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28 February 2015 : Skiverton Pleased With Point After Iron Draw
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton thought his side had gained a good point at Scunthorpe United today, even if he admitted that results elsewhere had not done his team many favours. The Glovers drew 1-1 at Glanford Park, gaining a point that would have been worthy for the club at any other stage of the season, but looked less positive when weighed up against wins for relegation rivals Coventry City and Leyton Orient.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was happy to see his side pick up an away point, having suffered consecutive losses against Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers on their travels since his return as manager, and even felt that a second half chance for Stephen Kingsley could have given his team all three points. Leaving aside the effect other scores had on the league table, he saw it as a good point:

"It was a good one in the end. But to be honest I was disappointed that we didn't nick it at the end with the chance where we went from one wing-back (Liam Shephard) to the other wing-back (Stephen Kingsley). We'd been practicing that in training and I think Stephen Kingsley had a fantastic game, but it's just those gilt-edged chances that you don't quite take. I also thought James Hayter got into a couple of good positions when he came on as well. But the way that we started the game was to frustrate Scunthorpe. If anything I think we were a little bit too deep in the block that we put on, but we were countering at will. We got in a couple of times as well before Gozie's great strike, with Granty (Joel Grant) getting across and nicking the goal for us. So I'm pleased with the point, but in the greater scheme of things we've gone another point behind (from League One safety) and now it's two wins and something else to get ourselves out of trouble. So that is disappointing, but to come to Scunthorpe on the back of a really disappointing game at Doncaster, I think we've remedied that and we were definitely in it today."

Aside from Joel Grant's goal, the other big talking point was the substitution of Artur Krysiak due to a head injury, which saw the Polish stopper spend the rest of the afternoon in a local hospital. But Skiverton had faith in his goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart and explained that opposition striker Paddy Madden would not wanted to have faced Stewart in a 45th minute spot kick, given who he had trained with whilst practicing such things whilst he was on Yeovil Town's books:

"Paddy (Madden) came up to me after the game and said 'Anybody but Gareth Stewart!' because they've actually practiced penalties a lot together, so I think the timing was excellent. We were a little bit worried about Artur as we didn't know if it was concussion. He's gone off and I think he's at the hospital now having a CT scan, so that gives me more headaches coming into next week. But Gareth Stewart came on and I thought he was excellent and I thought his kicking was good. To save the penalty was good, but he couldn't really do much about their goal towards the end."


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28 February 2015 : Scunthorpe 1 Yeovil 1 : Grant Goal Cancelled Out By Iron Leveller
Yeovil Town had to settle for a point at Glanford Park, despite Joel Grant scoring a goal in his first start for the club for three months. Having been out with a knee injury since November's trip to Notts County, the Jamaican international netted from close range after Gozie Ugwu's shot had been parried by Luke Daniels into Grant's path, putting the Glovers a goal up at the break. But on the hour mark, Scunthorpe substitute Hakeeb Adelakun scored an impressive solo goal to level the scores. Yeovil had to play an hour using goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart between the sticks after Artur Krysiak suffered a head injury, but Stewart proved he was up to the job when he saved Paddy Madden's 45th minute penalty kick, awarded after the former Glovers player was brought down by Byron Webster. The point keeps Yeovil deep in the relegation zone - six points away from safety and now with a four point gap between themselves and the 23rd placed club.

The Glovers went into the match making two tactical changes, as Kieffer Moore and Joel Grant were given starting places, with James Hayter and James Berrett making way. Whilst that could have been a like-for-like swap, it was actually a formation change, with Kieffer playing at the back, whilst Stephen Kingsley moved up into a left-wing position, with Grant taking the right-wing slot in a 5-4-1 formation. The eighteen players remained as per last week's match against Gillingham, with Nathan Ralph the only other squad member to travel.

The opening 25 minutes saw Scunthorpe slightly edge proceedings, albeit without troubling Artur Krysiak's goal. Former loanee Jordan Clarke shot wide, whilst George Evans shot from distance but saw his low attempt go wide. Then Byron Webster had to put in a superb sliding tackle inside his own box to stop Gary McSheffrey getting a shot on goal. That was followed by a Clarke cross which Paddy Madden headed wide of the goal.

As such when the goal came, it was against the run of play, and probably with Yeovil's first genuine chance of the game. Gozie Ugwu broke clear on goal, and when his strong shot was only parried by Luke Daniels, Joel Grant had an easy chance to grab the loose ball and put the Glovers a goal up after 28 minutes - a definite bonus given the balance of the game up until that point.

The Glovers suffered a blow just five minutes after that goal, when Artur Krysiak suffered a bad injury that forced him off the pitch. A Gary McSheffrey shot saw the Polish keeper make a brave save, but in the process a Scunthorpe boot landed against his head, and after a lengthy delay he was helped off the field, clearly concussed, and was to spend the rest of the afternoon visiting a local hospital to get himself checked out. Gareth Stewart went between the sticks - his first appearance for 18 months, having last appeared for the club in August 2013 in a Championship fixture against Birmingham City.

Putting your goalkeeping coach in goal might have been seen as a weakness, but Stewart wiped out any suggestions of that by making a penalty save during the six minutes of injury time that had been awarded for Krysiak's injury. Paddy Madden was brought down in the box by Byron Webster for a fairly clear spot kick, but when the former Glovers player stepped up to take his own spot kick, Stewart - who would have been up against Madden on the Yeovil training ground on countless occasions - saved the attempt with his legs, to give the Glovers the lead at the half time break.

The much delayed second half invoked further delays when Nathan Smith and Jordan Clarke went down after a clash of heads. Both were able to continue - Smith with a bandage to cover his injury - but it was to shape a further stop-start theme to the game. Scunthorpe had tried a few tactical changes after getting booed off at the break, putting Madden up front, having initially used him as a right-winger.

However, it was to be a home substitute that gave them an equalising goal. Hakeeb Adelakun needed just six minutes to impress the Iron fans after replacing Tom Hopper, and his solo run saw him create room past Kieffer Moore, and to fire a low drive into the back of the net that gave Gareth Stewart little chance. Scores tied on the hour mark and little more than the home side deserved on the overall balance of play.

Terry Skiverton responded by revamping his side's formation, pushing Kieffer Moore up front and restoring the 3-5-2 that has been used in recent games. Joel Grant - obviously lacking match fitness - was replaced by James Berrett, who acted as the more advanced of the midfielders. They could have gone ahead when Liam Shephard's low cross flashed into no-man's land, reaching Stephen Kingsley but his Swansea team-mate shot wide of the target.

Scunthorpe created the lion's share of the chances throughout the afternoon though. Paddy Madden had a shot blocked for a corner by a great Stephen Arthurworrey tackle. Then Jordan Clarke found the legs of Gareth Stewart stop his attempt to score against his former club, but the ball went out for a corner. The disappointment was how little Yeovil created at the other end, with the six minutes of second half injury time just fizzling out, with seemingly both sides being content to play out for the draw, when for the Glovers all three points were in reality needed. Six points short of safety - with goal difference at a disadvantage - wins are really needed for the Glovers right now, even if a draw against a much-improved Scunthorpe side would normally be a worthwhile result.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Scunthorpe United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Joel Grant (0-1, 28 mins), Hakeeb Adelakun (1-1, 61 mins)

Scunthorpe United:
26. Luke Daniels
33. Jordan Clarke 37. Alex Davey 6. Niall Canavan 17. Conor Townsend
9. Paddy Madden 15. George Evans 22. Liam O'Neil 28. Gary McSheffrey
35. Isaiah Osbourne
34. Tom Hopper

Substitutes:
4. Sean McAllister (90 mins for George Evans) 10. Kevin van Veen (84 mins for Gary McSheffrey) 16. Hakeeb Adelakun (55 mins for Tom Hopper) 25. Andrew Boyce 29. Kyle Wootton 32. Miguel Angel Llera 39. Joe Anyon

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart (36 mins for Artur Krysiak) 8. James Berrett (69 mins for Joel Grant) 9. James Hayter (79 mins for Kieffer Moore) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan

Scunthorpe Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 72 mins)

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 3.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire). Assistant Referees: Gary Hilton (Lancashire) and Simon Mather (Manchester). Fourth Official: Wayne Grunnill (East Yorkshire).

Attendance: 3,783 (with 135 Yeovil supporters).


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28 February 2015 : Team News For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United. Joel Grant makes his first start for the club since November, having been out with a long term knee injury, whilst Kieffer Moore also returns, having sat on the bench last weekend. They replace James Berrett and James Hayter but in a revised formation that will see Gozie Ugwu operate as a lone striker.

The squad itself is unchanged bar those two swaps. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) misses his third consecutive match. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan


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28 February 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham : Man of the Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played a League One home match against Gillingham at Huish Park. The end result was a 2-2 draw and a rather topsy-turvy game as Gozie Ugwu put the Glovers a goal up, only for the Kent side to hit back twice in the second half and seemingly steal all three points. That was until Adam Morgan's injury time penalty levelled the scores, after Joel Grant was fouled inside the box.

Man of the Match voting was almost entirely dedicated to three different players, who dominated the polling. Two of them were new arrivals during the week, even though Byron Webster needed no introduction as he slotted in at the heart of the defence. Swansea City left-back Stephen Kingsley was a proper debutant and he got the thumbs up from those at the game. However, the poll winner was one of the old guard, with Sam Foley once again coming out on top, and on this occasion by a considerable margin.

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

1. Sam Foley 440 (37)
2. Stephen Kingsley 194 (9)
3. Byron Webster 186 (9)
4. Gozie Ugwu 84 (1)
5. Josh Sheehan 72 (2)
6. Liam Shephard 40 (0)
7. Adam Morgan 38 (2)
8. James Berrett 20 (0)
9. Stephen Arthurworrey 18 (1)
10. James Hayter 16 (1)
11. Joel Grant 12 (1)
12. Nathan Smith 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.19
Performance : 6.92
Entertainment : 7.46
VOTES RECEIVED : 63


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27 February 2015 : Ladies Appoint New Youth and Community Officer
Current Yeovil Town Ladies FC first team player and Welsh International Helen Bleazard has been appointed as the clubs first ever youth and community officer. The new role is designed to help bring all aspects of the clubs youth teams, women’s teams and community projects all together, enabling greater participation levels and consistency across the club, as well as aiding in an even greater feeling of club unity in the Lady Glovers family.

First team player Bleazard, will be the key and main liaison between the youth and other women’s senior teams and will report to the Ladies board of directors on their behalf. Now the club has more than found their feet as a Womens Super League club, the board felt it was important to create a new role, in order to keep in excellent contact with the much thriving youth and community and to help development it even more, setting high standards across the different ranges.

Helen Bleazard - the new Yeovil Town Ladies Youth and Community Officer
Helen Bleazard - the new Yeovil Town Ladies Youth and Community Officer.


As well as a first team squad, the club also operates a development team who play in the WSL Development league. The other women’s senior team is that of the successful intermediate squad, who play in the Somerset County Womens League. There are then three grass roots youth teams, who play in the local girls leagues at age groups under fourteen, fifteen and sixteen.

With some exciting plans soon to be released around youth and girls football in the next month, the plan is to also increase the number of grass roots youth teams and to grow the club even more. Chairman Steve Allinson said of the plans:

"With the high demands of being a Womens Super League Club, it was important for the club to not lose its focus and commitment to growing the other areas of the club, so this new appointment is a very important one. Helen has really impressed myself and my fellow Board members with her ideas and commitment to the role. She will be working with Mark Porter who, with our main sponsor Jones Builders, has championed the development of our youth teams. We hope that the appointment of Helen will ensure we demonstrate to all our teams the importance we place on working as one club throughout our whole structure."

Bleazard who was once a Yeovil Town Ladies youth team player in her younger days, had this to say on her appointment:

"I'm very excited to accept this new role within the club and can't wait to get started. Having played in the youth teams at Yeovil when I was younger I can't wait to put our plans into place for the upcoming seasons and create a stronger youth ethos within the club. Hopefully in years to come there will be current youth team players representing the club in the senior teams."

The Ladies have also been boosting their backroom operations this week with the appointment of two further off-the-field personnel. Ben Tupman, who is the Managing Director of Westbury Packaging and a sponsor of the Yeovil Town men's club has become the Ladies' Commercial Director to help support the Ladies boardroom. In addition, Dan Cabell will be taking on the role of Commercial Manager within the Ladies organisation as they beef up their operations ahead of their second season in the FA Women's Super League.


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27 February 2015 : Skivo Previews The Scunthorpe Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Skivo talks about captain Joe Edwards, the players who have recently returned from injury, and also his views on former striker Paddy Madden. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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27 February 2015 : Paddy Madden : It's Not Nice To See Yeovil Bottom
Despite having left the club just over a year ago, former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden admits that it is not nice to see his former club having slipped to the foot of League One in recent weeks. The Irishman will line up against the Glovers for the second time since leaving Huish Park, when he pulls on a Scunthorpe United shirt in a League One match tomorrow at Glanford Park.

Madden has told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that he has no doubts about where his allegiances lie for tomorrow's game, wanting the Iron to win a match that is vital for both clubs. However, he told the paper that once Saturday is over and done with that he hopes Yeovil survive the drop:

"It is not nice to see them at the bottom because I remember when we got promoted out of League One and it was a fantastic feeling. The fans down there are top notch so to see them struggling at the bottom is hard to see. The place is on a bit of a downer at the moment but if they stick together I am sure they will get out the bottom four and I hope they stay up. I hope we beat them on Saturday but after that I would like to see them go on a run."

Having spent much of the early part of the 2014-15 season stuck in the bottom four, following their return to League One this season, Scunthorpe have gradually climbed their way up the table, and now lie in 17th place in the League One standings - seven points above the dotted line and eleven ahead of the Glovers. However, they have stumbled in their last two fixtures with defeats against Preston North End and relegation rivals Barnsley providing a warning that they are not quite safe yet. Madden is therefore cautious of under-estimating his old team:

"They are rock bottom but just because they are there doesn’t mean it will be an easy game for us. We need to bounce back from the two losses but they need the points to get themselves out of the bottom four. Teams at the bottom are usually the toughest because they are scrapping to stay up so we have to make sure we are on our game. If we underestimate they will punish us."


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27 February 2015 : County Cup Quarter-Final Winners To Get Away Tie
The winners of the Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final between Larkhall Athletic and Yeovil Town have been given an away draw at the semi-final stages. They will face the winners of the Bridgwater Town vs Odd Down tie, who will gain the right to host the semi-final tie.

Bridgwater and Odd Down are currently due to play their Quarter-Final tie next Tuesday at Fairfax Park. There's currently no date for the Glovers match against Larkhall, which was called off on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch and needs a new date. The draw is as follows:

Bridgwater Town or Odd Down v Larkhall Athletic or Yeovil Town
Paulton Rovers v Taunton Town or Frome Town

Semi-Final ties are due to be played during the week commencing 30th March 2015 although that will obviously depend upon the Quarter-Final matches having been played by that date.


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27 February 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe United
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to North Lincolnshire where we play Scunthorpe United in a League One match. For those travelling, the Ciderspace guide contains everything about Glanford Park and its surrounds, including ticketing, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe United.


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26 February 2015 : Restaurant Offer For The Walsall Home Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant as part of a special meal deal. The Glovers take on Walsall in a League One match on Tuesday 3rd March with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888). On offer for next Tuesday's match is a carvery meal plus either a pint of beer or a glass of wine for the sum of £10.00. Note the meal offer is only in place prior to the game, although you can use the same bar afterwards.

You must purchase your matchday ticket separately and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. Football shirts will be allowed, with other clothing 'smart casual'. To place your bookings, call the number shown or visit the club in person.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Walsall game - a carvery, including a drink - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Walsall game - a carvery, including a drink - book now.



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26 February 2015 : Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Sokolik
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton is hopeful that he will get one of his long-standing injury victims back into full training a little earlier than he had anticipated. Centre-back Jakub Sokolik had damaged his cruciate knee ligaments whilst out on loan with League Two side Southend United - an injury that was initially diagnosed as putting him out until mid-March, but was later revised to assume that he would not take part in matches before the end of the season.

Today paints a rather more optimistic prognosis on his knee injury, with the Czech Republic player now going through a rehabilitation programme with the club's physio team. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that they are now hopeful that he will return before the end of the campaign, and that original mid-March estimate may not be too far off the mark, with goalkeeper Chris Weale also battling back from a foot injury sustained whilst on loan at Burton Albion at the tail end of last year:

"Jakub Sokolik has been training like an absolute animal. He is desperate to get back. He's maybe only two or three weeks away as well, from an injury where we thought he might be out for the rest of the season. So those are really positive signs along with Chris Weale who is getting really close."

Whilst Sokolik won't be seen in action for the next few weeks, club captain Joe Edwards will continue his rather shorter spell on the sidelines. An ankle injury sustained at Crewe Alexandra has seen the 24 year old sat in the stands for the last two fixtures, and Skiverton confirmed that although he was on the training ground the midfielder would not be on the bus to Scunthorpe United this weekend:

"He's out on the training field at the moment, but it still hasn't (healed). We're having to be a little bit patient with him. It was worse than we thought, and in every game we think he's a little bit closer but we think it's maybe another week. That's a little bit disappointing but with the new recruits that we have brought in, we're not missing him half as much as how we did when he first got injured."

With a number of new recruits, Skiverton's squad has also been boosted by the return of Joel Grant and Liam Davis to first team plans, whilst Nathan Ralph (thigh) has also returned to training, having missed a small number of recent games. The Glovers boss said that meant that a small number of players would actually be left in Somerset when the team bus leaves Huish Park tomorrow:

"With the numbers coming back, with tomorrow's coach journey we're going to be maybe three or four short, where they won't even make the journey. So it's a really positive week with people fighting for their positions within the team, and that's only going to help us, starting on Saturday."


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26 February 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Bringing Leadership To The Table
The last few weeks at Yeovil Town have seen supporters have to digest a lot of new information both on and off the field. On the field we've seen multiple new players come in through the doors, whilst off the field the club gave those in the Alec Stock Lounge a lot of information concerning the club's financial position. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry attempts to wade through both - read it via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Bringing Leadership To The Table.


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25 February 2015 : Barnsley Take Johnson Jnr As New Manager
League One side Barnsley have appointed former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson as their new manager. The Tykes were searching for a replacement for Danny Wilson, who was dismissed two weeks ago following a poor string of results that had left them in 17th place and seven points off the relegation spots. They have turned to Johnson Jnr, who had been Oldham Athletic's manager before a compensation package was agreed with the two clubs today.

Lee has been given a contract at Oakwell until June 30th 2018, and the title of Head Coach, and he has brought Tommy Wright from Boundary Park as his assistant. He had been in charge since March 2013, rescuing them from relegation during his first few months, before achieving a solid 15th place finish last season. This campaign though he has exceeded most expectations, and leaves Oldham just two points outside the play-offs. In their statement Barnsley's board have outlined some of the reasons why they chose to pursue Johnson:

"From the outset the Board determined that it was seeking young candidates with strong coaching credentials and astute tactical awareness. A clear and attractive football philosophy and a viable plan to implement that philosophy was also sought. The Board also gave some credit for a knowledge of our Club’s current playing contingent, the teams in our division and proven ability to recruit players with development potential. Lee Johnson was selected as significantly the best of these (candidates). He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for Barnsley Football Club for his first 100 days in charge. This included a playing strategy, specific tactics, identified current weaknesses and credible recruitment targets to strengthen our team. He is honest, passionate and a good communicator. Lee believes strongly in fan engagement. He is ambitious and has a clear vision for the development of our Club going forward.."

First team coach Dean Holden has been given a caretaker role with Oldham Athletic, and he will be assisted by former Glovers right-back Adam Lockwood.


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25 February 2015 : Edwards Ankle Still Keeping Him Out Of Training
Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards remains an injury doubt for this Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe United, two weeks after an ankle injury saw him substituted at Crewe Alexandra. Having been an ever-present in the club's Football League matches, the former Bristol City youth product has been missing for two matches, and as yet acting manager Terry Skiverton hasn't hinted exactly when he is likely to return.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Skiverton explains that there have been no set-backs during that time - but it has taken longer than exected to get the 24 year old back to full fitness:

"Every day he’s getting better and I’ve been told a couple of times that he’s not far away. It was worse than we originally thought and that’s when we realised it would be a little longer. We’re not rushing him; we want him back as soon as possible but we want him back to play for the remaining games rather than be in and out."

On Saturday, Sam Foley, Stephen Kingsley and James Berrett occupied the three midfield positions, and with Craig Eastmond an unused substitute and Fergus Bell not even making the teamsheet, the club are not short of options if his return is delayed. As yet there's no word on whether AJ Leitch-Smith will be able to return to the squad, having also suffered similar injury problems at Crewe that saw him limp out of the following match at Doncaster Rovers.


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25 February 2015 : Officials For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 28th February 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Glanford Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Mr Lewis is actually a very long standing referee at this level, but you'll have to search all the way back to March 2008 for the last time he was involved in a Yeovil Town match. That was a home match against Millwall in which we lost 1-0. Three bookings on the day across both sides, and not a mention of the referee in what was a poor game.

Just over a year previously, Mr Lewis had turned up for a home match ... against Millwall ... which we lost 1-0. In that February 2007 match he was rather more card heavy as Millwall ended up with five players booked, including two for timewasting. Largely he did OK, although he did deny Yeovil a rather substantial penalty appeal.

We first had Mr Lewis back in September 2006 when he took charge of the 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium. Our first impression of him was mixed; he did some things well, but was a little too visible during the match, booking four Yeovil players, without bringing out his cards for the home side.

As for what's happened to him during the seven years that have passed since our last meeting, he dropped down to non-league officiating between 2008 and 2010, but it's hard to know why he's missed us since 2010 when he returned to League football. During this season, he has only taken charge of three matches, with all of them coming during this month, suggesting that he's had other commitments on his plate, although in other seasons he's put in a full set of games. So far, he's managed a modest seven yellow cards across his three matches.

Mr Lewis will be assisted by Gary Hilton (Lancashire) and Simon Mather (Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Wayne Grunnill (East Yorkshire).

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: September 2006 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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24 February 2015 : Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final tie against Larkhall Athletic has been called off tonight. The match at the Plain Ham ground has been postponed, due to a waterlogged pitch. The inspection at the ground was held at 2.30p.m. today, and a new date for the match will now need to be arranged.


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24 February 2015 : Plastic Pitches Rejected In Latest Vote
The Football League have - for the time being - decided against the re-introduction of artificial playing surfaces. At a meeting at St George's Park last week, the League tabled a number of motions, with the major one relating to a future cash boost for member clubs from 2016 onwards that we covered last week.

The League have also revealed that they took yet another vote on the subject of artificial pitches. Three years ago, the League's 2012 AGM saw heavy opposition to such a move, but by September 2014 the tide had turned and it looked as though there was agreement for such surfaces to be allowed at League One and League Two level, albeit without explaining how promotion and relegation issues would affect this. By November 2014 the tide had turned again, with a tied vote on the subject putting the league into deadlock on the subject.

Today, the League revealed that they had discussed the matter yet again, but that on this occasion the mood was to continue playing only on grass surfaces for the foreseeable future:

"Over the last 12 months, League clubs have debated the issues relating to the re-introduction of artificial playing surfaces on a number of occasions. Having considered all the available information and having heard from relevant experts at last week’s meeting, clubs have reached the conclusion that they do not wish to pursue the matter any further, as a majority of them prefer to play their matches on grass pitches."

The sizeable voting swing across multiple votes may be explained by what a club Chairman or a club Commercial Director may see an artificial pitch as offering, versus what a first team manager may prefer. Last November, Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper explained the logistics of trying to prepare for matches where one week a grass surface might be used, before travelling to another ground where a plastic pitch might be used, and the headache that would give managers as a result. The mood was that Chairmen liked the commercial opportunities such pitches brought, whilst managers saw it as introducing complications from their point of view. For now, the managers appear to have won.


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24 February 2015 : Director Stephen Allinson Explains Switch In Glovers Focus
Last week, Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson announced his decision to resign from the main Yeovil Town Board of Directors, after nearly 20 years worth of association with the club, including 15 as a Boardroom Director. His departure is not 'goodbye' as such, with his focus having changed across to the Yeovil Town Ladies, where he has recently taken up the Chairman's position, along with his previous role as Chairman of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

Following his decision, he spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor, giving his views on the progression of the men's team, as well as what led him down the path of focussing upon the Ladies game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About His Resignation As YTFC Director.


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23 February 2015 : Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip
The Away Travel Club have a limited number of spaces available for their weekend away that will be centred around the Easter Monday trip to Fleetwood Town. The match takes place on Monday 6th April 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at their Highbury Stadium, with the chance to stay up in the Blackpool area for two nights.

They will be leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.30a.m. on Sunday 5th April and returning to Yeovil Town on Tuesday 7th April. They will be staying at The Delton Hotel, which is the same venue that was used by the Away Travel Club when Yeovil Town played Blackpool last season.

The Delton Hotel - home of the Away Travel Club over the Easter Weekend
The Delton Hotel - home of the Away Travel Club over the Easter Weekend.


The cost of the trip will be no more than £120 which covers your coach travel up and back plus two nights at the hotel on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis. To book your place on the trip, please ring Roger on 01935-475384 - you will need to pay a £25 deposit per person to book your place. There are only around five rooms left. The option to pay in instalments is available.

Link: Ticketing For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town Reserves.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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23 February 2015 : Yeovil Town Ladies Shock Super League Champions In Friendly
Yesterday afternoon saw Yeovil Town Ladies on the road as part of their pre-season preparations for next month's FA Women's Super League kick-off. The Glovers certainly decided to pick tough opposition, travelling to play a Liverpool Ladies side that had won the Super League top division in both 2013 and 2014 and had an unbeaten record during 2015 until Sunday.

Inevitably the home side created plenty of chances - striking the woodwork three times across the 90 minutes. But valiant defending, combined with the width of the woodwork, gave the Ladies team a base to build upon, and they shocked the Super League Champions during the second half when after winning a corner on the hour mark, a header from substitute Amy Wathan put them ahead, giving them the boost that they needed to see the game out.

The match scoreboard shows Yeovil Town Ladies have beaten the Super League champions
The match scoreboard shows Yeovil Town Ladies have beaten the Super League champions.


Next weekend sees the Ladies continue their pre-season preparations as they travel down to the far south-west corner of England. They will be taking on a Cornwall FA XI in what will be a 125th Anniversary Match for their county association, in a match that will be played at Treyew Road, home of Truro City FC. Kick-off is 2.00p.m.

Final Score: Liverpool Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Scorer: Amy Wathan (0-1, 60 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Ebony Dover, Natalie Haigh (capt), Ellie Isaac, Stephanie Williams, Shauna Cossens, Paige Stewart, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston, Sarah Hill, Annie Heatherson

Substitutes: Stacey Pearson, Alys Hinchcliffe, Amy Wathan

Liverpool Ladies: Danielle Gibbons, Ingrid Ryland, Gemma Bonner, Becky Easton, Corina Schroder (Maz Pacheco), Fara Williams, Katie Zelem, Asisat Oshoala, Nicole Rolser, Kate Longhurst (Line Smorsgard), Natasha Dowie.


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23 February 2015 : Gills Boss Unhappy With Key Refereeing Decisions
Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh has criticised referee Simon Hooper's performance after Saturday's match against Yeovil Town. The 2-2 scoreline came via a 94th minute Adam Morgan penalty that was awarded after Gills defender Gavin Hoyte tangled with Glovers substitute Joel Grant inside the penalty box, with Hoyte trying to shield the ball back to his goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

That led to a spot kick and a chance for Yeovil Town to secure a draw via Morgan's conversion, but Edinburgh said after the game that he felt referee Hooper should have blown for a free kick in the other direction, suggesting that it was Joel Grant doing the fouling:

"It is certainly not a penalty, I have reviewed it on the DVD, but I have got to be careful what I say because I don't want to be paying anyone any money (to the FA), but I am sure the ref won't sleep well tonight. If anything it's a foul on Gavin Hoyte, he has come through the back of him. He has got it totally wrong. Not slightly, totally."

Edinburgh admitted his side were below par during an opening 45 minutes where the Glovers took a deserved lead, through Gozie Ugwu's fourth goal in eight appearances for the club, after he took advantage of a Byron Webster flick-on from Sam Foley's free kick. Even then, Edinburgh felt that goal shouldn't have stood, claiming that Ugwu was stood in an offside position when he received the ball. However, he admitted that on the balance of play that it wasn't until the second half that he was happy with what he saw from his side:

"In the first half we would have taken a point, as we were slow and had no cohesion and we were certainly second best. But we showed great character because I was disappointed in the first half and I wasn't happy with any of them, we had a few words at half-time because we fell below the standards we have set ourselves. In the second half we restricted them to a lot of shots from outside the box so there was a lot of improvement in the second half and a lot to be pleased about. The ref has played a big part in both their goals, we didn't think it was a free-kick and the players think he is standing in an offside position."


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23 February 2015 : Ticketing For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town Reserves
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final are now available. The match against Southern League side Larkhall Athletic takes place on Tuesday 24th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Larkhall's Plain Ham Ground and will almost certainly feature an eleven built around those players who did not feature heavily in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Gillingham. Prices for the game are set as follows:

Adults: £7.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-10s: FREE.

All admission will be via the turnstiles on the night of the game.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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23 February 2015 : Sky Blues Fire Manager After Drop Into Relegation Zone
League One side Coventry City have fired their first team manager after falling into the relegation zone over the weekend. Stephen Pressley, who had been in charge of the Sky Blues since March 2013, has left the building with his final result being a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane over the weekend. Whilst that on its own was a creditable point, with three of the four clubs inside the relegation zone winning their matches, that pushed his club into the bottom four - a mile away from where a club of Coventry's standing would hope to be.

Pressley had been given a new contract at Coventry only last September, giving him supposed job security until the summer of 2018. His tenure at the Ricoh Arena lasted exactly 100 games, with 32 wins and 30 draws in that total. Unfortunately for him, his side had not won a match since January 3rd, with four draws and three defeats in their last seven matches, and the threat of relegation appears to have seen the Coventry board pull the plug.

The Sky Blues have given Assistant Manager Neil MacFarlane and former Forest Green Rovers and Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday the roles as joint caretaker managers for the time being. Pressley is the second boss to be given his P45 this weekend, with Peterborough United sacking boss Darren Ferguson on Saturday evening.


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23 February 2015 : Adam Morgan Talks About His First Professional Goal
On Saturday, Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan scored his first ever professional first team goal, as he returned from a lengthy exile on the sidelines. Following the match, local journalist Chris Spittles talked to him about both the goal and his time away from the first team in an interview for BBC Somerset, reflecting upon the 2-2 draw with Gillingham. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Adam Morgan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Gillingham.

Other Gillingham related articles, including two Terry Skiverton interviews, a match report and also your opportunity to vote for a Man of the Match, can be found via the links below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Home Game.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Gillingham.

Link: Yeovil 2 Gillingham 2 : Late Morgan Penalty Rescues Point.

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


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22 February 2015 : Skivo Talks About This Week's Quartet Of Signings
This week has seen Yeovil Town bring in four new signings, with Byron Webster returning to the club on loan from Millwall, whilst Swansea City have loaned out midfielder Josh Sheehan and left-back Stephen Kingsley. On top of that Craig Eastmond has arrived as a permanent signing, shortly after being released by Colchester United.

Just before yesterday's match against Gillingham kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the quartet. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry talks about the role that all four players will have, including why he gave Byron Webster the captaincy yesterday, and what the end goal is for Craig Eastmond. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Gillingham.


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22 February 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Gillingham at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's verdict on the game can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Home Game.


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21 February 2015 : Peterborough Part Company With Manager And Five Coaching Staff
League One side Peterborough United have today dispensed with the services of first team manager Darren Ferguson and most of his coaching staff. In addition to the main man, first team coaches Gary Breen and Gavin Strachan, goalkeeper coach Jimmy Walker, video analyst Stewart England and first team sports scientist Marc Lindsey have all been fired, with owner Darragh MacAnthony confirming their exit from London Road tonight.

Peterborough have slipped to 15th place in the League One table, and although that still puts them only four points off the play-off places, that is a fair way short of what would be expected of one of the division's biggest spenders. Their last two fixtures have seen them fall to damaging defeats against Bristol City and today's 3-0 loss at the hands of local rivals Milton Keynes Dons. Within a few hours MacAnthony has confirmed that was the final straw, and although there is an element of 'mutual consent' in what he says, it seems clear the owner took the initiative:

"After speaking with Darren, he feels that a new challenge is needed for both himself and the football club. I’m personally very disappointed in our current league position, the performances from our playing squad and the fact that we have dropped way below our own standards that we set out at as a football club. It has not been our finest six months results wise or performance wise as a football team and my remit is to now go out and find a new football manager and coaching staff that will challenge and inspire these players to greater heights and to start fulfilling their potential individually and collectively."

Ferguson was in his second spell at London Road, having managed them between 2007 and 2009, but returned to the club in 2011. His first spell with the Posh ranks as the more successful one, even though both occasions saw him gain promotion to the Championship, for brief spells in second tier football. Overall he was in charge for 367 games across the two spells, and in addition to those 2008-09 and 2010-11 League One promotions, also gave Peterborough a 2013-14 Football League Trophy win. However, there was always the strong demand from MacAnthony that he wanted Championship football a third time - something that Posh's current form didn't point to.

Academy Manager Dave Robertson has been put in caretaker charge of the Peterborough first team, with MacAnthony aiming to recruit a new management and coaching team to replace Ferguson and his men.


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21 February 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
If you watched this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Gillingham 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 Gillingham.


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21 February 2015 : Skiverton Left Stadium Rather Than Watch Last Ditch Penalty
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he had to leave the stadium area when his team won a second half penalty to secure a point against Gillingham at Huish Park. The Glovers boss couldn't bear to watch when Joel Grant was tripped in the box in the 94th minute, with former Liverpool academy player Adam Morgan breaking an eleven month exile from first team football to score his first goal for the club and gain a 2-2 draw.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the gave that he was impressed with Morgan's 'brave' decision to pick up the ball, but admitted that he didn't see much of what went on, as he'd left the dugout and headed for the player's tunnel:

"He was a brave lad for stepping up in that moment and taking the penalty. I don't know if you saw, but I actually walked out of the ground. I went down the tunnel, as I couldn't watch it. Then when Adam Morgan picked up the ball up, I walked even further and thought I'm not turning back! Things happen in football. He had a few chances to go out and play on loan and he didn't really take those opportunities. So he was probably very close (to leaving). When I took over that I'd give everyone a chance, and that means everyone. I can't all of a sudden say everyone has got a clean sheet and then limit someone else. So I just said that if you step out of line with me, then you'll have the same fate. He hasn't so far, and he's got his head down."

On the wider 90 minutes, Skiverton said that he was pleased that his team's new 3-4-1-2 formation was working for the club, having changed the club's tactics following the departure of former boss Gary Johnson who had generally operated with a 4-4-2. The new Glovers boss felt that in terms of the first 45 minutes he was pleased with what he saw, with Gozie Ugwu giving his side a 1-0 half time lead:

"It was certainly entertaining. I think that in the two games that we've had at home and it's certainly been a rollercoaster. In the first half I thought we were excellent and I thought that the football that we played, and the recruits that we've brought in all contributed to a really free-flowing attacking team. We're trying to do it a little bit different, and we're trying to force Artur (Krysiak) to play it out from the back. We're looking to spread and we're looking to gain a little bit more possession of the football as well, and it's probably a little bit different from what the supporters have seen for a little while, because we've been really chasing games."

The Glovers conceded twice during the second period, with John Marquis and Luke Norris turning the game on its head. Skiverton felt that his side had been guilty of not being further ahead by the time Marquis scored in the 49th minute, and felt that had been an Achilles heel throughout the whole of the 2014-15 season in that they hadn't taken their chances when they came:

"Again our old (problems) came back to haunt us, where we'd put a team a little bit to the sword. I had a bit of a go at James Hayter at half time because normally he's very clinical, with Gozie as well, and we missed a couple of chances that were more than gilt-edged. When you're up in a game and the momentum is behind you, we could have put Gillingham to bed. But with the recent run of form that Gillingham have had they don't give up. But again it was a free kick on the edge and their lad has hit it well, Artur has made a great save, but we should be following in there. To give them credit they came back, and they came back even stronger after that. They penned us in and they are another team that has changed formation against us and matched us up, turned us and locked us in and made it really tough for us to play our football."


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21 February 2015 : Yeovil 2 Gillingham 2 : Late Morgan Penalty Rescues Point
Yeovil Town rescued a point at home to Gillingham this afternoon as a last ditch penalty gave them a 2-2 draw at Huish Park. Former Liverpool academy player Adam Morgan converted a 94th minute spot kick awarded after substitute Joel Grant had been brought down inside the box to give them a point that looked unlikely going into the closing stages. Gozie Ugwu had given Yeovil a 1-0 half time lead with his fourth goal for the club, after he scored from a Sam Foley free kick that Byron Webster had nodded on. But John Marquis scored early in the second period, and when Gills substitute Luke Norris netted from the edge of the box with three minutes to go, a home defeat looked on the cards. But the late penalty gave the Glovers some comforts, even if the hard reality is that Yeovil are now five points adrift of safety, with wins for Leyton Orient, Crawley Town, Colchester United and Barnsley damaging their chances of staying up.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the side, with all three players having brought in during the week as new signings. Millwall loanee Byron Webster made his return to the club and was instantly handed the captain's armband, whilst Swansea City duo Stephen Kingsley and Josh Sheehan were given their debuts for the club. That left Ben Nugent as the club's 'sixth loanee', whilst AJ Leitch's leg injury saw him drop out of the squad, with Kieffer Moore the other player to miss out of the starting line-up. Joel Grant and Liam Davis made their returns to the line-up after three months out injured, meaning that the likes of Sam Hoskins, Fergus Bell and Alex Smith were sat in the stand, despite being fit - by far the biggest fit squad the Glovers have had this season.

The opening twenty minutes were one of few chances, even if the odd one that turned up went Yeovil's way, with Gillingham struggling to get into the game. Yeovil took the lead with probably the first real opportunity, even though 21 minutes had gone on the clock. Bradley Dack fouled Josh Sheehan and that allowed Sam Foley a chance to create yet another goal from a set piece from his dead ball skills. Byron Webster flicked the ball on, and as Gillingham defenders stood static waiting for an offside flag, Gozie Ugwu was on hand to fire home for the opening goal of the game and his fourth since arriving last month.

Thereafter there was only one dominant side, as Yeovil created multiple chances to extend their lead. Gozie Ugwu was a thorn in Gillingham's side and his darting run set up James Hayter, only for the striker to find two chances blocked - one by keeper Stuart Nelson, and then a second that defender Gavin Hoyte turned for a corner. Hoyte then blocked a second Hayter effort that went out for a corner, whilst Ugwu should have got one on target when he broke clean through on goal only for Nelson to come out and narrow the angle and do enough to encourage the striker to shoot wide. Gillingham did little all half, with only a Cody McDonald header that went wide of the target giving them any joy - they couldn't even force Artur Krysiak into a save before the break.

Gillingham's answer was to change their opening 4-4-2 formation at the break, and match up with the Glovers 3-5-2 line-up. It took them just four minutes for that to bear fruit. Sam Foley fouled Bradley Dack near the edge of the box, and Cody McDonald's shot seemed to squeeze through a gap near the edge of the wall. Artur Krysiak saved, but couldn't hold the ball, or push it away from goal, and John Marquis was the first to react, and fire home from close range.

The visitors were more impressive during the second period, and they had appeals for a penalty turned down when Cody McDonald and Nathan Smith went shoulder-to-shoulder in the box, with the Glovers player operating as a centre-back for today's fixture. Referee Simon Hooper had been trigger-happy throughout the game, blowing up for the slightest infringement, but thankfully choose not to put whistle to mouth on that occasion. Hooper was also responsible for the start-stop nature of the second period, with few chances being created from either team, and Gillingham not being in too much of a hurry to speed the game up.

Josh Sheehan's shot on goal was saved as Terry Skiverton rang the changes - Joel Grant's knee injury sustained at Notts County in November had kept him out of action for nearly three months, but he returned to training this week and came on as a substitute, replacing James Hayter. Shots from Sam Foley - parried by Stuart Nelson for a corner, then a Byron Webster attempt saved by the keeper threatened to break the deadlock - somewhat closer than a wayward effort from Adam Morgan who was brought on as a late substitute for James Berrett.

However, just as the Glovers looked the more likely side to snatch the three points again, their defence were caught backing off to allow Gillingham substitute Luke Norris to score. He unleashed a shot from the edge of the box to give the Kent side an 87th minute lead and to deflate Huish Park, given that with so little time remaining a defeat seemed on the cards.

But there was another final twist in the play. Gillingham defender Gavin Hoyte fouled Glovers substitute Joel Grant inside the box and referee Simon Hooper pointed to the penalty spot. With James Hayter off the pitch, and with so many changes in the squad of late, there was no designated penalty taker on the pitch, but up stepped Adam Morgan to grab the ball. He confidently struck the ball home for a 94th minute equalising goal in front of the home end to create wild - and possibly relieved - celebrations on the home terrace, and to give him his first professional first team goal.

With that went the final whistle, and despite the ecstacy of the injury time equaliser, there came a hard dose of reality. The 2-2 draw had to be tempered by wins for Leyton Orient, Crawley Town, Colchester United and Barnsley - only Coventry City in the bottom six failed to get three points. That leaves the Glovers now bottom of the table by three points, and with a five point gap between them and safety as Colchester lifted themselves out of the relegation zone. But without that late penalty, things could have been looking much worse.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 2.

Scorers: Gozie Ugwu (21 mins, 1-0), John Marquis (49 mins, 1-1), Luke Norris (87 mins, 1-2), Adam Morgan (90 mins, pen, 2-2)

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 3. Nathan Smith
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 35. Stephen Kingsley
8. James Berrett
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 17. Joel Grant (62 mins for James Hayter) 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan (77 mins for James Berrett)

Gillingham:
1. Stuart Nelson
31. Gavin Hoyte 4. John Egan 5. Max Ehmer 2. Bradley Garmston
8. Jake Hessenthaler 7. Doug Loft 23. Bradley Dack 13. Danny Galbraith
10. Cody McDonald 9. John Marquis

Substitutes:
3. Joe Martin 6. Leon Legge 11. Jermaine McGlashan (46 mins for Danny Galbraith) 12. Glenn Morris 18. Josh Pritchard (89 mins for Bradley Dack) 19. Luke Norris (83 mins for Cody McDonald) 24. Brennan Dickenson

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (9 mins, foul), Byron Webster (83 mins, foul), Adam Morgan (90 mins, excessive celebration)

Gillingham Bookings: Bradley Dack (22 mins, foul), John Marquis (45 mins, foul), Stuart Nelson (90 mins, dissent)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Gillingham Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistant Referees: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 4,293 (with 458 Gillingham supporters).


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21 February 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Gillingham. New loan signing Byron Webster comes in and captains the side, whilst Swansea City duo Stephen Kingsley and Josh Sheehan both make their debuts. Out go Ben Nugent who is the club's 'sixth loan', whilst Kieffer Moore drops to the bench, and AJ Leitch-Smith is missing with a leg injury.

Striker Jamar Loza has returned to Norwich City at the end of his one month youth loan. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) misses his second consecutive match. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) remains out with a long term injury. Nathan Ralph (thigh) is still out.

On the bench, Joel Grant and Liam Davis are fit enough to warm the dugout joining Craig Eastmond, meaning that Fergus Bell, Alex Smith, Sam Hoskins and the departed Jamar Loza are the players to disappear out of the squad.

Today's team reads as follows (with a slight question mark over the formation, and where Nathan Smith and Stephen Kingsley will fit in):

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 3. Nathan Smith
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
30. Josh Sheehan
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 17. Joel Grant 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan


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21 February 2015 : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Last weekend saw Yeovil Town make the trip to Doncaster Rovers in a League One fixture. The end result was a thoroughly miserable day and a 3-0 defeat as Donny ran out as easy victors, with goals from Nathan Tyson, Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett giving the home side an easy win in a match the Glovers struggled to impose themselves in.

Man of the Match voting saw two players come out as serious contenders on the day. Kieffer Moore played another 90 minutes as a central defender, and despite three goals conceded his performance was worthy of note. On top of the poll once again though was Sam Foley, whose central midfield role caught the eye of those travelling.

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

1. Sam Foley 32 (3)
2. Kieffer Moore 30 (1)
3. Artur Krysiak 16 (1)
4. James Berrett 14 (1)
5. James Hayter 6 (0)
5. Gozie Ugwu 6 (0)
7. Stephen Arthurworrey 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.83
Performance : 3.67
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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21 February 2015 : Former Trialist Stokes Agrees Sky Blues Deal
Former Yeovil Town trialist Chris Stokes will get his chance to prove himself at League One level, after he left Forest Green Rovers on loan. The 23 year old, who had spent a couple of weeks at Huish Park during January, has agreed a 28 day loan with relegation rivals Coventry City after spending two weeks at the Ricoh Arena, playing 90 minutes in a Coventry Under-21s match against Crewe Alexandra as part of that trial.

The left-back's stay in Somerset was ended just before Gary Johnson's departure from the club with the player's wages cited as being a stumbling block in terms of a deal being possible at the club. Around a week later he had headed on to Coventry, and will now be registered as a player for them, linking back up with former Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday who is a development coach there. He has been registered in time for their trip to Bramall Lane this afternoon, where they will take on Sheffield United.

Coventry are the team Yeovil Town currently need to catch in the League One table, lying in 20th place and with a four point advantage. They have slid down the table recently as part of a six game winless run, with their last victory coming on January 3rd, leaving them at the bottom of the League One form table.


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21 February 2015 : Byron Webster Hoping To Help Yeovil Out Of Trouble
Popular Yeovil Town centre-back Byron Webster returned to the club this week - albeit on loan from Millwall - as part of a quartet of signings that the Glovers hope will pull them out of trouble at the foot of the League One table. Webster stands by to make his second debut for the club this afternoon against Gillingham, hoping to add to the 98 appearances he made between 2012 and 2014, after experiencing a difficult first season with his new club, who have given him just nine league starts in a total of 14 appearances so far.

In the last two months, appearances for Byron in a Millwall shirt have further dried up, with just one start and one substitute appearance since December 6th, as his new club revamped their squad during the January transfer window. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Webster revealed that there were some conversations about him going out on loan last month, but nothing reached a conclusion. With little having changed in terms of his game time on the pitch since that point, he was more than happy to consider further opportunities during the emergency loan window.

With Yeovil's relegation rivals reported as being one of the clubs that had also expressed interest in taking him on loan, Webster clearly had a choice of clubs. However, he explained that given a choice between two clubs sitting at the wrong end of League One, he didn't want to be faced with a situation where he might end up playing for a side that effectively relegated the Glovers, and instead saw it as an opportunity to help save them from the drop:

"I tried in January, and I thought I might get out on loan then, but that didn't materialise. I've been working hard at Millwall, and I've been on the fringes there. So there were a few decisions, and a few clubs. But I couldn't go to one of those teams and maybe send Yeovil down. So I think it was one of those where I wanted to come and help Yeovil, and hopefully we can stay in this league. I obviously still look out for Yeovil's results. I wouldn't say it was an easy decision, but it was a decision that had to be made."

Webster explained that he was well aware of Yeovil's league situation, and had even seen the Glovers in action twice since his departure, taking in the away match against Bradford City that saw a 3-1 win, along with the club's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United. In those two games he had been impressed by what he saw:

"Obviously I know what the situation is, and to be honest in coming in, the place is a bit more lively than I thought it would be. There's still a few old faces in here that I know, and obviously a lot of young new faces as well. But we know what the score is, and we know what we need to do. I've been to see them in a couple of games. I went to watch them against Bradford away when they won, and also against Manchester United here, and although they lost Yeovil did very very well."

The 27 year old, who will remain on loan at Huish Park until the end of the 2014-15 season, felt that a lot of Yeovil's problems came down to confidence, rather than ability, believing that they did have a group of players that could escape relegation. He said that it may be a case of the team winning a few games in an 'ugly' way to get tails back up:

"Confidence is a massive thing and obviously when you're losing you're going to be down, whether you're playing well or not, as you still lost. So to pull out a performance against one of the best in the world like Man United, you've got to have some talent. So it's just about bringing that talent to the table week-in, week-out and maybe winning a game ugly and then building on that."


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