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28 February 2013 : Swindon Appoint New First Team Manager
League One side Swindon Town have appointed former Aston Villa first team coach Kevin MacDonald as their new manager. He succeeds Paolo di Canio who walked out of the County Ground earlier this month, followed by his backroom staff, following discontent over the club's change of ownership last month.

The new owners have appointed a 52 year old who has never taken up front line management as a career, apart from a couple of caretaker spells with Leicester City and Aston Villa. However, since 1995, the former Liverpool player has been a mainstay at Villa Park as a coach, becoming assistant manager in 2003. He has also held the same position for the Republic of Ireland during 2006-07 when he worked under Steve Staunton. He left the Premier League club last summer after a 17 year association with the club.

MacDonald is to be officially unveiled as manager at a press conference tomorrow. However, with his name having already leaked out, Swindon have formally named him as their man. As yet his contract length or his backroom staff have yet to be revealed.

Last Saturday saw Notts County name Chris Kiwomya as their new boss for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. He is a promotion from within, having been their Development Squad Manager. The 43 year old was already in charge of the squad, having initially been named as Caretaker Manager to cover the loss of Keith Curle, who was fired earlier this month.


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28 February 2013 : Johnson Talks About Fletcher Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he can see similarities between new loan signing Wes Fletcher and one of his old strikers at Bristol City. The 22 year old Burnley player has arrived at Huish Park today on an initial month's loan to boost the Glovers front line, and his temporary boss sees him as a player in the style of Steve Brooker, who was at Ashton Gate over a five year period.

With Johnson's main strike pairing of James Hayter and Paddy Madden being much smaller built players, Gary has told BBC Somerset that he thinks a player with more of a physical presence will help his team in the coming month:

"Wes brings us a striker in the mould of a Steve Brooker, who I had at Bristol City. He's a strong lad and he's a willing runner. He'll shut people down when he needs to. He's more of a bustling centre-forward, which we think we haven't got right at this moment."

Johnson didn't have to make too many introductions when dealing with Burnley - they appointed former Glovers midfielder Simon Weatherstone as their new Development Squad Manager at the end of November 2012, with the 33 year old having been also employed as a Scout for them since finishing his playing days with Eastbourne Borough. Gary said that helped in that Weatherstone knew what sort of a player Gary was after:

"Burnley have been kind enough to give us the opportunity to have a good look at him. Simon Weatherstone, who is the recruitment officer at Burnley, played for me when I was at Yeovil before. I brought him here, and he did very well and he knows what we're looking for. We've seen him a few times and we think he will add to our squad, that's for sure."

Fletcher hadn't arrived at Huish Park at the time of this afternoon's press conference, and was travelling down from Lancashire during the day. However, Johnson was hopeful that he would be ready and primed to face Tranmere Rovers if called upon:

"We hope so - I'm sure he is, and that's why we're getting him down today. We nearly got it done for Tuesday night but it didn't quite happen in time. But he should be training with us tomorrow morning. He needs that opportunity to show what he can do."


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28 February 2013 : Video : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those that want to see how our nine match unbeaten League One run came to an end on Tuesday night, the Sky Sports website has uploaded their midweek highlights. Head via the link below to see goals from Colchester duo Billy Clifford and Freddie Sears as the Glovers went down to a 2-0 defeat.

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


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28 February 2013 : Reid Extends Pilgrims Stay
Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid will remain out on loan for a further month at League Two side Plymouth Argyle. Despite failing to score during his six appearances so far for the Pilgrims, the Bristol-born 24 year old will continue his stay in Devon, according to the Western Gazette, with a 24 hour recall clause now built into his second month deal.

Although the Glovers have got James Hayter on the sidelines, due to a foot injury, they have today recruited Burnley striker Wes Fletcher on a month's loan, and also have the possible option to extend Crystal Palace forward Kwesi Appiah's current deal which runs out on Saturday.


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28 February 2013 : Fletcher Comes In On Loan From Clarets
Yeovil Town have made a new loan signing ahead of this weekend's home match against Tranmere Rovers. Wes Fletcher is a 22 year old Burnley striker, who has had loan experience with Grimsby Town, Stockport County, Accrington Stanley and Crewe Alexandra.

Born in Ormskirk in Lancashire on February 28th 1991, he had very early youth experience for Manchester United and Liverpool before Burnley put him on youth forms back in 2007. Two years later, in March 2009, they gave him his first professional contract. So far his first team experience for the Championship side has been restricted to two substitute appearances in the League Cup, but he has been gradually blooded through loan spells with a variety of clubs.

During the 2009-10 season he went out on loan to Grimsby Town (six appearances, one goal), then followed that up during 2010-11 with a spell at Stockport County (12 appearances, one goal). Last season he spent time with Accrington Stanley (12 appearances two goals) then made his way to Crewe Alexandra, where he spent the tail end of 2011 at Gresty Road scoring once in six appearances.

He is 6'2" tall, and so should bring some height to the Glovers front line. He celebrates his 22nd birthday today by moving down to South Somerset, where hopefully he will provide some much needed cover for injured striker James Hayter, who missed Tuesday night's match with a foot injury.

Fletcher's arrival would bring into doubt whether the Glovers would extend the current deal for Kwesi Appiah, who is scheduled to play his final game of his initial month's loan this coming Saturday, as part of the deal with Crystal Palace.


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28 February 2013 : Sheridan Ponders Reid Future
Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan has said that he needs to sort out whether an extension for on loan striker Reuben Reid is possible. The 24 year old has been down at Home Park for the last month, but that deal ended after the Tuesday night midweek matches, meaning that all parties must make a decision in time for Saturday's fixtures.

Reid has so far been given six starts for Argyle at League Two level but has yet to find the net for them. Despite this, Sheridan has said that he was happy with the player's performance at Kingsmeadow in their 1-1 draw against fellow relegation strugglers AFC Wimbledon and has told the Plymouth Evening Herald that, on paper at least, Reid should be one of the best players at that level:

"I will talk to Reuben and to his club. I thought that was probably his best game for us on Tuesday. He worked a lot harder. I had a chat with Reuben. For me, he should be one of the best strikers in this division. Reuben knows he has got to work harder. If he does that, and moves the ball quickly, he can be a big player for us. I will have a chat and see what everyone's feelings are. I will make a decision and whatever one I make, hopefully it will benefit us."

The decision on Reid could influence the future of Yeovil Town's own on loan striker Kwesi Appiah who was brought in on loan from Crystal Palace as Reid's numerical replacement. The 22 year old got his first start for the Glovers in Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat at Colchester United, but his first month loan will be up after Saturday's home game against Tranmere Rovers. He also has yet to score for his loan club.


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28 February 2013 : GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United
In just over a week's time, Yeovil Town make the first of two long distance trips in March, as they travel to Hartlepool United in a League One match. The game at Victoria Park takes place on Saturday 9th March 2013 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £32.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £30.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 February 2013 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming League One match against Hartlepool United is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 9th March 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Victoria Park. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £25.00; Concessions: £13.00

Concessions apply to those who are aged 18 and under, those aged over 60 years old and full time students. All concessions require proof of identity, particularly for students and for those aged close to the cut-off in the two age groups.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates depending on age/entitlement. Those supporters carrying proof of the higher rate of disability can admit an assistant free of charge. For any advance arrangements or enquires, contact Kate Betts at Hartlepool on 01429 272584 (extension 9) or email enquiries@hartlepoolunited.co.uk

Hartlepool provide advance tickets to opposition clubs, so the Huish Park Ticket Office should have a batch sent down. There is no matchday surcharge for this game. However, you should note that they will send those aged 18 and under and students to the Hartlepool Ticket Office if you decide to purchase on the day. Adults should find tickets can be purchased on the turnstiles.


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27 February 2013 : Johnson Cautious Over Making Loan Plans Now
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that on reflection he is veering away from bringing in new loan players to cover the loss of striker James Hayter and left-back Jamie McAllister. Both were missing for last night's match at Colchester United and are rated as doubts for Saturday's home game against Tranmere Rovers.

However, initial signs are that neither player is a long term injury concern, with no sign that the initial estimate of a 'couple' of games out for the pair is changed. At present Johnson hasn't ruled in or ruled out either player from Saturday's match at Huish Park, hopefully meaning that if they do miss the Tranmere fixture that both will be in the running for the following weekend's trip to Hartlepool United.

Speaking after last night's match, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that whilst other clubs are recruiting in additional bodies, he'd rather not rush into decisions at this stage. However, he concedes that after a poor performance at the Community Stadium that people will see that as a sign of new recruits being needed:

"That's what people are going to say, aren't they, after you've got beaten. But this group has got us to where we are now. If the right one comes along then we'll look at it. There's a lot of people panic-loaning at the moment. There are boys who have been on loan at lots of different clubs over the years, and they are the ones who are going around still. You've got to make sure that the ones that the ones that you bring in are ready to bring in - firstly that they're match-fit, and secondly that they're of your type."

Johnson added that he was reluctant to make changes in case it disrupted the mood in the current 19 man squad, although joked that after Tuesday night's match, probably he was doing a good job of affecting the mood in the dressing room:

"I don't want to bring in somebody that's going to mess up the dressing room. I'm the one messing up the dressing room at the moment, I'm afraid! But they know what it's all about and hopefully we can turn them around like we've done before."

Gary has until Thursday 28th March to reassess the situation, which is when the Football League's emergency loan transfer window closes for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.


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27 February 2013 : Madden Gets Another Sky Nomination
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden may have drawn a rare blank on Tuesday night, but has still managed to get himself a Team of the Week nomination. The Sky Sports website have selected the Irishman once again, largely for his weekend performance at Doncaster Rovers that saw him score for the seventh successive game, and the eight in games he has been selected in.

That run ended during Tuesday night's match at Colchester United, but Sky have this to say about Paddy's inclusion in their Team of the Week:

"League One leading goalscorer Madden was on target for the 19th time this season with the opener in his club's 1-1 draw at current table-toppers Doncaster last weekend. Despite Tuesday's defeat by Colchester United, Town remain in the play-off places."

The full list of players for Sky's League One Team of the Week reads as follows:

George Long - Sheffield United
James Chambers - Walsall
Sam Collins - Hartlepool United
Harry Maguire - Sheffield United
Joe Skarz - Bury
Andy Monkhouse - Hartlepool United
Mark Duffy - Scunthorpe United
Kyle Bennett- Doncaster Rovers
Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town
Leon Clarke - Coventry City
Will Grigg - Walsall

For the second week running, the Football League have held back on their weekly list. If any Yeovil players are included, we'll post another update.


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27 February 2013 : Tranmere Lose Two Key Players Ahead Of Saturday
Saturday's League One opponents Tranmere Rovers have been given a double blow ahead of the game, with news that they will travel down without two key players. Influential playmaker Andy Robinson and centre-back Ian Goodison are two of their most experienced players, but had to be substituted during the first half of their 1-1 home draw against Notts County last night.

With Robinson suffering a hamstring strain, and Goodison picking up a groin problem, boss Ronnie Moore has already ruled the pair out of the trip down to Huish Park, adding to a growing list of problems. On loan Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe made his debut for the Wirral club on Saturday, but then had to return to the Potteries for treatment on a hamstring problem that will put him out for a fortnight.

That added to the loss of winger Adam McGurk, who suffered a collapsed lung last week that will keep him sidelined for four to six weeks. Meanwhile Captain James Wallace, who netted in the October 2012 has already been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Boss Ronnie Moore has reflected upon his squad selection problems to BBC Radio Merseyside, and admits that although he will be able to field a starting eleven for the trip to Huish Park, he may be struggling to fill all seven bench places. Speaking of Goodison and Robinson he explained:

"They'll not be fit for Saturday, that's for sure. They're a little bit older so how long will they take? I don't know. We'll have to let things settle down and see how things are on Thursday. There's not a great deal we can do. We're off to Yeovil and we'll get 11 - whether we'll get 18 together, we'll have to wait and see."

Tranmere's goal last night was scored by former Glovers winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie - his first for the club since joining them last summer. They will go into Saturday's match two points ahead of the Glovers, sat in third place in the table. Until Neal Bishop's 74th minute equaliser for Notts County, Bell-Baggie's opener had temporarily lifted them to the top of the division during the Tuesday night 'live' table.


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27 February 2013 : No Power For League Sponsors
The Football League will need new sponsorship for the 2013-14 season, after its current sponsors announced today that they would not be extending their current deal. Utility company Npower have been the League's main sponsor for the past three seasons, having replaced Coca Cola in 2010, but they have said that they will not be extending their previous £21 million deal. Npower have issued a statement saying:

"We can confirm that we will not renew our sponsorship of The Football League when the current season ends at the end of May. During the last three years, we have enjoyed a hugely successful relationship with The Football League and have engaged the passion of thousands of football fans across the country."

No indication is given at this stage of who will replace them. However, the tendency has been for League sponsorship money to be downgraded over the last few years, which could have an impact on central league income that member clubs receive for next season.


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27 February 2013 : New Date For Oldham Away Match
Yeovil Town finally have a new date for their twice postponed visit to Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park ground. The game has already been called off twice - once due to the Latics FA Cup exploits, and on another occasion due to snowfall on the ground.

The revised date has now been set and will be Tuesday 16th April with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. As things stand, this makes it the third-from-last fixture of the 2012-13 season, and thus will happen at a stage when league positions are likely to become even more crucial than before.


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27 February 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Colchester Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Colchester United at the Community Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be found via the link below.

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


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27 February 2013 : Johnson Disappointed With 'Weak' Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his side put in a 'weak' performance at the Community Stadium last night. The Glovers crashed to their first League One defeat since Boxing Day's reverse against AFC Bournemouth, as bottom four side Colchester United deservedly gained a 2-0 win that kept their hopes of escape still alive.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Gary admitted that his side put in a poor performance, but added that it was worth keeping perspective on the situation, by reminding themselves that they were still in a top six position despite the defeat:

"I thought we were weak, and we haven't been. But we've still got a lot more points than Colchester have, and we've got to quickly realise that we are still up there challenging. But it's been a poor performance and you have to hold your hands up, which we always do."

The Glovers had gone into the match missing striker James Hayter, whose foot injury sustained at Doncaster Rovers kept him out of the match. Whilst Johnson didn't use the experienced goalscorer as an excuse, he did feel that the Glovers lacked an ability to carve out chances on the night:

"We didn't really show any of the innovation that we show, or have shown in our good run. We huffed and puffed but we didn't get anywhere today. It's a long old way for our supporters and they've done well for us. But we didn't really give them anything today, and the players didn't give themselves anything and didn't give us anything and didn't give the supporters anything. They're disappointed in there, but we did look weak today."


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27 February 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Colchester Away Interview
Just before Tuesday night's away match at Colchester United kicked off on Tueday night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts just prior to kick-off have been captured via the link below.

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


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26 February 2013 : Colchester 2 Yeovil 0 : Unbeaten Run Finally Ends
Yeovil Town crashed to their first defeat since Boxing Day this evening, as relegation-threatened Colchester United sprang a surprise on them. A goal in each half from the Essex side saw them grab all three points as a long ranger from Billy Clifford right on the stroke of half time was followed by Freddie Sears adding the second from a Bradley Garmston cross just past the hour mark. The Glovers couldn't get a foothold in the game, and ended up slipping once place to sixth in the League One table, as the top seven continue to be separated by the tiniest of margins.

The Glovers were forced into two changes to their starting line-up for this match. Jamie McAllister's ankle problem and James Hayter's foot injury, both sustained at Doncaster, meant that both dropped out of the squad, with Nathan Ralph getting his first start since September, and Kwesi Appiah getting his first chance to impress from the start of a game, after four substitute appearances for the club. In the opposition line-up, former loanees Sam Walker and Gavin Massey got starts against their old club.

Yeovil got off to an uncharacteristic jittery start, with Nathan Ralph showing signs of one or two nerves that seemed to spread into some of Marek Stech's early kicking. Although a Sam Foley attempt went over the bar, it was the home side who were getting a bit more penetration, particularly targeting Yeovil's left flank. Colchester centre-back Magnus Okuonghae put wide of the target from a corner, whilst at the other end Kwesi Appiah was wasteful with a Joe Edwards cross that he headed over the bar, followed by Ed Upson forcing Sam Walker into his first meaningful save five minutes before the break.

But the Glovers had been given a warning sign in the lead-up to half time, as Chelsea loan midfielder Billy Clifford forced his way through the midfield without a challenge being put in. On the first occasion, Marek Stech palmed away his top corner attempt and away from the goal, with the resultant corner coming to nothing. But when Clifford tried the same again right on the stroke of half time, the Yeovil defence parted for him far too easily, allowing him to whip a 25 yard drive into the net to put Colchester 1-0 up and a half time lead they deserved.

In theory there should have been a half time rocket dished out by manager Gary Johnson. He allowed the same eleven players to go again for the second period but to no discernible effect. That was visible by Marek Stech's stunning early save from a Jabo Ibehre turn on the edge of the box that should never have been allowed, with the striker able to make himself room far too easily to shoot on goal. Then Gavin Massey fired well wide of the target, but in another move where the Glovers midfield failed to stop any surging runs from the home side.

Gary Johnson rang the changes with Lewis Young replacing a fairly quiet Sam Foley, but with Young moving out onto the right flank and Kevin Dawson switching to the left. That change certainly seemed to be a factor in the second goal, with Colchester full-back Bradley Garmston managing to get past Young far too easily, building up a head of steam that allowed him to evade Luke Ayling's challenge and put a ball into the box that Freddie Sears converted at the near post to double the Colchester lead.

Gavin Williams replaced Kwesi Appiah, who hadn't really gained a strong partnership with the frequently isolated Paddy Madden, who only had a couple of half chances during the game. Matthew Dolan also replaced Kevin Dawson, but the more the half progressed, the more Yeovil seemed to run out of ideas than show signs of getting back into it. Ed Upson came the closest, as his long range attempt flew at goal, but former Glover Sam Walker had a tidy game, and never really looked like being beaten.

In the end it was one of those nights. Once again, the League One table wildly swung about as several teams topped the table during the evening, and with the Glovers briefly dropping out of the top six, until a late Coventry goal against Bournemouth slotted them back in by a single goal only. That's how tight League One is, and whilst tonight's game didn't come up to scratch, that goal down at Dean Court shows how even battling for a single consolation goal in defeat could be vital come the end of April. Tonight that battle wasn't quite there.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Billy Clifford (1-0, 45 mins), Freddie Sears (2-0, 62 mins).

Colchester United:
44. Sam Walker
20. Brian Wilson 4. Magnus Okuonghae 18. Tom Eastman 3. Bradley Garmston
21. Gavin Massey 14. Andrew Bond 41. Billy Clifford 39. George Porter
11. Freddie Sears 17. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
1. Mark Cousins 9. Clinton Morrison (86 mins for Jabo Ibehre) 15. Marcus Bean 28. Alex Gilbey 30. Drey Wright (90 mins for George Porter) 33. Jack Compton 40. Josh Thompson (78 mins for Bradley Garmston)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 16. Nathan Ralph
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
7. Kwesi Appiah 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams (64 mins for Kwesi Appiah) 15. Lewis Young (56 mins for Sam Foley) 19. Matthew Dolan (76 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Colchester Bookings: Brian Wilson (58 mins, foul).

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Colchester Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire). Assistants: Neil Davies (Merseyside) and Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire). Fourth Official: Stuart Butler (Kent).

Attendance: 2,367 (including 183 Yeovil fans).


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26 February 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Colchester vs Yeovil
If you watched this evening's 2-0 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, 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 Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.


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26 February 2013 : Colchester 2 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town crashed to their first defeat since Boxing Day this evening, as relegation-threatened Colchester United sprang a surprise on them. A goal in each half from the Essex side saw them grab all three points as a long ranger from Billy Clifford right on the stroke of half time was followed by Freddie Sears adding the second from a Bradley Garmston cross just past the hour mark. The Glovers couldn't get a foothold in the game, and ended up slipping once place to sixth in the League One table, as the top seven continue to be separated by the tiniest of margins.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Billy Clifford (1-0, 45 mins), Freddie Sears (2-0, 62 mins).

Colchester United:
44. Sam Walker
20. Brian Wilson 4. Magnus Okuonghae 18. Tom Eastman 3. Bradley Garmston
21. Gavin Massey 14. Andrew Bond 41. Billy Clifford 39. George Porter
11. Freddie Sears 17. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
1. Mark Cousins 9. Clinton Morrison (86 mins for Jabo Ibehre) 15. Marcus Bean 28. Alex Gilbey 30. Drey Wright (90 mins for George Porter) 33. Jack Compton 40. Josh Thompson (78 mins for Bradley Garmston)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 16. Nathan Ralph
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
7. Kwesi Appiah 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams (64 mins for Kwesi Appiah) 15. Lewis Young (56 mins for Sam Foley) 19. Matthew Dolan (76 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Colchester Bookings: Brian Wilson (58 mins, foul).

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Colchester Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire). Assistants: Neil Davies (Merseyside) and Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire). Fourth Official: Stuart Butler (Kent).

Attendance: 2,367 (including 183 Yeovil fans).


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26 February 2013 : Team News For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town are forced into making two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's trip to Colchester United. The match at the Community Stadium sees Jamie McAllister (ankle) and James Hayter (foot) miss out due to injuries they picked up in Saturday's game at Doncaster Rovers.

They are placed in like-for-like positional swaps by Nathan Ralph who gets his first start for the Glovers since September 18th, and Kwesi Appiah who makes his first start since he commenced his one month loan from Crystal Palace. With this being the penultimate game of that initial month, this will be his big chance to impress.

On the bench, Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan is fit enough to sit on the bench, following his recent injury.

Colchester's starting line-up features two former Yeovil Town players, with Sam Walker between the sticks for the Essex side, and Gavin Massey likely to play on the wing tonight, although obviously could provide them with a role up front. Manager Gary Johnson will also be particularly familiar with Brian Wilson, who used to be on Bristol City's books.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 16. Nathan Ralph
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
7. Kwesi Appiah 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 19. Matthew Dolan

Colchester United:
44. Sam Walker
20. Brian Wilson 4. Magnus Okuonghae 18. Tom Eastman 3. Bradley Garmston
21. Gavin Massey 14. Andrew Bond 41. Billy Clifford 39. George Porter
11. Freddie Sears 17. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
1. Mark Cousins 9. Clinton Morrison 15. Marcus Bean 28. Alex Gilbey 30. Drey Wright 33. Jack Compton 40. Josh Thompson


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26 February 2013 : Gary Johnson BBC Radio 5Live Interview
Yesterday evening, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson gave an interview to BBC Radio 5Live during their Premier League football commentary programme. Gary answered questions from presenter Mark Clemmit about the club's current form, and you can read what he said via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Radio 5Live About His Side's Current Form.


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26 February 2013 : Johnson : Colchester Reaction Will Be Hard To Predict
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits he is not sure what sort of Colchester United team his team will face when the two sides meet at the Community Stadium tonight. The Glovers have travelled to Essex for their second away trip in three days, hoping to take advantage of a side that are currently occupying a relegation position in the League One table.

Joe Dunne's side also suffered their worst home defeat of the 2012-13 season on Saturday - a 1-5 result against promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers that stunned the home fans in the 3,077 crowd. Johnson has told BBC Somerset ahead of tonight's fixture that his team will be going there to win, but says Colchester could go one of two ways on the back of their weekend thrashing:

"They've had a poor result with Tranmere beating them 5-1. So they'll either be right up for it, or absolutely demoralised. We'll have to wait and see. But it becomes an important game to win now. After having the one draw (against Doncaster Rovers) we need to pick up the three points. We've certainly got to go there to win. But I've never gone away anywhere and not tried to win the game. So it's no different really - our mentality is to go and win the game. But you're right - whether it's Colchester, or whoever it is down there, they're not easy but they are the games where you've got to try to pick up as many points as you can."

Tonight's match is one of eleven games in League One, with all clubs except for Preston North End and Oldham Athletic competing. With none of the top six sides playing each other, that means that any of them could feasibly top the division by the end of the evening. Johnson recognised that when Bournemouth slipped from joint top on Saturday to sixth just by a single defeat on the weekend:

"Bournemouth were top of the table, or near enough, and then they got beaten and suddenly they were sixth. So that's how tight it is. We're looking forward to Tuesday. It's not as if they've played and we haven't. We've got to go there and make sure that we put up a real clever hard working performance."


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26 February 2013 : Gary Johnson TalkSport Interview
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson took part in a lengthy interview live on TalkSport radio. In an interview with Ian Danter, and other studio guests, Gary is asked about his team's form, their tactics, his recruitment strategy and many other things. You can read the output of that chat via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport Radio about the club's run of consecutive victories and strong League One form.


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25 February 2013 : Paddy Madden's Post-Doncaster Interview
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paddy's views on another goal and an extra point are captured via the link below.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Doncaster.


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25 February 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United
For those Yeovil Town supporters who are heading to the Community Stadium tomorrow evening, the Ciderspace guide to Colchester United has had some tweaks applied to reflect this year's fixture. The usual diet of directions, parking, ticketing and pub info can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Colchester United.


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25 February 2013 : FA Women's Cup Fifth Round Draw
Yeovil Town Ladies have a spot of deja vu in the FA Women's Cup to content with, as they take on Leeds United Ladies in the Fifth Round of the competition. The Ladies faced the same opposition last month at Huish Park in the FA Premier League Cup - this time around they will travel to Yorkshire after the draw was announced by the Football Association at lunchtime today.

There was initially a problem with the draw when Leeds appeared twice in the published last sixteen, but Yeovil's draw was later confirmed as the correct one, with Aston Villa playing Liverpool Ladies in the other ambiguous tie. The draw in full is as follows:

Sunderland v Manchester City
Aston Villa v Liverpool Ladies
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Bristol Academy
Cardiff City v Birmingham City
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Oxford United v Everton
Lincoln Ladies v Chelsea
Leeds United v Yeovil Town

Winning clubs will receive £600 from The FA prize fund. All eight ties will take place on Sunday 17th March.


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25 February 2013 : Madden And Clarke Threaten Two Horse Race
The battle for League One's 'golden boot' is showing signs of turning into a two horse race, as Yeovil Town's Paddy Madden netted once again on Saturday to extend his advantage over his rivals. The Irishman remains two goals clear of his nearest challenger, with Coventry City's Leon Clarke scoring in their 2-1 defeat against Crewe Alexandra on the weekend. Clarke is the other man in form, having scored six goals in his last six games - the only match he drew a blank in was against the Glovers just over two weeks ago, meaning that Paddy's team-mates have given him a helping hand here.

Other than Madden and Clarke, the only one of the current top ten League One scorers to find the net over the last seven days was Swindon Town striker James Collins, who scored in their midweek win over Tranmere Rovers. The top ten (or rather 14 players) in the division currently reads as follows:

1 Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) 19
2 Leon Clarke (Coventry City) 17 (11 scored for Scunthorpe United)
3 David McGoldrick (Coventry City) 16 (now on loan at Ipswich Town)
4 Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 15
5 Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 13
6 James Collins (Swindon Town) 12
7 Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) 11 (now a Reading player)
7 Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) 11
9 Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic) 10
9 David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) 10
9 Will Grigg (Walsall) 10
9 James Hayter (Yeovil Town) 10
9 Izale McLeod (Milton Keynes Dons) 10 (all goals scored for Portsmouth)
9 Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) 10


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25 February 2013 : Ladies Sweep Aside More National League Opposition
A fantastic day of FA Cup action at Rayleigh Grove on Sunday saw Yeovil Town Ladies progress into the fifth round of the FA Women's Cup following a superb 3-0 victory over Portsmouth Ladies. Pompey’s National League side came up against a Yeovil Town team that was very different to the one they beat in the League Cup league earlier in the season, and the Glovers came away worthy winners thanks to goals from Laura Bray, Stacey Pearson and Jade Radburn. The girls now have the mouth-watering prospect of a massive tie in the fifth round; with the draw taking place on Monday lunch time.

"Sarah and I cannot be more proud of the players today," Joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "We did our homework and relayed this to the players before the game, and it really paid off with a great victory. We deserved today's win. Our goals came from areas of the pitch that we had said they would, but a credit to the ladies for a job well done. They took everything on board, and played the game as we had instructed. They were brilliant in every part of the field."

"When we played Portsmouth last time around we came away on the back of a 3-2 defeat in the league cup, and from the way we played that day the girls were happy to finish the game and had to hang on. Today was important that we started from the first whistle, and we closed them down quickly, but the best part for me was the way in which we were organised. It was a delight to watch us today, and I cannot praise the girls enough."

Yeovil's first goal came after a lot of pressure on the opposition defence. The Portsmouth centre backs made a mistake, and Laura Bray nicked the ball from them. She still had to do the work to score, and took an early shot, slotting it past the ‘keeper from the edge of the area.

"We have been working with Laura on her finishing from long range," Joint manager Sarah Lawler said. "She was clinical today with that goal, and that proves what a good all round player she is developing into. She took her goal well today, and deserves all the praise levelled at her."

Yeovil continued to pressure the visitors, and were getting success from wide areas. Their second goal came from a good delivery from Laura Bray, this time coming up on the right. She turned her marker and delivered to the back post for Stacey Pearson to come in off the left wing to finish in the bottom corner.

With Yeovil now 2-0 up, Williams was happy with how the game was going for his side, but as the proceedings moved towards half time he was aware that the game was far from over.

"This was a national side we were playing against," he said, "We knew from our previous battles with them that they would not let this go easily. They battered us in the first part of the second period, and we were unable to change things as they kept up wave after wave of attacks. Saying that, it was quite satisfying how we remained calm, and the turning point of the second half was an unbelievable double save from player of the game Beth Howard. Portsmouth had eight corners on the bounce, and every time Beth was master of her area. The pressure we were under just goes to show our great defensive duties today. The whole of the back four threw their bodies at everything."

The third goal was the icing on the cake for the Glovers, and resulted from a poor clearance from the Portsmouth defence, with midfielder Jade Radburn grabbing the lose ball on the bounce with her head, setting herself up for a cool finish into the bottom left corner of the net.

"We knew we could win the game," Williams said. "We have confidence in the team and believe in them to perform at this level. With our sites set on applying for the WSL2 we have shown today that we can play at a higher level. We are still looking for local business for support, and with the results we are getting we are attracting more advertising opportunities. We are now in the next round of this competition, and we are looking forward to the draw on Monday."

"With the Women’s Super League teams now in the draw for round five let’s hope we get a big club. Today was a good result all round for us, and I can assure you we are buzzing as a club!"

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Portsmouth Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Brazell, Edwards, Edwards, Keehan, Cook, Radburn, Whitton (Rapp – 60), Pearson, Lorton (Hannam – 85), Bray

Substitutes Not Used: Cornwall

Goals: 1-0 (Bray – 15), 2-0 (Pearson – 25), 3-0 (Radburn – 75)

Referee: Shaun Tobin (Somerset)

Next Match: Away at Brislington Ladies (To be played at the Brislington Stadium) - (Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup, semi final) 03 March 2013, 2.00pm kick off.

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


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24 February 2013 : Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League One match between Colchester United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Community Stadium on Tuesday 26th February 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

The last time we had Mr Rushton was also for for a match against Colchester United just over a year ago. He took charge of the 3-2 win at Huish Park - overall he had a reasonable game, although did come in for some post-match grumbles from manager Gary Johnson for his decision to send off striker Kieran Agard who had only just come on as a substitute. However, Gary's criticism was in part relating to the problems within football over when a two-footed tackle is not a two-footed tackle - particularly as Agard appeared to win the ball.

Overall, this may give us a clue of how Mr Rushton views football matches. Agard's was one of six reds he gave out last season, whilst this campaign has seen him send off eight players in 24 matches, although in fairness none since October 6th, at which point he was running with eight dismissals in eleven matches! Hopefully his more recent 'form' will see a more lenient approach to Tuesday night's game.

Before the match at Huish Park, we had Mr Rushden in December 2010 - once again Colchester United were the opponents, but this time 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 his fourth 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 Neil Davies (Merseyside) and Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire). The Fourth Official will be Stuart Butler (Kent).

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

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

Link: February 2012 : Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 2.


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24 February 2013 : Video : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers once again, the Sky Sports website now has video highlights of the League One matches. Head via the link below if you're on a UK internet provider, to see another Paddy Madden goal, plus Billy Paynter's equaliser and a particularly bare looking pitch!

Link: Sky Sports Video : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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24 February 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Doncaster Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict is captured via the link below.

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


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24 February 2013 : Ladies In FA Cup Action Today
A reminder that Yeovil Town Ladies are in action in the Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup later today. They take on Portsmouth Ladies in a match that will take at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. All are welcome to attend, with adults admitted for £3.00 and concessions available at £1.00 for children and OAPs.

Address: Raleigh Grove, Terrace Playing Fields, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NS.


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24 February 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Doncaster Away Interview
Just before yesterday's 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts just prior to kick-off are captured via the link below.

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


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23 February 2013 : Sir Alex Who?
Last week, we covered the fact that Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson had been impressing hugely in statistics published by the League Managers' Association. Gary had risen sharply up the Castrol LMA Managers' Performance Table following a string of wins at League One level, and lay second in their rolling table, which compiles managers from all divisions, based on their current performance.

This week's table, which doesn't take account of today's results, but carries games up to February 22nd, puts Gary at the top of the tree, leapfrogging Sir Alex Ferguson. Their top twenty managers include only two other League One managers, with Walsall's Dean Smith and AFC Bournemouth's Eddie Howe their other representative. Notable in sixth place is former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Tisdale, who is manager of League Two side Exeter City.

The table, as compiled by the League Managers' Association, reads as follows:

Pos Div Manager Club P W D GS CS WM KOM PTS TT
scores
1 1 Gary Johnson Yeovil Town 9 86 0 19 5 16 0 126 140
2 P Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United 10 64 6 14 4 11 38 137 137
3 C David Flitcroft Barnsley 7 44 6 10 1 5 27 93 133
4 P Roberto Mancini Manchester City 10 44 11 14 4 8 41 122 122
5 C Gianfranco Zola Watford 11 80 5 25 4 17 0 131 119
6 2 Paul Tisdale Exeter City 9 56 16 14 5 10 0 101 112
7 2 Micky Adams Port Vale 9 54 12 17 4 12 0 99 110
8 P Brendan Rodgers Liverpool 10 42 17 24 4 16 6 109 109
9 2 John Ward Bristol Rovers 8 56 6 13 3 9 0 87 109
10 1 Dean Smith Walsall 9 64 5 16 2 10 0 97 108
11 C Nigel Pearson Leicester City 9 54 0 16 3 12 10 95 106
12 P Rafa Benitez Chelsea 12 55 11 20 1 10 28 125 104
13 P Andre Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur 10 55 17 13 2 6 11 104 104
14 1 Eddie Howe Bournemouth 11 66 11 17 4 12 0 110 100
15 2 Martin Allen Gillingham 9 56 11 10 5 7 0 89 99
16 P Arsene Wenger Arsenal 11 42 11 18 2 10 25 108 98
17 2 Aidy Boothroyd Northampton Town 10 64 6 16 1 9 0 96 96
18 2 Jim Bentley Morecambe 10 56 16 13 3 7 0 95 95
19 C Malky Mackay Cardiff City 9 56 11 7 5 5 1 85 94
20 2 Steve Evans Rotherham United 10 66 0 16 1 10 1 94 94
GS - Goal Scored CS - Clean Sheets CU - Consecutively Unbeaten WM - Winning Margin per goal


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23 February 2013 : Gary Content With Donny Draw
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers was a fair result even if he was disappointed that his club's run of consecutive victories came to an end. The Glovers had opened up a single goal advantage early on through top scorer Paddy Madden but were pegged back after Billy Paynter equalised just before half time.

On a hard bare-looking pitch, both teams struggled to get a rhythm going at times, but Johnson said after the game that he felt that his team adapted well to the surface which was the opposite extreme to the over-soft turf at Huish Park:

"It wasn't a classic game of football but, in a sense, it was a match between two teams that couldn't afford to lose. The pitch didn't help matters because both teams normally like to play football, but we showed we can adapt and we produced the workrate required not to get beat when they came at us in the second half."

Madden's goal that opened up the scoring came when a sixth minute Jamie McAllister free kick was dropped under pressure by Doncaster keeper Gary Woods allowing Madden to poke the loose ball home. But Johnson said that he expected the home side to recover from that set-back, given their position in the League One table:

"We got the goal early and we always knew Doncaster would come back at us. When you get used to winning like we have you are always disappointed when the run comes to an end. But we can't be too unhappy that we've come to one of our main promotion rivals and gone away with a point. He's in an unbelievably rich vein of form. I only wish the goal had been enough to win the game but, in fairness, it was pretty even overall."


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23 February 2013 : Johnson Considers Loan Market As Duo Suffer Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will have to consider moves into the loan market to protect against the loss of experienced campaigners Jamie McAllister and James Hayter. The left-back and striker who are two of the elder statesmen in the club's relatively young squad, both failed to finish the game in this afternoon's 1-1 draw as they picked up injuries that saw them substituted.

Neither player is believed to have suffered a long term injury, but with the season reaching a critical point and another match taking place on Tuesday, there is obvious concern at the fact that both appear to be absent for Tuesday night's trip to Colchester United and are highly doubtful for Saturday's home game against Tranmere Rovers. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Johnson explained their situations:

"I've just seen them in there and have been talking to them. Hayts (James Hayter) kicked the bottom of the boot of an opposition player. So he's got about three stud marks in the top of his foot. He might be struggling for Tuesday, to be honest. Jamie (McAllister) has just gone over on his ankle again, on hard ground. If you come down wrongly you can go over it. He went over on it and he looks to be out for a couple of games as well."

Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan was back watching this afternoon's game from the stands, and is believed to be on the edge of availability for selection. However, with the exception of the midfielder, the Glovers only have an eighteen man first team squad, meaning that Hayter's and McAllister's absence on Tuesday will leave them with a bench short of players. Johnson revealed after the game that bringing in loans to cover for them may be one of his considerations, particularly as McAllister is only one yellow card away from picking up a two match ban for ten bookings:

"We'll have to think about that and what we do, and then see what we need. Well have to look at (the loan market) - that's for sure. We've left spaces to do something like this. Whether we've got enough time to do it by Tuesday is another thing. But we're going to have to work hard in the next couple of days and try to see what's available right now. We have (got replacement options) but it doesn't leave a lot to chance if we do get another couple of injuries at Colchester. We knew this was going to happen at some stage."

By default, Nathan Ralph will cover for McAllister's absence on Tuesday night, whilst Hayter's position would be taken by one of Gavin Williams or Kwesi Appiah. Hence the pair's absence shouldn't be viewed as a crisis, but it will mean that the Glovers will only be able to name a five man bench at Colchester United - or six if Dolan is ready to return.


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23 February 2013 : Doncaster 1 Yeovil 1 : Draw Finally Halts Winning Run
Yeovil Town stretched their unbeaten League One run to nine games, but had to settle for a point as their run of consecutive league wins finally came to an end. Their 1-1 draw against fellow promotion candidates Doncaster Rovers saw them get off to a flyer, as Paddy Madden scored for the eighth consecutive match that he's played in, to clock up his 19th of the season. But Billy Paynter, who had earlier hit the post, netted right on the stroke of half time, to level the scores, and to keep the Glovers in 5th place in the League One table.

The Glovers went into the match selecting the same starting eleven for the fourth match running, with the unbeaten run making manager Gary Johnson's team selection an easy one. Before the game, striker James Hayter was presented with a commemorative plaque by the club he left over last summer, recognising his winning goal in the 2007-08 League One play-off final that gave Donny four years of Championship level football.

The game started on a bare hard looking pitch, showing very little grass, and not a lot of even bounce either. But the Glovers got off to a flyer just six minutes into the match as they took the lead. That man Paddy Madden netted from a Jamie McAllister free kick that home keeper Gary Woods tried to claim but drop, giving League One's leading goalscorer a chance to pounce for an easy goal - the eighth match in a row that he's played in where he's found the net.

The home side were somewhat rattled but they began to grow into the game, with Billy Paynter forcing Marek Stech to push the ball over the bar for a corner. They enjoyed the lion's share of the possession, but only really began to work themselves into the game during the 15 minutes leading up to half time when that possession began to turn into genuine chances.

It seemed though that striker Billy Paynter would be Doncaster's villain five minutes before half time when he missed a wide open chance. Yeovil's defence had gone to sleep at a throw-in, with James Husband able to get to the byline and put in a cross. From two yards out, Paynter couldn't miss ... except he did, as his header came back off the woodwork, and as the Glovers defence tried to block the rebound, James Coppinger sent the rebound over the bar.

If that was a huge let-off, then Billy Paynter redeemed himself right on the stroke of half time. James Husband shot from long distance, forcing Marek Stech to push the ball away for another Donny corner. From that set piece, former Bristol City player David Cotterill put the ball into the box, and once again the marking on Paynter wasn't good enough, as he planted a header past Stech - based on the growing pressure they deserved to go in level. The only smile on Glovers fans faces from that was spotting Cotterill goading the Glovers fans in the corner of the ground, only to trip over his own feet, fall over and end up looking a bit of a prat.

The second period began in a low key manner, albeit with Doncaster on top, but the Glovers had penalty appeals turned down when Tommy Spurr appeared to foul James Hayter in the box, leaving the striker down in the box in much pain. Referee Eddie Ilderton appeared to be missing a lot of incidents throughout the afternoon, and let play go on, meaning that Hayter had to rely upon the sportsmanship of Donny full-back Paul Quinn to stop play by booting the ball out. Hayter had to be stretchered off giving the Glovers a bit of concern as one of their key players failed to finish the game.

Hayter's replacement, Gavin Williams, could have won the Glovers the game in a half where they increasingly had to rely upon moves on the break. Big defender Rob Jones made a hash of a backpass, giving the Welshman a gift, but as he prepared to slot it past Gary Woods, he poked the shot wide of the target to keep the scores level.

But overall, Doncaster were the side more likely to grab a winner. Rob Jones put a header over the bar as the Glovers defence were a little too guilty of standing off the opposition in the second period. And they were a little lucky not to concede a penalty when Marek Stech went through Doncaster substitute David Syers to claim a loose ball, taking the man out in the process. But at least referee Eddie Ilderton was consistent in his lack of decisions on the day - once again giving nothing.

Six minutes of injury time was hard to work through with Jamie McAllister having hobbled off the field, having been nobbled somewhat by David Cotterill, landing on the deck and eventually having to be substituted as Nathan Ralph spent injury time playing in the left-back slot. Having lost two experienced players, a point away from home was not to be sniffed at in the end. During the day the Glovers briefly topped the League One table, but ended up back in fifth place - which probably most people would have taken at the start of the day.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (6 mins, 0-1), Billy Paynter (45 mins, 1-1)

Doncaster Rovers:
33. Gary Woods 2. Paul Quinn 14. Tommy Spurr 16. Jamie McCombe 5. Rob Jones 12. John Lundstram 30. Paul Keegan 11. David Cotterill 3. James Husband 26. James Coppinger 8. Billy Paynter

Substitutes:
13. Jon Maxted 18. Emile Sinclair 15. Liam Wakefield 6. David Syers (74 mins for John Lundstram) 23. Kyle Bennett (84 mins for Billy Paynter) 22. Cameron Howieson 17. Iain Hume (71 mins for James Husband)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams (56 mins for James Hayter) 15. Lewis Young (89 mins for Jamie McAllister) 16. Nathan Ralph (68 mins for Sam Foley)

Doncaster Bookings: James Husband (foul, 44 mins), Paul Keegan (foul)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). Fourth Official: Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 6,356 (with 363 Yeovil supporters).


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23 February 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Doncaster vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, 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 Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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23 February 2013 : Doncaster 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town stretched their unbeaten League One run to nine games, but had to settle for a point as their run of consecutive league wins finally came to an end. Their 1-1 draw against fellow promotion candidates Doncaster Rovers saw them get off to a flyer, as Paddy Madden scored for the eighth consecutive match that he's played in, to clock up his 19th of the season. But Billy Paynter, who had earlier hit the post, netted right on the stroke of half time, to level the scores, and to keep the Glovers in 5th place in the League One table.

Full match report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (6 mins, 0-1), Billy Paynter (45 mins, 1-1)

Doncaster Rovers:
33. Gary Woods 2. Paul Quinn 14. Tommy Spurr 16. Jamie McCombe 5. Rob Jones 12. John Lundstram 30. Paul Keegan 11. David Cotterill 3. James Husband 26. James Coppinger 8. Billy Paynter

Substitutes:
13. Jon Maxted 18. Emile Sinclair 15. Liam Wakefield 6. David Syers (74 mins for John Lundstram) 23. Kyle Bennett (84 mins for Billy Paynter) 22. Cameron Howieson 17. Iain Hume (71 mins for James Husband)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams (56 mins for James Hayter) 15. Lewis Young (89 mins for Jamie McAllister) 16. Nathan Ralph (68 mins for Sam Foley)

Doncaster Bookings: James Husband (foul, 44 mins), Paul Keegan (foul)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). Fourth Official: Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 6,356 (with 363 Yeovil supporters).


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23 February 2013 : Team News For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
With Yeovil Town currently on a run of eight wins in a row at League One level, you wouldn't expect any changes to the starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Doncaster Rovers. That is unsurprisingly the case, with manager Gary Johnson telling his players 'same again please'.

This is the fourth game in a row that the same starting eleven has been named, and it reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Doncaster Rovers:
33. Gary Woods 2. Paul Quinn 14. Tommy Spurr 16. Jamie McCombe 5. Rob Jones 12. John Lundstram 30. Paul Keegan 11. David Cotterill 3. James Husband 26. James Coppinger 8. Billy Paynter

Substitutes:
13. Jon Maxted 18. Emile Sinclair 15. Liam Wakefield 6. David Syers 23. Kyle Bennett 22. Cameron Howieson 17. Iain Hume


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23 February 2013 : Football League Goal Of The Year Nominations
Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams has missed out on being nominated for the 2012-13 Mitre Football League Goal Of The Year. The shortlist of ten goals was announced on Soccer AM this morning, with Gavin nominated as Yeovil's entry following his weaving run and long range strike against Oldham Athletic on December 22nd 2012.

The Football League's judging panel have narrowed that list down to ten goals, with former Glover Michael Rose a notable entry in the final ten that they've chosen. The nominated list is as follows:

Michael Rose (Colchester United)
Josh Wright (Millwall)
Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest)
Mark Hudson (Cardiff City)
Nick Powell (Crewe Alexandra)
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers)
Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers)
Sam Byram (Leeds United)
Calvin Zola (Burton Albion)
George Boyd (Peterborough United)

The nominations are part of a wider list of award shortlists currently being announced by the Football League ahead of their Awards night which takes place at The Brewery, London on Sunday 24th March. Other shortlists announced so far are as follows:

Family Club of the Year: AFC Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle

Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year: Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Tranmere Rovers

Perform Best Use of Digital: Birmingham City, Bristol City, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town

Tokio Marine Unsung Hero Award: John Harriss - AFC Bournemouth, Billy Neil - Millwall, Peter Rhoades-Brown - Oxford United

PFA Player in the Community: Inigo Calderon - Brighton and Hove Albion, Alan Lee - Huddersfield Town, Mark Roberts - Stevenage

LFE Apprentice of the Year - Championship: Dimitar Evtimar - Nottingham Forest, Duane Holmes - Huddersfield Town, Bernard Mensah - Watford

LFE Apprentice of the Year - League 1: Luke James - Hartlepool United, George Willis - Sheffield United, Drey Wright - Colchester United

LFE Apprentice of the Year - League 2: Jamie Allen - Rochdale, Tyler Harvey - Plymouth Argyle, George Sykes - Barnet

Nominations and awards relating to the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award, npower Fan of the Year, npower Player of the Year for the Championship, League 1 and League 2, Johnstone's Paint Young Player of the Year, and Contribution to League Football will all be revealed on the night of the event.


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23 February 2013 : It Was Eleven Years Ago Today
Eleven years ago to the very day, Yeovil Town were travelling to Doncaster Rovers. Not the current Keepmoat Stadium that we'll see today, but the rather crumbling (and badly named) Belle Vue. We were travelling there for an FA Trophy Fourth Round Replay. The tie was actually being played on Fifth Round day, thanks to the bog of a pitch that existed at Huish Park at the time. An initial home fixture was postponed on February 2nd, 5th and 12th before finally being played on Tuesday 19th, only for it to end in a 1-1 draw.

As a result, just four days after the original tie, the replay took place at Belle Vue on Saturday 23rd February 2002. Doncaster were one of the stronger teams in the division, and as one of the few full time Conference sides, there was a slight feeling that the Glovers had lost their moment by not seeing them off with home advantage. But we travelled north in hope, and with some expectation given that our own form was not too shabby. Bar a County Cup exit, we'd been unbeaten from November 9th on the previous year - a run of 14 matches.

Going into the game with Kim Grant, Anthony Tonkin and Lee Johnson all missing through injury, and with Darren Way and Olivier Brassart having to play despite suffering from a virus, things weren't looking too good and they looked even worse when Donny led at half time through goals from Jamie Paterson and Robert Gill, and then to make matters worse Gill scored another just four minutes into the second period. 3-0 down against Donny. Dead and buried. Out of the FA Trophy. Or were we?

There are various theories of what exactly turned the game around. The game was played in a fierce end-to-end wind, which Yeovil had to defend during the first half, but could gain some advantage from during the second period. The 150 fans behind one of the goals were also riled up during the half time break when the stadium announcer chose to announce the date of Doncaster's next round tie against Canvey Island just as the teams came out for the second half. We're not sure if that tannoy message reached the dressing room.

The third factor was the 52nd minute introduction of Carl Alford as a substitute for Darren Way, who like Olivier Brassart found the effort of playing through his virus to be too much. The other substitution had also been somewhat forced, with Steve Thompson, already suffering from a groin injury, apparently injured from manager Gary Johnson throwing a kit bag across the dressing room during the break which struck Thommo!

Alford's introduction needed no half time team talk. He was seething at being left out of the starting line-up against a team he played for back in 2000-01. Carl hadn't had a happy time at Belle Vue, and had been on the receiving end of plenty of stick from Donny fans during his time, as well as some rumours about his off-the-field lifestyle. He had a point to prove. Coming on at 3-0 down with just 38 minutes remaining, might have been an up-hill battle though.

Like a red rag to a bull though, Alford set about flying into every possible aerial challenge, as the Glovers used the wind to enable more of a long-ball game than we were used to under Gary Johnson. Five minutes later, Colin Miles (then known as Colin Pluck) got one back through a header, then with 15 minutes remaining, a towering header by Alford got him a goal that put Doncaster into panic mode.

Other than Alford, the other FA Trophy hero of that season, was Adam Stansfield, of course. He netted the equaliser four minutes later, then with four minutes remaining he put the Glovers in front at 4-3. In just 29 minutes, the tie had been turned on its head. There was a twist when Donny midfielder Gareth Owen pulled a goal back to make it 4-4 on 88 minutes and at that point we all thought that extra time was looming. But then up stepped Terry Skiverton one minute later with probably the best goal he scored during his playing time for the Glovers - a 20 yard wind assisted screamer through a crowded penalty box to give us five goals in 32 crazy minutes.

Doncaster's Belle Vue ground had tended to attract a few undesirables amongst their home support, and so we had been expecting a difficult exit for the 150 Glovers fans who had travelled. Instead the most we got from them in conversation was a stunned "What happened?!" - they couldn't believe what they'd witnessed either.

For those who did, it was the start of something great. Canvey Island, Northwich Victoria, Burton Albion all fell by the wayside in subsequent rounds and that gave us Villa Park and our 2-0 win over Stevenage Borough. Yet without that Doncaster turnaround - still talked about as the best comeback in Yeovil Town's modern history - that and the platform it gave us in the subsequent years might never have happened.

Same again today, lads?

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 5.

Yeovil Goals: Colin Miles (57 mins, 3-1), Carl Alford (75 mins, 3-2), Adam Stansfield (79 mins, 3-3), Adam Stansfield (86 mins, 3-4), Terry Skiverton (89 mins, 4-5)

Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Chris Weale, 2. Adam Lockwood, 3. Steve Thompson, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Colin Miles, 6. Darren Way, 7. Adam Stansfield, 8. Olivier Brassart, 9. Chris Giles, 10. Nick Crittenden, 11. Michael McIndoe

Subs: 12. Tom White, 13. Jon Sheffield, 14. Carl Alford, 15. Andy Lindegaard, 16. Roy O'Brien

Substitutes Used: Tom White for Olivier Brassart (29 mins), Roy O'Brien for Steve Thompson (46 mins), Carl Alford for Darren Way (52 mins)


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22 February 2013 : Gary Previews The Doncaster Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's views on his side's current form and the prospect of playing another promotion challenger can be read via the link below.

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


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22 February 2013 : Shakers Back Under A Transfer Embargo
League One side Bury are back under a transfer embargo for the second time this season, after they had to take out a loan to help pay players' wages. The Lancashire club were blocked from making signings last December after they had to engage with the Professional Footballers' Association to get their wages paid for that month - a situation that was finally lifted on January 18th when the Shakers repaid the loan.

That situation appears to have lasted just one month before they've had to make the same request to the PFA due to a cashflow problem. This time it appears they have asked for that loan to remain in place for a three month period. As a result, the Football League have re-established the embargo. Commercial Director David Manchester has confirmed to the Bury Times that they can't make any new signings:

"I can confirm at the moment we are in a transfer embargo. We have received a temporary loan again from the PFA to see us through the next three months with our ongoing expenses. Like many businesses at the moment we have a temporary cashflow problem which we need help with in the short term."

Assuming they do not repay their loan early, Bury will effectively be barred from making signings for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. With the Shakers still six points adrift of safety inside the relegation zone, their chances of survival sound bleak.


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22 February 2013 : Obika Seals Addicks Loan Move
Championship side Charlton Athletic have signed up former Yeovil Town loan striker Jonathan Obika. The 22 year old has joined the Addicks until the end of the 2012-13 season, having had a productive campaign playing for Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s during which he has become their top goalscorer with 15 goals.

Obika's loan deal will compensate in numbers for Charlton's decision to loan out Bradley Wright-Phillips to League One side Brentford until the end of the season. He will find two familiar faces at The Valley, with Charlton's Development Squad Manager being former Glovers assistant boss Nathan Jones, whilst Ben Roberts is a goalkeeping coach.

Obika scored twice in midweek in a 4-0 win for the Spurs Under-21 side, in a friendly against Jonesy's Charlton youngsters, and doubtless that, along with recommendations from Jones and Roberts will have been an influence in their decision-making. This will be the fifth time that Jones will have worked with the Spurs academy product, having taken him to Huish Park on four separate occasions whilst he was Assistant Manager for the Glovers.


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22 February 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make their first return to Doncaster Rovers for over five years, with the Yorkshire side having spent that time in the Championship division. However, tomorrow a club we first did battle with down in the Conference is matched up against us yet again, with high stakes for both clubs. The Ciderspace guide to Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium has had some hefty updates with the usual diet of ticketing, travel, pubs and other such advice to get you through the day available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Officials For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Bring In Toffees Midfielder.

Link: Donny Recruit Second Loan Midfielder.


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22 February 2013 : Shots Defender Claimed To Be Interesting Glovers
The Sky Sports website is claiming that Yeovil Town are a number of clubs interested in making a move for Aldershot defender Troy Brown. As is often the case with such stories, Sky don't offer up any quotes or sources, and there's a bit of a scattergun approach to such things with many supposed 'links' disappearing and never materialising again.

They claim that with the 22 year old out of contract at the end of the 2012-13 season, that he will become a free agent at this stage, and name Yeovil Town along with League Two sides Gillingham and Port Vale as interested parties. However, assuming the Shots offer him a new deal, that will come at a price, given that he is under the age for a Bosman-style free transfer.

Brown is a former Fulham academy player, who signed youth forms with Ipswich Town in 2009 and thus would have rubbed shoulders with Glovers midfielder Ed Upson for a year, which could explain a connection if one exists. He eventually turned professional, making 17 first team appearances, but chose to turn down the offer of a 12 month extension and sign for Rotherham United.

That 2011-12 season didn't really work out for him as he made just six appearances, before moving south again and signing for Aldershot initially on loan. He joined them permanently in the summer of 2012 on a one year deal, and this season he's been far more fruitful - 39 appearances and 3 goals to his name.

Troy also has a number of Wales international caps to his name, gained at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. He stands at 6'1" tall and generally plays as a centre-back. Despite his international credentials, he was born in Croydon in Surrey, on September 17th 1990.

There's no obvious mention as to contract talks taking place at the Recreation Ground at this stage - often such stories are circulated by players' agents, trying to get their man's name in the media ahead of such end-of-season decisions.


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22 February 2013 : Johnson Wants Players To Maintain Approach To Games
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hopes that the club's new lofty position in the current League One Table will not change his side's mentality as they travel to play promotion-chasing Doncaster Rovers tomorrow. Having briefly moved up to 3rd place in the division, a selection of midweek fixtures have seen them slip slightly to 5th place, but still only one point behind current leaders Swindon Town with any of the current top six capable of leading the table by 5.00p.m. on Saturday.

Having perhaps been hidden under the radar until last weekend's final break into the top six, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he doesn't want his side to start to change the way that they approach games, or to start doing things differently:

"We hope not because that's only if you've got a pattern of play that is not consistent. At the moment we're confident in our consistency. We're going into every game believing that we can win it. So we don't care whether they are above us, behind us or in relegation positions. It's just really important to believe that if you're going to get promoted then you've got to be the best team in the league, and at the moment we believe we could be that, and we're going into games without fear."

Gary added that he felt the group of players he had recruited were very grounded in their mentality. Having continued to fine-tune the squad throughout the 2012-13 season, he felt that there was a lot of trust between the players and the management staff:

"They're all very nice boy-next-door ambitious people. That's what we've got and it's something special when that happens. It doesn't always happen with every team that you put together, but generally it happens if you get a successful team where you can trust them. You trust them and they trust you and they trust each other. It's a group of lads that have got their feet on the ground."


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22 February 2013 : Jedward Get Their Big Break With Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town pair Paddy Madden and Kevin Dawson have developed a reputation for being inseparable since they both signed permanent deals with the Glovers last month. The Irish pair have been nicknamed 'Jedward' within the playing squad, and you can give your own opinion of how they match up as a pair when they appear on ITV tonight.

They will be appearing on the ITV News West Country local news bulletin, which goes out on air from 6.00p.m. tonight. The show lasts 30 minutes, and the feature will include footage from the training ground, as well as seeing if the pair are as good at snooker as they are at football, as they get taken down one of the local halls for a spot of afternoon relaxation.


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22 February 2013 : Yeovil Town Ladies Confirm Bid For Super League Status Is On
After announcing last week that they were considering a bid to achieve FA Super League status, Yeovil Town Ladies have now confirmed they will be pitching to join the FAWSL, which will expand in 2014. If successful, Yeovil will become one of the top 20 women's football clubs in England.

The Club Committee is understood to have voted unanimously in favour of the application at a special meeting which heard the results of an interim report into the viability of a bid. David Mills, Club Chairman said:

"We have been amazed by the positive feedback we have received in the last week since we said we were considering a bid. From the initial work we have done we know we can submit an exciting and sustainable bid. We are also confident that some of the ideas we have for innovation will be unique to the Women’s game in this country. Our recent game with Leeds United saw a crowd of over 600, proving that Yeovil has a big fan base ready for FAWSL football and that we as a club can handle games of that size. This has to be an advantage as I think this season, outside the FAWSL, only ourselves, Leeds, Sunderland and Newcastle have taken part in games with crowds of over 600. The fact that we share something with great clubs like those, tells you all you need to know about Yeovil Town Ladies FC."

Mills was also keen to say that although the decision to apply had now been made, it is still important that would be sponsors contact the club. He said:

"As our Joint First Team Manager Sarah Lawler said last week, we are on the look out for additional sponsors to make our bid as strong as possible. There will be some great opportunities for sponsors if we get into the FAWSL and sponsors who wish to support us do not need to pay anything at this time, we just need a letter of intent from them that they will back us from October 2013, if we get into the FAWSL."

Fans knowing of any organisation who may wish to back the Glovers Super League push should email their leads to ytlfc-enquiries@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

All clubs applying to join the FAWSL must submit their bids by no later than 4th March and the successful teams will be announced in June. Many clubs have chosen not to publicly announce whether they will be applying to join the FAWSL, but amongst the teams to have already said they will be making a bid are Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth and QPR.

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Statement.]

Link: Ladies Ask The Green And White Army To Back Their Bid.


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21 February 2013 : Donny Recruit Second Loan Midfielder
Saturday's opponents Doncaster Rovers have added a second loan signing to their squad this week, as relatively new manager Brian Flynn continues to refine his squad. They have recruited in Burnley midfielder Cameron Howieson on a Youth Loan until the end of the 2012-13 season.

Howieson is an 18 year old New Zealander, who has played four times for his country's full international side, as well as appearing in their 2012 Olympics team, whilst being selected for their Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign for next month. This is the attacking midfielder's first spell away from Turf Moor since signing a professional contract in July 2011. He currently has two substitute appearances for the Clarets' first team side.

This is their second midfield addition, with John Lundstram also arriving on loan this week. In addition, recent injury problems Paul Keegan, David Syers and Iain Hume will all be available for selection this weekend.

Donny remain without Chris Brown and Andy Griffin for the match at the Keepmoat Stadium, although they have waved goodbye to defender Shelton Martis, who has left the club by mutual consent, having made only 12 starts this season.


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21 February 2013 : Pompey Finally Enter Court But Delays Continue
League One side Portsmouth finally entered the High Court today, in their efforts to get back control of their Fratton Park stadium. Former owner Balram Chainrai still owns the ground, through his Portpin company and is using it as security against losses he incurred when Pompey collapsed into administration for the second time in three years.

Today's court hearing has only pushed that process on a small way. With the case already having been adjourned four times, leading back as far as December 13th, this turned out not to be a full hearing and merely aimed to set a date for that to take place. In a statement issued today, administrators PKF have indicated that they have asked the court to set a date of April 19th at the latest - four months after the original court session was due to be heard.

The date requested appears to be scheduled with the aim of keeping to the deadline demanded by the Football League, who have made it clear that Pompey must come out of administration by the end of the 2012-13 season, with the mid-June AGM likely to be the absolute deadline. However, it gives an idea of how matters are still continuing to slip badly, given that on January 30th, the Pompey Supporters Trust reacted to the League's threat of expulsion by saying that they believed all matters would be resolved by early March:

"Our bid is virtually complete and the additional time (from the January court adjournment) will allow the final i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed, before the case is put before a High Court Judge. We remain confident we will take control of the club by early March."

That date now seems to be firmly out the window. The Court session also heard claims from Portpin that they had communication from the Football League that contradicted two previous League statements. The administrators plan to get a third clarification from the League over this issue.

Meanwhile, Swindon Town believe that they have received ratification from the Football League, that a consortium led by Banbury United owner Jed McCrory can take over the running of the club. Despite going top of the division in midweek, the Wiltshire club's situation has been chaotic, with their entire management team resigning en masse on Wednesday morning, following manager Paolo di Canio's departure last week. Robins players Tommy Miller and Darren Ward have been put in Caretaker charge, as they search for a new manager. Although they do not confirm this in their statement, local paper the Swindon Advertiser also believe that the club's transfer embargo has been lifted, citing "unpaid loan fees" as being at the heart of the embargo, rather than the takeover itself, although it would suggest that the payment had to be made by the club's new owners.


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21 February 2013 : Football League Team Of The Week
The Football League have published their Teams of the Week for last weekend somewhat later than usual this week, but once again they've included a couple of Yeovil Town players. There's normally some variation between their version and that produced by Sky Sports but on this occasion, both parties have opted for the same Glovers pair.

That means that defender Byron Webster and striker Paddy Madden both get their third Football League nominations of the season for their performances against Scunthorpe United last weekend, with both having netted in the 3-0 win. The League's line-up is as follows:

Joe Murphy (Coventry City)
Bailey Wright (Preston North End) Neill Collins (Sheffield United) Bryon Webster (Yeovil Town) David Buchanan (Preston North End)
Carl Baker (Coventry City) Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United) Jamie Paterson (Walsall)
Rory Loy (Carlisle United) Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town)

The full list of 2012-13 Football League nominations are as follows:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
18) 09/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Coventry Away W1-0)
19) 16/02/2013 : Byron Webster (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
20) 16/02/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)


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20 February 2013 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd February 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).

Mr Ilderton is a bit of blast from the past. Clearly we don't get referees from the far North-East too often, but even bearing that in mind, and his absence entirely from the refereeing circuit during the 2008-09 season, the six years we've gone without crossing paths is rather unusual, particularly given that he was a reasonable regular during our early Football League days.

The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose for a game against Macclesfield Town in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day, although we weren't helped by him denying Adam Lockwood a clear penalty - Locky was stamped on which provoked a melee, but he ended up booking the Glovers defender for it, and an entirely random Macclesfield player who wasn't even the one who kicked (literally) the whole thing off.

Later that season, we had him again, for an away match against Boston United. His performance at York Street on a Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. The Glovers bench got into a steaming row with him when he forced an injured Darren Way to leave the field of play, but for reasons only known to himself wouldn't let us make the substitution - Way's absence allowed the very man he had been marking the chance to score unmarked 15 seconds later. Ilderton should have claimed an assist. He was also involved in Boston's second goal, gifting them a free kick after Paul Terry's ball-winning tackle, with future Glover David Noble netting from it.

Ilderton then chalked off a successful Gavin Williams penalty, claiming that he'd not blown his whistle for it to be taken despite there being no reason for him to need play to be delayed in any way - Gavin's second attempt was saved. His final contribution to a stinker of a game was to allow Boston's winning goal to stand, even though in fairness his linesman should have been able to give it - a ball over the top that looked an obvious offside saw both linesman and referee leave the decision to each other, giving Boston a 90th minute winner, and Mr Ilderton and his merry men a hand in all three of the home side's goals. Unsurprisingly after one of the worst refereeing performances we've witnessed, Gary Johnson wasn't too impressed, saying of Way's injury for the opening goal:

"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching."

Thankfully, Mr Ilderton's other two matches he's dealt with at Football League level have been a great deal more anonymous. He was back at Moss Rose in 2005, although without a repeat of the issues we'd had with him on his first visit there. Then most recently, in February 2007, he took charge of our 4-1 win over Carlisle United - we had a few grumbles about his performance that day, but nothing on the scale of his Boston horror show.

Mr Ilderton's main claim to infamy is that he was the referee in charge of the November 2006 FA Cup tie between Barrow and Bristol Rovers. As far as the referee was concerned, this was a booking-free game, with no need for him to reach for his cards. However, the match became notorious for James Cotterill's punch that left Rovers striker Sean Rigg with a double fracture of the jaw and the need to spend the rest of his life with two metal plates inserted into his mouth. Cotterill was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, thanks to the Match of the Day cameras picking up the act of thuggery, with the FA banning him from football in between the offence and the court case.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).

Link: August 2003 : Macclesfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Boston United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2005 : Macclesfield Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2007 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.


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20 February 2013 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Toffees Midfielder
Saturday's opponents Doncaster Rovers have brought in fresh blood ahead of their League One home match against Yeovil Town. They have recruited Everton teenager John Lundstram on a one month loan deal, and he will be available for the weekend fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Lunstram only turned 19 years old on Monday, but the Toffees think highly enough of him to have give him a full time scholarship in July 2010 and for them to keep him beyond the standard two years. He is captain of the England U19s side and an ever-present in Everton's Under-21 side this season.

Manager Brian Flynn may bring in more new arrivals before the weekend, after what he described as a 'mediocre performance' in their 1-1 draw against Crawley Town in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday night. Flynn said before Lundstram's signing that he was waiting on three possible new arrivals, with Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine named as one of those potential options.


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20 February 2013 : Interview With Byron Webster
Yeovil Town defender Byron Webster spoke to local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had beaten Scunthorpe United 3-0 on Saturday 16th February 2013.

Link: Byron Webster Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Against Scunthorpe.


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19 February 2013 : Glovers Duo Given Sky Nominations
Yeovil Town have had two players named in the Sky Sports version of the Team of the Week. They have opted for two of the goalscorers in Saturday's 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United, nominating defender Byron Webster whose near post header opened the scoring, along with striker Paddy Madden who netted the final goal of the afternoon.

Byron scored his fourth goal of the 2012-13 season, and they had this to say about his performance on the day:

"Yeovil kept up their superb form by notching an eighth straight win to climb to third in League One, and during this run they have conceded just three goals. Webster has played a key role in this defensive effort and got his reward on Saturday as he broke the deadlock in a 3-0 triumph over Scunthorpe with a stooped header."

Meanwhile, Paddy's 18th goal of the season pulled him clear at the top of the League One goalscoring charts and they had this to say about him:

"Madden's excellent form has been a key factor behind Yeovil's recent winning run and he was again unstoppable on Saturday as he netted his 18th goal of the season, and 10th in his last seven games. Manager Gary Johnson said: "He's a class finisher. It's not just that though, it's his workrate which we're proud of. If you've got a striker who is working hard and earning his goals then you've got a real chance."

Sky's list of eleven League One players for the week is as follows:

Joe Murphy - Coventry City
Cameron Gayle - Shrewsbury Town
Peter Hartley - Hartlepool United
Bailey Wright - Preston North End
Byron Webster - Yeovil Town
Carl Baker - Coventry City
Kevin McDonald - Sheffield United
Barry Robson - Sheffield United
Chris Porter - Shrewsbury Town
Stuart Beavon - Preston North End
Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town


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19 February 2013 : Laws Avoids Falling Foul Of The Law
Last Saturday's opposition manager Brian Laws has learned that he will not be facing any action by the Football Association following his sending off at Huish Park. The Scunthorpe United boss was sent to the stands after getting into a half time row with the officials following referee Dean Whitestone's decision not to award a foul for Byron Webster's tackle on Akpo Sodje.

The decision, with the game finely poised at 1-0, was to be crucial, given that it could have seen Webster being given his marching orders as the 'last man' - instead it was Sodje who had to leave the field with an ankle injury, with referee Whitestone waving play on. During the half time break, Laws gave the officials his opinion of that decision, and ended up sat in the Directors' Box for the second half.

Even to green'n'white tinted eyes, Laws appeared to have a worthy case for complaint. He has now received notification via the referee's report that there won't be any further action taken, and has told his club's website that this came after Whitestone viewed the match video:

"The referee's report has come in and they have dropped everything against me from the weekend after reviewing the footage of the incident. This means that I will not face any further charges and I will be on the touchline for Saturday's match at home to Hartlepool."

Laws has also confirmed that Sodje's injury is not a severe one, with his ankle being described as "sore" rather than significantly damaged, meaning that they are hopeful that he will recover in time for their match this coming weekend.


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19 February 2013 : Interview With Martyn Starnes
Yesterday, Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes joined BBC Somerset live on air, as part of their 'Drive' programme, to talk about the club's current fortunes. Speaking to presenter Ben McGrail after the club had reached a top six position in the League One table, Martyn spoke about the club's promotion prospects, and what the club would need to do if they got into the Championship. You can now read the full output of that interview via the link below.

Link: Martyn Starnes Speaks To The BBC After The Club Broke Into A Play-Off Position.


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18 February 2013 : Grayson Takes Deepdale Job As Westley's Replacement
League One side Preston North End have appointed Simon Grayson as their successor to the outgoing Graham Westley, who was sacked last week. They have opted for the 43 year old who has a highly impressive record at League One level, having led three teams to promotion into the Championship in the three jobs that he's held so far.

He was of course the scourge of Yeovil Town when he got Blackpool up via the League One play-offs during the 2006-07 season, but then surprised many by walking out on them in December 2008 and opting to become Leeds United's manager, whilst they were in League One. They got promotion in 2010, before he was fired just over halfway through his second season in the Championship with them. Joining Huddersfield Town in February 2012, he took just three months before he made it a hat-trick of promotions, getting them up via the play-offs. However, the Terriers fired him after just 49 games.

He has only been out of work since January 24th, and so as with his other moves between clubs, he's quickly found another position, and has been in more or less continuous employment since starting the Blackpool job in November 2005. He brings with him his former assistant Glynn Snodin, whilst John Dreyer, who had been caretaker manager, is retained as a first team coach.

A word about Dreyer - his one match in charge ended with a 2-0 win over League One leaders AFC Bournemouth. That was Preston's first home victory in League One since late September, breaking a 4.5 month run under Westley that was lifted as soon as he left the club. Despite that, they lie in 17th position and if Grayson wants to get a fourth club out of League One, he's almost certainly going to need at last 15 months in the job to be able to do it.


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18 February 2013 : League Tell Pompey Bidder 'No Means No'
The Football League have poured cold water tonight over a second attempt by a consortium led by Keith Harris to take over Portsmouth football club. The former Football League Chairman, who was in charge at the time of the ITV Digital deal collapse put in a late bid for the club earlier this month, but was firmly rebuffed by the League, who made it clear that with Pompey having already been in administration for a year, they weren't prepared to allow a new bidder to enter the frame and take things back to Square One.

Despite this, Harris has continued to court the press, and club administrator PKF, who have happily lapped up what he has to say, including a second offer which he publicised today, which included the chance of a 15% stake in the club for Portsmouth's fans, discounted season ticket deals for existing holders and trust members, and a verbal claim that he would buy up Fratton Park from former owner Balram Chainrai within a year of assuming control. It isn't clear why that isn't an option now, given this is the option that preferred bidder Pompey Supporters Trust are pursuing.

The press have today publicised Harris' second bid, barely paying attention to the fact that the Football League have already told him 'no'. And so it has come down to the League to issue a second statement via their Twitter account making it clear that their original statement still stands:

"Football League statement, regarding Portsmouth: As stated after its most recent meeting, the Board of The Football League is not considering alternative applications for the transfer of Portsmouth's share in The Football League. Instead, it remains focused on a successful transfer of share to the preferred bidder, the Pompey Supporters Trust."

Theoretically Portsmouth are back in the High Court on Thursday to discuss the sale of Fratton Park, although this date has been put back four times so far. The fly in the ointment may be that Harris had claimed to have already done a deal with Chainrai over a lease agreement for the ground and that may be used against the Supporters Trust when they try to present their case. Certainly Trust spokesman Colin Farmery believes that the current waves Harris is making are not helpful:

"The timing is curious. Our immediate reaction is why now when the PST is on the verge of completing a deal for Pompey Football Club? We are about to get 100% of the club as Pompey fans so why on earth would we be interested in an offer giving us only 15%."


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18 February 2013 : Di Canio Flees Robins Nest
Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio has resigned as first team manager. The Italian has issued a statement tonight eighteen days after he attacked the club's prospective owners, just after Transfer Deadline Day. The Robins have still yet to complete Jed McCrory's takeover, and thus remain under a transfer embargo, with the Football League unwilling to let them sign new players whilst their funding plan and new ownership has yet to be fully confirmed.

Di Canio's statement makes it clear that it is the failure of the new owners to address the concerns he raised in his February 1st statement that in his view left his position as 'untenable' that have led to his resignation. He indicates that he actually resigned on Tuesday 12th February, yet stayed in the dugout under a temporary agreement, but on the condition that the new owners completed the purchase of the club. Making that public to the Swindon Advertiser he says:

"I entered into a temporary arrangement with the proposed new owners to continue in my role as Manager but all this was agreed subject to Football League approval for the purchase of the Club being granted by 5:00pm on Monday 18th February. At the time of issuing this statement, I have had no further contact from the proposed new owners and I have been told that unfortunately Football League approval has not been granted yet and therefore my temporary arrangement has ended and my resignation stands."

So far, McCrory's final purchase of the club and rubberstamping by the Football League has failed to materialise, despite a series of suggestions that it was due to complete 'soon' or 'tomorrow' over the past week or so. With Di Canio having released his statement to the local media first, Swindon Town and their would-be owners have not had the chance to answer back, but certainly the delays to the takeover and the suggestion of a lower playing budget for the Italian appear to have made him lose his patience.

As a footnote to all of this, on our Ciderspace opposition guide last November, we suggested then that the way things were moving, that Di Canio's time at the County Ground could easily go one way or the other, with his volatile nature likely to make waves:

"There could be a very fine line between Di Canio succeeding in a double promotion, and the Italian blowing up and ending out on his ear."

With them three points off the top and with a game in hand over most of their rivals, that is certainly the case tonight.


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18 February 2013 : GWSC Travel To Colchester United
In just over a week's time, Yeovil Town have the second of two away matches in a week, as they travel to Colchester United in a League One match. The game at the Community Stadium takes place on Tuesday 26th February 2013 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 1.30p.m. As this is a midweeker, there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be £24.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.


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18 February 2013 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Colchester United is now available. The League One match at the Community Stadium takes place on Tuesday 26th February 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Colchester have had a bit of a habit of moving us around over the years we've been to their new ground. This season we are in the East Stand, in one of the corners labelled Block E1, which is on the North-East corner of the stadium. Advance prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-8s: £1.00.

The Concessionary rate applies to Over-65s, members of the Armed Forces (with ID), Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters.

The latter two disabled categories are entitled to take in an assistant free of charge. Ambulant Disabled supporters can purchase via the Huish Park Ticket Office, but Wheelchair Disabled supporters must place bookings via Colchester. For bookings and enquiries, call them on 0845 437 9089 or email: ticketing@colchesterunited.net or if you prefer their Disabled Liaison Officer is Alex Hales on 01206 755129 (e-mail: alex.hales@colchesterunited.net).

The Huish Park Ticket Office have got 130 advance tickets for the match, but there will be more available on the day of the game. However, you should note that there is a matchday surcharge of £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for all other pricing categories. In addition if you plan to use Colchester's park'n'ride shuttle buses to get you to and from the station from the various locations, holding a matchday ticket may help you (although in practice we've tended to find drivers don't check too hard these days).

Stadium parking costs £6.00 and is available from the Colchester United Ticketing Website (select the 'PARKING' option rather than the ticketing on the dropdown menu).

Link: GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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18 February 2013 : Ladies Come from Behind To Shoot Down Larks
Laura Bray, Katie Cook and Jodi Cornwall all scored two goals apiece, with Grace Rapp adding another as Yeovil Town Ladies came from being a goal down to fly into the next round of the Somerset FA Women's Senior cup, beating last year's finalists Larkhall Athletic Ladies 7-1 at Bucklers Mead on Sunday.

"Despite an early set back, we did well and deserved the victory," manager for the day Chris White said after the game. "We fought hard and took the goals well, and can now look forward to going further in the competition. I was pleased with the girls, who put in a good performance in poor weather conditions."

It was a scrappy first half with an awkward swirling wind making good play difficult. Larkhall settled well and scored the opening goal on ten minutes. However, Yeovil were in determined mood and less than a minute later Kayleigh Sage went close with a coolly taken shot from just inside the box that unluckily came off the bar. Despite being a scrappy game, the girls kept coming forward with some good moves, and Laura Bray grabbed the equaliser on fourteen minutes when she side footed the ball into bottom corner of the net after a great through ball from Katie Cook.

The Glovers settled well in the second period, taking full control of the game, and once Grace Rapp had given her side the lead on 62 minutes, after receiving a good pass from Kirsty Whitton, they never looked back. Laura Bray got her second of the game four minutes later, homing in on a cross from the right by Rapp, and then Bray turned provider on 72 minutes, gifting Katie Cook her first of the of the game, before scoring her second four minutes later from a Jodi Cornwall cross.

The Glovers were now 5-1 up, but still wanted more, and got a further two, with Jodi Cornwall converting twice in the final four minutes, firstly scoring from edge of box after a neat turn on 86 minutes, and then in the final minute of the match following a Bray cross into the box.

"As it turned out, it was a good day at the office," White said. "It was an important game to finally get played, and we now have a chance of winning this competition for the third year in a row. We now turn our attentions to next week for what should be a tougher match against Portsmouth in the FA Cup. This is a game that we are looking forward to, and one that we will be looking to win."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 7 Larkhall Athletic Ladies 1.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Grogan, Brazell, Williams, Edwards, Radburn, Whitton, Bray, Cook (Keehan – 82), Lorton (Cornwall – 75), Sage (Rapp – 56)

Substitutes Not Used: Pearson, Osman

Goals: 0-1 (10), 1-1 (Bray – 15), 2-1 (Rapp – 62), 3-1 (Bray – 66), 4-1 (Cook 72), 5-1 (Cook 76), 6-1 (Cornwall – 86), 7-1 (Cornwall, 89)

Referee: TBA

Next Match: Home to Portsmouth Ladies (To be played at Sherborne Town FC) - (FA Women's Cup) 24 February 2013, 2.00pm kick off.

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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17 February 2013 : Glyn Davies RIP : 1932 - 2013
We're sorry to learn of the death of former Yeovil Town manager Glyn Davies at the age of 80 years old. Glynn managed the club across 1964-65 after a playing career that took in Derby County and Swansea Town (now known as Swansea City) before he took on his first management job in Somerset. He passed away after an illness on February 7th 2013.
Glyn Davies - pictured during his Derby County days
Glyn Davies - pictured during his Derby County days.
Photo © North East Midland Photographic Record.

Glyn was born in Swansea on May 31st 1932, yet didn't represent his home town club until much later in his career, being given professional forms by Derby County in the summer of 1949 as one of their juniors, and going on to make his first team debut in 1953. He was a left-sided player, variously described as a wing-half and a central defender by various sources. The Rams noted him as "a crucial player in the 1950s, with his tough tackles and commitment" - he went on to make precisely 200 Football League appearances, with 213 for the Rams overall, scoring five goals between 1953 and 1961.

In 1961, he returned to his home town, and signed for Swansea Town, adding a further 17 appearances and one goal to his Football League tally, although was never a regular for their first team. In early 1964, Yeovil Town were searching for a new manager, after Basil Hayward announced he was leaving Somerset to become Bedford Town's manager. In early February, Davies was chosen as his replacement, and at the age of 31 years old became the club's new player-manager.

Hayward had already built a team that was challenging at the top of the Southern League Premier Division, and so Davies' job was to keep the ship steady and on course. He hit the ground running, putting the club on a run of six consecutive wins to tighten the gap on Romford who had been leading the division. Despite that start, it took a while for the Huish crowd to warm to him - Davies played what was then a fairly radical tactic at the time - the offside trap - and that meant that he got plenty of early criticism.

A couple of defeats saw Yeovil wobble slightly in mid-March, but they responded well, going on a run of eight wins and one draw that Romford, and late challengers Bath City and Chelmsford City had no answer to. On April 22nd 1964, Glyn Davies became the manager of a Southern League title winning side, with the club rubbing it nicely by being presented the league Shield in front of their local rivals Weymouth on the final home game of the league season, in front of 3,563 spectators.

Davies used his old contacts well, bringing Derby County down to the old Huish ground for a testimonial match for a quartet of long serving players, with Dave Topping, Dave Jones, Roy Lambden and Len Harris sharing the proceeds, recognising over 900 Yeovil Town appearances between them. He started the 1964-65 season well, winning the Southern League Challenge Shield against Burton Albion, going unbeaten in the league until November 28th.

But Yeovil were facing their own struggles - they'd lost Ken Pound to Davies' old club Swansea Town, and top scorer Dave Taylor was suffering from a series of injuries that kept him out of the side, with numerous other players also landing on the treatment table. The lack of an FA Cup run, and the onset of a financial crisis at the club began to create cracks, and the wheels began to come off around the December/January period. The season was notable for the club officially opening it's brand new Main Stand at Huish, with stars such as Jimmy Hill, Danny Blanchflower and Malcolm Allinson (a future Yeovil Town manager) coming down as part of an International XI. But the feat of the previous season couldn't be matched, and Yeovil ended up finishing in fourth place, and six points behind eventual champions Weymouth.

The last match that Davies took charge of saw the club win the Somerset Premier Cup Final against Minehead, ensuring that his time in Somerset ended on a mini-high. However on June 30th 1965, Swansea Town returned for their prodigal son and he returned to Wales. As a player he made 23 appearances for the club, scoring 5 goals, choosing to largely concentrate on his position in the dugouts during the 18 months he spent in South Somerset.

Noteworthy was that Yeovil Town received a fee in the region of £1,250 as compensation - reported as the first time they had received money for the loss of their manager. He went on to manage Swansea during the 1965-66 season during which time Swansea became Welsh Cup Winners for the fifth time in their history. However, the Welsh club were in a steady decline in between a fall from the Second Division to the Fourth Division and although he managed to keep them in the Third Division he was to only last the one season.

Glyn's obituary in the local Swansea press is shown below. His funeral takes place this coming Wednesday at Swansea Crematorium, with details as follows:

"DAVIES Glyn (Ex Derby County - Swansea City) Peacefully on 7th February 2013 after an illness courageously borne, Glyn, loving partner and best friend of Carole, loving father of Neil and Ashley, father-in-law to Liz, proud grandpa of Chelsea and Victoria. Much loved brother of Elaine, George and John. Glyn will be sadly missed by all the family and many friends. Funeral Wednesday 20th February when a service will be held at Swansea Crematorium 3pm. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if so desired may be made to Ty Olwen Hospice c/o D. G. Attwell Funeral Directors, 95 Eaton Road, Brynhyfryd, Swansea. SA5 9JH Tel: 01792 650205."


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17 February 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United Match Highlights
After another win, we've little down most Yeovil Town fans will want to relive the 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United once again. The Sky Sports website has uploaded highlights of the League One fixtures, and so you can view goals from Byron Webster, James Hayter and Paddy Madden as well as the game's other key incidents that involved Akpo Sodje and Sam Foley. If you're using a UK internet provider, click the link below to watch.

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


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17 February 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Scunthorpe United Home Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict is captured via the link below.

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


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17 February 2013 : Paddy Draws Clear In Golden Boot Race
Last week, we highlighted that Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden had drawn level top of the League One goalscoring charts, on the back of his rich vein of form. With another two sets of matches played, and another two Madden goals, that has pulled him clear of the chasing pack, with Coventry City's Leon Clarke his main challenger, after he scored in their win yesterday.

In terms of the top ten goalscorers, two goals from James Hayter this week means that he has now nudged his way into that list, giving an idea of how fruitful the pair's goalscoring partnership has been. The top ten (or rather thirteen, as five players are tied on ten goals) are shown below:

1 Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) 18
2 Leon Clarke (Coventry City) 16 (11 scored for Scunthorpe United)
2 David McGoldrick (Coventry City) 16 (now on loan at Ipswich Town)
4 Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 15
5 Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 13
6 Nick Blackman (Sheffield Utd) 11 (now a Reading player)
6 Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) 11
6 James Collins (Swindon Town) 11
9 David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) 10
9 Will Grigg (Walsall) 10
9 James Hayter (Yeovil Town) 10
9 Izale McLeod (MK Dons) 10 (all goals scored for Portsmouth)
9 Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) 10


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16 February 2013 : Ladies Opt For Artificial Assistance
Yeovil Town Ladies hope to finally play their Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup match tomorrow when they play Larkhall Athletic Ladies FC. The game has been postponed on several occasions in recent weeks due to a mix of frozen pitches, waterlogged pitches and snowbound pitches.

They finally hope to get it played tomorrow (Sunday) when they switch to Bucklers Mead School to play the game. The advantage here is that it is a 3G artificial pitch playing surface which should withstand most of the possible weather conditions that could be thrown up. Kick-off is at 2.00p.m. with admission prices set as £3.00 (Adults) and £1.00 (Children/OAP concessions).

Address: Buckler's Mead Academy, 1 St. Johns Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4NH.


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16 February 2013 : Scunthorpe Boss Angry Over Sodje Incident
Sometimes opposition managers rant'n'rave after a defeat, and end up looking like sore losers. However, Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws might have a bit more sympathy from Yeovil Town supporters after he criticised referee Dean Whitestone for his handling of this afternoon's 3-0 win for Yeovil Town.

The centrepiece of the match was Byron Webster's tackle on Akpo Sodje just before the break that referee Dean Whitestone judged as a fair one. Both manager Gary Johnson and Webster admitted after the game that they'd feared the worst, but play went on - mercifully from a Glovers point of view, given that the centre-back could have been given a red for a professional foul if the decision had been given. Laws says that he's seen the incident on the match video and feels Whitestone called it incorrectly:

"I was very disappointed with the referee's decision. It could have changed the whole complexity of the game. There is not an ounce of doubt about it and when you look at the DVD it is even clearer. That's the astonishing thing. The lad took Sodje out - he wouldn't be walking off with a twisted ankle if he just fell over. I think the referee lost the plot a little bit. It's a sending off, it doesn't matter which division you are in. When it's clear like that I've got every right to say something."

Laws did say something, confronting the officials on the half time whistle about the lack of a decision. That was enough for referee Whitestone to ensure that Laws spent the second half sat in the Directors' Box, having been dismissed from the dugouts, apparently for what he said to the Fourth Official. Laws didn't attempt to dispute that, and was more worried about the decision made on the pitch:

"I'll see what the report says, I'm not worried about that, I've been in the game so long now and can't remember the last time I got involved with a referee or fourth official, so that just shows you how angry I was at the time. It doesn't matter what division you are in, that's a sending off and that was not acceptable. However, beyond that, it was a very controversial decision and it has cost me standing on the touch line."

On the game itself, Laws acknowledged that Yeovil Town had outplayed his team across the whole 90 minutes, and with his team having played four times in the past 11 days, felt that his side ran out of steam:

"I think it was a game too far for us. I'm relying on a small squad of players and when the same 11 have been at it for the last three games, it's a tough ask. I thought Yeovil were the better side, they took their chances and we didn't perform as well as we have done."


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16 February 2013 : Johnson Hails 'Miraculous' Form
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson described his team's performance as 'miraculous' as they once again triumphed on a heavy Huish Park pitch to continue their winning run. Aside from the club's eight League One wins in a row, the Glovers have also managed to gain victories in all of their last six home matches - an impressive feat given that the home pitch has been a difficult one to play on, and has come in for criticism from a number of opposition managers lately. A 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United, thanks to goals from Byron Webster, James Hayter and Paddy Madden ensured that run continued in a dominant performance.

Having scored three goals at home for the third game running, Gary admitted after the game that his players were in a great run of form, and that climbing into the top three positions meant that the club could challenge for promotion to the Championship:

"It was another great day for us - we are in a rich vein of form. To play on a heavy pitch like that is nothing more than miraculous, so we're very proud and scored three very good goals. We deserve to be where we are in the league. When you go third then of course you must start believing that you've created a team that could challenge for promotion."

Johnson warned though of getting carried away, particularly as his side now face an away match against 4th placed Doncaster Rovers, with another away trip at Colchester United immediately following that. With 14 games to go, he wanted people to keep their feet on the ground:

"There are plenty of games to go so we've got to be careful because we've got a couple of difficult away trips coming up. We're really enjoying things at the minute and our supporters and players are happy. We're doing the right things at the right time and the boys are showing 100 per cent commitment to the cause."

Glovers top goalscorer Paddy Madden once again got himself on the scoresheet - 17 goals for his current club, and 18 for the 2012-13 season, keeping him as the division's leading scorer. With 10 goals in the last seven matches, and a January Player of the Month award being presented this week, Johnson said his player was giving his team a real chance of succeeding:

"Paddy could have had a few more goals, but he's a class finisher. It's not just that though, it's his workrate which we're proud of. If you've got a striker who is working hard and earning his goals then you've got a real chance."


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16 February 2013 : Yeovil 3 Scunthorpe 0 : Eighth Win Gives Glovers New Club Record
Yeovil Town stretched their League One run to eight wins in a row this afternoon, as they set a club Football League record in beating Scunthorpe United. The 3-0 scoreline reflected the balance of a game that was largely dominated by the Glovers, and started off by a Byron Webster close range goal just short of the half hour mark. A James Hayter penalty after Sam Foley was brought down, was added to by Paddy Madden netting his 18th goal of the 2012-13 season, as Yeovil rose to 3rd in the League One table, and incredibly just one point off the top of the table.

Both sides went into the match in good form, and so both sides named unchanged starting line-ups. The only change across both squads came with a Scunthorpe substitute Jamie Wootton being included on the Iron bench, replacing Matt Godden. Otherwise everyone lined up as per their midweek wins - the important bit was that Marek Stech could relax a bit in goal, knowing that he had become a father during the week.

The game got off to a slow start with neither side quite getting their foot on the game, with Scunthorpe happy to play the game with a low-key tempo, although nothing near the gamesmanship employed by Preston in midweek. They had a decent early chance from Jimmy Ryan that flew wide of the target, but gradually came under the cosh from a Yeovil side that were superior with their passing and their attacking play and went on to enjoy a dominant phase during the middle period of the first half.

Paddy Madden got two opportunities as Yeovil's dominance grew - the first saw him fed by Joe Edwards, only for him to fire wide of the target. Then he had a second shot blocked, with Byron Webster's attempts to get to the follow-up charged down by a defender. Finally though Yeovil's pressure told, as Edwards fed Sam Foley, and his shot towards the top of goal was palmed away by Sam Slocombe for a corner. Ed Upson took it and got himself yet another assist for the season, as Byron Webster's close range finish put the Glovers 1-0 up - a lead that on the balance of play they undoubtedly deserved.

The Glovers threatened to extend their lead further, as Sam Foley headed straight at Sam Slocombe, then the Scunthorpe keeper nearly gifted a goal as he sliced a goal kick straight to James Hayter, only for the Yeovil striker to fire his quick return wide of the target. Gradually though the pitch began to dictate the quality of the game, cutting up badly and causing problems with both sides being able to play good football as the half ended.

There was still time for one bit of drama as the half closed out. A long ball up field saw Akpo Sodje clash with Byron Webster as they competed for the ball just outside the box. Sodje went down from a tackle by Webster that appeared to be illegal, but referee Dean Whitestone did nothing, and his linesman did nothing and play carried on - a crucial decision given that if it had been given then the position of play meant that Webster probably would have been walking on a red as the last man. Sodje limped off the field, ultimately managing only one minute of the second half, whilst his manager Brian Laws didn't even get that far - sent to the stand for telling the officials what he thought of the decision at the half time break. The general consensus amongst Glovers fans was that Laws may have had some cause for complaint.

Sodje's replacement Mike Grella gave the second half it's first chance, as he weaved his way through the Yeovil defence, setting up Jimmy Ryan who fired wastefully wide. Paddy Madden's turn and volley went close from an Ed Upson corner, whilst he and James Hayter had further chances in quick succession, as Sam Slocombe kept Scunthorpe in the game by palming the ball away for a corner. Yeovil didn't have it all their own way though - Dan Burn and Luke Ayling landed quickly in the book for fouls, whilst Josh Walker should have done better with a chance from a free kick.

The killer blow though came 18 minutes from time, thanks to a long Sam Foley run up field. Scunthorpe couldn't catch the winger, and Callum Kennedy's tackle inside the box was deemed by referee Dean Whitestone to be illegal, awarding a penalthy - the second big decision of the game that he'd given Yeovil's way, with suggestions that Kennedy was a little unlucky. Up stepped James Hayter as he netted his 12th goal of the season by sending Slocombe the wrong way for a 2-0 scoreline.

Two goals very quickly became three. With Scunthorpe deflated by the second goal, Ed Upson allowed Joe Edwards to take the ball down the right flank. He could have easily had a crack on goal himself, but he pulled the ball back for Paddy Madden who was unmarked in the box where there was only going to be one possible outcome. His 17th goal for Yeovil, his 18th goal of the 2012-13 season, and the seventh game in a row that he's played in and scored. Ten goals in seven matches, and you have to wonder what Carlisle United were thinking when they had him on their books.

That was pretty much that. With the game now well and truly won, the Glovers had the luxury of making a triple substitution, with Kwesi Appiah, Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young all given run-outs. They eased the game out comfortably, with that three goal margin good enough to lift themselves into third placed position. With a Westley-free Preston North End producing shock of the day as they beat league leaders AFC Bournemouth 2-0, the Glovers are now just one point off the top of the division, and with 24 points gained from the last 24 available, have finally put themselves into the play-off positions, with 14 games remaining. Next week's clash at Doncaster Rovers should be a cracker.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Scorers: Byron Webster (1-0, 28 mins), James Hayter (2-0, 72 mins, penalty), Paddy Madden (3-0, 75 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah (82 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young (82 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (83 mins for Jamie McAllister)

Scunthorpe United:
1. Sam Slocombe
21. Tom Newey 6. Paul Reid 15. Niall Canavan 3. Callum Kennedy
16. Mark Duffy 4. Josh Walker 19. Michael Collins 7. Jimmy Ryan
9. Akpo Sodje 22. Karl Hawley

Substitutes:
13. James Severn 5. David Mirfin 10. Mike Grella (47 mins for Akpo Sodje) 11. Andy Barcham (52 mins for Mark Duffy) 18. Eddie Nolan (83 mins for Callum Kennedy) 24. Jamie Wootton 28. Hakeeb Adelakun

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (66 mins, dissent), Luke Ayling (67 mins, foul).

Scunthorpe Bookings: Paul Reid (51 mins, foul), Jimmy Ryan (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Fourth Official: Stephen Daly (Middlesex).

Attendance: 4,163 (including 155 Scunthorpe United supporters)


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16 February 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 win against Scunthorpe 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 Scunthorpe United.


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16 February 2013 : Yeovil 3 Scunthorpe 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town stretched their League One run to eight wins in a row this afternoon, as they set a club Football League record in beating Scunthorpe United. The 3-0 scoreline reflected the balance of a game that was largely dominated by the Glovers, and started off by a Byron Webster header just short of the half hour mark. A James Hayter penalty after Sam Foley was brought down, was added to by Paddy Madden netting his 18th goal of the 2012-13 season, as Yeovil rose to 3rd in the League One table, and incredibly just one point off the top of the table.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Scorers: Byron Webster (1-0, 28 mins), James Hayter (2-0, 72 mins, penalty), Paddy Madden (3-0, 75 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah (82 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young (82 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (83 mins for Jamie McAllister)

Scunthorpe United:
1. Sam Slocombe
21. Tom Newey 6. Paul Reid 15. Niall Canavan 3. Callum Kennedy
16. Mark Duffy 4. Josh Walker 19. Michael Collins 7. Jimmy Ryan
9. Akpo Sodje 22. Karl Hawley

Substitutes:
13. James Severn 5. David Mirfin 10. Mike Grella (47 mins for Akpo Sodje) 11. Andy Barcham (52 mins for Mark Duffy) 18. Eddie Nolan (83 mins for Callum Kennedy) 24. Jamie Wootton 28. Hakeeb Adelakun

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (66 mins, dissent), Luke Ayling (67 mins, foul).

Scunthorpe Bookings: Paul Reid (51 mins, foul), Jimmy Ryan (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Fourth Official: Stephen Daly (Middlesex).

Attendance: 4,163 (including 155 Scunthorpe United supporters)


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16 February 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Yeovil Town on seven wins in a row. Their opponents Scunthorpe United on three wins in a row. So what would you do if you were managers Gary Johnson and Brian Laws? You of course select an unchanged team, and that's what both of them have done. Scunthorpe did have some pre-match doubts about a foot injury to Tom Newey but he has passed his fitness test. They make just one change to their bench, with Jamie Wootton replacing Matt Godden.

For the Glovers, goalkeeper Marek Stech is now a proud father, and so has had no pre-match worries, taking his place in goal. Thus they are unchanged as they aim to set a new club Football League record of eight League games in a row. They also have a chance of getting into the play-offs, which they will do so if they pick up a draw, as Brentford are in FA Cup action this afternoon. However, a win would see them leap into fourth, whilst an (admittably improbable) set of scorelines could feasibly take them as high as second by 5.00p.m. tonight.

The line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Scunthorpe United:
1. Sam Slocombe
21. Tom Newey 6. Paul Reid 15. Niall Canavan 3. Callum Kennedy
16. Mark Duffy 4. Josh Walker 19. Michael Collins 7. Jimmy Ryan
9. Akpo Sodje 22. Karl Hawley

Substitutes:
13. James Severn 5. David Mirfin 10. Mike Grella 11. Andy Barcham 18. Eddie Nolan 24. Jamie Wootton 28. Hakeeb Adelakun


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16 February 2013 : GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers
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16 February 2013 : Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's away League One match against Doncaster Rovers is now available. The match takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd February 2013 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets for the match are on advance sale at the following prices:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s: £15.00; Aged 17-20: £11.00; Aged 12-16: £8.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair disabled supporters will pay £15.00 but are entitled to take an assistant in free of charge.

Note that there is a £1.00 matchday surcharge in place for this fixture against all of the above tariffs, except for the two bandings for those aged 12-16 and aged Under-11, which do not change on the day of the game.

Those who pay on the day of the match must purchase their tickets from the Soccer Centre Reception which is located next to the away turnstiles. Note that Doncaster say that as this is a fairly small outlet, there is often queuing here on matchdays, so allow extra time to purchase on the day.

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


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16 February 2013 : Coventry's Bank Accounts Frozen By Debt Order
League One side Coventry City's ongoing battle with their stadium owners escalated further yesterday, with the news that their bank accounts have been frozen. Ricoh Arena landlords Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) have issued Third Party Debt Orders through the courts that block the Sky Blues from accessing any funds until further notice.

The BBC Sport website reports that club's account, its card payment account, its Business Rates account with the City Council and Huddersfield Town's bank account have all been frozen as part of the court order. Huddersfield's involvement specifically relates to compensation that Coventry City would be due to receive for the loss of manager Mark Robins and his assistant Steve Taylor who moved to the Championship club this week whilst only five months into a three year contract.

Coventry are claimed to have not made any rent payments to ACL since April 2012. In August 2012, a High Court hearing heard that Coventry owed £500,000. By December 2012, ACL were getting seriously fed up and issued a 21 day statutory demand against debts of £1.1 million, but Coventry's owners SISU ignored it, despite the fact that their failure to pay a penny gave ACL the legal rights to padlock the stadium or issue a winding up order. Earlier this week, ACL revealed that those debts had risen to £1.347 million and they still hadn't received any payments.

The interim debt order gives Coventry's and Huddersfield's banks seven days to reveal what sums of money are held in those accounts, or in Huddersfield's case how much they are due to pay in compensation for Robins and Taylor. A judge may then provide a legal order for those funds to be moved into an ACL bank account to partially or wholly clear those debts, although the process of this is likely to take until May 1st to conclude.

Coventry's claim that they can't afford to pay any of the Ricoh Arena rent may be undermined by their own Chief Executive Tim Fisher, who earlier this week tried to justify the club's position concerning Robins' decision to jump ship and join Huddersfield. Fisher claimed that Robins was well funded in terms of his playing budget, saying: "We gave a considerable financial commitment in terms of players brought in during the loan windows to ensure that we had a strong, competitive team on the pitch."

That may have been the point at which ACL decided to take their own action, perhaps feeling that Coventry's "considerable financial commitment" might want to be more evenly spread to include paying the rent on the stadium, rather than spending all income on players wages. Having paid nothing in rent for 10 months, it's hard to see how Coventry will be able to defend this legal action.


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16 February 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Officials for this afternoon's League One match between Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park later today with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

We last had Mr Whitestone in October 2011 when he took charge of the home 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town. He doesn't appear to have caused too much major controversy during the game, although when three of the match's four bookings come from dissent it suggests that the players may not have been 100 percent happy with what was going on. However certainly his performance didn't influence the game significantly.

The same can't be said for his November 2010 visit to The Valley when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.

This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

The aforementioned penalty decision came in the August 2008 home match against Leeds United, and this was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

Prior to that, we last had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Kevin Johnson (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Daly (Middlesex).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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15 February 2013 : Gary Previews The Scunthorpe Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home League One match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Charlie Taylor, Gary's thoughts on tomorrow's game can be read via the link below.

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


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15 February 2013 : Throwing A Carrot
Yeovil Town finally have their destiny in their own hands following their repeated attempts to break into the top six places in recent weeks. The Glovers have been stuck in seventh place over the past few matches, despite a run of seven wins in a row repeatedly putting them into a position where they could have landed in there.

Tonight, Tranmere Rovers lost 0-2 at home to Shrewsbury Town as they were forced to play 85 minutes with 10 men following Liam Palmer's early red card. Goals from Chris Porter and Cameron Gayle did the damage for Ronnie Moore's side. The end result is that the Wirral club are now two points ahead of the Glovers, meaning that a home win over Scunthorpe United at Huish Park would guarantee Gary Johnson's side would leapfrog over Tranmere.

Having topped the table for the vast majority of this season, Tranmere dropped down to third in midweek due to them not having a fixture, with huge fixture against Swindon Town to come on Tuesday night that could define their season, or give others a chance to climb above them.

With Brentford not playing tomorrow, a draw would guarantee they'd move above the Bees. However, a win would lift them above Tranmere as well as Swindon Town who don't play until Tuesday night. As Gary Johnson himself might say, that gives the Glovers players a carrot to motivate them for tomorrow's 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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15 February 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United : Opposition Form Guide
Yeovil Town play Scunthorpe United tomorrow in a League One match that takes place at Huish Park. They face a side who are in 18th place in the League One table, 19 points behind the Glovers, and just five points above the relegation zone.

They arrive though in high spirits, on the back of a three-match eight-day period that saw them pick up nine points out of nine, all at Glanford Park. That's vastly improved their recent position, taking them out of the relegation zone and giving them an unexpected buffer to take on the road. Part of the reason for that sudden turnaround comes in the signing of Akpo Sodje, who is the younger brother of former Glovers centre-back Efe Sodje. He has scored four goals in the last three games, having switched from Preston North End at the turn of the year, and has now scored eleven goals for the season.

Their top scorer for the 2012-13 season, Leon Clarke, has signed for League One rivals Coventry City, meaning that apart from new arrival Sodje, Karl Hawley is in reality their top marksman with seven goals.

An unusual statistic for tomorrow's match is that all goalscorers from Yeovil Town's 4-0 win at Glanford Park in August are currently off the club's books. Reuben Reid is currently on loan at Plymouth Argyle, with Reading striker Gozie Ugwu also down at Home Park. The other goalscorer on the day was Keanu Marsh-Brown who has yet to find himself a new club after leaving by mutual consent last month. As for the last meeting between the two sides, a 2-2 draw saw Gavin Williams and Jonathan Franks give the Glovers leads, only for experienced striker Jonathan Parkin to pull the game back as both sides shared the points.

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Scunthorpe United

20/12/2003HomeDIV3W2-15714Lindegaard 71, Jackson 82
06/03/2004AwayDIV3L0-33355
23/10/2004AwayCCL2L0-14470
22/02/2005HomeCCL2W4-37598Tarachulski 16, Johnson 47, Fallon 82, Davies 86
01/10/2005AwayCCL1W4-34311Way 26, Jevons 37, Harrold 59, 66
14/04/2006HomeCCL1L0-16759
25/11/2006HomeCCL1L0-25921
06/04/2007AwayCCL1L0-17883
27/09/2008AwayCCL1L0-24829
13/01/2009HomeCCL1L1-23275McCollin 90
24/09/2011AwayNPL1L1-24086Wotton 45
13/03/2012HomeNPL1D2-23767G Williams 30, Franks 68
25/08/2012AwayNPL1W4-03279Marsh-Brown 37, Reid 50, Ugwu 88, 90


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Scunthorpe United

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
2139112059124181823

RECENT RESULTS

12/01/2013Colchester UnitedAwayNPL1W2-13258Ryan 41, Hawley 46
26/01/2013Carlisle UnitedAwayNPL1D1-13829Hawley 52
02/02/2013Crewe AlexandraAwayNPL1L0-14302
05/02/2013PortsmouthHomeNPL1W2-12596Sodje 40, 85
09/02/2013Crawley TownHomeNPL1W2-13124Ryan 67, Canavan 79
12/02/2013Carlisle UnitedHomeNPL1W3-13112Sodje 17, 90, Reid 22


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Leon Clarke11000011
Karl Hawley700007
Akpo Sodje400004
Niall Canavan400004
Mark Duffy200204
Bobby Grant000202
Jimmy Ryan200002
Mike Grella100102
Damien Mozika200002
Christian Ribeiro200002
Paul Reid100001
Connor Jennings000101
Andy Barcham000101

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 5533, vs Sheffield United, 08/09/2012
Lowest League Attendance: 2596, vs Portsmouth, 05/02/2013
Average League Attendance: 3237

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 2 Games Without Defeat: 3
Games Without A Home Defeat: 5 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 4 Games Without A Score Draw: 4
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 6 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: LDDWWW
Away Results Sequence: WLLWDL Overall Results Sequence: WDLWWW


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15 February 2013 : The Second Best Manager In The Land?
Well he may not have won the January 2013 Manager of the Month award for League One this morning, but thankfully the League Managers' Association hold a higher opinion of him. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has today risen up the Castrol LMA Managers' Performance Table following his side's run of seven consecutive wins at League One level.

Recent results the Glovers have picked up have gradually inched Gary up a table that compiles managers from all divisions, based on their current performance, with a points system that is based on a number of factors, obviously including the number of wins and draws, but also centring on the number of away wins, clean sheets, goals scored and winning margins. All of these are totalled up to give a weekly LMA Performance Table.

Gary is currently three points off the top of the table. There is one manager ahead of him - some bloke called Sir Alex Ferguson appears to be doing OK for himself. Other League One managers to be highly featured include Paolo Di Canio (Swindon Town), Dean Smith (Walsall) and Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth).

The full table, as compiled by the League Managers' Association, is shown below.

Pos Div Manager Club P W D GS CS WM KOM PTS TT
scores
1 P Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United 9 64 6 14 4 11 26 125 139
2 1 Gary Johnson Yeovil Town 8 76 0 16 4 13 0 109 136
3 C David Flitcroft Barnsley 5 34 6 8 1 4 14 67 134
4 2 Micky Adams Port Vale 8 54 12 17 4 12 0 99 124
5 2 John Ward Bristol Rovers 6 46 6 11 2 8 0 73 122
6 1 Paolo Di Canio Swindon Town 8 42 23 15 5 12 0 97 121
7 P Roberto Mancini Manchester City 9 44 11 14 4 8 26 107 119
8 C Nigel Pearson Leicester City 8 54 0 15 3 12 10 94 118
9 1 Dean Smith Walsall 8 64 0 15 2 10 0 91 114
10 1 Eddie Howe Bournemouth 10 66 11 17 4 12 0 110 110
11 P Arsene Wenger Arsenal 10 42 11 18 2 10 25 108 108
12 2 Paul Tisdale Exeter City 8 46 16 12 4 8 0 86 108
13 2 Gareth Ainsworh Wycombe Wanderers 8 54 6 11 4 8 0 83 104
14 C Gianfranco Zola Watford 9 56 5 19 2 11 0 93 103
15 C Malky Mackay Cardiff City 7 46 11 5 5 4 1 72 103
16 P Rafa Benitez Chelsea 10 44 11 18 1 9 17 100 100
17 P Brendan Rodgers Liverpool 8 32 12 16 3 11 6 80 100
18 2 John Sheridan Plymouth Argyle 4 22 10 4 2 2 0 40 100
19 P Andre Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur 9 44 17 10 2 5 11 89 99
20 P Brian McDermott Reading 9 42 5 12 1 4 24 88 98
GS - Goal Scored CS - Clean Sheets CU - Consecutively Unbeaten WM - Winning Margin per goal


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15 February 2013 : Gary Misses Out On Manager Of The Month Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has missed out on tthe January 2013 Manager of the Month award. Despite having a 100 percent playing record in League One, the Football League's panel have given Walsall boss Dean Smith the award, after his club won four matches, losing one during the month. Smith's side picked up the most points of all clubs during the month, and so he is a worthy winner, although it's only weather and FA Cup related postponements that prevented Gary from doing the same. The other nominated candidate was Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio.

The month of January saw the Yeovil Town gain wins over Leyton Orient and Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park, along with an away victory over promotion-chasing Sheffield United. Over the course of the month, they scored seven times in League One, conceding just once.

Bad luck to Gary, for missing out on the honour - but maybe missing out on the notorious 'curse' will help him as well!

Link: 2012-13 League Table : January Results Only.


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15 February 2013 : Paddy Madden Scoops January League Award
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been given the January 2013 Player Of The Month award. The Irishman's already impressive goalscoring form has exploded since he turned his loan deal with the Glovers into a permanent move from Carlisle United when the transfer window opened at the turn of the year. Paddy has seen off competition from Swindon Town goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and Doncaster Rovers defender Rob Jones to get the honour.

Paddy netted six times during the month of January, with braces against Leyton Orient, Sheffield United and Milton Keynes Dons. In fact the only game that he didn't score in was one that he was not eligible to play - with the 22 year old already cup-tied in the Football League Trophy. He has gone on to score nine goals in his last six matches for the club, making him League One's current leading goalscorer.

Congratulations to Paddy for the recognition that he is getting right now - undoubtedly in our (biased) eyes a worthy winner.


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14 February 2013 : Johnson In The Dark Over Monthly Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has had no hints as to whether he is likely to get Manager of the Month for January 2013. The Glovers boss is up against Swindon Town's Paolo di Canio and Walsall boss Dean Smith for the award, with Sky Sports and the Football League expected to unveil the winner tomorrow morning.

Whilst Johnson is the manager with a 100 percent playing record in League One, Saddlers boss Smith's side picked up more points across the month due to a number of Yeovil Town fixtures being postponed for varying reasons. Gary has told BBC Somerset that he has no idea how they decide the award, but doesn't believe in the oft-stated 'curse' that accompanies the award:

"I don't know what the situation is. You never quite know the criteria. It certainly wouldn't bother me if I did win it, as far as the superstitions are concerned. If you did win it, then you win it on behalf of everybody else anyway. If you don't win it, then you don't worry about it because for some reason somebody else has had more votes."

The good news from today was that goalkeeper Marek Stech has become a dad for the first time. Having been left waiting for almost two weeks after the planned due date, his partner Louise gave birth to a daughter this morning. Johnson said that from a footballing point of view, it was well timed:

"That's good news that they've had it so early today, because it gives him a good chance to enjoy it, enjoy being a dad, get over it and then get back to the job that he needs to keep the little 'un in food and water for the rest of her life! But we'll all congratulate him and I'm sure there'll be a little baby theme come Saturday."

Link: Gary Given January Award Nomination By Football League.

Link: Paddy Given January Award Nomination By Football League.


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14 February 2013 : Coventry's Stadium Owners Escalate War With Sky Blues
League One side Coventry City's battle with their stadium owners has been reignited today, after a statement was issued telling the Sky Blues owners to "pay up or sell up and get out of Coventry." The ongoing row is a continuation of problems that Coventry have with rental payments on the Ricoh Arena, which have been escalating due to non-payment.

Back in December 2012, stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) issued a 21 day demand for payment of the £1.1 million arrears. Their statement today says that the debts have now risen to £1.347 million, with two more months having gone past and Coventry not having attempted to make those months payments or address the arrears.

Both ACL and Coventry City's owners SISU have been in talks to try to renegotiate the current stadium lease agreement, but ACL indicate that talks have broken down, accusing SISU of doing a u-turn on a verbal agreement both parties had reached on January 29th. Provisional plans were in place to lower their stadium rent to £400,000 - around a third of it's current level - and to give Coventry payment terms to clear the backlog. ACL have now suspended talks and have told Coventry's SISU to either come back to the table and accept the negotiated offer, or to look at selling the club

"There’s simply no point in continuing these discussions while the Club, under Sisu’s ownership, continues to behave in this manner. If the Club Directors can’t or won’t follow through on the Agreement they participated in creating, then we suggest to them that the time has come to consider offering ownership of CCFC to an outside buyer better placed to run the Club’s financial operations. Make no mistake, now is the time for Sisu to pay up or sell up and get out of Coventry."

Coventry have meanwhile named Lee Carsley as their Caretaker Manager, following today's departure of Mark Robins to Huddersfield Town. Carsley was in a similar position earlier this season, assisting Richard Shaw as caretaker just before Robins arrived at the club.

The Coventry Telegraph have also provided much speculation by listing out a large number of names they are connecting with the vacancy at the Ricoh Arena. They name Steven Pressley, Phil Brown, Derek McInnes, Eric Black, Gary Megson, Andy Morrell, Micky Mellon, Nick Barmby, Nigel Adkins, Paul Ince, Simon Grayson and Steve Kean as names the bookies are giving odds for. They also provide a website vote for fans to pick who they'd like as manager, allowing them to choose from Paul Ince, Gary McAllister, Eric Black, Gary Megson, Steve Cotterill, Nick Barmby, Phil Brown, Greg Abbott, Dennis Wise or Paul Dickov.

One name they don't mention at all is Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson. The Western Gazette have today stated that Gary is "a speculative candidate" for the position, however in the same article quote Johnson as saying "there definitely hasn't been any link." Given Johnson put seven points between the Glovers and the Sky Blues on Tuesday night, and with a game in hand, it would be hard to believe that he'd want to jump ship between now and the end of the season.


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14 February 2013 : Marek's A Daddy!
We're pleased to report that goalkeeper Marek Stech is now a proud father. His partner Louise has given birth, after a long wait that resulted in the new arrival being in the region of 12-13 days late. Thankfully now (after a good night's sleep) Marek should be able to take up his goalkeeping duties without worrying about the messages left on his mobile phone.

The new arrival is a baby girl, named Lyla Victoria Stech, and she was born at 10.30a.m. this morning. Congratulations to both - doubtless we'll hear a bit more about this in the days to come!


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14 February 2013 : Ken Jones RIP : 1936 - 2013
We're sad to learn of the death of former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Ken Jones, who passed away last month aged 77 years old. Ken's two main clubs will meet this weekend, with Yeovil Town playing at home to Scunthorpe United who he had spent six years with between 1958 and 1964. Ken also played for Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Exeter City and was part of a Wales international squad that took part in the 1958 World Cup.

Born in Aberdare in Wales, on January 2nd 1936, Ken started his career making 24 appearances for his nearest Football League club Cardiff City. Representing them during the 1957-58 season, he moved on to Scunthorpe United where his performances at the Old Showground turned him into an Iron legend. Jones had only six months previously represented Wales in the World Cup, as part of their 1958 squad, although he had to settle with warming the bench, with his highest international cap coming at Wales Under-23 level.

His six years in North Lincolnshire saw him make 168 league appearances for the Iron between December 1958 and the summer of 1964, making his debut one day after his 23rd birthday. Speaking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph, Doug Parker, who is the treasurer of one of Scunthorpe's supporters club, remembered him fondly saying:

"He was a brilliant goalkeeper. He was absolutely fantastic and in my opinion, he was the best we have ever had. He played in the halcyon days of Scunthorpe United in the second division and he was playing against Liverpool and teams like that. The 1961-62 season was our best ever and he was a brilliant keeper."

Moving onto Charlton Athletic in 1964 he spent two years at the old Valley ground, making 24 league appearances, before switching to the south-west as he played 17 times for Exeter City during the 1966-67 season. Then he made his move to Huish, signing for the start of the 1967-68 season, brought in by manager Ron Saunders.

Ken was to hold a permanent position in the side from August 1967 right up until March 4th 1970, when he was replaced in the team by new signing Tony Clark. He held an unbroken run of 168 consecutive appearances for the club between those two dates, ultimately leaving at the end of that season.

In 2009, Ken was given a long service award by the Football Association of Wales, received at Cardiff City Stadium as part of an awards night - fitting that his time in football should be recognised in the city where he started his professional career.

Ken passed away peacefully on January 18th 2013 at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, having spent his final years living in Sneyd Green in Staffordshire. The obituary notice published at the time of his death reads:

"JONES (Ken) Peacefully on January 18th 2013 at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Ken aged 77 years of Sneyd Green. The dearly loved husband of Brenda, much loved dad of Peter, loved father-in-law of Lorraine, treasured grandad of Jamie, loved brother-in-law of Dorothy and Brian, and a dear uncle. Ken will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral service and cremation at Carmountside Crematorium on Thursday January 31st at 11am. Will relatives and friends kindly meet at Carmountside. Family flowers only please. Donations would be appreciated for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Donations and inquiries to: WILLIAMSON BROTHERS Family Funeral Directors, Birch House, Birches Head Road, Hanley."


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14 February 2013 : Robins Flies Away After Terriers Pounce
League One side Coventry City have lost their manager today, after he jumped ship for Championship side Huddersfield Town. The Sky Blues had only appointed Mark Robins to the job on September 19th 2012, having fired his predecessor Andy Thorn during the previous month. Robins lasted just 33 games at the Ricoh Arena, taking his side out of their early position in the relegation zone and up to 8th place in the League One table.

Having given Robins a three year contract last September, Coventry have been distinctly unimpressed with the way matters have unravelled, with the 43 year old reportedly clearing his desk at their training ground and leaving, after they initially refused permission for him to talk to the Terriers. He takes his first team coach Steve Taylor with him and Chief Executive Tim Fisher isn't happy with the turnout:

"To say we are disappointed is an understatement. We gave Mark a three-year contract which we saw as a long-term appointment. Added to this, Mark was able to bring in those members of staff that he requested, plus we gave a considerable financial commitment in terms of players brought in during the loan windows to ensure that we had a strong, competitive team on the pitch. Over the last few months, we have had several clubs interested in securing Mark's services and we have fought off multiple approaches. We made every effort to ensure he stayed with us. Once it became obvious that there was no way forward we had no choice but to eventually allow him to speak to Huddersfield.

"So for this departure to happen at the business end of the season and in this manner, is frustrating and disappointing in equal measure for all concerned. It is fair to say that we are all deflated by Mark’s decision to go and, equally, I am sure the supporters will feel the same frustration. I understand that our supporters will be angry and disappointed because they have seen a dramatic turnaround in on-pitch fortunes and performances in the short space of time that Mark has been here."

Robins' last game in charge was his side's 0-1 home defeat against Yeovil Town, thus making him the second manager to depart his post this week after playing the Glovers, after Graham Westley was fired by Preston North End yesterday. Both Coventry and Preston fans will be doubtless angry with their former managers, but for very different reasons.

Link: Westley Loses His Grip Once Again .


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13 February 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Preston North End Match Highlights
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13 February 2013 : No Love For Pompey On St Valentine's Day
League One side Portsmouth have had their romantic date for tomorrow postponed again. The Hampshire club, who have been in administration for almost a year, were due to attend the High Court in an effort to untangle the ownership of Fratton Park, which is currently under the control of former owner Balram Chainrai, through his Portpin company.

The case has now been adjourned a fourth time, having been originally due to have their case heard on January 31st, January 15th and December 13th last year. Now the case rolls forward another seven days to January 21st, by which point Pompey will have gone through the one year anniversary of the day they called in the administrators.

The latest delay in proceedings comes from a slightly unexpected area - the Professional Footballers Association, who have raised objections to the CVA on the basis that some of their players are having to wait a long time to receive their outstanding wages. Last summer saw Pompey
shed the majority of their Championship playing squad, having to deal with wages that included one player on £36,000 a week wages. All players affected walked away on compromise agreements, under the condition that they would receive the money they were owed over a four year period, as part of the CVA arrangements.

According to the Daily Express, the PFA are claiming that they have been pushed down the pecking order in terms of receiving money from the Premier League television rights and parachute payments that are still being given to Pompey since their relegation from the top flight. The paper suggests that property developer Stuart Robinson is being given some of those payments as part of the deal that is in place to allow Portsmouth Supporters Trust to gain control of Fratton Park through his company Robinson Estates Limited. Chief Executive of the PFA Gordon Taylor has said that he wants to understand what effect that will have on payments to the players:

"We have no objection to the supporters' trust taking over but we do need some legal clarity on where we stand in the queue and what money our members will receive. We are now moved down the queue."

Given the now precarious position that Portsmouth are now in, with the Football League making it clear that the Supporters Trust represent the club's last chance to retain membership of the league, the PFA need to recognise that pushing too hard, or delaying proceedings much more could result in liquidation, and therefore the players outstanding wages lost entirely.


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13 February 2013 : Glovers Squad Players Draw With Grecians
A Yeovil Town side drew against an Exeter City side in a practice match played at Alvington this morning. The team selected included all seven players who were substitutes in last night's League One fixture against Preston North End. That allowed wingers Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young to get extra game time under their belt, having only just returned from injury, whilst goalkeeper Gareth Stewart, defender Richard Hinds, midfielder Dominic Blizzard, playmaker Gavin Williams and striker Kwesi Appiah all took part in the match. The final score of the match was 3-3, with scorers not disclosed.


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13 February 2013 : Gary To Make ITV News Appearance Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be making a guest appearance on a regional news programme tonight. Gary will be heading to ITV's studios in Bristol to appear on the ITV News West Country local news bulletin, which goes out on air from 6.00p.m. tonight. The show lasts 30 minutes, where doubtless Gary will be quizzed about the current run of form and last night's win over Preston North End.


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13 February 2013 : Glovers Duo Get Sky Nominations
Yeovil Town have had two players included in the Sky Sports Team of the Week for League One. Whilst the Football League's weekly team opted for Fulham loanee Dan Burn, the Sky nominations choose two other Glovers, with goalkeeper Marek Stech and striker Paddy Madden on their list.

Marek's inclusion comes with him having let in just three goals in his last seven fixtures, and one goal in the two fixtures Sky have considered. They say of the goalkeeper:

"Yeovil recorded back-to-back wins this week and goalkeeper Marek Stech played a key part in ensuring that the Glovers maintained their play-off push. He kept a clean sheet in Saturday's 1-0 win at Coventry and pulled off a number of fine saves in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Preston. Yeovil are now up to seventh in League One and just four points separates them and league leaders Bournemouth."

Paddy's nomination comes in yet another successful week for the Irishman, having netted in both of the week's games. That has taken his tally to nine goals in six games in 2013, and Sky have this to say of the former Carlisle United player:

"22 year-old striker Paddy Madden scored in both of Yeovil's wins this week, helping his side to move within touching distance of the top two. He grabbed the winner against Coventry on Saturday with a goal just before half time and he set up James Hayter's equaliser before adding the third in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Preston. The Irish striker has now scored nine goals in his last six appearances for Gary Johnson's side."

The full team, as compiled by Sky Sports, reads as follows:

Marek Stech - Yeovil Town
Andy Butler - Walsall
Evan Horwood - Hartlepool United
Paul Reid - Scunthorpe United
Tony Craig - Brentford
Marc Pugh - Bournemouth
Michael Doyle - Sheffield United
Martin Rowlands - Leyton Orient
Tom Adeyemi - Brentford
Brett Pitman - Bournemouth
Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town


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13 February 2013 : Westley Loses His Grip Once Again
It has to be said that Graham Westley was never very good at clinging on to things when playing away matches at Yeovil Town. Last night, he insisted after their 3-1 defeat at Huish Park that "You've never seen me walk away from anything in my life, so don't expect me to resign" telling reporters in the press conference that they had asked a 'rude' question.
Graham Westley - circa September 2002. Possibly.
Graham Westley - circa September 2002. Possibly.

Today, the Preston North End manager has had his fingers unfastened from the role that is the first team manager's job at Deepdale - fired after dreadful run of form that has seen them win just once since November 10th, and fail to gain a League One victory on home soil since last September. Lying in 17th place in the table after last night's result and thus far below that expected of a manager of one of League One's bigger clubs.

Whilst the Glovers fans in the 3,661 loudly chanted "You're getting sacked in the morning", it wouldn't be too surprised if some of the 136 Preston fans joined in just as loudly. Lilywhites fans unveiled a protest flag both before and after the game that called on their club to 'Sack Westley' - today they have gladly obliged, seeing him depart Deepdale after just 13 months in charge that brought a paltry 16 wins across 62 matches.

Thus once again a Yeovil Town match sees Graham Westley lose his grip on proceedings and forced to make an unwanted exit. Those who were present at the Avenue Stadium, Dorchester will recall fondly the September 2002 match against Farnborough Town that sparked our love affair with his way of managing football teams. A tussell between Michael McIndoe and Micky Warner kicked the whole thing off. Westley objected to referee Ray Lee dishing out a booking for both players, and threw a tantrum on the touchline that a minute later saw him sent off.

Attempting to watch the game from the Dorchester main stand - the venue chosen whilst the Glovers were refurbishing the Huish Park main pitch - the Farnborough boss couldn't find a seat in the sold out stand, and so proceeded to stand up in front of the railings of the elevated stand. When told by the ground stewards he was not allowed to do that, Westley refused to move, clamping his hands onto the railings and leading to a comedy moment as they grappled with him, with the game now having resumed. The sideshow was ended by the arrival of two policemen who promptly escorted him out of the stadium, with Westley reportedly spending the remainder of the match sat outside on the team bus.

Since then has become legendary amongst Glovers fans at the various clubs he has subsequently headed to. Doubtless we will meet him again, although with last night's tactics firmly in fans minds, we'd imagine that no-one will be in too much of a hurry for that reunion.


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13 February 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Preston Home Game
Following yesterday's 3-1 win over Preston North End at Huish Park, 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's Verdict On The Preston Home Game.


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13 February 2013 : Paddy Given January Award Nomination By Football League
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been nominated for the January 2013 Player Of The Month award. The Irishman's already impressive goalscoring form has exploded since he turned his loan deal with the Glovers into a permanent move from Carlisle United when the transfer window opened at the turn of the year.

Paddy netted six times during the month of January, with braces against Leyton Orient, Sheffield United and Milton Keynes Dons. In fact the only game that he didn't score in was one that he was not eligible to play - with the 22 year old already cup-tied in the Football League Trophy. He has gone on to score nine goals in his last six matches for the club, making him League One's current leading goalscorer, and so has a very strong chance of scooping the honour.

The full list of nominations for the January 2013 Player of the Month award are as follows:

Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town

"An outstanding contribution by the Irishman to Yeovil Town’s perfect month, scoring six of his side’s seven goals from just three matches. His stamina and desire to chase down lost causes was as pivotal as his predatory instincts in front of goal."

Wes Foderingham - Swindon Town

"Conceded just one goal in January. Saved a penalty against Shrewsbury Town while superb reaction stops against AFC Bournemouth and Leyton Orient preserved valuable points as the Robins went through the month unbeaten."

Rob Jones - Doncaster Rovers

"More sterling performances from the veteran, who is now also a player-coach at Doncaster Rovers. As well as being his usual commanding self at the back, he contributed to an unbeaten month with two goals, including a vital last-minute winner at Stevenage."

The final winner will be revealed on Sky Sports on Friday morning.


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13 February 2013 : Gary Given January Award Nomination By Football League
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been nominated for the January 2013 Manager of the Month award. The Football League monthly honour has seen the Glovers boss included in a shortlist, following the club's great start to the new year that has seen them maintain a 100 percent record in League One.

The month of January saw the club gain wins over Leyton Orient and Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park, along with an away victory over promotion-chasing Sheffield United. The only blip during the month was the Football League Trophy exit at the hands of Leyton Orient. Over the course of the month, they scored seven times in League One, conceding just once.

Of the other nominations, Walsall manager Dean Smith is likely to provide the toughest challenge. The Saddlers played five matches during January, winning four matches and losing just once. Statistically, that gives them a slightly better record for the month than the Glovers, but it will depend upon how much weight the judging panel put on the Football League Trophy result. Johnson's case for taking the award probably isn't helped too much by the fact that several matches were postponed due to bad weather, or rearranged due to the FA Cup, meaning that most other clubs played more games during the month.

The full list of nominations for the January 2013 Manager of the Month award are as follows:

Gary Johnson - Yeovil Town

"Cup commitments and adverse weather conditions meant that Yeovil Town only managed three league fixtures in January, but Gary Johnson's men made sure they kept up their Play-Off chase by winning them all. An impressive away victory against promotion-chasing Sheffield United was sandwiched between two home wins against Leyton Orient and Milton Keynes Dons, meaning the Glovers finished January just three points off the Play-Off places."

Dean Smith - Walsall

"Four league wins out of five saw Dean Smith's Walsall jump from 16th to 11th place in npower League 1 in January. A loss to Colchester United denied the Saddlers a perfect month, but with victories including a convincing 3-1 defeat of high-flying Bournemouth and a comprehensive 3-1 away win at Preston North End, Dean Smith's men might now have half an eye on a late push for the Play-Offs."

Paolo di Canio - Swindon Town

"With three wins and two draws, Paolo Di Canio's Swindon Town underlined their promotion credentials with a series of impressive displays. Three home wins out of three, including convincing victories against Carlisle United and Portsmouth, were supported by away draws against in-form Bournemouth and Leyton Orient. Finishing the month in third place and just six points behind the automatic places, Di Canio's outfit will only be looking in one direction as the season heads to its conclusion."

The final winner will be revealed on Sky Sports on Friday morning.

Link: 2012-13 League Table : January Results Only.


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13 February 2013 : Ladies Ask The Green And White Army To Back Their Bid
Yeovil Town Ladies are asking the Green and White Army of Glovers fans to mobilise and help the club find additional sponsors as they bid to achieve FA Super League status. On the back of significant success over the last two seasons, the club are seeking support to join the Women's Super League – The FAWSL, which will expand in 2014.

If the Lady Glovers apply and are successful, they will become one of the top 20 women's football clubs in the country and represent YTFC on a national media platform. Although the final decision on whether to submit an application or not won’t be made until 20th February, the club needs local businesses to pledge their support for the Lady Glovers now as an application will only be made if the club is confident having enough sponsors and commercial partners to make an FAWSL venture financially possible.

Joint Manager Sarah Lawler said "We already have strong support for our club from our fantastic fans and the huge crowd for the Leeds United game we played at Huish Park recently underlined that. However to be successful in any FAWSL bid we have to demonstrate financial stability as well, so we need more sponsors. We have a really good range of products available for new sponsors to attach their brand, which will be promoted through a range of media regionally and nationally as part of The FA Women’s Super League."

"It's important to note that those sponsors who wish to support us do not need to pay anything at this time, we just need a letter of intent from them that they will back us from October 2013, if we get into the FAWSL."
Jade Radburn in action during the recent League Cup game with Leeds United Ladies at Huish Park
Jade Radburn in action during the recent League Cup game with Leeds United Ladies at Huish Park.
Photo/Video ©2013 Len Copland/Western Gazette

Lawler added that she expected the decision on who gets into the expanded league to be very close. She added "We expect the FA will get over 30 bids and there are probably only likely to be 18 to 20 licences awarded. If bids between clubs are close to being identical, it could well be the level of sponsorship that ends up making the difference. If we did get into the FAWSL it would be fantastic news not just for us, but also for Yeovil Town FC and the local area in general."

Fans knowing of any organisation who may wish to back the Glovers Super League push should email their leads to ytlfc-enquiries@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

All clubs applying to join the FAWSL must submit their bids by no later than 4th March and the successful teams will be announced in June. Many clubs have chosen not to publicly announce whether they will be applying to join the FAWSL, but amongst the teams to have already said they will be making a bid are Portsmouth and QPR.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 February 2013 : Preston Win Matches Club Record
Yeovil Town equalled their own Football League club record last night, as they recorded their seventh win in a row. The 3-1 win over Preston North End kept up their 100 percent record in League One for 2013, but also ensured that they matched a statistic dating back to the 2004-05 season.

The current run is already the best the club have achieved at League One level, but they need one more win to beat the winning run they secured during their League Two title winning season. Across the months of December 2004 and January 2005 they won seven Football League matches in a row, with a victory over Kidderminster Harriers on December 7th 2004 being followed by wins against Grimsby Town, Leyton Orient, Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Swansea City and Shrewsbury Town.

The Glovers even won their next match after that, as they knocked Championship side Rotherham United out of the Third Round of the FA Cup, having immediately preceded the seven match League winning run with another FA Cup victory against non-league Histon, giving nine wins in a row in all competitions.

The Football League run was finally ended with a 2-1 away defeat against Oxford United United. But during that time had netted 22 times in seven matches, with the likes of Bartosz Tarachulski, Andrejs Stolcers and Phil Jevons providing the fire power that was to eventually help them on to the League Two title.

Link: 2004-05 Season : Yeovil Town Playing Record.


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12 February 2013 : Yeovil 3 Preston 1 : Late Comeback Puts Glovers In Seventh Heaven
Yeovil Town grabbed their seventh consecutive League One win tonight as they came from behind to get all three points against Preston North End. Trailing from a 30th minute Chris Beardsley goal, the Glovers looked in danger of surrendering their winning run, as their opponents frustrated them with timewasting tactics from the moment they took the lead. But that was to backfire on them from the moment that James Hayter levelled proceedings with 17 minutes left. Yeovil then took full control of the game, as substitute Nathan Ralph scored his first ever goal for the club, with the game being polished off by Paddy Madden's 17th goal of the 2012-13 season.

The Glovers went into the match unchanged from their Saturday win against Coventry City, as Marek Stech once again managed to get between the sticks, with his partner still not having given birth. On six wins in a row, the idea of changing the starting line-up for any other reason was unthinkable, and so it proved - same starting line-up, same bench, same tactics. In the opposition line-up, Paul Huntington returned to Preston's starting line-up as he replaced the suspended Bailey Wright.

First chance of the game fell to James Hayter as he ran through on goal, but his attempt on goal was well blocked by Preston centre-back Chris Robertson, and out for a corner which came to nothing. Kevin Dawson then fired over the bar, with the Irishman seeing plenty of the play in the first half as his team-mates ran the ball through him with a clear tactic to get at Preston's left-side during the eary stages. Chances fell to Ed Upson and Sam Foley but both were blocked by defenders as Preston defended in numbers.

By the time the half hour mark was reached, Yeovil should have been a goal or two up. Instead they found themselves a goal down. Jeffrey Monakana, who had been the scourge of the Glovers in last November's FA Cup match, fed striker Chris Beardsley, and he managed to give himself room to turn Dan Burn and fire the ball past Marek Stech. Preston's first shot of the game of any description, yet the opening goal.

That temporarily silenced the Huish Park crowd, but they soon began to brighten up, after Ed Upson's long range shot whistled just over the bar, clipping the back of the goal frame, with Preston keeper Declan Rudd well beaten. Then Paddy Madden had the ball in the back of the net, as he converted a Dan Burn flick-on from a Jamie McAllister free kick, but an offside flag went up. The half closed with Preston trying every possible delaying tactic in the book on all free kicks and throw-ins, making it pretty clear that they weren't interested in adding to their slender lead - only in stopping Yeovil from being able to play - a familiar but ominous Graham Westley tactic, designed to frustrate the opposition.

The second half opened up with more of the same - Preston even delayed the start of the second half, as if referee Roger East was somehow going to start his watch before they labouriously made their way to the centre circle for kick-off. The opening period was a bit of a non-event, and in fact Chris Beardsley could have doubled Preston's lead when his low header to the corner of the goal threatened to creep into the net, only for Marek Stech to get down and push the ball away.

Manager Gary Johnson decided he'd seen enough, and introduced Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young as flying wingers to replace Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson. The speed of the substitutes appeared to immediately upset the Preston back line - Young's first contribution of the game was to get Ben Davies booked as the Preston left-back failed to adjust to the Glovers right-winger's pace. But again, Preston's slowing down of the match was acute - referee Roger East seemed to lose patience with Joe Garner on one occasion as he refused the striker treatment for an apparent injury - the only surprise was that yellow cards weren't being dished out for what was blatant gamesmanship.

The pattern of the game though changed with 17 minutes remaining, as Paddy Madden turned goal provider instead of goal scorer. His run down the right side of the penalty box saw him square the ball back across goal with a low cross, and with Ed Upson also in close attendance, James Hayter got the final touch to finish from close range for the equaliser.

Seven minutes later Ed Upson's free kick into the box, after a foul by Paul Connolly punished Preston, as they failed to clear their lines. Dan Burn and James Hayter both had attempts to seize on the loose ball, before substitute Nathan Ralph picked the ball up and slamed it home from close range and into the roof of the net. 2-1 up and suddenly the game was back in Yeovil's control - and Preston had to rethink their strategy, dropping their timewasting for a far higher tempo game.

Four minutes into six added on for the large number of second half delays, Yeovil drove home their third and final goal of the night, as Ed Upson and Kwesi Appiah combined, setting up Paddy Madden to run clean through on goal. League One's leading goalscorer had actually missed one or two opportunities earlier in the game, but he made no mistake this time round, firing past Declan Rudd to seal the match, ensuring that the Glovers winning streak now extends to seven games. The only down side to the evening was that wins for Brentford and Sheffield United still kept Gary Johnson's side out of the play-off spots, but if they keep doing what they're doing, a top six position is going to become more and more likely as the season goes on.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Preston North End 1.

Scorers: Chris Beardsley (0-1, 30 mins), James Hayter (1-1, 73 mins), Nathan Ralph (2-1, 80 mins), Paddy Madden (3-1, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah (81 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young (61 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (61 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Preston North End:
23. Declan Rudd
15. Paul Connolly 4. Paul Huntington 5. Chris Robertson 28. Ben Davies
17. Jeffrey Monakana 18. Andrew Procter 19. John Welsh 11. Lee Holmes
14. Joe Garner 20. Chris Beardsley

Substitutes:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 2. Keith Keane (83 mins for Andrew Proctor) 8. Nicky Wroe 9. Graham Cummins (83 mins for Chris Beardsley) 16. David Buchanan (69 mins for Ben Davies) 24. Will Hayhurst 27. Luke Foster

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 57 mins).

Preston Bookings: Chris Beardsley (dissent, 38 mins), Ben Davies (foul, 63 mins), Paul Connolly (foul, 79 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: Attendance today: 3,661 (including 136 Preston fans).


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12 February 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
If you watched this evening's 3-1 win against Preston North End at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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12 February 2013 : Yeovil 3 Preston 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town grabbed their seventh consecutive League One win tonight as they came from behind to get all three points against Preston North End. Trailing from a 30th minute Chris Beardsley goal, the Glovers looked in danger of surrendering their winning run, as their opponents frustrated them with timewasting tactics from the moment they took the lead. But that was to backfire on them from the moment that James Hayter levelled proceedings with 17 minutes left. Yeovil then took full control of the game, as substitute Nathan Ralph scored his first ever goal for the club, with the game being polished off by Paddy Madden's 17th goal of the 2012-13 season.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Preston North End 1.

Scorers: Chris Beardsley (0-1, 30 mins), James Hayter (1-1, 73 mins), Nathan Ralph (2-1, 80 mins), Paddy Madden (3-1, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah (81 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young (61 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (61 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Preston North End:
23. Declan Rudd
15. Paul Connolly 4. Paul Huntington 5. Chris Robertson 28. Ben Davies
17. Jeffrey Monakana 18. Andrew Procter 19. John Welsh 11. Lee Holmes
14. Joe Garner 20. Chris Beardsley

Substitutes:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 2. Keith Keane (83 mins for Andrew Proctor) 8. Nicky Wroe 9. Graham Cummins (83 mins for Chris Beardsley) 16. David Buchanan (69 mins for Ben Davies) 24. Will Hayhurst 27. Luke Foster

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 57 mins).

Preston Bookings: Chris Beardsley (dissent, 38 mins), Ben Davies (foul, 63 mins), Paul Connolly (foul, 79 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: Attendance today: 3,661 (including 136 Preston fans).


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12 February 2013 : Edwards Happy To Be Mr Versatile
Yeovil Town's Joe Edwards has said that he has no problem in filling out in different positions, as continues his role in centre-midfield tonight. The 22 year old is covering for the loss of Matthew Dolan who picked up an ankle injury, and so partners Ed Upson in the centre, despite his more natural role being that of a right-back.

Having turned out for the Glovers at right-back, right-wing, as a holding midfielder and a left-back in addition to his current central midfield role, Edwards is certainly getting the 'Mr Versatile' tag in the side. He has told BBC Somerset he is happy to take that on, and referenced a recent interview with manager Gary Johnson that he didn't have a problem with being moved around the pitch:

"I've always said that as long as I'm on the pitch playing, then I'm happy to play anywhere. I read an interview recently where Gary Johnson was asked what's my best position, and he said 'It's the position that we need him in!' - that's almost true, where I don't mind filling in, if I feel that I can do a job and help the team. I wouldn't play in a position where I thought I wouldn't help the team. But I enjoy playing my football, so as long as I'm on the pitch and I'm playing then I don't mind where it is."


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12 February 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this evening's visit of Preston North End to Huish Park. Goalkeeper Marek Stech was once again the major doubt, with his partner still not having given birth to their first child, despite being ten days beyond the original due date. No doubt here, that no news is good news!

The team will line up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Preston North End:
23. Declan Rudd
15. Paul Connolly 4. Paul Huntington 5. Chris Robertson 28. Ben Davies
17. Jeffrey Monakana 18. Andrew Procter 19. John Welsh 11. Lee Holmes
14. Joe Garner 20. Chris Beardsley

Substitutes:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 2. Keith Keane 8. Nicky Wroe 9. Graham Cummins 16. David Buchanan 24. Will Hayhurst 27. Luke Foster

Speaking to BBC Somerset in the build-up to the match, manager Gary Johnson has said that it's important that the club take advantage of Preston's current run of form, and not look too hard at their historic reputation as a club that has seen the likes of Sir Tom Finney and Bill Shankly grace their turf:

"They've just found themselves in poor times at the moment. We've got to take advantage of that. We mustn't worry about that ourselves. Little old Yeovil has got to take on the mighty club of Preston, but often the players are as big names as the club itself. We're not playing the Preston of the 1950s when they had their best times. We're playing the current Preston that are struggling a little bit, and we've got to try to make sure that we take advantage of that."


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12 February 2013 : Burn Lands Another Football League Nomination
Yeovil Town centre-back Dan Burn has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week for the weekend just gone. This is the Fulham loanee's second week in a row that he has been given that honour, and following his performance in the away match at Coventry City that saw the Glovers keep their second consecutive clean sheet.

Dan's nomination comes in a team that includes former Glovers loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, who is currently having a similar spell at Colchester United. The team reads as follows:

Sam Walker (Colchester United)
Simon Francis (AFC Bournemouth) Josh Thompson (Colchester United) Dan Burn (Yeovil Town) Matt Ritchie (AFC Bournemouth)
Tom Soares (Bury) Martin Rowlands (Leyton Orient) Simon Ferry (Swindon Town) Marc Pugh (AFC Bournemouth)
John Cofie (Notts County) Febian Brandy (Walsall)

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

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
18) 09/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Coventry Away W1-0)


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12 February 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Preston North End : Opposition Form Guide
Tonight's opponents Preston North End arrive at Huish Park on a woeful run of form that has seen them slide dangerously close to the wrong end of the table. Currently in 17th place in the League One table, they are just five points off the bottom four, and having won just once since November 10th - and even that was a single goal victory over basement side Hartlepool United on New Year's Day.

Their problems lie largely in their failure to score goals. Whilst early on in the season, the Lilywhites were a fairly prolific side, they have netted just seven times in the last twelve matches, and have succeeded on scoring more than one goal in a game on only one occasion in the past three months. Their second top scorer - former Weymouth forward Stuart Beavon is rated as doubtful for tonight's match having missed their defeat at Colchester United on the weekend, whilst Akpo Sodje left the club at the turn of the year to sign for Scunthorpe United, having rejected an extension on his short term contract.

Preston's form on the road is a little better than their home form, but that wouldn't be too hard! They haven't won a League One game at Deepdale since September 29th 2012, when they gained a 3-2 win over Yeovil Town, and so will doubtless hope that counts for something going into tonight's fixture, particularly given they also knocked the Glovers out of the FA Cup in November.

The previous meeting at Huish Park between the two sides saw Yeovil Town triumph by a 2-1 scoreline, as a brace from Andy Williams won the match - a late Clarke Carlisle header saw the game take a late twist, particularly as then Glovers player Paul Huntington got sent off late on. But that merely balanced the sides up at 10 vs 10, with the Lilywhites having played 87 minutes with a man down, after Craig Morgan was sent off three minutes in for a professional foul.

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Preston North End

22/07/2003HomeFrndD4-42185Gall 5, 43, 44, Edwards 84
09/09/2011AwayNPL1L3-411474Edgar 31, MacLean 64, 81
28/01/2012HomeNPL1W2-14245A Williams 30, 62
29/09/2012AwayNPL1L2-38520G Williams 6, Burn 87
03/11/2012AwayFAC1L0-34757


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Preston North End

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
110650035101131115



RECENT RESULTS

05/01/2013MillwallAwayFAC3L0-15364
10/01/2013Coventry CityAwayJPTSFL2-312655Foster 67, Beavon 80
13/01/2013WalsallHomeNPL1L1-39823Wright 90
26/01/2013Coventry CityHomeNPL1D2-28474Cummins 30, Wroe 60
02/02/2013Shrewsbury TownHomeNPL1L1-28831Beavon 43
09/02/2013Colchester UnitedAwayNPL1L0-13215

CLUB GOALSCORERS

Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Nicky Wroe600309
Stuart Beavon510208
Akpo Sodje400307
Jack King300306
Scott Laird400004
Jeffrey Monakana210104
Paul Huntington300104
Graham Cummins200103
Joel Byrom210003
Chris Beardsley100102
Bailey Wright100001
John Welsh100001
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff100001
David Amoo010001
Chris Robertson010001
Andrew Proctor000101
Lee Holmes100001
John Mousinho100001
Luke Foster000101
Own Goals100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 12014, vs Bury, 26/12/2012
Lowest League Attendance: 8013, vs Notts County, 20/11/2012
Average League Attendance: 9385

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 4 Games Without A Home Win: 11
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 2 Games Without A Score Draw: 2
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 6 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: LDLLDL
Away Results Sequence: WLDDWL Overall Results Sequence: LWLDLL


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12 February 2013 : Stech Waiting Game Goes On
Yeovil Town supporters will have to play the waiting game for possibly one last time tonight, as they wait to see if goalkeeper Marek Stech will keep up his run of playing in every competitive match this season. The Czech Republic keeper has not missed a minute of the 2012-13 season, but that statistic has been threatened over the last three fixtures due to the imminent birth of his partner Louise's baby which has left his team selection in the balance.

Standing by is Goalkeeping Coach and Reserve Goalkeeper Gareth Stewart who would step in if Stech ends up getting diverted to hospital. Speaking to BBC Somerset, manager Gary Johnson says he wouldn't have any qualms about sticking him in goal, but is hopeful this may be the last time they need to go through this:

"I've got every faith in Gareth anyway, to be honest with you. But I'd like to keep the same team as it goes. With a bit of luck the little 'un will hang on a little while longer. I think she's (Stech's partner Louise) has got a date on Wednesday, in that if it's not there yet, then they'll bring it along. Hopefully by that time, she can look at the paper and see us with three more points."

The Glovers go into tonight's League One game at Huish Park against Preston North End on the back of six straight wins at League One level. Having endured a frustratingly inconsistent first half to the 2012-13 season, Johnson feels the secret of their success is that of persistence and giving the players the information they need to succeed:

"It's always down to hard work. It's down to doing the right things. It's passing on information and people taking on information, and it's getting a group of lads that are up for it. They're showing that desire and our supporters are showing that desire. Everyone is showing that belief as well as if to say 'hold on a minute we're quite close to where we want to be'. It gets a bit exciting from this point onwards."


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11 February 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Coventry Away Interview
Just before Saturday's away match against Coventry City kicked off at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's thoughts on the game, the pitch, and goalkeeper Marek Stech can be read via the link below.

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


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11 February 2013 : Huntington Eyes Opportunity On Huish Park Return
A suspension for one of Preston North End's central defenders, gives former Yeovil Town central defender Paul Huntington a big chance to impress on his return to Huish Park. The 25 year old will be travelling down to South Somerset for the first time since packing his bags and heading up to the North-West after two years on the Glovers books.

Huntington has made 28 appearances for the Lilywhites over the 2012-13 season, but has made only one start in the league for them since December 8th, with just 43 minutes of League One football in the past two months. He has largely had to settle for bench-warming, despite Preston's increasingly poor form.

His route back into Preston's starting line-up though has been boosted by misfortune - Preston had Australian centre-back Bailey Wright red carded during their 1-0 defeat against Colchester United, after he picked up two quick bookings, and Huntington was brought on as his positional replacement to restore their back line at the Community Stadium. His boss Graham Westley has told his club's website that he will be Wright's replacement tomorrow:

"It is a bonus that Hunty (Paul Huntington) is available there to go in. He’s going back to his old club and I am sure he will have the motivation to go back there and put on a decent show. It is one of those fortunate things that we have lost a centre half and we have gained a particularly motivated one for this occasion."

Huntington has given his own pre-match views on the game to their website, explaining that he is aware of the form that his old club has been on. He also says that he will be aware of his old surroundings and what sort of a pitch he is likely be be playing on:

"They will have confidence from the run they’ve been on, but at the same time we are looking forward to the game and we are going there to win the game. The pitch will be very boggy, it cuts up quite a lot, especially in winter and they’ve had one or two games called off, but I know the surroundings well and I know that with the run they’ve had they’ll be looking to start well, but so will we. We need to get back to winning ways and putting in a dogged, hard-working performance from each and every one of us is more important from the game than for me personally."


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11 February 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Preston
Officials for the League One home match between Yeovil Town and Preston North End have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th February 2013, at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game 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 eight 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?

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.

He looked after two Glovers games during the 2011-12 season. In the 2-0 defeat against Exeter City in the Carling Cup he chalked off another Glovers goal - 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.

Then we had the March 2012 game against Brentford, where he had a bit more of a messy game, where we weren't happy about the free kick that led to the Bees opening goal. He later denied both sides a penalty shout, although we'd need to have seen the video replay for both incidents to see the merits of his decision-making there. Most recently he took charge of the 2012-13 season home match against Sheffield United. We lost the game 1-0, but can't find any references to his performance - just one yellow card raised in a relatively low key game.

Whatever our own opinions on him as a referee, clearly the relevant referees assessors like what he is doing, as during the 2012-13 season, he's been given four Premier League matches. He took charge of his first game at that level in September 2012, taking charge of Swansea City vs Sunderland and has followed that up with three more top flight fixtures, whilst still being selected for Football League appointments during that time.

Mr East will be assisted by Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

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.

Link: March 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 1.

Link: September 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.


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11 February 2013 : Interview With Marek Stech
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden after his side beat 1-0 on Saturday 9th February 2013.

Link: Marek Stech Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Coventry.


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10 February 2013 : Madden Labelled 'Best Buy' In Transfer Window Review
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been highlighted by Sky Sports as one of the 'Best Buys' of the January transfer window. With all trading having closed off ten days ago, they have picked out what they see as being some of the most influential signings of the month from all divisions, and the 22 year old, who has netted 15 times in 19 matches, including eight in his last five games, has been singled out.

In an article written before yesterday's match against Coventry City, they say of Madden's career at Yeovil Town:

"It's fair to say Madden is finding life much more to his liking at Yeovil than he ever did at Carlisle. The Irishman managed just a couple of goals during his couple of seasons at Brunton Park but his loan spell in Somerset reinvigorated him and now a permanent deal should ensure the good times continue. The striker has been bang in form recently, seven goals in his last four games more than proves that, and he's spoken recently of the Glovers' bid to finish in the play-offs. That is still possible and so is the 22-year-old's bid to finish the campaign as League One's top goalscorer."

The Football League have yet to announce their January 2013 nominations for Player of the Month, but it would be a major shock if Madden's six goals in three matches did not get him a League One nomination (along with his gaffer for the Managerial equivalent award!)

The full list of League One 'Best Buys' as featured in the Sky Sports article are as follows:

Matt Ritchie (Swindon to Bournemouth, £500,000)
Paddy Madden (Carlisle to Yeovil, undisclosed)
Nicky Ajose (Peterborough to Bury, loan)
Ben Chorley (Leyton Orient to Stevenage, free)

They also give secondary mentions to Leon Clarke (Charlton to Coventry, free); Jamie Murphy (Motherwell to Sheffield United, free); Chuks Aneke (Arsenal to Crawley, loan).

Link: Madden Reaches Top Of The Table.


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10 February 2013 : Video : Coventry City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
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10 February 2013 : Coventry 0 Yeovil 1 : Six Of The Best For Glovers
Yeovil Town stretched their winning run to six victories in a row yesterday afternoon when they saw off promotion chasing Coventry City by a single goal at the Ricoh Arena. That man in form Paddy Madden notched up his 15th goal for the club since joining from Carlisle United and his 16th for the 2012-13 season to make him League One's leading goalscorer for the campaign, catching the Sky Blues on the break right on the stroke of half time. The home side battled back in the second period and struck the bar through substitute Stephen Elliott, but Yeovil's rearguard action got them the points to firmly cement themselves into a top seven position, and to draw clear of their rivals.

The Glovers went into the match making one enforced change, as Matthew Dolan dropped out of the squad with an ankle injury, with Joe Edwards taking his place in the centre of midfield. That allowed room on the bench for Nathan Ralph to make his comeback from a recent training ground injury and resume his place in the squad. Thankfully Marek Stech still made it into the team, despite his partner still being due to give birth to his first child.

The home side thought they had taken the lead ten minutes into the match when Carl Baker landed the ball in the back of the net. But he was ruled offside, having stood behind the Yeovil back line when Leon Clark's shot was parried by Marek Stech. Baker pounced on the rebound, but did so from an illegal position, and so up went the linesman's flag. Stech then saved from the same player on the edge of the box.

Daniel Burn and Byron Webster were having to deal with a lot of aerial balls pumped in from deep position by their opponents, on a pitch that was badly roughed up in the middle, with the only green areas seen out wide on the touchlines. Coventry seemed to know how to play this a lot better than Yeovil did - keep the ball on the deck via the wingers, but then bomb the ball into the box rather than attempt to pass it in there. A slip by Byron Webster allowed James Bailey to get through midway through the first half, but Marek Stech saved well to keep the scoreline blank. That immediately produced Yeovil's first chance, as Paddy Madden fed Sam Foley at the other end, but Joe Murphy got down well to save Foley's shot, with the attempt a little too square at the keeper. Then James Hayter and Dan Burn put headers wide, as the Glovers began to adjust to the play with the balance of the game evening up as the half drew to a conclusion.

The vital moment of the match came just before the half time whistle, when Coventry City really should have gone in at 1-0 up. Carl Baker put lone striker Leon Clarke through on goal, and he toe-poked it past Marek Stech with the intention of running past to score. Thankfully Byron Webster had recovered his ground well, and intercepted the ball behind Stech, clearing the ball up field. With that, Sam Foley picked up possession and ran with the ball, slipping a pass through to Paddy Madden, who struck low, early and hard on the angle and into the back of the net from the edge of the box. From nearly conceding at the other end, suddenly it was Yeovil with the half time lead and a classic bit of away team counter-attacking.

Coventry came out for the second half making a tactical change, as they switched to an orthodox 4-4-2 and bringing on a second substitution just eight minutes into the half, as a sharp indication of how unsatisfied Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was with some of his side's forward play. One of the two introduced was Stephen Elliott, and he came the closest for Coventry, when his curling attempt from the edge of the box came back off the top right hand corner of the crossbar and out to safety, as Yeovil began to hang onto their single goal, and play a little bit too deep for most of the 727 supporters' liking.

The Glovers back line though gradually began to asset their authority, forming a wall that began to frustrate Coventry and reduce them to long range attempt. When they did get room to shoot, mostly from distance, Marek Stech was once again the difference as he saved further chances from Carl Baker and Stephen Elliott, turning a second Baker chance over his crossbar. As the Sky Blues began to push men up field, Yeovil even threatened to catch them on the break towards the end, as they produced a classic away performance of defending in numbers and then breaking out on the counter-attack.

Coventry eventually ran out of ideas and the Glovers took all three points for the sixth time in succession. This still wasn't good enough to get them into a play-off position, but again keeps them bashing on the door of the top six. More importantly it's given them a four point cushion on Coventry, who stay immediately below them in the table. If the Glovers can continue that form with a win against Preston North End on Tuesday, then they could turn the play-off race into a chase between seven teams for six places as the top places begin to tighten up significantly.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Coventry City 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 45 mins)

Coventry City:
1. Joe Murphy
21. Cyrus Christie 24. Richard Wood 25. William Edjenguele 39. Blair Adams
8. Carl Baker 12. Steve Jennings 38. James Bailey 32. Franck Moussa 11. Gary McSheffrey
15. Leon Clarke

Substitutes:
13. Chris Dunn 2. Jordan Clarke (46 mins for Blair Adams) 4. Conor Thomas 5. Nathan Cameron 10. John Fleck (72 mins for Steve Jennings) 14. Stephen Elliott (53 mins for Gary McSheffrey) 16. Adam Barton

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (72 mins for Sam Foley) 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Coventry Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (28 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (87 mins, foul).

Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 9; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Robert Hodges (Buckinghamshire) and David Plowright (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Attendance: 11,277 (including 727 Yeovil Town supporters).


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9 February 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Coventry Away Game
Following this afternoon's 1-0 win over Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, you can read Gary's post-match views via the link below.

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


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9 February 2013 : Madden Reaches Top Of The Table
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden hit the top of his own league table this afternoon, after he netted the winning goal in the 1-0 win over Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. Madden's 45th minute strike was his 16th of the 2012-13 season, with 15 of those coming since he signed for the Glovers, initially on loan from Carlisle United.

Madden's tally puts himself level top in League One's leading goalscorer after today's games. However, given that his main rival currently is David McGoldrick who had a loan spell with today's opponents Coventry City, but has since moved on to a similar spell with Championship side Ipswich Town, he will not be adding to his tally in the immediate future at this level.

That means that Madden's nearest rivals for the division's 'golden boot' currently come from two sources. Leon Clarke joined Coventry City permanently in January, having had a three month loan spell with Scunthorpe United earlier this season where he netted 11 times - he has scored four times already for the Sky Blues. Clarke is joined by Clayton Donaldon, who has scored 19 on all competitions this season for Brentford, with four of those coming in the FA Cup. Both are tied on 15 goals - one less than Madden. AFC Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban is another to look out for on 13 goals.

The current list of leading goalscorers in League One this season is shown below. Note that the statistics do not include cup competitions, or any goals scored outside League One.

1 Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) 16
1 David McGoldrick (Coventry City) 16 (now on loan at Ipswich Town)
3 Leon Clarke (Coventry City) 15 (11 scored for Scunthorpe United)
3 Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 15
5 Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 13
6 Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) 11 (now a Reading player)
6 Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) 11
6 James Collins (Swindon Town) 11
9 David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) 10
9 Izale McLeod (Milton Keynes Dons) 10 (all goals scored for Portsmouth)
9 Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) 10


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9 February 2013 : Johnson: We Are Dragging Back The Top Teams
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that his side's current run of form is gradually dragging more League One sides above them into contention. Whilst the Glovers remain in 7th place after this afternoon's 1-0 win over Coventry City, the result kept them level with Sheffield United, but also put them onto the same points with Brentford - keeping Yeovil out of the play-off spots purely on goal difference.

Having now gained six wins in a row in the league since December 29th, Johnson's side have turned what was a 13 point gap after Boxing Day's matches between themselves and the top of the table side, into a margin that has been cut down to just five points. Speaking after the game, Gary felt that there would be other opportunities to take advantage of other sides slipping up:

"Their work is dragging back the rest of the field. I did say we had to be ready if there were going to be any blips from the teams that are higher up. If you believe that a couple of the teams that are up there are going to stay there, then I think you are wrong. Hopefully we can hang on enough to get closer to the top two, but we have to get in those play-off places first."

With this afternoon's match at the Ricoh Arena seeing the Glovers having to block out throughout much of the second period, Johnson's back four were continually putting their bodies on the line as they flew into tackles. But Gary explained that level of commitment would be needed if they wanted to continue their current challenge for promotion:

"The work that they are having to put in at the moment is normal. When I say that they look at me as if to say that can't be normal, but it's normal for teams that want to win the league and win promotion. That desire and commitment, they are the two words because we show good skills at times and every now and then you have to throw yourself in front of something and work back. They have really put everything into it."


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9 February 2013 : Man Of The Match Voting For Coventry vs Yeovil Town
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9 February 2013 : Coventry 0 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town stretched their winning run to six victories in a row this afternoon when they saw off promotion chasing Coventry City by a single goal at the Ricoh Arena. That man in form Paddy Madden notched up his 15th goal for the club since joining from Carlisle United and his 16th for the 2012-13 season to make him League One's leading goalscorer for the campaign, catching the Sky Blues on the break right on the stroke of half time. The home side battled back in the second period and struck the bar through substitute Stephen Elliott, but Yeovil's rearguard action got them the points to firmly cement themselves into a top seven position, and to draw clear of their rivals.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Coventry City 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 45 mins)

Coventry City:
1. Joe Murphy
21. Cyrus Christie 24. Richard Wood 25. William Edjenguele 39. Blair Adams
8. Carl Baker 12. Steve Jennings 38. James Bailey 32. Franck Moussa 11. Gary McSheffrey
15. Leon Clarke

Substitutes:
13. Chris Dunn 2. Jordan Clarke (46 mins for Blair Adams) 4. Conor Thomas 5. Nathan Cameron 10. John Fleck (72 mins for Steve Jennings) 14. Stephen Elliott (53 mins for Gary McSheffrey) 16. Adam Barton

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (72 mins for Sam Foley) 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Coventry Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (28 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (87 mins, foul).

Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 9; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Robert Hodges (Buckinghamshire) and David Plowright (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Attendance: 11,277 (including 727 Yeovil Town supporters).


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9 February 2013 : Team News For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to the Ricoh Arena. The match against Coventry City sees Middlesbrough loan midfielder Matthew Dolan drop out of the squad due to his ankle injury, and his place is taken by the ever versatile Joe Edwards.

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

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph


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9 February 2013 : Food Store Application Passes Through Anniversary
Last month saw Yeovil Town's application to build a Food Store on land at Huish Park pass through its one year anniversary. The application was lodged to South Somerset District Council on January 31st 2012 with an initial target for the plans to be assessed at the start of May 2012, but the club have requested a number of delays before SSDC councillors can formally assess the application.

Updates on the project have largely thinned out since that original May 2012 target date, with the last significant movement coming last September when the club's planning representatives MWA wrote to SSDC requesting a second delay in the application process. Objections to the plans have been numerous, but the most obvious and fundamental appeared to be the lack of replacement training pitches and the lack of replacement community facilities, which went against national and local planning policies respectively. Case Officer Andy Cato has noted the lack of progress in resolving this and at the end of last month wrote to MWA saying:

"It's been quite a while since I have heard from you (MWA) and wonder if you have any news on your client's proposals in respect of the open space and replacement pitch provision further to your last email dated 5th September 2012."

Included in the email are more concerns raised by the Somerset County Highway Authority, in a report issued by Carl Brinkman, their Principal Planning Liaison Officer. Mr Brinkman highlights in his report that "there are still a significant number of areas of concern and unless these are addressed satisfactorily I would have no alternative but to recommend refusal of the application."

Mr Brinkman says his department disagree with the methods used by the club's representatives to perform a Transport Assessment, pointing out that Traffic Data used dates from 2007, rather than using the more up to date 2011 data that SCC have made available. They also feel the club has over-estimated the number of parking spaces that would be available for the Food Store, believing that the space available would allow for 325 vehicles, rather than the 450 quoted on the application.

The Highway Authority have also pointed our confusion over the club's wish to place a roundabout at the junction of Western Avenue with Copse Road, pointing out that this does not appear on the submitted plans, although two different proposals are mentioned elsewhere in the application. However, there are concerns even if that is introduced into the plans, with Mr Brinkman pointing out that the current junction is currently accident-free and he'd like to keep it that way:

"The introduction of a roundabout may introduce accidents at this location unless all aspects are carefully considered. There are concerns that the increased volume of traffic turning right into Copse Road may lead to conflict particularly during the weekday PM peak. Currently, there are no accidents at this junction. The introduction of a roundabout may introduce accidents at this location unless all aspects are carefully considered. Non motorised users are particularly vulnerable and provision must be made so that both pedestrians and cyclists can safely negotiate the roundabout without coming in to conflict with motorised vehicles."

In addition to the missing roundabout, the plans had identified additional bus stops and shelters that would be provided on both roads, yet these are not visible on the existing plans. The Highway Authority have also questioned the turning circle that Goods Vehicles will have both on the Food Store site and on the highways to ensure that the larger vehicles can cope with the planned changes.

As far as the SSDC Planning Website is concerned, Mark Wood of MWA has yet to respond to this latest criticism of the application. However, he has told this week's Western Gazette that he plans to set up a meeting to discuss the situation:

"Our transport consultant, Richard Parker, is in contact with Mr Brinkman and we hope a meeting will be held in the near future to discuss the requirement for additional information. We are planning to provide the additional information once we have understood precisely what is required."


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9 February 2013 : Gary Previews The Coventry Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's away trip against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughs on the game ahead can be read via the link below.

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


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8 February 2013 : Robinson Still Crying Foul Over Red Card
Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson has sounded off for a second occasion to the media, concerning last week's dismissal of defender Antony Kay. The central defender was dismissed for violent conduct in Yeovil Town's 2-1 win at Huish Park late last month with referee Mick Russell taking the advice of the Fourth Official after Kay appeared to strike Glovers forward Paddy Madden.

After the game, Robinson's post-match rant accused Madden of cheating during the incident, claiming that Kay had not touched him, adding that "we have fantastic video footage". The FA's Appeals Panel disagreed with that, upholding a four match ban that Kay is already serving.

Robinson has reacted to the Panel's decision to throw out the appeal, telling the MK News website they are 'despicable' and adding that the verdict was 'lies'. However, he has changed his view of that incident by admitting that Kay did push Madden:

"In the referee’s report it said that the Yeovil player was about to get to his feet when Antony Kay struck him in the face. Looking at video footage, the player was on his feet, he walked two yards in Antony Kay’s way, Antony pushed him in the chest as he
literally ran into him. He took three steps back and held his face. You can clearly see in the video he didn’t touch his face. Secondly the fourth official. We’ve zoomed in and he wasn’t even looking at it. It’s lies, and we’ve still been punished
."

Robinson's account of the incident is a bizarre one - the standard camera footage in the Screwfix Stand fails to capture the incident, with play having moved 30-40 yards down field. The Dons did have their own camera footage of the match, but the only possible angle they could have caught both the incident, and the positioning of the Fourth Official would be if that camera was also situated in the same stand, but had purposefully not chosen to follow play.

As part of another interview with BBC Look East, Robinson has also been attempting to defend his side's disciplinary record, after they received their sixth record card of the season, with Ryan Lowe getting sent off for a two-footed tackle against AFC Bournemouth. Last season they picked up eight red cards but Robinson told the BBC that his side didn't have a problem:

"We've not got a discipline problem. We're actually one of the lowest for fouls in the Football League. And yet referees keep sending us off. The (Antony Kay) sending off was an embarrassment to the officials."

Just when you think Robinson's views can't get any more off the wall, he declares his current 11th placed side to be the best side in League One, if only they could keep the same eleven players on the pitch at any given time. He has told the Milton Keynes Citizen that he feels his side's current league position is due to external factors:

"We’re the best team in the league – bar none. I don’t care what anybody says. I know my strongest team, and I back this team to get us out of the league. I saw the league would be a bit easier to an extent, and I expected us to keep our best players fit. Eight teams in this league have spent £1 million plus. But I’m not disheartened. It’s about bouncing back now and giving it a right good go. Our league schedule at the moment is the worst in the country. And our injury list is the worst in the country. We’ve had the most sendings off – it really has been backs against the wall."


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8 February 2013 : Johnson Glad To Put Versatile Edwards In Any Position
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is still unsure as to what position Joe Edwards will take in his side in the long run. The 22 year old was signed permanently from Bristol City in January with a reputation as a right-back by trade, but has probably now played more matches in alternative positions on the park than he has in his primary position, which regular full-back Luke Ayling has persistently held.

Having initially played in a right-wing slot during his first loan spell at the club, Edwards has since played as a holding midfielder, an orthodox central midfielder, as well as a stand-in left-back, along with of course his traditional right-back spot. Having established himself as such a versatile player in Johnson's side, the Yeovil boss said that he was currently choosing him to play wherever there was a clear gap in the side:

"His best position is the position that I need him in the most! We know that he can play right-back, left-back, centre of midfield, he can play wide on either side and I'm sure he could play in goal if you asked him to! But he's going to be playing in the centre of midfield, and that's the position right now that he's got to excel at, because that's the one that we need him in."

With Middlesbrough loan midfielder Matthew Dolan currently sidelined with an ankle injury, the Glovers will need to make one forced change to their starting line-up for tomorrow afternoon's trip to Coventry City. Johnson was happy to openly tell the press that Edwards would take Dolan's place, and joked that his tendency to always pick the Gloucester-born player and their Ashton Gate connection meant that people were starting to accuse Joe of being part of the Johnson family:

"The lads will smile when they hear me say this - I'm pleased that Joe (Edwards) is in our starting eleven. I think they always think that he's the 'son of' - taking the place of Lee (Johnson)! But Joe came on, and he did very well, didn't he? We didn't lose anything through the substitution. Joe is playing well in the centre of midfield. I know I can play him in a few positions and this is his opportunity to get into the centre of midfield and do his bit."


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8 February 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Coventry City
For those making the trip to the Ricoh Arena tomorrow, there is a new Ciderspace guide waiting for you. Giving the usual diet of directions, parking, ticketing, pub guides and other such stuff about Coventry City, you can access it via the link below. Don't leave home without it!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Coventry City.

Link: Officials For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Coventry City.


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8 February 2013 : Officials For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One clash between Coventry City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 9th February 2013 at the Ricoh Arena with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be referee Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

We last had Mr Sutton during the 2009-10 season where he took charge of the away match against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. In a game played on a poor pitch, and in snowy conditions, it wasn't a match for the purist, and was settled by Sam Williams taking advantage of a goalkeeping error. We had no complaints about his performance on the night.

There then followed a very large gap, largely due to Mr Sutton getting taken off the Football League's referees lists for two seasons, meaning that you have to wind back to October 2006 and for the away match against Chesterfield at Saltergate. Marcus Stewart got us a late equaliser late on, and we all went home relatively happy with the point, and it appears the referee didn't do too badly either.

Prior to that, there was the December 2005 trip to Millmoor and a 2-1 win over Rotherham United. Striker Matt Harrold got the winner that day, with the other Glovers goal kindly coming from a Millers defender. Once again, we had nothing bad to say about Mr Sutton's performance on the day.

Mr Sutton will be assisted by Robert Hodges (Buckinghamshire) and David Plowright (Nottinghamshire). The Fourth Official will be Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Link: February 2010 : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2006 : Chesterfield 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2005 : Rotherham United 1 Yeovil Town 2.


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7 February 2013 : Stech Set To Repeat Travel Plans
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech looks set to repeat the routine that he established during midweek, when he travelled to the game on the day of the match. The Czech Republic goalkeeper is set to avoid the team coach and an overnight stop whilst he continues to wait for the birth of his first child, ahead of Saturday's trip to Coventry City.

Whilst Tuesday night's trip to Oldham Athletic ended up turning into a wasted journey due to snow, the match at the Ricoh Arena should avoid the same fate, with slightly milder conditions forecast. But with baby Stech still yet to arrive, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that Marek will repeat the same routine, although he's hoping it doesn't come down to that:

"I'm hoping that the 'stork' only works on Thursdays and Fridays, and that the baby arrives before the weekend. With Marek, we'll leave him at home until the morning of the game, then if he's got a few hours to spare, he'll drive up and play in the game. So we've got it sussed a little bit, in that we know when and how to bring him up and look after him, and get him back quickly as well."

As mentioned earlier today, Johnson also confirmed that Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan would be making his own way to the Ricoh Arena. Currently out with an ankle injury, he will be travelling from the North-East and then linking up with the first team squad at the game:

"He's coming to the game on Saturday with us. He wants to still be very much involved. He'll come back on the bus with us, and we'll start his rehabilitation. His ankle has just started to lose the swelling now. It was quite a hefty injury. He'll have probably a couple of weeks rehabilitation with us before he's available to play again."


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7 February 2013 : League Tell Portsmouth - It's Trust Or Bust!
The Football League have this afternoon issued a strongly worded statement, telling Portsmouth Football Club's administrators to sort out a deal with the Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) to purchase the club by the end of the season, or face expulsion from the League. The Hampshire club have been in administration since February 17th 2012, with numerous supposed 'deadlines' being missed by administrators PKF for when a new buyer for the club needed to be found.

Pompey are due back in the High Court on February 14th, in an attempt to resolve the ownership of their Fratton Park ground. Over the last 24 hours though, the issue had been clouded by a new bidder entering the frame - with former Football League chairman Keith Harris leading a consortium that included investment banker Pascal Najadi and investor Alan Hitchins.

All the signs were that administrators PKF were planning to remove the preferred bidder status that the PST had in place, on the basis that the Harris consortium offer represented a better deal for the club's creditors. However, the Football League have shown increasing signs of frustration at the level of procrastinating going on at Fratton Park, and this afternoon have issued their own statement saying that they would not be prepared to consider the new consortium's offer, given the amount of time that has already passed. Their statement reads:

"At its meeting in London earlier today, the Board of The Football League was appraised of the current situation regarding the administration of Portsmouth Football Club in light of media reports that the Administrator, PKF, is considering a new offer for the Club.

"The League had previously been informed by PKF that its preferred bid for the Club was from the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) and all parties have been focussed on a successful transfer of share to that consortium.

"Given that The Football League's Insolvency Policy prohibits a club from beginning two consecutive seasons in administration, the Board took the view that any change of preferred bidder at such a late stage would only create further uncertainty and was not in the wider interests of The League and its member clubs.

"Therefore, The League has informed the Administrator that it will not currently consider transferring the Club's share in The Football League to a new bidder. This means that in the event that the PST bid does not succeed and Portsmouth do not exit administration before the end of the current playing season, the Club will lose its membership of The Football League
."

The League's statement also removes any ambiguity that had existed since Chairman Greg Clarke's last statement on the subject, which implied that Pompey had until the start of next season to sort things out - something that could have thrown the 2013-14 fixture lists into chaos if taken to its ultimate ends. The statement now makes it clear that Pompey must exit administration by the end of the 2012-13 season, with doubtless the June 2013 Football League AGM representing the day upon which the League would formally move to take away their membership, if PKF haven't pulled their fingers out by then.

At least now, Portsmouth's supporters know exactly what they are working towards. Either Portsmouth Supporters Trust will own their club by the summer, or they will be looking at the end of their club as they know it.


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7 February 2013 : Dolan Returns - Sort Of!
Yeovil Town's players' coach will have one more passenger on it, when it returns from the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan plans to use the club's away match against Coventry City to hitch a ride, and return to South Somerset to continue his time with the Glovers. The player turns 20 years old next Monday and so will celebrate his birthday with his temporary team mates, whilst he attempts to recover from an ankle injury that had seen him return to the Riverside Stadium for treatment.

Manager Gary Johnson had initially stated that Dolan would be spending two or three weeks back in the North-East, but his parent club appear happy for Dolan to continue his treatment at Huish Park, strongly suggesting that the loan deal will be resumed as soon as the midfielder is fit again. Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Johnson said he felt the Hartlepool-born player was just starting to find his feet in League One football:

"Matty Dolan is coming to the Coventry game with us and he is coming back with us, as he wants to do his rehabilitation with us so that he is here as soon as he is ready. It's a lot different to youth football when you are playing in the hustle and bustle of the Football League, when there are three points at stake and people's livings at stake. It has been interesting to see him enjoy the transition as some don't, and I know there have been others at Yeovil that haven't made that step and couldn't quite handle the pressure and intensity of it all. Matty Dolan seems to have handled it all and that is why it was so disappointing that he got injured when he did, because I thought the penny had really dropped. We look forward to seeing him when he is recovering in maybe a couple of weeks' time."

Aside from Dolan, Yeovil's only other injury concern this week remains Nathan Ralph, who has played just 12 minutes of competitive football since the start of October. Ralph had recovered from a knee operation, but then suffered an ankle problem in training that put him on the sidelines. The general vibe is that he won't be ready for this weekend's trip to the Ricoh Arena.


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6 February 2013 : Johnson Hopeful Glovers Can Cope With Dizzy Heights
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he feels his squad have got the right mentality to cope with being in the upper part of the League One table. Currently sat in seventh place still, despite three matches being played last night whilst the Glovers were left kicking their heels in the Oldham snow, Johnson's side may have to deal with a new kind of pressure if they keep their position, tucked in amongst the would-be play-off challengers.

Over the past two or three seasons, Yeovil Town have played the role of the underdog, whilst their battles have involved a fight against relegation. Already on 48 points, this year it's all about whether they can break into the top six and hold themselves there. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he feels the team are capable of coping with the usual roles being reversed:

"I think they'll cope. I don't think we get involved in who the favourites are and who the underdogs are. We've just got to show our Yeovil spirit, as at the moment we've got a lot of spirit, and they've got to go and perform. When you're confident you go out there and nothing's a chore and you play with no fear. That's what a manager always wants his team to go out and play like, and to have that feeling of invincibility. After a few wins you get that. Now, there's no way that you will carry on winning right up until the end of the season. But it puts you in a good frame of mind going into every very important game."

Johnson has always tended to adopt a philosophy of measuring his side's achievements across ten game spells, believing that reacting to individual results and performances can often cloud wider trends. Having picked up ten points in their first ten games, the second batch of ten produced a far more impressive 18 point return. The current third batch has already amassed a 20 point tally, making it the best form of the season so far, with Game No.30 still to come. Johnson feels the belief in his squad is spreading throughout the club:

"Everyone is putting in a massive effort. We do all of our things ten games at a time. This is our third group of ten games, and it's been our best points tally, whilst we've still got one game left (which was due to be against Oldham). We've felt that we've been improving all the time and people have started believing in themselves. Once you get that then you get a confidence throughout. I've felt that the confidence in the boardroom, on the terraces and in the changing room has been there in the last few games."

On Tuesday night, the Glovers were due to play managerless Oldham Athletic, with former boss Paul Dickov having fallen on his sword on Sunday. Dickov's departure came on the same day that Notts County fired Keith Curle along with his management team. Johnson said that although he didn't know exactly what was going on at either club, the general vibes coming from both meant that the two departures didn't come as too much of a surprise:

"We don't know the ins and outs or the politics of these clubs. The Chairman wasn't that complimentary about Paul Dickov after the Liverpool win, even though it was such a great win. So it looked like his days were numbered a little bit. But I'm sure he'll find another job. People are having a little bit of a panic right nowadays, especially if they've spent quite a lot of money, as in the case of Notts County where their budget is unbelievable. At that point the manager has got to be up in the play-offs and has got to be in a position to get them promoted."


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6 February 2013 : Pearson Hat-Trick Blows Barnet Out Of Ladies FA Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies arrived to an impressive pitch at Underhill, and continued their recent impressive form with an excellent 3-0 FA Women's Cup victory over National Premier League side Barnet Ladies, booking their place in the next round thanks to a first half hat-trick from Stacey Pearson.

The previous round saw the Glovers beat Colne Valley Ladies who were the underdogs of the draw, just as Yeovil were in this game with Barnet being a National League team, and who had previously won the FA Premier League Cup and were a game away from The FA Cup final last season.

A strong squad was selected by joint manager Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler to give them plenty of options to try and progress in the completion. The management team spoke strongly in the match preparation about the need to really attack Barnet and believe in their footballing ability, and the management's homework paid off by selecting a starting eleven that allowed them to expose Barnet.

Yeovil started brightly with plenty of possession and broke up Barnet’s attack so that they could not settle on the ball, and the first goal came in the 13th minute when Justine Lorton was set a ball from Katie Cook for a wonderful pass to the back post where Stacey Pearson placed the ball into an open net.

Yeovil continued to pressurise and grew in confidence, showing they took in exactly what was asked of them by the management to keep attacking the fullbacks and being positive in front of goal. Barnet were trying to play good football by playing out the back, but their progress was disrupted 16 minutes in by the team’s top goal scorer, Laura Bray, who isolated the left back to steal the ball, playing it wide to Katie 'Cookie' Cook, who played a great pass into her fullback and club stalwart Emma Brazell, who swung in a great cross to the far post where left winger Stacey Pearson was once again on call to hit the ball into the Barnet net.

Lawler and Williams demanded the team kept the focus and concentration as Barnet came back into the game. The home side had a spell of high pressure which led to some great defending from the Glovers back four, with the midfield and wingers also doing their jobs well to deny Barnet space or time to shoot. Barnet had two corners in close succession, but neither led to goals as they were unable to get on the end of the delivery.

At the other end of the pitch there was excellent combination play triggered by Lorton into Kirsty Whitton and Cook which nearly led to another dangerous attack, but Barnet got numbers behind the ball to deflect Lorton's shot.

Centre forward Justine Lorton showed her experience and class when Michelle Keehan played the ball quickly into her where Lorton plucked the ball out of the air to secure possession and rolled it with her second touch into Laura Bray, who then passed to Whitton to coolly deceived the defender with the drop of a shoulder and hit the ball sweetly on towards the target. The GK tipped the ball onto the crossbar, only to have Stacey Pearson right on cue to finish Whitton's business by chesting the ball over the line.

Jade Radburn worked hard along with Rachael Edwards and Rosie Williams to link play from the back, and she put in some assertive tackles to break up the home team’s rhythm. The management were delighted with the first half performance, but knew Barnet would not accept their first half efforts and look to put their mistakes right. The team were asked to secure more possession, move the ball quicker and be confident in themselves in front of goal.

The second half was extremely disciplined and organised by every Yeovil player on the pitch, showing that they could deal with the pressure of the opposition attacks, but also keep the ball well in possession.

Yeovil Town had a couple of half chances after Lorton had two free kicks go wide and Bray also shot wide. Wingers Cook and Pearson continued to cause issues and were swapped around to cause further disruption to the back four. With time ticking by Yeovil freshened things up by replacing Whitton with Charlotte Hannam, who slotted into the back four and pushed Rosie Williams to play alongside Radburn in midfield. The final change was to replace Bray with Jodi Cornwall in the 83rd minute.

The final whistle went and the girls were buzzing after a great performance in the cup to progress into the Fourth Round of the competition, and joint manager Sarah Lawler was delighted with the players.

"We have so much belief in this squad of players," she said. "They have all bought into our philosophy of working hard for each other, playing good football and staying positive by believing in their ability."

"(Joint manager) Nigel (Williams) and I have worked really hard to get a growth mind set from all our players to understand that we can learn something every week that helps us become better and progress at this level, as players and management. Credit to all of the girls, they commit a lot of time and effort to train twice a week and also think about their game preparations over the weekend, which often means they have to sacrifice time with their family, friends and partners so games like today are a success. This shows great dedication by them, and it is really paying off."

Nigel Williams added. "The team played as a unit today. They deserved the win and we look forward to the visit of Portsmouth in the next round of the competition. Our research played a big part in the win today, and it is great when Barnet FC directors talk to you after the game and congratulate you on a great performance well deserved. All credit to Barnet, they came back in the second half, but we showed resilience and controlled the game."

Final Score: Barnet Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.

Goals: Stacey Pearson (0-1, 13 mins), Stacey Pearson (0-2, 16 mins), Stacey Pearson (0-3, 30 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Edwards, Williams, Keehan, Brazell, Radburn, Whitton (Hannam - 75), Pearson, Cook, Bray, Lorton

Substitutes Not Used: Osman, Walker, Grogen

Referee: Stephen Reuter (Enfield)

Next Match: Home to Larkhall Athletic Ladies (To be played at Sherborne Town FC) - (Somerset Women's Senior Cup) 10 February 2013, 1.45p.m. kick off.

[Report by Sarah Lawler - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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5 February 2013 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Match Now Postponed
Two hours after the original pitch inspection at Boundary Park declared the game on, Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Oldham Athletic has now been called off. Further snow on the pitch and the current weather forecast, has resulted in a u-turn by the match officials, and a second pitch inspection has meant that this game will need rearranging.

The Glovers will now need a third attempt to get this match against the Latics arranged, with the original date having fallen due to Oldham's FA Cup commitments. In League One, Sheffield United's home match against Crawley Town has also bitten the dust due to snow at Bramall Lane.


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5 February 2013 : Sky Pick Glovers Duo In Weekly Award
Yeovil Town have had two players named in the Sky Sports Team of the Week for League One. Whilst the Football League opted for midfielder Ed Upson and Fulham loan defender Dan Burn in their Team of the Week, Sky have opted for a slightly different line-up.

Like the Football League, they have included Dan Burn, who scored the third goal of the game, but have opted for goalkeeper Marek Stech in their line-up after the Czech Republic keeper made a number of important first half saves:

"Yeovil's win against in-form Brentford may have seemed comfortable, but the away side could easily have had the lead if it were not for Stech's first-half saves. The former West Ham goalkeeper saved a penalty against the same opponents in August, and his concentration was all the more impressive given that he was waiting news on his partner, who had gone into labour."

Sky aren't quite accurate about that final sentence, given that as of yesterday the Stech family were still waiting for news. However, they have this to say about Dan Burn's contribution to Saturday's win:

"Yeovil looked imperious in defence against Brentford, and defender Burn combined a clean sheet with a well-taken finish, volleying home his side's third and final goal. Burn has now been part of a side that has won five games on the bounce."

The full line-up, as chosen by Sky Sports, reads as follows:

Marek Stech - Yeovil Town
Scott Cuthbert - Leyton Orient
Simon Francis - Bournemouth
Dan Burn - Yeovil Town
Peter Hartley - Hartlepool United
Harry Arter - Bournemouth
Dean Cox - Leyton Orient
Jamie Paterson - Walsall
Rory Loy - Carlisle United
Leon Clarke - Coventry City
Freddie Sears - Colchester United


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5 February 2013 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Pitch Inspection Passed
Yeovil Town's League One clash against Oldham Athletic remains on, despite the wintry conditions in the North-West. Overnight snow on the Boundary Park pitch had given it a 1.5 inch covering, which the Latics groundstaff have been attempting to shift this morning.

The 1.00p.m. pitch inspection has seen the game given the green light for now, although there is further snow/sleet/rain expected between now and kick-off. Hence for now there is a game on at 7.45p.m. at Boundary Park, however keep an eye out for any further news concerning this fixture.


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5 February 2013 : Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tonight's League One match between Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Boundary Park tonight with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Mr Simpson was promoted to the Football League's ranks in the summer of 2012, and as a result we've yet to have him as a man in the middle. The only times we've come into contact with him were a November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town and a September 2010 League One game against Huddersfield Town.

He's done 17 matches since his promotion, which have produced 55 yellow cards and four red cards. One of those came in his last match, as he took charge of the 1-1 draw between AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion, dismissing Zander Diamond for a headbutt in the box. A number of the reds he has issued this season have produced grumbles by the affected managers, largely on the basis that they felt that he was taking a hard line on any indiscipline, rather than directly saying he'd gone the decision wrong.

He did cause significant controversy though last December, when he called off the Notts County vs Leyton Orient match at Meadow Lane with both clubs insistent that the game should have gone ahead. Holding two pitch inspections he eventually decided that the pitch was waterlogged. Magpies Chief Executive Jim Rodwell said immediately after the call-off that he couldn't understand the decision:

"I am astonished at the decision of today's match referee to call the game off. In all my years in football I have never been more surprised at a decision. It quite simply beggars belief that a professional match official could come to this conclusion. Both managers and both sets of players wanted to play the game and were more than happy with the condition of the pitch. It appears that the only person in the stadium who thought that the game was a danger to the players was the referee."

Two days later Rodwell hadn't calmed down and decided he was going to lodge a formal complaint with the Football League, including video footage of the pitch:

"I thought it was a wind-up when I was first told. He (Simpson) said there were pockets of water on the pitch. I might be going crazy, but I couldn't see them. He took the ball out there and did the right things. The ball was rolling and bouncing just fine, but for some reason he felt it was potentially dangerous to the players. I might be up for an FA charge, but I'm only saying what I'm thinking. It was an astonishing and disgusting decision. I have never seen a decision like it in all my time in football."

With snow having fallen overnight in the Oldham area, and more expected later today, fingers crossed that lightning doesn't strike twice!

Mr Simpson will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Paul Cook (East Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Jonathan Hunt (Liverpool).


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4 February 2013 : Stech Plays The Waiting Game For Latics Trip
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech is playing the waiting game tonight, as the Glovers have travelled up to Oldham Athletic for an overnight stop without him. The 23 year old's partner is expecting a child, with the due date last Friday, but as yet all is quiet in the Stech household, as he waits for the big moment to arrive.

Given the distances involved and the overnight stop before Tuesday night's match at Boundary Park, Glovers boss Gary Johnson has made the decision to leave both of his goalkeepers behind in the West Country, and will be awaiting overnight news on the Stech family before finding out if he will have one goalkeeper or two goalkeepers heading up the motorway on Tuesday morning, with Goalkeeping Coach and substitute keeper Gareth Stewart planning to act as Stech's chauffeur. Gary explained the latest to BBC Somerset:

"What we've done with Marek is that we've allowed him to stay back at home, to make sure that it's comfortable for him. Gareth Stewart will bring him up in the morning. She hasn't produced just yet, and there's no real signs just yet, so we're keeping our fingers crossed! If so then all's well and he can make his way up there with Gareth. If things happen overnight then Gareth will drive up and he will be our goalkeeper. But at the moment, we're just planning on Marek being here."

Gary also explained the situation with Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan, who as reported earlier will be missing for tomorrow night's trip, having returned to his parent club for treatment on his left ankle. Gary said that he had been already planning his team selection without the 19 year old in his side:

"Matty Dolan has gone back to Middlesbrough for a couple of weeks, because of an injury that will take him two or three weeks to recover. So he won't be fit. But we know our team and we know our subs and we're looking forward to the game."


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4 February 2013 : Glovers Duo Given Team Of The Week Places
Yeovil Town have had two players named in the Football League's Team Of The Week for the weekend just gone. The two players selected have got their places following Saturday's 3-0 win over Brentford at Huish Park.

Midfielder Ed Upson was making his 100th appearance for the Glovers, and scored a 30 yard spectacular goal to put the Glovers 2-0 up. Then defender Dan Burn wrapped the game up as the Fulham loanee got the third of the game, later taking on the Match Sponsor's Player of the Day.

The team selected includes two other players with Glovers connections. Goalkeeper Jamie Jones is a former trialist at the club, having played for Yeovil Town Reserves. Meanwhile striker Gavin Massey is now on Colchester United's books, and scored a brace for them on the weekend.

The full team is as follows:

Jamie Jones (Leyton Orient)
Carl Regan (Bury) Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient) Dan Burn (Yeovil Town) Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra)
Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) Ed Upson (Yeovil Town) Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth) Jamie Paterson (Walsall)
Gavin Massey (Colchester United) Leon Clarke (Coventry City)

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

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)


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4 February 2013 : Oldham Name Caretaker Manager For Tomorrow Night
Tomorrow evening's League One opponents Oldham Athletic will have their Youth Team Manager in charge for the fixture at Boundary Park. Tony Philliskirk has been named as their Caretaker Manager, following the Sunday departure of manager Paul Dickov after a string of poor results.

Philliskirk has been put in charge largely because Dickov's backroom team had already been shown the door on New Year's Eve. Assistant Manager Gerry Taggart, reserve-team coach Lee Duxbury and sports scientist and fitness coach Paul Butler were all fired in what was intended to turn their results around, leaving just Goalkeeping Coach Paul Gerrard as the only man left within the first team staff.

Now the Latics have given Philliskirk the Caretaker Manager's job just weeks after he'd been asked to look after the Reserve Team following Duxbury's departure. Despite the swift promotion, Chairman Simon Corney has told BBC Radio Manchester this is purely a temporary arrangement.

"Tony does a great job with our academy, we know that, and that's going to take a lot of concentration over the next few years. Tony is going to stay in that department. He will always help out but he won't be applying nor will he be asked to become the permanent manager."

Oldham do not expect to appoint Dickov's successor prior to tomorrow night's match. A large number of names have been linked with the hotseat, with Sky Sports claiming Oldham resident Paul Scholes is favourite for the job, although this appears to be them plugging their own betting company than any apparent inside knowledge. The Manchester Evening News claim that Paul Jewell, Phil Brown and Iain Dowie are the frontrunners.

Meanwhile Notts County, who sacked Keith Curle on the same day, have given Development Squad Manager Chris Kiwomya the Caretaker Manager role for the immediate future as they travel to Stevenage tomorrow night.


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4 February 2013 : Dolan Returns To Parent Club After Injury
Yeovil Town will be without Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan for the immediate future, after he returned to the Riverside Stadium for treatment. The 19 year old had only just agreed to extend his stay at Huish Park for a further month, but in the final match of his first month deal, he picked up an ankle injury that saw him substituted in the first half of the 3-0 win over Brentford on Saturday.

Dolan had his leg strapped into a padded boot on Saturday night after the game. Now BBC Radio Bristol report that he has returned to his parent club "for a couple of weeks" for treatment on the injury, but with the implication that he will return when he is fully fit. He will therefore be unavailable for tomorrow's trip to Oldham Athletic tomorrow night, with Joe Edwards the most obvious player to take his place in the starting line-up.


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4 February 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town embark on the first of two away fixtures this week. Heading up to the North-West for a rearranged League One clash, they take on Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to reflect that, including the usual range of ticketing, travel, pub guides, statistics and other such things. Head via the link below for details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.


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3 February 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Brentford Match Highlights
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3 February 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Brentford Home Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, conducted after the club's 3-0 win over Brentford on Saturday 2nd February 2013.

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


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3 February 2013 : Magpies Fire Management Team
Today is clearly the day to get rid of your League One manager. Hot on the heels of Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov resigning his position at Boundary Park, it's now the turn of Notts County to lose their manager.

The Magpies have announced they have fired manager Keith Curle, plus first team coaches Colin Lee and Colin West, a day after they lost to basement side Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. Chairman Ray Trew blames a number of factors in their demise in a club statement:

"Recent displays have unfortunately not lived up to expectations and our poor disciplinary record this season has only further hampered our progress. Attendances at Meadow Lane have dropped in recent weeks and this has made this as business decision as much as a footballing one."

County currently lie in 10th position in the League One table but on a wobbling run that has seen them win just two matches in their last nine games, with even those wins coming against plummeting Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth sides.

As yet there's been no caretaker manager appointment made. Notts County are next in action on Tuesday night in a trip to Stevenage so will doubtless need to put someone in temporary charge rather soon.


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3 February 2013 : Tuesday Night's Opponents Lose Their Manager
League One side Oldham Athletic have parted company with manager Paul Dickov. The tone of the statement on their club website suggests that he has resigned from his post, saying that he "has decided that for the good of Oldham Athletic Football Club, it is best that he steps aside."

Currently sat in 20th place in the League One table, the Latics are a footballing contradiction. They've not won in nine League One fixtures, and have picked up just one point since December 8th. However, during that time they have dumped Championship side Nottingham Forest and Premier League club Liverpool out of the FA Cup and face a lucrative home Fifth Round tie against Everton at the next stage.

As a result, Yeovil Town will be up against a new management team when they visit Boundary Park on Tuesday night. Oldham have yet to announce who will take over the reins for that game at this stage.


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2 February 2013 : Rosler Frustrated At Failed Chances
Another day, another grumbling League One manager. Thankfully Brentford boss Uwe Rosler is rather more measured in his response than Tuesday night's rant from Karl Robinson, but the German is still not a happy bunny, becoming the latest manager to complain about the Huish Park pitch after a defeat, inferring that the game wouldn't have gone ahead if it had been played at a higher level.

Rosler pointed to his own side's failure to take their chances during the first half, before Paddy Madden's opener set the Glovers on their way. Bees striker Clayton Donaldson had a series of good chances, whilst Tom Adeyemi and Harry Forrester also had good opportunities, but on each occasion they found Glovers keeper Marek Stech in fine form.

The Bees boss felt that was when his side should have taken the game by the scruff on the neck, but admitted that the second goal from Ed Upson killed the game:

"I think we were the far better team in the first 35 minutes, but we made one mistake and they punished us straight away. We had six or seven chances to take the lead. In the last month we have had three or four goals scored against us from shots outside of the box which have gone into the top corner. It's was a great bit of individual skill. The game was lost after the second goal. You have to score in your good periods and we had so many chances in the first half. We had to take at least one of them."

With the game being played on a heavy pitch, that had taken plenty of snow and rain during the month of January, it was no surprise that the surface cut up during today's match. Rosler complained that they found it difficult to play football during the second period, going as far as to suggest that a Premier League referee would not have allowed the match to go ahead:

"They were more clinical than us, and in the second half Yeovil were defensively very solid. We didn't create enough and our set-pieces were not good enough. The longer the game went on the more the pitch cut up and it was difficult to play our game. They beat MK Dons this way and now they've beaten us. If this was a Premier League pitch I don't think the game would have gone ahead."


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2 February 2013 : Johnson: We Are On The Verge Of Something Special
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said today that getting all three points in the 3-0 win over Brentford was an important result in his club's ambitions to reach the League One play-offs. The win, gained through goals from Paddy Madden, Ed Upson and Dan Burn, placed the Glovers just below the top six, with only goal difference separating them from 6th place Sheffield United.

With the Bees having held a five point advantage over Yeovil before the game kicked off, the victory pulled them within strike distance from their West London opponents. Speaking after the game, Johnson felt that it was important for his club to pull such sides so that they were within reach:

"It was a very important win over a very good side. They are above us in the table and we needed to pull them back towards us. It's a great victory and this team seems to be getting better and stronger. The nice thing is that our supporters have now started to believe that we are up there in the mix for the play-offs. Every game we go into, I am confident in this group of lads and know they're going to compete and show the desire needed to be in the mix. I feel we are on the verge of something special. I've been saying it for a while - so I'm either a witch or a good judge."

Now on the back of five consecutive wins, Johnson feels his side's level of confidence is growing, and felt that showed heavily with the game's middle goal - a strike from Ed Upson that was hit from 30 yards out and was good enough for Sky Sports News to give as it's Goal of the Day on its evening round-up. Gary quipped that his player should have needed a golf club to hit it that well on what was a heavy pitch:

The more wins you get on the trot the more confident the lads become in showing no fear, which Ed showed when he struck the ball from 30 yards. To get it out of that surface was unbelievable - you'd think he would have needed a sand wedge (golf club) or something. As soon as he hit it we knew it was on its way."


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2 February 2013 : Yeovil 3 Brentford 0 : Winning Run Puts Play-Off Spots Within Reach
Yeovil Town clocked up their fifth consecutive League One win this afternoon, as they swept aside fellow promotion challengers Brentford at Huish Park. In what was a highly competitive fixture, it was clinical finishing from the Glovers that separated the two sides. Striker Paddy Madden opened the scoring with his 15th goal of the 2012-13 season, whilst that was added to just before the break by a 30 yard Ed Upson strike, with the midfielder celebrating his 100th appearance for the club in style. The game was polished off in the final ten minutes as Dan Burn volleyed home Jamie McAllister's free kick to put his side level with Sheffield United on the final play-off place.

Manager Gary Johnson selected the same starting eleven and the same substitutes bench - a pretty simple decision to make given that his side went into the match sat on a run of four straight League One victories. The visiting line-up featured former loan player Rob Keirnan, who fitted in as a holding midfielder as the Bees selected a 4-1-4-1 formation that allowed them to hit the ball up to big awkward striker Clayton Donaldson.

It was Donaldson who was the early thorn in Yeovil's side - they were the better of the two clubs for the opening half an hour, with the striker getting on the end of three useful chances. His dipping volley caught Marek Stech off his line, but the Czech Republic man managed to recover enough ground to tip the ball out for a corner. When the set piece was put into the box, Dan Burn was on hand to clear the ball off the line. Donaldson later fired wide, before Stech denied him again, clipping a shot wide of the target for another corner as the Bees produced all the early chances.

Yeovil's early attempts to get into the game weren't helped by Matthew Dolan having to come off with an injury to his left ankle, midway through the first half, although Joe Edwards was a more than able replacement. Marek Stech had to save yet again, as Brentford's Tom Adeyemi weaved in and out of a number of green'n'white players, before the keeper got his body in the way and once again a corner was the end result.

Given that Stech had been the busiest man on the pitch, it was a bit of a surprise when the opening goal came down the other end of the park. It had a slight bit of fortune to it, as Brentford defender Tony Craig's clearance struck Kevin Dawson, with the ball falling into the path of his housemate Paddy Madden. The striker wasn't going to turn down a good opportunity, and scored his seventh goal of 2013, as he confidently chipped the ball past keeper Simon Moore for the opener.

Brentford could have immediately equalised as Harry Forrester took advantage of a loose ball following a free kick. However, Marek Stech denied the Bees time and time again earlier in the season at Griffin Park, and he was in that sort of mood this afternoon as he spread himself, ensuring that Forrester's attempt came off his legs and out for a corner.

Having had the lion's share of the chances, Brentford found themselves two goals behind as the game crept towards half time. Midfielder Ed Upson was playing his 100th game for Yeovil Town since signing from Ipswich Town two and a half years ago, and he capped that milestone with a superbly taken goal - a 30 yard strike that flew into the back of the net to stun the Bees and double Yeovil's lead. It could even have been three before the break, if Rob Keirnan hadn't bravely blocked Sam Foley's strike on goal, as Yeovil finally got into their groove, finishing the final five minutes on top of the game, and with the visitors looking a little stunned.

The Glovers new dominance of the game was maintained immediately after the break, as James Hayter and Paddy Madden put chances wide in a much more open second period, with the Bees having made a half time tactical substitution to try to change the match. The Bees were a little lucky to keep former Manchester City defender Shaleum Logan on the field, when he twice committed fouls whilst already on a yellow card - the usually reliable referee James Linington made a number of second half decisions that annoyed the home crowd but thankfully didn't cost too much.

As the half wore on, Brentford gradually pressed the gamble button, introducing attacking midfielder Sam Saunders, followed by striker Paul Hayes, and a spot of nerves crept in with the possibility that if the visitors could get a goal back, then there might be a twist to the match that no-one in the home sections wanted.

Instead, the game went in the other direction. Shaleum Logan committed yet another foul, as he took down Sam Foley, and Jamie McAllister executed the set-piece that allowed Dan Burn the chance for his second Yeovil Town goal, as he volleyed home from inside the box. At 3-0 up with six minutes left, that was the goal that sealed it - and perhaps what nudged the match sponsors to give the Fulham loanee their player of the day award.

Needless to say there was no way back for Brentford at this point, and the game was played out with relative ease, to restore Yeovil's seventh place position in the League One table, and to put them level on points with sixth placed Sheffield United, who lost last night. Having now beaten Sheffield United, Milton Keynes Dons and Brentford in their last three matches, the Glovers have come out as victors in three 'six pointers' in a row - a perfect set of results that has put them back in with a shout for a top six finish. With 17 matches remaining, it's way too early to make any rash predictions, but certainly the opportunity is there for them to take.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (1-0, 34 mins), Ed Upson (2-0, 41 mins), Daniel Burn (3-0, 84 mins).

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

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (82 mins for Ed Upson) 7. Kwesi Appiah (74 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 20. Joe Edwards (24 mins for Matthew Dolan)

Brentford:
21. Simon Moore 14. Shaleum Logan 5. Tony Craig 6. Harlee Dean 24. Jake Bidwell 33. Rob Kiernan 8. Jonathan Douglas 12. Tom Adeyemi 4. Adam Forshaw 9. Clayton Donaldson 19. Harry Forrester

Substitutes:
1. Richard Lee 3. Scott Barron 7. Sam Saunders (60 mins for Rob Keirnan) 11. Marcello Trotta (46 mins for Adam Forshaw) 18. Lee Hodson 20. Toumani Diagouraga 23. Paul Hayes (71 mins for Harry Forrester)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (38 mins, dissent), Jamie McAllister (80 mins, foul)

Brentford Bookings: Shaleum Logan (29 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Brentford Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Tony Peart (North Yorkshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 4,106 (with 643 Brentford supporters).


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2 February 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Brentford
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 win against Brentford 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 Brentford.


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2 February 2013 : Yeovil 3 Brentford 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town clocked up their fifth consecutive League One win this afternoon, as they swept aside fellow promotion challengers Brentford at Huish Park. In what was a highly competitive fixture, it was clinical finishing from the Glovers that separated the two sides. Striker Paddy Madden opened the scoring with his 15th goal of the 2012-13 season, whilst that was added to just before the break by a 30 yard Ed Upson strike, with the midfielder celebrating his 100th appearance for the club in style. The game was polished off in the final ten minutes as Dan Burn volleyed home Jamie McAllister's free kick to put his side level with Sheffield United on the final play-off place.

Full match report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (1-0, 34 mins), Ed Upson (2-0, 41 mins), Daniel Burn (3-0, 84 mins).

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

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (82 mins for Ed Upson) 7. Kwesi Appiah (74 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 20. Joe Edwards (24 mins for Matthew Dolan)

Brentford:
21. Simon Moore 14. Shaleum Logan 5. Tony Craig 6. Harlee Dean 24. Jake Bidwell 33. Rob Kiernan 8. Jonathan Douglas 12. Tom Adeyemi 4. Adam Forshaw 9. Clayton Donaldson 19. Harry Forrester

Substitutes:
1. Richard Lee 3. Scott Barron 7. Sam Saunders (60 mins for Rob Keirnan) 11. Marcello Trotta (46 mins for Adam Forshaw) 18. Lee Hodson 20. Toumani Diagouraga 23. Paul Hayes (71 mins for Harry Forrester)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (32 mins, dissent), Jamie McAllister (80 mins, foul)

Brentford Bookings: Shaleum Logan (29 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Brentford Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Tony Peart (North Yorkshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 4,106 (with 643 Brentford supporters).


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2 February 2013 : Chelsea Release Ex-Glovers Loan Trio
Three former Yeovil Town loan players were made free agents just before the transfer window closed. The West London Premier League side have released a number of fringe players with Conor Clifford, Rohan Ince and Adam Coombes all on that list. Glovers fans will know Coombes as Adam Phillip - he changed his name in July 2012 to take on his mother's maiden name.

Clifford has been linked with a move to Sheffield United and has already turned out for their Reserve Team. James Ashton and Ben Gordon are the other two Chelsea players who have found themselves needing to find a new club.


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2 February 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon's League One home match against Brentford. The game against the fourth placed Londoners sees the same squad retained - not too much of a surprise given that the club are on a run of four straight wins in the league.

Brentford's side includes former Yeovil Town loan defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan.

The full line-up is as follows:

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

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

Brentford:
21. Simon Moore 14. Shaleum Logan 5. Tony Craig 6. Harlee Dean 24. Jake Bidwell 33. Rob Kiernan 8. Jonathan Douglas 12. Tom Adeyemi 4. Adam Forshaw 9. Clayton Donaldson 19. Harry Forrester

Substitutes:
1. Richard Lee 3. Scott Barron 7. Sam Saunders 11. Marcello Trotta 18. Lee Hodson 20. Toumani Diagouraga 23. Paul Hayes


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2 February 2013 : Ton Up For Upson
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has reached a significant milestone today, after being selected in the starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Brentford. The 23 year old former Ipswich Town trainee makes his 100th appearance for the Glovers since signing for the club in the summer of 2010.

Now into his third season at the club, Ed was very much a 'squad' player during his first 12 months at the club, making only 15 league starts in his first season. However, since then he has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for the club, making 45 appearances overall during the last campaign, whilst today is already his 31st appearance of the season.

Ed joins two other Yeovil Town players within the current squad who have broken through the three-figure barrier. Gavin Williams is of course way out in front on 179 appearances, whilst right-back Luke Ayling has turned out 118 times so far.

Congratulations to Ed on an important milestone, and here's to another one hundred appearances for the club!

Link: Ed Upson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 February 2013 : Swindon Manager Blasts Owners As League Block Signings
Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio has launched a stinging attack on his club's new owners, merely a couple of days after they purchased the club. The Wiltshire side have been in the news throughout this season regarding the level of spending at the County Ground, but more recently have been experienced a funding crisis after previous owner Andrew Black decided he was not prepared to put in any further money out of his own pocket, and was looking to sell the club.

On the day before Transfer Deadline Day, the Robins moved under new ownership, with Banbury United owner Jed McCrory being named as the main man behind a consortium that would take over the club, subject to Football Association and Football League approval. On the same day, winger Matt Ritchie moved to promotion rivals AFC Bournemouth for a fee of around £600,000 in a move that appeared to be a condition of McCrory's purchase of the club.

Transfer deadline day saw Swindon make moves for Marlon Pack, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Danny Green with Luke Rooney meant to be moving out to League Two side Cheltenham Town. However, 11.00p.m. came and went without any of the deals going through, eventually leading to Swindon issuing a post-midnight statement admitting that although they'd agreed terms with the players and their opposition clubs that they had been blocked by the Football League from making any new signings until they had received full details of the club's news owners and their funding for the club. In a lengthy statement issued to the Wiltshire local press tonight, Di Canio makes it clear where he lays the blame for this:

"I had managed to secure agreements with Charlton to bring in Danny Green and Bradley Wright-Philips on loan until the end of the season and for a swap deal with Cheltenham for Marlon Pack and Luke Rooney. I kept my promise but the Club did not keep theirs. A statement issued by the Club yesterday stated that they were committed to achieving Championship football next season. I have to question how this can possibly be achieved in the light of the events."

Di Canio has also accused the club's new owners as being in breach of contract for selling Matt Ritchie without his consent, along with a decision to send communications to all professional clubs indicating that the whole first team squad was up for sale:

"Our preparations for the game at Leyton Orient on Tuesday were severely undermined by an administrator for the Club actively offering to sell our entire playing staff without any reference to me and contrary to the terms of my contract. We were (on Thursday) assured that Matt Ritchie was going nowhere and money would be made available for the squad to be strengthened. Within an hour I received a phone call from Matt Ritchie telling me that the club had agreed to sell him and he was in the process of agreeing personal terms. I regard this as a clear breach of my contract with the Club and moreover, a clear attempt to undermine my position notwithstanding the success we have achieved in the last 18 months. Matt Ritchie was sold behind my back."

The Italian finishes off his statement by issuing an open threat to quit the club, suggesting that his position under the new owners is 'untenable' although stops short of saying he will actually quit, suggesting that this is very much a shot across the bows for the new owners to consider:

"With the club selling one of our best players behind my back and continually making promises that are broken, I feel at this moment that my job is not just impossible but is untenable. Of course I shall remain professional and continue to achieve the best I can, but under these circumstances it is not easy. Despite being linked with a number of more high profile managerial jobs, they have never interested me. Now however I am forced to consider my future as I don’t know how I can continue to work in this environment. Too many questions remain unanswered. The future is clouded with uncertainty. At this moment of time my future remains unclear."

Current expectation amongst Swindon fans is that Pack, Green and Wright-Philips will arrive at the County Ground when the Emergency Loan window opens in roughly a week's time. But that will depend upon the Football Association and Football League clearing the new ownership agreement - something that could be complicated by McCrory's current ownership of Banbury - rules relating to dual ownership may require him to sell his shares in the non-league side.

In addition, Swindon's playing budget has been set at a level that assumes the bankrolling of former owner Andrew Black. If McCrory is not prepared to do the same, then the Football League's salary capping rules may be breached - Swindon have already been under a transfer embargo this season, and although that was later lifted, it required Black to deposit funds to allow that to take place.

Swindon currently lie in third place in the League One table. Tomorrow they travel to play Crawley Town, with Sky Sports having chosen a good moment to televise their match which has a 5.20p.m. kick-off. Whether they get to talk to Paolo Di Canio or not as part of the matchday coverage is another matter.


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1 February 2013 : Johnson: Glovers Must Keep Their Eye On The Ball
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wants his side to maintain their focus this weekend, as they take on another one of League One's promotion-chasing sides. Having seen off Milton Keynes Dons during midweek, leap-frogging them in the process, they now take on fourth placed Brentford at Huish Park, hoping to rein in a current five point gap between themselves and the Bees.

Tuesday night opponents made a big issue after the game of incidents that occurred during the match, along with the conditions the game was played in. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he doesn't want his team to get distracted by those sort of side-issues, and that they need to concentrate fully on the game:

"If Milton Keynes took their eye off the ball, then we had to make sure that we were ready to take advantage. We've got to do the same against Brentford. Now we might not take their eye off the ball, Milton Keynes may not have taken their eye off the ball, but I've certainly kept us with our eye on the ball, to make sure that we don't have any negatives - whether it's the weather, the pitch or whatever it is. That can help unbelievably when your mindset is a real positive one."

Johnson believes that he has a group of players now that are starting to understand the culture and mentality of the club, having picked up four straight wins in League One. However, he believes that the club's current status maybe hasn't worked its way through to other clubs in League One - explaining why the likes of Milton Keynes manager Karl Robinson appeared to be particularly frustrated to lose to Yeovil in midweek:

"That's why managers always have a real moan when Yeovil beat them. I think it's more them thinking that it's an unfashionable team. Ourselves here don't see it like that. We're a group of players and management that really represent Yeovil Town. All these lads know of the history. They know what's gone on before - what I've done here, what Terry has done here, what Darren has done here. These players are just getting into that mode now, in that commitment to the cause."

This week has seen Yeovil Town gain an agreement with Middlesbrough for midfielder Matthew Dolan to stay with the club for another month. Gary implies that at this stage it is more of an understanding between all parties for the player to stay in Somerset, than a hard agreement at this stage:

"He can play Saturday anyway, under the old loan. But he's a youth loan, and I've spoken to Middlesbrough and I'm pretty sure they're happy to keep it going. We want to keep it going, because he's only 19 years old and he'll get better and better and he's got some quality. He's a decent player and I do want to keep him and this youth loan means we can keep him for as long as we need him."


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1 February 2013 : Milton Keynes Red Card Appeal Thrown Out By FA
Last Tuesday night's opponents Milton Keynes Dons report that they have failed in an appeal to get their red card for defender Antony Kay overturned. They were reduced to ten men in the 63rd minute, after Kay got involved in an off the ball incident involving Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden, eventually going down to a 2-1 defeat.

Speaking after the match, Milton Keynes manager Karl Robinson accused Madden of cheating to get Kay sent off, and went on to claim that "luckily for us, we have fantastic video footage" suggesting that they had a valid case for the red card to be rescinded.

The video footage provided to Sky Sports did not feature the incident, with play having moved down field, although Robinson's coaching staff apparently had their own video equipment. Despite that, it appears that their footage was not as "fantastic" as Robinson claimed it was - an FA Disciplinary Committee have today thrown out the claim, and have confirmed Kay will now serve a four match ban. A statement on the Milton Keynes Website states:

"Milton Keynes Dons can confirm that defender Antony Kay will serve a four-match suspension after his claim for wrongful dismissal was rejected by the Football Association. The club launched an immediate appeal but, after a meeting of the FA Disciplinary Committee on Friday morning, the red card and consequent suspension was upheld."


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