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27 November 2014 : Two Trialists Lined Up To Sign After Midweek Reading Win
With the loan transfer window closing today, Yeovil Town made just one change to their squad today, with the arrival of Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves until the New Year being their only movement. The Glovers have been operating on a list of around 17 or 18 available players during the majority of the season, with little padding in the squad once injured players are taken out of the equation.

Yesterday saw Yeovil Town play a behind closed doors game against a Reading Development Squad line-up, allowing manager Gary Johnson the chance to look at a number of trialists in that game. Two of them caught Gary's eye, with an unnamed trialist scoring in the 2-0 win over the Royals, and the Glovers boss has indicated that he wants to bring in both on short term deals. Whilst he wasn't willing to name names, he told the press today that he hoped to sort that out on or around the weekend:

"We've got a couple of lads that we've earmarked, and we'll be talking to them both. There's not a rush with them, because actually they weren't under contract at the last (August) window, and so there could be a couple of signings later on this week. It may be before the weekend, or it may not. But being honest with you, there are a couple of lads that we'd still like to add to the squad."

There has been much recent talk about a 'one in, one out' policy at Huish Park with Johnson being close to the top of his playing budget. However, he explained that with Tom Eaves' wages not costing the club too much, and both trialist deals likely to be short term arrangements, he was careful to stress that these deals wouldn't put too much of a dent in the money he had available:

"We're not going over budget, before anyone panics. We're hoping to bring these in, including Tom Eaves, cheaply for the month, because that suits everybody. I think we've done a good bit of business, but we've now got numbers to our squad, whilst not over-doing the budget. So we will be doing a bit of business by the end of the week."

As for the match itself, Gary explained that Artur Krysiak's injury on Tuesday meant that he had to pull out of the squad, meaning that Gareth Stewart had to go in goal. The Glovers boss was impressed with those fringe players and trialists that he saw take to the field:

"Gareth Stewart went on goal and did very well actually, and we had a good 2-0 result against Reading's Under-18 and Under-21 lads. A few of our boys did really well and came out of that with flying colours and we managed to pick up two or three lads out of that game. They were players that we invited here, and two of them we quite liked. They're the two that we're going to be trying to sign in the next couple of days."

The two unnamed players are eligible to sign for the club, as they would be classed as free agents if they have not been contracted to any club since August 31st, when the last transfer window closed. Furthermore, their unattached status would provide more flexibility than loan signings, given that the club currently have six players on their books who are borrowed from other teams.


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27 November 2014 : Weale Injured During Burton Loan Spell
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale looks to have suffered some bad luck during his loan spell with League Two side Burton Albion. The 32 year old is out on a month's loan with the Brewers but has yet to make a first team appearance, having been an unused substitute during the two matches that he's been available so far.

However, Burton have today signed up Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews on an initial one month loan, with his temporary club indicating that Weale picked up an unspecified injury on Wednesday that forced them into the move.

The contractual position will be that Weale will remain on Burton's books for the completion of that month, but clearly with Matthews having arrived at the Pirelli Stadium, his injury was serious enough for them to need cover, bringing into doubt whether he will play for them during the remainder of his time there.

It has not been a good week for Glovers goalkeepers, with Artur Krysiak picking up a training ground injury on Tuesday, meaning that Gareth Stewart played between the sticks in a midweek Reserve Team friendly against Reading on Wednesday. It's not clear at this stage how serious an injury Krysiak has, but there were no hints that it was serious.


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27 November 2014 : Sokolik Agrees Shrimpers Extension
Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik will, as expected, stay with League Two side Southend United until January. With Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson reported to have given the Essex side permission to hold talks with the 21 year old about extending his stay at Roots Hall, the Southend Echo is now reporting that Sokolik has also said 'yes' to the offer and will now stay in Essex until early next year.

Having made two appearances for his temporary club, he seems to have done enough to impress the Southend management, and assistant manager Dave Penney told the paper that he had been given a positive response to the offer to extend that deal:

"I think Jakub is loving it here and itís good news heís agreed to stay. I think he likes what he sees here, he knows what heís working with in terms of staff and players and I think thatís why heís chosen to stay."

Yeovil's own defensive options whilst Sokolik is away will revolve around the loan market, with Ryan Inniss (Crystal Palace), Ben Nugent (Cardiff City), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) and Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham) providing the options the club will use over the December period. Centre-back Aaron Martin already has a loan agreement that will keep him at Coventry City until January.


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27 November 2014 : Eaves Brought In As Hiwula Replacement
Yeovil Town have taken Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves on loan, as a replacement for Manchester City's Jordy Hiwula. The 22 year old has signed a loan deal until January 5th 2015, and will be eligible to play against Preston North End on Saturday.

He is a 6'5" tall striker, who was born in Liverpool on January 14th 1992, and started his career as a Crewe Alexandra academy player, before moving to Oldham Athletic where he was given his first professional contract. In addition to a small handful of appearances for Bolton, he has also had loan spells with Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and Rotherham United.

Eaves' experience at Championship level is fairly minimal, having made four appearances for Bolton so far, with all three of his league appearances coming during the 2012-13 season. However, whilst on loan with Bristol Rovers during the 2012-13 season, he had a particularly fruitful time, scoring seven goals in 16 appearances at League Two level. That allowed him to make the step up to League One, where he joined Shrewsbury in February 2013, scoring six goals in just 10 appearances, including a hat-trick against Crawley Town.

During the 2013-14 season, Eaves was loaned out again, joining Rotherham United, where he scored once in nine appearances, before being recalled by Bolton in November 2013. He then rejoined Shrewsbury in a deal that was ultimately extended for the remainder of that season, seeing him score twice in 25 appearances. Since then been stuck in Bolton's Reserves, but they think highly enough of him to have given him a contract until the summer of 2016. He had interest from Coventry City over the summer, when they were looking to take him on loan, but nothing materialised of that.


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27 November 2014 : Glovers Give Green Light For Sokolik To Stay In Essex
Yeovil Town are reported as having given the green light to extend Jakub Sokolik's stay with League Two side Southend United. The 21 year old former Liverpool academy player is approaching the end of his initial month's loan with the Essex side and has so far made two appearances for them, sitting out one game due to suspension, with another seeing him as an unused substitute.

Manager Phil Brown said earlier this week that he planned to make enquiries about extending the Czech Republic player for a further period, and he has told the Southend Echo that Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given permission for his player to stay with the Shrimpers:

"I've spoken to Gary Johnson and weíve been given the go ahead to extend Jakub's loan spell now. Itís now up to Jakub what he decides to do. Heís found himself in a similar situation to the one he was in at Yeovil now heís out of the team. I will be talking to him again today and obviously hope he will agree to stay with us."

With today seeing the loan transfer window close at 5.00p.m. it is likely that Brown will want an answer from Sokolik before that deadline, with any extension doubtless taking him as far as the start of January to cover his team over the Christmas period.

Yeovil Town will have their own priorities today, having allowed the loan deal for Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula to be cut short earlier this week. The working assumption is that Johnson will be looking to bring in a replacement striker before that deadline, which should be the only major bit of business the club will target today.

The Glovers currently have five loan players on their books - goalkeeper Jed Steer (Aston Villa), central defenders Ben Nugent (Cardiff City), Ryan Inniss (Crystal Palace) and Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham) and right-back Jordan Clarke (Coventry City). All deals run as far as January, with the exception of Inniss, who has a rolling one month youth loan which currently runs out in mid-December, but can be extended any time after the window shuts today. Hence in terms of their current crop of loans, no urgent decisions are needed.


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26 November 2014 : Modified Ticketing Arrangements For Preston Match
Last week, Yeovil Town's home League One match against Preston North End was given a 'Kids For A Quid' status. The ticketing offer allows all Under-16s to gain admission to the ground for just £1.00 only, and follows the usual rules employed by the club for fixtures of this type.

The club have also decided to repeat the ticketing arrangements that were put in place for the last home match against Fleetwood Town. The effect of this is that the 'pre match' prices for this fixture will be honoured up until 12.59p.m. on the Saturday, with the 'matchday' pricing tariffs only kicking in from 1.00p.m. onwards. This applies to both internet purchases and Ticket Office purchases. The normal arrangements are for the pre-match/matchday cut-off point to be at close of business on the Friday evening.

The big advantage of this arrangement is that if you are unable to make your decision to attend the Preston match until the day of the game, then you can still buy tickets at the lower 'pre-match' rate provided you sort out your tickets before the 1.00p.m. cut-off point. Needless to say, to make this work for all supporters, try not to turn up right on the cut-off point if you can. For more details on how the maths on this works, see the earlier article.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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26 November 2014 : Advance Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place at the Crown Ground (under its sponsored name of the Store First Stadium) on Saturday 6th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The Ticket Office have been given 150 Terrace Tickets and 150 Seated Tickets for advance sales, for those who want to get hold of their tickets before the day of the game. There will be more tickets available on the day (see below for ground capacity information). Prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over 65s and Students £10.00; Under 17s: £5.00.

For those wanting to make use of the student concession, you must take photographic ID with you to the turnstile.

Disabled supporters will pay the adult price, but can admit an assistant free of charge provided the disabled supporter is on the medium or higher level of Disability Living Allowance. These tickets are only available on the day from Accrington's Ticket Office. Please take proof of entitlement with you. If you need to reserve a wheelchair space, call Accrington in advance on 01254-356950.

Accrington's usual policy is to allocate the Coppice Terrace to away supporters, which is situated at one end of the ground, and houses up to 1,800 spectators. It is open to the elements, like the Copse Road End at Huish Park, so take suitable coats if you're planning on being on the terrace. They also allow for part of the Whinney Hill side of the ground to be given to away supporters, which provides some covered seating - usually around 200 are provided for away supporters.

Tickets will be available on the day of the match at the same prices as above.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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26 November 2014 : General Sale Arrangements For Bristol City Tickets
Ticketing arrangements for the General Sale of away tickets for Yeovil Town's Boxing Day trip to Bristol City can now be confirmed. The match takes place on Friday 26th December (Boxing Day) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Ashton Gate. Currently tickets are on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY, with one ticket per person, but this restriction will be lifted from next Monday to allow all supporters a chance of getting a ticket. Our understanding is that at present around half of the 1,000 allocation has been sold - Season Ticket Holders have until Saturday to take advantage of their status to purchase a ticket.

Tickets for General Sale will then be made available from the Huish Park Ticket Office or on the phone by calling 01935 847888 from 9.00a.m. on Monday 1st December. Initially for General Sale, tickets will be sold at a limit of TWO tickets per person. If there are any tickets still left by Monday 8th December, then this restriction will be entirely lifted.

If calling and the lines are busy fans are advised to leave a message stating their name, how many tickets they require and an contact number. Ticket office staff will be taking these messages, allocating tickets in order and calling customers back. Please do not leave multiple messages as this will cause delays.

For full pricing on the game, and other upcoming matches, follow the links below.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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26 November 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
Officials for Saturday's home League One match between Yeovil Town and Preston North End have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). This match has a Kids For A Quid ticketing offer running for it.

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, yet despite that he's not a referee we've had on a large number of occasions since entering the league - just four meetings so far, with two of those in the same calendar year, and the other two in our Championship season.

Both of the 2008 meetings came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - guessing the circumstances you can probably work out what was going on!

During the 2013-14 season, we had him for the September 2013 Championship meeting against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He managed to get through a booking-free night, and we don't recall him upsetting anyone, even though we lost the game by a 2-1 scoreline. The Western Gazette said he had "a quiet evening and [was] faultless in his decisions" and given his anonymity on the night, we can't disagree with that.

However, he was more central to the March 2014 home match against Bolton Wanderers, where he awarded us a penalty after Alex Baptiste brought down Kevin Dawson. There did seem to be a reluctance to give the spot kick, with only the persistence of a linesman's flag eventually persuading Mr Deadman to blow his whistle. Perhaps the dithering from the referee was down to the fact that in giving the foul, he had to also present Baptiste with a red card. Unfortunately Ishmael Miller's penalty hit the post and the Trotters grabbed a late equalising goal. Match reports from the Bolton end don't seem to have moaned too much about the Baptiste decision, despite Deadman's less than authorative decision-making.

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - during the 2011-12 season he managed to raise over 209 yellow cards and 14 red cards and obviously that attracts attention amongst football supporters and media personnel. This season he's on a more modest 64 yellow cards and 4 red cards, and was last involved for Gillingham's 3-2 win over Leyton Orient on November 15th, where he dismissed Gillingham's Michael Doughty for two bookable offences - although if you kick the ball away whilst already on a yellow card, you are not helping the referee keep players on the pitch.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 2.

Link: September 2013 : Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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26 November 2014 : Lanzoni Continues Tour Of England
Former Yeovil Town defender Matteo Lanzoni is on his third club of the 2014-15 season, after he joined League Two side Hartlepool United on loan this week. The 26 year old left Huish Park on August 28th after becoming a peripheral figure during the club's pre-season training schedule, and he quickly joined Cambridge United on a one year contract.

He's now signed for Hartlepool on loan until the end of December, joining a club who are currently in dire problems - bottom of the Football League and six points adrift of safety. His time at Cambridge has been less than successful - he made his debut two days after leaving Huish Park, but has so far only made two-and-a-half appearances. He was substituted at half time in their September 16th match against Exeter City and has not got onto the pitch since, meaning that his playing career with the U's effectively lasted just 18 days.

He will now head up to the North-East in an attempt to further his career. Having ended 2013 on the books of Oldham Athletic in the North-West, he's now visited all four corners of England, taking in Yeovil Town (South-West) and Cambridge (South-East) inside a twelve month period.


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25 November 2014 : Magpies Overturn Red Card Suspension
League One side Notts County have been successful in their appeal against the red card issued against their midfielder Gary Jones. The 37 year old was dismissed by referee Stuart Attwell in the 29th minute of the first half in the League One fixture against Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane, after he was deemed guilty of 'serious foul play', following a foul on Glovers left-back Nathan Smith.

The Magpies submitted an appeal against the three match ban, and have this afternoon been informed that his dismissal has been rescinded, meaning that he will not face any suspension. Chief Executive Jim Rodwell has told his club's website:

"I was as astonished as anyone else in the ground on Saturday when Mr Attwell brandished a red card at Gary Jones for what appeared to be, at the time, to me an excellently timed tackle. Iíve no doubt that the sending off contributed hugely to our defeat, however Iím delighted that common sense has prevailed and the FA have seen sense to uphold our appeal on this occasion."


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25 November 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Magpies Nest Raided
Saturday saw Yeovil Town pick up all three points at Meadow Lane, as they came from behind to beat Notts County by a 2-1 scoreline. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers that match, and some of the major incidents that took place during that game. There's also consideration towards the return of Jordy Hiwula to Manchester City today and the good and bad of his stay at the club. Read on via the link below, and as usual add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Magpies Nest Raided.


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25 November 2014 : Hiwula Heads Home After Loan Deal Is Cut Short
Yeovil Town have allowed Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula to return to his parent club after his loan agreement was cut short. Having made nine appearances for the club, scoring one goal in the FA Cup win over Crawley Town, he has now headed back to Manchester where he will now return to play for their Under-21s side.

Jordy played in every match he was available for the Glovers, since arriving at the start of October, however struggled to get onto the scoresheet during his time at Huish Park. The most likely scenario is that this move is being done to allow manager Gary Johnson a chance to recruit an additional striker ahead of Thursday's Emergency Loan Transfer deadline, although this is not stated by the club.


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24 November 2014 : Clarke Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town right-back Jordan Clarke has been named by the Football League, in their Team of the Week round-up for the weekend just gone. Singling out eleven of the players that made the headlines over the weekend across their 72 member clubs, the Coventry City loanee was named after scoring both goals in Yeovil Town's 2-1 win over Notts County. Of his contribution, the League say:

"Yeovil were 1-0 down heading into the closing stages at Notts County before defender Clarke scored two headers to give them a 2-1 victory and all three points."

Their full team, made up of eleven players and a manager, reads as follows:

Goalkeeper: Thorsten Stuckmann (Preston North End)

Defender: Jordan Clarke (Yeovil Town)
Defender: Alan Dunne (Millwall)
Defender: Keith Lowe (York City)

Midfielder: Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest)
Midfielder: Jed Wallace (Portsmouth)
Midfielder: Ashley Chambers (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Midfielder: Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley)

Striker: Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient)
Striker: Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield)
Striker: Aaron O'Connor (Newport County)

Manager: Gary Rowett (Birmingham City)

It's worth noting that they include Accrington Stanley midfielder Piero Mingoia in their Team of the Week - a player we will doubtless face in their FA Cup Second Round match in just under two weeks time. Of his performance they say:

"Another player on the scoresheet twice in League 2 was Accrington's Mingoia, who scored two goals in a game for the first time in his career. His double was enough for Stanley to pick up a 2-1 success against Cambridge United."


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24 November 2014 : Jordan Clarke Talks About The Notts County Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town right-back Jordan Clarke spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, the on-loan Coventry City defender's views on the match and his two goals can be read via the link below.

Link: Jordan Clarke Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Notts County.


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24 November 2014 : FA Confirm Nugent Ban
Yeovil Town will be without central defender Ben Nugent next weekend, after the Football Association confirmed his suspension for passing through five bookings on Saturday. The Cardiff City loanee will miss the home League One fixture against Preston North End as an automatic one match penalty, having been penalised for a first half foul by referee Stuart Attwell. Nugent had actually managed a stay of execution for five games, with his fourth booking having come during the October 18th home match against Swindon Town, but was unlikely to make it as far as the December 31st cut-off point.

His place in the side will almost certainly be taken by Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss, who picked up a training ground injury that lost him his place in the side after the Rochdale home match, having made three appearances. Since then he has been available for selection, but has been denied a place due to Football League rules preventing clubs from fielding more than five loan players in a single matchday squad. With Nugent now out for one game, he should find his way back into the team.


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24 November 2014 : Magpies Boss Confirms Red Card Appeal
Notts County manager Shaun Derry has confirmed that he plans to lodge an appeal against the red card issued to Magpies midfielder Gary Jones at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The 37 year old, who signed for County during the summer from Bradford City, was given a straight red by referee Stuart Attwell for a foul on Glovers left-back Nathan Smith, and stands to receive a three match ban under the category of serious foul play.

That decision left Notts County needing to play with ten men for the remaining 61 minutes of the match, which Yeovil Town won through two late goals from Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke, and Derry told the Nottingham Post after the match that he was not willing to directly talk about the incident, except to make it clear that his club would be appealing against the decision:

"I am not going to talk about the incident. But I find it frustrating that I can't talk about it when I have to stand here and be put on the spot. (Notts County midfielder) Gary (Jones) is devastated. He has been brilliant and I felt for him at full-time. I have seen the incident and we will appeal. After the sending off we were heroic for 60 minutes and adapted very well to the change in system. To a man they were absolutely brilliant but two mistakes cost us dearly."

The match statistics, which are sourced from the Press Association, showed that the lions share of the possession, shots, shots on target and corners were weighted towards the Glovers, in a match in which goalkeeper Jed Steer had few saves to make during the match. Despite that, Derry felt that his side had deserved to win the match overall, viewing Clarke's late goals as 'cruel' for his team:

"We regrouped at half-time, they listened to the instructions. A few players had to go into different players and they were all fantastic. It's such a cruel game at times. I am sure Gary Johnson will tell a different tale but I felt we deserved to win the game. I don't care what anybody says we deserved it but we haven't and we crack on again. Fair credit to Yeovil, they will be happy with the win."


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24 November 2014 : Gary Talks About Notts County Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Notts County kicked off at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Gary talks about his opponents, his coaching team's trip to Accrington Stanley to kill two birds with one stone, and his side's need to score more goals. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 November 2014 : Southend Boss Aiming For Talks On Sokolik Future
Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik could have an extended stay away from Somerset, after Southend United boss Phil Brown indicated an interest in keeping him at Roots Hall. The 21 year old was given a 28 day loan to the League Two side that will run out during the coming week, meaning that a decision will need to be made in the near future as to whether that agreement can be taken through the month of December.

Brown has told the Southend Echo that he is particularly mindful that the loan transfer window deadline is on Thursday, and so wants to know where he stands with respect to the former Liverpool academy player. However, he hopes that Yeovil's decision to allow Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss to stay at Huish Park for a further month will count in his favour:

"I believe the transfer window shuts next Thursday so weíre certainly having a look at what might be possible to get done. I will be talking to Yeovil manager Gary Johnson about Jakub Sokolikís future. I spoke with Jakub (during the week) and heís very happy being at Southend. I understand Yeovil have just extended the loan of a defender (Ryan Inniss) they have at the club so I will be speaking to Gary to try and find out where that leaves Jakub in his plans."

Sokolik has so far played in just two matches for Southend, although clocked up 90 minutes in both. His problem is that he got booked in both games, which quickly pushed him through the five bookings threshold to earn himself a one match suspension. He was able to return to the Southend squad for yesterday's match at Tranmere Rovers, but the ban meant that he lost his place in the team, and thus was an unused substitute at Prenton Park. It's worth noting that if Sokolik did return to Somerset, he would not be able to play in the FA Cup - one of his games for the Shrimpers came in their First Round defeat against Chester.


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23 November 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game.


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22 November 2014 : Gary Johnson: Magpies Goal Acted As Spur For Glovers Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that it took the goal from Notts County today to spark his players into life, following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win at Meadow Lane. The Glovers fell behind just past the hour mark after a defensive gift presented a goal on a plate for County's Michael Petrasso, but won the match late on thanks to two goals from Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke, as they turned the game around across a four minute period via two headers.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he had wanted to see his side create more chances, even before the Glovers gained a man advantage, after Magpies midfielder Gary Jones was red-carded with half an hour of the game gone. The Glovers boss felt that pattern of play continued up until the point at which Petrasso put County ahead, and that saw his players spring into life and set up the exciting finale to the game:

"We knew we had to come into the lion's den. They're on a good run of form, and they get their supporters behind them, and they scream for everything and we had to hang on in there. I was a little bit disappointed that we didn't create nearly enough when it was 11 vs 11, or even 10 vs 11, but it took their goal for us to say 'hold on a minute' we've got to get this back. I felt that at that point the boys upped it a little bit and it looked like it was 11 vs 10 at that point. They're disappointed because they're on a good run and they could have gone up into the top two maybe. But we've come here and we've got our two goals that were needed to win the game."

Jones got his marching orders when he fouled Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith close to the dugouts, with referee Stuart Attwell giving him a straight red card, as well as sending Notts County assistant manager Greg Abbott to the stands for his reaction to that decision. Johnson felt that it was a foul on his player, but denied putting any pressure on referee Attwell to act upon that decision:

"You look at it but everything happens quickly, in seconds. It was a foul, and he definitely was reckless. Now whether it's a sending off is up to the referee. We weren't all screaming here in the technical area. But if the referee deems it a sending off, then that's what he does. He doesn't do it to give us an advantage - he does it because he feels that the foul was a red card. That's nothing to do with us."


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22 November 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Notts County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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 Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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22 November 2014 : Notts County 1 Yeovil 2 : Late Clarke Double As Magpies See Red
Yeovil Town secured their first win in nine League One matches this afternoon, as they came from behind to beat promotion-chasing Notts County at Meadow Lane. Two late goals from Coventry City loanee Jordan Clarke saved the day as he headed home 84th and 88th minute crosses from Sam Foley and Nathan Smith respectively, to turn around a game that had threatened to slip away from the Glovers. Having been well on top during the match, and with County down to ten men after Gary Jones' foul on Nathan Smith, a defensive blunder had allowed Michael Petrasso a near walk-in goal midway through the second half, but Clarke's headers saved the day to lift the club off the foot of League One.

Manager Gary Johnson made one enforced change to his line-up, with an injury to Liam Davis sustained last week against Fleetwood Town last weekend meaning that he dropped out of the side, with Nathan Smith an obvious replacement. On the bench Joel Grant returned from international duty with Jamaica to take a seat on the bench, but otherwise things were largely unchanged.

The match got off to a rather slow start, with neither side managing too many chances along the way. Jordy Hiwula's header from a Sam Foley cross saw the Manchester City loanee stretching for the ball but unable to keep it down. Then AJ Leitch-Smith shot well over after the Magpies failed to clear their lines. Then Leitch-Smith cut in from the left flank only to see goalkeeper Roy Carroll parry the ball across his goal and a defender wisely hack the loose ball away for a corner.

Whilst Yeovil had created the majority of the chances up until that point, the pattern of the match, and its temperature was raised when a 29th minute foul by Gary Jones on Nathan Smith saw the left-back prone on the turf, and some angry reactions from his teammates. Given we were at Meadow Lane, it seemed more likely that referee Stuart Attwell would produce a fairly functionary yellow card, but instead he raised a straight red, with reports suggesting Jones had gone in two-footed. An eruption from the County dugouts and crowd suggested they saw different, and in the aftermath County assistant Greg Abbott was sent to the stands.

The Magpies reshuffled by making a substitution and adopting a 3-5-1 formation, in a heated atmosphere develop. Referee Stuart Attwell really didn't handle it at all well, swiftly dishing out yellow cards to Ben Nugent and Joe Edwards for fairly minor fouls that seemed to be a reaction to the furious home crowd, who booed every time Nathan Smith got near the ball - as if he could have been held responsible for being on the receiving end of Jones's tackle. The big fear was that Attwell was itching to even up the number of players on the pitch, and thus it was probably Yeovil who were more grateful for the half time whistle to try to take the heat off the game. More boos for Smith, and more boos for Attwell followed as they headed off the pitch.

There was more of the same after the break - Nathan Smith became the latest player to get booked - perhaps to the disappointment of Magpies fans who had been chanting for a red after a foul. An early double substitution during the second period saw James Hayter and Joel Grant replacing AJ Leitch-Smith and Jordy Hiwula, and gradually it looked more like a game of football was starting to break out.

That was, until Yeovil shot themselves in the foot with a defensive howler. Playing far too much tippy-tappy stuff along their eighteen yard line, Ben Nugent and Stephen Arthurworrey seemed to get their wires crossed with the latter blotting a previously perfect copybook with a woeful pass that let in Michael Petrasso with only Jed Steer to beat. A gift of a goal, and you could see the Glovers heads go down on the pitch for a brief period as if even they believed that was going to be it.

Except that it wasn't. Yeovil plugged away as third substitute Simon Gillett shot towards the far post, but beyond it - a chance that should have seen an equaliser. Then Kevin Dawson's attempt to slot in at the near post was thwarted by Roy Carroll. Finally, a Sam Foley corner on 84 minutes did the business, as Jordan Clarke's header was fumbled by the previously impressive Carroll, and squeezed over the line for the linesman to start waving his flag for the equalising goal.

Four minutes later, and what had looked like a defeat, became a victory. A left wing cross into the box from Nathan Smith found that man Jordan Clarke a second time, and his header sneaked in off the inside of the goalpost for an 88th minute winning goal. Notts County rallied, with five minutes of injury time becoming eight minutes after a lengthy injury slowed down proceedings, and with Yeovil looking occasionally nervous of the position they were in, on a couple of occasions they almost sneaked through, but some splendid last ditch tackling stopped the door being opened wide again. To say the least, a valuable win, and the circumstances in which it came will certainly need some dissecting, in a game that tested the emotions throughout.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Notts County 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Michael Petrasso (1-0, 63 mins), Jordan Clarke (1-1, 84 mins), Jordan Clarke (1-2, 88 mins)

Notts County:
1. Roy Carroll
15. Curtis Thompson 28. Mike Edwards 6. Haydn Hollis 3. Blair Adams
36. Mike Petrasso 13. Gary Jones 16. Liam Noble 32. Stephen McLaughlin
11. Garry Thompson 12. Jake Cassidy

Substitutes:
Subs
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 8. Nicky Wroe 10. Ronan Murray (90 mins for Mike Edwards) 14. Taylor McKenzie (35 mins for Blair Adams) 23. Fabian Speiss 25. Drissa Traore 31. Shaun Harrad (75 mins for Jake Cassidy)

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 9. James Hayter (54 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett (72 mins for James Berrett) 17. Joel Grant (54 mins for Jordy Hiwula)

Notts County Bookings: Liam Noble (dissent, 30 mins). Red Card: Gary Jones (serious foul play, 29 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Ben Nugent (40 mins, foul), Joe Edwards (41 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (49 mins, foul), Stephen Arthurworrey (70 mins, unknown incident)

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 14; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistant Referees: Akil Howson (Leicestershire) and Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 7,746 (with 250 Yeovil supporters).


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22 November 2014 : Team News For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Notts County at Meadow Lane. Following last weekend's 0-1 home defeat against Fleetwood Town, the Glovers have retained their shape, making one enforced decision. In the left-back slot Nathan Smith is restored to the starting line-up, with Liam Davis having limped off during the second half of last week's match.

Striker Kieffer Moore (hamstring) and left-back Nathan Ralph are both still absent through injury. However, winger Joel Grant is back from international duty with Jamaica where he made three substitute appearances in their Caribbean Cup win, and he returns to the bench today.

This afternoon's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett 17. Joel Grant


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21 November 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make yet another journey back to Nottingham, where we will take on Notts County at Meadow Lane. That means that the Ciderspace guide has been dusted off, with directions, parking, a pub guide, ticketing and statistics all on hand to help you through your day out. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.


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21 November 2014 : Gary Previews The Notts County Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts ahead of the match are captured via the link below.

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


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21 November 2014 : Loan Search Continues Ahead Of Thursday Deadline
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his search for new loan signings continues, despite it being extremely unlikely that he will add to his squad before tomorrow afternoon's League One trip to Notts County. The Glovers are attempting to improve their form, given their current standing at the foot of the League One table, and have until Thursday 27th November at 5.00p.m. to sign new players, after which the loan transfer window will close until after New Year's Day, meaning that any squads to guide them through the busy Christmas period will need to be finalised before then.

Johnson has been at pains to point out in recent weeks that he would be looking to strengthen his squad even if his side were top of the division, rather than at the wrong end of the table, and so sees his current search as business as usual. He told BBC Somerset that was still part of his aims before next Thursday, but didn't see it as a foregone conclusion that people would come in:

"We're certainly looking. You've got to keep looking and you've got to keep reassessing your squad, and you've got to make sure that the people you bring in now are going to make you better. I think we've had some good loan signings in the last few weeks, in the ones that we've brought in. There's a few that we're chasing, and if they come off then we'll always try to make our squad stronger. If it doesn't come off for whatever reason then we've got to be organised and ready with the squad that you've got."

With the club already having six loan players on their books, any further recruits would not necessarily improve the matchday squad, with Football League rules only allowing a maximum of five players to be selected on a teamsheet. As such Johnson admits that he is reluctant to bring in further recruits without getting agreement for one of his players to return to his parent club earlier than planned:

"It just depends upon negotiations and talking to people. We're committed to some for a little bit of a longer term, in terms of the loans of course. Most of them are youth loans, other than Jed Steer, so it can be changed. If one comes in, another will have to go out, and it will certainly have to be one of them."


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21 November 2014 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advanced ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Oldham Athletic is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 13th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s: £12.00; Under-16s: £10.00; Under-12s: £5.00.

Note that there are no student/young adult rates. Ambulant disabled and Wheelchair disabled supporters pay the above rates depending upon their age, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

There is no price increase on the day of the fixture Oldham operate a cash turnstile on matchdays.

Away fans only get a section of the Rochdale Road End, currently known as The Verlin Stand. The stand, built in 1992, holds 4,609 and is split (with some seats lost for the segregation zone) 2,989 / 1,620. Smaller clubs (that'll be us) get the smaller section, which is on the side nearest the (George Hill) Main Stand.


Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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21 November 2014 : Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer
Yeovil Town have designated their next home League One match as a 'Kids For A Quid' fixture. The game against Preston North End takes place on Saturday 29th November at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and all supporters aged Under-16 can qualify for admission to the fixture for ONE POUND ONLY.

As with other occasions the club have run this offer, there are no limitations (bar the capacity of the stadium) or adults required or forms to fill in. You simply hand over a one pound coin in return for your matchday ticket. You can buy your ticket in advance by visiting the Huish Park Ticket Office or by calling them on 01935-847888. Alternatively you can pay for your ticket on the day (although allow time for queuing at the Ticket Office.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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21 November 2014 : Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley Trip
The Away Travel Club will be running coach transport to Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round away fixture against Accrington Stanley. The match at the Crown Ground takes place on Saturday 6th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. To book a seat with the Away Travel Club, please call Roger on Yeovil 01935-475384.

They will be leaving from the away end at Huish Park at 7.30a.m. and the cost for the trip will be £25.00 a seat. They will only run transport if there is support for it, so please book your seats early so they are able to size their transport based on demand.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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