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31 January 2013 : Gary Happy With A Quiet Deadline Day
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is surprised that his club had a stress-free time in the lead-up to tonight's closing of the Transfer Window. The deadline was reached tonight at 11.00p.m. with no players leaving the club on the day, and only one bit of minor business done with respect to the current playing squad.

With the Glovers in excellent form at present, having climbed up to 7th in the League One Table, on the back of four straight wins in the division, Gary was not in a hurry to bring in new blood today, preferring to stick with his current squad to move into the final three months of the 2012-13 season. However, he told BBC Somerset earlier today that he was a little surprised not to have had his phone ringing too much in the lead-up to the window closing:

"I'm sort of surprised, in a way, because I think that we have got some players who are worthy of the next level. Maybe it's a bit of consistency that people want to see. I think that the more we go through this season, and the greater the win ratio to losses gets, people are going to start wondering what it is down at Yeovil that we've got."

That now leaves Johnson with a clearly defined squad to work with over the remaining 18 matches of the season. He added that the club were pleased to not have to lose any of his key players during the month of January:

"I'm delighted - of course I am - and funnily enough as the Board of Directors are. They don't want to be losing their best players at this point. If you do then obviously it's got to be a very big figure that allows you to lose them."

The one relevant bit of Yeovil Town news today was the club's agreement to extend the current loan deal of Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan for a further month, keeping him at the club until the beginning of March.


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31 January 2013 : Dolan Deal Done
Yeovil Town have said this afternoon that they have an agreement in place to extend the stay of Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan. The 20 year old joined the club on loan at the start of the month, with his initial deal due to run out after Saturday's game against Brentford.

Thankfully that will now be extended beyond the weekend, with his Youth Loan arrangement now continuing for a further month. At present we don't know the exact date for the extension, but should take us through to the first week in March.


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31 January 2013 : Paddy Talks About Dons Double Delight
After Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paddy's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against MK Dons.


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31 January 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Brentford have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd February 2013 at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of eight Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. We last had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about the red card rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

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

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

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

Mr Linington will be assisted by Tony Peart (North Yorkshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

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

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

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

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

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

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

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.


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31 January 2013 : Johnson Not Expecting Deadline Day Arrivals
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is unlikely to bring in new faces on Transfer Deadline Day today. The window for permanent transfers closes at 11.00p.m. tonight, meaning the usual frantic scramble for players begins around the leagues, as the like of Sky Sports News over-hype merely the sight of a manager sat in his car driving out of the club gates.

Down at Huish Park, the lights are not expected to stay on too late tonight, with Johnson having already indicated earlier this month that Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah would be his last transfer of the month. Speaking to BBC Somerset after Tuesday night's match, Johnson explained that the team's current form made such things less of an urgency:

"I'm pleased with the ones we've got. If you bring too many new ones in now then you've got to go through the tactics and the philosophy and everything that we've put into them. You have me screaming and shouting at them and running them hard, sending them home and bringing them back later in the afternoon and all of that would be wasted on some new ones. This group have got to where they've got to, through all the things that we've done previously, and they're producing it at the moment."

The Glovers do have one decision to make, with Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan's deal about to run out. That agreement can be extended after the transfer window shuts, with the player having agreed a one month youth loan at the start of the month. However, Dolan believes that deal runs out on February 2nd, meaning that Saturday's home game against Brentford will be the final game of his initial month. Dolan did come out of Tuesday night's match against Milton Keynes Dons with a slight groin problem, and so that might need a quick assessment before any further extensions are done.


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30 January 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs MK Dons Match Highlights
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30 January 2013 : Pompey Delays Continue
League One side Portsmouth have been given yet another adjournment in their High Court case that is meant to resolve the future of their Fratton Park ground. The latest plan was for the case to be heard on January 31st (which was in itself an adjournment on planned hearings that were scheduled for January 15th and December 13th last year). Now the case rolls over a further two weeks with February 14th the new date upon which Pompey fans will in theory know their club's fate.

When this issue was
first covered, the plan was for the Pompey Supporters Trust to gain control of Fratton Park from former club owners Portpin, with the potential of using a third party property development company Robinson Estates Limited as a means of purchase power, with them leasing the ground back to the PST. The sticking point is the price, with both parties reported as being several million apart in how much they believe the stadium is worth, and the court case is intended to resolve this dispute.

In addition to the adjournment, Portsmouth have also obtained clearance from the Courts to extend their stay in administration beyond the one year anniversary. Having gone into administration on February 17th 2012, they needed under Company Law to apply to the Court for dispensation to continue beyond the usual 12 month boundary. This has been granted by a further six months, giving them a bit more leg room. However, in reality, the June 2013 Football League AGM is their actual deadline, with the Football League making it clear that they would not allow them to start a second season in administration. The PST have issued a statement today claiming that despite a further delay "we remain confident we will take control of the club by early March."

Meanwhile, trying to get a clear picture of what is happening at Swindon Town is becoming harder by the day. At 11.09p.m. last night, the Daily Mail ran a website article claiming "EXCLUSIVE: Di Canio facing uncertain future as Swindon enter administration" adding that "a desperate search for new investment to help offset debts of around £13m appears to have failed and left club bosses fearing they may have little alternative but to call in the administrators."

As mentioned earlier this month, this isn't the first time that Swindon have been connected with a move into administration, although the Robins loudly denied it when news first broke, even taking legal action against The League Paper after they felt the tone of one article had overstepped the mark. It appears that the latest claim in the Mail has come from a report that all of Swindon's first team squad had been made available for transfer.

That's again since been denied, but not without one of their key players, Matt Ritchie, signing for Bournemouth tonight on a 3.5 year deal and a reported £600,000 transfer fee. In addition, the Wiltshire club are believed to be on the edge of a takeover, with a consortium headed by Banbury United owner Jed McCrory claimed to be at the helm. As yet though it's not gone through, and the sale of Ritchie to one of their main promotion rivals would bring into question how much spending power they will have from now on.


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30 January 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The MK Dons Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The MK Dons Home Game.


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30 January 2013 : Johnson's Victory Puts The Cat Amongst The Pigeons
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes his side has put the 'cat amongst the pigeons' by leapfrogging one of League One's more fancied promotion challengers. Their 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons moved them up to 7th place in the League One table, whilst their opponents slid down to 10th place.

On a night when even getting the game on hung in the balance until referee Mick Russell's 7.00p.m. pitch inspection, Gary said after the game that he had been hoping that the end result would be a new look to the League table as his side try to close the gap on the top six:

"We knew that if we could get the game on then we would be up for it. It was a big game and we knew that whichever side lost would be very disappointed. We knew that if it could go ahead and we got a positive result, we would find ourselves like a cat amongst the pigeons in the top seven or eight. We're getting closer to where we want to be."

After the game, Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson criticised the Huish Park pitch describing it as a 'shambles'. But Johnson insisted that when referee Russell made his pitch inspection that both managers wanted the game to go ahead:

"Of course I wanted the game on as we're the home team, but to be fair, Karl Robinson also wanted it on. The referee quite rightly waited a little while to check it was safe, but we all decided to start it and credit to both sets of players. If you walk out there now the pitch looks unbelievable."

The match was settled thanks to a brace from Paddy Madden, whose sixth goal in the month of January put him on a tally of 13 Yeovil Town goals, and 14 in total for the 2012-13 season. Johnson had praise for his main marksman:

"It's absolutely great to have Paddy Madden around - he is an infectious runner, he has a bit of Irish blood in him, and is a great finisher. He shows that week in, week out for us."


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30 January 2013 : Yeovil 2 MK Dons 1 : Dubliner's Double Downs Dons
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden grabbed his fifth brace of the 2012-13 season tonight at a rain-sodden Huish Park, as his side leap-frogged Milton Keynes Dons to push them up to seventh in the League One table. Since sealing his permanent transfer from Carlisle United, the Irishman has hit six goals in three games, to push his seasonal total up to 14 goals, as one in each half downed the Dons. In between Antony Kay equalised, but he didn't last the distance, as he was red carded for putting his hand in Madden's face during the second period, giving the Glovers a man advantage that they secured all three points from.

The game itself very nearly didn't go ahead. Referee Mick Russell seemed unhappy with large parts of the Huish Park pitch, following heavy rain during the preceding 24 hours, and told the ground staff to get the forks and sand out, whilst keeping those who wanted to get through the turnstiles locked outside until a 7.00p.m. pitch inspection finally gave the game the go-ahead. Out of that came an unchanged starting eleven, with the Glovers putting new signings Joe Edwards and Kwesi Appiah on the bench, along with Lewis Young who was making his return from a four month lay-off.

The Glovers got off to the sharper start - perhaps surprising given they were the team that had suffered a 17 day lay-off thanks to a mix of snow and blank weekends caused by FA Cup fixtures. Matt Dolan forced David Martin into an early save, whilst Shaun Williams made a hash of a Sam Foley ball into the box that swirled beyond Martin, with the Dons defender slicing the ball high up into the air inside his own box. Then Paddy Madden was put through only to fire wide of the target, in a strong opening spell.

Midway through the first half, the Glovers took a deserved lead, as their 'Jedward' Irish pairing gave them their goal. Kevin Dawson's move down the right flank saw him produce a low drag back, with Paddy Madden anticipating it perfectly, running onto the pass and firing the ball home for his 12 goal since moving to Huish Park and to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

Ultimately though the game was to swing towards the visitors thanks in part to a substitution. Not any form of tactical acumen by Dons manager Karl Robinson, but more his hand being forced, as Ryan Lowe suffered a head injury, and was replaced by former Bristol Rovers midfielder Chris Lines. That saw the Dons reshuffle slightly, switching to a 4-5-1 for the remainder of the half, seeing them flood the midfield and put pressure on Yeovil Town's back line.

Nine minutes after Madden's opener they were level - a corner forced immediately after a free kick was deflected and when Ryan Harley put the ball into the box, Yeovil's marking went missing, and Antony Kay was able to plant a free header home for what was on the balance of play a fairly soft and undeserved equaliser. 1-1 with 10 minutes to go before the break.

That said, if MK Dons were the lesser side before their equaliser, they were certainly the better team following that. Izale McLeod and Byron Webster got involved in an off the ball incident after Webster had gone into a strong tackle on the striker. Referee Mick Russell decided after a lengthy delay to only book both, when he could have produced a different colour, certainly for Webster's retaliation. That made Webster's block to stop Ryan Harley's attempt to shoot on goal a minute later particularly superb as he stretched to stop the shot - any mis-timing of it would have seen him off the field.

Marek Stech was forced into a save from Adam Chicksen during the closing stages, but could only parry out into the danger zone. Thankfully Izale McLeod continued the poor form that he'd managed during our December meeting with Portsmouth at Fratton Park, and fluffed his lines, failing to convert the rebound. With the balance of the game now having firmly swung to the visitors, the half time whistle was a welcome one to sort out a few things.

The second period saw Yeovil play with the wind behind them, with the conditions playing a big part, and the pitch cutting up badly - half time had seen not just the groundstaff out on the pitch, but most of the youth team squad - all trying to fill in divots and sprinkle sand into the more problematic areas.

What had been a fairly even start to that second period was turned through an incident just beyond the hour mark. Dons defender Antony Kay got involved in an off the ball incident involving Paddy Madden. As he appeared to put a hand in Madden's face, the Irishman landed on the deck. The main problem appeared to be that referee Mick Russell hadn't seen the incident himself, but after a long delay and a consultation with the fourth official, the referee produced a straight red, leaving the Dons down to ten men, and opposition manager Karl Robinson throwing a tantrum in the dugouts, with the fourth official again having to intervene. The Dons players also tried to provoke their own situation, heading for Madden - he received a yellow card for some kind of a role in the incident.

At that point, the game swung back Yeovil's way, and it was largely about whether they could carve out a suitable opening. With 12 minutes to go, they got that as a Ed Upson cross into the box was met by the head of Paddy Madden - his second goal of the match, and his sixth in the three games he has played during the month of January, to cap an extraordinary month since he became a permanent Yeovil Town signing.

In the closing stages, the visitors tried one more formation change as they brought on former Leeds United veteran Alan Smith, moving to three at the back, but were unable to do so, even if substitute Mathias Kouo-Doumbe's cross in the final minute of the match caused hearts in mouths as it whistled across the box with Izale McLeod once again unable to get any proper contact on the ball. On the balance of the match a late equaliser would have been undeserved, no matter what Dons manager Karl Robinson might have had to say on the game's talking points after the game. Up to 7th, and with the gap closed down to a manageable three points from the play-off slots, the Glovers are back within touching distance again.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (26 mins, 1-0), Antony Kay (35 mins, 1-1), Paddy Madden (78 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah (60 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 20. Joe Edwards (60 mins for Matt Dolan)

Milton Keynes Dons: (4-2-3-1)
1. David Martin
2. Jon Otsemobor 6. Shaun Williams 24. Antony Kay 3. Dean Lewington
20. Ryan Harley 8. Darren Potter
12. Adam Chicksen 14. Ryan Lowe 9. Dean Bowditch
13. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
4. Mathias Kouo-Doumbe (65 mins for Ryan Harley) 11. Alan Smith (80 mins for Jon Otsemobor) 16. Tom Flanagan 18. George Baldock 21. Dele Alli 23. Chris Lines (31 mins for Ryan Lowe) 32. Zeli Ismail

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (off the ball incident, 40 mins), Paddy Madden (off the ball incident, 63 mins), Kwesi Appiah (kicking ball away, 83 mins), Kevin Dawson (kicking ball away, 90 mins).

MK Dons Bookings: Izale McLeod (off the ball incident, 40 mins). Red Card: Antony Kay (violent conduct, 63 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

MK Dons Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,152 (with 99 Milton Keynes Dons fans).


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29 January 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs MK Dons
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29 January 2013 : MK Dons Boss Brands Paddy Madden A 'Cheat'
Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson has directly accused Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden of having 'cheated' to get his player sent off tonight. Defender Antony Kay was given his marching orders by referee Mick Russell after he appeared to raise his hands into Madden's face in the 63rd minute of the match, resulting in the visitors having to play 27 minutes of the match with 10 men. Madden went on to punish the opposition, scoring his second goal of the night 12 minutes from time to help secure a 2-1 win.

Speaking after the game, Robinson has accused Madden himself of being the aggressor, suggesting that Kay was merely putting his hands up to protect himself, and that his arms only reached his own chest. The Dons boss accused Madden of entirely feigning injury and described the Irishman as a 'cheat':

"The guy (Paddy Madden) has run at Antony Kay. He stopped a millimetre from his nose. Antony has put his hands up to protect his chest, and the guy has gone down holding his face. He cheated. It’s not nice to say."

Robinson hasn't stopped there, claiming that his other centre-back nearly had his leg broken whilst suggesting that striker Izale McLeod was punched twice during the match, also inferring that Jamie McAllister's collision with Ryan Lowe that saw him leave the field had some kind of intention behind it:

"We got told by officials today that we’re too honest. Shaun Williams nearly got his leg broken and jumped back up, hobbled around. But there wasn’t a booking for it. Izale McLeod got punched twice and luckily for us, we have fantastic video footage of all the incidents. Ryan Lowe has got a finger in the eye, and he can’t see out of it. But it was a trailing arm."

Robinson also had time to criticise the condition of the Huish Park pitch, describing it as a 'shambles' despite Glovers fans within view of the 7.00p.m. pitch inspection reporting that both Robinson and Glovers boss Gary Johnson were keen for referee Russell to play the fixture, despite the match official's reservations. The Dons boss wasn't happy with the pitch after the game:

"The pitch is a shambles. They say both teams have to play on it, but after Saturday which it was very physical, it took a lot out of us."

Thankfully, Robinson does have some positive words for the Glovers victory within the Milton Keynes Citizen report. He says of Yeovil Town's performance:

"But credit to Yeovil."

And, errr ... that's it.

The Dons received eight red cards during the 2011-12 season, and have followed that up with dismissals for Stephen Gleeson, Antony Kay and Alan Smith this season. Tonight was therefore Kay's second red of the season, which will incur a four match ban. Doubtless if Robinson does have the "fantastic video footage of all the incidents" that he suggests, we'll be seeing an appeal going in against referee Russell's decision.

Link: 28/02/2010 : Meanwhile On Planet Robinson ....


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29 January 2013 : Yeovil 2 MK Dons 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden grabbed his fifth brace of the 2012-13 season tonight at a rain-sodden Huish Park, as his side leap-frogged Milton Keynes Dons to push them up to seventh in the League One table. Since sealing his permanent transfer from Carlisle United, the Irishman has hit six goals in three games, to push his seasonal total up to 14 goals, as one in each half downed the Dons. In between Antony Kay equalised, but he didn't last the distance, as he was red carded for putting his hand in Madden's face during the second period, giving the Glovers a man advantage that they secured all three points from.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (26 mins, 1-0), Antony Kay (35 mins, 1-1), Paddy Madden (78 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwasi Appiah (60 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 20. Joe Edwards (60 mins for Matt Dolan)

Milton Keynes Dons: (4-2-3-1)
1. David Martin
2. Jon Otsemobor 6. Shaun Williams 24. Antony Kay 3. Dean Lewington
20. Ryan Harley 8. Darren Potter
12. Adam Chicksen 14. Ryan Lowe 9. Dean Bowditch
13. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
4. Mathias Kouo-Doumbe (65 mins for Ryan Harley) 11. Alan Smith (80 mins for Jon Otsemobor) 16. Tom Flanagan 18. George Baldock 21. Dele Alli 23. Chris Lines (31 mins for Ryan Lowe) 32. Zeli Ismail

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (off the ball incident, 40 mins), Paddy Madden (off the ball incident, 63 mins), Kwesi Appiah (kicking ball away, 83 mins), Kevin Dawson (kicking ball away, 90 mins).

MK Dons Bookings: Izale McLeod (off the ball incident, 40 mins). Red Card: Antony Kay (violent conduct, 63 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

MK Dons Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,152 (with 99 Milton Keynes Dons fans).


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29 January 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs MK Dons
And finally, football is back. A gap of seventeen days has meant that Yeovil Town has been football-free for most of January, but tonight they finally play League One football against Milton Keynes Dons. Tonight's game is the first since the January 12th trip to Bramall Lane and the victory over Sheffield United and despite the time that has gone past, and the addition of two new players to their squad, the Glovers have named an unchanged side for tonight's game.

The two new arrivals are Joe Edwards, who has signed on a permanent transfer from Bristol City, whilst Kwasi Appiah has arrived on loan from Crystal Palace. They both sit on the bench. Reuben Reid has started his loan spell at Plymouth Argyle and so disappears off the bench, as does Nathan Ralph, who has missed training recently with an ankle problem.

The game survived a 7.00p.m. pitch inspection with match referee Mick Russell keeping everyone waiting whilst he asked the ground staff to sort out a number of areas of concern. Fortunately he's passed the pitch as fit to play and the game will start, although there's expected to be further rain tonight.

The line-up for tonight's match is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwasi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 20. Joe Edwards

Milton Keynes Dons: (4-2-3-1)
1. David Martin
2. Jon Otsemobor 6. Shaun Williams 24. Antony Kay 3. Dean Lewington
20. Ryan Harley 8. Darren Potter
12. Adam Chicksen 14. Ryan Lowe 9. Dean Bowditch
13. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
4. Mathias Kouo-Doumbe 11. Alan Smith 16. Tom Flanagan 18. George Baldock 21. Dele Alli 23. Chris Lines 32. Zeli Ismail


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29 January 2013 : Johnson: Glovers Must Be Competitive Against Play-Off Rivals
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that tonight's match against Milton Keynes Dons pitches them up against one of their potential rivals for promotion. The two sides meet at Huish Park in a League One fixture, with both having lost ground on the battle for League One play-off places through no fault of their own.

Whilst the Glovers have not seen competitive action for 17 days due to a mixture of snow and blank weekends, their opponents have had a very different distraction, with an FA Cup run putting them in the national press for a Fourth Round win over Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.

Tonight though, it's the return to Football League action for both sides - when they last played a League One match, Yeovil were just one point outside the play-off zone, whilst Milton Keynes were occupying one of those slots. Now with a six point gap between the Glovers and the play-off places, and their opponents looking at a five point gap, tonight's game becomes important if either side is to maintain those aspirations. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that makes MK Dons a team they must take advantage of:

"They're one of our main rivals now. If we can get the three points, we'll go above them. We don't want them getting the three points and going a little bit away from us. So it's nice to be in the vicinity of Milton Keynes, Brentford, Swindon, Bournemouth and competing for a play-off place. That's where we want to be, and I think the lads have started believing that we can do it."

Johnson's main challenge will be to ensure that his players come out of the traps quickly tonight, with the risk that they might be rusty, having last played on January 12th, when they won 2-0 at Sheffield United. Having not planned part of the break that has materialised, the Glovers boss admitted that he had a tough job in trying to keep training at a consistently high level:

"It's been really frustrating. There's been ten days (since the Preston North End match was postponed) in which I've been trying to keep training competitive. We had a very very competitive eleven-a-side game on Friday, and that helped. But there's nothing like the real thing, and hopefully we've kept them competitive enough to play against the Milton Keynes of this world, who are obviously doing very well."

Yeovil Town should give a debut to Crystal Palace striker Kwasi Appiah at some time this evening, with the 22 year old having joined them on loan until March 2nd. Johnson said that the player should be ready to take some part in the game, given that he's been doing plenty of homework away from the training ground:

"He's got to know very quickly how we play. We sent him away on his first couple of days with some of our match videos, so that he could have a look and see how we play. He's now trained for six or seven days, and he's obviously picked it up very quickly, because he's looked the part in our system. He can be a round peg in a round hole."


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29 January 2013 : No Pitch Issues For Tonight's Game
Yeovil Town are reporting that there are no pitch issues regarding the staging of tonight's League One game against Milton Keynes Dons. The Glovers are due to stage their first match for 17 days, and their first game on home soil for four weeks at Huish Park tonight, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

With recent snow having been added to by rain, a number of non-league fixtures have already been called off tonight. However, the club state that tonight's match is "most definitely on" adding that "the pitch is wet but the groundsman has told us the pitch is playable and he does not expect any problems". There are no pitch inspections planned for tonight's match.


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28 January 2013 : Gary Talks About Appiah Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that new loan signing Kwesi Appiah can provide some flexible options to his front line over the coming month. The 22 year old was brought in today from Championship side Crystal Palace on a month's loan as what Johnson has suggested will be his final incoming player of the January transfer window.

Signed until Saturday 2nd March, the Thamesmead born player has been given the No.7 shirt for the time of his stay at Huish Park, more fitting of a winger. However, speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson says that he sees the 5'11" striker as playing one of the two forward roles:

"He's quick. He's got a good first touch, and he's one that can play as your Number 9 (target man) or your Number 10 (goal poacher) actually, because he's one of those that sets it up and runs. He's a willing runner, and he's exactly what we needed in our squad. So we thought that by bringing him in, we can improve."

Numerically, Appiah replaces Reuben Reid in the squad, with the the 24 year old having got his own loan deal, signing for League Two side Plymouth Argyle. Johnson admitted he wasn't giving Reid a lot of time on the pitch, and so when the Pilgrims came calling, he was willing to let his player go in order to get more games:

"Reuben wasn't getting too much game time. Plymouth asked about him, and I asked Reuben and he said that would be nice if he could get some 90 minute games under his belt. Obviously Kwasi will be coming in and he'll be joining the squad first of all, and it will be up to him to win his place in the team."


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28 January 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons : Form Guide
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town take on Milton Keynes Dons in a League One fixture at Huish Park. Kick-off is at 7.45p.m. as the Glovers hopefully resume footballing action having had an unexpected 17 day break from competitive football. Usually, we provide statistical analysis of our opponents on this site via our Opposition Guides - included below is the same information for tomorrow night's fixture, giving an idea of their current form as well as who has been finding the back of the net this season.

RECENT RESULTS

29/12/2012Coventry CityHomeNPL1L2-313620Powell 15, Lowe 38
01/01/2013Notts CountyAwayNPL1W2-15325Potter 6, Powell 13
05/01/2013Sheffield WednesdayAwayFAC3D0-011462
12/01/2013BuryHomeNPL1D1-17384Bowditch 15
15/01/2013Sheffield WednesdayHomeFAC3RW2-06782Williams 28, Bowditch 75
26/01/2013Queens Park RangersAwayFAC4W4-217081Traore 4, Lowe 40, Harley 50, Potter 56

CLUB GOALSCORERS

Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Dean Bowditch620109
Ryan Lowe710008
Luke Chadwick600208
Shaun Williams230005
Daniel Powell400004
Darren Potter310004
Stephen Gleeson310004
Jon Otsemobor110002
Jay O'Shea110002
Charlie MacDonald200002
Ryan Harley010001
Dele Alli010001
Adam Chicksen010001
Angelo Balanta100001
Alan Smith100001
Own Goals110002

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 13620, vs Coventry City, 29/12/2012
Lowest League Attendance: 6985, vs Leyton Orient, 07/11/2012
Average League Attendance: 8626

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 1Games Without A Home Win: 3
Games Without An Away Win: 0Games Without Defeat: 2
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 0Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 14Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0Home Results Sequence: WWWLLD
Away Results Sequence: LWWDLWOverall Results Sequence: LWLLWD

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Milton Keynes Dons

14/01/2006AwayCCL1D1-15548Skiverton 13
14/02/2006HomeCCL1D1-15048Gall 71
06/09/2008AwayCCL1L0-37959
21/03/2009HomeCCL1D0-04028
05/12/2009AwayCCL1D2-28965Bowditch 1, MacDonald 17
27/02/2010HomeCCL1W1-03844MacDonald 23
02/11/2010AwayNPL1L2-37281Bowditch 19, Virgo 75
03/01/2011HomeNPL1W1-03508Huntington 11
16/08/2011HomeNPL1L0-13274
06/03/2012AwayNPL1W1-06624G Williams 40
15/09/2012AwayNPL1L0-17235


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Milton Keynes Dons

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
22132123610344912


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28 January 2013 : Appiah Completes Glovers Loan Move
Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah has confirmed he has now signed for Yeovil Town on loan, making him available for selection for tomorrow night's home match against Milton Keynes Dons. The twenty-two year old is a former Ebbsfleet United youth-team player, who manager Gary Johnson has had previous sight of, whilst he was on the books of Peterborough United between 2008 and 2010. He has stated via his own Twitter account that the deal has now been completed, having trained at Huish Park last week:

"I can confirm I have joined Yeovil Town on loan. Buzzing for the game tomorrow."

He indicates he will wear the No.7 shirt recently vacated by the outgoing Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Kwesi was born in Thamesmead on August 12th 1990 and joined Peterborough in 2008 on a three and a half year deal after leaving Ebbsfleet. During his time with Posh he had loan spells with Weymouth, King's Lynn, Kettering Town as well as contracts with Brackley Town, Thurrock and Margate before a goalscoring run with the latter saw him draw the attention of league scouts having netted 35 times in 33 appearances for the Kent side.

Crystal Palace signed him up on January 31st 2012, seeing off significant interest from Blackpool at the time, and have since considered him good enough to make eight appearances, with seven from the bench. His transfer from Margate saw him get a two and a half year contract at Selhurst Park, with the deal being concluded for an undisclosed fee. This season, Aldershot Town have also given him loan experience. After returning from his loan spell with the Shots, he sat on the bench for Palace's FA Cup Third Round match against Stoke City earlier this month, giving an indication of how close he is to their first team plans at present.

Kwesi is a pacey striker who is used to coming off the bench for Palace's first team, and so would provide the Glovers with a useful impact player, as well as giving main strike pair Paddy Madden and James Hayter plenty of competition.

He has initially signed a one month loan at Huish Park with the Surrey Advertiser indicating that it runs until Saturday 2nd March, thus covering the home match against Tranmere Rovers. However, the timing of the deal means that the club can theoretically extend it until the end of the 2012-13 season and still remain within the 93 day rule for Emergency Loans.


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27 January 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Officials for Tuesday night's League One home game between Yeovil Town and Milton Keynes Dons have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 29th January 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

Mr Russell started refereeing in the early 1990’s, progressing through the South Midlands League to reach the National List of Assistant Referees in 2000. He was promoted to the referees’ list in 2004. Russell (who in his earlier days was generally announced as Mike rather than Mick) was a regular face at Yeovil matches in our early League One years, but that has thinned out in recent seasons, with just one meeting to talk about since 2008.

More recent meetings include the January 2008 midweeker when we lost 0-2 to Walsall in appalling weather conditions - a game infamous for a Clayton Ince goal kick that was taken by the wind, looping straight past him and out for a corner. Not too much to say about the referee, except that he probably would have been within his rights to deem the game unplayable at that stage.

After that, he was present for the April 2010 match against Millwall, where he was in a fairly lenient mood. Just the one booking on the night in a game where he preferred to take a back-seat, surprisingly so when he clearly saw Lions player Jack Smith kick out at a Glovers player off the ball, yet chose to take no action.

The first time we met him was against tonight's opponents, Millwall, in the Football League Cup, when he sent off Liam Fontaine in what subsequently turned out to be the last ever game in Gary Johnson's first spell as Yeovil Town's manager. Television replays showed that Fontaine had actually been the victim of a shirt pull first, and that the free kick should have gone the other way - this turned out to be a key decision on the night as the Championship side made good use of the man advantage.

Mr Russell will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: September 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 2

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnsley 1

Link: March 2006 : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 3

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1

Link: January 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1

Link: January 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 2

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.


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26 January 2013 : Mind The Gap
Yeovil Town's unplanned 'winter break' has surprisingly seen them drop just one place in the League One table during the two weeks they've not played a game. Despite there being seven fixtures this afternoon, they remain in ninth place, with their one place drop having come last weekend when Coventry City picked up two wins in a week to put their ambitions of a quick return to the Championship firmly onto the agenda.

Coventry's 2-2 draw with Preston North End this afternoon allowed them to climb another place in the table, although the Sky Blues have now, along with Walsall and Shrewsbury Town, played the most matches in the division meaning that Yeovil Town are two points behind them but with three games in hand. Coventry hold the seventh placed spot, whilst Tuesday night's opponents Milton Keynes Dons lie in 8th, having dropped a place whilst they were busy taking apart Premier League side Queen's Park Rangers by a 4-2 scoreline at Loftus Road.

The main issue for the Glovers is that during their time away from the pitch, the ever-improving AFC Bournemouth have picked up back-to-back wins. A Brett Pitman hat-trick today allowed them to gain a 3-1 win over Crewe Alexandra to add to their midweek 2-1 win against basement side Hartlepool United. That was enough to open up a four point gap between Sheffield United (6th) and Coventry City (7th), with the Cherries lifting themselves up into 5th place. For what was a one point disadvantage when the Glovers headed home from their victory against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, there is now a six point gap between themselves and the final play-off place, which is occupied by the Blades.

What this means is that three of Yeovil's next four fixtures become clear six-pointers as they face Milton Keynes Dons (8th), Brentford (3rd) and Coventry City (7th). Win the majority, and they will close that gap and be back in the hunt, but draw or lose too many and mid-table obscurity will probably beckon.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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26 January 2013 : Luton Town Join The FA Cup Elite
Conference National side Luton Town today joined the FA Cup elite, as they recorded one of the greatest upsets of all time. Their Fourth Round victory this afternoon was secured thanks to an 80th minute goal from former Glovers loan striker Scott Rendell, to make them the first non-league side to knock out a side from the top flight since it became the Premier League.

Luton's history may not make them the most traditional of non-league sides, given their 89 year Football League tenure, but since 2009 they have been in the Conference, and are currently managed by former Torquay United and Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle.

Rendell's winner makes the Hatters the first non-league side to beat top flight opposition in the FA Cup for 24 years, and the first to manage it away from home for 27 years. Luton are also only the second club to achieve this feat at the Fourth Round stage since the Second World War ended - Yeovil Town had until today held a unique position in that respect with all other such shocks having happened at the Third Round stage.

Luton become the seventh non-league side to knock out top flight opposition since the war ended. The roll of honour now stands as follows:

Norwich City 0-1 Luton Town (Fourth Round, January 26th 2013)
Sutton United 2-1 Coventry City (Third Round, January 7th 1989)
Birmingham City 1–2 Altrincham (Third Round Replay, January 14th 1986)
Burnley 0–1 Wimbledon (Third Round, January 4th 1975)
Hereford United 2-1 Newcastle United (Third Round Replay, February 5th 1972)
Yeovil Town 2-1 Sunderland (Fourth Round January 29th 1949)
Colchester United 1-0 Huddersfield Town (Third Round, January 10th 1948)

By virtue of the win having occurred at the Fourth Round stage, Luton Town also join another historic list, as one of seven non-league sides to have reached the Fifth Round stage of the competition since the end of the Second World War. The list of clubs to achieve this again includes Yeovil Town and is as follows:

1947-48 : Colchester United
1948-49 : Yeovil Town
1977-78 : Blyth Spartans
1985-85 : Telford United
1993-94 : Kidderminster Harriers
2010-11 : Crawley Town
2012-13 : Luton Town


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26 January 2013 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town's current management team of Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton went through their one year anniversary at the club. To recognise that event, the BBC interviewed Skivo, talking about his transition from first team manager to assistant, and how he feels the set-up has changed over the year. With questions from BBC Sport journalist Caroline Chapman, you can read the interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC One Year After Becoming Assistant Manager.


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26 January 2013 : Football League Blog : The League One Promotion Race
The only good thing about unintended 'mid-season breaks' is that it gives you time to assess the situation. With League One clubs having between 17 and 20 matches left to play, and many clubs having crowded February schedules lined up, this is where points start to count more significantly. Guest blogger Henry Hudson takes a neutral fan's view of the key teams in the League One Promotion Race in the article that can be read below. Your own general views or Yeovil-specific views can be added to the foot of the article as usual.

Link: Football League Blog : The League One Promotion Race.


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25 January 2013 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Reminder
Whilst there's no first team match, and Yeovil Town Ladies have had their weekend fixture called off, there is still one Glovers-related fixture still on tomorrow. Yeovil Town U18s are hosting Cheltenham Town U18s in a Football League Youth Alliance match tomorrow at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub off Bunford Lane.

The match kicks off at 11.00a.m. and admission is free of charge. Obviously keep an eye out for any weather related issues regarding this match, but as of this evening it is still planned to take place.

South West Division Fixtures:
Exeter City v Swindon Town
Plymouth Argyle v Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town

Update: For the avoidance of doubt, as of 9.00a.m. Saturday, this game is still on.


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25 January 2013 : Oh What Larks! Ladies Game Hit By Weather Again
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup tie postponed for a second weekend running. The game against Larkhall Athletic Ladies was due to have been played at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove Ground on Sunday. However it has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

With FA County Cup matches taking precedence over League fixtures, expect an early rearrangement of this tie to be communicated soon.


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25 January 2013 : Marsh-Brown Has Left The Building
Yeovil Town right winger Keanu Marsh-Brown has left the building. The 20 year old leaves the club after just over half a season at Huish Park, having arrived on a free transfer over the summer, having previously been on the books of Oldham Athletic, Dundee United, Milton Keynes Dons and Fulham.

Initially his time at the club was a relative success, scoring twice in his first four appearances. However, his time on the pitch began to tail off over the 27 appearances that he eventually made for the Glovers. His last appearance came on Boxing Day, at which point manager Gary Johnson took him entirely out of his first team plans, even to the point of fielding a substitutes bench that was a man or two short. Keanu finished his time at the club training with the Youth Team, and thus his departure comes as no surprise.

At present, there's no new club mentioned as his destination. He has today left by mutual consent, with his contract being torn up. He is therefore able to sign for another club as a free agent.


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25 January 2013 : Football League Chairman Gives Pompey Expulsion Threat
Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has strongly suggested that League One side Portsmouth will not be allowed to start a second season in administration. The Hampshire side have been in administration since February 17th 2012, and so are approaching a full year without any clear commitment for their club to resume normal operations.

The plan is for the Portsmouth Supporters Trust to take over ownership of the club, but even that has been delayed by the need for the Trust to raise sufficient funds. In addition, the Trust need to gain either direct ownership or committed lease to their Fratton Park ground, with a High Court case having been deferred until January 31st 2013.

The Portsmouth News covers an interview Clarke has given to Sky Sports News where he highlights a rule that has yet to be invoked against any club, but is designed to stop clubs staying in administration on a perpetual basis. The deadline would logically be the Football League's AGM in mid-June, which decides all membership issues and acts as a precursor to the publishing of the League's fixture lists. However, the article here is vague, mentioning both "by June and "by the start of next season" as apparent deadlines.

They quote Clarke as saying that the League has yet to agree all aspects of the Trust's application to take over the 'Golden Share' and replace the 'old' Portsmouth company, explaining that they will only be able to do so once the League are presented with the final documentation - a key aspect of this will be PST's own funding and a ground lease and/or purchase agreement:

"Portsmouth are at the last chance saloon. They can't enter another season in administration. So they either sort themselves out before the start of next season or they are out of the Football League. The Football League and the administrators have given the club every opportunity to get this right and end up with a fan owned club that will operate in the long-term interests of the continuing support in the city and the Football League are right behind that. We have to look at the final facts but the Football League can't precurse the situation until we see all the facts and they come to us with a deal financing what they are doing with the previous creditors, and then we can make a decision. There’s a high likelihood they will get that ten point deduction."

The ten point deduction is provisionally in place due to Portsmouth's failure to honour the terms of their 2010 CVA that preceded the current 2012 fall into administration. The League's logic is that in failing to adhere to the terms of that CVA, Portsmouth have broken the conditions of their 2010 membership, where clubs coming out of administration must do so under such an agreement. The 2012 CVA proposes to drop the original CVA agreement, meaning that unless the Trust make a new offer to the administrator, the League would enact the penalty if/when Pompey exist administration.

In terms of the timing of that penalty, if Pompey exit administration after the fourth Thursday in March (also Emergency Loan deadline day) the Football League would delay the penalty until the end of the 2012-13 season. If Pompey are already in a relegation position without the deduction, the penalty would be applied to the 2013-14 season. However, if they are above the relegation line, and a ten point deduction would relegate them, then the Football League would apply the penalty to the 2012-13 season.

The view of the Portsmouth Supporters Trust is that their club's future will be sorted out - one way or another - long before any June 2013 deadlines, stating that if Pompey have not come out of administration by then, they will probably have been liquidated before that date.

Today Portsmouth have refreshed their squad following a large number of January departures. Defenders Yassin Moutaouakil and Sam Sodje have both penned one-month deals, whilst Sunderland midfielder Adam Reed and Crawley Town's Shaun Cooper have joined on one month loans.


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25 January 2013 : Reid's Pilgrimage Is Confirmed
Further to our earlier news, striker Reuben Reid's move to League Two side Plymouth Argyle has now been confirmed by the club. He has moved to Home Park on a one month loan, taking him back to the club that he started his career with as a teenager seven years ago.

Reid's move for the time being is a short term one - he will be part of Argyle's squad for a month's deal that will take him up to and including their away match against AFC Wimbledon on February 26th. Argyle would theoretically have the ability to extend that deal up to a maximum of 93 days, if all parties reached agreement.

He has been given the Number 24 shirt by the Pilgrims, and will be challenging for a position in their front line with Reading striker Gozie Ugwu, who is also on loan to the Devon club.


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25 January 2013 : Reid Linked With Argyle Move
Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid has been strongly connected with a move to League Two side Plymouth Argyle. The 24 year old has sliped down the pecking order at Huish Park in recent months, with Paddy Madden and James Hayter forming a strong first choice partnership as the Glovers' front pairing.

Suggestions have been that the Glovers would be willing to let Reid join another club with him not having started a match since the October 2012 Football League Trophy tie against Torquay United. Today, former Glovers loan player Ryan Dickson, himself a former Plymouth Argyle player, has said via his own Twitter account:

"All the best to Reuben Reid down at Plymouth! On his day, one of the most talented players I know."

What isn't clear at this stage is whether this is a trial, loan or permanent transfer, but it would seem that Home Park is Reid's most likely destination now.


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24 January 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Crunching The Numbers
Snow, ice, wind, rain. And of course cup matches. All the usuals to muck up what is usually by the start of November a fairly even fixture list and league table where all sides in League One have played the same number of games. With the current unplanned mini-break giving us a lull between fixtures, we have a guest blogger Francis Gates who takes the reins of Taff's Gloversblog for the evening. He takes a statistical look at what effect the various games in hand some clubs have yet to play might have on the remainder of the season - to read his view, follow the link below. As usual feel free to add in your own perspective on the run-in.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Crunching The Numbers.


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24 January 2013 : Ladies Set Venue For Weekend Cup Tie
Yeovil Town Ladies have now finalised the arrangements for this Sunday's forthcoming Somerset Ladies Senior Cup quarter final match. The game against Larkhall Athletic Ladies, was due to have been played at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove Ground last Sunday, but was postponed due to snow on the pitch.

The game has been rescheduled for Sunday 27th January 2013, kicking off at 1.45p.m. Once again Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove Ground has been chosen to stage the game. Admission will be £3.00 for Adults with concessions available at £1.00.

Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves will meanwhile play their Somerset Junior Cup match against Brislington Ladies at the same kick-off time, with Somerton Sports Club staging the tie.

The first team were due to have been playing Reading Ladies this coming Sunday in a league match. That match will now take place in Berkshire on Sunday 7th April.


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24 January 2013 : Bennett And Forbes Find New Clubs
Former Yeovil Town loan defender Dale Bennett has left Championship side Watford today. He has agreed a permanent contract with Conference National side Forest Green Rovers that will last until the summer of 2015. The 23 year old's stay at Huish Park amounts to one of the club's shortest loan spells with just 10 minutes worth of first team action, gained during the late November home defeat against Carlisle United.

Bennett was found to be struggling with a back injury, and although the club had agreed a loan deal with the Hornets until the beginning of January, he instead returned to Vicarage Road shortly after, due to the injury meaning that he was unlikely to recover during his time at Huish Park.

Having only just had his contract torn up at League Two side Chesterfield, former defender Terrell Forbes has wasted little time in getting a new club. He has signed for fellow League Two club Aldershot Town, agreeing a deal that will keep him at the Recreation Ground until the end of the 2012-13 season. He is cup-tied, having already appeared for the Spireites in the FA Cup earlier this season, and so will be sat in the stands when his new club take on Middlesbrough in a Fourth Round match this weekend.


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24 January 2013 : Ticketing Offer For Glovers Season Ticket Holders
Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders stuck for something to do on the forthcoming blank fixture weekend, may want to be aware of a special admission offer being promoted by Somerset side Frome Town. The Southern League Premier Division side are in action on Saturday 26th January, with a home game against Cambridge City at their AlderSmith Stadium, which you may know more locally as Badgers Hill.

For Saturday's match they are offering admission to Yeovil Town adult and concessionary Season Ticket Holders at half price, in their efforts to bring in greater numbers to their ground on days when the Glovers do not have a scheduled home game. Their club website states:

"The club are keen to try and entice other supporters from within the football family to come and watch non-league football at a good level at the AlderSmith Stadium. Each season the Club will choose certain dates that season ticket holders from the three local football league clubs can gain entry to a match at reduced rates. The matches that are chosen are always when the professional club either don’t have a game or are away. Season ticket holders simply need to show their own club tickets at the turnstiles and they will receive 50% off the admission prices at either concession or adult prices."

Saturday's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with standard admission prices as listed below:

Adults: £10.00 (or £5.00 for a YTFC Season Ticket Holder); Concessions: £6.00 (or £3.00 for a YTFC Season Ticket Holder); Under 16: £3.00: Under 12: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult).


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24 January 2013 : Young Back In Training After Four Month Absence
Yeovil Town right-winger Lewis Young has finally resumed training again, after being out with a long term injury. The 23 year old has not played for nearly four months after being stretchered off during the October 2012 home match against Portsmouth. Suffering ankle and knee ligament damage, as well as bone bruising, Lewis has been on the treatment table ever since.

Thankfully there is now a light at the end of the tunnel, as the player, who worked under manager Gary Johnson at his previous club Northampton Town returned to training this week and so will gradually be eased back into competitive play, initially on the training ground.

Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Johnson has said that the next step is to get Young involved in a training ground practice game, to see how he copes with the rigours of tackling and being tackled by his own team-mates, as well as building his match fitness back up again:

"He trained for the first time this week and he is looking quite sharp. He is not a million miles away and we are pleased with his progress. It has been a long time but it was an unfortunate injury as bone bruising takes a long time to recover. He’s had a good couple of days and that’s why we want these practice games amongst ourselves so they can all get a bit of game time."

Young is the last of the club's major injury concerns, and his return to the training ground should mean that Johnson has more-or-less a full squad to choose from when the club go into a busy schedule of games involving a planned six matches in 19 days starting with next Tuesday's home match against Milton Keynes Dons.


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24 January 2013 : Upson Transfer Bid Thwarted By City Management Change
Today's Bristol Evening Post brings some slightly retrospective news that Bristol City were considering making a bid for Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson earlier this month. They don't provide any quotes but indicate that they got their information from the Glovers end, suggesting that City boss Derek McInnes had been preparing a formal bid for the 23 year old.

Thankfully, the bid never got onto the table - McInnes was fired by Bristol City on January 12th and new boss Sean O'Driscoll has shown no signs of wanting to pick up that bid again. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has gone on the record as saying that he would look to bounce any bids for his key players beyond a January 20th deadline that has now passed, with only fringe players such as Keanu Marsh-Brown available for transfer.

As such, with the exception of the possibility of Marsh-Brown being moved through the out door, the only major bit of business outstanding is for the Glovers to tie up Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah who is currently training with the club and is expected to agree a loan deal with the Glovers by next Monday, in time for the Tuesday night home game against Milton Keynes Dons.


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23 January 2013 : GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic
Early next month, Yeovil Town have a rearranged midweek fixture as they travel to play Oldham Athletic in a League One match. The game at Boundary Park takes place on Tuesday 5th February 2013 with a 7.45p.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 Huish Park at 12.30p.m. with no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £26.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Coventry City.

Link: Glovers Launch Ticketing Package For Final Nine Home Games.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Walsall : Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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23 January 2013 : Palace Striker Comes In On Trial
Yeovil Town are currently giving a trial to a striker from Championship side Crystal Palace. Twenty-two year old Kwesi Appiah is a former Ebbsfleet United youth-team player, who manager Gary Johnson has had previous sight of, whilst he was on the books of Peterborough United between 2008 and 2010.

He was born in Thamesmead on August 12th 1990 and joined Peterborough in 2008 on a three and a half year deal after leaving Ebbsfleet. During his time with Posh he had loan spells with Weymouth, King's Lynn, Kettering Town as well as contracts with Brackley Town, Thurrock and Margate before a goalscoring run with the latter saw him draw the attention of league scouts having netted 35 times in 33 appearances for the Kent side.

Crystal Palace signed him up on January 31st 2012, seeing off significant interest from Blackpool at the time, and have since considered him good enough to make eight appearances, with seven from the bench. His transfer from Margate saw him get a two and a half year contract at Selhurst Park, with the deal being concluded for an undisclosed fee. This season, Aldershot Town have also given him loan experience. After returning from his loan spell with the Shots, he sat on the bench for Palace's FA Cup Third Round match against Stoke City earlier this month, giving an indication of how close he is to their first team plans at present.

The Western Gazette indicate that he is currently training with the club with a view to a loan spell with the Glovers - his pace would allow him to naturally replace Gozie Ugwu, who returned to Reading at the turn of the year and has since gone out on loan to League Two side Plymouth Argyle. Currently the club have Paddy Madden and James Hayter as their first choice strike pair, and whilst Reuben Reid has been warming the bench lately, his lack of games would suggest that he doesn't feature too highly in Johnson's plans, meaning that there is an obvious need for recruitment in this area. A pacey striker who is used to coming off the bench would appear to fit the bill here.

The possible arrival of Appiah looks as though it will be balanced by the departure of winger Keanu Marsh-Brown, who has been out in the cold since Boxing Day. The former Oldham Athletic player has not played since the match against AFC Bournemouth, and is understood to have been training with the Youth Team, whilst not attending Glovers first team matches, despite the club often being a player short on the bench. The Gazette indicates that Marsh-Brown is likely to come off the club's payroll by tomorrow - no future club is mentioned at this stage.


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22 January 2013 : Forbes Exits Spireites
Former Yeovil Town defender Terrell Forbes is a free agent as of today, after he left League Two side Chesterfield. The 31 year old has departed by mutual consent after only six months with the Spireites, having signed from Leyton Orient over the summer.

Terrell featured 21 times for Chesterfield this season - all as starts - but his last appearance for them came on November 10th, having been a regular under managers John Sheridan and Tommy Wright.

However, the arrival of current boss Paul Cook at the end of October has brought a sharp end to that run in the side. The new man in charge has transfer-listed a number of players, with striker Craig Westcarr and winger Luis Boa Morte also coming off their books this month.


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22 January 2013 : New Date For Preston Home Game
Yeovil Town's postponed League One home match against Preston North End now has a new date. The match will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 12th February 2013 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

All originally purchased tickets remain valid for this fixture. If you cannot make the new date but are holding onto a ticket from the originally planned date, we'd suggest you visit/contact the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible.

The original match was postponed last Saturday due to heavy snowfall and unsafe conditions around the Huish Park Stadium.


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22 January 2013 : Peters Heads Back Across The Pond
With so much time having passed without a mention, it was probably safe to assume that Yeovil Town had curtailed their interest in Canadian trialist Jaime Peters. The 25 year old was mentioned back in November as training with the Glovers along with a Dutch player that we never knew the name of. There were suggestions that manager Gary Johnson might put one or the other on a short term contract to help provide cover for his small first team squad.

Since then, nothing more has been mentioned, but Peters has now turned up back in his home country, trialling for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps. He is due to start training with them later today, subject to a medical. Although it's a trial, they've given him shirt number 25, suggesting thast they do have a strong interest in taking him on permanently.

Having gained 26 international caps with his country, the Pickering, Ontario born player's first professional move into his home country is significant news. Former Canadian national team captain Jason Devos has said via his Twitter account that he believes that Peters needs to display a better attitude than he was during his latter days at Championship side Ipswich Town, who released him from his contract last August:

"Jaime Peters – loads of talent, athleticism. Struggled for consistency at Ipswich, fell in with the wrong crowd, poor influence on him. Peters is young enough to turn his career around if – and that’s a BIG if – his attitude is 100% professional."


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21 January 2013 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Oldham Athletic is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 5th February 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park, and is a revised date due to the Latics' FA Cup Fourth Round commitments this coming weekend. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters pay the standard admission prices, but can admit an assistant free of charge. Club contacts for any special arrangements/bookings are Ron Cassidy (Disability Liaison Officer on 0161 320 6955) or Judith Lane (Club Office on 0161 785 5179). Alternatively email them via roncass_99@yahoo.co.uk or judith.lane@oldhamathletic.co.uk

Yeovil Town supporters will get a section of the Rochdale Road End - usually the 1,620 capacity section nearest their Main Stand. There are no matchday surcharges for this fixture - last season Oldham made this a 'pay on the gate' game, but with the rearrangement of this fixture having only recently been made, we'll try to find out if the Huish Park Ticket Office are handling any tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Coventry City.

Link: Glovers Launch Ticketing Package For Final Nine Home Games.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Walsall : Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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21 January 2013 : GWSC Travel To Coventry City
Early next month, Yeovil Town head up to the Midlands, as they travel to play Coventry City in a League One match. The game at the Ricoh Arena takes place on Saturday 9th February 2013 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 9.00a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.15a.m. Cost of travel will be £21.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £19.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Glovers Launch Ticketing Package For Final Nine Home Games.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Walsall : Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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21 January 2013 : Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's first ever trip to the Ricoh Arena is available. The League One match against Coventry City takes place on Saturday 9th February 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this game are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-60s and 16-18 years old: £15.00; Under-16s: £11.00.

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters pay the above prices, as per their age, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

There are no matchday surcharges, but those wishing to purchase on the day of the match must pay cash only on the turnstiles. Coventry's usual practice is to make advance tickets available to the away team's ticket office although we've yet to confirm that they've reached the Huish Park Ticket Office at this stage.


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20 January 2013 : Football League Blog : Does The Administration Rule Need Revisiting?
Whilst Yeovil Town attempt to climb their own way up the League One table using 'natural' income methods, and on sub-4,000 crowds, it's always been the way at this level that not all clubs use this sort of strategy. Whilst there's nothing wrong in a benefactor providing extra input as part of a sustainable business plan, there is when clubs operate on a boom'n'bust strategy. The blog below looks at some of the recent events, and why the Football League may need to revisit their rules on clubs falling into administration.

Link: Football League Blog : Does The Administration Rule Need Revisiting?


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20 January 2013 : Interview With Joe Edwards
On Thursday, Yeovil Town made their third permanent signing of the January transfer window, bringing the versatile Joe Edwards back to Huish Park, after he spent Christmas with his parent club Bristol City. Now a Glovers player, Joe spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt on the day that he signed up (and therefore before the weekend match was postponed) and his thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After He Signed A Permanent Contract.


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20 January 2013 : New Date For Ladies Cup Tie
Yeovil Town Ladies have set a new date for their postponed Somerset Ladies Senior Cup quarter final match. The game against Larkhall Athletic Ladies, was due to have been played at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove Ground later today, but was postponed due to snow on the pitch.

The game has been rescheduled for a week's time on Sunday 27th January 2013, kicking off at 1.45p.m. The venue for the match is yet to be announced. The Glovers were due to have been playing Reading Ladies next weekend in a league match. A fresh date for this game will be announced in due course.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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19 January 2013 : Glovers Slip One Place As Sky Blues Continue Rise
Yeovil Town have slipped just one place in the League One table, as six games survived the weather this afternoon. Coventry City's 95th minute winner from James Bailey gave them a 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic that they didn't think they were going to get after the visitors had levelled with a minute of normal time to go via a Matt Smith header. Bailey's volley was the reason for the Glovers slipping a place, as the Sky Blues continue what has been a steady rise from the bottom four position they held towards the end of October, towards the play-off slots.

The top two sides both won again, with Doncaster Rovers beating mid-table Leyton Orient 2-0, whilst the big game of the day saw Brentford do battle with Tranmere Rovers, only to come unstuck at Griffin Park. The Bees did well to get the game on in the first place, thanks to a team of volunteers that cleared a significant amount of snow at the ground. Perhaps some of those helpers had kept their own stash, as the game got held up at the start of the second half, with Tranmere keeper Owain fon Williams being pelted with snowballs hurled by Bees fans! Despite Brentford then levelling out Andy Robinson's first half penalty with a Harlee Dean goal, Tranmere had the last laugh as Adam McGurk scored the winner, to leave them and Donny seven points clear on the automatic spots.

Swindon Town's own efforts to get their County Ground pitch cleared were worthwhile as they saw off Shrewsbury Town by a 2-0 scoreline to push them into third place. Former Glover Andy Williams got their second goal - his 10th of the season, and his sixth in six games. Meanwhile Sheffield United picked up an away point against Notts County, which will be something of a disappointment to them, given they let slip a lead despite the Magpies having Francois Zoko dismissed.

The only team in the top six not to play today were Milton Keynes Dons. With the top two having established a seven point advantage, and the third, fourth and fifth sides now holding a five point gain on the Dons, the current league table has an air of a top five breakaway. However, the battle for that last play-off place is wide open, with eight clubs, including Yeovil Town, separated by just three points. Two of those sides jostling for positions are Walsall and AFC Bournemouth.

The Cherries are continuing to splash the cash, having forked out a reported £400,000 on Aberdeen teenage winger Ryan Fraser, and have also recruited Leyton Orient keeper Ryan Allsop along with Southampton defender Dan Seaborne on a loan deal. However, even though the Saddlers gave them a man advantage through Febian Brandy's red card, they went down 3-1 including two penalties scored by Will Grigg. The latter was gained in farcical circumstances, as Cherries midfielder Eunan O'Kane failed to play to the whistle - picking the ball up inside his own box when he thought his side were due a free kick - but instead gifting the opposition a spot kick when referee Andy Davies saw otherwise. One for the Football League Show, but a result that keeps Bournemouth one place above Yeovil Town, and moves Walsall to a place behind.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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19 January 2013 : Ladies Suffer Double Postponement
Yeovil Town Ladies have had both of their main weekend fixtures postponed due to the current wintry weather. The Ladies were due to play Larkhall Athletic Ladies in a Somerset County Cup Quarter-Final tie at Sherborne Town's ground tomorrow. However, with snow lying on the pitch, and some evidence of waterlogging where the snow had melted into the pitch, the decision has been made to call the game off. A new date will be required in due course.

In addition, Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves have had their trip to play Brighton Ladies Reserves postponed due to the current weather conditions.


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18 January 2013 : Gary Still Eyeing One January Addition
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he still wants to add one more player to his first team squad by the time the January transfer window closes. The Glovers have so far brought in four players since the turn of the year, albeit with two of those having already been part of the squad as loanees during the first half of the season.

So far Johnson has turned the temporary stays of Paddy Madden and Joe Edwards into permanent acquisitions, as well as bringing in former Shelbourne midfielder Kevin Dawson and Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan. In turn he has allowed Curtis Haynes-Brown to join Cambridge United, whilst loan spells for Korey Smith and Gozie Ugwu have come to an end without being extended.

In terms of total numbers available, that means the Glovers boss is a man down on his pre-Christmas squad numbers, albeit with Haynes-Brown having spent most of the season out on loan anyway. He has told BBC Somerset that subject to board approval he would like to add an extra player to his squad, and has a particular unspecified position in mind:

"We've got a few more days left of January, so there could be one more as we feel there's one more position we need to strengthen in. So we're looking. Now we could find someone and then I go to the board and they say unfortunately at the moment there's not enough finances. But that won't stop me recommending somebody. So far the board have backed what I've brought in, so credit to them, and I'm just pleased that we're adding to the squad and not losing anyone that we don't want to lose."

Whilst Johnson doesn't offer any clues in terms of where that position might be, with Gozie Ugwu having returned to Reading (and since having moved on to Plymouth Argyle) then a striker is the most obvious vacancy, particularly with Reuben Reid's time on the pitch having gradually reduced over time. Assuming no players other than the out-of-favour Keanu Marsh-Brown depart during January, there aren't too many positions on the pitch where the Glovers don't have a relatively natural covering option.


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18 January 2013 : Ticketing Policy For Postponed Matches
We've seen quite a few queries concerning Yeovil Town's ticketing policy relating to postponed games - in particular tomorrow's League One fixture against Preston North End. With the match now called off due to surrounding safety concerns following heavy snowfall in the area, the game has yet to be rearranged. However, the club's policy concerning postponed matches - as detailed in their Customer Charter - states the following that is relevant to this fixture:

"If a match has been postponed prior to kick off, ticket holders can use their original ticket(s) for the rearranged fixture.

Ticket holders unable to attend the rearranged fixture can exchange their ticket(s) for any forthcoming home fixture at Huish Park (subject to availability)
."

Hence, based on this, we'd suggest waiting for a new date to be set for the Preston match - if you can make the new date and you've already bought tickets then you don't need to do a thing. However, if for any reason you can't make the new date, then take note of an alternative fixture that you can get to, and visit the Huish Park Ticket Office to get your tickets exchanged. Make sure you do any ticket exchange before the day of the rearranged fixture.


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18 January 2013 : Huish Park Club Shop Closes Early Due To Weather
Due to the current wintry weather, the Huish Park Club Shop has closed early this afternoon. In addition, although the Huish Park Ticket Office is currently open until 5.00p.m. the expectation is that they will be heading home soon to avoid any travel problems. If you do need to book any tickets, we'd strongly advise that you call them on 01935-847888 rather than head to the ground itself and risk a wasted journey.

Obviously with tomorrow's match against Preston North End being called off, the club now do not have a fixture until Tuesday 29th January, and so hopefully this won't affect too many people this afternoon.


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18 January 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Preston North End Is OFF
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Preston North End this weekend has been postponed. The match has been called off due to safety concerns in the surrounding areas. Although it's not specific as to where those concerns lay, there has been significant snowfall in the town today, and the main trunk road A303 has been closed on and off throughout the day due to a mixture of snow and road traffic accidents.

The Glovers first team squad trained this morning at Huish Park, although not everyone was able to get there - goalkeeper Marek Stech admitted via his Twitter account that the conditions were too dangerous for him to get into the town.

A new date for this fixture will now need to be sought - almost certainly a midweek date. There are already five other League One fixtures that have been called off today as follows:

League One Games Postponed:
Bury vs Stevenage
Crawley Town vs Carlisle United
Crewe Alexandra vs Milton Keynes Dons
Hartlepool United vs Colchester United
Scunthorpe United vs Portsmouth
Yeovil Town vs Preston North End.


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17 January 2013 : Gary Talks About Edwards Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that the lack of games that Joe Edwards was getting at Bristol City was a major factor in why they were able to bring the 22 year old to Huish Park. The Ashton Gate academy product headed down the A37 today after 11 years on their books, and today signed permanently for the Glovers, having had a 93 day loan spell in the three months leading up to Christmas.

The planned transfer was expected to go through at the turn of the year, but suffered a series of delays, notably when City sacked manager Derek McInnes, who was Joe's boss at the time he enjoyed his two loan spells at the club. That meant that the decision to allow Edwards to leave had to be revisited via new boss Sean O'Driscoll. Gary told BBC Somerset that meant the timing of events weren't ideal:

"It was funny timing, wasn't it, with the manager going of course. That (previous) manager (Derek McInnes) didn't particularly give him games. I don't think he was in his plans, and I think that's probably what turned Joe's head. He knew that he could get first team games here for sure, but I don't know what Bristol City were thinking. I know what Joe was thinking, and he wanted to come to us. So I'm pleased with that and obviously we facilitated that deal so that he could come here."

Edwards will now be a Glovers player until the summer of 2014, having penned an 18 month contract at the club. For a player that has so far made 21 appearances for the club, but only four for Bristol City, Johnson added that was the sort of right term to encourage him to progress as a player during his initial contract at the club:

"That's the shortest term that it would have been. I think that when someone has had some but not a load of first team games, then you can go longer, but he'll be looking to earn another contract, this time next year. That's good because it keeps him busy, it keeps him positive and it keeps him on his toes, because if he wants another contract and a good one, then that will come this time next year. But it's a good one, because the manager sees him as a first team player."


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17 January 2013 : Doncaster Appoint New Management Team
League One side Doncaster Rovers have appointed a new management team to replace Dean Saunders, who left for Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month. They have opted to promote from within despite reporting "over 150 applications" for the position, and have given former Wales international manager Brian Flynn the role, with 33 year old centre-back Rob Jones appointed as his assistant under the title of Player-Coach.

With Flynn standing at just 5'3" tall, and Jones a giant at 6'7" tall, it will not be hard to tell the difference between the two in the dugouts. The more senior 57 year old has been operating as a Scout at the Keepmoat Stadium since leaving the Wales Under-21 position after eight years in the job. He was briefly the Caretaker of the National side in 2010 and before that had been in charge of Wrexham and Swansea City. He is also a former Doncaster player, having had two spells at their old Belle Vue ground during the 1985-86 and 1987-88 seasons.


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17 January 2013 : Edwards Makes Huish Park Return - And This Time It's Permanent!
Yeovil Town have completed a deal to bring Bristol City right-back to Huish Park on a permanent basis. The Glovers have agreed an 18 month contract for the 22 year old, who has already had two loan spells with the Glovers across this season and last year.

So far this season, Joe has made 17 appearances for the Glovers in a multitude of positions, with his more regular right-back position being added to by appearances at right-wing, central midfield and left-back. As a versatile player in such a small squad, his return will be valuable in the final 19 matches of the season.

The Glovers have paid an "undisclosed fee" for his services. Joe had six months left of his contract at Ashton Gate, but as a player aged under 24, his former club would have been entitled to a development fee if that deal had run out. The move had been widely expected to have gone through on or around New Year's Day, but a series of injuries at Ashton Gate, plus the departure of manager Derek McInnes appeared to delay that move on a number of occasions - new boss Sean O'Driscoll thankfully hasn't seen reason to overturn the views of his predecessor.

Welcome back to Huish Park (again) Joe!

Whilst on the subject of incoming players, manager Gary Johnson has in the past indicated that he still wants to see at least one new face to arrive by the time the January transfer window closes. However, Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith won't be on his target list, with the player believed to be uninterested in a longer term move down to Somerset.

With Gozie Ugwu's loan spell at Huish Park having ended, and Reuben Reid's time on the pitch being increasingly selective of late, logic would suggest that a striker to complete with Paddy Madden and James Hayter is the main requirement, although that may require Johnson to shift one of Reid or out-of-favour Keanu Marsh-Brown off the club's payroll first.


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17 January 2013 : Away Terrace Closed Ahead Of Snow Forecast
Yeovil Town have made the decision not to open the Copse Road Terrace for Saturday's home match against Preston North End. The standing area is the one open part of Huish Park, and despite the Lilywhites likely to bring down a reasonable following to South Somerset, the area has been deemed 'unsafe' to stand on, in part due to the weather that is forecast for Friday and Saturday. Preston fans have instead been given approximately 350-400 seats in the Screwfix (East) Stand and this will be their sole allocation for the fixture.

The move has been made ahead of a weather forecast that isn't too healthy. At present there are frost covers on the edge of the Huish Park pitch that are expected to be pulled across by the end of today, in preparation for a bank of snow that is expected to come across Somerset during the majority of Friday, but particularly in the morning. Temperatures across Friday and Saturday are expected to remain at around zero degrees across this 48 hour period.

Obviously at this stage it will be impossible to determine whether the game would be in any doubt, although the fact that this wave of wintry conditions has been well-forecast allows the club to prepare for all eventualities. Matches being played at Crawley Town, Bury and Notts County in League One, plus Morecambe and York City already have pitch inspections in place for tomorrow. There are none scheduled for Huish Park at present - if that change we'll obviously provide as much detail as possible.


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17 January 2013 : Gozie Goes On A Pilgrimage
Premier League side Reading have sent striker Gozie Ugwu out on loan again. He has agreed a one month youth loan deal with League Two side Plymouth Argyle, just under two weeks after his half season spell at Yeovil Town came to an end.

Since leaving Huish Park, Gozie has been on the bench for Reading's first team, as an unused substitute in their FA Cup Third Round match at Crawley Town. He also last week played for Reading Under-21s in their 3-1 win over QPR Under-21s - a game in which Lawson D'Ath and Simon Church played for the Royals, whilst Max Ehmer appeared for QPR.

Overall, Gozie made five starts and thirteen substitute appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring three goals. His last appearance for the club came on New Year's Day against Leyton Orient, at which point the club allowed his six month loan deal with the Glovers to expire.


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17 January 2013 : Interview With Paddy Madden
After Saturday's 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Against Sheffield United.


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16 January 2013 : Saturday's Opponents Boost Squad With Connolly Deal
Saturday's opponents Preston North End have boosted their squad this week, with a new loan signing. Right-back Paul Connolly has joined them until the end of the 2012-13 season from Championship side Leeds United, who he has yet to play for this season. The 29 year old's five first team matches this season have all come as part of a loan spell with Portsmouth at the start of the campaign.

The former Plymouth Argyle's arrival is part of an attempt to arrest a run of form that has seen the Lilywhites win just one out of their last ten League One fixtures, with manager Graham Westley's side sliding down to 16th place in the League One table. Needless to say, this wasn't the target for a club experiencing their second season at League One level, and Westley was booed off at Deepdale during Sunday's home 1-3 defeat against Walsall, as their home crowd voiced their displeasure.

Westley - always one for the unconventional as a manager - decided to compare his current position to that of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Yep, the Champions League, multi-Premier League and FA Cup winning manager. With pressure increasing on him given that his side haven't win a home League match for three-and-a-half months, Westley has told the Lancashire Evening Post that as long as they give him a chance, that he is capable of bringing Lilywhites fans trophies:

"If you are going to take on a job like this, you have to be a character who can deal with the booing. The Preston fans care about winning and have passion. I can’t wait for the time when they sing my name because I have lifted a trophy for them. The hounds were out for Sir Alex Ferguson many years ago – I think he was one game away (from being sacked). His football club believed in him as a good manager. I’m hoping that I’m right in saying that this football club believes in me being a good manager. I’m having a tough time, we haven’t produced the results I want and that I’ve shown over 700 to 800 games that I’m capable of. I’ve shown that I know how to get a winning team together and I have no intention of stopping now."

Westley comparing himself to a member of the Ferguson family may not be the wisest one to pick - they give Fergie Jnr, Darren Ferguson, a year in the job at Deepdale before deciding that 13 wins from 49 games wasn't good enough at Championship level. Westley's own win ratio of 16 victories in 58 matches at a lower level is almost identical. One word of caution to those expecting a walkover on Saturday at Huish Park though, is that the Lancashire side's last success at home still stands as the September 29th 3-2 win over Yeovil Town, whilst they have picked up three away wins since that result suggesting that they are less frail on their travels than they are on their home patch.

Preston have also recently added striker Joe Garner to their ranks, after he agreed an 18 month contract at Deepdale, having signed permanently from Watford. Garner has recently had a loan spell with Carlisle United, and was notionally Paddy Madden's replacement whilst the Irishman was on loan with the Glovers. Carlisle had hoped to sign up Garner permanently using the money for Madden, after he netted eight times during a three month loan spell. However instead he chose to switch to Deepdale, meaning that the Cumbrians lost out on their main January transfer target.


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16 January 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
Officials for Saturday's home League One match between Yeovil Town and Preston North End have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 19th January 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

Or most recent meeting that involved Mr Malone was the Boxing Day 2011 home game against Charlton Athletic. We lost the match 2-3 - our main grumble at the time was that he was a little heavy on the bookings - the Western Gazette observes that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game". That's possibly not giving him enough credit for one key decision where he allowed Paul Huntington's goal to stand despite furious protests from Charlton players that goalkeeper Ben Hamer (once of Holyrood Community School) had been impeded as he landed on the deck when challenging for a corner. TV replays showed that Hamer's studs in a slippery goalmouth were entirely the problem, and so he did well to ignore the complaints.

Mr Malone's name may particularly ring a bell with Glovers fans because he was the official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that Mr Malone operates within meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.

He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though.

Just to prove we don't always do ref-rants as part of these profiles, Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

Mr Malone will be assisted by Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.


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15 January 2013 : Madden Makes Sky's Team Of The Week
Following Saturday's 2-0 win over Sheffield United, we've had a bit of a glut of 'Team of the Week' inclusions for a number of Yeovil Town players. The Sky Sports selection for the week is not exception - perhaps the surprise is that they only include one Glovers representation. No surprises for finding out that it's striker Paddy Madden they name. They say of his performance:

"Madden netted a brace as Yeovil put another dent in Sheffield United's promotion hopes with a 2-0 win at Bramall Lane. The striker's double came in the second half as he struck twice in 15 minutes, lashing home a low finish before completing his brace with a tap-in after George Long failed to control Danny Higginbotham's back pass."

Sky's full list of players for their League One team reads as follows:

Simon Moore - Brentford
Shaleum Logan - Brentford
Rob Jones - Doncaster
Danny Livesy - Carlisle
Zoumana Bakayogo - Tranmere
Karl Hawley - Scunthorpe
Adam Chambers - Walsall
Harry Arter - Bournemouth
Andy Robinson - Tranmere
Clayton Donaldson - Brentford
Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town


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15 January 2013 : Glovers Launch Ticketing Package For Final Nine Home Games
Yeovil Town have introduced a ticket package offer for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Supporters committing to go to the final nine remaining home games of the campaign will be able to purchase admission for a reduced price. This will be based upon the admission price for seven tickets based upon the pre-match ticket price.

For example, a home terrace ticket purchased prior to the day of a match will set an adult back by £17.00. However, if you purchase this 'mini season ticket' from the Huish Park Ticket Office in time for the Tuesday night match against Milton Keynes Dons on January 29th, then it will cost you £119.00 - a reduction of £34.00 based on the pre-matchday price.

All other ticketing combinations are available - take the pre-matchday ticket price and multiply it by seven to get the cost of a nine-game ticket that will take in the home games against Milton Keynes Dons, Brentford, Scunthorpe United, Tranmere Rovers, Crawley Town, Swindon Town, Walsall, Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra.

The same offers apply to Family Tickets as well. To place your bookings, either visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or give them a call on 01935-847888. For individual ticket prices, follow the link below, and choose the Yeovil Town Pre-Match Day Ticket Prices 2012-13 grid at the top of the page. The cost of the 'mini season ticket' for nine games will be that figure multiplied by seven.

NB: This Saturday's home game against Preston North End isn't included in the package - you'll need to purchase that one separately if you're attending the game.

Link: 2012-13 Yeovil Town Ticket Prices


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15 January 2013 : Football League TV Schedules
Last week, Yeovil Town got the news that they were getting their first live television coverage of the 2012-13 season. That has come as part of a large batch of new games being selected by Sky Sports for the coming months, with a decent number in the lower divisions for a change.

After a pair of League Two games towards the end of this month, there are nine selections involving League One clubs across the following two months of fixtures, with the Glovers getting their chance to impress on March 19th against Swindon Town. Their Wiltshire opponents appear to be the new darlings of Sky Sports, having already had games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Crawley Town selected, and with a fourth screening against Doncaster Rovers due to come on April 1st.

The full list of games involving Football League sides, with games featuring League One clubs in bold, are as follows:

18/01/13 19:45 : Leicester City vs Middlesbrough (Championship, Sky Sports)
19/01/13 17:20 : Blackpool vs Cardiff City (Championship, Sky Sports)
22/01/13 19:45 : Aston Villa vs Bradford City (League Cup, Sky Sports)
24/01/13 19:45 : AFC Wimbledon vs Port Vale (League Two, Sky Sports)
28/01/13 19:45 : Exeter City vs Torquay United (League Two, Sky Sports)
31/01/13 19:45 : Leicester City vs Wolves (Championship, Sky Sports)

02/02/13 19:45 : Crawley Town vs Swindon Town (League One, Sky Sports)
04/02/13 19:45 : Gillingham vs Wycombe Wanderers (League Two, Sky Sports)
05/02/13 19:45 : Leyton Orient vs Southend United (JPT Area Final, Sky Sports)
08/02/13 19:45 : Watford vs Crystal Palace (Championship, Sky Sports)
09/02/13 17:20 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Hull City (Championship, Sky Sports)
15/02/13 19:45 : Tranmere Rovers vs Shrewsbury Town (League One, Sky Sports)
18/02/13 19:45 : Crawley Town vs Doncaster Rovers (League One, Sky Sports)
22/02/13 19:45 : Notts County vs Bury (League One, Sky Sports)
23/02/13 17:20 : Middlesbrough vs Millwall (Championship, Sky Sports)

01/03/13 19:45 : Wolves vs Watford (Championship, Sky Sports)
02/03/13 17:20 : Sheffield Wednesday vs Nottingham Forest (Championship, Sky Sports)
16/03/13 17:20 : Derby County vs Leicester City (Championship, Sky Sports)
19/03/13 19:45 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town (League One, Sky Sports)
23/03/13 12:45 : Sheffield United vs Brentford (League One, Sky Sports)
24/03/13 16:00 : Tranmere Rovers vs Stevenage (League One, Sky Sports)

01/04/13 12:15 : Doncaster Rovers vs Swindon Town (League One, Sky Sports)


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15 January 2013 : Oldham Trip Gets New Date
Yeovil Town's League One trip to Oldham Athletic has been given a new date. The match was postponed, due to the Latics' FA Cup Fourth Round commitments, leaving the Glovers with a blank weekend on Saturday 26th January.

The new date will see Glovers fans and players trek up to Boundary Park on Tuesday 5th February. The new kick-off time will be 7.45p.m.


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15 January 2013 : Pompey Court Case Hit By Further Delay
League One side Portsmouth have had yet another delay in their ongoing attempts to come out of administration. The Hampshire club were due back in the High Court today to resolve the ownership of the Fratton Park stadium - something that was originally planned to be discussed in a mid-December hearing. That case was adjourned on December 13th, and now there has been a further adjournment until January 31st.

Portsmouth have been in administration since February 17th 2012, meaning that this latest delay will push them close to the one year anniversary of that insolvency event. It has also been almost seven months since administrator Trevor Birch in theory set up a CVA agreement for the club to be purchased, with a 28 day deadline set for the purchase to be completed. Despite that deadline, and others, being repeatedly missed, the Hampshire club has limped along by contracting its players on a month-to-month basis.

With the Fratton Park ground having fallen into the hands of former owner Balram Chainrai, a Hong Kong businessman who through his company Portpin are owed a reported £19 million as part of their current administration, they still need to come to an agreement with him to allow prospective owners, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, the means of a guaranteed lease or purchase of the stadium. Property developer Stuart Robinson has made an offer to purchase the ground from Chainrai, and to lease it back to PST, but as yet all parties have not reached agreement.

Portsmouth's continuing off the field problems are now starting to bite on the field. In addition to losing striker Izale McLeod to Milton Keynes Dons earlier this month, they have now said farewell to captain Brian Howard, defenders Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley and Lubomir Michalik, midfielder Lee Williamson and former Glover Luke Rodgers, with the latter having already agreed to join Shrewsbury Town back in November. Striker Paul Benson has also been lost at the end of his loan spell at the club, with Cheltenham Town and Crawley Town trying to agree a permanent transfer from his parent club Swindon Town.


Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham's decision to let a large number of his players leave is being reported as forced by further cost-cutting measures at Fratton Park, strongly suggesting that there are still further black holes in Pompey's day-to-day financial arrangements. Former Glover Whittingham now has just thirteen players on his books, and with them now having slipped to 23rd place in the League One table and on a run of 14 matches without a win, any club who plays them in the next few weeks will fancy their chances of taking advantage of what is likely to be a paper-thin squad. Portsmouth's cash-flow has already taken a hit this month, with the late postponement of their fixture against Notts County on Saturday, due to a waterlogged pitch, causing some controversy amongst Magpies fans.


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15 January 2013 : Trio Land In League's Team Of The Week
The Football League's Team of the Week have been published for the weekend just gone, and they have selected three Yeovil Town players in their line-up. As with the Sunday press view of the matches played, striker Paddy Madden is a bit of a shoe-in after his two goals against Sheffield United.

The League selection has also included new midfield signings Matthew Dolan and Kevin Dawson in their own line-up - the second time this season we have had three players included in a single team.

The full team is as follows:

Simon Moore (Brentford)
Shaleum Logan (Brentford), Andy Butler (Walsall), Danny Livesey (Carlisle United), Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere Rovers)
Matthew Dolan (Yeovil Town), Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town), Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth), Andy Barcham (Scunthorpe United)
Clayton Donaldson (Brentford), Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town)

The full list of 2012-13 nominations for Yeovil Town players are as shown below:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)


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15 January 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield United Away Interview
Just before Saturday's match against Sheffield United kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. Giving an insight about how he motivates his team, his interview with BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin can be read via the link below.

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


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14 January 2013 : Walker Swaps Rovers Loan For Colchester Loan
League One side Colchester United have taken goalkeeper Sam Walker on loan. The 21 year old has only just returned from a similar arrangement with League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers, but a new manager and the arrival of another former Glover Steve Mildenhall on loan at the Memorial Stadium meant that Walker's deal was curtailed. He has now joined Colcester until April 27th - effectively the end of the 2012-13 season. Walker made 14 appearances for the Gas, with the last of those coming on Boxing Day.

Recent days have also seen former loanee Ryan Dickson join Bradford City on a half season loan from Southampton. One of Dickson's former clubs Brentford have taken defender Rob Kiernan back to Griffin Park, after he had briefly returned to his parent club Wigan Athletic around the turn of the year - he now stays until February 9th. Meanwhile former Youth Teamers Rhys Baggridge and Lloyd Matthews have new clubs. Baggy has rejoined Poole Town on loan, whilst Lloyd has signed for Frome Town, having spent half a year on a scholarship in the United States.

Two former centre-backs have joined and left League Two side Port Vale. Ex-loanee Gareth Owen has left the club by mutual consent after a series of injuries put him out of the reckoning. Meanwhile Darren Purse has left Plymouth Argyle to arrive at Vale Park as Owen's replacement. Finally, former loan striker Craig Davies has left Barnsley for a fee believed to be in the region of £300,000. He has signed for Bolton Wanderers, on a two and a half year deal, having netted nine times in 23 games this season.


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14 January 2013 : The Changing Room Opens For Business
Further to our December 17th article, the Football League have now formally launched their supporters' research panel for registrations. Dubbed The Changing Room, the League state that it "will offer fans the chance to share their opinions through discussion groups, forums and surveys on a number of topics affecting The Football League, its member clubs, and you, the fans".

The League had initially planned to send out invitations to those already subscribed to their newsletter and associated PTV club website network. Instead they have decided to allow the first 200 supporters from each club who register a first chance to be on the panel. You'll be asked a short survey on registration, presumably to act as a form of profiling (e.g. season ticket holder vs occasional fan) and will then gain access to their discussion groups, forums and surveys they will use to hopefully shape the direction of the League itself as well as member clubs. As a carrot, those who participate will go into monthly prize draws. Membership will be open to supporters of all 72 Football League clubs.

To sign up, head via the link below. For further information on their plans, see last month's article.

Link: The Changing Room : Registration Page.

Link: 17 December 2012 : League Plan Fans Panel For Changing Times.


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14 January 2013 : Ladies Down and Out, But Proud and Strong
Supported by a record crowd of 620, Yeovil Town Ladies did their public proud at Huish Park on Sunday, but were unfortunately unable to get the result they wanted, losing out narrowly by a goal to nil to fancied National Premier League outfit Leeds United Ladies.

"The girls have done themselves proud today," joint manager Sarah Lawler said after the game. "They worked hard and they were determined, showing that that there is not too much difference between the National League and the one that we are in."

"We knew that we could give them a game today," fellow manager Nigel Williams said. "We did not come out today with anything less than a game plan to win it. We did ourselves proud, and despite losing the game, we did get something out of it in that we showed the people of Yeovil that we can play football, and that we can move forward."

The Glovers matched their higher league opposition throughout most of the match, and only went down following a rather messy goal from United’s Tanya Rich when she picked up the ball just outside Yeovil’s penalty box on 52 minutes and seeing goalkeeper Beth Howard off her line, lobbed the ball over the defence and into the back of the net.

That had been virtually the only error following a good first half for the Glovers, a period of play that pleased the management team, despite the ball not finding its way into the opposition net.

"We had some chances in the first half," Lawler said. "One thing that Nigel and I said is that we needed to be a little more clinical in what we did. We created some good chances from crosses, but should have done a little better, because if we want to punish teams we have to put the ball into the back of the net."

"We created well, but as Sarah said, we needed to be more clinical," Williams said. "There have been a couple of times this season where we should have scored goals, and have failed to do so. We needed to be a little better in our delivery and attacking with the ball today. But then it’s all a learning curve for the girls, and they should take that away and move on from here."

The best chance of the first half came on 23 minutes when Helen Bleazard met a Stacey Pearson cross to the edge of the centre of the box, but with the goalkeeper just to beat she somehow fired the ball wide. Bleazard had a couple of other good chances, but played mainly as a creator, and in that respect set up opportunities for Laura Bray, Laura Wensley and Justine Lorton. And the girls could have taken the lead right on the break from a great free kick from Rosie Williams that went inches wide.

Leeds were suffering a similar problem, with Clare Sykes and Carey Huegett both going close. They were up against a highly resilient Glovers defence, led brilliantly by Rachael Edwards and Rosie Williams, and guarded superbly by a confident and very capable Beth Howard in goal. The midfield were busy too, and creating well, particularly from the flanks, with the forwards seeing plenty of the ball in front of goal, but unfortunately not able to convert.

"At half time we told the girls that they had matched the National League side, and that we were still very capable of getting something from the game," Williams said. "Going in goalless, we really thought that we could still win it. Every team feel they have chances in games, and we could still see the belief growing. In fact, even before half time we said to the players, ‘this is our game girls, we have a real opportunity to win this’."

"There were a couple of things we needed to pick up on, for example getting to the ball first, making sure that we put the tackle in when we needed to, but on the whole Sarah and I were pleased."

Following the United goal early in the second half Yeovil continued to fight for every ball and attack with vigour, and Pearson had an excellent chance to score on 62 minutes when she forced the ‘keeper into a good save with a shot from twelve yards. Minutes later Yeovil suffered a bitter blow when Wensley went down following a challenge. She took no further part in the game, being taken to hospital with her leg broken in two places.

"It was a blow when Laura went off with that injury," Williams added. "We knew that it was going to be bad as Laura just does not stay down, giving as good as she gets. It was quite a crack as the tackle went in. It was a fifty/fifty ball with both players going into it with vigour, and unfortunately Laura came out of it not so well off."

The game was delayed for twenty minutes, and when the action started up again Yeovil battered the Leeds defence for a period. And they could have got the vital equaliser on 81 minutes when Bleazard crossed in for Jade Radburn to send in a powerful shot that the ‘keeper just got her fingers to.

Yeovil unfortunately failed to get their all-important goal, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd who cheered them on throughout. The support was immense, it was vital to what was going on before, during and after the game and it was very much appreciated by all.

"We were so proud today," Lawler said. "The support was marvellous for us today. We saw a lot of our usual supporters today, but we also saw a lot of new faces which made the world of difference to the girls. It would be lovely if those people come back to watch us play again."

"I thought the team put on some good entertainment for the supporters," Williams added. "You can honestly say that it was great value for money, and we really appreciate all the support we got today, with the crowd giving it some good voice."

"It is a real shame that we could not score at Huish Park today as I think that the crowd would have gone crazy," Lawler said. "But they were brilliant regardless of us scoring or not. We would like to say a massive thank you to all that came to watch us today."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Leeds United Ladies 1. (FA Premier League Cup - Final Sixteen)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Brazell, Keehan, Edwards, Williams, Bleazard, Wensley (Whitton – 69), Radburn, Pearson, Bray (Cook – 60), Lorton (Rapp – 84)

Goals: Tanya Rich (0-1, 52 mins).

Referee: Steve Higgins (Somerset).

Next Match: Home to Larkhall Athletic Ladies (To be played at Sherborne Town FC) - Somerset Women's Senior Cup 20th January 2013, 1.45p.m. kick off.

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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14 January 2013 : Sunday Press Teams Of The Week
Yeovil Town's excellent 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane did not go unnoticed by the Sunday papers. The League Paper and the Sun on Sunday both run with their own 'Team of the Day' on much the same basis that the Football League and more recently Sky Sports compile such efforts - their journalists attempts to bring together some of the best performers from the week or weekend just gone.

After such an impressive win, both papers heavily feature Yeovil Town players. The League Paper opts for defender Daniel Burn, whose performance included a stunning second half block inside his own box, during a period of the game when the Blades were on top. They also choose Paddy Madden, for his all-action performance that included two more goals on the day.

The League Paper also gave their 'Top Boss' of the day for League One to Glovers boss Gary Johnson. Their team also includes former Glovers loanee Scott Flinders who is on the books of Hartlepool United - it reads as follows:

The League Paper : Team Of The Week:
Scott Flinders (Hartlepool United)
Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere Rovers), Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers), Daniel Burn (Yeovil Town), Evan Horwood (Hartlepool United)
Clayton Donaldson (Brentford), Steven Schumacher (Bury), Eunan O'Kane (AFC Bournemouth), Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra)
Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town), Karl Hawley (Scunthorpe United)

Meanwhile the Sun on Sunday opts for a total of four Yeovil Town players in their line-up. Their entire midfield line-up is made up of current or former Glovers personnel, with Matthew Dolan and Kevin Dawson getting in there on their full debuts along with Sam Foley, whilst former Glover Dean Bowditch completes the quartet. Up front they inevitably also choose Paddy Madden, whilst also opting for Scott Flinders in goal, to give the whole line-up a very familiar feel to it.

Their line-up reads as follows:

The Sun On Sunday : Team Of The Week:
Scott Flinders (Hartlepool United)
Jean-Yves Mvoto (Oldham Athletic), Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury), Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers), Ash Taylor (Tranmere)
Matthew Dolan (Yeovil Town), Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town), Sam Foley (Yeovil Town), Dean Bowditch (Milton Keynes Dons)
Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers), Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town).


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13 January 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

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


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13 January 2013 : Video : Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's match highlights (that'll be all of you then!) the Sky Sports website now has clips of yesterday's League One matches. The 2-0 win over Sheffield United can be viewed via the link below, for those who have a UK internet provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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13 January 2013 : Johnson To Discuss Transfer Targets With Glovers Board
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he plans to meet with the Board of Directors on Monday to discuss his January transfer plans. With the Glovers currently occupying an 8th placed slot in the League One table, and a point off the play-offs, the season is finely poised at present, with plenty to play for.

However, Johnson's squad still remains relatively small - with winger Lewis Young remaining an absentee with his knee/ankle problem, and Keanu Marsh-Brown seemingly having no future at the club, the Glovers were only able to field 17 players in yesterday's squad that travelled to Sheffield United for their 2-0 win.

So far in January, the club have allowed Curtis Haynes-Brown to leave for Cambridge United, whilst loan trio Korey Smith, Joe Edwards and Gozie Ugwu have returned to their parent clubs. In their place have come midfield pair Kevin Dawson and Matthew Dolan, but Gary has strongly indicated that he wants to bring in extra bodies to help his side through the rest of the season. He has told BBC Somerset that for him to do that, he may need to get a couple of players out the door first:

"I'm going to talk to the board on Monday. We're just going to have a chat with one or two players that I would still like to bring in. The squad is still small. We'll have to wait and see. Sometimes you have to move players out before you can move players in. They'll have had smiles on their faces anyway on the Saturday. So as long as they have a good Sunday lunch, then they might still be smiling on Monday!"

Whilst Marsh-Brown's future at the club seems dead'n'buried - the winger spent the weekend in London, rather than travelling with the squad, the other player whose future seems the most uncertain is Reuben Reid, whose game time has gradually dropped over the last few months. However, with him at least still part of the first team squad, it would appear he is not quite entirely out of Johnson's thinking.

As for incoming players, Johnson has made it clear in past interviews that he wants Bristol City's right-sided player Joe Edwards to return to the club. He was left entirely out of their 18 man squad that played Leicester City at home yesterday, suggesting that their own squad size problems are receeding. However, with the Robins sacking boss Derek McInnes after their 0-4 defeat at Ashton Gate, it's hard to know where things might stand, given that they are now managerless.


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13 January 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Blades 0 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Rise To The Challenge
Freshly returned from his trip to Bramall Lane yesterday, Cruncher resumes controls of Taff's Gloversblog for his away day experience. His views on the 2-0 win over Sheffield United can be read via the link below - as always feel free to add in your own at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Blades 0 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Rise To The Challenge.


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12 January 2013 : Johnson Hails 'Colossal' Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his team put in a 'colossal' performance in the way that they defended the two goal lead they never surrendered at Bramall Lane today. The Glovers pulled off a shock in Yorkshire by beating Sheffield United by a 2-0 scoreline, thanks to a brace from striker Paddy Madden.

Whilst Madden will rightly steal the headlines for his winning goals, Johnson felt that his whole team deserved credit for an all-round performance, citing all three major areas of the pitch for their contribution to the game:

"I thought it was a fantastic performance. It was a colossal performance from our back players - a real clever, strong-running performance by our midfield four and our front two worked their socks off. Paddy's never-say-die running got us the two goals and we had chances in the first-half."

With the game goalless at half time, Madden broke the deadlock four minutes into the second period, stunning the Blades fans into silence. However, Johnson felt that he'd seen enough signs during the first period to believe that his side were capable of going on and winning the match:

"I said at half-time that we'd go away really disappointed if we don't win this game. We felt that we had them where we wanted them. I don't think anyone can say that we didn't deserve that result. We came here to get on the ball and play and show that we could do something. We've got a group who are pretty inexperienced and we're proud of them all at the moment."


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12 January 2013 : Sheffield Utd 0 Yeovil 2 : Madden Double Blunts Blades
Yeovil Town gained one of their biggest wins at League One level this afternoon, as they defeated Sheffield United on their own patch. Having lost every previous meeting against the Blades, it was yet another Paddy Madden double that did the damage, as he netted his 10th and 11th goals for the Glovers, during a dramatic second half performance that ensured that his side became only the second team to win at Bramall Lane this season.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the line-up that had gone out of the Football League Trophy. All three were tactical, with striker Paddy Madden, and new midfielders Kevin Dawson and Matthew Dolan being brought into the starting line-up. Richard Hinds, Gavin Williams and Dominic Blizzard made way, dropping to the bench, whilst Dan Burn was moved to centre-back, Jamie McAllister dropped into his usual full-back slot, whilst Sam Foley dropped into the left wing position.

The first half was a fairly scrappy one, not helped by the Bramall Lane pitch being of dreadful quality, with the ball permanently bobbling around on an uneven pitch. Equally referee David Phillips wasn't helping the game flow, seemingly half a yard behind play and with his first half decision-making a frustration - particularly when he stopped Yeovil from taking a quick free kick because he wanted to exercise a finger-wagging at the Blades offender - no booking - instead of letting the game flow.

When it did flow, Yeovil almost opened the scoring, as Paddy Madden took advantage of a dreadful Harry Maguire header back to his goalkeeper. Really the Irishman should have scored from that chance, but he placed his attempt wide of the far post. At the other end, the home side were wasteful, with their attempts largely flying well over the target and into the Kennedy Kop end of the ground. Gradually though it was Yeovil that grew into the game, with the Blades defence struggling to cope with the running of Sam Foley and Madden, whilst Kevin Dawson and Matt Dolan were putting in decent performances on their debuts.

Four minutes into the second period, the Glovers took the lead to surprise the third-placed Blades. Byron Webster stayed in the penalty box from a Jamie McAllister free kick, and when the loose ball was put back into the box, Webster found Paddy Madden in space, and his angled drive from around ten yards out was slotted into the far right hand corner for a precious 1-0 lead.

At this point Yeovil perhaps panicked a bit and got a touch of vertigo at the dizzy heights they were now occupying. Sheffield United, who had rarely threatened Marek Stech's goal before, forced the Glovers immediately onto the back foot from kick-off, and there was a five minute period where the play was barely out of the Yeovil penalty box. Marek Stech made a flying save from a Nick Blackman attempt, as his team struggled to clear their lines.

But just as in the first half, the Blades presented Paddy Madden with another gifted opportunity and on 66 minutes, he didn't disappoint. Danny Higginbotham's backpass was ill-advised on such a poor pitch, but even then goalkeeper George Long seemed to have an eternity to gain control of the ball. Madden charged down the loose ball and intercepted before rolling it into an empty net from close range to double Yeovil's lead.

If the Glovers had perhaps played like mice after the first goal, frightened at what they were holding onto, then after the second strike they played like giants. Byron Webster, Dan Burn and Jamie McAllister looked masterful and assured as the Blades attempted to find a way through the Yeovil penalty box. That Marek Stech had to make few saves during the closing stages is immense credit to their hard work - one Burn block in particular was both brave and brilliant.

The home fans began their migration towards the exits, recognising that the longer the game went on, the more assured Yeovil looked, professionally running down the clock in the way that any opposition supporter would hate, but anyone in the Bramall Lane Lower Tier heartily applauded. The final whistle blew, and the players and Gary Johnson ran for a joyous celebrating at the away end, with the home sections having long since emptied to a chorus of boos. One point off the play-off places, and with the biggest team in the division beaten on their own patch - undoubtedly a highlight of the season so far.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Sheffield United 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 49 mins), Paddy Madden (0-2, 66 mins)

Sheffield United:
25. George Long
29. Tony McMahon 5. Harry Maguire 4. Danny Higginbotham 30. Marcus Williams
10. Nick Blackman 8. Michael Doyle 11. Kevin McDonald 7. Ryan Flynn
14. Dave Kitson 23. Jamie Murphy

Substitutes:
35. Danny Coyne 17. Richard Cresswell (74 mins for Dave Kitson) 22. Danny Philliskirk (89 mins for Marcus Williams) 24. Joe Ironside (62 mins for Ryan Flynn) 27. Elliott Whitehouse 33. Aaron Barry 2. Darryl Westlake

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (80 mins for Matthew Dolan) 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph


Sheffield United Bookings: Tony McMcMahon (44 mins, foul), Harry Maguire (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (22 mins, foul), Sam Foley (42 mins, foul)

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 18.

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Kevin Mattocks and Nigel Murphy. Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Manchester).

Attendance: (20,454 including 254 Yeovil supporters).


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12 January 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 win 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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12 January 2013 : Team News For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's visit to Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground. Striker Paddy Madden, who was cup-tied for the Tuesday night game against Leyton Orient, comes straight back into the side, whilst midfield pair Matthew Dolan and Kevin Dawson make their full debuts after coming on as substitutes in midweek.

The three players to make way are Richard Hinds, Gavin Williams and Dominic Blizzard, who all move to the bench. That creates a bit of a shuffle around as Daniel Burn moves to centre-back, Jamie McAllister drops to left-back, whilst Sam Foley drops into midfield. The exact positioning of Dawson and Dolan may be up for grabs come kick-off, but we have assumed the formation below.

The full Yeovil line-up is as follows ...

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph


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12 January 2013 : Johnson Hoping For Positive Result Against League Favourites
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has labelled this afternoon's opponents as favourites to win the league, but is still hoping to come back home with something from the trip to Bramall Lane. They take on a Sheffield United side currently in third position in the League One table, but as the biggest crowd pullers in the division they will be expected to improve upon that as time goes on.

Gary has told BBC Somerset that getting a win against a club who are currently eight points ahead of them would be a big bonus, particularly given that they face a run of games against other promotion-chasing sides such as Brentford (4th) and Milton Keynes Dons (6th) in the coming weeks that will see their own play-off credentials firmly put to the test:

"It would be nice to go there and get ourselves within a few points of them. They are are very much the favourites to win the league. We've got to go there to try to get a result, because if we can pick up the three points, then of course we'll be in a very strong position. We've got some big games coming up - we've got Milton Keynes at home, Brentford at home. In the second half of the season, we're hoping to make it very exciting."

Johnson has been questioned as to whether it is realistic for a club of Yeovil's size to challenge for the top six positions, particularly given some of the spending power that clubs around and above them have in the division. However with his side currently in 10th position in the League One table, and three points off those slots, he explained that it would be pointless setting a target for 7th place as it wouldn't give his side anything:

"You've got to target the top six. Anything other than that is not failure as such, but you don't get anything for getting seventh. There's plenty of time to go. We've got to get more consistent, that's for sure. So we're looking very hard, and it may need a couple of faces to go and a couple of new faces to come in. We've got to keep trying to improve. It's been a decent first half of the season, but now we've got to get a few more wins than we did in the first half and that may just get you a play-off place if you can get into a points target of around probably 73 or 74."


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11 January 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United
For those making another away trip tomorrow, the Ciderspace guide to Sheffield United has been updated. Directions, ticketing, parking, statistics and other such stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United.


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11 January 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : From Bramall Lane To Bramall Lane
Believe it or not, it has been a whole year since Gary Johnson came back to Huish Park. Ahead of our trip to Sheffield United tomorrow, there's a look back at where we were 12 months ago, and where we are now, in the latest Taff's Gloversblog. As usual, comments, criticisms, views and venting welcomed at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : From Bramall Lane To Bramall Lane

Whilst we're at it, the BBC Sport website consider matters from a slightly different angle, in terms of Johnson's predecessor Terry Skiverton. Now his assistant, they've run a feature on his year as Gary's deputy.

Link: Football League Friday: Terry Skiverton stands by his man.


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11 January 2013 : Gary Talks About Reid's Playing Time
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given some of his thoughts on the recent lack of game time that striker Reuben Reid has been getting in the side. Whilst last summer's arrival has been a regular part of the matchday squad, his opportunities in the starting line-up have diminished over time, and he has not started a game since the Football League Trophy match against Torquay United back in mid-October.

Much of Reid's absence from the field of play can be accounted for by the arrival of Paddy Madden, initially on loan, from Carlisle United. His strike partnership with James Hayter has seen the pair net 16 goals between them since the start of October, and as a consequence it's been hard to justify either player being dropped. However, Reid has tended to become increasingly overlooked even when the main strike pair are not available - something that became obvious during the midweek Football League Trophy against Leyton Orient when the 24 year old was an unused substitute, despite Madden's absence.

Gary has given a partial explanation for Reid's lack of football, although admits he needs to give a fuller explanation into his thinking at some point in the future. The Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that certainly Reid knew what he needed to improve upon:

"He's still got to keep working on his game and he knows that. There's certain things that he's got to improve on as well. People will have their opinions on who should be picked, but at the end of the day people have to trust the manager in what he's doing, and that he's doing them for the right reasons. There's a lot of things that end up happening during the season that you can't explain straight away, but things can be explained a little bit later down the line. So people just have to trust the manager, until they know exactly what is going on a bit later on."

Speaking specifically about the third substitution at Leyton Orient on Tuesday night, that saw Nathan Ralph occupy a front line position, Gary felt his starting eleven lacked pace and a front runner with a high work rate. With Madden cup-tied, Johnson initially opted for Sam Foley to take that role, but with Yeovil's second half attacking threat rapidly diminishing, he decided to introduce Ralph to try to have that kind of effect on the side:

"As a manager you have to select the team that you think is going to win you that particular game. If somebody is on the bench, then people might have thought 'well, he could have come on' but we still needed some pace up there as a front runner in the Paddy Madden mould. That's not Reuben's game. It's just about finding his game, and putting that in our team. Obviously if he is a sub then that game may not be required at this moment in time."


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11 January 2013 : Swindon Clash Gets The Television Treatment
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Swindon Town has been selected for live transmission by the Sky Sports channel. The match will take place on Tuesday 19th March 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

The match was due to be played on Saturday 16th March, but has been shifted back by three days to allow the cameras to cover the game. Their Wiltshire opponents currently lie in 5th place in the League One table, and six points ahead of the Glovers. As such it stands as one of the Glovers' key remaining fixtures against a side they need to rein in if they are to have hopes of breaking into the play-off slots.

Tickets for the match remain as per usual League One prices and arrangements.


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10 January 2013 : Johnson Still Hopeful Of Weekend Arrival
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he would be 'disappointed' if he didn't have at least one new body in his squad that travels to Bramall Lane on Saturday. The Glovers take on third placed Sheffield United on the weekend, with the Glovers boss having expressed concerns this week that some of his players were suffering from niggling injuries.

With a small squad throughout the majority of the 2012-13 season, Gary has told BBC Somerset that he wants to see around two extra players brought in to help take the pressure off players who are struggling to complete games at present. He says he has put in an offer to another club and is waiting to hear for a response:

"There's things on the go - that's for sure. We're just waiting for people to come back to us. So there is business to be done in the next few days, but nothing that I can put out over the air just yet. I'd be disappointed if there's not a new face for Saturday at least. It's something that we're working on. We've still got until the end of January when the windows are still open, and we're still not quite sure what's happening to some of our lads."

For the journey up to Yorkshire, Johnson certainly has concerns over midfielder Ed Upson, who went off early in the second half against Leyton Orient on Tuesday night with a knee injury. However, Gary admitted that he wasn't the only one, suggesting that the withdrawal of Sam Foley and Gavin Williams may have been influenced by their fitness. The Glovers boss explained that a number of players had been receiving treatment since their return, and a decision on them would be made before the team coach left on Friday:

"There's still a question mark. We had question marks over three or four lads in that JPT game. There were too many of them limping around with knocks. It's not always their fault. There were little fouls and the game was very bitty and the ball was out of play too often. I thought it was a real poor effort on the day from both teams. But there were a few of them who got little knocks, and we're just waiting for them to recover. We'll give them until Friday to let us know whether they're fit or not. Ed Upson is one of those."


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10 January 2013 : Ticketing Deadline For Advance Blades Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to this Saturday's League One match against Sheffield United, should note that advance tickets for the game will go off sale tomorrow. Those wishing to purchase before the day of the match should visit the Huish Park Ticket Office by Friday lunchtime. At that point, any remaining tickets will be bundled up and sent off to Sheffield.

Tickets will be available from Bramall Lane on the day of the match at the same prices. However, you will need to purchase (cash only) from the ticket booths close to the away turnstiles. Sheffield United do not accept payment on the turnstiles. For full ticketing information, see our earlier news item.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield United.

Link: Officials For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.


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10 January 2013 : 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 Saturday 12th January 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee David Phillips (West Sussex).

He is in his fifth season as a Football League referee, and we have had him seven times during that period. The first of those occasions was November 2008's freezing trip to Colchester United that saw the Glovers lose out by a 1-0 scoreline. Mr Phillips dished out a stop-start performance, blowing his whistle far too often, making for a dull encounter in Essex. Playing short on first half injury time, as well as disallowing a 'goal' from Terry Skiverton, certainly manager (at the time) Russell Slade wasn't too amused by his performance on the night.

The second occasion was a little less controversial but we still weren't too happy with his part in Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United in March 2009. Again the second half deteriorated into a stop-start game, and he wasn't particularly wise to some gamesmanship being carried out by Carlisle players.

Next we had him for the September 2009 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth. Here we were probably glad that he chalked off a goal for the home side, even though it was a somewhat generous decision for us. His decision-making was also questionable in a number of second half decisions against both sides that tended to lead to players taking matters into their own hands and it was probably fortunate that things didn't escalate further.

Two months after the Bournemouth game, he took charge of the home match against Southend United. During that match he sent off Southend's Sean Morrison for a professional foul. We thought it was a decent decision, even after having the BBC Sport highlights to view it on playback, although Morrison himself and Southend captain Adam Barrett were definitely not happy, whilst Shrimpers boss Steve Tilson - one of the more level-headed people in the game - ripped into the officials accusing them of ruining the game. In truth whilst we felt Mr Phillips was spot on with the professional foul, the decision for the free kick that won the Glovers the game, and his tendency to let the game boil over badly did not give us a warm feeling about him either.

There was then a little bit of a gap before we had Mr Phillips again. That next meeting came during the 2010-11 season at Victoria Road, when we lost 2-1 to Dagenham and Redbridge in February 2011. An excellent first half of football was followed by a rather poor second period from a Glovers point of view, but we can't find too much to moan about that which we would pin upon the referee - our defeat was our own undoing on the day. Later that same year, he took charge of the October 2011 game against Bury at Huish Park. This was an awful performance ... by the team. He may or may not have irritated the Yeovil faithful - but if he did then all that was eclipsed by the way the Glovers played on the day. So no complaints, and no mention of Mr Phillips in the match report.

Finally, Mr Phillips took charge of the opening League One fixture of the 2012-13 season - a home match against Coventry City. In this game, he gave critical decisions against both sides, so no suggestion of bias here, in the 1-1 draw. Richard Hinds had a goal chalked off for handball, with manager Gary Johnson fairly philosophical about the decision after the game. Coventry manager Andy Thorn though was less impressed with what he saw as a blatant penalty appeal being waved away, after Cody McDonald and Byron Webster tangled in the box. The Western Gazette's view was that his performance was "picky. The official can unfortunately share the blame for the teams failing to find their attacking rhythm with a poor afternoon where he was far too prominent for the action in front of him."

Mr Phillips will be assisted by Kevin Mattocks and Nigel Murphy. The Fourth Official will be Paul Graham (Manchester).

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Coventry City 1.

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Bury 3.

Link: February 2011 : Dagenham and Redbridge 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.

Link: September 2009 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.

Link: November 2008 : Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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10 January 2013 : Green And White Army!
For those who want to relive some of the better moments of Tuesday night's trip to Leyton Orient, we've managed to pluck out a few audio and video clips from around the internet. All three are fan-produced products from inside the East Stand that hopefully give an idea of what the atmosphere was like at the match, as produced by the rather magnificent 815 travelling supporters.

First up is a five minute audio-only clip, recorded during the second half around the hour mark - if you don't want to listen all the way through, then treat yourself to around the three minute marker when the 'Green and White Army' chants kick back in after a bit of goalmouth action.

Also available are two YouTube clips that give you more of the great wall of noise produced by the fans. Needless to say, if you're in an open plan office, school or college today, you might want to leave viewing these until later - they're a bit noisy!








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9 January 2013 : Johnson Considers Recruits To Relieve Squad Niggles
With Yeovil Town going out of the Football League Trophy last night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he wants to turn his attention to bringing further recruits into his squad. The Glovers now have a straight run of 20 League One matches that will decide how high up the table they can finish, with Leyton Orient's 1-0 win at Brisbane Road ensuring the club exited their final cup competition of the season.

Johnson's assessment after the game was that a number of his players were struggling in matches due to minor knocks, but that his squad size meant that taking them out of the team wasn't always possible. Last night saw midfield trio Ed Upson, Sam Foley and Gavin Williams withdrawn, but also saw significant treatment to centre-back Byron Webster during the match. Upson's withdrawal was certainly injury-related, suffering a second half knee problem.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary says he believes he needs 'a couple' of new players to give some of his existing players a chance to drop out for a game or two, and also wants to move a few players out of the club:

"We'll have to see how we rally these troops. We'll look to maybe get another couple in, because that's what it looks like we're going to need to do. We've got a few who have got niggles, that are not quite up for it because they're limping from quite early on. And anyone who is not going to be involved, I've got to start telling them. But how quickly I can do that, I don't know."

The fairly safe assumption would have to be that Keanu Marsh-Brown's Yeovil career is over given that he has not been selected for a matchday squad since Boxing Day, despite being fully fit. Meanwhile doubts exist over striker Reuben Reid's future, given that he remained on the bench during last night's match, with left-back Nathan Ralph being preferred as a final substitute to throw on in a front line position. Johnson doesn't name names in terms of who is not going to be 'involved' but they are the most obvious pair at present.

One player we know who won't be signing a deal at the club is former Chelsea midfielder Kaby Djalo, whose trial at the club has ended without a deal being offered - the arrival of Kevin Dawson and Mathew Dolan would appear to have filled gaps in those areas.


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9 January 2013 : Ticket Office Changes Opening Hours
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office has changed its opening hours. For the last few seasons, the Ticket Office has opened until 6.00p.m. on the night before a home fixture at Huish Park. This arrangement has now been altered with immediate effect back to standard office hours, meaning that supporters wanting to take advantage of pre-match ticket prices for those games must book their tickets before 5.00p.m. on the day before the match, as the office will close at that point.

Tickets for all remaining home matches can be purchased in advance, as and when you need them. Call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to place any phone bookings.


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9 January 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Wembley Goes West In East London
Yeovil Town's hopes of their first trip to Wembley for six years went down the tubes last night, as Leyton Orient sneaked through to the Area Final of the Football League Trophy via a late David Mooney goal. The latest Taff's Gloversblog dissects all that and some of the wider team and squad selection issues, via the link below. Feel free to add your own views, particularly if you were at Brisbane Road last night.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Wembley Goes West In East London.


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9 January 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient JPT Away Game
Following last night's 1-0 defeat against Leyton Orient in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match views are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient JPT Away Game.


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9 January 2013 : Johnson 'Gutted' By JPT Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was 'gutted' by his side's exit from the Football League Trophy last night, at the hand of Leyton Orient. The Glovers succumbed to a 90th minute David Mooney header, in a game that had otherwise had a few chances, and had looked likely to be going to penalties.

The eventual 1-0 scoreline was harsh in its timing, but less so in the overall balance of the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson felt the game ended up being too scrappy but could see why Orient eventually ended up winners:

"I'm gutted as a manager because I don't like losing games. Any games, and certainly not scrappy games. I think you have to do a little bit more than what we did today to earn a result, and it didn't happen. We've worked very hard to try to get our supporters here. We all saw it as a club that it would be a good one to get through to the next round. We knew all the time that Orient would have something to say about that. They've come up as winners on the day. I know why they were winners on the day, and I've got to do something about it."

Johnson praised the travelling 815 supporters who packed the East Stand, creating a wall of noise throughout the game. However, he felt that a few of his players failed to produce on the night, producing a performance that failed to hit the standard they had maintained during recent wins over Portsmouth and New Year's Day's league win over Leyton Orient:

"We have to say that we didn't do very well on the day. Our supporters did a lot better than us. The whole game was a poor game, and nobody can be proud of that - neither team. But they got themselves through. We've got a lot to do. We've got a bit of soul-searching to do, because unfortunately we had a few who didn't turn up. I don't think they mean not to turn up, but we certainly didn't play anywhere near how we've been playing in the last couple of weeks."


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8 January 2013 : Orient 1 Yeovil 0 : Mooney's Late Show Dumps Glovers Out Of JPT
Yeovil Town's best ever run in the Football League Trophy came to a disappointing end tonight, as they succumbed to a late goal that saw hosts Leyton Orient win through to the Area Finals. In a tight match that could have swung either way, it was David Mooney's 90th minute diving header that divided the two sides, giving Orient a two-legged match against Southend United in the next round. The Glovers failed to take advantage of the extra man they had when Anthony Griffith picked up two quick yellow cards, with Orient still strong enough in the final 15 minutes they played with ten men, to make Mooney's goal count.

The Glovers went into the game making just one enforced change to their starting line-up as Sam Foley moved back into the first eleven, displacing Paddy Madden who was cup-tied, having already played for Carlisle United earlier in the competition. On the bench new signings Kevin Dawson and Matthew Dolan were added to the squad, giving a stronger than recent set of substitutes for Gary Johnson to choose from, with Nathan Ralph also making his comeback from injury - Gozie Ugwu's return to Reading meant that he dropped out, as did Youth Teamer Mitch Brundle.

It was a fairly scrappy first half, with neither club really imposing themselves on the game. Most of the game was played out in the middle third, with both clubs highly familiar with each others tactics, and able to cancel each other out to good effect. What few chances there were saw David Mooney and Lloyd James fire wide. At the other end, Yeovil were slightly sharper in what they created, as Dominic Blizzard picked up a loose ball in the box, after Jamie Jones failed to clear his lines, but the keeper recovered well to turn Blizzard's shot around the post for a corner. Then Jamie McAllister's header from a Gavin Williams right-wing cross was well saved by Jones. Marek Stech had almost nothing to do - Byron Webster's needless slice across his box for a corner, and a Dean Cox cross that the Glovers keeper blocked off from David Mooney were as close as it came in terms of on target stuff for the home side.

Matters had to improve at half time and largely it was Orient who improved, whilst Yeovil didn't. Not that the Glovers were helped by a knee injury to Ed Upson early in the second period that saw him replaced by Matthew Dolan. Moses Odubajo forced Marek Stech into an excellent parried save as they forced Yeovil back into their own half, with very little attacking intent coming from a green'n'white shirt. When it did, it almost came out of nothing as Gavin Williams spotted the Orient keeper off his line and tried to lob him from 45 yards - brilliantly timed and executed, but with Jones well beaten, it just about went past the post.

Although Orient were in the ascendancy, the game still had a stop-start element to it. Aside from Upson's injury, Orient also lost Kevin Lisbie to a hamstring problem. However, with a quarter of an hour to go, it appeared that Yeovil Town had a golden opportunity when two moments of madness from Orient's Anthony Griffith saw the home side a man light for the final part of the game. Having been booked in part for a foul, but largely because of his hissy-fit reaction to the decision, Griffith kicked the ball away three minutes later on another free kick. Referee Darren Sheldrake was a little bit fussy during the game with some of his decisions over free kicks and bookings, but Griffith's actions were ridiculous petulance, and resulted in one of the softest sendings off you'll witness this season.

Sadly, the extra man dominance didn't really change the pattern of the game. The warning signs were there when Marek Stech had to save again from Moses Odubajo during the closing stages. Yeovil's attacking prowess was rather inert throughout the night, and the introduction of Nathan Ralph as a final substitute as a front line striker was an unusual one when it left striker (and a candidate penalty taker) Reuben Reid on the bench. In the main, Yeovil's problem was that they frequently played the ball too long, and without the running of Paddy Madden, or the option of Reid's physicality, Orient looked a bit too comfortable in mopping it all up.

Just when it seemed that penalties were looming, Scott Cuthbert's burst down the right wing produced a brilliantly angled cross into the box, and the in-form David Mooney was on hand to plant a superb diving header past Marek Stech and into the bottom left hand corner to silence the away stand for the first time in 90 minutes, and put Orient on the edge of an Area Final place.

Sadly that was the way that it stayed, despite six minutes of injury time being signalled, and later extended to eight due to Mooney's excessive goal celebration. Lee Cook almost doubled their lead in quick succession as he caught Yeovil on the break, smashing a shot against the crossbar. Despite Marek Stech twice going up field to join attacks during set pieces, and Dan Burn and Byron Webster also playing as roaming strikers, that was all too little too late, and the Glovers were out of the JPT. Based on the second half balance of play, there couldn't be too many arguments about that, with 1-0 in a tight match being a pretty accurate reflection of the match.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: David Mooney (1-0, 90 mins)

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
17. Moses Odubajo 5. Scott Cuthbert 4. Ben Chorley 3. Gary Sawyer
8. Anthony Griffith 23. Lloyd James 6. Mathieu Baudry 7. Dean Cox
9. Kevin Lisbie 39. Dave Mooney

Substitutes:
2. Leon McSweeney 10. Michael Symes (61 mins for Kevin Lisbie) 11. Jimmy Smith 16. Ryan Allsop 21. Lee Cook (74 mins for Gary Sawyer)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Foley

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph (78 mins for Gavin Williams) 22. Kevin Dawson (74 mins for Sam Foley) 19. Matthew Dolan (49 mins for Ed Upson)

Orient Bookings: Anthony Griffith (73 mins, foul/dissent), Moses Odubajo (foul, 84 mins), David Mooney (excessive celebration, 90 mins). Red Card: Anthony Griffith (second bookable offence, 76 mins).

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (dissent, 85 mins).

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Craig Hicks (Surrey). Fourth Official: Stephen Daly (Middlesex).

Attendance: 2,755 (including 815 Yeovil supporters).


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8 January 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, 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 Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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8 January 2013 : Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's Football League Trophy tie against Leyton Orient. With striker Paddy Madden cup-tied in this competition, due to playing for Carlisle United during the first round stage, he moves out of the squad entirely. His position in the front line is taken by Sam Foley.

The first team line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Foley

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph 22. Kevin Dawson 19. Matthew Dolan


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8 January 2013 : Gary Previews The Orient JPT Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's Football League Trophy tie against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's thoughts on free coaches, large away supports and possible Wembley visits, along with those still left in the competition, are all captured via the link below.

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


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7 January 2013 : Interview With Kevin Dawson
Last week, Yeovil Town signed up midfielder Kevin Dawson on a half-season deal, after he agreed to transfer from League of Ireland side Shelbourne. He is currently standing by to make his debut in Tuesday night's Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient, and you can read his chat with local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, via the link below.

Link: Kevin Dawson Speaks To The BBC After He Signed A Contract With The Club.


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7 January 2013 : Ciderspace JPT Guide To Leyton Orient
With considerably more than a couple of coaches turning up for tomorrow evening's match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, the Ciderspace opposition guide has been given a few tweaks for the Football League Trophy tie. The usual diet of directions, parking, ticketing, pub guides and other such things can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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7 January 2013 : Burn Extends Stay With Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Dan Burn has extended his current deal at Huish Park. The 20 year old Fulham player has so far enjoyed a 20 game spell with the Glovers, mainly as a central defender, but more recently as a left-back.

The news coming out from the Glovers camp this afternoon is that he has now extended his stay until the end of April. His current spell was due to run out today, but with the paperwork now having gone through, he's clear to remain at the club for the next four months. Speaking to the Western Gazette manager Gary Johnson confirmed the situation:

"We had fingers crossed because we don't want to lose Dan Burn and Dan Burn doesn't want to lose us so the deal was done and he will stay on a youth loan until he's over 21 (with Dan Burn's birthday on May 9th 2013). At that point if we do manage to get anywhere near the playoffs then touchwood we can do another deal with Fulham for an emergency loan for that period of time. His long term future for this season is with us, which is fantastic and we appreciate Fulham's thoughts. I think they're happy as well that he's happy and that's the main thing."


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6 January 2013 : Donny Lose Saunders To Wolves
League One joint leaders Doncaster Rovers have lost their first team manager tonight, after Dean Saunders decided to take up a similar post with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Midlands club had parted company with Stale Solbakken yesterday, and have moved quickly to recruit Saunders as his replacement. The 48 year old has been a bit of a rapid climber through the managerial ranks since becoming Wrexham boss in 2008, whilst still assistant manager of the Wales national team.

Saunders became Doncaster's manager in September 2011, after they fired Sean O'Driscoll, and during his first season in charge he was unable to prevent Donny returning to third tier football. However, this season after a slow start to the campaign, they have steadily climbed up the table, and are currently level on 50 points with Tranmere Rovers.

As yet, Doncaster have not indicated who their caretaker manager will be, nor the likely path they will take to recruit a replacement. However, with them having managed to break into an excellent run of form lately, with seven wins in their last ten League One matches, this is an unwelcome distraction for them. Doncaster have indicated that they have agreed a compensation package with Wolves as part of their agreement to allow him to head to Molineux.


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6 January 2013 : Officials For The Leyton Orient JPT Tie
Officials for Tuesday night's Football League Trophy tie between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The Area Semi-Final match takes place at Brisbane Road on Tuesday 8th January 2013, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Mr Sheldrake was promoted to the Football League referees list in the summer of 2009. We've had him on five occasions as a man in the middle. The first was a February 2010 home game against Colchester United. The visitors were a big bunch of bruisers, but probably most of what they did was on the right side of the law, and we had no real complaints with Mr Sheldrake's performance.

Similarly the November 2010 match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The real killer on that day was our ability to finish in front of goal, with the Daggers rather more efficient. No complaints about the officials on the day.

We're probably at our most critical for his third visit to Huish Park, which came in December 2011, when he took charge of the 1-0 win over Notts County. We felt that as the game wore on, he was guilty of stopping the game for incidents that few in the crowd could see, and that led to a lot of frustration on and off the field, and the accumulation of six bookings across the two teams - that said we were lucky not to lose Paul Wotton to a second yellow on the day.

Back in March 2012, we had him for an away match against AFC Bournemouth, towards the end of the 2011-12 season. That match saw a superb performance from loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, where the Glovers were under the cosh for much of the game. Mr Sheldrake had a quiet match, booking only Walker for a last minute bit of time-wasting, which was probably justified from both parties' point of view!

Most recently, he took charge of the 2012-13 season League Cup home match against West Bromwich Albion which we lost 2-4. In what was an excellent footballing encounter, Mr Sheldrake didn't get noticed too often, with the Western Gazette saying of his performance that he "had very little to do in a match where two footballing sides got on with the game."

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Craig Hicks (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Daly (Middlesex).

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 4.

Link: March 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.

Link: November 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.


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6 January 2013 : Leyton Orient Ticketing Update
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Brisbane Road on Tuesday night, should note that the Huish Park Ticket Office only has a small handful from their original allocation left for this fixture. The Ticket Office were given a total of 592 tickets for the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final match against Leyton Orient, of which approximately 30 tickets remained at the end of business on Friday. Hence if you are intending to pick up an advance ticket, then we'd suggest that you give them a call on 01935-847888 to reserve your ticket, unless you're only making a very short trip to the ground. Needless to say at this late stage they will not be posting any tickets out, so only reserve them if you can do a personal pick-up.

Once that batch is sold out, tickets for the match will only be available from Brisbane Road on the night of the match. Leyton Orient have allocated up to 1,200 spaces in the ground for Glovers fans, so don't panic if you haven't got one yet. Tickets for Adults and Concessions will be available on the turnstiles. If you need an Under-18 ticket on the night, then you must purchase them from the adjacent East Stand Ticket Office, which is situated in Brisbane Road. According to the matchday tickets, we've been allocated the East Stand Upper Area, via entrance C and D.

For those travelling to the match via the GWSC coaches, they will be using the area behind the away end to park up. Each coach will be numbered, with the coach number visible on the front windscreen. If you do not know your coach number, then please drop a text message (don't call) to 07427121069 detailing your full name (or multiple names) that you used when placing your booking. You may not get an immediate reply, but any texts sent through will be bundled up and replied to, hopefully once they've had time to work through the lists. Obviously if text messaging is not your thing, feel free to phone Paul Hadlow directly on 07736044570, but bear in mind he's fielding a lot of calls at present.

Those who are driving to Huish Park, may park their cars in the main club car park behind the Screwfix (East) Stand. Coaches will leave Huish Park at 1.00p.m. - please try to turn up a little earlier than that as they have in the region of 500-600 people to get on board, across 11 coaches! If you've yet to book up, then call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings) to check for any available seats.

The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Tuesday 8th January 2013, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: Glovers Provide Free Travel Offer For Leyton Orient Trip.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About Free Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield United.


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6 January 2013 : Video : The Bell On Fire
Further to our earlier news, concerning an overnight fire at The Bell in Preston Road, there's a video clip available. Given the fire report suggests the blaze started at ground floor level, the clip - again provided by @SyEssex1 - shows how bad the damage has been to this local pub.




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6 January 2013 : The Bell Burns Down In Overnight Fire
Local pub, The Bell, in Preston Road, has been severely damaged by a major fire overnight. The building, which is part of the Hungry Horse chain, has been gutted following an incident that happened in the small hours of this morning, with the local Fire Brigade being alerted to the problem at 4.21a.m. The pub is one of two local establishments significantly used by Yeovil Town supporters, before and after matches.

The incident has been serious enough require numerous vehicles from surrounding areas to be recruited in to fight the fire, including 12 fire engines and 6 supporting vehicles. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service note that it took around four hours to extinguish the fire. They have confirmed that there were no people inside the building at the time of the fire.

Their fire report suggests that the building is in a very bad way, with their log saying "the fire is completely involving the ground floor, first floor and the roof towards the rear". Their closing report states that the building "has been severely damaged by fire" and that there are still vehicles on site investigating the cause of the incident. Needless to say, this pub is certainly going to be out of action for the short and medium term, given the damage is believed to be structural.

As of this morning there are still crews on the site - you may want to check travel sites to find out if/when Preston Road will be open if you're travelling through the area.

The Bell, on Preston Road - shortly after catching fire this morning
The Bell, on Preston Road - shortly after catching fire this morning
Photo/Video ©2013 @SyEssex1



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6 January 2013 : GWSC Travel To Sheffield United
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town make the second of two away trips in a week. This second journey sees them travel up to Yorkshire to take on Sheffield United in a League One match. The game at Bramall Lane takes place on Saturday 12th January, 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £26.00 with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Glovers Provide Free Travel Offer For Leyton Orient Trip.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About Free Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.


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5 January 2013 : Oldham Trip Postponed
Yeovil Town's planned trip to play Oldham Athletic later this month will need to be rearranged. The Glovers were due to face the Latics on Saturday 26th January 2013 at Boundary Park in a League One fixture. However, due to Oldham's shock 3-2 away win over Nottingham Forest, that weekend will be used to fulfill Oldham's FA Cup Fourth Round commitments, meaning the Glovers will almost certainly face a mid-week trip up to Greater Manchester.

This is the second fixture the Glovers have had to rearrange to the FA Cup, with their home match against Milton Keynes Dons now scheduled to be played on Tuesday 29th January 2013 at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

With the Glovers having a blank weekend because of that postponement, five other League One fixtures were played across Friday and Saturday. The end result is that Yeovil Town drop a place in the League One table, with Stevenage's win over Crewe Alexandra seeing them climb above the Glovers.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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5 January 2013 : Gozie Swaps Glovers For Royals
Reading loan striker Gozie Ugwu has seen his loan spell at Huish Park end, after a half season stay in South Somerset. The news of the 19 year old's departure from the club comes with him being named in the Royals FA Cup Third Round squad that takes on Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium this afternoon. Gozie is named as a substitute in their team, at a ground he's already familiar with, having played there last November in Yeovil's 1-0 win.

Overall, Gozie made 18 appearances for the Glovers, scoring three goals in the process. However, a hamstring injury at the start of October hampered his progression at the club, and with Paddy Madden having arrived whilst he was out of contention, he was only able to add six further appearances during the three months that followed.

Yeovil Town would be entitled to return for Gozie's services, if they wished to do so, given that his original deal at the club was set up as a Youth Loan. However, in allowing the deal to run out, it would seem that he will play no part in Gary Johnson's plans in the foreseeable future.

In other news concerning our recent loanees, Bristol City right-back Joe Edwards is once again warming the bench for their side, in their FA Cup match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. However, Korey Smith does not feature in Norwich City's squad that has travelled to play Peterborough United.


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5 January 2013 : Blackwell Still Waiting On Shakers Embargo
League One side Bury's hopes of exiting their current transfer embargo in just over a week's time appear to be unclear, after their first team manager Kevin Blackwell admitted he did not know when it would be lifted. The Shakers were barred from making new signings a month ago after they were forced to take out a short term loan from the Professional Footballers Association due to cashflow problems.

Blackwell says that he was not made aware of any financial issues at Gigg Lane at the time that he joined the club, and was only informed that the problem existed the day before the transfer embargo was put in place by the Football League. Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester he understandably isn't happy with the situation he has inherited since coming in as manager at the end of September:

"It was a shock to me when we went into the embargo. I was only told the day before. I don't know what date we're coming out or if we are coming out. I think you should be told what you're working to and that frustrates me. The directors are doing what they can but, at this moment in time, I really couldn't tell you if (players are) coming or going. What we've got to do - the manager and the directors - is support the players. That means signing decent players when we get the opportunity to. Hopefully, if we can lift the embargo and find some money from somewhere, we may be able to do that."

Bury's worries about not being able to extend their current loan deals with a number of players have been alleviated somewhat with the news that former Glovers trialist Troy Hewitt has extended his stay at the club until January 22nd, with Leicester City's Tom Hopper staying until the end of the season. However they have lost Wolves defenders Matt Doherty and Ethan Ebanks-Landell and will not be allowed to replace them until they have sorted out their debts with the PFA.

Despite some improved form, Bury are still stuck in the relegation zone, and Blackwell tells the Bury Times that he is desperate to bring in new players, and feels the club's directors need to realise the implications of allowing the embargo to continue:

"I’ve been telling them (the directors) that their day of reckoning is coming. Someone better wake up and listen to it. Not being told the truth about the club’s finances when I took over hasn’t helped, but I haven’t come here to get relegated. Now I know what the situation is, at least I can start doing something about it. But we need players. We’ve needed players all season. I have squeezed as much out of the kids as I can."

Meanwhile Coventry City's problems with their stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) are continuing, with neither side showing any sign of blinking, despite ACL's 21 day demand for the £1.1 million worth of rental arrears and £1.6 million worth of total debts to be coughed up.

Both parties have shown a tendency to conduct their negotiations though the press, with Coventry owners Sisu quoting what they believe to be the average rent paid by League One clubs (entirely ignoring the fact that a rental agreement is a legal contract, no matter how good or bad value for money it may be) whist ACL have claimed that they have given Coventry the offer of a new tenancy agreement on reduced terms, but this has been refused. In the meantime, the debts from the existing agreement continue to grow. ACL have yet to pursue the winding up order that they would be entitled to do, but have made clear that they have no scheduled face-to-face meetings to resolve the conflict:

"The Board of ACL has remained in written contact with Joy Seppala (Sisu's representative on behalf of Coventry City) during the Christmas and New Year period. Correspondence has been exchanged and the board remains committed to finding a workable solution. At this time, however, no agreement has been reached. No face-to-face talks between ACL and Joy Seppala’s Mayfair based hedge fund, Sisu, are currently scheduled. The Board of ACL is continuing to assess its legal options. A board meeting to discuss these options has not been scheduled at this time."

Finally Portsmouth are having to leave their training ground at the end of this month, as part of further cost-cutting moves, as the club moves into its 11th month in administration. They are renting the Wellington Sports Ground in Eastleigh, but plan to quit that, and by default return to Fratton Park. However, they are also looking at alternative facilities within the Portsmouth area, with the University of Portsmouth’s Langstone Campus being named as a possible location.

As usual, that is the least of Pompey's problems. They have another creditors meeting scheduled for Tuesday 8th January. Then seven days later, they return to the High Court to try to resolve the ownership of their Fratton Park ground, following on from last month's adjournment of the case that hopes to see them regain control of their main asset from previous club owners Portpin.


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4 January 2013 : Curtis Clarifies Cambridge Contract
Former Yeovil Town left-back Curtis Haynes-Brown, who has left the club this afternoon, has confirmed the length of his contract at the Abbey Stadium. The 23 year old has signed permanently for Conference National side Cambridge United earlier today, ending an eighteen month stay at Huish Park that saw him make just 13 appearances, including only one during the 2012-13 season.

So far, Curtis has made four appearances for his new club, as part of a loan spell that commenced at the end of November. He has told the Cambridge News that he has a deal running until the end of the current season but hopes he can then take that further:

"I am very pleased to have signed a contract with Cambridge United. During my loan spell the coaching staff and players made me feel welcome and a part of the Club, so that made my choice to stay permanently a lot easier. With my contract being until the end of the season I want to play as well as I can hopefully spend more of my future with Cambridge United."

Whilst on the subject of other former players, Lawson D'Ath has left Cheltenham Town after his loan spell with them expired at the turn of the year. He made three appearances, scoring one goal, but suffered an injury during his time at Whaddon Road that punctuated his stay in Gloucestershire.

Elsewhere, former centre-back Terrell Forbes is one of five Chesterfield players to have been put on the transfer list, after the Spireites decided to refresh their squad. Former striker Scott Davies is a free agent after being released by Crawley Town, having made just one substitute appearance for them this season. Finally former goalkeeper Romain Larrieu has been made Joint Caretaker Manager at Plymouth Argyle along with Kevin Nancekivell, after former boss Carl Fletcher was shown the door on New Year's Day.


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4 January 2013 : Curtis Leaves Yeovil Town
Further to yesterday's news, Yeovil Town's left-sided defender Curtis Haynes-Brown has now completed his move to Conference National side Cambridge United. Curtis departs the club 18 months after he arrived from Lowestoft Town for an undisclosed fee.

He made just 13 appearances, including only one this season, spending time out on loan with AFC Wimbledon and more recently Cambridge United. The U's have now made that move permanent, taking Curtis off the payroll for the final time. The best of luck to him in the future.


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4 January 2013 : Dolan Completes Glovers Loan Move
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have completed the loan signing of Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan. He has signed on a one month youth loan basis, to help bolster their squad during the month of January. He will be eligible for next Tuesday's Football League Trophy tie against Leyton Orient, and arrives at the club, having turned down an offer from his home town club Hartlepool United.

Matthew Dolan was born on February 11th 1993 in Hartlepool, and is therefore approaching his 20th birthday. Middlesbrough website describe him as "an all-action, energetic, tough and determined left-footed player, who can play in midfield or in defence and is an excellent header of the ball". He has been part of their Academy set-up, but was rewarded with his first professional contract in July 2010 when Boro thought enough of him to award a four year deal.

He has yet to make a first team appearance for them, but is captain of their Under-21 development side. Middlesbrough note that his progress through the youth ranks was thwarted slightly during the 2009-10 season when he had a 'horrific' shoulder injury, but there doesn't appear to have been a repeat of that problem since then.

Matthew arrived at the club over Christmas, but his loan deal was delayed slightly, after he suffered tonsillitis problems during last week.


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4 January 2013 : Ladies Take Centre Stage For Huish Park Cup Match
Yeovil Town Ladies are delighted to announce that they will be playing their FA Women's Premier League Cup Round of Sixteen match on the stadium pitch at Huish Park in Yeovil. The match takes place on Sunday 13th January 2013 and kicks off at 2.00p.m., with National Premier League outfit Leeds United Ladies the opponents.

United are one of the top sides outside of the Women’s Super league, and presently sit in third place in the league. They are a formidable side, but as the Glovers have proved already this season with good performances and results over national League sides Reading Women and Portsmouth Ladies, they are more than capable of competing with sides from the top league.

"This is one of the biggest matches in the club’s history, and certainly the biggest since I’ve been here," joint manager Sarah Lawler said this afternoon. "It is therefore great that we are able to play the game at such a top arena. The players are delighted to be playing the game at the stadium, and it will be a massive motivating factor for them."

"It is a big honour for us to be playing at Huish Park, and we would like to thank the main club and Gary Johnson for allowing it to happen. We will be going all out to win the match, and we intend to uphold the rich tradition of cup football at Yeovil Town."

"I would like to urge all Yeovil Town fans to come along and support us. We play good attacking football, and are great to watch, with entertainment and goals high on the agenda. With low admission prices on the day, it should present a great value and exciting afternoon of football. If you have not yet seen women’s football, please give it a go. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised."

Admission prices have been set at £3.00 for adults, and £1.00 for concessions, with children able to enter for free if accompanied by a paying adult.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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4 January 2013 : Dolan 'On The Verge' Of Move
Yeovil Town's planned move for Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan appears to still be on the cards. Today's Northern Echo states that he is "on the verge of a loan move to Yeovil" - something that was meant to be wrapped up on New Year's Eve but got put on hold when the player suffered tonsillitis problems whilst training with the Glovers first team squad.

One thing that could still delay Dolan's move is that Boro are short on numbers for this weekend's FA Cup Third Round match against Hastings United with boss Tony Mowbray reporting that he has up to 14 players missing for the game at the Riverside Stadium - a situation that has seen him register a couple of his youth team players for the game. With the Glovers not playing until next Tuesday, there's just the question of exactly when Mowbray wants to see the deal go through.

Fellow League One side Hartlepool United appear to have not given up the hunt, with boss John Hughes keen to capture a player who was born in the town and was a Pools supporter as a child:

"I was desperate to get Matty in - Yeovil are chasing him too. My first signing is important, he's Hartlepool born and bred and has good legs. The chairman and chief executive have told me to have a go and try and get him."

Despite this, the Northern Echo claim Mowbray has told them that Huish Park is still Dolan's first choice option.

Link: Gary Takes Trialist Duo To Watch Game.


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4 January 2013 : Edwards Return Plans On Hold
Yeovil Town's hopes of bringing right-sided player Joe Edwards back to Huish Park appear to be on hold for the immediate future, with his parent club Bristol City suffering problems in that area. The Championship strugglers included the 22 year old in their squad that travelled to Millwall on New Year's Day, albeit with him eventually being an unused substitute.

Today's Bristol Evening Post indicates that situation is unlikely to change in the short term - City have Richard Foster out with a hamstring injury, Albert Adomah called up to play in the African Cup of Nations and Mark Wilson short of match fitness after he was given his first start in the right-back slot for three months on Saturday.

City travel to play Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday, and their boss Derek McInnes has confirmed that he will be travelling with them:

"Joe is in the squad for Saturday and we will look at it again after the weekend. Yeovil are keen to extend his stay with them, but we will see where we are before making a decision. We have a couple of injuries at the moment, so Joe will stay with us and we will see what happens after the FA Cup tie."

The absence of Foster is not expected to be a long term one, but with Edwards having shown his worth further up the flank, City may prefer to wait until Adomah's international commitments are over.


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3 January 2013 : Orient Trip : Do You Know Your Coach Number?
A further note to those travelling to next week's Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient, via the GWSC Supporters Coaches. Bookings for this game are now up to Coach No.11 as of today, and obviously that means that there is going to be a hefty number of supporters heading to Huish Park at the time the coaches leave.

At the time you booked your coach place, you should have been told which coach you are booked on, at the time that you reserved your place. If for any reason you don't recall being given the Coach Number, or you've forgotten it, then it would be very useful if you could make sure you know it for when you arrive at the Football Ground (and obviously for when you leave Brisbane Road after the game!) This is to ensure that the coach departures are not delayed on the day of the game. On the day of the game, please make sure you board the correct coach!

If you want to know your coach number, then please drop a text message (don't call) to 07427121069 detailing your full name (or multiple names) that you used when placing your booking. You may not get an immediate reply, but any texts sent through will be bundled up and replied to, hopefully once they've had time to work through the lists. Obviously if text messaging is not your thing, feel free to phone Paul Hadlow directly on 07736044570, but bear in mind he's fielding a lot of calls at present.

As before, if you've yet to make a coach booking, but plan to go to the game, we'd strongly advise you to make your decision on whether to travel as quickly as possible, to avoid disappointment. To place your coach booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

If it's match tickets you want then the Huish Park Ticket Office can be reached on 01935-847888. We are trying to get hold of stand capacity information for Tuesday night, to help allay any concerns there - however, the standard allocation quoted around the internet for Orient's East Stand is 941 spaces, which should be plenty. With advance warning, they are able to raise that to 1,459 supporters.

The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Tuesday 8th January 2013, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: Glovers Provide Free Travel Offer For Leyton Orient Trip.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About Free Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.


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3 January 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Leyton Orient Home Interview
Just prior to the New Year's Day match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Gary's thoughts on the first of a double-header, and on the January transfer window, are recorded via the link below.

Note: Only a short interview on this occasion, as they had to move quickly between two different live matches with staggered kick-offs.

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


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3 January 2013 : Money Wanting Longer Haynes-Brown Stay
Conference National side Cambridge United are hoping to extend their current deal with Yeovil Town player Curtis Haynes-Brown. Manager Richard Money has to make a decision on the 23 year old after his loan spell at Abbey Stadium ended yesterday after four appearances for the club, having arrived at the tail end of November.

After a slow start with the U's, Curtis has gradually forced himself into the first team reckoning, featuring in their last three matches, and making his first start on December 29th in their 1-1 draw at Dartford. Money has said that he is convinced enough to put in an offer for an extended stay at the club for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, which would take him to the end of his Glovers contract at Huish Park.

Having had just three minutes worth of first team football for the Glovers this season, whether that turns out to be a loan or a permanent transfer, Money understands Curtis doesn't have a future at Huish Park. Haynes-Brown came on as a substitute against Braintree United on New Year's Day as a left-winger and struck the crossbar during the second half, and Money has told the Cambridge News that he can see the potential in the player:

"I don’t think there’s an opportunity for him at Yeovil and he’s local – he was at Ipswich and Colchester as a kid – so he desperately wants to come here. We’re trying to speak to Gary Johnson and hopefully we can sort something out and give him a chance until the end of the season. I think there’s something there. He’s a good athlete and he has shown in the last week he can play left-back and left side of midfield. He came on to really good effect in a forward position yesterday and caused them a real problem with his pace and athleticism. So we’re going to try to keep him, but it isn’t done yet."

With Cambridge having a home match against Stockport County on Saturday, expect a decision to be made - even if it's just an interim extension - within the next 24 hours.


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2 January 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Highlights
The Sky Sports website has been updated to include the match highlights from all the Football League's New Year's Day matches. That includes all the goals and major action from the 3-0 win over Leyton Orient across two and a half minutes. Those who have a UK internet service provider should click the link below to view the video clip.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Highlights.


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2 January 2013 : Madden Returns Favour For Manager's Faith
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden says that he feels he is 'returning a favour' as part of his commitment to signing a permanent contract at Huish Park. Having completed his move from Carlisle United yesterday, formally ending a two year stay in Cumbria. Since October, the 22 year old has been down in Somerset on a three month loan deal, and now has extended that significantly by putting pen to paper on a two and a half year contract.

Having had a frustrating experience at Brunton Park, where he had not been given a league start during the 2012-13 season, Madden has grabbed a regular place in Yeovil's starting line-up, sparking a run of form that has given him 9 goals in 15 League One appearances. He has told BBC Somerset that with Johnson giving him that run of games, he was happy to cement his future at the club:

"Yes, I'm buzzing. As I've said before after my first game, Gary gave me my chance. He had faith in me and brought me down here and gave me my chance to play, get me games and play football. I'm just returning the favour for him. I've loved it since Day One down here. All the fans and everyone around the club have made me feel welcome, so I'm buzzing to be here on a permanent basis."

With the club finishing New Year's Day in 9th place in the table, and just three points off the play-offs, Madden adds that he is confident that the club can climb higher, and despite being cup-tied, he will be part of the large number of Glovers travelling up to Brisbane Road for the Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient:

"Our aim is the play-offs and I think we're good enough to get there. We just need to keep the performances up, and keep trying to get as many points on the board as we can, and who knows where it might lead? I'll be up at Leyton Orient cheering the boys on - we're all a team, and we're all in it together, and so I'll be buzzing for the lads and I'm sure the lads will go up there and get a result."


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2 January 2013 : Ten Green Coaches
Another reminder that time is running out to take advantage of Yeovil Town's offer concerning Supporters Coaches to next week's Football League Trophy tie against Leyton Orient. The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Tuesday 8th January 2013, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off and has seen the club offer up FREE coach places for those purchasing tickets for the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final tie.

At present, the GWSC, who are organising the travel for the game, are understood to be taking bookings for their 10th coach to the game. As the original commitment by the club was to provide sponsorship for up to 500 supporters to travel to the game, once that 10th coach is full there's less obligation for further coaches to be provided, even if manager Gary Johnson said that he would be hoping to persuade a few more sponsors to support the event.

We'd therefore strongly advise you to make your decision on whether to travel as quickly as possible, to avoid disappointment. To place your coach booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings). If it's match tickets you want then the Huish Park Ticket Office can be reached on 01935-847888 - they should be back to normal office hours now with the Christmas and New Year holidays over.

Link: Glovers Provide Free Travel Offer For Leyton Orient Trip.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About Free Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.


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2 January 2013 : Madden Given Sky Nomination
Whilst the Football League opted for Byron Webster in their Team of the Week, the Sky Sports website takes advantage of an extra day's worth of fixtures to deliver their own verdict. They opt to include Paddy Madden in their line-up, after his two goal haul, during the 3-0 win over Leyton Orient, and the completion of his transfer from Carlisle United yesterday.

Sky's commentary on Madden's inclusion gives the following verdict on his performance:

"Yeovil recovered from a Boxing Day defeat at Bournemouth with back-to-back wins and Madden was influential to their triumph at home to Leyton Orient as he grabbed a double, breaking the deadlock just before half-time then adding another when he pounced on Ben Chorley's back-pass."

The other players to get into their Team of the Week were as follows:

David James - Bournemouth
Simon Francis - Bournemouth
Rob Jones - Doncaster
Harlee Dean - Brentford
Zoumana Bakayogo - Tranmere
Nicky Adams - Crawley
Dave Syers - Doncaster
Andy Robinson - Tranmere
James Collins - Swindon
Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town
Will Grigg - Walsall


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2 January 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 win over Leyton Orient at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the win. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts on that match, the capture of Paddy

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game.


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1 January 2013 : Johnson Praises Strike Partnership After Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised the contribution of front line pair James Hayter and Paddy Madden after their double-act came up trumps in a home win today. Madden scored a brace, whilst Hayter scored the middle goal and set up Madden's first as the Glovers beat Leyton Orient by a 3-0 scoreline at Huish Park.

The pair have now scored 20 goals between them during the 2012-13 season, with 16 of the pair's goals netted since Madden's arrival in Somerset at the start of October. Johnson said after the game that he felt that they were outstanding this afternoon:

"I thought Paddy Madden and James Hayter were both fantastic today, they are a constant threat and both have been very good strikers for us. They always look like they're going to get opportunities because they work so hard. They were ably assisted by the other lads and defensively we were strong. All over the field we were the better side on the day. It was nice to pick up the three points. It's a couple of wins on the trot and it's three wins over Christmas period, and three wins out of four, which is a good return. So we're pleased that we've put points on the board in the league."

Today's match against Orient is the first of a double header, with League One swapped for the Football League Trophy next Tuesday, as the pair meet again in an Area Semi-Final match at Brisbane Road. Johnson added that he wasn't going to make too many assumptions in terms of how that game would pan out despite the comfortable win:

"We're not going to rest on our laurels but we thoroughly deserved the three points. Next Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy area semi-final (against Leyton Orient) is a huge game, but it will be a different kettle of fish. It's massive to this club and we are desperate to win the trophy."


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1 January 2013 : Madden Contract Confirmed
Further to today's earlier news concerning striker Paddy Madden's permanent transfer to Huish Park, Yeovil Town have now confirmed that he has signed his contract at the club. The former Carlisle United striker has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Glovers, that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015. At the Carlisle United end, they have indicated that there is a sell-on clause attached to the agreement, where they will receive an unspecified cut of any future transfer fee Madden may attract.

The transfer fee itself also remains undisclosed, with Madden still having six months left of his deal at Brunton Park left to run. Frozen out with the Cumbrians, he made only eight starts for them across 36 total appearances. The nine goals he has scored with the Glovers in his loan spell alone comfortably exceed the two times he scored for Carlisle during the 19 months he spent with them.

Speaking via his Twitter account earlier today, Madden said he was pleased to get the deal sorted:

"I'm delighted to have signed permanently for Yeovil. Let's keep this run going now. A great win today, and nice to get two goals."

The paperwork for the permanent transfer will be put through the Football League's offices when they open for business tomorrow.


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1 January 2013 : Slade Finds The Grass Isn't Always Greener On The Other Side
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade has criticised the playing surface at Huish Park, after his side suffered a 3-0 defeat against Yeovil Town this afternoon. As a man who was certainly familiar with the good and bad points of the hallowed turf, having played a team on it between 2006 and 2009, the 52 year old was rather non-plussed about its condition when he travelled down for today's game.

Missing top scorer Kevin Lisbie due to a shoulder injury, he was confident that the striker's absence would not be a long term problem, suggesting he will return in time for next Tuesday's Football League Trophy game at Brisbane Road. However, he felt that his remaining squad members had a difficult surface to play on which he admitted the Glovers adapted to in a superior manner:

"It's the worst surface I've seen in League One for years, it's poor, but fair play to Yeovil because they adapted to it. I don't think we set our stall out well enough in the early stages and they started as the better side and adapted to the conditions better than us. Of course we missed Kevin (Lisbie) but there was no point in bringing him because he's had an injection in his shoulder which we need to settle, hopefully for the weekend."

Of the goals, Slade centred in on the pair that were scored by Paddy Madden in each half. Admitting that he had yet to see the first on video again, he said that his players were complaining that there should have been a linesman's flag raised, but felt his team should have played to the whistle:

"I haven't seen the first goal but the players think it's offside. In the end, whether it was or wasn't, we have stopped. Yeovil were very direct but it was effective. For the third goal it was again down to the conditions. Ben (Chorley) will probably wish he had put it in row Z, but unfortunately he under-hit the back-pass and it's been costly for us."


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1 January 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 win against Leyton Orient 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 Leyton Orient.


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1 January 2013 : Yeovil 3 Orient 0 : Madden Double Seals New Year Win
Yeovil Town got 2013 off to a perfect start this afternoon, as clinical finishing from their strike force got them all three points against Leyton Orient. The 3-0 win over former manager Russell Slade's side came as striker Paddy Madden scored a goal in each half in the final match of his loan period before becoming a permanent transfer in the January transfer window. In between his partner James Hayter clocked up his 10th goal of the season on the hour mark, to lift the Glovers up to 9th place in the League One table, and to give them the psychological edge ahead of next week's Football League Trophy tie at Brisbane Road.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up, with only one change on the bench. Attacking midfielder Sam Foley was the man to come into the squad, having recovered sufficiently from a hamstring strain to sit on the bench, meaning that Under-18s midfielder Will Agbo dropped out of the squad. Otherwise the paper-thin squad was maintained, with manager Gary Johnson having failed in his plans to bring in emergency loan signings on New Year's Eve - Matthew Dolan's tonsillitis having seen him return to Middlesbrough instead.

The first half took a great deal of time to warm up, both in terms of the number of chances being created on the field, and in the volume of noise off the field, as if a few in the crowd were nursing hangovers. They all woke up on 15 minutes when a wide ball into the box saw Paddy Madden's header crash off the underside of the crossbar, with James Hayter's attempt to bag the rebound seeing him blown up for a foul on visiting keeper and former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones.

But overall this game was a bit of a slow burner. Ed Upson fired wide, and Paddy Madden put one over the bar. Then Madden broke through the Orient defence, but tried to pass the ball through to James Hayter when a shot might have been a wiser decision - instead an Orient defender got a boot in to intercept the attempt. Byron Webster put a header wide from a Gavin Williams free kick, making it fairly obvious which side was creating the majority of the efforts on goal, even if the game at times was rather low key.

Orient took 35 minutes to get near Marek Stech - as a Ben Chorley header forced Marek Stech to make a save down to his left, but five minutes later Yeovil got themselves ahead as both strikers combined well. James Hayter broke through the visiting side's defence, and instead of shooting himself, he cleverly pulled the ball back to Paddy Madden to allow the Irishman to confidently place the ball into the corner of the net for a thoroughly deserved half time lead. Madden could have even extended that before the whistle blew as Jamie Jones saved from him again, but the single goal advantage was not to be sniffed at.

Like the first half, the second one took a little bit of time to warm up, with Orient having made their own tactical change at the break, swapping over their right-flank players Moses Odubajo and Lloyd James. They began to press a little bit more, albeit without creating too many chances. However, the crucial goal came at the other end, as a great piece of refereeing allowed Yeovil to double their lead. Dominic Blizzard had been blocked off the ball, causing the linesman to wave his flag for a foul. But with Gavin Williams still in possession, referee Simon Hooper waved play-on, allowing the Welshman to put in a cross for James Hayter to convert his 10th goal of the season from close range.

To be fair to Orient, they didn't give up on that goal. A further substitution saw Scott Cuthbert come on for Martin Rowlands, with Cuthbert switching to right-back and Lloyd James moving for the second time in the match as he occupied a central midfield slot. Winger Dean Cox, who has been a thorn in Yeovil's side for both Orient and Brighton, was given too much space to weave in from the flank, but Stech was equal to it. Then came what was Orient's big moment as Lloyd James beat Marek Stech, only to find Dan Burn perfectly placed to block the ball on the goal line.

So what could have been 2-1, very quickly became 3-0. Burn's clearance up field resulted in Orient captain Ben Chorley trying to turn the ball back to his own goalkeeper. Chorley's hit was woefully under-paced, allowing Paddy Madden the chance to accept a belated Christmas gift, running through and firing the ball under the advancing Jamie Jones. A three goal advantage, and game firmly over, as Madden grabbed his 10th goal of the season, and his 9th in Yeovil colours.

With the game now won, Gary Johnson sensibly used the closing period to give some of his elder statesmen a rest of their legs during a heavy Christmas period. One by one, Gavin Williams, Jamie McAllister and James Hayter were brought off to rapturous applause, as Sam Foley, Reuben Reid and Gozie Ugwu replaced them, with Reid occupying the right-wing and Foley the left. Reid himself could have added another when he forced Jamie Jones to save with his legs to keep it down to a three goal win.

Orient will be glad that Madden will be cup-tied for next week's Football League Trophy cup tie, whilst their top scorer and talisman Kevin Lisbie will face a race to recover from the shoulder injury that put him out of today's match. So next week will doubtless be a different proposition at Brisbane Road, but the Glovers will go into it with their tails up, following a highly successful Christmas campaign that has seen them grab three wins out of four, and even lifts them up to 9th in the League One table.

Link: 2012-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 0.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (41 mins, 1-0), James Hayter (59 mins, 2-0), Paddy Madden (74 mins, 3-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid (77 mins for Jamie McAllister) 14. Sam Foley (79 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu (83 mins for James Hayter) 24. Mitch Brundle

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
17. Moses Odubajo 4. Ben Chorley 6. Mathieu Baudry 2. Leon McSweeney
23. Lloyd James 22. Martin Rowlands 8. Anthony Griffith 7. Dean Cox
26. Ryan Brunt 39. Dave Mooney

Substitutes:
16. Ryan Allsop 5. Scott Cuthbert (64 mins for Martin Rowlands) 10. Michael Symes (79 mins for David Mooney) 11. Jimmy Smith 20. Afolabi Obafemi (70 mins for Ryan Brunt) 21. Lee Cook 27. Alex Smith

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Leyton Orient Bookings: Afolabi Obafemi (ungentlemanly conduct).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 3,516 (including 191 Leyton Orient supporters).


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1 January 2013 : Johnson Confirms Madden Deal Is Finalised
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has today confirmed that he has a deal fully agreed for Carlisle United striker Paddy Madden. With the Football League's offices due to reopen tomorrow after the Bank Holiday, and with the January transfer window now open for business, Madden is expected to complete his widely expected transfer down to Somerset within the next 24-48 hours, with the negotiations having long since been completed between all parties.

Madden celebrated the final game of his 'loan' spell this afternoon by netting his eight and ninth goals of his Glovers career, and his tenth of the 2012-13 season. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that the deal has been in the bag for a while now, but he's had to wait until January to make that more widely known:

"He is our player. I've been dropping little hints for a little while now to everybody. I've not been able to say too much, but we very early on spotted his potential and we thought that we would very early on that we would try to broker a deal for him to come here full time, and that's what we've done. The paperwork for that will go through. It's already been agreed, and Paddy Madden is a Yeovil Town player, and from Day One, he always was."

Johnson has also confirmed that there is a transfer fee involved between the two clubs - as yet the size of that, and the contract length have not been disclosed. With his tongue firmly in his cheek, Gary joked that in addition to stumping up the cash for one of next week's supporters coaches heading to Brisbane Road next Tuesday for the Football League Trophy tie, that he might have to dip into his own pocket:

"I might have to pay that myself as well as the supporters bus (to Leyton Orient)! He's going to be worth whatever we pay them. I think it was a good deal anyway. Paddy came here and he enjoyed it. The supporters, players and directors all made him feel very comfortable. So even if we didn't have him on a contract, we had him here in his head. He was our player, and it's turned out very well. He's going to be a top player with the workrate that he's got. He's a great finisher when he gets there, and he's an unselfish runner."

The confirmation that Madden will be Yeovil Town's player within the next day or so follows today's earlier news that fellow countryman Kevin Dawson has completed his transfer from League of Ireland side Shelbourne today.

Link: Shelbourne Midfielder Completes Yeovil Town Transfer.


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1 January 2013 : Yeovil 3 Orient 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town got 2013 off to a perfect start this afternoon, as clinical finishing from their strike force got them all three points against Leyton Orient. The 3-0 win over former manager Russell Slade's side came as striker Paddy Madden scored a goal in each half in the final match of his loan period before becoming a permanent transfer in the January transfer window. In between his partner James Hayter clocked up his 10th goal of the season on the hour mark, to lift the Glovers up to 9th place in the League One table, and to give them the psychological edge ahead of next week's Football League Trophy tie at Brisbane Road.

Full match report to follow ...

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 0.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (41 mins, 1-0), James Hayter (59 mins, 2-0), Paddy Madden (74 mins, 3-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid (77 mins for Jamie McAllister) 14. Sam Foley (79 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu (83 mins for James Hayter) 24. Mitch Brundle

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
17. Moses Odubajo 4. Ben Chorley 6. Mathieu Baudry 2. Leon McSweeney
23. Lloyd James 22. Martin Rowlands 8. Anthony Griffith 7. Dean Cox
26. Ryan Brunt 39. Dave Mooney

Substitutes:
16. Ryan Allsop 5. Scott Cuthbert (64 mins for Martin Rowlands) 10. Michael Symes (79 mins for David Mooney) 11. Jimmy Smith 20. Afolabi Obafemi (70 mins for Ryan Brunt) 21. Lee Cook 27. Alex Smith

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Leyton Orient Bookings: Afolabi Obafemi (ungentlemanly conduct).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 3,516 (including 191 Leyton Orient supporters).


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1 January 2013 : Smith And Edwards Make Parent Clubs Benches
Yeovil Town's former loan pair Korey Smith and Joe Edwards have made the bench at their parent clubs for matches on New Year's Day. Whilst manager Gary Johnson will be hoping to bring both back to Huish Park, Korey is a substitute for Norwich City in their Premier League match at West Ham United, whilst Joe has made the bench for Bristol City's game at Millwall. If the Glovers do want to sign either, then the fact that both clubs are needing to put the players on their bench would suggest that these may not materialise quite so quickly as hoped.


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1 January 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's visit of Leyton Orient. Their fourth match in ten days sees the same eleven go again - various press reports had suggested that striker Paddy Madden's loan deal from Carlisle United had ended on the turn of the year, but by our calculations he can continue under the existing deal until around January 5th, which means he can take to the field today, with enough time to push through the permanent transfer in the few days after that.

On the bench, Sam Foley is fit enough to occupy one of the slots, with Will Agbo dropping out of the matchday squad. There have been no new loan signings made as planned - of one of those, Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan has returned to the North-East with him suffering from tonsilitis, meaning that one couldn't be followed through just yet.

Thus with the exception of the Foley-Agbo swap, things are 'as you were' and read as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid 14. Sam Foley 19. Gozie Ugwu 24. Mitch Brundle

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
17. Moses Odubajo 4. Ben Chorley 6. Mathieu Baudry 2. Leon McSweeney
23. Lloyd James 22. Martin Rowlands 8. Anthony Griffith 7. Dean Cox
26. Ryan Brunt 39. Dave Mooney

Substitutes:
16. Ryan Allsop 5. Scott Cuthbert 10. Michael Symes 11. Jimmy Smith 20. Afolabi Obafemi 21. Lee Cook 27. Alex Smith


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1 January 2013 : Shelbourne Midfielder Completes Yeovil Town Transfer
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Shelbourne midfielder Kevin Dawson has completed his move to Huish Park. The 22 year old's name has been on the rumourmill since early December, having been staying at Paddy Madden's house, whilst training with the club. He has signed a contract until the end of the 2012-13 season. Kevin will not be available for this afternoon's home game against Leyton Orient, due to the need for the paperwork to be pushed through the Football League's offices, however he will be eligible to play in the next match against the same side in the Football League Trophy.

Born in Dublin on June 30th 1990, Dawson is the brother of Barnsley player Stephen Dawson and has been on the books of Shelbourne since February 2011. So far his entire career has been spent in the Republic of Ireland, having started his career with youth sides run by Belvedere and St. Kevins Boys - some sources also suggest he was on the books of Bohemians as well. During this time he also represented the Republic of Ireland international side at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-18 level.

His first professional club was Sporting Finga, who he signed for in 2009, initially as part of their Under-20 development side. He won a FAI Cup winners medal as an unused substitute in a 2009 win over Sligo Rovers, and was on their books when they gained promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division. Kevin was an unused substitute during his club's brief 2010 Europa League qualifying round appearance against Portuguese side CS Maritimo, eventually making 20 appearances for the Irish side.

When The Fingal withdrew from the League of Ireland, due to financial problems, Dawson switched across to Shelbourne, where he has made 34 appearances in each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, scoring five goals in the process. Here his career closely mirrored that of his time with Sporting Fingal - a First Division promotion and a FAI Cup Final appearance against Sligo Rovers, although on this occasion he ended up on the losing side.


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1 January 2013 : Gary Reviews The Year 2012
Happy New Year! With the year 2012 now out of the way, it's the right time to have a quick look back at the last 12 months. With manager Gary Johnson coming up to a year in charge, in his second spell as manager, he spoke to the BBC, giving his thoughts on 2012, as part of their Sports Review of the Year. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC In The Sporting Review Of The Year.


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1 January 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Officials for this afternoon's League One match between Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park at 3.00p.m. today and the man in charge will be referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him seven times as the man in the middle.

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

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

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

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

Moving on to January 2011, he took charge of the home match against Milton Keynes Dons. During this match, he sent off Jean-Paul Kalala for an off the ball incident involving ex-Glover Michael McIndoe. No complaints about the Kalala decision, although our (extremely biased) opinion was that McIndoe should have walked with him. However, we did feel that the whole situation that had been brewing for the previous 84 minutes was partly the responsibility of a referee who wasn't doing enough to diffuse situations.

During 2012, he made two visits to Huish Park. The first was for manager Gary Johnson's first 'proper' game in charge for his second spell, having returned to the club at the start of that week. No complaints here about Mr Hooper's performance during the match against Tranmere Rovers ... except that he failed to finish the match! He suffered a second half hamstring injury and had to leave the field. He then returned for the opening match of the 2012-13 season, taking charge of the League Cup First Round match against Colchester United - zero yellow or red cards during the game, and a pretty tidy performance - on this occasion he lasted the full 90 minutes as well!

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

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

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

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 0.


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