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28 February 2010 : Interview With Shaun MacDonald
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons, match-winner Shaun MacDonald spoke to the BBC about the win. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Shaun's interview is captured via the link below.

Link: Shaun MacDonald Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over MK Dons.


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28 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 1 Franchise FC 0
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons Franchise FC, Taff's latest blog entry provides his usual post-home match commentary. A blow by blow analysis of each player who got out onto the field of play is added to by Taff's thoughts on the team as a whole.

To read the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry click on the link below, and feel free to supply your own views using the comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 1 Franchise FC 0.


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28 February 2010 : Meanwhile On Planet Robinson ...
Football is of course a game of opinions. In any given football match there will be two individuals stood in the dugouts or sat in the stands who will have different views on a match. Although maybe not as different as that of Milton Keynes Dons assistant manager Karl Robinson.

Following yesterday's 1-0 home win for Yeovil Town over the Dons, Robinson proceeded to see his side's second half performance as being on a completely different level to the majority of those watching at Huish Park, going as far as to claim that his side were "completely and utterly robbed". His views on the second half match statistics also take some believing, particularly when lined up against the Press Association statistics.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio, Robinson gave his off the wall views, claiming in particular that the visitors had 14 or 15 shots on goal during the second period:

"We were completely and utterly robbed. Through lack of communication from a corner and a chance where we missed a header. They didn't have a shot in the second half. We had something in the region of 14 or 15 shots in 45 minutes, 6 or 7 corners and 8 or 9 throw-ins in the final third. Probably the possession count will be something in the region of 65 percent. Sometimes it's not just your day. What we won't accept is that lack of communication from a corner, and an absolutely fantastic strike from the edge of the box has won the game."

The official Press Association match statistics for yesterday's match can be found on sites such as BBC Sport and Sporting Life. Although it's accurate to say that the Dons dominated the second period, the PA stats record them has having four off-target shots during the second period, one on target, and seven shots overall, with two on target - not quite the 14 or 15 that Robinson believes they had. Conversely the Glovers had seven shots during the match, with the majority in the first period, but still matching the Dons' seven strikes.

In terms of corners, Milton Keynes had three second half corners, and not the six or seven Robinson claims. And their overall possession was 52 percent and not the 65 percent he claims his side managed.

The Three Counties Radio interviewer appeared to be skeptical about Robinson's claims of large numbers of shots on goal, suggesting of Yeovil Town keeper Alex McCarthy that "it was mainly crosses that he had to deal with. Did you feel that you tested him enough?" - Robinson's reaction is to backtrack somewhat in terms of how many shots he admits hit the target, and also tries to play down Shaun MacDonald's winning goal:

"You say we don't test keepers, but we had enough blocked shots. We had enough shots, but it's just that we didn't hit the target. We need to make sure that we hit consistency levels that are higher. We need to make sure that when chances come our way that we take them. They had a chance, if you can call it a chance from 35 yards, and they put it in the top corner. The boy Tomlin had a chance from a header, which is poor defending and we won't accept that. But throughout the whole game we didn't look like we were going to lose. We're happy because we thought we played OK, but we're disappointed for the fans because we just want to win football matches, and it's getting that way where all this good possession is not falling for us."

Ultimately the only statistic that will matter to Yeovil Town supporters is the goal that Shaun MacDonald scored in the 23rd minute. However, in a match where both sides had seven shots on goal each, perhaps it is a matter of conscience for Karl Robinson to suggest his own side had double that number of chances. If his own travelling supporters accept that viewpoint then fair enough, but to most of those watching the game at Huish Park, they don't really stack up.


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28 February 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Skivo covered a variety of topics, including injuries to Jean-Paul Kalala, Gavin Tomlin and Dean Bowditch and how two of them went through the pain barrier to complete the game.

Skivo also gave his views on some barracking he received from the dugouts late on in the game when his side were defending a 1-0 lead. In addition, he also reveals that the club are not just looking for central-defensive cover before the loan window closes.

With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's post-match interview can be found via the link below.

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


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28 February 2010 : NOTW Settles Out Of Court
League One Norwich City has announced that the News of the World will pay the club a five figure sum and apologise concerning its claim on 24th January 2010 that the Canaries were going into administration.

The club's solicitors, Leathes Prior, issued a statement saying the newspaper has agreed to meet all legal costs, pay a five figure sum as damages, and publish an apology to the club and its chairman, Alan Bowkett. In view of this Norwich City has withdrawn its High Court action.

The News of the World has declined to comment.

Link: Canaries Confirm High Court Proceedings

Link: Canaries Threaten Lawsuit Over Sunday Paper Claims


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27 February 2010 : Glovers Youth Arrange Internal Trial Match
With Yeovil Town's Under 18s having no League match this weekend, the Glovers have arranged an internal trial match for tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at Yeovilton. The game, which kicks off at 2.30p.m. will feature two Yeovil Town Youth Team sides that will be supplemented by a number of trialists that have been invited to take part in the match.

At present it is envisaged that there will be six trialists across the two teams, with the remainder of the two sides made up of Under 18s and Under 16s players.


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27 February 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs MK Dons
If you were at Huish Park today for the 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes from the game. 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: Yeovil Town vs MK Dons : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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27 February 2010 : Yeovil 1 MK Dons 0 : MacDonald Strike Gets Back-To-Back Wins
Yeovil Town gained a priceless three points this afternoon as a single goal settled their home match against Milton Keynes Dons. A Shaun MacDonald bullet midway through the first half opened the scoring, and rather like Tuesday night's match against Walsall, that was enough to put the points in the bag and move the Glovers nine points clear of the relegation line. A slightly edgy second period saw the visitors come back into the game a touch, but Yeovil's first half dominance gave them the win they deserved.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to the side, as Owain Tudur Jones found his loan period with the Glovers cut slightly short, with a groin strain ruling him out of the final game of his one month loan deal at Huish Park before he returns to Carrow Road. Arron Davies grabbed a starting slot, on the left wing, allowing Shaun MacDonald to move into a more conventional central midfield position.

The Dons started the game more confidently and at 0-0, they were the more dominant force. Jermaine Easter, operating in an unorthodox left-wing position, broke past Craig Alcock forcing Alex McCarthy to save at his near post with his legs.

Bowditch and MacDonald shots over the bar as Yeovil created a few half chances, and perhaps the MacDonald attempt should have served as a warning sign for the visitors. Midway through the first half, the Glovers took the lead, with Yeovil's first shot on target, with the goal coming out of the blue. An Arron Davies corner was only half-cleared via an MK Dons defensive header, and the ball fell to Shaun MacDonald on the edge of the box. He fired the loose ball into the top right hand corner from the edge of the box for an unstoppable shot and a goal well worth seeing again on the Football League highlights tonight.

If Yeovil had not done too much prior to the opening goal, they certainly did plenty one they had got their noses in front. Gavin Tomlin had a shot blocked in a goalmouth melee, with former Swansea City keeper Willy Gueret eventually getting both hands on the loose ball. Then Arron Davies got space on the edge of the Dons penalty box, with his shot saved by Gueret.

At the other end a rare chance for the Dons saw Andros Townsend receiving a lay-off from Peter Leven from a free-kick with Alex McCarthy parrying the shot away. But this 20 minute spell was otherwise all Yeovil, and Gavin Tomlin's diving header went just wide of the target as they continued to go close to extending their lead. In fact that was the only frustration as half time arrived - that Yeovil's extreme dominance following the opening goal had not been turned into a 2-0 or a 3-0 by the break. Instead, that MacDonald goal was what they had to settle for.

The second period saw Dean Bowditch pull up with what looked like a hamstring strain eight minutes into the half, replaced by Ryan Mason as Yeovil reshuffled with Mason going into the hole in behind Sam Williams in a 4-4-1-1. The Dons, who had been playing with a rather lopsided looking 4-5-1 throughout the first half, finally pushed Jermaine Easter up front into a 4-4-2 and this started to give the visitors a bit more of an attacking edge, and to give the home crowd a spot of nerves, albeit without the Dons significantly testing Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy.

This was a far less fluent second period, with the pitch cutting up badly and the Glovers blocking out throughout much of the half, running the ball into the corner flag on numerous occasions as the clock ran down. With three minutes remaining, Alex McCarthy was forced into a point-blank save from an Andros Townsend shot, as the close-range attempt rebounded off McCarthy's chest. But Yeovil survived, and also edged out the four minutes worth of injury time that extended out the game. Not the prettiest of second halves and really the Glovers should have sealed all three points by half time, but in the end, the only statistic that will matter is the 1-0 victory and the back-to-back wins that have lifted the Glovers nine points clear of the relegation zone and up into the dizzy heights of 12th place in the League One table.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Scorers: Shaun MacDonald (23 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 7. Arron Davies
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh (86 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 11. Andy Welsh (70 mins for Arron Davies) 13. Ryan Mason (53 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins

Milton Keynes Dons:
12. Willy Gueret
15. Dan Woodards 5. David McCracken 16. James Tunnicliffe 3. Dean Lewington
35. Andros Townsend 7. Stephen Gleeson 26. Luke Chadwick 22. Peter Leven 8. Jermaine Easter
9. Aaron Wilbraham

Substitutes:
2. Jude Stirling 6. Sean O'Hanlon (85 mins Dan Woodards) 13. Mark Carrington 20. Sol Davis 21. Luke Howell 24. Dean Morgan (68 mins for Luke Chadwick) 29. Mark Randall

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (53 mins, foul), Gavin Tomlin (81 mins, foul)
MK Dons Bookings: Stephen Gleeson (31 mins, foul), Peter Leven (37 mins, dissent), Andros Townsend (44 mins, foul), David McCracken (55 mins, foul)

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lanchashire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 3,844


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27 February 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off MK Dons Interview
Just before kick-off this afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Skivo explains to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon why Owain Tudur Jones is not in the line-up today, and gives his thoughts on how the match against Milton Keynes Dons would proceed.

The full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

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


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27 February 2010 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs MK Dons
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home League One game against Milton Keynes Dons. Owain Tudur Jones has failed a fitness test in his final game before his return to Norwich City, with the midfielder being ruled out with a groin injury. Arron Davies gets a recall and will operate on the left wing, with Shaun MacDonald moving into the centre. The withdrawal of Tudur Jones means that Ryan Mason is able to be selected, and he is on the bench today.

For MK Dons, Andros Townsend makes his second visit to Huish Park, having already played for Leyton Orient earlier this season.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 7. Arron Davies
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh 13. Ryan Mason 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins

Milton Keynes Dons:
12. Willy Gueret
15. Dan Woodards 5. David McCracken 16. James Tunnicliffe 3. Dean Lewington
7. Stephen Gleeson 26. Luke Chadwick 22. Peter Leven 35. Andros Townsend
8. Jermaine Easter 9. Aaron Wilbraham

Substitutes:
2. Jude Stirling 6. Sean O'Hanlon 13. Mark Carrington 20. Sol Davis 21. Luke Howell 24. Dean Morgan 29. Mark Randall


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27 February 2010 : Skiverton Hoping For Accelerated Stam Recovery
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says he hopes that the news that central defender Stefan Stam did not need an operation on his hamstring will enhance his chances of coming back before the end of the season.

The initial reports were that Stam needed an operation due to his hamstring being torn off the bone, but when he was examined by the surgeon, the recommendation was that rehabilitation was the best option for the Dutchman. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he had good faith in his physio Simon Baker to speed up Stam's recovery on the back of that news:

"I was speaking to the press in the morning and he was already on his way up for the operation. When he got there, they had a bit of a change of heart. They say it can be worked with, and that's excellent news for us. When you are having surgery and that sort of surgery, you know that you're going to be out for a long time. They say that we can rehab it, and I think I've got one of the best young physios in the country at the moment, who is doing fantastic for us, and if anyone can rehab him, then Simon (Baker) will do a fantastic job for us."


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27 February 2010 : Bowditch Targets Four Wins For Survival
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch believes the Glovers need three or four more wins to secure their League One status for another season. A 1-0 win over Walsall on Tuesday night put Yeovil six points clear of the drop zone and on 38 points in the latest League One table. The usual expectation is that getting over 50 points puts a club into a position where they are likely to survive the drop, and so with 13 matches left, Yeovil's target is fairly clear.

Bowditch told BBC Somerset that this was now a stage of the season where every point gained would count significantly in the club's aim to push away from the relegation spots:

"It's really tight down at the bottom, and every point is a point gained. As long as we can get three or four more wins, I think we'll be OK. Going into the game and wanting to win every game is the way that we want to play. We want to be a team that is pushing for promotion and not scraping relegation. We're looking over our shoulders at the moment, but we're all in it together and hopefully we can pick up some more points."

Bowditch added that he didn't feel that the Glovers were consistent enough, in that they have only managed to put together back-to-back wins once this season, with a win usually being followed by a defeat. The Yeovil striker said that if they were to banish any thoughts of relegation, then getting two or three wins in a row would be priceless:

"I think our problem recently has been not getting two or three wins on the bounce. We went seven or eight games a while ago unbeaten, but we weren't winning back-to-back, and if we want to get away from that bottom four, we've got to get two or three wins on the bounce. It was a good win away from home (at Walsall) so let's see if we can do the same on Saturday."


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27 February 2010 : Colchester Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match saw Colchester United grab a 1-0 win on a Tuesday night at Huish Park. The game saw the 'second debut' of Arron Davies into the Glovers line-up and he made a significant impact on the night, becoming the runaway winner of the Man of the Match vote.

Striker Sam Williams picked up a reasonable number of votes, whilst left-back Nathan Smith continued to show that he is getting back to his best following a stop-start season, but Arron picked up the lion's share of the vote, and there was little doubt in the end as to who was your final Man of the Match. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1 Arron Davies 206 (17)
2 Nathan Smith 86 (5)
3 Sam Williams 58 (2)
4 Steven Caulker 52 (3)
6 Alex McCarthy 50 (1)
6 Craig Alcock 50 (1)
7 Andy Welsh 44 (3)
8 Shaun MacDonald 32 (1)
9 Owain Tudur Jones 12 (1)
10 Terrell Forbes 8 (0)
11 Stefan Stam 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.37

Performance: 5.31
Entertainment: 5.43

VOTES RECEIVED: 34


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26 February 2010 : Skivo Previews The MK Dons Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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26 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Singing The Blues
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over Walsall, Taff has provided another blog update, considering what that win means for the Glovers, and how things are looking going into the home match with Milton Keynes Dons.

There's also a sly look at the number of football clubs in the news this week for all the wrong reasons - clubs entering administration, clubs being expelled from leagues, clubs being issued with winding up orders, and clubs allegedly not paying their players wages. Just for once, be glad you support Yeovil Town.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Singing The Blues.


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26 February 2010 : Clowes And Baggridge On The Short Trip To Sherborne
Yeovil Town scholars Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge are to further their development by starting a one month loan spell at local club Sherborne Town, and go straight into tomorrow's matchday squad.

Sherborne have found it hard going during their second season in the Western League Premier Division, presently lying second from bottom. They are currently managed by popular ex-Glover Mickey Spencer, who scored 104 goals for Yeovil between 1989 and 1995. Speaking to Sherborne's official site about the move he stated:

"This deal has come as a result of the good relationship and good support from Terry [Skiverton], and we appreciate how willing he was to help us. All of us at Sherborne Town appreciate how Yeovil and Terry are supporting local football.

A club like ours needs support and it is down to a long-standing relationship with Yeovil Town and their management team that we can welcome two of their rising stars. We hope that the experience is a two-edged sword. Hopefully Rob and Rhys will learn plenty, not just about the game but about the club, and that our players will learn something from the qualities they bring.
"

We wish Rob and Rhys all the best on their loan spells, and hope it is indeed mutually beneficial, with the players gaining experience and Sherborne moving up the table away from the relegation zone.


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26 February 2010 : SPC Quarter-Final Take Three
The club has announced that the rearranged Somerset Premier Cup quarter-final tie against Bishop Sutton has been scheduled for Monday 29th March, and not on Tuesday 23rd March as stated by the Somerset F.A., and carried by this site yesterday.

This is a Reserve status fixture for Yeovil Town, and the Glovers are at home. The club has not yet confirmed a kick-off time.


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26 February 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Milton Keynes Dons tomorrow in a home League One match. With the Glovers lying in 13th place in the table, and the Dons five places higher and 11 points better off, this could almost be described as a mid-table encounter - dizzy heights indeed. Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Walsall has pushed the Glovers six points clear of the drop zone, although they have played a game more than nearly all of the sides below them. Around four or five more wins would pretty much guarantee League One football for next season, and with the Dons showing some erratic form this season, including a 5-0 defeat in their last away match at Carlisle United, the Glovers will be targetting all three points tomorrow.

They go into the match without central defender Stefan Stam, who is likely to miss the rest of the season with a torn hamstring. Also doubtful is Jean-Paul Kalala, who has a bruised hip from Tuesday night's match in Walsall. Two other players that will need fitness tests are Owain Tudur Jones, who is due to play the final match of his one month loan spell tomorrow, and Sam Williams. Tudur Jones has a slight groin injury, and so could easily drop out of the squad as the 'sixth loan', whilst Williams is described as exhausted after running himself into the ground on Tuesday night. Hence the latter should make Yeovil's squad without question for tomorrow's game, but manager Terry Skiverton may need to consider whether the target man has enough energy to start the match, or if he needs to drop to the bench to rest his tired limbs.

For a club lying in eighth place and still with half a chance of getting into the League One play-offs, Milton Keynes Dons' problem has been one of consistency. A current run of form of WWLDWLWL featuring a 5-0 win away from home and a 5-0 defeat away from home, and an accumulation of goals that put the Dons seven short of a century of goals scored and conceded this season makes this almost an impossible match to bet on, except to say that the least likely scoreline is a 0-0 tomorrow! Will the real MK Dons, please stand up?

The topsy turvy nature of their games was shown up well by the December 2009 2-2 draw at stadium:mk that saw Yeovil twice grab a lead through goals from Dean Bowditch and Shaun MacDonald, but twice get pegged back through goals from Sam Baldock and Peter Leven. On the one hand home centre-back David McCracken was the luckiest man alive after he stayed on the pitch following a professional foul on Dean Bowditch. On the other hand Yeovil had to withstand plenty of second half pressure that could have lost them the game.

The Dons welcome back central defender Sean O'Hanlon into their squad after he returned early to training from knee ligament damage and declared himself fit to travel with their squad down to Somerset. He is unlikely to start on Saturday, but his mere presence after a lengthy layoff will act as a boost to Paul Ince's side. Striker Sam Baldock (knee) and defender Mathias Doumbe (hamstring) will not travel, although midfielder Stephen Gleeson will definitely be in their squad after serving a two match suspension. Otherwise, they are expecting to name an unchanged squad from the side that lost at home to Millwall on Tuesday.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the match-day surcharge. For those wanting to take advantage of the pre-match rates, call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight on 01935-847888.


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26 February 2010 : Skiverton Starts Twittering
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has launched his own personal social networking outlet via the Twitter website. The Glovers boss has created his own Twitter account as what he describes as an 'experiment' in an effort to give Yeovil Town supporters little snippets into what he and the playing squad are up to on an ad-hoc basis.

Skiverton said that he took up the idea following conversations with Western Gazette journalist Chris Sweet and that he had quietly launched it himself to try and get used to it. More recently though, eagle-eyed supporters have picked up on his account, which led to the question of whether it really was Skiverton behind the posts. The Yeovil boss confirmed that he was behind the account, saying that he launched it as he felt there was not enough information being fed to supporters by the club:

"I just thought for myself as a little bit of an experiment, as a lot of supporters complain that they don't know what's going on so much behind the scenes. There does have to be a lot that has to be protected, but I just thought that perhaps if I just say a few things about what we're doing, nothing too much, and it's nothing where I really want feedback and dialogue from supporters. I just want supporters to be able to follow something where you can explain what you've been doing during the day just to give them a bit more of an insight, and to also let supporters know after a game when we're happy, when we're down, when we're travelling, when we're not. I think it would just help the fans that little bit more and bridge that gap, because it's something that supporters always complain about - that they feel a bit too far away from it all. It's still a little bit of an experiment. I'm waiting for someone to be very negative on there or to say something stupid and then I'll probably come off it! But it's something that I'd like to do for the supporters, and then if it works, it works, and if it doesn't then you'll know because I'm not online!."

The move is a significant departure for the club, who last summer put out a statement saying that "he (Skiverton) will only ever comment to the official club website and to bona fide members of the press" after a clearly fake (though uncontroversial) account was created on the Green Room under Skiverton's name. With the decision now made to embrace the new technology, Skiverton warned that this was an idea that that was only in its early stages, and he was not looking for a two-way communication - aiming to use the Twitter facility purely as a one-way broadcast mechanism:

"I haven't sent that many so far. I won't be replying to anyone. It's all one-way. Obviously times have changed and times have moved on. I'm not saying that I'm exactly Mr Computer Literate, but there's a few social networking sites that other people have been involved with, and I just thought to myself it might be a good thing for the supporters."

The Yeovil boss said he still expected supporter debate on club issues to continue as is, emphasising that he didn't want his Twitter account to turn into a message board. In doing so, Skiverton clarified his feelings regarding the existence of unofficial sites such as the Green Room, pointing out that contrary to earlier reports attributed to himself that he didn't have a problem with the existence of such sites, suggesting that those who were negative about such sites needed to embrace changes in society and take criticism on board. The Yeovil boss said he only drew the line with such sites when comments became personal:

"Now it (the Twitter account) can only become a good thing if they (the supporters) take it on board, and it doesn't become a messaging board to have a pop at me. They've already got their own for that! That's still very good, and I think that's a good site as well. Everyone is negative about the Green Room, but it is still fans being passionate about things, and I'm more than happy with that. And I know that people think that probably I'm negative about internet sites, but at the end of the day, if you're someone and you've got a group of friends and you want to chat, then go and chat. If you want to get the hump, then do what you've got to do. At the end of the day, that's the way that society is going and it's something you've got to deal with. It's like the papers and the media - it's just another thing to deal with and I'll take any advice or criticism on board. It's just the personal stuff that I don't like."

Those who are interested, can follow Terry Skiverton using his Twitter account terryskiverton - and remember, play nicely! For what it's worth, we can see such a mechanism of communication being a positive thing if used wisely. Examples might include updates on away coach journeys and overnight stops, where news is received on player operations such as Stefan Stam's recent injuries, or where the club have had to switch to different or unusual training facilities for the day. We have seen instances where club officials going onto fans message boards has backfired, but this is usually in circumstances when two-way debates start to get heated. As long as Skiverton keeps it as a one-way broadcast system, and the information put out is chosen well, then it should prove to be a useful communication device.


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25 February 2010 : Skiverton Steps Up Search For Defensive Cover
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that the club are stepping up their search for centre-back cover in the wake of central defender Stefan Stam's injury. The Dutchman is expected to be out for the rest of the season, leaving the Glovers with just Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker as recognised centre-backs, and in such circumstances just one injury or suspension could leave Skiverton with a significant selection headache.

The other consideration is the loan transfer window which closes during March, and realistically the Glovers will need to bring in cover by then or risk going the final 10 games of the season with no cover, and no possible alternative options. Skiverton has decided that he needs to make a move and has had two players in this week to see how they perform in training. But he admits that it could be an ongoing situation:

"We've had a couple of people in today, looking at a few people who can fill in on the centre-half role. It's going to be an ongoing situation and it will be one that we'll have to address before the end of March. So we'll definitely need to get in some cover. We just need someone with a little bit of height, a little bit of presence, and be a back-up, or someone on a free who can come in and push for a place. But it's something that we've got to address straight away."


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25 February 2010 : Postponement And New Date For County Cup Match
Yeovil Town have had their Somerset Premier Cup match for next Tuesday postponed. Rather oddly, the game against Bishop Sutton has been called off because of expectations that the pitch will be unsuitable for play - even though the club have still yet to play their League One match against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

The club say that next Tuesday's match has been called off "due to the anticipated bad weather over the weekend and the expected condition the match (sic) is likely to be in".

The Somerset FA give a new date for the fixture as March 23rd 2010, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This is fairly convenient for the Glovers given that it slots into the midweek after the home match against Bristol Rovers but in the lead-up to the weekend when they were due to play Carlisle United, but is now a blank weekend. Thus there are currently no first team commitments during that fortnight.


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25 February 2010 : Kalala Slight Doubt For Saturday
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is hopeful that he will have nearly a full squad to choose from for Saturday's match against Milton Keynes Dons.

Despite playing on a difficult pitch in snowy conditions, the Yeovil boss said his team came out of Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over Walsall with just one injury concern. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala came out of the match with a hip problem meaning that aside from long term injury victim Stefan Stam, the Glovers should have a clean bill of health:

"There's only JP (Kalala) really. JP has got a bit of a sore hip. So there's no walking wounded, and we've still got a couple that weren't involved who are ready to come back as well, like Ryan Mason. So we're looking OK, and touchwood we've only got one real injury in Stefan Stam and hopefully we can keep everybody as fit as possible for this run-in."


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25 February 2010 : Tudur Jones Preparing For Final Game Of Loan Spell
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones will play the last game of his month's loan spell on Saturday before his return to Norwich City. The Welshman will definitely be returning to Carrow Road for a fortnight, given that the Canaries are Yeovil's next opponents after Saturday's match against Milton Keynes Dons and unsurprisingly Norwich will not be entertaining the idea of their player turning out against his own club.

Once the Norwich match is out of the way, Skiverton has said that he has not ruled out bringing back Tudur Jones for a second spell. So far, he has played six times for the Glovers, scoring one goal during the month - a free kick in the 4-1 win at Wycombe Wanderers. Skiverton said that there would be some discussions with Canaries manager Paul Lambert about the chances of bring the midfielder back to Huish Park, but that for the time being Saturday's match against MK Dons would be his last game:

"Owain will be going back, because he's got a week left leading up to the Norwich game, and he can't play in that one. We'll have dialogue with Paul Lambert, who has been excellent and has been very good with letting us have Owain, and I think Owain has done a tremendous job for us so far. So there is dialogue that will be going on over the next week to see where the future lies for Owain."

Skiverton added that another factor in whether Owain came back for a second spell would lie with the player, pointing out that there has been a new arrival in the past few days to the Tudur Jones family:

"We've got to wait and see how we do. We understand as well that Owain has just got a brand new child as well, so he'll be wanting to go back for the week to spend a bit of time with his family."


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24 February 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following last night's 1-0 win over Walsall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, Skivo answered a series of questions, and the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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24 February 2010 : McCarthy Gets England Call-Up For Greece Visit
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has received yet another England Under 21 level call-up. Alex has been named in a 24 man squad that will take on Greece at The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster as part of a UEFA European Championship qualifier.

The match will be played at 6.00p.m. on Wednesday 3rd March 2010, and will be broadcast live on the ESPN Sports Channel. The scheduling will allow England fans to watch the Under 21s match prior to the Senior side taking on Egypt at Wembley Stadium in a friendly match.

With the Glovers having no midweek match next week, there is no clash with this international fixture, thus allowing McCarthy to stay in Doncaster and watch the match. Previously, once the matchday squad has been selected, McCarthy - who has yet to be capped at Under 21 level - has tended to head back to Yeovil, due to him being England's third choice keeper.

The full squad selected is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Frankie Fielding (Rochdale - loan from Blackburn), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex McCarthy (Yeovil Town - loan from Reading)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Reading - loan from Chelsea), Michael Mancienne (Wolves - loan from Chelsea), Kyle Naughton (Middlesbrough - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Fulham), James Tomkins (West Ham United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Watford - loan from Man Utd), Jack Cork (Burnley - loan from Chelsea), Fabien Delph (Aston Villa), Jack Wilshere (Bolton Wanderers - loan from Arsenal), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Dan Gosling (Everton), Henri Lansbury (Watford - loan from Arsenal), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic), Lee Cattermole (Sunderland), Jack Rodwell (Everton).

Strikers: Andy Carroll (Newcastle United), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Preston North End - loan from Manchester United).

Link: Caulker And Mason Get Called Up Again.


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24 February 2010 : Youth Team See Off Millfield In Friendly Match
Yeovil Town's Youth Team gained a 3-0 victory over Millfield School this afternoon in a match played at Kingweston. Three late goals secured their victory with Ciaran Levet, Tyler Sheppard and Lewis Voizey all netting for the Glovers.

Early play saw Millfield compete well playing a 3-1-4-2 formation, causing the Glovers problems. With a team made up of ex-County players plus ex-schoolboys from Southampton, Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle, they got a lot of possession, albeit without troubling Connor Siddley-Adams too much - with the exception of one shot that he had to tip behind his goal.

The Glovers switched formation to a 3-5-2 themselves, and began to get into the game with Ciaran Levet shooting from outside the box, and seeing his attempt skim the crossbar and head over. The second period saw Yeovil begin to dominate the fixture, with their superior fitness taking control of the game, and penning Millfield back into their own half.

With 14 minutes remaining, the floodgates finally opened, when Ciaran Levet fired a left-footed shot from outside the box that headed into the top left hand corner of the net. Ten minutes later, an excelllent Tyler Sheppard free kick doubled the lead, and right on full time, Lewis Voizey completed the scoring.

Head of Youth Mo Hopkins praised Millfield for their standard of opposition and the way that they played the game, pointing out that until fitness told, they had proved difficult to break down. Cory Lewis, Ciaran Levet and an unnamed trialist were singled out for praise, although the team as a whole put on a good performance.

Final Score: Millfield School 0 Yeovil Town U18s 3.

Scorers: Ciaran Levet (0-1, 76 mins), Tyler Sheppard (0-2, 86 mins), Lewis Voizey (0-3, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town:
Connor Siddley-Adams
Danny Williams, Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes, Joe Grimstead
Aidan Chainey, Trialist, Ciaran Levey
Tyler Sheppard, Lloyd Matthews, Cory Lewis

Subs: Lewis Morgan, Harry Bond, Andy Baker, Lewis Voizey (rolling subs)


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24 February 2010 : McCarthy Gets Another Month Loan Deal Extension
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has had his loan deal at Huish Park extended once again. He will be staying at Huish Park until March 23rd, having agreed another month's extension with parent club Reading.

On the downside, assuming the 93 day rule applies to McCarthy's loan deal with the club, this will be the last full month that Alex will be able to extend his deal for, with the 'emergency loan' having commenced on or around the start of the calendar year.


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24 February 2010 : Williams Overjoyed At Walsall Winner
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams has said that he is 'overjoyed' to get the winning goal against Walsall last night. The target-man had a loan spell with the Saddlers last season, whilst an Aston Villa player, and sunk his former loan employers with a 5th minute goal.

Williams was particularly pleased to get the winner after viewing the match video of Saturday's match against Charlton Athletic where he missed two clearcut chances during the first half. Hence he was glad to bury his first opportunity when it came his way last night:

"The last game (against Charlton) I looked back at it on TV and I was devastated after missing those chances. I knew that if I had put them away then it could have changed the game. But I'm just happy to get the goal and to get the win, because it's a massive win to come here. They've been beating big teams, so to get the win and obviously the goal as well, I'm overjoyed."

Much of the national media and Walsall press have blamed home keeper Clayton Ince for conceding the goal, describing Ince's mistake as a "howler". But Williams feels that is a little unfair on the Trinidad and Tobago international, pointing out that he got an initial touch on the ball as Gavin Tomlin's cross came in that may have deceived the keeper:

"The ball came over the top and I've got a touch on it. I don't think Ince was going to get a hand on it. So it's hit him and bounced back to me as I was lying on the floor, and I ended up volleying it in whilst I was on the floor. But I'll take 10 or 15 of them a season, all day."


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24 February 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Officials for Yeovil Town's Saturday home fixture against Milton Keynes Dons have been announced. The man in charge will be Graham Salisbury (Lanchashire).

Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, and all five have been away from home. It's not been long since we have last seen him, given that he took charge of last month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so he has been quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Having seen photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch on the day of that postponement, his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.

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

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

Hence five matches, and five good performances from the Lancashire official, so hopefully that run can continue. Finally after skirting around Bristol and Swindon, he will make his first ever visit to Huish Park - hopefully his 'home form' is as good as his away form.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Link: January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

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

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

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

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


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24 February 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
If you were at last night's match at The Bescot Stadium, then don't forget to cast your votes for the Man of the Match. Choose your top three players from the 1-0 win Walsall, plus entertainment and performance ratings, along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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24 February 2010 : Skivo : Pitch Helped Glovers Defend Lead
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton said that Walsall's Bescot Stadium pitch made it an easier place to defend a 1-0 lead than it would have been at other grounds. The Glovers took the lead as early as the fifth minute when Sam Williams scrambled home a Gavin Tomlin cross at the second attempt, and that proved to be the winning goal.

Skiverton said that the pitch made it difficult for clear-cut chances to be created as a dusting of snow added to the conditions, and he felt that it was easier to defend than it was to attack in the conditions:

"I don't think it was a pitch for people to try and create something. It was an easier pitch to defend something, and we found that worked really well for us tonight. Walsall have been going up and down the country beating everybody and so for us to come here and get a result is very pleasing."

The Yeovil boss added that Walsall did create a number of chances, but struggled to convert them, and taking the early lead gave the Glovers something to hold onto:

"It was a hard-fought win. I thought Walsall created one or two decent chances where on another day they might have taken them, but I felt that we were the same. I felt we've earned that little bit of luck. I think we've been playing very well lately. Tonight we took the chance, and it just shows you when you've got something to hold onto, the spirit is a bit more there."


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23 February 2010 : Walsall 0 Yeovil 1 : Early Williams Strike Is Enough For Three Valuable Points
Yeovil Town gained a hugely valuable three points at the Bescot Stadium tonight, as a Sam Williams goal scored five minutes into the match proved enough to bring home Yeovil's third away win of the season. Against a Walsall side who didn't seem to have their shooting boots on, the Glovers dominated the first half, and even when the Saddlers tried to put pressure on during the second period, they blocked out well, and frustrated the home side into just trying long range shots in an attempt to level the scores.

The Glovers made two changes to Saturday's side, with both wingers scrapped as Aaron Davies and Andy Welsh dropped to the bench, and Gavin Tomlin and Jean-Paul Kalala came into the starting line-up after their recent illnesses. Ryan Mason was fit to play, but once again sat the game out as the 'sixth loanee'.

The game itself got off to a flyer with both sides getting chances inside the first minute. Thirty seconds into the match, Dean Bowditch broke the offside trap from an Owain Tudur Jones through-ball, but Clayton Ince saved well. Straight down the other end and Troy Deeney broke through, but he found his ball into the box blocked by Craig Alcock.

But five minutes into the match, the Glovers got off to a dream start, as a Gavin Tomlin shot was met by Sam Williams. Clayton Ince managed to parry the striker's initial attempt, but with the target man lying on the deck, he was still the first player to meet the rebound and hook the ball into the net from a short distance to leave Ince looking a little sheepish. 1-0 up and a dream start.

Walsall were suffering from a double injury blow on the night, with two full-backs out with Rhys Weston and Darryl Westlake missing through injury. Replacement Emmanuele Smith was clearly struggling in the right-back position, with the Glovers frequently getting in behind their opponents via that flank. Owain Tudur Jones had a shot blocked by a defender, whilst Gavin Tomlin received a cross from Nathan Smith that Tomlin could only head straight at Clayton Ince. Then four minutes before the end of a Yeovil dominated first half, a Jean-Paul Kalala drive forced Ince to parry the ball for a corner, as the home crowd muttered to themselves, and Walsall's front line struggled to get any service in the opening 45 minutes. A Shaun MacDonald shot during injury time was turned out for a corner, as the home crowd booed their side off the field, having failed to muster an on-target shot during the whole of the first half.

Walsall were bound to get a rocket at half time, and so it was little surprise to find them creating the first of many second half chances early on after the break. Troy Deeney turned Terrell Forbes and got the ball into the box, but Alex Nicholls spurned his chance to level the scores. Then at the other end, Dean Bowditch managed to get a cross in that came at Sam Williams very fast, only for him to spoon the ball over the bar as he over-balanced.

The second period saw Walsall gain a lot more possession, with the Glovers looking far less likely to extend their lead. That said, the Saddlers were struggling to get in behind the Glovers back line, largely reduced to pot shots, with plenty of them, but Alex McCarthy largely a spectator in terms of actual shots on goal. At times, the Saddlers seemed to be struggling to hit the proverbial barn door - plenty of attempts at goal, but very few on goal.

As the game wore on, and Walsall even pushed giant centre-back Clayton McDonald up front in a 3-4-3 formation, Yeovil began to carve out their own chances on the break. Steven Caulker of all people almost extended Yeovil's lead as he drove out of defence, then on the break both Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch went close, with Williams forcing Clayton Ince into a strong save, whilst Bowditch's attempt to round Ince saw him run out of room and shoot into the advertising boards.

Three minutes of injury time were nervous moments, but only because Yeovil had held their lead for so long during the night. A total of 85 long minutes for the Glovers to defend a lead is quite some going, but the reality was that Walsall really didn't bring their shooting boots, and it would have been a bit of a travesty if they'd got anything out of the game. Instead, the Glovers got all three points, and lift themselves up to 13th in the League One table, and with a six point gap opening up between themselves and Oldham Athletic, who lost tonight, they can relax a bit during next weekend's match against MK Dons. They aren't quite there yet, but four or five wins between now and the end of the season ought to just about hit the target. Fingers crossed that those can come sooner rather than later.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Sam Williams (0-1, 5 mins)

Walsall: (4-4-2)
1. Clayton Ince
6. Emmanuele Smith 19. Jamie Vincent 28. Clayton McDonald 20. Matthew Richards
11. Alex Nicholls 14. Richard Taundry 15. Josh O'Keefe 24. Julian Gray
27. Darren Byfield 10. Troy Deeney

Substitutes:
21. Rene Gilmartin (GK) 3. Netan Sansara 5. Mark Hughes 12. Mark Bradley 17. Richard Davies 22. William Grigg 23. Sam Adkins (84 mins for Julian Gray)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. Arron Davies (90 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins

Walsall Bookings: Alex Nicholls (foul, 42 mins), Clayton McDonald (foul, 50 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (foul, 23 mins), Nathan Smith (unsporting behaviour, 42 mins)

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire) and Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Sian Massey (West Midlands).

Attendance: 2,929 (including 147 Yeovil fans).


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23 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Stam Suffers An Unkind Cut
Just ahead of tonight's match against Walsall, Taff provides an update to his blog, previewing the match. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry also considers the effect that losing central defender Stefan Stam will have on the team.

To read, and comment, on the latest entry, follow the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Stam Suffers An Unkind Cut.


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23 February 2010 : Skiverton Cautious On Stam Loan Cover
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that the loss of central defender Stefan Stam leaves the Glovers very short of cover for central-defensive positions. At present, the two central positions will pick themselves with Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker automatic choices on the teamsheet for the foreseeable future. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that this was no big secret:

"Terrell comes back in at centre-half where he has played most of his career, and Steven Caulker's form recently has been very good as well. So we've got that, and we are a little bit light in reserve for central defenders."

Skiverton added that he is currently looking at a 'Plan B' in case one of Forbes or Caulker becomes unavailable, with the emergency loan market an outlet for the club. However, the Yeovil boss implies that the club will only head down that route as a reactive measure if one of Forbes or Caulker becomes unavailable:

"That's one thing where we have got our finger on the pulse and we've been out there looking around. There are a couple where if one of those two (Forbes and Caulker) gets a knock, we might need to call on other people to bring in."

It would appear that Skiverton is wary of bringing in additional loan players that would leave him having to juggle resources sat in the stands as well as in the matchday squad, with the club currently having six loans on their books at present.

However, that does mean that the Glovers have to deal with the possibility of an injury during a game - Craig Alcock is the club's only possible stand-in central defender - and that Skiverton's would-be targets do not become unavailable themselves, just at the point when he needs to pick up the phone. Wrapping Forbes and Caulker in cotton wool over the next two months is going to become almost essential to Yeovil Town's season if they are not to face a crisis at any time during the run-in.

Meanwhile in a bizarre twist, after Stefan Stam headed for an operation yesterday to repair a torn hamstring, the outcome of his 'operation' is that he apparently doesn't need an operation! This doesn't appear to have altered the rehab time that Stefan needs to get fit as far as we can see, but presumably means that the surgeon has decided that good old-fashioned rest, relaxation and rehabilitation is the only cure to Stefan's problem, rather than the use of the surgeon's knife.


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23 February 2010 : Walsall vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the trip up the M5 today, for a League One match against Walsall tonight. The Midlands side lie in 9th place in the current league table, six places and eight points ahead of the Glovers.

Walsall's current form is fairly impressive, with one defeat in their last seven, and three wins in their last four, including a 2-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road. On Saturday, they saw off Brentford by a 2-1 scoreline at the Bescot Stadium with Alex Nicholls and Troy Deeney the scorers.

Much has been made in the pre-match build-up of the state of Walsall's pitch, although having seen the highlights of their win over Brentford, it is important to note that any problems at the Bescot are nothing near that of Stockport's Edgeley Park or Colchester's Community Stadium pitch. The turf at the Bescot has not exactly been kind to Walsall either - they have won just five times at home this season, although conversely have lost just four games - a few too many drawn fixtures give away why the Saddlers are 11 points adrift of the playoff positions, despite being highly rated by many opposition managers with respect to the quality in their side.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton singles out Troy Deeney (11 goals) and Darren Byfield (7 goals) as the danger men, labelling Walsall as an "attricious" side that wear the opposition down, and grab goals by opposition mistakes - unfortunately precisely the sort of side that the Glovers have frequently come unstuck against this season. The 3-1 defeat at Huish Park back in December was typical of some of Yeovil's more sloppy performances this season, with goals from Darren Byfield, Steve Jones and Sam Parkin giving Walsall an easy win, despite Jonathan Obika's goal pulling the scoreline back to 2-1.

The Glovers go into the game minus Stefan Stam, who looks likely to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. Attacking midfielder Ryan Mason is back after his knee injury, and Skiverton has hinted that he will come back into tonight's squad at the Bescot, although offers no hints as to which of his loan players would make way for Mason should he return. Otherwise, Gavin Tomlin and Jean-Paul Kalala look to be far more likely to grab starting positions, having had a couple more days to recover from their illnesses. With Yeovil not having scored for 300 minutes, across over three games, the likes of Mason and Tomlin may be needed to try and shake up Yeovil's shot-shy front line.

For Walsall, central midfielder Dwayne Mattis has seven stitches in his calf, after he was stretched off in their Saturday win over Brentford and is unlikely to return to training for a couple of weeks when the stitches come out. Full-back and former Glovers trialist Rhys Weston is out with a hamstring strain, whilst winger Peter Till (hamstring) and striker Sam Parkin (groin) are all missing. Full-back Darryl Westlake will need a fitness test following a calf strain sustained in the Brentford match, whilst striker Steve Jones is likely to remain on the Saddlers' bench as he builds up his match fitness following a groin strain.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the night, although Walsall's ticketing scheme means that it is hard to avoid their matchday surcharge for away supporters. For those travelling, the Ciderspace guide is below. For those staying dry and warm, BBC Somerset is your friend, on 95.5FM, with coverage starting from just aftr the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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22 February 2010 : Skivo Previews The Walsall Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC today as part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Walsall. Taking questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

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


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22 February 2010 : GWSC Travel To Norwich
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Norwich City. The match takes place at Carrow Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 6th March 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 6.45a.m. and then Huish Park at 7.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £24.00 for adults, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Norwich.

Link: Ticketing For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town.


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22 February 2010 : GWSC Travel To Walsall
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for tomorrow's trip to Walsall. The match takes place at the Bescot Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off on Tuesday 23rd February 2010.

Coaches will depart Huish Park at 3.00p.m. Cost of travel will be £18.00 for adults, with concessions available at £16.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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22 February 2010 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Norwich City
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's next away trip to Norwich City (after tomorrow's trip to Walsall). The match takes place at Carrow Road on Saturday 6th March with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 6.30a.m. If they can fill the minibus, then the cost of travel will be £16.00. The trip will include a full-length food stop going up and going back, along with any others as required.

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

Link: Ticketing For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town.


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22 February 2010 : Gillingham Man of the Match Result
Nine days ago, Yeovil Town played out a 0-0 draw with Gillingham that probably was not the greatest spectacle of the season. With defences on top throughout the game the top three players in the Man of the Match voting were all defenders, with the fourth defender Stefan Stam probably missing out due to a head injury that saw him substituted at half time.

Terrell Forbes, who had to switch from right-back to centre-back due to Stam's injury, featured strongly, whilst left-back Nathan Smith appears to be coming back into a bit of form at last and finished runner-up. But it was Tottenham Hotspur loanee Steven Caulker who grabbed the Man of the Match vote by a fairly comfortable margin.

The full result, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, was as follows:

1 Steven Caulker 234 (16)
2 Nathan Smith 166 (11)
3 Terrell Forbes 96 (6)
4 Shaun MacDonald 72 (4)
5 Alex McCarthy 42 (2)
6 Andy Welsh 36 (1)
7 Craig Alcock 32 (1)
8 Stefan Stam 26 (0)
9 Ryan Mason 24 (1)
10 Owain Tudur Jones 16 (1)
11 Sam Williams 12 (0)
12 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.12

Performance: 4.28
Entertainment: 3.95

VOTES RECEIVED: 43


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22 February 2010 : Skivo Explains Stefan Stam Injury
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has explained the nature of central defender Stefan Stam's injury. The 30 year old is expected to be out of action for the rest of this season due to an injury sustained during the home match against Colchester United last Tuesday, which saw him stretchered off midway through the first half.

That injury has now been diagnosed as a serious hamstring tear, and Stefan has required an operation to repair the damage today. The club were waiting to hear from physio Simon Baker and the surgeon to get a firm prognosis on the outcome, but Skivo told BBC Somerset today that he was not expecting Stefan back this season:

"He's had an operation today, and we're thinking it's the worst and that he's going to miss the rest of the season, which is a big blow. But these things happen out there. I think the injury is something to do with his hamstring and that it's actually torn off the bone, so it's a real serious injury that he's had. It's one where we'll have to wait and see what the surgeon says when he comes out of that (operation) today. My physio (Simon Baker) has gone up there today for the operation, so everyone will have their fingers crossed that it is successful so that we can get him back as soon as possible. If he makes it back for any time during the rest of this season then I think he will have done very very well."

Skiverton added that if Stefan's injury did keep him out for the remainder of the season, then the expectation was that he would still be available for the start of the 2010-11 pre-season, even as a worst case scenario.


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22 February 2010 : Stefan Stam Out For Rest Of Season?
Yeovil Town centre-back Stefan Stam could well be out for the rest of the season, after his recent injury was diagnosed as a serious hamstring tear. The 30 year old was stretchered off recently in the home match against Colchester United, and an operation today has confirmed that he is unlikely to play again this season. His hamstring has torn off the bone and so his time out is likely to be lengthy. The club are awaiting news from the surgeon to get a firm prognosis.

The news means that the Glovers are left with just two regular central defenders in their side, with Terrell Forbes and Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Steven Caulker needing to stay fit and able to play out the remainder of the season. Manager Terry Skiverton is still registered as a player, but has not played a first team match for 11 months and has tended to push Craig Alcock into the centre when the Glovers have been short of central defenders.

The Glovers could move into the loan market to act as cover for the Dutchman, but again the matchday squad rule that only allows five loans to be selected in the full squad named on the teamsheet is likely to prove problematic, given that Yeovil currently already have six loan players in their first team squad at present.

Stam has been plagued by injuries during his career that restricted him to just 112 appearances for his former club Oldham Athletic across 4.5 years, and a similar pattern has emerged during his time at Huish Park, having clocked up 19 appearances since his arrival at the club. Rather regretably he had been putting in his best form of his Yeovil Town career up until his injury, winning the Player of the Month vote for January 2010 based on Man of the Match voting on this site. Obviously we wish Stefan well in his recovery from injury and hope he can make it back before the season is out.


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22 February 2010 : Cohen Hopeful Of Completing Step Up Back To Top Level
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen has said that he feels like he is close to being vindicated in his decision to drop down two divisions to rebuild his footballing career. Back in November 2005, an 18 year old Cohen went out on loan to Yeovil Town from Premier League side West Ham United and proved such a success that in the following summer he made his move to Huish Park permanent, becoming an integral part of the Glovers side that reached Wembley Stadium during the 2006-07 season, as part of the League One play-offs.

Cohen left Yeovil Town that summer to join Nottingham Forest, who the Glovers had knocked out of the play-offs just months earlier, and there began his move back up the league ladder. On Saturday, Cohen scored the winning goal in Forest's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough that put Forest into an automatic promotion position in the Championship less than two years after he picked up a promotion winners medal with Forest, following that up with Nottingham Forest's Player Of The Season award for the 2008-09 season.

Cohen turns 23 years old early next month and with Forest as the form team in the Championship, he is hopeful of turning his career full circle and getting a chance to set himself up against West Ham United, back in the Premier League next season. Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, the midfielder said that it has been a rollercoaster of a career, and admitted that things could have been very different if he had the luck that former team-mate Arron Davies had at Forest:

"I do feel like my career is close to going full circle, definitely. When you leave somewhere like West Ham to join a small club like Yeovil, you are not sure what will happen. You see so many people fall out of the game as they drop lower and lower in the leagues and I did not know what was going to happen. I believed that I had the ability. But that is not always everything. Look at a player like Arron Davies, who has great quality. He has had bad luck with injuries and not had as many opportunities as he would have liked. And now he is fighting for his career at Yeovil again. He is doing well there, but it shows you how quickly things can change. When you look at how we play as a team at Forest, I think you can see how desperate we all are to prolong our careers playing at as high a level as we can."

Cohen admits that eventually joining Forest was a slightly surreal experience, having witnessed the reaction of the Forest fans to Yeovil Town's sensational 5-2 win at the City Ground, having helped dump his future employers out of the League One play-offs:

"There has been a lot of hurt at this club and I experienced things from both sides, in a sense. I was part of the Yeovil side that won here in the play-off semi-final and you could see the frustration on the fans' faces as I was walking off the pitch that day. I joined over the summer after that and, at the start of the next season, we were not playing the best football and you could see how frustrated the fans were getting then as well. But we have escaped League One and we feel as though we are on an upward climb now, rather than on a downward cycle."

Cohen told the paper that he had no regrets about his time at Huish Park, and believed it helped build him up and turn himself into an experienced player, and that it allowed him to get into the rhythm of playing football every week for a professional club:

"I had a fantastic time at Yeovil, it was as enjoyable for me as this situation at Forest is now. It is a brilliant little club and I just wanted to play football. I do love playing football. I love training and I love matches. I knew by going down to Yeovil that I was going to play every week; that I would have the chance to grow as a player, to learn all the little tricks. Without that experience, I would not be able to play at the level I am at now, so I have a lot of thanks to Yeovil for that."


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22 February 2010 : Wycombe Man Of The Match Result
It may feel like a long time ago, but Yeovil Town's last win came just over two weeks ago when they gained a 4-1 win over relegation-threatened Wycombe Wanderers. Two of the goals on the day of the game came from striker Dean Bowditch, with the same player also setting up Andy Welsh for his goal.

It's therefore little surprise to find out where the majority of the Man of the Match votes went in the end. Andy Welsh, Gavin Tomlin and Owain Tudur Jones got a decent tally of votes, but in the end, the poll showed a runaway leader, with Dean Bowditch deservedly coming out on top.

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

1 Dean Bowditch 244 (21)
2 Owain Tudur Jones 102 (3)
3 Gavin Tomlin 56 (3)
4 Andy Welsh 56 (0)
5 Steven Caulker 26 (1)
6 Shaun MacDonald 24 (1)
7 Nathan Smith 8 (0)
8 Alex McCarthy 2 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 2 (0)
8 Sam Williams 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.10

Performance: 8.00
Entertainment: 8.21

VOTES RECEIVED: 29


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21 February 2010 : Interview With Sam Williams
Following Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Saturday's post-match interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Sam Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Defeat At Charlton.


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21 February 2010 : McCollin Nets Winner On Loan Debut
Yeovil Town striker Andre McCollin has made a good early impression on his debut for Southern League leaders Farnborough. He scored their 89th minute winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Leamington. McCollin had only come on as a 75th minute substitute and so wasted little time in making an impact on the game. McCollin's winner ensures that Farnborough have a nine point lead at the top of the Southern League Premier table, with two games in hand. Another scorer for the Cherrywood Road side was former Glover Kezie Ibe.

It can probably be safely assumed, in the absence of any official announcement, that goalkeeper Richard Martin has completed his loan spell with Grays Athletic. Martin was on the bench for Yeovil Town's home match against Colchester United last Tuesday. However his inclusion on the bench on Saturday, whilst Grays were due to play an away match against Kettering Town pretty much confirmed his time in Essex was over.

Grays have just signed 34 year old Glyn Garner, who was previously on the books of Shrewsbury Town and his signature presumably spelt the end of the Conference National side's need for a loan goalkeeper. As it happens, the match at Kettering was called off due to a frozen pitch, so Martin was better off warming the bench at The Valley.

For the record, Martin completed three matches for the Essex side, with Grays losing all three matches by 4-0, 4-1 and 3-0 scorelines. Grays are currently 23rd in the Conference National table, propped up only by Chester City, who are currently suspended from playing matches due to five breaches of Conference league rules.


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21 February 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of yesterday's post-match interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Game.


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20 February 2010 : Yeovil 3 Oxford 7 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side suffered a heavy 3-7 home defeat at the hands of Oxford United Under 18s this morning, despite having taken a two goal lead at Carey's Field, Sherborne. Early goals for Adam Cleary and Danny Williams had suggested a promising afternoon for the Glovers, but by the time Johnny Oliver scored Yeovil's third, they were on their way to a heavy defeat.

The match itself got off to a fairly horrendous start when just 98 seconds into the match, midfielder Tom Hopkins went down under an innocuous challenge, but fell badly, holding up play for several minutes whilst the club's medical staff decided how to deal with the situation. Eventually Hopkins was carried off the field with what was subsequently diagnosed as a muscular injury rather than anything more serious. Danny Williams got an unexpectedly long session as a substitute.

The big delay meant that the match almost got a second kick-off, and it was Yeovil who surprisingly came out with their tails flying. Barely a minute after the restart, a long throw by Sam Ford was headed home by Adam Cleary to put Yeovil a goal up.

With just 11 minutes on the clock, Yeovil doubled their lead, as a Joe Grimstead throw on the left found Adam Cleary with his back to goal. He held off his marker, controlled the ball, turned and delivered a ball through to Under 16s player Danny Williams who slotted the ball past Silver in the Oxford goal. At this point, Yeovil were playing good positive football, passes were finding their intended destination and the players were looking confident.

Oxford began to gradually work their way back into the game though, and they pulled a goal back when goalkeeper Silver produced a long kick up field and into the path of Woodley, who spotted Glovers keeper Ryan Peacock out of position on the edge of his box, and lobbed him for a clever bit of Route One football.

With 11 minutes of the first half remaining, Oxford got the ball in the back of the net albeit through what looked like a foul on Ryan Peacock. Thankfully the linesman chalked it off, raising his flag not for the foul but for an offside. That respite didn't last long - five minutes later a shot by Parrish saw Peacock beaten again with a shot he should have done better with. Then two minutes later Oxford's turnaround was complete as McDonagh beat Rhys Baggridge for pace, slotting home to give the visitors the halftime lead.

Three minutes after the break, Oxford continued their dominance of the game with Woodley - the best player on the park from either side - netted his second of the day past Peacock to push the scoreline to 4-2. The Glovers made a double substitution to try and shake the game up but it had little effect on the pattern on the game, with Oxford's physical play causing the young Glovers to wilt under the pressure and shirk challenges.

With 15 minutes remaining, the Glovers did look like they'd got a route back into the match, when an Adam Wakley free kick was taken from the left flank, and Johnny Oliver got the faintest of touches to flick a header past the keeper to bring matters back to 3-4.

But that goal only served to wake Oxford up. Two minutes later, the two goal advantage was restored as Parrish got his second of the match, heading home after a corner was flicked on in the box. Then five minutes later Rhys Baggridge again got out-paced by Woodley, who calmly slotted past Peacock for his hat-trick goal. Tyler Sheppard landed in the book for a foul committed in the build-up to the goal.

Oxford completed their rout four minutes from time when a shot from Harwood gave a 3-7 scoreline against Yeovil, and by that point everyone in the home side was only concerned with hearing the final whistle blow. After the game Yeovil Town Head of Youth Mo Hopkins said he felt that his side had buckled under pressure despite the bright start, and that the players needed to be able to deal with that kind of physical opposition if they were to make a career in the game beyond youth level:

"At 2-0 up we were looking good, but fell apart under pressure. I warned the boys that Oxford were good at what they do, and are quick, direct and strong. We failed to deal with them today. Not enough players rolled their sleeves up. The defenders need to learn that if they want to become professional footballers, there are times when they have to take the pain, sacrifice themselves and put their bodies on the line. Today, they didnít do that. Their Number 9 (Woodley) was outstanding today; we just couldnít cope with his pace and power. I was happy with Cory Lewisís contribution, and Johnny Oliver had a good 2nd half. Young Under-16 Danny Williams did well coming on in an unfamiliar position so early on. We missed Tomís (Hopkins) bite in midfield once he went off, and with Tom Gallagher still sidelined we had no one to be our midfield terrier. Luckily, Tom Hopkins' injury isnít as serious as it looked and Gally is hopefully back next week, which will give me more options in midfield."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 3 Oxford United Under 18s 7.

Scorers: Adam Cleary (3 mins, 1-0), Dan Williams (11 mins, 2-0), Woodley (15 mins, 2-1), Parrish (39 mins, 2-2), McDonagh (41 mins, 2-3), Woodley (48 mins, 2-4), Johnny Oliver (75 mins, 3-4), Parrish (77 mins, 3-5), Woodley (82 mins, 3-6), Harwood (86 mins, 3-7)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
Ryan Peacock
Rhys Baggridge, Sam Ford, Rob Clowes, Joe Grimstead
Tyler Sheppard, Johnny Oliver, Tom Hopkins Ciaran Levet
Adam Cleary, Cory Lewis

Subs: Adam Wakley (60 mins for Sam Ford), Lloyd Matthews (60 mins for Ciaran Levet), Danny Williams (2 mins for Tom Hopkins), Andy Baker.


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20 February 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you were at The Valley today, then don't forget to cast your votes for the Man of the Match. Choose your top three players from the 2-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic, plus entertainment and performance ratings, along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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20 February 2010 : Charlton 2 Yeovil 0 : Missed First Half Chances Cost Glovers
Yeovil Town went down by a two goal scoreline at The Valley today, as once again their failure to finish in front of goal cost them dearly. A goal in each half from Kyel Reid and David Mooney was enough to ensure that Charlton grabbed all three points. The Glovers created plenty of chances of their own, but far too many of them went straight down the throat of home keeper Rob Elliot, meaning that the Glovers have now failed to score in four of their last five matches. Thankfully, the damage done by the defeat is just a single place slip in the League One table, although a whole series of changes below the Glovers means that things continue to tighten up near the bottom.

The Glovers made just one change to their Tuesday night line-up with Craig Alcock unsurprisingly coming in for the injured Stefan Stam. Striker Sam Williams was selected in the starting line-up against his former club, whilst Keiran Murtagh was another former Addick visiting the Valley - however he could only make the bench.

Williams had the first big chance to open up the scoring for Yeovil - receiving the ball from Dean Bowditch and being put clean through on goal. His shot was a little bit too down the middle and home keeper Rob Elliot was able to rescue the Addicks by saving with his legs. At the other end, Nicky Bailey also squandered a great chance in a one-on-one with Alex McCarthy doing well to race off his line and narrow the angle before the midfielder could compose himself, smothering Bailey's attempt. With quarter of an hour gone, the game could easily have been 1-1.

Sam Williams was put through again by Shaun MacDonald only to find Rob Elliot in the way again. No question that Yeovil were capable of creating chances in what was an open end to end game, but clearly they couldn't continue to send such attempts straight down the middle of the goal - failing to convert chances they got during the first period was to ultimately prove costly.

Just before the half hour mark Charlton took the lead. Kyel Reid got far too much space to move forward down the middle of the park, but his fairly speculative attempt on goal appeared to catch Alex McCarthy out, with the shot squirming through the Yeovil keeper's hands and into the net for an opening goal that firstly questioned why no-one had closed down Reid's run, but also questioned whether McCarthy had been deceived by the shot in some way and misjudged the shot.

The Glovers nearly responded immediately when their first corner of the half saw Craig Alcock grab a free header as he ghosted in from deep from a corner but home keeper Rob Elliot was able to palm the ball away, with again the ball going far too close to the keeper. The same player tried his luck from 25 yards out as he drove past Nicky Bailey in an impressive forward run, and his strike left Rob Elliot scrambling to cover his goal post. At half time Yeovil could feel a little hard done-by, although their finishing needed to be better from the chances they had created.

Ten minutes into the second half, Charlton doubled their lead, after Yeovil went to sleep on a throw-in. Therry Racon received the ball, and pulled the ball back into the box, allowing David Mooney the chance to fire past Reading team-mate Alex McCarthy and to double Charlton's lead. On this occasion, nothing McCarthy could have done, but plenty his back four could have been doing to close down Racon and Mooney in the build-up.

The Glovers initially rallied well, suggesting that there is still plenty of fight left in the side, but Charlton began to get back on top in the game, dominating the midfield. The Glovers made a couple of substitutions with both wingers replaced as Andy Welsh and Arron Davies were withdrawn for Gavin Tomlin and Jean-Paul Kalala as Yeovil switched to the diamond formation in an attempt to shore things up in midfield.

Thereafter things fizzled out somewhat, with Charlton beginning to look comfortable, and Yeovil running out of ideas. Had they managed to convert some of their chances at 0-0 it could have been a different looking game, but that's often the way that football games are won and lost at this level - by the team that scores the first goal, and that is in danger of costing the Glovers vital points at present. That said, it shouldn't be forgotten where Charlton are aiming for, and the financial gulf between the two sides. With Leeds and Norwich dropping points today, Charlton will still feel that they can get where they want to get to at the first attempt. Next stop for the Glovers is now Tuesday at Walsall, where the stakes will continue to get higher.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Charlton Athletic 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Kyel Reid (29 mins, 1-0), David Mooney (54 mins, 2-0)

Charlton Athletic:
1. Rob Elliot
2. Frazer Richardson 5. Miguel Angel Llera 35. Christian Dailly 37. Johnnie Jackson
11. Lloyd Sam 4. Nicky Bailey 8. Therry Racon 24. Kyel Reid
10. Deon Burton 23. David Mooney

Substitutes:
25. Darren Randolph (GK) 6. Jose Vitor Semedo (90 mins for Therry Racon) 9. Leon McKenzie 16. Scott Wagstaff (76 mins for Lloyd Sam) 18. Sam Sodje 20. Chris Solly 33. Akpo Sodje

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
7. Arron Davies 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh (83 mins for Owain Tudur Jones) 10. Gavin Tomlin (61 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 21. JP Kalala (69 mins for Arron Davies) 23. Danny Hutchins

Charlton Bookings: Christian Dailly (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (82 mins, foul)

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Steve Creighton (Berkshire) and Harry Lennard (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Barry Holderness (Essex).

Attendance: 15,991 (including approx 500 Yeovil fans).


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20 February 2010 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Result
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost 3-7 at home to Oxford United Under 18s this morning, despite going 2-0 up. The Glovers had the lead though first half goals from Adam Cleary and Danny Williams but Oxford fought back and led 2-3 at the break. A second half Johnny Oliver header brought the score back to 3-4 to give Yeovil some hope, but Oxford ran riot during the second period and ended up bagging seven.

The game was marred by a first minute injury to midfielder Tom Hopkins who had to be carried off after a lengthy delay. Thankfully this is looking like a muscle injury rather than anything more serious.

A full match report will follow later today.


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20 February 2010 : Alcock Hopeful Of Recall To Side
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock says he hopes he will be back in the starting line-up today as he prepares to face Charlton Athletic at The Valley. The right-back was dropped from the side after the January home defeat against Huddersfield Town with boss Terry Skiverton hinting that he felt that Alcock was one of a number of players suffering from mental fatigue.

Since then, Alcock actually hasn't missed an appearance fee! Despite the need for a rest, Alcock has played in every match, each time coming on as a substitute for team captain Stefan Stam. With Stam ruled out of this afternoon's match, Alcock told BBC Somerset that he was hopeful of grabbing his place back in the side:

"I'd like to think so. I think that apart from the first 10 minutes when I was a bit shakey coming on after being a sub, I've done fine. I think that following on from Saturday against Gillingham in the second half I felt I did quite well, and then I felt I did quite well the other night (against Colchester) in putting in some crosses."

Against Colchester United the Glovers had to deal with a huge number of players over the six-foot mark in what was a big physical battle. Alcock said that whilst Charlton would provide a different style of opposition, that they still had a number of players with a physical presence:

"I think they've still got a few big lads because they've still got people like the Sodje brothers. They'll pose a different test, and they're on the back of a few dodgy results. But they're in front of their own home crowd and they'll want to put on a performance."


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20 February 2010 : Youth Team Line-Up vs Oxford United
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side are in action this morning against Oxford United's Under-18s. The Yeovil Town side lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
Ryan Peacock
Rhys Baggridge, Sam Ford, Rob Clowes, Joe Grimstead
Tyler Sheppard, Johnny Oliver, Tom Hopkins Ciaran Levet
Adam Cleary, Cory Lewis

Subs: Adam Wakley, Lloyd Matthews, Danny Williams, Andy Baker.


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19 February 2010 : Skivo Previews The Charlton Game
Yesterday, as part of the build-up to the weekend match against Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the interview transcript can be found via the link below.

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


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19 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : One Year On
Twelve months in the hot seat, and manager Terry Skiverton is on the receiving end of a full year report in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. Find out Skivo's year mark, and offer up your own assessment of his achievements by reading the article linked below and then offering your own views:

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : One Year On.


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19 February 2010 : Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the trip to promotion-chasing Charlton Athletic tomorrow in a League One encounter. The Addicks lie in 4th place in the table, whilst the Glovers are in 14th, 22 points behind. As with Tuesday night's match against Colchester United, both sides have very different ambitions for the season.

Charlton are currently suffering a bit of a mini-crisis with their League form, having spent virtually the entire season in the top two places. They have only lost four times in the league this season, although two of those have been in the past five matches. Perhaps they are suffering a touch of Stage Fright in that both the home game against Leyton Orient and Monday night's defeat against Bristol Rovers have happened in front of the Sky Sports cameras. In between there have been three draws, meaning that their last success in League One came on January 19th in a home match against Hartlepool United.

Charlton will have to make at least one change to their Monday night starting line-up against Bristol Rovers, with Grant Basey the victim of a horror tackle 12 seconds into that match, suffering ankle ligament damage and being stretchered off. His position will be taken by loan signing Johnnie Jackson, who has been brought in from Notts County on a one month deal this week. Fairly surprisingly, striker David Mooney has declared himself fit despite being another Monday night injury victim, coming off with an egg-sized bruise on his head, and probably only the home side's medical staff will offer a second opinion on that assessment.

Yeovil Town had their own player stretchered off in midweek, with defender Stefan Stam coming off with a leg injury, and he will be unavailable for Saturday's match. Gavin Tomlin has recovered from illness and an ankle injury, but the club will wait on the fitness of Jean-Paul Kalala who has travelled with the squad up to London, but had not trained following his own illness. Otherwise Ryan Mason's knee injury makes him favourite to be the "sixth loan" on Saturday, which would allow Arron Davies to continue his own attempts to regain match fitness as part of his second spell with the Glovers.

The last match between the two sides saw a 1-1 draw at Huish Park back in November, as a wind and rainswept Huish Park saw a Jonathan Obika opening goal cancelled out by an Akpo Sodje wonderstrike, despite Charlton playing much of the game with 10 men due to Sam Sodje's dismissal. The strength of the wind made it a game of two halves, and both clubs will be hoping for far calmer conditions tomorrow.

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3.00p.m. at The Valley and tickets are available on the day of the game. For full details of ticketing along with travel and pub guides, follow the Ciderspace guide to Charlton Athletic below. If you're not going, then BBC Somerset will have full live commentary on 95.5FM in the Somerset area.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.


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19 February 2010 : McCollin Loan Length Confirmed
On February 13th, Southern League Premier side Farnborough indicated that they were taking Yeovil Town striker Andre McCollin on loan from Yeovil Town.

The only unknown factor was the length of the loan deal for the 23 year old. This has now been confirmed with Andre due to stay at Cherrywood Road until April 24th.


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19 February 2010 : Venue Switch For Youth Fixture
Yeovil Town's Youth Alliance home fixture against Oxford United Under 18s has had a change of venue. The game was due to be played at Ilchester FC, but due to a waterlogged pitch has been switched to Sherborne's Carey's Field.

Kick-off for tomorrow's match remains at 11.00a.m.


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19 February 2010 : Team News For The Charlton Game
Yeovil Town will have to travel to Charlton Athletic for tomorrow's match without team captain Stefan Stam. The central defender was stretchered off during Tuesday night's home defeat against Colchester United and has been ruled out of Saturday's game at The Valley.

For Tuesday night's match, the Glovers had lost striker Gavin Tomlin and Jean-Paul Kalala to illness. Tomlin had also been out with an ankle injury, but he has returned to training, having recovered from both ankle and illness problems and so will travel to London with the squad.

Kalala has yet to return to training following his illness, but is considered borderline enough to travel with the squad. He will undergo a fitness test once the team set up base in London.

There is no mention of Spurs loanee Ryan Mason. He missed Tuesday night's match due to a knee injury sustained in the 0-0 draw against Gillingham, thus making manager Terry Skiverton's decision on which of his six loanees to drop an easy one. With the games coming thick'n'fast, Mason could easily be the one that misses out again.

In terms of training, Skiverton has revealed that his side have been hampered by the bad weather this week, and once again have been unable to use grass facilities. Local school Bucklers Mead and their new artificial pitch have once again come to the rescue:

"We went on the 3G at Bucklers Mead so it was out doors, and we got some really quality work in. We have to cope with it and we have to get on with it and we can't keep moaning and making excuses. You've got to play out there because at the end of the day there are two teams."

Skiverton added that he was looking forward to taking on Charlton on their own patch, and said that he hoped that the Glovers would be under-estimated by their opponents and that this would act as an advantage for them on the day:

"For us we'll keep going because we've got a great away game coming up against Charlton away, and it will be a game where fingers crossed we will get under-estimated again. So we can compete against them and we can carry on with the performance, the effort and the determination and hopefully we can get three points."


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18 February 2010 : Skiverton Gives The Highs And Lows Of 12 Months In Management
Today marks the precise one year anniversary of manager Terry Skiverton's appointment as Yeovil Town manager. Twelve months ago supporters were still reeling from former manager Russell Slade's controversial departure, and Steve Thompson's single game in caretaker charge yielded a 3-0 defeat against Bristol Rovers with him leaving the club after the game. Thus on February 18th 2009, Skiverton and Nathan Jones became the new management team.

Across the 12 months in charge, they have looked after 47 league matches - a single game over a full league season. There have been 11 wins, 17 draws and 19 defeats - a win ratio of 23.4%. A total of 52 goals have been scored by the Glovers at just over a goal a game, whilst 68 goals have been conceded. A total of 50 points have been gained during this time.

Skiverton cites his personal high across the 12 months as being the April 2009 trip to Prenton Park that saw the Glovers grab a 1-1 draw against Tranmere Rovers. The result kept the Glovers in League One, and Skiverton said he was proud of that moment, although he has told his team that he doesn't want such a late finish to the season this time round:

"I think the high would have been the Tranmere game (last April) which clawed us to safety. I keep reminding that of the players now. What would you rather do? Would you rather get to safety as quickly as possible or would you rather trickle over the line. We trickled over the line last year but one thing that we don't want to do is to get ourselves into that same situation and that same position, so we're trying to use that as motivation for us. For us there's still a lot of work to do but it's work that the lads are willing to do and work that us as coaching staff are willing to put in as well."

Skiverton said his lows in management were seeing his players get injured, giving as an example Stefan Stam's injury on Tuesday night against Colchester United that saw him carried off the pitch:

"I don't think anything can beat when you win as a manager, or when you bring people in that you're excited about, and then you get the highs of that somebody coming in and performing well. The lows are especially with people like Stefan Stam when he went down the other night and people get stretchered off. That's the real lows, when your players get hurt and injured. I hate to see that, even with opposing players as well."


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18 February 2010 : Arron Rues Colchester Sucker-Punch
Yeovil Town winger Arron Davies feels that his side got hit by a sucker-punch on Tuesday night, as the Glovers lost 1-0 at home to Colchester United. A Kayode Odejayi strike seven minutes from the break was enough to divide the two sides and give the Essex side all three points.

Arron felt that the match presented a contrast of two styles, with the visitors presenting a side full of big muscular six-footers. However, he said that this was typical of what he had experienced with previous matches against Colchester:

"You know what you get with Colchester. It's as it says on the tin, I guess. They're good at what they do and you can't fault them. We're trying to go about it a different way, and we're trying to play football. We did that, but we just got hit with a sucker punch. With a bit more quality in the final third with everyone, we could have nicked something tonight."

Arron was making his 'second debut' for the club on the night, after a long protracted attempt to bring him to the club finally went through late last week. Whilst his return to the club created a degree of hype, Arron said that it was important that he relaxed on his return:

"That's what the gaffer said. He just said go out and enjoy your football. He said there's no pressure on you coming back. He just said go out and do your best and said that to go out there and play with a smile on my face. He believes I'm a good player, and I do as well."

Tuesday night's match was Arron's first piece of competitive action since a loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion back in October 2009 and the Welshman admitted that he needed to build up on that and get back into playing regular football again:

"It's just about playing games back-to-back now as that's the first 90 minutes I've played for a while. I love playing football and I feel that in the last couple of years I've been a bit boxed off. It's been a tough mental challenge, but I'm looking to kick on in the next phase of my career. I'll be in the ice-baths and recovering tomorrow (Wednesday) and try and take the next couple of days easy, with a bit of massage and a bit of TLC and then hopefully be in the team for Saturday."

Since Arron last left Huish Park in the summer of 2007, his club captain Terry Skiverton has now become his first team manager. Two and a half years on, Arron admitted that it was a strange experience to have to adjust to:

"It is a little bit strange. Obviously I know the gaffer as he was my captain, and when I first came to the club he took me under his wing, and I ended up buying up his house at the time. He was a great captain and a great leader and I thought he was an obvious successor to become manager one day. I think he's doing a good job and he's trying to play good football and that's good for me."


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17 February 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game.


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17 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Colchester Utd 1
Another wet midweeker last night, and another fruitless Tuesday night. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry covers Taff's thoughts on the 0-1 defeat against Colchester United. He was seconds away from missing the game and probably wishes he'd not made it through to Huish Park in the end. Individual player ratings as well as team rankings can be found via the link below. As usual opinions welcomed via the comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Colchester Utd 1.


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17 February 2010 : Walsall Ticketing
Away supporters are situated in the all-seated Dains Stand (renamed yet again after yet another sponsor, though if asking for directions you'll find locals are more likely to call it the William Sharpe Stand), billed as holding 1,914.

As with YTFC, tickets are cheaper if bought in advance. We assume tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, although with less than a week to go we've still seen no announcement on any ticketing arrangements or prices on the Official Site*; thereafter it will be on the day at the Banks's Stadium. So, gleaned from the Walsall Official Site general ticketing information from the start of the season, it looks like:

Pre-bought prices: adult £18.00 (up 40p from last season); senior citizen (aged 60 and over) and junior (under 18) £12.00 (up 30p).

Matchday prices from Banks's Stadium: adult £20.00 (up 40p from last season); senior citizen (aged 60 and over) and junior (under 18) £14.00 (up £2.30).

According to the Walsall end (5th August 2009) matchday tickets are to be bought through "cash on turnstiles only for visiting supporters unless notified otherwise." And since neither club seems to have deemed it necessary to inform visiting supporters of anything, otherwise or not, we can but presume that remains correct.

In the past entry has been through turnstiles 21-28.

Concerning disabled supporters: there are 25 dedicated parking places at the ground for Blue Badge holders. Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled are accommodated at ground level pitchside in the Banks's Brewery Stand, helpers sat behind. There are 4 adapted toilets in the stadium. A catering outlet is present at the corner of the Banks's Bewery Stand, stewards will assist on request. The club's policy is for disabled supporters to pay the normal ticket price relevant to their age, with a carer admitted free. Disabled supporters should contact the Walsall Ticket Office on 01922 651416.

Walsall v Yeovil Town: Tuesday 23rd February, 7.45 p.m.

Update (5.00 p.m.): We have been informed by the club that Walsall has not provided any tickets to be sold through the Huish Park Ticket Office. To avoid the £2.00 extra on purchasing on matchday purchasers need to contact the Walsall Ticket Office on 01922 651414.

Not from the club, but our opinion: this smells of a calculated policy by Walsall to squeeze an extra £2.00 a head out of visiting supporters.
1) Where there is an advanced purchase/matchday purchase differential it is standard practice for clubs to organise the availability of tickets for away fans through the visiting club so they can pre-purchase without difficulty.
2) We have looked again, and can find no warning in their ticketing information of this requirement for away fans to buy through the Walsall Ticket Office to avoid paying £2.00 more.
3) According to our information from Yeovil Town, Walsall have not sent down the information on their ticketing they would expect as a matter of course from clubs we are due to play. A cynic might suspect that, with mere days to go, this is to increase the chances of unsuspecting fans turning up ticketless on the night and getting stung the full matchday price.

* There is now.


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17 February 2010 : Ticketing For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's first ever trip to Carrow Road are now available. The game against League One leaders Norwich City takes place on Saturday 6th March with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; U21/Over-60: £13.00; U16s: £12.00; U12s: £9.00.

Advance Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 5.00pm on Wednesday 3rd March.


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17 February 2010 : Skiverton Proud Of Players' Commitment
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has refused to criticise his players, despite them losing 0-1 at home against Colcester United last night. The Glovers boss has said that he was proud of his players for the way that they kept going despite suffering the set-back of a Kayode Odejayi goal that ultimately proved to be the winning goal:

"The levels of commitment that the players showed, I've got no complaints with. To come off a goal down against Colchester and to try and put that level of commitment in, and to try and pass the ball the right way on a difficult surface, I'm proud of them today and I'm proud of the players and the amount of effort they are putting in."

Skiverton added that he felt his side stuck to their footballing principles, rather than trying to play the ball long on a pitch that was cutting up badly. He felt that on the night, his side had matched Colchester very well:

"I think we matched them very well tonight. As you can see now, the pitch is like a ploughed field at the end of it. But we kept playing it wide, we kept saying what we said we would do. We played it through midfield and tried to create loads of chances and for us it was an unfortunate night. But if we keep playing like that and keep putting in that level of commitment in and putting your body on the line then I do see us being all right."


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17 February 2010 : Mammoth Carlisle Midweek Trip Gets Date Set
For those who like spending late nights on the Motorway, Yeovil Town's trip to Carlisle United has been rearranged. The game will now be played on Tuesday 16th March 2010 at Brunton Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The match had been originally scheduled for the weekend of March 27th, but Carlisle United's progress to the Football League Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium that weekend meant that the game had to be called off.


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17 February 2010 : MOTM Voting For Yeovil Town Versus Colchester United
Three home matches in a row without Yeovil Town troubling the electronic scoreboard - you may have opinions. Choose your top three players from the 0-1 defeat by Colchester United along with your performance and entertainment rating, plus any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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16 February 2010 : Guide To Charlton
Games are coming thick and fast this month. Next up we travel to The Valley. Although the Glovers have played at The Valley twice in recent years both previous encounters were cup ties; this will be our first visit for a league match, on Saturday 16th February. Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

The guide contains the usual information on the opposition, ticketing, directions, pubs and the general day out. Those making the journey may wish to take note of a fair amount of information on travel on the day. It's not great news, with road, rail and tube issues all likely to increase the time required.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Charlton Athletic


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16 February 2010 : Yeovil 0 Colchester 1 : Odejayi Strike Condemns Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to the second home defeat in three games, and their third without scoring a goal after a Kayode Odejayi strike just before half time proved to be the difference between the two sides. The Glovers continue to stay in 14th position in the League One able, but are now looking far less strong on their home patch, with the opposition able to snuff them out and neuter the game.

Arron Davies made his return to the club at last as a right-wing. Ryan Mason had picked up a knee injury on Saturday meaning that he was able to simplify any questions on which loans should be selected, whilst Gavin Tomlin and Jean-Paul Kalala were ruled out through illness meaning that only one change was made to Saturday's line-up.

With the pitch having taken a large amount of pre-match rain, it was to be a greasy surface for playing football on, and both sides struggled to get absolute control of the game. Former Nottingham Forest midfielder David Prutton fired a volley towards goal that McCarthy did well to save, and then Kayodi Odejayi clipped the crossbar as an Anthony Wordsworth cross saw the visitors go close.

In terms of Glovers attacks, Owain Tudur Jones put through Andy Welsh down the left win, but his volley was inches wide. Half an hour into the match the Glovers suffered a blow when Stefan Stam had to be stretchered off with a leg injury after a lengthy delay on the pitch.

Then with seven minutes left before the break, matters got decidedly worse when Anthony Wordsworth and Clive Platt combined to allow Kayode Odejayi to net the opener who side-footed his shot into the bottom corner.

During the early part of the second period, the visitors defended well, although at the other end Nathan Smith is showing signs of being back to some of his best Glovers form - blocking a run by Prutton by a brilliant tackle. Midway through the second half, a great cross by Andy Welsh, pushed the ball into the path of Owain Tudur Jones, whose shot went just wide. Then at the other end, Colchester substitute Steven Gillespie forced Alex McCarthy into an excellent save with his legs.

Five minutes from the end, Owain Tudur Jones tried to repeat his free kick scored at Wycombe, sending a free kick around the defensive wall. He stuck the side netting leaving some inside the stadium thinking the equaliser had come as the net rippled on the blind side. The Glovers went for a 4-3-3 formation with Owain Tudur Jones employed as a second central forward in a three-pronged front line-up. But Colchester were able to hold out and collect yet another three points over the Glovers.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.

Scorers: Kayode Odejayi (0-1, 38 mins)

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 28. Nathan Smith
7. Arron Davies 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (23 mins for Stefan Stam) 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins

Colchester:
1. Ben Williams 25. John White 4. Magnus Okuonghae 28. Matt Heath 23. Marc Tierney 26. David Prutton 10. Kemal Izzet 8. John-Joe O'Toole 22. Anthony Wordsworth 15. Kayode Odejayi 9. Clive Platt

Substitutes:
12. Mark Cousins (GK) 14. David Fox 16. Ian Henderson 18. Steven Gillespie (55 mins for Kayode Odejayi) 21. Danny Batth 31. Philip Ifil 39. Medy Elito

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Colchester Bookings: David Prutton (foul, 35 mins)

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Andy Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,469 (including 104 Colchester supporters)


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16 February 2010 : Skivo Previews The Colchester Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's match at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has spoken to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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16 February 2010 : Caulker And Mason Called Up Again
Stephen Caulker and Ryan Mason will be off to the Netherlands at the start of next month, having been called up to the England U19 squad. The UEFA European U19 Championship Elite Round qualifiers begin in May, and Head Coach Noel Blake has named an 18-man squad to start tuning up wih a friendly to be played in Waalwijk on Tuesday 2nd March.

The Southend Echo reports that the players are due to be released by clubs on Saturday 27th February to join up with the squad for training camp, so it remains to be seen whether Caulker and Mason are available to play against Milton Keynes Dons that day. In previous instances the England youth set up has been flexible and accommodating about such matters, doing its best to ensure players have missed as few club commitments as possible, so Yeovil Town will be hoping that Caulker and Mason don't have to depart until the Saturday evening or the Sunday morning. They will definitely not be available for the Somerset Premier Cup quarter-final against Bishop Sutton, which is also on 2nd March - but we can live with that.

Squad in full:

Nathan Baker, Lincoln City (on loan from Aston Villa)
John Bostock, Tottenham Hotspur
Matthew Briggs, Fulham
Reece Brown, Manchester United
Stephen Caulker, Yeovil Town (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Nathaniel Clyne, Crystal Palace
Roarie Deacon, Arsenal
Matthew James, Preston North End (on loan from Manchester United)
Scott Malone, Southend United (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Ryan Mason, Yeovil Town (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Jacob Mellis, Chelsea
Ryan Noble, Sunderland
Frank Nouble, West Bromwich Albion (on loan from West Ham United)
Liam O'Brien, Portsmouth
Dean Parrett, Tottenham Hotspur
Nile Ranger, Newcastle United
Declan Rudd, Norwich City
Sanchez Watt, Southend United (on loan from Arsenal)


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16 February 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Colchester United tonight at Huish Park in their second League One home match in three days. Colchester are currently fourth in the League One table, and with a chance of lifting themselves into third after Charlton Athletic's defeat at Bristol Rovers last night.

The Glovers go into the match welcoming back Jean-Paul Kalala following his two match suspension. Central defender Stefan Stam was also back in training yesterday after having been withdrawn with a head injury during Saturday's match, but he has had no subsequent ill effects and so should be fit to play. However, Gavin Tomlin's ankle injury that kept him out of Saturday's match is likely to rule him out for tonight. As ever, Skiverton's other main decision will need to be which player he omits from the matchday squad from his list of six loan players.

For Colchester, they were missing striker Kevin Lisbie (thigh) and full-back Christian Ribeiro (groin) from their side that drew 2-2 with Stockport County and so will need to give both fitness assessments to see how close to a recall they are. Winger Ashley Vincent is also close to a recall after a five-month ankle injury, but with only one Reserve game under his belt, he is unlikely to be doing much more than bench warming.

In terms of current form, Colchester have won seven out of their last eleven matches and with their only defeats during that time at the hands of Norwich City and Leeds United. Away from home they are a little less successful in that they have only won four away matches all season, but given that they've only lost four on the road as well, this is not a bad record. A few too many away draws probably explain why Colchester are currently play-off contenders and not challenging for the top two spots.

Past meetings between the two sides do not present too much optimism for the Glovers, with Colchester unbeaten since the Glovers entered the Football League. Four defeats, one draw and one penalty shoot-out defeat give the Essex side a bit of a hoodoo sign over the Glovers. The last meeting back in August saw a Ryan Mason free kick at the Community Stadium act as mere consolation for David Fox and Ashley Vincent's openers.

The game kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the match-day rate. For those not attending, BBC Somerset will have live commentary tonight on 95.5FM with coverage starting just after the 7.00p.m. news.


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15 February 2010 : Interview With Andy Welsh
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw at Huish Park against Gillingham, Yeovil Town left winger Andy Welsh spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript of Andy's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Interview With Andy Welsh.


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14 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Gillingham 0
Lucky old Taff watched Saturday's 0-0 home draw against Gillingham and so is back with a Taff's Gloversblog entry that describes how the team did as a whole, as well as individual player analysis.

That article is available via the link below, and of course all alternative views are welcome via the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Gillingham 0.


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14 February 2010 : A303 Closures And Diversions From Tomorrow Morning
Highways Agency Recommended DiversionsYeovil Town supporters travelling to home games from the east side of the town, or heading to away fixtures that make use of the A303 should be aware of major roadworks over the next five weeks. This will also affect away supporters, most notably Tuesday night's visitors Colchester United, and those visiting Huish Park from Milton Keynes Dons at the end of this month. Next weekend's trip to Charlton Athletic will also affect Glovers fans travelling to The Valley.

In a nutshell, the A303 Trunk Road closes to all traffic both ways, at 00:01hrs on Monday 15th February 2010 (i.e. overnight tonight). The closure is scheduled to last five weeks. It will be closed to all traffic between Willoughby Hedge and the Mere Dual Carriageway for the duration, although with diversions planned for both Westbound and Eastbound through traffic, the net effect of the closure will be to disrupt A303 traffic between the Podimore Roundabout and the Deptford Interchange on the Wylye Bypass.

The Highways Agency indicate that the following official diversionary routes will be in place:
* All Eastbound A303 traffic is to use the A37/A361/A36 with the exception of high loads.
* All Eastbound A303 High load traffic (e.g. coaches) is to use A359/A371/A361/A36.
* All westbound traffic is to use A350/B3081 through Gillingham.

If you live in one of the villages or towns around the area of diversion, you may wish to choose your own personal route into Yeovil, although bear in mind that from Willoughby Hedge to west of Mere you won't get any access onto the A303. The Highways Agency map to the right hopefully gives a better idea as to what options are available. As always, allow plenty of additional time, as Shepton Mallet, Frome, Shaftesbury and Gillingham are likely to clog up badly as a result. The Eastbound route is a significant one that is claimed to add on an additional 12.5 miles, although this will be against far more minor congested roads.

For those who baulk at the size of the Eastbound diversion, another unofficial alternative is to take the A30 out of Yeovil towards Sherborne up as far as Shaftesbury and to then join the A350 which then links up with the A303. We suspect the Highways Agency do not suggest this as an option due to it possibly causing problems where it meets the Westbound diversion route. However, for those wanting to get from Yeovil onto the Eastbound A303 it may be a worthwhile alternative.

If all goes to plan, the A303 is scheduled to re-open on Monday 22nd March, but of course this is subject to weather and project related issues.


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14 February 2010 : Ladies Out Of Cup But With Heads Held High
Yeovil Town Ladies lost out this afternoon in their FA Women's Cup Fifth Round tie against Nottingham Forest Ladies. The Women's Premier League side had to wait until midway through the second half before breaking the deadlock, and whilst that might have threatened to open the floodgates, Yeovil stayed in the match throughout. In the end, Forest had to settle for a 1-0 victory, and Yeovil will have to reflect upon what has been a fairly incredible and lengthy cup run. The Ladies Official website will doubtless have a full match report on the game up sometime later today or tomorrow.


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14 February 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw at Huish Park against Gillingham, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Home Game.


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13 February 2010 : Youth Team Fixture Changes
Yeovil Town's Under 18s have had a couple of fixture changes made, both relating to their outstanding games against Oxford United.

Firstly their home fixture against Oxford United has been brought forward by a month and will now be played on Saturday 20th February, at Ilchester F.C., kick-off 11.00a.m. This match was originally scheduled for March 20th.

As a result the March 20th weekend will now allow the away match against Oxford to be fulfilled. The original fixture had been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on November 14th last year.

Thus the revised fixture list reads as follows:

20/02/2010 : Oxford United (Home), Ilchester 11.00a.m.
20/03/2010 : Oxford United (Away).

We'll let you know the venue for the Oxford away match and kick-off time nearer the date of the game, but will almost certainly be Oxford University's Iffley Road pitch.


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13 February 2010 : Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 1 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s went down 3-1 against AFC Bournemouth this morning after seeing a first half lead slip away. A Rob Clowes goal midway through the first period had set them on their way to what was looking to be a useful win at Chapel Gate. However, some rough-house tactics by the home side saw the Glovers gain little protection from the match officials, and instead it Yeovil who had to finish the game with 10 men after Tom Hopkins was dismissed 15 minutes from time.

The first half saw the Glovers start brightly, looking comfortable on the ball and playing some good one and two touch football. The opening goal came 23 minutes into the half, when Corey Lewis went on a wonderful run down the right wing, cutting into the box, and then laying on a pinpoint pass to Rob Clowes who finished clinically to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

As the Glovers continued to dominate, Bournemouth seemed to be in disarray, with players arguing with each other, and largely playing like a team that looked like they had only met each other that morning. That said, a few of their tackles were fairly x-rated, with far too many involving leaving the foot in just after the ball had gone. Weak refereeing never really clamped down on this practice. A two-footed challenge by Brad Magookin on a Yeovil player finally earned Bournemouth a booking, although it probably should have been more.

Just before the break, the Glovers suffered a set-back when Bournemouth bagged an equalising goal at a crucial time. A free kick just outside the Glovers penalty area was flighted in, and Cherries No.9 Jayden Stockley was on hand to put the ball past Ryan Peacock to level the scores.

Whether it was the goal or the half-time team-talk, Bournemouth came out of the blocks with far more intent at the start of the second period, and they gained the lead five minutes into the half when a Tom Hill shot found the net.

A double substitution saw Lloyd Matthews and Adam Cleary introduced, but just before the hour mark, Bournemouth increased their lead further when Glovers keeper Ryan Peacock was unable to hang onto a Tim Stevenson free kick. At 3-1, a comeback was going to be difficult.

Rob Clowes was on the receiving end of a kick to the lower back, on the hour, and had to be withdrawn from the game. The game was getting increasingly fractious, with midfielder Tom Hopkins having his face forced into the ground by an opponent after he was fouled. Hopkins could therefore feel somewhat aggrieved when two minutes later, his own foul on a Bournemouth player saw him receive a straight red. A Bournemouth player's piece of retribution on the player as Hopkins sat on the floor received only a yellow. Given Hopkins' tackle was comparable with Bournemouth's first half foul by Magookin, and given all of what went on both before and after the actual red card incident, then those watching will have been left wondering why greater consistency was not provided by the officials.

Thankfully following that set of incidents, the game calmed down somewhat. Despite Hopkins' red card, his contribution to the game was strong, and he continues to mature, which given that he is still eligible for Under 16s football is promising. Another Under 16s player who showed great promise was Lloyd Matthews when he came on as a second half substitute. Being critical, the team need to compete for the second balls better than they did today, but they will feel that they were let down by officials that should have clamped down on some of the gamesmanship and foul play rather than eventually allow the game to boil over as matters escalated.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth Under-18s 3 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Rob Clowes (23 mins, 0-1), Jayden Stockley (43 mins, 1-1), Tom Hill (50 mins, 2-1), Tim Stevenson (56 mins, 3-1).

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Ryan Peacock 2. Adam Wakley 3. Joseph Grimstead 4. Rhys Baggridge 5. Sam Ford 6. Johnny Oliver 7. Tyler Sheppard 8. Thomas Hopkins 9. Cory Lewis 10. Robert Clowes 11. Ciaran Levet

Substitutes: 12. Lloyd Matthews (56 mins for Ciaran Levet) 13. Adam Cleary (56 mins for Cory Lewis) 14. Aidan Chainey (60 mins for Rob Clowes) 15. Andy Baker


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

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


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13 February 2010 : Yeovil 0 Gillingham 0 : Stuttering Glovers Cancelled Out By Gills
Yeovil Town stuttered their way to a poor-quality 0-0 home draw this afternoon at Huish Park, as a battling Gillingham side neutered any attempts that Yeovil might have had to steal three points. A paint-drying first half display by both sides thankfully showed a second half improvement, but even then Yeovil's best chance was a misdirected left-wing cross by Nathan Smith that had to be tipped onto the crossbar by visiting keeper Alan Julian. At the other end, Curtis Weston hit the woodwork a minute later.

The first half was one of almost zero concrete chances, with defences looking well on top at both ends. Whilst Yeovil repeated last weekend's 4-4-2 formation, the Gills flooded the midfield, generally leaving just one player up front in a 4-5-1 formation, although their tactics were still flexible enough to allow one of the players to push up and support when required. Yeovil made just one change, with Gavin Tomlin pulling out of the match after he failed a fitness test meaning that Ryan Mason slotted in on the right wing. Arron Davies became the 'sixth loan' sat in the stand meaning that he continues his long running break away from competitive football.

Midfielder Dennis Oli provided Gillingham's only first half on target effort as Alex McCarthy was forced into a save, whilst shots going wide from Dean Bowditch and Shaun McDonald at the other end were as good as it got for Yeovil. Crosses into the box from full-backs Nathan Jones and Terrell Forbes were crying out for someone to get a sliding boot on them, as Gillingham's defence occasionally looked stretched but unlike last week at Adams Park there weren't the bodies to finish off the half chances.

The best two chances of the game came within 60 seconds of each other, early in the second period. Left-back Nathan Smith's cross into the box was probably never meant to turn into an on target shot, but the end result was that visiting keeper Alan Julian had to scramble back and deflect the ball onto his own crossbar. Heading down the other end, the Gills managed to get Curtis Weston in behind the Yeovil back four, and as he rounded Alex McCarthy, it looked like an open goal was at his mercy. Fortunately McCarthy had narrowed the angle enough to ensure that Weston's attempt came back off the post, and McCarthy was grateful as the ball landed off the woodwork and into his arms.

Yeovil had appeals for a second half penalty turned down when a scramble inside the box saw visiting keeper Alan Julian stuck in no-man's land, and as Williams sought to get control on the ball, suggestions that defenders arms on him were ignored by match referee Phil Crossley as Yeovil's target man fell in the box. Minutes later a Ryan Mason shot was deflected wide of the target as Yeovil finally threatened to liven up.

Long range drives from Mason were largely Yeovil's main outlet, and another attempt from Mason that was heading to the top corner forced visiting keeper Alan Julian into an extravagent save. However Mason was withdrawn with 10 minutes remaining, and Yeovil's attacks got increasy edgy and nervous, as you just willed for the ball to land at the feet of the right person inside the box.

The home draw was no great disaster, given that it maintained Yeovil's five point gap on the Gills, who remain in fourth from bottom in the table, and clearly keeping that distance will be paramount between now and May. However, given the opposition's away record, this still had the air of an opportunity lost, and will stack up the pressure on what is a run of difficult games for the Glovers over the coming weeks. Both performances and the number of chances created will need to be improved upon if the likes of Charlton Athletic, Walsall, MK Dons and Norwich City are to bring fruitful returns.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Gillingham 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 28. Nathan Smith
13. Ryan Mason 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (46 mins for Stefan Stam) 8. Keiran Murtagh (80 mins for Ryan Mason) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins


Gillingham:
23. Alan Julian 2. Barry Fuller 31. Darren Dennehy 6. Garry Richards 3. John Nutter 21. Dennis Oli 14. Adam Miller 7. Kevin Maher 18. Danny Jackman 26. Curtis Weston 34. James Walker

Substitutes:
1. Simon Royce (GK) 8. Mark Bentley 9. Chris Palmer 10. Simeon Jackson (78 mins for James Walker) 16. Josh Gowling 11. Andy Barcham (87 mins for Adam Miller) 27. Luke Rooney

Yeovil Bookings: Craig Alcock (foul, 54 mins)
Gillingham Bookings: Adam Miller (foul, 84 mins)

Referee: Phil Crossley (Kent). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Mark Russell (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 3,853 (including 252 Gillingham fans)


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13 February 2010 : January 2010 Player Of The Month
The Month of January 2010 will probably be remembered more for the weather than for the quality of the football. By the time we did finally see a game played on January 19th, we were served up with three defeats and one win across the month.

Individual Man of the Match winners included Shaun MacDonald (Huddersfield Town), Andy Welsh (Tranmere Rovers), Jean-Paul Kalala (Exeter City) and Ryan Mason (Leyton Orient).

On this occasion the Player of the Month for January 2010 does not come out of that quartet. Having managed 2nd (Leyton Orient), 3rd (Exeter City) and 2nd (Huddersfield Town), central defender Stefan Stam had been quietly clocking up the votes throughout the month, and in the end he came out on top in the monthly vote.

Fully top ten, with the percentage of the vote cast, are as follows:

1 Stefan Stam 16.9
2 Shaun MacDonald 15.4
3 Sam Williams 11.9
4 Ryan Mason 10.4
5 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 9.1
6 Andy Welsh 9.0
7 Nathan Jones 8.2
8 Steven Caulker 5.9
9 Gavin Tomlin 3.7
10 Craig Alcock 3.6


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13 February 2010 : Huddersfield Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match was against Huddersfield Town, and saw the Glovers lose out by a single goal in a poor quality performance. After the game, manager Terry Skiverton picked out midfield pair Owain Tudur Jones and Shaun MacDonald as his best players on the day whilst the Match Sponsors chose MacDonald.

In the Man of the Match voting, they were sandwiched by defender Stefan Stam who put in a strong performance at the back, but the eventual winner was Shaun MacDonald by a comfortable margin. Results with outright MOTM shown in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 292 (21)
2 Stefan Stam 132 (9)
3 Owain Tudur Jones 78 (2)
4 Sam Williams 76 (4)
5 Craig Alcock 34 (2)
6 Gavin Tomlin 30 (2)
7 Steven Caulker 30 (1)
7 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 30 (1)
9 Andy Welsh 8 (0)
10 Ryan Mason 6 (0)
11 Alex McCarthy 4 (0)
12 Nathan Jones 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.71

Performance: 3.62
Entertainment: 3.81

VOTES RECEIVED: 42


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13 February 2010 : Youth Team vs AFC Bournemouth Result
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost their match this morning against AFC Bournemouth. Going down by a 3-1 scoreline at Chapel Gate, the only goal for the Glovers was netted by Rob Clowes.

More detail on the game will follow later today.


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13 February 2010 : Tranmere Man Of The Match Result
The January 26th away trip to Tranmere Rovers saw a poor team performance and ultimately a 2-1 defeat. What with this being a fixture that seemed to get moved a number of times due to weather-related issues, and the game ultimately being rearranged at short notice for a Tuesday night, we were unlikely to get many Yeovil Town fans present at the game, let alone those casting Man of the Match votes.

Thus the final vote was a fairly personal one - with Andy Welsh coming out the winner on the night. Full results are as shown below:

1 Andy Welsh 12 (1)
2 Nathan Jones 10 (1)
3 Stefan Stam 6 (0)
3 Sam Williams 6 (0)
5 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.33

Performance: 3.33
Entertainment: 3.33

VOTES RECEIVED: 2


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13 February 2010 : McCollin Out On Loan
Andre McCollin, a seemingly forgotten figure at Huish Park since the return from his loan spell at Dorchester Town towards the end of last year, is to go out on loan to Farnborough, currently comfortable leaders of the Southern Premier League.

Farnborough manager, Steve King, stated:

"Andre will be joining up with the squad next week, he has a lot of experience for a young man, having made football league appearances for Yeovil. He is quick, strong has a good left foot, and brings me the flexibility of a player who can play up front or in midfield."

The length of the loan deal is not specified.

McCollin joined Yeovil Town from Fisher Athletic, but has never started a match since his arrival in 2008, making 13 appearances from the bench. He scored once, a late consolation in a home 1-2 defeat to Scunthorpe United on 13th January 2009.

Link: Glovers Pair Go Out On Loan To Dorchester

Link: McCollin and Lavers No Longer Magpies

Link: Iron Grab The Points As Skivo Sees Red

Link: Andre McCollin: Player Profile for Yeovil


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13 February 2010 : Youth Team Line-Up vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town's squad for their match against AFC Bournemouth has been announced. The squad of 15 players who are taking part in this morning's match at Chapel Gate reads as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Ryan Peacock 2. Adam Wakley 3. Joseph Grimstead 4. Rhys Baggridge 5. Sam Ford 6. Johnny Oliver 7. Tyler Sheppard 8. Thomas Hopkins 9. Cory Lewis 10. Robert Clowes 11. Ciaran Levet

Substitutes: 12. Lloyd Matthews 13. Adam Cleary 14. Aidan Chainey 15. Andy Baker


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12 February 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to League One side Gillingham tomorrow in another hugely important match for both sides. The past week has seen the 21st place occupied by Oldham Athletic, Brighton and Hove Albion and finally Gillingham, with tomorrow's visitors now lodged in 4th from bottom place. The Glovers lie five points higher, but the slender point gap tells the story of how tight the final two relegation spots could be.

The Gills will arrive tomorrow with by the far the worst away record in the division. If you thought Yeovil's record had been dodgy until Saturday's 4-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers, the Kent side have collected twelve defeats in 15 away trips and not even one win to their name.

Overall form is also deteriorating, with the Kent side without a win in nine games. Whilst their form at Priestfield has held up well this season, even that came unstuck with a midweek home defeat at the hands of Tranmere Rovers, which had followed up a 4-0 hammering at Brentford.

Stimson has admitted he has received anonymous abusive texts and phone calls. Hopefully not from Chairman Paul Scally who gave his manager the dreaded vote of confidence this week. But with the Glovers one of the Gills relegation rivals, tomorrow's game could still very easily be a case of Stimson's Last Stand.

Former Glovers target Rene Howe is hoping to be included in their squad after recovering from a dead leg, whilst Garry Richards may return in the centre of the defence after recovering from conjunctivitis. Striker Simeon Jackson continues to be their main potent weapon up front.

For the Glovers, Jean-Paul Kalala serves the second of a two match suspension, and once again he will be joined in the stands by one of the loanees. Despite losing Jonathan Obika earlier this week, the recruitment of attacking midfielder Arron Davies means the same dilemma for manager Terry Skiverton, with midfielder Ryan Mason having missed out last time round.

In terms of past meetings between the two clubs, the Glovers hold the upper-hand for games played at Huish Park with a 2-1, 2-0 and a 4-3 giving the three home results in the Football League. Pacing backwards through the records, Gillingham haven't beaten Yeovil in a competitive fixture since 1948, so the Kent side have certainly got their work cut out.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the pre-match rate.


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12 February 2010 : Skivo Previews The Gillingham Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Gillingham, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions asked by Pete Simson, Skivo's pre-match views are captured via the link below.

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


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12 February 2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies FA Cup Poster For Download
Ahead of Sunday's big FA Women's Cup Fifth Round match, a promotional poster has been produced to help raise the profile of the game. The home match against Nottingham Forest will be played on Sunday at 1.00p.m. at Gasson's Lane in Somerton, and all are welcome to attend.

If you want to give the Ladies match a bit of a plug if you've got some advertising space - e.g. a local shop window - then print off as many copies as you like. Many thanks to Tony Elbourn for putting in the effort for this idea.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Nottingham Forest Ladies : FA Women's Cup Poster.


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12 February 2010 : Youth Team vs AFC Bournemouth Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Youth Team are in action tomorrow morning, as they take on AFC Bournemouth U18. The match will be played at Bournemouth Sports Club, Chapel Gate, with a kick-off of 11.00 a.m. kick-off. For those with sat-nav, the postcode is BH23 6BL. If you live in the South-Dorset area, then feel free to pop along.

Directions from the Chapel Gate website are as follows:

General Directions:

Follow the signs for the Bournemouth International Airport. Chapel Gate is situated in East Parley on the left hand side of the roundabout on Parley Lane (B3073) to the west of the airport. Parley Lane follows the Southern perimeter of the airport.

From the North and East:

After Ringwood heading west (A31), take a left on to Bournemouth Spur Road (A338) following signs for Bournemouth International airport at all times. After approximately 4 miles take the turn to the T-junction on Christchurch road (B3073). Turn right and head west, over the bridge which takes you over the spur road along which you have just come, through the traffic lights to a roundabout (approx. 1 mile). Turn left at the roundabout into Parley Lane (Bournemouth Sports Club will be seen with signs for the Airport). Follow Parley lane (B3073) leaving airport entrance on RHS (approx. 1.5 miles). Continue along Parley Lane with airport on RHS. At roundabout (approx. 2 miles) take exit to the right into Chapel Gate.

From The West:

From say about Bere Regis (A35), it is less complicated to head for Wimborne on the A31. Take Wimborne bypass (A31) heading for Southampton (distant) and Ferndown (local) to the Hampreston roundabout to the east of the town and west of Ferndown. Take fifth exit heading for Longham and Bournemouth International Airport. Through roundabout (approx. 3 miles) onto second roundabout (approx. 200 yards) take left exit and then almost immediately right exit heading for Parley Cross-roads (approx ... 2 miles). Straight over at traffic lights into Parley Lane (B3073) to roundabout described in general directions above.


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12 February 2010 : Interview With Arron Davies
They do say that good things come to those who wait. Midfielder Arron Davies has had to wait two weeks to be able to say 'I've signed' at Huish Park, and yesterday, he spoke to the BBC about the relief of getting it sorted out. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson the full transcript of yesterday's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Arron Davies Speaks To The BBC After His Registration Papers Went Through.


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11 February 2010 : Skivo Thanks Club Secretary For Davies Breakthrough
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given thanks to club secretary Jean Cotton in being able to wade through the paperwork and regulations that were needed to get through to satisfy the player registration of attacking midfielder Arron Davies.

The former Southampton academy player finally completed his move to Huish Park today, after a two week hold-up. Arron will be listed as a Brighton and Hove Albion player on an emergency loan deal to the Glovers, with the Seagulls one of his two previous clubs this season. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the deal had taken its time, but that the benefits would be worthwhile:

"He's someone that I've wanted for what seems like a long time now. We've finally been able to do it. We've had to get round some complications, but that's all credit to Jean (Cotton) the Secretary for finding it out and how we could do it and also having a player that was willing to come to us, because to get someone of that sort of calibre and to bring them in for me is really pleasing and it's a welcome addition to the squad because of the other news we've had (about Jonathan Obika) as well. So for me, it was a ready-made replacement for Jon (Obika) and he'll come in and do a fantastic job for the club."


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11 February 2010 : County Still In The Mire
Once again the Football League seems to have refused the takeover of Stockport County by the Melrose Consortium. What appears to be a statement released by the administrators, Leonard Curtis, this evening states:

"We are disappointed to report that we have received confirmation via our solicitors that the Football League are presently unable to recommend the transfer of the SCFC share to The Melrose Consortium, however we have had no direct communication from the Football League."

The announcement goes on to confirm that "the sale cannot be completed at present." After stating "we remain hopeful that the Melrose Consortium can still progress their interest" immediate doubts are raised as to whether the administrators have much conviction that it can, as they then issue a plea for any other interested parties to come forward:

"We would strongly recommend to any other parties interested in taking the Club forward that they contact the Joint Administrators office directly."

As yet there is no information available as to the grounds on which the Football League has refused to transfer the club's 'Golden Share' of League membership to the Melrose Consortium. However it is good to see that, given the past history of far too many dodgy owners in football and also the current financial climate, the Football League is one football institution that seems to be taking its obligations seriously. And not before time.

It will be little comfort to Hatters fans, who just want to see their club survive, but perhaps better pain now rather than simply being transferred to yet another group that talk the talk but can't walk the walk; and thus finding themselves back in another mess a few years, or even months, down the line.

Link: Yet Another Meeting For Hatters


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11 February 2010 : Skivo Explains Why Obika Returned Home
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that outgoing striker Jonathan Obika was suffering from homesickness problems. Obika first arrived at the club in March 2009 as part of a two month loan spell, but has since returned for what was intended to be a full season stay at Huish Park for this season.

Today, Obika has left the club to return to London, almost immediately going back out on loan to League One rivals Millwall, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the length of time away from his family was becoming a concern to the player:

"Jon came all the way through to the (last) season and did fantastic for me and scored some vital goals. Then we had a change of getting him back which we took. We went away that summer with Tottenham, came back, and then he's been to Egypt in the Under-20 World Cup. He then carried on playing for us, during which he's carried on going back to Tottenham. So it's been a year in which he's been away from home. He spoke to Tottenham and I spoke to Jon as well and he felt like he wanted to get a little bit closer to home and have a fresh challenge and something that's a little bit different for him."


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11 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Humble Pie
Those who have followed Taff's betting predictions over the season will note that he is often guilty of over-filling his glass when assessing Yeovil Town's chances before a game. In the last Taff's Gloversblog entry though, prior to the Wycombe Wanderers game, we saw a bit of a faux pas on the prediction front. Taff considers this, and the forthcoming match against Gillingham, along with today's comings and goings with Jonathan Obika and Arron Davies, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Humble Pie


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11 February 2010 : Obika To Become A Lion
Rather looks like this one was like waiting for the chain on a house sale to go through. No sooner has Jonathan Obika returned to Tottenham Hotspur, than League One rivals Millwall have agreed to take him up on a 'youth loan' for the rest of the season. Millwall state that they are hoping to complete the paperwork on Friday, and that Jonathan will be able to play in any play-off matches the Lions may reach at the end of the season.

Update: A difference of opinion between the Spurs and Millwall official sites. Spurs think they're loaning him out for a month, whilst Millwall state until the end of the season including play-offs.


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11 February 2010 : Obika Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika has returned to parent club Tottenham Hotspur after his loan deal at the club was terminated early. The England Under-20 striker had been due to stay at the club until the end of the season but will now head back to White Hart Lane.

There's no specific reason given by the club for Obika's decision, although there is a hint that this may be in part a wish by the striker to spent more time with his family, having spent much of the last 12 months living out of a suitcase between Yeovil Town, England and Spurs Reserves sessions.

Another reason may well be that with Arron Davies being registered as an 'emergency loan' deal today, the club were facing a big of a juggling act on matchday team selection. Obika's departure will still mean that one loan player has to drop out on each game, but means that not quite so many loanees are left kicking their heels.

Overall, Jon managed 35 appearances and 11 goals across his two loan spells at Huish Park. We wish him well in his career, and hope to spot his name in lights in the Premier League one day.


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11 February 2010 : Davies Arrives Back In - On An Emergency Loan
Yeovil Town have finally completed the signing of midfielder Arron Davies - by signing him on an 'emergency loan' deal from Brighton and Hove Albion. The midfielder's registration details have been finally passed two weeks after an initial attempt to sign the player was blocked by FIFA Regulations concerning the registration and transfer of players.

Whilst we revealed on these pages that other clubs had found a route around the registration rules, the club that have come to Arron's rescue may come as a bit of a surprise to some. Arron was only at the Withdean Stadium on a loan deal, that started on September 1st, and was cut short in early November after the Sussex club changed management teams. Davies then returned to the City Ground and did not play for any other side thereafter.

Brighton currently lie four points below Yeovil in the League One able, and the two clubs face each other on the final game of the season, and so we assume that whatever agreement has been set up between the two clubs that it will not allow Arron to play in that match if the game is of any consequence.


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10 February 2010 : Interview With Dean Bowditch
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch experienced some of the highs of football last Saturday at Wycombe Wanderers one week after experiencing one of his lows. After the 4-1 win over Wycombe, Dean spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles the full transcript of Dean's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Dean Bowdtch Speaks About His Two Goals At Wycombe In The 4-1 Win.


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9 February 2010 : Midweek Coach Trip To Carlisle Away, Anyone?
Yeovil Town are facing a midweek evening trip to Carlisle United now with the Cumbrians match at Brunton Park due to be postponed. The match was due to be played on March 27th 2010, but with the Cumbrians beating Leeds United tonight in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final, this now means that Carlisle will have a more pressing engagement at Wembley Stadium on Sunday March 28th.

As a result, the Carlisle game will need to be rearranged, with probably the longest midweek trip in the history of the club on the cards here. Better start putting two days holiday aside for when a new date is announced ...


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9 February 2010 : Welsh Sets Target For League Assists
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh has said that he is setting himself a clear personal target for the end of the current season. The former Sunderland player wants to finish as top of the League One assists table - based on data published by the Football League through Press Association data.

Welsh got another assist on Saturday, when he set up Dean Bowditch for the opening goal of the match against Wycombe Wanderers, and even scored later on during the game. That was his ninth assist of the season, and currently trails just two other players, despite having missed a number of games, whilst a wingless diamond-formation, or a 4-3-3 with wide forwards was employeed. Saturday's match saw him restored to the side in a bulk standard 4-4-2 formation, leaving Welsh a consistent pain in Wycombe's side throughout the afternoon.

Welsh told BBC Somerset that it was important for him to have targets to aim at and that this was one that he was going to have a good go at:

"I'm delighted to get another assist, especially as I haven't been in the team for a while. As a winger I like to pride myself to get as many assists in the season as I can. So to have nine now is good for me, and I want to push on and get back to the top of the (assists) table again. I think it's nine now, so I'm two or three behind them, but they've been playing every week. But like I said, I like to pride myself on that and I'll keep doing as much as I can to get back to the top of that."

The two that Welsh is currently chasing are Swindon Town's Jon-Paul McGovern (10 assists) and Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan (11 assists), although Charlton Athletic's Deon Burton has the same nine-assist tally as Welshy. The Glovers left-winger admitted he was keeping very close tabs on his rivals:

"I think he (Wes Hoolahan) got a couple here actually, so I do keep a count on it, but hopefully I can get back up there."


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8 February 2010 : Yet Another Meeting For Hatters
Stockport County, now in administration for nine months and counting, are due to have their case reviewed yet again by the Football League, with the meeting scheduled for this Thursday (11th February).

Hatters fans are under the impression that the Football League is still concerned about two main issues. The 'primacy rule', where clubs sharing a ground with another sport are expected by the Football League to have primacy rights over fixtures, has led to questions about the relationship with Sale Sharks, who have control of Edgeley Park. The second concern is related: the Football League is reported to be unhappy about the status of County's tenancy agreement on the stadium.

Time is running out for Stockport to reach some agreements that will stand up to scrutiny and get them out of administration. Although the rules appear somewhat opaque, most commentators feel it likely that if the club has not resolved the issues and exited administration by the time of the next Football League AGM it will be in danger of expulsion from the League.


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8 February 2010 : Bowditch Lands In Football League Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has deservedly made it into the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One. Dean scored twice against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday as well as laying on the move that left-winger Andy Welsh converted and so is an easy one for inclusion in the final eleven.

Dean becomes Yeovil's 11th different nomination of the season. The full team - which is made up this week from 11 players from 11 different clubs is as follows:

Clayton Ince (Walsall)
Kevin Amankwaah (Swindon) Adam Virgo (Brighton) Danny Livesey (Carlisle) Peter Hartley (Hartlepool)
Chris Hackett (Millwall) Dominic Blizzard (Bristol Rovers) Peter Leven (Milton Keynes Dons) Myles Weston (Brentford)
Dean Bowditch (Yeovil Town) Luciano Becchio (Leeds)

Link: 25/01/2010 : Ryan Mason and Stefan Stam In Team Of The Week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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8 February 2010 : Date Confirmed For Ladies Fifth Round Tie
Yeovil Town Ladies have confirmed the date and time for their FA Women's Cup Fifth Round match against Nottingham Forest. The match will kick off at 1.00p.m. this coming Sunday 14th February 2010 and will be played at Somerton Sports Ground in Gassons Lane, Somerton, TA11 6HG.

Everyone is welcome to attend with admission to the game free. There will be a bar and refreshments available as well as a matchday programme.

Expect the Yeovil Town Ladies Official Website to give this game some fairly hefty coverage both before and after the game. On the day it would be brilliant to have as many Glovers fans turn out for the match, against what is Ladies Premier League opposition. Nearer the day, we'll remind anyone who doesn't know, how to find the Gassons Lane ground.


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8 February 2010 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Charlton
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's next away trip to Charlton Athletic. The match takes place at The Valley on Saturday 20th February with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 8.00a.m. If they can fill the minibus, then the cost of travel will be £12.00. The trip will include a full-length food stop, along with any others as required.

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

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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8 February 2010 : Ladies Cup Run Video Highlights
The Football Association have included video footage of Yeovil Town Ladies on their website. The highlights from yesterday's FA Women's Cup Fourth Round win over Norwich City Ladies can be viewed via the link below. There's just over 7 minutes of viewing of the 3-1 win, so if you want to see the latest installment in their lengthy FA Women's Club run, then use the link below.

Link: TheFA.Com Website : Norwich City Ladies vs Yeovil Town Ladies Video Highlights.


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7 February 2010 : Vote Weale! Vote Now!
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has been nominated for Soccer AM's best goals of the year 2009. Wealey, who is now playing for Leicester City was on loan at Huish Park last season and scored a stunning second half injury header on April 21st 2009, to give Yeovil the share of the points in a 2-2 draw.

When a goal like that is scored three games from the end of the season, with points still needed to stay up, it became priceless. But given that it was netted against local rivals Hereford United, who were on their way to League Two, made it all the more sweeter.

Follow the link below and choose Goal 9 to give you a reminder of the goal, whereupon you will entirely ignore the other 19 shortlisted, and try and give Wealey another reminder of his time at Huish Park.

Link: Soccer AM: Goal Of The Year 2009.


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7 February 2010 : Glovers Youth 3 Rovers Youth 2 : A Clear Game Of Two Halves
Yeovil Town were involved in the proverbial game of two halves yesterday as they narrowly claimed a 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers U18s, despite being three up by half time, with two goals from Tyler Sheppard and Cory Lewis. But the South-West Youth Alliance leaders came back into the match during the second period, netting twice to put the game on a knife-edge.

The Glovers truly got off to a flyer, netting just 45 seconds into the game with their first attack. Cory Lewis fed Tyler Sheppard who was in a wide right position and he calmly shot past Pirates keeper Rob Holmes.

That was to set the pattern of the opening 45 minutes, with Rovers on the back foot, and Yeovil in particular exploiting their left flank. Just 10 minutes into the match the same combination of Cory Lewis and Tyler Sheppard struck again, and it was almost identical to Yeovil's opener as they got themselves 2-0 up in an incredible start.

The Glovers suffered a blow with 15 minutes on the clock as Lewis Clarke had to be withdrawn with a groin strain. Lloyd Matthews was his more-than-capable replacement. The Glovers extended their lead further before the break, with Cory Lewis changing from provider to scorer as he took advantage of a Tyler Sheppard cross to net from close range. Overall it had been a one-sided 45 minutes with few Rovers players looking in the game, with the exception of former Plymouth Argyle midfielder George Booth.

It was difficult to believe that a side top of the league and with only one defeat all season could produce another half of similar inertness, and sure enough Rovers manager Darren Patterson appeared to have given his side a rocket that woke them up and they were level within three minutes of the restart. Former Birmingham City academy player Shane Williams took advantage of a poor defensive clearance and rifled past Ryan Peacock from 20 yards to give Rovers a life-line at 3-1.

On 57 mins, they were given another lifeline when Rhys Baggridge was judged to have fouled a Rovers player inside the box in his attempt to make a block tackle, but Jack McKenna's penalty was a little too straight and Ryan Peacock was alert to make a crucial save.

Overall, the visitors were well in control with the game becoming fairly feisty with some very strong tackling. George Booth landed in the book just past the hour mark for persistent fouling. On 65 minutes though, Yeovil were in a spot of bother when Jordan Tillson's headed goal pulled it back to 3-2 with still 25 minutes to go.

When midfielder Tom Gallagher had to be helped off the pitch with a nasty looking ankle ligament injury the Glovers might have finally caved in. But eventually they weathered the storm and began to see the game out in more comfortable fashion, having restored the balance of the game by the end, thus claiming probably their best result in the league so far this season.

Speaking after the game, Head of Youth Mo Hopkins said he was delighted with the team's first half performance, but that the team took the foot off the gas (in both senses!) letting Rovers back into the game:

"We had an impressive first half and played with confidence and fluidity not giving their opponents a chance to see the ball. They followed my instructions to exploit a perceived weakness on the Rovers left which paid dividends. However, in the second half we seemed to think the game was won and relaxed, allowing them back into it. But eventually we managed to get our concentration back and close out the game well. Again, against an established, and older Youth team, I thought our young team stood up well. I was particularly impressed with Tyler Sheppard who showed sharpness and a confidence in front to of goal, and the Tomsí, Hopkins and Gallagher, in the centre of midfield who are started to form a formidable partnership. I just hope that Gallyís injury isnít as severe as it appears."

Mo Hopkins also added his thanks to Sherborne School and their staff, and most of all their groundsman John Olde who was able to accommodate a last minute change of venue after the Ilchester venue became unavailable.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 3 Bristol Rovers U18s 2.

Scorers: Tyler Sheppard (1 min, 1-0), Tyler Sheppard (10 mins, 2-0), Cory Lewis (38 mins, 3-0), Shane Williams (48 mins, 3-1), Jordan Tillson (65 mins, 3-2)

Yeovil Town U18s:
Lee Peacock, Adam Wakley, Sam Ford, Rhys Baggridge, Joe Grimstead, Tyler Sheppard, Tom Hopkins, Tom Gallagher, Ciaran Levet, Lewis Clarke, Cory Lewis

Substitutes:
Lloyd Matthews (15 mins for Lewis Clarke), Adam Baker, Lee Green (50 mins for Ciaran Levet), Aidan Chainey (72 mins for Tom Gallagher), Alex Henderson (GK)


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7 February 2010 : Ladies Ruffle Canaries Feathers In The Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies have managed to gain a brilliant win over Norwich City Ladies this afternoon. In a game played at Plantation Park, the Ladies even managed to recover from going a goal down, and losing their first choice goalkeeper 20 minutes into the match after a nasty collision.

But they didn't let those two set-backs grind them down, and they eventually grew into the match, as the first half closed, giving preview to a superb second half performance. Goals from Kayleigh Nardiello, Kim Turner and Jemma Tewkesbury eventually turned the game on its head, and the Ladies have now secured a Fifth Round home tie against Nottingham Forest in the next round of the FA Women's Cup.

Congratulations to all the Ladies, and hope you have a very happy journey home!

Final Score: Norwich City Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.


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7 February 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Game
Following yesterday's 4-1 win at Adams Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views on the match. With questions posed by local journalist Chris Spittles on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Game.


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6 February 2010 : Wycombe 1 Yeovil 4 : Wanderers Given A Dose Of Deja Vu
A fifteen minute purple patch by Yeovil Town was enough for them to secure a hefty win, and their second four goal tally against Wycombe Wanderers this season. Two goals from Dean Bowditch were added to by Andy Welsh and Owain Tudur Jones, thus meaning that Matt Harrold's headed equaliser against his old club was of little relevance.

In terms of team selection, Nathan Jones disappeared entirely out of the matchday squad, whilst Ryan Mason was this week's 'sixth loan', getting the weekend off. Craig Alcock was left on the bench, with a slight knock meaning that Terrell Forbes and Nathan Smith took over the full-back positions. Gavin Tomlin and Andy Welsh got the nod for the more forward wide positions, as the Glovers opted for a bulk standard 4-4-2 formation. No nested midfield structures. No wide forwards. Just a simple approach, and one in which all players looked comfortable in their positions.

The first half actually wasn't much to write home about. The opening 15 minutes barely produced anything, although the home side had considerably more possession, with Yeovil struggling to build anything in the opposition half. Thus when Dean Bowditch rifled a shot from just inside the box and into the top right hand corner, after he had been fed by Andy Welsh, it was a bolt from the blue entirely.

As for the rest of the first period, probably the only main picks were two awful misses by both sides. First, Dean Bowditch's right-wing run produced a perfect looking cross for Andy Welsh to convert, with home keeper Scott Shearer already committed to his front post, but Welsh skied his attempt over the top of the home terrace and out of the ground.

Next, two former Glovers combined, with Kevin Betsy skinning Nathan Smith and putting the ball across the six yard box. Matt Harrold appeared to have a tap-in, but contrived to put it wide from four yards out. In his defence, he was under pressure from Steven Caulker, and may have claimed that the Glovers centre-back had the last touch on his shot. However, given that referee Steve Bratt awarded a goal-kick, the official view was that Harrold had missed the open goal. However, both Welsh and Harrold were to redeem themselves early in the second half.

Wycombe's Stuart Beavon ended the first half by landing the ball in the back of the net, but John Mousinho's through ball was slightly mistimed and up went the offside flag to rescue the Glovers.

Wycombe had looked their most dangerous from set pieces and one criticism of the Glovers were that they were giving away a few too many fouls in their own half. One such foul by Gavin Tomlin, set Wycombe up for their move that allowed them their equalising goal. Dean Keates sent in the free kick, and Matt Harrold rose highest to loop his header over Alex McCarthy and into the net.

The home side introduced Luke Oliver for an injured Adam Hinshelwood and perhaps that change caught them cold as almost immediately, the Glovers managed to get themselves back in front. Dean Bowditch stretched a Wycombe defence that appeared to have gone AWOL, and as Scott Shearer parried his low right wing cross, two Glovers were queuing up on the back post and Andy Welsh got himself a gift. This time he didn't disappoint.

Thereafter, and with echoes of Wycombe's 4-0 Boxing Day defeat at Huish Park, the home side fell apart as their rather sluggish looking back four got put under pressure through Yeovil's counter-attacking. Luke Oliver's crude trip on Dean Bowditch on the edge of the box landed him in the book, with the tackle bordering on a professional foul.

Although Oliver was to stay on the field, he was still to be punished further, as a free kick from Owain Tudur Jones was sneaked round the blind side of a badly positioned wall and past Scott Shearer for the third goal of the afternoon.

Three very quickly became four as once again the slow Wycombe defence couldn't cope with another break-away goal with Dean Bowditch put through on goal, and as keeper Scott Shearer advanced, Bowditch poked the ball past him and in off the post to put Yeovil 4-1 up and in dreamland!

The final 20 minutes of the game didn't quite live up to that period of play that had seen four goals in 17 minutes. To their credit, Wycombe didn't give up, but in their hearts they knew they were beaten, whilst the Glovers knew they didn't have to do too much more other than to hold their shape. Three substitutions ensured that fresh legs could be introduced, and the Glovers easily saw out the remainder of the game.

The match overall was not a million miles away from the Boxing Day match, with a tight 50 minutes being followed by a 15 minute phase where Wanderers just couldn't handle pace and counter-attacking as they pushed players up for an equaliser. Each time they tried it, Yeovil broke away, and the second half finishing was clinical, given that there weren't too many other chances throughout the game. But the most important thing was that it was an emphatic away win, giving Yeovil their second of the season. Now all Skivo needs to do is to lock the blueprint to that success in a safe and ensure that it gets brought out again for the next match on the road.

Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (16 mins, 0-1), Matt Harrold (50 mins, 1-1), Andy Welsh (52 mins, 1-2), Owain Tudur Jones (60 mins, 1-3), Dean Bowditch (67 mins, 1-4)

Wycombe Wanderers:
1. Scott Shearer 3. Craig Woodman 23. Chris Westwood 32. Adam Hinshelwood 20. John Mousinho 27. Josh Payne 29. Kevin Betsy 8. Dean Keates 11. Alex Revell 24. Stuart Beavon 9. Matt Harrold

Substitutes:
12. Steven Arnold (GK) 2. Lewis Hunt 6. Luke Oliver (51 mins for Adam Hinshelwood) 16. Jon-Paul Pittman 17. Lewis Montrose 18. Matt Phillips 28. Kevin McLeod

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (88 mins for Stefan Stam) 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray (85 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (73 mins for Sam Williams)

Wycombe Bookings: Luke Oliver (59 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (49 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: Gary Jerden (Essex) and Wade Norcott (Essex). Fourth Official: Chris Knowles (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 4,793 (including approx 400 Yeovil fans)


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6 February 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Calling all you happy supporters who were at Adams Park this afternoon. In a strong 4-1 win against Wycombe Wanderers, we'd like you to pick out your Man of the Match votes.

Choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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6 February 2010 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Result
This morning's Youth Team match has finished with a win for the Glovers. They beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 in Sherborne although had to withstand a Rovers fightback after having held a 3-0 half time lead. Full match report to follow later.


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6 February 2010 : Interview With Darren Way About His Retirement
On the day that he officially retired as a player, Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the decision he had made. Darren also talks about his future role as a technical coach at the club. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Darren's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About His Retirement As A Player.


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5 February 2010 : Skivo Previews The Wycombe Game
Ahead of tomorrow's away trip to Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match and the team's current form and performances. Skivo also gave his thoughts on the retirement of midfield legend Darren Way and his conversion into a first team coach.

With questions asked by BBC Somerset reporter, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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5 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Darren Way Retires
Yesterday's news concerning the retirement of former midfielder Darren Way from the game has probably been the biggest news of the week. The latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at Darren's career at the club. In addition, Taff considers tomorrow's match at Wycombe Wanderers and what chances he thinks the Glovers have got at Adams Park.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Darren Way Retires.


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5 February 2010 : Youth Game Gets Switched Back To Sherborne
No sooner do the Youth Team get a new venue, that they have had to switch it again. Tomorrow's home match against Bristol Rovers has had a venue and kick-off change, with the game now back at Carey's Field, Sherborne. Kick-off is 10.30a.m.


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5 February 2010 : Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow, for what has all the hallmarks of a 'relegation six-pointer'. Wanderers lie in 23rd place - five points off the safety line, and eight points away from the Glovers. With Wanderers having played more games than any other club in the bottom six, they desperately need to make points count now, whilst the Glovers can ill-afford the prospect of a 5th defeat in six games. This is a game that will play a huge part in shaping each club's season, although we're a long way from declaring such a match as a "must win" game.

The Glovers beat Wycombe 4-0 on Boxing Day at Huish Park, but it's worth remembering that this was a far from one-sided match, with Glovers goalkeeper winning the Sponsors Man of the Match as well as this site's Man of the Match for a string of saves whilst the game was delicately poised at 1-0.

Since that match, Wanderers have gone on a bit of a spending spree, bringing in eight new signings during the transfer window. Striker Gareth Ainsworth arrived on deadline day, penning an 18 month deal, from Queens Park Rangers. On the same day another striker Kevin McLeod came on a free transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Meanwhile Josh Payne has arrived on loan from West Ham United, Steve Arnold was signed from Eastleigh, Dean Keates has arrived as a free agent, Kevin Betsy has joined from Southend United, Adam Hinshelwood was signed from manager Gary Waddock's old club Aldershot and Alex Revell also arrived on loan from Southend United. They also had several near misses along the way, and with only defender Michael Duberry, midfielder Tommy Doherty and striker Chris Zebrowski heading through the out door, there's little doubt that Wycombe have a much bigger and stronger squad for the rest of the season.

That said, despite their new squad size, they will still have a number of players missing. New arrival Gareth Ainsworth has been signed as injured with a calf strain, whilst Leon Johnson (hip), Lewwis Spence (knee), Matt Bloomfield (knee) and Ian Westlake (knee) will all sit this one out.

As far as the Glovers are concerned, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is the club's only definite absentee, although at least one other player will be forced to sit in the stands. This is due to the rules concerning the number of loan players in a matchday squad. Jonathan Obika was the unlucky player last weekend, although manager Terry Skiverton has implied that he will not pick the same player every match. Owain Tudur Jones seems certain to provide the midfield "blocker" role that Kalala has played so well this season.

Wycombe's current form is fairly poor, with only one win in their last nine matches. They've also lost their last three home games. However, there was a chink of daylight in last week's 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers. Three strikers netted in that match, with former Glover Matt Harrold, Alex Revell and former Weymouth forward Stuart Beavon providing the goals, meaning that Waddock has a nice headache when selecting his starting line-up for tomorrow.

The Glovers, meanwhile, have not enjoyed the unplanned winter break. Losing four of their five matches over the past month and with some fairly inert performances with them, that's added to by the monkey on the team's back that is the away form. Skiverton says he plans to go on the offensive at Adams Park, suggesting a change of tactic from the last away match at Tranmere Rovers where blocking the opposition out was the priority:

"I think we've got to go into this game (at Wycombe) looking to win. This is the business end of the season now and our away form needs to improve. It's really tight at the bottom and we've got to start picking up points away from home."

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the match. The Ciderspace Guide to Wycombe Wanderers is here and gives you all of the usual reviews of the town and the stadium.

Link: Officials For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Wycombe.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Kalala Picks Up Two Match Ban.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wycombe Wanderers.


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5 February 2010 : Glovers Still Hoping For Davies Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says the club have not given up all hope of signing attacking midfielder Arron Davies. The deal to bring him to Huish Park collapsed eight days ago due to FIFA regulations concerning the number of clubs a player can play for during a single season.

Tomorrow's opponents Wycombe Wanderers encountered the same problem with striker Alex Revell earlier this month, but have since managed to circumvent the rules and he will line up in the Wanderers starting eleven tomorrow. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that were still pursuing various options they felt they had of doing the same:

"He's still training with us at the minute and we're trying to work something out. I'll let you know in the next week or week-and-a-half if we can do something. We're still looking into various avenues of still bringing Arron on board. He wants to come to us, and he wants to stay and he wants to play for Yeovil Town. For me, that's all of the hallmarks of us as a club in going that extra mile to bring someone in when they're absolutely desperate to play for you."

One snag the club may face is that FIFA have been alerted to the use of an emergency loan as a means of getting round the problem. There is a question of whether emergency loans are in fact legal under FIFA transfer regulations given that they often take place outside the transfer window, and a spokesman for the World regulatory body has said that they're going to be taking up the issue with the Football Association:

"FIFA are concerned about the system of emergency loans in general and have approached the Football Association on various occasions in the past regarding this. FIFA will be contacting them again in order to obtain clarification with regard to this issue. Generally speaking, and with regard to the application of the pertinent rule, ie. Article 5 Paragraph 3 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the regulation should be applied as stated."

The Football Association have said that they are determined to continue to allow emergency loans to go through, claiming that they are contracted differently to standard loans and permanent transfers:

"Emergency loans donít count when calculating the number of clubs a player has played for as he remains under contract to his parent club."


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4 February 2010 : Skivo Giving No Favours For A Friend
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his decision to appoint Darren Way as one of his first team coaches is not one born out of sympathy or friendship for the former midfielder. Darren announced his retirement from the game earlier today, due to injuries sustained in a road traffic accident in December 2008, but in doing so it was also announced that he would officially form part of the backroom team, having done so in an unofficial capacity since being able to get back on his feet again.

Skiverton said that his decision to appoint Way was a 'business' decision, and that he told BBC Somerset that there were no favours on the table:

"This is business. Darren is very good at what he does. He brings us something fresh and I always feel like it's him looking after me, rather than me looking after him. I've got that with him, with Nathan (Jones), with Ben (Roberts) and with Simon (Baker) as well. We're a really close-knit team, even down to our little kitman Dan. We're all together, and we need that."


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4 February 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Specualtion (sic) Is Damaging
Managerial Rule Number One: Always remember to praise the fans at frequent intervals. Generally manager Terry Skiverton has remembered to do that in spades during his year in charge so far. Until today's article sourced from the Western Gazette, that is.

In the latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog, there's a look at that article, and why it's ruffled a few feathers amongst Glovers supporters. Has Skivo sinned, or been sinned against by the reaction to the article? Read on and give your own views via the Comment Facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Specualtion (sic) Is Damaging.


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4 February 2010 : Skivo Critical Of Internet Leaks On Davies
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that internet-based Glovers supporters almost scuppered a deal with midfielder Arron Davies. As it happens, the deal with the former Nottingham Forest player has yet to go through anyway, due to a block by the Football League and Football Association on the Welshman's player registration forms.

However, Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that supporters who posted rumours of him signing on a Glovers message board were apparently guilty of alerting other clubs to his availability. In the end, Arron agreed terms with the Glovers, and it was the footballing authorities that ended up driving the nail in the coffin to stop the deal going through. Skiverton told the paper that those supporters could cost the club in the long run:

"I had been trying to do a deal with Arron Davies but with all this stuff on the internet, all they are doing is alerting other clubs to the players I am after. When that happens the players are getting phone calls from every other club who can offer money. We were lucky that Arron wanted to come to Yeovil because he was another player people said (on the internet) before anything happened, we were talking to. You have to be wary about breaking the news first because it could cost the club in the long run. We have not got the finances to compete with other teams but there are people who think they are being clever saying 'I saw this person in ASDA' for example and they are not helping the club whatsoever."

Blaming the internet has become a popular pastime for a number of individuals within the club over the years. What is often forgotten in the translation is that the internet is merely one of many vehicles of communication, and that you're just as likely to pick up a rumour in the pubs, the VP Lounge or one of the bigger companies in town. If something has got onto the internet, then it's happened through a human being, and it means that the news is almost certainly already out via the rumourmill.

The second question is whether an internet forum has more clout in attracting interest from a rival club, than - for example - the Nottingham Forest official site, which announced the release of the player on 19th January, or other commercial sites such as the BBC Sport website. We'd also suspect that Arron's agent will have been ringing around clubs on the player's behalf to try to drum up interest. Are these methods less likely to alert clubs than a (on the scale of things) low key message board, where we believe the first claim that Yeovil Town might be making a move came up on the 24th January, close to a week after every club in the country with a conceivable interest would have already known Davies was available.

Regardless, if the club is really worried about 'leaks' then cutting rumours out at source should be what it should be concentrating on. If Skivo is concerned that a claim on the Net that Yeovil had made a move for Davies materially affected that move then he should be looking closer to home to find where the information originated from. However, as always, it's easier to blame the fans and 'hoodies' than look to one's own.


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4 February 2010 : Darren Way Retires ... And Turns To A Coaching Role
As reported earlier today on this site, Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way has now officially retired from the game. The former Swansea City player officially revealed his intentions at this lunchtime's press call and will now hang up his boots. On the plus side, he will remain at the club, taking on a coaching role at Huish Park.

Darren made 274 appearances for the club across three spells at Huish Park, scoring 36 goals along the way, and earnt a reputation for being the definitive terrier in midfield. On occasions opposition players and team-mates described him as a rat, a terrier and of course a weasel for the way that he would constantly bite at opposition ankles in his role as the man who broke up midfield play. That made him perfect for a five-and-a year almost unbroken partnership with playmaker Lee Johnson and thus Darren became a critical member of the side that rose from the Conference into League One.

In January 2006, Darren was transferred for a fee of £150,000 to league rivals Swansea City, but this was to be a less fruitful period of his career, with a succession of shin injuries constantly putting him on the treatment table. As he sat out his time at the Liberty Stadium, the Swans rose up from League One to the Championship, meaning that when Darren came back from his injury problems, a long list of new midfielders had been drafted in and Darren found himself well down the pecking order. On one of his rare appearances for the Welsh club in a match at the Liberty Stadium, Darren's substitute appearance brought him a standing ovation from the travelling Yeovil fans despite him being in new club colours.

Manager Russell Slade brought him back to Huish Park during the 2007-08 season where he notched up a further eight appearances on loan. However, a hamstring strain meant he headed back to the Liberty Stadium in early 2008.

The club's second attempt to bring him back was more successful, with Swansea waiving the remainder of the transfer fee they owed the Glovers to allow Darren to return to Huish Park without money needing to change hands. A further 19 appearances were notched up, but disaster was to strike in December 2008 when a road traffic accident put Darren and club employee Bruce James in a critical state. Darren suffered a broken left femur, a broken left kneecap, broken and a dislocated right elbow, a broken and dislocated left hip, multiple fractures of his right wrist, damage to his right hand, a ruptured left bicep, and deep cuts to both shins and soft tissue damage. He had nine operations to help him rehabilitate, and his attitude to his injuries was extraordinary, such that in July 2009, he appeared as a 90th minute substitute in Terry Skiverton's testimonial. That was to be his last appearance in a Yeovil Town club shirt, and merely a minute of 'Weasel' on the pitch was enough to induce a number of tears in the stands.

Since then, Darren has been spotted scouting for the club for new players, having been part of the scouting team that recruited former team-mate Shaun MacDonald from Swansea City on his current loan deal. He has also taken the team for pre-match warm-ups at numerous matches this season, and has even been spotted jogging around the streets of Yeovil - an incredible sight given the list of injuries above.

He will now officially join the coaching team at Huish Park, and so as one door closes another one opens. This may be a sad day for Darren in that it ends his playing career, but if we know him well, we're sure that he will channel his thoughts towards making a success of his coaching position. If anyone deserves a clean start and new success, then Darren does. The very best of luck to him in the present and in the future.


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4 February 2010 : Dazza Due To Retire From Game?
Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way is expected to announced his formal retirement from the game today. Darren is going to be present at the weekly Huish Park press meeting today, and there have been rumours over the last week or two that an internal decision has already been taken.

With Darren's appearance at this lunchtime's session, it would appear that the rumours have some grounding to them, and so the expectation is that such plans will be made formal today. Since his traffic accident in December 2008, Darren has been unofficially acting as a backroom coach and scout for the club. His playing contract runs out in June 2010, and so one of the questions that would need answering is whether the club are able to give him a permanent backroom role in some capacity.

Once we get more detail on this, to confirm or deny the rumours, we'll provide a further update.


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3 February 2010 : Yeovil Town Appoint New Under-16s Manager
Yeovil Town have appointed a new manager of their Under-16s Centre of Excellence side. The new man won't be an entirely unfamiliar face, with Tam Burns transferring from managing Yeovil Town Ladies Under-16s, to the same age group on the men's side.

Tam is a UEFA Level 'B' qualified coach, who has been with Yeovil Town Ladies for three years, taking their current Under 16s side up through three age groups. He has also provided general coaching for the Ladies goalkeepers, as well as providing assistance to the Ladies' First Team.

Speaking to the Yeovil Town Ladies official website, Burnes said that he had found it a difficult decision to make:

"I would just like to say what a fantastic three seasons I have had at the club, and leaving was not a decision I took lightly. I had been agonising over the decision with (first team manager) Steve (Phelps) since the beginning of October when the chance of coaching one of the senior Centre Of Excellence teams materialised. This coupled with me coaching the Navy team at Yeovilton as well as the U13ís at the Centre Of Excellence didnít leave enough days in the week really, and something had to give. I am proud of the Under-sixteen girls, and what they have achieved, and firmly believe there will be a future first team star or two amongst them."

He will not be entirely breaking his links with the Ladies side, as he plans to continue his commitment towards organising their Summer Youth Tournament this year:

"My support for organising the clubís End Of Season Tournament remains unwavering as I see this as a sound financial event for the future of the club. This event has raised extra funds for the club and will continue to do so as it grows from infancy to maturity."

Welcome aboard Tam, and good luck in your new position at the club.


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3 February 2010 : Live TV Schedule Updated
With Yeovil Town confirmed as having their first televised match since the January 2009 home match against Leicester City, it's a worthwhile time to update our televised list of matches involving League One and League Two sides.

Leeds United play their Fourth Round Replay against Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road tonight, whilst another recent addition is Southampton's South Coast derby against Portsmouth in the Fifth Road. If Leeds beat Spurs tonight, then they will be shown live yet again with the winner's trip to Bolton Wanderers also another Fifth Round choice.

Last and most definitely not least, is Yeovil Town's home match against Leeds United on Easter Monday.

The latest list of matches is as follows:

03/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup 4th Round Replay)
08/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Colchester United v Southend United (League One)
09/02/2010 : 19:00hrs : Carlisle United v Leeds United (JPT Area Final Second Leg)
13/02/2010 : 12:30hrs : Southampton vs Portsmouth (FA Cup 5th Round)
14/02/2010 : 13:30hrs : Bolton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur or Leeds United (FA Cup 5th Round)
15/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Bristol Rovers v Charlton Athletic (League One)
22/02/2010 : 19:45hrs : Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town (League Two)
08/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Colchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion (League One)
15/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Notts County v AFC Bournemouth (League Two)
22/03/2010 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Millwall (League One)
05/04/2010 : 12:30hrs : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United (League One)


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3 February 2010 : Yeovil vs Leeds Is Live On Sky
Yeovil Town's April home match with Leeds United will be screened live on Sky Sports TV. As a result the match is now back on Easter Monday, having previously been scheduled for the Tuesday night.

The match will now take place on Monday 5th April with a 12.30p.m. kick-off.

Given the change of date, we'd suggest that if the new date and time causes you problems and you've already purchased a ticket, contact the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible to determine options.

Note that this match already has special ticketing arrangements in place, as per recent matches against Leeds. See below for further details.

Link: Live Matches Involving League One/Two Clubs.

Link: Leeds United Home Match Made All-Ticket.


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2 February 2010 : Obika And Gudjohnsen Double Quick For Spurs
Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika netted twice in a 4-1 win for Tottenham Hotspur Reserves earlier today. He was in illustrious company as Eidur Gudjohnsen netted the other two goals in a match played at Spurs Lodge.

Their opponents were Dagenham and Redbridge and in addition to scoring twice, Obika also set up Gudjohnsen's opener. Development coach Clive Allen told the Spurs official site that he was impressed by the quickfire opener and by Obika's two goals that followed:

"Eidur must have scored with his first touch. Jon Obika closed the goalkeeper down, blocked his clearance and the ball spun out to Eidur and he finished from about 12 yards. Jon scored two excellent goals after that. His first was a left-foot shot into the top corner from the edge of the box and his second a finish at the far post after a break from Andros Townsend."

Gudjohnsen scored the fourth goal of the afternoon after Dagenham had pulled the score back to 3-1. It's not stated whether Glovers pair Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason have returned to London in what is, from a fixture list point of view, a blank midweek period for the Glovers.


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2 February 2010 : Rovers Thrashing Sees Glovers Drop A Place
Yeovil Town dropped a place in the League One table tonight, as three matches were played tonight. The reason for the one place slip was down to Leyton Orient's five goal thrashing against Bristol Rovers that lifted them up to 11th as Yeovil finished the evening in 15th place.

Orient's massacre was only witnessed by 2,931 fans in East London, but the home side dominated throughout with goals from Stephen Purches, Ryan Jarvis, Jason Demetriou and Jonathan Tehoue. Rovers' miserable night was summed up when a Scott McGleish penalty came off the woodwork, and goalkeeper Mikkel Anderson ricocheted the rebound into his own net for the third goal of the night. It's probably safe to say that Rovers fans calling in to BBC Bristol post-match were not too happy.

A last minute winner from Kayode Odejayi gave Colchester United a 2-1 win over Carlisle United that keeps the Cumbrians one league place and two points ahead of the Glovers. Ian Harte had actually given Carlisle the lead in Essex before Clive Platt's equaliser on the hour mark.

The third match of the evening saw Walsall and Charlton Athletic share the points in a match that does little for the Addicks automatic promotion hopes. Walsall took the lead through Troy Deeney before a Deon Burton penalty on the stroke of half time levelled the scores. Deeney got his marching orders with just over 12 minutes left but the home side held on.

There was meant to be a fourth game being played tonight, but yet again Stockport County's Edgeley Park pitch proved to be a stumbling block, with a waterlogged pitch wiping out their local derby against Oldham Athletic, leaving the Latics frustrated and still in the relegation zone. They are currently two points adrift of the safety line, but with up to four games in hand on those sides above them, they will hope to make that count when they do eventually play their fixture backlog.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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2 February 2010 : Kalala Frustrated At Missing Glovers Games
Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has admitted he will find the next two Glovers matches highly frustrating. The defensive blocker picked up his 10th booking of the season in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town and will now be sitting it out in Saturday's trip to Wycombe Wanderers, as well as the following weekend's home match against Gillingham.

Kalala told BBC Somerset that the timing of the two match ban was not good, particularly given that the games would be against two of Yeovil's relegation rivals and with the season beginning to reach a critical stage:

"I'm deeply disappointed to get the ban, especially at this time of year. When you get to the business end of the season, you don't want to be missing games. But there's nothing you can do. I'm going to have to miss those games, and try and come back fresh and strong."

JP admitted that he was not the best player to have sat in the stands for a game but added that he would do his best to concentrate on his training in preparation for his return to the side for the Tuesday night home game against Colchester United on February 16th:

"When you are watching a game, and you can't play and you can't do anything about it, that really hurts in itself. But I just want to keep training, so when I come back, I can give everything for the team."


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2 February 2010 : Canaries Confirm High Court Proceedings
Just over a week ago, fellow League One side Norwich City put out a series of press releases indicating that they were preparing to take legal action against the News of the World for allegedly libelling the Carrow Road club.

Yesterday in the midst of all the Deadline Day transfer news, Norwich confirmed that they have issued High Court proceedings against the paper claiming that the lowbrow tabloid had "failed to comply with the terms of the letter sent by our solicitors".

Given that one of the paper's claims was that the Canaries would go into administration by Thursday 28th January, and here we are on Tuesday 2nd February, it's difficult to understand exactly what the paper's defence will be.

In general terms though, it's fair to say that the Canaries do have a few questions that need answering concerning their finances. Thus the timing of their Shareholders' AGM tonight could produce a lively atmosphere, coming on the back of the libel action, and the publication of accounts that revealed they were £23 million in debt with the 2008-09 season posting a £5 million loss.

Shareholders will undoubtedly demand to know how such a trend can be reversed, and whether the club is prepared to put on the record a pledge not to sell their Carrow Road ground to a third party to raise revenue - something that Canaries Chairman Alan Bowkett has refused to rule out. If they do not reverse that trend, then the Canaries will reach a point where the 'A' word will have some merit behind it - just not on the date that a tabloid rag claims it will happen on.

Link: Canaries Threaten Lawsuit Over Sunday Paper Claims.


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2 February 2010 : Officials For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's Saturday away match against Wycombe Wanderers have been announced. In charge will be Steve Bratt (West Midlands). The match will take place at Adams Park on Saturday 6th February, kick-off 3.00p.m.

You'd think a referee with a surname like Bratt might be a bit of an irritance, but in all honesty, our six experiences have been relatively positive, particularly as two of the six games featured significant incidents which he seemed to deal with in a level-headed manner.

The November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town saw him red-card Danny Swailes for deliberate handball inside the box. Then just over a year later he took charge of the 4-2 defeat against Port Vale, booking two players each, but having enough self-control to avoid reaching for his reds when Vale's players tried to provoke an on-pitch melee in the final minute after a Chris Cohen foul. The correct decision - a yellow card - was the outcome despite the histrionics of the home team.

His third involvement in a Yeovil match was the November 2007 match at the New Den against Millwall. The 2-1 defeat for the Glovers was not influenced by anything Mr Bratt was doing on the field of play. Then we had him again for the March 2008 win over Doncaster Rovers, with the referee again not warranting anything worthy of a mention.

Last season, and one we're somewhat loathe to mention, Mr Bratt was in charge of Yeovil Town's 5-0 thrashing by Brighton and Hove Albion in March 2009. Whilst he sent off keeper Josh Wagenaar during that match for a second bookable offence, we'd not dare to suggest that he had anything to do with the scoreline on a dreadful day.

Finally, on a more entertaining note, Mr Bratt was in charge of the 3-3 draw against Leyton Orient back in August 2009, that was a somewhat topsy-turvy affair. Referees are often guilty of taking over the focus of the game - with six goals scored, this wasn't a game where anyone was looking at the referee.

Mr Bratt will be assisted by (Devon) and (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be (Worcestershire).

Link: November 2005 : Macclesfield Town 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2007 : Port Vale 4 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: November 2007 : Millwall 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers.

Link: March 2009 : Brighton and Hove Albion 5 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 3 - 3 Leyton Orient.


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1 February 2010 : Transfer Deadline Day: Full League One Ins And Outs
There has been a fair bit of movement in League One today ahead of the Transfer Window closing at 5.00 p.m. this afternoon. As is the pattern these days, most deals have been in the form of loans and loan extensions, with little money spent up front. The other noticable feature is the concentration on forwards, as teams seek to pep up their strike forces for the business end of the season, with around half the moves involving front men.

Brentford
IN - John Akinde (forward), month loan, from Bristol City
IN - Tommy Smith (defender), two month loan, from Ipswich Town
IN - Lionel Ainsworth (forward), loan to end of season, from Huddersfield Town
IN - Wojciech Szczesny (goalkeeper), loan to end of season, from Arsenal

Brighton & Hove Albion
IN - Chris Holroyd (forward), undisclosed fee, 18 month contract, from Cambridge United
OUT - Craig Davies (forward), loan to end of season, to Port Vale
OUT - Kevin McLeod (forward), free transfer, to Wycombe Wanderers

Bristol Rovers
IN - Mikkel Andersen (goalkeeper), loan to end of season, from Reading
IN - Wayne Brown (midfielder), one month loan, from Fulham
Byron Anthony (defender), contract extension to 2012
OUT - Darryl Duffy (forward), three month loan, to Carlisle United
OUT - Alex Kite (defender), loan extended, to Chippenham Town
OUT - Joe White (forward), loan extended, to Paulton Rovers

Carlisle United
IN - Darryl Duffy (forward), three month loan, from Bristol Rovers
IN - Ben Marshall (forward), one month loan, from Stoke City

Charlton Athletic
IN - Akpo Sodje (forward), loan to end of season, from Sheffield Wednesday
OUT - Luke Holden (forward), three month loan, to Wrexham

Colchester United
IN - David Prutton (midfielder), free transfer, from Leeds United

Exeter City
IN - Troy Archibald-Henville (defender), undisclosed fee, from Tottenham Hotspur

Gillingham
IN - James Walker (forward), free transfer, from Southend United

Hartlepool United
NONE

Huddersfield Town
IN - Nathan Eccleston (forward), loan extended to end of season, from Liverpool
OUT - Lionel Ainsworth (forward), loan to end of season, to Brentford
OUT - Tom Denton (forward), month loan, to Wakefield
OUT - Lewis Nightingale (midfielder), month loan, to Wakefield
OUT - Jim Goodwin (midfielder), loan extended to end of season, to Oldham Athletic

Leeds United
IN - David Martin (goalkeeper), ten day loan extension, from Liverpool
OUT - David Prutton (midfielder), free transfer, to Colchester United
OUT - Paul Huntingdon (defender), released by mutual consent

Leyton Orient
NONE

Millwall
IN - Liam Trotter (midfielder), loan to end of season, from Ipswich Town
OUT - Jason Price (forward), one month loan, to Oldham Athletic

MK Dons
NONE

Norwich City
OUT - Simon Whaley (forward), released by mutual consent

Oldham Athletic
IN - Darryl Flahavan (goalkeeper), loan to end of season, from Crystal Palace
IN - Jim Goodwin (midfielder), loan extended to end of season, from Huddersfield Town
IN - Jason Price (forward), one month loan, from Millwall

Southampton
OUT - Oliver Lancashire (defender), loan to end of season, to Grimsby Town
OUT - Jake Thomson (forward), loan to end of season, to Torquay United

Southend United
OUT - James Walker (forward), released on free, to Gillingham

Stockport County
IN - Paul Huntingdon (defender), free, from Leeds United
OUT - Michael Raynes (defender), undisclosed fee, two and half year contract, to Scunthorpe United

Swindon Town
IN - Danny Ward (forward), loan to end of season, from Bolton Wanderers
OUT - Husney Aljofree (defender), released by mutual consent

Tranmere Rovers
IN - Marvin Sordell (forward), one month loan, from Watford

Walsall
NONE

Wycombe Wanderers
IN - Gareth Ainsworth (forward), free transfer 18 month deal, from Queens Park Rangers
IN - Kevin McLeod (forward), free transfer, from Brighton & Hove Albion
OUT - Michael Duberry (defender), released by mutual consent

Yeovil Town
NONE


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1 February 2010 : Transfer Deadline Day: Nothing Doing For Glovers
The January Transfer Window has closed now, with no incoming or outgoing transfers from Huish Park on Deadline Day. The main bit of activity for Yeovil Town actually came right at the start of the transfer window when a number of players were shown the door, and a couple of loan signings had new deals set up for the second half of the season.

Overall, in terms of net gains and losses, there was one brand new arrival with Owain Tudur Jones signing a one month loan deal from Norwich City, whilst Andy Lindegaard and George O'Callaghan both left the club. Fringe players Louis Lavers and Sam Lechmere also were let go, after their short term deals at the club expired.

Four senior players gained new deals with the club, as Terrell Forbes and Jean-Paul Kalala were given further short term contracts at the club. Meanwhile loan pair Shaun MacDonald and Alex McCarthy both had new deals established, although the closure of the transfer window means that it is unlikely - unless we've misinterpreted the terms of McCarthy's loan - that he will be able to stay until the end of the season. His back-up keeper Richard Martin headed out for match practice at Grays Athletic.

Overall though, the Glovers squad resembles roughly what it did going into the transfer window, which as we hinted at the start of the month may have been the best that the club can have hoped for, with no rumours of bids for any of their current playing squad. As suspected, trying to find decent players on free transfers halfway through the season was a tricky task - even the one that manager Terry Skiverton did find - midfielder Arron Davies - turned out to be a false dawn.

A full League One Deadline Day round-up will be on this site later tonight.

Incoming: Owain Tudur Jones (Norwich City, one month loan until February 27th)

New Loan Deals: Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City, six month loan), Alex McCarthy (Reading, one month loan extension until circa end-February)

New Contract Extensions: Terrell Forbes (six month deal), Jean-Paul Kalala (six month deal).

Outgoing: Sam Lechmere (released), Louis Lavers (released), Andy Lindegaard (turned down contract), George O'Callaghan (released)

Loaned Out: Richard Martin (Grays Athletic)

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


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1 February 2010 : Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Charlton Athletic are now on advance sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at The Valley on Saturday 20th February, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £25.00; Concessions (U21s and Over 60s): £17.00; Under 18s: £5.00.

Both Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay at the Concessionary rate unless they are aged Under-18, in which case they pay that age rate. Disabled supporters can take one assistant in free of charge.

Visiting supporters are allocated the Jimmy Seed Stand (South Stand) at The Valley. There's no indication of any match day surcharge for this game.

You should note that The Sun newspaper are running a Family Ticket promotion in conjunction with the Football League for this fixture. If you can bear to buy the newspaper for four out of the five available days this week, then tokens contained within the paper will get you a Family Ticket for £29.50 for two adults and two children. Note that these tickets must be purchased in advance and are in limited supply, with 200,000 allocated across all Football League clubs for the purposes of the promotion.

The same promotion also applies for Yeovil Town's home games against Gillingham (February 13th) and Bristol Rovers (March 20th), where the equivalent Huish Park package costs £19.50. Again, you must book in advance.

To avoid any skullduggery, you must hold onto your tokens, and the Family Tickets will be checked on the turnstile of The Valley and at Huish Park to make sure that those entering meet the criteria of two adults and two children as they enter the turnstiles.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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1 February 2010 : Transfer Deadline Day: Ex-Glovers Round-Up
A couple of weeks ago, we covered the first half of the January transfer window, as it affected former Yeovil Town players. Now with the transfer window due to close at 5.00p.m. tonight (England only - other countries are staying open, and in some cases up until midnight) it's worthwhile having a look at what the second half of the month has brought ex-Glovers.

Striker Leon Best is the biggest Glovers-related bit of transfer news on Deadline Day so far, heading to play for Newcastle United on a three-and-a-half year deal after almost three years with Coventry City. The fee is undisclosed but is likely to be a significant one.

One of the more eyebrow-raising transfers came on Friday when left-back Michael Rose, who was included in the PFA Team Of The Year during Yeovil Town's League Two title winning season of 2004-05, left Stockport County on loan to Norwich City. Rosey had plenty of detractors at Huish Park, but there's little doubt that he will have made a good first impression at Carrow Road, scoring on his debut in a 2-1 win over Hartlepool United.

Goalkeeper Steve Collis was formally given a six month contract with Bristol City last week, having been on trial at Ashton Gate, following his release by Crewe Alexandra earlier this month.

Former winger Brian McDermott is now the permanent manager of Championship side Reading, having been caretaker manager for some while, and will now have to recruit in a new Chief Scout to cover his former role at the club. We've already covered the unveiling of another former player Jerry Gill at non-league minnows Weymouth. Two former Glovers Stephen Reed and Jake Reid gave him a good start with a 3-1 relegation-six-pointer win over Lewes. This means it's nosebleed time for the Muff as they occupy 21st place in the Conference South table.

Midfielder Anthony Barry, who we reported as signing for Wrexham in our last update, has already left Wales and headed to Conference North leaders Fleetwood Town. A three year contract, and a tripling of his salary from what he was on at Wrexham may have swung the balance, although we'll have to wait and see whether Fleetwood are the latest non-league side to operate on a boom'n'bust cycle as they chase the dream.

Striker Marvin Brown has teamed up with Steve Thompson again, as the Bristolian heads to Cornwall and Truro City. Meanwhile defender Aaron Brown has signed for AFC Telford on a short term deal. They expect this to be only a temporary stay, with their manager admitting that a Football League club may eventually take Brown on.

Midfielder Tommy Doherty, who left Wycombe Wanderers earlier this month has signed for Hungarian side Ferencvaros until the end of the season, with an option for a further extension. Striker Kevin Gall has done enough to get his deal with York City extended until the end of the season, as he aims for his second Conference National winners medal. Striker Wayne Gray, most recently with AFC Hornchurch, has joined Grays. And finally we'll be finding out if striker Rene Howe was any good in a couple of weeks time when he heads down to Huish Park as part of a Gillingham side. The Glovers didn't quite land him from Peterborough United over the summer, but the Gills have taken him on loan.


More Deadline Day Updates For Ex-Glovers: Striker Scott Ramsay has moved from Isthmian Premier Division side Hastings United to Sussex County League Division Two side Rye United. Another more legendary striker Howard Forinton has gone from Banbury United to Woodford United on loan. With their transfer embargo recently lifted, Salisbury City have re-entered the market, and today Ronnie Bull joins fellow ex-Glover Chris Giles, recently signed after his release from Crawley Town, at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Late Deals On Deadline Day For Ex-Glovers: Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic transfers to Stoke City for £3.25 million quid. Latvian Andrejs Stolcers ditches minnows Bath City for the might of Hayes and Yeading. Striker Craig Davies decides to stay at Port Vale for the rest of the season, rather than head back to Brighton and Hove Albion. Another striker James Walker leaves Southend United and signs on a free transfer for Gillingham. Yet another striker Aleksander Prijovic leaves Derby County and heads to Swiss side FC Sion on a free transfer.

Link: January 15th: January Transfer Window Ex-Glovers Round-Up.


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1 February 2010 : GWSC Travel To Wycombe Wanderers
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for Saturday's trip to Wycombe Wanderers. The match takes place at Adams Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 6th February 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 10.15a.m. and then Huish Park at 10.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £18.00 for adults, with concessions available at £16.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Wycombe.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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1 February 2010 : Nathan Jones Brings Bite To The Glovers Defence
One of the most legendary defenders of the 1960s and 1970s was Norman 'Bite Yer Legs' Hunter. The former Leeds United, Bristol City and Barnsley defender got his unusual nickname due to the sort of x-rated tackles that would make former Glover Colin Miles blush.

Current Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones appears to be using Hunter as his role model - he got rid of Huddersfield Town goalscorer Nathan Eccleston on Saturday by biting his knee! The two players accidentally collided in the aftermath of a second half tackle.

Initially it looked like Jones had come off far worse through a head collision, but Eccleston was the one who had to be subbed - the Welshman's teeth had gone through the Liverpool loan player's knee.

Speaking to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Eccleston confirmed that the incident was accidental, and could see the funny side of it:

"Perhaps it was the only way he could stop me, and I'm off to get a tetanus injection! But seriously, I think he slipped as he came into tackle, and as I wriggled to get past, my knee came into contact with his mouth. He came up and gave me an apology. I accepted it and asked if he still had all his teeth, which thankfully, he has. I went off the to the dressing room to get it stitched with the intention of going back on, but by the time it was sorted out, the manager had decided to bring on Lee Novak."

Huddersfield played around five minutes of the second half with ten men on the field as a result, but it made little difference, with Eccleston's goal ultimately proving to be the winner.


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1 February 2010 : Transfer Deadline Day: All Quiet On The Glovers Front
Today marks the final day of the January transfer window, with Yeovil Town unlikely to be doing any major trading during the day. Football League clubs and Premier League clubs have until 5.00p.m. today to conclude their business. Scottish League clubs have until midnight.

With Owain Tudur Jones having arrived from Norwich City just before the weekend just gone, and the Arron Davies registration having hit the buffers, manager Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset on Saturday that he is not expecting anything to happen of significance today. Terry was asked about the chances of a reverse on Arron's situation or any new players arriving:

"I can't comment on either at the moment. I've brought Owain (Tudur Jones) in, to cater for the JP (Kalala) scenario, and if nothing happens with Arron (Davies) then I don't see anything else happening within the window."

The pre-match radio coverage suggested that Arron's agents were seeking to appeal to the Football League regarding their decision to block Arron's player registration last week. Our assumption would be that the League would give them the same advice that was given to Wycombe Wanderers striker Alex Revell. Whether the club would want to add a seventh loan to their books though is very debatable. However, Skivo's comments suggest that contrary to the club's initial statement, the door is not entirely closed.

Either way, Arron's situation appears to be irrelevant to the transfer window. Free agents are not governed by today's deadline, and if the same path is followed as with Wycombe's Revell, then this would be an emergency loan deal, which would be possible in around eight days time, assuming Arron's agent doesn't get the mess sorted out today.

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


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