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31 March 2007 : Shot-Shy Glovers Fail To Cross The Boundary
Yeovil Town fell to a 1-0 defeat at Boundary Park this afternoon as promotion rivals Oldham Athletic saw a single Gary McDonald goal prove enough to divide the sides on a day in which the Glovers never really looked like getting anything out of the match.

The first half saw Yeovil barely threaten the Oldham goal, with the home side well on top. The goal when it came - eight minutes from the half-time break - was a moment of pure simplicity. A strong run by Richie Wellens and some good off the ball movement by Leon Clarke saw the Yeovil defence part like the red sea and that meant that Wellens was able to thread the ball straight down the gaping hole in the middle to Gary McDonald who finished smartly past the advancing Steve Mildenhall.

The second half was a marginal improvement, but probably only in part because Oldham looked content at times to just sit in and block out what was little more than huffing and puffing from the Glovers attacking players, with neither shots on goal or balls into the box really looking like they would trouble the Latics.

Yeovil's best chance came barely a minute after Wayne Gray had been introduced as a second half substitute, along with Ipswich Town loan striker Darryl Knights who was making his debut for the Glovers. Gray got put in behind the Oldham defence and his first time lob over advancing keeper Les Pogliacomi was well timed but inches wide.

The game ended as a bit of a damp squib as Yeovil failed to put Oldham under any great pressure in the closing stages and therefore deservedly came home with nothing.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 0.

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Mercifully Swansea City's 1-0 defeat at Millwall coupled with Tranmere Rovers losing 0-2 at home to Carlisle United means that the gap between Yeovil and the clubs just outside the playoffs remains at six points, even if a win for Blackpool today means that they are now tucked just two points behind Yeovil, who swap places with Oldham. Bristol City and Nottingham Forest shared a 1-1 draw in the match of the day, and Scunthorpe United took full advantage by extending their lead at the top to four points with a 2-0 win over relegation threatened Bradford City.


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31 March 2007 : Youth Team Lose At Swansea
Yeovil Town's Under 18 side suffered their first defeat for five games today when they crashed 2-0 against Swansea City at St Helen's this morning. Full line-up and details will follow in the next few days.


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31 March 2007 : Pressure? What Pressure?
Club captain Terry Skiverton describes the current situation the club find themselves in to be a "good pressure" compared to this time 12 months ago. Last season the Glovers were sliding towards the relegation zone in League One and Skivo has told BBC Somerset Sound that he prefers dealing with the issues that are currently at hand:

"This pressure is nothing compared to the pressure that we faced last year - it's a good pressure. But you still don't want to make mistakes and you still want to go through a game with a clean sheet and put on a good performance for the supporters."

Skivo did admit though that some of the off the field issues concerning low crowds at Huish Park did affect his thinking although he suggested that people should not worry too much about that for the time being:

"Everything gets to you a little bit with people saying why are the crowds down, is it because we're not playing attractive football, is it because of this reason or because of that reason? I know the one thing that will be a dead cert and this is that if we do get in the playoffs, we will have a sell-out here, and that for the away game everyone will go up there as well. So there is a lot to look forward to and let's not get down about it!"

Looking forward to today's game at Oldham Athletic, Skivo is expecting a tight match against the Latics:

"Where we both are in the league it is going to be quite a tense affair. I think they will have quite a big crowd there, so it has got all the makings of a very interesting game. I think we have been more of a force away from home all season than we have been at home so we are going into the game feeling very confident."

The Glovers face a daunting sequence of away games with Scunthorpe United and Bristol City to follow this afternoon's trip to Boundary Park but Skivo believes that it is better to be playing teams near the top at this stage of the season:

"I think we'd rather be playing those teams than teams in the bottom four, because those teams are not going to be looking to come and play good football - they are going to be more concerned with trying to grind out a result. But the teams at the top that we play against like Doncaster and Bristol City play good football and Oldham were on fire earlier in the season. These are all good footballing teams and it is better to pit your wits against a footballing team rather than a team that is just going to try and close you down and harry you and look to feed off your mistakes."


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30 March 2007 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play 5th placed Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park tomorrow in what can only be described at this stage of the season as the cliched six-pointer. The Glovers are three points in front of their opponents and so whilst a win would put them six points clear, a defeat would put the Latics ahead on goal difference.

Oldham have listed five players as being out of contention for tomorrow's match with Simon Charlton (ankle ligaments), Stefan Stam (hamstring), Neil Wood (cruciate) and Chris Hall (broken leg) all injured whilst Matty Wolfenden is deemed to be not match-fit following his recent recovery from injury. That means that manager John Sheridan has named an 18 man squad, which includes striker Chris Porter who will be making his comeback from a knee injury. That is good timing for the Latics given that Leon Clarke who has deputised for him will return to Sheffield Wednesday after Saturday. The squad for the match is:

Les Pogiacomi, Miki Roque, Craig Rocastle, Will Haining, Richie Wellens, Leon Clarke, Luigi Glombard, Paul Edwards, Alan Blayney, Paul Warne, Gary McDonald, Sean Gregan, Chris Taylor, Hasney Aljofree, Chris Porter, Andy Liddell, Neal Eardley, Kelvin Lomax.

Three of those players are in line to make their debuts with Miki Roque, Hasney Aljofree and Cardiff striker Luigi Glombard all new to Boundary Park, giving Sheridan a huge squad of 26 full time pros on his books to see his side through the remaining matches.

The Latics have been stuttering of late and are on a run of just one win in their last eight games - the loss of form having coincided with them briefly hitting the top of the table in mid-January. Recent draws against relegation-threatened Leyton Orient and Brentford have not pleased Sheridan too much and he has told his club's official site that they need to turn that form around:

"I've said before the draws are not good enough at this stage of the season. We should have taken three points from the Orient game after dominating the second half, and our showing against Brentford was disappointing. We're in with a great chance of getting in the play-offs, so now we need to raise our game and treat every match like a cup final. The game against Yeovil on Saturday is massive, and I've told the lads that I will not accept another performance like the one at Brentford. If we can get six points from our next two games, we'll be in a great position as a lot of the top teams still have to play each other. However, we'll be concentrating on what we're doing as opposed to anyone else."

Sheridan does admit though that asking for a win is easier said than done:

"It will certainly be a tough game, as Yeovil are a good side who've proved that by being in and around the top six for much of the year. They like to play a passing game, but I believe we can get three points and it would do us the world of good psychologically to get one over on - and climb above - a team who are also challenging for the play-offs. In fact, I'd rather be playing a top side as we seem to perform better, whereas we haven't been good enough against struggling teams. I certainly won't be accepting another performance like the one we produced last week."

The Glovers have had mixed fortunes during the week regarding team selection. Whilst Andy Lindegaard and Mark Lynch both came through 90 minutes of Reserve Team football in midweek the club state that they have not travelled up to Lancashire. They have also lost the services of loan players Nicky Law and Martin Cranie who have both returned to their parent clubs. Only Paul Terry remains as a long-term injury case. Given that Lindy and Lynch are not on the team bus, it would appear that central defender Scott Guyett is the most likely candidate for a recall, although Matthew Rose could also benefit from Cranie's absence.

Assistant manager Steve Thompson hopes that last week's 1-0 win over Chesterfield has given his side a boost although he acknowledges it wasn't the greatest of performances:

"No-one is going to sit here and pretend that the club have played brilliantly in the last two games. Certainly they were tough games and we didn't create much in either game. But we've come out of those two games with three points out of six, which is not quite what we want but it is better than what it could have been and certainly better than after 85 minutes of Saturday's game. So it was a very important win and you could see that with the reaction from everyone."

The match kicks off at 3.00pm tomorrow at Boundary Park, and tickets are available on the day, subject to a two pound surcharge similar to the pricing structure used at Huish Park.

The Ciderspace guide to Oldham can be read here.


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30 March 2007 : Welsh Loan Deal Hangs In The Balance
Yeovil Town winger Ishmael Welsh plays the last game of his scheduled loan period with non-league minnows Weymouth tomorrow, with a question mark hanging over whether he will be allowed to extend his stay at the Wessex Stadium further. Ishmael has turned out eight times for the Dorset side, but manager Jason Tindall has said that Glovers boss Russell Slade wants him to return after tomorrow's game against Cambridge United, but Tindall told the Dorset Echo that he is still hoping to influence matters:

"Ishmael has been superb for us over the past month and I am hoping to keep him. I have spoken with him and he really wants to stay. I have also spoke to Russell Slade (Yeovil boss) and they would like to have him back as well so they can monitor him in their reserves but hopefully we can come to an agreement. If we can get him until the end of the season, which is what we would like to do, they can still call him back in 24 hours anyway, so hopefully we can find a happy medium."

It is unlikely that Tindall would keep Welsh for the rest of the season as loan spells for wingers Martin Brittain and Peter Sweeney will run out before any playoff matches take place, which when combined with this week's loss of midfielder Nicky Law would push Welsh heavily up the pecking order come the end of the season.


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30 March 2007 : Michael Rose Out For Six Months
Former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose has torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee whilst playing for Stockport County and will be out of action until the latter half of 2007. He suffered the injury playing in last Saturday's match against Rochdale - the same problem that is keeping Glovers midfielder Paul Terry out of action.

The Stockport County official site states that he "is scheduled to meet the club's surgeon, Mr Turner, next Friday for an initial consultation and the operation is expected to be performed just a few days later. Michael will then begin six months or rehabilitation before returning to action in October or November".

Rose was a member of Yeovil Town's League Two title winning squad, but moved on to Stockport last summer after playing second fiddle to current first choice left-back Nathan Jones for the majority of last season.


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30 March 2007 : Youth Team At Swansea
Stuart Housley's Youth Team take on Swansea City's U18s side tomorrow morning with an 11.00am kick-off.

The match is taking place at the St Helen's sporting complex in Swansea, which houses both the Rugby club and Glamorgan Cricket Club. A map showing the rugby club can be seen here and the entrance is on the corner of Mumbles Road and Gorse Lane. Mumbles Road is the A4067 that runs East-West along Swansea's sea-front in an area known locally as Mumbles. Alternatively pick up signs for St Helen's or the rugby or cricket grounds and you should find it.


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30 March 2007 : Cranie Back At Southampton
Southampton have recalled on-loan defender Martin Cranie ahead of the weekend games. Martin was due to return to St Mary's on April 9th after the Easter Monday match against Leyton Orient but has been recalled three games early due to a large injury list the Saints currently have, including full-back Gareth Bale and Captain Claus Lundkevam, who Cranie could be in line to deputise for.

Possibly conveniently for Martin, the Yeovil team coach had already set off for Oldham, allowing them to drop the Southampton defender in Wolverhampton ahead of their game.

The bad news is that loan rules prevent Yeovil bringing back Cranie for a third occasion, meaning that for this season at least, this is the last the Glovers will see of him. His place at right-back is likely to be taken either directly by Andy Lindegaard, or indirectly by Scott Guyett with Terrell Forbes moving to the wide position again.


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30 March 2007 : Football League Confirm Wembley Venue
The Football League have confirmed that this season's divisional playoff matches will be played at the new Wembley Stadium in May. The stadium was awarded a safety certificate earlier this week, thus paving the way for the playoffs to be held in London, as well as the FA Cup Final and FA Trophy and FA Vase finals.

Lord Mawhinney has said of the decision to move the playoff finals back to London:

"This is the news for which supporters of League clubs have been waiting. Knowing that that their club could get to play at the new Wembley is sure to provide an extra edge to what is already shaping up to be a very exciting end of season run-in."

Wembley Stadium, Managing Director, Alex Horne adds:

"We are looking forward to welcoming back the Football League Play-Offs at the end of May. As the final hurdle in the season-long race for promotion these are exciting and critical matches and we are delighted that they will be returning to Wembley this year."

The finals will be held on the weekend of May 26th-28th with the League One final scheduled for Sunday 27th May. The playoff semi-finals will be held between May 9th and May 20th, with precise dates only determined once the quartet of clubs is known and after discussions between the relevant clubs, the Football League, local police and Sky Sports.


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29 March 2007 : Thommo Confirms Dempsey Capture
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has confirmed that Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey will be joining the club from the start of the 2007-08 season.

The Scottish press have been regularly reporting that Dempsey, a former Everton trainee, was in talks with Yeovil Town but there has been little forthcoming from the Glovers regarding the situation until now. Today, however, Thommo has confirmed to BBC Radio Bristol that the pre-contract agreement has now been signed:

"That is what has happened; that has all been agreed and I will look forward to seeing Gary here next season. He came here for two or three days a couple of months ago and created a very good impression both off the pitch and on the pitch. Certainly myself and many others here at the club will be very pleased to see him arrive at the club. He is an intelligent, clever, good passer of the ball and a very good midfield player who has played regularly in the Scottish Premier Division. So I think he will give us quality, experience and a winning mentality."

In other news, the BBC radio sports bulletin has stated that Andy Lindegaard and Mark Lynch are now deemed to be fit enough to travel to Oldham Athletic for Saturday's crunch match at Boundary Park. Both have played in two Reserve Team matches following groin and knee injuries, and neither have reported any ill-effect from the experience, thus boosting manager Russell Slade's options on the right flank significantly for the run-in.


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29 March 2007 : County Cup Semi-Final Prices
Further to our March 21st news item concerning the Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final draw, pricing for this game is now also available.

Admission for the game against Team Bath will be 6 pounds for adults and 2 pounds for concessions (senior citizens, students and children).

The match kicks off at 7.45pm at Twerton Park on April 2nd 2007.


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29 March 2007 : Dempsey Takes Pay Cut
Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey has told the Scottish press that he has taken a pay cut to join Yeovil Town. The Irishman has now been confirmed by assistant manager Steve Thompson as having signed a pre-contract agreement that will make him a Yeovil Town player for the start of the 2007-08 season, but Dempsey has claimed that his motives for moving south hinge on an expectation to be playing more games for the Glovers, and not for the cash on the table:

"Aberdeen offered more money, but it was a footballing decision. I want to play ever week and knew that wouldn't be the case if I stayed at Pittodrie. I'm walking out on something very big at Aberdeen, the chance to play in Europe. But I didn't want to spend most of next season on the bench."


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29 March 2007 : Williams Joins Aberystwyth
Former Yeovil Town Youth Team captain Dale Williams has joined Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town. The left-winger, who made one substitute appearance for the First Team before being released by the club has had a fairly miserable season at Shrewsbury Town who he joined in the summer - finding his season plagued by injury and a long running illness that kept him out of contention for several months.

Dale was released by the Shropshire side last month and his new boss Brian Coyne has said of the capture:

"He was released from Shrewsbury at the same time as Gavin Cadwallader, after struggling to get into the first team. He has represented Wales at Under-19 and Under-21 level, and can play up front, or on the wing. He will be a big bonus, and will give us plenty of options."

Dale's old boss at Shrewsbury, Gary Peters said of the situation:

"Dale Williams played for us in the reserves earlier in the season, when he played upfront, but he’s a left-winger. He’s six foot, quick and has a lovely left foot, but he’s been unlucky with injuries and illness since he got here and that has really restricted his chances here, so I decided it was best for him to move on."

The best of luck to Dale in re-establishing his career after what has been a difficult season.


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28 March 2007 : Calderwood On Dempsey
Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood has been talking to the Scottish press about the loss of Dons midfielder Gary Dempsey and what it will mean to their club. Whilst much is specific to the Dons' current position, it provides a good insight into a player that is expected to join Yeovil Town for the start of the 2007-08 season. Whilst there has yet to be any official confirmation, the local and national media are assuming that Dempsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Glovers.

Calderwood has denied that the lack of a hard contract on the table for Dempsey to sign is a sign of financial issues at Pittodrie and claims that Dempsey's decision to leave is more to do with Calderwood's tendency to pick and choose his midfielders, pointing out that Dempsey is not as pacey as his other rivals for the central midfield slots:

"It is not a financial decision. With Gary it was always going to be about playing games. With Gary and Scott Severin playing together in midfield it can cause problems, not in terms of ability but in terms of pace. Because of that Barry Nicholson and Chris Clark, if they are fit, are likely to get in ahead of Gary. In certain games, when we need a football brain in there, he will play and Gary knows that. We have such a good football relationship and I told him exactly how things stood. I would have hated anything to spoil the relationship he has with Jimmy Nicholl and I."

Calderwood has claimed that Dempsey could have had a contract if he had wanted one, even though the Irishman has been on the record claiming that his future at Aberdeen never went beyond 'talks' rather than firm offers:

"The contract was there for him, but my biggest worry was how it would be for him if he wasn't playing. That was what he had to go away and think about. I told him he couldn't expect to play every week but I did not want him to fear that. He has gone on runs where he has been our best player for four or five weeks in a row and on that form he is difficult to ignore - but ultimately the game is all about pace."

Calderwood has a high opinion of Dempsey, even going as far to say that he considered him Aberdeen's best player against second-placed Rangers - an indication of the standard of player that Yeovil have been bidding for:

"Gary will be a big loss for us because he is a big character around the place. We don't have a similar player on the books waiting to take his place because Gary has such a good football brain and sees things other players don't. He was probably our best player at Ibrox the other weekend. He tried to get the ball down and create things. It is a blow to lose him as a player and as a person. He's always lively around the ground, is never down and a great lad to have in the squad. He's also a great trainer and I genuinely wish him well for the future."

Despite the former Everton trainee having now made it clear that he will depart the Scottish Premier Club at the end of the season, Calderwood has claimed that he will not be sidelining the player, just because he does not have a future at Pittodrie:

"If I need him he will play, but if we reach our goal before the end of the season that could change. Even then, it might be nice to give him a chance to say farewell to the supporters."


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28 March 2007 : Oldham Ticketing Reminder
Further to our news item on March 6th, a reminder that supporters must pre-purchase their tickets for Saturday's away match against Oldham Athletic if they want to avoid the two pound surcharge on matchday tickets at Boundary Park.

Tickets are currently on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office, although we'd advise that you make any purchases tomorrow as often the remainder of the unsold tickets go back on the team coach, which will almost certainly leave on the Friday morning. The match takes place at Boundary Park on Saturday 31st March 2007 with a 3.00pm kickoff.

The pre-match prices are as follows - add two pounds to the prices below if you choose to buy from Boundary Park on the day:

Adults: £18.00, Over 65: £9.00, Under 16s: £9.00, Under 12s: £3.00.

Disabled supporters must telephone 0871-2261690 for arrangements and tickets.


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28 March 2007 : Alcock Joins Tiverton Duo
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has become the third member of the Glovers squad to join Conference South side Tiverton Town on loan.

Craig will be at Ladysmead for a month and joins midfielder Danny Thompson and striker Phil Ormrod at the Devon club as they try to deal with a fixture backlog that has seen them slip dangerously close to the relegation zone, currently kept above water only on goal difference.


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28 March 2007 : Law Revoked
Sheffield United midfielder Nicky Law has had his loan spell with Yeovil Town cut short, and he has returned to Bramhall Lane.

No reason has been specified by the Sheffield United Official Site, but one possible explanation could be that Law did not feature in Saturday's 1-0 win over Chesterfield - somewhat defeating the object of his loan spell with the Glovers to gain match experience.

Manager Russell Slade is currently top-heavy with loan players, with Martin Brittain, Peter Sweeney, Adam Rooney, Darryl Knights and Martin Cranie all on the Glovers books and Football League rules prevent a club from naming more than five players in a first team squad.

Law is expected to now line up in the Sheffield United team for the Reserve League match against Newcastle United at Saltergate this evening.


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28 March 2007 : Slade Happy For Scrappy Wins
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said he will accept scrappy 1-0 wins like Saturday's match against Chesterfield, if that is what it takes to secure a League One playoff slot.

Saturday's match against the Spireites was not exactly top notch entertainment, but Russell has told the Western Daily Press that sometimes that is necessary to grind out the points his side needs to keep a top six slot. He also told the paper that for the second week running the blustery conditions and some rather concerning bobbles on the normally perfect Huish Park pitch did not help his team's attempts to keep the game flowing:

"When balls are going into the box with regularity, we've got to get used to challenging for them and at least winning the second balls. It isn't pretty, but we've got to do that. We all want to score lovely goals in open play and play great football. We scored against Chesterfield from a little knock-down, no football at all really, but that goal was so important. Sometimes you've got to win scrappy games like that and be a bit ugly. Perhaps our players are starting to realise that. The conditions against Chesterfield weren't great, with the strong wind and bobbly pitch, and we had to adapt. We have to get the ball forward quicker and then make sure that things drop for us in the penalty box."


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27 March 2007 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Match Stats
Further to Saturday's news that Yeovil Town's Under 18s had clocked up their 4th consecutive win, full match statistics are now available. The winning goal came from a Lee Bailey header after Yeovil had dominated the second period.

The first 45 minutes saw a slow start from the Glovers and although they had attempts from Lee Bailey, Harry Sherwood and Tom Clarke to speak of, it was Argyle who dominated the half, albeit without troubling Peter Burridge in the Glovers goal too many times.

In the second period, they stepped up a gear and Matt Concliffe struck the crossbar as Stuart Housley's side pressed. However, it was from set pieces that they were at their most dangerous, with Harry Sherwood and Lee Bailey the main worries for the Argyle defence. It was therefore fitting that both players combined for the winning goal. Sherwood's trademark long throw-in landed deep in the box, and Lee Bailey, who had planted two headers from similar moves wide earlier in the half, found it was third time lucky as he powered home to give Yeovil the lead and ultimately all three points.

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Ollie Wake (capt) 3. James Hatcher 4. Tom Parsons 5. Lee Bailey 6. Matt Concliffe 7. Ren Turnock 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Harry herwood 10. Tom Clarke 11. Jamie Morgan.

Subs: 12. Greg Taafe (65 mins for Ren Turnock), GK. John Steele 14. Dan O'Brien (60 mins for Jamie Morgan), 15. Joe Hastie.

Goal: Lee Bailey (1-0, 78 mins).


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27 March 2007 : England Comfortable Winners At Huish Park
The England Under 18 side beat their Holland counterparts 4-1 at Huish Park tonight in front of 8,147 spectators. The first two goals came from Manchester United striker Febian Brandy, plus a 40 yard drive from Chelsea midfielder Lee Sawyer. With the Dutch having grabbed a goal from Nick Kuiper in between, the game wasn't wrapped up until two late goals from Manchester City's Daniel Sturridge sealed the game.

Goals: Febian Brandy (13 mins, 1-0), Nick Kuiper (43 mins, 1-1), Lee Sawyer (64 mins, 2-1), Daniel Sturridge (75 mins, 3-1), Daniel Sturridge (79 mins, 4-1).

England: Simon Eastwood, Jordan Parkes (Ross Wilkinson 63), Joseph Mills (Netan Sansara 84), Josh Wright (Lee Sawyer 46), Sam Hutchinson, Ciaran Clark, James Henry (Marc Albrighton 63), Josh Walker, Daniel Sturridge (Rashid Yussuff 87), Fabien Brandy (Sone Aluko 73), Scott Sinclair.

Sub (not used): Preston Edwards.

Holland: Amezrine, Horsten, Nieveld, Ter Host, Jallo, Kobussen, Van Den Berg, Kuiper, Hagary, Haddad, Sabajo.

Subs (not used): Maguire, Van Dierman, Pot, Olijve, Ebeltjes, Van Der Wal, Watamaleo.

Referee: Steve Tanner
Assistant referees: Ron Ganfield & Paddy Keane
Fourth Official: Dave Phillips.


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27 March 2007 : Reserves Beat Argyle Reserves
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team beat a strong Plymouth Argyle Reserves 3-2 tonight at Tiverton, with goals scored by Crystal Palace trialist Jerahl Hughes, plus Youth Teamers Tom Clarke and Ren Turnock.

In an opening period that was shaded by Argyle without them creating too many clearcut chances, the best of them saw a Akos Buzsaky 25 yarder well saved by Darren Behcet in the Yeovil Town goal.

However, it was at the other end that the deadlock was broken, with a touch of comedy about it. A mix-up between defender Tom King and goalkeeper Josh Clapham saw King head the ball back to his keeper, not realising that Clapham had come off his line to claim the ball. The result was that Jerahl Hughes was able to race in behind the pair and slot the ball into an empty net.

The pace of Darryl Knights created Yeovil's second goal. He sprinted his way down the right flank and just as it looked as though he was going to go all the way on his own, a block tackle from Argyle's Krisztian Timar stopped a shot on goal, but the ball span loose to Tom Clarke and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Three minutes later, Krisztian Timar narrowed the deficit when he flicked a header home from a Akos Buzsaky free kick to make the score 2-1. But Yeovil still could have increased their lead further with another last gasp Timar block tackle denying Knights a goal, whilst Clarke nearly got a second with a header from a right wing cross that flew inches wide.

Two minutes into the second period though, Yeovil did extend their lead, and again it was the pace of Darryl Knights that upset the Argyle back line. He got in behind their back four and chipped in a cross from the byline that was nodded home by midfielder Ren Turnock.

Plymouth hit back well though from being two goals down, and Sheku Kamara - a defender formerly on the books of Watford and Charlton Athletic who was guesting tonight - managed to clear the ball off the line after Buzsaky lobbed Darren Behcet and that was followed up a minute later by Behcet saving from a Buzsaky free kick. The Glovers fielded another new trialist on the night - James Twinem, a Canadian who played in central midfield alongside Crystal Palace midfielder Anthony Straker.

Buzsaky was the main outlet of Argyle's midfield creative play and his pass 19 minutes from time found Ashley Barnes in free space, and he finished confidently to set the game up for an exciting finale at 3-2.

The remainder of the game saw Argyle provide the pressure and the territory, whilst the likes of Darryl Knights provide the pace to force counter-attacks - on one occasion forcing Clapham to turn the ball over his own bar to prevent a breakaway goal. But despite the likes of former Glover Rory Fallon forcing Behcet into several strong saves and Barnes and Buzsaky also proving a late threat, Yeovil held firm and sealed an impressive win.

Goals: Jerahl Hughes (0-1, 25 mins), Tom Clarke (0-2, 34 mins), Krisztian Timar (1-2, 37 mins), Ren Turnock (1-3, 47 mins), Ashley Barnes (2-3, 71 mins).

Argyle Reserves: 1 Josh Clapham; 2 Tom King, 4 Jamie Laird, 5 Krisztian Timar, 3 Peter Halmosi; 7 Cherno Samba, 6 Jake Moult, 8 Akos Buzsaky, 11 Bojan Djordjic; 9 Rory Fallon, 10 Ashley Barnes. Subs: 14 Sam Malsom, 15 Damien McCrory, 16 Ben Joyce

Yeovil Town Reserves: Darren Behcet; Mark Lynch, Craig Alcock, Sheku Kamara, Andy Lindegaard; Ren Turnock (Danny Thompson 77), James Twinem (Tom Parsons 73), Anthony Straker (Jake Smeeton 85), Jerahl Hughes; Tom Clarke, Darryl Knights.


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27 March 2007 : Wembley Gets Safety Certificate
The newly opened Wembley Stadium has had its safety certificate signed by Brent Council, opening the way for this season's FA Cup Final, plus the FA Vase and FA Trophy Finals to be staged at the new stadium. They have been given a licence to hold events of up to 90,000 capacity following two ramp-up events that brought in 34,000 and 56,000 people into the ground.

Brent Council chief executive Gareth Daniel has today confirmed that the local authorities are pleased with the way things have gone:

"We are delighted to be able to hand over this safety certificate, which will allow this 90,000-seat stadium to open, bringing back world-class music and sporting events to Wembley."

The Football Association have now confirmed that all three FA events will be staged at the new stadium, although they state that the first two events will be at an unspecified reduced capacity:

"The FA Trophy and The FA Vase Finals will be held at Wembley Stadium on 12 and 13 May (respectively) at a capped capacity as part of the build up to the official opening on 19 May."

The Football League Playoff Finals will take place on May 26th, May 27th and May 28th, with the League One final set to be played on Sunday 27th May. At present the Football League have not made a decision whether they will be held at Wembley or the originally scheduled Millennium Stadium, although with the Safety Certificate now obtained it would be a major surprise if the League chiefs did not opt for the North-West London venue.


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27 March 2007 : Sparrow Banned For Glovers Clash
Scunthorpe United midfielder Matthew Sparrow has been banned by the FA for three matches following a special disciplinary hearing. The result is that he will miss the Good Friday match against Yeovil Town at Glanford Park.

Sparrow had already been dismissed from the field of play for two yellow cards in the match against Brighton and Hove Albion on March 17th, but on leaving the field he was involved in a secondary skirmish involving Brighton's Adam El-Abd and for this, the FA have effectively given him the equivalent of a second red card and an additional three match ban.

He admitted a charge of violent conduct and will now miss Scunthorpe's games against Bradford, Yeovil and Northampton, having already served the suspension for his two yellow cards on Saturday as part of Scunthorpe's 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient.


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27 March 2007 : Nathan Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones has once again made it into the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One clubs. Nathan capped a great week by scoring the 89th minute winner for the Glovers with a 25 yard right-footed volley to seal the points against Chesterfield. Nathan had earlier signed a two year contract extension and come back from a groin operation inside 2.5 weeks providing him with a week to remember.

The News Of The World put Nathan in their team of the day as well, whilst the Sunday Independent opted for Arron Davies as their star man. The match sponsor's man of the match was Jean-Paul Kalala.

Adriano Basso (Bristol City)
Jamie McCombe (Bristol City), Ian Evatt (Blackpool), Peter Murphy (Carlisle), Nathan Jones (Yeovil Town),
Leon Britton (Swansea), Lewis McGugan (Nottm Forest), Darren Anderton (Bournemouth), Danny Whitaker (Port Vale)
Leon Clarke (Oldham), Danny Graham (Carlisle)

Man of the Match voting on Ciderspace is still ongoing. Use the voting form below if you haven't cast your vote.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting Form: Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield.


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27 March 2007 : Yeovil Name Tonight's Squad
Yeovil Town have named their squad for tonight's match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves that will take place at Ladysmead, Tiverton tonight. The known players are as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves: Darren Behcet, Mark Lynch, Andy Lindegaard, Tom Clarke, Darryl Knights, Craig Alcock, Jake Smeeton, Tom Parsons, Phil Ormrod, Danny Thompson.

The remainder of the squad are expected to be taken up by trialists including a selection from the quartet of players who featured from Crystal Palace last week. The four who played in last week's County Cup match against Weston-super-Mare were striker Tom Lyons, defender Matthew Fish and midfielders Anthony Straker and Jerahl Hughes. The current suggestion is that some, but not all of the the four will be invited back to play tonight.

For directions to Ladysmead and details of the Plymouth line-up, see our earlier news articles from today.


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27 March 2007 : England International Preview Articles
The Football Association website has a number of articles online ahead of tonight's Under 18s international between England and Holland that takes place at 7.45pm tonight. If you are going to the game tonight, you may fancy a bit of light reading before heading out to the match.

We are told that there are in excess of 60 coaches parking up at Huish Park tonight, mainly from local schools, so allow for that and the fact that with a crowd of around 8,500 expected that the area around the ground will be very busy with a lot of people unfamiliar with the layout of the stadium and surroundings. Hence allow a bit of extra time for getting into the ground and getting away afterwards.

Link: TheFA.com : Interview With Scott Sinclair.

Link: TheFA.com : England Under 18s Squad Profiles.

Link: TheFA.com : Huish Park Sells Out Under 18 International Fixture.


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27 March 2007 : Plymouth Name Tonight's Squad
Plymouth Argyle Reserves have named a strong side for tonight's Football Combination match against Yeovil Town Reserves. There are eight first-teamers included in the line-up including former Swindon Town and Swansea City striker Rory Fallon. The squad announced by Plymouth is as follows:

Plymouth Argyle Reserves: 1 Josh Clapham, 2 Tom King, 3 Peter Halmosi, 4 Jamie Laird, 5 Krisztian Timar, 6 Jake Moult, 7 Cherno Samba, 8 Akos Buzsaky, 9 Rory Fallon, 10 Ashley Barnes, 11 Bojan Djordjic. Subs: 14 Sam Malsom, 15 Damien McCrory, 16 Ben Joyce.

The match kicks off at 7.00pm at Tiverton tonight.


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27 March 2007 : Easter Soccer Schools Timetable
The Yeovil Town Community Department are commencing their regular schedule of Soccer Schools for the Easter Holidays next week. They are held at a variety of venues including Yeovil Town Football Club plus locations in Sherborne, Wellington, Port Regis (near Shaftesbury) and Taunton.

The full timetable is as follows:

Mon 02/04/07: Yeovil Town Football Club and Gryphon Leisure Centre, Sherborne
Tue 03/04/07: Yeovil Town Football Club and Bruton United Football Club
Wed 04/04/07: Yeovil Town Football Club and Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Taunton
Thu 05/04/07: Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Taunton

Tue 10/04/07: Yeovil Town Football Club and Port Regis School, Motcombe Park
Wed 11/04/07: Yeovil Town Football Club and Port Regis School, Motcombe Park
Thu 12/04/07: Yeovil Town Football Club and Port Regis School, Motcombe Park
Fri 13/04/07: Port Regis School, Motcombe Park

Contacts for the events depend upon the venue and are as follows:

Yeovil Town Football Club: John Flatters on 07772872938 or Sandra Robinson on 07970219003.
Gryphon Leisure Centre, Sherborne: 01935 814011.
Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Taunton: James Divall on 01823-252389.
Port Regis School: Kate Moores on 01747-856326.

The Yeovil Town Football Club events have been priced at 30 pounds for three days, or 50 pounds for both weeks (six days). For further enquiries contact either the locations above, or for all events John Flatters and Sandra Robinson can provide further information. John can also be reached at the club on 01935-423662, Extension 230.

The usual age range for these schools in the past has been from 6 years old to 15 years old. Contact John Flatters if you are a borderline case. They also have a website at www.footballinthecommunity.net where you may find additional information.


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27 March 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 52 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 52 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 52 : 23rd March 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday E6470 Mrs D Austin The Mint, Frome
Tuesday D6026 Mr Dickenson Balsam Park, Wincanton
Wednesday C1096 Mr James Prankerds Road, Milborne Port
Thursday A8157 Mrs S Myner Highfield Road, Yeovil
Friday B1594 K Margetts Larkhill Road, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A6470 Mrs D Reid, St Michaels Avenue, Yeovil
B6470 Mr D Whitlock, Glenthorne Avenue, Yeovil
C6470 Mrs Hiscock, Henning Way, Milborne Port
D6470 Mrs S Swain, Ashmead, Yeovil
A6026 Mr J Shortland, Allingham Road, Yeovil
B6026 D J Green, St Michaels Road, Yeovil
C6026 Mrs Hoare, Lynfield Road, Frome
E6026 Miss I Melville, The Spinney, Yeovil
B1096 Mr B Holland, Watercombe Lane, Yeovil
D1096 Mrs J Coulson, Delta Close, Frome
E1096 Ms Sum, Summerhouse View, Yeovil
C8157 Mr D M Chant, Terrace View, Sherborne
D8157 Mrs M Lane, Trellech Court, Yeovil
C1594 Mrs C Davis, Bedford Road, Yeovil


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27 March 2007 : Oldham Boss Fumes At Team Display
Oldham Athletic manager John Sheridan has blasted his team's attitude ahead of Saturday's match against Yeovil Town. The Latics will play the Glovers at Boundary Park on the weekend in what is a vital match for both clubs, with Oldham - in 5th - able to overtake Yeovil - in 4th - on goal difference if they get all three points. Yet Sheridan has questioned the fight in his side after they stumbled their way to a 2-2 draw against relegation-threatened Brentford, needing a 96th minute penalty to rescue a point:

"We've got a chance of going to Wembley for a play-off final, so you'd think there would be more fight in the team to make it happen. The sides behind us are getting closer and closer. Draws aren't going to be enough to make sure we finish in the top six. The run we're on isn't play-off form, which is very disappointing after we got ourselves in such a great position in the league a few weeks ago. For some reason we've switched off after going really well, but it's hard to explain because not a lot has changed. If we don't start winning games we're going to find ourselves outside the top six, and that would be a waste of everything we've done already. We need more drive and we need more energy. The players had a couple of days off during the week, so they can't be tired. We should be bang up for it every week, but that isn't happening."

Oldham are currently on their worst run of form of the season with just one win in their last eight matches - a run which strangely began just after they had gone top of the League One table in mid-February. That one win though was a 4-0 thrashing of Doncaster Rovers at Boundary Park, showing that on their day they are capable of turning on the style.


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27 March 2007 : Reserves vs Plymouth Argyle
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Plymouth Argyle Reserves tonight in a match that will be played at Ladysmead, home of Tiverton Town FC, with kick-off at 7.00pm. The timing of the match is a little unfortunate given that there is a sell-out crowd at Huish Park for the England Under 18s international against Holland Under 18s tonight, but for those who want to see a Yeovil side in action tonight, this is how to get to Ladysmead, courtesy of the Tiverton Official Site:

* Get to Junction 27 on the M5
* Head towards Tiverton on the A361 dual carriageway travelling for about seven miles. Ignore the first junction for A396 Tiverton and Bickleigh (Gornhay Cross) and keep going (this is important) a little further until you reach a large roundabout.
* Turn left at the roundabout take first exit (A3126) for the Town Centre and Castle, continue along that road for about 400 yards crossing a new roundabout, passing a college, and our youth sections field on the left and Tiverton Rugby Club on right until you meet a mini roundabout. You will notice the Exe Valley Leisure Centre on your left.
* Go straight across (first exit) the mini roundabout. You will see Ladysmead to your right
* Go along that road for about 200 yds and turn right into Ladysmead.


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27 March 2007 : Glovers Duo Head To Tiverton
Youth team striker Phil Ormrod and reserve teamer Danny Thompson have both arrived at Ladysmead where they will spend some time on loan playing for Tiverton Town.

Both have been described by the Tiverton Official Site as providing back-up for their first team, although in the case of Phil Ormrod, he got an early taste of the action - playing 53 minutes in Tiverton's 1-3 home defeat against promotion-chasing Stamford.

Phil's inclusion in the starting line-up had a touch of the comedy capers about it. With the pair having only arrived at Ladysmead late on the Friday, boss Martyn Rogers had planned to have both watching the game from the stands, but in a match played on Sunday, striker Carl Cliff-Brown forgot to take account of British Summer Time and strolled into the ground 45 minutes late, leaving Rogers not best pleased:

"It is simply not good enough. We are preparing for a huge game and Carl strolls in 45 minutes late. It is amateurish. If I had other options he would not even have been on the bench. I knew he was on the way but that is not the point. How can you prepare for a match if your players are turning up the best part of an hour late?"

Cliff-Brown ultimately did make it onto the pitch - replacing Ormrod early in the second half, by which time Tivvy were already 2-0 down. The Devon side currently lies above the relegation zone merely on goal difference, but have a large number of games in hand, and even after having played both Banbury United and Stamford over the weekend still have 12 games left in the season which should give Ormrod and Thompson a chance of a few games before the season is out.


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26 March 2007 : Aberdeen Confirm Dempsey Departure
Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen have confirmed that they expect Irish midfielder Gary Dempsey to leave the club in the summer. Dempsey has been in talks with Yeovil Town over the last month or two and he has now formally rejected Aberdeen's last-ditch offer of a contract.

Despite Aberdeen currently lying in third position in the Scottish Premier League, they have been unable to persuade him to stay and this evening have put out the following statement:

"Jimmy Calderwood announced that Gary Dempsey will be leaving the club. The Irish midfielder turned down the chance to sign a new contract and will leave in the summer."

Calderwood himself is quoted as saying:

"It is a big blow. He is a great guy to have about the place. He is always so positive. His decision to leave is purely for footballing reasons. I have a great relationship with Gary and fully understand his reasons for leaving. He just loves playing football and wants to be in the side every week. With (other midfielders) Scott and Chris here that is not always possible. I thought he was our best player at Ibrox the other week. He is a very good passer of the football and it won't be easy getting in someone of his standard as a replacement."

The Dons stop short of officially saying where Dempsey will be going, but the Scottish press have only named one club in connection with his wish to exit Pittodrie and that is Yeovil Town. He is therefore expected to put pen to paper on a pre-contract agreement at Huish Park that will bring him to the club for the start of the 2007-08 season.


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26 March 2007 : Officials For Oldham Athletic
Saturday's match between Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town will be looked after by Colin Webster of Tyne & Wear. Rather unusually we have no previous with him that we can find out. He has been a Football League referee since the start of the 2000-01 season and has in the main tended to officiate matches up in the North West and occasionally in the North East of the country which probably explains why we have only bumped into him now.

Mr Webster will be assisted by Ken Haycock (Yorkshire) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Colin Harwood (Greater Manchester).


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26 March 2007 : April 2007 OTV Fixture Flyer
OTV Fixture FlyerThe April 2007 Fixture Flyer, courtesy of the boys from the On To Victory fanzine is now available. The latest one covers the final three home League One matches. It can be downloaded from:

http://www.ontovictory.net/download/flyer.pdf

We'd recommend that you do a right-click and a 'Save As' to download the flyer to your computer. The flyer covers the next two home matches. Please feel free to download and display! Any photos of them in unusual places may well end up in the next issue of OTV...

You will need a free copy of Acrobat Reader to be able to view the flyer.


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26 March 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
The full Ciderspace match report for Saturday's 1-0 win over Chesterfield is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Chesterfield 0.


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26 March 2007 : BBC Radio Interviews From Chesterfield Match
The BBC local radio interviews associated with Saturday's match against Chesterfield are now online, via the BBC Somerset Sound website.

In addition to the usual post-match analysis from Russell Slade, reporter Ben Orr also talks to goalscorer Nathan Jones as well as the sponsor's man of the match Jean-Paul Kalala.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Interview Transcript.


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25 March 2007 : Ladies Through To Final
Yeovil Town Ladies went through to the final of the Pat Sowden Trophy with a resounding 0-4 victory away to Plymouth Argyle Reserves. However whether the final will actually take place is still open to question with some teams still to resolve their third round ties, and the authorities setting a deadline which, if it isn't met, will see the competition scrapped for this season.

Meanwhile in the South West Women's League Premier Division Cullompton Rangers attempt to chase down leaders Yeovil continued to falter, and they could only draw 2-2 at home to Gloucester City. The Glovers main title rivals, Penzance, continued to be dogged by postponements, their fixture at bottom of the table Swindon Spitfires being called off.

With matters very much in their own hands Yeovil have two league matches remaining: away to Gloucester City on Sunday 1st April, and home to Penzance on Sunday 8th April. The position of the three teams still capable of taking the title, and the promotion place, are :

1. Yeovil Town : 32 points, two to play.
3. Penzance : 24 points, five to play.
4. Cullompton Rangers : 23 points, four to play.

Team Bath, in second spot, have completed their fixtures and finish the season on 30 points.


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25 March 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Chesterfield Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade told his side to relax more at half time on Saturday after they had failed to produce a single shot on goal during the first 45 minutes against Chesterfield. An improved second half display saw a late Nathan Jones strike win the match and Russell said that was all about ensuring that his players enjoyed their football more following the break.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "I just told them to take those house bricks off their shoulders at half time and go out there and play a little bit more relaxed, play with a smile on your face and try and enjoy it. We've enjoyed our season - we have enjoyed it massively and if we packed up today we've still had a good season. But there is so much more to play for."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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25 March 2007 : "Much Improved" Says Programme Monthly
Programme Monthly has at last got around to finishing its reviews of this season's club issues, and starting as we do with 'Y' it's no surprise we're at the end of the to do list.

Pages 72, Size B4, Price £2.50, Advertising pages 31, Pages of equivalent text 9, Visitors pages - 7.

A mixture of the predictable (syndicated article), routine (pen pics) and unexpectedly good (an interview with a visiting fan).

Historical content - one, disappointingly brief, and a marked reluctance to hark back to non-league days.

Design - simple, but effective use of club colours.

On the plus side - the basics are executed well, and there are some fairly substantial features, providing buyers with rather more to read than in previous seasons.

Summing up - much improved, with the heavy advertising and commercial coverage not as pronounced as before. The basis of a good programme is here - it just needs a bit more work and attention to detail.

Credits - edited by A. Hopper, printed by Wincanton Print Company.


Coverage of this season's awards can be found here: February 26th.


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24 March 2007 : Jones Magic Edges Glovers Closer
A priceless goal from left-back Nathan Jones in the 89th minute sealed the Glovers three vital points this afternoon as they beat Chesterfield 1-0 at Huish Park this afternoon. The Welshman celebrated signing a two year contract extension this week by coming back from injury and scoring the winner in a match that seemed destined to end goalless.

The less said about the first 45 minutes the better. Yeovil Town failed to get a single shot on goal of any note, and even the Spireites failed to capitalise upon an early 15 minute period in which they had looked far more lively than their opponents. The entertainment on display was so lacking that neither side managed to provide an attempt on goal for an entire 30 minutes.

The second period saw a slight change in formation in an attempt to liven up the inert Yeovil attack. Arron Davies went the closest when he saw two long range attempts go wide of the target. Then Marcus Stewart almost stabbed home when visiting keeper Barry Roche dropped the ball in his box.

However, a 0-0 draw seemed inevitable as the clock ticked down, until the winning goal arrived from the most unlikely of sources. Nathan Jones received the ball on the edge of the box and with his unfavoured right boot, swung a dipping shot that looped over keeper Roche and crashed in off the underside of the crossbar to gift Yeovil all three points and allow Jones the chance to celebrate a wonderful personal week for him.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Chesterfield 0.

The result sees Yeovil maintain their fourth placed position with Nottingham Forest clocking up a comfortable 3-0 win, and Bristol City grabbing a late winner at Doncaster Rovers - a result that was a double-edged sword for the Glovers. Scunthorpe United had their lead cut at the top despite stealing a last minute equaliser at Leyton Orient whilst there were wins for Swansea City, Blackpool and Carlisle United.

Other than Doncaster's defeat, the other bright spot of the afternoon was Tranmere Rovers' surprise 2-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth and that meant the Wirral club dropped to 8th in the table. The end result is that the magical gap between Yeovil Town and the edge of the playoffs has grown to six points with Swansea City occupying the 7th place slot on 61 points, whilst the Glovers have 67 to their name with seven games remaining.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.

The main downside to the day's events was that the game was watched by a crowd of just 4,735 - the second worst home league crowd of the season with the mid-August 2006 match against Carlisle United attracting 26 less people at a time of year when allowances are made for the large numbers of supporters who are on holiday. No such allowances can be considered for this stage of the season at a time when attendances are typically ramping up rather than ramping down. If the club are not already taking action to reverse this trend, they certainly should be now.


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24 March 2007 : Glovers Youth Beat Argyle
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side achieved their third consecutive 1-0 win this morning as the defeated Plymouth Argyle's Under 18s in a Youth Alliance league fixture. They have now won four games in a row - all without conceding a goal.

More match details will be published on this site in the next few days.


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24 March 2007 : Keep The Pressure Off!
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade wants to keep the pressure away from his players during the final eight games of the League One season. The Glovers need something in the region of four wins to cement themselves a playoff place, but Russell told today's Western Daily Press that he believes that all of the top teams, bar leaders Scunthorpe United appear to be hit by a touch of the jitters.

He is anxious to reduce the effect of that on his side as they face Chesterfield this afternoon:

"Teams tend to choke a little bit when the heat, or pressure is on. That can happen and you can safely say that most of the teams around us have experienced that at stages. With the exception of Scunthorpe, the top few sides have not got the results we would have desired all the time. It is a matter of keeping your nerve and trying to keep playing your football. If you over-analyse things, you can create problems for yourself. We will try to stay relaxed and just focus on edging closer to our main objective in the coming weeks."

The Glovers lost 0-1 at home to Blackpool last weekend and Slade perhaps surprisingly declared today's match a "must win" game as a result. He has stressed the need for three points this afternoon:

"We need to bounce back after last weekend and the players will need to be up for it. Chesterfield are scrapping for their lives and that doesn't make it any easier for us. Every point they get all adds to their bid for survival. If we could have got a win against Blackpool, that would have been a massive boost for us. We can compensate this weekend, though, and there is still plenty of football left to play. If we win on Saturday, the worst-case scenario is that we would be five points clear of the teams chasing the play-off slots, with only seven games left to play."


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24 March 2007 : Cranie Considers Quitting Saints
Southampton defender Martin Cranie has told the Hampshire local press that he may consider leaving St Mary's, even if he gets offered a new contract. The 20 year old has barely featured under current boss George Burley and non-selection was clearly at the heart of Cranie's thinking when he talked to the Southampton Daily Echo.

Even after being called back from his loan spell with Yeovil just after New Year's Day, the best Martin could obtain from the emergency callback instigated because of an injury crisis at the Hampshire club was a single substitute appearance at Torquay United in the FA Cup:

"I have a contract there (at Southampton) until the end of the season. I am keeping my options open because at the moment I am not getting the chances at Southampton. I would like to break into the first team but if not I will have to look elsewhere to get my football."

Cranie is of course currently getting that football at Huish Park. The Yeovil-born defender has been well used by Glovers boss Russell Slade and Martin added that he was desperate to help his current side gain promotion:

"I have four more games at the club and I want to do everything I can to try to get them up."


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23 March 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Chesterfield tomorrow in a League One match that will see two sides at opposite ends of the table play what is a vital game for both clubs. Whilst the Glovers lie in 4th position, the Spireites lie in a relegation spot and one point from safety leaving both sides in need of a positive result for very different reasons.

Chesterfield are currently under the caretaker management of Lee Richardson, who was given the job of saving them from relegation after the dismissal of long-serving manager Roy McFarland. One of Richardson's earliest moves has been to bring in another manager who has recently been dismissed, with former Rotherham United boss Alan Knill joining the backroom staff at the club.

The new manager has brought in two new faces this week after suffering a double injury blow in the lead up to this game. Derby County left-back Paul Boertien and MK Dons winger Nicky Rizzo are expected to make their debuts having signed on loan on Thursday, with Charlie Daniels having returned to Tottenham Hotspur after picking up an injury, whilst Gareth Davies is expected to sit out the season after he picked up a shin injury, ironically after replacing Daniels. Defender Alan O'Hare and striker Jamie Ward are both expected to be missing through injury.

Chesterfield's main dangerman earlier in the season was Caleb Folan, but he left Saltergate for Premiership side Wigan Athletic in January. The impact of his departure can be measured by the fact that Folan will almost certainly be Chesterfield's top scorer at the end of the season with 12 goals. Paul Hall and Colin Larkin have half that number with the experienced Wayne Allison a goal behind that pair.

When McFarland was dismissed from his position, perhaps the main bit of sympathy for him is that the Spireites have reacted badly to the loss of their star player. They have only won one game since Folan's departure in mid-January and bar that day when they put three goals past Port Vale without reply, they have managed to score just five goals in 11 matches. That time had seen them slide from 14th to 21st, and so far the appointment of Richardson has yet to reverse that decline. Having played a game more than all of their rivals - their midweek 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers - they are in growing need of a win or two.

Glovers boss Russell Slade actually has an option or two coming into tomorrow's game. Left-back Nathan Jones has returned to full training this week and feels he has lost little fitness whilst being out through a groin operation. However, although Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard both got some match practice in during the midweek County Cup match against Weston-Super-Mare, Russell told BBC Somerset Sound he won't be using them just yet:

"We're delighted that Andy Lindegaard got through 90 minutes against Weston-super-Mare in the Somerset Cup, and also Mark Lynch got through 45 minutes and so that was good news. Neither of them have played much football in the past three or four months and so it might take a game or two for them to get somewhere near. Nathan Jones has trained now for three days and each day he has got a little bit better, so he has given himself every chance for Saturday."

Russell is rightly proud of what his players have achieved so far with eight games to go, and he adds that regardless of what happens hereafter, he is pleased with the 4th place the club currently occupy in the league and admits he would like to cement that slot as quickly as possible:

"It's always going to be a fantastic achievement. I've never looked at the automatic spots and you've never heard me talk about the automatics. Our next step now that we have achieved the stability is whether we can push on now and claim ourselves a playoff spot. That is our next objective and it is as simple as that. If we can get a few more points on the board to seal that, then that will be fantastic."

The game kicks off at 3.00pm at Huish Park, and tickets for the match are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday pricing structure.


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23 March 2007 : Youth Team Venue For Plymouth
Yeovil Town's Under 18 match against Plymouth Argyle will be played tomorrow on the Huish Park Top Pitch. The match kicks off at 11.00am and all are welcome to attend, with free admission for the game.


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23 March 2007 : Rooney Goes Dutch Next Week
On loan striker Adam Rooney has been a call-up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for a match that will take place next Tuesday. Manager Don Givens has picked a 17-man squad for the international friendly match against the Netherlands at the Stadium De Koel in Venlo on Tuesday, 27th March (kick-off 8pm). Givens has said of the match:

"We know we have a tough campaign ahead of us in the qualifiers, so the game against the Netherlands will serve as a good build-up towards the competitive fixtures later in the year. The Dutch are hosting the Under-21 European Championship Finals in the summer and are certain to provide us with a good test."

Adam is on loan to the Glovers from Stoke City but thankfully it appears that he will not miss any Yeovil Town fixtures because of this match. However, this morning's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletin did reference a Republic of Ireland U21 international fixture that they felt could impact upon Rooney featuring in the Good Friday match against Scunthorpe United. As yet though, we've not been able to work out when Ireland are playing on that weekend.

Republic of Ireland U21 Squad: Darren Quigley (UCD), Darren Randolph (Charlton Athletic), Tony Kane (Cercle Brugge KSV), Joseph O'Cearuill (Arsenal), Richard Keogh (Bristol City), Darren O'Dea (Glasgow Celtic), Stephen O'Halloran (Aston Villa), Conor Powel (Bohemians), John-Paul Kelly (Bohemians), Darron Gibson (Royal Antwerp), Paul Keegan (Drogheda United), Stephen Quinn (Sheffield United), Michael Collins (Huddersfield Town), Ian Morris (Scunthorpe United), Adam Rooney (Stoke City), Billy Clarke (Ipswich Town), James O'Brien (Dunfermline Athletic).


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22 March 2007 : Jones Delight At Contract Extension
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones has today admitted that he is delighted to have tied up his future at Huish Park right up until the summer of 2009. The former Brighton defender signed a contract extension this week and he told BBC Somerset Sound that it had been something that had been talked about for some time:

"I'm delighted really that the club has showed that much faith in me. Not only that but I love being here and I love playing for the club, I love playing under the manager, the people here and the players. It's just nice to get it sorted as it has been going on for a couple of months. I'm glad to get it sorted and I just want to kick on now, get back in the team and go out this year for promotion."

The BBC were tonight describing it as a two year deal, specifically stating that it would run until 2009, suggesting that the earlier reports of a one year deal may have been superseded by the lengthier contract deal.


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22 March 2007 : Away Travel Club : Bristol City and Gillingham Reminder
A reminder that the Away Travel Club will be running transport up to Bristol City on April the 14th 2007. The cost will be £10 per person, with the coaches leaving Huish Park at 10.30am, and a stop will be made along the way.

They are also taking coaches up to Gillingham for the last league game of the season on May the 5th 2007. This trip will cost £17 per person. The transport will be leaving Huish Park at 7.30am, with the usual stop on the way.

If you would like to book a seat for either trip please phone Roger on 07960-687075. Early bookings for both trips are strongly advised.


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22 March 2007 : Arron Back In Glovers Squad
Welsh football site Dragon Soccer is reporting that Shrewsbury Town's David Edwards and Yeovil Town's Arron Davies have not travelled to Dublin with the Welsh national squad after being released to play on the weekend with their respective clubs.

Arron's release has been possible because of experienced winger Ryan Giggs for once being fit enough to turn out for Wales in their match against the Republic of Ireland. With little prospect of Arron getting on the subs bench, let alone onto the pitch, he will now be able to get a match in at Huish Park against Chesterfield.

Both Davies and Edwards will rejoin the Welsh squad on Sunday. The news means that Arron should not miss a Yeovil Town match as part of his international call-up.


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22 March 2007 : Jones Contract Clarified
Further to yesterday's news concerning the contract extension for left-back Nathan Jones, the club are now describing this as a two year contract extension.

This is slightly different to what was reported in this week's Western Gazette and indeed also this morning's Western Daily Press who even quote manager Russell Slade as saying:

"I am pleased to have Nathan for an extra year. It demonstrates that we are trying to build a team and keep hold of our best players."

Presumably there has been a late change of plan to what was originally agreed between the various parties. The revised contract length reported by the official site would keep Nathan at the club until the summer of 2009.


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22 March 2007 : No Signings Expected
This morning's Western Daily Press is reporting that they don't expect manager Russell Slade to bring in any new players ahead of this evening's transfer deadline.

The loan transfer window closes today at 5.00pm, meaning that for many clubs it will be a busy day, but certainly in terms of incoming players, it appears that Slade has got all he currently needs.

Slade has told the paper though that he will probably be inviting back "one or two" of the four Crystal Palace teenagers that played in Wednesday's Somerset County Cup Quarter-Final match against Weston-Super-Mare. However, he doesn't let on as to who the more likely players are.


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21 March 2007 : Thomas Shipped Back Again
We'd be interested to know what the details of the loan deal struck with The Cheats for the second loan spell of Bradley Thomas were. The disgraced Lincolnshire outfit instantly sent him back when he was suspended with a red card towards the end of his first spell. Once that was over the Glovers agreed to him going off again to start what, with the break, was a separate loan. This time he has picked up a four match ban at the start of his month. And here he is, back at Huish Park again. If we weren't already paying his wages anyway whilst he was with the convicted financial fraudsters - why we were having any dealings with the utter disgrace of a club that is The Cheats in the first place is beyond the comprehension of this site - one has to suspect we sure as hell are now.

Thomas says he's learnt a lot from Evans, currently serving a suspended sentence. It's to be hope he hasn't.

It's been a big learning experience for me. I've played against different sorts of strikers and learned a lot from the gaffer. There have been a few ups and downs - I've been sent off and scored goals.

Hopefully I can learn from this and go back to Yeovil a better player, although I don't what is going to happen there. My contract is up at the end of the season. Hopefully I can earn a new deal, but if not I'd like to join a League Two club.


Fingers crossed that will take The Cheats out of the equation then.

Meanwhile the Yorkshire based group, known as Standing Alone Limited, who according to the current Cheats chairman are going to rescue the club from its latest fiscal shambles, seem to be hinting that their financial consultants might be finding more discrepancies in the club's books, this time concerning records of attendance and gate money, as they conduct a due diligence search.

As there is no actual need for Yeovil Town to have any association whatsoever at present with this club and the crook who manages it, being in different divisions, Ciderspace hopes the ill fated Thomas episode is the last contact we see.


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21 March 2007 : New OTV On Sale On Saturday
As promised threatened, the new monthly frequency for the On To Victory is being kept up and editor Seb White has got news of a new edition that will be on sale before, during and after Saturday's match at Huish Park against Chesterfield. Seb writes:

"Thanks again to the leniency of the excellent guys at Pegasus Print (01935 478387) OTV will be on sale at the Chesterfield game on Saturday.

If last time's effort was more Pablo Bastianini in size, the recent offering is more Lee Johnson/Darren Way in size but most importantly quality.

This issue features articles on:

* Barnes Green talks about the games he's missed most as an exile.
* Phil Inklelaar gives Yeovil a go on FIFA 07
* Weymouth chairman/madman Martyn Harrison gives us his 10 step guide to success.
* Michael West and Mac from Oz with the usual high quality offerings from afar.
* Phil Sparks takes a first look at 'Great Stadia of the West Country'
* Peter Male recalls FA Cup hell at Bridgewater Town.
* Stew Bratherton poses the question 'Who is a Yeovil Town legend'
* And much much more all for just a £1

We could do with a couple of sellers to help out if anyone is interested then it would be much appreciated - email us at info@ontovictory.net. At the very least there will be two of us trying to sell around the ground before and after the match. It will be on sale at just one game, so if you don't get hold of a copy we will leave, as we always do, a few in the Programme Shop so it's always possible to get one there.

Any foreign based Yeovil fans are also asked to send their details to info@ontovictory.net and we can send a PDF to you - warning for any freeloaders out there, you might have to prove your foreign credentials!

For any mainland exiles who haven't got hold of a copy of the recent Issue 21 or the one out on Saturday, you can get that and Issue 23 out Rotherham (H) 21/04 delivered to your door for just £5.

You can pay via paypal, cheque or an internet bank transfer. Get in touch at info@ontovictory.net.

Now that the zine is out the way we can get the website www.ontovictory.net sorted apologies for the delay!

Enjoy the issue and get in touch with us at info@ontovictory.net if there are any questions."


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21 March 2007 : Jones Signs Contract Extension
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones has signed a one year contract extension this week, according to tonight's Western Gazette.

Jones is currently working his way back to full fitness following a groin operation and had set a target of being fully fit for this weekend's home match against Chesterfield. He has played 85 times for the Glovers since being signed up over the summer of 2005.


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21 March 2007 : County Cup Semi-Final Draw
Yeovil Town Reserves will travel to play Team Bath in the Semi-Final of the Somerset Premier Cup. The tie will take place at Twerton Park on Monday 2nd April with a 7.45pm kick-off.

This will be the first time a Yeovil side have faced Team Bath - the club affiliated to the University of Bath - in a competitive fixture, although the two clubs have met in the odd behind-closed-doors friendly.

The other semi-final will be between Bitton and Taunton Town.


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20 March 2007 : Glovers Through In County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves (1) 3 Weston-Super-Mare (0) 0
Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final
Tuesday 20th March 2007


Yeovil Town comfortably saw off their Conference South visitors in this Somerset Premier Cup tie at a sparse Huish Park. Weston arrived on the back of a 0-1 home defeat against Cambridge City at the weekend, while the Yeovil side that included the cluster of Crystal Palace trialists in a youthful line up came into the game short on match practice due to the nature of the reserve team fixture list.

'The Seagulls' got off to the worst possible start when Darryl Knights slotted the ball home after one minute beating former Glover Ryan Northmore in the visiting goal from eight yards with a low shot. Although the home side enjoyed lots of the ball the Weston goal never came under serious threat until after the interval when Yeovil turned the screw, Knights' pace a constant nightmare for the labouring defence.

Tom Lyons netted Yeovil's second goal with a shot that he appeared to scuff somewhat, the ball finding the corner of the net in front of the deserted Westland Terrace, however the goal of the game came when Darryl Knights outpaced the visiting defence following a through ball from Anthony Barry to send a delightful chip over Northmore and into the centre of the goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 3 Weston-Super-Mare 0.

Yeovil Town Reserves: 13. Darren Behcet, 2. Andy Lindegaard (Capt), 3. Craig Alcock, 4. Mark Lynch, 5. Matthew Fish, 6. Anthony Straker 7. Jerahl Hughes, 8. Anthony Barry, 9. Tom Lyons, 10. Darryl Knights, 11. Tom Clarke.

Subs: 12. Gary Bowles (46 mins), 14. Jake Smeeton (67 mins for Gary Bowles), 15. Danny Thompson (78 mins for Tom Clarke), 16. Phil Ormrod.

Weston-Super-Mare: 1. Ryan Northmore, 2. Andy Robertson, 3. Sam Bailey, 4. Lee Jarman, 5. Craig Rand, 6. Matthew Rose (Capt), 7. Craig Loxton, 8. Ryan Harley, 9. Gareth Hopkins, 10. Marc McGregor, 11. Andy Chapman

Subs: 12. Mike Hudson (72 mins for Craig Rand), 14. Sam Johnson, 15. Luke Purnell (82 mins for Ryan Northmore), 18. Dave Thorne, 17. Gary Owers (60 mins for Matthew Rose).

Goals: Darryl Knights (1-0, 1 min), Tom Lyons (2-0, 57 mins), Darryl Knights (3-0, 59 mins).

[Article by Tim Lancaster.]


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20 March 2007 : Palace Quartet On Trial
Yeovil Town Reserves will field four Crystal Palace trialists in tonight's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final tie against Weston-Super-Mare. All four are Academy players who have been told they will be released by the South London club at the end of the season.

The four who will take to the field tonight are striker Tom Lyons, defender Matthew Fish and midfielders Anthony Straker and Jerahl Hughes.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, assistant manager Steve Thompson explained:

"They are all four from Crystal Palace. We invited them down and they trained with us on Monday. We are taking the opportunity in this game, which will be a very competitive game against a Conference South team to have a look at them. So it will be a big test for them. They are three 18 year olds and a 17 year old."


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20 March 2007 : Officials For Chesterfield Match
This Saturday's home match against Chesterfield will be officiated by the refereeing legend that is Trevor Kettle of Rutland. Our Trev has been a legend at Huish Park for many a year now, first bursting onto the scene in August 2000 in a 4-2 win over Hednesford Town (remember them?) that saw over 50 free kicks awarded, plus two rather spectacular penalty awards. It's not often football fans remember the name of an official after their team wins a match - usually such villains stick in the mind after a defeat, but Our Trev proved that when it came to refereeing, like Jose Mourinho, he was The Special One.

Living in Maidenhead at the time, Our Trev became a regular visitor to Huish Park, putting in some fantastically eccentric performances to the extent that any other visiting official to Huish Park would have "Are you Kettle in disguise?" belted out to him from the Westland Stand if he dared give a dodgy decision.

By coincidence, last week's official Paul Armstrong was one of those first lucky recipients, and over the years the pendulum has swung. Our Trev moved to Rutland, the visits to Somerset got less frequent, and almost disappointingly, he started to show worrying signs of competence! Or was it that others like Mr Armstrong were taking refereeing to a new level?

Our last match to see Our Trev in charge was the Carling Cup away match against Southampton last August. One solitary booking and not even a mention of his performance in our match report suggests that the legend that is Our Trev has waned. However, as this is his first visit to Huish Park since August 2005, when he took charge of a 1-1 draw against Blackpool, perhaps he can grace us once again with some of that ol' yellow'n'red magic, just for old time's sake?

Joining Our Trev in the fun and games will be James Cox (Worcestershire) and Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire). The fourth official will be regular visitor Andrew Turner (Devon).


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20 March 2007 : County Cup Tonight
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves play their Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final tie against Weston-Super-Mare at Huish Park tonight. Kick-off is 7.45pm and admission is 5 pounds for adults and 2 pounds for concessions.

At present, there is no firm team news, however, this match has been earmarked as a possible comeback game for one or both of right-backs Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard who have been out with knee and groin injuries respectively.


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19 March 2007 : U18s International Sold Out
The England Under 18s international taking place at Huish Park on Tuesday 27th March against a Holland Under 18s side saw its last ticket sold on Saturday lunchtime.

Bar any small possibility of ad-hoc returns becoming available, no further tickets will be sold for this game.


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19 March 2007 : Law Extension
Sheffield United midfielder Nicky Law has had his loan spell with the Glovers extended for a further month.

Nicky has gradually grabbed a more regular role in midfield as his first month has progressed and manager Russell Slade made it clear before the weekend that he wanted to see him extend his stay. So far Nicky has made six appearances for the club, including five starts.


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19 March 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From The Blackpool Game
The BBC local radio interviews associated with Saturday's match against Blackpool have now been loaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website. Aside from the usual post-match views of manager Russell Slade, reporter Richard Hoskin also talks to striker Adam Rooney who made his debut for the club on Saturday.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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19 March 2007 : Bristol City Tickets On General Sale
A reminder that tickets for the away match at Ashton Gate against Bristol City went on general sale this morning. This match is an ALL TICKET match which takes place on Saturday 14th April 2007 with a 3.00pm kickoff.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £18.00, Over 65s, Students and Ambulant disabled: £14.00, Under 16s: £6.00.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £14.00 with carers admitted for free, although these must be booked via Ashton Gate by calling 0870-1121897.


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19 March 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Blackpool
The full Ciderspace match report for Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Blackpool is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 1.


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18 March 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Blackpool Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade blamed a poor start to the second half and his side's "naivety" for a 1-0 defeat against Blackpool yesterday at Huish Park. Despite dominating the first period, an Andy Morrell strike early in the second period gave the Tangerines the lead and there was little that the Glovers offered up that looked like it was going to change that situation.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "In the second half, I think what disappointed me was that first 15 minutes we were not at the races. In that 15 minute period they got themselves a goal and from there they have hung onto that. We showed a lack of maturity and a little bit of naivety in trying to get back into the game and that has not been our strongest point this season."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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18 March 2007 : Another Favour From Team Bath
With Yeovil Town Ladies having a blank Sunday in the South West Women's Premier Division they could only sit and see what happened to their rivals. And there was some good news. Team Bath, who defeated title chasers Penzance last week, beat Cullompton Rangers 2-1. In fact Team Bath have done so many favours, winning against what in most people's opinion were the favourites in the division, Yeovil, Penzance and Cullompton in their last three matches, that they've put themselves into second place, all be it without enough fixtures left to catch the Glovers.

Meanwhile Penzance got back on track, with a hard fought 2-3 away win at Cheltenham Town. With three games in hand they could still catch Yeovil by a point, but Cullompton's defeat means their title challenge is no longer in their own hands.

Both Rangers and Penzance at due to catch up one of their games in hand next Sunday, with Yeovil having no league fixture being otherwise engaged in a cup tie. Cullompton have the trickier game. Though at home they face the unpredictable Gloucester City. Penzance are away, but will fancy their chances against a Swindon Spitfires side propping up the table with one victory all season.

The Glovers will be away to Plymouth Argyle Reserves in a semi-final of the Pat Sowden Trophy, always presuming that competition is still running by then - see March 12th.


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17 March 2007 : Glovers Sunk By Morrell Strike
Yeovil Town suffered their sixth home defeat of the 2006-07 season when a single Andy Morrell goal was enough to divide the two sides. With most teams near the top of League One picking up maximum points, the 0-1 defeat against Blackpool sees the Glovers slip one place down to 4th.

The first 45 minutes had been pretty positive, and the Glovers probably deserved to be going in at the break a goal up, with the best three chances falling to Russell Slade's side. An acrobatic attempt by Marcus Stewart as he hooked the ball over his head with his back to goal was blocked on the goal line, whilst a header just before the break landed on top of the bar. Chris Cohen also went close with a chance from the edge of the box.

The second half was not so impressive, although the Tangerines netted with their first real chance of the half. Martin Cranie played a ball across the face of the penalty box and was dispossessed, allowing a Blackpool pass to find Andy Morrell who lashed home from 12 yards out.

The match looked to be back on a knife-edge when Shaun Barker's rash challenge on Arron Davies 60 seconds later gained him a deserved second yellow card, leaving Blackpool needing to play 32 minutes with 10 men. But whilst that man advantage should have benefited the Glovers, if anything it did the opposite, with Blackpool packing men behind the ball and slowing play down - something that they did with surprising ease as Yeovil's Achilles Heel of being unable to come back from a goal down in home games cost them dear once again.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 1.

Other results around League One could have been worse - but only just! Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Tranmere Rovers all gained maximum points today to add to Swansea City's Friday night win. Only Scunthorpe United's and Oldham Athletic's draws and a shock home defeat for Doncaster Rovers reduced the impact of today's defeat. The gap between Yeovil and Tranmere Rovers in 7th has suddenly been reduced to five points, whilst the seven point gap between them and the automatic positions is making the latter a rapidly fading probability.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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17 March 2007 : Youths Gain Some Revenge
After two heavy defeats in the league and the F.A. Youth Cup earlier in the season to Swindon Town, in which four goals were conceded on both occasions, the Under Eighteens tightened up and then nicked a goal to win 1-0 this morning.

In very windy conditions Yeovil Town dominated the match in both halves, but the closest they came in the first period against the elements was when Liam Hoarder hit the bar. Eventually however the Glovers were rewarded on 78 minutes when the Robins took a short goal kick into the howling gale. It was picked up by Tom Clarke who beat his man, and crossed in the ball to Phil Ormrod who walked it into an empty net.

Final score : Yeovil Town U18 1-0 Swindon Town U18

Fuller details later.


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16 March 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Blackpool Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Blackpool at Huish Park tomorrow in what is one of their biggest remaining home fixtures in the 2006-07 calendar. The Tangerines lie in 6th place in the table, and eight points behind, but crucially have a game in hand. A win tomorrow would almost certainly ensure that the Glovers finish above their visitors, but if Simon Grayson's side escape with all three points then things could tighten up considerably.

The Lancashire club are boosted by the return of defender Michael Jackson to their side after he missed their previous two outings through illness. The view of local paper the Blackpool Gazette is that Jackson will go straight back into their side although Grayson was a little more cautious about naming his team in advance of the match:

"Jackson is fine again and has trained this week. He has been a model professional for us and has been exceptional on and off the pitch. It gives me an opportunity to keep the same team or change it now that I have somebody else available again."

If Jackson is selected then he will oust Latvia international Kaspars Gorkss. It would also be no surprise if Blackpool recalled winger Wes Hoolahan after he was left on the bench last weekend. Midfielder Keith Southern is out with a knee injury and his place is expected to be taken by Faroe Islands international Claus Jorgensen.

The Glovers go into the game awaiting fitness tests on goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and central defender Scott Guyett. Darren Behcet and Matthew Rose are the respective natural replacements for the duo although both Mildenhall and Guyett are reckoned to have an above average chance of pulling through. However, Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard are only expected to attempt their comebacks in next Tuesday's County Cup match whilst left-back Nathan Jones will wait until next weekend before confirming that he is ready to return from a groin injury. Midfielder Paul Terry is of course the other long term absentee.

Grayson claims that unlike most teams that visit Huish Park, he will not be going just for a draw. In the past few months, most clubs coming down to Somerset have attempted to shut up shop from the very first whistle but Grayson states that he is expecting entertainment tomorrow:

"It has all the hallmarks of an exciting game. Yeovil want to go up automatically, not just by the play-offs. We will go there to attack them. We never go into away games just to try to get a draw. It is now the big push towards promotion for us. We will know by the time we play Swansea in the final match whether it will be an early end to the season or an extended one."

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and tickets for the match will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off in accordance with the usual matchday rules.


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16 March 2007 : Russell Hoping For Law Extension
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told BBC Radio Bristol that he hopes he can persuade Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock to extend a loan deal with midfielder Nicky Law. The teenager is currently scheduled to play his final match on loan for Yeovil tomorrow against Blackpool, but Russell has told the radio station he is going to see if it is possible to extend Law's stay in Somerset a bit longer:

"Initially, they only wanted him to go out for one month anyway, to gain a little bit of experience and then come back. But I will speak to Neil (Warnock) to just have a little bit of a chat with him and to see if there is any mileage us asking to keep him for another month. I think he has got something a little bit different. He travels really well with the ball and he has done fine for us."

Law has been receiving praise from two of his Yeovil team-mates in the Western Daily Press today. Both Arron Davies and Chris Cohen have said that they enjoy playing alongside him. Arron said of the 19 year old:

"Nicky is a nice lad and has proved to be a good player for us. He's got lots of energy and keeps the ball well. He's been a good addition and I hope we can keep him a bit longer. The more good players we have here the better really. There are lots of games coming up, important games, and if we get injuries or suspensions the squad could be stretched."

Chris Cohen has echoed the same views of the midfielder's stay so far at Huish Park:

"Nicky has come in and done really well - and don't forget he's played in the Premiership against Manchester United this season. He works hard in training and has deserved his place in the side."


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16 March 2007 : Grayson Opposes Spot-Kick Plans
Blackpool manager Simon Grayson admits he is against the current Football League proposals to introduce spot-kicks to decide drawn league games, despite his own Chairman being on the Football League's board! The Football League yesterday are believed to have set up a working party to consider the possibility of changing the competition rules for next season as part of a meeting held in Walsall. Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston is one of those on the main Football League board but despite that his club-mate Grayson has given the following views on the subject to his official site:

"I better be careful what I say because the chairman is on the Football League board! Whether he is one who is for it or against it I don't know but from a personal point of view I don't think it is applicable to football matches at this level. You work so hard away from home to get a point at least and to lose it on a penalty shoot out would be a farce really. Teams will be shutting up shop with 20 minutes to go and bringing on all the penalty takers. Everyone would be rushing to sign specialist penalty takers, so from my point of view it is a poor idea and whether it gets through or not. If it does get put through, we have to deal with it but like a few other managers I am not interested it in it at all. The whole concept is something I don't agree with, those people above have some strange ideas at times but we will see what happens."

Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown, his manager Gary Johnson and Plymouth Argyle manager Ian Holloway have all condemned the move, with Lansdown presumably having headed to Walsall yesterday to give his view of it being a "crackpot idea". One only hopes for Grayson's sake that Oyston was not the member of the Football League board that came up with the idea in the first place!

Blackpool take on Yeovil Town at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 3.00pm.


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16 March 2007 : Glovers Sign Striker Rooney On Loan
Yeovil Town have today signed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney ... oh OK then ... Stoke City striker Adam Rooney on a month's loan in advance of tomorrow's match against Blackpool.

The slightly lesser known Rooney is no relation, but is a teenager currently on the Staffordshire side's books. He has scored 4 goals in 2 starts and 13 substitute appearances for the Potters since making his debut against Tamworth last season. Those four goals included a hat-trick against Brighton and Hove Albion at the tail end of last season. He is also an Irish Under 21 international and has been called up to their squad for next weekend's matches, having already represented at Under 18 level.

Born on 21st April 1988 in Dublin, he was part of an Irish Schools’ team that won a competition called the Centenary Shield in 2005 and started his senior career with Crumlin United. He signed for Stoke in the summer of 2005. In April 2006, he scored the winner for the Republic’s Under-18’s in their 1-0 victory over Malta. Rooney was also nominated last week in the Football League's Awards night, landing on the shortlist for the Young Apprentice Award in the Championship. He has been on the edge of the Stoke City first team squad this season, last coming on as a substitute against Southampton just six days ago.

Speaking of the deal, Stoke boss Tony Pullis told his club's official site:

"He needed the opportunity to play some regular football and with the competition for places at the moment he may not have got that here. Obviously we're pleased he's allowed to do so at a club pushing for promotion into the Championship."

Rooney joins team-mate Peter Sweeney as the second Stoke City player to land on loan at Huish Park.


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16 March 2007 : Trio To Get Contract Offers
Yeovil Town are to offer three of their first team regulars new contracts in the next few weeks. Manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Daily Press that left-back Nathan Jones and midfielders Jean-Paul Kalala and Paul Terry will all be offered one year deals for them to remain at Huish Park for the 2007-08 season. All three are out of contract at the end of the season.

Two of the three are currently on the treatment table. Nathan Jones is currently recovering from a groin operation and is targeting a return for next week's home match against Chesterfield. Meanwhile, Paul Terry is out for the rest of the season and will probably only resume training in July following an operation to fix cruciate knee ligament damage. Despite that, Slade told the paper that he was impressed with what he saw of the former Dagenham man before his operation:

"I thought Paul Terry was magnificent for us before his injury and hopefully the contract offer will give him an incentive during his rehab."


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16 March 2007 : Blackpool and Swansea Badges Available
The latest two sets of badges for Yeovil Town collectors are now available from Tim Lancaster. These relate to the recent match against Swansea City and tomorrow's game against Blackpool. Tim writes:

"Those supporters awaiting the Yeovil Town vs Swansea City enamel lapel badges are assured that they will go on sale along with the Yeovil Town vs Blackpool badges on March 17th, which is the day Yeovil Town host Blackpool.

There was a delay in the production of the Swansea City badges. Badges purchased through the Green & White Supporters Club shop will carry a donation to YTFC.

Supporters can reserve badges online, and the cost, as ever will be £3.00 per badge
."

Tim can be emailed at timlancaster06@btinternet.com if you need to make any reservations.


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16 March 2007 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Venue
Tomorrow's Youth Team fixture against Swindon Town's Under 18s side will be played on the Huish Park Top Pitch, kick-off 11.00am. All are welcome to support Stuart Housley's side and admission is free.


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16 March 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 51 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 51 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 51 : 16th March 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday F5000 Mr Vickers Stoneleigh Mews, Yeovil
Tuesday E6871 Mr S Smith St Lukes Court, Bridport
Wednesday B1394 Mr G Pinkawa Manor Road, Milborne Port
Thursday D8584 Mr B Morant Plantagenet Chase, Yeovil
Friday C8076 Miss Meecham Tintagel Road, Yeovil


£10 Consolations
A5000 Helen Brookes, Ashwood Drive, Yeovil
B5000 Jan Derbyshire, c/o John Hall Financial Services, Yeovil
D5000 Mrs J M Stent, Little Sammons, Chilthorne Domer
A6871 Mr Tony Watts, c/o Coopers Mill, Yeovil
B6871 Mr & Mrs Bromham, Windmill Hill Road, Glastonbury
C6871 Mrs S Wright, The Toose, Yeovil
D6871 Mr M A Steele, Honeylands, Curry Rivel
A1394 Mr P Beckey, Lightgate Lane, South Petherton
C1394 Miss Meecham, Tintagel Road, Yeovil
D1394 Mrs A D Hudson, Cedar Grove, Yeovil
A8076 Mr P Beckey, Lightgate Lane, South Petherton
B8076 Mr G Pinkawa, Manor Road, Milborne Port
D8076 Mrs A D Hudson, Cedar Grove, Yeovil

Please note, the following local businesses give discounts to Gold Bond Members:

YEOVIL TOWN F.C. CLUB SHOP 01935 847877 10% Discount
Yeovil Décor Ltd, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 823443 20% Discount
Tile Market, Bardel Court, Houndstone 01935 433331 20% Discount
The Mad Hatter, 79 Princes Street, Yeovil 01935 471545 10% Fancy Dress Hire
Greensleeves Nurseries, Odcombe 01935 864166 10% Discount
Globetrotters, South Street, Yeovil 01935 423328 10% (restaurant only)
Sports of Bond Street, Bond Street, Yeovil 01935 423368 10% Discount
The Southern Bed Company, Malmesbury Way, Yeovil 01935 411863 10% Discount
A.E.P. Motorcycle Training, Stoke-sub-Hamdon 01935 824891 10% Discount
CCK Beauty Studio, Ilchester, Somerset 01935 849199 10% (excludes other offers)
NRG Associates Yeovil Ltd (Carpets 01935 426590 10% Discount
Serco Roofing, 1 Malmesbury Way, Yeovil 01935 411542 10% Discount
The Cartridge Recycle Company, Venture 7, Yeovil 01935 477737 10% off refills & compatibles
Loders Butchers, 13 Union Street, Yeovil 01935 421503 5% on purchases over £10
Face-It, Princes Street, Yeovil 01935 474391 £3 off YTFC fascias
Montague's Video Hire, Huish, Yeovil 01935 475951 Free Membership


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15 March 2007 : Club Suspend Cheltenham Twelve
Yeovil Town Football Club have released an official statement regarding alleged disturbances that occurred prior to the away match against Cheltenham Town last Saturday. Reports claim that 12 Yeovil supporters and 8 Cheltenham supporters were arrested following an incident in the town centre half an hour before the game. The club's statement reads:
"On receipt of information from the Avon and Somerset Police and the Football authorities, it is alleged that a group were involved in public disorder offences before the Cheltenham v. Yeovil Town match last Saturday, the 10th March 2007.

This resulted in a number of people being arrested for these public disorder offences.

In response, the club have suspended these individuals from attending matches at Huish Park and away matches that involve Yeovil Town Football Club until the alleged offences have been fully investigated by the Police.
"

For further details on the incident, see the news page article from March 11th.


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15 March 2007 : League One Injury And Team News
Ahead of another significant weekend of League One football, many clubs appear to be feeling the pinch in terms of injuries or suspensions to key players. The Glovers are not alone in this, currently having concerns about goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall who sustained a back injury last weekend at Cheltenham Town, whilst Scott Guyett has seen his ankle injury flare up again. Neither player has trained this week, meaning that Darren Behcet could get his debut between the sticks, whilst Matthew Rose would benefit at the back.

League leaders Scunthorpe United are currently looking to bolster their striking options, and the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph claims the Iron tried to grab Leon Best from Southampton a fortnight ago. Manager George Burley turned down their advances but the paper claims they will try again before next Thursday's transfer deadline. They currently have three long term injuries to strikers with target man Steve Torpey out with stress fracture of his foot, teenager Ramon Calliste recovering from a broken ankle, while Aussie Daniel McBreen has been out for four months with a hamstring problem. That leaves them with just Billy Sharp and Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford as recognised marksmen on their books at present and so it would seem likely that manager Nigel Adkins will bring in cover in that area.

Swansea City have problems in a similar area of the park and are likely to go into their match tomorrow night with just Pawel Abbott as a recognised striker, just a couple of months after they publicly stated that they had too many strikers on their books! Talisman Lee Trundle is starting a two match ban, whilst Adebayo Akinfenwa is out for the rest of the season. New boss Roberto Martinez has admitted he is unlikely to get someone in before their match against Chesterfield.

Bristol City have also been hit by bad news this week. On loan winger/striker Wayne Andrews is now out for the rest of the season with tendonitis in his knee. In addition former Glover Chris Weale has continued his injury-ravaged year with the news that he will be out for a month, whilst a fragment of floating bone is removed from his back. Steve Brooker, Scott Murray and Richard Keogh will all also be missing for their trip to Crewe Alexandra.


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15 March 2007 : Scunthorpe Ticketing News
There will be no advance purchase of tickets available for Yeovil Town's trip to Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park on Good Friday, 6th April, kick-off 7.30pm.

Tickets will only be available on the day of the game with prices set at 16 pounds for adults and 10 pounds for the Over 60s, full time students and Under 16s. Wheelchair users are charged the adult price, but any assistant is able to enter free of charge.

Visitors are housed in the South Stand (currently dubbed the AMS Stand) which has a 1,650 capacity.


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15 March 2007 : Football League Draws Savage Reaction
Proposals being put forward by the Football League today to make draws in football a thing of the past have been given the big thumbs down by several of their own members.

The Football League have a Chairmans' Meeting in the Midlands today and one of the more bizarre inclusions on the agenda is a proposal to eliminate draws from the Football League competition from the start of the 2007-08 season. All matches that were tied after 90 minutes would instead be settled by a penalty shootout. The winner of the shootout would gain two points, whilst the loser would gain a point.

Hopefully the views of West Country neighbours Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City will be reflected amongst all Chairmen at the meeting. If it gets a favourable response it may be put forward as a formal motion at the Football League AGM in June. However, early reaction hasn't exactly been diplomatic.

City Chairman Steve Lansdown has described the proposal as "a crackpot idea" whilst his first team manager Gary Johnson said it was "ridiculous - it will get laughed out of court, if it even gets there". Argyle boss Ian Holloway is always one for a good rent-a-quote and he hasn't disappointed on the issue, adding: "Has an American taken over the Football League or something?"

Ciderspace's first reaction was to check the date on our calendar - has April Fool's Day come early this year? The second was to wonder whether Budweiser were running an elaborate hoax under their 'You do the football, we'll do the beer' spoof adverts. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction ...


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15 March 2007 : Bristol City Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that Season Ticket Holders have until 2.00pm on Saturday (just before the home match against Blackpool) to claim their priority on tickets for the away match at Ashton Gate against Bristol City.

This match is an ALL TICKET match which takes place on Saturday 14th April 2007 with a 3.00pm kickoff. Remaining tickets go on general sale from Monday 19th March at 9.00am.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £18.00, Over 65s, Students and Ambulant disabled: £14.00, Under 16s: £6.00.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £14.00 with carers admitted for free, although these must be booked via Ashton Gate by calling 0870-1121897.


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15 March 2007 : Mini Season Ticket Reminder
A reminder that you have until the end of tomorrow (Friday) to place your order for the 'Final Countdown Ticket' offer that is currently being run by the club.

The ticket offers supporters the final five League One matches for the 2006-07 season at a special price. In addition, the ticket will also give a degree of priority for any potential playoff semi-final matches that may materialise at the end of the season. The offer will remain open until the Huish Park Ticket Office closes at 5.00pm on Friday.

The matches covered will be the home games against Blackpool, Chesterfield, Leyton Orient, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers. Prices for the five tickets are as follows:

Yeovil College (Main) Stand
Adults: £73.00 (Saving £12)
Juniors: £25.00 (Saving £5)
Concessions: £60.00 (Saving £10)

Cowlin Stand (formerly Bartlett Stand)
Adults: £69.00 (Saving £11)
Juniors: £25.00 (Saving £5)
Concessions: £52.00 (Saving £8)

Westland Terrace
Adults: £69.00 (Saving £11)
Juniors: £25.00 (Saving £5)
Concessions: £48.00 (Saving £7)

In announcing the offer, the club have in doing so revealed how tickets for any potential playoff semi-final would be distributed - if necessary. Tickets will be distributed according to the following pecking order:
a) Season Ticket Holders
b) Those able to produce 12 match day ticket tokens (from the counterfoil) from the 2006-07 season
c) Holders of the special 'Final Countdown' Five Game ticket
d) General Public

If you already have between 7 and 11 tokens, then the Final Countdown ticket will count as 5 additional tokens and therefore will allow you to join the pecking order for those carrying 12 match day ticket tokens.

For further enquries, give the Huish Park Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888.


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14 March 2007 : Reserves Lose At Cardiff
Yeovil Town Reserves succumbed to three second half goals at Jenner Park, Barry this afternoon to lose to Cardiff City Reserves by a 4-2 scoreline, despite having held a half time lead, thanks to goals from Lee Morris and Darryl Knights.

The Glovers included in their squad for the game Chelsea goalkeeper James Russell and Crystal Palace right-back Anthony Straker who are both on trial at the club. Straker is a Palace Academy graduate who has also featured for England at U17 and U18 level. Russell was born in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire on 19th August 1987 and turned pro for Chelsea in the summer of 2006 after two years as a scholar. He was previously on the books of Arsenal, switching at the age of 14.

Yeovil went behind early on when Matt Green got in behind the Glovers defence following a downward header into his path, finishing with a low shot past Glovers trialist James Russell. But Lee Morris created something out of nothing with an equalising goal 10 minutes later, latching onto what was little more than a 50 yard thump out of defence, out-pacing the Cardiff back line, drawing the keeper off his line then finishing into an entirely empty net.

The Glovers went a goal up a minute from the break, with Darryl Knights involved in the build-up to a goal he eventually finished off himself. His initial shot was blocked by a Cardiff defender, but when the ball ran loose again, the ball was slipped back into the box where Knights pounced at the second attempt, stabbing home from 10 yards.

In the second half though, Cardiff turned the game on its head with three goals over a seven minute spell. Aaron Ramsey crashed in a 53rd minute long-range shot off the underside of the crossbar, and that was followed up three minutes later by a Darren Purse header that gave Cardiff back their lead. Then on the hour mark Matt Green got his second goal of the afternoon after he finished from close range from an Iwan Redan pass in the box.

A fast and frantic end-to-end match saw Lee Morris and Darryl Knights get in behind the Cardiff defence on numerous occasions throughout the afternoon but they were unable to provide the finishing touches to give the Glovers any further goals. Morris struck the crossbar from the edge of the box as the game closed out, with the Glovers a little unlucky not to have narrowed the deficit.

Final Score: Cardiff City Reserves 4 Yeovil Town Reserves 2.

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. James Russell 2. Craig Alcock 3. Jake Smeeton 4. Gary Bowles 5. Harry Sherwood 6. Anthony Straker 7. Tom Clarke 8. Anthony Barry 9. Lee Morris 10. Darryl Knights 11. Danny Thompson. Subs: 12. Phil Ormrod 13. Darren Behcet 14. Matt Concliffe.

Cardiff City Reserves: 1. Mark Howard 2. Kerrea Gilbert 3. Bradley Middleton (Capt) 4. Aaron Ramsey 5. Darren Purse 6. Lloyd Evans 7. Jamal Easter 8. Willo Flood 9. Matt Green 10. Iwan Redan 11. Curtis McDonald. Subs: 12. Kyle Bassett 13. Josh Herring 14. Jonathan Brown 15. Anthony Acheampong 16. Sam Wade.

Goals: Matt Green (1-0, 6 mins), Lee Morris (1-1, 16 mins), Darryl Knights (1-2, 44 mins), Aaron Ramsey (2-2, 53 mins), Darren Purse (3-2, 56 mins), Matt Green (4-2, 60 mins).


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14 March 2007 : Playoff Venue Hangs On Safety Certificate
Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has stated that he regards the new Wembley Stadium as the preferred venue for this seasons Playoff Finals. Up until now, it hasn't been clear whether they would be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, or whether the brand new 90,000 capacity stadium in North-West London would be used to stage the three divisional finals.

Mawhinney has now stated that the choice of venue is likely to hinge on two 60,000 capacity "test events" being staged at the venue over the next few weeks. But he appeared optimistic that Wembley would be the most likely outcome:

"It is beginning to look like we might be having the play-off finals at Wembley. By the end of the month we hope to have the safety certificate from Brent, which is a key document. Historically, Wembley is the traditional, spiritual home of the game in this country and any fan wants to see his or her team play there. We managed to provide competitive games in a fine setting - the Millennium Stadium - while Wembley was unavailable. But everyone wants to go to Wembley."

The first test event takes place this coming Saturday and is a pre-ticketed Community Day primarily for local Brent residents to visit and view the facility on Saturday 17th March. The authorities will use the event to test out turnstile operation, plus the use of escalators, PA equipment and other facilities.

That will then be followed a week later by an England Under 21 international against Italy on Saturday 24th March. Tickets for that event completely sold out within six hours of going on sale.

Once those two events have taken place, Brent Council will then make the decision as to whether to issue the Stadium Safety Certificate and it appears that it is this that will drive the Football League's decision-making. Should the Safety Certificate be provided by the end of the month, then there would seem to be no reason why the Playoff Finals should not be at Wembley this year.


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14 March 2007 : Football League Fixtures For 2007-08
The 2007-08 fixture list will be published a week earlier than usual next season. This season fixtures were published on June 22nd 2006, but the details of the 2007-08 calendar will be released to the public on June 14th 2007 at 10.00am.


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14 March 2007 : Reserves Venue Switch
The South Wales Echo are reporting that Yeovil Town's Reserve Team fixture against Cardiff City Reserves will take place at Jenner Park in Barry and not at Ninian Park which is the venue listed on the Football Combination website. If you are going to the match this afternoon (kick-off 2.00pm) then we'd advise you confirm the venue before travelling.


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13 March 2007 : Barker Out On Loan
Danny Barker has gone out on loan to Tiverton Town of the Southern League Premier Division (which now goes by some ridiculous sponsorship name we simply can't be bothered to acknowledge or remember).

The Tivvy Official Site reports that the loan deal is an "open ended" one. What that's supposed to entail exactly is anyone's guess, but presumably in practice means up to the end of the season unless either club decides to terminate it earlier.

Danny played in a 0-0 draw tonight versus a Bath City who currently find themselves at the top of the table, and perhaps heading for........... er, more regional football. Speaking just before the game Tivvy manager Martyn Rogers told the Exeter Express and Echo that he had picked up on Barker following a recommendation by Yeovil Town's goalkeeping coach:

"Danny Barker comes following a recommendation from Len Bond and will go straight into the side in place of Sam Hutchings."


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13 March 2007 : City Slip Up With Game In Hand
Second placed Bristol City missed out on a chance to create a seven point gap between the automatic and playoff slots at the top of League One when they used up their game in hand tonight against Bradford City.

After a pre-match build-up that had been dominated by mention of how big the gap could have been by 10.00pm tonight, relegation-threatened Bradford City had other plans of their own - stealing a 3-2 win at Ashton Gate despite going a goal down. The result leaves City in second place, but with a four point advantage on Yeovil Town and Nottingham Forest.

The rapidly improving Millwall were also thwarted in their attempts to make a late charge for a playoff slot. They were held 2-2 at home to Crewe Alexandra tonight.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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13 March 2007 : Friday Night Football Survey Results
Many thanks to the large number of supporters who voted in last month's survey concerning proposals by the club to introduce Friday Night Football that were discussed at the February 2007 Customer Charter Meeting.

The full statistical results are now available, as well as a general page that seeks to analyse the results that were returned by the survey.

Link: February 2007 : Friday Night Football Survey Analysis.

Link: February 2007 : Friday Night Football Survey Results.

Link: Minutes from the February 6th 2007 Customer Charter Meeting.


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13 March 2007 : Officials For Blackpool Match
The man in the middle for Yeovil Town's home match against Blackpool on Saturday will be Paul Armstrong of Berkshire. Mr Armstrong has significant 'history' with the Glovers having been the referee who took charge of THAT match against Torquay United in the LDV Vans Trophy - that led to both managers fuming about the official's performance. He was also the man in the middle for the December 2005 FA Cup match against Walsall as well as a bad-tempered match against Boston United in August 2004. He's become a bit of a regular at Huish Park over the years and on the whole the experience hasn't been good.

Mr Armstrong will be assisted by Steven Cook (Surrey) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). The Fourth Official will be the equally notorious Mike Mullarkey (Devon).


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12 March 2007 : Webb Out On Loan At Woking
Yeovil Town striker Daniel Webb has gone out on loan to Nationwide Conference side Woking. The Cards are currently 16th in the league but lie just three points off the relegation zone and so need a few more wins to guarantee themselves Conference National football for next season.

Daniel's loan will be for an initial month period, and he will taste action tomorrow night when Woking make the short journey to Aldershot in a league fixture. He has made five appearances for the Glovers so far this season, with his one and only start being against Shrewsbury Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.


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12 March 2007 : Royal Marines Commandos Day Photo Montage : Final Reminder
A reminder that the last auction item aid of Red Nose Day completes on eBay tonight. The auction of Yeovil Town-related memorabilia has been organised by the Princes Street Dental Practice and club dentist Don Gibson. All other auction items completed on Saturday night and this is the only one remaining.

The item in question is a unique signed colour montage depicting the day when Yeovil Town Football Club attended a training day at The Commando Training Unit, Royal Marines, Lympstone, Devon. This 16x12 inch montage is framed and mounted. The auction for this item will be open until 9.17pm tonight on the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Royal Marines Commandos day 2006 : Signed and Framed Photo Montage.


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12 March 2007 : Arron Called Up To Full National Squad Again
After being overlooked earlier in the season, Yeovil Town midfielder Arron Davies has been rewarded with another pair of Welsh full international call-ups for games being played at the end of this month.

Both matches are Euro 2008 Qualifying games, and will take in the away game against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday March 24th, which will be the first football international played at Dublin's Croke Park. That will be followed on Wednesday March 28th by a home match against San Marino that will be played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

The downside of this excellent news is that Arron will be ruled out of Yeovil Town's home match against Chesterfield on March 24th, although with manager Russell Slade currently rotating his midfield quartet on a regular basis in the past month or so, it will not be too hard for the Glovers to revert to an alternative line-up for that weekend.

Wales Squad: Danny Coyne (Burnley), Paul Jones (QPR), Darren Ward (Sunderland), Gareth Bale (Southampton), Danny Collins (Sunderland), James Collins (West Ham United), Richard Duffy (Portsmouth - on loan at Swansea City), Steve Evans (Wrexham), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham United), Craig Morgan (Peterborough United), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby County - on loan at Barnsley), Sam Ricketts (Hull City), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town), Simon Davies (Fulham), David Edwards (Shrewsbury Town), Carl Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Jason Koumas (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Ledley (Cardiff City), Carl Robinson (Toronto), Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Wigan Athletic), Jermaine Easter (Wycombe Wanderers), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Chris Llewelyn (Wrexham), Paul Parry (Cardiff City).


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12 March 2007 : Ladies Back On Track
Yeovil Town Ladies put the shock defeat by Team Bath a fortnight ago behind them with a comprehensive 5-0 demolition of Gloucester City. Meanwhile Team Barf did the Glovers a favour by beating title rivals Penzance 2-0. The third side in the race, Cullompton Rangers, were otherwise engaged - or rather they would have been if their fixture against Bristol Academy 'A' in the Third Round of the Pat Sowden Trophy hadn't been postponed yet again. Yeovil are already through to the Semi-Final stage where they were scheduled to meet Plymouth Argyle Reserves, who narrowly defeated Holway United 1-2 yesterday, away on Sunday 25th March.

Yeovil lead the table in the South West Women's Premier Division with 32 points from 14 matches. Rangers are on 22 points and Penzance 21, with both sides having four games in hand.

Such is the fixture pile up for some clubs this season owing to the wet weather that the decision has been taken to abandon the Premier Division Cup competition. Yeovil Town were set to meet Swindon Spitfires in a Semi-Final, but this match will no longer take place.

League Chairman Ashley Reay said : We have decided to cancel the Premier Division Cup due to lack of suitable Sundays to play the outstanding ties. This, I must say, has been a most regrettable decision to make but it is a decision that now has had to be made.

The Glovers other cup semi, in the Pat Sowden Trophy, is also under threat, with Reay continuing :

If the current situation does not improve.......... the outstanding quarter-final ties will have to be played mid-week. If there are not four semi-finalists by 16th April then the competition will be lost for this season.


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12 March 2007 : McFarland Departs Saltergate
League One side Chesterfield have parted company with manager Roy McFarland after he spent four years in the Saltergate hot seat. McFarland has been replaced by assistant Lee Richardson after a slump in results left the Derbyshire side just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

McFarland arrived at the club in the wake of Chesterfield's controversial rise into League One football during the 2000-01 season, with them having faced 90 separate allegations of breaching FA rules under former Chairman Darren Brown. They were eventually found guilty of under-reporting gate receipts and breaching transfer regulations concerning the purchase of striker Luke Beckett from Chester City and despite being deducted nine points and receiving a 20,000 pound fine, their promotion up to League One level came at a price, with the club's name tarnished.

Chairman Barrie Hubbard, who took over after Brown's departure also was responsible for bringing McFarland to Saltergate and he said of the dismissal:

"Roy has helped return respect from the football world and we thank him for that. But Lee deserves the chance to take over. During my long involvement with the club I have made a number of mistakes, but appointing Roy McFarland as manager was not one of them. He helped a club recovering from the shenanigans of a previous regime. Lee has been a loyal assistant to Roy and has worked hard to achieve the relevant qualifications and now has his opportunity."

Richardson has been given the caretaker-manager role for the rest of the season, as Chesterfield look to halt their slide over the next nine games. Included in that set of games is their trip to Huish Park which takes place in 12 days time on March 24th 2007.


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12 March 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Cheltenham
The BBC local radio interviews associated with Saturday's 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town are now available online.

In addition to the usual post-match views from manager Russell Slade, reporter Alistair Durden also catches up with two-goal hero Wayne Gray.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Interview Transcript.


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12 March 2007 : England Under 18s Ticketing Update And Squad
Tickets for the forthcoming England Under 18s international at Huish Park against Holland are going extremely quickly, with a complete sell-out now looking possible.

Both the Yeovil College Stand and Cowlin Stand are down to singular seats with the Huish Park Ticket Office finding it now impossible to allocate two people adjacent seats. In addition, the Westland Terrace has now sold out. As a result, the open Copse Road Terrace has now had tickets put on general sale.

The match will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2007 with a 7.45pm kickoff. For full details on arrangements for this match, see our news items from February 21st and 22nd or phone 01935-847888 to speak to the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Brian Eastick announced his squad of 18 last week :

Marc Albrighton - Aston Villa
Sone Aluko - Birmingham City
Febian Brandy - Manchester United
Ciaran Clark - Aston Villa
Jack Cork - Chelsea (on loan to AFC Bournemouth)
Simon Eastwood - Huddersfield Town
Preston Edwards - Millwall
James Henry - Reading
Sam Hutchinson - Chelsea
Jordan Parkes - Watford
Netan Sansara - Walsall
Lee Sawyer - Chelsea
Scott Sinclair - Chelsea (on loan to Plymouth Argyle)
Daniel Sturridge - Manchester City
James Tomkins - West Ham United
Josh Walker - Middlesbrough
Josh Wright - Charlton Athletic
Rashid Yussuff - Charlton Athletic


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12 March 2007 : Three More Years Of Fizz
Those of you who are feeling a little bloated by the saturation advertorials and banner ads that are popping up all over the place on PTV websites may or may not be delighted to hear that Coca Cola are to extend their sponsorship deal with the Football League until the summer of 2010. The company sponsorship was due to run out in the summer but will now continue for a further three seasons.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has said of today's news:

"Having a company like Coca-Cola as our title sponsor for a further three seasons is a terrific boost for The Football League. Their continued support is a huge vote of confidence in our clubs and our competition. It also demonstrates that the re-branded Football League is a power in the commercial marketplace. During the first three years of our partnership they have made a great impression with The League and with football fans throughout the country and we value their input highly. We look forward, very much, to our continued partnership working to our mutual benefit."

The Football League's press statement also reveals that under a million of the 10 million pounds "transfer fund" publicised by the fizzy drinks company has been registered by supporters as part of their ongoing bottle promotion. Given that 250,000 pounds of that was guaranteed through a draw made in early February - won by Hull City - this means that under 7.5 percent of the total cash fund has so far been realised across all participating clubs. With the promotion over halfway through, it would seem that unless there are some big prizes hidden away in later distributions of bottles that the majority of the 10 million 'fund' will not reach the clubs.

The statement also reveals that the next initiative later this year will be to allow clubs to raise money through recycling old bottles and cans, presumably through facilities being provided at each ground. A slight case of the cart being put before the horse possibly, given the current promotion that is in progress. Hopefully this will be a permanent initiative although this is not clear. They also prewarn that there will be yet another on-pack promotion for the start of the 2007-08 season. Can't wait!


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12 March 2007 : Gray Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town striker Wayne Gray has deservedly made his first entry into the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One players. Wayne grabbed both goals in a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town over the weekend, bringing his season tally up to nine goals.

The News Of The World also named manager Russell Slade as their manager of the day, after Russell gave the Glovers their first win at Whaddon Road for 39 years.

The Football League's team of the week is as follows:

Lenny Pidgeley (Millwall)
Adam El-Abd (Brighton) Jamie McCombe (Bristol City) Stephen Foster (Scunthorpe) Andy Taylor (Huddersfield)
Shane Tudor (Leyton Orient) Kris Commons (Nottm Forest) Michael Flynn (Gillingham) Chris Taylor (Oldham)
Wayne Gray (Yeovil Town) Akpo Sodje (Port Vale)


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11 March 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town is now available on-line. The Glovers won the match thanks to two goals from Wayne Gray.

Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for the Cheltenham match using the usual voting form.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Cheltenham Town 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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11 March 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Cheltenham Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade had high praise for striker Wayne Gray after he bagged both goals in a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town yesterday. Wayne notched up his 8th and 9th goals of the season at Whaddon Road, and Russell said that he was particularly pleased that the former Southend United had notched his first brace of the season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "I was delighted that he kept going because sometimes he has got himself a goal and then we've not seen too many more opportunities for him. But today he kept going that little bit longer and he got himself that second goal and he could have got himself a third."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section. A pre-match interview with Russell is also available.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Match Preview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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11 March 2007 : Twenty Arrested In Cheltenham
The BBC News website is reporting that 12 people associated with Yeovil Town and 8 associated with Cheltenham Town were arrested prior to yesterday's 2-1 win at Whaddon Road. The full BBC Article reads:
Fans arrested following violence

A number of football fans have been arrested following a disturbance prior to a match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town.

Police were called to the Portland Street area of Cheltenham after fighting broke out.

Officers had to use their batons to help quell the violence and some arrests were made, police said.

After viewing CCTV tapes 12 Yeovil fans and eight Cheltenham fans were later arrested for violent disorder.

Police asked for anyone who witnessed the incident at about 1430 GMT on Saturday to contact them or call Crimestoppers.

Whilst this is disappointing news, it should be taken within the context that Ciderspace believes this to be the first set of arrests involving people associated with Yeovil Town Football Club for around 2.5 years. Earlier this season a Police Report detailed that there had been zero arrests involving Yeovil Town supporters for the previous two seasons.

The number for Crimestoppers - an anonymous freephone service - is 0800 555 111.


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10 March 2007 : Gray Double Shoots Down Robins
Two goals by Wayne Gray were enough to sink relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town in Gloucestershire today. Despite a late goal from John Finnigan, Yeovil Town climbed up into third position in the League One table on the back of an impressive 2-1 win - their first league victory over Cheltenham at Whaddon Road since 1968.

The scoring was opened 20 minutes into the first half, as Terry Skiverton flicked on a throw-in and almost everyone on the field went to sleep as it appeared to be going out harmlessly for a goal kick. Marcus Stewart had different ideas, stretching to the byline and getting in a cross that allowed the unmarked Wayne Gray to head home from six yards out.

Gray doubled his personal tally just beyond the hour mark when a Chris Cohen pass put Arron Davies in behind the Cheltenham defence and when he unselfishly squared the ball across the six yard line, Wayne Gray perfectly timed his run to sweep the ball home.

To be fair to the home side, that second goal had come on the counterattack during a half in which they had plenty of chances to get back into the game with the Glovers having to clear the ball off their own goal line on no less than five separate occasions, with Terrell Forbes, Martin Cranie and Jean-Paul Kalala all producing last-ditch clearances.

Having switched to a 3-4-3 in the closing stages, Cheltenham's never-say-die attitude finally got them back a goal their efforts probably deserved, although it came too late in the day to seriously threaten the direction of the points. Captain John Finnigan followed up a shot on goal that Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall had parried. But the goal came in the final minute of the match and not even four minutes worth of injury time could deny manager Russell Slade three priceless away points and send 1,111 Glovers fans home very happy indeed.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 1 Yeovil Town 2.

The win moves Yeovil up to third in the table as the match of the day saw Scunthorpe United (1st) and Nottingham Forest (4th) share out a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park. Tranmere Rovers (7th) dropped out of the playoff positions due to a 0-2 home defeat against Swansea City (8th), which allowed Blackpool's 0-0 draw to be enough to lift them into the last playoff position, eight points behind the Glovers with a game in hand. Oldham Athletic (5th) play at home against Doncaster Rovers (9th) tomorrow afternoon.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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9 March 2007 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Whaddon Road tomorrow to take on Cheltenham Town in a League One match that represents their third away match in a row. Their hosts currently lie in the relegation zone but represent tough opponents if past meetings between the two clubs are anything to go by - particularly those at Whaddon Road.

Cheltenham were promoted to League One last season via the playoffs but currently run the risk of a quick return to League Two, lying two points away from safety and so must go into tomorrow's match in a positive frame of mind if they are to put pressure on sides above them.

They go into the match with two definite absentees. Former Glovers full-back Jerry Gill will not face his old side tomorrow as he is ruled out with a calf injury. Gill, who played in Yeovil's 1996-97 Isthmian League title-winning side suffered the problem early in the defeat at Millwall last week. Scott Brown is a long term absentee after suffering a broken leg in a January match against Bristol City and is not expected to be back until early next season.

Manager John Ward's options have been boosted today by news of a new addition to the squad. Dénes Rósa is a Hungarian international brought in on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. A midfielder, he was given a three year contract at the Midland club by Glenn Hoddle, but the arrival of Mick McCarthy has seen him fall out of favour at Molineux. Ward said:

"I am delighted to be able to bring a player of his quality to Cheltenham Town. He is a player who likes to get the ball down and play and has an excellent pedigree having played in the championship, at the top level in Hungary and for his country as well."

Midfielder John Finnigan is expected to take his place in the starting line-up despite coming off with a dead leg in Tuesday's match at Port Vale. Ward added:

"John will be fine for the weekend. His inclusion was never going to be a problem because it only happened three minutes from the end of the Vale game."

Ward has frequently praised Yeovil Town for their on the field achievements over the years and speaking to the Western Daily Press he doesn't appear to have changed his view on the subject:

"Yeovil are an excellent side and that is why they will make the play-offs - if they don't make the top two. They come with a terrific away record, which we obviously respect. We have only lost one at home since November, though, and they will know they are going to be in for a tough match. If we can play well then we can win, but we know they are a good side that can hit you on the break. It was a good result against Port Vale (on Tuesday) and has given everyone a big lift after the disappointment at Millwall last weekend. What we have to try to do is add the points on Saturday. If you can win all your home games then it puts you in a strong position - but there is no point in looking any further ahead than the Yeovil game."

Team selection for the Glovers is actually fairly straight-forward. Paul Terry (knee), Mark Lynch (knee), Andy Lindegaard (groin) and Nathan Jones (groin) are all unavailable and the left-back position previously occupied by Jones will almost certainly be taken by on-loan Southampton defender Martin Cranie. Otherwise the only other question mark will be who manager Russell Slade selects in midfield, with four players competing for two positions, with Peter Sweeney, Martin Brittain, Nicky Law and Arron Davies the players that will be left waiting the longest to know their positions within the sixteen.

Yeovil's record against The Robins is nothing short of appalling, and so Slade's side will need to go against past history if they are to secure all three points. The last time a Glovers side won at Whaddon Road in a league match was 39 years ago, whilst the only win of any sort since then came back in 1978 when the Glovers knocked Cheltenham out of the FA Cup. With only one win over the Robins on home soil since 1998, the historical odds are stacked against Yeovil - the only positive thing that can be said in that respect is that the Glovers are due a win in a big way!

Cheltenham are expecting a big crowd tomorrow for the match. Tomorrow has been labelled as a "fun day" at Whaddon Road, with entertainment aimed at families and children starting at 2.00pm. With the Glovers having entirely sold out their allocation of 1,100 seats, there should be plenty of people in attendance in all sides of the stadium and Ward told the Gloucestershire Echo:

"There will hopefully be close to 6,000 people in the ground and that will give us a lift. Both teams have a lot to play for with them trying to get into the top two and us trying to climb out of the bottom four, so that adds some extra spice to it."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham.


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9 March 2007 : Ward Wary Of Stewart Threat
Cheltenham Town manager John Ward has admitted he will be wary of Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart when he takes to the field tomorrow - as he was the manager who oversaw the start of Stewart's rapid rise to the Premiership. Ward was manager of Bristol Rovers between 1993 and 1996 during which time a young Stewart was banging in the goals.

Both disappeared out of the door during the summer of 1996, with Stewart signing for Huddersfield Town in a 1.2 million pound deal that was to raise his profile in the game. Ward told the Gloucestershire Echo he has fond memories of Stewart's time at Rovers:

"Marcus has had a terrific career and he scored 30 goals in a season when I was manager at Bristol Rovers, which is a phenomenal return. He then quite rightly moved on to higher leagues and did well there too, so he is highly respected."

Despite Ward knowing all there is to know about Stewart - he even tried to sign him on loan for Cheltenham just before Yeovil Town made their move - Ward admits that even that may not be enough to stop Stewart in his tracks:

"I think you can know all there is to know about him, but he will still find a goal. Half a yard is in his thinking and he won't out-pace my defenders, but he can out-think them, so that's what they have to work out. He is a good header of the ball for not such a big guy and his left foot's pretty deadly, but he can also score with his right. He is a very difficult opponent and it will be a good test for my boys, but we have done well with him once and I'd like to think we can do it again."


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9 March 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 50 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 50 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 50 : 9th March 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday E3361 Miss J Shepherd, Stiby Road, Yeovil
Tuesday E4541 Mr G Gillham, Westfield Grove, Yeovil
Wednesday D6998 Mr D Wyhatt, St Swithins Avenue, Bridport
Thursday C3521 Mrs C Bourton, Goldcroft, Yeovil
Friday D0190 Mr Upshall, The Incline, Ilminster

£10 Consolations
B3361 Mrs K Gosney, North Street, Stoke-sub-Hamdon
C3361 Mrs C Crossland, Lower Wraxhill Road, Yeovil
A4541 Mrs P A Custard, Haselbury Road, Merriott
B4541 Mrs C Gilham, Moor Villas, South Petherton
C4541 Mrs P Membry, Allingham Road, Yeovil
A6998 Mrs S Hawkins, Deanesly Way, Wincanton
B6998 Mr R J Creighton, Newtown, Milborne Port
C6998 Mr Blundy, Thatcham Park, Yeovil
E6998 Mrs Lintern, Barley Close, Wells
A3521 N Parsons, Townsend, Marston Magna
D3521 Mrs D Elsworth, Mundays Mead, Wincanton
A0190 Mrs T Pollard, Charles Road, Yeovil

Please note, the following local businesses give discounts to Gold Bond Members:

YEOVIL TOWN F.C. CLUB SHOP 01935 847877 10% Discount
Yeovil Décor Ltd, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 823443 20% Discount
Tile Market, Bardel Court, Houndstone 01935 433331 20% Discount
The Mad Hatter, 79 Princes Street, Yeovil 01935 471545 10% Fancy Dress Hire
Greensleeves Nurseries, Odcombe 01935 864166 10% Discount
Globetrotters, South Street, Yeovil 01935 423328 10% (restaurant only)
Sports of Bond Street, Bond Street, Yeovil 01935 423368 10% Discount
The Southern Bed Company, Malmesbury Way, Yeovil 01935 411863 10% Discount
A.E.P. Motorcycle Training, Stoke-sub-Hamdon 01935 824891 10% Discount
CCK Beauty Studio, Ilchester, Somerset 01935 849199 10% (excludes other offers)
NRG Associates Yeovil Ltd (Carpets 01935 426590 10% Discount
Serco Roofing, 1 Malmesbury Way, Yeovil 01935 411542 10% Discount
The Cartridge Recycle Company, Venture 7, Yeovil 01935 477737 10% off refills & compatibles
Loders Butchers, 13 Union Street, Yeovil 01935 421503 5% on purchases over £10
Face-It, Princes Street, Yeovil 01935 474391 £3 off YTFC fascias
Montague's Video Hire, Huish, Yeovil 01935 475951 Free Membership


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9 March 2007 : Finnigan Confident Of Recovery
Cheltenham Town midfielder and club captain John Finnigan is confident that he will be fit in time for tomorrow's League One match against Yeovil Town at Whaddon Road. Finnigan was substituted at the tail end of their 1-1 draw with Port Vale in midweek, but he doesn't foresee a problem in being in the starting line-up for tomorrow's game. Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo, Finnigan explained why he went off:

"I Picked up a dead leg at Port Vale on Tuesday night, but I'll be fit to play against Yeovil Town tomorrow.I was hobbling around towards the end of the game and after I'd received treatment from our physio, Ian Weston, it seemed sensible to get a fresh pair of legs on for the final couple of minutes."

Finnigan had already missed the match at Huish Park last October, which was won by a late goal from John Melligan that led to a 0-1 shock defeat for the Glovers:

"I was injured earlier in the season when we played at Yeovil, but I travelled down to watch the game. It was a great result and we were hoping that we'd turned a corner after that win. We proved down there we can beat them and if we play to our capabilities, we can be a match for anyone at Whaddon Road."

If the Glovers are to win against The Robins, they must overturn a record at Whaddon Road that stretches right back to 1978 - the last time a Yeovil Town side picked up maximum points on that ground, and Finnigan is well aware of that - also pointing out that even at Huish Park Yeovil have only beaten Cheltenham once since 1998:

"Apart from one heavy defeat on Boxing Day 2004, we have fared reasonably well against Yeovil in recent years. We want to keep that going tomorrow and we really have to pick up points from our home games. If we can get a couple of good results, things will suddenly look a lot brighter for us."

Aside from Cheltenham's strong record against the Glovers, the other factor that should eliminate any form of complacency against a side who are currently third from bottom of League One is that The Robins managed to grab a point at Vale Park on Tuesday against a Port Vale side that the Glovers lost 4-2 against just three days previously. Like Yeovil, Finnigan wasn't exactly pleased with the state of the Vale Park pitch that night:

"The conditions meant that the football wasn't great. If there had been any more rain that day the game would have been off because we were sinking four or five inches into the pitch and it was definitely the worst surface we have played on this season."

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : October 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2004 : Yeovil Town 4 Cheltenham Town 1.


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9 March 2007 : Stewart Sets Glovers Targets
Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart believes that the Glovers need five more wins to secure a playoff place for the 2006-07 League One season, but concedes that it would need something to go badly wrong for Scunthorpe United and Bristol City to fail in their bids for automatic slots. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Marcus set out clear targets for what he felt the Glovers needed to do:

"I believe we need maybe five wins to get into the playoffs and maybe seven or eight wins to get automatic promotion. But looking at the results the other night with Forest looking at Doncaster and City taking advantage of one of their games in hand, I think City are more or less up now."

Despite Marcus being a well-known Bristol City supporter, he told the Western Daily Press that his primary concern was to secure the Glovers a playoff position as a minimum target, and repeated his belief that it would take something dramatic to dislodge the current top two from their positions:

"It will be Scunthorpe and City, and the priority for Yeovil is to get ourselves in the play-offs. I think City are up, it's that simple. If they don't go up then something's wrong, but I genuinely think they're up now. Their run-in isn't that hard. They've got to play us and Forest - but apart from that they shouldn't slip up anywhere really. We're in a great position ourselves and I don't care if City go up or not, I'm more worried about this club. I think that four or five wins will get us in the play-offs."

There may of course be a slight bit of kidology in Stewart's beliefs, both in terms of the pressure that Bristol City are under and the need to keep that pressure off the shoulders of his own teammates. Even if the Glovers may be hard-pushed to catch City, third placed Nottingham Forest are just two points behind Gary Johnson's side, and with most clubs having 30 or more points still to play with, it's unlikely anyone will be taking their foot off the pedal just yet.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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9 March 2007 : Fullback Boosts For Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound that he has had positive news concerning recent injuries to three of his full-backs. Two of the three are currently doing solo fitness schedules with club physio Jim Joyce, whilst Nathan Jones is confident that he can recover from his recent groin operation in lightning-quick time, despite the initial prognosis being that he would be out until around Easter.

None of the trio will be available for tomorrow's match against Cheltenham Town, but Russell said that the news that right-backs Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard were now out in the open air doing fitness work was a positive sign:

"Lynchy should join us for training next week. He's been out on the grass and doing bits of work with (physio) Jim (Joyce) and so is Lindy. We're hopeful that he will continue to make good progress."

The Glovers have a Reserve Team match at Cardiff City next week, but that is expected to be too soon for either player to be involved. However, there is hope that both players can be fit in time for the Somerset Premier Cup tie against Weston-Super-Mare during the following week.

Russell also reported that the news on left-back Jones was encouraging, with Nathan setting himself an extremely high target for getting back into the side:

"Nathan Jones has recovered from his groin surgery. He wants to be the quickest man back ever! I think Steve Staunton holds the record at nine days, so Jones will try and beat that. He is around the ground. He came straight out of the surgery and came straight in to see me yesterday. So we will see how he is getting along. We are pleased with the progress he is making as well. Other than that I believe everyone else is OK."


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9 March 2007 : OTV Exiles Subscription Offer
For any UK-based exiles who haven't got hold of a copy of the recent issue of the On To Victory fanzine, you can get that and the next 2 issues (Issue 22 out Chesterfield (H) 24/03, Issue 23 out Rotherham United (H) 21/04) delivered to your door for just £5.

You can pay via paypal, cheque or an internet bank transfer. Get in touch at info@ontovictory.net.


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9 March 2007 : Slade Still On Target Man Chase
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound that he is still looking to bring in one more player before the loan transfer deadline. Although the Glovers have four players on their books who are capable of playing in striking positions, none have the physical presence in the penalty box that Southampton striker Leon Best had whilst on loan at Huish Park.

Slade has made no secret of the fact that he would like to bring in a six-foot-plus target man into the club who can win balls in the box and this week has said that he has got his eye on three strikers who are believed to be on the books of Championship clubs. At present, their respective managers are reluctant to see their players go out on loan, but Slade has said that if one of those players does become available then he has the green light from the board to bring them to Huish Park:

"I've had a chat with the Chairman and the board and I've asked them if one comes about are we OK to go ahead and that has been sanctioned. So if the right one does come our way then we'll look to take him. Having said that I am not going to waste it on anything on anybody. It has to be the right one. I am looking for that right one and there possibly might be one early next week. I certainly can't do anything for this weekend but we'll just have to wait and see."


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9 March 2007 : Hoodies With Halos
The Editor of the Yeovil Town Fanzine 'On To Victory' has appealed to Yeovil Town fans to contribute to the next issue, which is due out at the Chesterfield game on 24th March.

"Anyone who wants to come on board and get involved with the fanzine is welcome to get in touch with us. All contributions are gratefully received, even from supporters groups that may or may not attend matches" said editor Seb White with tongue firmly in cheek.

White sought also to defend a couple of minor mistakes in the last issue (it was listed as Issue 2 on the front cover instead of 21, and an article by Steve Wilson was wrongly credited to Simon Robertson). He commented

"We should be putting halos on the people here. They don't get paid at all but they love the club. Most people work hours into the night on their Macs to get the issue out and there is no doubt that they are passionate about the club."

Anyone willing to contribute on absolutely anything to do with Yeovil Town or Football, or anything else worthwhile to that matter, are asked to email info@ontovictory.net. The deadline is March 15th but if you are going to do anything it's definitely a case of the earlier the better.

A reminder that OTV's recent offering it is available at the following outlets:

The Programme Shop at the Ground (with thanks to Paul Hadlow helpful as ever)
Centre News at Yeovil Bus Station
The Sweeterie on Middle Street
Crofton Stores on Middle Street

Any foreign based Yeovil fans are also asked to send their details to info@ontovictory.net and a PDF of the recent issue will be made available.


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8 March 2007 : Football League Awards Highlights
The annual Football League Awards programme is on Sky Sports tonight, showing which football clubs performed the best both on and off the field of play over the year of 2006.

The Glovers didn't pick up any awards themselves, but previous highlights programmes of the awards have tended to do the rounds of most clubs during the show. For a full list of who won what see our news item on Sunday (4th March). The programme is repeated several times over the next 24 hours. Lasting 60 minutes, the scheduled showings are as follows:

18:30 on Thursday 8th March. Sky Sports 1.
23:00 on Thursday 8th March. Sky Sports 1.
02:30 on Friday 9th March. Sky Sports 1.
10:00 on Friday 9th March. Sky Sports 3.
12:30 on Friday 9th March. Sky Sports 1.
16:00 on Friday 9th March. Sky Sports Xtra.


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8 March 2007 : Red Nose Day Raffle Items
In addition to the ebay Auction items mentioned in yesterday's news the Princes Street Dental Practice are also holding a raffle in aid of Red Nose Day.

Numerous Yeovil Town players have donated their personal kit with the prizes including 13 pairs of signed shorts from Scott Guyett, JP Kalala, Chris Cohen, Mark Lynch, Peter Sweeney, Wayne Gray, Martin Brittain, Terry Skiverton, Andy Lindegaard and Bradley Thomas. There are also four signed shirts from Guyett, Webb, Davies and Steve Collis plus a set of Steve Mildenhall's signed gloves.

In addition, the raffle offers two signed items of Russell Slade training kit, a signed Russell Slade cap, an Arron Davies sweatshirt, a signed YTFC dinner plate (Peter Sweeney) and a voucher from YTFC for two home game tickets.

Tickets are available for £1 a strip from Princes Street Dental Practice, 45 Princes Street, Yeovil. Everyone is welcome to support this.

There is also a childrens' raffle with YTFC teddy bears and other prizes with ticket costing 50p/strip.

The draw will take place at Princes Street on Red Nose Day, 16th March at 3pm, with central defender Scott Guyett making the draw.

As mentioned, there are also a number of items for sale on e-bay with bids closing on Saturday 10th March at 11pm. These include boots from Skiverton, Cohen, Forbes, Kalala, Gray and Jones and the signed match ball from the YTFC v Swansea City game. See yesterday's news item for full details.

The running total raised so far is £500.


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8 March 2007 : Away Travel For Bristol City and Gillingham
The Away Travel Club have announced that they will be running transport up to Bristol City on April 14th 2007. The cost will be £10 per person, with the coaches leaving Huish Park at 10.30am, and a stop will be made along the way.

They are also taking coaches up to Gillingham for the last league game of the season on May 5th 2007. This trip will cost £17 per person, and the transport will be leaving Huish Park at 7.30am, with the usual stop on the way.

If you would like to book a seat for either trip please phone Roger on 07960-687075.

Early bookings for both trips are strongly advised.


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7 March 2007 : Red Nose Day Ebay Auction : New Item Added
An additional auction item has been added to those already currently up on eBay in aid of Red Nose Day. The auction of Yeovil Town-related memorabilia has been organised by the Princes Street Dental Practice and club dentist Don Gibson.

The latest item has been donated by Stew Bratherton and is a unique signed colour montage depicting the day when Yeovil Town Football Club attended a training day at The Commando Training Unit, Royal Marines, Lympstone, Devon. This 16x12 inch montage is framed and mounted. The auction for this item will be open for five days on the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Royal Marines Commandos day 2006 : Signed and Framed Photo Montage.

The other eight eBay auction items have just three days left for bids to be lodged. Bidding will end around 11.00pm UK time on Saturday March 10th. All previously mentioned auction items are listed below.

Red Nose Day : Original Ebay Auction Items.

1) Signed Terry Skiverton shirt, boots and programme.

2) Yeovil Town Vs Swansea City Match Ball 24th Feb 07.

3) Yeovil Town Marcus Stewart signed boots.

4) Yeovil Town Jean-Paul Kalala signed boots.

5) Yeovil Town Nathan Jones signed boots.

6) Yeovil Town Wayne Gray signed boots.

7) Yeovil Town Terrell Forbes signed boots.

8) Yeovil Town Chris Cohen signed boots.


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7 March 2007 : Terry Skiverton : Yeovil Legend Scarf
The Away Travel Club have produced a special edition Yeovil Town scarf featuring the name of club captain Terry Skiverton, who has made over 300 appearances for the club.

The scarf is priced six pounds and can be purchased from Stew Bratherton, either via the usual Away Travel Contacts or in the beer tent before home games.
New Terry Skiverton scarf. On sale now priced six pounds.
New Terry Skiverton scarf. On sale now priced six pounds.
Photo © 2007 Mark Kelly



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7 March 2007 : Glovers 3 Grecians 1
Yeovil Town Reserves beat Exeter City Reserves by three goals to one at Huish Park this afternoon.

A very fringe and youth dominated side sporting just a couple of first teamers put together some good football to outplay the Conference visitors. Darryl Knights, on loan from Ipswich Town until the end of the season, knocked in a brace in the first period, the first a header from a Martin Brittain cross, the second a shot from outside the penalty box.

Tom Clarke added a third in the second half to a solitary reply from the Grecians. Daniel Webb was penalised for a foul in the box, and although Darren Behcet saved the resulting penalty the ball ran loose and Exeter were the first to react, and converted.

Final score : Yeovil Town Reserves 3 Exeter City Reserves 1


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7 March 2007 : Cheltenham Tickets Update
It is looking increasingly likely that tickets for Saturday's match with Cheltenham Town are now sold out. Several supporters have reported on the Green Room forum that calls to the Huish Park Ticket Office this afternoon resulted in them being informed that tickets were sold out.

However, erring on the side of caution, since those calls, the official site has announced that "tickets for this game are now available from Huish Park, and selling quickly". If we can categorically confirm either way what the situation is, we'll provide another update.


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7 March 2007 : Squad For Exeter Named
Yeovil Town Reserves will feature just a couple of first team 'names' in this afternoon's Football Combination match against Exeter City Reserves.

Right-winger Martin Brittain and midfielder Anthony Barry are the most recognised faces in the side, whilst Darryl Knights will get another chance to impress up front. The full squad for the match is as follows:

Darren Behcet, Craig Alcock, Jake Smeeton, Gary Bowles, Daniel Webb, Anthony Barry, Phil Ormrod, Martin Brittain, Darryl Knights, Tom Clarke, Danny Thompson, Tom Parsons, Matt Concliffe, Liam Horder.


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7 March 2007 : Reserves vs Exeter Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Exeter City Reserves in a Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division match at Huish Park this afternoon, kickoff 2.00pm.

Admission for the match is 2 pounds for adults, one pound for concessions with season ticket holders admitted free of charge.

If we get any early indication of team news we will post details here.


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6 March 2007 : Bristol City Tickets On Sale On Wednesday
Tickets for the away match at Ashton Gate against Bristol City go on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY on Wednesday. This match is an ALL TICKET match which takes place on Saturday 14th April 2007 with a 3.00pm kickoff.

Tickets will remain on sale to season ticket holders until 2.00pm on Saturday 17th March - just before the home match against Blackpool. They will then go on general sale from Monday 19th March at 9.00am.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £18.00, Over 65s, Students and Ambulant disabled: £14.00, Under 16s: £6.00.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £14.00 with carers admitted for free, although these must be booked via Ashton Gate by calling 0870-1121897.


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6 March 2007 : Oldham Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the forthcoming away match against Oldham Athletic are now on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Boundary Park on Saturday 31st March 2007 with a 3.00pm kickoff.

Tickets for the match are subject to a two pound surcharge if purchased on the day. However the pre-match prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00, Over 65: £9.00, Under 16s: £9.00, Under 12s: £3.00.

Disabled supporters must telephone 0871-2261690 for arrangements and tickets.


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6 March 2007 : Cheltenham Tickets Almost Sold Out
Reports from supporters buying tickets for Saturday's match at Whaddon Road against Cheltenham Town are that the two away sections are almost sold out. The match is ALL TICKET for away supporters, but it looks as though tickets will be gone long before the day of the game anyway.

The problem appears to have been caused by the limited allocation given by the Gloucestershire side. There are 911 spaces in the Carlsberg Stand (situated where the old Whaddon Road Terrace used to be) but only 200 seats in the In2Print Stand and therefore demand has heavily outstripped supply.

If you're still after a ticket, we recommend that you get your skates on and call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 before they run out. Prices are as follows:

Adults £18, Seniors/Students £11, 16 and under £7, Disabled £11.


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6 March 2007 : Webb Rejects Weymouth Return
Yeovil Town striker Daniel Webb has rejected a chance to be reunited with his former club Weymouth according to today's Dorset Echo.

Manager Jason Tindall had tried to get Webb in on loan at the Wessex Stadium, where Webb played until being released in December 2005, but the striker has turned down their offer. Speaking to the paper Tindall explained:

"It was a good opportunity for him but he felt it was better for him to stay at Yeovil and play in the reserves. But we will move on."


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6 March 2007 : Yorkshire Becoming Managers' Graveyard
These things often happen in threes. Five days after Rotherham United parted company with Alan Knill, and three weeks after Bradford City lost Colin Todd, another Yorkshire club are going manager-hunting. Peter Jackson has been relieved of his duties by Huddersfield Town following their 5-1 thrashing by Nottingham Forest on Saturday. As is the norm these days, the official line is that events took place by "mutual consent" meaning that Jackson will have accepted a payoff.

The only surprise is that it didn't happen sooner. Huddersfield lie in 15th position in the table - a far cry from the pre-season predictions of promotion for Jackson's side following their narrow miss in last season's playoffs. But for a side that normally has such dominant home form, they have won just six times at the Galpharm this year - hardly the best way to win over the masses. Even back in September, the Glovers' 3-2 win in Yorkshire was followed by demonstrations outside the stadium by angry fans. Now just seven points off the drop-zone and 11 away from the playoffs, Huddersfield find themselves with more interest in those below them than those above them. The club's official statement states:

"The board's minimum aim for the season was to achieve a play-off position, but unfortunately due to our form and inability to attract key players this objective is now looking remote. Peter made a major contribution to the club as it emerged from administration and helped us achieve our early successes. We would like to thank Peter most sincerely for his services over the last three-and-a-half years and wish him the best for the future."

Huddersfield have appointed Academy Director Gerry Murphy in a caretaker role, with a rather important home match against 4th from bottom Bradford City - still without a manager with David Wetherall in temporary charge - looming large on the horizon.


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6 March 2007 : Nathan Out For Three Weeks
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that as expected, left-back Nathan Jones has gone in for a groin operation today. The recent arrival of Martin Cranie on loan along with the availability of Matthew Rose means that manager Russell Slade now has cover in that area and with Cranie only with the club for just over a month, now was the logical time to get Nathan's injury sorted out. Speaking to the paper Russell explains:

"Nathan will have to go for the operation because the pain has become a bit too much. He will be out of action for about three weeks, which is a bit unfortunate for us. It is probably the right time to do it, though, because we have Martin Cranie until the end of the month - so we have options."

With only one game a week until the Easter weekend - which Nathan should return for - it is possible that the Welshman may only miss three matches - all of which can be covered by the rather versatile Cranie. The very best of luck to Nathan in his operation today and let's hope he is back and wearing the No.3 shirt by the end of the month.

The WDP also report that yesterday's news concerning Ipswich Town right-back Luke Webster is somewhat off the mark. Apparently Webster has yet to make a return to Huish Park.


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6 March 2007 : Way Due For Another Op
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way goes into hospital tomorrow in a third bid to cure his long running shinbone problems. Darren has had a multitude of problems ever since he was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the tibia in November 2005 during the latter part of his Glovers career.

Darren was transferred to Swansea City in January 2006 but since then has made only six League starts and eight substitute appearances for the Welsh side and has not played since October.

The operation will be performed at London's Lister Hospital where he will have a nail inserted into the shaft of his tibia which will rule him out for up to six months. In addition to the work done whilst a Yeovil player, he also had an operation last summer to try and repair the shinbone. Swans physio Richie Evans has told their official site of the latest developments:

"After further scans and a consultation with leading consultant Andy Williams, who does a lot of work with Premiership champions Chelsea, it was revealed that Darren's stress fracture has still not healed properly. Darren's injury has been a very difficult case to treat because the stress fracture is in a rare position on the tibia."

Somewhat bizarrely, Evans appeared to imply that Swansea had taken Yeovil's word that Darren was fit when he completed his 150,000 pound transfer to the Liberty Stadium:

"When he signed for us we were reassured by Yeovil that he was fully fit. Darren also had an MRI scan as part of his medical and it confirmed that the shin had healed. Unfortunately, after playing and training, the symptoms reappeared. We've sent Darren to the best people possible. Two top physicians, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, biomechanist and a leading bone specialist reviewed his previous history and symptoms together and they felt an operation was the best way forward. They are confident that this will finally resolve his injury problems and we can look forward to seeing him play again on a regular basis at the start of next season."

Thankfully for Darren, he will be on the Swansea payroll until June 2009, having signed a 3.5 year deal on his arrival in Wales.


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5 March 2007 : Officials For Whaddon Road
Ray Olivier (West Midlands) has been appointed to the Cheltenham Town versus Yeovil Town match on Saturday 10th March, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

This wll be the second time this season we've had Mr Olivier, the first being an uneventful 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion back in September at Huish Park.

Prior to that the last occasion Olivier refereed a Glovers match was the LDV Vans Trophy Second Round tie against Colchester United in 2003.

Phil Gibbs (West Midlands) and Roger Vaughan (Somerset) will be the assistants, Peter Grove (West Midlands) the fourth official.


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5 March 2007 : Travel To Cheltenham Town
The Away Travel Club are running coach travel to Cheltenham Town this Saturday at a cost of £11.00. They are leaving the Football Club at 9.30am. If you want to book a space please phone Roger on 07960687075. There is a TV and toilet on the coach and they will stop on the way.


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5 March 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Port Vale
The BBC Local Radio interviews associated with Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Port Vale are now loaded up onto the BBC Somerset Sound website.

Aside from a rather angry-sounding Russell Slade talking to reporter John Bennett, they also interview midfielder Chris Cohen to get his views on what went wrong.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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5 March 2007 : Webster Returns To Huish Park
Ipswich Town right-back Luke Webster is returning to Huish Park for a second trial this week, according to unofficial website Those Were The Days.

Webster played in the FA Youth Cup match for the Tractor Boys late last year and he followed that up by playing in the February Reserve Team match for the Glovers against Cheltenham Town. He is not being offered a new deal at Portman Road and so will be a free agent in the summer.

The Glovers have a Reserve Team match against Exeter City this coming Wednesday (March 7th) at Huish Park, kick-off 2.00pm and it is quite possible that Webster will get a run-out in this match.


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4 March 2007 : The Football League Awards
Well as the Glovers didn't get one we don't really care - tawdry baubles, bah humbug - but just for the record the following gongs were dished out at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight :

Championship Player of the Year - Jason Koumas (West Bromwich Albion)
League One Player of the Year - Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe United)
League Two Player of the Year - Izale McLeod (Milton Keynes Dons)

Football League Young Player of the Year - Gareth Bale (Southampton)

Championship Young Apprentice Award - Chris Gunter (Cardiff City)
League One Apprentice Award - Joe Skarz (Huddersfield Town)
League Two Apprentice Award - Joe Thompson (Rochdale)

Goal of the Year - Joe Ledley, Barnsley v Cardiff, 5th August 2006

Community Club of the Year - Brighton & Hove Albion
Best Community Initiative - Norwich City
Best Club Sponsorship - Brentford
Best Club Marketing Campaign - Norwich City
Best Matchday Programme - Colchester United
Best Use of New Media - Cardiff City
Best Kit Design - Burnley (Away Kit)
Best Away Ground - Stadium of Light (Sunderland)

Fan of the Year - Stan McGowen (Bury)
Contribution to League Football - Jack Taylor
Good Sport Award - Chris Doig (Northampton Town)


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4 March 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 4-2 defeat against Port Vale is now online.

Don't forget also to cast your Man of The Match Vote for yesterday's match using the form below.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Port Vale 4 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting Form : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.


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4 March 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Port Vale Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade laid down the law to his players following yesterday's 4-2 defeat at the hands of Port Vale. Blaming his players for not changing their normal game that was not suitable on a dreadfully poor pitch, Russell was angry that he had told them how to adapt to the conditions but that certain players had failed to do so.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "I'm trying to give them the information and I'm trying to tell them what it would be like if they don't apply themselves, if they don't do the right things and if they don't do the basics right. We shot ourselves in the foot. People will be doing it my way - the Russell Slade way - and that is it. If they won't do it my way, then they won't be in the side."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section. A pre-match interview with Russell is also available.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Match Preview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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4 March 2007 : Best Misses Out
Leon Best, now back with Southampton, was pipped for the League One February Player of the Month Award as announced on Sky Sports this morning.

Nominated along with Scunthorpe United goalkeeper Joe Murphy, Tranmere Rovers utility player Jason Price, and the fondly remembered Bas Savage, who is now tripping over blades of grass for Brighton & Hove Albion, it was the league leader's keeper who took the accolade.


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4 March 2007 : MOTM Updates
The Man of the Match for the away trip to Doncaster Rovers was Terrell Forbes.

1: Terrell Forbes
2: Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala
3: Nathan Jones

Voters were not too impressed with the quality of what they saw on the pitch, giving the match an overall rating of 4.8/10, with the performance scoring 5.0 and the entertainment value 4.6.

Forbes also scooped the honours for the month of February :

1: Terrell Forbes
2: Leon Best
3: Steve Mildenhall
4: Chris Cohen
5: Scott Guyett
6: Jean-Paul Kalala
7: Nathan Jones
8: Wayne Gray
9: Terry Skiverton
10: Marcus Stewart
11: Peter Sweeney

On the running total for the season administrator Paul Chesterman writes :

After trailing Chris Cohen and Terry Skiverton in third place for most of the season, Terrel Forbes took over second spot in January and after winning the February Player of the Month, takes top spot as we enter the last two months of the season.

Current positions :

PLAYER OF THE SEASON LEADERBOARD

Terrell Forbes
Chris Cohen
Terry Skiverton
Leon Best
Steve Mildenhall
Nathan Jones
Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala
Marcus Stewart
Lee Morris
Paul Terry
Arron Davies
Martin Cranie
Wayne Gray
Ishmael Welsh-Elliott
Anthony Barry

You can vote for your Man of the Match in yesterday's game at Vale Park here.


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4 March 2007 : Ladies Clash Postponed?
We're being a little cautious on this, but for anyone who was thinking of going along to watch the important first v third clash between Yeovil Town and Penzance at 2.00 p.m. this afternoon - we believe it has been postponed. The Penzance Ladies Official Site has an item dated 3rd March saying the match "has apparently been eventually postponed". So if even they aren't quite sure...........


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3 March 2007 : Thomas: I'd love to stay for the rest of the season
Despite the Lincolnshire Cheats falling back into the relegation places this afternoon from the combination of 3-2 defeat against Franchise F.C. and Wrexham winning for the first time in decades, Bradley Thomas is hoping that his loan spell will be extended through to the end of the season.

It's out of my hands really, but if the opportunity arose, I'd love to stay for the rest of the season. I want to help the club stay up [on your own there, Brad] and it would be disappointing to leave before they had achieved that.

It's much better playing first team games for Boston in front of good crowds than sitting on the bench or playing in the reserves at Yeovil. I've learnt so much over the past couple of months - the experience has without doubt made me a better player.


Thomas will doubtless be looking to the future, with a new contract at Yeovil Town when his current deal runs out in the summer rather less than certain. He continued:

My contract with Yeovil is up in the summer and at the moment I don't know if I am going to get offered a new one. They are flying high in League One and my future could depend on if they get promoted to the Championship.

It would be great to see them go up, although that may affect my chances of securing another deal. In the Championship, they may be looking for a different sort of player, so I may be forced to find a new club. That means I've got to make a good impression over the next few weeks. There are so many out of contract players these days, so you've got to stand out from the crowd.


Boston in the Conference might suit.


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3 March 2007 : Kamikaze Glovers Sunk By Vale
Yeovil Town conceded four goals for the first time this season in a League One match as they crashed 4-2 in Burslem today against Port Vale. Despite clawing their way back to 2-2 after being two goals down, they conceded two more goals after the break in a defeat that sees them drop two places down to 4th in the League One table.

They got off to a horror start at Vale Park. Captain Terry Skiverton's poor backpass on a soft spongy pitch was capitalised on by Akpo Sodje and he put in Leon Constantine who gave Vale the lead on 15 minutes. Two minutes later and Vale doubled their lead with Danny Whitaker unmarked and 12 yards out finishing well.

It looked like a mountain to climb but Vale went to sleep for 60 seconds and suddenly found their lead wiped out in an instant. Wayne Gray headed home a Martin Brittain cross, then a minute later Gray turned provider, feeding Chris Cohen whose shot on goal could only be parried by home keeper Joe Anyon and Marcus Stewart couldn't miss.

Manager Russell Slade warned his players at half time that the team that made the least mistakes would win the game on a pudding of a pitch, but his words were not heeded as the Glovers fell behind four minutes into the second period. Danny Whitaker broke clear with an offside flag staying down and when a cross was put in for Leon Constantine, Matthew Rose tried to cut it out and succeeded in putting the ball into his own net.

Vale sealed the game with 10 minutes remaining, when another defensive error gifted them a goal. Nathan Jones may have played his last game before a groin operation and his replacement Martin Cranie entirely misjudged the state of the pitch by underhitting a backpass and as Steve Mildenhall cleared, Leon Constantine's attempt to block the clearance saw him notch up his second goal of the match. This time there was no way back from the two goal deficit.

Final Score: Port Vale 4 Yeovil Town 2.

The defeat sees Yeovil drop to 4th with Scunthorpe United, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest all winning. But there was less damage done below that point with Oldham Athletic, Carlisle United, Swansea City and Blackpool all drawing and Doncaster Rovers losing. As such the magical gap between the Glovers and the edge of the playoff positions remains at nine points, with the majority of clubs having just 10 games left.


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3 March 2007 : Football League Awards
The 2nd annual Football League Awards, in conjunction with FourFourTwo, will take place at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London, this Sunday, 4th March.

With the event hosted by Jeff Stelling, Sky Sports One will carry coverage of the highlights on Thursday 8th March at 6.30 p.m., repeated at 11.00 p.m.

FOOTBALL AWARDS

Young Apprentice Award - Championship
Apprentice Award - League One
Apprentice Award - League Two
Goal of the Year
FourFourTwo Young Player of the Year - Football League
FourFourTwo Player of the Year - League Two
FourFourTwo Player of the Year - League One
FourFourTwo Player of the Year - Championship

INDUSTRY AWARDS

Community Club of the Year - shortlisted: Brighton & Hove Albion, Colchester United, Millwall, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion.
Best Community Initiative - shortlisted: Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City, Plymouth Argyle, Scunthorpe United, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Best Club Sponsorship - shortlisted: Brentford, Ipswich Town, Walsall.
Best Club Marketing Campaign - shortlisted: Milton Keynes Dons, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Best Matchday Programme - shortlisted: Cardiff City, Colchester United, Crystal Palace, Hull City, Plymouth Argyle, Queens Park Rangers, Stockport County.
Best Use of New Media - shortlisted: Cardiff City, Leicester City, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Sunderland.
Best Kit Design - shortlisted: Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Norwich City, Milton Keynes Dons, Mansfield Town.
Best Away Ground - in conjunction with BBC Radio Five Live
Fan of the Year
Contribution to League Football
Good Sport Award


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3 March 2007 : Cranie On His Return
Martin Cranie has been speaking to the Western Daily Press about his return to Huish Park :

It's all happened really quickly because yesterday morning I was at Southampton ready to start training. The gaffer called me over and told me he would allow me to come back to Yeovil, and I jumped at the chance.

It has been a frustrating few weeks for me because I was getting regular first-team games at Yeovil and was only in the reserves when I went back to Southampton. But it's an exciting time for me to come back to Yeovil because they've continued to move forward while I've been away and are in a great position in the league. I see no reason at all why we can't keep it going now and earn automatic promotion. We've certainly been better then the opposition in the games I've played so far and we've got a great chance of going up.


The agreement of Southampton manager George Burley to the loan comes at a good time for Yeovil Town as well as Cranie. Russell Slade can now afford to let Nathan Jones go for an operation to clear up a minor groin injury he's been playing through. The plan is that with around a four week recovery time if all goes well, Cranie can cover for the loss of Jones for a month with Nathan ready to return when Cranie's 38 day spell runs out.

I'm pleased to have Martin back and we've had to be patient. But I always said that we would get him back if it was at all possible. And it is a good time for him to arrive because it takes the pressure off Nathan Jones a little bit, with him having to play through an injury. Nathan will now go in for his operation sooner rather than later and we will assess the situation after the game at Port Vale.

Slade also hopes that the Cranie loan will bridge the last weeks of the long-term absence of Mark Lynch. Lynch's return has been pencilled in for just after Easter.

We're hoping that Lynchy will be ready for the last four or five games of the season, Slade added.


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2 March 2007 : McCallum Out On Loan
Winger Gavin McCallum has become the fourth Yeovil Town player to head out on loan in the past 24 hours. Gavin will spend a month at the Avenue Stadium playing for Conference South side Dorchester Town. Gavin has already had spells at Tamworth and Crawley Town this season.

Gavin has followed Stephen Maher (Shamrock Rovers), Ishmael Welsh (Weymouth) and Anthony Tonkin (Grays Athletic) in departing on loan, while Martin Cranie (Southampton) has arrived at the club. See earlier news stories for full details.


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2 March 2007 : Mini-Season Ticket Offer
The club have announced that there will be a special five game match ticket offer, dubbed as the 'Final Countdown Ticket' for the final five League One matches for the 2006-07 season. Following similar ideas brought up on the Green Room Forum, plus emails sent through to the club from fans, the ticket will also give a degree of priority for any potential playoff semi-final matches that may materialise at the end of the season.

The matches covered will be the home games against Blackpool, Chesterfield, Leyton Orient, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers. Prices for the five tickets are as follows:

Yeovil College (Main) Stand
Adults: £73.00 (Saving £12)
Juniors: £25.00 (Saving £5)
Concessions: £60.00 (Saving £10)

Cowlin Stand (formerly Bartlett Stand)
Adults: £69.00 (Saving £11)
Juniors: £25.00 (Saving £5)
Concessions: £52.00 (Saving £8)

Westland Terrace
Adults: £69.00 (Saving £11)
Juniors: £25.00 (Saving £5)
Concessions: £48.00 (Saving £7)

The tickets will be available for purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office from Monday 5th March, 9.00am until close of business on Friday 16th March.

In announcing the offer, the club have in doing so revealed how tickets for any potential playoff semi-final would be distributed - if necessary. Tickets will be distributed according to the following pecking order:
a) Season Ticket Holders
b) Those able to produce 12 match day ticket tokens (from the counterfoil) from the 2006-07 season
c) Holders of the special 'Final Countdown' Five Game ticket
d) General Public


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2 March 2007 : Tonks Out To Grays
Yeovil Town left-back Anthony Tonkin has moved out on loan to Conference side Grays Athletic for the rest of the season.

The move would appear to mark the end of Anthony's second spell at Huish Park. He is out of contract at the end of this season, but despite fellow left-back Nathan Jones being due for a groin operation shortly, Tonks has been allowed to depart to Essex.

The implication is that manager Russell Slade has more faith in Martin Cranie, Matthew Rose and Andy Lindegaard to cover the left-back slot in the event of Jones needing to go in for his operation before the end of the season.

Anthony has made just three starts and four substitute appearances since signing for the club as a free agent after being at Crewe Alexandra last season.


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2 March 2007 : Youth Team Argyle Match OFF
Yeovil Town's Youth Team's trip to play Plymouth Argyle Reserves tomorrow morning has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


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2 March 2007 : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Staffordshire tomorrow to take on 14th placed Port Vale in the second of three consecutive away trips as they attempt to build on their second placed position in the League One table.

Their opponents are in somewhat indifferent form, however it is worth noting that it is worth noting that it is their form away from Vale Park that is letting them down, with Martin Foyle's side without a win on their travels since December 9th. At home, however, they have won their last two matches including a surprise 3-0 victory over promotion-chasing Oldham Athletic. Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, Foyle admits that their home form has been keeping them afloat in recent weeks:

"The home record has been important when things have got tricky. It's not just been a case of picking up a point, we have been getting all three. We have four out of our next five games at home now, but we know it will be tight again at the weekend. If we get the ball and get it wide we are OK - if we keep the ball. But it's not about formations it's about whether you retain the ball, want the ball and make runs for it. We have been a lot better at that at home than away, which is strange after the start we had. Usually, when there is a lot going on it is the home form which suffers and you are delighted to get on the road and be on your travels. But, for some reason, it was the other way round."

Foyle has also given his views on the Glovers, and he appears to be expecting a fairly tough contest tomorrow:

"In my opinion, Yeovil are the best away side I have seen this season. I am not just saying that because we are playing them. I think they play super football, don't take chances at the back and play a bit of an awkward formation if we give the ball away. But I thought we played well here against Oldham. We played out from the back and that opened up the pitch, especially for the front two. I think it will be a good footballing game. Yeovil try to play through you, so technically they are a bit like Doncaster in that they are very good on the ball."

Michael Walsh is a doubt for the Valiants with a badly-bruised foot, although fears that he had broken a bone during their recent match at Doncaster Rovers have proved to be unfounded. Clayton Fortune is struggling with a thigh injury. Otherwise Vale appear to have a clean bill of health.

For the Glovers, Paul Terry (knee), Mark Lynch (knee) and Andy Lindegaard (groin) continue to be unavailable. Central defender Scott Guyett has an above average chance of being passed fit following a recent ankle injury, whilst the Glovers are also boosted by the arrival of Martin Cranie who has returned to Yeovil having spent the past two months back at his parent club Southampton.

Manager Russell Slade is rightly proud of his side's lofty 2nd place in the League One table, and speaking to BBC Somerset Sound he was quick to give his views in response to the notion that the Glovers might not deserve to be where they are in the table:

"We're quite a tight unit defensively and I think we've proved that over the past two away games where we've kept clean sheets. I think there is a good team spirit and you have to say that we are not up there in that top six purely by fluke when you get to within 11 games of the end of the season. We have to be up there for a reason and that reason has to be because we deserve to be up there because we've won enough football matches and have enough quality in the side to deserve to hopefully continue to do so."

The two sides last met back in August 2006, when a wonder-strike by Paul Terry after just five minutes saw the game won by a single goal. However the tables were turned this time last year at Vale Park when striker Leon Constantine produced the only goal of the game with the Glovers unable to break down a resolute Vale defence.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : August 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2006 : Port Vale 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Port Vale Profile.


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2 March 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 49 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 49 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 49 : 2nd March 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday D9898 Mrs W M Pragnell, Court Orchard Road, Bridport
Tuesday A5951 Mr K Griffen, Deanesly Way, Wincanton
Wednesday E7337 Mr T Cawley, Highfield, West Chinnock
Thursday E5363 Mr Claydon, Hulbert Close, Corsham
Friday E3847 Mr Chris Snee, Holly Walk, Radstock

£10 Consolations
A9898 Mrs S Howell, Kents Road, South Chard
B9898 Mrs C Mitchell, Westbrook Road, Evercreech
C9898 Mrs J Stokes, Wiltshire Close, Gillingham
E9898 Mrs W Parsons, Rickhay Rise, West Chinnock
B5951 Jim Kane, Larkhill Road, Yeovil
C5951 Mr Warnes, Monks Dale, Yeovil
D5951 Mrs P Derham, Hillside View, Stoford
E5951 Julie Kizyzanowski, St Marys Crescent, Yeovil
B7337 Mrs V Franklin, Thornton Road, Yeovil
C7337 Mr D Shepherd, Monks Dale, Yeovil
D7337 Mr Whitcombe, Main Street, Ash
A5363 Mrs C Watkins, c/o John Hall Financial Services, Yeovil
B5363 Mrs T Bowden-Hoyland, Hathermead, Yeovil
C5363 Mrs L Wroe, Lyde Road, Yeovil
D5363 Mrs D J Phillips, Duke’s Close, Wincanton


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2 March 2007 : Cranie Returns
Southampton defender Martin Cranie has made his long-awaited return to Huish Park today. He has arrived on loan for the final 38 days of the 93 days allowed under the emergency loan rules and this will keep him at Yeovil Town until April 9th.

The move comes at a useful time with Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard still out injured, and left-back Nathan Jones due to go in for a groin operation in the near future. With both Cranie and Matthew Rose able to play across the back line, manager Russell Slade now has some rare flexibility at the back that will suit him during the final 11 matches of the League One season. Cranie's stay will take him up to and including the Easter Monday home match against Leyton Orient.


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2 March 2007 : Welsh In Weymouth Loan Deal
Yeovil Town left-winger Ishmael Welsh has moved out on loan to Nationwide Conference strugglers Weymouth. Welsh has started a month's loan down at the Wessex Stadium today and will travel with their squad that plays Grays Athletic tomorrow.

Ishmael has been pushed radically down the pecking order since the arrival of loan trio Peter Sweeney, Martin Brittain and Nicky Law meaning that he is struggling to even make the substitutes bench at Huish Park and as a consequence, the former West Ham United trainee has not seen first team football since January 20th. Speaking to the Dorset Echo, Weymouth manager Jason Tindall explained:

"I have tried to get him in a couple of times but he has been in Yeovil's first team. Now he is available I am confident he will do well. He will give us a different option and will give us a lot of pace out wide."

Ishmael has made 20 appearances this season, albeit with 15 of those coming from the bench, scoring in his full debut against Carlisle United back in August. He joins a Weymouth side who are currently in freefall and have not won since Boxing Day, with main financial backer Martyn Harrison having sold off most of their high-earners during the January transfer window.


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1 March 2007 : Jones Playing Through The Pain Barrier
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has today revealed that the groin problems that left-back Nathan Jones has been suffering since the turn of the year have been beginning to give him cause for concern.

Nathan first revealed that he was struggling with an ongoing problem in mid-January when he was suspended for the Nottingham Forest away match. Jones stated then that he had used the time to recuperate and relax in an attempt to buy himself time in terms of an ongoing groin injury that was starting to cause him pain.

Russell has now stated that the issue will almost certainly require surgery with it fast becoming an issue of 'sooner' rather than 'later'. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound he admitted:

"Nathan, as you know, has been going through the pain barrier for us anyway. He's got a groin injury and it will at some stage require surgery. Other than that I think we are OK."

The obvious question would be whether Nathan could last until the end of the season for an operation that typically puts a player out of contention for around a four week period, but Russell is believing that to be increasingly unlikely:

"I think that's highly unlikely because you can't keep going through it and getting back - I think that is highly unlikely, although he is a very very fit boy. He had one done about 10 years ago and it just needs sorting out again. We've had the MRI scan and we know what the problem is and it does require surgery at some stage."

Aside from Nathan's impending operation, Russell has said that he has no new injury concerns for this weekend's game with just the dilemma of whether central defender Scott Guyett will make it in time for the trip to Port Vale with current expectations that he will be ready:

"It's just Scotty Guyett really, who picked up that ankle injury in the last home game. We're waiting on him but everyone else seems to be OK."


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1 March 2007 : Maher Heads Home
Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher has been loaned out to Irish side Shamrock Rovers for the rest of the season. The Dublin-born teenager was signed by the club last summer but so far has only managed a single substitute appearance at Nottingham Forest in January.

He is not expected to return to Huish Park until the start of pre-season training for the 2007-08 season.


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1 March 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Doncaster Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade was not too downhearted at seeing his side come back from the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night with only a single point. Russell considered that it was just important to keep Doncaster Rovers, who lie just outside the playoffs, at arms length as it was for the Glovers themselves to inch another step towards securing a playoff slot in League One.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "It keeps Doncaster off us and it means that they've lost two points at home. Everyone is running out of games and that is the important thing. We've now taken seven points from nine and that is no small feat. We must keep going now, keep plodding along and keep the momentum going."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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1 March 2007 : Knill Heads Out The Basement Door
Rotherham United have become the latest club to part company with their manager. Alan Knill, who was appointed to the position in December 2005, has been released from his role as manager, with Mark Robins put into the hotseat as caretaker manager.

The Millers are eight points adrift at the foot of the table and are 13 points from safety with just 12 games left and so any such move is unlikely to save the Yorkshire side from relegation. Crippled by a 10 point deduction before the season even started due to the club moving into administration, Rotherham appeared to have clawed their way out of trouble before Christmas, climbing to a lower midtable position. But they have not won a single match since they beat Yeovil Town 3-2 on December 2nd - a run of 14 league matches and barring a miracle are heading for League Two football.

The club's official statement states that "this action was not taken lightly, but it was felt that this was the only option considering our current plight".


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1 March 2007 : Weymouth Looking For Webb Return
Non-league minnows Weymouth have stated that they are looking to take Glovers striker Daniel Webb out on loan. The 23 year old was released by Weymouth in December 2005 but now with the Dorset side struggling both on and off the field, manager Jason Tindall has told the Dorset Echo that they have put in an offer to take him back. The situation has developed in part due to ongoing fitness concerns regarding current striker Raphael Nade who has missed the last few months worth of football:

"We have spoken to Yeovil just to see what his situation is really and we are now waiting to see what develops. Rafa is now back but I would like to have four strikers to be fair so if we can manage to bring Daniel in then that would be great. He is a big, powerful lad and he would give us another option."

Daniel has already had one loan spell this season in the Nationwide Conference. He spent a month at Rushden and Diamonds but disappeared out of Graham Westley's plans after playing just two matches at Nene Park.


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1 March 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium against Doncaster Rovers is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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