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2 September 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Yeovil Town have named five changes to their starting line-up for tonight's Football League Trophy first round match against League Two side Portsmouth. In addition to Simon Gillett's knee injury, there are two more players who are left out of the squad due to injury. Jakub Sokolik drops out for Brendan Moloney at right-back, whilst Gillett and Joe Edwards are replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi and Nathan Ralph.

Two more changes are tactical, with Kevin Dawson and James Hayter given a rest as Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore come in as a new strike partnership - AJ Leitch-Smith is expected to take Dawson's position on the wing. On the bench, new signing Jack Price will stand by to make his debut.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 16. Nathan Ralph
13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 21. Calvin Brooks XX. Jack Price.


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2 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Window Of Little Opportunity
Yesterday saw the August transfer window close, with more of a quiet 'click' than a 'slam' at League One level. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at how it affected Yeovil Town, with just one loan signing made on the final day, as Jack Price came in from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Thoughts on that are provided via the link below - add in your own views on the issues raised at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Window Of Little Opportunity.


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2 September 2014 : Lawrence Leaves Man United For Foxes
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence was one of a batch of ultra-late transfer deadline day deals that were completed during the small hours last night. The 20 year old has surprisingly been allowed to leave Manchester United and sign for Leicester City on a four year contract.

Lawrence had been linked with a loan move to the Foxes in the run-up to Monday night's deadline, but when the deal went through it became a permanent move - officially an undisclosed fee but with various media outlets, including Wales Online, reporting it as a bargain £1 million fee.

The Welsh Under-21 international has been given a call-up into Chris Coleman's senior squad to face Andorra next week, but following his May 2014 Manchester United first team debut he has not been considered for selection, with new manager Louis van Gaal spending heavily on attacking players since his arrival, and the consequence appears to be that they have allowed a number of their existing players to leave either temporarily, or in Lawrence's case on a permanent basis.

Lawrence scored two goals in 19 appearances during his loan spell with Yeovil Town as part of his stay with the club during the second half of the 2013-14 season.


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2 September 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Officials for Tuesday night's Football League Trophy tie between Yeovil Town and Portsmouth have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge for the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He is a regular at Huish Park, but in terms of competitive fixtures has only been used as an assistant referee and fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been the man in the middle at Conference level. This season so far he has looked after four matches - all at League Two level - meaning that although this is a JPT tie this is the first time he'll have refereed a competitive match involving a League One club.

He is 37 years old and lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. Hence he has at least had some taste of being the main official at Huish Park recently.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.


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2 September 2014 : Johnson Seeing JPT As Important Competition
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he sees the Football League Trophy as an important competition, despite many football fans viewing it as one of the lesser competitions. The Glovers commence their involvement in that trophy tonight in a First Round clash against League Two side Portsmouth in a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and the Glovers boss cites the club's 2012-13 run in the trophy as an example of where the competition might take the club.

That run - comfortably the Glovers' best performance in the competition - saw them reach an Area Semi-Final against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road and although they lost to a single late goal, they landed themselves just two fixtures short of a trip to Wembley Stadium. Johnson said that things like that can ignite a club's season:

"It's an important competition for us. When we went to Leyton Orient in the area semi-finals during the promotion season, myself, the chairman and some of the directors sponsored coaches for the fans who wanted to travel. It was a great occasion and just a shame we couldn't go that little bit further. It would be great to get to Wembley this time. Winning is a habit and itís important that you go into every game with that attitude. You need to get yourself on a winning run. If you can do that, everyone is happy and it breeds confidence. We haven't got the luxury of having two squads so itís always going to be our best team available for every competition."

Portsmouth go into the match lying in 7th place in League Two, with ten points from five games, and so have shown the first signs since their financial collapse of being able to move themselves back up the divisions. Historically a club that have tended to occupy the upper half of the Football League, Johnson is sure that Pompey will eventually return to that sort of level again:

"Itís a fantastic game because Portsmouth are a huge club and they will bring plenty of supporters. Thatís great because we want a real good cup atmosphere. Portsmouth have fallen on bad times and it seems incredible that they are a league below Yeovil at this moment in time. But they are surviving and Iím sure they will climb the leagues again."

Ticketing prices for tonight's match are available via the link below. Tonight's match has a few unusual rules attached to it. Teams are only allowed to field five substitutes in their matchday squads, whilst the the game will be settled via 90 minutes of football, without extra time. If the scores are level at the end of the game they will proceed immediately to penalty kicks. Tonight will also see the debut of vanishing spray, which is being used on a trial basis during this season's competition.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.


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1 September 2014 : Johnson Still Keeping One In The Pipeline For Future Loan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is still on the look-out for one more bit of loan transfer business ahead of tonight's transfer window closure, but will be happy to wait a while if that deal doesn't come through. The Glovers have done one piece of business today - bringing in Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price on a one month emergency loan deal that Johnson described as the main 'urgent' deal that he needed to complete in the wake of an injury to Simon Gillett on Saturday.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that the club were not looking to make any further permanent signings, meaning that although he still had one more on his list he wanted to recruit, that he wasn't going to panic if he had to wait for the loan transfer window to open in eight days time:

"There might be another one in the pipeline. We're just waiting on a couple of things. But that was the main one really - the one that we needed urgently. So other than that, we can wait a week really until the (loan) window is open again. We're not going to be buying anybody, but if something happens in the next few hours, before eleven o'clock tonight, then we've probably got room for one more bit of business."

Gary explained that he didn't yet have a firm diagnosis on the knee problems sustained by Gillett, who limped off just before half time during the 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United. However, the early reaction from his medical staff were that he would be losing the former Nottingham Forest and Southampton player for at least a month, and so the Price loan was essential:

"It's important as we had a problem with Simon Gillett on Saturday. I haven't yet got the exact implications in terms of his injury. But he's gone for a scan today and we expect he will be out for a month or so anyway. So we quickly moved to get in Jack Price, who we know about anyway, as he played around 26 or 27 games for Wolves last year in League One, and we liked him. We were very pleased to bring him in so quickly."

The Glovers boss cited his relationship with Wolves boss Kenny Jackett as being a big help, with the club having used goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey across a 13 game loan spell during the first half of the 2013-14 season, helping bring the Welsh international back to full fitness following his injury problems. Gary felt that was a big advantage when he tried to persuade Jackett to loan a player who is still firmly part of Wolves' first team plans:

"We've got a good history with Wolves and we did well for them with Wayne Hennessey. He came here, and they ended up getting two million for him, so we helped them out a little bit there - although Wayne was a good keeper anyway! But because we didn't let them down, sometimes you can ask for a favour or two."

Gary revealed that part of his thinking in bringing in Price on loan was that he regarded him as being very similar in style to Simon Gillett. Thus there was an opportunity to bring in a new body to the squad without having to disrupt things too much as a result of Gillett's injury:

"He's a good footballer, and he's very similar to Simon Gillett. We're just getting our pattern together, and our shape, and we're not far short of where we want to be. So I wanted to bring in one-for-one. On this occasion let's hope 'The Price Is Right'!"


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1 September 2014 : Port Vale Agree Loan Deal For Campion
Yeovil Town pre-season trialist Achille Campion has finally signed up for a Football League side, having spent much of the summer trying to fix himself up with a club. The 24 year old played for the club during pre-season, most notably scoring during a home friendly against Reading in July.

The Frenchman had already been on trial with Sheffield Wednesday and managed to work his way through Ipswich Town and a lengthy trial with Bradford City that saw him score a hat-trick for the Bantams. He has now signed a deal with League One side Port Vale today, with the Valiants describing it as a loan agreement with Swedish side Norrby IF, meaning that the club he played for earlier this year have held onto their registration with him.

Campion - who was only identified as 'Trialist B' whilst he was with the Glovers - hasn't had the length of his loan deal disclosed, although with international loan deals not recognising the 'emergency' loan system it would seem likely that the agreement is for at least half a season. Port Vale indicate that they are awaiting international clearance for the deal to go through.


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1 September 2014 : Maksimenko Goes Dutch In Long Term Loan
Former Yeovil Town loan defender Vitalijs Maksimenko will spend the 2014-15 season playing in the Netherlands as part of a long term loan agreement. The 23 year old has joined VVV-Venlo who play in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, which equates to second tier football in the Dutch pyramid system.

So far, Vitalijs has only made three appearances for his parent club Brighton and Hove Albion, with only one of those coming in the Football League. As such manager Sami Hyypia is anxious to get him some proper experience and regular first team football, telling his club's website:

"At this stage of his career it's important for Vitalijs that he plays regular games and continues to learn as part of his development. He's a good defender, a very good professional, and a player who works hard, trains well and wants to get better, but his options here this season are limited with the defenders we have at the club. At the moment he would be our fourth choice, but at his age he needs to play regular first-team football, which is also important for his international aspirations, and therefore we have agreed to let him go on loan to Venlo."

The Latvian's spell with Yeovil Town lasted only four games, but included one highly significant fixture, as he stepped onto the pitch as a substitute in the club's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium. He has since spent an eight match loan spell with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.


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1 September 2014 : Obika Sold By Spurs To Swindon
League One side Swindon Town have completed the permanent signing of former Yeovil Town loan striker Jonathan Obika. The 23 year old has agreed to a two year contract at the County Ground after finally cutting his ties with Tottenham Hotspur. The transfer fee is officially undisclosed, but was reported as being worth £200,000 by BBC Wiltshire earlier today.

Obika had a five game loan spell with Swindon during the 2010-11 season, and has become well known for the huge string of loan deals he has had whilst on Spurs' books, including four spells with Yeovil Town during 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Wrapped around that he has also had spells with Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterborough United, Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion. All in all, eleven separate loan agreements across five years.

He will now get a chance to put his feet down firmly in Wiltshire, with a contract lasting until the summer of 2016. His four spells at Huish Park gave him 18 goals from 74 appearances - probably the best return of any of his other temporary stays at other clubs.


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1 September 2014 : Jackett Explains Price Glovers Loan
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has revealed that Yeovil Town's interest in midfielder Jack Price only came through this morning. That backs up the theory that the 21 year old, who signed a one month emergency loan deal earlier today, is a direct replacement for midfielder Simon Gillett, who is understood to have suffered a knee injury during Saturday's home draw against Scunthorpe United.

Jackett has told the Midlands paper Express News and Star that it was the possibility of getting Price some regular first team football that influenced him into making his decision. Whilst an exact loan length hasn't been specified by either club, the Wolves boss indicates that it will take in a seven game period, which would point to it stretching as far as the October 4th match against Milton Keynes Dons.

Price should also be eligible to play in tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy, given that Wolves will not be competing in the competition this season. Jackett saw that opportunity of game time for one of his academy graduates as being a big plus:

"We had a request in this morning from Yeovil to take Jack. They specifically asked for him and they have injuries at the moment, so heíll go straight into their team, which is a good thing. He hasnít had the games yet this season, with our midfield looking good again. For us there is the possibility of him being involved there in seven games which is good and for the first two of those weeks, we donít play (due to the international break)."

Price became highly rated by Wolves fans during their League One title winning season last year, having only made his first team debut in August 2013, but going on to become a regular first team player for them, making 30 appearances during his debut season. His club's rise back up to second tier football though has seen them recruit further numbers and seen him frozen out of their Championship line-up. Jackett feels that the deal represents a good opportunity for both his own club and the player given the lack of game time this season:

"To release him for no more than a month initially, will be a good thing because it gets him up and running in terms of game-time. Heís had a solid pre-season and in his breakthrough season last year he did very well. Hopefully now he can build on that, and with this loan spell, he can be ready for if and when his opportunity comes this season because itís a long season. Both clubs will take it for a month and then assess it at the end of that time."


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1 September 2014 : Midfielder Price Signs Glovers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town have signed up Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price on a one month loan. The 21 year old is a Shrewsbury-born player who is doubtless being brought in to act as cover for Simon Gillett, who picked up a knee injury during Saturday's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United.

Born on December 19th 1992, he has made 31 appearances for Wolves, with one League Cup appearance to his name so far this season. He is a product of their youth academy and turned professional with Wolves in 2011.


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1 September 2014 : Duffy Completes Blackburn Move
Further to Friday's news, former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy has completed his move from Everton to Blackburn Rovers. The 22 year old has signed a three year contract for what is officially an undisclosed fee, but has been freely reported in the run-up to the deal being completed as being worth £1.5 million.

Duffy was one of Yeovil's star performers as part of his 39 game loan spell during the club's 2013-14 season, and stood out during the April 2014 goalless draw at Ewood Park - something that will have doubtless been noticed by manager Gary Bowyer.

The Republic of Ireland international is currently standby for the their national squad that is scheduled to play Oman in Dublin on Wednesday, followed by a Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Sunday. With the Championship division having an international break this coming weekend he will therefore only properly get involve with the Rovers matchday squad in around twelve days time.


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1 September 2014 : Dunne Departs From Colchester
League One side Colchester United have parted company with manager Joe Dunne this morning. The Essex club are looking for a new manager following a slow start to the 2014-15 season that sees them currently in 23rd place in the League One table, and five consecutive defeats, including Saturday's 1-3 loss to League One leaders Peterborough United.

The U's have allowed Dunne to leave "by mutual consent" - the usual term for when managers are given a financial pay-off to tear up their contract. Despite the start to the season, their Chairman Robbie Cowling has praised the outgoing manager for handling some difficult financial situations:

"Joe has done a remarkable job as manager for Colchester United over the past two seasons and he has been a remarkable servant for the club for many years. He is a Colchester United legend and I am grateful for the way he kept our club in League One during these challenging times. I wish him all of the very best for the future."

Dunne's association with Colchester stretches back as far as 1996, thanks to two playing spells that were followed up by him becoming the club's Youth Team Coach. Having briefly taken the Caretaker Manager reins in 2009, he was given the first team manager's job on a more permanent basis in September 2012. He was in charge for 95 matches, wining 27 and drawing 20 matches during that time.


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1 September 2014 : Interview With AJ Leitch-Smith
Following Saturday afternoon's home 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, AJ's thoughts on the draw as well as tomorrow night's match against Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy, can be read via the link below.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Barnsley.


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1 September 2014 : Sherwood Delighted After Biggest Ladies FA WSL Win
Yeovil Town Ladies boss Jamie Sherwood believes his side can compete with anyone after his side sealed a comfortable 6-0 win over Oxford United Women in the FA Women's Super League 2 on Sunday afternoon. A Sarah Wiltshire hat-trick helped to seal the win and condemned Oxford to their fifth straight league defeat.

Wiltshire was involved throughout, and helped her side take the lead after her shot in the 20th minute rattled the crossbar and dropped to Helen Bleazard who blasted into the top corner. Wiltshire was in the thick of the action again on 32 minutes when her good work helped set up Ellie Curson whose effort went in off the post to double Yeovilís lead. And Wiltshire took the second half by the scruff of the neck scoring three times to seal the win and drawing praise from her manager.

"I donít want to single out players after a performance like that because one to eleven we have been superb; but if we have a solid base and keep clean sheets, we have the quality in the team to be able to compete with any team, and Sarah (Wiltshire) is one of those players," said Sherwood.

"That's her second home game of the season and she showed what she is capable of doing. If we can build a solid base behind our front four and we play the way weíve played today we will give any team a challenge, so she (Wiltshire) is definitely smiling and so is her manager. Rachael (Edwards) is also a great leader and she helps make sure that we have that solid base, her and Natalie (Haigh), their partnership at the back is absolutely superb. Overall Iím thrilled with the performance and I think we showed exactly what we are capable of."

Yeovil Town Ladies open the scoring thanks to Helen Bleazard
Yeovil Town Ladies open the scoring thanks to Helen Bleazard.
Photo © 2014 Yeovil Town Ladies.


Sarah Wiltshire grabbed her first of the match moments after the restart when she tucked away from close range after Oxford keeper Demi Lamborne had parried her initial effort. She had her second two minutes later with a sweetly-struck free kick which left Lamborne with no chance and, after substitute Laura Bray added a fifth, Wiltshire sealed her hat-trick with a cross-cum-shot. It wasnít just Sherwood who had praise for Wiltshireís performance with Oxford boss Les Taylor also adding to the plaudits after the game:

"I think the difference between the two teams was the girl Wiltshire, she caused us major problems and I donít think that we dealt with her properly. Whenever she got the ball she always looked as though she was about to create something and nine times out of ten she did and, realistically, we havenít got a player like her who can turn a game. So, as I said, one player can make the difference, and she certainly made the difference today."

Hat-trick scorer Sarah Wiltshire gets her Player of the Match award from Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley
Hat-trick scorer Sarah Wiltshire gets her Player of the Match award from Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley.
Photo © 2014 Yeovil Town Ladies.


Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 6 Oxford United Women 0.

Scorers: Helen Bleazard (20 mins, 1-0), Ellie Curson (32 mins, 2-0), Sarah Wiltshire (47 mins, 3-0), Sarah Wiltshire (49 mins, 4-0), Laura Bray (78 mins, 5-0), Sarah Wiltshire (85 mins, 6-0)

Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-2-3-1) Simkin (Sherwood 70), Whitton (Pearson 55), Edwards, Haigh, Cousins, Radburn-Lorton, Stewart, Bleazard, Curson, Wiltshire, Tewkesbury (Bray 76)

Subs not used: Kirby, Cook, Jackson, Payol

Bookings: Ellie Curson (57)

Oxford United Women: (4-3-3) Lamborne, Connor-Ionni, Chivers, Osborne-Ricketts, King (Fellows 83), Hines, Simmonds (Pickett 83), Stanley, Allison (Nutman 33), Low

Subs not used: Franklin-Fraiture, Marshall, Nichol

Referee: A. Tranter

Attendance: 301

Yeovil Ladies next Home game is against Reading Women on Thursday evening (4th September) in a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Reading are currently in third position in the WSL2 table, one point above Yeovil who are fourth. You can purchase tickets by clicking here. Admission prices are £4.00 Adults / £2.50 Concessions. The gates open at 6.15p.m.


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31 August 2014 : Hayter Hits Appearance Milestone
Saturday saw striker James Hayter hit a personal milestone as he made his 100th appearance for the club, during the League One home match against Barnsley. Having joined the club in the summer of 2012 from Doncaster Rovers, the 35 year old has been a regular in the Yeovil Town first team, missing just two league matches during the promotion winning 2012-13 season, whilst last season saw him on the pitch in 37 of the club's 46 Championship matches.

The former AFC Bournemouth striker has also scored 25 goals during his time at Huish Park, including 16 strikes during his first year with the club, as he set up a regular first choice partnership with Paddy Madden that saw the pair net 39 goals between them. Last season saw him net eight times, whilst he has already got himself on the scoresheet this season, during the club's 2-1 win over Walsall, twelve days ago.

Link: James Hayter : Player Profile (including Appearance And Goal Statistics).

Link: James Hayter : Goals Scored For Yeovil Town.


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31 August 2014 : Gary Talks About Barnsley Team Selection
Just before yesterday's home match against Barnsley 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 spoke about the opposition, as well as where he feels his team are beginning to make progress as a squad during the early part of the 2014-15 season. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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31 August 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United : Man of the Match Result
Last Saturday's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park saw Yeovil Town gain a 1-1 draw, and their first home point of the season. The Glovers took the lead when Kieffer Moore converted Sam Foley's cross into the box, but were pegged back when Paddy Madden netted against his former club.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Joe Edwards maintain his consistent performances in the middle of the park, whilst there are signs that defender Jakub Sokolik is starting to show why he was snapped up from Liverpool over the summer, even though he is currently playing in a slightly unfamiliar right-back position at present.

However, the winner of the poll - and for the fourth match out of the opening five fixtures - was midfielder Simon Gillett, who won by a very comfortable margin, and was also chosen as the Match Sponsors' player of the day at the game. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Simon Gillett 328 (26)
2. Jakub SokolŪk 156 (10)
3. Joe Edwards 116 (6)
4. Kevin Dawson 58 (1)
5. Kieffer Moore 54 (2)
6. Sam Foley 42 (1)
7. AJ Leitch-Smith 36 (1)
8. Nathan Smith 24 (1)
9. Ben Nugent 24 (1)
10. Aaron Martin 14 (0)
11. Chris Weale 14 (0)
12. James Hayter 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.12
Performance : 6.24
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 49

A reminder that Man of the Match voting for yesterday's game against Barnsley will remain open until Tuesday night. 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 Yeovil Town vs Barnsley.


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31 August 2014 : Roadworks On A303 Junction For Next Six Weeks
Yeovil Town supporters, and opposition supporters travelling into the town via the A303 should note that bridge maintenance on an interchange junction could cause disruption over the next six weeks. From Monday 1st September, the A303/A37 eastbound junction will be closed, both in terms of exit and entry. Note that the A303 itself is NOT closed, but may affect those travelling to/from Huish Park, starting with Tuesday night's match against Portsmouth.

There are two routes that you will not be able to take (without following lengthy diversions which force you up to the next A303 roundabout in the wrong direction and then back down again following a u-turn on that roundabout):
a) When entering Yeovil from the A303 heading Eastbound, it will not be possible to exit the A303 onto the A37. We'd recommend that you use the A3088 exit at the Cartgate Roundabout and come into Yeovil that way.
b) When leaving Yeovil it will not be possible to travel northbound on the A37 and then join the A303 Eastbound. We'd recommend that larger vehicles (minibuses, coaches) head via the A3088 when leaving the town and then join the A303 eastbound at the Cartgate Roundabout. Cars may prefer to take the more windy A359 (via Mudford and Queen Camel) and to join the A303 Eastbound at the Podimore Roundabout.

Westbound A303 routes are not directly affected. Those using the A37 to/from Shepton Mallet and beyond are also unaffected. The work is being done to undertake bridge joint repairs and to redo the waterproofing on the road surface for the interchange.


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30 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home 1-1 draw against Barnsley 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 thoughts on the match, and what the injury to Simon Gillett will mean to his thoughts on bringing in additional players, can be read via the link below.

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


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30 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Barnsley 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.

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


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30 August 2014 : Glovers Physios 'Fear' For Gillett Injury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that his club's physios 'fear' the extent of midfielder Simon Gillett's injury sustained today. Whilst the Glovers boss wasn't able to go into any detail regarding what the 28 year old's problem was that forced him off just before half time against Barnsley, but it was thought to be a knee injury that the former Nottingham Forest player had sustained, with Kieffer Moore replacing him, with the Glovers declining the opportunity to assess the problem at the half time break.

As one of the stand-out players in the Yeovil Town side so far this season, the loss of Gillett is a concern, and potentially changes the focus of Monday's Transfer Deadline Day that Johnson had only two days ago forecast as a quiet one. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he would now consider bringing in cover before Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy fixture against Portsmouth - if they can find the right player in time. In the meantime, it was Gillett who was causing him worries:

"The physios fear for the injury at the moment. So we're going to have to get a scan done on him just to see what it is. He is uncomfortable at the moment, and of course that will be a big loss for us at this moment in time. But I thought Sam Foley went in there and did quite well. But we'll have a look and see what we need. Whether we can do anything before the JPT Trophy game remains to be seen, but we will have a ring around and see if we can't help ourselves."

The Glovers currently are without James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Liam Davis (broken wrist) for around another two or three weeks, and with all three able to occupy various midfield and wide roles, a lot of the club's injuries are concentrated in one small area of the pitch. Johnson wants to look at that situation, but confirmed he would not be making contact with Marvin Elliott as a reaction to that, with the player's trial earlier this month being cut short due to lack of match fitness:

"I would think we are a little bit short in midfield and we certainly got to have a look at that, and we will do once we know the extent of the injury. Marvin was struggling with match fitness and the fitness to get to match fitness. You've got to be fit to be able to play matches to get match fit. I just felt that it would have taken too long. I don't know where he is now. I hope he is somewhere, but I think it (any new signing) will be more someone who who has been playing at a good level over the last month."

Clubs wanting to do business before August transfer window closes have until 11.00p.m. on Monday 1st September. After that point clubs are not allowed to sign any players as part of a permanent transfer or a long term loan. Clubs can only make Emergency Loan signings after an eight day 'dead' period has passed, meaning that will only be possible on or around September 9th. Thus if Johnson does not bring in new blood by Monday night, then he will have to work with the same squad for next Saturday's trip to Bradford City at Valley Parade.


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30 August 2014 : Second Half Performance Impresses Gary Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson left Huish Park this afternoon impressed by his side's second half performance against Barnsley. The 1-1 draw was one that was defined by a below par first half period that saw the Tykes take the lead via a long range Conor Hourihane strike, before an improved second period saw them finally get their reward as an own goal from Yeovil-born defender Martin Cranie levelled the scores.

Johnson acknowledged the quality of Hourihane's strike, with the midfielder having moved from Plymouth Argyle over the summer for a fee reported in the Devon press as being in the region of £200,000. The Glovers boss felt Barnsley were getting good value out of their new signing but that he felt his own side's second half showing was worthy of acclaim:

"I think the overriding emotion is that I was proud of their second-half performance. I did say before the game that this would be the strongest team we come up against so far and Barnsley showed that in the first half. We weren't quite ready for their sharp, quick, clever play. The lad (Conor Hourihane) that they paid a few hundred thousand for (from Plymouth Argyle) scored a goal worth a few hundred thousand from outside the box. We weren't really able to create enough good opportunities to look dangerous. But in the second-half we made a couple of substitutions and I just felt we showed that willingness and that effort and desire to get into the box and create chances. Sometimes quality comes out and sometimes it doesn't. But what did come out was the passion. The amount of crosses and shots and corners and free kicks that we had, I would have liked to have scored more than one, but we did keep going and we showed our public as well that there is a bit of a team there. With the second-half, as you said, we should have come away at least 2-1 or 3-1 winners."

The equalising goal will go down with Cranie's name against it, after he nudged home a Jakub Sokolik cross that AJ Leitch-Smith got a glancing touch on as it flew across the box. That was the one slice of fortune the Glovers got from the pressure they put on the Barnsley goal with their keeper Adam Davies managing to get in the way of everything else that was thrown at him:

"It would be nice to recognise one of our players, as opposed to an own goal - we don't like own goals! But it was as a result of two or three super crosses into the box. We had them all at sea - their keeper (Adam Davies) in the second half had a charmed life. Everything that ricocheted seem to come straight to him. I don't know whether he is that good, or that lucky, but certainly everything went to him, and he got behind everything. He made the saves that he had to make, and on occasions we didn't quite have that technique to just finish it off. People have got that technique to finish it off, so I'm just hoping that one day soon they will show us their technique. At the moment they are showing me their desire anyway."

The Glovers are likely to be without midfielder Simon Gillett for the foreseeable future, with Johnson expressing concern about what is believed to be a knee injury sustained just before half time today. The former Southampton player will go in for a scan on Monday to see what the damage is, but he will certainly miss Tuesday night's Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth.


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30 August 2014 : Yeovil 1 Barnsley 1 : Home Town Boy Gifts Glovers Another Point
Yeovil Town gained their second consecutive 1-1 home draw this afternoon, but had to rely upon a home town boy to score them the goal their second half play deserved. Once of Birchfield Primary School and Buckler's Mead School, Martin Cranie unwittingly converted a Jakub Sokolik cross into his own net just 14 minutes from time that cancelled out the opening strike from former Plymouth Argyle player Conor Hourihane that had threatened to win the game for the Tykes.

Gary Johnson chose to keep faith with the same group of players for the third game running, with the same starting eleven, and almost the same bench, with the only change being that Seth Nana Twumasi's return from suspension that allowed the Glovers the chance to field a complete seven man bench. It was an end-to-end first half but one in which the visitors looked more streetwise at times, with only Joe Edwards and Simon Gillett in the centre of the park obviously matching their Barnsley counterparts.

The Glovers did have their own share of chances - Sam Foley twice put shots over the bar, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith twice forced keeper Adam Davies into saves that were comfortable, rather than the sort that would truly extend a League One goalkeeper. Barnsley looked more incisive, and they took the lead 27 minutes into the match when former Plymouth Argyle winger Conor Hourihane was allowed too much space to control the ball and tee it up to fire home from 25 yards out for a lead that they took into the break.

Just before half time, Yeovil suffered a blow when Simon Gillett pulled up with a knee injury, and despite attempts to see him through to the break, they were forced into the change, with Kieffer Moore coming on as a substitute, AJ Leitch-Smith switching to a left-wing position, whilst Sam Foley moved into the centre. It was a more positive start to the second period, with Moore, Leitch-Smith and Joe Edwards forcing Adam Davies into early saves. But the Barnsley keeper mopping up those chances a bit too easily, with none of Yeovil's attackers looking as though they could make the breakthrough in truth.

A 66th minute substitution saw more formation changes as Sam Hoskins was put on as a striker, with Nathan Ralph coming on as a left-winger, that allowed AJ Leitch-Smith to move across to the right wing, as James Hayter and Kevin Dawson made way. Ten minutes later, the Glovers drew level, with a slight bit of fortune attached to it - Jakub Sokolik's cross into the box came off Barnsley centre-back Martin Cranie, and the Yeovil-born player had the misfortune to score his first ever goal for the Glovers - doubtless with family and friends out in force to tell him about it after the game.

Thereafter the match was almost one-way traffic. Barnsley tried to slow down play, with goalkeeper Adam Davies the biggest exponent of that, as he went down a couple of times for 'treatment' he clearly didn't need, whilst the Yeovil attackers put late pressure on his goal. Leitch-Smith fired just wide, Sam Foley had a strong run that ended with a shot deflected for a corner, which then saw Kieffer Moore head at Davies.

Moore then had a header cleared off the line by Conor Hourihane, whilst Nathan Ralph almost created a goal as his dangerous cross eluded a couple of outstretched boots as it fizzed across the six yard box. Barnsley survived - Yeovil had to settle for the draw, but the final 20 minutes saw them firmly put the Yorkshire side on the back foot, and ensured the visitors were the most relieved when the final whistle blew.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

Scorers: Conor Hourihane (27 mins, 0-1), Martin Cranie (76 mins, 1-1, own goal)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore (45 mins for Simon Gillett) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (66 mins for Kevin Dawson) 14. Sam Hoskins (66 mins for James Hayter) 21. Calvin Brooks

Barnsley:
12. Adam Davies
2. Reece Brown 6. Martin Cranie 5. Lewin Nyatanga 3. Joe Dudgeon
7. Keith Treacy 4. Luke Berry 17. Brad Abbott 8. Conor Hourihane
9. Sam Winnall 33. Leroy Lita

Substitutes:
1. Ross Turnbull 10. Kane Hemmings (65 mins for Sam Winnall) 11. Dale Jennings (30 mins for Keith Treacy) 14. Paul Digby 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 29. James Bree 44. Devante Cole (74 mins for Leroy Lita)

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 56 mins), Jakub Sokolik (foul, 90 mins)

Barnsley Bookings: Keith Treacy (foul, 13 mins), Conor Hourihane (foul, 62 mins), Devante Cole (foul, 89 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.

Barnsley Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,991 (including 394 Barnsley supporters).


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30 August 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Barnsley. The same line-up that took to the field against Walsall and Scunthorpe United is preferred despite the return of Seth Nana Twumasi from a three match suspension.

The trio of James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Liam Davis (broken wrist) will need a few more weeks to recover from their respective problems. Meanwhile Matteo Lanzoni is now off the club's payroll, having signed for Cambridge United this week.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 14. Sam Hoskins 21. Calvin Brooks

Barnsley:
12. Adam Davies
2. Reece Brown 6. Martin Cranie 5. Lewin Nyatanga 3. Joe Dudgeon
7. Keith Treacy 4. Luke Berry 17. Brad Abbott 8. Conor Hourihane
9. Sam Winnall 33. Leroy Lita

Substitutes:
1. Ross Turnbull 10. Kane Hemmings 11. Dale Jennings 14. Paul Digby 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 29. James Bree 44. Devante Cole


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30 August 2014 : Gary Talks About The Start To The 2014-15 Season
Yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson appeared live on BBC local radio to talk about the club's start to the 2014-15 season. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, Gary's chat about the way the team are evolving can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The Start To The 2014-15 Season.


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30 August 2014 : McCarthy Leaves Reading For QPR Deal
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will compete for a place in a Premier League side this season, after leaving Reading. The 24 year old has signed a four year contract with Queens Park Rangers. The fee is officially undisclosed although there are some wildly varying figures doing the rounds - £3 million (Reading Chronicle), £4 million (Metro) and £6 million (TalkSport) are just three of the transfer fee values the media have claimed QPR have paid the Royals for his services.

There was also speculation that Liverpool had beaten QPR to McCarthy's signing on Friday - that can now be put to bed, with the West London side confirming the deal, and their manager Harry Redknapp tipping him for a future England career:

"I am delighted to bring Alex in. Heís a great young goalkeeper with a great future in front of him. I think heís got the potential to be a future England goalkeeper one day, so to have him here at QPR is fantastic. Weíve got Rob Green and Brian Murphy, and Alexís arrival here helps to further strengthen the goalkeeping department. I want to have competition for places in all areas of the pitch, and you canít have too much quality in your squad. He is a great signing for the club, and for the future of QPR."

McCarthy was in the final year of his contract at the Madejski Stadium, thus putting Reading under pressure to sell the former England Under-21 goalkeeper before his value diminished. Overall he made 75 appearances for Reading, having made his early steps as a first team professional at Huish Park on a season-long loan with the Glovers during 2009-10 that gained him 45 appearances for the club.


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29 August 2014 : Gary Previews The Barnsley Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Barnsley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With views on the likes of Matteo Lanzoni, AJ Leitch-Smith and Kieffer Moore, Gary's chat with BBC Somerset can be read via the link below.

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


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29 August 2014 : Duffy Heading To Ewood Park
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy is expected to sign for Championship side Blackburn Rovers within the next 48 hours. The 22 year old will leave his current club Everton and move across to Lancashire, via a £1.5 million deal with Rovers.

As yet all the paperwork and announcements have not gone through at either end, but various media reports suggest that the deal is in principle agreed. Duffy has been involved in pre-season training with the Toffees, but are expected to adopt Phil Jagielka and John Stones as their first choice pairing in the centre of defence and thus is likely to find first team football hard to come by.

Last season saw Duffy make 39 appearances for the Glovers, scoring his one and only goal in the March 2014 match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium. He then went on to pick up two End of Season awards, with the runner-up positions in both the GWSC and Away Travel Club polls. His last Everton appearance came in February 2013, with the arrival of Roberto Martinez as manager during that summer effectively ending his first team chances at Goodison Park.


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29 August 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Barnsley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 30th August 2014 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches. Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and for the second time we had no problems with Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably the first time we were critical of him came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Mr Ward then covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what has in recent seasons been given as a red card offence, so was fairly consistent with what we had seen in other Football League matches. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".

Last season, he took charge of the September 2013 meeting between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. The visitors didn't have a single shot on target in open play throughout the whole 90 minutes. It was therefore rather irksome that the match was decided through Charlie Austin's penalty kick - awarded for one of those fifty-fifty mutual shirt-tug bits inside the box that saw Dan Seaborne penalised. Gary Johnson felt Austin had started the tugging, and had then gone down as soon as Seaborne did the same back. The Observer newspaper felt the same, describing it as "the softest of penalties" - there's been worse decisions at Huish Park over the years, but as Johnson said after the game, it was typical of the way the fifty-fifty decisions were awarded during the match.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: September 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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29 August 2014 : Bank Holiday Crowd Gives Concern For Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club will need to hit an average attendance level of around 4,500 spectators per match if they are to keep their current playing budget intact. The Glovers are currently hitting that target with an average of 4,589 coming through the gates during those opening two fixtures, but appear to have raised some concerns at the 3,943 that showed for the Bank Holiday weekend match against Scunthorpe United, compared to the more impressive opening day 5,235 that were present for the opening day match against Doncaster Rovers.

That Scunthorpe crowd was the first time the club had dipped below the 4,000 mark since a March 2013 midweek match against Preston North End, and the first Saturday fixture since a pre-Christmas 2012 game against Oldham Athletic. Johnson said that he had looked at the general statistics behind August Bank Holiday fixtures and believed that the tendency for people to go away for holiday weekends rather than stay in the town would be a factor in the dip:

"I looked at all the other attendances as well, and it's an annual bad weekend with it being a Bank Holiday and people going away. It started off quite sunny - I know that because I was in the traffic for four hours, whilst going back to Bristol! I won't be doing that again! So people go away. I hope that's what it was, because we need this average gate to go up."

With the current average crowd showing 4,589, Johnson indicated that they were 'spot on' with what their pre-season playing budgets had hoped to achieve. He hoped that as the team built up some winning form that he would see some of those who had been slow to return to Huish Park at the start of the season begin to return:

"We're spot on with it at the moment, with five-and-a-bit (thousand) for the first game, and then just under four (thousand) for the second game. We need to maintain it. If you pick up a couple of wins, or three wins on the trot - which we're trying to achieve - then obviously that brings people back in anyway. But I always appreciate the ones that are here, rather than the ones who are not here."

In terms of crowd trends for August Bank Holiday weekends, Saturday's attendance was the second lowest the club had experienced since joining the Football League. Whilst last season's Championship crowd for the visit of Derby County match can be discounted as a one-off, the two most recent matches falling on that weekend show 5,001 turning up for the visit of Sheffield United (1,396 away fans) and 3,827 for the visit of Leyton Orient (approx 250 away fans). The list of fixtures for the equivalent weekend reads as follows:

2003-04 : 6,105 : Northampton Town (League Two)
2004-05 : 5,088 : Rushden and Diamonds (League Two)
2005-06 : 6,079 : Chesterfield (League One) (Monday)
2006-07 : 4,827 : Port Vale (League One)
2008-09 : 6,580 : Leeds United (League One)
2009-10 : 3,827 : Leyton Orient (League One)
2011-12 : 5,001 : Sheffield United (League One)
2013-14 : 7,047 : Derby County (Championship)

During the club's last season in League One during 2012-13, the club attained an average gate of 4,240. Of those 12 of the 23 League One fixtures included crowds under 4,000. However, it's worth noting that eight of those fell before Christmas of that year, with the crowds rising during the second half once the club's play-off chances began to materialise.


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28 August 2014 : Johnson Explains Lanzoni Exit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that outgoing defender Matteo Lanzoni found himself too far down the pecking order to justify keeping him on the club's books for the 2014-15 season. The former Oldham Athletic right-back/centre-back had arrived at the club in January on an 18 month contract, but was to only make six appearances for the club before his contract was torn up this morning. Merely a few hours later he signed a one year deal with League Two side Cambridge United, ending his eight month stay with the Glovers.

Johnson explained to BBC Somerset that he felt that with Lanzoni having got stuck behind the established partnership of Byron Webster and Shane Duffy during last season, that the last thing the Italian needed was another season where other players were going to keep him out of the side, and so suggested that the 26 year old should find himself another club in order to get more games:

"We brought him here for the Championship, but we had (Byron) Webster and (Shane) Duffy who were playing well, and didn't get injured that much. Matteo got his bits and pieces in time on the pitch. He's a great lad and a decent player, but he found himself again in a position where he was behind another three centre-backs. So rather than keep him here for the whole season and have him wait for an injury, he needed to play games. He couldn't have another season without playing games. We had to say to him that you've got to go out and earn yourself a career somewhere else, and that's what he'll do."

With Lanzoni not having been part of the squad during the past two matches, as his future with the Glovers was thrashed out, his departure doesn't materially impact the number of players Johnson has at his disposal. However the Glovers boss now seems to be winding back from his recent position which saw him looking to boost the size of his squad. At present he is expecting a quiet transfer deadline day in terms of both incoming and outgoing players:

"I think somebody would have made contact with us by now if there was a big money transfer. We're certainly not going to be the big money transfer team that brings someone in - that's for sure. Then obviously the loans begin again a week after the window shuts. So you're not really losing anything as a League One club. But I've been working hard with this group and to keep that faith I just want to give a few of them a bit of a go, and see where it takes us."

This weekend will see one extra player added to the squad with Seth Nana Twumasi returning from a three match suspension, meaning that unless there are any last minutes unexpected knocks, the Glovers should be able to fill their bench for the first time in a fortnight. The trio of James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Liam Davis (broken wrist) will need a few more weeks to recover from their respective problems.


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28 August 2014 : Glovers Agent Payments Up In Championship Season
The Football League have published their annual report concerning the payment of fees to Football Agents. The report details what was paid out during the 2013-14 season, and with Yeovil Town in the Championship for this period, it's no surprise to find the amount paid came close to doubling against that for the previous campaign. A total of £61,550 was forked out, compared to the £36,265 that was made during their League One promotion year.

Overall across the season, from July 1st 2013 to 30th June 2014, the club made 26 new registrations of players, including transfers from other clubs, whilst three player contracts were updated. The club used 15 loan contracts, whilst there were no contract cancellations during that period.

The amount of money spent on Football Agents is surprisingly not the lowest in the Championship division, with Blackpool spending just £10,000 during the year. However, all other clubs paid out either six or seven figure sums, with Doncaster Rovers forking out £131,380 as the next nearest club, whilst Barnsley paid £221,445 meaning that three of the four lowest spenders were also the division's relegated sides. At the other end it's no surprise to find Queens Park Rangers were the big spenders, with £1,814,480 leaving Loftus Road, whilst Blackburn Rovers paid £1,681,080.

In League One, Wolverhampton Wanderers (£571,350), Bristol City (£339,467) and Brentford (£253,236) were the division's big spenders, whilst at the other end of the scale Shrewsbury Town didn't spend a penny on agents. Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool United were the other Football League sides who didn't pay out to agents.

Overall a total of £17.7 million was paid during the season, compared to the £21.5 million spent during the 2012-13 season. The Football League, who have adopted the narrative that they see this as money 'leaving' the game, have suggested that the sharp 18 percent reduction is due to Championships clubs now having to adopt Financial Fair Play regulations for the 2013-14 season, and needing to put their house into order for this year. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey explained:

"The 2013-14 campaign was the first season against which sanctions will be applied in all three of our divisions under The Football League's Financial Fair Play rules. It is therefore notable that we have seen a significant fall in payments to agents. Hopefully this is a sign that they are having a positive effect but it's too early to know for definite at this stage. Whilst a reduction of £4m is welcome there is still a very significant sum leaving the game to pay agents. Under the financial reporting arrangements in place for clubs these liabilities are provided for in club business plans going forward."


Link: 06/09/2013 : Glovers Agent Fees Go Up, As League Holds Steady.

Link: 09/08/2012 : Yeovil Town Record Small Rise In Agent Payments.

Link: 26/08/2011 : Glovers Agent Fees Flat As League Figures Spiral Upwards.

Link: 18/08/2010 : Glovers Agent Payments Down, But League Payments Go Up.


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28 August 2014 : McAllister Surprised He Didn't Extend Huish Park Stay
Former Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister has admitted that he was surprised to be released by the Glovers over the summer, having been club captain and a regular in the starting line-up during his two years at Huish Park. The 36 year old made 84 appearances for the club after signing in the summer of 2012, but was part of the club's released list back in May, and has spent the summer on trial with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock as well as training with Bristol City's Development Squad to keep himself fit, ahead of a move to India where he will take part in their first India Super League season later this year.

McAllister played in 38 of the club's 46 Championship fixtures, and told BBC Somerset that he had been mentally set on extending his stay with Yeovil Town. But when he got the phone call from the club he had to quickly make plans, which ultimately turned into an overseas role with the Kerala Blasters in India:

"I was surprised actually to get the phone call. I was just waiting for the gaffer to phone and say 'there's a year (contract) and this is what we are offering you' but it wasn't to be. That's football, and you move on. But I had a few offers in the summer, and a few that I was thinking over and fortunately enough this one came up. It came up late, but it was the best in my eyes and my wife's eyes. It was a great opportunity to take, and one I couldn't turn down."

McAllister explained that the India Super League offer nearly didn't happen, with him confirming last month's rumours that he was training with Kilmarnock in Scotland. He implied that there was an offer on the table for him to move to Rugby Park, but that whilst he was mulling that over he got a call from former England goalkeeper David James, who he knew from their days at Ashton Gate:

"I was up in Kilmarnock and was about to stay in Kilmarnock for a year up in Scotland, and David James phoned me. He just ran the idea by me, and asked if I'd be interested in coming with him. He'd be going as manager of the team - Kerala Blasters. We had a few chats and what he came back with was really interesting. It's a new Super League. It's just a chance I can't turn down - I'm going as a player-coach. So I had to turn down Kilmarnock and take up this opportunity."

McAllister added that the chance to team back up with James was a significant factor, with the 44 year old spending two years as his team-mate in Bristol. When James offered a coaching role in that deal, McAllister said that was a big influence, but that his friendship with James was also a big thing for him:

"He was a massive factor. He obviously spoke to me, and he has ideas of what he wants to achieve and what he wants from me as a player and as a coach. So I'm going to be very hands-on, dealing with a lot of things day-to-day, and doing the training and stuff like that, and also playing. So it's just come at the right time in my career, where I've been doing my coaching badges for the last four years. So it's all tied in very nicely. It's a four month thing, and it's a great opportunity."

Having reached the tail end of an eighteen year professional career that has taken in four clubs in Scotland and three in England, McAllister has been preparing for life after his playing career. He has recently completed his UEFA 'A' Coaching Licence, having taken the course during his time at Huish Park. However, he said that he was not yet ready to hang up his playing boots:

"I've been doing my coaching badges for the last four years, and I've just finished my UEFA A Licence. Coaching is something that I want to go into, but my first passion is playing. I feel as if I've got a few years left in me yet. I keep myself fit. Playing is definitely my passion, and I love it at the moment, although I am looking forward to doing the coaching side out in India, and to try to combine both. I love doing the coaching but there's plenty of time for me to do that. As I say, this opportunity gives me a chance to mix both and see how I get on with doing that. But I do love playing and I want to keep playing."

The former Scotland international explained that after he turned down Kilmarnock's offer, he returned back to his Bristol home and has been training with Bristol City's Under-21 squad over the past week or two. During that time he has watched Yeovil Town's home match against Doncaster Rovers on the opening day of the season, and followed that up a week later with Bristol City's match against Colchester United which they won by a 2-1 scoreline. He thinks City are going to have a very good season ahead of them:

"I've been training down at the (Bristol City) training ground with the Under-21s. I speak to a lot of the boys (at Bristol City), and I went to their game last week against Colchester, just to watch them. I've got some good friends there, as Luke Ayling has just signed up, and I know Korey Smith and a few of the other lads. It's been good to watch them and I think they've been very impressive this year and I definitely think they'll get promoted. I can see good times ahead. They've bought some great signings and I think there's a good blend. It's a strong squad, so I think that as they grow together and play more together as a team, they'll definitely be a threat this year."


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28 August 2014 : Lanzoni Pens Cambridge Deal
Former Yeovil Town defender Matteo Lanzoni has wasted no time in finding himself a new club. Barely a few hours after his departure from Huish Park was confirmed, he has signed for League Two newcomers Cambridge United, penning a one year deal. With the 26 year old being pictured in Cambridge colours this morning, his decision to leave South Somerset appears to have been made with an offer from the U's already on the table.

Lanzoni made just six appearances for Yeovil Town, after he joined them in January 2014 from Oldham Athletic, and he will team up with goalkeeper Chris Dunn who also joined the 2013-14 Conference Play-Off winners over the summer. Director of Football Jez George told his club's website that Cambridge were only prepared to make their final move once Lanzoni was off the Huish Park payroll:

"Matteo will add to our defensive options and provide more competition for places in these positions. It is a similar situation to Michael Nelson in that we have only been able to make this signing because of the circumstances, in that Matteo first terminated his contract at Yeovil and was a free agent. Once we knew he was available, and Richard had identified that his attributes fitted the profile of player that we were looking for, we worked quickly to agree a deal to bring Matteo to the club."


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28 August 2014 : Free Admission Offer For Ladies Match On Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies have introduced a ticketing offer for this coming Sunday's home match against Oxford United Women. The match takes place at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, also home of Sherborne Town FC) on Sunday 31st August, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off and comes just one day after the men's team take on Barnsley in a League One match.

Yeovil Town supporters who can either present their 2014-15 Season Ticket or their matchday ticket from the previous day's match against Barnsley will get FREE admission to the match, thus giving supporters two matches for the price of one.

In addition, the Ladies club are running a 'Kids Event' day (see the poster below) which will allow all Under-16s to gain admission to Sunday's match for FREE (regardless of whether they've been to the Barnsley game or not). Kids-oriented events will begin at 12.30p.m. - see below for more details of what to expect.

Yeovil Town Ladies launch a Kids Event for Sunday's match against Oxford United Women
Yeovil Town Ladies launch a Kids Event for Sunday's match against Oxford United Women.



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28 August 2014 : Lanzoni Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they have allowed defender Matteo Lanzoni to leave the club by mutual consent. The 26 year old, who joined the club from Oldham Athletic, only made two starts and four substitute appearances after signing an 18 month contract at Huish Park, and has not featured at all during pre-season.

Lanzoni was only sparingly used in pre-season, often being left as an unused substitute, and during the last two matches he has not even made the substitutes bench, with the Glovers deciding to field just six substitutes rather than give him a space. Given that manager Gary Johnson suggested that his player wasn't injured but wasn't fit enough to play in games, that pointed to an imminent exit from the club.

He has now left the club by mutual consent and will be free to join another club as a free agent, either before or after Monday's transfer deadline day.


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27 August 2014 : Fontaine Makes Hibs Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Fontaine has headed north of the border for his next career move. The 28 year old has agreed a one year deal with Scottish Championship side Hibernian, and made his debut last night against Dunbarton in the Scottish League Cup.

Having been released by Bristol City at the end of last season, he has been spotted training with Championship side Bolton Wanderers, playing in pre-season friendlies against Fylde and Wrexham which were badged as Development Squad games, but he was not offered a deal with the Trotters. He then travelled north and agreed a deal with Hibs in time for his registration papers to go through. Fontaine explained his views on the deal:

"Iím really excited about the move and the challenge of getting Hibs back into the Premiership. There were a few factors that made me sign Ė the prospect of working with the manager, becoming part of a young, hungry squad and the opportunity of playing for such a big club with great supporters. Everything pointed towards this being the right move for me and, after spending the last eight years down at Bristol City, coming up here is a fresh challenge and one Iím looking forward to."

Fontaine has had one brief spell up in Scotland, as part of a Kilmarnock loan deal whilst he was on the books of Fulham, which was sandwiched between his 2004 and 2005 spells at Huish Park that saw him make 30 appearances across two different seasons for the Glovers. However, this is the first time he's moved up to Scotland on a permanent basis. His new manager Alan Stubbs said of the deal:

"Liam is a real quality signing, who will undoubtedly add a huge amount to the squad and further strengthen our defence. We did our homework on him - both as a player and as a person - and he ticked all the right boxes and he has immediately bought into what we're trying to achieve at the club."

The former Fulham academy player only made three further Bristol City appearances - all in January 2014 - after his five game 2013-14 loan spell with Yeovil Town was ended. It was therefore little surprise that his eight year spell at Ashton Gate was ended.

One deal that is a little more surprising is Watford's decision to take goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin back to Vicarage Road. The 27 year old, who had an eight game spell at Huish Park during the 2011-12 season, left Watford on a free transfer to join Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2012, and made just 16 appearances for the Pilgrims as they cut his two year contract short by a year. He then moved on to St Patricks Athletic in Ireland where he made just one league appearance and nine cup competition appearances, but has now agreed a one year contract with the Hornets upon his return to Hertfordshire.


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27 August 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Shape Of Things To Come
With no midweek match this week, there's a rare chance to draw breath in what is a fairly quiet week for Yeovil Town. That also gives us an opportunity to look at the early shape of League One and Yeovil Town's start to the 2014-15 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers that and a few other talking points. Read it via the link below, and provide your own views on our start at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Shape Of Things To Come.


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27 August 2014 : Video : London Bees vs Yeovil Town Ladies Match Highlights
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies played London Bees in north London, running out as 2-0 winners. Both goals were late strikes from Helen Bleazard, who had just returned from international duty with Wales. You can watch them as well as highlights of a lot of the other action from the game, via the YouTube video below.



Yeovil Town Ladies face Oxford Utd LFC this coming Sunday, 31st August (2.00p.m. kick-off) at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne. There is a kids event running on this day, which starts at 12.30p.m. There is FREE entry to all U16ís with adult tickets costing £4.00 / £2.50 concessions. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Yeovil Town Ladies Ticketing Page or by paying cash on the day.


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26 August 2014 : Scunny Boss Happy With Point In 'Poor' Game
Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox was happy to pick up a point on Saturday, in a League One match at Huish Park that he saw as a 'poor spectacle' for the spectator. The Iron gained a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town with the Glovers initially taking the lead through Kieffer Moore, before former Glover Paddy Madden equalised with eight minutes remaining.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside after the match, Wilcox was mindful of Yeovil's league status last season and the problems his side had in negotiating Bank Holiday weekend holiday traffic, but didn't find the game much to write home about:

"I did really think it was a poor game, and a poor spectacle for the supporters. But it's just about getting the points on the board for us. We got one point. We would have liked to have got three, but when you're 1-0 down away from home at Yeovil - and we must remember that they were a Championship side last season - the lads have shown great resilience and great togetherness, and battled their way back. We had a seven hour journey yesterday which interrupts your preparation. But we dug in and I think that was the key."

Saturday's inevitable moment came in the 82nd minute when Madden squirmed his way past a Yeovil defender in the box and slotted home in the 82nd minute, on his first return to Huish Park since leaving the club in January. Wilcox thought the Irishman had lost the chance to net, but agreed that it was one of the more predictable moments of the game:

"It's surprising how many times it happens that an ex-player comes back and then scores. I'm delighted for Paddy (Madden) and delighted for us as a group to pick up that point at last. I must admit when it went into the box I thought the chance had gone. He's moved his feet and wiggled his way through, and it's a terrific goal. We maybe could have gone on to nick it. I don't think we deserved to, but Billy Kee had a half-chance from a back pass, but I think that at 1-0 down away from home against a side that were in the Championship last season, we would have taken that before the game."

Scunthorpe went into the match having conceded nine goals in their opening three League One matches, and they conceded their tenth when a Sam Foley cross into the box was met by an on-rushing Kieffer Moore, who bagged his first goal of the 2014-15 season. Wilcox admitted he was disappointed with the defending for that goal, but felt that his side had shown an improvement on their previous showings:

"You always are (disappointed). We've worked all week about getting the first contact in the box. But I must say today that we've probably done that 99 times out of 100, and I thought our two centre-halves were absolutely outstanding, making first contact with most of the balls against a big powerful strong Yeovil team - with the introduction of their subs, and from corners and set plays, they were throwing the ball in the box and they've got four or five 6'4" players, so I'm really pleased that we dealt with that today."

The Iron frequently slowed down the pace of the game across the 90 minutes, and seemed content to try to block out for an away point at several points in the game. But Wilcox felt that Yeovil Town's players had done a good job in stopping his wingers from being able to make wide runs, forcing play into the central areas where Ben Nugent and Aaron Martin wete able to mop up:

"Sometimes you have to pick up points in an ugly way. I thought that today was not a great game and not a great spectacle to watch for the supporters. There were a lot of balls played from back to front. They pressed us and made us do that into their two big centre-halves. We didn't quite get down the side of them today as much as we'd like to. We can play a lot better than that, and I think we've played a lot better than that in the previous games. It just shows you that when you stay in games and you stay solid, then even at 1-0 there's always that opportunity. Once it goes to two or three then the game is over. We've dug in deep and we've had to, against a very good side, and we've got our rewards at the end of the day."

Link: Sam Foley Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Scunthorpe.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Scunthorpe United Game.


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