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31 January 2012 : Ex-Glover Smithy Gets In A Shots Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Smith has gone out on loan again, as he continues his tour around the country. Smithy has signed a three month loan deal with League Two side Aldershot Town today, having had a short loan spell with Kettering Town, having largely dropped out of the reckoning with his parent club Crawley Town since their promotion into the Football League.

Since leaving Yeovil Town in 2001 after 144 appearances, the 33 year old has worked his way through Southend United, Hereford United, Shrewsbury Town, Weymouth, back to Hereford and then on to Crawley on his way to over 400 senior appearances across all clubs.

Meanwhile Bristol Rovers have brought in former Yeovil Town trialist Jim Paterson today. The 32 year old left-back trialled for the club at the start of this season, but failed to agree terms, eventually turning up at Shamrock Rovers in Ireland. He has been training with Rovers for a week and they have now given him a contract until the end of the 2011-12 season.


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31 January 2012 : Transfer Deadline Day: Full League One Round-Up
The January Transfer Window has now shut, and bar the odd bit of lurking paperwork or late press announcements, all business involving League One clubs should be concluded. For the avoidance of doubt, we do not believe that Yeovil Town conducted any business today, even though the three match suspension of club captain Paul Huntington accelerated the need for defensive cover.

The rules are now that clubs can continue to sign free agents as normal, but that at Football League level there will be a seven day period in which no loans may take place. After that, the 'emergency' loan window will open, where players can be signed up either as youth loans, or under the emergency loan system for between 28 and 93 days.

There may be one or two omissions lurking, but the following represents the Deadline Day dealings involving League One clubs. Six clubs were busy playing matches tonight, which doubtless meant that they had attention drawn elsewhere as four of those six didn't conduct any business on the day:

AFC Bournemouth:
IN: Donal McDermott (22 year old winger from Huddersfield Town, undisclosed fee, three and a half year deal)
OUT: Michael Symes (28 year old striker to Rochdale, on loan, until May 5th)

Brentford:
None.

Bury:
None.

Carlisle United:
None.

Charlton Athletic:
None.

Chesterfield:
IN: Nicky Ajose (20 year old striker from Peterborough United, youth loan, until end of season)

Colchester United:
None.

Exeter City:
IN: Luke O'Brien (23 year old full-back from Bradford City, taken over contract, until end of season)
OUT: Chris Shephard (20 year old midfielder to Bath City, one month loan deal)

Hartlepool United:
None.

Huddersfield Town:
IN: Murray Wallace (19 year old centre-back from Falkirk, £300,000 rising to £700,000, loaned back to Falkirk for rest of season)
IN: Kallum Higginbotham (22 year old striker from Falkirk, six figure fee)
OUT: Donal McDermott (22 year old winger to Bournemouth, undisclosed fee, three and a half year deal)

Leyton Orient:
OUT: Stephen Dawson (26 year old to Barnsley, undisclosed fee, two and a half year contract)

Milton Keynes Dons:
IN: James Tavernier (20 year old right-back from Newcastle United, on loan, until end of season)
OUT: Anthony McNamee (28 year old winger, released from contract, signed for Wycombe Wanderers)
OUT: Adam Smith (20 year old right-back, loan recalled by Tottenham to go back out on loan to Leeds United)

Notts County:
OUT: Karl Hawley (30 year old striker to Crawley Town, on loan, until end of season)

Oldham Athletic:
STAY: Tom Adeyemi (20 year old midfielder from Norwich City, loan extension, until March 10th)
OUT: Ryan Brooke (21 year old midfielder to AFC Telford United, one month loan)

Preston North End:
IN: Chris Robertson (25 year old centre-back from Torquay United, undisclosed fee)
IN: Graham Cummins (24 year old striker from Cork City, undisclosed fee)
OUT: Clarke Carlisle (32 year old defender, loan ended so back to Burnley, then back out on loan to Northampton Town)
OUT: Juvhel Tsoumou (21 year old striker to Plymouth Argyle, on loan, until end of season)

Rochdale:
IN: Michael Symes (28 year old striker from AFC Bournemouth, on loan, until May 5th)
IN: Paul McCallum (18 year old striker from West Ham United, youth loan, until March 4th)
STAY: Peter Kurucz (23 year old goalkeeper from West Ham United, loan extension until May)

Scunthorpe United:
IN: Jonathan Parkin (30 year old striker from Cardiff City, one month loan)
IN: David Mirfin (26 year old defender from Watford, loan until end of season)
IN: Robbie Gibbons (20 year old midfielder, free agent, recently with Cypriot side Alki Larnaca)

Sheffield United:
IN: Will Hoskins (25 year old striker from Brighton and Hove Albion, on loan, until end of season)
OUT: Erik Tonne (20 year old midfielder to York City, on loan, until end of season)

Sheffield Wednesday:
None.

Stevenage:
None.

Tranmere Rovers:
None.

Walsall:
None.

Wycombe Wanderers:
IN: Anthony McNamee (28 year old winger, was with Milton Keynes Dons, released from contract, signed until end of season)
IN: Matty Whichelow (20 year old winger from Watford, youth loan, one month)
OUT: Scott Rendell (25 year old striker to Oxford United, until end of season)

Yeovil Town:
None.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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31 January 2012 : Huntington Appeal Thrown Out By FA
Yeovil Town have had their appeal against Paul Huntington's sending off thrown out by the Football Association. The Glovers had appealed against referee Oliver Langford's decision to dismiss the club captain in the final few minutes of the 2-1 win over Preston North End, following an alleged foul on their striker Jamie Proctor.

However, that appeal has now been rejected and Huntington will now face a three match ban. He will miss the away matches at Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers as well as the home game against Scunthorpe United.


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31 January 2012 : Johnson Jnr Leaves City
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson has left Championship side Bristol City. The 30 year old had been at Ashton Gate since August 2006, after he teamed back up with father Gary Johnson, who was then their first team manager. In between leaving Huish Park, and joining the Robins, Lee had spent a year with Scottish Premier League side Hearts, but returned back south after he fell out of favour at the Tynecastle Stadium.

Five and a half years, 195 appearances and 11 goals later with Bristol City, he is now looking for a new club, having agreed to leave the club by mutual consent, with half a season left on his contract. During his time with the Robins, he has had loan spells with Derby County, and earlier this season with Chesterfield.

There are no clues at present as to where he may head to next, but earlier this month, Lee was firm that he would not be teaming up with Gary again, with the implication that playing for his dad carried charges of nepotism that he was not prepared to deal with a third time.

Link: Lee Johnson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2012 : Glovers Reject Gibson Approach By Imps
Yeovil Town have turned down an approach from Conference National side Lincoln City for winger Billy Gibson. As reported earlier today, the Lincolnshire Echo had been suggesting that their manager David Holdsworth was looking to snap up the former Watford trainee.

Gibson, who has made 13 appearances for the club across his 18 months at Huish Park, has six months left on his contract, and today's confirmation of a rejection by the club would suggest that they are not looking to release him from his contract.

Link: Billy Gibson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2012 : Rendell Makes Oxford Switch
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Scott Rendell has gone out on loan on Transfer Deadline Day. In a very low key start to the final 24 hours of trading involving the professional football leagues, the 25 year old has left Wycombe Wanderers to sign for Oxford United on a loan deal until the end of the 2011-12 season.

Rendell has already been out on loan this season, with Bristol Rovers having taken him for a month during October 2011. He's played 11 times for Wanderers this season, scoring one goal, but has dropped down their pecking order and has made just two substitute appearances since the first week in October.

As mentioned yesterday, former loan midfielder Lee Cox was due to move from Inverness Caledonian Thistle to League Two side Swindon Town. That's now been confirmed, with a two and a half year deal on the table for the 21 year old. The fee is officially undisclosed, although the Highland press have reported it as a £50,000 transfer.

As yet, we're not expecting any Yeovil Town movement; one of the local Press Association representatives this morning has tweeted that he has been told to not expect anything of consequence coming out of Huish Park: "Don't get too excited Glovers fans, I've been advised it's going to be quite quiet at Huish Park today" - of course no guarantees things will stay that way, but that's the way things stand as of late morning.


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31 January 2012 : Officials For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Sheffield Wednesday and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place at Hillsborough on Saturday 4th February 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Mr Brown has looked after a Yeovil Town football match on two previous occasions, and the good news is that both of them have ended in 1-0 away wins. A hat-trick please, Mr Referee?

The most recent of those was the 1-0 win at Prenton Park over Tranmere Rovers in February 2011. Possibly one of the worst matches for entertainment you'll have set your eyes on in recent years, although Oli Johnson's wonder strike was worth the journey. Mr Brown didn't have a lot to do on the day - just one booking early on, and not much out there to raise the hackles.

Mr Brown's other game in charge came in November 2010, when he saw our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.

In his official profile, he credits a number of people for having got him into refereeing, including "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". Given he's now in his second season as a Football League referee, one wonders if he is now hearing any less moaning on his Saturday afternoons?

Mr Brown will be assisted by Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Keith Lawson (South Humberside). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Meeson (Staffordshire).

Link: February 2011 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday.


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31 January 2012 : Gibson Linked With Imps Move
Speculation in Lincolnshire is suggesting that Yeovil Town winger Billy Gibson may be released by the club. The former Watford academy player has slowly clocked up 13 appearances during the 18 months that he's been at Huish Park, although has only one league start to his name - one day after his 21st birthday.

Since October 22nd, Gibson has managed just eight minutes of first team football, and has not even made the bench during 2012. He last featured as a late substitute in the FA Cup Second Round Replay match against Fleetwood Town.

The Lincolnshire Echo suggests that the right-winger is a target for Conference National side Lincoln City, who were seen as short of attacking players, even before today's decision to release former Glover Gavin McCallum. Their paper claims that manager David Holdsworth is waiting to see if Yeovil Town choose to release Gibson before they consider a move:

"Billy Gibson, a winger at Yeovil, is also being monitored with speculation mounting that he is set to become a free agent. The former Watford player, who made one appearance for the Hornets, has figured 13 times for the Glovers in a two-season spell."

With today (Tuesday) being Transfer Deadline Day, Gibson would need to come off Yeovil's books by the time the window closes for the Imps to be able to sign him up permanently.

According to the BBC Sport website, the Transfer Window closes at 11.00p.m. on Tuesday night for all English divisions, and the Scottish Premier League, with the Scottish Football League keeping matters hanging on for another hour. At present, we're not aware of any definitive plans by Yeovil Town to sign up any new players, although boss Gary Johnson has made it clear that he does want to improve his squad by three players - whether that will happen today or during the loan transfer window will depend on whether any of Gary's legendary 'spinning plates' drop.


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30 January 2012 : Swindon 0 Yeovil 1 : Ladies Win Sees Title Bid Stay On Track
A 24th minute Laura Bray goal saw Yeovil Town Ladies record a hard earned 1-0 win at Swindon Town Ladies on Sunday. Swindon entered the game unbeaten at home this season and the Glovers had to work hard on an uneven pitch, which made the Yeovil's normal passing game difficult, but was ideal for Swindon's long ball tactics.
Laura Bray

It was clear before the kick off that the surface would make passing the ball more difficult, but despite the challenge of the pitch, the Glovers remained true to their passing game and were rewarded on 24 minutes when the front players combined well and Laura Bray made no mistake, finding the back of the net for a crucial Yeovil lead. Swindon's long ball game meant that the Glovers defense had to deal with a number of Swindon attacks during the first half, the best of which was an excellent chance clipped past the Yeovil keeper, Rachel Simkin.

In the second half Yeovil made an early change with Rosie Williams returning to the back four after being out for several months due to injuries suffered in a car crash. This change also meant Terri Trowbridge could move into the right wing position, a swap that paid off as Trowbridge was able to get the better of the Swindon left back on several occasions and test their defence with some great crosses.

Throughout the second period Swindon continued to try and push forward, but lacked invention up front and their attacks were easily swept up by the Yeovil defence. In an effort to grab an equalizer, Swindon changed their formation to field an extra attacker, but additional subs for the Glovers (Sarah Roxburgh into midfield and Leah Jennings to right wing), plus strong Yeovil defensive play, allowed the Glovers to see out the game.

Late on the Glovers even had some chances to extend their lead as Swindon’s search for a goal left gaps in their defence. The chances fell to Bray and Cornwall and although both missed the opportunity to double the lead, the Glovers defence held firm at the other end of the pitch and Yeovil recorded another crucial league win.

Yeovil Joint Manager Nigel Williams was pleased that the team came through a testing fixture on a less than ideal surface, he said:

"This match was never going to be a walk in the park and if we went into it thinking that way we would have not got this result - Swindon are a very physical side and had not lost at home this season. I was not happy about the pitch today - it was amazing that all parts of the field of play suffered from undulated ground, making it difficult to get a passing game going. We had to really dig in and fight for every ball. Swindon kept playing long balls up field - trying to get in behind our defence, but we held out, kept another clean sheet and swept up most phases of play."

With just 6 games in the league campaign left, Williams praised the squad’s potential and fighting spirit but underscored that he and Sarah Lawler (Joint Manager) were keen to see the team improve further, he said:

"We just need to keep our feet on the ground, there were some nervous performances out there today, but we showed yet again we can fight a battle as well as play decent football. We will continue to take every game as it comes and will work on things that are not quite there yet. Sarah and I will continue to challenge players to fight for their place in the team and it is great to see every player in the squad rising to the challenge of pushing us forward."

The win at Swindon means Yeovil remain at the top of the South West Combination, five points ahead of second placed Havant & Waterlooville, who have also played one more game than the Glovers.

Final Score: Swindon Town Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

[Match Report by David Mills, Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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30 January 2012 : Brown And McCallum Search For New Clubs
Former Yeovil Town centre-back Aaron Brown has become a free agent on the eve of transfer deadline day. The 28 year old has been released by mutual consent by League Two side Aldershot Town, after dropping down the pecking order at the Recreation Ground. Since mid-November, he's made just one substitute appearance, after re-joining the Shots for a second spell at the start of the 2011-12 season.

After leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2009, Brown has had a rather nomadic career, playing his way through Redditch United, Burton Albion, AFC Telford United and Truro City (under former Glover Steve Thompson) before the first of his two spells with Aldershot.

Then followed a brief reuniting with Russell Slade just after the former Glovers boss had arrived at Leyton Orient. They put him on loan to Stockport County before releasing him, which resulted in his return to Aldershot. The timing of his release would suggest that he has another club lined up in the next few days, particularly as the Shots had given him a two year contract.

Former Glovers loan midfielder Lee Cox is on the edge of signing for League Two side Swindon Town for a £50,000 fee, after Scottish side Inverness Caledonian Thistle decided to cash in on the fact that the 21 year old only had six months left on his contract and had expressed a wish to return south of the border.

He's a player you'd be forgiven for not remembering the name of. He never set foot on the field of play, having been one of former manager Russell Slade's last signings in January 2009, when the then Leicester City boss gave Yeovil an 18 year old Cox free of charge to help bolster the Glovers bench. Due to his lack of experience at the time, he only played for the Reserve team, but since leaving Leicester has carved out a decent three year spell playing north of the border.

Former Glovers Youth Team player Gavin McCallum is another player on the move. He has been released by Conference National side Lincoln City by mutual consent after 18 months at Sincil Bank. He scored six goals in 56 appearances after arriving from Hereford United. The 24 year old Canadian International has not played for the Imps since returning from Barnet following a loan deal. Local press reports state that Imps boss David Holdsworth decided to cut McCallum out of his plans after the striker allegedly refused to play in an FA Trophy replay against Carshalton Athletic.

One player who appears to have made a bit of a mess of his footballing career in the past few weeks is Barnet winger Mark Marshall. The 24 year old was a former Glovers trialist who had played in a couple of pre-season friendlies at the start of the 2007-08 season.

If you believe Sky Sports and their love of accepting feeds from players' agents, Marshall had been attracting interest from Charlton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Leeds and West Ham. He's now attracting the interest of the FA's Doping Control team, having failed a drugs test on Boxing Day. Once notified, the Bees suspended the former Swindon Town player, and due to the rumourmill have now confirmed the reasons for his absence via a statement:

"Mark Marshall has been provisionally suspended from football activities pending a disciplinary hearing following the results of a recent drugs test where he tested positive for the use of a prohibited substance. He has consequently missed Barnet's last two League matches. In mitigation he claims to have unwittingly taken a banned substance in a supplement."


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30 January 2012 : Williams Picks Up Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. Willo scored his 6th and 7th goals of the 2011-12 season in Saturday's 2-1 win over Preston North End as he latched onto assists from Gavin Williams to secure the Glovers' second consecutive home victory.

The full side, which includes Somerset-born goalkeeper Ben Hamer, reads as follows:

Ben Hamer (Charlton Athletic)
Neil Austin (Hartlepool United), Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United), Kevin Long (Rochdale), Joe Widdowson (Rochdale)
Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United), Jonathan Douglas (Brentford), Danny Hollands (Charlton Athletic), Luke James (Hartlepool United)
Gary Alexander (Brentford), Andrew Williams (Yeovil Town)

Andy is the club's eighth nomination of the 2011-12 season, and the club's first of 2012. The full list of nominations for League One is shown below:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Colchester United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).
4) 19/11/2011 : Ed Upson (2-2 home vs Exeter City).
5) 26/11/2011 : Bondz N'Gala (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
6) 26/11/2011 : Dominic Blizzard (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
7) 17/12/2011 : Rene Gilmartin (0-0 away vs Rochdale).
8) 28/01/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Preston North End).


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30 January 2012 : Clarke And Clowes Make Loan Debuts
Yeovil Town's first year professionals Lewis Clarke and Rob Clowes both made their debuts over the weekend, yet both ended up on the losing sides. Both have started one month loan spells with non-league sides with the aim of giving them regular first team football.

Clarke travelled with Weymouth to play Oxford City and he played the first 79 minutes in a Terras defence that included former Yeovil trialist Alex Jeannin. However, two second half goals for Oxford meant that Weymouth slumped to their fourth defeat in a row at Court Place Farm, and Clarke was withdrawn eleven minutes from time.

Clowes got a full 90 minutes for Bridgwater Town in their 2-1 defeat at Gosport Borough. He was involved in a red card incident during the first half that saw him the victim of a poor challenge by Gosport's Dan Wooden, leaving the Hampshire side down to 10 men. However, by that time the home side were already a goal up, and they doubled their lead before Bridgwater could get a foothold in the game.

Second year scholar Lloyd Matthews sat out Frome Town's weekend match through injury, and so was at Huish Park on the weekend for the first team's win over Preston North End. We've already covered the progress of Rhys Baggridge over the weekend, in Saturday's article.

Link: Rhys Double Sinks Mangos.


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30 January 2012 : Paper Claims Westley Launched 'Al Qaeda' Missive Before Glovers Match
Last Saturday's opponents Preston North End received 'interesting' motivational advice ahead of their League One match against Yeovil Town, according to a national newspaper. The Lilywhites boss - no stranger to controversy with his past clubs - chose to tell his team that they were in danger of a terrorist attack on their hotel, according to The Sun newspaper (yes, yes, we know - it may be rubbish but bear with us).

According to the tabloid paper, Westley sent a late night text message to his team - despite being widely criticised for one last week that saw four players dropped from his squad at 2.00a.m. via an SMS message. On the Friday night, after the Lancashire side had travelled down to Somerset, it is claimed that Westley told his team to beware of attacks from terrorist organisation Al Qaeda on their hotel:

"In view of the must win game tomorrow, beware of the low flying aircrafts as we are in a very high hotel which will be a target for Al Quaeda (sic) leaders. If we come under attack we must stick together and keep evolving as a team and bring pain on them. Make sure u have right footwear on in case of such events."

The Sun quote an unnamed source - who presumably leaked the contents of the text message to the paper with the source saying that the Preston first team squad "all think he's lost the plot". That wasn't the only thing Preston lost on Saturday.

Footnote: The Sun newspaper has now withdrawn their article from their website. There's no indication of why they have chosen to do this as yet. However, it was up there for long enough for plenty of folk on Twitter to give their views on it


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30 January 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Preston Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's home match against Preston North End, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Brendon Mitchell, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts are archived via the link below.

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

Meanwhile a reminder of the other relevant post-match articles:

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Preston Home Game.

Link: Yeovil 2 Preston 1 : Match Report.

Link: Johnson Planning Red Card Appeal.

Link: Westley Unhappy With Preston 'Excuse Culture'.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil vs Preston.


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29 January 2012 : Bray Strike Keeps Ladies On Track
A Laura Bray strike helped keep Yeovil Town Ladies on course for promotion, as they gained a 1-0 win over 5th placed Swindon Town Ladies in Wiltshire today. Bray's goal ensures the Glovers stay five points clear at the top of the South West Combination Women's Football League - a position that they've held since just before Christmas.

The five point advantage was maintained as second placed Havant and Waterlooville kept up the chase with a 7-3 away win against the Keynsham Development side, who lie rooted to the foot of the division. However, Gloucester City's promotion hopes are fading badly after they suffered their second consecutive defeat, going down 3-1 against 4th placed Forest Green Rovers.

Those results seem likely to turn the promotion battle into a two horse race, particularly as the Glovers still have two matches against the Hawks to come in their remaining fixtures. The Ladies were due to play Havant next Sunday at home, but that game is currently marked as postponed, with the schedule for the remaining matches yet to be determined.

Latest Table: 1. Yeovil Town (P12, Pts 34), 2. Havant and Waterlooville (P13, Pts 29), 3. Gloucester City (P14, Pts 26), 4. Forest Green Rovers (P12, Pts 25).


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29 January 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Preston Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 home win over Preston North End at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Brendon Mitchell, that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Preston Home Game.


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29 January 2012 : GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us head up to Sheffield Wednesday for a League One match. The game at Hillsborough takes place on Saturday 4th February 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £27.00 with concessions available at £25.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 January 2012 : Rhys Double Sinks Mangos
Yeovil Town's first year professional Rhys Baggridge continued his fine form for Poole Town as the Dolphins got back to winning ways today. Having lost for the first time since the Welshman's arrival at Tatnam Farm in their midweek fixture at Clevedon by a single goal, they beat Mangotsfield United this afternoon by a 4-1 scoreline.

After the Dolphins fell behind to an early goal, Baggridge began to influence matters at the other end. He was involved in the build-up to Poole's equalising goal scored by Dan Cann, and then scored the South Dorset side's second and third goals. He has now scored three times for the Dolphins, who have climbed up to 6th place in the Southern League Division One South and West table, two points and one place outside the play-offs. Their fourth goal was scored by midfielder Carl Preston.


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28 January 2012 : Westley Unhappy With Preston 'Excuse Culture'
Preston North End boss Graham Westley suggested his side played with an 'excuse culture' this afternoon, having watched his new team lose 2-1 at Huish Park. The former Stevenage boss has yet to see the Lilywhites win a game since swapping clubs, and the writing was on the wall for them just a couple of minutes into this afternoon's match, when their defender Craig Morgan was dismissed for a professional foul.

With his side down to ten men, Westley felt his side played like one that was already accepting defeat in the first half, and were prepared to use the early red card as an excuse for that:

"It is too easy to look for excuses in life and when we went down to 10 men in the first half we put in a performance that did nothing to lift us. It was only in the second half that we showed any sense of urgency. For too long in the game we played with an excuse culture and I don't do excuse cultures.

"This football club has been on the back foot. They took 16 points in 13 games before I came here and when you are losing games and not winning points it happens for a reason. There is a big shake-up needed. We knew that before the game and the process is in place and people are going to need to shape up or ship out."

So far Westley has been unable to change Preston's direction - they have picked up one point out of a possible nine since he arrived at Deepdale, with his side scoring one goal in three games.


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28 January 2012 : Johnson Planning Red Card Appeal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will look to appeal against the red card dished out to captain Paul Huntington today. The 24 year old became the club's sixth player to be dismissed during the 2011-12 season when his tackle on Preston North End's Jamie Proctor was deemed to be worthy of serious foul play by referee Oliver Langford.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that he regarded it as a 'very good challenge' and said that he had already asked the match official to look at his decision on the match video:

"I was really disappointed with the red card. I thought he (Paul Huntington) had come back, and he's made a tackle. It's definitely one that we'll appeal. I've asked the referee to look at it, and he said that he would, but he thought it was an aggressive tackle. But that's the idea of a tackle; you've got to go and win the ball. You can't say "excuse me, mate, do you mind if I take the ball off you?" So we were disappointed with that, but we'll appeal it, and hopefully people will see it wasn't a reckless challenge, and that it was a very good challenge."

Johnson added that he felt that a number of high profile decisions in televised Premier League matches, followed by lengthy debates in the national media and on TV, were changing the way that referees were now making their decisions. The end result was that what would have been at most a yellow card a few years ago, was now resulting in players being sent off:

"I think that's exactly what's happening. It's not only me that's worried about it. The game is changing. One minute they're looking at something; the next minute they're looking at something else. They make a big thing about one thing, and then they make a big thing about another. For me that was just a proper tackle, and I'll be honest with you, if a Preston player had made that tackle, I'd have said the same."


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28 January 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Preston
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Preston North End at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Preston North End.


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28 January 2012 : Yeovil 2 Preston 1 : Willo Double Sinks Lilywhites
Yeovil Town gained their second consecutive home victory under Gary Johnson, as two goals from Andy Williams saw them beat midtable side Preston North End by a 2-1 scoreline. A late rally from the Lancashire side, via a Clarke Carlisle header threatened to get them a point, despite playing 88 minutes with ten men after Craig Morgan was dismissed for a professional foul. But the Glovers also had to deal with the same problem late on as Paul Huntington was sent off for a foul, leaving both sides a man short, but Yeovil clung on for the win.

Team news saw Yeovil go into the match making just one change from last week's line-up at Bury. There were few surprises that the left-back position was the one adjusted, with Nathan Jones dropping to the bench. However, an Achilles injury for Kelly Youga meant that he was not able to take his place in the line-up, with Ryan Dickson dropping into a left-back position, and Gavin Williams coming into the starting line-up as a left-winger.

The game got off to a dramatic start with a red card coming out of referee Oliver Langford's pocket just two and a half minutes into the match. Andy Williams went on a strong run, and there was little doubt that he was hauled back by Preston centre-back Craig Morgan - the only question was whether the match official would dare class it as a professional foul that early in the game. Two years ago he didn't make such a key decision in a game at Huish Park against Southampton; this time he did, leaving the visitors down to 10 men for 88 minutes.

Preston perhaps showed their intent from that moment with referee Langford having to speak to goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann regarding timewasting a minute later. The Lancashire side were forced into an early substitution with the gap left by Craig Morgan filled by substitute Alex Marrow, making his debut for Preston, as Adam Barton was sacrificed in midfield. Early shots from Dean Parrett, Andy Williams and Gavin Williams showed Yeovil were in the ascendancy, but with perhaps one too many of them being outside the box, as the Lillywhites sat men behind the ball.

However, on the half hour mark, they got the lead their play deserved. With Gavin Williams coming back into the side following a couple of games on the bench, he fed Andy Williams over the top and through the Preston back four, and shot past the advancing goalkeeper to put Yeovil 1-0 up and to present a different problem to the Preston side, whose tactic following the red card had been to line up with two banks of four and attempt to frustrate; now they would have to attack.

That allowed Yeovil a lot more freedom to run at the opposition, and they dominated the final 15 minutes of the half. Andy Williams could have doubled the lead but Thorsten Stuckmann was equal to his shot, whilst Jonathan Obika and Joe Edwards also got in on the act, and perhaps the only disappointment was that the game hadn't been put to bed by the break. Whilst Preston remained just 1-0 down they were still in with a chance, and whoever scored first in the second period would be crucial.

The second half was slightly more reserved in its play, with Yeovil still passing well and having the glut of possession, with Gavin Williams, Joe Edwards and Dean Parrett combining well. They extended their lead further just past the hour mark; once again Gavin Williams the creator, as he received a crossfield ball, controlling it on the left flank before squaring it and putting it on a plate for Andy Williams to convert for 2-0.

Game over now, surely? Preston hadn't managed a shot on goal all game, whilst even their off target efforts were fairly tame. It was therefore something of a shock when with 16 minutes remaining, Clarke Carlisle put them back in the match; his header wasn't particularly contested from a Paul Parry cross, but it put the visitors back in the match at a stage when the game should have been out of sight.

Yeovil's performances in the final 15 minutes of matches have been their undoing far too often this season, and inevitably, the nerves began to creep in, both on and off the pitch. Dean Parrett was taken off after he picked up a booking, with Joe Edwards moving into the centre of the park, as Kieran Agard went wide.

As Preston began to attack, sensing a route back into the match, Jamie Proctor fizzed a ball across the face of goal which Agard cleared before anyone could get near it. Chris Holroyd tried his luck with an overhead kick, and in the dying minutes, even goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann began to come up for set pieces.

Referee Oliver Langford had been building a rod for his own back in the second half through a series of yellow cards to add to that early red card. When Paul Huntington's 89th minute hard challenge went in on Jamie Proctor, and when Preston players waded in on Hunts as relatiation for the tackle, Langford had a melee on his hands. His questionable judgement was a red for Huntington for the tackle, and a yellow for Proctor for his retaliation, although it opened up two questions - did Hunts win the ball for the tackle, and did Proctor throw a punch?

It was now ten vs ten, and with four minutes of injury time likely to become more than that, due to infringements, Preston put a great deal of pressure on the Yeovil goal as the game closed, but they couldn't find a route through. The Press Association statistics show that Yeovil had 15 shots against Preston's 3 shots - with their only one on goal being Carlisle's header - it would have been daylight robbery if they had got something out of the game. The win lifts them up to 18th in the table. The trick now is for them to stay out of the bottom four.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Preston North End 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (30 mins, 1-0), Andy Williams (62 mins, 2-0), Clarke Carlisle (74 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Ryan Dickson
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard (77 mins for Dean Parrett) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Preston North End:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 2. David Gray 5. Clarke Carlisle 6. Craig Morgan 35. Jamie McAllister 9. Jamie Proctor 8. Paul Coutts 15. Adam Barton 38. Andrew Procter 17. Paul Parry 37. Chris Holroyd

Substitutes:
25. Andreas Arestidou (GK) 10. Barry Nicholson 13. Alex Marrow (7 mins for Adam Barton) 14. Steven Smith (66 mins for David Gray) 34. Jake Jervis (90 mins for Jamie McAllister)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (63 mins, foul), Dean Parrett (73 mins, foul). Red Card: Paul Huntington (89 mins, serious foul play)

Preston Bookings: David Gray (47 mins, foul), Paul Coutts (56 mins, foul), Chris Holroyd (72 mins, dissent), Jamie Proctor (90 mins, retaliation). Red Card: Craig Morgan (3 mins, professional foul).

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Paul Rees (Bristol). Fourth Official: Daniel Robathan (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,245 (including 559 Preston supporters)


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28 January 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home game against Preston North End. It's no surprise to find that comes at the team's problematic left-back position, with assistant manager Nathan Jones dropping out of the starting line-up. However, new signing Kelly Youga has a problem with his Achilles, and so can't take his place, meaning that Ryan Dickson moves into the full-back position, whilst Gavin Williams will take up a position on the left-flank in front of him.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Ryan Dickson
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Preston North End:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann
2. David Gray 5. Clarke Carlisle 6. Craig Morgan 35. Jamie McAllister 9. Jamie Proctor 8. Paul Coutts 15. Adam Barton 38. Andrew Procter 17. Paul Parry 37. Chris Holroyd

Substitutes:
25. Andreas Arestidou (GK) 10. Barry Nicholson 13. Alex Marrow 14. Steven Smith 34. Jake Jervis


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28 January 2012 : Sheffield United Away Man Of The Match Result
Just 24 hours after Gary Johnson was reappointed as manager of Yeovil Town, he was on a bus up to Bramall Lane, and a difficult opener against Sheffield United. The game started with a team that Terry Skiverton picked, and ended with one that Johnson had changed at half time. The end result was a fairly emphatic 4-0 defeat, and a lot of work needing to be done.

Man of the Match voting saw a good spread of votes, with six different players picking up outright Man of the Match nominations. Once again, it was two defenders that grabbed the top two places, even if Jonathan Obika picked up a reasonable number in 3rd place. Luke Ayling, who spent the first half as a right-back, then the second half as a midfielder, was edged out by the tiniest of margins by centre-back Paul Huntington, who was the eventual winner.

Full results, with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets, are as shown below:

1 Paul Huntington 54 (4)
2 Luke Ayling 52 (3)
3 Jonathan Obika 48 (2)
4 Gavin Williams 30 (1)
5 Andy Williams 20 (1)
6 Rene Gilmartin 10 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.50

Performance: 5.17
Entertainment: 5.83

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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28 January 2012 : Exeter Away Man Of The Match Result
The month of January started with Terry Skiverton's final game in charge as first team manager. The 1-1 draw against Exeter City was a touch disappointing given the Glovers had held an advantage through a deserved Andy Williams goal. However the final 15 minutes turned into a rearguard action, with Richard Logan's equaliser making things uncomfortable for the Glovers.

There was a fair spread of voting for the Man of the Match poll, with nine different players being nominated by supporters at the game. However, it was the back four that impressed people the most, with the top four representing the line of defence. The two centre-backs came out on top, with Bondz N'Gala just edging out Paul Huntington in the end.

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

1 Bondz N'Gala 126 (11)
2 Paul Huntington 110 (6)
3 Luke Ayling 84 (5)
4 Nathan Jones 48 (3)
5 Andy Williams 42 (1)
6 Jonathan Obika 34 (1)
7 Steve MacLean 24 (1)
8 Gavin Williams 22 (0)
9 Max Ehmer 18 (1)
10 Rene Gilmartin 16 (1)
11 Dominic Blizzard 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.00

Performance: 6.07
Entertainment: 5.93

VOTES RECEIVED: 30


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28 January 2012 : Marrow Becomes Preston's Fourth January Signing
This afternoon's opponents Preston North End have signed up Crystal Palace midfielder Alex Marrow on loan. The 22 year old is familiar to Lancashire, having originally started his career as a Blackburn Rovers trainee. Hailing from Salford, he had a season long loan with Oldham Athletic during the 2009-10 season, before moving south to sign for Crystal Palace a year ago, following a half-season loan spell with the Championship side. He returns to Lancahire for the rest of the 2011-12 season.

Marrow is one of four signings their new manager Graham Westley has made, since arriving as manager at Deepdale. Accrington Stanley midfielder signed a two and a half year contract after leaving the League Two side for an undisclosed fee. Similarly, 25 year old Chris Holroyd has joined from Rotherham United on an eighteen month deal. Finally, the familiar name of Bristol City defender Jamie McAllister has agreed a one month loan deal, with the 33 year old having missed much of City's recent action with an ankle injury.


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27 January 2012 : Gary Previews The Preston Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Preston North End at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's views on his opponents are captured via the link below.

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


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27 January 2012 : Spireites Climb Off The Bottom
Chesterfield cranked up the pressure on their relegation rivals tonight, by climbing off the basement position in the League One table. Having not won a League One match since mid-September, prior to last weekend, they've now won two games in a row, making their way off the bottom for the first time since mid-November.

A single goal from Huddersfield Town's on loan defender Liam Ridehalgh sealed a 1-0 win for Chesterfield over AFC Bournemouth was enough to lift them up to an equal 22nd position, tied with Wycombe Wanderers and sending Rochdale to the foot of the table. The Spireites are now one point behind the Glovers.

Tomorrow sees just seven League One fixtures taking place, due to the FA Cup Fourth Round schedule. Whilst Yeovil Town play host to Preston North End, other key games see Wycombe travel to Brentford, whilst Rochdale have a local derby against Bury.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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27 January 2012 : Youth Team Away Trip Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Youth Alliance League match this weekend has been postponed. The game against Oxford United was due to take place at Iffley Road tomorrow morning but has been called off due to an unfit pitch and will now have to be rearranged.

Meanwhile all Centre of Excellence fixtures at the lower age groups that were due to take place against Plymouth Argyle in Devon this weekend have all been called off. Home fixtures remain as is.


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27 January 2012 : Blizzard Return Made Johnson Rethink On Routledge
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the imminent return of one of his more experienced midfielders from injury made him rethink the need to bring Stockport County midfielder Jonathon Routledge into his squad. Former Bristol Rovers player Dominic Blizzard has not played under Johnson, after suffering a hamstring strain on January 2nd in the local derby against Exeter City.

There were initial fears that he had torn his hamstring and so would face a lengthy time on the sidelines, but better news from the treatment room suggests that Dominic may have an outside chance of being available next weekend. With that in mind, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he thought he could manage without recruiting in another player in that position:

"Because Dominic is a little bit closer than we thought, I think Jon (Routledge) likes to think of himself as a midfield player, and we've already got Dean Parrett, Ed Upson and Blizzard, as well as Gavin Williams. So we're okay in there, as Joe Edwards can play in there as well. So we're pretty strong in there, and it's other areas that we need to strengthen. We didn't want to block a wage up, by bringing in another midfielder when we didn't need it."

Johnson admitted that he was still sifting through a large number of trialists, in the hope of finding a few gems along the way. In addition he said he would not rule out moving one of his current loan players out in return for a fresh loan, if he thought the squad could be improved. He explained it was important to continue to look at players, even after Tuesday's transfer window closed:

"We've had to look at them, because it's important. We have got one or two out of it, but we will still be looking, because even when the (transfer) window closes, there's still that opportunity, and if we think that we can improve our side with a loan going back and a loan coming in, then we've got to do that. So me, Terry (Skiverton), Darren (Way) and Nathan (Jones) are discussing it every day, just in case there's a Wayne Rooney out there, then we will follow them up on it."

Aside from Blizzard, the only other injury doubt from last weekend was Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dean Parrett, who came off with an injured shoulder. However, given that was an impact injury, rather than a ligament problem, he will hopefully be fit for tomorrow.


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27 January 2012 : Clarke Heads For Second Terras Loan Spell
Yeovil Town's first year professional Lewis Clarke has secured a one month loan spell with Southern League side Weymouth. Lewis, who generally plays as a right-winger but can also perform as a right-back, will spent a month down at the Wessex Stadium.

This is Clarke's second spell with the South Dorset side, having had a loan spell with the Terras last March. Lewis has also had a loan spell with Poole Town earlier this season.

Lewis is now one of four Yeovil Town players out on loan, with Rhys Baggridge playing for Poole Town, whilst Lloyd Matthews is being borrowed by Frome Town. Meanwhile Rob Clowes is due to make his debut for Bridgwater Town this weekend, having agreed a loan spell with the Robins last weekend.


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27 January 2012 : Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's trip to Carlisle United are now available. The match takes place at Blundell Park on Saturday 25th February 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There are advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s and Students: £14.00; Age 11-17: £10.00; Age 7-10: £6.00; Age 6 and Under: FREE.

Students must carry a valid NUS Card. Wheelchair disabled supporters are admitted for £4.00, with an assistant free of charge. The low price is to recognise that their disabled facilities are not the best in the country. Ambulant disabled supporters are admitted at the above rates, according to your age/status, but you can admit an assistant free of charge. For any other information or requests, ring main reception on 01228 526237.

Away fans will be in the north corner in the all-seated East Stand, which is badged under sponsorship as The Story Homes Stand. The uncovered Petteril Terrace is only opened if they are expecting a lot of away supporters. So that will be shut then.

Tickets are available on the day of the match as well. However, note that all of the above prices, with the exception of the two most junior rates (Age 7-10, Age 6 and Under) go up by £2.00 on the day of the match. Expect the Huish Park Ticket Office to only hold tickets up until a day or two before the match, so if you're making a late decision, call them on 01935-847888 to check on deadlines for pre-match rates.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.

Link: Glovers Issue Mini Season-Ticket Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.


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27 January 2012 : Way Back On Training Ground
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that first team coach Darren Way is now back at the club. The first team coach has been absent from Huish Park since the change of first team management, including the day of the press conference, and there had been minimal reference to his role at the club.

That had left some fans to raise concerns that the former midfielder had fallen victim to the management changeover, although Johnson had confirmed that Way was ill at the time. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary explained that his coach had returned to the club at the start of the week, and was now back in full action:

"He's been back for the last three or four days. It's great to have him back. As we've been telling people, there's been on problem other than he's not been well. But he's back and larger than life, and to have the little rotweiller back is a good thing, because he's Yeovil through-and-though, like the others."


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26 January 2012 : Interview With Sam Walker
Last weekend, Yeovil Town fielded their fifth goalkeeper of the 2011-12 season. Chelsea youngster Sam Walker joined on loan until the end of the season, and just before he headed up to Bury for his debut, BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin interviewed him about what Glovers fans could expect out of him. The output of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Sam Walker Speaks To The BBC After He Joined On Loan From Chelsea.


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26 January 2012 : Antonio German Signs Up For Bees
League One side Brentford have signed up former Yeovil Town loan striker Antonio German. The 20 year old has signed for the Bees from non-league side Bromley, who he had signed non-contract forms with after leaving Conference National side Stockport County at the turn of the year to return to London.

Brentford have given the former Queens Park Rangers academy player an 18 month contract. They describe him as an addition to their "development squad" suggesting that they don't see him as immediate first team material. After being released by QPR in the summer of 2011, he had spent half a season at Edgeley Park, but after an ultra-brief spell in Kent, German has told Brentford's club website that the chance to return to a Football League side was what he wanted:

"The League is where I want to be. Stockport wanted me to stay but I wanted to try my luck in the Football League. I came down to Brentford for a trial for a week. I played a game yesterday. They obviously liked what they saw and here I am. This is a new challenge. I want to focus, prove myself in the development squad and to the first-team manager, then push through."

German's loan spell with the Glovers won't live in the memory for too long, with just four substitute appearances to his name, in February 2011, totalling 46 minutes in a Yeovil Town shirt. Having sat on the bench as an unused substitute in his final two matches, he returned back to Loftus Road again, and was released by the West London side at the end of that season.

Link: Antonio German : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 January 2012 : Gary Targets 'One In Each Area' For Squad Improvement
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has expanded upon his earlier comments regarding his plans to enhance the current first team squad during the remainder of 2011-12 season. Having had just over a fortnight to assess where things lie, and has so far brought in four new players into his squad.

Johnson has told the Press Association that his target is to bring in 'one in each area' suggesting that he is aiming for one defender, one midfielder/winger and one forward. The middle target would appear more likely to be a winger, given his decision to withdraw interest in Stockport County central player Jonathon Routledge this week.

He has until next Tuesday for any recruitment that he wants on a permanent basis, with the main January transfer window closing that day. However, any free agents or loan deals can continue to be tied up after that deadline. Johnson explained that recruiting in all three areas would increase the depth of his squad:

"We've got to bring in one in each area. You need good competition and if we can bring in what we would class as competition for first-team places then that makes everybody lift their game, lift their training and that's what we've got to do. Being successful is all about players and having the players who are at the next level and then you might get there."

The Glovers boss has been working his way through a glut of trialists on the training ground and in behind closed doors matches over the last week or so, with former Charlton Athletic left-back Kelly Youga the one player to bear fruit from that route. Johnson added that he was continuing to work through lists of players, and would be looking at both what would get the club through the remainder of the 2011-12 season, as well as looking further ahead:

"We're still waiting to see what might come up but of course there are targets there, some are short-term some are long-term. We've got a hard-working management team here and there's some good lists that we've got to go through. Some have been crossed off because they're not available or the situation's not right but in the end you'll get two or three from the 100 you had written down."

One former Glovers trialist has found a new home this afternoon; Cardiff City midfielder Solomon Taiwo has returned to East London for the second season running. Having played for Dagenham and Redbridge last season, he has now agreed to join Leyton Orient on loan for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.


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26 January 2012 : Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches
Yeovil Town supporters planning to attend a number of the remaining 2011-12 season matches, have got a chance to purchase specially discounted tickets as part of a newspaper promotion. This is a repeat of the 'Footie With A Friend' offer that has been in place during the previous two seasons across the Football League.

The bad news is that you've got to purchase copies of The Sun newspaper; we'll leave that one to peoples consciences as to whether you want to do that. The offer allows you to purchase pairs of tickets at set prices, provided you can collect four differently numbered tokens from the tabloid paper, fill in a form, and then hand over them in return for the tickets.

There are two home matches included in this offer:

Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United (Saturday 11th February 2012)
Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United (Saturday 24th March 2012)

There are four away matches included in this offer:

Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town (Tuesday 14th February 2012)
Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town (Saturday 25th February 2012)
Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town (Tuesday 6th March 2012)
Oldham Athletc vs Yeovil Town (Saturday 10th March 2012)

The tokens will be printed in The Sun starting on Saturday 28th January and continuing until Monday 6th February, and you need to collect four different tokens. You will then be able to buy two adult tickets for £19.50, or in the case of the Milton Keynes Dons trip, just £9.50.

A word of advice regarding this offer; Yeovil Town have committed to handling the tokens for the two games at Huish Park. However, last season, Glovers fans trying to take advantage of the offer for an away match were bounced from ticket office to ticket office, with a lack of clarity over which club the application should be put through, and whether they needed the tokens and forms to be supplied prior to the day of the match.

The general experience was that it was more hassle than it was worth, although that may have been because the hosting club either weren't geared up to deal with it, or were only carrying the offer begrudgingly. The Sun's website states that tickets aware available to both home and away fans in all six cases, so plan ahead, and if you get anyone stalling, then point them to their website. Hopefully, the two matches at Huish Park should be straight-forward.


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26 January 2012 : No Routledge Move For Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is not expecting to follow up his interest in Stockport County midfielder Jonathon Routledge. The 22 year old had been on trial at Huish Park last week, and Johnson had confirmed that the player was due to return to the club on Monday of this week.

However, this morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that they do not expect Routledge to move to Somerset, with Johnson believing that the centre of midfield is not his immediate priority for squad strengthening.


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25 January 2012 : Gary Still Looking To Ring The Changes
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels his first couple of weeks in charge of the first team squad have been productive, despite last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Bury leaving the club still in the League One relegation zone. Taking over 16 days ago, he has so far presided over one win and two defeats, albeit with his opening game in charge coming just 24 hours after his arrival back at Huish Park.

Johnson has had a busy fortnight, allowing club captain Paul Wotton to leave, as well as sending goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, striker Gavin Massey and defender Max Ehmer back to their parent clubs by cutting their loan deals short.

In their place, he has brought goalkeeper Sam Walker in on loan from Chelsea whilst right-sided Joe Edwards has been borrowed from Bristol City, midfielder Dean Parrett has arrived from Tottenham Hotspur and Kelly Youga has been signed as a free agent on a half season deal.

Reflecting upon his short spell so far, Johnson has told the Press Association that even though he has made a number of changes to the side, he would still like to be able to make "two or three more" changes, if he can find the right players. However he is happy with how things have gone so far:

"It's been good. Your first fortnight is spent working out what's here, what's gone on before and what's gone well - and there have been things that have gone well. There's a good staff here, there's a good management team and it just needs a little picking up - maybe with two or three players, which we've tried to do, and probably two or three more. The two weeks have been spent doing that and then reporting back the board in a couple of weeks time, and hopefully from there we'll have even more awareness of how to kick on."

The Glovers boss is believed to be looking at more trialists this week, with the expectation that Stockport County midfielder Jon Routledge was due to be one of those - although there's been no word in the Manchester press yet to indicate where they see things. One player who was on trial recently was Cardiff City midfielder Solomon Taiwo; he is now reported to be attempting to impress Russell Slade, as part of a trial with Leyton Orient.


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25 January 2012 : League And FA Set 2012-13 Play-Offs Schedule
The Football Association and Football League have agreed the scheduling of the final matches of the 2012-13 season. Once again the issue up for discussion is that the Champions League Final for May 2013 has been allocated to Wembley Stadium, meaning that strict UEFA rules concerning the number of matches being played on the Wembley turf come into play.

The Champions League Final is scheduled to be played on Saturday 25th May, clashing with the traditional Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, meaning that some fixtures needed to be changed. As a result of this, the League One and League Two play-off finals will be brought forward by a week, with the 2012-13 season also finishing a week earlier than previously intended. With that season also due to kick off later due to the London Olympics, expect a larger number of midweek fixtures to be in place for next season.

The upshot is that the following dates apply for the 2012-13 season:

Saturday 18th August 2012 : Football League Season Commences

Sunday 24th February 2013 : Carling Cup Final
Sunday 7th April 2013 : Football League Trophy Final

Saturday 18th May 2013 : League Two Play-Off Final
Sunday 19th May 2013 : League One Play-Off Final
Saturday 25th May 2013 : Champions League Final
Monday 27th May 2013 : Championship Division Play-Off Final


Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has suggested that there will be a financial payment made to the League as compensation for having to move the fixtures, suggesting that the League will 'share' in the 'success' of the event:

"While The Football League's preferred option is always to stage the Play-Offs across the Bank Holiday weekend, we recognise that hosting the Champions League Final is a great opportunity for English football. However, it does have ramifications for clubs in npower League 1 and npower League 2 and it is only right, therefore, that they share in the financial success of that event. This agreement ensures that they will."


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25 January 2012 : Johnson Talks Up Former Club's Survival Chances
Not too many managers are prepared to be drawn upon the possible fortunes of their former clubs, but Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has given his view on the current situation at Sixfields today. Fired as Northampton Town's manager after they lost to Luton Town in the FA Cup, Johnson left the Cobblers in 20th place in the League Two table.

Since then, the Northamptonshire side have nosedived further, losing seven out of the ten League Two matches they've played since his departure, and with previous basement side Plymouth Argyle having been on an upward curve of form, the Cobblers now lie rock bottom in 24th place and in danger of being cut adrift alongside Dagenham and Redbridge.

Having since appointed former Watford and Colchester United manager Aidy Boothroyd in an attempt to salvage their season, Johnson diplomatically puts his successor's problems down to their current injury list, and also gives his views on why he found it hard to change a downward spiral that has been evident since their 2008-09 season League One relegation:

"I think they'll get out of trouble because when they get their big guns back from injury they will be stronger. Aidy (Boothroyd) asked me about the job. He asked me about the club and the chairman and I said if he wanted to get back into the game it's a decent club, a good chairman and, although it looks grim, there's some decent people and some decent players there - and I still believe that.

"When I was at Northampton I felt they had a lot of players that needed to be moved out and we needed to bring a lot of players in. There wasn't a massive budget and we couldn't move out the ones who were already there, so they were taking up a third of the budget. It was very difficult to get a competitive team, but every manager since has found it difficult there."


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25 January 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Preston North End have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 28th January 2012, at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands).

Mr Langford is a very familiar name on the circuit, and to Yeovil Town supporters, which for a referee is usually for bad reasons. We've run through the reasons why he is so well known by Glovers fans before, but for those who need their memories jogging, he was the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the more inexplicable decisions we've seen a referee make - and we've seen some!

Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one, just minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal. Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead.

After the game, the then manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying:

"I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

Of our three most recent meetings with Mr Langford, the first was the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but the video showed that it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball, and not a Yeovil player.

More recently, he took charge of the final home match of our 2010-11 season - a 4-2 win over Colchester United. Our match report describes it as one of his better games, although he did seem to be in a rather lenient mood on the day. The most obvious was his decision not to give Colchester's Ben Coker a red card for a professional foul on Jonathan Obika. Within the context of a midtable fairly meaningless end of season fixture, and in the final minute of the match, we saw it as a "common sense" decision - raising a red card would have been of little consequence. However, given Mr Langford's track record, we'd wonder whether that was his thinking at the time.

Finally, he was in charge earlier this season for the September 2011 visit of Wycombe Wanderers. That seems to have been one of his quieter performances; or at least that there were few contentious decisions on the day for him to handle.

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that he was an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Paul Rees (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Robathan (Surrey).

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 4 Colchester United 2.

Link: August 2010 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.


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25 January 2012 : Stevenage Opt For MLS Coach As New Manager
League One side Stevenage have appointed a successor to outgoing manager Graham Westley, who departed for Preston North End just under two weeks ago. He is 43 year old Gary Smith, who up until recently was Head Coach of Colorado Rapids in the American MLS league.

Despite his three years in America, Smith is fairly local to the area, having been born in Harlow, and having had a playing career as a midfielder that took in Arsenal, Fulham, Colchester United, Enfield, Wycombe Wanderers, Welling United, Barnet and Aylesbury United. He is a former Wimbledon (the original) coach, who went on to be part of coaching teams at Wycombe, Watford and Arsenal. With having family who supported Tottenham Hotspur, living just around the corner from White Hart Lane, but being a self-confessed Arsenal fan, he should fit in well at Broadhall Way.

It was his Arsenal role that took him overseas; the Gunners were looking to establish Academy links with Colorado, where he won the 2010 MLS Cup, and took them to the play-offs in the following year. Despite that, following a disagreement over policy, and claimed interference in his role, Smith's contract was not renewed in November 2011, and he has made the decision to return to England.

There had been claims that Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton was in the running for the job, although Stevenage's local paper The Comet did not acknowledge that at any time, sticking to Smith, Paul Ince and Paul Buckle as their main three names in the frame amongst a shortlist of six, referencing Martin Keown, Steve Bould and Sean O’Driscoll as the other interested candidates.


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24 January 2012 : Iron Miss Chance To Draw Clear Of Relegation Zone
Yeovil Town's immediate relegation rival Scunthorpe United went down to a home defeat tonight, as they used up their game in hand on the Glovers. The Iron lie one place above Yeovil, and crucially on the other side of the dividing line, and they remain with a one point advantage, after suffering a 1-3 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, who in winning, squeezed the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the table down to goal difference.

Saturday's opponents Preston North End gained a 0-0 away draw against Notts County, in new manager Graham Westley's second game in charge. So far he's yet to weave his magic, with the Lancashire side having failed to score in both games, having lost 0-2 at home to Leyton Orient on the weekend. Westley's old club Stevenage kept up their ambitions of getting into the play-offs by cementing their 6th place with a 4-2 win over 5th placed Milton Keynes Dons.


Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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24 January 2012 : Pilgrims Youth Match Gets New Date
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their Youth Alliance League fixture against Plymouth Argyle rearranged. The original fixture was called off ten days ago, but will now be played on Saturday 18th February at 11.00a.m. at the usual Alvington venue.

This coming Saturday, the Under-18s are in action against Oxford United in a Youth Alliance League fixture. Oxford's Youth Team games are generally played at the Iffley Road athletics track at Oxford University, but we'll try to confirm that later in the week.

Finally, the Centre of Excellence side plus one trialist, took on a team of would-be first team trialists today, in a game played behind closed doors. The Under-18s side, beat the team of trialists by a 2-1 scoreline. As usual, there's no names given as to who was invited to play in the match.


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24 January 2012 : O'Brien Given St Mirren Chance
Former Yeovil Town winger Alan O'Brien is being linked with a move back into the Scottish Premier League. The 26 year old, who was released by the Glovers at the turn of the year at the end of a half-season contract, is reported to be trialling with St Mirren this week, having previously spent two years north of the border with Hibernian between 2007 and 2009.

O'Brien knows Saints first team coach Tommy Craig, who was part of the management teams at Hibernian and Newcastle United during his time with both clubs, and so there is an obvious connection there for him. He had been connected with League One side Hartlepool United last week, with new boss Neale Cooper saying that he was 'considering' giving the Dubliner a trial as part of a refresh of his current squad. However, there's been no suggestion that Cooper took things further.


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24 January 2012 : Coleman Cuts The Mustard For Dale
League One side Rochdale have appointed a successor to Steve Eyre, who left the club along with assistant Frankie Bunn on December 19th, after a poor string of results. Dale are set to unveil Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman at a press conference this afternoon, thus ending a 13.5 year stint for the 49 year old at the Crown Ground.

The Liverpudlian had been professional football's third longest serving manager, behind the Premier League duo of Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger, having been in charge of 587 games, including Accrington's elevation into the Football League in 2006. A veteran of the non-league circuit during his playing days, he turned out for the likes of Southport, Runcorn, Macclesfield Town, Witton Albion and Morecambe, amongst others, almost exclusively playing for clubs in Lancashire and Cheshire.

Coleman takes over a club in 23rd place in the League One table, four points from safety, and three points behind the Glovers. Since Eyre left the club, they have continued to flounder, and have not won a match since November 19th - four draws and five defeats in the nine games that have followed, with just two goals scored in their last eight matches. There's no doubt that Coleman will have a tough job to keep them afloat in the remaining 19 games.


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24 January 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Bury 3 Yeovil 2 : The Width Of It
Saturday's trip to Bury saw the euphoria of the previous weekend's victory nullified somewhat, with the 3-2 defeat not pretty watching at Gigg Lane. Our man Cruncher was one of the ones who travelled oop north, and he reports back in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. Head via the link below, and feel free to comment on any of the issues raised, particularly if you also made the journey up the M6.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Bury 3 Yeovil 2 : The Width Of It.


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24 January 2012 : Williams Happy After Ladies Go Five Points Clear
Goals from Jodi Cornwall and Laura Bray earned Yeovil Town Ladies a superb 2-0 victory over second place Gloucester City Ladies at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. Well into the second half of the season the female Glovers remain unbeaten, having won all but one of their matches, and this latest three points saw them pull five points clear at the top of the league, still on course for promotion back to the FA Woman’s Premier League.

"It was a hard fought win," joint boss Nigel Williams said after the game. "We expected a tough contest from a well organised Gloucester side, and that is just what we got. We put in a good performance, took our chances well, and fully deserved the points. Sarah (Fellow manager Sarah Lawler) and I were delighted with what we saw on the pitch today, and were delighted with the result, especially bearing in mind the problems we had leading up to match day.

"There were a few nerves before the game. We picked up three injuries at training on Thursday, which we kept quiet and therefore did not really put our starting line up on paper until after warm up today. The game started at a high tempo, and Gloucester put us under a lot of pressure in the first five minutes. However, we held our own and found our feet and discipline. The pitch was not as poor as it normally is, and the girls were able to play some great passing football, opening up a couple of good chances in the first period of the game.

"Our first goal came from some great work on the right hand side from Laura Bray and her delivery was met by Jodi Cornwall, who finished with a nick over the ‘keeper. We settled after that, and both teams put everything into the game. We had to be really focused as we were aware that Gloucester would want revenge after we beat them at their place back in December. You have to admire their team spirit and determination, but I was pleased with our players for their professional display, combatting the opposition well.

"In the second half Gloucester came out the same as they had done in the first, piling on the pressure right the way through the field, leaving us little opportunity. I was so proud of our team today. We asked them for patient build up play, and to take every opportunity they could. We created two clear chances, scored two goals, and deservedly came away with three points.

"Just before we finished them off with our second goal, a well taken Laura Bray strike, to be fair Gloucester had a few fantastic opportunities to pull level, but the agility of our ‘keeper ‘Dodge’ (Rachel Simkin) prevented near certain goals, following two tremendous reactive saves.

"We took a massive step today towards realising our dream of promotion to the Premier League today. We are now five points clear at the top of the league, but our feet are still firmly planted on the ground. We remain focused, taking every game as it comes, determined to realise our goals."

[Report by Ali King, with the comments of Nigel Williams - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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23 January 2012 : Duo Given Scholarship Offers
Yeovil Town have given scholarship offers to two of their current Centre of Excellence players. They are Elliot Nelson and Tommy Smith; two players who have gradually worked their way into the Under-18s side, despite still being able to qualify at Under-16s level.

Both players will form part of the club's Centre of Excellence scholarship programme for the next two seasons, starting in the summer. The players will be enrolled in a two year programme that will allow them to play for Yeovil Town's Under-18s side whilst also studying for an NVQ at Yeovil College.

Elliot Nelson is a defender who is originally from Worle Community School in Weston-super-Mare, whilst Tommy Smith is a midfielder, who announced his arrival earlier this season by scoring a long range goal in a Somerset Premier Cup match against Shepton Mallet Town last November. Generally the club take on around five or six new scholars per season, and so we'd expect a few more to be chosen from the current Under-16s squad or from exit trials from other clubs Academies and Centre of Excellences.

Currently the club have seven first year scholars, with goalkeeper Matt Cafer, defender Mitch Brundle, striker but more recently full-back Taran Singh Jheeta, centre-back Lee Sweet, striker Melchi Emanuel-Williamson plus midfielders Will Agbo and Aidan Chainey on their books.

The Glovers have been running with five second year scholars, with left-sided Will Gordon, full-back Josh Doyle, midfielder/striker Adam Cleary, midfielder Jonny Kaye and attacker Lloyd Matthews. However, at the turn of the year, Gordon dropped out of his scholarship, and is currently looking to break into Northern Premier League Division One South side Carlton Town. There are some suggestions that this is being badged as a 'loan', presumably to allow the Glovers to keep hold of the player's registration for the time being.

Last season's graduates from the Centre of Excellence scheme were defender Rhys Baggridge, striker but generally versatile player Rob Clowes and the right sided Lewis Clarke. Currently Rhys is enjoying a highly successful spell with Poole Town having also played for Dorset side Gillingham Town this season, whilst Rob has just started a loan spell with Bridgwater Town, having also played for Wimborne Town this season. Lewis has also been at Poole this season, but is currently back training at the club. Of the second year scholars, Lloyd has recently gone out on loan to Frome Town on a work experience basis.


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23 January 2012 : Coke Shakers Row Fizzes Out
Alls well that ends well, it seems. Bury midfielder Giles Coke has today attempted to make his peace following Saturday's bizarre bust up between himself and Shakers captain Steven Schumacher. The pair clashed during the first half when Coke tried to take a spot kick after he was fouled in the box by Glovers wide man Joe Edwards.

With former Glover, and now Shakers first team assistant Efe Sodje having to pull both players apart, both players landed in the book, and Schumacher eventually scored the penalty. In truth, in an argument between a Sheffield Wednesday loan player and a club captain, there was only going to be one winner, and 25 year old Coke has issued a public apology for his actions:

"I have since apologised privately to the team, the captain, and the manager. When playing my emotions run high, and in my mind following being brought down, all I could think of was getting the ball and making it 3-1. I make no apology for wanting to win, however I am also a professional footballer and fully appreciate the need to respect the captain and manager, even when emotions are running high."

The dispute appears to stem from the fact that Coke took - and scored - Bury's last penalty, but with Schumacher being the Shakers' regular man from the spot. Boss Richie Barker told BBC Radio Manchester he had no doubts about who had the authority on the pitch, but could see why the issue had come up:

"Well Cokey got the penalty obviously, and then Cokey took the last penalty that we got, which I think was at Notts County. So he got the last penalty and has assumed that he's going to go back in and take them again. But we've designated Steven Schumacher as our penalty taker and he's the captain, so what he says goes.

I've given him the responsibility to take penalties. As far as I'm concerned, I've told him to do that. The rest of the team know that. But once that goes beyond there, even if it wasn't known, whatever Steven Schumacher says, goes, because he's my eyes and ears and that's why I've made him captain
."

As a footnote, Giles Coke really ought to avoid getting involved with penalty kicks against Yeovil Town. Almost a year to the day, Coke was the player involved in a twice-taken penalty in Yeovil Town's extraordinary 2-2 draw at Hillsborough on January 25th 2011. After having had a first attempt at scoring ruled out for encroachment, he skied the second one a mile over the bar, leaving the player in tears after the game. Perhaps Schumacher had seen the video and was saving Coke from himself?


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23 January 2012 : Glovers Drop MacLean Gesture Issue
Yeovil Town have said that they will not be taking any further action against striker Steve MacLean following Saturday's goal celebration. The 29 year old's 'clenched fist' gesture made after he scored an 87th minute goal in the 3-2 defeat at Bury led to suggestions that it was an act of aggression against manager Gary Johnson.

It has now been confirmed that the matter has been closed, following a review by Gary Johnson - he is said to be "satisfied that the gesture was not aimed at the Yeovil Town bench and was merely an over exuberant celebration."


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23 January 2012 : MacLean Gesture: 'Get In There' Or 'Up Yours'?
Yeovil Town's 3-2 defeat at Bury contained two significant moments of controversy, albeit ones that had zero bearing on the result itself. Whilst the handbags between Shakers midfield duo Giles Coke and Steven Schumacher was all out in the open, prior to Bury's penalty that put them 3-1 up, another more subtle incident was spotted just after the scoreline reached 3-2.

The 87th minute goal was scored by Yeovil Town substitute Steve MacLean, who had been on the pitch for just eight minutes, when he converted a low ball into the box from right-back Luke Ayling. Whilst only spotted by a few supporters at the time, MacLean's celebration is a clear one viewable on the match video - a clenched fist aimed in the direction of the Yeovil bench.

Inevitably questions have been raised amongst supporters and the local media as to MacLean's motives - was the gesture a "Get in there!" as an acknowledgement of the substitution having worked so quickly, or was it an "Up yours!" (or worse!) salute aimed at manager Gary Johnson for having waited until eleven minutes before the end of the game before introducing the Scotsman?

The truth is that we don't know for certain, and it's quite possible that only MacLean himself will know why he gave such a reaction to the goal. Johnson himself said after the game that he has not witnessed the raised arm, but has told the Western Daily Press that if it was an act of aggression, rather than one of joy, then the 29 year old's future at Huish Park may not stretch beyond his fourth goal of the season:

"I will have a chat with him because you cannot do that. If it was directed at me or the bench then of course that will be the last game he plays. Players are going to be frustrated, of course they are, and when players who have been out of the team score sometimes they are a bit frustrated with the situation. If it (being out of the team) has earned the goal then great, but if he does not think that it is me that has helped him then he is best moving on."

In Johnson's three games in charge so far, MacLean has featured in the opening 45 minutes of the away game against Sheffield United, but then had to wait until the final five minutes of the match at Gigg Lane to get on the pitch again, having been an unused substitute in the home win over Tranmere Rovers.

For those who didn't see it, the BBC Sport website has included a still frame from their match video on their article covering it, whilst the Western Daily Press have got a different view of the incident as part of their match report. Both prove the gesture was made, but of course neither tell you the motive in the mind of the player. We'll have to wait and see what future MacLean has at the club from here onwards.


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22 January 2012 : Ladies Open Up Five Point Gap With Huge Win
Yeovil Town Ladies extended their lead at the top of their division this afternoon with a valuable 2-0 win over fellow title challengers Gloucester City Ladies. With the top two sides in the division meeting, and just two points separating them, whoever won the match was going to have a big advantage in the title race - as it happened it was the Glovers who came out with the three points in the bag.

A goal in each half from Jodi Cornwall and Laura Bray secured the win. That's now put them five points clear of Gloucester, with two games in hand. Their other main rivals Havant and Waterlooville dropped two points by drawing 1-1 at Forest Green Rovers. That was enough to move them in front of Gloucester on goal difference, but increases the Glovers gap on them to five points with a game in hand.

Table: 1st: Yeovil Town Ladies (P11, 31pts), 2nd: Havant and Waterlooville (P12, 26pts), 3rd: Gloucester City (P13, 26pts).


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22 January 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Bury Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 defeat against Bury, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts are recorded via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bury Away Game.


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22 January 2012 : Clowes Joins Robins On Loan
Yeovil Town first year professional Rob Clowes is reported to have gone out on loan this weekend. The 19 year old, who can operate in pretty much any central position from defence through to attack, has agreed a one month's loan spell with Bridgwater Town, who play in the Southern League Division One South and West.

A journalist from the Bridgwater Mercury has stated on Twitter that Robins boss Rob Dray has reported the deal, with the loan following up from Rob's stay with Wimborne Town earlier in the season, along with his two spells with Sherborne Town.

At present he is one of three younger Glovers players to be out at other clubs, with defender Rhys Baggridge having a highly successful spell with Poole Town, who play in the same division as Bridgwater, whilst attacker Lloyd Matthews is spending time with his home town club Frome Town.


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22 January 2012 : Shakers Boss Unhappy Despite Win
Bury manager Richie Barker wasn't completely happy with his side's performance, despite coming out on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline at Gigg Lane yesterday. Dominating the first half, the Shakers boss felt that his side should have seen more than the three goals they got from Steven Schumacher's brace and Joe Skarz's header.

Speaking after the game, Barker felt that Yeovil Town's equaliser from Ryan Dickson was 'gifted', whilst felt that the eventual late strike from Steve MacLean produced an end score that didn't reflect the balance of the game:

"I think the scoreline is very harsh on us, it doesn't tell the whole story, I felt we were the much better team and with all respect to Yeovil I feel had we taken our chances we would have won by many more. I wasn't pleased with our defending at times, we just switched off. It was a little bit amateur from us at times and we gifted them their equaliser, so we have to learn from that. We always feel we can improve and we'll look at some of the mistakes we've made and work on them on the training ground."


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21 January 2012 : Johnson: Poor Decisions Cost Us Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his team were too fragile and made 'poor decisions' in defence, as they lost 3-2 against Bury today. The Glovers boss accused his side of "looking like rabbits with headlights in our eyes" during a first half that saw the Shakers establish a 3-1 half time lead thanks to two goals from Steven Schumacher and one from Joe Skarz.

The Glovers did equalise briefly through Ryan Dickson but by half time, the game was almost won, with Johnson admitting that at that point his side looked like a "youth team versus a men's team". A slightly improved second period saw a late rally from his side, but Gary felt that even then his side were guilty of not taking the chances that came their way:

"Bury started really well and had us on the back-foot in the opening minutes, but I felt we edged ourselves back into the game. Everytime we went forward I felt we looked dangerous and we had some really good chances, but if you don't take them you're always going to be made to pay. We're in a relegation battle, and I'm confident that we can survive, but we have to do better than we did defensively because we made some very poor decisions at the back."


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21 January 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bury Interview
Just before kick-off in this afternoon's match against Bury at Gigg Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's views are recorded below, including why he might be looking at a longer term view on Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker.

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


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21 January 2012 : Baggridge Nets Debut Dolphins Goal
Yeovil Town defender Rhys Baggridge scored his first goal for Poole Town this afternoon, as he helped them to another victory in the Southern League. The Welshman bagged ther opening goal in a 2-0 win over Stourport Swifts, and at the other end made sure that they kept yet another clean sheet.

Baggridge has now played in eight consecutive matches for the Dolphins and has yet to finish on the losing side, with their watertight defence conceding just twice during that period, which includes six clean sheets. His goal was added to by a second from Steve Smith as the Dolphins as they eased past the Worcestershire side.

The win means Poole climb into seventh place in the Southern League Division One South and West table, just two points off a play-off place but with a game in hand. Since Baggridge arrived at Tatnam Farm, they have won five and drawn three of their fixtures.


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21 January 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Bury vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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21 January 2012 : Bury 3 Yeovil 2 : First Half Errors See Glovers Shaken
Yeovil Town went down to a deserved defeat this afternoon, when Bury completed the double over them, in a 3-2 win at Gigg Lane. Two goals from Steven Schumacher and a Joe Skarz header during the first half gave Yeovil a mountain to climb, with only Ryan Dickson's equalising goal providing any plus points against some woeful defending. The Glovers rallied a touch in the second period, but the 87th minute Steve MacLean goal was too little too late for any points to be snatched at the death.

The Glovers went into the game making just one change to their starting line-up and one change to their bench. Neither were surprising, with Sam Walker replacing Rene Gilmartin between the sticks as the Chelsea man made his debut. On the bench, it was a left-back for a left-back as Kelly Youga displaced Curtis Haynes-Brown, having signed for the club during the week.

The match started in a far too open fashion, with the home side forcing two corners in the opening couple of minutes of the game. Jonathan Obika put over the bar at the other end, but the Shakers took the lead when Andy Williams gave possession away cheaply inside his own half, with Bury feeding David Worrall down the right flank. His cross into the box was only parried by Sam Walker in the Glovers goal, with Steven Schumacher able to pounce on the loose ball for an early lead.

The Glovers though hit back within 90 seconds of the restart, as a Luke Ayling free kick was put into the box. The ball took a number of deflections before Ryan Dickson pounced on the loose ball, firing home into the bottom corner of the net for a quick-fire equalising goal, and to deflate the home crowd. 1-1 at back to where we were at the start.

The problem was that the Glovers were getting badly skinned down their flanks, with the left side occupied by Nathan Jones and Ryan Dickson suffering a torrid half, as David Worrall exposed them time after time. They deservedly retook the lead midway through the half when another former Glover Peter Sweeney swung in a set piece into the box, whoever was meant to be marking Joe Skarz didn't, as the full-back ghosted into the near post to glance a header into the back of the net. 2-1 down.

Matters got worse ten minutes before the end of a poor first half, when Joe Edwards made a poor tackle on Giles Coke inside the box, despite the midfielder moving away from goal for a clear penalty. Drama was to unfold though with the bizarre sight of Coke and Bury captain Steven Schumacher squaring up to each other over who should take the spot kick resulting in the sight of Bury players crowding around, with player-coach Efe Sodje doing his best to separate them. The captain won the right to take the kick, and not even that and both players getting booked could unsettle him and stop him from increasing the Shakers lead from the penalty spot.

Andy Bishop could have increased the home side's lead further as Sam Walker denied him by deflecting the ball for a corner. Jonathan Obika had a rare shot saved at the other end, as Yeovil tended to revert a little too much towards the long ball out of defence, in their panic to get rid of the ball. It was no surprise when Kelly Youga was introduced for the second period, with Nathan Jones making way at the break, after struggling to deal with David Worrall down his flank.

The second half saw Yeovil stabilise things somewhat, but there were two problems with the task that they faced. Firstly, Bury's 4-5-1 formation meant that they could naturally pack the midfield, making it hard for Yeovil to find killer balls through the back of the home side's defence. Secondly, the lively Worrall - later added to by Liverpool loanee David Amoo - meant that they were capable of catching Yeovil on the break. Walker had to save from both as they broke through the Glovers back four who were by now pushing a dangerously high line.

Gavin Williams replaced Dean Parrett midway through the half, after the Spurs midfielder was clattered by a high boot from a Bury midfielder, heading off clutching his shoulder. The introduction of Williams seemed to liven Yeovil up a touch, with Steve MacLean also being introduced later in the game, as Jonathan Obika moved out onto the left-wing, with Ryan Dickson withdrawn.

Andy Williams produced a long range shot that clipped the top of the goal frame, with home keeper Cameron Belford well beaten as he was caught off his line That was probably Yeovil's best chance of the half until Steve MacLean grabbed an 87th minute goal out of the blue, converting a Luke Ayling ball from close range to suddenly set up a nervy end to the game for the Shakers, at 3-2. Sadly there was to be no fairy-tale finish this time around, with an Andy Williams header into the arms of Belford during injury time the nearest the Glovers got - and it would have been robbery if they had grabbed anything during a game where they were second best bar the final 10 minutes or so.

The defeat inevitably keeps them in the relegation zone, and with Wycombe and Chesterfield winning, whilst Exeter, Scunthorpe and Walsall all drew, the League Table looks a little worse than it did after last weekend's win. It perhaps tells us that this is going to be an up-hill climb for the Glovers to escape the bottom four, and no waving of a Gary Johnson wand can turn things around quite as quickly as it may have appeared at 5.00p.m. last weekend.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Steven Schumacher (8 mins, 1-0), Ryan Dickson (10 mins, 1-1), Joe Skarz (21 mins, 2-1), Steven Schumacher (35 mins, 3-1), Steven MacLean (87 mins, 3-2)

Bury:
1. Cameron Belford
2. Phil Picken 16. Efetobore Sodje 18. Ashley Eastham 3. Joe Skarz
7. David Worrall 8. Steven Schumacher 15. Giles Coke 6. Peter Sweeney 28. Ryan Doble
10. Andy Bishop

Substitutes:
20. Richie Branagan (GK) 12. Lenell John-Lewis (82 mins for David Worrall) 13. Mark Carrington (70 mins for Steven Schumacher) 17. Mark Hughes 19. David Amoo (65 mins for Ryan Doble)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 26. Kelly Youga (46 mins for Nathan Jones) 10. Gavin Williams (73 mins for Dean Parrett) 9. Steven MacLean (85 mins for Ryan Dickson) 18. Kieran Agard

Bury Bookings: Steven Schumacher (34 mins, fighting), Giles Coke (34 mins, fighting), Peter Sweeney (foul, 89 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire). Assistants: Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire) and Ryan Newman (Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Robert Jones (Merseyside).

Attendance: 2,527 (including 210 Yeovil fans)


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21 January 2012 : Johnson Happy With 'Professionalism' In Glovers Ranks
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is largely happy with the situation that he has inherited at Huish Park, despite the club currently occupying a position in the League One relegation zone. Although the new boss has made a large number of changes to the playing side, he has told BBC Somerset in the lead-up to this afternoon's match that he is generally happy with the 'professionalism' within the dressing room:

"I'll be honest with you, I've come in and this club had been run professionally anyway. I don't want to patronise Terry (Skiverton), Jonesy and Darren (Way), but I'll be honest with you, it was run professionally. So it didn't take much to get it turned around. We're not a million miles away. I feel more settled than when I went to Peterborough or Northampton, where they were a longer way away than we are here."

Having beaten Tranmere Rovers last weekend, the Glovers now play Bury this afternoon, needing at least a draw if they are to get out of the relegation zone by 5.00p.m. However Johnson adds that he wants to see his side push for the win:

"We've got to double that, by getting a result. You've got to go to Bury, and you've got to believe that you can win the game. As I've said before, if you draw it by trying to win it, then you'll sort of take it. We need the three points, and you've got to get back-to-back wins, if we can. If you get back to back wins, then you always see a healthier position in the league."


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21 January 2012 : Team News For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made just one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Bury. The match at Gigg Lane sees Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker make his debut, replacing Rene Gilmartin who has returned to Watford, but otherwise all outfield positions are unchanged.

On the bench, it's another simple change, with a left-back for a left-back, as Curtis Haynes-Brown drops out of the squad, as former Charlton Athletic defender Kelly Youga comes into the side.

The home side's starting line-up features three former Yeovil Town players, with defender Efe Sodje, midfielder Peter Sweeney and striker Andy Bishop all having enjoyed loan spells at Huish Park.

Yeovil's formation is therefore expected to be unchanged, with the line-up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 26. Kelly Youga 10. Gavin Williams 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Bury:
1. Cameron Belford
2. Phil Picken 16. Efetobore Sodje 18. Ashley Eastham 3. Joe Skarz
8. Steven Schumacher 15. Giles Coke 6. Peter Sweeney 7. David Worrall
10. Andy Bishop 28. Ryan Doble

Substitutes:
20. Richie Branagan (GK) 12. Lenell John-Lewis 13. Mark Carrington 17. Mark Hughes 19. David Amoo


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21 January 2012 : Interview With Dean Parrett
Last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dean Parrett made his debut for Yeovil Town as part of a one month loan deal. After the 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, he spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, and the output of that interview is archived below.

Link: Dean Parrett Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Tranmere.


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21 January 2012 : December 2011 Player Of The Month
The month of December was a fairly miserable one if you were a Yeovil Town supporter. Just one win, combined with two draws and three defeats was made worse in that it contained a dreadful FA Cup Second Round Replay exit in front of the ESPN Sports cameras.

As far as the individual matches were concerned, the Man of the Match votes were won by Ed Upson (Fleetwood away), Luke Ayling (Notts County, Fleetwood home), Rene Gilmartin (Rochdale) and Paul Huntington (Charlton and AFC Bournemouth). That also provided the top four players for the month once all the votes from those six games were stacked up.

Centre-back Paul Huntington came in on the rails with MOTM performances in the final two games of the month, but the winner of the December 2011 Player Of The Month was Luke Ayling, whose form at the start of December won him through. The top ten players, along with the percentage of the vote they claimed, can be viewed below.

1 Luke Ayling 21.1
2 Paul Huntington 18.2
3 Rene Gilmartin 14.7
4 Ed Upson 10.0
5 Andy Williams 8.9
6 Conor Clifford 5.4
7 Jonathan Obika 4.5
8 Gavin Williams 3.7
9 Gareth Stewart 2.6
10 Bondz N'Gala 2.2


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21 January 2012 : Bournemouth Home Man Of The Match Result
Just five days after a fairly impressive Boxing Day performance, Yeovil Town fans got bumped back down to earth with a sloppy 1-3 home defeat against AFC Bournemouth, in which the visiting side over-ran the Glovers at times.

The Man of the Match voting saw Luke Ayling and Andy Williams pick up good scores, but the outright winner by a comfortable margin was centre-back Paul Huntington, who scored his second goal in two games, and also picked up his second consecutive MOTM vote. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Paul Huntington 154 (13)
2 Andy Williams 86 (5)
3 Luke Ayling 52 (3)
4 Gavin Williams 30 (1)
5 Jonathan Obika 28 (1)
6 Max Ehmer 12 (0)
7 Bondz N'Gala 8 (0)
7 Rene Gilmartin 8 (0)
9 Steve MacLean 6 (0)
9 Gavin Massey 6 (0)
11 Dominic Blizzard 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.42

Performance: 2.83
Entertainment: 4.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 24


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21 January 2012 : Charlton Home Man Of The Match Result
Having failed to score in the two games running up to Christmas, Yeovil Town supporters might not have expected such an opening match against League One leaders Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day. The 2-3 home defeat saw Jonathan Obika and Paul Huntington score, only for a 90th minute winning goal for the Addicks seal the points.

The Man of the Match voting saw striker Jonathan Obika get a reasonable number of votes following his first goal of the season, whilst goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin continued to clock up praise following his previous week's Man of the Match performance. However, the overall winner was Paul Huntington, who scored his first goal of the season as well. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Paul Huntington 200 (15)
2 Rene Gilmartin 152 (8)
3 Jonathan Obika 86 (5)
4 Gavin Williams 42 (2)
5 Luke Ayling 34 (1)
6 Andy Williams 22 (0)
7 Ed Upson 20 (0)
8 Max Ehmer 16 (1)
9 Paul Wotton 12 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.50

Performance: 7.29
Entertainment: 7.71

VOTES RECEIVED: 33


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21 January 2012 : Rochdale Away Man Of The Match Result
Moving on in the Man of the Match results catch-up, the away match at Rochdale was our final game before Christmas. The 0-0 draw was achieved using fairly uncompromising 'park the bus in front of the goal' tactics for most of the game.

No doubts as to where you saw the real hero of the hour. Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin was a near unanimous Man of the Match for the game, with only one voter offering up an alternative nomination, whilst the top four votes included three defenders in a game that saw little action at the other end of the field. Full results as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Rene Gilmartin 116 (11)
2 Luke Ayling 32 (0)
3 Paul Huntington 18 (0)
4 Kerrea Gilbert 12 (0)
5 Ed Upson 10 (1)
6 Jonathan Obika 8 (0)
7 Max Ehmer 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.42

Performance: 5.00
Entertainment: 3.83

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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21 January 2012 : Fleetwood Home Man Of The Match Result
With extreme apologies for the tardiness on this, it's time to catch up with a load of Man of the Match results that got buried around Christmas, and then again when Gary Johnson arrived. Should we remind you of the FA Cup Second Round replay against Fleetwood Town? Maybe not. The 0-2 home defeat was probably the low point of the season and the team 'performance' mark reflects that - only just above the minimum possible mark of 2.0.

As for players who escaped the wrath of the supporters on that night, goalkeeper Gareth Stewart and left-winger Alan O'Brien came out okay, whilst Andy Williams got some praise. The 'best of the worst' on the night was right-back Luke Ayling, who topped the poll by a reasonable margin overall. Results as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Luke Ayling 136 (10)
2 Andy Williams 96 (7)
3 Gareth Stewart 76 (4)
4 Alan O'Brien 62 (4)
5 Paul Huntington 38 (2)
6 Ed Upson 18 (1)
6 Gavin Williams 18 (1)
8 Kieran Agard 16 (0)
9 Billy Gibson 10 (1)
10 Steve MacLean 6 (0)
10 Max Ehmer 6 (0)
12 Conor Clifford 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 2.74

Performance: 2.29
Entertainment: 3.19

VOTES RECEIVED: 30


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20 January 2012 : Football League Reject 'Offensive' B Team Proposals
The Football League have reacted angrily to 'offensive' proposals given by Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas yesterday, suggesting that Premier League Reserve teams could be incorporated into the English pyramid structure. The Blues boss wanted changes to be made in line with the Spanish league structure that sees teams like a Barcelona 'B' team playing in their second tier division.

Villas-Boas believes that the current Reserve League system is not competitive enough to allow younger talent to break through into his club's First Team structure and wants the Football League to be restructured to include Premier League Reserve sides to be played at Championship or League One level.

If ever that idea was likely to have legs, it's been dismissed by the Football League's Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson who points out that even Second Tier English football is more popular than all European divisions, with the exception of the top levels of Spanish and German leagues, and of course the Premier League itself:

"The suggestion that Football League clubs should become feeder clubs to a select handful of elite clubs is frankly offensive to the hundreds of thousands of people that watch competitive professional football in our competition every weekend. These are senior professional football matches that matter - they are not just platforms for developing other clubs' players.

"The Championship is the fourth most watched league in European football and crowds in our three divisions comfortably outstrip equivalent competitions in all of the other major footballing nations. One of the main reasons for this success is that our clubs are constituted as sovereign entities which represent their town or city with pride, rather than being a subsidiary of another club in another part of the country."

Thankfully not too many other Premier League bosses have leapt to support Villas-Boas. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a better option is to turn the current FA Academy leagues into an Under-21 structure that would enable the likes of Conor Clifford, Jonathan Obika and Sam Walker to get games in a competitive environment after they come out of the Youth Teams.

With FIFA looking to ban the emergency loan system from the start of the 2014-15 season, it seems inevitable that there will be some fall-out from that, and that could still indirectly ripple through the way Football League clubs operate.


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20 January 2012 : Wealey In League Two? That's Cobblers!
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has dropped into League Two on a temporary basis, signing a loan deal with Northampton Town. The 29 year old has been drafted in following a long-term achilles injury sustained by first choice keeper Shane Higgs.

Weale, who is currently on Leicester City's books, has signed a month deal with the Cobblers, and will replace Reserve keeper Freddy Hall, who took the place of Higgs last weekend. Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd believes he now has the best goalkeeper in the division at his disposal, and told BBC Sport that being able to work with former Southampton goalkeeper Tim Flowers was a big influence:

"Considering our current position, and the calibre and experience of the player, I think we have just signed the best goalkeeper in this division. He has come because he wants to play and he wants to work with Tim Flowers. When you bring players and characters like that in, you are giving yourselves a great chance of achieving something."

There had been suggestions on Twitter around a week ago that the Glovers were aiming to draft Weale in themselves - that ended when they captured Sam Walker on loan this week - a player who had been at Sixfields for half a season before heading to Huish Park.

Link: Chris Weale : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 January 2012 : Another Crunch Game For Ladies On Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies welcome second place Gloucester City Ladies to Raleigh Grove on Sunday for a top of the table that should have fans flocking to Sherborne in anticipation of a classic game of attacking football, with both sides intent on taking all three points in another vital clash.

"This is a game that we have been looking forward to for a while," joint Glovers boss Nigel Williams said this morning. "Both sides have had good season’s so far, both sides will fancy their chances of promotion this season, so both will dearly love to win this weekend’s match. It should be a great one for the fans.

"As you are aware we had a training game last Sunday against Bristol Academy, and came away having learnt a lot about the team and the way we should be playing. Sarah (Lawler) and I now want the players to respond to this and take on board everything we are saying in one to ones with them. We had another four players out to talk through their development as individuals this week, and their playing position within the team. It is all looking very positive at the moment.

"Sarah and I will not change from our thinking and that means that all the players will need to develop their passing game. For us it is about possession football, and we need to tweak a few things to make this happen. Players need to have more concentration on their game for us to move this club forward. It perhaps sounds hard as they are not paid for what they do, but it is all about achievement at the end of the season. I am sure that the entire club is thinking the same.

We are looking forward to Sunday, and another important game for us. Gloucester are still on our tails and winning this this game will help us get a bit of a gap on them. It was a tough challenge up at their place before Christmas, and I am sure this will be no different this time around. It is our first home game in 2012, and we hope to get a win, and have a big crowd to support us."

Yeovil Town Ladies take on Gloucester City Ladies this Sunday, January 22, the game taking place at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, kicking off at 2.00pm. For further information on Raleigh Grove, including directions to the ground, please read to the Raleigh Grove Page on the Yeovil Town Ladies website.

[Ali King/Nigel Williams - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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20 January 2012 : Oli Chooses Oxford
League Two side Oxford United have moved in to sign up former Yeovil Town loan striker Oli Johnson. Having been released by Norwich City recently, the 24 year old has been attempting to earn a contract with another club, and was on trial at League One side Carlisle United earlier in the week.

Carlisle today hinted that another club was moving in for Oli, when boss Greg Abbott admitted that he might need to be pushed into making a decision early. Abbott said in this morning's Carlisle News and Star:

"He has seriously done alright but I think a decision would have to be made pretty quickly. There is a lot of interest in him. We have to be mindful of making the right decision. Oli likes it here and sees it as a good move for him – if it comes off."

That move clearly didn't come off - he has now penned a deal with Oxford that will keep him at the Kassam Stadium until the end of the 2011-12 season. Their manager Chris Wilder has said that he is glad to beat off the competition:

"I know there were five or six clubs in higher divisions chasing his signature. We are delighted that he has seen what we are building here and wants to be a part of it. It speaks volumes for the club that he wants to prove himself here."

Link: Oli Johnson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 January 2012 : Gary Johnson Speaks About The January Transfer Market
After yet another busy week in the transfer market, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about his plans. Fielding questions from BBC Radio Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the output of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After A Week Of Busy Transfer Dealings.


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20 January 2012 : Walker Glad To Be Reunited With Johnson
Yeovil Town's new loan goalkeeper Sam Walker has said that he is looking to working with boss Gary Johnson again, after becoming the club's fifth goalkeeper of the 2011-12 season. Replacing Watford's Rene Gilmartin between the sticks for Saturday's trip to Bury, the Chelsea custodian has already spent half a season working with Johnson at League Two side Northampton Town.

With Gilmartin returning to Vicarage Road earlier this week, the Gravesend-born keeper told BBC Somerset that he had a lot of time for the former Cobblers boss:

!Yes I do. I've got a lot of time for him. He had a lot of faith in me at the start of this season, taking me up to Northampton and putting me in and giving me a chance to show what I can do. Luckily I've obviously proved to him that he likes what I do, and I like what does as well. I like the way he works, and I've got a lot of time for him as a man and as a manager. So I'm looking forward to working with him again."

With Walker just 20 years old and no first team Chelsea appearances to his name, he sits a long way down the Premier League side's pecking order, with the likes of Henrique Hilário and Ross Turnbull tending to act as back-up to Petr Cech on matchdays. However, Walker said that he looked up to Cech as an inspiration, and that one day he would like to take his place between the sticks:

"He's a great guy to learn from; a really good guy to learn from. In the times when I am fortunate enough to train with them, I pick up every little thing that I can. I've been fortunate enough to train with them a few times now, over the years. Every time, I try to pick up something different, and he is a great guy to learn from. Ideally that's the aim (to be Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper). I'm very much one who will take things as they come. I'll progress in my own little way, and we'll see where it ends up. But eventually, definitely, that's where I'd like to aim."

Having had a loan spell at the tail end of the 2010-11 season at League Two side Barnet, Walker was recruited by Johnson for the start of this season to play for the Cobblers. With them enduring a poor season at fourth tier level, Walker admitted that it was a difficult experience, as he conceded 50 times in 25 appearances, including one occasion after Johnson's departure when the Cobblers lost 7-2 at home to Shrewsbury Town:

"It was difficult at times. A goalkeeper's main job is to keep the ball out of the net. When that that is not happening, and there were certain instances at Northampton where we let in seven at home, and fours here and there, that can be disheartening for me as a goalkeeper. But I'm still only young - I'm 20 years old. So it's all experiences that I can take on board, and make me a better goalkeeper eventually."


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20 January 2012 : Routledge To Return For Talks Next Week
Stockport County midfielder Jonathon Routledge will return to Huish Park on Monday, for further discussions regarding his future. As reported last Sunday, the 22 year old has been on trial with the club, and played in a midweek friendly match against Bristol City.

With this weekend's match against Bury to focus upon, Routledge has returned to Edgeley Park, but Johnson has confirmed that he is interested in taking the matter further. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he said that the former Liverpool and Wigan Athletic academy player would head back to Somerset:

"The other boy that people have been talking about is Jon Routledge. He's at Stockport at the moment. (Former Stockport County manager) Dietmar Hamann, when he was there, knew him from Liverpool. I think he's had a couple of games in the Premier League for Wigan. But he's coming in on Monday and we'll talk to him then, and we'll talk to Stockport and see where everybody is with that. I can't promise anything just yet."

Johnson has said that he is unlikely to follow up his interest in Cardiff City midfielder Solomon Taiwo, although confirmed he was one of the club's midweek trialists. The Glovers boss also hinted that any further signings were likely to be permanent acquisitions, on the basis that the club currently have a full quota of five loan players on their books.


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19 January 2012 : Johnson Explains Ehmer Departure
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he felt he felt that defender Max Ehmer had to return to Queens Park Rangers, to give him the right to challenge for a place in their first team squad. The West London side have recently appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager, giving a new opportunity for the 19 year old to put himself into the new man's plans.

With the January transfer window open, and Premier League sides currently juggling their registered first team squads, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he felt there was a danger of Ehmer becoming unsettled if he was not given the chance to return to Loftus Road and given the chance to impress Hughes:

"Players get a bit fidgety when they're on loan, and a new manager comes into the (parent) football club, because you feel that you're being lost and you won't get an early chance to impress. I always felt that's what might happen anyway with him, and of course when Mark Hughes went there, it was the right thing to do; to let Max go back and train, and play in front of his new manager."

Max left a farewell message on his Twitter account tonight, after his return was formalised, saying:

"Just want to say thank you to everyone at Yeovil. Have had a great year there and just hope they do well in the final bit of the season. All the players, fans and staff at Yeovil are great and I want them to finish the season off well. Thanks for all your comments - there are too many to reply to, but I've read them all and appreciate them all! Thanks beautiful people."

Link: Max Ehmer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 January 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Bury
It's been a fair old while since we've been to Gigg Lane. For those who can't remember back to our August 2004 match against Bury, and for those who have never been there, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to reflect a number of changes over the years. Featuring ticketing, travel, directions, pub guides and other odds'n'sods, the guide can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bury.

Link: Officials For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bury.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Shakers Bring In Doble For Saturday.


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19 January 2012 : Caulker Tipped For England Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loan defender Steven Caulker is being linked with a call-up to the senior England squad, with speculation in the national press that he might be called up for next month's match against Holland.

The Daily Mail and Mirror newspaper are claiming that Three Lions boss Fabio Capello is prepared to accelerate the Tottenham Hotspur player's progress up the ranks in an attempt to take away any suggestion that he could be hijacked by Scotland, with the Londoner qualifying for that country through his grandmother. Whether that's true or not, the fact that the national press are talking about it gives an idea of how he is impressing this season.

So far, Caulker has pledged his allegiances to England through their Under-19s and Under-21s set-up, including appearances whilst he was on Yeovil Town's books, but FIFA rules allow young players the chance to switch their designated country right up to their 21st birthday. There's no sign that the 20 year old plans to do that, as far as we can tell, but the theory is that the sooner Capello declares his own intentions towards the player, the less chance there is of any country switch happening.

As for Caulker himself, he is currently on loan at Premier League side Swansea City, having moved up a division a season since being blooded at Huish Park. Speaking to the Wales Online website, he is playing down the suggestion of a phone call from Capello, although he does acknowledge that it is one of his ambitions:

"That (call-up) is obviously for Capello to say, but it hasn’t really come into my mind yet. I’m playing U21s at the moment and I’m just concentrating on doing well for them. Definitely in the long-term picture, it would be a dream to play for England. You have to keep working, keep playing well and hopefully that chance will come. He (Capello) has given a lot of young English boys an opportunity over the last few years so it’s promising that he’s coming here. I’m not getting ahead of myself yet, but it’s exciting."

Another opportunity the Welsh media point out is the possibility of Caulker being able to hedge his bets in a 'Team GB' line-up this summer, with the Olympic Games coming to London. There's a fairly high prospect of that call-up coming his way, with England Under-21s boss Stuart Pearce given the honour of managing the squad. The defender has admitted that he'd relish the chance to play in that team:

"If the Olympics does go ahead with a GB Team, it would be fantastic to be a part of it. I’ve got to keep playing at my best until the end of the season and hopefully I will get that opportunity. I’ve never really been a big fan of Olympic football, but if I got the opportunity this year I would be buzzing."


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19 January 2012 : Yeovil Town Sign Up Youga On Permanent Deal
Yeovil Town have completed a permanent signing for former Charlton Athletic and Bristol City defender Kelly Youga. The left-sided defender, who can operate as a centre-back or a full-back, has signed a deal until the end of the 2011-12 season after being included in a trial match against City earlier this week.

For a full profile of Youga, see this afternoon's news item.


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19 January 2012 : Johnson Opts For a Youga Trial
Yeovil Town have taken former Bristol City and Charlton Athletic defender Kelly Youga on trial. The Banqui-born 26 year old is a free agent after leaving The Valley in the summer. He is one of two players being scrutinised by manager Gary Johnson - the other having already been confirmed as Stockport County midfielder Jonathon Routledge.

Youga started his career playing for French side Olympique Lyonnais. He is a 6'1" tall left-sided defender, who spent six years with Charlton, along with loan spells with Bristol City - one of Johnson's earliest loan signings after arriving at Ashton Gate - along with Bradford City and Scunthorpe United.

His main problem in recent years has been a succession of knee injuries. Whilst he was a regular with the Addicks during the 2008-09 season, a cruciate ligament injury caused him to play just 22 times during the 2009-10 season, whilst in the 2010-11 season, a second knee injury, diagnosed as a chondral defect, meant that he was only able to make one Reserve Team appearance, dropping entirely out of contention at The Valley.

His last first team game for Charlton came in November 2009, meaning that he has had over two years out of the game. Unsurprisingly, they released him in the summer of 2011, and to our knowledge he has been without a club since then, although there were reports that he was going to join in with their first team training schedule at the start of the 2011-12 season - that doesn't appear to have led to anything.


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19 January 2012 : Chelsea Keeper Loan Confirmed
Yeovil Town have now confirmed the arrival of Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker. The 20 year old, who worked under Gary Johnson at Northampton Town, has signed until the end of the 2011-12 season.

For a full profile of Sam, see Tuesday's news. He replaces Rene Gilmartin, who returned to Watford yesterday.


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19 January 2012 : Walker To Complete Glovers Move Today
Yeovil Town are set to complete the signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker on loan today. The 20 year old, who worked for half a season under Gary Johnson at Northampton Town, is set to formalise his move today, according to the Press Association.

Following yesterday's return of Rene Gilmartin to Watford, a new goalkeeper is of course inevitable and the Press Association are backing up claims on Tuesday that Walker would be reunited with Johnson.

Link: Glovers To Sign Up Chelsea Goalkeeper?


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19 January 2012 : Johnson Confirms Routledge Trial
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed news from earlier this week, that the Glovers have taken Stockport County midfielder Jonathon Routledge on trial. As reported on Sunday, the player has headed down to Huish Park to try his luck in League One, after falling out of favour at Edgeley Park, following a management change.

Johnson has confirmed in this week's Western Gazette that the 22 year old is one of the six trialists that played in the 1-0 win over Bristol City Reserves in midweek, and that he's done enough to warrant a second look, having disappeared down the Hatters pecking order when Dietmar Hamann was replaced as manager by Jim Gannon:

"Jon was one of our trialists and one of the boys that did well. The reason he went to Stockport was because of Dietmar Hamann, who asked him to go and they were players together at Liverpool. When Dietmar got the sack, the boy was left a little bit high and dry. We looked at him, we have not made our minds up yet but he is certainly one of the ones that was a positive."

Again, Johnson has hinted to the paper that only two out of the six players who trialled in Bristol on Tuesday are to be considered further. One of those six, according to Welsh media reports, was Cardiff City midfielder Solomon Taiwo, although we don't know yet whether he made the cut.


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19 January 2012 : Hornets Send Massey Out On Loan Again
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Gavin Massey has headed out on loan again, just a week after leaving Huish Park. The 19 year old has joined League One rivals Colchester United on a one month Youth Loan that will see him play for the Essex side over a six game period.

Massey is well known to Colchester after scoring twice at the Community Stadium back in October 2011 as the Glovers gained a 2-2 draw. Those were two of the three goals netted by the Hornets Academy graduate, in his 20 appearances. Glovers boss Gary Johnson said that he had concerns that the striker had a slight hamstring problem, which was a factor in the club's decision to allow him to return to Vicarage Road ahead of the completion of his loan spell.

His six game spell as part of his new loan deal with Colchester will take him back to Huish Park on February 18th - the last of his initial month deal.


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19 January 2012 : Ehmer Back At Loftus Road
This morning's local press report that Yeovil Town defender Max Ehmer has returned to his parent club Queens Park Rangers after his loan deal at Huish Park was cut short. The German was brought in for his second loan spell at the start of the 2011-12 season, and recently had that deal extended until the end of the season. He had made 55 appearances for the Glovers across his two loan spells at Huish Park.

The writing on the wall was clear when Max was left out of last Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers, as the club's sixth loan player, with Football League rules preventing the club from selecting more than five. In addition with QPR under new management themselves under Mark Hughes, that will doubtless have been a factor in the decision-making. Max told a number of supporters last weekend that he would be leaving the club - this morning's Western Gazette and Western Daily Press report that now to be the case, making him the second player to depart following Rene Gilmartin's return to Watford yesterday.

We wish Max the very best of luck in his career.

Link: Max Ehmer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 January 2012 : Gilmartin Makes Hornets Return
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has returned to his parent club Watford after his loan deal at Huish Park was cut short. The Irishman was brought in as the club's fourth goalkeeper of the 2011-12 season, and had made eight appearances for the Glovers, including last Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers.

However, with the arrival of new manager Gary Johnson, there have been strong suggestions that Rene would return to Vicarage Road, given the media reports that the Glovers boss was about to bring in Chelsea keeper Sam Walker, who had spent half a season playing for Johnson at Northampton Town. Gilmartin's exit has now been confirmed, meaning that the club will now almost certainly bring in a replacement in the next day or so as his replacement.

We wish Rene the very best of luck in his career.

Link: Rene Gilmartin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 January 2012 : Taiwo On Trial For Glovers
Yeovil Town have taken Cardiff City midfielder Solomon Taiwo on trial. The 26 year old is a latecomer to professional football, having worked his way through the non-league circuit, playing for Bromley, Lindsey Wilson College, Maidenhead, Weymouth and Sutton United.

His breakthrough came when he signed for Dagenham and Redbridge in October 2007, becoming a regular in their side, before he was scouted by the Welsh side, having impressed in a Carling Cup First Round tie against the Bluebirds. They then signed him up, loaning him back to Daggers for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.

Taiwo played against Yeovil at Huish Park in the July 2011 pre-season friendly at Huish Park against Cardiff, but also played 90 minutes in the 2010-11 League One fixtures that saw Daggers gain a 1-3 away win and the 2-1 home win over the Glovers last year.

The Londoner has made one start and one substitute appearance for the Championship side this season. He has been offered up for loans with Chesterfield and Wycombe Wanderers earlier in the season, but neither trial resulted in a loan deal. He is named by the South Wales Echo as being one of six trialists to play in yesterday's friendly against Bristol City Reserves.


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17 January 2012 : Former Glovers Loan Striker On Trial With Cumbrians
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Oli Johnson is on trial with League One side Carlisle United. The 24 year old, who was released by Norwich City by mutual consent earlier this month, has earned himself the chance of a contract with the Cumbrians, with the player suggesting that he also has interest from Championship side Barnsley.

Carlisle were due to play him in a Reserve Team match tonight against Doncaster Rovers, but a frozen pitch has meant that he will need to convince boss Greg Abbott that he is worth a deal on their training ground. Speaking to the Wakefield Express, Johnson said that he would prefer Carlisle over the Yorkshire Tykes, given that the League One side were more likely to promise him first team football:

"I have had four or five calls from clubs expressing an interest. It has gone well at Carlisle and they seem pretty happy with me. I am just waiting to see if they are going to offer me a deal and I am hopeful that I might find out by the end of the week. Any deal has got to be right for the club and me. Barnsley had a chat with me. I think they saw me as a future prospect but I am hoping to get a chance of first team football in the near future."


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17 January 2012 : Glovers Issue Mini Season-Ticket Offer
Yeovil Town have launched a ticketing offer for their nine remaining fixtures for the 2011-12 season. Supporters will be able to purchase nine home tickets for the price of seven via the Huish Park Ticket Office - effectively a mini season ticket for the games that have yet to be played in League One.

The matches included are as follows:

Preston North End (January), Scunthorpe United, Colchester United (February), Brentford, Walsall, Hartlepool (March), Rochdale, Stevenage, Chesterfield (April).

You have until Friday 27th January at 5.00p.m. to purchase tickets at these prices. Call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

For prices, take the Pre-Match price list linked below, and multiply the cost by seven to get your price for the nine matches. Or call the Ticket Office and they'll work out the sums for you. However, for example, an Adult ticket bundle for the Home Terrace will set you back £112.00, compared with the normal £144.00 tariff.

Link: 2011-12 Pre-Match and Matchday Admission Prices.


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17 January 2012 : Glovers Reserve Side Beats Robins
A Yeovil Town Reserves side beat a Bristol City Reserves side in a single goal this afternoon. The low-key friendly match was played at City's Failand Training Ground, with Yeovil's goal coming 64 minutes into the match from an unnamed trialist.

Manager Gary Johnson is looking at a number of trialists this week, with six of them included in this afternoon's side, although no names are revealed or hinted at. We know that the Glovers used two goalkeepers during the game - one of which was goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart. Four of those six trialists have been shown the door after the game - two of them will be invited back.

Johnson was present at the game, and City's side included Joe Bryan, David Clarkson, Aaron Amandi-Holloway, Lewis Carey and former Glovers midfielder Lee Johnson.

Yeovil's line-up included defender Curtis Haynes-Brown, striker Kieran Agard, attacking midfielder Anthony Edgar, winger Billy Gibson and the aforementioned Stewart - the five main players who have yet to get onto the pitch in Johnson's two games in charge so far.


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17 January 2012 : Shakers Bring In Doble For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Bury have signed up Southampton striker Ryan Doble on loan, ahead of the weekend's League One game against the Glovers. He is a 20 year old Welsh Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 player who initially started off life as a midfielder, but has been converted to a striker during his time with the Saints academy.

He has been an unused substitute for the Championship side, but has gained his first team experience with a series of loan spells during 2011, playing for Stockport County, Oxford United and most recently AFC Bournemouth, where he made eight appearances before returning to St Mary's Stadium due to injury. He has also been called up by the Wales national squad this season, being drafted in after a number of strikers pulled out due to injury, although did not take to the field in the two Euro 2012 qualifying fixtures.

He will be at Gigg Lane for a month, and will doubtless feature at some point against Yeovil Town on Saturday.


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17 January 2012 : Officials For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Bury and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 21st January 2012 at Gigg Lane, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Mr Heywood's name is very familiar, but is not to be confused with referee Mark Haywood of West Yorkshire. We've had him a large number of times as an assistant referee, but this is the first time that we've had him as a man in the middle. He hails from Northwich and has been promoted to the Football League's referees list for the start of the 2011-12 season. So far he's produced a slightly below average 44 yellow cards and one red card across 15 games.

That one red card given was certainly a brave one - he sent off former Glovers loan keeper Scott Flinders in an FA Cup match earlier this season just eight minutes into the game between Hartlepool United and Stevenage - a dismissal and a penalty that resulted in the game's only goal from a spot kick, with Pools having to play the game out with 10 men for 82 minutes, and with their keeper off the pitch. In fairness to Mr Heywood, Hartlepool decided against appealing the referee's decision, accepting the ban, and were fairly restrained with their grumbles, despite it being a huge decision.

Mr Heywood will be assisted by Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire) and Ryan Newman (Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Robert Jones (Merseyside).

NOTE: Today we've been told that the GWSC are now taking bookings for a second supporters coach for this trip. Book using the information available via the link below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bury.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.


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17 January 2012 : Glovers To Sign Up Chelsea Goalkeeper?
Yeovil Town are on the edge of signing up a new goalkeeper in time for this weekend's trip to Bury, according to Sky Sports. The name of Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker has been on the rumourmill since manager Gary Johnson's arrival at the club, with the Glovers boss having already seen him in action as a loan player at Northampton Town.

He is a player who has come through the Youth Team ranks at Millwall, moving onto Chelsea three years ago. Aged 20 years old and standing at 6'6" tall, he was born in Gravesend on October 2nd 1991 and was part of Chelsea's FA Youth Cup winning squad during the 2009-10 season.

He has gained experience through two loan spells, the first of which came when he joined Barnet on loan at the tail end of the 2010-11 season, making seven appearances for the North London side. Johnson then took him to Sixfields where he made 25 appearances as the first choice Cobblers keeper, leaving them just before Christmas.

The Glovers still have Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin on their books. His loan spell with the club is due to end at the start of February.


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17 January 2012 : Glovers Invited To Trialists Match
Yeovil Town are claimed to be amongst a number of League One and League Two clubs who will be in attendance at a friendly match tonight in Essex. The game between Thurrock FC and a 'Free Agent XI' has been organised to allow clubs to have an open look of several players who are currently without a club. Sports Agency SJ Dent Sports Management are taking a squad of players on their books.

Most are inevitably former Academy players who have dropped out of the professional game, and are either without a club or playing in non-league football. The Sky Sports website names the following players - presumably sourced from the agency themselves - as taking part in the trial match:

Kingsley Francis (ex-Blackpool midfielder), Daniel Day (ex-Spurs full-back), Ryan Marriott (ex-Chelsea midfielder), Ramon Rose (ex-Torquay/QPR), Jonathan North (ex-Watford goalkeeper), Marvin Hamilton (ex-Gillingham right-back), Kurtis Spencer (ex-AFC Wimbledon defender), Babatunde Adeniyi (Cambridge United youth), Michael Baloye (Tooting and Mitcham youth), Aymen Tahar (ex-Sheffield United winger) and Hicham Abdellah (ex-Southend United striker).

They name the Glovers amongst a list of clubs who will be attending the game, as well as Charlton Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Chesterfield, Leyton Orient and Dagenham and Redbridge. For what its worth, such trial matches tend to be a little hit'n'miss in terms of what managers get out of a game; they are inevitably looking for a needle in a haystack in such circumstances.

The Glovers are believed to be looking at a number of other trialists though with a large number of unfamiliar faces seen at the training ground yesterday; as reported on Sunday those are expected to include Stockport County midfielder Jonathon Routledge although there's been no firm confirmation of that yet.


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16 January 2012 : Dolphins Boss Hails Baggridge Progress
Yeovil Town central defender Rhys Baggridge is continuing to impress at Poole Town as he moves into the second month of his loan spell down in South Dorset. On Saturday, the Dolphins kept yet another clean sheet, with the Welshman at the heart of their defence, as they drew 0-0 with promotion rivals Sholing.

Baggy arrived at Tatnam Farm just before Christmas, and has so far seen his temporary side keep five clean sheets in seven matches, conceding two goals during that time. The former Youth Team captain has played 90 minutes in all seven games, earning him some valuable experience along the way.

Dolphins boss Tom Killick has sung the defender's praises in today's Bournemouth Evening Echo, even revealing that during the first month's loan spell, Poole didn't have to pay a penny for his services:

"It has been brilliant to have Rhys, and to continue to have him, at the club. For the first month, we didn’t make a contribution towards his wages and that was a brilliant gesture from Yeovil. He is a strong character – very determined – and for a young lad that is slightly unusual. He has fitted in well, the players like him and he has been a revelation."

The Glovers had previously sent right-winger Lewis Clarke out on loan to Poole earlier this season, with the deal ending when the first year professional suffered an ankle injury. Killick said that despite that, the wish for Rhys to gain first team experience at Southern League level meant that all parties were keen for a deal to be struck:

"Yeovil were very keen for him to come out to us. They knew the level we were at and felt very strongly he could be a strong player for us – and that is the way it has proved. He has got a lot of attributes – he is quite quick, good in the air, comfortable on the ball and he looks like a very accomplished defender. Rhys and Michael Walker have been a really strong partnership."


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16 January 2012 : GWSC Travel To Bury
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees the head up the M5 and M6 to Bury for a League One match. The game at Gigg Lane takes place on Saturday 21st January 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £25.00 with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

NOTE: Our understanding is that their coach for this trip is very close to being full. Hence if you do plan to travel, we'd recommend that you declare your interest quickly here.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.


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16 January 2012 : Bell-Baggie Moves On Again To Salisbury
Former Yeovil Town winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie has gone on the move for the second time during 2012. Since leaving the Glovers at the turn of the year, the former Reading academy player signed for Conference National side Hayes and Yeading United earlier this month.

After making just one appearance for the West London side, he has now moved back down the A303 again, signing for Salisbury City, who play at Conference South level. He will be in line to make his debut against Basingstoke.


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16 January 2012 : Wotton: Pilgrims Move Happened Because Of Management Change
Former Yeovil Town club captain Paul Wotton believes that he would have not considered moving back to his hometown club, if the Glovers had not changed their management team last week. Under former first team manager Terry Skiverton, the 34 year old had been made captain of the side, and was one of the first names to go onto the teamsheet since arriving at Huish Park in January 2011.

The arrival of new boss Gary Johnson last Monday moved the goalposts somewhat. The day after, Wotton was substituted at half time in the 4-0 Bramall Lane defeat against Sheffield United, and by the Thursday, he was released by mutual consent, signing for League Two side Plymouth Argyle hours later.

Speaking to the Plymouth Evening Herald, Wotton said that his move back to Home Park came about as a direct result of Johnson arriving as first team manager:

"It happened so quickly. I'm not a big believer in fate, but if Terry Skiverton had still been the Yeovil manager I don't think I would be here now. It's funny how football works. Whatever happened at Yeovil, happened, and I found myself surplus to requirements up there, but this was a dream scenario for me. I thought 'let's do it, let's get on with it as quickly as possible'."

Wotton spent just over 12 months at the club, making 50 appearances and scoring four goals. He said he had enjoyed his experience at Yeovil Town, and had high praise for Skiverton, who has since agreed an assistant manager position working under Johnson:

"I had a great year at Yeovil and really enjoyed myself. It's a really good club and I have got so much time for Terry Skiverton. He treated me different class, and he's going to go on to be a really good manager – definitely. Keeping that club in that league with that budget, takes some doing, and he has done it. Once he went, things changed. But that's the beauty of football, and in life I suppose, as one door shuts another one opens."


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16 January 2012 : BBC Late Kick-Off : Regional Variations Info
Further to tonight's set of Late Kick-Off programmes on BBC1 tonight, the production team have provided a hint of what to expect around the regions tonight. Starting at 11.05p.m. the magazine-style Football League programme is split into seven different regions. Each region has given the following summary of their expected coverage tonight:

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire:
There's a scoring sensation in The Football League. Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes has 27 goals this season, including five goals against Wycombe, four against Sheffield Wednesday and hat-tricks against Exeter and Preston.

North West:
Late Kick Off looks at the new man in charge of Preston North End. What's the future of the club under new boss Graham Westley?

London and South East:
New host Dan Walker visits the club he supports - Crawley Town - to ask just how high up the league ladder they can climb.

South, South West and West:
What's the latest news regarding Portsmouth's takeover? Monday is the stated day the administrators planned to reveal details about a new owner. Late Kick Off finds out what's going on.

Note: As mentioned in previous articles, we're expecting Brighton and Hove Albion vs Bristol City to be their main match, with Glovers boss Gary Johnson as their in-studio guest.

East:
Northampton Town are struggling in npower League 2. Late Kick off assesses the implications of what dropping out of The Football League would/could mean to the club, the town and the community.

Midlands:
Late Kick Off follow Birmingham City to Millwall. Unbeatable at home but all too beatable away. Will their miserable away form cost them any chance of promotion?

North East and Cumbria:
Close to Death - 129 years of history could be coming to an end. Darlington are on the brink of going out of business. Late Kick Off speaks to a couple of players who haven't been paid and are worried about the future, plus the former chairman Raj Singh talks about what he feels has gone wrong and placing the business in administration.

Link: Glovers Boss Johnson On BBC TV Tonight.

Link: Late Kick-Off Returns Next Week.


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16 January 2012 : Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Sheffield Wednesday is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 4th February 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There are advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s: £13.00; Under-18s: £13.00.

Wheelchair and Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above prices depending upon age. An assistant can be admitted free of charge. Disabled supporters requiring any special arrangements, including car parking spaces which must be booked five days in advance, must contact Liz Higginbottom on 0871 995 1867.

There is no matchday surcharge in place for this fixture, and tickets will be available on the day of the match. Away supporters are normally housed in the Upper Tier of the West Stand, more commonly known as the Leppings Lane End of the ground. However it appears that we are being given the Lower Tier for this match for the second season running, with Owls fans using the Upper Tier.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.


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16 January 2012 : Glovers Boss Johnson On BBC TV Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be on your TV screens tonight, as part of the return of the BBC's Late Kick-Off programme. As reported on Thursday, the regional football programme is back tonight for a third series, with James Richardson fronting the programme that focuses upon the South, South-West and West region.

The programme will be even more worth watching, given that BBC Points West have said on this morning's regional news bulletins that the new Glovers boss will be their special guest for tonight's programme. Tune in at 11.05p.m. tonight, or if you live outside the area, then keep a look out for it on the BBC iPlayer pages.

Link: Late Kick-Off Returns Next Week.


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15 January 2012 : Glovers Linked With Routledge Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Stockport County midfielder Jonathon Routledge. Once again, Twitter provides the trail of clues, with his former Hatters team-mate Nick Chadwick tweeting a good luck message to the 22 year old. He is a former Wigan Athletic trainee, who was born in Liverpool on November 23rd 1989 - his earlier Academy training came at Anfield over a 10 year spell before he switched across to the Latics.

Having made one substitute appearance in the final match of the 2008-09 season for Wigan, his next port of call was a slightly unusual loan spell with Swedish First Division side Östersunds FK at the end of the 2009-10 season. That was to spell the end of his Wigan career, as he spent the whole of the following season at Scottish Premier League side Hamilton Academical - at first as a half season loan spell, but then later joining them permanently on a half season contract after his terms at the DW Stadium were cancelled.

This season, he's been with Conference National side Stockport County, thus rubbing shoulders with Glovers loan right-back Joe Edwards. He's been a relative regular in their side, although missed six weeks with a fractured cheekbone sustained in September. Since mid-December though, he's disappeared off the radar, with the return of Jim Gannon as manager coming a few weeks prior to his drop-out from their squad. He did play for their Reserve side last Friday night though in the Manchester Senior Cup, so is presumably fit.

The tweet from Chadwick states: "Good luck @JONNYROUTLEDGE at Yeovil. Some decent players down in the South-West lad" - no doubt referring to Chadwick's own status now as a Plymouth Argyle striker. Routledge does not reply to this tweet, but has today posted an ambiguous tweet stating "Hope the next few days go well"

During the summer, Routledge signed a two year deal at Edgeley Park, meaning that he is not a free agent at present. The timing though, combined with the player's tweet, would suggest that he is coming down to Huish Park for a few days training on a trial basis, with a view to some kind of move. As yet, there is no hint from either club as to how they see things.

Talking of rumours, the exclusion of Max Ehmer from the Yeovil Town first team squad appears to have set some unconfirmed suggestions that he may be returning to Queens Park Rangers. At present, we've not heard anything to confirm that, but posters on the Green Room forum say they have been told by Max that he will be on his way back.

The defender was certainly present at the ground on Saturday, but was excluded from the squad due to the matchday loan rules that prevent clubs from fielding more than five loan players in a matchday squad. Again, take with a pinch of salt, but with manager Gary Johnson making it clear in his post-match interview that he would be looking to develop his squad further despite Saturday's 2-1 win, anything is possible here.


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15 January 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full interview can be read via the link below.

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


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15 January 2012 : Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for next weekend's trip to Bury's Gigg Lane ground is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 21st January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for the game are as follows:

Adults: £16.00; Over 65s: £10.00; Aged 16-21: £13.00; Under 16s: £10.00; Unemployed: £10.00

Both Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters are admitted for £10.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. There are six allocated spaces in away stand. Contact Jackie Melia at jackie.melia@gigglane.com or on 07702 484137 if you have any on the day requirements.

There are no Student concessions for the game. Those wishing to buy any of the above concessions must produce relevant ID at the time of purchase.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated the Manchester Road End, sometimes referred to as the West Stand. This is a covered seated stand, housing just over 2,000 supporters. There are a few supporting pillars that can block views partway up the stand, although with the numbers we will be taking, that won't be a problem.

To our knowledge, the Huish Park Ticket Office does not have advance tickets. However, regardless of that, there is no matchday surcharge in place for this game.


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14 January 2012 : Parry: We Should Have Had Game Out Of Sight
Tranmere Rovers manager Les Parry believes his side should have been 'out of sight' by the time Yeovil Town grabbed their dramatic last minute winner at Huish Park this afternoon. The visitors had taken an early lead in the match via an Adam McGurk free kick, and despite a quick equaliser from Joe Edwards, the Rovers boss felt they had enough chances to have won the game by the final whistle.

Parry pointed to second half chances from Zoumana Bakayogo and Mustafa Tiryaki along with a Robbie Weir shot that hit the inside of the post, only to rebound into the arms of Glovers keeper Rene Gilmartin. However, he acknowledged that with Gary Johnson returning to Huish Park, the last minute winner from Andy Williams was almost inevitable:

"The script was written for them. We should have been out of sight by the time they scored. In the second-half we started to get on top and the crowd started getting a bit restless which showed how much on top we were. We had three excellent chances which we missed and it was devastating to concede a winner after 90 minutes. My players are shocked, there was no noise in the dressing room."

For what it's worth, although the Press Association statistics can sometimes paint a misleading picture of a football match - a gentle daisy-cutter to the keeper is seen as the same as a ball striking a goalpost - their stats for this afternoon's match point to the Glovers having dominated the game overall. In terms of overall possession, Yeovil had 55% of the ball whilst Tranmere held the ball for 45% of the time. In terms of shots, the Glovers had 16 attempts on goal (7 on target, 9 off target) whilst Tranmere had 9 attempts (2 on target, 7 off target).


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14 January 2012 : Johnson Happy To Write The Perfect Script For Homecoming
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he couldn't have written his own script any better, after celebrating a win in his opening home game as manager. A 94th minute winner from Andy Williams gave his side a 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, giving him the perfect a perfect during his second spell as boss.

Speaking after the game, Johnson said that the win was a reward for a week's worth of hard work that his players and staff had been through since his appointment on Monday:

"If I wrote my own script it couldn't have worked out any better. It was a lovely way to start a homecoming. We had some very good times here in the past and everyone loves each other so it was important to get a result. Credit must go to the boys. I'm proud of the lads, proud of the staff, including Skivo and Jonesy who have been working all week. We've worked hard and they got their rewards."

With Tranmere having hit the post during the second period through Robbie Weir, it looked as though the Glovers were running out of steam. But Johnson said that the seven minutes of injury time, given due to a mix of an injury to referee Simon Hooper combined with timewasting by the visiting side, inspired his side to go for the win themselves.

Johnson's sprint up the sidelines after Williams had netted the late winner gave him memories of less happier times when a Paolo di Canio led Swindon Town side knocked Northampton Town out of the FA Cup late last year - a result that cost Johnson his job, but earned the Swindon boss a touchline ban for his excessive celebrations. Gary joked after the game that he managed to stop short of celebrating with his players:

"When we saw seven minutes of stoppage time go up we thought we must have a chance, and when we got the goal I almost did a (Paolo) Di Canio up the line but I stopped short."


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14 January 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Tranmere
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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14 January 2012 : Yeovil 2 Tranmere 1 : Last Minute Winner Gives Johnson Fairy-Tale Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson got a fairy-tale return to Huish Park this afternoon, as his side secured a last minute winner over Tranmere Rovers. The 2-1 win was only decided 94 minutes into a match that the Glovers had largely dominated, but failed to take advantage of the visitors rearguard tactics. Adam McGurk had put the Wirral side into the lead, but Bristol City loan full-back Joe Edwards quickly cancelled that out on his debut. The crowd had to wait until four minutes into injury time for Andy Williams to give Johnson the points he so desperately wanted at the start of his second spell at Huish Park.

Team news saw a radical revamp of the Glovers side, with four changes to the starting line-up. On Tuesday night, Paul Wotton, Gavin Williams, Max Ehmer and Steve MacLean were all in the starting line-up. By Saturday, Wotton was off to Plymouth Argyle, whilst Ehmer was out of the squad as the club's sixth loanee, with Williams and MacLean on the bench. In came Joe Edwards and Dean Parrett for their debuts, whilst Bondz N'Gala and Nathan Jones were recalled to the back line, having come on as substitutes in midweek.

The game got off to a wobbly start despite the first nine minutes having seen the Glovers look lively in their play. A Bondz N'Gala foul earned him a booking wide of the goal area, and when Adam McGurk fired the ball towards the goal, Rene Gilmartin appeared to misjudge the shot, and the ball crept in via his near post to deflate the Glovers crowd, who had earlier cheered Johnson's return, and given warm applause to his assistant Terry Skiverton.

Yeovil were pushing forward in numbers a great deal more than they had been in recent weeks though, and they deservedly equalised 19 minutes into the match. Ryan Dickson's run forced a corner, and Ed Upson's delivery into the box saw Tranmere centre-back Ian Goodison's clearance fall to Joe Edwards on the edge of the box, and the Bristol City defender fired a left footed shot into the corner of the net to allow the 21 year old to score on his debut, and lift the home crowd's spirits.

The Glovers went on to dominate the half, with Dean Parrett and Joe Edwards particularly impressive in the way that they moved forward. Parrett himself wasn't afraid to run at the Tranmere defence, and perhaps the only disappointment was that they didn't go in at half time in the lead, with the new look midfield pressing far better than their opponents, but with one too many final shots from them and the strikers going wide of the target. When they did land on target, visiting keeper Paul Rachubka was in great form, pushing a number of shots around the foot of his post for corners.

The second half saw more of the same, although the balance of the match changed somewhat as Tranmere introduced winger Martin Devaney - a former Cheltenham Town player who Gary Johnson tried to sign during his first spell with the club, only for Devaney to do a u-turn. His influence upon Tranmere's attacking intent combined with some tiring legs amongst Yeovil's side. Hearts were sent fluttering when Robbie Weir's shot came off the inside of the post from distance, but straight back into the grateful arms of Rene Gilmartin, with Tranmere getting a strong 15 minutes period towards the end of the game. Things weren't helped by a lengthy delay caused by referee Simon Hooper suffering a hamstring injury and needing to be replaced, nor by Tranmere employing significant delaying tactics that ultimately led to seven minutes of added time, with one of the linesmen taking over refereeing duties.

Just as it seemed as though the Glovers would have to settle for the point, Ryan Dickson's run down the flank saw him put in a great cross to the back post, where Andy Williams flung himself at the ball, heading into the back of the net to send the supporters in front of him on the home terrace crazy with the match-winning goal. Gary Johnson ran down the touchline high-fiving anyone who got within distance of him, and there was no way back for Tranmere, as the Glovers boss got the perfect end to his day.

There's still a long way to go for the Glovers - they still remain in the relegation zone, although only on goal difference. However, momentum is everything, and it was important that the new management team got off to a good start to give the players the belief that they can get out of it. The newer players impressed significantly, and to get the win in second half injury time will have capped off the best start to Johnson's time back at Huish Park.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score : Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Scorers: Adam McGurk (9 mins, 0-1), Joe Edwards (19 mins, 1-1), Andy Williams (90 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 10. Gavin Williams (73 mins for Nathan Jones) 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Tranmere Rovers:
23. Paul Rachubka
15. Danny Holmes 5. Ian Goodison 6. Mark McChrystal 3. Zoumana Bakayogo
8. John Welsh 10. Robbie Weir 12. Ash Taylor 17. Lucas Akins 14. Adam McGurk
9. Mustafa Tiryaki

Substitutes:
13. Andy Coughlin (GK) 2. Michael Kay 16. David Buchanan 25. Martin Devaney (59 mins for Lucas Akins) 4. Joss Labadie

Yeovil Bookings: Bondz N'Gala (foul, 9 mins)

Tranmere Bookings: Paul Rachubka (timewasting, 52 mins), Adam McGurk (foul, 87 mins), Mustafa Tiryaki (foul, 90 mins)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Mark Russell (Bristol). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,083 (including 133 Tranmere supporters)


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14 January 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
As expected, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made a large number of changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's visit of Tranmere Rovers. Out go Paul Wotton, Gavin Williams, Max Ehmer and Steve MacLean, with the Glovers readopting a 4-4-2 formation for the game.

With the club having six loan players in the side, defender Max Ehmer is the one who misses out of the squad entirely. Two of those loan players make their debuts, with Bristol City player Joe Edwards expected to play as a right winger, whilst Dean Parrett will start in the centre of midfield. Ryan Dickson's second appearance for the club will also be higher up the field than his Tuesday night stint, meaning that three of the four midfielders are making their home debuts.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 10. Gavin Williams 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Tranmere Rovers:
23. Paul Rachubka
15. Danny Holmes 5. Ian Goodison 6. Mark McChrystal 3. Zoumana Bakayogo
8. John Welsh 10. Robbie Weir 12. Ash Taylor 17. Lucas Akins 14. Adam McGurk
9. Mustafa Tiryaki

Substitutes:
13. Andy Coughlin (GK) 2. Michael Kay 16. David Buchanan 25. Martin Devaney 4. Joss Labadie


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14 January 2012 : Willo Believes Johnson Is Putting His Stamp On Glovers
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams has said that new manager Gary Johnson is putting his stamp on the way the team operates, even in his first week of becoming the new Glovers boss. The Hereford-born player was used as a winger in Johnson's first game on Tuesday night, and played out the full 90 minutes up at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United.

Having experienced the first few days of Johnson's reign, Williams told BBC Somerset that he could definitely tell the difference the managerial change had made during that time:

"We've only had him for a couple of days, but he's definitely come in and put his stamp upon things. So it's going to be an interesting end to the season. He's an ambitious guy and hopefully that will rub off onto us, and that sooner or later we'll start winning games and getting out of the bottom four."

Despite having had a footballing career that has been wholly based in the West Country, with Williams playing for Bristol Rovers and Hereford United, the 25 year old said he had not really had much contact with Johnson in the past. So far his contact with the Glovers boss had been through team meetings, and he had yet to properly sit down and talk with him:

"I'll be honest, I don't know a great deal about him. Obviously, I've never worked with him. The two sides of Bristol try to stay apart from each other, so I try to keep myself apart from that as well! So it's going to be interesting getting to know him.

"I'd think we'd start to have a few chats over the next few days. Obviously it's been a bit rushed over the last couple of days. He's just come in and he's been speaking to everyone and he's not really had a great deal of chances to speak to individuals. So it will be interesting to have a chat with him, and hear about the team and how it's going to change, and what's going to happen now
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14 January 2012 : Edwards Glad To Be Reunited With Johnson
Yeovil Town's new loan signing Joe Edwards has said that he is happy to be linked back up with Gary Johnson, after being given the chance to play first team football again. The 21 year old agreed a one month loan with the Glovers this week, thus reuniting him with the manager who gave him his first professional contract at Bristol City back in the summer of 2009.

Edwards, who generally plays as a right-back, but is capable of featuring in either full-back slot, has told BBC Somerset that he is looking forward to working with Johnson again, having not got onto the pitch for City's first team this season:

"Yes, I'd say so. Obviously I worked for him (Gary Johnson) at Bristol City, so it was good to link up with him again. It's been frustrating at Bristol over the last couple of years, as I haven't played as many games as I'd like to. Obviously to go out on loan for me has been good. I've done well, and just playing the games has been keeping me going really."

Edwards had a two month loan spell with Bath City during the 2010-11 season, and has just come back from an eleven game spell with Conference National side Stockport County, which ended on New Year's Day. He is therefore hoping that moving up into a League One side will help progress his career:

"Obviously being in League One, I haven't played that before, so it's the next level up for me. So I just want to play as many games as possible and progress my ability and show what I can do in this league."

The Gloucester born player has indicated that there may be an option for him to stay with the Glovers for a longer period if all goes well, telling the Western Daily Press that much would depend on how much game time he got during his first month at the club:

"The first month is to see how it goes, to see if I am playing, to see if I am enjoying it and to see if they want to keep me. After that, maybe until the end of the season."


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14 January 2012 : No Reported Pitch Problems At Huish Park
For the avoidance of doubt, more than anything, there are no reported problems with this afternoon's fixture at Huish Park taking place. The League One home game against Tranmere Rovers will take place, despite there having been an overnight frost in the area. The club have, in accordance with new Football League regulations, purchased some frost covers in the past season, and these have been used to cover the goalmouths. Thus there is no pitch inspection planned at all.

Looking down through the BBC Sport website fixtures list, there is just one match in the main pyramid structure in England that has been postponed so far - Worksop vs Newport County in the FA Trophy. Otherwise you have to go north of the border to find any weather-related problems. Hence looks like a complete day of sport this afternoon, without any issues.


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14 January 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Not Too Late
As Gary Johnson prepares for his first home game in charge this afternoon at Huish Park, there will doubtless be a few faces in the crowd today that haven't been to a game for a while. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, regular blogger Cruncher considers the opportunities the club has to persuade those fans to make their return a regular feature, and to raise the mood amongst the club's core fans.

Head via the link below, and as usual feel free to supply your own views on the subject, or on the game today.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Not Too Late.


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14 January 2012 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Is OFF
This morning's Youth Team game against Plymouth Argyle has been called off. The Youth Alliance League match was due to take place on the Alvington pitch today but has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

A new date will be provided in due course.


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13 January 2012 : Amankwaah Signs Up For Dale
Former Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah has signed up with League One rivals Rochdale. The 29 year old, who was brought into Huish Park from Bristol City by Gary Johnson during his first spell with the Glovers in February 2005, has now moved up the M6, signing a contract at Spotland until the end of the season.

Kevin has been training with Dale during this week, and had been playing for League Two side Burton Albion during the first half of the 2011-12 season, following his release from Swindon Town just after the season began. Having spent almost his entire career playing for West Country clubs, including Torquay United and Cheltenham Town, whilst living in Bristol, his move up into the North-West is a fairly radical switch for the Londoner.

Kevin's one and only goal for the Glovers was a significant moment in Yeovil Town history - his strike against Blackpool was the club's first ever goal at League One level.

Link: Kevin Amankwaah : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 January 2012 : Gary Previews The Tranmere Home Game
As part of the build-up to the weekend's home match against Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC yesterday about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on his first week in charge are captured via the link below.

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


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13 January 2012 : Westley Grips Hold Of Deepdale Railings
League One side Preston North End have set off a managerial merry-go-round by recruiting their new boss from one of their League One rivals. A long and drawn out process this week has finally resulted in Stevenage losing manager Graham Westley, with the Hertfordshire side conceding at lunchtime today that they were prepared to let him go to the Lancashire club.

Stevenage have also lost the rest of their management team, with John Dreyer and Dino Maamria also heading up to Deepdale. As a consequence, they've appointed Club Captain Mark Roberts as their Caretaker Manager for their away game against Rochdale. They indicate they will recruit Westley's replacement "swiftly" but state that it "will not be rushed" - whatever that means! They plan to interview candidates next week.

As yet Preston have not formally unveiled Westley as their new manager, but say they plan to conclude discussions with the trio later today. Of course that then leaves us with the question of whether there is any truth in the rumour connecting Glovers assistant manager Terry Skiverton with the Stevenage basis - as yet we've not seen any of the Hertfordshire media comment on the possibility of that one having legs.


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13 January 2012 : Baggridge To Spend More Loan Time With Dolphins
Yeovil Town defender Rhys Baggridge has extended his current loan spell at Poole Town. As reported earlier this week, Dolphins manager Tom Killick was anxious to extend the deal of a player who has played 90 minutes in every game since arriving on loan with the Southern League Division One South & West side.

The former Youth Team captain has now added a further appearance to his tally, playing for 90 minutes in their midweek 3-1 win over Cinderford Town and has now made six appearances. He will stay in South Dorset until March 15th after his initial one month deal with the Dolphins was extended today. Since his arrival, Poole have clocked up four wins and two draws, conceding just two goals along the way - a significant turnaround in their fortunes.


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13 January 2012 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Tranmere Rovers tomorrow afternoon, in what will be manager Gary Johnson's first game in charge at Huish Park since September 2005. The last time a Johnson-led side played a League One game was on September 10th 2005, in a 2-1 win over Walsall where Phil Jevons and Kevin Gall grabbed the goals. A total of 5,979 supporters turned up in the ground, unaware that it would be the last home league game he'd take charge of before heading up the A37 to Bristol City.

Now back in charge, it's likely that tomorrow's game will have a slightly different atmosphere of late, even if Tranmere will aim to be the party-poopers, particularly as they have no wish to get dragged into a set of seven clubs who have got cut adrift a little towards the foot of the table. Tranmere lie as the lowest place of the midtable pack, in 17th place in the League One table.

Overall, the Glovers may be meeting Tranmere at a good time. The Wirral side have lost their last four away matches, and are on a run of six defeats in their last nine games, including one solitary win since October 25th. They've conceded two or more goals in seven of those matches, giving a hint as to where their problems lie, although for this match are struggling for attacking options with Andy Robinson (knee) and Enoch Showumni (leg) missing and loan striker Jose Baxter having returned to Everton. Mustafa Tiryaki; a relatively inexperienced summer signing from Havant and Waterlooville, represents their main attacking outlet. At the other end goalkeeper Owain fon Williams has a hand injury and will not play.

For the Glovers, it's all change, with a large number of players shown the door since the turn of the year. Wingers Alan O'Brien and Abdulai Bell-Baggie, midfielders Paul Wotton, Flavien Belson and Conor Clifford, right-back Kerrea Gilbert and striker Gavin Massey have all left the club during January.

In their place, loan trio Dean Parrett, Ryan Dickson and Joe Edwards have arrived from Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Bristol City respectively. Midfielder Dominic Blizzard is the only definite absentee, having suffered a hamstring injury at the start of the year. However, manager Gary Johnson hinted in midweek that he was not happy with the fitness of some of his players, and so it will be interesting to see if any are told they need to sort that aspect out - not that he has too much room in his squad to rotate at present.

Past results have tended to go with the home side when Yeovil and Tranmere have been paired up. In fact the Glovers have won the last three meetings at Huish Park, with the last bringing a 3-1 home win back in September 2010, with early goals from Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington giving the visitors a horror start that they never recovered from. The last time Yeovil lost to Tranmere was in January 2010 at Prenton Park.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the game from the Huish Park Ticket Office. This is a Kids For A Quid match - for full details see the article linked below. Other tickets are available on the pre-match tariff until 6.00p.m. tonight - phone or call into the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to avoid the matchday rate. If you can't make it then BBC Somerset will be covering the game on 95.5FM as usual, whilst we'll be on Twitter covering all aspects of the day.

Link: Tranmere Lose Robinson For Saturday's Game.

Link: Tranmere Home Game Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.


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13 January 2012 : Glovers Sign Up Parrett From Spurs
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has brought in his second signing since being unveiled as the new Glovers boss earlier this week. Having snapped up Bristol City full-back Joe Edwards yesterday, he has now moved for midfielder Dean Parrett, who joined the club on a month's loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He will be available for tomorrow's home match against Tranmere Rovers.

Parrett hails from Hampstead in London and was born on 16th November 1991. He has, like many of the Spurs academy players, been given plenty of loan experience during his early career with spells at Aldershot, Plymouth Argyle and Charlton Athletic to his name, meaning that he has clocked up over 20 appearances in the Football League, whilst he has also featured in Spurs European competition fixtures.

He played against PAOK Salonika and Rubin in the Europa League for Spurs this season, coming on as a substitute in both fixtures, but before that had made his Spurs first team debut in two UEFA Cup fixtures against Shakhtar in February 2009. At the end of the 2009-10 season, Dean represented England in the European Under-19 Championships in France, scoring in consecutive games in a squad that included Steven Caulker and Andros Townsend. He also has experience with England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-20 level, with three caps for the most senior of those age groups.

The Glovers currently have goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, full-backs Ryan Dickson and Joe Edwards, defender Max Ehmer and striker Jonathan Obika on their books from other clubs right now so the arrival of Parrett means that one loan player will be sat in the stand tomorrow.


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13 January 2012 : Dickson Eyes Improvement After 'Worst' Debut
New left-back Ryan Dickson admits that he needs to show plenty of improvement in his personal performance if he is to impress manager Gary Johnson during his loan spell at Huish Park. The on loan Southampton player had an unusual start to his time with the Glovers, having been signed by Terry Skiverton last week, but never actually playing a game under his tenure as manager.

Dickson came in to make his debut on Tuesday night against Sheffield United, under new boss Gary Johnson, and had to deal with a particularly difficult opening 45 minutes, as the Blades targeted his flank, frequently doubling up on him to put in crosses into the box.

Having struggled to make an impression on the night, the former Plymouth Argyle and Brentford player told BBC Somerset that he knew that he needed to put in better performances than he did in midweek, and is not too bothered about the fact that the manager he is reporting to has changed since he signed his loan deal:

"Yes, there's a lot more to come (in terms of personal performance). That's probably one of the worst games I've played in a long time in my career. It was just one of those days. It was backs against the wall for 90 minutes. Basically, it was a very open game. I'll give 100 percent, and that's the type of player that I am. I don't think it should really matter who the manager is but obviously it is a new manager to impress now, and that's what I'll be looking forward to doing."


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13 January 2012 : Johnson Willing To Haul Players Off If They Don't Perform
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will have no hestitation in hauling players off in future games if he feels they are being ineffective under his management. The Glovers boss made a half time double-substitution during Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat at Sheffield United, taking off club captain Paul Wotton and striker Steve MacLean, and revamping the team's formation in an attempt to turn the game around.

During his first spell as manager with the club, Johnson built up a reputation for occasionally pulling out radical in-game substitutions, and despite Wotton being the captain of the side, the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that he would not be afraid to make a decision like that again:

"I've always gone with the thought that it doesn't matter who anybody is, that if they are ineffective within a game - I've taken people off after 20 minutes before - they've got to show me that they are effecting the game. If they know the manager is going to do that, and in time they don't want to be embarrassed because the others have seen it - because nobody likes to be taken off - then you would have thought that they would be trying very hard to impress."

Wotton has since left the club and re-signed for his hometown club Plymouth Argyle. Johnson praised the 34 year old for his contribution last season, but had warned him that he might be playing fewer games under the new management team:

"Paul had a super season last season, and helped the club tremendously. I've had a little chat with him, and he's had a little chat with me, and we just decided that he needs to go to pastures new. Nobody wants to be a more experienced player and not getting regular games. I can't promise him regular games, so it was better that we shook hands and parted company, and that he finds a club more suitable to him."

In terms of striker Gavin Massey, who returned to Watford yesterday, cutting short his loan deal with the club, Johnson said a hamstring problem with the 19 year old had influenced his thinking, as well as the high number of loan players the club currently have on their books.


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12 January 2012 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are back in league action on Saturday, as they play their first home game of 2012. They play host to Plymouth Argyle who currently lie in second place in the Football League Youth Alliance League table, with the Glovers down in 10th place. The match will take place at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern.

Kick-off will be at 11.00a.m. and all supporters are welcome to attend and turn Saturday's game into a double-header, with the first team playing Tranmere Rovers later on that day. Admission to the Under-18s game is free, and there will be tea, coffee and bacon rolls on sale from the kiosk in the main building before and during the game.

The weekend league games are as follows:

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City (11.30a.m.)
Bristol Rovers v Oxford united (10.30a.m.)
Swindon Town v Exeter City (11.00a.m.)
Torquay United v Cheltenham Town (11.00a.m.)
Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle (11.00a.m.)


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12 January 2012 : Late Kick-Off Returns Next Week
Having had a bit of a significant hiatus over the Christmas and New Year period, the BBC are this weekend returning to their Football League coverage this weekend with two shows scheduled for this weekend's matches. The Football League Show, which was cut from the schedules for 'budgetary reasons' over the holiday period, returns to your screens this coming Saturday, 14th January, at 11.40p.m. with 75 minutes worth of highlights from the weekend's matches, hosted by Manish Bhasin.

In addition to that, the BBC are bringing back Late Kick-Off on Monday nights again - the regional programme which provides 30 minutes worth of highlights and features in a 'magazine' style. Once again Yeovil Town will feature in the South, South-West and West edition of the programme, which is split into seven different regions around the country. Those who receive their television through the Channel Islands, Oxfordshire, South, South-West and West BBC regional variations will get coverage centring around the following 17 clubs:

Reading, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bristol City, Brighton and Hove Albion, AFC Bournemouth, Exeter City, Yeovil Town, Aldershot, Oxford United, Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers, Cheltenham Town, Bristol Rovers and Crawley Town.

Our regional programme will be hosted by James Richardson (of Football Italia fame) with Leroy Rosenior and Graeme Murty as his in-studio pundit team. Episode One, which goes out on Monday 16th January at 11.05p.m. will have Brighton and Hove Albion vs Bristol City as their main match in focus. The BBC's press release for the seven regional shows reads:

"The third series starts on January 16th at the regular time of 11.05pm, making Monday nights access all areas to the week's top news stories, backroom reports, interviews, discussion and match analysis of England's 71 league clubs.

More than just a highlights programme, it's the only Football League show that gets to grips with what fans are talking about and what matters to them most. Late Kick Off will be there following all the ups and downs, on and off the pitch, as the Football League season builds to its dramatic climax.

The programme has seven regional editions that cover the whole of England. Familiar BBC sports presenters and guests who really know their local football scene will bring their own sporting knowledge and expertise to the programme.

From exclusive interviews to strong features ranging from ownership of local clubs to the effect of the Premier League clubs on youth development, Late Kick Off will examine current issues within local clubs, review weekend action and kick-start lively debate about the week's hottest football topics. There will also be regular features each week taking viewers behind the scenes of local clubs, bringing local football to life.

Fans won't have to miss a thing, as all seven programmes will also be on BBC iPlayer at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer for seven days after transmission
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12 January 2012 : Wotton Makes A Pilgrimage Back Home
Barely hours after leaving Huish Park, midfielder Paul Wotton has found a new home. Or rather an old home to go back to. The 34 year old has re-signed for League Two side Plymouth Argyle, three and a half years after leaving them for Southampton in the summer of 2008.

Paul is to say the least a legend at Home Park, as a former club captain and local boy. His 400-plus appearances for Argyle put him in their top ten players of all time, and he has twice won their player of the year award. With the Devon club battling against relegation from League Two, he has joined them on a free transfer after his contract with the Glovers was torn up earlier today.

The very best of luck to Paul in the future.


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12 January 2012 : Season 'Starts' On Saturday For Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he hopes to impose a little bit of 'his' methods upon the team in time for Saturday's homecoming against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. The Glovers boss will stage his first game at Huish Park since September 2005, after returning to the club as manager this week for the second time.

Having sized up his team against Sheffield United, Johnson has moved swiftly today, confirming a one month loan deal for Bristol City full-back Joe Edwards, whilst showing the door to club captain Paul Wotton and Watford striker Gavin Massey, with the youngster struggling with a hamstring problem at present.

With the Wirral club sat just above the cluster of bottom seven clubs, and nine points ahead of the Glovers, Johnson told BBC Somerset that they were the sort of side he wanted to target. Speaking before the signing of Edwards, he said the club would be starting a 'new' season this weekend:

"Our season starts on Saturday, because I know a little bit more (after the Sheffield United game). If we can add one or two (new players), then we will. We're going to work really hard now, because we definitely need one or two (new players). Actually we need three or four, but we'll have to wait and see on that one. Tranmere are not like Sheffield United, and so our season starts then. I think it's realistic that we can get in one or two in."

A number of rival League One managers have hinted this season that they believed the Glovers were not fit enough to last the full 90 minutes in matches. A tendency for the club to concede goals during the final period of the second half backed up those theories. Johnson hinted that he felt some of his players that took part in the Bramall Lane defeat were lacking the ability to get through the full game without flagging in the final stages:

"There was some effort there (at Bramall Lane) from some of them, that could do the effort and were fit enough to put in the 90 minutes somewhere. We're going to be in tomorrow and we're going to have a chat about it. Some of them that we want, and hope they improve enough to be part of it, they will learn from it, we hope. But we need people to help them. We need a strong side to help the ones that I think and Terry thinks are good enough. So we can't mess about now. We've got to go and get some strong, and what we feel are the next level players."

As a footnote, unconfirmed rumours on Twitter suggest that Yeovil Town are chasing Leicester City goalkeeper Chris Weale, for a possible loan deal. The East Coker boy has only turned out three times this season for the Championship side. We stress that at this stage we've not been able to determine any alternative sources for this, so a small pinch of salt required.


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12 January 2012 : Two More Players Leave Huish Park
Yeovil Town have released two of their players today, as new boss Gary Johnson aims to shape his squad further. According to Western Gazette sports reporter Chris Sweet, club captain Paul Wotton, who has been heavily linked with a move to his hometown club Plymouth Argyle, has departed after playing just 45 minutes on Tuesday night against Sheffield United.

Wotton was a big success at Huish Park during the first six months of his time with the Glovers, arriving on loan from Southampton in January 2011, before signing permanently on an 18 month contract. His 23 appearances for the Glovers had an influential effect upon the side, helping them stay in League One at the end of the 2010-11 season.

Made club captain for the start of the 2011-12 season, his performances haven't been up to last season's levels, and whilst he kept his place in the side under former boss Terry Skiverton, he was being over-shadowed by the performances and workrate of his midfield partner Ed Upson. He made a further 27 appearances this season, although his half time exit at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night perhaps showed what new boss Johnson was thinking.

Meanwhile Watford striker Gavin Massey has returned to Vicarage Road after his latest loan spell, was cut short. The 19 year old had been with the club for four and a half months, scoring three times in 20 appearances. The sudden return back to his parent club perhaps shows where Johnson and Skiverton have differing views on players - Massey's last loan spell was only extended eight days ago.


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12 January 2012 : Tranmere Lose Robinson For Saturday's Game
Saturday's opponents Tranmere Rovers have been dealt an injury blow, ahead of their trip down to Huish Park. Attacking midfielder Andy Robinson, who has tended to be a bit of a set-piece specialist over the years against the Glovers, suffered a knee injury on Tuesday in training, and has immediately gone under the knife to fix some torn cartilage. He has been ruled out of action for four to six weeks, and will definitely not travel south on the weekend.

The Wirral club will also be without former Bristol City striker Enoch Showumni, who played for the Robins under new Glovers boss Gary Johnson. He has been missing since Christmas with a leg injury ad is not expected to make his return until the end of the month. Having recently lost Everton striker Jose Baxter at the end of a 15 game loan spell, boss Les Parry is scouring the loan market, but believes he is hitting brick walls, with the managers of the players he is targeting not in a hurry to commit to a deal.

With Robinson intended as a candidate to fill Baxter's role in behind the main striker, Parry has told the Liverpool Daily Post that he may change his side's shape rather than try to push players into unnatural positions:

"The playing pattern won’t change that much but we’ve not made a decision on the personnel. We are looking at things home and away. With Jose (Baxter) going back it makes the squad smaller so everyone has more of an opportunity. Jose was starting every game so there is definitely a place up for grabs."


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12 January 2012 : Glovers Complete Edwards Signing
Further to yesterday's news, Yeovil Town have completed the signing of Bristol City full-back Joe Edwards. The 21 year old has agreed a one month loan deal, and will be available for Saturday's home game against Tranmere Rovers.

For a full profile on Joe, see yesterday's news item.


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12 January 2012 : Ladies Reach Cup Final - Without Kicking A Ball!
Yeovil Town Ladies will play in the final of the Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup for the second season running; in a feat achieved without kicking a ball. The current holders of the trophy were due to play Taunton Ladies on Sunday in a semi-final tie. That match has now been called off after Taunton were unable to raise a team.

As a result, the Glovers will get a bye to the final of the tournament, with Larkhall Athletic Ladies and Keynsham Town Development Ladies due to settle their own semi-final on the weekend. The arrangements for the final will only be known after this fixture has been played.

Instead of the County Cup tie, the Ladies team will now play Bristol Academy Reserves in a friendly match on Sunday. That game will take place at the South Bristol Sports Centre, kick-off 2.00p.m.


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12 January 2012 : Johnson Jnr Rules Out Glovers Return
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson has emphatically ruled out any chance of him following his father Gary down to Huish Park. The 30 year old has just returned from a three month loan spell at Chesterfield and is now back at Bristol City, with six months of his contract to run.

It's fairly clear that the Championship side do not have a future for Lee, and would listen to offers from interested clubs. However, Lee has insisted that he would not consider making a return to the club where he played 229 appearances, winning the FA Trophy, Conference title and League Two title along the way, before signing for Hearts in January 2006. He told Sky Sports that this was not an option:

"I love Yeovil to bits and it is a massive part of my breeding to the player and person that I am today, but I definitely won't be going to Yeovil. I've played for my dad a couple of times and we've had fantastic times together, with us both helping each other along the way. However, I feel that at this point in my career and life that it isn't the right thing for me to do."

His father Gary told this week's Western Gazette that he was well aware of Lee's views on the subject. The midfielder said that there was too much baggage associated with being your father's son within a football club for him to want to deal with:

"Playing for your dad is fine when you are winning and we won for the majority of the time that we were together, but there is a lot that goes with it. Put it this way, if I had a son I wouldn't sign him for his own sanity and that is the only way I can describe it because there are a lot of elements to it. We've achieved a lot together down the years and hopefully he can do something similar again down at Yeovil, but I'm keen to go elsewhere and gain more success that I believe I'm capable of doing."

Link: Lee Johnson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 January 2012 : Skivo Linked With Boro Boss Position
This morning's Western Gazette are linking current Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton with the first team manager's job at League One side Stevenage. As yet, strictly speaking, there is no vacancy at Broadhall Way to fill, with current boss Graham Westley still officially in the job.

However, he is in talks with another League One side, Preston North End, over their vacancy at Deepdale. The Hertfordshire side have given Westley permission to discuss personal terms with the Lancashire side, but how far down the line that's gone is another matter - Stevenage local paper The Comet claims personal terms were agreed yesterday morning, however their club website claims that this matter is still outstanding.

The latter states that until Westley indicates that he is happy with the terms offered and is willing to accept the job, they will not discuss compensation agreements with Preston, leaving an open question as to who will be in charge of the club on Saturday.

Clearly any applications for the Broadhall Way job will only be considered by Stevenage once that situation is finalised. However, it would be a slight surprise to find Skiverton applying for the position, so soon after accepting the assistant manager's job over the weekend just gone. As yet, the club have not finalised positions for Nathan Jones and Darren Way in the new structure, with the odd theory amongst fans that Darren might be offered the vacant Centre of Excellence management position - although the club themselves have not hinted at this yet.

Talking of rumours, the Gazette also reports on and quashes any suggestions that Mark Goddard-Watts might be looking to invest in the football club. The Yeovil businessman has recently sold his stake in the Toolstation business, with his father Jon Goddard-Watts having been a previous owner of Yeovil Town. However, Chairman John Fry says there has been no contact with the Goddard-Watts family, apart from the exchange of Christmas cards. Our understanding is that Mark has little or no interest in football, and so any such move would be a surprise.

Fry does briefly mention the issue of the club's Planning Application for a Food Store that was due to be submitted to South Somerset District Council in December 2011. Without explaining the exact nature of the delay, he says:

"There are certain things happening outside of the club to do with the development where I have got to get certain documents together for the planning application."

Finally, don't hold your breath on a return to Huish Park for midfielder Lee Johnson. Having played under Gary at both Yeovil Town and Bristol City, Gary indicates that he has said that he isn't willing to play under his dad again. No family rift here, we stress, but Lee is understandably fed up with the accusations of nepotism levelled at Gary, but largely aimed at Lee, during his time with both clubs. Gary suggests that assistant Terry Skiverton might want to do a deal with Lee to get him to the club to play for his 'mate' rather than his 'dad' but we assume he's got his tongue in his cheek here.


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11 January 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : The First (Blades) Cut Is The Deepest
Yesterday was the first chance to see a Gary Johnson side in action for six and a half years. Whilst the 4-0 defeat against Sheffield United wasn't quite what we wanted, it was interesting to see how Gary's side evolved throughout the evening. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, a review of last night's performance follows. If you were at Bramall Lane, or have a burning issue you want to get off your chest, feel free to comment at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The First (Blades) Cut Is The Deepest.


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11 January 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Game
Following yesterday's 4-0 defeat against Sheffield United, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Points West reporter Alistair Durden the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Game.


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11 January 2012 : Glovers To Sign Up Edwards
Yeovil Town are on the edge of bringing in Bristol City defender Joe Edwards to their squad. The 21 year old is a graduate from City's academy set-up, and was born in Gloucester on October 31st 1990. He is a 5'8" full-back who has made two first team appearances for City, and has just come back from a three month loan spell with Conference National side Stockport County, where he made 11 first team appearances.

Edwards also had a loan spell with Bath City during the 2010-11 season. He was given his first professional contract by Bristol City during 2009, and eventually made his City first team debut in February 2011 against Preston North End. He can play at either right-back or left-back.

At present we don't know the conditions of the deal - the player has acknowledged messages from City fans on Twitter who have wished him luck at Huish Park, with the news having broken out amongst fans of the Championship club. At present neither club have acknowledged the deal, suggesting that the paperwork has not gone through yet. New Glovers manager Gary Johnson will of course know Edwards well, having been the manager who gave Edwards his move up from City's Youth Team into the professional ranks.


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11 January 2012 : Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0 : Blades Cut Glovers Deep
New manager Gary Johnson's start to his second spell with Yeovil Town ended in disappointment at Bramall Lane yesterday evening, as promotion chasing Sheffield United easily swept his side away. The 4-0 scoreline was overall what the Glovers deserved as a brace from Lee Williamson, plus goals from Richard Cresswell and Michael Doyle gave the Blades an emphatic win, even if the Glovers rallied slightly during the second period, following a poor first half.

All eyes were on what sort of personnel and formation the new boss would select. The answer was that the team chosen didn't look too much different to that favoured by former boss Terry Skiverton, with Johnson stating in his pre-match interview that they given he had only seen one training session they had decided to run with the starting eleven that Skiverton had been working with prior to him being told of the change in management. In came the midfield pair Paul Wotton and Ed Upson, who were back from their suspensions, whilst there was a debut for left-back Ryan Dickson, who had arrived from Southampton for a month, just before the decison was made to bring in Johnson. The 4-4-1-1 formation was retained, with Steve MacLean playing just behind Jonathan Obika.

The opening 15 minutes started well, and although it was fairly obvious that the home side had the edge on class, the Glovers were a bit more attack-minded than they had been in recent away fixtures, with Gavin Williams putting a long range shot just wide of the post early on. At the other end, strong defensive blocks by Paul Huntington stopped Ched Evans and Kevin McDonald from getting shots on goal. Then Jonathan Obika's mazey run produced a cross-cum-shot that fizzed across the face of goal, just missing the incoming Andy Williams.

The home side were gradually getting in plenty of pressure on flanks, particularly putting pressure on Ryan Dickson's side, although it was on the opposite wing that they fashioned their opening goal. Stephen Quinn skinned Glovers full-back Luke Ayling a bit too easily, and when his cross landed in the penalty box, no-one was marking Richard Creswell, who planted a free header into the back of the net. 1-0 down and a bit disappointing given the brightish start.

That was the cue for the Blades to dominate the half, stretching Yeovil with their flank-to-flank play, and leaving wide open spaces. It was therefore no surprise when they doubled their lead on 36 minutes. A little flick by Stephen Quinn put the ball into the path of Michael Doyle on the edge of the box, and no-one was able to close him down before his accurate shot into Rene Gilmartin's right-hand corner doubled the Blades lead, with the Irish goalkeeper being somewhat unsighted by one of his own team-mates.

Half time couldn't come soon enough, with Yeovil going into their shells somewhat - they still had plenty of shots on goal which gave a hint to some of the instructions they'd been given by the new manager - but these were wayward and generally caused those in the home end at Bramall Lane more danger than Steve Simonsen's goal. Conversely far too many crosses were getting into the box from the home side, and the Glovers were not dealing with them when they got into the box, with the odd point of desperation creeping into their attempts to get the ball out of the danger zone.

Gary Johnson has always been one for making bold substitutions, and having seen 45 minutes of what was largely his predecessor's line-up and formation, he changed things around, taking off captain Paul Wotton and striker Steve MacLean. In came Bondz N'Gala and Gavin Massey, provoking a big shuffle around, as Bondz went into the centre of defence, Max Ehmer moved out to a right-back position, and Luke Ayling moved into Wotton's midfield position, whilst Gavin Massey came on as a right-winger as Andy Williams formed a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation alongside Jonathan Obika.

Whatever change that was meant to provoke was wiped out under three minutes into the second period. Right-back Matthew Lowton found Lee Williamson and the winger planted a glorious shot from the area, with the ball curling from the corner of the box into Rene Gilmartin's top left hand corner, once again giving the keeper no chance of getting near the ball. 3-0 and game most certainly over.

To be fair to the Glovers, they made a good fist of it, not giving up and with the second half seeing them looking far more organised and comfortable, gaining a bit more possession of the ball, even if their shooting was still rather wayward. Andy Williams and Jonathan Obika both shot wide of the target when they probably should have done better. The best attack of the half came when left-back Ryan Dickson - who had a bit of a shaky debut, but gradually settled into the game during the second period - put in a peach of a cross, that was met by the head of Obika, but goalkeeper Steve Simonsen got down well to keep the chance out of the net.

The Glovers did have one lengthy worry, after a Paul Huntington header almost found the net, with the ball just looping onto the top of the goal frame. As Hunts landed he seemed to fall awkwardly onto his neck, causing a five minute delay as the club doctor and stretcher bearers were brought on. Thankfully Hunts gingerly got to his feet under his own steam, with physio Phil Cole walking him gently around the pitch, checking for concussion, and then sending him back on. When various players are underperforming this season, the least the Glovers could afford would be one of their most consistent performers disappearing out of the line-up - thankfully he was to complete 90 minutes, although struggled to get from box-to-box on further set pieces.

Just in the last 10 minutes of the match, the Blades gradually began to turn the screw again, as the Glovers began to tire and run out of steam. With three minutes remaining, Stephen Quinn once again set up another goal for the home side, as Lee Williamson netted from an extreme narrow angle, with the ball taking a possible deflection on its way into the net. An unfortunate end to the game, as Yeovil's effort and endeavour during the second period deserved at least a consolation goal. Instead they got a bit of a deflating end to the match.

Although there was always likely to be a huge gap between the two sides regardless of the circumstances, if Gary Johnson hadn't worked out the size of the job that he had before he took the job at Huish Park, after 90 minutes of watching that, he certainly will have by now. On the plus side, there was a bit more attacking intent than there has been in many games this season, even if it failed to find the target most of the time. But on the minus side, the back four looked nervous and unprotected particularly during the first period, and there will be plenty for Johnson to chew on in the coming days.

Final Score: Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Richard Creswell (18 mins, 1-0), Michael Doyle (36 mins, 2-0), Lee Williamson (48 mins, 3-0), Lee Williamson (87 mins, 4-0)

Sheffield United:
1. Steve Simonsen
2. Matthew Lowton 19. Harry Maguire 15. Neill Collins 3. Lecsinel Jean-Francois
14. Lee Williamson 27. Kevin McDonald 8. Michael Doyle 28. Stephen Quinn
9. Ched Evans 17. Richard Cresswell

Substitutes:
25. George Long (GK) 4. Nick Montgomery (89 mins for Lee Williamson) 10. James Beattie (81 mins for Ched Evans) 21. Chris Porter (81 mins for Richard Creswell) 30. Marcus Williams

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 8. Ed Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Gavin Williams
9. Steve MacLean
29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones (89 mins for Gavin Williams) 4. Bondz N'Gala (46 mins for Paul Wotton) 18. Kieran Agard 21. Gavin Massey (46 mins for Steve MacLean) 24. Gareth Stewart

Sheffield United Bookings: Kevin McDonald (foul, 86 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (foul, 41 mins)

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Paul Graham (Manchester) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Attendance: 15,965 (including approx 175 Yeovil Town fans)


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11 January 2012 : Johnson: Some Players Are Not Going To Be Good Enough
Yeovil Town's new manager Gary Johnson said that he was not surprised to find problems with his side last night, after his team lost heavily in a 4-0 defeat against Sheffield United. With the Blades currently 2nd in the League One table and the Glovers in the relegation zone, the result went firmly by the form book.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Johnson said that he did not need to do any in depth analysis to know what to expect in terms of his squad, pointing out that a quick glance at the League Table would be enough for most to realise there were problems that needed fixing:

"We know there are problems, because that's why the team are below that line. There are certain players that are not going to be good enough; that's for sure. There's some players that are. We've got to work very very hard to get some people in, so that we compete with the likes of Sheffield United away from home. Now we are playing there, potentially a Championship side. They've proved that all season. They've got a lot of experience, and some of our boys couldn't quite handle that."

After tonight's match, the Glovers have 21 league matches to play between now and the end of the season. Johnson felt that by the time they reached the final 15 games that he would be seeing what sort of team he wanted to run with, and that some players might not be part of that line-up:

"There's a lot to do. I've just said to the lads there, that we're going to be working really hard. Some of them will be in the team come the last 15 games of the season, when we've really got to give it a go, when I've worked out who's who and who we need to bring in - and some of them won't. That's how it's got to be, and if they want to be part of it, then of course they've got to work very hard to keep their place in the first team."

Link: Johnson Sets Eyes On New Recruits.


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11 January 2012 : Johnson Sets Eyes On New Recruits
New Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that his side had endured a baptism of fire, as he commenced his first 'proper' day back in the Glovers hotseat as part of his second spell with the club. His side suffered a rude awakening as they were soundly beaten by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, with the Blades knocking up a 4-0 win, leaving Johnson's new side still stuck in the relegation zone.

Johnson admitted that he would have preferred an easier match to resume his time as manager, having only been unveiled at yesterday's press conference. However, he said that even on tonight's performance he could begin to categorise his playing squad into those he could work with and those who he felt might not make it:

"Nobody thought it was going to be easy. This wouldn't have been the game I'd have chosen for my first game back but in a way it's showed me sort of what I already knew and that the group at this moment in time has to change for us to be competitive. I don't think anybody's ever been sacked after a day so I think I'm all right but there are some players there who are okay and we can work with but there are some that are not. We've just got to work very hard in the next couple of weeks with no days off and all that sort of thing."

Gary is aiming to bring fresh blood into the squad, but warned that replacements would need to be brought in carefully, give the club's limited resources:

"We'll have a chat and the ones that are keen to stay and be part of it and work hard. Some will drift away and we'll try to fill it with quality players. We've got to duck and dive and do clever business. I can't go out and spend £500,000 on someone and give him £10,000-a-week so we've got to be clever and we've got to be shrewd in the transfer market and the loan market."

The Glovers boss explained that he was not willing at this stage to reveal the positions of players he would be targeting on the basis that he needed to continue working with the current squad for the immediate future:

"I can't tell you that because it will upset a few of the lads. I can't tell you positions but we do need to be stronger. I've said that to the lads downstairs and I'll be talking to all of them individually. I've got to get them out of trouble as there's a lot of work that has gone into Yeovil getting into League One. I was part of that and so was Terry Skiverton. We mustn't go out of this league with a whimper or with players that are not quite up for it. We've got to see that quickly and turn it round."


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11 January 2012 : Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0 : Match Statistics
New manager Gary Johnson's start to his second spell with Yeovil Town ended in disappointment at Bramall Lane tonight, as promotion chasing Sheffield United easily swept his side away. The 4-0 scoreline was overall what the Glovers deserved as a brace from Lee Williamson, plus goals from Richard Cresswell and Michael Doyle gave the Blades an emphatic win, even if the Glovers rallied slightly during the second period, following a poor first half.

Full match report to follow soon ...

Final Score: Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Richard Creswell (18 mins, 1-0), Michael Doyle (36 mins, 2-0), Lee Williamson (48 mins, 3-0), Lee Williamson (87 mins, 4-0)

Sheffield United:
1. Steve Simonsen
2. Matthew Lowton 19. Harry Maguire 15. Neill Collins 3. Lecsinel Jean-Francois
14. Lee Williamson 27. Kevin McDonald 8. Michael Doyle 28. Stephen Quinn
9. Ched Evans 17. Richard Cresswell

Substitutes:
25. George Long (GK) 4. Nick Montgomery (89 mins for Lee Williamson) 10. James Beattie (81 mins for Ched Evans) 21. Chris Porter (81 mins for Richard Creswell) 30. Marcus Williams

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 8. Ed Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Gavin Williams
9. Steve MacLean
29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones (89 mins for Gavin Williams) 4. Bondz N'Gala (46 mins for Paul Wotton) 18. Kieran Agard 21. Gavin Massey (46 mins for Steve MacLean) 24. Gareth Stewart

Sheffield United Bookings: Kevin McDonald (foul, 86 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (foul, 41 mins)

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Paul Graham (Manchester) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Attendance: 15,965 (including approx 175 Yeovil Town fans)


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10 January 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Sheffield United vs Yeovil
If you watched this evening's 4-0 defeat against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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10 January 2012 : Tonight's Line-Up At Sheffield United
Yeovil Town have chosen the following line-up for tonight's game at Sheffield United. The guessed at formation is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 8. Ed Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Gavin Williams
29. Jon Obika 9. Steve MacLean

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 4. Bondz N'Gala 18. Kieran Agard 21. Gavin Massey 24. Gareth Stewart


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10 January 2012 : Freeman Agrees Boro Deal
League One rivals Stevenage have completed the permanent signing of former Yeovil Town loan striker Luke Freeman. The 19 year old has signed a permanent contract until the summer of 2014, having already spent nine matches on loan with the Broadhall Way club.

Freeman, who scored his debut goal for the Hertfordshire side in their recent 6-1 win over Colchester United, has signed for an undisclosed fee. The player has transfered from Arsenal, from whom he spent a loan spell with the Glovers at the start of the 2010-11 season, but returned to London after picking up a number of niggly injuries.


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10 January 2012 : Dolphins Boss Sweats On Baggy Loan Deal
Poole Town manager Tom Killick admits that he is sweating on whether his side will be allowed to extend their current loan deal for Rhys Baggridge, now Yeovil Town have changed their management team. With the arrival of Gary Johnson as first team boss at Huish Park yesterday, Killick has told the Bournemouth Echo that he knows the Glovers boss from his first spell at Huish Park, and therefore is hopeful that things can continue from where they left off last time:

"I dealt with Gary Johnson when he was at Yeovil before and I was at Salisbury City and he lent me a couple of players then. He was always really kind to me. When I was at Salisbury, we were struggling financially and Gary agreed to bring a Yeovil side down for pre-season. But I got the sack and Gary phoned me up and asked me if he should come because he thought it was a disgrace that I had been fired. I always got on well with him."

Baggridge has certainly had a fruitful loan spell with the Dolphins so far, with the former Youth Team captain playing 90 minutes in all five matches so far, which has seen Poole grab three wins and two draws, conceding just one goal during that time. Prior to that the Dorset side had lost five out of their preceding eight matches, suggesting that the defender has had a good influence upon their fortunes.

He is due to play home matches against Cinderford Town and Sholing in Southern League Division One South & West fixtures. However, at that point the Welshman's one month loan deal expires, meaning that Killick is going to have to hope that Johnson doesn't want him back at Huish Park:

"Rhys' loan is up next Saturday and they were up for extending it, but I suppose Gary might want Rhys back so he can take a look at the whole squad down there. We will have to see."


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10 January 2012 : Fry Warns Budgets Will not Change For Johnson
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has warned that there will be no change to playing budgets, despite the arrival of new manager Gary Johnson. There is a tendency amongst football clubs that change their management teams for money to be made available for the new boss coming in, but Fry states that is not the case here, indicating that Johnson will have to work within the same budget as his predecessor.

Speaking to BBC Somerset following yesterday's press conference, Fry claimed that he would welcome people who wanted to invest in the football club to change that position:

"There's no point in me standing here telling you that we're going to dig out money, and so forth and so on. If people want to come in here and put money into the club, then come forth to the Chairman and they can give me a call. But we run this as a business. Gary has been told that, and Terry knows that. Terry has managed it very very well. We've got limited resources. Gary knows what he is having to deal with. Let him see what the squad is like, let's see what the size of this problem is, and we'll answer it."

Gates at Huish Park have tumbled over the past few years and are currently at their lowest since the 2001-02 season - the year Johnson arrived. Fry added that he considered it the manager's responsibility to bring the crowds back, and thus bring in more revenue into the club:

"It has to come through the gates and you have to earn it. The club has during the last three years lost about a million pounds on its gate receipts. The gates have gone down from about four-and-a-half (thousand) down to three-and-a-half (thousand). It's about whether Gary can bring the crowds back and produce more income. You can't spend more than what you've got. If you do, then you go broke."

In terms of club revenue being wholly the first team manager's responsibility, in this site's view, that should not be the case. Every employee of Yeovil Town Football Club has a responsibility to bring in new customers and consequently new revenue. Whilst the first team manager is an important cog in that wheel, there are plenty of other key personnel and policy that can affect the numbers coming through the turnstiles.


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10 January 2012 : Downloadable January 2012 Fixture Poster Available
In terms of January 2012, Yeovil Town have two League One home matches coming up for the remainder of the month. Coming up on Saturday, we have a home game against Tranmere Rovers, which carries a Kids For A Quid Offer on January 14th. Two weeks later, we take on Preston North End, who arrive in town on Saturday 28th January.

For those two matches, there is a new Fixtures Poster that can be downloaded. The poster is available in two forms - both of which are displayed in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open). Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so. The 'High Resolution' version is the higher quality version for printing, however for those happy to accept something a bit rough at the edges, then a 'Low Resolution' version is always available.

Link: January 2012 : Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: January 2012 : Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).


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10 January 2012 : Johnson Leaves (Carrow Road)
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Oli Johnson has left Carrow Road. The 24 year old has departed Premier League side Norwich City by mutual consent after spending two years with the Canaries. Johnson has been frozen out of their manager Paul Lambert's plans for over a year, with his last appearance for the club coming in December 2010.

Since then, he has had two loan spells with Yeovil Town, who have given him his only first team appearances in the last 13 months, clocking up 27 appearances and scoring three goals. Now a free agent, he is entitled to sign for another club on a free transfer. Speaking just before he was released, he told the Wakefield Express that he had no regrets about moving to Norfolk:

"City have come a long way in a short time and it is understandable that I am not getting games. That’s football and it’s the same for a lot of other lads. Going to Norwich was the best thing that could have happened to me. I have worked with great coaching staff and I feel that I have improved a lot. I am not bitter that I have not played as much as I would have liked.

Every footballer experiences frustration and it’s about how you bounce back. I am now focused on the future. My agent is talking to a couple of clubs but it’s early days. I am confident in my ability and feel that I have got match sharpness. I have got to be realistic and I will be happy playing at League One or League Two level
."

Of course, with yesterday's change of management, judging whether the Glovers will hold any interest in trying to sign a player who they tried to get on a permanent basis in August will be hard. Johnson's second loan spell at Huish Park was something of a disappointment, fizzling out into FA Cup appearances as he dropped out of the squad due to rules concerning the number of loan players allowed in a matchday squad.

Link: Oli Johnson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 January 2012 : Lights Out At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's Huish Park ground will be pretty much closed this morning, due to planned maintenance at the club. The electricity supply will be cut between around 9.00a.m. and 1.00p.m. meaning that the Huish Park Ticket Office and Club Shop, along with all other parts of the club will be shut during that time. We'd therefore advise that you save any visits to the club until this afternoon.

For those heading to Sheffield United tonight and looking to purchase tickets, those have already returned to Bramall Lane, and can be bought on the night. See the Ciderspace guide, linked below, for more details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United.


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9 January 2012 : Interview With Gary Johnson
This afternoon, Yeovil Town reappointed Gary Johnson as their first team manager, replacing Terry Skiverton, who becomes his assistant. Following the press conference, BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson caught up with the new boss, and his chat with Gary can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After He Returned To The Club As Manager.


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9 January 2012 : Glovers Rise Above Saints For Another Vital Win
Yeovil Town Ladies continued their unbeaten run in the league this season with a good 3-1 victory over Southampton Saints on Sunday. Stacey Pearson, Laura Bray and Justine Lorton grabbed the vital goals, as the Glovers maintained their two point lead at the top of the South West Combination, keeping them on course for promotion back to the Premier League.

After this latest win for the girls we caught up with joint managers Sarah Lawler and Nigel Williams for their take on the game and outlook for the rest of the season.

"We were not at our best today and took a while to settle," Williams said after the match. "Having said that we were in control of the game, and Sarah and I thought we made a lot of chances in the opening ten minutes of the game. Our passing was a little off and that caused us to work harder than we needed too, and put us under pressure to have to win the ball back. After the first goal, put away by Stace (Stacey Pearson), we relaxed too much and Southampton's number seven ripped apart our defence to go through on goal to what was there first attack, and she toe poked the ball past Dodge (Rachel Simkin).

"It took the girls and us by surprised really as we had the ball, and in the middle of the park we had control of the game," Lawler Said. "An excellent move down the right and working the channels, Laura (Bray) took the ball to the touch line, and with some good off the ball work from Leah Jennings), Laura was able to find some space to deliver a great cross for Justine Lorton to rise like a Salmon and head the ball into the top right hand corner of the net."

Nigel said, "Laura worked tirelessly throughout the game and created a goal for herself shortly after that, and at the half time break we were winning comfortably 3-1. However, credit to Southampton, they came out in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure. We sat back a little too much for my liking and Southampton pushed for another goal. We were forced into some early changes as Justine had a twinge to her muscle and it is important that we protect her for a couple of important games coming up.

"Jodi Cornwall replaced Justine, and Leah came off for Shannon Osman. This gave us a little bit more on the right hand side, and Jodi always has the potential to come up with a goal out of nothing. Jodi is learning all the time and is still young, but her delivery with her left foot is fantastic. She put in a couple of balls that just broke the Southampton defence, and on a better day we would have probably had a couple of more Goals. But you have to credit Southampton’s second half performance. They gave us a good test."

Sarah said: "The second half of this game ought to be our wake up call for the rest of the season. It was not good and we are better than what we saw today. We said to the girls at the end of the game that we are pleased to have the three points, but we have seen a better team this season, and they have set themselves standards. They played below that standard today. We were in a great position at the start of the year, and have continued our unbeaten league run today; it feels good to be in that position."

Nigel added: "Next week we are away in the Somerset Cup Semi Final to Taunton Town. A game we are taking very seriously as at the moment that cup sits in the trophy cabinet at Huish Park, and we want it to remain there. We are very proud to have got this far in the competition, and we want to be in the final again this year."

Final Score: Southampton Saints 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards, Hatton (Grogan – 60), Jennings (Osman – 55), Wensley, Whitton, Pearson, Lorton (Cornwall – 55), Bray

[Report by Nigel Williams and Ali King of Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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9 January 2012 : Johnson Sees 'Opportunities' For Jones And Way
Yeovil Town's new manager Gary Johnson has said that he is willing to retain Nathan Jones and Darren Way as part of the coaching staff, if all parties involved can reach agreement. With Johnson being formally unveiled as manager this afternoon, and Terry Skiverton becoming assistant manager, one of the unanswered questions of the management changes has been where that leaves Jones and Way in the club's set-up.

Speaking during this afternoon's press conference, Johnson believed that the pair had 'opportunities' to stay with the club, but did not reveal what their job titles would be:

"They certainly have the opportunity to remain in posts. Obviously I've only been here this morning, and I've been out and we've been doing a bit of work with the lads in preparation for the game tomorrow. But yes, they're also great stalwalts of the club - Nathan (Jones) and Darren (Way) - and we'd love to keep them around."

Reports from the press who were at the session suggested that Gary plans to meet with the board later in the week to make certain proposals regarding the management structure, which may explain why Jones and Way have yet to have any new job titles revealed. Johnson said it was important that both him and Skiverton knew both parties well:

"Terry (Skiverton) has been working with them and he trusts them. I've known them from previous years. So it's a perfect scenario. All four of us love the club. We all helped to get the club where it is now, so we haven't suddenly jumped into somebody else's success, and we'd like to take it further."


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9 January 2012 : Glovers Are So Trendy
Well it's not that often that this happens. Those that know Twitter and its workings will know that the 'trending' charts - a list of what is being discussed on the social media website - is normally filled with Justin Bieber fans, or if it is sport-related, whichever Premier League star has just landed themselves on back page of the tabloids.

This afternoon, we're pleased to report that both Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton managed to feature on the micro-blogging site as in the top ten UK Trends.

OK, so they were competing with such hot topics such as heavy metal legend Tony Iommi and errm Peppa Pig. However, users on Twitter spotted new Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson as the 9th most talked about subject shortly after the press conference. Despite being the new man in the Glovers hotseat this afternoon, Gary was upstaged by his new assistant manager Terry Skiverton, who was spotted in 2nd place during the afternoon. We're also told they were featuring well on the Worldwide trends.
UK Twitter Trends - circa 3.00p.m. on Monday afternoon
UK Twitter Trends - circa 3.00p.m. on Monday afternoon



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9 January 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United
In case anyone has forgotten, amidst this afternoon's major news, Yeovil Town have a football match tomorrow night. The start of manager Gary Johnson's second reign at Huish Park commences with the club's first ever trip to Bramall Lane and the home of Sheffield United. Details on tickets, travel, directions, and all sorts of other stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United.

Link: Officials For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.


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9 January 2012 : BBC Video: Gary Johnson Press Conference
For those who couldn't tune into BBC Somerset this afternoon, their sister television station has uploaded a video clip of this afternoon's interview. Watch the BBC Points West six minute clip, via interviewer David Passmore with the new management team of Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website: Gary Johnson Press Conference.


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9 January 2012 : Obika Extends Glovers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town are extending the loan spell for Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika for the rest of the season. Despite the change of management this afternoon, the Spurs Youth Academy graduate will be included in tomorrow night's squad for the trip to Sheffield United tomorrow evening, with the 21 year old now lined up to spend the full season at Huish Park.

Obika has had a difficult first half of the season, making just eight starts and three substitute appearances, punctuated heavily by an injury that kept him out of the side for three months. However, he came back into the side just before Christmas, scoring his first goal of the season against Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day.

His existing loan spell at the club ran out on January 3rd. However, with the change of first team management now resolved, it has been confirmed at this afternoon's press conference that he will be staying with the club for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.


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9 January 2012 : Gary Johnson Appointed As First Team Manager - Confirmed
Yeovil Town have this afternoon formally welcomed back Gary Johnson as their new first team manager this afternoon. In what has been one of the worst kept secrets of the past two days, 'Sir Gary' has completed a full circle started when he left the club in September 2005, taking him via Bristol City, Peterborough United and Northampton Town, and now back to Huish Park.

Gary takes up the reins, with Terry Skiverton becoming his assistant manager, having relinquished a role he had held since February 2009. He took charge for 144 matches, clocking up 38 wins, 41 draws and 65 defeats during his time in the hotseat

More on this to follow during the afternoon. Follow us on Twitter as it all unfolds!


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9 January 2012 : Trio Spotted At Training Ground
Yeovil Town's first team are reported as training up on the top pitches this morning, as we await further information on the exact make-up of the new management team. However, it has been reported by Western Gazette reporter Chris Sweet on Twitter that he has seen Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton on the training pitches, with Nathan Jones taking the warm-up.

With Skiverton and Jones on the training ground, it would appear certain that they are still part of the management set-up. Thus the only thing that is lacking is their precise job titles and roles. The current expectation is that Johnson would take the first team manager title, with Skiverton as assistant. The exact role for Jones is less certain, although as he still has a playing contract, this may not represent a contractual issue.


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9 January 2012 : WWOYTB : Update Bulletin No.2
As part of their aim to keep regular bulletins going during 2012, regarding their campaigning and investigations, the WWOYTB supporters collective are back with a second update. Their latest blog entry can be read via the link below. Comments and views are welcomed as usual.

Link: WWOYTB : Update Bulletin No.2.


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9 January 2012 : Skivo Given Assistant Boss Offer?
With Yeovil Town due to announce their new first team manager later today, the big question mark amongst fans has been where that leaves current manager Terry Skiverton, with no indication from the club that he has relinquished his position. This morning's BBC Somerset breakfast programme pretty much declared Gary Johnson as the club's new first team manager, although we'll have to wait until 2.00p.m. for that to be confimed absolutely.

As part of this morning's BBC breakfast show, sports editor Geoff Twentyman stated that he believes that Skiverton has been offered a role as an assistant manager to Gary Johnson, which would fit in with the fact that we have a 'new manager' being appointed this afternoon, yet with the current manager apparently still in situ. What isn't certain, is whether Skiverton has accepted that offer from the club.

They had contacted Skiverton for a comment on the situation, but he declined to speak prior to the 2.00p.m. announcement. That tends to lean towards the former centre-back being part of the new management set-up; if he wasn't involved then we suspect he would be far less likely to be interested in club protocol.

There is no word on the future of Nathan Jones, Darren Way or Gareth Stewart, although the fact that there is no news may mean that they are still with the club for the time being.


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8 January 2012 : Glovers Will Have 'New Manager' Tomorrow - Confirmed
Yeovil Town have confirmed that the purpose of tomorrow's Press Conference is to announce the replacement of Terry Skiverton as first team manager. Whilst the identity has not been formally revealed, it is 99.99% certain to be former boss Gary Johnson, who will return to the club as boss for the first time since leaving in September 2005.

The club have indicated that the first team will be training tomorrow morning, in a session that is expected to end between noon and 1.00p.m. and that any supporters at the ground around that time "may get the chance to meet the new manager" who will presumably be taking the training session that day.

Around an hour later, at 2.00p.m., the press will get to meet the new manager in the Alec Stock Lounge. As yet we've got no firm word on the future of the current management team, including Skiverton, Nathan Jones, Darren Way and Gareth Stewart - however on the other hand there is no suggestion any have left the club yet.


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8 January 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Second Coming
With the earlier Taff's Gloversblog entry having considered the immediate news concerning a likely change of first team management a Huish Park, Cruncher is back at the controls for today's entry.

Taking a look at both Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton and the way they have managed the game tactically, Cruncher's views can be read via the link below. As ever, comments and further thoughts are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Second Coming.


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8 January 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Dignity And Respect Needed For Management Change
Saturday night's revelations regarding an impending change of first team management at Huish Park inevitably raise a lot of questions and issues. Who, why, what, when - and that's just for starters! Some initial thoughts of what is likely to be formalised on Monday, regarding Gary Johnson's return are captured on the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. Feel free to add your own thoughts. It's inevitable that this will be one of several blogs appearing over the coming week around this subject.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Dignity And Respect Needed For Management Change.


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7 January 2012 : Glovers Set Date For Johnson Announcement
Yeovil Town have tonight stated that there will be a press conference at Huish Park on Monday. The meeting will take place at 2.00p.m. on Monday in the Alec Stock Lounge and is expected to announce the return of former manager Gary Johnson to Huish Park.

Inevitably then we will get confirmation of that, along with Gary's titled role and how it will affect the future of the current management team at Yeovil Town.


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7 January 2012 : Johnson Being Lined Up For Glovers Return?
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is reported as being lined up for a return to Huish Park. The 56 year old has been out of work since leaving League Two side Northampton Town last November, and still has a property in Bristol, from his days at Bristol City manager.

He has been linked with a move to Bristol Rovers in the past week, however the strong expectation is that former AFC Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll will be unveiled as their new manager, with former Walsall man Richard Money another name in the frame.

As part of tonight's BBC Somerset sports coverage, local journalist Chris Spittles has suggested that Johnson is in talks with Yeovil Town about a possible role at the club, over six years after he left the Glovers for Bristol City. BBC local sports editor Geoff Twentyman has stated that he expects Johnson to be lined up as first team manager, rather than as a Director of Football. It's not clear whether this would see current manager Terry Skiverton take on another role, or leave the club. The radio report expects matters to become clearer early next week.

There have been on and off whisperings about Johnson making a return to Huish Park since he left Sixfields, but this is the first suggestion of this hitting the local media within the area.


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7 January 2012 : Matthews Loaned To Home Town Club
Yeovil Town Second Year Scholar Lloyd Matthews is to go out on loan to gain some first team experience. He is due to join Southern League Premier Division side Frome Town for a month spell that will be his first time away from Huish Park. However, it will also guarantee him a shorter journey from his home - Frome are his home town, making for an arrangement that suits all parties.

Lloyd, who usually performs an attacking role for Yeovil Town's Under-18s, will join a side that are currently 14th in the Southern Division, with 30 points from their 24 games so far. The very best of luck to him in his time at his home town club.


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7 January 2012 : Grecians And Saddlers Open Up Gap At Bottom
With Yeovil Town not in League One action until Tuesday night's trip to Sheffield United, six matches in the division have stretched the gap at the bottom of the division a touch. Whilst the trio of clubs all below Yeovil, who remain in 21st place, all suffered badly, the clubs above them fared much better, meaning that there is now a two point gap between the Glovers and the relegation line.

Exeter City's 2-0 win at the B2Net Stadium over basement side Chesterfield was both good news and bad news. Good news in that it ensured the Spireites remain cut adrift in 24th place, and now seven points from safety. But bad news in that Richard Logan and Liam Sercombe's late goals lifted the Grecians up into 18th place, for only their second away win of the season.

Walsall looked to be doing the same, but were left kicking themselves as they threw away a two goal lead at the Banks' Stadium. Goals from Jonathan Macken and Andy Butler gave them a 2-0 half time lead. However a Michael Symes penalty, and a last minute goal from veteran substitute Steve Fletcher, gave AFC Bournemouth a point. That still means that the Saddlers draw a point further away from the bottom four, and two ahead of the Glovers, but it could have been a lot worse for Yeovil were it not for Fletcher's late goal.

Chesterfield's defeat was added to by Rochdale giving Hartlepool United their first win on home soil since September 17th, and ending a club record of nine consecutive defeats at Victoria Park. The 2-0 win for Pools leaves them in 13th place, largely thanks to their away form. Rochdale remain in 23rd place, one point behind the Glovers.

Between Dale and Yeovil are Wycombe Wanderers, who suffered an embarrassing 0-6 home defeat against Huddersfield Town on Sky Sports on Friday night, with Jordan Rhodes scoring five of the Terriers goals. Rhodes has scored 25 goals in the league, two in the FA Cup, and six for Scotland Under-21s, giving him a seasonal tally of 33 goals, with the season only just over the halfway line.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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7 January 2012 : Rovers Run Out Easy Winners Over Young Glovers
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down to a defeat in their opening game of 2012 this morning. Home side Bristol Rovers gained a comfortable victory on their home patch, notching up a 3-0 win in a Youth Alliance League fixture. The Gas scored twice in the second period, as they overran a Glovers side that were missing the injured trio of goalkeeper Matt Cafer, midfielders Jonny Kaye and Aiden Chainey.

With Will Gordon having left the club over the Christmas break, the bench was filled with players from the Under-16s side. Tommy Smith and Elliot Nelson were replaced on the hour mark by two of those players, but the Glovers were unable to stop Rovers running out as easy winners on the day.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers Under-18s 3 Yeovil Town Under-18s 0.

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Charlie Ledger, Elliot Nelson, Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Adam Cleary, Will Agbo, Tommy Smith, Lloyd Matthews, Taran Singh Jheeta, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson

Substitutes: Corey King, George Russell, Josh Anderson, Curtis Hansford


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6 January 2012 : Bell-Baggie Reunited With Ex-Royals Academy Coach
Former Yeovil Town winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie had found himself a new club, just a few days after coming off the Huish Park payroll. The 19 year old has signed for Conference National side Hayes and Yeading, who are a merger of the two teams that the Glovers used to play at Conference and Isthmian League level.

The deal has come about through manager Nas Bashir, who was Assistant Academy Director at Championship side Reading before taking control at Hayes during the summer of 2011. Bashir coached Bell-Baggie during his days with the Royals academy, and so knows the wingers abilities well.

Bell-Baggie had been on a half-season contract at Huish Park that ran out at the turn of the year. He failed to make a first team appearance for the Glovers, with his only competitive matches coming in the Somerset Premier Cup.


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6 January 2012 : Dickson Arrives On Loan From Saints
Yeovil Town have made their first signing of 2012 this afternoon, shortly after letting five players go at the start of the week. Southampton left-back Ryan Dickson has agreed a one month loan deal with the club, and will be available to make his debut during next Tuesday night's trip to Sheffield United.

The 25 year old is a Cornish player who is already familiar with playing at Huish Park, having played for Yeovil Town Reserves, whilst on the books of Plymouth Argyle during Russell Slade's tenure at the club. He was at Home Park for just under four years as a professional, during which time he played for Torquay United and Brentford on loan. He then signed for the Bees permanently during the January 2008 transfer window, playing 96 times for them until he left Griffin Park whilst out of contract during the summer of 2010.

He was then snapped up by Southampton, who eventually paid a £125,000 tribunal fee for his services, and has gone on to play 30 times during his time at St Mary's Stadium. However, he has only stepped out onto the field of play twice this season - both in the Carling Cup - with his last game coming in mid-September.

As a left-back he fills an obvious hole in the squad, with assistant manager Nathan Jones not getting any younger, and Curtis Haynes-Brown having failed to break into the first team since his red card against Sheffield United during the first month of the season. He is also capable of playing a more attacking role down the left-hand side of the pitch.

He becomes Yeovil Town's 10th loan signing of the 2011-12 season, and will be on the club's books for an initial one month period.


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6 January 2012 : Skiverton Waits On More Obika Time
When this week's loan extensions, and departures from the club were announced, there was one obvious name missing from the list of players who have contractual issues outstanding. Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika's loan deal at Huish Park ended on January 3rd, meaning that the club need to sort out a new deal with Spurs if he is to remain with the Glovers for the second half of the season.

This morning's Western Daily Press reports that manager Terry Skiverton is expecting to hear back from the Premier League side either today or over the weekend, but stated that no firm decision had been made yet:

"We have had a conversation with Spurs but it is still going on with that and we will find out today or tomorrow what is happening with that."

The loss of loan midfielder Conor Clifford, right-back Kerrea Gilbert and left-winger Alan O'Brien, combined with midfielder Flavien Belson and winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie coming off the payroll means that the first team squad is currently five players lighter as the Glovers commence the year 2012.

Skiverton has in recent interviews talked about bringing in two new faces into the club. He told the WDP that he was looking to do that over the next 20 days, with the important bit being that those that came in would have to match or better the abilities of his current squad members:

"We have got decisions to make as a football club and I have got to make sure that I am making the right ones and that the players I bring in are of an equal quality or even better. I have got my eye on a few and we will see who we bring in over the next 20 or so days as there are some really exciting names. I need to make sure we bring the right ones in."


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5 January 2012 : Hornets Boss Happy With Gilmartin Loan Deal
Watford boss Sean Dyche has given his views on the ongoing loan agreements for the two Hornets players that Yeovil Town have taken on loan. In particular he seems happy for goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin to stay at Huish Park, and with just 48 hours to go before their FA Cup match against Bradford City, makes no suggestion of needing to recall the Irishman back to Vicarage Road, despite having a 24 hour recall option on the player.

Dyche, who took over from Malky Mackey over the summer, has adopted a policy of sending his younger players out on loan to gain first team match experience, and having recently allowed Gilmartin to extend his stay with the Glovers until the start of February, he told his club's website that agreeing the additional month was a nobrainer:

"Extending Rene's loan suited all parties so it really made sense. He's enjoyed playing first-team football, apart from the dislocated finger he picked up, I would imagine. But he's getting on with it out on the pitch because he's desperate to get games under his belt."

The Hornets boss also said he was happy with the progress that striker Gavin Massey was making, with the 19 year old having clocked up a total of 16 appearances with the Glovers. He has recently extended his deal with Yeovil into a fifth month, keeping him at Huish Park until mid-February, and Dyche said that this compensated for not being able to give Massey and Gilmartin game time in Hertfordshire:

"Gavin's having a great time down at Yeovil, too. They're noted for developing other players' youngsters and he really is enjoying being in and around the first-team scene every week. We speak with Terry Skiverton regularly, as we do with staff of all clubs where our players are, so no details are missed. All the players are getting great experiences; something that cannot always be guaranteed here at Watford at this present time. So we see these agreements working for all parties."

Unless something dramatic happens over the next 24 hours, we can probably rest assured now, that Watford will use 18 year old goalkeeper Jonathan Bond for their FA Cup tie on Saturday, to cover the loss of first choice keeper Scott Loach, who serves a one match suspension for a red card last weekend. That will help keep Rene Gilmartin at Yeovil Town for the foreseeable future.


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5 January 2012 : Officials For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Sheffield United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 10th January 2012, at Bramall Lane, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be referee Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

He was a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, although we've only had him once in the last three years now. That occasion was for the August 2011 away match at Walsall, and to be fair, we barely noticed him on the day - just one late booking each for both sides and nothing too messy otherwise.

Before that, you have to go back three years to the September 2008 game against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk. No complaints - we were outclassed on that day, and were probably too busy bemoaning our own side's failings to notice anything the match officials were doing at the time.

Prior to that, Mr Drysdale took charge of the opening fixture of the 2007-08 season that saw Yeovil Town lose 1-0 against Huddersfield Town, but he left manager Russell Slade fuming after Scott Guyett was accidentally laid out by a punch from home keeper Matthew Glennon that should have produced a penalty when Glennon missed the ball but took out the Australian.

In our trip to the Bescot Stadium in March 2006 where the Glovers secured a 2-0 win that was to prove vital in Yeovil's attempts to stay in League One, referee Drysdale rightly dismissed Walsall's Ishmel Demontagnac after he committed a rash challenge to pick up a second yellow card. The Lincolnshire referee was part of a historic moment for the Glovers earlier that season, taking charge of the September trip to Hartlepool United that gave the Glovers their first ever League One win.

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden. After the match, midfielder Lee Johnson called the decision 'a joke' accusing Drysdale of bottling the decision, whilst his father Gary was equally annoyed after viewing on video what he saw as a stonewall penalty. OK, we're wearing green-tinted spectacles, but it was an awful blunder and had everything to do with a referee needing to give a match-changing decision in the final seconds of a game right in front of the home end of the stadium. He needed to be stronger and wasn't.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Paul Graham (Manchester) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Link: August 2011 : Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2008 : Ciderspace Match Report: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: September 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield United.


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4 January 2012 : West Country Johnson Fed Up With Loose Women
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has thrown out a fairly major hint that he is willing to consider taking over the managerial reins at Bristol Rovers. The Fulham-born 56 year old appeared on both BBC Points West and BBC Bristol yesterday, merely hours after the League Two strugglers had fired Paul Buckle after just 24 League games in charge at the Memorial Stadium.

Speaking to BBC Points West, Johnson described himself as a 'West Country' man (in a broad cockney accent, of course!) drawing attention to the fact that despite having taken jobs with Peterborough United and Northampton Town since leaving Bristol City, he still owns an apartment in Bristol. Out of work since being fired by the Cobblers in November, he appears not to like Daytime TV too much, and refused to deny interest in the position:

"You don't rule anything out. I class myself as a West Country person and this is where I enjoyed all my football. Of course I'm interested in everything that comes up. I want to get back into management. I can't stand sitting at home and watching (TV programme) Loose Women, it's driving me up the wall."

Since Rovers sacked Paul Trollope in December 2010, they have rattled up a conveyor belt of managers, with Darren Patterson (caretaker), Dave Penney, Stuart Campbell, Paul Buckle and Shaun North (caretaker, just appointed) all trying their luck but invariably failing. Having been relegated from League One last season, they now languish in 19th place in League Two, but Johnson believes that whoever is capable of turning them around will be managing a big club:

"It's going to be a decent job for somebody. It's a big club with a great fanbase and lots of potential. They've got to find someone who can turn it round quickly and get Rovers back up that table."

There have been little whispers on the rumourmill of Johnson returning to Huish Park, in some capacity, on and off since he left Sixfields, however there's no doubt that a front line management position is going to appeal to him, particularly one on his own doorstep.


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4 January 2012 : Massey Extends Again And Again
Yeovil Town have today extended their loan deal with Watford striker Gavin Massey for another month. The loan deal will take the 19 year old into his fifth month at Huish Park, with both clubs rolling forward the Youth Loan on a month by month basis.

The current deal between the two clubs was due to expire on January 14th. That has now been extended by a further month, taking him into mid-February.

Gavin has so far clocked up a total of 19 appearances at Huish Park, scoring three goals. Seven of his appearances have come from the substitutes bench, with his last start coming against Rochdale on December 17th.


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4 January 2012 : O'Brien And Gilbert Exit Huish Park
Yeovil Town have decided against renewing the contracts for two of their players, as they look to change their fortunes by use of the January transfer window. Right-back Kerrea Gilbert and left-winger Alan O'Brien both had contracts expiring at the end of the year and neither will be retained.

Former Arsenal academy player Kerrea Gilbert was a disappointment, running into injury problems, and picking up a red card that effectively ended his time with the Glovers, sitting out the last three matches of his contract through suspension. He made nine appearances overall, with the last coming at Rochdale.

Left-winger Alan O'Brien clocked up 15 appearances, but found his time punctuated both by injuries and by the club's tendency to adopt formations that didn't require wingers to be used. His last appearance was against Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day, and was left out of the squad to face AFC Bournemouth entirely, which was a big clue as to his future status in the club.

Meanwhile winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie and midfielder Flavien Belson have now been formally recorded as coming off the payroll. Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton had already stated that they would not be part of his future plans in early December.


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3 January 2012 : WWOYTB Survey No.1 Report
During the month of November 2011, the WWOYTB Supporters' collective ran their first Survey into the high lever views of Yeovil Town supporters as they stand today. Having waded through the output and collated the results, a report has now been produced, spanning multiple pages.

You can read the report by heading to the front page linked below. If you find any of it provokes further opinion and debate then leave your views at the foot of the appropriate page, as usual.

Link: WWOYTB Survey No.1 Report.


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3 January 2012 : Clifford Returns To Stamford Bridge
Yeovil Town midfielder Conor Clifford has returned to his parent club Chelsea at the end of his loan spell at Huish Park. The 20 year old was with the club for two months, and made nine appearances, scoring in the FA Cup match at Fleetwood Town at their Highbury Stadium.

Conor slightly drifted out of the Glovers side towards the end of his loan spell at the club, and so his return to Chelsea doesn't come as a huge surprise. He did not feature in the Boxing Day match against Charlton Athletic, and lasted just 40 minutes against Bournemouth, before making his final appearance for the Glovers yesterday as a substitute at Exeter City.

The best of luck to him in the future.


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3 January 2012 : Reg Recall 'Unlikely'?
Some possibly good news on the goalkeeper front; Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin may not be recalled by his parent club after all. One of the BBC Sport website reporters has said on Twitter that the Hornets are stating that it is "unlikely" that Gilmartin will be sent back to Vicarage Road, suggesting that the Championship side plans to use third choice keeper Jonathan Bond in goal for their FA Cup Third Round match against Bradford City.

We'll obviously continue to keep an eye on this one during the week, but hopefully that points to good news, as the Glovers have already gone through four goalkeepers this season, with Jed Steer, Marek Stech, Gareth Stewart and Gilmartin having played in first team matches this season.


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3 January 2012 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 away draw against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Skivo's post-match views, including the full text of his views on the supporter who berated him after the game, can be found via the link below.

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


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2 January 2012 : Skiverton Fumes At Fan's Verbal Abuse
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was unhappy to be on the end of abuse from a supporter following this afternoon's match that he felt crossed the line. The fan in question accosted the Glovers boss at the end of this afternoon's 1-1 away draw against Exeter City at St James Park, and is claimed to have sworn repeatedly in putting his point across about the team's performance.

Skiverton said that he was aware that some fans would be frustrated at his side not having won the game, but said after the game that what was said went beyond what was acceptable:

"I understand the supporters' frustration, but one thing I won't accept is people swearing at me and giving me verbal abuse when there is a 12-year-old kid next to him with his mum and dad. If he wants to write me a letter then I will read it and take the information on board, but let's not swear. That man should go home and feel ashamed of himself for the words he was using. What sort of role model is he for the future? There was one young boy as well that was doing exactly the same thing. I will take any criticism or stick but not when there are kids around."

Of the game itself, the Yeovil boss was pleased to come away from his side's local rivals with a point, even if the Glovers had to dig deep after Richard Logan's strike 15 minutes from time cancelled out the opener from Andy Williams:

"I am really pleased with the performance. In the second half it was backs to the wall but the most important thing was we weren't defeated. Not many of the teams around us won, we have moved up a place and it is still tight and all to play for."


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2 January 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Exeter vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 away draw against Exeter City at St James 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 Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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2 January 2012 : Loach Red Risks Gilmartin Recall
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin could be recalled by his parent club, after a red card for Watford's Scott Loach threatens the Irishman's stay at Huish Park. Loach, who is the Hornets first choice goalkeeper, was dismissed for deliberate handball outside his box in the 82nd minute of their 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth's Fratton Park ground this afternoon.

That meant that 18 year old Jonathan Bond took over between the sticks for the last eight minutes of their game. He is a Hornets trainee, with his time on the pitch today being his first ever appearance for them, having only managed four loan appearances for Forest Green Rovers prior to the Pompey match - a loan spell that was ended when Gilmartin went on loan to Huish Park. He is a Wales Under-17 and Under-19 international.

Loach will serve his suspension next Saturday, in Watford's FA Cup Third Round home match against Bradford City, and it's unlikely that they would risk Bond for what could be an important game for their club financially. Their fourth choice goalkeeper Jack Bonham is another 18 year old, with no first team experience whatsoever.

Gilmartin therefore seems likely to be recalled, with Watford able to invoke a 24 hour recall clause, and the only thing that might save more disruption for the Glovers is that whilst Reg seems likely to be at Vicarage Road next Saturday, there is no Yeovil Town match scheduled that day. The Glovers' next game is an away fixture against Sheffield United on Tuesday 10th January 2012 at Bramall Lane, at which point Loach's suspension would be served. Whether the loan rules can be bent that far will be one for the two clubs to sort out in the next day or two


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2 January 2012 : Exeter 1 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Pegged Back By Logan Strike
Yeovil Town let a goal lead slip this afternoon, as they picked up a point at St James Park this afternoon. In what was a must-not-lose match for both sides down towards the wrong end of League One, Andy Williams looked to have put the Glovers on their way five minutes before the break through his close range header. But as the second half wore on, the home side took command of the game, and Richard Logan equalised 15 minutes from time to give a 1-1 score, and leave both sides more or less where they were when the day started, with both sides on either side of the dividing relegation line.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, with left-back Nathan Jones getting his first game time since the November 5th trip to Chesterfield. He replaced Conor Clifford, with Max Ehmer being moved from left-back into a defensive midfield role. Up front, Steve MacLean replaced Kieran Agard, with the Scotsman fitting into the hole in a 4-4-1-1 - the formation chosen for the start of 2011, just twelve months ago.

The match opened up with Exeter almost taking the lead within three minutes of the start. Playing with a three-pronged attack, striker Daniel Nardiello's cross into the box was met by midfielder James Dunne, whose shot hit the crossbar, giving the Glovers an early escape. At the other end, a Gavin Williams free kick went over the defensive wall, but also over the bar.

It was a scrappy opening 25 minutes or so, with neither side really getting control of the game, often conceding a number of free kicks around the edge of the box, that ended in defensive headers to keep the scores level. Gradually though, the Glovers were the team who got on top of the game. Luke Ayling's free kick was flicked on by Paul Huntington into the path of Steve MacLean, who lifted the ball over the advancing Artur Krysiak, but also onto the top of the crossbar and for a goal kick.

Next Jonathan Obika had appeals for a penalty when he tumbled under a challenge from Steve Tully, only for referee Steve Tanner to wave play on. A minute later Paul Huntington headed wide as Yeovil finally began to warm things up. They got their reward five minutes before the break, when a Nathan Jones corner was headed towards goal by Huntington, with Andy Williams on hand to nudge home a classic poacher's goal from close range and to put the Glovers a goal up.

That goal seemed to make the home crowd restless, and understandably the Glovers looked more confident, as the finished the half in style, with the Grecians early threat apparently nullified as the teams turned around for the second period. That started in even fashion - rather too even as referee Steve Tanner booked Gavin Williams for a dive, and then played fair by booking Daniel Nardiello for a dive. As usual, the Glovers seemed to be clocking up the cards, picking up another four today, and with Steve MacLean having to do some serious haggling with the match official to avoid himself getting a second yellow for a late tackle.

Those flying feet seemed to get the home crowd going, and turned the second half into a feisty affair, where the Grecians fans had been previously grumbling about their side, even if Daniel Nardiello appeared to have put his boots on the wrong way round at half time, slicing a shot towards the corner flag to the delight of the travelling Glovers army.

Matters began to unravel rapidly though, when Dominic Blizzard pulled up with a hamstring injury with 15 minutes remaining. He had to be replaced by Conor Clifford, and the Glovers seemed to go into their shells. Grecians substitute Guillem Bauza had been highly influential during the second period, and he set up the equalising goal, slipping the ball through to Richard Logan, as a static Yeovil defence failed to pick up both players on a run, and Logan slotted past Rene Gilmartin for what was on the growing balance of play a deserved equaliser.

That provoked a rearguard action from the Glovers, with Conor Clifford looking nervy and lacking confidence, giving the ball away on a number of occasions. There was nearly a bigger howler though, as Rene Gilmartin's sliced clearance came off the back of Nathan Jones, with the ball rebounding over his own crossbar for a corner. Gilmartin flapped somewhat at the resultant corner, whilst Guillem Bauza nearly won it for Exeter as his shot beat Gilmartin comfortably, but also beat the far post, as Yeovil survived four nervous added minutes to at least take a point from the game.

A game in which the Glovers were either equal to or better than Exeter for a good 60 minutes, should have seen them home with all three points. But like so many games this season, the final period of the match was all about a rearguard defensive action, and in the end the soaked Glovers fans on the away terrace were relieved to actually come out with a point, even though it should have been all three. That keeps Yeovil in the relegation zone, and with no game next Saturday, and a difficult visit to Bramall Lane as their next fixture, they will do well to climb out of it in the next couple of weeks. A point isn't a disaster, but given their position 60 minutes into the match, it has to be seen as two dropped.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (0-1, 40 mins), Richard Logan (1-1, 75 mins)

Exeter City: (4-3-3)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Steve Tully 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 6. Richard Duffy 11. Scott Golbourne
4. James Dunne 8. David Noble 7. Liam Sercombe
35. Jake Taylor 20. Richard Logan 10. Daniel Nardiello

Substitutes:
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 19. John O'Flynn 21. Guillem Bauza (49 mins for Jake Taylor) 24. Elliott Frear (82 mins for Daniel Nardiello) 26. Scot Bennett

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Williams 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Max Ehmer 7. Andrew Williams
9. Steven MacLean
29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 17. Alan O'Brien 18. Kieran Agard (85 mins for Steve MacLean) 21. Gavin Massey 37. Conor Clifford (74 mins for Dominic Blizzard)

Exeter Bookings: Daniel Nardiello (diving, 56 mins), Richard Logan (foul, 69 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Steve MacLean (foul, 18 mins), Gavin Williams (diving, 54 mins), Max Ehmer (foul, 62 mins), Andy Williams (foul, 70 mins)

Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 5,912 (including 693 Yeovil fans)


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2 January 2012 : Team News For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One clash against Exeter City. The biggest change is the recall of assistant manager Nathan Jones to the side - the first time he has stepped onto the pitch since the November 5th trip to Chesterfield. He replaces Conor Clifford, with Max Ehmer being moved from left-back into a defensive midfield role.

Up front, Steve MacLean comes into the side, replacing Kieran Agard, meaning that there's a little bit of deliberation needed over the exact formation the Glovers pick out. A 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1, 4-3-3 and 4-5-1 can be conjured up, with any of Gavin Williams, MacLean and Andy Williams able to shuffle around.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Williams 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Max Ehmer 7. Andrew Williams
9. Steven MacLean
29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 17. Alan O'Brien 18. Kieran Agard 21. Gavin Massey 37. Conor Clifford

Exeter City:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Steve Tully 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 6. Richard Duffy 11. Scott Golbourne
4. James Dunne 8. David Noble 7. Liam Sercombe
35. Jake Taylor 20. Richard Logan 10. Daniel Nardiello

Substitutes:
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 19. John O'Flynn 21. Guillem Bauza 24. Elliott Frear 26. Scot Bennett


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2 January 2012 : Skivo Sees Budgets At Heart Of Two-Tier League One
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that League One has split into a two-tier division, with a large gap appearing in the latest League table. The bottom seven clubs now have a six point gap between themselves and Leyton Orient in 17th place, creating a significant risk of those seven facing a battle against the drop in 2012, with only a limited number of clubs being in danger.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he is still confident that his side can rise above the dotted line, but believes that playing budgets are behind that separation of the division into two halves, with seven of the league's smaller clubs currently occupying those positions:

"It seems to have come down to budgets. The league seems to have split into two, but I think we're maybe amongst maybe seven teams down there, with anybody who can get out of it. We're mindful of that, but I've been here before, and I've been here in worse situations. I know what the score is. I know my supporters, I know my board, I know the club, and it's up to us to keep working hard and turn this around, and it's good that this game (at Exeter) can come this quickly."


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1 January 2012 : Grecians Lose Hackett For Tomorrow's Game
Tomorrow's opponents Exeter City have been dealt a blow with the news that winger Chris Hackett has had his loan spell ended. The Millwall player was recalled following five matces with the Grecians; he was already a doubt for tomorrow afternoon's match, having been substituted 19 minutes into their Boxing Day game at Colchester United.

Exeter have managed to extend their loan deal with Reading for striker Jake Taylor today. He will be involved in the local derby which takes place at St James Park tomorrow, kick-off 3.00p.m. The Grecians have stressed that tickets will be available for the match on the day of the game.


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1 January 2012 : Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup Match Postponed
Tomorrow's planned supporters match between Yeovil Town supporters and Exeter City supporters has been postponed. The match was due to be played tomorrow morning at Topsham FC, as part of the ongoing battle for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy, but has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The two sets of supporters will now look to arrange a new date for the fixture later in the season. Needless to say, the main event at St James Park remains on.


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1 January 2012 : Grecians Hit By Defensive Ban
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Exeter City will have to make defensive adjustments for their League One fixture against Yeovil Town. Defender Danny Coles will receive a one match ban for a professional foul incurred for a foul on Colchester United player Karl Duguid, and so will miss the January 2nd local derby at St James Park.

The 30 year old joined Exeter City from Bristol Rovers over the summer, having spent over three years at the Memorial Stadium and has been a regular in their defence. There is speculation that Steve Tully will take over his position at the back - he was brought on as a substitute to realign the Grecians back four after Coles' dismissal.

The Devon side also have a question mark over winger Chris Hackett. The on loan Millwall player lasted just 19 minutes on Saturday before being replaced by striker Daniel Nardiello, and although the reasons for his substitution weren't too clear, he was reported as suffering a knee injury during the week leading up to their match in Essex, and so presumably showed a reaction to that problem.

For the Glovers, they remain without the suspended trio of right-back Kerrea Gilbert, and midfielders Paul Wotton and Ed Upson, all of whom are serving the final matches of their bans. Thankfully, the cut-off point for players reaching five bookings has now past, meaning that Steve MacLean, Kieran Agard and Bondz N'Gala can all heave a sigh of relief, with the trio all one short of that point. N'Gala actually got his fifth yellow card on Saturday, but one of those was cancelled out by his eventual dismissal in the FA Cup game against Fleetwood Town, so he should be eligible to play.

That means the Glovers should be able to select from the exact same squad that faced AFC Bournemouth yesterday, although Conor Clifford's early substitution suggests that he may drop out of the side - his withdrawal was confirmed as a tactical switch after the match, with the Chelsea midfielder having struggled to perform a holding role in front of the back four. There's also a question mark over left-winger Alan O'Brien's future with the club given he was left out of yesterday's squad entirely, and has a contract that runs out after the Exeter match. He was also fit and available on Saturday, meaning that if he is not in the sixteen selected for tomorrow, it's probably safe to read into what that may mean.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day from St James Park. With Exeter just one point ahead of the Glovers in the League One table, and the Grecians winless in their last four matches, this game is a definite six-pointer. If you are going to the game, then the Ciderspace guide can be found below. However, if you can't make it, then tune into 95.5FM for live commentary on BBC Somerset whilst make sure you're following us on Twitter throughout the afternoon.

Finally, if you can get down to Exeter earlier, pop along to the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup match, which takes place at Topsham, kick-off 10.30a.m. and help both teams supporters provide funds towards a great cause. Full details are provided below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup - The Return Leg.

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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1 January 2012 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Home Game
Following yesterday's 1-3 home defeat against AFC Bournemouth, 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, Skivo's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

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


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1 January 2012 : Glovers Agree Gilmartin Loan Extension
Championship side Watford have agreed to extend the loan agreement of goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin. The Irishmman has made five appearances for the Glovers, and has managed three clean sheets during that time. The Hornets haven't been specific about when his latest loan extension ends, but his current deal was due to expire after tomorrow's match at Exeter City.

They indicate the goalkeeper will stay with the club for another month, thus taking him through to around the start of February. Watford would retain a 24 hour recall clause on him now he is into his second month's loan.


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1 January 2012 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place on Monday 2nd January 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at St James Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Steve Tanner (Somerset).

The last time we had Mr Tanner was for another local derby match - the home League One match against AFC Bournemouth. No, not the one on Boxing Day, but the one back in April 2011, that ended up in a 2-2 draw with Shaun MacDonald's last minute equaliser. Mr Tanner had quite an involved game, including the awarding of two penalties, and a red card for Paul Huntington.

The penalty against us was bizarre, but the correct application of the rules - Adam Virgo was probably lucky to be on the pitch after he man-handled a Cherries player in the box, having accused him of diving. Huntington's sharp exit was for two yellow cards, and given we're struggling to recall the severity of them, it probably suggests those weren't too controversial. However, how many key decisions he did make during the match, it's probably safe to say that he isn't afraid to get involved.

Aside from the Bournemouth match, he has only dealt with two other matches involving us since we moved up to League One, with both coming during the 2009-10 season. The last meeting was the final match of that campaign, which was an away trip to the Withdean Stadium, where we lost 1-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion. In what was a fairly sleepy end of season game, there was nothing to raise the hackles, or disturb the slumbers of the supporters in the ground who were probably already planning their summer holidays. Or at least the players seemed to be at times, in a fairly meaningless encounter. One yellow card to Luke Ayling, and that was it.

Earlier that season, we met up with Mr Tanner in January 2010 for the home match against Exeter City. In what was a fairly competitive West Country derby, he gave us no grief to speak from and came out of the match having raised his yellow card just the one - to an Exeter player. Prior to that, he took charge of an England Under 18s match against Holland back in March 2007.

Going backwards in time, there's only a couple more meetings to speak of in the Football League. Home wins over Cambridge United and Boston United in 2003 and 2005 prompted nothing too vicious to say about him, and certainly nothing that warrants a mention given how much time has passed since then.

Mr Tanner will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).


Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 2.

Link: May 2010 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 1.

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

Link: July 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Portsmouth 4.

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

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


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