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20 December 2014 : Christmas Prize Draw In The Beer Tent
Saturday's home match against Colchester United will see the Away Travel Club Christmas draw take place in the Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent). They are hoping to persuade someone who is not part of the day's teamsheet to come along and help with the draw - last season Nathan Ralph and Sam Hoskins were joined by former players Dean Birkby and Martyn Grimshaw.

Tickets for the draw can still be purchased on the day at £2.00 a strip - ask for Mark Kelly in the Beer Tent before the game. Pictured below are some of the great prizes available. The Away Travel Club have issued thanks to Fudges of Stalbridge, Autotechnics Ltd of Gillingham, Yeovil Town FC, The Co-ops of Yeovil and Weymouth and Jones Building Group for their prize donations as well as several personal donators who also deserve thanks.

The draw will be made at around 2.15p.m. on the day, so there is a chance to take home a prize on the spot. Profits from the draw are donated back to the club, usually in the form of equipment or facilities that have been provided over the years by the Away Travel Club (and by YTISA before that).

2014 Away Travel Club Christmas Draw Prizes - Get Your Ticket Today!
2014 Away Travel Club Christmas Draw Prizes - Get Your Ticket Today!



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19 December 2014 : Gary Previews The Colchester Home Game
As part of the build-up to the home League One match against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about the midweek FA Cup win over Accrington Stanley, the prospect of playing Manchester United and of course plenty on Saturday's opponents and the general mood around the club. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 December 2014 : Coventry Boss Waiting On Clarke Assessment
League One side Coventry City have indicated that they will check the results of an MRI scan that Yeovil Town's on-loan right-back Jordan Clarke has had this week, before making any determination about his short term future. The 23 year old dropped out of Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley, after getting injured during the warm-ups, with a hamstring problem meaning that he will definitely be absent for tomorrow's League One home match against Colchester United.

That has brought into question whether Clarke will play for Yeovil again during his current spell with the club, with Glovers boss Gary Johnson giving an initial assessment that pointed to a three or four week lay-off. Clarke's current deal with the club runs until January 5th 2015, meaning that could easily take in his final matches for the club.

Sky Blues boss Stephen Pressley has indicated that he will wait to see what the results are, before deciding where Clarke's rehabiliation should be spent. Although Gary Johnson indicated that he wanted the loan player to stay involved at Huish Park, Pressley's words to the Coventry Telegraph suggest that his parent club will have the final say in the matter. Pressley explained:

"I havenít had the results yet. Gary Johnson sent me a text on Wednesday saying Jordan was getting a scan and that he would inform me once the results were through. Our physio has also phoned Jordan who has a concern about his hamstring, so weíre still waiting on the results and hoping it's not too serious. But it would appear it will keep him out for several weeks. Iíll have a discussion with Gary as to how we want to rehab him but heís due back after the (Coventry vs ) Walsall game on January 3rd anyway."

For tomorrow's fixture against Colchester United, the Glovers will welcome back Ryan Inniss after he completed his three match suspension. However, winger Joel Grant is currently out with a knee problem, whilst right-sided midfielder Kevin Dawson has missed the last two fixtures and is being assessed daily to determine when he is ready to come back into the side.


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19 December 2014 : Gary Talks About Accrington Home Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match at Accrington Stanley kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary spoke about the importance of the game and the challenge he expected the opposition to show. That interview is now archived via the link below.

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


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19 December 2014 : Huish Park Ticket Office Christmas Opening Hours
Yeovil Town supporters looking to purchase and collect tickets for forthcoming fixtures should note the following arrangements with respect to Ticket Office Opening Hours across the Christmas period. The basic hours are as follows (although take note of the detail that follows it):

Fri 19th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Sat 20th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (Colchester United - home)
Sun 21st Dec : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m. (last day of season ticket holder priority)
Mon 22nd Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m. (first day of double token holders)
Tue 23rd Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Wed 24th Dec : 9.00a.m. - Midday (last day of double token holders)
Thu 25th Dec : CLOSED
Fri 26th Dec : CLOSED (Bristol City - away)
Sat 27th Dec : TBA - provisionally 10.00a.m. opening

Please note the following carefully:

1. On Saturday, priority will be given to those purchasing Colchester United ticket during the 90 minutes leading up to kick-off. If you're a Season Ticket Holder looking to purchase Manchester United tickets in person on the day, please try to complete your purchase before then. Supporters can collect pre-purchased tickets (although bear in mind that there is a turnaround time on how quickly they're available for collection). For all supporters you are strongly advised to make ticket purchases/collections as early as possible as the lead-up to kick-off will be very busy.

2. The deadline for Season Ticket Holders to purchase Manchester United tickets is 2.00p.m. on Sunday. If you have problems gaining access to the Ticket Office in person/phone, note that you can make your purchase online - see here for more details. You can do the same for most other home matches as well, including Colchester United and Leyton Orient.

3. Applications for Manchester United tickets for those holding Accrington Stanley and Colchester United ticket stubs must be done in person. If you can't get to the Ticket Office, make plans to get a friend to buy on your behalf. We'll try to provide an FAQ on ticket stubs nearer the time.

4. The opening hours for Saturday 27th December onwards will be determined nearer the time once the club have a better idea of availability/demand.

NOTE: The club have suspended the answer machine for the moment, as the backlog of messages was causing problems, with duplicate messages also slowing down the return of those calls.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticket Portal.


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18 December 2014 : Johnson Still Wanting To Keep Clarke Involved Despite Injury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is still hoping to keep Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke mixing with the squad over the Christmas period, even though it is rather unlikely that he will feature in any further games during his current loan spell with the club. The 23 year old was injured during the warm-ups just prior to the FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley and had to be replaced on the teamsheet by Brendan Moloney in the starting line-up.

Having netted three times in seven matches as well as being part of an increasingly successful back line, the loss of Clarke was a significant blow, and on Wednesday morning, Johnson said his initial assessment was that the player would be out for three or four weeks, effectively taking him to the end of his current loan spell with the club. However, speaking to BBC Somerset today, Gary said that he was sending the defender for an MRI scan to get a more exact diagnosis, and in the meantime the plan was to keep him still involved with the squad:

"It was a big blow because he'd done well, and he was a goalscoring right-back and he'd got three goals, albeit from set plays. Hopefully we'll keep him around. He's having an MRI scan to see how big the problem is with his hamstring and once we know that we'll know how long it will be before he gets back. But Brendan Moloney came in at very short notice at half-past-seven for a quarter-to-eight kick-off and he kept his shape well. It was important that we kept our shape as it wasn't so good at Accrington and they had a lot more play up there than they did this time. But it would be nice to get Jordan back as quick as we can so that we've got that extra competition. Credit to Moloney though, as he came in there and he was a part of that shape."

Johnson also said that he was impressed enough with Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer to be thinking further ahead as to the former Norwich City goalkeeper's future with the club. The 22 year old currently has a 93 day loan agreement with the club that runs until January 31st, at which point the two clubs could negotiate a half-season loan extension if the player was happy to stay with the club. The Glovers boss said that he was in conversation with Villa, but with plenty of games of his currently spell left to play, that would be taken on a week-by-week basis:

"We've got him anyway and he's contracted until the end of January, so that's good as that gives us four weeks (in the New Year). I'm sure that Jed is enjoying playing. He's played in seven games and I think he's let in three. So that's good. He's enjoying himself, he's looking comfortable and he's looking confident and hopefully we can keep him for longer. We are talking to Villa but we're just taking it week-by-week."

With Clarke, Steer and Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey having all arrived during the same week, at the back end of October, that has coincided in an upturn in both results and performances during the months of November and December. Johnson has referred to that squad change, which started life with the 0-0 draw at Chesterfield as a 'new regime' in recent interviews, and he pointed out that the eight games that had passed were now starting to show some promise:

"It's a good time for us to kick on, as quickly as we can. We've had a good run since Chesterfield. If you include the cup games I think it's four wins, two draws and two defeats, which is not a bad record over eight games since that day that we brought in Jed (Steer) and (Stephen) Arthurworrey. We've had to teach people our tactics and get them into our Yeovil way, and we think that the penny is just starting to drop - we hope so."


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18 December 2014 : Manchester United's Away Ticket Allocation
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round opponents Manchester United have been given their ticket allocation for their visit to Huish Park on January 4th 2015. The Premier League side heads down to Somerset for a Sunday televised fixture, and a 3.30p.m. kick-off and they have been given a similar allocation to that given for the larger Championship clubs that visited during the club's 2013-14 season.

Their supporters have been allocated 1,500 terrace spaces at the Copse Road Terrace end of the ground along with 536 seats in the Screwfix East Stand, providing them with 2,036 places for the match. Given the capacity of the ground is in the region of 9,600, then once segregation is taken into account that allows for around 7,500 spaces for home supporters - much the same that was available for games against Queens Park Rangers and Reading last season.

Manchester United fans will also have to factor in a significant overhead on the cost of the tickets, with £6.15 being levied against all purchased tickets to enable them to be sent out via Royal Mail Special Delivery for the fixture. Applications have only been invited to their Season Ticket holders and Executive Club Members.


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18 December 2014 : Manchester United Tickets Available Online To Season Ticket Holders
Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders wanting to purchase tickets for the club's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United can now take the stress out of the situation by purchasing their ticket online. At present, Season Ticket Holders can claim their existing seat/place at Huish Park up until Sunday 21st December at 2.00p.m. to guarantee themselves a ticket for the January 4th fixture.

That purchase can now be made online via the link below. Note that this option will only be available to Season Ticket Holders, and only after you have signed into the portal. If you've not used the portal before, you'll need your Season Ticket number and your home postcode to gain access. It is provided as an alternative method for Season Ticket Holders to claim their current seat/space, and not to provide any additional tickets for the fixture - you can purchase one ticket per Season Ticket Holder.

If you're not a Season Ticket Holder, then you cannot purchase tickets for the match yet. Follow the original instructions linked below to find out how to claim your ticket. Do not call or visit the Ticket Office at this stage (unless it's to make other purchases) as you will not get a ticket.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticket Portal.


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18 December 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Colchester United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually about once a season. This will actually he his first visit to Huish Park as a referee, with all past meetings coming on our travels, and doubtless a bit closer to his home.

The earliest occasion we've got on record was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

However, in our last four meetings involving Mr Boyeson, we've found little to complain about. The first of the came in the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign! The same is true of the February 2009 match at Gresty Road, where the 2-0 defeat was rather self inflicted, with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar making the biggest error on the night, when he turned a cross into his own net, dwarfing anything the referee may or may not have been doing.

Then we had the September 2011 thriller at Deepdale, where Yeovil Town went down by a 4-3 scoreline. He gave us a penalty after Clarke Carlisle handled in the box for Preston, but the Lancashire press didn't make too much of that, preferring to concentrate on the seven goals scored. The Western Gazette says of his performance that he "was sensible and kept a lid on the game when tempers threatened to boil over when Yeovil battled back" from 4-1 down. Most recently he was present for our 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in September 2012 - on that occasion we can't recall him doing too much wrong across the 90 minutes, although the Gazette weren't happy weren't happy with him saying he had "an afternoon to forget, contributing to both teams' frustrations by awarding free kicks for very little" although it didn't seem to have any influence upon the actual result.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : March 2008 : Hartlepool United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2009 : Crewe Alexandra 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2011 : Preston North End 4 - 3 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2012 : Milton Keynes Dons 1 - 0 Yeovil Town.


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17 December 2014 : Gary Talks About The Third Round Prize
The morning after the night before, a bleary-eyed Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was put live on air by BBC Somerset this morning to talk about his more considered reaction to beating Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup. With the club now able to put Third Round opponents Manchester United firmly in their sights, Gary spoke to presenter Emma Britton about last night's match and the prospect of facing Premier League opposition on January 4th. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC The Day After The Accrington Win.


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17 December 2014 : Clarke Injury Threatens End Of Current Loan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained why Coventry City loanee Jordan Clarke was a late withdrawal from yesterday evening's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. The right-back was named on the teamsheet for the club, but was taken out of the side just before kick-off with Brendan Moloney getting a rare start for the club in his place.

Clarke suffered a hamstring injury during the pre-match warm-up session, and Johnson fears that the 23 year old will now also miss the entire Christmas schedule, including the Third Round tie against Manchester United - something that if confirmed will effectively end his current loan spell at Huish Park, which is due to finish after that match.

Having been such a star performer for the club, scoring three times in his seven appearances for the Glovers, Johnson told BBC Somerset that Clarke was 'gutted' to miss out on the fixture, knowing full well what his injury was likely to mean. The Glovers boss explained the situation that had developed just before kick-off:

"Disappointingly he pulled his hamstring in the warm-up just before the game, and we had to pull him out and make a little readjustment, which we did. He was absolutely gutted because he knows that he is probably going to be out for three or four weeks. He'll miss the game of his dreams (against Manchester United) which is a shame because he is playing very well, and he is one of our defending goalscorers. That's football and we'll have to adjust, and that was probably the negative of the night for us. But everything else was a big positive."

Moloney's appearance in Clarke's place was only his fifth appearance since signing on a free transfer from Bristol City over the summer, and his first time on the pitch since the mid-October 4-1 defeat against Port Vale. His return to the side gives the club possible options in terms of cover over the Christmas period, although Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss now returns from his three match suspension, assuming his parent club are happy to rollover his current loan agreement into the New Year - with Clarke likely to be absent for the rest of 2014, the problem of only being able to select five loan players in any matchday squad goes away for the immediate future.


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17 December 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights
For those who want to relive highlights of last night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley, the BBC Sport website has match highlights available. You can view three minutes worth of action from the game, including the key moments when Accrington's Tom Aldred almost headed into his own net, whilst Shay McCartan hit the crossbar - along with the two late goals from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore that ultimately secured the tie. The clip is available to those who use a UK Internet Provider - watch it via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights.


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17 December 2014 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United will go on sale this morning to Season Ticket Holders ONLY. This includes anyone who has purchased a Half Season Ticket. If you are not a Season Ticket Holder do not expect to be able to purchase a ticket until next week. The match takes place on Sunday 4th January 2015 with a 3.30p.m. kick-off and will be screened live on BT Sport. Ticket prices are as follows:

Seating: (both Tamburino Stand and Screwfix Stand) : Adults: £35.00; Over-65s: £30.00; Under-16s: £10.00

Terracing: (Thatchers Gold Stand) : Adults: £30.00; Over-65s: £25.00; Under-16s: £10.00

Those who sit in the Main Stand Premium Seats (season ticket holders only) will be charged £50.00 for all ages.

1. Season Ticket Holders and Half Season Ticket Holders can purchase one ticket per person from Wednesday 17th December at 9.30a.m. and will have until Sunday 21st December at 2.00p.m. to claim their seat.

2. Holders of Ticket Tokens for both of the Accrington Stanley Replay (16th) and Colchester United (20th) matches will have from Monday 22nd December until Wednesday 24th December at midday to purchase a ticket (subject to availability).

3. Holders of one of the Ticket Tokens from the Accrington Stanley Replay (16th) and Colchester United (20th) matches will have from Saturday 27th December until Tuesday 30th December to purchase a ticket (subject to availability).

4. On Wednesday 31st December, anything left will go on General Sale.

NOTE: For those using ticket tokens, the tariff on the token must match the tariff of the ticket you are purchasing for the Manchester United game - i.e. two Under-16s tokens entitles you to purchase one Under-16 Manchester United ticket.


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17 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Home Game
Following last night's 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's views on that game and the prospect of facing Manchester United in the Third Round can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Home Game.


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17 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Accrington Stanley 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 Accrington Stanley.


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16 December 2014 : Johnson Now Able To Enjoy Prospect Of Man United Visit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his side's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United will be a moment to enjoy, after suffering the tension of tonight's Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. The Glovers enjoyed a safe passage through to the next round thanks to a Simon Gillett shot from the edge of the box, and a Kieffer Moore header from a Sam Foley left wing cross, but with both goals being scored in the final six minutes of the match, the 2-0 scoreline perhaps belied how tight and tense the game had been during the preceding 84 minutes.

Gary was met off the pitch on the final whistle by the BT Sport cameras who will televise the club's Third Round tie against Manchester United on Sunday 4th January, and was asked what he thought of the prospect of the Premier League side's first team players coming down to Huish Park to play against his side:

"Well we're going to enjoy this, with all the effort that was put in today for that game obviously. It would be fantastic if (all the Manchester United first teamers) turn up and there will be a welcome. Now we can really look forward to it. They are almost the best institution in the world, and they are coming to Yeovil. That's what we tried for. Both teams looked a bit nervous out there - they both wanted to play Man United, but we came up trumps. Congratulations to our boys and commiserations to them. But we're really really looking forward to it now and we'll look forward to entertaining them."

Johnson said in the build-up to the match that he saw the Accrington Second Round tie as being bigger than the Third Round tie could be, because of the stakes that were there for both clubs. He reiterated that even with the result in the bag he still saw it that way:

"This was the game of a lifetime because the prize was Man United. Now that's the next game, as far as the FA Cup is concerned. We've got Man United at Huish Park and that's what we wanted. Everybody is happy and you can hear that everyone will be going home happy. This game was about that game, but this was the biggest game, and now it's the Man United game. We're really looking forward to it, and if they all watch us on BT Sport we'll try to stay in the game!."

Speaking later to the BBC, Johnson admitted that it had been a difficult game to watch, with the tension from both clubs and the wet weather conditions contributing to a match in which both sides struggled to hit the target. Accrington went closest when Shay McCartan hit the crossbar deep into the second half, but then came Gillett's edge-of-area strike, and then Moore's 88th minute header. He said it was that second goal that changed the feeling at Huish Park, when everyone associated with the club could rest assured that the Third Round place had been secured:

"Today you saw the tension in both teams. It wasn't a great game and the weather didn't help with the quality. But we came up trumps. Sometimes you've got to wait for the last few minutes. But we saw it through and when the second goal went in, I think all of our supporters and directors felt that's Man United now coming to town, and that proved to be the case. I suppose we really started to think about that game in the 88th minute when we got that second goal."


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16 December 2014 : Yeovil 2 : Accrington 0 : Late Double Secures Third Round Dream Tie
Yeovil Town secured a route through to the FA Cup Third Round against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park tonight, but needed two late goals to force their way past their Lancashire opponents, and to seal a lucrative tie against Premier League side Manchester United. On a rainy night, where nerves and a slippery surface seemed to dominate proceedings, the Glovers scored twice in the final six minutes, shortly after Shay McCartan had hit the crossbar for the visitors. Midfielder Simon Gillett finally broke the deadlock as he fired home from the edge of the box, after he picked up goalkeeper Jack Rose's clearance for an 84th minute goal to lift the roof at Huish Park. Four minutes later the tie was settled when Sam Foley's ball into the box was met by the head of substitute Kieffer Moore and a tie that had hung in the balance throughout the 90 minutes was heading the Glovers way.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, of which only one was listed on the teamsheet. Striker Sam Hoskins was cup-tied, following his loan spell with Barnet and his place was taken on the left-flank by Bolton Wanderers. On the opposite side there was a late surprise - right-back Jordan Clarke was on the teamsheet and participated in the warm-ups but a hamstring injury sustained on the greasy surface saw him replaced by Brendan Moloney before the first whistle had even blown.

The first half opened with Yeovil slightly dominating proceedings, albeit without testing goalkeeper Jack Rose too much. Tom Eaves made a strong move down the flank but fired over the bar for the home side's opening chance. However, they could have easily gone ahead just 11 minutes into the tie when Accrington defender Tom Aldred suffered a horror moment - a long ball up field found the defender trying to head back to his own goalkeeper, whilst James Hayter pressed him. But Rose had moved way out of his area, giving him a heart-in-mouth moment as the ball bounced past his own keeper and slowly slowly rolled past the outside of the goalpost, with both players stranded.

Gradually as the half wore on, matters began to get more tense and more scrappy as both sides began to size up the huge task that they had ahead of them. Luke Joyce fired over the bar for Accrington, whilst Tom Eaves twisted and turned inside the box before his shot went just wide of the post. Then Joe Edwards found his attempt inside the area accidentally blocked by one of his own team-mates. A poor backpass by Brendan Moloney reminded those present that mistakes could be crucial on a difficult surface, but Jed Steer bailed him out by pushing a Marcus Carver attempt for a corner. Edwards again tried his luck, forcing goalkeeper Jack Rose into his first meaningful save of the match. But as half time drew, the tension increased and the crowd began to take it out on referee James Linington - unimpressed by his tendency to blow up for small fouls, and mostly against the Glovers.

The second half started off with Yeovil Town looking like the nearly men. Simon Gillett and two chances for Stephen Arthurworrey could have broken the deadlock but every chance on the goal seemed to be about a foot wide of the frame. Gary Johnson tried mixing it up - firstly by moving Sam Foley out wide, and repositioning Tom Eaves as the striker at the top of the formation as James Hayter dropped deep. Then Kieffer Moore came on as a substitute, with the change to a 4-4-2 both giving Yeovil more attacking options as well as giving Accrington more holes to work the ball through.

It looked as though the visitors were going to take advantage of that, as they enjoyed their best spell of the match. Ben Nugent had picked up a heavy knock midway through the second period, and his hobbling made him less mobile, allowing Shay McCartan room to attack the Glovers back line, as he ran through on goal, forcing Jed Steer to palm the ball out for another corner. Michael Liddle's deflected shot again acted as another warning with Accrington in the ascendancy, and the alarm bells were definitely winning when with eleven minutes remaining McCartan's shot from distance crashed off the underside of the crossbar and somehow Matt Crooks missed a gaping glaring goal from six yards out as his header went wide of the post.

That was to prove costly - very costly. From a move following a throw-in, a deep ball into the box saw goalkeeper Jack Rose misdirect his punch out of his area whilst under pressure from Kieffer Moore. Simon Gillett brought the ball down, and returned the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out, with Rose caught badly out of position, and no-one guarding his goal. With just six minutes remaining, Yeovil were finally a goal ahead, and were on the edge of that Third Round place.

Four minutes later, they even had a cushion to play with - Sam Foley's intelligent running down the left wing looked at first to be an attempt to run the clock down by heading to the corner flag, but he had other ideas - swinging in a cross that found substitute Kieffer Moore, whose well planted 88th minute header killed any hopes Accrington might have had of creating late pressure. Game over, and after two difficult 90 minute games, the League Two side were finally sunk, and a jubilant home crowd could finally drop the 'IF' part from any of their conversations involving Manchester United.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Accrington Stanley 0.

Scorers: Simon Gillett (1-0, 84 mins), Kieffer Moore (2-0, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
2. Brendan Moloney 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 27. Tom Eaves
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (90 mins for Tom Eaves) 13. Kieffer Moore (69 mins for James Hayter) 19. Liam Davis 28. Alex Smith

Accrington Stanley:
26. Jack Rose
6. Dean Winnard 25. Rob Atkinson 5. Tom Aldred 3. Michael Liddle
7. Shay McCartan 4. Luke Joyce 24. Andrew Procter 15. Piero Mingoia
14. Marcus Carver 33. Matt Crooks

Substitutes:
8. Josh Windass (46 mins for Marcus Carver) 9. James Gray 11. Kal Naismith 12. Luke Simpson 16. Nicky Hunt 21. Lee Molyneux (67 mins for Piero Mingoia) 23. Anthony Barry

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Accrington Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 17.

Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistant Referees: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Attendance: 6,373 (with 167 Accrington supporters).


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16 December 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay match against Accrington Stanley. Striker Sam Hoskins, who is cup-tied due to his loan spell with Barnet has to drop out of the side, with Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves replacing him, with theoretically Eaves operating in a slightly withdrawn role on the left with James Hayter acting as the main striker.

On the bench with Tom Eaves being promoted to the starting line-up there's one new addition with Liam Davis recovering from injury to take his place back in the squad. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 27. Tom Eaves
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 19. Liam Davis 28. Alex Smith


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16 December 2014 : BBC Local Radio Online Commentaries For The Accrington Replay
Whilst the BBC are unable to broadcast live match commentary online for Football League matches, due to contractual reasons, they are able to provide this for FA Cup matches. Tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley can therefore be listened to online, provided you are using a UK-based Internet Provider. Linked below are the standard internet page links for both BBC Somerset and BBC Lancashire's variants, whilst a Windows Media audio link can be found here if you have problems playing Flash audio/video.

Link: BBC Somerset : Live Audio Commentary For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley.

Link: BBC Lancashire : Live Audio Commentary For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley.


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16 December 2014 : TalkSport Johnson vs Johnson Interview
On Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson and Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson met head-to-head for the second time as managers. Before the match kicked off at Boundary Park, national radio station TalkSport ran a feature where presenter Geoff Peters put both on the end of a phone and talked about their relationship, including a look back at the time when Lee worked under Gary as a midfielder at both Yeovil Town and at Bristol City. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson and Lee Johnson Speak To TalkSport About Their Meeting.


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16 December 2014 : Serious Knee Injury Ends Sokolik's Loan Spell
Yeovil Town centre-back Jakub Sokolik has returned to Huish Park, after a serious knee injury ended his loan spell with Southend United. The Czech Republic player has damaged his posterior cruciate ligaments and will be out of action for around three months, thus making it likely that he will not be seen again until around mid-March.

The 21 year old had made just two appearances for the Shrimpers, with a one game ban for picking up five bookings seeing him sit out a match, but then lose his place in the League Two club's side as a consequence. However, he is now injured and Shrimpers boss Phil Brown told the Southend Echo that because of the Emergency Loan rules, they are sending him straight back to Somerset to avoid clocking up any further days with them:

"Unfortunately we've had to end Jakub's loan with us because of how serious the knee injury is but he could yet be coming back later in the season. We've had to cancel the loan because otherwise we would just have an injured player on our hands. But we can have Jakub for 93 days and, depending on when the loan cancellation goes through, we could get him back for another 45 to 53 days which would work our much better. However, it's now all about how Jakub recovers from the injury and we wish him all the very best with his rehabilitation."

Sokolik's injury happened during the FA Cup Second Round weekend, when he returned to his home country, with a treadmill in a gym being the source of the problem. Brown described it as a freak accident:

"Jakub was running on a treadmill when he stopped after feeling something in his knee. He went back home to the Czech Republic on the weekend of the second round of the FA Cup when we didn't have a game and it should probably be considered as something of a freak injury to be honest. He's damaged his posterior cruciate ligaments and it's obviously a blow for him and ourselves."

Sokolik is the second Yeovil Town player to cut short a loan spell elsewhere, with goalkeeper Chris Weale returning from his spell with Burton Albion due to an ankle injury.


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16 December 2014 : Ticketing Update For Tonight's Accrington Cup Clash
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has confirmed that there will still be tickets available on the night for those who want to make a late decision on tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. The match kicks off at Huish Park at 7.45p.m. with the prize on offer for the victors being a Third Round home match against Manchester United. That has created significant interest in the tie at both a local and national level, with the Ticket Office particularly busy during that time.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this morning, Dave projected around a 6,000 crowd, which once the away sections of the ground were factored in, would leave around 1,500 home spaces available for latecomers to buy tickets for. Thus tickets would remain on sale, although he strongly advised fans to collect their tickets as early as possible given the likely queuing:

"We're looking at around a 6,000 gate this evening, bearing in mind that's around 6,000 Yeovil supporters, as I don't think Accrington are bringing too mny people down. The ground holds around 9,500 and around two thousand of that is for away supporters, we we've got room for 7,500 home fans. So we've got about 1,500 tickets available for this evening. If you haven't already got a ticket then give the Ticket Office a ring, or pop down to the Ticket Office as you're not too late. I don't think it will be a sell-out, so there will be room. But we advise you to come and get your tickets well before the game tonight, to avoid any congestion this evening."

Admission prices are at a flat rate throughout the ground and can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or via 01935-847888 at any time up until kick-off:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s and Under-21s: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.


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16 December 2014 : Accrington Stanley Are Bigger Than Manchester United (Sort Of)
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that supporters and players should regard the club's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley as being a bigger game than anything that may follow it. Whilst the winners of tonight's tie at Huish Park will face a lucrative home game against Manchester United that could be worth in the region of £250,000 to the club that gets there, Johnson has pointed out that the stakes are higher for tonight's game than they ever would be for what might take place in the next round.

Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of the match, he said that the opportunity to play one of the world's biggest football clubs was a rare one, but that when it came down to what would be at stake in each game, the Second Round match had to be the bigger of the two:

"The Accrington game is a lot bigger - you never thought you'd hear me say that! Playing Accrington Stanley is bigger than playing Manchester United! But of course that is because of that prize. It's just a great opportunity for our club. It's one of those opportunities that doesn't come around too often."

The club gained the perfect preparation for the match on Saturday as they saw off League One side Oldham Athletic by a 4-0 scoreline at Boundary Park, giving some much needed confidence to the side. Johnson warned against complacency and of the need to treat Accrington as serious opposition, but admitted that the boost from that weekend result against the Latics would be huge:

"Supporters seeing that result, players feeling that result, staff looking at the team that was out there and who has come back into the fray. We'll be going into Tuesday, with all of us knowing that we can't be feeling any better. But we mustn't be complacent. You can't disrespect any team and Accrington are not many places below us. They're young, enthusiastic and work very hard."

There had been suggestions that the result gained at Boundary Park had been partly due to the feeling the club got when they and Accrington were paired with Manchester United in the Third Round draw. However, Johnson said that if there was any truth in that, then tonight's game and any potential Third Round tie were a lesson to his players as to why they needed to stay on top of their game at all times:

"The game itself - the Man United game - should be motivation in itself for these players. That's because the ones who miss out are going to be really disappointed that they've missed out, either through lack of form or if they've missed out through injury. They're going to be gutted but there's going to be a reason why they've missed out. That will be a big lesson for them in their professional careers. They've got to be available every week and they've got to give their all every week because you never know when that Man United game comes around."

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off (assuming availability). However, given the large crowd that is expected, and with many season ticket holders needing to pick up their own tickets for the game, we'd expect there to be significant queuing at the Ticket Office. With that in mind, you are strongly advised to arrive early and allow additional time to get into the ground tonight.

The game itself will be settled on the night. If scores are level after 90 minutes, then the game will go into 30 minutes of extra time. If the scores are still level then the game will be settled by five penalty kicks each, with sudden death penalties to follow after that if matters are still undecided.


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15 December 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Waiting For The Big One
Tomorrow evening sees a bit of classic FA Cup drama being line-up at Huish Park, as Accrington Stanley come to town for a Second Round Replay. With that and the Third Round draw having given tomorrow night's winners a home draw against Manchester United there has been a been a mild dose of 'cup fever' that will doubtless turn into fully blown fever for whoever takes the spoils. The latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at that match, as well as a few other games back in time that have resulted in high demand for tickets. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Waiting For The Big One.


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15 December 2014 : Championship Trio Hit By FFP Transfer Embargo
The Football League have stated that they have issued transfer embargoes against three Championship clubs due to their failure to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules. The trio of Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest have been penalised for exceeding the allowable losses for clubs playing in the 2013-14 season Championship division, which included Yeovil Town as one of those 24 clubs. The rules allowed a maximum of £8 million losses, made up of a maximum of £3 million operational losses but with owners/benefactors able to invest up to £5 million in new shareholdings to act as a cash injection.

All three clubs will be banned from signing new players - subject to a few caveats - from January 1st 2015, and this ban will remain in place until the end of the 2014-15 season. The Football League will then ask to see those clubs 2014-15 balance sheet and will seek reassurance that they have not exceeded the 2014-15 season rules, which allow for up to £6 million losses, made up of £3 million operational losses and £3 million shareholder cash injection.

The Football League have indicated that this list of three clubs may not be their final determination, saying that they are still seeking clarification on a number of other clubs' submitted accounts. They have also yet to consider the submissions from the three clubs promoted to the Premier League, and the three clubs relegated to League One - with the latter including Yeovil Town, although it is highly unlikely that the Glovers will be worrying the Football League's accountants. It is much more likely that high-spending Queens Park Rangers will be the centre of their attentions, with them having recorded a £65.4 million loss during their 2012-13 season that predated the new FFP rules, leaving them running accrued debts of £177 million. The expectation was that the West London side were heading for similar losses for the 2013-14 season, although that has not been confirmed.

The Football League have also confirmed the finer details of the embargo, where the above three clubs may be given special dispensation to sign players. If a club has 24 or fewer established players (aged 21 or over that have made at least five starting positions) they will be allowed to sign a new player provided the costs are less than £600,000 per year (calculated on a per month basis in the case of short term contracts). They will also be able to trade on a 'one in, one out' basis provided that the incoming player either falls below the £600,000 rule or is on wages less than 75% of the outgoing player, whichever is the lower. The affected clubs will not be allowed to pay transfer, compensation or loan fees, whilst agent fees will be considered to be as part of the overall player costs defined above. One special exception will be the 'emergency' rule on goalkeepers where a club is left without a registered and fit keeper for a given match.


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15 December 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th December 2014 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of ten Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent of those was the Championship home fixture against Wigan Athletic that saw us go down by a 0-1 scoreline. Speaking after the game, Gary Johnson had a bit of a mini-rant relating to the amount of timewasting that Wigan had been able to get away with and a feeling that any fifty-fifty decisions were going against them:

"We don't get the fifty-fifty decisions ... Not only were Wigan stopping our momentum, when the momentum was really good at times, the officials were stopping our momentum. They allowed them to take their time over everything when we were in the ascendancy. You can't work out at the end when they're saying "yeah, yeah, yeah they are wasting time" - then their lad dives for the fifth time, and nothing happens, and you're thinking well what's going on? ... Four minutes - six substitutions at thirty seconds each, which is three minutes - so they (Wigan) wasted just one minute in that game?"

Prior to that, Mr Linington took charge of the April 2013 away match at Stevenage. We thought he had a good game that day, even though he sent off Dan Burn in the closing minutes. He'd taken the attitude of adding on additional time for some fairly blatant timewasting for Boro in the first half as they tried to slow the pace of the game down, and even a Glovers fan would have had sympathy over the comical way that Burn was dismissed - taking an age over a throw-in that would have tried the patience of a saint.

Two months previously, he took charge of the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about it rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authoritative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 which at the time ranked as Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Link: April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Wigan Athletic 1.


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15 December 2014 : Channel 5 Being Lined Up To Poach BBC Football Coverage
National newspaper reports suggest that the Football League are on the edge of making a new rights announcement with respect to their highlights packages. The BBC have broadcast The Football League Show since the start of the 2009-10 season, when they took over an ITV production that had run for the five previous seasons and have run a schedule headed by Manish Bhasin throughout that time, just after Match of the Day.

Several papers, incluing the Daily Express, claim that the League have provisionally agreed a three year deal with Channel 5 that will start for the 2015-16 season and will see the BBC lose rights to that show. The main switch - and part of the reason for the change - is that Channel 5 are proposing to broadcast their show in a primetime TV slot from 9.00p.m. running for around 90 minutes, thus preceding the BBC's Match of the Day show.

They will continue to show all three divisions - ITV's coverage of lower leagues was patchy and erratic - but it's not clear what Channel 5's proposals will be during International Break weekends, when the BBC would drop the show entirely, with 'contractual restrictions' being blamed rather than the assumption that the Beeb were not interested in screening a programme that lacked Championship clubs.

Channel 5 will also provide a Sunday morning 'repeat version of the show for those fans who are still stuck on motorways for the earlier Saturday night slot. There is no suggestion that they will take any live match coverage, whilst the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy do not get a mention. The BBC usually provide special highlights packages for the final stages of those two cup competitions. The claim is that Channel 5 financially matched other interested bidders, but were preferred because of their willingness to provide a Saturday night 'prime time' slot for their main coverage.

The expectation is that the Football League will make a formal announcement once contracts are signed. The BBC's coverage will continue to run as normal until the end of the current 2014-15 season.


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14 December 2014 : Interview With Kieffer Moore
Following Saturday's 4-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Kieffer talks about his comeback from injury and his goal in the game, as well as the impending FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Kieffer Moore Speaks To The BBC After The 4-0 Win Against Oldham.


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14 December 2014 : Gary Talks About Oldham Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic kicked off at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks about the team changes he made for the fixture and also his general views on where the team had been coming up short in some recent matches. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Away Game
Following this afternoon's 4-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Away Game.


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13 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 4-0 win against Oldham Athletic at Boundary 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 Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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13 December 2014 : Johnson Pleased With 'Super Performance' After Four Goal Victory
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson labelled this afternoon's 4-0 win over Oldham Athletic as a 'super performance' as his side notched up their biggest win of the season, and their biggest away win in the league for two-and-a-half years. The Glovers won their match against the high-flying Latics thanks to goals from Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey, midfielder Simon Gillett, striker Sam Hoskins and substitute Kieffer Moore as they stunned a side that had started the day sat in a play-off position.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that part of his side's tactics were to press Oldham's players and stop them from getting room on the pitch. That bore fruition particularly with the second and third goals as Gillett and Hoskins took advantage of defensive indecision, gaining possession from Oldham defenders before scoring the vital goals that gave them a score margin to play with. The Glovers boss felt that worked well on the day:

"It was a super performance. They haven't lost too many games here at Boundary Park and we knew that if we let them play (they'd cause problems) - they've outplayed a few teams here - so we knew that we had to be very strong and aggressive in our pressing. We did that, and we probably got the first three goals in the first half because of that. We put them under pressure straight away and I'm really pleased that the lads have put into practice our gameplan, especially as we know we can open teams up."

Having struggled to score goals in recent matches, with just six goals in their last twelve fixtures, the Glovers have hardly looked like a team that was likely to net four times during a single fixture. Today that all changed, and Gary said that he felt that his team had proved what they were capable of doing, given the opportunity:

"They were very clinical. It was nice to have created six or seven chances. It's a nice three points going into these big games that we've got coming up. We want to try to get this team, which has sort of been threatening a little bit - but we haven't had everybody available. I'm just really pleased that they've proved themselves a little bit, as they've proved what they can do. That's good as they've set a standard now of being in possession and being out of possession, and that's very important in this very important period."

Although the four goalscorers will grab the headlines - with three of those coming into the side today after time on the sidelines, Johnson was reluctant to single players out. Feeling that all of his players had made an impact on the day, he said that was one of the questions he had given to his players in the past week or so, as they look for players who can stand up to some big upcoming fixtures:

"I thought everybody on the pitch made a big impact. That was the thing. We did have a meeting to say 'who are the ones that are going to stand up and effect the game and what you bring to the table, and what you bring into our squad?' - particularly if you haven't effected previous games as much as we would have thought. But they certainly effected it today, and to a man they did very very well against a team that didn't look great on the day because of the way that we played. When Oldham play, they play - and that's why they're up there in that sixth spot. Even now they've still got the same number of points as some of the other play-off teams."


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13 December 2014 : Oldham 0 Yeovil 4 : Four Goal Haul Provides A Tonic For Tuesday
Yeovil Town gained their biggest away win for nearly four years this afternoon, as they produced a shock 4-0 victory over promotion-chasing Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. The four goals scored were the first time the Glovers had hit that number since another December fixture against the same opposition two years ago, as they stunned a team that started the day 17 places above them in the division. Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworry opened the scoring when he was the first to react to his own header coming off the post, and that was quickly followed by Simon Gillett who converted a Jordan Clarke long ball into the box. Striker Sam Hoskins grabbed his first professional goal for the club just before the break after he capitalised on defensive dithering, whilst the game was wrapped up in the 90th minute as substitute Kieffer Moore's fine finish lifted Yeovil into 21st place and to give them a big confidence boost ahead of Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes, as Kevin Dawson dropped out of the squad, and was replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi, who occupied an unexpected right-wing position. The other two changes saw Simon Gillett return from his recent injury problems to displace James Berrett, whilst Sam Hoskins got his first start for seven months as he replaced AJ Leitch-Smith, with the formation being tweaked again into a 4-4-1-1 as Gillett took the supporting role. Kieffer Moore's hamstring injury had cleared up enough for him to sit on the bench.

The game opened in pouring rain, and in a fairly quiet manner as both sides sized each other up. Daniel Johnson and Danny Philliskirk threatened to impose the home side's advantage with half chances, but Simon Gillett's deflected shot that went into keeper Paddy Kenny's arms, and a Stephen Arthurworry header that went over the bar showed Yeovil were creating chances themselves.

The breakthrough came halfway through the first half when a Sam Foley corner was swung in, and once again the former Newport County man could claim an assist, as Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey's free header came off the woodwork, and the centre-back was the first man to react as he prodded home from close range for his first goal for the club and to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

That goal gave the Glovers the confidence they needed to wrestle full control of the game, and they were good value for their 2-0 lead just seven minutes later as Jordan Clarke's long ball into the box saw Oldham centre-back Genseric Kusunga miscontrol the ball, and that was enough for Simon Gillett to steal possession and fire the ball home for his second goal for the club and to double Yeovil's lead.

Genseric Kusunga was the villain for the home side for a second time just five minutes from the break when he was caught in possession close to his own goal for a second occasion. Striker Sam Hoskins, who scored twice for Barnet during his recent loan spell with the club had never scored a professional first team goal for the Glovers, but he broke clear and confidently slotted the ball home for an amazing 3-0 half time scoreline.

A fairly inevitable half time substitution saw Oldham withdraw the beleagured Kusunga as well as Timothee Dieng as they made a double substitution and a tactical reshuffle, in an attempt to rescue something from the game. The end result was a much more measured second half with Oldham getting more territory, but with the Glovers getting their own tactics spot on as they stretched the Latics defence as they pushed more men up and took more risks. If anything it was the away side that had the better chances to extend their lead - Sam Foley forced Paddy Kenny into a parried save for a corner, whilst James Hayter slices over the bar just before he made way for Tom Eaves.

The Bolton loanee could have got himself a goal as his run through on goal saw Paddy Kenny have a rush of blood, with Eaves easily beating him to the ball outside the box, but the striker's angle on goal ultimately stopped him from getting his shot on target, with Kenny stranded. Eaves had a further attempt which he put well over the bar, after being clean through, with Oldham gradually fading from the game - a rare Brian Wilson shot on goal being one of their better second half efforts, but with Jed Steer having a calm largely anonymous afternoon.

Matters were wrapped up via another substitute striker, as Kieffer Moore joined in with the fun during the final ten minutes. He netted a 90th minute goal, as Oldham's defence failed to clear their lines and the former Dorchester Town player fired home from the edge of the box with an excellent low drive for his third of the season and to provide some beaming faces at the end of the match. An unexpected, but excellent result, and the biggest away win in the league for the Glovers since the August 2012 match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park which produced a similar scoreline. With Accrington Stanley also gaining a fine 3-2 victory over Portsmouth today, both teams will be going into Tuesday night's huge FA Cup Second Round Replay with their tails well up.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Stephen Arthurworrey (0-1, 21 mins), Simon Gillett (0-2, 28 mins), Sam Hoskins (0-3, 40 mins), Kieffer Moore (0-4, 90 mins)

Oldham Athletic:
25. Paddy Kenny
16. James Wilson 21. Genseric Kusunga 5. George Elokobi 20. Brian Wilson
8. Mike Jones 4. Timothee Dieng 3. Joseph Mills 14. Daniel Johnson
10. Danny Philliskirk 19. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
1. Paul Rachubka 7. James Dayton 9. Dominic Poleon (46 mins for Timothee Dieng) 12. David Mellor 15. Carl Winchester (46 mins for Genseric Kusunga) 17. Michael Tidser 27. Amari Morgan-Smith

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (72 mins for Sam Hoskins) 13. Kieffer Moore (80 mins for Simon Gillett) 27. Tom Eaves (68 mins for James Hayter) 28. Alex Smith

Oldham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (22 mins, handball), Seth Nana Twumasi (51 mins, foul)

Oldham Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham). Assistant Referees: Paul Cook (East Yorkshire) and Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Gary Hilton (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,706 (with 111 Yeovil supporters).


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13 December 2014 : Team News For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. The right-sided Seth Nana Twumasi comes into the starting line-up with Kevin Dawson dropping entirely out of the squad for this fixture.

Striker Sam Hoskins gets his first League start for the club since last season's Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion and the first time he's been on the pitch since returning from his loan spell with Barnet. Midfielder Simon Gillett is a straight swap for James Berrett in the centre of midfield.

Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss serves the second match of his three match suspension, and so sits the game out again. Striker Kieffer Moore returns to the bench following his recent injury, but Liam Davis and Joel Grant remain absent with unspecified injuries.

The line-up, which is expected to be a 4-5-1/4-4-1-1 formation, is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 27. Tom Eaves 28. Alex Smith


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13 December 2014 : Points West Interview With Gary Johnson
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was interviewed by BBC Points West as part of their reaction to the FA Cup Third Round draw. Covering the Second Round replay against Accrington Stanley as well as the prospect of a home match against Manchester United for the winners of that tie, Gary answers questions from Alistair Durden and that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Points West About The FA Cup Third Round Draw.


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13 December 2014 : Accrington Ticket Sales Now Online
Yeovil Town supporters who have yet to purchase their FA Cup Second Round Replay tickets can now do so online. The match against Accrington Stanley takes place at Huish Park next Tuesday 16th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off with the winners facing Manchester United in the Third Round of the competition - a situation which has created significant interest in the fixture.

For those who may have been put off by how busy ticket sales have been, you can now purchase tickets for that game (and others) via the club's online ticketing facility, and pick up your tickets on the night of the game from the Ticket Office. Note that you can also purchase tickets for other games at the same time.

The Ticket Office is being manned across Saturday and Sunday this weekend, although it's worth noting that this will be on much lower staffing levels, and so they advise personal callers only, as they may not get near the phones unless it's quiet. If you do need to call and you reach the answer phone service, then leave only ONE message and they will work through the calls as and when possible. They will be open from 10.00a.m. until 2.00p.m. on both days, and then back to normal office hours on the Monday.

Link: Ticket Office Opening Hours Prior To Accrington Replay.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Accrington Replay And Third Round Outline Schedule.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing System.


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