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31 January 2011 : Transfer Deadline Day Round-Up
And finally, the madness of the January Transfer Window ends, with no further comings or goings to speak of. For those who wisely headed out for the evening and turned off your computers and mobile phones, the big news is as follows:

Andrew Tutte: Arrives on loan from Manchester City: full details.

Jean-Paul Kalala: Leaves the club for Bristol Rovers: full details.

The rumourmill did create a scare by reports on the BBC Sport website that striker Dean Bowditch was off to Huddersfield Town, a whisper that appeared to come from the Huddersfield end of things. Exactly how far that went down the line, we'll never know, but the message from Bowditch himself on Twitter around 35 minutes before the window shut thankfully put that one to bed.

The end result is that the final day of the January transfer window gave us one midfielder coming in, and one midfielder going out. No damage done, and with Paul Wotton likely to be a first team mainstay, chances for Kalala in future games would have been much more limited as a fellow holding midfielder.

There were of course a small number of Yeovil Town related transfers going on during the day. The most notable wasn't a transfer as such - or at least not yet - but the decision of Gavin Williams to leave Bristol City by mutual consent. Because he's now a free agent, he is not governed by the transfer window, but will of course be lining himself up with a new club fairly soon. The belief is that the club involved is Bristol Rovers, although that Yeovil Town have expressed an interest.

Former midfielder Keiran Murtagh has left Wycombe Wanderers on loan for Woking, whilst striker Luke Rodgers has signed for New York Red Bulls, subject to international clearance where he will play alongside Thierry Henry! Meanwhile former loan striker Scott Spencer has signed for Lincoln City having recently left Southend United. Another two strikers Yemi Odubade and Charlie Griffin, have left Stevenage on loan, with both joining Newport County. Finally, winger Cameron Stewart has made his move from Manchester United to Hull City a permanent one for an undisclosed fee.

One non-Yeovil Town related transfer to note - Dulwich Hamlet striker Paul McCallum, who scored a hat-trick against the Glovers in the FA Youth Cup, has signed for West Ham United for an undisclosed fee. He'll be one to keep an eye on in future years.

Whilst League One avoided the utter madness of the Premier League's excesses, there were a number of last ditch signings around other clubs. The most significant ones to note are listed below and filtered out from the BBC Sport transfer page:

Medi Abalimba [Derby - Oldham] Free
David Ball [Manchester City - Peterborough] Undisclosed
Elliot Benyon [Torquay - Swindon] Undisclosed
Federico Bessone [Leeds - Charlton] Loan
Nicholas Bignall [Reading - Brentford] Loan
Danny Cadamarteri [unattached - Huddersfield]
Jason Crowe [Leeds - Leyton Orient] Free
Jonathan Forte [Scunthorpe - Southampton] Undisclosed
Simon Hackney [Colchester - Oxford] Loan
Joe Jacobson [Oldham - Accrington] Free
Paul Jones [Exeter - Peterborough] Loan
Patrick Madden [Bohemians - Carlisle] Undisclosed
Keanu Marsh-Brown [Fulham - MK Dons] Loan
Joseph Mills [Southampton - Doncaster] Loan
Isaiah Osbourne [Aston Villa - Sheffield Wednesday] Loan
Harry Pell [Bristol Rovers - Hereford] Loan
Jason Puncheon [Southampton - Blackpool]
Rob Purdie [Oldham - Hereford] Free
Ben Williamson [unattached - Bournemouth]


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31 January 2011 : Kalala Signs For The Club Up The Road
Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has exited Huish Park, signing for fellow League One side Bristol Rovers. The 28 year old is to head up the A37 after agreeing to a move to the Memorial Stadium. Rovers are believed to have taken over his contract with the Glovers until the end of the 2010-11 season.

JP made 95 appearances for the Glovers across two spells, which included being a major part of the side that reached the League One play-off final at Wembley during the 2006-07 season. He left the club to sign for Oldham Athletic at the end of that season, but re-signed in the summer of 2009 for a second spell after failing to settle at Boundary Park.

Kalala will be remembered as a fully committed player who frequently got himself on the wrong side of the law - one of his two red cards this season came against Bristol Rovers as he picked up two quick yellows in succession. But his presence brought bite to Yeovil's midfield that has only now been rivalled by the permanent signing of Paul Wotton, who is his natural replacement.

We wish him the best of luck in his career, and say thanks particularly for being part of that Wembley season.

Link: Jean-Paul Kalala : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2011 : Glovers Sign Up Man City Midfielder
Yeovil Town have signed up Manchester City midfielder Andrew Tutte. The 20 year old arrives on a youth loan until the end of the 2010-11 season. The 5'9" Liverpudlian was born on September 21, 1990 and has spent 10 years working his way through the City academy.

Although he has yet to play for City's First Team, he has had loan spells with Rochdale and Shrewsbury Town this season, making a total of 11 appearances across both clubs. He has also been capped an England Under-19s and Under-20s level.

Welcome to Andrew, and we hope you enjoy your stay at Huish Park.


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31 January 2011 : Bowditch Linked With Terriers Move
It's Transfer Deadline Day today, which of course means that the rumourmill is hitting top speed with thousands of transfers and transfer rumours littering the internet. Well, actually no. So far today has been as dead as the proverbial dodo. That is, until 17:55hrs today, when the BBC Sport website's live coverage of the final hours of the January window report that:

"Just over five hours to go until the transfer window slams shut and it's not just the big guns who are trying to wrap up deals. Huddersfield Town are interested in 24-year-old Yeovil striker Dean Bowditch and trying to do some business this evening."

No clues as to where they've got this from, although a local BBC Huddersfield reporter has said the same on Twitter, possibly from the same source. Yeovil Town's top scorer is out of contract in June, and having reached the age of 24 would now be entitled to leave on a free transfer. Thus if there is any legs behind this one, then it will be a tough job for the club to refuse. However, they should bear in mind that his goalscoring ability may be the difference between survival and the 'R' word in League One if he jumps ship.

Obviously regardless of whether this one has legs, or whether it is an entire falsehood, we'll provide an update later tonight on this one. The window closes in England at 11.00p.m. tonight.

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Update: 19:20hrs BBC local Huddersfield journalist Paul Ogden says on Twitter: "My understanding (Rotherham striker Adam) Le Fondre and Bowditch enqd about but no "bids" as such."

Update: 19:40hrs Huddersfield official site: "Huddersfield Town can today announce that Danny Cadamarteri has rejoined the Club on a short-term contract" - a winger/striker for the Terriers, so do they have their man?

Update: 20:45hrs One that is a definite transfer: Andrew Tutte arrives on a youth loan from Manchester City: full story.

Update: 20:50hrs Bowditch story appears to be fading with the Cadamarteri news, but strong rumours that Jean-Paul Kalala has left the club for Bristol Rovers. No written confirmation or firm reports yet though.

Update: 21:30hrs The news concerning Jean-Paul Kalala is now confirmed by both clubs: full story.

Update: 22:25hrs Hurrah! Dean Bowditch says on Twitter: "Don't worry Tweeps (Twitter people) I'm not going anywhere..."

Update: 23:15hrs The transfer window has closed so bar the odd case where a club's press office hasn't caught up with reality, all bets are off regarding permanent transfers. The emergency loan window will open in around eight days time.


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31 January 2011 : Two More Glovers Land In Team Of The Week
With a number of League One sides on FA Cup duty this weekend, it's no surprise to find that Yeovil Town have had more players included in the Football League Team of the Week. The selection for this week's side is nice and simple from a Glovers point of view - the two goalscorers were Paul Wotton and Oli Johnson and they are the two who are included in the Football League's list.

Also included in the League One side is former Glover Kevin Amankwaah, who has been missing from the Robins sides lately through a foot injury, but played in their 0-0 draw over the weekend. The full line-up is as follows:

Ben Hamer (Exeter City)
Kevin Amankwaah (Swindon Town) Matthew Taylor (Exeter City) Andy Butler (Walsall) Alan Sheehan (Swindon Town)
Alex Nicholls (Walsall) Matthew Richards (Walsall) Paul Wotton (Yeovil Town) Chris Taylor (Oldham)
David Mooney (Colchester United) Oli Johnson (Yeovil Town)

The list of Yeovil Town players included so far this season in the Football League's list are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3) (details).
7. Stephen Henderson (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
8. Paul Huntington (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
9. Nathan Smith (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
10. Stephen Henderson (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
11. Dean Bowditch (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
12. Paul Wotton (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1).
13. Oli Johnson (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1).


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31 January 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Brentford Away Interview
Just before kick-off against Brentford on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden about the game. Skivo talks about why he didn't put Craig Alcock straight back into the side, despite the club captain returning to training. He also explains his current thinking regarding his use of the loan system.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off In The Brentford Game.


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31 January 2011 : Bees Boss Views On The Brentford vs Yeovil Match
For those wanting to read Brentford manager Andy Scott's views on Saturday's game, these have been posted online. The Griffin Park Grapevine website has provided a transcript of his post-match interview, and that can be found via the link below.

Link: Griffin Park Grapevine: Andy Scott's Verdict On The Brentford vs Yeovil Town Game.

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton's views can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Away Game.


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31 January 2011 : Wotton Glad To End Barren Run
Yeovil Town's latest signing Paul Wotton celebrated signing an eighteen month contract at Huish Park by scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win at Brentford on Saturday. The goal was Wotton's first since April 19th 2008 - a long run without a goal for someone who had scored 63 times for Plymouth Argyle during his lengthy career at Home Park.

Wotton's goal - a trademark perfectly executed free kick neatly bookended a period where he had spent two and a half years playing for Southampton without scoring a goal. His last goal came in his final appearance for the Pilgrims, against Preston North End in the Championship, making it appropriate that his duck was broken through his first match after exiting St Mary's.

Scoring seven minutes from time provoked wild celebrations from Wotton, who ran to the Yeovil bench for a celebration inspired as a tribute to first team coach Darren Way. He told BBC Somerset that it was a big moment for him personally:

"Going from being a fairly regular scorer, to not scoring in God knows how long - nearly three years or something - it was a lovely feeling. One of the young lads even came up to me and said "Where did you get that from?" - that was cheeky! It was a tough old game, and did we play that well? Not really, but who cares?"

The player Wotton refers to is substitute Billy Gibson, who manager Terry Skiverton named in his post-match interview.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Away Game.


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30 January 2011 : Notts County Home Game Set To Be Postponed
Yeovil Town's League One home match against Notts County is set to be postponed, due to the Magpies' ongoing FA Cup run. The Magpies drew 1-1 with Manchester City in a televised Fourth Round fixture this afternoon, meaning their game will go to a replay.

Whilst that on its own would not cause Yeovil Town's League One fixture list problems, a designated international week has somehow managed to clash with the week pencilled for dealing with FA Cup Fourth Round replays. As a result, Premier League clubs will be not required to play their fixtures during week commencing February 7th.

The Notts County official site has indicated that their Fourth Round Replay "is set to take place on the weekend of the Fifth Round" - i.e. at present Saturday 19th February 2011. That would clash with the League One game at Huish Park, and the FA competition will therefore take priority.

A replay date for the match at Eastlands has yet to be confirmed, mainly because ITV, ESPN and the various police authorities will be picking through the various fixtures first, but when those dates are lined up, the Glovers will need to rearrange another fixture, probably to a midweek date.


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30 January 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win at Brentford, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Away Game.


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30 January 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Brentford 1 Yeovil 2
Yesterday, our regular blogger Cruncher boarded another train, and headed on a journey to Griffin Park. His views of the 2-1 win over Brentford are recorded in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, which can be found via the link below.

Alternative or additional views on the match, particularly if you were in West London yesterday, can be added at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Brentford 1 Yeovil 2.


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30 January 2011 : Three Points For Darren Way
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that yesterday's matchwinner at Brentford was dedicated by his players to first team coach Darren Way. The former Glovers midfielder has this week had a further operation on the arm he badly damaged in a road traffic accident in December 2008.

However, Darren returned to Huish Park without missing a single day's training, and travelled up to Griffin Park with the team. When Paul Wotton's stunning free kick gave the Glovers their 2-1 win, the entire outfield set of players made a bee-line for the substitutes bench, and speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Skiverton explained what that celebration was all about:

"The spirit which really underlies everything we are trying to achieve at the moment comes from one of my coaches. On Tuesday night one of my coaches had an operation on his arm, and he's gone under anaesthetic. He's back in work on Thursday taking training. On Friday he takes the whole day over set plays. Today he's here travelling, yet his arm is four times its size - and his name's Darren Way. That's why when they scored the goal, everybody went over to him."


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30 January 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Officials for Tuesday night's match between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle have been announced. The match takes place on Tuesday 1st February 2011 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of six Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent encounter was the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat.

Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

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

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

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

Mr Linington will be assisted by Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

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

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

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

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

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

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


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30 January 2011 : Clarke Nets As Sherborne Clock Up Away Win
Yeovil Town's Academy player Lewis Clarke scored one and set up another yesterday, as he continued his stay at Sherborne Town along with Rob Clowes. The Dorset side won their Western League Premier Division match at Longwell Green Sports by a 3-1 scoreline to give them an important three points over a side currently stuck in the bottom three of the league table.

After Longwell Green took an early lead, Sherborne got on their way to victory from another former Glover as Phil Ormrod netted an equalising goal. But before the half time break, Lewis Clarke scored to put the Dorset side in front, and it was Clarke's second half cross for Tom Richardson during the second period that secured a win on the road for Mickey Spencer's side.

Both Clarke and Clowes started the match, with Clowes coming off during the second half, replaced by James Thompson. Both players had played a full 90 minutes on Wednesday night, with Clowes making the first appearance of his second spell for Sherborne. Not quite so good news on that day, with Corsham Town gaining a 3-1 win on the night.

The two results mean Sherborne lie in 14th place in the Premier Division table, with their next match being a third away trip next Saturday, with Brislington their opponents.


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29 January 2011 : Skivo: Players Are Going The Extra Mile
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that this afternoon's Brentford put his side under pressure today, as the Glovers grabbed a 2-1 win at Griffin Park. The Glovers won the game through an Oli Johnson tap-in and a terrific late free kick from Paul Wotton, with a Charlie MacDonald first half goal sandwiched by the two Yeovil goals.

Skiverton believes his side are now 'going the extra mile' and wants to see that standard set so that teams that face the Glovers in future know that they can not be underestimated:

"We came under a bit of pressure today but all the players have stuck together and that is what has really pleased me. All of the boys are going that little extra mile and putting in that little bit more and they're beginning to see the fruits of that in terms of results. I want to build on that so that teams who play against us know they have to work hard to get anything and I want to turn us into a force to be reckoned with."


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29 January 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Brentford vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the 285 Yeovil Town fans at this afternoon's 2-1 win against Brentford at Griffin Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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29 January 2011 : Brentford 1 Yeovil 2 : Wotton Belter Stings Bees
Yeovil Town continued their gradual climb towards the edge of the League One relegation zone with a valuable 2-1 win over Brentford at Griffin Park this afternoon. Not by any stretch of the imagination the classic of Tuesday night's match at Hillsborough, this was a game where both sides struggled to carve out direct chances, and where the game was settled by a single moment of brilliance - a Paul Wotton free kick seven minutes from time that secured all three points.

The Glovers went into the match making one enforced change, with suspensions to Luke Ayling and Adam Virgo seeing both unavailable for the right-back slot. Jean-Paul Kalala returned from his own suspension and was slotted into Ayling's role, with Craig Alcock failing in his attempts to make his comeback from a back problem.

The first half and indeed much of the game was a scrappy one with both teams struggling for any fluency on a bumpy pitch, as the sides rarely managed to string together much more than two or three passes. It took around 15 minutes for either side to create anything of note, with Gary Alexander's shot being saved by Stephen Henderson, with Myles Weston firing wide of the target on the second attempt. Then came a move where Henderson served up more of his Tuesday night Hillsborough performance - saving from Charlie MacDonald and Weston in quick succession, whilst Robbie Simpson had a shot cleared off the line, all inside 60 seconds.

Less than a minute later though, the Glovers got their noses in front with their first meaningful attack on the game. Andy Williams latched onto a throughball, and his attempt hit the post. The rebound fell to Oli Johnson and despite defender Karleigh Osborne blocking his first attempt to score, the striker bundled the ball in on the second attempt. 1-0 up and Johnson won't have minded his booking for running into the crowd, celebrating his first for the club.

Aside from the goal, there was little to keep the crowd warm in the bitterly cold conditions at Griffin Park. Henderson saved well from Charlie MacDonald again, but the Bees striker had more joy six minutes before the break when he latched onto the end of a Karleigh Osborne free kick, looping his shot beyond Henderson to level the scores in an odd half of football. Two goals, but aside from that, and the brief flurry of saves from Henderson just before Yeovil's opener, a half almost devoid of action inside the boxes.

The second half gradually grew more open although both sides struggled to create big chances. One of the best fell to Gary Alexander when he turned inside the box, having received a Lewis Grabban ball, but his shot whistled wide of the upright. Dean Bowditch fired wide of the target in a rare chance, as the game threatened to peter out to a 1-1 draw.

All that changed in the closing 10 minutes, as a moment of defensive madness gifted the Glovers the game. Defender Karleigh Osborne's pass back to his goalkeeper was woefully short, forcing keeper Richard Lee out of his area. He dived at the feet of Oli Johnson, using his hands outside the box, and the red card that followed was possibly one of the more obvious that referee Peter Quinn could have ever produced in his career, with Lee clearly the last man.

After a lengthy delay, as the Bees brought on Simon Royce, the Glovers provided maximum punishment for the home side, as Paul Wotton teed up a free kick, and belted it past Royce to give Yeovil the lead and to give Wotton his first goal since April 2008, whilst he was still a Plymouth Argyle player. A rare moment of quality in a scrappy match, and fitting as a match winner.

There was still a bit of time to go, with the Glovers heading for the corner flags to ease out the remaining minutes, including four minutes of injury time, but Brentford never really threatened thereafter, and looked somewhat sorry for themselves following the big moment the match had been turned on. For the Glovers, this wasn't a golden classic - apart from Wotton's pearler - but it was three more valuable points that put them right on the edge of the relegation zone - level with Swindon and Tranmere, and with Walsall thumping Bristol Rovers 6-1 under their new management, they were able to pull away from their West Country rivals in the relegation zone as well. Points against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night would surely lift them above the line now.

Final Score: Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Oli Johnson (0-1, 24 mins), Charlie MacDonald (1-1, 39 mins), Paul Wotton (1-2, 83 mins).

Brentford:
1. Richard Lee
12. Michael Spillane 22. Karleigh Osborne 6. Pim Balkestein 3. Craig Woodman
23. Robbie Simpson 28. Owain Tudur Jones 2. Kevin O'Connor 11. Myles Weston
10. Charlie MacDonald 29. Gary Alexander

Substitutes:
21. Simon Royce (GK) (82 mins for Robbie Simpson) 8. Nicky Forster (85 mins for Michael Spillane) 19. Lewis Grabban (61 mins for Myles Weston) 20. Toumani Diagouraga 24. Stephen Wright 27. Marc Laird 32. Leon Legge

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
21. JP Kalala 14. Max Ehmer 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 10. Dean Bowditch
7. Andrew Williams 12. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams (82 mins for Andy Welsh) 15. Alex Russell (58 mins for Ed Upson) 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson

Brentford Bookings: Gary Alexander (43 mins, foul), Michael Spillane (64 mins, foul), Craig Woodman (71 mins, unsporting behaviour). Red Card: Richard Lee (81 mins, professional handball).

Yeovil Bookings: Oli Johnson (24 mins, excessive celebration), JP Kalala (77 mins, timewasting), Paul Wotton (79 mins, foul)

Referee: Peter Quinn (Cleveland). Assistants: John Magill (Essex) and Wade Norcott (Essex). Fourth Official: Tim Robinson (East Sussex).

Attendance: 4,753 (including 285 away fans).


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29 January 2011 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Under-18s were due to be in action this morning in the Youth Alliance League. However, their home game against Oxford United has been called off due to an unfit pitch at the last minute. A new date will be set in due course.


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29 January 2011 : No Problems For Wotton With Busy Fixture List
Yeovil Town's newest signing Paul Wotton insists that his team-mates will not be suffering any effects of 'After the Lord Mayor's Show' today. The Glovers have had a long week, not only in terms of the distances they have had to travel, but also in that they had to play 20 minutes of Tuesday night's fixture at Sheffield Wednesday with nine men, which will doubtless have made for extra effort from those remaining on the field of play at Hillsborough.

Now, just four days after that epic encounter, the Glovers are back on the team bus again, and heading up the M3 to Brentford. That might risk a few players being a big leggy at Griffin Park with all of the running and travelling they have put in, but Wotton has told BBC Somerset that he believes the team are fit enough to cope with it all:

"We're all professional footballers. We're fit guys and we've had a good recovery. The games are coming thick and fast, and obviously there's another game on Tuesday as well, so we're playing Saturday-Tuesday. We're going to Brentford fresh and full of enthusiasm, energised and ready to go to work, definitely."


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28 January 2011 : Skivo Previews The Brentford Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away trip to Brentford, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. In an interview recorded for BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol, the transcript can be found via the link below.

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


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28 January 2011 : Venue For Youth Team vs Oxford United
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in a home match in the Youth Alliance League. Their opponents are Oxford United's Under-18s side, in a match that will be played at Alvington in Yeovil - which is more commonly known as the Westland Sports ground that is situated behind the Airfield Tavern.

Oxford currently lie in 4th place in the Youth Alliance League table, five points and two places ahead of the 6th placed Glovers. Saturday morning's match kicks off at 11.00a.m. and all are welcome to come and watch.


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28 January 2011 : Brentford vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Griffin Park tomorrow for their second League One match against Brentford in the month of January. The game on January 8th - rearranged from Boxing Day's Huish Park postponement - gave the Glovers a 2-0 win with Paul Huntington and Andy Williams the match winners.

Since that match, the Bees haven't won a game, and in fact are on a run of four defeats in their last five matches - six if you count a JPT Area Final match, albeit with all of the losses coming on their travels during a heavily imbalanced part of their fixture list. Their one home match gave them their first point since New Year's Day - a home draw against Exeter City - and that loss in form has seen the West London club slide down to 17th in the latest League One table. They currently lie five points and four places above the Glovers, and so represent another side that Terry Skiverton's men will be hoping to pull into trouble in their own efforts to climb above their 21st placed position.

Since the two sides met, Millwall striker Lewis Grabban has been recruited on a pemanent deal, whilst former Glovers midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has arrived on loan from Norwich City, despite making two appearances for the Canaries since his return to Carrow Road. However, they have temporarily shipped out defender David McCracken, who has headed to Bristol Rovers on a short term loan deal. Winger Sam Wood is their main long term absentee with a broken arm, although defender Karleigh Osbourne has missed a number of recent games with a hamstring problem and it's not clear whether he will be fit to play.

For the Glovers, their main headache lies with the red cards dished out to Luke Ayling, who had been playing as a right-back during 2011, and Adam Virgo, who lasted just three minutes as Ayling's replacement at Sheffield Wednesday before joining him in the dressing room. With Stefan Stam permanently out of favour as well, that's left a bit of a gap.

Manager Terry Skiverton has said though that he will not add to his loan numbers to compensate for that, and that means he probably has a toss-up between two choices. The most obvious is that Jean-Paul Kalala has completed his four match suspension, and he has already played a number of games in that position from earlier this season. However, Skiverton hinted that Craig Alcock may get a well-timed recall. Alcock has not played since the FA Cup exit at Hartlepool United due to his ongoing back problem, but the Glovers boss said that his club captain had completed a full training session on Thursday, and so could be thrown back in the deep end. However, whether Alcock makes it or not, the biggest boost of the pre-match build-up has been the permanent capture of Southampton midfielder Paul Wotton earlier today.

Last season's visit to Griffin Park saw a 1-1 draw come close to securing Yeovil's League One status, as the April fixture ended with a Gavin Tomlin penalty and a Sam Saunders free kick sharing out the goals and points. The Glovers have only won once in six visits to Griffin Park so far, with the September 2006 victory seeing Terry Skiverton himself and Chris Cohen scoring the goals.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the match from Griffin Park. If you're going to the game, then take note of the Ciderspace guide and also the Capital Glovers plans linked below. If you can't make it, then we'll be passing views on Twitter whilst BBC Somerset's coverage on 95.5FM should keep you company, with them on the air from 1.00p.m.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Capital Glovers Plans For Brentford.


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28 January 2011 : Wotton Signs Up - And This Time It's Permanent!
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the stay of Southampton midfielder Paul Wotton at Huish Park. However, as hinted in yesterday's two articles, the deal is not a loan extension, but a move to take him permanently to South Somerset, with the 33 year old being given an 18 month contract with the Glovers.

Wotton was born in Plymouth, where he spent the large bulk of his playing career, captaining Plymouth Argyle to two divisional championships, spending 14 years with them and clocking up 438 appearances and 61 goals. In the summer of 2008, he switched to Southampton after being released on a free transfer and made 71 appearances for the Hampshire club, although gradually on diminishing returns, with the last coming in October 2010. A short loan spell with Oxford United saw him grab four games at League Two level, before his New Year's Day switch to Huish Park.

The defensive midfielder, who played much of his career as a centre-back, has yet to score for the Glovers but had a big reputation as a free kick and penalty specialist during his Plymouth days, albeit with his last first team goal coming in April 2008. However, it is his leadership that he has been brought in for, with Yeovil's squad having been gradually chipped away over the past few years in terms of the number of senior players on the park. Wotton's arrival has helped to redress that balance.

As the most senior professional in the side since his arrival at Huish Park, Wotton has been labelled by manager Terry Skiverton as being the 'voice' on the park that he felt his side needed. Wotton has told BBC Somerset that he has no problems with taking on that responsibility:

"That goes with the territory of being an older pro, I suppose. Although for me, I've always been that type of player anyway. Even when I was starting out on my career at 17 or 18, I was exactly as vocal out on the pitch as I am now. So it's nothing that's different from what I've done throughout my career."

Wotton arrives at Huish Park on a free transfer. Just prior to signing for the Glovers, he successfully negotiated the termination of his Southampton contract by mutual consent, which would appear to have been the final piece in the jigsaw that allowed his transfer to go the Glovers to be completed.

A big (permanent) welcome to Paul, and we hope you enjoy your extended stay at Yeovil.


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28 January 2011 : Cherries Appoint From Within To Replace Howe
League One side AFC Bournemouth have appointed a successor to outgoing manager Eddie Howe, who left them for Championship side Burnley earlier this month. The Cherries have appointed former Portsmouth, Crystal Palace and Manchester City striker Lee Bradbury on a two-and-a-half year contract, with him having represented the Dorset side as a player since joining them in August 2007.

Bradbury will be assisted by Cherries striker Steve Fletcher, who had been acting as a caretaker assistant manager during the last two matches, that have included a win over league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion. The Cherries currently sit in second place in the latest League One table, and so are hoping for their second successive promotion.

Bradbury announced his retirement from the professional game as a player earlier this month, and so will act as a full time manager, whilst Fletcher, who has been Bournemouth's club captain, is expected to continue his role as a striker within the club.


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27 January 2011 : Wotton Talks Continue
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Paul Wotton should know his fate one way or another tomorrow, after moves to extend his stay at Huish Park continued into the final day of his one month loan period. The 33 year old's current deal expires on Friday, and so a new agreement is needed to allow him to play in Saturday's match at Griffin Park.

All eyes are on whether a deal can be completed at the club and whether the move planned involves a loan extension or something of a more permanent nature, that would see him leave St Mary's for Huish Park. Speaking to BBC Somerset this afternoon, certainly the Southampton player wasn't letting slip what sort of a deal was being planned for him, although made it clear that he would be pleased to stay at the club where he has so far made six impressive appearances:

"It's ongoing and we're trying to get something sorted out. Obviously I'll know tomorrow (Friday) definitely with what's happening. But fingers crossed that we can get something sorted. I've really enjoyed my 28 days here and it's all gone pretty well. They're really good people and I've been looked after really well. So yes, I'm definitely open to the idea of it."

Link: Wotton Loan Deadline Day.


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27 January 2011 : Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games Part Two
Further to yesterday's news concerning the ticketing offer launched by the Football League and The Sun newspaper, there is a second offer for you to be aware of.

Specific to Yeovil Town this time, the club are offering the chance for three supporters to be admitted to Huish Park for the price of two tickets for selected matches during the remainder of the 2010-11 season. The offer commences with the home match against Peterborough United on Tuesday 15th February, and given that it is being run under the banner of 'Green and Whites - Tuesday Nights' it's hopefully safe to assume that the home matches against Brighton and Hove Albion (March 1st) and Carlisle United (March 29th) are the other two matches selected.

This week's Western Gazette has a cut-out form for you to fill in, where you supply your name and basic details for the three people taking advantage of the offer. This form, when filled in, must be presented to the Huish Park Ticket Office. At this point you'll get tickets at the rate of three for the price of two. Doubtless Terms and Conditions apply - check with the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 for any unusual requirements or questions you may have.

The ticketing promotion is being backed by local town employers Screwfix, and their representative Lisa Daniels states that the target is to try to take the attendance for those matches over the 4,000 mark:

"The target we have been set is to get the gate to over 4,000 for the game and it would be fantastic for the town and the team if we can achieve this."

If you missed reading about The Sun newspaper offer, that is repeated via the link below.

Link: Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games.


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27 January 2011 : Capital Glovers Plans For Brentford
With Saturday's match at Griffin Park being a home match for the Capital Glovers, they are organising a pre-match meet-up prior to the afternoon League One game against Brentford. Those Yeovil Town supporters who are exiled in London or the South-East may wish to join them, although any Glovers fans are welcome to tag along.

The plan is to meet at the furthest point of Brentford High Street in O'Briens from 11.30a.m. and then to gradually work back towards the ground, going via the Magpie and Crown and the Brewery Tap, finally arriving at The Griffin, which is one of the four pubs on the corner of Griffin Park - the final pub should be reached around 1.45p.m. although that depends on how good the ale was in the first three venues!

For those who want to join them part way through, or work out where they are, you can follow their Twitter feed although you might find the Ciderspace Twitter Feed to be following more or less in tandem with them.

The various pubs mentioned above are all documented on our Guide To Brentford below if anyone needs more information on where they are and what they offer. Come and join us and introduce yourself!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.


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27 January 2011 : Wotton Loan Deadline Day
Yeovil Town will need to sort out an extension to midfielder Paul Wotton's loan if he is to feature in Saturday's match at Brentford. The Southampton player signed a loan deal with the Glovers when the January transfer window opened, but only for the minimum 28 day loan period, meaning that his current spell at Huish Park ends tomorrow.

There seems no doubt that both Wotton and Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton want an extension on that deal to happen, but it will need to go through today or tomorrow if the 33 year old is not to see his six game stay in Somerset ended. Regardless of what the next 24 hours holds, the Plymouthian has told BBC Somerset that he had enjoyed his first month at the club:

"My loan is officially up on the 28th. I've loved every single minute of it. I've had discussions with the gaffer, and we know where we are and we're trying to sort something out, so touch wood, fingers crossed and all that sort of thing. I've loved it, and I've loved being part of a terrific bunch of lads and I've got a lot of time for the manager, Jonesy and Darren. It's in Yeovil and Southampton's hands and hopefully they can sort out a deal, as I've got no problems in being here."

Wotton has had a professional career going back 16 years, including captaining Plymouth Argyle to the Division Three (now League Two) and Division Two (now League One) championships in the Football League, and that means he has experienced some big highs during his time in football. Despite those seasons bringing him some big highs with some good teams, he labelled Tuesday night's match at Sheffield Wednesday as the 'best team performance' he has been a part of during his career:

"There's a terrific spirit, and that's one thing I've noticed since I've been here. There is a real willingness to fight together. I'm very fortunate in my career to play in some top top sides, with real characters and real winners. I've played 500 games now and won two championships as well. But I've got to say that's the best team performance I've ever played in. It was an absolute pleasure to play in, and I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said that he was keen to see Wotton's stay at Huish Park extended, but admitted he would need to wait for the green light from St Mary's Stadium:

"I've put a phone call in but nothing has come back at the moment. We're just looking to tie a few things up there. With him he is very important to us in the way that we are moving forward. He's a voice within the team that we've been looking for. I need someone on the pitch to look after the young boys and he does that."

Options open to the Glovers are to simply extend out Wotton's 'emergency loan' deal, which they can keep doing beyond the January transfer window up to a maximum of 93 days, including the 28 days already served. That would allow them to keep him until around the end of March. The other question is how interested Southampton are in Wotton's long term future at St Mary's and whether they would prefer to see him taken off their wage bill entirely. With the transfer window due to shut on Monday, this may explain why things are being left until the last minute to resolve.


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26 January 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Game
Following last night's 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the extraordinary game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below, or you can listen to the audio on the BBC Sport website.

NB: If you read our earlier article, you'll find you've probably already viewed most of Skivo's opening view on the game.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Game.


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26 January 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield Wednesday Interview
Just before last night's match kicked off against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match and how he saw it panning out. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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26 January 2011 : Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games
The Football League have launched a promotional ticketing offer for the coming month, allowing pairs of adult tickets to be purchased at reduced prices. In conjunction with The Sun newspaper, they plan to make available 80,000 tickets that will be priced at either £9.50, £19.50 or £29.50 (depending on the game) for two adults to gain admission to a variety of 78 different Football League matches.

To qualify for this offer, you must buy The Sun newspaper, starting on Saturday 29th January, and collect four differently numbered tokens that will appear in their paper and fill in an application form which should also appear in the paper itself.

Once you have done that, you can choose from one of the 78 nominated fixtures. The ones involving Yeovil Town all cost £19.50 for two adult tickets and are as follows:

12/02/2011 : Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town (kick-off 3.00p.m.)
19/02/2011 : Yeovil Town vs Notts County (kick-off 3.00p.m.)
01/03/2011 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion (kick-off 7.45p.m.)

Aside from a number of standard Terms and Conditions that The Sun will make clear as part of the offer, you need to be aware of the additional instructions supplied by the hosting club's ticket offices. For the above games, these are as follows:

Dagenham and Redridge: Ring 020-85927194 Ext 21 (ticket office) to purchase tickets then bring voucher when collecting.

Yeovil Town: They can call the ticket office on 01935 847888 to pay and reserve and then to collect, or buy them in person. Tickets are NOT available for purchase on match day.

You will need to bring your completed application form and tokens with you when you pick up your tickets. The Sun's Terms and Conditions indicate that this must be done "at least 24 hours prior to the date of the Featured Match" so you may wish to clarify if that is mandatory for collections of already purchased tickets.

Link: The Sun : Footie With A Friend Application Form.

Update: The Sun's website claims you need four tokens. Their Facebook promotional advert claims you need three tokens. Doubtless all will become clear on Saturday.


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26 January 2011 : Henderson: The Strangest Game I've Ever Played In
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson admitted that he had never experienced anything like the events last night at Hillsborough. The Bristol City player is playing his second loan spell at Huish Park, but had a lot to deal with as part of the 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

All was going to plan with an hour on the clock with the Glovers 2-1 ahead through goals from Dean Bowditch and Paul Huntington. Two red cards, five more players receiving yellow cards, a twice taken penalty and two defensive reorganisations all unfolded in front of the Irishman during the second half, and Henderson admitted to BBC Somerset that he had never had to deal with anything like that before:

"I never have, and I don't think I ever will. Especially when we went down to nine men, it was one of the strangest games that I've ever been involved in. But I enjoyed every minute of it."

Henderson admitted that he was probably culpable for the booking he got, when he delayed Sheffield Wednesday's first attempt to take their second half penalty. Owls midfielder Giles Coke had to retake the kick after encroachment from one of his team-mates, and Hendo admitted that he was relieved that the second attempt was skied over the bar:

"Very much so. I think I got booked for trying to get into his head a bit, and I think it might have worked for the second one. I was just glad to see it go over. I think we deserved the luck at the end of the day."

Whilst the Glovers were glad to get away from Hillsborough with a point from the game, given the circumstances, Henderson added that it was important that the team remained focussed on the bigger picture:

"It was brilliant, but we've just got to keep our feet on the ground. We are where we are in the league and we need to sort that out and quickly."


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26 January 2011 : Officials For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
With last night's Kettle-fest out of the way, attention now turns to Yeovil Town's away trip to Brentford at Griffin Park. The League One match takes place on Saturday 29th January with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Quinn (Cleveland).

Having had rather a lot to say about our history with last night's referee Trevor Kettle, we find the opposite with Mr Quinn. Our only experience of him is as a Fourth Official in a December 2008 trip to Hartlepool United. We'll assume he operated the substitutes board correctly on that occasion!

Part of the reason for the lack of history involving Mr Quinn is obviously his home up in the North-East part of England. However, the other is that this is only his second season on the Football League's referees list. In comparison with Mr Kettle, his statistics are far more modest - 61 yellow cards across 23 games last season, with five reds, whilst this season has produced 36 yellow cards from 13 games, producing three red cards. His last game in charge came just under two weeks ago, when he took charge of the Championship fixture between Hull City and Barnsley, and there things did get a bit Kettlesque, with Stephen Foster and Jason Shackell both red-carded for the Tykes, with the former also resulting in a penalty that opened the scoring for Hull. Let's hope that's a one off - we can't afford any more suspensions!

Mr Quinn will be assisted by John Magill (Essex) and Wade Norcott (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Tim Robinson (East Sussex).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.


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26 January 2011 : Skiverton Hails Hillsborough Heroes
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton hailed his side as 'heroes' after they battled their way to a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough last night. The Yeovil boss had high praise for goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, highlighting some of his saves as being of the same standard as England World Cup winning keeper Gordon Banks.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Skiverton said that the away point had been the most exciting night of his two year managerial career, and paid tribute to his whole team in the way that they battled for the cause. The Glovers boss explained:

"Of course I'm going to be a little bit biased, but I thought the Yeovil team you saw were all heroes - you saw heroes tonight. The way they threw themselves - I think you've seen tonight one of the best goalkeeping displays here for a long time. He pulled three or four Banksy (Gordon Banks) saves off. I'm looking at him and he's arching his back, he's coming and taking catches, he's doing last ditch saves. He was brave and got a ball in the face that ended up getting their goal.

"With that and the bits of defending, people were really putting a shift on. And half of my team are kids, and we're up against a very very experienced team that have just been relegated that have got a massive massive budget against us. We were up against it today. I felt that we were up against it with the crowd, with their bench, with a few people saying that there were a few soft decisions. But that happens in football, and I felt Trevor Kettle had a good game, and I'm not going to have a go at the referee.

"But we stood up against everyone tonight and for me as a manager making a name for myself, that was a special ocassion. Where I am with Yeovil at the minute where we are fighting for our lives, I'm enjoying every minute of it. I'm enjoying having players that would run through a brick wall for me, and they did that tonight. I love watching the American Football shows and seeing the way the players talk about their managers, and that's what I want to be to my players. No matter what your age is, I want them to look at me like that.

"The way that they performed tonight, that made me feel proud of what I do with my coaching staff and the way that we handle ourselves. They've shown me something tonight, and they've got me so excited about this league and the fight that they are doing. We've come to Sheffield Wednesday tonight, and we gave them more than a game. In the second half it was backs to the walls, with us down to nine men. We were picking formations that I've never even heard of! We were playing wingers as right-backs and bringing on centre-halves that give away penalties, and then they missed the penalty.

"I can only imagine what Jeff Stelling was going through on Sky Sports. He must have been going mad. So it was exciting for me and I just hope it was a really good spectacle for the supporters that turned up today. When things are not going well for you, like with what's happened here, we needed to ride our luck and we escaped with something today. But there's a lot of teams as you know that have come down to Yeovil and done exactly the same to us
."

Substitute Adam Virgo was only on the pitch for three minutes, having come on to cover Luke Ayling's position after the right-back was red carded. Skiverton said he was not going to complain about Virgo's quick dismissal, for a foul on Owls striker Gary Madine, and had some surprising words to say about referee Trevor Kettle:

"Every incident is judged on its merits. I think I've had Trevor Kettle since the Conference days, haven't I? He's come up the ranks with me, and I like him as a man and I think he's a very good referee. It looked like a foul to me, so I've got no complaints. But I don't really want to talk about that. I really want to walk about the bravery and the character that we showed. For me, it's got my blood going, and since I've given up football and taken up management, that's the first time I've got that excited."


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26 January 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for the Sheffield Wednesday Match
If you were one of the 228 Yeovil Town fans at last night's 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 January 2011 : Wednesday 2 Yeovil 2 : Nine Men Glovers Hold Owls At Bay
Yeovil Town came within four minutes of embarrassing former Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday on their own patch tonight, when they claimed a 2-2 draw at Hillsborough, despite finishing the game with nine men. With Luke Ayling and Adam Virgo already back in the dressing room, it was only in the 86th minute that Reda Johnson bundled home a loose ball to salvage a point for the home side that at one stage they didn't look like getting, as goals from Dean Bowditch and Paul Huntington had put the Glovers ahead, sandwiched by a Gary Madine equaliser for the Owls.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to Saturday's line-up, and as expected it was Oli Johnson who got his first start for the club, replacing Sam Williams, who has been struggling for form lately. Otherwise, all other aspects were left alone. The home side made six changes from their side that were thrashed 4-0 by Leyton Orient on the weekend, but were still able to name a squad full of big name players.

The opening period was one of largely nothingness. A few balls into each side's penalty area, but without actual consequence. The best fell to Yeovil with Dean Bowditch trying a snap shot from the edge of the box, that Owls keeper Nicky Weaver beat out. On 15 minutes, Bowditch had more luck on goal - in fact a sizeable chunk of luck. His left wing move into the box saw his cross blocked by Owls full-back Tommy Spurr, but the ball looped up and over Weaver into the back of the net for a bit of a freak opening goal.

Inevitably the home side tried to exert pressure on the Yeovil goal, with Gary Teale's near post shot well saved onto the post by Stephen Henderson - only for referee Trevor Kettle to inexplicably award a goal kick. It's a wonder Hendo didn't charge out of his area to complain about his save not being given the credit it deserved. But the Owls drew level on 36 minutes, with a bit of a soft goal - a Tommy Spurr cross that looked to be easy for Luke Ayling to deal with, but he allowed Gary Madine to get his head on the ball first and plant the ball home with the simplest of touches. 1-1.

The half closed with both sides having good chances - firstly Andy Williams missed from six yards out, then with the final move of the half, a flicked header in the box saw Stephen Henderson react beautifully by leaping high to his left to palm the ball away. The Glovers were playing well, although Wednesday looked perhaps a bit more dangerous in front of goal. None of us knew what was going to hit us in the second half though.

We probably should have known we were in for an odd second half, when minutes after the restart, a Wednesday player decided to deposit the contents of his stomach onto the pitch, causing several minutes delay whilst the medical team worked out how to treat him. And how to deal with the mess he'd left behind.

In matters concerning football though, things were going well. Andy Williams had a free kick on the angle of the area deflected out for a corner, and when Andy Welsh sent in the set piece, Paul Huntington was on hand to climb through a crowd of players and head home to put Yeovil's noses back in front, seeing the centre-back celebrate his fourth goal of the season wildly in front of the travelling Glovers fans.

There was a twist in the tale though. Never bet on a match involving referee Trevor Kettle finishing quietly. True to form, the temperature in the game had begun to be turned up just before Yeovil's second goal, when Luke Ayling's foul on Neil Mellor saw him booked, and Giles Coke carded for the home side for throwing a hissy fit in front of Kettle when his efforts to get Ayling sent off didn't succeed. However, on 64 minutes, Ayling's rather unnecessary challenge on Gary Teale close to the byline belatedly got Coke what he wanted, pushing the Glovers down to 10 men with Ayling's second yellow card.

The Glovers brought on Adam Virgo to rebalance the side and give them a back four again, but Virgo's stay on the pitch lasted just three minutes. Stephen Henderson had just parried out a Wednesday shot on goal, and as the loose ball bobbled up, Gary Madine aimed to take advantage, and referee Trevor Kettle ruled that Virgo had stopped Madine from scoring. The general consensus was that it was for a push in the back, although we'll await replays on that one. The end result was a penalty, and Kettle's second red card in five minutes.

Stephen Henderson and Andy Williams were booked for dissent as the Kettle Machine cranked itself into full power. Up stepped Giles Coke to level the game at 2-2 and scored ... only he didn't. Referee Kettle decided that Wednesday had encroached on the first attempt and so Coke was invited to try again. This time though he 'did a Chris Waddle', landing the ball high into the home end and keeping the Glovers advantage alive at 2-1.

Thereafter, with 21 minutes remaining and 11 vs 9 on the pitch, came the Alamo. Wednesday's tactics were odd to say the least, preferring to lump high balls into Yeovil's box, rather than to pass their way around the Glovers team and stretch them out. With Stephen Henderson in inspired form on the night though, giving him more balls to punch away was giving the Glovers the chance of something incredible, and against the odds.

It didn't quite happen though. After Henderson had made another blinding close range save to deny Neil Mellor, and with Wednesday now having four strikers on the field of play in their efforts to bash the door down, they finally succeeded when Henderson made a double save, but couldn't hold onto the ball on either occasion, and Reda Johnson was the first to react on the third occasion by bundling in from close range to pull the scores back to 2-2.

Of course the big fear now was that the Glovers might come out with nothing. With the on-pitch vomiting session early in the half, coupled with two red cards, and a twice taken penalty, the six minutes worth of injury time were to be expected, and Yeovil needed one more outstanding Stephen Henderson save to keep Wednesday out, and to give them a point to take home with them. An incredibly gutsy second half display, and one where on paper Wednesday should have murdered them with eleven players on the pitch, let alone nine. But they held on, and after a lengthy post-match on-the-pitch huddle that continued long after all the disgruntled Owls fans had left the stadium and stopped chanting for manager Alan Irvine's head, the more popular of the two dugout managers led his men down to the away end to take a bow. With Luke Ayling and Adam Virgo, the back four and defensive cover at Griffin Park on Saturday will be thin to say the least, although Jean-Paul Kalala will be back in the reckoning to fill Ayling's slot, but for now let's enjoy another one of those nights to remember.

Final Score: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (15 mins, 0-1), Gary Madine (36 mins, 1-1), Paul Huntington (57 mins, 1-2), Reda Johnson (86 mins, 2-2)

Sheffield Wednesday:
1. Nicky Weaver 7. Mark Reynolds 6. Michael Morrison 22. Reda Johnson 2. Tommy Spurr 21. Gary Teale 10. Giles Coke 14. Darren Potter 23. Jermaine Johnson 32. Gary Madine 33. Neil Mellor

Substitutes:
25. Arron Jameson (GK) 9. Paul Heffernan (66 mins for Gary Teale) 11. Daniel Jones 15. Mark Beevers 17. James O'Connor 24. Chris Sedgwick (88 mins for Michael Morrison) 30. Clinton Morrison (76 mins for Mark Reynolds)

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
7. Andrew Williams 12. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 9. Sam Williams (76 mins for Oli Johnson) 15. Alex Russell (90 mins for Edward Upson) 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo (66 mins for Dean Bowditch) 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge

Wednesday Bookings: Giles Coke (53 mins, dissent), Mark Reynolds (57 mins, foul), Jermaine Johnson (76 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (53 mins, foul), Andy Williams (70 mins, dissent), Stephen Henderson (70 mins, dissent). Red Card: Luke Ayling (64 mins, second bookable offence), Adam Virgo (69 mins, professional foul).

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Peter Wright (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Ricky Wootton (West Riding).

Attendance: 16,618 (including approx 200 Yeovil fans).


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25 January 2011 : Swindon Man Of The Match Result
The final batch of Man of the Match catch-up considers the away match at Swindon Town, which gave the Glovers three wins in a row in League One matches - the first time they had managed to achieve that under Terry Skiverton's management. The winning goal came when Dean Bowditch followed up a shot from Sam Williams that hit the crossbar.

Man of the Match voting saw a fairly tight spread of votes, with eight different players being nominated as an outright Man of the Match. Particular players to get a decent spread of votes included midfield pairing Ed Upson and Paul Wotton and stand-in captain Paul Huntington. However, with the Glovers keeping their fifth clean sheet in a row in League One, it was goalkeeper Stephen Henderson who got the nod for his performance at the County Ground.

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

1 Stephen Henderson 82 (6)
2 Paul Wotton 74 (4)
3 Paul Huntington 54 (3)
4 Ed Upson 50 (3)
5 Max Ehmer 32 (1)
6 Andy Welsh 30 (2)
7 Dean Bowditch 30 (0)
8 Luke Ayling 28 (2)
9 Andy Williams 10 (1)
9 Sam Williams 10 (1)
11 Nathan Smith 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.74

Performance: 8.09
Entertainment: 7.39

VOTES RECEIVED: 23

You still have until 7.45p.m. tonight to place your Man of the Man votes for Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Rochdale. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 January 2011 : Brentford Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's second home match of 2011 produced a second home win. A 2-0 victory over Brentford saw Paul Huntington and Andy Williams score a goal in each half to produce probably Yeovil's most impressive performance in two or three months.

For the Man of the Match voting, you were impressed with the efforts of Luke Ayling at right-back and of left-winger Andy Welsh. However, the winner came down to a battle between the two goalscorers, with Paul Huntington nudging out Andy Williams by the slightest of margins. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Paul Huntington 306 (18)
2 Andy Williams 302 (18)
3 Andy Welsh 206 (11)
4 Luke Ayling 174 (11)
5 Nathan Smith 76 (5)
6 Paul Wotton 44 (1)
7 Ed Upson 36 (3)
8 Max Ehmer 24 (0)
9 Dean Bowditch 20 (0)
10 Stephen Henderson 8 (0)
11 Sam Williams 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.79

Performance: 8.21
Entertainment: 7.38

VOTES RECEIVED: 67


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25 January 2011 : MK Dons Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's home match against Milton Keynes Dons gave the Glovers their first League One win in two months, with a single Paul Huntington goal at Huish Park sealing the points. Catching up on the Man of the Match voting from that game, it wasn't too surprising to find that the match winner was high up in those votes, coming in as a runner-up in the poll.

Midfielder Shaun MacDonald also fared well in his final match for the Glovers before his return to Swansea City, but the comfortable winner - for the second match running - was left-back Nathan Smith. Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Nathan Smith 216 (16)
2 Paul Huntington 164 (8)
3 Shaun MacDonald 68 (4)
4 Andy Williams 56 (3)
5 Andy Welsh 40 (2)
6 Paul Wotton 36 (2)
7 Max Ehmer 24 (0)
8 John Sullivan 14 (0)
9 Luke Ayling 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.25

Performance: 7.44
Entertainment: 7.22

VOTES RECEIVED: 36


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24 January 2011 : New Physio Appointments
With physio Simon Baker having left Yeovil Town at the start of January the obvious question has been who would replace his first team duties. The club have chosen to appoint from within for Simon's successor, with Mike Micciche taking on the position as First Team Physio.

Mike has been performing physio duties in the club's Centre of Excellence this season, and has been employed as the Under-18s physio on match days. His promotion up the ranks has in turn left a vacancy at Under-18s level, and that in turn has been filled by Tom Ashworth.

We wish both the best of luck in their new roles at the club.


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24 January 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Rochdale 1: Not The Joy Of Six
Saturday's home match against Rochdale was Yeovil Town's first defeat of 2011, and our regular blogger Cruncher was unfortunate with his timing - travelling down to Huish Park to witness it. In true post-match style, the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the good, the bad and the ugly from Saturday's day out, via the link below.

Alternative views on the match are welcome and can be shared at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Rochdale 1: Not The Joy Of Six.


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24 January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their second attempt to travel to Hillsborough tomorrow night, where they will take on former Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday in a League One match. Unless you were around in 1939, when an FA Cup Third Round tie was staged, this is the first chance for Glovers fans to see their club play at this venue.

When we first started looking forward to the Christmas holiday fixture between the two sides - postponed due to frozen pipes inside the Yorkshire stadium - it was looking distinctly like this would be Glovers fans' only realistic chance to see their team play. In fact with Wednesday in 2nd place, and Yeovil in 24th during mid-December all the signs were that the two clubs were going to be two divisions apart.

Now we find things are not so cut and dried. Wednesday have suffered four consecutive away defeats, and four matches, home and away, without a win. Two of those have been crushing 5-1 and 4-0 away defeats - not to League One big guns, but to the small and unfashionable opposition of Exeter City and Leyton Orient. All of that has meant that an automatic promotion spot for the Owls has suddenly become a floundering 12th place in the latest League One Table. At the same time, Yeovil Town have climbed off the bottom, and whilst not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination, have given themselves a chance by lying in 22nd place, and surprisingly just eight points behind their opponents. Maybe this won't be the only time we travel to Hillsborough.

The Glovers have travelled up to Sheffield today in preparation for the match, and are expected to have taken more or less the same squad. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala sits out game number four, whilst Craig Alcock's back will keep him sidelined. The main question mark lies over whether manager Terry Skiverton chooses this moment to freshen up his side, particularly with midfielder Alex Russell and striker Oli Johnson having played their part in a more impressive finish to their home game against Rochdale than the opening 45 minutes gave the home fans. Skiverton offered strong post-match hints that Johnson will get the nod - or at least play a more prominent part in proceedings.

Wednesday have to make do without two defensive long term absentees, with Lewis Buxton (hamstring) and Jon Otsemobor (calf) not being considered tomorrow. Meanwhile midfielder Tommy Miller seems likely to miss out after he was withdrawn early from their ill-fated match at Leyton Orient with a hamstring problem. Not that this necessarily weakens their squad with the BBC Sport website tipping Jermaine Johnson as his replacement - Glovers fans know all about him from the October 2010 game at Huish Park - with the former Glovers loan player (if you didn't blink and miss him at the time) scoring soon after coming on as a substitute to break the deadlock.

The Owls have been doing a bit of January shuffling in the transfer window in an effort to improve their squad, having spent much of the opening part of the 2010-11 season under a transfer embargo. Carlisle United striker Gary Madine is a high profile signing, arriving on a four and a half year contract for a substantial fee. Meanwhile three defensive players have moved to Hillsborough, with defender Mark Reynolds moving south from Motherwell, centre-back Michael Morrison arriving from Leicester City, whilst fellow centre-back Reda Johnson has been bought from Plymouth Argyle - all for undisclosed fees. Academy striker Nathan Modest is the only player who has gone out - on loan to Darlington.

Tomorrow night's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets for the match available on the night from Hillsborough. For those going, the various ticket, travel and away day guide information is included below. For those who can't make it, our usual ramblings on Twitter should keep you company, whilst BBC Somerset will be giving you their live commentary on the match on 95.5FM with their coverage starting just after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: 23 January 2011 : Officials For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town - GULP!


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24 January 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Brentford
With two away matches inside a week, those planning ahead to Saturday's match at Brentford should note that the Ciderspace guide to Griffin Park has been tweaked ahead of the game. The usual slice of directions, statistics, admission prices and the legendary 'pub on every corner of the ground' pub guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

For those only looking as far ahead as tomorrow night's game at Hillsborough, where the Glovers will play Sheffield Wednesday, the relevant articles are compiled below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday.


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23 January 2011 : Plymouth Man Of The Match Result
Catching up on the outstanding Man of the Match voting, attention turns to Yeovil Town's New Year's Day match at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park. The end result was a 0-0 draw and the start of a strong start to 2011.

Not too surprisingly it was a string of defenders and central midfielders who impressed you the most with this game. A tight batch of Paul Wotton and Max Ehmer on their débuts were narrowly beaten by stand-in captain Paul Huntington who came in second. But the winner by a decent margin was left-back Nathan Smith. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are shown below:

1 Nathan Smith 164 (12)
2 Paul Huntington 74 (6)
3 Paul Wotton 68 (3)
4 Max Ehmer 66 (1)
5 Shaun MacDonald 34 (2)
6 Andy Williams 32 (1)
7 John Sullivan 8 (0)
8 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.32

Performance: 6.56
Entertainment: 6.08

VOTES RECEIVED: 25


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23 January 2011 : Thommo Hoping To Go Home
Former Yeovil Town manager, assistant manager and midfielder Steve Thompson looks set to get back into football management with one of his old clubs. Thommo joined in with first team training at Conference South side Woking yesterday with a view to taking up a position at Kingfield as a first team coach working under former Dagenham and Redbridge manager Garry Hill, who was appointed as manager of the Conference South club until the end of the 2010-11 season.

The 48 year old has been out of work, from a footballing point of view, since leaving Truro City in March 2010. He has since taken up a teaching and coaching position at Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, but now looks as though he could combine that with a football coaching position.

Speaking to BBC Radio Surrey, Thommo says that an offer is on the table, provided he can sort out working arrangements to combine both jobs:

"I know Garry from competing against him so he's asked me if I'm interested. I've said I definitely am. I'd love to do it if it's possible. Garry's got to speak to the board and for me I've got to discuss with Garry whether it's possible with where I live and my work commitments. I teach and coach at a college down in Dorchester so I'll need to speak to them to see if they'll be flexible. If I can help in any way I'd love to help Garry and Woking Football Club. I hope I can help to restore them back to the Conference."

Thommo became a bit of a non-league legend during his playing career at Kingfield in a two year spell that saw him part of Woking's FA Trophy winning side. However, the moment he is best remembered for by Cards fans came in 1997 when he scored an equalising goal against then Premier League side Coventry City to force an FA Cup Fourth Round replay. Since leaving Woking his name has regularly popped up on the rumourmill whenever a coaching or managerial vacancy has come up, and so it's no surprise to him looking to return to the Surrey club.


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23 January 2011 : Officials For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town - GULP!
Officials for Tuesday night's trip to Hillsborough have been announced. The League One match between Sheffield Wednesday and Yeovil Town will take place on Tuesday 25th January with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The man in charge needs little introduction to Yeovil Town fans - ladies and gentlemen we give you Mr Trevor Kettle of Rutland! Yes, possibly the most legendary referee ever to grace the pitch of a Yeovil Town match - his reputation has grown and morphed over the years with other Huish Park officials doubtless being bemused by chants of "Are you Kettle in disguise?" being levelled at them if ever they had a stinker.

There are three problems with the caricature that has developed over the years with Our Trev. Firstly he moved from Berkshire to Rutland which has meant that we've rarely had him in recent years - our last experience was in April 2009 at Cheltenham Town, where a 1-0 defeat saw him dish out five yellow cards, and a red for Gary Roberts. That was actually a fairly tame afternoon for Mr Kettle's usual diet of multiple penalties, multiple red cards, or in the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, him even losing count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

The second problem is that far worse officials have somehow come onto the scene that have enraged us. Over the years, we've built up a catalogue of disasters and a black book of those officials we love to hate, and whisper it quietly, but we've started to realise that Our Trev is maybe not the worst out on the circuit any more.

The third problem is that in comparison with the first time we saw Our Trev, he seems to have mellowed somewhat, although perhaps this is tempting fate. Our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters mind, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

The more we saw of him - and we saw a lot of him in those Conference days - the more his reputation grew. In Kettle's defence he was one of those officials prepared to take the difficult decisions. Trouble is his 'LOOK AT ME!' demeanour meant that when he got them wrong, as he did all too frequently, the errors were lodged in the minds of the spectators firmly in the 'Yet another one from that Kettle' catalogue.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, according to his profile on refworld.com, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our last meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

Unfortunately for Trevor, any suggestion that he may have improved or calmed down over the years matters naught: he is so firmly ensconced in the Glovers pantheon of 'Prats in Black' that he's now doomed to remain there until he finally hangs up his whistle. We may be a few weeks beyond the Pantomime Season in January, but that's unlikely to stop us going off on one if he gets a bit too whistle-happy in Yorkshire on Tuesday night. Wednesday fans reading - you have been warned.

Mr Kettle will be assisted by Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Peter Wright (Merseyside). The Fourth Official will be Ricky Wootton (West Riding).


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22 January 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Game
Following this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Rochdale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's verdict On The Rochdale Game.


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22 January 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
If you were at this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Rochdale at Huish Park today, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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22 January 2011 : Yeovil 0 Rochdale 1 : Dale End Glovers Unbeaten Run
Yeovil Town went down to their first defeat of 2011 when a Gary Jones goal proved enough to seal all three points for a resolute organised Rochdale side. His strike came 17 minutes into the match, as a deflected drive found its way through into the back of the net. The Glovers, who had not really woken up in the first period, came back into the game in the second period, forcing pressure on the Rochdale goal, but failed to create the gilt-edged chances that could bring them an equalising goal.

The game got off to a very slow start, with few chances for either side during the opening quarter-hour. Andy Welsh put Andy Williams through for Yeovil's first chance of the day, and the striker's attempt to lob Owain fon Williams was well anticipated with the visitors goalkeeper pedalling back to catch the ball. At the other end, Rochdale's Gary Jones forced Stephen Henderson into his first save, but one that most keepers would have hoped to have made.

It was Rochdale who opened the scoring though, ending Yeovil Town's run without conceding a goal after 521 minutes of play, with a Brian Barry-Murphy corner being claimed by Gary Jones. Rochdale's top scorer had room to tee up a shot that appeared to take a deflection, which was enough to put the visitors 1-0 up with 17 minutes gone and put the Glovers into the unusual position of being a goal down in a game for the first time in 2011.

They were almost 2-0 down within minutes of kick-off. Brian Barry-Murphy's cross was met by the head of Craig Dawson, forcing Stephen Henderson to make a brilliant save to push the ball away from goal and prevent the visitors from doubling their lead. This was Rochdale's best period of the half, albeit without achieving too much.

The Glovers were struggling to get in behind an organised Rochdale back line, with most of their chances restricted to either the hopeful or the long range. Nathan Smith shot from the angle over the bar, whilst Andy Williams managed a pair of chances - one that sliced wildly off his boot and wide and then another just before half time that was on target but easily smothered by Owain fon Williams. They weren't out of the match by any means, but needed to frighten their opponents a little more than they were doing during the opening 45 minutes.

The second period saw the Glovers come out in positive fashion, looking their most energetic since the game began. Luke Ayling put one over in the opening seconds, whilst an Andy Welsh free kick went wide and a Sam Williams header went over the bar. Not that these were gilt-edged chances, but it was more that Yeovil were now winning balls they hadn't been winning in the opening 45 minutes, which in turn raised the noise of the crowd upwards in anticipation.

The football was definitely in one direction - with the Glovers on the ascendancy - but they struggled to create the on target clear cut chance that their approach play threatened, making for a frustrating match, where the word 'nearly' could be applied to almost everything. Oli Johnson and Alex Russell were introduced for Sam Williams and Ed Upson, but again the Glovers struggled to get the ball on target, with Rochdale now employing a firm rear-guard action.

Dale could have sealed the game when Gary Jones broke out of defence, only to fire wide, and this was typical of the way the visitors threatened in the second period - only having one other chance of note when Chris O'Grady broke from deep forcing Stephen Henderson to save at his near post. Otherwise they were keen to pack men behind the ball, and almost dare the Glovers to break them down.

Sadly, Yeovil didn't quite have the invention/skill/luck (delete as applicable) to do that although in the five minutes of injury time, Owain fon Williams produced an outstanding point-blank save from Nathan Smith inside the box, and perhaps this told the Glovers that it was not going to be their day. Plenty of good approach play, but without the Phil Jevons style player to get in there at the right place at the right time to bring them the reward of an equaliser. If you were a Rochdale fan you'd consider this a perfect away performance - grab the goal and defend it, and they certainly did that with great aplomb.

The result pushes the Glovers back down to 22nd, with wins for Bristol Rovers, Tranmere Rovers and Leyton Orient making for a bad day for Yeovil Town. However, they need to look at the bigger picture. Three wins, one draw and one defeat in January and you would have snapped someone's hand off for that at the start of New Year's Day. It may be one step back today, but the month so far has been two steps forward. No time for dwelling on today, with a big trip to Hillsborough to come on Tuesday night, where they will face a shellshocked Sheffield Wednesday side who lost 4-0 to Leyton Orient today in London.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Rochdale 1.

Scorers: Gary Jones (17 mins, 0-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 17. Craig Calver (84 mins for Andy Williams) 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson 12. Oli Johnson (63 mins for Sam Williams) 15. Alex Russell (71 mins for Ed Upson) 31. Rhys Baggridge

Rochdale:
13. Owen Fon Williams
2. Scott Wiseman 4. Marcus Holness 26. Craig Dawson 3. Joe Widdowson
6. Brian Barry-Murphy 7. Jason Kennedy 8. Gary Jones 15. Joe Thompson
19. Chris O'Grady 20. Liam Dickinson

Substitutes:
21. Matthew Edwards (GK) 18. Josh Thompson 11. Matt Done 12. Alan Goodall 29. Nicky Adams 16. Will Atkinson (54 mins for Liam Dickinson) 14. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (83 mins, foul)
Rochdale Bookings: Owen Fon Williams (77 mins, timewasting), Josh Thompson (89 mins, foul), Scott Wiseman (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Danny McDermid (Hampshire). Assistants: Stephen Daly (Middlesex) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,711.


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22 January 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Rochdale Interview
Just before kick-off this afternoon against Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

And before anyone asks, yes, Pete only asked one question!

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


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22 January 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for the third match in a row, for this afternoon's League One match against Rochdale. With five League One clean sheets and three consecutive wins in current motion, changing the starting line-up would have been a surprise. There's just one change on the bench with assistant manager Nathan Jones just doing management duties today, whilst Youth Team defender Rhys Baggridge is co-opted onto the bench.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson 12. Oli Johnson 15. Alex Russell 31. Rhys Baggridge

Rochdale:
13. Owen Fon Williams
2. Scott Wiseman 4. Marcus Holness 26. Craig Dawson 3. Joe Widdowson
6. Brian Barry-Murphy 7. Jason Kennedy 8. Gary Jones 15. Joe Thompson
19. Chris O'Grady 20. Liam Dickinson

Substitutes:
21. Matthew Edwards (GK) 18. Josh Thompson 11. Matt Done 12. Alan Goodall 29. Nicky Adams 16. Will Atkinson 14. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro


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22 January 2011 : December 2010 Player Of The Month
Finally, in this quick catch-up of the Man of the Match voting backlog for today, we bring the December 2010 Player of the Month. With one draw and one defeat featuring during a month destroyed by the winter weather, the accumulated votes are probably not the most significant that have been produced, particularly with the Hartlepool United FA Cup match being attended by so few supporters.

Jean-Paul Kalala picked up the most votes during the month, with Craig Alcock his nearest challenger. Results are as follows:

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 21.2
2 Craig Alcock 14.6
3 Shaun MacDonald 12.1
4 Andy Welsh 10.1
4 Ed Upson 10.1
6 Nathan Smith 9.8
7 Luke Ayling 8.1
9 John Sullivan 6.0
9 Dean Bowditch 6.0
10 Nathan Jones 2.0

We'll attempt to publish the results of the matches for the more recent January games over the next day or two. Again, apologies for the delay in getting these out.


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22 January 2011 : Hartlepool FA Cup Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's second match in December 2010, saw them head out of the FA Cup at the hands of Hartlepool United. With this being a twice-postponed match eventually played in midweek, there weren't too many travelling Glovers to witness the 4-2 defeat, and even fewer people voting for their Man of the Match.

As such, this Man of the Match result is a fairly limited one, and because of that, it produced a three-way tie, with Craig Alcock, Andy Welsh and Ed Upson the three players to get the thumbs up on the night:

1 Craig Alcock 10 (1)
1 Andy Welsh 10 (1)
1 Ed Upson 10 (1)
4 John Sullivan 6 (0)
4 Dean Bowditch 6 (0)
6 Nathan Jones 2 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.50

Performance: 4.50
Entertainment: 4.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 3


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22 January 2011 : Colchester Man of the Match Result
Into December 2010 for the catch-up on a recent backlog of Man of the Match results, and the first of two away games played during the month. The 0-0 draw at Colchester United was a valuable point, breaking a run of four consecutive defeats.

With so many goals being conceded during November and the later part of October, it's not too surprising to find that voters were impressed with the the defenders and central midfielders. Although Shaun MacDonald picked up a good number of second and third placed votes, it was Jean-Paul Kalala who was comfortably out in front.

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

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 56 (4)
2 Shaun MacDonald 32 (0)
3 Nathan Smith 26 (2)
4 Luke Ayling 16 (1)
5 Craig Alcock 12 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.88

Performance: 6.75
Entertainment: 5.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 8


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22 January 2011 : November 2010 Player Of The Month
Apologies for the general tardiness in publicising the results of the Man of the Match results recently. Playing a bit of catch-up on these, the first matter to address is that of the November Player of the Month. This month was not one of the best in Yeovil Town's season - apart from an FA Cup win over Rushden and Diamonds, the Glovers lost all four League One matches.

Three players dominated the Man of the Match voting across the five matches, with Dean Bowditch (Milton Keynes Dons, Rushden and Diamonds), Shaun MacDonald (Dagenham and Redbridge, Charlton Athletic) and John Sullivan (AFC Bournemouth) the three individual match winners.

It's therefore not too surprising to find these were the top three players during the month, and in the end it was a very comfortable advantage enjoyed by Shaun MacDonald, who has of course since returned to Swansea City, with goalkeeper John Sullivan who finished second, having also left the club and headed back to Millwall. Full results are as follows:

1 Shaun MacDonald 28.6
2 John Sullivan 16.2
3 Dean Bowditch 11.9
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 9.0
5 Andy Williams 8.8
6 Craig Alcock 6.8
7 Adam Virgo 5.8
8 Sam Williams 2.8
9 Nathan Jones 2.4
10 Paul Huntington 2.1


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22 January 2011 : County Cup Date Withdrawn
Yeovil Town Reserves' Quarter-Final trip to Hengrove Athletic has now had the publicised date put on hold. The match had been scheduled to be played on Monday 28th February, but that date is now not valid, and there is no current date for this match in place. When a new date is selected, we'll let you know.


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22 January 2011 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Brentford
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town have a trip to the Griffin Park for a League One match against Brentford. The match against the Glovers takes place on Saturday 29th January 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £14.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 9.00a.m. with stops as requested. Pick-ups can be done along the way if you negotiate nicely!

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

The next away match is on Tuesday night at Hillsborough, where the Glovers will play Sheffield Wednesday, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. To stress once again, tickets are available from Hillsborough on the night of the match. See details below for the Ciderspace guide, travel and ticketing.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday.


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21 January 2011 : Skivo Previews The Rochdale Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's League One match against Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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21 January 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : All Hands On Deck
Looking ahead to tomorrow afternoon's match against Rochdale, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers the words of manager Terry Skiverton, as spoken in his weekly press meeting held yesterday. Skivo talks about the need to leave 'politics' out of football during games and to support the team unconditionally whilst the match is on - our regular blogger Cruncher gives his views on that interview.

Your common or alternative viewpoints are also welcomed as usual, via the comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : All Hands On Deck.


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21 January 2011 : Smith Gets Saddlers Job
League One basement side Walsall have appointed a successor to Chris Hutchings, who was sacked at the start of the month. The new man in charge is Dean Smith, who has been in a caretaker role since the departure of Hutchings. He has been given the job until the end of the season with the Saddlers claiming that they had 90 other applicants for the job.

Smith has been the club's Head of Youth up until now and is a former assistant manager of Leyton Orient, but at the age of 39 has yet to take a front line position. As a player, he had a lengthy career as a centre-back for Walsall, Hereford United and Leyton Orient, finishing off his career with Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale.

The new man in charge faces a tall order. The Saddlers are currently bottom of League One and are seven points from safety, and hence are also seven points behind Yeovil Town. Since taking over as caretaker manager, Smith has managed two away draws and a home defeat, suggesting that the West Midlands club have still got a distance to go before they turn around their overall form that last saw them win in the League on December 12th.


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21 January 2011 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Under-18s match, scheduled for tomorrow has been called off due to a frozen pitch. The Glovers were due to play Plymouth Argyle at the Alvington ground, but that has fallen victim to the weather. A new date will be chosen in the fullness of time.


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21 January 2011 : Play-Off Finals Move To Old Trafford
The Football League have set the venue for this season's League One and League Two play-off finals. The normal Wembley venue has been ruled out due to the stadium staging the 2011 Champions League Final. As a condition of being chosen, Wembley had to make certain guarantees to UEFA relating to the staging of other matches and events around the May 28th evening date, as well as the Football League having to deal with the logistics of the date clashing with the play-offs weekend.

As a result, the League One and League Two play-off finals will now be held at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium, with the League Two final set for Saturday May 28th in the afternoon, and the League One final set for Sunday May 29th. This is a one-off change to normal plans, with the finals reverting to Wembley Stadium the next season. The Championship play-off final remains at Wembley Stadium on Monday 30th May. All three games are currently planned to kick-off at 3.00p.m.

The standard allocation of tickets for both Old Trafford games will remain unchanged, with up to 65,000 tickets being made available to the two finalists on each day.


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21 January 2011 : Tudur Jones Signs Loan Deal With Bees
Yeovil Town will come up against one of their former players in just over a week's time when they travel to Brentford. Midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has joined League One side Brentford in a one month loan deal that will run until February 20th.

Since leaving Huish Park, Owain has made one substitute appearance and one start for his parent club Norwich City. That has added to the 16 appearances he made for the Glovers across a three month loan spell, boosting his total appearances for Yeovil Town to 22 matches.

Owain's arrival at Griffin Park means that he will face his former team-mates when Yeovil Town travel to West London on January 29th.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 January 2011 : Youth Team Home Fixture Set For Tomorrow
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow in a Youth Alliance League fixture. Their opponents will be Plymouth Argyle in a home fixture - note that this is a different fixture to that originally scheduled for tomorrow.

The match will take place at the Alvington ground (behind the Airfield Tavern) in Yeovil, kick-off 11.00a.m. Everyone is welcome to come along and watch the match.


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21 January 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Rochdale Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Rochdale tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, in a League One match that sees the Glovers hoping to climb out of the relegation zone. Apart from the point at which they first entered the bottom four at the end of October, realistically this is Yeovil's first opportunity to climb above the safety line - currently in 21st place in the current League One table and even then only on goal difference.

If they are to manage to break through that psychological barrier, they'll have to get past a Rochdale side who are currently in 11th place, seven points ahead, and have knocked up three wins and two draws since the start of 2011. That includes two away wins, meaning that Saturday's match at Huish Park will see two of League One's form teams go head to head.

Yesterday, Rochdale had some good news followed quickly by some bad news, as they gained a goalkeeper, then lost a goalkeeper. In came Owain fon Williams, signed from Stockport County, but a few hours later Josh Lillis was recalled back to Scunthorpe United. Given Lillis had been their regular No.1 keeper throughout the season, the new boy should stand a good chance of making a quick debut.

Rochdale have also brought in an experienced head in striker Liam Dickinson, who came in earlier this month on loan for the rest of the season - another player with Stockport County links who one moved to Derby County for £750,000. Aside from Dickinson though, Rochdale have some decent scoring threats on the field of play, with Gary Jones and Chris O'Grady having netted 20 goals between them. Their main strength is in their set plays and this is the main area of play that the Glovers will need to be alert on.

For the Glovers, they go into the game with no new injury worries, with manager Terry Skiverton not mentioning any hamstring issues Andy Williams might have been feeling when he left the field last weekend at Swindon Town. However, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala will serve the third of his four match ban, whilst there's no word on right-back Craig Alcock, who has been missing with a back problem. Given though that the back four have not conceded during 2011, it's unlikely that anything will be done to dislodge them, which means that the likes of Adam Virgo will be sat on the bench. Once again, expect manager Skiverton to select an unchanged side, although striker Oli Johnson will be hoping to get more game time following his début at the County Ground.

Yeovil are looking to complete their first double of the season, with them having already achieved a 1-0 win at Spotland in October 2010. Striker Luke Freeman was the hero on the day, coming on as a substitute to win the match. However, for meetings at Huish Park, you've got to go all the way back to January 2005 for the last match in Somerset, as Bartosz Tarachulski and Lee Johnson rescued a point in a 2-2 draw, after Dale had twice nudged themselves ahead through Alan Goodall and Leo Bertos. Albeit through only two previous meetings, Rochdale have yet to win a game at Huish Park.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you want to purchase at the pre-match price, then call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888. We'll be on Twitter throughout the day if you can't make the game, whilst BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM, with their Saturday Sport programme kicking off at the earlier time of 1.00p.m.

Link: Rochdale Sign Up New Goalkeeper.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale.


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20 January 2011 : Skivo's North-West Scouting Trip
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that he spent two days up in the North-West this week, keeping an eye on Premier League Reserve Team matches in an effort to boost his knowledge. The Glovers boss travelled to Bolton and Manchester where he took in two Reserve Team cup fixtures involving Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Doubtless the objective is to see at first hand some of the younger talent that may be sitting outside the regular first team squads at Premier League level. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton explained that it was a good opportunity for him to widen his horizons and that his coaching team Nathan Jones and Darren Way were also out during the week at other venues:

"I was just getting up there to look at some players up there. Obviously the knowledge (at the club) is not the best with the northern teams. So I went up there to look at Bolton, Liverpool and Man City. So it was good to get up there and I made sure that I got into some good games of football and that's what I've got to do. Darren (Way) was out and Nathan (Jones) was out as well, so we're all keeping our knowledge and making sure that we've got a grasp on everything that's happening in all the regions around the country."

For the record, Bolton Wanderers Reserves played Oldham Athletic Reserves in the Manchester Senior Cup and won 4-0, with Tom Eaves grabbing two, and with Tope Obadeyi and Alex McQuade grabbing the other two goals. Meanwhile the other game saw Liverpool Reserves beat Manchester City Reserves away from home in the Lancashire Senior Cup, with Gerardo Bruna scoring the only goal of the game.

The three Premier League sides line-ups on the day were as follows, for those of you who like to play the detective on who Skivo may have had half an eye on.

Bolton Reserves: Jay Lynch, Joe Riley, Alex McQuade, Elliott Dennis, Tom Eckersley, Adam Blakeman, Danny Ward, Mark Connolly (Liam Irwin, 77), Tom Eaves (Josh Vela, 77), Michael O'Halloran, Tope Obadeyi (Maison McGeechan, 77). Subs not used: Tom Turner (gk), Andy Burns.

Man City Reserves: Gonzalez, Smith, McGivern, M Johnson (Kay, 45), Wabara, Veseli, A Mancini, Tutte, Tchuimeni-Nimely (Ball, 25), Guidetti, McDermott (Chantler, 77). Subs not used: Karius, Roman.

Liverpool Reserves: Gulacsi, Flanagan, Robinson, Darby (c), Wilson (Mendy, 45), Roberts, Pacheco, Bruna, Ince, Cole (Amoo, 45 (Banton, 78)), Saric. Subs not used: Bouzanis, Palsson.


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20 January 2011 : Rochdale Sign Up New Goalkeeper
Saturday's opponents Rochdale have boosted their squad with the signing of a new permanent goalkeeper. They have snapped up Owain fon Williams from League Two side Stockport County - a 23 year old, who Glovers fans will recall from his days with Crewe Alexandra as well as the Hatters, although he has recently returned from a loan spell with Bury.

The Welshman was particularly impressive in Stockport's FA Cup matches against the Glovers in November 2008, producing a series of saves in the home game against 10-men Stockport, whilst saving a Danny Schofield spot kick early on in the replay. He is a Welsh U17, U19 and U21 keeper who has agreed a contract until the end of the 2010-11 season with Rochdale.

Fon Williams may have to wait his turn to get between the sticks on Saturday. Rochdale currently have Scunthorpe United keeper Josh Lillis on loan with them, and he has been their main keeper so far this season, including a current run of five matches without defeat, so manager Keith Hill will probably not be in an immediate hurry to dislodge him. However, they have confirmed that Lillis will be going back to Scunny when his loan spell expires on February 6th, suggesting that Fon Williams will be taking over from around that date.

Update: Scunthorpe United have now recalled Josh Lillis in what appears to be an unrelated decision. Owain Fon Williams may therefore make his debut after all.


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20 January 2011 : Johnson Looking Forward To Game Time
Yeovil Town loan signing Oli Johnson says that he is hoping to get more game time in during his month spell at Huish Park. The 23 year old has made just six substitute appearances for his parent club Norwich City during the 2010-11 season, including just 11 minutes since the end of October, but is expected to play a more significant part in the Glovers side than at Carrow Road.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, he has said that he should be able to get in at least five more matches during his scheduled month loan with the Glovers:

"I think I've got at least five more games, so I'm looking forward to getting some games under my belt, which I've not really done this season. Hopefully the positive results can continue."

Since joining Norwich City in January 2010, Oli has bagged four goals - all scored during the Canaries' charge towards the League One title last season. He adds that he wants to score goals during his spell in Yeovil, but points out that there is more than that to his game:

"Obviously it's the strikers that do score goals at the end of the day, but people don't always see the bigger picture. The idea is that I will get some goals, but if I can help Yeovil pick up points and help contribute to the overall team then I'll be happy."

Johnson adds that he would not rule out the possibility of extending his month stay in South Somerset, pointing out that a large first team squad at Carrow Road would make it difficult for him to break into their side at present. However, in the long run he does see his future there:

"It is a massive squad at Norwich with five or six strikers. It is for a month at the moment, but who knows, depending on how it goes. My priority has to be to go back to Norwich and fight to get in their team, but if I can keep playing here for Yeovil for the time being then I am happy to help."


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20 January 2011 : Clarke Makes Sherborne Debut
Yeovil Town second year scholar Lewis Clarke made his debut for Sherborne Town last night, as he helped them on their way to a 2-0 win. In a match played at Raleigh Grove, Clarke started in a Western League Premier Division match against Welton Rovers and was involved in their opening goal.

Playing in his usual right-wing position, it was his ball into the box from the right side of the area that found Tom Richardson for the home side's opening goal and went on to play a full 90 minutes. The points were sealed through another player with Yeovil Town links scoring the second. Former Glovers Reserve and Youth striker Phil Ormrod turned and fired into the top right hand corner to give Sherborne the points and keep Welton firmly in the relegation zone.

It wasn't such a good night for former Glovers defender Harry Montacute, who suffered a dislocated toe following a late tackle, and will be out of their team for six weeks. Yeovil Town's other second year scholar Rob Clowes did not feature in last night's match.

Yesterday afternoon, Clarke's team-mates had a busy time, with a number of Youth Team players travelling to Reading where they took part in a friendly. Yeovil Town's Youth Team lost the match 4-1.


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19 January 2011 : Latest Football League Televised Matches
A fresh batch of live televised matches involving Football League clubs have been declared in the last day or two, with Football League Trophy and FA Cup ties being chosen, as well as a number of League One games now pencilled in for late February and during March.

The most recent additions are today's decisions to screen the second leg of the Football League Trophy Southern Area final between Exeter City and Brentford, whilst Notts County are in the money, thanks to their FA Cup Fourth Round match against Manchester City.

The list of live matches involving Football League clubs, with matches involving League One clubs highlighted in bold are as follows:

22/01/2011 : 17:20 : Scunthorpe United vs Burnley (Sky, Championship)
23/01/2011 : 13:15 : QPR vs Coventry City (Sky, Championship)
25/01/2011 : 19:45 : Arsenal vs Ipswich Town (BBC, Carling Cup)
28/01/2011 : 19:45 : Bury vs Shrewsbury Town (Sky, L2)
29/01/2011 : 17:15 : Southampton vs Manchester United (ITV1, FA Cup)
30/01/2011 : 12:00 : Arsenal or Leeds United vs Huddersfield Town (ESPN, FA Cup)
30/01/2011 : 14:00 : Notts County vs Manchester City (ITV1, FA Cup)
04/02/2011 : 19:45 : Reading vs Queens Park Rangers (Sky, Championship)
05/02/2011 : 17:20 : Peterborough United vs Southampton (Sky, L1)
06/02/2011 : 13:15 : Swansea City vs Cardiff City (BBC, Championship)
07/02/2011 : 19:45 : Exeter City vs Brentford (Sky, JPT Area Final 2nd Leg)
12/02/2011 : 17:20 : Derby County vs Leicester City (Sky, Championship)
13/02/2011 : 13:15 : QPR vs Nottingham Forest (Sky, Championship)
18/02/2011 : 19:45 : Port Vale vs Bradford City (Sky, L2)
21/02/2011 : 19:45 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Plymouth Argyle (Sky, L1)
25/02/2011 : 19:45 : Notts County vs Charlton Athletic (Sky, L1)
05/03/2011 : 17:20 : Cardiff City vs Ipswich Town (Sky, Championship)
14/03/2011 : 19:45 : Norwich City vs Bristol City (Sky, Championship)
18/03/2011 : 19:45 : Chesterfield vs Rotherham United (Sky, L2)
19/03/2011 : 17:20 : Southampton vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sky, L1)
21/03/2011 : 19:45 : MK Dons vs Peterborough United (Sky, L1)
27/03/2011 : 16:00 : Huddersfield Town vs Notts County (Sky, L1)
28/03/2011 : 19:45 : Oldham Athletic vs Tranmere Rovers (Sky, L1)

For the FA Cup, Southampton, Huddersfield Town and Notts County (as well as all the other clubs televised in the Fourth Round), will receive a fee of £144,000 each as a broadcast fee.


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19 January 2011 : Glovers Would Have Lost Henderson
It's thankfully of academic interest - for the time being at least - but Yeovil Town would have lost goalkeeper Stephen Henderson if events up the A37 had gone the wrong way. As covered in yesterday's news, Bristol City won their appeal against the sending off of first choice goalkeeper David James, ending fears that Yeovil Town might see their on-loan keeper recalled back to Ashton Gate.

City boss Keith Millen has confirmed in this morning's Western Daily Press that if the appeal had not succeeded, then Henderson would have been taken back to Bristol, meaning that the Glovers had a lucky escape:

"Had we lost the appeal, I would have had to bring Stephen back from Yeovil and that would have caused a lot of disruption. This way, everyone can carry on as they were."

Whilst this week has proved to bring good news, Millen's thinking makes it clear that if James or City's second choice keeper Dean Gerken are unavailable between now and the end of the season - even if only for a single game - then Henderson would almost certainly be returning back to his parent club.

Whilst on the subject of goalkeepers, Yeovil Town have confirmed yesterday's news concerning the trialling of French goalkeeper Yohann Lacroix, although there's no suggestion at present that a deal is on the table for him. See yesterday's article for a full profile of him.


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19 January 2011 : Johnson Consulted Former Glover Before Signing
Yeovil Town's latest loan signing Oli Johnson has said he took advice from a former Glover before agreeing to head to South Somerset for a month deal at Huish Park. It won't surprise too many to find that the player he turned to was midfielder Owain Tudur Jones, who made 22 appearances across two loan spells for the club during this season and last season.

Johnson, who is a team-mate of Tudur Jones at Championship side Norwich City, told BBC Somerset that when he was made aware of Yeovil Town's interest at the start of January, the advice from the Welshman was useful to him:

"He had some good things to say about the place, and the people here. So that only encouraged me really. Probably at the start of January, Paul Lambert called me in and said Yeovil were interested. I wanted to go out and get some games. I waited a week to just keep my options open and see what was available, but Paul Lambert and myself decided that this would be the best place for me to come and play my football."

The striker said that he also had no qualms with joining a side that was in the relegation zone, pointing out that he was aware of the club's current form and felt that they'd turned a corner in their battle to climb out of the bottom four:

"I've seen how well they've done recently. I'd seen that they'd kept four clean sheets and picked up points, so obviously they were a team that were on an up-turn in terms of form. When I spoke to the manager, it all sounded very positive."

First impressions count, and having watched the first half of Saturday's match at the County Ground against Swindon Town, and played in the majority of the second period, Johnson adds that he is happy with what he has seen so far:

"I was impressed by the team, first and foremost. The way that they have togetherness and they've stuck together and have team spirit. They've ground out a result although to be fair it could have been more than 1-0. I think we were good value for the win and it was a good positive start."


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18 January 2011 : Tuesday Night League One Round-Up
Yeovil Town remain in 21st place in the League One table tonight, after relegation rivals Bristol Rovers failed to capitalise on an opportunity to claw points back on a night in which three League One matches were played. Rovers were held 0-0 at the Memorial Stadium against Hartlepool United, extending their run to 12 matches without a win - easily the worst run of form in the division at present, having not recorded a win since October 16th.

Saturday's opponents Rochdale also recorded a 0-0 draw tonight, albeit against a promotion-chasing AFC Bournemouth side. Just 2,312 spectators turned up at Spotland, to see Dale climb a couple of places into 11th place, and seven ahead of the Glovers going into Saturday's match.

The final game tonight thankfully did produce some goals, with beleaguered Plymouth Argyle clocking up a surprise 3-1 away win against Milton Keynes Dons. The Pilgrims even scored all four goals, with Onismor Bhasera scoring in both nets. Kari Arnason and Chris Clark were the other scorers to push Argyle up to 13th, and seven ahead of the drop zone. They are by no means clear of danger though, having played three more games than the Glovers, and still needing to sort out their perilous financial situation before they return to the High Court on February 9th.

In a Football League Trophy Area Final played tonight, Carlisle United's love affair with the competition continues. Last year's beaten finalists look to be on their way to Wembley again after they thrashed Huddersfield Town 4-0 in the first leg of the Northern Area Final. Exeter City and Brentford are a little more delicately balanced at 1-1 from their match yesterday.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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18 January 2011 : Bowditch Happy To Be The Poacher
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch admitted that he acted like a poacher to get on the end of a rebound shot for Saturday's winning goal. The 24 year old headed home from close range at the County Ground to win the match 1-0 against Swindon Town, but said that it could have easily been his strike partner Sam Williams running away with the plaudits.

Williams had won the ball inside the penalty box, but saw his shot superbly saved onto the crossbar by Swindon keeper Phil Smith, with the ball popping out and straight into the path of Bowditch. The match winner was grateful but said that the player who provided his assist was a bit disappointed that he didn't take it himself:

"Sammy was a bit gutted himself, because he's come over and he's connected with it well. The keeper (Phil Smith) has made a good save but he (Williams) said he should have finished it anyway and just stuck it right in the back of the net. But as a poacher, I just thought this could hit the post or hit the bar or it could just ricochet to me, and luckily I'm just two yards out and have just stuck it in the net."

The goal for Bowditch ended an unusually barren run for him, where Yeovil's top scorer had not netted since November 2nd at Milton Keynes Dons. The striker hopes that ending that nine game run without a goal can spur him on:

"It's been a few weeks since I last scored. I've had chances but I just haven't stuck them away, so it was just nice to get one from a couple of yards out. So hopefully that will get me rolling again."

As for the team as a whole, three wins in a row and five clean sheets mean that the players are on a high, with hopes that they can soon climb out of the relegation zone. Bowditch said that he saw the turnaround on their form as 'unbelievable' but admitted that to achieve it, they'd had to 'win ugly' at the County Ground:

"It's just unbelievable. We're now on a great run of form. It's three (wins) out of three now, and I just think the boys deserve it, because when we had a little bit of a chat, as the gaffer said we had a little bit of a chat and a little bit of a heart-to-heart about what we've got to do. We just thought that you've got to work harder.

"We suddenly started to work harder, working on the basics, and the basics have got us this. It was an ugly game, and from the spectators point of view it probably wasn't the best of games, but we've won ugly today, and for us to do that, that shows great resilience which is important for survival
."

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 January 2011 : You Wait For One Goalkeeper To Come Along ...
And then four come along at once. Having had Richard Martin return on a short term deal, Stephen Henderson arrive on loan, and then Gareth Stewart come in as a goalkeeping coach, the Glovers are awash with goalkeepers all of a sudden. And now according to Sky Sports there is a fourth goalkeeper on trial at Huish Park.

French keeper Yohann Lacroix is a 25 year old playing in the Singaporean S-League where his team Eroile FC have recently won their league. He has been on the books of French sides Auxerre and Lille.

At this stage it's worth pointing out that there is more than a sniff of a Football Agent trying to boost the profile of his client. Step forward Menzo Messaoudi of agency Premier Pro who tells Sky Sports all about his man:

"Yohann is a very athletic keeper with incredible reflexes for a big man. At 6'5, his shot stopping at ground level is quite impressive. His presence in the area can be felt and his athleticism is evident in the types of saves he makes. Having just won the S-League in Singapore with Etoile, Yohann would like a new challenge, and England is his most desired location to ply his trade. This week will be pivotal in Yohann achieving his ambitions in England."

Before anyone gets too excited about this one, last September, another French goalkeeper Christophe Ott was claimed to be on trial at Huish Park. Once again the source for the news was Sky Sports and the player's agent was named as ... Menzo Messaoudi. We'll wait and see what comes of this one, this time round.


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18 January 2011 : Sherborne Delight As Glovers Pair Complete Move
Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town have thanked the Glovers for allowing Youth Team duo Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke a chance to play for the Dorset side. The Second Year Scholars will be working with Town manager and former Glovers legend Mickey Spencer as part of Sherborne's first team, giving both a taste of first team football.

As mentioned yesterday, both players should be eligible for selection for Sherborne's home match tomorrow night against Welton Rovers. Sherborne boss Spencer has told their official site that last season's experience of taking on Glovers players was one that he was happy to repeat:

"It is great to have such good contacts with the staff at Huish Park. The arrangement worked well last year and the proof of that is that Rhys Baggridge is now a regular in Yeovil's first team squad. From Sherborne's point of view it is great to help our local league team and from a personal perspective it is great to work with up-and-coming talented players."

The arrangement is a similar one to last season's deal that saw Rhys Baggridge and Rob Clowes head across to Dorset in that they are able to continue to play for Yeovil Town's Youth and Reserve side, when required, in a deal that has been badged as work experience.

During last season, Rhys played for Yeovil Town Reserves, Yeovil Town Under-18s and Sherborne Town all in the space of one week, and so it would not be too surprising if the latest pair saw more of the same, with the Glovers due to face Hengrove Athletic in the County Cup at the end of next month. Good luck to them both.

Sherborne's home match against Welton Rovers tomorrow night kicks off at 7.45p.m. at Raleigh Grove for those who fancy popping along. Even if Lewis and Rob don't make it into their starting line-up straight away, expect to be playing 'Spot The Ex-Glover' throughout the evening, with plenty of former Reserve and Youth players out on display.

Link: Sherborne Official Site : Young Glovers Sign On.


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18 January 2011 : City Win James Appeal
Yeovil Town supporters can give a big sigh of relief with the news that Bristol City have been successful in their attempt to overturn a ban relating to their goalkeeper David James.

According to City's official site, the appeal succeeded due to there being three City defenders in the area when opponents Middlesbrough won a late penalty on Saturday.

The news means that James will not face a ban, thus eliminating any possibility of Glovers loan keeper Stephen Henderson being recalled back to Ashton Gate.


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17 January 2011 : Glovers Quarter-Final County Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town Reserves have had a date for their Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final tie set by the Somerset FA. Their trip to play Hengrove Athletic will be played on February 28th 2011, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off at their Norton Lane ground.

Address: Hengrove Athletic FC, Norton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0BT.

The Somerset FA have listed dates for all four Quarter-Final ties. These are as follows:

28/02/2011 : 19:30 : Hengrove Athletic vs Yeovil Town
28/02/2011 : 19:30 : Paulton Rovers vs Clevedon Town
01/03/2011 : 19:45 : Taunton Town vs Weston-super-Mare
02/03/2011 : 19:45 : Frome Town vs Radstock Town

Update: This date has since been withdrawn. A new date is awaited.


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17 January 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Thank Glovers Vice Presidents
The senior squad at Yeovil Town Ladies will be travelling to their matches looking smart and professional thanks to a kind donation from the Yeovil Town Vice Presidents. Having donated training balls to the ladies club a few seasons ago, Rod Hallett and his fellow members had been keen to again help out, and as a result have provided the senior squad with Yeovil Town Official Tracksuits.

This amounts to a substantial donation, and all at the club are most grateful. Speaking last week club captain Sarah Lawler said:

"The girls would like to thank Rod Hallett and his Vice Presidents for this kind and generous donation. Not only will the tracksuits allow us to travel to matches looking the part, but they will also of course act as training kit for us. The kit was presented to us at the Vice Presidents AGM, and Rod and some of the other VP’s came along to our FA Cup game with Cardiff a few weeks ago, and cheered us on throughout the game.

"We are grateful for their support, and hope to allow them to see us win next time they come to Raleigh Grove
."

[Ali King, Yeovil Town Ladies.]

Yeovil Town Ladies at Raleigh Grove in their new tracksuits, donated by Yeovil Town Vice Presidents
Yeovil Town Ladies at Raleigh Grove in their new tracksuits, donated by Yeovil Town Vice Presidents.
Yeovil Town Ladies/Ali King).



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17 January 2011 : Two More Glovers Named In Team Of The Week
Two more Yeovil Town players have been nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week. Last weekend, the Glovers had three players included in the set for League One, and this week they have two more, after goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and striker Dean Bowditch were included following their performances in the 1-0 win over Swindon Town.

Stephen has been part of a Glovers defensive line that have now kept clean sheets in five consecutive League One matches, albeit with his predecessor John Sullivan being responsible for three of those matches. Dean's inclusion came on the back of a match-winning goal at the County Ground, and Bowditch's first strike since November 2nd.

The full team line-up is as follows:

Stephen Henderson (Yeovil Town)
Frank Simek (Carlisle) Peter Clarke (Huddersfield) Neal Trotman (Oldham) Tamas Kadar (Huddersfield)
Dean Bowditch (Yeovil Town) James Berret (Carlisle) Dale Stephens (Oldham) Ben Marshall (Carlisle)
Chris Wood (Brighton) Jabo Ibehre (MK Dons)

Nominations for Yeovil Town players so far this season are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3) (details).
7. Stephen Henderson (08/01/2010 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
8. Paul Huntington (08/01/2010 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
9. Nathan Smith (08/01/2010 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
10. Stephen Henderson (15/01/2010 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
11. Dean Bowditch (15/01/2010 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).


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17 January 2011 : Glovers Duo To Go Out On Loan
Two of Yeovil Town's second year scholars are to go out on loan to gain first team experience. Right-sided Lewis Clarke and the versatile Rob Clowes are to head to Raleigh Grove where they will spend time with Sherborne Town, playing in the Western League Premier Division.

Rob will need little introduction to Sherborne fans, having had a successful loan spell in Dorset last season, cut short by a shoulder injury. He started off in the Glovers Centre of Excellence sides playing as a striker, but has been used as a centre-back and even occasionally a central midfielder during his time in the Youth Team.

Lewis is just as versatile - generally he has featured as a right-winger or an attacking midfielder in Yeovil Town's Under-18s, but has also featured as a right-back whilst playing for the Glovers. This is his first spell out on loan from the club, having graduated from the Under-16s side, and now in the second year of his scholarship.

Good luck to the lads during their time working with Mickey Spencer - we'll keep an eye on how they get on. The loan deal has yet to be absolutely confirmed by both clubs, but with Sherborne in first team action against Welton Rovers at Raleigh Grove on Wednesday night in the Western League, hopefully they should play some part in that match.


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17 January 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Rochdale have been announced. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 22nd January with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Danny McDermid (Hampshire).

Considering he lives fairly locally, it's surprising to note that we've only had Mr McDermid twice since his promotion to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2006. Part of that is due to him not being involved at all during the 2008-09 season, although we've not even had him since then.

After a few games where he was an assistant, his first match in charge was the October 2006 home match against Oldham Athletic. No complaints then about his performance - in fact not even a mention. So why does his name seem oddly familiar?

Ah, yes. The Boxing Day 2007 home match against Swindon Town. Mr McDermid was the referee who sent off Terry Skiverton after an alleged off the ball incident involving Robins striker Barry Corr. McDermid did not see the incident himself, but chose to rely upon the evidence of an assistant who was 60 yards from play. Not even the Cowlin Stand linesman - far closer to the incident had seen what went on, and unfortunately neither did the TV cameras, and Skivo was banned for three matches, whilst Corr, who was already on a yellow card, stayed on the field, having already scored the winning goal.

We weren't particularly happy with Mr McDermid's general performance throughout the game and in the match report said that he "had an awful game throughout but the decision to red card Skiverton lost him any remaining credibility he might have had with the Yeovil faithful".

As an aside, Mr McDermid was during that season charged by the Football Association under claims that he had sworn at Leeds United manager Dennis Wise. In a match against Gillingham, McDermid sent off two Leeds players, as well as banishing Wise himself to the stands, but there were allegations that the match referee had sworn at Wise upon the final whistle. He was eventually cleared two months after the match, with Wise himself being fined and suspended for his role in the row.

Mr McDermid will be assisted by Stephen Daly (Middlesex) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (Gloucestershire).

Link: October 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 0.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 1.


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17 January 2011 : Regional Football Magazine Programme Returns To The BBC
The BBC relaunch their Late Kick-Off programme tonight, when it makes its weekly return on Monday nights between now and the end of the season. The first episode will be broadcast on BBC1 at 11.10p.m. tonight and will be hosted by experienced presenter and commentator James Richardson, legendary for bringing you the Football Italia show on Channel 4.

As before, the show is regionalised, with the edition that covers Yeovil Town working through the South-West, South and West clubs in the Football League. The clubs covered under those three regional areas will include Aldershot, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers Cheltenham, Exeter City, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Swindon Town, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town.

Richardson will be assisted by former Reading and Southampton skipper Graeme Murty and former Torquay United manager Leroy Rosenior. Richardson has said of the new venture:

"I am delighted to be given this cracking opportunity to dive into the Football League. It's real football - the fans' commitment and dedication to their teams is a joy to behold, as is the action on field. It'll be a real privilege to help bring supporters all the latest news plus the inside word on what's going on in the dressing room and beyond."

Programme makers Pergall Media were at the County Ground on Saturday, and will doubtless show some match footage - they were planning to cover Swindon Town's campaign to get their supporters to turn up in old replica shirts on the day.

They also promise that they will be covering footage from tonight's Football League Trophy match between Brentford and Exeter City which is also live on Sky Sports this evening.

For those who live outside the region, don't panic - the BBC's iPlayer will be holding all of the various regional programmes on their site for the seven days following each programme - although last season we found that was only on their website rather than on the various Sky/Virgin/Freeview boxes, although that might be just our provider at fault.


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17 January 2011 : Gareth Stewart Arrival Confirmed
Further to last Friday's news concerning goalkeeper Gareth Stewart, his arrival at Yeovil Town has now been confirmed. The former AFC Bournemouth, Blackburn Rovers, Dorchester Town and Welling United keeper joins the club as a full time goalkeeping coach, replacing Ben Roberts who left the club on Christmas Eve for fellow League One side Charlton Athletic.

For a full profile on Gareth, see Friday's article below.

Link: Glovers To Appoint New Goalkeeping Coach.


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17 January 2011 : February 2011 Fixtures Poster
With just one more home match to come in January, the February 2011 Fixtures Poster is now available for download. Covering all Huish Park games during next month, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop or anywhere that takes your imagination - provided you have permission to place the poster there.

Following next weekend's home game against Rochdale (Jan 22nd), there are four home games in February for you to get your teeth into. First up is a midweeker against Plymouth Argyle, followed by a Saturday game against Charlton Athletic five days later (5th). Then in the middle of the month there's another pair of home games, with Peterborough United coming in midweek (15th) followed by Notts County on the following Saturday (19th).

We've included two versions - one with a background colour and one without a background colour. Obviously the former is going to be fairly heavy on your printer ink, so if that's a concern, you'll probably want to choose the one without a background to it.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. 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. For any comments on the poster design or feedback of that nature, contact Ben Barrett at benbarrett10@gmail.com

Link: February 2011 Fixtures Poster (with background).

Link: February 2011 Fixtures Poster (without background).


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17 January 2011 : Volunteers Needed For Coppafeel Charity Collection
Yeovil Town supporter Nick Burton is looking for volunteers who can help him with a collection for charity early next month. Nick will be collecting on behalf of the Coppafeel Breast Cancer charity after the home match against Charlton Athletic on Saturday 5th February.

He estimates that this will take up around 30 minutes of your time, and all for a worthy cause. If you think you can help, then drop him an email at nick@glover01.plus.com for further details.


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17 January 2011 : GWSC Travel To Brentford
At the tail end of January, Yeovil Town have two consecutive away fixtures, with the first being the midweek trip to Hillsborough. The second of those is a weekend League One match against Brentford at Griffin Park. The match takes place on Saturday 29th January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £19.00, with concessions available at £17.00. 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: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.


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17 January 2011 : GWSC Revised Travel To Sheffield Wednesday
In eight days time, Yeovil Town make their second attempt to travel to Yorkshire to play a League One match against Sheffield Wednesday at their Hillsborough stadium. The match takes place on Tuesday 25th January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have revised their original travel plans for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 12.45p.m. Cost of travel will be £24.00, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices. Note that there is no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station for this trip.

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

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday.


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16 January 2011 : AFC Bournemouth vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s lost out in their opening game of 2011 yesterday morning, as a single second half goal separated the sides in a Youth Alliance League fixture against AFC Bournemouth Under-18s. Their first game since December 11th took place at Bournemouth's Chapel Gate ground with a force eight gusting to force nine wind blowing across the pitch, that obviously affected the quality of the game on display.

Yeovil went into the game without four of their first choice players. Rhys Baggridge was called up to the first team squad but was not included as part of the bench at Swindon. Nick Lyscov was absent as he was still serving a ban for being sent off at Dulwich in the FA Youth Cup all the way back in November. Jonny Kaye and Adam Cleary had been injured in training so were not fit to play. Fortunately the under 16’s did not have a game and six of them were drafted in.

Both sides found their first game in over a month made even more difficult by the strong gale force wind and took quite a while to settle down and most of the initial action was a series of free kicks for both sides none of which threatened the opposing goal. Bournemouth had the first real chance when their centre-forward shot over when it seemed easier to score but to be fair the wind was so strong it had an effect all over the pitch. The next Bournemouth attack could well have seen a goal but a good save down to his left by Steve Boore kept the scores level.

Yeovil went straight up the other end and a long range shot from Josh Doyle went just over the bar. Then Aiden Chainey slipped a peach of a through ball to Lloyd Matthews whose shot was well saved by the keeper. Yeovil had a good spell of possession keeping the ball on the deck and taking the game to the opposition, but had to be wary of the opposition, with only a last ditch tackle by Josh Doyle on the half way line snuffing out a Bournemouth attack. After some really strong hold up play by Rob Clowes he slipped the ball through to Lloyd Matthews whose shot brought the best out of the keeper.

During the next Bournemouth attack Steve Boore collected a high cross and after he had landed on his feet was charged to the deck by two Bournemouth forwards. After five minutes treatment by the new youth team physio, Boore shakily carried on. In the closing stages of the half, Yeovil gave away a free kick just outside the penalty area and only a first class save kept the ball out.

The Glovers did manage to get the ball into the back of the net before the break, when after some good passing, the ball was put through Rob Clowes who crashed a shot into the top corner but was given offside, to rule out the strike and keep the scores level. Well into first half injury time both sides had a shot on goal saved by the respective keepers, leaving it 0-0 at the break.

The wind did not favour either side - it just made it difficult for both to play good football and the start of the second half was very scrappy but Yeovil playing a passing game were getting the best of the early exchanges with both Aiden Chainey and LLoyd Matthews firing shots just wide. Then Yeovil had their best move of the game, Steve Boore rolled out the ball to Joe Grimstead, then Lee Sweet, followed by good footwork by Lloyd Matthews who played the ball to Will Agbo. The great team move ended with Agbo finding Rob Clowes whose shot was pushed away by the keeper, but only as far as the in-rushing Tyler Sheppard, but even Sheppard was denied by Bournemouth's keeper making a second superb save.

At the other end Steve Boore pulled out two good saves to deny Bournemouth yet again. Both sides were visibly tiring, playing against the wind and there followed a period of quite scrappy play where neither side could keep the ball. Some Rob Clowes pressure resulted in a corner for Yeovil taken by Joe Grimstead but his set piece was taken by the wind and directly over the bar.

Bournemouth eventually broke the deadlock in the final 15 minutes of the second half, with Glovers keeper Steve Boore on the end of a second controversial challenge. A long kick forward by Bournemouth was collected by Boore at his feet, but the ball was kicked out of his hands by the Bournemouth no 11 and then into the net. The match referee ruled a goal, rather than the free kick the Glovers had been hoping for.

Coach Scott Green’s answer was to bring on all three subs to refresh the side but the task was too great. To give the Glovers their due they did everything to try and equalise but it was the Bournemouth keeper's day and he repeatedly proved to be the rock on which Yeovil attacks foundered. The final whistle ended what had been a scrappy which neither side deserved to win. Yeovil tried to play football in difficult conditions and all the side could not be faulted for their effort, especially Rob Clowes, where the only time he was not a thorn in Bournemouth's side was when he was being patched up by the physio.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth Under-18s 1 Yeovil Town Under-18s 0.

Scorer: Bournemouth's No.11 (1-0, second half).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Aiden Chainey 5. Josh Doyle 6. Lee Sweet 7. Tyler Sheppard 8. Will Gordon 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11 Will Agbo.

Substitutes:
Matt Joiner, Mason Regler, Morgan Marsh (All 81 mins for Tyler Sheppard, Lee Sweet and Will Agbo).


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16 January 2011 : Glovers Left Hanging On City James Appeal
There can't be too many occasions where Yeovil Town fans might have their eyes on an appeal against a sending off involving a team that is not even in their division. Such are the complications of the use of the loan system that mean that the Glovers will have a beady eye on what happens to Bristol City's plans to appeal against a red card dished out by referee Darren Drysdale to goalkeeper David James in their home match against Middlesbrough yesterday.

The Robins have today confirmed they are appealing on the grounds that former Glover Liam Fontaine was on the goal line, whilst another former Glover Steve Caulker was one of two defenders close enough to the ball to potentially stop a shot, as Cameron Park was judged to be fouled in the box by the former England keeper.

If the one match ban is not overturned by the FA Appeals Committee, then Yeovil Town risk the possibility of City boss Keith Millen recalling Stephen Henderson from his loan spell at Huish Park. City have Dean Gerken as their second choice keeper, but would run the risk of playing next Saturday's match at Crystal Palace without a recognised substitute keeper, with third choice Henderson recently starting his second spell with the Glovers.

Obviously, one thing at a time - we should hear the result of City's appeal within the next 24-48 hours, and then the question will be how Millen weighs up the pros and cons of playing one match without a recognised substitute keeper versus the ability to give his third choice keeper plenty of game time at another club, which he is unlikely to get this season at Ashton Gate. In the worst case scenario, at least the Glovers have no midweek game, and so should get a few days notice to deal with any problems that might ensue.


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16 January 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win against Swindon Town today, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game.


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15 January 2011 : Skivo 'Couldn't Be Happier' At Swindon Win
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he "couldn't be happier" after seeing his side grab their third win in a row this afternoon, to keep their 2011 run of form going strong. The current run of wins is Skiverton's best during his two years of management, and that was achieved today thanks to a Dean Bowditch goal during a tight 1-0 win over Swindon Town at the County Ground.

In blustery conditions, Skiverton's men ground out their fifth consecutive clean sheet in League One, and the Glovers boss admitted after the match that stopping the opposition from scoring was his team's number one objective at the moment - a far cry from the latter part of 2010 that had seen them concede three or four goals a game on nine separate occasions:

"We know where we are in the league and what we are all trying to concentrate on at the moment is keeping clean sheets and I couldn't be happier. We hit them on the break, it was good to see Oli Johnson come on and he stretched their defence a number of times. It gave us something different up front. Special mention to Ed Upson, who I thought was outstanding and got us back into the game along with Paul Wotton."


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15 January 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 1-0 win against Swindon Town at the County Ground today, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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15 January 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Swindon Away Interview
Just before kick-off against Swindon Town today, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC, giving his pre-match thoughts. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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15 January 2011 : Swindon 0 Yeovil 1 : Bowditch Goal Keeps Glovers Run Going
Yeovil Town picked up their third consecutive League One win this afternoon to put them inches away from climbing out of the relegation zone. A 1-0 win against Swindon Town at the County Ground was Yeovil's fifth clean sheet in a row in League matches and the first time that Glovers boss Terry Skiverton had clocked up three wins in a row since becoming manager. The only goal of the game came after Dean Bowditch showed a poacher's touch, following up a shot that had been deflected onto the crossbar with a close-range header, and that was enough to defeat a home side who were by then down to ten men, with former Glover Michael Rose getting his marching orders.

Team selection for Terry Skiverton was a simple one with the same starting line-up as last weekend's match. The bench was also bolstered with Alex Russell and Oli Johnson making their first appearances since being signed by the club. The match itself began in blustery conditions that were largely at Yeovil's back during the first period. That seemed to benefit the Glovers to an extent in terms of territory, but were struggling to get the measure of the wind, with final passes going a bit too long. Swindon had barely got out of their own half, but they carved out the first chance of the game, as Charlie Austin received a cross-field pass from home winger Matt Ritchie, and Glovers keeper Stephen Henderson saved well from a narrow angle from Austin's shot.

At the other end, Dean Bowditch saw a shot hit the woodwork as Swindon keeper Phil Smith seemed to misjudge the shot from the Glovers front man, parrying the ball onto the top of his own crossbar as he tried to take the ball, in what would have been an odd goal to say the least. More worthy attempts came from Paul Wotton's free kick and Andy Williams, who broke down the channel, with Smith making parried saves to stop the ball hitting the net.

Former Glover Michael Rose had a strong attempt on goal, when his side earned a free kick, with Rosey reminding Glovers fans of his dead ball skills as his curling attempt was parried away by Stephen Henderson. Five minutes later, Rose tried the same again, with a fierce drive across the face of goal, but again Henderson was equal to it, sending the ball out for a corner. Having had a slow start, the Robins were just starting to get into gear as the half closed. A Charlie Austin shot was deflected out for a corner, and from that set piece, a Scott Cuthbert header was blocked close to the goal line by Paul Wotton and out for another corner.

Yeovil's chances in the closing stages of the opening period were rare, although one breakaway saw some controversy as Andy Welsh broke up field. He appeared to be impeded whilst clear on goal, as Michael Rose tried to close him down, but referee Neil Swarbrick decided there was no contact made, with the Glovers bench erupting in fury when the match official waved play on. Had Swarbrick given the foul, a red card would surely have followed, and the half time whistle saw plenty of Glovers players having a friendly 'chat' with the official as he left the field.

Not that Rose managed to stay on the field of play for too long in the second period. After a fairly nondescript start to the second period, Ed Upson got involved in a tussle with Rose, hauling him to the floor. The Swindon full-back's response was to stamp on his opposite number, and referee Swarbrick had little hesitation in raising a red card. Upson was possibly lucky not to get a yellow for the initial foul, although was wise enough to stay clear of Rose's retaliation.

With Swindon down to 10 men, and Ed Upson the pantomime villain in home fans eyes, they inevitably bayed for blood when Upson took out Jonathan Douglas with a late foul. This time the yellow card for Yeovil's midfielder was inevitable, and there was perhaps a concern that the match might turn nasty, with matches between these two clubs having a reputation for fire points.

With the man advantage, Yeovil took just eight minutes to make it count as they took the lead. A fairly hopeful looking ball was punted into the box, Sam Williams won his header with a strong aerial challenge, the loose ball was picked up and fired toward the goal, with Swindon keeper Phil Smith doing well to parry the ball onto the crossbar. Dean Bowditch was the first to react, heading home from close range for his seventh goal of the season, and to give Swindon a mountain to climb - a man down and now a goal down.

Instead of having a Swindon surge on goal, the game largely just turned scrappy, with the amount of football in the two boxes fairly minimal, and neither side managing to create good chances. The best for the home side came when substitute Vincent Pericard's header flashed across the face of goal from close range, whilst the Glovers preferred to catch Swindon on the break, with their substitute Oli Johnson doing well to put Andy Welsh in on goal, only for Lecsinel Jean-Francois's well-timed tackle stopping the left winger from having the chance to extend Yeovil's lead.

Four minutes of injury time, and home keeper Phil Smith's rushes into the opposition penalty box failed to panic the Yeovil back line, who were organised and confident in keeping out anything Swindon could throw at them. The three valuable points now put Yeovil right on the edge of the relegaton zone, benefiting today by Tranmere Rovers getting beaten, and Bristol Rovers on the end of a 4-0 thrashing up at Carlisle. They're still not out of trouble yet, and remain in 21st place, but clearly the escape hatch is now wide open, and the 2011 great transformation of Yeovil's football continues.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Swindon Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (65 mins, 0-1)

Swindon Town:
12. Phil Smith
6. Paul Caddis 2. Scott Cuthbert 19. Lecsinel Jean-Francois 3. Michael Rose
7. Jon-Paul McGovern 4. Jonathan Douglas 10. David Prutton 22. Matt Ritchie
20. Thomas Dossevi 32. Charlie Austin

Substitutes:
28. Mark Scott (GK) 8. Simon Ferry 9. Vincent Pericard (55 mins for Thomas Dossevi) 11. Michael Timlin (72 mins for Matt Ritchie) 18. Alan O'Brien 21. Alan Sheehan (61 mins for Jon-Paul McGovern) 34. Will Evans

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo (90 mins for Ed Upson) 23. Billy Gibson 12. Oli Johnson (54 mins for Andrew Williams) 15. Alex Russell (70 mins for Dean Bowditch)

Swindon Bookings: None. Red Card: Michael Rose (57 mins, violent conduct)
Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (60 mins, foul)

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). Assistants: Adam Crysell (Essex) and John Busby (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Steve Cook (Derbyshire).

Attendance: 7,950


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15 January 2011 : Team News For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have unsurprisingly named an unchanged starting eleven for this afternoon's away match at Swindon Town. The only changes to the team are on the bench, where Norwich City striker Oli Johnson stands by to make his début, whilst former Bath City veteran Alex Russell has recovered from his hip injury and is able to make the squad for the first time.

The squad additions mean that Yeovil are able to name a full set of substitutes for the first time in 2011.

For Swindon Town, there is no place in the squad for former Glovers right-back Kevin Amankwaah, but another former Glover Michael Rose starts the game as a left-back.

Full line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson 12. Oli Johnson 15. Alex Russell

Swindon Town:
12. Phil Smith
6. Paul Caddis 2. Scott Cuthbert 19. Lecsinel Jean-Francois 3. Michael Rose
7. Jon-Paul McGovern 4. Jonathan Douglas 10. David Prutton 22. Matt Ritchie
20. Thomas Dossevi 32. Charlie Austin

Substitutes:
28. Mark Scott (GK) 8. Simon Ferry 9. Vincent Pericard 11. Michael Timlin 18. Alan O'Brien 21. Alan Sheehan 34. Will Evans


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15 January 2011 : Williams Makes The Case For The Defence
Yeovil Town's winger/striker Andy Williams may be in good form - but he is modest enough to point to other areas of the pitch for his team's recent turnaround on their form. Williams has scored five goals in his last nine matches for the Glovers, having not scored for the club until the start of November, and recently has been moved from his position out on the right wing into a front line striking position.

His five goals have been out of a total of nine Yeovil Town goals across the same number of matches, making him the Glovers most prolific player in recent matches, but he told BBC Somerset that he regarded the main reason for the improved results was down to the way the team is currently defending:

"Last year in particular, and towards the start of the season, we were playing decent but were not grinding out the results. We were conceding sloppy goals and it was costing us. We've become a lot more resilient and a lot more stubborn and hard to beat. That's what we've showed, and we need to play our football in the final third and thankfully we've been doing that recently."

Currently the Glovers have not conceded in League One since November 23rd - a run of 414 minutes without either John Sullivan or Stephen Henderson being beaten, which is easily their best run of the season.


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15 January 2011 : Gibson Keen To Build On First Team Progress
Yeovil Town right-winger Billy Gibson is hoping to build on his number of appearances for the first team, having just signed a new contract at Huish Park. The former Watford player was signed in the summer of 2010 on a short term contract and so far has made three substitute appearances, including last weekend's home match against Brentford.

His aim for the second half of the season is to increase his game time for the Glovers, and he has told BBC Somerset that he was happy to extend his stay in South Somerset with that in mind:

"Obviously for the last 10 years I've been at Watford, but then I came here at the start of the season to stay, and I was due to stay until the end of January. The gaffer called me into his office and said he was really happy with me, and said he wanted to keep me here until the end of the season. So I'm really happy to be here. Hopefully I'll get a chance off the bench, and if I get that chance, then hopefully I'll take it."

The Glovers have been in the relegation zone since the end of October - when a home draw against today's opponents Swindon Town sent them below the safety line. They reached a low point in mid-December when they went to the bottom of League One but during the early part of 2011 have shown signs of clawing that deficit back. Gibson remains confident that his team can continue that progress:

"Definitely, I think we're all confident. We were obviously bottom, but it's just a case of taking it one at a time to claw the teams back. We've clawed a few back now, and we've gone above Bristol Rovers. Now we've just got to beat Tranmere and I think we can keep working up the table. So there's a belief in the changing room that we will keep working our way up."


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15 January 2011 : AFC Bournemouth vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down to a narrow defeat this morning in their first match of 2011. The Glovers had not played since November 20th, due to a planned Christmas break combined with the lengthy spell of wintry weather across December. This morning they set off to play AFC Bournemouth Under-18s, and the Cherries won the game 1-0 in South Dorset.

More details on this game will follow during the next 24-48 hours.


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14 January 2011 : Howe Confirms Bournemouth Exit
League One side AFC Bournemouth are looking for a new first team manager, after Eddie Howe confirmed that he would be leaving Dean Court tonight. The Cherries were in live action against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, and in his post-match press interview, he stated that his 100th game in charge of the Dorset side would also be his last, as he heads north with the intention of signing a contract with Championship side Burnley tomorrow.

Howe has had a long association with the Cherries, having had two lengthy playing spells and a loan spell at Dean Court, before retiring from a knee injury at the age of 29. In September 2008, his association with Bournemouth was briefly curtailed when he was sacked as Reserve Team manager, but he was quickly reinstated as Youth Team Manager and then became their First Team Manager in January 2009, taking over whilst the Cherries were in the League Two relegation zone. Two years later, he leaves them in a third-placed League One position, having taken them out of League Two last season.

His final game in charge wasn't quite the swansong he wanted - a Steve Fletcher goal looked to have the script written correctly, but substitute Steven Gillespie was the party-pooper, with Colchester sending Howe out with a whimper, and to lift the Essex side into seventh.

That was one of two League One games being played tonight. Brentford were deep into injury time and heading for their fourth defeat in a row, with Exeter City a goal up through John O'Flynn. However, Nicky Forster's 93rd minute equaliser stopped the Grecians from leapfrogging them. The Bees climb up to 11th, whilst Exeter lie in 14th place.

The other 10 League One fixtures are being played tomorrow afternoon, including Yeovil Town's trip to play Swindon Town.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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14 January 2011 : Ladies vs Colchester Home Game Postponed
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their next League home match postponed. They were due to play Colchester United Ladies at Raleigh Grove on Sunday 23rd January, but the game has been called off due to the Essex side's involvement in their County Cup. The match will now be played on Sunday 3rd April in Sherborne. A Reserve Team fixture against the same pairing of sides has also been moved to allow the Colchester teams to travel together.

Such is the frustration of the footballing fixtures, the Ladies now do not play until January 30th, when they travel to play Charlton Athletic.


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14 January 2011 : Powell Appointed As Addicks Manager
League One side Charlton Athletic have appointed 41 year old former full-back Chris Powell as their new manager. Powell has left his position as first team coach at Leicester City to take up his first front line post, apart from a short caretaker position at the Walkers Stadium earlier this season.

Powell is well known to Charlton fans, having made over 250 appearances across three spells for the Addicks. His playing career also included Crystal Palace, Aldershot, Southend, Derby, West Ham and Watford before completing his playing career with the Foxes, where he took on a coaching position.

The former left-back also has five England international appearances to his name and was Chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association for five years, stepping down last year after he retired as a player. He has been given a three and a half year contract at The Valley, replacing Phil Parkinson, who was shown the door earlier this month.


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14 January 2011 : Glovers To Appoint New Goalkeeping Coach
Yeovil Town are set to appoint Gareth Stewart as their new goalkeeping coach. Stewart, who is currently a keeper on the books of Welling United, is a 30 year old keeper who was born in Preston, and predominantly made his career as a player whilst on the books of AFC Bournemouth, playing 163 league matches across a nine year period.

Prior to that, he was a trainee with Blackburn Rovers, without making a first team appearance for them, making Bournemouth realistically his only professional club. After leaving Bournemouth in the summer of 2008, he signed for Dorchester Town, although maintained his links with the Cherries by spending time coaching for their Community Trust programme. In September 2010 he moved on to Welling United where he has remained since.

Welling's official site do not explicitly state that he is to be the club's goalkeeping coach, but indicate that he has left Welling to take up a full time position at Yeovil Town. Given that the Glovers have a vacancy as a result of Ben Roberts departure to Charlton Athletic, Stewart would appear to be his replacement.


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14 January 2011 : Skivo Previews The Swindon Game
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's away trip to Swindon Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given his thoughts about the match to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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14 January 2011 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the short trip to the County Ground tomorrow, where they will take on Wiltshire side Swindon Town in a League One match. The game is a local derby of sorts, although attention will be more upon the clubs respective league positions, with the Robins lying just five points ahead of the Glovers in the latest League One table, having played a game more. As such, Swindon are one of the clubs that Terry Skiverton's side need to rein in if they are to climb above their current 21st place slot.

Last season's League One play-off finalists are a model of inconsistency this season, with their current run of form showing no pattern that can be easily analysed. Win-Draw-Lose is followed by another WDL sequence, followed by a win and a defeat in their last two league matches. The curious bit is that both wins in the last two months have come against promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic, proving that they're good enough, but are perhaps guilty of not raising their game against the 'lesser' sides in the division. Of their seven wins this season, all bar two of them have come against sides in the top half of the table.

Defender Andy Frampton has a groin injury for the Robins and so may not feature, but Alan Sheehan's availability following his hamstring injury means that they will not be caught short at the back, where former Glovers Kevin Amankwaah and Michael Rose will face their old club. Amankwaah is the least likely of the pair to feature, having only played in one match since the end of October. However, he may be needed if Sean Morrison's £250,000 switch to Championship side Reading is completed today, with Swindon believing the 20 year old defender has played his last game for them. This means more defensive disruption for a side that have not kept a clean sheet in the League since September 25th.

For the Glovers, their squad should be largely unchanged from last week's match against Brentford, although they will be able to add in Norwich City striker Oli Johnson, who signed on loan today for a month spell at Huish Park. Right-back Craig Alcock (back) and midfielder Alex Russell (hip flexor) are the two big question marks, whilst centre-back Adam Virgo (knee) is likely to continue his comeback plans from the bench. Given the current form the Glovers are on, it would be a surprise if manager Terry Skiverton changed his starting line-up without being forced to. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is one definite absentee, being two games into his four match suspension.

Past meetings between the two sides have had a bit of a bad tempered edge to them at times. Glovers striker Sam Williams had to be substituted in the last meeting at the County Ground in December 2009 to save him from a red card with him giving and taking plenty of rough-house treatment throughout the day, as Swindon ran out 3-1 winners. In the earlier Huish Park game, Danny Wilson got sent from the dugouts for losing his rag with Terry Skiverton. Skiverton himself was dismissed as a player, when he got involved in an off the field fracas with Barry Corr in an appropriately titled Boxing Day match in 2007.

The last meeting between the two sides had a little less controversy, and decidedly more goals, as a 3-3 draw at Huish Park last October saw Dean Bowditch grab two, to follow an earlier Gavin Williams goal, but Yeovil threw away a 3-1 lead, as Sean Morrison and Jon-Paul McGovern scored in the last three minutes to add to Charlie Austin's earlier goal.

The match tomorrow kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match, subject to a matchday surcharge. If you're going, don't forget the Ciderspace guide is there to help you, whilst for those who can't make it, our Twitter feed will be able to keep you company, whilst BBC Somerset will be doing the same with live commentary on 95.5FM.


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14 January 2011 : Ehmer Extends Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town have extended the loan deal for Queens Park Rangers teenager Max Ehmer. The 18 year old has been a bit of a surprise package since arriving from Loftus Road. Having not played a single match in the Football League prior to his arrival, he has been quietly efficient as a central defender across the three games that he's played for the Glovers, during which three clean sheets have been obtained.

Labelled as a midfielder upon his arrival at Huish Park, Ehmer now seems likely to continue at the heart of the defence, and has now been signed up for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.


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14 January 2011 : Yeovil Town Bring In Johnson From Canaries
Yeovil Town have signed up Norwich City striker Oli Johnson on a month's loan. The 23 year old has struggled to make an impact at Carrow Road since his arrival from Stockport County in January 2010 and has made six substitute appearances for the Canaries this season. He is a 5'11" striker, who was born in Wakefield, and started his career with Nostell Miners Welfare, before turning professional with Stockport in October 2008.

He signed for the Canaries for an undisclosed fee in January 2010 at a time when the Hatters were having a fire sale in the wake of them going into administration. Since then he has scored four goals for the Canaries, from 23 appearances, although 19 of those have come from the bench. He has yet to score for the Canaries since they were promoted back into the Championship, with all four goals being scored during their League One promotion campaign.

Johnson becomes Yeovil Town's 14th loan player to arrive during the 2010-11 season. The others are John Sullivan, Shaun MacDonald, Owain Tudur Jones, Luke Freeman, Gavin Williams, Stephen Henderson (twice), Cameron Stewart, Rob Kiernan, Adam Phillip, Paul Wotton, Max Ehmer, Tom Parkes and Ivan Sproule.

Welcome to Huish Park Oli, and enjoy your stay with the Glovers.


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14 January 2011 : Skivo Sticking To His Short-List Of Targets
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is trying to hold firm against a short-list he has drawn up for players he would like to bring in during the January transfer window. The Glovers are now approaching the halfway point in the period clubs have to line up permanent signings and long term loans, but so far have drawn a blank since the quick surge of arrivals that came in around New Year's Day.

Skiverton last week revealed that he had been looking to bring in a striker and a midfielder. However, he told BBC Somerset that he was determined to hold out for a pair of players that would make a difference, even if that meant that his current squad were stretched on numbers:

"I've got a list and I'm trying to stick to it. What I'm not doing is short-term fixes where you just get in for getting one in's sake. We've been like that so far, and the ones that we've known about we've gone out and got. I'd rather get those ones. I'd rather be a little bit short (on numbers in the playing squad) and get the ones I want, than to just fill the bench up. I don't want that. We've got away with it so far, but we definitely need to add to the squad because we're a little light in a couple of areas, and we need to make sure that the team can move on."


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13 January 2011 : Huish Park To Host Yeovil Half Marathon
Yeovil Town Football Club will be playing host to the town's first ever Half Marathon. The event will take place on Sunday March 27th 2011 and will both start and finish at Huish Park. The 13.1 mile route will cover a large proportion of the town, including Thorne Lane, Mudford Road, Princes Street, Middle Street, Sherborne Road, Hendford Hill, Lysander Road and Bunford Lane. There is also a route through Ninesprings Country Park.

The route will also take in a couple of the outlying villages to the west of the town, including Lower Odcombe and Lufton before eventually returning back into Huish Park for the finish of the race. The event has been timed to act as a candidate warm-up race for those looking to compete in the London Marathon later that year, but is open to all running abilities.

Entry is on-line only, via the link below. No registrations will be allowed on the day of the race, but the organisers expect the registration process to be open up until a few days before the event. There will be an entry fee of £15.00. For further information on the event, email info@totalbuzzevents.com or call 07904 668682.

Link: Full On Sport : Yeovil Marathon Registration.


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13 January 2011 : Skivo Eyeing Up Extensions For Loan Duo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he would like to see the loan spells of two of his short term acquisitions extended, after both impressed during their early stay at Huish Park. Queens Park Rangers defender/midfielder Max Ehmer has been a surprise success given that he had not played first team football before, whilst the experience of Southampton defensive midfielder Paul Wotton has been instrumental in developing a run of form that has seen Yeovil Town notch up four games without conceding a goal.

Ehmer and Wotton have played in the last three of those four matches, with two of those matches being wins, and so it's little surprise that the Yeovil boss is wanting to extend their deals, which currently run until the end of the month. Skivo has told today's Western Daily Press that he is in conversation with Queens Park Rangers (Ehmer) and Southampton (Wotton) about extending their deals, but has yet to put in a formal request:

"I am negotiating with people about maybe extending the two that I have already brought in. This will be ongoing with the (two parent) clubs, but you have got to wait for the right times to ask with them as well. We want to try and get something sooner rather than later with the boys and I will be having that conversation with both clubs very shortly. For me, there is a lot of work to be done and I need to make sure that I am on top of everything that is going on behind the scenes, while still focussing on the first team. There are one or two (other players) that I am waiting on (to come in as new signings), but we are waiting on the situations they are in with their current clubs."

Skiverton has recently indicated the other two positions he is seeking to fill in his squad are a target-man style striker to cover/rival Sam Williams along with an extra midfielder.


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13 January 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town
For those heading to the County Ground on Saturday, the Ciderspace guide has been updated for the game. Featuring the usual mix of directions, ticketing, pub guides and other club information, details on our opponents Swindon Town and their town can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.


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12 January 2011 : Eyes Down For A Night Out With The Ladies
The Yeovil Town Ladies team will be hosting a Bingo Night at Huish Park as a fundraising evening for their organisation. The event will be held in the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park on Friday 18th February 2011, with doors opening at 7.00p.m.

There will be a full bar open on the night, with a 7.30p.m. start for the first bingo card. Entry on the night will be £8.00 which will give you a book to play all games on the night, or you can buy two books and double your chances for £15.00.

The event will be hosted by a professional Bingo caller, and there will also be a raffle held during the evening. All supporters are welcome to come along, whether you've seen Yeovil Town Ladies play a game or not! Bingo fanatics are also welcome. Come along and bring a friend or two, and help raise money for the Ladies team, as well as having a good night out.


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12 January 2011 : Glovers To Feature On Sky's Football League Weekend
Yeovil Town will be getting a rare feature on Sky Sports on Friday evening as part of their Football League Weekend show. The hour long programme previews the weekend's footballing action, and their plans are to include an interview with Glovers boss Terry Skiverton along with other footage.

You can catch the show at a variety of times, with the Sky Sports schedule showing the following times:

17:30hrs : Friday : Sky Sports 1
23:00hrs : Friday : Sky Sports 2
02:00hrs : Saturday : Sky Sports 2
04:30hrs : Saturday : Sky Sports 4
08:00hrs : Saturday : Sky Sports 2

Of course with much of Sky Sports coverage being geared around live coverage, these schedules are notorious for change at the last minute, hence if you're setting timers to record, recheck the TV schedules on the day.


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12 January 2011 : Argyle Win One Battle, But With Two More To Go
League One side have succeeded in keeping the wolves from the door for at least the next three weeks. They were in court today for the Winding-Up Order that was issued against Plymouth Argyle Football Company Holdings Limited - one of a number of companies registered against the Home Park side.

That petition has been dismissed, with the amount owed to HMRC having been paid up, largely due to the sale of defender Reda Johnson to Sheffield Wednesday and winger Craig Noone to Brighton and Hove Albion. An attempt to sell Bradley Wright-Phillips to Reading for £300,000 was aborted late last night due to a failed medical.

Whilst Argyle have survived today's appearance, they still are due back in Court on February 9th to answer two more winding-up petitions from HMRC, relating to Home Park Properties Ltd - the company that holds their land assets, along with the main Plymouth Argyle Football Club Ltd company. They have to find £760,000 by that date, although the BBC Sport website indicates today that since then a further £500,000 in tax debts has accrued. Today, they paid off a sum in the region of £500,000 to clear the petition against their Holding Company which suggests that they will need to sell further players in order to raise the money to satisfy the other debts.

Today's news means they're on target to achieve that, but further player sales will leave their cupboard increasingly bare, as well as potentially jeopardising their League One status, as the quality of their squad plummets. At present they lie under a transfer embargo, because of the debts meaning that they will not be able to replace Noone and Johnson until the remainder of their HMRC backlog has been resolved.


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12 January 2011 : Yeovil Town Appoint New Company Secretary
The main Company associated with Yeovil Town Football Club - The Yeovil Football And Athletic Club Limited - have changed their appointed Company Secretary. The previous appointment was a joint one between Director Stephen Allinson and Football Secretary Jean Cotton. They have been replaced by David Lee, who is one of the newer board members.

Although the change has been notified to Companies House today, Mr Lee has been named on the 2009-10 Company Accounts as the Company Secretary, meaning that in practice this change happened some time ago. David Lee is a solicitor employed by AgustaWestland as general counsel, with international responsibility for legal, corporate and company secretarial matters. He was appointed to the Yeovil Town board in October 2010 and so it is probable that the change coincided with his directoral appointment.

A Company Secretary is responsible for the administration of documentation required to be filed by a company under Company Law and ensuring that such relevant documentation reaches Companies House. They are also responsible for bringing to the table any issues the company may have in terms of compliance with regulations and the law.


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12 January 2011 : Posh Give Ferguson A Second Chance
Fifteen months after firing him as their first team manager, League One side Peterborough United have reappointed Darren Ferguson as their manager. He has been given a four and a half year contract at London Road - a nice little earner given that the last time Posh sacked him, he had a contract running until June 2013. Ferguson also had a three year contract running at Preston North End, who he joined after leaving Posh, but was fired less than a year into that job.

Ferguson takes over from former Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson in what appears to have been a prearranged deal for him to return to Peterborough, with even Johnson admitting he had heard the rumours of who his successor would be prior to his departure. Johnson himself lasted just nine months into a contract that was due to last until June 2012, whilst one of his predecessors Mark Cooper was fired 13 games into a three-and-a-half year contract that ran until June 2013. Certainly Posh seem to have no qualms in racking up significant bills in managerial pay-offs.

Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has said of the deal to bring Ferguson back:

"I want to work with Darren for a long time and that is why I have given him this contract."

Ferguson's second contract with Posh runs until June 2015. Based on MacAnthony's track record for hiring'n'firing we'll be surprised if it lasts that long.


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11 January 2011 : Perfect Result Sees Glovers Unmoved By One Goal
A goal seven minutes from time ensured the perfect result for Yeovil Town fans in the key game played in League One tonight. An Aaron Lescott goal for Walsall against his old club Bristol Rovers ensured both clubs stayed below the Glovers in the latest League One table, albeit with Rovers behind by one solitary goal. Will Hoskins and Jo Kuffour had given Rovers the lead, overturning an early William Grigg goal for the Saddlers, who move off the bottom of League One.

The other three games featured sides in mid-table or above positions, although the continuing fire sale at Plymouth Argyle could become highly relevant to the bottom four places in the long run. They looked like they were heading to a shock win at Huddersfield Town early on with two Joe Mason goals. But two red cards did not help their cause, with Stephane Zubar and Curtis Nelson now facing suspension, with Bradley Wright-Phillips due to complete a £300,000 move to Reading in their efforts to pay off their tax debts. Jordan Rhodes, Peter Clarke and an own goal saw everything of note happen in the opening 32 minutes, as Huddersfield overturned the early goals to win 3-2.

January has been a month of cut-throat moves across the Football League, as 11 managers have lost their jobs. Hence Paul Dickov might be watching his back after Southampton dished out an incredible 6-0 result on the Latics own patch. Six different scorers for the Saints see them back in the automatic slots and Oldham getting wiped off the park.

Finally, Gary Johnson would have rolled his eyes at seeing the news that former Yeovil Town loan star Jonathan Obika had scored an injury time winner for Peterborough United tonight against Brentford. Johnson's departure from London Road appears to be a pre-determined set-up to allow Darren Ferguson the chance to return to the job he was sacked from 15 months ago. Whilst Ferguson is expected to be unveiled as Johnson's replacement tomorrow, his final signing for Posh came on as a substitute to make an instant impact in the 93rd minute. A Grant McCann penalty for Posh had earlier been cancelled out by Millwall midfielder Marc Laird's first goal for the Bees.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Update: 12/01/2011 Reading have this morning announced that they have pulled out of their plans to sign Plymouth's Bradley Wright-Phillips due to "some medical issues", reported unofficially as knee problems the striker has. He will now return to Plymouth, having missed their last two matches due to the length of time that Reading have taken over the deal. Given Reading insisted that Wright-Phillips should be withdrawn from the Pilgrims squad during this period, Argyle are unlikely to be amused by the late withdrawal.


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11 January 2011 : Henderson And Huntington Reach For The Sky
There can't be too many clubs in the Football League who can record their goalkeeper in a Team of the Week line-up one week, and then claim an entirely different keeper in the same line-up during the following week. Such is the mix'n'match nature of Yeovil Town's heavy usage of the loan system that Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has been included in the Sky Sports Team of the Week one week after Millwall keeper John Sullivan did the same.

Henderson was making his second début for the Glovers, having made eight appearances in an earlier loan spell, and he was joined in the line-up by Glovers centre-back Paul Huntington. With there being no Championship matches being played over the weekend, and only six League One games, this week's line-up is entirely selected from League One and League Two. Sky Sports comment about both players as follows:

Stephen Henderson: Yeovil Town

"Yeovil have quickly gone from looking dead and buried at the foot of League One to within touching distance of clambering out of the drop zone. The Glovers are unbeaten in four and have won their last two. Their latest success came against Brentford on Saturday, with Henderson helping to shut out the Bees in a 2-0 win."

Paul Huntington: Yeovil Town

"Yeovil's recent revival has already been discussed and it came as no real surprise to see them overcome Brentford at Home Park, given how well they have been playing of late. The man who put them on their way to three points in their latest fixture was defender Huntington, with the former Newcastle player notching his third goal of the season."

The full line-up from Sky Sports is as follows:

Stephen Henderson (Yeovil Town); Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra), Paul Huntington (Yeovil Town), Anwar Uddin (Barnet), Joe Jacobson (Accrington Stanley); Curtis Weston (Gillingham), Danny Whitaker (Chesterfield), Danny Hollands (Bournemouth), Liam Feeney (Bournemouth), Cody McDonald (Gillingham), Clayton Donaldson (Crewe Alexandra).

Both Henderson and Huntington had already been included in the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One this week, along with left-back Nathan Smith.

Link: Glovers Trio Included In Team of the Week.


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11 January 2011 : Gibson Agrees New Contract Extension
Yeovil Town right-winger Billy Gibson has agreed an extended contract at Huish Park. The 20 year old former Watford player's contract had run out at the end of 2010 - that has now been extended by another half-season to run until the end of the 2010-11 season.

So far, Gibson has made three substitute appearances for Yeovil Town - two in the League and one in the FA Cup, but has been a regular on the bench, and scored twice in the Somerset Premier Cup against Old Down late last year.

Link: Billy Gibson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 January 2011 : Skiverton Held Back On Bringing In Two New Signings
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he decided to hold off with plans to bring in two new players prior to Saturday's home match against Brentford. With the Glovers having broken a duck of nine matches without a win in League One during the previous weekend's 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he decided to keep faith with the players that he had already brought in and to bide his time instead.

Skiverton has already stated that a new target man was on his January shopping list, but revealed that the other player he had his eye on was a midfielder. However, with his side keeping four consecutive clean sheets, the urgency to bring new blood in was somewhat reduced:

"There were two players that we could have got in. One was a midfielder and one was a striker. But I've got faith in what I've got as well. Andy Williams getting a goal whilst playing up top takes a bit of the pressure off the strikers. We've also got a centre-half scoring (in Paul Huntington). But keeping clean sheets is the major major factor in our turnaround. We were conceding, and then you've got to score two or three goals every week, or sometimes four goals or five goals when you're getting beaten by four. Those clean sheets have helped our goal difference and long may that continue."

Skiverton admitted that despite the turnaround on form, that he still needed to bring in extra bodies during January - having only named five or six substitutes during the past three matches. However, he pointed out that players like striker Craig Calver and winger Billy Gibson were starting to get a look-in, along with former Ipswich Town midfielder Ed Upson:

"We need to add to the squad - you're right. But I've got faith in everyone. As you can see, I brought on Craig Calver in the last game and Billy Gibson in this game. Those young lads are doing well. Ed Upson is ahead of schedule. I didn't expect him to be starting anywhere soon. He's one that we've got for the future. Luke Ayling was one for the future. Paul Huntington was supposed to be one for the future. But they're all playing and they're all mixing in. When you get in that changing room and you start turning things around, everyone wants to be a part of it."


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11 January 2011 : Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing for Yeovil Town's trip to Brentford has been published. The match will take place at Griffin Park on Saturday 29th January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for the game depend upon which part of the Brook Road End you choose to occupy. The lower tier of this Stand is terrace (capacity 1,285), the upper level is seating (capacity 600). Prices are as follows:

Seated (Upper Tier):
Adults: £21.00; Over-60s: £15.00; Students: £13.00; Under-16: £5.00

Covered Terrace (Lower Tier):
Adults: £20.00; Over-60s: £14.00; Students: £12.00; Under-16: £5.00

Wheelchair users are admitted at the same prices as above, but with an assistant admitted free of charge. For arrangements call 0845 3456442 (option 4). David Enstone is your contact either by phone or by email on denstone@brentfordfc.co.uk

Advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Thursday 27th January. There is no matchday surcharge with the exception of the student rate, which is only available in advance.

Brentford's official site also indicates that unemployed supporters will be admitted on a match-by-match basis at the concessionary rate on proof of a valid Jobseekers Allowance booklet (ES40) and photographic ID. You must apply via their ticket office before the day of the game.


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11 January 2011 : Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Swindon Town are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 15th January at the County Ground, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for those purchasing from the Ticket Office are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-60s and 16-20yrs: £15.00; Juniors (15 and under): £9.00.

Juniors aged 9 or under can gain admittance for free when accompanied by a full paying adult. Note that this offer is only available in advance of the match.

Arrangements for Disabled supporters must be made via their Disabled co-ordinator, who is Brian Powell (Tel. 0870 4431894) who can be emailed at brianp@swindontownfc.co.uk or call Swindon direct on 0871 2232300. Prices are as per the rate for Over-60s - i.e. £15.00 with an assistant admitted free.

Our understanding is that tickets purchased on the day of the game from the County Ground will incur a matchday surcharge. Prices then become:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and 16-20yrs: £17.00; Juniors (15 and under): £10.00.

Swindon's official site indicates that students can get in through the adult concessionary rate, but instead the Huish Park Ticket Office have been given a 'young adult' rate as above. Hence if you're a student aged 21 or over, you may want to clarify this.

Away fans are allocated a section in the Arkells North Stand, which is a covered seated area of the ground, side-on to the pitch. We usually get the end two blocks closest to the Stratton Bank End in a total allocation of around 1,200 seats.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Swindon Town.


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11 January 2011 : The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw
Let us take you to a journey back in time. On the Sabotage Times website, they have published an article describing 'The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw', authored by Seb White, from the Capital Glovers supporters group.

So what was Seb's choice? Well, if we were to mention Andy Lindegaard and Marcus Stewart combined with a match commentary of

"They've ... they've only gone and done it!"

then do you need any more clues? OK, maybe here's one more clue, Nottingham Forest supporters better look away now. Wonder what happened to all of those Wembley flags and shirts being sold by the banks of the River Trent?

Seb's article can be found via the link below - be warned, there's the odd naughty word, but we suspect that most of the 1,095 in the away end that night said a little more than "Oh Gosh!" when that one hit the back of the net.

Link: Sabotage Times : The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw.


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10 January 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Both Flames Still Flicker ...
Having had a small break for Christmas, New Year and server outages, Cruncher returns for his first blog entry of 2011. The obvious place to start with for the New Year is where things left off both on and off the field. On the field it's been far better than expected, whilst off the field matters have provoked some serious debate on the Green Room, in particular when the club finally published its response to the Capital Glovers August 2010 letter.

In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, Cruncher assesses how good and bad 2011 has been, via the link below - other comments and thoughts are as usual welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Both Flames Still Flicker ...


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10 January 2011 : Gary Johnson Parts Company With Posh
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has left League One side Peterborough United as first team manager. Johnson was only at London Road for 33 matches, with Posh releasing one of the most ridiculously terse statements ever seen for an outgoing manager that we've seen:

"It was mutually agreed that Gary Johnson and Peterborough United Football Club Ltd part company. The Manager and Chairman could not see eye to eye on policy."

And err, that's it. Not that we should be too surprised. Johnson's football this season has currently got Posh into a healthy 7th place position, albeit through a bizarre record that has seen them be the league's second top scorers, but have the worst defensive record in League One. Sir Gary's footballing style was always one of "we'll score one more than you" but at Posh, they've tended to combine 4-1 and 5-2 wins, with 1-5 and 1-4 reverses.

Owner Darragh McAnthony and his sidekick Barry Fry do not have a reputation for patience and tolerance, with McAnthony's late November outburst making it quite clear that Gary was on borrowed time. His final game in charge was a 6-2 defeat in the FA Cup against Premier League side Fulham, although the fact that his final four League matches had seen him record two wins and two draws should have given him more time than he got.

Posh will now be searching for their fifth manager in 15 months, with Darren Ferguson's departure in November 2009 being followed by Mark Cooper, who got three months before being fired, whilst Jim Gannon stayed two months before Johnson came in and took over. Posh's sizeable playing budget will doubtless attract many managers to London Road, however the undue pressure that McAnthony exerts, combined with Fry's very hands-on approach, may put a few people off.


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10 January 2011 : Officials For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's away trip to Swindon Town have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 15th January at the County Ground, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge for the match will be Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

For those who like omens, the last time we had Mr Swarbrick saw us gain an away win against a West Country club situated along the M4 motorway. Our October 2009 match was Terry Skiverton's first ever away win and gave us THAT moment from Terrell Forbes as the Glovers came back from a goal down to win 2-1. We had a slight grumble about Mr Swarbrick's lack of a decision for a potential Ryan Mason penalty, but given that he gave us two good free kicks on the edge of the Rovers box that gave us both goals, we can't have too many loud complaints about his performance.

Aside from two occasions when he has been running the line at Bury and Darlington, the only other time we saw him as a match referee was the 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers that saw our first ever trip to the Keepmoat Stadium.

This was a frustrating stop-start match throughout anyway, but Mr Swarbrick probably didn't help the game flow by some minor irritances throughout the game that saw one too many unnecessary free kicks given. Nothing major to alter the outcome of the game, but certainly when Nathan Jones became the game's only booking for taking a free kick too quickly it rather summed up the night as a whole.

Mr Swarbrick will be assisted by Adam Crysell (Essex) and John Busby (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Steve Cook (Derbyshire).

Link: February 2007 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2009 : Bristol Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 2.


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10 January 2011 : Rovers Recruit In Penney As New Boss
League One side Bristol Rovers have appointed a new manager as their successor to Paul Trollope. The man named is the familiar one of former Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic boss Dave Penney. The Gas have unveiled him as a "long term appointment" this afternoon, after a mix of poor results and bad weather has seen them slide into the relegation zone, prompting Trollope to lose his position at the Memorial Stadium.

Penney is best known to Glovers fans for having guided Doncaster into the Football League during the same season that the Glovers also achieved success at the same level. Their passage into League One was achieved one season earlier than the Glovers, with the Yorkshireman taking them to the title at the first time of asking.

After leaving Donny in August 2006, he quickly got himself a move to Darlington, who were at the time in League Two, and initially his stay there was a successful one. However, when Darlo went into administration, Penney chose not to be a part of their decline, and jumped ship in April 2009, turning up a month later at Oldham Athletic. For some reason, things didn't really click with him at Boundary Park, and he survived exactly a year there, winning just 13 matches.

He will be present and will play some part in Bristol Rovers' home game against Walsall tomorrow night at the Memorial Stadium - a game that Glovers eyes will also be on. However, it would seem likely that he will be playing more of a watching brief at the game tomorrow, taking over fully on the Wednesday morning from caretaker Darren Patterson, whose future is not mentioned in the statement issued by the club.


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10 January 2011 : Glovers Trio Included In Team of the Week
Yeovil Town have had three players nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week. With only six matches being played in League One over the weekend, and the Glovers winning 2-0 against Brentford, a decent haul of nominations was always possible, and two defenders and a goalkeeper have been included in the list.

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who was making his second debut for the club, got one nomination, whilst left-back Nathan Smith was also included. And with the Glovers keeping a clean sheet and the opening goal coming from a centre-back, probably the least surprising nomination is Paul Huntington.

They are joined by three players from AFC Bournemouth, three from Rochdale and two from Oldham Athletic as the Team of the Week is selected entirely from four teams this weekend.

Stephen Henderson (Yeovil Town)
Josh Thompson (Rochdale) Paul Huntington (Yeovil Town) Craig Dawson (Rochdale) Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town)
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) Dale Stephens (Oldham) Danny Hollands (Bournemouth) Liam Feeney (Bournemouth)
Chris Taylor (Oldham) Chris O'Grady (Rochdale)


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10 January 2011 : Stam Claimed To Have Scottish Move Interest
Add in a very large pinch of salt, but Sky Sports are reporting that out of favour Yeovil Town defender Stefan Stam is attracting the attention of two Scottish Premier League clubs. Those named are Aberdeen and St Johnstone although Sky do not provide any source or quotes for their news, which frequently means that this is an agent-generated story.

Back in October, Sky Sports claimed that Chesterfield and Swindon Town were moving in for the 31 year old, who was transfer-listed three months ago, but without interest from other clubs. With Stam now being told by manager Terry Skiverton that he will never play for him again, the urgency is for both parties to cut their ties before the January transfer window closes, but obviously for that to happen there has to be some concrete interest for the Dutchman. It would therefore seem more likely that Stam's agent is attempting to whip up interest in the Scottish divisions to make them aware of his availability.


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9 January 2011 : GWSC Travel To Swindon Town
Next Saturday sees Yeovil Town make a fairly familiar trip to the County Ground, home of Swindon Town for a League One match. The game takes place on Saturday 15th January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 10.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 10.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £13.00, with concessions available at £11.00. 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: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Swindon Town.


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9 January 2011 : Ladies vs Cardiff City Reminder
A reminder for those looking to do something on a Sunday afternoon, that Yeovil Town Ladies are in action in the FA Cup today. They take on Cardiff City Ladies in an FA Women's Cup Second Round tie at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club. Kick-off is the slightly earlier time of 1.00p.m.

Today's match will be played to a full conclusion. If the score is level after 90 minutes, then 30 minutes of extra time will be played. If that still fails to resolve the tie, then penalty kicks will be used. There's a full preview on the Ladies site with information on how to get to Raleigh Grove here.

Cardiff are in Yeovil's league this season, and so this makes the game a winnable tie, but also one that is likely to be a tough one, with Cardiff's bottom of the table league position disguised by them having played the least number of games in the division. This is therefore a hard game to predict and so those who come along and support the Glovers should see a highly competitive game.


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8 January 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Following this afternoon's 2-0 win over Brentford, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game.


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8 January 2011 : Skiverton Pleased With 'Improvement In Attitude And Desire'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says he remains confident that his side will climb out of the relegation zone. The Glovers pushed their League One form into a four match unbeaten run, thanks to headers from Paul Huntington and Andy Williams that saw his side defeat Brentford by a 2-0 scoreline.

The current sequence is a far cry from a team that had gone eight league matches without a win, slipping to the foot of the table. However, the Glovers have now cut what was a six point deficit down to three during the first three games of 2011, and have climbed up to 21st in the latest League One table.

Speaking after the game, Skiverton praised the spirit in the side, and admitted that he could see a significant improvement in the way his players were performing:

"We are getting the spirit back and if everyone sticks by us we will get out of this. There has been a marked improvement in attitude and desire among the players and bravery is also evident. Rather than sit back and think about mistakes we have stood up to the challenge."

Skiverton spoke in his pre-match interview about getting the team to regard the crowd as one of their team-mates, and he felt that with the Glovers controlling long periods of today's match, that the supporters responded well to that:

"Our supporters were magnificent. Every time we attacked they were excited, which I'd not heard for a long time. You will go far and wide in this division to find a quicker front three than Andy Welsh, Andy Williams and Dean Bowditch. There were times this year when the supporters had a go at me and they were justified. But they were absolutely magnificent. We're not going to get out of this unless the crowd becomes a team-mate to help us on. I'm going to enjoy myself in this job. I want to enjoy it. I am not going to be down and I'm helped because everywhere I walk people are still positive."


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8 January 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Brentford Interview
Just before kick-off today against Brentford, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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8 January 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Brentford
If you were at this afternoon's 2-0 win against Brentford at Huish Park today, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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8 January 2011 : Yeovil 2 Brentford 0 : Glovers Keep Moving On Up
Yeovil Town continued their fine start to 2011 by claiming all three points against an in-form Brentford side at Huish Park this afternoon. The Glovers made the most of their chances in a tight game, as a Paul Huntington header in the first half was followed up by a second period Andy Williams goal, allowing the Glovers to keep their fourth consecutive League clean sheet, and lift them up to 21st in the table, leapfrogging Bristol Rovers who were without a game today.

Team selection saw two enforced changes to Yeovil Town's starting line-up as the loss of two loan players saw them lose John Sullivan and Shaun MacDonald back to their parent clubs. In came Stephen Henderson for his second debut for the club, whilst Ed Upson was preferred in midfield, with Jean-Paul Kalala out suspended. Adam Virgo made it as far as the bench following his knee injury.

The opening 45 minutes was a half of extremely few chances - apart from one notable moment. An early Andy Welsh header was followed by a pattern of nothingness, and although Welsh and Andy Williams got plenty of time on the ball, there was little on offer in the way of clear-cut chances. Each side had a couple of deflected shots - Dean Bowditch saw his attempt blocked by Craig Woodman, whilst a Myles Weston shot was snuffed out by Sam Williams. Yeovil were maybe edging it but without visiting keeper Richard Lee being bothered at any stage.

Half an hour into the match though, things warmed up a bit more, as a Craig Woodman cross was headed down by Marcus Bean, and Marc Laird, brought in on loan from Millwall, forced Stephen Henderson into his first save of the game. At the other end though, was to come the one genuine clinical move of the half. Andy Welsh remains the main creative outlet in the Yeovil Town team, and in a near replica of Monday's winning goal against MK Dons, he set up the opening goal of the game. This time, Welsh's free kick was an inswinger, that Brentford keeper Richard Lee came for, but Paul Huntington got in ahead of him, and netted for the second consecutive match to put Yeovil 1-0 up with 32 minutes gone.

Huntington took a whack in the face from Richard Lee for the goal, but after a lengthy delay got to his feet. Thereafter the half was played out in much the same way that it had done so prior to the goal - both sides playing the ball round in midfield, but without penetration inside the boxes. No complaints at half time from the home fans, mind.

The second period opened with Brentford's best spell of the game, dominating possession and putting the Glovers under immediate pressure. Gary Alexander headed wide from a Marcus Bean cross, then Stephen Henderson was forced to save from point blank range as he dived at Alexander's feet, taking a blow in the midrift from the striker's swinging boot. Brentford managed more attacking intent during the opening 10 minutes than they'd managed during the whole of the opening 45 minutes.

Henderson may have been the one with the physical body blow, but it was Brentford that got the mental body blow. Having dominated that short period after the break, it was Yeovil who created the incisive move, when they netted with their first attack of the second half. Dean Bowditch may not be naturally a left-winger, but his pass through to Nathan Smith, who had overlapped, put the full-back through, and his cross into the box was met by an Andy Williams diving header - a little mis-timed, but with enough pace on it to reach the back of the net for a crucial 2-0 scoreline.

Brentford tried to hit back immediately, gradually introducing their three substitutes, but again it was the Glovers who were the more incisive - Dean Bowditch's 25 yard drive saw Richard Lee scrambling to cover his goal, with the shot going just wide. Then Lee was forced to parry an Andy Williams attempt as his twisting turning run was unchecked by Brentford's back four.

In the end the Bees ran out of steam and out of ideas, and the Glovers looked increasingly comfortable as the game went on. Right at the end, Andy Welsh almost made it three as his free kick struck the crossbar and came out. But in the end it was three points landed in the bag without too much end-of-match stress and the end result was a deserved win, with the Bees only really looking dangerous between half time and the second goal. Four games unbeaten, four games without a goal being conceded. With the Glovers still three points away from safety, they haven't pulled themselves out of trouble by any stretch of the imagination, but in terms of a start to 2011, and a start to clawing their way out of trouble, it's way beyond anything anyone would have hoped for, and if that continues, the Glovers have given themselves a big chance of pulling themselves out of the fire.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Scorers: Paul Huntington (32 mins, 1-0), Andrew Williams (59 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson (90 mins for Dean Bowditch) 31. Rhys Baggridge

Brentford:
1. Richard Lee
24. Stephen Wright 32. Leon Legge 22. Karleigh Osborne 3. Craig Woodman 4. Marcus Bean 2. Kevin O'Connor 27. Marc Laird 11. Myles Weston 10. Charlie MacDonald 29. Gary Alexander

Substitutes:
21. Simon Royce (GK) 5. David McCracken 8. Nicky Forster (60 mins for Marcus Bean) 6. Pim Balkestein (72 mins for Leon Legge) 12. Michael Spillane 20. Toumani Diagouraga 23. Robbie Simpson (67 mins for Gary Alexander)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (71 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul)
Brentford Bookings: Craig Woodman (15 mins, foul), Nicky Forster (71 mins, aggressive stance), Stephen Wright (80 mins, foul)

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Tony Horton (Wolverhampton) and Neil Radford (Worcester). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 3,688


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8 January 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
With John Sullivan and Shaun MacDonald returning to their parent clubs upon completion of their loan spells at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was guaranteed to have to make changes to his starting eleven against Brentford today. Added to that, the suspension of Jean-Paul Kalala forces a change to the substitutes bench. In comes Stephen Henderson for his second debut between the sticks, whilst Ed Upson is preferred in midfield, with new signing Alex Russell unable to play due to a hip injury he had sustained in his last match for Bath City.

Adam Virgo is fit enough to sit on the bench this afternoon, whilst Richard Martin finally returns as a second goalkeeper on the bench. Otherwise Yeovil are unchanged and line-up as follows:

13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge

Brentford:
1. Richard Lee
24. Stephen Wright 32. Leon Legge 22. Karleigh Osborne 3. Craig Woodman 4. Marcus Bean 2. Kevin O'Connor 27. Marc Laird 11. Myles Weston 10. Charlie MacDonald 29. Gary Alexander

Substitutes:
21. Simon Royce (GK) 5. David McCracken 8. Nicky Forster 6. Pim Balkestein 12. Michael Spillane 20. Toumani Diagouraga 23. Robbie Simpson


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8 January 2011 : Interview With Paul Huntington
After the Bank Holiday Monday match against Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town centre-back Paul Huntington spoke to the BBC about the game at Huish Park. Paul scored the winning goal on the day and he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset and the transcript of that can be read via the link below. Watch out for Paul's reaction to Jean-Paul Kalala's sending off!

Link: Paul Huntington Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over MK Dons.


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8 January 2011 : Russell Happy With Outcome Of Long Term Plan
Yeovil Town's new midfield recruit Alex Russell has admitted that he could have joined the Glovers in pre-season. The 37 year old has signed until the end of this season, having spent half a year on the books of Conference National side Bath City, but has been training at Huish Park throughout that time.

With his contract at Twerton Park expiring at the end of 2010, he was able to eventually sign for the club he'd been training with, but has told BBC Somerset that he decided against joining earlier due to his lack of match fitness back in August. He considers that getting four months of football at Bath has worked out well for him in the long run:

"It was perfect for me really, as I spoke to Terry here, and I hadn't played any games in pre-season and I needed matches. So it's worked out really well. I was training full time here and playing the games and so I was able to get my match fitness, whereas Yeovil don't have a Reserve team so it would have been a lot harder to get the games. So I think it's worked really well, and I feel really fit and strong, and so I'll be able to play a part straight away, rather than maybe have to take time trying to get fit."

Having dropped out of the Football League, after a long career that included spells with Bristol City, Exeter City and Cheltenham Town, Russell was asked whether he needed to prove to anyone that he was capable of playing at League One level again:

"I don't feel like I've got to prove anything to anyone. I've played for a long time. I've played almost 500 games now. At Bath, I think I took that into there, and enjoyed it. The minute that I started enjoying it again, I started playing better. So I think if I can enjoy myself and do as well as possible, and if I do that, I think I'll be fine."


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7 January 2011 : Jonesy Previews The Brentford Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's game against Brentford on Saturday, Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Nathan Jones Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Brentford Game.


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7 January 2011 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Is OFF
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their opening match of 2011 postponed. The Youth Team were due to open up with a trip to play Cheltenham Town Under-18s tomorrow in the Youth Alliance League, but that has been postponed.

The game has an immediate new date and will be played on January 22nd in Cheltenham with an 11.00a.m. kick-off.


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7 January 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Brentford Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on West London side Brentford in a League One match at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon. The game is a rearrangement of the postponed Boxing Day game, squeezed into tomorrow's schedule because the original opponents for tomorrow, Brighton and Hove Albion, are involved in the FA Cup Third Round.

The FA Cup weekend means that there are only five other League One fixtures taking place tomorrow, although Dagenham and Redbridge, Tranmere and Walsall are included in those sides, and with the latter two playing each other, at least one club will pick up points tomorrow.

The Glovers face an improving Bees team that were bottom of the league during the early part of the 2010-11 season, but have now risen up to 10th in the latest League One table - eleven points ahead of the Glovers who lie in 22nd, five adrift of safety. Until they lost on Monday to promotion-chasing AFC Bournemouth, they'd won four matches in a row, and have won seven out of their last ten matches. With the third best away record in League One, they certainly enjoy their travels.

That said, the Glovers have been adopting a new stance to their football over the past month, albeit with it being frequently interrupted by the weather. A current run of 0-0, 0-0 and 1-0 may not be the end-to-end stuff that manager Terry Skiverton has tended to adopt in his 23 month tenure, but it's picked up five points in three games, and moved them off the bottom of League One.

If that run is to continue, the Glovers will need to do it with a radically changing side. Paul Wotton and Max Ehmer have settled in well since their arrival on New Years Day, whilst they have been joined by goalkeeping pair Stephen Henderson and Richard Martin and also midfield veteran Alex Russell. The latter is just as well - having lost Shaun MacDonald to his parent club this week, they will also see Jean-Paul Kalala start a four match suspension. Henderson will undoubtedly replace John Sullivan in goal. Defender/midfielder Luke Ayling should cope, despite his broken nose, whilst the question marks will be whether right-back Craig Alcock (back) and centre-back Adam Virgo (knee) have recovered from their injuries.

Yeovil Town's record against Brentford is a surprisingly good one, with the Glovers gaining three wins and a draw from their last four meetings. Last season, a Gavin Tomlin penalty opened up the scoring in a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park in the penultimate away game of the campaign, with a late Sam Saunders free kick denying the Glovers three points. Then the last match at Huish Park saw Yeovil beat the Bees by a 2-0 scoreline as Craig Alcock and Andy Welsh netting the goals in front of 4,249 spectators.

Saunders is unlikely to play in tomorrow's game as he has a hamstring problem, whilst Sam Wood (arm) and Carl Cort (Achilles) will not travel down to South Somerset. Their major doubt lies with influential midfielder Marcus Bean, who suffered concussion in their defeat at Bournemouth on Monday and will need to be assessed. They are boosted by the arrival of Marc Laird from Millwall on loan though and he may take Bean's place if he doesn't pull through.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday surcharge (note that the 2011 admission prices apply now as well). Anyone who can't get to the games should follow us on Twitter, or tune to 95.5FM on your trusty radio to hear BBC Somerset's live commentary. If you are heading to Huish Park though, and you want to avoid the matchday surcharge, call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight on 01935-847888.


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6 January 2011 : Alex Russell Tipped For Success By Former Team-Mate
Incoming midfielder Alex Russell has been tipped to do well by one of his former teammates - provided he gets a decent amount of playing time. The 37 year old's arrival at Huish Park has finally been confirmed, with a deal running until the end of this season.

Bath City defender Joe Burnell, who was also Russell's teammate at Bristol City, has told the Bath Chronicle that he still believes the midfielder has got what it takes, but thinks it will be a 'waste' if his move from Twerton Park does not result in game time:

"I'm sure he'll do a great job for Yeovil as long as he gets played. If he doesn't it will be a waste. He's been a regular starter here and really enjoyed it, so credit to Bath City and the manager for giving him the chance to get back into league football. Alex will be a big loss, it is really difficult to replace someone like that. He is as good a footballer as you will get in the lower leagues – he has a brilliant footballing brain, looks after himself and is a great lad as well. He'll be sadly missed by us all but we wish him well."

City boss Adie Britton described Russell on Monday as the best player he'd seen in a Bath City shirt, during his time at Twerton Park. With Jean-Paul Kalala suspended for four matches, and Shaun MacDonald having returned to Swansea City at the end of his loan spell with the Glovers, it's highly likely we may find out how good Russell is on Saturday.


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6 January 2011 : Glovers Fix New Date For Carlisle Visit
Yeovil Town's home match against Carlisle United has now got a new date arranged. The Cumbrians will face a midweek trip to South Somerset on Tuesday 29th March for the League One fixture. Kick-off at Huish Park is 7.45p.m.

The original fixture was postponed due to the weather conditions in and around the stadium.


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6 January 2011 : Glovers To Stage England International Fixture
Yeovil Town will be staging an Under-18s international fixture between England Under-18s and Wales Under-18s. The match will be a friendly, staged on Friday 25th March at Huish Park, kick-off 7.30p.m.

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, priced £5.00 for Adults, with Under-16s admitted for £2.00. There is also a family ticket available for £12.00 covering two adults and two children.

There are also group discounts available through the organising school - Prior Community School in Weston-super-Mare. Contact Natasha Hunt at Priory on 01934-511411 for further information or email her at Natasha.Hunt@staff.priory.n-somerset.sch.uk - these will cost £20.00 for 10 children and one adult.

For more details, see the links below.

Link: Dorset FA : Information Letter (PDF File).

Link: Dorset FA : Ticket Application Form (PDF File).

Link: Dorset FA : Fixture Flyer.


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6 January 2011 : Glovers In Talks With Keeper Miller
Yeovil Town are in talks with former Birmingham City and Exeter City goalkeeper Kevin Miller about filling their goalkeeping coach vacancy. The club had initially announced former Glovers keeper Jon Sheffield as returning to Huish Park, but he was not present at Saturday's trip to Plymouth Argyle, despite it being the nearest fixture to his Saltash home.

Stepping in for the day was 41 year old Miller, who has been on the books of South West Peninsula League side Bodmin Town, who worked with keeper John Sullivan before the game. This morning's Western Daily Press reveals that Miller's name has been thrown into the hat, leaving the question of how much of an active role Sheffield is playing in the Glovers coaching at present.

Regardless, manager Terry Skiverton makes it clear to the paper that the position is still up for grabs, although he is not expecting the successful applicant to have the Sports Science knowledge that Roberts, who has left for Charlton Athletic, had:

"It is a case, first and foremost, to bring someone in who is a keeper-coach. Nobody has got to come in and live up to what Ben has done and what he achieved at Yeovil. If someone comes in and gets the keepers in the right frame of mind, goes through the same format to the way we want them warmed up, the way we want them worked, hopefully we can take that forward into the game."

Miller, who was born in Falmouth in Cornwall, and presumably lives down there given his Bodmin duties, has a wealth of experience as a player, turning out for Exeter City (twice), Birmingham City, Watford, Crystal Palace, Barnsley, Bristol Rovers, Derby County, Southampton and Torquay United. His last professional game came for the Gulls in February 2007.


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5 January 2011 : Man Of The Match Votes For Plymouth/MK Dons - Vote Now
With apologies for the delays, the Man of the Match Voting Form has been patched up. If you were at Monday's 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons, please cast votes for your top three players via the form below, along with your performance and entertainment marks and any other additional comments you wish to make.

We're aware that the Ciderspace server crash and the Bank Holiday weekend may have scuppered the chance for some of the 692 voters to provide their input from the Plymouth Argyle game on New Year's Day. Hence if you want to place a vote for that game, use the form below, but please put "PLYMOUTH MATCH" clearly in the Comments box on the form so it's obvious to us. If you were at both games, then obviously cast one vote for each. We did receive nine votes before the server got rebuilt, on the back of the Plymouth game, so those got through.

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


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5 January 2011 : Adam Stansfield Award Video
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield was given a posthumous award by the BBC as part of their end of year 2010 Sports Awards. The Exeter City striker was announced as the winner of the Special Award in the South West Sports awards broadcast by BBC Spotlight at the tail end of the year.

Adam's parents, Gig and Roger Stansfield, collected the award on his behalf, and Exeter's club site have now published a video of the feature, which is available via the link below.

Link: BBC Spotlight Video Clip (c/o Exeter City official site).


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5 January 2011 : Sullivan Shines In Final Glovers Appearance
It's a bit of a case of sods law that just as goalkeeper John Sullivan returns to Millwall, his efforts in goal get recognised by landing in the Sky Sports Team of the Week. Unlike the Football League's version, this is a League-wide eleven, and so is usually top-heavy with Championship players, and it's rare that the bottom two divisions get a look-in.

On the final of his 17 appearances for the Glovers, John gets recognition for his third consecutive clean sheet, although someone in Sky Sports should have been given a road atlas for Christmas as they seem to think that Yeovil is on the South Coast, near Brighton, with Sullivan's spell at Huish Park being a return to his roots! They write of Sullivan's inclusion:

"Returning to his roots on the South Coast has helped to bring out the best in Sullivan, with the 22-year-old having shone during a loan spell at Yeovil. The youngster, who is on the books at Millwall after beginning his career at Brighton, enjoyed a productive opening to 2011, keeping back-to-back clean sheets as the Glovers picked up four points from their opening two fixtures of the year to clamber off the foot of League One."

Whilst we get out our deckchairs and make sandcastles in Yeovil-by-the-Sea as it shall surely now be known (there is a bar called The Beach in Yeovil, so it must be true!) Sullivan is joined by Steven Caulker, who is attracting rave reviews at Bristol City where he has been pushed up a division this season. Given that he is now proving to be head-and-shoulders above a Championship side, much in the same way he was for the Glovers last season, surely it's only a matter of time before 'Arry sticks him into the Tottenham Hotspur first team.

The full team is as follows:

John Sullivan (Yeovil Town), Nick Fenton (Rotherham United), Andrew Taylor (Watford), Steven Caulker (Bristol City), Bruno Berner (Leicester City), Craig Westcarr (Notts County), Guly Do Prado (Southampton), Jason Puncheon (Millwall), Jack Midson (Oxford United), Glenn Murray (Brighton), Jack Lester (Chesterfield).


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5 January 2011 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Swindon Town
Yeovil Town's next away match is a trip to the County Ground for a League One match against Swindon Town. The match against the Glovers takes place on Saturday 15th January 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £11.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 10.30a.m. with stops as requested. Pick-ups can be done along the way if you negotiate nicely!

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk


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5 January 2011 : A Target For A Target Man
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that his plans to add another player to his first team squad centre around the need for a target man. The Glovers have struggled in the past 18 months to find cover for main target man striker Sam Williams, but on the flip side have lacked physical presence when they have opted for an alternative pairing.

Skiverton has in the past tried to find a rival for Williams within his playing budget, but has indicated more recently that he does have someone on his radar. However, he has warned BBC Somerset that he is facing competition for the player's signature:

"This is a problem that you do get. The ones that you've got your eye on are always the ones that other people have got their eye on. I just hope that we can get him in, get him done and get him signed. Until that, and until I can actually get a player signed and his medical done and he's actually training and he's played his first game, you can't count your chickens on anyone. But fingers crossed that I do bring a target man in."


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4 January 2011 : Rovers Throw Away Two Goal Lead As Pilgrims Pounce
Yeovil Town's League One relegation rivals Bristol Rovers chucked away a two goal lead at the Memorial Stadium tonight. Racing into a two goal lead through two Will Hoskins strikes in the opening eleven minutes, they appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win against a Pilgrims side that had been rocked pre-match by the loss of centre-back Reda Johnson to Sheffield Wednesday as the Devon side continues their January sales to raise money for HMRC.

However, in the second period, the Pilgrims launched a stunning comeback, with Bradley Wright-Phillips and Joe Mason equalising, before Stephane Zubar's back-header grabbed them all three points, lifting them up to 12th in the table, and ten points ahead of the Glovers. Rovers remain in 21st place, and just two points ahead of Yeovil in the latest table.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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4 January 2011 : Ladies FA Cup Tie This Weekend
Yeovil Town Ladies commence the second half of their season with an FA Cup tie next Sunday. They take on Cardiff City Ladies at Raleigh Grove on Sunday 9th January, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, in a FA Women's Cup Second Round tie. You should note that this game is a 1.00p.m. kick-off - i.e. an hour earlier than their usual times for League games.

To help advertise that game, there is now a new Fixtures Poster available. Download the poster below and print it and display it anywhere you think may help spread the word. With this being a prestige cup game, it would be good to see as many people come along and give the Ladies Team their support.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Cardiff City Ladies : Fixture Flyer.


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4 January 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Brentford have been announced. The game takes place on January 8th 2011 at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but for unknown reasons only had him sporadically since we've got into the Football League.

Both were in the 2005-06 season. One of those was the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup, where he had a good game that night. However, we were less happy about his performance in the 0-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe United where we described him as "a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season" - not a good accolade given that the game took place at the tail end of that season. Our report said that "it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly berated by supporters throughout an entire game" with the Northamptonshire official in general favouring the 'easy' decisions throughout the match, rather than the 'big' ones that might have turned the game.

Mr woolmer's saving grace is that Hereford United utterly loathe him. This stems from a 2003-04 Conference Play-Off Semi-Final when he red-carded Andy Tretton for a professional foul during the Edgar Street leg. Despite the decision appearing to be the correct (if wholly accidental) one as Tretton lost his bearings and collided with an Aldershot Town striker, Woolmer was given the blame for the incident, resulting in alleged damage to his car after the game, and stewards having to protect him from an irate fan who invaded the pitch. The postman's name is consequently mud in that part of the Welsh borders.

We nearly had Mr Woolmer for an FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County during the 2008-09 season, but by the time the game took place, he had been replaced. Why we've rarely had an official who is in a fairly central-southern based location isn't clear - just one of those things as he certainly clocks up the matches each season, having done 19 games already.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Tony Horton (Wolverhampton) and Neil Radford (Worcester). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).


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4 January 2011 : Skiverton Pays Tribute To Outgoing Duo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has paid tribute to two of his players, who have returned to their parent clubs today. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald and goalkeeper John Sullivan. The duo have been on loan at Huish Park for the first half of the 2010-11 season, but have now played their final games, returning to Swansea City and Millwall respectively.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he felt both players had been a credit to themselves and their clubs and that he would have no hesitation in recommending them to any other clubs who might want to take them on in the future:

"I'll wish Shaun (MacDonald) all the best along with John Sullivan. I think the pair of them have been exemplary in the way that they have acted and the way that they've conducted themselves and they've been a real credit to their host clubs. When you've got people like that who are fighting the cause, it makes my job a little bit easier. Whoever rings up about them, or with the feedback I've given their clubs, will know that they're very good players and very good people as well and that's the most important thing to me."

In Sullivan's place comes Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson. The Irishman's loan contract runs until the end of the 2010-11 season, but with a 24 hour recall clause attached to it. Skiverton hinted that if Henderson did get recalled unexpectedly at any stage that he wouldn't rule out heading back for Sullivan:

"John Sullivan has been excellent, and with Hendo's deal I've been lucky enough to have two good keepers this year. If one falls down, then the other one comes back, or we might have to bring another one in. As long as it's the right people, which they are, and the right characters then I know we'll do okay at this level."


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4 January 2011 : Kalala Picks Up Four Game Ban
As expected, the Football Association have this afternoon confirmed that Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala will face a four match ban for his sending off in yesterday's match against Milton Keynes Dons.

Kalala has been given three matches for a 'violent conduct' offence, with an extra match added on for it being his second red card of the season. He will miss the home games against Brentford and Rochdale, plus the trips to Swindon Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

His return will be on January 29th, when the Glovers make the return trip to Brentford - subject to any further postponements along the way.

Kalala was given a straight red card for reacting to a poor tackle from Dons left-winger Michael McIndoe. His other red card came in the August 2010 meeting at the Memorial Stadium, when two yellow cards saw him dismissed against Bristol Rovers.


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4 January 2011 : Addicks Clear Out Management Team
League One side Charlton Athletic have become the second club in the division to dispense with their management team today. Phil Parkinson, plus his assistant Tim Breacker and first team coach Mark Kinsella have been sacked today, following their 2-4 home defeat against Swindon Town last night.

The match against The Robins was live on Sky Sports, and was the Addicks' first match to be played under new ownership, and Parkinson had said pre-match that he was due to have an introductory meeting with his new bosses. That first meeting turned out to be his last meeting, as they have opted for a clean sweep today.

Charlton haven't won a League match since their 3-2 win over Yeovil Town. As yet they've not appointed a caretaker management team, although one of the coaches that does remain at present is former Glovers goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts, who had only moved up to South-East London on Christmas Eve.


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4 January 2011 : Second Backroom Departure As Physio Leaves
Yeovil Town have suffered a second backroom staff departure over the Christmas and New Year period, with the club's physio leaving Huish Park. Simon Baker, who was a former Reserve and Youth Team player for the Glovers, has left the club "to explore new avenues in life that will afford him more time with his family".

Simon had been part of the management team since replacing Wayne Jones in the summer of 2009, and had formerly worked in Yeovil Hospital, where he met first team coach Darren Way, working as a physiotherapist to help deal with Darren's rehabilitation following his car crash.

Simon's departure follows swiftly after Ben Roberts chose to take up a goalkeeping coach position at Charlton Athletic. The very best of luck to Simon in his future career, wherever it may take him.


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4 January 2011 : Henderson Registration Completed
Just for confirmation, Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson's return to Huish Park on loan is now complete. The Irishman will stay at Huish Park for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, subject to a 24 hour recall in the event of City suffering injury or suspension to first choice pairing David James and Dean Gerken.

Henderson has already made eight appearances for the Glovers this season, when he covered for John Sullivan whilst the Millwall keeper was out with a shoulder injury.

Midfielder Alex Russell should also complete his registration papers this afternoon, arriving from Bath City.

Link: 02/01/2011 : Henderson To Make Glovers Return.

Link: Stephen Henderson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 January 2011 : A Catch-Up On The Comings And Goings
For those of you who may have been struggling to keep up with all the comings and goings during Christmas, New Year and even Ciderspace site outages, we thought it would be useful to provide a summary of where things are, as it's all a little bit confusing. There have been a lot of changes over the past week or two, with more to come. Here's a brief summary of the changes.

COMING IN:

Paul Wotton: Defensive midfielder who can also play as a centre-back, arrived on a one month loan from Southampton.

Max Ehmer: Midfielder and central defender, arrived on a one month loan from QPR.

Richard Martin: Returns to the club on a 'short term contract' to act as back-up. His registration has been delayed but should be available on Saturday.

Jon Sheffield: Arrives in as a temporary goalkeeping coach, with a view to a permanent deal. However, subsequent reports suggest his stay at Huish Park may be a brief one, with other possibilities for a permanent coach.

Stephen Henderson: Loan deal agreed with Bristol City until the end of the season. Registration papers will be completed this week. 24 hour recall clause in place.

Alex Russell: Contract until the end of the season agreed. Just needs a medical and to complete registration papers.

A.N.Others: Manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he will bring in an unnamed striker during the transfer window. There may be another arrival although this is less specific or certain.

GOING OUT:

John Sullivan: After 17 appearances, the goalkeeper completes his loan and returns to Millwall.

Shaun MacDonald: After 17 appearances (and 53 in total across four loan spells), the midfielder completes his loan and returns to Swansea City.

Tom Parkes: Picked up a training ground injury after two appearances and returned to Leicester City for treatment. His one month loan has now expired, so by default he returns, but it is less clear whether the Glovers would look to return for him.

Ben Roberts: Left for a goalkeeping coach position at Charlton Athletic.

Stefan Stam: Permanently removed from first team squad plans. Remains under contract and on the transfer list.


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4 January 2011 : Saddlers Fire Management Team
League One basement side Walsall have sacked their management team this morning, after they returned to the foot of the division over the weekend. Saddlers boss Chris Hutchings and his assistant Martin O'Connor have been relieved of their duties, with Head of Youth Dean Smith taking over in a caretaker capacity.

The Saddlers are currently bottom of the league on 17 points and are eight points from safety. Over the weekend they lost 0-3 at home to Notts County, then crashed 4-1 at Peterborough United. They have won just five times during the 2010-11 season. Walsall Chairman Jeff Bonser, speaking to their club site, said of the decision to remove the pair:

"Their preparation and professionalism has been second-to-none but we are in a results business and, unfortunately, results have not gone their way. We wish Chris and Martin all the very best for the future and hope they find future employment in the game and enjoy the success that their hard work and professionalism deserves."

The news leaves two of the bottom four clubs seeking new management teams, with Bristol Rovers - who are in action against Plymouth Argyle tonight - having removed Paul Trollope during December. Assistant boss Darren Patterson has been in charge since Trollope's exit on December 15th.


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4 January 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Home Game
Following Monday afternoon's 1-0 win against Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the local media about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of his interview with BBC Somerset can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game.


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4 January 2011 : Man Of The Match Voting For Plymouth/MK Dons
Most of you will be aware that we had some significant site problems over January 1st and 2nd. Although the site is back and should be working in most cases, we're aware that the Man of the Match Voting Form, and the Blog Comments facility will not be working at present.

Hence for the moment, please do not attempt to do either until we fathom out what is wrong - we'll put up a note on here as soon as both are fixed. We're aware that many may not have had a chance to vote in the Plymouth fixture, so will allow provision for both matches when we get the chance.

Apologies for the inconvenience and also the site outage - things should settle down now, but were compounded by the problems occurring during a weekend where we had two matches being played as well.


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3 January 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off MK Dons Home Interview
Just before kick-off against Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the local media about his pre-match team selection and thoughts, including his views on Stefan Stam and Alex Russell. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of his interview with BBC Somerset can be found via the link below.

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


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3 January 2011 : Yeovil 1 MK Dons 0 : Huntington Downs Dons
Yeovil Town gained a priceless three points at Huish Park this afternoon, as they clocked up their first League One win for almost three months. A single Paul Huntington header just 11 minutes into the match as he converted an Andy Welsh cross ensured victory, although matters became somewhat more edgy in the final six minutes, as Jean-Paul Kalala picked up his second red card of the season, reacting to a poor Michael McIndoe challenge by raising his hands to the former Glover.

Team selection was a simple one for manager Terry Skiverton - the same starting eleven, and only the shock pre-match news concerning Stefan Stam's exclusion from the squad affecting the substitutes bench, with only five named and no second goalkeeper. Shaun MacDonald and John Sullivan lined up to play the final matches of their loan spells at Huish Park, whilst Tom Parkes' injury means his month in South Somerset has been curtailed for the time being.

Whilst the match against Plymouth Argyle was a cagey affair with few chances, this match was a more open one, and the Glovers got the start they needed thanks to a ball into the box from regular assister Andy Welsh. The winger had taken a corner that was only half cleared, and when the ball came back to him a second time, his return cross was met by the head of Paul Huntington and although visiting keeper David Martin got a hand to the ball he couldn't keep it out.

The Glovers took that goal, and went on to dominate the half. With the crowd chanting 'Macca, What's the Score?' at the New Year's Pantomime villain, Nathan Smith drove a shot straight at Dons keeper David Martin, whilst Shaun MacDonald's crunching tackle in midfield set him up to go forward and strike the ball from 30 yards with David Martin saving well, scrambling low down to keep the ball out. The Glovers should have been 2-0 up when Smith's ball over the top to Dean Bowditch allowed the striker to race through on goal, but his shot was too close to Martin's diving body.

The Dons really only had two chances, and both within 30 seconds of each other. Jabo Ibehre's flicked header was headed onwards by Sam Baldock forcing John Sullivan to tip over the bar, whilst the resultant corner saw Ibehre win his header again, only to see the shot misdirected wide of the target. But this was a game that was largely in Yeovil's control and they should have doubled their lead when Andy Williams put in a teasing cross, but Sam Williams fluffed his lines as he misconnected with an attempt at a diving header.

Michael McIndoe allowed for a bit of fun just before the break, as he collided with one of his own team-mates and then with the dugout as he lost his bearings, giving Huish Park its biggest cheer since the goal, and the Glovers well deserved their lead.

For a side that has been in good form recently, particularly at home, it was no surprise to find MK Dons have a decent spell in the game - that came at the start of the second half, as they dominated possession, leaving the Glovers chasing shadows. But eventually Yeovil began to get the measure of it - soaking up the pressure then hitting them on the break. One such move saw Andy Williams strike the woodwork as he received a ball over the top, chipping the ball past the keeper, but seeing the ball go agonisingly onto the foot of the post, and bounce clear of the line.

Dean Bowditch put in a long range change in on goal, whilst Paul Wotton showed early signs of having an eye for goal with another bullet of a shot of the kind that he managed at Home Park two days earlier. Then Andy Welsh also caught Dons on the break, as he raced through on goal, only to find a spot of dithering on his part allowing Dean Lewington a chance to put in a last ditch tackle.

There was always a danger that these spurned chances might cost the Glovers, but a more serious moment of madness put the game on a knife edge with six minutes to go. Substitute Jean-Paul Kalala had only come on in the 78th minute for the out of form Sam Williams, but his contribution lasted just six minutes as he got himself sent off for the second time this season. The game had already been in danger of boiling over minutes earlier with Paul Wotton and Sam Baldock getting involved in a spot of argy-bargy, and referee Simon Hooper did nothing to diffuse the situation. So when Michael McIndoe committed a crude challenge on Kalala, the two fiery players squared up to each other, and Kalala's fuse was well and truly lit - pushing McIndoe in the face. Out came the red card, and McIndoe was fortunate to finish with a yellow.

The Dons couldn't make their advantage count though, with Dean Bowditch intelligently running the ball into the corner flag several times during the closing minutes. The nearest the visitors came was during injury time, when a mis-judged John Sullivan punch created panic, but Nathan Smith bailed him out to keep the three points in tact. So Yeovil move up one place in the League One table, leapfrogging Dagenham, although they remain five points adrift thanks to others getting good results during the day. The main thing to concentrate upon though is the Glovers own points tally, and five points from the last three games is the kind of target they need to set their sights at. If they can continue that over the coming months then the gap will drop between them and the 5th from bottom place.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Scorers: Paul Huntington (11 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh (62) 20. Paul Wotton 25. Shaun MacDonald 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver (90 mins for Dean Bowditch) 21. JP Kalala (78 mins for Sam Williams) 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge

Milton Keynes Dons:
1. David Martin
15. Dan Woodards 6. Sean O'Hanlon 4. Mathias Doumbe 3. Dean Lewington
14. Lewis Guy 7. Stephen Gleeson 22. Peter Leven 20. Michael McIndoe
10. Sam Baldock 19. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
27. Daniel Powell 28. Jemal Johnson (75 mins for Stephen Gleeson) 26. Luke Chadwick (54 mins for Lewis Guy) 23. Adam Chicksen 13. Mark Carrington 17. Stuart Searle (GK) 5. Gary MacKenzie (65 mins for Sean O'Hanlon)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (36 mins, dissent). Red Card: Jean-Paul Kalala (violent conduct, 84 mins).
MK Dons Bookings: Gary MacKenzie (69 mins, foul), Michael McIndoe (foul, 84 mins), Peter Leven (dissent, 88 mins).

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). Fourth Official: Paul Rees (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,508.


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3 January 2011 : Skivo Confirms Russell Arrival At Huish Park
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed our earlier news, that he plans to sign up former Bath City midfielder on a contract. The 37 year old has extensive experience with Exeter City, Bristol City and Cheltenham Town but after being released by the Grecians over the summer, he headed to Twerton Park on a short term contract.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that Russell is watching the home match against Milton Keynes Dons today, and that he expects to sign him up tomorrow, subject to a medical, and he is expected to sign until the end of the season:

"Alex is here, and we're going to try to get something done tomorrow. He'll be coming along with Richard Martin. He'll bring in that experience - the same as Paul (Wotton) has brought in so far, and he's a very good player. He'll keep the ball, he'll manipulate it and he'll talk to people and he'll pull people. We need those kind of characters in the squad and that's why I'm adding those two, and I'm really excited at getting him in as well."

Today's match sees the final match that goalkeeper John Sullivan will play, with Stephen Henderson due to arrive this week from Bristol City, whilst midfielder Shaun MacDonald also departs today, returning to Swansea City. An injury to defender Tom Parkes means that his loan spell at Huish Park is temporarily curtailed as he gets himself sorted out at the Walkers Stadium.

Goalkeeper Richard Martin's delay appears to be due to Crawley Town insisting upon the Glovers honouring the seven day notice of approach rule required for non-contract players registered to other clubs. Martin will therefore be available for Saturday's match against Brentford, but is already training at Huish Park and was at Saturday's match at Plymouth Argyle.


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3 January 2011 : Skivo: Stam Will No Longer Play Whilst I'm Manager
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that central defender Stefan Stam will never play for him again. The Dutchman has been on the transfer list since late last year, and has made just 23 appearances for the Glovers across his 18 months at Huish Park, including just three during his second season. Much of that time has been spent on the treatment table, and even though he is now fit, his time with the Glovers is effectively at an end.

Skiverton selected Stam on the bench at Home Park against Plymouth Argyle, but in this afternoon's line-up against Milton Keynes Dons, he has been removed from the squad entirely, and the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that he would never play for the Glovers again:

"Stefan Stam has got to find first team football elsewhere. As long as I am here, even if we are ravaged with injuries, he will no longer be selected for my squads."

Apart from the absence of Stam, the Glovers are unchanged from the trip to Home Park, but Stam's absence means that Yeovil Town will field just five substitutes for the match. Michael McIndoe is included in the line-up for the visitors.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh (62) 20. Paul Wotton 25. Shaun MacDonald 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 21. JP Kalala 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge


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3 January 2011 : Alex Russell To Sign For Yeovil Town
Bath City manager Adie Britton has today confirmed that midfielder Alex Russell has left Twerton Park and states that he expects him to be signing for Yeovil Town. The 37 year old was with the Conference National side on a contract that ran until the end of 2010 and is therefore a free agent.

Russell has not been included in Bath's side today, and Britton has confirmed that the player has now left the club, and that he believes he is on his way to Yeovil Town. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Britton paid tribute to a player he labelled as the best he'd seen under his management:

"We weren't too sure how long term it was going to be. Since he came on board I think he's played around 12 games for us and I think we've lost two games. So you can see how well we've done. He's given us a different dimension to our play. We played him in behind the front man in a 4-4-1-1, and he's given us huge ball retention and he's just joined us up as a side. I've got nothing but praise for him. He's done fantastically well for us. He's the best footballer that's been here during the five and a half years that I've been here, and should the opportunity arise I'd love to have him back. But I hope he goes to Yeovil and does a good job for them and gets them out of the trouble that they're in."

Subsequent to this, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that Russell will be signing for the Glovers.


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3 January 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Plymouth Interview
Just before kick-off against Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the local media about his pre-match team selection and thoughts. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of his interview with BBC Somerset can be found via the link below.

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


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2 January 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs MK Dons
Officials for tomorrow afternoon's match between Yeovil Town and Milton Keynes Dons have been announced. The match takes place at Huish Park on Monday 3rd January 2011, kick-off 3.00p.m. The main in charge of the match will be referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him four times as the man in the middle.

The earliest occasion was October 2008, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell. That was his first match at League One level, so some allowances should be made for his lack of experience at that time.

Next up was the August 2009 trip to play Huddersfield Town, where he was a late replacement as referee. He awarded us a penalty that day, and although we went on to lose the game, anyone who awards a spot kick to an away team at a stadium the size of the Galpharm deserves credit for a brave decision.

The third and most recent encounter with Mr Hooper was the November 2009 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic. In a game played in atrocious weather conditions, Mr Hooper sent off Charlton's Sam Sodje half an hour into the game for a professional foul. Another brave decision, but to our (biased) eyes, the correct one. We had no other comments about his handling of the match.

In his most recent match for us he was at Huish Park for the September 2010 game against Southampton and we were a little less enthused about his brave decision-making. To be fair he had a decent game overall, and did give us one penalty for a trip on Gavin Williams, but it was his earlier decision to not award a spot kick for a foul on Andy Williams in the box that had us grumbling during the game.

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Paul Rees (Bristol).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: August 2009 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.


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2 January 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Plymouth Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the local media about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of his interview with BBC Somerset can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Plymouth Game.


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2 January 2011 : Henderson To Make Glovers Return
Bristol City have confirmed the much expected news that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson will be returning to Huish Park after tomorrow's set of fixtures. He will be signed on a half-season loan, provided the Robins do not get any goalkeeping injuries as part of their match tomorrow.

Henderson has already made eight appearances for Yeovil Town during the Autumn of 2010 during a period when Millwall keeper John Sullivan was injured. And he will now replace Sullivan for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, when Sullivan returns to the New Den after tomorrow's match against Milton Keynes Dons.

The Bristol City official site reports their boss Keith Millen as saying:

"He had a good spell with Yeovil back in September and October. This will be a good opportunity for him to go out and get games under his belt. With a keeper you've always got the security of a recall, so it works for everyone."

The recall that Millen refers to is a 24 hour clause that applies only to goalkeepers in the event of first choice pairing David James and Dean Gerken becoming injured or suspended.


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1 January 2011 : Plymouth 0 Yeovil 0 : Spot Kick Miss Costs Glovers
Yeovil Town played out their second consecutive 0-0 draw in the League, to claw their way off the bottom of League One on goal difference. In an evenly contested match at Home Park, the Glovers came the closest to grabbing all three points against Plymouth Argyle when Sam Williams saw his spot kick saved by home keeper David Button, whilst Andy Williams got the ball into the back of the net just before the break. But the second half fizzled out badly with neither side really threatening the goal.

The Glovers gave debuts to both new midfielders, although QPR signing Max Ehmer occupied a centre-back slot - Paul Wotton who has played there before landed in midfield. Only six were selected for the bench with reserve goalkeeper Richard Martin not being named, as Craig Alcock and Adam Virgo stayed out of the squad.

It was Yeovil who had the pick of the early chances, with a fierce long range drive from Paul Wotton showing what kind of a strike he has got on him, whistling narrowly past the Argyle goalpost. Then Paul Huntington had a header flicked over the bar by Argyle keeper David Button for a corner. Wotton also managed to hit the crossbar from another header - albeit a looping one that bounced on top of the goal frame.

The Glovers were doing well to keep League One's top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips quiet, but Argyle's main danger man became Joe Mason, with Shaun MacDonald having his hands full trying to track him, and often seeing him squirm loose. Mason's beautifully weighted curling pass into the path of Rory Patterson set the latter clean through on goal, but a slightly weighty first touch allowed John Sullivan to come off his line and scramble to block the ball at Patterson's feet. Mason also saw a blocking tackle deny him a shot on goal, although the deflection on the ball saw it loop just over Sullivan's bar.

Just before the half hour mark, the Glovers got themselves a golden opportunity when a turn inside the box by Andy Williams saw him go down under a challenge from Curtis Nelson. If there was contact then it was minimal, but referee Brendan Malone pointed to the spot. Unfortunately striker Sam Williams is not having the best of times at present, and his weak penalty was easily parried by home keeper David Button and the Glovers couldn't scramble home the loose ball.

Right on half time, Andy Williams got the ball in the back of the net, latching onto a far post ball which he converted from close range. Unfortunately referee Brendan Malone had long since blown up for a foul when Yeovil won the header in the box, and by the time Williams hit the back of the net, most knew it wouldn't count.

The less said about the second half the better. In fact there wasn't a lot to say about it at all from an entertainment perspective. Argyle came out looking a far better side and Yeovil spent a fair chunk of the opening 20 minutes defending in numbers, but without keeper John Sullivan being tested too hard. It took a good 15-20 minutes for Yeovil to muster their first serious shot - a Dean Bowditch attempt that went just wide from 25 yards.

Yeovil introduced Jean-Paul Kalala for Andy Welsh and switched their formation to a 4-1-4-1 as Wotton protected the back four. But this wasn't a case of defences being on top - even with Argyle's frequent territorial superiority, the corner flag was in more danger of damage than John Sullivan's goal with Sully having few opportunities to keep his hands warm in the ever-freezing temperatures.

Overall if Yeovil were going to win the game, they should have scored their goal during the first half. As the game wore on there was little to justify either side gaining all three points, although the Glovers will be kicking themselves that they didn't convert the gift-horse penalty that they did get. Another point away from home is no disaster, but they will need to start converting some of these 0-0 draws into wins. The result moves Yeovil above Walsall on goal difference, and closes the gap on the safety line down to five points. But with Rochdale and Notts County winning their games, the bottom five clubs are now on their own, and Yeovil will need to get a minimum of three points from their next two home matches to ensure that gap continues to be whittled away.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Plymouth Argyle:
31. David Button
36. Stephane Zubar 35. Curtis Nelson 5. Reda Johnson 29. James Paterson 4. Carl Fletcher 11. Kari Arnason 15. Onismor Bhasera (76) 8. Rory Patterson 10. Bradley Wright-Phillips 16. Joe Mason

Substitutes:
1. Romain Larrieu (GK) 2. Karl Duguid 6. Chris Clark 18. Jack Stephens 19. Yannick Bolasie (76 mins for Onismor Bhasera) 21. Anton Peterlin 23. Krisztian Timar

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh (62) 20. Paul Wotton 25. Shaun MacDonald 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 21. JP Kalala (62 mins for Andy Welsh) 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge

Plymouth Bookings: James Paterson (17 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (61 mins, foul), Sam Williams (68 mins, diving)

Referee: Brendan Malone

Attendance: 9,720 (including 692 Yeovil fans)


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