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31 March 2008 : County Cup Semi-Final Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Conference South minnows Bath City at Huish Park tomorrow night at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm. Admission prices are £5.00 for Adults with concessions available at £3.00.

Whilst the Glovers are likely to field their typical Football Combination league line-up that combines fringe players, bench warmers and youth team players, Bath will of course be pitting their first team against us, although they will be without former Bristol Rovers midfielder Lewis Hogg, who is currently suspended for picking up a rather impressive 15 bookings this season.

We'll try and bring some definitive team news tomorrow.


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31 March 2008 : Ticketing For Carlisle Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's trip to play Carlisle United at Brunton Park on this coming Saturday, 5th April, now has advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

For this one if you are travelling, it is worth booking your tickets in advance as Carlisle add an extra £2.00 per ticket on matchdays with the exception of Under 10s. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over 65s: £12.00; Age 11-17: £8.00; Age 10 and Under: £4.00.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £2.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. This price has been set due Carlisle admitting that their current facilities are not the best with those spectators seating at pitch level. All wheelchair users will be housed on the edge of the Cumberland Building Society Stand, towards the Warwick Road End. Spaces are limited and so we'd strongly recommend you make your reservation by phoning 01228-526237, where you can also book disabled parking spaces and any other special arrangements.


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31 March 2008 : Smith Set To Sign A Full-Time Deal
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed to the Western Daily Press this morning that he plans to sign left-back Nathan Smith on a contract until the end of next season after the Potters Bar 21 year old dropped his IT job in the hope of achieving a successful career as a professional footballer. Slade told the paper:

"He is going to be a good prospect. He is training with us full-time now and will be on a contract until the end of next season."

Nathan is one of a quartet of Potters Bar players who have been seen in recent Reserve Team matches, with James Archer, Junior Dadson, and Nick McKay all featuring this season. Russell decided that Smith was the cream of the crop and credited former Glovers midfielder Steve Browne, who is now manager of Potters Bar, for giving Yeovil a tip-off:

"He rang me and said, 'I have got three or four boys who I think might be useful'. I do have a look at boys in the reserves - some managers don't, but I do. I played all four in the reserves and, after two games, Nathan seemed to stand out. We have worked on him and we have seen something, so we decided to talk to him and see if he wanted to take the opportunity - and he has."

For those who don't remember Steve Browne, he had two spells with the club, clocking up 88 appearances and scoring two goals, playing mainly as a holding midfielder between 1995 and 1998. He was a member of the Isthmian League Championship winning squad.

Russell added that he felt that there was an untapped market out there at that level of football, where few managers and scouts at Football League would venture, but believed that players like Smith were often more ready for the physical aspects of League One football than academy players were:

"There are so many scouts at Conference level but the level he has played at nobody would go to, with all due respect, to try to bring someone into the professional game. But he has got a tremendous attitude and he wants it. He has worked hard to get here. He is an intelligent boy and wants to learn and get better and I think that is fantastic. He has not been molly-coddled, he has not been in a comfort zone like some of these academy players we have had in the past. He has been playing for two digestive biscuits and a cup of tea at half-time. He has gone out there and performed to a fantastic level."

Although the Glovers have gained a 'free transfer' for Smith's services, we hope the club will acknowledge the hand that Potters Bar have played in allowing the quartet of players to train at Huish Park, and that the club will remember this when setting up their next set of pre-season friendlies. Potters Bar and Steve Browne certainly deserve the club's thanks.


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31 March 2008 : Domoraud Nets Double For Weston
Yeovil Town loan striker Wilfried Domoraud was the hero for Weston-super-Mare over the weekend when he netted a last gasp equaliser for the Somerset side away at league leaders Eastbourne Borough.

In a chaotic match that saw nine yellow cards, two red cards, former Glovers trialist Ashan Holgate stetchered off straight into an ambulance after collapsing on the pitch, Weston took the lead in the 18th minute when Domoraud ran onto a long punt up field that took him behind the Eastbourne defence, shooting home from the edge of the box.

Eastbourne looked to have wrapped the game up though when they got two late goals to turn the match around. However, a dramatic ending saw two Eastbourne players get their marching orders and in between Domoraud took advantage of the disruption to poke home a close range equaliser for the Seagulls.

In addition to Domoraud and Holgate, Weston also fielded former Glovers defender Curtis Ujah, whilst their squad also includes goalkeeper Ryan Northmore, who was suspended on Saturday, and former Youth Team centre-back Harry Sherwood.


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31 March 2008 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Requests
Anyone wanting something put on the agenda for this Thursday's Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting, must notify meeting organiser Sara Bradley by the end of today, via supporter.link@ytfc.net

Alternatively post a message on the Green Room or drop us an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com if you would rather raise your thoughts in a slightly more anonymised form and we'll make sure it reaches one of the Supporters Representatives.


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30 March 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers, manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match views to BBC Bristol. Follow the link below to read the full transcript.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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30 March 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Bristol Rovers
For those who went to yesterday's 0-0 draw against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to place your Man of the Match votes via the link below:

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


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29 March 2008 : Soggy Day Fails To Ignite Derby Fireworks
Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers cancelled each other out this afternoon at a rain-sodden and windswept Huish Park in which neither side created a particularly large number of chances. Whilst the first half was an end to end affair, the elements appeared to become the driving force as the teams changed ends, and the result was stalemate, with both managers admitting afterwards that the share of the points was a fair outcome.

Numerous changes to the Glovers line-up saw former Potters Bar left-back make his full debut, Asmir Begovic become the fourth (six if you count Terry Skiverton and Craig Alcock) Yeovil Town goalkeeper of the season, and both wingers Jaime Peters and Zoltan Stieber returned from injury. That meant that striker Andy Kirk was a surprise demotion to the bench, whilst there was the rare luxury of Anthony Barry and Simon Church not even making the sixteen - for the first time in a while manager Russell Slade had options.

Despite playing into the wind during the first half, the Glovers gave a good account of themselves, with Peters and Stieber starting well and Peters in particular giving Rovers a significant headache. However, the delivery of the final ball wasn't doing the business.

Glovers right-back Lee Peltier had to clear the ball off the line from one of numerous first half corners from Rovers, although his positioning on the goalpost from the set play was textbook defending rather than anything to cause true panic in the Glovers backline.

Rovers suffered a blow midway through the first half when new loan signing Wayne Andrews was stretched off with a knee injury, coming off the worst in a challenge with Terry Skiverton. The incredibly erratic Jon Moss gave Rovers a free kick, although it looked more like Andrews had buckled under the slippery surface than having received any foul treatment.

With Rovers getting so many corners with the wind in their favour, obviously that was going to introduce a few nerves but the Glovers held firm, albeit with a fine tip-over save from Asmir Begovic right on the stroke of half time denying Ricky Lambert from a Stuart Campbell corner.

Going with the wind in the second period, the hope was doubtless that it would be the Glovers that dominated, but that was never to be. Stieber and Peters appeared to have run out of steam, with the latter limping off towards the end of the second half. Yeovil also lost Matthew Rose to injury and although he too seemed to be running out of steam, his replacement Jean-Francois Christophe fared little better in imposing himself on a now rather boggy and cut-up midfield. And in that lay the problem - with the wingers looking weary and lacking match fitness, Yeovil never got the ball down the channels to any great effect, whilst through the middle anyone trying to dribble was very quickly going to be dispossessed.

Although the second period degenerated into a midfield battle, it was Rovers that carved out the best two chances - a Chris Lines chance that Begovic superbly saved with his feet, whilst in the closing minutes, Begovic also turned over a Stuart Campbell free kick. Although he had little to do other than catch a large number of crosses, Begovic looks a strong solid keeper, and doubtless it was that level of confidence that caught the eye of those dishing out the Match Sponsors' man of the match vote, rather than any suggestion that Rovers had laid siege on the Yeovil goal.

In a game when the elements clearly won the day, Begovic was one of the clear plusses, as was the debut of left-back Nathan Smith, who whilst a little raw at times has a natural grace with the ball that rather suggests he may play more than the 1.5 games he has managed so far for the Glovers. Elsewhere the qualities of playmaker/striker/box-to-box midfielder Marcus Stewart (at times he did all three) put a display on that suggested he was 25 years old rather than 35 years. The problem was that once Peters and Stieber ran out of steam, he was the only player who looked capable of unlocking the Rovers defence, and one man can't do everything on his own. Hopefully with the two wingers back in training for the week though and able to improve their match fitness, that creative presence will improve in the five remaining games.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 0.

Yeovil Town: 4-4-1-1
31. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
16. Jaime Peters 26. Stephen Maher 12. Matty Rose 25. Zoltan Stieber
10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 11. Jean Francoise Christophe (52 mins for Matty Rose) 15. Liam Bridcutt (84 mins for Jaime Peters) 24. Andy Kirk (59 mins for Stephen Maher)

Bristol Rovers: 4-4-2
1. Steve Phillips
16. Danny Coles 5. Craig Hinton 6. Steve Elliott 32. Aaron Lescott
14. David Pipe 20. Craig Disley 7. Stuart Campbell 18. Chris Lines
9. Richard Lambert 39. Wayne Andrews

Subs: 15. Byron Anthony 3. Joe Jacobson 26. Lewis Haldane 29. Josh Klein-Davies (21 mins for Wayne Andrews) 8. Andrew Williams

Yeovil Town Bookings: Marcus Stewart (86 mins, dissent), Nathan Smith (86 mins, foul)
Bristol Rovers Bookings: None.

Referee: Jon Moss. Assistants: O Langford and J Flynn. Fourth Official: K Hill

Attendance: 6,654 (including approx 1,500 Rovers fans)


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29 March 2008 : Doncaster Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers saw three players dominate the scene, following an excellent team performance. Midfielder Stephen Maher clearly impressed on his home league debut, whilst goalscorer Lloyd Owusu led the line well and deserved his goal. However, it was playmaker Marcus Stewart who impressed everyone on the day, coming out as a comfortable winner:

1 Marcus Stewart 346 (24)
2 Lloyd Owusu 220 (13)
3 Stephen Maher 218 (11)
4 Scott Guyett 86 (4)
5 Scott Flinders 76 (5)
6 Terry Skiverton 76 (2)
7 Lee Peltier 38 (3)
8 Jean-Francois Christophe 36 (1)
9 Terrell Forbes 24 (1)
10 Anthony Barry 8 (0)
11 Craig Alcock 6 (0)


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29 March 2008 : Bournemouth Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match for the away match against AFC Bournemouth was all about the tale of two Scotts. Whilst this was not a good day for the Glovers in general, coming away with a 2-0 defeat, the performances of goalkeeper Scott Flinders and the eventual winner Scott Guyett did get the thumbs up on the day. What is unusual is that Scott got eight outright man of the match votes, but none of the other voters had him as their second or third choices, perhaps suggesting some differing views on the day!

1 Scott Guyett 80 (8)
2 Scott Flinders 70 (3)
4 Andy Kirk 56 (3)
4 Martin Woods 56 (3)
5 Marcus Stewart 48 (4)
6 Lee Peltier 18 (0)
7 Simon Church 16 (0)
8 Lloyd Owusu 14 (1)
9 Jean-Francois Christophe 14 (0)
10 Craig Alcock 10 (1)
11 Mark Lynch 2 (0)
11 Matthew Rose 2 (0)
11 Marvin Williams 2 (0)
11 Liam Bridcutt 2 (0)


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29 March 2008 : Russell Looking For Consistent Run
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is hoping that today's local derby against Bristol Rovers will provide the start for a strong run of form as they go into their final six matches of the 2007-08 season. He admits that his side have not been consistent enough this season, but said that it was important to complete the season on a high note:

"Players have for one reason or another not achieved firstly the standard I require, but secondly the standard that they acquired themselves last season. Together with all of the injuries, the chemistry has not been a particularly good one and certainly not a consistent one. Therefore we've lacked consistency in the league. But we want to finish on a positive note. It's been a difficult season but we want to be able to finish well. We've got six games left to do that. We've got some great games coming up and that starts with a local derby on Saturday."

Russell added that he wanted his side to put in the same sort of performance that they managed last Saturday against Doncaster Rovers, where the Glovers beat the promotion contenders 2-1 at Huish Park:

"We're expecting a half-decent gate as well and so that will be great for the players and for the football club. But what we want is a performance that is similar to the one that we got against Doncaster. That was a really gutsy, gritty performance and that is the sort of thing that you need in a local derby."


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29 March 2008 : Zoltan Close To Return
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is hopeful that he will be able to call on Aston Villa left-winger Zoltan Stieber either today's match or in the near future, after the Hungarian finally returned to training after a month and a half on the treatment table.

Zoltan last played for Yeovil on February 2nd, having clocked up 14 appearances for the Glovers, and his injury has coincided with a number of injuries to wide players that Russell admits have frustrated him:

"Part of our problem is that I'd love to play 4-4-2. But we've had so many wide players injured this season, it's been impossible at times. Zoltan has picked up a couple of niggly injuries. A thigh strain was one and then he's had a hamstring injury which he's had a scan for. It's been difficult for him."

Zoltan recommenced training with Aston Villa at the start of this week, whilst his Yeovil teammates were recovering from the long trip to Hartlepool, but has now returned to Huish Park and Russell admits he is hopeful of the outcome:

"We do know that he has got great delivery from set plays and from open play when he gets the opportunity. He's a weapon and it's about how you use him of course. He has done particularly well at home, although perhaps not quite as well away from home. But to have him at our disposal is important to us and if he can come through training tomorrow (Friday) then that would be a bonus for us."


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29 March 2008 : All Change Between The Sticks
This weekend's build-up has been hampered somewhat by the unexpected recall of loan goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who has returned to parent club Crystal Palace and subsequently loaned out to Blackpool.

Manager Russell Slade has gone into greater detail concerning the recall of Flinders, and also his move into the loan market again to capture a replacement. Russell explained why he had lost Flinders so suddenly:

"He's been called back by Crystal Palace, with a view to going to Blackpool, because I believe Blackpool are going to be buying him at the end of the season. I don't want to stand in his way. We can't stand in his way anyway because he is a Crystal Palace player. We thank him for what he has done. He has been really steady for us since he came here and hopefully we will still be steady without him as well."

The replacement goalkeeper for today's match will be Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Russell explained that the deal struck with Pompey manager Harry Redknapp for the keeper is a very flexible one:

"It will be a 24 hour call-back, so we can have him for a week, two weeks, three weeks - it will all depend. Everything has to be a minimum 28 days loan, but it is a 24 hour call-back, so if Harry (Redknapp) needed him back or we needed to change that and thank him for what he has done, we can do that. The goalkeeper is the only position you can do that with. With the first month with outfield players, you can't have a 24 hour callback but with keepers it is a special case. That's why you sometimes see keepers going out on loan for a week."

Although a move had to be made quickly, Russell added that he had enough time to obtain a few secondary recommendations for the keeper, and also explained why he didn't want to risk having just keeper Darren Behcet on the club's books:

"We did speak to (Bournemouth manager) Kevin Bond about him and he had nothing but high praise for him. Plus he is a big keeper at around 6'4" or 6'5". Harry (Redknapp) has been good. He knows it is a bit of an emergency. Darren Behcet had to go and see the doctor today because he may have an infection. If he wasn't available and the deadline day goes by, then we could end up with no keeper. So I think it is still important to have a choice."

The implication is that when first choice keeper Steve Mildenhall is fit again that Begovic may return to Fratton Park, but Russell explained that was unlikely to happen for a few weeks. Mildy has been out with a knee ligament injury since February 9th, and is only expected to make his competitive return in a Reserve match in around 11 days time:

"Mildy is still around two or three weeks away and so that's what I have done. He saw the surgeon who thought that he was maybe five or six days behind the schedule, but he is going well. I think they tend to be over-cautious, if anything, to make sure he is properly right before he plays a competitive game. I had a brief chat with Mildy and he is hoping to play in the Bournemouth Reserve team game (on April 8th), I think."


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28 March 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Bristol Rovers tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in an ALL TICKET match that is probably more vital for local pride than for league position. The Glovers lie in 16th place in the table, with Rovers two positions and two points behind, but with three games in hand due to their FA Cup exploits. Neither team is quite safe from the relegation spots, although both have a hefty cushion between themselves and fourth from bottom Gillingham.

Neither team can claim to be in sparkling form. Whilst the Glovers have stuttered their way since the turn of the year, Rovers have found their FA Cup exit at the hands of West Bromwich Albion has provoked their own slide. After an impressive January and February in which Rovers only lost one game, their last win was on March 1st against Millwall, following which they have lost five out of their last seven games. This will be their ninth game of March as they attempt to catch up on a fixture backlog and so the Glovers will want to try and keep the game at a high tempo to try and exploit any tired legs.

To try and boost their squad, striker Wayne Andrews has been drafted in from Coventry City, whilst Jeff Hughes arrives from Crystal Palace. (See yesterday's news for more details). However, Hughes will not take part in tomorrow's game after his arrival at the Memorial Stadium was delayed. Defender Sammy Igoe will also not feature, as he has joined League Two side Hereford United on loan.

Aside from that Rovers have been lucky with injuries this season, with boss Paul Trollope having few other concerns. Unlike one of his predecessors, Trollope told BBC Bristol that he is respecting the Glovers side:

"They're a hard-working side, big Lloyd Owusu upfront's always a threat and set pieces and bits of quality from Marcus Stewart you've got to be wary of. We're going to go down there with a lot of heart, a lot of spirit. Our away record is pretty decent for a team that's just come up a division and we want to continue it."

If history is anything to go by, expect a lively and fiery encounter between the two sides. Whilst local derbies between Yeovil and Rovers are a new thing, past spats between the two clubs, mainly centring around former manager Ian Atkins, have produced plenty of talking points and given the local press a field day in pre-match and post-match coverage. Tomorrow's game has the air of a lower key affair, which is probably a good thing, but even if some Rovers fans refuse to acknowledge this one as a true local derby, there is little doubt they will want all three points after a few miserable past trips to Huish Park.

Whilst games at the Memorial Stadium have been tighter affairs, the two first team league matches at Huish Park have ended in 4-0 and 4-2 wins for the Glovers, with many Rovers fans choosing to make a sharp exit up the A37 long before the final whistle has blown on the game. But with two years having passed, and the Glovers struggling to score goals in large quantities, it would be a major surprise if either side won by more than a single goal. Top scorer for Rovers is Ricky Lambert, with 16 goals in league and cup competitions, although four of those have come from the penalty spot. Full-back Craig Disley is unusually their second top scorer, netting nine times in all competitions.

The game kicks off at 3.00pm and as already mentioned, this is an ALL TICKET game. If you've not bought your ticket by 6.00pm on Friday, then you will not get into the game.


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28 March 2008 : Team News For Bristol Rovers
Team news going into tomorrow's match against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park appears to be a little more positive than it has been of late in terms of numbers that may be available to manager Russell Slade, as he prepares to make late decisions on who will be in his squad for the local derby.

Definitely out are keeper Steve Mildenhall (knee), left-back Nathan Jones (broken arm) and winger/striker Paul Warne (foot). Goalkeeper Scott Flinders has returned to Crystal Palace and been immediately loaned out to Championship side Blackpool meaning that Asmir Begovic will make his debut between the sticks as he commences his loan spell at Huish Park.

Midfielder Marc Bircham remains a doubt with a tight hamstring, but there is encouraging news for winger Zoltan Stieber who has been out injured since the end of January, whilst late assessments will also be made with respect to full-back Mark Lynch, winger Jaime Peters and midfielder Matthew Rose, all of whom Russell told BBC Somerset had made great progress:

"We've got one or two injuries but I think it is going to be right up until Friday before we know exactly where we are. Young Stieber is a positive one as he has trained with us today (Thursday) and he has also had two days training with Aston Villa. He looked nice and bright this morning so that was a positive. We were hoping that Jamie Peters might train today, but he hasn't. However, he should train tomorrow (Friday), so again there will be a late decision on that one. Matty Rose has trained and he is OK, because recently he has not been absolutely 100 percent. Skivo is OK and I think the two days off has helped his cause in trying to get over that virus a little bit. There are lots of balls up in the air at the moment and so it is difficult for me to say right now that I have narrowed it down and that I know where I am at."


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28 March 2008 : Bristol Rovers Tickets Final Reminder
A final reminder that tomorrow's home match against Bristol Rovers is currently an ALL TICKET affair, and there is no suggestion that this policy will be changed.

This means you must buy your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by phoning 01935-847888, by 6.00pm tonight at the latest. If you have not got a ticket by then, you will not be able to get into tomorrow's match.

Prices are set at the Premium (aka Categorised) rate, which means you must add four pounds to all standard pre-match prices, with the exception of Under 16s and Junior Glovers.

At present we are not aware of any issues regarding ticket availability. Rovers are close to a sell-out in the away end, having shifted just under 1,500 tickets in a total allocation of 1,500 terrace places and 100 seats.


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28 March 2008 : Contract Talks On Hold Until Safety Guaranteed
Further to Wednesday's news, indicating some player frustration that no contracts had been put on offer to any of this season's out of contract players, Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has told the Western Daily Press that the club have set a policy that there will be no contract talks held until the club are guaranteed a League One place for next season. Starnes explained:

"I have already had a conversation with Marcus's representative and told him that we will not be sorting out any contracts until we are safe in League One. We think we will do that and when that's the case we will look to deal with all the contract issues in parallel."

With a current nine point gap over fourth-from-bottom Gillingham, if that advantage is maintained throughout, then this means the players will have to wait until there are two games remaining for talks to be held. Whether that is soon enough to avoid some of them reaching to call their agents is of course another matter.


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27 March 2008 : Rovers Boost Ranks
Saturday's opponents Bristol Rovers will have two new players in their squad for their trip to Huish Park. Both have been signed on transfer deadline day, and Rovers are just waiting for the green light from the authorities to confirm that both move went in ahead of the 5.00pm deadline.

Experienced striker Wayne Andrews is the first, and the 30 year old counts Watford, Cambridge United, Peterborough United, St Albans, Oldham Athletic, Colchester United and Crystal Palace amongst his former clubs. He is currently on Coventry City's books and during 2007 he had loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Leeds United.

Crystal Palace left-winger Jeff Hughes has also headed to the Memorial Stadium, with Rovers having spent the best part of four months trying to persuade him to sign for them. At present the deal is a loan move, but Rovers expect to turn that into a permanent deal during the summer. Hughes has also had spells with Lincoln City and Peterborough United.


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27 March 2008 : Downes Signs On Loan
Everton academy striker Aidan Downes has signed on loan for Yeovil Town until the end of the season, following two Reserve Team matches for the Glovers.

Likely to be a low-key signing, rather than one for immediate first team action, Downes scored for the Reserves against Exeter City just over a week ago, and also clocked up 90 minutes against Bristol City earlier this week.

He is a Republic Of Ireland U21 international, having already represented his country at U19 level, and was signed by Everton from Tolka Rovers.


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27 March 2008 : Officials For Bristol Rovers
Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers will be looked after by referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years, and to be frank, we haven't always liked what we've seen.

That said, we mustn't grumble too loudly - Mr Stroud counts as the one and only referee to remember that Yeovil Town can in fact be awarded penalties under the laws of the game! His awarding of a spot kick last April in the home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but it still stands as Yeovil's one and only penalty in the last two years. Any chance of another one on Saturday?

If Stroud was poor against Orient, then he was probably worse against Swansea City in November 2005. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

For those wondering what on earth is in store for Saturday, perhaps one good omen is that a month later he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Mike Cairns (Somerset) and Ron Ganfield (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Leyton Orient.

Link: November 2005: Swansea City 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Bristol City.


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27 March 2008 : Flinders Departs, Begovic Arrives
Yeovil Town have lost the services of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Scott Flinders after he was recalled by his parent club today. Scott has been instead loaned out to Championship side Blackpool, who have also tabled a bid to take him on permanently.

In his place, the Glovers have now recruited their fourth goalkeeper of the season, in the form of Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic - a 6'5" Yugoslavian-born keeper who also carries Canadian nationality, having represented them at Under 20 level in the FIFA U20 World Cup, and also having been part of the senior country squad. He signs on a short term loan deal and will make his debut against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Begovic was on loan at fellow League One side AFC Bournemouth up until October of last year, when he was recalled by his parent club. Obviously that means he knows Glovers loan midfielder Jean-Francois Christophe well, given both players have followed similar paths this season. He has yet to play for Portsmouth's first team but has warmed the bench for them on one occasion last December. He has also had loan spells at Belgian side La Louviere and League Two side Macclesfield Town.

Manager Russell Slade has said that Reserve keeper Darren Behcet currently has an infection and he did not want to risk being without a goalkeeper on Saturday, with the loan transfer window closing today.

Asmir is aged 20 and stands at 6'5" tall. He is coached at Fratton Park by former Glovers goalkeeper David Coles.


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26 March 2008 : Stewart Suggests Possible Exit
Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart has become the latest player to suggest that he may be leaving the club at the end of the season. In today's Western Daily Press, Stewart has told the paper that he has yet to commence contract negotiations with the club, despite manager Russell Slade having indicated on February 12th that he wanted the club to offer the former Bristol City man a new deal.

Stewart has made it clear that unless talks commence shortly that he will begin window-shopping elsewhere, with it being likely that a significant number of League One and League Two clubs will line up for the services of a player that despite being 35 years old has been one of Yeovil's few shining lights this season in both midfield and as a striker:

"It is pretty frustrating. I would rather things were sorted out sooner than later, but if they are not I will move on. It is as simple as that. Ideally I want to play for Yeovil. I want to play football and if it means going somewhere else next year and if nothing is sorted out soon then that's what I will do. If it is not done before the end of the season I am confident in my own ability, the way I have played this season, to get another club next year."

Stewart's sign of frustration comes just four days after striker Lloyd Owusu spoke out to the same paper, indicating that he was uncertain as to what the future held, despite being the club's top scorer this season:

"I signed a one-year deal but I don't know what is happening next year. I believe I am entitled to another year because I have played enough games. We will see what happens come the summer, see what the club is saying and take it from there. I want to see this year out. It has been a great year for me in the respect that someone has had the faith in me and I have played nearly every game after not playing last season because of injury. I am more than happy and delighted that Yeovil gave me the opportunity to do that."

Club captain Terry Skiverton was a touch more philosophical over last weekend although he too has said that he is unaware of any contract talks taking place for either himself or any of his team-mates:

"The talks are on hold at the moment. I think the club want to see where we are and what we are doing. I don't think there has been any (contract) activity with the players so it is a question of us digging in. Nothing has been sorted for anyone. We have to make sure we are putting the performances in so we can get a contract for another season."


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26 March 2008 : Schofield Move Looking Doubtful
Today's Western Daily Press reports that Yeovil Town are unlikely to tie up a deal with transfer-listed winger Danny Schofield. No reason is given for the cooling of talks between Schofield and the Glovers, although suggestions by the Huddersfield Examiner that League Two promotion chasers Chesterfield have thrown their hat into the ring, whilst Oldham Athletic also feature on the rumourmill as an interested party, perhaps give an indication as to why Schofield may be looking elsewhere.

The Examiner suggests that Schofield may in fact move on loan ahead of tomorrow's 5.00pm deadline. He is out of contract at the end of the season at the Galpharm Stadium and has already indicated that he will be leaving after 10 years service with the Terriers. Boss Andy Ritchie told the paper:

"Itís been well documented that Danny is leaving at the end of the season come what may. We accepted his reasons for wanting a new challenge and made it clear when it was announced he could leave that the timing was to provide extra leeway to get himself fixed up. His name has been circulated and if going out on loan for the remainder of this season would help him towards sorting something out then itís something we would consider. Danny has already had talks with Yeovil, which I believe went quite well, and Chesterfield have also shown some interest. Itís quite possible that other clubs could come in as the deadline ticks ever closer, so weíll see what happens."


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26 March 2008 : Church Nets For Wales Again
On loan Yeovil Town striker Simon Church provided the Welsh Under 21s with the first of two goals that completed a late late comeback against Bosnia-Herzegovina this afternoon in the Asim Ferhatovic-Hase Stadium, Sarajevo.

For the second match running, Church came on as a substitute for the Welsh, this time replacing Bournemouth's Sam Vokes with 19 minutes remaining and with Bosnia 1-0 up thanks to a 58th minute long-ranger from Boubacar Dialida Diabang that Welsh keeper Owain Fon Williams should have done better with.

With four minutes remaining, Wales were looking dead and buried until Church converted from 12 yards out. Then two minutes later Ched Evans got the winner to give the Welsh youngsters their fifth consecutive win of the European Championship Qualifiers.

Final Score: Bosnia-Herzegovina U21s 1 Wales U21s 2.

Scorers: Boubacar Dialida Diabang (58 mins, 1-0), Simon Church (86 mins, 1-1), Ched Evans (88 mins, 1-2).

Bosnia-Herzegovina U21s: Buric, Colic, Benovic, Cejvanovic, Covic, Likic, Jelic, Aganovic, Zec, Dialiba, Zivkovic.

Subs: Sehic, Handzic, Puric, Masic, Papaz, Huseinovic, Stokic.

Wales U21s: 1. Owain Fon Williams, 5. Chris Gunter, 14. Mike Williams, 6. Rhys Williams, 3. Joe Jacobson (capt), 7. Joe Allen, 4. Jack Collison, 8. Aaron Ramsey, 11. Shaun MacDonald, 9. Sam Vokes, 10. Ched Evans.

Subs: 21. Rhys Taylor, 2. Kai Edwards, 12. Grant Basey, 15. James Wilson, 16. Mark Bradley (71 mins for Aaron Bradley), 17. Jonathan Brown (55 mins for Joe Allen), 18. Simon Church (71 mins for Sam Vokes).

Referee: Alexey Kulbakov (Belarus).


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25 March 2008 : Reserves Edged Out By City
Yeovil Town Reserves can feel hard done by as an Ivan Sproule 87th minute goal divided the two sides at Ashton Gate tonight. The youngsters came up against a Bristol City Reserves squad that featured four first team strikers, plus several other well-known players, whilst the Glovers featured a mix of teenagers and trialists. That it took the introduction of two million pound substitutes to finally divide the two sides shows how well the Glovers did.

Lining up with four trialists in the form of centre-back pairing Rob Fitzgerald and Adam Howarth along with another Potters Bar trialist James Archer and Everton academy striker Aidan Downes, it was inevitable that City's wealth of experience would dominate proceedings.

An acrobatic attempt from former Glover Liam Fontaine, plus further shots from Darren Byfield and Ashley Kington were snuffed out by Glovers keeper Darren Behcet, but the Glovers came back into the match as half time approached, with Karl Baker unlucky not to break the deadlock as another former Glover Chris Weale came off his line to smother his break through on goal.

Half time saw the incredible sight of Darren Byfield and Steve Brooker being substituted for Lee Trundle and Ivan Sproule - an embarrassment of riches within the City ranks that would grace any League One strike force, let alone their Reserve side. That said, Trundle was to contribute little, with only one of his trademark long range lobs showing some sign of the technical ability in a disinterested looking player.

Aiden Downes forced Weale into another strong save as he was forced to put the ball out for a corner, and with the minutes ticking down, substitute Omar Simpson could have won it for Yeovil as he stretched to receive a through ball.

But with three minutes remaining, England youth international Tristan Plummer set up the speedy Ivan Sproule, and he shot from just inside the box to give City victory and to put them top of the Football Combination. Mind you, with such players occupying City's stiffs, this could easily rank as the most expensively assembled Reserve Team squads outside the Premiership. The young Glovers should be proud of their efforts tonight, in what on paper should have been a thrashing, but in the end turned into the narrowest of defeats.

Final Score: Bristol City Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

Scorer: Ivan Sproule (1-0, 87 mins).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 4-4-2
13. Darren Behcet
2. Craig Alcock 4. Rob Fitzgerald 5. Adam Howarth 3. Nathan Smith
7. Ashley Clarke 6. Liam Bridcutt 8. James Archer 11. Karl Baker
9. Aidan Downes 10. Marvin Williams

Subs: 12. Jordan Street (79 mins for Marvin Williams) 14. Owen Irish 15. Josh Robinson 16. Ren Turnock (57 mins for Ashley Clarke) 17. Omar Simpson (69 mins for Karl Baker)

Bristol City Reserves:
22. Chris Weale 2. Nick Dunn 3. Martin Slocombe 4. Liam Fontaine 5. Luke Wilkinson 6. Ashley Kington 7. Tristan Plummer 8. Brian Wilson 9. Steve Brooker 10. Darren Byfield 11. Rob Stambolsiev

Subs: GK. Megyeri Balasz 12. Lee Trundle (46 mins for Steve Brooker) 14. Ivan Sproule (46 mins for Darren Byfield) 15. Marlon Jackson 16. George Boon (57 mins for Liam Fontaine)

Referee: A. Rodder.


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25 March 2008 : Bristol City Reserves Match Preview
Yeovil Town include two new faces in tonight's line-up to face Bristol City Reserves at Ashton Gate. The Football Combination match kicks off at 7.00pm and trialists Adam Howarth and James Archer will be two unfamiliar faces in what is an extremely youthful looking line-up.

Also featuring again are trialists Rob Fitzgerald and Everton academy striker Aidan Downes, whilst Craig Alcock, Liam Bridcutt, Nathan Smith and Marvin Williams will have barely have got off the first team bus coming back from Hartlepool before being sent up the A37.

Meanwhile Bristol City will field a couple of one million pound transfers in their line-up tonight, with Ivan Spoule and Lee Trundle named in their line-up. Other well known faces will include former Glover Chris Weale, plus centre-back giant Jamie McCombe, with the likes of Liam Fontaine and Darren Byfield even warming the City bench!

Kick-off is at 7.00pm and admission for the match is £3.00 for Adults whilst concessions are available for one pound.

Yeovil Town Reserves: Darren Behcet, Craig Alcock, Adam Howarth, Rob Fitzgerald, Nathan Smith, Marvin Williams, Liam Bridcutt, James Archer, Jordan Street, Karl Baker, Aidan Downes, Josh Robinson, Ren Turnock

Bristol City Reserves: Weale; B.Wilson, McCombe, Wilkinson, Slocombe; Sproule, Kington, Stearn, Stambolziev; Trundle, Plummer. Subs: Balasz, Fontaine, Byfield.


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25 March 2008 : Cup Final For The Lasses
Yeovil Town Reserves have reached the Final of the Women's Somerset County League Cup following a win over Frome Town Reserves.

Yeovil's second string await the outcome of Ilminster Town versus Winsham to discover who they will meet in the Final which takes place at the Athletics Ground, Rowdens Road, Wells, on Sunday 27th April, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

The Reserves are also going well in the league, currently lying second on goal difference to Bishops Lydeard, though having played more games.

Meanwhile, although the Yeovil Town U16 side went out of the Somerset Girls Cup at the Semi-Final stage when beated 3-0 by Clevedon, there was more than satisfactory compensation when they took the league title and were crowned Champions with an emphatic 3-0 win over the only team that could still catch them, Street.


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25 March 2008 : Bristol Rovers Ticketing Reminder
A reminder for those intending to go to Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers that this is currently an ALL TICKET match. This means that (unless the club change their minds again) all ticket sales must be completed by Friday 5.00pm.

This match is a Premium Priced (aka Categorised) match, meaning that you must add four pounds to all normal pre-match tariffs, with the exception of tickets for Under 16s and Junior Glovers.


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25 March 2008 : Reserves At Bristol City Reminder
A reminder, particularly for all the Bristol Glovers, that Yeovil Town Reserves will be visiting Ashton Gate tonight, kick-off 7.00pm, for a Football Combination match against Bristol City Reserves.

Hopefully we'll get more information on this match later in the day.


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24 March 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Hartlepool
For those who have made the extraordinary 650 mile round trip to Victoria Park to see Hartlepool United today, we salute you! Now once you've warmed your feet up and stuck the kettle on, a reminder that the Man of the Match voting form is awaiting your votes from today's game. As there were just 138 hardy souls present today, this is very much a case of every vote counting.

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


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24 March 2008 : Glovers Face The Long Road Home
Yeovil Town went down 2-0 at Victoria Park this afternoon when a goal in each half from James Brown and Joel Porter condemned them to their 10th away defeat of the season and their 6th in the last nine away fixtures. With Hartlepool having now won six out of their last seven home matches, the result went strictly by the form book, but that didn't make it any less disappointing following Friday's high at Huish Park.

The Bank Holiday weekend inevitably shortened manager Russell Slade's options even further in terms of team selection. Simon Church was away on international duty, whilst Marc Bircham also dropped out of the sixteen despite travelling with the squad, due to his troublesome hamstring. That meant that Matthew Rose was drafted into the sixteen despite not having trained all week and having spent the whole week out with a virus. Another unexpected face was Potters Bar left-back Nathan Smith, who signed non-contract forms with the club to allow him to make his Football League debut, despite strictly speaking being only a trialist with the club. Club captain Terry Skiverton was only passed fit on the morning of the game, and ultimately had to last 90 minutes.

The Glovers faced the reverse of Friday's fixture - having to play into the wind during the first half, and so they got a pretty good taste of what Doncaster Rovers had to put up with earlier in the weekend. As such it was a rearguard action from the start and Hartlepool struck the foot of a goalpost through Joel Porter early the first half, with the resultant ball running loose but Richard Barker put the rebound over the bar.

Hartlepool were forced into two early substitutions, including Barker, due to injury and one of those players James Brown got the benefit of a quickly taken throw-in that led to the opening goal. Joel Porter turned Terry Skiverton just outside the box out wide, and laid the ball across the face of the goal to Brown, who finished to put Pools 1-0 up and despite some resolute defending by the Glovers probably fair on the balance of play.

The Glovers created their first real chance a couple of minutes later when a Stephen Maher cross set up Marcus Stewart but home keeper Arran Lee-Barrett tipped the ball wide for a corner. That was as good as it got in a difficult opening 45 minutes in which Hartlepool were dominant, and the Glovers would rely on the strength of the wind to give them a second half advantage.

The snag though was that the elements dropped during the second period, and the momentum for the Glovers never really got going. The game was killed off by Hartlepool midway through the half after they succeeded in neutering the Glovers midfield and attack throughout a solid but largely uneventful 20 minutes. A cross into the box from Andy Monkhouse after the Glovers went to sleep on a throw-in was met by the boot of Joel Porter and at 2-0, a comeback for the Glovers seemed unlikely.

To be fair to Yeovil, they didn't drop their heads as much as has happened in recent matches when they have fallen behind, and two of their best chances in the game came late on. Firstly Lloyd Owusu set Andy Kirk down the wing with a breakaway chance, drawing Lee-Barrett out of his goal. The keeper sent Kirk wide of the target though, and the loose ball into the box was blocked by the body of an in-rushing defender before Owusu could accept the return.

That chance would have set up a grandstand finale, but even substitute Marvin Williams could have given Yeovil hope in the final minute of the game when he smashed a shot against the Hartlepool post. Aside from this though, chances were few and far between for the Glovers and even when chasing the game they struggled to unlock a Hartlepool defence that always looked likely to hold onto their three points.

The result showed little damage on the League One table, with Gillingham going down 2-1 at Port Vale - a result that allowed Vale a chance to live to fight another day, even if it seems likely that they will suffer relegation within the next fortnight. Crewe Alexandra suffered a blow when a 90th minute Walsall equaliser denied them the chance to drive the nail into the Gills coffin, but Mark Stimson's side are now cut five points adrift of safety, and their single game in hand over their rivals is looking all the more vital with games running out.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: James Brown (1-0, 28 mins), Joel Porter (2-0, 67 mins)

Yeovil Town: 4-3-2-1
31. Scott Flinders
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 27. Lee Peltier
8. Anthony Barry 26. Stephen Maher 11. Jean Francois Christophe
24. Andy Kirk 10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 12. Matty Rose 15. Liam Bridcutt (58 mins for Anthony Barry) 19. Craig Alcock 28. Nathan Smith (61 mins for Jean Francois Christophe) 32. Marvin Williams (73 mins for Stephen Maher)

Hartlepool United: 4-4-2
21. Arran Lee-Barrett
2. Jamie McCunnie 6. Ben Clark 27. Sam Collins 8. Ritchie Humphreys
15. Antony Sweeney 4. Willie Boland 7. Gary Liddle 11. Andy Monkhouse
10. Joel Porter 9. Richard Barker

Subs: 5. Michael Nelson (13 mins for Sam Collins) 14. James Brown (18 mins for Richard Barker) 17. David Foley (68 mins for Willie Boland) 19. Matty Robson 24. Michael Mackay

Hartlepool United Bookings: Ben Clark (78 mins, foul)
Yeovil Town Bookings: Jean Francois Christophe (48 mins, foul), Marcus Stewart (83 mins, foul)

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Mark Lawson (Northumberland) and Garry Wallace (Tyne and Wear). Fourth Official: Ross Joyce (Cleveland).

Attendance: 3,808 (including 138 Yeovil supporters)


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24 March 2008 : Officials For Hartlepool United
This afternoon's match at Victoria Park between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually about once a season. One of the more recent occasions when our paths previously crossed was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were rather less impressed on our last meeting with Mr Boyeson - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

When your four officials for the day come from East Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Cleveland, you know you're most definitely oop north. Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Mark Lawson (Northumberland) and Garry Wallace (Tyne and Wear). The Fourth Official will be Ross Joyce (Cleveland).

Link: February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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23 March 2008 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long trip to the North-East tomorrow when they take on Hartlepool United for an Easter Monday clash at Victoria Park. The randomness of the fixture computer ensures that one of their longest trips of the season occurs at the tail end of a Bank Holiday weekend, and the journey home in particular will not be a trivial one.

The Glovers go into the game still with a long list of injuries that mean that every fit player is likely to travel up to the match. With Simon Church off for international duty with Wales, they are definitely one man down on Friday's side, although manager Russell Slade was hopeful that defender/midfielder Matthew Rose would have recovered from an illness sufficiently to allow him to travel to the match and make up the numbers. The other concern is that of Terry Skiverton, who had to go off early on Friday, still suffering from the sinus problems that have plagued him during the past week. Hopefully a couple of good nights sleep will help him recover enough to start Monday's match. Aside from that it will be very much a case of going through the list of more minor knocks that doubtless will have materialised as a result of Friday's efforts.

Hartlepool played on Saturday afternoon, losing 3-1 against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. That result and Gillingham's win over AFC Bournemouth probably means that the Glovers can't quite take their foot off the pedal - just in case. There's no evidence of any injuries for Pools on the back of Saturday's game although again getting team news across a Bank Holiday weekend when both fixtures are so close together is always going to be difficult.

One player who will definitely be back for them is Jamie McCunnie, who missed Saturday's game whilst serving a one match suspension. Whether manager Danny Wilson starts either of first choice strike pair Richard Barker or James Brown is questionable. Barker has been out injured but has now returned to training and so could be pushed into the sixteen despite being short of match fitness. Brown appears to be a little ahead of Barker in terms of recovery, following seven weeks out with a knee injury. He played 90 minutes for the Reserves in midweek and came on as a substitute at Gresty Road and so will almost certainly be in the squad, although whether they risk a start on him is another matter. Aside from that, Hartlepool are in good shape, with defender Sam Collins having got through 90 minutes yesterday, despite being a pre-match doubt with a calf injury.

In terms of form, Hartlepool are the very definition of erratic, with three wins and three defeats in their last six games. They do however gain most of their positive results at Victoria Park where they have won 10 and drawn 5 out of their 19 games. They are also by far the top scorers at home in League One with 37 goals and a massive 59 goals scored and conceded in home matches. It will therefore come as little surprise to find that Hartlepool have yet to record a 0-0 draw this season at home or away! The match at Huish Park earlier this season ended in a 3-1 win for Yeovil, with Terry Skiverton, Marcus Stewart and Lloyd Owusu the three Glovers scorers in the December match.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and tickets are available from Victoria Park on the day of the game. See the Ciderspace Guide for full pricing details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool.


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23 March 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool
For those heading oop north on Easter Monday, the Ciderspace guide to Hartlepool United has been dusted off and updated since our last trip to Victoria Park. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool.


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22 March 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Doncaster Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade gave his views on the match to reporter Drew Savage, and you can read the full transcript of the interview via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Doncaster Game.


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22 March 2008 : Millwall Man Of The Match Result
A bright opening few minutes, more injuries and a very poor remainder summed up a very poor game for the Glovers in a 0-1 home defeat against Millwall at Huish Park, a repeat of the previous season result. The loss of Jaime Peters with injury in the early stages of the game took away a strong threat to the Lions defence.

A strong performance from Craig Alcock saw him take the Man of the Match award. A rare positive from a disappointing game.

The full results, with outright votes shown in brackets, are shown below:

1 Craig Alcock 124 (8)
2 Jean-Francois Christophe 112 (9)
3 Marcus Stewart 82 (4)
4 Mark Lynch 64 (5)
5 Martin Woods 40 (1)
6 Andy Kirk 28 (2)
7 Scott Flinders 16 (0)
8 Scott Guyett 16 (0)
9 Jaime Peters 16 (0)
10 Marvin Williams 12 (1)
11 Anthony Barry 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.23

Performance: 4.00
Entertainment: 4.45

VOTES RECEIVED: 31


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21 March 2008 : Easter Bunnies Sent Hopping
Yeovil Town defeated their former Conference rivals Doncaster Rovers this afternoon at Huish Park, thanks to first half goals from Terry Skiverton and Lloyd Owusu. Donny pulled a goal back through Paul Heffernan with 17 minutes remaining, but the Yorkshire promotion chasers couldn't find an equalising goal.

Once again the Glovers went into the match with a threadbare line-up. Mark Lynch was out with a hamstring tear, meaning that Lee Peltier became the latest player to try his luck at left-back. Matthew Rose was out with a virus and that meant that an extraordinarily youthful trio of Anthony Barry, Stephen Maher and Jean Francois Christophe were selected to try and combat a Doncaster midfield quartet that have had the critics drooling at League One level this season. Such is the quality of Donny's midfield this season, that there was not even space for former Glovers loan player Martin Woods on their bench.

Yeovil got off to a strong positive start, much as they have in many of their recent home games. However, much was about trying to adjust to the conditions - a swirling side-to-side wind that became more end-to-end as the game went on, that both sides often misjudged throughout the game.

Much of Yeovil's games in the last three months have been about who has grabbed the first goal. The last time they scored first and lost a game was back in November 2007 when they lost 2-1 against Millwall. Thus when Anthony Barry's curling free kick was met by a near slow-motion looping header from Terry Skiverton midway through the first period, the scene was set for one of those 'good days'. The team were visibly lifted by the goal, and settled into their best period of the match, forcing Doncaster onto the back foot.

Comedy struck though half an hour into the game as Yeovil doubled their lead. Donny keeper Neil Sullivan had been having a right old battle with Glovers striker Lloyd Owusu. Having raised his studs to Owusu in somewhat dubious fashion early on in the game when collecting a ball, Sullivan had also got the benefit of a poor decision from the erratic referee Steve Bratt when punching a ball clear under pressure from the big target man. Sullivan perhaps should have had the experience to know that Owusu was going to want to get his own back, and perhaps trying to dribble out of your own area when an opposition striker is bearing down on you in blustery conditions is not out of the coaching handbook. Owusu blocked the clearance, then gleefully poked the loose ball into an empty net for one of those comedy goals that you know you will be viewing once the Christmas Stocking DVDs have been produced at the end of the year. 2-0 up, half an hour played, and if anything the Huish Park crowd seemed a little stunned by the scoreline.

Donny created little during the first period, with James Coppinger seemingly more gifted at mouthing off at the Main Stand linesman than he was at playing out on the wings. Probably the most nervy moment came right on the stroke of half time, but Stuart Elliott's free kick just outside the box was driven right into the foot of the Yeovil wall, and the half-time lead was deservedly held.

Of course, it wasn't game over yet. A half-time squally shower sprayed water deep into the home terrace as the wind confirmed its switch to an end-to-end one that would require some classy defending to keep Doncaster out. Stuart Elliott's deflected shot that whistled just beyond the left hand post of Scott Flinders read alarm bells, and Doncaster's passing was much improved during the second period, with only their occasionally tame finishing letting them down. Flinders was being forced into numerous saves at the foot of his posts, which he took confidently each time, but there was little that you wouldn't have expected a keeper of his class to deal with.

The Glovers couldn't quite hold out though, and Paul Heffernan's strike from the edge of the box with 17 minutes remaining threatened a panicky end to the game, particularly as club captain Terry Skiverton had just left the field, clearly still suffering from his sinus problems that have plagued him in the past week. But despite having a route back into the game, Donny struggled to carve out further chances, with a determined Yeovil side blocking them at every opportunity possible - with sponsors man of the match Marcus Stewart forgetting he was a 35 year old, and instead doing a passable impression of Darren Way throughout the latter period, constantly snapping at the heels of Donny's midfielders.

If anything Yeovil should have sealed the game in the dying minutes, when Stewart set Owusu free down the left flank, but instead of opting for the selfish route to goal, he tried to square the ball back across the face of the box, and the move evaded two in-rushing Yeovil players. Five minutes of injury time couldn't deny Yeovil three priceless points that now put them 12 clear of fourth-from-bottom Gillingham, and although no-one within the Glovers ranks would dare say it, probably enough points to guarantee League One football for next season. As for Doncaster, they will doubtless live to fight again in their promotion battle, but with yet another win over the Yorkshire side, they must wonder what they did to deserve to become Yeovil's (Easter) bunnies.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Doncaster Rovers 1.

Scorers: Terry Skiverton (22 mins, 1-0), Lloyd Owusu (31 mins, 2-0), Paul Heffernan (73 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town: 4-3-2-1
31. Scott Flinders
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 27. Lee Peltier
8. Anthony Barry 26. Stephen Maher 11. Jean Francois Christophe
24. Andy Kirk 10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 15. Liam Bridcutt 17. Simon Church (66 mins for Andy Kirk) 19. Craig Alcock (70 mins for Terry Skiverton) 20. Marc Bircham (79 mins for Stephen Maher) 32. Marvin Williams

Doncaster Rovers:
1. Neil Sullivan
2. James O'Connor 11. Adam Lockwood 22. Matthew Mills 3. Gareth Roberts
19. Richard Wellens 8. Brian Stock 20. Paul Green 26. James Coppinger
14. Paul Heffernan 25. Stuart Elliott

Subs: 4. Stephen Roberts 9. Mark McCammon (89 mins for Matthew Mills) 10. Gareth Taylor (71 mins for Richard Wellens) 12. James Hayter (87 mins for Paul Green) 18. Sean McDaid

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (86 mins, foul), Anthony Barry (90 mins, foul), Scott Guyett (90 mins, timewasting).
Doncaster Bookings: Brian Stock (19 mins, foul)

Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: Stephen Tomlinson (Hampshire) and Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).

Attendance: 6,146 (including approx 600 Doncaster fans)


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21 March 2008 : Glovers In Schofield Talks
Yeovil Town are being linked with a second attempt to sign Huddersfield Town winger Danny Schofield. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner makes the claim that the 27 year old held talks with the Glovers last weekend about a possible move to Huish Park.

Schofield is out of contract at the end of this season and has requested a transfer following a 10 year spell with the Terriers. He has been granted permission to leave the club with the Yorkshire press citing family issues as being at the heart of his wish to make a fresh start away from the Galpharm Stadium.

Glovers boss Russell Slade first made a move for Schofield last August, having tried to sign him permanently, but that move was scuppered with Terriers boss Andy Ritchie branding the bid as "derisory", although the Daily Examiner claim the amount on the table was £50,000. With Schofield certain to leave in the summer though, they will not receive a penny for the player they signed from Brodsworth back in 1998. Ritchie said of the current situation:

"I believe they went quite well. If Danny comes to an agreement with the club concerned, itís possible we could let him go immediately, although with the number of bodies we have out at the moment, I wouldnít rule out him staying until the end of season. Iíll be having a good chat with Danny to see how the land lies and weíll proceed from there."

The Daily Examiner claims Yeovil have yet to make contact with Huddersfield following the talks. The Glovers could take Schofield on loan for the rest of the season, but if they wish to do so, then they must stake their claim by Thursday, when the loan transfer window closes. Given that Doncaster Rovers have now taken back Martin Woods, any move for Schofield would nicely balance out the loss of Woods.


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21 March 2008 : Doncaster Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder for those who went to watch today's 2-1 win at Huish Park against Doncaster Rovers. The Man of the Match voting for this match is now open, via the form below.

Note that due to two matches being played this weekend, voting will automatically close on Monday at 3.00pm, when the Easter Monday match against Hartlepool United kicks off.

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


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20 March 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Doncaster Rovers tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park for a match between two League One sides currently experiencing very different fortunes. Donny currently lie second in the table and are running neck and neck with Carlisle United for an automatic promotion spot.

Their form since the Glovers last met them at the Keepmoat Stadium in December has been extraordinary. Across the 17 games that have passed since then, they've picked up 40 points out of a possible 51. They've won 8 out of their last 10 matches, and were it not for Carlisle hanging onto their coat tails, they would be red hot favourites to gain promotion alongside Swansea City.

The small chink in the armour comes with a 1-0 defeat last weekend against Brighton and Hove Albion, although if that jolts their confidence, it will be a surprise. Certainly this match is a tall order and the Glovers will need to be at their best if they are to get anything out of the game.

They go into the match with more or less the same complications that dominated last week's fixture selection, with only around 15 fit outfield players available for selection. On the plus side, Stephen Maher returns from suspension, whilst Terry Skiverton and Liam Bridcutt have been given the all-clear following illnesses. However, on the minus side, Martin Woods has returned from his loan spell - ironically to Doncaster - whilst a torn hamstring for Mark Lynch will put him out and his possible replacement Matthew Rose has been ill all week and has not trained.

That mean that manager Russell Slade will be forced into reorganising the left side of his starting eleven, and with Paul Warne out for the season and Jaime Peters out until at least next weekend, matters are just as tricky at left wing as they are in the left back position. Craig Alcock is one of the more likely candidates to fill the full-back slot if Rose does not recover in time, whilst Liam Bridcutt could be one of the more likely candidates to prosper in the absence of Woods.

For Doncaster, their team selection is somewhat better defined. Gordon Greer is a long term absentee following a hip operation, but aside from that, manager Sean O'Driscoll's only problem is to work out how to fit in all the additional bodies he has at his disposal. With Woods now back in the Donny camp, defender James O'Connor (hernia), Mark Wilson (groin), Richie Wellens (adductor muscle) and Paul Green (hamstring) are all fit and available for selection, showing the huge contrast between both sides' fortunes.

The main hope for the Glovers tomorrow is that when it comes to meetings with Doncaster, history does show an uncanny knack of producing Yeovil wins. Whilst the record in Yorkshire is nothing short of phenomenal, with eight wins out of ten for the Glovers, the home record is not too shabby either, with just one defeat in the past eight years. Whilst it will be a tall order, let's hope that trend continues.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and don't forget that ALL Under 16s can gain admittance to the ground for just ONE POUND tomorrow. Adult prices are as per normal matchday tariffs at Huish Park, subject to the usual matchday surcharge and tickets are available right up until kick-off from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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20 March 2008 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers
Tomorrow's home match between Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers will be looked after by match referee Steve Bratt (West Midlands).

We've had Mr Bratt on three separate occasions, all within the last couple of seasons, with the official being relatively new to the Football League lists.

Our three experiences have been relatively positive, particularly as two of the three games featured significant incidents which he seemed to deal with in a level-headed manner.

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

His last involvement in a Yeovil match was the November 2007 match at the New Den against Millwall. The 2-1 defeat for the Glovers was not influenced by anything Mr Bratt was doing on the field of play.

Mr Bratt will be assisted by Stephen Tomlinson (Hampshire) and Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Turner (Devon).

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

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

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


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20 March 2008 : Church Gets Welsh Call-Up
On-loan Reading striker Simon Church has been called up into the Welsh Under 21s squad for next week's match against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The match will take place on March 26th.

The squad are due to meet up on Easter Sunday meaning that Church will miss Yeovil's trip to Hartlepool United on Easter Monday.

Welsh U21s: Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Owain Fon Williams (Crewe), Chris Gunter (Tottenham), Joe Jacobson (Bristol Rovers), Grant Basey (Charlton), Darcy Blake (Cardiff), Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough), Joe Allen (Swansea), Mark Bradley (Walsall), Jack Collison (West Ham), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea), Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff), Jonathan Brown (Cardiff), Simon Church (Reading), Ched Evans (Manchester City), Sam Vokes (Bournemouth).


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19 March 2008 : Triple Loan Extension
Three of Yeovil Town's fringe players have had loan extensions agreed with their various clubs that will keep them with the respective loaning clubs until the end of the season.

The end result is that Wilfried Domoraud will stay at Weston-super-Mare, whilst Ishmael Welsh extends his stay at Forest Green Rovers and finally Jerahl Hughes will continue to be on Worthing's books.

All three players are out of contract at the end of the season.


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19 March 2008 : Rovers Hoping For Huish Park Groundshare
Today's Bristol Evening Post is reporting that League One rivals Bristol Rovers are in talks with Yeovil Town concerning a possible groundshare arrangement for the start of the 2008-09 season.

Rovers are preparing to exit the Memorial Stadium on a temporary basis over the summer, for what is intended to be an 18 month redevelopment programme that is estimated as costing the club £36 million pounds. During that time they plan to groundshare with another local club.

Rovers had initial plans to use Whaddon Road, home of Cheltenham Town, over that period, but apparently concerns have been voiced amongst the Rovers hierarchy that the 7,000 capacity may be insufficient for their needs, despite the obvious hit that they will incur by temporarily moving the club outside Bristol.

As a result, local reports suggested that they were planning to re-open negotiations with Swindon Town, who have previously been opposed to any groundshare arrangement due to crowd trouble between the two clubs in recent meetings. With Ashton Gate being the likely temporary home for Bristol Rugby Club, and Twerton Park considered too run down to accommodate League One football, that then just leaves Huish Park as their alternative option. Rovers Chairman Ron Craig did admit that other options were being considered:

"The fact is that since last season, the board has continually looked at our options. In the light of experience gained this season, with its big matches and extended FA Cup run, we are of the opinion that we need to review those options and we are grateful for the co-operation of our Football League neighbours in this respect. It is important that we as a club look to do the very best we can in order to mitigate the disruption caused by moving away."

The main concern for the Glovers to consider would be the effect it would have upon the Huish Park pitch. Glovers officials have in the past stated concerns about over-use of the turf, and even this season there has been visible wear and tear on the surface that we suspect will need some kind of summer rectification. However, the ground rent from Rovers' usage of the stadium would be a tempting proposition for the club.

The work at the Memorial Stadium is scheduled to commence in May 2008. However they have already suffered one delay, and currently the proposals have to be rubberstamped again by Bristol City Council on April 2nd, after alterations were made to the original plans. The redeveloped Memorial Stadium will provide an 18,000 capacity all-seater stadium.

The Evening Post considers the County Ground in Swindon to be the favourite destination. Apparently Huish Park's 9,400 capacity may be insufficient for Bristol Rovers' needs. We kid you not!


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18 March 2008 : Reserves Beat Exeter
Yeovil Town Reserves won their Football Combination fixture at St James Park tonight against Exeter City Reserves by a 2-0 scoreline with both goals coming in the second half.

The game saw a fairly even first half performance with Exeter shading the match in terms of chances but without any significant advantage. The best fell to Exeter debutant Ben Watson and Steve Basham with Glovers keeper Darren Behcet being forced into a smart save.

In the second period, the Glovers assumed control and they took the lead on the hour mark when Simon Church got in behind the Exeter defence, pulling the ball back for Everton striker Aidan Downes to finish from close range.

Downes is an Everton Academy player who joined the club from Irish side Tolka Rovers for £90,000 in 2005. Downes has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 19 and Under 21 level, scoring on his debut for the Under 21s in October 2007. He was born on July 24th 1988.

The lead was doubled later in the half when a Marc Bircham free kick was powerfully headed home by Youth teamer Josh Robinson.

Exeter City: P Jones; L Cole, J Richardson (T Osman 45), N Martin, G Friend; L Elam, B Cozic, L Sercombe, C Shephard; S Basham (45), B Watson (D Green 75). Substitute (not used): S McVicar.

Yeovil Town: Darren Behcet; Owen Irish (Omar Simpson 59), Ashley Clarke, Robert Fitzgerald; Jordan Street, Stephen Maher, Marc Bircham, Liam Bridcutt (Josh Robinson 69), Nathan Smith; Simon Church (Karl Baker 85), Aidan Downes.


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18 March 2008 : Reserve Match Tweaking
Looking ahead at future Reserve Team matches, we've noticed recently that the away matches against Bristol City and AFC Bournemouth have got new kick-off dates and times, acccording to both clubs' official sites and the FA's Football Combination fixtures and results website.

The away match against Bristol City Reserves is listed as taking place on March 25th 2008 with a 7.00pm kick-off. This was originally listed as taking place on the 26th.

The away match against AFC Bournemouth is listed as taking place on April 8th 2008 with a 2.00pm kick-off. This was originally listed as having a 7.00pm kick-off.

As mentioned, these are both confirmed by the hosting clubs and the FA. We'll try and get confirmation at the Yeovil Town end.


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18 March 2008 : Grecians Give New Signing A Run-Out
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale plans to give their latest signing Ben Watson a starting place in tonight's line-up against Yeovil Town Reserves (see earlier news).

Watson has signed on a month's loan from Grays Athletic and was due to make his first team debut on Saturday until a heavy downpour saw their Conference National match against Droylsden called off. Now Watson expects ot get his first taste of St James' Park in lower key circumstances, and Tisdale has told the Exeter Express and Echo what to expect of the player:

"Ben Watson will play his first game. He has been very sharp in training, he has settled in very well and I am looking forward to getting him on the pitch and seeing him play. He has had a good time training with the lads and I am am sure he will be very keen to start with us."

The Glovers have yet to name their side for tonight's game and with the first team squad down to its bare bones, there could be few professional players in the Yeovil line-up. For Tisdale, he only has two players on the treatment table at present (one is former Glover Adam Stansfield who will not feature tonight) and so he hopes to use the match to positive means:

"The door is always open for players to put in a good performance and show they are ready. You have to take your chance when it arrives. That is their job as a professional, they have to be ready for their chance and come in and take it. That is what it is all about. Steve Tully was on the fringes for a month or so and then he got his chance at Halifax and he took it and hasn't looked like coming out of the side again. That is what you have got to do. The pitch will be in good condition because we didn't play this weekend and I imagine it will be a very good game."


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18 March 2008 : Slade On ITV Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is the studio guest for tonight's 'Soccer Night' programme on ITV West Country (Plymouth region). The programme starts at 11.05pm tonight.


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18 March 2008 : Leeds Tickets Running Scarce
We'd strongly recommend that those who have not bought their tickets for the Friday night match against Leeds United on April 25th at Huish Park, do so now.

The match is now approaching a sell-out with both seating and terracing becoming very limited. In the stands they are more or less down to just the front two rows of seating, with the exception of Block E (just to the right of the dugouts) in the Main Stand which is entirely sold out. In the Cowlin Stand the situation is similar except for Block P and PP (the two blocks nearest the away end) where there are more tickets available. There are 600 spaces left on the terrace.

Hence if you've not made your decision yet, we'd encourage you to do so now. This match will undoubtedly sell out ahead of schedule.

Tickets can be bought from the Huish Park Ticket Office, although be aware that they are taking additional steps to ensure that Leeds fans do not buy tickets in the home parts of the ground, so don't be offended if you have to jump through additional hoops to get hold of a ticket. Give them a ring on 01935-847888 for further advice.


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18 March 2008 : Reserves vs Exeter Reminder
A reminder that there is a Football Combination Wales & West Division match taking place tonight between Exeter City Reserves and Yeovil Town Reserves at St James' Park in Exeter, kick-off 7.00 p.m.

Exeter have already named their squad for the game as follows:

Paul Jones, Liam Sercombe, Neil Martin, Jon Richardson, George Friend, Chris Shepherd, Bertie Cozic, Ryan Harley, Lee Elam, Ben Watson, Steve Basham.

Exeter's substitutes will be named on the night of the match.

Directions From The M5: Exit the M5 at junction 30, and then follow the signs for Middlemoor. Take the second exit at Middlemoor roundabout (signed Heavitree). Follow signs for City Centre, going through Heavitree (approx. 2 miles). Past the police station on your right, then at the bottom of the hill turn right at the roundabout into Western Way (signed Pinhoe and Broadclyst). At the next roundabout, take the second exit, and then at the top of the hill (Old Tiverton Road) first left into St. James' Road.

Directions From The A30: Take the A30 into Exeter. As you pass under the M5 bridge, this road becomes the B3183. Follow the signs for City Centre then use the above directions from Heavitree onwards.

Address: St James' Park, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6PX.

Link: Multimap.com Website : Exeter City FC, St James' Park Location.


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18 March 2008 : Woods Returns To Donny
The Western Morning News reports that winger Martin Woods has returned to parent club Doncaster Rovers after completing a one month loan at Huish Park.

Woods in any case would not have been allowed to play in Friday's game at Huish Park. It remains to be seen as to whether the club will attempt to take out a new loan once the Doncaster game is over.

Update 11.30am: The Doncaster Rovers official site now confirms this, and implies the return is of a permanent nature, suggesting he has been brought back to be part of Doncaster's end of season run-in.


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17 March 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Bournemouth
For those who want to hear the BBC's post-match interview with manager Russell Slade in its audio form, the BBC Somerset website has been updated with the weekend interview from the match against AFC Bournemouth.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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17 March 2008 : Doncaster Kids For A Quid Reminder
A reminder that Good Friday's match against Doncaster Rovers will see a repeat of the 'Kids For A Quid' offer that was introduced for the Brighton and Hove Albion home match over Christmas. That was a strong factor in the club's highest attendance of the season of 6,881 and so it is good to see the offer repeated.

For those who were not around over Christmas, the offer is as plain and simple as you can get - every Under 16 can gain admittance to the match on March 21st at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00pm, against Doncaster Rovers for the sum of ONE POUND ONLY. No catches, no adults required - just simply pay one pound to the Huish Park Ticket Office and get your ticket.


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16 March 2008 : Bournemouth Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder for those who went to the Fitness First Stadium yesterday that your Man of the Match votes are required for the 2-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth. Think of it as your "three least worst men of the match" voting form!

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


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16 March 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat at the Fitness First Stadium, manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol reporter Mike Kaye about the match. The full transcript of that interview is available now, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game.


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15 March 2008 : Cherries See Glovers Well And Truly Plucked
Yeovil Town crashed 2-0 against AFC Bournemouth this afternoon at the Fitness First Stadium, in a game that they showed little signs of getting anything out of. First half goals from Danny Hollands and the highly rated Sam Vokes sealed their fate, and nothing in the second half suggested that they were going to get anything out of the fixture.

The Glovers went into the match with Terry Skiverton missing due to sinus problems that have been causing him severe headaches all week, along with Liam Bridcutt, who is on antibiotics due to a virus. That added to the midweek loss of Paul Warne and Jaime Peters, and manager Russell Slade stated that he was selecting from the 15 outfield players that remained available to him once all of the injuries and illnesses had been accounted for. On a positive note Lee Peltier (suspension) and Terrell Forbes (back) were able to return to the side.

Despite a bright opening five minutes, the Glovers got off to the worst possible start when a half-clearance from a Max-Alain Gradel cross fell into the path of Danny Hollands. No-one closed him down and that allowed him time and space to strike the ball home for the opening goal.

The Glovers could have hit back when a Martin Woods volleyed cross was headed just over the crossbar by Simon Church, whilst Woods himself fired just wide of the target. Defender Scott Guyett also headed wide of the mark. But it was the Glovers back line that were looking jittery when the ball reached the other end of the park and at times were guilty of giving the Cherries players far too much time on the ball.

That was certainly true of the 2nd goal which arrived just after the half hour mark. A rather over-hit corner appeared to be going nowhere, but when it was picked up on the far side, Brett Pitman put in the cross in from the opposite side and Sam Vokes evaded whichever Yeovil player was meant to be marking him, and he headed home to double Bournemouth's lead.

Half time saw Marvin Williams pushed into the fray as a replacement for Matthew Rose, despite the winger being of borderline fitness in the lead-up to the game with a foot injury. But the second period did not ignite a significant improvement in Yeovil Town's performance, with the game being played at a low tempo.

If anything the Cherries threatened to increase their lead, with former Brentford striker Jo Kuffour breaking past Mark Lynch then landing a cross towards Brett Pitman, who evaded the marking of Lee Peltier, but thankfully Scott Flinders got down to push the shot away. The on-loan keeper was one of the few players to come out with credit from the day.

A slither of hope came in the closing stages after Lloyd Owusu had a header palmed away by home keeper David Forde. From the resulting corner, Jean-Francois Christophe had a header blocked on the line that could have set up an exciting finale, but the shot was saved. With that any flickering flame died, and Yeovil deservedly came home pointless.

Around the division, Crewe Alexandra came home victorious with a 3-0 away win over Gillingham in the day's relegation six-pointer - a result that cuts the Gills four points adrift, albeit with a game in hand on most of their rivals. That result means that the gap between the Glovers and the relegation spots remains at nine points, although today's wins for Crewe and Cheltenham Town mean that two of the three clubs that are sandwiched in the middle have now closed the gap somewhat.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Danny Hollands (1-0, 9 mins), Sam Vokes (2-0, 32 mins)

AFC Bournemouth:
18. David Forde
7. Shaun Cooper 5. Joshua Gowling 15. Jason Pearce 28. Warren Cummings
10. Jo Kuffour 16. Marvyn Bartley 14. Danny Hollands 17. Max-Alain Gradel
26. Brett Pitman 9. Sam Vokes

Subs: 31. Matt Finlay (GK) 13. Ryan Pryce 21. Josh McQuoid (90 mins for Jo Kuffour) 22. Joe Partington 29. Billy Franks

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Scott Flinders
27. Lee Peltier 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 2. Mark Lynch
11. Jean Francoise Christophe 12. Matty Rose 7. Martin Woods
10. Marcus Stewart
17. Simon Church 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry (80 mins for Marcus Stewart) 9. Lloyd Owusu (61 mins for Simon Church) 19. Craig Alcock 20. Marc Bircham 32. Marvin Williams (46 mins for Matthew Rose)

AFC Bournemouth Bookings: Brett Pitman (34 mins, foul), David Forde (75 mins, timewasting)
Yeovil Town Bookings: None.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Michael McCoy (Kent) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Attendance: 4,145 (including approx 600 Glovers).


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14 March 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth
As promised earlier, the Ciderspace Guide to Bournemouth has had a facelift and now ready for viewing. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth.


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14 March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on AFC Bournemouth tomorrow afternoon at their Fitness First Stadium (aka Dean Court) with the Glovers looking to secure what is probably the last few points they need to secure League One football for next season. With nine games remaining, a win against League One's 22nd placed club would make the chances of both Gillingham and Crewe Alexandra catching them increasingly small, and so there is little doubt that the Glovers would love to gain a positive result from this fixture.

They come up against a Cherries side that are more or less relegated and currently 11 points adrift of safety. The point of caution is that much of Bournemouth's deficit is caused by the 10 point penalty that was caused by going into administration and so the current 19 point gap between the two clubs is in terms of points gained this season somewhat less. Equally since going into administration, the Cherries have produced one or two surprise results out of the bag.

Much of the Bournemouth press coverage this week is not about tomorrow's match, but surrounds their ongoing attempts to find a new buyer for the club who can take them out of administration. Having been at the helm at the point that they went into administration, former Chairman Jeff Mostyn looks likely to become future Chairman Jeff Mostyn, with administrator (and former Leeds United Chairman) Gerald Krasner declaring that Mostyn's consortium was the only bidder for the club.

That news will doubtless be greeted by Bournemouth fans with a mixture of relief that the future of their club is likely to be resolved relatively soon, subject to a CVA meeting, combined with some derision within the ranks that the consortium that took the club into administration looks likely to remain in power. Doubtless whether that presents a good or a bad future for the Cherries will be the talk around the pubs before and after the game with the match itself almost incidental to the main focus of Bournemouth's day. How the players and fans will react once inside the stadium is anyone's guess.

Bournemouth's manager is Kevin Bond and although he admits it is a tall order, he has told the Bournemouth Echo he is not quite ready to throw in the towel on Bournemouth's season:

"We're still in there fighting and I think it makes tomorrow as near a game that we have to win. Mathematically it's not that way but games are running out and we need to get some results. Avoiding relegation would in itself be an achievement for the football club and the deduction of points has made that almost impossible. With the administration and deduction of points, it's hard on you when you look at the league table and mentally how it affects you. I don't think it really has until now."

Bournemouth go into the game without Jo Tessem (back), striker Lee Bradbury (virus) and have a doubt over Neil Young who came off injured during their midweek match. They will also need to wait for confirmation that Cardiff City goalkeeper David Forde has been granted permission to play by the Football League. The Cherries are under a transfer embargo at present, but with both registered permanent keepers out injured, they are currently receiving special dispensation for an emergency goalkeeper on a rolling seven day basis.

For the Glovers, the majority of team news was covered in yesterday's news item. With Paul Warne and Jaime Peters now having joined the ranks in the treatment room, the main team selection will depend upon Liam Bridcutt (virus), Terry Skiverton (sinus problem), Terrell Forbes (back) and Matthew Rose (ankle). Certainly with Peters definitely out, there will be at least one change to tomorrow's line-up.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm with tickets available for purchase on the day. The updated Ciderspace guide to AFC Bournemouth will be updated/uploaded sometime after 6.00pm tonight. Due to a technical hitch (OK, a class A mistake) it didn't get uploaded last night as planned! For ticketing information, see yesterday's news, whilst all existing travel information should hold as per last year's guide which can be found in the Opposition section of the site.


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14 March 2008 : Officials For The Bournemouth Game
Tomorrow's match against AFC Bournemouth will be looked after by Gavin Ward (Surrey). No, not the Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper - this is a match official that has relatively recently been promoted to the Football League. We've had him before as a linesman but never as a referee, and so there is no 'history' to report of any note.

This season Mr Ward has been more than a little happy with his cards, dishing out 73 yellow cards and 7 red cards in 23 games. His most recent match was Brentford vs Peterborough on Tuesday night

Mr Ward will be assisted by Michael McCoy (Kent) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). The Fourth Official will be JJ Linington (Isle of Wight).


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14 March 2008 : Interview With Marvin Williams
Following Tuesday night's 0-1 home defeat against Millwall, BBC reporter Drew Savage spoke to former Lions winger/striker Marvin Williams about the match. The full transcript is now on this site via the link below.

Link: Interview With Marvin Williams After The Millwall Game.


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13 March 2008 : Bournemouth Ticketing Reminder
As it was all the way back on February 18th that we first mentioned details of ticketing for Saturday's away match against AFC Bournemouth, it is worth a second reminder ahead of the game for those who are planning to travel.

Advance tickets are on sale now, but there will be no sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The game is due to be played on Saturday 15th March with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Prices are as follows: Adults £21.00; Concessions £10.00.

Concessions are defined as Over 65s, Full Time Students (with a valid NUS Card) and Under 16s. Note that we've had reports of Bournemouth expecting some fairly incredible means of seeking proof that people are of a certain age, so if you are borderline, please take some strong ID with you - ideally a passport or driving licence for adults.

Disabled supporters must contact Bournemouth's Ticket Office on 01202 726303.

Methods of payment are as follows:
a) Cash payable on the day of the game from the Cherries Away End Ticket Office
b) By post, enclosing a cheque made payable to AFC Bournemouth (clearly you're too late for this now)
c) By phone on 01202 726303, using a credit/debit card.
d) Via the internet on https://www.tickets.thecherries.co.uk

Note that all telephone and internet sales are subject to a two pounds booking fee per transaction.

Note also that Bournemouth's ticket website has an expired Security Certificate. You should therefore use your own judgement on whether to use the website or not to book your tickets. Given that the same charges are incurred by phone, we know which one we'd opt for, although given the game is fairly imminent, perhaps you may prefer to just pay on the day.

There is an initial allocation of 1,300 tickets in Bournemouth's East Stand, which is covered. The uncovered 'temporary' South Stand will remain empty until Bournemouth can judge which set of supporters, if any, have the greater demand for this side of the ground. Thus the only dilemma kicks in if the Glovers sell all 1,300 tickets and Bournemouth allocate the South Stand to home supporters.


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13 March 2008 : Warne Out For Rest Of Season
Yeovil Town midfielder/striker Paul Warne is out for the rest of the season with a broken bone in his foot. Warne has broken his fifth metatarsal, discovered after he experienced pain in his foot during Tuesday's game against Millwall, although there is a feeling in the Yeovil camp that Warne may have incurred the injury during Saturday's match against Cheltenham Town.

Manager Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset that he believes Warne will be out for around eight weeks, meaning an end to his season at Huish Park:

"Unfortunately we've lost Paul Warne. He has broken a bone in his foot and so that needs pinning. He probably did that in the Saturday game, but he was a little bit gingerly about it on Tuesday night and we figured that we better have a look at it. We've found that he is going to require surgery later this week."

The prognosis on winger Jaime Peters is also not good, with the Ipswich Town player definitely out for Saturday's match, explaining that he is going to go for an x-ray to get his injury fully assessed and to put a timeframe on it:

"He's flaked a bone, we think, on his ankle, so we don't know how long that is going to put him out for. But that's certainly put him out."

In addition to the long-term injured, Liam Bridcutt is no anti-biotics to try and deal with a virus that kept him out on Tuesday, Mark Lynch has also not landed on the training ground due to a tight hamstring, whilst club captain Terry Skiverton has not trained due to headaches he has been experiences caused by sinus problems. Slade explained that in an ideal world Skivo would probably not have played on Tuesday night due to those problems:

"We always talk about the players who have not played. But there are also players who have played through the pain barrier and perhaps on another day shouldn't have played and maybe that is a good example of that."

Russell added that the problem for him was not so much the injuries themselves, but the problem of needing to rearrange the side most weeks and bring new players in that may need a couple of games to get into the speed of the game:

"I think the main problem is that I've not been able to put out the same team, week-in, week-out and get some consistency going and some stability in the side and a team that are match-fit from playing week-in, week-out and are up to the pace of the game. We've had a lot of swapping and changing which is what we've had to do. People have come into the team and sometimes it takes them three or four games to get into it and we've not had that stability."

On the plus side, Russell reports that Terrell Forbes and Matthew Rose both returned to training today, and he will wait to see if there is a reaction from that day's training and then decide whether they are fit enough to be in the sixteen.


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13 March 2008 : Ticketing For Swansea Match
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Swansea City's Liberty Stadium will go on sale from next Monday morning (March 17th). The match takes place on Saturday 19th April. Hopefully the Glovers interest in this match will be largely down to pride rather than the need for points, however with it being the third from last game of the season, it is quite possible that the Jacks will be on the verge of promotion by the time we play them.

This is an ALL TICKET match (pretty much standard policy for all Liberty Stadium games) and prices are as follows:

Adults: £16.00; Seniors and Disabled: £10.00; Under 16s: £7.00.

It should be noted that no drums are allowed inside the Liberty Stadium.

Access to the stadium is not the easiest ever experienced, and so unless you're prepared to take a chance on finding a spot on Swansea's side-streets, you will need to factor in car parking costs of £5.00 per car and £10.00 per coach/minibus as part of a park'n'ride scheme two miles from the ground.

Official guides to the Liberty Stadium dissuade anyone from trying to park around the stadium and there is no parking for supporters in the stadium car park itself. If you require disabled parking then we'd recommend you contact the Huish Park Ticket Office or Swansea direct on 01792-616600.

You will also need to factor in the Severn Bridge toll fare into your costs for the day.

Obviously there is more information on the Ciderspace guide to Swansea which as with all of our guides, will be given a lick of paint in the week leading up to the fixture.


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13 March 2008 : Ticketing For Carlisle Match
Yeovil Town's trip to play Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Saturday 5th April now has advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

For this one if you are travelling, it is worth booking your tickets in advance as Carlisle add an extra £2.00 per ticket on matchdays with the exception of Under 10s. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over 65s: £12.00; Age 11-17: £8.00; Age 10 and Under: £4.00.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £2.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. This price has been set due Carlisle admitting that their current facilities are not the best with those spectators seating at pitch level. All wheelchair users will be housed on the edge of the Cumberland Building Society Stand, towards the Warwick Road End. Spaces are limited and so we'd strongly recommend you make your reservation by phoning 01228-526237, where you can also book disabled parking spaces and any other special arrangements.


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13 March 2008 : Cheltenham Town Man Of The Match Result
An Alan Wright own goal and a 73rd minute strike from Andy Kirk helped the Glovers to a 2-1 victory over old rivals Cheltenham Town last Saturday. Coupled with an encouraging performance, this win was an important and very welcome one in striving to keep a good distance away from the drop zone.

For a strong performance and scoring the winning goal, Andy Kirk was voted Man of the Match with Mark Lynch following up in second place with another good game.

The full results, with outright votes shown in brackets, are shown below:

1 Andy Kirk 372 (25)
2 Mark Lynch 258 (13)
3 Craig Alcock 224 (11)
4 Marcus Stewart 220 (14)
5 Jamie Peters 114 (6)
6 Matthew Rose 34 (2)
7 Anthony Barry 22 (1)
8 Terry Skiverton 16 (0)
9 Paul Warne 8 (0)
10 Terrell Forbes 6 (0)
11 Scott Flinders 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.53

Performance: 6.53
Entertainment: 6.53

VOTES RECEIVED: 72


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12 March 2008 : Russell's Verdict On the Millwall Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage about the match. The full transcript of that interview (also available in audio form via the link on an earlier news item) is provided below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On the Millwall Game.


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12 March 2008 : Millwall Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes following last night's 0-1 home defeat against Millwall, using the voting form below. You have until Saturday at 3.00pm to get your votes in.

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


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12 March 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Millwall
Following yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Millwall, the BBC ran two interviews post-match. Firstly the views of manager Russell Slade were recorded, plus they also interviewed former Millwall striker Marvin Williams as he faced the club he left last summer.

Just to keep us on our toes, the two interviews can be found in a slightly different location on the BBC Sport website via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website: Yeovil Town vs Millwall Match Report and Interviews.


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12 March 2008 : Savage Gets The Last Laugh
Yeovil Town went down 1-0 at home to Millwall last night when a Bas Savage goal 20 minutes from time divided two poor teams that struggled to get to grip with the swirling conditions at Huish Park. The result keeps the Glovers in 16th place in the League One table, but did little to suggest that they are capable of climbing much higher up the table.

As usual, the pre-match team selection was disrupted by a mixture of injury and illness. Terrell Forbes, Liam Bridcutt and Marc Bircham were all absent, with the latest virus continuing to sweep the Yeovil camp forcing more changes. With Matthew Rose withdrawn to the bench due to an ankle injury that left him only partially fit, Jean Francois Christophe made his debut, whilst Martin Woods finally got his home debut.

The start was emphatic, with the Glovers going on the offensive, to the extent that they could easily have been 4-0 up inside the first five minutes! Scott Guyett produced a flying save from goalkeeper Rhys Evans, palming the ball out for a corner, and the Millwall man also had to be alert to deny Jean Francois Christophe a debut goal from a close range header. Andy Kirk, Jaime Peters and Marcus Stewart also had early chances, whilst Martin Woods forced Evans to parry his fierce shot.

It took Millwall some time to adjust to this early onslaught, but they did respond with a chance of their own in the opening quarter-hour - a Lewis Grabban effort which Glovers keeper Scott Flinders got a palm to and lifted the ball over the bar for a superb reflex save.

The initial Yeovil dominance though appeared to dry up somewhat with the loss of Ipswich Town winger Jaime Peters, who suffered an ankle/achilles injury following a strong challenge from Millwall's Andy Frampton, who followed through on Peters after winning the ball. The winger rolled off the field, and eventually gingerly limped his way up the field, replaced by former Lion Marvin Williams.

With that, the first half began to fizzle out somewhat, with neither side really doing much of note. That situation did not change radically in the second period, although it was quite apparent that the longer the game went on, the more Yeovil's game deteriorated. Credit to Millwall though - they closed down on every Glovers man who had the ball, and crowded the midfield where Yeovil were suffering diminishing returns, meaning that each time the ball was released, it was done with a degree of panic, and invariably the swirling wind meant that the path of the ball was more random than controlled.

Millwall's use of the wings though was somewhat more fruitful, and it was through using the width of the pitch that they got their goal - with their second and only shot of the game. Lewis Grabban's right wing move saw a deep cross reach Ryan Smith wide of goal on the opposite flank and that was enough to drag the Yeovil back four out of position as they went ball-watching and so failed to pick up Bas Savage in the centre who finished from close range to put Millwall 1-0 up.

And that was pretty much it. Despite there being 20 minutes left to play, Millwall never really looked like they would press for a second, whilst the Glovers only really looked threatening on set pieces. From that Terry Skiverton had a shot cleared off the line, which could have seen Yeovil grab a surprise equaliser, but bar that moment, one sensed that Yeovil could have played on until midnight without troubling the scoreboard. A world apart from that opening 15 minutes.

Probably the main positive to come out of the night was that both Gillingham and Crewe Alexandra both lost, meaning that despite Cheltenham Town's surprise win at Leeds United, there is little damage done - and once again there is another game chalked off the list, leaving Gillingham nine points behind the Glovers, whilst Crewe lie eight behind. Indeed with Cheltenham's win, those two clubs are in danger of getting cut adrift and that at least should give some solace in what was in the main a fairly miserable night.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Scorers: Bas Savage (0-1, 70 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
31. Scott Flinders
19. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 2. Mark Lynch
16. Jaime Peters 8. Anthony Barry 11. Jean Francois Christophe 7. Martin Woods
10. Marcus Stewart 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 9. Lloyd Owusu (73 mins for Anthony Barry) 12. Matty Rose 14. Paul Warne (62 mins for Martin Woods) 17. Simon Church 32. Marvin Williams (22 mins for Jaime Peters)

Millwall: (4-4-2)
24. Rhys Evans
2. Danny Senda 5. Paul Robinson 6. Zak Whitbread 3. Andy Frampton
19. Jay Simpson 7. Alan Dunne 22. Ali Fuseini 10. Lewis Grabban
26. Marc Laird 8. Gary Alexander

Subs: 23. Preston Edwards (GK) 11. Ryan Smith (46 mins for Alan Dunne) 18. David Martin 17. Bas Savage (42 mins for Gary Alexander) 30. Marcus Bignot

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Francois Christophe (90 mins, foul).
Millwall Bookings: Alan Dunne (43 mins, foul), Marc Laird (83 mins, foul)

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 4,439 (including approx 250 Millwall fans)


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11 March 2008 : Flinders Loan To Be Extended
With Steve Mildenhall still some weeks away from fitness Yeovil Town have moved to extend the loan of Scott Flinders from Crystal Palace for a further month.

Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser, Eagles manager Neil Warnock said of the goalkeeper:

Yeovil have contacted me about extending Scott's loan deal by another month and that's fine. We can always have him back at 24 hours notice.


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11 March 2008 : Morris Contract Terminated
Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris has left the club by mutual consent. Lee was already ruled out for the remainder of this season, but has now had his contract cancelled and now becomes a free agent.

Lee has considered retirement from the game entirely due to a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained at Hereford United in the Glovers Carling Cup match back in August. That was the second time he had needed a cruciate ligament operation on the same knee and the prognosis was grim, with it being reported at the time that only one professional football player had managed to come back from two such operations and continue to play at a professional level. It is therefore likely that Lee will either retire from the game entirely, or drop into non-league football.

Lee made 40 appearances for the club, scoring six goals, with the most vital of those being Yeovil's fourth goal at the City Ground last May that put them in front in the play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest for the first time in the tie. Sadly for Lee and for Yeovil Town, he was to only play in two games during this season, including his ill-fated match at Edgar Street that has almost certainly finished his professional career.

Our best wishes go out to Lee in whatever he chooses to do in the future, and a big thank you for his goals, and especially the one scored at the City Ground that will - along with the other four scored that night - live long in the memory.


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11 March 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Millwall Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Millwall tonight (7.45pm) in a League One fixture at Huish Park. Despite Saturday's win being a much needed confidence and points boost, the Glovers still probably need another win or two to be feel absolutely safe from the sides below them.

That makes tonight's game all the more important, given that it is the third of four 'six-pointers' that the Glovers have had to deal with this month. So far, so good, with a draw at Gillingham and Saturday's win over Cheltenham and the latter in particular has taken a lot of pressure off tonight's fixture and Saturday's match against AFC Bournemouth.

The Glovers go into the game having added French midfielder Jean-Francois Christophe to their squad and assistant manager Steve Thompson has stated that he will be in the sixteen for tonight's game. He could even go straight into the starting eleven, as fellow midfielder Matthew Rose turned his ankle during Saturday's 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town and is rated only 50:50 for tonight's game. With Marc Bircham short of match fitness, Christophe could get an early taste of life at Huish Park.

Otherwise, things are largely as you were - Lee Morris (knee), Steve Mildenhall (knee), Nathan Jones (broken arm), Lee Peltier (suspension) and Stephen Maher (suspension) remain unavailable, although Thommo did admit to BBC Somerset that one or two other players were borderline for tonight's game due to a few minor knocks:

"We've picked up a couple of knocks as we normally do on a Saturday. Matty Rose is 50:50 for the game. We've got one or two other little knocks but we are hoping that everyone else is going to come through. Martin Woods was ill on Friday and Saturday and so that is why he was out of the sixteen, so he is back in contention for the game."

For Millwall, they will have to do without Dave Brammer (knee) and Danny Spiller (hernia). They also have a decision to make over Alan Dunne (groin) and if he is unavailable then Marcus Bignot is expected to replace him.

Despite Millwall's relatively lowly position - they lie five points behind the Glovers in 18th place and four off the drop-zone - they managed to gain one of the results of the season when they defeated leaders Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night. That was amazingly only their third away win of the season, and no doubt they will hope to make it a 'double' tonight in their own efforts to pull away from the bottom four sides. A full league programme is in place tonight, with the exception of Bristol Rovers and Northampton Town who play tomorrow, and so once again the league table will be focussed upon at 9.30pm tonight. Let's hope the Glovers are looking upward, rather than downward by the end of tonight's game.

Kick-off is 7.45pm, and tickets for the match are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual match-day tariff.


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11 March 2008 : Swansea Reserves Date Set
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their away match against Swansea City Reserves in the Football Combination League set for Wednesday 23rd April with a 7.00pm kick-off. The match will be played at Port Talbot FC.


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11 March 2008 : Woods Ready To Go ... Hopefully!
Left-winger Martin Woods is keeping his fingers crossed that things don't come in threes when it comes to dropping out of Yeovil Town sides. The on-loan winger has only managed just over one half of football since arriving at the club in mid-February and has missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

Sods law was that when Martin did finally return to Huish Park, he had to pull out of Saturday's game during the warm-ups. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he explained what had been going wrong during his month's loan so far:

"It has been tough for me. I've only managed about 40-odd minutes at Oldham, which was very disappointed, because I then had about two and a half weeks out with my ankle. I got an injection and eventually felt pretty good with my ankle and so I came back down (to Huish Park). But then I got food poisoning or some kind of a bug on Friday night and I ended up being sick all night. That was horrible, so on the Saturday I was still feeling sick. I'm not usually one to get sick, but it seems that all of the bad luck comes all at the same time. But hopefully that is all done and dusted and that's me ready to kick on now."


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11 March 2008 : Gillingham Man Of The Match Result
Conceding six goals in the previous two games without scoring was always going to make the away game at Gillingham a difficult one. An improved, determined performance saw the Glovers battle for a much needed and deserved 0-0 draw. A creditable result considering Stephen Maher was sent off leaving Yeovil to battle the last 15 minutes with 10 men.

For a solid display, Mark Lynch was voted a clear winner as Man of the Match with Terry Skiverton following up in second place.

The full results, with outright votes shown in brackets, are shown below:

1 Mark Lynch 84 (7)
2 Terry Skiverton 32 (2)
3 Terrell Forbes 22 (2)
4 Anthony Barry 22 (0)
5 Jaime Peters 20 (1)
6 Scott Flinders 20 (0)
7 Lee Peltier 16 (0)
8 Marcus Stewart 14 (0)
9 Andy Kirk 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.00

Performance: 5.25
Entertainment: 4.75

VOTES RECEIVED: 15


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10 March 2008 : Officials For Millwall
Tomorrow night's match against Millwall will be looked after by referee Rob Lewis (Shropshire). This is a slight touch of deja vu for both sides, as his last visit to Huish Park was ... a home match against Millwall last season and just over 12 months ago. Millwall won the match 1-0, although they ended up with five players booked, including two for timewasting. Largely he did OK, albeit with a large number of yellow cards, although he did deny Yeovil a rather substantial penalty appeal. Though doesn't every referee these days?

We first had Mr Lewis back in September 2006 when he took charge of the 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium. Our first impression of him was mixed; he did some things well, but was a little too visible during the match, booking four Yeovil players, without bringing out his cards for the home side.

Mr Lewis will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire).

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: September 2006 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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10 March 2008 : Bath Date Set
Further to our March 7th news, Yeovil Town Reserves will play their Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final match against Bath City on Tuesday 1st April with a 7.45pm kick off.

Taunton Town will play Paulton Rovers in the other semi-final.

The Reserves trip to Swansea City that was due to be played on the following night has been postponed and will be rearranged in due course.


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10 March 2008 : Pompey Midfielder In On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed Portsmouth midfielder Jean Francois Christophe on a month's loan, subject to clearance from the Football League. The 20 year old was a signing for the Premier League side during the summer from French side FC Lens and is on a two year contract at Fratton Park.

Christophe could be in contention to face one of his former clubs on Saturday - he has recently completed a loan spell with AFC Bournemouth where he made 11 appearances, scoring one goal, across a four month spell. He was born in Creil, France on 27th June 1987.

Welcome to Huish Park, Jean.


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10 March 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Cheltenham Match
For those who want to hear the audio version of Saturday's post-match interview with Russell Slade, as transcribed on this site yesterday, it is now available on the BBC Somerset website, via the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Audio Archive.


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10 March 2008 : Harlepool United Ticket Details
Tickets are now available from Huish Park for the away match at Hartlepool United. The game is scheduled to take place on Monday 24th March, 3pm kick-off. Yeovil fans will be housed in the Rink End. This is an all seated covered stand with a capacity of 960. There are also ten wheelchair places available in this end.

Prices are standard with no early purchase discounts so, fans making late decisions can buy tickets on the day at Victoria Park.

Matchday Prices are as follows: Adults £20; seniors over 65/Full Time Students/under 16s: £10 (relevant ID required).

Disabled: £20, carers with proof of hgh rate disability: Free of Charge.

There are a limited number of Disabled parking spaces available at Victoria Park on a first come first served basis. A fee is required but, the Official Hartlepool Website does not state the cost. There is also limited parking available on Clarence Road, again on a first come first served basis. We suggest that you contact Maurice Russell on 01429 272584 (extension 6) for any queries regarding Disabled supporters.

Contact Details for Hartlepool United:
Tel: 01429 272584 (extension 2 for ticketing enquiries).
Fax: 01429 863007


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9 March 2008 : Next Fans Partnership Meeting Announced
The next Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd April at 5.45pm.

This will be a 'committee only' meeting - if you have anything you want to be discussed at the meeting, either email Sara Bradley at supporter.link@ytfc.net or drop a message to any of the Supporters Representatives.

All agenda items for the meeting must be submitted by Friday 28th March.


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9 March 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Cheltenham Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Drew Savage.

The full transcript of that interview is captured via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Cheltenham Game.


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9 March 2008 : Cheltenham Man Of The Match Voting
For those who went to yesterday's 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town at Huish Park, a reminder to get your Man Of The Match Votes in as quickly as possible.

With a Tuesday night game against Millwall coming up, voting will close automatically on Tuesday night at 7.45pm, so make sure you vote before you leave for the Millwall game.

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


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9 March 2008 : February 2008 Player Of The Month
The February 2008 Player Of The Month saw a tight battle between three players, during a month that brought just one win. Club captain Terry Skiverton no doubt picked up some votes for his winning goal and performance during the match against Northampton Town, whilst a number of people were clearly impressed by the contribution of loan signing Jaime Peters.

However, it was right-back Lee Peltier who edged that pair out, with the former Liverpool player being one of the more consistent players throughout the whole month. The full results, including the percentage of votes cast, are shown below:

Lee Peltier 15.8
Jaime Peters 14.9
Terry Skiverton 14.5
Matthew Rose 8.7
Scott Guyett 8.6
Anthony Barry 8.1
Marcus Stewart 7.2
Andy Kirk 4.2
Mark Lynch 3.9
Steve Mildenhall 3.1
Marvin Williams 2.3
Liam Bridcutt 1.8
Lloyd Owusu 1.5
Zoltan Stieber 1.5
Scott Flinders 1.5
Terrell Forbes 0.9
Nathan Jones 0.8
Paul Warne 0.5
Simon Church 0.1


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8 March 2008 : What A Difference A Day Makes
Yeovil Town relieved a significant amount of pressure off their shoulders at Huish Park this afternoon with a well-deserved 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town. An opening 'own goal', inspired by some determined running by Andy Kirk was cancelled out by a Steve Brooker strike midway through the second half. But Cheltenham only regained the balance for nine minutes as Andy Kirk put the Glovers in front again to secure three valuable points.

The Glovers went into the game being forced into yet another late change to their line-up. Left winger Martin Woods had been named on the teamsheets, but after some problems during the warm-ups, he was withdrawn and Marc Bircham, who only returned to training on Friday, was drafted into the sixteen. A bulk-standard 4-4-2 was employed and for once this season that formation hit the mark right from the very start, with the Glovers enjoying the lion's share of the first half.

Cheltenham left-back Alan Wright though must be sick of Yeovil. Last May, it was his own goal as a Nottingham Forest player that let the Glovers back into the game in THAT match at the City Ground. Less than a year later, he doubled his 'Yeovil tally' in illustrious fashion as he provided the final touch on a move that was all about Glovers striker Andy Kirk. The former Northampton poacher forced his way down the left wing - and "forced" is the only word for it, with Cheltenham's Andy Gallinagh twice losing out to Kirk's determination as he ran through the Robins defence like a steam train. Both former Glover Andy Lindegaard and Wright ran in to close down Kirk's run, and as he looked to unleash a shot on goal, Lindy and Wright got in each other's way.

The press reports are giving Wright the final honour of who touched the ball last, even if the tannoy announced Kirk as the scorer. Perhaps Wright's need for lengthy treatment and his subsequent substitution for concussion gave an idea of just how hard the ball had hit him. As for Lindy, he may have been one of Yeovil's most versatile players over the past six or seven years, but Cheltenham really were doing us a favour by playing him in a left-wing position, where he was to have a quiet return to his former club.

By half time, the Glovers should have been cruising to the tune of around 4-0. Playing towards the Carlsberg Stand, Kirk and Marcus Stewart were at times superb in their mutual understanding. Jaime Peters provided the foil for their clever interchanges, with the nippy winger often the man to part the Cheltenham defence with his off the ball running. All three could have easily scored - Stewart's looping header from a wonderful Mark Lynch cross just cleared the bar, Kirk shot over the bar, and Peters should have got more of a boot on an excellent opportunity that visiting keeper Shane Higgs gratefully scooped up. By half time Cheltenham were largely chasing shadows, and perhaps the only frustration was that it was only a slender 1-0 scoreline.

The second period was a somewhat different affair. Perhaps it was the wind that Yeovil were now playing into. Perhaps it was Robins manager Keith Downing's decision to withdraw the concussed and beleagured Wright and to adopt a 3-4-3 formation to try and push Yeovil onto the back foot. Perhaps the Glovers were increasingly conscious of how slender their lead was. But for the opening 20 minutes of the second period, the Glovers looked far more tentative in their play, with more than a touch of the defensive jitters.

Oddly enough, in terms of end product, Cheltenham were showing little signs that they were capable of pulling a goal back - that was until Ashley Vincent's cross was missed by Terry Skiverton, who managed a golf-like "air swing" with his boot, and Steve Brooker accepted the back post gift to produce an angled drive into the far corner and an equalising goal.

Thankfully the scores only stayed level for a matter of nine minutes. A Craig Alcock long throw saw Yeovil re-gain the lead as Skivo and Shane Duff battled for the loose ball, and when it dropped to Andy Kirk he produced an instinctive near post touch to force the ball home from close range. This time there was no Robins defender within sight of him to take away this strike.

Taking the lead again appeared to put Yeovil tails back up again, and although they never reached the dizzy heights of the first half showing, they managed to largely extinguish any thoughts of a second Cheltenham comeback during the closing stages. In fact it was the Glovers that came the closest to providing the fourth goal of the game. Anthony Barry saw a long range effort pushed onto the post by Higgs, then late on Kirk broke the offside trap and drew Higgs out of his goal, but the keeper got a palm onto the shot and so any debates over who could keep the match ball were made irrelevant.

The result pushes the Glovers back up to 16th in the League One table, but most importantly it opens up a large gap between them and any lingering thoughts of the 'R' word, with nine points between them and 21st placed Gillingham. With only Crewe picking up a point today and the whole of the bottom five clubs all losing, it is hard to imagine a better set of results. Perhaps another win or two is necessary to absolutely confirm League One football next season, but at least Tuesday's match against Millwall will take place with a great deal less pressure hanging on the result.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Cheltenham Town 1.

Scorers: Alan Wright (1-0, og 9), Steve Brooker (1-1, 64 mins), Andy Kirk (2-1, 73 mins)

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
31. Scott Flinders
19. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 2. Mark Lynch
14. Paul Warne 8. Anthony Barry 12. Matty Rose 16. Jaime Peters
10. Marcus Stewart 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 5. Scott Guyett 9. Lloyd Owusu 15. Liam Bridcutt (73 mins for Paul Warne) 32. Marvin Williams (85 mins for Jaime Peters) 20. Marc Bircham (80 mins for Matty Rose)

Cheltenham Town:
1. Shane Higgs
2. Jeremy Gill 20. Andy Gallinagh 4. Shane Duff 22. Alan Wright
27. Michael D Agostino 24. Craig Armstrong 14. David Bird 17. Andy Lindegaard
7. Steven Gillespie 29. Steve Brooker

Subs: 9. Paul Connor (57 mins for Andy Lindegaard) 10. Damian Spencer 12. Scott P Brown (GK) 18. Ashley Vincent (57 mins for Michael D Agostino) 32. Alex Russell (46 mins for Alan Wright)

Yeovil Bookings: Mark Lynch (foul, 58 mins), Marvin Williams (timewasting, 90 mins)
Cheltenham Bookings: Andy Gallinagh (foul, 43 mins), Alex Russell (dissent, 74 mins)

Referee: Steven Cook (Surrey). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and David Phillips (Sussex). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 4,588 (including 326 Cheltenham fans).


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8 March 2008 : Mildy Still On Track
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade says that goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is still on track to recover from the knee injury he sustained last month at Walsall. Mildy damaged knee ligaments during the match at the Bescot Stadium and has not featured since, but Russell told BBC Somerset that he still expects the Glovers keeper to return before the end of the season:

"He is doing very very well. Probably in about two weeks time, he may be able to start light training again. But we don't expect him to be back for another two weeks after that really. So we are looking at a rough time period of three to four weeks for Steve to be back in the frame."

Russell also misses out on right-back Lee Peltier today as he starts a two match suspension, and the Yeovil boss admitted that would be a big blow:

"Lee has been tremendous and even better since we've signed him. But he misses the two games and as you know already, we have the likes of Matty Rose and Martin Woods struggling. Young Stieber did train today (Thursday) and so did Marc Bircham. We'll just have to wait and see if there are any repercussions from their first day's training in a while."


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7 March 2008 : Southend Man Of The Match Result
The last home match at Huish Park was not the happiest one we've ever seen. A 0-3 home defeat against Southend United saw the Glovers start brightly, but finish the match with a bit of a whimper rather than a bang, and that inevitably made choosing the Man Of The Match for that game somewhat difficult, with no less than 11 different players getting the top vote from those who submitted their choices.

Out of that came one fairly emphatic winner, in the form of right-back Lee Peltier, who fought off interest from Marcus Stewart along the way.

The full results, with outright votes shown in brackets, are shown below:

1 Lee Peltier 154 (11)
2 Marcus Stewart 94 (6)
3 Marvin Williams 66 (4)
3 Andy Kirk 66 (4)
5 Terry Skiverton 64 (5)
6 Lloyd Owusu 26 (1)
7 Liam Bridcutt 24 (1)
8 Scott Flinders 20 (1)
9 Mark Lynch 18 (1)
10 Terrell Forbes 16 (1)
11 Matthew Rose 12 (1)
12 Anthony Barry 12 (0)
13 Jaime Peters 10 (0)
14 Simon Church 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.07

Performance: 2.67
Entertainment: 3.48

VOTES RECEIVED: 36


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7 March 2008 : Reserves Get Bath Draw
Yeovil Town Reserves will face Bath City in the Semi-Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup. The date for the tie is yet to be announced, but Paulton Rovers, who are another semi-finalist, believe that the most likely date for the two ties is either April 1st or April 2nd. The full draw is as follows:

Yeovil Town v Bath City
Taunton Town v Paulton Rovers


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7 March 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Cheltenham Town at Huish Park tomorrow in a League One match that is vital to their aims to stay clear of the bottom seven pack that are currently cut away by five points from the Glovers who are sat in 17th place. Cheltenham are one of those clubs sat five points away, in 19th place, and so by 5.00pm the two clubs could be as little as two points apart, or as many as eight points apart. On that basis, can we get through the rest of this preview without saying the phrase "six-pointer"?

The Glovers go into tomorrow's game with the injury position from last weekend more or less unchanged, although a quartet of players lie on the verge of being available for selection. Midfielder Marc Bircham (hamstring) and winger Zoltan Stieber (thigh) returned to training yesterday whilst the plan was for Matthew Rose (ankle) and Martin Woods (ankle) to return to training today. The chances are of course that tomorrow's match may come a little too soon for the four players, although one or two may sneak onto the bench.

There are of course some definite absentees though. Long term injury victims Lee Morris (knee), Steve Mildenhall (knee ligaments), Nathan Jones (broken arm) are joined by Stephen Maher who serves the first of a three match ban and Lee Peltier who serves the first of a two match ban. The loss of Peltier is likely to be the biggest headache, with manager Russell Slade facing a dilemma of whether to drop Craig Alcock or Terrell Forbes into that position, or whether to take a chance on Rose's fitness. Probably the least likely of the club's right-backs is Mark Lynch, who is currently covering in the opposite full-back position.

Cheltenham go into the match with a number of players short of fitness or in the middle of rehabilitation. Gavin Caines (knee) and John Finnigan (ankle) are not expected to play again this season. Michael Townsend (illness) played 90 minutes for the Reserves in midweek and so could figure, although is unlikely to be much more than a bench warmer. Ditto midfielder Alex Russell, who has had stomach muscle problems, but is back in training and so is likely to be back in their sixteen. One player that won't be though is midfielder Scott Brown who is in the middle of a three match suspension.

Of course one of the biggest 'stories' of tomorrow's game will be the return of Yeovil-born Andy Lindegaard to the town he was born in. Most of Lindy's family will be in the Yeovil end praying that he doesn't score against the club he had spent his entire professional career at until being released last summer. Another former Glover making a more regular return is fellow full-back Jerry Gill. With Gill normally occupying the right-back slot, expect to see Lindy playing in a more advanced role up on the right wing.

In terms of form, Cheltenham go into the match having not won for five games, albeit with three of those matches ending up in draws. They've also not won on their travels for five matches, and have only won twice away from Whaddon Road all season. Their main dangermen are Steven Gillespie, who has netted eight league goals this season, and Bristol City striker Steve Brooker who has scored three times during a loan period, and looks at last to be finding his shooting boots, with all of those three goals having come in their last three matches.

The game kicks off at 3.00pm, and if you've not bought your ticket yet don't forget that the club are running a combination ticket offer that allows you to purchase your ticket for Tuesday's Millwall game at a discounted price. If you're considering going to both games, see our March 4th News Item for full details on how to take advantage of this offer.


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6 March 2008 : Officials For The Cheltenham Game
Saturday's match against Cheltenham Town will see Steven Cook (Surrey) take charge of the whistle. As with a number of recent fixtures, Mr Cook is relatively new to Yeovil Town in terms of acting as a match referee, although he has carried the flag in matches at Tranmere Rovers (December 2005) and Leigh RMI (September 2002).

The only instance we can find of Mr Cook acting as a man in the middle is the 0-0 draw against Hereford United in October 2007 when the Glovers needed a penalty shoot-out to get through to the next round of the JPT. Perhaps we can consider some cause for optimism that the match official awarded Yeovil five penalties that night!

He issued two yellows - one for each side - on the night, and his overall record in that respect is a fairly good one. Just one red card has been shown in 19 matches, whilst he has dished out 46 yellows - just over two a game. His last game was last Saturday when he was in charge of Rotherham United's home game against Accrington Stanley. He is aged just 23 and was promoted to the Football League's referee list this season.

Talking of penalties, it was precisely that which courted controversy for Mr Cook in last month's match between Gillingham and Huddersfield Town. A late spot kick for the Gills left Huddersfield officials and players absolutely fuming, with Terriers manager Andy Ritchie going as far as to say that the match winner Adam Miller should not have been able to take the penalty after several rough-house tackles. Even the Gills websites appear a little sheepish in how they report their dramatic late winner.

Mr Cook will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and David Phillips (Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).


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6 March 2008 : Bournemouth Away Coach Prices
For those heading to the away match against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday 15th March, the following coach price and travel times have been set by the GWSC:

Coach prices are: Members £9 and Non-members £11.
Leave Bus Station: 10.30am and Huish Park 10.45am.
Contact Paul on 0773 604 4570 to place your booking.


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6 March 2008 : Family Fun Day For Crewe Game Finalised
The club have announced details of their "Family Fun Day" that will take place on Saturday 12th April 2008, as part of the build-up to the home match against Crewe Alexandra. The day will put on a series of events aimed at a large number of Under 16s that are expected to be at the game through free admission (see offer below).

The pre-match events will start at 12.00 noon and will also celebrate two events. The first is the Football League's 120th anniversary. The second is the 5th anniversary of the club gaining promotion to the Football League - the day of Yeovil's 4-0 win at Doncaster Rovers in 2003.

Events planned so far are as follows:

* Face Painting
* Balloon Modelling and Juggling Stilt Walker
* Wincanton Silver Band
* Transformer Robots
* Junior Speedway Stars and a collection of vintage bikes ridden by some of the World Speedway Champions
* Jolly Green Giant
* Beat the Goalie Competition on the Astroturf. Those with the highest scores will take part in a penalty shootout final on the pitch with the winner receiving an HMV Voucher and a YTFC Goodie Bag
* First 600 Children through the turnstiles receive a YTFC goodie bag
* Green Machine Football Coaching (12.00 noon until 14.00)
* Ivel FM "Win Bin" for a chance to win some more YTFC goodies
* Hot Food and Refreshments

How To Get Under 16s Into The Match For Free!

Yeovil Town's home match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 12th April, has been designated as the final match of the season in the club's "Fans Of The Future" promotions.

To make matters easier for those who want to take advantage of the offer, promotion organiser Sara Bradley has supplied a download form that you can print off and fill in at home before taking it up to the Huish Park Ticket Office. See below for a link to the form.

Once you have filled in the form, you can get up to TWO Under 16s into the ground for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price, by handing it into the Huish Park Ticket Office, who will then hand you the appropriate number of tickets.

Note that this is an offer that Season Ticket Holders can also take advantage of, so if you are an adult season ticket holder with any friends or relatives aged Under 16, then fill in the form and get up to two additional people into the game for FREE.

If you don't have access to a printer, then email Sara Bradley at Sbradley@ytfc.net or phone 01935-423662 Ext 200 and supply your name, address and phone number. Sara will then post out an application form. Alternatively pop in and see her in Huish Park Main Reception before any of the home games, or during office hours.

NB: as part of the Terms and Conditions, the club will subscribe you to their mailing lists, but hopefully if you're reading this site, you're interested in all things YTFC, and therefore won't mind an email a week jumping into your mailbox. It is possible to unsubscribe later, if the communications are not wanted.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra : April 12th 2008 : Fans Of The Future Application Form.


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6 March 2008 : Leeds Game Switched
Yeovil Town's final home game of the season has been changed to a Friday night, 7.45pm kick-off. The match against Leeds United will now kick off on Friday 25th April - a move that Leeds United are blaming on the police.

The move will no doubt inconvenience many home and away supporters, although with so many other Leeds matches being shifted recently, it does not come as a huge surprise. Leeds CEO Shaun Harvey has said that he is disappointed with the decision:

"We apologise for any inconvenience to our supporters caused by this change which is at the absolute insistence of the local police. We made our feelings known to both Yeovil and the Football League that we did not support this alteration to the fixture, but we are ultimately left with no choice in the matter."


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6 March 2008 : Reserves Through To Last Four
Yeovil Town Reserves reached the semi-finals of the Somerset Premier Cup last night in a 2-1 win over Frome Town, thanks to goals from Simon Church and Marvin Williams. Sam Duggan grabbed a goal for the home side in the closing stages, but Yeovil held on to reach the last four.

The opening period saw Frome the sharper side, hitting the woodwork twice and forcing goalkeeper Darren Behcet into two flying saves in a frantic start to the game. At the other end Marvin Williams also found the woodwork in the way, but it wasn't really until midway through the first period that the Glovers team began to find their rhythm.

Featuring a side with five youth team players, including one 16 year old, and barely a player above 21/22 years old, the Glovers gradually found their feet and they won a penalty when Frome's Jamie Cheeseman turned 'goalkeeper', palming a shot onto the roof of the net, and earning him a red card in the process. Widescale Frome complaints delayed the spot kick, but Simon Church was able to net for the Glovers to put them 1-0 up at half time.

The second period saw Yeovil go on the offensive, and they doubled their lead when Simon Church controlled a long ball up field, finding Marvin Williams in the penalty box. Williams fired home from eight yards and a narrow angle to make the scoreline 2-0 and it looked as though that would open the floodgates.

Frome though weren't giving up that easily, and perhaps the young Glovers took their foot off the gas a little too much in the closing stages. That allowed Frome to grab some comforts from their night's work with Sam Duggan firing home from the edge of the box with five minutes remaining to set up a tense last few minutes, after he took advantage of Owen Irish's header out of defence. The Glovers though, held their nerve and won through to the final four.

A good crowd of 603 paying spectators watched the game although it appeared that there were far more people inside the ground at Badgers Hill. A few locals admitted that there were access points into the ground that allowed the more cunning to bypass the turnstiles entirely, whilst Frome's social club was packed even during the game - Wednesday night, is bingo night! As a result, Badgers Hill was a thriving community, and particular credit is due to Frome for what they are doing off the field to draw spectators and locals into their ground.

Final Score: Frome Town 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 2.

Scorers: Simon Church (0-1, 40 mins, penalty), Marvin Williams (0-2, 55 mins), Sam Duggan (1-2, 85 mins).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Darren Behcet, 8. Jordan Street, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Owen Irish, 3. Nathan Smith, 7. Marvin Williams, 6. Lee Peltier, 4. Ed Weeks, 10. Ren Turnock, 9. Simon Church, 11. Josh Robinson.

Subs: 12. Luke Coleman 14. Omar Simpson 15. Karl Baker (72 mins for Ren Turnock) 16. Steve Thompson 17. Ashley Clarke (70 mins for Marvin Williams).

Attendance: 603.


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5 March 2008 : County Cup Squad Announced
Yeovil Town have issued their starting eleven for tonight's game at Badgers Hill against Frome Town in the Somerset Premier Cup, kick-off 7.45pm. The eleven will be formed out of the following:

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Darren Behcet, 8. Jordan Street, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Owen Irish, 3. Nathan Smith, 7. Marvin Williams, 6. Lee Peltier, 4. Ed Weeks, 10. Ren Turnock, 9. Simon Church, 11. Josh Robinson.

Subs: 12. Luke Coleman 14. Omar Simpson 15. Karl Baker. 16. Steve Thompson 17. Ashley Clarke


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4 March 2008 : Frome Town Travel Information
Yeovil Town Reserves travel to play Frome Town in the Quarter-Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup tomorrow night, in a match that will be played at their Badgers Hill ground. The full address for those travelling for the 7.45pm kick-off is as follows:

Frome Town FC, Badgers Hill, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2EH.

To get to the ground, use the following directions from the Frome Town Official Site. Those travelling from the Yeovil area should follow the first set of directions:

From Shepton / Glastonbury side of Town: Sainsbury's Super Store will be visible on your right hand side and go straight over the next two roundabouts (the second one is a mini roundabout). Carry on that road and pass the Weaver pub on the left hand side just before you climb a slight hill. At the mini roundabout drop down the hill into the centre of Frome. Go through the traffic lights with "Woolworths" on your right and follow that road to the top of the hill. At the very top, turn right. Go straight over the traffic lights at the Vinetree Pub cross road & Badgers Hill is at the top of the hill on the right hand side.

From Bath side of Town: as you pass the Texaco garage at Beckington (will be on your right side) on the Frome by-pass take the third exit at the next roundabout. At the following roundabout take your first exit left. Go straight over at the next roundabout (Coalway Lane Industrial Estate) and at the next roundabout take your first exit and within 100 yards take the first turning right. Continue on that road and you will pass Selwood School on your right and Frome Town AFC can be found 100 yards on your left hand side.

Admission prices for the game are Adults: £5.00 and OAP & Children: £3.00.

Badgers Hill has a 'pub' style social club at the ground that they say serves both hot and cold food on matchdays if you are after a pre or post-match pint.


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4 March 2008 : Maher Appeal Dropped
Yeovil Town manager has this morning stated that the club will not be appealing against midfielder Stephen Maher's red card, sustained against Gillingham.

Although video evidence suggests that Maher won the ball in a block tackle with Gillingham's Simon King, Russell told the Western Daily Press that he didn't feel that the club would win an appeal, mainly because Maher's feet were not grounded when he made the tackle:

"It could be slightly harsh on him but in the current climate the fact of the matter is he took off and his feet were off the floor at impact. We would be very, very hard-pushed to overturn it."

Early indications for this Saturday's match against Cheltenham Town are not good with respect to the current injury list. Left-wingers Martin Woods (ankle) and Zoltan Stieber (thigh) are believed to be struggling to make the game, with Woods only having played half a game at Oldham Athletic so far, and Zoltan now having not played for a month.

Furthermore, with right-back Lee Peltier suspended, one of his possible replacements, Matthew Rose, has picked up a bout of tonsilitus to compound his current ankle injury.

Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, left-back Nathan Jones and striker Lee Morris remain on the long-term injury list.


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4 March 2008 : Sloping Pitch Website Launched
Not content with helping run the Capital Glovers and editing On To Victory, it is clear that Seb White believes there really are 25 hours in a day!

This week a new website has been launched called 'Sloping Pitch', which Seb hopes to use as the launchpad for a book that he is currently writing. Go visit the website, via the link below, and if you do have any particular methods by which you can help Seb's research into the goings on in yesteryear at the old Huish ground, then drop him an email.

Link: Sloping Pitch Website.


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4 March 2008 : Cheltenham And Millwall Combination Ticket Reminder
A reminder that if you are looking at going to the next two home matches against Cheltenham Town and Millwall that you can take advantage of a 'combination ticket' offer that the club are running for these matches that will save a significant amount of money.

The match against Cheltenham takes place on Saturday 8th March, whilst the Tuesday night game against Millwall is just three days later on March 11th.

What you have to do to qualify for this offer is to fill in a special postcard obtainable from the club's Main Reception and then take it round to the Huish Park Ticket Office.

When you purchase a ticket for the match against Cheltenham Town, at the same time you can purchase a specially discounted ticket for the Tuesday match against Millwall, costing you just £10 if you are an Adult, or £3 if you are Under 16.

That represents a saving of up to seven pounds for adults (against a Main Stand adult pre-match ticket) and three pounds against the Under 16 prices, and so if you are planning on going to both matches, this is well worth the effort.

Like some recent club offers, it looks like the club will add you to their marketing database, but if that causes you grief later, you can always ask to be taken off.

A reminder that there are two other offers still ongoing for forthcoming home fixtures as follows:

Friday 21st March : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers

Good Friday's match against Doncaster Rovers will see a repeat of the 'Kids For A Quid' offer that was introduced for the Brighton and Hove Albion home match over Christmas. That was a strong factor in the club's highest attendance of the season of 6,881 and so it is good to see the offer repeated.

For those who were not around over Christmas, the offer is as plain and simple as you can get - every Under 16 can gain admittance to the match on March 21st at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00pm, against Doncaster Rovers for the sum of ONE POUND ONLY. No catches, no adults required - just simply pay one pound to the Huish Park Ticket Office and get your ticket.

Saturday 12th April : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra

Yeovil Town's home match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 12th April, has been designated as the final match of the season in the club's "Fans Of The Future" promotions.

To make matters easier for those who want to take advantage of the offer, promotion organiser Sara Bradley has supplied a download form that you can print off and fill in at home before taking it up to the Huish Park Ticket Office. See below for a link to the form.

Once you have filled in the form, you can get up to TWO Under 16s into the ground for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price, by handing it into the Huish Park Ticket Office, who will then hand you the appropriate number of tickets.

Note that this is an offer that Season Ticket Holders can also take advantage of, so if you are an adult season ticket holder with any friends or relatives aged Under 16, then fill in the form and get up to two additional people into the game for FREE.

If you don't have access to a printer, then email Sara Bradley at Sbradley@ytfc.net or phone 01935-423662 Ext 200 and supply your name, address and phone number. Sara will then post out an application form. Alternatively pop in and see her in Huish Park Main Reception before any of the home games, or during office hours.

Note that on the day of the Crewe match on April 12th, the club will also be running a "Family Fun Day", comprising of a series of events that will take place in the lead-up to the game. The club are hoping to make a formal announcement on the details relating to this in the next week or two, but as an advance warning, it may be worth your while earmarking some additional time up at the ground on that day, particularly prior to the game.

NB: as part of the Terms and Conditions, the club will subscribe you to their mailing lists, but hopefully if you're reading this site, you're interested in all things YTFC, and therefore won't mind an email a week jumping into your mailbox. It is possible to unsubscribe later, if the communications are not wanted.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra : April 12th 2008 : Fans Of The Future Application Form.


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3 March 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Gillingham
For those who want to listen to the audio version of Saturday's post-match interview with Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade, it has been uploaded onto the BBC Somerset website. Follow the link below to hear Russell talking to reporter Drew Savage.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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3 March 2008 : Lynch Makes Team Of The Week
Congratulations are due to Yeovil Town right-back left-back Mark Lynch who has made it into the Football League's Team of the Day following his performance against Gillingham on Saturday.

Considering Mark was playing on the 'wrong' side of the field whilst he covers for broken-arm victim Nathan Jones, he put in a much improved performance at the back for the Glovers, and the thumbs up from the Football League will no doubt give him a confidence boost. Well done Mark! A bit of a pity the Football League's formation didn't allow for the fact that he'd switched from his normal position!

Also worthy of a mention is winger Jaime Peters. He was nominated in the Team Of The Day in yesterday's News Of The World for his performance in the same game.

Ben Williams (Crewe)
Mark Lynch (Yeovil Town) Alan Tate (Swansea) Ian Roper (Walsall) Joe Jacobson (Bristol Rovers)
Thomas Butler (Swansea) Brian Stock (Doncaster) Jonathan Howson (Leeds) Lee Holmes (Walsall)
Tresor Kandol (Leeds) Sam Vokes (Bournemouth)


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2 March 2008 : Stimson Defends Maher Tackle
Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher has received some welcome support from an unexpected quarter - Gillingham manager Mark Stimson. The Gills boss gave an honest assessment of the incident that saw the Glovers youngster red-carded for a tackle on Simon King, who subsequently left the pitch on a stretcher with an ankle injury.

Speaking immediately after the game, Stimson said that he saw nothing wrong with what Maher did, and thought he was unlucky to have to leave the field, even going as far as to suggest that referee Darren Deadman had reacted under pressure from Stimson's own players:

"If I am honest, from where I was sat, it looked a fantastic, competitive tackle, similar to the ones involved Garry Richards, Andrew Crofts and Adam Miller. This is my initial reaction as I haven't seen the video but I was originally thinking fair play boys, you've both gone to win the ball. Unfortunately, Simon King was laying there with his ankle in pain. The fracas after it may have helped the referee with his decision but he wasn't slow in getting his red card out. If I have a look at the video and see thing different, I will say it. First instincts were it was a competitive tackle and unfortunately, their boy has got sent off."


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2 March 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Gillingham Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw with Gillingham, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset reporter Drew Savage about the game.

The full interview transcript is now available online, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Gillingham Game.


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2 March 2008 : Gillingham Man Of The Match Voting
For those who went to Priestfield yesterday, for the 0-0 draw against Gillingham, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes to indicate your top three Yeovil players on the day. Use the voting form below.

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


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2 March 2008 : Peltier Out For Two
Yeovil Town right-back Lee Peltier will be banned for two matches after picking up his 10th booking of the season in yesterday's game against Gillingham. Pelts was booked for kicking the ball away midway through the second half by referee Darren Deadman.

Lee will now miss the home matches against Cheltenham Town and Millwall.

Unless the Glovers choose to appeal, midfielder Stephen Maher will miss three matches following his red card during yesterday's match. Maher, who was making his second league appearance for the club, was carded just four minutes after coming on as a substitute for 'serious foul play'.

Assuming no appeal, Stephen will miss the home matches against Cheltenham Town and Millwall, plus the trip to AFC Bournemouth - the club he trialled for during January.


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1 March 2008 : A Point Gained
Yeovil Town picked up a valuable away point against Gillingham today at Priestfield, despite having to play the closing stages of a 0-0 draw with 10 men, after referee Darren Deadman produced a red card for Stephen Maher, just four minutes after being introduced as a substitute.

The Glovers went into the match on the back of a series of injury and illness problems which meant that every available first team squad member travelled to Kent. They lined up with a 4-5-1 formation that mutated on attack into a 4-3-3 with both wingers pushing up to join Andy Kirk.

The first half saw Yeovil pass the ball around well, albeit without carving open too many chances. Playing on a hard pitch with uneven bounce, control of the ball from both sides was often questionable, and it was only once Yeovil got the ball onto the wings and away from the rutted centres that they were able to show more promise. Their best attempt of the first period came when Marvin Williams broke down the left flank but Liam Bridcutt's attempt flew over the bar.

At the other end, Gillingham were just as wasteful with the Gills failing to seriously test Glovers keeper Scott Flinders at any stage. In fact their best attempt came right on half time when set-piece expert Adam Miller swung the ball in and it was the boot of Terry Skiverton that almost contrived to drag the ball into the back of the net. Mercifully the ball flew the other side of the post and out for a corner.

The second period saw the Glovers maintain their strong position roughly up until the hour mark, when a series of slightly panicky passes from the Glovers midfield saw Gillingham regain possession cheaply and begin to put the pressure on. Home striker Leroy Griffiths squandered a one-on-one when Scott Flinders came out and blocked superbly, but with the ball flying loose, it was only after a second, and then a third Yeovil defensive block that allowed the ball to nicely lift up straight into the arms of a rather grateful Yeovil keeper.

Gillingham had huge appeals for a handball turned down when Leroy Griffiths and Terrell Forbes tangled in the box, and when the Yeovil defender tried to regain his balance after landing on the deck, presumably the ball had rolled onto Terrell's arm, resulting in a cry in unison from the fans at the home end of the ground. Referee Darren Deadman presumably decided "ball hit hand" rather than the other way round - from 80 yards away in the away stand it was impossible to make a judgement.

Talking of Mr Deadman, his officiating was becoming more and more ragged, frequently reacting to what the home crowd told him to do. His booking of Lee Peltier, after the right-back had pushed the ball down the channel following an earlier foul, would not have happened were it not for the Gillingham main stand telling him he had overlooked something. Peltier will now miss the next two matches for his 10th booking of the season.

Equally, after manager Russell Slade had introduced Stephen Maher into the centre of midfield, his thunderous tackle on Simon King seemed to be a ball-winning one, but as the centre-back flipped up on the follow-through, a Gillingham melee was provoked and Mr Deadman got his red card out two nano-seconds later, leaving Yeovil down to 10 men with just under 15 minutes left.

Gillingham poured forward, even using King's substitution to instigate a more attacking formation. For the second time in the match, Terry Skiverton inadvertantly almost became Gillingham's match winner as his header from an Adam Miller free kick skidded off the foot of the post. Then as time ran out, another Gillingham appeal for a penalty went ignored by Mr Deadman, and on this occasion you had to wonder if he was regretting his impetuous behaviour over the Maher red card. Looking down the channel, the tugback looked fairly conclusive, but all too often - and thankfully on this occasion - officials tend to decide that two wrongs make a right.

Marcus Stewart could even have won the game for the Glovers when his shot from the edge of the box was turned around for a corner, but Yeovil hung on through a succession of late corners during four minutes of second half injury time, and there was mass relief from the away terrace when the final whistle blew.

The result keeps Yeovil in 16th position in the league table, and with 4th from bottom side Crewe Alexandra also drawing, things are very much 'as you were' although all sides have now played an extra game. With Hartlepool, Millwall, Port Vale and Luton all losing, Bournemouth were the only side in the bottom eight to pick up three points and so if anything matters are slightly improved against the morning's table.

This was not the prettiest of matches by a long chalk, and much of the blood and thunder was in the middle third of the field. Creatively, the Glovers were not really at the races, but in terms of their grit and determination they deserve a big thumbs up, particularly for the "backs against the wall" attitude of the final 15 minutes after Maher was given his marching orders. This wasn't the sort of performance to make you think that the corner has been turned on the recent poor form, but it was the sort of performance to give those watching the faith that there is still plenty of fight within the Glovers ranks.

Final Score: Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Gillingham: 4-4-2
12. Simon Royce
37. Garry Richards 4. Danny Cullip 5. Simon King 35. John Nutter
19. Sean Clohessy 39. Stuart Lewis 7. Andrew Crofts 36. Adam Miller
10. Delroy Facey 30. Leroy Griffiths

Subs: 20. Simeon Jackson (90 mins for Delroy Facey) 22. Derek Stillie (GK) 28. Dennis Oli (79 mins for Simon King) 38. Barry Fuller 9. Gary Mulligan (76 mins for Leroy Griffiths)

Yeovil Town: 4-5-1
31. Scott Flinders
27. Lee Peltier 6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 2. Mark Lynch
32. Marvin Williams 8. Anthony Barry 10. Marcus Stewart 15. Liam Bridcutt 16. Jaime Peters
24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 5. Scott Guyett 9. Lloyd Owusu (60 mins for Liam Bridcutt) 17. Simon Church (54 mins for Marvin Williams) 14. Paul Warne 26. Stephen Maher (74 mins for Andy Kirk)

Gillingham Bookings: Danny Cullip (68 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Marvin Williams (28 mins, foul), Terrell Forbes (29 mins, foul), Anthony Barry (42 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (66 mins, kicking ball away). Red Card: Stephen Maher (78 mins, serious foul play).

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: David Bushell (London) and Rob Whitton (Essex). Fourth Official: John Hopkins (Essex).

Attendance: 5,083.


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