do we still need Gary and who would you pick as a replacement?" - their source is betting odds care of Ladbrokes who they report as holding Johnson as joint fourth favourites for the position, behind Orient assistant manager Kevin Nugent and former Glovers midfielder Marc Bircham and former Watford boss Gianfranco Zola.

As yet, Orient haven't provided any indication as to what line of enquiries they will pursue in order to replace Slade - presumably this will not be considered until Slade's position is resolved. As far as other bookies are concerned, Bet Victor offer a list of 61 different managers but do not mention Gary Johnson in their list. Meanwhile SkyBet do list Johnson in there, and throw in the name of former Yeovil assistant manager Brian McDermott behind Nugent, Bircham and Zola. As far as the Orient press is concerned, they've not provided any names beyond the decision to give Nugent the reins for the time being.


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26 September 2014 : Plastic Pitches Edge Closer To A Return
Artificial pitches look to be on the way back at League One and League Two level, after an informal vote amongst club Chairman backed their reintroduction. The BBC Sport website reports that a meeting on Thursday backed a motion to allow them to be used from the start of the 2015-16 season by a 29-17 margin (with presumably two clubs either not voting or not present). Although the vote is not binding, it allows the Football League to move forward and put down proposals for a formal vote to be held on the subject in November.

The move is a massive u-turn amongst clubs from the League's 2012 AGM. At that meeting, only two League One clubs supported the move - with one reported to be Yeovil Town - whilst Championship clubs unanimously opposed the move. The main interest came from smaller League Two clubs of which 13 were in favour, meaning that only 15 out of the bottom 48 clubs were willing to support the motion.

At the time, the Football League's own consultation document met with a negative response, with the majority of the 1,700 respondents indicating they were against such a move, including the Premier League and the Professional Footballers' Association. However, at the 2014 AGM, clubs indicated they had changed their mind, following shortly after the Football Association's agreement to allow such surfaces being used in all rounds of the FA Cup. The Football Conference plan to allow clubs to use artificial surfaces from the start of the 2015-16 season, meaning that the League's own plans could coincide with that.

Whilst the Premier League and Championship clubs remain firmly opposed to such surfaces, the move suggests that the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy will also have their rules changed for the start of the 2015-16 season, provided the vote goes through. However, there is no indication of what the rules will say if a League One club with an artificial surface is promoted to the Championship - in simple terms they would have to rip up their surface, and replace it with a grass surface to play in second tier football, but there is no mention of whether there will be any dispensation associated with this, given the high costs of providing such a surface, which the BBC indicate would be in the region of £500,000 for a surface of suitable standard.


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26 September 2014 : Brooks Goes Out On Loan
Yeovil Town have allowed defender Calvin Brooks to go out on loan. According to the Dorset Echo, the former Dorchester Town player has joined Weymouth on an initial one month loan, and has been registered in time to play in their FA Cup Second Qualifying Round match against Bideford. Brooks is already known to Weymouth boss Jason Matthews - a former Yeovil Town trialist.

Brooks has been out with a calf injury in recent weeks, but had been an unused substitute for the club for several matches this season, having arrived from Dorchester late last season. He has yet to make a first team appearance for the Glovers. The club's improving injury situation would appear to be at the heart of the club's willingness to allow him to move out and get first team game time elsewhere.


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26 September 2014 : Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One fixture between Crawley Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday 27th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Although we've had Mr Breakspear several times as an assistant referee or as a fourth official, this is the first time we've come across him as the main referee. He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list. However, as it was his first season at the new level he only did one Championship fixture last season meaning that we missed his debut season.

He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.

So far, he's come across as being rather card happy - his 96 yellow cards across 25 matches last season is just a touch under four a game, and it was only in his final match of the season that he got through a whole game without waving a card. On top of the bookings he dismissed nine players last season. This time round he's well on track to beat that, dismissing four players in seven matches. His last match was the League Two game between Oxford United and Accrington Stanley - four yellows and a first half dismissal for an Accy player.

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Mathew Buonassisi (Northamptonshire) and Adam Crysell (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Darren Blunden (Kent).


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25 September 2014 : Johnson Seeing Light At The End Of The Tunnel Over Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that he is seeing light at the end of the tunnel, having had the opportunity to add a number of missing players back into his first team plans this week. The Glovers boss has had to deal with a long list of injuries over the past month or so, leaving him only fielding five substitutes during the club's last three matches, and in their last match against Peterborough United, those bench warmers included a couple of players who were not strictly speaking fully fit.

With non-contract defender Calvin Brooks (calf) back in training, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he had been joined by James Hayter (groin) and James Berrett (thigh), meaning that as Liam Davis has also recovered from his broken wrist, the Glovers now only have two players who haven't returned to the training ground:

"We had James Hayter back today, with James Berrett. So Simon Gillett (knee) and Brendan Moloney (knee) are the only two that are not really available for selection. So there's just a couple now, whereas there was once eight (players injured). I just feel that we're a little bit stronger now and more comfortable going into the next couple of months."

Saturday's match against Crawley Town represents the club's 10th League One match of the 2014-15 season - the usual moment that Johnson tends to judge his squad and determine how things. The Glovers boss was asked whether he thought things had gone to plan:

"If it had gone to plan, you'd be top of the league by now! But if it doesn't go to plan then you need to be sure that your team has reached a standard to aspire to. I feel that we've done that two or three times this season. We've certainly done it against Peterborough, and if we can play to that standard more often than not, then we'll get ourselves up there where we want to be. Within those ten games you have to see that your team can compete, it can score goals and it can win football matches, and it can be solid at the back. We've sort of seen all of those things, but we need to see them more often in games and more consistently over games."

With early matches not having gone well for the club, it's been a slower than expected start to the campaign. However, Johnson explained that contractual situations and transfer rules meant that the club couldn't turf too many players out. But the more matches he has seen his team play, the more certain he has become that the squad he has will be able to compete at this level:

"You can't go in after ten games and get rid of everyone, because you just can't do that. But what you can do is to believe that the squad that you've brought in, is a squad that's good enough to compete. I believe the squad is able to compete and we'll just keep trying to improve it, as we go along and as and when certain players become available. We're actively looking all the time anyway - even if we were top of the league by 20 points, you have to keep actively looking. But I've got quite a good feeling about the players over the last couple of weeks, where I'm hoping we've just turned the corner. We may not win every game, but at the same time I just feel that the penny has dropped with a few of them, which was what I was asking of them during the first few games. I said when the penny drops, we'll have a chance of winning games."


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25 September 2014 : Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Port Vale is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 11th October 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Vale Park. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Aged 62 and Over: £17.00; Aged 18-21: £17.00; Aged 9–17: £10.00; Under-9s: FREE.

Disabled supporters pay the above prices, according to their age. However, they can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the Medium or Higher level of Disability Living Allowance.

All ticket prices increase by £3.00 if purchases are made after noon (three hours before kick-off) on matchdays. This includes the Under-9s tariff. If you purchase on the day, note that you'll have to go to their ticket office as all entry is by barcoded tickets on cash-free turnstiles.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand (currently sponsored as the Signal 1 Stand) which holds up to 4,500 spectators. Should be enough capacity!

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

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


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25 September 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Crawley
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium for a League One fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated for this fixture, detailing ticketing, directions, parking, pub guides, statistics and other associated stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.


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24 September 2014 : Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 1st November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 65 and Over: £13.00; Aged 17-18: £13.00; Aged 16 and Under: £9.00.

Disabled supporters pay the same rate as above but can admit an assistant free of charge, as long as you are receiving middle or higher rate of Disability Living Allowance. For information on facilities and other issues, their Disability Co-Ordinator can be reached at melaniecooper@chesterfield-fc.co.uk or 01246-209765.

Although there are no increases in admission charges on the day, Chesterfield advise supporters to book in advance to avoid queues on matchday. There are no cash turnstiles. If you decide to buy on the day there is a ticket booth situated adjacent to the turnstile entrance – this is a CASH only facility.

Away supporters are allocated covered seating in the North Stand, which caters for up to 2,112 spectators. It's situated behind one of the goals.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

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


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