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29 February 2012 : Owls Fire Megson As Blades Open Up Five Point Gap
League One side Sheffield Wednesday have tonight fired their manager Gary Megson, just three days after winning a vital Steel City derby match. Megson has been shown the door by owner Milan Mandaric, despite them beating their city rivals Sheffield United on Sunday - a result that had at the time pulled them to within two points of the Blades.

The Owls are currently in third place in the League One table and are near guaranteed a play-off place at the end of the season. However, like Yorkshire side Huddersfield Town, who recently fired Lee Clark, their owner has decided that's not good enough and Mandaric has told his club's website that he wants automatic promotion:

"We have 13 games to go of what is a critical season for our club and this decision has been taken because I believe we have a better chance of achieving our key aim of promotion by making the change."

With Huddersfield in fourth place bringing in Simon Grayson under the exact same remit, but Charlton Athletic currently 13 points clear at the top of the division, it is likely that at least one of the Owls and the Terriers - if not both - will be disappointed by the end of the season.

Sheffield United were playing Scunthorpe United tonight at Bramall Lane whilst Mandaric was pulling the trigger on Megson. They made matters somewhat harder for Megson's successor, beating Scunthorpe United by a 2-1 scoreline to open back up a five point gap. That result did Yeovil Town a favour, with Scunny staying in the relegation zone. They lost midfielder Sam Togwell after a professional foul whilst they were 1-0 up, and the Blades came back in the second period to seal the points.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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29 February 2012 : Another Caulker Milestone As He Nets For England
It's not that often that Tottenham Hotspur central defender Steven Caulker scores a goal, so it's even more special when he does it for England. The former Yeovil Town player of the season netted for England Under-21s tonight in their UEFA Euro 2013 Group 8 Qualifier against Belgium at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium to provide his first ever goal for his country.

Steven has scored just twice in first team football - both during his year long spell with Bristol City during the 2010-11 season - but has been popping up with increasing frequency on the Match of the Day cameras during this season's stay with Swansea City, who he's made 15 appearances for in the Premier League so far.

Tonight in his fourth appearance for England Under-21s, he netted in the 36th minute, converting a Henri Lansbury corner that was headed back into the box for Caulker to score and put England 2-0 up. Lansbury grabbed goals on either side of that set piece, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain providing the final goal from the penalty spot, as England won by a 4-0 scoreline, to put them seven points clear at the top of their group.

Caulker has been recently tipped by the national media for a full international call-up. Those two papers predictions didn't come true in the end, but scoring for the Under-21s will do his growing profile no harm at all.


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29 February 2012 : Youga Absence Causing Johnson Concern
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is no closer to getting left-back Kelly Youga back into the first team squad. The former Charlton Athletic player has been missing with an Achilles tendon problem and has not played since coming on as a substitute at Bury. Having been signed in mid-January he just has 45 minutes to his name.

Since then, the Glovers have signed up Middlesbrough left-back Jonathan Grounds on loan, meaning that along with assistant manager Nathan Jones and former Lowestoft Town player Curtis Haynes-Brown, they have plenty of alternatives in that position. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that Youga is not making any progress with his injury and that 'decisions' need to be made to resolve the situation:

"No, he's not any closer. That's a strange one. That's given me the hump to be honest with you! I'll deal with that as I need to deal with it. But that's been too long an injury now, and I'll have to make some decisions pretty quick."

Youga has been plagued with injuries since the 2008-09 season saw him suffer a cruciate ligament rupture put him out of contention, and at the time he arrived at Huish Park he had been out of first team action for over two years. The current prognosis would suggest that he is not likely to be back in the foreseeable future.


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29 February 2012 : GWSC Travel To MK Dons
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us make a midweek trip to play Milton Keynes Dons in a League One match. The game at stadium:mk takes place on Tuesday 6th March 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 2.30p.m. Note that as this is a midweeker, there is no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be £20.00 with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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29 February 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One fixture against Brentford have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd March 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Roger East (Wiltshire).

Mr East was a regular at Huish Park as a Fourth Official and an Assistant but in the summer of 2007 was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League. Since then we've had him four times in competitive fixtures, although he has also taken charge of various pre-season friendlies and Reserve Team matches.

His earliest match as a referee for a Yeovil Town league game was the February 2008 match against Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box, winning them an early controversial free kick. We didn't play well on the day, losing the match 1-0, but certainly things like that did not help.

Somehow he also managed to wind up Glovers fans during a pre-season friendly against Bristol City, in July 2008. A dodgy penalty and the lack of an offside award for another goal, along with two bookings being dished out in a friendly and he didn't impress too many that night.

Mr East then took charge of the 1-0 win over Swindon Town in March 2009. We may have won the game, but we found a lot of his early decision-making antagonised both crowd and players in a tense local derby where a cool head could have been done with instead. His decision to book Chris Weale for timewasting, then 11 minutes later to book David Noble for taking a free kick too quickly was to say the least odd.

His more recent matches involving the Glovers have probably been his best, with two of those coming during the 2009-10 season. Our 2-0 win over Brentford in September 2009 warrants no significant criticism of his officiating. Boxing Day's 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers was not quite so error free - his positioning left a lot to be desired - twice getting in the way of attempted Yeovil clearances, putting Wycombe through on goal with one, but maybe he felt the opposition needed a friendly hand that day?

Most recently, Mr East was in charge of the September 2010 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers. Here we've got to give him credit for doing what far too few officials do - going back and booking a Tranmere player after he had played an advantage, rather than forgetting the severity of the incident, or unnecessarily stopping play. However, with our green-tinted spectacles on, we had some grumbles about him chalking off an Adam Virgo goal for apparent climbing on a Rovers defender. Good job we won the game, or there might have been a bit more post-match talk about it.

In the most recent match involving Mr East, he chalked off another Glovers goal. In the 2-0 defeat against Exeter City in the Carling Cup earlier this season, a Kieran Agard strike was denied for a push on the keeper by another Glovers player. Whether that was fair or not, Terry Skiverton didn't make any issue about the incident in his post-match interview, so we'll give the match referee the benefit of the doubt. No bookings against either side on the night, which is always nice to see.

The Wiltshire official has already looked after two fixtures involving Brentford this season. He was in charge of their October 2011 home match against Scunthorpe United. The game finished in a 0-0 draw, but Mr East dished out a red card to visiting midfielder Andrew Wright for two bookable offences. Presumably Bees fans weren't complaining about that, or the fact that all of the cards raised that day were against Iron players. More recently he was in charge for Brentford's FA Cup exit at the hands of Conference side Wrexham. Again two cards shown, but both to the visitors.

Mr East will be assisted by Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). As yet, the Football League have not identified who the Fourth Official will be for this game.

Link: Feb 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 3.

Link: July 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

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

Link: Sept 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: Dec 2009 : Yeovil Town 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: Sept 2010 : Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: August 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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29 February 2012 : MacLean Deal Goes Missing; Presumed Dead
Yeovil Town striker Steve MacLean's loan move to Cheltenham Town looks to be dead in the water, after their manager Mark Yates failed to follow up his interest from late last week. The 29 year old was named as a target for the League Two promotion chasers, after Glovers boss Gary Johnson confirmed in his pre-match interview at Carlisle that a move was on the cards.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after last night's Somerset Premier Cup exit at Clevedon Town, Johnson has said that he has not had any further contact from Yates since last Friday, and so is presuming the interest is no longer there:

"We're waiting for the manager of Cheltenham (Mark Yates). He seemed very keen on Friday, but he seems to have disappeared with Lord Lucan! (Assistant manager) Terry (Skiverton) has left him a couple of messages. I suppose when he's ready, he'll make contact with us again, but to me it looks dead now, because it's been two or three days. But Steve MacLean will be disappointed."

This morning's Gloucester Citizen echoes this view, suggesting that Yates is now targeting alternative players. They don't quote Yates specifically on this subject, but seem confident enough to suggest the MacLean deal is dead in the lead-in to their article.


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29 February 2012 : BBC Late Kick-Off Yeovil Feature On iPlayer
For those who missed last night's Late Kick-Off programme on BBC1, you catch catch it on iPlayer now for around the next six days. To find out what went on during the long trip to Carlisle United click the link below.

Note as it's iPlayer, you may have problems viewing it if you live outside the UK. For those who want to start the programme at the Yeovil-specific feature, you'll find it just over 11 minutes into the half hour show.

Link: BBC Late Kick-Off : South, South-West and West Edition : Episode 7.


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28 February 2012 : Clevedon 1 Yeovil 0 : Early Strike Sends Glovers Crashing Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves crashed out of the Somerset Premier Cup this evening at the Quarter-Final stages. A single goal from Ashley Kington was enough to seal their fate, scored for Clevedon Town in the second minute of the match. Both sides landing the ball in the net during the first half, only to find the officials disallowing the goals, but the home side carved out the majority of the chances, and deserved to go through to the next stages.

The Glovers chose a squad for tonight's game fronted by Head of Youth Scott Green - not unreasonable given that eleven out of the sixteen players selected were part of his Centre of Excellence side. Only goalkeeper Gareth Stewart, left-back Curtis Haynes-Brown, right-winger Billy Gibson and attacking midfielder Anthony Edgar had Glovers first team experience, with Michael Woods selected for his first outing in the green'n'white.

The match was ultimately settled with the first chance of the game, with Ashley Kington driving a 25 yard shot past Gareth Stewart with barely 90 seconds on the clock. The home side settled the best with Clevedon's Bristol City loanee Henry Muggeridge striking the post as they threatened to double the lead.

Both sides had the ball in the net, with Melchi Emanuel-Williamson having his 'goal' ruled out for his handball in the build-up, whilst Henry Muggeridge was ruled offside when he popped up from a rebound shot that was saved. But Clevedon went in at the break with a single goal lead that was a little too comfortable for the non-league side.

The second period saw Yeovil carve out a few notable chances to get back into the match, with a Billy Gibson free kick being palmed away by the home keeper, whilst Michael Woods produced good interchange with Corey King to carve out a good chance for the former Chelsea man that was saved. But overall Yeovil struggled to carve out chances on a difficult pitch, and as the fog came down, so did their interest in this season's County Cup, with Clevedon deservedly taking their interest in the competition through to the semi-finals.

Final Score: Clevedon Town 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

Scorers: Ashley Kington (1-0, 2 mins)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
Gareth Stewart, Josh Doyle, Mitch Brundle, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Lee Sweet, Michael Woods, Will Agbo, Billy Gibson, Anthony Edgar, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Corey King.

Substitutes:
Matt Cafer (GK), Aidan Chainey (58 mins for Anthony Edgar), Taran Singh Jheeta, Adam Cleary, Jonny Kaye.


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28 February 2012 : Yeovil 2 Cheltenham 1 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s gained their first win of 2012 on Saturday, as they gained a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town Under-18s. Dead ball moves from Jonny Kaye and Adam Cleary put the Glovers in the driving seat, and although the Robins came back into the game during the second half, the home side held on for all three points.

The Glovers went into the match operating with a midfield diamond in a rough 4-4-2. Playing Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and Taran Singh Jhetta up front. In midfield Mitch Brundle occupied the base of the diamond, with George Russell as the most advanced, leaving Jonny Kaye and Aidan Chainey on the flanks.

They took the lead midway through the first half, when a Jonny Kaye free kick from a narrow angle took a deflection and beat the Robins keeper, to put them 1-0 up. Overall, Yeovil were playing some nice football at the back, with a tendency to fire the ball down the channels for their players to run onto once their lines needed to be cleared. Cheltenham were competing well, but had little to offer up front during the first period.

At the other end Melchi Emanuel-Williamson nearly doubled Yeovil's lead when he hit the post. Even the early substitution of Taran Singh Jheeta didn't disturb their domination of the half. He was replaced by an unidentified trialist - tall powerful striker identified as having the first name Nicholas.

Yeovil doubled their lead in controversial circumstances before the break. They were awarded a free kick just by the edge of the 'D' outside the penalty area, and Adam Cleary's shot slipped past the Robins keeper, with the custodian's palm just failing to keep the ball out of the net. There was nothing wrong with Cleary's strike, but the Robins players and spectators appeared to be fuming about the awarding of the set piece, leading to a somewhat feisty period of the game, where tackles flew in and those in red on the pitch and on the sidelines turned the air blue with plenty of colourful language.

Half time saw Yeovil make a double substitution, with a second trialist and Curtis Hansford coming on for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and George Russell, meaning that all three forward players had been replaced by the second half. Chances continued with an Adam Cleary free kick taking a deflection and hitting the crossbar, whilst both trialists combined to have a shot cleared off the line.

In the closing stages, Cheltenham got their noses back into the game, with a decent back post cross being met by an excellent finish to pull the score back to 2-1. That goal gave them a lift to enjoy their best spell of the game, with Matt Cafer being forced into two great saves, first palming a shot outside the box onto the bar, then getting to the other side of his goal to deny the Robins on the rebound.

As Cheltenham pushed men up in numbers, Yeovil could even have made it 3-1, when Josh Doyle hit the crossbar - the third time the woodwork had been struck by the Glovers in a busy game. But neither side could find the net in the closing stages, and Yeovil ran out narrow winners - deserved on the balance of play, despite the late pressure from the visitors.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Cheltenham Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Jonny Kaye (1-0), Adam Cleary (2-0), Cheltenham Scorer (2-1)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Oakley Hanger, Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Adam Cleary, George Russell, Aidan Chainey, Taran Singh Jheeta, Mitch Brundle, Johnny Kaye, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson.

Substitutes:
Will Agbo, Curtis Hansford (46 mins for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson), Corey King, Trialist 1 (Nicholas) (25 mins for Taran Singh Jheeta), Trialist 2 (46 mins for George Russell).


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28 February 2012 : Reserve Team Squad Named For Clevedon Trip
Yeovil Town have selected their squad that will travel to play Clevedon Town tonight in the Somerset Premier Cup. The Quarter-Final tie at the Hand Stadium kicks off at 7.45p.m. The starting line-up features six players from the club's Centre of Excellence side, with none of the other players having taken to the field during Saturday's game at Carlisle United.

The team that will take place for the game are as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves: Gareth Stewart, Josh Doyle, Mitch Brundle, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Lee Sweet, Michael Woods, Will Agbo, Billy Gibson, Anthony Edgar, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Corey King.

Substitutes will be identified later. If anyone is going to tonight's game, please tweet as much as you like about tonight's match. We'll pick them up and retweet them at our usual @ytfcciderspace Twitter account as we spot them. For more information about the match, see yesterday's news.

Link: Reserves Facing Clevedon Cup Clash.


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28 February 2012 : Parish And Town Councils Deliver Recommendations On Food Store
South Somerset District Council (SSDC) have received a response from Brympton Parish Council and Yeovil Town Council with respect to Yeovil Town Football Club's formally submitted plans for a Food Store at Huish Park. SSDC have, as part of the planning process, consulted a number of interested parties, ranging from the Yeovil Chamber of Trade through to the Ministry of Defence who previously owned the Hounstone land.

Brympton Parish Council met on February 22nd 2012, and the Clerk has written to SSDC outlining their views on the development. As the Parish Council in which Huish Park resides, they have recommended that the planning application be turned down. They have outlined the following reasons:

"Whilst the Parish Council is keen to support Yeovil Town Football Club in its endeavours, it is unable to recommend approval of this application. The recommendation must be REFUSAL for the following reasons:

1. PROPOSED BENEFITS TO THE CLUB
Lack of plans for the upgrade of the football facilities.
Lack of information on how the holding company will transfer the funds raised to the Football Club.

2. HIGHWAY CONCERNS
Lack of funding for the proposed Copse Road roundabout.
There are serious concerns about traffic management.

3. LAND ISSUES
This area was never designated as a retail area.
Lack of details on establishing a replacement open space/sport facility within Brympton boundaries.
"

Yeovil Town Council met last night and their view was also to provide a recommendation for refusal of the application on the following grounds:

"REFUSAL:

1. Will have an adverse effect upon the well-being of Yeovil Town Centre.
2. There are suitable and available sites that can accommodate this proposal in the town centre.
3. Approval could have a harmful effect upon the existing bus shuttle service linking Abbey Manor Park to the town centre shops.
4. The site occupies an unsustainable location and the supermarket development will be accessed by car.
5. Serious traffic problems are likely to result if approved here
."

It should be noted that Brympton Parish Council's and Yeovil Town Council's viewpoints are merely a recommendation and that other parties may hold differing views that are then fed into SSDC for their Councillors to consider. A final decision would be made at a later date. The list of of parties specifically invited to provide comments on the development include:

Yeovil Town Council, SSDC Planning Policy, SSDC Economic Development, SSDC Leisure and Recreation, SSDC Landscape Architect, SSDC Regeneration, SSDC Solicitor, SSDC Environmental Protection Unit, Yeovil Chamber of Trade, Ministry Of Defence, Police Architectural Liaison Officer, Fire Brigade, Environment Agency, Wessex Water, Brympton Parish Council. In addition, occupiers of 96 nearby business and residential properties have been notified and invited to comment on the application.

In addition to the above views of the two Councils, SSDC have received a response from the Ministry Of Defence and SSDC Technical Engineering indicating that they have no objections/comments regarding the development, whilst Somerset's County Highway have asked for further time to respond.


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28 February 2012 : Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth
The Away Travel Club have announced plans to run a coach to Yeovil Town's away match at AFC Bournemouth at the tail end of March. The game itself takes place on Saturday 31st March 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Dean Court, currently dubbed the Seward Stadium.

Their coach will be leaving for the game at 10.00a.m. from Huish Park and the cost of travel to all supporters will be £10.00 per person. If you would like to travel with them, either call them on 07960-687075 or email Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk

Note that at the moment there are no advance match tickets on sale yet. That will doubtless change in the next week or two.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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27 February 2012 : Stan Earl RIP : 1929 - 2012
Former Yeovil Town left-back Stan Earl has died at the age of 82 years old. The former Alton Town, Portsmouth, Leyton Orient, Swindon Town and Poole Town player had suffered from Alzheimers Disease, and passed away recently, survived by his wife Shirley.

Although he retired in the Yeovil area, he was born as Stanley James William Earl in the town of Alton in Hampshire on July 9th 1929. He started his footballing career playing for his home town, but in November 1949 turned professional, joining Portsmouth for whom he played eight times in the league.

In the summer of 1953, he signed for Leyton Orient, perhaps getting an early viewpoint of what life in Yeovil was like from his new manager - a certain Alec Stock, who was halfway through his managerial spell at Brisbane Road, having already created history at Huish. Stan made 33 Football League appearances for Orient before he got a move to Swindon Town in November 1956.

At the County Ground, he made 24 appearances for the Robins during the 1956-57 season, but was to only add one more appearance during the following season. Having dropped down the pecking order in Wiltshire, he moved to Huish in early 1958, making 17 appearances for the Glovers during the latter half of the season, as he became a regular in the side.

The 1958-59 season was his most successful for the club; making 55 appearances across the season. Despite being a full-back, he weighed in with eight goals. As the club's regular penalty taker, six of those came from the spot. He was part of the side that provided one of Yeovil Town's now legendary giantkillings - knocking out Southend United in the First Round after a replay, with the initial tie at Roots Hall attracting 15,296 spectators, whilst the replay saw 7,700 turn up at Huish.

Earl was then the hero in the Second Round, when his penalty in front of 11,000 supporters at Layer Road saw the Second Round tie taken back to Somerset. The Glovers lose the replay heavily in front of 7,300 fans on a quagmire of a pitch, but still enhanced Yeovil's reputation as a cup fighting side.

The 1959-60 season saw Stan fade out of the Yeovil side - one of a number of players to miss games during that season, making just six more appearances before moving on to Poole Town where he finished his playing career, with an ongoing Achilles injury forcing him to retire.

He stayed in the Yeovil area, working for Westland, on the same shifts as another well known full-back Alan Herrity, and stayed in South Somerset up until his death. His funeral will be held on Thursday 8th March at Yeovil Crematorium, at 2.00p.m. and is open to all those who knew him.
The Yeovil Town team beat Southend United in an FA Cup replay in 1958-59 - Stan Earl is the player in the top left corner
The Yeovil Town team beat Southend United in an FA Cup replay in 1958-59 - Stan Earl is the player in the top left corner.

Back row (L-R): Stan Earl, Len Harris, Dave Jones, Billy Elliott, Harry Robshaw, Terry McConnon. Front row (L-R): John Dennis, Don Travis, Doug Hunt, Jimmy Baldwin, Ernie Emmonds, Johnny McKay.



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27 February 2012 : Two Former Keepers Get International Call-Ups
Two former Yeovil Town loan goalkeepers have received international call-ups for this week's set of fixtures. Portsmouth player Stephen Henderson and West Ham United's Marek Stech, who is currently on loan at Leyton Orient have both been given the nod for fixtures taking place on Wednesday.

For Stephen Henderson this is a milestone moment - his first call-up for the senior Republic of Ireland squad, having made eight appearances for their Under-21s, including a number whilst he was a Yeovil Town player. He has represented his country at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level as well, and whilst he's unlikely to be first in the pecking order for Ireland's game this week, he could get some time on the pitch.

Henderson has benefited due to the withdrawal of Sunderland goalkeeper Kieron Westwood who has a wrist injury. Having already made 25 appearances for Portsmouth since moving to Fratton Park over the summer, he has established himself as their Number One keeper, keeping Jamie Ashdown out of the side since the end of September.

The Republic of Ireland are due to play the Czech Republic in an international friendly on Wednesday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has described the friendly as "a good opportunity to see players" implying that he will mix'n'match during the evening.

Meanwhile, West Ham United's Marek Stech, who has just started a one month loan deal with League One side Leyton Orient has been selected again for the Czech Republic Under-21 squad for their international friendly in Bucharest on Wednesday that will see them take on Romania. Orient believe that Stech will be able to get out to Romania and back without affecting their League One fixtures.


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27 February 2012 : Yeovil 3 Forest Green 3 : Full Ladies Match Report
A Shannon Osman hat trick saw Yeovil Town Ladies come back from 3-1 down to grab a last minute equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Forest Green Rovers at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. Not only did the game live up to it’s tag as a potential thriller, but the result also saw Yeovil extend their lead at the top of the South West Combination to nine points.

Coming into the match, the Glovers knew they would have to be at their best against a Rovers side which had won 3-2 at Raleigh Grove in a League Cup game earlier in the season. This was especially the case as with Glovers first choice goalkeeper Rachel Simkin still injured, stand in keeper Stacey Pearson would be continuing her role between the sticks against the Rovers’ front line, one of the most prolific in the division.
Yeovil Town skipper Rachael EdwardsFormer England player Justine Lorton
Yeovil Town skipper Rachael Edwards (left) and former England player Justine Lorton (right).
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Forest Green started the match brightly against a below par Yeovil and with Rovers playing impressively, it seemed only a matter of time before they took the lead. Despite this however, against the run of play, it was Yeovil who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, when a misjudgment by the Forest Green keeper saw a Shannon Osman cross bounce over her head, to put Yeovil one up.

In the League cup game between the teams at Raleigh Grove last October, Yeovil had taken the lead before losing the game to Rovers, so the Glovers knew that the Forest Green’s response would be strong. This proved to be the case and Rovers soon equalised on 20 minutes, breaking through the middle and slotting the ball past Stacey Pearson.

The Rovers second on 32 minutes was well worked and this gave them the momentum to push on for the third which came at the 40 minute mark. At half time, the 1-3 score line was a fair reflection of Rovers dominance as they had played some great football. Yeovil by contrast had probably played their worst 45 minutes of the season.
Yeovil Town Ladies put the pressure on the Forest Green goal
Yeovil Town Ladies put the pressure on the Forest Green goal.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Yeovil came out for the second half and immediately started playing more impressively. This led to an early opportunity with Rosie Williams (who had been introduced to the game as a half time substitute) making an effort on goal. Although this shot was directly at the keeper, it signalled that a different Yeovil team had come out to play the second half.

In a now far more evenly contested game, Yeovil’s confidence grew and on 60 minutes Rosie Williams found Shannon Osman with a through ball and Osman hit her second goal to put Yeovil right back in the match. With Rovers seemingly now to start to tire, Yeovil sensed they could get something out of a game which seemed out of their reach at the break.

Yeovil Management duo Sarah Lawler and Nigel Williams therefore made a tactical adjustment – changing to three at the back and bringing on another forward – the lively Jodi Cornwall. The Glovers were also forced to make their last change when Kirsty Whitton went down with an injury, but Whitton’s replacement, Jade Hatton, also proved to be a handful for the Rovers left.

Although Yeovil continued to press, despite the industry of Laura Wensley and the experienced Justine Lorton in midfield and Laura Bray/Jodi Cornwall up front, it seemed as if time would run out for the Glovers, particularly when a quick Rovers counter attack almost saw them finish off the game.

However in a fantastic last minute finale, the Glovers moved the ball quickly, with Lorton laying the ball off to Rosie Williams, who to set up Shannon Osman to record her dramatic hat trick. To the Glovers the result almost felt like a win, but for Rovers it was a bitter ending, especially as it was the second time this season they had seen the Glovers come back from a two goal deficit.
Hat-trick hero Shannon Osman, pictured during the Forest Green game
Hat-trick hero Shannon Osman, pictured during the Forest Green game.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Had the match gone on another ten minutes, Yeovil would probably have won the game, but that would have been unfair on Rovers as they could justifiably claim the reverse applied to the first half. The draw was a fair result between two evenly matched teams, who have played out three thrilling matches this season.

Osman’s hat trick means she has now scored four goals in two games for the Glovers, after recording her first Yeovil goal only last week. Speaking after the game, Nigel Williams said he and fellow Joint Yeovil Manager Sarah Lawler were pleased to get something out of the match:

"Shannon had another great game today and it was a fantastic end to the match, however that is not the type of game we want on a regular basis! Sarah and I knew today was not going to be easy as we were fully aware of what Forest Green could do if they were firing on all cylinders. We only had ourselves to blame at half time - the team knew exactly what was wrong with their game and it really didn’t need Sarah or me to tell them.

"In the second half we could see that the team were up for a come back and one of the things we keep telling the players is that until the final whistle, a game is not won or lost. We continue to grow and learn from every game; belief is a great asset and we still have our unbeaten record in the league. We are now away next week and will concentrate on that; one game at a time."

The Management duo also thanked the impressive Glovers support at the game, Williams added:

"I must add that the crowd was great today and they were really behind us in the second half - that really does make a big difference to our players."

Next up for the Glovers is a trip next to second placed Havant & Waterlooville who, like the Glovers, have an unbeaten league record. After Sunday’s dramatic draw, the Glovers now know that a victory at Havant & Waterlooville would leave them needing a single point to win the South West Combination.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Forest Green Rovers 3.

Scorers: Shannon Osman (30 mins, 60 mins, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Pearson, Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards (Capt), Grogan ( Cornwall ), Osman, Wensley, Whitton (Hatton), Jennings (Williams), Lorton, Bray.

[Report by David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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27 February 2012 : Don't Give Up The Day Jobs Lads
A reminder that Yeovil Town are featured on tonight's Late Kick-Off programme on BBC1, on the back of their mammoth trek to Carlisle United. A BBC Solent reporter Lewis Coombes was allowed onto the team bus and into the team hotel for the duration of the trip. You can find out how he enjoyed his weekend at 11.05p.m. tonight, if you are in the South, South-West or West local BBC regions, or on iPlayer shortly after that if you live outside the three broadcasting areas.

The Late Kick-Off production team have said that tonight's programme will feature the following bits and pieces:

"On Late Kick Off tonight we're at Bournemouth following chairman Eddie Mitchell's controversial radio appearance; we're on the Yeovil team coach as they make the long journey to Carlisle; the latest from troubled Portsmouth; all the goals from the weekend including great wins for Saints & Reading; and highlights of Crawley's trip to Shrewsbury; a match of great interest to all our teams chasing promotion from League Two."

They've also helpfully posted a short clip from the team's hotel, on the night before the Carlisle match. Whilst Yeovil Town's policy for getting new signings to sing a song on the eve of their first game is legendary, the BBC were treated to a new Boy Band, comprising of Curtis Haynes-Brown, Lawson D'Ath, Jonathan Obika and Bondz N'Gala. Carrying the forfeit for losing the coach trip's quiz, you can watch what they had to do via the link below.

Link: BBC Late Kick Off - Do Yeovil have the Y-Factor?


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27 February 2012 : Reserves Facing Clevedon Cup Clash
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town Reserves go on the road to play their Quarter-Final tie in the Somerset Premier Cup. The match against Clevedon Town takes place at the Hand Stadium on Tuesday 28th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Of course this is the first match for around seven years that Gary Johnson will have selected a side in the County Cup - our recollection is that his general policy for such fixtures was for any player who didn't get on the pitch during the Saturday first team fixture to be a candidate for selection. So we'd expect the likes of Gareth Stewart, Curtis Haynes-Brown and Michael Woods to be supplemented by Anthony Edgar, Billy Gibson, Alistair Slowe and a number of players from the club's Centre of Excellence side.

Theoretically, club captain Paul Huntington could be considered for a run-out given that his four game ban has now ended. However, striker Kieran Agard would not be allowed to play due to suspension. The quirks of the system are that Kieran will be banned for the fixture, but because it is not a recognised first team match, it will not count towards his serving of the three match ban he is currently undertaking.

The referee for the match will be Mark Lawrence and he will be assisted by Alan Smith and Andrew Gibbons. Clevedon are charging their standard first team admission prices as follows:

Adults: £8.00; Seniors/Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

Last season Clevedon Town's Social Club opened at 6.30p.m. with all supporters welcomed, whilst their teabar opened at 7.00p.m.

Address: The Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, Clevedon, Somerset, BS21 6TG.

Getting to the Hand Stadium is extremely easy as it is visible from the M5, and is signposted from the exit junction roundabout. Exit the M5 at junction 20 and take a left turn at the main motorway roundabout. At the next roundabout turn left, where you will see signposts for the Hand Stadium. Follow this road until the next roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout into Kenn Road, cross the river, and then turn left into Davis Lane, which is the second left. You'll find you recross the M5 at which point you will stumble across the stadium on the other side of the motorway. There is plenty of car parking at the ground itself.

Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Finals:
28/02/2012 : Clevedon Town vs Yeovil Town Reserves
28/02/2012 : Brislington vs Portishead Town
29/02/2012 : Larkhall Athletic vs Taunton Town
29/02/2012 : Frome Town vs Weston-super-Mare

Update: Clevedon have now confirmed that the prices/bar openings are accurate and as per last season's fixture.


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27 February 2012 : No Longer An Ex-Parrett
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Dean Parrett will return to Huish Park tomorrow, having been given the green light to resume training. The Tottenham Hotspur player has been back at White Hart Lane for treatment on a knee injury sustained during the 3-2 win over Colchester United just over a week ago.

Thankfully the injury was diagnosed as down to heavy bruising rather than ligament damage, after he limped off in the 69th minute of that home match, shortly after scoring his first goal for the Glovers. That was still serious enough for him to miss Saturday's match against Carlisle United, but should give him a fighting chance of being passed fit for next weekend's home game against Brentford.

Dean has indicated via his Twitter account today that he will be travelling back down to Yeovil this evening, and will join in with training tomorrow morning.


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27 February 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Carlisle Away Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's away match at Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview by local journalist Chris Spittles that was broadcast on BBC Somerset, Gary gives his views on Steve MacLean's loan talks with Cheltenham Town, and also explains his thinking on new signings Michael Woods and Jonathan Franks.

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

For those coming online after the weekend, the following other Carlisle-related resources can also be accessed:

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

Link: Carlisle 3 Yeovil 2 : Late Late Goal Sends Glovers Home Pointless.

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


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26 February 2012 : Ladies Inch Closer With Last Gasp Point
Yeovil Town Ladies stretched their lead at the top of the South West Combination Women's Football League this afternoon, but had to rely upon a last minute equalising goal to get the point they needed. Their 3-3 draw against Forest Green Rovers looked an unlikely outcome until the closing minutes - losing 3-1 at Raleigh Grove against the division's third placed side.

The Glovers had taken the lead through Shannon Osman, but were rocked by three goals from the Gloucestershire club before the break. With Rovers still having hopes of grabbing promotion themselves, a win would have upped their chances, but in the final ten minutes of the match, Yeovil started their comeback as Osman grabbed her second, and then claimed the matchball with her third goal in the final minute to tie the match at three-all.

The draw means that Yeovil Town Ladies increase their gap at the top of the table by a single point, with main rivals Havant and Waterlooville not playing this weekend. The nine point gap between them Forest Green is of course maintained - a result that comes close to ruling the latter out of the title race. There are still two matches against Havant to come, including next weekend's clash on the South Coast which is almost a must-win match for the Hampshire side. To guarantee the title, the Ladies need a maximum of seven points from their remaining four games, although any points taken off Havant would substantially decrease that target.

Table: 1st: Yeovil Town Ladies (P14 Pts38), 2nd: Havant and Waterlooville (P13 Pts29), Forest Green Rovers (P14 Pts29).


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26 February 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Carlisle Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 defeat at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson talked to the BBC about the Carlisle United game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Gary's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

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


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25 February 2012 : Johnson Unhappy With Bad Decisions At The Back
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson blamed 'indecision' and bad decision making for his side's defeat at Carlisle United this afternoon. The Glovers lost 3-2 at Brunton Park after twice hauling themselves back into contention in the game through goals from Jonathan Obika and Dominic Blizzard.

Carlisle netted through a Lee Miller penalty, plus goals from Patrick Madden and a last minute winner from Francois Zoko, and speaking after today's match the Glovers boss put all three down to poor defending gifting the opposition their goals:

"It was defensive indecision for all three goals. Certainly a case of poor defending. We'll have to take a good look at it. We had chances and two goals should have been enough to win it. We got back to 2-2 deservedly in the second half and were slow going for it, but a moment's indecision for the third goal meant we lost the game we should have got something out of."

Whilst Johnson did not name names, Carlisle's middle goal came after Bondz N'Gala was dispossessed inside his own half, whilst the Cumbrian's got their winner after goalkeeper Sam Walker got in a mix-up with back line, allowing Zoko to slip through. Gary felt that those sort of errors were costing goals at the back:

"Individuals have got to work hard on their decision making and defending because at the moment that is what is costing the club. All players make mistakes, but it's how many they make that is the important thing and if it keeps happening then you have got to change the personnel."


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

With just 120 of you making the long journey up the M6, obviously on this occasion your votes will be highly influential, so if you were present, then your input will be highly valued.

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


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25 February 2012 : Johnson Explains MacLean Absence
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained his thinking behind the decision to leave striker Steve MacLean back in Somerset this afternoon. As reported earlier today, the 29 year old is in talks with League Two side Cheltenham Town about a loan move to Whaddon Road, having largely dropped out of contention since Johnson's arrival as manager at Huish Park.

Speaking prior to this afternoon's match at Carlisle United, Johnson explained that he had received an approach from Robins manager Mark Yates, and with MacLean struggling to get minutes on the pitch at present, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that he could see it as suiting all parties:

"We had a call from Mark Yates, who is the manager at Cheltenham. He said they were interested in taking him on loan, which we thought would be good for all parties. Steve MacLean said that yes he'd be happy if that came off. We thought that they would be trying to do that for the weekend, but that hasn't come off."

With the Glovers heading off to Brunton Park first thing on the Friday morning, Johnson added that he didn't want to take MacLean on a two day trip whilst that deal was up in the air:

"So we didn't really want to bring Steve all the way up to Carlisle, and then tell him tomorrow that he's on his way to Cheltenham. So we did say to Cheltenham that we would leave him back there, so they could have signed him if they wanted to, but they might have to wait until Monday. So as I've said, it's good for all parties."

Link: Steve MacLean : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 February 2012 : Carlisle 3 Yeovil 2 : Late Late Goal Sends Glovers Home Pointless
Yeovil Town grabbed their third consecutive 3-2 result this afternoon, but this time with no sensational comeback to their name. Yet again trailing at half time, through a Lee Miller penalty, it looked as though they were on for another second half comeback when Jonathan Obika equalised just 17 seconds after the break. But sloppy defending allowed Patrick Madden to grab back control, and even though Dominic Blizzard pulled the scores back to 2-2 with eight minutes left, Francois Zoko had the last laugh, netting in injury time to give the Cumbrians a 3-2 win.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up. With Dean Parrett suffering a bruised knee last weekend, he had returned to Tottenham Hotspur for treatment and that allowed Jonathan Franks a chance to make his debut, coming in as a right-winger, with Lawson D'Ath moving into the centre.

The first half saw the Glovers almost get off to a flyer, as Jonathan Obika and Andy Williams combined to nearly open up the scoring within 20 seconds of the game starting. Williams ran through the centre, forcing a rather clumsy save out of Adam Collin, who scooped the ball around his post for a corner. Then Williams ran at the Carlisle defence a second time, as they backed off, unsettled by his pace, but with the end product lacking.

That was sadly as good as it got in an opening 45 minutes that saw Carlisle's own pace man Francois Zoko impose his presence upon the game, forcing Glovers keeper Sam Walker to parry their first chance of the game. Walker was increasingly involved in the match, saving from Lee Miller, and then producing a double block from a Danny Livesey header, which he parried, diving bravely at the feet of an incoming Carlisle player who was trying to mop up the loose ball.

Yeovil's chances were rare and even when Andy Williams forced Carlisle keeper Adam Collin to palm the ball over his own bar for a corner, that was probably meant as a cross into the box. The home side's pressure told on 34 minutes when they won a penalty, with Bondz N'Gala penalised for handling in the box - referee Scott Mathieson judging it to be deliberate, despite the cross from Jon-Paul McGovern hitting him at close range. Lee Miller took spot kick duties to put the home side ahead, and give them a half time lead their play largely deserved.

The second period got off to a sensational start, as the Glovers responded just 17 seconds after kick-off with an equalising goal. Jonathan Obika only had a narrow angle to aim at, but his left-footed shot seemed to catch Carlisle keeper Adam Collin half asleep after the half time cup of tea, and the Glovers were level at 1-1.

Not that they held it for long. Some kamikaze defending throughout the match from both sides had a lot to do with the five goals that were scored during the afternoon, and that was epitomised when Bondz N'Gala was caught inside his own half whilst dithering over the ball. Patrick Madden easily dispossessed him, and ran through, slotting the ball past the advancing Sam Walker, and into the back of the net. Back to square one at 2-1.

Yeovil introduced Dominic Blizzard as an early second half substitute, with Lawson D'Ath having suffered what looked to be a hip injury that he was struggling to run off. Then Jonathan Grounds replaced Nathan Jones in a like-for-like swap, and he made an early impression as he forced a terrific save from Adam Collin, after he drove a powerful shot on goal.

Jonathan Grounds was also involved in Yeovil's equalising goal. Luke Ayling's free kick, after Jonathan Obika was fouled, was swung into the box, Grounds won the ball, and it dropped to Dominic Blizzard, and the substitute lashed the ball home with his left foot from inside the box, and into the bottom corner of the net. Slightly against the run of play, but at 2-2 and just eight minutes to go, it seemed as though the Glovers might snatch a point.

Both sides hit the woodwork within a minute of each other - Francois Zoko headed past Sam Walker and was on the edge of celebrating when the ball came off the post. The ball was cleared as far as Gavin Williams, and his ball through to Andy Williams saw the striker race through on goal, with his shot coming off the crossbar - so close to an incredible winner.

Instead the last word fell to Francois Zoko and a bit of schoolboy defending. A long ball over the top saw the striker run onto the ball, and he got his boot on it before Sam Walker could get near it, with the keeper being caught hopelessly out of position. Even so, there were enough defenders who could have and should have stopped Zoko from weaving and turning before firing the winner through a crowd of legs and into the back of the net for a chaotic 93rd minute winning goal. 3-2 and no coming back this time.

Despite the defeat, a string of 0-0 draws amongst sides in and around the bottom eight meant that Yeovil Town stay in 18th place, although the gap between them and the bottom four has now shrunk to one point, whilst Wycombe's incredible 5-0 win over Hartlepool means that they climb off the bottom. What was a five point gap a week ago, suddenly doesn't look quite so easy seven days later. This battle isn't over just yet.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Lee Miller (1-0, pen, 34 mins), Jonathan Obika (1-1, 46 mins), Patrick Madden (2-1, 49 mins), Dominic Blizzard (2-2, 82 mins), Francois Zoko (3-2, 90 mins)

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin
2. Frank Simek 5. Danny Livesey 6. Peter Murphy 19. Ben Parker
4. Jon-Paul McGovern 12. Tom Taiwo 21. James Berrett 13. Francois Zoko
14. Lee Miller 10. Patrick Madden

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie (GK) 16. Jordan Cook 17. Liam Noble 24. Chris Chantler 25. Lubomir Michalik

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling (C) 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
16. Jonathan Franks 14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard (51 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 12. Michael Woods 17. Jonathan Grounds (62 mins for Nathan Jones) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Carlisle Bookings: Tom Taiwo (foul, 39 mins), Francois Zoko (foul, 60 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Richard Hinds (foul, 37 mins)

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Assistants: Paul Curry (Northumberland) and Paul Davison (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Richard Clark (Northumberland).

Attendance: 4,265 (including 120 Yeovil supporters)


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25 February 2012 : Team News For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to Carlisle United. That one is forced, with Dean Parrett having temporarily returned to Tottenham Hotspur for treatment on a bruised knee. That is only expected to keep him out for a short time, but it does allow Middlesbrough winger/striker Jonathan Franks a chance to make his debut. He is expected to line up as a right winger, whilst Reading teenager Lawson D'Ath will move into midfield.

Club captain Paul Huntington serves the final game in his four match suspension, whilst Kieran Agard starts his three game ban, meaning that with Steve MacLean not travelling due to his expected move to Cheltenham Town, there is room for Jonathan Grounds and Michael Woods to sit on the bench for the first time since their arrivals.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling (C) 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
16. Jonathan Franks 14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard 12. Michael Woods 17. Jonathan Grounds 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin
2. Frank Simek 5. Danny Livesey 6. Peter Murphy 19. Ben Parker
4. Jon-Paul McGovern 12. Tom Taiwo 21. James Berrett 13. Francois Zoko
14. Lee Miller 10. Patrick Madden

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie (GK) 16. Jordan Cook 17. Liam Noble 24. Chris Chantler 25. Lubomir Michalik


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25 February 2012 : MacLean Set For Cheltenham Move
Yeovil Town striker Steve MacLean is set to move out on loan, after slipping down the pecking order at Huish Park since manager Gary Johnson's arrival. The 29 year old has made just one substitute appearance since Johnson's opening game in charge, having scored at Bury at Gigg Lane in the 3-2 defeat, and is in talks with League Two side Cheltenham Town, who are currently in an automatic promotion slot in the fourth tier. Assuming talks go well, MacLean is expected to join the Robins on Monday, in what is likely to spell the end of his career with the Glovers.

MacLean's goal at Bury saw him make a gesture towards the Yeovil Town bench that caused controversy when it was picked up by supporters. It wasn't absolutely clear as to whether the clenched fist was one of malice or of celebration, and eventually the club gave him the benefit of the doubt. However, the Scotsman has not played for Yeovil since that match, and with Andy Williams and Jonathan Obika having set up an established partnership up front, opportunities for MacLean appear to be increasingly limited.

MacLean has not travelled up to Carlisle United this afternoon, and so it would be no surprise if he is at Whaddon Road this afternoon, watching their home match against Burton Albion.


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25 February 2012 : Sheffield Wednesday Away Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town travelled up to Hillsborough to play Sheffield Wednesday in a League One fixture. In wintry conditions, a Jonathan Obika goal gave the Owls a shock at half time, but the Glovers faced a long and difficult journey home, as two second half goals saw a 2-1 defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw a large spread of views, with ten different players named by voters for their top vote. Out of that, defenders Bondz N'Gala and Luke Ayling got a decent chunk of the praise. However, top of the tree was midfielder Dean Parrett, who was the eventual winner of the poll. Full results as shown below, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1 Dean Parrett 100 (7)
2 Luke Ayling 88 (6)
3 Bondz N'Gala 70 (3)
4 Richard Hinds 58 (3)
5 Ryan Dickson 42 (2)
6 Ed Upson 28 (2)
7 Andy Williams 28 (1)
7 Joe Edwards 28 (1)
9 Jonathan Obika 22 (1)
10 Gavin Williams 12 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.30

Performance: 7.63
Entertainment: 6.96

VOTES RECEIVED: 27


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25 February 2012 : Grounds Impressed With 'Energetic' Glovers
Yeovil Town's new signing Jonathan Grounds has said that he was impressed with the playing style that the Glovers were adopting, when he came down to train earlier this week at Huish Park. Both himself and Middlesbrough team-mate Jonathan Franks were drafted in to play in a training match on Wednesday, before agreeing a one month loan deal with the Glovers.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, the left-sided defender admits that he was surprised by the age of the squad he was joining, but said that could have advantages to the style of play that manager Gary Johnson was looking to adopt:

"I spoke to the manager (Gary Johnson), and we played a little practice match yesterday (on Wednesday) and it felt good going through that. So if selected then I'll be ready to go. A lot of the players here are 26 and younger, which is surprising, but it's always good for an energetic team, and a team that is going to try to pass the ball, which the manager wants. It's the way that I like to play football, so I'm just looking forward to enjoying my football down here. Hopefully I can come down and my quality and Jonathan's (Franks) quality can come out by playing in this team in this division."

Having travelled down from the North-East, Grounds made his second long journey of the week, as he headed up to the North-West for this afternoon's match against Carlisle United. He said that he was already aware of the standard to expect, having played against them earlier this season, in a 4-1 win during a loan spell with Chesterfield:

"I've played them already this season for Chesterfield, so I got familiar with the players that I'll be playing against. It's going to be a long journey back up there, but I've always had good times when I've played against Carlisle, so it's a good omen I think, that we're travelling up there. I know I've spoken to a few of the lads and Yeovil have got a good record there as well, in that they haven't lost there in a few years. Hopefully those are good signs for the weekend."

Yeovil Town's third new signing Michael Woods has signed on non-contract terms. He agreed with Grounds that he enjoyed the vibe amongst the squad members:

"It's been a very difficult time with injuries. There were a couple of options, but once I'd spoken to the gaffer, Terry (Skiverton) and the backroom staff - and obviously I had a couple of weeks where I was training with the boys. There seems to be a real buzz around the squad, and it seems to be a really good place to be at the minute."


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25 February 2012 : Football League Sign Up To A Charter For Change
The Football League have this week announced that they will sign the Government's Charter for Action on behalf of its member clubs. The charter, which was drawn up last year, is aimed at eliminating homophobia and transphobia from sporting environments within the UK. So far it has had a low profile within the footballing world, with Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic the main trailblazers at Football League level, having signed up on an individual club basis last October. Last month saw the Premier League collectively sign up all twenty of its member clubs to the charter, which was initially backed by the Football Association in March 2011.

Now the League itself are signing up to the Charter as a collective commitment. Chairman of the Football League Greg Clarke announced the decision shortly after various footballing authorities and campaign groups met at 10 Downing Street to discuss current problems regarding discrimination within the sporting world. Clarke said:

"Football League Clubs are at the heart of local communities throughout the country and, together, we are committed to tackling all forms of discrimination, head on. Everybody should be able to play, watch and enjoy sport regardless of their background and we will continue to play our part in promoting equality and diversity in English and Welsh football. To this end, Football League clubs from all three divisions have authorised me sign the Government's Charter tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport on their behalf."

With several recent high profile incidents in football relating to allegations of racial abuse, the Football League's statement also indicated that they would be working together on how to deal with all forms of discrimination:

"The discussion focused on progress achieved to date, the challenges ahead and how the Government can support the football authorities and campaign groups to send a clear message that any form of discrimination will not be tolerated in the national game. The football authorities have agreed to work together on a way forward and report back to Government before the start of the next season."

The summit at Downing Street preceded a row breaking out, with Government sources and pressure groups disappointed at the level of take-up regarding a February 2012 'Football vs Homophobia' campaign backed by the Football Association. Last weekend clubs were accused of dragging their feet after only 16 clubs out of the top 160 in the English pyramid responded positively to what was intended to be a nationwide campaign. Last Sunday's press named the following clubs as having signed up to the events, which required clubs to provide promotional material through their media or matchday experiences. The 16 clubs that had signed up by Sunday were named as:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Fulham, Liverpool, Newcastle Utd, Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County, Ipswich Town, Millwall, Huddersfield Town, MK Dons, Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City, Port Vale and Hyde FC

Since the Sunday press highlighted the low take-up, a number of other clubs have added their voice to the campaign, bringing the tally up to 27 clubs as follows:

Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, Doncaster Rovers, Notts County, Walsall, Barnet, Bradford City, Gillingham, Ebbsfleet United and Stockport County.

At present with so many clubs having failed to sign up to the schemes - Yeovil Town's name is a notable absence - there is clearly a long way to go on such campaigning. A number of clubs have been accused of 'box ticking' - being prepared to sign up to the charter, but when asked to be involved in 'campaign days' have failed to do so. Like the anti-racism campaign Kick It Out, its work will need to run continuously year-on-year if it is to leave its mark on the game.

Link: The FA.Com: Charter For Change.

Link: Football vs Homophobia Website.


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24 February 2012 : Gary Previews The Carlisle Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on tomorrow's opposition, who he saw play Brentford on Monday night, are recorded via the link below.

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


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24 February 2012 : Stech And Townsend Get New Loan Moves
Two former Yeovil Town loan players have today agreed new loan deals that should get them more first team football at Football League clubs. Leyton Orient have taken West Ham United goalkeeper Marek Stech on a month's loan to solve an injury crisis at Brisbane Road. Regular goalkeeper Lee Butcher is out for the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, whilst former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones has yet to make an appearance this season after undergoing surgery on a shoulder problem in the summer.

Stech will remain at Brisbane Road until March 24th as part of his one month deal, and so we won't know at this stage whether he will still be on loan at the point when Yeovil Town travel to East London, with that match not due to take place until April 21st. Stech made five appearances for the Glovers this season before being recalled by the Hammers at the end of his one month deal.

Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has switched Championship clubs, leaving Leeds United and joining Birmingham City on loan. The 20 year old was due to stay at Elland Road for half a season, having signed for them on New Year's Day. However, the Yorkshire side have just taken on Neil Warnock as their new manager and he claimed Townsend's agent told him that he was unhappy and wanted to leave after seven appearances, despite scoring his first Leeds goal last weekend against Doncaster Rovers:

"I've lost Townsend. His agent told me he didn't like here, he wasn't happy, and he hadn't settled. I'm disappointed because we've lost a player, but I don't want people who don't want to be here so good riddance I say if that's what he wants to do."

Townsend has been slightly more diplomatic in his views on the switch to St Andrews, merely thanking Leeds for his time in Yorkshire:

"I had a very tough decision to make and I made a decision that I think will be best for my career but only time will tell. But I want to thank the club and fans for the support they gave me during my time at Leeds and wish them all the best in the future!"


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24 February 2012 : How To Cure Boredom On A Bus Journey
Yeovil Town will feature for a second time this season on the BBC's Late Kick-Off show next Monday. With the Glovers setting out today on their longest journey of the season, on the way up to play Carlisle United, the regional football show have put BBC Solent reporter Lewis Coombes on board the bus in an effort to find out how players deal with the issue of boredom during long trips.

With a cameraman on board, the BBC will be there to capture the highlights of their journey up the M5 and M6 on a journey of around 342 miles. Manager Gary Johnson has told BBC Somerset that the principle aim will be for him to ensure that his players forget that they are on a journey of that length:

"We've got to make it not so it's enjoyable, but we've got to make it not look like it's seven hours. We've got a few things planned, where we've got a few competitions, and maybe a quiz. We'll just be doing different things. We'll be talking football. We'll be showing them a video of Carlisle (from Monday's match against Brentford) as a shortened version. So we'll use the trip not just to sleep, but to get a little bit of work done in a classroom situation, albeit on a coach."

The BBC's reporter has been tweeting during the trip, revealing that the quiz started just after lunch, opening with the question of which city the Maracana Stadium is in. All will be revealed to those able to view the South, South-West and West edition of Late Kick-Off on Monday night, starting at 11.05p.m. or on iPlayer shortly after to those who live outside the area.


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24 February 2012 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Tomorrow
A reminder that Yeovil Town Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning, with a second consecutive home Youth Alliance League match. Their game against Cheltenham Town Under-18s takes place on Saturday 25th February 2012, with a 11.00a.m. kick-off at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub just off Bunford Lane.

There will be food and drink on sale from the kiosk by the main building. As well as bacon rolls, there will be tea, coffee, soup and Oxo drinks available for those who fancy a cuppa during the match or at half time. Admission to the Youth Team game is free of charge.

Cheltenham lie in 7th place in the current league table, three places above the the Glovers in 10th place.

Football League Youth Alliance (South-West Division) Fixtures:
Bristol Rovers v AFC Bournemouth (10.30a.m.)
Hereford United v Swansea City (11.00a.m.)
Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle (11.00a.m.)
Swindon Town v Torquay United (11.00a.m.)
Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town (11.00a.m.)


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24 February 2012 : Carry On Clarke And Clowes
Yeovil Town's first year professionals Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke have further extended their current loan deals, as they continue to gain first team experience away from Huish Park. The former Youth Team duo have been on loan since the tail end of January, and having completed their initial month deals at Bridgwater Town and Weymouth respectively, they have now had an additional month extension that takes them until the end of March.

So far Lewis has made three starts and one substitute appearance for Weymouth, who lie in 15th place in the Southern League Premier Division. Appearances for Rob have been harder to come by (and quantify) due to the bad weather. However, he scored in a friendly match just over a week ago against Wellington, in a game Bridgwater won 4-2.

At Frome Town, Lloyd Matthews is currently receiving treatment on a knee injury and so has not played during February at all. However, he hopes to return to action within the next week or two.


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24 February 2012 : Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer
Yeovil Town have designated another League One match as part of their ongoing 'Kids For A Quid' promotions. The home match against Hartlepool United match takes place on Saturday 24th March 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. This is the fourth time the offer has been used this season, following the October match against Carlisle United, the December game against Notts County and the January match against Tranmere Rovers.

The rules on this promotion are usually very simple. There are no limitations on the offer (apart from the capacity of the stadium!) There are no adults required as part of the promotion. There are no forms to fill in. Simply take your one pound coin up to the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in advance, or on the day of the game. Call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 for further information.


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24 February 2012 : Former Glovers Striker Gets Wolves Job
Former Yeovil Town striker Terry Connor has been today named as the new manager of Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 49 year old has been given the task of avoiding relegation from England's top flight division, after Wolves failed to bring in what was originally intended to be a high profile replacement for the recently sacked Mick McCarthy.

Connor has been assistant manager to McCarthy since August 2008, having been brought to the club earlier as a first team coach. Initially Wolves had targeted experienced managers, with Alan Curbishley, ex-Glover Brian McDermott and Walter Smith all understood to have turned them down. As a result, Connor has been given the reins until the end of the 2011-12 season - his first ever front line management position.

The Leeds-born player was at Huish Park during the 1993-94 season, having been drafted in by manager Steve Rutter following his release by Bristol City. This was his last significant role as a professional player, having had a lengthy career that had taken in Leeds United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Portsmouth and Swansea City, as well as an England Under-21 cap.

Connor worked as a coach under John Ward at Bristol Rovers, before moving across the city to take a position at Bristol City. Ward then took him to the Molineux Stadium in 1999, appointing him as Reserve Team Manager, since which he has worked under a succession of Wolves management teams, gradually moving up the pecking order. He will now get his first chance to prove himself as a manager, and becomes one of two ex-Glovers to currently manage in the Premier League, with Alan Pardew at Newcastle United.

With Brian McDermott choosing to stay at Championship side Reading, rather than jump ship to Wolves, he has benefited from the situation, with the Berkshire side giving him a new contract that will keep him at the Madejski Stadium until 2015. He has been in charge since December 2009, having been the club's Chief Scout up until his elevation to the top job. McDermott started his career in coaching at Huish Park, having been both a player and assistant manager during the early 1990s. His time with the Glovers preceded Connor's arrival in Somerset.

Link: Terry Connor : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Brian McDermott : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 February 2012 : Trio On Board Bus To Carlisle
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be taking all three of his new signings up to Carlisle United for this weekend's League One match. The Glovers team bus left this morning towards Brunton Park, with Middlesbrough duo Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks on board, as well as ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Woods.

With the Glovers missing Kieran Agard through suspension, and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dean Parrett expected to be left at home whilst he recovers from a bruised knee, there are at least two changes necessary to the squad of sixteen players who will be selected for tomorrow's match. Whilst Johnson says that midfielder Dominic Blizzard may well be the player that gets the nod to replace Parrett in the starting eleven, he fully expects Grounds, Franks and Woods to be on his teamsheet:

"I wouldn't normally change a winning side, but Dean Parrett is out, we think. We're still waiting on a last minute shout from Tottenham and from Dean. But we've got Dominic Blizzard as well, who is looking to come into that midfield role. But they'll certainly be travelling. You don't want to be travelling all the way up there and not be in the squad, so I'll probably make sure that they're on the line at worst."

Despite being suspended for tomorrow's match, club captain Paul Huntington has indicated via his Twitter account this morning that he is travelling to Carlisle. Huntington took part in the team warm-ups during last weekend's home match against Colchester United before taking his place in the stand to watch the game, and so it would seem likely that he will repeat this at Brunton Park.


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24 February 2012 : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town made the long trip to Carlisle United tomorrow, hoping to extend their current run of promising form since manager Gary Johnson's return to Huish Park. Four wins in their last six matches have come at the right time, particularly given that even those 12 points still only leave them two points above the relegation line, in 18th place.

They face a Carlisle side in mixed form, although there is a strong pattern to that. The Cumbrians were hammered 4-0 at Brentford on Monday in the live Sky Sports game, and suffered a similar scoreline in their previous away match at Hartlepool United. At Brunton Park though, they are a different proposition, having gone 11 games without defeat - last going down on September 10th. That means that despite a pair of 4-0 defeats, they're still in 7th place and thus in with a shout of the play-offs.

Manager Greg Abbott has been at their club since July 2006, and has been their manager for almost 200 matches, having had a caretaker spell followed by his current role which began in November 2008 - a rare bit of League One stability that has allowed them to quietly inch their way forward on a season-by-season basis. They of course have left-winger Andy Welsh in their side, who left Yeovil Town last summer to move up to Cumbria. He has had a fairly torrid time up there, having missed a huge proportion of the season through injury. Welsh sustained a calf injury in September that saw him only return to first team action at the start of this month, meaning that he's only had two league starts since his arrival at Brunton Park. He was a half time substitution in Monday night's Sky Sports fixture.

For the Glovers, they will be missing Paul Huntington who serves the final game of his four match suspension. Also out will be striker Kieran Agard, who starts his own three match suspension for a red card sustained last weekend. Left-back Kelly Youga continues to be unavailable with an Achilles problem, whilst Spurs midfielder Dean Parrett is not expected to travel, having spent the whole week back at White Hart Lane for treatment on a knee problem, which thankfully has been diagnosed as bruising rather than ligament damage. All that means there are a few vacancies in the side, allowing a trio of new signings to be included in tomorrow's squad. Left-sided defender Jonathan Grounds and right-winger Jonathan Franks have signed on loan from Middlesbrough, whilst midfielder Michael Woods has signed non-contract terms at the club.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and you can buy tickets on the day of the game from Brunton Park, subject to a matchday surcharge. If you're travelling then you'll find the Ciderspace guide linked below. If you can't make it then tune into BBC Somerset on 95.5FM for their live commentary on the match, or follow us on Twitter for random musings on the game and score updates.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.

Link: Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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23 February 2012 : Proposal For Link Road From Huish Park
A meeting tonight at South Somerset District Council (SSDC) was due to propose a new link road just north of Huish Park, to join Thorne Lane to the main trunk route leading North-West out of the town. Such a road would provide a new outlet for those travelling to or from Huish Park to the A303, and so is of significant interest to Yeovil Town supporters travelling from outside the town.

Councillor Marcus Fysh has put forward a motion asking Somerset County Council (SCC) to reassess a response from SCC's highways department. He proposes:

"That South Somerset District Council shall instruct Somerset County Council to assess the cost of highway infrastructure works such as to provide new access at a roundabout on the A3088, and new and widened roads to the junction of Thorne Lane and the end of Lufton Way ... to a similar level of assessment as in the assessment previously made for South Somerset District Council by Somerset County Council in its Highways Infrastructure Report of January 2012."

SSDC had previously been told by SCC that the road, which would link with the A3088 close to the Montecute turn-off was "not feasible in engineering terms". The request for a re-review of is being made for two reasons - firstly Councillor Fysh believes that no engineering or feasibility work has been undertaken by SCC to enable them to reach such a conclusion.

Their second reason for the request is particularly relevant in that Councillor Fysh acknowledges the club's plans to develop Huish Park and notes that:

"There are many residents of Yeovil and elsewhere who might conceivably be affected by traffic flows, from any urban extension and from any development of Yeovil Town Football Club's site, including of HGVs."

On the minus side, the mention of traffic issues implies that SSDC are aware that the club's plans are likely to increase traffic in the Huish Park area. However, the other angle is that SSDC appear to be aiming to integrate their own strategic plans into the proposed developments at Huish Park, which the club will undoubtedly see as a positive sign.


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23 February 2012 : Big Crowd Could Make The Difference In Ladies Title Bid
This Sunday, table topping Yeovil Town Ladies welcome third placed Forest Green Rovers in an eagerly awaited South West Combination game. Yeovil currently lead the division by 8 points over second placed Havant & Waterlooville Ladies, with Forest Green a further point behind. With just five games of the season left, both chasing teams must win all their remaining games and hope that Yeovil have an end of season collapse that sees them collect no more than seven points in their last five outings.

Although Yeovil are yet to taste defeat in the league this season, the two clubs have already played out two fantastic games, including a victory for Rovers in a League Cup tie at Raleigh Grove last October. The Glovers however turned the tables a month later when they won a vital league match at Rovers - scoring a late goal to win 3-2, after being 2-0 down early on.

Yeovil Management duo Sarah Lawler and Nigel Williams have recently been keen to stress that until things are mathematically certain, league positions mean nothing and therefore the Glovers need to maintain total focus in all their games. That will certainly be the case on Sunday as they will be facing a good Rovers side who will be going all out to win the game.

Club insiders are hoping for a good turnout of Glovers fans on Sunday, knowing that in what is likely to be a close match, fan support could give Yeovil the vital edge. Sunday's game kicks off at 2pm at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town FC. Admission is just £2.00 (£1.00 for concessions) including a free programme.

[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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23 February 2012 : Woods Hoping To Relaunch Career At Huish Park
New Yeovil Town signing Michael Woods is hoping that he can put behind him an injury plagued couple of years, and re-establish his playing career at Yeovil Town. The former Leeds United and Chelsea youth product signed non-contract terms at Huish Park today, having been a free agent since the summer of 2011 when he was released by the Premier League club.

Woods suffered a succession of injuries during his latter time at Chelsea, and his last first team action was back in January 2011 when a short loan spell with Notts County gave him a pair of FA Cup appearances. A series of ankle and knee ligament problems meant that the potential he had at the age of 16 when he made a high profile move from Elland Road down to London, was never fulfilled. Speaking to BBC Somerset, the midfielder hoped that those problems were behind him now:

"I left (Leeds United), whilst I was at school, to come down to Chelsea as a schoolboy and had two or three really good years there. But the last two have been a real struggle with injuries. But thankfully now - touchwood - they're behind me. I'm looking forward to getting back and getting some games and helping Yeovil climb up the table."

Woods is one of three new arrivals at Yeovil Town this week, with Middlesbrough pair Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks signing on loan for an initial month. The Chelsea noted that their arrival would increase the competition within the squad. The 21 year old added that he had enjoyed the atmosphere in the training sessions so far:

">Since day one when I've come in, especially with the way the results have been going, there's a real buzz in training. I think the gaffer has brought in a couple of new loan boys, and there's a little bit of competition for places in there now. So with that sharpness in the squad, you can see it in training every day, and hopefully that is going to show in results on a Saturday."

As far as what to expect from Michael Woods, the independent Chelsea Wiki website The Chels describes him as follows:

"Woods is one of the more mature youngsters in the game both on and off the pitch. He speaks confidently and with sharp insight about the game, and this attitude is reflected on the pitch, where he’s adapted from being an all-out attacking midfielder to a responsible player who can play in central or defensive midfield just as capably."

They note that his injuries, which started during the 2008-09 season, caused him to miss most of the 2009-10 season with a serious knee injury that was followed by an ankle problem shortly after. When a further ankle problem was diagnosed in March 2011, his Chelsea career was effectively over. Since then he has been trialling for Walsall, Hull City and Aberdeen but until now had yet to find a club willing to take a chance on his recent past. If - and it's a big if - the Glovers can get Woods fully fit and keep him injury free, then there's no doubt they will have an asset on their hands. However for the time being, his current non-contract status means that there are few costs involved for the club if any of his past problems do repeat themselves.


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23 February 2012 : Ex-Chelsea Midfielder Signs Up For Glovers
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Woods has signed up for Yeovil Town. He has signed non-contract terms at Huish Park for the time being, meaning that he can be registered as a player, but without a firm commitment from either party as to the length of time that he will stay with the club. The 21 year old is a free agent who was released by the Premier League side over the summer, and despite a number of trial spells with clubs during the last six months or so.

He was originally a Leeds United Academy player, who as a 16 year old was involved in a tapping up row as one of two players lured to Stamford Bridge after they were spotted by the Premier League club. With Chelsea eventually paying £5 million as compensation for the players, Woods inadvertently became a high profile signing despite his age, and at just 16 years and 275 days old he made his first team debut, coming on as a substitute for the Blues in the FA Cup.

Unfortunately that was in the main as good as it got - he eventually made a further substitute appearance for Chelsea - along with two more from the bench in a loan spell at Notts County - all in the FA Cup. However, injury problems thwarted his progress and he eventually disappeared from view, being released at the end of the 2010-11 season.

He has played for England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level, and was called up for the Under-20 World Cup in 2009 but was ill during the tournament. Since leaving Chelsea he's had unsuccessful trials for Hull City, Aberdeen and Walsall - he is the Nephew of Saddlers Head of Youth Neil Woods.

His connection with Yeovil Town comes through Glovers loan goalkeeper Sam Walker. At present, we're not sure what his fitness levels are like. Historically, his injury problems have been mainly ankle and knee ligament problems, with the last being an ankle ligament injury that he sustained in March 2011 that effectively ended his time playing for Chelsea Reserves.


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23 February 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their longest journey of the season, when they travel to play Carlisle United. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to Brunton Park has been tweaked to include the latest ticketing and travel information, plus the usual pub information, club background, parking etc. Access it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.


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22 February 2012 : To Be Frank We Have Grounds To Sign Two Jonathans
Further to Monday's and Tuesday's news, Middlesbrough pair Jonathan Franks and Jonathan Grounds have now formally signed their loan deals with Yeovil Town. The pair have agreed an "initial" one month loan deal at Huish Park - the implication is that there is an open door for the Glovers to extend the deals if all goes well.

Both players are products of the Championship side's academy system. Franks is a right-winger who can also play up front. Born on April 8th 1990, in Stockton-on-Tees, he has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, as well as making 30 appearances for Boro's first team. He had a short loan spell with Oxford United earlier this season that was aborted due to a shoulder injury. He will wear shirt number 16 during his time at Huish Park.

Grounds is the more experienced of the two, and is a 24 year old left-back, who can also play as a centre-back. Born in Thornaby-on-Tees on February 2nd 1988, he has made 37 appearances for Boro's first team, and has also had loan spells with Norwich City and Hibernian. Earlier this season, he had a 16 game loan spell with Chesterfield, although he missed the match against the Glovers last November at the B2Net Stadium. He will wear shirt number 17 during his time at Huish Park.

The two players are out of contract at the end of the 2011-12 season, and the feeling amongst Boro fans is that with neither having made first team appearances this season, that they will be released as free agents at the end of the season.

With Ryan Dickson having recently left Yeovil Town, the logical assumption is that Grounds will be seen as a natural replacement for him, whilst Franks is capable of occupying the right-wing berth that Joe Edwards occupied until his injury sent him back to Bristol City. In terms of the current loss of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dean Parrett's position can be covered by the return of Dominic Blizzard to fitness following his hamstring problem.


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21 February 2012 : Mind The Gap!
Yeovil Town remain in 18th place in the League One table after tonight's results, but with less room to breathe. Scunthorpe United's 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Walsall means that both sides have swapped places on the edge of the relegation zone, with the Saddlers climbing out, and the Iron slipping back inside, thanks to a first half Florent Cuvelier goal that gave Walsall three valuable points.

That result on its own means that there is now only a two point gap between Yeovil Town, who remain in 18th, and Walsall and Scunthorpe in 20th and 21st place respectively. Rochdale climb up to 22nd place in the table, thanks to their shock 1-1 draw against league leaders Charlton Athletic at The Valley, even having the cheek to take the lead through Nicky Adams, although Yann Kermorgant equalised for the league leaders three minutes later. Rochdale lie five points behind Yeovil, and three points from safety.

In the other match tonight, former Glover Dean Bowditch scored both goals in a 2-1 win for Milton Keynes Dons over Bury to lift them into 4th. Meanwhile last night, Saturday's opponents Carlisle United suffered a nasty shock to the system as they lost 4-0 to Brentford at Griffin Park, in a match televised live on Sky Sports.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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21 February 2012 : Middlesbrough Pair Confirmed As Training At Huish Park
Another follow-up on yesterday's news concerning Middlesbrough fringe players Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks. Yeovil Town have now confirmed that both players are training at Huish Park. As yet neither player has signed for the club, although it seems to be clear that the Championship side are interested in offering them up for loan deals.

Both players are products of the Championship side's academy system. Franks is a right-winger who can also play up front. Born on April 8th 1990, in Stockton-on-Tees, he has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, as well as making 30 appearances for Boro's first team. He had a short loan spell with Oxford United earlier this season that was aborted due to a shoulder injury.

Grounds is the more experienced of the two, and is a 24 year old left-back, who can also play as a centre-back. Born in Thornaby-on-Tees on February 2nd 1988, he has made 37 appearances for Boro's first team, and has also had loan spells with Norwich City and Hibernian. Earlier this season, he had a 16 game loan spell with Chesterfield, although he missed the match against the Glovers last November at the B2Net Stadium.

As yet no firm decision has been made to take either player on, although with Joe Edwards and Dean Parrett back at their parent clubs, and Paul Huntington and Kieran Agard currently suspended, the squad is a little tight on numbers at present.


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21 February 2012 : Grounds And Franks 'Training' With Glovers
Further to yesterday's news, concerning Middlesbrough pair Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks, local press in the North-East believe this story has legs to it. The Middlesbrough Gazette today reports that the players are "both training with League One side Yeovil Town this week with a view to agreeing loan deals."

The obvious conclusion to draw is that the club will make an assessment on both - and also Joe Edwards and Dean Parrett's own injury statuses - by around Thursday, given that the Glovers have a long weekend in Cumbria to look forward to on Saturday.

Link: Johnson Willing To Consider New Loan Outlets.


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21 February 2012 : Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's long trip to play Carlisle United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th February at Brunton Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). We can find six previous instances of Mr Mathieson taking charge of a Yeovil match, with four of the six being on our travels.

On the whole the experience has been pretty good, bar one contested penalty decision that went against us against AFC Bournemouth in December 2005 at Huish Park. However, he did award another spot kick at the other end, so we mustn't grumble too loudly. He also gave us a spot kick up at Shrewsbury in September 2004, although Super Gav didn't take advantage of the two attempts he got to put it in the net.

Across the six games, he's dished out a rather modest total of ten yellow cards and no red cards, and bar the spot kicks has barely warranted a mention in any of our match reports, so here's hoping for a continuation of that.

Our two most recent matches involving him include the Carling Cup match at the Riverside Stadium in August 2008, where we played Middlesbrough and lost 5-1 on the night. No suggestion that anything other than Premier League class was to blame for the margin of that scoreline. Then came the March 2011 home game against Brighton and Hove Albion, with the Seagulls heading for promotion - again nothing too much to say about him on that night, except that if anything he overlooked a few possible bookings against us.

The Cheshire-based official has already taken charge of one Carlisle United match this season - their 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers in September 2011, where he dished out five yellow cards, including three against the Cumbrians, but it was still them that went home as the happy side.

Mr Mathieson will be assisted by Paul Curry (Northumberland) and Paul Davison (Cleveland). The Fourth Official will be Richard Clark (Northumberland).

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: August 2008 : Middlesbrough 5 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Carlisle United 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth.

Link: September 2005 : Bradford City 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: September 2004 : Shrewsbury Town 1 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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21 February 2012 : Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Advanced tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Milton Keynes Dons are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th March at stadium:mk with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets prices for the game are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s and Ambulant Disabled: £13.00; Under-18s: £9.00.

Both Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters must phone 01908 622900 in advance of the game to make bookings.

Tickets are available on the day of the match at no additional charge. However, note that their turnstiles are entirely unmanned - you have to purchase your ticket from the dedicated away booth (cash only) or if you need to pay by credit/debit card, by going 180 degrees around the stadium to their main ticket office.

For those wishing to take advantage of The Sun ticketing offer, you must do this in advance of matchday, via the Huish Park Ticket Office. See the earlier article for full details.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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21 February 2012 : Johnson: FIFA Loan Changes Will Reduce Short-Termism
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that forthcoming changes to the Football League's loan system could be turned into a positive situation for those clubs that handle the changes properly, making clubs plan ahead more often. As reported last December, FIFA is forcing the Football League and its member clubs to abolish the concept of 'Emergency Loans' and 'Youth Loans' on the basis that it is a breach of the governing body's Transfer Window system.

Clubs will be restricted to Standard Loans, which can only be conducted during the summer, or during the January Transfer window. Johnson has admitted that he has used the Emergency and Youth Loan systems, but believes that scrapping both might help managers concentrate their minds during pre-season and plan further ahead:

"I've used it so I can't talk against it because it wouldn't be right to talk against it - it would be a bit contradictory. But if you've got friends in high places then you can get some very good loans. For me, because England is the only country that's allowed this situation, I think it will make people work harder on the players they've already got at their club and work harder pre-season to get a group to go through the season."

Yeovil Town have once again made considerable use of the loan market to bolster their squad during the 2011-12 season, and have so far worked their way through 14 players from other clubs, with it being fairly likely that figure will increase, given current injuries to Joe Edwards and Dean Parrett, who are back at their parent clubs. However, Johnson believed that using that system encouraged short-termism at football clubs, and that they offered little benefit in the long run:

"That really is a short-term situation and the short-term loans are not always what you think they're going to be because they're always going to go back after 93 days. The other club is always gaining more out of it because they're giving their players a bit of experience and they're not always as good as you think they might be. It'll be interesting in a couple of years time to see who handles it, who copes with it and who can't."

Johnson's predecessor Terry Skiverton held a somewhat less positive view on the subject, when the Western Gazette asked him for his views last December. Skiverton felt that there was a danger that clubs would end up having to over-spend to counter the risk that injuries might occur at times when no loans were allowable:

"You are going to end up with clubs going into masses of debt because they are going to need three players for every position. We have got two keepers and a young boy but we will need to have three keepers because if there is an injury outside the window and you need to loan somebody, what do you do? It will cause problems, especially for the lower league teams."

Skiverton also felt that there would be little benefit to Premier League clubs, who regularly loan out players like Jonathan Obika and Dean Parrett, feeling there was a risk that such players could end up stuck playing Reserve Team football because the rules prevented them from going out on loan:

"What are we going to do with all of the good young English talent that cannot get into Chelsea or Manchester United's teams? Where do they go? They will just play reserve team football, will get no first team games and will fall straight out of the trapdoor coming from a big club like that not even into the League because they have got no experience. I can see it causing problems but we will learn, adapt and make sure that we do something different again to stay ahead of the game."


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20 February 2012 : Johnson Willing To Consider New Loan Outlets
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will consider moving into the loan market again, if current injuries to Dean Parrett and Joe Edwards continue to cause him headaches. Parrett, who sustained knee and ankle ligament injuries on Saturday that caused him to return to Tottenham Hotspur for a scan earlier today. He is due back for another visit to the Spurs medical team tomorrow (Tuesday) to determine how long he is likely to be out for.

The early prognosis after Saturday's match was that Parrett would be missing for around a fortnight, and with Edwards having ended his loan at Huish Park and returned to Bristol City, the Glovers are temporarily down to three loan players on their books. Johnson has been reluctant to increase his loan quota above five players, because of the problems that presents in terms of matchday squad selection. However, he told BBC Somerset that if the two players continued to be absent that he would consider looking at fresh blood:

"I'm sure we would, but let's wait and see what the assessment is. I'll have a chat with Terry and the other lads and we'll have a look and see who we've got on our list. Joe Edwards is still not quite right yet. He's not going to train actually until Thursday, at the earliest. So we've got to wait until then, just to see if he might or might not be available. We've got a long list (of alternative loan players), and yes we're okay with that. If we need to bring one in, then that's what we'll have to do. But obviously Dominic Blizzard is coming back now. He's available and fit, so we'll have to have a good look at it when we know all the facts."

There have been early unconfirmed signs that the Glovers may be looking towards Middlesbrough for alternatives in the loan market. Unconfirmed rumours on Twitter have pointed towards Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks as being targets - although it should be stressed that neither player has been mentioned in the general media yet.

Both are products of the Championship side's academy system. Franks is a right-winger who can also play up front. Born on April 8th 1990, in Stockton-on-Tees, he has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, as well as making 30 appearances for Boro's first team. He had a short loan spell with Oxford United earlier this season that was aborted due to a shoulder injury.

Grounds is the more experienced of the two, and is a 24 year old left-back, who can also play as a centre-back. Born in Thornaby-on-Tees on February 2nd 1988, he has made 37 appearances for Boro's first team, and has also had loan spells with Norwich City and Hibernian. Earlier this season, he had a 16 game loan spell with Chesterfield, although he missed the match against the Glovers last November at the B2Net Stadium.

It may be that Johnson is merely trialling both players, rather than taking them on loan at this stage, but with neither having featured for Boro's first team this season, and both having had loan spells recently at this level, they certainly fall into the 'available' category. However, as yet nothing concrete has turned up on this yet.


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20 February 2012 : Yeovil 7 Keynsham Development 0 : Ladies Full Match Report
South West Combination pacesetters Yeovil Town Ladies recorded a comprehensive 7-0 win over bottom of the table Keynsham Development Ladies at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. Goals from Justine Lorton (2), Jodi Cornwall, Shannon Osman, Rosie Williams and Laura Bray (2) helped clinch an important victory which sees the Glovers extend their lead at the top of the South West Combination to eight points, with just five games remaining.

Keynsham, perhaps encouraged that Yeovil’s first choice keeper Rachel Simkin could take no part in the match due to injury, started the game in a positive manner, making numerous good tackles and closing down Yeovil’s play quickly. The Keynsham tactics of defending in depth were undone however in the 10th minute when a mix up between keeper and defence allowed Justine Lorton to toe poke the ball into the net.
Jodi Cornwall puts Yeovil Town Ladies 2-0 up
Jodi Cornwall puts Yeovil Town Ladies 2-0 up.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


To their credit Keynsham rallied well, especially in the middle of the park where they initially proved to be handful for Yeovil. However on 30 minutes, great one touch football put Shannon Osman through on the right and Osman delivered a great ball in for Jodi Cornwall to double Yeovil’s advantage at the near post. At the half time whistle, although Yeovil held a two goal lead, it is fair to say that they had not been at their best in the first 45 minutes, no doubt partly due to a determined performance by Keynsham Development.

Early in the second half the Glovers were forced into a change with Rosie Williams coming on for Kirsty Whitton who had suffered a minor facial injury that meant she had to sit out the rest of the game. Fortunately for the Glovers, Williams made an immediate impact in midfield and started to spread the ball around, playing simple passing football and showing that she was back to her best after a long period of being out injured.

Increasingly the Glovers began to dominate the game and on 55 minutes Shannon Osman scored her first goal for the Glovers. That goal seemed to be the turning point in the game as from then on the Keynsham challenge appeared to wane as an ever more confident Yeovil team looked to press home their advantage.
Rosie Williams scores her first goal for Yeovil Town Ladies
Rosie Williams scores her first goal for Yeovil Town Ladies.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


This confidence was epitomised by a great period of play by former England international Justine Lorton who on 65 minutes grabbed her second goal of the day, showing some silky skills to beat the Keynsham defence and then finding the far corner of the net. Just three minutes later, the ex Arsenal player underlined her quality again when she picked up the ball on the right and delivered an excellent cross into the box - allowing Rosie Williams to grab her first league goal for the Glovers.

With the game now decided, Glovers management duo Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler took the opportunity to rotate the team and both Nadine Grogan (who had also picked up a slight knock) and the influential Justine Lorton were replaced by Jade Hatton and Leah Jennings. Terri Trowbridge was also switched to left back and Trowbridge played out the rest of the game in impressive style, having already done very well on the right earlier in the game.
Laura Bray scores the first of her two goals to give a 6-0 scoreline
Laura Bray scores the first of her two goals to give a 6-0 scoreline.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


In the closing minutes of the game the prolific Laura Bray moved up front to partner Jodi Cornwall and very nearly grabbed a quick fire hat trick – going narrowly wide after scoring two great individual goals in the 75th and 85th minutes. Speaking after the game, Joint Manager Nigel Williams said he and fellow Joint Manager Sarah Lawler were pleased with the result:

"All in all today was a great team performance which saw us chalk up another 3 points and I am sure that the crowd went home happy today after watching the game. This week we set ourselves a target of keeping a clean sheet as when we played Keynsham Development in the first game of the season at their place, although we won 7-1, we were disappointed that we conceded a goal. Keynsham Development are a good up and coming young side and they have players that can expose you if you lose concentration.

"Our clean sheet challenge became a bit tougher when we found out our first team keeper Dodge (Rachel Simkin) was injured, so we had to work harder to ensure that we protected our goal. I must say however that Stacey Pearson was great in goal today and the defence did an outstanding job minimising the chances Stacey had to deal with. I also have to mention the performance in the middle of the park by Gobby (Laura Wensley), she made some great tackles breaking up play and her distribution of the ball to players’ feet was fantastic."

Regarding the Glovers prospects in the League, Williams was keen to underline that he and Lawler were keen to maintain the team’s focus. He added:

"Sarah and I are still keeping our thoughts purely on the next game and the league is not won yet. The squad has to continue to put every effort into their game and training so that we can continue this run."

Next up for the Glovers is a home match against third placed Forest Green Rovers this Sunday and since the two clubs have already played out two fantastic games this season (in the League and League Cup), hopes are high for another thrilling encounter. The Glovers first choice goalkeeper Rachel Simkin is expected to return for that game after sitting out last Sunday’s match.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 7 Keynsham Development 0.

Scorers: Lorton (2) Cornwall, Osman, Williams and Bray (2).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Pearson, Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards (C), Grogan (Hatton), Osman, Wensley, Whitton (Williams), Bray, Lorton (Jennings), Cornwall.

[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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20 February 2012 : Grayson Gets Terriers Appointment
League One Huddersfield Town have appointed Simon Grayson as their new first team manager. The 42 year old former Leeds United and Blackpool manager has signed a three and a half year contract at the Galpharm Stadium, replacing Lee Clark who was sacked earlier this month.

As a former defender who started his footballing career with Leeds, and who is a self-professed fan of Huddersfield's Yorkshire rivals, it should be interesting as to how Terriers fans take to him. However, in terms of his managerial credentials he has an excellent track record. He is well known to Glovers fans, having masterminded Blackpool's promotion to the Championship via their Wembley play-off final in the summer of 2007.

Leeds lured him to Elland Road in December 2008, in rather acrimonious circumstances, with the Tangerines refusing the lower division side permission to speak to Grayson, and then attempting to block their manager's resignation when he made his intentions clear. His new side lost in the 2008-09 play-off semi-finals, but then achieved automatic promotion in second place at the end of the following season.

Grayson has only been out of work for 19 days, with Leeds having sacked him on February 1st, despite being just three points off the play-offs, following a heavy 1-4 home defeat against Birmingham City. He now moves a short journey down the road, to manage a side who are currently fourth in the League One table.


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20 February 2012 : Willo Grabs Third Weekly Award Of The Season
Yeovil Town striker Andrew Williams has been given yet another League One Team Of The Week nomination by the Football League. Andy scored his 10th goal of the 2011-12 season, in the 3-2 win over Colchester United, and in doing so received his third nomination of the season, having had two others in August 2011 and last month in January.

Andy's goal on Saturday was his seventh of the year 2012, and his sixth since Gary Johnson returned as manager. In this week's team, another former Glover, Scott Flinders, lines up in goal for Hartlepool United. The full team is as follows:

Scott Flinders (Hartlepool United)
Simon Ford (Chesterfield) Paul Reid (Scunthorpe) Andy Butler (Walsall) Lecsinel Jean-Francois (Sheffield United)
Daniel Powell (Milton Keynes Dons) Paul Murray (Hartlepool United) Darren Potter (Milton Keynes Dons) Gary Jones (Rochdale)
Andrew Williams (Yeovil Town) Ched Evans (Sheffield United)

The full list of Yeovil Town nominations for the 2011-12 season is as follows:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Colchester United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).
4) 19/11/2011 : Ed Upson (2-2 home vs Exeter City).
5) 26/11/2011 : Bondz N'Gala (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
6) 26/11/2011 : Dominic Blizzard (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
7) 17/12/2011 : Rene Gilmartin (0-0 away vs Rochdale).
8) 28/01/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Preston North End).
9) 18/02/2012 : Andy Williams (3-2 home vs Colchester United).


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20 February 2012 : Curle Given Magpies Hotseat
League One side Notts County have appointed a brand new management team this afternoon, in the wake of the sacking of Martin Allen on Saturday night. In a move that strongly suggests that matters were already in hand ahead of the Magpies 3-0 defeat at Hartlepool United, they have appointed a five man team headed up by Keith Curle.

The 48 year old has most recently been part of Neil Warnock's backroom team at Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers, and has not held a first team management position since the summer of 2007, when he had a short spell as manager of Torquay United. He has also managed Mansfield Town and Chester City.

Curle has brought in his own management team, meaning that Magpies assistant manager Carl Muggleton and first-team coach John Schofield have left the club. Both Colin Lee and Colin West are listed as new first team coaches, although given Lee was Curle's Director of Football at Torquay, and his manager as a player at Wolves, it's probably safe to say that the former will be the more senior of the pair. Also joining at Meadow Lane are Chris Kiwomya, who is given the title of Development Squad Manager (presumably a posh name for Reserve Team Manager) and Kevin Pilkington, who has joined from Luton Town, having played and coached for both County and for Mansfield, whilst working under Curle.

Curle becomes Notts County's seventh manager since October 2009, as the revolving door policy at Meadow Lane continues.


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20 February 2012 : FA Confirm Agard Ban
The Football Association have today confirmed that Yeovil Town striker Kieran Agard will receive a three match ban for his red card sustained on Saturday. The 22 year old was dismissed just two minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Colchester United, with referee Steve Rushton deeming Agard's tackle on Martin Rowlands as being worthy of Serious Foul Play.

Agard will now miss the next three first team matches, leaving him out of Saturday's away trip to Carlisle United, the home match against Brentford, and the away match against Milton Keynes Dons. Assuming there are no postponements, he will return on March 10th, for the trip to Oldham Athletic.

Speaking after Saturday's match, manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset that although he didn't agree with referee Rushton's decision, that he couldn't see himself appealing against it, because of the way that the FA's Appeals Panel had thrown out the club's attempt to get club captain Paul Huntington's ban rescinded:

"There is no way that I'm going to appeal, because I'll be honest with you, what's the point? If you can't get (Paul) Huntington off his one, and if that's not a proper tackle, then it's a different game now. As managers we're going to have to accept that, and it's pointless appealing. Unless it's mistaken identity, you're never going to get anything."

Agard became Yeovil Town's seventh red card of the 2011-12 season. In addition, this season the club as a whole have been fined by the FA for their team's conduct in the away match at Chesterfield, whilst captain Huntington and vice-captain Luke Ayling have received separate call-ups by the FA for incidents following their red cards. The Glovers have also picked up nine separate suspensions for accumulations of yellow cards - a set of stats that has seen them pick up the most yellow and red card offenses in the division. Huntington will serve the last of his four match ban as part of Saturday's trip to Carlisle.


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20 February 2012 : Johnson Waiting On Parrett Injury Verdict
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson fears that he may have to do without loan midfielder Dean Parrett for "a week or two" after he had to be substituted during Saturday's 3-2 win over Colchester United. The Tottenham Hotspur player came off 69 minutes into the match, just after he'd scored his debut goal for the Glovers that pulled the scores level at Huish Park.

Speaking after the game, Johnson told BBC Somerset that the 20 year old had damaged both ankle and knee ligaments and that they would be sending him back to his parent club for an assessment of how bad the injury was:

"I think he's struggling. I think he's got a little bit of everything, with knee ligaments and ankle ligaments. So we think it will probably be better if we send him back to Tottenham to assess it. We'll know more on Monday morning. We don't want to lose him, but we may have lost him for a week or two, depending on what the assessment is."

Parrett himself was a little more optimistic of how things were yesterday, when he suggested on his Twitter account that his injury was not as bad as he first thought. The midfielder referred only to his knee as being of concern to him:

"Thanks to all the Yeovil fans for the reception you gave me when I came off injured. Hopefully it's not a bad one and I'll be back soon! Another good result and a goal for me - hopefully I won't miss any games with this knee. The injury is getting better quite quickly, so hopefully isn't as bad as first thought. I will know more tomorrow (Monday) after seeing the physios."

Parrett's likely absence may accelerate Johnson's plans to bring the right-sided Joe Edwards back to Huish Park. He has also been back at his parent club, Bristol City, after his loan deal expired whilst carrying an injury. Edwards has suggested on his Twitter account that he will return to training today, saying "I'll be back fit on Monday. Can't wait to get playing again."


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20 February 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Colchester Interview
Just before kick-off against Colchester United on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC detailing his thoughts on the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts are archived via the link below.

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

Meanwhile the other Colchester-themed resources can be found via the following links below.

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

Link: Yeovil 3 Colchester 2 : Deja Vu As Glovers Win Three-Two.

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


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19 February 2012 : Yeovil 0 Plymouth 3 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to their second 3-0 defeat of 2012 yesterday, as they succumbed to a superior Plymouth Argyle side, who with games in hand still have an outside chance of winning the Youth Alliance League title. As for the Glovers, they are now playing for pride, and for future scholarships and contracts, but they went down to an early first half strike, along with two more second half goals from the Pilgrims in a game they never really got to grips with.

The Glovers took to the field with only two second year players in their side, and with Taran Singh Jheeta, Adam Cleary, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and Lloyd Matthews all unavailable. As a result, a number of Under-16s players were drafted into the starting line-up, with Oakley Hanger making is debut, and Curtis Hansford getting a rare start. The bench was made up entirely of players from the Under-16s side.

In swirling wind, Plymouth started as the better side on the bottom pitch at Alvington, with both sides finding it hard to control the ball at times. However, the Pilgrims took the lead early on when their left-winger received a pass onto the flanks, cut inside and then fired a shot over the advancing Matt Cafer to give the visitors the lead.

This was a half where the Glovers struggled to get a shot on goal, forcing the odd corner, but otherwise doing little to look like they could get back into the game. The elements gradually began to subside though, and that helped the quality of Yeovil's football. Lee Sweet burst through the Plymouth midfield, running at their defence, before firing just wide of the target five minutes before the break, but that was as good as the half got from an attacking point of view.

The second period saw George Russell and Tommy Smith, replacing Will Agbo and Jonny Kaye respectively, as the two Under-16s players lowered the average age of the team even further. Yeovil went further behind in somewhat questionable circumstances, when Argyle were allowed to take a free kick quickly, despite the match referee indicating that he wanted to talk to substitute Smith about the offence - from that set piece the visitors were able to double their lead.

Plymouth then got a headed goal in a half where they were largely outfought and outclassed by the elder Argyle side, with matters not helped by Curtis Hansford getting his marching orders late on - getting a straight red from the referee for a foul. In the blustery conditions, this was not a great game to watch, with the visitors deserving to win by the margin that they did.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 3.

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Oakley Hanger, Josh Doyle, Elliott Nelson, Lee Sweet, Will Agbo, Mitch Brundle, Jonny Kaye, Curtis Hansford, Corey King, Aidan Chainey

Substitutes:
George Russell (for Will Agbo), Tommy Smith (for Jonny Kaye)


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19 February 2012 : Win Puts Ladies In Seventh Heaven
Yeovil Town Ladies hit seven goals past Keynsham Development this afternoon, to continue their charge at the top of the league. In what was top versus bottom in the division, in a game played at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, they ensured there were no shocks on the cards, securing a 7-0 win with a brace each from Justine Lorton and Laura Bray with further strikes from Jodi Cornwall, Shannon Osman and Rosie Williams.

The result keeps the Glovers firmly in the driving seat at the top of the South West Combination Women's Football League. With main rivals Havant and Waterlooville involved in FA Women's Cup action against Brighton and Hove Albion, this represented the Glovers game in hand, and with all top three clubs now having played 13 games each, they have now opened up an eight point gap at the top of the division.

Next weekend sees the Ladies back at Raleigh Grove, when third placed Forest Green Ladies come to Sherborne. With the Gloucestershire side nine points behind Yeovil, they need to win to stand any chance of clawing back the growing advantage the Glovers have now. For the Glovers, they will secure promotion if they manage eight points from their next five matches regardless of how those points are clocked up. However, if they beat Forest Green next weekend, then they would travel to the following weekend's game against Havant knowing that a win would secure the title.

To cap off a good day, the Ladies' Reserve side won a friendly match this afternoon 7-1 against Poole Town Ladies.

Table: 1. Yeovil Town Ladies (P13, Pts37, GD +34) 2. Havant and Waterlooville (P13 Pts29 GD +24) 3. Forest Green Rovers (P13 Pts28 GD +18).


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19 February 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Colchester Home Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 win over Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match views are recorded via the link below.

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


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19 February 2012 : GWSC Travel To Carlisle United
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us make our longest away journey as we travel up to Carlisle United for a League One match. The game at Brunton Park takes place on Saturday 25th February 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £32.00 with concessions available at £30.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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18 February 2012 : Half Time Talk Fires Up Johnson's Shrinking Violets
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson saw this afternoon's match against Colchester United as the proverbial game of two halves, as his side came from behind to win a match 3-2 for the second time in a week. The Glovers boss was unhappy with a 45 minute period that had seen his side fall behind to a Steven Gillespie opening goal.

Trailing at the break, goals from Dean Parrett, Lawson D'Ath and Andy Williams turned the game on its head, before a Martin Rowlands free kick created late drama, but Johnson saw his side as 'shrinking violets' until the half-time team talk and Parrett's equaliser sparked the fightback:

"We were poor in the first half. We didn't get going. It was a 'shrinking violets' sort of thing. We needed to get the first goal. Every time we seem to have the first four or five chances but we miss them and the opposition cash in. We got some spirit in the second half and came out entirely different. To score three goals is great but it seems we have to score three to win games."

Colchester boss John Ward felt that his side showed 'lightweight defending' in the second period that had cost his side the game, and generally agreed with Johnson's assessment of the pattern of the game:

"As slick as we were in the first half we were as dull in the second. In the period between Yeovil's first and third goals we were really dull but then gradually found areas where we could get back into the game. Lightweight defending cost us the points. If you come away and score two goals you expect to take something back on the bus."


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18 February 2012 : Mad Dog Fired By Magpies
League One side Notts County have sacked their manager Martin Allen tonight. According to their club website he has been 'relieved of his duties' following their 3-0 defeat against Hartlepool United, with them planning to issue a full statement on the situation in due course.

The Magpies are currently in 11th place in the League One table, with Allen having been in charge for 43 games, since he was appointed at the tail end of last season. Their form has been fairly mixed, having lost seven out of their last 13 games following their mid-December defeat at Huish Park - a run of form that has gradually seen them slip further away from the League One play-off positions.

Since Ian McParland left Meadow Lane in October 2009, the Magpies have worked their way through six managers, with Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince and now Allen having all gone through the revolving door in just over two years.


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

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


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18 February 2012 : Yeovil 3 Colchester 2 : Deja Vu As Glovers Win Three-Two
Yeovil Town served up a near replica of Tuesday night's 3-2 away win over Wycombe Wanderers, by conjuring up almost the same match again for their home supporters against Colchester United. Trailing to a first half Stephen Gillespie strike, the Glovers roared back with three quick second half goals, as Dean Parrett and Lawson D'Ath turned the game around, and Andy Williams grabbed his 10th goal of the season to put the game out of sight.

But like the midweeker at Adams Park, the Glovers made it interesting in the final minutes as Martin Rowlands pulled the game back to 3-2, shortly after Kieran Agard had been red carded for a two-footed tackle. Nathan Jones was a late hero, clearing the ball off the line during injury time, to keep Yeovil in 18th place in the League One table.

The Glovers named an unchanged line-up from Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Wycombe Wanderers, with Luke Ayling retaining the captaincy in Paul Huntington's absence due to suspension. Kelly Youga was still absent with an Achilles injury, whilst Joe Edwards had returned to Bristol City after his one month loan spell ended. They started well, putting Colchester under immediate pressure, with Nathan Jones, Lawson D'Ath and Gavin Williams all firing wide of the target, although the latter chance came the closest as the Welshman struck the outside of the post.

However, as with the midweek match, they fell behind against the run of play, as Colchester sprung the offside trap. A through ball by Freddie Sears allowed Steven Gillespie to race through, and he had plenty of time to compose himself and fire home to stun the Glovers players and supporters. 0-1 down once again.

Thereafter, matters went a little bit pearshaped, with Yeovil still having the odd chance, but fired wide of the target. Having started the game confidently, suddenly everything was a bit too tentative, with Colchester managing to catch the home side on the break on a few occasions. Steven Gillespie fired wide after the Glovers defence had been dispossessed in midfield, then Tom Eastman shot just wide from a corner, as they threatened to double their lead. Yeovil nearly found an equalising goal when Andy Williams drove through on goal, but referee Steve Rushton upset the home crowd by blowing his whistle for half time just as Willo was threatening to deliver the final product.

As with Tuesday night's game, things took a while to warm up during the second half, but when they did, the game exploded. Ten minutes into the second period, Reading loanee Lawson D'Ath brilliantly slipped the ball through to Spurs loanee Dean Parrett and the midfielder finished confidently for the equalising goal that brought what had been a rather pensive Huish Park crowd to life. 1-1 and game on!

Parrett had damaged something around his foot or ankle sometime around his goal, and he limped around on his right foot, being substituted with an injury that seems likely to rule him out of contention for a fortnight or so. His place was taken by Dominic Blizzard, and Parrett barely had time to sit in the dugout before seeing his side take the lead. Jonathan Obika was put through one-on-one with the Colchester goalkeeper Ben Williams, and he parried the ball right into the path of Lawson D'Ath who struck the rebound home, and then ran to celebrate his first ever Football League goal with his family in the crowd.

Two minutes later and 2-1 became 3-1, as Ed Upson's corner was flicked on by Richard Hinds, and Andy Williams was on hand to hook the ball home for his 10th goal of the season, and his sixth goal since Gary Johnson became manager and stuck him up front as a centre-forward. Williams could have had another when his namesake Gavin put him through, but this time goalkeeper Ben Williams saved to stop the game turning into a rout.

Somehow, Yeovil made the game difficult for themselves in the dying minutes. Cruising on 88 minutes, matters began to get a little more nervy, after Lawson D'Ath came off to a standing ovation, replaced by Kieran Agard. The striker was to last just two minutes - penalised for one of those two footed tackles that are currently deemed to be red card offences, even though there were signs that Agard won the ball. His victim Martin Rowlands picked himself up, and from the resultant free kick, fired home into the top left hand corner.

Suddenly at 3-2, and down to ten men, and with four minutes of injury time to play, Yeovil went into panic mode, as Colchester forced a number of corners. From one such piece of pressure, Nathan Jones ensured the Glovers kept all three points, as his goal-line clearance stopped Kayode Odejayi from fashioning an improbable last ditch equalising goal. Most importantly, with Rochdale, Exeter, Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Walsall incredibly all winning, it conserved their 18th place position in the League One table, and stretched the gap to five points between them and the bottom four in Yeovil's first back-to-back win of the 2011-12 season.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 2.

Scorers: Steven Gillespie (0-1, 19 mins), Dean Parrett (1-1, 55 mins), Lawson D'Ath (2-1, 70 mins), Andy Williams (3-1, 72 mins), Martin Rowlands (3-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling (C) 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard (69 mins for Dean Parrett) 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard (88 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Colchester United:
1. Ben Williams 20. Brian Wilson 18. Tom Eastman 4. Magnus Okuonghae 25. John White 27. Karl Duguid 17. Martin Rowlands 22. Anthony Wordsworth 16. Ian Henderson 11. Freddie Sears 9. Steven Gillespie

Substitutes:
14. Andy Bond (86 mins for Freddie Sears) 15. Kayode Odejayi (77 mins for Ian Henderson) 23. Lloyd James 6. Matt Heath 24. Ben Coker

Yeovil Bookings: Lawson D'Ath (foul, 44 mins). Red Card: Kieran Agard (serious foul play, 90 mins).

Colchester Bookings: Brian Wilson (foul, 52 mins), Steven Gillespie (foul, 81 mins)

Referee: Steve Rushton (Staffordshire). Assistants: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Mark Russell (Bristol). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,442 (including 119 Colchester fans)


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18 February 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged line-up for this afternoon's home match against Colchester United. Club captain Paul Huntington serves the third game of a four match ban for his red card against Preston North End, whilst left-back Kelly Youga remains absent with an Achilles problem. Right-back Joe Edwards has returned to Bristol City after his one month loan deal ended through injury, although the Gloucester-born player says he hopes to resume training on Monday.

The line-up for this afternoon's match, which includes an unchanged bench, reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Colchester United:
1. Ben Williams 20. Brian Wilson 18. Tom Eastman 4. Magnus Okuonghae 25. John White 27. Karl Duguid 17. Martin Rowlands 22. Anthony Wordsworth 16. Ian Henderson 11. Freddie Sears 9. Steven Gillespie

Substitutes:
14. Andy Bond 15. Kayode Odejayi 23. Lloyd James 6. Matt Heath 24. Ben Coker


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18 February 2012 : Williams Keen To Cut Out Foul Play
Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams admits that he needs to cut down on the fouls if he is to avoid being substituted in future. The Welshman was a second half change during Tuesday night's game against Wycombe Wanderers after referee Trevor Kettle gave him a final warning, and a somewhat grumpy Williams leaving the field.

The 31 year old suffered the same fate during manager Gary Johnson's first match in charge at Sheffield United, and Williams confirmed to BBC Somerset that Kettle's final warning was the reason why he left the field:

"Yes, it was - obviously he pulled me over and said one more foul and he was going to have to send me off. So obviously the manager and the coaching staff have made the decision to take me off. Obviously no player likes being taken off. So yes, that was a little bit disappointing, but maybe I'll stop fouling!"

Williams added that he hoped he would still keep his place in the starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Colchester United, but said that with results having improved lately that all of his team mates would be keen to grab a place in a winning side:

"It's a game that everyone has got to be looking forward to really - everyone connected with the club - because we are on a little bit of a good run. I think we can be confident, but Colchester have got some very good players and can be a good team. It's up to us just to perform ourselves, and hopefully if we play like we did on Tuesday, then we will get a result."


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17 February 2012 : Gary Previews The Colchester Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's further thoughts on the midweek win at Wycombe Wanderers, as well as what problems Colchester will pose, can be found via the link below.

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

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United.

Link: Colchester Recruit From Hammers For Massey Replacement.

Link: No Massey Return To Huish Park.

A reminder also that with this being a home match, Glovers supporter Mark Kelly will be in the Beer Tent before the game, willing to take any unwanted football/sports kit in aid of the Kit4Causes charity. Follow the link below for more details about their aims, or get in touch with Mark directly.

Link: Glovers Fans Group Launch Charity Kit Collection Scheme.


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17 February 2012 : Pompey Collapse Sees Them On Edge Of Abyss Again
Championship side Portsmouth could easily be facing Yeovil Town next season, after their ongoing financial crisis forced them to go into administration. The Hampshire club have formally lodged papers in the High Court today that will undoubtedly see them incur a 10 point penalty through the Football League's 'Sporting Sanction' rule. However, as this is their second offence in two years, it is likely that there will be a further penalty added on top of the standard deduction.

Portsmouth had already been in administration in 1998, before Milan Mandaric bought the club, but collapsed again in February 2010, which contributed to their relegation from the Premier League. Claimed by the club to owe around £60 million at the time they entered administration, by May 2010 their administrator revealed the club owed £138.6 million.

They were eventually bought out under the terms of a CVA, but the financial carnage at Fratton Park continued, with new club owner Vladimir Antonov arrested following allegations of asset stripping in November 2011, quickly followed by Parent Company Convers Sports Initiatives going into administration. At the time Pompey put out statements saying they were "operationally unaffected" by the situation. However, it was to transpire that the club were now unable to pay their £800,000 a month tax bill and had been grossly over-spending again; reliant upon Antonov's financial input.

HMRC (aka the tax man) stepped in earlier this year with a claim for £1.9 million in unpaid tax related to events since November, whilst claiming between £4m and £7m from the previous regime's CVA. The BBC Sport website indicates that any prospective buyer would need to stump up £12m as proof of funds, along with a further £20m required to pay off legacy creditors, although fans organisation, the Pompey Trust, claim the administrator of the Parent Company is demanding £100m in proof of funds before he will talk to anyone. As with their previous administration, it seems likely that we will only know how much of a mess they are in once the administrator has sifted through the books.

A ten point deduction for Portsmouth would - based upon the current Championship table - put them just outside the relegation zone on goal difference. However, with Coventry City, Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rovers running neck-and-neck in the bottom three slots, any further deductions would place Pompey rock bottom, and leave them fighting to avoid League One next season - that being of course if anyone wants to buy up a club that is clearly a financial basket case.


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17 February 2012 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Under-18s are back in action tomorrow morning, with a home Youth Alliance League match. Their game against Plymouth Argyle Under-18s takes place on Saturday 18th February 2012, with a 11.00a.m. kick-off at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub just off Bunford Lane.

There will be food and drink on sale from the kiosk by the main building. As well as bacon rolls, there will be tea, coffee, soup and Oxo drinks available for those who fancy a cuppa during the match or at half time. With the first team playing Colchester United later that day, this is a good opportunity for fans to take in two matches. Admission to the Youth Team game is free of charge.


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17 February 2012 : Colchester Recruit From Hammers For Massey Replacement
Saturday's opponents Colchester United have moved quickly to compensate for the loss of their loan striker Gavin Massey yesterday. With the former Glovers loan player returning to Watford just two days before he was due to return to Huish Park, they have recruited in West Ham United striker Freddie Sears. The 22 year old has signed on a month's loan, and provided they get the paperwork done in time, he will be on their coach that travels down to Yeovil.

In addition to his 57 first team appearances for the Hammers, Sears has represented England at Under-21 level, as well as enjoying loan spells with Scunthorpe United, Coventry City and Crystal Palace. Colchester Manager John Ward has told the Essex County Standard that he therefore believes he is bringing in a player with experience, despite his age:

"Freddie has been at different clubs in the Championship and also played in the Premier League. We feel it is a bit of a coup to get him in. I spoke to him last night and he was very happy to come here. There was interest from elsewhere, but he has decided to come to us. A lot of work went in last night to get him here and he will meet us at Brentwood to join us on the coach to Yeovil."


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16 February 2012 : Ex-Chelsea Midfielder Training With Yeovil Town
Former Chelsea and Leeds United midfielder Michael Woods is training at Huish Park according to the Western Gazette, as he attempts to regain his fitness. The 21 year old is a free agent who was released by the Premier League side over the summer, and despite a number of trial spells with clubs during the last six months or so.

He was originally a Leeds United Academy player, who as a 16 year old was involved in a tapping up row as one of two players lured to Stamford Bridge after they were spotted by the Premier League club. With Chelsea eventually paying £5 million as compensation for the players, Woods inadvertently became a high profile signing despite his age, and at just 16 years and 275 days old he made his first team debut, coming on as a substitute for the Blues in the FA Cup.

Unfortunately that was in the main as good as it got - he eventually made a further substitute appearance for Chelsea - along with two more from the bench in a loan spell at Notts County - all in the FA Cup. However, injury problems thwarted his progress and he eventually disappeared from view, being released at the end of the 2010-11 season.

He has played for England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level, and was called up for the Under-20 World Cup in 2009 but was ill during the tournament. Since leaving Chelsea he's had unsuccessful trials for Hull City, Aberdeen and Walsall - he is the Nephew of Saddlers Head of Youth Neil Woods.

His connection with Yeovil Town comes through Glovers loan goalkeeper Sam Walker. At present, we're not sure how serious an interest this is for manager Gary Johnson at this stage, or what his fitness levels are like. Historically, his injury problems have been mainly ankle and knee ligament problems, with the last being an ankle ligament injury that he sustained in March 2011 that effectively ended his time playing for Chelsea Reserves.


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16 February 2012 : No Massey Return To Huish Park
League One side Colchester United have suffered a blow ahead of Saturday's game at Huish Park, with striker Gavin Massey being recalled back to his parent club. The Watford striker, who spent four months on loan with Yeovil Town, was on the edge of having a further loan spell with the Essex club, but has been recalled due to an injury crisis at Vicarage Road.

Due to bad weather, the 19 year old only managed two starts and one substitute appearance for the U's, and his first month loan spell was due to expire after this weekend's game. However, Watford have recalled him early, due to an injury to Hornets striker Troy Deeney, and he will be back training at his parent club on Friday morning. Colchester boss John Ward has told his club's website that he would be keen to see Massey return to the Community Stadium as soon as their injury situation resolves itself:

"We've enjoyed having Gavin here at the football club in the past month. We have told Watford that, if injury situation settles down at Watford, we would be pleased to welcome back in the future and both Sean Dyche and Gavin were grateful for that opportunity still being there."


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16 February 2012 : Williams Enjoying Prolific Spell As Central Striker
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams is hoping his concentrated spell of playing as a central striker during 2012 will reap dividends, after he scored his eighth and ninth goals of the 2011-12 season on Tuesday night. Being capable of playing as both a winger and a striker, the club's lack of specialist wingers within their squad this season has tended to see the former Bristol Rovers player put out in a wide position, whilst a two month period sat on the treatment table following an ankle injury did not help his cause.

Having returned to full fitness in November, the turn of the year and the change of first team management appear to have sparked a run of form for the striker. Six goals in seven matches during 2012, with five of those having come since Gary Johnson returned as manager. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Williams said that being given that central role for a sustained run of games had helped him get a bit more consistency:

"I had a few (goals) under Terry (Skiverton) before, so it's not just that influence (of the change of management). But it's nice to be getting that regular time up front, and I think I'm showing now what I can do when I'm playing regularly down the middle. That's nine (goals) now and obviously there's a long part of the season to go, so I think I've got to be looking at a bit more than just double figures. But obviously first and foremost, I've got to hit that one more goal, and then who knows from there what I can get?"

Two of Willo's goals came in Tuesday night's 3-2 away win at Wycombe Wanderers, including one where there was initially a spot of confusion over who got the final touch. Williams confirmed that he - and not Jonathan Obika - would be claiming the goal:

"I was delighted. It's nice to see that I've been credited with the second goal. I know Jon Obika is trying to claim it, but I don't know if he got a touch. It was good to get another couple of goals and a good win and an important team against a team down near the bottom of the league. I won the ball back off the midfielder and ran at them, and saw the space open up for me. It wasn't actually a shot, but I don't think anyone got a touch on the way through, so yes, I'm going to claim it. (For the first goal) I tried my best to miss it, as it went in off the side netting, but I was obviously in the right place at the right time so it was nice to get the goal."

With Yeovil Town having won three out of their last five matches, they have climbed up to 18th place in the League One table, and four points clear of the drop zone. On Saturday they face 11th placed Colchester United, who lie nine points ahead of them, and will go searching for their first back-to-back win of the 2011-12 season. Williams adds that having an opportunity to do that is a big incentive for the players:

"Obviously fairly recently, we've managed to pick up some good results and some good wins, and that's the most important thing. Back-to-back wins when you're in a relegation battle is going to hurt a lot of the teams below us, so it will be an important three points for us on the weekend. I think everyone was buzzing in the changing room after the game (against Wycombe). We all knew we could do it. We probably did it the hard way in the end by letting the second goal in. It's good for team spirit, although that's never been a problem here; we've got a good group of lads who have been here all season, and everyone gets on well. So it's even better when you're winning every week."


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16 February 2012 : Gilmartin In League With The Red Devils
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has gone out on loan again. He has joined League Two side Crawley Town, who are currently aiming from promotion from fourth tier football, although have recently dropped down to 5th place in the league table, in what is now a six horse race for promotion.

The 24 year old has signed for the Red Devils until the end of March, due to first choice goalkeeper Scott Shearer undergoing surgery on an injury to his right knee. Crawley's manager Steve Evans has told his club's website that a League One side had been trying to take the former Walsall player on loan before they stepped in:

"Before I talk about Rene Gilmartin, let me first of all thank Watford Football Club and in particular their manager Sean Dyche. Rene is a talented lad and was set for a loan move to a club in League One but Sean Dyche gave me permission to talk to the lad. Rene is a big lad with a great presence and his distribution is excellent. He was on my radar when he was at Walsall but he got a great move to Watford at the time."


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16 February 2012 : The Return Of The Plastic Pitch?
The Football League have announced plans to conduct a formal consultation into the use of artificial pitches in first team football. This has been a proposal that has been discussed at recent meetings between member clubs - they now plan to throw open the idea to all interested parties including the Football Association, the Professional Footballers Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters Federation, amongst others.

Those that are proposing the return of artificial pitches cite bad weather during the winter months, and the ability to create revenue streams by using the pitches on other days in the week for potential profit. Those that oppose it, question the quality of the surfaces, and the general imbalance created by what happens when some clubs have access to such surfaces to train and play on, whilst others do not.

Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson has said that the League has an open mind on the issue, although wants views to be expressed by April 30th 2012, to give the chance for the matter to be discussed during the League's 2012 AGM weekend, currently scheduled for May 31st - June 1st:

"For the first time in twenty years there is a clear appetite amongst a number of Football League clubs to reconsider the use of artificial surfaces for first team matches. It is fair to say that The Football League currently has an open mind on the issue, however it is a decision that will clearly have implications for all those with an interest in professional football. It is important therefore that everybody gets the opportunity to have their say."

Of course the Glovers currently have a potential trading partnership with American turf company Blue Sky International, who have claimed that they will install a pitch for Yeovil Town free of charge at a location and date that has yet to be agreed. At present this is envisaged to be a 'community pitch' rather than a main pitch. Much will depend upon their credibility and the quality of anything installed by BSI - if indeed it gets that far down the line, given all has been quiet since they pulled out of their investment into League Two side Port Vale.

The Football League did experiment with plastic pitches during the 1980s to much controversy, with clubs like Luton Town, Queens Park Rangers, Oldham Athletic and Preston North End installing such surfaces. They were subsquently ripped up with artificial surfaces banned by senior leagues as being unsuitable. The argument now is that with 3G surfaces giving a much 'truer' experience, that the time is right for them to return. But there will undeniably be much opposition to them being introduced without some kind of trialling of such surfaces over an extended period of time.

Link: Football League Artificial Surfaces Consultation Document.

Link: Football League Artificial Surfaces Survey.


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16 February 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Colchester United have been published by the Football League. The League One match takes place on Saturday 18th February 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Steve Rushton (Staffordshire).

The Staffordshire official has a relatively tidy record this season, clocking up 64 yellow cards and 4 red cards across his 23 matches. He's not taken charge of a match in February yet, with his last coming on January 28th for Accrington Stanley's 4-3 win over Gillingham. His last game in charge of a Colchester United match was on August 27th, when he took charge of their 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic - two cards shown to both sides on the day.

The last time Mr Rushton took charge of a Yeovil Town match was back in December 2010. By coincidence, Colchester United were the opponents that day as well, in a game played at their Community Stadium. The resultant 0-0 draw was not the best of games to watch, with the Glovers employing stifling tactics as they tried to get out of a bad run of form. The match officials had a relatively tidy afternoon - our main ire was saved for the fourth official, who made a bit of a hash of a substitution we were trying to make to get Paul Huntington off the pitch, but as far as we could tell, that wasn't the referee's doing.

The only other time we've experienced Mr Rushden as a match referee was for the March 2010 4-0 thrashing of Hartlepool United which was on the day that Gavin Williams returned to Huish Park as one of his loan spells. Despite being extremely happy at the result, the performance of the match referee could have been better.

We of course won't complain too loudly about the rather iffy penalty he gave us to open the scoring, which looked more ball-to-hand than the deliberate handball that Mr Rushton judged the block by Pools defender Peter Hartley. That was balanced out late on in the game by the one we didn't get - a far more obvious penalty as Gary Liddle took a chunk of Andy Welsh's shirt as a souvenir.

In between that, we had the sending off for Gavin Williams. Getting involved in a spot of handbags with Andy Monkhouse, Mr Rushton's decision to give Williams the red, and Monkhouse the yellow when the latter had been the aggressor did not amuse those inside the ground. Thankfully at 3-0 up, it didn't affect the eventual scoreline although put Super Gav out for three matches.

This is only his third season as a Football League referee. He was promoted in the summer of 2009 after his final Nationwide Conference match - the Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match between Histon and Cambridge United, which probably represents his high point in his short refereeing career so far. As a point of trivia, he comes from a footballing family - his father was also a Football League referee.

Mr Rushton will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Mark Russell (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Link: March 2010 : Yeovil Town 4 Hartlepool United 0.

Link: December 2010 : Colchester United 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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16 February 2012 : Clowes Extends Bridgwater Deal
Somerset side Bridgwater Town have extended the current loan deal for Yeovil Town first year professional Rob Clowes. The 19 year old has had his current stay at Fairfax Park lengthened by a further four weeks, acccording to this week's Western Gazette.

Clowes has not seen too much action with the Southern League Division One South and West side so far, having made just one appearance during his initial month spell. The recent cold snap has meant the Robins have had a significant gap in their first team fixtures, but their boss Rob Dray is still happy enough to keep the versatile striker on for another month, with consideration towards extending that until the end of the 2011-12 season.


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15 February 2012 : Edwards Loan Deal Goes On Ice
Yeovil Town's hopes of seeing Joe Edwards in a green and white shirt appear to be on hold for the short term, with the right-back having returned to Ashton Gate for treatment. The 21 year old had been on loan at Huish Park for an initial month period that was sealed on January 12th and so had expired between the postponed Scunthorpe United fixture, and last night's trip to Wycombe Wanderers.

Due to an injury he was carrying during his final match for the Glovers, plans to extend his deal in Somerset have stalled and with the loan now also expiring, he is now back with Bristol City, and off Yeovil's books. Speaking after last night's match, Glovers boss Gary Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he would like to in principle take out a new loan deal with the Gloucester-born player, but even if he does reach full fitness there are no guarantees that the Robins would allow him to return to Huish Park:

"Well he's injured anyway, so if we take him back now, it will be in a week or two's time when he's fit. I think Joe feels that he'd be close for this weekend, but we'd have to decide if we take him back. It will be a new loan. But then whereas he would have missed five or six games at the end of the season because of the 93 days, if we don't sign him until next week then he might get in another three or four games. If he's still not fit and we sign him in that next week, then he might get in the rest of the games.

He wants to come back to us, and we'd like to have him back, but Bristol City have got a few injuries, so they sort of need him around. But he's no good to them or anyone at the minute, because he's still slightly injured, although he won't be far away now.
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If the Glovers do arrange a second loan deal, then they will be able to negotiate up to around 62 days as part of the emergency loan rules. Edwards can stay for a maximum of 93 days at a single club, but this can be split across separate loan deals, meaning that as Johnson suggests, it will be in the club's interests to wait until the player is 100 percent fit before putting in their request to City again.


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15 February 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Wycombe Away Game
Following last night's 3-2 away win at Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts are recorded via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Win Against Wycombe.


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15 February 2012 : Clark Feels Terriers Bite
League One side Huddersfield Town have today sacked their first team manager Lee Clark. Despite the Terriers remaining in a healthy fourth placed position in the current League One table, they have parted company with Clark the day after losing 0-1 at home to local (and promotion) rivals Sheffield United that saw the Blades lift themselves into second position.

Terriers Chairman Dean Hoyle has claimed that the decision to fire Clark and his entire coaching team was not based on last night's result, but was an accumulation to several weeks worth of matches:

"This was a very difficult decision; one not taken lightly or in response to one result. Concerns have been raised over recent weeks. Lee and his coaching staff have put their all into the job over the past three seasons and he has made a huge contribution to the Club. However with 16 matches to go we still have an opportunity to achieve promotion and we have made this change with this in mind."

Huddersfield's defeat on Tuesday night was only their third loss of the 2011-12 season, whilst they have held a top six position for the last 20 matches. Clark was nominated for the January 2012 Manager Of The Month award for League One, whilst during 2011, his side broke a Football League record of 43 matches without defeat (excluding play-off matches) spanning 336 days. Despite that, the Terriers are now looking for a new management team, with the press immediately linking Clark with the vacancy at Championship side Leeds United - a position the media had already named him as a potential shoe-in for even before today's news.

Huddersfield have placed their Academy Manager Mark Lillis - presumably the most senior member of the coaching staff not to get the chop - in charge of first team affairs on a Caretaker Manager basis until further notice.


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15 February 2012 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Oldham Athletic is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 10th March 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. In general terms, this is a Pay On The Day game, with prices set as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s and Aged 12-15 inclusive: £8.00; Under-12s: £3.00.

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the above prices, with assistants admitted free of charge.

Those who are carrying tokens from The Sun's football ticketing promotion offer are the only ones who need deal with the Huish Park Ticket Office. In this particular instance, you must swap your vouchers for tickets at the Huish Park end - for everyone else, pay on the day at Boundary Park.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in a section of the Rochdale Road Stand, which is a covered seated stand behind one goal and shared with home supporters, with appropriate segregation. This is currently dubbed the Leesfield Developments Stand and the area usually reserved for away supporters holds up to 1,620 seats.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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15 February 2012 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Leyton Orient are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The game takes place a fair time into the future, with a date of Saturday 21st April 2012 set for this game, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Brisbane Road.

Ticket prices vary significantly according to whether you purchase your ticket in advance or on matchdays. Prices are as follows:

Advance Purchase: Adults: £23.00; Over-65s and Students: £15.00; Under-18s: £5.00

Matchday Prices: Adults: £25.00; Over-65s and Students: £16.00; Under-18s: £16.00

Wheelchair users are admitted free of charge. To place your booking, call Leyton Orient on 0871 310 1883. Ambulant disabled supporters on the middle/higher rate of disability can also gain admission free of charge but must purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

NOTE CAREFULLY: The above tariffs effectively mean that any supporters aged Under-18 must purchase their tickets in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office, as the concession is not available on the day of the game - you'll be charged an eyewatering £11.00 more for the privilege of deciding you wanted to go to the game on the day of the match.

At £25.00 Orient's adult matchday admission price is the most expensive we know of in League One for away supporters. During the 2009-10 season, they charged £20.00, whilst last season they had upped prices to £22.00. This therefore gives us a 25 percent admission price rise over a two year period. Earlier this month, the London24 website ran an article bemoaning that Orient's average attendances had dropped this season to a level of 4,237 per game, compared with an average of 4,582 last season. The article suggests that it is the loss of several big clubs in League One that has affected their crowds - Orient might do well to consider what value for money prices at that level are for Third Tier football.


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15 February 2012 : New Date Set For Scunthorpe Clash
Yeovil Town's League One match against Scunthorpe United now has a new date assigned. The match was postponed last weekend due to a frozen pitch. The game will now take place on Tuesday 13th March with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

Anyone who purchased a ticket for the original fixture, who can not make the revised date should contact the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible.


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15 February 2012 : Johnson Delighted With Team's Second Half Runners
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that a tactical change at half time last night helped his team turn around a 1-0 disadvantage against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. Trailing at the break, through a Stuart Beavon opener, the Glovers hit back in a pulsating second half, as two goals from Andy Williams and a Kieran Agard header put Johnson's side back in the driving seat.

A late goal from substitute Joel Grant made things a little more nervy towards the end, but Yeovil held on for a priceless 3-2 away win that pulls them four points clear of their opponents, who dropped back into the relegation zone following the defeat.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that his primary objective was to get his players running at the Wycombe defence, and had particular praise for two goal hero Andy Williams after his second half performance saw the home defence rattled:

"At half time, at 1-0 down, we felt we needed to liven them up. But Jon Obika up there - but Andy Williams especially, turned the game just with his real strong running. That's what we had to do; we had to get past people. We had to get midfield runners past people, wide men past people, and our forwards past people. Once we started doing that, we looked a force."

Wycombe manager Gary Waddock was honest about the defeat after the game, admitting that he didn't even think his side deserved to go in front, in a half the Glovers had edged, but where the home side had produced the clinical goal from Beavon. Waddock said that he felt his side was guilty of falling apart during the second half, instead of holding out for the single goal advantage they held at half time:

"If I'm being brutally honest, we didn't deserve anything from the game. We took the lead but I didn't feel we deserved to be in front - I thought we looked very nervous and they moved the ball better than us. It's not just here - throughout the season we've got ourselves into a lead and for whatever reason we make a mistake and they get back into the game. We then concede goals quickly after that instead of shutting up shop and we seem to fall apart."


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15 February 2012 : She Kicks Magazine Puts Glovers Under Spotlight
Issue Six of Women's football magazine She Kicks is on sale now. This time round there is a bonus for Glovers fans, as the 'We Kick' section features Yeovil Town Ladies!

No Glovers fan should miss out on a page exclusively devoted to their Yeovil favourites. Aside from giving a real insight into the club, there are pictures too and a thank you to the behind the scene heroes, Lesley Trowbridge, Jude Williams and Ali King.

Aside from the feature on the Glovers, the 48 pages are jam packed with great stuff. It includes England's Alex Scott interviewing team mate Ellen White; Bristol's Jemma Rose; Celtic's Megan Sneddon; Everton's Gwennan Harries; a fun England New Year's Resolution quiz; a yearbook stylee look at the Northern Ireland team; Arsenal in Japan gallery; FAWPL review (inc. Charlton's Kimberley Dixson; Sporting club Albion; Sheffield FC and Sunderland's Beth Mead); FAWSL 'between season' fitness planning with Bristol's Shannon Jewell; plus news and other goodies!

Glovers fans should be able to grab their copy of She Kicks - priced just £2.50 - at Yeovil's next two home matches (with Keynsham Development this Sunday and Forest Green Rovers on the 26th of February).

[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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15 February 2012 : Wycombe 2 Yeovil 3 : Willo Masterclass Sinks Wanderers
Two second half goals from Andy Williams helped Yeovil Town on their way to a thrilling turnaround against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park tonight. Coming from a goal down at half time scored by Stuart Beavon, three goals in 14 minutes saw the match turned on its head, as Williams added his 8th and 9th of the season, whilst Kieran Agard put the Glovers in a commanding position after he came on as a substitute. One of the home side's substitutes Joel Grant also found the net 11 minutes from time, but the Glovers held on to a deserved 3-2 win that gives them a four point cushion on the relegation spots, and lifts them into 18th place in the League One table.

Gary Johnson made two enforced team changes for the match, with Ryan Dickson's return to Southampton, and subsequent loan out to Leyton Orient, putting him back to square one on the problematic left-back slot. Nathan Jones was given the nod over Curtis Haynes-Brown, partly because the latter had been ill over the weekend. On the right wing, Joe Edwards had still not recovered from an injury he had been carrying through the Sheffield Wednesday match 10 days ago, and so he sat out the match with Reading teenager Lawson D'Ath getting his Football League debut.

The Glovers opened up in a promising manner, with a number of attempts put wide of the target, putting their hosts under territorial pressure, even if they failed to test Nikki Bull in the Wanderers goal. Having put in plenty of crosses, and some slightly wayward shots, it was at the other end that the eventual incisive action happened. Matty Whichelow almost forced Nathan Jones to turn the ball into his own net when the left-back got his bearings horribly wrong - Sam Walker reacting in time to stop the ball going into the net despite some rather optimistic appeals from Wycombe players that the ball had crossed the line. Under a minute later though, it certainly did cross the line - Richard Hinds at fault when he lost his marker, allowing Whichelow a chance to square the ball to former Weymouth striker Stuart Beavon who had plenty of space to convert past Sam Walker. 1-0 down, and slightly against the run of play.

Not a lot more can be said of the first period. Again the Glovers put in plenty of crosses, and plenty of long distance shots, but there wasn't an awful lot that truly threatened the goal - things were being done more with optimistic intent than by any great danger of Yeovil equalising. A half time check on the PA Match Statistics showed the Glovers had 56% possession, yet only one shot on target - the opinion was that came from a free kick that smashed into the Wycombe wall. Certainly nothing that Nikki Bull had to deal with, apart from the ball landing in the net right on the stroke of half time long after an offside flag had made that attempt irrelevant.

The second period threatened more of the same until a mad 14 minute period saw Yeovil turn the game on its head. Wycombe had actually been threatening more consistently than they had done during the first half, but they succumbed to a period of play that saw a Gavin Williams shot parried out by Nikki Bull, and when the home side failed to clear their lines, Jonathan Obika screwed a low ball from the right flank across the face of goal, allowing Andy Williams open sight of the net from six yards out on the back stick.

With the equalising goal under their belts, Yeovil enjoyed a real purple patch in the game, putting Wycombe back on their heels repeatedly for a 15-20 minute period that saw them concede twice more. Once again Andy Williams was their tormentor-in-chief. His weaving run into the box saw a shot across the face of goal through a crowd of players, and with attempts by Glovers players in the pack to divert the ball home, that was enough to put off Nikki Bull, and instead the ball carried on its way into the net off the inside of the far goalpost.

Wycombe's defence were falling apart, and it was little surprise when they conceded again - Ed Upson had been fouled by Dave Winfield on the corner of the box. Upson's response was to flight in a textbook free kick, that was coupled by a textbook header by Kieran Agard, who the home defence seemed to have forgotten to mark. 3-1 up with 17 minutes to go, and three points seemed in the bag.

There was one last twist as Chairboys boss Gary Waddock pressed the gamble button, making a triple substitution immediately after Agard's goal, and that produced quick dividends. Perhaps the Glovers were guilty of forgetting that football could be played in the other half of the football pitch - Matt Bloomfield set up Joel Grant on the counter-attack, and the stretched Yeovil defence couldn't stop him from finishing well, to pull the game back to 3-2.

To Yeovil's credit, a month or two ago that would have been the signal for them to camp ten players on their own goal line and defend deep to hang on to the advantage. Instead they continued to stretch Wycombe, with Andy Williams producing a masterclass performance in how to hold onto possession, often running the ball into the corner flag and forcing corners and throw-ins. The game was also being kept 'interesting' by the antics of referee Trevor Kettle, who somehow conjured up eight yellow cards in a match that had few bad fouls. His decision to penalise Jonathan Obika when home defender Louis Laing crashed through the back of him was truly jaw-dropping. Kettle served up five minutes of listed additional time, turned into seven minutes - all during a half in which the physios rarely entered the field of play.

Still, alls well that ends well, and despite Mr Kettle doing his best to conjure up late drama, it didn't happen, and Yeovil secured three priceless points - in doing so sending Wycombe back into the bottom four of the League One table, and giving them a vital four point cushion on tonight's rivals. There's still 16 games left for there to be further twists'n'turns, but a month or two ago it would have been the Glovers who would have been more likely to have crumbled under pressure tonight. There is a very different mentality that Gary Johnson has put into his players - even though he is only six games into his second spell as manager.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Stuart Beavon (15 mins, 1-0), Andy Williams (59 mins, 1-1), Andy Williams (67 mins, 1-2), Kieran Agard (73 mins, 1-3), Joel Grant (79 mins, 2-3)

Wycombe Wanderers:
1. Nikki Bull 3. Louis Laing 5. Dave Winfield 6. Leon Johnson 15. Grant Basey 7. Gareth Ainsworth 10. Matt Bloomfield 34. Anthony McNamee 11. James Harper 20. Stuart Beavon 24. Matthew Whichelow

Substitutes:
2. Danny Foster 12. Ben Strevens (74 mins for Gareth Ainsworth) 17. Joel Grant (74 mins for Anthony McNamee) 18. Stuart Lewis (74 for James Harper) 29. Matt McClure

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard (90 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard (65 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (90 mins for Jonathan Obika)

Wycombe Bookings: Matt Bloomfield (foul, 31 mins), Grant Basey (foul, 45 mins), Dave Winfield (foul, 72 mins), Ben Strevens (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (foul, 35 mins), Kieran Agard (excessive celebration, 73 mins), Dean Parrett (foul, 84 mins), Jonathan Obika (failing to retreat on free kick, 87 mins)

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Guy Stretton (Buckinghamshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: John Scott (Buckinghamshire).

Attendance: 3,529 (including 260 Yeovil fans)


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14 February 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Wycombe vs Yeovil
If you watched this evening's match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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14 February 2012 : Team News For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's match against Wycombe Wanderers. Club captain Paul Huntington serves the second of his four match suspension, meaning that Richard Hinds continues at the heart of defence, whilst Luke Ayling keeps the captaincy.

At left-back Ryan Dickson has returned to Southampton (and has since gone out on loan to Leyton Orient. His place in the side is taken by Nathan Jones. Meanwhile in midfield, Joe Edwards is suffering from a knock, and so Reading teenager Lawson D'Ath comes into the starting eleven to make his debut. Full line-up, with a possible variation on the midfield positions, is as below:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown


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14 February 2012 : January 2012 Player Of The Month
The month of January was one of change for Yeovil Town. Gary Johnson returned as manager, with Terry Skiverton becoming his assistant. A large number of players departed, whilst a number of new faces came in. Results were mixed, with two wins, two defeats and a draw, totalling seven points from five matches.

The individual Man of the Match polls across the month were won by Bondz N'Gala (Exeter City), Paul Huntington (Sheffield United), Joe Edwards (Tranmere Rovers), Ed Upson (Bury), Andy Williams (Preston North End). Five players, five matches - so which of them got the overall January Player Of The Month?

Oddly, none of them did. Ed Upson, Paul Huntington and Andy Williams picked up enough votes across other matches to get top four positions, but the outright winner for January was Luke Ayling, who steadily clocked up second and third place poll finishes to ensure that his consistency won through. The top ten players, with the percentage of the vote cast throughout the month, are shown below:

1 Luke Ayling 15.8
2 Andy Williams 14.5
3 Paul Huntington 11.6
4 Ed Upson 10.0
5 Gavin Williams 9.8
6 Joe Edwards 8.3
7 Dean Parrett 7.4
8 Bondz N'Gala 6.5
9 Jonathan Obika 6.0
10 Nathan Jones 2.1


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13 February 2012 : Ciderspace Guide to Wycombe Wanderers
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town travel to play old Isthmian and Conference League rivals Wycombe Wanderers in a League One match that is vital for both sides. For those travelling to Adams Park, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include the latest ticketing and travel information for the game as well as where to park and what it will cost you. That and more can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Officials For Wycombe : He's Back!


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13 February 2012 : Johnson Taking Everything Game By Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is not getting too far ahead of himself as he plots the club's survival in League One for the 2011-12 season. Currently sat in 19th place in the League One table going into tomorrow evening's massive six-pointer against Wycombe Wanderers, the Glovers currently have 27 points from their 29 games, and thus whilst outside the relegation zone they are a long way off being in a comfortable position.

Johnson tells the PA Sport team that he is trying not to get too caught up in such matters, and is attempting to concentrate on the issues that affect his side on a game-by-game basis:

"You can't think ahead because your plans could be mucked up after the first game if you get it wrong. We've got to get a pattern of play so the lads have got to be physically and mentally fit so you're leaving nothing to chance. You need players to stay fit, steer clear of injury and you've got to hope you get that little bit of luck sometimes that means you win the game 1-0 as opposed to losing it 1-0 - and that happens in every game."

The traditional safety marker has tended to be the 50 point barrier, although one or two teams have been relegated with more than that in the past. That means that Johnson's side need a minimum of 23 points from their final 17 fixtures this season. The Yeovil boss has said though that if his side need to hit that sort of target, then so do the teams below the Glovers:

"It's not a panic, there's plenty of games to get points. Whatever we do, the other teams have got to do as well, so it's not only us who's got to do it. We've just got to be better than four other teams and at this stage that would be success for us. At the same time, we're still trying to build to compete at this level next season."

Regarding tomorrow's match in Buckinghamshire, we're not expecting any issues with Wycombe's Adams Park ground. With rugby side London Wasps groundsharing the venue, the club have undersoil heating installed. Furthermore, the weather forecast is for temperatures - bar a bit of wind chill factor - to remain just above freezing throughout the next 24-48 hours which means there shouldn't be the need for any pitch inspections.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Officials For Wycombe : He's Back!


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13 February 2012 : Ladies Get Second England Call-Up
Yeovil Town Ladies have had a second member of their squad selected for the England Colleges team. A few days after Terri Trowbridge got good news of her selection for forthcoming fixtures for the representative side, 17 year old Shannon Osman has got the nod. Whilst Terri stands to possibly make her debut for England, Shannon was selected last year, and has now got her second call-up.

Based in Burnham-On-Sea, Shannon qualifies through Bridgwater College, who she plays for in addition to representing Somerset Ladies at Under-18 level. However, the Burnham-On-Sea.com website notes that she has been through the wars to get there, suffering a dislocated knee, and then having a week in Taunton's Musgrove Hospital with a suspected fractured neck. Her sister Stacey told the website that the hard work whilst working through those injuries had eventually paid off:

"It's a huge achievement and we are so very proud of her after all the determination she has put in. She was determined not to let the injuries put her off."


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13 February 2012 : Extended Gary Johnson Interview
In the run-up to Saturday's postponed match against Scunthorpe United, BBC Points West visited Huish Park to talk to Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson. Whilst that match never got played, due to a frozen pitch, the Saturday Sport programme on BBC Somerset played out a lengthy interview conducted by Sports Editor Geoff Twentyman, with Gary talking about his return to Yeovil, as well as other side topics such as the England job and his own career ambitions. That pre-Scunthorpe interview is now expanded and available via the link below.

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


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12 February 2012 : Interview With Richard Hinds
Last weekend, Yeovil Town slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, despite holding a half time lead through a Jonathan Obika goal. After the game, new signing Richard Hinds spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, that interview can now be read via the link below.

Link: Richard Hinds Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Sheffield Wednesday.


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12 February 2012 : Ladies vs University Of Portsmouth Is OFF
Yeovil Town Ladies are sad to announce that their South West Combination Football League match with the University of Portsmouth, due to have been played at Raleigh Grove this afternoon has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The South West Combination will announce a fresh date for the game in due course.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies]

Update: Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves have also had their match against Poole Town Ladies postponed today.


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12 February 2012 : Officials For Wycombe : He's Back!
Officials for Tuesday night's League One match between Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town have been published. The game takes place on Tuesday 14th February, at Adams Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. With this being Valentines Day night, how perfect is it that we will be spending the evening with our One True Love - the one, the only, Mr Trevor Kettle of Rutland!

We've not had Our Trev yet this season, and in fact for some reason he's missed most of the 2011-12 season, only starting on December 17th. He's taken in eight matches so far, with 24 yellow cards and one red, and not a single one shown during Saturday's Championship match between Southampton and Burnley; a most un-Trev-like stat.

His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or whether it's sending out cat-calls to other referees, enquiring "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we get the idea that we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

There are a couple of problems with the caricature that has developed with Our Trev. Firstly he moved from Berkshire to Rutland which meant that our attention moved on to other things, with him tending not to deal with our games whilst based at that end of the country. The second problem is that during that mini-hiatus, far worse officials have somehow come onto the scene that have enraged us. Over the years, we've built up a catalogue of disasters and a black book of those officials we love to hate, and whisper it quietly, but we've started to realise that Our Trev is maybe not the worst out on the circuit any more.

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

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

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

And that's what he does - you won't get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Unfortunately for Trevor, any suggestion that he may have improved or calmed down over the years matters naught: he is so firmly ensconced in the Glovers pantheon of 'Prats in Black' that he's now doomed to remain there until he finally hangs up his whistle. Last season suggested he was returning to his past glory; a total of 109 bookings, and 11 red cards, across 30 games. Of those, a total of 14 yellows and three reds involved a pair of Yeovil Town matches, of which one will live forever in the memory.

The match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, everything went a bit crazy.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time. It's probably safe to assume that Luke won't be asking Trevor out on a date on Tuesday.

Mr Kettle will be assisted by Guy Stretton (Buckinghamshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be John Scott (Buckinghamshire).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.


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11 February 2012 : Pitch Inspection For Ladies Match
Those planning to watch Yeovil Town Ladies play tomorrow afternoon should be advised that there is a pitch inspection planned for their match. The game against University of Portsmouth is due to take place at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne on Sunday, kick-off 2.00p.m. in a South-West Women's Combination League match.

However, there will be a 9.00a.m. pitch inspection planned for this game, presumably timed to stop Portsmouth travelling if the pitch is too frozen to handle. Temperatures in the Yeovil area are forecast to drop to -4C tonight, but by tomorrow afternoon will be climbing back up to a balmy +7C by around kick-off time. So this may not be quite as obvious a case as today's men's first team fixture was. We'll post a news item as soon as we know the outcome.


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11 February 2012 : Noble Strike Sees Grecians Leapfrog Glovers
A goal from former Yeovil Town loan midfielder David Noble ensured that the Glovers slipped one place in the League One table today. Exeter City's shock 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at St James Park was one of only three matches in the division to beat the weather, and the home side came from behind to secure all three points to lift them into 18th place.

Goalless at half time, the familiar name of Jermaine Johnson put the Owls ahead, before they crumbled, missing out on a chance to cement their second place position. Billy Jones equalised three minutes after Johnson's opener, and in front of a crowd of 5,555 in Devon, Noble struck the winner six minutes from time with a direct free kick to lift Exeter three points clear of Yeovil, and five off the relegation zone.

All three League One fixtures lacked a goal at the break, but the Owls neighbours Sheffield United made it look easy against Yeovil's Tuesday night opponents, Wycombe Wanderers. Goals from Will Hoskins, Ched Evans and Kevin McDonald broke the visitors resolve in what had been a one-sided match, but one in which Wycombe had held at 0-0 until 66 minutes in. Once the floodgates opened, the Blades ran out as easy winners.

In the third and final match, Hartlepool United and AFC Bournemouth met at Victoria Park, with both sides in upper midtable, and with the Cherries still having a sniff of a play-off place. In the end the game finished 0-0, leaving the Dorset side a point off the top six, but having played a number of games more than their rivals.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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11 February 2012 : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United Is OFF
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Scunthorpe United has been called off due to a frozen pitch. As expected, overnight temperatures at Huish Park hit a significant sub-zero state, with the thermometer still hitting minus four celcius at 9.00a.m. this morning. With temperatures not expected to rise above freezing, the pitch was unlikely to thaw, and so a 10.00a.m. inspection was called. The end result is the game will now not go ahead.

We'll let you know as soon as a new date is arranged.

Matches Postponed:
Milton Keynes vs Bury
Brentford vs Oldham Athletic
Rochdale vs Notts County
Stevenage vs Carlisle United
Walsall vs Colchester United
Leyton Orient vs Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Chesterfield vs Charlton Athletic
Tranmere Rovers vs Preston North End

Pitch Inspections Passed:
Hartlepool United vs AFC Bournemouth

No Pitch Inspections Yet:
Exeter City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United vs Wycombe Wanderers


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11 February 2012 : Yeovil Town Plan Morning Pitch Inspection
Yeovil Town are planning to hold a pitch inspection for this afternoon's game at Huish Park. With temperatures at the stadium reported as being minus four celsius, a local referee will inspect the pitch at 10.00a.m. to decide if the game can go ahead against Scunthorpe United.

League One has lost another game this morning, with Leyton Orient vs Huddersfield Town failing its pitch inspection.

Matches Postponed:
Milton Keynes vs Bury
Brentford vs Oldham Athletic
Rochdale vs Notts County
Stevenage vs Carlisle United
Walsall vs Colchester United
Leyton Orient vs Huddersfield Town

Pitch Inspections Required:
Tranmere Rovers vs Preston North End (Saturday morning, 10.00a.m.)
Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United (Saturday morning, 10.00a.m.)

Pitch Inspections Passed:
Chesterfield vs Charlton Athletic (initial inspection passed)
Hartlepool United vs AFC Bournemouth

No Pitch Inspections Yet:
Exeter City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United vs Wycombe Wanderers


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10 February 2012 : Wide Changes Forced For Scunthorpe Visit
When Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was appointed as boss for the second time in early January, one of the first changes that was made to the side was to reorganise the wide positions in the starting eleven. For tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United he is expected to be forced to ring the changes once again, as a loan recall and injury means other players will need to be drafted in for the vital six-pointer.

Left-back Ryan Dickson's return to Southampton and immediate loan out to Leyton Orient means that the full-back slot will need to be tweaked. Kelly Youga, who was probably meant to be Dickson's longer term replacement, has been out with an Achilles problem since his 45 minute debut at Bury, and that means that one of Nathan Jones or Curtis Haynes-Brown will start against the Iron.

Johnson heavily hinted that the former Lowestoft Town player - who had become a bit of a forgotten man under Terry Skiverton might get the nod for the game. Curtis hasn't started in the League since he picked up the Match Sponsors Man of the Match award in the August game against Sheffield United, but was given his first minutes on the pitch since October in last week's 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

On the other flank, Luke Ayling's position as right-back and captain will be undisputed, but in front of him Bristol City right-back Joe Edwards looks certain to miss tomorrow's game, having played through the pain barrier last weekend at Hillsborough. Replacing him numerically could be Reading loanee Lawson D'Ath who signed on Thursday, although it may be that the rest of the midfield quartet of Ed Upson, Dean Parrett and Gavin Williams get shuffled slightly to fit in with this.

Aside from Dickson's exit, and injuries to Youga and Edwards, Yeovil's other main absence will be with club captain Paul Huntington, who will sit out the second in a four match ban this weekend. Richard Hinds will deputise. The other player more likely to sit out the game is midfielder Dominic Blizzard, who managed 25 minutes in a training match this week before coming off with a head injury - the most he will manage is the bench.

Due to the inclement weather, visitors Scunthorpe stand by to give a number of players they snapped up during the January transfer window full debuts. They have had two weeks away from football, and in that period have signed the experienced striker Jonathan Parkin, along with midfielder David Mirfin on loan from Watford, left-back Jamie Reckord on a month deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers and midfielder Robbie Gibbons who was recently on the books of Cypriot side Alki Larnaca.

Scunny also welcome back from injury skipper Cliff Byrne (groin) and Damien Mozika (ankle), but will not take striker Jordan Robertson (hip), midfielder Jimmy Ryan (hamstring), Matt Godden (hip), Michael Collins (Achilles) and Connor Jennings (broken metatarsal) down to Somerset.

Their injury list doubtless hasn't helped their attempts to get out of the relegation zone. Since the start of November, they've managed just one win in eleven matches, although they are the division's draw kings, with 13 games tied in their 27 matches. Glovers boss Gary Johnson has been happy to describe tomorrow's match as a six-pointer; Scunthorpe's 22nd place in the League One table is still tight enough to Yeovil in 18th to mean that the Iron could leapfrog their hosts by 5.00p.m. tomorrow. Alternatively, the Glovers could get themselves a five point cushion if they do the business.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow with tickets available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. Needless to say, if you're travelling a significant distance for this one, keep an ear out for any pitch problems. If we hear anything, we'll post information on Twitter as well as the more major news here. If you can't make the game, we'll provide our usual tweets and retweets on what's going on, whilst BBC Somerset will be giving you live coverage on 95.5FM during the afternoon.

Link: Gary Previews The Scunthorpe Game.

Link: Johnson Counting On Home Comforts.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United.


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10 February 2012 : Swansea City vs Youth Team Is OFF
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their scheduled match tomorrow called off. They were due to play Swansea City in a Youth Alliance League fixture in Wales but a frozen pitch has beaten them. A new date will be arranged in due course.


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10 February 2012 : Gary Previews The Scunthorpe Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home League One match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Points West, Gary's chat with BBC Radio Bristol Sports Editor Geoff Twentyman can be read via the link below.

The BBC will be running a wider feature on their BBC Points West programme later tonight on Yeovil Town. Tune into the West region on BBC One at 6.30p.m. to view tonight's edition.

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


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10 February 2012 : No Pitch Inspection Yet For Scunthorpe Clash
Yeovil Town have said that they currently have no pitch inspections planned for tomorrow's League One home game against Scunthorpe United. Overnight in Somerset there has been some snow, but the majority of the thick stuff has landed up in the North-East of the county, with not too much disruption reported in the Yeovil area.

At present, the club believe the pitch is playable. The possible fly in the ointment is that there is a sharp frost expected tonight, with sub-zero temperatures. The pitch covers will remain on overnight, and so its unlikely that anything that would endanger the match taking place will be considered until the Saturday.

Once again, matches at League One level are falling to the weather. At present we have the following information:

Matches Postponed:
Milton Keynes vs Bury
Brentford vs Oldham Athletic
Rochdale vs Notts County
Stevenage vs Carlisle United
Walsall vs Colchester United

Pitch Inspections Required:
Leyton Orient vs Huddersfield Town (second inspection Saturday morning)
Tranmere Rovers vs Preston North End (Saturday morning, 10.00a.m.)

Pitch Inspections Passed:
Chesterfield vs Charlton Athletic (initial inspection passed)
Hartlepool United vs AFC Bournemouth

No Pitch Inspections Yet:
Exeter City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United

As today changes, we'll update this article as many of the above pitch inspections are scheduled for today.


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10 February 2012 : O'Brien Signs Up For Tynesiders
Conference National side Gateshead have signed up former Yeovil Town left-winger Alan O'Brien. The 26 year old, who has been without a club since leaving Huish Park at the turn of the year, has been linked with moves to Hartlepool United and Scottish Premier League side St Mirren during the past few weeks, but has agreed to stay at the International Stadium until the end of the 2011-12 season.

The move should suit O'Brien well, given that he is a former Newcastle United player, who had been living in the area just before signing for the Glovers in the summer. Gateshead Ian Bogie, has said that he has had past attempts to bring in the paceman but had failed until now:

"I am delighted to finally get him on board. O'Brien is a player who I have tried to bring to the club in the past. He will give us pace out wide."

Leicester City centre-back Tom Parkes has become the latest former Glover to head to the Memorial Stadium. He has signed for League Two side Bristol Rovers on a month's loan, teaming up with fellow Foxes centre-back Cian Bolger who is also at the Mem. Their latest manager Mark McGhee has told BBC Sport that he believes that Parkes is being touted as future Leicester first team material:

"We all believe that he is a great option for us. The two (Parkes and Bolger) of them have developed together at Leicester and get on well, so they will be able to get off to a flying start. He is a left sided player, and different from Cian, so that should give us a bit of balance at the back. Leicester have said that they see these two as a potential partnership for the future."

Former Glovers midfielder Lee Johnson had been in talks with League Two side Cheltenham Town but now is expected to head back to Scotland where Kilmarnock are chasing his services. The 30 year old had a short spell with Hearts after leaving Yeovil Town but is reported as on his way back up north to sign a two and a half year contract. Boss Kenny Shiels has told BBC Sport he is hopeful of completing the deal:

"Lee fits into the category that meets the requirements of our team. I know of him from when he played in the Championship. He's a player who receives the ball well and passes it well. He's intelligent, creative, very small and one of those that gets in and around the opponents and fits into our style of play. He would furnish our team with good potential for the next couple of seasons because next season I want to try and consolidate in the top six of the SPL. If we don't sign him now, I hope we can sign him at the end of the season."

Finally former loan midfielder Tom Doherty has joined Conference National side Bath City, shortly after leaving divisional rivals Newport County at the turn of the year. He has signed for the Romans on a non-contract basis.


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9 February 2012 : Gary's Four Year Scouting Mission On Royals Midfielder
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has revealed that he had been scouting new loan signing Lawson D'Ath for around four years before bringing him to Huish Park. The Reading Academy graduate has been lined up for a month youth loan deal with the Glovers today, and should be able to play in Saturday's League One home game against Scunthorpe United.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that even from the moment he first saw him play in Reading's academy, he was sure that the 19 year old would have a bright future in the game:

"I've been watching him since he was about 15 or 16 at Reading. Wherever I was, I knew he was going to be good enough, but it was when Reading and myself felt that he was going to be ready. Then you hope that you're in first before somebody else notices. But he's a very very good footballer. Reading have got high hopes for him and he's ready for League football, and I'm pleased to say that he is starting his league football off with us."

The Yeovil boss believed that he would be a player that supporters would enjoy watching, although recognised that with D'Ath having only had four minutes of senior football under his belt at present, that there would be a need for patience:

"I'm always excited when I bring in a player with ability, because I know the fans will enjoy watching him play. His strengths are that he's a good competitor. He's got a great touch and he's a good footballer. He can play in the centre or out wide. He spots a pass and he's got a super shot on him. On the reverse of that, he's a young lad, so we've got to blood him in."

D'Ath's first team debut came just last month, in a late substitute appearance for the Royals in their FA Cup exit at the hands of Stevenage. Speaking just after that match, the Oxford-born player described what sort of player he saw himself as:

"I'd say I'm a box to box midfielder, I've been known for playing the attacking role too with the youth team but in the end I think I'll be a box to box midfielder. It's like a dream come true to play for the first team; but I just need to kick on now, not relax on what I've done. I need to push on forward and make my way into the team."


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9 February 2012 : Dickson Teams Up With Slade
League One side Leyton Orient have taken Southampton left-back Ryan Dickson on loan. With the 25 year old only having returned to St Mary's Stadium yesterday, the strong implication was that he was being lined up for a lengthy loan period with another club, and that has now been confirmed, with Russell Slade taking him on for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson is reported as planning to stick with the existing trio of left-backs Nathan Jones, Kelly Youga and Curtis Haynes-Brown for the immediate future, strongly dropping a hint to the Western Gazette today that it may be the youngest of the three that gets the nod for Saturday's game against Scunthorpe United.

With Yeovil now back up to five loan signings, following the arrival of Lawson D'Ath earlier today, there would be a big reluctance to bring in additional loan signings. Youga is not expected to be ready for this weekend's match, meaning that team selection for the visit of Scunthorpe is likely to be a toss-up between Haynes-Brown and Jones.


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9 February 2012 : Johnson Counting On Home Comforts
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hopes that being back on home turf this coming Saturday will give his side an edge as they go into the first of two potentially season-defining matches inside a few days. On Saturday, Scunthorpe United are the visitors, whilst Tuesday night sees the Glovers head on the road with Wycombe Wanderers their opponents.

With The Iron two points behind Yeovil in the League One table but with two games in hand, the game at Huish Park could be crucial for both sides. With Wycombe sandwiched between both clubs and a point behind Yeovil, the table could look very different by the time we reach 10.00p.m. on Tuesday night.

Concentrating on the first of those two games, Johnson wants the Glovers supporters to help his side past Scunthorpe. Whilst he was at Bristol City as manager, Gary launched a 'Red and White Day' - now comes a Green and White Day - a call for supporters to dress up in as much green'n'white clothing, face paint or hair colour as they can manage. He has told BBC Somerset that giving his players such backing should help inspire them:

"We're back at home now, and we can be more confident at home for the simple reason that we've had two good results at home. We're in credit; the supporters have been great. We're just asking everyone now, around the perimeters of the pitch, to up it slightly and be colourful. I'll try to pass that onto the lads, so that they come out absolutely raring, and making sure that we pick up these three points."

Johnson admits that there is a lot at stake for the next two fixtures, but adds that Saturday's game is the most important given that he wants to make home advantage count for his side:

"This is a real special one now. We've got ourselves into a decent position, and we can kick on a little bit. We don't want to be dragged back into the bottom four and we need to kick on. The next two games are cup finals, as there's the Scunthorpe game and the Wycombe one. But this is the home one and it's one where we've got to do everything that we possibly can to make sure that the boys are in a positive mood and a happy mood, because the supporters are 100 percent behind them."

Yeovil Town's Community Trust plan to use the club's astroturf pitch to provide some coaching for young supporters on the day of the game, with any fans holding a junior matchday ticket being invited to receive coaching from some of the club's Community Trust staff, whilst it is expected that some of the club's first team coaching staff will make an appearance before they disappear to prepare for the main task against Scunthorpe. Any supporters wishing to take advantage of that should be at the ground before 1.00p.m. on Saturday.


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9 February 2012 : Glovers To Seal Deal For Royals Midfielder
Yeovil Town are expecting to complete the signing of Reading midfielder Lawson D'Ath on loan today. The 19 year old midfielder is due to agree a one month loan deal, to help even up the numbers after Ryan Dickson returned to Southampton yesterday.

Lawson is a product of the Royals academy, who they describe as an "energetic midfielder [in] the middle of the park". He has been a regular goalscorer for the Championship side's Reserve and Youth teams, having netted 18 times in 23 appearances for the Under-18s last season. He made his first team debut in the FA Cup last month as an 86th minute substitute against Stevenage but otherwise has no first team appearances to his name yet.

Born in Oxford on December 24th 1992, Lawson is believed to have travelled down to Yeovil this morning, and so should sign his paperwork later today.


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9 February 2012 : Blizzard Return Aborted By Injury
Yeovil Town midfielder Dominic Blizzard returned to playing action this week in a training match, but had to come off part way through the match with another injury. Having yet to play under new manager Gary Johnson, the 28 year old was attempting to make his return from a hamstring injury sustained against Exeter City in early January, with a Reserve Team match against the same opposition on Tuesday.

The training match, staged behind closed doors, saw Blizzard retire hurt after around 25 minutes, according to the Western Gazette, with Johnson joking that his players were running a sweepstake on which minute the player would suffer an injury. Johnson described the player as "the unluckiest guy in the world" and revealed that he went off with a head injury - hopefully just a minor set-back.

As for the game itself, Yeovil won the match 6-5, with Kieran Agard getting a hat-trick, whilst assistant manager Nathan Jones grabbed another. The other two Glovers goals were scored by an unnamed trialist.

Left-back Kelly Youga did not feature in Tuesday's match; Johnson believes he is around "ten days" away from being ready to return from an Achilles problem. However, the Glovers boss is awaiting the opinion of a specialist to ensure the injury does not get worse.


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8 February 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies February 2012 Fixtures Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies have a key sequence of three home matches coming up that could go a long way towards determining their season, as they seek to obtain promotion from the South-West Combination Women's League. Starting this coming Sunday, they take on the University of Portsmouth (12th), then follow that up with games against Keynsham Development (19th) and Forest Green Rovers (26th).

All three matches will take place at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are £2.00 for adults, with concessions available at £1.00.

For the three games, a promotional poster has been produced by Jonathan Hopper and can be copied and printed out via one of the links below. The PDF version is of higher quality for printing, however a JPG version has also been provided if you want to use a smaller file size. Help promote the games by printing out the posters and display them in your local school, sports club or workplace, where you have permission to do so.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : Fixtures Poster (JPG Format).

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : Fixtures Poster (PDF Format).

A similar set of PDF files are also available for the men's first team, via the links below, covering their February 2012 fixtures.

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

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


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8 February 2012 : Parrett Goes Green For Rest Of Season
Yeovil Town have secured the loan services of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder until the end of the 2011-12 season. The 20 year old has so far made four appearances for the Glovers since his arrival on an initial one month loan. However, under the terms of his youth loan, that has now been extended for the remainder of the season, giving him some continuity in South Somerset.


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8 February 2012 : Frost Covers Down At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have put down frost covers at Huish Park in an attempt to beat the freeze for Saturday's six-pointer. The covers were laid on the pitch on Tuesday as a precautionary measure for the weekend's matxh against Scunthorpe United, given that overnight temperatures this week are expected to dip below freezing on every night this week.

Current weather forecasts, which can vary heavily from day-to-day, are for snow and/or sleet to return to the area on Thursday night and Friday morning - more likely for those further east and on higher ground. The expectation is that the further we get into Friday, the more likely it is for that to turn into sleet or rain. As usual, a degree or two one way or the other can knock that one out, but it would seem that by Friday lunchtime whatever falls should stop falling.

By Saturday afternoon, the MetCheck website is forecasting dry conditions and positively tropical temperatures of plus three celsius in the Yeovil area by the afternoon. It's therefore looking likely that the game would take place.


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8 February 2012 : Dickson Departs Back To Saints
Championship side Southampton have recalled Ryan Dickson from his loan spell at Yeovil Town. The left-back/left-winger has been prevented from extending his stay in Somerset, with the suggestion that the 25 year old is about to be loaned out to another side.

The club have stated that Dickson wished to stay at a single club for the remainder of the rest of the 2011-12 season - something that wasn't possible under the Emergency Loan rules that only allow a player to stay on a club's books for up to 93 days. However, if Dickson switches to another club now, then he would be able to do so.

For now, he returns to Southampton, having made five appearances and scoring one goal. Doubtless the club will look to dip back into the loan market to replace him, although if Kelly Youga passes fitness following a recent Achilles problem, then that may soften the blow.


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8 February 2012 : Huntington Picks Up Additional Ban
Yeovil Town club captain Paul Huntington has received an additional suspension for the red card that he received in the club's last home game against Preston North End. The centre-back will now be banned for one additional match, making a total of four matches.

Having already served the first of those games at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, he will now also miss the home game against Scunthorpe United (11th), the away match at Wycombe Wanderers (14th) and the home match against Colchester United (18th).

Paul travelled in person to the Football Association's headquarters at Wembley Stadium today to state his case. Earlier today, manager Gary Johnson said that the additional charge for a breach of Rule E3 centred around a claim that Huntington had made physical contact with referee Oliver Langford.


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8 February 2012 : Glovers Set Up New Joint Venture Company
Yeovil Town now has a sixth trading company registered to manage its increasingly complicated dealings. The new company, named Huish Developments Limited, was registered at Companies House on August 23rd 2011 and carries a registered address of Tamar House in Plymouth.

This is the same registered address for Chris Dawson's main two trading companies - CDS Superstores International Limited and The Range Home and Leisure Limited. The new company has four registered directors - Yeovil Town's John Fry and Norman Hayward, along with Chris Dawson and his wife Sarah Dawson.

The club's application to South Somerset District Council implicitly references this company within one of the supporting documents and describes it as follows:

"A Joint Venture Company has been formed as a 50/50 partnership between CDS (International) and YTH Ltd (Yeovil Town Holdings) for the development of the Food Store. The financial make-up of the development will be:

(i) YTH Ltd will provide 6 acres of freehold land at the Copse Road End of Huish Park

(ii) CDS (International) will provide the funds to meet the construction costs of the Food Store.

(iii) The JVCo (Joint Venture Company) will split 50/50 the cost of the new road/pedestrian walkways to be provided outside of the Food Store park boundary
."

Feedback from the Food Store Exhibition suggested that SSDC had an expectation for the club to make provision for improved road/pedestrian facilities as part of the development, and it would appear this is what is being referred to here, although it's not clear where the funding for this would be sourced from.

The list of six known companies associated with Yeovil Town are as follows:

07750291 HUISH DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
06494609 YEOVIL TOWN COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST LIMITED
06948893 YEOVIL TOWN FC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LIMITED
07113379 YEOVIL TOWN HOLDINGS LIMITED
00189754 YEOVIL FOOTBALL & ATHLETIC CLUB LIMITED(THE)
05702242 HUISH PARK STADIUM PARTNERSHIP LIMITED


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8 February 2012 : Gary Explains Huntington's FA Charge
Yeovil Town club captain Paul Huntington will know his fate later today when he makes the journey to the Football Association's headquarters at Wembley Stadium as part of a disciplinary hearing. The 24 year old was charged by the FA with a breach of Rule E3 for an offence allegedly committed after he was dismissed by referee Oliver Langford at the tail end of the last home game against Preston North End.

After Huntington was shown the red card by referee Langford - a decision which the club unsuccessfully appealed against - the match video sees the centre-back showing dissent towards the official. There is a flick of Huntington's hand towards the referee's back, which goes unacknowledged by Mr Langford; Glovers boss Gary Johnson has told BBC Somerset that it was this particular aspect of the captain's reaction that has seen the FA charge him:

"We hope they see it wasn't a real big push on the referee; it was just a tap on his back to try eto get his attention. But the referee didn't even turn around. So hopefully things will go well with that one, and that we only lose him for the three games, which wasn't deserved anyway."

For understandable reasons, the Football Association usually come down like a ton of bricks on any laying of hands on their match officials. Most memorable was the incident involving Paolo di Canio, who as a West Ham United player was given an eleven match ban for pushing referee Paul Alcock. Clearly Huntington's alleged contact is nothing near that sort of offence - the video shows that referee Langford does not even acknowledge or show the slightest flinch to the incident, whilst the footage doesn't even make it clear that contact has been made, although Johnson's words suggest that they are not looking to dispute that aspect of the case.

Johnson admitted that he was still unhappy about the situation that had led to Huntington's dismissal - a ball winning tackle on Preston's Jamie Proctor, but one that referee Langford - and the FA Appeals Panel - considered to be an overly aggressive tackle. Johnson felt that the referee's report on the incident had been sensationalised, compared to the way that he saw the incident:

"I'm still seething about that one, as you can imagine, because I feel that was wrong. We've had the wrong advice, and when the referee's report came out we weren't happy with that. There were a lot of superlatives in there that didn't need to be in it, and they made it sound a lot worse than it actually was. But the less I say on that one, the better, as I've got to think ahead."


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8 February 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Start Of Something Good?
Ahead of this Saturday's relegation six-pointer against Scunthorpe United, and the following week's trip to Wycombe Wanderers, regular blogger Cruncher looks at a couple of events on and off the field that could provide the club with much needed change. Read on via the link below, and feel free to give your own views on the two subjects.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Start Of Something Good?


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7 February 2012 : Grecians Miss Opportunity To Pull Clear
With Exeter City below Yeovil Town by a single goal in the League One table after Saturday's quartet of fixtures, the Grecians' trip to play AFC Bournemouth tonight was a vital one for their hopes to move clear of the increasingly tight relegation pack. Tonight's only match in third tier football was an ultra-quick rearrangement of Saturday's postponed fixture, and it was the Cherries who came out on top with a 2-0 win.

Striker Matt Tubbs opened the scoring with his first goal since arriving from Crawley Town in the January transfer window. His strike was supplied by an assist from Scott Malone and six minutes later, the pair swapped roles as Malone wrapped up the points with 12 minutes to go.

The result leaves Exeter still below Yeovil on goal difference, in 19th place, and two points above the relegation line, whilst Bournemouth - who started off the season in the bottom four - are now just two points off the play-offs.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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7 February 2012 : Yeovil Town Submit Retail Planning Application To Council
Yeovil Town Football Club Limited have now submitted plans for development of the land to the north side of the Huish Park stadium to South Somerset District Council. In documents submitted to the council on January 31st 2012, they request Outline Planning Permission for a new Food Store behind the Copse End of the stadium, in a project believed to involve retail company Chris Dawson Superstores (CDS) who own retail chain The Range.

The SSDC website records the application as "The erection of a Class A1 food retail unit, new and altered access, car parking and servicing, landscaping together with public open space"

They expect a decision on the application to be made by May 1st 2012, although our experience is that this is merely a target date and not a guarantee that such a decision will be reached on that date.

There's a fair bit of reading to be done - for those that wish to pile through it all, the full document set can be found via the link below. We'll provide some further analysis on the documents that pick the meat from the bones in due course.

Link: South Somerset District Council : Food Store At Huish Park.


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7 February 2012 : GWSC Travel To Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us head up to Wycombe Wanderers for a League One match. The game at Adams Park takes place on Tuesday 14th February 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 3.15p.m. - there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £20.00 with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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7 February 2012 : Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Wycombe Wanderers in a week's time is available. The match takes place on Tuesday 14th February at Adams Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and represents a big six-pointer for both sides who are currently in the bottom seven of the

Away fans are housed in the all-seated 2,026 capacity Roger Vere (Dreams) Stand. This offers an end on view from behind one of the goals.

Prices are: Adults: £22.00 (up £4.00 on our last visit); Over 65s/Students: £18.00 (up £3.00); Aged 15 and Under: £7.00 (up £1.00).

Prices for disabled supporters are as above, depending on your age. An assistant can be admitted free of charge. You must book a disabled bay in advance, through the Adams Park Ticket Office. Ambulant disabled supporters must be in the higher/middle rate with valid proof of entitlement for the assistant to be admitted free of charge. For any specific arrangements, Wycombe's ticket office phone number is 01494-441118.

Wycombe warn that in the case of all age/student concessions, they expect supporters to bring along proof of age/membership, otherwise they reserve the right to charge the full adult price.

There are no matchday surcharges for this fixture. Wycombe's policy for recent matches has been for away supporters to pay cash on the turnstiles, with no advance tickets at the visiting club's ticket office. Hence treat this one as a Pay On The Day fixture.


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7 February 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Scunthorpe United have been announced. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 11th February 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Little introduction is needed for someone who was a Premier League referee for seven years, and a FIFA referee for four years. He's also a familiar face for a Yeovil Town fixtures, even going back to our Conference days. We won't pretend that the list below is a complete one, but it represents the more recent meetings we've had with him. The odd thing is that after having him four times during 2007, we've only had him the once - not that this is necessarily a bad thing.

His last meeting involving the Glovers was the 2-1 win over Notts County at the tail end of last season. He booked three Magpies players and produced a late yellow for Paul Huntington, but we described him at the time as having an "oddly quiet game" overall; in truth we'd been bracing ourselves for his return to our matches, and not in a positive way, so to have the game pass off without significant incident was a bit of a relief. The same was true for the December 2007 meeting with Hartlepool United. A 3-1 win for Yeovil Town, and zero bookings for either side. We haven't always had it that way with Mr D'Urso, with him in his younger days having a bit of a tendency to put himself at the centre of a performance.

Prior to those two most recent games, he took charge of Yeovil Town's one and only appearance at Wembley Stadium - the League One play-off against Blackpool that finished in a 0-2 defeat. We were less than impressed with his decision to award a free kick that gave the Seasiders their opening goal - television replays showed that Keigan Parker had tripped over his own feet, rather than been fouled by Terrell Forbes. Blackpool were the better side on the day, but it didn't help that the official had given them a leg-up.

In the lead-up to that game, we'd had him twice earlier in the season, for defeats against Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest. In the Tranmere one he performed quite well, but in the Forest defeat, a lot of his decision-making appeared to involve him playing to the home crowd - something we've regularly criticised him for over the years.

Going back further, his December 2005 performance at Brentford in a 3-2 defeat was a bit of a mess. No complaints about the penalty he awarded when Chris Weale brought down DJ Campbell outside the box. However, with the foul happening wide of the goal, a red card seemed harsh, and a series of decisions against the Glovers during that second period, including a nailed on penalty for handball by a Bees defender, had us all ranting about his performance after the game.

Mr D'Urso will be assisted by Richard Corp (Somerset) and Paul Kelly (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 1.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 2 (League One Play-Off Final).

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 2.

Link: January 2007 : Nottingham Forest 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : AFC Bournemouth 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2005 : Brentford 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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7 February 2012 : Skivo Confirms Vice-Captaincy Role
Since Paul Wotton's departure to Plymouth Argyle last month, one of the outstanding questions amongst Glovers fans was who would assume the responsibility of club captain and as a consequence the vice-captaincy of Yeovil Town. The decision to give Paul Huntington the captain's armband came as no surprise, with the 24 year old having lead the side for half a season until Wotton assumed the role at the start of this season.

With Huntington starting a three match ban on the weekend, that then left the question of who his deputy was, with the centre-back having been Wotton's vice-captain. The likely answer to that came when 20 year old Luke Ayling took the armband at Saturday's game at Sheffield Wednesday. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, assistant manager Terry Skiverton confirmed that Ayling would be taking on the vice-captaincy:

"A special mention is due to Luke Ayling who captained the side. I thought he was excellent and it was good to have a young player again (captaining the side). We've got (Paul) Huntington (as club captain) along with Luke Ayling who is now the vice-captain ready to stand up and build their careers as future leaders of this football club, and for the rest of their careers as being that leader and captain."

Appointing 20 year olds as vice-captains is probably not a common event amongst Football League clubs, but Ayling is an unusual case. Apart from first team coach Nathan Jones, who is still registered as a player, the former Arsenal trainee is the club's longest continually serving player, having joined on loan during late March 2010. Skiverton said that new manager Gary Johnson was trying to do something about the high amount of turnover of players that created that sort of a statistic:

"It does show you the turnover that we've had. But the manager is trying to put things in to stop this happening, because it has happened over the last three or four years with too much turnover of players. It's something that we are looking at, to try to address."


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6 February 2012 : Preston Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match against Preston North End saw them seal their second consecutive home win, following the return of Gary Johnson as manager. The 2-1 win came after the Lilywhites suffered an early red card, leaving them playing with ten men for 86 minutes.

The Glovers took full advantage, with two assists from Gavin Williams combining with two goals for Andy Williams, who scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season on the day. No surprise then that those two were going head-to-head for the Man of the Match vote. In the end goalscorer Andy managed to edge out the playmaking skills of Gavin, largely thanks to his second and third placed votes. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Andy Williams 438 (26)
2 Gavin Williams 324 (24)
3 Dean Parrett 140 (5)
4 Luke Ayling 84 (4)
5 Ryan Dickson 52 (3)
6 Ed Upson 42 (3)
7 Joe Edwards 42 (0)
8 Paul Huntington 34 (1)
9 Bondz N'Gala 16 (0)
10 Jonathan Obika 14 (0)
11 Sam Walker 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.97

Performance: 7.76
Entertainment: 8.18

VOTES RECEIVED: 66

Meanwhile don't forget that you can still choose your Man of the Match for Saturday's match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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6 February 2012 : England Beckons For Ladies Footballer
Yeovil Town Ladies have had one of their first team squad members called up to represent the England Colleges Ladies football team. Nineteen year old Terri Trowbridge has been given the nod following three trials days, and will now represent her country through the Colleges representative side.

The Western Daily Press report that the Yeovil College student, and former Bucklers Mead pupil, has received her call-up during her final year of a BTEC sports course, as well as playing for Yeovil College ladies and Yeovil Town Ladies.

Needless to say, congratulations to Terri on getting this recognition - fingers crossed that we see her making her debut soon.


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5 February 2012 : Ladies Set University Challenge
Yeovil Town Ladies have had an additional league fixture inserted into their calendar for next weekend. Due to an anticipated blank weekend, they were planning to arrange a friendly match, having also not played today. However, the South-West Combination Women's League have arranged a home match against the University of Portsmouth for that weekend.

The match against the University side will take place on Sunday 12th February, at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are £2.00 for adults, with concessions available at £1.00. With the Ladies currently on top of their league, all support to help them stay that way will no doubt be greatly appreciated. More fixtures are shown below, or on their website.

Link: Ladies Set Dates For Next Three Fixtures.


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5 February 2012 : Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Hillsborough, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo's post-match views on the Sheffield Wednesday defeat are recorded via the link below.

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


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5 February 2012 : Bury Away Man Of The Match Result
Late last month, Yeovil Town made the trip to Gigg Lane, where they suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of mid-table side Bury. A nightmare first half killed the game, despite Ryan Dickson's early equaliser, although Steve MacLean's late goal provided some late interest.

Man of the Match voting saw two of our permanent squad members win the plaudits. Right-back Luke Ayling picked up a large number of votes through your second and third place votes. However, the winner - as he's been many times this season - was midfielder Ed Upson, who finished on top of the pile yet again. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Ed Upson 94 (8)
2 Luke Ayling 56 (2)
3 Andy Williams 18 (1)
4 Paul Huntington 14 (0)
5 Sam Walker 12 (1)
6 Kelly Youga 10 (1)
7 Steve MacLean 8 (0)
7 Gavin Williams 8 (0)
7 Dean Parrett 8 (0)
10 Joe Edwards 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.54

Performance: 5.38
Entertainment: 5.69

VOTES RECEIVED: 13


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5 February 2012 : Tranmere Home Man Of The Match Result
Mid-January saw Yeovil Town play host to Tranmere Rovers, in a game that was manager Gary Johnson's homecoming, having been reappointed as first team boss earlier that week. The 2-1 final scoreline saw Joe Edwards score on his debut, and then Andy Williams net the winner right at the death.

The Man of the Match voting saw nine different players nominated for the outright vote, but it was two players making their debuts that rose to the top. Spurs midfielder Dean Parrett did well in the centre of the park, but it was Bristol City player Joe Edwards who picked up the biggest share of the votes, taking both the Sponsors Man of the Match, as well as winning this poll. Full results as shown below, with outright votes shown in brackets:

1 Joe Edwards 452 (30)
2 Dean Parrett 274 (12)
3 Andy Williams 132 (5)
4 Luke Ayling 102 (5)
5 Bondz N'Gala 100 (8)
6 Ed Upson 76 (5)
7 Ryan Dickson 72 (4)
8 Paul Huntington 42 (1)
9 Nathan Jones 22 (1)
10 Gavin Williams 2 (0)
10 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)
10 Rene Gilmartin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.06

Performance: 7.72
Entertainment: 8.39

VOTES RECEIVED: 71


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4 February 2012 : Skivo: Glovers Stood Up To Owls Physical Test
Despite losing at Hillsborough, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton felt that his side stood up well to the test posed by promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday on their home patch. Eventually losing out by a 2-1 scoreline, the Glovers shocked the Owls by holding a lead at the break. The Yeovil coach felt his team deserved credit for the way they had stood up to the challenge:

"I thought it was an excellent performance from us. Sheffield Wednesday have bullied a lot of teams but they didn't do that to us. We stood up to the test well and we can take positives from creating so many chances. In the first-half, we were excellent. I thought we stood up to the physical challenge that Sheffield Wednesday posed."

Yeovil's opener that silenced the Hillsborough crowd came thanks to Jonathan Obika's second goal of the 2011-12 season. Skiverton felt that it was a great team goal:

"It was a well-worked goal with Ryan Dickson cutting in and slotting the ball through to Jon Obika, who produced an excellent finish. I felt that we really needed to take another chance in the first-half. Andy Williams went close with a couple."

Before Reda Johnson scored the winning goal ten minutes from time, winger Jermaine Johnson scored the equalising goal, using a cut inside manoeuvre that Glovers fans have seen him do on several occasions in previous meetings. Skiverton felt that his side had been given a warning even before the former Yeovil loanee unleashed his shot:

"We knew that they would be relentless in the way they'd try to attack us in the second-half with their strengths. I felt that (Jermaine) Johnson gave us a couple of warnings in the first-half, when he came inside onto his stronger right foot. We didn't quite get out to the ball when he scored and it was a fantastic goal."


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4 February 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield Wednesday Interview
Just before this afternoon's match against Sheffield Wednesday kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts can be read via the link below.

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


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

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


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4 February 2012 : Wednesday 2 Yeovil 1 : Johnson And Johnson Beat Johnson
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-1 lead at Hillsborough this afternoon, despite holding the lead at half time. A goal from Jonathan Obika four minutes from the break, shocked Sheffield Wednesday's players and their fans, and for the middle period of the game, it looked as though a shock might be on the cards. But former Glovers (ultra-brief) loan player Jermaine Johnson once again scored against the Glovers, whilst his namesake Reda Johnson won it ten minutes before time when the former Plymouth man scored the winner from a set piece that wasn't cleared. With only four games played in League One, the Glovers remain in 18th position.

Team news saw just one change, with Club Captain Paul Huntington suspended, allowing Richard Hinds a chance to come in and make his debut against a club that he spent four years at, returning to his home town in the process. Otherwise with Kelly Youga and Dominic Blizzard still not fit, the sixteen players were exactly as you were, with no other changes warranted or needed following last weekend's win over Preston North End.

The first half was one of few chances. Despite Wednesday having the upper hand in terms of possession and drive, the Glovers were tending to prove that quality, not quantity counted in terms of the final ball into the box. The best the home side mustered during the half was a Jon Bostock free kick that had Sam Walker beaten, but nestled on the top of the goal frame, with the strike of the frame initially convincing a few Owls fans that the ball had gone in the net.

Yeovil struggled to carve out their own chances, but they should have been a goal up, when Dean Parrett intercepted possession moving into the box. The Tottenham Hotspur loanee probably should have taken the ball on himself and shot. Instead he dithered somewhat and crossed the ball to Gavin Williams, with experienced midfielder David Prutton doing enough to intercept and stop the opening goal.

Wednesday sometimes threatened - notably when Jermaine Johnson cut in from the left flank and threatened a repeat of a goal he'd scored against the Glovers, but thankfully fired wide of the target. Then there was a nervy spell where both Gary Madine and Jermaine Johnson left the Yeovil defence back-pedalling madly, with Upson upending the latter for a yellow card when put under pressure. But despite that, the home side struggled to carve out anything to particularly worry Sam Walker in anger.

Instead, it was the Glovers who took the lead, against the run of play, four minutes before the break. Ryan Dickson made a bursting run down the flank, and when he crossed into the box, a delicate flick from Jonathan Obika was perfectly timed to slot the ball into the back of the net for a 0-1 lead. Bar the 300 travelling Glovers fans, you could have heard a pin drop at Hillsborough.

Suddenly, the Glovers sniffed hope, and carved out more chances in the four minutes that followed than they had in the preceding 41 that had gone. Dean Parrett's cross into the box almost induced an own goal from Danny Batth as he desperately tried to stop Jonathan Obika from getting a shot in behind the defender. Having to push up a little more since the goal, the Owls defence were starting to get caned on the break, with the extra room Yeovil were able to get behind them, and it was inevitable that when the half time whistle came that there would be loud boos from the Owls fans, and they didn't disappoint in showing their feelings.

Owls manager Gary Megson's opinions of their first half were clearly mirrored, given that seven minutes into the second half, he made a double substitution, introducing Ryan Lowe and Lewis Buxton into midfield and right-back positions respectively. Lowe almost netted with his first touch as he put wide from inside the box, but it still only took five minutes for Wednesday to fashion an equaliser. Yeovil Town know far too well what Jermaine Johnson can do, with Gary Johnson having once briefly taken him on an aborted loan, and the player having scored the opening goal in last season's match at Huish Park. He got too much space outside the box, and as the Glovers midfield failed to close him down, he unleashed a superb shot from 25 yards out and into the back of the net. 1-1 and suddenly the disgruntled home crowd were in a happy mood again; willing to back their team.

Inevitably, that goal saw Sheffield Wednesday attempt to turn the screw for the winning goal. They brought on Clinton Morrison as a third substitution, completing a swap-out of both of their strikers who had struggled against the physical presence of Richard Hinds and Bondz N'Gala. That gave the Owls a lot more movement up front, and with Jermaine Johnson in sparkling form on their left flank, the home side dominating the half.

It was no surprise when the home side finally grabbed the lead ten minutes from the end. Bondz N'Gala fouled Ryan Lowe outside the box. Lewis Buxton took the set piece, and after a series of headers, and a save from Sam Walker, Yeovil couldn't get the ball clear, and Reda Johnson was on hand to prod the ball home for what was to prove to be the winning goal.

The Glovers tried to force their way back into the match, with Ed Upson having a shot blocked, whilst Gavin Williams saw a chance deflected for a corner. But Sheffield Wednesday played out time 'professionally' - in Jermaine Johnson's case a little too professionally as he was penalised for timewasting. Overall, the final score was probably deserved, although having held the lead up until just short of the hour mark, defeat was a little hard to take.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (41 mins, 0-1), Jermaine Johnson (57 mins, 1-1), Reda Johnson (80 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Ryan Dickson
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (75 mins for Dean Parrett)

Sheffield Wednesday:
43. Stephen Bywater
20. Jon Otsemobor 4. Danny Batth 32. Miguel Angel Llera 17. Reda Johnson
7. David Prutton 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 10. John Bostock 11. Jermaine Johnson
9. Chris O'Grady 14. Gary Madine

Substitutes:
23. Richard O'Donnell (GK) 2. Lewis Buxton (53 mins for Jon Otsemobor) 8. Chris Lines 19. Clinton Morrison (68 mins for Chris O'Grady) 30. Ryan Lowe (52 mins for Gary Madine)

Sheffield Wednesday Bookings: Reda Johnson (21 mins, foul), Jermaine Johnson (89 mins, timewasting), Ryan Lowe (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (28 mins, foul)

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Keith Lawson (South Humberside). Fourth Official: Daniel Meeson (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 17,213 (including approx 300 Yeovil fans)


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4 February 2012 : Team News For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to Sheffield Wednesday. That one is no surprise whatsoever. With captain Paul Huntington missing through the first of a three match suspension, Richard Hinds comes in to make his debut in his home town, and against a club he spent four years playing for.

The question of who Yeovil Town's vice-captain is comes in the form of Luke Ayling, who captains the side this afternoon in Huntington's absence. The bench is unchanged with Kelly Youga and Dominic Blizzard unable to return yet.

This afternoon's match could get interesting given that snow is falling heavily in Sheffield - a few hours earlier than the forecasters were predicting. Let's hope this match reaches a conclusion!

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Ryan Dickson
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

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

Sheffield Wednesday:
43. Stephen Bywater
20. Jon Otsemobor 4. Danny Batth 32. Miguel Angel Llera 17. Reda Johnson
7. David Prutton 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 10. John Bostock 11. Jermaine Johnson
9. Chris O'Grady 14. Gary Madine

Substitutes:
23. Richard O'Donnell (GK) 2. Lewis Buxton 8. Chris Lines 19. Clinton Morrison 30. Ryan Lowe


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4 February 2012 : Lilywhites Sign Up Ex-Glover Brown
League One side Preston North End have signed up former Yeovil Town defender Aaron Brown. The 28 year old was released from his contract by League Two side Aldershot Town just before the Transfer Window closed, but perhaps surprisingly he has moved up one level, signing what the Lilywhites describe as a "short term" deal, presumably until the end of the season. Preston have also snapped up former Bristol City defender Nicky Hunt, who was also a free agent.

The Lancashire club have also published a retraction printed in this morning's The Sun newspaper, which revisits claims by the tabloid that manager Graham Westley had sent a late night text message prior to last Saturday's game against Yeovil Town. The apology from the paper reads:

"An article on January 30 stated that Graham Westley, Manager of Preston North End FC, had sent a bizarre late night text telling players to prepare for a 9/11 style terror attack and encouraging reaction to it. Our report was incorrect.

We accept that Mr Westley sent no such text to players or otherwise. We are happy to set the record straight and apologise to Mr Westley and Preston North End FC
."


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4 February 2012 : Johnson Hoping Owls Scouting Trip Will Bear Fruit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is hoping that a personal midweek scouting trip will give him good knowledge to take into this afternoon's match at Hillsborough. The Glovers boss travelled with assistant manager Terry Skiverton to see Sheffield Wednesday's away match against Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday night as an opportunity to view how the Owls would play first hand.

The end result between the two promotion chasing sides was a somewhat odd 1-1 draw, with Wednesday goalkeeper Stephen Bywater 'scoring' the goal for Milton Keynes, whilst the Owls got their goal through home defender Gary MacKenzie as both sides put through their own net and ended up sharing the points.

That lifted Wednesday into third spot in the League One table ahead of today's game. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson felt that one of their strengths was that they were a well-organised side with a clear game plan:

"They've got a very very good squad. Me and Terry (Skiverton) drove up in the batmobile to Milton Keynes, to watch Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, and they looked a real strong unit. You've got to earn a result against them. Sheffield Wednesday have got their game plan. They all know exactly what they're doing. They've brought players in that can play that game plan. You've got to be ready for it. Hopefully we will be, because we've seen it first hand, and we'll see how we cope with it."


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4 February 2012 : Obika Needs A Goal To Spark Run Of Form
Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika says that he is hoping that his next goal for the Glovers will help spark a run of form for himself. The 21 year old has had a somewhat lean season so far, scoring just once in 15 appearances, albeit with a lengthy lay-off between late August and November after he was sidelined through injury.

Since returning to the side on November 19th, the Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate has found the net in one match as part of the Boxing Day fixture against Charlton Athletic. That's a far lower return than usual for a player who has scored 15 goals across four loan spells at Huish Park, averaging one goal every four appearances. Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of the weekend, Obika believes that once he scores again that it will spark another run:

"I'm enjoying playing, and I think my performances are getting better. Sooner or later, I'll get that goal, and go on to get a good run. You want to score in every game. You don't go out there not to score. So when I do get that next goal, I know they will start pouring in."

Link: Jonathan Obika : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 February 2012 : Saturday Sheffield Weather Watch
For the avoidance of doubt, we are still not aware of any problems with this afternoon's League One match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. One of our exiled Glovers tells us that he has "woken up to clear skies and a moderate ground frost in Sheffield." The undersoil heating at the ground should therefore be enough to keep this afternoon's game on. Wrap up warm!

The big bank of snow forecast for today is expected to hit Sheffield either during or just after the match. Hence this shouldn't affect the match, but may cause a few concerns after the game. Avoid routes home like the Peak District and Snake Pass, needless to say!

This morning has seen Charlton Athletic's match against Rochdale fall foul of a frozen pitch, whilst Scunthorpe United's six-pointer against Walsall has also been called off. This now gives the following list of matches:

The Following League One Games Are OFF:
AFC Bournemouth vs Exeter City
Colchester United vs Sheffield United
Notts County vs Stevenage
Oldham Athletic vs Leyton Orient
Preston North End vs Brentford
Scunthorpe United vs Walsall
Bury vs Hartlepool United
Charlton Athletic vs Rochdale


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3 February 2012 : Ladies Set Dates For Next Three Fixtures
Neither Yeovil Town's Under-18s, nor Yeovil Town Ladies are in action this weekend, with both sides having an empty weekend in their fixture lists. The Ladies were due to play Havant and Waterlooville on Sunday, but that game was postponed due to Havant's involvement in another competition. A new date for that game has yet to be arranged.

However, the Ladies have received notification from the South-West Combination Women's League for their next three fixtures, giving them two home matches at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, during the month of February. That's then followed by an early March trip to Havant in the first of two matches against the Hampshire side that could easily turn into promotion deciders.

The fixtures we do know about are as follows:

19/02/2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Keynsham Development (Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, 2.00p.m.)
26/02/2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Forest Green Rovers (Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, 2.00p.m.)
04/03/2012 : Havant and Waterlooville vs Yeovil Town Ladies


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3 February 2012 : Gary Previews The Sheffield Wednesday Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Hillsborough, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the Sheffield Wednesday match are available via the link below.

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


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3 February 2012 : Sheffield Weather Watch
With a significant amount of icy weather coming in this weekend, we're probably facing the first Saturday of the 2011-12 season to land a sizeable number of pitch inspections. At present, we're not aware of any problems up at Hillsborough for tomorrow afternoon's game against Sheffield Wednesday, and in fact the match should be one of the more likely ones to go ahead, given that the Owls have undersoil heating in place from their top flight days. Last season's postponed game was due to iced up pipes at the stadium; things shouldn't get quite as cold as that this time around.

At the time of writing, AFC Bournemouth vs Exeter City is off along with Oldham Athletic's home game against Leyton Orient, whilst in League Two, games at Gillingham, Morecambe and perhaps ominously Rotherham United's Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, have all fallen foul of frozen pitches.

There are also pitch inspections planned at Bury, Colchester United and Notts County in League One, with Cheltenham Town, Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town planning the same in League Two.

The BBC Weather forecast is for tonight's temperatures to drop to around minus three celsius and for tomorrow's day-time temperature to only reach freezing. There is also forecast snow later in the day, although it's questionable as to whether that will reach Hillsborough before kick-off. Hence be prepared to alter your travel plans on the way home, particularly if your route takes you across the Peak District.

Needless to say, if anything changes, we'll put out messages on our Twitter account as soon as we get them. But at present we're not aware of anything that would put tomorrow's game in doubt.

Update: The Following League One Games Are Now OFF:
AFC Bournemouth vs Exeter City
Colchester United vs Sheffield United
Notts County vs Stevenage
Oldham Athletic vs Leyton Orient
Preston North End vs Brentford
Bury vs Hartlepool United


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3 February 2012 : Owls Boss Accuses Skiverton Of 'Cock And Bull Story'
Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson has accused Yeovil Town assistant boss Terry Skiverton of running with a "cock and bull story" as the Owls boss revisited last year's stormy encounter at Huish Park yet again. Despite winning the September 2011 game at Huish Park by a 3-2 scoreline, Megson seems unwilling to move on from the incident that saw Kieran Agard score a disputed first half equalising goal during the game.

Following Agard's goal - scored by Agard after Owls goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell and defender Rob Jones collided following an uncontested drop ball - Skiverton, who was then first team manager, accused Owls midfielder Jose Semedo of abusing him whilst pondering whether to allow the visitors a walk-in goal. Skiverton cited Semedo's aggression as one of the principle factors that swayed him against doing that.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Megson now claims Semedo did not abuse Skiverton, suggesting the Glovers coach had made up the story:

"Their manager at the time didn’t want to do it. He came up with some cock and bull story that Jose Semedo had verbally abused him. Jose doesn’t even know how to do that even if he tried. It also resulted in Rob Jones smashing his nose and it threw us out of our stride for five to 10 minutes. They all lost their heads a bit and that carried on into the tunnel a bit."

The tunnel incident at half time saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes found guilty of improper conduct by the Football Association after the game, following a report made by the Fourth Official. At the centre-piece of their disdain was Agard's decision to close down the Wednesday defence, and Megson today has continued his complaints about that incident:

"The kid (Kieran Agard) shouldn’t have chased the ball down. Once he did, he’s made a mistake. I can guarantee you if it happened with one of my players I would bring them all over to the touchline and we’d let the opposition score. We all want to win but we don’t want to win that badly."


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3 February 2012 : Hinds Sight On First Team Place
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he is confident that new signing Richard Hinds will challenge for a first team place in the long run. With the 31 year old joining the club as a free agent, until the end of the 2011-12 season, he will go up against Paul Huntington and Bondz N'Gala for the current centre-back slots, and in the short term is a strong possibility to replace Huntington during his three match suspension.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that Hinds was joining the club with the attitude that he would grab a first team place at the club, despite having spent the tail end of last year playing in the Conference National division with Lincoln City:

"He's looking to get into a team where he can play first team football. We were looking for another centre-back to compete with our centre-backs anyway. He seems very keen. He's certainly an experienced player, and I think that might be good at this moment in time, for our younger players, with Hunts (Paul Huntington) out for a month."

Johnson admitted that scouring the market for free agents at present was not an easy task. However, he believed his new signing would add a large amount of experience during a time when his club captain would be out of the side:

"There's not many players out there who are available immediately. But as I've said, that little bit of experience at Hillsborough might tip the balance for us. It's a difficult game, and he might be handy to have around. He'll certainly be travelling with the team. Whether he will play or not is another thing. But it gives us another centre-back."

Johnson admitted that losing his Club Captain for a minimum of three matches was a sizeable problem, but added that despite that, he was still determined to give tomorrow's opponents Sheffield Wednesday a 'fright' in a game that the Glovers are widely expected to struggle in, against the promotion-chasing Owls:

"That's going to be a difficult one, because it's difficult to replace your 'Captain Fantastic', because he's been great since I've been here, and I'm sure he's been great before. We'll have to get on with it, kick the cat and move on. The bookies aren't expecting us to get anything from Hillsborough. So we're not necessarily under pressure. We'll take the pressure off the boys, and we'll make sure that we give them (Sheffield Wednesday) a fright."


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3 February 2012 : Downloadable February 2012 Fixture Poster Available
With us now having stumbled our way into February (where did January go?!) Yeovil Town have got five fixtures during the month, with three of those on the road. Right in the middle, we have two home League One matches at Huish Park, with Scunthorpe United (11th) and Colchester United (18th) visiting on consecutive weekends.

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

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

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


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3 February 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town make the journey back to Sheffield for the second time inside a month, having already done Bramall Lane in January. This time it's Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday, which last time round a few Glovers fans would have missed out on due to it being a midweeker. This time, we actually see Sheffield on a Saturday, and the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include directions, ticketing, travel, pub guides and other such stuff to help you through your day. Head via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: Officials For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday.


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2 February 2012 : Imps Boss On Hinds Departure
Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth was reported at the start of last month as citing his club's playing budget as being one of the factors that caused him to lose new Yeovil Town signing Richard Hinds. With the 31 year old centre-back agreeing a contract with the Glovers until the end of the 2011-12 season, he returns to third tier football, nine months after being released by Saturday's opponents Sheffield Wednesday.

Hinds made nine appearances for the Imps at Conference National level, scoring one goal, across the two months that he was at Sincil Bank. His last game was on New Year's Day, after which he turned down the offer of an extended deal in Lincolnshire. Speaking just after he left the club, Holdsworth explained that he wanted to keep the Sheffield-born defender, but wages and his wish to return to the Football League made that impossible for Lincoln to match:

"We offered Richard a contract until the end of the season, but he turned it down due to the fact that pennies are short. He has aspirations of playing in the Football League and unfortunately we could not afford his demands. So I had to make a decision, and it was not one that I wanted to do because his experience is invaluable, but I do not have the money to pay for that. I am so grateful to Richard for his efforts because he was a very good signing for us and I wish him all the best for the future."


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2 February 2012 : Hinds Signs On The Dotted Line
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have now completed the signing of former Sheffield Wednesday, Scunthorpe United and Lincoln City defender Richard Hinds. The 31 year old has agreed a deal until the end of the 2011-12 season, and will be available for the trip to Hillsborough on Saturday - not only a club he spent four years at, but his home town as well.

For a full profile on Richard Hinds, see the earlier news item. He will provide cover for club captain Paul Huntington, who faces at minimum a three match ban following his sending off last weekend - but may find that increased further if next Wednesday's FA hearing into a misconduct charge associated with the same game, results in further punishment.


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2 February 2012 : Glovers In Talks With Former Owls Defender
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is in talks with former Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Hinds about a possible move to Huish Park. According to BBC Radio Bristol, the 31 year old former Sheffield Wednesday, Scunthorpe United and Lincoln City defender could be brought in as cover for club captain Paul Huntington this afternoon.

If the deal goes through, then Hinds would stand a chance of making his debut on Saturday against a club he spent four years with between 2007 and 2011. He is Sheffield born - August 22nd 1980 - and started his career on the books of Tranmere Rovers as a youth team player, before spending five years at Prenton Park as a pro. He then spent two seasons with Hull City before moving on to Scunthorpe United for a similar period.

Following his release by Saturday's opponents Sheffield Wednesday, he signed a short term contract with Conference National side Lincoln City which expired at the turn of the year. He should understand the terms of his playing contract when it is put to him - he holds a first class honours degree from the Open University, obtained during his time at Hillsborough, in preparation for life once his playing career is over.

The BBC have also indicated that there are some legs to the earlier reports that the Glovers are interested in Blackburn Rovers striker Tom Hitchcock. However, the immediate suggestions are that this one is not quite so far down the line.


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2 February 2012 : Hitchcock Mystery Thriller Sequel
Yeovil Town are reported to be chasing Blackburn Rovers striker Tom Hitchcock. His exact status is not 100 percent clear; Sky Sports claim that the Premier League club have released the former England youth international, which would make him a free agent.

Their website claims that Hitchcock's release is now attracting the attention of League One sides Milton Keynes Dons, Brentford and Yeovil Town. As usual, with Sky Sports, don't be too surprised if this involves his agent trying to drum up interest through the media.

He is a 19 year old striker born in Hemel Hemstead, on October 1st 1992, and is the son of former Chelsea goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock, now goalkeeping-coach at Queens Park Rangers. His connection with Blackburn came through his father, who was performing a similar role at Ewood Park at the time.

Although a Reserve Team regular at Blackburn, he has not made a first team appearance for the club. He does have some Football League experience though, with Plymouth Argyle, having spent three months at Home Park, making five starts and five substitute appearances for the Pilgrims, although without scoring a goal.

Where we'd tend to put a dampener on this one is that this is the second time that Sky Sports have claimed that the Glovers were taking an interest in the player, having suggested we were taking him on loan at the start of the 2011-12 season. That came to nothing, with him moving to Devon on a loan basis instead. Possible as a "one for the future", but less likely to immediately challenge the current quartet of strikers on the club's books.


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1 February 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Damp Squib Is No Surprise
Yesterday saw little of excitement on Transfer Deadline Day, from a Yeovil Town perspective, with no comings or goings. Whilst we all scoured the internet, and hit the refresh button in anticipation of news, the lack of concrete moves came as not too much of a surprise. Looking at what Gary Johnson is possibly targeting for improvement, and why he may be slow to bring those players in, the latest Taff's Gloversblog can be read via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Damp Squib Is No Surprise.


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1 February 2012 : Gilbert Jumps Through Hoops For Irish Move
Former Yeovil Town right-back Kerrea Gilbert obviously enjoyed playing in Green and White Hoops this season. The 24 year old has signed for Irish League Champions Shamrock Rovers today, ahead of their 2012 pre-season. Having been released by the Glovers at the turn of the year, he has signed for the Hoops as a free agent.

Manager Stephen Kenny has said that Gilbert, who joins them in time for their pre-season training and build-up, will offer his side plenty of experience:

"Kerrea is only 24, but has played a lot of games in England including 34 games for Leicester City in the Championship during his one season loan period with them. We needed to add a right-back to the squad, and Kerrea is a very good addition for us. He is quick and is a very good defender.

"Despite his still young age, he has a lot of experience and I think his best years are very much ahead of him. We have added quality and ability with this signing. He has trained with the team for the last few days and he is hungry to well and make an impact with us this season."

Former Youth Team striker Jake Reid has moved to Conference National side Newport County, signing a deal with the South Wales side until the end of the 2011-12 season. Since appearing for the Under-18s as well as the Glovers reserves, the 24 year old has turned out for Team Bath and Weymouth and had been on the books of Salisbury City this season.

Reid just about misses former loan midfielder Tommy Doherty who had a short spell with the Glovers during the 2005-06 season. He has been released by Newport and becomes a free agent. Since leaving Queens Park Rangers, he has played for Wycombe Wanderers, Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TC and Bradford City before signing for Newport last summer.

One former Glover who didn't move on transfer deadline day was full-back/midfielder Stephen Reed. Currently at Weymouth on non-contract terms, he was widely reported as on his way to local rivals Dorchester Town. Having agreed terms on the Monday, Reedy was due to turn up on the Tuesday to sign his papers, but failed to turn up - a somewhat embarrassing situation for Magpies Chairman Shaun Hearn who had already declared "it's a done deal".


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1 February 2012 : Double Whammy For Huntington
Yeovil Town club captain has been charged with a secondary offence by the Football Association, following his sending off against Preston North End. Already subject to a three match ban for 'serious foul play' after referee Oliver Langford dismissed him late on in the 2-1 win, he has now been charged with misconduct, with the FA claiming him to be in breach of Rule E3.

This rule is a generic one covering misconduct, and is the same one that Luke Ayling was deemed to be guilty of, following his red card against Stevenage. It states:

"A Participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour."

The most likely explanation is that Huntington is alleged to have done or said something following his red card, given out for a supposed foul on Preston striker Jamie Proctor. In the case of Ayling, he was given an additional match ban by the FA for foul and abusive language, believed to relate to language used as he passed the dugouts, within earshot of the Fourth Official.

Huntington has requested a personal hearing at the FA's Headquarters at Wembley. He will attend a meeting with the FA's Football Governance and Regulation next Wednesday.


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1 February 2012 : Walker Gets New Blues Deal
Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Sam Walker is reported to have signed a new contract with his parent club. The 20 year old is claimed by Sky Sports to have signed a deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2014, giving him two and a half years against his revised deal with Chelsea.

In addition to a loan spell at League Two side Barnet last season, Walker has had two temporary spells out on loan during the 2011-12 campaign, both under Gary Johnson. Having spent half a season with League Two side Northampton Town, he is now part of Yeovil's first team squad, and has so far made two appearances, with his home debut coming in last week's 2-1 win over Preston North End. He is currently on loan with the Glovers until the end of the 2011-12 season.


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