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31 January 2015 : Johnson Disappointed With First Half Posh Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his team didn't do enough to get back into the game against Peterborough United this afternoon, after his side lost 1-0 at London Road. The Glovers were never outclassed on a boggy pitch against the Posh, but fell behind when Marcus Maddison's shot was deflected by Harry Beautyman into the back of the net in the 28th minute, setting the scene for a game in which Yeovil improved and put pressure on their opponents but without truly looking like they could fashion an equalising goal.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he had been disappointed by his team's first half performance, despite a reasonably bright start to the match, but said that once his side fell a goal behind it was a lot easier for Posh to defend that lead, than it was for his team to threaten their penalty area, due to the difficulty in building up any fluent passing:

"It was a difficult game given the conditions. It was very difficult to expect either team really to play Barcelona type football, even if they could. But both teams realised it was a long-ball game today, and from the first little bit of quality that they had going forward they scored their goal. On that ground, you have to work very hard to get that goal back of course, because it's hard to run through it, and it's hard to get combination play to get your right technique on the ball. I thought in the first half we were poor, but I thought in the second half we gave it a little bit of a go without really making their goalkeeper work enough. We got plenty of crosses in, and we had a lot of possession further up the field, but we couldn't get that finish."

The transfer window closes at 11.00p.m. on Monday night and so with the club known to be still looking to bolster their somewhat thin squad of available first team players, there is little doubt that the Glovers boss will continue to search for players right up to the deadline. However, he said that there were no guarantees that deals would be completed within the next 48 hours:

"If something comes up then we will. There's an offer out for somebody so we'll have to wait and see whether that comes up, but it's certainly getting late now, and certainly I'll have the raging hump if anyone comes in for ours now with two days to go. I'm sure other people will feel the same. But we've worked very very hard to chase up a few players who we thought would help us, and for one reason or another they're not here. So we go with what we've got and if we don't sign anyone full time (permanently) then the (emergency loan) window comes around in about a week's time."

The departure of goalkeeper Jed Steer, who now returns to Aston Villa after a 93 day emergency loan spell is an obvious blow, particularly given that Chris Weale is still absent from the ankle and foot injury that he sustained whilst on loan with Burton Albion in December. That means that a new keeper will be a high priority for the club, although Johnson said that he is happy to put Artur Krysiak between the sticks next weekend if there is no new arrival:

"We've got to get a goalkeeper first. That's our first priority, and we're going to have to look for others whilst we're working with this group. We've got to make sure that anyone who we bring in improves the team. Artur Krysiak is the next keeper to go in. He did very well in the game when Jed didn't play, when he was ill. So he'll have to come in again. But we need two goalkeepers anyway because Chris Weale is injured. Gareth Stewart could sit on the bench for some games but he's a coach now, so we need another goalie anyway. So we're still going to need a loan goalie. But if we haven't got one immediately then obviously Artur is the one that has got that spot."


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31 January 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Peterborough United at the London 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 Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town.


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31 January 2015 : Peterborough 1 Yeovil 0 : Single Strike Sends Glovers Bottom Again
Yeovil Town suffered their first defeat in four matches this afternoon after they went down to a single goal defeat at London Road. The 1-0 scoreline in favour of Peterborough United came as part of an untidy scrappy match on a dreadful cut-up pitch in which both teams struggled to play fluent football. The winning goal came on 28 minutes as Marcus Maddison's slightly scuffed shot appeared to take a touch off Harry Beautyman that was enough to take it past Jed Steer - the Press Association gave Maddison the goal whilst the tannoy announcer gave it to Beautyman. Yeovil huffed'n'puffed and improved to an extent in the second period but didn't challenge Scott Loach's goal enough to justify getting that equalising goal.

The Glovers named the same starting eleven and almost the same substitutes bench compared with last weekend's 0-0 draw with Coventry City with only the arrival of Mansfield Town midfielder Fergus Bell added to the squad - he sat on the bench for his first taste of League One football but was not to get onto the pitch. Gary Johnson made his first return to Peterborough since his spell as Posh boss, as did Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana Twumasi.

The match was played on an utter pudding of a pitch, that cut up right from the first minute, with Kieffer Moore's early clearance showing what a poor surface it was as turf flied up in the air, and water splashed off the ball. The feeling was that it would only have taken a lunchtime shower for the game to have been in danger, and both teams struggled badly to keep their footing on the greasy surface, whilst fluent dribbling and triangle passing was completely out of the question.

An early chance involving Gozie Ugwu and Jamar Loza saw the latter force home keeper Scott Loach into a parried save, but from the loose ball Seth Nana Twumasi fired over the crossbar. A few minutes later, Twumasi put another attempt wide. Peterborough began to assert their authority though and Kyle Vassell would surely have converted if the state of the pitch hadn't defeated him - sliding in on a six yard low cross that eluded everyone but losing his footing ion the process and scuffing his shot wide. The same player then volleyed over the bar on the angle - a good strike but he couldn't keep his shot down.

Posh gradually became the better team and by the time we reached the 28th minute they deserved their lead. Marcus Maddison's shot from just inside the box was hardly cleanly hit but then there was the question of whether it took a touch along the way with Harry Beautyman taking a claim for a touch on the goal - possibly a worthy shout given that Jed Steer seemed to be confused by the flight of the ball on the way through to his far corner. The stadium announcer gave it to Beautyman, whilst the Press Association gave it to Maddison. The Football League Show coverage will have the final word.

For Yeovil their early play fizzled out somewhat. One typical play saw Seth Nana Twumasi receive the ball in acres of space on the right-flank but he either didn't have the confidence to beat the full-back or the state of the pitch defeated him, as he skanked an early cross into the box and no-one in the area had the physical presence to collect the ball. As such the 1-0 scoreline was a fair one at the break - Peterborough had been more incisive in the final third.

A half time substitution attempted to change that as AJ Leitch-Smith replaced Jamar Loza and that almost did the trick as Shaun Brisley was forced to clear the substitute's early shot on goal whilst the same player poked a shot wide of the post after Stephen Arthurworrey had cleverly shielded the ball between himself and the Peterborough goalkeeper to set Leitch-Smith up.

Peterborough still threatened, and Conor Washington's move in from the left flank saw Jed Steer at his best in his final appearance for the club as he parried the near post effort across the area before it was hacked away. Joe Newell did the same, but found the same outcome as the game remained with a single goal difference.

Yeovil's best effort of the game came as an excellent passing move (somehow) set up Liam Shephard as the right-back fired just wide from a ball that was laid back to him, whilst both sides made substitutions - Posh to try to freeze out the Glovers pressure, whilst Yeovil introduced Sam Hoskins as a more attacking threat down the left for Alex Smith, although their cause wasn't helped by Kieffer Moore getting an ankle injury in the closing stages which led to him limping off the pitch after a block tackle left him in pain.

In the end it was a little bit too much huff'n'puff - Yeovil's balls into the box were more in hope than in terms of quality and as such the 1-0 scoreline seemed a little bit inevitable - not radically outclassed but without the creativity to carve out an equaliser. The pitch didn't help that cause, but the end result means the Glovers drop bottom once again, and those forthcoming fixtures against Crawley Town and Crewe Alexandra are going to be crucial in their efforts to get out of trouble.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Peterborough United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Marcus Maddison (28 mins, 1-0)

Peterborough United:
13. Scott Loach
2. Michael Smith 6. Michael Bostwick 4. Shaun Brisley 21. Christian Burgess 17. Joe Newell
35. Harry Beautyman 30. Marcus Maddison 15. Jermaine Anderson
12. Kyle Vassell 14. Conor Washington

Substitutes:
3. Kgosi Ntlhe 8. Jack Payne 9. Luke James (67 mins for Kyle Vassell) 10. Erhun Oztumer 20. Aaron Mclean 28. Harry Anderson 32. Dion Henry

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (46 mins for Jamar Loza) 14. Sam Hoskins (78 mins for Alex Smith) 16. Nathan Ralph (83 mins for Kieffer Moore) 5. Fergus Bell

Peterborough Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Peterborough Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 4.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistant Referees: Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire) and Neil Davies (London). Fourth Official: Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire).

Attendance: 5,146 (with 239 Yeovil supporters).


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31 January 2015 : Team News For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Peterborough United at London Road. The Glovers have kept faith with the side that drew 0-0 against Coventry City last weekend with only one change on the bench.

New signing Fergus Bell came in from Mansfield Town during this week and he finds himself a place on the substitutes. That gives Yeovil a rare set of seven subs for the day.

Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle), Joel Grant (knee) and Liam Davis (foot) all have long term injuries with unspecified returns. Defender Ben Nugent serves the final game of a four match ban.

Today's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph 5. Fergus Bell


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31 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Coventry City : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played at home to Coventry City where they gained a 0-0 draw in a League One match at Huish Park. The main incident of the game saw Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer save a penalty in his penultimate appearance for the club, which created a bit more of a lively second half but ultimately this was not one of the more exciting fixtures of the season.

Man of the Match voting saw Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard and goalkeeper Jed Steer plenty of votes for their performance on the day. However, the Man of the Match by a large margin was midfielder Sam Foley who once again put in another consistent performance in the heart of midfield.

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

1. Sam Foley 408 (35)
2. Jed Steer 202 (9)
3. Liam Shephard 190 (10)
4. Kieffer Moore 110 (3)
5. Joe Edwards 76 (3)
6. Stephen Arthurworrey 46 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 22 (0)
8. Alex Smith 10 (0)
9. Nathan Ralph 6 (0)
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 6 (0)
11. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.03
Performance : 6.1
Entertainment : 5.97
VOTES RECEIVED : 60


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30 January 2015 : Gary Previews The Peterborough Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League One match against Peterborough United at London Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Gary talks about his side's injury situation, his continuing search for new signings, and on tomorrow's opponents and their current form. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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30 January 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Peterborough United
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town travel up to London Road to play Peterborough United in a League One fixture. The Ciderspace guide to all things Posh, including directions, parking, a pub guide, ticketing and loads of statistics can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Peterborough United.


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30 January 2015 : Johnson: Players Making Late Transfer Window Decisions
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he expects a number of players to be making late decisions around the country as the January transfer window nears its end. With the window closing on Monday 2nd February at 11.00p.m. many players will have been advised by their agents to hedge their bets until the final couple of days making for the usual glut of last day deals.

The Glovers boss has struggled to find the permanent signings he would prefer to make during the window, with just striker Gozie Ugwu and midfielder Fergus Bell being brought in, leaving the club still reliant upon the loan transfer system to bolster numbers. Johnson told BBC Somerset that he felt a number of players that were still out there were using delaying tactics, as were a number of interested clubs:

"When it gets to this stage a lot of players are keeping their options open until the last minute, and a lot of clubs are keeping their options open until the last minute. I think the good thing is that we haven't had anything for our lads, as we can ill-afford to lose any. We're working very very hard to try to bring players in. They don't just turn up on your doorstep. If they did we'd be a lot more comfortable. We've had to go through a lot of names, and we've had to get a lot of knockbacks, then maybe because of the numbers side of it, and we're aware of everyone who is available and we've spoken to certain players who are even in non-league that we quite like, and certainly in the league. Then you've got to start thinking about loans just in case."

Johnson has confirmed that he will aim to replace Jed Steer, who returns to Aston Villa at the end of his 93 day loan deal after tomorrow's match against Peterborough United. With permanent signing Chris Weale still recovering from an ankle injury that was complicated by broken bones in his foot, the Glovers boss said that he would still need a second fit goalkeeper to compete with Artur Krysiak:

"Jed has got to go back, so we've got to look for another goalie, whether that will be for the full term or a loan, because Wealey is injured at the moment, and we haven't got two first team keepers. That's even though Gareth Stewart always believes that he would never let us down, and I'm sure he wouldn't."

Weale himself suggested that he only had a couple of weeks to wait before his broken foot had healed, but with him not having played any first team football since last September, a rehabilitation and fitness period will follow. Johnson gave an update on that and all the other injuries:

"Wealey is out for longer than that (two week period). Most of the players that are out now, are out pretty much long term. We've got Dawson and Gillett who we'll struggle to see on this side of the end of the season. Wealey has still got to recover from the broken bones in his foot, Sokolik has still got to recover from his cruciate injury, which again is going to be next year. Grant and Davis have got injuries that keep returning whenever they look to come back. Certainly Liam Davis is now seeing another specialist. So when you get that run of events, then they don't come back soon. So we've still got a lot out, and so it would be nice to have a few more numbers coming in, to be honest with you. We're trying to do that but the business has got to be right."

Meanwhile Johnson gave formal confirmation that he had put in a bid for Kidderminster Harriers winger Marvin Johnson, who has been linked with the club. However, he admitted that offer has been turned down and didn't elaborate as to whether he had ended his interest in the player, or whether that might resume at a later date:

"Yes, it is a name that's cropped up. We've checked out Marvin Johnson. We wouldn't normally be able to talk about somebody that you're interested in, but I wouldn't lie to you - he is one that we have shown an interest in. But we've made an offer that has been turned down."


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29 January 2015 : Glovers West Country Derby Tie To Be Rearranged
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Bristol City will require a new date. The current League One fixture list has the visit of the Robins set for Saturday 21st March, but tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win against Gillingham means that Bristol City are through to the Final at Wembley Stadium.

The Robins beat Gillingham 5-3 on aggregate to reach the final, where they will face Walsall on Sunday 22nd March. That will mean that Yeovil Town will have their League One fixture for that weekend called off, with the match almost certainly being rearranged as a midweeker. Walsall's trip to Swindon Town will also need rearranging for the same reasons.


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29 January 2015 : Stags Midfielder Signs For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have signed up midfielder Fergus Bell this afternoon. He is a 24 year old attacking midfielder who was on the books of Mansfield Town. He has agreed a six month contract with the Glovers after they came to agreement with the Stags - Yeovil describe him as a 'free agent' whilst Mansfield indicate that they 'came to an agreement' with Yeovil Town for the player to be transferred - the most likely scenario is that he agreed for his contract with the League Two side to be severed. Their manager Adam Murray explains:

"Fergus was frustrated at not being in the current squad. Yeovil made an enquiry about him and we have come to an agreement with them for this move to take place."

Born in Wandsworth in London on January 25th 1991, he is a former Sunderland and Hibernian youth player, who has had a rather varied career so far, joining Glenn Hoddle's academy club Jerez Industrial in Spain for the 2010-11 season before enjoying a short term spell with Barnsley.

He then went overseas again, playing in Belgium for KRC Mechelen and KSK Heist before moving to Italian side AC Monza Brianza 1912 in August 2013. In the summer of 2014, he signed a contract for Mansfield Town, who he has made 21 appearances for, scoring one goal against Exeter City last September. His last match for the Stags came on December 13th, hence their willingness to release him from their books.


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29 January 2015 : Harriers Winger Bid Turned Down?
Further to Tuesday night's news concerning Kidderminster Harriers winger Marvin Johnson, media reports suggest that the Glovers have had a bid for the 24 year old turned down. In addition to the Glovers, the former Romulus player had been linked by The Mirror newspaper to Birmingham City, Notts County and Luton Town, albeit without any sources to back up their claims.

The Western Gazette reports today that they believe a bid was launched for the Harriers winger but was revoked. Johnson has six months left on his contract at Aggborough left, at which point he would become a free agent. There's no sources or quotes directly associated with the player's situation provided, or whether it was the club or the player who declined the approach.

Update: The Worcester News appears to back up this news, albeit without directly naming Yeovil Town. They indicate that Kidderminster "have turned down one derisory offer from an unnamed SkyBet League One club for highly-rated winger Marvin Johnson. The offer fell far below Harriersí six-figure valuation for the winger."


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29 January 2015 : Officials For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Peterborough United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at London Road on Saturday 31st January 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

Mr Russell last visited Huish Park for our November 2014 game against Fleetwood Town which was a frustrating experience that saw the visitors gain an 87th minute smash'n'grab victory after we'd dominated most of the game. We can't blame the referee for our inability to hit the back of the net on that day, which would have made Fleetwood's winner a mere consolation goal if we'd taken our chances. However, we did have a bit of a grumble about the fact that he let the game get a bit out of control - our opponents were tending to 'leave the boot in' on certain tackles after the ball had gone, and that threatened to see the game boil over, with our own players less than impressed. As such it became a bit of a tetchy game that could have been calmed down if he'd seen a few of those and taken earlier action.

In October 2013, he was the man in the middle for our 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Bookings were a little top-heavy on the day, with seven yellows dished out across both sides during the 90 minutes, although he did show a calm head when Ed Upson committed a foul just before the break, whilst already on a yellow card. He chose to bring in captain Jamie McAllister, along with Upson, for a lengthy talking-to, to emphasise the "last warning" he was dishing out, and thankfully we kept eleven on the field. Forest were awarded a penalty during the match - which resulted in an outstanding double-save by Wayne Hennessey - after Simon Cox was fouled by Shane Duffy, but on seeing the replay it seemed a relatively fair decision.

Earlier that year, in January 2013, Mr Russell took centre stage in our home match against Milton Keynes Dons, with a number of key decisions being made. His first big moment came when he passed the pitch as fit to play on, even if visiting boss Karl Robinson moaned about that after the match when his side lost 2-1 claiming the pitch was 'a shambles' and that the game shouldn't have gone ahead. Once the game started, the match referee also had another big decision to make when Izale McLeod and Byron Webster squared up to each other - yellows for both, and we'd say Byron was a bit fortunate. However, the one that grabbed all the headlines was his decision to red-card Antony Kay for an off the ball incident involving Paddy Madden.

After the game, a moaning Karl Robinson accused Madden of being a 'cheat' and loudly protested that he had had 'fantastic video footage' that would show that the Glovers striker had feigned injury. That fantastic video footage clearly wasn't good enough to persuade the FA, who backed Mr Russell's decision when it was taken to an appeal. Did this stop Robinson moaning some more about it? We never did see that 'fantastic video footage' ourselves, and with Robinson's record on things like this, we'll assume that Mr Russell was in the right.

Mr Russell started refereeing in the early 1990ís, progressing through the South Midlands League to reach the National List of Assistant Referees in 2000. He was promoted to the refereesí 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 three meetings to talk about since 2008.

His other 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. Give him credit - Mr Russell clearly doesn't mind a bit of wet weather.

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.

Mr Russell will be assisted by Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire) and Neil Davies (London). The Fourth Official will Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire).

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.

Link: January 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Link: October 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Nottingham Forest 1.

Link: November 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 1.


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29 January 2015 : Arthurworrey Loan Extension Confirmed
Yeovil Town have now formally confirmed the loan extension for Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey. The 20 year old has so far made 16 appearances for the club, scoring one goal against Oldham Athletic on December 13th, and has been an ever present since his arrival in South Somerset at the end of October.

His loan spell has now been extended until the 2014-15 season, thus resolving one of the outstanding issues that needed to be dealt with before the transfer window closes.


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29 January 2015 : Weale Getting Close To A Return To Fitness
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has said that he is getting close to a return from injury. The 32 year old has been missing in action for the last two months after sustaining an injury on Burton Albion's training ground that saw his time there curtailed before the Brewers had a chance to see him in action. As a consequence he was returned early to Huish Park, and has been on the treatment table, with the League Two side initially diagnosing an ankle injury as the problem.

Weale has explained that the main problem turned out to be caused by him fracturing three bones in his foot, after a Burton team-mate had come in over the top of his boot, but that this injury had been missed when he was first assessed. As a result that slowed down his rehabilitation. He told BBC Somerset that with a full diagnosis, he was now on the mend:

"I'm a couple of weeks away. It was frustrating as I didn't realise that I'd fractured my foot for four weeks. The x-ray and the MRI scan just missed it. It was very hard to pick out as it was just three little breaks in my foot. But I'm about two or three weeks away now. It's been frustrating, but I'm not too far away now."

The former Glovers youth-teamer who is now in his third spell for the club was a guest commentator for last Saturday's match against Coventry City and he explained that he already knew new striker Gozie Ugwu with the player having enjoyed a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town during late 2013, whilst Weale was on their books. He gave his verdict on his team-mate:

"He's been very good. I played with him last year at Shrewsbury and he did similar things with us. He came in and scored in the first couple of games, but then just phased out a little bit. Hopefully that won't happen here. The thing with him is that he scored in his first game which obviously helps his confidence massively. Hopefully he can continue that and push on and have a really good run. It's been brilliant with him scoring two goals in two games, as it's just what we needed. We needed someone who could put the ball in the back of the net, and it's just given everyone a boost."

As an enforced spectator, Wealey has also had a chance to view Kieffer Moore's conversion from a striker into a temporary centre-half, with the former Dorchester Town player having made the switch to cover for Ben Nugent's suspension. Weale said that he'd been impressed by what he'd seen:

"He's good - he seems like a natural centre-half, maybe because he knows the position. It's just flipped around in terms of playing as a centre-forward and then being a centre-half. So you can know all of the positional stuff. I've been very impressed and he is very good in the air, and hopefully it can continue."

Weale also had a chance to have a second look at Coventry defender Aaron Martin, who was his team-mate at the start of the season, but ultimately dropped out of the side before going out on loan to the Sky Blues - an agreement that was made permanent during the January transfer window. He felt that part of why it hadn't worked with Aaron at Huish Park was down to the player's ability to cope with a higher defensive line than his current team employed in Saturday's game, with the Sky Blues tactics being to sit back a bit deeper:

"I just don't think it worked for Aaron in terms of the way Gary Johnson wants to play. It didn't really suit Aaron. He likes to drop off a little bit, and as you can see Coventry play quite deep, so that suits Aaron's style of play along with (Andy) Webster. It just didn't really work with him in terms of the way the gaffer wanted him to play. Aaron struggles a little bit (with a high line) because he's not the quickest of players. He likes to see the play in front of him rather than running in behind, so that obviously suits the way that Coventry play for his style of play."

Chris Weale's last first team match for Yeovil Town came during the September 13th away match against Coventry City which means that when added to the aborted loan spell at Burton that saw him injured before he could make an appearance for the Brewers, means that he has not seen first team football now for four months. Thus although he is now a couple of weeks away from a return, he may need some blooding in before he is ready for competitive first team action.


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28 January 2015 : Steer Final Bow Confirmed For Saturday
Further to our earlier news item concerning Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Jed Steer, it has now been confirmed that Saturday's match against Peterborough United will be his final match. The 22 year old will return to Aston Villa after what will be his 16th appearance of the 2014-15 season (and his 30th in total for the club) with that exhausting the maximum 93 days allowable under the Emergency Loan rules.

With parent club Aston Villa unwilling to sanction a half-season loan, which would have not allowed them the ability to recall him, the Glovers will now have to look elsewhere for a goalkeeper. Currently Chris Weale is still sidelined with an ankle/foot injury, leaving Artur Krysiak as the club's only recognised keeper after the Peterborough match - Gareth Stewart as goalkeeper coach would provide the benchwarming duties in the case of any serious emergency.

During his time with the club so far, Steer has conceded just 14 goals in 15 appearances, including six clean sheets during that time. He also saved two penalties during his loan spell during the Boxing Day match against Bristol City and last Saturday's game against Coventry City. Prior to his arrival the club had conceded 26 times in the preceding 15 fixtures, giving an idea of the impact that he and other new defensive arrivals have had upon the club since the start of November.

The club would have until 11.00p.m. on Monday 2nd February to conduct any long term transfer or loan deals, with the short term emergency loan market opening up around eight days later.

Link: Jed Steer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 January 2015 : Stokes Trial Ends Without A Deal
Yeovil Town's trial for Forest Green Rovers defender Chris Stokes has ended without any further action expected by the club. The 23 year old, who is predominantly a left-back but has played matches as a centre-back, has spent a couple of weeks at Huish Park training with the Glovers, with Rovers offering up a player who has less than six months left on his contract.

Manager Gary Johnson has confirmed via the Western Gazette that there will be no deal forthcoming for him, partly due to the wages he was on at The New Lawn, and partly because the Glovers are still looking at other priorities to fit into their playing budget and needs for the remainder of the 2014-15 season:

"Chris Stokes has gone back to Forest Green. We've got other priorities, he's on a good wage at Forest Green and they're not willing to give that up for someone to leave. Everyone thought it was best he went back to Forest Green."

Although Johnson hasn't revealed what his priorities entail, logic would suggest that central defence, and wide midfield roles are where the Glovers are currently thinnest in terms of currently fit players, with a number of players needing to play roles that are not their natural first choice positions. However, after Saturday, the Glovers are expected to need another goalkeeper, with Jed Steer's stay in South Somerset coming to an end.


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28 January 2015 : Glovers Goalkeeper Plans Get Steered Off Course
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not expect Aston Villa to authorise a loan extension for goalkeeper Jed Steer. The 22 year old has had a highly successful spell with the Glovers but comes to the end of his 93 day loan at the club on the day of Saturday's match against Peterborough United at London Road. That is the maximum period allowable under emergency loan rules, meaning that the only option on the table available is a half-season standard loan.

Johnson has told the Western Gazette that Villa want to keep Steer as a 'third keeper' - something they would be unable to do if they sanctioned a standard loan which is only recallable in extreme circumstances. This is a similar circumstance that Doncaster Rovers faced when they reached the end of their 93 day loan spell with Steer earlier in the season, where Villa preferred to offer him up to another club where they would be able to recall their keeper under the emergency loan rules after 28 days if one of their other keepers became unavailable. As such Steer would be likely to either stay at Villa Park, or be given an emergency loan agreement with another club.

There is better news concerning the prospective loan extension for Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey. He also sees his current loan agreement end on January 31st, and with him some distance from the Championship side's first team, they are expected to give the green light to allow him to stay at Huish Park until the end of the 2014-15 season - although any agreement has yet to be confirmed.

The news on Steer almost certainly means that the Glovers will need to dip back into the loan transfer market. Glovers keeper Chris Weale is still out through an injury sustained whilst on loan with League Two side Burton Albion. As such Artur Krysiak would be the club's only fit and available goalkeeper after Saturday's match, meaning that a new goalkeeper would be essential.


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27 January 2015 : Harriers Winger Linked With Glovers
As the January transfer window heads towards its final few days, Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Kidderminster Harriers winger Marvin Johnson. The 24 year old is out of contract at the end of the 2014-15 season, and The Mirror national newspaper is claiming that the Glovers are one of a number of other clubs who are interested in him, naming League Two side Luton Town and League One side Notts County as showing the 'strongest interest' along with the Glovers, whilst they also suggest that Championship side Birmingham City have shown some interest.

Born on December 1st 1990, he began his career with Sutton Coldfield side Romulus before signing for Kidderminster in January 2012 for a small undisclosed fee. After a slowish start where they tended to use him as an impact substitute, Johnson has gradually become more of a regular in their line-up and this season has netted ten times in 32 appearances. Overall he's made 114 appearances for Harriers, scoring 20 goals. He also had a loan spell with Hednesford Town at the tail end of the 2013-14 season.

Johnson is a player with plenty of pace, who was also listed as a striker during his earlier career days. In truth, the wide selection of names and the style of the report feels like a player's agent trying to drum up interest in his client once again - local paper the Kidderminster Shuttle drew attention to Johnson's possible future in the lead-up to Christmas but hasn't since suggested that any departure is on the cards. The Mirror offer up no quotes or sources to back up their claims. However, with the 2014-15 campaign being by far his best in a Harriers shirt, there may be the possibility that he is hoping to step up a level or two by the summer.


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27 January 2015 : Ladies Make Triple Signing Ahead Of FA Cup Weekend
Yeovil Town Ladies have boosted their squad ahead of their first competitive match of the 2015 season by making three signings this week. In the week leading up to their FA Women's Cup Third Round tie against Lewes Ladies they have brought in three new faces, recruiting in Wales U19 international Alys Hinchcliffe, ex Cardiff City player Stephanie Williams and former England Colleges player and ex Cardiff and Bristol Academy player Ellie Isaac. All three will form part of the club's FA WSL2 squad for the coming season.

Alys is a defender - born on March 28th 1995 - who has been playing in the Welsh Premier League for Wrexham but broke off her time in North Wales to concentrate on her University studies. She was shortlisted for Welsh Premier League Player of the Year shortly before her departure, having been recognised for her contribution as a centre-back, although she can also play anywhere on the right side of the pitch.

Stephanie is a holding midfielder who joins from manager Jamie Sherwood's previous club Cardiff City. Meanwhilst Ellie is another former Cardiff player who spent time with Bristol Academy earlier in her career before spending a year working under Jamie. She normally plays in defence.

All three will be eligible to play in Sunday's match against Lewes Ladies which takes place on Sunday 1st February at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove) with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Admission to this match is FREE to everyone so please turn up and give the Ladies some loud support and come and see what they're all about. You can also buy a Season Ticket for the coming season (which will give you a free programme for Sunday's game as well) - head here to buy your ticket. For the full FA WSL2 fixture list see yesterday's news item.

Link: FAWSL 2015 Full Fixture List : Ladies To Give Royal Welcome .


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27 January 2015 : Steer And Moloney Given Team Of The Week Slots
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Jed Steer has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. Their selection across all three of their divisions, and recognises the Aston Villa loanee's performance in the club's 0-0 draw against Coventry City that saw him keep out a second half Gary Madine penalty and keep his second clean sheet in three games. The Football League say of his performance:

"The on-loan Aston Villa goalkeeper saved a second-half penalty to earn Yeovil a point in a 0-0 draw against Coventry City, and that result lifted the Glovers off the foot of the Sky Bet League 1 table."

The League also highlighted the performance of Yeovil Town right-back Brendan Moloney, who is currently on loan at League Two side Northampton Town. He has so far played in four matches for the Cobblers, with four full appearances under his belt. The League's views on him say:

"Northampton kept their third successive clean sheet to record a third victory on the bounce and Moloney has been in the starting XI for all of those games. He put in a superb all-round performance on Saturday when the Cobblers saw off Newport County 3-0."

The Football League's full eleven, and the manager of the week, are as follows:

Goalkeeper: Jed Steer (Yeovil Town)
Defender: Brendan Moloney (Northampton Town)

Defender: Kaspars Gorkss (Colchester United)
Defender: Christian Burgess (Peterborough United)
Midfielder: Dele Alli (Milton Keynes Dons)
Midfielder: Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town)
Midfielder: Alex Pritchard (Brentford)
Midfielder: Joao Teixeira (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Striker: John Marquis (Gillingham)
Striker: Odion Ighalo (Watford)
Striker: Ross McCormack (Fulham)

Manager: Micky Mellon (Shrewsbury Town)


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26 January 2015 : FAWSL 2015 Full Fixture List : Ladies To Give Royal Welcome
Yeovil Town Ladies will kick off their 2015 FA Women's Super League season with another match aganst Reading. The FA WSL2 fixture list has given the Glovers a match against the Royals as their season opener for the second season running - except that this time around they will be on home turf. In a division that this season will see representation from Doncaster Rovers Belles, Oxford United, London Bees, Millwall Lionesses, Everton, Watford, Aston Villa and Durham they will start and end on home turf.

As with last season, the league is split into two phases - between March and May, and then between July and October. Last season the gap in play was to allow some internationals to be scheduled during that time. The full fixture list reads as follows.

Thursday 19 March : Yeovil Town v Reading
Saturday 28 March : Doncaster Rovers Belles v Yeovil Town

Sunday 5 April : Oxford United v Yeovil Town
Saturday 18 April : Reading v Yeovil Town
Sunday 26 April : Yeovil Town v London Bees

Sunday 10 May : Millwall Lionesses v Yeovil Town
Saturday 16 May : Everton v Yeovil Town
Sunday 24 May : Watford v Yeovil Town
Sunday 31 May : Yeovil Town v Doncaster Rovers Belles

Sunday 12 July : Yeovil Town v Everton
Sunday 19 July : Yeovil Town v Millwall Lionesses
Sunday 26 July : Yeovil Town v Watford

Sunday 9 August : London Bees v Yeovil Town
Sunday 23 August : Yeovil Town v Aston Villa

Sunday 6 September : Durham v Yeovil Town
Sunday 27 September : Yeovil Town v Oxford United

Sunday 4 October: Aston Villa v Yeovil Town
Sunday 18 October : Yeovil Town v Durham

This coming Sunday, the Ladies are in action in an FA Cup Third Round tie against Lewes Ladies, with FREE admission to the fixture. For full details see the earlier article linked below.

FREE entry to the FA Women's Cup against Lewes Ladies
FREE entry to the FA Women's Cup against Lewes Ladies


Link: Free Admission For FA Women's Cup Match.


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26 January 2015 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's match against Colchester United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 17th March 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Community Stadium.

Ticket prices for this game are unusually structured in that they are set in a way that the earlier you purchase your ticket, the lower the price of admission. The difference between the prices set for this week and the matchday admission charges can be as much as £8.00 so if you are going to go to this game, then you may want to make an early decision! Prices are set according to the week you buy them in and are as follows:

Tickets Purchased between 26/01/2015 and 10/02/2015:
Adults: £16.00; Concessions: £12.00; Under-18s: £8.50; Under-14s: £3.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 11/02/2015 and 24/02/2015:
Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £13.50; Under-18s: £9.50; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 25/02/2015 and 10/03/2015:
Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.50.

Tickets Purchased between 11/03/2015 and 17/03/2015:
Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £16.00; Under-18s: £11.00; Under-14s: £5.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £2.00.

Tickets Purchased on Matchdays:
Adults: £24.00; Concessions: £18.00; Under-18s: £13.00; Under-14s: £6.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £2.00.

The free tickets for Under-11s are sold only if you are purchasing an Adult ticket at the same time. You can get up to four Under-11 tickets under a single adult ticket. After that the 'Additional Under-11s' charge applies.

The Concessionary rate applies to Over-65s, members of the Armed Forces (with ID), Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters, provided they are on the middle or higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance.

Link: Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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


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26 January 2015 : Preston vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday night, Yeovil Town gained a useful 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Preston North End. The match at Deepdale saw the Glovers take the lead on the stroke of half time as Gozie Ugwu netted for the second time in two matches since his arrival on a half-season deal. Preston substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake made sure that the game ended up tied fourteen minutes from time, but the end result was another solid performance from a Glovers point of view - notable given that the home side's match sponsors gave their team's Man of the Match award to former Glovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

In terms of our own Man of the Match voting, only three players were nominated for outright MOTM votes and they filled out the top three positions. Striker Gozie Ugwu's goal served him well until he had to go off with a bruised calf, whilst Sam Foley's performances in midfield once again caught the eye. The Man of the Match though, was stand-in centre-back Kieffer Moore, who managed to keep the likes of Kevin Davies and Jermaine Beckford quiet during the evening, making him a deserved winner.

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

1. Kieffer Moore 82 (5)
2. Sam Foley 42 (3)
3. Gozie Ugwu 36 (3)
4. Liam Shephard 14 (0)
5. Joe Edwards 12 (0)
6. Alex Smith 4 (0)
7. Jed Steer 4 (0)
8. Stephen Arthurworrey 2 (0)
9. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.75
Performance : 8.33
Entertainment : 7.17
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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26 January 2015 : Jed Steer Talks About His Future At Huish Park
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw against Coventry City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Jed Steer spoke to the BBC about the game. The Aston Villa loanee was playing the penultimate match in his initial loan spell for the club with his future now up for grabs. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jed gives his views on where he stands beyond next weekend's match at Peterborough United, and also on his penalty save that helped earn the Glovers a point against the Sky Blues. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jed Steer Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Coventry.


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25 January 2015 : Gary Talks About Coventry Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Coventry City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Gary talks about the opposition, his thoughts on Kieffer Moore and his progress as a centre-back, and claims of interest in Joe Edwards reported by the national media. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 January 2015 : Johnson Plays Down Edwards Transfer Talk
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has no decision to make concerning the future of club captain Joe Edwards at this moment in time. The 24 year old has been linked by Sky Sports with a trio of clubs, with the satellite broadcaster claiming that Championship sides Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic along with League One promotion chasers Bristol City were looking to show interest during the January transfer window.

Sky's article was of a speculative nature, without offering up any sources for their information, and Johnson told BBC Somerset yesterday that as far as he was concerned there was nothing for him to react to and that would remain that way until someone made a formal enquiry in his direction:

"I always say that there are no decisions to make until there's a decision to make. I know you all trust me, and we definitely haven't had any contact from anybody. I'm not being detrimental to Joe, because he's had a fantastic two or three seasons and he's our captain. So it will take a lot for us to let him anywhere anyway, for the simple reason that we need him. His contract doesn't finish until the end of the season."

With Edwards' current deal at Huish Park ending in June 2015, Johnson pointed out that football agents tended to encourage their players to hold off from signing new deals at football clubs, to allow them to pick'n'choose across multiple offers. As such he felt that Sky Sports were probably reacting to an agent trying to get his player's name into the spotlight, rather than to anything that immediately concerned him:

"Players in these situations tend not to sign new contracts when they're coming up to 24 years old. That's just the done thing because it leaves them with their options open. Nobody can say that Joe wouldn't give is all for us. An agent might say something because it might be beneficial for him to say that there's a bit of interest in someone, and then all of a sudden everyone starts talking about it. You've asked me the question and I've answered it, but we've had no enquiries at all as yet for Joe."


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25 January 2015 : South Somerset Council Leader Talks About Huish Park Development Proposals
Over this weekend, Yeovil Town have been undergoing a Public Consultation for their latest development plans for the land at Huish Park. South Somerset District Council leader Ric Pallister has seen the proposals and gave his views to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about how they compared to the club's previous application. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ric Pallister Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

If you've missed them, there's been plenty of other coverage concerning the club's new plans on this site. Read those via the links below.

Link: Yeovil Town's Supporter Planning Consultant David Bell Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future Part III.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Huish Park Land Development Proposals Published Online.

Link: Club Launch Consultation For 'Mixed Use' Development At Huish Park.


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25 January 2015 : Gary's Verdict On The Coventry City Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Coventry City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for the BBC, Gary talks about his plans for Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer, his other transfer window issues, and his team's overall performance. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Coventry City Home Game.


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24 January 2015 : Johnson Keeping Options Open For Transfer Window Finale
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has indicated that he is trying to keep as many options open between now and the point at which the January transfer window closes. The Glovers boss predominantly has until Monday 2nd February at 11.00p.m. to get any major bits of business done - nine days from now - and is still rather short of permanently contracted players, with six of his squad out as long term injuries, including three that will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Limited by the matchday rules concerning loan players, Johnson has previously said that he is reluctant to add to the five loan signings he currently has on his books given that would lead to players sat in the stands. That means that he needs to mainly look at permanent options, such as Forest Green Rovers defender Chris Stokes who has been on trial at the club.

On top of that, the club still have to resolve the future of Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer and Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey, whose current deals expire after next Saturday's match against Peterborough United. Whilst Arthurworrey's youth loan deal shouldn't be too much of an issue, Villa will need to commit Steer to South Somerset for half a season which may be a decision they want to delay until late on.

All of that leaves plenty of juggling of shortlists for Johnson, with the need to boost permanent squad numbers, whilst making sure that any loss of Steer or Arthurworrey sees an immediate like-for-like replacement. He told BBC Somerset after the game that meant that he was holding multiple lists, where it was most likely that only a subset of those would eventually get signed up:

"We're working away in the background for whatever's a possibility - in case we've got a bit of money to spend. We've got a couple of names in case we lose a loan through injury or anything, so there we've got a couple of loans in mind. We can't take them all. We've also got a couple of lads that are available from now until the end of the season because they're out of contract at the moment. So we'll have to wait and see what we need, and what comes in and who we can bring into our squad. It's not easy because it's all different scenarios, but we'll try hard to improve our squad where we can."

Once the club get past Monday 2nd February, the usual emergency loan rules kick in around eight days later. The club would still be entitled to sign free agents at any time after that date.


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24 January 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Coventry City 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 Coventry City.


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24 January 2015 : Johnson Waits On Aston Villa After Steer Impresses With Penalty Save
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is waiting on Aston Villa to decide whether he can extend the current loan agreement for goalkeeper Jed Steer. The former Norwich City trainee has been in excellent form since arriving on a 93 day loan spell from Villa at the end of October, but will play his last game next weekend against Peterborough United, at which point all parties will have a decision to make.

Steer gave an idea of how important he is to Yeovil Town's fortunes today when he kept out a Gary Madine penalty in the 0-0 draw against Coventry City at Huish Park today, ensuring the club kept a clean sheet for the second consecutive match. Johnson acknowledge that save stopped his side from losing, but said any thoughts of keeping him until the end of the season rested on other parties:

"It was a good save. He didn't have much to do other than that, but certainly saving a penalty is a match-winning save and we thank him for that. He has done very well. With all due respect to our keepers, he's a prospective Premier League goalkeeper and he's a very solid goalkeeper. All goalkeepers make mistakes, but he makes less than most. He has made one or two mistakes, but he does make that up with ones like the great save at Preston. That wasn't a match-winning save but it certainly helped us keep the draw. So we're pleased to have him, and hopefully we can keep him for longer - that's in Aston Villa's hands really - then we'd like to."

Aston Villa's only option is to allow the Glovers to take Steer on a half-season standard loan agreement that would be non-recallable. However they will need to make that decision by 11.00p.m. on Monday 2nd February - any further 'emergency loan' agreements would not be allowed under Football League rules. Steer himself said after the game that he was doing his best to persuade his parent club to allow the deal to go through, but obviously will have to bow to whatever plans the Premier League side have for him.

On the game itself, Johnson admitted that it was a tight match but was frustrated that his side didn't get a penalty themselves when substitute AJ Leitch-Smith appeared to be fouled in the box when Reda Johnson gave him a push as a cross came into the area:

"Well we gave ourselves a chance in the second half. I thought the first half was a bit non-descript. There wasn't really a lot going on. Then in the second half, I thought we were the ones who were going for the result, and they were the ones just trying to hit us on the break. It probably would have been comfortable for him to have given us a penalty as he gave them one as I'm not sure that there was a lot of difference between the two. AJ is adamant that he got brought down there just near the line. But anyway they're two teams who are going home with a point each and we'll both probably be disappointed. It was really just a matter of finding that final pass or that shot or that bit of cleverness in that final third to win a game."


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24 January 2015 : Yeovil 0 Coventry 0 : Steer Penalty Save Lifts Glovers Off The Bottom
Yeovil Town extended their unbeaten run to three games this afternoon, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Coventry City. The two clubs cancelled each other out in a drab first half, with the game only livening up during the second period, after referee Andy Haines judged that Seth Nana Twumasi had fouled Reda Johnson for a penalty. Jed Steer saved Yeovil a point though when he pushed Gary Madine's spot kick for a corner. The Glovers were guilty of missing the target a couple of times, notably when Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza put over the crossbar from inside the box, whilst they had their own penalty appeals turned down late on when AJ Leitch-Smith took a push inside the box from Reda Johnson. Referee Haines chose not to award a second spot kick meaning that the game ended goalless, although the point was good enough to lift Yeovil off the bottom of the table.

Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Preston North End in midweek, the Glovers chose to retain an unchanged starting line-up, with the only alterations being on the bench. Goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart shuffled slightly to only perform his coaching duties, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith returned to the line-up, having suffered minor knocks that kept them out of Tuesday night's trip. In the opposition line-up, Aaron Martin made his first return to the club since his spell at Huish Park was ended.

The opening 45 minutes of the match could be summed up fairly swiftly. Neither side really threatened each others goals to any great extent, with Coventry flooding the midfield with five men, and trying to soak up any Yeovil play, using Frank Nouble and Simeon Jackson to break in wide positions if they did gain possession. The few chances saw a Jordan Willis free kick go over the bar, whilst Frank Nouble's shot was deflected off a blocking Kieffer Moore for a corner. It was only in the closing stages of the half that the Glovers began to get a foothold, with Jamar Loza having a couple of attempts blocked, followed by Joe Edwards also finding Coventry defenders in the way of his attempt. Alex Smith actually did get a shot as far as the Coventry goal line but his attempt went wide of the target. Yeovil were the team growing into the match as the half time whistle blew, but in truth neither Jamie Jones nor Jed Steer had a lot to do before the break.

Six minutes into the second period, Yeovil appeared to have suffered a significant set-back when Seth Nana Twumasi was judged to have fouled Reda Johnson inside the box. It seemed a soft decision but referee Andy Haines pointed to the spot. Unfortunately for penalty taker Gary Madine, he was to find Aston Villa loanee Jed Steer in his way, with the keeper making a superb flying save for a corner and to keep the scoreline blank. Madine admitted after the game that he had changed his mind during his run-up after a bit of mind games from Yeovil players who had called to Steer to tell him which way he was going to plant the penalty.

That livened up what had been a slightly subdued Huish Park crowd, who sensed that was the break their side needed. Their team should have gone ahead when Jamar Loza got himself two excellent chances in quick succession - one after right-back Liam Shephard set him up with Jamie Jones saving from a corner, and then another after Coventry failed to clear their lines after that set piece, with the Norwich City striker firing over the bar from around 12 yards out.

Coventry changed their formation by bringing on Marcus Tudgay as a second striker with 20 minutes remaining and the pattern of the game slightly swung back in favour of the Sky Blues, with John Fleck pulling the strings in midfield - he fired over the crossbar from one such move. But the Glovers felt that they should have had their own penalty when Reda Johnson appeared to give AJ Leitch-Smith a shove in the back when a Nathan Ralph cross was put into the area. The home terrace appealed loudly but referee Haines was unmoved - possibly he ducked out of the decision because the Glovers striker stayed on his feet rather than making a meal of it.

There was just about enough time for Kieffer Moore to put a shot wide from a Joe Edwards cross before the referee blew on a relatively even match, in which both sides struggled to hit the target across the 90 minutes. On the plus side, Crawley Town's defeat at Fleetwood meant that Yeovil Town finished the day off the bottom of the table, but wins for Colchester United and Crewe Alexandra opened up a four point gap to the safety line. The Glovers must look at the bigger picture - five points from three games and only one goal conceded is not the form of a relegation side - if they can build on that across a longer period of time they will close that gap again.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Coventry City 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter (82 mins for Jamar Loza) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (56 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi) 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph (66 mins for Alex Smith)

Coventry City:
23. Jamie Jones
2. Jordan Willis 21. Aaron Martin 4. Andy Webster 5. Reda Johnson
19. Frank Nouble 11. Jim O'Brien 7. John Fleck 27. Jack Finch 12. Simeon Jackson
8. Gary Madine

Substitutes:
1. Lee Burge 6. Conor Thomas 10. Danny Swanson 15. Shaun Miller 16. Adam Barton 20. Marcus Tudgay (71 mins for Simeon Jackson) 26. Ryan Haynes

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (20 mins, foul)

Coventry Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Christopher Wade (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,422 (with 538 Coventry supporters).


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24 January 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Coventry City this afternoon. The Glovers retain the same eleven that drew 1-1 against Preston North End with the only changes on the bench. Minor injuries to AJ Leitch-Smith and Nathan Ralph kept him out of the squad on Tuesday, but they have returned meaning that Gareth Stewart can get back to his coaching duties!

Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle), Joel Grant (knee) and Liam Davis (foot) all have long term injuries with unspecified returns.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph


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24 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Bradford City : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played Bradford City in a League One home match. The game was settled thanks to Gozie Ugwu, who was starting his second spell with the club, helping the Glovers secure a 1-0 win over the Bantams, and to end their losing run.

Man of the Match voting turned into a two-horse race, despite Gozie Ugwu's second debut and his goal helping him into third place. Striker Kieffer Moore had turned centre-back for the day and he impressed those watching by helping his side keep a clean sheet. However, midfielder Sam Foley, who is getting himself a bit of a reputation as the club's set-piece specialist in recent months, helped set up Ugwu's goal that came from a Moore flick-on, and he won the eventual poll.

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

1. Sam Foley 406 (32)
2. Kieffer Moore 356 (24)
3. Gozie Ugwu 292 (10)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 202 (9)
5. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 62 (2)
6. Joe Edwards 42 (1)
7. Nathan Smith 40 (1)
8. Jed Steer 34 (1)
9. AJ Leitch-Smith 24 (1)
10. Jamar Loza 22 (1)
11. Nathan Ralph 12 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.89
Performance : 7.26
Entertainment : 6.52
VOTES RECEIVED : 84


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24 January 2015 : Club's Planning Consultant Talks About Huish Park Development Proposals
As part of Yeovil Town's new development plans that are currently undergoing a Public Consultation, Yeovil Town have used a new Supporter Planning Consultant, called David Bell to help front that consultation. David was in the marquee by the away end of the ground on Friday, answering questions, and he was also interviewed by BBC Somerset to give his views on the proposals and what they mean for the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: David Bell Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.


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23 January 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future Part III
Today saw the first day of a three-day Public Consultation for Yeovil Town's new proposals for development on the land surrounding the Huish Park stadium. Glovers fan and local author Brendon Owen went along to the event and has provided his own views on the proposals and the information he managed to grab in a guest Taff's Gloversblog entry. Read his views on the subject via the link below, and feel free to post your own thoughts - particularly if you went to the event yourself, or if you're planning to go on Saturday or Sunday - or of course if you're just an interested party. Read the article via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future Part III.


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23 January 2015 : Gary Previews The Coventry Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League One match against Coventry City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about the fitness of striker Gozie Ugwu, the situation regarding Forest Green Rovers defender Chris Stokes and of course the opposition themselves. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 January 2015 : John Fry Talks About Huish Park Development Proposals
Today has seen Yeovil Town launch their latest plans to redevelop the land around the Huish Park stadium. This long-running project stalled last summer when the club withdrew its planning application for a Food Store on land to the north of the stadium. Now the club have drawn up brand new proposals and will hold a three day Public Consultation at Huish Park this weekend.

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has spoken to BBC Somerset reporter Ruth Bradley about the plans, and his thoughts on the direction the club is now taking. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.


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23 January 2015 : Huish Park Land Development Proposals Published Online
Yeovil Town's latest outline plans for the development of the Huish Park site have now been fully published online. As revealed earlier today, the club's new plans, which fully replace the abandoned Food Store planning application, are for smaller retail and commercial units and developments to be built around the Huish Park site, but principally on land to the north of the Huish Park Stadium where two training pitches are currently situated.

The plans are published on a website which can be accessed via the link below. They include proposals for a smaller convenience store, a Sports Injury Clinic, Business or Residential units, and a hotel. The plans are labelled "for discussion" and they have asked for feedback prior to a more formal application being submitted.

Link: Huish Park Stadium Website.


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23 January 2015 : Club Launch Consultation For 'Mixed Use' Development At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have given a few hints as to what their revised plans for land at Huish Park are likely to contain. The Glovers today open up a three day 'Public Consultation' at the ground that will show supporters what will be on the table when they formally submit new plans to South Somerset District Council. The concept is based around the creation of smaller retail units on the six acres of land that lie to the north of the Huish Park stadium, that currently house two training pitches, with 'green space' also built in as part of the design.

At present the club have yet to submit those plans to the Council, with the Consultation being used to gain feedback from professionals, supporters and local residents prior to the fixed submission. However, in a private viewing for parties such as BBC Somerset and SSDC Councillors and employees, the club's plans centre around units that would house a sports injury clinic, a hotel as well as a small convenience store.

Supporter Planning Consultant David Bell, who has been engaged by the club to act as a spokesman during the consultation, has told the BBC that they are still open to ideas and that told BBC Somerset that is why they want to open the plans up for feedback and scrutiny:

"The plans would be a mixed use development which incorporates some basic retail, some retail that could be linked to a sports facility such as this (football club), so it might be sports goods, for instance. It includes some community facilities, such as leisure-based units and also retail based ideas. But I stress at this stage they are ideas and we're quite willing to talk to people about it."

South Somerset District Council leader Ric Pallister said that two of his representatives have seen the plans, including the Case Officer who would review the formal application, and he said that although the local Council were constrained by National Planning Policy as to what they could consider, that he felt that the new plans were a step in the right direction:

"There's a thirteen week period (from when the application is formally submitted) as the planners haven't seen this before either, for us to work out how this fits within policy. The starting point of course is the national policy as we can't just run roughshod over it. But I do think that this time round the hand of the professional has been on this application. That was clear to see, and it looked to be a far more professional attempt at trying to resolve some of these issues"

The Public Consultation opens at 3.00p.m. today at Huish Park, with the club using the temporary marquee structure close to the away end of the stadium that was put up for the recent FA Cup match against Manchester United. You'll find that marquee on the corner of the away end and the Main Stand, within sight of the ticket office. For further details see the earlier article, linked below.

Mr Bell has indicated that if planning permission is granted for the land to be built on, then the club are likely to opt for a phased development approach, with a rough target of the first buildings being erected within a year. The club will be publishing their consultation on a dedicated website in the fullness of time, along with a form where interested parties can give feedback on the project.

Link: Public Consultation For Club's Next Off-The-Pitch Plans.


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22 January 2015 : Gary Talks About Stokes Trial Plans
Further to yesterday's news, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that Forest Green Rovers defender Chris Stokes is training with the club. The 23 year old is out of contract at the Gloucestershire club in the summer and they have given Johnson permission to take him on trial, to see if he is capable of playing at League One level.

Johnson explained that he had a couple of players that he was interested in bringing in - of which one was Stokes - and told BBC Somerset today that the goal would be for them to arrive on permanent deals, provided any trials went well from the point of view of all parties involved:

"That's the idea and that's what he's hoping for, I think. We'll give him every chance to show us what he's got. Chris has been training with us. He's been with us for probably a couple of weeks. He's still contracted to Forest Green. I knew him when he was a young player at Bristol City, and he ended up getting a big move when he was about 14 or 15 years old to Bolton, and then he's found himself over a period of time playing for Forest Green. But he's a good player at that level, and we think he could be a good player at this level. We're just giving him an opportunity to impress us as he's a localish lad (from Trowbridge)."

Gary explained that with five loan players on his books that he was reluctant to extend his usage of the loan market, given that would only give diminishing returns, due to matchday rules on the numbers that can be named on a teamsheet. He explained that today he had been holding a meeting internally to discuss what was and wasn't possible:

"We're looking at all options, and we've just been talking in our office today with everybody. We know that you can only use five loans, so if we got in 20 loans that would be no good because 15 of them couldn't be used every week. You can only use five. So we've got to find ways of bringing in contracted players, and that's not easy. We had a bit of luck with Gozie (Ugwu) because he got himself out of contract, and we were able to put him straight on a contract which is good. But there's not that many players around where that situation is available to you in January. Good players are not out of contract in January, generally."


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22 January 2015 : Three Clubs Claimed To Be Chasing Joe Edwards
Ah, those pesky 'Sky Sources'. The Sky Sports website is claiming that Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards is being chased by two Championship sides and a League One club. They name Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic and somewhat ironically Bristol City - the club that allowed him to leave and sign for the Glovers in January 2013.

Edwards, who is 24 years old, is out of contract at the end of the 2014-15 season and would therefore be able to leave on a free transfer if he does not sign a new deal. However they suggest that the Glovers have not received any formal offers for the player, but then claim "the club will listen to offers" for the midfielder.

The article tends to imply that one party has leaked his name with the motive of drumming up interest in a player who has so far made 124 appearances for the club, scoring four goals in the process. Sky don't seem to have caught up with what position he plays these days, describing him as a 'full-back' who has "enjoyed another successful season in defence."


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22 January 2015 : Former Trialist Keeper Joins Coventry On Loan
Former Yeovil Town trialist Jamie Jones will return to Huish Park on Saturday after he signed an emergency loan deal with opponents Coventry City. The former Everton academy player is currently on the books of Preston North End, but has been signed up on a 31 day emergency loan agreement. Now aged 25 years old, he has been playing in the Football League since his release by the Toffees in the summer of 2008.

Jones played for Yeovil Town Reserves in April 2008 in an away match against AFC Bournemouth, alongside a number of other trialists that were presumed to have been put in place with a view to the following season. However, that was the last we saw of him, and he later turned up working under Slade at Leyton Orient where he became a key part of their team, making 179 appearances. He's made 20 appearances for Preston this season, but lost his place in mid-November, and with Sam Johnstone arriving on loan at Deepdale, and with Thomas Stuckmann also on their books, Jones has been sat in the stands for the past two months.

Coventry boss Stephen Pressley has needed to bring in a new goalkeeper since Ryan Allsop ended his loan agreement and returned to AFC Bournemouth. They still have Lee Burge available for selection, but the arrival of Jones is likely to keep Burge on the bench, with Pressley making his views on his new arrival pretty clear:

"Weíre delighted to be able to bring Jamie into the club. Jamie has obtained some fantastic League One experience and was widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers at this level last season during Leyton Orientís impressive year."


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22 January 2015 : Dawson And Gillett Under The Knife As Season Ends
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that midfield duo Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett will not play any further part in the remainder of the 2014-15 season, with both needing operations to cure their current injury problems. They join defender Jakub Sokolik, who was injured during his loan spell with League Two side Southend United and will also not make any further appearances for the Glovers during this campaign.

The news on the trio is not altogether surprising. Johnson had already voiced concerns about the long term nature of injuries to Dawson and Gillett, after both were crocked during the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United. Dawson underwent a pelvis operation yesterday, whilst Gillett will have a knee operation in the near future. The initial diagnosis for Sokolik had been that he would be out until around mid-March, but this has now been extended until the end of the season as well, having damaged his posterior cruciate ligaments.

The situation regarding goalkeeper Chris Weale (ankle), winger Joel Grant (knee) and left-back Liam Davis (foot) is less crystal clear with Johnson confirming all three are still on the treatment table, adding: "they don't seem to be making any progress - their injuries are big ones as well" and not putting a date on the trio and when they will be ready to return.

One player who is fit, but unsurprisingly won't be selected in the future is striker Adam Morgan, who Johnson described as "awaiting to move clubs" - the former Liverpool academy player has not been involved with the club all season, having spent pre-season on trials with Chesterfield and Rochdale, whilst an eventual half season loan with Scottish side St Johnstone was ended early after they left him out of their side for the final three-and-a-half months of his time north of the border. He is therefore not being considered for selection.


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22 January 2015 : Yeovil Town Legends Scarf Ready For Collection And Purchase
As mentioned earlier this month, the Away Travel Club have decided to produce an updated version of the 'Yeovil Town Legends' scarf that was originally sold during the 2006-07 season. The green'n'white scarf displays some of the names of the famous people who have turned out for the Glovers throughout their history.

Priced at £10.00, these are now in stock and will be available from the Beer Tent before Saturday's home match against Coventry City - if you've already placed an order then please pop in and pick yours up. To place an order or to make other arrangements to pick up your scarf, email Markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk with your contact details and how many you want to buy.

Yeovil Town Legends Scarf - as modelled by a non-footballing legend!
Yeovil Town Legends Scarf - as modelled by a non-footballing legend!



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22 January 2015 : The Giants Play Heads To Huish Park Tonight
The Giants, Wassail Theatre's new play inspired by Yeovil Town fans, made its debut last night at The David Hall in South Petherton. Tonight it heads to the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park for its second outing with around 30 tickets for the show still available for purchase.

The opening night show was watched by Gary Johnson and his wife Caron, along with coaching team Terry Skiverton and Darren Way along with Yeovil Town director Andy Rossiter - Gary has indicated that he hopes to attend tonight's show as well along with a few others associated with the football club, now that the show moves firmly onto home turf. Andy tweeted after the show last night that he was impressed with what he saw:

"Went to the YTFC Play tonight. Very well done, clever stuff. Please go along and support this, I will be there tomorrow. Gary had a chuckle."

We've all had that moment when we can't bear to watch! Jack Kelly and Molly Taylor in The Giants
We've all had that moment when we can't bear to watch! Jack Kelly and Molly Taylor in The Giants.


Tickets for tonight's show cost £10.00 for full price admission or £6.00 for concessions and are available either from Yeovil Tourist Information on 01935 462781 or you can purchase on the door, assuming there are still seats available. Further information can be found via the Wassail Theatre Company page on Facebook or via our earlier article. In addition to tonight's show at Huish Park, they are also performing at other venues in the region as shown below.

Sat 24th January, 8.00p.m. : The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Admission: £10.00; Theatre Friends Discount: £8.00; Lyme Regis passport holders: FREE.

Wed 28th January, 7.30p.m. : Yeovil College, Yeovil
Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £6.00.

Fri 30th January, 8.00p.m. : Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts
Admission: £12.00 (with other unspecified discounts available)

Sat 31st January, 8.00p.m. : West Coker Village Hall, West Coker
Admission: £10.00.

Sat 7th February, 7.30p.m. : The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton
Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £7.00.

Link: Glovers-Inspired Play Goes On Tour.


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22 January 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Coventry City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 24th January 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

We've had Mr Haines six times before in competitive matches, and on all occasions away from home, so this will be a bit of a first. The most recent one was for the November 2012 FA Cup match against Preston North End at Deepdale. We lost the match 3-0, and finished the game with ten men after Ed Upson was shown a straight red card for a second half foul. On that decision itself, we thought it was probably merited, although it was a game that panned out in a way that was typical of the thuggish tactics that Graham Westley's sides have become notorious for - Preston's players did plenty of rolling around on the floor, and pushing'n'shoving to try to create that sort of atmosphere, and although Mr Haines generally took it for what it was, it wasn't always perfect, and after the game Gary Johnson admitted he wasn't happy with the level of control the officials had on the fixture:

"I thought the officials affected the game today, and it was very difficult to go beyond that and get our game going. Not only were we not playing well, but there was another team not playing well either, and that wasn't Preston. You've got to be doubly clever when the officials put themselves into a situation where they're just waiting for something. The opposition are clever, they're at home and they've got the crowd on their side, and there was a little bit of screaming and shouting from the line that we had to try to compete with ourselves. That's what people do."

In April 2012, Mr Haines took charge of the 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. No complaints on the day from either camp, and just the one booking, made for a quiet game. Prior to that, he looked after the October 2010 1-0 win over Rochdale. In general he was fairly uncontroversial, except for one last minute incident when he rejected suggestions that Luke Freeman deserved a penalty after he was brought down by Craig Dawson. Mr Haines said no, but Terry Skiverton said after the game that he disagreed:

"That's two times now where we've had that referee (Andy Haines) - once against Leeds away and then today - where I think we should have had a stonewall penalty. I think the only thing he (Rochdale defender Craig Dawson) didn't do was to bring an axe out!"

As Skivo suggests, we'd also seen him in a match against Leeds United - two in fact, and both at Elland Road. We weren't too happy with some of Mr Haines' decision-making early on in the October 2009 game, although his biggest decision came after the match when Leeds striker Tresol Kandol was given a retrospective red card for attacking Sam Williams after the final whistle. Not much you can do as a referee when players decide to do that.

In the March 2009 meeting, also at Elland Road, Mr Haines didn't have too much of a bad game, and certainly didn't affect the final result, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton wasn't totally happy with Mr Haines' performance, citing his side's two bookings as part of his post-match views on the official as being evidence that the bigger side was receiving favourable decisions.

Prior to the two Elland Road matches, we had Mr Haines for a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle and a number of occasions as an assistant referee. His one other time in the middle came in January 2008 for a 2-2 draw at Port Vale. We had no major complaints about him on the night.

Mr Haines will be assisted by Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Christopher Wade (Hampshire)

Link: November 2012 : Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2012 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2010 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Jan 2008 : Port Vale 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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22 January 2015 : Gary Talks About Preston Away Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Preston North End kicked off at Deepdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about his opponents, the full debuts of Swansea City loanee Liam Shepard and the left-sided Alex Smith and the withdrawal of AJ Leitch-Smith and Nathan Ralph due to injury. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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21 January 2015 : Gozie Plays Down Injury Fears
Yeovil Town striker Gozie Ugwu has played down the injury that saw him substituted early in the second half against Preston North End on Tuesday night. The 21 year old has scored two goals in two games since joining the club as a free agent, including the opener against the Lilywhites that put his side into a 1-0 lead right on the stroke of half time at Deepdale.

However, Ugwu was to only last eight minutes of the second period, slowly limping off the pitch, to be replaced by James Hayter, leading to fears that he might have been added to the Glovers' growing injury list that saw them head up to Lancashire short of nine players, with eight of those caused by injuries. However, speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Gozie explained that his injury was something that he had been carrying before the game kicked off, and so was just something that he needed to manage over the next few days:

"It's just a knock that's been carrying on. It's a bruised calf that is carrying on, and if I get a kick on it, it bruises up and flares up again. So we're just going to work on that and hopefully get it right for Saturday."

Having come into a side that is currently bottom of League One, Gozie has helped his team to four points from two games against teams challenging for promotion to the Championship. He believes his teammates are better than the league table suggests, and that if they take their recent attitude and form into Saturday's match against Coventry City at Huish Park, that they can prove that in the long run:

"We know we're a good team. We're not a bottom of the league team. We've got ability throughout the squad, and we're just looking to show that on the pitch. Even coming to teams like Preston we feel like we can come away with three points. So we're just looking to show that, and go out there with a bit of desire. We're looking to take as many points as we can again. Coming away from home to a team like Preston, we're happy with a point, but we just have to take that into Coventry on Saturday and hopefully get three points then."


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21 January 2015 : Glovers Take Forest Green Defender On Trial
Yeovil Town are reported as giving Forest Green Rovers defender Chris Stokes a chance to win a contract with them. The Gloucester Citizen report that the former Bolton Wanderers trainee has been allowed to train at Huish Park this week. Primarily a left-back, he can also play as a centre-back which may be the attraction to Glovers boss Gary Johnson who is currently searching for reinforcements for his squad.

Born in Trowbridge in Wiltshire on March 8th 1991, he was Bolton's youth team captain but failed to make a first team appearance for them, although had a short loan spell with Crewe Alexandra on loan during the 2009-10 season. He then signed for Forest Green in November 2010, having had trials for a permanent contract with Crewe and Walsall.

Since then the 23 year old has gone on to make 134 appearances for the Gloucestershire side, including 18 appearances this season. Part of Forest Green's thinking is that he is out of contract at the end of this season which means that he may walk, and boss Ady Pennock has told the paper that Stokes has indicated that he wants to leave, meaning that they have the choice of either offering him up to other clubs for a fee, or letting him become a free agent in the summer:

"Chris has been training with Yeovil all week. He was keen to go and I would never stand in his way, so the ball is in Yeovilís court now. Marcus Kelly has been absolutely fantastic for us at left-back so itís been difficult for Chris, but if nothing happens with Yeovil Iíll be delighted if he comes back to us."

In addition to various Supporters Player of the Year Awards, Stokes has also a number of England Under-17 and England C (the old non-league England set-up) caps to his name.


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21 January 2015 : Who Ate All The Preston Pies?
When your team is bottom of League One, and you're facing a Tuesday night away trip that will take in over 500 miles worth of travelling up to Preston North End, you could forgive many Yeovil Town supporters for ducking out of last night's game. In sub-zero temperatures, the 73 Glovers fans who did make the journey had to negotiate a crash on the M6 Motorway, that saw them cutting it extremely fine in terms of making the 7.45p.m. kick-off and a forecast of snowy conditions by the time they reached Deepdale.

Whilst the snow only came during the second half of the game, their hosts Preston North End definitely rolled out the red carpet for their arrival. Every Glovers fan who travelled to the game was presented with a food voucher, providing them a hot drink and a hot pie for them to collect from the Sir Tom Finney Kop end concourse tea bars, whilst posters were left thanking the travelling fans for making the 508 mile round trip.

Away day experiences can vary from game to game, and from venue to venue, but the clubs that do provide an experience are remembered by supporters. Preston deserve huge credit for their experience - it has not gone unnoticed with national newspaper the Daily Telegraph noting their gesture towards Yeovil Town supporters. The Football Supporters Federation run a regular away matchday survey programme throughout each season, looking for feedback from fans on what sort of welcome and experience they got from each club - good and bad. Whilst Glovers fans (and all football fans) should fill in one of these after every away trip, it's worth reminding the 73 supporters who travelled today that the FSF 2014-15 Away Fans Survey form can be found here. Meanwhile you can provide feedback directly to Preston by heading here.

Preston North End provide a special welcome for Glovers fans - hot food and a hot drink on a chilly night
Preston North End provide a special welcome for Glovers fans - hot food and a hot drink on a chilly night. Photo c/o Ben Barrett.


Preston North End leave Yeovil Town fans leaflets thanking them for a 508 mile trip on a Tuesday night
Preston North End leave Yeovil Town fans leaflets thanking them for a 508 mile trip on a Tuesday night. Photo c/o Colin Redman.



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21 January 2015 : Free Admission For FA Women's Cup Match
The FA Women's Cup Third Round game between Yeovil Town Ladies and Lewes Ladies FC on Sunday 1st February is fast approaching and the green and whites are offering FREE entry to this game. At their established home ground in Sherborne, which was renamed last season to The Jones Stadium, fans from both sets of teams can enter through the turnstiles without having to pay an entrance fee.

This is the perfect opportunity to have a look at the squad which manager Jamie Sherwood has assembled and has high hopes for in the Womens Super League season and also an opportunity to see the latest new signings in action. For those who are already season ticket holders, you will receive a FREE programme upon entry to the ground, when you show your new 2015 WSL season ticket.

If you have not visited The Jones Stadium before, you may not be aware of the excellent facilities on offer, such as a bar selling a good range of drinks, along with the tea bar which serves a variety of hot and cold food and drink. Yeovilís opponents in this third round game are Lewes Ladies FC who play in the FA Womenís Premier League and currently sit 7th in the table, just below the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic, Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Lewes Ladies route to this game involved an away win in the Second Round against Exeter City Ladies, when after leading 2-0 at half time, they went on to win 3-1.

The game kicks off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 1st February and entrance to the ground is from 12.30p.m.

FREE entry to the FA Women's Cup against Lewes Ladies
FREE entry to the FA Women's Cup against Lewes Ladies



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21 January 2015 : Preston 1 Yeovil 1 : Ugwu Strike Helps Glovers Gain Point
Yeovil Town gained a valuable point against Preston North End at Deepdale on Tuesday night as they took four points in two games from play-off contenders in the space of three days. Despite a threadbare squad, it was the Glovers who had the better of the first half and they took a deserved lead when striker Gozie Ugwu scored his second goal in two games, latching onto a nod down from a Sam Foley set piece right on the half time whistle. The second half was a different kettle of fish, and the home side equalised when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake latched onto a Kevin Davies through ball fourteen minutes from time. Preston tried to fashion a winner but some valiant defending and a few wayward shots ensured that they held out for the 1-1 draw.

The Glovers were forced into two changes for the game with both wingers dropping out of the team through injury. AJ Leitch-Smith and Nathan Ralph were replaced by Alex Smith and Liam Shephard, with both players making their full debuts, and in the case of Shephard his first Yeovil Town appearance. Seth Nana Twumasi moved further up the flank to accommodate Shephard's favoured right-back position, whilst Smith played on the left wing, in front of Nathan Smith. On the bench the cupboard was most definitely bare, with two goalkeepers numbering the five named substitutes.

Early stages of the game saw few chances hit the target - Preston had the lion's share of the attempts on goal but without Jed Steer needing to move for them. Paul Gallagher put over the bar, then Kevin Davies put through Jermaine Beckford with a ball over the top, but the former Everton striker was stretching for the ball as he too cleared the goalframe. Yeovil's best effort came from Alex Smith in his left wing role - he cut inside and shot from 25 yards out but the ball went comfortably wide of the goal.

Gradually though, the Glovers started to carve out the better chances of the 45 minutes. Another attempt from Alex Smith from distance was followed up by Kieffer Moore shooting from the edge of the box after he collected a Sam Foley knockdown from a ball into the area - inches on the wrong side of the post, with the Yeovil players unsuccessfully appealing for a corner. Then Gozie Ugwu broke through only to be denied by home keeper Sam Johnstone - briefly on loan with the Glovers - who parried well in the one-v-one. Johnstone made another strong save from a Foley shot that took a deflection - he managed to anticipate the change in flight well to stop the ball.

With one minute of added time just before half time, the Glovers managed to grab the lead with the final kick of the opening period. Scott Laird gave away a free kick on the edge of the box when he fouled Kieffer Moore close to the touchline, and when Sam Foley flighted the ball into the box it was flicked on at the near post, and Gozie Ugwu was on hand to fire home for his second goal in two games. There was barely enough time to take the kick-off before the referee blew up for the half time whistle. Definitely the best time to score in a game!

The further the half had progressed, the more the Glovers had dominated, and so it wasn't too surprising to find Preston making a half time substitution and a formation change as they tried to get their way back into the match. But Yeovil still had the opening chance - Gozie Ugwu's turn and quick movement almost caught out Sam Johnstone with the sharp shot on goal. Unfortunately that was to be his last major contribution - a calf injury going into the game saw that begin to sharply freeze up early in the second period, and he slowly limped off to be replaced by James Hayter.

As the half wore on though, Preston began to build up a head of steam - helped by the ability to bring on players of the quality of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kyel Reid from their bench as attack-minded options. A succession of corners meant that centre-backs Stephen Arthurworrey and Kieffer Moore had to be constantly on their guard. Despite that pressure, Arthurworrey could have put Yeovil two goals ahead at the other end of the pitch, but he got under Sam Foley's corner and put his header over the bar.

Such chances were rare in the second half, and with just fourteen minutes remaining, a Kevin Davies pass got in behind the Yeovil defence for one of the first times on the night, and substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was able to round Jed Steer for the equalising goal, and to finally bring the Deepdale home crowd into voice for the night, expecting Preston to now go on and win the match.

That head of steam never really happened though. Ebanks-Blake almost got Preston a second goal with a spectacular overhead kick that landed on the roof of the net, but Preston were constantly thwarted by committed defending that protected Jed Steer and his goal. The Preston sponsors decision to award goalkeeper Sam Johnstone their Man of the Match was a sharp reminder of the club's first half performance and when the final whistle blew, the home fans responded with a chorus of boos. For Yeovil and the travelling 73 supporters, there was a much happier reaction, with four points gained in the last three days against promotion-chasing opposition the gap between themselves and safety has shrunk from five points down to two points. Suddenly there is some light at the end of the tunnel - the only problem is the number of bodies available for the remaining 20 games - it shouldn't be forgotten that the draw was achieved with eight players out injured and one suspended. Hopefully some of the walking wounded can be patched up for Saturday.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Gozie Ugwu (0-1, 45 mins), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (1-1, 76 mins)

Preston North End:
34. Sam Johnstone
5. Tom Clarke 23. Paul Huntington 6. Bailey Wright
7. Chris Humphrey 30. Josh Brownhill 12. Paul Gallagher 19. John Welsh 3. Scott Laird
9. Kevin Davies 10. Jermaine Beckford

Substitutes:
4. Scott Wiseman (46 mins for Bailey Wright) 8. Neil Kilkenny 17. Kyel Reid (66 mins for Josh Brownhill) 21. Thorsten Stuckmann 22. Jack King 31. Alan Browne 40. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (66 mins for Jermaine Beckford)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (85 mins for Alex Smith) 9. James Hayter (53 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for Jamar Loza) 22. Gareth Stewart

Preston Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Kieffer Moore (foul, 83 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 90 mins)

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistant Referees: Simon Clayton (County Durham and Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Attendance: 7,491 (with 73 Yeovil supporters).


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21 January 2015 : Gary's Verdict On The Preston Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Preston North End at Deepdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts on the draw can be read via the link below.

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


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20 January 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
If you watched tonight's 1-1 draw against Preston North End at Deepdale, 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 Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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20 January 2015 : Johnson Pleased To Deny Preston Onslaught
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised his side's first half performance and their overall resilience during a second half 'onslaught' after his side picked up a 1-1 draw against Preston North End at Deepdale tonight. The Glovers held the lead in an impressive opening 45 minutes, thanks to former Dunfermline Athletic striker Gozie Ugwu, who fired home his second goal in two games to give his side a half time lead, latching onto a nod down from a Sam Foley set piece.

That shocked a side that had gone into the game in fourth place, and were hoping to close the gap on the top two, as they challenge for automatic promotion, but throughout the match they found it hard to trouble Jed Steer's goal. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he was particularly impressed by what he saw up until the break:

"I enjoyed the first half as I thought that we took the game a little bit to them. I think if the truth be known, we were coming here to Preston with two lads that were making their debut, and two young inexperienced centre-backs and I was really pleased with their first half performance. I thought we deserved the goal - (Preston goalkeeper) Sam Johnstone got man of the match. Then in the second half, they showed their Championship qualities by getting in cross after cross. We dealt with most of them, but didn't deal with one - but I thought we saw the game out well."

During the second half, the home side gradually came back into the game, particularly after the dangerous Gozie Ugwu had to be substituted, with a calf injury that he had been carrying going into the game causing him problems once he came out during the second half - an injury that is thankfully not as bad as was feared at the time.

Gradually though, Preston turned the screw and their equalising goal came on 76 minutes when substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake latched onto a Kevin Davies through ball, to leave Yeovil with a nervous final fourteen minutes to deal with. That may have deflated a few hopes the Glovers had of getting all three points, but as Johnson pointed out after the game, the draw wasn't a disaster:

"All in all, I think we would have taken 1-1 at the start of the game. We were disappointed as we were 1-0 up, but that new team in there has got four points in two games, and that's what we need to get ourselves out of trouble. I just said to the boys, if we'd gone 1-0 down and then scored in the last minute, we'd be like we'd just won the cup final. But I think because we were 1-0 up and we ended up drawing, the lads were a little bit disappointed. So I've got into them a little bit on a couple of things, but then I've picked them up because everybody had to play a part there, including our management team which is why I can't talk (due to a hoarse voice) and our supporters when they realised that our team were staying in this game. You've got to cope with their onslaught and we did that."


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20 January 2015 : Preston 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained a valuable point against Preston North End at Deepdale tonight as they took four points in two games from play-off contenders in the space of three days. Despite a threadbare squad, it was the Glovers who had the better of the first half and they took a deserved lead when striker Gozie Ugwu scored his second goal in two games, latching onto a nod down from a Sam Foley set piece right on the half time whistle. The second half was a different kettle of fish, and the home side equalised when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake latched onto a Kevin Davies through ball fourteen minutes from time. Preston tried to fashion a winner but some valiant defending and a few wayward shots ensured that they held out for the 1-1 draw.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Gozie Ugwu (0-1, 45 mins), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (1-1, 76 mins)

Preston North End:
34. Sam Johnstone
5. Tom Clarke 23. Paul Huntington 6. Bailey Wright
7. Chris Humphrey 30. Josh Brownhill 12. Paul Gallagher 19. John Welsh 3. Scott Laird
9. Kevin Davies 10. Jermaine Beckford

Substitutes:
4. Scott Wiseman (46 mins for Bailey Wright) 8. Neil Kilkenny 17. Kyel Reid (66 mins for Josh Brownhill) 21. Thorsten Stuckmann 22. Jack King 31. Alan Browne 40. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (66 mins for Jermaine Beckford)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (85 mins for Alex Smith) 9. James Hayter (53 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for Jamar Loza) 22. Gareth Stewart

Preston Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Kieffer Moore (foul, 83 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 90 mins)

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistant Referees: Simon Clayton (County Durham and Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Attendance: ???? (with 73 Yeovil supporters).


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20 January 2015 : Team News For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's League One fixture against Preston North End at Deepdale. Both are forced changes due to injuries, with AJ Leitch-Smith and Nathan Ralph not making it into tonight's squad.

That means that Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard and former Swindon Town left-sided player Alex Smith make their full debuts for the club, meaning that the wide positions shuffle around with Seth Nana Twumasi pushed futher forward.

The threadbare nature of Yeovil Town's squad is exposed by the fact that they name two goalkeepers on the bench tonight - effectively just three outfield players to choose from on the bench, as the club's long list of injuries cut deep. Goalkeeper Chris Weale (ankle), defender Jakub Sokolik (knee ligaments), left-back Liam Davis (foot), winger Joel Grant (knee) and midfield pair Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are all long-term absentees on the treatment table, whilst Ben Nugent serves the second of his four match suspension.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 22. Gareth Stewart


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20 January 2015 : Barnsley vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last League One away fixture saw them travel to Barnsley for a fixture at their Oakwell ground. The end result was a 2-0 defeat and a frustrating experience as the patterns of Yeovil's play were all too familiar - a promising start, followed by an individual error - on this occasion Ben Nugent's red card - followed by a gradual slide in the quality of the play. Goals from George Waring and Conor Hourihane - the latter a questionable penalty decision - sealed the Glovers' fate.

Man of the Match voting saw three of the regular consistent performers head to the top of the list once again. Goalkeeper Jed Steer and midfielder Sam Foley got the thumbs up, whilst the poll winner on the day was club captain Joe Edwards for the second match running.

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

1. Joe Edwards 36 (2)
2. Sam Foley 26 (2)
3. Jed Steer 24 (1)
4. Ben Nugent 18 (1)
5. Nathan Smith 14 (0)
6. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 12 (1)
7. Nathan Ralph 12 (1)
8. James Hayter 10 (1)
9. Stephen Arthurworrey 8 (0)
10. James Berrett 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.78
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 5.56
VOTES RECEIVED : 9


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20 January 2015 : Twumasi Sees Ugwu And Loza Arrival As Lifting The Club
Yeovil Town right-back Seth Nana Twumasi believes the arrival of strike duo Gozie Ugwu and Jamar Loza have given the playing squad a lift. The Glovers gained their second league home win of the 2014-15 season on Saturday, with a 1-0 win over Bradford City, and Ugwu scored the winner on his return to a club where he enjoyed an eighteen game loan spell whilst on Reading's books during the 2012-13 season.

For a club that has struggled to score goals this season, particularly at home, that win over the Bantams made a big difference to the Glovers hopes of keeping them in League One beyond this season, reducing the gap between them and safety down to three points. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Twumasi said that Ugwu's knowledge of the club and what was expected of him from his previous spell made a big difference on the day:

"When somebody comes in it can sometimes take them a while to adapt, but as you can see Gozie has already been here before, so he knows the club inside out. Obviously Jamar has also come in and he's a similar type of player. Both of them are very quick and good on the ball, and it's just lifted us up."

Having beaten the side that started the weekend in fifth place in the table, the Glovers now move on and try their luck against the side who are in fourth place tonight, as they travel to play a Preston North End side who are one of a quartet of clubs who have shown themselves to be head-and-shoulders above the rest of the division. Despite that difficult task, Twumasi insisted that the club would go into the game with a positive attitude:

"We go into every game looking to win, or to get something out of it, and obviously that's the same when we set off to Preston. I think we can go out there and if we can put in the same performance as (on Saturday against Bradford City) then anything can happen."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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20 January 2015 : Purchasing Tickets From Deepdale Tonight
Yeovil Town supporters travelling up to Deepdale for tonight's League One match against Preston North End should note arrangements if they have not yet purchased a matchday ticket. There is a ticket booth situated next to the Bill Shankly Kop end of the ground where away fans are situated and you must purchase your ticket from there. The Deepdale turnstiles do not accept cash. Note that ticket booth accepts CASH ONLY so if you're only carrying credit/debit cards for the game you'll need to make sure you visit a cashpoint machine.

For the full guide to Deepdale, and information on tonight's officials, follow the links below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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20 January 2015 : Interview With Gozie Ugwu
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town agreed terms for striker Gozie Ugwu to return to the club, just over two years after a previous loan spell with Reading expired. Now a permanent member of the Glovers first team squad, he was interviewed by BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about his return, and his thoughts on that can be read via the link below.

Link: Gozie Ugwu Speaks To The BBC About His Return To The Club.


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20 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played host to Manchester United in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Huish Park. Screened by the BT Sport cameras, this was the chance for the club to showcase themselves not only in front of a 9,000-plus crowd, but also in front of a million domestic viewers and many more from overseas. As such they didn't disappoint - it took an Ander Herrera wonder goal and last minute breakaway scored by Angel Di Maria to see them to a 0-2 home defeat, but they did well enough for many pundits to reference their performance in commentary of Manchester United fixtures since that date as a measure of how the Premier League top four side can be thwarted.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, the poll was open to both those at the stadium and to those watching from a local pub or from their armchair at home. Left-back Nathan Smith did well, particularly in the first half, with United needing to change their wing-back formation during the break, in part because of how ineffective they were down the flanks. Midfielder Kevin Dawson's work-rate was stunning throughout the match. However, the Man of the Match on the day was club captain Joe Edwards, who had the small task of marking England captain Wayne Rooney during the afternoon, ensuring that he had a quiet day throughout.

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

1. Joe Edwards 778 (44)
2. Kevin Dawson 548 (41)
3. Nathan Smith 284 (15)
4. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 172 (11)
5. Stephen Arthurworrey 162 (5)
6. Simon Gillett 152 (4)
7. Kieffer Moore 140 (9)
8. Sam Foley 42 (0)
9. Ben Nugent 38 (1)
10. Jed Steer 16 (1)
11. AJ Leitch-Smith 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.89
Performance : 8.93
Entertainment : 8.86
VOTES RECEIVED : 133

There is still a chance to vote for the Man of the Match for Saturday's Bradford City home game - voting will close at 7.45p.m. tonight when the Preston North End fixture kicks off - use the form below to choose your top three, along with performance and entertainment ratings.

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

Meanwhile an ideal of how good the goal from Ander Herrera that beat Yeovil Town was, can be seen via the BBC Sport website. They included his 64th minute strike in their six goals of the Third Round, with the goal winning a poll they did with 43.5% of the vote. Watch the six goals they shortlisted via the clips below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Best Six Goals Of The FA Cup Third Round.


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19 January 2015 : Restaurant Offer For The Coventry Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant prior to the match. The Glovers take on Coventry City on Saturday 24th January with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888).

On offer for this weekend's match is a Chicken and Chips meal for the price of £10.00, which includes a pint of beer or glass of wine or soft drink to have with your meal. This entitles you to also use the restaurant bar before the game.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately (or be a season ticket holder) and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code (with no football shirts allowed). To place your bookings, call the Ticket Office now on 01935-847888 or the Commercial Office on 01935-847872.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Rochdale game - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Fleetwood game - book now.



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19 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of the year 2014 came in a home League One game against Leyton Orient. The game started fairly promisingly, with the Glovers the better side for half an hour, but once the visitors scored the opening goal matters began to disintegrate, and Chris Dagnall, Kevin Lisbie and Dean Cox were able to take advantage of some questionable defending and inflict a 0-3 home defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw Jed Steer and Sam Foley battle it out a whisker apart around the third spot. However, the best two players on the day were the two full-backs who were comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack. Right-back Seth Nana Twumasi is gradually finding regular football to be to his liking, but he was out-done by Nathan Smith who was also the Sponsors Man of the Match on a cold night in South Somerset.

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

1. Nathan Smith 146 (9)
2. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 102 (6)
3. Jed Steer 54 (4)
4. Sam Foley 52 (4)
5. Simon Gillett 46 (2)
6. Ben Nugent 42 (3)
7. Joe Edwards 30 (2)
8. Stephen Arthurworrey 18 (0)
9. Tom Eaves 14 (0)
10. James Hayter 10 (1)
11. Nathan Ralph 8 (0)
12. AJ Leitch-Smith 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.09
Performance : 3
Entertainment : 3.18
VOTES RECEIVED : 34


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19 January 2015 : Glovers And Grecians Bookend Ten Year FA Cup TV Run
West Country neighbours Yeovil Town and Exeter City find themselves bookending one of the more unusual footballing statistics today, on the tenth anniversary of what has become an FA Cup modern 'tradition'. Back on January 19th 2005, the Grecians were selected as a live FA Cup Third Round Replay tie, after they stunned the world of football by gaining a 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the original match.

The Third Round tie on January 8th 2005 hadn't been televised - presumably because the television broadcasters expected Exeter to get thrashed. But after Sir Alex Ferguson selected an under-strength United side both Fergie and the TV companies were nearly embarrassed, and so the BBC television cameras hurriedly made their way down to St James Park for the replay. They didn't get the shock that they wanted - Exeter lost the replay by a 2-0 scoreline, but it was to set up an astonishing FA Cup run of fixtures that has run all the way through to the Third Round tie earlier this month at Huish Park.

Since that date, every single Manchester United match in the FA Cup has been televised over a ten year period, with the match against Yeovil Town on January 4th 2015 being the 43rd consecutive tie to be screened live. The statistic is made all the more remarkable by the fact that those television companies who have followed them around the country have never seen them actually lift the trophy during that time - their last Cup Final win happened during the 2003-04 season. The full list of ties, starting with Exeter and ending with Yeovil, reads as follows:

2005: Exeter (away, replay BBC), Middlesbrough (home, BBC), Everton (away, BBC), Southampton (away, BBC), Newcastle (semi-final, BBC) Arsenal (final, BBC)
2006: Burton Albion (away, Sky), Burton Albion (home, BBC), Wolverhampton Wanderers (away, Sky), Liverpool (away, BBC)
2007: Aston Villa (home, BBC), Portsmouth (home, BBC), Reading (home, BBC), Reading (away replay, BBC), Middlesbrough (away, BBC), Middlesbrough (home replay, Sky), Watford (semi-final, BBC), Chelsea (final, BBC/Sky)
2008: Aston Villa (away, BBC), Tottenham Hotspur (home, BBC), Arsenal (home, BBC), Portsmouth (home, Sky)
2009: Southampton (away, Setanta), Tottenham Hotspur (home, ITV), Derby County (away, ITV), Fulham (away, ITV), Everton (semi-final, ITV)
2010: Leeds (home, ITV)
2011: Liverpool (home, ITV), Southampton (away, ITV), Crawley (home, ITV), Arsenal (home, ITV), Man City (semi-final, ITV)
2012: Manchester City (away, ITV), Liverpool (away, ITV)
2013: West Ham United (away, ITV), West Ham United (home replay, ITV), Fulham (home, ESPN), Reading (home, ESPN), Chelsea (home, ITV), Chelsea (away replay, ITV)
2014: Swansea City (home, BT Sport)
2015: Yeovil Town (away, BT Sport)

The controversy inevitably lies with the fact that a large share of the Broadcast Fees agreed with the Football Association - £144,000 per club for a televised Third Round tie, rising to £212,000 if a team is chosen for later rounds of the competition - inevitably head in the direction of the Old Trafford coffers. Whilst a small handful of lower league clubs like Exeter and Yeovil have benefited - Burton Albion and Crawley Town notably - so do their opponents, meaning that on a number of occasions the ties selected have looked like regulation 'Sky Sports Sunday afternoon' fixtures, rather than anything that might invoke the 'magic' of the FA Cup. Not that there can be too many complaints about the tie that takes Manchester United's FA Cup live coverage into a second decade - Friday night's match against League Two side Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, which the BBC are covering as one of their weekend live fixtures, and therefore as game No.44 on this growing list.


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19 January 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town head up to Deepdale, where they will take on a side challenging for promotion for the second match running. For those planning to watch the match against Preston North End, or simply want to learn a bit about our opponents, the guide linked below will give you directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide, a club history and plenty of statistics to set you on your way. Read the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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19 January 2015 : Bristol City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
On Boxing Day, Yeovil Town made the trip to Ashton Gate, where they played a table-topping Bristol City side. In difficult windy conditions, the Glovers weren't helped by referee Kevin Johnson giving two penalties against them - one saved and one scored by Jay Emmanuel Thomas - before that a Matt Smith header had given Yeovil an uphill battle. A late goal from Ben Nugent set up a valiant final five minutes, but the end result was a 2-1 defeat and a slip to the bottom of the table.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielders Sam Foley and Simon Gillett come out with plenty of credit on the day as once again they put in strong consistent performances. However, the Glovers man of the match was goalkeeper Jed Steer - perhaps a measure of how difficult a game it was for the visiting side on the day, particularly during the first half.

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

1. Jed Steer 106 (7)
2. Simon Gillett 72 (5)
3. Sam Foley 70 (3)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 54 (4)
5. Joe Edwards 44 (2)
6. Ben Nugent 34 (2)
7. James Berrett 18 (1)
8. James Hayter 10 (0)
9. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 6 (0)
10. Tom Eaves 6 (0)
11. Kevin Dawson 6 (0)
12. Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.54
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 7.08
VOTES RECEIVED : 24

Note that voting for Saturday's Bradford City home game remains open - use the form below to choose your top three, along with performance and entertainment ratings.

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


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19 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United : Man Of The Match Result
Just before Christmas, Yeovil Town played a home League One match against Colchester United that saw two teams in the bottom four go head-to-head. The end result was a highly frustrating 0-1 defeat, with Craig Eastmond's 72nd minute goal sealing Yeovil's fate in a match where they had the bulk of the goalmouth chances, but on diminishing results, leading to an increasingly predictable outcome once the Essex side had taken the lead.

Man of the Match voting saw Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey impress at the back, with captain Joe Edwards putting in another consistent performance in the centre of the park. But Sam Foley's role this season as a more central midfielder has rejuvenated his Glovers career, and he was a comfortable poll winner on the day. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Sam Foley 194 (16)
2. Joe Edwards 138 (9)
3. Stephen Arthurworrey 66 (2)
4. Jed Steer 30 (2)
5. Ben Nugent 28 (1)
6. Tom Eaves 26 (0)
7. Sam Hoskins 24 (1)
8. Nathan Smith 22 (1)
9. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 12 (0)
10. Brendan Moloney 10 (1)
11. James Hayter 8 (0)
12. Kevin Dawson 8 (0)
13. Simon Gillett 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.63
Performance : 3.77
Entertainment : 3.49
VOTES RECEIVED : 35

Note that voting for Saturday's Bradford City home game remains open - use the form below to choose your top three, along with performance and entertainment ratings.

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


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19 January 2015 : Kieffer Moore Talks About Life As A Centre-Back
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Bradford City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore spoke to the BBC about his role as a centre-back. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Kieffer talks about defending from the back, and the win over the Bantams. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Kieffer Moore Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Bradford.


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18 January 2015 : Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League One match between Preston North End and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 20th January 2015 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Deepdale. The man in charge of the fixture will be Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during the 2008-09 season with the first being November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. We then had him for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game:

"Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didnít see anything wrong with that."

The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

The most recent meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. The December 2013 match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.

Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Simon Clayton (County Durham and Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland). The Fourth Official will be Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

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


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18 January 2015 : Yeovil 1 Bradford 0 : Ugwu Return Helps Secure Points
Yeovil Town picked up their first win in six matches as they did the double over promotion-chasing Bradford City yesterday at Huish Park. The Bantams had already been beaten at Valley Parade back in September, and they had an unhappy return back to Yorkshire as former Reading and Dunfermline Athletic striker Gozie Ugwu scored on his second debut for the club - latching on to a 26th minute Sam Foley free kick that Kieffer Moore - playing as a makeshift centre-back - knocked into his path. Bradford wasted a number of second half opportunities as they failed to seriously test Glovers keeper Jed Steer and the end result was that Yeovil created themselves a bit of daylight with three valuable points - leaving them three points away from the safety line this weekend.

Team news saw both Gozie Ugwu and Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza make their debuts, playing up front in a 4-4-2. With Ben Nugent starting a four match suspension for his second red of the season, Kieffer Moore got the unusual job of acting as a makeshift centre-back as he partnered Stephen Arthurworrey. The other player to drop out of the side was James Berrett who sat on the bench to allow the change in formation. With Calvin Brooks having left the club for Weymouth and Nugent sat in the stands, the arrival of Ugwu and Loza didn't do a lot to increase the paper-thin numbers on the bench - five players for the second match running.

The game got off to a relatively quiet start - plenty of midfield battles but with both teams struggling to create clear chances. Of those the best fell to the Glovers - Seth Nana Twumasi fired over the bar from a Sam Foley free kick, then Gozie Ugwu also shot wide after Foley teamed up with him on a promising move. Nathan Ralph was then fed by Ugwu but found a defender in the way of his shot as the ball deflected for a corner. It took until midway through the half before either team managed a shot on target, with Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza forcing his way past a number of players before his shot was easily saved by Jordan Pickford in the Bradford goal.

Kieffer Moore was not being troubled too much in his centre-back spot, but of course he was one of the defenders that the Glovers could push up for set pieces. That became a big plus when he had a big hand in the opening goal of the game, scored on 26 minutes. Sam Foley's free kick was nodded on by the big striker, into the path of Gozie Ugwu, who chested the ball down and then fired home from a narrow angle from eight yards to put the Glovers 1-0 up and to put a bit of belief back into a Glovers side that had not scored at home in the League since October 18th.

Sam Foley almost immediately doubled Yeovil's lead as they suddenly got their tails up, collecting a loose ball then firing just wide of the target. Bradford had been slow to get into the match in any shape or form, but they gradually began to show what they were made of in the minutes leading up to half time - Stephen Darby forced Jed Steer into his first save of the match after Nathan Ralph lost possession inside his own half, whilst Billy Knott wasted two great chances - one that he shot over the crossbar to sarcastic cheers and then a header that also cleared the goalframe as a cross into the box saw him evade his markers. Perhaps those late chances would act as a warning for the what the play-off chasers could do during the second period.

Bradford's front pair had been well marshalled by the inexperienced duo of Kieffer Moore and Stephen Arthurworrey during the first period, but early in the second half a misdirected clearance by Moore allowed James Hanson a route through on goal, but like many Bradford players during the afternoon, he couldn't hit the target. Bradford made a double substitution, including the introduction of Francois Zoko as an attacker as they tried to unsettle the home side, but still the defence stood firm, with Bradford's main outlets coming when they allowed Yeovil to get themselves up field, and then try to hit them on the break - Mark Yeates again fired over on one such occasion.

Yeovil's chances were becoming few and far between as Gozie Ugwu - bandaged up after a headwound - and Jamar Loza's lack of match fitness began to show, and really it was only through rare chances from the likes of Sam Foley, whose long range shot was fumbled by Jordan Pickford and gathered at the second attempt - that suggested that they could extend that lead. But Bradford's shooting was way off form - a James Hanson header went wide from a cross when he would have been expected to land it on target. Then came the nervous moment during five minutes of injury time - a 94th minute free kick from Alan Sheehan, awarded after Kieffer Moore had naively pushed a Bradford attacker just outside the box. As the crowd held their breath, Sheehan curled it around the wall, but also curled it wide, and despite referee Darren Sheldrake extending the five minutes signalled up to six minutes, including one last corner for Bradford that allowed Pickford a chance to bomb into the opposition penalty area, the final whistle finally blew, giving Yeovil all three points in a home league match for the first time since last September. If Yeovil are to get out of trouble this season, that's the way to do it - gritty, physical, committed - and the closing of the gap between themselves and safety down to three points will tell them that anything is possible over the next 21 games.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bradford City 0.

Scorers: Gozie Ugwu (1-0, 26 mins)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (89 mins for Jamar Loza) 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 28. Alex Smith

Bradford City:
1. Jordan Pickford
2. Stephen Darby 5. Andrew Davies 23. Rory McArdle 3. James Meredith
20. Filipe Morais 11. Billy Knott 25. Andy Halliday 8. Gary Liddle
9. James Hanson 16. Jonathan Stead

Substitutes:
4. Matthew Dolan 6. Alan Sheehan (87 mins for Andrew Davies) 12. Ben Williams 13. Francois Zoko (59 mins for Jonathan Stead) 14. Mark Yeates (59 mins for Andy Halliday) 17. Jason Kennedy 18. Christopher Routis

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 38 mins), Jamar Loza (delaying free kick, 84 mins)

Bradford Bookings: James Hanson (foul, 20 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Bradford Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).

Attendance: 4,009 (with 452 Bradford City supporters).


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18 January 2015 : Gary Talks About Bradford Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Bradford City kicked off 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 talks about his decision before the game to put Kieffer Moore in as a centre-back, and also revealed the signing of Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 January 2015 : Gary's Verdict On The Bradford City Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Bradford City 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 views on the game, Kieffer Moore's performance at centre-back and the signing of Swansea City defender Liam Shephard on loan can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bradford City Home Game.


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17 January 2015 : The Seeds Of Kieffer Moore's Role As A Centre-Back
A few Yeovil Town supporters raised their eyebrows at former Dorchester Town and Truro City striker Kieffer Moore's selection today as a makeshift centre-back against Bradford City, but the seeds behind that go back as much as eighteen months, not long after he signed for the club from the Magpies. Before Kieffer had even made a first team appearance for the club, he was used as a centre-back in the second half of a pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers as the inevitable substitution of players required the Glovers to improvise a bit in terms of the formation that was used to complete that game.

Kieffer was then used as a central defender in a December 2013 Reserve Team match against Exeter City Reserves which tended to put thoughts of Kieffer's use as a defender more in the spotlight. Gary was asked about the inclusion of the striker in that position and said in an interview that he regarded it as a possible option for him to have for the future, pointing out that when centre-back Dion Dublin arrived at Cambridge United whilst Gary was on the club's coaching staff, no-one had expected him to develop into a striker worth a million pounds. However, Gary admitted at that time of that Exeter friendly that it might take some time to come through:

"It's an option. He's a young lad, and he hasn't really had an upbringing, as far as an apprenticeship is concerned, and learned the game. Sometimes they can learn the game from the opposite way round. Often you see full backs become wingers and vice versa. Dion Dublin arrived from Norwich City as a centre half and we turned him into a centre forward at Cambridge United, so it was the other way round. Kieffer looked comfortable and I said to Terry Skiverton and Darren Way early on that he will end up a centre back. He's big, and he's strong, and actually he's a lot stronger as a centre-half at the moment, than he is as a centre-forward, because he's coming onto things, and you tend to follow a centre-forward's run as opposed to having to make the run yourself if you were that centre-forward. So we're thinking either way that it will help him learn the game, because he will come up against good strikers, and see what good runs they make, and that will then help him as a centre-forward. But he's no mean centre-half actually, and we're quite pleased with what he did the other day (against Exeter City) and what he's been doing in training. He might have that extra string to his bow. That would take a bit of time - he's still learning, but we're happy with his progress."

Since then, Kieffer has become more known as a regular first team striker, although has been one of the players drafted back to defend set pieces during games. He may not have anticipated during July and December 2013 that he would end up spending a full 90 minutes at League One level marking James Hanson - a Bradford City stalwart with nearly 250 appearances to his name - and a former England Under-21 striker in Jonathan Stead who has scored almost 100 goals in a 400-plus appearance career.

Link: Yeovil 1 Bradford 0 : Match Statistics.

Link: Johnson Happy To See Gambles Come Off After Bradford Win.

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

Link: Johnson Explains Shephard Loan Deal With Long Term Injuries A Worry.


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17 January 2015 : Johnson Explains Shephard Loan Deal With Long Term Injuries A Worry
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson brought in a new loan signing earlier today with Swansea City defender Liam Shephard arriving on a youth loan basis. The 20 year old was a spectator during this afternoon's 1-0 win over Bradford City due to his registration not going through in time for the game, but will now team up with the players and be available for Tuesday night's trip to Preston North End.

Johnson pointed out that with Brendan Moloney now off the club's books for the remainder of the season, and Jordan Clarke having decided to join Scunthorpe United on a permanent basis, that the club were somewhat short in that area, and with current first choice right-back Seth Nana Twumasi having only played three appearances for the club prior to this season's 17 match run, the Glovers boss warned of the problems of putting him through the second half of the season without a break. Hence he was pleased to bring Shephard in as a new loan signing, explaining that he was one of the club's targets during the last transfer window:

"He gives us that fifth loan. Nana for a couple of years had a knee problem, and he's done very well but every now and again when you start playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday it becomes heavy for someone in his situation. So he gives us cover, and Nana can play in other positions anyway. So Swansea said we could have Shephard and it's great to have a link with one of the closer Premier League sides, so we didn't want to turn the opportunity down of taking a young but a very good player. We like him a lot and always have done. He was one that we were hoping to get in during the last transfer window, but obviously it didn't quite happen. But now Swansea have given us that opportunity to bring him in."

With the club currently having goalkeeper Jed Steer, centre-backs Stephen Arthurworrey and Ben Nugent and striker Jamar Loza on their books, Shephard will complete the list of five loan signings the club can name in any matchday squad, meaning that any further additions down that route would require one of those players to sit in the stand. Hence Johnson explained that for any further signings, he would prefer to get them as permanent transfers or free agents during the January window, but believed he would need a couple due to some of the club's long term injuries:

"Going into this period that will be our loans, and we really need to try to pick up a couple of free transfers if we can. That's not easy as we've got five or six players who are out for the season, and they're all contracted players. I think that leaves us with only twelve contracted players that are available to us, and five loans. So we've got to try to find that player who can come in on a free."

Little information has been given out by the club lately concerning the club's injury list, however the club currently have goalkeeper Chris Weale (ankle), defender Jakub Sokolik (knee ligaments), left-back Liam Davis (foot), winger Joel Grant (knee) and midfield pair Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) on the treatment table. Sokolik, Dawson and Gillett were all known to be serious long term injuries, whilst Burton Albion described Weale's training ground injury as a 'bad' one when they ended his loan deal. There is less information known about Davis and Grant and when they are likely to be available for selection.

Johnson has thirteen fit players on his books on permanent contracts, with all part of today's first team squad. These are: Seth Nana Twumasi, Kieffer Moore, Nathan Smith, AJ Leitch-Smith, Sam Foley, Joe Edwards, Nathan Ralph, Gozie Ugwu, Artur Krysiak, James Berrett, James Hayter, Sam Hoskins and Alex Smith.


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17 January 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Bradford City 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 Bradford City.


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17 January 2015 : Johnson Happy To See Gambles Come Off After Bradford Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was pleased to see a couple of 'gambles' pay off today, as his side beat Bradford City by a 1-0 scoreline at Huish Park, to end a five game losing streak. The match was won thanks to the recruitment of Gozie Ugwu, who was starting his second spell with the Glovers following his release by Dunfermline Athletic, and he was half of an inexperienced front line partnership as Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza joined him up front.

With Bradford flying high and coming into the game in fifth place in the League One table and having thrashed Championship side Millwall in an FA Cup Third Round replay during the week, there were fears that the Glovers might struggle against the experienced Bantams front line of James Hanson and Jonathan Stead. However, speaking after the match, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he was delighted to three points secured given the circumstances:

"It was a welcome win - that's for sure. It was a couple of gambles and they came off. The boys really worked hard, and to beat a team that are right on form, and had just beaten Millwall in the cup 4-0. They've got that ability and they've got the game that puts the ball in the box. They've got two of the best headers of the ball, certainly in James Hanson and Jon Stead feeds off him, then they had Francois Zoko in the centre-half. I thought our two centre-halves did really well, because that game gets them goals, and it was always going to be a competitive game. There were a lot of challenges and a lot of aerial challenges. Our team stood up to that bombardment and credit not only to the centre-halves but everybody who had to pick up seconds as well."

Ugwu arrived at the club as an inexperienced teenager two-and-a-half years ago, making his Football League debut whilst he was on the books of Reading. Now much more experienced in the game, he has returned on a short term deal with the club, and Johnson gave his views on that winning goal:

"We got our goal from a ball into the box, and Kieffer headed it on and thankfully Gozie (Ugwu) got his first goal and stuck it away nicely. We kept asking him if he wanted to come off in the second half as he had a bad calf and he'd got a kick through a foul on the far side, but he wanted to stay on and he saw the game out. So it wasn't pretty and it wasn't the best football match you've ever seen in your life, but then it's not going to be like that against Bradford, as they do launch it into the box often."

Striker Kieffer Moore is much more known for playing at the attacking end of the field but this time around he had to fulfil a central defensive role - something that he had done in a few Reserve Team and pre-season friendlies in the past, but not an experience that he had dealt with in a competitive first team match. Johnson had high praise for the 21 year old but said that it was something that he had been talking to Moore on and off about over the past eighteen months, and so wasn't an entirely new conversation when he asked Moore to play in that position:

"I've been saying to him for a couple of years that it's a position that I've always felt that he could be comfortable with. All young lads want to be strikers, and they think they're worth more than if they're centre-halves, and probably their mums and dads and agents are telling them to be a striker. But what he does is that he's a brave lad. In training he sometimes plays at the back, and we sometimes put him in there during pre-season friendlies, albeit against lesser opposition, and that all came off for a game like today."


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17 January 2015 : Yeovil 1 Bradford 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town picked up their first win in six matches as they did the double over promotion-chasing Bradford City this afternoon at Huish Park. The Bantams had already been beaten at Valley Parade back in September, and they had an unhappy return back to Yorkshire as former Reading and Dunfermline Athletic striker Gozie Ugwu scored on his second debut for the club - latching on to a 26th minute Sam Foley free kick that Kieffer Moore - playing as a makeshift centre-back - knocked into his path. Bradford wasted a number of second half opportunities as they failed to seriously test Glovers keeper Jed Steer and the end result was that Yeovil created themselves a bit of daylight with three valuable points - leaving them three points away from the safety line tonight.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bradford City 0.

Scorers: Gozie Ugwu (1-0, 26 mins)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (89 mins for Jamar Loza) 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 28. Alex Smith

Bradford City:
1. Jordan Pickford
2. Stephen Darby 5. Andrew Davies 23. Rory McArdle 3. James Meredith
20. Filipe Morais 11. Billy Knott 25. Andy Halliday 8. Gary Liddle
9. James Hanson 16. Jonathan Stead

Substitutes:
4. Matthew Dolan 6. Alan Sheehan (87 mins for Andrew Davies) 12. Ben Williams 13. Francois Zoko (59 mins for Jonathan Stead) 14. Mark Yeates (59 mins for Andy Halliday) 17. Jason Kennedy 18. Christopher Routis

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 38 mins), Jamar Loza (delaying free kick, 84 mins)

Bradford Bookings: James Hanson (foul, 20 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Bradford Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).

Attendance: 4,009 (with 452 Bradford City supporters).


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17 January 2015 : Swansea Defender Signs For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have completed a loan move for Swansea City youngster Liam Shephard. The 20 year old is a spectator at this afternoon's home match against Bradford City today, and has agreed an unspecified youth loan - presumably for an initial month spell. He will be eligible to play in Tuesday night's match against Preston North End.

Born on 22nd November 1994 in Pentre, he has yet to make a Swansea first team appearance, but has warmed the bench for them on six occasions this season, including games against Newcastle United, Liverpool (in the League Cup) and Everton. He is a regular in their Under-21s side as their captain, and primarily plays as a right-back. One of his more established team-mates Angel Rangel has been watching his progress as Shephard acts as his understudy, and he has told the South Wales Evening Post recently that he is impressed by his attitude:

"Liam has just come up from the youth team and he is a great player. He's bright, he tries to learn from the senior players and he is a good pro. He's still young and he has great potential. In training you can see the quality and it is good to see that some players from the youth team are coming into the first team and doing well. If they want advice I will be there for them. He's a good boy to chat with, he's willing to learn. I always try to speak to him on the pitch and he always listens."

Swansea think highly enough of him to have given him a two-and-a-half year contract at the club, keeping him at the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2017. Speaking at the time of his contract extension he said:

"The length of the deal allows me to really concentrate on attempting to work my way up at the club. Iíve worked really hard to get this far, but now itís about continuing to work hard, learn as much as I can and hopefully I can then break into the first-team plans. Iíve learned a lot from training alongside the senior players and working with the manager, who has given young players at the club a chance if they show the right work-rate and attitude. Being involved in the first teamís matchday squad has been a brilliant experience. It has given me hope of making the next step up at the club - and thatís playing for the first team. Having seen a number of young players at the club achieve that it gives me plenty of hope, although I realise it will be a tough challenge."


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17 January 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting eleven for this afternoon's home match against Bradford City. With two new strikers arriving at the club during the week, it's no surprise to find them both starting, and so Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza and former Dunfermline Athletic front man Gozie Ugwu will form a partnership in what is presumed to be a 4-4-2.

Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent begins his four match suspension for the red card he received last weekend. His place in the side is taken by Kieffer Moore who will take the role of a makeshift centre-back. Kieffer has played in a couple of Reserve Team games in that position, during last season, but this is the first time he's played a competitive match in that position. Midfielder James Berrett is the other player to drop out of the starting line-up.

Defender Calvin Brooks has signed for Weymouth this week, and so we will not see him warming the bench in the future. The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 28. Alex Smith


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17 January 2015 : Pre-Match Ticket Price Extension For Bradford Match
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to make a late decision on this afternoon's home League One fixture against Bradford City and who haven't purchased a ticket for the game yet should note that the club are operating another late extension on ticket prices. As has been the case for numerous recent home matches, if you purchase your ticket before 1.00p.m. today then the Huish Park Ticket Office will honour the pre-matchday prices for the game.

After 1.00p.m. the ticket prices will go up by £2.00 (with the exception of junior tickets) to the standard matchday prices. Hence if you are in Yeovil and heading to the ground, there's an obvious reason to buy your tickets early today. You can also call them on 01935-847888 and purchase over the phone and then collect later if you can't get to the ground before that time.


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16 January 2015 : McAllister Completes Grecians Move
Former Yeovil Town club captain has completed his move to League Two side Exeter City. The 36 year old has signed a deal with the Grecians that takes him until the end of the 2014-15 season, following his recent return to England after his stint playing and coaching for Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters. The former Bristol City defender had been part of a team that reached the play-off final in the first ever ISL season, losing out to a last minute goal.

Overall, Jamie made 84 appearances for the club during his two years at Huish Park, the highlight of which was him lifting the League One Play-Off Final trophy as club captain. He also completed a full season for the club at Championship level, as a regular in the side before being released at the end of his contract at the end of the 2013-14 season. The very best of luck to him down at St James Park.

To read about his time in the Indian Super League, read the interview linked below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC About The India Super League.

Link: Jamie McAllister : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 January 2015 : Glovers Linked With Villa Academy Defender
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner. The claims are made by a Sky Sports journalist who has tended to predict a number of past Glovers signings, although there is also competition listed as coming from Championship side Millwall and League One side Coventry City. As is often the case, there are no sources or quotes provided to back up the information.

Toner has been on Aston Villa's books since July 2012 after he trialled for the club. He originally hails from Dublin and was given a professional contract at the start of the 2014-15 season, following his two year scholarship. He has been playing for Aston Villa Under-21s during the past season and scored against Tottenham Hotspur for his first goal at that level last year. He was born on July 18th 1996 and is therefore currently 18 years old.

Primarily a centre-back, although he has occupied other positions including the right-back slot, Kevin has also been capped for the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 and Under-19 level. As yet there are no other sources or information suggesting that this is likely to turn into a done deal at this stage. However, with the Glovers currently known to be searching for a new centre-back, and Toner fitting the sort of profile of player the club would be able to afford, his link with Yeovil Town certainly fits the profile of what to expect in terms of manager Gary Johnson's likely defender targets.


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16 January 2015 : Ladies Recruit Bristol Academy Defender
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to announce the signing of Corinne Yorston. Manager Jamie Sherwood labelled it as the biggest signing the club has ever made and believes that Yorston will be a valuable player for the lady Glovers as they go in search for promotion in the 2015 Womens Super League season. Yorston who played for WSL1 side Bristol Academy last season, making 19 appearances and scoring 2 goals, will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the already strong assembled squad. Sherwood, whose side begin pre season training this week said:

"Corinne is an excellent addition to our squad and this illustrates the ambition we have for this coming season. To have a player with such a winning mentality, attention to detail and experience will be invaluable to us both on and off the pitch. We truly believe that everyone within the club can benefit from this signing. She is a role model to our younger players within our youth, intermediate and development teams. In addition, her know how and her approach will help the senior team dressing room immensely. Yorston will go straight into our first team squad that are preparing to play in the third round of The FA Womenís Cup, a competition she knows well and a competition we have set targets for and aim to achieve in."

New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Corinne Yorston - drafted in from Bristol Academy
New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Corinne Yorston - drafted in from Bristol Academy


Yorston is an FA Womens Cup winner and has also played in Champions League matches, along with making appearances for England at various levels. On signing for Yeovil this season Corinne commented with:

"I am thrilled and very excited to be joining Yeovil Town Ladies FC, and can't wait to start the upcoming FA WSL season as a Yeovil Town player. Whilst I am very sad to be leaving Bristol Academy WFC, and it was a very difficult decision to leave a club I have been at for 8 seasons and where I have so many good memories and have made so many good friends, I'm really looking forward to the new challenge that Yeovil Town brings to me."

"It was very important to me that Yeovil Town showed the right standards and matched the expectations I have from playing in the FAWSL 1 and from the other FAWSL 1 offers I received, and I have been very impressed with the ambition and drive to succeed shown by the club. I am determined to do everything I can to help them achieve all that they want to, and all that they have the capabilities to do. They have a very good squad and a good set up throughout the club, and now I just can't wait to get training, get involved with the team, and get the season started."

Manager Jamie Sherwood will now begin the teams preparation for their first competitive game against FA Womens Premier League side Lewes Ladies in the Third Round of the FA Womens Cup, before the Womens Super League action kicks off in March, with fixtures to be released at the end of January.

Yeovil Town Ladies next game is Sunday 1st February (2.00p.m. kick-off) against Lewes LFC in the third round of the FA Womens Cup. If you havenít got your 2015 season ticket yet, you can purchase by clicking here.


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16 January 2015 : Brooks Agrees Second Terras Deal
Yeovil Town defender Calvin Brooks appears to have left the club. The 20 year old, who has joined in with first team training sessions and occasionally warmed the substitutes bench, has yet to make a first team appearance, and spent much of the first half of the season on loan with Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth.

He returned to Huish Park after Boxing Day, when his loan deal with the Terras expired, and again warmed the bench as an unused substitute. However, the Dorset Echo indicate that his contract at Huish Park had lapsed, and that Weymouth have now agreed a contract with him until the end of the 2014-15 season. There is no mention of this being a loan deal, suggesting that Brooks is now permanently off the club's books.


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16 January 2015 : Gary Previews The Bradford Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Bradford City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary speaks about new signings Jamar Loza and Gozie Ugwu, as well as giving his views on the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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15 January 2015 : Fry Cautious Of Compensation From January Changes
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has implied that the need to pay out 'compensation' in certain circumstances are providing him with a headache as he tries to manage the budgets that are available at the club during the remainder of the 2014-15 season. The Glovers have inherited a significant windfall from the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United that was estimated as providing the club with additional income of between £300,000 and £500,000 on the back of television, ticketing and commercial income from the game.

The Glovers currently lie at the foot of the League One table with the need to refresh their first team squad during the January transfer window, but with the need to remove a number of under-performing players from the wage bill to create room for new players to come in. So far the club have moved Brendan Moloney out on loan for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, whilst Aaron Martin negotiated a deal to allow him to leave the club and join Coventry City.

However, with players like Adam Morgan seemingly having no future at the club, that may not be the last player to come off the club's books during the month. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Fry said that some of the costs related with the budget did relate to that process and warned that severance payments could eat into the money the club had gained through their FA Cup run unless they trod cautiously:

"There is a whole series of difficult decisions and we will only make it worse by throwing the baby out of the bath water and making the wrong turn. Along the line somewhere the right decision will be taken at the right time. [In any] business, you go through a performance review Ė which we are Ė where you make proposals and practical suggestions to make things happen and improve the performance. The trouble with football is that a lot of it is contractual and you cannot make immediate changes unless you want to pay compensation. Unless youíre careful, the money we earned from Manchester United can go on compensation. We donít wish to do that if we can avoid it."

Fry indicated that he had regular discussions with Johnson about what needed changing and what the root causes were behind the club's poor form during the current campaign. He felt the reasons were complex and that he was keeping an open mind over what needed to be changed over the coming weeks:

"What is the problem? Whatís the cause of the problem? Weíve got a good set of players, a good management team and a good off-field support staff. We performed against Manchester United and weíve had some bad luck. We have weekly meetings to talk about it and work out what theyíre going to do and how theyíre going to change it. If Gary knew exactly the answers, he would have changed already. It all comes down to how we assess it Ė have we been fair enough with it, have we given people a chance? Nothing changes when it comes to the decision-making process. But youíve got to get a result and we shouldíve got a result against Barnsley when we were the better side. Weíve got a pile of injuries Ė that could be the cause of it."


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15 January 2015 : Gary Talks About Ugwu And Loza Signings
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been giving some of his thoughts on the signing of two new strikers this week. The Glovers boss has recruited in former Reading and Dunfermline Athletic striker Gozie Ugwu for his second spell at the club, as well as giving Norwich City striker Jamar Loza a chance to prove himself over the course of a month. With the Glovers currently standing as League One's lowest scorers, the need for new fire power at the club didn't need much debate, with the need to improve upon 19 goals in 24 matches.

The arrival of Loza had actually been planned last year, around the time the club brought in Tom Eaves from Bolton Wanderers, but had to be aborted after the 20 year old picked up a virus shortly after his participation in the Caribbean Cup with Glovers winger Joel Grant and that meant that his parent club stopped the deal, leaving Johnson to turn to Eaves. Speaking to BBC Somerset today, the Glovers boss explained what sort of player he was getting:

"We'd been chasing Jamar Loza for a little while. He gives you that striker who needs the experience now. He had a good spell at Southend when he went there. Now they feel he's ready for the next level up, so we're more than happy to give him that opportunity. He's another runner. He's got good athleticism and he does get in there late and fast, so he can cause a problem. He can have that intensity in the goal area where he can go past someone and take someone on in a one-v-one in the danger areas, and really that's what we're looking for."

Ugwu needs little introduction to Glovers fans, having already enjoyed an 18 match loan spell during the 2012-13 season, that was slightly punctuated by a hamstring injury midway through. Now off Reading's books, he has scored seven goals already this season for Scottish side Dunfermline. Johnson recalled that original loan spell at the club that saw him score three times:

"Gozie has been here before during our previous League One campaign. He was only a young lad then, and Reading at that time didn't want to lose him, so obviously he was just on loan and getting experience. But he's now gained that little bit of experience that everyone was after him getting. He got released in the end at Reading, and ended up going to a couple of places and then going to Scotland and he scored goals up there. He's a strong lad, and at the moment because he isn't a loan he's interesting for us, because he's a signing until the end of the season, but it doesn't take up one of our loans. So that's a good thing to do."

Now two years older, Ugwu has played Scottish League football as well as experiencing League One and League Two games in England and so comes back to Huish Park as a player with over 50 first team appearances across a range of different clubs. That's a far cry from his original spell with the Glovers, who gave him his Football League debut, and Johnson said he hoped that extra experience would make a difference to the returning player:

"He's certainly more experienced. He's played a lot more games, and he's older and wiser. That doesn't mean to say that their ability is any better, as such, but certainly when they become more experienced they get into more danger areas and are just more comfortable with themselves and a little bit older. He was injured during the spell that we had, pretty early during the loan, so we didn't really see that much of him - a hamstring. But in his first spell (before the injury) he looked decent. He's a great lad and he's a strong boy as well, and that will help us getting on the end of things when the ball comes into the penalty area."

Johnson is rather less optimistic about his chances of recruiting in a new central defender to act as cover for Ben Nugent before the weekend. As yet no new defensive recruits have come in, and whilst the Glovers are continuing to make phone calls, they may need to face Bradford City with their current crop of defenders. If so then Nathan Smith is the most likely player to stand in as a centre-back, with Alex Smith able to take the full-back role.


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15 January 2015 : Glovers-Inspired Play Goes On Tour
Next week sees the launch of a new local play production called The Giants which has a distinct Yeovil Town theme to it. During the 2004-05 season, Glovers fan Nick White and Brentford (although we won't hold that against him) fan Will Gore produced the play Becoming Giants which saw one of the productions attended by manager Gary Johnson and the playing squad.

Their latest production for 2015 also has a Glovers theme to it, and is entitled The Giants and is centred around both the Glovers and local league football in the area. Their production team have given us the following summary of the play:

"Jack Kelly and Molly Taylor play Warren and Emily, a couple whose relationship is tied to the fortunes of Real West Coker, the team they manage in the Yeovil & Districts Under 12ís league.

At the same time Jack and Molly play a whole host of other characters including teenager Rachel and her brother Mike; Radio South-Westís long serving commentators Barry and John as well as the entire Real West Coker team and a couple of surprise characters from Yeovil Town FC itself!

The show is suitable for ages 10+ and will be a real family affair. It serves as a reminder how important a football clubís fans are to its success and how through thick or thin, you can still reach for the stars.

Supported by Arts Council England, Take Art and South Somerset District Council, THE GIANTS is a play about going for three points, striving for your dreams and what happens when the reality of life scores a last minute winner
."

The play will take in a variety of venues over the next few weeks as follows. Either contact the venues or email wassailtheatre@gmail.com for further information:

Wed 21st January, 7.30p.m. : The David Hall Arts Centre, South Petherton
Adults: £11.00; Under-19s: £9.00; Family Ticket (two adults, two children): £32.00.

Thu 22nd January, 7.30p.m. : Huish Park, Yeovil
Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £6.00.

Sat 24th January, 8.00p.m. : The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Admission: £10.00; Theatre Friends Discount: £8.00; Lyme Regis passport holders: FREE.

Wed 28th January, 7.30p.m. : Yeovil College, Yeovil
Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £6.00.

Fri 30th January, 8.00p.m. : Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts
Admission: £12.00 (with other unspecified discounts available)

Sat 31st January, 8.00p.m. : West Coker Village Hall, West Coker
Admission: £10.00.

Sat 7th February, 7.30p.m. : The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton
Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £7.00.


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15 January 2015 : The Last Time We Met Gozie
Earlier today, Yeovil Town made their second signing of the January transfer window, with former Reading and Dunfermline Athletic striker Gozie Ugwu returning for his second spell with the club. This time around, he is on the club's books as a permanent signing, penning a six month contract with the club after his time in Scotland ended at the turn of the year.

At the time we first caught sight of Gozie, he was a 19 year old Reading academy player, who had only seen loan experience with non-league side Ebbsfleet United (the club formerly known as Gravesend and Northfleet). Thus the Glovers gave him his Football League debut, after bringing him through as one of a dozen new signings that arrived in pre-season at the start of the 2012-13 season - he netted four times during the friendlies that he was involved in, having missed the first couple.

His time at the club, as an untried teenager, saw him largely used as an impact substitute - a total of thirteen of his eighteen Glovers appearances came from the bench. That didn't stop him from making an impact - he scored two late breakaway goals against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, in a 4-0 away win, and he then followed that up with netting the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers a week later.

Ugwu's time at the club began to diminish rapidly when he picked up a hamstring injury during a home match against Portsmouth, that was bad enough for him to have to leave the field, even though with the club having used all three substitutes it meant that they finished that match with ten men. He returned to Reading for treatment, and that meant that we didn't see him at all between October 2nd and November 20th.

Two days after Ugwu's injury Paddy Madden came in on loan, and the 11 goals that he and James Hayter scored whilst Gozie was on the treatment table meant that they were by now an established first choice strike partnership. As such the Reading loanee's time on the pitch diminished, getting only 25 minutes on the pitch during the month of December, upon his return from injury.

As such it wasn't too much of a surprise that the Glovers allowed him to return to Reading on January 1st - as a young player, he was better off getting time on the pitch, rather than sitting on a bench watching two more established strikers form a partnership. He was immediately given a place on Reading's first team substitutes bench for an FA Cup match against Crawley Town, and then a few days after that was sent out on loan to Plymouth Argyle, thus ending any thoughts the club might have had of renewing any arrangements during the transfer window. Now two years later, he will get the chance to resume his time at Yeovil Town, with the six month agreement allowing him a chance to show how much he has progressed over the time that has passed.

Link: Gozie Ugwu : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 January 2015 : Ugwu Makes Yeovil Town Return
Yeovil Town have signed up striker Gozie Ugwu until the end of the 2014-15 season, according to BBC Points West. The 21 year old former Reading and Dunfermline Athletic player had a loan spell with the Glovers during the 2012-13 season whilst he was on the books of the Reading but has spent the last half season playing up in Scotland before being released by them at the turn of the year.

Born in Oxford on April 22nd 1993, he is a former Reading youth player who made 18 appearances for the Glovers, scoring three goals, during the first half of the season the club won promotion from League One, with one or two injury niggles ultimately ending his stay in South Somerset. He had also enjoyed loan spells with Ebbsfleet United (10 appearances, 4 goals), Plymouth Argyle (6 appearances) and Shewsbury Town (7 appearances, 1 goal) but despite plenty of impressive performances for Reading Under-21s, he couldn't quite break into their first team.

During the summer he was released, and signed a half-season contract with Dunfermline where he was their top scorer, with seven goals in 18 appearances. But budget constraints made them decide to release him at the turn of the year and so he joins the Glovers as a free agent, subject to international clearance.


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14 January 2015 : FA Confirm Nugent Ban
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension period that Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent will serve as a result of the red card he received on Saturday. Nugent was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident involving Barnsley striker George Waring during the 2-0 defeat at Oakwell, and with manager Gary Johnson giving strong views on Nugent's conduct, it was never likely that the Glovers would dispute the decision.

The FA have confirmed Nugent's suspension as covering a four match period - three for violent conduct, plus an additional match suspension due to the red card he received in the October home defeat against Milton Keynes Dons meaning that it is the second time he has been dismissed this season. Nugent will therefore miss matches against Bradford City (home), Preston North End (away), Coventry City (home) and Peterborough United (away) as the fixture list currently stands. He would return for the February 7th home match against Crawley Town.

Meanwhile Saturday's opponents Bradford City have had a stroke of good fortune concerning the dismissal of their goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Saturday's home match against Rochdale. Pickford was dismissed for a professional foul in that match and so was due to serve a one match ban. The FA have clarified that he will serve his suspension in tonight's FA Cup Third Round Replay against Millwall at Valley Parade, even though Pickford has been blocked by his parent club from playing in the competition as they do not want him to be cup-tied. As such, Pickford serves his suspension in a game he couldn't play in anyway - having made 25 appearances for the Bantams so far this season he will no doubt be back between the sticks in their visit to Huish Park on Saturday.


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14 January 2015 : GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. The latest list adds in plans for the rearranged trip to Preston North End as well as completing the final two away fixtures of the 2014-15 season against Swindon Town and Milton Keynes Dons and so supercedes the previously published list.

Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Preston North End : Tuesday 20th January 2015.
Huish Park: 12.30p.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00
NB: This is a new date and time following the fixture rearrangement.

Peterborough United : Saturday 31st January 2015.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Crewe Alexandra : Tuesday 10th February 2015.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Doncaster Rovers : Saturday 14th February 2015.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Scunthorpe United : Saturday 28th February 2015.
Huish Park: 7.30a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

Leyton Orient : Saturday 14th March 2015.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

Colchester United : Tuesday 17th March 2015.
Huish Park: 1.30p.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Rochdale : Saturday 28th March 2015.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Fleetwood Town : Easter Monday 6th April 2015.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

Swindon Town : Saturday 18th April 2015.
Huish Park: 10.45a.m.
Adult Members: £14.00; Member Concessions: £12.00
Adult Non-Members: £16.00; Non-Member Concessions: £14.00

Milton Keynes Dons : Sunday 3rd May 2015.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

Obviously all fixtures are subject to change and additions, given we are not yet out of the winter season.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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14 January 2015 : Public Consultation For Club's Next Off-The-Pitch Plans
Yeovil Town have announced that they will be holding 'Public Consultation' sessions regarding their future development plans at Huish Park towards the end of the month. All has been quiet since June 2014 when the club voluntarily withdrew their long-standing plans to build a Food Store on land to the north of the Huish Park stadium, currently occupied by two training pitches on the club's site.

At the time of the withdrawal, the club stated that would be continuing their relationship with Chris Dawson, who owns CDS International - the head company behind 'The Range' homeware stores, stating that new plans would be submitted in the 'near future'. However, in their latest statement, Dawson and his company do not get a mention, with the club stating that the proposals "are very different to the Food Superstore proposals" saying that "mixed use development, traffic and community facilities all feature" although there's no detail on what is the core development, or any clues as to what direction the club are taking this time.

They plan to hold a series of sessions where any interested parties can find out what is going on, with the club utilising a Marquee that was recently erected close to the away end of the Huish Park stadium for the recent Manchester United match as a means to house people wanting to get information on the plans. They welcome Yeovil Town supporters, the general public or any political group to attend the sessions which will be held as follows:

Friday 23rd January 2015 : 3.00p.m. until 8.00p.m.
Saturday 24th January 2015 : 11.00a.m. until 2.30p.m. and 5.00p.m. until 7.00p.m. (on the day of the home match against Coventry City)
Sunday 25th January 2015 : 11.00a.m. until 2.00p.m.


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14 January 2015 : Canary Loza Flies In On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up striker Jamar Loza on loan from Norwich City. The 20 year old is a Jamaican international who has five caps to his name, and has agreed a one month youth loan with the club. He has previous loan experience with Coventry City, Leyton Orient and Southend United.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica on May 10th 1994, he was part of the Norwich side that won the 2012-13 FA Youth Cup. He has five Norwich first team appearances to his name - the final match of the 2013-14 season against Arsenal, which gave him his debut, followed by four more appearances during the current campaign - three in cup competitions. The main bulk of his first team experience has come through loan spells during the 2013-14 season, with Coventry City (1 appearance), Leyton Orient (3 appearances) and Southend United (7 appearances) all taking him on. He scored his first ever professional first team goal whilst on loan with the Essex side - in a Sky Sports televised match against Oxford United (video below).



More recently, Jamar was a part of Jamaica's Carribean Cup winning side that featured Joel Grant in the squad. He had previously been linked with the club around the time they recruited Tom Eaves into the squad, but an illness was understood to have scuppered the move at that time. He will remain on Yeovil's books until the February 14th trip to Doncaster Rovers, at which point all parties will have the option to discuss a further extension.


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14 January 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
Officials for Saturday's home League One match between Yeovil Town and Bradford City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 17th January 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. 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 ten occasions as a man in the middle, with six of those happening in the last two-and-a-half seasons. The first time we saw him 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 were more 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!

More 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."

We then had him in January for the Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient. His performance was a little bit irritating in that he seemed to allow Orient's slowing down of the game's tempo to be assisted by being a bit over-fussy with free kicks, but this was a frustrating evening all-round, and one man in the middle could not be wholly blamed for that. He did sort of do us a favour when he sent off Orient's Anthony Griffith for two bookable offences - some referees might have kept the midfielder on the pitch, but when a player kicks the ball away whilst he's already on a yellow card, few could complain about the end result.

Then he was present for the March 2013 League One home game against Tranmere Rovers. On the whole, we felt he was inclined to indulge some of the visiting side's tendency to writhe around a bit upon any sort of contact from Glovers players. Tranmere milked it a bit, and when Mr Sheldrake fell for it, they milked it some more - a situation that gradually had the crowd grumbling further as the game went on. That said, we won through our own free kick goal from Ed Upson, and they ended up with four players in the book, so Tranmere weren't ultimately successful in their approach to the game.

Mr Sheldrake took charge of two games during our 2013-14 Championship season, with one of them being a bit of a controversial game. The League Cup First Round match against Birmingham City saw Byron Webster score a 90th minute goal, with the visitors claiming that Yeovil should have given them the ball back after they booted the ball out of play for a Dan Burn 'injury'. Instead as Burn didn't need treatment, Yeovil played on and of course within the laws of the game there was nothing Mr Sheldrake could do about the goal that Byron ultimately scored. Apart from a flurry of bookings that got dished out in the few minutes after that goal - Birmingham's Paul Robinson was lucky to stay on the pitch - he largely controlled the 120 minutes well. The Western Gazette said that he "very nearly lost control in the wake of Webster's goal but governed the game well for large stretches."

Later that same season he was at Huish Park for the March 2014 Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday. We won the match 2-0 with a brace from Ishmael Miller, with the Owls not really on song throughout the match. When Sam Hutchinson clattered substitute Adam Morgan in the 89th minute whilst the Owls player was already on a yellow card, not even the most lenient of officials could have avoided raising a second yellow, and thus Wednesday ended the game with 10 men. Their indiscipline, rather than the referee's doing.

His most recent visit came for our League Cup First Round home match against Gillingham at the start of the 2014-15 season. There he annoyed us significantly by sending off Seth Nana Twumasi for a tackle on Gillingham's Luke Norris. This saw the typical type of professional footballers' gamesmanship - player rolls around on the ground as if he's had his legs have been sliced in two, team-mates wade in and surround the referee, and match official buckles and shows a red card, and then opposition player magically gets up, skipping away like a new-born lamb. With the video showing that referee Sheldrake's view of the tackle was blocked by other players, manager Gary Johnson accused the referee of guessing what had happened, but with the match video also obscuring the actual tackle - the same view the referee had - an appeal wasn't possible.

Mr Sheldrake's record this season implies that he has been very trigger-happy in the last six months. He's taken charge of just 17 matches, but has raised 56 yellow cards and eight red cards - a dismissal coming in one in every two games he takes charge of. That's already exceeded the number of reds he dished out during the whole of last season - either bad luck, or a tendency for that sort of Twumasi/Norris tackle to be seen in that sort of light in other matches.

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Gillingham 2.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Birmingham City 3 (Birmingham won on penalties).

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Link: January 2013 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 0.

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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14 January 2015 : McAllister Linked With Grecians Move
Since he left Yeovil Town over the summer, former Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister has been playing in the India Super League for Kerala Blasters - a team managed by former England goalkeeper David James. However, with their four-month season now over, he is back in England and has confirmed that he is training with a 'local' Football League club. This morning the Western Morning News have suggested that club is League Two side Exeter City, who are managed by former Glovers midfielder Paul Tisdale. They don't offer up sources or quotes to back this up but suggest he has been training there for a couple of weeks.

On Saturday, Jamie appeared on the BBC local radio Saturday Sport programme, speaking to BBC Bristol presenter about his time out in India and his plans for the future. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC About Life In The India Super League.


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13 January 2015 : Two Strikers And A Defender Still The Priority
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his immediate January transfer window priorities have not changed, despite him so far having yet to bring in fresh blood into his squad. The Glovers boss indicated last ThursdayBen Nugent receiving a red card, which led Gary to declare that a replacement centre-back was also a priority. In general, squad numbers remain a concern, with Simon Gillett and Kevin Dawson reported as being out with long term injuries.

Johnson has told the Western Gazette that the immediate priorities still lie with the two strikers and a central defender, with him waiting on a number of possibilities to give the green light. However, he remained optimistic that there would be new arrivals before the League One match against Bradford City:

"Thereís every chance of maybe bringing in a couple of strikers before the weekend. There are no names to be released just yet as nothing has been done yet, but thereís every chance of one coming in, possibly two. A centre half is obviously a priority as well at this moment in time and itís an awkward situation."

The Gazette go against the idea of former Rotherham United midfielder Michael Tidser as being a possible signing. Although Johnson doesn't give any views on the player, who was linked in the Scottish press today, the paper indicates that the 24 year old has been training at Huish Park, but that 'the club are not in a position to offer him a deal' as things stand.


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13 January 2015 : Glovers Linked With Former Rotherham Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Rotherham United and Greenock Morton midfielder Michael Tidser. The 24 year old is a free agent, who has recently had a loan spell with Lee Johnson's side Oldham Athletic before being released by Rotherham late last week.

Born in Glasgow on January 15th 1990, he is a former Celtic youth teamer, who had a brief spell with Swedish side Ostersunds FK as well as making six international appearances for Scotland Under-18s and Under-19s. However the bulk of his career was spent with Scottish First Division side Greenock Morton. There he made 118 appearances, scoring 15 goals across four seasons, captaining their side during the 2011-12 season at the age of just 22 years old, and then being nominated as Scottish PFA First Division Player Of The Year for the 2012-13 season before eventually being included in the divisional PFA Team Of The Year.

With those accolades, he captured the attention of Rotherham United, who had just been promoted into League One, and they paid £50,000 to take him south of the border in the summer of 2013. There he signed a three year contract, but with the Millers fast-tracking their way through the divisions, he has struggled to make an impression there, making just 19 appearances for them, with just three this season. He supplemented his first team experience with loan spells with Ross County (16 appearances) in the Scottish Premiership and more recently Oldham Athletic (7 appearances) - he missed our recent visit to Boundary Park.

His loan spell with Johnson Jnr's side finished at the turn of the year, and upon his return to the New York Stadium, they agreed to tear up his contract, by mutual consent, leaving him as a free agent. Morton local paper, the Greenock Telegraph claims that their team are trying to bring him back to Cappielow, however they believe that this will be a tough task for them, naming Yeovil Town as another interested club along with a number of unnamed Scottish Premiership and Championship sides that are supposedly sniffing around.

They don't provide any quotes or sources to back up their claims. Separately Johnson Jnr hinted that he probably wouldn't see Tidser back at Boundary Park due to the lack of game time he'd had during his time there, saying: "I do like Michael Tidser, but if I was him Iíd be thinking why would I want to return, having only started (three) games in my time there? He is a good player and will no doubt get somewhere."


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13 January 2015 : FA Publish TV Viewing Figures For FA Cup Third Round Games
The Football Association have revealed some of their key television viewing figures for the FA Cup Third Round earlier this month. Their figures reveal that Yeovil Town's home match against Manchester United that was shown live on BT Sport saw over one million viewers tune in to watch the Glovers try to upset their Premier League opponents, with the game staged at Huish Park.

Inevitably the terrestrial channel coverage took the biggest viewing figures, with Arsenal against Hull City and AFC Wimbledon against Liverpool pulling in 6.5 million viewers each, via BBC1 and BBC2. The FA don't provide viewing figures for the other BT Sport matches but presumably the match at Huish Park was the highest rated match for their channel.

Overall, the FA state that television viewing figures for the FA Cup First, Second and Third Round fixtures are up by 16 percent when compared with equivalent fixtures from last season.


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13 January 2015 : On To Victory Fanzine Sales On Saturday
On the day of the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United, a new edition of the On To Victory paper-based fanzine was produced and put on sale at that game. For those who may not have seen a copy yet, but want to buy one, editor Will Proctor has indicated that he will be selling remaining copies at Saturday's home match against Bradford City. Will provides the following message:

"Many thanks to everybody who bought an On To Victory fanzine at the Man Utd game. We sold over 100 copies which was fantastic, we have around 85 left to sell and these will be on sale at the Bradford Home game for the inflation busting, bargain price of £1.50

We will do a quick tour of The Bell and The Arrow pre-match and will have somebody near the traffic lights between 1.45p.m. and 2.45p.m. We should also have somebody in between the Beer Tent and the home terrace around the same time. There are also copies available in the Green and White Supporters club programme shop should you not spot us. If we have any remaining we will be back by the lights after the match.

All profits generated go to the Adam Stansfield Foundation (25%) and the Yeovil Womenís Hospital Flying Colours Appeal (75%) which is raising money for improved facilities at Yeovilís Special Care Baby Unit. We are on course to make a good profit and full details of donations to date will be published on the 1st of February.

If you have already bought a copy, donít forget to enter the competition to win a limited edition print and a copy of ĎSlope and Gloryí - winner will be announced here on the 1st of February. Special thanks go to Westbury Packaging, We do Vans, Remous Print and Jaam design for subsidising the cost of production and also my small but dedicated team of salesmen/women, Val, Charis, Will R, Tom and Fred.

Feedback is welcomed, we are on twitter @will_proc and aim to be back again next season
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12 January 2015 : Ladies Given Home Draw In FA Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given a home draw in the Third Round of the FA Women's Cup. The draw was made this morning at Wembley Stadium and has pitched the female Glovers against Sussex side Lewes who beat the Exeter City Ladies side 3-1 on Sunday. They are currently 7th in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division.

The tie is expected to be played on Sunday 1st February at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove) in Sherborne, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. If that position changes we'll put out an update. The Third Round sees all FA Women's Super League sides enter the competition, and is a little unusual for the Ladies team in that it takes place 'out of season' with their actual League season not due to start until around April. As such it stands as their opening competitive fixture of their 2015 season.

Winning clubs take £400 from the FA Prize Fund. The full draw is as follows:

1 Oxford United v Coventry City
2 Blackburn Rovers or Liverpool Marshall Feds v Portsmouth
3 Doncaster Rovers Belles v London Bees
4 Yeovil Town v Lewes
5 Radcliffe Olympic v Durham Womenís
6 Bradford City v FC Reedswood
7 Aston Villa v Sunderland
8 Morecambe v Stoke City
9 Carshalton Athletic v Keynsham Town
10 Millwall Lionesses v Lowestoft Town
11 Crystal Palace v Reading Women
12 Charlton Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers
13 C&K Basildon v Sheffield
14 Eastbourne Town v Derby County
15 Tottenham Hotspur v Preston North End
16 Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion


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12 January 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : No Time To Lose
With the January transfer window now in full swing, Yeovil Town's movement of players so far has been exclusively through the Out Door. Five players have left, and so far none have joined, leaving the Glovers with a paper-thin squad during Saturday's visit to Barnsley. With the club currently firmly at the bottom of League One, new recruits are urgently needed - the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the various issues that are afoot and what is needed over the coming five or six days before we play our next match. Read that via the link below, and as usual feel free to add in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : No Time To Lose.


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11 January 2015 : Gary Talks About Barnsley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Barnsley kicked off at Oakwell, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talked about his opponents, the injuries to Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett and his transfer window targets that didn't quite come off before the game. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 January 2015 : Clarke Completes Scunthorpe Move
League One side Scunthorpe United completed the permanent signing of right-back Jordan Clarke just before yesterday's weekend fixtures. The 23 year old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Glanford Park, with the Iron paying Coventry City an undisclosed fee for his services - Clarke had six months left on his Sky Blues contract, although as a player who had worked his way through their youth ranks, they would have also been entitled to a development fee for his services.

Having had a medical on Thursday, Clarke's eventual transfer went through too late for him to be involved in Scunthorpe's 4-1 win over Walsall but will now team up with former Glover Paddy Madden who scored a penalty in their win at the Bescot Stadium yesterday.

Clarke scored three goals in seven games at Huish Park, and there had been hopes that he would make his move to Somerset a permanent one. However, with Scunthorpe willing and able to pay a transfer fee to secure his services, and the ability for him to team up again with former Coventry boss Mark Robins, that took away Yeovil's chances of being able to compete with their League One rivals.


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11 January 2015 : Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's away match against Barnsley at Oakwell, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke with the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris SpittleS, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary gives his views on the match as well as on his January transfer window recruitment plans. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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10 January 2015 : Johnson Concerned At Gillett And Dawson Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has raised concerns about injuries to two of his key players as the club try to cope with a growing injury list. Joel Grant (knee), Liam Davis (foot), Chris Weale (ankle) and Jakub Sokolik (knee) are all long term absentees, and they were added to today as midfielders Simon Gillett and Kevin Dawson dropped out of the squad after both put in strong performances against Manchester United in last week's FA Cup Third Round tie at Huish Park.

No firm prognosis has been put on either player, but reports via BBC Somerset have suggested that both injuries are long term problems and that there are fears that both could miss the remainder of the season. Johnson himself didn't put a timeframe on it except to confirm that they were 'long term' injuries but explained the circumstances:

"Unfortunately we've lost Simon Gillett with a knee injury, and we've lost Kevin Dawson with a pelvic injury. He played through it against Man United and was so brave to do that, and credit to him, but he was obviously in quite a lot of pain."

Johnson had said on Thursday that he had been hoping to bring in a couple of new players, and despite those deals not going through in time for the trip to Barnsley, the Glovers boss said that there were still a couple of phone calls that he needed to make after the weekend. He admitted that once the club reached next Saturday's home match against Bradford City that they would need to deal with the start of a crowded fixture schedule:

"We tried hard to bring players in. A couple were really close and it didn't quite happen. There are a couple asking us to revisit just after the weekend. Everybody is aware of it at the club and everybody is trying to help. We'll get our numbers in the end, but we've got to do it as quickly as we can of course, because suddenly we find ourselves with three games next week and we don't want to be flogging the same people, game-in game-out."

With defender Ben Nugent facing a four match ban for his second red card of the season today, and with Jordan Clarke and Ryan Inniss no longer centre-back options, Johnson admitted that Nugent's absence would mean that bringing in a new centre-back had gone sharply up the priority list for him:

"That's going to be our number one priority at this moment in time. That's what we've got to try to bring in as quickly as possible."

However, he added that the increased need to bring in defensive options didn't stop his urgent need to address the striking options available to a side that has now scored just once in the last four League fixtures:

"We had a couple of chances but we still can't stick one in. But that's always been a priority, but you have to work very hard to get someone in, in that position."


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10 January 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Barnsley vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's match against Barnsley at Oakwell, 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 Barnsley vs Yeovil Town.


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10 January 2015 : Johnson Fumes At Nugent 'Unprofessionalism' Over Red Card
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson didn't pull any punches when assessing two of the key decisions that shaped this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell this afternoon. He labelled Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent's red card for an altercation with Barnsley's on loan Stoke City striker George Waring as 'unprofessional' behaviour, implying that he would be taking some secondary action against the defender after his side were left playing with 10 men for the final 64 minutes of the match.

With the game goalless at that stage, and the Glovers needing points to rein in Barnsley, who had started the weekend just six points ahead of them, Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that he had been told the red card decision was a fair one, and that left him annoyed with what his player had done:

"It's a big game and it's absolutely stupid and unprofessional to get sent off in a game like this, and leave your mates there. Obviously we'll have to sort something out with that one. We believe it was a sending off - whether it was retaliation, or whatever it was. I haven't seen the video yet. We believe so (that it was given for a raised arm) - we haven't seen it, but we're taking that (referee's decision) as read because you can't make a mistake for something like that really."

Whilst Johnson accepted the red card, he was distinctly unimpressed with referee Peter Bankes, who awarded Barnsley with a second half penalty after Conor Hourihane was judged to have been tripped by goalkeeper Jed Steer inside the box, allowing the same player to fire home the second and crucial goal from the penalty spot. Steer made strong claims to have taken the ball away from Hourihane with his boot and Johnson said he saw it that way as well, pointing out that Steer's honesty had corrected an impression he initially had about Barnsley's opening goal from George Waring:

"For the penalty, that one has definitely gone against us, and that wasn't right. We had two at Bristol City (against Yeovil) that we asked about and we know that they weren't penalties now, and we know that we were unlucky there. We believe that this will be another one where the officials will end up telling us that it wasn't a penalty. So that will be three in a couple of weeks. Jed is an honest lad. He knows when he's given a penalty away, and he held his hands up for the other goal. We thought maybe that was a foul, but he said no - he thought that was a goal. But certainly for the penalty he was really upset that he had a penalty given against him. He did get there first - definitely. At the end of the day, Barnsley scored two goals, so we're disappointed - of course we are. But we can only be honest in what we see and what we know to have happened."


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10 January 2015 : Barnsley 2 Yeovil 0 : Red Card For Nugent As Glovers Go Down Again
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive League One defeat this afternoon, as they remained bottom of the division, via a 2-0 defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell. The Glovers fate was not helped by having to play 64 minutes with ten men after Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent was dismissed by referee Peter Bankes for an off the ball incident involving George Waring. The Stoke City loanee then scored on his debut for the Tykes as he stabbed home from inside the box after Jed Steer had fluffed his lines on a cross, landing on the deck, allowing the 20 year old a chance to open the scoring. Steer was then heavily involved in Barnsley's second as referee Bankes claimed the keeper had brought down Conor Hourihane, despite Steer appearing to get his foot on the ball. The Barnsley player converted, giving the Tykes a comfortable ride-out as the Glovers remained five points from safety at the start of 2015.

The Glovers went into the game making two enforced changes, with injuries to Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) putting them out of contention for what is believed to be the long term, rather than short term knocks. In came James Berrett and AJ Leitch-Smith, but that then left the substitutes bench paper-thin with only James Hayter and Sam Hoskins having substantial outfield experience in terms of the players who could be brought on - Alex Smith and Calvin Brooks came in with one substitute appearance between them.

The visiting side made a relatively bright start, albeit without forcing too many clearcut chances - plenty of corners and plenty of free kicks, but with a number of chances from the likes of James Berrett seeing defensive blocks denying them a chance to test home keeper Ross Turnbull. AJ Leitch-Smith should have put Yeovil ahead midway through the half though - he latched onto an error from Jean-Yves Mvoto and broke clean through, but his shot was fired wide of the post when he really should have been at least forcing Turnbull at least into making a save.

Barnsley had done very little, but they got a foot up in the game when Ben Nugent was involved in an off-the-ball incident involving George Waring, with Barnsley fans believing that Nugent had lashed out an elbow at the Stoke City loanee - a straight red was issued by referee Peter Bankes and a signal from Sam Foley to the bench suggested that he wasn't disputing the decision. AJ Leitch-Smith had to be the sacrifice to restore a back four, with Nathan Smith switched as a centre-back whilst Alex Smith got 64 minutes to see how he could perform for the club, in only his second substitute appearance.

The home side had the man advantage, but still seemed fairly pedestrian in the way that they played the game. More chances came their way though - Conor Hourihane put one wide of the target, whilst Kiwomya had a shot deflected out for a corner. Then George Waring headed over the bar. Yeovil's chances were getting extremely rare, with James Berrett's shot from distance really the only one of note in the closing stages leading up to the break. However, despite the red card, the Glovers had looked fairly solid, albeit without much attacking intent at the other end.

Five minutes into the second period, Barnsley got the goal they needed, and the finger had to be pointed at the usually reliable Jed Steer. He came for a cross and Mason Holgate beat him to the ball, leaving both on the deck. That gave George Waring the chance to stab the ball home into an empty net for a 1-0 lead, and with a man advantage Barnsley were clearly in the driving seat.

That then set the scene for the second period. Barnsley playing a bit of keepball with the extra man meant that the Glovers found it very hard to build up any possible head of steam, yet in an odd way the home side never seemed to have the attitude of going for the jugular. Gary Johnson tried to ring the changes by bringing on Sam Hoskins and switching to an ambitious 3-4-2 with the ten men.

But any hopes they had of getting back into the game disappeared when referee Peter Bankes created controversy by awarding Barnsley a penalty 15 minutes from time. Conor Hourihane broke through and as he tried to get past Jed Steer the goalkeeper appeared to get to the ball first with his boot. Referee Bankes disagreed and pointed to the spot - thankfully only giving Steer a yellow card. Steer protested the penalty decision, but with the decision already made Hourihane dutifully slotted home to put the game out of sight at 2-0.

And that was basically that - Sam Hoskins shot from distance in the closing stages, but with the PA statistics claiming the Glovers didn't get a shot on target, they were never likely to get back into the match. The merciful bit was that they still remain five points clear of safety and so the numbers that need to be made up remain the same. But with Dawson and Gillett likely to be out for the long term, Nugent's stupidity putting him out until February, and the likes of Moloney, Clarke, Innis, Eaves and Martin off the wage bill since the turn of the year, the club are screaming out for new signings to be made. There needs to be some clear decisions made with respect to Yeovil Town's January recruitment plans to give them a chance of clawing back that gap.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Barnsley 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: George Waring (50 mins, 1-0), Conor Hourihane (75 mins, pen, 2-0)

Barnsley:
1. Ross Turnbull
27. Mason Holgate 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 16. Peter Ramage 20. George Smith
14. Paul Digby 36. Ben Pearson 8. Conor Hourihane 42. Andrew Alexander Kiwomya
33. Leroy Lita 41. George Waring

Substitutes:
37. Milan Lalkovic (68 mins for Leroy Lita) 2. Reece Brown 4. Luke Berry 11. Dale Jennings (77 mins for Andrew Alexander Kiwomya) 12. Adam Davies 22. George Williams 25. Michael Phenix

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for James Berrett) 21. Calvin Brooks 28. Alex Smith (28 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith)

Barnsley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 28 mins), Jed Steer (foul, 74 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 85 mins). Red Card: Ben Nugent (violent conduct, 26 mins).

Barnsley Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside). Assistant Referees: Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland) and Paul Hodskinson (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire).

Attendance: 8,518 (with 156 Yeovil Town supporters).


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10 January 2015 : Team News For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Barnsley at Oakwell. Following last Sunday's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United, the Glovers have shuffled their squad twice due to injuries sustained in that game. Midfielder Kevin Dawson has unfortunately dropped out of the side again after just one game back, due to a pelvis injury and he is replaced by James Berrett. Midfielder Simon Gillett has a knee injury and he is replaced by AJ Leitch-Smith who returns to the starting line-up. Both injuries are understood to be long term problems.

On the bench, Tom Eaves has returned to Bolton Wanderers, whilst Ryan Inniss was recalled by Crystal Palace. However striker Sam Hoskins, who was cup-tied last weekend, returns to the squad, as does Calvin Brooks. Joel Grant (knee), Liam Davis (foot), Chris Weale (ankle) and Jakub Sokolik (knee) are all out injured, whilst out-of-favour striker Adam Morgan is not considered for selection. That leaves just five players on the bench, in what is now a paper-thin squad.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 21. Calvin Brooks 28. Alex Smith


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10 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley : FA Cup Replay Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of last month, Yeovil Town played their FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley, knowing that a win would give them their Third Round draw against Manchester United. Two late goals from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore sealed a 2-0 win, to set off much excitement around South Somerset over the Christmas period.

Man Of The Match voting saw Bolton Wanderers loaneee Tom Eaves - who has recently returned to the Reebok - impress in his role as a left-winger, whilst captain Joe Edwards put in his usual solid performance. The winer of the poll though - yet again! - was goalscorer Simon Gillett, whose opener in the 84th minute produced much relief around the stadium.

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

1. Simon Gillett 214 (12)
2. Joe Edwards 166 (10)
3. Tom Eaves 122 (8)
4. Sam Foley 52 (1)
5. Stephen Arthurworrey 42 (3)
6. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 28 (1)
7. Jed Steer 26 (1)
8. Kieffer Moore 14 (1)
9. Brendan Moloney 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.35
Performance : 6.11
Entertainment : 6.59
VOTES RECEIVED : 37


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9 January 2015 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
In the middle of last month, Yeovil Town made the long away trip to Oldham Athletic for a League One match at Boundary Park. It was certainly an unexpectedly good day out, with a 4-0 win seeing four different goalscorers hitting the back of the net. The quartet of Stephen Arthurworrey, Simon Gillett, Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore got the Glovers their biggest win of the 2014-15 season by a long chalk.

Man of the Match voting saw three of those goalscorers take the top three positions. Whilst Joe Edwards picked up a steady number of votes, he was beaten by Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey and Sam Hoskins who were both scoring their first goals for the club. The winner by the tiniest margin though was poll regular Simon Gillett who had been operating 'in the hole' between the midfield and the lone striker during the match, and bagged his second goal of the season.

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

1. Simon Gillett 46 (3)
2. Sam Hoskins 44 (3)
3. Stephen Arthurworrey 28 (1)
4. Joe Edwards 26 (2)
5. Sam Foley 12 (1)
6. Seth Nana Twumasi 8 (0)
7. James Hayter 6 (0)
7. Kieffer Moore 6 (0)
9. Jed Steer 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.7
Performance : 8.8
Entertainment : 8.6
VOTES RECEIVED : 10


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9 January 2015 : Aaron Martin Departure Now Confirmed
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town central defender Aaron Martin has now left the building. League One side Coventry City have indicated that he was released by the Glovers and has immediately signed an 18 month contract at the Ricoh Arena as a free agent.

Coventry boss Stephen Pressley has played him nine times so far as part of the November and December loan spell that he had late last year and thus is happy to see him agree a permanent deal with them:

"We're delighted to be able to bring Aaron here on a permanent basis. We tried to bring Aaron to the club two years ago and he is a player that I have tracked ever since. He is a terrific professional with a real desire to improve and we believe that we can give him the confidence and platform to do so."

Overall Martin made 14 appearances for the Glovers, scoring three goals during his time.

Link: Aaron Martin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 January 2015 : Gary Previews The Barnsley Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's away match against Barnsley at Oakwell, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on tomorrow's opponents, his January transfer plans, Nathan Ralph's contract extension and a look back to last Sunday's match against Manchester United can be read via the link below.

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


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9 January 2015 : Aaron Martin Exit Claimed As Imminent
League One side Coventry City are reported as being on the edge of completing the signing of Yeovil Town centre-back Aaron Martin. The 25 year old last played for the club in their October 11th 4-1 defeat against Port Vale, with him being shipped out on loan to the Sky Blues at the end of that month, as a new-look back four saw Jordan Clarke and Stephen Arthurworrey arrive in Somerset.

Martin has made nine appearances for Coventry as part of his loan spell, but his temporary agreement ran out on Monday. The Coventry Telegraph reports that Martin is due to make his move to the Ricoh Arena a permanent one "later this (Friday) afternoon" - not a great surprise given manager Stephen Pressley's comments about the player earlier this week, and the lack of any comment at the West Country end of Martin being in the club's plans upon his return to Huish Park.

Link: Aaron Martin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 January 2015 : Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Crewe Alexandra are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Gresty Road on Tuesday 10th February 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Seniors and Disabled: £17.00; Aged 12-16: £10.50; Under-11s: £6.50;

Away supporters are housed in the gloriously named Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand, which holds up to 1,680 spectators and is a side facing facility on the north side of the ground. There are a couple of pillars but you should be able to move about to get a good seat.

Disabled supporters can contact Beverley Dyer for any further information needed on facilities or requirements, on 01270-213014 Ext 100. Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge if they need one.

At the ground there is a 564 capacity pay and display car park where you can park up for £3.50 - otherwise there is some street parking nearby. For those who choose to purchase on the day of the game, you'll need to visit the Away Ticket Office which is situated on that side of the ground and is open from 5.00p.m. for evening kick-offs (or from midday for Saturday games). This is also the place you'll need to visit if you've purchased tickets from Huish Park but wish to do pick-ups on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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


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9 January 2015 : Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Preston North End are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 20th January 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and is a rearrangement from earlier this month. Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s and Aged 16-18 and full time students: £15.00; Aged 15 and under: £8.00; Under-8s: FREE.

Full time students will need to provide identity to receive the concession. The Under-8s offer is only available in advance of the fixture, when purchasing a full priced adult ticket. If you have other arrangements or pay on the day, you'll pay the Junior rate.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Bill Shankly Kop, which has a 6,000 capacity, although is often shared on a 50:50 basis with home supporters. It will be unreserved seating.

Note that Deepdale's turnstiles do not accept cash payments, and so you'll need to visit one of the club's two ticket offices at the stadium before heading to the gates if you choose to purchase on the day of the game.

Link: Ticketing For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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


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9 January 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Barnsley
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town resume their League One campaign with a trip to Barnsley's Oakwell ground. In preparation for that journey, you'll find the Ciderspace guide to the ground and the town has been tweaked to cover the 2014-15 fixture, giving you directions, parking, ticketing, statistics and a pub guide to help you on your way. Find that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barnsley.


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9 January 2015 : Date Set For County Cup Quarter Final Tie
Southern League side Larkhall Athletic have set a date for their Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final match against Yeovil Town. The match will take place on Tuesday 24th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at their Plain Ham Ground.

Larkhall's match follows the club's fairly extraordinary competition record for the club that saw them beat Hengrove Athletic by a 13-0 scoreline last November.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw.


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9 January 2015 : The Return Of The Yeovil Town Legends Scarf
Around six and a half years ago, the Away Travel Club produced a 'Yeovil Town Legends' scarf, displaying the names of some of the famous footballers who have donned green-and-white colours over the years. They are planning to produce a new run of these scarves, following renewed demand for them, and would like those interested in buying one to contact them to make a reservation.

They are expected to be priced at £10.00 and should be available for actual purchase in around three weeks time. To place a reservation/order email Markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk with your contact details and how many you want to buy. Drop Mark your mail as soon as possible as that will help him gauge demand.

You can see the scarf below as modelled by Trevor Peacock - a couple footballing legends also modelled the scarf when it was originally produced and those can be viewed here. The names on the scarf included Dave Taylor, Alec Stock, Len Harris, John Clancy, Terry Skiverton, George Muir, Alan Herrity, Terry Cotton, Tony Pennock, Warren Patmore, Mickey Spencer and Ernie Ashe, all of whom you'll find feature highly in the club's history books, or statistical records for appearances or goalscoring records over the years.

Yeovil Town Legends Scarf - as modelled by a non-footballing legend!
Yeovil Town Legends Scarf - as modelled by a non-footballing legend!


Link: May 2007 : George Muir and John Clancy with the original Legends Scarf.


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8 January 2015 : Johnson Still Trying Hard For Weekend Recruits
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is trying hard to improve and increase the size of his first team playing squad ahead of this weekend's trip to Barnsley, as they suffer the effects of old loan deals ending ahead of new agreements beginning. Since the turn of the year, the club have lost Jordan Clarke, who has returned to Coventry City, but is thought to be on the edge of a move to Scunthorpe United, whilst Tom Eaves has returned to Bolton Wanderers, whilst Ryan Inniss has been recalled by Crystal Palace.

With Coventry City still trying to capture defender Aaron Martin on a permanent deal following his successful nine game loan spell with the Sky Blues, this leaves the Glovers several men short, given an injury list that includes Joel Grant (knee), Liam Davis (foot), Chris Weale (ankle) and Jakub Sokolik (knee), and with an urgent need to upgrade the quality of their squad given their current bottom of the table position.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he was looking at fresh blood, with two attacking players understood to be his main priority, given the departure of Eaves combined with his side's meagre goal tally of 19 strikes in 23 games this season. He said he wasn't ruling out one of those dropping before the weekend, although there were no guarantees:

"I wouldn't say it's unlikely, as that makes it sound as though it's definitely not going to happen. I think that we've got one or two irons in the fire, where we're hoping they might come to fruition by the weekend. We're trying hard. We've got to try to improve our squad, but we've got to improve the numbers as well. At the moment there are going to be a lot of games coming thick and fast on a Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday pretty soon. Unfortunately our injury list is longer than our fit list. So we're trying to get the walking wounded back and fit as soon as we can, but we don't seem to get small injuries - we only seem to get long term ones, but that's where we are. Every day we're on the phone and we're trying to find the right people for us in our situation. Of course that's not easy, but we're going to keep trying."

Johnson would have liked to have seen Jordan Clarke extend his stay at the club, given his contribution during a two month stay in Somerset that saw the right-back score three times in seven games. However, he admitted he was aware of Scunthorpe United's interest in the 23 year old and that it was one that Yeovil couldn't compete with, and more to the point one that Clarke would find hard to refuse:

"Scunthorpe have come in to a little bit of money and have decided to spend a bit. Of course he was on a very good wage at Coventry, and I think that Scunthorpe made him an offer that he couldn't refuse, and that's what's happened. He's been good, and I suppose that we bring them in to play for us, but that sometimes people see it that they come to us to put themselves in the shop window. Obviously if they do well then you run the risk of somebody else coming in for them. But again you're looking at whether it's location, whether it's finances, or whatever it is, that people will move on. Whilst he was here he did well and I was very pleased with him, and I'm sorry that we've lost him."


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8 January 2015 : Clarke Due To Have Medical With Scunthorpe
League One side Scunthorpe United have confirmed that they are the club aiming to sign up Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke. The 23 year old ended his loan spell with the Glovers, following seven appearances and three goals that had seen him put in some strong performances as part of a new look back four during the months of November and December.

Unfortunately a hamstring injury ended his playing time at the club prematurely, but not before Iron manager Mark Robins took a liking to him. The North Lincolnshire club lie only three points above the relegation zone, in 18th place, and he already knows Clarke well, having been Coventry's boss during the 2012-13 season. The Coventry Telegraph had said earlier today that they expected Clarke to sign for a League One club, but that the Glovers were expected to lose out.

A journalist for the Scunthorpe Telegraph states that Robins has confirmed his interest in Clarke at his Thursday press conference, and that the player will be having 'part of a medical' at Glanford Park today. However, they do not expect the deal to be finalised before this weekend's matches. The delay may be down to Clarke's own fitness, with the player indicating on Sunday that his hamstring injury had not yet entirely cleared up, but was expected to do so within around a week. Logic would suggest that when that happens, Clarke's deal with the Iron would then go through.


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8 January 2015 : Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Doncaster Rovers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 14th February 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Keepmoat Stadium. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-60s: £17.00; Aged 17-20: £13.00; Aged 12-16: £8.00; Under-12: £5.00

Wheelchair users and Ambulant Disabled pay the above admission prices but can admit an assistant free of charge.

Those who pay on the day of the match must purchase their tickets from the Soccer Centre Reception which is located next to the away turnstiles. Note that Doncaster say that as this is a fairly small outlet, there is often queuing here on matchdays, so allow extra time to purchase on the day. Our past visits have seen large amounts of queuing around the stadium, although admittedly this was during its early years of opening, with home fans affected the most.

Away supporters are usually allocated the Corsan North Stand, which is a covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. Up to 3,344 supporters can be accommodated here. Doncaster also allow room for away fans in the East Stand, but only tend to use this for either very small or very large away followings.


Link: Ticketing For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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8 January 2015 : Ralph Extends Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town have extended the current contract of left-sided player Nathan Ralph. The former Peterborough United and Northampton Town player has occupied both left-back and left-wing positions during this season and has gradually clocked up more time on the pitch after an injury-filled 2013-14 season saw him fail to make a single appearance.

So far Nathan has made 19 appearances, scoring one goal against Portsmouth during the current campaign and the club have now extended his half-season deal to run until June 30th 2015. In total he has made 14 starts and 22 substitute appearances for the club since his arrival in July 2012.


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8 January 2015 : Jordan Clarke Expected To Sign For Rival League One Club
Yeovil Town are reported as being expected to miss out on the signing of Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke, despite the Sky Blues still being confident of taking defender Aaron Martin to the Ricoh Arena on a permanent basis. Clarke's loan spell with the Glovers ended on Monday, with his playing time curtailed by a hamstring injury sustained in the warm-ups for the FA Cup Second Round tie against Accrington Stanley.

Clarke had stayed in the Yeovil area around the Christmas period, and was present for the club's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United, leading to hopes that he would be tying up a permanent deal with the club. Meanwhile the player himself suggested in an interview that he would be happy to extend his stay in Somerset.

Despite all that, this morning's Coventry Telegraph speculates that he is in talks with an unnamed rival League One club, briefly saying that "the Telegraph understands that the Cov Kid defender is in advanced talks with another League One Ė not The Glovers Ė and could sign, subject to a medical, later today."

Meanwhile manager Stephen Pressley has implied that he still has hopes that Aaron Martin will agree a permanent deal with his club by the weekend, despite the reports that Clarke won't be heading in the other direction. They are also hoping to tie up the signing of former Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble who they have had on loan this season, and Pressley says he hopes to turn both players into permanent acquisitions:

"If Frank becomes our player and the Aaron Martin situation develops then thatís two who are no longer loan players which tidies up some of these things."


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8 January 2015 : Officials For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Barnsley and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Oakwell on Saturday 10th January 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Bankes (Merseyside).

We've never had Mr Bankes for a game, although he was due to be selected for our December 2014 match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. By the time we got up there, Mr Bankes had been replaced by Geoff Eltringham - a late change on the day of the game. His refereeing record shows that he didn't take charge of any matches for a whole month around that period, suggesting that he was either injured, or had other non-refereeing commitments.

His lack of selection for Yeovil games prior to that point is due to him only having been promoted to League level during the summer of 2014, albeit with a single 'trial' game during the 2013-14 season to test the waters. So far he's taken charge of 13 matches, with 45 yellow cards and three red cards dished out - slightly above average but nothing to get too worried about. One of those games was for a JPT match between Barnsley and York City in September 2014, so he has already seen Oakwell this season.

Before that he was a regular at Conference level, with his biggest achievement so far being the May 2014 Conference National Division play-off final between Cambridge United and Gateshead at Wembley Stadium - his final game before being promoted to the new level.

Mr Bankes will be assisted by Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland) and Paul Hodskinson (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire).


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8 January 2015 : Dave Linney Talks About The Shirt Auction For The Manchester United Game
Yesterday, Yeovil Town launched a silent auction to accept bids for players shirts that had been produced for the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United. This will allow supporters a chance to get their hands on one of the 18 shirts that were provided for the Yeovil Town players that were named on the teamsheet for that tie and thus a piece of history. The players shirts on offer are as follows:

Starting XI: 30. Jed Steer 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith 7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph 23. Simon Gillett 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes: 12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 27. Tom Eaves 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 24. Ryan Inniss 28. Alex Smith.

The rules are fairly simple - you need to send an email to auction@ytfc.net with your name, phone number, the relevant shirt above that you are bidding on, and the amount that you wish to bid. Minimum bid value is £50.00. You have until midday on Monday 26th January. As this auction is 'silent' you will not be told what the top bid is, or whether your bid is the top bid, so the goal is to bid an amount that you think is the maximum you're willing to pay, or a judgement of how much you think would exceed other bidders. Note that if you win, then any necessary postage and packing costs - if needed - will have to be factored in on top of the winning bid.

Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner yesterday to explain the scheme and how you can bid for the shirts, as well as throwing out a few hints for what sort of money you need to bid. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About An Auction Of FA Cup Shirts.


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7 January 2015 : Johnson: United Effort Needs To Transfer Into League Performances
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is hoping that his players efforts in Sunday's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United can help show them the way to getting out of League One trouble. The Glovers return to the grindstone on Saturday with a visit to Barnsley as they attempt to claw back a five point deficit that saw them going into the New Year bottom of the table, following poor home performances against Colchester United and Leyton Orient.

Their showing in the televised match against the Premier League giants though gave them national and international acclaim for keeping their rather more expensive opposition at bay for 64 minutes during the 0-2 defeat, and even creating strong chances, via Kieffer Moore and Joe Edwards, with the first opportunity coming whilst the game was goalless. Speaking to BBC Points West, Johnson felt that repeating that sort of effort and attitude during the remainder of the season would help them pick up points, and hoped they could use the game as a platform:

"We hope so - it (the FA Cup Third Round match) was deja vu really where we always seem to miss that first opportunity or two, and then whatever the opposition is, they then go up the other end and then score off the post, or via a lucky deflection. We haven't played well recently, and we know that. But hopefully that will give the lads confidence to know that if they put in that sort of effort then they will deserve points. The effort that they put in was really fantastic."

With club captain Joe Edwards sat beside him in the studio, Johnson joked that the midfielder's speed of thought to grab England captain Wayne Rooney's shirt on the final whistle should also be transferred into his own personal performances:

"Joe has never put in so much effort, in trying to get Wayne Rooney's shirt! If he puts the same effort into his game then we're going to be right up there!"

Johnson also revealed that him and Man United manager Louis van Gaal had exchanged views on the game, and that the feedback he got from the Dutchman was very positive. However, not every part of his time with the United boss went to plan:

"There were a couple of highlights. I bumped into Louis van Gaal as we crossed through the press room and he said 'great respect - your boys played really well' and I thought he really meant it. Then seeing Terry Skiverton struggling with the cork for a really expensive bottle of wine for Louis van Gaal is also a memory that I'll have forever! He's got expensive tastes, but we couldn't get the cork out, which was a bit embarrassing!"


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7 January 2015 : Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Peterborough United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 31st January 2015 at London Road with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance prices are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-60s: £14.00; Aged 18-21: £14.00; Under-18s: £10.00.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant category above but can admit an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair users have a seat for an assistant situated behind them and there is also limited space for family and friends of wheelchair users in the row behind the wheelchair bays.

NOTE: All prices rise by £3.00 if you choose to pay on the day, so advance purchases are recommended.

Peterborough use a barcode entry system so supporters need to keep their tickets in good condition and ensure barcode is not detached, to avoid problems on the day of the game.

Arrangements have changed at London Road, with the Moy's End Terrace being demolished. Although a new Moy's End Stand is now open, we will be housed in a section of their Main Stand, with up to 1,800 seats typically made available. The Main Stand is a side-facing stand at the north end of the ground, and we will get the section closest to the new Moy's End Stand.

Link: Ticketing For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town.

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


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7 January 2015 : Joe Edwards Reacts To The Manchester United Game
Following Sunday's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards was interviewed pitchside by the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Joe's thoughts immediately on the final whistle are captured via the link below. This was a number of interviews Joe gave to the media in the day or so following the match.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 0-2 Defeat Against Manchester United.


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6 January 2015 : Gary's BT Sport Post-Match Manchester United Interview
Immediately after Sunday afternoon's final whistle blew, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke live to the BT Sport mobile studio team who were pitchside at Huish Park. Gary talked about how he felt after the game, whilst the BT Sport team gave their own views on the Glovers performance. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BT Sport After The Manchester United Game.


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6 January 2015 : Inniss Makes Palace Return
Yeovil Town defender Ryan Inniss has become the second player in the last 24 hours to return to his parent club. The Crystal Palace centre-back has had his spell ended by the club shortly after they confirmed that Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves had returned to the Reebok Stadium.

Inniss had a slightly patchy loan spell with the club, with injury, a three match ban for a red card, and being the club's 'sixth loan player' on multiple occasions, but overall he still managed to clock up six appearances for the club - his final bit of time on the pitch came as he was used as a substitute against Leyton Orient on December 29th, being utilised as a makeshift striker in the dying minutes.


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6 January 2015 : Accrington Stanley vs Manchester United Is A Sell Out
Fair play to Accrington Stanley supporters - their tickets for 'the match that never was' have sold out. On Sunday, the League Two side put on sale tickets for an 'FA Cup Third Round tie' between themselves and Manchester United priced at £20.00 each - a cheeky bit of business given that of course it was Yeovil Town hosting that match at Huish Park on that day.

Despite the obvious point that Accy fans were paying twenty quid for a rectangular piece of paper, their fans have snapped up all 250 of the tickets within a couple of days, banking the Lancashire club £5,000 and vindicating what was a brave decision given the obvious disappointment of them missing out on the tie.

Accrington's sales were heavily helped by one of their supporters who lives out in Brazil, where he is the managing director of the Copacabana Palace Hotel. He purchased 100 tickets for himself, costing him £2,000 in the process.

The gentleman's name? He goes by the glorious name of Phil Glovers, and is originally from Accrington, but moved to Brazil in 1960. He purchased 40 percent of those tickets - hopefully with a name like that he managed to tune into ESPN South America who were screening the actual Third Round tie live that afternoon. Accrington hope that the money raised will boost their chances of getting into the League Two play-offs - they currently lie five points off the play-off slots but with a game in hand.


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6 January 2015 : Dave Linney Talks About The Manchester United Cup Game
On Monday morning, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to the BBC about the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United. Speaking the day after the 0-2 home defeat, Dave spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the day, including who he managed to pose for photos with, and also what he knew of Sir Alex Ferguson's flying visit to Huish Park that saw him come in via helicopter to the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC The Day After The Manchester United Game.


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6 January 2015 : New Date For Deepdale Trip
Yeovil Town have arranged a new date for their League One trip to Preston North End. The match had been due to be played last Saturday but was called off due to Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United, as well as Preston's own involvement in the competition.

The trip to Deepdale has now been scheduled for Tuesday 20th January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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6 January 2015 : Gary Talks About Team Selection For The Manchester United Game
Just before Sunday afternoon's home FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks about the opposition, his own team selection and the overall vibe of the day at Huish Park and that interview can be read via the link below.

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


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6 January 2015 : Taxi For Da Silva!
Sunday afternoon's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United saw one Yeovil Town director pick up a bit of unexpected business at the tail end of the match. The double half time substitution that the Premier League side made, which included a formation change, had initially been assumed to be tactical, but speaking after the game United manager Louis van Gaal revealed that full-backs Rafael da Silva and Luke Shaw had suffered injuries that forced him to switch to a flat back four for the second half.

Whilst Shaw's was an ankle injury, Da Silva had been withdrawn with what turned out to be a fractured cheekbone. With the injury at that stage being not fully diagnosed, United's medical team were unhappy at the idea of the Brazilian returning with the rest of their playing squad, who had flown from Manchester down to Exeter Airport for the game. As a result, they asked for a car to be provided for the 24 year old to return him to Manchester.

With Glovers director Andy Rossiter also the man behind Yeovil Radio Cabs - who sponsor the Copse Road terrace at Huish Park - his company provided a taxi that took Da Silva back to Old Trafford that night - a prestige bit of business for the local company. They explained the circumstances that led to them getting involved:

"It was an honour to be called upon by the Manchester United medical staff. Under the advice of the medical team he (Rafael da Silva) was not allowed to travel back to Manchester with his teammates by plane, but instead needed to travel by road. As Huish Park Away Terrace Sponsor and a key Club partner, Radio Cabs were given the responsibility of delivering Rafael da Silva back to Manchester safely. It was a pleasure and an honour. We wish him a speedy recovery."

Van Gaal referenced this in his press conference after a match that also saw defender Paddy McNair have to be given staples in his forehead to seal a head wound caused by a collision with striker Kieffer Moore. The United boss admitted it was a bruising encounter:

"Rafael da Silva has an injury, a fracture of his bone. We have to wait and see [with Rafael] because he is now already taken away in a car. I donít know [how it happened], I have to watch the video again. It was a duel, also the same with Shaw. It was a very physical game I think. Rafael played through because during the last few weeks he hasn't played so much - now he can play and heís got injured."

Despite losing a number of his players to injury, Van Gaal saw that as being part of the competitiveness of the cup tie, rather than anything malicious. He was full of praise for Yeovil Town's players, and the way that manager Gary Johnson had organised them on the day:

"Itís not a matter of far below because when you see the performance of Yeovil Town, it was fantastic how they pressed the ball Ė always the ball was under pressure. When you have no patience like us in the first half, then it is more difficult. Itís not so easy. Everybody thinks: ĎOK, these players are from Manchester United, Ä100m against Ä5,000í, but itís not like that. When you can organise your team like the manager of Yeovil Town has done, and they believe in it, then you can do a lot."


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5 January 2015 : Manchester City Give Ladies Striker Professional Contract
Sarah Wiltshire, who was Yeovil Town Ladies top goalscorer last season, has left the club to join Womens Super League 1 side Manchester City. The move to Manchester City involves Wiltshire taking up a professional playing contract with the squad which won the Continental Cup last year after beating Arsenal Ladies in the final.

Wiltshire joined the Lady Glovers at the midway point of the 2014 season from WSL2 club Watford and scored ten goals in eleven league games, including a hatrick in the clubs six nil home win over Oxford United in August. Although Yeovil Town Ladies are disappointed to lose such a top player, the opportunity is something which first team manager Jamie Sherwood thought was too good for his outgoing player to turn down:

"It is everyones dream to be offered a professional football playing contract and Sarah deserves this opportunity. She is a hard working, committed and a talented young lady and Manchester City are gaining a special talent. I have known Sarah for three years and worked with her for two years and I am very proud that Sarah has received this offer off the back of her time with Yeovil Town. This just goes to show if you take your opportunities and perform consistently that you can achieve your dreams. I have a heavy heart seeing Sarah depart but she goes with my full and continued support. I will be proud to see a Manchester City shirt with Wiltshire on the back."

Sarah Wiltshire, who has agreed a professional contract with Manchester City
Sarah Wiltshire, who has agreed a professional contract with Manchester City


On leaving the club Wiltshire said:

"I didnít know I could feel so at home somewhere Iíve only been at for half a season. Playing at Yeovil has made me love football on a whole new level so I canít thank the staff, players and Yeovil fans enough, youíve all been amazing. Iíll never forget the support this club has given me to lead me on from here."

Yeovil Town Ladies FC, who were named WSL2 Club of the Year in 2014, begin pre season training soon, in preparation for the new Womens Super League season which starts in March and acting Chairman Stephen Allinson was also quick to respond to the news of Wiltshire moving on to the heights of Manchester City. He said:

"I wish Sarah every success at Manchester City and would like to thank her for her contribution to our club last season. It is a mark of how far we have come that a club such as Manchester City has signed Sarah, having seen how she performed in a Yeovil ladies shirt last season. It is our vision that we will be playing against Sarah in WSL1 in the not too distant future and we will be working very hard to achieve that objective. Although we have lost a very talented player, myself, Jamie Sherwood and all the management team are determined to bring in further quality players to strengthen our squad and drive towards next seasonís goals."

Everyone at Yeovil Town Ladies FC wishes Sarah the best of luck for the future.

Sarah Wiltshire, celebrating a goal with Ellie Curson
Sarah Wiltshire, celebrating a goal with Ellie Curson



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5 January 2015 : Eaves Posts Farewell Message As Loan Spell Ends
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Tom Eaves appears to have returned to Bolton Wanderers at the end of his loan spell with the club. Eaves made seven appearances for the club after arriving at the tail end of November, but failed to find the back of the net. His final appearance for the Glovers came as a late substitute in yesterday's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United.

Eaves' loan period ran out today and he has posted on his Twitter account a message to his followers that reads:

"All the best to YTFC Great lads, supporters and club. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season and they've given me a day I won't forget."

His two tweets are followed up with a picture of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's No.10 shirt suggesting that whilst club captain Joe Edwards grabbed Rooney's actual match-worn shirt on the final whistle that Eaves managed to take home his spare.

The decision to allow Eaves to return to the Reebok Stadium inevitably means that manager Gary Johnson will be looking to bring in a replacement, as he continues his search to solve the striker problem that by his own admission has plagued his side for the majority of the season so far.

Part of Tom Eaves' farewell message - including his souvenir Wayne Rooney shirt
Part of Tom Eaves' farewell message - including his souvenir Wayne Rooney shirt



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5 January 2015 : Nugent Extends Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town defender Ben Nugent has extended his stay at Huish Park for a further half season. His parent club have indicated that they have reached agreement for him to remain in South Somerset until May 4th, taking him to the end of the 2014-15 season.

So far, Ben has made 25 appearances for the club, scoring his debut goal in the Boxing Day match against Bristol City. After initially starting as a fringe player, the departures of Aaron Martin and Jakub Sokolik on loan turned him into a regular as part of the team, forming a first choice partnership with Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey during the last couple of months.


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5 January 2015 : Jordan Clarke Talks About The FA Cup And His Future
One of the more disappointed people in the stadium yesterday was Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke. He picked up a hamstring injury just before the FA Cup Second Round replay against Accrington Stanley kicked off last month, and that meant that the remainder of his loan spell ran out today without him adding to the seven appearances and three goals he'd scored for the club. More significantly he missed out on the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United despite scoring one of the goals that had helped them get there.

Before the game, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin as he contemplated being a spectator for the match, where he gave his views on the game, as well as giving an indication of how his future stood with the club, with him theoretically heading back to the Ricoh Arena tonight. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jordan Clarke Speaks To The BBC On The Day Of The Manchester United Match.


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5 January 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Highlights
For those who missed yesterday's BBC Match of the Day highlights, the BBC Sport website is carrying a more condensed summary of yesterday's FA Cup Third Round tier against Manchester United. Just under three minutes worth of video covers the goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria, but also shows the two best Glovers chances that fell to Kieffer Moore and Joe Edwards during the second half. The clip is available to those who have a UK ISP only.

If you're wanting the extended highlights then there is around ten minutes worth on BBC iPlayer as part of their Match of the Day programme that was broadcast last night. The final alternative is the Football Association YouTube clip which again covers roughly three minutes worth of footage and you can find that via the clip immediately below.

Link: BBC Sport : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Highlights.

Link: BBC iPlayer : Match Of The Day.




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5 January 2015 : Accrington Offer Up Manchester United Tickets For Sale
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round opponents Accrington Stanley chose yesterday to unveil a commemorative ticket to cover their 2014-15 FA Cup run that fell just short of the biggest prize on offer. The League Two side lost out to the Glovers in a Second Round Replay by a 2-0 scoreline after drawing the home match 1-1 at the Crown Ground, and that meant that they lost the right to play Manchester United in the Third Round.

Whilst 9,264 people were heading off to Huish Park, Accrington were offering up a commemorative match ticket for the Third Round tie that never was - Accrington Stanley vs Manchester United. These are priced at £20.00 and will certainly provide an unusual souvenir for Accy fans. Sadly for them, it won't ever get them in to see a football match, and as such becomes in reality a financial donation to their club. We can't see too many of their fans wanting to frame it and put it in a special place on their wall, even if the money will be going to a valiant cause!

Accrington Stanley vs Manchester United FA Cup Tickets : May not guarantee 90 minutes worth of football
Accrington Stanley vs Manchester United FA Cup Tickets : May not guarantee 90 minutes worth of football



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5 January 2015 : Gary's Verdict On The Manchester United Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary talks about that match, as well as his thoughts on how his squad needs to be improved during the second half of the 2014-15 season. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Manchester United Home Game.


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4 January 2015 : Bittersweet Feeling For Johnson After Cup Exit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that his side were left with a bittersweet feeling at the end of this afternoon's FA Cup Third Round against Manchester United. The Glovers challenged their Premier League opponents, keeping the game goalless for the first 64 minutes of the match, until Ander Herrera's stunning strike and Angel Di Maria's late breakaway goal put the game out of sight, giving the visitors a 2-0 victory and a safe passage through to the Fourth Round.

Matters could have been altogether rather different if striker Kieffer Moore had converted a second half chance whilst he was six yards out, with the game still goalless, whilst captain Joe Edwards saw his flying header cleared off the line by Angel Di Maria whilst the Glovers were only one goal behind. On such matters cup ties can be decided, and speaking after the game Johnson admitted he was left ruing those chances but was trying to look at the bigger picture:

"I donít want to be disrespectful and say it was an opportunity missed because of the effort the boys put in. But itís bittersweet. Iím so proud of the boys. We wanted to make sure that we gave them a fright. We wanted to be part of two teams in a competitive football match and we did that. I wasnít surprised by the performance because I knew this was a massive game and some of these lads may never get this type of game again."

This afternoon's match saw 9,264 spectators enter Huish Park - the club's third highest attendance at Huish Park, falling 263 short of the stadium record. With that many inside the stadium, and a television audience watching both nationwide and worldwide, Johnson said the other priority was to make sure that the club represented itself on that big stage. He felt that the club as a whole had put on a great display, despite the final score:

"It was important we put on an event and I think the supporters are happy. Everything went very well, and weíre proud of our club. What we lack in quality and experience we make up for energy, commitment and desire. That was 100 per cent from my lads today and theyíve all gone into the dressing room with nothing more to give."


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4 January 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
If you watched this afternoon's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United 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.

NOTE: As per the policy with all of Yeovil Town's televised matches, the voting will be open to both supporters at the ground, and also those watching the game via the comfort of their armchairs or other locations televising the game!

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


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4 January 2015 : Yeovil 0 Manchester United 2 : Herrera Stunner Sends Glovers Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town lost out to one superb piece of individual brilliance and one breakaway goal this afternoon, as a capacity crowd saw them go out to Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round at Huish Park. The Glovers put up a valiant fight that forced the visitors to make a half time double substitution and a formation change in their efforts get control of the game. Kieffer Moore's scuffed second half shot could have given the Glovers a dream lead, but a looping shot from the edge of the box from Ander Herrera put United ahead after 64 minutes. After Angel Di Maria had headed a Joe Edwards effort off the line, he sealed the game in the final minute of the match as the Premier League side scored a breakaway goal to knock the Glovers out of the FA Cup - beaten but still proud of the performance they had put up on the day.

Team selection saw Gary Johnson gamble on three of his players who have seen little game time in recent weeks due to injuries. Kieffer Moore came in as a lone striker in a 4-4-1-1 formation, whilst Kevin Dawson and Nathan Ralph occupied the flanks. AJ Leitch-Smith, James Hayter and Tom Eaves who had shown little bite in the attacking positions in the last few games made way for a new formation and personnel.

Right from the start the Glovers were not overawed by the occasion. Jed Steer had very little to do in his goal, apart from an early Wayne Rooney effort that curled over his goal frame followed by a weak effort from James Wilson that he easily saved. At the other end the ball was spending rather more time in the United half than they might have planned for. Kieffer Moore was flying into challenges - so much so that he picked up his own head wound early on, although Paddy McNair, who struggled to mark him all game, came off rather worse in trying to win an aerial ball. Kevin Dawson was flying into midfield challenges, both on the right and in the centre, as Yeovil rigidly marked their opponents on a man-for-man basis.

In the closing stages of the first half Paddy McNair was fortunate to find referee Craig Pawson choosing not to give loud appeals for a handball, after he appeared to pat down the ball to stop Glovers midfielder Simon Gillett from breaking through. Had he blown his whistle, the United defender could have been in deep problems from his defensive position on the park.

Overall, United had struggled to get a grip on the game, and it spoke volumes of the first half that during the break they introduced Juan Mata and Johnny Evans as they switched from a wing-back formation into a more standard 4-4-2 diamond tactic. Yeovil's best chance of the game came when Evans deflected a Kevin Dawson cross into the path of Kieffer Moore and perhaps with a touch of stage fright, the striker scuffed his shot into the arms of David De Gea, from just six yards out. It was the sort of FA Cup chance that needed to be buried, but on this occasion Moore couldn't convert.

Man United then brought on a £59.7 million pound signing in the form of Angel Di Maria - their third sub of the game with still 30 minutes remaining of the game. But four minutes later one of the players who had been on the pitch right from the start displayed a moment of Premier League class that his team-mates had largely failed to display for most of the afternoon. Darren Fletchers ball across the edge of the box found Ander Herrera and he hit a superb looping shot into the back of the net from 20 yards out.

Not daunted by falling behind, Yeovil went up another level again, with a Sam Foley corner finding Joe Edwards at the far post. His powerful header seemed goalbound only to find Angel Di Maria stood on his own goal line, and able to head the ball away. Tom Eaves was introduced as a Yeovil substitute as they switched to a 4-4-2 and again Yeovil pressed for the equaliser, with some rather industrial hoofs from the United defence being required to cut out a number of dangerous crosses.

England striker Wayne Rooney had an odd sort of match, sat in a withdrawn deeper role throughout the afternoon, with probably his best qualities throughout being his own defensive clearances. But in the 90th minute of the game, with Yeovil having thrown men forward, it was his pass that set away Angel Di Maria and he raced down the left flank before converting a cruel breakaway goal to put Man United into the Fourth Round, and to end Yeovil's 2014-15 FA Cup run. No disgrace - given the way the club had conducted themselves on the world stage, and if those Moore or Edwards chances had gone in, it could have been a very different finish to the match.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 2.

Scorers: Ander Herrera (64 mins, 0-1), Angel Di Maria (90 mins, 0-2)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
23. Simon Gillett
13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (88 mins for Kevin Dawson) 9. James Hayter (88 mins for Sam Foley) 27. Tom Eaves (69 mins for Nathan Ralph) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 24. Ryan Inniss 28. Alex Smith

Manchester United:
1. David De Gea 12. Chris Smalling 33. Paddy McNair 42. Tyler Blackett 2. Rafael 21. Ander Herrera 24. Darren Fletcher 3. Luke Shaw 10. Wayne Rooney 9. Falcao 49. James Wilson

Substitutes:
6. Jonny Evans (46 mins for for Luke Shaw) 7. Angel di Maria (60 mins for Falcao) 8. Juan Mata (46 mins for Rafael) 11. Adnan Januzaj 13. Anders Lindegaard 28. Anderson 35. Jesse Lingard

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (37 mins, foul)

Manchester United Bookings: Ander Herrera (64 mins, excessive celebration)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 31%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Manchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 69%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire) and John Brooks (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Attendance: 9,264 (with 2,149 Manchester United supporters).


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4 January 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Yeovil Town have made three changes for the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United at Huish Park. Kieffer Moore has recovered from his ankle injury and takes his place in the side, whilst Kevin Dawson is a surprise inclusion in the line-up given his recent injury problems. Nathan Ralph rises from the bench to the starting line-up.

The Glovers have been running with a long list of injuries during recent weeks and Jordan Clarke (hamstring), Joel Grant (knee), Liam Davis (foot), Chris Weale (ankle), Jakub Sokolik (knee) and Sam Hoskins all miss out on the game. Hoskins is cup-tied and so was not available for selection. Striker Adam Morgan is back at the club following his loan spell with St Johnstone but has not been considered for selection. Right-back Brendan Moloney commenced his loan spell with Northampton Town yesterday.

The full line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
23. Simon Gillett
13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 27. Tom Eaves 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 24. Ryan Inniss 28. Alex Smith

Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, McNair, Blackett, Rafael, Fletcher, Herrera, Rooney, Shaw, Wilson, Falcao


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4 January 2015 : BT Sport Coverage Of The Manchester United Game
For those who were not able to get tickets for this afternoon's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United, today's match is being covered live on BT Sport in the UK and also on many other television stations around the world. The BT Sport team will be made up of presenter Jake Humphrey and reporter Des Kelly, with commentary coming from Ian Darke assisted by Michael Owen. They will also have studio guests in the form of Steve McManaman, Owen Hargreaves and former Glover Adam Virgo.

Coverage of today's match starts at 3.00p.m. for the 3.30p.m. kick-off, and is scheduled to last for three hours. You should also find that Fox Sports in the USA are covering the game, whilst ESPN take the rights for the fixture in South America.

NOTE: As per the policy with all of Yeovil Town's televised matches, the Man of the Match voting on this website will be open to both supporters at the ground, and also those watching the game via the comfort of their armchairs or other locations televising the game! We'll put up the voting form later on as a reminder.

Yeovil Town vs Manchester United - Live On BT Sport


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4 January 2015 : Additional Car Parks To Improve Capacity For Today's Game
Yeovil Town will be making use of two additional external car parks for Sunday afternoon's home match against Manchester United. The FA Cup Third Round tie will see a capacity crowd arrive at Huish Park for the first time in over six years, with every ticket sold inside the ground for the fixture. Whilst a few of last season's Championship fixtures came close to a complete sell-out - the September 2013 match against Queens Park Rangers came close with 9,108 inside the ground, this will be an attendance that is likely to rival the 9,527 that turned up for the April 2008 League One game against Leeds United that currently stands as the record crowd at Huish Park.

With that in mind, Stadium Manager James Hillier has organised two additional car parks, with an NHS building at Wynford House in Lufton Way being added to by the Yeovil College Construction Skills Centre, which is also on the same side of the ground. That will be used to supplement the club's main car parks on the day, with club staff also using another area to house their own vehicles. James told BBC Somerset how he was looking to maximise parking options:

"We've got the Yeovil College site opposite our stadium front entrance, and we've got the NHS building just down the road from us, and we've taken on an extra car park to park our staff off site to try to help free up as much space as possible. We're trying to get some of the grass areas sorted as well and put down some sand. Hopefully the weather won't be too bad to us."

The club have also recruited in 80 additional stewards for the day to control the stadium and its surrounds, whilst the turnstiles will be opening 30 minutes earlier than they usually open up before a normal league match, meaning that access to the inside of the stadium should be possible from around 1.30p.m. based on the 3.30p.m. kick-off time. James gave an idea of how the additional staff would be used:

"We will be at full capacity, and we'll obviously have more security in the players areas and things like that which you'd expect, which obviously ramps the numbers up to quite a few extra. We'd just advise fans to get there as soon as possible. We are opening up the turnstiles half an hour earlier, to try to get people in. So then we can get people in and sat down and looked after."

In terms of other club facilities, the Beer Tent will be open from 12.00 noon on Sunday, with capacity limited to the first 300 people who turn up on the day, and then strictly on a one-out, one-in basis. Access to the Beer Tent will be only to those holding a home ticket. There will also be refreshment facilities behind the home terrace area that will open up from 1.00p.m. Other areas of the club, such as the Ticket Office and the Club Shop should be open from around 10.00a.m. onwards.


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3 January 2015 : Gary Previews The Manchester United Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round, at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to Talksport Radio. With questions from presenters Georgie Bingham and Micky Quinn, Gary gives his pre-match thoughts on the tie, and those can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport About The Manchester United Game.


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3 January 2015 : Moloney Swaps Man United Chance For Cobblers Debut
Yeovil Town right-back Brendan Moloney played a full 90 minutes for Northampton Town on his debut today, but in doing so had to give up any hope he might have had of getting onto the pitch against Manchester United tomorrow. The 25 year old agreed a half season loan yesterday that will see him stay at Sixfields until the end of the 2014-15 season - something that he might have been forgiven for if he had tried to delay the move by 48 hours or so.

As such he got in his first 90 minutes in a Football League match since the opening day of the season, with his only other full games coming in Football League Trophy and FA Cup matches that had formed part of the seven appearances he made for the Glovers during his six months at Huish Park. That meant that probably the best he could hope for in tomorrow's game was a place on the bench, and so instead of that he was willing to jump ship and head off to Northamptonshire on Friday morning. Moloney explained to the Northampton Telegraph why he made his move when he did:

"You donít get too many opportunities to be involved in games like that (against Manchester United), but my main priority was to get out and play some football. Obviously itís a disappointment but thatís the way football is. Itís on television so Iíll be tuning in to it. It happened pretty quickly over the past day or so and I trained for the first time with the (Northampton) squad on Friday. Thereís a positive atmosphere around the squad, everyone seems to be looking forward to the New Year and the games coming up."

Moloney admitted that he did not discuss the move in detail with manager Gary Johnson before choosing to make his move, even though the Yeovil Town manager has obvious connections with the set-up at Sixfields. He trained a full day on Friday before making his debut for them in this afternoon's home match against Southend United which finished in a 1-1 draw today as former Glovers loan player Lawson D'Ath equalised for the Cobblers.


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3 January 2015 : Pictures Of Huish Park Preparing For The Manchester United Game
Whilst tomorrow will see far more people enter Huish Park, for the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United, the stadium area is already being prepared for the big game. Broadcasters BT Sport are already present, setting up their equipment that will be used to broadcast the match throughout the UK and also to many international outlets across the world. There are also expected to be in excess of 100 press representatives at tomorrow's match, covering the match in some shape or form and they've been given a temporary marquee area to work out of before and after the game.

On top of that, Huish Park is being extended for the game in the form of a small temporary stand, giving a few extra fans some restricted viewing seats of the game. The addition of those extra bodies inside the ground would appear likely to challenge the current ground record, set by the 9,527 that turned up for the April 2008 match against Leeds United for a League One match. The top gates at Huish Park, and which ones are likely to be shuffled down a notch by Sunday night, can be viewed here.

Note that our understanding is that the offer of tickets for the 'temporary stand' that was made by the club yesterday has now been entirely taken up, meaning that if you haven't had a call back from the club you'll be out of luck.

BT Sport set up their cameras on the corner of the away terrace and the Screwfix Stand
BT Sport set up their cameras on the corner of the away terrace and the Screwfix Stand. Photo © 2015 Paul Morgan.

Over 100 press representatives will have a reception tent on the corner of the Main Stand and the away end
Over 100 press representatives will have a reception tent on the corner of the Main Stand and the away end. Photo © 2015 Paul Morgan.

BT Sport test out one of their cameras
BT Sport test out one of their cameras. Photo © 2015 Paul Morgan.

A small temporary stand will help squeeze in a few more people on the corner of the home terrace and Screwfix Stand
A small temporary stand will help squeeze in a few more people on the corner of the home terrace and Screwfix Stand. Photo © 2015 Paul Morgan.

How supporters will access the temporary stand on the corner of the home terrace and Screwfix Stand
How supporters will access the temporary stand on the corner of the home terrace and Screwfix Stand. Photo © 2015 Paul Morgan.

The Screwfix Stand car park sees BT Sport setting up their broadcasting equipment
The Screwfix Stand car park sees BT Sport setting up their broadcasting equipment. Photo © 2015 Paul Morgan.



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3 January 2015 : Johnson: Players Who Miss Out Will Be Disappointed
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he faces a 'difficult' decision in terms of which players to line up against Manchester United when the two sides meet at Huish Park tomorrow. Despite having a large number of players out injured, the Glovers boss has implied that he has 19 fit and available players for the game, which will mean that one of his squad will be sat in the stand, knowing that he will not get his name on the teamsheet.

Aside from that, seven players will need to bide their time, whilst sat on the substitutes bench, hoping that they will get some time on the pitch, but knowing there will not be any guarantees of that happening. With the club having lost three games in a row against Colchester United, Bristol City and Leyton Orient, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that a few of the players who missed out in the game would probably be ruing the fact that they had not put in the performances they needed to during that trio of Christmas fixtures, but conceded the decision of who to leave out would still be a difficult one for him:

"I think it's always difficult. To be fair some of them have not hit form over the last week or two, and a couple of them might miss out, and they're going to be disappointed. They won't just be disappointed with me for not picking them, they'll be disappointed that they haven't put themselves in the fray for this wonderful game."

The Third Round draw presented the club with the ultimate glamour tie from their point of view, and Johnson has warned his players from becoming too starstruck before or during the match, and being tempted to take photos or swap souvenirs before the final whistle. Johnson joked that he hoped the Manchester United staff would also be looking for memorabilia and keepsakes from their stay at Huish Park as well:

"I'm sure that Louis (van Gaal) will be just as excited to be playing Yeovil, and meeting me! They know that we've got a professional job to do. There's lots of scenarios of course, because we've got to try to build our confidence and not ruin our confidence with this game. However without the three points at stake hopefully the boys will be in a different frame of mind to go and play a game that can affect one of the world's best teams. I've had some big games over the years but this is obviously up there. It's a one-off game against Man United in the FA Cup Third Round. That's the draw that everybody wants. Basically 90 percent of the football world want Man United, and we've got to do it justice."

The Glovers have a long list of injuries coming into the match, with Jordan Clarke (hamstring), Joel Grant (knee), Kevin Dawson, Liam Davis (foot), Kieffer Moore (ankle), Chris Weale (ankle), Jakub Sokolik (knee) and Sam Hoskins all receiving treatment in recent weeks. Hoskins is cup-tied and so will not be available for the match anyway. Striker Adam Morgan is back at the club after his loan at St Johnstone was cut short but is extremely unlikely to be considered for selection given that he has not played a first team match for any club since mid-September. Of the players who have been out injured, Moore is thought to be the player most likely to recover for the tie - whilst the club have kept the availability of players firmly under wraps for the game, the original intention was for the former Dorchester Town striker to return to training shortly after Monday's Leyton Orient game.


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3 January 2015 : Special Bus Service To Link Junction Station With Ground
Local bus company First Bus have indicated that they will be running a special bus service for tomorrow afternoon's FA Cup Third Round against Manchester United. The game kicks off at 3.30p.m. and they will be running services to and from Yeovil Junction railway station, going via Yeovil Bus Station along the way. First Bus have released the following information on the service:

"A special bus service will run on Sunday 4th January 2015, linking Yeovil Junction Railway Station, the town centre, Preston Road and Huish Park, for the FA Cup tie between Yeovil Town and Manchester United. The bus service will connect with trains arriving at Yeovil Junction at 12.41, 13.41 and 14.41, with departures from Yeovil Bus Station at 13.02, 14.02 and 15.02 in time for the 15.30 kick off. After the match, buses will return to the town centre and Yeovil Junction at 17.25 and 18.10."

Unlimited travel on local buses within the Yeovil area for a day ticket costs £4.20 for adults and £2.80 for children and can be purchased on the first bus ride that you take on that day.

A one-off Sunday service bus connecting the railway station with Huish Park
A one-off Sunday service bus connecting the railway station with Huish Park



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3 January 2015 : Dawson Seeing Specialists Over Injury
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has revealed that he has had plans to visit three different specialists in an effort to diagnose the injury problems that seem likely to put him out of tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United. The 24 year old last featured for the club in their FA Cup Second Round original tie against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground on December 6th, but has since been sidelined with an injury which has meant that he has missed a month's worth of football across a hectic Christmas period.

Dawson has admitted that puts his ability to play in tomorrow's big game at Huish Park into serious doubt although his problem over the Christmas period was that he didn't know when he was likely to return. He told the Fingal Independent paper around Monday's Leyton Orient game that his attempts to get fit again were in the hands of the specialists:

"I've seen two specialists already and I'm going to see a third one this week and I'll see what the situation is. I'm not sure if I'll be fit and to be honest I'm a bit gutted about it. It's the team everyone wants to play, especially at home. I was delighted with the draw and I'm just hoping now I can get fit and get back for it. I was hoping to be back for (last) Friday's game (against Bristol City), but I had a setback and I'm just really disappointed with it, but I just have to get my head down and try and get back now as soon as possible."

Despite the likelihood that he won't get onto the field tomorrow, Dawson has said that many of his family are heading over from Ireland, with a number of them actually Manchester United supporters who will thus have to rethink their allegiances if the man from Portmarnock gets onto the pitch. Dawson though sees the wider picture and says that getting fit for Football League matches may be what he needs to concentrate on:

"It's a nice distraction from the league and more than anything it's a massive income boost for the club. This is what we hoped for in the third round and we got it and everyone is looking forward to it. The priority is getting back for the league. The possibility of back-to-back relegations is just something I can't think about. I really enjoyed last year in the Championship and now it's a matter of getting the club safe and push on from there. Man United is just a one-off game. I would love to play it, but my priority is to get back fit to help the club stay up. We were massively unlucky (last) Friday, losing 2-1 to Bristol City, and it's just a matter of literally pulling two or three wins together. Once we get them we should be fine."


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3 January 2015 : Fifteen Facts About Our Last FA Cup Match Against Manchester United
On Sunday 4th January, Yeovil Town will take on Manchester United in an FA Cup Third Round tie. The two clubs have met twice before in the FA Cup, with a January 1938 Third Round game at Old Trafford seeing the home side win 3-0. However it was the 1948-49 tie that captured the imagination. Taking place shortly after the Glovers had disposed of 'Bank of England' side Sunderland (named due to their big-spending reputation of that time), it put the Southern League side into the Fifth Round stage - something that they have never repeated.

As such the match that took place on February 12th 1949 stands as the pinnacle of the club's FA Cup history, and was to give the club it's reputation as the non-league giantkillers, sending shivers down the spine of any club that came their way. Recapping on the circumstances of that match, here's 15 facts or historical soundbites associated with the game that took place nearly 66 years ago:

1. In a reverse of this season's 2014-15 FA Cup Third Round tie, Yeovil Town had to wait for a replay to settle who they were going to play in the Fifth Round in the 1948-49 FA Cup tie. They could have ended up with a rather less illustrious tie against Bradford Park Avenue, who at that time were a Second Division side. They held Man United to two 1-1 draws before a Second Replay saw Man United triumph by a 5-0 scoreline. The need for three ties left Yeovil with just five days to organise their trip to Manchester.

2. Yeovil had not even tried to hide who they wanted to play in the Fifth Round, with Chairman Bert Smith saying before the Bradford replay: "We want the United to get through so that we can avenge our third round defeat at Old Trafford in 1938. It is the beat draw we could have wished for. We are assured of one of the biggest gates in the country. The last time we were there we came away with over £1,000 which was our share of the £3,000 gate receipts. We hope Yeovil will prove a good attraction to the Manchester folk."

3. The team prepared in the lead-up to the match by training at the old Huish ground, but also had day trips to Sidmouth on the Tuesday and then Bridport on the Wednesday as team bonding. They left for the game from Pen Mill Station, travelling to the game by train, departing on the Thursday morning despite them being a part time team. A large number of supporters made their way down to the station to cheer them on their way. They stayed in the Midland Hotel in Manchester before the game.

Yeovil Players at Pen Mill Station prepare to depart for Manchester
Yeovil Players at Pen Mill Station prepare to depart for Manchester
Players (left to right): Les Blizzard, Arthur Hickman, Ray Wright, Nick Collins, Bobby Hamilton, Bob Keeton, Stanley Hall, Ralph Davis and Jack Roy


4. In terms of official allocation, Yeovil Town were given 1,350 tickets for the match, and those were allocated to Supporters Club members as well as stand and ground season ticket holders. There were no ticket tokens in those days! The remainder of the supporters who planned to travel would have to head up to the game, and just rely upon queuing up at the gate, and hoping that they would get into the match. In theory around 4,500 fans would therefore head up to the north-west on blind faith that they would get in.

5. The majority of the fans also left by train, with six special services put on to carry supporters up to Manchester, carrying nearly 4,000 people. Trains left between 11.20p.m. on the Friday and 3.25a.m. on the Saturday morning to allow sufficient time for them to get up to the north-west in time. Around 6,000 Glovers fans in total were believed to have travelled to the game. Census population data for Yeovil in 1951 stated the town's population was around 23,000 people meaning that the equivalent of over 25 percent of the town had travelled to the match. Based on today's town size that would be like us taking over 10,000 supporters to an away match!

6. Yeovil Town's team turned up to Manchester carrying as part of their pre-match riders: 12 bottles of sherry and glucose, 288 eggs, 11 steaks and 12 chickens for the players. Drinking sherry as part of a football match? This was part of manager Alec Stock's 'secret potion' that he gave to the players. That nearly got left behind on the platform but legend has it that when the train's whistle blew, some players leaped off the train to carry the errant crate and put it back on board the train.

7. The match had to be played at Maine Road - then Manchester City's ground. Old Trafford had been bombed during the Second World War meaning that the Red Devils had to groundshare with their local rivals. The eventual 81,565 crowd that turned up - the gates were locked 20 minutes before the game kicked off due to over-crowding - still stands as the biggest crowd to see a non-league side play a football match. It also stands as the 8th biggest attendance for a Manchester United match (in terms of matches played as 'home' games).

8. Prior to the match, the Glovers received good luck messages from unlikely quarters, with telegrams being sent their way from many different sources. One came from Gloversville, USA - a town founded by English emigrants in the state of New York and one that had thrived on the glovemaking industry, like their English cousins (some reports suggest that the town's population was either boosted or formed specifically of emigrants from Yeovil, although it could have been the town's industry that drew Yeovil emigrants there). The Glovers also got good luck messages from league rivals Chelmsford City and also Colchester United, who had made it to the Fifth Round as a non-league side only the previous season.

9. Despite beating Sunderland in the previous round - still one of the biggest FA Cup shocks against the 'Bank of England' side - Alec Stock made two changes to his team. Dickie Dyke had deputised for first team regular Stanley Hall in the Sunderland game after the latter dropped out of that match through injury but Hall was recalled. The other change saw Jack Roy replace an injured Jack Hargreaves. The club also took up three additional reservists to Manchester in case of any late problems - with Dyke out injured due to a training ground injury that saw four stitches inserted into his knee, the Glovers also had outfield problems with right-half Bob Keeton having picked up a knee injury and Bobby Hamilton going down with flu during the week. Reserve Team captain Dave Halliday didn't initially travel but when Hargreaves failed his fitness test he travelled up just in case - but ultimately wasn't needed.

10. The eleven Yeovil Town players who took to the field at Maine Road were as follows: Stanley Hall, Arthur Hickman, Ralph Davis, Bob Keeton, Les Blizzard, Nick Collins, Bobby Hamilton, Alec Stock, Eric Bryant, Ray Wright and Jack Roy.

11. The Manchester United team on that day was as follows: Jack Crompton, Johnny Carey, John Aston, Allenby Chilton, Billy McGlen, Henry Cockburn, Charlie Mitten, Ronnie Burke, Jack Rowley, Jimmy Delaney, Stan Pearson. They were managed by Matt Busby.



12. Calamity struck for Yeovil when Manchester United went 3-0 up, with keeper Stan Hall getting a boot in his stomach as part of his efforts to save the goal. Substitutions weren't allowed in the game at that stage, and so Hall continued in goal, receiving four stitches at half time to patch up a wound in the lower part of his abdomen. He eventually conceded eight goals, but showed typical spirit afterthe match saying "Although I did feel upset by the injury, please do not blame that for the goals. The Manchester United forwards beat me fairly and squarely."

13. Manchester United's goalscorers that day were Jack Rowley who bagged five, whilst Ronnie Burke got two with the other being scored by Charlie Mitten.

A match report covering Yeovil Town's FA Cup defeat against Manchester United in 1949
A match report covering Yeovil Town's FA Cup defeat against Manchester United in 1949


14. There are at least two different versions of the matchday programme in circulation from that game. One was the official Manchester United edition, but there is also a 'pirate' version available. These were relatively common unofficial publications that fitted a midpoint between amateur-produced fanzines and the official version - they were generally professionally printed but did not come with club authorisation. The official version is shown below on the left, whilst the pirate version is on the right.

The official matchday programme for the 1949 tie The pirate matchday programme for the 1949 tie
Official (left) and Pirate (right) Matchday Programmes for Manchester United vs Yeovil Town


15. The gate receipts for the match at Maine Road were £7,141 giving Yeovil around £3,000 as their share once expenses were deducted. The first match in the same competition, against Lovell's Athletic netted a grand total of £25. They may have been thrashed by the First Division side, but the money they came back with resolved any financial issues the club might have had for a fair while.


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2 January 2015 : Restricted View Tickets Available For Manchester United Cup Tie
Yeovil Town have released a number of additional seats for the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United. There are a number of restricted view tickets available to supporters that will be situated on a temporary stand that has been put up - with the exact position in the ground not stated. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can go and see the construction before purchasing if they are unsure whether they wish to purchase or not.

Supporters interested in purchasing tickets should note the following rules:
a) You must email ticketoffice@ytfc.net - no phone calls or personal visits
b) You must be on the ticket office system with a purchase history from this season - i.e. via your ticket office customer record which will hold past purchase information when you have ordered in the past via phone or internet
c) Tickets will be limited to two per person - state how many you require
d) Those successful applicants (first come, first served) will be phoned back by the ticket office. They will not call unsuccessful applicants

Send your details to include: Name, Contact Phone Number, Address (and Customer Number if you have it) to match against the Ticket Office Database, Number/Type of Tickets.

Prices are: Adults: £40.00; Seniors: £30.00; Juniors: £10.00.


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2 January 2015 : Moloney Leaves Glovers On Half-Season Loan
Yeovil Town right-back Brendan Moloney has left the club in a loan move. The player, who signed on a two year contract from Bristol City last summer, has agreed a half-season loan with League Two side Northampton Town that will keep him at Sixfields until the end of the 2014-15 season.

Moloney's last appearance for the club was in the Boxing Day defeat at Ashton Gate that saw him substituted at half time. Overall his form at Huish Park has been decidely patchy and sporadic, having made just seven appearances for the club across the first half of the season. The willingness to allow him to leave for a full half season would suggest that his time at Huish Park is up.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Yeovil Town Profile.


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2 January 2015 : Dave Linney Talks About The Manchester United Game
On Wednesday afternoon, as part of the build-up to the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Jack Murley, Dave gives an idea of what's been going on in the back office area of the football club as matters get busier in the lead-up to Sunday's televised match. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Manchester United.


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2 January 2015 : Joe Edwards Talks About The Manchester United Game
When Yeovil Town knocked out Accrington Stanley in their FA Cup Second Round Replay at Huish Park, the result meant that little bit more to club captain Joe Edwards. In setting up a home match against Manchester United in the Third Round, Joe had given himself a chance of facing some of the players that he had followed from his armchair on Sundays. Speaking to ITV West Country presenter Ian Axton the day after the tie had been secured, Joe explains what Sunday's match will mean to him via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To ITV After The 2-0 Win Against Accrington.


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2 January 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Officials for the FA Cup Third Round match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Sunday 4th January 2014 with a 3.30p.m kick-off at Huish Park. The match is a complete SELL OUT game with no further tickets available, but is televised on the BT Sport channel. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Mr Pawson is 35 years old and is part of the 'select referees' list that generally take charge of Premier League games. He has been on their list since 2013, and this year sees him added to the FIFA lists, where he can be called up for international matches - merely six-and-a-half years after his 2008 promotion from Conference level football refereeing. As such he's a bit of a high-flyer within the profession.

We've had Mr Pawson six times so far, with our experience largely a positive one. The first of those was the February 2009 fixture against Peterborough United - Russell Slade's last game in charge, producing a 3-1 win. Apart from being on a high after that result which may have affected our mood, our view of Mr Pawson was a positive one, even going so far as to recognise his performance later on in the week on this news page as "excellent". He must have been good that day for that to be said!

Mr Pawson also took charge of the incredible 3-3 draw against Norwich City in December 2009. He had a reasonable match, but missed a chance to award the Glovers a spot-kick and a likely red card for Canaries defender Gary Doherty; a decision that left Glovers striker Dean Bowditch not very amused.

Moving on, he took charge of the October 2010 trip to the Bescot Stadium, where an Adam Virgo goal gave us a 1-0 win. No complaints or observations on his performance at all on the day, which should usually be taken to be a good thing. Just one booking in a very unfussy game. He was then back at London Road for another match against Peterborough United. Here he perhaps did us a favour - a penalty awarded to the Glovers for a foul on Nathan Jones by Posh keeper Paul Jones seemed a touch generous, with the left-back's heavy touch having taken the ball out for a goal kick. Paul Wotton took advantage from the spot kick. Late on, Wotton was booked for dissent, but otherwise that again was the only booking of a decent flowing game.

He then got his promotion into the Premier League and our meetings began to thin out. However, we did have him twice in quick succession during December 2013. The first was a 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic, whilst that was followed up by a rather miserable 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day at Dean Court. In the first game he was quite involved - red carding Charlton's Johnnie Jackson for a studs-up challenge on Luke Ayling. Charlton manager Chris Powell indicated he wasn't happy with the referee's decision, but on the other hand made no hint that he planned to appeal against it. We also had two penalty appeals turned down in quick succession during the game. His later main involvement in the Bournemouth game was to chalk off a Cherries goal whilst the game was still goalless but that had little effect on the final score. Four of our players got booked on the day, but we were probably a bit too embarrassed about our Boxing Day failure to protest about any of those.

Mr Pawson will be assisted by Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire) and John Brooks (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Keith Stroud (Hampshire) who as a qualified senior Football League referee would also act as the replacement referee if Mr Pawson failed to complete the game.

Link: February 2009 : Peterborough United 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 3 Norwich City 3.

Link: October 2010 : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2011 : Peterborough United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 2.

Link: December 2013 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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1 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's first match in the month of December was the FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground. The end 1-1 scoreline wasn't pretty to watch, particularly in the second half, as Accy cancelled out Jordan Clarke's opening goal and made the club really work to take their Lancashire opponents back for the replay.

Man Of The Match voting saw Sam Foley and goalscorer Jordan Clarke pick up some plaudits for their part in the game - Foley's free kick supplied Clarke's goal, which doubtless added weight to their contribution. However, the stand-out performer on the day was goalkeeper Jed Steer, which probably gives an idea of how difficult the home side made it for the Glovers in the second half.

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

1. Jed Steer 134 (12)
2. Jordan Clarke 60 (2)
3. Sam Foley 48 (2)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 14 (0)
4. Joe Edwards 14 (0)
6. AJ Leitch-Smith 10 (1)
7. Kevin Dawson 2 (0)
7. James Berrett 2 (0)
7. Simon Gillett 2 (0)
7. James Hayter 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.94
Performance : 3.65
Entertainment : 4.24
VOTES RECEIVED : 17


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1 January 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Preston North End : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match in the month of November was the home League One fixture against Preston North End at Huish Park. The end result was a 0-2 home defeat - a slightly harsh scoreline given that the Glovers had competed well in the match despite falling behind to an early Paul Huntington goal. The red card issued to Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss came out of a full-blooded defensive tackle and the game was polished off on the break during second half injury time via Paul Gallagher.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, long term regulars Kevin Dawson and Joe Edwards featured highly in the poll as they continued to be two of the better performers in the squad. But the winner of the poll was Bolton Wanderers loanee Tom Eaves, who was making his debut for the club on the day.

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

1. Tom Eaves 186 (12)
2. Joe Edwards 132 (10)
3. Kevin Dawson 112 (7)
4. Sam Foley 86 (3)
5. Jordan Clarke 54 (1)
6. Stephen Arthurworrey 44 (2)
7. James Berrett 20 (1)
8. Ryan Inniss 8 (0)
9. Liam Davis 2 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 36


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1 January 2015 : Transfer Window Opening Delayed By FIFA Rules
In a slight shift to most years, the January transfer window will only open this month this coming Saturday. The original intention of the transfer window was that it would last for one calendar month, allowing clubs the ability to buy and sell players on a permanent basis throughout January across the top five levels of the English pyramid system as well as covering other countries across the world.

The change has been made due to the fact that the final day of January falls on a Saturday where there is a full fixture list, whilst the Sunday is not deemed to be a business day. As a result the January transfer window will close on Monday 2nd February at 11.00p.m. To align all other countries so that no individual country gains a competitive advantage, it has also been agreed that the window will only open on Saturday 3rd January, so that it is available for the original 31 days that would have been allowed if the strict calendar month had been used. A spokesman for the Premier League has explained:

"This is about the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) ó the system through which all international transfers have to be registered. TMS can only be open for 31 days in the winter window (FIFA rules). We aligned our window with that in mind."

There have been a number of emergency loan deals announced by Football League clubs today - the League has in the past allowed forward-dated transfer paperwork to be lodged with them in advance of the January transfer window opening on the basis that the transfers can be cleared ahead of the next set of fixtures which with the exception of a couple of Friday night FA Cup matches do not commence until Saturday 3rd January, when the window will be officially open.

Of the club's current set of loan players, all deals run beyond Sunday's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United, with goalkeeper Jed Steer's deal running until January 31st, along with centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey (January 31st). However, Jordan Clarke (January 5th), Ben Nugent (January 4th) and Tom Eaves (January 5th) will need their futures to be sorted out after the weekend, whilst there is no known date for when Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss ends his stay in Somerset - his deal was publicised as ending on December 20th but he continued to feature for the club beyond that date meaning that it was presumably rolled over at some point just before Christmas.

In terms of players who have recently gone out on loan, Chris Weale (ankle) returned early from his loan spell with Burton Albion due to injury, whilst Jakub Sokolik suffered a similar fate due to damaged posterior cruciate ligaments that will keep him out until mid-March. Defender Calvin Brooks has completed his loan spell with Weymouth, meaning that the one player the club have out on loan is Aaron Martin at Coventry City, whose future at the Ricoh Arena may depend upon what happens to Jordan Clarke, whose deals both finish on the same day. The Western Gazette published a speculative article connecting Clarke with Championship side Middlesbrough although as yet there has not been any on the record comment from any party concerning that claim. Clarke has remained in Somerset whilst he's been out with a hamstring injury suggesting that he was in no particular hurry to head back to Coventry or anywhere else for that matter.


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1 January 2015 : Gary Johnson's TalkSport Christmas Interview
With the 2014-15 season at more or less its mid-point, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to TalkSport radio just before Christmas about his club's season so far. With questions from presenter Bob Ballard, Gary covered a wide range of questions, including his thoughts on the second half of the season, the January transfer funds, the Manchester United FA Cup game, his club's attitude to the Christmas fixture schedule, his views on his former club Bristol City's start to the season, his recent loan signing Tom Eaves and his thoughts on the chances of Football League clubs being willing to sign up convicted criminal Ched Evans who was released from prison late last year. Read that interview - which took place after the Saturday defeat against Colchester United - via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport About The 2014-15 Season So Far.


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