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31 January 2010 : February 2010 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster
With the last home match of January having taken place on Saturday, there is a new Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster available for February 2010. Produced by supporters to help publicise matches at Huish Park, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop etc or basically anywhere - provided of course you have permission to do so!

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: February 2010 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster.


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31 January 2010 : Change Of Youth Team Venue
Yeovil Town's Under 18s match next week against Bristol Rovers will see the Glovers line up at a new venue. The match will be played at Ilchester Football Club and it is hoped that this will become the team's main home for the foreseeable future, having used a number of grounds over this season. Kick-off for matches at Ilchester will be at 11.00a.m.

The ground is situated within sight of the A37, just south of the A303. If you are coming in from the A303, then the ground is on the right hand side just before you reach the main Ilchester roundabout. If you are coming from the Yeovil direction, it will be on your left hand side, north of the roundabout.

The club would like to thank Ilchester Football Club and Ilchester Parish Council for their help in allowing the Glovers to use this venue.


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31 January 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog: Yeovil 0 Huddersfield 1
Ah, happy days - or maybe not. Yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town appears to have raised a hackle or two amongst those of you using the Man of the Match Voting Form and elsewhere on the net. Taff is no exception, and he has used Taff's Gloversblog to pen an appraisal of each player, along with the team performance overall.

Read on in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry available below, and feel free to post your own alternative views using the Comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: Yeovil 0 Huddersfield 1.


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31 January 2010 : Disabled Supporters Association Site Pages
For the start of the 2009-10 season, the previously dormant Yeovil Town Disabled Supporters Association was brought back into action. As a result, the Disabled Supporters section of Ciderspace has been revamped to reflect both the relaunched association, and also to bring up to date the state of play with respect to disabled facilities at Huish Park.

Pages can be accessed via the 'Supporters' section of this website, or directly by using the 'Disabled' tab on the page menu at the top of each page. If anyone has any additional feedback or information that they think may be useful to add to these pages, either drop us an email, or talk to one of the DSA Committee Members.

Link: Disabled Supporters Association Membership Application Form.

Link: Disabled Supporters Association Contact Points.

Link: Huish Park Stadium Access and Facilities Guide.


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31 January 2010 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Wycombe
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for next weekend's trip to Wycombe Wanderers. The match takes place at Adams Park on Saturday 6th February with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 9.30a.m. If they can fill the minibus, then the cost of travel will be 10.00. If anyone wants a pick-up in Wincanton Town Centre then that can be arranged. The trip will include a full breakfast stop, along with any others as required.

To book a place, call Pat Custard on 07840 787 287.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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30 January 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Town Game
Following this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions asked by local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Town Game.


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30 January 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
If you were at this afternoon's match at Huish Park, don't forget to provide your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town along with your performance and entertainment rating, plus any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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30 January 2010 : Yeovil 0 Huddersfield 1 : Defensive Error Gifts Terriers Three Points
Yeovil Town crashed to their third home defeat of the season this afternoon, as a strong Huddersfield Town side snuffed them out on a day when a defensive error settled the game. The only goal of the match was scored when Terriers debutant Nathan Eccleston seized on a mistake by Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and his defender Steven Caulker, who collided as McCarthy was claiming a cross, and as the ball ran loose, Eccleston pounced to slot home what was to prove to be the winner.

The Glovers chose to leave Jonathan Obika out of the matchday squad as he became the "sixth loan" to make room for Owain Tudur Jones to make his debut. Ryan Mason was restored to the Yeovil line-up whilst Tuesday night's widemen Keiran Murtagh and Nathan Smith dropped to the bench.

Both sides had their own early shouts for penalties with the ball striking the arm of Steven Caulker in an early Huddersfield attack then at the other end Peter Clarke appeared to be man-handling Sam Williams inside the box. Referee Gavin Ward wasn't interested in making any early decisions.

Midway through the first half, in a match of few chances, a defensive error gifted Huddersfield the opening goal. A cross into the box should have been claimed by Alex McCarthy, but confusion between him and Steven Caulker saw the centre-back take the ball out of McCarthy's hands, and when Gary Roberts shot towards goal, his initial shot was blocked into the path of Terriers debutant Nathan Eccleston, who took his opportunity well.

Huddersfield were largely on top during the first period but just before the half time whistle, the Glovers got themselves a lifeline. Ryan Mason took a high cross out of the air, controlled it beautifully, and as he prepared to take his second touch past his marker Neal Trotman, the Huddersfield centre-back clipped Mason and referee Ward pointed to the spot. However, Yeovil Town were not to take advantage of the situation. Dean Bowditch's penalty went miles over the bar and a crucial opportunity to go in level at the break was wasted.

Early in the second period, Huddersfield dropped down to 10 men for around five minutes after scorer Nathan Eccleston collided with Nathan Jones, and whilst the Terriers were a man down, Yeovil went on the attack, with Sam Williams bringing the ball down well inside the box, trapping, turning and shooting to force visiting keeper Alex Smithies to parry the ball for a corner. A Ryan Mason header went wide of the target, and eventually Huddersfield decided they couldn't wait for Eccleston to return, replacing him with Lee Novak to restore parity on numbers.

Changes for Yeovil saw Gavin Tomlin and Andy Welsh introduced as substitutes for a fairly anonymous Dean Bowditch and for Ryan Mason, and this was to brighten up the Yeovil attack significantly as they got some width into what had been an extremely narrow Glovers line-up. The two substitutes could have produced an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, with Tomlin firing a shot just wide of the target, followed by a Welsh attempt as he broke clean through on goal, only to slot his attempt wide as keeper Alex Smithies came off his line to narrow the angle.

Yeovil's fairly miserable afternoon was polished off when Jean-Paul Kalala picked up his 10th booking of the season, as over-fussy referee Gavin Ward carded him for a minor foul. Ward booked four players on the day, largely for 'persistence' than for anything major, and his constant stop-start refereeing was perfect to help Huddersfield snuff the game out and frustrating for Yeovil to get a rhythm going. The Glovers didn't really deserve a lot out of the game in what was a fairly inert home performance. But on the other hand with only a single defensive error separating the two sides in the end, that will have still left them regretting what they could have grabbed from the game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Scorers: Nathan Eccleston (23 mins, 0-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 3. Nathan Jones
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald
13. Ryan Mason
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 8. Keiran Murtagh 10. Gavin Tomlin (69 mins for Dean Bowditch) 11. Andy Welsh (77 mins for Ryan Mason) 16. Scott Murray 28. Nathan Smith

Huddersfield Town:
1 Alex Smithies 2 Lee Peltier 5 Peter Clarke 2 Tom Clarke 13 Heffernan 35 Neal Trotman 7 Gary Roberts 8 Antony Kay 25 Drinkwater 17 Alex Rhodes 36 Nathan Eccleston

Substitutes:
26 Eastwood, 6 Nathan Clarke, 16 Williams, 27 Pearce, 22 Berrett (69 mins for Drinkwater), 10 Robbie Simpson (84 mins for Gary Roberts), 21 Lee Novak (66 mins for Nathan Eccleston)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (71 mins, foul), Jean-Paul Kalala (88 mins, foul)
Huddersfield Bookings: Neal Trotman (47 mins, dissent), Gary Roberts (78 mins, foul)

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Mark Philpott (Cornwall) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 4,110 (including 483 Terriers fans)


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30 January 2010 : Kalala Picks Up Two Match Ban
Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has picked up his 10th booking of the season in this afternoon's home match against Huddersfield Town. He will now face a two match ban, and will miss next Saturday's away match at Wycombe Wanderers, as well as the following Saturday's home game against Gillingham.

Manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he will use loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones to perform the holding midfielder role if Kalala became unavailable during the Norwich City midfielder's spell at Huish Park.


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30 January 2010 : Exeter City Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match took place last Saturday, with a 2-1 win being games over Exeter City. Whilst it was a flawed performance, the three points gained were very welcome, with goals from Stefan Stam and Ryan Mason completing the win.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, the top three players raced away from the rest of the pack with Stam one of those heavily nominated. Striker Sam Williams also picked up a large number of votes along the way, but the eventual winner was Jean-Paul Kalala.

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

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 264 (17)
2 Sam Williams 186 (12)
3 Stefan Stam 156 (12)
4 Shaun MacDonald 94 (4)
5 Steven Caulker 92 (5)
6 Ryan Mason 50 (1)
7 Nathan Jones 36 (0)
8 Craig Alcock 30 (2)
9 Alex McCarthy 18 (0)
10 Dean Bowditch 8 (0)
11 Andy Welsh 6 (0)
12 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.42

Performance: 5.70
Entertainment: 7.13

VOTES RECEIVED: 53


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30 January 2010 : Youth Team vs Hereford United Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s gained an emphatic victory over basement boys Hereford United, thanks mainly to a strong second half performance that sealed all three points. At half time, the Bulls were a little bit more in the game than the Glovers would have liked, at 1-1, but three second half strikes ensured a comfortable victory in the end.

The first half was not one of Yeovil's best. Operating with a 3-5-2 formation, although they took the lead after 12 minutes, they failed to impose themselves on their visitors. The goal itself though was a pleasing one, with Yeovil's two strikers combining perfectly. Cory Lewis received a perfect through ball from Lewis Clarke and confidently finished from close range.

Thereafter, the visitors were the ones to grow in confidence, with Ryan Peacock being forced to make a strong save at the feet of a Hereford striker, and on 36 minutes, the Bulls gained an equalising goal, with their centre-forward finishing from just inside the box for a deserved equaliser. Hereford used the slope on the Somerton pitch well, and pressed Yeovil when they were in possession, although the Glovers were not helped by the loss of captain Rob Clowes who had been carrying an injury throughout the half and had to be replaced by Joe Grimstead.

At half time, manager Mo Hopkins switched to a 4-4-2, as Tom Gallagher was introduced for Aidan Chainey, with the Youth boss also impressing upon the youngsters that they had been playing the game a little too short on the pitch, and as a result tending to gift possession to the opposition. That tactical switch worked well, with Yeovil going on to dominate the second period.

Front pairing Clarke and Lewis took control of the game, helped by some great service from their midfield quartet. They got off to a perfect second half start when Tom Gallagher netted with a superb strike from 10 yards out that threatened to rip the net out. Then just nine minutes later Tyler Sheppard added to the tally as his left-footed shot from 20 yards out put Yeovil 3-1 up.

With Hereford rocked by those two quick goals, the balance of the game became an extreme one and there was little surprise when 3-1 became 4-1 just past the hour mark, as wide man Ciaran Levet finished off a great team move, with Cory Lewis playing a short pass to Tyler Sheppard on the edge of the area, who in turn found Levet with a similar move, and the left-footer finished into the bottom left hand corner.

More goals could have arrived, with Joe Grimstead seeing a free kick well saved, whilst Tom Gallagher went close as he lobbed the advancing Bulls keeper. But 4-1 was still a pleasing scoreline as the final whistle blew, with Yeovil having put together an impressive second period, and having looked far more comfortable and fluent in the 4-4-2 formation.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Hereford United 1.

Scorers: Cory Lewis (12 mins, 1-0), Hereford Striker (36 mins, 1-1), Tom Gallagher (46 mins, 2-1), Tyler Sheppard (55 mins, 3-1), Ciaran Levet (61 mins, 4-1).

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
1. Ryan Peacock
4. Rhys Baggridge 5. Rob Clowes 6. Sam Ford
2. Adam Wakley 7. Aidan Chainey 8. Tyler Sheppard 11. Tom Hopkins 3. Ciaran Levet
9. Cory Lewis 10. Lewis Clarke

Subs: Lloyd Matthews, Tom Gallagher (46 mins for Aidan Chainey), Joseph Grimstead (36 mins for Rob Clowes), Andrew Baker (84 mins for Cory Lewis), Connor Siddley-Adams.

Booking: Tom Gallagher (kicking ball away).


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30 January 2010 : WFAC Postponed
Heavy snow in some parts of East Anglia that began falling on Friday evening has seen the Fourth Round Women's F.A. Cup match between Norwich City and Yeovil Town postponed. Although not scheduled until Sunday, a 12.15 p.m. pitch inspection today deemed that, in light of the immediate forecast, the surface at Plantation Park could not be made playable by tomorrow.

The Glovers Ladies had been planning to travel up today, and stay overnight ahead of what is probably their biggest match of the season to date. Those plans will now have to be rearranged, with a new date set for the match on Sunday 7th February.


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30 January 2010 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
Following our unplanned 'winter break' around the turn of the year, play finally resumed around 10 days ago, with an away match at Leyton Orient. This was a poor evening's performance as Yeovil Town's away day blues was there for all to see.

The Man of the Match voting gave an indication as to what supporters thought of the performance, with substitute Gavin Tomlin picking up a number of votes, despite only being on the pitch for 32 minutes. The eventual winner by a comfortable margin was Ryan Mason, who was one of the more noticeable players during the first period until he had to be withdrawn with a knock. The full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1 Ryan Mason 74 (7)
2 Stefan Stam 32 (1)
3 Shaun MacDonald 24 (0)
4 Gavin Tomlin 22 (2)
5 Steven Caulker 20 (2)
6 Craig Alcock 14 (0)
7 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 8 (0)
8 Keiran Murtagh 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.33

Performance: 4.00
Entertainment: 4.67

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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30 January 2010 : Youth Team Get Emphatic Win Over Bulls
Yeovil Town's Under 18s have recorded an emphatic victory over Hereford United this morning. Whilst the Bulls managed to hold the Glovers up until the half time break, with the scores tied at 1-1, Yeovil powered their way to a 4-1 win by full time, with Cory Lewis, Tom Gallagher, Tyler Sheppard and Ciaran Levet each getting a goal.

We'll have a full match report available sometime later today.


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30 January 2010 : Pelts Looking Forward To Seeing Old Friends
Opposition right-back Lee Peltier says that he is still in regular contact with many of the Yeovil Town. The former Liverpool academy player will turn out for Huddersfield Town at Huish Park for the first time since leaving Somerset.

Lee, who made 77 appearances across two spells at Huish Park between 2007 and 2009, told Huddersfield's official site that he had good memories of his time with the Yeovil Town players, and in particular manager Terry Skiverton, who was Peltier's team-mate in defence for much of his time there. However the 23 year old repeated his view that he had struggled a bit off the field:

"I still speak to most of the lads there because it is still pretty much the same team that I played in and Terry Skiverton was also Player/Manager at the time. He's a good guy and he's proving to be a good manager as well as a good player. He's like 'Mr. Yeovil' - he's a legend down there after coming all the way up through the Conference with them and now he's managing the team that just caps it off. I'm sure they will be looking to get the three points as well. I had a relatively good time at Yeovil. I really enjoyed playing regular football, but life away from the Club was a bit difficult; living such a long way away from home. It was a good experience for me though."

Link: Pelts Admits Yeovil Was A Bit Too Quiet.

Link: Lee Peltier : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 January 2010 : Youth Team Squad For Hereford Match
Yeovil Town are in action against Hereford United this morning, and have picked a squad of sixteen players ahead of the match. The Glovers are planned to line-up in a 3-5-2 formation with the following players selected:

1. Ryan Peacock
4. Rhys Baggridge 5. Rob Clowes 6. Sam Ford
2. Adam Wakley 7. Aidan Chainey 8. Tyler Sheppard 11. Tom Hopkins 3. Ciaran Levet
9. Cory Lewis 10. Lewis Clarke

Subs: Lloyd Matthews, Tom Gallagher, Joseph Grimstead, Andrew Baker, Connor Adams.

Both Tom Hopkins and Lloyd Matthews will undergo fitness tests at the ground to ensure they are able to play, as both have been suffering from knocks.


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30 January 2010 : How Wycombe Striker Revell Solved The Arron Davies Problem
Midfielder Arron Davies is not the first case of a player this month to fall foul of FIFA's transfer regulations. Southend United striker Alex Revell was in an identical situation to Arron earlier this month, but has managed to work his way around the problem thanks to the Shrimpers and his new club Wycombe Wanderers.

Alex had agreed a contract severance with Southend earlier this month, and had planned to join fellow League One side Wycombe Wanderers. On January 12th after the player had passed his medical at Adams Park, and signed a contract, Wycombe announced that there had been an unspecified delay and that they were unable to sign Revell.

It has later transpired that Revell's move to Wycombe was blocked due to him having played for Southend as his permanent club, as well as having had a standard half-season loan with Swindon Town. After his loan deal with the Wiltshire side expired, he returned to Roots Hall, but later agreed a severance deal with the Shrimpers.

Thus when Wycombe attempted to sign Revell, they were blocked by the Football League and Football Association in what is an identical case to that affecting Arron Davies.

Revell though has been able to get around the situation by re-establishing his registration with Southend United as a non-contract player. At this point he has been able to agree an 'emergency' 93 day loan from Southend to Wycombe with the blessing of the footballing authorities. He remains by a technicality a Southend player, but is not expected to play for the Shrimpers again.

On January 22nd - 10 days after the initial problem was spotted - Revell signed a deal with Wycombe. The situation is not perfect, as Revell's 'loan' deal will run out after the penultimate game of the League One season, but it has allowed Wycombe to get around the problem. Wanderers club secretary Keith Allen explained the situation, admitting to the Wycombe official site that they were fully aware of the rule, but had misinterpreted the terms of Revell's loan deal with Swindon:

"We were led to believe that Alex had been at Swindon on an emergency loan which would have enabled him to sign for us without any problems. Unfortunately, that information was incorrect because he'd gone to Swindon on what's called a standard loan and that changed the situation significantly. The Football League and Football Association were sympathetic, but they had to abide by FIFA regulations and Alex spent a worrying few days in limbo. We worked hard with the authorities and with Southend to find a solution and I'm delighted to say that the problem has now been resolved."

Revell added that it had been a nightmare fortnight for him, but that he was glad to see the issue sorted:

"It's taken it's time getting done and I thought it was sorted a couple of weeks ago so I've had about three heart attacks since then! My move was held up by FIFA because they have a rule which stops players playing for more than two clubs in the same season but the move has now done as an emergency loan and everything has gone through so Im delighted."

Clearly Revell's case sets a precedence for Arron Davies. If he can persuade his former club Nottingham Forest to re-register him as a player, then he should be able to negotiate an emergency loan deal with a club of his choosing. That seems to be the most obvious solution to his current problems. It may also be a route for the Glovers to help him achieve, if they are prepared to wait for the complexities of the paperwork to be driven through, and obviously if Forest themselves are willing to play ball.

Link: Arron Davies Move Collapses.


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29 January 2010 : Skivo Previews The Huddersfield Match
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was interviewed by the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

In particular, Skivo gives in depth views on Huddersfield right-back Lee Peltier, who was his team-mate for two years before being transferred to the Terriers in the summer of 2009.

Note that the interview took place prior to the fall-through of the Arron Davies transfer. The answer that Skivo gives to one of the questions has remained 'as is' in this transcript.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Huddersfield Game.


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29 January 2010 : Skiverton Admits Terriers Will Be Tough Opposition
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton recognises that tomorrow's opponents Huddersfield Town have one of the best first team squads in League One. The Terriers visit Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, and Skivo admitted that his side would be up against a number of talented players, including right-back Lee Peltier, who picked up a number of awards for the Glovers at the end of last season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said that the Terriers would provide extremely testing opposition:

"It's a very tough game and they've got a lot of fantastic players, including probably our best player last season. Lee Peltier was fantastic for us and had all the attributes. Their forwards are lively and they have some really good wide players in (Anthony) Pilkington and (Gary) Roberts that can cause you problems on their day. And they're very strong at the back, and so it is a tough game for us."

Skiverton's hope is that the Glovers can recapture the performance they put on back in August, when a Keiran Murtagh long range strike put them ahead at the Galpharm Stadium, giving the home side a big scare until they fought back for a 2-1 win:

"The last time we played them away, we gave them a very good run for their money. Again, we're having to rely upon our home form, but we are very positive going into this game and with the extra addition (to the squad - Owain Tudur Jones) it's going to be very interesting."


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29 January 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Huddersfield Town in a League One fixture tomorrow, with both sides having very different agendas between now and the end of the season. For the Terriers, sat in 7th place in the table, a point off the play-offs and with a game in hand, their target is very obvious, with a chance of promotion still very much on the agenda.

For Yeovil, the need to maintain their strong home form is essential if they are to keep their solid 13th place position, with just five points separating them and fourth from bottom Oldham Athletic. With their away form so woeful of late, home wins are highly desirable even against the likes of the Terriers, who they lie 11 points away from.

That's not to say tomorrow is an impossible task by any stretch of the imagination. Just as Yeovil appear to be Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to home and away performances, Huddersfield seem to have similar problems. Manager Lee Clark has seen his side win just twice in the league on their travels this season, whilst at home they are invincible and without a defeat this campaign. Clark has told his club's official site that he finds these statistics baffling given that his view is that the Terriers are playing very well on the road, but not getting the results they deserve:

"We are a good side. The supporters that go to all the games will have watched us travel to Charlton and dominate the game, Leeds and dominate the game, dominate at Norwich for the best part of 65 minutes but to be honest I get embarrassed at times - sometimes when I'm talking to other people and telling them how well we are playing, they must think I'm making it up because we got beaten. I need that to change and I will sacrifice the good performances for results. I'm confident that the away form will improve and we can maintain our fantastic home record."

As mentioned earlier in the week, Huddersfield have signed a quartet of players during January, with left-back Dean Heffernan, Liverpool striker Nathan Eccleston and centre-backs Krystian Pearce and Neal Trotman and all four are travelling down to Huish Park with their team-mates, hoping to make their debuts. With no injuries or suspensions, Clark has an embarrassment of riches - his only issue is whether international clearance for Australian Heffernan comes through in time, and whether the player is still suffering from jetlag, having only arrived this week.

For the Glovers, they have Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones in line to make his debut, but sadly not Arron Davies, who will no longer be joining the club (see yesterday's news). The arrival of Tudur Jones gives Skiverton a dilemma in that one of his loanees must now sit in the stand tomorrow. General guesswork is that the unlucky man to miss out on the squad will be either striker Jonathan Obika, or more likely a chance for Ryan Mason to recover from a niggling hip and thigh problem that has restricted his minutes on the pitch in recent matches. Aside from that Gavin Tomlin's groin injury represents the only doubt known in the Huish Park ranks.

In terms of form, Huddersfield are unbeaten in three matches, although have had the benefit of playing three home games in a row. Their last away win was back on November 1st, showing that there's no reason why the Glovers shouldn't approach the game in a positive manner, despite the obvious gulf in finances between the two sides. Yeovil have two wins and one draw in their last three home matches, with the home defeat against Walsall at the start of December being their last reverse at Huish Park.

In the Terriers side, there will be a chance for Lee Peltier's first return back to the club he left to head to Yorkshire. Clark has high praise for the right-back, saying today "Lee Peltier just gets
better and better - he's so consistent
." Their top scorer is Jordan Rhodes, with 17 goals and he is in reasonable form, having bagged two so far this month. Meanwhile if you spot a midfielder called Gary Roberts on the Huddersfield teamsheet, it is not the former Yeovil Town player. His namesake usually plays on the wing and has netted five times this season, although missed the Galpharm Stadium match against the Glovers due to suspension.

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday surcharges. If you want to purchase tickets at the pre-match rate, call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 before 6.00p.m. tonight.

Link: Terriers Sign A Double For Saturday.

Link: Pelts Admits Yeovil Was A Bit Too Quiet.


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29 January 2010 : Tudur Jones Sees Loan Deal As Good For All Parties
New Yeovil Town loan signing Owain Tudur Jones says he can see benefits to both himself and Yeovil Town as part of his temporary move from Norwich City. The 25 year old is at Huish Park until February 27th and should make his debut tomorrow in the home match against Huddersfield Town.

The Welshman told BBC Somerset that he made his move as he felt that merely being involved on the training ground at Carrow Road would be counter-productive in the long run, and that a month of playing games will do him good, as well as hopefully Yeovil Town:

"It's going to be a good opportunity for me. I'm here to help the club out, and obviously for the club to help me out, in gaining some fitness and getting some games. I'm looking forward to the month ahead. I'm happy at Norwich, it's just that ideally I'd like to play a few more games. I think the best way for me to give myself that opportunity is to get some games elsewhere, because otherwise I'm just sitting there, training every day, but not having that reward on a Saturday, so I'm looking forward to it."


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28 January 2010 : Saturday Youth Match Kick-Off Clarification
For those looking to attend Saturday morning's Youth Alliance match against Hereford United, the kick-off time has been set. The Under 18s match will kick-off at the slightly earlier time of 10.30a.m. with the venue still being Gassons Lane, Somerton. Admission to the game is free and all are welcome to attend.


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28 January 2010 : Funeral Arrangements For Gurnard Smith
Further to our earlier news item, the date for the funeral of Yeovil Town Vice President Gurnard Smith has been set. The service will be held at Yeovil Crematorium on Friday 5th February 5th at 10.40a.m.


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28 January 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Welsh Connection
The Welsh get everywhere. Whether it's Shaun MacDonald in midfield, or new loan signing Owain Tudur Jones, they're everywhere. Even the ones who are not Welsh in midfield are called Welsh. Even the ones that produce their own Taff's Gloversblog are Welsh. Hence, Taff - now on his chosen specialised subject of Welsh midfielders in the Football League, updates his blog, including mention of the one that got away today.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Welsh Connection.


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28 January 2010 : Arron Davies Move Collapses
Midfielder Arron Davies will no longer be joining Yeovil Town. The player has been blocked by the Football Association and the Football League from signing as he has already been registered with Nottingham Forest and Brighton and Hove Albion this season. The club appear to have only found out when they tried to push through his registration forms today.

FIFA regulations prevent a player from signing for more than two clubs either on a standard loan or a permanent transfer, and so the club have been prevented from registering him as a player.

It now looks like Arron will struggle to find another club at professional level during the 2009-10 season unless he can plead for special dispensation from the authorities. If he can't join Yeovil Town, then it would appear that all other professional clubs under FIFA jurisdiction are also off limits - apart from of course Forest and Brighton who have already made their decisions concerning the player. A real shame, but all the best to Arron for the future.


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28 January 2010 : Gurnard Smith, R.I.P.
We're sad to report the death of Yeovil Town Vice President Gurnard Smith this week. Gurnard passed away on Tuesday, aged 78, from a heart attack having been unwell for the past month.

Supporters who were at the Boxing Day match against Wycombe Wanderers may recall a small delay to kick-off after an incident in the Main Stand that required medical assistance. Manager Terry Skiverton revealed in his post-match interview that Gurnard had suffered a heart attack, but that the club's medical staff had been able to revive him.

Gurnard was subsequently well enough to return home from Yeovil District Hospital, but suffered a second heart attack on Tuesday that was unfortunately to prove fatal.

Mr Smith was the son of former Yeovil Town Chairman H.A. 'Bert' Smith, who led the club through the Second World War, in charge from 1938-48. He is survived by his wife Mary, who we send our deepest condolences, as well as to all his family and friends.

Funeral arrangements for Mr Smith have not been set yet. When we become aware of them, we will publish them here.


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28 January 2010 : Skivo Explains Tudur Jones Benefits
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that the arrival of Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones will give his side 'strength and steel' in the heart of midfield. The Welshman was signed on loan by the Glovers on Tuesday night and will stay at Huish Park until Saturday 27th February.

Skiverton has said this month that he wanted a 'destructive' player who could add physical presence to a side that have on occasions looked in the Yeovil boss's own words 'powderpuff' and lacking leadership, particularly away from home. Speaking to the Western Morning News, Skivo also revealed that he tried to get the player to come to Huish Park over the summer, although perhaps Norwich's 250,000 transfer fee may have seen the Glovers outbid:

"Owain will give us extra strength and steel in midfield and is the type of player I've been looking for. I think he will help us be more solid and harder to beat away from home and he's actually someone I tried to sign back in the summer when he was leaving Swansea. I know he did well on loan at Swindon last season and they wanted him as well but he ended up going to a fantastic club in Norwich. I've got to thank (Norwich manager) Paul Lambert for now letting Owain join us on loan and hopefully we can help him regain his match fitness so he can return to fight for a place in the Norwich team."

Skiverton explained that Tudur Jones would be going straight into his side, with Huddersfield Town the opponents on Saturday, but pointed out that by the law of averages, he was probably going to lose Jean-Paul Kalala, with his main midfield blocker just one booking away from a two match ban:

"I've brought Owain in to play straight away and is can certainly play alongside JP (Kalala) if we want. But he will also be cover for when JP gets suspended. He's on nine bookings at the moment, so he could get a two-match ban at any time. We've also got quite a few away games coming up and hopefully Owain can make us better equipped to get points away from Huish Park."

There is always a downside to any situation, and this one is that Owain is Yeovil's sixth loan, and Football League rules prevent a club naming more than five loanees in a matchday squad. That means that one player is going to be left sat in the stands. Skiverton doesn't provide any hints as to who that might be, but points out that at times, it may not present such a big problem:

"I will have to leave someone out, but I don't see that as a problem and sometimes my hand may be forced. We all know the situation and it may be that one player misses out one week and then it's someone else the following week. We'll do what is right for the team for any one game and that may vary from match to match."


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28 January 2010 : Davies Signs Six Month Deal With Glovers
Midfielder Arron Davies has today signed a deal that will see him return to Yeovil Town. He will remain at Huish Park until the end of the season having signed a six month deal with the club. Davies was a free agent having been released by Nottingham Forest earlier this month.

Arron has of course already had one spell at the club, having played 114 times between December 2004 and May 2007 as the club climbed from League Two, and up as far as their first ever Wembley appearance in the League One Play-Off Final. He arrived at the club with a difficult task on his hands - stepping into the boots of Gavin Williams, who had just been sold by the club to West Ham United for 250,000.

Manager Gary Johnson played down Arron's arrival at the club, clearly not wanting to put too much pressure on young shoulders, but when he scored a 25 yard belter on his debut at Leyton Orient, there was optimism that maybe Super Gav wouldn't be missed too much.

Like the man that he replaced in the Glovers line-up, Davies became known as a player who could change games by just one 30 yard jinxing twisting run. He scored 27 goals for the Glovers along the way, including a hat-trick at Chesterfield and a stunning solo goal against his former mentor Gary Johnson, that set up a 2-1 win over Bristol City. But the big moment of them all for Arron was his two goals at the City Ground that provided arguably Yeovil Town's finest moment since setting foot into the Football League - the now legendary 5-2 away win over Nottingham Forest.

The snag for Yeovil was that along with Chris Cohen, Davies had shown a little bit too much football to their more illustrious opponents, and when the Glovers lost out in the play-off final, Forest came knocking to take two of the players that had damaged their promotion hopes, and in the summer Arron was gone, sold for a Glovers record transfer fee of 1.2 million along with Cohen.

Whilst Cohen thrived at his new club, Davies never quite hit the mark, frequently being on the fringes of the Forest team, or on the treatment table. A total of 40 appearances over 2.5 years and just one goal wasn't the impact he would have wanted to have made. His bad luck continued in September 2009 when he chose to join Brighton and Hove Albion on loan rather than make a return to Yeovil Town. His old boss Russell Slade was the man who drew Davies to the Withdean, but two months later, Russell was given his cards, and new manager Gus Poyet never even gave the Welshman a glance. A return to Forest followed, but he never made an appearance in Nottingham colours before being released by Forest on January 19th.

Unsurprisingly the rumourmill went into full swing, suggesting almost immediately that Arron was on his way back, although last week manager Terry Skiverton threw a curveball suggesting that Davies was not the sort of player he was looking for. Either Skiverton was trying to divert attention from a player he wanted, or a week is a long time in football.

Occasionally frustrating, occasionally out of sorts, Arron is a player who can turn one point into three points, or no points into one at the flick of a switch - which is something the Glovers have been lacking at times, particularly when they've gone a goal down. He won't solve the club's lack of bite in midfield - that will be for Owain Tudur Jones to sort out - but if he can produce what he produced during his first spell at the club, his six month deal could still easily be a fruitful one.

Welcome home Arron.

Link: Arron Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 January 2010 : Terriers Sign A Double For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Huddersfield Town have boosted their squad with a double signing ahead of their weekend trip to Huish Park. The Yorkshire side have signed up Australian international Dean Heffernan along with Liverpool youngster Nathan Eccleston this week as they look to maintain their hopes of getting into a League One play-off position.

Heffernan has been playing in the Australian National League for Central Coast Mariners, and is a 29 year old left-back. He is looking to stay fit ahead of his country's involvement in the 2010 World Cup, hoping to do enough to land in the national squad. Huddersfield are awaiting international clearance. Manager Lee Clark told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that the only other issue was that of jetlag as he has only just arrived in the country:

"We gave him yesterday off to catch up on some sleep, but hell be training again today and all being well, hell be available for Yeovil. All the necessary paperwork has been submitted, so all we can do is wait and keep our fingers crossed that his clearance comes in time. Whether it does or not, we believe weve made a tremendous acquisition, because Dean is a terrific athlete with a lot of ability and a lot of experience."

Striker Eccleston is on loan at the Galpharm, and is a 19 year old who has made two substitute appearances for Liverpool this season.

Huddersfield have also recruited in centre-backs Krystian Pearce and Neal Trotman on loan from Birmingham City and Preston North End respectively, giving them four new players for the month of January.

Perhaps mercifully, winger Lionel Ainsworth, who has been the bane of Yeovil in the past, has moved out on loan to fellow League One side Brentford. Joe Skarz has also left on loan this month, joining Shrewsbury Town, whilst Jim Goodwin headed to Oldham Athletic at the start of the month.


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28 January 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Tranmere Interview
To pair up with Terry Skiverton's post-match interview, which was published yesterday, his pre-kick-off interview is now also available. Skivo explains to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon why he left Ryan Mason and Jonathan Obika on the bench, and what his thinking was in terms of his pre-match game plan. The full transcript is now available via the link below, with Skivo's post-match verdict also available.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off At Tranmere.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game.


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28 January 2010 : Oh No, Jerry!
Former Yeovil Town right-back Jerry Gill has become the latest manager of Conference South strugglers Weymouth. The South-Coast club change their management team or their board of directors about as regularly as a set of traffic lights, and so Jerry's contract until April 30th 2011 could be one that doesn't quite reach fruition.

For now though, Gill will become Weymouth's eighth manager since the start of 2007, with his clear mandate to try and get them off the bottom of the Conference South table, and somehow concoct an escape from relegation. There is a seven point gap for them to make up.

Gill has made his way through five clubs as part of his playing career since leaving Huish Park in the summer of 1997. Birmingham City, Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers and Redditch United have seen him pull on a shirt for their club, with the Conference North side the most recent, signing for them in September 2009.

When a fairly ugly head injury put him out of the game for the latter part of the 2008-09 season, Jerry took time out to obtain a UEFA B Coaching Licence and has since then had attempts to become manager of both Forest Green and Cambridge United turned down. The Cambridge application was bounced by Cambridge Chairman George Rolls who now happens to be Weymouth's Chairman. Second time round, he appears to have convinced Rolls that he was the right man to employ.

We'd like to wish Jerry the best of luck ... as it's the Muff he has landed at, we think on past experience that he is going to need it!


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27 January 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game
Following last night's 2-1 defeat at Prenton Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. Answering questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon about the match against Tranmere Rovers, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game.


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27 January 2010 : Half Time Tweak By Tranmere Boss Influenced Glovers Downfall
Tranmere Rovers manager Les Parry has admitted that he didn't enjoy the first half at Prenton Park at all. Some of the half time debate amongst those watching last night's match on the Wirral was whether the tactics employed by both sides were deliberate, or whether the game had just degenerated into a mass of longball clearances from both sides, with barely a shot to speak of.

Whilst it was well known that Parry had abandoned some of the 'pretty football' that former manager John Barnes had tried to provide (and failed) to implement it was hard to believe that Parry had taken matters that far down the line. With the home crowd booing their side off at half time, perhaps that gave the clue that even they had not witnessed anything like that under the current Tranmere management team.

Thankfully Parry himself didn't think a lot of the first 45 minutes either and told the Wirral News that he had a bit of a go at his players for their half time performance:

"I thought the first half was disappointing, we just didnt get going there was no sharpness. We had a word with the lads at half-time and told them what we thought and luckily they responded though Im not too sure if they responded to what we said or because we got the early goal because once we got that early goal we seemed to pick it up and find an extra yard. In the end it was disappointing to concede a goal. It was a disappointing first half but a much, much better second half."

Experienced attacking player Chris Shuker set up Tranmere's second goal, and has frequently been highly influential in previous meetings with the Glovers. Parry said that Tranmere's second half change in performance levels was down to giving their playmaker the ball more often:

"We said at half-time, weve played Shukes (Chris Shuker) to get on the ball; Shukes without the ball is a waste of time. Youve got to give him the ball, if he is playing he has got to have the ball and we were not doing that. He then starts to go looking for the ball and we then lose our shape a little bit, so we said at half-time give him the ball which we started to do and he created a bit for us and gets their defence on their heels."


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27 January 2010 : Skivo Believes Opposition Tactics Influence Away Day Blues
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that the way many League One sides play the game on their home patches is at the heart of the Glovers' away form. Last night's match at Tranmere Rovers was Yeovil's eighth defeat in the league on the road, their third in a row, and they have not won on their travels for eight games. More pointedly, the Glovers have only achieved one away win in almost 12 months of football.

Skiverton feels that the opposition tactics against Yeovil are to stifle his team's creative play, and told BBC Somerset that the opposition are only tending to open up and play football once they have taken the lead in the game:

"Name me a time when it's been different away from home. I can't remember a time, apart from playing Exeter away, when we've had a good away footballing game. Tranmere didn't start playing until they went two goals up, and that's what teams keep doing to us. If you're giving a goal or two goals away every away game, then you are not going to win them. We can't keep clean sheets to save our lives. We've just got to move onto the next game. I'm very disappointed and you've got to let them know that, and we'll just work harder in training on Thursday."

Since February 14th 2009, when Yeovil Town won at Peterborough United in a 3-1 win at London Road, their away results have seen them gain just one win and seven draws, with a total of 16 defeats. In terms of goals, the Glovers have scored just 12 times in 12 months on the road, with 44 goals conceded during that time.

Whilst Skiverton may have a point that opposition tactics are thwarting Yeovil's ability to play passing football on their travels, it is up to the Glovers to impose their game on the opposition, just as much as the opposition will try and impose their game upon them. And if that doesn't work, then the Glovers need to be more adaptable in the way that they play their game to ensure that they can compete both home and away and not just in 50 percent of their matches.


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27 January 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Calling all you lucky supporters who were at Prenton Park last night. Somewhere amidst last night's performance against Tranmere Rovers, we'd like you to pick out your Man of the Match votes. With so few Glovers present last night, all votes received will be significant so get yours in. Choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

Link: Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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27 January 2010 : Tudur Jones Deal Now Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news, the loan signing of Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has now been made official. The Welshman will stay at Huish Park until Saturday 27th February, meaning that he will be available for seven matches, including home matches against Huddersfield Town, Gillingham, Colchester United and Milton Keynes Dons and trips to Wycombe Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Walsall.

If the Glovers want to extend the loan deal beyond that, then they're likely to wait a fortnight to do so - Yeovil's next fixture following that is the trip to Carrow Road on March 6th, which Norwich would be highly unlikely to allow him to play, hence for the time being, the deal is likely to be a single month only.

Speaking to Norwich's official site, manager Paul Lambert said he thought it would be a good move for the 25 year old:

"Owain's season has been a bit stop-start and it's important he gets a few games under his belt. I think Yeovil is a good team for him to go to with the way they play the game and they've got a good manager. Hopefully he'll get some games to get himself up and running."

Tudur Jones has so far made six appearances for the Canaries this season, but has only featured in two matches since the end of August due to calf and groin injuries. For a full profile yesterday's two news items (here and there).


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26 January 2010 : Tranmere 2 Yeovil 1 : Another Away Game, So Another Defeat
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten by relegation-threatened Tranmere Rovers tonight, as once again another poor away performance condemned them, merely days after a home victory. Two goals just after the break from Ian Thomas-Moore and Ash Taylor put the home side well in control after a dreadful quality first period, and things didn't get much better after that, although an injury time penalty from Ryan Mason at least gave those travelling something to briefly cheer about before the final whistle blew.

Manager Terry Skiverton promised changes to the side and the formation in an effort to shore up his side's woes on their travels. Out went Saturday's attacking 4-2-1-3 formation and in came a more solid looking 4-4-2, with Keiran Murtagh and Nathan Smith occupying wide slots, whilst Jonathan Obika and Ryan Mason started the game on the bench.

On a dodgy looking playing surface, both sides resorted to largely lumping the ball up in the air during the majority of the first period. For Tranmere, their reputation since Les Parry took over as manager is that they have gone back to 'old school' tactics of 'if in doubt, hoof it out'. That was being done with plenty of gusto, and with the Glovers doing little to attempt to get it on the deck. Deliberate tactics on a dodgy pitch? Or a case of one side getting suckered into another side's tactics? Either way, it wasn't pretty to watch.

It took 28 minutes for either side to have any sort of a chance, with a long bit of hoofball straight over the top saw both Steven Caulker and Stefan Stam miss their headers, but fortunately Tranmere striker Terry Gornell sent the ball over the crossbar. Then minutes later Gornell forced Alex McCarthy into his first save of the match with a long range attempt, whilst straight up the other end, the Glovers forced their first corner of the match with a sort-of-shot from Dean Bowditch that deflected off a Tranmere leg for a set play.

In the run-up to half time, a Dean Bowditch shot was blocked, whilst a Steven Caulker header went wide of the target, whilst Tranmere landed two players in the book. Overall the one big positive that could be said for the opening 45 minutes was that the Glovers were still on level terms and that neither side was better than the other.

Not that this lasted for long in the second period. Three minutes in, Tranmere opened the scoring after Yeovil only half-cleared a Paul McLaren free kick and when the ball was played back into the box, Ian Goodison laid the ball back for Ian Thomas-Moore to fire home from inside the box. 1-0 and the question was could the Glovers fight back from a goal down?

The answer to that question was an emphatic no. Four minutes after Tranmere's first, their second goal of the evening arrived after the home side took a short free kick and Chris Shuker was the recipient, pushing the ball across the area and into the path of Ash Taylor with the Yeovil defence failing to be alert enough as Taylor slotted home. From level terms to 2-0 inside four sloppy minutes, and with Yeovil's away form, you sensed that everyone just as well get up and go home.

Ryan Mason was introduced for Keiran Murtagh just before the hour mark, and the midfielder had an almost immediate impact when he thread a ball through to Nathan Smith on goal. There was a suspicion that Smith was man-handled by defender Ian Goodison as he raced through on goal, but referee Graham Salisbury waved protests from the Yeovil bench away, earning him a mouthful from manager Terry Skiverton and his coaching team for what would have been a penalty kick. The Glovers had another appeal turned down when Sam Williams collided with Tranmere defender Zoumana Bakayogo but again, nothing was giving.

But in truth, Tranmere dominated the second period, with the Glovers struggling to make Tranmere keeper Luke Daniels make a meaningful save during the entire game. Tranmere looked the most likely to score the next goal, and the Glovers were looking ever more disspirited in their play.

With the substitute board being put up for injury time though, Yeovil's three substitutes all combined to eventually give the Glovers a tiny bit of glory to take home with them. Andy Welsh rolled the ball into the path of Jonathan Obika, and Manchester City defender Shaleum Logan - the player who caused Dean Bowditch's shoulder to be dislocated back in August in the corresponding fixture - fouled again, and referee Graham Salisbury pointed to the spot. Up stepped the other substitute Ryan Mason to bring the scoreline back to 2-1.

But this was too little too late, and if Yeovil had dragged a second goal out of injury time it would have been daylight night-time robbery. Having established a 2-0 lead, Tranmere even showed they could play a little bit of football to go with the first half long-ball tactic, but Yeovil never really showed anything of consequence throughout the game, and got what they deserved.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Ian Thomas-Moore (1-0, 48 mins), Ash Taylor (2-0, 52 mins), Ryan Mason (2-1, 90 mins, pen)

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Luke Daniels
2. Shaleum Logan 5. Ian Goodison 12. Ash Taylor 24. Zoumana Bakayogo
23. Chris Shuker 6. Paul McLaren 11. John Welsh
25. Craig Curran 9. Ian Thomas-Moore 14. Terry Gornell

Substitutes: (none used)
13. Joe Collister (GK) 3. Aaron Cresswell 4. Gareth Edds 8. Marlon Broomes 10. Alan Mahon 18. Chris McCready 19. Charlie Barnett

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 3. Nathan Jones
8. Keiran Murtagh 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 28. Nathan Smith
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams


Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 11. Andy Welsh (72 mins for Nathan Smith) 13. Ryan Mason (58 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 26. Jonathan Obika (78 mins for Dean Bowditch)

Tranmere Bookings: Chris Shuker (45 mins, dissent), Paul McLaren (45 mins, foul), Luke Daniels (90 mins, dissent)
Yeovil Bookings: Stefan Stam (57 mins, foul)

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Matthew Bristow (Manchester) and Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Carl Dunn (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 4,584


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26 January 2010 : Tudur Jones Loan Deal Update
Tonight's BBC Somerset coverage has expanded upon our earlier news tonight concerning Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones. They report that the club have "completed the paperwork" for an initial month's loan deal, and that a formal announcement will be made tomorrow to confirm the signing.

Given tonight's performance at Tranmere Rovers it would be no surprise if Tudur Jones got himself a place in Yeovil Town's starting line-up for the home match against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The 2-1 defeat sees the Glovers slip to 13th place in the League One table as a result of tonight's matches.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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26 January 2010 : Glovers Looking To Capture A Canary On Loan
Yeovil Town are reported as looking to bring in Welsh midfielder Owain Tudur Jones on loan from League One side Norwich City. The claims made by BBC Somerset tonight are that the Glovers are interested in bringing in the 25 year old, who has previous experience with Swindon Town, Swansea City and Bangor City, starting his career at Porthmadog. He also has four full Welsh international caps as well as further appearances at Under 19 and Under 21 level. At 6'3" he would add a significant physical presence to any club's midfield.

Tudur Jones was signed by the Canaries over the summer and played regularly during August after his arrival at Carrow Road for a 250,000 fee from Swansea. However, calf and groin injuries have wiped out most of his season so far, and with the Canaries under full steam and on top of League One, Tudur Jones has told the BBC that he feels he will have problems dislodging the current midfield partnerships, and wants to consider a loan move elsewhere to boost his fitness. Apart from two cup appearances in November, he has not played a Norwich first team match since August and told the BBC Sport website in a separate report that he is finding that frustrating:

"I'm fully fit now and raring to go but I need some first team games under my belt so I can play a part here this season. It won't be easy dislodging the current team as they are doing so well so I need some games to give myself a chance because we have a lot of very good midfielders at the club. The boys have performed brilliantly and while I am delighted for them and the club, I am disappointed I haven't played a larger part in the success."

The BBC have said that Tudur Jones has Canaries manager Paul Lambert's blessing to seek a loan move as he seeks to continue his attempts to regain full match fitness. The obvious connection that the Glovers will have with the midfielder is Glovers midfielder Darren Way, who was the Welshman's team-mate whilst both were at the Liberty Stadium.

Update: 7.15p.m. The BBC Somerset coverage is now speaking more strongly, stating that Owain Tudur Jones will be signing for Yeovil tomorrow, on loan.


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26 January 2010 : Nine Arrested At West Country Derby Match
Yeovil Town's first derby clash against Exeter City at Huish Park produced nine arrests in Saturday's match. With an official 2,020 Grecians at the game, Avon and Somerset Police have revealed that they arrested nine spectators and ejected one more due to problems encountered before and during the fixture.

All of those arrested and ejected were Exeter supporters, with Glovers fans getting a clean bill of health. The Avon and Somerset Police website explained why they had taken action:

"Nine visiting supporters were arrested for various criminal offences including attempting to enter a sports stadium whilst drunk, public order and criminal damage. Criminal proceedings will be pursued together with Football Banning Orders and local Club Bans."


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26 January 2010 : Skivo Previews The Tranmere Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC yesterday as part of the build-up to tonight's away match at Tranmere Rovers. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is captured via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Tranmere Game.


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26 January 2010 : Skivo: In-House Knowledge Of A Club Is A Big Advantage
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that a lot of Tranmere Rovers' recent results can be put down to how they chose their current manager. Les Parry was the club's physiotherapist for 890 matches before being handed the first team manager's job in October.

Parry has been at Prenton Park for around 20 years, getting a full-time physio job with the club in 1993, having already acted on a part-time basis prior to that. When high profile management pair John Barnes and Jason McAteer's reign bombed, Parry was the one left in caretaker charge, eventually getting the job on a permanent basis in December.

Skiverton believes that his opposite number in the dugout may have been able to succeed where Barnes failed due to his knowledge of the culture of the Prenton Park club and told BBC Somerset that understanding how a club ticked was just as important as having experience of managing a team:

"You've got more chance if you've actually been within the set-up, or within a team or within a squad and then you take over, because you already know the personalities. You already know everything that goes on around the stadium. You know the ticket office and everybody knows you. You've already got that insight into players. People can't cheat you for a short space of time because you know everybody's characters. So it's good for him to have come into the job, and it's similar to myself and they've been bearing fruit with some really good performances, to be fair."


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26 January 2010 : If Tonight Is A Must-Win, Then April Will Be 110 Percent Important
Football is all too often full of pundits and papers coming up with words from a limited thesaurus. Managers don't sign players - they "swoop" for them. Players don't just give maximum effort - they give "110 percent" effort. And games are not just important - they are "must win" games.

Tranmere's press opt for the latter category for tonight's match headlining "Must Win Fixture Is Vital For Survival Bid", and to be fair to the Liverpool Daily Post, so does manager Les Parry, although he doesn't quite go as far as to utter the cliched phrase.

Adopting fairly similar logic to Glovers boss Terry Skiverton, Parry believes that his side have to write off any bad results they may have got in recent weeks against the likes of Charlton Athletic and Milton Keynes Dons in recent weeks, and concentrate instead on teams that are within touching distance of them in the table.

The home side lie currently nine points behind the Glovers and ten league places, and with the match taking place at Prenton Park where Rovers have picked up the majority of their points, Parry believes it is essential that they come away with three points from tonight's game:

"It does not take a mathematician to know that we have got to win against Yeovil. The game is vital. For one, the game is at home, where our form is better. We are going to make the majority of our remaining points up at home. Yeovil are a team who are not so far away from us in terms of league position. Weve got to be looking to win games against teams like that. We cant impact on the relationship in the table between ourselves and MK Dons and Charlton but we can impact on our relationship with Yeovil."

Whilst it's true to say that a win for Yeovil would start to put them into a position that Tranmere would find it difficult to overhaul, there's a fair chance that Rovers would still be left within obvious touching distance of Brighton and Hove Albion and Gillingham, who are the two clubs just outside the relegation zone. Even if the Glovers win tonight, their current 31 point haul still puts them a number of wins away from passing the traditional 50 point milestone that most clubs see as borderline League One safety.

Tonight's game is important for both clubs, but we haven't quite reached 'must win' territory yet. The game will however, be a game of two halves, and at the end of the day, we'll be hoping that Yeovil give 110 percent and get a result ...


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26 January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Midweek Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel up to the Wirral tonight to play Tranmere Rovers in a League One fixture at Prenton Park. The match is the second attempt to play the fixture after it was called off due to a waterlogged pitch earlier this month.

Since that time, Tranmere have brought in one new signing and released one player. Much of the criticism aimed at the door of former Rovers manager John Barnes was that he overloaded his squad with midfielders and strikers, perhaps forgetting from his playing days as an attacker that you need defensive-minded players behind you to succeed. New boss Les Parry has addressed the balance somewhat, by bringing in centre-back Chris McCready on loan from Northampton Town for the rest of the season. McCready is starting his second spell for the club, having played for Rovers during the 2006-07 season.

Heading through the out-door is Michael Ricketts, who Barnes had signed in August, with yet another club trying to resurrect his career. However, Ricketts had performed largely a bit-part role for the club and he has been released in order to find himself a club who can offer him more games, and for Parry to make better use of his playing budget. Parry has said that he will look to bring in a striker on loan to replace Ricketts, but it seems unlikely that will happen for tonight.

Elsewhere, Tranmere have just one absentee, with Bas Savage not having played for the past 10 months. He ruptured an Achilles tendon in March 2009, and whilst Tranmere are hopeful that he can make a comeback for their Reserves relatively soon, they're unlikely to get much out of him over the next month or so.

Tranmere go into the game in 22nd place in the latest League One table, five points from the safety line, and nine points behind Yeovil, having played a game less. They lost 1-0 at Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, in what was their second second league match of 2010. Although it has been punctuated by the recent bad weather, Tranmere last scored on December 19th, however it should be noted that they've only conceded one goal in the league during that time as well! Like Yeovil, their home form is strong and their away form is poor - the Wirral club have got maximum points from three of their last four matches at Prenton Park, yet Saturday was their 10th defeat on the road. Hence tonight is a game that they will be under pressure to make count.

For the Glovers, they lie in nosebleed territory, moving up to 12th on the back of the 2-1 win over Exeter City. The five point gap between themselves and fourth-from-bottom Oldham Athletic though allows no room for complacency, and the much maligned away record of one win in the last 11 months worth of travelling is in need of rewriting. Manager Terry Skiverton is expected to make changes for tonight's game in an attempt to make sure that happens. The only clue we have is that it is likely to be a more defensive formation, with a number of personnel changes planned. However, Skiverton may have to do it without Gavin Tomlin (groin) who missed Saturday's match, whilst Ryan Mason (thigh/hip) will be a concern after being withdrawn on Saturday.

The two sides last met at Prenton Park back in April 2009, with a Jonathan Obika goal being eventually cancelled out by an Antony Kay strike as the game finished with a 1-1 draw. That result was enough to give Yeovil Town League One football for another season, and so Skiverton and his squad will have happy memories of their day at Prenton Park. What seems incredible is that since that day, the home side have got through two managerial changes - sometimes those 'upstairs' should be held more accountable for their actions.

The game at Prenton Park kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets are available on the day from the turnstiles. For full pricing details, see the Ciderspace guide below. For those who can't make it, BBC Somerset will be hosting live commentary on 95.5FM with coverage commencing just after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere.

Link: Skivo Planning To Change A Winning Side.

Link: Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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26 January 2010 : Former Glover Makes 1,000th Career Appearance
Former Yeovil Town defender and occasional midfielder Rob Cousins achieved a magnificent milestone last night. Rob made his 1,000th career appearance when he stepped out for Paulton Rovers in their home game against Andover.

Cousins was given a guard of honour when he stepped out onto the pitch in their Southern League Division One South and West match, and he helped the home side on to a 2-0 victory. Rob, who celebrates his 39th birthday next month, has played for a large number of West Country clubs, including Bristol City, Bath City, Forest Green Rovers, Tiverton Town and Mangotsfield United.

Nicknamed Trigger, after the 'Only Fools and Horses' character, Rob currently has a coaching role with Paulton in addition to his playing duties. He was signed for the Glovers from Bath City by manager Graham Roberts in the summer of 1996 along with fellow defender Jerry Gill and was a member of Yeovil Town's Isthmian League title winning squad. After 213 appearances, and three goals, he finally left the club four years later when the Glovers made the decision to become a full time outfit. Whilst with Yeovil, he also gained International caps whilst on duty for the England Semi-Professional side.

Congratulations to Rob on this fantastic milestone. With the Rob having managed almost a quarter of his appearances whilst wearing a green'n'white shirt, there's little doubt that all Glovers fans would want to salute his achievement.

Link: Rob Cousins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 January 2010 : Skivo Planning To Change A Winning Side
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton plans to ring the changes for tonight's match against Tranmere Rovers, despite beating Exeter City on Saturday. The Glovers beat the Grecians by a 2-1 scoreline to give them their first win of 2010, but the Yeovil boss has concerns about his side's away form, and last Thursday suggested that he would be opting for a more defensive formation and tactics in an attempt to block out a few sides on their travels.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that his squad had been doing a lot of talking about the situation lately, and hinted that tonight's line-up at Prenton Park would contain not only new tactics, but also different personnel:

"I think we've had about 400 meetings on our away form, so we might be trying something different again, just to try a formula that works. I think that when we've played, we've picked the same team on a Saturday as we have on the Tuesday and that hasn't quite worked for us, so I'm envisaging using all of my squad."

The Yeovil boss has already hinted in previous interviews that he regards wingers Scott Murray and Andy Welsh as lacking defensive capabilities, and therefore it would be surprising if they were selected to start tonight's game. It would appear more likely that Keiran Murtagh would be drafted in as an additional midfielder, along with the possibility that Sam Williams could be asked to provide a lone strike role, as the Glovers aim to pack the midfield to stifle their opponents. His team selection will be influenced by the ongoing groin injury Gavin Tomlin is carrying, along with the thigh/hip problems Ryan Mason has been struggling with.

The method of blocking out the opposition is similar to one adopted by Tranmere since Les Parry's appointment as manager, with the Wirral side adopting a 4-3-3 formation with two deep wide forwards closing down and defending from the front. That means that whoever wins the crowded midfield battle tonight and grabs the first goal could make themselves very difficult to break down.


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26 January 2010 : Starnes Heading For Brentford Top Job?
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes is being linked with the top job at League One rivals Brentford. The former Swindon Town CEO is being chased by the Bees for a similar position at Griffin Park according to this morning's Western Daily Press.

Starnes arrived at the club at the tail end of 2007 with the goal of splitting Chairman John Fry's workload into two, allowing Starnes to concentrate on the day-to-day running of the club, whilst Fry concentrated on the club's strategic direction. The goal was for Mr Fry to concentrate on the club's stadium development plans. However, as yet nothing has materialised on that front, whilst there has been a perception that Starnes has had little authority and has still had to use the main Board of Directors to approve much of his decision-making.

Common thinking on the rumourmill is that Starnes' family are Brentford supporters, hence there may be an emotional pull in that direction. The WDP believe that if an employment package can be agreed with Starnes, then he will leave Huish Park.

When contacted by the WDP, Mr Starnes refused to comment on the situation - a reaction that seems likely to make most people believe there is some truth behind the matter.


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26 January 2010 : There Is Money There, But It Needs To Be The Right Deal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he is continuing his search for new blood as he attempts to add to his squad ahead of the January transfer deadline. The Glovers boss went into some detail in his Saturday post-match interview, but has expanded upon what he is after since then.

Skiverton also revealed in Saturday's interview that he had missed out on an "experienced" target, and told BBC Somerset that any player brought into the team would have to be fit into that sort of profile, admitting that his squad had too many young players in it currently:

"There is money there. We're not pushed to the hilt on what we want to do. But it's got to be the right kind of player, the right kind of person and the right kind of character to come into the squad as well. So I'm still out there looking, but I'm waiting to see if the right deal is out there for the football club, for someone to come right into the team or the squad. I'm not looking for any sort of young kids. I think I've got too many of them at the moment. It needs to be someone with good experience that can come in and influence the team."

In terms of other clues Skiverton has given out, the Yeovil boss has said that he is after a 'destructive' player, believing that he has enough flair in his side, but considering that he lacks a player that can put the boot in, particularly during away matches where the Glovers have tended to look somewhat frail at times.


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25 January 2010 : Youth Team Get New Hereford Date
Yeovil Town's Under 18s have had their Youth Alliance fixture against Hereford United rearranged. The match will now be played this coming Saturday at Somerton Sports Club in Gassons Lane. A kick-off time for this match has not been firmly set, but in the past matches at this venue have had an 11.00a.m. kick-off. We'll try and confirm nearer the time, particularly if it is an earlier kick-off.

The Youth Team will be on the move after this match once again. They are planned to play the rest of the season at Ilchester Town's ground, although given that plans have changed frequently so far this season, keep an eye out for individual fixture arrangements as they arise.


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25 January 2010 : Ladies Set To Play Norwich City In The FA Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies managed to confirm their FA Women's Cup Fourth Round opponents yesterday, when Norwich City Ladies won through in their much delayed Third Round tie. They beat Milton Keynes Dons 5-3, and that means that the Glovers will face a long trip to Norfolk on Sunday for their Fourth Round tie.

The match will be played at Plantation Park, Blofield near Norwich this Sunday the 31st January 2010. Kick off is at 1.00pm. The Yeovil Town Ladies website reports that the girls will be travelling up to Norwich on Saturday afternoon, staying the night before in a local hotel.

The victors will play Nottingham Forest in the Fifth Round with Forest having already completed their Fourth Round match. There will be no rest for anyone involved, as that match will take place on the following Sunday 7th February, with Forest the visitors for the Fourth Round winners.

Whilst on the subject of the Ladies Team, they are through to the semi-finals of the County Cup in emphatic fashion, having beaten Cleeve West Town Ladies 12-0 in the Quarter-Finals.

Meanwhile the Reserve Team won their away game against Torpoint Athletic by a 3-2 scoreline down in Cornwall.


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25 January 2010 : McCarthy Loan Gets Another Extension
Yeovil Town have agreed a further loan extension with Championship side Reading for goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. The England Under-21 goalkeeper will stay at Huish Park for another month. Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he is just waiting for clearance from the Football League to confirm the loan extension before naming him in tomorrow's squad for the trip to Tranmere Rovers:

"Alex will be staying another month and the paperwork should be going through today. That's the way Reading want it and we're happy to do it."

The deal will mean that with Alex at Huish Park on an 'emergency loan' basis that the goalkeeper can be recalled back to the Madejski Stadium at 24 hours notice. However, Skiverton said that is not a concern for him, because of the amount of contact he is getting from the Royals over their keeper:

"I'm in constant dialogue with them. It's not as if we're only speaking to Reading once a month. We're in constant contact with them, and I think I'll be having - fingers crossed - plenty of notice when the time does come that Alex does get called back, or if indeed he does get called back this season. I think that hopefully there will be plenty of notice so that we will have time to find another keeper."

Skiverton also pointed out that if Reading head a 24 hour recall clause on McCarthy, then he also had that right for Reserve Team keeper Richard Martin, who is currently on loan at Conference National side Grays Athletic:

"Then we've also got on stand-by Richard Martin, who is out on loan at Grays Athletic, getting a little bit of game time under his belt, just in case that happens."


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25 January 2010 : Glovers Pair In Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town pair Stefan Stam and Ryan Mason have been listed in the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One. It's not too difficult to work out the League's logic here - both scored goals in the Glovers' 2-1 win over Exeter City on Saturday.

This is the first time Yeovil have had players nominated in the team for several months, with even the League having given up on this weekly list during the recent wintry weather. The full team reads as follows:

Adam Collin (Carlisle)
Johnny Mullins (Stockport), Stefan Stam (Yeovil Town), Josh Gowling (Gillingham), Marc Tierney (Colchester)
Ryan Mason (Yeovil Town), Alan McCormack (Southend), Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers), Josh Payne (Wycombe)
Neil Harris (Millwall), Chris Martin (Norwich)

Ryan and Stefan are Yeovil's 9th and 10th nominations of the season so far, but the first since October 19th. The full list of news items recording the nominations so far this season are shown below.

Link: 19/10/2009 : Ryan Mason In Team Of The Week.

Link: 12/10/2009 : Scott Murray In Team Of The Week.

Link: 05/10/2009 : Steven Caulker In Team Of The Week.

Link: 28/09/2009 : Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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25 January 2010 : Canaries Threaten Lawsuit Over Sunday Paper Claims
League One side Norwich City are planning to take legal action against a Sunday newspaper, after it claimed that the Canaries were heading for administration. The division's leaders are "pursuing for damages" after the News Of The World published an article suggesting that the club would be heading for administration by Thursday and that they had "called in" Ernst Young and KPMG as "potential administrators".

Norwich's reaction to this article has been, to say the least, explosive. They have produced three statements on their official site, including an immediate rebuttal to the article, specifying their threat to sue the paper, a second article including some quotes from their Chairman, and a third article detailing the full text of their Solicitors' letter to the paper's publishers.

Norwich's solicitors have identified five aspects of the paper's reporting that they believe to be defammatory and have listed them as follows:

* Our client is not on the brink of administration
* Our client is not teetering on the brink of financial meltdown
* Our client will not go into administration by Thursday 28 January 2010 (or any other date) if they cannot find major (or any) new investors
* Neither Ernst Young or KPMG nor any other person or firm has been "called in" as a potential administrator
* Our client does not desperately need new investment to stave off administration

Whilst some aspects of the gutter press can be filed under sensationalism in the way that they use soundbites to create over-the-top headlines to sell papers and justified as such, the Canaries should be able to easily nail down the tabloid paper on the third and fourth point of their planned lawsuit. Those two statements are either true, or they are not true. There is no possible claim for 'opinion' or freedom of speech possible here. If the paper's claims are false or can not be proven, then the Canaries would have a clear case for damages.

The Canaries currently lead the latest League One table, having steadily climbed from an opening day bottom position and are now looking good value for an immediate return to the Championship division at the first attempt - providing they can hold off Leeds United and Charlton Athletic, with one of the three clubs destined for the play-offs.

Whilst it's true to say that the latest set of accounts to have come out of Carrow Road have looked fairly shocking, it would be a major surprise if there was any upheaval before the summer. In accounts released earlier this month for the year ending May 2009, Norwich confirmed losses of 5m after taxation and a net indebtedness figure of 22.9m. A cash injection of 3.1m from Norwich's Directors were able to fund this.

However, even though they lie 22.9m in debt, Norwich's official statement that was released in conjunction with their accounts stated that they had secured "full financing facilities" until the end of the current season, in conjunction with their banks and directors. However, they admitted that they had a current shortfall of 2.9m that they would need to secure for the 2010-11 season. That will be a headache for the Canaries to deal with in the summer, but it is not something that should affect their 2009-10 season plans.

Given Norwich's current league position, and the difference in money that is likely to be available to them in the Championship division, it is highly unlikely that the topic of "administration" would have been discussed as an immediate option in the Canaries boardroom. Even if there were problems, they are much more likely to leave such matters until the summer, given that any such plans right now would jeopardise their ability to quickly get out of League One and thus worsen their financial position. This probably gives a clue as to why Norwich have reacted with such anger to the newspaper's story - they don't need such distractions at such a critical stage of their season. And thus they would argue, that is where the paper's claims would be damaging their football club.

Norwich's demands included for the News Of The World to remove the articles from their on-line websites and as of this morning, the article has been removed (although is captured in full within Norwich's solicitor's letter). Norwich are also seeking a full apology article to be written and displayed online and in their newspaper, and plan to file for damages and legal costs. We wish them well in their pursuit of action.


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25 January 2010 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's away match against Tranmere Rovers have been announced and are the same as the original fixture, with one exception. Assistant referee Colin Harwood has been replaced by Matthew Bristow, otherwise things as 'as you were', compared to the original fixture which was postponed earlier this month.

The man in charge will be Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, and all four have been away from home. He was the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when we had our last attempt to play this fixture, and put us all out of our misery. Having seen photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch on that day, his decision was a fairly easy one to make.

The experience of Mr Salisbury in Yeovil Town matches has been on the whole a good one. The last time we saw him was for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008. An emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.

A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position. Hence four matches, and four good performances from the Lancashire official, so hopefully that run can continue.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Matthew Bristow (Manchester) and Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Carl Dunn (Staffordshire).

Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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24 January 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 2 Exeter City 1
Football is, as the saying goes a funny old game. In a match that was yesterday a difficult one to analyse, Taff tries to get his head around a 2-1 win over Exeter City that was valuable in the result, yet had flaws in the performance.

Plenty to think about on this one, and you can read a breakdown of individual performances and team performances via the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, available via the link below. Alternative views are welcomed using the comment facility.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 2 Exeter City 1.


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24 January 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Game
Following Saturday's 2-1 win over Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript is available via the link below.

As part of the interview, Skivo talks about the future of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who played the final game of his current loan deal at Huish Park, whilst revealing that the Glovers missed out on an 'experienced' player recently who the Yeovil boss had tried to sign.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Game.


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23 January 2010 : Exeter 4 Yeovil 1 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s went down to a heavy 4-1 defeat this morning as a much older Exeter City side who dominated the first half before the Glovers recovered somewhat with an improved second half performance. With Yeovil's side containing just two 'second year' players, and also including a player from the Under 15s side, some inexperience showed as Exeter dominated the first half entirely.

The Glovers have not been helped by losing first choice goalkeeper Steve Boore for the rest of the season with a hand injury, meaning that replacement keeper Connor Siddley-Adams was making his debut in the side. After 13 minutes, he was picking the ball out of the net for the first time after Tom Nichols passed the ball under the keeper's body as he advanced out of his goal, to put the home side 1-0 up.

Exeter doubled their lead 20 minutes later through Nicholas Watts and were looking increasingly comfortable with their lead, dominating play. Manager Mo Hopkins decided it was time to ring the changes, taking Tyler Sheppard out of his right-back slot and moving Rob Clowes into the centre of defence, to establish a 4-4-2 formation. Not that this change entirely stopped Exeter's attacks, with them striking the post from distance before the half time break.

A double substitution at half time saw Lloyd Matthews and Adam Cleary replace Tyler Sheppard and Aidan Chainey respectively, with Under-15s player Chainey having struggled with the muddy conditions down at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground.

Having started the second half period far more brightly, a second goal for Nicholas Watts was a hammer blow for Yeovil, but to be fair to them, they did not let that affect them and grabbed their own goal three minutes later, with a Rob Clowes trademark header being planted past the Exeter keeper.

Yeovil continued to rally and probably should have got themselves furher back into the game with a series of great chances to narrow the deficit. It was therefore somewhat cruel on the Glovers that it was Exeter who netted the next and final goal, with Arron Dawson scoring in the final minute, although there was nothing wrong with the quality of his strike.

Whilst the first half suggested the Glovers were rather rusty, they grew into the game, and there was little wrong with their second half performance. On the plus side, previously injured trio Lewis Clarke, Ciaran Levet and Rhys Baggridge got through their comeback match without any reaction, with the first two completing a full 90 minutes. Hopefully when the Glovers start their next league match next weekend, they will be a bit more sharp and quick off the blocks for that match. However, overall Exeter deserved their win and manager Mo Hopkins said after the game that he hopes that the experience of playing against older opposition will help his younger players in the long run.

Final Score: Exeter City U18s 4 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Tom Nichols (1-0, 13 mins), Nicholas Watts (2-0, 33 mins), Nicholas Watts (3-0, 48 mins), Rob Clowes (3-1, 51 mins), Arron Dawson (4-1, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town U18s: (4-3-3)
Connor Siddley-Adams
Tyler Sheppard, Rhys Baggridge, Ryan Hanlon, Joe Grimstead
Aidan Chainey, Tom Hopkins, Tom Gallagher
Lewis Clarke, Rob Clowes, Ciaran Levet

Substitutes:
Adam Wakley, Adam Cleary (46 mins for Aidan Chainey), Cory Lewis, Sam Ford (60 mins for Rhys Baggridge), Lloyd Matthews (46 mins for Tyler Sheppard)


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23 January 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
If you were at Huish Park this afternoon, for the match against Exeter City, don't forget to place your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the 2-1 win over the Grecians, plus performance and entertainment ratings, along with any other comments you wish to make, using the form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Exeter City : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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23 January 2010 : Yeovil 2 Exeter 1 : Grecians Earn A Defeat By Glovers
Yeovil Town picked up a valuable three points this afternoon at Huish Park as they leapfrogged above local rivals Exeter City in a tight match that saw all three goals scored during the first half. Stefan Stam netted his first for the Glovers with a 6th minute header, before Adam Stansfield did the inevitable and netted against his former club midway through the first period. But the eventual winner came four minutes before the break when Ryan Mason accepted a tap-in after a Sam Williams strike had been blocked on the line.

The Glovers went into the match making just the one change to Tuesday night's line-up with Sam Williams coming in for Keiran Murtagh as Yeovil entirely changed their shape, lining up in a 4-2-1-3 formation, as Williams became an additional striker on the field.

Yeovil missed Williams' physical presence on Tuesday night, and six minutes into the first half he won a free kick after he battled his way for the ball. That set piece was sent in by Jean-Paul Kalala, Stefan Stam got the faintest of touches with his head and that was enough to deceive visiting keeper Paul Jones, who let the ball roll between his legs and into the net. Back in August, Stam opened the scoring at St James Park in the equivalent fixture - this time he picked the right net, and Jones was the one looking rather embarrassed by what was a fairly soft goal.

Exeter had started slightly the better side, and although the goal set them back somewhat they gradually grew in confidence, and by the time they equalised midway through the first half they probably deserved it. The inevitable scorer had to be Adam Stansfield, turning his marker from a Ryan Harley pass and rolling the ball into the net. 1-1 and to his credit, Stansfield chose to merely trot away from goal, rather than celebrate in front of his former supporters.

From there, the Grecians grabbed full control of the game, with Yeovil struggling to pick up Ryan Harley in midfield, whilst Stansfield's off the ball running was a permanent thorn in Yeovil's side. As the half closed up, it seemed that the Glovers would be glad to go into the break with a 1-1 scoreline, but instead of that they netted a second.

A Nathan Jones cross into the box bobbled around in the area, Exeter fail to clear their lines and the ball dropped to Sam Williams inside the box. His shot was cleared off the line by an Exeter defender, but the rebound fell nicely to Ryan Mason who landed a tap-in with the keeper on the deck, and the goal gaping. 2-1 at the break, and probably a little fortunate to be that way.

That said, it could still have easily been 2-2 with Marcus Stewart of all people failing to get a shot on target from a Ryan Harley pass - from 10 yards out he skewed his golden opportunity wide. Like Stansfield, Stewart had got a good reception from the Glovers supporters, but they let him know what they thought of that miss at that point.

The second period turned into more of the same, with Exeter dominating possession, dominanting chances, but failing to make that count. It was a bit of a cat and mouse affair, with Yeovil's wider strikers of Bowditch and Obika getting dragged back into winger possessions as Sam Williams was left more and more isolated as 4-2-1-3 almost shrank to a 4-5-1 by virtue of how many players were left in midfield when Yeovil regained possession.

As Exeter began to press the gamble button further, finally gaps began to open up for Yeovil to relieve the pressure with their own counter-attacking. Keiran Murtagh who was on as a substitute, spurned a great opportunity to put the Glovers 3-1 up on the break after Dean Bowditch won position on the halfway line and Yeovil caught the visitors on the break. Bowditch's ball in the box was well placed for Murtagh, but the midfielder wasted the chance by trying to pass the ball rather than shoot. Sometimes the Glovers can be guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net, and this was one such case.

Later on though, Murtagh redeemed himself ten minutes later by remembering to take the ball on himself and producing a powerful drive that Paul Jones parried away. Jones came to Exeter's rescue again as Yeovil caught Exeter napping at the back - a ricochet off a Nathan Jones block putting Sam Williams free, and Exeter waited for an offside flag that was never going to come. Unfortunately for Williams, he shot too close to the advancing Jones and another chance went begging.

At the other end, Exeter's possession wasn't being capitalised upon, with Marcus Stewart in a surprisingly wasteful mood as he struggled to make the impact that Stansfield had against his former club, twice sending second half shots wide. Bertrand Cozic was left unmarked inside the box after Steven Caulker landed on the deck and no-one covered for him, but the Exeter midfielder shot against the advertising boards.

During injury time both Keiran Murtagh and Sam Williams got involved in a comedy moment when they both had a succession of opportunities to net, with the ball continually falling back to their feet on the rebound, but neither quite getting the ball away in a free enough position to grab the goal that would have sealed the game. But it was enough to keep the ball in Exeter's penalty box for a vital 60 seconds and wind the clock down significantly.

At last the final whistle blew, and whilst this was not a vintage performance by any stretch of the imagination, a win's a win and three points catapults the Glovers up to the dizzy heights of 12th in the League One table - an odd statistic given that they started the day just two points off the relegation spots. There's still a long long way to go, but after a frustrating start to 2010, at least the first win of the year is now in the bag.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 1.

Scorers: Stefan Stam (6 mins, 1-0), Adam Stansfield (22 mins, 1-1), Ryan Mason (41 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-2-1-3)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald
13. Ryan Mason
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 8. Keiran Murtagh (60 mins for Ryan Mason) 11. Andy Welsh (67 mins for Jonathan Obika) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 28. Nathan Smith (90 mins for Dean Bowditch)

Exeter City:
27. Paul Jones
6. Matthew Taylor 29. Troy Archibald-Henville 3. Richard Duffy
2. Steve Tully 4. Alex Russell 7. Ryan Harley 14. Bertrand Cozic 11. Scott Golbourne
9. Adam Stansfield 16. Marcus Stewart

Substitutes:
1. Andy Marriott (GK) 12. Barry Corr (82 mins for Marcus Stewart) 20. Richard Logan (68 mins for Troy Archibald-Henville) 21. James Dunne 22. Liam Sercombe 28. Joe Burnell 45. Stuart Fleetwood (81 mins for Adam Stansfield)

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Exeter Bookings: Richard Duffy (foul)

Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Ceri Richards (Carmarthenshire). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 6,282 (including 2,020 Exeter supporters).


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23 January 2010 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Kick-Off Interview
Just before kick-off today, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave the BBC his pre-match team news and views. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is recorded via the link below.

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


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23 January 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Team News
Yeovil Town have made one change to Tuesday night's line-up for their first home match of 2010. Striker Sam Williams has replaced Keiran Murtagh, who drops to the bench, with the Glovers target man making an immediate return from suspension. Terrell Forbes is also restored to the squad, but only as far as the bench. Perhaps surprising after his Tuesday night performance is that Gavin Tomlin doesn't make the squad at all - hence possibly he's picked up a knock.

Yeovil's line-up for the match is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-2-1-3)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald
13. Ryan Mason
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 28. Nathan Smith

Exeter City:
27. Paul Jones
6. Matthew Taylor 29. Troy Archibald-Henville 3. Richard Duffy
2. Steve Tully 4. Alex Russell 7. Ryan Harley 14. Bertrand Cozic 11. Scott Golbourne
9. Adam Stansfield 16. Marcus Stewart

Substitutes:
1. Andy Marriott (GK) 12. Barry Corr 20. Richard Logan 21. James Dunne 22. Liam Sercombe 28. Joe Burnell 45. Stuart Fleetwood


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23 January 2010 : McCarthy vs Andersen vs Hamer
Championship side Reading must be getting paranoid by now - none of their keepers want to be there. To be fair, first choice keeper Adam Federici has recently pledged his future to the Royals, and that may lie behind Federici's back-up keeper Ben Hamer getting itchy feet and wanting to go out on loan somewhere.

Both Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town have yet to hear back from Reading concerning loan extensions for their pair of keepers in Mikkel Andersen and Alex McCarthy, and Hamer appears to be using their situations as an opportunity to say 'hang on, it's my turn to play games'. Hamer has so far managed two League Cup appearances and a substitute appearance in the FA Cup, meaning that he has had just 21 minutes of competitive football since August.

With Hamer being a local lad, hailing from Chard and going to Holyrood Community School, the irony isn't lost on him that whilst he is sat twiddling his thumbs on Reading's bench, two of his team-mates are within commutable distance of his family home:

"There are two young lads out on loan in the West Country now, so they have probably got the loan move that I always wanted back near home. I went out and played my games while they sat on the bench, so it is now their turn to go out and get games. We are all there to support Feds (Adam Federici), but I am looking to get some games in. I need to play because I am stiffening up after five months."

Yeovil Town's loan keeper Alex McCarthy plays the final game of his current loan spell against Exeter City this afternoon, and has already said that he wants to stay out on loan with the Glovers. The snag is that Rovers keeper Mikkel Andersen has also told the Bristol Evening Post exactly the same, meaning that Reading are going to have at least one unhappy keeper on their hands by next week:

"I've always said that I don't want to go anywhere just to sit on the bench I've made that very clear to everyone because it would be a step backwards for me if that was going to happen. The main thing for me is to carry on playing games to get experience, and I hope they will let me do that. I want to stay at Bristol Rovers and play games, and hopefully that is what will happen."

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton doesn't believe there is going to be a problem from Yeovil Town's point of view, and predicts that if Hamer is granted a loan deal, that Andersen is ahead of McCarthy in the pecking order:

"There have been no problems so far and we are still having dialogue with Reading. If there is any movement, it will probably be Mikkel and not Alex that is called back."

Yeovil Town will need an answer from Reading by Monday, with them due to set off for an away match at Tranmere Rovers on the following day. If McCarthy is the unlucky one to have to travel back to Berkshire, then Richard Martin's loan spell at Grays Athletic - due to commence today with a home match against Oxford United - could become one of the shortest loan deals he will experience in his career.


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23 January 2010 : Youth Team Crash At Exeter
Yeovil Town's Under 18s suffered defeat at the hands of Exeter City this morning. In a match played at Exeter's Cat and Fiddle Training Ground, the Youth Team found themselves 2-0 down at the break, after a rusty-looking first half, that showed up a side that had not played a competitive match since December 5th.

By the second half, the Glovers rallied with some much improved play, and with Rob Clowes grabbing a goal for them. But the Grecians still scored twice more, leaving Yeovil on the back of a 4-1 final scoreline. Let's hope that isn't an omen for this afternoon's match!

Full match report to follow later this afternoon.


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23 January 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
This afternoon's match between Yeovil Town and Exeter City has had its officials selected. In charge will be referee Steve Tanner (Somerset). Despite being a pretty local referee, Mr Tanner has not had too many trips to Huish Park, and even then usually for lower key matches such as a pre-season friendly against Portsmouth or a County Cup match against Taunton Town.

As far as the Football League is concerned, there's only a couple of meetings to speak of. Even those were back in League Two days, with home wins over Cambridge United and Boston United prompting nothing too vicious to say about him, and certainly nothing that warrants a mention five years later.

His last visit to Huish Park we're aware of was an England Under 18s match against Holland back in March 2007.

Mr Tanner will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Ceri Richards (Carmarthenshire). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: March 2007 : England U18s 4 Holland U18s 1.

Link: July 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Portsmouth 4.

Link: January 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 1.

Link: September 2003 : Yeovil Town 2 Boston United 0.


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23 January 2010 : Edwards Out For Grecians
Saturday afternoon's opponents Exeter City will be forced into making one change to the side that produced last weekend's shock 2-0 win over Leeds United. Defender Rob Edwards has admitted that he will not be in the squad that travels to Huish Park due to an injury sustained in last weekend's match. Speaking to the Exeter Express and Echo, Edwards explained that the mouth injury was so bad that he has had to have teeth removed:

"I went to head the ball and I smashed into the back of a Leeds player's head. I was in a bit of a bad way and I have had to have teeth removed at the dentist this week. But it is all part and parcel of football. It was painful but I have been in worse pain in my career. I won't be able to play this weekend or on Tuesday, but hopefully I can get back to training as soon as possible and get back playing again."

The Devon paper believes that Edwards will see his place in the team taken by Troy Archibald-Henville, who there appeared to be some doubt about concerning whether his loan deal at Tottenham Hotspur would be extended. Regardless the Echo believe he is available for Saturday afternoon's match.

The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at St James Park last August, and Edwards added that he felt the Grecians should have got all three points and that they intend to attack their opponents:

"We should have beaten them at home. We dominated the first half and they pinned us back after the break. I am sure this will be a decent match. We will be positive and go for it. We are not the sort of team that will go there and be cagey. We have to go there and score as many goals as we can. That is how we play our football and that is what we are all about."


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23 January 2010 : Skivo Previews The Exeter Match
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was interviewed by the BBC. With questions coming from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Exeter City Match.


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22 January 2010 : Youth Team vs Exeter City Reminder
Whilst the First Team are hosting Exeter City, the Youth Team will be heading down to Devon to play the same side. Starved of football since December 5th, the Under 18s will be playing a Youth Alliance League match at Exeter's Cat and Fiddle Training Ground in Clyst St Mary tomorrow morning, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off.

Given that should mean that the Youth Alliance match finishes slightly before 1.00p.m. you should still have enough time to get back into Yeovil to see the first teams play each other.

At present, the game is still on, although there has been heavy rain in Devon in the past few days. If there are any problems, we'll put another article on this news page.


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22 January 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Exeter Preview
Time for another one of Taff's 'Does exactly what it says on the tin' articles. With Exeter City visiting Huish Park tomorrow, it's time for Taff's Gloversblog to look at a largely 'new' West Country derby match, as well as welcoming back Adam Stansfield and Marcus Stewart to their former club.

Read on, and provide your own views via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Exeter Preview.


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22 January 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Exeter City at Huish Park tomorrow in a League One clash that opens up what is for most people a new West Country derby match in Somerset. You have to go back to December 1965 for the one and only post-war meeting between the two first teams in Yeovil - a Western Counties Floodlit League match at the old Huish ground which Yeovil won 6-2. Aside from that, Yeovil Town used to play City's Reserve side regularly in the Southern League up until 1959. Since that 1965 match, only a scattering of friendly matches have been played against Exeter at Huish or Huish Park, the most recent of which came in July 2006.

The two sides of course had their first Football League meeting in Devon back in August 2009 with a Ryan Mason long-ranger cancelling out a Stefan Stam own goal. Since that somewhat scrappy game both sides have stabilised well in League One and currently lie one point and one place apart in the current League One table. Exeter have the slight advantage, thanks to their shock 2-0 win over Leeds United last weekend. They therefore arrive in Somerset with their tails up.

That win has ignited the enthusiasm of the Grecians' support, with a total of 1,970 tickets having been sold, as the Devon side plans to fill out the Copse End of the ground, as well as almost 500 seats in the Cowlin Stand. Apart from some more 'unofficial' intrusions amongst home support in games against Liverpool and Leeds United, this is the biggest away following to hit Huish Park, given that it is only in recent years that the club have made it a standard policy to offer visiting clubs tickets in the stand.

In terms of team news, Yeovil Town welcome back Sam Williams and Terrell Forbes from suspension. On Tuesday, the Glovers had a full squad to choose from apart from those two players, and to our knowledge that situation has not changed. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will play the final game of his current loan spell at Huish Park, still waiting to find out if his deal will be extended by parent club Reading.

Manager Terry Skiverton read the riot act after Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient although he hinted that it may be this coming Tuesday's match at Tranmere Rovers that gets the radical overhaul of formation and personnel, with the Yeovil boss planning to field two different tactics for home and away matches in order to try and shake off the away day blues.

At home though, the Glovers have been fairly solid, winning five and drawing five of their 12 games so far, and the only change Skiverton has hinted at for tomorrow's game is that Williams may get an instant recall to bolster the front line, with Jonathan Obika the most likely to miss out in such circumstances. Tuesday's substitute Gavin Tomlin was one of the few to be praised in the post-match interview, whilst Skiverton has also hinted that Aidan Downes is now ready to enter the field of play at some point in the near future.

Exeter are another side with strongly polarised home and away form. Whilst they've only lost twice at St James Park, and have gained impressive results such as Saturday's 2-0 win over Leeds United, on their travels they've not been as strong and have lost their last four, albeit with the opposition including Bristol Rovers, Southamption and Norwich City.

Exeter's starting line-up is likely to include two former Yeovil Town strikers Adam Stansfield and Marcus Stewart. Both will hopefully receive warm receptions pre-match, with both playing their first games against the Glovers since leaving Huish Park. In fact Stansfield has yet to play against Yeovil Town in any match since he was released from the club six years ago. Stewart played against the Glovers at St James Park back in August, and until his legs started to give out around the hour mark, he was undeniably the best player on the pitch. A third connection comes through manager Paul Tisdale who played in the Glovers midfield, just before the club turned full time at the tail end of the 1999-2000 season.

Exeter have Barry Corr and on-loan Tottenham Hotspur defender Troy Archibald-Henville returning from suspension although may have to occupy the bench, unless Tisdale decides to change the line-up that grabbed their result of the season last week, which would take a brave man. Striker Ben Watson (calf) is their only definite absentee. However, in the case of Archibald-Henville, Exeter were last weekend awaiting news of whether they could extend the 21 year old's loan deal - since then, all has gone quiet on the situation and so it's not entirely clear whether he will be able to turn out in tomorrow's match.

The game at Huish Park kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office to home supporters only. The away support has been entirely sold out, with 1,970 Grecians guaranteed, and so no Exeter City fans should travel without tickets. We've not been made aware of any special arrangements concerning the purchase of home tickets for this match. The Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight if you want to avoid the matchday ticket surcharge.

Link: Adam Stansfield : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Marcus Stewart : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Paul Tisdale : Yeovil Town Statistics (Note - player photo isn't displaying at present).


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22 January 2010 : Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Wycombe Wanderers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 6th February with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for this match are as follows:

Adults: 18.00; Over-65s and Students: 15.00; Under 16s: 6.00.

Wheelchair users and their assistants should book tickets by calling 01494-441118. There are 12 allocated spaces at ground level in the away stand, with room for an assistant to sit behind.

Away supporters are housed in the Dreams Stand (unsponsored name is the Roger Vere Stand), which houses around 2,000 spectators. This is a covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. There are no matchday surcharges for this fixture and tickets will also be available on the day of the game.


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22 January 2010 : Pelts Admits Yeovil Was A Bit Too Quiet
Former Glovers right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier has admitted that he found life in Yeovil a little hard to deal with. Having lived in Liverpool all his life, the 23 year old, who signed for Huddersfield Town last summer, has told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that the town was a bit too quiet for his liking and that he struggled to find things to do away from the club:

"The club is great and the people there really friendly, but away from work, I struggled a little bit. I found it very quiet after Liverpool, and there wasnt all that much to do, so I spent a lot of time at the cinema."

Despite now playing for the Terriers, Peltier has moved back into Liverpool and says he is more settled there. Huddersfield are Yeovil's next home opponents after Exeter City; coming down in eight days time. His new side currently lie in a play-off position in the latest League One table. Pelts says he wants the Terriers to get all three points, but says he has the greatest of respect for current manager Terry Skiverton:

"Im looking forward to going back down there and seeing a few old friends, but out on the pitch, its serious. We need the three points to keep on track, and well be going down there with every intention of getting them. But it wont be easy, because Yeovil are a solid side, especially on their own patch, and have some decent players. And Terry Skiverton is a real driving force a proper club man who has the respect of all the players and the desire to do a top job."

Peltier made 77 appearances for the Glovers across two seasons, scoring one goal in the December 2008 3-2 win over Swindon Town. He has so far clocked up 31 appearances for the Yorkshire side, including the August 2009 match at the Galpharm Stadium, which Huddersfield Town won 2-1.

Huddersfield visit Huish Park on Saturday 30th January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and if you are buying a ticket for the Exeter City game, then the Huish Park Ticket Office can sell tickets for both games at the same time (apart from in the hour leading up to kick-off tomorrow). The Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight for those wishing to take advantage of the pre-match rates for tomorrow's Exeter game.

Link: Lee Peltier : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 January 2010 : Collis To Be Reunited With Johnson
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Collis is expected to be reunited with his old boss Gary Johnson. Collis, who has recently left Crewe Alexandra by mutual consent, is a free agent, but is expected to sign a six month deal with Championship side Bristol City, provided the Robins can send out reserve keeper Stephen Henderson on loan.

Johnson has spoken to the Bristol Evening Post about the likely signing and said of Collis:

"Steve is a player I know very well from my time at Yeovil and he is a very capable keeper. Steve contacted us after leaving Crewe and asked if he could come training and he's been with us for a few weeks now. Not a lot of people are aware of his situation and he's sneaked under the radar to an extent. We have an opportunity to land ourselves a very good keeper who could provide strong competition for Dean Gerken. Our supporters know how good a keeper Chris Weale is and there is nothing between him and Steve Collis. Choosing between the two of them was always one of my toughest jobs during my time at Yeovil."

Collis made a total of 54 appearances for Yeovil between 2001 and 2006, but was largely kept out of the side by Chris Weale, who is now playing a starring role for Championship side Leicester City. Since then, he has played for Southend United and Crewe Alexandra, but has only played one match for the latter so far this season.

The paper suggests that Wycombe Wanderers are interested in taking Stephen Henderson on loan. In addition to first choice keeper Dean Gerken, City still have the colourful Adriano Basso on their books. But with him having fallen out badly with the club after a contract dispute, he seems unlikely to play for City again, and so Collis would act as immediate back-up for Gerken. Steve has been training at Ashton Gate since leaving Crewe but seems to have done enough to warrant a contract with the Championship side.

Link: Steve Collis : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 January 2010 : Two Targets Identified For January Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says he has two targets in his attempts to bring in new blood into his Huish Park squad. As mentioned in the wake of Tuesday night's defeat at Leyton Orient, the Glovers boss believes that he needs a 'destructive' player who can get in tackles and help break up opposition play.

It would therefore make sense if he is aiming to bring in a central defender or central midfielder, although Skiverton does not state this. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, he says that he has two players in mind, and that he wants the move to be a permanent transfer, rather than a loan deal. However, only one player will be arriving:

"I am still talking to two people. If there are any developments, there may be a chance of one more coming in, and I think that would have to be a permanent deal. We will have to wait and see and watch this space."

Skiverton reiterated his view that he had been struggling to identify targets so far this month, due to the recent bad weather and so had found it a slow process so far:

"It has been crazy and this transfer window shuts in just under two weeks. How can any of the clubs do any business? We did not have any pitches to train on and if we had anyone we wanted to ask along and take a look at, we could not have done that. I do not know if the Football League have looked into extending it. I do not think too many people have kicked up a fuss but it is quite hard to do business when you are not playing, you are not seeing players and so many games have been called off."


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21 January 2010 : GWSC Travel To Tranmere (Revised Again)
Yeovil Town have a further attempt to play their away match at Tranmere Rovers next Tuesday. There are new departure times for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club, in line with the new date/time. The match now takes place at Prenton Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off on Tuesday 26th January 2010.

Coaches will depart Huish Park at 12.30p.m. Cost of travel will be 22.00 for adults, with concessions available at 20.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.


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21 January 2010 : Martin Available At 24-Hour Notice
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stated that loaning Reserve keeper Richard Martin out to Conference National side Grays Athletic does not leave him exposed. The Glovers currently have one recognised goalkeeper at the club at present, with Alex McCarthy between the sticks, but his current loan deal runs out at Huish Park next Monday, and the Glovers have yet to have the deal extended.

With Yeovil travelling to Tranmere Rovers on the Tuesday evening, that leaves little room if the Royals refuse to extend McCarthy's loan, but Skiverton has told the Western Morning News that the Glovers have a 24 hour recall on Martin if anything doesn't go to plan:

"With Alex McCarthy on loan with us from Reading, we need to get Richard some match action to keep him on his toes. We've got a 24-hour call-back clause with Richard and this loan will make sure he's ready if anything happens to Alex."

Yeovil Town's goalkeeping-coach Ben Roberts has sat on the bench during games when one of McCarthy or Martin has been unavailable, but his last professional appearance in the Football League came in May 2005, and he is officially retired from the game, due to a back injury.


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21 January 2010 : Two More For TV
The television authorities have picked two more live matches involving League One and League Two clubs for you to stick into an already fairly crowded schedule.

Both matches are due to be played in mid-February. First up is the JPT Area Final Second Leg between Carlisle United and Leeds United at Brunton Park, in which the Cumbrians hold a 2-1 lead from this week's first leg. That is set for February 9th.

Secondly, staying in on a Monday night appears to be a good idea over the next couple of months, with Sky Sports having almost entirely block booked that evening between now and the beginning of April with League One and League Two matches. The latest to be set is the February 15th clash between Bristol Rovers and Charlton Athletic.

The full list of known games are detailed below:

23/01/2010 : 17:15hrs : Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United (FA Cup Fourth Round)
25/01/2010 : 19:45hrs : Charlton Athletic v Leyton Orient (League One)
01/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Bury v Rochdale (League Two)
08/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Colchester United v Southend United (League One)
09/02/2010 : 19:00hrs : Carlisle United v Leeds United (JPT Area Final Second Leg)
15/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Bristol Rovers v Charlton Athletic (League One)
22/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town (League Two)
08/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Colchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion (League One)
15/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Notts County v AFC Bournemouth (League Two)
22/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Millwall (League One)


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21 January 2010 : Skiverton Looking To Sign 'Destructive' Player
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is unlikely to make a move for former Glover Arron Davies, despite him currently being a free agent. Last August the Glovers attempted to sign Davies on loan, but Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that his targets now has shifted.

Skiverton is concerned that there is not enough grit in his team, and that he has enough flair players to get him through the season. The Yeovil boss is looking for a more 'destructive' kind of player:

"I don't think we need any more flair players after that (match at Leyton Orient). We need people who can run around and get the foot in. I'm not going to comment on that (signing Arron Davies), but there's a lot of people out there who have been linked to me who the supporters don't know about. It's ongoing and we're out there looking for players. Maybe at the moment it might not be a case of looking for an Arron Davies, but looking for someone who can run around and be a bit more destructive."

Skiverton confirmed that there was room in the wage budget for such a player, following the departure of Andy Lindegaard, George O'Callaghan, Louis Lavers and Sam Lechmere from the club. However, he admitted that finding players of a suitable quality is a harder task:

"We need to get somebody in there who is a little bit of back-up. It's difficult to find experienced back-up out there. We are looking and I think there's about 11 or 12 days left (until February 1st) and we are on the hunt for new people to come in. We've got some money left in the wage bill, but it has to be the right people and it has to be right for the team as well. So if people do come in, then it will be people who fit into the framework of what we're trying to do."


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20 January 2010 : 100 More On Sale For Grecians
We can only assume that Yeovil Town are squeezing every inch possible out of the Cowlin Stand. Saturday's opponents Exeter City have been given an additional 100 tickets for the League One match to take their allocation up to 1,970 tickets.

On the off-chance that any Exeter fans are reading this, you need to visit St James Park Reception in person from 12.30p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) to grab one of the hundred tickets left.

Home tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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20 January 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Last night, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton delivered a fairly damning verdict on his side's 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient. In an interview with local journalist Chris Spittles, recorded for BBC Somerset, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.


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20 January 2010 : Exeter City Are A Bunch Of Sell-Outs
League One side Exeter City have today sold out their entire allocation of tickets for Saturday's trip to Huish Park. Having been given an additional 500 tickets earlier this week, the Grecians have snapped those up as well, guaranteeing a full away end for the January 23rd match. The game takes place at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

A total of 1,870 Exeter City fans will be in place at Huish Park, made up of roughly 1,500 places on the open terrace and 370 spaces in the Cowlin Stand. There will be no additional tickets available to the Grecians.

Tickets are still freely available for home parts of the ground for Saturday's game from the Huish Park Ticket Office. If you're a Yeovil Town fan with a Devon postcode, then we'd advise you to make sure you have your Huish Park Ticket Office Reference Number handy as we've little doubt that staff at the ground will be vetting credentials very carefully from now on.

Update: Exeter have been given 100 more tickets. See here for more details.


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20 January 2010 : Skivo: We Can't Keep Relying On Our Home Form
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he was left fuming about yesterday's performance in the club's 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient. The Yeovil boss is still left trying to unlock the reasons for the Glovers' poor away form and he has told BBC Somerset that he is concerned about how much reliance that puts upon their more successful home form:

"We can't find a formula that's working. We played three or four different shapes and nothing seemed to work. We're going to have to keep working on that. We can't keep relying on our home form to keep digging us out of trouble all the time. We'll move on from that now, but it was bitterly disappointing. They know what I think about that performance and what I think of many individuals. They've been told to their face, and they've got to come through now and put a performance in. One thing is that I am not happy with that, and people have been told to their face and that's the only thing you can do to try and make these things right."

Last night's result sees the Glovers inch closer to the bottom four positions with Orient leapfrogging three sides, leaving Oldham Athletic as the fourth from bottom club. Oldham have two games in hand on the Glovers, along with Tranmere Rovers. Gillingham, Brighton and Hove Albion and Orient are the three sides in most danger if Oldham take advantage of their two games in hand.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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19 January 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Not the easiest of requests, but if you were at Brisbane Road tonight, we'd like your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from tonight's match against Leyton Orient along with your performance and entertainment ratings, then add in any additional comments you wish to make on the game.

Link: Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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19 January 2010 : Orient 2 Yeovil 0 : Toothless Glovers See Year Start Badly
Yeovil Town started 2010 in disappointing style as they were comfortably beaten by Leyton Orient in East London tonight. Neither side was particularly on song during the game in a match littered by misplaced passes, but Orient grabbed all three points, thanks to a rather odd looking Tamika Mkandawire goal that appeared to come off both posts, whilst a Scott McGleish free header 11 minutes from time made it game over to lift Orient out of the relegation zone.

The Glovers made a couple of noticeable team selections for the game, with Nathan Jones returning as left-back for the first time in two months, whilst Keiran Murtagh got the nod in midfield in a formation that appeared to start as a diamond, but at some point during the first half appeared to flatten out into a 4-4-2 with Ryan Mason on the left and Murtagh out on the right.

Early action saw a Stefan Stam header from a Craig Alcock free kick suggest that the Glovers might be getting the better of their hosts, but as the half wore on, last ditch clearances from Alcock and Nathan Jones to stop Orient scoring showed the true balance of play.

In between the two clearances, Orient grabbed the lead with what was either a terribly soft goal, or one where a heavy deflection had deceived Alex McCarthy. The ball was fired into the box from the right flank, and somewhere along a series of ricochets, Tamika Mkandawire was deemed to be the last Orient player to get a boot on the ball, and the ball landed into the net off at least one goalpost. One for the video replay to work out exactly how it got into the net, as when seen 'live' the experience was more that of watching a pinball machine sink a ball.

Alcock's clearance from a Nicky Adams shot stopped the lead being doubled, and as the half closed off, Yeovil finally began to create some useful pressure, with Jonathan Obika's left-footed volley on the edge of the box, and a long range Shaun MacDonald attempt forcing home keeper Jamie Jones into a couple of saves.

If the first half was often a mess of lost passes, and moves that broke down between the two sides, then the second period saw a drop in that previous baseline. The Glovers couldn't get out of second gear, and there was not enough off the ball movement or enough willingness to run at the Orient defence. Far too often, Yeovil's approach play stopped at the 30 yard line, and was either met by a sideways pass, or a fairly hopeful cross into the box that rarely got beyond the near post defender. With the exception of Ryan Mason in the first period, and Shaun MacDonald, Yeovil never really looked like they were going to get any route back into the game.

Instead, Orient doubled their lead, albeit with a goal that Yeovil's players clearly weren't happy about. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was judged to have carried the ball over the touchline when trying to save a corner, as his body slid towards the advertising boards. The main stand linesman awarded the corner, and got a round of abuse from substitute Nathan Smith, who obviously saw it otherwise, and became one of the more unusual bookings of the season - yellow carded without even taking to the field for his protests.

If Smith's view of the decision was an accurate one, then Yeovil would have been left fuming 20 seconds later when Jason Demetriou's corner was headed home by Orient top scorer Scott McGleish. The goal may have been controversial, but that was no excuse for some dreadful marking in the box that gifted McGleish his penalty spot header.

That was it - game over. Yeovil hadn't looked likely to grab a goal at any time during the second period - the odd long-ranger was as good as it got. The chances of them netting two in 10 minutes were non-existent. What was disappointing about this result, was that you never sensed any great urgency to change the game, or any great drive to make something happen in the opposition penalty box. As such by the time Yeovil got into the second half, the game became all too predictable, and with errors a-plenty from both sides, it wasn't pleasant viewing.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Tamika Mkandawire (14 mins, 1-0), Scott McGleish (79 mins, 2-0)

Leyton Orient:
12. Jamie Jones
2. Stephen Purches 5. Tamika Mkandawire 19. Matthew Briggs 13. Charlie Daniels
24. Nicky Adams 10. Sean Thornton 8. Adam Chambers 11. Jason Demetriou
9. Scott McGleish 14. Ryan Jarvis

Substitutes:
1. Glenn Morris (GK) 6. Luke Ashworth 7. John Melligan 15. Jonathan Tehoue (75 mins for Ryan Jarvis) 16. Andrew Cave-Brown 20. Jimmy Smith (70 mins for Sean Thornton) 22. James Scowcroft


Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
21. JP Kalala
8. Keiran Murtagh 25. Shaun MacDonald
13. Ryan Mason
14. Dean Bowditch 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 10. Gavin Tomlin (58 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 11. Andy Welsh (80 mins for Ryan Mason) 16. Scott Murray (80 mins for Jonathan Obika) 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins 28. Nathan Smith

Orient Bookings: Sean Thornton (31 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (59 mins, dissent), Nathan Jones (62 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (78 mins, dissent)

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Gary Evetts (Hertfordshire) and Rob Whitton (Essex). Fourth Official: Stephen Daly (Middlesex).

Attendance: 2,669 (including 184 Yeovil fans)


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19 January 2010 : Change Of Site ISP
This afternoon, we've successfully (hopefully) migrated Ciderspace onto a new ISP. You don't need to do anything different, and in fact hopefully you won't even notice anything different.

However, knowing such things can bring teething problems, if anyone spots anything broken on the site - particularly if it was working recently - please feel free to drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com or to the main site email address at the foot of each page. It's quite possible that it may be something that we've made a mess of during the site changeover, and so we'd obviously want to get it sorted as quickly as possible.


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19 January 2010 : 22 Day Break Leaves Players In The Clear
There can be few advantages to having a 22 day break in football at any stage of the season. One small advantage is that footballers frequently take to the field carrying bruises, or mild injuries that can affect their overall performance, but not so much as to stick them on the sidelines. When that involves muscle or tissue, the end result can be that the player gradually aggravates the injury further, until eventually he has to sit it out for a few weeks.

The natural break in Yeovil Town's season, caused by the weather, has allowed many players to get themselves back to full fitness. When the Glovers last played at Swindon Town on December 28th, Jean-Paul Kalala limped out with a knee injury at half time, Alex McCarthy was suffering with a virus, whilst a number of players were known to be carrying more minor knocks such as Gavin Tomlin (groin) and Ryan Mason (ankle). The three week gap has allowed those problems to clear up.

Thus, manager Terry Skiverton reports that all players are now off the treatment table, and were it not for Sam Williams and Terrell Forbes, who both serve one match suspensions in tonight's match against Leyton Orient, they would have a full squad to select from. That said, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that Orient were in the same position, having just Ben Chorley suspended, with their players having also had miscellaneous knocks and ills cleared up during the break:

"I think Leyton Orient have got the same as well. They've got one person out. They're only one game bans, but it seems to have gone on for about three and a half to four weeks. It's a little bit frustrating having that, but I've got everybody else to choose from. Fitness-wise, everybody is okay."


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19 January 2010 : Martin Heads To Grays
Yeovil Town Reserve Goalkeeper Richard Martin has joined Conference National side Grays Athletic on a month's loan. The 22 year old has made five appearances for the club so far this season, but has overall played second fiddle to Alex McCarthy.

Martin is likely to get a significant amount of action as part of his stay with the Essex club. They lie 23rd in the Conference National table, propped up only by a Chester City side that are in total disarray this season. They have conceded 53 league goals in 27 matches, and have a goal difference of -27, meaning that in terms of on the field play, they are currently the worst side in the division. Only Chester's off-the-field 25 point deduction for breaching Conference insolvency rules keep them off the bottom.

The goalkeeper will start his month's loan on Saturday, with a home match against promotion-chasing Oxford United, then follow it up with an away match at Chester City.

At present there is no word on the future of Yeovil's own loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. As mentioned in an earlier article, a loan deal for Martin will only make rational sense if an extension for McCarthy can be guaranteed.


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19 January 2010 : Davies On The Look-Out For A New Club
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Arron Davies has become a free agent. The Welshman has been released from his contract by Championship side Nottingham Forest after dropping heavily down the pecking order at the City Ground.

Arron's last game for Forest came on August 25th 2009, and since then he's been on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion, only to find the departure of manager Russell Slade leaving him out in the cold at the Withdean Stadium. his last first team appearance for any club was on October 31st and Forest have allowed him to leave.

Whilst his team-mate Chris Cohen has become one of the stars of Forest's rapidly rising side, Davies has been more of a bit-part player, making just 12 league starts for Forest since leaving Huish Park, along with Cohen, for a combined fee of 1.2 million.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton tried to bring Arron back to Huish Park on transfer deadline day last summer, but got gazumped by Slade. Skiverton instead turned to Shaun MacDonald to fill the gap lost by the departure of Danny Schofield to Millwall. There's probably little doubt that Skiverton would welcome back Davies into his squad, but the obstacle will doubtless be the size of the playing budget, and therefore the wages he would be able to offer for former Southampton trainee.


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19 January 2010 : McCarthy Willing To Stay As Long As He Can
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says that he is willing to stay at Huish Park for the rest of the season, if asked to. The Reading loanee is currently due to stay with the Glovers until January 25th, meaning that he will be available for tonight's game against Leyton Orient and Saturday's home match against Exeter City.

Thereafter, the future is officially unclear, although the growing impression is that the Royals will not be allowing Yeovil the right to take out another half-season loan, preferring to extend the deal on a month-by-month basis whilst their First Team management position remains unclear.

Alex has spoken to the Western Daily Press and admits that a month-by-month extension is the more likely scenario - something that Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has alluded to in yesterday's interview. The England Under-21 keeper says that his aim is to stay with Yeovil for as long as he can:

"I said to the gaffer that I would stay for the season, but with the situation at Reading at the moment they obviously want to do it month-by-month now in case anything happens. As long as Reading are able to keep me here, I will stay as long as I can."

If the Glovers have to go down the 'month-by-month' route, rather than as a long-term loan, Alex's stay with Yeovil would be bound by the Emergency Loan rules. That would mean that he would only be able to stay for a maximum of 93 days before being forced to return to his parent club - something that would leave Yeovil needing to play Reserve keeper Richard Martin for the final month of the season, or look to find a second loan keeper. Reading would also have the right to a 24 hour recall clause.

Alex has said that the main positive of him remaining at Yeovil Town is that he knows he will get games in, and despite a frustrating January, the coming months are likely to see the fixtures come thick and fast:

"I signed at the beginning of January until the end of this month and obviously I have not played a game yet. I am looking to extend my loan and get as many games in as I can. Obviously now games are being called off, there are going to be a lot of matches on Saturdays, then Tuesdays, so hopefully I can play as much as I can. The main thing is I have been playing week-in, week-out. I have been able to progress and look at my game in different stages."

As an aside, we're aware of rumours on the Green Room, with a Grays Athletic fan suggesting that Richard Martin has signed for the Conference National on a month's loan. At present that hasn't been substantiated within the media or on either club's website and it would be surprising if such a deal was finalised before McCarthy's future beyond this weekend was finalised.


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19 January 2010 : Exeter Tickets Selling Well
Saturday's visitors Exeter City should be bringing a healthy away following with them for their first Football League match against the Glovers at Huish Park. The Grecians report that they have so far sold 1,340 tickets for the match this coming Saturday, and have asked for a further 500 tickets to be made available.

Exeter have been allocated 350 seats inside the Cowlin Stand, with the standard 1,500 allocation for the Copse End of the ground being also made available. The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday 23rd January and will be Yeovil Town's first home fixture since the Boxing Day match against Wycombe Wanderers.


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19 January 2010 : Skivo Sees Next Three Games As Key
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his side needs to pick up a good points haul from their next few matches. The Glovers are playing a series of sides below or around them in the League table, with Leyton Orient the first of those on the list tonight, as the club travel to Brisbane Road.

With Exeter City just a point ahead in 15th place coming to Huish Park on Saturday, and then the rearranged game against Tranmere Rovers, who lie in 22nd place, to follow next Tuesday, this is a huge eight days for the Glovers. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that it was vital for the club to pick up points from those games, particularly given a couple of those sides had already picked up shock results on Saturday:

"There were a couple of results that went against us, such as Exeter beating Leeds at home, where you were hoping that Leeds would win that game. Then Brighton got a great result at Walsall as well. So with the games that are coming up now, with teams like Tranmere and Leyton Orient, who are in and around us with Exeter as well, these are the ones that we've really got to look to take points from."


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18 January 2010 : Skivo Talks About Leyton And The Transfer Window
Ahead of tomorrow night's match at Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match and about the January transfer window. Skivo also explains the current situation with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is available via the link below.

In tonight's BBC Somerset bulletin, they also report that bar the suspended pair of Sam Williams and Terrell Forbes, that the Glovers are taking a full squad up to Brisbane Road for tomorrow night's game.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Leyton Orient Match.


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18 January 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Orient Preview
With Taff entitling his latest blog entry as 'Orient Preview', you don't need us to tell you what's inside. Particularly when we're (hopefully) playing Leyton Orient tomorrow. So we'll say no more, except to add that there's also a short update on the fabulous soap opera going on down the A37 that is known in these parts as Muffenders. Go read Taff's Gloversblog with the latest entry available via the link below, and comments as usual welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Orient Preview.


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18 January 2010 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Midweek Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Leyton Orient tomorrow still waiting to play their first match of 2010. Tomorrow will be Day 22 without any football being played, and it's certainly felt like longer than that. At the point when this game was last due to be played on January 2nd, Orient had just slipped into the bottom four places - a position they still occupy, whilst Yeovil were in 14th. They have dropped two places since then, and so have lost little ground by not playing.

Both sides have seen the three week break improve their chances of fielding a stronger squad for tomorrow night's match. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald has got his loan paperwork sorted, whilst goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has seen his own deal extended until next week. Winger Aidan Downes (shoulder/knee) should grab a place on the bench for the first time this season. However, Sam Williams and Terrell Forbes will be sitting out the game through suspension.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has tended to be fairly vague about squad injuries this season. In his interview last Thursday as part of the build-up to the Tranmere Rovers, he strongly implied that had at least one player who was struggling to make the line-up and the tone implied that it was a player who had been suffering when the club last played a game.

Given Jean-Paul Kalala has said that Nathan Jones is now fully fit and Skivo has said the same of striker Dean Bowditch, that just leaves Kalala (knee) himself, along with Ryan Mason (ankle) and Gavin Tomlin (groin) who had been struggling around the Swindon Town game - and we've currently no idea which, if any, of the three might still be borderline. Hopefully the extra few days off will have swung that in Yeovil's favour. Defender Stefan Stam (hamstring) was another, but later press reports suggested he had already returned to training.

For Leyton, they will have to make do without winger Andros Townsend who went back to White Hart Lane after a half season loan period, and has now headed off to Milton Keynes Dons on another loan deal. They also lose Ben Chorley through suspension, but welcome back Sean Thornton from the same. The three week break has ensured that they will be able to call upon full-backs Stephen Purches (illness) and Charlie Daniels (knee) plus strikers Ryan Jarvis (illness) and James Scowcroft (groin).

The break has also allowed Orient to dabble in the transfer market. French striker Jonathan Tehoue has signed a six month contract with the club, whilst Leicester City midfielder Nicky Adams and young Fulham defender Matthew Briggs have joined the club on loan. Given the series of postponements, all three stand by to make their debuts.

The lengthy break has meant that the League One form book is likely to mean little, with it being more about which teams have kept fresh and sharp over the past three weeks. But for what it's worth, before play stopped Orient had recorded a month's worth of results without a win. Two draws and three defeats saw them quietly slide backwards during December, before they fell into the relegation spots on December 28th. Before that, they hadn't been in the bottom four since September, and so will be wanting to reverse that quickly. They rely heavily on top scorer Scott McGleish for their goals, having scored eight times in the league so far this season.

Past meetings tend to point to a low scoring game at Brisbane Road. The last three meetings between the two sides in East London have seen a 0-0, 0-0 and a 1-0, with the last goal Yeovil conceded on Orient's turf being in a low key LDV Cup match in October 2005. The last match came within a whisker of another 0-0, until Gavin Tomlin's near post header right at the death gave the Glovers a priceless 1-0 win almost 12 months ago. As such, the 3-3 draw at Huish Park earlier this season between the two sides was a little bit freaky based upon previous meetings.

Kick-off at Brisbane Road is at 7.45p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are available on the day of the game from the turnstiles. For full details of pricing, plus all the usual away day information, see the Ciderspace Guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Officials for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Williams and Forbes Facing New Year Suspension.

Link: Lengthy Break Has Been Good For Kalala And Jones.

Link: The Big Freezes And How They Affected Yeovil Town.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Postponed Tranmere Match.


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18 January 2010 : Tranmere Boss Rejects Break, Despite Another Call-Off
Despite seeing Saturday's match against Yeovil Town called off due to a heavily waterlogged pitch, Tranmere Rovers manager Les Parry says that he would reject any proposals for a winter break in football.

Both Yeovil and Tranmere have been without League action since December 28th, and a couple of high profile managers in League One have called for a winter break in recent weeks, but Parry has told the Wirral News that he disagrees with this and points out that football is a winter sport:

"I dont agree with the idea of a winter break. I think we have to accept the game for what it is. Historically football has run from August to May and think it should stay that way without a break. I like winter football. It is the mainstay of the English game and I would hate to see it change."

Parry opts for the most logical and rational argument against those who call for a winter break - that you can't predict the English weather. During the 2008-09 season, the Glovers suffered a 16 day gap in early January, followed by a 14 day gap in early February. This season many clubs suffered a break just before Christmas, followed by the larger break of 22 days in early January that is now (hopefully) ending. Parry said that such variances made it impossible to schedule such a winter break:

"The question arises, what date which you set for a winter break? This winter the cold weather hit at Christmas and January. Last year there were lots of the games called off in February. So do you leave the fixtures unscheduled until you get a concrete forecast? Or do you set down the fixtures at the beginning of the season as normal?"

Tranmere and Yeovil Town are now set to go again on Tuesday January 26th, in a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Prenton Park.

Assuming tomorrow night's match at Leyton Orient goes ahead, it will bring to an end the club's longest break in competitive football since the winter of 1963, as detailed in the article below, which was penned prior to the postponement of Saturday's Tranmere match.

Link: The Big Freezes And How They Affected Yeovil Town.


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18 January 2010 : BBC Launch New Football Show Tonight
A reminder for those who like football from the comfort of their armchairs, that the BBC launch a new Football League show tonight. Entitled Late Kick-Off the show will start at 11.35p.m. and will run for 30 minutes.

For further details, head to the two previous news items below. For live coverage of League One and Two clubs, head to the third link.

Link: BBC Confirm Late Kick-Off Show Line-Up.

Link: BBC To Launch Midweek Football Show.

Link: League One and Two Live TV Diary.


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18 January 2010 : New Date For Tranmere Away
Saturday's postponed match against Tranmere Rovers now has a new date arranged. The game will be played (hopefully!) on Tuesday 26th January at Prenton Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Ticketing arrangements remain exactly as before, including Tranmere's Kids For A Quid offer. See below for a reminder of the ticketing arrangements.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere (will require a couple of cosmetic tweaks to reflect the new date/time).


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18 January 2010 : Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League One match between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town have been announced. The four men chosen for the game are exactly as per the original fixture that was originally scheduled for January 2nd, and include referee Phil Gibbs. For full details see the original article below.

Link: Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town : Original Match Officials.


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17 January 2010 : Lengthy Break Has Been Good For Kalala And Jones
Yeovil Town central midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala admits that if last weekend's home match against Colchester United had been on, then he would not have been available for selection. Kalala limped out of the December 28th match against Swindon Town at half time with a knee injury that required a scan to examine for any damage.

Nothing significant was found, but the Congolese player has found the lengthy break from football almost perfect for him, given that he would have been sat in the stands for the entire period. Kalala doesn't let on explicitly whether he would have played in yesterday's away match at Tranmere Rovers but told the Western Daily Press that he would not have played in any other games up until that point:

"If the game would have been on last week I would have missed it, so in that respect it was a good thing for me. Is it going to be a good thing for the team though, because maybe it can break your rhythm? Especially after a loss you want to play as soon as possible."

Kalala has also revealed that he is not the only player who has gained through matches against Leyton Orient, Colchester United and Tranmere Rovers getting called off. He names left-back Nathan Jones, who last took to the field in the FA Cup defeat at Oxford United in early November but had to come off after a nasty collision by the touchline. That knock has left Nathan reduced purely to his assistant manager duties, although he was named on the bench for the Christmas holiday games against Wycombe Wanderers and Swindon Town, and Kalala explained that Jones and others were now coming back to full fitness:

"We have had a few players that have played with knocks and a few niggles. But I am coming back and we have got Nathan Jones coming back with a good few weeks training under his belt."


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17 January 2010 : League One and Two Live TV Diary
The New Year has seen a number of announcements concerning League One and League Two clubs being broadcast live on Sky Sports and ITV over the coming weeks and months. The latest batch starts with a Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final First Leg match between Milton Keynes Dons and Southampton, and is quickly followed up by ITV's continuing obsession with Leeds United, covering their FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Tottenham Hotspur. On the following Monday, it's League One action with Charlton Athletic's all-London derby against Leyton Orient.

The full list involving League One and League Two clubs reads as follows:

20/01/2010 : 19:00hrs : Milton Keynes Dons v Southampton (JPT Area Final First Leg)
23/01/2010 : 17:15hrs : Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United (FA Cup Fourth Round)
25/01/2010 : 19:45hrs : Charlton Athletic v Leyton Orient (League One)
01/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Bury v Rochdale (League Two)
08/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Colchester United v Southend United (League One)
22/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town (League Two)
08/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Colchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion (League One)
15/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Notts County v AFC Bournemouth (League Two)
22/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Millwall (League One)


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17 January 2010 : Orient's Pitch Made Unplayable By A Single Rainstorm
Yeovil Town are due to travel to play Leyton Orient on Tuesday night, still not certain as to whether they will play their first match of 2010. Whilst the Glovers had their match against Tranmere Rovers called off on Friday morning, Orient's match against Bristol Rovers went right to the wire, having initially passed at 10.00a.m. pitch inspection.

Orient had managed to get the pitch ready for the game, but such is the fragile nature of pitches at present following the recent wintry weather, just one heavy downpour was enough to flood the pitch. Referee Kevin Wright who had been due to take charge of the game, told both clubs' official sites that it was only when he inspected the pitch for a fifth time at around 1.45p.m. that he knew the pitch was going to be unplayable. Speaking on Saturday, he explained:

"I've been here since 9.00am and the pitch was playable at 10.00am, 11.00am and at midday. However within the last hour the heavens have opened and we now have puddles on the playing surface and water is running down the tunnel. I have serious doubts that we would ever get the game finished."

Rovers manager Paul Trollope made clear that he didn't blame the Orient groundstaff, saying that no-one could have guessed the effect that the hour's rain would have:

"All through the morning the pitch was fine. It had taken a lot of water, but the staff at Orient had worked hard to get the game on. They had cleared all the snow off earlier in the week and they were sponging and forking it today. However a deluge between 12.30pm and 1.30pm has meant that it is totally unfit. Both goalmouths, and the whole of one side of the pitch, are bad and would mean that the game would be an absolute farce so as far as we are concerned the right decision has been made."

The problem that many pitches face - and on the Football League Show, Colchester United and Brentford's grounds appeared to be only marginally playable - is that with the winter's freeze having been so prolonged, the soil beneath the surface will almost certainly still be partially frozen. Thus any rainfall will struggle to drain quickly, particularly after the snow-clearing on most pitches has just taken place.

The current weather forecast for this week suggests another band of rain will be hitting the South-West on Tuesday and working its way south-eastwards. At present this is scheduled to hit London overnight on Tuesday. If that remains the case, then Orient should be able to get the game on, but if that weather front arrives earlier, then expect some rapid and possibly late changes in the prognosis for the game. Either way, if we get the slightest sniff of a problem on Tuesday, we'll put an update on this site. If you're travelling to the game, keep an eye on the weather, and these pages.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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17 January 2010 : Skivo's Tranmere Build-Up Interview
In the run-up to this weekend's match against Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the current state of play. Although that game was ultimately called off on Friday, the majority of the interview is still relevant, particularly with the Glovers heading to Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

The full transcript of Thursday's interview with BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Postponed Tranmere Match.


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16 January 2010 : League One Saturday Round-Up : Glovers Drop Just A Place
Yeovil Town slipped just the one place in the League One table today as the division got back into action with nine out of the 12 scheduled matches taking place. Of those three games that didn't take place, four out of the bottom five sides didn't take to the field, and with Wycombe Wanderers losing 2-1 at home to Charlton Athletic, the end result was that the gap between the Glovers and the bottom four sides remains entirely unchanged.

The one side that leapfrogged over the Glovers was Exeter City. Next Saturday's opponents gained a shock 2-0 win over league leaders Leeds United, with two Ryan Harley goals doing the damage. That result lifted the Grecians up three places in the table to 15th, meaning that next weekend's game at Huish Park will be a tightly-contested one. Reports from Sky Sports suggested that fights broke out at St James' Park during the game within one of the Exeter stands. Where and why, we're not sure at this stage.

Another side to gain on the Glovers today were Brighton and Hove Albion, who inched their way to within a point, thanks to a 2-1 win at Walsall. Strike partership Glenn Murray and Nicky Forster were once again their match winners, with a Matthew Richards goal sandwiched in between.

Two clubs were on the end of thrashings today, with Colchester United and Hartlepool United suffering the embarrassment of 5-0 home defeats. Norwich City exacted revenge for their 7-1 opening day humiliation. With both clubs having traded insults and accusations over the past few months over the alleged poaching of Canaries manager Paul Lambert from Colchester, and U's Chairman Robbie Cowling having become a bit of a rent-a-quote over the situation, there's little doubt that will have been a feisty affair. Norwich are now just three points away from leaders Leeds, having commenced the season at the foot of the table. A crowd of 10,064 ensured the Community Stadium was packed to the rafters. Colchester weren't helped by the last minute dismissal of substitute Ian Henderson, but as this happened after Grant Holt had netted his 23rd of the season and Norwich's 5th of the afternoon, it offers no excuses. Canaries new boy Oli Johnson created a good first impression by netting on his debut.

Hartlepool's hammering ensured a miserable afternoon for Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, with Milton Keynes Dons grabbing five at Victoria Park. Four different scorers and an own goal lifted the Dons to within two points of the play-offs, suggesting that they are coming out of their recent erratic form.

Brentford did the Glovers a favour at Griffin Park by ensuring that Carlisle United's goal difference was worsened, by a 3-1 scoreline. The Cumbrians are on level points with Yeovil, with the Glovers ahead on goals scored before the game. Myles Weston grabbed two, whilst Ryan Dickson's last minute goal sealed victory after an Ian Harte penalty threatened to get Carlisle back in the game.

Pity anyone who left the New Den before the final whistle blew. Rickie Lambert scored the winner for Southampton two minutes into injury time to give the Saints an away win. Except that he didn't. Liam Trotter hushed the away supporters by netting five minutes into injury time. Wonder how many people headed home thinking the final score was 0-0?

Swindon Town were another team gaining revenge for an opening day thrashing. They got whipped 5-0 at Gillingham back in August. However, this time the Gills awful away record sent them to their 11th away defeat, with the familiar names of Charlie Austin and Billy Paynter on the scoresheet yet again, with Scott Cuthbert grabbing the middle one. By the time Chris Palmer got a goal for the Kent side, the points were well in the bag. Swindon finish the day in 6th, and therefore the last play-off slot.

Jordan Rhodes personally ensured that Huddersfield Town kept up their promotion charge, grabbing both goals in a 2-1 win over Southend United, with the Shrimpers seeing former Glover Scott Spencer scoring a last minute goal on his debut. The Terriers remain in 5th.

Finally, Wycombe Wanderers are starting to look a little dead and buried. Having played 27 matches already this season - the most in the division - they can count themselves a little bit unlucky to lose to Charlton Athletic. With Jon-Paul Pittman cancelling out a first half Jonjo Shelvey goal, they looked like grabbing another impressive result against promotion-chasing opposition, until Nicky Bailey netted 13 minutes from time, to leave Wycombe still six points from safety, and with nearly everyone around them having three or four games in hand.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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16 January 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Water Shame, Another Game Off
With yet another blank weekend, Taff has popped up with his latest blog entry bemoaning the lack of football. To deal with the need for a 'fix' he has dragged out his PC-based football management game, which older readers of this site will recall was an early feature of Ciderspace. The problem is that Taff appears to be not quite pressing the right buttons. Read on, with the latest entry available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Water Shame, Another Game Off.


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15 January 2010 : Football League Bounce Stockport Share Transfer
The Football League are still unwilling to accept League One side Stockport County's attempts to come out of administration. A meeting held yesterday between the Melrose Consortium trying to take over the club and the Football League resulted in the league still refusing to hand over the 'Golden Share' to the new company.

Stockport have been in administration since April 2009, and the Melrose Consortium, headed by former Manchester City player Jim Melrose have been the only serious party bidding to buy the club from the administrators. However, time has marched on ... and on ... and on without any tangible progress being made, and Stockport fans reached the point last month where they made the decision to launch a protest march against the various authorities involved.

Administrators Leonard Curtis, who despite supposedly being in charge of the day to day running of the club, were not present at yesterday's meeting with the Football League, and have subsequently issued a statement saying that they will now try and find out what was said yesterday:

"We understand that they were unable to recommend that the Football League Share be transferred at this time as there were still some issues to be resolved. We have requested that the Football League confirm what matters remain outstanding and have offered our assistance to both the Football League and the Melrose Consortium to resolve these matters if possible."

The previous rejection of the consortium's bid, back in December, prompted press speculation that if Stockport did not come out of administration by the end of the season then they would be expelled from the Football League. Official confirmation of that, and which league they will drop into as a result, hasn't been made clear.


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15 January 2010 : January Transfer Window Ex-Glovers Round-Up
The January transfer window so far has been a stop-start beast, with some days seeing a large volume of movement across Football League clubs, and other days seeing almost no movement at all.

Today has seen two former Yeovil Town players swap places at Wycombe Wanderers, with winger Kevin Betsy signing a permanent deal at Adams Park, after Southend United agreed to release him on a free transfer, with Betsy signing until the end of the season. Heading out of the revolving door is midfielder Tommy Doherty. He has been unable to patch up differences with manager Gary Waddock that stem back to Doherty's days at Queens Park Rangers and so asked to be released from his contract.

Someone who clearly did like his old boss is Brighton and Hove Albion striker Craig Davies. He has been reunited with Micky Adams at Port Vale, leaving the Withdean on a month's loan.

Rounding up a whole batch of other transfers that have gone through during January involving former Glovers, Andros Townsend's loan move to Milton Keynes Dons was covered on this site yesterday. Former Everton academy striker Scott Spencer has signed a six month deal with Southend United. Midfielder Glenn Poole has left Grays Athletic and joined AFC Wimbledon. Meanwhile full-back Stephen Reed has found himself stuck in purgatory for a further five months, seeing out the season in Weymouth, on loan from Macclesfield Town.

Going back a week or so, wandering journeyman and occasional midfielder Gary Dempsey has cured his homesickness by leaving St Patrick's Athletic and signing for League Two basement boys Darlington. Midfielder David Noble's move to Exeter City has already had a mention here, whilst former left-back Anthony Tonkin has switched University cities by heading from Cambridge United to join Oxford United. Finally Lee Johnson's move to Derby County right at the start of the month has already been covered.


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15 January 2010 : Skivo Would Welcome Future Swansea Tie-In
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he would love to see Championship side Swansea City set up a similar relationship to the one that he has currently with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Glovers have currently got three loan players at Huish Park from White Hart Lane, with Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Jonathan Obika getting regular places in the starting eleven and putting in stand-out performances.

A fourth loanee Shaun MacDonald hails from Swansea City has just rejoined the club for his third loan spell at Huish Park, having been one of the stars of the season so far in a pre-Christmas stay in Somerset.

Swansea have agreed for the Welsh Under-21 international to stay until the end of the season, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he would be happy to see further Swansea youngsters farmed out, given his experience of dealing with manager Paulo Sousa and Chairman Huw Jenkins so far. Skivo explained his experience of dealing with them so far, and his hopes for the future:

"I must admit there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing. I think I was on the phone all day and all night to Swansea, trying to get Shaun back. But I've had very good dialogue so far with Paulo Sousa and also with people behind the scenes there, and with Huw Jenkins, the Chairman. I've spoken to him a few times and he has been really good. We're looking to build up a bit of a relationship with teams like that, who have got quite a few players and some really good young players. That might be a thing in the future where we bring in a couple of the Swansea young players as well. That's the same sort of link as what we've had with Tottenham."


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15 January 2010 : Oxford United vs Yeovil Town : Youth Team Match Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Under 18s trip to Oxford United has been postponed due to snow. There is still snowfall on their Iffley Road pitch and Oxford have decided that they are unable to clear the pitch in time for tomorrow's kick-off.

As it happens, we'd not been able to confirm that the rearranged match was taking place this weekend, but for the avoidance of doubt, this game will not take place, and will need to be rearranged yet again.


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15 January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Match Is OFF
Yeovil Town's away trip against Tranmere Rovers has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch this morning. Despite clearing their Prenton Park pitch of most of the snow, heavy overnight rain has flooded the pitch, and with more bad weather forecast for today and tomorrow, huge puddles in the centre of the pitch have made the match a total non-starter.

Chief Executive Mick Horton has told the Tranmere official site that he could fully understand the decision that was made by referee Graham Salisbury:

"We are really disappointed the game won't take place but with heavy rain forecast overnight and tomorrow, can fully understand the referee's decision. Our ground staff have worked exceptionally hard this week in clearing the snow from the pitch and surrounding areas but we have been beaten by the rain that fell during the night and this morning. There is only so much any club can do and the bad weather we have had recently has affected virtually every team in the country. Hopefully the weather will soon improve and we can start training and playing as usual."

The run without a game now means that Yeovil Town are suffering their worst run without a football match since 1963 and the third worst since the end of World War Two. A reminder of those seasons can be found in an article we published last weekend, repeated below in case you missed it at the time.

Link: The Big Freezes And How They Affected Yeovil Town.


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15 January 2010 : Shrimpers Take On The Taxman : Part Two
League One side Southend United are in a further legal battle with the taxman - just two months after taking it to the wire over the initial dispute. The Shrimpers have received another winding up petition from HMRC, who are taking the club to court over failure to pay their November and December tax bills.

Back in November, the Essex club had to settle a 2.135m outstanding tax debt to avoid being wound up in the courts and a statement issued by the club claims that the current petition is directly related to a dispute over whether the November sum was calculated correctly.

Southend assert that the taxman had miscalculated to the tune of 205,333.83 when they produced their November petition. Rather than discuss this with HMRC though, they have taken the bull by the horns and chosen not to make any PAYE or National Insurance contributions for the months of November and December.

By the time Southend wrote to HMRC on December 22nd, following it up with solicitor's letters on December 23rd and 24th, it would appear that HMRC's hackles had been raised enough to produce a fresh winding up petition.

Southend's Finance Director now plans to meet with HMRC next week, although Chairman Ron Martin claims that if HMRC continue their court action, he may apply to the court for an injunction against the taxman's actions whilst the matter is still under dispute.

Martin has accused HMRC of "sending out winding-up petitions against football clubs like confetti". The Guardian newspaper states that Southend currently join Portsmouth, Notts County, Cardiff City and Plymouth Argyle in being on the receiving end of court action from HMRC.

What should be interesting here is what line the Football League choose to take over the issue. The League have promised that clubs that fall behind with their tax bills will be placed under transfer embargos whilst the debts are being cleared, in an effort to appease an increasingly frustrated HMRC, who feel football clubs are taking them and the taxpayer for a ride. However, in this instance, who exactly owes who what is a little unclear, and so they may need to adopt an "innocent until proven guilty" stance in the dispute, unless they feel that Southend's decision to withhold payments before the issue is resolved constitutes a breach of the new Football League rule.


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14 January 2010 : Skivo Unconcerned By Wait For Royal Appointment
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he does not have great concerns at the fact that Championship side Reading have yet to appoint a permanent successor to former manager Brendan Rodgers. The lack of a replacement is believed to lie behind the Berkshire side's decision to only allow short term deals for the majority of their loan players. The current loan deal for Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy only runs until January 25th, meaning that he has three games left based on the current arrangements.

Caretaker boss Brian McDermott will have done his chances of landing a permanent role at the Madejski Stadium, following the Royals' shock FA Cup Third Round win in midweek against Liverpool, and is the most obvious choice for the job. However, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that it may not be a problem if Reading had not sorted out their management positions by then:

"Not necessarily, as with the people we're dealing with at the moment, Brian McDermott has had dialogue upstairs. He knows Alex from the past as well. There's a fellow called Nicky Hammond there, who is the Director of Football and that is who we've been having all the dialogue with. So for us, it's always been very positive from Reading and hopefully we can carry that on as well."

One slight concern lies with the future of Reading's first choice goalkeeper Adam Federici. The Reading Chronicle quotes Federici's father, who says that the player's agent is aware of contact from Liverpool, who according to the press are looking to table a 2 million bid for him. At present Royals Director of Football Nicky Hammond says that if there's any truth in that, then the Merseysiders have yet to make official contact with the club:

"I think Adam has done exceptionally well since the difficult transition from number two to number one. But we've had no contact from anyone regarding him."

That hasn't stopped the Liverpool official site including three prominent news items from the national press in their 'Media Watch' section reporting on their alleged interest in the goalkeeper. Pure coincidence, of course! Obviously the Glovers will hope for their own selfish reasons that Federici is going nowhere.


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14 January 2010 : Spencer Planning Huish Park Visit
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will be inviting Sherborne Town manager Mickey Spencer along to a training session to see what ideas the two managers can swap and what they can learn off each other. As covered yesterday, Skiverton and former Glovers goal machine Spencer met up last weekend after opportunities for watching football were hit by the bad weather.

Skiverton told Sherborne's official site that he would also be introducing Spencer to Yeovil Town physio Simon Baker to give the Dorset club's boss a few ideas about how to keep his players in top condition:

"We spoke about little bits and pieces about what I am doing and what he (Spencer) is doing. He said he is going to come along and watch, as well as have a little chat with my physiotherapist and see some of the different things that we are doing at the moment. It is always good to have a chat with someone like Mickey who has been in the game all of his life, because he is a good guy. I think he is really enjoying doing his job and I think we both are. We had a good chat, discussing what he does and what I do and about anything that was mutually beneficial."


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14 January 2010 : There's Snow More Of These Pictures, Surely?
Just when we were told by the Met Office that the big thaw was underway, another batch of snow hit the West Country on Tuesday night. Ray in Shaftesbury, Dorset put his time to good use, creating another Glovers-themed snowman. Find the results at the foot of our gallery, available via the link below, along with all of the other pictures sent in.

Link: Snow Pictures Submitted By Yeovil Town Fans.


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14 January 2010 : Townsend Becomes A Don
Former Yeovil Town loan winger Andros Townsend will have surprised a few people in East London by agreeing a loan deal with Milton Keynes Dons until the end of this season, having spent a fortnight with parent club Tottenham Hotspur.

With League One rivals Leyton Orient having been under the impression this week that Townsend was staying at White Hart Lane, there's probably going to be a few slightly narked people at Brisbane Road, with the 18 year old immediately heading out to Buckinghamshire for the next four months.

Dons assistant manager Karl Robinson has already seen the left-winger up at close quarters and says he knows what to expect:

"Andros is probably the best player we have played against this season. He was outstanding in both games against Orient. He's only young so we can't expect too much of him every week, but we'll do our best to aid his footballing education."

Townsend, who spent the latter part of the 2008-09 season on loan at Huish Park, will make his second visit to South Somerset this season, on Saturday 27th February, having already had a heavy impact in the August 2008 3-3 draw, during his loan period with Leyton Orient.


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14 January 2010 : BBC Confirm Late Kick-Off Show Line-Up
The BBC have confirmed the line-up of football teams and presenters for each of the seven regions that will make up the seven regions for their new midweek football programme. As mentioned on these pages on December 10th, the new Late Kick-Off programme will make its debut next Monday, January 18th on BBC1. The broadcast start time has been adjusted slightly to start at 11.35p.m. and the show will run for 30 minutes.

Yeovil Town fall into the South, West and South-West region and Jonathan Pearce will be your host for the series in that area. He will be assisted by John Roder and Sky Sports News reporter Andy Steggall.

Pearce currently lives in Sussex, but had his childhood roots in Bristol, Plymouth and Cornwall, and so believes he is very well qualified to represent the region:

"The show will bring you all the updated news from your local Football League teams with interviews, goal action and thought-provoking comment from our guests. Football has been my life since my first connection with Bristol City when I was 12. I am lucky enough to be able to commentate on matches and now returning to studio presentation is a bonus on top."

Unlike ITV's past attempts to bring a regional midweek football programme to their screens which concentrated on a small number of clubs, the BBC are pitching to a far wider audience for their chosen regions, and that means Yeovil Town will be fighting it out with Aldershot, AFC Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Reading, Southampton, Swindon Town, Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers for coverage throughout the rest of the season.

Here the regionalisation appears to be a little blurred, with Brighton and Wycombe also allocated to the London and South-East edition, whilst Cheltenham will get their games covered within the Midland edition.

For those exiles that live outside the broadcast area - don't panic. The BBC state that all editions of Late Kick Off will be made available on BBC iPlayer shortly after transmission. For those with Sky Digital, regionalised BBC channels are also available, from Channel 980 onwards.


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14 January 2010 : Skivo Rules Out Sixth Loan For Now
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has had a change of heart over the idea of bringing in a sixth loan signing to the club. The Glovers boss had suggested over Christmas that he wanted to boost his squad that way, but had delayed the move when he realised that an injury to Jean-Paul Kalala was not as serious as first feared.

Skiverton now appears to have knocked the idea on the head entirely, assuming none of his five existing loan players are ruled out of his side for a lengthy period. He has told the Western Gazette that he is happy with the state of his squad, and therefore does not see bringing in the extra body as a high priority at present:

"It was not really something that would be happening right away because many things can change and one thing I am not going to do is to bring in a loan just for the sake of it. I am for the adage that 'if it is not broken, do not fix it' and my lads have been doing really well. What I do not need to start doing is having loan players outside the squad. That is not what I would bring them in for."

Skiverton stressed though that it was something that could happen in the future, given the right circumstances, even though he said he had no plans to make such a signing at present:

"It was said meaning that if we needed it, we would get it. It could happen - I could bring in another loanee tomorrow, or with a month of the season to go. It was just something that has been ticking over in my mind, rather than something I have been pursuing actively. If the time comes and we do need one then I will bring in a sixth loan. But we do not need one at the moment."

Whilst Skiverton says he will not go down the loan route for now, he doesn't specify either way whether a permanent signing would be an option. There are a few clubs currently releasing players off their books 'by mutual consent' but the players concerned invariably have other clubs immediately lined up to sign a contract with. Finding a suitable permanent signing will not be easy, but with George O'Callaghan, Andy Lindegaard, Louis Lavers and Sam Lechmere all having departed in the past few weeks, there should be enough room in the wage budget, provided a suitable needle in a haystack can be found on a free transfer.


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14 January 2010 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's away match against Tranmere Rovers have been announced. The man in charge will be Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, and all four have been away from home.

The experience has been on the whole a good one. The last time we saw Mr Salisbury was for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008. An emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.

A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position. Hence four matches, and four good performances from the Lancashire official, so hopefully that run can continue.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Colin Harwood (Manchester) and Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Carl Dunn (Staffordshire).

Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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13 January 2010 : Orient Return Unlikely For Andros
Former Yeovil Town loan star Andros Townsend is looking increasingly unlikely to return to Leyton Orient. The left-winger had been on loan at Brisbane Road until the turn of the year, but returned to White Hart Lane over the Christmas holidays.

The Glovers face Orient next Tuesday in a rearranged League One fixture at Brisbane Road, and the East London side's hopes were that they could bring Townsend back for a second spell. A decision on that was due to be made around the middle of January, but their boss Geraint Williams is admitting that looks unlikely with Orient being told that the player wants to concentrate on impressing Spurs manager Harry Redknapp:

"We'd like to thank Andros for his efforts. He enjoyed his time here and he felt he was doing well and wanted the chance to try and make an impact on Harry Redknapp. He's a very ambitious player and for the moment he will be staying at Tottenham."

Townsend may be given an alternative temptation to a half season at White Hart Lane. Charlton Athletic boss Phil Parkinson admits that he has been watching the player for some time, and still holds an interest in bringing him to The Valley:

"Andros is someone who interested us in the summer and we are keeping an eye on him."

Either way, it would seem more than likely that Andros will not be in Orient's line-up next Tuesday. One player who should be in their squad be is their new signing Jonathan Thou. The 25 year old arrives at Brisbane Road with top flight experience in France, Belgium and Turkey under his belt. He has signed this week after a short trial spell and is rated as a strong powerful striker, who is likely to add a physical presence to their front line.

Fellow League One side Huddersfield Town tried to sign him last season, but the deal broke down due to an ongoing contractual dispute with Turkish side Konyaspor. With that now resolved, he has become their first signing in the January transfer window.


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13 January 2010 : Tranmere Start Work On Clearing Pitch Of Snow
Saturday's opponents Tranmere Rovers have today begun the process of clearing snow from the Prenton Park pitch. General practice by football clubs is to not remove snow from pitches until a day or two before kick-off as the snow acts as a natural cover that reduces the chances of frost getting into the pitch.

Current weather forecasts for the Birkenhead area are for cloud cover and temperatures between +1C and +4C between now and Saturday, with the temperature on kick-off expected to reach a positively balmy +6C at Prenton Park. Hence with minimal chance of a serious frost, the groundstaff at Tranmere are now working to clear the pitch of snow, and are using a JCB to clear the surrounding car parks and access areas. Tranmere are also liaising with Merseyside Police and their local Safety Advisory Group in an attempt to ensure that the game goes ahead.

The main fly in the ointment would appear to be that more snow is forecast for the North-West on Friday daytime, and obviously if that falls as anticipated it could cause the pitch to be covered in another layer. Like much of the country, Tranmere got another coating of snow overnight, and with their pitch having been under the white stuff for a week now, they will need to rely on Friday's batch either falling as rain, or missing the Wirral entirely.

At present, their official site is fairly bullish about their chances of playing the game. Naturally if there are any developments - positive or negative - we'll post further updates as we get them.


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13 January 2010 : Two Glovers Legends Have A Meeting Of Minds
One player made 281 appearances, scoring 104 goals for Yeovil Town. The other made 382 appearances, scoring 44 times for the Glovers. Former striker Mickey Spencer and current Glovers first team manager Terry Skiverton have been meeting up to swap ideas as they both attempt to be a success in their first managerial positions.

The two Yeovil legends had a blank weekend to mull over things, and with Spencer in charge of Sherborne Town since last October, he told their official site that both managers had similar opinions on the game, despite having never played in the same Glovers side:

"I spoke to Terry on Saturday and it gave us some good and useful tips for methods that we are using. We have both had similar management decisions about how players deal with referees and how we have got to ignore it because you cannot control it. So we have a shared sentiment with that."

Mickey said that having been on Yeovil Town's books for seven seasons between 1989 and 1995, he still keeps a strong eye on Yeovil's results and performances, and thinks that they are going in the right direction, even if their away form needs to be improved:

"Terry is getting them in the right direction and while Tranmere are established in Coca-Cola League One they have not really done a lot. The players that Terry is getting in on loan seem to be playing more for the club than some in the past. They have made playing at Yeovil a bit of a fortress so let us hope they can take that forward. Hopefully they can take that mentality and attitude away from home, making it a worthwhile trip for the away fans."

It won't surprise many to know that Sherborne have been struggling because of the recent weather, and have not played a match since Boxing Day. In fact, the Toolstation Western League Premier Division side probably have the best reason for a match postponement seen this winter so far - a 12 foot snowman on opponents Radstock Town's pitch!

They were due to play Radstock on Tuesday night, but the need to bring in machinery to remove the monstrous creation, believed to have been constructed by local children, would have risked damage to an already frozen pitch. They will be hoping no such problems affect their Saturday trip to Welton Rovers.

Link: Terry Skiverton : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Mickey Spencer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 January 2010 : Friendship On Hold For Skivo And Tisdale
Yeovil Town will be hoping to end a gap of almost a month without a home game next Saturday, when they take on local rivals Exeter City at Huish Park on January 23rd. The match will present another form of local rivalry - Glovers manager Terry Skiverton and Grecians manager Paul Tisdale are both former team-mates, having both played under Colin Lippiatt during the 1999-2000 season.

Skiverton has said that himself and Tisdale are good friends off the field, but that friendship is on hold for the next week or so whilst the two sides prepare to lock horns for the first league meeting at Huish Park between the two sides. The Yeovil boss told the Exeter Express and Echo that he would not be giving anything away ahead of the fixture:

"I have spoken to Paul a few times this year and he is a really good guy and I know him from when we played together at Yeovil. After the game earlier in the season we had a little chat and he is someone I get on with but I won't be asking him for advice at the moment. No chance."

Earlier in the season, the two sides drew 1-1 at St James Park in Exeter in what was a tight encounter, with a long range Ryan Mason strike somewhat getting the Glovers out of jail as a game of few chances had threatened to be settled by a Stefan Stam own goal. Skiverton added that he is looking forward to bumping into familiar faces again, with Marcus Stewart and Adam Stansfield also likely to feature in the visiting side:

"I'm looking forward to the game, it will be nice to see some old faces. Earlier in the season they were much better than us in the first half but we matched them after that and deserved a draw. We are similar to Exeter in that lots of people were thinking we would be down in the bottom four, but we have both surprised a few people so far."

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office for this match, along with all other home match tickets between now and the end of the season. Before that, the Glovers must travel to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, and to Leyton Orient next Tuesday in what is likely to be a crucial eight days of football for Yeovil, as they face three sides currently below them in the table.


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12 January 2010 : Lechmere Leaves
Left-sided midfielder Sam Lechmere has left Huish Park after his short term contract with the Glovers expired. Rather like his team-mate Louis Lavers at the Nike Academy, very few people will have seen Lechmere play for the club.

In fact the first we knew of Lechmere's arrival was his appearance on the teamsheet for the County Cup Second Round match against Brislington. Like Lavers, that turned out to be his first and last playing appearance for Yeovil Town.

Lechmere at least qualifies for a first team mention - he was an unused substitute in the December 28th away match against Swindon Town. But that was as much as we saw of him, and he now becomes a free agent. The very best of luck to him wherever he ends up next.


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12 January 2010 : GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient (Revised)
For those wanting to travel to next Tuesday's match at Leyton Orient, new arrangements are now available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club. The match takes place at Brisbane Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off on Tuesday 19th January 2010.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 2.30p.m. Cost of travel will be 18.00 for adults, with concessions available at 16.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers (Revised).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.


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12 January 2010 : Tranmere Boss 'Desperate' For Saturday Football
Tranmere Rovers manager Les Parry admits that he is 'desperate' to have a game of football played on Saturday. They are due to face Yeovil Town in a League One match that has been moved from the Friday night in an attempt to maximise the chances of the game taking place.

Whilst the country continues its slow thaw from last week's wintry weather, Rovers are still unable to use their training ground at Raby Vale, due to it being covered in snow, and like the Glovers are facing the problem of how to give indoor training sessions a bit of variety.

Like Yeovil, Tranmere played their last League One match on December 28th, although they did have the benefit of an FA Cup Third Round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 3rd, and so have so far only been without football for nine days. Parry has told the Liverpool Echo that he doesn't want that gap without playing a game to expand:

"We are desperate for a game. We need to play as soon as possible. Moving the Yeovil game to a Saturday gives us an extra day for the pitch to defrost and it takes away the variable of an evening frost. I know it gives us only a marginally better chance of playing but it is an important game and we want to do everything we can to get it on. We dont want a long break. We want to get back onto the pitch again."

The marginally better chance is that the weather in Tranmere should have warmed up to +2C degrees by the time kick-off is reached on the Saturday, albeit with a heavy windchill factor. However, some weather sites are forecasting more snowfall in the North-West for Friday and Saturday - in particular during the game. We'll continue to keep an eye on that as we get closer to the match day.

Parry's frustration with the weather is compounded by the fact that Tranmere managed to get into a bit of strong league form during the latter part of 2009. They've not conceded a home league goal since October 31st and have taken 11 points from their last six matches, including three wins and a draw in matches at Prenton Park.

That run of form has put Tranmere just three points away from the safety line, in 22nd place in the League One table. Parry admits that he is anxious to avoid getting into a position where playing too many games in quick succession ends up being his side's undoing:

"We dont want to be falling behind and having to catch up with games. If we are put in a position where we have to play two games a week on a regular basis, it can take its toll. It means a minor injury that might keep a player out for three weeks can cause them to miss up to six games. So we want to try and avoid that."


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12 January 2010 : Colchester Home Match Gets New Date
The second of Yeovil Town's recently postponed fixtures has now got a new date. The home match against Colchester United will now be played on Tuesday 16th February at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The rearrangement puts the match three days after the home match against Gillingham and in the week leading up to the away match at Charlton Athletic. With an away match at Walsall immediately following that in the following midweek, it means that the Glovers will be playing five matches in 15 days between February 13th and February 27th.

The away trip to Leyton Orient has already been rearranged and is scheduled to be played next Tuesday, 19th January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Brisbane Road.

For those needing to work out their 2010 travel, work and social plans, the full fixture list is available via the link below.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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12 January 2010 : Caulker Plays Full Game For Spurs Youths
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker got in 90 minutes worth of football last night, as he returned to his parent club Tottenham Hotspur. Caulker played in an FA Youth Cup Fourth Round match against Portsmouth in a match played at White Hart Lane in front of around 1,000 spectators.

Sadly luck wasn't in for Spurs or Caulker, with the home side going out of the competition by a 0-1 scoreline, and the 18 year old won't have been happy about the winning goal, netted by Nadir Ciftci after Caulker's error put Jesse Waller-Lassen under pressure at the back and Ciftci took advantage, curling the ball into the net for the only goal of the game. Earlier Caulker had forced Pompey keeper Liam O'Brien into two strong saves from set pieces.

At the time this fixture was known about, there was some concern at the Glovers end that it would interfere with Yeovil Town's own first team plans. But with the Colchester United match being called off, and the Tranmere Rovers away trip switched back to the Saturday, a Monday night outing should have done Caulker's match fitness no harm whatsoever. A shame for him and Spurs that they didn't get the scoreline they wanted, despite intense second half pressure.

Final Score: Tottenham Hotspur Under 18s 0 Portsmouth Under 18s 1.


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11 January 2010 : Snow Getting Away From These Pictures
With last week's snowfall now finally beginning to properly melt, there was still a chance for some more snowman building over the weekend, and below is evidence of another magnificent creation.

This latest snowman has come from Yeovil Town Director Stephen Allinson, who put Saturday's blank footballing day to good usage. If you think you were able to better Stephen's effort, then drop us an email via the usual address.

If you missed out on the gallery we put up late last week, another chance to view it is available via the link below:

Link: Snow Pictures Submitted By Yeovil Town Fans.

A weekend creation by club director Stephen Allinson
A weekend creation by club director Stephen Allinson
Photo © 2010 Ciderspace



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11 January 2010 : Leyton Match Set For Next Tuesday
Yeovil Town's away trip to Leyton Orient has had a new date set for it. The game will now be played on Tuesday 19th January with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Brisbane Road.

This is a pay-on-the-day match, with prices available via the Ciderspace guide below (which will get a few tweaks to reflect the evening kick-off shortly).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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11 January 2010 : Alcock Has Mixed Feelings About Fixture Schedule
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has said that he has mixed feelings at the potentially busy schedule the Glovers are building up for themselves in the second half of the 2009-10 season. Having lost two games to the weather in quick succession, they will be hoping that they do not have any further games succumb to the wintry conditions.

The end result for most League One sides will be a greater proportion of matches being rearranged for midweek dates, meaning that clubs will be playing three matches in eight days on regular occasions. Alcock told BBC Somerset that this could provide a mixed bag, depending on what sort of form the club were in as they went into such fixtures:

"It can work both ways really, because if you're playing games constantly and you're picking up good results then it gives you a good chance to build a momentum and to keep following on. On the flipside of that, maybe it can count against you. But likewise if you've got a bad result then you know you've not got to wait long before you can put it right."

Alcock's boss Terry Skiverton has already expressed his concerns about the effect a fixture pile-up could have on his side, given their tendency to not perform too well during the second or third game in the sequence.

However, at present, there is not too much fixture congestion on the cards with just five midweek matches needing to be played between now and May. Walsall (away, 23rd Feb), Leeds United (home, 6th April) and Millwall (home, 13th April) will need to be added to with rearrangements for Leyton Orient (away) and Colchester United (home). Provided no further bad weather strikes this winter, and Saturday's away trip to Tranmere Rovers recommences the action, coping with this schedule of fixtures should not provide too difficult a test.


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11 January 2010 : Final Week For Football League Survey
Way back on November 23rd 2009 the Football League launched its latest Supporters Survey. They have now determined that this week is going to be the final week of the survey before they close it off and go and do a whole load of number-crunching.

At present they've had responses from around 35,000 supporters, and so with this week still to come, will be hoping to match the 40,000 who completed the survey two years ago.

For background information on the survey and what they hope to achieve, choose the link below, otherwise head for the direct link to start the survey if you haven't done so already.

Link: Football League Supporters Survey (Direct Link).

Link: Football League Supporters Survey : Background Information.


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11 January 2010 : Stewart Hits Career Milestone
Former Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart hit another milestone in his lengthy career over the weekend. The 37 year old claimed his 200th League goal in Exeter City's 3-1 defeat against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Stewart has scored twice for the Grecians this season, and the one before that was another milestone, with his August strike being his 250th in all competitions. Stewart told the Exeter Express and Echo:

"Now I can retire happy. I got my 250th career goal at Carlisle and to get my 200th league goal was a big moment for me."

A total of 15 of Stewart's career goals came at Yeovil Town across a two year period with the Glovers, including the equalising goal at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest in May 2007 that took the League One Play-Off Semi-Final into extra time - a goal immortalised on Sky Sports by the "They've ... they've only gone and done it!" commentary line.

Marcus is currently halfway through his second season at St James' Park in Exeter, and has scored nine goals in 65 appearances for the Grecians.

Link: Marcus Stewart : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 January 2010 : December 2009 Player Of The Month
The month of December was a mixed one, recording just one win, with three draws and one defeat making up the month. Six games, six points wasn't great, although with the opposition including away matches at Milton Keynes Dons and Swindon Town and a home match against Norwich City, the fixture list was a fairly demanding one.

Once again Yeovil Town's loan players dominated the Man of the Match voting across the month, although perhaps not to the extent that they have of late. The individual match winners were Sam Williams (Swindon Town), Alex McCarthy (Wycombe Wanderers and Hartlepool United), Shaun MacDonald (Norwich City and Walsall) and Gavin Tomlin (Milton Keynes Dons).

Those players dominated the top six positions for the overall month, although there was still room for Steven Caulker and Craig Alcock to show how consistent they've been over the month, despite them not winning an individual match. Craig's runner's up spot for December is particularly notable.

The winner though, was Shaun MacDonald - again notable given that he missed the Wycombe and Swindon fixtures due to him returning to Swansea City and thus lost out on votes he might have otherwise got. It's therefore impressive that he is the December 2009 Player of the Month, and also rather good news that Swansea let us have him back again.

Full results are shown below, including the percentage of the vote cast across the month.

1 Shaun MacDonald 14.4
2 Craig Alcock 13.3
3 Alex McCarthy 12.2
4 Steven Caulker 11.2
5 Gavin Tomlin 9.6
6 Sam Williams 9.2
7 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 8.2
8 Ryan Mason 7.7
9 Dean Bowditch 4.6
10 Stefan Stam 2.5


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10 January 2010 : The Big Freezes And How They Affected Yeovil Town
After yet another empty weekend, in terms of football, it seems a long long time since Yeovil Town played any matches. Even now, the club must eye the long-range weather forecast and hope that next Saturday's League One trip to Tranmere Rovers actually goes ahead to bring an end to what would be a 19 day gap without football.

But this is not the worst that has been. If the Tranmere match goes ahead, there will still be three other periods in Yeovil Town's history where wintry weather has brought greater chaos to the fixture lists. A look at those three seasons, and also a ranked list of the periods in post-World War Two history that have seen the longest gap without football are considered via the article below.

Link: The Big Freezes And How They Affected Yeovil Town.


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10 January 2010 : Has The Haemorrhage Halted At Huish Park?
Since the high point of the 2005-06 season when league attendance at Huish Park averaged 6,512 the story of gates has been a depressing one for both the club's accountants and the remaining fans themselves, with numbers dwindling season by season. The following three years saw a total fall of numbers through the turnstiles of 35.6%. Over a third of the fan base lost is worrying enough, but the true situation is almost certainly worse than the raw 35.6% figure, as the club changed its counting process at some point during this period and now includes all season ticket holders within the announced attendance whether they are present for a particular match or not. Whilst this does make some sense to the extent that STHs have paid their entrance fee whatever, it does mean that those in the stadium with the opportunity to boost the club's income through secondary spend was even lower than the 4,432 average claimed for last term.

The Football League has published the figures for the halfway point of the 2009-10 season, and across its three divisions gates are up 3.0% against last season. There are significant differences across the divisions. The Championship remains static at 0%, League One is up 19%, League Two down 9%. Although we lost Leicester City much of this increase in League One is of course occasioned by the arrival of Charlton Athletic, Norwich City and Southampton. As an incidental, the old argument about whether doing well in a lower division helps gates over doing badly at a higher level remains unresolved by the statistics. The gates at Carrow Road, with Norwich currently in 2nd, are basically flat, up 1%; at The Valley, with Charlton 3rd, they are down 18%; while 14th placed Southampton has seen a 14% increase at St Mary's.

As might be expected, given what is happening to them off the pitch, the sick man of the division is Stockport County, down 25%. Carlisle United and Hartlepool United have also suffered double digit falls, of 12% each. As would also be expected the biggest increases, apart from Southampton, are for promoted clubs, Gillingham up 20%, Brentford 13% and Exeter City 11%. However Wycombe Wanderers should be worried, with presumably their dreadful form countering the boost from promotion, as their gates have only increased by 5%.

Season for season there has been a further 1.2% fall at Huish Park, however if one splits out the first half of the 2008-09 season and compares it to what has happened so far in 2009-10 then things look a bit more positive, with a 4.0% increase. In terms of potentially attractive home fixtures, Charlton and Norwich have been and gone, but we still do have Southampton and Leeds United and two derbies in Exeter City and Bristol Rovers to come. All connected to Yeovil Town will be hoping the decline in gates has indeed finally bottomed out.


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9 January 2010 : League One Saturday Round-Up : Glovers Stay 15th
Only two matches in League One survived the Big Freeze this weekend - and that was because they had under-soil heating switched on to ensure their pitches were capable of staging the matches. No great surprises to find that these were the top two sides in the table, and the two clubs with the biggest resources, namely Leeds United and Norwich City.

The Canaries came out of the weekend the happier of the two, with a 3-1 win over Exeter City. Goal machine Grant Holt added two more to his seasonal tally, taking him to 22 goals in all competitions. In almost any other side, Chris Martin's 14th of the season would put him up front, but he is currently having to play second fiddle to Holt as he added the middle of Norwich's goals. Exeter briefly thought they had hope, with ex-Glover Marcus Stewart pulling the score back to 2-1, before Holt got his second of the day a minute later in front of 24,955 spectators.

Leeds stay top of the division, despite being thwarted by 23rd placed Wycombe Wanderers. When Jonathan Howson netted with just 3 minutes and 14 seconds on the clock at Elland Road, the outcome seemed inevitable, but Wanderers - without a win for a month - belied their league position, hitting the woodwork twice, and eventually netting a second half equaliser through Jon-Paul Pittman for his 8th of the season, and to give them a valuable point in front of 24,383 fans.

If Exeter City had won their game at Carrow Road, they would have gone above the Glovers. However their loss means Yeovil stay 15th in the table, and despite Wycombe's valiant draw today, they are still stranded five points away from the safety line and nine behind the Glovers.

Hopefully next weekend, a few more teams might be able to kick a ball around a football pitch, although with no other clubs carrying under-soil heating, and the freezing temperatures set to carry on, don't hold your breath.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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9 January 2010 : Alcock Calls For Greater Consistency
Yeovil Town right-back and stand-in team captain Craig Alcock believes that the Glovers need to be more consistent during the second half of the 2009-10 season. With the exception of a six match period over the latter period of September, and the month of October, the club have struggled to put together a series of unbeaten matches.

Despite that, they currently lie in 15th place in the League One table and have managed some impressive performances on singular games. However, all too often that has been followed up by the other side of Yeovil's Jekyll and Hyde season and Alcock admits that when they do get a good result and performance in, they have to be more capable of following it up with a second similar result:

"We've been doing all right, but I think that's our problem at the minute. We've been getting some good results, but we just can't keep following them up. So I think that's got to be our target for the second half of the season - to try and string together a few results rather than just one or two blocks here and there."

Providing analysis for Yeovil's erratic form doesn't take too much effort. The Glovers' away form during 2009 was poor, with only one away victory following St Valentine's Day. As such it's not surprising to find that they have only achieved back-to-back victories once this season, and that was the week that the 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers finally broke that away day run - coming seven days after a 3-1 win over Carlisle United in October. If the Glovers want consistency in 2010, then unlocking their form on their travels is obviously key to that.


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8 January 2010 : GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers (Revised)
Given that the match date for Yeovil Town's trip to Tranmere Rovers has been revised, there are new departure times for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club. The match now takes place at Prenton Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 16th January 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be 22.00 for adults, with concessions available at 20.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

NOTE: If you've already booked, but for any reason you can't make the revised date, please contact Rich or Paul and let them know so they can release your seat to another supporter.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers (revised to reflect today's news).


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8 January 2010 : Swindon (Away) Man Of The Match Result
Our last football match played by Yeovil Town, back on December 28th was against Swindon Town during the Christmas holidays, and was not the greatest of spectacles. The end result was a 3-1 defeat, and only a rather unexpected Gavin Tomlin goal brightened up a frustrating afternoon.

Gavin featured well in the Man of the Match voting, and really was the only player to challenge the eventual winner, who was target man Sam Williams - on the receiving end of and making numerous bruising challenges throughout the afternoon. Manager Terry Skiverton singled him out as one of very few players deserving praise, and so did the spectators in the away end. Full results, including outright MOTM votes in brackets, are shown below:

1 Sam Williams 102 (8)
2 Gavin Tomlin 82 (5)
3 Craig Alcock 26 (1)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 24 (1)
5 Keiran Murtagh 22 (1)
6 Steven Caulker 16 (0)
7 Jonathan Obika 14 (1)
8 Stefan Stam 8 (0)
8 Ryan Mason 8 (0)
10 Andy Welsh 2 (0)
10 Richard Martin 2 (0)


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8 January 2010 : Friendship with Darren Influenced Shaun's Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald chose to return to Huish Park because of familiar surroundings and a close friendship. Having already spent two loan spells with the Glovers, the Swansea City player has agreed to spent the rest of the season in Somerset.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton cited fellow midfielder Darren Way, who Shaun knew well from their days at the Liberty Stadium, as being a major influence in the final outcome, as well as the relationship they'd built up with Shaun across the previous two spells:

"We had a lot of teams that were in and around us that came in for Shaun, and even a team that are in the play-offs at the moment, so it shows you the work that we're doing behind the scenes to get these players re-signed. He's played fantastic for us. He's really enhanced his own reputation and by the time he went back, it seemed that every man, every club and his dog was trying to phone up to get him. So we've built that reputation with Shaun, and he knows me and Nathan from playing with us, and also he is very close to Darren Way, so that had a lot to do with him staying here as well."

Skiverton didn't reveal who those clubs were, but it is believed that League One sides Brentford and Oldham Athletic had bid for his services, whilst the team currently in the play-offs that were targeting MacDonald are believed to be Charlton Athletic. Shaun is out of contract with the Swans in the summer, and so it would be no surprise if those clubs returned with offers at the end of the season.


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8 January 2010 : Kids For A Quid For Tranmere Game
Next Saturday's opponents Tranmere Rovers have changed the prices of their League One fixture with Yeovil Town slightly. They will now be admitting all Under 16s for one pound only for the January 16th match against the Glovers.

Junior tickets, which were originally 5.00, can be purchased on the day of the game, direct from the turnstiles at Prenton Park.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.


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8 January 2010 : Tranmere Away Back On A Saturday
Yeovil Town's trip to Tranmere Rovers has had another date change. At the start of the season it was changed to be played on a Friday night, but in view of the long range weather forecast, the Wirral club has moved it again.

It is now back on its original date of Saturday 16th January 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tranmere have made this decision given that most nights at present at in a severe sub-zero state and they believe by switching back to an afternoon kick-off that the fixture stands more chance of going ahead. All the same, the long range weather forecast still forecasts more snow and freezing conditions leading into that weekend. We'll keep an eye on that nearer the time.


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8 January 2010 : Glovers Youth Match vs Hereford is OFF
It hardly needs saying, but Yeovil Town's Under 18s match at home to Hereford United has also been postponed. Freezing temperatures and surrounding snow have unsurprisingly seen this match called off.


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7 January 2010 : Starnes: Frost Covers Would Be A 'Major Investment'
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has expressed concern at the level of financial investment the Glovers will need to comply with future Football League regulations that are being brought in for future seasons. A significant batch of new ground regulations were detailed on this site on December 29th, but of course one of the topical items is that every club must have a set of pitch frost covers (or under-soil heating) to a particular standard.

Not that this will necessarily keep games on, as many clubs have found out today, with only a tiny number of League One and League Two games still on. Starnes told this week's Western Gazette that he saw the purchase of such covers as a 'major investment' although conceded that in recent weeks they would have been put to good use. His concern was the initial outlay:

"We are not talking 2,000, we are into the 10,000, 20,000 or 30,000 bracket. It is a major investment. Of course we want to make sure games go ahead and it is a bit ironic, in a way, that this has come around when we are approaching the weekend with concerns over plunging temperatures."

As of the end of Thursday, only one League Two match remains on, with every game bar Northampton Town vs Chesterfield called off. In League One, all matches apart from home matches for Leeds United and Norwich City have been curtailed today, with both clubs benefiting from under-soil heating. Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City are the two clubs having to travel across the country to fulfill the fixtures.

In the Championship, where under-soil heating, heated frost covers and other such devices will become more common, games at Preston North End, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford have already gone. Down at non-league level, decisions on games have yet to be made in most cases, presumably because matchday costs for hotels and policing are not quite so big an issue for the various clubs.


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7 January 2010 : Boothroyd Wants Colchester Match Set For Next Tuesday!
Colchester United manager Aidy Boothroyd is clearly a man in a hurry. He wants Yeovil Town to rearrange Saturday's postponed match against the Essex side for next Tuesday 12th January.

Although we should stress that there is no word from the Yeovil end to suggest that they agree with Boothroyd's views, the Colchester boss has told the Colchester Gazette that he wants to see a quick turnaround on the game, and is therefore hoping that the game can be squeezed in next week. However, he admits he is getting objections from local police:

"The plan is to play the Yeovil game on the Tuesday if we can. But my wants and my needs dont hold much within the Dorset constabulary, which I think it is there, so we will have to see what happens. We want to get the game on as soon as possible."

Never mind local police - the weather forecast could just as easily scupper Boothroyd's request. Although the latter half of the weekend is likely to see a slight rise in temperatures, the Yeovil area will still be largely on the receiving end of sub-zero weather right the way through the following week. Even if the police consent, today's pitch inspection could easily suffer the same outcome if it was repeated so soon, in an area of the country that recorded a -15 Celcius reading at 6.30a.m. this morning in Yeovilton. That frozen state isn't going to come out of the soil quickly.

The other issue is that Yeovil Town have a Friday night fixture against Tranmere Rovers to play on January 15th, and the Glovers may not appreciate having two matches in such quick succession, given that the long trip to the Wirral has been brought forward from the Saturday.

Incidentally, someone should have bought Mr Boothroyd a map for Christmas - either that or Avon and Somerset Police are snowed in at present!


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7 January 2010 : Yeovil vs Colchester Game Is OFF
Saturday's match against Colchester United has unsurprisingly been called off due to a mixture of snow and frozen pitch.

Football League fixtures are heading for a near wipe-out this weekend with most clubs arranging pitch inspections today in view of the weekend forecast. The following matches are already postponed in League One:

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Brentford
Bristol Rovers vs Stockport County
Carlisle United vs Millwall
Charlton Athletic vs Hartlepool United
Gillingham vs Tranmere Rovers
Milton Keynes Dons vs Swindon Town
Oldham Athletic vs Leyton Orient
Southampton vs Huddersfield Town
Southend United vs Walsall
Yeovil Town vs Colchester United

The only two games left are Leeds United's home game against Wycombe Wanderers and Norwich City's home match versus Exeter City. Both clubs have undersoil heating and are hoping that is enough to keep their games on.


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7 January 2010 : Skiverton Plays Waiting Game On McCarthy Long Term Future
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he is having to play a waiting game concerning the long term future of loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. The Glovers have secured his services until January 25th, but thereafter they are not sure what the future holds.

The issue is that his parent club Reading are managerless and are unwilling to make any long term decisions on their players until the new man is in place - something that has also affected Bristol Rovers and their loan of goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen. Skiverton explained to BBC Somerset the situation:

"We've been having dialogue with Reading all the time. My goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts has been speaking to Reading's goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo giving feedback, and I've had quite a lot of dealings with Nick Hammond, who is their Director of Football. So it has all come through him (Hammond). We've got the same deal, which is for another month, but it is the same deal that Bristol Rovers have got for (Mikkel) Andersen as well. Reading are still keeping their cards quite close to their chest, but for us to get another month with Alex is very key to us and is very important."

Skiverton compared the impact that McCarthy has had on his side's fortunes to that of Chris Weale, who came back to the club on loan late last season and is now getting rave reviews at his new club Leicester City. The Yeovil boss said that he was very impressed by what the Reading keeper had done for the club:

"Alex has been fantastic for us this season and not just on the pitch. Shaun (MacDonald) has enhanced his reputation and we're really pleased to have captured these types of signings for Yeovil. It shows you the hard work we've been doing behind the scenes to get these players re-signed. Alex is very similar to what we had with Chris Weale last season and when you need your keeper to make two or three good saves he has stepped up to the mantle. He's always trying to gain that extra edge and is often up the local gym looking after himself."

The deal for Alex was agreed around the same time that the Glovers sorted out a second spell for Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald. He is due to stay at Huish Park until the end of the season but Skiverton admitted that he faced stiff competition for the Welshman's signature, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that Oldham Athletic, Brentford and Charlton Athletic were sniffing around:

"We had stiff competition for Shaun and we had a lot of teams in and around us who came back in for him. He played fantastic for us and by the time he went back (to Swansea) it seemed like every man and his dog was calling up for him. It shows you the hard work we've been doing behind the scenes to get these players re-signed."


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6 January 2010 : Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
What do you do when school gets cancelled or you can't get into work? Well, the answer is obvious. You go out in the snow, and you make the best of a wintry day. From a wide variety of locations and ideas, various Yeovil Town fans have sent through what they've been doing today with their unexpectedly gained spare time, and the results can be found via the link below.

If you've got any more you want us to add to the gallery, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and tell us a bit about the location or the people in the photo. Huish Park ground shots if you've been up to the club are also welcomed - in fact anything that has a YTFC theme to it.

Link: Yeovil Town January 2010 Snow Pictures.


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6 January 2010 : Jonesy Takes The Players For A Spin
Going up front on Saturday - Taunton Simon's Snowman
Going up front on Saturday - Taunton Simon's Snowman.
Yeovil Town's management team Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones have been forced to get their thinking caps on to keep training sessions on for their first team squad this week. The adverse weather conditions have meant that using the club's training pitches has been impossible this week and the situation is unlikely to improve.
With the Glovers also having had to resort to indoor training in the run-up to Christmas, Skiverton is conscious of the fact that the players have spent a lot of time in the gym and very little time with a football. He told BBC Somerset that it was hard work trying to find suitable venues:

"The actual football work and the day-to-day work on our patterns of play and the way we want to play, we've not been able to do. So it's a little bit frustrating. But this is where the management team and the coaching staff have really got to earn our corn and get out there and get to as many different places as we can."

Skiverton added that even once they'd found a venue, it was important for variety to be there for the players, so that they didn't end up just going through the motions during the indoor sessions:

"We're having to be a little bit creative in how we keep the boys fit. We're needing to keep them mentally tuned in as well as keeping them entertained as well. If you're just giving them monotonous running every day, they get bored of it, and then you're not getting the same out of your training."

The answer for Monday's training session was for assistant boss Nathan Jones to take charge, and he took the players for a Spin Class - which for the uninitiated involves using a combination of exercise bicycles, aerobics and music. Nathan has already participated in such classes, and so set up his own for the team to take part in:

"With us having such a physically fit number two in Nathan Jones, he took them for a Spin Class session (yesterday) morning. Nathan has even got his own spin shoes, and he had his own microphone on. He picked his own playlist and so all of the boys had their heartrates in the right zone."

Note: If anyone has any YTFC-related snow pics - snowmen, kids in YTFC bobble-hats and scarves, Huish Park snowy pics or anything similar to the one on the right, then send them through to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll either append them to news items or create a gallery.


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6 January 2010 : Huish Park Shuts Down Due To Snow
The heavy snow in Yeovil today has forced Yeovil Town to shut its offices. Hence the Huish Park Club Shop, Ticket Office and telephone switchboard will not be in operation today.

As already covered on this site early this morning, there are extreme doubts about Saturday's match against Colchester United taking place. In fact, given the weather forecast for the remainder of the week, it would probably need a minor miracle to see the game take place!


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6 January 2010 : Skivo Worried About The Weather
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that the situation looks fairly bleak in terms of the chances of getting a game played on Saturday. The Glovers are due to play Colchester United at Huish Park in a League One fixture, but freezing conditions yesterday meant that the club's training pitches were impossible to train on. Snow is due to fall today in Yeovil.

The Yeovil boss admitted to BBC Somerset that he would be hoping for a change in the weather forecast to allow him to revise his predictions:

"If I go out there now, then the game would definitely be off for the weekend. You never know with the conditions, but I'd say it's about 70-30 against that the game is going to be on."

Whilst the Glovers are relatively up to date on their league fixtures and are not in any cup competitions, Skiverton added that any possible postponements caused him concerns as the Glovers had generally not coped well when two or three fixtures were played inside a short space of time, with his side tending to underperform in the second of the two fixtures:

"The only frustrating thing with that is that we're going to end up with a lot of Saturday-Tuesday games. For me, we've not been too good after playing games in close succession."


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5 January 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog: Snow Joke For Anyone
In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made Taff moan. With the earth currently doing doing a very good impression of something that is as hard as iron, the latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog considers the current effect of the weather on the sporting programme. There's also a look at the recent transfer movement in the Glovers squad.

Follow the latest article via the link below, and feel free to pass your own views through as well.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: Snow Joke For Anyone.


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5 January 2010 : Five Yellows Deadline Passes
The change of disciplinary rules for this campaign is good news for Yeovil Town. The cut off point for a ban for reaching five yellow cards has traditionally been in February. However the Football Association decided this season that this was a bit too draconian and brought the deadline forward to 31st December. Therefore Nathan Jones, Ryan Mason, Nathan Smith and Gavin Tomlin, all sat on four yellow cards, are now safe from suspension unless they reach the ten figure by the second Sunday (11th) of April.

However there's no escape for Terrell Forbes and Sam Williams, who reached the five mark in the Glovers final game of 2009 on 28th December against Swindon Town. Their one game bans will be rolled forward to whenever Yeovil next manage to play a match.


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5 January 2010 : No Seagulls Deal For O'Callaghan
Former Yeovil Town midfielder George O'Callaghan has been unsuccessful in his attempts to earn a contract at the Withdean Stadium. The Irishman, who had already had a spell with the Seagulls during the latter part of 2007, arrived in Sussex last week, but has been let go after failing to impress manager Gus Poyet.

Whilst mentioning former players and transfer movement, we've yet to mention Lee Johnson's loan move to Derby County which went through on New Year's Day. He was a second half substitute for the Rams in their FA Cup Third Round match against Millwall - perhaps significant in that it cup-tied him if he returns to City - and he is on loan with them until the end of the month.

The implication is that Johnson Jnr, who made 229 appearances for Yeovil between 2001 and 2006, may well be sold by City during the January transfer window, with Derby potentially having first pickings. City manager Gary Johnson tried to be coy about the possibility of Lee moving on when speaking to BBC Somerset, but it's pretty easy to read between the lines, when he was asked if the deal would lead to a permanent move:

"That's something that we will look at again. I personally don't want it to be like that. But we'll have to wait and see. But in the current situation, it was the right thing to do, for him to go there and to get a few games. This month would be a good month to get him some Championship games so that's good."


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5 January 2010 : Kalala Injury News Means Sixth Loan Goes On Hold
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that his plans for a sixth loan deal have gone on the back-burner for now. The Yeovil boss had suggested late last month that he was interested in recruiting in a player on a 'youth loan' basis to act as squad cover during the second half of the season.

Skiverton has now revealed that his interest in such a deal had been sparked by an injury to midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala that forced his withdrawal at half-time in the Christmas holiday fixture at Swindon Town. That knee problem would have kept him out of the away match at Leyton Orient, but Skiverton confirmed that the injury is not as bad as first feared:

"I know I spoke about getting a sixth loan signing in but that was only going to happen quickly if Jean-Paul Kalala's knee injury proved to be a long-term problem. We've had it scanned and he should be back quite quickly, hopefully in time for next Saturday's game against Colchester. That means I can hold fire on another loan signing for a bit, but I would still like to bring in another player on a youth loan if I can."

As mentioned before, the issue that Skiverton will face in arranging such loan deals to cover for his injured players is the Football League rule on the number of loan players that can feature in a matchday squad. Had Kalala been seriously injured, then the sixth loan signing would have either still been sat in the stand, or have forced one of Yeovil's other five loan stars to have missed out on the game. These are the sort of problems the Yeovil boss will face during the second half of the season, and dealing with them isn't going to be easy.


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5 January 2010 : McCarthy Loan Date Set
Further to yesterday's news, confirming that Alex McCarthy's paperwork for his loan deal had been concluded, a date for his current loan period has been set.

Alex will remain at Huish Park until January 25th, according to the Reading official site meaning that he will be available for the home games against Colchester United and Exeter City as well as the trip to Tranmere Rovers. Thereafter his future in Somerset will need to be assessed again.

Reading are only prepared to set up short term loan agreements with their fringe players at present, whilst they look to appoint a successor to Brendan Rodgers, who was given his cards last month. Caretaker boss Brian McDermott remains in charge at the Madejski Stadium and after their weekend performance against Liverpool a few pundits are tipping Reading's Chief Scout for the job.

Talking of Reading, former Glovers loan striker Simon Church has been rewarded for some of his performances this season, by signing a new deal with the Royals that will keep him on their books until the summer of 2013. Church has broken into Reading's first team this season, after a series of loan spells at League One level, which included the Glovers during early 2008.


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5 January 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match with Colchester United have now been announced. The man in charge will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Whilst he has appeared at Yeovil Town matches as an assistant or as a Fourth Official in the past, this will be the first time he has acted as a referee for a Glovers game.

That said, the more eagle-eyed of you will have seen Mr Sheldrake take charge of a game this season - he was the referee for the England Under-16 game in the Victory Shield back in October 2009. Whilst we tend not to pay too much attention to officials in such matches, we don't recall him doing anything particularly out of turn in what was particularly greasy and difficult conditions.

His track record so far this season suggests a low card count - his 14 matches have produced 35 yellow cards and two red cards, and the most he's ever raised in a single game was the October League Two match between Barnet and Grimsby Town - four yellows and one red. This is his first season at this level, and he reports the highlight of his career so far as being "fourth official at Torquay v Exeter in the 2008 Conference Play-Off semi-final". It's probably safe to say he's not the world's most experienced official. That said, our experience of the newer officials over the past 12 months has been overall encouraging.

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).


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4 January 2010 : Grecians Make A Noble Gesture
League One rivals Exeter City have signed up former loan midfielder David Noble. The 27 year old's last professional appearance in football was for Yeovil Town on March 31st 2009, in the 1-0 win over Northampton Town. At that time, a more minor injury ended his loan spell at Huish Park slightly earlier than intended after just two appearances for the Glovers. Despite that brief stay, he left a lasting impression upon Glovers fans.

Over the summer, Noble suffered a cruciate ligament knee injury, and was left without a club and a contract after being released by Bristol City at the end of the 2008-09 season. He has been training with Exeter over the last couple of months and has now signed a contract with the Grecians. They've not indicated the contract length at all, and from the sounds of it, he will not be fit enough to play in their match against the Glovers later this month. Manager Paul Tisdale has told the Exeter official site:

"David is now in full training with the squad. It is anticipated that he will be fully fit within the next two months and ready to participate towards the end of this campaign."


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4 January 2010 : Saturday's Opponents Start January In A Busy Mood
Saturday's opponents Colchester United are wasting no time in progressing their January transfer window business during the early part of the month. Manager Aidy Boothroyd's arrival in Essex was too late for him to make any changes to their squad, and so January has provided his first opportunity to make changes.

Two names that are already at the club have turned their loan deals into permanent moves, with striker Kayode Odejayi a familiar figure to Glovers fans from his days with Forest Green Rovers. He arrives from Barnsley, whilst midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has signed from watford - Boothroyd's former club.

Striker Ian Henderson is set to be Boothroyd's third signing of the week. He is waiting on international clearance, having recently been on the books of Turkish side Ankaragucu. He is a former Norwich City, Rotherham United, Northampton Town and Luton Town player, who can also dip into midfield.

They are also trialling experienced defender Nolberto Solano, after he left Peruvian Champions Universitario to earn a contract in Essex. The 35 year old who has played for Newcastle United, Aston Villa and West Ham United is wanting to establish a coaching career in England. There is a bit of confusion over whether Solano has actually signed yet, with various websites claiming the deal to be already done, although the U's official site declines to comment as yet. Again international clearance would be needed.

Boothroyd's current influx of players is likely to mean others get shown the door, with Pat Baldwin - on loan at Bristol Rovers, David Perkins - on loan at Chesterfield (but being linked with Southend United, plus Jamie Guy, Matt Lockwood and Alan Maybury being openly named by Boothroyd as players not likely to last the month of January.

The game itself at Huish Park may not last either. Sub-zero temperatures are expected to hit the country, both day-time and night-time, from Tuesday night onwards, and the weather forecast doesn't look too pretty. Expect the words 'pitch inspection' and 'frozen pitch' to be uttered up and down the country this week, with Carlisle United already thinking ahead and proposing a Thursday morning pitch inspection to stop their opponents Millwall needing to travel, based on the Cumbrian long range weather forecast. With five days before kick-off, Carlisle are already admitting the game is a significant doubt.

Colchester will probably want the match to go ahead - if only so they can get Saturday's 7-0 defeat against Preston North End in the FA Cup out of their systems. After thumping Norwich City 7-1 on the opening day of the season, the U's got a taste of their own medicine in their opening match of 2010.


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4 January 2010 : County Cup Quarter-Final Gets Date Set
The date for Yeovil Town Reserves' Somerset Premier Cup tie against Bishop Sutton has been confirmed. As expected, the date of the match at Huish Park will Tuesday 2nd March 2010, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Admission prices and arrangements have yet to be announced, but should be in line with the second round match against Brislington.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw.


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4 January 2010 : A Window Of Little Opportunity
With today being the first 'office day' of the January transfer window, clubs around the Premier League and Football League are likely to start ramping up their plans for buying and selling the players they need to strengthen their squad. Clubs pay through the nose for the jewel in the crown they need to take their squad onwards and (hopefully) upwards.

For some clubs though, the January transfer window has been the equivalent of having the Grim Reaper threatening to knock at your door. It's a month they'd rather get over and done with as soon as possible, and with minimal damage.

No prizes for guessing which camp Yeovil Town fall into. A look at what the transfer window is likely to mean, in terms of manager Terry Skiverton's options, can be found via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : A Window Of Little Opportunity?


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4 January 2010 : McCarthy In The Clear?
Further to this morning's earlier news, it would appear that loan deals for goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and midfielder Shaun MacDonald have been finalised. Yesterday's Sunday Independent newspaper carried reports that the Glovers have now completed the paperwork for both players and that if the Leyton Orient match had gone ahead that Shaun would have played.

One player that hadn't passed his fitness test for inclusion into the squad for Orient was Jean-Paul Kalala. He has had a scan on his knee, and it has not shown up anything serious, but the knock would have kept him out of the weekend game. The size of the Glovers squad has been trimmed down a touch over the past couple of weeks, and the Sunday Independent have stated that the bench would have featured Aidan Downes for the first time this season, who has been working his way back from shoulder and knee injuries. Downes is obviously short of match fitness, but his inclusion in the squad that was due to travel to East London is rather welcome news.

The completion of paperwork for Alex McCarthy means that if Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has a significant injury, then the Royals would need to issue an explicit loan recall for one of McCarthy or Bristol Rovers keeper Mikkel Andersen. Hopefully given the earlier news from Federici that won't be necessary.

Update: 15:00hrs: The Reading official site have diagnosed Federici's injury as 'severe cramp'. They are therefore confident that he will be fit for next weekend's match against Newcastle United. We'll consider the matter closed for now.


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4 January 2010 : Federici Claims Substitution A 'Precaution'
Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has claimed that his substitution on Saturday was merely 'precautionary'. The Royals number one keeper was withdrawn midway through the second half of their FA Cup Third Round match against Liverpool due to what is being reported as a hamstring injury.

Speaking after the game, Federici suggested that the decision had been made due to Reading's Championship game with Newcastle United that takes place on Saturday:

"I came off for the last ten minutes for precautionary reasons, because the game this weekend against Newcastle is a massive one for us. And where we are in the league we need to pick ourselves up."

Reading currently lie just two points outside the relegation zone in 20th place. Hopefully if Federici is correct, his injury will clear up quickly enough to allow Alex McCarthy to re-join Yeovil Town for a second loan spell soon, although Federici's fitness could make the Royals consider a small delay if there is any doubt about his ability to play on Saturday.


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3 January 2010 : Wycombe Man Of The Match Result
Boxing Day saw Yeovil Town clock up an impressive 4-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers as started off their Christmas fixture schedule on a high note. The Match Sponsors on the day awarded goalkeeper Alex McCarthy the Man of the Match. But surely after a 4-0 win, the majority voting would go for an outfield player?

In fact, quite the opposite was true, with all of the top five players voted for occupying defensive roles, which just goes to show what an odd game it was. Stefan Stam and Jean-Paul Kalala got good marks, whilst Steven Caulker and Craig Alcock picked up 3rd and 2nd spot. But way out on top, for a string of second half saves that kept Yeovil in the game just when they needed it, was Alex McCarthy, with the Match Sponsor's brave choice being firmly vindicated.

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

1 Alex McCarthy 414 (35)
2 Craig Alcock 130 (4)
3 Steven Caulker 98 (5)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 94 (4)
5 Stefan Stam 54 (1)
6 Keiran Murtagh 42 (1)
7 Sam Williams 40 (1)
8 Ryan Mason 22 (0)
9 Dean Bowditch 10 (0)
9 Jonathan Obika 10 (0)
11 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.65

Performance: 7.42
Entertainment: 7.88

VOTES RECEIVED: 52


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3 January 2010 : Both Ladies Matches Postponed
Yeovil Town Ladies have had both their First Team and Reserves matches called off this morning. The First Team were due to play Newquay Ladies in the FA Women's Cup Third Round. The Reserves were due to play Torpoint Athletic.

Not too surprisingly, a frozen pitch was the end outcome on pitches in Tintinhull and Somerton, and both matches will need to be rearranged.


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2 January 2010 : Glovers Sweat On Reading Keeper Injury
Yeovil Town may be left sweating a bit this week, whilst they wait on news of an injury to Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici. The Royals Number One appeared to be carrying a knock during the second half of their FA Cup Third Round match against Liverpool, and midway through the second period he was forced off and replaced by Taunton-born Ben Hamer, who is well known by many Glovers fans from his days at Holyrood Community School in Chard.

The issue for the Glovers is that of their own loan keeper Alex McCarthy. Today he was due to play the final game of his loan spell, curtailed due to the postponed League One match at Leyton Orient, but the club had lined up a second loan deal for the England Under-21 international. The paperwork was due to be lodged with the Football League this week, but it seems more than likely that the Championship side will delay any deal until they are more certain about Federici's fitness.

Caretaker manager and former Glover Brian McDermott didn't have much detail about the nature of the injury, but told the BBC:

"I don't know, to be honest. I think he's got some kind of a muscle problem. I don't know, but we'll have to see in the next 24 to 48 hours."

In addition to Federici and Hamer, Reading have got three goalkeepers currently out on loan at League One clubs. Obviously McCarthy is at Yeovil Town, whilst Mikkel Andersen is at Bristol Rovers and Simon Locke is at Gillingham.

Locke is unlikely to be recalled, given that he has never made a Football League appearance, and is only at the Priestfield Stadium to act as bench-warming cover, due to an injury to Gillingham's first choice goalkeeper. That then means that if Federici has a significant injury that the Royals will want one of Andersen or McCarthy back at the Madjeski Stadium to act as cover for Ben Hamer. Andersen has only just signed a 28 day deal with Bristol Rovers, leaving McCarthy as the more obvious choice given the paperwork for his loan deal has yet to be lodged. Reading may not even have the option of recalling Andersen if the loan deal with Rovers is regarded by the Football League as a 'new' loan rather than an extension.

Hopefully Reading will make their position clear during the early part of next week, to allow the Glovers to deal with the situation. As soon as we get any updates on Federici's injury, we'll post updates here.


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2 January 2010 : Thommo Looking Forward To Truro Challenge
Former Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson has got off to a positive start at his new club Truro City, by grabbing a 2-2 draw against Clevedon Town yesterday. The home draw ended a run of four straight defeats for the Cornish side, and thus allowed Thommo to start his new job with an improvement upon their previous position, lifting them one place in the table.

Thommo has said that although he was aware he was in the running for the job at Truro, he had struggled to see his new players performing whilst he was being sized up for the job. Truro had three matches in a row postponed, but he told the Western Morning News that this was a job that he was relishing taking on:

"It's a new challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to. I met the players for the first time on Tuesday night. I had hoped to see them in their previous three games, but each time they were postponed. I have seen some of the lads play before and a couple of them play this season, albeit for different teams."

Thommo told the paper that he would initially work without a coach, which would give him an intensive period to get to know his new players, and pointed out that he was used to performing both roles from his time at Yeovil Town:

"I coached and managed at Yeovil, so I am quite happy to do both at Truro while we get to know each other and I settle in. In the next four months, we've got a lot of games coming up and there will be ample opportunity for the players to show me they have the ability and desire to progress with the club's ambitions and be part of the club's future. It's important that we get off to a good start. It's important for me and for the team."


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2 January 2010 : League One Saturday Round-Up : Glovers Slip A Place
Yeovil Town slipped one place in the League One table this afternoon, as just two league matches survived the weather or FA Cup commitments today. The Glovers ended the day in 15th place, as Hartlepool United climbed above them after they beat Oldham Athletic 2-1 at Victoria Park. The home side had to cope with a late comeback by Oldham, sparked after they were reduced to 10 men, with Peter Hartley getting his marching orders. Former Glover Ritchie Jones had put Hartlepool ahead, with Andy Monkhouse adding a second before half time. Pawel Abbott's late goal for Oldham set up a last minute panic at Victoria Park, but Hartlepool held on.

In the other match, Wycombe Wanderers continue to slide, losing 1-0 at home to Norwich City thanks to a second half goal from Korey Smith. Wycombe remain stuck in 23rd place and looking ever more likely to head for the drop, whilst Norwich lifted themselves into second spot - the first time this season they've occupied an automatic promotion position. Charlton slip into third.

Whilst the Glovers match at Leyton Orient was called off at 8.00a.m. this morning, many matches at Isthmian League level still went ahead as planned, with games played at AFC Hornchurch, Carshalton Athletic, Cray Wanderers (Bromley), Hendon, Kingstonian, East Thurrock, Enfield Town, Great Wakering (Southend), Heybridge Swifts, Romford, VCD Athletic (Crayford), Wingate and Finchley, Chipstead and Eastbourne as well as a Conference fixture at Thurrock and an FA Cup game at Millwall.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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2 January 2010 : Orient vs Yeovil Is OFF
This afternoon's match between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town has been called off due to a frozen pitch. Obviously at this stage there is no new date for this League One game.

Postponing the game, referee Phil Gibbs stated:

"Players' safety is paramount and the pitch had hardened significantly with the frost. The south end of the pitch was particularly hard and with no sunlight able to get on that, there was no way it would thaw for the game.

An early decision had to be made due to the time Yeovil supporters were due to leave and unfortunately this was the only decision that could be made.
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2 January 2010 : Lavers Wombles Along To Wimbledon
Former Yeovil Town left-back Louis Lavers has turned up at Conference National side AFC Wimbledon on trial. The Watford academy player was one of those 'blink and you'll miss them' sort of signings for the Glovers, pretty much spending more time on loan at Dorchester Town than he did at Huish Park. One Reserve Team appearance in the County Cup against Brislington will be the only historical evidence of his stay in Somerset.

Having been released just before Christmas, the 19 year old is now due to feature for AFC Wimbledon Reserves in a home game against Bedfont Green Reserves today.


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1 January 2010 : Interview With Jean-Paul Kalala
Following the Boxing Day match that saw Yeovil Town gain a 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala - who scored Yeovil's second goal on the day - spoke to the BBC.

With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript from that interview has been added to our Interview Section or accessed via the link below.

Link: Jean-Paul Kalala Speaks To The BBC After The 4-0 Win Over Wycombe.


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1 January 2010 : Interview With Gavin Tomlin
A slightly older than usual interview has been dusted off and added to the archives. Following the December 5th match that saw Yeovil Town gain a 2-2 draw with Milton Keynes Dons, striker Gavin Tomlin - who set up both goals that day - spoke to the BBC.

With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript from that interview has been added to our Interview Section or accessed via the link below.

Link: Gavin Tomlin Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw At MK Dons.


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1 January 2010 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Leyton Orient tomorrow for their first match of 2010, hoping that a New Year provides an improvement on their away form. During 2009, the Glovers won their first three away matches, but then only won once on their travels thereafter.

They arrive in 2010 though in a relatively comfortable 14th place in the League One table, with their opponents and hosts currently occupying the final relegation spot, seven places lower and four points worse off. As with many of Yeovil's seasons in League One, the division is a tight one. With a 10 point gap between the Glovers and the play-off positions, manager Terry Skiverton has told the club's players and supporters to forget about the play-offs and to concentrate on securing the 50 points that he believes will be enough to secure League One survival for next season.

Team selection for the game is going to be highly dependent upon the availability of midfielder Shaun MacDonald. The Swansea City and Wales Under 21 international has agreed a half season loan at Huish Park, but will need to rely upon the bureaucracy of the Football League on a Bank Holiday to find out whether he can play tomorrow. If he is, then there is little doubt he will go straight into a starting position.

Winger Aidan Downes (shoulder/knee) remains recuperating on the training ground, whilst Sam Williams and Terrell Forbes will be sitting out the game through suspension. Late fitness tests will be needed for Ryan Mason (ankle), Gavin Tomlin (groin) and Dean Bowditch (hamstring) however defender Stefan Stam is back in training after limping out of the away match at Swindon Town. There's no word on midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, who came off at half time at Swindon with a knee problem, or of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who missed the game with a virus. Of the above, Bowditch should recover in time given that Skiverton admitted prior to kick-off against Swindon that the striker could have played at the County Ground, with a degree of risk. With Williams absent tomorrow, Bowditch is almost certain to replace him.

For Leyton, they will have to make do without winger Andros Townsend who has returned to White Hart Lane after a half season loan period, although it wouldn't be a surprise to find him sat in the stands, watching three of his Spurs teammates. They also lose Ben Chorley through suspension, but welcome back Sean Thornton from the same. James Scowcroft (groin) will also be missing, whilst Ryan Jarvis (flu) will require an assessment.

Orient have dropped into the bottom four over Christmas - never a nice feeling - which has come on the back of a month's worth of results without a win. Two draws and three defeats have seen them quietly slide backwards during December, swapping places with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday. Before that, they hadn't been in the bottom four since September, and so will be wanting to reverse that quickly. They rely heavily on top scorer Scott McGleish for their goals, having scored eight times in the league so far this season.

Past meetings tend to point to a low scoring game at Brisbane Road. The last three meetings between the two sides in East London have seen a 0-0, 0-0 and a 1-0, with the last goal Yeovil conceded on Orient's turf being in a low key LDV Cup match in October 2005. The last match came within a whisker of another 0-0, until Gavin Tomlin's near post header right at the death gave the Glovers a priceless 1-0 win almost 12 months ago. As such, the 3-3 draw at Huish Park earlier this season between the two sides was a little bit freaky based upon previous meetings.

Kick-off at Brisbane Road is at 3.00p.m. although take note that there is a pitch inspection due to take place at 8.00a.m. tomorrow. Assuming that passes, tickets are available on the day of the game. For full details of pricing, plus all the usual away day information, see the Ciderspace Guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Pitch Inspection For Leyton Match.

Link: Officials for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Townsend Set To Miss Old Boys Reunion.

Link: Williams and Forbes Facing New Year Suspension.


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1 January 2010 : Lindegaard Exits Huish Park
Yeovil Town right-back Andy Lindegaard has turned down the offer of a new contract at Huish Park. The versatile player has struggled to break into the side during his second spell at the club, often failing to make the eighteen at all, and so it was slightly surprising that he was given a new contract offer with the club, whilst midfielder George O'Callaghan - ahead in the pecking order - was being shown the door.

As it happens, Lindy appears to be the one that has pulled the plug. Statistics of two starts and four substitute appearances would probably suggest that the Yeovil-born player is looking for more regular football, and with Craig Alcock and Danny Hutchins ahead of him in his preferred position, he wasn't that likely to get much at Huish Park during the second half of the season. Just three minutes worth of football since October 10th, and only one game even sat on the bench since November 7th show how much he was struggling to get into the team.

The assumption has to be that he has another club to sign up with, and that he's not burnt his financial bridges entirely. With 197 appearances under his belt across his two spells, it seems unlikely that Lindy will ever breach the magical 200 barrier for the Glovers, but he will be assured of a warm welcome back to his home town, even if it is in opposition colours. The very best of luck to Lindy for the future, whatever that may be.

Link: Andy Lindegaard : Yeovil Town Career Statistics.


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1 January 2010 : Plymouth Youth Game Is OFF ... Again!
Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle's Youth Teams seem destined never to play each other. Tomorrow's Youth Alliance Cup Group match has been postponed for the third time, having already been called off on September 26th and November 28th.

With the December 12th league match having also been called off, the two sides aren't having much luck. The latest call-off is due to a frozen pitch. As yet there is no new date for a rearrangement.


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1 January 2010 : Pitch Inspection For Leyton Match
For those planning to travel to Brisbane Road tomorrow, don't travel until you've heard the outcome of a pitch inspection. The game against Leyton Orient will under-go a pitch inspection at 8.00a.m. tomorrow morning, due to overnight freezing temperatures in the South-East.

We'll publish the outcome of the inspection as soon as it is known, on these pages.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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1 January 2010 : Skivo Gives The Case For The Defence
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is likely to operate a more defensive formation and tactics for tomorrow's match at Leyton Orient. Whilst Yeovil's home form is one to be satisfied with, their away travels have seen them pick up just one win in 10 months of football, and the Yeovil boss has admitted that his side 'go for the jugular' too much in such games.

That was true of the Glovers in the December 28th fixture against Swindon Town where both the first and the third goals saw defensive errors being made by the last man, and early goals in away matches have frequently been Yeovil's undoing.

Skiverton has told this morning's Western Daily Press that he is likely to select a more defensive-minded set of players for the game in the hope of forcing Orient into attacking his side. Presumably then, the logic will be for his side to counter-attack the opposition:

"I think we will be going for a more defensive team and make sure that they come to beat us, rather than us going for the jugular and get caught out with silly mistakes. It has been an underlying theme where we have the best spell in the opening exchanges and concede a goal. We need to be a little bit more solid and need to mark in the box. If we do that it will be a good football game. Hopefully we will have a few more defenders on the pitch than the last time, because it was an absolute shambles."

Much of Skiverton's team selection will depend upon whether midfielder Shaun MacDonald gets the green light to play tomorrow. His paperwork has been lodged with the Football League, but the club will need to wait to see if there is anyone present in their offices to process the loan registration forms on New Year's Day, or whether MacDonald will need to wait until next weekend to commence his third loan spell with the club.

However, Skiverton's comments on tomorrow's tactics suggest that he will not be looking to wide men Andy Welsh and Scott Murray, who he has said in the past lack defensive qualities. However, with the majority of his midfielders, bar MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala, preferring to attack rather than defend, it should be interesting to see exactly what formation and personnel he selects tomorrow to ensure his objectives can be achieved.


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